Pokémon Black and White 2 Gets North American and European Release Dates. Australia Still Waits.

Nintendo has revealed that Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will be released on October the 7th in North America and October the 12th in Europe. No Australian release date has been announced as of yet, but last year, Pokémon Black and White released just a few days after their North American and European releases (March 4th and March 6th respectively, with a release date of March 10th in Australia). On the same day, Pokémon Dream Radar will release for the Nintendo 3DS and will be available for purchase in the 3DS eShop. The game will allow users to catch Pokémon through the 3DS camera, and then let them transfer those Pokémon over to Pokémon Black and White 2.


Source: GamesPress

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Video Game Music of the Week - 34

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Journey Collector's Edition Announced. Includes flOw and Flower.

A collector’s edition has been announced for the recent PSN game, Journey. The game, which was developed by thatgamecompany, was released earlier this year to a rather successful reception and the collector’s edition will also include flOw and Flower, two previous games developed by thatgamecompany. The retail collector’s edition has currently only been announced for release in North America at the moment though.



Fez Gets Patched. Xbox Live Takes It Down.

After a long development cycle, Fez, the Xbox Live Indie Game, was released in April of this year and with it, came a few minor bugs. The creator, Phil Fish, stated that this was one of the reasons why the development of the game took so long. After the game was released the development team of two, promised to continue to work on fixing any errors that made it into the game. Last week a patch was released that was said to fix a few of these bugs, however, the patch brought along with it an error that corrupted game saves which the team did not foresee. For now, Microsoft has pulled the patch, so it will not affect new players, or those who have not updated as of yet. Keep this in mind when the next patch hits as a lot of people have already lost their save files.



3DS XL Details Revealed for Australian and New Zealand Buyers.

Nintendo of Australia has revealed a handful of region specific information for their upcoming redesign of the Nintendo 3DS, titled the 3DS XL. The console will retail for $249.95 and will be released on August the 23rd, after Europe, Japan and America all receive it. The model colours that will be available in Australia includes Silver, Red and Blue. No White model like Japan and no Black model like America. The game will launch on the same day as New Art Academy, which Nintendo says will be a game that will benefit from the larger screen. At the moment, it is unknown whether or not it will come bundled with the charger.



New Nintendo Games Announced During Nintendo Direct.

Nintendo held three major direct broadcasts today (each focusing on different regions) to reveal some information about the future of the company. During the broadcast Nintendo announced that three previously known games that were released in Japan will be released in North America, Europe and Australia, as well as a new game.


The first is
Pokémon Typing Adventure for the Nintendo DS. The game was initially released in Japan last year under the name of Pokémon Battle & Get, but for obvious reasons, it wasn’t released elsewhere. Nintendo has now confirmed that the game will be coming, along with the keyboard peripheral, which will be compatible with other bluetooth connections.


Secondly, Nintendo confirmed that Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask, which was also released in Japan last year, will be coming to 3DS owners late this year, one year after its initial release. It was only a matter of time until Nintendo announced the game for North America, Europe and Australia and at least we now know it will be coming.


Nintendo also announced that
Fire Emblem 3DS will be coming, which we already knew thanks to Reggie spilling the beans during E3 this year. It won’t be released until early 2013 though. Also, Nintendo announced that Animal Crossing for the 3DS will be coming early 2013 as well, but like Fire Emblem, no trailer or official name was revealed.


Nintendo of Europe


Nintendo Announces a New 3DS Model. The 3DS XL [UPDATE].


The console will be titled the 3DS XL and will be released in Red, Blue and Silver. It will be hitting stores on August 19th however, which is a bit disappointing since it will be released in Europe around the end of July.

[22.06.12 - 1:57pm]

During Nintendo of Japan’s recent direct broadcast, a new 3DS model was announced. The new 3DS will be titled the 3DS LL and will feature a much larger screen, and improved battery life. The system will, however, not come bundled with an AC adapter. This was a decision they announced that will reduce the cost of the upcoming console. It will be compatible with the DSi and 3DS adapter though.

The system will come in three colours, White, Red + Black and Silver + Black. Stay tuned to the Nintendo of Europe broadcast shortly to see information that is more relative to Australia.



Source: Nintendo of Japan


Okami HD Coming to PSN

Capcom has announced that their adventure game, Okami, will be re-released in HD on the PlayStation Network this Spring. The game will allow players to utilise the PlayStation Move if they wish and will be fully upgraded in terms of its visuals. The game has only been given an official release price for North America, which is set at $19.99US. Below is the official trailer for the HD version of Okami.

Okami is a vibrant game with a unique art style and the upgrade into HD will allow players to be immersed in a way that wasn’t possible before.





New Nintendo Direct Broadcast Tomorrow at 1pm AEST.

Nintendo of America has since announced that they will be streaming a North American specific Direct broadcast, alongside Nintendo of Europe and Nintendo of Japan. The broadcast will begin at 2:00pm AEST, at the same time as Nintendo of Europe’s broadcast. For us here in Australia, Nintendo of Europe’s broadcast will be the more accurate one to watch in relation to releases in Australia.

[21.06.2012 - 9:33pm]
Nintendo of Japan
has announced that they will be streaming a new Direct Broadcast tomorrow at 12pm local time (1:00pm AEST). Nintendo of Europe has also announced that they will stream the direct broadcast in English at 5am local time (2:00pm AEST). Neither Nintendo of America or Nintendo of Australia have announced their own english translation stream at this time, but they may announce it shortly, as they have done this many times in the past. Stay tuned to the site to see what Nintendo reveals if you are unable to watch the broadcast tomorrow.

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Video Game Music of the Week - 33

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GAME Australia Says Goodbye.

After many presumed it in light of the business going into administration, GAME, one of Australia’s largest video game retailers have announced that they will be closing every store. The remaining 31 stores will close in the coming weeks and a closing down sale has commenced with up to 60 percent off certain items in-store and online.



Yet Another Step Closer to a More Appropriate Video Game Rating System in Australia (R18+)

We are yet another step closer to an R18+ rating in Australia as today, a legislation was passed through Australian parliament that will allow for an R18+ rating system in Australia. Australia is one of the only countries to not have an R18+ rating system and because of this, video games are often banned, changed or even oddly, downgraded to a lower rating, such as an MA15+ rating. It will still be sometime before the new rating is introduced, but we can now rest assure that the rating system is coming. Slowly.



Xbox 720 Document Leaked

An unconfirmed document has leaked revealing information about an upcoming successor to the Xbox 360. The document, which may be true or an elaborate hoax, reveals that the ‘Xbox 720’ will feature Blu-ray disc capability, 1080p and 3D movie playback. On top of this, the document unveils a new Kinect v2, as well as AR technology glasses named ‘Project Fortaleza’ that are similar to Googles recently revealed Project Glass.

The leaked information suggests that the console will release for $299US and will be very focused on providing a multimedia experience for the living room environment.


This news should be taken lightly of course, as Microsoft has not confirmed any of the information revealed in the document, only saying that they do not comment on rumour or speculation. The original document has since been taken down.


New Super Mario Bros. 2 Coming August 18.

Nintendo has officially announced that the upcoming New Super Mario Bros. 2 will launch on the 18th of August, exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS, in Australia and New Zealand. New Super Mario Bros. 2 will be the first 3DS game to be available both in-store and as a digital download.


Source: Nintendo of Australia


Miyamoto Discusses the Future of Zelda 3DS.

Miyamoto, the creator of The Legend of Zelda series, has openly stated that the future of the Legend of Zelda franchise on the 3DS hasn’t been fully decided yet. At this point, the company is unsure whether to release a Majora’s Mask remake, an A Link to the Past remake or a sequel to A Link to the Past. A sequel to A Link to the Past would be amazing because it would allow for the nostalgia that a remake would provide, but importantly, it would still be a brand new Zelda game. Nintendo has recently said that they had begun work on a new 3DS Legend of Zelda game already, so this seems to contradict that. Of course, this could be another game, but it would be unlikely for the company to work on two Zelda games when they should be very busy with the upcoming release of their new console, Wii U.


Zelda Dungeon

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'Indie Game: The Movie' Digitally Available Now!

Indie Game: The Movie was first shown early this year, but as of now, the movie is available for digital download via the official website, iTunes and as the first film ever available on Steam. The film documents the difficulties of the Indie Game Developers behind the games Super Meat Boy, FEZ and Braid. The movie is receiving great reviews and is definitely a ‘must-watch’ movie for video game enthusiasts around the world. The film is available for $9.99US from the official website HERE.


Indie Game: The Movie Website


[E3] South Park: The Stick of Truth hits Consoles Next Year.

The South Park RPG that was revealed late last year finally received an official title and trailer. The game will be titled South Park: The Stick of Truth and will be released sometime in March of next year. The game will feature a very similar art style to the TV series. Below is the first reveal trailer that was shown during Microsoft’s E3 Press Conference.




[E3] Halo 4 Goes Live-Action with this E3 Trailer

Like most games that appeared at E3 this year, Halo 4 was announced during last years E3. Lots of new information was revealed regarding the game and below is a Live-Action trailer for the upcoming game. Halo 4 will release in Australia on the 6th of November this year.


Source: Digital Spy


Video Game Music of the Week - 32

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[E3] New Resident Evil 6 Trailer.

A brand new ‘Chaos Trailer’ for Resident Evil 6 was recently revealed. The lengthy trailer delves a little deeper into the story and gives viewers a sense of what to expect from Resident Evil 6. The game will be released on October the 2nd for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.




[E3] Paper Mario 3D and Luigi's Mansion 2 Get New Names and Trailers.

Two new first-party 3DS games were revealed last year during E3, but this year, those games were given new names and trailers to match. Paper Mario 3D and Luigi’s Mansion 2 are now titled Paper Mario: Sticker Star and Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon, respectively. Both games have still not been given a solid release date, but they were said to be released sometime this holiday season.




[E3] First Gameplay Shown for SimCity Reboot

The SimCity 2013 reboot was revealed awhile ago, but at this years E3, EA showed off some gameplay footage in a brand new trailer for the upcoming simulation game. At the moment, the game is scheduled to release sometime in February of 2013.




[E3] First Look at Quantic Dream's New Game, Beyond: Two Souls.

Quantic Dream, developers of Heavy Rain, revealed their brand new upcoming game, Beyond: Two Souls at this years Sony E3 Press Conference. The game will feature multiple branching scenes, much like Heavy Rain did and will be a PlayStation 3 exclusive set to release sometime next year.


PlayStation Blog


[E3] Two More Characters Revealed for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, which is a mouthful to say, was discussed during Sony’s press conference this year and two more characters were revealed. Nathan Drake from the Unchartered series was confirmed, as well as Big Daddy from the BioShock franchise. Below is the latest E3 trailer for the upcoming beat em’ up. A Vita version was also confirmed during Sony’s press conference.


PlayStation Blog


[E3] Scribblenauts Unlimited Coming to Wii U and 3DS.

Check out the reveal trailer for Scribblenauts Unlimited. The previous entries in the series were released on the Nintendo DS and were very successful games. Scribblenauts Unlimited will be release sometime around the launch of the Wii U for both the Wii U and the 3DS. Below is the trailer for the Wii U version.




[E3] Pikmin 3 Leads Nintendo Into the World of HD, First Trailer Revealed.

Pikmin 3 was semi-announced last year during E3 when Miyamoto discussed he’s plans to release it on Nintendo’s upcoming console, Wii U. Nintendo began their E3 press COnference this year with the official reveal of Pikmin 3. Gameplay was shown, and the first official trailer can be seen below. Also, keep an eye out for the ‘Pink Pikmin’ that flies by near the end of the trailer.


Nintendo All-Access E3


[E3] Dead Space 3 Officially Announced

We all pretty much knew Dead Space 3 was on its way, but during EA’s Press Conference at this years E3, they officially revealed the game. Below is the first trailer for the upcoming game, which will include co-op play.


Dead Space Official Website


[E3] The Last of Us E3 Trailer Shows Us What Naughty Dog's Been Working On.

Dark Chronicle / Dark Cloud 2 (PS2)


Never-Ending Adventure, Gundorada Workshop, Veniccio, Battle for the Future.

Tomohito Nishiura

Released as Dark Cloud 2 in North America, Dark Chronicle is the sequel to Dark Cloud by Level-5 (White Knight Chronicles, Professor Layton). It is composed by Tomohito Nishiura, one of my personal favourite video game composers, who also worked on the soundtrack to Dark Cloud, Rogue Galaxy, White Knight Chronicles and the Professor layton Series. Nishiura has a distinct style that echoes through all he’s video game compositions.

Never-Ending Adventure

The introduction song to Dark Chronicles is a perfect summary of the entire adventure thats experienced in the game. The song plays during the introduction video to the game and is a great away for players to get a sense of what the game is going to offer. Its a large, grand game with many locations and the introduction song helps sum up the entire experience.

Gundorada Workshop

One of the many locations in the game, Gundorada Workshop is a huge area with mechanical buildings and elevators. The OST version of the song is slightly different, with the In-Game song being a little more atmospheric. This version is the OST version.


Veniccio is a location in the game that is situated near a beach and has that distinct vibe to it. The track is slightly similar sounding to a track called ‘Queens’ from the original Dark Cloud and both locations have some similarities to them. Its an upbeat song with the emphasis on the rhythm guitar and the melodic woodwind instrument.

Battle for the Future

I chose a fourth track for this weeks VGM of the Week because the soundtrack to Dark Chronicle is very broad and has some really great tunes. Battle for the Future is one of the most powerful songs on the soundtrack and is played during many of the boss battles in the game. It is one of the stand out tracks.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.

[E3] Watch Dogs Trailer, Ubisofts Press Conference Surprise.

Below is some gameplay footage for the recently revealed Watch Dogs by Ubisoft. The game was one of E3’s best surprises and will release sometime in 2013 for unknown consoles at the time.



Wreck-It Ralph Trailer Features Zangief, Eggman, Bowser and more!

The official trailer for Disney’s upcoming animated movie Wreck-It Ralph features some of video games most iconic bad guys. The movie is about ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ who is the ‘bad guy’ in a video game who wants to become a hero. The trailer features, Zangief and M. Bison from Street Fighter, Eggman or Dr. Robotnik from Sonic the Hedgehog, Bowser from Super Mario Bros, a ghost from Pac Man and a few non specific video game characters.

The movie will be released this year on Boxing Day, the 26th of December.



[E3] Checklist - How did we do?

Before E3 began this year, we posted a prediction checklist for what we thought each major console company would reveal at their respective press conferences. Below are our checklists and which of our predictions were correct, and which were definitely wrong.


Out of our Microsoft E3 predictions, we did pretty good. Out of 13 predictions we were right about 6 of them. Firstly, they did show Halo 4 of course, but didn’t show Kinect integration. Although, Kinect integration will be available. Apart from that, most of it was rather straightforward.


Sony was next and out of 15 predictions, we guessed 6 again. No BioShock, no Gran Turismo, no The Last Guardian, no Final Fantasy and no Kingdom Hearts.


Lastly, Nintendo held their conference and out of 20 predictions, we guessed 9. During the conference a lot of focus was put on the Wii U and no brand new Nintendo games, apart from Pikmin 3 and Nintendo Land, were announced. None from Zelda, Donkey Kong, Metroid, F-Zero or Kirby.

We guessed 21 predictions correctly, out of 48. Roughly 40% success rate! Until next year!

Video Game Music of the Week - 31

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[E3] Fire Emblem: Awakening Releasing in North America. Australia too?

Fire Emblem: Awakening for 3DS was recently released in Japan and since its original announcement, we had not heard if the game was being released elsewhere. After the recent 3DS Showcase Presentation at E3, Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo America, revealed that the gamed would be released in America at some point in the future. No release date was given, but we now know the game will release. No word on an Australian version at this time, but it seems highly likely.



[E3] Nintendo Press Conference Round-Up

Nintendo was the last major company to hold an E3 Press Conference, finishing just in time for the true beginning of E3 with the opening of the show floor. This year, everyone was focused on Nintendo and there brand new console, Wii U. Below is a summary of all the news, reveals and announcements.

  • Miyamoto opens the show with a Pikmin reference. Pikmin 3 is revealed and Captain Olimer’s whereabouts remains a secret.
  • Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video and Youtube coming to Wii U.
  • Wii U compatible with two GamePads.
  • In-Depth video showcasing the Wii U GamePad is shown
  • New Super Mario Brothers Mii is renamed New Super Mario Brothers U. Gameplay is shown.
  • Batman Arkham City: Armoured Edition announced for Wii U. Will utilise the GamePad.
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited revealed for the Wii U.
  • Wii U Showcase: Darksiders 2, Mass Effect 3, Tank! Tank! Tank!, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Trine 2: Directors Cut, Ninja Gaiden 3: Razors Edge, Aliens Colonial Marines.
  • Wii Fit U is revealed.
  • SiNG (Working Title) announced for Wii U.
  • New Super Mario Bros. 2 for 3DS footage shown.
  • Paper Mario: Sticker Star trailer is shown for 3DS. Coming holiday 2012, digital download will be available as well
  • Luigi’s Mansion 2 renamed Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon. Trailer is shown. Coming Holiday 2012.
  • 3DS Showcase: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate, Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.
  • LEGO City Undercover coming to Wii U. 3DS version also coming.
  • Just Dance 4 is demoed live for Wii U.
  • ZombiU is shown, same Ubisoft Wii U showcase is shown that was present at the Ubisoft Conference.
  • Nintendo Land is revealed. Virtual theme park game for Wii U. Each attraction is based off a Nintendo franchise, such as the Legend of Zelda, Luigis Mansion and Donkey Kong. Works as a Wii U tutorial-like game that shows you how the Wii U’s gamePad works and will be a launch game.

You can watch the entire Nintendo Press Conference below.



[E3] Sony Press Conference Round-Up

The second major E3 Press Conference was Sony’s where they announced exciting information regarding the companies future. Below is a summary of all the news, reveals and announcements.

  • New IP from developers Quantic Dream revealed. Titled Beyond Two Souls and actress Ellen Page will play the protagonist. Trailer shown.
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale trailer shown. Coming to Vita as well with cross-compatibility. Can play in the same match with the Playstation 3 and Vita at the same time.
  • Two new characters revealed for PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Nathan Drake and Big Daddy from BioShock. Coming holiday 2012.
  • One year free PlayStation Plus given to entire audience.
  • PsOne Classics coming to Vita
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified announced for Vita, no trailer.
  • Assassins Creed III: Liberation announced for Vita with a short trailer. Connection between it and Assassins Creed III.
  • New Vita bundle includes Assassins Creed III: Liberation and a white PlayStation Vita.
  • New PlayStation 3 bundle includes PlayStation 3 and Assassins Creed III.
  • 4 Player Co-op announced for FarCry 3. Demoed live. Exclusive DLC for PlayStation 3 version.
  • Physical book called Wonderbook uses augmented reality with PlayStation Eye. Book of Spells is a collaboration with J.K Rowling. Demo shown.
  • PlayStation Suite renamed PlayStation Mobile.
  • God of War: Ascension gameplay shown. Coming March 12th 2013.
  • Gameplay shown for The Last of Us by Naughty Dog


Watch the entire Press Conference below.


[E3] Ubisoft Press Conference Round-Up

Ubisoft began there Press Conference with a bang at 8:00am AEST. Below is a summary of all the news, reveals and announcements.

  • Just Dance 4 is quickly revealed with a live performance by Flo Rida.
  • A new Far Cry 3 trailer and gameplay video is shown with a very raunchy start.
  • A new trailer for the recently announced Splinter Cell: Blacklist is shown.
  • A trailer was shown for Avengers: Battle for Earth. Coming to Kinect and Wii U.
  • A live demo for Rayman Legends running on the Wii U is shown. They are playing with a Wii U GamePad and a Wii U Pro Controller in conjunction.
  • Wii U exclusive launch game from Ubisoft revealed titled ZombiU.
  • Quick Software reel for the Wii U was shown, games included Rabbids Lands, Sports Connection and Just Dance 4.
  • A lengthy Assassins Creed III live gameplay video was shown, as well as two trailers.
  • A showcase for past games was shown including Trials Evolution, The Settlers Online and Ghost Recon Online.
  • CEO of Ubisoft, Yves Guillemot comes on stage to reveal a new IP. A strange teaser was shown for a surveillance game titled Watch Dogs. Live gameplay footage was then shown.


You can watch the entire Press Conference below.


[E3] EA Press Conference Round-Up

Electronic Arts was the second press conference and featured new information about previously known games. Below is a summary of all the news, reveals and announcements.

  • Dead Space 3 was officially revealed and a trailer was shown. Footage of live co-op gameplay was shown.
  • Some information about the upcoming Madden 13’ was revealed and footage was shown.
  • SimCity Social announced for Facebook, a trailer is shown.
  • A Gameplay trailer is shown for the upcoming SimCity and it will include multiplayer elements. Coming February 2013.
  • Battlefield Premium revealed. Includes expansion packs, maps and more. Available right now for $49.99US.
  • Information about the future of The Old Republic is discussed. Players can enjoy the game up to level 15 for free.
  • Gameplay is shown for the upcoming Medal of Honor Warfighter. Coming 23rd October.
  • The recently announced FIFA 13’ is discussed. EA Sports Football Club is talked about.
  • EA’s partnership with UFC was talked about, but no game was announced.
  • A trailer is shown for Need for Speed Most Wanted as well as live gameplay footage. Coming October 30.
  • Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli talks about Crysis 3 and the latest CryEngine. Live gameplay is shown for Crysis 3. Coming February 2013 to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.


Watch the entire conference below.


[E3] Microsoft Press Conference Round-Up

Microsoft was the first company to kick off this years E3 Press Conferences. Below is a summary of all the news, reveals and announcements.

  • Halo 4 was the initial focus and after a short trailer, a live gameplay demo was shown. A final trailer was shown before the Halo 4 logo appeared on screen.
  • Splinter Cell: Blacklist was revealed and a gameplay demo was shown. Coming Spring 2013.
  • Better With Kinect introduced for Madden 13' and FIFA 13'. Voice controls seem to work very well.
  • Fable: The Journey trailer shown. Vague release date of Holiday 2012.
  • New Gears of War trailer shown. Vague release date of 2013.
  • Forza Horizon trailer shown. Release date of October 23rd.
  • Kinect control shown for Video services, mostly North American focused. Xbox Music announced.
  • Nike+ Kinect Training announced. Fitness software that utilises the Kinect.
  • Xbox SmartGlass system announced. Combines tablets, smartphones and Xbox console to work together to allow for a more immersive experience of Movies, TV shows and Games. Also, Internet Explorer revealed for Xbox 360.
  • Tomb Raider live gameplay demo shown. DLC will be timed exclusive for Xbox 360.
  • Software showcase. Ascend: New Gods announced, coming 2013. Two titles, 'Loco Cycle' and 'Matter' teased.
  • Capcom shows a live gameplay demo for Resident Evil 6. Shaping up to be a great addition to the franchise.
  • Xbox-Live game Wreckateer shown. First-Person Angry Birds-like game.
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth trailer shown.
  • Dance Central 3 trailer shown. Guest-star Usher performs live on stage.
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II Trailer and lengthy gameplay shown to close out the show.


Watch the entire Press Conference below.



[E3] Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct Broadcast Reveals New Information About Upcoming Wii U

Moments ago, Nintendo streamed a pre-E3 direct broadcast video in which Satoru Iwata revealed some new information about the upcoming Wii U. The previously rumoured Wii U redesign of the controller is now official and can be seen below alongside its 2011 counterpart. The official title for the controller is the ‘Wii U GamePad’ and the main difference is the Analog Sticks in place of the Slide Pads. Also, a black version of the controller was also visible during the presentation.


Alongside this announcement, Nintendo also revealed a new controller named the ‘Wii U Pro Controller.’ This controller is said to offer a more classic take on video game control, and looks quite unique and practical at the same time.


Lastly, Nintendo discussed a little bit about its upcoming network system, which will include a system titled ‘Miiverse.’ This will work a social connection device where players can interact with friends and others around the world and will show players who are playing certain games. For example, an icon will appear representing a certain game. Crowded around that icon will be all the Mii’s from players who are playing that game at that time. You can then chat with those people and discuss the game in general, or ask for help if you are stuck in a certain area. Also, when you chat with other people, you can use the Wii U GamePad’s touchscreen to type, or you can even use the screen to draw an image, much like the 3DS’s SwapNote application.


You can watch the entire broadcast below.

Nintendo of Japan


[E3] Nintendo Direct Pre-E3 2012

Nintendo will be hosting a pre-E3 Direct broadcast tomorrow morning at 8:00am AEST. For your local times, check out the image below. Nintendo is expected to discuss the concepts behind the Wii U, with interviews from developers and major individuals at Nintendo. The video will broadcast on the Japanese website for Nintendo HERE.


Source: Aussie-Gamer


[E3] Watch Lara Croft Take a Beating In This Brand New Tomb Raider E3 Trailer

Below is a brand new trailer for the upcoming Tomb Raider reboot. The trailer shows Lara Croft take an absolute beating in many various situations and shows a lot of gameplay footage from the upcoming game. The trailer also reveals the release date for the as the 5th of March 2013. At this time, it’s not confirmed whether or not that is a worldwide release date, but we can presume the game will be released in Australia sometime around that time.


Source: IGN


[E3] New Kingdom Hearts 3D Trailer Showcases Some Voice Acting and Lots of Gameplay

Below is a brand new E3 trailer for the upcoming 3DS game, Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance. The trailer showcases a lot of new gameplay, as well as some of the voice acting for many of the characters. The game will be released in Australia on the 26th of July.


[E3] Konami Pre-E3 Press Conference - Metal Gear Rising and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2

Konami revealed a brand new trailer for Metal Gear Rising in a recent Pre-E3 Press Conference. Alongside this trailer, came the reveal of a new Castlevania game titled Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. Both trailers can be seen below and more information regarding these two titles will be revealed during E3 next week.



VGM Podcast 010 - Sword of Vermilion / Metal Gear Solid 4

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Dawnguard DLC for Skyrim gets an Official Trailer.

We already know of the Dawnguard add-on for one of 2011’s best games, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Bethesda has revealed the first trailer for the upcoming add-on. Check out some of the new additions and interesting elements in the Official Trailer below.

The DLC will release on Xbox 360 this year and will cost 1600 Microsoft points. The add-on will be exclusive to Xbox 360 for 30 days, and then will be available for PlayStation 3 and PC after that time.



Final Fantasy Versus XIII becomes Final Fantasy XV. Coming to Wii U as well?

A recent leaked video shows what appears to be a pre-E3 briefing which reveals some rather interesting news about the future of the Final Fantasy series.

Final Fantasy Versus XIII first appeared in 2006 and since then not much information has been revealed, more specifically in the past couple of years. This video suggests that Final Fantasy XIII Versus has now been renamed Final Fantasy VX and will be coming to PlayStation 3 and Wii U. This is exciting news, if its true, because a main-line Final Fantasy game hasn’t appeared on a Nintendo console since Final Fantasy VI, which was released in 1994, 18 years ago. The important thing to note is that Final Fantasy Versus XIII was said to be a more action-RPG oriented game and if it’s released as Final Fantasy XV it would change the more traditional turn-based style of what the series has been known for. Regardless, all will be known next week during E3.