Video Game Music of the Week - 39

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Pokémon Black and White Version 2 Hits Australian Shelves on October 11

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Nintendo of Australia has officially confirmed that the next instalment in the main line of Pokémon games,
Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2, will release on October 11. The game will be set two years after the events of Pokémon Black and White and will feature the same Unova region, with major changes in terms of its look and wild Pokémon species.

Also releasing on the same day is the Nintendo 3DS app,
Pokémon Dream Radar. The 3DS exclusive app will allow players to capture Pokémon by utilising the 3DS’s camera and transfer them over to Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.

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Aussie-Gamer
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Grand Theft Auto III Arrives on PSN Very Soon

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Grand Theft Auto III
was a land mark game released for the PlayStation 2 in 2001 and will be arriving to the PlayStation Network Store this July 31 in North America. Currently there is no confirmed release date for any other regions.

The game will be released as a PS2 Classic, which means that it will not feature any other upgrades or trophies. The US price is set at $9.99US, but an Australian and European price and release date will surely be revealed soon.

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Skyrim 1.7 Patch Hits PlayStation 3 Soon. No Word on Dawnguard Yet.

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Bethesda has confirmed that the patch 1.7 for
The Elder Scroll V: Skyrim will be coming to PlayStation 3 “In the coming weeks.”

Earlier this year, the
Dawnguard DLC was given a 30-day exclusive period for release on the Xbox 360, and as of today, that 30-day period is up. Yet, there is still no confirmation of the Dawnguard DLC coming to PlayStation 3 or PC anytime soon.

The new 1.7 patch will feature mounted combat and brand new kill cams, but does not add the
Dawnguard DLC as it did on the Xbox 360.



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Joystiq
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Final Fantasy XIV's Realm is Reborn

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We’ve all heard about
Final Fantasy XIV’s original launch and how the game lacked something special, even essential, when it was first released on the PC. Square-Enix was dedicated to improving the overall quality of the game, before it’s PlayStation 3 launch, something that many companies would ignore once the game has technically been developed and finished.

The new update, originally titled
Final Fanatsy XIV 2.0 has been built from the ground up to truly turn what was considered a rather poor effort, into something grander and more enjoyable for long-standing fans and newcomers of the series. The update will feature a new world to explore and a new storyline to follow.

The overhaul has been renamed
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn and will launch for the PlayStation 3 and PC sometime soon (PC as an update, and PlayStation 3 as a retail release)



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Is Sega Working on Sonic Adventure 3?

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Rumours have begun circulating that Sega may be working on a third entry in one of
Sonic the Hedgehog’s most well-loved sub-series.

Roughly three months ago, eight
Sonic Adventure 3 domains were scooped up by the same 1&1 Hosting division in France, suggesting that those domain names may be parked for the future. This news should be taken extremely lightly at this point, but at the very least, Sonic Adventure 3 remains a slight possibility.

Sonic Adventure was first released for the Dreamcast in 1998 and marked the turning point in the series, leading Sonic towards a 3D platforming future. Sonic Adventure 2 was released in 2001 and is still regarded as one of he best 3D Sonic games in existence. Just recently, Sega announced a HD rerelease of Sonic Adventure 2 will be coming to Xbox Live and PSN sometime this year. The release would definitely help coincide with an announcement of a third game in the Sonic Adventure series.

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VGM Podcast 014 - Super Castlevania IV / Super Metroid

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Video Game Music of the Week - 38

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Awesome Story Trailer Appears For Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two

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Check out a very cool musical introduction to Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. The game will hit shelves this November for Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Mac.



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Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance Arrives Next Week. Check Out The Launch Trailer.

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Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance
is receiving positive reviews across the board and the game will release on July 26 in Australia and July 31 in North America. The game has already been released in Europe.

The game is said to lead up to the eventual
Kingdom Hearts 3, which will surely be the next instalment considering that there have been six titles in the series since Kingdom Hearts II (If you include Re: Chain of Memories and Re: Coded).

Below is the launch trailer for
Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.



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Joystiq
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Double Dragon Reboot Coming to XBLA and PSN This September

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Billy and Kimmy will be coming out to play in a fresh take on
Double Dragon that will be hitting XBLA and PSN in just two months. Double Dragon: Neon will feature updated visuals, but the game will keep a certain sense of 80’s flair and sensibility to it that remains reminiscent of previous games in the series.



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IGN
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Wii U Mass Effect 3 Will Include Extended Cut

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After a relatively surprising reveal during E3 this year, Nintendo confirmed that
Mass Effect 3 will be releasing for their upcoming console, Wii U. Although it’s a rather strange third party release, considering the connection that the game has with previous entries in the series, Mass Effect 3 is still a stellar game and tends to act as a proving point that Nintendo’s next console will be able to compete with current-generation consoles at the very least.

The series producer, Michael Gamble, revealed that the extended ending that was released recently will be included on disc for the Wii U version. What still hasn’t been revealed though is how the key story points from
Mass Effect and Mass Effect 2 that affect Mass Effect 3 will be incorporated into this game. Perhaps it will be similar to how Mass Effect 2 worked on the PlayStation 3, but at this point, all guesses are as good as mine.

Mass Effect 3 was released early this year in March for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. No date has been announced yet for the Wii U edition.

Nintendo has still not revealed a release date for the Wii U, but it is likely that once they do, we will know when
Mass Effect 3 will be releasing. Most probably on launch day.

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Joystiq
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Video Game Music of the Week - 37

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Sonic Adventure 2 Coming to Xbox Live & PSN This Year

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After a recently leaked Xbox Live placement,
Sonic Adventure 2 has officially been confirmed for a re-release on Xbox Live and PSN this year. At this years San Diego Comic-Con 2012, SEGA revealed that Sonic Adventure 2 will indeed be releasing sometime during Spring for us in Australia (and sometime in Fall for the States).

Sonic Adventure 2 remains to be one of the best modern Sonic the Hedgehog games and it was one of the last great Dreamcast games to be released before the system was killed.



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Joystiq
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New Trailer for New Super Mario Bros. 2.

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Below is a brand spanking, and overly shiny, new trailer for the upcoming 3DS game,
New Super Mario Bros. 2. The Mini Mushroom and Mega Mushroom will make a return from New Super Mario Bros, and the White Tanooki suit from Super Mario 3D Land will also be present to help those who find themselves stuck in a pickle.

New Super Mario Bros. 2 launches on August 18 in Australia, August 28 in Japan, August 17 in Europe and August 19 in the US.



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New Trailer for Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Reveals Release Date.

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A new trailer has been shown for
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed which reveals the release date for the upcoming racing game. The game will release on November 16 and will feature new playable characters, including Gilius Thunderhead from Golden Axe and Vyse from Skies of Arcadia.

Currently, the release date is only applicable to the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation Vita and Nintendo 3DS versions. The PC and Wii U release dates have still not been confirmed.



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Eurogamer
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Mass Effect 3 gets free 'Earth' DLC.

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Mass Effect 3
will be receiving multiplayer DLC titled ‘Earth’ next week, as revealed by BioWare. The DLC will feature new maps (Rio, Vancouver and London) and new weapons (Piranha Assault Shotgun, Acolyte Pistol and Typhoon Assault Rifle), as well as six new classes of human N7 characters.

The ‘Earth’ DLC will release on July 17 worldwide for the Xbox 360 and PC. For the PlayStation 3 version, the DLC will release on July 17 in North America and July 18 in Europe and Australia.

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Joystiq
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New Console 'OUYA' Coming 2013

A new console has been recently announced and its Kickstarter fund has received an extremely positive reception, soaring past its pledge goal in under 24 hours.

The
Ouya will be Android based and will give developers an extremely ‘easy to develop for’ piece of hardware that even welcomes hackers. Right now it is said that all games will be free and the console itself will cost only $99.

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The Kickstarter fund is set at $950,000 and has already blasted past $2,600,000, with 28 days still remaining. The pledges just keep on coming in, even during writing this news post, the funding has increased by $15,000. A video that outlines much of the basics surrounding the console can be seen on the
Kickstarter page. The Ouya will release in March, 2013.

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Ouya - Kickstarter
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VGM Podcast 013 - Pilotwings Resort / ToeJam and Earl

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The Legend of Zelda Anime in the Works.

No, we aren’t referring to the 1989 cartoon series.

ComicBookMovie has revealed news of a Legend of Zelda anime based on the A Link to the Past Manga and game. The Web series will feature well known voice actors such as Vic Mignogna from the Dragonball Z and Fullmetal Alchemist Dubs). The series will be developed by Zelda Motion, and a statement from them reads as follows:

"Officially, Zeldamotion is a project run by Aeipathy Industries. Mike Patch (Mechawatts) has started this on his own and will finish it on his own. The incredible voice acting cast featuring Todd Haberkorn (Allen Walker, from D-Grayman), Vic Mignogna (Edward Elric, from Full Metal Alchemist), Kent Williams (Father from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood) and Kira Buckland (Princess and Medusa, from Castle Crashers), has already recorded their roles and is being synced up to the animations.

The new trailer will be available within the next couple of weeks, to go along with the Kickstarter to help funding this and future episodes. I will finish the project with or without the Kickstarter or other funding. Kickstarter or other funding will just make it happen sooner, and enable future episodes to be done in a fraction of the time." 

Stay tuned for news on the first official trailers, as well as information regarding the Kickstarter fund.


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Video Game Music of the Week - 36

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Twelve New Characters Come to Console Version of Street Fighter X Tekken

The PlayStation Vita version of Street Fighter X Tekken has yet to be released, but all the new character additions will be made available to the console version on July 31st. The new characters that will be joining via the DLC will be:

- Blanka, Cody, Dudley, Elena, Guy & Sakura (from Street Fighter).
- Alisa Bosconovitch, Bryan Fury, Christie Monteiro, Jack-X, Lars Alexandersson, Lei Wulong (from Tekken).

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Street Fighter X Tekken for PlayStation Vita will release sometime in Spring.

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Joystiq

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Pokémon Conquest - Review


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Pokémon Conquest falls straight under the fairly robust banner of Pokémon spinoff games. Don't let this deter you though, as Pokémon Conquest is not only a remarkable and solid strategical game, it’s also one of the best Pokémon spinoffs ever.

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JB HI FI Australia Lists Retail Price for Wii U Games In-Store.

According to JB-Hi-Fi, an Australian home entertainment store, Wii U games will apparently launch at the cost of $99. A price for the console has not been listed, but EB Games Australia has listed an estimated price of $598, as well as a price of $98 for a second Wii U GamePad and $78 for a Wii U Pro Controller. The console price of $598 seems to be very high for a new Nintendo console, and it is highly likely that the price will decrease once Nintendo officially announce the pricing for the new home console. EB Games also has a retail price of $108 for Wii U games.

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For now, we will have to wait for an official update from Nintendo in regards to the price and release date, which should surely appear anytime soon.

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Final Fantasy XIII-3 Coming?

Motomu Toriyama, the director for Final Fantasy XIII-2, has teased the possibility of a Final Fantasy XIII-3 during a recent interview with Famitsu Magazine. The quote from the magazine is as follows:

“The Final Fantasy XIII-2 Lightning DLC had an ending that left a feeling [of] mystery and hope. The day when the meaning if this will come to light is not too far off.”

There will be a Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary event occurring during August 31st to September 2nd and more information may be revealed during that time. Perhaps they are saving information for that event, including any news surrounding Final Fantasy Versus XIII and Final Fantasy X HD.

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Final Fantasy VII Coming to PC… Again. [UPDATE]

Final Fantasy VII was ported to the PC in 1998, one year after its initial PlayStation release. Fourteen years later (that’s right, fourteen years) Final Fantasy VII is releasing on the PC yet again. The game will feature 36 new achievements to be unlocked, as well as an online component. Square-Enix has not revealed a release date as of yet, but the game will be available exclusively from the Square-Enix Online store. The official site for the PC re-release can be found HERE.

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Joystiq
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Video Game Music of the Week - 35

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FEZ Creator Working On Two New Games, Probably Will Release in 2023

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Phil Fish, the creative mind behind one of this years best most memorable Xbox Live Arcade games has revealed that he is currently working on two new titles for release in the future.
Fez was in development for over 5 years, and the experience has left Phil Fish ‘exhausted and traumatised.’ He will continue to pursue his career in game development, along with his game company, Polytron. A patch was recently released for Fez, but the upgrade led to save data errors across the board. The patch has been pulled by Microsoft, with Polytron announcing ‘we will keep you updated on the situation.’

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Joystiq
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Lengthy Project X Zone Trailer Makes Us Sad It's Not Yet Announced Internationally.



There is a new trailer for the collaboration game between
Namco Bandai Games, Capcom and SEGA titled Project X Zone. The trailer features some of the characters that will be in the game as well as some of the varied gameplay, and even in Japanese, the trailer reveals a lot about the upcoming game. Currently the game is only announced for a Japanese release, but lets all hope that it gets an english localisation at some point. Sooner rather than later.

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Nintendo Confirms That The Wii U's Online Service Will Be Free.

Nintendo has confirmed during a recent shareholders meeting that the Wii U’s online service, Miiverse, will be free for all users. Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, discussed that there are advantages to having a paid service, but in order to create a wide user base, which will allow Miiverse to blossom, they feel that a free service will be more beneficial for the company and the users. The Wii U still has not been given a release date, but has been confirmed for a release before the year is out.

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