August 24, 2016

Three Street Fighters coming to [NEW] 3DS eShop only tomorrow

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Jason Nason

Because the old Nintendo 3DS can’t seem to handle SNES graphics, Nintendo will release three classic SNES Street Fighter games for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console tomorrow, but only for NEW Nintendo 3DS units. The games will also be overpriced in Canada.

While it still baffles me why Nintendo is making every Virtual Console title in recent memory not available to preexisting Nintendo 3DS units, the new games join the growing list of VC titles the majority of gamers won’t be able to play.

The new games being added tomorrow include Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, and Street Fighter Alpha 2.

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The Legend of Kusakari from Nnooo coming to 3DS tomorrow

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Jason Nason

Announced back in February, Nnooo’s planned release of THE LEGEND OF KUSAKARI by Librage hits the Nintendo 3DS eShop in North America on Thursday.

In this this quirky Japanese adventure puzzle game you play as Kusakari. Slice through over 50 levels of grass-filled action and help those heroes save the kingdom, in battle grounds fit to have a picnic on! There is also an endless grass cutting competition where you can record your best cut in the online leaderboards!

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SEGA’s PAX West Line-up Heads To Space, Rolls Around At The Speed of Sound & More

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

SEGA is officially returning to the PAX West show floor later this month with a line-up of upcoming titles. Attendees won’t have to scheme with Dr.Eggman to get their hands on the latest the publisher has to offer as multiple titles from Sonic Team, Creative Assembly and other SEGA developers will be on hand.

Playable titles include Amplitude Studio’s Endless Space 2, Headcannon / PagodaWsrt’s recently revealed Sonic Mania and Relic Entertainment’s Dawn of War III.

It looks like SEGA fans, like myself, will have a lot to look forward too from September 2nd thru the 5th. Here are the official descriptions of each title from SEGA:

Endless Space 2

Endless Space 2 is a turn-based, 4X space-strategy game that launches players into the space colonization age of different civilizations within the Endless universe, following the award-winning original Endless Space. Endless Space 2will feature eight playable major factions, each with their own asymmetrical gameplay, storyline, spaceships, heroes and technologies.

Developer: Amplitude Studios / Publisher: SEGA of Europe

Platform: PC / Release Date: 2016

Sonic Mania

Sonic Mania is a completely new title and plays homage to the iconic Zones and Acts from previous classic Sonic titles by adding in new elements and Easter Eggs that will surprise and delight players. Additionally, it adds in never-before seen Zones like the recently debuted Studiopolis level along with three playable characters and new enemies into the mix. Sonic Mania is being developed by PagodaWest and Headcannon along with Christian Whitehead. Head of Sonic Team, Takeshi Iizuka and SEGA of America are offering development support. Sonic Mania will be a digital download and will be available for PlayStation® 4, Xbox One and PC in Spring 2017.

Developer: PagodaWest and Headcannon / Publisher: SEGA of America

Platforms: PlayStation® 4, Xbox One and PC / Release Date: Spring 2017

Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III

In Dawn of War III you will have no choice but to face your foes when a catastrophic weapon is found on the mysterious world of Acheron. With war raging and the planet under siege by the armies of greedy Ork warlord Gorgutz, ambitious Eldar seer Macha, and mighty Space Marine commander Gabriel Angelos, supremacy must ultimately be suspended for survival.

Developer: Relic Entertainment / Publisher: SEGA of Europe

Platform: PC / Release Date: 2017


To say that I am prepared to visit SEGA’s booth is an understatement. As one of the gaming staples of my formative years SEGA has held a special place in my gaming heart. I’ll be sure to bring you as much coverage as I can from their booth as possible!


September’s Games With Gold Titles Announced

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Joshua Rust

Microsoft has announced the September line-up for their games with gold program. Before we get to next month’s line-up, be sure to pick up this month’s offerings before they are gone. Those being Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate and Beyond Good & Evil HD.

For those of you with a Xbox One, you will be treated to Earthlock: Festival of Magic – which you can grab from September 1st – 30th.  The other Xbox One offering is Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China – which will be available from September 15th – October 15th. As for the Xbox 360 games, you’ll get Forza Horizon September 1st-15th and Mirror’s Edge September 16th – 30th.  It’s also worth noting that both of the Xbox 360 games have been added to the backwards compatibility catalogue for the Xbox One…so technically you’re getting four games that you can play on the Xbox One this month!



Sometimes it pays off to follow game publishers on social media

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Jason Nason

If you’re really into the gaming scene and eat up every tidbit of news out there then you probably follow a slew of gaming websites. From the Gamespots to the IGNs, and Kotaku to Broken Joysticks, following gaming news website is a good way to find out anything and everything from the world of video games.

But it can also be good to follow publishers. Not only will you get some juicy news right from the source, which is where a lot of gaming media get their news (spoiler alert) you can also be treated to some sweet online goodies.

Some publishers share exclusive downloadables like wallpapers, but some also give away free stuff including game codes.

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30 Minutes of Cancelled Goldeneye XBLA Footage Appears Online

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

It would appear that the almost impenetrable fortress of secrets that is Rare’s England based offices couldn’t keep James Bond’s cancelled XBLA mission a secret forever. A YouTuber by the name of ‘Rare Thief’ has uploaded 30 minutes of what appears to be direct-feed footage of the cancelled Xbox Live Arcade reimagining of the 1997 classic.

Previous leaks surrounding the unannounced, incomplete and unreleased title amounted to a widely circulated magazine cover story from Xbox Magazine from a few years back and a 30 second video clip from the Silo level.

Rare Thief’s leak is much more substantial – showing the Dam and Facility missions on Agent difficulty level in full as well as the bonus Aztec mission and some split-screen multiplayer. If GoldenEye Source got you nostalgic a few weeks back then this leak will hit you right in the feels.

As Unseen64 describes the development of the game – this project was never sanctioned by the then holders of the James Bond license (Activision) and had a very small staff of 8 people working on the upgraded port. Microsoft would eventually partner with 4J Studios for an updated version of GoldenEye’s spiritual successor Perfect Dark on XBLA in 2010.

Here is how Unseen64 described the development of Goldeneye XBLA:

the game was developed in just one year by just 8 people; Dam, Depot and Frigate levels are selectable as multiplayer arenas (even the fabled Citadel was considered just “for the fan reaction”) and the N64 version isn’t technically a port, but a rather smart graphic filter use that makes the new game look the old-fashioned way.”

It is quite interesting to imagine what could have been if Microsoft / Activision and Nintendo had come to an agreement to release this port back in 2008. I’ve reached out to try and find out as much information on the Goldeneye XBLA footage that I can. To date no copy of the unreleased title has leaked to the public and it is not known how old this footage is or what its source of origin may be.


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