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Forger the PS4 and Xbox One … Why Nintendo’s Wii U and 3DS may be your best bets this holiday

By Chad Sapieha

http://bit.ly/1cWWn2z

My colleague Daniel Kaszor and I wrote earlier this week on why Xbox One andPlayStation 4 may have each claimed victory in the opening volleys of the next-gen war.

Conspicuously absent from our arguments was any discussion of Nintendo’s Wii U.

Let’s fix that.

Released just over a year ago, the Wii U, too, is an 8thgeneration video game system, even if its hardware isn’t a match for Sony and Microsoft’s new powerhouses.

And, truth be told, I’m fielding as many questions from family and friends — as well as acquaintances, folks on social media, and readers — about whether Wii U is worth buying this holiday as I am about Xbox One and PlayStation 4 combined.

Here’s what I tell them:

It no longer does any good to place Nintendo’s consoles in the same category as Xbox or PlayStation. Starting with the Wii – perhaps going back even further – it’s now readily apparent that Nintendo is intent on forging its own path in the video game industry.

This is evident not just in the Japanese game giant’s hardware, which has become curiously out of step with that of other manufacturers in terms of processing power and interface design, but also — perhaps even especially — in the way it approaches content.

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Rayman Legends might be an amazing and addictive title, but it could also lead to some seriously smashed Wii U controllers. 

Just ask Chad Sapieha: http://bit.ly/148cLbH

There’s no question Rayman Legends made me cross-eyed with frustration and at times wildly, shamefully mad.

There are many levels where one mistake means death. Where danger creeps relentlessly closer and eventually grabs you despite your best efforts to escape it. Where you’ll miss the one collectible you’re after and need to replay again. And again. And again.

But there were also times – and far more of them – in which I was experiencing some of the most delightful and imaginative platforming action that I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying in years.

I just couldn’t stop playing, regardless of the frustrations I encountered.

This is the mark of a great platformer.

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Review: How New Super Luigi U turned me into a bad gamer dad

By Chad Sapieha

I’ve always prided myself on my ability to let go of whatever competitive drive I may have while playing games with my daughter. I bear her zero resentment when she repeatedly falls off cliffs in games in which we share a pool of lives and I don’t give it a second thought when we race as a team and her last place finish drags us off the podium.

But when we reached the Soda Pop Jungle levels of New Super Luigi U and I watched my stockpile of more than 50 lives cut in half on a single level and then dip down to one on the next, I just couldn’t bear it. I snapped, all but yanking the controller out of her wee hands so I could concentrate on beating these infernal levels without distraction.

And the worst part was that I was the one to blame.

http://bit.ly/165NQFy

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Chad Sapieha reviews all 16 mini games in Wii U’s Game & Wario, and comes up with a whole lot of “meh”
The latest game to bear the menacing mug of the maniacal Mario rival, Wario, apparently began its life as a series of technical demonstrations designed to be pre-installed on Wii U consoles to help acquaint players with the possibilities enabled by the system’s unique GamePad.
Somewhere along the line, Nintendo Co. Ltd. reckoned there was enough to Intelligent Systems’ collection of 16 mini-games to turn it into its own full-blown and nearly full-priced ($39.99) retail game.
As it turns out, this may have been a questionable decision.
Game & Wario is basically just a series of disconnected mini-games; a dozen for solo players plus four more that can be played by groups of two-to-five players. There’s no story, no meaningful link between the games, and not even a way to create playlists or tournaments. You just play one game, notch a score on the leader board, maybe earn a token to unlock a collectible card from the in-game vending machine, and move on.
For such a concept to work, the primary mini-games would need to really grab players and keep them playing over and over again.
As you’re about to read, most don’t…
http://bit.ly/11NAjBm

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Chad Sapieha reviews all 16 mini games in Wii U’s Game & Wario, and comes up with a whole lot of “meh”

The latest game to bear the menacing mug of the maniacal Mario rival, Wario, apparently began its life as a series of technical demonstrations designed to be pre-installed on Wii U consoles to help acquaint players with the possibilities enabled by the system’s unique GamePad.

Somewhere along the line, Nintendo Co. Ltd. reckoned there was enough to Intelligent Systems’ collection of 16 mini-games to turn it into its own full-blown and nearly full-priced ($39.99) retail game.

As it turns out, this may have been a questionable decision.

Game & Wario is basically just a series of disconnected mini-games; a dozen for solo players plus four more that can be played by groups of two-to-five players. There’s no story, no meaningful link between the games, and not even a way to create playlists or tournaments. You just play one game, notch a score on the leader board, maybe earn a token to unlock a collectible card from the in-game vending machine, and move on.

For such a concept to work, the primary mini-games would need to really grab players and keep them playing over and over again.

As you’re about to read, most don’t…

http://bit.ly/11NAjBm

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Not to be left out, Nintendo debuted a new Nintendo Direct video this morning for the E3 crowd, and lots of great new games were announced:

Nintendo announces new Pokémon type for X and Y

http://bit.ly/13UHERp

Nintendo’s Smash Bros. is back and coming to the Wii U and 3DS

http://bit.ly/14uOnDM

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Great story from Chad Sapieha: Waning support from third-party publishers spells big trouble for Wii U http://natpo.st/1248Gbd

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Great story from Chad Sapieha: 

Waning support from third-party publishers spells big trouble for Wii U 

http://natpo.st/1248Gbd

Tagged with:  #gaming  #video games  #Wii  #Wii U
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Not sure which console to get that special gamer on your Christmas shopping list? Have no fear, your friends at Post Arcade have got you covered. We break down the pros and cons of each console in the first dispatch from our Post Arcade Holiday Game Guide.http://natpo.st/VgFwNY

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Not sure which console to get that special gamer on your Christmas shopping list? Have no fear, your friends at Post Arcade have got you covered. We break down the pros and cons of each console in the first dispatch from our Post Arcade Holiday Game Guide.

http://natpo.st/VgFwNY

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Just when you thought the survival horror game genre was dead, it leaps back to life.
We hope you packed enough ammo. ZombiU is the first must-buy hardcore game for the Wii U.
Check out our review: http://natpo.st/Sd70qi

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Just when you thought the survival horror game genre was dead, it leaps back to life.

We hope you packed enough ammo.

ZombiU is the first must-buy hardcore game for the Wii U.

Check out our review: http://natpo.st/Sd70qi

Tagged with:  #video games  #zombies  #Wii U  #ZombiU

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Nintendo fans, the Wii U is finally here!

Of course, your good friends here at Post Arcade have you covered with all the Wii U content you could ask for.

Daniel Kaszor reviews the Wii U hardware: http://natpo.st/U8kfcp

Chad Sapieha puts New Super Mario Bros. U through its paces: http://natpo.st/U8keFk

Daniel Kaszor highlights the hits and misses in Nintendo Land: http://natpo.st/U8kiF5