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Author: Spencer

Another E3 has come and gone, and now it’s time to round up the news of what was announced at video gaming’s biggest show. The Big N was there once again to show off some great new games. Let’s take a look at what they showcased this year, and I’ll give my thoughts along the way.

In 2013, Nintendo shocked everyone by choosing not to have a press conference at E3. Instead, they opted for a special E3 version of their Nintendo Direct series. However, they still brought us news about lots of new games, just as we’d expect if they had done a live press conference. With lots of news about the new Super Smash Bros., as well as announcements of several 3DS and Wii U games coming out that fall, they did not disappoint. This year, they again opted out of having a live press conference, and had a roughly 45-minute-long“Digital Event.” Here’s what they had to show.

System: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: May 2nd, 2014 (NA), May 16th, 2014 (EU)
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo

Author: Spencer

Everyone’s favorite pink puff has finally returned in his first adventure on the Nintendo 3DS, Kirby: Triple Deluxe.

Out of the box, Triple Deluxe consists of three gameplay modes: Story Mode, Kirby Fighters, and Dedede’s Drum Dash. The Story Mode is straightforward: Dreamland is in danger, and it’s up to Kirby to save the day. This time, a mysterious new villain has uprooted Kirby’s home with massive magical vines and sent everything sky-high! Players navigate Kirby through many levels in seven worlds as he makes his ascent to the top of the menacing entanglement.


The #1-ranking Japan eShop game Bike Rider DX is now available in the North American eShop. Let’s see just what makes this game hailed as “the one-button platformer” such a big hit.

System: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: August 1st, 2013 (NA) – August 15th, 2013 (EU)
Developer: Spicysoft
Publisher: Spicysoft

Author: Spencer

As far as gameplay goes, Bike Rider DX is quite simple. You control a stick figure riding a bike on 2D plane while jumping onto platforms and over gaps and obstacles,. The bike rides automatically, so the only real control is pressing the A button to jump. You can also double-jump, as indicated by one of the loading screen tooltips (of which there are only two, due to the simplicity of this game), and even triple-jump if timed correctly, although I found this out completely by accident. Optionally, you can use left and right on the directional pad to adjust your bike’s position on the screen, which is helpful for this game as it is for the most part about timing jumps from platform to platform. You complete each course by reaching the finish pole, and you fail courses by falling into pits or crashing into walls or obstacles.

One-button gameplay might work in a game with more depth, involvement, or variety– like Kirby Air Ride, which had several different gameplay modes, objectives, maps, etc– but in a game where you are simply jumping over holes on 2D maps where the only real variance is the aesthetics, it just comes off as monotonous and repetitive.

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Spencer takes us through all of Pikmin 3’s new features prior to the game’s North American launch next week.

Author: Spencer

It has been nearly a decade since the release of Pikmin 2 on the GameCube, but fans are finally seeing the return of their favorite little floral minions with the impending release of Pikmin 3. Let’s take a look at what new things players can expect in what is promising to be a smash hit for the Wii U.

Hit the break for the full list!

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This side-scrolling motocross-inspired platformer made its debut on 3DS last week. Can it hold a candle to the best of what the eShop has to offer?

System: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: June 27th, 2013
Developer: Strangelands Ltd.
Publisher: Strangelands Ltd.
Cost: $7.99 ($5.59 until July 4th)

Author: Spencer

In the early-to-mid 2000s, if you ever had a class in school that was in the computer lab, chances are everyone was doing one thing — playing addicting Flash games. Such games were so addicting because they would provide plenty of levels, challenge, and frustration, and everyone was trying to get farther than their friends, or asking “if you got past that one part,” and if so, “HOW DID YOU DO IT?!”

Why am I mentioning flash games in a review for a 3DS game? Because Urban Trial Freestyle— like the games it takes obvious inspiration from, Trials Evolution and Trials HD— is heavily based on those old physics-challenge motocross flash games, which drew influence from the Motocross Maniacs games before that. I’m not going to be throwing around legal terms or calling anything a “blatant rip-off,” however, because regardless of originality, Urban Trial Freestyle is a very fun game.

Great writing and excellent gameplay return to 3DS with the latest entry in the Mario & Luigi series, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team.

System: Nintendo 3DS
Release Date: July 12th (EUR), July 13th (AUS), July 18th (JPN) August 11th (NA)
Developer: AlphaDream
Publisher: Nintendo

Author: Spencer

Nintendo’s hit RPG series Mario & Luigi lands its first entry on the 3DS on August 11th. As the famous brothers make the leap to 3D, they’re bringing new adventures, puzzles, battles, and unique gameplay along with them. Plus, the spotlight this time around is not on who you might think. Hit the jump to learn more about this exciting new first-party title.

Sonic’s last few outings have been moving (slowly) in the right direction, but can ‘Lost World’ bring the series all the way back?

System: Nintendo Wii U/3DS
Release Date: TBA, Late 2013
Developer: Sonic Team
Publisher: SEGA

Author: Spencer

This year, Sega announced a partnership with Nintendo to bring three Sonic the Hedgehog games exclusively to Nintendo platforms, namely the Wii U and 3DS. The first game they announced was Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, a new entry in the Mario & Sonic Olympics series. The second game is a core Sonic title, Sonic: Lost World. Coming later this year to Wii U and 3DS, this new game will see Sonic on a whole new adventure in a new world.

Hit the jump to see what we know so far about Sonic: Lost World.

Cartoon Network’s two smash hit TV shows, Adventure Time and Regular Show, are getting the video game treatment thanks to D3Publisher and Cartoon Network Enterprises.

Author: Spencer

Check out the full preview here!

The remake of Donkey Kong Country Returns is just a few weeks away from being on store shelves, but what does the game showcase that wasn’t already in the Wii version?

Author: Spencer

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced that they were hard at work on re-releasing their hit Wii game Donkey Kong Country Returns for the 3DS, not surprisingly titled Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D. The game is essentially a carbon copy port of the Wii version aside from a few new additions explained after the break, but all the core levels and gameplay mechanics have been retained.

So, what can players expect from this handheld version? Hit the jump to find out.

Spencer makes his NintendoEverything debut by filling you in on some things you may not have known about Animal Crossing’s 3DS debut!

Author: Spencer

The North American release of Animal Crossing: New Leaf is drawing near! Nintendo Everything is here to let players know what they should be getting excited to experience in this highly-anticipated new addition to the franchise.

Hit the break for the full list!

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