Dec 172012
 

Here are the top Wii U games for the holidays!

1. Arkham City Armored Edition
Returning villains in the game include The Joker, The Riddler, Two Face, and Catwoman, so the game is both familiar and transformed. New battle armor and the wrist-mounted Batcomputer are fun new items for the Armored Edition. The upgraded suits available for Batman and Catwoman allow for the buildup of kinetic energy, making these outfits shockingly fun to use in battle. Known for its mysterious story lines and dark graphics, the Arkham City: Armored Edition is well on its way to becoming a legendary addition to the Batman franchise.

For more detailed review and links => Arkham City Armored Edition Review

2. Assassin’s Creed III
Assassin training allows for stealth kills and hand-to-hand combat within the game. The cities of New York and Boston are extremely lively and filled with residents that create an interesting background. Connor is a skilled hunter and is able to stalk and slaughter small game for use as food, clothing and as trade items. Gathering tools like bows and arrows, hatchets and rifles make the game entertaining. Connor even gets his own ship to pilot. Using cannons on the ship, maritime battles add even another dimension to the already amazing variety in this game. Multiplayer options are available in Assassin’s Creed III, and the gaming is even more fun when played online.

For more detailed review and links =>Assassin’s Creed III Review

3. Call of Duty Black Ops II
This game is definitely designed for the online player battles that have made Call of Duty famous. Gathering your friends for the optional Strike Missions makes the game so filled with variations that there are literally hundreds of hours that can be spent in company of the Masons.

For more detailed review and links =>Call of Duty Black Ops II Review

4. Disney Epic Mickey 2 The Power of Two
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is family fun at its finest. From epic battles to epic characters, the Disney Epic Mickey franchise is one of those games that keeps you coming back for more. Whether in the single player mode or in cooperative mode, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two has plenty to offer to the gamers in your family, regardless of their age or skill level.

For more detailed review and links =>Disney Epic Mickey 2 The Power of Two Review

5. Just Dance 4
The Battle Mode and the Just Sweat It Out modes make Just Dance 4 more than simply a video game. Place the game in your gaming console and you have a fun workout companion that encourages plenty of sweating, dancing, jumping and fun. Just Dance 4’s Just Sweat It Out mode comes with a new calorie counter, live feedback, and even routines that you can personalize for your own fitness goals. Just Dance 4 is the perfect family dance game for adults and for children.

For more detailed review and links =>Just Dance 4 Review

6. Maddel NFL 13
Scoring comes up on your live ticker while commentators in the 3D announcer’s booth call the plays. Football action is so real that you can feel the impacts and hear the bones crunching. The inclusion of real NFL teams makes the Madden NFL 13 experience one that is as unforgettable as it is realistic. Hardcore football fans will appreciate the gaming improvements in this latest version of the Madden NFL franchise.

For more detailed review and links =>Maddel NFL 13 Review

7. Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth
Whether you love the cooperative play, the challenges, the tournament play, or the arcade mode, Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth offers enough options that everyone will be entertained. The huge variety of characters available for game play make this one of the biggest games in the Marvel universe in terms of sheer choices to be made. From Thor to Iron Man, every classic Marvel hero that you can imagine is ready to battle the forces of evil in Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth.

For more detailed review and links =>Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth Review

8. Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is a single player game that offers multiplayer options in its online version. Since Ryu is a solitary man, this makes sense as far as game play. Depending on your tolerance for hack and slash gore, you will appreciate the upgraded graphics and improved sound in this newest version of the game.

For more detailed review and links =>Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge Review

9. Nintendo Land
Rated E for Everyone, Nintendo Land is in the party game genre. This means that the fun can begin with just one person and include up to five people. Using the Wii Nunchucks and the Wii U Gamepad, players will appreciate the cooperative modes and will love the competitive modes. Multi-player modes do require the purchase of Wii accessories like the extra Wii Nunchucks. Nintendo Land is colorful, bright, and filled with classic Nintendo characters.

For more detailed review and links =>Nintendo Land Review

10. Rabbids Land
Fans of the Raving Rabbids games will appreciate the updated graphics and the new control system in the Wii U version of the game. This version is much more fun to play with a larger group of people, and it offers some unique challenges in the puzzle mode. Rabbids Land is more than an updated version of the old Raving Rabbids games, so veteran players will be as delighted with the game as the new fans.

For more detailed review and links =>Rabbids Land Review

11. Rayman Legends

The world of Rayman Legends is both familiar and strange to the returning players of this title. With new music and scenery, it is good to see that the strangeness that makes Rayman games so much fun is still alive in this installment. Veteran players will not be at all surprised that the music is as freakishly catchy in this game as in the past versions. Underwater scenes, forests, and even some spooky medieval themes create a whole new ambiance in Rayman Legends that you will definitely appreciate.

For more detailed review and links =>Rayman Legends Review

12. Scribblenauts Unlimited

Another fun item added to Scribblenauts Unlimited is the inclusion of cameos from Legend of Zelda and Mario Brothers. Gamers of all ages will appreciate the humor and the skill required to complete the new puzzle stages. Online sharing offers players a chance to pass equipment to friends across the Scribblenauts universe, allowing you to save your best equipment and share it with other players. Scribblenauts Universe is rated E 10+ for Everyone ages ten and over.

For more detailed review and links =>Scribblenauts Unlimited Review

13. Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Bonus Edition

The Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Bonus Edition is rated E 10+ for Everyone ages 10 and older. This game appeals to the lovers of racing games and the classic Sega game fans. Sonic is the perfect distraction after a hard day at school for the kids or a hard day at work for the parents. The sheer, joyful speed that comes with all of the Sonic racing games is refined in the Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Bonus Edition to create a fantastic adventure that everyone in your home will enjoy, no matter what their age.

For more detailed review and links =>Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed Bonus Edition Review

14. Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Wii U is primarily a tag-team battle game, so fans of the complicated story lines offered in other genres will probably feel like something is lacking. Veterans of the Tekken franchise will love the fact that you finally get some background on the important characters. Although there is plenty of violence, Tekken does deserve that E 10+ rating because there is very little gore.

For more detailed review and links =>Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Review

15. ZombiU

Created by Ubisoft Montpellier and originally formatted as Zombi, ZombiU is definitely a step up in the world of zombie shooter games. Rated M for Mature audiences, ZombiU has all of the blood and gore that you have come to expect from horror and survival games. Intense violence and strong language make this game one for the grownups in the room. If the walking dead are not enough to keep you playing, ZombiU also has some exceptional graphics and unexpected twists that will definitely add to the excitement.

For more detailed review and links =>ZombiU Review

Dec 162012
 

Looking to get the best new Wii U console & games?

Here are links to useful topics and information about the Wii U console:

– Does Nintendo Wii U Make a Good Gift for Christmas?

– Wii U Specifications

– Wii U GamePad and what it’s all about

– Wii U to Keep a Healthy Family

– Why Kids Will Love Wii U

 

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Dec 162012
 

Who has not imagined visiting a theme park based on their favorite video game? Picture that theme park filled with rides, games, and your favorite Nintendo characters. Now picture the game in your hand as you are leaving the store. Nintendo Land is the theme park that you have always imagined. The Nintendo Land game is like walking through the theme park and getting a chance to try each game with an “all access” free pass. This game is designed entirely to showcase the amazing game play that is available on the Wii U, and it definitely hits its mark.

With 12 minigames included in this game pack, Nintendo Land is filled with fun and surprises. Set in a carnival atmosphere, the game begins with the virtual theme plaza and allows you to walk through the park with your Mii character. Fans of the Nintendo game franchises will get a chance to hang out with all of their favorite Nintendo characters, and will get a taste of those classic games. Nintendo Land is divided into three styles of gaming that include solo play, team attractions and competitive attractions. Within these three styles are the actual minigames that are available for play. Among the minigames are Metroid Blast, Mario Chase, Donkey Kong’s Crash Course, Animal Crossing, and even Yoshi’s Fruit Cart. If those were not enough to get your attention, PikMin Adventure and Luigi’s Ghost Mansion are also included in Nintendo Land. To top off the fun, Legend of Zelda: Battle Quest is a challenging addition to the Nintendo Land universe and allows for five person play. Gamers who live for the Legend of Zelda will love this mini version of the game, making Nintendo Land well worth its price.

Rated E for Everyone, Nintendo Land is in the party game genre. This means that the fun can begin with just one person and include up to five people. Using the Wii Nunchucks and the Wii U Gamepad, players will appreciate the cooperative modes and will love the competitive modes. Multi-player modes do require the purchase of Wii accessories like the extra Wii Nunchucks. Nintendo Land is colorful, bright, and filled with classic Nintendo characters. The lively music and exciting game play make this game one of the best options for families with children of varied ages. Even adults will enjoy the trip back into Nintendo classics like Metroid. Five person play means that there is room for the entire family in Nintendo Land. The game offers wholesome family fun with enough variety to make it entertaining for everyone in the family.

Dec 162012
 

If you’ve been paying any attention at all, I guarantee you’ve noticed that kids love video games. They especially love gaming systems like the Wii, where more movement and creativity is involved than traditional video games. Obviously, the new Wii U is going to be very popular among children of all ages for several reasons.

Once parents start getting their children this new gaming system, it’s going to turn hot topic of discussion among their neighborhood friends and friends at school. Be prepared to hear from your kids all about how their friends have the coolest console ever!

Even though just about every parent gives the “if all your friends jumped off a bridge” speech, we know that it’s natural to want to fit in and have things that other people have. Especially if those things are as impressive as the Wii U!

This particular gaming system makes challenging friends even more fun than usual because of the GamePad – a new controller that includes a 6.2 inch touch screen. This screen can show a different view of the game than what appears on the TV, or allow one player to have the TV dedicated to his position in the game while the GamePad shows a view dedicated to the other player’s position in the game.

That’s not all it does, though. The GamePad has other cool features, like stereo speakers, a home button that makes game pausing and system navigation a lot quicker, and a front facing camera for face to face chatting.

Of course with a camera (along with Nintendo’s social network, Miiverse, that allows for user interaction) you’re going to want to make sure your child can use it safely. You, as a concerned parent, are probably well aware that there are weirdoes and downright horrible people out there.

Luckily, there are safety controls you can set up to keep your child out of harm’s way. Of course, the responsibility still lies with you to periodically check what your child is doing and educate them on the reality of life’s dangers, but safety controls like the one provided with the Wii U make your job a little easier.

A free game called Nintentdoland comes with the deluxe version of the Wii U, and is the perfect primer for kids looking to learn the best ways to use the new GamePad. Nintendoland is a fun and versatile disc that will provide hours and hours of entertainment.

And what happens once your child decides they want more variety? Will you have to drive them to the video game store every weekend? No! The Wii U’s ability to download games make things much easier on you without adding any clutter (in the form of video game discs and the cases they come in) to your home.

Your child can go from picking a game to playing a game quickly, all without leaving the home. You simply have your child choose the game they want, purchase and download it from the Nintendo eShop, and hand off the remote back to your kid.

Some of the games you have the option to download can even help your child, or anyone in your family for that matter, become more active. The best part is that it’s actually enjoyable! Games like the Wii U Fit make use of an optional accessory – a balance board – to help you exercise for a certain period of time and push you to play games that require you to move around and get fit in the process.

The Nintendo Wii U is sure to put a smile on your kids’ faces, and it’s likely that you’ll enjoy it too. It’s fun and offers a very unique style of gameplay. It’s gaming at its best!

Dec 162012
 

Just because a gaming console is intended for gameplay (which usually brings to mind images of boys lounging around, staring with intensity at a TV displaying violence, and tightly gripping a controller), doesn’t mean it’s going to cause your kids to sit on their behinds in front of the TV all day.

The Wii U is one of the best game consoles for getting and staying fit. They way it’s designed usually means that more than just fingers and eyeballs will be moving around. In fact, it’s predecessor, the Wii, was one of the first to combine exercise and video gameplay together in one activity.

Is it as good as getting out in the fresh air to take a refreshing jog? Is it as good as a hard workout at the gym? Is it as good as enrolling your child in a sport? No, to be honest, but it’s better than nothing and will help fitness creep into your entertainment time. It’s a good place to start if you’ve been sedentary for a while. It’s also a good way to engage both your brain and your body while enjoying yourself.

The Wii Fit, a Nintendo game designed for use with its famous console, has been a huge seller in past years. It’s filled with training tips and mini-games that make movement fun. Previous versions of this game used a balance board which detects your movements as you balance on it, and you can use this same balance board with the Wii U and the newer Wii Fit U game.

You can do both strength training and aerobics with Wii Fit U. Both start off easy, and allow you to unlock harder levels as you progress. You’ll be able to feel the exercises get harder and harder, but you’ll be able to handle them better because you’ll slowly be getting more fit.

Trampoline Target is one of the fun new mini-games included in this game, which you can easily download from Nintendo’s eShop for a reasonable price. You’ll get a work out by manipulating your weight and doing squats. Even though the name suggests that jumping will be a part of the game, you use a jumping movement instead of actually doing jumps, which still provide you with a good leg workout.

Core Luge is another included mini-game in Wii Fit U, where you sit on the balance board and perform in a virtual luge competition. Your butt muscles are the main movers here. Tone up your booty with this fun virtual competition!

In Dessert Course, you take on the role of a waiter, and your GamePad is held like serving tray as you virtually deliver desserts to your customers. Anyone who’s ever actually been a server can tell you that the pace can get fast and crazy. It can make for a good workout. Plus this game is a lot more fun than doing actual work.

Wii U can help your fitness levels improve, especially if you use Nintendo’s Wii Fit U. Include it in the mix, but don’t depend on it to provide all the physical activity you need. Keep in mind that it doesn’t claim to help with weight loss or cure any health conditions. But what it does do is encourage you to be more physically active by walking you through exercises and giving you the option of playing fun games that require you to get up and move around.

Dec 162012
 

A tablet or a controller? Whatever it is, the Wii U GamePad is indeed wonderful.

The revolutionary GamePad has a LCD touch screen that works with your fingertip or a stylus. The stylus allows you to write notes or draw pictures with precision. The fact that you can use your fingertips if you don’t feel like finding your stylus makes things more convenient for you. Either way you choose to use it, it’s fun!

The device also features stereo speakers, a headphone jack, volume control, and an accessory jack that will possibly allow for more features depending on your accessories.

Sounds like a serious piece of equipment, right? Something this powerful seems like it might be too big for cuteness or comfort, but it weighs in at a reasonable 1.1 pounds and looks surprisingly polished. The GamePad fits comfortably in your hands and is sturdy enough that it won’t break if you happen to drop it.

It’s powered by rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries, so there’s no need to constantly buy and dump batteries that are harsh on our planet’s health.

It also makes your gaming habits less of a problem in the eyes of your family or your roommates. If grandma has that show that she just needs to watch every Tuesday on the family TV set, that doesn’t stop you from playing, as you’ll see that many games can be pulled from the console to the pad.

The GamePad’s left keypad is reminiscent of many older gaming systems, so you’ll find that there’s no adjustment period. The joysticks and right button array are also familiar to all gamers. ZL and ZR buttons are perfect for shooting games, and you’ll find them on the back below the L and R buttons. You can rotate the pad, playing on it vertically, which is something I’m sure many smartphone users will appreciate.

Let’s talk about how Nintendo has designed their GamePad to make your life as easy as you could reasonably expect. The home button makes navigation smoother, easier and faster than the previously acceptable (yet time consuming) acts of pausing and navigating. No more dealing with menus when they’re not necessary – the home button located conveniently on the device takes care of that stuff for you.

One of the coolest things about this remote is how they employ an infared transceiver to allow you the option to control your television set, right from the GamePad’s touch screen. You can even turn down the volume on your TV with this device, and the TV control buttons work whether your Wii U is on or not!

The transceiver means you can use your web browser on the GamePad to turn your TV into a monitor of sorts. You can search Google without even having to get up and grab your laptop or sit at the computer, because your search results will show up right on your TV.

Let’s not forget the built in front-facing camera and microphone. These features not only makes game playing better, but also allows you to connect with friends using Nintendo’s new Miiverse – a new social network for Wii U users.

There was a 4 player limit with the previous version of the Wii, but with the Wii U, you can now use your GamePad while other players are using remotes. This increases the possible number of players to 5. And we all know that games somehow become much more enjoyable when more people participate.

The screen on the pad can display a different view from your TV screen. It allows you to view the game from different angles (such as birds eyes view), allowing for a different and more complete perspective.

The GamePad is without a doubt the best part of the entire Wii U system. It allows you to play better than you ever have before, and also makes your life easier by being able to control your TV right from the device’s touch screen. The Wii U GamePad is a gamechanger, and a damn good one, too.

Dec 162012
 

The Wii U is sure to be a big thing among hardcore and casual gamers alike. This unique gaming console, created by Nintendo, is as innovative as they come. It allows for so many more options when it comes to gaming and entertainment.

There are two different models of the Nintendo Wii U. You have the option to choose between the deluxe set (in black), which costs $349 and the basic set (in white), which costs $299.

Wii U Basic Set Specs:

  • 8 GB storage space
  • Comes with console (weighing 3.4 lbs) and an AC adapter for it
  • Included is the revolutionary new GamePad (weighing in at a little over a pound) plus a stylus to use with it and an AC adapter to charge it
  • Comes with a sensor bar
  • HDMI cable included
  • High definition (up to 1080p is supported)
  • 1 GB of both main memory and system memory, so the total console memory is 2 GB
  • The GPU on this system, which is a custom AMD Radeon hi-def GPU, is able to perform general computing tasks
  • Using a SD card or USB drive allows you to expand upon the device’s storage space
  • The discs for the games are able to store up to 25 GB
  • Discs for the games are able to stream up to 22.5 MBs
  • This system Is backwards compatible, working with all of the original Wii’s games, remote controls, and accessories
  • More than 50 news games are expected to be released within 6 months of the system’s release date
  • You will be able to transfer Virtual Console and Wii Ware games from your old Wii to this new console
  • The game pad makes two player experiences better, allowing one player to view the game on the TV from an angle that’s most conducive to their performance while the other player views it on the game pad from an angle that’s right for them
  • Participate in Miiverse, a social network that allows you to connect and game with players from around the world

Wii U Deluxe Set Specifications (the deluxe set has all the features of the basic set listed above, plus the following):

  • An additional 24 GB of storage space, for a total of 32 GB on the device
  • Comes with the Nintendoland game (a sampler-style game disc)
  • Deluxe Digital Promotion, which basically allows you to receive points for downloading from Nintendo’s eShop and redeem those points for additional downloads from the eShop
  • A stand for the GamePad
  • A cradle for the GamePad
  • A stand for the console which allows for it to be positioned vertically

The best thing about the Nintendo Wii U is without a doubt the GamePad. This revolutionary pad is part tablet part remote control. Equipped with standard remote control functions plus a touch screen and a front facing camera, this one’s a keeper!

The console is almost as impressive, being similar in looks and size to the Wii. It’s 10.5 inches wide, 6.8 inches deep and 1.5 inches thick. The CPU on this machine is a multicore processor, based on IBM Power7.

The Nintendo Wii U is a powerful system that allows you take part in so many fun activities. It’s the perfect gaming system for fans of the newly popular tablets or anyone who enjoys Nintendo’s superior products.

Dec 162012
 

Looking for the perfect present for the gamer in your life? Wii U is the latest and greatest new console that you need to see to believe. It comes with an innovative new controller that will change the way games are played while keeping all the best functions of the original Wii.

The controller, lovingly referred to as the GamePad, is actually part tablet and part remote control. It is ergonomically designed and the functions will feel comfortable to everyone who has ever played a video game, since it uses many of the standard buttons and controls.

The GamePad’s beautiful 6.2 inch touch screen takes game play to a whole new level. You’ll be able to view your games on the TV or the controller itself. The touch screen controller will display your actions performed with the touchscreen on the TV. You can even browse the internet on your TV with this unique controller. It’s takes over the function of so many other devices and then makes them better by allowing interaction with your TV.

All Wii U units come with this awesome new controller, as well as other necessary accessories like sensor bars and adaptors.

The deluxe version gets even better, though, because it comes with additional accessories that the gamer in your life is sure to find useful. The console stand is one of those accessories. It allows your Wii U to stand vertically, saving space and giving a cleaner look. The GamePad stand and cradle set are two more accessories reserved for purchasers of the Wii U deluxe set. The deluxe version also offers more storage space – 32 GB compared to the 8 GB on the basic version.

Users in the US and Canada will enjoy Nintendo TVii, which allows you to use your GamePad for browsing and controlling movies and TV shows. It works with Wii U Video Entertainment, regular TV stations and even your TiVo DVR if you have one. Netflix, Amazon and Hulu are also jumping on board, allowing future integration of their services.

And let’s not forget about the Miiverse, a new social network from Nintendo. It’s sure to be a hit since it’s similar to the popular Xbox Live community. In Miiverse, you use your Mii character to interact with others. Challenge friends to a game and thoroughly kick their butt. Or ask that gamer who always kicks your butt for advice or hidden features about the game you might not have noticed. Post about your big gaming accomplishment and let your Miiverse buddies know. This is all done smoothly because you have the option to easily pause your game and then start right back up where you left off.

It doesn’t even need to be said that Nintendo makes some of the best games in the world. Let’s be honest, they’re legends! The popular games for the Wii U include Nintendo Land, the New Super Mario Bros. U, Wii Fit U, Ninja Gaiden 3, Lego City Undercover, The Wonderful 101, Sing Party and Bayonetta 2. Plus there are many, many more to choose from. You’ll never run out of options.

I think it’s safe to say that for anyone who enjoys gaming or technology, the Wii U will make a great gift. Although gaming is the focus of the Wii U, the variety of this consoles functions expand beyond that by integrating with other popular services and allowing for greater levels of interaction. It’s sure to keep just about everyone happy.

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