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Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate preview

It’s been an agonising wait for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. After Monster Hunter 4 issued a call to arms across Japan in late 2013, those around the world particularly keen to join the hunt have had to await Capcom’s souped up successor. And, while the wait has been arduous, early impressions indicate that this comprehensive iteration has best prepped the Nintendo 3DS exclusive’s ...

The Legend of Zelda x Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack 1 preview

Nintendo have, in the past, always advocated that they would always choose to ship a complete game to consumers, rather than force them to expand their experience through downloadable content. It’s an admirable strategy especially when compared to those of their competitors, but it has meant that players have had to be left satisfied with the content that populates games that only ever relea...

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS preview

Spin a globe, land your finger on Japan, and you’ll be pointing at a country that will shortly awaken to the unending thrill of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. While the rest of the world has to patiently hold out for another three weeks, we were lucky enough to take Nintendo’s most recent preview build for a test drive and it is undoubtedly shaping up to be something rather specia...

Bayonetta 2 preview

Absence makes the heart grow fonder, and Bayonetta, aside from those late to the party, has been out of our lives since 2010. The return of the sultry Umbra Witch was revealed in September 2012’s Nintendo Direct, PlatinumGames barraged with complaints over the sequel’s Wii U exclusivity despite repeated explanations that it wouldn’t even be happening without Nintendo’s supp...

Mario Kart 8 preview

Thundering into view, it could be said that there is a lot of hope currently riding on Mario Kart 8. Whilst Nintendo’s plans for E3 this year understandably remain shrouded in secrecy, retailers earlier this year indicated that they saw the return of their beloved kart racing series as the “one real last chance for Wii U“. It could be said that the company thrive on such pressure...

Disney Infinity hands-on preview

It speaks volumes that I spent my opening moments within Disney Infinity’s Toy Box mode beaming in a helicopter, from which I fulfilled my uncontrollable desire to chase a dragon that was ominously circling the world’s expanse. I grinned for hours, despite being fruitless in my pursuit. For all the appeal their family-friendly characters have, Disney share Nintendo’s unquestionab...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds hands-on preview

Even as the most committed of fans to Link’s grand scale escapades, when his next Nintendo 3DS exclusive adventure had first been announced during May’s Nintendo Direct I was less than enamoured. It was a semi-reveal, of sorts. Nintendo’s card hand was incomplete, with no finalised title, inconsequential conversation that it would be a sequel to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the...

Pikmin 3 hands-on preview

It wouldn’t necessarily be an untrue statement to say that I’ve been waiting for Pikmin 3 for nine years now. Confirmed to be in development by Shigeru Miyamoto back in 2008, the project soon progressed from Wii to the console’s high-definition successor and, following further delay last year, we can at long last be excited that the Wii U exclusive is just shy of a month away fro...

Super Mario 3D World hands-on preview

Having stood playing through the five separate stages of Super Mario 3D World’s E3 2013 demo build, it proves the rare gaming experience that simply comprises of joyous fun in abundance. Whilst having fallen into the camp of those that perhaps felt that Super Mario 3D World’s reveal failed to match the stature that Super Mario Galaxy had immediately been met with, going hands-on with t...

Bayonetta 2 hands-on preview

Nintendo surprised the world last year, including myself, when they announced that Bayonetta 2 would see release as a Wii U exclusive. The original won high acclaim from critics, developer PlatinumGames heralded for delivering their own unique take on the ailing third-person action genre that has since seen it garner a determined resurgence in popularity worldwide. Stood in the midst of Nintendo&#...

Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag preview

Having witnessed the Third Crusade, wandered through Renaissance period Italy, and incited a revolution during the Colonial Era, it is the murky waters of the West Indies that grant the next expansive setting for Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series. Set in the 18th Century, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag sees players embark upon an adventure amid the golden age of piracy. You̵...

Funky Barn preview

I’ll be honest, I never thought that I would personally be enamoured by Funky Barn. Yet an hour in, and it’s proved a struggle to detach myself from the game’s seemingly never ending addictive lure. Placed in control of your own farm, Funky Barn serves up a sandbox simulation experience that tasks you with attending to the continual needs of your livestock and crops. Ensuring tha...

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