Archive for May 15th, 2013

Europe – Pokémon X & Y (3DS) – Box Art

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Source: GamesPress (1 & 2) & Premier Comms

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This Day In Gaming History – May 15th

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1995

  • Day 5 of the 1st annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event is held in Los Angeles, CA.

1996

  • The Nintendo 64 (N64) console is previewed by Nintendo in Los Angeles, California along with a demo of Super Mario 64.
  • The Pippin @World (PIPW) personal computer/video game console hybrid system is announced by Bandai Digital Entertainment in Los Angeles, CA. Accessories include a keyboard and a CD-ROM drive. The Pippin was billed as a computer that could be hooked up to a television and connect to the Internet. Bandai expected to start shipments in September. The MRSP for the Pippin was $599. The device was a complete failure and thus far has been both companies last foray into the video game home console market.

1999

  • Day 3, the final day of the 5th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event is held.

2000

  • The Brain Boy Memory Cartridge is released by Pelican Accessories for the Game Boy Color (GBC) and Game Boy Pocket (GBP). It came with a built-in editor for use with Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, and Pokémon Yellow.

2002

  • The retail price for Microsoft’s Xbox (XB) console is reduced down to $199 in the U.S, $299 in Canada, and 24,800 yen in Japan (~$242.12).

2003

  • Enter the Matrix is released by Shiny Entertainment & Atari, Inc. for the GameCube (GCN), PlayStation 2 (PS2), Microsoft Windows (PC), & Xbox (XB) in Europe.
  • The remodel of the PlayStation 2 (PS2) console that Sony Computer Entertainment announced in April begins shipping in Japan. It features progressive scan DVD playback, DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs support, a built-in infrared receiver, a quieter fan, and the IEEE 1394 FireWire port was removed.
  • Day 2 of the 9th annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) event is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

2005

  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons TV show in the U.S. During this episode, a teacher says “…since the middle ages had no compact discs or Super Mario men…” Also in this episode a character is seen playing a Game Boy in private school. The teacher reacts by smashing it on the desk.
  • Fox airs an episode of The Simpsons TV show in the U.S. In this episode there is a scene at a movie theater where a character says “Instead of video games, they have weird free newspapers.”

2006

  • NBC airs an episode The Apprentice TV show in the U.S. During this episode, two teams of job interview contestants are tasked to create displays of the Xbox 360 (360) for use in a department store.
  • New Super Mario Bros. is released by Nintendo EAD Group No. 4 & Nintendo for the Nintendo DS (NDS). It is the first side-scrolling/2D Mario game since 1992′s Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. It is also the first new entry in the series with “Super Mario Bros.” in the title since 1990′s Super Mario Bros. 3.

2007

  • MLB 07: The Show is released by SCE San Diego Studio and Sony Computer Entertainment America for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) in the U.S.
  • Resident Evil 4 is released by Capcom Production Studio 4, Capcom, Sourcenext, & Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows (PC) in North America.
  • Etrian Odyssey is released by Atlus & Lancarse for the Nintendo DS (NDS) in North America.

2008

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is released by Traveller’s Tales, Disney Interactive Studios, & Noviy Disk for the Xbox 360 (360), PlayStation 2 (PS2), PlayStation 3 (PS3), Wii, Nintendo DS (NDS), & Microsoft Windows (PC) in North America.
  • Luminous Arc 2 is released by imageepoch & Marvelous Entertainment Inc. for the Nintendo DS (NDS) in Japan.

2009

  • Battlestations: Pacific is released by Eidos Hungary (360/PC) & Robosoft Technologies (MAC) for the Xbox 360 (360), Microsoft Windows (PC), & Mac OS X (MAC) in PAL territories.

2012

  • Battleship is released by Double Helix Games (360/PS3), Magic Pockets (3DS/DS/Wii), & Activision for the PlayStation 3 (PS3), Xbox 360 (360), Wii, Nintendo DS (NDS), & Nintendo 3DS (3DS) in North America.
  • Diablo III is released by Blizzard Entertainment for Microsoft Windows (PC) & Mac OS X (MAC).
  • Game of Thrones is released by Cyanide & Atlus for Microsoft Windows (PC), PlayStation 3 (PS3), & Xbox 360 (360) in North America.
  • Max Payne 3 is released by Rockstar Vancouver & Rockstar Games for the PlayStation 3 (PS3) & Xbox 360 (360) in North America.
  • PixelJunk 4am is released by Q-Games, Sony Computer Entertainment America, & Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for PlayStation 3 (PS3).
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II is released by Dimps, Sonic Team, & Sega for PlayStation Network (PSN) in North America & for Steam (STM).

2013

  • Terraria is scheduled to be released by Re-Logic & 505 Games for PlayStation Network (PSN) in Europe & Australia.

Source: Chronology of Video Games & Wikipedia

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Random Game Facts – Minecraft Creepers = Minecraft Pigs?

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Hmm, well that’s interesting. Kinda like the clouds and bushes in Super Mario Bros. Those were the same model with a different color due to space limitations. Also reminds me of the show Mythbusters when they use dead pigs as analogs in experiments they do sometimes. Usually the dead pig winds up blown up as Mythbusters does a lot of a blowing up of stuff.

I wonder if anything else in Minecraft is like this?

Source: DidYouKnow Gaming

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Yesterday’s Recap – May 14th, 2013

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Sorry for the lack of updates today, another busy day at my day job. On the site yesterday there was Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies concept art, various assets from Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, our Top Storitorial about the news of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies’ Western release, English names for some of the new Pokémon X & Y as well as the region, a few details about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, a rumor about a new type in Pokémon X & Y with other details as well, a Shadow of the Eternals update, news that a Wii U demo was available for Resident Evil: Revelations along with a a Miiverse community, and more.

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Here’s yesterday’s posts:

  • Square Enix – Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Details
  • Resident Evil: Revelations (Wii U) – Miiverse Comm…
  • North America – Wii Street U Update Now Available
  • Miiverse Art Roundup – May 13th, 2013
  • Siliconera Interview – Puzzle & Dragons Coming to …
  • Sales Charts – Wii U & 3DS – Software & Videos
  • Shadow of the Eternals (PC/Wii U) – Crowdfunding U…
  • Super Metroid (SNES) – Virtual Console Trailer Now…
  • Rumor – Pokémon X & Y (3DS) – New Type & Game Deta…
  • Pokémon X & Y (3DS) – New Gameplay Trailer
  • Thief (PC/PS4) – Logo, Box Art, & Concept Art
  • Worms Collection (360) – Retail Box Art & Press Re…
  • Etrian Odyssey: Millennium Girl (3DS) – Simon Trai…
  • Fuse – Insomniac Says Wii U Version Still Possible…
  • Resident Evil: Revelations (Wii U) – Demo Now Avai…
  • Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII – Details & …
  • Pokémon X & Y (3DS) – English Names For New Pokémo…
  • Pokémon X & Y (3DS) – Screenshots
  • Pokémon X & Y (3DS) – Artwork
  • This Day In Gaming History – May 14th
  • Morning LOL – Gaming Fail
  • Yesterday’s Recap – May 13th, 2013
  • Top Storitoral – Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Du…
  • Australia – Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge Heads To …
  • Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (Multi-Platform) -…
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies (3DS…

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Top Storitorial – Looking At The Nvidia Shield

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Well it looks like we officially have another entry in the Android “console” race. This one comes from Nvidia (of GeForce graphics cards fame) and it’s called the Nvidia Shield. We highlighted some of the important details from The Verge preview here on the site, so check out that article if you’re interested about specifics.

So far, it sounds pretty cool, though I’m personally skeptical of the PC game streaming ability. Having used PC streaming services like Splashtop before on my smartphone and tablet, it was very laggy and hard to control and virtually unplayable. Granted the Shield is being built as a dedicated gaming device first and as an Android “mini-tablet” second, but still. Even in The Verge’s article they mention that Nvidia is considering the streaming function to be only beta quality. That tells me that it doesn’t work very well.

As for the rest? Well Google has made significant strides with their Android OS and its slate of apps & games in recent years. Apple had a huge head start with both of those, but Android is on pace to hit 1 million apps/games before iOS does. So there’s definitely a large selection of games to play for a device like the Nvidia Shield. But are they any good? Well I guess that depends on what you think of mobile gaming in general. I think on smartphones it’s too difficult for me as most games use touch-based controls and that means your fingers/hand are covering part of or sometimes most of the viewing area. This makes it difficult to see what’s going on. This is why controllers are awesome. I have a Xbox 360 PC adapter and can pair it with my Android tablet and it works pretty well. I think the Shield could be successful for people who don’t already have a tablet and a wireless controller to pair with it. But even for those of us who do, the Shield can still be of value. Why? Because the controller is the device. On top of that, it appears like it will be a little bit smaller than a 7″ tablet, but that’s just speculation on my part.

My main problem with the device other than the streaming feature is the price. $350 is a bit steep for what is essentially a handheld video game system. I mean if you thought the 3DS was overpriced at $249 (like me), then this is just ridiculous. Mobile device prices are way too expensive in general in my opinion (if you buy them without a contract), but that’s a rant for another day. $200-250 would’ve been a much more reasonable price point for the Nvidia Shield. Now if it had cellular capabilities? Maybe that might be worth more money, but I don’t think it’d be worth $100 more. Especially since you’d likely have to have a contract to use the signal. Granted there’s tons of games available for Android and more added every day, but I still don’t think this worth more than $200-250. Might be cool to pick up later on down the road once the price comes down though or perhaps a used one through eBay or Amazon or the like.

What do you guys think of the Nvidia Shield? Do you want to get one? Why or why not?

Source: GameSaga Original, The Verge, & Digital Trends

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Nvidia Shield (AND) – Price & Pre-Order Date Announced

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The Verge has put together a preview for Nvidia’s Shield Android-based Handheld System/Controller combo. Here’s some highlights:

  • Price: $349
  • Pre-Orders Begin: May 20th (next Monday)
  • Expected to ship by end of June
  • 5 inch clamshell screen
  • Can stream PC games from nearby machines
  • Controller resembles Xbox 360 style controller (as seen in the image above)
  • Runs stock Android 4.2.1
  • Tegra 4 processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 720p display
  • Mini-HDMI out
  • Has interchangeable faceplates
  • Additional faceplates can be purchased for $20
  • A hard case will be sold for $40
  • 16 GB storage space
  • 28.8 Wh battery
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs
  • No cameras (front-facing or otherwise)
  • Currently no cellular signal, Wi-Fi only
  • Display is landscape only currently, no portrait mode
For more info check out The Verge’s preview at the link below.

Source: The Verge & Nvidia Shield Official Site

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Animal Crossing: New Leaf (3DS) – Concept Art

Here’s some concept art for characters from Nintendo’s newst entry in the Animal Crossing series, Animal Crossing: New Leaf. They have also posted profiles on the 3DS Facebook page which is linked below, so check those out over there. Animal Crossing: New Leaf is scheduled for release on June 9th, 14th, and 15th in North America, Europe, and Australia respectively.

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Source: 3DS Facebook Page & GoNintendo

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Books – The Anatomy of Zelda – Volume 1 Now Available

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Jeremy Parish (formerly of 1UP.com) has released his latest entry in his “The Anatomy Of”/”GameSpite Journal” series. This time it’s The Legend of Zelda: The Anatomy of: The Book. This is Volume 1 of the book and it’s available in paperback, hardcover, or as a digital PDF. If you’re interested in picking up a copy of the book, be sure to head over to Telebunny at the link below. I always liked Parish’s work on 1UP and I’m thinking about grabbing a copy of the book myself as I’m a big Zelda fan as well.

Source: Telebunny (GameSpite) & GoNintendo

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Square Enix – Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Details

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  • Net loss of ¥13.7 billion for FY 2013 (~$134,068,200)
  • Blames loss on weak sales of “big console titles,” Sleeping Dogs, Hitman: Absolution, & Tomb Raider
  • Plans to focus more on smartphones & tablets
  • Forecasted net income for FY 2014 is ¥3.5 billion – ¥6 billion (~$34,273,400 – $58,754,400) – which is forecasting a profit
For a lot more info, check out the links below.

Source: Square Enix (1, 2, & 3), Joystiq, & GoNintendo

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Resident Evil: Revelations (Wii U) – Miiverse Community Added

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According to GoNintendo reader Alan, in addition to the demo hitting Wii U in North America, there is now a Miiverse community open for Resident Evil: Revelations as well. So you can talk about the demo, the game, or anything else on there. And don’t forget Resident Evil: Revelations is scheduled to release next Tuesday (in North America), the same days as the Xbox Reveal Event.

Source: GoNintendo

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