In a scheduled Xbox presentation, Microsoft revealed its plans for the next console generation with its new console, named Xbox One. The new console is being branded as an ‘All-in-one’ entertainment box that will allow perfect integration of TV, web browsing, social connectivity and, of course, gaming. The Xbox One will feature a newly designed controller and Kinect 2.0 device which can be seen below.
The console will feature a custom built CPU designed by AMD, an eight-core x86 processor, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 500GB of Hard Drive space, USB 3.0 and a Blu-ray drive.
There are still some foggy details surrounding the new console, such as its apparent need to connect to the internet at regular intervals and the need to pay a fee for used games. Also, no price was given, which is not surprising at this stage, and the release date is currently set as holiday 2013.
During a recent Nintendo Direct broadcast, Satoru Iwata revealed that Nintendo has entered into a partnership with SEGA and they will release the next main Sonic The Hedgehog title exclusively on Nintendo hardware. Sonic: Lost World will release for both Wii U and 3DS sometime in the future. Apart from a single screenshot, no other information was revealed. Expect to hear more during E3 time in the next few weeks.
Also, Nintendo announced another Mario and Sonic team up game with the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. The title, currently named Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Winter Games, will allow for use with various Wii U controllers, including the GamePad and Wii Motion Plus. Release information was not given, and just as Sonic: Lost World, expect more information very soon.
Source: Nintendo Direct
The Wonderful 101, a Wii U exclusive title that looks to feature a hefty dose of action and Pikmin-esque style gameplay has finally been given an official Australian release date. The Platinum Studios title was first revealed at E3 last year and has now been given a firm release date of August 24 for Australia, as well as a shiny, new logo.
Source: Nintendo Direct
It has been revealed that the next Gran Turismo game is indeed in development for a PlayStation 3 release this holiday season. The game engine will be re-worked and re-tweeked to ensure smoother games in the future. Gran Turismo 6 will feature roughly 1200 cars, 200 more than Gran Turismo 5. A demo will be available in July and more information will be revealed about the game at E3 and Gamescom this year.
A new trailer has been released for Pokémon X Version and Pokémon Y Version. The new trailer shows that the game will feature mountable Pokémon, the ability to walk in any direction and also shows the four recently revealed Pokémon in action. Pokémon X Version and Pokémon Y Version releases worldwide this October.
In the latest issue of Japanese magazine CoroCoro, four new Pokémon were revealed. In the image above, the panda-like creature is a Fighting-type Pokémon and has the Japanese name of Yancham. The bird Pokémon on the left is a Normal/Flying-type named Yayakoma. The animal Pokémon on the right is called Gogoat and is a Grass-Type Pokémon and the Pokémon on the bottom is an Electric/Normal-type Pokémon named Elikiteru. The new Pokémon will appear this October on the first ever 3DS Pokémon games, Pokémon X Version and Pokémon Y Version.
Source: Nintendo Life
The upcoming HD re-release of Kingdom Hearts, which includes the never before released in Australia Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories, will be released in Australia on September 12. A limited edition version has also been announced which will include an art book alongside the game.
Nintendo have officially confirmed that they will be present at the first ever Penny Arcade Expo in Australia this July. Nintendo is currently one of the only game publishers so far to announce their presence at the expo. Seeing as PAX Australia will be held a month after this years E3 Expo, we may be one of the first countries to experience currently unannounced future Nintendo titles. Stay tuned for more PAX related news.
Nintendo recently announced the next entry in The Legend of Zelda series, revealing that the game will be set in the same world as The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past and take place after the events in said game. The original featured a mechanic in which players would travel to an alternate version of the games world, known as the Dark World. Eiji Aonuma has confirmed that this parallel world will be featured in the follow-up to the Super Nintendo title. The currently unnamed Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past sequel will release before the year is out.