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Wii U Price Cut; 2DS Announcement

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

zelda-wind-waker-wii-u-bundleVANCOUVER, B.C., Aug. 28, 2013 – Nintendo outlined a campaign that will offer consumers unprecedented levels of value and variety this holiday season. That proposition
includes:

  • A $50 price drop for the Wii U Deluxe Set to a new suggested retail price of just $299.99, effective on Sept. 20.
  • A limited-edition Wii U bundle featuring The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD launching on Sept. 20.
  • The introduction of Nintendo 2DS, an entry-level dedicated portable gaming system that plays all Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DS games in 2D. Nintendo 2DS launches Oct. 12, the same day as Pokémon X and Pokémon Y, at a suggested retail price of $129.99.
  • Dates for an outstanding lineup of Q4 video games for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. (Games and dates below.)

The announcements demonstrate Nintendo’s aggressive approach to providing new games and experiences available only on Nintendo platforms for all types of people this holiday season. Nintendo announced these items at the GameStop Managers Show in Las Vegas.

“Nintendo has one of the strongest and most diverse video game lineups in our history,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and COO. “Today we’re making those unique Nintendo experiences more accessible and affordable. However you play and whatever you play, Nintendo has you covered.”
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“Cradle of Rome 2″ Now Available (DS, 3DS)

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

A match-three game that encourages empire-building? Rising Star Games has something for you:

TORRANCE, Calif. — June 26, 2012 — Rising Star Games, Inc. today announced that its fan-favorite puzzle game, Cradle of Rome 2, is now available at North American retailers for the Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ systems. The sequel to one of the best-selling match-3 games by Jewel Master, Cradle of Rome 2 brings improved features, graphics and high-quality sound to the incredibly successful series.

Cradle of Rome 2 challenges players to race against time by swapping tiles in an intense match-3 game. As players progress, they must earn enough gold and materials to return Rome to its former glory and ascend to the position of Caesar. Providing simple, yet addictive, gameplay on both the 3DS and DS platforms, Cradle of Rome 2 lets players use their earnings to build houses and magnificent palaces as they develop their small settlements into flourishing empires.
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“The Amazing Spider-Man” Lands at Retail

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

To coincide with the upcoming release of the film of the same name, Activision has announced that The Amazing Spider-Man is now available at retail.

Rated “T” (for Teen) and available for all major platforms, including Nintendo handhelds, The Amazing Spider-Man was developed by Beenox, makers of the previous Spider-Man release, Edge of Time, but brings Spider-Man back to an open-world Manhattan. (more…)

Square-Enix Announces E3 Line-Up

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

In advance of E3, Square-Enix announced a slew of titles that will be on display at the upcoming show including Sleeping Dogs, Hitman Absolution, and Quantum Conundrum, and truckload of iOS and portable titles. More details below:

HD Consoles and PC Lineup

Quantum Conundrum
Platform: Windows PC, PlayStation®Network for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft
Developer: Airtight Games
ESRB: E (Everyone)
Available: June 21 for Windows PC, Summer for PlayStation 3 system and Xbox 360
From the mind of PORTAL™ co-creator Kim Swift, Quantum Conundrum features engaging puzzle gameplay with the introduction of the Inter-Dimensional Shift Device (IDS), an invention that gives players the ability to shift to and from various dimensions, manipulating the world around them in order to solve puzzles of ever-increasing difficulty.
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Nintendo Announcements via Tokyo Games Show

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

In a move I thought should have been available out of the box, Nintendo has announced that an update is coming that will allow users to make 3D video clips. Besides that announcement, Nintendo also let loose:

  • Metal Mario and Lakitu will be playable in Mario Kart 7, which will also feature a 1st Person mode that will use the gyro functions of the 3DS.
  • Super Mario 3D Land (3DS) will hit retail on November 13.
  • Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii) arrives November 20.
  • The Legend of Zelda Four Swords Anniversary Edition will be available to download between Sept. 28, 2011, and Feb. 20, 2012. Price: FREE. It will also include a single-player outside the multiplayer focus.
  • Luigi’s Mansion (3DS) and Paper Mario (3DS) will see the light of day in 2012.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising has been pushed back in 2012 because the team ” has determined that more time is needed to complete the game “

Expect more information to come out of Tokyo Game Show over the next few days.

Wii Price Drops to $149.99

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

In case you missed it yesterday, Nintendo has announced that the company is “dropping the suggested retail price of its Wii system to $149.99“ beginning May 15, 2011. Not only that, Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort have been swapped out for Mario Kart Wii and a Wii Wheel accessory.

To coincide with this price drop, Nintendo will also be launching “Nintendo Selects.” Four games are included in this initial group: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing: City Folk, Mario Super Sluggers and Wii Sports. And the price: $19.99US.

My own $0.02 on “Nintendo Selects” is that it’s missing Mario Strikers Charged.

Nintendo 3DS Launch Line-Up (in 3D)

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Today Nintendo announced the full list of titles that will launch with the 3DS on March 27, 2011 (each with a SRP of $39.95):

  • Pilot Wings Resort (Nintendo)
  • Steel Diver (Nintendo)
  • nintendogs + cats (Nintendo)
  • Super Street Fighter IV 3D (Capcom)
  • The Sims (EA)
  • Madden NFL Football (EA)
  • LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (LucasArts)
  • Ridge Racer 3D (Namco Bandai)
  • Super Monkey Ball 3D (Sega)
  • Bust-a-Move Universe (Square-Enix)
  • Samurai Warriors: Chronicles (Tecmo Koei)
  • Asphalt 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Combat of Giants: Dinosaurs (Ubisoft)
  • Rayman 3D (Ubisoft)
  • Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Shadow Wars (Ubisoft)

In the same release, Nintendo restates that they have a whole slate of titles “in the works” for the rest of 2011, including Star Fox 64 3D, Kid Icarus: Uprising, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Nintendo Releases 3DS Information Flood

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Combing through Nintendo’s recent press release regarding the 3DS for pertinent information is tough. I just want to copy and paste the whole thing right here because the information is pretty dense.

Some of the information we already knew (or at the very least, suspected) like the glasses free 3D (with slider) for the upper screen, the telescoping stylus, the 3D camera, a Circle Pad to complement the regular buttons of the DS, built-in motion sensor, a 2GB SD memory card with every unit (expandable to the whims of the gamer), a North American launch date of March 27, 2011 for $249.99US.

Then there are features like StreetPass where 3Ds units pass off information like high scores and  game maps to each other as they pass close by and ShotPass, which should make it easier to connect to wifi hotspots. (more…)

Captain America: Super Soldier Announced

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

With an original story penned by Christos Gage, Sega announced Captain America: Super Soldier (coming to pretty much every platform imaginable), which will exist “within the same world as the upcoming movie of the same name” but “infused… with immersive twists designed to enhance gameplay with all-new cinematic action sequences.”

Here are few more details cribbed right from the press release:

Players will become Captain America as he faces the Red Skull and his army in an epic third- person action adventure set in the darkest days of World War II. Wielding Captain America’s legendary shield, gamers will engage in free-flowing combat and acrobatic platforming to infiltrate Hydra’s mysterious castle and battle the infamous Iron Cross, the forces of Hydra, and a host of nefarious enemies serving the Red Skull. As the First Avenger himself, players must defeat the evil scientist Arnim Zola and his wartime experiments, combining powerful melee combos and shield attacks to devastating effect. (more…)

Professor Layton and the Unwound Future (DS) Arrives

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Everyone’s faorite top-hat puzzler is back for a second time in Professor Layton and the Unwound Future. This third game in the series, there’s a decided focus on Time.

“In Professor Layton and the Unwound Future, Professor Layton’s apprentice, Luke, gets a letter from himself – from 10 years in the future. Future Luke explains how London has fallen into disarray, and requests the aid of Professor Layton to set things right. By solving more than 165 puzzles, riddles and brain teasers, players must help the pair solve the mystery. Professor Layton and the Unwound Future includes more voice acting and more animated sequences than any game in the series.”

Professor Layton is a great series for a number of reasons, but personally it’s because they’re the only video games that my wife will play from beginning to end before I even get my hands on them.

Nintendo DSi (and DSi XL) Price Drop

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Earlier today Nintendo announced that as of September 12, 2010, the price of the Nintendo DSi and DSi XL the price will be $149.99 and $169.99, respectively.  It’s a $20 drop in price for each of them. This makes me think that Nintendo’s next handheld the 3DS just might closer to launch than people have speculated. Plus, it makes me think that the Wii should also be up for a price drop.

“We know shoppers want to get the maximum value out of every dollar they spend,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “Our new Nintendo DSi prices make it easier than ever for consumers to access the tremendous variety of games, applications and social tools on the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems.”

Dragon Quest IX (DS) Tag Mode Events

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

On on Saturday, July 31, from 2pm – 4pm, select EB/GameStop locations in Canada will be hosting a Dragon Quest IX Tag Mode event where, besides trading maps with other Dragon Quest IX gamers, “players will also be able to download an exclusive map, and have the chance to win a Midnight Blue Nintendo DSi XL.”

Because of Canada’s population density, events like this make a lot of sense because it’ll allow players to really make use of the Tag Mode. In Japan, Tag Mode is a lot easier to make use of.

Here’s a partial list of EB/GameStop locations where the event is happening, but visit www.gamestop.ca/dragonquest for the complete list:

4700 Kingsway, Unit 1159 – Burnaby, BC
6551 No. 3 Road, Unite 1512 – Richmond, BC
3147 Douglas Street, Unit 653– Victoria, BC
650 West 41st Ave., Cru #403 – Vancouver, BC
2929 Barnet Hwy., Space 2432 – Port Coquitlam, BC
2965 Guildford Town Centre, Unit 2264 – Surrey, BC
110-333 Brooksbank Ave – North Vancouver, BC

“Silicon Sisters Interactive” Forms in Vancouver, BC

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Though the new Silicon Sisters Interactive “plans to capture and grow” the female the gamer market, Brenda Bailey Gershkovitch, Silicon Sisters’ CEO, isn’t interested in “pinkifying” games.

Frankly, that’s the opposite of my initial response to reading about the new Vancouver, BC based studio Silicon Sisters Interactive with an “all-female design staff” (well, “predominantly female”). And that’s a crummy response on my part but it shows exactly what mainstream game development has ingrained on my gamer psyche. A girl’s game is pink and probably about shopping or decorating.

Gershkovitch continues. “Girls and women game differently than boys and men. Silicon Sisters has studied these differences so we can make games that truly appeal to and resonate with the female audience.” (more…)

“Transformers: War for Cybertron” Ships (360, PC, PS3)

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

[insert transforming sound effect here]

Activision and Hasbro announced today that Transformers: War for Cybertron has hit retail for PC, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360.

“Transformers: War for Cybertron has absolutely been a passion project from day one, a true reimagining of the franchise that transports gamers straight to the core of the TRANSFORMERS universe,” said David Pokress, Head of Marketing for Licensed Properties, Activision Publishing, Inc.  “Players will experience full online co-op along with several deep multiplayer modes while they can create their very own TRANSFORMERS character and compete head-to-head with their friends.”

I’m in the camp that this isn’t so much a “reimagining” as it is a call-back to the Generation 1 animated series that dominated my mid-80s childhood.  Transformers: War for Cybertron has been rated “T” (Teen) by the ESRB.

More from the press release: (more…)

E3 2010: Short Notes for Jun.16/10

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

And here’s a quick bulletpoint summary of E3 for June 16, 2010:

  • Rage (from id Software and Bethesda) may be the best looking game I’ve seen this week.
  • Fallout: New Vegas – Did you like Fallout 3? Then you’ll feel right at home here, though with some slight modifications.
  • Nintendo 3DS is a true successor to the DS.
  • Nintendogs + cats looks to make use of all the new functionality of the 3DS, including the inside camera.
  • Pikmin for Wii is still a ways off.
  • Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood has some mechanics that feel like they were taken from the Rainbow Six series. (i.e. marking targets and calling in help)
  • The hard drive on the new Xbox 360 slim will still be removable though there’s no comment on how big the drives might get.
  • “Kinect” will launch in North America on Nov.14/10. No explanation of the setup procees, but Microsoft insists it will be easy.
  • Microsoft also assured me that the controller isn’t going anywhere.
  • “Douchebags” rebranded as “polarizing fanboys.”
  •  GoldenEye 007 is a re-working on the original N64 title; supports just about every controller input you can think of; and features 4-player split screen multiplayer, with up to 8 players online.
  • I’m much more interested in Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions after getting a demo. Rather than a sprawling open world adventure, it’s a much more directed experience kind of along the lines of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Plus, the art style is great.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops – Looks great, many explosions and a fully-controllable helicopter. Makes me think Treyarch will finally be able to step out of Infinity Ward’s shadow.
  • I played StarFox 64 3D for a bit. The 3D really does help pick-off targets and the new controler nub is a really good fit.
  • The Metal Gear Solid 3D demo on 3DS was impressive. (It was just an extended cutscene of sorts where you could swing the camera around. Konami’s obviously spending some time experimenting with what the unit can do.

That’s it for Day 2. Today (the last day of the show) I’m headed over to Take 2 and Sony.