Bloodless.

In a move that really shouldn’t come as much of a shock to anyone Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Wii U edition is no more. In a statement from creator Koji Igarashi the Switch was wholly blamed for the game’s cancellation and while Mr. Igarashi was apologetic for this, foreseeable turn of events, he was also optimistic that the Switch version of Bloodstained would be worth the trouble.
Wii U backers will now have the choice of receiving either the Switch edition of Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night or the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One or PC edition of the game before it’s 2018 release.

Yooka-Laylee Avoiding U.

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The Wii U’s days are numbered, you know it, I know it & it seems Playtonic Games know it as the Yooka-Laylee developers have confirmed that their highly anticipated platformer won’t be coming to the Wii U after all. Yes despite being funded via kickstarter specifically for the Wii U the Nintendo edition of Yooka-Laylee ran into, “unforeseen technical issues.” According to a statement from the developers however its far more likely the pending arrival of the Switch was the cataWii Ulyst for the game’s cancellation.
Yooka-Laylee will be released this April 11th, 2017 for PC, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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E3 2016.

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When people choose the “winners “of E3 every year they do so on varied criteria, I personally judge it on one, which conference would convince me most to go out and spend my money on a new console. Now I already own a PC, PS4, XOne, Vita, 3DS and Wii U, not to mention a whole slew of older generation machines, so this is little more than a hypothetical conundrum but it’s one I find none the less works and this year there was one clear winner of E3 2016, Sony.
Sony “won” this year’s E3 plain and simply cause they showed off same stunning games, God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Resident Evil 7 and Spider-Man to name a few. Microsoft showed off a number of eye catching titles too, We Happy Few for instance looked wonderful however far too much of what Microsoft showed this year was predictable. Gears of War looked like another Gears of War, Forza Horizon 3 like more Forza meanwhile the likes of Scalebound and Recore failed to really impress unlike say, the Resident Evil 7 or Death Stranding trailers did. As good as they were though Sony’s conference wasn’t faultless, the Crash Bandicoot announcement, while welcome lacked any real substance at all meanwhile the decision to dedicate a sizeable chunk of their conference to VR, something many gamers see as a fad didn’t put a smile on everyone’s face, much in the same way the XBox One S and mysterious Xbox Scorpio announcements failed to. Those eagled eyed among you might by now be wonder why I’ve not mentioned Nintendo’s part in all this and that’s really cause Nintendo didn’t play much of a part in this year’s E3 at all. They did keep their word though, no new big name games, no NX talk, no nothing but a long winded play though of Pokemon and then The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild and yes, it was as exciting as that sounds but that’s a bit how E3 2016 felt outside of Sony’s conference, by the numbers.

Best Of Show 3DS…
Ever Oasis
Runners Up…
Pokemon Sun and Moon
Dragon Quest VII: Fragments of the Forgotten Past

Best Of Show PC…
We Happy Few
Runners Up…
Civilization 6
Vampyr

Best Of Show Playstaion 4…
God of War
Runners Up…
Resident Evil 7
Horizon Zero Dawn

Best Of Show Playstaion Vita…
Rabi-Ribi
Runners Up…
Pox Nora
Fault Milestone One

Best Of Show Wii U…
The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild
Runners Up…
Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
Paper Mario Color Splash

Best Of Show XBox One…
We Happy Few
Runners Up…
Cuphead
Battlefield 1

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Curtain Falling On U?

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Having shifted 12 odd million units since its launch in 2012, few would accuse the Wii U of having sold like hotcakes however even fewer would have predicted Nintendo would cease production of the console before it’s fifth birthday but reports emanating from Nikkei suggests that’s exactly what will happen by the year’s end. The report goes on to claim Nintendo has already ceased production of a number of Wii U accessories in an effort to deplete inventory however the Big N have been quick to deny any such action has or will take place any time soon but with the NX on the horizon Nikkei’s report seems to ring true.

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March Direct.

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Things have been quiet on the Nintendo front of late however this week saw the return of the Direct event and with it at least a couple of interesting talking points. Without question though the biggest of these came in the from of Paper Mario Color Splash, the latest in the Paper Mario series and the newest Nintendo franchise to disappoint fans, as the series strays further and further still from its turn-base RPG roots in favour of action. The original, black sheep of the Nintendo family also made an appearance this week as fresh details regarding Metroid Prime Federation Force were also revealed. Despite Producer Kensuke Tanabe’s insistence that Federation Force is indeed a true Metroid title, Metroid fans remain unconvinced. New trailers for Star Fox Zero, Pokken Tournament, Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Fire Emblem Fates, Dragon Quest VII Fragments of the Forgotten Past and Hyrule Warriors Legends were also shown, as was a brand new Kirby title dubbed Kirby Planet Robot but Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem, now dubbed Tokyo Mirage Sessions FE, arguably stole the show while an oddball title from Game Freak named Pocket Card Jockey had everyone scratching their heads. All in all then a decent Direct if a predicable one.

March Direct.

Mighty Delay.

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Since its inception back in 2013, Keiji Inafune’s Mighty No. 9 has faced a number of setbacks which have seen the game delayed more than once, and now yet again.
Yes that’s right, the Mighty No. 9 has indeed slipped again, this time from February 9th to a far more vague spring 2016 release, the reason? Continual issues surrounding the game’s network features apparently, however fans will surely attribute the fact that Inafune has already begun working on other projects as a contributing factor to the game’s issues.

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Gotta Face’em All.

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Bandai Namco have unveiled three more combatants for their forthcoming Pokémon mash’em up Pokkén Tournament. The three critters in question; Mewtwo, Garchomp and Braixen brings Pokkén’s roster up to fifteen.
Pokkén Tournament is currently playable across Japanese arcades and should be released on the Wii U this Spring.

Gotta Face’em All.

No Replay.

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Last week the internet went wild with claims, courtesy of a Microsoft Studio Twitter no less, that Rare Replay, the XBox One exclusive collection of RareWare classics like Perfect Dark and Banjo and Kazooie could make it’s way over to the Wii U if demand was high enough. This week however such hopes were dashed as Rare themselves took to Twitter to state in no uncertain terms that Rare Replay won’t be released on any other platforms.
“Lots of question about Wii U but RareReplay’s exclusive to Xbox One, and we’re hard at work on Sea of Thieves. Appreciate the enthusiasm though.”

No Replay.

Censorship Chronicles X.

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Nintendo fans are no strangers to censorship, having endured everything from green blood in Mortal Kombat 2 to missing out on seeing Tharja in a bikini, however the big N are ready to start, “protecting us” yet again, this time from the evil of boobies.
Yes you read that right, Nintendo have indeed decided in their infinite wisdom that a bust size option found in the Japanese version of Xenoblade Chronicles X’s character creation mode is just too risky to include in Western versions of the game and so its has been removed completely, as has the ability to dress a certain party member in some of the game’s more, revealing, armours and even some religious references.
Nintendo, protecting gamer’s sensibilities since 1983.

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