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The year is at an end. We've reached the pinnacle month of a year ready to retire and we're just one week away from welcoming in 2014 with open (or closed) arms. With gaming enthusiasts, bloggers, journalists, pundits, bums, YouTubers and streamers in between all giving their opinion of what they felt were the best game(s) of 2013, one of the more pertinent questions is what did you feel topped the “Best of” list for 2013?
Like many children of the 80’s I grew up on Nintendo’s unique brand of wholesome fun and, like many adults of the 2000’s, I had grown disenchanted with their steadfast dedication to family friendly gaming. Over the course of the past several months, however, I’ve had a homecoming of sorts. Maybe I needed a break from the Big N or maybe I just needed to be reminded how wonderful their games can be. Whatever the reason, I’m glad to be back.
Pachter must feel awfully silly given that Play.com, which is owned by Rakuten, has revealed that the Wii U has seen a sales spike of 75% in October, and the system has proven to be the most popular device amongst kids, along with the iPad, beating out the Xbox One and PS4.
Even with Sony releasing the PlayStation 4 last week and Microsoft launching the Xbox One as of today, Nintendo wants gamers to remember that 1) Their consoles exist and, 2) They still pack a mean punch from time to time when it comes to the games you can play on them. Quite a few of the year’s biggest Nintendo titles are available this week, including a new Zelda game and a new Mario Bros. game. Yowza.
It’s a bit of a slow week on the ole Nintendo storefront, with only a couple of “big name” titles hitting the Wii U and 3DS, and I’m being pretty kind using the words “big game” when it comes to the likes of Wii Sports Club. Otherwise, you can expect the usual dose of older games finally making their way to the digital marketplace, a Nintendo classic or two, and the requisite number of small games nobody has ever heard of.
Oh yeah, the Big 'N' is starting turn up the heat and find their place in the market with the Wii U now. The great part about this story is that it's mostly about how Nintendo got their groove back after falling out of grace in the console arena throughout most of the year.
In a strange twist of fate, Sterling actually acknowledges the very thing that has been a hot topic in the gaming (and consumer) communities leading up to the release of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4: the control and flow of product information. In this episode of the Jimquisition on Escapist, Sterling makes it clear that even for the people who want to do right by gamers, they really can't.
The Wii Mini is making its way to the United States. The slimmed-down version of Nintendo's console will be available through retailers nationwide for $99.99 starting on November 18th.
Sony attempts to stop the spread of nude photos from Beyond: Two Souls, while Warner Bros holds back reviews of Batman: Arkham Origins and Wild Games Studios gets in a copyright pickle.
Nintendo is gearing up to launch a brand new Wii U bundle sporting the publisher’s most dynamic of duos, Mario Mario and brother Luigi Mario. The Wii U Deluxe Set will hit store shelves on Nov. 1, backing the console and copy of the games New Super Mario Bros. U and New Super Luigi U, all for $299.99.
Skylanders Swap Force, the third entry in the toy-based adventure game series, has arrived in North America. Gamers can pick up the game on PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, Wii or Nintendo 3DS.
It's a somewhat mixed bag on the Nintendo eShop and Virtual Console this week with a handful of games making their way to the digital storefronts, but now huge standouts...Unless you like shaking your groove thang, that is.
If you're looking to take your Disney Infinity experience on the go with you, or perhaps you'd like a free way to see what a large chunk of the game's content is all about, then you might want to fire up the ole iPad and get to downloading the Disney Infinity: Toy Box app, as it's available now.
Timesplitters Rewind is confirmed to be in development for the PS4, Diablo 3 fares better on console than PC and the Steam survey results don't look good for PC gamers. These stories and more in this edition of the Weekly Recap.
Results, both physical and digital, have been released for video game spending in the second quarter of this year and it's not looking too pretty (if you're an investor). Spending is down by 3% compared to the previous year during the same quarter, and Americans only spent $2.88 billion on games, down from $2.97 billion in the previous year.