The Binding of Isaac Rebirth

How play-testing with kids helped build Skylanders SuperChargers

The Skylanders franchise can be enjoyed by any age, but there's no doubt it's aimed at younger kids. With a focus on that crowd, Activision likes to bring in younger kids to play-test levels as they're being built. This leads to ideas getting the green-light or being nixed altogether. You can read some details below on that process.

- ideas are born out of internal game jams at Vicarious Visions
- ideas are fleshed out into something playable
- children come in to play-test these ideas
- if the kids didn’t remember the unique elements of a level, they’d rework it or scrap it
- one level features the Skylanders becoming super-sized, making them big enough to stomp down their surroundings
- this ideas went through co-op play-testing with two children
- the play-test went over so well with the children that idea was fully fleshed out an appears in the final game

The Great Ace Attorney - final DLC includes special message from Shu Takumi

“London, at the turn of the 20th century…
I hope you enjoyed your great turnabout voyage.
The team is looking forward to the day we can meet you again in Ryuunosuke’s next adventure.”

Some people are saying this indicates a sequel to The Great Ace Attorney. I think that's jumping the gun a bit, but it's not like sequels in the Ace Attorney franchise are an irregular occurrence!

Monster Hunter X - details on Rizex, Nyancook and Fenny

Rizex

- violent personality and extremely territorial
- will try to kill off any trespassers
- electric organs inside its body
- known as the “Thunder Wyvern”
- can charge up with an “Electric Charge State” that increases its power and range of attacks
- Crest Attack: an attack that hits with the Rizex’s crest located on its head. During an Electric Charge State, it becomes more like a blade and does even more damage.
- Claw Wing Attack: uses its extremely developed claws on their wings to shred its prey.
- Lightning Attack: a breath attack that shoots out two powerful lightning bolts.
- Tail Attack: thrusts with its sharp and long tail. During an Electric Charge State it gets more power and discharges electricity.
- Electric Charge State: its crest, wings, and tail gets charged with electricity and increases the damage and range of its attacks. The Rizex also has attacks that can only be done while in this state.

Nyancook:

- head chef of the “Felyne Bistro” kitchen
- cooks things like fondue made from homemade cheese, and other foods to provide you with buffs

Fenny:

- new pet
- dress it up
- carry it around
- take naps with it

Miyamoto takes the cover of the next issue of GamesTM


Watchup CEO explains why the Wii U is a 'natural fit' for their service

Coming from Watchup CEO and Founder Adriano Farano...

Philosophically, the partnership was a natural fit because Watchup's core mission is to bring the consumption of broadcast news into the modern digital age. Younger audiences, particularly the cord-cutting set, are demanding that their news is personalized and available to them when they want, where they want it. This is exactly what Watchup provides.

The ability to leverage a second screen led Watchup to come up with the idea of a "watch and read" interface that takes advantage of both screens in a fully functional way. As it turns out, the Wii U platform is probably the best realization of the "second screen" experience because it doesn't require downloading a second app on your phone or using a separate device. Because it's the same integrated hardware, it is completely synchronized and seamless. News articles related to the video being watched are automatically populated on the handheld device and can be browsed for added context with the swipe of a finger.

Zombie Vikings - another round of footage

Thanks to Sam for the heads up!

Skylanders SuperChargers - Peach, Kirby and StarFox Skylanders were all shot down

We now know that Donkey Kong and Bowser are joining into the Skylanders series with Skylanders Superchargers, but did you know that some other ideas were tossed around? There were originally discussions to have Peach as a character, but Nintendo said that all Mario 'hero' characters were off limits. Discussions about including Kirby also took place, but Hal Laboratory owns those rights. Finally there was talk of some StarFox characters joining the title, but Nintendo said with Star Fox Zero due out soon, they wanted all the attention on that game.