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Sega to institute layoffs, early retirement program as company continues to struggle

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Sega (which officially does business under the Sega Sammy Holdings name) has been dealing with financial difficulties for some time, but it looks like their latest round of problems will result in some big changes for the company.

Sega’s Board of Directors met this morning and hammered out a restructuring plan that they believe will help the company’s financial position in the future. Unfortunately, a key part of that plan will involve an unspecified number of layoffs and a voluntary early requirement program that the company will offer to 300 employees. Some of the layoffs will come from Sega of America, which will be moving from its current headquarters in San Francisco to a smaller facility somewhere in Southern California.

The restructuring, which is expected to be completed by the Summer, will also lead to a new focus on downloadable titles developed for smartphones and the PC. Sega is also heavily involved in big budget and mid-tier on consoles and the PC, but it’s currently unknown how this plan will affect the company’s internal development teams.

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Nintendo Download: Metroid Prime Trilogy, Gunman Clive 2, Shadow of the Ninja, more

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With its incredibly tiny print run, Metroid Prime Trilogy is rightfully considered the Holy Grail of Wii games. GameStop even commissioned a second printing and sells used copies of the game for upwards of $50.

Prepare to say goodbye to all that nonsense.

Nintendo added Metroid Prime Trilogy to the Wii U eShop today and they’ve tagged the game with the much more wallet-friendly price of $19.99. However, if you purchase it before February 5, you’ll only have to pay $9.99, which is an absolutely unbelievable deal.

Shadow of the Ninja, a great platformer from the NES days, has also made its way to the Wii U eShop today. It might remind you a bit of Ninja Gaiden, but I remember really liking it back in the day. 3DS owners will also get the chance to download Shadow of the Ninja today. Speaking of the 3DS, the stylish shooter Gunman Clive 2 is now available to download as well as a Code Name: STEAM demo.

More information on all of these games (and a few others) can be found after the break. (more…)

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WB Games announces Lego Jurassic World and Lego Avengers

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WB Games has announced that Lego Jurassic World and Lego Avengers are both in development at TT Games for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Both games will be released in 2015, though the Avengers game will debut a bit later than you might expect.

Lego Jurassic World will launch in June, just ahead or just after Jurassic World‘s theatrical opening on June 12. The game will include levels based on all four films including Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park III, and Jurassic World. Most important of all, do you realize what this means? Lego Muldoon mumbling “Clever girl…” before getting eaten by Lego Raptors!

Meanwhile, Lego Avengers will be released in the Fall, presumably around the same date as The Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s Blu-ray/DVD debut. Like Lego Jurassic Park, Lego Avengers will include levels based on The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Finally, WB Games made two other Lego-related announcements this morning. First, the publisher confirmed that Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin will be available for the 3DS and Vita on March 24. And second, they revealed that Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be released for mobile devices this Summer.

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Mario Maker may be delayed as Wii U reaches 9.2 million in sales

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Nintendo updated investors on the Wii U’s life-to-date sales performance yesterday and, as of December 31, 2014, 9.2 million Wii U consoles have been sold. This is well behind the sales curve of the Wii, which had sold close to 45 million consoles during this point in its life cycle.

In other bad news, it looks like Mario Maker, a game that lets players create their own Mario courses inspired by Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World, and New Super Mario Bros. U, has been delayed. Originally pegged for a “1st Half of 2015″ release, the game is now listed in Nintendo’s release calendar as “TBA 2015.”

However, it’s not all bad news. The company posted a 59.5 billion yen ($504 million) profit for their fiscal year to date and a number of games are selling really well including Pokemon: Alpha Sapphire/Omega Ruby (a lifetime total of 9.35 million copies sold), Super Smash Bros. For 3DS (6.19 million copies sold), Mario Kart 8 (4.77 million copies sold), and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U (3.39 million copies sold).

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Shadow of Mordor and Dragon Age 3 lead all nominees at 2015 SXSW Gaming Awards

sxsw-logoAnother major award show has announced their 2014/2015 nominees and, once again, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor lead the pack. This time, we’re discussing the 2015 SXSW Gaming Awards, where each game has secured five nominations apiece.

Naturally, both games are competing for the Game of the Year prize, alongside Bayonetta 2, Dark Souls II, and Shovel Knight. Dragon Age: Inquisition was also nominated for “Excellence in Gameplay,” “Excellence in Technical Achievement,” “Excellence in Narrative,” and “Excellence in Design and Direction.” Shadow of Mordor is up for most of the same secondary awards, except swap out “Excellence in Gameplay” for “Excellence in Animation.”

The winners of the 2015 SXSW Gaming Awards will be announced on Saturday, March 14 as part of the SXSW Gaming Expo, which runs from March 13th through the 15th in Austin, Texas. The first list of nominees can be found after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Punch-Out!!, Citizens of Earth, SCAT, more

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“Dance like a fly, bite like a mosquito.”

The Little Mac Amiibo figure may have eluded me (and a lot of other people), but Nintendo is bringing the scrappy little fighter back by adding 2009’s Punch-Out!! to the Wii U eShop. Developed by Next Level Games, Punch-Out!! was originally released in 2009 and it perfectly recaptures all the epic video boxing action of Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! (and a little bit of the slightly more forgotten Super Punch-Out!!).

Throwbacks are a theme in this week’s Nintendo Download as players will also be able to download Citizens of Earth, an RPG from Atlus that’s partially inspired by Earthbound, and SCAT, a side-scrolling shooter that originally made waves on the NES in 1990. Both games are available to donwload on the 3DS and Wii U.

More information on all of these games (and a pair of other Wii U releases) can be found after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo is bringing the New 3DS XL (and Zelda: Majora’s Mask) to PAX South 2015

legendofzeldamajorasmask-limitededitionNintendo has announced their PAX South 2015 plans and if you’re itching to try out the New 3DS XL, you’ll be very happy.

The consolemaker will have their new handheld on hand at the convention, as well as two games that take advantage of its increased horsepower… The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. And in case you missed it last Fall, Super Smash Bros. For 3DS will also be playable on the show floor. Best of all, congoers who are dressed up as any character from Majora’s Mask will be able to skip the line and start playing right away.

The inaugural edition of PAX South will take place this weekend (January 23-25) in San Antonio, Texas at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Tickets are still available if you’re interested in going and Nintendo has also promised a real-life replica of the Majora’s Mask that you can get your picture with. Sounds like a good time.

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Nintendo will end Club Nintendo in June; New loyalty program to launch “at a later date”

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A few months ago, we suggested how Nintendo could fix the Club Nintendo program to better appeal to their fans. Rather than heed our advice, it looks like the consolemaker has decided to scrap the whole thing and start over with a new loyalty program later this year.

Announced earlier this morning, Nintendo has revealed that Club Nintendo will shut down for good in June. Wii U and 3DS owners may still collect Coins by registering products or completing surveys through March, but all Coins must be spent by June. To help deplete your virtual bank account, Nintendo plans to add a ton of new physical rewards and game downloads to the Club Nintendo program beginning in February.

“We thank all Club Nintendo members for their dedication to Nintendo games and their ongoing love for our systems and characters,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing. “We want to make this time of transition as easy as possible for our loyal Club Nintendo members, so we are going to add dozens of new rewards and downloadable games to help members clear out their Coin balances.”

As a further thank you to users of the program, Nintendo has announced that every Club Nintendo member will be able to download Flipnote Studio 3D for free. The free game offer will be available in February and must be redeemed by March 31.

Nintendo will announce plans for a new loyalty program “a later date.”

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