Wii U


Tag-Team Review
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 4th, 2014

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Nintendo has a history of surprising its fan base (and non fans) with some pretty fantastic gaming goodness. Retro Studios’ Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze is one such example of a Nintendo title hitting it out of the park. With a great solo campaign and an even better couch-co-op experience, Tropical Freeze is definitely a must-buy for those of you who love challenging platformers (and also for those of you who say that there is nothing good for the Wii U that you bought at launch).

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Tag-Team Review
The LEGO Movie Videogame
Almost Everything is Awesome!

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 27th, 2014

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The LEGO Movie Videogame (developed by TT Games) almost feels like a self-fulfilling prophecy. It’s sheer genius when you think about it. First, LEGO makes games based on some of our favourite movies. These games get better and better with each new title in the franchise, giving even more personality to the interesting interlocking toys and allowing us to enjoy the films that they are based on in a whole new light. Is anyone truly surprised that after all this build-up (ha!), that the LEGO movie was made? And is anyone surprised that there would be a videogame based on the movie that is based on the toys? The icing on the cake is that the game is also a lot of fun for the whole family – making it a pretty awesome addition to your library.

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
Freedom Cry

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 16th, 2014

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Very mild spoilers for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag contained within this article. Probably nothing you couldn’t have figured out anyway.

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is one of my all-time favourites. The game follows part of the life of Edward Kenway and his adventures around the Caribbean in his ship (the Jackdaw), as well has his journey to find himself. It is a powerful self-contained story that is both entertaining and moving thanks to fantastic writing and a host of awesome characters. One of those characters that plays a big role is the Jackdaw’s quartermaster (and Edward’s friend), Adéwalé. To me, Adéwalé was Edward’s moral compass, and he guided his friend to become a great Assassin (one who turned the tide against the Templars in that nook of the world) – he also happens to be one of my favourite characters in the whole Assassin’s Creed series, having escaped the chains of slavery to live a better life. Thankfully, Ubisoft has seen fit to give this awesome character his own adventures in the downloadable single-player adventure known as Freedom Cry.

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Want To Go Bananas?
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Banana Mania Contest

By Jorge Figueiredo - February 8th, 2014

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The contents are finally revealed! Click to check out the video!

Just over a week ago, a mysterious crate was discovered in the Canadian wilderness, and has been under investigation by a crack team since that time. Yesterday, as you can see from the video above, the contents of the crate were finally made known (much to Donkey Kong’s apparent happiness). The massive ice block full of bananas are part of Nintendo of Canada’s Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Banana Mania Contest (try saying that ten times fast)!

All this is being done, of course, to celebrate the upcoming release of Tropical Freeze! The premise of the contest is simple: guess how many bananas there are. If you win, you will nab yourself an adventure trip to Whistler Blackcomb for you and three friends, as well as a Wii U Donkey Kong prize pack! Not too shabby!

So what are you waiting for? Check out the contest page at Nintendo of Canada’s Facebook page!


Reviews
Wii Party U

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 9th, 2013

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A good party game keeps people entertained and engaged. A great party game takes people beyond that to a point where they are actually having a level of fun that cannot be stopped (except when everyone has to go home, of course)! There have been more than a few party games for Nintendo platforms over the years; some have been bad, some have been good, and some have been great. Make no mistake, though: Nintendo’s Wii Party U, while not a life-changing experience, is one of the greatest of them all!

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Reviews
Super Mario 3D World

By Jayson Young - December 4th, 2013

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A family member walked into the room while I was deeply engrossed in a two-player session of Super Mario 3D World the other day. He asked, “So, what genre of game is this?” The fellow in question is a lapsed gamer – he hasn’t played much since the original Command and Conquer games – so the question was a fair one. After some thinking and some sputtering, I answered, “This is a Mario game.”

“Mario’s a genre?”

“Well…yeah. Yeah I guess it pretty much is at this point.”

Mario games – the core ones, not the Strikers or the Parties or the Karts – have carved enough of a niche for themselves that the fundamentals are firmly established. Anyone reading this website knows what to expect from a mainline Mario game by this point; the pedigree is pristine, and the precedents are set about as high as any in the medium. So the question isn’t whether Super Mario 3D World is any good. The question is more like, in what ways is this game spectacular? And the answer to that question is: in basically all the ways that a videogame can be.

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Reviews
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD

By Jorge Figueiredo - December 2nd, 2013

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I was a bit late to the party, relative to my friends. I was a PC gamer for the longest time, and only made the foray into “console-ness” years after I graduated from university when I bought a Playstation. Shortly after, I ended up grabbing a GameCube, and I picked up my first Legend of Zelda game. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker was a fantastic videogame experience for me. The art style, the game-play, the story – everything about this game captivated me; and I didn’t stop playing it until I finished it. My GameCube has long since disappeared, replaced by the Wii and eventually the Wii U.

I still have a handful of GameCube games on my shelf, and I was perusing them them a few months ago when my hand came to rest on the case of my copy of Wind Waker. I wondered if the kids of today would ever be able to enjoy the simple beauty of a game like Wind Waker in a landscape full of hyper-realistic, violent mayhem. The answer? Yes – thanks to Nintendo’s publishing of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD for the Wii U. What’s old is new – and awesome.

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