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“Bravely Default” Launches (3DS)

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

VANCOUVER, B.C., Feb. 6, 2014 – Launching exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS system on February 7, Bravely Default brings a unique twist to the role-playing genre. With a compelling new risk-and-reward combat system, creative uses of StreetPass functionality and beautiful graphics, this ambitious game brings new innovations in quality and design to the world of RPGs.

“Bravely Default offers a deep, strategic adventure on Nintendo 3DS that everyone will be talking about,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “With the addition of this unique RPG, the Nintendo 3DS library continues to prove itself as one of the most robust and varied of any video game platform.”

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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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“Ralph Baer’s Brown Box” Console Comes to Canada

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

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August 27, 2013, Brantford, ON. – It is generally accepted that Ralph H. Baer is the “Father of Video Games” and that his hand-built prototype from 1967 paved the way for the modern video game. Dubbed “The Brown Box”, the console from 46 years ago still contains primary features found on modern consoles including programmable games and multiplayer. Now, for the first time in Canada, the hand-built prototype will make a single-day stop at Brantford, Ontario’s “Personal Computer Museum” which, fittingly, is also home to Canada’s top video game collector* with the largest known collection of video games in the country.

On Saturday, September 21st from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM the museum will be open. Admission is free, and the museum is part of the larger initiative “Doors Open Brant” that day. For those interested in actually playing the Brown Box, separate tickets are available for a cost of $5 each for 5 minutes of play. All proceeds go to the museum. Players will be able to get their picture taken with the machine as well.

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Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon / 3DS Bundle

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Nintendo’s making a strong case for a 3DS purchase for those that have’t already jumped on board with this limited time offer:

On Friday, June 14 a special Nintendo 3DS bundle will be available at participating Walmart stores across Canada. This bundle will include a Cosmo Black Nintendo 3DS portable gaming system and a packaged version of the Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon game at a suggested retail price of $179.99 ($30 savings off the suggested retail price if purchased separately). This promotional price will be effective June 14-20 (June 14-18 in Quebec) after which the price will change to a suggested retail price of $189.99 ($20 savings off the suggested retail price if purchased separately). This bundle is an exclusive to Canada, available only at Walmart, in-store and online (while supplies last). (more…)

“Batman: Arkham Origins” Announced

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

In case you missed it, Warner Bros. and WB Montreal have announced “Batman: Arkham Origins” set for release October 25, 2013 on PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3, along with a companion 2.5D game, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (3DS, Vita). The other item of interest for fans of Batman’s Arkham games is that development of his upcoming adventure is being handled by WB Montreal, not Rocksteady. (more…)

“Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate” (3DS) Launch Date

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Konami has announced that the North American launch for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate on 3DS has been set for March 5, 2013.

Just in case you didn’t know, here’s a quick rundown of Mirror of Fate’s story which acts as a precursor to the upcoming Xbox 360, PC, PS3 release of Lords of Shadow 2:

“Developed by Mercury Steam, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate takes place 25 years after the events of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and is a precursor to the highly anticipated and recently announced Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360  video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Windows PC. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate reveals the story of Gabriel Belmont’s descendants, Simon and Trevor Belmont, as they battle their own destiny only to discover their true, shocking fate.”

Canadian “Wii U Tour” Dates

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Do you live in a major population centre in Canada?

Then breakout the dogsled team and warm woolies because the Nintendo is touring the Wii U across the country in advance (and slightly after) the console’s November 18 launch.

Check the listings below for dates and locations from the official press release:

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Wii U Gets Release Date, Pricing; 40 Titles During “Launch Window”

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Today, at an event in New York, Nintendo announced the release date and pricing for its soon-to-be-released Wii U console.

On November 18, 2012 two models of Wii U will be available. The Basic Set is white and retails for $299.99 and the black Deluxe Set is $349.99.

Besides the 40 “launch window” titles — defined as the period between launch date and March 31, 2013 — Nintendo also announced details of TVii.

Full release follows:

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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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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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“Spy Hunter” Returns Fall 2012 (3DS, Vita)

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Coming to Playstation Vita and Nintendo 3DS, the classic Spy Hunter franchise — celebrating 30 years! — is a good fit for portable platforms and should be ready for Fall 2012:

On the eve of the franchise’s 30th anniversary since the original Spy Hunter was released to arcades in 1983, the new Spy Hunter races forward on its most thrilling and dangerous ride yet. The player once again takes on the role of the “Agent,” the driver of the high-tech G-6155 Interceptor supercar, armed extensively with advanced weaponry, and ready to take on a global terrorist organization set on world domination. (more…)

The Armchair Empire’s YouTube Channel

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Apparently for the last number of years there’s been this thing called YouTube. Well, The Armchair Empire is finally making some use of it with it’s own YouTube channel, which can be found right here: The Armchair Empire’s YouTube Channel.

Along with gameplay clips (with commentary) you never know what may appear! Check this look at “Insane 2.”

An Armchair Empire Giveaway “What’s in the box?” – Find out!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Every day in September, The Armchair Empire will be filling up a big box with miscellaneous gaming (and non-gaming) goodies. One of a kind items, games, and chunks of effluvia that you will want to win!

First item into the box is this:

It’s not really a can of soup! It contains an LA Noire t-shirt. Click here for official details and a breakdown of what’s going in the box!

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.

Nintendo President Iwata Apologizes for 3DS Price Drop

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Reported on Giant Bomb and spread by the likes of Gamesindustry.biz — where I read the story — Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has written an apology letter to early adopters of the 3DS for the incoming price drop for the system. From $249.99 to $169.99 (starting mid-August) is definitely a big drop but matches up well with the “disappointing sales of the system and the drastic reduction in Nintendo’s annual earnings forecast.” (Nintendo wants to sell more so they’re dropping the price.)

For Iwata’s part this is not an empty apology. In a conciliatory action, he also announced that’s he’s taking a 50% cut in pay and that “directors and executives also reduced their salaries by 20 to 30 percent.”

“Those customers who purchased the 3DS at the very beginning are extremely important to us,” [Iwata writes]. “We know that there is nothing we can do to completely make up for the feeling that you are being punished for buying the system early.”

Nintendo has introduced the “Ambassador Program”, which gives 3DS owners 20 free downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop.

Good on Iwata for stepping up and taking it on the chin with action!