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Nintendo says no, then yes, now no AGAIN on LEGO City: Undercover’s multiplayer feature.

October 9, 2012

Coffee Beans
Does LEGO City: Undercover have a multiplayer option?

About 2 weeks ago now, I posted how Nintendo representatives had been back and forth on LEGO City: Undercover having some form of multiplayer, because the fact sheet for the game showed, “Players: 1-2”, while the official page for the game showed, “No. of Players: 1”. I waited patiently on responses from Nintendo representatives, and Jeremy, from NintendoFuse.com, even offered to send an email asking for clarification.

We both received two different responses though. The response Jeremy received basically said that LEGO City: Undercover does not have a multiplayer feature. The response I received, a few days after his, told me to refer to the fact sheet for the game which said, “Players: 1-2”.

After receiving the two responses, I posted up the “Grounds for Celebration! AwardLEGO City: Undercover” and “LEGO City: Undercover to feature multiplayer? Nintendo says no, then yes?” posts that covered the issue and responses.

Well, I received another response a few days after those posts, and apparently the first response was the right one? Brew yourself some coffee, and take a look at the timeline of responses below, as well as another mention of multiplayer in the game from somebody that played it at E3 this year!

The Brew
Here are the dates and responses we received when Nintendo representatives were asked if LEGO City: Undercover has a multiplayer feature:

  • Friday, September 21, 2012 – “The game is 1 player. No co-op/multiplayer of any kind.”
  • Monday, September 24, 2012 – “We are looking into this and will get back to you soon.”
  • Monday, September 24, 2012 – “Please refer to the fact sheet that states that there are 1-2 players.”
  • Thursday, September 27, 2012 – “We just double checked and I wanted to inform you that Lego City is in fact a 1-player game.”
Nintendo has now updated the LEGO City: Undercover “fact sheet” to show “Players: 1”, instead of what it originally showed as, “”Players: 1-2”.
After my first post only on the topic, Jeremy posted it to his Facebook page. Take a look at the image below to see a conversation that happened on his post about multiplayer being for the game at E3:
I contacted Steve directly on the issue of him having heard the game had multiplayer at E3 (that would have been in early June this year), and he said that is what he remembers hearing about LEGO City: Undercover from a representative while at E3. He even said he asked about online at the time, and they responded with a standard, “we cannot comment; nothing confirmed” type statement.

Caffeinated Thoughts
Even if LEGO City: Undercover doesn’t feature a multiplayer option, I am still interested in the game. If you missed the Grounds for Celebration! Award video on the game, you can see it below:

What can we conclude though? Well, I think that LEGO City: Undercover perhaps started being developed with a form of 2 player in it. Most of the LEGO games that TT Games has developed have some form of multiplayer; whether local, or online. (Mrs. Coffee and I played through a few levels this last weekend together in LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean on the Wii.)

If LEGO City: Undercover does release without some form of multiplayer, I think it will be the first home console LEGO game within the last few years without a local co-op mode in it at the very least. So, maybe in the early development and testing of the game, the multiplayer feature wasn’t working well and TT Games and Nintendo decided to take it out? The original fact sheet on the game showing 1-2 players, along with Steve’s recollection of what he heard at E3, makes me think this is probably the case for the game.

Questions
Would you be more likely to buy LEGO City: Undercover if it had either a local co-op multiplayer option, or even an online multiplayer option of some sort?

Can anybody think of a TT Games home console LEGO game, this generation, that doesn’t have either a local co-op multiplayer option, or even an online co-op multiplayer option?

If you are interested in LEGO City: Undercover, or LEGO City items in general, check out the links below:

LEGO City: Undercover to feature multiplayer? Nintendo says no, then yes?

September 25, 2012

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Other than the “Grounds for Celebration! Award – LEGO City: Undercover” post, I haven’t seen this really talked or written about anywhere else, and I did “google” for it.

Apparently, LEGO City: Undercover is going to have a 2 player mutliplayer feature of some sort, though there was some confusion whether it did or didn’t, apparently. Nintendo has not specified if the 2 player feature will be a local multiplayer mode, an online multiplayer mode, and/or perhaps even some multiplayer function with the 3DS system.

How did Nintendo representatives respond when asked if LEGO City: Undercover had any form of multiplayer, local or online? What was the reason for confusion on whether the game has multiplayer? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
This was told in the “Grounds for Celebration! Award – LEGO City: Undercover” post, but I wanted to highlight this about LEGO City: Undercover with its own post, for the people that may skim over the other one.

The sources of my confusion.

Last week when I was working on the other post for LEGO City and about to publish it, I noticed the official page for the game and the fact sheet on the game had different information about the number of players that will be able to run around LEGO City.

The official page for the game, HERE, shows “No. of Players: 1”, while the fact sheet for the game shows “Players: 1-2”. I “googled” for other posts on the topic, looking for an announcement on it, but I didn’t find any post that was specifically about the multiplayer option in LEGO City: Undercover, or any post that even talked about it really.

So, I sent over an email to the press contact for the game, and waited on a response. 24 hours passed, and I didn’t receive a response, which I thought was kind of odd. Jeremy from NintendoFuse.com offered to send an email over, seeing if perhaps they could get clarification on the issue for me.

He did. The question he sent over was the question I had pretty much asked, “Does, LEGO City: Undercover have a multiplayer option?” and he mentioned how the official page and the fact sheet showed different things.

The response he received was, “The game is 1 player. No co-op/multiplayer of any kind.“, with the representative apologizing for the confusing language on the site and fact sheet. Pretty straight forward, right?

Well, yesterday, I decided to send one more email about it, just to attempt one last time from my side to get an answer before posting up the other story. I asked, “Does LEGO City: Undercover have a multiplayer option? Perhaps, a co-operative play mode like in other LEGO games?”

This is not what I did while waiting on a response…

I received a reply shortly after that said, “We are looking into this and will get back to you soon.” Interesting.

I wasn’t sure what “soon” was, but only about 5 minutes later I received a second response that said, “Please refer to the fact sheet that states there are 1-2 players.

With the time that my emails took to be responded to, I would imagine they were trying to get clarification from Nintendo on what they could/couldn’t say about the multiplayer options in the game, which still isn’t much other than verifying the game will have some form of a 2 player mode.

Caffeinated Thoughts
Many of the past LEGO video games have featured local co-op multiplayer on Nintendo systems, so that could be one option. Some of the LEGO games on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 have featured online co-op, as well as local, so that multiplayer option would make sense as well.

After seeing the trailer for the game though, I’m wondering if there might perhaps be some sort of “hide-and-seek” mode in the game using the Wii U’s GamePad. One player would run around the city with either a Wii Remote and Nunchuk combination or a Wii U Pro Controller attempting to “hide”, while the player with the Wii U GamePad could use the controller’s scanning capability as they showed in the trailer for the game (seen below in the awards video), to try and locate the other player in the city.

I think a “hide-and-seek” sort of mode in LEGO City: Undercover, even if only as a local option, would be fun with its “open city” setting and perhaps a good way to use the GamePad for a multiplayer feature.

Also, a big thanks again to Jeremy for trying to help me out last week! You can visit NintendoFuse.com HERE, and enter their “Ultimate Mario Kart 7 Competition – Win a Wii U” contest HERE.

Questions
Are any of you planning to purchase LEGO City: Undercover when it releases for the Wii U? Would a multiplayer feature in the game make you more likely to buy it, or would it not really matter to you?

Any predictions as to what the 2 player mode will be in the game?

If any of you are interested in LEGO City: Undercover, you can pre-order the game on Amazon.com and GameStop.com below:
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Grounds for Celebration! Award – LEGO City: Undercover

September 25, 2012

Coffee Beans
Did you see Nintendo of America’s Wii U preview event? If not, you can watch the full conference as it happened, HERE. During the press event a few Wii U games had live gameplay demos (Nintendo Land and Call of Duty: Black Ops II), while many more were shown via trailers.

If you missed the, “New Feature – Grounds for Celebration! Award“, post last week, in it I described this new feature briefly and said, “If I’m playing a game and I notice a coffee reference, or if perhaps I see a game with a coffee reference that I haven’t even played or isn’t even out yet, I’ll try and give the game some attention with a ‘Grounds for Celebration! Award'”.

Well, it’s time for the first Grounds for Celebration! Award, and if you missed the coffee reference during Nintendo’s Wii U preview event, you can see it in the video below…in a slightly updated form:

LEGO City: Undercover was the only game during the conference that I can remember having a coffee reference. While the full trailer as seen in the video above was not shown during the conference, the coffee scene was. What was my reaction when the coffee reference was mentioned during the conference? “COFFEES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GAME OF THE YEAR!!!!!”

Other than the trailer and screenshots in the video above, what else do we know about the game? What is one feature for the game that I don’t think Nintendo has talked about yet? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew
LEGO City: Undercover is being developed by TT Games and published by Nintendo. It is a Wii U exclusive set to release in the system’s “launch window”, which is through the end of March next year. A few retailers have the game listed with a MSRP of $59.99 right now, but it doesn’t have an ESRB rating yet.

LEGO City: Undercover features:

  • The Wii U GamePad is woven seamlessly into the game-play experience. Players use it to scan for hidden clues and criminals, receive mission updates and place waypoints on an overhead city map that displays their position in real time.
  • Experience LEGO City like never before. Players will encounter familiar play sets come to life as they explore the vast city, looking for clues to bring Rex Fury to justice.
  • Players can go undercover with a variety of disguises, including a firefighter, a construction worker and even a robber, and use their unique abilities to solve puzzles and access new areas of the city.
  • There are more than 100 vehicles for players to collect and use to explore the city, including sports cars, motorcycles and even aircraft.
  • LEGO video games are known for their humor and parody, and LEGO City: Undercover delivers this and more with fully voiced characters and ambient crowds, bringing LEGO City to life.

If you like pre-ordering games, there will be a special pre-order bonus of a LEGO figure for the game’s main protagonist, Chase McCain, for a limited time while supplies last.

Official logo.

The one feature in LEGO City: Undercover that I do not believe Nintendo has spoken about, or even really announced yet, is either a local multiplayer option (maybe co-op?), or even an online multiplayer mode in the game. After looking at different information on the game, as well as a few emails back and forth with Nintendo representatives, it has pretty much been confirmed that a 2 player option will be in the game. Skip to the “Odd Beans” section below for more.

Caffeinated Thoughts
I was a big LEGO fan when I was younger, and had many of the sets. Our first trip out of the house with Bean 1 was to a “grand opening” of a LEGO store in our area, and they had a LEGO Master Builder making Star Wars LEGO figures.

Can you spot Bean 1?

With Nintendo usually having more “family friendly” games, I’m really excited to see LEGO City: Undercover being published by Nintendo for the Wii U. I have enjoyed “open world” games in the past, and from what I have seen of LEGO City: Undercover it seems to be an “open world city” game, but probably one that I won’t have to worry about if Bean 1 starts playing it one day when I’m not watching.

Hopefully Nintendo will clarify the multiplayer option in the game, because it is one of the Wii U launch titles I am interested in, and having a local and/or online multiplayer option I think would be great.

Odd Beans
The reason this post was delayed several days since last week is that when I was looking over the information before publishing it, the LEGO City: Undercover “fact sheet” had something that grabbed my attention. The sheet showed “Players: 1-2”, while the official page for the game on Nintendo.com showed “No. of Players: 1”.

Sources of confusion.

I contacted Nintendo’s press contact for the game, and waited on a direct response for whether the game has a multiplayer option, before publishing it. Was the fact sheet correct, or the official page for the game? I was wanting to get this post up by last Friday night, and Jeremy from NintendoFuse.com was able to contact somebody with Nintendo and get the question answered quickly for me.

The response he received was:
The game is 1 player. No co-op/multiplayer of any kind.“, and it was mentioned that the confusing information would be brought to Nintendo’s attention.

I contacted the press contact for the game one more time yesterday though, seeing if perhaps I could get a direct response before posting this story. I did get a response yesterday, but it was, “We are looking into this and will get back to you soon.” Odd.

Well, “soon” was only a few minutes later, when I received this response:
Thanks for your patience with this inquiry. Please refer to the fact sheet that states that there are 1-2 players.

So, after a couple of emails, a few days of waiting, and several pots of coffee, I can confirm that LEGO City: Undercover for the Wii U will have a multiplayer feature for 2 players? Again, no specifics on whether it will be a local or online 2 player option have been provided. Perhaps it’s just a local 2 player co-op and online co-op like many of the past LEGO games?

A big thanks again to Jeremy from NintendoFuse.com for attempting to get an answer last week for me, though, it appears we both may have caused some scrambling behind the scenes at Nintendo trying to get a clear answer, without them spoiling too much about the game just yet!

No more pretending your LEGO copters can fly.

Questions
Did any of you catch the coffee reference in LEGO City: Undercover as you were watching the Nintendo Wii U preview event, and immediately think “GAME OF THE YEAR!” as I did?

Even if you didn’t, are any of you interested in LEGO City: Undercover as a Wii U title and would you purchase it day one if it releases with the system, especially if/when Nintendo confirms the multiplayer aspects of the game in more detail?

Also, any feedback on the first Grounds for Celebration! Award in general?

If any of you are interested in LEGO City: Undercover, you can pre-order it on Amaaon.com and GameStop.com below:
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SOCK! POW! ZOK! LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes Debut Hours Report

July 28, 2012

Coffee Beans
     LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes was released on June 19, 2012 for the Wii with a MSRP of $39.99. The game was developed by Traveller’s Tales Games, and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. It received an ESRB rating of “Everyone 10+” with “Cartoon Violence” listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.

     How many hours have U.S. Wii owners reported running around LEGO Gotham with the Dark Knight in LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes since the game released? Brew yourself some coffee, and let’s take a look!

The Brew

     LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes has approximately 3,598 U.S. Wii owners that have reported data through the Nintendo Channel, with 34 days possibly reported as of this report. The game’s average play-time per day/session reported on its debut is 3 Hours 14 Minutes.

     What about critic and customer reviews for the Wii version?
     The game has a “professional” critic review score average of 81.50%, based on 2 reviews on GameRankings.com, and it has a customer review score average of 85.83% based on 24 reviews from Amazon.com.

Caffeinated Thoughts

     I haven’t played either of the LEGO Batman games, but with Bean 1 just getting a Hot Wheels Batmobile car and being able to hum the original Batman television show tune the games will probably end up on our list at some point.
     If you have not seen any footage of LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, you can watch one trailer below while sipping on some coffee:


     I always find it interesting to see how fast games debut, and seeing this game debut with just 34 days possibly reported and already having an average just over 19 hours “Per person” is really good compared to most other Wii games. I don’t know how many hours LEGO Batman 2 is supposed to take to complete, but the first LEGO Batman Wii game has an average play-time of just over 36 hours, so I would imagine most owners will get a solid number of hours out of LEGO Batman 2 just based on these early hours reported and averaged.

 Questions
     Have any of you been playing LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes since it released last month? If so, which version have you been playing? More importantly, have you been enjoying your time with the game?
     If you have played and beaten the original LEGO Batman and now LEGO Batman 2, do you find LEGO Batman 2 to have any improvements over the original game?


If you are interested in LEGO Batman 2, you can see different versions of the game linked on Amazon.com below: