It's time for an amiibo blast from the past with the Retro 3-Pack! Included in this set are Duck Hunt (the dog with the duck flying above), Mr. Game and Watch (the predecessor to the Game Boy), and R.O.B. (the robot peripheral for the original NES Nintendo Entertainment System.)
I give you an up-close look at each of these old school amiibo characters, which work great with Super Smash Bros U and 3DS! Let me know your thoughts in the comments - I thought Mr. Game and Watch was pretty cool the way you could change his pose, and the detail in R.O.B. was awesome.
You can order the Amiibo Retro 3-Pack now.
We test different amiibo costumes in Super Mario Maker! The game is set for release on September 11, 2015, but Nintendo sent us an early copy so that we could give you guys a sneak peek at what's coming. The amiibo we use in this episode include Link from The Legend of Zelda, Luigi, Yoshi, Bowser, Kirby, and Donkey Kong. Check out the custom look, animations, and sounds when using these amiibo figures with the Wii U Gamepad.
The Mario experience of your dreams has arrived and is bursting with creativity…including yours! Play a near-limitless number of intensely creative Super Mario levels from players around the world. It’s easy enough to create your own levels with the Wii U GamePad controller that it may feel like you’re simply sketching out your ideas on paper, but you can now bring enemies and objects into a playable course in ways you could only dream of before. What was impossible in traditional Mario games is now impossibly fun, so let your imagination run wild!
You can get Super Mario Maker now!
The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox is the easiest way to add 2TB of storage space to your Xbox One or Xbox 360. The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox is the direct result of a partnership between Xbox and Seagate that will leave you with 5x as much storage as you started with on your 500GB Xbox One, and much more than that if you own an Xbox 360.
The Game Drive for Xbox simply plugs into any USB port on your Xbox One or Xbox 360, without the need for a power supply. It supports USB 3.0 speeds on the Xbox One. It's available for $109.99 starting today.
You can get the Seagate Game Drive for Xbox now!
We've got the Limited Edition version of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D in, which includes the Skull Kid bonus figurine! This is a rare and hard-to-find bundle, so I'm happy to be able to bring you an up-close look at this collector's edition package in this episode!
Be sure to also check out our New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora's Mask Edition unboxing, as well as our feature on the standard New Nintendo 3DS XL. You can try and pick up the Majora's Mask Skull Kid edition on Amazon.
We've got the super-rare New Nintendo 3DS XL Majora's Mask edition, and we bring you an up-close look at this beautiful console in this episode! As you can see, the coloring is unique to this console, and it shows artwork of the Majora's Mask, as well as other masks from the game. The Majora's Mask edition sports all the same new benefits of the regular New Nintendo 3DS XL, those being things like:
- Face-tracking 3D
- C Stick for enhanced controls
- Much faster processor for quicker loading
- ZR and ZL shoulder buttons
- Redesigned console hardware and button placement
Be sure to check out our feature on the standard New Nintendo 3DS XL. You can try and pick up the Majora's Mask edition New Nintendo 3DS XL on Amazon.
Take a look at the Sea Green color of the Nintendo 2DS, the first Nintendo 2DS with a white-colored face and rear backing! Definitely a unique look for a Nintendo console with the Sea Green color, this one is a little harder to find than the red and blue versions. What do you think of it?
The Nintendo 2DS is compatible with all Nintendo 3DS and most Nintendo DS games, and provides access to the Nintendo eShop, with digital games, free demos, and special offers. You also get wireless connectivity for multiplayer and co-op play. You can pick up the Nintendo 2DS on Amazon.
Nintendo's newest, more subdued handheld is next in the Gear Live’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. The Nintendo 2DS is basically a Nintendo 3DS in a candybar form factor (no hinge so it doesn't close) that plays all 3DS games in 2D. At launch it will be available in red and blue hues, and is outfitted with the regular (not 3DS XL) sized dual screens, cameras, mono speaker, headphone port, and a 4 GB SD card. In other words, it's just like a Nintendo 3DS, except there is no 3D, and it doesn't close, and you get it all for $129 - $50 cheaper than the 3DS console. You can pick up the Nintendo 2DS now for $129.99.
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Today in the Gear Live Deals Shop you can enter to win a Sony PlayStation 4 Battlefield bundle. You can't get better than free, so this is our Deal of the Day.
Aside from the actual PlayStation 4 console, you'll also walk away with two wireless PS4 controllers, and a copy of Battlefield 4 as well. Ready to enter? Go get it:
The summer months can bring drought conditions in many areas across the world, but as any hardcore gamer will tell you, the gaming industry suffers the same condition each year. It's even tougher in years like 2014, where two major consoles just launched and early adopters are clamoring for new software for their pricey investments.
While I can't do anything about the lack of new games that are set to drop this summer, I can certainly help you get through it. Over the next two months, right before summer hits, we are going to see a few high profile games released that we think will dull the summer gaming blues. Some are old favorites, while a couple are brand new IP that look to offer unique gaming experiences. Here's my list of the five games to pick up this summer, in order of release date:
Microsoft surprised the gaming world this morning with the announcement it will sell the Xbox One without Kinect for $399 starting on June 9th in the U.S. This brings the price of the Xbox 360 in line with that of the PlayStation 4, which should bring the two consoles into even more heated competition.
An odd move (though some might say it was expected in order to compete,) since the company wouldn't stop talking about how essential Kinect is to the Xbox One functionality and gaming direction less than a year ago. I guess Microsoft has been feeling the heat if the PlayStation 4 sales, and had to adjust that strategy right quick.
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