Nintendo announces playable Wii U games at PAX Prime

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Fans attending PAX Prime later this week will have a chance to go hands-on with Nintendo's Wii U console, the co

Detailing their plans for the game expo, Nintendo confirmed several upcoming games for the Wii U, including Pikmin 3, ZombiU, and New Super Mario Bros. U will be playable. The Nintendo booth will have plenty of hands-on Wii U game demos giving fans an early chance to check out the system's GamePad and its unique second-screen.

For those more interested in Nintendo's handhelds, you should check out the Nintendo Gaming Lounge on levels 2 and 3 of the North Galleria to experience unreleased games for the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS. Fans will be able to enjoy a wide variety of titles on the recently released Nintendo 3DS XL.

The Nintendo Gaming Lounge will also include a special Pokémon area, where fans can gather to battle and trade with other Pokémon Trainers.

On August 31 at 6:30 pm, a live Kid Icarus: Uprising multiplayer tournament will be held in the Gaming Lounge on the third floor of the Washington State Convention Center. First, second, and third place winners will receive a Core Set of the Kid Icarus: Uprising AR Cards. Series 2 AR Card packs will also be given away in the Nintendo booth during show hours, while supplies last.

On September 1, Kirby fans can take part in a special Guinness World Records attempt to break the record for most people blowing a chewing gum bubble simultaneously. This is in celebration of Kirby's 20th anniversary and upcoming launch of Kirby's Dream Collection: Special Edition for Wii.

When roaming the halls of PAX Prime be on the look out for special stickers in celebration of the launch of Paper Mario: Sticker Star for Nintendo 3DS. Attendees who find three game-themed stickers by following the clues posted on Nintendo's official Twitter Account can bring them to a Nintendo representative where they will be awarded a special bonus sticker.

Below is a complete list of Nintendo games available to play at PAX Prime:

Wii U

  • ZombiU(Ubisoft)
  • Pikmin 3
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Project P-100(working title)
  • Ninja Gaiden™3: Razor’s Edge
  • Nintendo Land™
  • Scribblenauts™Unlimited(Warner Bros. Interactive)
  • Trine 2™:Director’s Cut(Frozenbyte)

Nintendo 3DS

  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star
  • Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask™
  • Luigi’s Mansion™: Dark Moon
  • Adventure Time™: Hey Ice King! Why’d You Steal Our Garbage?!(D3Publisher)
  • Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion(Disney Interactive)
  • Skylanders Giants™(Activision Publishing)
  • New Super Mario Bros.™2
  • Mario Kart™7
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising

Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS

  • Fluidity: Spin Cycle
  • Pokédex™3D Pro
  • Pushmo™
  • 3D Classics: Kirby’s Adventure™

Nintendo DS

  • Pokémon™Conquest


  • Kirby’s Dream Collection: Special Edition

Tags: Wii U, PAX Prime 2012

By Matt Liebl

Wreck-It Ralph game teaser shows absolutely nothing

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Activision has released a teaser trailer for their new video game,Wreck-It Ralph, based on the upcomingDisney animated film set to release this November. For those unfamiliar,Wreck-It Ralphis the story of a video game "villain" from an old arcade classic who sets off an an adventure across various games after he decides he's tired of playing the role of a bad guy.

Wreck-It Ralph the video game, from Activision, expands upon that story, picking up where the movie leaves off. The game is being described as a "classic arcade video game with a whole new modern look and feel", although you won't get any of that from the trailer. The teaser is sadly only 23 seconds in length and features absolutely no gameplay footage.

It's more like an announcement trailer which is really sad because I'm really looking forward to both the movie and the video game. Activision has released some details about the game:

As a threatening Cy-bug invasion breaks out, you get to team up with Fix-It Felix and travel through action-packed puzzles and missions to save their arcade home once again. Get ready for some serious ground and pound in the Wreck-It Ralph videogame!

Wreck-It Ralph the game has is coming October 30, 2012, exclusively on the Wii, Nintendo 3DS, and DS.With story campaign and two-player co-op on the Wii platform, players can switch between Ralph and Felix to solve action-packed puzzles and collect "Hero Medals".

Tags: Wreck-It Ralph

By Matt Liebl

Chrono Trigger lands on Android

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Chrono Trigger

The classic time-traveling role-playing game Chrono Trigger is finally making its way to Android.

Chrono Trigger, which originally released for the Super Nintendo in 1995, has been ported to many systems since: the PlayStation, Nintendo DS, mobile phones, the Wii's Virtual Console, and iOS devices. It's one of the most popular RPGs in history.

The game is now available on Google Play for $9.99, the same price as the iOS version. It features touch-screen controls and two areas from the DS remake, the Dimensional Vortex and Lost Sanctum.

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Tags: Chrono Trigger, Square

By Stephanie Carmichael

Weekly wrap-up 10/26/2012

Medal of Honor: Warfighter on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 Image / Screenshot

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It’s Friday, and you know what that means. It’s time for GameZone’s weekly wrap-up of all the latest reviews, previews, videos, and editorials. If you missed anything this week, we won’t be too upset with you because you can check it all out here. We know you’re curious to see how Medal of Honor: Warfighter and Wreck-It Ralph stacked up, so here ya go!


Review: Paranormal Activity 4 sticks to the series' manipulative formula

If you’ve been digging this horror series up until now, you’ll likely enjoy this latest installment despite its lack of evolution.

Review: Just Dance 4 is a fun but familiar two step

If you’re not already a diehard fan of this dancing franchise, this game may not win you over. It’s fun, but it’s hardly incredible.

Review: Skylanders Giants manages to keep the toy craze going strong

The toys! And the new characters! The second Skylanders game manages to deliver more of the same entertainment that the first title introduced last year. (Video review)

Review: iCade Mobile is just not adequate for serious gaming

While it’s certainly decent for the casual crowd, more serious gamers may not find much functionality in this controller option for iOS devices.

Review: Duo Gamer brings near console quality controls to iOS devices, with a catch

Dig Gameloft games? If so, this faux console peripheral will suit your needs. Individuals who want something that plays everything else, however, will be sorely disappointed.

Review: MOGA Controller is a solid effort to bring real controls to a touchscreen device

Portable, functional, and impressive, the MOGA Controller does a great job of giving you a traditional control option for your mobile titles.

Review: Serious Sam 3: BFE on XBLA boasts crazy enemies and even crazier FPS action

Gamers looking for an old school FPS experience with the refinements of a more modern title will totally eat up Sam Stone’s latest outing.

Review: Doom 3: BFG Edition is a hell of a good time

Three great FPS titles, fun online multiplayer, and true shooter spirit make this collection of Doom titles one hell of a set.

Review: Torchlight II delivers a fantastic experience from beginning to end

Offering up an addictive and solid action-RPG experience that isn’t exactly revolutionary but certainly delivers the goods, Torchlight 2 is a worthwhile play for any fan of the genre.

Review: The Walking Dead 'Sick' finds Rick in an unwell place

The latest episode of The Walking Dead presents a more no-nonsense, more twisted Rick, but was this progression too hasty?

Review: The Denpa Men: They Came By Wave doesn't fully live up to its strange and eccentric potential

Despite presenting some pleasingly strange ideas and fun moments, this odd 3DS download fails to live up to its potential.

Review: War of the Roses offers up medieval brutality at its finest with a steep learning curve

This medieval-themed action game presents some cool multiplayer elements. It’s far from perfect, but it’s still easy to recommend for fans of the subject matter.

Review: Wizardlings on iOS tasks you to explore the realm of Skywind, one tile at a time

Dubbed a “tap RPG,” this iOS title is free of charge and totally worth checking out.

Review: Sonic Jump is an addicting, casual take on the blue blur

This isn’t a traditional Sonic the Hedgehog outing, but that doesn’t matter because this iOS game is an absolute blast.

Review: Funky Smugglers is an enjoyable & quirky take on airport security

Entertaining and humorous, this iOS title tasks you with keeping airports and airplanes free of harm in a joyously quirky manner.

Review: Medal of Honor: Warfighter is a prisoner of war to generic gameplay

Despite genuinely rewarding multiplayer gameplay, Warfighter does little to stand out among other military FPS titles. (Video review)

Review: Video game reverence and infectious charm make Wreck-It Ralph a must-see

Simply put, if you dig video games and have a soft spot for referential humor, there’s no reason for you to skip Wreck-It Ralph.

Review: Silent Hill's only Revelation is that it's terrible

The scariest thing about this flick is the idea of people actually watching it. Oh, the horror!


Preview: ZombiU once again instills my faith in the survival horror genre

Could this upcoming Wii U title restore the awesomeness of the survival horror and zombie genres? It certainly has the potential to do exactly that.

Preview: ZombiU's multiplayer puts a player in charge of zombie minions

Playing as a zombie leader who controls other zombies? Yes, it’s as fun as it sounds.

Hands-on preview with Adventure Time 3DS and Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask

GameZone spends some time playing two upcoming 3DS titles that are completely worth being stoked about.

GZ Originals

10 tips for dominating the alien threat in XCOM: Enemy Unknown

Need a little help taking out those invaders in XCOM? Heed these tips and kick some alien ass (which we assume is like human ass but weirder).

How all major sport games took a big leap forward this year

This year has been pretty good for sports gamers. Let’s hope that trend continues next year.

Silent Hill: Book of Memories reflects the industry's changing view of horror

Genres and design often evolve in gaming, and the horror genre is yet another example of that.

Nitpick: LIMIT BREAK!!!

There’s a difference between challenging and cheap, and that difference can truly make or break a gameplay experience.

Interview: Talking with Complexity's Joshua "Trimaster" Niven, runner up at the World Cyber Games StarCraft II US Nationals

We talk in-depth with Joshua “Trimaster” Niven who recently took the second place spot at WCG.

We quest, craft and slay monsters in the RaiderZ Open Beta

Get a close look at the action of the RaderZ Open Beta.

12 fun movies for Halloween

Want to watch some truly entertaining flicks for this most festive of holidays? Check out 12 Halloween recommendations from GameZone.

A look back at Zone of the Enders

We take a walk down Reminiscence Street (which is way cooler than Memory Lane) and look back at the history of this awesome cult classic series.

Want to talk about indie games, Kirby, or cheap pizza? Follow me on Twitter @dr_davidsanchez.

Tags: Reviews, Previews, GZ Originals, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, Movies

By David Sanchez

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