The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is getting a Season Pass.

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Nintendo has recently revealed that the upcoming
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be receiving a Season Pass DLC. The video below details all the information regarding the addd content, showcased by series producer Eiji Aonuma. The Season Pass will be priced at $19.99 USD (No word on Australian pricing just yet).

Day One
- 3 New Treasure Chests found in the Great Plateau.

Summer (US) 2017
- New Cave of Trials Challenge
- New "Hard Mode"
- Additional Map Features

Winter (US) 2017
- New original story
- New dungeon
- Additional challenges



Source: Nintendo YouTube
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Nintendo Switch trailers

During Nintendo's Live Switch Presentation, a bunch of new games were announced for the upcoming system. Along with these announcements, many new trailers were shown, including a spectacular new look at The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild. Check these out below.

The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild



Super Mario Odyssey



Splatoon 2



Mario Kart 8 Deluxe



Super Bomberman R



Fire Emblem Warriors



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ARMS



Xenoblade Chronicles 2



Sonic Mania



Puyo Puyo Tetris

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Here's everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch

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Nintendo hosted a Live Event yesterday to reveal all the information regarding their next home (and portable) console, the Nintendo Switch. The presentation revealed the release date, pricing, battery life, games and many other important questions that were still left unanswered. Below is a comprehensive list of all the news about the hardware itself from the presentation.

Price
$299 USD / $469 AUD

Release Date
March 3, 2017 Worldwide

Battery Life
2.5 - 6 Hours, depending on what software is running

Notes
- No Region Locking
- 8 Switch Consoles can connect together wirelessly for Local Multiplayer
- Joy-Con controller will feature a new kind of Rumble that they are calling 'HD Rumble,' allowing players to have a more dynamic feeling experience
- 2 SKU's, with the only difference being the colour of the Joy-Con controllers.
- Box includes = Switch Console, Joy-Con Controllers, Joy-Con Straps, Joy-Con Grip, Dock, HDMI Cables & AC Adapter.
- Will use MicroSD cards
- There will be a paid online service, which will also give players limited free classic NES and SNES games to play.
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Shovel Knight coming to Nintendo Switch

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Yacht Club Games, the makers behind the brilliant
Shovel Knight game, have recently announced that their 2D platforming game will release on the upcoming Nintendo Switch. The upcoming new campaign mode titled Spectre Of Torment will also release on the system. Expect to hear more on the game, and the upcoming Nintendo Switch in the next few days.

Source: Yacht Club Games
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The Nintendo NX is now the Nintendo Switch

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After such a long time of deep speculation, Nintendo has finally revealed their new console, codenamed NX, as the Nintendo Switch. Rumours suggested the console would be a hand-held/home-console hybrid and it appears those rumours were correct. Check out the reveal trailer below which shows glimpses of The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, a new Mario game and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The Nintendo Switch will release in March 2017.



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Source: Nintendo
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PlayStation 4 Pro announced.

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During Sony’s PlayStation Meeting, the PlayStation Neo was announced taking, on the new name of PlayStation 4 Pro. The console will release this November for $559AUD and will feature 4K and HDR compatibility, a 1TB hard drive and the New PlayStation 4 DualShock 4 Wireless Controller. The PlayStation Slim was also announced and will be taking over the original PlayStation 4 as the entry level console. The PlayStation Slim will come with either a 500GB or 1TB hard drive and will retail for $439AUD and $509AUD respectively.

Source: PlayStation YouTube, EB Games
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New Pikmin game announced for the Nintendo 3DS

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During the recent Nintendo Direct, it was confirmed that a new Pikmin game will be releasing on the Nintendo 3DS sometime in 2017. The game will be a side-scrolling platformer with action elements. Check out the reveal trailer below. The game currently has no official title as of yet.



Source: Nintendo Direct
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Sonic The Hedgehog gets two new games in 2017

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SEGA has announced that two new Sonic The Hedgehog games are currently in production. The first game, currently untitled, is being developed by the team behind Sonic Colors (2010) and Sonic Generations (2011), two of the best modern Sonic games in recent history. The team promised it would be delivering a “completely new game” in honour of the series’ 25th anniversary and that it will come to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo’s upcoming NX in holiday 2017. The second game, titled Sonic Mania, will be releasing in 2017. It will be a 2D Platformer with “core classic gameplay” and will include reimagined areas from classic Sonic titles. Check out the trailers to both games below.






Source: IGN
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Nintendo Is Releasing A Classic NES

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Recently it was announced that Nintendo will be releasing a small version of their NES system. The system will come with 30 classic NES games installed, but will not allow players to use their original NES cartridges to expand the library of games. The complete list of games are below:

Balloon Fight, Bubble Bobble, Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Double Dragon II, Dr. Mario, Excitebike, Final Fantasy, Galaga, Ghosts ’n’ Goblins, Gradius, Ice Climber, Kid Icarus, Kirby’s Adventure, Mario Bros., Mega Man 2, Metroid, Ninja Gaiden, Pac-man, Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, StarTropics, SUPER C, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, Tecmo Bowl, The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: Link’s Adventure.

The system will release in November, 2016.

Source: IGN
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The BioShock Collection Coming In September

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The three games found in the
BioShock series are being remastered and bundled together, along with all their respective single-player DLC, for release on both PlayStation 4 & Xbox One. The collection will be coming on September 15 in Australia and will feature BioShock, BioShock 2 & BioShock Infinite. Check out the announcement trailer below.



Source: 2k Blog
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Check Out The New Trailer For The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

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During last weeks E3 event, the official title for the brand new
Legend Of Zelda game was revealed, alongside a jaw-dropping new trailer. Check it out below.



Source: Nintendo YouTube
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No Man's Sky Releasing June 22nd

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The long-awaited
No Man’s Sky, the third game by British developers Hello Games, will be releasing on June 22nd. Alongside the release date announcement, a collector’s edition was also revealed. The collector’s edition will feature a steenbok case, a 48-page art book, an exclusive comic, in-game content and a dynamic PS4 theme.

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Source: EB Games
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Pokemon 20th Anniversary Celebration Begins

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The Pokémon Company has released a video showing some of the upcoming forms of celebration as Pokémon enters its 20th year. The company has also released an official logo to mark the 20th anniversary celebration. Check out the video below.

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Final Fantasy IX Coming To iOS, Android and PC

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Final Fantasy IX is due to release sometime soon on iOS, Android and PC. The game has never been released outside of Sony consoles, this will mark the first time. No official release date has been given as of yet, but Square-Enix has released a trailer for the upcoming port which appears to look very similar to the original release, with some sharper images and a slightly tidier look.



Source: Polygon
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The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Announced

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During the recent Nintendo Direct presentation, it was revealed that The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess will be coming to the Wii U as an HD enhanced version. Apart from visual updates, there will be some other changes made to the game to improve upon the original release, however the specifics of these are unknown at this stage. The game is set to release on March 5th, 2016.



Source: Nintendo Direct
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Metal Gear Online Now Live

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The online component to
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is now available to download. The free download takes the remarkable gameplay found in the single-player story and creates a rich multiplayer experience.

Source: PlayStation Network
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Check Out The Launch Trailer For Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
is set to release next week, and the games creator, Hideo Kojima, has released a final Launch Trailer for the game. You can check it out below.



Source: IGN
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Final Fantasy XII Remaster May Just Be On The Way

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During a recent Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concert, conductor Arnie Roth mentioned the existence of a
Final Fantasy XII remaster. He stated a “Remake” of the 2006 title was on the way, however it appears he may have incorrectly used the world “Remake” instead of “Remaster.” Arnie Roth later wrote on twitter,

“In response to comments posted by fans, I want to clarify a statement made from the stage on Saturday night at our Distant Worlds: music from
FINAL FANTASY concert in Pittsburgh. Following conversations with composer Hitoshi Sakimoto regarding new concert arrangements of music from FINAL FANTASY XII, regrettably, the term ‘remake’ was used in error during one of the announcements that took place from the stage during the concert. We sincerely regret any confusion this has cause.”

Square-Enix has yet to officially announce any Final Fantasy XII remaster, but it appears it may just be on the way. Stay tuned.

Source: Digital Times
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[E3 2015] More Amiibo Announced During E3 Direct

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More Amiibo figures were announced during Nintendo’s E3 Video Presentation. The figures from the
Animal Crossing set include Tom Nook, Isabelle, K.K. Slider and Mabel.

A single 8-Bit Style
Super Mario Maker Amiibo was announced and will be a touch larger than past Amiibo.

Two hybrid figures that work with both Amiibo compatible games and the new
Skylanders game were also revealed.

Source:
Nintendo E3 Direct
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[E3 2015] Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam

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The next game in the Mario RPG/Paper series was officially announced and will be coming to 3DS early next year. The game is titled
Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam and features elements from both the Mario RPG series and the Paper Mario series. Check out the trailer below.
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Source:
Nintendo E3 Direct

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[E3 2015] Xenoblade Chronicles X Coming This Year

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The open-world RPG
Xenoblade Chronicles X has been given an official English release date. The game released in Japan earlier this year, and will be releasing here on December 4 of this year. Check out a new trailer below.



Source:
Nintendo E3 Direct

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[E3 2015] New Fire Emblem: Fates Trailer. Coming 2016

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The follow-up to 2013’s
Fire Emblem: Awakening was shown during Nintendo’s E3 Direct Presentation. Fire Emblem: Fates will release in 2016 and you can check out a brand new trailer below.



Source:
Nintendo E3 Direct

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[E3 2015] Metroid Prime: Federation Force Announced

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Yet another 3DS spin-off title was announced during the E3 Direct Video, this time based on the
Metroid Prime series. The game is a multiplayer focused game that features mini-games of a sort, based on the Metroid Prime setting. The game will release in 2015.



Source:
Nintendo E3 Direct

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[E3 2015] Zelda Triforce Heroes Announced

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A new spin-off
The Legend Of Zelda game has been announced for Nintendo 3DS, set to release later this year. Check out the trailer for the multiplayer Zelda title The Legend Of Zelda: Triforce Heroes below.



Source:
Nintendo E3 Direct

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[E3 2015] Star Fox: Zero Is The Next Star Fox Game. Coming to Wii U This Year

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The new
Star Fox game that was briefly discussed during last year’s E3 Presentation has been given an official name and release window. Star Fox: Zero is set to release on Wii U in 2015. Check out the new trailer below.



Source:
Nintendo E3 Direct

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[E3 2015] Final Fantasy VII Remake Is Real, Coming To PS4

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The long-awaited
Final Fantasy VII Remake was confirmed today during the Sony E3 Press Conference. The game will be coming to PlayStation 4 sometime in the future. Check out the teaser below.



Source: Sony Press Conference

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[E3 2015] Street Fighter V Footage Shown During Sony Press Conference

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Two new
Street Fighter V characters were revealed, as well as some new footage during the Sony E3 Press Conference. Both Birdie and Cammy were confirmed, and there will be a Beta heading to PS4 shortly.



Source: Sony Press Conference

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[E3 2015] Guerilla Games Announces Horizon: Zero Dawn

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Guerrilla Games have announced their next game, Horizon: Zero Dawn. The third-person, action game currently has no release date. Check out some footage below,



Source: Sony Press Conference

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[E3 2015] The Last Guardian Is Coming

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The Last Guardian is coming to PlayStation 4 in 2016. That’s right, the long awaited game by Team Ico was finally shown at this years Sony press conference, after being completely absent for many years.



Source: Sony Press Conference

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[E3 2015] Mass Effect: Andromeda Coming 2016

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EA has finally revealed the title of the next game in the
Mass Effect franchise. Mass Effect: Andromeda will release Holiday 2016 on PC, Xbox One and PS4.



Source: EA Press Conference

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[E3 2015] Mirror's Edge: Catalyst Coming Early Next Year

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The
Mirror’s Edge reboot that was announced at last year’s EA Press Conference has been given a release date of Autumn 2016. Gameplay footage was also revealed, which can be seen below.



Source: EA Press Conference

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[E3 2015] First Gameplay Footage of Rise Of The Romb Raider

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Here is the first official gameplay trailer of
Rise Of The Tomb Raider, coming exclusively to Xbox One November 10, 2015.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference

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[E3 2015] New Rare Game, Sea Of Thieves, Announced

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A new game by Rare was announced during the Microsoft E3 Press Conference this morning titled
Sea Of Thieves. The game is a colourful, adventure game, much akin to many of their past games, and currently has no release date.

Also, a Rare gaming collection was announced, coming to Xbox One this August 4.





Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference

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[E3 2015] Halo 5 Coming This Year, Multiplayer 'Warzone' Mode Footage Within

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Take a look at the upcoming Halo title,
Halo 5: Guardians, set to release this holiday season.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference

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[E3 2015] New Xbox One Exclusive from Keiji Inafune and The Makers Of Metroid Prime

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A new Xbox One exclusive game was revealed during the Microsoft E3 Press Conference this morning. ReCore is being developed by Keiji Inafune (Mega Man) and the makers of Metroid Prime and is set to release in Autumn of 2016.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference

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[E3 2015] Xbox One Will Be Backwards Compatible

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During the Microsoft E3 Press Conference, it was revealed that the Xbox One will be adding backwards compatibility for Xbox 360 this holiday. Any Xbox 360 retail disc will allow you to download that title, for no charge at all, but cannot be used to play the game from the disc itself. It works more like a key, allowing you to download the title to your console.

Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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[E3 2015] Fallout 4 Coming November 10th, 2015

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Take an in-depth look at Fallout 4, set to release November 10th, 2015. Check out some gameplay footage below, towards the ends of the presentation



Source:
Bethesda E3 Showcase

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[E3 2015] Fallout Shelter Available Today

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Fallout Shelter, a strategy/simulation game is now available on iOS, for free. The game was announced during Bethesda’s E3 Showcase.



Source:
Bethesda E3 Showcase

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[E3 2015] The Elder Scrolls Card Game Incoming

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends was announced during Bethesda’s E3 Press Conference and will be coming to PC and iPad later this year. It is a Strategy Card Game based on the lore of The Elder Scrolls Series. Check out a teaser below.



Source: Bethesda E3 Showcase

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[E3 2015] Dishonored 2 Announced, Dishonored Definitive Edition Coming

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Dishonored 2 was officially announced during the Bethesda E3 Showcase. The game will release on Xbox One, PS4 and PC at a later time. Check out some footage below. Dishonored Definitive Edition was also announced and will be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC this Spring.



Source:
Bethesda E3 Showcase

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[E3 2015] DOOM Gets Gruesome In Gameplay Footage From Bethesda's E3 Showcase

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Check out some official gameplay footage from the upcoming DOOM title from Bethesda Game Studios. Also, it was revealed that “DOOM Snapmap” will allow any player, regardless of system, to create, design and share custom stages and scenarios, a feature that is built into the game itself. DOOM will release next year for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.



Source: Bethesda E3 Showcase

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[E3 2015] New Stages and Tournament Mode Coming To Super Smash Bros. Wii U

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New Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS stages were both revealed and released in the recent Nintendo Smash Bros Direct. Dream Land from the original Super Smash Bros. was confirmed, as well as Hyrule Castle and Peach’s Castle. Also, the previously announced Miiverse Stage was shown.

With the release of new character Ryu, Suzaku Castle, from
Street Fighter II was also released as a new stage for both Wii U and 3DS.

Finally, Tournament mode was shown again, and will release sometime in August of this year.

Source: Nintendo E3
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[E3 2015] More Smash Bros. Amiibo Confirmed

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During the Super Smash Bros. pre-E3 direct video, a few more Amiibo were announced. The three variations of the Mii Fighter were confirmed, as well as R.O.B, Duck Hunt, Mr. Game and Watch (with interchangeable parts), Falco, Lucas and Mewtwo. Also, with the recent release of Roy and Ryu, two more Amiibo based on those two characters were also confirmed.

Source: Nintendo E3
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[E3 2015] Roy & Ryu Are The Newest Fighters To Join Super Smash Bros for Wii U/3DS

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In the Super Smash Bros. pre-E3 direct video, both Ryu from the Street Fighter series and Roy from the Fire Emblem series were officially revealed. Roy, Ryu and Lucas are all available to download right now.

Source: Nintendo E3
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[E3 2015] E3 Australia/New Zealand Timetable

Here are the local times for this years E3 press conferences.

Timetable E3 2015
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Bethesda Officially Reveals Fallout 4 Ahead Of E3

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After a “Fallout” stylised countdown appeared on Bethesda’s website today, many speculated a Fallout 4 announcement was imminent, and many were correct. Bethesda has officially revealed Fallout 4 and you can check out the trailer below. Fallout 4 will be coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4. More information is set to be revealed in the coming weeks.



Source: Fallout 4

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Nintendo Announces An Army Of New Amiibo's

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In the recent Nintendo Direct presentation, a slew of brand new Amiibo’s were announced. Jigglypuff and Greninja have been added to the Wave 4 line-up, but their release dates are not confirmed to be the same as the other Wave 4 figures. Dark Pit and Palutena have been announced as Wave 5 figures, and Olimar, Zero Suit Samus, Bowser Jr., Ganondorf and Dr. Mario have been confirmed to be Wave 6 figures. All of the above figures are available to pre-order over at EB Games.

Three
Splatoon related figures were also announced. The Inkling Girl, Inkling Boy and Inkling Squid, however only the Inling Boy and Inkling Girl have been confirmed to release here.

Finally, three “Plush” amiibo’s were announced for the upcoming
Yoshi’s Woolly World. A light Red/Pink, a Green and a Blue Yoshi will be released alongside the upcoming Wii U game. These have also yet to be confirmed for Australia, but will likely make their way here.

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Source: Nintendo Direct, EB Games

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Releasing September 1

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The release date has finally been confirmed for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The open-world action game will release on September 1st for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, followed by a PC release on September 15. A collector’s edition has also been announced, featuring a 24cm replica of Snake’s Bionic arm, exclusive packaging, serialised Steel Card, Behind the Scenes Blu-Ray, Map, additional game content, and of course, a copy of the game.

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Source: EB Games
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Wall Street Journal Says A Legend Of Zelda TV Show Is In The Works

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A report from the Wall Street Journal has suggested that Netflix is currently working on a live-action adaptation of the Legend Of Zelda. “A person familiar with the matter” has said that Netflix is describing the show as “Game Of Thrones for a family audience.”

As of currently, Netflix has refused to comment.

Source: IGN
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New Fire Emblem Game To Release This Year

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As was previously announced in the most recent Nintendo Direct, A new
Fire Emblem from the same team who developed Fire Emblem: Awakening will be releasing on the Nintendo 3DS. A recent Nintendo newsletter suggests that the upcoming game will indeed be releasing before the year is out. Very little is known about the upcoming game, but you can check out the teaser trailer below.



Source: IGN
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Check Out Nintendo's Third Round Of Amiibo Figures

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While Nintendo’s upcoming first set of Amiibo figures have yet to release, Nintendo has confirmed the third set of Amiibo. The set includes Lucario, Rosalina, Bowser, Toon Link, Shiek, Ike, Meta-Knight, King Dedede, Shulk, Sonic The Hedgehog and Mega Man

This is the first sets to feature characters from outside of Nintendo (Sonic and Mega Man)

These figures are set to release sometime in February of 2015.

Source: IGN

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Australia and New Zealand Are Getting The New 3DS. Not Coming To North America or Europe Anytime Soon

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Right now, Australia is the only other region set to get the “New” 3DS and 3DS XL, apart from Japan. When it was first revealed, Nintendo announced that it wouldn’t be coming to North America and Europe anytime this year. However, in a ‘bizarro’ turn of events, Australia will indeed be getting the brand new 3DS this year, on November 21, the same day as Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire are set to release.

The New 3DS will retail for $219.99, and the New 3DS XL for $249.99.



Source: Nintendo of Australia
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Nintendo of Japan Announces "New 3DS Model."

Nintendo of Japan have recently announced a brand new model for the Nintendo 3DS. The updated hardware, known simply as “New 3DS” boasts a few new buttons, a better 3D screen, NFC capabilities and more processing power. The new model will be available in both the original size and the 3DS XL size and will hit Japan this year. However, Nintendo have confirmed it will not release elsewhere until 2015 at the earliest. Check out some images below.

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Source: Vooks
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A Whole Bunch Of Super Smash Bros. News Just Got Leaked

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YouTube uploader, Izat True, whose leaked videos have since been removed at the request of Nintendo of America, revealed footage of what appears to be Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS, complete with currently unannounced characters for the upcoming game.

*Spoilers for currently unannounced characters inside. Click HERE!*

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Meta Knight Returns To Smash Bros

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Yet another character has been revealed for the two upcoming Super Smash Bros. titles for Wii U and 3DS. Meta Knight marks the 37th officially announced character, with surely a few more to be revealed before the games 3DS release this October.

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Source: Super Smash Bros. Official Website
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Fire Emblem: Awakening Cast Joins In On The Smash Bros. Action

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Nintendo have announced a few new
Super Smash Bros. characters via a video on the official Smash Bros. website.

From
Fire Emblem: Awakening, Lucina, Chrom, and the games main playable character, named Robin (With both male and female alternatives) have all joined the games expanding roster.

Not to be outdone by a cast of new characters, Captain Falcon made a very brief appearance towards the beginning of the video.

Source:
Super Smash Bros. Official Website
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Tekken 7 Announced

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Bandai Namco have revealed
Tekken 7 during the recent EVO 2014 Championship Series. The seventh entry in the Tekken franchise will release on next-gen consoles and will be powered by Unreal Engine 4. Check out the reveal trailer below.



Source: Polygon
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The Legend of Zelda Multiplayer May Be On The Horizon

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During a recent interview with
The Legend Of Zelda Producer Eiji Aonuma, it was hinted that multiplayer may be featured in the upcoming Wii U Zelda title. Speaking to Game Informer about the upcoming Wii U release, Hyrule Wariors, Mr Aonuma said, “When I was talking back about making a Zelda more than just a single-player experience? That’s something you will see in the future, maybe next year.”

Eiji Aonuma has stated in the past that as they develop the new Zelda for Wii U, they are constantly thinking about changing the traditional conventions about what makes a Zelda game.
The Legend of Zelda for Wii U is scheduled to release in 2015.



Source: IGN
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Nintendo Direct Reveals Five New Characters for Smash Bros Wii U/3DS

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In a recent Nintendo Direct, solely focusing on the two upcoming
Super Smash Bros. titles for Wii U and 3DS, Lead Game Director, Masahiro Sakurai, revealed five characters set to appear in the forthcoming games. Firstly, it was confirmed that characters with multiple personas/move-sets, such as Princess Zelda/Sheik and Samus/Zero Suit Samus will now become two completely separate characters. With this announcement, Sheik and Zero Suit Samus were officially announced as returning characters. Also, another previous Smash Bros. character, Yoshi, was also confirmed to return. Towards the end of the direct announcement, Charizard (playable in the form of the Pokémon Trainer in Super Smash Bros. Brawl) and Greninja (A third-stage starter evolution from Pokémon X and Y) were also announced, leaving the current confirmed roster at twenty-nine playable characters. You can watch the entire Direct Announcement below.



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Source: Nintendo Direct
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The Last Of Us: Remastered Finally Confirmed for PlayStation 4

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After weeks of various rumours, Naughty Dog has confirmed that multiple ‘game of the year’ award winning game
The Last Of Us will be coming to PlayStation 4 with remastered visuals, 1080p graphics and with all DLC included on disc. It has long been speculated that The Last Of Us, arguably one of the greatest PlayStation 3 games ever, would arrive on the PlayStation 4 at some point in time, and now we have concrete confirmation of this. The first (short) teaser trailer can be seen below.



Source: PlayStation Blog
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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Delayed In Australia And New Zealand

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
, originally scheduled for release on March 20, had been delayed until March 27 in Australia and New Zealand. The games local publisher, Mindscape, has yet to reveal the reason behind the delay, although it is most likely a shipping issue. There is a possibility that the games digital release has not been altered, however this is ultimately speculation at this point.

Source: Kotaku
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Little Mac Joins Super Smash Bros.

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During the recent Nintendo Direct Broadcast, a new Smash Bros. character was revealed. Little Mac, known for his appearance in the Punch-Out series, has been confirmed as a playable character for the upcoming two Smash Bros. games. This marks the fifth brand new character to appear in the Smash Bros. series of games, and the twenty-third character overall announced for the game. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS are both scheduled to release before the year is out.

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Source: Nintendo Direct
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Check Out Sonic's Radical Redesign

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SEGA has announced a new chapter in the Sonic The Hedgehog franchise, with a new game and TV show on the horizon. The characters models have been changed, with a radical new design given to Knuckles. The new direction for the series, as well as the upcoming TV show, has been named Sonic Boom. The trailer for the TV Show can be seen below.



Source: SEGA
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Final Fantasy XIII Gets Amazing 16-Bit Recap

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Square-Enix has released a video recapping the events of both
Final Fantasy XIII and Final Fantasy XIII-2 in preparation for the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. However, the entire recap is produced in a 16-Bit, SNES classic style. The video was made in close partnership between Square Enix Japan and Square Enix America and was built only as an animation, with no actual gameplay ever intended. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will release on February 13 for both PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.



Source: IGN
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Naughty Dog Talks Uncharted 4 and The Last Of Us DLC

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On the official PlayStation Blog, Naughty Dog recently spoke about the possibility of
Uncharted 4 releasing this year, saying, “Ha. Doubtful.” They also confirmed that the upcoming DLC for The Last Of Us, titled Left Behind, will be the only story focused DLC to release for the game, with the next and final DLC to be multiplayer content.

Source: PS Blog, IGN
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King Dedede Returns To Super Smash Bros In 2014

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Yet another returning character has been confirmed for the upcoming Smash Bros. Titles, set for release this year. Kirby’s original antagonist, King Dedede will make a return to the series. This marks the twenty-first character to be announced so far.

Source: Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS Website
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The Next Confirmed Character For Smash Bros. 2014 is Zelda

Zelda has been confirmed as a playable character in the next two Super Smash Bros. games, for Wii U and 3DS.

However, at this point in time, Sheik has yet to be confirmed. In past
Smash Bros. games, Zelda was able to transform into Sheik, which altered her play-style drastically.



Source: Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS Website
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Yoshi's Island Zone Available For Wii U Sonic Lost World

New DLC is available now for the recent Wii U Sonic game, Sonic Lost World. The DLC, which is available for free right now on the Wii U eShop, places Sonic in the ‘Yoshi Island Zone’, a stage based off the popular Yoshi’s Island series of games.



Source: Nintendo Direct
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NES Remix Out Now On Nintendo Wii U

Nintendo has announced the digital only title, NES Remix, available in the Wii U eShop right now. The game reimagines classic NES games in a new and quirky way. Check out footage of the unique gameplay below.



Source: Nintendo Direct
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Dynasty Warriors vs The Legend of Zelda

In what was a strange start to the recent Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata revealed a collaboration game combining The Legend of Zelda with Tecmo Koei’s Dragon Warriors series. Check the unique trailer for the tentatively titled ‘Hyrule Warriors’ below.



Source: Nintendo Direct
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Hitting Shelves February 21

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Check out a new trailer for
Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze, set to release February 21st, 2014.



Source: Nintendo Direct
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Kirby Triple Deluxe Coming In 2014

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It was confirmed that the next Kirby game will release sometime in 2014, titled
Kirby Triple Deluxe.

Source: Nintendo Direct
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New Trailer For Yoshi's New Island

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The 3DS Yoshi game titled,
Yoshi’s New Island, will release early 2014.



Source: Nintendo Direct
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Roslaina & Luma Join Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS

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A new character was revealed for the next Super Smash Bros. title, set to release sometime next year. Rosalina & Luma will play as a pair and collectively, they are the fourth completely new Smash Bros. characters to be revealed.

Source: Nintendo Direct
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Telltale Games Announces Game Of Thrones Game and Borderlands Game

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The company behind the upcoming
The Walking Dead Game: Season 2 and The Wolf Among Us have revealed that they are also working on two other episodic games set for release next year. Game Of Thrones and Tales From The Borderlands will both release sometime in 2014. You can check out the official reveal trailers for both games below.





Source: IGN
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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Set To Release Next April On PlayStation 4

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The recent release of
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn saw a greater reception from fans and MMORPG players. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a complete overhaul of Final Fantasy XIV, which received a poor reception when it first released. The game released for PC and PlayStation 3 a few months ago, and a PlayStation 4 version was confirmed. The PlayStation 4 version will release next April and will be totally free to current owners of the PlayStation 3 version.

Source: IGN
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The Last Of Us Single Player DLC Info Revealed

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The first round of information for the upcoming single-player DLC for The Last Of Us has been revealed. The Last Of Us: Left Behind DLC will release early next year. The story will follow Ellie and her friend, Riley, sometime before the events of The Last Of Us. Check out the reveal trailer below.



Source: PlayStation Official Blog

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Sony Teases The Next Uncharted Game

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During the PlayStation 4’s launch event in North America, Sony teased the next entry in the Uncharted series with a vague teaser. All that is known at this point is that the game will release for the PlayStation 4 at some point in time. We’ll just have to wait and see. Check out the teaser below.



Source: Neoseeker

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Rayman Legends Coming to Next-Gen

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Ubisoft has announced that the recent
Rayman Legends will be making the jump to next-gen consoles in February of 2014. Rayman Legends, which has sold “around a million copies”, will be coming to both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One early next year.

Source: Joystiq
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Marth Confirmed For New Smash Bros. Games

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Fan-favourite Marth, who first appeared in
Super Smash Bros. Melee is returning again for the next two Smash Bros. titles. Marth is the eighteenth character to be announced so far and the fifteenth returning character.

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Source: Super Smash Bros Wii U and 3DS Website
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PAX Australia 2014 Staying In Melbourne, New Venue

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It has been confirmed that PAX Australia will return to Melbourne in 2014. The event will take place from October 31 to November 2, 2014, and will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Tickets are not on sale as of yet, but stay tuned to both the Facebook and Twitter pages of PAX Australia for details. Tickets for this year’s PAX Aus sold out pretty fast, so be sure to get your hands on them as soon as they are on sale.

Source: PAX Aus
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90 Seconds of Kingdom Hearts 3 Gameplay Shown

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Hot off the heels of Square-Enix’s announcement of
Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix, comes a new gameplay trailer for Kingdom Hearts 3. The game is still in its very early stages of development, but the footage shows fans that the game is alive and kicking. Check out the trailer below. Kingdom Hearts 3 is in development for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.



Source: KHInsider
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Square-Enix Announces Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix

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Only a month after the release of
Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD ReMix, Square-Enix has announced that the original sequel will also be getting the HD treatment. Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMix will include Kingdom Hearts 2 Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Final Mix and the cinematic cutscenes from Kingdom Hearts Re:Coded. The collection will release for the PlayStation 3 next year.



Source: IGN

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Pheonix Wright Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies Coming Exclusively to eShop on October 24th

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The next
Ace Attorney title will release exclusively on the eShop this month for the Nintendo 3DS. A demo is currently available on the eShop now. Check out the latest trailer below.



Source: Nintendo Direct
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New Kirby Game Coming To 3DS In 2014

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A new, untitled
Kirby game was announced for the Nintendo 3DS during a recent Nintendo Direct video. The game is a platformer, which follows the traditional side-scrolling gameplay found in many Kirby titles. More information will be revealed in the future and the game is set to release in 2014.



Source: Nintendo Direct
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Pikmin 3 Receiving DLC, Update Available Now

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Pikmin 3 will be receiving a DLC pack titled ‘Collect Treasure Pack,’ which will include 4 more ‘Collect Treasure Missions.’ An update is also available for the game now, which includes a free mission level.

Source: Nintendo Direct
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Sonic Returning To Super Smash Bros.

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During the recent Nintendo Direct Broadcast, President Satoru Iwata revealed that Sonic will be returning to the
Super Smash Bros. series with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. You can check out the official character page here.

Source: Nintendo Direct
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Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze Delayed Until 2014

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During a recent Nintendo Direct, President Satoru Iwata announced that
Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze will not release until 2014. Iwata stated that the reason for this delay was that the development team, Retro Studios, are working hard to create a better final product.

Source: Nintendo Direct
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Tons Of Power Ups Featured In The New Super Mario 3D World Trailer

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In a brand new Super Mario 3D World Trailer, many new and returning Power-Ups were featured. Check out the new trailer below. Super Mario 3D World is scheduled to release on November 29th in Europe.



Source: Nintendo Direct
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Toon Link Making A Return To Smash Bros.

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Another returning character has been confirmed for the next instalments in the
Super Smash Bros. series. Toon Link, who first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, is an alternate Link character based on The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Link design. Toon Link is the thirteenth confirmed returning character, and the sixteenth overall character to be announced so far.

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Source: Smash Bros. Official Website
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Check Out 12 Minutes of Metal Gear Solid V Gameplay

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We saw a great deal of gameplay during the Microsoft Press Conference at E3 this year for the upcoming
Metal Gear Solid V game and at this years recent Tokyo Game Show 2013, creator Hideo Kojima showed off 12-minutes of fresh gameplay footage, stemming from the Ground Zeroes portion of the Metal Gear Solid V story. There is still a bit of confusion surrounding the difference between Ground Zeroes and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but for now, it all seems to be intricately related.



Source: EuroGamer
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New Trailer for Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Straight From TGS 2013

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A brand new trailer has been revealed for the upcoming HD re-releases of both
Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2. The games are scheduled to release sometime before the year is out for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita. The PlayStation 3 version will include both games, however, for the Vita version, the two games will be sold separately.



Source: WebProNews
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Peach Confirmed for New Smash Bros. Games

In a recent site update, It has been confirmed that Peach will indeed return for the next two Super Smash Bros. titles. Check out some of the screens below. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS are scheduled for release sometime next year.

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Source: Super Smash Bros. Official Website
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Xbox One Releasing November 22 Worldwide

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Microsoft revealed late last night that the Xbox One will release in 13 territories on November 22nd, including Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, UK and USA.

The Xbox 360 launched in 2005 on November 22nd, exactly 8 years prior to the Xbox One’s release date.

Source: Xbox.com
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Pokémon Direct Reveals New Information About Pokémon X and Y.

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New information has been revealed about the forthcoming Pokémon games for the Nintendo 3DS,
Pokémon X Version and Pokémon Y Version, during a Pokémon Direct Broadcast this evening.

Firstly, it was revealed that a new service called ‘Pokémon Bank’ will be available later this year. The 3DS eShop download will allow players to save their Pokémon in a cloud-like storage box, increasing the amount of Pokémon players can save, allowing for up to 3,000 Pokémon. This service will also assist in future releases, allowing players to rest assured that their Pokémon will always be available to them, regardless of new games and consoles, as well as allowing them to transfer their current Pokémon Black/White and Pokemon Black 2/White 2 Pokemon into their Pokémon Bank via the ‘Poké Transporter’. There service will incur an annual fee.

It was also revealed that the new starter Pokémon will not be given to you in the game by the games resident Professor, but from an in-game ally instead. Later in the games story, the professor will offer you a Bulbasaur, Charmander or Squirtle, harkening back to the original Pokémon games. During the broadcast, the Mega-Evolution forms of Venusaur, Charizard and Blastoise were also shown.

Finally, it was confirmed that two special Pokémon-themed 3DS consoles will be available in North America and Europe prior to the games release, which can be seen below.

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Pokemon X and Y will release worldwide on October 12th.

Source: Pokémon Direct
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Nintendo Announces The 2DS

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In a strange reveal yesterday, Nintendo announced a new redesign of the Nintendo 3DS, that does not feature the 3D function at all. The new design features a slate-like structure, with no collapsable hinge and a screen size very similar to the original 3DS.

The Nintendo 2DS will retail for AU$149.95 on October 12th, alongside
Pokémon X Version and Pokémon Y Version. The console will be available in two different colours, Black/Blue and White/Red.

Source: Nintendo
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PlayStation 4 Releasing November 29th in Australia

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Straight out of Gamescom 2013, Sony has revealed the release date for their latest console. The PlayStation 4 will release in Australia and Europe on November 29th and Novemeber 15th in North America. The Xbox One is scheduled for release in the same month, but no date has been confirmed.

Source: PlayStation
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List of Confirmed Games For Xbox One's Launch Day

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Microsoft has unveiled an updated list of Xbox One launch games that will be available on day one. The announcement was made during Microsoft’s pre-Gamescom showcase. Below are the currently confirmed games. Beware! The list is very ‘sports-heavy.’

- Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag
- Battlefield 4
- Call Of Duty: Ghosts
- Crimson Dragon
- Dead Rising 3
- FIFA 14
- Fighter Within
- Forza Motorsport 5
- Just Dance 2014
- Killer Instinct
- LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
- Lococycle
- Madden NFL 25
- NBA 2K14
- NBA LIVE 14
- Need For Speed: Rivals
- Peggle 2
- Powerstar Golf
- Ryse: Son Of Rome
- Skylanders: Swap Force
- Watch Dogs
- Zoo Tycoon
- Zumba Fitness

Source: GamesRadar
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Telltale's 'The Wolf Among Us' Gets First Official Trailer

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Telltale’s next game, another comic adaptation,
The Wolf Among Us, has yet to receive an official release date, however, a trailer can be seen below. The game is stylised very similar to The Walking Dead: The Game, which Telltale Games released last year to universal acclaim.

The Wolf Among Us is based on the Vertigo comic cook titled Fables, written by Bill Willingham.



Source: Telltale Games
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SimCity Comes To Mac August 30

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The most recent
SimCity title will finally release on Mac this August 30. The game had a previous release date of June, but was pushed back because the game was simply ‘not ready.’

Players who purchased the PC version of
SimCity, whether by physical means or from the Origin Store, will be eligible to receive the Mac version for free. SimCity is also cross-platform compatible, allowing PC and Mac users to play together, as well as share save data among platforms.

Source: Aussie-Gamer
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First Official BioShock Infinite DLC Info Revealed

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BioShock Infinite’s
first official DLC information has been revealed today, with some DLC content being available right now. Firstly, BioShock Infinite: Clash In The Clouds, available today, features 60 missions set in four new environments. Complete Blue Ribbon Challenges and unlock concept art, Voxophones, Kinetoscopes and more.

The first story related DLC, which is set to release soon, will send both Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth deep down under to Rapture.
BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea - Episode 1 will blend some of the most memorable elements from BioShock and BioShock Infinite into one unique journey that is sure to satisfy your BioShock craving.

Check out the official trailer below.



Source: 2K Games
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PlayStation 4, First Aussie Hands-On At This Years EB Expo

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In a not-so-surprising development, Sony and EB Games have confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will be present at this years EB Expo in Sydney, Australia. This will be the first chance for Australian gamers to get their hands on Sony’s next major console.

The EB Expo is being held in Sydney, starting October 4th, and running until October 6th. Tickets are still available through
ebexpo.com.au

Source: EB Expo
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Fez II Cancelled. Developer Leaves Industry

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The recently announced sequel to what was certainly one of the most unique Indie games of 2012, FEZ, has officially been cancelled. Following an incident with Marcus Beer of GameTrailers, creator Phil Fish wrote on twitter,

“I’m done. FEZ II is canceled. goodbye.”

Fish later wrote,
“to be clear, I’m not cancelling FEZ II because some boorish fuck said something stupid, I’m doing it to get out of game,” also adding, “and I’m getting out of games because i choose not to put up with this abuse anymore.”

FEZ was released in 2013 for Xbox Live after a 5-year long development cycle. Phil Fish was also featured in Indie Game: The Movie.

Source: Lazygamer

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Xbox One Will Be Playable At This Years EB Expo

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Microsoft has confirmed that the Xbox One will indeed be playable in Australia, before its release, at this years EB Expo, being held in Sydney.

Sony has yet to reveal whether or not the PlayStation 4 will be present or not, but it would be safe to say that the console will probably make an appearance.

Source: EB Expo
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'Pikmin & Olimer' Join Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U

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The official
Super Smash Bros. site has confirmed a new character for the upcoming Nintendo title. ‘Pikmin & Olimer’ is the 13th confirmed character, which makes perfect sense considering Pikmin 3 will be releasing on the Wii U this month. Stay tuned for more Super Smash Bros. news as it appears from now until the games release, sometime in 2014.

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Source: Super Smash Bros. Official Website
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New Trailer for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

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You can check out a new trailer for the upcoming game Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII below. The game will release on February 13, 2014.



Source: Aussie-Gamer

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Saints Row IV Refused Classification In Australia

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Since the beginning of the year, the Australian Classification Board has adopted a new structure that allows for a more accurate rating system thanks to the introduction of an R18+ rating. The classification has recently though refused to give Saints Row IV a rating in Australia, citing depictions of sexual violence without justification in terms of context as the reason. This is slightly worrying for adult gamers in Australia as the issues of banned games in Australia that plagued us in the past may still be present.

Source: IGN
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Fez 2 Is Happening

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The indie title, that was also featured in the movie ‘
Indie Game: The Movie’ will be getting a sequel at some point in the future. Creator, Phil Fish, announced the sequel at this years E3 with the teaser trailer below.



Source: Polytron Corporation
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New Pokémon Type Featured In Pokémon X and Y. Releasing October 12

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A new trailer was shown for the next major Pokémon title,
Pokémon X Version and Pokémon Y Version. The game will also feature a new ‘Fairy’ type. New Pokémon types haven’t been introduced since Pokémon Gold and Silver. Two new Pokémon were also shown, Noivern and Vivillon. These new Pokémon can be seen below.

The game(s) will release worldwide on October 12.



Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Yoshi's Island 3DS Game Titled Yoshi's New Island

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Yoshi’s New Island
will be coming to Nintendo 3DS this holiday season. Check out a new trailer below.



Source
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The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is the Official 3DS Title

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We already know that
The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past is getting a 3DS sequel, but we now know the official title of the game. The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is expected to release this year for 3DS.



Source: Nintendo YouTube
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Mega Man Joins Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS. Coming 2014.

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Check out the first official footage for the next two
Super Smash Bros. titles, coming to Wii U and 3DS. Two new playable characters have been revealed, including ‘Villager’ from the Animal Crossing series, as well as the one and only ‘Mega Man’.

Both games will release next year.



Source:
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New Trailer For Monolith Soft's 'X'

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Here’s a new trailer for Monolith Soft’s game, tentatively titled,
X. The game will feature a large, open-world for players to explore, mechs to pilot and huge vibrant landscapes. X will release on Wii U next year.



Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Bayonetta Gets a Haircut in Bayonetta 2

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Check out the first official trailer for
Bayonetta 2, releasing exclusively for Wii U.



Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Game Coming to Wii U This Year

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A follow-up to what is quite possibly Retro Studios best platforming game for the Wii is coming to Wii U this year.
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze will feature new gameplay, HD graphics and the addition of everyone’s favourite female Kong, Dixie Kong. Check out the reveal below.



Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD Coming This October. Looks Damn Gorgeous.

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The previously announced HD remake of
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker will be coming to Wii U this fall, along with full 1080p graphics and new features to enhance the experience.



Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Mario Heads Back Into 3D Territory with Super Mario 3D World

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The next 3D Mario game has been revealed and is titled
Super Mario 3D World. The game is one of the very few 3D Mario games to feature a more diverse range of playable characters, including Luigi, Peach and Toad. A new power-up item called the Cat Suit was revealed, as well as an orange Yoshi that acts as a raft. The game will also feature 4-player multiplayer.



Super Mario 3D World will release this year.

Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Mario Kart 8 Revealed

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Mario Kart 8
has been officially announced. Check out the reveal trailer below.



Source: Nintendo Pre-E3 Direct
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Here's The First Official Gameplay Footage of Destiny

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Check out the first gameplay footage for Bungie’s
Destiny below.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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Quantic Dream Tech Demo 'The Dark Sorcerer' Looks Amazing

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A brief tech demo was shown during the recent E3 Press Conference from developers Quantic Dream. Check out the amazing video below.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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No Used Game Restrictions For PlayStation 4. Retail Set At $399US

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During the later portion of Sony’s E3 Press Conference, President and CEO of SCEA, Jack Tretton, revealed that the PlayStation 4 won’t have any restrictions on used games. There will be no need for an always-online connection and it won’t require you to connect to the internet every 24 hours.

The PlayStation 4 will release this Holiday season with a retail price of $399US, $100US cheaper than the Xbox One.

PSN will still remain free, however the PlayStation Plus Membership will be required to play online multiplayer games. Players who own a current subscription to PlayStation Plus will be able to ‘roll over’ their subscription to the PlayStation 4 as well. Microsoft has a tough battle ahead of them.

Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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Kingdom Hearts III Announced

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Development has officially begun on
Kingdom Hearts III. The game looks to be early on in its development and will be coming to the PlayStation 4. No exclusivity was mentioned. You can check out the short teaser below.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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Final Fantasy XIII Versus Is Still Alive, Now Titled Final Fantasy XV

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As suspected by many, including us here at The VG Island,
Final Fantasy Versus XIII has been rebranded as Final Fantasy XV and will be coming to the PlayStation 4. No exclusivity was said, and a release date was also not revealed. The game appears to have been moved to next-gen consoles, possibly revealing the reason why the game has not been seen for quite some time.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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Super Giant Games, Creators of 'Bastion,' Show Off Brand New Game

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The minds behind
Bastion have shown their brand new game titledTransistor, coming 2014. Check out the reveal trailer below.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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New IP 'The Order 1886' , Coming to PlayStation 4 Exclusively

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A brand new IP has been announced from developers Ready at Dawn.
The Order 1886 will release exclusively for the PlayStation 4. Check out the official trailer below.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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This Is What The PlayStation 4 Looks Like

As suspected, Sony revealed the PlayStation 4’s hardware during their Press Conference today. Check out the image below.

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Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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Take a Look At Batman: Arkham Origins

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Below is the first in-depth look at
Batman: Arkham Origins, set years before the two previous Arkham games. Batman: Arkham Origins will come to PS3 with exclusive DLC content this October, worldwide.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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New E3 Trailer for Beyond: Two Souls

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A new trailer for
Beyond: Two Souls was shown at todays Sony Press Conference. The game will be out exclusively for PlayStation 3 this October.



Source: Sony E3 Press Conference
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Ubisoft Announces Online Open-World Game Tom Clancy's The Division

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Ubisoft has announced a brand new game to close out their E3 Press Conference today. The game is titled
Tom Clancy’s The Division and is set in a post apocalyptic world. The game will focus on online multiplayer and will release for Xbox One and PS4.

Check out the first gameplay footage below.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag E3 Trailer

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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag has been given a brand new trailer thanks to this morning’s Ubisoft Press Conference. Check it out below.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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Brand New Watch Dogs Trailer Shown at E3

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Last year’s E3 surprise
Watch Dogs has been shown at Ubisoft’s Press Conference again this morning. Coming to Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii U, Xbox One, PS4 and a fridge near you this year.

Warning. May not actually release for a fridge near you.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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Mirror's Edge 2 Confirmed. Coming 'When it's ready'

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In some very exciting news, EA confirmed the existence of a brand new Mirror’s Edge game in development. The announcement trailer can be seen below. Mirror’s Edge 2 will release on for Xbox One, PS4 and PC ‘when it’s ready.’



Source: EA E3 Press Conference
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New Ubisoft Game, 'The Crew' Officially Revealed

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During Ubisoft’s E3 Press Conference, they announced a brand new driving game that features a living online world, titled
The Crew. The game will be arriving on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 next year.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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Rayman Legends E3 Trailer

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The previously Wii U exclusive,
Rayman Legends, received a brand new trailer in celebration of E3 this week. Rayman Legends will also be releasing on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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South Park: The Stick Of Truth E3 Teaser

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Here’s a teaser trailer for the upcoming South Park RPG title,
South Park: The Stick of Truth.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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Splinter Cell: Blacklist E3 Trailer

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Check out Ubisoft’s latest trailer for Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Scheduled for release August 22.



Source: Ubisoft E3 Press Conference
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Forza Motorsport 5 Trailer

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Forza Motorsport 5
will be available at launch for Xbox One. Check out a new trailer below.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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Killer Instinct Makes a Return, Xbox One Exclusive

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There hasn’t been a
Killer Instinct game in over 15 years, but that’s all about to change. A new Killer Instinct game has been officially announced and is being developed by Double Helix. The game will be available for the Xbox One. Below is a teaser for the upcoming game.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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Dead Rising 3 Announced

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A new
Dead Rising game was announced at the recent Microsoft E3 Press Conference. Dead Rising 3 will be coming exclusively to Xbox One this Holiday season.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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Quantum Break Story Details Emerge from Microsoft Press Conference

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New footage from
Quantum Break reveals more about the Xbox One exclusive game.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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Titanfall from Respawn Entertainment Shown

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Respawn Entertainment has been hard at work on
Titanfall. Coming to Xbox One, exclusively.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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Xbox One Coming November, $499US Price Point

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[UPDATE]

Xbox One will launch in Australia for $599.

[11/06/2013]


The Xbox One will launch this November for the price of $499US, Microsoft revealed during their Press Conference this morning. We will confirm an Australian price when we have the info. Stay tuned.

Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference, Gizmodo
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New Halo Game Teased, 2014 Release

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A new
Halo game has been teased at this mornings Microsoft Press Conference. This will be Halo’s debut on the Xbox One. No official title has been revealed.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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Ryse: Son of Rome Trailer

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Crytek’s Ryse: Son of Rome will be available on Xbox One exclusively at launch. Below is the official Gameplay footage from the Microsoft Press Conference.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference, IGN
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New Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Footage, Coming to Xbox One

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Microsoft kicked off their E3 2013 Press Conference with the latest game from Hideo Kojima,
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain will offer stealth action at its deepest, open world gameplay and diverse modes of stealth and transport. The E3 trailer showed a handful of new characters, as well as Keifer Sutherland’s performance as Snake.



Source: Microsoft E3 Press Conference
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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII E3 Trailer

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has been given a new trailer in preparation of next week’s E3 event. The trailer shows many new locations that have not been previously revealed, and some new story elements and characters. The trailer also features both Snow Villiers (Final Fantasy XIII/Final Fantasy XIII-2) and Noel Kreiss (Final Fantasy XIII-2) from previous games in the series. The game has also been pushed back until early next year, with an official European release date of February 14 and North American release date of February 11.



Source: Square-Enix Official Website
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SimCity for Mac Delayed Until August

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The SimCity Mac release, that was originally scheduled for release next week, has been delayed until August, according to the official SimCity website. Senior Producer Kip Katsarelis wrote,

“Hi, Mayors - today we are announcing that we are moving the release date of the Mac version of SimCity to August. We have made this tough decision because we do not believe it is ready for primetime yet. We want to ensure the Mac is a great experience for our players and that is why we are taking more time.”

Also, Update 5 for the PC version will release in a couple of weeks and will focus on improvements to Multiplayer and Multi-city Play.

Source: SimCity Official Website
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Debut Trailer Released for Sonic Lost World

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SEGA has released the first trailer for its upcoming Nintendo exclusive Sonic The Hedgehog title.
Sonic Lost World will release for both Nintendo Wii U and 3DS soon.



Source: IGN
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'Xbox One' is the Next Microsoft Console

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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.

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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.

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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.

Source: Xbox
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New Sonic Games Announced

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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
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The Wonderful 101 Gets An Australian Release Date

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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
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Gran Turismo 6 Announced

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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.



Source: IGN
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New Trailer For Pokémon X and Y

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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.



Source: Vooks

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New Pokémon Revealed for Upcoming X and Y Version

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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
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Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX Available September

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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.



Source: Aussie-Gamer
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Nintendo At PAX Australia

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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.

Source: Vooks
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Dark World Will Return For A Link To The Past Sequel

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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.

Source: IGN
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Ubisoft announces Watch Dogs Release Date

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It has been confirmed that Ubisoft’s
Watch Dogs will be available in Australia for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC on November 21. The game will be available in North America on November 19, and Europe on November 22. Ubisoft also revealed the game will be a launch title for the PlayStation 4 and is also coming to “next-generation consoles.”

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Rayman Legends Release Date Confirmed

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Rayman Legends
, originally planned as a Wii U launch title, has been given a firm release date after numerous delays hit the game over the past year. Ubisoft has revealed the game will be available in Europe on August 30 and North America a few days later on September 3. No specific Australian release date has been revealed as of yet, but it will likely drop around the same time. Rayman Legends, which was first announced as a Wii U exclusive, will also release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Source: IGN
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Launch Titles Revealed For Wii U Virtual Console

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Later this week, Nintendo will deliver a Wii U system update that will include the official addition of the Wii U Virtual Console. Nintendo has confirmed, via Facebook, that the titles available for launch will be as follows:

  • Balloon Fight (NES)
  • Donkey Kong, Jr. (NES)
  • Excitebike (NES)
  • Ice-Climber (NES)
  • Kirby’s Adventure (NES)
  • Punch-Out!! (NES)
  • F-Zero (SNES)
  • Super Mario World (SNES)

Nintendo is also still progressing with its 30 Year Anniversary of Nintendo Entertainment System Virtual Console Sale. Currently,
Kirby’s Adventure (NES) is on sale for $0.30, with Super Metroid (SNES), Yoshi (NES) and Donkey Kong (NES) still to come. During the recent Nintendo Direct, it was revealed that Earthbound (SNES) will also be arriving on the eShop later this year.

The update is scheduled to arrive later this week.

Source: Facebook
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Bethesda and Tango Gameworks's 'The Evil Within' Debut Trailer

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Bethesda Softworks has announced a new game titled
The Evil Within, being developed by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami’s new studio, Tango Gameworks.

“My team and I are committed to creating an exciting new franchise, providing fans the perfect blend of horror and action,” said Mikami.

The debut teaser trailer for
The Evil Within can be seen below. The game will arrive on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and other next-generation consoles in 2014.



Source: IGN
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New Legend of Zelda Game Announced For Nintendo 3DS

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Nintendo has finally revealed information about the long-awaited
Legend of Zelda title for the Nintendo 3DS. Only a small amount of footage was show, revealing the game will indeed be a top-down game, with a strange new mechanic. By moving the perspective down, Link can ‘Jump Into’ the wall and travel around on a different plane. This was explained to be one of the major game mechanics of the new title. Also, it was revealed that the game will take place in the same world as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, originally released for the Super Nintendo many years ago. The untitled Legend of Zelda 3DS game will release late 2013.

Source: Nintendo Direct
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A Bunch Of Nintendo Games Confirmed

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There are many Nintendo games that have been released or announced in Japan relatively recently but have still not received release information for our region.

During the recent Nintendo Direct Broadcast, Nintendo confirmed that
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy will release sometime this year. The 3DS title Bravely Default: Flying Fairy will also release sometime this year.

On the Virtual Console side of things,
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons will be available for download on the 3DS Virtual Console May 30, and the Super Nintendo title Earthbound will be available for the Wii U Virtual Console sometime this year.

Source: Nintendo Direct
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Mario Party 3DS and Yoshi's Island 3DS Revealed,

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Nintendo revealed a bucket-load of information in its recent Nintendo Direct Broadcast, including two brand new titles for the Nintendo 3DS. Mario Party 3DS, as well as a Yoshi’s Island 3DS were both revealed, and gameplay footage was shown. Both games currently don’t have an official title, however Nintendo President Satoru Iwata did say that more information will be revealed at a later time.

Source: Nintendo Direct
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Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros. Coming July 12th.

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During the latest Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed that the next RPG Mario game,
Mario and Luigi: Dream Team Bros. will release July 12th in Europe. New footage was shown, revealing some interesting diversity in the gameplay, as well as some familiar elements that fans have come to love.

Source: Nintendo Direct
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Castle of Illusion Remastering is Official

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Sega has confirmed that
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse will indeed receive a re-release. The game will be a complete remake of the 1990 title built from the ground up and will feature new visuals and gameplay mechanics, as well as the original story that sets Mickey Mouse out to rescue Minnie from the evil with, Mizrabel.



Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse will be available for download on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Windows PC this year.

Source: Sega Blog
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Castle of Illusion Remake Incoming?

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Disney has revealed a new teaser trailer for what is surely a remake of the Sega Mega-Drive title,
Castle of Illusion. The video features many elements from the game such as the opening image and the wind-up soldier toy enemies from the original. The video points to a Summer (Winter) 2013 launch.



Source: Joystiq
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New Batman Arkham Game Announced

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Warner Bros. Interactive
recently revealed that a new Batman game, titled Batman: Arkham Origins will release this October 25 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. The game will take place early on in Batman’s career, when he is meeting many popular villains for the first time.

The game is being developed by
Warner Bros. Games Montreal as opposed to Rocksteady Studios who worked on both Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Warner Bros. Games Montreal did however work on the recent Wii U version of Batman: Arkham City.

Source: GamesRadar
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A New Pokémon Has Been Revealed For The Upcoming X and Y Version.

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A short trailer has been revealed, showing a brand new Pokémon that will appear in the upcoming
Pokémon X Version and Pokémon Y Version. The currently unnamed Pokémon has some striking similarities to the original legendary Pokémon, Mewtwo.



Pokémon X Version and Pokémon Y Version are scheduled to released worldwide this October.

Source: GamesRadar
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[UPDATE] Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is Official

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[UPDATE]

Looks like both Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain are in fact two separate games. This misunderstanding comes from the fact that both Ground Zeroes and The Phantom Pain make up the story of Metal Gear Solid V. Ground Zeroes is in fact the prologue to The Phantom Pain.

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
has been officially revealed, confirming that both upcoming titles ‘Ground Zeroes’ (Revealed by Kojima Productions) and ‘The Phantom Pain’ (Originally revealed under the fake pseudonym of Moby Dick Studios) are in fact one single game. David Hayter will not return to voice the protagonist.

The game will showcase the brand new
Fox Engine that has been in development since just after Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots was released in 2008.



Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has been confirmed for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with no release date given. Also, no Wii U or PlayStation 4 releases have been confirmed.

Source: GamesRadar

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Final Fantasy X and X-2 HD Info Revealed

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The HD remastering of
Final Fantasy X was announced back in 2011, and since then we have seen or heard almost nothing about the upcoming re-release. Square-Enix has officially revealed that both Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 will be available on the same disc for the PlayStation 3 release, but will be available separately for the PlayStation Vita.

Square-Enix has also revealed that the announcement trailer for both titles will be available this week.

Source: IGN
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DuckTales Remastered Coming to Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii U

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Disney, WayForward and Capcom have announced a new DuckTales game, titled DuckTales Remastered.

The game will be a complete overhaul of the original NES title and will feature all new hand-drawn character sprites, in a 3D world, as well as a fully remastered soundtrack. The game will be available sometime this year for Xbox 360 with a price of 1200 Microsoft Points, and for PlayStation 3 and Wii U for a current price of $14.99US.



Source: Capcom-Unity
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Fez hitting PC May 1

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The unique indie title
Fez was first released in April of 2012, however it was exclusive to Xbox 360. The game’s creator, Phil Fish, has previously revealed his intentions of bringing the game to other consoles, as well as PC and Mac.

It has since been confirmed that the game will be releasing on May 1 for PC, with a Mac OS X port coming sometime after. Fish has also been in talks with Sony in order to bring the game to both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita.

Source: IGN
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New BioShock Infinite Trailer Gets Us Even More Excited

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A new trailer has been revealed for the next
BioShock game, coming this month. The latest trailer shows a more in-depth look at the floating air-city Columbia, and expands a little on the story and main character Booker DeWitt.

BioShock Infinite is out March 26



Source: GamesRadar
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The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages/Seasons Coming to 3DS Soon

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Two of the best Gameboy Colour titles,
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, were both released on the 3DS eShop in Japan just weeks ago and it has since been confirmed that both these games will indeed be heading to western audiences, sometime this year.

Eiji Anouma, producer of
The Legend of Zelda series, recently said:

“Our plan is to release these two games in other territories some time before summer!”


So, we can expect to play both these games on our 3DS’ sometime in the coming months.

Source: Zelda Universe


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A Few New Items Hit The Club Nintendo Catalogue

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The Nintendo Club Australia has always been relatively sparse on available items, but recently, at least, Nintendo has added a few more products to the catalogue. The first is three different adhesive notepad sets with images from
Paper Mario: Sticker Star. The other item is 2 sets of Mario-themed shoelaces. They can be redeemed for 800 and 1250 star points respectively.

The Nintendo Club Australia is a service where you can redeem points for each Nintendo game or console you purchase, and use those points to receive free promotional items.

Source: Nintendo-Club AU
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Telltale's The Walking Dead Game Season 2 Coming This Year

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The sequel to one of 2012’s most loved games,
The Walking Dead Game, will be released sometime in Spring (Australia) this year. Telltale are hoping to have the game out during that time and will aim at exploring The Walking Dead universe further.

Source: IGN
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Austin Wintory Guides You Through The Journey Soundtrack in This Neat Video

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Below is the full score to
Journey, winner of numerous Game of the Year awards last year, with commentary by composer Austin Wintory. If you have any interest in the stunning game, remarkable soundtrack, or even video game music in general, this video definitely offers you something worth your time.



Source: Joystiq
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Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag Trailer

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Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
was recently announced, but alas, no trailer was shown. Ubisoft has now officially unveiled the trailer for the game, as well as a solid release date.



Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag brings pirates into the Assassin’s Creed story, as well as a new protagonist, Edward Kenway. The game will release for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC this October 31 in Australia, and will also hit ‘next-gen consoles,’ including the PlayStation 4, at an unknown point in the future.
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Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Confirmed

The next entry in Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series has been officially confirmed and will release sometime before the financial year ending March 31, 2014. Ubisoft has announced that More information regarding Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag will be released this coming Monday. Currently, confirmed platforms include Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC. No next-gen platforms have been announced at this stage.

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Source: GamesRadar
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Kingdom Hearts 1.5 Coming This Year to Australia

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The ‘previously announced only for Japan’ HD remake of the original
Kingdom Hearts has been confirmed for release in Australia this year.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is an HD collection of the PlayStation 2 titles Kingdom Hearts Final Mix and Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories. Also included, is a cinematic story based on the Nintendo DS game Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX will release this spring in Australia, exclusively for PlayStation 3.



Source: PlayStation Australia
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Watch Dogs Officially Announced for Wii U and PlayStation 4

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Ubisoft’s upcoming open world game titled
Watch Dogs has been confirmed for the PlayStation 4, as well as the Wii U.

The game was officially confirmed for the PlayStation 4 during the big PlayStation event today, and after the event, via a press release, it was confirmed for the Wii U also.

A new trailer was shown during the event, which can be seen below.
Watch Dogs will release on PlayStation 4, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC and is scheduled to release sometime before the year is out.



Source: Joystiq

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Jonathan Blow's Next Game 'The Witness' Exclusive to PlayStation 4

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The first official trailer for the next game by Jonathan Blow (creator of Braid), titled The Witness was shown at the recent PlayStation 4 event. The game will have timed exclusivity for the PlayStation 4.

Check out the gorgeous trailer below.



Source: Sony
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New Final Fantasy Game To Be Announced at This Years E3

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During the latest PlayStation 4 event, Square-Enix’s Shinji Hashimoto took to the stage to reveal that the company is most certainly working on a new Final Fantasy game, with more information coming this June during the E3 Expo.

Basically no information was revealed at all, apart from the fact that they are indeed working on a new title.

Source: Sony
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The 'PlayStation 4' Is Official

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Sony has officially announced the next PlayStation, fittingly titled the ‘PlayStation 4.’

The console itself was not shown, however the new DualShock 4 Controller was. The console itself will release ‘This holiday season’ and some of the major specifications of Sony’s new hardware are as follows:

- 8-core 64-bit x86 “Jaguar” CPU by AMD
- Radeon GPU, 1.84 TFLOPS
- Blu-Ray Drive
- 8GB of unified GDDR5 RAM, 176GB/sec
- 802.11n WiFi
- USB 3.0
- Bluetooth 2.1
- HDMI optical out

Gamers will be able to live stream their games via services such as Ustream and the new DualShock 4 controller will include a SHARE button, allowing players to share a video clip from the last several minutes of gameplay. The system will not be able to play PlayStation 3 games, but a ‘game-streaming’ service will be available in the future, allowing gamers to play PlayStation, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3 games via Gaikai.

Source: Sony

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Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season 2 Trailer

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The upcoming second season to one of the best interpretations of the Mortal Kombat series is debuting sometime soon and the official trailer can be seen below. Actor Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who played Shang Tsung in the original Mortal Kombat motion picture will be returning to reprise his role, although it will be an entirely different Shang Tsung. The second season will focus primarily on the tournament itself, unlike the first season which focused on the origins of each character.



Source: IGN

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Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D Coming to the 3DS

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A new 2D Donkey Kong game will be coming to the 3DS sometime this year. The game, titled Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, is being built from the ground up to take advantage of the 3DS’ capabilities. Not much is known about the game at this stage, apart from what can be seen in a few screenshots.

Also, in related news, a new
Mario vs Donkey Kong game was announced, which will be coming to the Nintendo 3DS eShop later this year.

Source: Nintendo Direct
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Year of Luigi Starts Now! New 3DS Games Announced.

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Nintendo has tentatively titled 2013 the ‘Year of Luigi!’

During the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast, Shigeru Miyamoto went into detail about the upcoming
Luigi’s Mansion 2, which will be hitting shelves this March.

President Satoru Iwata also revealed two new games (featuring Luigi of course) coming to the 3DS this year. The first is a brand new, untitled
Mario & Luigi RPG game that will have a focus on Luigi and his dreams. The other is a new Mario Golf game titled Mario Golf World Tour.

Also, in some pretty neat news,
New Super Luigi U will be available in the Wii U eShop at some point in the future. This Luigi-centric DLC for New Super Mario Bros. U will include a bundle of brand new levels, based on the original map in New Super Mario Bros. U. The DLC is being developed similar to full software, and will take some time before it is ready for download.

Source: Nintendo Direct
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New Batman Arkham Game Coming This Year

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It has been confirmed via a Time Warner Q4 2012 earnings call that a new game in the
Batman Arkham franchise will be arriving later this year. At this stage, its unknown whether or not previous developer Rocksteady Studios is behind it or not. The quote by Time Warner CFO John K. Martin is as follows:

“And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise.”

Source: Joystiq

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Bungie Set to Reveal 'Destiny' This Coming Sunday/Monday

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The reveal of Bungie’s next major project titled
Destiny will take place this Sunday, February 17, in North America, roughly translating to Sunday night/Monday morning for us here in Australia. Destiny has been in development for some time now and many have speculated that it may be a launch title for the next generation of home consoles.

Stay tuned!

Source: GamesRadar

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Rayman Legends Delayed. Coming to PS3 and Xbox 360.

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In some relatively surprising news, Ubisoft has announced that their upcoming game Rayman Legends, originally branded as a Wii U exclusive, will be delayed, yet again, until September. The game will also be coming to both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The game was already delayed, effectively removing itself from the Wii U launch window, with a release date in February/March and the game will be further delayed until ‘early September.’

Source: Gametrailers
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The Witcher 3 Announced

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Game Informer
has released their latest issue, featuring a cover story that reveals The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

According to the article,
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will have a world map that is roughly 20% bigger than that in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Interestingly, aside from a PC release, no other platforms were ‘directly’ revealed, however, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which is scheduled for a 2014 release, will also be coming to other “High-end platforms.” The next PlayStation? The Next Xbox? Time will tell!

Source: Kotaku

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PlayStation 4 Announcement Likely on February 20

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It’s looking more and more likely that Sony will unveil their next generation console, presumably the PlayStation 4, this year, specifically on February 20. The event will be live streamed and the
Wall Street Journal is reporting that “People familiar with the matter” have told them that the next PlayStation will be revealed during the Sony event.



Stay tuned! Exciting things are coming this year!

Source: Kotaku
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Grand Theft Auto V Coming September 17

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Rockstar has officially announced that their highly anticipated game
Grand Theft Auto V will release worldwide on September 17.

They revealed that the game was initially planned to release much earlier, however they have chosen to continue working on the game saying,

We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time. GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require.’

Grand Theft Auto V
will release for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on September 17.

Source: IGN
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Xenoblade Chronicles Sequel Coming To Wii U?

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Right at the end of the recent Nintendo Direct broadcast, a new title by Monolith Soft (
Xenoblade Chronicles) was shown. The trailer shows a game that looks very similar to Xenoblade Chronicles, that, and the video ending with a giant “X” suggests that the title will either be a sequel to the very well-received Xenoblade Chronicles or a game set in the same general series.

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Source: Nintendo Wii U Direct
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The Legend of Zelda Wii U Info Revealed. HD Wind Waker Coming This Year

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Nintendo is currently working hard on a brand new The Legend of Zelda title for the Wii U, but in the meantime, The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker will be getting the HD treatment. Not only that, but the Wii U exclusive will feature some fine tuning as well as Miiverse integration. Oh, and it can be played entirely on the GamePad as well.

Back to the new game though,
The Legend of Zelda producer, Eiji Aonuma, revealed that the team is working on ‘rethinking the conventions of past Zelda games’ and ‘Retuning to basics.’ Needing to complete dungeons in a certain order and Zelda adventures being entirely Single-Player are being put to the side as they try to focus on a new, fresh take on the series.



The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD will release this year and more news regarding the next original Zelda title is set to come later this year.

Source: Nintendo Wii U Direct
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New 3D Mario, Mario Kart and Yoshi game for Wii U On The Way

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During the recent Nintendo Direct broadcast, President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata confirmed that the team which previously worked on
Super Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Super Mario 3D Land are currently working on a new 3D Mario title which will be present, in playable form, at this years E3. Also, it was confirmed that a new Mario Kart title is on its way to the Wii U, which will also be playable at this years E3.

The previously rumoured
Yoshi Wii U game was confirmed during the broadcast and it is being developed by the team who previously worked on Kirby’s Epic Yarn. An official title was not revealed for the game.

Source: Nintendo Wii U Direct
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Virtual Console Coming To Wii U

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The Wii U will be getting a Virtual Console service very soon and it will feature GamePad compatibility and Miiverse integration.

Starting today though, users may take part in the Virtual Console Trial Campaign where they can download one special title each month for the low LOW price of $0.30. This special introductory price will only last for the month, after which it will increase to its regular price.

The titles that will be available during the Virtual Console Trial Campaign includes
Balloon Fight, F-Zero, Punch-Out Featuring Mr. Dream, Kirby’s Adventure, Super Metroid, Yoshi and Donkey Kong.

During the presentation, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata also announced plans to make Game Boy Advance games available through the service, alongside the already confirmed NES and SNES titles. These are the three systems that have currently been confirmed.

The Wii U Virtual Console will feature a fresh line up of classic titles, meaning that it may be low on content to begin with. If you have previously purchased the same game on the Wii Virtual Console eShop, you will be able to download the title at a greatly reduced price.

Source: Nintendo Wii U Direct

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Telltale's The Walking Dead Coming To Consoles In Australia

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One of the best games of 2012 is coming to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Australia. Telltale’s The Walking Dead Game was released episodically last year, but Telltale didn’t send the game to be classified as they believed it would be refused because of a lack of an adult rating system. The game was never classified, however it was still available for iOS devices and through Steam thanks to a classification loophole.

Telltale has now confirmed that the game will release for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, funnily enough, with an MA15+ rating and not an R18+ rating like they presumed. A release date will be announced soon.

Source: IGN
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Leisure Suit Larry Collection Available Through GOG For PC and Mac

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Leisure Suit Larry’s Greatest Hits and Misses
is a collection of the original Leisure Suit Larry’s 1-6, the VGA remake of Leisure Suit Larry 1 and Softporn Adventures. The bundle of games will set you back $9.99US and surprisingly, is compatible with both PC and Mac. Jump on over to GOG to purchase the sleaziest adventures of all time.



Source: GOG
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Final Fantasy: All The Bravest Turns Things Up To 11

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A new iOS title based on the
Final Fantasy franchise has been released today and boy, is it one frantic and crazy looking game. The game takes its visual style from the early days of Final Fantasy and simplifies the formula into a tap-tap-tap kind of game. With a selection of classic tracks and reminiscent elements, Final Fantasy: All The Bravest can be picked up from the App Store for $4.49AUD and is sure to quench your classic Final Fantasy thirst.



Source: Kotaku
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Australia Get It's First R18+ Video Game and Believe It Or Not, It's For Nintendo's Latest Console

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If you told me just two years ago that a Nintendo console would house the first ever R18+ game In Australia I would have probably punched you in the nose for telling me absurd things. Low and behold,
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge has been the first game to be officially branded with an R18+ rating in Australia.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is an enhanced version of Ninja Gaiden 3 which was released last year for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Funnily enough, those versions were given an MA15+ rating proving just how ridiculous the rating system was (and still is to some degree).

Source: IGN
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Sonic The Hedgehog Fan Film Released

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Blue Core Studios (the same company who worked on a Mega Man fan film awhile back) have released their 18-minute long fan film, simply titled ‘Sonic.

Based on
Sonic The Hedgehog, the film was released purely for fun, with no intention of profit. You can watch the film in its entirety below.



Source: Blue Core Studios
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Pokémon X Version and Y Version Announced

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President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, presented a special Pokémon Direct where a brand new
Pokémon adventure was revealed. Pokémon X and Pokémon Y was announced exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS and for the first time, the series will jump into a 3D world. On top of this announcement, three brand new starter Pokémon were revealed and two, presumably box cover Pokémon, were shown towards the end of the official trailer.

Also, for the first time ever, the two games will release worldwide in the same month, this October.



Source: Nintendo

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Get Caught Up Before You Play BioShock Infinite

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The
BioShock Ultimate Rapture Edition has been announced and will feature both BioShock and BioShock 2. On top of this, the collection will also feature all the single-player and multiplayer DLC for both titles, as well as some new bonus content.

The bundle will be available for US$30 on January 14, just months before the release of
BioShock Infinite.

Source: GamesRadar

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Hey Pokémon Fans, Big News Coming Soon

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The Pokémon Company, best known for, well, the
Pokémon series, has announced that there will be some big news coming, relating to the franchise, next week on January 8th. The announcement was made via the official Pokémon twitter and a teaser image also appeared on the official Japanese Pokémon website.

Stay tuned!

Source: Twitter

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First Batch of OUYA Dev Kits Have Shipped. Unboxing Video Released.

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The first round of Development Kits for the open-based platform OUYA have shipped. Results from the hugely successful Kickstarter campaign are beginning to emerge and many aspects of the overall design have been revealed via an official unboxing video which can be seen below. The pre-orders for the console are scheduled to ship in March, and retail versions will be available in April.



Source: Joystiq

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Kingdom Hearts Looks Real Good In HD

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While still unconfirmed for an English release, Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix is looking to be a great remastering of the memorable PlayStation 2 title. Below is a trailer for the upcoming HD version and remember to stay tuned to the site for any news regarding an international release.




Source: Siliconera

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Rockstar's Christmas Present For You

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While we were all chewing on turkey and downing a refreshing beverage over these Christmas holidays, Rockstar posted some new screenshots for their highly anticipated
Grand Theft Auto V. You can check out all the images below and/or head on over to Rockstar Games to check out the screenshots in all their high-res glory.

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Source: Rockstar Games
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Lightning Returns In An All New Way

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Square-Enix has recently unveiled their debut, extended trailer for the upcoming Final Fantasy title set in the Final Fantasy XIII universe. The game is a departure from the previous two titles in the series and will play very differently. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII will release in 2013.



Source: CVG
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Street Fighter X Mega Man Available Now For Free

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Head on over to the Mega Man group page at Capcom-Unity to get your complete (and completely free) copy of the latest official game, Street Fighter X Mega Man.

Happy 25th birthday Mega Man. It’s good to have you back.

Source: Capcom-Unity
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Take a Look At The New Action Packed Dead Space 3 Trailer

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Dead Space 3
was announced awhile back but we still haven’t seen or heard much about the game. Below is a new trailer for the upcoming title thats filled with action, dialogue and all that Dead Space goodness.



Source: Kotaku
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Final Fantasy Theatrhythm Hits iOS As A Free Download

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The 3DS rhythm game,
Final Fantasy Theatrhythm, has been released for iOS as a free download. That’s right, free!

The game plays very much the same as the 3DS version, although the 3DS’ stylus is a better fit. The iOS version features only two songs however and the rest can be purchased as in-game downloads. The game does feature something new however in the form of a composition mode. In this mode you are able to set the notes/inputs for a track, effectively allowing you to create countless versions of the same song.



Source: Siliconera
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Street Fighter X Mega Man Announced

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Our favourite blue bomber has had a rough couple of years. With the cancellation of two games,
Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3, right before its 25th anniversary year. Capcom has announced a new crossover game starring Mega Man and a slew of Street Fighter favourites in a mashup style game based on the classic Mega Man series titled Street Fighter X Mega Man.

Coming December 17 as a free PC download (thats right, free!) the game will feature all new power ups for Mega Man and will put a number of Street Fighter characters in the place of the infamous Robot Masters.

Mega Man celebrates his 25th anniversary starting December 17, the day the crossover game will be available to the public, and Capcom has announced that on the same day you will definitely hear more about their plans to celebrate one of their most well-loved characters.



Source: Capcom-Unity
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The Last Of Us Release Date Announced

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Naughty Dog’s upcoming game
The Last Of Us has been given a solid release date. The post-apocalyptic action-adventure game will be released next year on May 7. The Last Of Us won several awards at last years E3 Expo and will be a PlayStation 3 exclusive.

Source: GamesRadar
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LEGO City: Undercover Set To Reinvent The LEGO Video Game Formula

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We’ve seen quite a bit of footage for LEGO City: Undercover, the Wii U title hitting shelves sometime early next year. A new, surprisingly funny, trailer has been released thanks to a recent Nintendo Direct broadcast that makes us even more excited for the upcoming game. Check out the trailer below.



Source: GamesRadar

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The Last of Us Trailer Teaser

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The Last of Us
, Naughty Dog’s next big action title, has a brand new teaser for an upcoming trailer. It’s short, but it definitely helps in setting the mood for what will surely be one of the PlayStation 3’s most exciting titles of 2013.



Source: GamesRadar
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Final Box Art for BioShock Infinite Revealed

BioShock Infinite hits shelves next February and developers Irrational Games has recently revealed the final box art for the new title. Quite different from the BioShock/BioShock 2 approach, but nonetheless, I guess It is a cover.

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Source: Gaming Blend
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[UPDATE] Nintendo Takes The Apple Approach. Wii Mini Coming Next Month

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[UPDATE]

Turns out the latest model Wii Mini model is exclusive to Canada at this stage.

[27.11.2012]


Thanks to an image from the homepage of the Canadian Best Buy Website, those rumours about a Wii Mini are pretty much confirmed. The image is small though, so we will have to wait for Nintendo to officially announce it before we can get a more in-depth look.

With a release date of December 7th (North America) the Wii Mini will be out just in time for Christmas.

Nintendo is nearing 100 million Wii units sold since its release, and this new model will easily ensure it reaches that goal before the year is out.

Stay tuned for more info regarding the Wii Mini.

Source: Aussie-Gamer
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Square-Enix Shows Us Some More of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

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Square-Enix has released some more footage of its upcoming overhaul to
Final Fantasy XIV, titled ‘A Realm Reborn.’

After
Final Fantasy XIV received a hefty amount of negative reception from players around the world, the developers decided to work extensively on the game to improve its overall quality, essentially providing those long-standing fans with a title that was worthy of the Final Fantasy name. The relaunch of the game, titled ‘Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn,’ will release in mid 2013.

Gotta admit; That music is
reeeally nice.



Source: IGN
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Hyrule Historia Gets a New Cover and a Trailer

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Hyrule Historia
was first released in Japan on December 11, last year, and featured a lot of information regarding the complete history of The Legend of Zelda series, including a comprehensive timeline. We were initially unsure the book would ever be translated into English.

Awhile back, it was revealed that
Dark Horse Comics would be taking care of the title and releasing it around the world in English. In celebration of the English release of Hyrule Historia, a new cover for the book has been revealed and can be seen below. Along with the reveal of the new cover, a trailer (yes a trailer for a book) was also released. 

Hyrule Historia will release on January 29, next year.

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The new cover for Hyrule Historia




Source: IGN

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Nintendo of Australia Begins TV Marketing for the Wii U

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Nintendo of Australia
has begun their TV Promotional Campaign for the Wii U, out November 30. The ad campaign, which features a total of nine commercials do pretty well at showing the unique features of the console and the variety of software available, even if they feature a heavy does of ‘over-acting.’

The Wii U will release on November 30 in Australia.







Source:
Aussie-Gamer
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Here You Go. The Latest Trailer for Grand Theft Auto V

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Rockstar has released a second trailer for their upcoming game,
Grand Theft Auto V. The trailer reveals a bit of story information and gives viewers a feel for how the new game will play.

Grand Theft Auto V is scheduled to release for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in the first half of next year.



Source: GamesRadar
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Mass Effect 3: Special Edition Gets A New Trailer

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Mass Effect 3: Special Edition is hitting Australian shelves on November 30, alongside the release of Nintendo’s Wii U. Developed by Australian studio Straight Right, the game is a port of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 version, with some new added features, exclusive to the Wii U. Below is a trailer for the launch title which shows some of the Wii U-only aspects for one of the years best Action-RPG games.



Source: Aussie-Gamer
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Everything You Need To Know About The Elder Scrolls Online

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Over at the
official site for The Elder Scrolls Online, the team has released the first in a series of video updates for the upcoming MMORPG. The almost ten-minute video covers most of the basic questions you may have about the game, as well as showing some of the first gameplay footage.

The Elder Scrolls Online is set to release sometime in 2013 for PC and Mac.



Source: The Elder Scrolls Online
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New, Edgy Trailer for Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge

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Ninja Gaiden 3
is hitting the Wii U later this month and a new trailer has been released for the revamped title. Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge is exclusive to the Wii U and is quite simply an updated version of Ninja Gaiden 3, which was released early on in the year.

The game will release alongside the Wii U in North America on November 18 and Japan on December 8, but currently has no release date in Australia.



Source: Siliconera
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New Skyrim DLC 'Dragonborn' Announced

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Bethesda
has recently announced new DLC for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The trailer for the upcoming DLC, which can be seen below, will introduce a new villain who was in fact the first ‘Dragonborn,’ with the trailer’s narrator revealing ‘You didn’t think you were the only one… He was the first.’

The new DLC titled ‘Dragonborn’ will release this December, initially exclusive to Xbox 360.



Source: Games.On
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The Mass Effect Trilogy is Releasing Soon. Here's a Trailer.

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The
Mass Effect series is one of the most meticulously woven sci-fi stories in recent history, and a compilation of all three games is being released for PC and Xbox on November 15 (November 6 for North America), and for PlayStation 3 on December 6 (December 4 for North America).

BioWare has recently released a trailer for the trilogy collection that really sums up the experience quite well. This is a perfect chance to experience the entire story if you haven’t yet, and if you haven’t, you best!



Source: BioWare
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Nintendo Of Australia Takes The Wii U On The Road

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Starting November 5th, and running until December 9th, Nintendo of Australia will be showcasing the Wii U in select locations around the country. ‘Wii U Experience Stores’ will allow players the chance to experience Nintendo’s latest console before it releases, allowing them to play many new games such as
New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land. The ‘Wii U Experience’ will be available at the locations listed below.


New South Wales
Sydney Plaza (November 5th - December 9th)

Victoria
Fountain Gate Shopping Plaza (November 5th - December 9th)

Western Australia
Perth Cultural Centre (November 5th - November 11th)

Queensland
Gold Coast - Pacific Fair (November 12th - November 17th)
Brisbane - King Georges Square (November 18th - November 23rd)

South Australia
Rundle Mall (November 24th - November 29th)

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Rayman Legends Continues To Impress

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Below is a new gameplay video of the upcoming Rayman Legends for Wii U. The video shows five-person multiplayer in a forest/swamp themed stage featuring a clever design, as well as some striking visuals. Rayman Legends is scheduled to release in the first quarter of 2013 exclusively for the Wii U.



Source: Ubisoft
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GTA V Coming in the Second Quarter of 2013

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Thanks to a leaked image of a European poster, we now have an idea of when
Grand Theft Auto V will release. The poster reveals that the game will release in Spring (Autumn for us). The poster shows logos for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but no indication that the game will release for the Wii U at this stage. Rockstar has not announced any official release dates or platforms as of yet.

Source: IGN
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Penélope and Monica Cruz Play Professor Layton

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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask is out now in Australia and there’s a new commercial for the game featuring Penélope Cruz and Monica Cruz. You can check out the commercial for the fifth Professor Layton game (the first exclusively for the 3DS) below.



Source:
Aussie-Gamer
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Another 3DS XL Design Hits Japan Soon. Another Reason To Be Envious

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Japan is getting yet another new 3DS XL design, leaving us jealous and rather envious. As you can see from the above image, the design is black with a gold Charizard trim and a Flamethrower attack proceeding from the front of the console, to the back.

The Pikachu-themed 3DS XL that was announced months ago has since been confirmed for Europe, but no other regions (indulging Australia) has been announced as of yet. Currently, the new Charizard-themed 3DS XL has only been confirmed for Japan.

Source:
Kotaku
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Australia Gets a White 3DS XL This December.

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With the recent announcement of a couple of new 3DS colours and bundles in Europe (including that adorable Pikachu-themed one), it was only a matter of time before Nintendo of Australia announced a new 3DS XL bundle/model.

A White 3DS XL, with Mario Kart 7 pre-installed, will be available in Australia starting December 6th. To all you Pokéfans; no word yet on that Pikachu 3DS XL.

Yet.

Source: Aussie-Gamer
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Sonic Jump Is Out Now For iOS, Check Out The Official Trailer

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Sonic Jump
is available today on iOS, and along with its release, SEGA has revealed a trailer for the mobile jumping game. The title, which can be purchased right now for $1.99AUD is a remake of a game that was made solely for the T-Mobile Sidekick in 2007, also titled Sonic Jump. The new iOS version features sharper HD visuals than the T-Mobile original.



Source:
SEGA Australia
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Limited Editions Announced for BioShock Infinite

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Irrational Games
, the developers behind the upcoming title, BioShock Infinite have announced two collector’s edition packages.

The Premium Edition will include an Art Book, ‘Murder of Crows’ Keychain, Lithographic Print, ‘Handyman’ Figurine, Downloadable Content (including the digital soundtrack) and of course, a copy of BioShock Inifinite.

The Ultimate Songbird Collector’s Edition will include all the above goodies, as well as a hand painted Songbird Statue. The Ultimate Songbird Collector’s Edition is an EB Games exclusive.

Both collector’s editions will be available on
February 26 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and PC, alongside the regular edition of the game.

Source: Kotaku, EB Games
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The Game With Lots of V's is Coming to iOS and Android

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VVVVVV
, the Commodore 64 inspired retro title is coming to both iOS and Android very soon. The mind-bending, platformer was originally released on the PC, and later, a 3DS port came to the Nintendo eShop. The games official website has a page for iOS titles and it currently shows a teaser image next to the words ‘Coming Soon.’

Source: IGN
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Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Heading To Australia

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Symphony of the Goddesses is coming to Australia!

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is heading to Australia early next year. Currently there are only dates for New South Wales at the Sydney Opera House on February 1 (8:00pm) and February 2 (2:00pm). Tickets are currently available via pre sale with a Ticketmaster code, but will be available to the general public on October 20th at 9:00am.

Source: Ticketmaster
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Darkstalkers Resurrection Announced

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A new HD compilation titled
Darkstalkers Resurrection has been officially announced during the recent Street Fighter 25th Anniversary panel at New York Comic-Con. The collection will include both Night Warriors: Darkstalkers Revenge and Darkstalkers 3. The game will feature HD filtering, in-game achievements, Challenge/Tutorial Mode and concept art/videos.

Below you can check out the trailer for the upcoming title which will release for
PSN ($14.99US) and XBLA (1200 Microsoft Points).



Source: IGN
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Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask Coming To Australia

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The fifth game in the
Professor Layton series (the first for the 3DS) will be coming to Australia and New Zealand on October 27. The Nintendo 3DS game will be available both in retail stores and the eShop on the same day.

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask will feature over 150 puzzles and was actually released in Japan over a year and a half ago, but will finally be released for english speaking players.

Source: Aussie-Gamer

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Rayman Legends Delayed. Bummer...

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Ubisoft has revealed that Rayman Legends won’t hit shelves until early 2013. The game will still fall in the Wii U’s launch window, but won’t be available until the first quarter of 2013. In a statement, Ubisoft explained:

“We're happy that fans are excited about the game, and we are taking the time to make sure we deliver a game that lives up to and hopefully exceeds their expectations. We'll have more details to share soon."

Source: IGN
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Fallblox, A Sequel To Pullblox Is Coming Soon

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Nintendo has revealed plans to release a sequel to last year’s successful eShop title
Pullblox.

The sequel will be titled
Fallblox (Crashmo for those in North America) and will allow players to solve each puzzle by pulling and pushing blocks in any direction, as opposed to just inwards and outwards.

Nintendo of Europe has not yet announced a release date, but a November 22 release has been confirmed for North America.
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Japan, You Make Us Jealous...

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Nintendo of Japan has announced yet another three editions of the recently released Nintendo 3DS LL (thats the 3DS XL for us).

One is a white
Animal Crossing themed 3DS, another is a red New Super Mario Bros. 2 themed edition and the final one is an all-black version. These special editions will release in November for Japan only.

Source:
GamesRadar
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Mario Gets His First DLC Today

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As of today, players in the European area (that includes those in Australia and New Zealand as well) are now able to download DLC for
New Super Mario Bros. 2.

There is a total of three DLC packs, all with three levels to be played in Coin Rush Mode. Each pack will cost you $3.00 AUD. The third pack will be released tomorrow.

Source:
Aussie-Gamer
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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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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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[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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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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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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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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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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Metal Gear Solid Movie on its Way

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During a Metal Gear Anniversary event in Tokyo it was announced that a Hollywood adaption of
Metal Gear Solid will be coming to the big screens by Columbia Pictures. Producer Avi Arad (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk) is attached to the film and had this to say about the announcement.

"Comic books are now biggest genre in cinema. Video games are the comic books of today.”

Arad also said, “We will take our time and tell the story with all the nuances, ideology, cautionary tales needed.”

Source: Kotaku
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Raiden Joins in on the PlayStation Battle Royale Fun

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The playable character list keeps on growing for Sony’s upcoming fighting game,
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Raiden, most known from the Metal Gear Solid series of games, as well as the upcoming Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance game, will be joining in on the action. This brings the total number of playable characters to eighteen.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is scheduled to release in Australia on November 22, Japan on November 8, North America on November 20, Europe on November 21 and UK on November 23.

Source:
Joystiq
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[UPDATE] Countdown Points to The World Ends With You Announcement

[UPDATE]

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The countdown timer has finally reached zero, and with it comes the reveal that
The World Ends With You will be coming to iOS devices in the form of The World Ends With You: Solo Remix. The game is currently available in the App Store as we speak, with the iPhone version costing roughly $17.99US and the iPad version sitting at $19.99 US.

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A countdown timer has appeared on an official Square-Enix
website that indicates an announcement of some form may be coming soon. All signs indicate that the announcement, or reveal will be related to 2007’s The World Ends With You. The music, font, images, and credited artists all are heavily related to the original title.

Also, if you take note of where the music is located on the page, it says BGM Ver. 20120820, indicating that the music, and other aspects of the page, may be related to the date and could possibly change tomorrow.

Characters from
The World Ends With You were featured in this years Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance.

Source: IGN
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Borderlands 2 Soundtrack Details Revealed

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The soundtrack for the upcoming game,
Borderlands 2, developed by Gearbox Software has been revealed by Sumthing Else Music Works. The soundtrack will consist of 23 tracks, composed by various artists who have worked on Assassin’s Creed, Darksiders II and Mass Effect 3.

You can pre-order the soundtrack on Amazon
HERE and it will be available on September 18.

Borderlands 2 will be released on September 20 in Australia, September 18 in North America and September 21 in Europe.

Source:
IGN
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Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Saga Continues

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A
teaser site for Final Fantasy XIII has appeared ahead of the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary event taking place on September 1. The site teases the continuation of the Lightning Saga that was present in Final Fantasy XIII-2 and may just answer some questions about the story and ending of Final Fantasy XIII-2.

Source:
Digital Spy
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Now That's One Damn Adorable 3DS

Nintendo has revealed an adorable new design for the 3DS’s bigger brother, the 3DS XL.

The new design, which can be seen below, is centred around Pikachu and is only available in Pokémon Centre’s across Japan by pre-order. The console will retail for 18,900 Yen and will mark the first release of a limited edition 3DS XL, with more to surely follow. No release is planned outside of Japan at this stage.

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Source:
Nintendo World Report
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All New Sonic Racing Transformed Trailer

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Straight out of Gamescon in Germany comes a brand new trailer for Sega’s second major kart racing game,
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. Cruise, Sail or Soar as fast as the blue hedgehog in a number of different vehicle types, with a large range of Sega’s most memorable characters. Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will be released on November 16 in Europe and November 20 in North America. EB Games Australia has listed an Australian release date of November 15.



Source:
Joystiq
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This is How You Can Assist Your Team in Rayman Legends


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A brand new trailer for Rayman Legends has been shown at Gamescon in Europe. The trailer focuses on how a player using the Wii U’s Gamepad can assist the other team members through the game.



Rayman Legends will be released this holiday season for the Wii U.

Source:
Siliconera
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New Metal Gear Rising Revengeance Trailer Appears

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A new trailer has appeared on the official website for
Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. Series creator, Hideo Kojima, recently tweeted an image of the website, which exposed the new trailer on the site.



The game will be releasing on February 21 in Japan, February 19 in North America and February 21 and 22 in Europe. No concrete release date has been given for Australia as of yet.

Source:
Joystiq

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SimCity Building Its Way On To Mac in February 2013

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The upcoming reboot of SimCity has been officially announced for a Mac release, alongside the PC release. The game was officially announced early this year, but it was unsure of whether the game would be made available for those Mac users. The Sims 3, Spore and other games by EA and Maxis have usually been made available for both PC and Mac, so this announcement doesn’t come as too much of a surprise.

The game is scheduled to release early next year in February.

Source:
Mac World
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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Coming To PlayStation 3 and PC Soon.

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The PlayStation 3 and PC versions of
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD will be released very shortly, with a release date of August 28 for the PlayStation 3 version, and a release for the PC version ‘soon after.’

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD first released on Xbox Live Arcade last month and has received a generally positive reception since.

Source:
IGN
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Sleeping Dogs Launch Trailer Within

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Square-Enix have recently released a launch trailer for their upcoming title,
Sleeping Dogs. The game will release for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on August 16 in Australia, August 14 in North America, August 17 in Europe and September 27 in Japan. Make sure to watch the video below for all the ‘trailer-goodness.’



Source:
Siliconera
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Flashy Anime Trailer for Pokémon Black Version 2 and White Version 2

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Below is a rather lengthy trailer for the upcoming
Pokémon games Black Version 2 and White Version 2. This video is a great introduction into the world of Unova, which has changed much since the events of Pokémon Black and White.

Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 will release in Australia on October 11. The games will drop in North America on October 7 and Europe on October 12.



Source:
Joystiq
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Sony Posts Loss in Their Annual Earnings. Sony Lowers Their Vita Sales Predicitions

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Sony has revealed it’s recent quarterly sales, which show that Sony’s Game Department has seen a loss of 3.5 Billion Yen (Roughly AUD$42.5 Million).

This year saw the release of Sony’s second major handheld console, PlayStation Vita. The device has not been fairing too well in the markets, and the reason for this may possibly be related to the small range of software available for the console. Sony has also lowered the sale prediction for the PlayStation Vita and PSP from 16 million units, down to 12 million.

On top of this, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3 and PSP have all seen steep drops in sale numbers. This seems to be an expected change, as a new console generation is just on the horizon.

Source:
Siliconera

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US TV Spot for Darksiders 2

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Check out an official US TV Commercial for the upcoming sequel,
Darksiders II.



Darksiders II will hit shelves in Australia on August 16, North America on August 14 and Europe on August 21.

Source:
Joystiq
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Square Supports The Little Square Box. Final Fantasy III Coming to Ouya

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The upcoming Android based console, OUYA, will team up with
Square Enix to bring Final Fantasy III to the tiny home console. This will be the first time players outside of Japan will be able to experience the story of Final Fantasy III on a home console, playing through a TV screen. The game will be updated to take full advantage of OUYA’s high-definition resolution and graphics and will be available at launch. The OUYA version will be based off the Nintendo DS remake, which was also rereleased for iOS and Android.

OUYA is still proceeding through its
Kickstarter campaign, but has blown way past its expected amount of just under $1 Million to almost $6 Million.

Source:
OUYA Kickstarter
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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.

Source:
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.

Source:
Examiner
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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.



Source:
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)



Source:
Siliconera
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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.

Source:
TSSZ
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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.



Source: Joystiq

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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.



Source:
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.



Source:
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.

Source:
Joystiq
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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.



Source:
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.



Source:
Games Press
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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.



Source:
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.

Source:
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.

Source:
Ouya - Kickstarter
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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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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.

Source:
Joystiq

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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.

Source:
JB Hi-Fi, EB Games

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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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Source: PlayStation LifeStyle
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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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Source:
Joystiq
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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.’

Source:
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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Source:
Siliconera
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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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Source:
Andriasang
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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.

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Source: GamesPress
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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.

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Source:
thatgamecompany
Via:
IGN
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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.

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Source:
Polytron
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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.

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Source:
Aussie-Gamer
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Source:
Nintendo of Europe

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

[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.

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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.

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Source: Nintendo of Japan


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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.

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Source:
Capcom-Unity

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New Nintendo Direct Broadcast Tomorrow at 1pm AEST.

[UPDATE]
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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Source:
Nintendo of Japan
Via:
IGN

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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.

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Source:
Aussie-Gamer
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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.

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Source:
Kotaku
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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.

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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.

Source:
Scribd
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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.

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Source: Nintendo of Australia

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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.

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Source:
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.



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Source:
Indie Game: The Movie Website

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[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.



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Source:
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[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.



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Source: Digital Spy

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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.



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Source:
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[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.





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Source:
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[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.



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Source:
www.SimCity.com

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[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.



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Source:
PlayStation Blog

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[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.



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Source:
PlayStation Blog

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[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.



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Source:
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[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.



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Source:
Nintendo All-Access E3

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[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.



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Dead Space Official Website

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

Dark Chronicle / Dark Cloud 2 (PS2)

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

Composer(s):
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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.





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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

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’.
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[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.



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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.



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[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.

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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.

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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.

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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!
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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.

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Source:
IGN
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[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.

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[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

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[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.

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[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.

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[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.

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Watch the entire Press Conference below.



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[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.

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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.

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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.

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You can watch the entire broadcast below.



Source:
Nintendo of Japan

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[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.

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Source: Aussie-Gamer

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[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.



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Source: IGN

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[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.



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[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.

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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.

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Source:
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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.

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Is this a screenshot of Dead Space 3?

EA confirmed through it FY2012 Financials that a Dead Space 3 was in development. The website ‘vg247’ have recently revealed an image of what appears to be a screenshot, as well as the Dead Space 3 official logo. At this stage nothing in the image has been confirmed, but ‘vg247’ have stated that the image may be from an upcoming issue of Game Informer.

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow sequel coming to 3DS

A new 3DS Castlevania game has been revealed via a leak of the upcoming June issue of Nintendo Power. The game will be titled Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate and will be a sequel to the 2010 reboot of the Castlevania series, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Not much is known about the game at this time but more information will be revealed when the upcoming issue of Nintendo Power is released.

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Source:
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Harry Potter gets 'Kinected' this Spring.

One of the biggest film and novel series’ of all time is coming to Kinect for Xbox 360. The game will be released sometime in the second half of this year and will feature memorable moments from the films. You will also be able to scan your face with the Kinect system and transfer your likeness into a new playable character.

You can see the announcement trailer below.



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Joystiq
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Wii U official Facebook page suggests the 'Wii U' name is here to stay.

Recently, Nintendo created an official Facebook page for the upcoming console, Wii U. There was a very minor change in the Wii U logo, but the important thing to take note of is that the name hasn’t changed. Some people were suggesting that a name change could be likely, but with this new logo and with only a couple of weeks until E3, it seems unlikely.

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Metal Gear Solid HD for Vita gets a release date.

The PlayStation Vita version of Metal Gear Solid HD Collection has finally been given a release date for Australia. The game will release on July the 5th and take advantage of a number of the PlayStation Vita’s unique capabilities. The HD Collection features both Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, as well as the two original titles that were released on the NES, Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake (It won’t however have Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, which was included in the console versions of the game).

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Source:
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Jet Set Radio blasts its way onto the Vita.

It was revealed yesterday that the SEGA Dreamcast classic, Jet Set Radio, will be coming to the PlayStation Vita and will be playable at this years E3 Expo. The game will utilise the Vita’s capabilities, such as the touchscreen, and will also be released on Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC.

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Source:
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White Yoshi and Black Yoshi available now for Mario Tennis Open

In order to obtain these two colours of Yoshi, just go to the File Select screen and press UP and START simultaneously. Then scan the two codes in order to unlock White Yoshi and Black Yoshi as playable characters. Enjoy!

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD Soundtrack Revealed.

The soundtrack to the upcoming Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD has finally been revealed. The soundtrack features some of the original songs from THPS and THPS 2, as well as a few new additions. The track list is as follows:

  • “Bring the Noise” Anthrax ft. Chuck D
  • “Superman” Goldfinger
  • “When Worlds Collide” Powerman 5000
  • “Heavy Metal Winner” Consumed
  • “May 16″ Lagwagon
  • “No Cigar” Millencolin
  • “You” Bad Religion
  • “The Bomb” Pigeon John
  • “We the People” Lateef the Truthspeaker
  • “Marathon Mansion!” Pegasuses-XL
  • “Teenage Blood” Apex Manor
  • “Please Ask for Help” Telekinesis
  • “Flyentology (Remix)” El-P ft. Trent Reznor
  • “USA” Middle Class Rut

Tony Hawks Pro Skater HD will be ‘grinding’ its way onto Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network sometime in July of this year.

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Source:
Kotaku

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Diablo III Soundtrack now on iTunes.

If you remember the background music when downloading Diablo III, you will already be aware how amazing the soundtrack to the game is. The official Diablo III soundtrack is now available on iTunes for the price of $20.99. The soundtrack was composed by various artists and features the entire 23 songs from the game.

 
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Drake, Snake and Cole all coming to All-Stars Battle Royale?

Eric Ladin, voice actor for Cole from InFamous, has recently posted a tweet revealing that he has done some work for the upcoming PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. Along with he’s reveal, he also suggested that he worked with David Hayter (voice actor for Solid Snake) and Nolan North (voice actor for Nathan Drake). Sony has stated that they will reveal more about the upcoming ‘Smash Bros.’ style game come E3, which is only a couple of weeks away!

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Epic Borderlands 2 Collector's Editions Revealed

The upcoming game, Borderlands 2 will be released in Australia on the 21st of September, and along with it, will be two pretty awesome collector’s editions. The first one is titled ‘The Deluxe Vault Hunter’s Collector’s Edition’ and will include:

  • Borderlands 2 Game
  • Authentic Marcus Kincaid Bobblehead
  • 4 Stickers
  • Comic Book Download
  • Map of Pandora
  • Artbook
  • Bonus Digital Content

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The second one will be released exclusively at EB Games for $158 and is titled ‘The Ultimate Loot Chest Limited Edition.’ This edition will include all of the items from ‘The Deluxe Vault Hunter’s Collector’s Edition,’ as well as:

  • A full-sized replica Loot Chest
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Steekbook Case
  • Creatures of Pandora Wide Format ID Chart
  • 4 Lithograph Postcards
  • Field Notes from Sir Hammerlock
  • Cloth Map

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Source: EB Games
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Rayman Origins for 3DS gets release date.

Rayman Origins was originally released on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii late last year and since then the game has also received a release on PC and PlayStation Vita. The 3DS version of Rayman Origins was originally delayed but the game has finally been given a solid release date. Rayman Origins for 3DS will be released in Australia on the 7th of June, which is only a few weeks away!

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Microsoft announces a Limited Edition for Halo 4

A Limited Edition of the upcoming Microsoft game, Halo 4, will be available alongside the standard edition when the game is released in November this year. The Limited Edition will include a number of exclusive downloadable content, including:

  • Nine downloadable multiplayer maps
  • Access to six specialisations
  • Xbox Live Avatar items
  • A 90-minute version of ‘Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn.’
  • The ‘UNSC Infinity Briefing Packet - Including, amoung other things, armour customisation schematic and a blueprint of the massive ship
  • And of course, a copy of the game.

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Two Pokémon apps hits the 3DS eShop this year.

The previously teased Pokémon 3DS eShop games have finally been announced for an English release. The first of these is the updated pro version of the 3D Pokédex which will come with all the existing entries already unlocked. The second app is the new Pokémon Dream Radar. This downloadable game will allow players to utilise the 3DS’s camera and motion controls to find Pokémon in the real world and capture them, which will then allow the user to transfer them to the upcoming Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2. Pretty neat, right?

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Source: Kotaku
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GAME Australia falls into administration

Recently, it was confirmed via an email to all employees, that the video game retailer GAME has entered into administration. In March 2012, the UK retailer of GAME entered into administration and it was said that the Australian subsidiary of ‘The GAME Group Plc’ would still remain intact at this stage, but it now seems that GAME Australia was unable to secure an investor nor were they able to find a buyer willing to purchase the large video game chain. At this stage, PricewaterhouseCoopers have been appointed as the voluntary administrators and have stated that, at least for now, the business will run as usual.

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Source: GamesRadar
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Dishonored hits Australian shelves on the 11th of October

Bethesda Softworks has officially announced the release date of their upcoming game Dishonored. The game will be released in Australia on the 11th of October. For those of you in North America, the game will release on the 9th of October and then on the 12th of October in Europe. October will be a busy month for Video Games as Resident Evil 6 and Assassin’s Creed III is also scheduled to release.

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Source: Gaming Blend
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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater HD dated.

Recently, Tony Hawk took to his Twitter account, saying that the upcoming Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD will be released sometime in June this year. We currently already know that the game will be released on XBLA and PSN and now we can put a rough date to that. The game will feature select levels from THPS and THPS 2 and Tony Hawk has said that if the game does well, they will try and add original content to the game.

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The Elder Scrolls MMO is happening. [UPDATE]

[UPDATE]

Just as the news post went up, we discovered a new teaser trailer for the upcoming MMO. You can check it out below.



Source:
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The Elder Scrolls MMO that was previously talked about has been officially announced and will be the cover story for the June issue of GameInformer magazine. The game, by Bethesda Softworks, has currently only been announced for PC and Mac and will be released sometime in 2013. Currently not much is known about the game, except that it will take place 1000 years before the events of Skyrim and will centre around a story involving the Daedric prince Molag Bal. Also, the game will take place across multiple areas of Tamriel. More information will be revealed in the next few days so stay tuned.

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Source: GameInformer
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II Coming This November.

The next game in the Call of Duty series will be titled Call of Duty: Black Ops II and will be released on the 13th of November this year. There were recent rumours circulating about the upcoming Black Ops sequel in the past weeks, as well as Activision revealing that a Call of Duty announcement was incoming. Activision has now confirmed the game and the reveal trailer can be seen below.

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Source: Call of Duty Official Website

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'Sonic & All-Stars Racing Tranformed' Introduces A Range Of New Vehicles.

A follow-up to 2010’s Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing has officially been announced by SEGA. The upcoming racing game, titled Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed will introduce new vehicle types, such as boats and jet planes. The game will release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PC and Nintendo 3DS (no Wii U at this time it seems). You can check out the announcement trailer below.

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Source: SEGA

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'Rayman Legends' leaked trailer shows some of the Wii U's capabilities.

Rayman Origins was released last year to generally wide raging praise. Recently, a leaked trailer hit the net showing a brand new upcoming game titled Rayman Legends, which seems to play similarly to Rayman Origins. The game looks very pretty, with more of an emphasis on 3D graphics than its predecessor, Rayman Origins. The leaked trailer, which can be seen below, also reveals some of the capabilities of the upcoming Wii U from Nintendo, with one interesting feature being the ability to place items on the tablet controller, which can then register to the game. Since the trailer was leaked, there were no official announcements regarding Rayman Legends, but we can rest assure that the game will be hitting the Wii U, and most likely, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and quite possibly, Wii sometime this year, or early next year.

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Source: GameSpot

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PlayStation All-Stars Batle Royale is on its way!

The long rumoured Super Smash Bros. style game for the PlayStation 3 has finally been revealed. The game will be titled PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale and will be release sometime before the year is out. Currently, the characters that have been confirmed are Kratos (God of War), Sweet Tooth (Twisted Metal), Col. Radec (Killzone), Sly Cooper, Parappa the Rappe and Fat Princess.

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A short introduction video has been shown on the official PlayStation Blog which can be seen below. Expect to hear more about this Sony crossover game at E3 in just over a month.



Source: PlayStation Blog
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3DS Update Now Available in Australia

The recently revealed new 3DS update is now available for Australian 3DS owners. The update features the ability to organise the home icons into folders to clear up some of that clutter, which is especially useful if you were part of the 3DS Ambassador Program and your main screen is littered with NES and Game Boy Advance games. The update also improves the ability to download software updates and apply them to the corresponding games.

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Two shots of Batman Arkham City News.

A new, final DLC mission will be released for Batman Arkham City in May titled Harley Quinn’s Revenge. Alongside this announcement, it was also revealed that a Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition will be released in September containing the new Harley Quinn’s Revenge DLC, as well as all five previously released downloadable content packs. The new DLC will continue on from the end of the game and will boast up to two hours of new playtime.

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Source: Games Press
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New Call of Duty announcement coming soon.

A countdown clock to a world-reveal has appeared on the official Call of Duty website. Whatever the timer is counting down to, we will know what it is on May 1st. The Call of Duty logo has also been altered slightly on the main image for the countdown. Be sure to check back on May 1st to see what the big reveal is.

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New Nintendo DIrect video reveals a brand new Mario game for the 3DS. Kirby collection coming for Wii.

A new Nintendo Direct video was recently broadcasted to Nintendo of Europe audiences (As well as Nintendo of Australia), shortly after Nintendo of Japan had a broadcast of their own. The biggest announcement was the reveal of a brand new Mario game for the 3DS titled, New Super Mario Bros. 2. The new video, introduced by Mr Iwata, Global President of Nintendo, revealed a lot of news for the future of the Nintendo 3DS system.

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Jump Inside for a detailed list of what was shown in the broadcast!

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God of War prequel announced. Teaser trailer and possible box art revealed.

It’s been rumoured for a while now, and it seems that there will indeed be another God of War game titled, God of War: Ascension. A teaser trailer, as well as a possible box art for the game, has been revealed and can be seen below. Sony has announced that the game will release in Spring 2013.



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Bethesda Softworks announces new game 'Dishonored.'

A new game from Bethesda Softworks (the makers of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim and Fallout 3) has been revealed. The game will be titled Dishonored and you can check out the trailer below, as well as a few screenshots from the game.

Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. You are the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is being besieged by plague and ruled by an oppressive government armed with strange technologies, dark forces conspire to bestow upon you abilities beyond those of any common man. In Dishonored, creatively eliminate your targets with the flexible combat system as you combine the numerous supernatural abilities, weapons and unusual gadgets at your disposal. Pursue your enemies under the cover of darkness or ruthlessly attack them head on with weapons drawn. The outcome of each mission plays out based on the choices you make.






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Capcom x Sega x Namco Crossover is finally revealed.

After teasing the public for a few weeks now, the crossover game by Capcom, Namco and Sega has been revealed by Famitsu magazine.The game is titled Project X Zone (Pronounced Project Cross Zone) and will be released for the Nintendo 3DS as a strategy RPG game, in a similar fashion to that of PlayStation 2’s Namco X Capcom. The game will feature teams of two characters fighting alongside each other. The characters that will be appearing in the game are as follows:

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Ryu & Ken (Street Fighter)
X & Zero (Mega Man X)
Demitri & Dante (Darkstalkers & Devil May Cry)
Chris & Jill (Resident Evil)

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Shinguji Sakura & Ogami Ichiro (Sakura Wars)
Pai & Akira (Virtua Fighter)
Kurt & Riela (Valkyria Chronicles)
Ulala & Touma (Space Channel 5 & Shinning Force EXA)

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Sanger Somvoid (Super Robot Wars)
Jin & Ling Xiaoyu (Tekken)
Mos-Kos & T-elos (Xenosaga)
Yurie & Estel (Tales of Vesperia)
Kaito & Black Rose (.hack)


A few screenshots of the game have also been revealed and can be seen below.
Project X Zone is currently around 50% through development and will be released in Japan, sometime in 2012 . No word on an Australian localisation as of yet.

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EP Expo coming to Sydney this year.

Last year, EB Games opened the doors to its video game expo in Gold Coast, QLD, which proved to be a huge success. EB has been teasing this announcement for a few days on its Facebook page and they have now revealed that this year the expo will be held in Sydney, NSW. The expo will start on the 5th of October and run through until the 7th. Tickets will be on sale on May 24th and more information is expected to be revealed tomorrow (11th of April) at midday AEST.

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Official Site:
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Joel McHale joins the Nintendo 3DS campaign.

A new Nintendo 3DS advertisement video can be seen below. The ad features Joel McHale from Community and the interesting thing to note is that this advertisement is very different to past, family-oriented Nintendo commercials. Nut-kicks and bikini clad models are not the usual additions to a Nintendo advertisement and this new radical ad has sparked discussion on what kind of ad campaign could be in the future for Nintendo’s new Wii U console. Check out the video below.


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New Mario Tennis Open video shows off its minigame flair.

A new Mario Tennis game is on the horizon for the Nintendo 3DS titled, Mario Tennis Open. This new video trailer shows a number of different gameplay modes for 3DS owners to get excited for. Check out the video below. There is no official release date for Mario Tennis Open in Australia, but the game will be released in Europe on May 25th.



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Pokémon crossover game announced for the U.S

Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition was announced for Japan in December of 2011, and due to it being a crossover game with a series that is not well known elsewhere in the world, it seemed unlikely that it would be released outside of Japan.

It has recently been confirmed however for an American release on June 18, 2012, under the title of
Pokémon Conquest. It is not known whether the game will be released in Europe or Australia at this stage, but with it being announced for the U.S, we can surely hope that it will be announced here as well.

Check out the reveal trailer below, and the intro trailer, thanks to IGN.


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Leisure Suit Larry needs your help!

Hot off the heels of this months ‘Game of the Month’ article comes news of Al Lowe (Leisure Suit Larry creator) asking fans to help fund the upcoming remake of Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards.

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The pledges start at $15 and go up to a whopping $10,000 (actually, there are two $50,000 pledges available only through the replay games website). In return for pledging numerous different amounts, you will receive a number of different items. For example, for pledging the minimum amount of $15, you will receive a digital download of the game when released. For pledging $5000 you will receive all the other items listed in each category below it, plus you will be featured as one of the characters during one of the memorable moments in the game.

You can check out the pledge video below which features series creator Al Lowe. The link to the pledge page on kickstarter.com is also below.



Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards: Reloaded Kickstarter Pledge Page.

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New PlayStation 4 rumors emerge. Working title named 'Orbis'

New rumors have emerged via a reliable source that the next PlayStation will be released sometime late 2013/early 2014. The console’s name, or at least its codename, is Orbis and a few bits of rumored information about the system has been revealed.

The source supplied some general specifications about the console, but seeing as its rumored to not be released for nearly two more years, these specs will likely change, even if they are accurate.

Specs:
- AMD x64 CPU
- AMD Southern Island GPU
- Resolution of 4096x2160
- 3D games in 1080p

The source also stated that select developers have been given dev kits for the new console.

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Some more unconfirmed information about the systems capabilities have also been revealed. The upcoming console will not be backwards compatible with PlayStation 3 games and the system will include some sort of piracy measure that will restrict users from playing pre-owned or used games. In order to play these used games, consumers will need to pay a fee to unlock or register the game.

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One of the many FAKE prototype images of Sony’s next console.


It’s important to remember that none of this information is confirmed at this stage but is offered up by a source who has been reliable in the past. Only time will tell what Sony plans to do with an upcoming console and only Sony will be the company responsible for confriming this information.

Source:
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Epic Mickey 2 officially announced, Epic Mickey 3DS incoming [UPDATE].

[UPDATE]
An Epic Mickey game has also been announced via Nintendo Power magazine for the Nintendo 3DS. The game will be titled
Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion and will be developed by Dreamrift, who were also the developers for the Nintendo DS title Monster Tale.

Source: Siliconera

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The developers for ‘Epic Mickey 2’, Junction Point, have officially announced the sequel to the rather successful ‘Epic Mickey’ that was released in 2010.

The sequel will be titled ‘
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two’ and will be released sometime in the second half of this year for Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii. There was no planned release for Wii U which was speculated when rumours first emerged about Epic Mickey 2. There were also recent rumours that suggested an Epic Mickey game would be coming to 3DS as well but that has not been announced.

The game has been revealed to have co-op, full-voice acting and a stronger focus on the games music, as well as featuring the disney character ‘Lucky the Rabbit.’

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Final Fantasy Theatrhythm coming to US and EU this year.

The recent rhythm spin-off game ‘Final Fantasy Theatrhythm’ for the 3DS has been confirmed to release in the US and Europe sometime in the middle of the year. The game was recently released in Japan to great reviews and sale numbers.

The game is rhythm game that includes memorable songs and characters from past Final Fantasy games. It also features paid DLC, a first for the 3DS, which has not yet been confirmed for US or Europe. The game has not been officially announced for release in Australia yet, but as the game is being released in Europe, it will most likely hit our shores.

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Next installment in the RPG Maker franchise comes out this week

The next entry in the Enterbrain series of RPG Maker engines is coming out this week, on the 15th of March. This instalment is named RPG Maker VX Ace and is mostly based off RPG Maker VX, which was a dramatic change from the previous entry, RPG Maker XP. This marks the fifth program released in the series, since RPG Maker 2000 was translated by the famous Don Miguel. I have very fond memories of playing around with the RPG Maker’s by Enterbrain when I was younger, and will be checking this one out.

You can check out more info, and pre-order the game (with a discount incentive)
here.

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Sim City planning big return for 2013

Electronic Arts and Maxis have officially announced the return of one of the biggest PC franchises, with a decade spanning since its last release. At this stage, the game is simply titled SimCity and will be released solely for the PC sometime in 2013.

There is some concept art, as well as a reveal trailer for the game which can all be seen below.



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Leaked screenshots of Assassins Creed III

Some screenshots of the upcoming Assassins Creed III game have been leaked and they reveal some gorgeous imagery. The new main character in named Connor and thats pretty much all we know about him at this stage. You can check out all the screenshots after the jump.

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Pokémon Black and White sequels incoming.

For the first time ever, a generation of Pokémon games will not be receiving a third title. Instead, they will receive two more titles, with the names Pokémon Black 2 and Pokémon White 2. For their English release, they will be titled Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2.

Not many details have been revealed about this upcoming game, except that they will be released on the Nintendo DS (not the 3DS) and that they will feature the same generation of Pokémon from Black and White. The game is scheduled to be released in Japan in June of this year. Let’s just hope they can localise the game for an English release sometime before the year is out. The game will also feature two new forms of the legendary Pokémon, Kyurem, which can be seen below.

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Kid Icarus: Uprising gets official date for Australian release

Kid Icarus: Uprising, a game which was excepted to be released sometime early in the 3DS’s life has finally received a release date for Australia. The game will be hitting stores on March 29th.

Nintendo recently released a trailer showcasing how the multiplayer works. The trailer can be seem below.



The Kid Icarus series has not seen a game in over 20 years and this release is a new twist on the franchise, with the character design coming from the latest Smash Bros. game, Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Now that Sakurai has finished up on development on Kid Icarus: Uprising, he will begin development on the new upcoming Smash Bros. games for Wii U and 3DS.

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GameGear games coming to the Nintendo 3DS

In the next coming months, 3DS owners will be able to get there hands on downloadable GameGear games via the Nintendo eShop. SEGA’s mostly unsuccessful handheld will be given new life via downloadable means. Its great to see the eShop expand like this and I’m hoping to see Gameboy Advance games, as well as SNES titles appear at some point in time.

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Sazh appears in XIII-2 DLC

The next DLC has been announced for the recently released Final Fantasy XIII-2. The DLC chapter will be named ‘Sazh: Head or Tails?’ and is due to be released on Feb 28th for Xbox 360 and Feb 29th for Playstation 3. The chapter will tell the story of Sazh that occurs parallel to the main story to XIII-2. Once the chapter has been completed, you will be able to add Sazh to your party, much like you can with Lightning, as part of the first DLC that was released. Alongside this DLC pack, new card games will be added to Serendipity, as well as the ability to purchase new outfits for Noel and Serah. Sazh’s story will cost 400 Microsoft Points (Xbox 360) or $4.99US (PS3), and the costumes will cost 240 Microsoft Points (Xbox 360) or $2.99US (PS3).

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Europe gets yet another confirmed RPG for the Wii

The third title in Operation Rainfall (the movement to get Japan only RPG’s for the Wii released stateside), Pandora’s Tower, has been given a release date of April the 13th for Europe. This follows Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story, which were previously Japan only titles that were localised for release across European regions, as well as Australia. This news almost guarantees that the game will be released in Australia shortly after, as is/was the case with The Last Story and Xenoblade Chronicles. The latter was recently announced to be given a release in North America, so its possible that Nintendo of America will eventually bring The Last Story, and the recently announced Pandora’s Tower over to American consumers.

With the Wii lacking in future releases, it would be a shame to not see such highly praised games given a deserved release in English regions.

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Assassin's Creed III releasing this October

According to CEO Yves Guillemot, the upcoming Assassin’s Creed III game will be hitting stores sometime in October this year. Previously it was confirmed that another full-fledged Assassin’s Creed game would be coming in 2012 and we now have a release window for the game.

The game has been said to complete the story of Desmond.

Its unsure what systems the game will be released on, but we can assume Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and PC. Also, it is likely that we will see the game on the upcoming Wii U, as it was previously announced that an Assassin’s Creed game was headed to the Wii U.

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R18+ Classification Sceduled for Australia in January 2013

Today, Minister for Home Affairs and minister for Justice Jason Clare has finally introduced the legislation that will allow video games to be classified as R18+ in Australia. Provided the legislation is passed without any incidents, it will come into effect on the 1st of January 2013. This is great news for Australian gamers and is proof that Australia is finally growing up, and coming into line with the rest of the world. When the legislation eventually comes into effect, what previously banned games will finally be released down under? Mortal Kombat? Syndicate? lets hope they are all eventually released.

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8 DLC songs availabe on launch of Final Fantasy Theatrhythm

When Final Fantasy Theatrhythm launches in Japan on February the 16th there will be 8 DLC songs available for purchase. This will be the first Nintendo 3DS title to have paid DLC. The 8 tracks are listed below:

  • Final Fantasy II - Battle Scene 1
  • Final Fantasy IV - The Final Battle
  • Final Fantasy IX - Fighters of the Crystal
  • Final Fantasy V - Hikari wo Motomete
  • Final Fantasy VII - Cosmo Canyon
  • Final Fantasy VIII - Ride On
  • Final Fantasy X - Someday the Dream Will End

The game has not been confirmed for release outside of Japan as of yet. It would be great to see this game released elsewhere. Final Fantasy is a huge worldwide franchise and the game would prove to be quite successful due to the brand name.

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Kart racing, Little Big Planet style.

The successful playstation franchise of LittleBigPlanet is mixing it up with the release of a Kart Racing game. Via the official Playstation Twitter, it was announced that LittleBigPlanet Karting is currently in development. No thorough information has been released on the game, except that it is officially in development for Playstation (Playstation 3, Vita or both).

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Final Fantasy X HD will be more of a 'Remaster' as opposed to 'Remake'

It was announced last year that Final Fantasy X will be rereleased in HD for its 10-year anniversary. Not much has been revealed about the upcoming rerelease, but recently, Shinji Hasimoto (Square-Enix) stated that the game will be much like the Playstation 2 release, with a few minor changes to gameplay and a lot of changes to the graphics. He stated that the game is not being ‘remade’ but will still look tremendously better.

We have seen number of remastered games in the past year (Ico & Shadow of the Colossus, Metal Gear Solid Collection) and this is great for people who want to experience these games again or for those who missed them the first time they appeared. It would have been fantastic to see a Final Fantasy PS2 collection, with Final Fantasy X, Final Fantasy X-2 and Final Fantasy XII all bundled together, but this release will do just fine, as Final Fantasy X is (in my opinion) one of the best entries in the series. The game will be released on the Playstation 3 and Playstation Vita, no release date has been announced yet.

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Goodbye PSN, Hello SEN

Starting soon, The Playstation Network (PSN) will be renamed the Sony Entertainment Network (SEN). This re-branding will allow Sony to use the accounts for the current PSN across a wide broad of online Sony devices, not specifically Playstation branded devices. SEN, previously named Qriocity, is responsible for Sony’s online streaming services, which includes, music, games, videos and e-books. This shane to the PSN network is intended to ‘Unify’ Sony’s online presence.

Sony’s PSN branding took a beating last year when the well-documented PSN hack occurred, this will also allow Sony to release some of the stigma that may be associated with the name PSN.

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Family Guy, Online Registration

You can now register online for the upcoming, free to play, Family Guy Online browser based RPG. You can also check out the character customisation tool as well. The game will be officially released sometime in September. You can also check out a trailer below.



Jump on over to
www.familyguyonline.com to register.

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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]

[UPDATE]
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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[24.01.2012]
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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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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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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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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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.

17.01.2012
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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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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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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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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Sonic The Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 news.

It’s been well over a year since we saw the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 and fans have been waiting for a word (any word) on the upcoming Episode 2. Finally we have heard some news. During an interview with Gamespot, Ken Balough, Digital Brand Manager for SEGA, it was revealed that the game will be coming sometime in 2012 and a teaser trailer was also released.

You can check out the video below:



It seems the team working on Episode 2 have taken on a lot of what the fans have said about the first episode and are making adjustments to the second episode, even changing the graphics engine, as well as the physics engine. This is a strange concept, to fully change the engine considering it’s an episodic game, but I believe this is will be a welcome change. Personally playing and completing Episode 1, I felt that the physics and the control of Sonic didn’t feel how it should. The fact that Sonic stopped dead in he’s tracks when you stopped holding the right button felt completely foreign to me, and it shouldn’t, considering i’ve played many Sonic games. I think they hit the nail on the head with the classic levels in Sonic Generations and am hoping that Episode 2 has more of a feel that is present in Sonic Generations.

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First Party Nintendo title to have Paid DLC

During ‘Nintendo Direct’, a pre recorded video presentation by Satoru Iwata, it was announced that the upcoming Fire Emblem 3DS game will have paid DLC. This is extremely interesting as Nintendo titles don’t have Paid DLC. This is a first for the company, in terms of First Party titles and opens the door to many possibilities for the future of the 3DS and, undoubtably, the upcoming Nintendo Wii U.

During the direct feed video, it was also announced that the upcoming Fire Emblem game is titled Fire Emblem: Kakuse, for the Japanese release. No info on a name for its english release.

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Fortune.. Er.. I mean Boom Street hitting Australia in January 2012.

The upcoming collaboration, money game, featuring characters from the Mario universe and the Dragon Quest universe will be on shelves in Australia on the 5th of January. The game will be titled ‘Boom Street’ as opposed to it’s North American name “Fortune Street’. The game is being said to be similar to Monopoly, but with more options and detail. Make sure to check out this game when it is released.

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Ragnarok franchise breathes new life through PS Vita Release.

You can now check out the opening video to the upcoming game Ragnarok Odyssey below. The game is being developed by GameArts (Grandia) and will be overseen by GungHo and Gravity. Gravity are the creators of the hugely successful Ragnarok Online MMORPG. The upcoming game has been described as a ‘Hunting Action-RPG’. The game will be hitting shelves in Japan on February 2nd. No word on an American or Australian release as of yet.

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Final Fantasy XV rumoured to appear at E3, May be on Wii U

Next year is Final Fantasy’s 25th anniversary and there is a rumour circulating that the next main instalment in the series, Final Fantasy XV, will be revealed at next years E3. The interesting part about this rumour is that it appears it may be coming to the Wii U, as well as PS3 and Xbox 360. This news doesn’t come to a surprise because Square-Enix now has a fine relationship with Nintendo and the Wii U is appearing to be just as powerful as current generation consoles. This years E3 is looking to be an interesting one, with many Wii U related news to be revealed. E3 will begin next year, in June.

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New Pokemon game coming to Japan. Maybe not what you expect.

A new Pokemon game has been revealed in Japan, with a trailer to accompany it.

The game is a crossover game entitled ‘Pokemon + Nobunaga’s Ambition.’

Check out the trailer below to get an understanding of what type of game it will be. It is being released for the Nintendo DS in Japan. No word on any other releases as of yet.



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Australian Classification Board strikes again.

EA’s upcoming reboot titled ‘Syndicate’ has been refused classification down under in Australia. A statement from the company can be seen below.


“It’s regrettable that government policy in Australia is denying adults the right to play Syndicate. The game will be not be available in Australia despite its enthusiastic response from fans. We were encouraged by the government’s recent agreement to adopt an 18+ age rating for games. However, delays continue to force an arcane censorship on games – cuts that would never be imposed on books or movies. We urge policy makers to take swift action to implement an updated policy that reflects today’s market and gives its millions of adult consumers the right to make their own content choices.”

This is sad news for those looking forward to this game. Syndciate has fallen to the same fate as many games that have been refused classification in Australia, like the recently, well received internationally, Mortal Kombat.

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Skyward Sword game breaking glitch. Fix offered by Nintendo of Australia.

A certain game breaking glitch that was discovered by The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword players around the world, now has an official fix to the devastating error. Nintendo of Australia recently issued a statement on their website outlining how to avoid the glitch, and how to repair your save file if you have already activated the sequence in which the save file becomes corrupt.

It’s good to see that Nintendo of Australia has followed in the footsteps of Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Europe and are offering players the chance to fix their save file if needed, so that players do not have to start their save file again, which would be bothersome, as the glitch appears close to the end of the game.

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Playstation Vita restrictions [UPDATE 2]

[UPDATE]
16.12.2011

Looks like the original statement was more accurate. The PSN account is linked to the memory card AND the hardware. A full system restore is required to change accounts. This is a bit of a downer for those wishing to share a Playstation Vita.

[UPDATE]
9.12.2011

The PSN account restrictions are linked to the Memory Card. By removing the memory card, and placing another one in the system, you can then be able to have another PSN account. More specifically, the accounts are tethered to the Vita’s memory card.

8.12.2011

Looks like the upcoming portable console from Playstation, The Playstation Vita, will restrict users from using multiple PSN accounts on the device. The console will be tethered to a single PSN account, and if the user wishes to change the account, they must first perform a full restore on their portable gaming device. This won’t affect single users really, but may be a burden for those who wish to share the device with brothers/sisters or anyone else. The Playstation Vita is due for release on February the 23rd, early next year, retailing at AUD$349.95.

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All you need to know about Final Fantasy XIII-2

A video primer has been unveiled that shows everything that you need to know about the upcoming Final Fantasy XIII-2. You can check out the informative video below.


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Complete List of GBA Ambassador titles announced.

A Spot Pass message was sent out to Japanese 3DS owners that confirms that the games will be available for download this week. In this announcement it was revealed that the remaining four games that have yet to be announced are:

- The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap
- F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
- Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- Wario Land 4

These games complete the list of 10 games that will be available, joining:

- Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
- Mario Kart: Super Circuit
- Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3
- Metroid Fusion
- WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Micro Game$
- Mario vs Donkey Kong

Stay tuned for a release date for these ambassador games for Australia.

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A bunch of Nintendo titles have been confirmed for Europe (quite possibly Australia too).

A recent press release from Nintendo of Europe has confirmed a number of releases for the upcoming year, 2012. PokePark 2 and Mario Party 9 are being released in March sometime for the Wii, as well as a number of other titles that will be released during the first half of the year, including, Boom Street and The Last Story. Pandora’s Tower has been confirmed to be releasing in the second half of 2012 and Rhythm Paradise Wii will be released sometime during the year, with no specific time slot given.

On the 3DS side of things, Kid Icarus: Uprising will be coming to Europe in March, as well as the 5th Layton game being announced to be released sometime during the year.

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Metal Gear Rising 'was' cancelled.

When Metal Gear Rising was first shown, fans of the series were most likely expecting to hear some news about the game in the coming months after. It had been a long time since we heard any news related to this game, before the VGA’s of course, and the reason for this was apparently the game had been literally canceled at one point. The team at Kojima Productions loved the gameplay element of being able to cut anything in any way the player wanted, but found it difficult to incorporate this into a full game with a fleshed out story. It wasn’t until Platinum Games offered to take reigns on the development of the game, that it was then considered ‘not cancelled’. The team also decided to rename the game, to give a more distinct difference from this game to the Metal Gear Solid series.

Apparently, The game was also planned to take place between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4, but now, after Platinum games took control, the game will take place
after Metal gear Solid 4. No reasoning behind this has been explained, but we can now rest assured knowing that the game is definitely going to see release at some point in the future.

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[VGA's] New Tony Hawk game to be announced at the VGA's

[UPDATE]
At the VGA’s, Tony Hawk announced that there will be a Tony Hawk’s Skateboarding HD game. It will combine select levels from the first and second Tony Hawk’s games and be available on a number of digital platforms sometime next year. No word on a release date as of yet.

10.12.2011

Over the past years, the Tony Hawk video game franchise has mellowed down from a sports video game phenomena, to a repetitive, lack luster series. The year 2011 was the first year that the video game series did not see a release of any kind. But alas, fans of Tony Hawks skateboarding may be in for a treat as rumour has it that a new Tony Hawk’s game will be revealed at the upcoming Video Game Awards. Tony Hawk recently announced over a twitter post:

‘I’ll be announcing the upcoming release of something new on Sat; the same day as the Spike Video Game Awards. Coincidence? I think not.’

This is a pretty big hint as to what he will be announcing. Stay tuned for more information as the Video Game Awards is just a day away.

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[VGA's] Diablo III trailer.

You can check out a new trailer for Diablo III, that was shown at the VGA’s, below. The game will be released sometime early next year. Stay tuned for a release date.



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[VGA's] First trailer for 'The Last of Us'

The trailer that was revealed at the 2011 Spike Video Game Awards for ‘The Last of Us’, as well as a number of new screenshots, can be seen after the jump.

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[VGA's] Highlights from the recent 2011 Video Game Awards

The Spike Video Game Awards has recently concluded and the main highlights of the show, as well as the winners, can be seen after the jump. The awards revealed a number of games and trailers, more information on ‘The Last of Us’ and, of course, the winner of Video Game of the Year. Hit the jump to check out everything.

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[VGA's] Metal Gear Rising - New Trailer

Not much has been revealed about the spin-off series to Metal Gear Solid named Metal Gear Rising since the first trailer was shown while back. Coming as early news from the Spike Video Game Awards, GameInformer has posted a new trailer which reveals many things about the upcoming game. The game is now named Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and is a collaboration between Kojima Productions (The production company behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise) and Platinum Games (makers of Vanquish, Bayonetta and MadWorld).

You can check out the new trailer
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Mega Man infiltrates iPhone in Japan

The Mega Man franchise has been relatively dormant in the past year or two, with the cancellation of two games, Mega Man Universe and Mega Man Legends 3. As of today, Japanese iPhone owners are able to download Mega Man X with touch controls and a number of new challenges. The game is based on the previous mobile port of the game, as opposed to the SNES port and its important to note that the game seems like it may be a difficult game to play on the iPhone, as tight controls are necessary to succeeding in Mega Man X. Nonetheless the game has seen release.

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No word on a release date for Australia, or North America for that matter, but stay tuned.
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Ninja Gaiden III arriving in March.

Ninja Gaiden has finally been given a more accurate release window. The third iteration of the Ninja Gaiden franchise will hit the shelves in North America sometime in March of 2012. Yosuke Hayashi, the lead for Team Ninja, announced at an event in San Francisco that the game will be available at this time for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.

Ninja Gaiden II received a later release date for the Playstation 3 then the Xbox 360, but it appears this won’t be the case with Ninja Gaiden III.

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Chrono Trigger hits the iPhone this year [UPDATE]

[UPDATE]
9.12.2011

As of today Chrono Trigger has been officially released for iOS. The game is selling on the app store for AUD$10.49.

2.12.2011

Chrono Trigger is often listed near or at the top of 'Best SNES games of all time' lists. The reason is because Chrono Trigger is definitely one of them. Now you will be able to replay, or play for the first time, this classic and superb RPG, originally created for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System on your iPhone.

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The Last Of Us [Update]

We reported a few days ago about a new PS3 exclusive that is being announced at the Spike TV Video Game Awards. We now have a really small tidbit of info on this release. This comes in the form of two screenshots. You can check one out below and both after the jump. We will have more info about this game in the next few days. Stay tuned.

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New 3DS update is live!

The new Nintendo 3DS update is Live as of today. The new update, with version number 3.0.0-5, is one of the most substantial updates to the 3DS as of yet. This update includes a number of new features, such as:

- Updates to the 3DS camera.

- Updates to Streetpass Mii Plaza, introducing Find Mii 2/Steetpass Quest 2.

- Updates to Nintendo eShop, including the ability to download demos and dlc.

- Ability to transfer software from one system to another.

- And many more minor updates.

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Make sure to connect your 3DS up to the internet and download the new update to take full advantage of your Nintendo Handheld.
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The VGI is LIVE.

The Video Game Island is LIVE!

The VGI is an Australian site that will discuss world wide upcoming video game releases, including release dates, first impressions, reviews and general articles on a number of video game series’, Mainly focusing on Nintendo (Wii, Wii U, DS and 3DS), Playstation (PS3, PS Vita), Microsoft (Xbox 360, PC) and anything else relevant to current gaming (such as iOS). It will cover a number of retro topics (NES, SNES, Genesis, Gameboy and onwards.), as well as Video Game Music, ranging from the 8-Bit era to current generation music.

Please enjoy your stay at the island…
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