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Yoshi's New Island
Review by: Jeremy Duff
Yoshi is back again in his own adventure but Jeremy can’t help but feel like he has played this game before. READ FULL REVIEW...
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
Review by: Matt Mirkovich
Matt's going globe-trotting with the great Professor Layton to uncover the Azran Legacy. READ FULL REVIEW...
One Piece: Romance Dawn
Review by: Russell Archey
It’s time to journey out to the Grand Line in search of treasure. Too bad the long drawn out cut-scenes get in the way of the action. READ FULL REVIEW...

2K releases a gameplay trailer for WWE 2K14

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WWE 2K14 comes out on the 29th of this month and today 2K released an official gameplay trailer for the game and It has got me pretty hyped.

We got to see almost the entire roster in action and got to see tons of the new catching finishers where you launch the opponent sky high and then deliver your finisher on the way down. The two things that excited me were finally seeing The Shield in action and part of the Primetime Players entrance. MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS.

What had to be the highlight of the trailer for me was Kofi Kingston jumping off a ladder, delivering a double foot stomp to Zack Ryder through a table. Cue Joey Styles... OH MY GOD! 

Rap Genius decides who wins these classic video game rivalries

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Rap music is pop culture. And, for better or worse, rappers tend to have their fingers on the pulse of pop culture at the same time. It's a vicious/benign cycle, depending on your take.

Rap Genius is a site dedicated to the annotation and interpretation of rap lyrics. It runs on user-generated content, operating on a format not completely unlike Wikipedia. Rap Genius just recently added Rap Stats, a tool that plots words appearing in rap songs from 1988 through the present day.

So we took a look at our favorite pastime -- video games, duh -- to see who's "winning," via how frequently rap artists mention them. You can do your own searches over at rapgenius.com/rapstats. Don't feel limited by the subject matter either. Well, to a certain extent. I found absolutely zero references to "volume conversion constants," "Ruth Bader Ginsburg," or the "floor is lava!" So, temper your research, armed with that knowledge.
 
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Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter finishes with over $4 million in pledges

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Um...wow.  Pardon my french for a moment, but this has been one hell of a Kickstarter.  After the dust has cleared, those who backed Mighty No. 9 have pledged over $4 million counting the pledges on Paypal.  As such, the final two stretch goals are unlocked, which were the retro-style chiptune soundtrack and online battle race mode that I mentioned earlier today.  That's just incredible and I for one am really looking forward to this game once it's released.  It'll be a long wait, but hopefully it'll be well worth it.

Nintendo Direct 10.01

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This morning's Nintendo Direct video announced a slew of new games, features and updates for the Wii U and 3DS. You can watch the video in it's entirety here, but if you don't have half an hour to spare for Satoru & pals, here's the important parts:

Wii U News:
  • The more I see of Super Mario 3D World, the more I think it looks like Super Mario Bros. 2 on HD steroids, and I love it. We saw some gameplay footage that showed some more of the cat suit that was revealed at E3, as well as a cherry power up that duplicates your character. So you'll be able to have multiple Marios, Luigis, Peaches and Toads running around all at the same time. Super Mario 3D World is set to release on Nov. 22nd, until then you can check out the official site.
  • Sonic has been officially confirmed as a playable character in the newest Super Smash Bros. coming to Wii U and 3DS.
  • Speaking of Sonic, Maro & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will launch exclusively for the Wii U on Nov. 15. Not only will you be able to play against your friends, but you'll be able to play against anyone around the world and win medals for your country in Ski Cross, Snowboard Cross, Speed Skating and Bobsleigh/Snowboarding. The game will be available as a standalone game for $49.99, or bundled with a blue Wii Remote Plus controller at an MSRP of $59.99. 
  • New Wii Remote Plus designs featuring Mario and Luigi themes will be available on Nov. 1st for $39.99 each.
  • Pikmen 3 is getting a free software update that includes a new Mission mode stage and updated global rankings. It was also announced that new Mission mode stages will become available as paid DLC, the first set is available today for $1.99. To learn more about the free update and DLC Mission, check out the Pikmen 3 website.
  • New minigames were announced for Wii Party U, like a water-scooping game. Also, a plastic stand that lets you set your Wii U GamePad horizontally to make it easier to play Tabletop Baseball and Foosball. Yay?
Third Party Releases:
  • Just Dance 2014 includes over 40 new tracks from artists like Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Robin Thicke and One Direction. Also, for the first time, there will be a competitive online mode, a 'Stage Mode' where you take the spotlight and your friends dance around you, and a Custom Just Sweat mode that lets you create your own setlist and counts your calories. Just Dance 2014 will be available on Oct. 8.
  • Skylanders SWAP Force will be available Oct. 13 for Wii U, Wii and 3DS, see Sean's coverage on SWAP Force here.
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate releases for the 3DS as a companion game to Batman Arkham Origins on Oct. 25th, the same day Arkham Origins is released.
  • Sonic Lost World will be released for Wii U and 3DS on Oct. 29th, with lots of cross-platform goodies that are vaguely reminiscent of the Tingle Tuner from the original Wind Waker.
  • Assasin's Creed IV Black Flag will be available on Oct. 29th.
  • The release date for Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has been pushed back to Feb. 2014.
  • LEGO Marvel Super Heroes and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes-Universe in Peril will be available for the Wii U and 3DS (respectively) on Oct. 22. We've got some more info and few screenshots for it here.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney- Duel Destinies will be released Oct. 24th, but you can get a free demo version in the Nintendo eShop today.
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is available starting today- Russell's been really excited about this one, so be on the look out for his review. In case you didn't know, this also includes a 'Classic Mode' that is a remastered version of the original game. There will also be an Unseen, Unheard and Untold bundle that includes music, art and character concepts for the series.
3DS News:
  • A new side-scrolling Kirby game has been announced for the 3DS, but no name has been given.
  • Nintendo has decided to break the conventions for Zelda games by making The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds have a more open feel to it. Instead of featuring linear progression that involves finding new items in every dungeon, a lagomorphic new character named Ravio will rent and sell you key items, allowing you to explore the game and conquer dungeons in any order you want. A Link Between Worlds is set to launch on Nov. 22nd at a MSRP of $39.99.
  • A new trailer for Square Enix's Bravely Default was released, check it out here. The 3DS exclusive RPG is set to launch in the first quarter of 2014.
  • To celebrate the release of Windwaker HD, a new shirt is available in Animal Crossing: New Leaf. To get it, you'll need to use the Able Sisters' sewing machine and scan the QR code shown in the Nintendo Direct Video at 20:46.
  • StreetPass fans, rejoice! Nintendo Zone locations will now give you the information for the previous six streetpasses collected, instead of just the last one. Plus, there will be exclusive content for 3DS owners at Nintendo Zone locations. On Oct. 14th, a Fedora Chair will be available for Animal Crossing: New Leaf, and a Sushi Platter will be available starting Oct. 15th. Additional content for Mario Kart 7Kid Icarus: UprisingSuper Mario 3D Land, and Gold Pants for you Mii will become available later this year.
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Mighty No. 9 goes portable, two new stretch goals added

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Yeah, there's been a bit of Mighty No. 9 recently, but that's because they keep adding things in the final hours.  This time around they've added two more stretch goals...in the last day.  I guess they're hoping for that one final push as we near the final hours.  Anyway, the two new goals are an optional in-game retro-style chiptune soundtrack and FX at $3.8 million and an online battle race mode at $4 million.  The former will be an in-game option you can turn on and off while the latter will let two players race each other through a level in the game.  You'll see the "ghost" of your rival but you can't touch them...but you can hinder their run by defeating enemies and sending them to your opponent's side.

Also, the next stretch goal has been reached, meaning Beck and Call are going portable.  Granted the main Kickstarter page doesn't reflect this as I forgot that in determining what stretch goals are hit they also include Paypal donations, and those aren't reflected right away on the Kickstarter page.  However, it is official that Mighty No. 9 will be hitting the PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS.  More info can be found in the latest update for the Kickstarter.

Activision kicks off Skylanders Swaptober tomorrow

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Activision is pretty excited about the launch of Skylanders Swap Force later this month, and considering the previous games have netted them over $1.5 billion in profits I can understand why. To celebrate Swap Force's release, they're turning October into Swaptober. This media event will include daily giveaways of Swap Force starter packs, demos at Toys R Us, and a Swaptoberfest celebration where Activision will turn Time Square into a veritable Skylanders Mecca on October 10th. This all sounds pretty exciting, but I hope the Vicarious Visions people don't have to attend--they all must be exhausted after working hard to finish the game and they deserve some time off. Hit the break for full contest and event details. [READ MORE]

Three recent Castlevania games are getting physical and digital soundtrack releases

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If you've played any of the Castlevania games over the past 27 years, one of the best things about the games are their soundtracks.  Heck, I actually took the time a while back to hunt down the soundtracks for the three NES games.  However, Konami has recently announced a partnership with Sumthing Else Music to bring official soundtracks to three recent Castlevania games in both digital and physical forms.

Both Castlevania: Lords of Shadow and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate will be getting soundtracks on October 29th, and Lords of Shadow 2 will get its soundtrack sometime in the first quarter of 2014.  In addition, the Lords of Shadow soundtrack will have two versions: an "Ultimate Edition" as well as an "Extended Cut" that has twenty unreleased tracks.  These albums will be available in North American and European retail outlets as well as through iTunes, Amazon MP3, and other digital music sites.

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Skylanders debuts trailers and tv spots for Swap Force

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The merchandising juggernaut of Skylanders Swap Force is nearly upon us, and Vicarious Visions has a few new trailers and commercials to go with it. There isn't a lot of gameplay in these but they're really more like humorous trailers and TV spots to get the kids excited. To be honest ads like this just make me cringe anymore but if I were 10 I'd probably be bouncing off the walls with excitement.
 

 

 
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Amazon Video Game Gold Box Event Tuesday, 9/24

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If you are like me, and are always looking for a deal on video games or accessories, Amazon has a one-day deal you may want to take in.  On Tuesday, September 24th, Amazon’s daily Gold Box event will be solely dedicated to Video Games.  It includes the Deal of the Day, Lightning Deals and The premise is simple, every couple of hours, there is a with everything kicking off at 3:00 a.m. EST.   I have purchased many games and accessories through these events over the years, so it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.  Just go to the Amazon homepage and click on “Today’s Deals” on the top of the screen.

Phoenix Wright returns to the courtroom this October!

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This news really excites me as a fan of the Ace Attorney series.  Phoenix himself will return to the courtroom on the Nintendo 3DS this October 24.  Phoenix will show up in 3D for the first time in a brand new title with all new cases to take on.  Investigate, discover, and defend yet again, and this time, Apollo Justice will make an appearance with Phoenix in the same title!  The title will be available on the Nintendo E-Shop at the cost of $29.99 / €24.99 respectively in the United States and European Union. [READ MORE]

Etrian Odyssey Untold demo hits the Nintendo 3DS eShop

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In a couple weeks my upcoming review of Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl should be hitting the site as the October 1st launch date draws closer.  For those wondering what the game is like prior to my review, Atlus has released a demo on the Nintendo 3DS eShop that you can download and check out.  Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl is somewhat of a remake of the first game in the Etrian Odyssey series that was released for the Nintendo DS back in 2007.  The demo for the newest game in the series will allow you to go through the first two floors of the main dungeon as well as the first floor of a new dungeon.  This will allow you to get a feel for how things work, and if you like what you played the full game will have the option of carrying over your data from the demo so you won't have to start from scratch...unless you want to of course.

To celebrate the launch of the demo, Atlus has released a video that's centered around one of the game's characters that you'll be using: Simon.  Simon is a medic and the video shows off his skills in battle.  Leveling him up properly can unlock more powerful skills, including a skill to cure status ailments from multiple characters at once.  Quite useful, especially when going up against multiple enemies that can poison your party in a single turn.
 

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AiRace Speed is sexy and fast on 3DS

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Okay, AiRace Speed looks pretty sexy. And it's not just the Tron-esque robot lady in skintight leather ostensibly piloting the supersonic vehicles. The game just looks...great. Especially for a portable title and a downloadable one at that. Check out the trailer below to see what I mean. AiRace Speed hits the 3DS eShop on September 19th.
 

Instant Expert: Five Famous Characters That Called It Quits (Video)

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It's not just big Hollywood stars that quit at the height of their success; video game heroes have been known to take an early retirement. In fact, some of the most beloved game characters of all time have called it quits, forcing somebody else to take over. Let's see if you're favorite star is a quitter when we look at the Five Famous Characters that Called it Quits.
 

Three Nintendo Wii best sellers are getting a price drop

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Still got a Nintendo Wii laying around? Got a Wii-U and for whatever reason haven't picked up New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Super Mario Galaxy 2 or Wii Sports Resort in the past? They are all great games, so I am not sure why you don't have them already. Well, if you don't have these games then you should be happy to know that they have all officially gotten a price drop to $29.99 each. 

If you need any more motivation to pick these games up, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is tied with Super Mario Galaxy as one of the best-reviewed games of all time with a Metacritic score of 97. New Super Mario Bros. Wii has sold more than 9.4 million in the US and Wii Sports Resort has sold nearly 7 million. 

Stan Lee powers up in Lego Marvel Super Heroes

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We previously announced that Stan Lee would be making one of his customary cameos in Lego Marvel Super Heroes, but now we get to see the full extent of that cameo. It looks like Stan the Man will be able to fight alongside all of the Marvel heroes and take on any of their powers, from Hulking out, to Cylcops laser vision and even Spidey's web-swinging. I really got a kick out of Stan Lee's playable DLC cameo in last year's The Amazing Spider-Man so I'm all for the creator taking on a more active role next to his myriad creations. 'Nuff said!
 
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Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate trailer showcases handheld action

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Blackgate Prison is under new management in the latest trailer for the upcoming portable edition of the series, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate. The trailer showcases new villains such as Solomon Grundy, in addition to the game's comic book-inspired art style for cinematic videos. Featuring the series' free-flow combat system and Batman's signature gadgets, it will be interesting to see the game ultimately feels ported over to the handheld systems.

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate will be available on October 25 for PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS.

Now Playing: Memoria Killer is Dead Edition

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer might've still had a job in 12 months if you and I had bought $900M more in Surface RTs. But we didn't. And he won’t. Sony is super sorry about the ending to Grand Theft Auto V leaking, but I'm more interested in the leaked soundtrack. And your Microsoft space bucks began the transition to local currency this week. I live in southern Oregon, so that means mine converted into canned foods and shotgun shells.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther
Most of my weekend will be spent playing PixelJunk Monsters: Ultimate on Steam in preparation for my review. Outside of that, I'm starting up a web series over on YouTube where I take a game I've never played before and blind run it. Hopefully this will help me actually play games I own and haven't even put in the system yet, starting with Record of Agarest War Zero on the Xbox 360. I know nothing about the game except that I kind of like the soundtrack.

Sean Cahill | staff writer | Twitter @seancahill2
Very little, unfortunately. Work has been killing me lately and I tend to just go home and pass out nowadays. I'm hoping to get back to Dead Island or even wipe the dust off of Tomb Raider of FarCry 3.

Nathan Carter | staff writer | Twitter @natedoggcata
Mostly going to be another weekend flying around the virtual Steelport in Saints Row IV. I wish I could personally shake the hands of all the devs at Volition for making this game. We need more games like this today. It's a celebration of what a video game should be and that's just an extremely fun game that doesn't take itself too seriously. I will also be putting some more money into my offshore account in Payday 2. Throwing those bags of loot in the escape van at the end of a heist never gets old.

Sean Colleli | staff writer
I suspect my 360 is close to giving up the ghost, so I've occasionally been picking up some older cross-platform titles on the cheap for my far more reliable PS3. This week I found Red Faction: Guerrilla for a paltry five bucks. I attended a media event for it way back in 2009 (THQ always threw the best parties) and I remember loving the game back then when I got it for 360. Still, I forgot just how good it is. It still holds up remarkably well and it's hard to believe that it's a five-year-old game. It doesn't have the massive depth of content like Volition's other sandbox series Saints Row, but RFG is remarkably well balanced and somewhat subtle, at least when compared to the insane Saints games, and quite a bit more challenging too. It's one of those games that constructs a fully believable world you can get lost in for hours -- and subsequently blow to pieces with the still-revolutionary geo-mod engine -- and the graphics have a clean, efficient aesthetic that has aged very gracefully. I'll be playing it a lot this weekend, and if you still haven't picked it up, I strongly recommend it.

Jeremy Duff | senior staff writer | Twitter @duff3c
Things will stay grim and dark in my household for yet another weekend. Between torturing my moral fiber with some tough decisions in The Walking Dead episodes on Vita, and knocking off  a few heists for kicks in Payday 2, I will be jumping the fence back and forth between the Helghan and ISA on Killzone Mercenary. Who knew that being this bad would pay so well? Between virtual heists and mercenary work, I am starting to to question my career choices in real life.

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista
I just about fell over myself when I read Dave Gamble's preview of point-and-clicker Memoria. Face-melting artwork does not a good game make, but it's helped pay the bills on more than a few adventure games, like the Broken Sword series, Deponia, and Machinarium. Many more. According to Gamble, the puzzles fall between "logical" and "tricky," but I am not a smart man, so I hope I don't slam my head against the wall too much.

Matt Mirkovich | staff writer | Twitter @stillmywords
This weekend, what am I not playing? I'm at 96% completion on Saints Row IV, with only a few challenges left to knock out, and then I'm not working on one, not two, but three reviews! Killer is Dead, The Wonderful 101, and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F are fighting off Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn for my attention. Didn't I just buy a Rosetta Stone product too? And to top it all off, I'm still wading through Dragon's Crown on Hard difficulty, trying to complete every quest, and earn a platinum trophy for it.

John Yan | senior hardware editor | Twitter @thejohnyan
Well, since I finished the main storyline for Saints Row IV, but I'm heading back into virtual Steelport to take over the city and finish the other side quests. I'll also probably spend time finishing the story mode for Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition and do some looting in Diablo III as well.

Capcom announces their PAX Prime 2013 activities

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Capcom has recently announced what all they're bringing to PAX Prime 2013 this weekend.  Visitors to the Capcom booth will be able to play some of the latest releases and upcoming games including Ducktales: Remastered, Lost Planet 3, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies.  There will also be a themed Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate lounge that will be dedicated to all things Monster Hunter, including demo stations, a seating area with charging stations, special tournaments, and photo opps with a life-sized model of a Great Sword.  You can also get a photo alongside Phoenix Wright in a recreation of the courtroom or pose as Strider with a replica of his Cypher weapon.

Attendees can also pick up their favorite Capcom merchandise as the Capcom Store makes it's return to PAX Prime.  Items available for purchase will include Monster Hunter 3DS cases, Umbrella Corp. watches and umbrellas,Mega Man 25th Anniversary statues and inflatable busters, copies of recent game releases, and much more.

Sega will be bringing their entire fall lineup to PAX Prime

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As PAX Prime is almost upon us, Sega has announced that they will be bringing their entire fall lineup to the Seattle event.  The following games will be showcased at the event in booth 142/242:
  • Sonic Lost World (Wii U and 3DS, October 22nd, 2013)
  • Total War: ROME II (PC, September 3rd, 2013)
  • Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse (PSN [9/3], Xbox Live [9/4], and PC [9/4])
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F (PS3, released today)
  • Heroki (App Store, later this year)
As seen above, most of the games are either already released or will launch in the next week or so, with Heroki being released later this year. [READ MORE]

Now Playing: Saints Row IV, The Wonderful 101

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Markus "Notch" Persson's 0x10c is dead, but his fans are resurrecting it as Project Trillek. More than a few folks are getting presidential this week with the sci-fi superhero WTF sandbox in Saints Row IV. While others are wiping away EA's "Worst Company in America" award as they flip through the ridiculously awesome Humble Origin Bundle.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther
Fresh off of my trip to GenCon, I'll be working on an article that talks about my experiences with three upcoming games in the Might & Magic franchise. Since two of them aren't out yet -- and I could only preview them at GenCon -- I'll be spending a lot of time with the third (and probably my favorite of the three): Might & Magic: Duel of Champions, an online collectible card game and, well, let's face it, I'm a sucker for CCGs. Beyond that, I might attempt to finish getting the Steam Achievements for DuckTales: Remastered as I only have a few left to go.

Nathan Carter | staff writer | Twitter @natedoggcata
This will be a weekend filled with nonstop fun for me. First, I will be playing more Saints Row IV. I know some people complain about how this series is completely different from what it used to be, but you know what? I am glad they did so, because I can't remember the last time I had this much fun with an open-world game. I commend Volition for taking a chance and trying something new. It's a game that doesn't take itself seriously at all. It knows what it is: it's just fun. With so many games being serious, trying to be movies, I am happy a game like this is around to remind everyone what video games should be. Fun. Now, read that again, and every time I said "fun," take a shot. On a side note, I just don't understand some gamers. Some of you complain that Call of Duty and other franchises are the same year after year and that you want change. Then a game comes along that gives you that change, yet you still complain? So what do you want? Change or something new? Make up your minds, please. Moving on, I had to wait an extra week, but I am sure the wait will be worth it as I will be downloading the digital version of Payday 2 for Xbox LIVE. I loved the first Payday and I have heard nothing but good things about Payday 2. Pulling off heists with your friends online? Sign me up. 

Sean Colleli | staff writer
I'll be firing up the Wii U for more Earthbound. I also need to dig into the demo for The Wonderful 101, which keeps looking crazier and better as the days to release count down. I have a feeling my Wii U will be getting a lot more use in the coming months.

Jeremy Duff | senior staff writer | Twitter @duff3c
It will be a portable weekend for me as I dig myself further into the shady world of mercenaries with the Killzone: Mercenary beta on the Vita. I will also finally dive into the world of The Walking Dead now that it has gone portable. If I see anyone roaming the streets of Steelport on the 360, I might have to join them, as you can never get enough of the Saints (especially now that they have superpowers).

Charles Husemann | editor-in-chief | Twitter @chusemann
This weekend will be dominated by Saints Row IV. I'm trying to justify purchasing The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, but the pull of the Saints is just too much. I'll be logging a few more hours with MechWarrior Online and playing NHL 2013: Beer League Edition, as I play in the Hockey Beats Down Cancer tournament here in Columbus, Ohio.

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista
Oh Organ Trail, you crazy. Chuck died from a stray bullet, a zombie bit John, Cyril ate it during a hostage sitch, and Jeremy caught every disease that vaccinations should've already cured in the 20th century. I'm going to play The Sims 3 with my three-year-old, instead. She's already assigned her Sim dad's traits: he's apparently a bookworm-ish, hamburger-loving, absent-minded couch potato. Sigh.

Three Atlus games on sale in 3DS eShop

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Atlus is known for putting out some pretty good games over the years.  If you're a fan of their games but just haven't had the time or money to sit down and play through any of their recent portable outings, now might be the time to change that.  Until August 31st, Soul Hackers, Code of Princess and Etrian Odyssey IV will be on sale in the 3DS eShop for $10 off, making Code of Princess only $19.99 and the other two $29.99.  Picking up all three of these will likely keep you busy for some time to come. [READ MORE]

Now Loading for the week of August 19, 2013: Blurred Lines Edition

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I am confused. The kids are headed back to school this week, which means (albeit unofficially) that it is fall. However, I am still waiting for that summer drought of games to come! It surely isn’t happening this week so I am not sure just when the summer ended and the fall onslaught began. There are a ton of blockbusters hitting this week from Disney’s version of Skylanders, a new Saints Row adventure, and the long-awaiting new XCOM game. It’s hard to pick but there are two in particular for my household this week:
  • Disney Infinity: I am still amazed that it has taken someone this long to finally jump on the Skylanders-bandwagon. While I always thought that Nintendo would be the first to copy Activision’s franchise with something Pokemon related, but it doesn’t surprise me at all that Disney stepped to the plate with its endless list of characters. It is a perfect fit really and something that will undoubtedly result in a ton of sales for this new property. The amount of content that could potentially be brought to the game is endless; there are always new Disney movies coming out and quite the backlog of characters and IP’s that could be tapped into for afresh additions to the game. This is already on my daughter’s wishlist and I am going to have to fight over the controller with her in order to get the review done.
  • Saints Row IV: Sure, it has its problems, as I outlined in my review last week, but at the same time Saints Row IV is also an absolute ton of fun. Volition seems to have finally accepted the game’s role in this industry, not as a GTA-style game but an adventure that pokes fun at the rest of the industry. there are so many hilarious references at some of your favorite games that it is nearly impossible to keep count. Mass Effect, inFAMOUS, Gears of War, GTA, Call of Duty, you name it, they are fare game for the Saints to mock and ridicule. You can get lost in this world just playing around and not even pursuing the main story, which is exactly what will make it so popular. Grab a friend and don’t hesitate to venture back to Steelport!
This week’s lineup:

Now Playing: Saints Row The Third Earthbound

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All You Can Arcade drops an arcade machine in your living room for $75 a month (if you live in sunny California, at least). Load up a YouTube video, type "1980" outside of a text box, and turn your video into Missile Command. And Major Nelson posted a video dissecting an Xbox One controller so you can identify all the exploded parts when you throw it against a wall.

What are you playing this weekend?

Russell Archey | staff writer | Twitter @neoscyther
I'll be at GenCon this weekend, so Lord knows what all I'll be playing. For the hotel room, my friend and I will likely be firing up Torchlight II, giving me my first taste of that; I've come incredibly close to finishing the first one. As for the actual convention, I'll be getting a chance to go hands-on with a couple upcoming games in the Might & Magic series, so be on the lookout for a preview of those, especially since I haven't played an M&M game since Heroes of Might & Magic V.

Nathan Carter | staff writer | Twitter @natedoggcata
It's pretty much going to be a SMITE weekend for me. I love finding games like this that I knew nothing about, and then all of a sudden I'm completely hooked. I was going to play Payday 2, until I discovered that, for whatever reason, the Xbox digital version won't be released until next Friday. Seriously, what's up with that? I was so excited to play today. Imagine my disappointment when I went to the Xbox Live Marketplace and it wasn't there. I know the PC and PS3 versions are ready to download now, what happened with Xbox? Oh well, I waited this long, I guess one more week isn't that bad. At least the Xbox community is getting the game this time around

Sean Colleli | staff writer
This is going to be a busy, but fun, weekend. I picked up Saints Row: The Third--The Full Package edition and I'm digging into that. I tend to do that these days: wait a year or so for the inevitable game-of-the-year edition to come out with all the downloadable content included on-disc, so I don't get nickled and dimed on all the extras. I'm also reviewing Earthbound, freshly released on the Wii U Virtual Console. I never had the chance to try the offbeat role-playing game before, mostly because original cartridge is ludicrously rare and expensive, so I'm glad Nintendo actually put a game everyone wants on the Virtual Console for a change.

Randy Kalista | staff writer | Twitter @randykalista
Haven't heard back from EVE Online's EVE University. Must've said something in my application that raised a red flag. Perhaps I should've omitted, "I'm a shameless blogger exploiting people's personal trust and information for the sake of scooping a story." Meanwhile, on the zombie-ridden Organ Trail, the ol' station wagon has survived from DC to Chicago, so far. All I know is, Chuck, John, and Jeremy have done nothing on this trip (nothing!) except catch cholera, measles, and, of course, that old enemy of the large intestine: dysentery. Great chiptune soundtrack to ride to, though.

Jeff Kintner | staff writer
I'm continuing my Cave Story journey from last weekend. Protecting bunny-peoples from mutant bunny-peoples and saving the world turned out to be a pretty great. Oh, who am I kidding, I just picked up the Humble Origin Bundle, so I'll be playing as much Mirror's Edge as I can fit into my weekend.

Now Loading for the week of August 12, 2013: Coin-Swimming Edition

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We’re rolling along into August with yet another week filled to the brim with releases. Remakes, original titles, sequels, and even some better-late-than-never ports will undoubtedly give you plenty of options this week. As for me, there are three games that have my eye:
  • Open Me!: Go ahead and get your laughter out of the way now as this is a game all about opening packages. That is right, all that you do is open different boxes and containers. However, some of them are going to get incredibly tricky. This digital release got a ton of critical acclaim when it launched in Japan last year and I have been dying to try it out for myself. This is an augmented reality game that has you manipulating virtual boxes to retrieve the treasures inside. Be warned though, the boxes are rigged with traps and hazards to keep you from collecting your reward(s). It makes you look at and think about simple containers differently, which should result in an intriguing puzzle experience.
  • Payday 2: I was a huge fan of the original Payday release back when it launched and still play it on occasion on both the PSN and PC. It is an original and well-crafted take on what has become a tired genre. The cooperative experience that the series offers is definitely top notch and it looks better than ever in the new version. Thankfully, the development team is going all out this time and has turned the experience into a full, retail release rather than just a digital download. I expect the resulting experience to be far more robust and complete experience, which means a more, polished version of the original... sounds good to me!
  • Ducktales Remastered: I have been waiting a long time for this game and Capcom is finally ready to bring back on of their greatest creations from the 8-bit era. Ducktales was a huge part of my childhood, both the cartoon series and the NES game. I saw a video review of the game this morning that really broke my heart because the reviewer took issue with almost every aspect of the game, however they gave they’re reasoning behind their issues. I can respect their opinion, but it was very apparent that this was someone who had absolutely zero appreciation or respect for the original release. Everything that the game was criticized for reinforced my hope that the game will be every bit as enjoyable as I remember it. Long story short: nothing can break my excitement for this game!

This weeks official lineup:
  • A-Men for PlayStation Vita (via PSN
  • Angry Birds Trilogy for Nintendo Wii, Wiiu, and 3DS
  • Breakquest: Extra Evolution for PlayStation Network
  • Charlie Murder for Xbox Live Arcade
  • Ducktales Remastered for PlayStation Network, Wii U, and PC
  • Europa Universalis IV for PC
  • Fruit Ninja for PlayStation Vita
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team for Nintendo 3DS
  • Mars: War Logs for PlayStation Network
  • Open Me! for PlayStation Vita (via PSN)
  • Payday 2 for PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3
  • Phineas & Ferb: Quest for Cool Stuff for Nintendo Wii, Wii U, DS, 3DS, and Xbox 360
  • Rune Factory 4 for Nintendo 3DS
  • Space Hulk for PC
  • Thunder Wolves for PlayStation Network
  • Worms: Clan Wars for PC

Animal Crossing Plaza and other Nintendo Direct Roundup

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If you missed Wednesday's Nintendo Direct, the Big N has a thorough summary of what they covered. Chief among the news was a brand new Animal Crossing version of the Wii U Mii plaza, available now for download from the EShop. This special version of the plaza will supposedly run through the end of 2014, but I think it's a little strange they'd put a feature for on the Wii U that's for a 3DS game. No doubt they're trying to push that promised Wii U/3DS connectivity, but I'd also wager that they have a Wii U Animal Crossing game in the works; they'd be crazy not to after New Leaf started printing money on the 3DS. Hit the jump for all the other news from this week's Nintendo Direct. [READ MORE]