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Sledgehammer confirms that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare won’t be released on Wii U

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Michael Condrey, the co-founder of Sledgehammer Games, has confirmed (via Twitter) that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare won’t be released on the Wii U. It looks like the decision came from Activision, possibly as a response to lower-than-expected sales of Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Call of Duty: Ghosts, which were released on the Wii U in 2012 and 2013, respectively:

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will be released on November 4 for the PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

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Disney Infinity 2.0 gets Marvel-less Toy Box Starter Pack

disneyinfinity20toyboxDisney Interactive’s big Marvel push begins next month with the release of Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. The Starter Pack will include three Marvel figures (Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow) as well as the promise of many more in the future. But what if you don’t like Marvel characters and are just looking to explore the expanded Toy Box mode found in the game that is also known as Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition? Well, you’re in luck, Disney also plans to release a special Toy Box Starter Pack on November 4.

Set to be available for the PS3, PS4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, the Toy Box Starter Pack will come complete with two Toy Box Game Discs, a 2.0 Edition Base, two figures (Brave’s Merida and Stitch from Lilo & Stitch), and the same Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes game disc as the regular Starter Pack. Looks like you can’t completely get away from the Marvel content.

“Disney Infinity fans spend the majority of their time inside the Toy Box mode, and with our new Toy Box Starter Pack, we’re giving Disney fans an alternative entry point to the Disney Infinity sequel,” said John Blackburn, Vice President and General Manager of Avalanche Software. “We’ve completely re-tooled the Toy Box for this year’s version of Disney Infinity, and we want every Disney fan to experience it using their favorite Disney or Marvel characters.”

The Toy Box Starter Pack will be priced at $59.99, which is slightly cheaper than the $74.99 price tag that has been attached to the Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack.

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Ubisoft reevaluating Wii U because “Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed”

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Speaking to Game Informer, Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has confirmed that the publisher is getting out the “mature games” business on the Wii U. But let’s face it, the writing has been on the wall ever since Ubisoft pushed back the Wii U launch of Watch Dogs. The open-world game launched for every other possible platform in May, but Ubisoft delayed the Wii U release to some indeterminate point in the Fall. However, Guillemot was firm in stating that the Wii U version will be released: “[Watch Dogs] is coming to Wii U. It will be the only mature game we publish on it.”

Guillemot’s “mature game” clarification was his way of saying that the publisher has no intention of completely abandoning the Wii U. The Just Dance series, for example, is still a big seller for Ubisoft and Just Dance 2015 will be released for the Wii U this Fall. So why do games like Watch Dogs (and the scrapped ZombiU sequel) get the axe? It’s just business, says Guillemot.

“It’s very simple,” Guillemot says. “What we see is that Nintendo customers don’t buy Assassin’s Creed. Last year, we sold in very small numbers.” In fact, across Ubisoft’s portfolio, Nintendo Wii U sales only represent three percent of the total for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014.

Ouch, but it sounds like this is all part of a development restructuring that Ubisoft is implementing across the board. The CEO also revealed that all PS3 and Xbox 360 development will likely stop at the studio’s development houses in 2015. “After 2015, it will be hard for us to create games for those systems,” he said.

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Evolve takes home Best of Gamescom 2014 Award

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Evolve continues to add to its list of pre-release accolades as it took home five 2014 Gamescom Awards including the coveted “Best of Gamescom Award.” Turtle Rock’s 4v1 shooter also earned the awards for “Best PC Game,” “Best Console Game (Sony PlayStation),” “Best Console Game (Microsoft Xbox),” and “Best Online Multiplayer Game.”

Super Smash Bros. 4 and LittleBigPlanet 3 were the only other games to win multiple awards. The 3DS version of Nintendo’s fighter was selected by the judges as “Best Mobile Game” while both versions were picked by attendees as “Most Wanted.” Meanwhile, LittleBigPlanet 3 was awarded “Best Social / Casual / Online Game” and “Best Family Game.”

The full list of winners can be found after the break. (more…)

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The Last of Us returns to the top of the best-seller list in July 2014 NPD report

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In previous years, the best-sellers chart for the month of July would normally be dominated by the latest entry in the NCAA Football series. But EA Sports canceled the series last Fall, so a new emperor is sitting upon the July Throne in 2014. Or rather, an emperor we’ve seen before in a spiffy new set of clothes.

This is a roundabout way of saying that the Remastered re-release of Sony’s The Last of Us (combined with more sales on the PS3) pushed the game to the top of the best-sellers chart. July was a pretty sparse month as far as new releases go, but 505′s Sniper Elite III also cracked the top ten. It was number eight… with a bullet.

You can check out July’s complete top ten list (which includes May releases Watch Dogs and Mario Kart 8 hanging tough in the top five) after the break. (more…)

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Nintendo Download: Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge, Double Dragon II, more

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The Nintendo eShop has been updated on this fine Thursday and Double Dragon II: The Revenge leads a mostly anonymous pack of titles. I spent a lot of time busting heads with the Lee brothers back in the late 80s and early 90s, and The Revenge is as good as it gets. Plus, any game that features a battle inside a flying helicopter with a malfunctioning door is just fun.

Also available this week is Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge, the latest addition to Capcom’s “Mega Man August.” As the title makes plain, Battle Chip Challenge is a card battling game set within the Mega Man Battle Network universe.

Over on the 3DS side of the store is Gaiabreaker, a nifty looking vertically-scrolling shooter, and Hidden Haunts: Gothic Masquerade, a hidden object game.

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

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Meta Knight officially on the Super Smash Bros. 4 roster

supersmashbros4-metaknightOK Smash fans, you can breathe a sigh of relief – Meta Knight has been officially announced as a playable character for Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and Super Smash Bros. For 3DS. The Kirby anti-hero tops Super Smash Bros. Brawl‘s tier list, and is a favorite among many fans of the Wii outing. Let’s just hope he’s a bit nerfed this time around – he was an absolute beast in the last game.

Super Smash Bros. For 3DS will be released on October 3 with the Wii U version following later in the year.

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Disney Infinity 2.0 adds Donald Duck to the bill

Following up on their Aladdin and Jasmine trailer, Disney Interactive announced yet another character to add to the already impressive Toy Box roster for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes: Donald Duck. Donald will be available for purchase this fall, presumably shortly after the game releases.

Now we just need Panchito Pistoles and Jose Carioca and we can get a real Three Caballaros game going. September 23rd can’t come soon enough.

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