Wario Land II also comes to eShop!

Well it’s only for people in Japan at the moment, but it’s great news regardless.  Wario Land II/2 (they use the roman numeral version on the box) is coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop in a short while.  This indicates the entire Wario Land series is probably going to be available there sooner or later.

Given that the Wario Land series is a really fantastic series of games and that I’ve only heard good things about the second installment, fans of platformers and classic virtual console games should be extremely excited for this one.  Here are a few screenshots from the official page:

As well as a video of what the gameplay is like:

It was always a bit of a step back graphically from the first game, but hey it was an early Game Boy Color title.  And it introduced the familiar transformations and exploration based gameplay the series is sort of known for.



Well Epic Mickey 2 the Power of Illusion looks nice

More interestingly, it seems like the first true ‘2D platformer’ we’ve had in a long time.  No 3D models here people, the game seems like it uses good old SNES/Genesis style sprites and tilesets.  Haven’t seen one of those types of games from a big budget developer in a while, have we?

It looks really good I think, brings me right back to the olden days of 2D platformers with games like Super Mario World, Sonic the Hedgehog, Wario Land 4, etc where instead of this generic ‘3d model’ style so many recent games use you have proper original artwork and what seems like more care put into the graphics.

I can almost see this kind of game running on a SNES now…

Admittedly for a 3DS game people might be put off a bit by the old school art style it uses and what not, but who cares?  If it revives sprite based 2D platformers at long last it’s well worth it. I’d love a new Mario game with a SNES/GBA level of technology and the use of sprites, wouldn’t anyone else?

What do you think?


Nintendo Creates Great Kid Icarus Uprising Weapon Infographic

Want a quick run down of all the weapons in Kid Icarus Uprising?  Well Nintendo’s got you covered with this fantastic infographic.  Not only does it look great, but it also describes the general characteristics of every weapon in the game in a nice easy to read format.  See it here:

So yes, should be useful if any of you Kid Icarus Uprising owners want a run down of every weapon every now and again.

What do you think of it?


Will Wario Land Super Mario Land 3 be coming to eShop soon?

Yes it’s already out in both Japan and Europe, but as of now I hear the game hasn’t been rereleased in the US.  However, this may be about to change.

You see, Nintendo Power has put up previews of their latest issue.  It mainly shows stuff like Epic Mickey 2, but it also talks about Wario Land according to the contents page.  Page 32 apparently (which seems to come as part of the ‘download’ section).  Some sources are therefore speculating the game’s being reviewed in this issue in advance of its coming release date.

A picture showing the mention can be seen below:

Hope this is true since while the game’s available for me due to living in the UK, it’d still be nice for it to be available to buy on the eShop for Americans.   Because as we all know, the game’s great in general and with the US having more of a market for video games in general, being available over there will mean a whole lot more people trying out the series for the first time.

Here’s hoping you Nintendo fans in the US get to play this Game Boy classic again!

Another Pokemon related announcement coming soon?

At least, that’s what Serebii.net is reporting.  Apparently the next Pokemon Smash show will have another announcement in some way related to the series and people are speculating it’ll be in some way about Pokemon Black and White 2 (like more information on how the games differ, how Kyurem’s forms work or when the game will be released).

But you’re going to have to take their word on that, since they don’t seem to give a source and ‘announcement’ in the context of Pokemon doesn’t always exactly mean there’ll be something big planned.

Still, what do you think the announcement will be about?



(at the current time see the news posted on Saturday).