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Nintendo engaged in lawsuit over alleged Wii U patent infringement

Secure Axcess, a company "dedicated to monetization and management of Internet security patents," is suing Nintendo of America and Nintendo Co. for allegedly infringing on a patent concerning the Wii U, The Southeast Texas Record reports. The patent in question was filed in 2000 and published in 2003 for a "multiscreen personal computer display method and apparatus," or a computer which provides display capabilities on more than one screen. The Wii U supposedly infringes on this patent with the use of its GamePad. The company is also suing retailers such as GameStop, Target, Amazon and Best Buy for selling the console "without license or authorization." Secure Axcess is seeking compensatory damages, costs, interest and other relief. Judge Rodney Gilstrap will preside over the...
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Xbox One version 'TBD,' says Activision

The existence of the Xbox One version of upcoming action game The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been called into question, with Activision telling MCV its fate is up in the air. The game, slated to launch on April 29, is being published for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, Windows PC and Xbox 360. All mentions of the Xbox One version have been removed from the game's official website, with Activision stating that version is "TBD." "We want to inform you that we are revising our release plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One," Activision said in a statement to MCV. "When and whether The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released on Xbox One is TBD." When contacted for comment, a representative for Activision told Polygon that the company is "working with Microsoft in an...
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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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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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Our Miis are lonely, so let's share our Nintendo IDs

Now that we all have our Wii U's and I'm sure I'm not the only one with an empty friends list, let's get together and "fix" this. Just post your ID if you want so we can follow or request each other. he idea of people being able to follow someone without them actually used up a friend in your list is quite interesting. It'll at least help the Wii U feel a little less empty and lonely. Right now my plaza is just filled with Nintendo Miis trying to tell me how cool the Wii U is. Edit: Also a quick tip. Send the friend request through the profiles in Miiverse. If you register a friend in the friendlist section, it works like friend codes used to, requiring both parties to register each other. It'll be a hidden request only you can see, unlike the Miiverse which its a 30 day expiring...
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The Division dev on Watch Dogs: it's 'tremendously important' knowing when to delay

Delaying a game may incur additional costs and fan ire, but in the end it's important for a developer to recognize when a game needs additional incubation time for quality purposes, Tom Clancy's The Division managing director David Polfeldt told The Examiner. According to Polfeldt, it is "tremendously important" that developers and publishers know when to take a hit and delay a game. He said that Ubisoft's stock shares fell 25 percent the day the company announced its highly-anticipated open-world hacking game Watch Dogs had been delayed from October 2013 into 2014. "It takes so much courage to live through that day and still think that was a good decision," he said. "So for us in the development [side], that's an important message that ultimately the management will back up the goals...
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Nintendo releasing Princess Peach-themed Wii Remote this month

Nintendo will launch a new Wii Remote Plus controller later this month mimicking the iconic dress colors of Princess Peach, the company announced this morning. The Princess Peach remote will launch in stores in late April for $39.99 each and is designed similarly to the Mario and Luigi controllers. The main body of the controller (shown above and below) is pink with a golden crown design over the remote's speaker. The middle buttons on the controller are blue and the plus pad is golden-yellow, colors that reflect her jewelry and crown. The remote is compatible with all Wii and Wii U games including upcoming kart racer Mario Kart 8, which launches on May 30.
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Child of Light's latest trailer walks viewers through the world of Lemuria

The latest trailer for Ubisoft's fairy tale-inspired Japanese-style role-playing game Child of Light introduces players to Lemuria, the world in which young pink-haired heroine Aurora sets off on her journey. The video above briefly flies through a handful of environments Aurora will travel through — villages, forests filled with insect-like enemies, damp caves, rocky cliffs and ancient ruins. The little girl will run, float and fly through this world, collecting treasures, fighting off beasts and looking for a way to return home to her father. Child of Light will launch on April 3 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Check out previous videos detailing the game's artwork and soundtrack, as well as our interview from PAX East with Child of...
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Ubisoft's online store lists Watch Dogs' Wii U version for Fall 2014 launch

Watch Dogs will launch on May 27 for every platform except Wii U. Ubisoft's official storefront now says the game will arrive in the Fall launch window this year. The Fall 2014 listing is currently active on the Uplay marketplace. Nintendo Enthusiast, which spotted the listing, says it confirmed with a Ubisoft representative that the game is targeting Fall 2014 for release. Polygon has reached out to a Ubisoft representative for comment as well. Watch Dogs' Wii U version is the only one not being developed by the Montréal studio building all other versions of the game. Ubisoft's studio in Bucharest, Romania, is handling this edition. In March, the game's senior producer said a 2014 release date was still a possibility.
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How you craft Child of Light's story as you play

Ubisoft Montreal's Child of Light looks like a 2D side-scrolling platformer, and most of those games are all about mechanics; if there's a story, it's usually a static tale that doesn't have much to do with playing the game. But Child of Light lead writer told Polygon at PAX East 2014 that when he and creative director Patrick Plourde were designing the title's concept, they wanted story and gameplay to be deeply intertwined. "I believe that gameplay is central to an interactive experience; otherwise, it should be a movie," said Yohalem. He explained that when Ubisoft greenlit the platformer, which is inspired by elements such as eastern European fairy tales and Japanese role-playing games, the publisher allowed him and Plourde full creative freedom. The duo decided to shy away from a...
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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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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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Cult County brings first-person desert horror to life in latest gameplay video

Cult County developer Renegade Kid launched the first gameplay video for the upcoming horror game that is currently seeking funding through Kickstarter. The campaign launched earlier this month and is seeking $580,000 to bring the release to Linux, Mac and Windows PC via Steam, as well as PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U and Xbox One. Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS ports are a possibility with stretch goals. Cult County is self-described as "The Walking Dead meets Silent Hill 2 from a first-person perspective" and will focus on atmosphere, loneliness and your innermost fears. The game is set in a "small, dusty West Texas town," where protagonist Gavin Mellick is searching for his sister. Unable to find her, Gavin begins unraveling clues about a strange, "cultish" group...
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NES Remix 2 dumps your favorite retro games on their head

For fans of Nintendo's original NES games, NES Remix 2 is likely to hit the sweet spot between comfortable nostalgia and jarring alteration. During a recent demo in San Francisco, I spent some hands-on time with the game. Like its predecessor, NES Remix, Remix 2 focuses on stuffing gameplay from retro games into rapid fire challenges. These bite-sized segments rarely, if ever, ran longer than 45 seconds and kept me on my toes. Mario 3-themed trials made me take out enemies with everlasting starpower as quickly as possible, or attempt to get Mario off the ground and flying. In a challenge taken from side-scroller Zelda 2: The Adventure of Link, I had to defeat a tricky boss with a few well-timed hits. The game's titular remixes are named for their mashups or otherwise drastic changes...
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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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What Cirque du Soleil, Coeur de Pirate and flowers bring to Child of Light

Ubisoft partnered with Cirque du Soleil and Canadian singer-pianist Coeur de Pirate to develop the soundtrack and theatricality of its upcoming JRPG-inspired game Child of Light, developers shared today. The video above shows how de Pirate along with the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra created the soundtrack, while le Cirque du Soleil Media worked to "enhance the sense of theatricality in the game," bringing some of the shows movement and costume style into the game. Viewers can also get a first listen at their work and how it melds with gameplay and combat. "Music is one of the most important ways to communicate emotion to players," said creative director Patrick Plourde. "The music of Coeur de Pirate is fresh, romantic and optimistic, a perfect match for what we wanted to express with...
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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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