Columbia Pictures is releasing The Smurfs 2 on July 31st, and in the same month those diminutive blue creatures are headed to the video game world. The title will be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii U, the Wii, and the Nintendo DS.
The Smurfs 2 is an adventure platformer in which players relive moments and immerse themselves in environments which were featured in the movie. Locations in the game include stops at New York City and Paris, as well as new worlds such as the Arctic Tundra and the Lava Jungle. The DS version differs from the other consoles, as it is a collection of mini-games.
Gamers can either play solo or multiplayer mode with up to four users playing simultaneously.
The big video game news, however, is the interesting addition that is exclusive to the Nintendo Wii U. Owners of the console get an extra bonus, as a fifth player can be added by controlling Clockwork Smurf on the Wii U GamePad.
Featuring over 30 levels, players can choose among nine Smurfs that were featured in the movie (Papa Smurf and Grouch Smurf are among the playable characters).
“By collaborating with Sony Pictures on the iconic Smurfs license again we are able to extend the experience from film to immersive gameplay,” said Ubisoft worldwide licensing VP Christian Salomon. “The family friendly The Smurfs 2 video game will allow players of all ages to continue the fun and revel in new adventures.”
Sony and Ubisoft previously collaborated on the 2011 title The Smurfs Dance Party.
As for the actual movie, expect another exceptional box-office return. The first film took in $560 million worldwide!!
Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays reprise their live action roles for the sequel, and voice actors Katy Perry and Hank Azaria return as Smurfette and Gargamel, respectively.
Growing up babies of the 1980s, we aren’t exactly steeped in the Pokemon universe, and maybe since we don’t have babies of ourselves, our ignorance of the phenomena may be slightly forgivable.
But we love conspiracy thrillers and mysteries, and a rumor this week surfaced that a Pikachu Edition Nintendo 3DS XL would arrive stateside after a kid was holding the system in a Pokemon Mystery: Gates to Infinity ad.
Although we called a Nintendo rep about the rumor, she never got back to us, which led us to believe that something was afoot. Or maybe we were just paranoid.
The big deal, for Pokemon and 3DS enthusiasts, is the system had been only available in Europe and Japan, and now the Pikachu Edition 3DS XL hits North America March 24th for $199.99. The unit also comes with a 4GB SD memory card.
Pokemon Mystery: Gates to Infinity launches the same day. Give credit to Nintendo, which recently lost a $30.2 million patent lawsuit over the 3DS, for bringing a little sunshine amidst its recent storm cloud of bad news.
We also love how Nintendo threw out the little Pikachu clue with the Pokemon Mystery commercial. Well done peekabo Pikachu, well done!!
As I work my way back into the Nintendo universe (I finally purchased a Wii U a week ago – it’s still in its box!), I’ll be browsing the Nintendo eShop to look for a few price drops that will save me a bit of coin.
I haven’t played Fractured Soul on the Nintendo 3DS, but I may just download this title due to its existential, film noir bent moniker. This side scrolling platform game is spread through two screens, and since I’m a huge fan of split-screen aesthetics (Brian De Palma is my favorite director), Fractured Soul should be right up my alley.
The clincher is it’s currently on sale for the next few days on the Nintendo eShop, and gamers can save over 30% when they download the game, which has dropped down to $7.99.
I also love the plot summary doled out by developer Endgame Studios: “You are forgotten. Stranded on an outpost in deep space. You remember nothing of who you are.”