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How Did the Wii U Do in 2013?

 After a rough start, Nintendo hoped to cement the Wii U's place on the gaming market in 2013. Month by month, we look back on the hits and misses of the Wii U's year.

Wii Games Spotlight10

My Style Studio: Hair Salon Reviewed

Thursday April 17, 2014

I'll be honest; I wasn't especially excited to play a game aimed at young girls. But I had more fun with My Style Studio: Hair Salon than I expected. To see why I liked it, and my girlfriend's best guess as to whether a little girl would like it, read my review of My Style Studio: Hair Salon.

Super Smash Bros. Revealed - Wii U Release Date Later than 3DS

Thursday April 10, 2014

If you want to know anything about Nintendo's upcoming Super Smash Bros. game, the latest Nintendo Direct gives gamers 39 minutes worth of information on the characters, moves, items, and online multiplayer of the game. A lot of it isn't that meaningful to someone like me with only a passing familiarity with the series, so I'll just mention a couple of highlights.

The 3DS version of SSB will come out this summer, but the Wii U version won't come out until winter. This could blunt some of the power of the game as a Wii U system seller. The 3DS version will also have a mode not available on the Wii U. Levels for the two versions will, for the most part, be entirely different (the cutest level I saw was a Nintendogs one for the 3DS, but the best-looking levels, are, of course, on the Wii U).

If you want to play online on the Wii U, Nintendo is recommending you invest in a Wii U LAN adapter, which give you better Internet speed than a wireless connection.

Nintendo promises to try and prevent bad online behavior such as frequent dropping or repeatedly targeting an individual with temporary bans. You can also get  a short-term ban for baseless reporting of other players.

The game has a new sort of  ranking tied to the number of players who have been less successful than you. Your skill level will be used in matchmaking, so if you're a long-time SSB fan, you'll never have to deal with a lightweight like me.

 

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition Reviewed

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate

In 2013, the Arkham series was brought to the 3DS and PS Vita. The game worked so well on a small screen, the publisher decided to port it to home consoles. Does this maximized version of the minimized version of the Arkham formula succeed? Read my review of Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate - Deluxe Edition and find out.

Super Smash Bros. Details Coming Tomorrow

Monday April 7, 2014

Nintendo has announced a Nintendo Direct live video tomorrow entirely devoted to the Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. This is one of Nintendo's most highly anticipated games, and we will hopefully know a lot more tomorrow, including, one hopes, the launch date.

You can catch the Direct live April 8 at 3 pm Pacific Time on Nintendo's YouTube channel, or watch it anytime after that.

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