Video Game Music of the Week - 13

Doubling up VGM of the Week with two Mario titles from the Gameboy Era.

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'Nintendo Network' officially announced.

During a Nintendo meeting with investors, the ‘Nintendo Network’ was officially announced. The main features that ‘Nintendo Network’ will be able to offer users include the means to deliver and purchase downloadable content for 3DS and Wii U, personal accounts for Wii U users and the future possibility of offering full retail games via download for the 3DS and Wii U.

It seems Nintendo is finally catching up with the times and this is a great indication of the things to come for Nintendo’s future.

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Pac-Man and Mega Man playable in Vita version of Street Fighter X Tekken? [UPDATE]

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A new trailer has officially revealed Mega Man and Pac-Man, as well as Cole, for the Playstation versions of Street Fighter X Tekken. We get to see Mega Man in a whole new light. Make sure to check out the trailer below.
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In a trailer that was released for Street Fighter X Tekken a week ago, a number of new characters were revealed for the upcoming collaboration game. These characters include Balrog, Vega and Juri from Street Fighter and Paul, Law and Xiaoyu from Tekken.

The interesting part of the trailer however was right at the end when it was teased that Pac-Man and Mega Man may be playable characters in the Vita version of Street Fighter X Tekken.

You can check out the video trailer below. A release date hasn’t been confirmed as of yet for Australia, but the game will be released in North America on March 6th and Europe on March 9th. We can be sure that the game will be released down under shortly after.

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VGM Podcast 001 - Super Street Fighter II / Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game

Head on over to the Podcast section to check out the new VG Island Podcast, or click the link below. It’s all about Video Game Music.

http://thevgisland.com/podcast/files/pod1.html
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The VG Island Store

If you check out the navigation bar, you’ll see there is now a merchandise store. Currently there is only one shirt design, which will run you about $25. There will be more shirt designs coming soon so stay tuned and check out the ‘Store’ in the navigation bar.

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Xbox 360 successor to be six times more powerful

According to IGN, a new rumour has surfaced about the upcoming successor to the Xbox 360. IGN has stated that their sources have confirmed that the production of the systems GPU will begin before the year is out. It will be based on AMD’s 6000 series, which was introduced last year.

To put this into perspective, based on these rumours, the Xbox 360 successor will be six times more powerful than the current Xbox 360 and roughly 20% more powerful than Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U.

Also, more rumours have been floating around suggesting that it may use Blu-ray discs and may sport some kind of ‘anti-used-game’ technology. This could be a real downer for those who want to resell, or lend a game to someone else. However, it also poses the possibility that games will have a lower price tag because of this. Only time will tell what Xbox plans to do with its future console.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 12

Join us this week as we cover a video game soundtrack from the band ‘Anamanaguchi’.


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The Last Story coming to Europe (and possibly Australia). [UPDATE]


[UPDATE]

Looks like Australia will be receiving the game a day earlier than those in Europe. The Last Story will be released for the Wii on February 23, 2012. Get excited for the latest game by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the famed developer of the Final Fantasy series.

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The Last Story, an action RPG game for the Wii that was released to rave reviews in Japan, has been given a release date for Europe. The Japanese RPG, which was developed by Mistwalker, a company that was founded by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi, received a 38/40 in a Famitsu review, with two of the reviewers giving the game a perfect 10. This is great news for Wii owners who enjoy the RPG genre.

The Game will be hitting shelves in Europe on the 24th of February, which means that Australia may be seeing a release sometime after. The game hasn’t been announced for North America as of yet, but seeing how Xenoblade Chronicles eventually got a release date in North America, it wouldn’t be a surprise if they got one for The Last Story too.

The Wii is a system that is lacking in RPG games, especially those with great reviews, and the release of The Last Story in Europe is helping breath fresh life into the ‘over five year old’ console. Stay tuned to the site for any news on an Australian release date.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 11

We delve into Capcom’s musical history with one of it’s greatest video game franchises.


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Resident Evil 6 Confirmed

It looks like the recent rumours about Resident Evil 6 have turned out to be true (viral campaign at www.nohopeleft.com). It was announced today that the next entry in the Resident Evil series will be titled Resident Evil 6 and will be released for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 on November the 20th, 2012.

Alongside the announcement, the UK trailer was shown, which can be seen below. This is exciting news for Resident Evil fans and this game appears to be bigger and more traditional then Resident Evil 5. Check out the trailer below, as well as an excerpt from the official press release.



‘It has been ten years since the Raccoon City incident and the President of the United States has decided to reveal the truth behind what took place in the belief that it will curb the current resurgence in bioterrorist activity. Due to be by the President’s side is his personal friend and Raccoon City survivor, Leon S. Kennedy, but when the venue suffers a bioterrorist attack, Leon is forced to face a President transformed beyond recognition and make his hardest ever decision. At the same time, Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance member, Chris Redfield arrives in China, itself under threat of a bioterrorist attack. With no country safe from these attacks and the ensuing outbreaks, the entire world’s population is united by a common fear that there is no hope left.’

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3DS demos have arrived

3DS demos have finally arrived on the 3DS today with two upcoming 3DS titles. The first demo comes from Resident Evil: Revelations, which will be released in February and the second comes from Cooking Mama 4. The downside is that the demo for Resident Evil: Revelations takes up quite a lot of space and both demos also can only be played a total of 30 times before they ‘expire.’ This marks a relatively important moment for Nintendo fans as it is more proof that they are working on their online presence. Make sure to pick up the demos, which are available right now for free.

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Podcast Episode: 010 - End Of An Era.

Jump on over to the podcast section to check out this weeks episode. This week will be the last episode in the current format, but not the last episode. The podcast will change, starting with the next episode. What are you waiting for? jump on over now!
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Two 3DS Zelda games on the way? [UPDATE]

[UPDATE] 18.01.2012

Looks like this appears to be a fake. It seemed a little off considering the strange name and oddly designed logo, but it is still a great attempt to fool us all. Stay tuned for any more information regarding a future Zelda title.

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A rumour has appeared stating that the upcoming Legend of Zelda game for 3DS will be released as two titles, much like the Oracle of Seasons/Ages games and similar to what Pokemon have done with every major release.

An image has been found of two logos for the potential future games which can be seen below. The Japanese text translates to “Fire Prophecy” and “Ice Prophecy.” The images first appeared on 4Chan.

Fingers crossed that we hear some more details about the upcoming games, and the validity of these logos. Either way, this is exciting news for Zelda fans if it does turn out to have some truth to it.

Early on, Nintendo announced that they were working on two new Zelda titles. Most presumed that they meant one for the 3DS and one for the upcoming Wii U, but this simultaneous release may be more what they meant.

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What's next for the Mega Man franchise?

The future of the Mega Man franchise is currently up in the air. With two games being cancelled in 2011 (Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3) and Mega Man not being featured in the recent Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, its unsure whether Mega Man has been dropped from Capcom to some degree.

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Where will the series go from here? Jump on in to check it out!


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Video Game Music of the Week - 10

Check out this week’s Video Game Music of the Week!


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What each game in 'The Legend of Zelda' series has brought to the table.

This is a complete list of all seven parts of ‘What each game in ‘The Legend of Zelda’ series has brought to the table.’ Hit the jump to check out this in-depth look at the history of The Legend of Zelda series. Read More...
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The Last Story Special Edition coming to Europe (Possibly Australia).

A special edition of the upcoming Wii RPG, The Last Story, will be arriving in shelves in Europe in time for its release, according to a Swiss retailer.

The special edition version of the RPG will feature:

- A copy of the game
- A Premium Steelbook
- A mini art book
- A Soundtrack CD consisting of 7 Tracks from the game.

This edition will be released alongside the regular version on February 24th and is currently listed at 75 Euros. This is good news for Australian fans as it introduces the possibility of Australia seeing the same special edition also. Stay tuned for any news regarding this.

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Podcast Episode: 009 - 2011 Video Game Music Spectacular

A very special episode of The VG Island Podcast is now up over in the Podcast section. Jump on over to check it out!
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Two 3DS games revealed by Ratings.

Sometimes video games get outed by the ratings system in Australia and other countries, such as Japan in this case. It seems we have confirmation of one upcoming game for the 3DS due to being rated down under and the other has been rated in Japan.

The first is a full-fledged release for the 3DS coming from the Harvest Moon franchise, titled Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns. Tale of Two Towns is a remake of a game of the same name for the DS. It is very similar, with a few minor changes, including 3D support.

The second is a Virtual Console game that was rated for release in Japan titled The Fortress of Fury 2. This game is the sequel to Fortified Zone, which was released on the VC sometime last year. This game however, was never released outside of Japan, so there is currently no word on whether it will be released any where else.

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Epic Mickey 2 now confirmed by Disney

I recently reported that Epic Mickey 2 was rumored to be appearing sometime this year for the Wii, as well as appearing on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. In an online Disney newsletter, which has since been withdrawn, some details were revealed about the upcoming Disney game. The release date for the game is said to be sometime around Christmas, this year, in 2012. No other information, apart from what was said in the other news report I wrote, has been stated as of yet. This now confirms the existence of Epic Mickey 2 as a future release.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 9 (2011 Special)

A very special VGM of the Week takes a look back at 2011’s most memorable video game soundtracks. This is a must-read entry in VGM of the Week.

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Podcast Episode: 008 - No More Accidents With Your Floppy's

Episode 8 of the VG Island podcast has arrived. Press that button in the navigation bar to jump on over to the podcast section and enjoy!
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Epic Mickey 2 rumors begin to circulate.

The site, StitchKingdom.com, has begun reporting that Epic Mickey 2 will be releasing on PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. The first entry, Epic Mickey, was originally a Wii-only title, but it seems, according to the rumour, that Epic Mickey 2 will be coming to all three of the major consoles. The game is also said to have co-op multiplayer and will work as a two-player split screen mode, where one player will play as Mickey and the other as Oswald, the Lucky Rabbit.

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