Last month, Punch-Out!! was released on the Wii U eShop as the third game of Nintendo's 30-30-30 Virtual Console promotion. For just thirty cents, Wii U owners can download one preselected game each month and between April 17th and May 16th, you can download the NES classic Kirby’s Adventure on the Wii U eShop for just thirty cents.

The NES Kirby’s Adventure follows Kirby in Dream Land, where the Dream Spring has dried up, leaving everyone in their worst nightmare whenever they go to sleep.  Now it is up to Kirby to restore the good dreams to all of Dream Land and help the citizens sleep peacefully once more.

If you missed the chance to get any of the previous 30 cent games, don’t worry!  After a specified promotional period, each game will be made available in the Nintendo eShop at regular price. Wii U owners who have purchased any games during the promotional period will not need to purchase the games again at the regular price. 

This question is a bit on the lighter side. As I'm making my way through Pandora's Tower I'm closely studying Elena's character and how she was developed and honestly, I'm not too big of a fan of her. Elena is a relatively 2D character and while she changes as the game goes on, for the most part she's just uninteresting and I could do without her, unlike another character (I'll get more into that in a future article).

My sister and I both played BioShock Infinite and managed to finish it at roughly the same time and we both loved Elizabeth from beginning to end. Unlike Elena, she didn't feel like a video game character, but a person, someone we could actually know and care for in real life. Needless to say if it wasn't for Elizabeth, BioShock Infinite wouldn't even be close to 1/10th of the game it is, hell, it would have to be an entirely different game because she basically was what made the game. The same could be said for characters such as Aerith in Final Fantasy VII or Midna in Twilight Princess because without them the game just isn't the same... and the plot would make no sense. So I want to know, which video game character do you think made the game what it was and why wouldn't it be the same without them? Bonus points for those who don't choose the main character for obvious reasons.

Capcom's board of directors made the announcement that they are going to restructure. This will approximately cost £46 million and will halve the company's profits forecast, as reported by CVG. This decision was made because Capcom wishes to modernise its business plans. This is what the group had to say.

"In view of the sudden and significant changes in the operating environment of the digital contents business, Capcom reviewed its business expansion strategy for the sector and restructured its game development organization."
More after the jump.

In a recent interview with SiliconEra, the developer of Pandora's Tower, Ganbarion, expressed interest in the social feature present on the Wii U, and the tablet controller. They talked about how the features could be tied into new and unique gameplay ideas. 

"The Wii U is a unique console with exciting features such as the GamePad. We’re currently thinking of fun ideas using these features. For example, we’re thinking of a gameplay idea that uses two screens from different perspectives, like a tabletop RPG, where players could potentially give each other objectives and progress through the game. Or like with Miiverse, where players can share their gameplay experiences easily, we were thinking of a game that focuses on communication."

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Shinji Mikami’s, founder of the Resident Evil series, studio Tango Gameworks has unveiled an all new survival horror game titled 'The Evil Within'. Tango Gameworks is under control of Bethesda, who has formed a habit of producing against the grain AAA experiences that many experts keep saying that consumers no longer want (Single player only experiences, games that don't push the boundaries of graphical fidelity, new IP's, etc). Of course, we all know almost every game they release is not only a great experience, it sells well, and in the case of some games it sells 10's of millions.

What's nice about this new game is that it doesn't appear to feature anything resembling a Zombie, which is refreshing for survival horror fans. That sad part is we don't see any gameplay in the above trailer. I'm always of mind that yes, Live Action trailers work well for things like commercials, but when you debut a game we actually want to see... the game. Otherwise, what's the point?

Currently, The Evil Within is slated for release on PS3, 360, PC, and next generation consoles in 2014. Nintendo fans may want to cross their fingers for some Wii U support. Bethesda hasn't completely written off the possibility of Wii U games... yet. FYI, we hope you're not watching this trailer before eating lunch today. It can be stomach turning for some... but then again, that's what survival horror is all about.

Nintendo has been pushing this whole Year of Luigi thing now since January. It is true that we are getting more games this year that feature and/or have Luigi in them than during any year in the past. You know what else is also true this year? The 3DS may have one of the strongest first party lineups Nintendo has ever delivered to any of their platforms in a single year. Two years into the console's lifecycle, it's not only hit it's stride software wise, it's probably having the best year it ever will over the lifetime of the platform. Don't believe me? Hop inside to see a massive list of titles that have or will be coming out this year on the 3DS.

Those of you who bought  Monster Hunter 3 for your 3DS XL can now rejoice; as Nintendo of America has finally released the Circle Pad Pro XL in America. Though as of right now it can only be purchased from their official product website at $20 plus shipping. So those of you who would want to head out to your local GameStop will have to wait just a little while longer, because as of right now there has been no word of an official retail release of the peripheral.

Well, this is unexpected. Out of nowhere, Capcom has released a trailer for a new MMORPG based on their hit franchise, Monster Hunter. Right now, it's slated to release only in China in June, and only on the PC. Clearly, this means they're using China as the test market. Hopefully it isn't too long before they bring it elsewhere; I'm curious to see how the already MMO-esque franchise grows in a full online environment. With Monster Hunter's recent fanbase growth in the US, maybe it's the right time to push the series further. I'm hoping it doesn't remain PC-only, but with these gorgeous graphics (Running on CryEngine 3) it might be hard to get it to function on consoles.

With the Nintendo Direct came a ton of sales figures regarding the Nintendo 3DS, including software like Fire Emblem Awakening and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, including some digital vs. retail ratios as well. Let's take a look, shall we?

Fire Emblem Awakening, the strategy RPG that took the whole gaming world by surprise, was released almost two months ago. As of this writing, the game has sold 240,000 copies, with more than one third of the bulk sold on the Nintendo eShop. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, an extended length pseudo point-and-click adventure oozing personality, has sold over 415,000 copies, the majority of which were from retail. You can see our review for Awakening here and Dark Moon's right here. Both deserve great sales!

In addition to this news, first-party game sales are up 55% from last year, and this excludes digital purchases. StarFox 64 3D and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D have both continued to sell well almost two years after release, with digital sales adding more revenue. 20% of the space shooter's sales were from the eShop, while 15% of the first 3D Zelda came from the online store. Brain Age: Concentration Training has even sold up to 25% digitally.

Over twenty million 3DS games have been sold in North America, and 55% of sales are first-party. Overall, eight million 3DS systems have been sold in the NoA region. And that number can only grow as the year's impressive release schedule continues.

I'd say it's less the Year of Luigi, and more the Year of the 3DS.

In today's Luigi-themed Nintendo Direct, more information was provided about the New Super Luigi U DLC that was announced back in February. For those unaware, New Super Luigi U is downloadable content for New Super Mario Bros. U that features Luigi as the hero of the adventure. This DLC leaves the world map untouched, but completely revamps all 82 stages, providing a new adventure that is almost like a completely new game. Find out what else was revealed after the jump!

In today's jam-packed Nintendo Direct, further information was added to a brand new Mario and Donkey Kong game which was previously announced: Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move. This game will be available only on the Nintendo 3DS eShop, making it a digital-only game, similar to it's predecessor  Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! which was released only through the DSiWare service on the Nintendo DSi. Find out more after the jump!

Today's Nintendo Direct was just full of treats. Revealed along with all of the other new information was a new 3DS XL bundle featuring Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Although this is not a new game announcement, it is still pretty fancy. This bundle will come with an Animal Crossing themed 3DS XL with a digital copy of the game preloaded onto its SD card. This is a completely viable option for those looking to purchase this game and gives incentive to those on the fence about purchasing a 3DS XL. It is a neat looking bundle and the game looks like it is going to steal away tens of hours of life, so consider that when deciding on getting it or passing it by. It has a suggested retail price of $219.99.

Excited for the game, the new bundle, or both? Tired of waiting for the new Animal Crossing? Tired of hearing about Animal Crossing? Leave thoughts and feelings in the comments!

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies was released in Japan earlier this year, but North America and Europe have gotten little to no news on the sixth entry in the series. However, in today's Nintendo Direct, the puzzle adventure was announced for localization in both regions.

Europeans can expect the latest Layton sometime later this year. North American audiences will have to wait until 2014.

Azran Legacies is said to have over 500 puzzles (which is a lot), and is the last game in the prequel trilogy that began with Last Specter and was continued with Miracle Mask. Legacies is also the last game in the series starring our favorite gentleman Hershel Layton. Don't fret though! The series is likely to continue with Luke or Layton's son in the future!

I recently hopped on board the Layton bandwagon, and I don't regret it one bit. I finished Curious Village in under two days and am now nearing the end of Diabolical Box. I just need to track down Unwound Future soon. The mysterious are intricate and incredible, and the puzzles are true brain teasers. The franchise is one of the best I've played in my gaming history.

I can't wait for 2014. And remember readers, a true gentleman always writes letters to localize Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney. 

Game & Wario was revealed at last year's E3 press conference, and the title has garnered a ton of attention. The game features a mix of microgames and challenging experiences. One part of the title even allows you to recreate your favorite retro video game moments of yesteryear, as you are supposed to be sleeping. It's complete with a menacing mother and everything! 

Though the game is incredibly clever and fun, Nintendo has yet to give much information on a release... until today's Nintendo Direct.

That's right. Game & Wario will come to the NoA region on June 23rd of this year.

My body is ready to jump into the wacky world of WarioWare. The Wii U is a perfect fit for the fast paced action of the franchise, and I cannot wait to experience a new entry in the series.

Will Wario be snatching the coins out of your pocket too this summer? Sound off in the comments.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, announced in February, is having more stuff added than previously thought. While the Wii version was very challenging, which made it even more satisfying to finish, this version of the game will include the new "New Mode". The New Mode is designed to make the game more balanced on a portable system, because people take it with them wherever they go. In essence, the difficulty is lowered so you don't get frustrated on the go, otr if you found the Wii version to be too challenging. For example, Donkey and Diddy Kong get three balloons, instead of the two balloons of the Wii version, and Donkey can carry a few DK barrels, so he can spawn Diddy again if he loses him by accident.

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