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Super Smash Bros for Wii U – Castle Siege Comparison

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GameXplain has compared the Castle Siege stage in Super Smash Bros Brawl, to the same stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Overall they look similar of course, but the Wii U version has better textures and detail (as expected).

PE Game Night Returns – Streaming Call of Duty Black Ops II – Tonight 11:30 PM EDT/ 8:30 PM PDT – Twitch TV

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PE Game Night is back with vengeance! I’ll be streaming Call of Duty: Black Ops II on the Wii U. If you want to play, just be on PE around 11 PM EDT/ 8 PM PDT to party up. Gameplay starts at 11:30 PM EDT/ 8:30 PM PDT. I’ll have the Twitch live-chat going, so we can exchange NNIDs there. Go easy on me…. I suck at this game.

Persona Q – Story, Akihiko, and Chie Trailers

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Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is nearing its worldwide release on the 3DS. Check out some brand new trailers highlighting the story and characters.

New Channel and Nuzlocke Announcement! – ProJared Plays!


ProJared has opened up a brand new gameplay channel! Check out this new video explaining his new channel. Subscribe to ProJared Plays here!

Resident Evil Revelations 2 – TGS 2014 Gameplay

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Check out some gameplay of Resident Evil Revelations 2 from TGS 2014.

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain – TGS 2014 Demo Gameplay (PS4)


Konami has shown off a brand new 20 minute demo of Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain on PS4 at TGS 2014. Big Boss has never looked better!

Hyrule Warriors Review – The JWittz

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The JWittz has uploaded his official review of Hyrule Warriors for Wii U. Check it out below.

Sega Dreamcast 15th Anniversary – Memories & Reflections – #CUPodcast


The Sega Dreamcast just turned 15 – Pat & Ian discuss the console and their memories.

Is the Retro Game Bubble Bursting? – #CUPodcast


Pat & Ian talk about the retro game price bubble and if it’s bursting.

Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5 Billion – My Reaction


I just wanted to give my quick reaction to Microsoft buying Mojang for $2.5 billion. I’m not opposed to MS buying Mojang, I just feel the price is a bit too high for a company that only has one franchise (albeit a highly successful one). I know this has massive business implications. I’m sure MS is going to start licensing toys, making movies, ect. But as a gamer, I feel Microsoft could have spent that $2.5 billion on actually making more games, getting new studios, and improving the quality of their games.

Just think of how many games $2.5 billion could fund? Congrats to MS, as I’m sure they plan to make far more than $2.5 billion on Minecraft, but as a gamer, I’m a bit disappointed. I mean….. a tiny, tiny fraction of that budget could have easily funded Blue Dragon 2 and Lost Odyssey 2 for Xbox One…..

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS – IGN Takes a Closer look at Smash Run

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IGN has the English version of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS. Check out 11 minutes of footage of Smash Run, a 3DS exclusive mode.

Nintendo Treehouse – Super Smash Bros 3DS Live Stream – Watch the Show here

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Check out the Nintendo Treehouse Live Stream of the final build for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS here. PLUS we have Bayonetta 2, Hyrule Warriors, Captain Toad, Fantasy Life, and more!

Fatal Frame 5 on Wii U is a 15.9 GB


Fatal Frame 5 on the Wii U is one of the biggest Wii U games to date. The Nintendo and Koei Tecmo developed title will weigh in at 15.9 GB. This game is launching on September 27th in Japan, that marks two first party games in September. Source: GoNintendo

GUILE IS A GOD! Max’s Nintendo 3DS Super SF4 Adventure – Maximilian Dood


The Dood tears it up on the 3DS version of Super Street Fighter IV. Online play, direct feed, and in HD…lets go.

Sega Master System 2 Console – #CUPodcast


Pat & Ian discuss the Sega Master System II console, with Alex Kidd in Miracle World built in!

Super Smash Bros for 3DS Japanese TV Spot Features AKB48

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Nintendo is planning to sell bucket-loads of Super Smash Bros. for 3DS next week in Japan. Check out this Japanese TV Spot with the Japanese Idol group AKB48.

Nintendo of America Comments on the lack of a Special Edition for Bayonetta 2

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Nintendo of America’s customer service has commented on the lack of a Special Edition for Bayonetta 2 in North America. And while it seems we won’t be getting one, there is still a slight glimmer of hope it can happen. Get NOA’s full response below.

What’s the Point of Game Boxes & Manuals?! – #CUPodcast


Pat & Ian discuss why people collect video game boxes and manuals.

CGR Undertow – DESERT DEMOLITION review for Sega Genesis


CGRundertow reviews Acme: Desert Demolition for the Sega Genesis.

Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate – Koei Tecmo Live-Stream

Koei Tecmo recently live-streamed Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate on the PS4. Check out the full presentation below.

CGR Undertow – X2: WOLVERINE’S REVENGE review for Nintendo GameCube


CGR Undertow reviews another X-men game for the Nintendo GameCube.

The Evil Within – The Voices of Evil Trailer


Check out this brand new trailer for The Evil Within. It profiles for english voice actors. One of the girls from the movie White Chicks is on here (she’s the one on the left lol).

Mistwalker’s Terra Battle will Come to Consoles if 2 Million People Download it on Smartphones


Mistwalker’s newest game, Terra Battle, has a shot at coming to consoles. If 2 million people download the game. Mistwalker has vowed to make a console port. Get the breakdown of stretch/download goals below.

PE X Nintendo Ep. 65 – #OperationPlatinum, Hyrule Warriors & Smash Bros Hype!


Got a stacked show for your guys today. Not all of it is good news with a few games skipping out on the Wii U. However, Wii U sales and software are on the uptick, and a brand new operation has risen to get people to buy Bayonetta 2! Subscribe to PE Nintendo for more awesome content!

Follow PlayerEssence’s Social Networks!


Hey PE Faithful, just wanted to remind all the new users PlayerEssence does have Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and NOW…..GOOGLE PLUS! Hit the hyperlinks on each social network to like, subscribe, and follow! As always, we have excellent content on each of our social networks that makes it SUPER easy to stay connected with all things going on at PlayerEssence. Thanks again!

Thank you…


I just wanted to say thank you for all the support and dedication to Playeressence you all have shown. As many of you know, not everyone is a fan of what WE do here. But that will never stop US from being who we are, loving games, and forging a new path for Nintendo fans and gamers alike. Thanks again, I really, really, really, appreciate you all.

Thoughts on the Sega Game Gear – #CUPodcast


Pat & Ian discuss the Sega Game Gear handheld system on the #CUPodcast!

Hyrule Warriors – Adventure Mode – Twilight Princess Link Gameplay


KaitouVG has uploaded some new gameplay of Twilight Princess Link tearing it up in adventure mode. Checkout 6 minutes of gameplay below.

Pokemon The Trading Card Game Online is Coming to iPad


I usually don’t report on mobile, but this one is kinda big. The Pokemon Company has confirmed that Pokemon The Trading Card Game Online is coming to iPad at some point. There will probably be microtransactions built into the game to help Nintendo and The Pokemon Company get an extra stream of revenue.

Classic Game Room – IRON SOLDIER review for Atari Jaguar


Classic Game Room reviews IRON SOLDIER for Atari Jaguar from 1994! Destroy things with a 50 foot mech wielding chainsaws, missile launchers and gatling guns in this polygon created first person shooter for Atari Jaguar that feels heavily inspired by Mechwarrior.

CGR Undertow – KING ARTHUR review for Nintendo GameCube

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Classic Game Room presents a CGR Undertow review of King Arthur for the Nintendo GameCube developed by Krome Studios and published by Konami.

Michael Ancel’s new game Unveiled – ‘The Wild’ for PS4


Rayman creator Michael Ancel’s new development team Wild Sheep Studio, has just announced their new game, it’s called ‘The Wild,’ and it’s exclusive to the PS4. Checkout the reveal trailer below.

CGR Undertow – METAL ARMS: GLITCH IN THE SYSTEM review for Nintendo GameCube


Classic Game Room Undertow reviews one of most unique games in the 6th gen, Metal Arms: Glitch in the System on the GameCube.

Classic Game Room – ATARI JAGUAR console review!


Classic Game Room reviews the ATARI JAGUAR video game console!! The 64-bit Atari Jaguar does what Nintendon’t. It plays Kasumi Ninja!! Atari’s stylish 64-bit game system had potential but suffered from a poor launch date and awful game library..

Atari: Game Over Documentary Discussion – #CUPodcast


Pat recently viewed an early screening of the Atari: Game Over about the landfill burial of ET and other games. He discusses with Ian on the #CUPodcast!

Mario Kart 8 – Free DLC & Major Gameplay Improvements Coming on Aug. 27th – Full Details here

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Nintendo will be unleashing a major patch to Mario Kart 8 on August 27th. The patch will include three new DLC karts, various gameplay tweaks, and improved online stability. Get the full details below. 

Ninja Turtles – Did You Know Voice Acting?

Checkout this Did You Know Voice Acting on The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This is by far some of Christopher Niosi’s best work.

New Series Debuting Tuesday – PE Plays


I’ve got a brand new video series debuting on Tuesday. Its called PE Plays. And it’s just like Let’s Play videos, but of course I’ll add my little spin to it. The goal of this new series is to play weird games I probably wouldn’t play on my own. However, I will be playing fan favorites across the Xbox 360 and Wii U! The first episode will go live on Tuesday morning, 3 AM EDT. That is 12 AM PDT. Trust me, you’ll never guess the first game I’m playing. Make sure to subscribe to PE Nintendo here to get the episodes first!

MAX REACTS: The New Marvel Fighting Game!!!

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Capcom no longer has the license to make Marvel fighting games, this is because Marvel has decided to make their own fighting game! Maximilian Dood reacts to the brand new Marvel Fighting game trailer.

Hyrule Warriors – a few more Details on Online play & Save Files

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Hyrule Warriors will have online play for the Wii U. Online play will be a special mode outside the main campaign it seems, this also seems to be separate from the local co-op that will be based on the campaign mode. According to Nintendo Everything, the wording on the Japanese site makes it seem as if there is a ‘special mode prepared for those who intend to play over the internet.’ Lite Agent on NeoGAF has also chimed in saying Hyrule Warriors is confirmed to have online play. Here is his translation straight from the Japanese site: “Play Special battle in adventure mode”. Lite Agent often translates Japanese correctly, so you can trust his translation. There will only be one save file per a user, and DLC is confirmed, of course.