New Super Mario Bros. 2 Will Be Getting DLC This Year.

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During a surprise Nintendo Broadcast today,
Nintendo of Japan announced their plans for the first batch of DLC for New Super Mario Bros. 2.

There will be three different DLC packs available in October which has currently only been confirmed for Japan at this stage. The DLC packs will differ in difficulty and will all offer new stages and challenges. The DLC will cost 200 Yen in Japan, roughly $2.50 AUD.

Nintendo has yet to confirm an International release for the DLC.

Source:
Aussie-Gamer
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Wii U Will Be Making It's First Aussie Appearance at This Year's EB Expo

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Nintendo has recently revealed that they will showcase the Wii U at this years EB Expo, being held in Sydney, Australia. Up until now, we knew that Nintendo was attending the expo, but we barely knew what they were showcasing, apart from
Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2. Now players in Australia will be able to experience Nintendo’s ‘next big thing’ for themselves when it makes a welcomed appearance next week.

A list of the games that will be featured at the expo can be seen below.

  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • Nintendo Land
  • ZombiU
  • RAYMAN LEGENDS
  • Darksiders II
  • Batman Arkham City Armoured Edition
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Just Dance 4
  • Sing Party

Source:
EB Expo
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Rayman Jungle Run - Review


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A somewhat simpler, but just as fun adventure in the vein of Rayman Origins, Rayman Jungle Run delivers a perfect mobile experience much akin to its console predecessor. It’s a game that works remarkably well with touch controls, as well as small bursts of gameplay often associated with mobile gaming.

Check out the review to
Rayman Jungle Run HERE!

Written by Michael Villalon

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Least Surprising News Of The Week. Wii U Will Be Region Locked.

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It has been revealed in a recent Famitsu Magazine that Nintendo’s next home console will be region locked, making importing games an impossibility. Nintendo has done this in some form for each of their major consoles since the NES and SNES, where different sized game cartridges allowed them to incorporate region locking. Wii U releases this November across North America, Europe and Australia and this December across Japan.

Source: Kotaku
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Video Game Music of the Week - 47

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VGM.MassEffect

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[TGS 2012] Kingdom Hearts HD Collection Coming to PlayStation 3

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Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
, Kingdom Hearts - Re:Chain of Memories and scenes from Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days will be getting the HD treatment for PlayStation 3, as was announced by Square-Enix during this years TGS. The HD collection will be titled Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix.

Currently, the collection is only confirmed for Japan.

Source:
Joystiq

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[TGS 2012] Sony Unveils an Even Slimmer PlayStation 3 Model

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During the Tokyo Game Show, Sony revealed a new model for its PlayStation 3. The ultra slim, ultra light edition will be available in two models, including a 12GB version and a 500GB version. The console will be 20% smaller, as well as 25% lighter

Both new editions will release in Australia on September 27, with the 12GB model retailing for $299.95 and the 500GB model setting you back $399.95.

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Source:
GamesRadar
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VGM Podcast 018 - Pokemon Gold and Silver / Final Fantasy VII

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/pod18.html

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Dragon Age 3: Inquisition Announced

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A third entry in BioWare’s successful
Dragon Age franchise has been announced, titled Dragon Age 3: Inquisition.

Set to hit shelves in 2013, the game has been in the works for almost two years now and is being built on a new RPG engine using DICE’s Frostbite 2 technology as a base. No platforms have been announced at this time.

Source:
IGN
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Video Game Music of the Week - 46

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Bayonetta 2 announced. Will be a Wii U Exclusive.

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During the recent broadcasts by Nintendo in which they revealed release information about their upcoming console, it was announced that
Bayonetta 2 will be released as a Wii U exclusive.

Bayonetta was released in 2010 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but the second instalment has been confirmed to be a Wii U only release.

Platinum Games, the company behind Bayonetta 2 has since responded to fans of the series as to why the game is a Wii U exclusive, saying:

“Bayonetta is a brand that we want to see become stronger, reaching the hands of more and more gamers, so we have continued to consult with Sega, the previous game’s publisher, on how we can make sure this takes place. Our answer was a new partnership with Nintendo.”

Source: Joystiq
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Video Game Music of the Week - 45

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Wii U Price and Date Announced. More Information Revealed.

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During multiple Nintendo Broadcasts around the world, the company has revealed some much needed news regarding their upcoming home console.

The Wii U will be released in
Australia on November 30, North America on November 18, Europe on November 30 and Japan on December 8.

There will be two bundles available for the Wii U on release. The first is the Basic Package and will include a white Wii U console with 8GB of memory, a GamePad, a Sensor Bar (North America only), a HDMI Cable and AC Adapters. It will retail in Australia for
$349.95.

The second is the Premium Package and it will include a black Wii U console with 32GB of memory, a GamePad, a Sensor Bar (all regions), a HDMI Cable, a charging cradle for the GamePad, Stands for the GamePad controller and the console itself, a Nintendo Network Premium Subscription and a copy of the game
Nintendo Land. It will retail in Australia for $429.95.

Also, a number of games were confirmed for launch day, including:

  • Nintendo Land
  • New Super Mario Bros. U
  • FIFA 13
  • ZombiU
  • RAYMAN LEGENDS
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II
  • Mass Effect 3: Special Edition
  • Darksiders II

Source:
IGN, Aussie-Gamer.
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Nintendo Launches Official Wii U Website. Direct Broadcast Coming September 13/14

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Nintendo has finally launched an official website for their upcoming console, Wii U. The official Australian site for the Wii U can be found at
www.nintendo.com.au/wiiu

On September 13/14, Nintendo will be releasing information about the console at an event in New York on September 13 and Nintendo of Europe will air a direct broadcast geared towards delivering similar information. It is suspected that a release date may be announced. Below is the link to the European/Australian broadcast.


Nintendo of Australia (Nintendo of Europe)
http://www.nintendo.com.au/nintendodirect/

Time:
Sydney - Midnight (September 13 night, September 14 morning)

Source:
Aussie-Gamer

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VGM Podcast 017 - Revenge of Shinobi / Mega Man

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/pod17.html

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Video Game Music of the Week - 44

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VGM.Megaman1

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Valve Begins Work on Hardware

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It has been rumoured before that
Valve, known for it’s highly successful Steam service, as well as the Half-Life and Portal franchises, has been working on hardware. Valve has apparently confirmed the previously debunked rumours via a job listing, saying:

“Valve is traditionally a software company. Open platforms like the PC and Mac are important to us, as they enable us and our partners to have a robust and direct relationship with customers. We’re frustrated by the lack of innovation in the computer hardware space though, so we’re jumping in.”

Source:
IGN


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New Final Fantasy XIII Game Announced

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Today, Square-Enix has announced a new title set to continue the
Final Fantasy XIII story. No, it’s not titled Final Fantasy XIII-3, but rather Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.

The new game will continue to tell the story of Lightning and will be set in a brand new world, with new characters and a different/modified gameplay system. The game will take place “hundreds of years” after the events of
Final Fantasy XIII-2.

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will be set in a brand new world titled ‘Novus Partus.’

The game seems to be in the very early development stages, and more information will be revealed in the coming months. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will release in 2013.

Source:
Final Fantasy XIII Official Website

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This is How You Celebrate a 25th Anniversary

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Square-Enix has announced that a major collection of Final Fantasy games will be releasing in December for those living in Japan.

The
Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Ultimate Box will feature every major Final Fantasy game from the original to Final Fantasy XIII, as well as a few other goodies. Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy II and Final Fantasy IV to IX will be the PlayStation versions, Final Fantasy III will be the PSP UMD version, Final Fantasy X, XI and XII will be the PlayStation 2 versions, and of course, Final Fantasy XIII will be the original PlayStation 3 version.

Along with these games, the box set will include a piece of Artwork, an ArtWorks book, a video featuring Nobuo Uematsu’s Piano Arrangements, a 2-CD soundtrack featuring select music from the entire series and a code for
Final Fantasy XIV.

Currently the box set is only confirmed for sale in Japan via the Square-Enix e-shop and will release on December 18 for 35,000 Yen (approx. $450 USD).

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Source:
Kotaku
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