Archive for April, 2013

Europe – Nintendo Download For April 22nd

nintendo download Europe   Nintendo Download For April 22nd
Those of you who have been patiently waiting for your Rayman fix on Wii U are finally getting another taste as Ubisoft has released the Rayman Legends Challenges App on the Nintendo eShop and best of all, it’s free! Here’s the full breakdown of this week’s releases courtesy of GamesPress:

Title Platform Available on Price Point Further Info Contact
Rayman® Legends Challenges App
(Ubisoft)
Wii U
(Disc/Download)
Nintendo eShop from 25/4/13 Free Michael Ferron
michael.ferron@ubisoft.com
Game Description: Rayman Legends Online Challenges are a unique opportunity for players to compete against each other to climb up the leaderboards. You’ll see 4 different paintings which take the player to specific daily and weekly challenges.
Injustice: Gods Among Us
(Warner Bros.)
Wii U
(Disc/Download)
Nintendo eShop from 26/4/13 €59.99
(£49.99)
Charlie Fortescue
Charlie.Fortescue@warnerbros.com
Game Description: What if our greatest heroes became our greatest threat?  Injustice: Gods Among Us introduces a bold new franchise to the fighting game genre from NetherRealm Studios, creators of the definitive fighting game Mortal Kombat. Featuring DC Comics icons such as Batman, The Flash, Harley Quinn, Solomon Grundy, Superman and Wonder Woman, the latest title from the award-winning studio presents a deep original story. Heroes and villains will engage in epic battles on a massive scale in a world where the line between good and evil has been blurred.
Real Bout Fatal Fury
(D4 Enterprise)
Wii
(Virtual Console)
Wii Shop Channel from 25/4/13 900 Points Shinta Ogura  
ogura@d4e.co.jp
Game Description: Real Bout Fatal Fury was first released in 1995, and is the 5th instalment in the fighting game series. While based on the previous games, this version saw the incorporation of an independent Sway Button, and the introduction of a more evolved Combination Attack system and the Ring Out component, making for speedier and more enjoyable gameplay. Real Bout Fatal Fury features 16 playable fighters including, the Qin brothers (the boss characters from the previous instalment), as well as user-favourites Billy Cane and Duck King. Cut through the ruthless competition and aim for the top!
Pokémon™ Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity Demo
(Nintendo)
Nintendo 3DS
(Demo)
Nintendo eShop from 25/4/13 Free Nintendo PR
PR@nintendo.co.uk
Game Description: Get ready for an infinite adventure! Become one of five popular Pokémon and then step into a world where amazing experiences are always nearby. Explore more than 20 exciting dungeons, each one filled with all kinds of Pokémon, treasures and surprises! Not only does each dungeon have its own unique characteristics – the Pokémon found within it, the type of terrain and the number of floors to explore – but the layout changes every time you enter, meaning an infinite number of dungeons await you!
LEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins
(Nintendo)
Nintendo 3DS
(Card/Download)
Nintendo eShop from 26/4/13 €39.99
(£34.99)
Nintendo PR
PR@nintendo.co.uk
Game Description: Step into the shoes of rookie cop Chase McCain and take him from zero to hero in LEGO® CITY Undercover: The Chase Begins. Chase is the new boy in town and is out to impress his formidable boss, Chief Gleeson, head of the LEGO CITY Police Department. His first missions will see him hunting down hoodlums in his neighbourhood area, but it’s not long before he realises there’s more to the LEGO CITY crime underworld than meets the eye and embarks on an epic quest to bring justice to the whole city!
BIT.TRIP SAGA
(Rising Star Games)
Nintendo 3DS
(Card/Download)
Nintendo eShop from 25/4/13 €19.99
(£17.99)
Tyrone Walcott
tyrone.walcott@risingstargames.com
Game Description: BIT.TRIP SAGA is a collection of all six highly regarded games in the BIT.TRIP series, combining retro arcade action with smashing rhythm gameplay. All six games document the life of Commander Video as he undertakes a journey of the soul. A cult series remastered in stunning 3D, perfect for the entire family.
Mega Man™ 4
(CAPCOM)
Nintendo 3DS
(Virtual Console)
Nintendo eShop from 25/4/13 €4.99
(£4.49)
Nintendo PR
PR@nintendo.co.uk
Game Description: A year after the events of Mega Man™ 3, the world is still at peace. However, mysterious scientist Dr. Cossack announces his plan to eliminate Mega Man, and prove himself to be the greatest robot designer of all time. It’s up to Mega Man to save the day once again! Mega Man 4 provides even more fiendish platform-action gameplay and eight new robot masters to defeat. Mega Man now also has his Mega Buster to charge up energy, allowing him to fire larger and more damaging blasts.
Lola’s Math Train
(BeiZ)
Nintendo 3DS
(Download Software)
Nintendo eShop from 25/4/13 €2.99
(£2.69)
Mika Heikinheimo
mika@beiz.com
Game Description: Join Lola on her journey as she makes her way through a fun filled environment of bright colours and creative problem solving to get all of her friends to a party! Specifically designed for children 3-7 years old, Lola’s Math Train encourages children to learn key skills like adding and puzzle solving all while having fun!
Riding Stables 3D
(Treva Entertainment)
Nintendo 3DS
(Card/Download)
Nintendo eShop from 25/4/13 €29.99
(£24.99)
Sofie Dittmer
s.dittmer@treva-entertainment.com
Game Description: An exciting 3D horse adventure awaits you! Which family will win the coveted pasture? Immerse yourself in this gripping tale of true friendship and sinister plots. Train the ranch horses, take good care of them, and prepare for the final deciding tournament.

Source: GamesPresshttp://www.gamespress.com/release.asp?c=}%051f7

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition Announced

Bethesda Softworks announced yesterday that they will be releasing a new bundle for Skyrim. It’s called The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition and will contain the full original game, all of the DLC (Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn), and other added features like combat cameras, mounted combat, a new Legendary difficulty mode, and Legendary skills. The MSRP for the game is $59.99 in North America and £39.99 (€49.99 / AU$69.95) in the UK, Europe, and Australia respectively for the console versions, while the PC version’s MRSP is £29.99 (€39.99 / AU$49.95). Here’s a look at the three box arts for the game (PC, 360, and PS3):

the elder scrolls v skyrim legendary edition box art all platforms The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition Announced

Source: Joystiq

This Day In Gaming History – April 26th

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1999

  • Super Smash Bros. (N64) is released by HAL Laboratory and Nintendo in North America. The game would go on to become a top-selling title for the N64 and spawn a new successful series for Nintendo as well, with new entries for 3DS & Wii U currently under development.

2001

  • Senators Joe Lieberman and Herb Kohl introduce the Media Marketing Accountability Act in the U.S Senate. The act is proposed legislation intended to give the Federal Trade Commission the authority to prosecute members of the entertainment industry who market adult-rated products to children.

2002

  • Microsoft lowers the retail price for their Xbox console in Europe.
  • Nickelodeon airs an episode of The Fairly Oddparents in the U.S. which features a handheld game system that resembles a Game Boy Color.

2004

  • Business Week magazine features an article about the number of video game players who see advertisements on TV. An Xbox controller is used to represent video games.

2005

  • Resident Evil Outbreak: File #2 (PS2) is released by Capcom in North America.
  • Psychonauts (WIN) is released by Double Fine Productions and Majesco Entertainment in North America.
  • Pac-Pix (NDS) is released by Namco in North America.

2007

  • The Federal Communications Commission in the U.S. releases a report discussing the impact of media violence on children. In the report the FCC says Congress could regulate violence on television without being in violation of the First Amendment.
  • The head of Sony’s PlayStation division, Ken Kutaragi announces he will be retiring and taking the role of Honorary Chairman. The Father of the PlayStation had been a key figure in Sony’s entering the video game market. All PlayStation consoles and handhelds (not counting re-designs) were released under his watch until the release of the PlayStation Vita in 2011/2012.

2010

  • Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley (PSP) is released by Marvelous Entertainment and Natsume in North America.

2011

  • Darkspore (WIN) is released by Maxis Software and Electronic Arts in North America.

2012

  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution (MAC OS X) is released by Eidos Montreal and Feral Interactive in North America and Europe.
  • Risen 2: Dark Waters (WIN via STEAM) is released by Piranha Bytes and Deep Silver in North America.

2013

  • Mars: War Logs (WIN) is scheduled to be released by Spiders and Focus Home Interactive.
  • Poker Night 2 (MAC OS X/WIN via STEAM) is scheduled to be released worldwide by Telltale Games.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

Morning LOL – Animal Crossing 3DS XL, Now Part of a Balanced Breakfast

Haha, this is great. It totally looks like a frosted Pop Tart too. Nintendo should get in touch with Kellogg’s and see about making this happen for real. Would be a neat licensing idea. I mean they have done licensed breakfast food before with the old school Nintendo Cereal System (anyone else remember that?).

animal crossing 3ds xl pop tarts Morning LOL   Animal Crossing 3DS XL, Now Part of a Balanced Breakfast

Source: Memebase Video Games

Yesterday’s Recap – April 25th, 2013

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As we mentioned in the recap for April 24th, news broke yesterday (the 25th) about Nintendo changing their E3 plans. Apparently they will not be holding an all-inclusive press conference this year, but rather a few smaller events during the same time period (one for retailers/investors and one for press for example). I still am not 100% sold on this idea. When the ESA tried to scale back E3 a few years ago that failed miserably and they had to go back to the well known preferred format. I have a feeling this move could backfire on Nintendo.

But in a more positive note for Nintendo, they finally release a version of Miiverse for use outside of the Wii U console. This version is web browser based and so can (in theory) be accessed from any web-enabled device. Though I did see a story that if you try to access it on your Wii U browser it will take you to the Miiverse app instead, though I personally haven’t tried this yet.

We also found out some news about Soul Hackers, a new Scribblenauts title, and posted a Nintendo Feed interview with Yacht Club Games as well as had a teaser trailer for Shin Megami Tensei IV and screenshots for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

And if you wanted to know what I thought about the Nintendo Direct last week which focused mainly on 3DS, you can check that out as well.

Yesterday evening I spent some time re-playing Link to the Past in preparation for re-doing my speed run type video. It took me just under 3 hours from start to finish. The World Record for the game is just over 1.5 hours, so it took me roughly twice as long to complete it. But I’m sure the record holder probably skipped everything that wasn’t needed and probably didn’t make any mistakes. I think my best ever was around 2 hours, maybe a little over that. I’m sure I can get that again if I skip most of the heart pieces and don’t make any mistakes. I’m going to try it a couple more times before I do a recording though so I can be sure I remember where to go.

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Here’s yesterday’s posts:

  • Editorial – April 17th 3DS Nintendo Direct Thought…
  • Europe – Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul …
  • Rumor – New Scribblenauts Title To Feature DC Comi…
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV – Teaser Trailer
  • Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS3/WIN) – Scre…
  • Yacht Club Games/Shovel Knight Nintendo Feed Inter…
  • Nintendo Changes E3 2013 Plans
  • Nintendo Unveils Official Miiverse Web Site With W…
  • This Day In Gaming History – April 25th
  • Random Game Facts – Zelda Twilight Princess = Wind…
  • Yesterday’s Recap – April 24th, 2013

Editorial – April 17th 3DS Nintendo Direct Thoughts

nintendo direct logo Editorial   April 17th 3DS Nintendo Direct Thoughts

By now most of you have probably seen Nintendo’s latest Nintendo Direct video which covered a bunch of games coming to 3DS and had a small portion of Wii U info as well. After having nearly a week to think it over, here’s my thoughts on the info revealed.

When I watched the Nintendo Direct last week, I was intrigued by some of the 3DS games shown, but came away disappointed that we still do not know what we will be getting this holiday season for Wii U. It’s been a week now since the event was held and I still feel that way. Nintendo has told us new entries in the Mario, Zelda, Mario Kart, Smash Bros., etc. franchises are being worked on, but that’s pretty obvious. I mean as long as Nintendo is in business they will keep making games for those series. We know Wind Waker HD is supposed to release by this holiday season, but given Nintendo’s habit for delays, I personally am skeptical of that. But that’s the only game we really have an idea of that might be released later this year. Yeah Pikmin 3 is supposed to be coming out in August, but that’s not a holiday title (unless it gets delayed again, which wouldn’t shock me). Hopefully we’ll find out more info about the big releases for Q4 2013 either at E3 or perhaps in a Nintendo Direct sometime in the future. Anyways here’s a breakdown of thoughts for each topic discussed in this Nintendo Direct event.

The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past 2 – This looks like it could be cool. I’m all for a new Zelda game as the Zelda series is probably my favorite series on any platform. And the original Link to the Past is one of my favorite games, and my 2nd favorite Zelda game (behind Ocarina of Time). I’m hopeful that it’ll be at least 75% new content and hope they don’t just give us a basic rehash like OoT 3D or Link’s Awakening DX or the like. 10% new content isn’t nearly enough. My only real complaint about this? We still don’t know anything about the next console Zelda (not counting WW HD).

Yoshi’s Island 3 – The first Yoshi’s Island game was pretty fun and this could be as well. The giant egg shown was pretty funny. I never played the 2nd one on DS (Yoshi’s Island DS), so I can’t really comment about that. Hopefully it’s more Yoshi’s Island and less Yoshi’s Story (which was too easy/short).

Mario Party 3DS – If you’ve played one Mario Party you’ve played them all basically. It’ll most likely be more of the same, which if you like it, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I liked pretty much all of the ones I’ve played (mostly the N64 ones). But obviously this is a game you need to play multiplayer to truly enjoy. Hopefully it’ll have online play and not just local Wi-Fi.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Release Date – I think the last M & L game I played was the original one, so I’m a little behind. It wasn’t bad per se, I just have a huge backlog of games to play. Super Mario RPG was awesome back in the day and the Paper Mario games are great as well (still haven’t played the Wii one though). Hopefully this will continue the trend. It’s supposed to be out in August, maybe if Pikmin 3 does get delayed we can play this at least.

Mario Golf: World Tour Details – Apparently the latest entry in the Mario Golf series will have online play which is definitely needed for a game like this. These games are just more fun as a multiplayer experience. The last one I played was the Gamecube one which was fun. Hopefully they include the RPG elements the portable entries have had in this one as that would make the single player experience meatier.

Professor Layton and The Azran Legacies Europe Release – I’ve never played a Layton game so far. I probably will eventually, but I just haven’t gotten into it. Plus I live in the U.S. not Europe, so this doesn’t mean a lot to me.

Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Details – The original Donkey Kong Country was an awesome game, the second one was pretty good as well. I haven’t played the Wii version of this, so maybe I’ll get the 3DS one. Either one of them will do, it’s on my to-buy list. New Mode sounds like a Super Guide-esque feature. Fortunately you’ll be able to play in Original Mode as well.

Guild02 Titles Announced For Western Release – I’ll be honest, I know next to nothing about these games. Though the concept of Bugs vs Tanks cracked me up when I saw that. Just seems so ridiculous. Might be worth checking out a demo or something if one is available.

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Western Release Announced – This was very welcome news for me personally as I have been following this game for a while and it looks awesome. Reminds me a lot of the SNES Final Fantasy titles which is a good thing as those were the best in the series in my opinion. Of course it’s a Square Enix title, so that isn’t too surprising. It’s on my to-buy list for sure.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Release Date – I’ve never played a Shin Megami Tensei game as the vast majority of them haven’t been released outside of Japan to my knowledge. I don’t speak Japanese, so an RPG would be a bad choice if you can’t read the language. That being said, it’s an Atlus game and an Atlus RPG at that and they tend to make some awesome RPGs, so it might be worth a look.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DS XL Bundle Western Release – I haven’t played an Animal Crossing game since the original on Gamecube. It was okay, but it wasn’t as great to me as it is to other people. I just didn’t think it was all that fun. I like a lot of simulation games, the SimCity series is a favorite of mine, but AC never did it for me. So I’ll be passing on this, but for fans of the series, I’m sure this will be a welcome deal for them.

Luigi 3DS XL/LL Announced For Japan – Yay? I don’t live in Japan nor do I have any plans to import a Japanese 3DS especially since the system is region locked. I’m not a collector of special edition hardware either, so this type of thing doesn’t really appeal to me. Plus the look of it looks pretty lame IMO.

Earthbound Virtual Console Release – I haven’t really played much of Earthbound, though I know there are a lot of fans out there. Personally I don’t think the Virtual Console release is a big deal because it’s a re-release. Now if they announced Mother 3 or Mother 1 being released here, that’d be different. Re-releases rarely get me excited. That being said I do want to go and play Earthbound eventually, as I’ve never really played it much.

Wii U System Update – It’s about time. The load times on Wii U are ridiculous and how they managed to release the system with that problem I have no idea. It should’ve been delayed if they couldn’t get it fixed in time.

Wii U Virtual Console – Yay? Again, re-releases don’t really appeal to me. The exception being for games I’ve never played or titles never released here. I still think Virtual Console titles are overpriced in general. They should be $1-5 at max. And the whole thing where if you bought it on the Wii Virtual Console you can have it on Wii U only if you buy it again…that’s just stupid. It should be a free download if you bought it already.

Pikmin 3 Release Date – Given how many times Nintendo has delayed this game (it was originally supposed to be launch title!), I will be shocked if it actually makes the August date. I’m betting this will be delayed to this holiday season. Nintendo must really not want people to get into the series with the constant delays for this. The second game came out 9 years ago. Granted the series isn’t as popular as Zelda or Mario or what not, but it still has a loyal fan base, myself included. I’ll be buying this when/if it ever comes out.

New Super Luigi U Details – A neat idea, but unless there’s some reward other than personal satisfaction for playing through again, what’s the point? I still haven’t finished the main game yet, but even if I had, I still would have limited interest at best in this. I don’t know what kind of reward they could offer, but something would be better than nothing. Maybe this will be interesting I don’t know. We shall see. Hopefully they’ll offer a demo.

Game & Wario Release Date – I only ever played one Wario Ware game and it wasn’t bad, just something that is only fun with multiplayer. Doesn’t really interest me because of that as these days most of my gaming is single player.

Final Thoughts – Not a bad showing in retrospect, but Wii U owners like myself are craving news about Q4 releases. I don’t have a problem with it if they are not 100% sure which games will make it this year, but they need to get their act together and decide and announce it sometime soon. It’s almost May. I want to know what Wii U games there are to look forward to later this year. There’s hardly anything worth buying on the system as is and that means it collects a lot of dust until there’s more out there. Granted the system has only been out 6 months or so, but still. Well E3 is just a couple months away so hopefully we’ll know more by then. This time of year is a slow time in the industry in general, so it’s not too surprising regarding the lack of news.

Source: GameSaga Original

Europe – Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers Coming This Fall

NIS America is bringing the 3DS title Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers to Europe this coming fall. The game was originally released for Sega Saturn back in 1997. It also was ported to PlayStation in 1999 with a few enhancements. But neither of these were released outside of Japan. Here’s the full press release:

shin megami tensei devil summoner soul hackers pal press release Europe   Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers Coming This Fall

Source: AllGamesBeta

Rumor – New Scribblenauts Title To Feature DC Comics Characters

scribblenauts dc promo Rumor   New Scribblenauts Title To Feature DC Comics Characters

According to IGN, the latest entry in 5th Cell’s and WB Games’ Scribblenauts series will feature DC Comics   characters. The game used to be called Scribblenauts Unmasked. IGN’s sources say the game is undergoing a lot of changes from their original plan. And even the title of the game could change. Batman, Robin, Joker, Batgirl, Clayface, Aquaman and more were characters featured in the game when it was Scribblenauts Unmasked. It’s unknown if they will still be in the game anymore given the changes it’s undergoing.

For more info, check out the IGN article linked below.

Source: IGN & AllGamesBeta

Shin Megami Tensei IV – Teaser Trailer

Direct Link

Source: AtlusUSA YouTube Channel

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (PS3/WIN) – Screenshots

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For more Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn screenshots, check out AllGamesBeta.

Source: AllGamesBeta