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Nintendo has announced that they are running a 3DS eShop promotion for the next six weeks. Six eShop games will be discounted, one at a time for a week at a time. The first sale runs until February 21 and will see users being able to buy BIT.TRIP.SAGA for just $9.99.
The full list of sales is as follows:
- BIT.TRIP.SAGA - $9.99 until 21st February
- Crashmo - $5.99 from 21st February to 28th February
- Fractured Soul - $7.99 from 28th February until 7th March
- Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword - $4.99 from 7th March to 14th March
- Ketzal's Corridors - $4.99 from 14th March to 21st March
- Mutant Mudds - $5.99 from 21st March to 28th March
In Europe, retail games will also be put on sale with the first game being The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D being available for just 19.99 pounds or 29.99 euros until February 21.
The discounts aren't huge, but they may be enough to tempt users into perusing the eShop and possibly picking up some games. Nintendo's digital distribution efforts are still in their infancy and this may be the result of Nintendo trying to grow their digital distribution efforts.
The highly anticipated Android powered GameStick is now available for pre-order through GameStick's online store for $79 today. The base price will land you the USB drive sized GameStick as well as a single Bluetooth controller.
The online store which appears to be powered by Amazon.com is also offering up a multi-functional docking station which is used to wirelessly charge the controller and also serves as an additional external storage device for the GameStick. The dock can be had for a mere $24.99 and includes an Ethernet port, HDMI port and three USB ports.
PlayJam, the creators of the GameStick, already finished up a very successful Kickstarter campaign to the tune of $647,658 back in the beginning of this month. The company says that they are working with more than 250 developers to bring you a wealth of games configured just for the device.
If you've been one of the early birds using Steam for Linux, you can safely get your game on now that Valve have released the now free-to-play Team Fortress 2 to Linux.
Team Fortress 2 being released on Linux couldn't come at a better time, being February 14, or Valentine's Day. So for those of you without a significant other to play with, you can always get your game on with TF2 for Linux.
We're not hearing much about Aliens: Colonial Marines other than its abysmal reviews - but there are some out there voicing their opinions on Gearbox Software's latest flop.
I purchased the game after watching videos months ago, getting just a little excited that we might have another cool game to play - but after the first few minutes of playing it, I felt like I had been robbed of my $50. The demos shown off months ago were of much better quality in terms of graphics and physics within the game, with the final version feeling like it has gone back in development time.
The video above does a very good job of walking you through some of the different parts that have been changed - from the dynamic lighting to the explosions and pre-scripted scenes. I ran the game on my EyeFinity setup and it is so poor with its field of view it's unplayable.
Sony have said we'll see the future on February 20, but before that we're seeing leaks of a purported PlayStation 4 prototype controller. The photo comes courtesy of an unknown source who sent it in to Destructoid.
As you can see, it looks quite familiar to the current controllers, but the directional pad buttons are placed further apart - with what seems like a touchscreen slapped in between. If you can see that glowing part on top of the controller, this could be a Move-related part of the new controller.
There's also a small button to the left of the touchscreen, in the upper right hand corner of the d-pad. This could be the rumored share button, or something associated with the Move part on top of the controller, or the touchscreen. Just above the PlayStation button in the bottom center, looks to be a speaker and underneath the PlayStation button is an audio jack for some headphone connectivity.
I'm sure there are a bunch of you out there that have the same fond memories of playing System Shock 2 way back when games were actually difficult and you didn't have a three-hour baby steps through the game tutorial.
Over the years, it has gotten harder to acquire System Shock 2 as every iteration of Windows piles on top of Windows XP, but now it's coming to GOG.com's catalog on Thursday morning. A Steam release is also coming, but there's no ETA on that version just yet.
Next-gen consoles are nearly here, not including the Nintendo Wii U, and we're hearing that the next-gen Xbox might not be capable of playing used games. Just how much does this piss off gamers? Well, according to the GameStop CFO, a lot.
Rob Lloyd, CFO of GameSpot during his recent speech at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference said that 60% of customers said they would not buy the next-gen consoles if they meant they couldn't play used, or second hand games. Lloyd told those at the event that consumers like the ability to play pre-owned games, as well as having the portability and physicality in games.
Not having these abilities, such as buying a pre-owned game, would stop consumers - nearly 60% of them - from buying a next-gen console that isn't capable of playing used games. Lloyd noted that around 4% of GameStop's used game sales are for games that had been released in the last 60 days - this is a huge fact for used games.
Crysis 3 fans can now catch the latest and final episode of "The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3" web series. The game launch is just around the corner and this is an excellent way to prep for the launch and keep your excitement building. Check out the video below:
What do you think of it? Are you excited for the game to release on PS3, Xbox 360, and computer on February 19? Let us know in the comments.
The two Batman games we've been treated to over the last few years have been homeruns for Rocksteady Studios, but according to the latest investor from Time Warner, we should expect a third Batman Arkham game this year, not made by Rocksteady Studios. Time Warner's CFO and Chief Administrative Officer, John K. Martin, said:
And we also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013. And with a little luck, the year should be as good or maybe even a little bit better than 2012.
VG247's sources have confirmed that Rocksteady Studios' hands won't be all over this one, sadly.
If you've been waiting around for the Skyrim DLC to come to PlayStation 3, your wait can finally come to an end. Over the next three weeks, Sony will be releasing one DLC pack per week. First up for release is Skyrim's Dragonborn DLC which is available for only $9.99 for the first week. After which, it will set you back $19.99.
Users will be able to pick up Hearthfire next week, so stay tuned for news about when that is released.