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Turtle Tale Wii U Review

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Release Date: October 9, 2014 | Price: $2.99
Genre: Platformer | Platform: Wii U eShop
Developer and Publisher: Saturnine Games

Shelldon is back to fight Captain O’Haire and his gang of Monkey Pirates in the Wii U version of Turtle Tale. I previously reviewed the Nintendo 3DS version of Turtle Tale, so initially I was going to skip over the Wii U version. However, I thought it would be neat to take a look back at the game to see what has changed for the big screen. So, have changes made Turtle Tale on the Wii U worthy of a double dip?

No. If you have already purchased the Nintendo 3DS version, there is really no reason to buy it again on the Wii U. Well, unless you really want to play it on a much bigger screen. Essentially, Turtle Tale on Wii U is identical to the Nintendo 3DS version. For those that haven’t played, here is a quick rundown of the gameplay. You control Shelldon on his journey to take down the invading Monkey Pirates. The game is a 2D, sidescrolling platformer with action elements. Shelldon uses his trusty water gun, which is still a lot of fun to use, to take down enemies. Turtle Tale is a conglomeration of classic platforming elements, and is generally a good game.

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As for what remains the same: levels, gameplay, music, sound effects, graphics, enemies, and end game bonus. So, in a nutshell, everything is the same. At this point, you must be wondering if there were any changes in the Wii U version, and there are, but they are small and almost insignificant. The most obvious change is that the graphics are in a higher resolution. This has made the backgrounds more noticeable, and really brings out their beauty. However, the characters haven’t received the same bump in beauty as they are still quite generic, however, I wouldn’t consider them to be bad. Other graphical changes include making crabs under the sand more noticeable with a darker outline. I can’t say I ran into the problem of being ambushed by them on the 3DS version, though if it helps somebody, it’s a valid change. The other big change is that Shelldon now has more invincibility after being hit. Again, I never had a problem with this in the 3DS version, but I’m sure it makes the game easier for some.

There are no added levels in Turtle Tale, so you’ll be making the trek through the same 15 levels across five worlds again. Though, Turtle Tale does offer a much harder second quest after you beat each level after collecting all 1,500 pieces of fruit, which was in the 3DS game, though it should now be easier to complete thanks to added invincibility.

Final Thoughts:

There’s not much to be said about Turtle Tale that hasn’t already been said. It is a decent platformer and would be a great way to game the afternoon away, that is, if you haven’t already played it on the Nintendo 3DS. It won’t be much of a challenge for gaming’s elite, though I can certainly see children falling in love with the game. At $2.99, it gives you about two hours of gameplay, including the second quest, and more if you choose to replay a second time. If you’d like to experience the game’s changes, you should be able to download an update for the Nintendo 3DS version now that will synch it up to the Wii U version.

7/10 – Good
Review copy provided by Saturnine Games

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Ice Cream Surfer Review

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Release Date: September 4, 2014 | Price: $5.00
Genre: Shoot ‘Em Up/Arcade | Platform: Wii U eShop
Developer and Publisher: Dolores Entertainment S.L.

Quirky shoot ‘em up games ran wild on the Famicom back in the eighties. However, shoot ‘em up titles with that same Famicom quirkiness haven’t been quite as plentiful in the modern era. Don’t fret, though, because Dolores Entertainment has brought back the quirkiness with a game known as Ice Cream Surfer.

Ice Cream Surfer is a 2d, side-scrolling, shoot ‘em up game that delivers the quirky ways of old. The game starts with a short cut-scene that shows an evil vegetable army – led by a devious looking Broccoli – that is determined to ruin the fun for those with a sweet tooth. If you’re looking for quirky, that scene should tell you a lot about the tone of the entire game.

Before you begin, you get to choose between five characters, each with their own unique abilities. Some characters are long range fighters, while others are more comfortable with an up close and personal style. Each character having their own abilities definitely adds some variety to this title, which is certainly needed as Ice Cream Surfer can be compared to eating a Popsicle.

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There are six levels in Ice Cream Surfer, all of which take only a few minutes to beat. It took me about 40 minutes to complete the game, which could have been shorter had I not incurred as many deaths. Regardless, those six levels rewarded me with a good experience. There are a variety of enemies to fight, some with unique attack patterns, that kept Ice Cream Surfer feeling fresh until the end. Aside from your regular attack, you can perform special moves that are helpful for getting yourself out of an overwhelming situation. Perhaps the biggest draw of the game is being able to power-up your abilities by collecting Popsicles, and adding points to your score by collecting gems. All in all, the levels themselves are pretty easy to clear, especially if you’re using a long ranged fighter, however, some of the bosses might take a few tries to beat.

While the game is short, I still very much enjoyed playing through the game, however, that doesn’t mean Ice Cream Surfer is devoid of flaws. My biggest issue with the game are the “phantom deaths” that occur during gameplay. I say phantom deaths because I’m left wondering exactly how it is I died. I figured out early that I can’t touch the game’s item boxes – these must be shot open for their reward – though I quickly discovered that I was accidentally running into enemy shots. At times, there is so much going on that it is easy to miss an enemy attack, which you will likely end up touching without realizing it. However, there were still other times where the term phantom death could certainly apply. The other flaw that I almost never even noticed occurs when playing with just the Wii U GamePad. Some of the game’s sound effects and music aren’t played through the controller’s speakers, which you would only notice if you tried out the game’s Off-TV mode.

Flaws aside, I can’t help but say how much I adored the game’s graphics. These are some of the most colorful pixel graphics I have ever seen. The game’s art lends to the quirky theme of the game, which is evident when you fight a giant baby seal that tries to kill you with his love. There are plenty more images like that throughout the game, plus you get to see polar bears riding on ice cream, which is quite delightful. The game’s soundtrack is just as enjoyable as the graphics. In particular, I like how the game sounds like an old arcade game. There’s something about that specific sound that sends nostalgic shivers down my spine.

Final Thoughts:

Ice Cream Surfer is a short, but good experience, for the most part. Aside from a few flaws, it’s easy to recommend Ice Cream Surfer if you’re a fan of quirky shoot ‘em ups. It’s $5.00 price point makes it affordable, especially if you plan to play through the game with each character. However, those not convinced might want to wait for a sale before committing to a purchase.

7/10 – Good

Review copy provided by Dolores Entertainment

New Club Nintendo Reward – Featured Game Rewards for October 2014

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October 2014 brings us new featured game rewards over at Club Nintendo. Despite being October, Nintendo isn’t offering many horror-themed titles, though there are a few here that may be worthy of your coins.

My recommendations for this month are Kirby’s Dream Course and Donkey Kong.

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New Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Trailer Reveals Playable Toadette

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Nintendo Download for October 10, 2014

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Launch Date Trailer

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Turtle Tale Wii U Release Details and Trailer

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Turtle Tale will be released on the Wii U eShop this Thursday, October 9. The game will cost $2.99 and include improvements such as higher resolution and other graphical effects, as well as some tweaks that address consumer feedback for the 3DS version. For now, you can read more about Turtle Tale by checking out our review for the 3DS version.

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Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Release Date Revealed

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Toad finally gets his own gaming adventure in December. Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, based on the awesome Captain Toad levels from Super Mario 3D World, will be released on December 5, 2014. The game will be $39.99, which is $20 cheaper than most first-party Wii U games.

Source: Nintendo PR e-mail

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Amiibos Confirmed for November Release

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Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has finally been given an official release date. Come November 21, fans will be able to get their hands on, perhaps, the biggest Wii U game of the year. We already know the game will feature online modes, HD graphics at 60 fps, and levels the 3DS version doesn’t have, though there is a lot of information we don’t have yet.

Of course, a Wii U GameCube Controller adapter, and Super Smash Bros. GameCube controller will be released alongside Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The adapter will cost $19.99 (likely $24.99 in Canada) and the controller will cost $29.99 (likely $34.99 in Canada).

Lastly, fans looking to scratch their collecting itch will be able to pick up some Amiibo figures on November 21, as well. The first line of figures will consist of Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby and Marth. Want even more Amiibos? Well, a second wave of figures will launch in December and includes Zelda, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit and Captain Falcon.

Source: Nintendo PR e-mail

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