Hyrule Warriors Overview (Synopsis and Features)

The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors collide as gamers join Link, Impa, Darunia, and others as they engage in classic hack-and-slash action in Hyrule Warriors. The sorceress Cia is attempting to take control of Hyrule by releasing hordes of monsters into the world, and players must fight back on battlefields both new and taken from franchise lore, such as Death Mountain from Ocarina of Time, Twilight Field from Twilight Princess, and Skyloft from Skyward Sword. Each battle also culminates in a confrontation with a powerful boss character.

While in combat, gamers can find and use items from Zelda lore, such as the bow, the hookshot, and bombs, and each warrior possesses unique weapons and attacks that can be upgraded by spending collected Rupees at the Bazaar. Advancing the story in Legendary mode lets players unlock new characters, while Adventure mode offers the same bonuses on a map inspired by overworld in the original Legend of Zelda. Gamers can take on the action alone, or a friend can join in on the GamePad screen for local co-op multiplayer combat.

Rating:70/100

Features
Join Link and other classic Legend of Zelda characters for hack-and-slash action
Use iconic items like the bow and hookshot to take down hordes of foes and huge bosses
Collect Rupees to upgrade characters and weapons
Team up with a friend for local co-op multiplayer

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U [Bundle] Overview (Synopsis and Features)

Nintendo’s hugely popular fighting series returns with a host of new characters, stages, and customization options in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. As always, players take control of heroes and villains from across the gaming universe as they smash, brawl, and launch one another around stages based on iconic locations from other games. The cast of characters includes series mainstays Mario, Kirby, and Pikachu, as well as newcomers like Mega Man, Sonic, and the Wii Fit Trainer, and gamers can use Poké Balls, Assist Trophies, and special items to help them in battle.

In the Classic mode, solo gamers take control of characters and guide them along a variety of paths on an overworld map, and engage in one-on-one battles, team battles with the CPU filling out both sides, and matches where players must defeat waves of foes, or take down a whole team.
Gamers can earn gold, trophies, and custom parts by winning matches, and they can use gold to up the intensity level before future matches and earn larger rewards. Players can also take on three Wii U-exclusive modes, with Smash Tour acting as a team-building board game for up to four, Special Orders finding gamers completing a series of themed challenges, and Event mode extending those challenges to two players.

Multiplayer action remains a huge part of the Super Smash Bros. experience, with up to four random players competing online in the For Fun and For Glory modes, and up to eight players competing in local brawls. For Fun matches include all items and take place on randomly selected stages, while the For Glory mode takes place only on flat Final Destination stages, with no items appearing. Wii U gamers can also customize their rules as they battle in the Special Smash mode, unlock and customize the in-game soundtrack, and use amiibo character figurines to add figure players to their fights.

This bundle includes the full version of the game as well as a Super Smash Bros. GameCube controller, and a GameCube controller adaptor for the Wii U.

Rating: 86/100

Features
Take control of more than 30 classic video game characters and smash opponents around dozens of stages
Go on a single-player adventure full of battles, or take on three Wii U-exclusive modes
Multiplayer action for up to four online and eight local gamers
Includes a GameCube controller and adaptor for the Wii U

Bayonetta 2 Overview (Synopsis and Features)

Platinum Games’ stylish witch returns for more frenetic action in the Wii U exclusive Bayonetta 2. Players once again take control of the titular Bayonetta as she casts magic spells with her hair and uses a balletic mix of melee combat and high-powered weapons to dispatch hordes of angels and demons. Set several months after the original game, Bayonetta 2 finds the lithe protagonist attempting to travel to the fiery pits of Inferno to rescue her friend Jeanne, whose soul was claimed by a demon during a summoning that backfired.

Gamers will engage in epic battles against powerful foes and mighty boss characters in the human world, the heaven-like Paradiso, and the hellish Inferno.
Combat places an emphasis on combo attacks and well-timed dodges to activate Witch Time, allowing players to slow down and easily dispatch their foes. Players can also unleash Torture Attacks that trap enemies in torture machines and earn extra points, while the new Umbran Climax can be unleashed when gamers have a full magic gauge, and it offers stronger attacks, more hair-based Wicked Weaves, and lets them summon Infernal Demons for a short time.

The main story mode is broken into chapters and stages, and at the end of each stage gamers earn a score based on their completion time, number of combos, and damage taken. During the action players collect halos to purchase new weapons, accessories, and costumes, including some costumes based on popular Nintendo franchises. For those intimidated by potentially complex combat mechanics, Bayonetta 2 offers simplified controls in the Automatic mode, or gamers can opt for touch controls using the GamePad. And multiplayer fans can join a friend for the new online-only co-op Tag Climax mode, earning more halos as they take control of Bayonetta, Jeanne, or Rodin and complete specific challenges.

Rating: 80/100

Features
Join the stylish witch Bayonetta as she uses magic, guns, and melee weapons to dispatch angels and demons alike
Earn high scores and collect halos on each stage to purchase nee weapons, accessories, and costumes
Join a friend online for the new co-op Tag Climax mode

Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow Synopsis

Following two acclaimed GBA releases, the classic series returns to the portable platform for more monster slaying and demon hunting. Adding to the clever variety of enemies and tricky castle levels that have helped define the series over the previous 16 years, this adventure allows the hero to collect the “souls” of defeated enemies and take on their special powers. There are also several different weapons to find and use, each with different attacks. Two Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow players can trade collected souls through a link cable connection.

Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (wiiu)

A follow-up to Castlevania: Circle of the Moon, Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance casts players in the role of vampire hunter Juste Belmont, a descendent of Castlevania III’s Trevor Belmont. Players will once again explore a castle, avoiding spikes, and other hazards along the way, while battling gothic monsters. As part of the Belmont lineage, Juste is outfitted with a whip and can acquire a number of secondary weapons, such as axes, daggers, crosses, and holy water.

New to the series is the ability (via spell books) to combine secondary weapons, giving players such moves and special items as a lunging ice punch and a large spinning ice cross. In addition, Juste’s whip can be powered up by attaching runes. The shoulder buttons can be used to lunge at enemies or retreat quickly as the situation dictates. Each time players defeat a boss, Juste gains a new asset, such as a double jump or the ability to slide low to the ground.

In response to criticism that Circle of the Moon was darkly lit and at times hard to see, the developers designed Harmony of Dissonance using brighter colors and a lighter overall look for better object recognition. Progress during the adventure, acquired moves, and collected rune stones can all be saved via battery backup.

Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty Overview (Synopsis)

Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is the first of a proposed five part Oddworld Quintology. Playing as Abe, you must save yourself by escaping from the deadly confines of RuptureFarms, the meat factory at which you were recently employed, and lead your fellow Mudokon friends to safety. It seems as if the slaughterhouse has exhausted its meat supply of Meeches, Scrabs and Paramites and now your diabolical boss, Molluck the Glukkon of the Magog Cartel has decided that new meat, namely Mudokon flesh, will make a delectable substitute in the meat processing plant.

The game is long and a bit more complicated and requires much more than just escaping from the game opening scenario where Abe is chained up in a cell awaiting interrogation. The story in Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is shown from the perspective of a flashback that explores the reasons why Abe is in this predicament. Once RuptureFarms is behind you, the phrase “out of the frying pan and into the fire” comes to mind as you encounter haunted temples, face terrible monsters, go head-to-head with the mutilation-minded Bigface, rescue pals and discover secret moves. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee is a 2D platform adventure/puzzle/action game filled with surprises and secrets with loads of strategy, wit, humor, voice and sound effects and coordinated actions to master.
Rating: 80/100

Mario Kart 8 Overview (Synopsis and Features)

The series that created the kart-racing genre makes its debut on Wii U with a variety of new characters, new courses, new items, and new anti-gravity racing in Mario Kart 8. As always, players can join their favorite characters from the Mushroom Universe as they hop in a variety of go-karts, bikes, buggies, and gliders to compete in light-hearted racing action. New anti-gravitational sections let gamers cling to walls or even race upside down as they speed around more than 30 courses, and the new Boomerang Flower and Potted Piranha Plant items offer new ways to thwart the competition.

Races accommodate up to 12 different competitors in either local solo action or online multiplayer, and in addition to a variety of all-new tracks to tame, players can compete on updated versions of more than a dozen classic courses, including the iconic Mario Kart 64 version of Rainbow Road. Gamers can share their victorious races with the Miiverse by using the Mario Kart TV function, and Mario Kart 8 supports off-TV play so users can stay in the action even while away from the tube.

Rating: 90/100

Features:
Join Mario and dozens of his Mushroom Kingdom pals for classic kart-racing action
Speed around more than 30 courses, including more than a dozen classic tracks
Use the new Boomerang Flower and Potted Piranha Plant to wreak havoc on opponents
Take on up to 11 racers in online competition