E3 2013: The Roadmap To Victory for Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony
Xbox One Trailer: Quantum Break
Xbox One will launch worldwide later this year; CoD Ghosts DLC will launch on Xbox One first
The Wii U: It’s All Just A Little Bit of History Repeating
Guster's Ryan Miller finds inspiration in classic NES games for Kings of Summer soundtrack
Not The One: A Comic About the Xbox One Reveal Created in MS Paint
Microsoft executive believes the public will buy ONE BILLION next-gen consoles
Daily Scoop: May 24, 2013 – So tired
Jonathan Blow’s The Witness is the latest PS4 game on Conversations With Creators
Guster’s Ryan Miller finds inspiration in classic NES games for Kings of Summer soundtrack
Most Recent: 3DS
Capcom has announced that the fifth Ace Attorney game will be released in North America and Europe this Fall. The game will be known as Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies and the debut English-language trailer can be found above.
Set eight years since his last appearance in the courts, the first case in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies sees the action start in a destroyed court room. It’s down to Phoenix Wright and his team at the Wright Anything Agency to discover the cause of the destruction. Players will have to battle it out in court against Gaspen Payne, the younger brother of Winston Payne from previous Ace Attorney titles, as they defend the accused.
In a first for the series, Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies will only be available for download from the 3DS eShop. No retail version is planned. I hope no one objects.
The Mario and Donkey Kong series never seemed to catch on with gamers like some of Mario’s other sideline franchises. But that hasn’t stopped Nintendo from producing new games in the series and the fifth, Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move, is available on the 3DS eShop starting today. SpeedX 3D: Hyper Edition, a tunnel racer, has also been added to the 3DS eShop this week.
Three other games and a demo are also available this week…
- Xevious and Solomon’s Key come to the Wii U Virtual Console
- Publisher Dream, a “game design tycoon” game, is available on the DSiWare Shop.
- And finally, a Resident Evil Revelations demo will be added to the Wii U eShop on May 14.
More information on all of these titles can be found after the break. (more…)
Fire Emblem: Awakening is the latest addition to the Fire Emblem franchise, a series which has only left the shores of Japan in the last decade. It’s also the first to launch on Nintendo’s 3DS, with full 3D capabilities. This strategy role-playing game is rich in character development and has a robust plot. You play as the Avatar, a character you get to customize yourself, and befriend Chrom, prince of Ylisse and captain of the Shepherds, a group of soldiers who protect the realm. As you make your way through the story, you level up and gain more characters to use in your battles, and also gain the chance to develop relationships. Permadeath is the norm in Fire Emblem games, but Awakening has a Casual mode that is more lenient for newer players. Does this destroy the integrity of the series? (more…)
The Wii U’s Virtual Console expands by two today as Nintendo has added the NES games Mega Man and Pac-Man to their next-generation gaming time machine. The 3DS Virtual Console also expands today thanks to the addition of Balloon Fight.
Another re-release makes the Wii U eShop a more interesting place today: the free-to-play version of Namco Bandai’s Tank! Tank! Tank! The game was originally released as a disc-based game in November. The new free-to-play version will offer the “base game” as a free download with the remainder of the modes and missions available as ten separate pieces of downloadable content.
If you’d prefer something new from your Wii U shopping experience, Neko Entertainment has published the puzzle platformer Kung Fu Rabbit on the Wii U eShop.
More information on all of these games, and other new releases this week, can be found after the break. (more…)
In addition to releasing the neat teaser trailer above, WB Games has revealed the pre-order bonuses for Lego Marvel Super Heroes. As of right now, there are three retailer-exclusive pre-order bonuses and you can check them out right here:
Walmart: Receive an ultra exclusive Iron Patriot mini-fig when the game releases.
GameStop: Receive a Spider-Man keychain when you pre-order any version of Lego Marvel Super Heroes (available when the game releases). PowerUp Rewards members also receive an exclusive DLC pack containing “extra characters (including Spider-Man Symbiote, Hawkeye, Thanos, and much more), vehicles, and races!” (PS3 and Xbox 360 only).
Amazon: Receive a $10 Games Credit, automatically applied to your Amazon account.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes will be available for the 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, Vita, Wii, Wii U, and Xbox 360 this Fall.
IGN is reporting that Sribblenauts Unlimited developer 5th Cell is hard at work on the next game in the series, a Scribblenauts game set in the DC Comics Universe!
According to their tipster, the game is currently being developed under the working title “Scribblenauts Unmasked” for the 3DS, PC, and Wii U. IGN’s source states that publisher WB Games wants to announce it at this year’s E3 Expo, but “the title, content, and main character may change before it is announced.” Of course, since no one knew Scribblenauts Unmasked even existed until a day or so ago, making changes to what is more or less a prototype shouldn’t raise any alarm bells (or Bat Signals).
The tipster described a few of the puzzles, which give off a Scribblenauts feel while still clearly taking place in the DC Universe:
One source describes a linear level beginning in the sewers beneath Wayne Manor where a hungry Killer Croc won’t let Max proceed. When a hamburger isn’t enough, a dynamite sandwich sends Croc into a rage leading to his arrest. Robin keeps the situation under control, allowing Max to make his way inside Wayne Manor (where Batman has been manipulated by The Joker) before discovering Batgirl’s capture in the Batcave.
In another situation, Max encounters two police officers, and must decipher which one is legit and which is actually Clayface. An X-ray exposes the villain, and when handcuffs fail to stop the sludge-monster, a freeze-gun does the trick.
If Scribblenauts Unmasked is for real, now we really can ask, “Where does he get all those wonderful toys?”
Rayman Legends may have been delayed until August to put it on the PS3 and Xbox 360, but Ubisoft has made good on their promise and added the Wii U-exclusive Rayman Legends Challenges App to the Wii U eShop. It’s a free download that includes access to four of the game’s levels: Land of the Livid Dead, Neverending Pit, Infinite Tower, and the GamePad-controlled Murfy’s Dungeon. If that weren’t enough, weekly online challenges are also included in the Challenges App.
Also available this week, on the 3DS eShop, is Mega Man IV, the Blue Bomber’s 1992 NES adventure.
Hit the jump for more details on both of these titles as well as three other new games released as part of this week’s Nintendo Download. (more…)
The times they are a-changin’. Commentators have questioned the “need” for E3 as game makers and game players have grown more connected thanks to the Internet. Nintendo, owing to the existence of their already ridiculously popular Nintendo Direct presentations, has slammed one more nail into the idea of E3 as we know it by deciding to not hold a traditional E3 Press Conference this year.
Instead, the House of Mario will host a series of mini-meetings during E3 week, including a huge Nintendo Direct presentation that will be focused on their software lineup for the U.S. market. Smaller events for distributors and the press will also be held.
Nintendo has already confirmed that a handful of major Wii U and 3DS will be on display at this year’s E3 Expo including the next 3D Mario game, Mario Kart Wii U, Super Smash Bros. 4, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2.