Archive:  September, 2013

By Rae Michelle Langdon, September 26, 2013 0

The roster of Nintendo characters ready to battle it out in Super Smash Bros for Wiiu / 3DS expands with an entrant from the high seas – Toon Link! Fresh from his HD over makeover courtesy of the recently released Wind Waker HD, the younger version of link is ready to try his hand at melee on Nintendo’s latest home console.

We’ve got a selection of screnshots from the WiiU version of Super Smash Bros after the jump. As soon as Nintendo releases a video of him in action we will bring it you!
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By Jason Nason, September 26, 2013 0

The Nintendo 3DS eShop is the focus again this week with a ton of new games available from full retail releases to new eShop titles.

Retail releases Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl and Rune Factory 4 both hit store shelves and the eShop this week on Monday October 1st. The titles join a bunch of new eShop games including Family Table Tenis 3D and Carps & Dragons.

Elsewhere the Nintendo Wii U gets another Virtual Console title with Donkey Kong 3 while the good ol’ Nintendo DSi gets another DSiWare title in Astro.

Take a look at the full rundown of releases below.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, September 25, 2013 0

Hideo Kojima’s next Metal Gear Solid title has had an enigmatic development cycle, originally revealed at  PAX 2012 and then followed up by a seemingly related mystery trailer at the Spike VGAs last year, fans have waited with baited breath for more information about the game. With the Tokyo Games Show coming to a close we’ve finally got our eyes on a brand new 12 minute gameplay clip – and you can too!

Featuring a “special mission” from Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, this new lengthy clip shows us how the tagging system works versus the original Metal Gear Solid’s Soliton Radar System. Instead of a small overhead section of the map displayed in the right hand corner of the screen Snake  has access to a small PDA type device that will display a map (sans enemies) without breaking the flow of gameplay or pausing. There are also two different mechanics that change how you monitor enemies movement and end alerts.  Bringing things in line a little bit with Splinter Cell Conviction while still retaining the tense stealth action the MGS franchise is known for. (more…)

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By kashhoward, September 24, 2013 0

The fighting game community (FGC) has grown from holding local events to smaller venues to occupying ballrooms at four-star establishments with talent from all across the globe attending. Major sponsors such as Capcom, Namco Bandai, and others are responsible for the development of some of the world’s most famous franchises in gaming, and are showcased at a central tournament featuring the top fighting talent from across the world. With major prize pools, fighting games are now reaching a platform that can be compared to traditional eSports.

Each week, I’ll be posting interviews I’ve had the pleasure of conducting with members of the fighting game community. The interviews will touch upon their history in the FGC, where they got their start, and what they’d like to see from video games in general.

This week’s guest is one of the best Abel players as well as Black Adam’s #1 fan, Jonathan Deleon aka RG | Rico Suave. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, September 23, 2013 0

By exploiting a glitch that allows players to access the store section of Grand Theft Auto V players have gained access to some files stored on RockStar’s servers.

These files include a text dump for an item called the  “Red Shark Cash Card”. Valued at $100,000 in-game currency, this virtual stack of cash is good across all of Los Santos! Other users have found a single image (pictured at the end of this article) that hints at a similar “$100,000 Maze Bank” card.

What do you think about the possibility of microtransactions being included in Grand Theft Auto Online? The online componet of GTA V isn’t live just yet but will be available early next month! Featuring up to 16 players, GTA Online allows you to explore the entire map, all the while taking part in competatyive matches, create crews similar to those featured in Max Payne 3 and other activities.

Surely we will find out more about Grand Theft Auto V on October 1st, get ready!

Souce: Kotaku

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, September 22, 2013 2

Index Corp, the troubled owner of third party publisher Atlus, has agreed to sell off their stake in the popular company to SEGA for the equivalent of $141 million dollars. Should everything go well the newly formed Sega Dream Corporation will take ownership of Index’s intellectual property and business operations no later than November 1st.

This acquisition gives SEGA an ever-growing portfolio of long standing game franchises that will surely fit well alongside Sonic, Jet Set Radio and other classics. Joining the SEGA family are the popular Shin Megami Tensei series, Persona franchise and other JRPG titles. All of this comes after SEGA purchased the developers of Company of Heroes, Relic, from the now defunct THQ this past June.

If you’re anything like me the first thing you’d be worried about is whether or not this deal will result in Atlus changing their strategy for game releases in the west. Up until this point Atlus has been a large part of the niche JRPG market alongside XSeed, NIS America and to a certain point Square Enix. Each of these companies have taken risks by localizing and releasing titles that are far from guaranteed successes in the West, just look at the mixed reaction Mugen Souls received last year! (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, September 22, 2013 0

Just in time for the PlayStation 4’s Japanese launch this coming February, Capcom has revealed that their futuristic time traveling Dungeon Crawler will be a free-to-play title. This announcement was originally made at the Tokyo Game Show before exploding on to twitter, unfortunately we know next to nothing else about how the pricing model for CapCom’s next game will work.

Deep Down was originally revealed as the code name for their most recent game at the PlayStation 4 unveiling this past spring. After skipping E3 we got an extended look at the game via livestream, which you can watch below.

Set in 2094 DeepDown is set in the year 2094 and tasks players with finding magical artifacts that transport them back in time several hundred years in order to explore dungeons. (more…)

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, September 21, 2013 0

During their TGS Pre-show Sony Japan announced a new set-top version of the PlayStation Vita aimed at the living room and now  SCEA CEO Andrew House has stated that the console manufacturer is ‘very encouraged’  by the excitement of western gamers.  This doesn’t confirm a western release but it is at least a small sign that at the executive level Sony is aware of western demand for this yet unreleased miniature PS Vita.

PS Vita TV is a small device, measuring 6.5CM X 10.5CM that contains the internal guts of a PlayStation Vita, Game Card/Memory Card slot and for the first time an HDMI port – something the 2011 PS Vita model sorely lacked.  Alongside the ability to play downloaded PSP/PS Vita and physical Vita Game Cards PS Vita TV can also access video streaming services such a Netflix, Hulu and the Japan only Tsutaya TV. Meaning that Sony’s latest piece of kit will combat with other streaming media boxes while offering a superior  library of games!

This little white box will start appearing under Japanese TVs on November 14th for around $150 USD. No official confirmation or date for a western or European release but with the PlayStation 4 launching in just two short months chances are we will see the PS Vita TV sometime in 2014.

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By Rae Michelle Langdon, September 21, 2013 0

Whenever we’ve seen the Xbox One on display, either in promotional shots or during major events, the console has always been positioned flat.       So if you’re looking to save some space in your entertainment center by standing your brand new Xbox upright you may be doing so at your own risk.

In a brief quote Senior Microsoft VP Albert Panello explained that the console’s disc drive was designed to be used vertically. Its slot based design is very similar to the self-loading trays found in the PlayStation 3, Wii-U and original Wii, and those consoles offer optional vertical stands. But, then again those consoles also probably don’t weigh as much as the upcoming Xbox One.

To GameSpot Panello Said:

“It wouldn’t be a cooling problem, we just didn’t design the drive for vertical. Because it’s a slot loading drive, we just didn’t design it for both.”

Source: Joystiq

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By Jason Nason, September 19, 2013 0

The Nintendo 3DS eShop is the focus this week with a ton of new games available from full retail releases to new eShop titles.

EA Sports latest game in the FIFA series arrives on the 3DS with FIFA 14 hitting the eShop arriving on September 24th. Other full retail releases arriving include Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure and Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi.

The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker 3D is also available this week with the digital version preceeding the retail release which won’t be in stores until a few weeks.

Elsewhere Super Mario Bros. has been released in the Wii U Virtual Console while Solomon’s Key hits the 3DS eShop.

Other eShop titles released include Mahjong 3D – Essentials, AiRace Speed and Star Wars Pinball. Add that to a couple of Edutainment titles on DSiWare and there is a lot to see this week.

Take a look at the full rundown of releases below.

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