Wake-up Club is a super cute Vita app that lets you set an alarm clock, then puts you in a group of 12 other random users, to compare how quickly you get up after your alarm, compared to your group. You can also send encouragement to your group to help them get up, and see who’s still sleeping.
The PSN app will be released next Tuesday for free. It’s a pretty smart way to encourage people to integrate the Vita into their daily lives…
Tiny Cartridge’s favorite Tiny Cartridges of 2012!
This year was a crucial one for handheld game systems, a statement year even. Tablets and smartphones continued to make their case as the rightful successors to the portable gaming throne, and so the onus was on handhelds to argue their relevance in this mobile era, if not through sales (real talk, PS Vita’s hardware numbers aren’t going to get it done), then through the quality of their software.
It wasn’t enough for the 3DS and PS Vita to deliver enjoyable games in 2012; this new handheld generation needed to separate itself from the last, setting new standards in their visuals, online services, and concepts’ creativity. Fortunately for us, portable game developers met that challenge, and gave us a year of platform-defining titles — even the ports kicked the butts of their big-screen counterparts.
Below you’ll find our favorite 3DS, eShop, PS Vita, and PSN games that helped make 2012 a killer year for handheld fans (presumably you’re one of those fans, since you follow this site). Oh, and we have plenty of GIFs too, of course! I say “of course” because a lizard hijacked this Tumblr, and threatened to blow it up if we don’t meet a weekly quota of animated images. Please excuse the loading time!
If Swapnote’s mascot Nikki had a cameo in a 2D game — and I really hope Nintendo’s in-house and second-party development teams find excuses to make this happen — she’d probably look a lot like this sprite!
Raised by Nintendo handhelds. This is what we’re about. Credit to illustrator/comic maker Afonso Ferreira for capturing the portable gamer’s life growing up (and Mario’s increasing annoyance as the years go by).
The Smashing Pumpkins’ “Today” covered by Anamanaguchi. This isn’t a full song unfortunately, just a rare Scott Pilgrim demo the chiptune group was asked to put together. Perhaps in an alternate world, there is a better, happier version of me listening to a completed version of the track.
Even if this cuts short, this is just the best — it makes today feel like the greatest day. There should be a song about that feeling.
Mighty Switch Force: Hyper Drive Edition trailer. When the Wii U launches this Sunday, this HD version of the 3DS game by WayForward will be one of the games waiting for you on the eShop.
The update has crazy new HD graphics, and “Hyper” stages designed to be way, way harder than the original game – said original game being tuned to be completed by company owner Voldi Way, who is “horrible at video games,” according to a Polygon feature.