Review: Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 (Wii U Download)

fist_of_the_north_star_kens_rage_2Developer: Tecmo Koei
Publisher: Tecmo Koei
Review Platform: Wii U (eShop)
Also Available on: PS3, 360
Release Date: 07/02/13
Genre: Beat ‘em up
Players: 1-2
Price: £49.99
File Size: 15GB
PEGI: 18

Review

Ken’s Rage 2 is Tecmo Koei’s celebration of Fist of the North Star’s thirtieth anniversary; a Japanese manga series which has seen various video game spin-offs dating back to the NES and Game Boy days. As far as anniversary celebrations go, however, it’s not really all that good. Continue reading

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Video: Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 (Wii U) – Opening gameplay

Tecmo Koei’s Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 launched on Wii U earlier this month as an eShop-exclusive. The game’s a little pricey at £50, so we’ve put together a little video of its opening twenty minutes, offering you a look at what it’s all about ahead of our upcoming review.

Review: Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge (Wii U)

ninja_gaiden_3_razors_edgeDeveloper: Team Ninja
Publisher: Nintendo
Review Platform: Wii U
Also Available on: [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: 11/01/13
Genre: Action adventure
Players: Online – 2 co-op, 8 competitive
RRP: £49.99
PEGI: 18

Review

There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the topic of violence in video games lately, and although it’s not too often you hear Nintendo’s name mentioned in a similar sentence, we were – in a weird kind of way – pleasantly surprised by the overly graphic and visceral nature of the Nintendo-published Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge. Continue reading

News: Europe – Nintendo Confirms Full Wii U Launch Line-Up

With the Wii U finally out of the door in North America alongside twenty-seven launch titles, Europe’s up next with what Nintendo’s calling “the strongest line-up of games for day one in Nintendo history”. Here’s a full list of the twenty-four Wii U games launching alongside the brand-new system on 30th November in Europe: Continue reading

News: Fallblox and Virtue’s Last Reward Demo Are This Week’s Nintendo Download Highlights

This week’s Nintendo downloads have been confirmed, and it’s something of a return to form for the Nintendo eShop; with plenty of variety in software titles, including a sequel to what’s arguably the eShop’s best game to date. Continue reading

News: Nintendo Confirms Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge Release Date, Exclusive Features

As one of three Nintendo-published Wii U launch titles in the US, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge – Team Ninja’s enhanced port of the PS3 and 360 game, which launched to average-at-best reviews earlier this year – will release in Europe just six weeks after the launch of Nintendo’s brand-new console.

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News: Layton Heads Up This Week’s Nintendo Downloads

Whilst the Wii Shop Channel is once again without an update this week, the new Nintendo eShop downloads for 3DS are as strong as ever, with an assortment of download games, videos and add-on content. Continue reading

News: European Pokémon Conquest Release is UK-Only

After what seemed like an age of waiting following the confirmation of a North American release of Pokémon Conquest, a European localisation of Tecmo Koei’s crossover title was finally revealed last month – or so we thought.

According to German website Nintendo-Online.de, the press release was misinterpreted as the game, outside of Japan and America, is only coming to the UK; the rest of Europe seemingly needing to import the game from an English-speaking country should they want to get their hands on the game when it launches on 27th July.

Here’s an extract from the translated article:

“We erroneously concluded that this appointment would refer to all of Europe. This is not the case, although the game in Japan, North America and even Australia is already available. Accordingly, it is also the German Nintendo customer service, the strategy crossover appears only in the United Kingdom. Accordingly, a publication in Germany was not planned.”

We’d presume that most of this article’s readers are English-speaking, so are you pleased to actually have the chance to get your hands on Pokémon Conquest?

News: Pokémon Conquest Coming to Europe Next Month

The conquest is on next month!

If they say good things happen in threes, whoever ‘they’ may be would be right on this occasion, as Tecmo Koei’s Pokémon spin-off, Pokémon Conquest, is set to precede Black and White 2 and Pokémon Typing Adventure in Europe when it releases on Nintendo DS in a month’s time – on 27th July.

Here’s a run-down of what the game has to offer, according to the press release:

In Pokémon Conquest, players take on the role of a young Warlord who is linked with a Pokémon. Together, they must set out to recruit Warrior allies to strengthen their growing kingdom. Along their journey, players will encounter a variety of Pokémon, as well as Warriors and Warlords inspired by the Japanese feudal era. The game contains nearly 200 Pokémon, including many from the recent Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games.

As the battlefield unfolds in Pokémon Conquest, players must choose the correct Pokémon type to inflict maximum damage on their opponents. In the turn-based skirmishes, players choose different tactics for intense six-on-six battles, and battle conditions can change every turn, keeping players on their toes in anticipation of what will happen next.

If you’d like to read more about the game’s Story, Army Mechanics, Battle Mechanics or Warlords and Pokémon, check out our previous article right here; this article details its Perfect Link, Pokémon Evolution, Warlord Transition, Pokémon Passwords and Downloadable Episode features, meanwhile.

Might you be looking out for Conquest next month, or has it saved you the hassle of importing the game from America?

News: Downloadable Episodes and More Revealed for Pokémon Conquest

Pokémon Conquest (known as Pokémon X Nobunga’s Ambition is Japan) has scandalously been denied an announcement in Europe, although what we have heard of the game our lucky American cousins will be playing in June, it seems to be the DS’s final triumph - Pokémon Black and White 2 aside, of course.

If you weren’t already chomping at the bit for Nintendo of Europe to confirm a release in Western regions, a new press release from Nintendo confirms more new and interesting features, including extra episodes available via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection:

Perfect Link: Players will have the ability to link to Pokémon they encounter as they conquer the Ransei region. There are three possible grades when players attempt to link with Pokémon: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The medal over a Pokémon will indicate which leven can be achieved. If a player links with a Gold medal Pokémon, that link could potentially be a Perfect Link. A Perfect Link will allow the player to link with that particular Pokémon up to 100 percent. The higher the link percentage, the more powerful the Pokémon becomes.

Pokémon Evolution: Players familiar with Pokémon video games will be excited to learn that Pokémon in Pokémon Conquest have the ability to evolve into more powerful forms. To evolve Pokémon, players must use them in battle to increase the link percentage between the Pokémon and the Warriors to which they are linked. As the link grows stronger, Pokémon will evolve into more powerful forms. Additionally, certain items collected in the game will evolve Pokémon. For example, using a Thunder Stone on Eevee will evolve it into Jolteon.

Warlord Transition: In Pokémon Conquest, Warlords can also transition into more powerful forms. Only Warlords have the ability to transition; Warriors do not. Similar to the way Pokémon evolve, Warlord transitions are based on how much a player uses them in battle. After a Warlord transitions, its stats and skills will become more powerful, and the Warlord will also have a new appearance.

Pokémon Passwords: Players will have the ability to enter passwords that create an outbreak of specific Pokémon. This outbreak will appear for one game turn in a training ground somewhere within the player’s kingdom. The special passwords will give the player the ability to link with powerful or hard-to-find Pokémon early in the game. Pokémon unlocked this way will give players the ability to bolster their army, and give players more options when going into battle. Be sure to be on the lookout for Pokémon passwords when the game is released on June 18 [in America].

Story Episodes and Episode Distribution: The story for Pokémon Conquest is divided into episodes. As players explore and conquer the Ransei region by playing through each episode, they are able to experience different story elements and game-play goals. For example, in the episode starring Warlord Motonari, players must collect 100 Pokémon in order to achieve victory, Additional episodes are available for download over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection after the game’s launch on June 18 (broadband Internet access required).

Is this new information enough to pique your interest, or even warrant an import from America if the game doesn’t make it to Europe?