Xbox 360 Blue Bundle + CoD Ghosts, Black Ops II coming to Walmart next month
Rumor: Super Smash Bros. 4 full roster leaked
MX vs ATV: Supercross release date off roads to October 28
Next 33 1/3 book will focus on Super Mario Bros. soundtrack
Nintendo shows off new 3DS XL models based on an NES controller, Smash Bros, Persona Q
Debut trailer of Resident Evil Revelations 2 promises episodic release… and zombies
Super Smash Bros. For Wii U includes 3DS controller option, may be released in November
Weekly Warp-Up: Bundle Up Edition
New Releases: Theatrhythm Final Fantasy 2, Cooking Mama 5, Fairy Fencer F, More
Mega Man 7 is now available on the Wii U eShop
Resident Evil Revelations 2 was announced less than two weeks ago, but Capcom has already penciled it in for an early 2015 release. How does the publisher plan to pull that off? By releasing the game episodically over the course of a month.
The game will be split into four episodes (priced at $5.99 each) that will released on a weekly basis. However, fans who purchase the “Complete Season” bundle (priced at $24.99) will receive bonus game content not included in the weekly episodes. And for those who are content to wait, a retail disc version (priced at $39.99) will include even more bonus game content. So the only way to get the complete story out of this episodic game to wait for the disc-based compilation.
But what kind of game can players expect? Well, a post on the Capcom-Unity blog has revealed that Claire Redfield will team up with Moira Burton to explore a seemingly abandoned facility after both are kidnapped:
It’s been quite a few years since we’ve seen Claire Redfield in her own adventure, but early next year she she’ll face all-new dangers and dread in Resident Evil Revelations 2. As some fans may already know, since the Code: Veronica days she’s joined the anti-bioterror organization Terra Save, helping people around the world deal with ongoing bio threats. Revelations 2 begins with Claire welcoming Moira Burton – daughter of Barry! – into Terra Save, but in true RE fashion it’s not long before trouble finds our heroes.
The party is crashed, Claire and Moira are knocked unconscious and taken to a mysterious detention center located on an island. They soon encounter demented, writhing enemies called Afflicted roaming the halls of this abandoned facility, and have to team up to survive. The real question is, who brought them here? And… why?
Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be released for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One in early 2015.
There’s a very good chance that Super Smash Bros. For Wii U will be released in November. And it’s not just because November is the only part of 2014 that can reasonably be considered part of the holiday shopping season (December doesn’t count because publishers routinely avoid the month altogether).
GameSpot is reporting that west coast retailer Fred Meyer is selling reservation cards advertising a November 21 release for Smash Bros. Wii U. It’s possible this is just a placeholder date, but as I said, it’s a logical time to launch Smash Bros. Wii U and it’s also a week before Black Friday… which makes it even more logical. That also gives Super Smash Bros. For 3DS a six-week window to breathe after its October 3 release date.
And speaking of the 3DS, in a separate report, GameSpot has confirmed that players will be able to use their 3DS handheld as a controller in Super Smash Bros. For Wii U. Smash Bros. Wii U already supports the Wii U GamePad, the Wii U Pro Controller, the Wii Remote/Nunchuk combo, and the GameCube controller (with a special adapter), so I’m not sure if there’s anybody out there lamenting the fact they couldn’t use their 3DS system as a controller before. That said, this news will make multiplayer matches look that much crazier.
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Microsoft and Nintendo spent this week getting ready for the holiday season by announcing a ton of new system bundles. Microsoft revealed that the Walmart-exclusive version of the 2014 Holiday Bundle would include a blue Xbox 360 console (and copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Call of Duty: Ghosts). But Nintendo went one further by announcing a trio of new 3DS XL bundles including designs based on the classic NES controller, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, and Super Smash Bros. For 3DS.
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The spotlight is on oddities from Japan in this week’s new release report. Chief among them is Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, a sequel to the popular Final Fantasy-based rhythm game for the 3DS. The first printing comes with a special soundtrack CD, so you’ve ever felt the urge to tap Final Fantasy themes with a stylus, now’s the time.
And speaking of sequels to handheld favorites, Majesco is back with a new Cooking Mama game for the 3DS, Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit!. Also available this week is Fairy Fencer F, a turn-based RPG for the PS3 from NIS America, and Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution (PC, PS3, Xbox 360), the latest game to star the whiskered ninja.
Finally this week, Majesco will release an “Ultimate Edition” of Air Conflicts: Vietnam for the PS4.
Nintendo’s Treehouse branch has been running a livestream of some of their upcoming games all day, but there’s been a few surprises as well. For example, did you hear that Mega Man 7 is now available to download through the Wii U eShop?
Priced at $7.99, the addition of the (relatively) obscure Super NES title means that the first seven games in the classic Mega Man series are now playable on the Wii U. Mega Man X and Mega Man X2 can also be found on the eShop (and are currently on sale to boot).
If you want to catch up with all the action, tune in to the livestream now, they’re still going until 11:00 PM (Eastern Time).
Nordic Games has announced that the Rainbow Studios-developed MX vs ATV: Supercross has been delayed. The first new game to emerge from Nordic’s purchase of the majority of THQ’s properties last year will be released for the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 on October 28. Originally given a “first half of 2014″ release date, MX vs ATV: Supercross’ release eventually slipped to October 7 before settling on its current release date.
After the release date announcement, Nordic released a new gameplay trailer for MX vs ATV: Supercross, which you can view above.
While Microsoft is heavily pushing the Xbox One (and Sunset Overdrive) this holiday season, the consolemaker also has two new Xbox 360 bundles to entice the previous generation’s last holdouts.
This year’s Holiday Bundle, priced at $249, will come packaged with Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Call of Duty: Ghosts. A wireless controller, one month of Xbox Live Gold access, and a 500 GB hard drive will also be included in the box. The Holiday Bundle will be available in stores next week.
If you purchase the Holiday Bundle from Walmart, you’ll be able to score an icy blue Xbox 360 console (with a matching controller) by picking up the appropriately named Special Edition Blue Bundle, which is also priced at $249. The Special Edition Blue Bundle will be released on October 7.
Finally, the 4GB + Kinect Bundle has been revamped to include a wireless controller, one month of Xbox Live Gold access, the Kinect sensor, and three games (Kinect Adventures, Kinect Sports, and Forza Horizon). The 4GB + Kinect Bundle will be available exclusively through Target beginning next week and it’ll also carry a $249 price tag.
After months of waiting, Rockstar Games has officially announced that Grand Theft Auto V will be released for the PS4 and Xbox One on November 18. Sadly, the PC version has been slightly delayed and won’t make it out before the end of the year. But PC players won’t have to wait long, Rockstar has confirmed that the PC version of the game will launch on January 27.
Rockstar is packing Grand Theft Auto V for the PS4 and Xbox One with “a range of major visual and technical upgrades” to make the game “more immersive than ever.” In addition to higher resolution visuals and increased draw distances, PS4/Xbox One owners can look forward to:
- New Activities
- New Weapons
- New Vehicles
- Additional Wildlife
- Denser Traffic
- New Foliage System
- Enhanced Damage and Weather Effects
- 100 New Songs and New DJ Mixes
- And Much More
In addition to the improvements to the base game, Grand Theft Auto Online players will be able to transfer their character onto the platform of their choice. The online component has also received a major boost as 30 players will be able to join in at the same time. And everyone who who pre-orders the game will receive $1,000,000 in in-game cash.
Finally, Rockstar released a new next-gen-specific trailer for your viewing pleasure. “A Picket Fence and a Dog Named Skip” is embedded above.