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Ever wondered what a team of dedicated Minecraft players united by one online server and a love of Super Mario 64 can do? Maybe they could successfully recreate every single area of the game? That's too hard, you say? Well, think again.

A team of Minecraft players have banded together on one server and dedicated themselves to accurately recreating every area of Super Mario 64. It's amazing what people can do given the proper tools and motivation. Head past the jump to check out all the amazing screenshots of their hard work.

Back at the Tokyo Game Show in 2012 Square announced a Kingdom Hearts game for the PC and it's finally been given an official name, Kingdom Hearts X [Chi] (Pronounced like Key/Ki).

Kingdom Hearts X is a PC Browser game, and while it's only announced for Japan right now, those who get a first edition copy of Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX will receive a series of bonuses for the browser game. Bonuses include a Sora R+ card for battle, 20,000 Munny for synthesis, and 4,000 Card Draw Points. Anyone who buys Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX from the online store is given a Riku R+ card, x10 Potions, and x10 Ethers.

While the concept of a browser based Kingdom Hearts game really irks me in the wrong way, who knows? It could be one of the must-play games this year. However, it should be noted that Kingdom Hearts X is still a Japan only title and has not been confirmed for other countries. Hopefully Square provides more details soon.

BioShock Infinite is among the most anticipated games of 2013. Taking the BioShock franchise in an entirely new direction from the series' roots. Containing several similar elements and gameplay concepts from its two predecessors, BioShock Infinite is neither a prequel nor sequel to the original two BioShock titles, but remains a strong entry in the franchise.

In BioShock Infinite, players control Booker DeWitt in the air city of Columbia. Though the game takes place in 1912, there are several futuristic elements of the game that make the experience incredibly unique. Head past the jump to see three new gorgeous screenshots from BioShock Infinite and be sure to consider picking it up when it launches on March 26th.

When the Toki Tori 2 team reached out to us it was a bit of a surprise. It's not that we haven't had prebuild copies of games before, or that we don't attend press events to provide previews. It's just a rarity to see a company reach out to lesser known entities to build interest for their game.

Toki Tori 2 arrives next month on the Nintendo Wii U eShop and we were fortunate enough to spend roughly an hour and a half with a preview (alpha) build of the game so we can give you all the nitty gritty on what to expect come next month.  


Jason Jones, co-founder of Bungie and one of the creators of the massively successful Halo series, was recently asked about the studio's upcoming Destiny. When asked whether or not the upcoming title may come to PC, Jones had this to say:

"We did a bunch of ambitious things on Halo deliberately to reach out to people. We limited players to two weapons, we gave them recharging health, we automatically saved and restored the game — almost heretical things to first-person shooters at the time. We made the game run without a mouse and keyboard. And now nobody plays shooters the way they used to play them before Halo 'cause nobody wants to." — Jason Jones, co-founder of Bungie

Now, some may say he's dodging the question here, but in a strange way, he may actually be hinting that a PC version of the game is not likely to hit anytime soon. The tangent he goes on, however, is also interesting to dissect. It's a pretty tall claim to say that Bungie laid the foundation of the entire modern FPS genre, but in some ways, Jones is right. Health packs and quicksaving are still features found in many First-Person Shooters, but autosaving and recharging health is found everywhere in the genre. Before the first Halo, these features were unheard of and most shooters where played on PCs, but Halo was also one of the first few games to popularize console-based shooters to their modern prevalence. Let's just hope Bungie's upcoming Destiny challenges convention in an equally spectacular way.

A handy new piece of software has been unveiled today from TeHaxor69 at the GBAtemp forums. With the help of Deku93, TeHaxor69 has created a Windows application that allows Wii U Pro Controllers to connect to your PC through Bluetooth communications. With this useful new tool, you can map buttons on a Wii U Pro Controller to your keyboard and use it to play games on your PC with the comfortable grip of a home console controller. Applications similar this are nothing new, but for those who prefer the Wii U Pro Controller to all else, now is the time to sing and be merry.

This program has no official name as of yet, nor has there been any word on whether or not these two handy programmers intend to release a version for Mac. This program, however, supports the Wii U Pro Controller's LED and rumble features and displays the controller's battery, USB, and Analog status. While it comes with default button mappings, this program allows you to customize mapped buttons as you wish, including the analog sticks, which both work as secondary ways to activate the controller's face buttons.

You can swing by the GBATemp forums to give a big thanks to TeHaxor69 and Deku93 for making this application, or you can download it directly right here.

Upset that Destiny hasn't been announced for the Wii U or PC yet? Don't be, it could be coming to both platforms and more! The official website for Bungie's upcoming game Destiny has data that can be found in its coding from the pre-order page that directly refers to both the Wii U, PC, PS4, Xbox 720, and PS Vita as platforms for the upcoming title. There is no mention of Nintendo's handheld 3DS platform however.

Of course, this could just be there in case Activision asks them to bring it over to those platforms and so it may mean nothing at all. Or perhaps Bungie is anticipating a release on these platforms. Whatever it means, we here just hope that it means every home console owner will be able to experience Bungie's next big title when it launches in the future.

Gearbox Software has released a series of patches from their now almost universally reviled installment into the Aliens franchise.  The more positive reviews call it "a very generic shooter", and  say, "Alien Colonial Marines doesn't stand a chance if you compare it to James Cameron's seminal 1986 flick."  Some of the worst reviews seem to think it's barely even a game to begin with.  That being said, you shouldn't expect the patches to fix anything wrong with the game itself, but the gameplay may improve now that they've fixed it to the point that doors open and you will no longer be stuck eternally within quicktime events once they're over.  I mean, that's likely to make me like the game a bit more.  The new patch notes (after the jump) include some worrying details... For example, Spitter's "Acid Spray" will now originate from the mouth.  That sentence couldn't be more worrying if it were written in a Spitters non-mouth-originating "acid spray."

Head past the jump to see a list of the improvements.

In the new week, look out for a review of a great new game "Anodyne" released by Indie developer Analgesic Productions.  But for now, you can appreciate the poise with which they chose to deal with pirates.

Analgesic’s Sean Hogan actually went ahead in comments left on torrent sites and Reddit and gave away gift keys to the Desura version, asked players for feedback, and requested a Steam Greenlight vote if pirates enjoyed the game.

Bungie has started an alternate-reality game today on their site. This one seems like it'll be revealing information on their next big title, Destiny.  Alternate-reality games, for the uninitiated, are a form of digital storytelling where various mediums are used, and clues and plots are dropped on various webpages and into various real-world locations to tell a story or release new information about a product.  The "trailhead", or starting place to get into the game was posted this morning, and it certainly looks intriguing.

Good news today for fans of the Batman branded series of "Arkham" games, to date including Batman: Arkham Asylum, and Batman: Arkham City. John K Martin, who is Time Warner's CFO, announced in an investor call today that the next release in the series is on its way. "... we also have a strong games release this year," said Martin, "which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012."

Will it be better? Only time will tell...

Ragnar Tørnquist's adventure series launched in 1999 is back, with a Kickstarter, of all things.  With over $600,000 of $850,000 raised in only a few days, it seems fans of the series are extremely interested in continuing the story that was left on a cliffhanger back in 2006 with the last installment, Dreamfall.  The release is tenatively listed as November 2014, and a steal at $25 for a digital download.  Fans can of course pay more, and a cool 5K will earn you naming and development rights on a character, or the opportunity to hang out with the development team and make suggestions of your own.  Looks like I need to start saving up.


I may be more of a Nintendo gamer than I am a PlayStation or Xbox gamer, and arguably a bigger PC gamer than any of the consoles, but even I know that blocking used games is going to be a console killer. We already know the Wii U doesn't do such things. I can attest to this because I own a used copy of New Super Mario Bros. U. Sure, maybe it only saved me $5, but that's still $5 I was able to put towards a pre-order for Pikmin 3. The fact remains that if this does happen, or if they attempt to do an "ultimate pass" for $100 which allows gamers to "unlock" unlimited used games, I tend to agree that the Wii U will reap the benefits of higher game sales since they will have the used game market all to themselves.

To be honest, I don't want any of the console makers to fail, so I just hope all these rumors (some dating a year old) just tend to be complete crap.


This week's Bonus Round focus's squarely on genre preferences. You might be surprised to see what genre's are mentioned as it's not necessarily what many would expect. As an example, one of the panel's favorite genres is Tower Defense! Of course while it's a nice debate above, what we really want to know is what your favorite genre is. Sound off in the comments and let the debates begin!

Digital Foundry, a group of tech fanatics that specialize in analyzing technical fundamentals of technology and innovate digital possibilities, have taken apart Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed and decided that the Wii U version of the game is the best one. Digital Foundry honored the Wii U build for its reliable frame-rate and five person multiplayer.

Head past the jump to see why!