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Developer: HAL Laboratories
Release Date: September 16, 2012
ESRB: E 10+
Several months ago, Nintendo announced plans for a collection of classic Kirby games to be released in honor of the 20th anniversary of the franchise, which made its first appearance on the Gameboy in August of 1992. Since then, our little pink hero has been on plenty of adventures on almost every Nintendo system released to date. Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Kirby’s Return to Dream Land have seen recent success on the Wii, and hopefully we will one day get a Kirby 3DS title to round off the series.
Kirby has aged relatively well, despite never reaching the staggering success of other famous Nintendo franchises. And there’s nothing like an anniversary collection to remind nostalgia junkies how fun the classics can be. Kirby’s Dream Collection contains Kirby’s Dream Land (Gameboy), Kirby’s Adventure (NES), Kirby’s Dream Land 2 (Gameboy), Kirby’s Dream Land 3 (SNES), Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64), and Kirby Super Star, which includes a variety of mini-games. Also on the game disc are specially made challenge stages and an interactive series timeline. The Special Edition collection also includes a compilation soundtrack CD and a small “celebration book” dedicated to Kirby’s evolution and impact throughout the years.
Developer: Monolith Soft
Release Date: April 6, 2012 (US), August 19, 2011 (EU), June 10, 2010 (JPN)
ESRB: T – Teen
Xenoblade Chronicles is Monolith Soft’s shining swansong role-playing game that proves it is still possible to make a traditional Japanese RPG with a back to roots approach while still delivering on the ideals of the genre; a compelling, grandiose story, likable characters, the lost art of exploration, and familiar but refined gameplay. Xenoblade Chronicles does not break the mold nor does it reinvent the endangered genre of the Japanese RPG (JRPG). It takes that mold and crafts something that has rarely been seen in this current generation of video gaming, one of the finest RPG experiences on the Wii or any console this generation.
It’s by no means official yet, but Wii U could be launching by November 18th. Nintendo has circulated emails throughout the company, and the release date was leaked somehow. The rumor also says that the system will launch in Japan the following week.
The release date of November 18th could be a sure bet. There has been a trend with the launch of Nintendo consoles in the past as the Gamecube launched on the 18th and the Wii launched on the 19th. Hopefully Nintendo is sticking with this tradition, and we see the console by the holiday season.
A recent survey conducted by Nielsenwire reveals some interesting results. According to their findings, they’ve concluded the following about today’s gaming landscape:
Nintendo hasn’t talked much about the release date of the Wii U. They have said multiple times that it should be out sometime in 2012. Reuters reported that Satura Iwata hinted that the system would release in all territories by Christmas time. The tidbit of info came from an investors briefing, which could bring validity to the news. We will get the official story when Nintendo releases the translations of the briefing.
When the console was originally announced at E3, Nintendo was hinting at a summer of 2012 release. This means it’s a little later than we originally hoped for, but at least we will be getting it before the year is up. The bad news is this means that most of 2012 will be spent with the Wii, and this could make for another slow year for Nintendo fans.
Many may remember late last year when Netflix declared they would be dividing their services into two separate branches: Netflix and Qwikster. One would continue to stream video only, while the other would offer physical DVD rentals, Blu-ray rentals and video game rentals as well. Those plans were abolished only weeks after the initial announcement with little to no explanation, leaving most to wonder if video game rentals were still a possibility.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the bearer of bad news last year, said Netflix has “no plans” of offering video game rentals right now, speaking in a Q4 investor meeting today. He offers no details on future plans for gaming. but goes on to discuss Netflix’s investigation into 3D streaming options.
Okay, so 3D. It’s still fun, right? Kind of.
Eurogamer has some pics of The Last Story Collector’s Edition package for the upcoming European release of the game. Yes, I realize a small population of gamer will actually care about this, but my goal is to spread the good word of the JRPG on the Nintendo Wii’s farewell voyage as the Wii U prepares to take the reigns. I personally will be importing this one as I did with Xenoblade Chronicles. Nintendo had a change of heart, thanks to GameStop (who would’ve ever thought we’d be saying that?) and decided to release Xenoblade Chronicles in the US in March. No such word on The Last Story, but I don’t think I’ll waste any time. Xenoblade Chronicles release is a coup, but it was one of the most pirated games of 2011 and that surely spells doom for sales. That’s too bad as I am thoroughly looking forward to more JRPG goodness from the godfathers of JRPG goodness, Hironobu Sakaguchi and Nobuo Uematsu. Developer, Mistwalker, was responsible for my current favorite RPG on the Xbox 360, Lost Odyssey.
Nintendo took another blow today when Electronic Arts announced that there would be no Wii version for EA’s latest Tiger Woods game. Tiger Woods PGA Tour has been a pretty substantial selling point for the Wii, promising to give consumers a more realistic golfing experience with the Wii’s motion controls. It seemed as though the advent of realistic sports games was coming via the Wii and many casual, and even some hardcore, gamers flocked to their local electronics store to get both the Wii and Tiger Woods PGA Tour. All-in-all, the game has never been too shabby on the console, though its standard-definition graphics and finicky controls have caused some consumers to steer clear. With the emergence of motion control options from both Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3, the Wii’s somewhat dated WiiMotion controller seemed a little more minuscule.
Addicted-Gamers’ editors have come together to reflect back on 2011 and wish it a fond farewell as we pick up speed in 2012. We survived the Rapture and must now look forward to the end of the world in 2012. As long as we stick with John Cusack to lead us to the promise land, or a life trapped in giant submersibles, we’ll be okay.
Goodbye, 2011. You were a superb year in gaming. Hello, 2012. We fully expect you to top 2011.
2011 was a great year in video gaming and the industry continues to flex its muscle, proving it is the biggest form of entertainment in the universe. It was a year full of the usual blockbuster suspects, risk-takers, sequels and threequels, independents, revivals, and more shooters than you can shake a stick at. This is our first annual Best Of and Game of the Year Awards and it was a remarkable process to comb through the best of the best of 2011. Each one of our nominees is deserving of accolades, but you can only have one winner and for some of these categories, the choice was extremely tough. Some of our choices should definitely lead to some discussion. That’s not a bad thing as we love talking video games here.
We are proud to give you the Addicted-Gamers Best of 2011 and Game of the Year.