Archive for March, 2013

Nintendo Discusses Miiverse Expansion

Nintendo is planning to expand the Miiverse universe/concept as they had previously mentioned leading up to the Wii U launch. Here’s some more information about that courtesy of NintendoWorldReport:
  • Nintendo wants to improve deeper integration of Miiverse into Wii U games.
  • Planning an update to the Miiverse API for a future Wii U SDK.
  • Will enable players to send/receive comments, follow others within a game, view follower lists, and see a list of people who Yeahed their posts.
  • Can launch a game directly from certain points within Miiverse. For example if a post was about a certain level, you could go directly to that level of the game by clicking a link within the post.
  • Want to make more use of User Communities on a per game basis.
  • Wii Fit U will be the first game to make use of this feature.
  • In the Wii Fit U User Community, players can share training records and activity logs.
  • Possibly in the future Miiverse could support a stage editor feature
  • Nintendo also wants feedback from developers regarding Miiverse ideas.

Source: Nintendo World Report

DuckTales Remastered – Impressions

Siliconera has posted a quick look at the upcoming HD remake of Disney’s DuckTales game (originally released on the NES back in 1989), DuckTales Remastered. Here’s a portion of their impressions:

“DuckTales Remastered from Capcom and WayForward is a HD remake of the 24 year old Nintendo game. I got to play a little bit of Ducktales Remastered which starts by letting players select the difficulty – easy, normal or hard. After you decide, the demo whisks players away to Transylvania where Uncle Scrooge’s nemesis Magica De Spell resides.”

For more DuckTales Remastered Impressions check out Siliconera, linked below.

Source: Siliconera

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Wii U) – Video Review

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Source: TheGamingPixelShow

GDC 2013 – Independent Games Festival & Game Developers Choice Awards

Independent Games Festival Awards

Excellence in Visuals Art Award – Kentucky Route Zero

Nuovo Award – Cart Life

Excellence in Audio – 140

Excellence in Narrative – Cart Life

Excellence in Technical Excellence – Little Inferno

Best Student Game – Zinith

Audience Award – FTL

Excellence in Design – FTL

Seamas McNally Grand Prize – Cart Life


Game Developers Choice Awards


Best Downloadable Game – Journey

Best Narrative – The Walking Dead

Best Visual Arts – Journey

Ambassador of the Year Award – Chris Melissinos

Technology Award – Far Cry 3

Best Game Design – Journey

Best Handheld/Mobile Game – The Room

Best Audio – Journey

Pioneer Award – Steve Russell

Best Debut Game – {Subset{games}}

Innovation Award – Journey

Audience Award – Dishonored

Lifetime Achievement Awards – Dr. Ray Muzyka and Dr. Greg Zeschuk

Game of the Year – Journey

Source: Kotaku

GDC 2013 – Nintendo Panel Images

Here’s a few images from Nintendo’s panel at the Game Developers Conference this year:

Head over to Game Watch (site is in Japanese) for more GDC 2013 Nintendo Panel Images.

Source: Game Watch

Game and Wario – Mini-Game Footage

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Source: NiNTENDOMiNATi0N

This Day In Gaming History – March 28th


1991

  • Nintendo is granted a preliminary injunction against Atari Games, in regards to their obtaining access to Nintendo’s 10NES security program (the NES’s lock-out chip).

1997

  • The movie The Sixth Man is released by Buena Vista Pictures in the U.S. A character in the movie is told to “forget girls and stick to Nintendo.”

1999

  • Fox airs an episode of Futurama in the U.S. where an arcade game is played. The game is called Monkey Fracas Jr. and features a space ship fighting a giant ape throwing barrels pulled from inside a planet. Which refers to Donkey Kong Jr.

2001

  • Microsoft decides to increase the amount of hard drive storage for their upcoming Xbox console from 8 GB to 10 GB.
  • Conexant Systems announces that Microsoft will use a CX25871 video encoder chip for the upcoming Xbox console to connect to digital and analog TVs.
  • Pokémon Stadium 2 (N64) is released by Nintendo and HAL Laboratory in North America.

2002

  • Shining Soul (GBA) is released by Sega, Nextech, and Grasshopper Manufacture in Japan.
  • Kingdom Hearts (PS2) is released by Square in Japan.

2005

  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory (PS2/WIN/XB) is released by Ubisoft in North America.

2006

  • Harvest Moon: Magical Melody (GCN) is released by Natsume and Marvelous Interactive in North America.
  • Dynasty Warriors 5: Empires (PS2/XB360) is released by Koei and Omega Force in the U.S.
  • Kingdom Hearts II (PS2) is released by Square Enix and Buena Vista Games in North America.
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (PS2) is released by Ubisoft and Darkworks in North America.

2007

  • Sega and Nintendo co-announce that they will be releasing Mario and Sonic At The Olympic Games (DS/WII) in the Fall. This will be the first game the two mascots have ever appeared in together and put an official stamp on the end of the Nintendo-Sega rivalry of the 80s and 90s.
  • Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars (WIN) is released by Electronic Arts in North America.

2008

  • Viking: Battle for Asgard (PS3/XB360) is released by The Creative Assembly and Sega in Europe.

2010

  • The Nintendo DSi XL handheld is released by Nintendo in Noth America for a MSRP of $189.99.
  • WarioWare DIY (DS) is released by Intelligent Systems and Nintendo in North America.
  • The first PAX East concludes it’s 3-day long event at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, MA.

2012

  • Wrecked: Revenge Revisited (PS3/XB360) is released for PSN and XBLA download by Supersonic Software and 505 Games.

2013

  • HarmoKnight (3DS) is released for the 3DS Nintendo eShop by Game Freak and Nintendo in North America.
  • Race Driver: Grid (MACOSX) is released by Codemasters and Feral Interactive worldwide.
  • Tactical Intervention (WIN) is released by Minh “Gooseman” Le (co-creator of Counter-Strike), FIX Korea, and OGPlanet.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

Random Game Facts – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

Sure the Metroid-style Castlevania games are pretty awesome (though one every year was pushing it), but did you know about this Easter Egg from Aria of Sorrow?

Source: DidYouKnow Gaming

Site Update

Hello All,

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I’ve been quite busy at my day job the past few weeks. I am finally caught up (for now) though and thus can resume updating again. Thank you for your patience and support, it’s much appreciated!

Site Update

Sorry for the lack posts yesterday and so far today. Have been busy at my day job again. Hopefully I’ll be able to post some this afternoon, but don’t know yet. Still going to try to record a podcast this weekend sometime assuming there’s enough content for one. It might get pushed back to the following weekend if there’s not enough.