November 13, 2012

Satoru Iwata Unboxes the Nintendo Wii U

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Jason Bassett

As a bonus, late last week, Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata unboxed the Wii U to the delight of many others. Jokingly, he often compared himself to a shopping channel host. As a person who has unboxed things on camera before, let me say: he’s right….

Anyway, check out the unboxing for yourself here:

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The Silky Smooth Wii U Discs

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Jason Bassett

Today is actually a pretty landmark day for the Nintendo Wii U. Especially for it’s game lineup. Today is the first day some of the games became available in stores for players to buy. This is really cool. One of the games is the smash hit: Assassins Creed III. I managed to pick one up today and it’s the standard Wii U box that we have all been seeing in the last couple of months.

Well some of the people picked up their Wii U games, they were treated to a rather unexpected surprise. The Wii U discs are kind of…smooth. If you happened to pick up one of the games on sale today, you will notice the very side of the disc to be a bit smoother than most other discs. The outside of the disc contains a beveled edge that smooths the games discs out.

While we’re not sure why Nintendo manufacturers are making discs like this, all we know is…they are REALLY REALLY smooth. After holding my copy of Assassin’s Creed III today, the beveled edge gives it a much smoother, yet thinner surface than the Xbox 360 or the Playstation 3 discs. It’s also worth noting tbat the bottom of the discs kind of look like a Blu-Ray discs, even though we are told that they are NOT Blu-Ray discs.

An interesting turn of events for Nintendo and the discs that will play in the Wii U.



You Got My Mass Effect 2 In Your Black Ops II!

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Seung Lee

Retail PC copies of the highly anticipated Call of Duty: Black Ops II come with second installation discs. That may seem perfectly normal, but these discs seem to contain data for BioWare’s Mass Effect 2. People everywhere, from Steam to Reddit, have been talking about this issue. There’s even a video on YouTube showcasing the huge blunder. PC players aren’t completely out of luck, however, because the game can still be installed (albeit, very slowly) with a Steam key that comes with each copy.

One has to wonder though–how, exactly, do you go about making such a careless mistake like this? Check out the YouTube video here (warning: there’s excessive profanity).



Game Informer’s GTA V Impressions Video

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Jesse Lord

I’m almost drooling as I contemplate the fact that a new GTA V video is coming out in less than twenty-four hours!  I can’t stand it.  While I’m sitting over here trying to calm myself down, why don’t you all go ahead and check out this almost-half-hour video where Game Informer reps that got to see GTA V in action talk through their impressions.

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And keep your eyes peeled for the new trailer, set to debut tomorrow morning at 11:00 AM EST.  It’s going to be a good day.


Retailers Recieving Arkham City Armored Edition Soon

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Jesse Lord

In a press release issued today, Warner Bros. announced that the Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition is shipping to retailers today in preparation for launch with the Wii-U system on November 18th.  Those unfamiliar with Nintendo will scratch their heads at the Sunday release date, however, that is simply how Nintendo rolls as it pertains to system launches.  So are you expecting to pick up this refresh of the hit 2011 title with all-new Wii-U functionality?  Let us know in the comments below!  Full press release below, after the jump.

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Halo 4 | Review

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Jason Bassett


Just the sound of the word has many meanings to many fans around the world. There are bands and there are even ideologies of a “halo”. For many people around the world, it is a major part of life. Spanning fans from many countries around the world, it’s no longer just a video game. It is a universe. The universe of Halo spans multiple mediums from video games, movies, music and reading material. This year, we celebrate the legacy of Master Chief and his AI Cortana for a whole new trilogy, starting with Halo 4.

Halo 4 was released on November 6th, 2012. Admittedly, Halo 4 was completely off my radar. I never thought I would have been writing this review today. I had causally been watching videos of the game and reporting on the news that broke out. I did eventually get an interest and what has transpired in the last week has not only been a hell of  ride, but one of the best video gaming experiences on Xbox this generation. Not only is this a new trilogy, but this is a whole new generation of Halo. A refresh, if you will. Gone is Bungie who have left the series into the very capable hands of 343 Industries; the very same people that helped Bungie make Halo: Reach and having played through most of the Halo franchise myself, I know a thing or two about some Halo.Read More


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