Mario Kart 8 Wii U bundle, Peach and Yoshi Wii Remotes hitting Europe May 30

A Mario Kart 8 Wii U console bundle and two new character-themed Wii Remotes are slated to launch in Europe alongside the racing title on May 30, Nintendo U.K. announced this morning. The £249.99 Mario Kart 8 Premium Pack — Special Edition hardware bundle includes a 32GB black Wii U Premium console, black GamePad controller, the Wii U's sensor bar and a physical copy of Mario Kart 8. Nintendo U.K. is also offering two more game bundles for £299.99 each that add a GamePad cover protector, Wii U Racing Wheel and an additional Wii Remote to the above list of goods. Both are character-themed: one includes red accessories tailored to suit Mario, while the other includes Luigi-green accessories. Additionally, a new Yoshi-themed Wii Remote and the previously-announced Princess Peach Wii...

Meiji era Ace Attorney announcement trailer teases main characters

Capcom's official announcement trailer for the new Ace Attorney game for Nintendo 3DS set in the Meji period offers glimpse of the game's two main characters. The game, titled Dai Gyakuten Saiban - Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken in Japan, is set in Japan's Meiji era (Sept. 1868-July 1912). It centers on the courtroom antics of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke, an ancestor of the series' lawyer, Phoenix Wright. According to leaked pages from the most recent issue of Famitsu magazine earlier this week, Ryuunosuke possess a keen sense of justice and is quick to put himself in danger. The new title's development is being overseen by series creator Shu Takumi. With the exception of last year's Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, Takumi has worked on the Ace Attorney series since the 2001 original Nintendo...
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See Skylanders Trap Team's new Trap Masters, villains and portal in action

Skylanders Trap Team features a new gameplay mechanic that lets players trap the action game's villains, thanks to an all-new portal accessory, and recruit them to fight alongside an all-new batch of Skylanders heroes. In Skylanders Trap Team's first trailer, how the new interplay between video game, action figure and accessories function is explained in a most fantastical fashion. The Toys for Bob and Beenox-developed Skylanders sequel is due Oct. 5 on a wide variety of console and handheld platforms. Skylanders Trap Team will support all of the existing Skylanders toys, and will add more than 50 playable heroes. The game will ship with a new base accessory, the Traptanium Portal, which is included in a starter pack that will sell for $74.99 and comes with two traps, a Trap Master and...

Playing with privilege: the invisible benefits of gaming while male

Over the course of the past two years I’ve had the opportunity to serve as producer on the Tropes vs Women in Video Games web series. During that time, I have been taken aback by the intense and often abusive reaction to the project. This backlash, along with a number of other recent high-profile harassment incidents targeting women, has highlighted sexism in the gaming community and brought the issue to wider public and media attention. One particularly astounding theme I’ve noticed running through online discussions surrounding these incidents has been a consistent denial that there is any real problem with the way women are treated in gaming. Despite the abundance of evidence, I’ve seen many of my fellow male gamers, in comment thread after comment thread, dismiss the issue as...

Is Watch Dogs doing anything original?

Watch Dogs begins with a tutorial mission that heavily accentuates the game's aspirations as a thriller about modern surveillance. Set in a sports stadium, this sequence forces the player to make use of cameras and security servers in order to demonstrate power over the world. It is an overlay of semi-transparent lines, criss-crossing the physical realm, bending and warping reality; a conspiracy-theorist's fantasy user interface. The in-game goons who would harm me can be rendered impotent by the flick of a switch. Reaching that switch is a matter of following simple sequential puzzles and holding down a button on the joypad. It is a secondary weapon, a smart bomb that the designers have placed in the world in order to add an extra dimension to the combat and to give the game a gleam...

Amazon, Media Molecule, Twitch to speak at Develop 2014

The 2014 Develop in Brighton conference confirmed its first round of speakers this morning, which includes developers from Amazon, Tearaway studio Media Molecule and streaming platform Twitch, among a dozen others. The Develop 2014 conference, currently in its ninth year, will be held July 8-10 in Brighton's Hilton Metropole. The three-day event will feature more than 100 speakers across 90 different sessions — including representatives from Crytek, Nickelodeon, Chillingo, Codemasters, Ubisoft Montreal and Aardman Studios. These speakers will discuss popular industry topics, including cloud and second screen gaming, the growth of virtual reality and new funding and publishing models, and the psychology of player-game interaction. A full list of confirmed sessions is currently...
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Picross e4 hits Nintendo 3DS May 1

Picross e4, the latest iteration of developer Jupiter Corporation's picture crossword puzzle game franchise, will be available for the Nintendo 3DS in North America on May 1. Picross e4 was released in Japan last November in the Nintendo 3DS eShop and was previously reported to head to Europe and North America by the end of April. The fourth game in the Picross e series features new 20x15 puzzles, Micross and Mega Picross modes and more than 150 new puzzles. Picross e beginners have access to tutorials and rule options, while players with save data from previous games can play additional Special Puzzles. Pricing information isn't currently available. Picross e3, the series' previous entry, launched last October in North America for $5.99 through the eShop and Europe last November...

Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 heading to consoles, 3DS

A sequel to Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures will launch for Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii U, Bandai Namco announced today. Like its predecessor, Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 takes inspiration from the animated show of the same name. The game introduces a new storyline featuring characters Pac, Spiral and Cylindria in their quest to defend PacWorld from Lord Betrayus and his army. Players will also have the chance to explore the ocean floor and space. Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures 2 will be available in Fall 2014. Its accompanying show begins airing this year and will extend into 2015. For a look at the game, watch the trailer below. A price for Ghostly Adventures 2 has not been announced. The first game, which launched last year, was available for...

NES Remix 2 - Overview video

How fast can you climb the beanstalk mountain in the first level of Super Mario Bros. 2?NES Remix 2 is a fascinating test of some of your very specific classic gaming abilities, like how fast you can recover from a Punch-Out knock down, or how quickly you can blast fools in Kirby's Adventure's quick draw mini-game. It's genuinely exciting to exercise those long-dormant parts of my brain — the ones in charge of Kid Icarus pathing and Princess Peach-floating. Also, who doesn't love unlockable Miiverse stamps? Kids are absolutely bonkers about Miiverse stamps right now. In today's Overview, Justin and I run through a smattering of NES Remix 2's short-form challenges. Known high score champ and hot sauce magnate Billy Mitchell also swings by for a bit, and awards me a place alongside his...

GameSpy shutdown taking Borderlands, Civilization titles offline 'temporarily'

The impending shutdown of online-service provider GameSpy Technology will "temporarily" take Borderlands and some Civilization games offline as publisher 2K Games moves them from GameSpy to Steamworks, while nearly 20 other titles will lose online support, 2K announced today. GameSpy Technology, which provides the online back-end for dozens of games, announced earlier this year that it would close May 31. On that date, 2K said today, online service for eight different games will "temporarily" be halted as the publisher migrates support from GameSpy to Valve's Steamworks platform. The titles in question are Sid Meier's Civilization 3, Civilization 3: Conquests, Civilization 3: Play the World, Sid Meier's Civilization 4, Civilization 4: Beyond the Sword, Civilization 4: Colonization, C...

New Ace Attorney title coming, set in Meiji period with Phoenix Wright's ancestor

A new Ace Attorney game for Nintendo 3DS is on the way under the direction of series creator Shu Takumi, according to leaked pages from the most recent issue of Famitsu magazine. According to the leaked pages, the game will be set in Japan's Meiji era (Sept. 1868 through July 1912) and star an ancestor of the series' famous lawyer, Phoenix Wright. His name is Naruhodou Ryuunosuke (pictured below in a tweet from Twitter user Light Agent). In the scan, he is pictured carrying a sword and the article describes him as having a keen sense of justice and quick to put himself in danger. The new game's full title is Dai Gyakuten Saiban — Naruhodou Ryuunosuke no Bouken, which translates to Grand Turnabout Trial — The Adventures of Naruhodou Ryuunosuke. Takumi has worked on the Ace Attorney...

Mario Golf: World Tour season pass consists of three DLC packs for $14.99

Nintendo will be offering a season pass for Mario Golf: World Tour that bundles together three add-ons for $14.99, the company announced today. Mario Golf: World Tour, which launches May 2 on Nintendo 3DS, includes 10 courses with a total of 126 holes of golf. Six additional 18-hole courses, for a total of 108 extra holes, will be released in the three downloadable content packs Nintendo is working on. Each of the DLC packs will contain two new courses and one new playable character. The season pass will kick off with the Mushroom Pack, which comes with Toadette, on May 2. Later that month, Nintendo will release the Flower Pack, which includes Nabbit. And June will see the launch of the Star Pack, which features Rosalina. Each add-on will be sold for $5.99, which means the season pass...

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call coming to North America in 2014

Rhythm role-playing game Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call, the sequel to Nintendo 3DS music title Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, will launch in North America this year, Square Enix announced today. Curtain Call retains the original game's miniaturized art-style and includes 60 characters from players to choose from, including newcomers from series spin-off titles like Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children, Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy Mystic Quest, as well as more recent games, including Lighting Returns: Final Fantasy 13 and massively multiplayer online RPG Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn. The game will also feature more than 200 tracks from titles spanning the entire Final Fantasy franchise. The sequel features a Quest Medley mode, in which players can build and battle...

Nintendo Phuten is closing by the end of May

Nintendo's Taiwan subsidiary, Nintendo Phuten, will close at the end of May and employees will leave the company by the end of this month, GNN reports (spotted by NeoGAF). Nintendo Phuten is one of the lesser known Nintendo subsidiaries, responsible primarily for the sales of Nintendo hardware and games in Taiwan. Future business in the area will be handled by Nintendo Hong Kong, however, which will be responsible for sales of local products and distribution. Earlier this year, Nintendo revealed an operating loss of just over $15 million for the nine month period ending Dec. 31, 2013, after dismal sales of the Wii U forced the company to slash its yearly forecast. While the company's financial situation is likely a reason behind the Taiwan subsidiary's closure, specifics have yet to...

New Fatal Frame title coming to the Wii U

Tecmo Koei and Nintendo are developing the next iteration of horror adventure series Fatal Frame for Wii U, the companies announced according to Famitsu. A release date or title was not revealed, according to a translation by Gematsu, who reports that Tecmo Koei plans to expand upon the Fatal Frame IP with a series of multimedia projects. The projects include a live-action film that is in production with Kadokawa Corporation "for a fall release" and directed by Mari Asato (Bilocation). A comic by writer Shin Kibayashi (Kodansha, Kindaichi Case Files) is also in the works and a novel from author Eiji Otsuka (Multiple Personality Detective Psycho, The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service) is slated for an August release. Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly recently launched on the PlayStation...

Resident Evil franchise writer and director begins work on Resident Evil 6

Work on the next film adaptation of Capcom's survival horror franchise Resident Evil will begin this year, CCTV reports Resident Evil franchise writer and director Paul W.S. Anderson as saying at the Beijing International Film Festival. "And I have to go home tomorrow to start writing Resident Evil," he said at the summit in response to an audience member's question about the franchise. "So that's what I'm doing next." Anderson hinted last year that his next project after 3D disaster movie Pompeii may be a Resident Evil film, but told Collider in February that "the wheels aren't quite in motion yet" regarding its production. Making her franchise debut in 2012's Resident Evil: Retribution (film pictured above), Anderson confirmed that actress Li Bingbing will return as Ada Wong in the...

Monster Hunter 4G trailer is all about the monsters

The latest trailer for Monster Hunter 4G shows the game's deadly creatures in action, giving players a look at these beasties ahead of the Nintendo 3DS title's release. The trailer above features a desert-like environment packed with monsters, pockmarked by rocky structures and hidden caverns, all under the bright glare of the sun. The trailer shows a player character locked in heated combat with a handful of the creatures, which use attacks ranging from water streams to sand blasts to brute force with tooth and claw. 4G is an updated edition of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, which was released in Japan for 3DS in fall of last year. Monster Hunter 4G will launch in Japan in fall of this year while the original Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate will launch in North America and Europe in early...

NES Remix games skipped 3DS because they needed Wii U's power, dev says

Nintendo made NES Remix and NES Remix 2 on Wii U and not Nintendo 3DS because the games required the increased hardware capabilities of the Wii U, said series director Koichi Hayashida in an interview with IGN. Both NES Remix and NES Remix 2 (screenshot above) are compilations of NES games that break up those classic titles into bite-sized "remixed" segments. Many of the games that appear in the NES Remix franchise, including Super Mario Bros. 3 and The Legend of Zelda, are already available on Wii U and 3DS as part of Nintendo's Virtual Console service. But the NES Remix titles are restricted to Wii U. According to Hayashida, part of the reason for that is that he was already familiar with the Wii U's architecture from his time working on Super Mario 3D World. But there's a deeper...

China's free trade zone regulations set, ready for video game console sales

Regulations for China's free trade zone in Shanghai are now officially in place, opening the area for the sale and trade of video game consoles, reports People's Daily. The ban on console sales in China — which lasted close to 14 years — lifted last September, when the country announced it would set up the FTZ in Shanghai. Since then, the government has been working to set up rules for how the trading zone will be governed and operated. Foreign companies, like Sony and Nintendo, can now being to operate in this zone, along with any domestic Chinese game development companies. In June 2013, the Chinese government revealed it would end its ban on the production and sale of video game consoles, which was introduced in 2000. Foreign firms would be able to produce and sell their hardware...

This is how you get a lightsaber in Disney Infinity

There is a way to get Star Wars' iconic lightsaber in Disney Infinity — it just takes a bit of effort and a lot of cash. In the video above, Stephen Alva Wood of YouTube channel Nerdflip runs down how to obtain the coveted item. By using all 29 NFC figurines within the game and raising all characters to level one, players can unlock a green lightsaber, a weapon used in the space epic by Jedi including Luke Skywalker and Yoda. According to Wood, unlocking the lightsaber means players have spent at least $500 on Disney Infinity figurines at this point. In late 2012, Disney purchased Lucasfilm — and the rights to the Star Wars franchise — in a $4 billion acquisition deal. More recently, the Disney Store Facebook page responded to a comment from a fan that there were no plans to add Star...
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