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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will launch Batman (and the rest of the Justice League) into outer space for an intergalactic adventure against Brainiac. And it looks like they’re bringing Adam West with them:
— LEGO Batman (@LEGOBatmanGame) July 15, 2014
The official Twitter account for the Lego Batman game series posted this image yesterday, confirming that West will actually be playing himself in the sequel. Let’s hope he feels the need to ask the Caped Crusader, “Why doesn’t Batman dance anymore?”
We’ll likely get a sneak peek of West’s contribution to the game during TT Games’ Lego Batman 3 panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con (Sunday, July 27 at 1:00 PM). West will be a busy man during this year’s Comic-Con as he’ll also be promoting the upcoming Blu-ray/DVD release of the 1960s Batman television series in a panel on Thursday, July 24. How does he do it? Pure… West…
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be available for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One this Fall.
Nintendo has announced that a few characters you may not be familiar with will be joining Super Smash Bros. For 3DS and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U.
Captain Falcon (of F-Zero fame) has appeared in all three previous Smash Bros. games, so his inclusion in Smash 4 shouldn’t be much of a surprise. But new to the fighting franchise are three other characters revealed today: Lucina, Robin, and Female Robin. Lucina and Robin were two of the main characters in the recently released Fire Emblem: Awakening. Female Robin, as you may have guessed, is just a gender-swapped version of Robin. All three are quick sword fighters, with the Robins also having the ability to rain lightning bolts down upon their opponents.
There’s still three months to go before Super Smash Bros. For 3DS launches on October 3, so there’s plenty of time for Nintendo to announce additional playable characters for the next Smash game.
Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd. Buy me some peanuts and Crackerjack, I don’t care if I ever get back. So let’s root root root for Bases Loaded, for it’s… One! Two! Three! Strikes, you’re out, at the old ballgame.
Yes, Bases Loaded, one of the greatest baseball sims to ever grace the NES, is now available to download through the 3DS and Wii U. Sadly, Nintendo still hasn’t figured out the whole Cross-Buy thing, but Bases Loaded is so good that you should buy it on both platforms so you always have it with you.
Also available this week is One Piece Unlimited World Red, a game adaptation of the popular manga/anime. It can also be downloaded for the 3DS and Wii U. While the handheld version of the game is also available on store shelves, if you’re looking to pick it up on Nintendo’s home console, you might be interested to know that it’s a Wii U eShop exclusive.
More information on both of these games (and a trio of additional new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)
While Nintendo has often been criticised for its late arrival to online gaming and downloadable content, the company’s eShop for Wii U has become a thriving hub for gamers, filled with spectacular titles and exclusives. However, Nintendo’s store prices for games also available in physical disc form are hardly competitive with “High Street” shops or online retailers. The only store selling eShop download codes is GAME, which has an exclusive deal with Nintendo in the UK for the sale of cards and codes online.
However, this deal does not cover smaller, independent gaming boutiques, and as a result, they will be able to begin selling eShop cards and codes in the middle of July, thanks to distributor DLCSoft. The company believes that this will allow retailers “to establish their stores as a true digital destination on the High Street.” This seems like a win-win for the market and consumers. Not only will this help these smaller businesses compete with larger retailers, but it also means that gamers could find eShop codes at competitively reduced prices.
While the UK is a small but significant market for Nintendo, other European businesses may be watching with interest to see how well the eShop cards sell. If DLCSoft is correct in its analysis, it could lead to the scheme expanding to other countries.
I don’t how this will impact the planned live-action adaptation, but Comcept and Digital Frontier have announced they’ve begun work on an animated adaptation of Mighty No. 9.
The project is still in the early stages, but Digital Frontier wants to create an “action-packed comedy aimed at kids 6-11″ that they hope will appeal to adults as well. If the teaser video above is any indication, I think they’ve got a shot at doing just that. Produced for this weekend’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles, the video is a neat little taste of things to come. However, according to an FAQ posted on the official Mighty No. 9 site, no one has officially signed on to the animated adaptation as of yet. Digital Frontier is still looking for writers, a director, and voice actors. Because of this, we don’t know when Mighty No. 9: The Animated Series will make its television debut.
But hopefully the announcer sticks around, he’s pretty awesome.
It’s another slim week for new releases as we continue to suffer through the dog days of Summer. Here’s what will be available this week:
- One Piece Unlimited World Red, a new game adaptation of the popular manga, will be published by Bandai Namco for the 3DS and PS3, and Wii U (as a Wii U eShop exclusive).
- Scooby Doo & Looney Tunes Cartoon Universe: Adventure will mash together the two cartoons on the 3DS.
- And Garfield’s Wild Ride brings everyone’s favorite cat to the PC in a Jetpack Joyride-type game.
Yup, that’s it.
Lively discussion was the order of business during Nintendo’s 74th Annual General Meeting of Shareholders, which was held on June 27. The consolemaker released the English translation of that meeting yesterday, giving the public a glimpse inside the gloriously weird world that Nintendo created for one afternoon.
Most questioners kept things professional by asking about company President Satoru Iwata’s health (he had to skip the meeting for medical reasons), offering congratulations on the launch of Mario Kart 8, and praising Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event. But I think the highlight of the Q&A was definitely the shareholder who told Nintendo executives that all this talk about video games made him angry:
I do not understand video games and I even feel angry because, at Nintendo’s shareholders’ meetings, the shareholders always discuss things relating to video games or such childish topics as “what the future of video games should be,” while I, for one, was flabbergasted that Mr. Iwata continues to hold his position although he had said that he would resign if the company’s performance were bad. I hope that Nintendo’s shareholders’ meeting will become an opportunity where the shareholders discuss the company’s business operations from the viewpoints of capital gain and dividends.
Sensing an opportunity to vent some frustration, Senior Managing Director Genyo Takeda sarcastically referred to the question as a “valuable opinion” before passing it to Tatsumi Kimishima, General Manager of Corporate Analysis & Administration. Kimishima refrained from calling the investor stupid, but he very obviously pointed out that video game discussion occurs at shareholder meetings because Nintendo is a company that makes video games: “As an entertainment company, it is also very important for us to inform our shareholders about the kinds of entertainment Nintendo offers, including video game content.”
Aside from that lunacy, the afternoon was saved when another shareholder straight up asked for free games:
Would you please give us something related to Nintendo as a shareholder perk? I do not think hardware systems should be given to shareholders due to their high costs, but games like “Tingle’s Balloon Fight DS” and “Game & Watch Collection,” which were presents to Club Nintendo members, could be good options.
Kimishima came through again by diplomatically telling the questioner that they’re going to stick with dividends for now.
Of course, neither of these responses can hold a candle to Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick’s takedown of the investor who asked about Grand Theft Auto V in 2009 (more than two years before it was officially announced): “We’re not going to announce it. We’re not going to announce when we’re going to announce it. And we’re not going to announce the strategy about announcing it or about when we’re going to announce it either, or about the announcement strategy surrounding the announcement of the strategy. Any other questions?”
Nope, that covers it.
How can you not be intrigued by a game known as Bombing Bastards? The game, which is an homage to the Bomberman franchise, is now available through the Wii U eShop courtesy of developer Sanuk Games. And it’s joined by another uniquely named homage (this time to lucha libre wrestling): Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition.
Over on the 3DS, players will be able to download Squids Odyssey for the first time. The game is actually an enhanced compilation of two other games (Squids and Squids Wild West) and is described as “a unique mix of an action and turn-based RPG.”
More information on all of these games, as well as many more (including the Wii U release of Mario Tennis: Power Tour), can be found after the break. (more…)