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Smash Bros. release windows revealed

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Yesterday's Nintendo Direct revealed a couple new characters for the game, but Nintendo also pulled back the curtain on the release windows for both games. Smash Bros 3DS is coming this summer, while the Wii U version is releasing in the winter.

I'm not surprised, but this is pretty disappointing and not exactly good news. Nintendo has been a day late and a dollar short with the Wii U almost from the beginning, so I was expecting the Wii U version of Smash Bros to release later. This doesn't bode well for the Wii U, though.

I'm excited to get my hands on the 3DS version, but the 3DS is already selling like gangbusters so everybody is going to get the 3DS version. If gamers already have Smash Bros for their 3DS, that means they'll be even less likely to get Smash Bros for Wii U, which pretty much torpedoes the game's shot at being a much-needed system seller for the beleaguered console.

Nintendo really should have pushed to get the Wii U version out sooner, so the only way to play the new Smash for several months was to buy a Wii U. That the game will sell on the 3DS is a foregone conclusion, but when even Super Mario 3D World didn't move Wii U consoles off shelves, there isn't much guarantee that people will buy the console for Smash, especially if they already have it on their 3DS.

I'm happy both versions are coming out in 2014 (barring any potential delays), but when Nintendo is undercutting their own sales, you really have to wonder what they're thinking.

Source: IGN

News Roundup - 04/08/2014

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This week’s Xbox 360 Deals With Gold

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Looks like Microsoft is running a bit bigger sale this week for those that have an Xbox Gold membership. In addition to the usual weekly titles, MS is also running a Microsoft Studios sales wit Arcade titles, Games on Demand and Add-Ons between 50-90% off. Some of the MS Studios titles include all three Gears of War (67% off each), Crackdown (this is a must own at 67% off) and Castle Crashers (67% off). The regular sale encompasses games on demand titles such as the Devil May Cry HD collection and Resident Evil 5, both 67% off. Check out the images below for the entire list and sale discount.


Yes, The Last of Us Remastered is headed to the PS4 -Update-

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It doesn't get much more official without an official word than a banner on your console's store. But the picture below shows off The Last of Us Remastered coming to the PlayStation 4 that's making the rounds on the carousel at Sony's website.

Still no word from either Naughty Dog or Sony and when you click on it, it takes you to a not found page. With that up, I'm expecting someone to officially give the word today. 

The game will be $60 and I've read it will also include the Left Behind DLC that was released two months ago. It's good to see the game come out on the PlayStation 4 as it was one of the best games on the previous Sony console released close to the launch of the PlayStation 4. It looked absolutely gorgeous on the PlaySation 3 so I'm excited to see what more horsepower can do for an already visually stunning game.


 

-Update- Sony's finally given the official word on the game via their blog. Some highlights include commentary during the cinematics, Abandon Territories map pack, Reclaimed territories pack, and Left Behind DLC. Pre-orders will also net you a bunch of goodies as well.

Arma 2 Free servers shutting down in two weeks, regular Arma 2 on sale

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If you never played Arma 2 Free, it's almost too late. Developer Bohemia Interactive will shut down the servers on April 22, nearly three years after Arma 2 Free was first announced. As a thank you to their supporters, Bohemia Interactive is putting their entire collection of Arma 2 and Arma 2 downloadable content on sale at 75 percent off. That lands the Arma 2: Complete Edition at $9.99, which includes everything you need (and more) to play the DayZ mod. Sale ends May 4.

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Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct reveals two new characters

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Today Nintendo released their Smash Bros.-centric Nintendo Direct.  Sadly I missed most of it for other gaming-related reasons, but I did catch the end of it which saw the reveal of two new characters: Charizard and Greninja.

While most of what I saw of the Nintendo Direct focused on the currently announced characters, including changes from past games for returning characters and some attack into for the new characters (still can't wait to use Mega Man), those who stayed after the presentation were presented with two more Pokemon joining the battle.  Granted I would have liked to see a fully evolved Grass-type starter from another region to round out the trio of starter types (either Sceptile or Serperior would have been awesome), I have no issues having four Pokemon to choose from, especially since one of them is Lucario.


Awesome new Hotline Miami 2 trailer

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Check out the new Hotline Miami 2 trailer where you can apparently dual wield machine guns and use two special characters at once. Brutal.

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Now Loading for the week of April 7, 2014

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This week is all about pressure... on Microsoft that is! It’s a given that the new LEGO The Hobbit game will entertain fans of Tolken’s classic franchise and gamers alike, but how will both a new generation of the Kinect Sports franchise and a last-gen version of Titanfall fare with fans? I can speak from personal experience that Kinect Sports Rivals is an admirable addition to the franchise, despite some speedbumps along the way. AS for Titanfall, we shall have to wait and see...

This week’s lineup:


Marvel heroes coming to Disney Infinity

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Disney Infinity does some cool things with the main thing being having a boatload of Disney characters from different movies interacting with each other. Disney picked up Marvel not too long ago and it looks like those comic book icons going to be coming to the game.

The preview shows Captain America's shield ricocheting around the town around various Disney characters. We'll have to wait to see what heroes the first wave brings us, but I'm guessing the entire Avenger's cast will be available in the first round.

Now with the Marvel heroes in the fold, how long before we see Star Wars characters in the game as well?

This Nintendo 64 portable console looks like it was officially licensed by Nintendo

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There are tons of custom made game consoles on the market, some officially licensed, some not, that allowed to play all your old games in the palm of your own hands, but I don't think I have ever seen one as slick looking as this. The following was posted on the Bacman forums in the finished projects section. User Bungle Bungleman has created his own portable Nintendo 64 console that looks like a piece of art. Seriously Nintendo, hire this guy when it comes to designing things for your future consoles and handhelds.

Here is a run down of the custom console.  

  • Custom controller-shaped case with hand grips
  • 3.5" screen
  • Battery: 4400mAh at 7.4v
  • Battery life: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Expansion Pak
  • Battery indicator
  • 1st party N64 controller
  • Custom buttons and d-pad, dual z buttons
  • Gamecube style replacement joystick
  • HMDX Go Portable Audio amp and speakers with volume buttons
  • Switchable internal memory/rumble

This seriously looks like an officially released product from Nintendo, which makes me wonder why they never released anything like this in the first place. As of right now it seems that this may be the only one he has made but he did mention on his Youtube page that if you are interested in owning one, just subscribe to his channel or join the forums to find out when he will have more available.  

Multiple goats coming to Goat Simulator

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Online multiplayer is sort of, well, too much work for Goat Simulator because it would take a rewrite of much of the game to sync correctly over the Internet because of the physics engine being used. But hey, good news is coming to folks that want to play with another goat friend.

Coffee Stain Studios is releasing a patch in May to offer up split screen multiplayer. While it's not online, you and a friend and sit next to each other and cause havoc with a goat of your choice. I'm sure many laughs will come out of this when playing with someone next to you.

That's not all as a new map, new goats, and new achievements will also be in this free patch. Yes, free. 

Goat Simulator's only $10, which you can get on Steam.


Anomaly Defenders: the world's first reverse tower offense game

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Even though I'm pretty sure that "reverse tower offense game" really just means "tower defense game,"  I'll give 11 bit Studios the benefit of the doubt with Anomaly Defenders.

If you've played Anomaly: Warzone Earth or any of its expansions and/or sequels then you have some idea what to expect.  The big difference is that you are in control of the aliens you were fighting against in the earlier games as they defend their homeworld from humanity's counter-attack.

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Kingpin trailer

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a new trailer out featuring some familiar villains we'll see in the movie, as well as some new ones with pretty cool teases. Check out Kingpin, Black Cat, Green Goblin and more including a tease at a possible Carnage cameo below.


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News Roundup - 04/07/2014

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Preview of the next Xbox One update that some folks already have

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Microsoft has put out details on the next update for the Xbox One and what it will improve. Some people have it now and are offering feedback, but Microsoft has gone public with what the update will entail.

Blu-ray gets 50Hz support and will have some other app updates coming to it.

For controllers, there will be another update that improves wireless connectivity and reduce some audio static noise that can come through an attached headset.

One nice convenience feature added is that you won't have to power on the Xbox One after an update anymore if your system is set to Instant On. It will do it on its own. Also, if you want to manually initiate the update when one's available, a menu option will be there for you to do so.

It's nice to see Microsoft continue to improve on the Xbox One experience so let's hope these updates continue at a regular pace.

Indiecade 2011 Finalist, Hero Generations, is going Kickstarter

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This is a wonderful little game—with a sadly forgettable name. But do try to remember it: Hero Generations. Scott Brodie is the one-man show that put together this "five-minute Civilization roguelike," becoming a finalist in Indiecade 2011. Brodie made the game for his son, but now Brodie's back on this particular track and wants to give Hero Generations extra time and attention. To do so, he's humbly asking for your dollars on Kickstarter.

In Hero Generations you begin the lineage of what is to become your family tree's legacy. You grow up, you adventure, you grow old, you settle down. With the mate you found, you breed your family's next generation, and that little squirt gets to carry on your legacy—for better or worse. The countryside is sprinkled with wonders and dangers, and confronting or fleeing these wonders and dangers brings you money and fame, or the opposite, in some cases. Every step you take ages you one year, so every move you make is vital, especially as you become an elder with your last few years rushing by like the whitewater river gushing in the background.

I've played a slightly updated version of Hero Generations, and I'd spread the link like wildfire if Brodie wasn't keeping it on the D.L. for now. But Hero Generations is stunning and heartfelt and meaningful and asks you to make choices that matter.

     
 

Twitch announces their PAX East broadcasting schedule

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PAX East is this weekend and if you can't make it to the event, then Twitch.tv has got you covered. They will also have tons of swag to give away at the booth as well. The first 250 visitors to get to the booth and try broadcasting from one of the official stations will be given swag bags with a limited edition t-shirt and commemorative pin. 

If it's anything like last year, you won't be able to escape the Twitch booth as they had a gigantic screen that you could pretty much see anywhere on the show floor.

Here is the full schedule of events planned for the weekend

Friday 4/11 ET:

· 10:00am – Xbox Showcase

· 11:00am – WildStar

· 11:20am – TOME

· 11:40am – 2K

· 12:00pm – DayZ with Dean Hall

· 12:30pm – Nosgoth (SQUARE)

· 1:00pm – Indie Mega Booth

· 2:00pm – Cards Against Humanity play Dark Souls 2

· 2:30pm – Murdered Soul Suspect (SQUARE)

· 3:00pm – Adult Swim Games

· 4:00pm – Sony Online Entertainment

· 5:00pm - VideoBall

 

Saturday 4/12 ET:

· 10:00am – Xbox Showcase

· 11:00am – WildStar

· 11:30am – Newegg

· 12:00am – Dungeon Defenders 2

· 12:30pm – Nosgoth (SQUARE)

· 1:00pm – Indie Mega Booth

· 2:00pm – Vlambeer

· 2:30pm – Prodigy (Hanakai Studio)

· 3:00pm – TeSPA Collegiate Hearthstone Open

 

Sunday 4/13 ET:

· 10:00am – Xbox Showcase

· 11:00am – WildStar

· 11:30am – Indie Mega Booth

· 12:30pm – 2K

· 1:00pm – The CAPCOM PRO TOUR


Two new characters revealed for Transformers Universe

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Transformers Universe has two new bot trailers showcasing some of the cool moves and abilities these characters will have in the upcoming MOTA.

Check out the Decepticon Shellshock trailer here: 

And the Autobot Catapult trailer here: 

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Weekend News Roundup - 04/04/2014

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Bruce Lee is in EA Sports UFC

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Well this came out of nowhere. Bruce Lee, yes THE Bruce Lee, has been added as a fighter in EA Sports UFC

The legendary martial artist can be unlocked either by pre-ordering the game or finishing the career mode on pro difficulty or higher. With him unlocked, you can use him in the Flyweight, Bantamweight, Featherweight, and Lightweight divisions. 

It seems a little surreal seeing Bruce in the Octagon with UFC gloves on. Bruce's motto was to be like water, move fluidly. Jeet Kune Do, the style he invented, doesn't have a fix position and it's a lot about reacting to the opponent.

Now one has to wonder how he would have done in something like the UFC. His speed and power was legendary. It's too bad we'll never know.

Why isn't Starr Mazer a real thing? Somebody make it a real thing!

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Starr Mazer is not a real game and that makes me sad and you should be sad, too. This video was put together by the snazzy folks at Imagos Films. This trailer—for a non-product—has some good bullet hell action, sure, but the cutscenes and point-and-click adventure elements really sew things together.

It was actually developed as an in-movie commercial for indie film maker Don Thacker's Motivational Growth. I would play the heck out of some Starr Mazer, though.

Alien: Isolation sounds really scary

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If you don't think sound is a major (major!) component to horror games, then you shouldn't (should not!) be making horror games. But thank our lucky stars, The Creative Assembly knows. And they're putting that knowledge into Alien: Isolation. Authenticity is their drive, and access to the original audio recordings from the 1979 movie is a big contributor to that chase.

A full orchestra. Minor key tonalities. Boots stomping fruit husks. Good stuff.

Alien: Isolation will be making people pee their pants on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on October 7.


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Mixed reviews for WWE Network and Wrestlemania 30

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Wrestlemania 30 is now in the books.  I was one of the millions of people in the United States to watch the first PPV ever streamed through the WWE Network.  Many critics and fans believed that WWE should have launched the network about a week earlier than they did in order to stress test the servers with the previous PPV, Elimination Chamber.  However, the Stamford, Connecticut-based company believed in MLB.TV and their powerful collection of servers (MLB Network hosts WWE Network on their servers).  The reviews seem to be mixed, so I'll give my personal take.

  • The video quality was excellent running on my Xbox 360, even with it being a first generation.
  • There were occasional hiccups with the stream, such as seeing a spinning wheel for a few seconds, then the feed managed to catch back up.  This happened about every ten to fifteen minutes.
  • After a few of these, the stream had to catch back up and would do an auto-skip that seemed to take the match forward about fifteen seconds.
  • Audio quality was great.
  • I had no pixelation or degradation in the signal even after my little stream hiccups.

WWE's twitter feed, however, was a completely different story.  There were many instances of people saying that the stream didn't work at all or was terrible quality.  I contacted a few acquaintances of mine throughout the show to see how their stream was holding up.  All said that there were no major issues.  For the record, I'm running on a 30 Mbps / 5 Mbps connection.

It would seem that the jury is still out on how well the WWE Network held up.  Either way, the company will have more than enough data and will hopefully rectify any issues, however large or small they are, before their next PPV.

Also, kudos to WWE for putting on what I thought to be one of the best Wrestlemanias I've ever seen.  

Nash 20 now available from Mionix

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Building upon the news of their new partnership with SK GamingMionix has officially released the Nash 20 gaming headset for purchase worldwide.  Our coverage of the headset at CES 2014 obviously showed our excitement for the product as it was designed not just for sound quality, but for comfort.

The biggest highlight of the Nash 20 is undoubtedly the memory foam earpieces that are designed to ensure that long gaming sessions are never uncomfortable.  My time with this product at CES 2014 left me wanting for more time with it hands-on.

The Nash 20 is available on Mionix.net for $150.25 plus shipping and handling.

SK Gaming and Mionix announce partnership

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Just a couple of months ago, we had full coverage of Mionix at the International CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  We showed off the entire line of products that Mionix was bringing to the table.  After two consecutive strong showings at the largest technology show in the world, Mionix now has a partnership with SK Gaming to make two companies even stronger.  In a press release on their website, SK Gaming made the partnership formal.

We at SK Gaming are more than pleased to announce the most recent addition to our lineup of sponsors as Mionix will become the official supplier of mice, mousepads, and keyboards in 2014.

The Swedish manufacturer of gaming peripherals for PC gamers has grown massively in the last year and is one of the favorite companies when it comes to quality, design, and performance.

Congratulations to both companies as this partnership can only mean good things for the industry as a whole.