'Rayman Legends' leaked trailer shows some of the Wii U's capabilities.

Rayman Origins was released last year to generally wide raging praise. Recently, a leaked trailer hit the net showing a brand new upcoming game titled Rayman Legends, which seems to play similarly to Rayman Origins. The game looks very pretty, with more of an emphasis on 3D graphics than its predecessor, Rayman Origins. The leaked trailer, which can be seen below, also reveals some of the capabilities of the upcoming Wii U from Nintendo, with one interesting feature being the ability to place items on the tablet controller, which can then register to the game. Since the trailer was leaked, there were no official announcements regarding Rayman Legends, but we can rest assure that the game will be hitting the Wii U, and most likely, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and quite possibly, Wii sometime this year, or early next year.


Source: GameSpot


Video Game Music of the Week - 26

Out Run was a driving game that was initially released as an Arcade game in the 80’s. It had an emphasis on pure enjoyment and part of this was the games ability to allow the player to choose what music would play during each race.

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PlayStation All-Stars Batle Royale is on its way!

The long rumoured Super Smash Bros. style game for the PlayStation 3 has finally been revealed. The game will be titled PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and will be release sometime before the year is out. Currently, the characters that have been confirmed are Kratos (God of War), Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal), Col. Radec (Killzone), Sly Cooper, Parappa the Rappe and Fat Princess.


A short introduction video has been shown on the official PlayStation Blog which can be seen below. Expect to hear more about this Sony crossover game at E3 in just over a month.

Source: PlayStation Blog

3DS Update Now Available in Australia

The recently revealed new 3DS update is now available for Australian 3DS owners. The update features the ability to organise the home icons into folders to clear up some of that clutter, which is especially useful if you were part of the 3DS Ambassador Program and your main screen is littered with NES and Game Boy Advance games. The update also improves the ability to download software updates and apply them to the corresponding games.


Video Game Music of the Week - 25

This weeks VGM of the Week features a game in the Final Fantasy franchise. This is the second time a game from that series has been featured and will definitely not be the last. Come on in and take a listen!

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Two shots of Batman Arkham City News.

A new, final DLC mission will be released for Batman Arkham City in May titled Harley Quinn’s Revenge. Alongside this announcement, it was also revealed that a Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition will be released in September containing the new Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC, as well as all five previously released downloadable content packs. The new DLC will continue on from the end of the game and will boast up to two hours of new playtime.




Source: Games Press

New Call of Duty announcement coming soon.

A countdown clock to a world-reveal has appeared on the official Call of Duty website. Whatever the timer is counting down to, we will know what it is on May 1st. The Call of Duty logo has also been altered slightly on the main image for the countdown. Be sure to check back on May 1st to see what the big reveal is.


New Nintendo DIrect video reveals a brand new Mario game for the 3DS. Kirby collection coming for Wii.

A new Nintendo Direct video was recently broadcasted to Nintendo of Europe audiences (As well as Nintendo of Australia), shortly after Nintendo of Japan had a broadcast of their own. The biggest announcement was the reveal of a brand new Mario game for the 3DS titled, New Super Mario Bros. 2. The new video, introduced by Mr Iwata, Global President of Nintendo, revealed a lot of news for the future of the Nintendo 3DS system.


Jump Inside for a detailed list of what was shown in the broadcast!

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The VG Island is giving away a T-shirt and a VG Island Gift Pack!

We are giving away a new VG Island T-Shirt! For simply entering, we will also send you a free VG Island gift pack! And of course you will be in the running to score the free VG Island T-shirt. To enter, jump on over to the Podcast section and listen to the latest episode, ‘Video Game Music 007 - Golden Sun / Pokémon Red/Blue.’


Simply review the show on iTunes and send a screenshot of your review to michael@thevgisland.com

Good luck!

God of War prequel announced. Teaser trailer and possible box art revealed.

It’s been rumoured for a while now, and it seems that there will indeed be another God of War game titled, God of War: Ascension. A teaser trailer, as well as a possible box art for the game, has been revealed and can be seen below. Sony has announced that the game will release in Spring 2013.


VGM Podcast 007 - Golden Sun / Pokémon Red/Blue

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Bethesda Softworks announces new game 'Dishonored.'

A new game from Bethesda Softworks (the makers of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and Fallout 3) has been revealed. The game will be titled Dishonored and you can check out the trailer below, as well as a few screenshots from the game.

Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is being besieged by plague and ruled by an oppressive government armed with strange technologies, dark forces conspire to bestow upon you abilities beyond those of any common man. In Dishonored, creatively eliminate your targets with the flexible combat system as you combine the numerous supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets at your disposal. Pursue your enemies under the cover of darkness or ruthlessly attack them head on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each mission plays out based on the choices you make.



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Video Game Music of the Week - 24

The release of Pokémon Blue and Red created a franchise that would go on to be one of the most popular video game, anime and trading card game franchises. Come in and listen to some of the greatest music tracks to the game that started it all.

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Fez - Review


After a five-year long development cycle, the indie game Fez has finally been released upon Xbox 360 owners. Was this adventurous platforming game worth the wait?

Check out the review to
Fez inside!


Capcom x Sega x Namco Crossover is finally revealed.

After teasing the public for a few weeks now, the crossover game by Capcom, Namco and Sega has been revealed by Famitsu magazine.The game is titled Project X Zone (Pronounced Project Cross Zone) and will be released for the Nintendo 3DS as a strategy RPG game, in a similar fashion to that of PlayStation 2’s Namco X Capcom. The game will feature teams of two characters fighting alongside each other. The characters that will be appearing in the game are as follows:

Ryu & Ken (Street Fighter)
X & Zero (Mega Man X)
Demitri & Dante (Darkstalkers & Devil May Cry)
Chris & Jill (Resident Evil)

Shinguji Sakura & Ogami Ichiro (Sakura Wars)
Pai & Akira (Virtua Fighter)
Kurt & Riela (Valkyria Chronicles)
Ulala & Touma (Space Channel 5 & Shinning Force EXA)

Namco Bandai
Sanger Somvoid (Super Robot Wars)
Jin & Ling Xiaoyu (Tekken)
Mos-Kos & T-elos (Xenosaga)
Yurie & Estel (Tales of Vesperia)
Kaito & Black Rose (.hack)

A few screenshots of the game have also been revealed and can be seen below.
Project X Zone is currently around 50% through development and will be released in Japan, sometime in 2012 . No word on an Australian localisation as of yet.






EP Expo coming to Sydney this year.

Last year, EB Games opened the doors to its video game expo in Gold Coast, QLD, which proved to be a huge success. EB has been teasing this announcement for a few days on its Facebook page and they have now revealed that this year the expo will be held in Sydney, NSW. The expo will start on the 5th of October and run through until the 7th. Tickets will be on sale on May 24th and more information is expected to be revealed tomorrow (11th of April) at midday AEST.


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Video Game Music of the Week - 23

Easily one of the best Game Boy Advance RPG games of all time. Golden Sun had awesome gameplay, a stellar story and some fantastic music. Jump on in for this weeks VGM of the Week!

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Joel McHale joins the Nintendo 3DS campaign.

A new Nintendo 3DS advertisement video can be seen below. The ad features Joel McHale from Community and the interesting thing to note is that this advertisement is very different to past, family-oriented Nintendo commercials. Nut-kicks and bikini clad models are not the usual additions to a Nintendo advertisement and this new radical ad has sparked discussion on what kind of ad campaign could be in the future for Nintendo’s new Wii U console. Check out the video below.


New Mario Tennis Open video shows off its minigame flair.

A new Mario Tennis game is on the horizon for the Nintendo 3DS titled, Mario Tennis Open. This new video trailer shows a number of different gameplay modes for 3DS owners to get excited for. Check out the video below. There is no official release date for Mario Tennis Open in Australia, but the game will be released in Europe on May 25th.


Pokémon crossover game announced for the U.S

Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition was announced for Japan in December of 2011, and due to it being a crossover game with a series that is not well known elsewhere in the world, it seemed unlikely that it would be released outside of Japan.

It has recently been confirmed however for an American release on June 18, 2012, under the title of
Pokémon Conquest. It is not known whether the game will be released in Europe or Australia at this stage, but with it being announced for the U.S, we can surely hope that it will be announced here as well.

Check out the reveal trailer below, and the intro trailer, thanks to IGN.

Announcement Trailer

Intro Trailer



VGM Podcast 006 - Fallout 3 / The Sims

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Video Game Music of the Week - 22

The Sims was a revolutionary game released by Maxis for the PC. It is considered to be one of the best PC games of all time and the music it features has some remarkable melodies. Jump on in to check out this weeks VGM of the Week.

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Leisure Suit Larry needs your help!

Hot off the heels of this months ‘Game of the Month’ article comes news of Al Lowe (Leisure Suit Larry creator) asking fans to help fund the upcoming remake of Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards.


The pledges start at $15 and go up to a whopping $10,000 (actually, there are two $50,000 pledges available only through the replay games website). In return for pledging numerous different amounts, you will receive a number of different items. For example, for pledging the minimum amount of $15, you will receive a digital download of the game when released. For pledging $5000 you will receive all the other items listed in each category below it, plus you will be featured as one of the characters during one of the memorable moments in the game.

You can check out the pledge video below which features series creator Al Lowe. The link to the pledge page on kickstarter.com is also below.

Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded Kickstarter Pledge Page.


12 characters that need to appear in Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS.

There is not only one, but two new Super Smash Bros. games on the horizon. The burning question on everybody’s mind however is, ‘Which characters will be playable this time around?’

Jump on inside to check out a list of ’12 characters that need to appear in Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS.’