Activision announced Skylanders: Swap Force – the newest entry in the Skylanders series – for Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Wii (according to Forbes) earlier this morning. Skylanders: Swap Force will feature interchangeable figures that allow gamers the ability to mix and match the top and bottom halves of 16 Swap Force characters to create more than 250 unique characters. These new characters will take on the powers and moves of the Swap Force characters used in the combination. Also, a new Portal of Power is needed to play Skylanders: Swap Force; this new Portal of Power will be included in the starter kit which also includes two of the new Swap Force characters, plus one regular Skylander.
Designed to suck the cash straight out of parents’ wallets, there will also be 16 brand new regular Skylanders and 16 fan favourites remade for Skylanders: Swap Force. Of course, there will also be eight brand new LightCore figurines to buy. Lastly, all old Skylanders characters can be used to play the new game, including Skylanders Giants, each having a jumping ability added to their move-set.
Expect the new Skylanders game, Skylanders: Swap Force, to launch this fall for every console in existence. A trailer of some sort is surely to come in the near future.
Last week, we reported that Nintendo would be selling select Wii U Virtual Console games for 30 cents as part of their celebration for the 30th anniversary of the Famicom. We listed each game and the months in which they’d be released, but now exact release dates have surface for each title. Also, each game purchased is eligible for 2 points in the Deluxe Digital Program.
January 23 – February 21: Balloon Fight
February 20 – March 21: F-Zero
March 20 – April 18: Punch Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
Call of Duty: Black Ops II has been patched on the Wii U, but comes with a host of new issues. You can watch the video from CoffeeWithGames below to see Scott perform the update and talk about the fixes, but if you want to learn about the new issues, read on.
Activision has posted a statement concerning the Wii U patch on their community forum. Here is the full statement:
Hello Wii U Community,
We are noticing some issues with the version of the patch that was posted that you guys are also reporting here on the forums. We are working with Nintendo on a resolution to this problem and hope to know more at some point tomorrow. I will keep you posted as I receive more information.
We are aware that some of the menu listings from the 360′s Revolution DLC drop are showing up in the game. This is not a confirmation of DLC for the Wii U, just a versioning problem that we are working to address.
The animation glitches are happening when different regions are connecting with each other. This is a versioning issue we are currently working with Nintendo to resolve.
I do not want to publish the list of known fixes until I have confirmation that they are all live. I hope to be able to do this tomorrow, but as I mentioned, this is something we are working on with Nintendo, so the timeline isn’t entirely in our hands.
Thank you for understanding.
We should know more tomorrow, but for now you can watch Scott’s video and update Black Ops II if you wish.
Explore a cavern or download Balloon Fight for 30 cents on the Wii U eShop. Also this week, a Demo for Brain Age: Concentration Training and waves of alien scum invade your 3DS in the NES classic, Super C.
On the heels of the Wii U Virtual Console announcement, Nintendo also presented a celebration for the 30th anniversary of the Famicom. Starting today, gamers will be able to purchase classic Nintendo games for a mere 30 cents on the Nintendo eShop. These games will only be available at this price for 30 days.
This will also serve as a trial campaign for the Wii U Virtual Console as it won’t be ready until after the Spring’s Wii U system update. What games will be available for 30 cents, you ask? Here’s a list of the seven games that will be a part of Nintendo’s Famicom celebration:
Nintendo has plans to release two system updates for the Wii U, both of which will focus on launching software faster and returning to the Wii U menu faster, but the Virtual Console will also be coming after the first update.
Shortly after the Spring system update, Nintendo will finally be launching the Virtual Console service on the Wii U, however, Nintendo won’t be offering the entire library that you can find on the Wii. Instead, Nintendo plans to start with some NES and SNES games and continually build the library; confirmation of Game Boy Advance titles coming to the Wii U Virtual Console was also mentioned.
The Virtual Console on Wii U will have features similiar to the 3DS iteration of the service, such as the ability to save a back-up of your game progress. However, the Wii U Virtual Console will also have new features. The most anticipated new feature is, of course, the ability to play VC games on the Wii U GamePad. Also, like many Wii U games, VC games will also have Miiverse communities.
What about all the Virtual Console games you downloaded on your Wii? Well, Nintendo acknowledged this, but the answer may not sit well with you. If you’ve already paid for a Virtual Console game on your Wii, you must pay a small fee to play it on your Wii U. Nintendo is offering the enhanced games at a discounted price ($1.00 per NES game, $1.50 per SNES game) if you’ve already bought them. This price will automatically be reflected in the Nintendo eShop if you transfer your VC titles over to the Wii U.
Much like the new Super Smash Bros., Super Mario, and Mario Kart games, Nintendo didn’t reveal any screenshots or trailers for the new Zelda Wii U game, but they did give us a few small details about its development.
First, the order that dungeons must be completed is discussed with a mention of the linearity of Skyward Sword. Going back to the first The Legend of Zelda game, dungeons could be completed in any order, as long as certain conditions were met. The same can be said for A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time, but somehow this basic concept has been lost with recent entries in the series.
Also mentioned is the idea that you’re supposed to play by yourself. It isn’t clear if they’re talking about multiplayer, or if they’re talking about their fascination with adding a companion that needs to hold Link’s hand throughout the game. Going back to the first few entries of the series you can see that Link, for the most part, is on his own. Removing a Midna, Fi, or Navi partner could be a breath of fresh air for the series.
Again, this isn’t a lot of information, but it’s something for Zelda fans to chew on while the new game is being developed.
Nintendo has confirmed that a brand new 3D Super Mario game is indeed in development. In addition to a new 3D Super Mario game, a brand new Mario Kart game is also being developed for the Wii U. Both games are currently scheduled to be playable at E3 2013.
Unfortunately, there were no screenshots or trailers for either game. Looks like we have to hold out until June for more information.
Nintendo announced a brand new Yoshi game for Wii U earlier today, but in a surprise twist, it will be borrowing from Kirby’s Epic Yarn. “Yarn Yoshi” will be developed in the same adorable style as Kirby’s Epic Yarn. Not a lot is known about the game at the moment, but we’re expecting details at E3 2013.
Zelda fans have been asking for it, and Nintendo has answered their wishes. A full HD remake of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker is being developed for the Wii U. Simply puts, Wind Waker HD is being released because the other Zelda Wii U title will take some time to develop.
So, are you excited for The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD? Or do you think this is a waste of Nintendo’s time?