New Lego Star Wars Game Confirmed!

Warner Bros. has announced the latest Lego title, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is coming this summer!

The game, which will be available from July 1st, will take place in a timeline between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, and will provide “additional insight” about The Force Awakens and its characters. Playable characters include Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO, BB-8, and Kylo Ren. It is expected to play fairly similar to previous Lego games, but will include “brand new gameplay mechanics,” including a system being called “multi-builds.” It’s funny, I was just talking about a Lego Star Wars game on the latest GOTW show. Everyone knows what to expect with a Lego game, and I’m sure that with the Star Wars branding it will be a huge success.

Talking of successes, we have details of the 10 best-selling games on Wii U. The figures are based on worldwide sales, including bundles, up to 31 December 2015. They are as follows:

  1. Mario Kart 8 — 7.24 million
  2. New Super Mario Bros. U — 5.08 million
  3. Nintendo Land — 5.02 million
  4. Super Mario 3D World — 4.63 million
  5. Super Smash Bros. — 4.61 million
  6. Splatoon — 4.06 million
  7. Super Mario Maker — 3.34 million
  8. New Super Luigi U — 2.42 million
  9. The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD — 1.69 million
  10. Mario Party 10 — 1.65 million

I don’t think there are too many surprises surprise here, but when you compare them to the sales of certain AAA titles on the other consoles, they definitely lag behind. It should be noted that Nintendo has also revealed that only 12 million Wii U consoles have been sold — meaning that Mario Kart 8 is owned by a massive 60% of Wii U owners!

Staying with Nintendo, and the Japanese company has revealed details of their next smartphone game. For those of you are worried that it might be as underwhelming as their first announcement — the communication-based app titled Miitomo — you need not worry! In the latest earnings briefing, CEO Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that the new game will feature a well-known Nintendo character. How well-known remains to be seem, but I think I speak for most gamers when I say that we hope it will be some sort of Mario, Zelda, or Metroid game!

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Remedy Entertainment is busy adding the finishing titles to the upcoming Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break, but that hasn’t stopped them from talking about one of their previous games, Alan Wake. At a recent lecture in Paris, Dualshockers has reported what Creative Director Sam Lake had to say about the possibility of a sequel:

“We tried to create Alan Wake 2 right after Alan Wake, and obviously you need the right partner. You need the right funding. You need the right concept. Alan Wake, in some ways, for Remedy is really valuable. It’s our own IP. We own Alan Wake. So maybe there’s also a bit of extra carefulness in making sure that all the elements are right for the success of a sequel. And it just didn’t seem like we were getting it started in the right way.”

Lake goes on to say that prototypes for the game and discussions with Microsoft eventually led them to the idea for Quantum Break. I for one would be interested in a sequel, but I appreciate that they treat the idea with care. It means the game, if it ever exists, will be better for it.

Another game that never happened was The Dark Knight. The cancelled title was being worked on by the now defunct Pandemic Studios — developer for the original Star Wars Battlefront and Destroy All Humans — and was due to tie in with the movie’s release. The story behind the game has been revealed by Unseen64, and also includes some early footage. In summary, the title failed to meet the schedule to enable it to tie in with the film’s theatric release, and later its Blu-Ray release. Who knows if the game would have been any good but from the ashes of its failure rose Rocksteady‘s Batman: Arkham Asylum, which I think we can all agree was an awesome game. Some things are just for the best!

Until tomorrow,

Matt