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Official Nintendo Magazine reviews key 3DS and Wii U titles including Luigi’s Mansion 2

20130120-002112.jpgOfficial Nintendo Magazine has recently reviewed some of Nintendo’s hyped up 3DS and Wii U titles including Luigi’s Mansion 2, Lego City: Undercover, and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. Luigi’s Mansion 2 was given 92% while the other two were given an impressive 90% and 88%, respectively. All the review scores can be viewed below. Are you planning to pick up any of these titles for your respective console?

  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate – 92%
  • Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 – 32%
  • LEGO City: Undercover – 90%
  • Luigi’s Mansion 2 – 92%
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS) – 88%
  • Need for Speed: Most Wanted U – 90%
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 (DS) – 71%
  • Zen Pinball 2 – 68%

New Nintendo Land details revealed


Gaming publication Official Nintendo Magazine has revealed some interesting new details about four attractions from Wii U’s first party launch title and deluxe package bundle game, Nintendo Land. You can learn more about Balloon Trip Breeze, Metroid Blast, Mario Chase, and Pikmin Adventure below!

Balloon Trip Breeze

Hero carries parcels between islands

Delivering the parcels rewards you with currency to spend in the theme park.

You can tap away certain obstacles on the gamepad but random prods (cheating) will cause the spikes to ricochet.

Metroid Blast

Shooting doesn’t use the sensor to aim, but the MotionPlus (ala Skyward Sword).

Gunmen boast Samus’ full moveset – morph ball, charge shots, evasive dodges and grapple beams – can use the latter to hang from the gunship.

Mario Chase

In the Mud River Run stage, mud moats can be crossed via bridges that dissolve under the escapee’s feet.

At the end of the round, you get a breakdown of everyone’s movement.

Pikmin Adventure

Pikmin world re-imagined as clockwork Gashapon toys.

Enemies arrive in plastic capsules, dispatched by a giant vending machine.

When a Pikmin is eaten by an enemy, they emerge as Poo (!) Friends must then help to chip them out.

Final three mystery Nintendo Land attractions revealed


A reader of Official Nintendo Magazine has sent the publication a fact sheet of all twelve Nintendo Land attractions which reveals detailed information about the mystery final three games available to play. The three attractions are Captain Falcon’s Twister Race, Octopus Dance, and Yoshi’s Fruit Cart and details about each of these games can be viewed below.

Captain Falcon’s Twister Race: In this single-player attraction, you’ll hold the narrow end of the Wii U GamePad upright with both hands to guide a high-speed wind-up vehicle toward the finish line.

Octopus Dance: This is a single-player, rhythm-based attraction using the Wii U GamePad. You must instantly memorise the movement of the character on screen and re-enact the poses using the Control Sticks or gyro sensor.

Yoshi’s Fruit Cart: In this brain-teasing single-player attraction, you’re asked to guide Yoshi’s cart towards the goal while collecting all the fruit along the way. The catch is that you can see fruit on the TV but not on the GamePad, a game-play mechanic made possible only using two screens.

Wii games should be rereleased for Wii U says Shin’en dev


Martin Linzner a developer for Shin’en has confirmed in an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine that Wii U is easy to create games for and states that Nintendo should consider rereleasing games from the Wii and convert them into HD for the Wii U. Which Wii games would you like to see upscaled in glorious HD?

“The Wii U hardware has a great architecture and, most importantly, it is easy for developers to utilise its power,” said Linzner.

“For instance, we have a very action-heavy game with literally thousands of animated objects, but had no problems rendering the complete gameworld, twice, for the Wii U controller display in two-player mode.”

However, in addition to creating new titles, Linzner believes that Nintendo could also have results if the company was to re-release Wii games for Wii U.

“You could easily take many original Wii titles from Retro Studios or Nintendo and release them again in HD and they would look and play better than many current titles. I believe that the most important resource in game development is the developers, rather than the actual hardware.”