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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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Here’s the first gameplay trailer for the Daytona-inspired 90s Arcade Racer

Before Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport, racing game fans cut their teeth on “arcade racers” like Sega’s Daytona USA and Namco’s Ridge Racer.

Most of the arcades we frequented in those days have shut their doors, but the freewheelin’ spirit of those games will live on in Pelikan13’s The 90s Arcade Racer. Currently in development for the Wii U, mobile devices (iOS and Android), and PC platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux), The 90s Arcade Racer will attempt to meld together elements from our favorites 90s arcade racers in a brand new game for modern audiences. Basically, it’s the “Snakes On A Plane” of on-the-nose game titles. But how on the nose is the title? Why not see for yourself in the first ever gameplay trailer, which has been embedded above.

The 90s Arcade Racer currently doesn’t have a release date and will be available… wait for it… when it’s ready.

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Hyrule Warriors was such a success that it may lead to Super Mario Warriors

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Polygon recently talked with Hisashi Koinuma, Koei Tecmo’s Executive Vice President, about the success of the Dynasty Warriors series (and its various spinoffs) in Japan and the rest of the world. Naturally, the conversation drifted towards Hyrule Warriors, one of the most recent spinoffs for the series and one of Koei Tecmo’s biggest successes. But instead of resting on his laurels, Koinuma admitted that what he’d really like to do is develop a Dynasty Warriors game set in the Mushroom Kingdom:

He’s open to the idea of a Musou game targeted at kids, for instance, if the right license comes along, and in a recent interview with Eurogamer, he even mentioned a Mario Musou game, saying, “One of my ultimate dreams would be using that character with the red hat on top.”

Asked whether he was joking with that comment, Koinuma says he thinks it could actually work. He sees Mario as a character that would need to branch out from hand-to-hand combat but could focus on his distinctive moves. Speaking hypothetically, Koinuma suggests Mario could “blast enemies off the screen or knock them unconscious” with his moveset. “I suppose the game would be balanced so the kids could enjoy it as their first action game experience, whereas the adults could enjoy the game with friends and families as a group,” he says.

While this doesn’t mean that a “Super Mario Warriors” game is definitely in development, it seems like it could be a possibility, and an intriguing one at that. At the very least, Koinuma’s words likely point to a world where we’ll see more Nintendo/Koei Tecmo collaborations in the future.

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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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Latest Project CARS trailer definitely has a lot of realistic-looking cars in it

Do you love beautifully rendered graphics? Then you should watch this trailer.
Do you love cars? If so, you should definitely watch this trailer.
Are you bored? What are you waiting for? Watch this trailer!

Slightly Mad Studios has released a new trailer for Project CARS and I suggest you watch it right now. Whether you’re a fan of racing games or not, if this trailer is any indication, the game looks like it’ll push your PC, PS4, or Xbox One to its limit. And if you’re a fan of virtual reality, Project CARS will also include support for the Oculus Rift (on the PC) and Project Morpheus (on the PS4).

Bandai Namco will publish Project CARS and they plan to make it available in stores for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on March 17. A Wii U version is also in the works and will be released sometime later this year.

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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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Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor leads the way among 2015 DICE Awards nominees

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The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences have announced the nominees for this year’s DICE Awards and, just like the GDC Awards, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is leading the pack. Monolith’s expansion of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings garnered nine nominations including “Outstanding Achievement in Animation,” “Outstanding Achievement in Game Design,” “Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction,” “Outstanding Achievement in Story,” “Outstanding Innovation in Gaming,” “Outstanding Technical Achievement,” “Outstanding Character,” “Adventure Game of the Year,” and “Game of the Year.”

Shadow of Mordor will be competing against four games for the top prize. Rounding out the category are Bungie’s Destiny, BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition, Ubisoft’s Far Cry 4, and Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. All told, 56 games received a nomination in at least one category.

This year’s DICE Awards have added a new category to the festivities, the DICE Sprite Award, in an attempt to recognize work done by smaller studios. The Banner Saga, Hohokum, Monument Valley, Threes!, and Transistor will be competing for the inaugural DICE Sprite Award, which honors “innovative gameplay and experiences.”

The full list of nominees can be found after the break and don’t forget to tune in to Twitch.TV on Thursday, February 5 at 7:00 PM (Eastern Time) to find out the winners. (more…)

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CoD: Advanced Warfare goes 2-for-2 as the best-selling game of December 2014

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is on a roll. After being named the best-selling game for all of last year, the NPD Group also confirmed that it was the best-selling game of December as well. Activision’s latest military shooter also took the top spot in November, during its first month of release.

With the holiday shopping season in full swing, December’s sales chart was dominated by big-name franchises including Grand Theft Auto V (#2), Madden NFL 15 (#3), Super Smash Bros. For Wii U / Super Smash Bros. For 3DS, Minecraft (#6).. really, just the entire top ten.

On the hardware side of things, the Xbox One once again was the best-selling console, besting the PS4 for a second month in a row. The console’s $50 price cut is really working for Microsoft and the company has decided to reinstate the discount beginning today, possibly on a permanent basis.

The full top ten for December 2014 can be found after the break. (more…)

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