Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Kirby Returns to Dream Land on October 24

A double dose of Kirby is coming out this fall with Kirby Mass Attack on the regular DS next month (or as I like to call it - Kirby Massive Attack... shoutouts to Nicki Minaj) and Kirby's Return to Dream Land on October 24 for the Wii. After the critical success of Epic Yarn and also being one of the cutest games out there, Kirby returns to his roots at Dreamland sucking enemies into his mouth and absorbing special powers such as the signature sword power-up. This is pretty much as old-school as it gets along with four player co-op similar to New Super Mario Bros. Wii as other players can join in to play as Meta Knight, Waddle Dee, and King Dedede. Familiar bosses will return like Whispy Woods as well. It is nice to see Nintendo making good Kirby games as of late as if he stand up to the upper echelon of Nintendo's character hierarchy (Mario, Link, Samus, Donkey Kong, etc.). Return to Dreamland will be another reason to dust off that Wii unless you're still waiting for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword's November 20 release.

VF5 Final Showdown Finally Getting a US Release...

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown has been out at Japanese arcades for at least two or three years already and it seemed like Sega never wanted to bring the latest version of their fighting game to the US until today's announcement. It is now coming to Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network next summer, which is ways off for a downloadable title. This is the first time a Virtua Fighter game has gone downloadable since Sega probably knew its not smart of them to release this on a retail price, so at least we are getting a 15 dollar VF game. Yeah, this franchise does have its audience, but it is not as mainstream as the Street Fighter series is today. It is still one of the most technical and deep fighting games around as I'm been playing them casually since the PS2 version of VF4 (I owned VF4, VF4 Evo, and VF5 360 at some point). It is also about time Sega does something with this franchise over here at the States to capitalize on the recent fighting game boom.