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Why Square Enix uses DRM

Square Enix uses digital rights management to earn profits and protect its intellectual property, Square Enix America's senior manager of business and legal affairs Adam Sullivan told TorrentFreak. Square Enix has "a well-known reputation for being very protective of our IPs," Sullivan said, and it employs DRM to further that goal. "The primary benefit to us is the same as with any business: profit," he said. Though he acknowledged that some players have problems and there is "no perfect solution yet," DRM also has other benefits that help developers. "When F2P began trending, lots of people thought it would be the death of DRM. I remember talking with one F2P developer who couldn't imagine why hackers would want to attack his game, since it was free and all. Two months later they...
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Cult County to launch on Nintendo 3DS if minimum crowdfunding goal is met

Renegade Kid's upcoming horror game, Cult County, will launch for Nintendo 3DS — in addition to its other platforms — if the game meets its minimum crowdfunding goal, the developer announced on Kickstarter. Cult County is a first-person, atmospheric title described as The Walking Dead meets Silent Hill 2. The game takes place in a small, West Texas town where protagonist Gavin Mellick begins unraveling clues about a "cultish" group new to the area. The game was originally planned for release exclusively on Nintendo 3DS, but grew "beyond the scope" of the handheld system. When Renegade Kid began crowdfunding efforts for the game on Kickstarter, a 3DS port was added as a stretch goal. "We sent the call out on Twitter, and we got a tremendous response," the update reads....
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Mario Kart 8, Kirby Triple Deluxe, more playable at WonderCon 2014

Nintendo is bringing five new titles from the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS libraries to WonderCon 2014 this weekend, including Mario Kart 8 and Kirby Triple Deluxe, the company announced today. Two of the games — the 3DS titles Yoshi's New Island and Disney Magical World — are already available. Nintendo's WonderCon lineup also includes Kirby Triple Deluxe and Mario Golf: World Tour, both of which are launching May 2 on 3DS, and Mario Kart 8 (screenshot above), which is set for release May 30 on Wii U. WonderCon 2014 takes place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., from April 18-20. For more on the aforementioned games, check out our recent previews of Mario Golf: World Tour, Kirby Triple Deluxe and Mario Kart 8, and our full review of Yoshi's New Island.
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Toys for Bob and the story behind Skylanders

Beasts are peeking out of every nook and cranny in the office, a crazy infestation of plastic chaos.The figurines sit on shelves, hang on walls, tumble on desks in states of unpainted nakedness, dismantled and incoherent. They gurn, snarl and claw in an infinity of static poses. This is the place where the little plastic creatures of Activision's breakout monster hit Skylanders are conceived and birthed, the headquarters of Toys for Bob, a tiki-pirate-ship-themed ex-aircraft hanger in Marin County, California. Since its introduction back in 2011, the Skylanders video game and toy series has generated upwards of $2 billion in lifetime sales. It is one of the top 20 game franchises of all time, with 175 million toy sales. The Skylanders monsters have captured the imaginations of...
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Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Super Mario 3D Land and other 3DS games now $29.99

Nintendo is cutting the price of five popular Nintendo 3DS games down to $29.99 from their normal price of $39.99, the company announced today. Beginning April 22, Nintendo 3DS owners can snag Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D Land at this new discounted price both at retail and as downloadable titles through the 3DS eShop. According to Nintendo, Mario Kart 7, New Super Mario Bros. 2 and Super Mario 3D Land are the top three best-selling Nintendo 3DS games of all time in the U.S. with each selling through more than 2.15 million copies, both physical and digital editions. Additionally, Nintendo notes that all five of the above titles have collectively sold 9 million combined retail and downloadable units.
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Lego The Hobbit review: safe fairyland

Lego the Hobbit is the best way to engage with the fictional world of The Hobbit short of reading the original book. Traveller's Tales' Lego games have always added a humorous spin to whatever property they were paired with. The team has found a perfect match in The Hobbit — the lighter, friendlier prequel to JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. Lego the Hobbit takes inspiration from the slightly overblown recent films and runs with it, creating a plastic universe that's warm, funny and inviting. The storytelling is succinct, the gameplay is familiar and comfortable, and the world itself is a pleasure to explore, lending to a sense of adventure grander than the tiny plastic bricks would lead you to expect. Lego the Hobbit doesn't stray far from the formula set...
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Level-5 announces Youkai Watch 2 for 3DS

Level 5 will launch a sequel to Nintendo 3DS ghost taming role-playing game Youkai Watch — Youkai Watch 2 — on July 10 in Japan, according to the latest issue of CoroCoro magazine. Anime News Network reports that Level-5 will release two editions of Youkai Watch 2, the Ganso (Founder) edition and the Honke (Head) edition, both of which allow players to earn a different rare medal. The title will also reveal the origins behind the youkai watch, the mysterious accessory protagonist Keita uses to interact with ghosts. He and his friends will travel back in time to Japan's early 20th-century Showa era, meet a new ghost-taming boy named Keizo and face off against a powerful demon. The game will also include new events for Keita, including climbing trees to hunt for new ghosts and...
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Watch Keiji Inafune design Mighty No. 9's robot enemies

The latest Kickstarter backer update for Comcept's Mighty No. 9 details the state of the game as well as what players can expect from the enemies and environments robot protagonist Beck will encounter on his journey. The grunt enemy robots, shown as sketches in previous updates, are undergoing additional polish and nearing their final forms, according to the update. The video above shows Inafune giving feedback on the humanoid-type enemy robot, which he noted should still be less human-like even though it is built like one. These upright standing robots, instead of holding shields and guns, have their shields integrated into their torso; when they need to use them, their torso rotates around to bring the shield from its back to the front of its body. The update also includes artwork...
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Tomodachi Life hits 3DS June 6, combining universal gameplay with Western hooks

It's difficult to describe the Tomodachi series, and Bill Trinen knows it.In fact, when Nintendo of America's director of product marketing first got his hands on a Westernized version of the previously Japanese-only Nintendo 3DS game Tomodachi Life, he wasn't sure he was going to get into it. It wasn't until he started playing the game, which corrals Mii characters together and lets players watch then interact and interact with them, that its appeal dawned on him. "The thing that surprises me about Tomodachi Life is how it gets its hooks in you in unexpected ways," Trinen told Polygon in a recent interview. "You know, when I first started playing the game, I was a little unsure of whether or not it was going to be the kind of thing that I would really enjoy. Very quickly, I found...
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Atlus picks up RPG Citizens of Earth after failed Kickstarter

Citizens of Earth, the retro-inspired role-playing game from indie studio Eden Industries, will be published by Atlus and is set for release later this year on Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Windows PC and Wii U, the publisher announced today. Vancouver, Canada-based Eden Industries attempted to fund development of Citizens of Earth with a CA$100,000 Kickstarter campaign last fall, but the funding drive fell short with a final total of CA$36,875. Upon the closure of the campaign, Eden vowed to continue developing the game. Atlus will release Citizens of Earth in North America and Europe as a downloadable title. Citizens of Earth casts the player as Vice President of the World. The day after the vice president takes office, the people of planet Earth go crazy. It's up...
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New Mario title in development at Nintendo EAD Tokyo

Nintendo EAD Tokyo has begun developing the next Mario title, the studio revealed in an interview with Edge Online. Producer Yoshiaki Koizumi could not confirm if the next Mario iteration is in development for Nintendo 3DS or Wii U, adding that "we've already started approaching our next challenge" and "there's still a lot more room for discovery and invention, and we'll continue to propose new and exciting game mechanics going into the future." Co-director and EAD Tokyo team leader Kenta Motokura mentioned that the development team "might need to make even more use of the GamePad" if the new Mario title will see a launch on the Wii U platform. Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto revealed last November that there is "little chance" for him to oversee or be heavily involved with the...
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Pokemon Charizard and Greninja join Super Smash Bros. roster

Pokemon pals Charizard and Greninja will be playable characters in Super Smash Bros., the next entry in Nintendo's fighting franchise, as revealed today by a Nintendo Direct Presentation. Charizard was introduced in the very first generation of Pokemon, Pokemon Blue and Pokemon Red. The fire-based Pokemon is the third evolution of Charmander, one of the generation's three starters. Water and dark-type Pokemon Greninja, meanwhile made its debut in Pokemon X and Pokemon Y. Greninja is the final form of Froakie, one of the sixth generation's three starting Pokemon. You can watch Charizard and Greninja make their fighting debut on at the end of the presentation on Nintendo's official channel. Charizard and Greninja join two other playable Pokemon in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and...
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Sheik, Yoshi and Zero Suit Samus join the roster in Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will include Sheik, Yoshi and Zero Suit Samus as playable characters, director Masahiro Sakurai announced during a Nintendo Direct event today. Sheik was Princess Zelda's secret identity in The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time and also appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In the upcoming game, she'll have new moves like Burst Grenade and Bouncing Fish. Yoshi, Mario's dinosaur-like sidekick and Smash Bros. veteran, will also return. In the upcoming 3DS and Wii U games, Yoshi will stand straight up, not hunched over like in previous versions, which will change his play style. Zero Suit Samus will return in the new Super Smash Bros. as her own fully playable character, separate from heavily armored Samus,...
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Super Smash Bros. to feature 'For Fun' and 'For Glory' modes for online multiplayer

Super Smash Bros., Nintendo's latest entry in the fighting franchise, will include two multiplayer modes — For Fun and For Glory — for players to choose from, director Masahiro Sakurai announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation today. Both the Wii U and 3DS versions of the game will include online multiplayer to allow players to try "whatever style" they want to play. The Wii U's online multiplayer will function like Super Smash Bros. Brawl's. However, the 3DS version "isn't going to be overshadowed," Sakurai said, and will offer online options as well for players with a stable connection. When people are playing online with random players, they can choose from two different modes. In the For Fun mode, the stage will be randomly selected from the game's available options;...
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Super Smash Bros. hits 3DS this summer and Wii U this winter

Super Smash Bros. will arrive on Nintendo 3DS this summer and Wii U this winter, director Masahiro Sakurai announced during a Nintendo Direct event today. The 3DS version will run at 60 frames per second in stereoscopic 3D, Sakurai said. Assist characters will run at 30 frames per second. "New Super Smash Bros. games are a major event for video game fans everywhere, and present an experience that only Nintendo can offer," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of sales and marketing. "Fans have two launches to look forward to this year, and they will want to get in plenty of practice with the Nintendo 3DS version so that they can be prepared for the launch of the Wii U game later in the year." Super Smash Bros. is headed to Wii U and Nintendo 3DS...
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Marvel teases Avengers in Disney Infinity '2.0 Edition' (update)

Marvel's Avengers appear to be on their way to Disney Interactive's Disney Infinity, according to a teaser trailer released today by Marvel Entertainment. The 27-second clip, named "Get Ready to Assemble," shows Captain America's shield flying through the world of Disney Infinity, zooming past characters like Dash from The Incredibles, Sully from Monsters, Inc. and Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean films. A Disney Infinity logo pops up at the end of the video, along with a label mentioning a "2.0 Edition." We're reaching out to Disney Interactive for more details, and will update this article with any information we receive. The Walt Disney Company acquired Marvel Entertainment in August 2009 for $4 billion. John Blackburn, CEO of Disney Infinity developer...
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 loads up on the villains in its latest trailer

The latest trailer for developer Beenox's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 demonstrates that the second game in Activision's latest comic-based series won't be skimping on the villains. Much like Batman: Arkham Origins, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is loading up on baddies for our titular hero to face. In addition to the already-known Electro, Green Goblin and Kraven, the trailer above gives a look at the supervillain Kingpin, potential romantic interest Black Cat and a brief glimpse of what appears to be the alien-infected Carnage. The game, announced during New York Comic Con last fall, expands on the city of Manhattan build up in the first game, 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man. The title also features tweaks to its combat and web-slinging mechanics as well as some light role-playing game...
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Capcom asks fans to design two weapons for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Capcom is looking for a few good weapons for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. The publisher is staging a design contest and encouraging fans to develop two weapons to be used in the game, when it launches in the west for Nintendo 3DS in 2015. Capcom is only accepting one entry per person and asks that submissions be based on one of the 14 weapon classes available in the game: Sword & Shield, Dual Blades, Great Sword, Long Sword, Hammer, Hunting Horn, Lance, Gunlance, Switch Axe, Light Bowgun, Heavy Bowgun, Bow, Insect Glaive and Charge Blade. Participants are asked to send an illustration and a weapon name in an email to contest@capcom.com with the subject line "MH4U weapon design." A description of the weapon's capabilities is optional but should be limited to 100 words. Two winners will...
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Parenthood makes gaming better by making time your most precious resource

Parenthood changes you in nearly every way. You lose free time, but you gain the ability to see things through a different set of lenses. Suddenly what you want or need isn’t the most important thing, and you wake up every morning with a sense of purpose and understanding about what your day will entail. A large part of your existence is now the complicated act of trying to keep a completely helpless young human being alive. I have five children, and I write daily and play video games regularly. This usually happens at night, after everyone is asleep. I talk to new parents often, or people thinking about becoming parents, and the issue of video games often comes up as if they’re confessing something. Everyone is worried about whether they’ll still find time to play, but then...
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wants to connect you with Spider-Man as a character

The Amazing Spider-Man, the 2012 video game companion to the film of the same name, brought Spider-Man back into an open-world Manhattan after two comparatively linear titles that received lukewarm responses. But according to Thomas Wilson, creative director and co-studio head at Quebec City, Canada-based Beenox, the company realized that when it came to building a sequel, most of the original game's foundation needed work. Players liked the freely explorable Manhattan that was the setting for The Amazing Spider-Man, and Beenox also wanted to keep the web rush mechanic, which allowed Spider-Man to slow down time and zoom forward to a point of his choosing in the environment. "All the other stuff that was in there needed to be improved, in our opinion," said Wilson during a phone...
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