Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

While the exact date may be hard to pin down, the demise of the Wii was foreseen for years. With a decline in quality content, and minimal first party releases, the Wii went on life support long before the release of the Wii U. Some people (this reviewer included) might think that the 2010 release of "Donkey Kong Country Returns" signaled the beginning of the end for a variety of different reasons. It was the first time that Nintendo had really gone back to the Donkey Kong well since the original releases, and while Retro Studios were well equipped to create a quality title, it seems like the fad of the Wii had passed, and the game was released to significantly less fanfare than it deserved. Fortunately, Nintendo has made a business out of recycling ideas for new platforms, and "DKCR" is one of the rare software titles to get this special treatment. In an unprecedented first, Donkey Kong will be the first Nintendo character to have their game ported from the Wii console to the 3DS in the aptly named, "Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D."
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By Kevin Kelly

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By now you've probably heard about the Xbox One, Microsoft's new game console that was announced today. That reveal also included a deep dive into Call of Duty: Ghosts, the upcoming shooter in the ongoing series from Activision, due out this November. We were able to get a sneak peek at the title last week, and were treated to an underwater sequence from the game that involved following an enemy submarine and destroying it.
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Animal Crossing: New Leaf

One of the signature features of the Animal Crossing series, since its original release back on the N64 in Japan in 2001, has been its cast of colorful characters. Over the franchise's handful of releases there have been hundreds of friendly villagers for players to get to know. With each animal having its own unique look and personality players are bound to have their favorites. Whether it’s the talented musician, K.K. Slider, the humorous Kapp'n, or the polarizing Resetti, there's always someone that appears in your town that's refreshing to see. We recently had a chance to ask some of the developers of the latest "Animal Crossing" game, "New Leaf," who their favorites were, both from the franchise and from the latest game, some of their answers may surprise you.
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Nintendo isn't wasting any time introducing new Wii U Virtual Console games, with "Pac-Man" and the original "Mega Man" both showing up in the eShop today. In addition, the Virtual Console on 3DS is getting Balloon Fight, which was one of the first classic games to hit Wii U.

If retro games aren't what you're looking for there are plenty of other additions this week, including "Kung Fu Rabbit" for Wii U and Zen Pinball 2 on the the 3DS.

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This week's eShop update is pretty darn small, but that doesn't mean you don't have some cool games to check out. Wii U owners will definitely want to download the free "Rayman Legends" Challenge App, which was just released today, and 3DS owners have 1992's Capcom classic "Mega Man 4" at their fingertips.
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Pandora's Tower

Operation Rainfall is officially over. With the release of "Pandora's Tower," the grassroots groundswell that took place on countless fronts, from social media to an old school letter writing campaign, has come to a successful conclusion, as the final release that was petitioned for arrives in the United States. After the effective outpouring of community interest, the fans behind Operation Rainfall were able to influence the releases of "The Last Story," "Xenoblade Chronicles," and now "Pandora's Tower," as the final three JRPGs for the Wii. But, was all that effort worth it? "The Last Story" and "Xenoblade Chronicles" seemed to live up to the hype, but can "Pandora's Tower" complete the cycle?
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There's a little something for everyone this week as we get a new action-RPG, a big comic book fighting game, an arena shooter, and some new DLC for those of you still playing games released last year. What's wrong with you? Feed the retail monster and buy more new games! On discs!

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One of the modes Disney has been touting in the toy-centric "Disney Infinity" is the Toy Box: essentially it's the all-purpose building/exploration mode which will allow players to construct their own worlds using Disney items. Among the recognizable Disney locations and objects Disney is touting for this mode: Uncle Scrooge's money pit, a Recognizer from TRON, or Stitch's surfboard (some things are more exciting than others).

You can check out some new screenshots from the Toy Box mode after the jump.

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The release date announcement for the Wii exclusive fantasy action-RPG "Pandora's Tower" is joined by a new gameplay trailer.

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This week's update is a little slim in comparison to the past few weeks, and Wii U owners don't have much to look forward to at all. However, 3DS gamers may want to check out "HarmoKnight" and "Legend of the River King," both of which have recently found their way to the portable eShop. Read More...

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