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Conan O’Brien agreed to play himself in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham because his eight-year-old son made him. Kevin Smith said yes because he is the world’s biggest nerd. And Stephen Amell reprised his role as the Green Arrow because he’s very protective of the character. These are just some of the things you will learn in this behind-the-scenes video for Lego Batman 3 recently released by WB Games.
You’ll also bear witness to the greatest Lego hairstyle ever. In case that whole spaceship thing doesn’t work out, the superheroes of Lego Batman 3 could reach the heavens by climbing Conan’s magnificent pompadour.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be released for the 3DS, PC, PS3, PS4, Vita, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on November 11.
While most of this Fall’s new releases are centered around showcasing the power of the PS4 and Xbox One, let’s not forget that previous-generation consoles like the PS3 and Xbox 360 are also in line for a few new games. (Meanwhile, the Wii U sits in the corner, doing its own thing, content in its existence.) And PS3/Xbox 360 owners should take note that Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, perhaps the biggest PS3/Xbox 360 release of the Fall, will be available in stores this week. The third Borderlands game, which actually takes place between the first two titles in the series, will also be released for the PC.
Bethesda’s The Evil Within is not a previous-generation exclusive, but it will be release for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in addition to the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. The Evil Within is Shinji Mikami’s return to horror and will likely be full of pants-wetting terror regardless of what platform you play it on.
The rest of this week’s new releases are a grab bag of games that run the gamut from a new Pac-Man game (Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 on the 3DS, PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360) to a Duck Dynasty tie-in (Duck Dynasty on the 3DS, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One) to a passel of re-releases on new platforms (Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One; The Walking Dead on the PS4 and Xbox One; and The Walking Dead Season 2 on the PS3 and Xbox 360).
Finally, speaking of systems proclaiming their existence, Sony’s PlayStation TV set-top box, which plays Vita games and streams PlayStation Now content and local PS4 games, will be released this week.
A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)
First, we learned that Adam West would play himself in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham. Then came the news that Kevin Smith would bring his Fatman On Batman quips into the game as a playable character. But now, courtesy of WB Games’ New York Comic-Con panel, comes the news that Conan O’Brien will bring his pale force to the game as a playable character. But before dropping that bombshell, the panel announced a slew of new characters in rapid fire fashion. The full list includes…
- Jim Lee – The Co-Publisher at DC Comics.
- Mad Hatter, Man-Bat, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Kalibak, Polka-Dot Man and Detective Chimp – A gaggle of Bat villains and one talking monkey.
- Music Meister – A vilain from Batman: The Brave and the Bold.
- Darkest Knight Batman – Bruce Wayne as the Green Lantern.
- Solar Suit Superman – Superman in his deep space suit.
- Condiment King – A joke villain from Batman: The Animated Series.
- Green Loontern – Daffy Duck’s Duck Dodgers character dressed up as another green superhero.
Finally, WB Games and TT Games announced that Lego Batman 3 will receive a post-release DLC pack based on The CW’s Arrow. The appropriately-named Arrow Pack will include a new level, new vehicles, and eight new characters (Arrow, Diggle, Felicity Smoak, Helena “Huntress” Bertinelli, Slade Wilson, Roy Harper, Sarah “Black Canary” Lance, and Malcolm Merlyn). The Arrow Pack will be available for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham will be available for those platforms (as well as the 3DS, PC, Vita, and Wii U) on November 11.
There’s more Castlevania coming to the Wii U Virtual Console today as Nintendo has added Castlevania: Circle of the Moon to their online storefront. The Game Boy Advance classic, one of the best available during the handheld’s launch period, sidesteps the Belmont clan to tell the story of vampire hunter Nathan Graves.
Another demon hunter takes up residence on the Wii U eShop today ahead of her full debut on October 24. That’s when Platinum Games will unleash Bayonetta 2 on unsuspecting Wii U owners. But they can give the game an early look today thanks to a new downloadable demo.
Most of this week’s eShop releases will be available to download on Tuesday, including Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2. The latest game based on the Saturday morning cartoon will be released for the 3DS and Wii U on October 14.
More details on all of these games (and a few other new releases) can be found after the break. (more…)
Insert Quarter is our showcase for some of the best and most interesting writing about video games on the Internet.
In this installment, Game Rant’s Brad Jones examines the possible cloning properties of the 1-Up Mushroom on Mario, as outlined in the item’s Trophy description in Super Smash Bros. For 3DS.
1-Up Mushrooms have been a staple of the Mario series since Super Mario Bros. back in 1985. Since then, the power-up has become ingrained into pop culture — you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t know that the green fungi grants an extra life. But just how does this process occur? According to Smash Bros., it’s a matter of cloning.
Nintendo has always slipped bizarre explanations in their games to explain the goings-on in the Mushroom Kingdom. Who could forget the Birdo flap? But it is an interesting theory nonetheless. You can read the rest of the article at Game Rant.
Nintendo has announced that indie games on Nintendo platforms will be known as “Nindies” in the future. Nindies… I love it.
In other news, the company confirmed that they’re bringing 13 playable demos to this weekend’s IndieCade expo in Culver City, California. The list includes Shovel Knight, Yacht Club’s beloved platformer that was released this Summer; WayForward’s next Shanate sequel, Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse; and Costume Quest 2, the eagerly awaited RPG from Double Fine. The first two will be playable on both the Wii U and the 3DS, technically bringing the total up to 15.
Nintendo also announced that Beatbuddy, a musical side-scroller from German developer Threaks, will be released for the Wii U. And finally, they’ve confirmed that Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse will be released for the 3DS on October 23 with a Wii U release scheduled for later this Winter.
A complete list of the Nindies available to play at IndieCade can be found after the break. (more…)
As expected, Nintendo has announced that Super Smash Bros. For Wii U will be released on November 21.
In addition to announcing the release date for Smash’s Wii U debut, the publisher has also confirmed that the first wave of Amiibo figures will be available in stores beginning on the same day. This first wave will consist of twelve figures: Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby, and Marth. It will be followed by a second wave of figures (Zelda, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit, and Captain Falcon) in December. In addition to Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Amiibo figures will work with Mario Kart 8, Mario Party 10, Yoshi’s Woolly World, and more games to be announced. Of course, how they’re going to “work” is still a mystery.
Nintendo will also use the 21st of November to relaunch the GameCube controller, which will be compatible with Super Smash Bros. For Wii U with a special adapter. The Smash-themed GameCube controllers will retail for $29.99 each while the adapter has been priced at $19.99. A special bundle that includes the game, the adapter, and one GameCube controller will also be available for $99.99.
Finally, Nintendo also announced that more than 2.8 million copies of Super Smash Bros. For 3DS have been sold worldwide. The game has been available throughout North America and Europe for less than a week (it was released in Japan on September 13), so that’s pretty impressive.
After a relatively quiet September, the Fall gaming rush has begun to kick into high gear now that we’ve reached October.
Sega plans to take another crack at the Alien universe with the Creative Assembly-developed survival horror game Alien: Isolation (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One). Players will attempt to help Amanda Ripley search for her missing mother while she’s stalked by a singular Xenomorph. After nearly a dozen games starring the Colonial Marines, it’s definitely a new take (on an old idea) for the franchise.
Also new this week is…
- NBA 2K15 (PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One), 2K’s latest basketball sim.
- DriveClub (PS4), Evolution’s long-in-development racing game.
- Skylanders: Trap Team (3DS, PS3, PS4, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One), the latest toy/game hybrid from Activision.
- Project Spark (Xbox One), Microsoft’s game-building game.
Finally, Microsoft is reliving the Xbox One launch with newly expanded and updated versions of Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition, Forza Motorsport 5: Game of the Year Edition, and Ryse: Son of Rome – Legendary Edition.
A complete list of this week’s new releases can be found after the break. (more…)