State of Play 2013: Ouya falls flat, so where next for alt consoles? Valve could have the answer | Features | Edge Online

The Ouya sold well on a promise, smashing its Kickstarter goal by more than $7 million. But its reception by backers, early adopters and press has been mixed.

Richard Wordsworth at 02:00pm December 23 2013

Only a cynic could look at something like Ouya and not be impressed by its pluck. There it was, lacing up its tiny gloves and boots and throwing itself into the ring just as Sony and Microsoft’s heavyweight prizefighters were about to start knocking bells out of each other. The Ouya was the little console that could; Kickstarter’s 8.6 million dollar gaming baby.

Read the full article @ State of Play 2013: Ouya falls flat, so where next for alt consoles? Valve could have the answer.

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The Edge Awards 2013: Best Game

Over at Edge Online they’ve posted their 10 Best Games of the year; two Nintendo titles make the list, but neither manages the top spot.

See the full list @ The Edge Awards 2013: Best Game.

theguardian.com: Top 25 games of 2013

Nothing says Christmas like a round-up of the year’s best video games. Come this way and prepare to argue

It’s that time of year again, when all sense deserts us and we try to distil 12 months of gaming into one list of 25 spectacular titles. And what a year it has been – two console launches, a booming indie scene and several vintage franchises reaching wonderful fruition. In their autumn days, the PS3 and Xbox 360 have seen some of their very greatest releases, while the financially under-performing Wii U has punched above its sales figures with some astonishingly well-crafted games. We’ve been spoiled for choice.

Which is our way of warning you that your favourites may not be on this list. And we say it every year, but this is very much our own highly subjective collection of gaming treats, chosen and savagely fought over by the Guardian’s cabal of reviewers. It is not a dispassionate attempt to scientifically select the greatest games based on some sort of Metacritic algorithm. These are the games we played to death and then played some more. Sometimes they weren’t even the best games, they were the games we loved – and love is a weird and important thing.

Top 25 games of 2013: 25-16

Top 25 games of 2013: 15-11

Top 25 games of 2013: 10-6

Top 25 games of 2013: 5-1

Slightly Mad Studios Says Wii U Is More Than Capable Of Providing Core Project CARS Experience

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Slightly Mad studio creative director Andy Tudor has told Redbull that the Wii U is more than capable of providing the core Project CARS experience. It won’t visually be on par with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions, but the team says it can offer a lot of functionality with the Wii U’s GamePad controller that will undoubtedly please fans.

“The Wii U is more than capable of providing the core Project CARS experience. Sure, some super-high-level graphical effects may not be possible but in comparison it also offers a unique interaction experience via the GamePad controller, with the second screen potentially becoming your track map overview, rear-view mirror, telemetry, or simply mimicking a real race car steering wheel whilst you use the gyroscope to drive.”

“Plus there are great possibilities to extend our existing WMD community into the Mii Community with discussion and sharing of content and ideas. There’s no realistic racing game on…

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Nintendo Download Updates (26/12) + (2/1) Double Discount Weeks – General News from Vooks

So you know last week when we said there were a lot f sales? Well the next two weeks has some of those and more. There’s nearly 50 games on sale across the Wii U and 3DS eShops and a ton of great games you should be interested in.

Even the new big addition to the Virtual Console, Super Mario Bros. 3 is on sale until January 2nd. Take note with all the sales as t they all don’t end or start the same time. This update is essentially the next two weeks.

via Nintendo Download Updates (26/12) + (2/1) Double Discount Weeks – General News from Vooks.

Fergster’s Music Blog • My Favourite Albums of 2013

Got a list of my favourite albums of the year up on my music blog. Check it out here: My Favourite Albums of 2013.

Yoshi’s New Island Trailer

 

Yoshi’s New Island is coming to Nintendo 3DS in early 2014.

NES™ Remix Trailer

Game Overview

Take on rapid-fire challenges from over a dozen legendary 8-bit games and play altered versions of classic levels in NES Remix. Prove you’ve got what it takes by tackling the best parts of famous games such as Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong™, and more. Replay challenges to improve your scores and share your accomplishments with other players online*.

Start out by completing simple challenges like collecting coins in the original Super Mario Bros. game or reaching the finish line in one race of Excitebike™. Then, test your skills by taking on increasingly difficult challenges, like attempting to complete one level of the original Donkey Kong game with only a spotlight on your character! Finish levels quickly to earn stars which unlock even more challenges from classic games like Balloon Fight™, Ice Climbers™, and Excitebike, just to name a few. Replay stages to improve your times and share your accomplishments with other players through the Miiverse™ online community*.

  • Challenge action-packed chunks of retro Nintendo games
  • Test your skills in a series of altered 8-bit challenges
  • Features gameplay from more than a dozen 8-bit Nintendo games
  • Replay stages to improve times and unlock more challenges
  • Share your accomplishments with the Miiverse online community*

*Broadband Internet access required for online features.

Mario Kart 8 Trailer

 

Mario Kart 8 is coming to Wii U in autumn 2014.

Hyrule Warriors (name not final) Trailer

 

Hyrule Warriors (name not final), a brand new The Legend of Zelda title for Wii U, developed in collaboration with Tecmo Koei, releasing in 2014.