Tons of information was revealed about Mario Kart 8 in an unexpected Nintendo Direct. Anti-gravity racing was explained in much greater detail, including how it changes the mechanics of racing.
On top of that, 4 exciting new items were revealed to the masses. Including the Crazy 8 which gives you 8 different items to use at once. It is unclear exactly how you choose which item to use, it is likely cyclical.
Lastly a roster of 30 characters has been announced in the upcoming Mario Kart title. In addition to 7 Koopalings, baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach were added to the game. Sadly, no mention of my personal favorite Dry Bones.
In classic Nintendo Style there is an awesome incentive to buy and register the game, free games of course.
Ever since the OUYA was announced that faithful day on Kickstarter, its main stance was one about freedom – both software and hardware wise. While the system didn’t exactly deliver on this promise when it came to hardware, the people at OUYA are desperately trying to deliver on the software aspect of this promise.
While not exactly perfect, OUYA‘s Free the Games Fund is definitely a step in the right direction. Announced in July of 2013 the Free the Games Fund is a pretty straight forward way to get your game onto the OUYA. The developer starts a Kickstarter campaign following some guidelines put in place by OUYA. If said campaign attains its goal, of at least $10,000, the people at OUYA will match the money raised, up to $250,000. While this sounds pretty attractive it isn’t totally free. Titles funded by OUYA must not be on any mobile device, video game console, or set-top box besides the OUYA for a 6 month period. This 6-month period doesn’t apply to Linux, Mac OS, or Windows so developers are free to release their games on those platforms immediately.
The Free the Game Fund hit the scene pretty hard but was almost immediately plagued by scandals. Developers found ways to exploit the system by putting loads of their own money into their campaigns in an attempt to get more money back from OUYA . There was even a case of a campaign being started under the name of a missing person, for no known reason. These scandalous happenings caused OUYA to change some rules about the fund, eventually dropping the required funds raised from $50,000 to $10,000.
The Free the Games Fund is less than half way through it’s run, ending in August of 2014. There is really no telling what will come from the Free the Games Fund but hopefully a few good games will come from it. The only way to find out is to keep an eye on OUYA.
For more information check out : www.freethegamesfund.com Scroll to the bottom of the page to see some of the games that are part of Free the Games Fund.
Nintendo’s 3DS has been around for a few years now, and though most people thought it was going to a joke, it has been nothing but successful. Nintendo was smart enough to make a critical decision at just the right time by lowering the price from $229 to $169 to help curb bad sales only 6 months after it’s release. Then in classic Nintendo style they released a revised version of the system, the 3DS XL with a 90% larger screen, which has been selling very well especially with the release of Animal Crossing New Leaf.
What follows is a list of all the things that the 3DS does right!
1) The 3DS has a great game library.
The 3DS’ library is overflowing with A-list games. Especially with Nintendo’s nearly endless list of franchise characters. Most games released by Nintendo on the 3DS are criticaly, and more importantly gamer, acclaimed. Also, it has the entire DS library at it’s disposal since it is backwards compatible.
2) Universal Friend Codes.
One ofthe worse things about Nintendo was their need for a friend code for each and every game you owned. If you had Monster Hunter Tri, you needed a specific friend code which was different from your friend code for Mario Cart or Smash Brothers. This was all fixed when the 3DS was released and used Universal Friend Codes. Once you told some one your friend code, you were fine and could play any game online with that person with out having to trade that specific games code.
3) Local Co-op in most games.
In a world where you need the internet to play with your friends, it is very refreshing to have a system that doesn’t require it to play with your friend sitting next to you. Instead of having to tell your friend your wifi password and make sure he can get on, you can simply choose the local co-op option. This is also amazing for situations where you have some time on your hands in a public place and a person decides it would be a good idea to challenge you to a Pokemon battle.
4) Street Pass.
Street pass is one of the most interesting parts of owning a 3DS. At first it seems like no big deal, just something nintendo threw in there kind of like the 3D functionality. Then you start realizing how much fun it really is to use. You eventually find yourself walking around NYC and straight into nintendo world, collecting people. Some games, most notably animal crossing, make great use of street pass. Every time i get a new street pass it is a chance to visit a new house and even buy some things from their catalog.