LEGO Dimensions: “Endless Awesome” Launch Trailer

Lego Dimensions

What do you get when you cross the Lego Game universe and the functionality of the Skylander-like portal – You get “LEGO Dimensions”.

Catch the Launch trailer here:



Available Sunday, September 27, LEGO Dimensions will allow players to not only experience worlds based on DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, LEGO Ninjago, Back to the Future, The Wizard of Oz, Scooby-Doo! LEGO Chima, Doctor Who, Jurassic World, Ghostbusters, The Simpsons, Portal and Midway Arcade, but also combine different characters and re-buildable vehicles and gadgets from these worlds in any way that they choose – there are no rules. Imagine Kai, the Ninjago ninja, driving the Mystery Machine through Metropolis or Legolas battling ghosts alongside Homer Simpson in New York!

The LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack includes the videogame, bricks to build the LEGO Gateway, three LEGO Minifigures including Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle, plus the LEGO Batmobile, and the revolutionary LEGO Toy Pad. The Toy Pad allows players to transport LEGO Dimensions minifigures and models into the game, as well as control in-game action and solve puzzles by moving the physical toys. Plus, every LEGO vehicle and gadget in LEGO Dimensions can be physically rebuilt twice, for a total of three different objects, each with unique in-game abilities, which adds massive variety to the gameplay.

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.

Nintendo 2012 Holiday Event

Psy Gangnam Style is coming to Just Dance 4

Today Ubisoft release news that South Korean Music sensation Psy’s Gangnam Style will be available as DLC for Just Dance 4. Now unless you’ve been under a rock or living with out electricity for the last couple of months you’ve either seen, heard or watched Psy TV or the internet. Gangnam Style has ranked up over 480 Million (yes 480 Million) views on YouTube and the video have launched parodies and covers from the likes of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Oregon Ducks Marching Band and the Stratford Festival Casts of 42nd St and Pirates of Penzance.

Psy was quoted in the Ubisoft release as saying “Gangnam Style and Just Dance 4, I can’t wait to see all the YouTube videos”.

Imagine this in your living room – maybe with a few less Horses…

Oppa Gangnam Style!

Gangnam Style will be available in November 2012. Download details and pricing will be similar to previous Just Dance DLC. For the latest information on Just Dance 4, please visit: www.justdancegame.com.

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Spy Hunter Released

Warner Brothers Interactive announced this week that the launch of a rebooted Midway classic – Spy Hunter – is now available for the PS Vita and the Nintendo 3DS.

1983 Spy Hunter
1983 Spy Hunter
2012 Spy Hunter
2012 Spy Hunter


Gamers that remember the 80’s will be familiar with this title that mixes racing and high tech gadgets. Agents will get behind the wheel of the G-6155 Interceptor supercar to travel the globe and prevent a world wide terrorist organization from succeeding in their plans for world domination. Switch from a street racer to an off-road assault vehicle complete with up-gradable weapons, technology and gadgets to assist your missions.

Some new features included in Spy Hunter include new crash animations, slow motion camera capabilities and an unmanned drone to assist and amp up your destruction levels to 11.

Players will also recognize the familiar sounds of the Peter Gunn Theme getting a reboot. The Music of Spy Hunter soundtrack, composed by none other than Toronto Native and Grammy nominated composer Ryan Shore, is now available from WaterTower Music.

Watch the Announcement Trailer now:

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.

Meet Mario on his Cross-Canada Tour!

Nintendo is inviting fans to meet the one and only Mario as he makes his way across Canada to showcase his latest games. Be among the first to play the new Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 games on the Nintendo 3DS system. While your there enjoying the 3D Gaming don’t miss out on your very own souvenir photo with Mario himself!

Schedule (subject to change – confirm dates here):

Vancouver:

  • November 13 – Comic Con* at Heritage Hall, 3102 Main Street, Vancouver from 1:00pm-3:00pm PST
  • November 13 – Vancouver Giants* at Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver from 6:15pm-10:00pm PST
  • December 2 – Bright Nights in Stanley Park from 5:00pm-9:00pm PST
  • December 3 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Metropolis at Metrotown from 11:00am-2:00pm PST
  • December 3 – Best Buy Metrotown, 4805 Kingsway Street, Burnaby from 3:00pm-5:30pm PST
  • December 4 – Rogers Santa Claus Parade from 10:00am-12:00pm PST (pre-parade appearance)
  • December 17 – Breakfast with Santa at the Vancouver Convention Centre* from 8:30am-11:30am PST
  • December 18 – Breakfast with Santa at the Vancouver Convention Centre* from 8:30am-11:30am PST

Whistler Blackcomb:

  • December 17 – Roundhouse Lodge*, Whistler Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb from 10:00am-3:00pm PST
  • December 18 – Rendezvous Lodge*, Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler Blackcomb from 10:00am-3:00pm PST

Calgary:

  • December 9 – Calgary Hit Men* at Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary from 6:15pm-10:00pm MST
  • December 10 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Cross Iron Mills from 11:00am-6:00pm MST
  • December 11 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Cross Iron Mills from 11:00am-6:00pm MST

Edmonton:

  • November 25 – Best Buy Edmonton South, 9931 19th Avenue NW, Edmonton from 3:00pm-5:30pm MST
  • November 25 – Future Shop South Edmonton Common, 1320 99th Street NW, Edmonton from 11:00am-1:30pm MST
  • November 26 – Edmonton Oil Kings* at Rexall Place, Edmonton from 6:15pm-10:00pm MST
  • November 27 – West Edmonton Mall from 11:30am-4:00pm MST

Toronto:

  • November 20 – Toronto Santa Claus Parade from 10:00am-12:00pm EST (pre-parade appearance)
  • November 27 – Future Shop, Trinity Common, 149-70 Great Lakes Drive, Brampton from 11:00am-1:30pm EST
  • November 27 – Best Buy Downsview, 695 Wilson Avenue, North York from 3:00pm-5:30pm EST
  • December 10 – Nintendo’s Holiday Mall Tour at Square One Shopping Centre from 11:00am-5:00pm EST

Montreal:

  • November 18 – Best Buy Marche Central, 8871 De L’Acadie Boulevard, Montreal from 11:00am-1:30pm EST
  • November 18 – Future Shop Montreal-Centreville, St. Catherine Street, Montreal from 3:00pm-5:30pm EST
  • November 19 – La Récréathèque*, Laval from 11:00am-6:00pm EST
  • November 20 – La Récréathèque*, Laval from 11:00am-6:00pm EST

*These events may charge a fee for entry

Rayman goes back to his roots

The Game that put Ubisoft on the map returns with Rayman Origins.

When the Glade of Dreams is overrun by “nefurrious” Darktoons, the Fairy Council hastily invokes Rayman to save the day; but the hero of light isn’t quite all there…To help him, Rayman teams up with his best friend, Globox, and two crafty wizards, the Teensies. Together, the world’s most hilarious team of heroes will need to restore peace to the Glade or watch as their beloved home vanishes like a bad dream…



Rayman Origins Demo available on November 9th and in stores November 15th for the PlayStation 3 system, Xbox 360, and Wii.

Zelda and Link are Coming to Toronto

Nintendo fans don’t think we’ve abandoned you, I’m sorry it’s been a while since we talked but it’s just been a busy summer with the other consoles… But fear not we haven’t forgotten about you!

Here is the make good on our absence…

ZELDA AND LINK ARE COMING TO TORONTO and you can get your hands on the game early if you show up over the weekend to see them (details below).

The first 150 attendees present at the event on Friday, November 18th and the first 150 attendees at the event on Saturday, November 19th will obtain a wrist band (limit one per person) for the opportunity to buy The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword bundle on Saturday, November 19th from 9:00pm-10:00pm at Future Shop Yonge and Dundas.