Brian “burnt out from porting” Provinciano bringing Retro City Rampage to 3DS

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Following a seemingly endless development cycle, Retro City Rampage finally arrived on WiiWare earlier this year, trailing behind last year’s PC, PS3 and Vita versions. As we pointed out in our review, “it achieves everything it set out to achieve in a stylish manner, and is a must-have download for anyone that’s ever considered calling themselves a gamer” – and now it’s coming to a whole new audience on Nintendo 3DS. Continue reading

Blog: Nintendo and the “Patch Crutch”

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I recently played through Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us, released on June 14th in North America exclusively for Sony’s PlayStation 3. I began my play-through on June 19th, 5 days after its release. The game was fun enough, but I had a lot of problems with random glitches in different areas, such as guards not appearing until I got up from my crouch, rendered characters dying on a navy blue, flat background, impossible-to-climb ladders complete with buzzing characters, and a wonderfully floaty axe head. When I brought this up to my friend, he said that I had probably run into the problems because it was early in the game’s release, and the game ran much smoother after the released patches. That got me thinking. You shouldn’t have to patch a game to polish gameplay after the game has been sent to the public. Nintendo releases clean, polished games over and over again, is Nintendo ever going to give into the “patch crutch”? Continue reading

Pilotwings out this week, Mighty Switch Force! on offer for both Wii U and 3DS (4th July)

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The main addition to the eShop this week is the classic Pilotwings for £5.49 (€7.99). Originally launching on SNES, the flight sim combines together a range of different vehicles and challenges, as you must advance through the ranks, and soar through the floating rings scattered across the land. Continue reading

Nintendo to halt a select number of Wii services worldwide on June 28th

Nintendo has announced the shutdown of many of the Wii’s long-running services, including the majority of the channel content due to a “very low participation rate”. Previously being announced for Japan, it has now been confirmed that this will also be the case for all Wii-users worldwide next month.

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Applications affected by this include:

  • Nintendo Channel
  • News Channel
  • Forecast Channel
  • Everybody Votes Channel
  • Mii Contest Channel
  • Data exchange with friends via WiiConnect24

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Bag yourself a free copy of Retro City Rampage with official game merchandise

retro_city_rampageRetro City Rampage “achieves everything it set out to achieve in a stylish manner, and is a must-have download for anyone that’s ever considered calling themself a gamer,” says our review. If you’re still yet to experience Vblank Entertainment’s retro throwback, there hasn’t been a better time to splash the cash. Continue reading

Review: Retro City Rampage (WiiWare)

RetroCityRampage_boxart_fullresDeveloper: Vblank Entertainment
Publisher: Vblank Entertainment
Review Platform: WiiWare
Also Available on: PC, PS3, PSVita, 360
Genre: Action, adventure
Players: 1
Price: 1000 Wii Points
File Size: 58 blocks
PEGI: 12

Review

As you’ve probably noticed at this point, Retro City Rampage is a  homage to the video games and culture of the ’80s and ’90s, that was originally intended to run on the classic NES hardware. This throwback goes deeper than its 8-bit visuals and chiptune soundtrack, though. Much deeper, in fact. Continue reading