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The Buyers Guide To May

After a couple of quiet weeks, it seems the games industry has gone mad again and decided to release a whole host of big hitting games in the few short weeks that make up the month of May.

So here’s a brief round up of some of the biggest games trying to tempt those precious pennies from your bank account.

2nd May 2014

Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS/2DS)

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Mario is back and this time, he’s brought his Golf clubs as Mario Golf: World Tour makes its way onto the 3DS. Play as a whole host of characters from all over the Mushroom Kingdom across a set of traditional and Mario themed courses. Mario Golf: World Tour offer a surprisingly deep golfing experience while also catering for players after a more casual golf game.

The Amazing Spiderman 2 (360/Xbox One/PS3/PS4/WiiU/PC/3DS)

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It’s been a long time since we’ve had a good Spiderman game (which, incidentally, was also the last good movie tie-in game). Perennial Spiderman team Beenox are hoping their movie-based game can capture some of the elements that made the PS2 Spiderman 2 game so good. With improved web swinging and combat systems, things do look promising.

7th May 2014

Peggle 2 (360)

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Finally Xbox 360 owners can get their Peggle on as Peggle 2 makes its way onto the Microsoft’s older console. Featuring more Peggle Masters with brand new skills, Peggle 2 offers up more of the insanely addictive and joy inducing gameplay the series has become known for. Expect it to release on more platforms soon.

The God of War Collection (Vita)

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Didn’t this come out already several times? This God of War collection brings Greece’s angriest man’s first two PS2 adventures to Sony’s portable handheld for the first time. Complete with enhanced visuals and full trophy support, this latest Kratos compilation allows you to do your angry shouting wherever you travel.

9th May 2014

Bound By Flame (PS4/PS3/360/PC)

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Bound By Flame is an action RPG that promises everything you’d expect from – well, an action RPG. Developer Spiders (this is the company name; it wasn’t actually developed by arachnids) is promising an epic 30 hour story , with player choices that affect the storyline. While it’s yet to be seen exactly what Bound By Flame offers that other titles haven’t, the game certainly does look interesting to genre fans so far.

16th May 2014

Kirby: Triple Deluxe (3DS)

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Ever since its release in Japan earlier this year, this 2.5D platformer has received much praise – especially for it’s gorgeous art style and playability. Alongside the core games side scrolling platforming, Triple Deluxe also features a Smash Bros style 4 player fighting game and a rhythm action mini game featuring classic music from the Kirby series.

20th May 2014

Wolfenstein: The New Order (360/Xbox One/PS3/PS4/PC)

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The granddaddy of the modern FPS returns this month, with MachineGames’ take on an alternative history where the Nazi’s triumphed in World War II. Wolfenstein: The New Order attempts to take shooters back to a time when everything was less grimy and serious and reintroduces straight out balls to the wall fun and explosions. While the decision to leave out online multiplayer may erk some, The New Order could hopefully inject some much needed fun into the single player FPS landscape.

Transistor (PS4,PC)

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The studio that brought you the excellent Bastion returns with another action RPG. While comparisons with its predecessor are likely to be made, developer Super Giant Games is keen to stress that Transistor is very much its own game – though expect a familiar mix of careful strategy and planning with action heavy combat. With a typical gorgeous art style and a soundtrack that would make much bigger titles blush, Transistor is shaping up to be one of 2014′s most standout downloadable title.

27th May 2014

Watch_Dogs (PS3/PS4/360/Xbox One/PC)

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Finally the game that has wowed the last TWO E3′s is actually getting released. While it’s fair to say that some of the excitement for Ubisoft’s open world hacking title has died down since it’s initial reveal, there is still a lot of attention on this one. Recent trailers have posed questions as to the game’s true graphical quality, but we’re hoping the the fully hackable open city offers up enough unique gameplay opportunities to keep it interesting.

30th May 2014

Mario Kart 8 (Wii-U)

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The overworked portly plumber makes two appearances this month. Mario Kart brings all the favourite aspects of the previous games (and ahem…that blue shell) into the HD era, complete with all new anti gravity gameplay. With full local and online co-op and the ability to share your races on the Mii Verse via Mario Kart TV, Mario Kart 8 looks set to continue the series trend as the perfect multiplayer game for Nintendo systems. You can also snag a FREE Wii-U game if you register a copy after launch


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Second sight: Time to take your tablets

While secondary screens in gaming have been around since the 80s in some form, more and more developers are now choosing to implement second screen functionality in games as powerful tablets, mobile phones and other hardware find their way into our homes. And with the launch of next-gen consoles, it looks like it could be something that’s here to stay.

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Nintendo lead the way when it comes to spreading games across multiple screens. Ever since the Game & Watch series launched in the 1980s, the big N have actively embraced dual screens. Buoyed by the unrivalled success of the DS and 3DS handhelds Nintendo decided to go all out in their support for the second screen experience by making it the key component of their Wii U home console. Previously, most DS based second screen functions had been limited to a map, inventory or control screen, but the Wii U brought something new to the table: off screen play.

Nintendo truly picked up the ball and ran with it. While the Wii U hasn’t exactly set the world alight sales-wise, it has shown how important a feature a second screen could be. The ability to play your games on a screen other than the TV was used as a huge selling point for the Wii U, even though it’s a feature that’s not actually available in a lot of titles. When it is available, however, it works like a dream and it’s not hard to see why other companies are taking notice.

Perhaps ‘inspired’ by Nintendo, Sony has also started to embrace off-screen play via its remote play feature. While the feature was present on PS3, very few games supported it. This time round, it’s integral to the console as Sony have mandated that almost every PS4 game will be required to work via remote play (bar games that implement the Playstation camera). Although your experience relies on your home network setup (and requires you buy a Vita), early reports have been favourable.

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Microsoft, however, are taking a different approach to the second screen experience. Whereas its rivals are allowing players to take their big screen experience onto a smaller one, Microsoft’s Smart Glass application is all about enhancing the overall experience by taking advantage of technology the majority of users already own.

Smart Glass is currently only implemented in a handful of titles and apps but it does show the most promise, should it be implemented properly. Current applications of the technology range from the ability to control apps such as Netflix and Youtube (as you can on the Wii U) to implementing whole new gameplay mechanics and bonuses in Dead Rising 3.

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Other companies are also embracing the Microsoft style companion application. Both EA and Ubisoft have released companion apps to compliment their games on next gen platforms, even making certain aspects playable away from your console. Ubisoft is also planning to integrate second screen technology into its upcoming Watch Dogs title, with the developer promising the ability to influence other people’s games while you are away from your console.

It’s not just in gaming that second screen technology is being used either; everything from TV shows to ebooks & magazines are offering companion apps in some form or another. Gaming certainly offers up the most potential for interactivity, but it will certainly be interesting to see how other usages develop. In the meantime, we’ll be watching just how long the big three platform holders decide to support their various uses of the technology and asking: Is it really time to take to your tablets?


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Nintendo UK Contact Support Phone Number (Wii/3DS)

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If you have a problem with a Nintendo console (such as Wii U, Wii or 3DS), then you can get in touch with Nintendo by ringing the UK contact number:

Nintendo UK contact number:

01753 483 700 (press 2 for customer service, calls charged at local rate)

or 0870 606 0237 (same as above but calls charged at higher rate of 5p/minute)

Nintendo UK’s support line has the following opening hours:

Monday-Friday: 08:30-19:00
Saturday: 08:30-15:30
Sunday: CLOSED

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