Developer Interview – FIFA 13 Wii U

FIFA 13 on the Wii U

FIFA Soccer 13 – Developer Interview and Hands-on

We got a hands-on demo and Developer Interview for FIFA Soccer 13 for the Wii U. It comes out on November 18th with the launch of the Wii U itself.  FIFA 13 could be the big surprise at the Wii U’s launch as it blends new gameplay and core FIFA controls extremely well.

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FIFA fans that have played the game on other consoles will be in familiar territory as the controller allows you to play as you would on the PS3 or Xbox360.   The Wii U’s touch-screen adds new elements like touch-screen shooting and very interesting options for the Manager Mode.

You can set up passes and draw routes for AI team members on the gamepad and interact with players at half-time from the controller.

We talk to Mat, Producer with EA to learn more.  He was very informative and we had the chance to learn quite a bit about FIFA Soccer 13 and the Wii U.

Thanks to Mat and EA.

FIFA 13 Wii U Manager Mode

3DS Holiday Line-up

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Nintendo 3DS Holiday Games

Hands-on Previews from the Nintendo 2012 Holiday Event

When we checked out the Nintendo Holiday Event this past Month in Toronto, we had a chance to take a close look at some new and upcoming games for the Nintendo 3DS.

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The Nintendo 3DS had its own room at the Nintendo 2012 Holiday Event and Paige ran to it as soon as we got in.  Let’s go over the 3DS titles we looked at:

Pokemon Dream Radar – Creatures, Inc. and Nintendo

This game or rather an experience is rated E for everyone and is already out in the Nintendo eShop, Pokemon Dream Radar is a cool little AR experience.  Basically you  collect rare Pokemon by shooting them out of the environment around you.

Style Savvy: Trendsetters – Nintendo

Ok, so I know a whole bunch of you out there always dreamed of being the next fashion mogul or trendy boutique owner…you know who you are.  Well, if you have a 3DS, your dreams have been answered.  Paige gets a hands-on for Style Savvy: Trendsetters thats rated E for everyone and already out on the 3DS.You dress up your customers and unlock new areas in town as you go.  You can also download new fashions and more.

Paper Mario: Sticker Star – Intelligent Systems and Nintendo

Paper Mario: Sticker Star is out November 11th for the Nintendo 3DS.  That’s right, Paper  Mario is back for more action and this game should be familiar to fans of the Paper Mario series.  You’ll gain experience collecting stickers and use them in turn-based battle.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Nintendo

As an old school Mario fan-boy, try to stop me from playing some New Super Mario Bros. 2 already available for the 3DS.  It reminded me of playing the previous title on the Wii, I had fun playing this solid platformer.  It’s also good to see the Super Leaf back again.

Crashmo – Intelligent Systems

We both really liked playing Crashmo.  It’s the sequel to Pushmo that’s set to be released in the Nintendo eSop on November 22nd.  The idea is simple, push and move blocks around to reach the top.  The levels increase in difficulty and in Crashmo, there’s a few cool gravity mechanics and other gameplay twists that add to the fun.

Fluidity: Spin Cycle – Curve Studios and Nintendo

Fluidity: Spin Cycle will be available in the eShop on December 27th.  In this fun puzzle game you take control of a little puddle of water as you move through mazes by tilting the 3DS.  You`ll need to master changes of state as you change to ice or vapor to move forward.

Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! – Asobism and Nintendo

We also looked at Freakyforms Deluxe: Your Creations, Alive! It’s available on the 3DS on November 5th .  Players make characters called Formees to explore and complete missions.  Freakyforms Deluxe adds multiplayer and new areas to interact in.

We had a lot of fun trying out new and upcoming Nintendo 3DS titles.  Thanks to Nintendo.

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Nintendo Wii U Holiday Event

Nintendo 2012 Holiday Event

Nintendo Wii U 2012 Holiday Event – Toronto, ON

Nintendo knows how to throw a party, and they didn’t pull any punches when getting ready for the 2012 Holiday Season.  The Wii U is the little Nintendo device with a very neat looking controller that’s on everyone’s minds.  Will the WIi U help Nintendo compete with Xbox and PlayStation in the coming year?

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First, let’s take a closer look at the Wii U itself:

  • The Wii U will display games in HD.
  • The Wii U is backwards compatible with your Wii controllers
  • The Wii U controller has a touchscreen, camera and 2 analogue sticks.
  • The Wii U will be available in 2 different models each at a different price.
  • The Wii U Basic is white, comes with 8 GB of internal storage and will retail for $299.99.
  • The Wii U Deluxe is black and will retail for $349.99. It includes 32 GB of memory, Nintendo Land, a charging station and stands for the Wii U controller and console.

Now on to the Wii U launch titles we checked out….

Nintendo Land

Nintendo Land aims to be that party game that also demonstrates and teaches you how to use the Wii U controller.  Think of it like Wii Sports for the Wii U, but the game seems more complete than a simple collection of mini games.  Nintendo Land launches with the Wii U.

New Super Mario Bros. U

Take to the mushroom kingdom in HD with New Super Mario Bros. U.  You can bring your own Mii into the mix this time around and a 5th player can join in on the Wii U Controller to help the other players.  We had a good time with this one and the platforming was as solid as you would expect from a Mario game.

Scribblenauts Unlimited

Scribblenauts Unlimited is from 5th Cell and WB Games and is available for the Wii U on November 18th.  Scribblenauts is even bigger this time around and with more recognized words and items to play with than ever before.  Paige even helps demonstrate how the spell check can kick in and help out…could have been me just as easy.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

Epic Mickey 2, The Power of Two from Junction Point and Disney Interactive is also out on November 18th  You can play drop-in/drop-out co-op with a friend  and the colors look great in HD.

FIFA Soccer 13

FIFA Soccer 13 makes its way to the WIi U and will be available at launch.  The Wii U controller adds new options for both gameplay and in management modes.  We got a close look at how the controller adds to the gameplay in this title.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge

Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge from Techmo and Team Ninja was also on display.  Usethe Wii U control to select weapons, trigger Ninpo and more.  Ninja Gaiden 3 Razor’s Edge will be available November 18th as another launch title exclusively for the Wii U.

Zombi U and Black Ops II

I took aim at Zombi U from Ubisoft and how players can take out Zombies from a distance using the Wii U controller.  Call of Duty Black Ops II, is also out for the Wii U on November 18th and brings this intense first-person shooter to a new audience now that Nintendo is HD.  Will the control pad add to the gameplay?  Don’t look for killstreaks either…at least not by that name..here they are called scorestreakes.

Kirby’s Dream Collection (Wii)

We tried out Kirby’s Dream Collection that’s already been released on the Wii.  Kirby fans rejoice! This 20th Anniversary collection from Hal Laboratory and Nintendo includes 6 Kirby titles.

3DS Games

There was also a room for new and upcoming 3DS games.  We checked out a bunch of 3DS and DS games while we were there.  Pokemon Dream Radar and Style Savvy: Trend Setters got Paige’s attention while I really liked playing Crashmo, sequel to Pushmo and New Super Mario Bros. 2

We also played Paper Mario: Sticker Star set to be released on November 11th 2012

The Nintendo Holiday Event was fun this year…and the upcoming Wii U release on November 18th has us asking a lot of questions.  I can’t wait to see more as developers find ways to take advantage of the unique controls.

Thanks to Nintendo and to the attending developers.

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Developer Interviews – Skylanders Giants and LittleBigPlanet Karting

Developer Interviews - Skylanders Giants and LittleBigPlanet Karting

Developer Interviews – Skylanders Giants and LittleBigPlanet Karting

From the Sony PlayStation 2012 Holiday Event in Toronto, Canada

Welcome to our Developer Interview Double Feature.  We focus on games that little ones can play but are still fun for more experienced players.  We present Hands-on demos and Developer Interviews for the upcoming titles, Skylanders Giants and LittleBigPlanet Karting.

The recent Sony PlayStation Holiday Event here in Toronto provided the perfect venue to learn more about these titles

Skylanders Giants:

Skylanders Giants, from Activision and Toys for Bob is out for the PS3, Xbox360 Wii and 3DS on October 21st 2012.  A Wii U version is available on November 18th, 2012.   It continues and builds upon the gameplay style of Skylander’s Spyro Adventure.  In Skylanders Giants you get to play as…you guessed it Giants!

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Using the portal you change out characters on the fly, making use of their specific abilities and upgrades and all the information is stored on the figures.  I love how it doesn’t take batteries and the newly added advanced difficulty levels should add to the replayability.  Check out what Lou, Production Coordinator for Skylander’s Giants has to say.

LittleBigPlanet Karting:

Rated E for everyone and out on November 6th 2012, LittleBigPlanet Karting or LBPK combines the Play, create and share concept of LittleBigPlanet with kart racing action and gameplay we’re already familiar with.

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Developers from United Front Games worked with Media Molecule to bring this fun, accessible and creative kart racer exclusively to the PS3.  An adventure spanning over 25 levels over a few Planets and online play and sharing can be found here.  LittleBigPlanet Karting gives you up to 4 player multiplayer locally and up to 8 races online.

We get a chance to talk with Nick, Gameplay Designer for LittleBigPlanet Karting to get the low-down.

PlayStation 2012 Holiday Event Video Report

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JoystickUnicorn’s PlayStation Holiday Event 2012 – Toronto, Oct. 3, 2012

Because the idea of opening new video games on Christmas morning always filled me with a childhood sense of wonderment, let’s take a look at the Sony PlayStation 2012 Holiday Event through a child’s eyes…literally.

On Oct. 3 2012, Sony and many leading developers showcased new and upcoming PS3 game titles for the holiday season.  Paige and I made our way to the Palais Royale on Toronto’s Waterfront to see what we could expect from PlayStation over the holidays.

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Paige was instinctively drawn to Skylanders Giants from Activision and Square Enix.  Out on Oct. 21st, Skylanders Giants lets you switch out your figures on the fly during gameplay as its the figures that store the individual stats.  More game modes have been added along with more advanced difficulty modes and a fun co-op.

LittleBigPlanet Karting available on the PS3 on Nov. 6th blends the kart racing we all know and love with the creativity typically found in games with LittleBigPlanet in the title.  We raced a few laps using the PS Move Steering wheel in this title from United Front Games and Media Molecule.

Paige with the Sony WonderbookThe Sony Wonderbook, set to be released in December was on display with their launch title, Book of Spells.  This interactive, AR experience is set prior to the events of the Harry Potter movies, but Paige loved seeing herself in the environment, conjuring magic.

The Unfinished Swan was a delightful surprise.  This innovative game is available for download on the PSN Oct 24th.  You use the PS Move to traverse a blank white canvas, painting the environment as you go.  The controls were simple and intuitive.

Sly Cooper 4: Thieves in Time from Sanzaru Games and Sony Entertainment picks up after Sly Cooper 3. It includes a new costume system used to give Sly abilities like additional defence and more.  It’s out Feb. 5th, 2013

Paige and I faced off in Injustice: Gods Among Us.  She as Harley Quinn, me The Flash.  The over-the-top power moves and gameplay was fun for me, but not so much for my 6 year old daughter.  Injustice: Gods Among Us is out in the Spring of 2013

PlayStation All-StarsWe checked out Assassins Creed III and the naval battle mode.  I thought the ship moved well through the water.  This is another title geared more for me.  Check it out yourself on Nov 20th.

Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal out Nov 20th provided a ton of fun.  While Paige wanted to exclusively play as Fat Princess, we had the chance to see a few different fighters in play.

As for the PS Vita, we checked out FIFA 13 and Sound Shapes.  I Thought the Vita controls worked well for Sound Shapes especially.

Stay tuned for more from the Sony Holiday Event as we talk with developers from LittleBigPlanet Karting, Skylanders Giants, Book of Magic and PlayStation All-Stars.

Sony PlayStation Holiday Event 2012

PlayStation Holiday event 2012

Yesterday PlayStation Canada hosted there annual Video Game holiday event to showcase new and upcoming titles.

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Diving in to the games as soon as we arrived I jumped right into the Navel battle demo of Assassins’ Creed III. While I didn’t get a solid view of the player movement that we have experienced in past AC games I did get to feel how the boat battles will progress. Needless to say Ubisoft got it right with the wide turns, the need to be aware of firing lines and the addition of multiple cannon ball types to make your time at see feel realistic.

Next up I showed off my lame fighting skills, along side @tehflakes, with a close battle between Injustice’s NightWing and Batman. Fantastic graphics and a button mashers dream… I’m kidding… or maybe not… I may not be great at fighting games but this is one I could see myself taking the time to play and really enjoy.

I typically enjoy gaming on a console more than a handheld platform but @tehflakes insisted I try Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified Multi-player on the PS Vita and it was very impressive. I’m glad he pushed me to play it. My beef is not with the game but more so with the Vita’s thumb-sticks and how they work with a fast moving shooter like COD – likely this is my issue having limited time playing the Vita. If you like portable gaming and the COD franchise I’d add this to your wishlist.

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Other impressive titles where we didn’t get hands on time at the event include; Lego: Lord of the Rings, Sleeping Dogs, PlayStation Heroes, and Hitman Absolution.

PS3 and PSV owners have a lot of great games to look forward to this season.

Fan Expo Toronto 2012 Report

Fan Expo Toronto 2012 THQ Booth

Feed Your Console Presents:

JoystickUnicorn’s Fan Expo Toronto 2012 Report

Please enjoy parts one and two of our Fan Expo Toronto 2012 Report.  From August 23rd to the 26th, the Toronto Metro Convention Center was swarmed by all types of heroes, villains, anime stars and other unworldly creatures.

Part 1 – Our Floor Report:

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Part 2 – Our Gamer Report:

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Paige and I took a look from the perspective of a 6 year old gamer girl and her aging gamer Dad.  We just had to take a look at everything from the latest in comics, Sci-Fi and the newest in video games.

The Highlights:

  • Xbox360 had Halo 4 on display and the line to play nearly wound around the block.
  • Ubisoft featured many of their core titles. Just Dance 4, Assassin’s creed 3, Rocksmith and ZombiU
  • WB Games highlighted the upcoming fighting game, Injustice Gods Among Us as well as Lego Lord of the Rings and more.
  • Disney Interactive had a display for Epic Mickey 2 and featured Disney Artists.
  • Disney also presented a cool FrankenWeenie display for the upcoming Tim Burton flick out Oct. 5th
  • We sampled Dual Play glasses and display from LG.  It allows 2 players to use the same screen and not see the others gameplay.
  • A Dancing Jedi!

In the 3rd Part of the JoystickUnicorn Fan Expo Toronto 2012 Review we’ll take a look at our favorite Cosplay from Toronto Fan Expo.

EVENT: PS Vita meet-up

The Mysterious group behind the G-List are hosting a PS Vita meet-up this weekend in Toronto and Vancouver.

The Misters are giving the first attendees, who are also members of the G-List, free copies of Resistance: Burning Skies – Note proof of membership is required.

Following the giveaway, a multi-player tournament will take place with amazing prizes to be won from PlayStation.

DON’T Forget your PS Vita!

Details:

Batman Sightings in Toronto Confirmed

With all the E3 news flying around this week I almost missed the news that the Bat Tumbler and Bat-Pod were visiting the city this week, and lucky for me they were down the street over my lunch break.

While I was standing around I heard talk about Swag give-aways and a chance to attend the Canadian Premier of the Dark Knight Rises so make sure you drop by and enter for your chance to win I may have to go back after work as they were not handing anything out when I was visiting during my lunch break.

Special appearances by Cat Woman, Robin and the Dark Knight himself (not Christian Bale though).

Tumbler Tour Photo Gallery:

Here are the remaining locations for the Canadian tour. But be quick as these head back south of the boarder in just a few days and are a MUST see for fans of the Dark Knight.

REMAINING CANADIAN TOUR STOPS INCLUDE:

DATE LOCATION TIME
Thursday, June 7 RioCan Yonge Eglinton Centre Courtyard
(2300 Yonge St., Toronto, On)
1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, June 8 SickKids – Herbie Day
(Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E., Toronto, On)
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 9 La Coupole Restaurant
(1325 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Montreal, Qc – Inside Hotel Le Crystal)
4 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Saturday, June 10 Crescent Street Grand Prix Festival – MINI Grand Showcase
(Crescent St. between Ste. Catherine & Maisonneuve, Montreal, Qc)
9 a.m. – 6 p.m

More information on the tour can be found at the Tour Homepage, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Diablo III Launch party details

On the night of May 14, retail locations around the globe will be opening their doors to gamers eager to get their hands on, Blizzard’s mega series, Diablo III. Lucky gamers in; the USA, UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Poland, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, and Taiwan will be among the first to lock horns with the Lord of Terror. I noticed Canada is missing from the list so no official events here

If you are lucky enough to be nearby on of these launch parties keep your eyes peeled as members of the development teams are scheduled to be on site for autograph and photo opportunities. Also be aware of all the giveaways that are scheduled to happen including; a selection of Diablo-related video footage and exclusive Diablo III-themed prizes, such as laser-etched desktop PCs from Intel (prizes may vary by location).

Find a location near you, Send us Photos and feedback if you get to one of these official events!

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