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Nintendo has suffered from piracy for a while now, with devices being built to allow pirated games to be played on the Nintendo DS and a device to allow games to be played on the Wii through the USB port. The creators of the Wiikey have announced they have successfully built a new device to allow games to be played on the Wii U through the USB port.
The new device is known as the WiikeÜ and appears to be a method to allow piracy. The creators claim the device works on devices from any region without the need to solder any chips inside the device. The Wii U, which is already have issues selling, partly due to a lack of games, might be further hampered by this new device.
Rockstar Games, as promised, has posted up three new trailers for the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V. Each of the three trailers detail one of the main characters for the upcoming game, allowing you to get some insight into what you can expect. First up is Michael:
This morning Nintendo announced several new title additions to its Virtual Console for the Wii U. Included in the announcement are titles like Megaman, Xevious, Balloon Fight, Super Ghouls 'n Ghost, Super Mario Brothers, Street Fighter II and The Legend of Zelda: A link to the past.
The announcement came via the above video, which was posted on YouTube. While no release date has been announced for the new games, the ever growing list of Virtual Console games is seriously making me consider buying a Wii U.
Looking to score a 3DS or DSi on the cheap? Nintendo has your back. Nintendo is now selling refurbished versions of the 3DS and DSi systems with the standard one-year warranty that comes with new devices. These refurbished devices are cleaned, tested, and inspected to make sure they meet Nintendo's standards.
These deals are only available through Nintendo's official Store. The store warns that some of the consoles may come with "minor cosmetic blemishes." Pricing starts at $99.99 for a metallic rose DSi XL, but can go as high as $169.99 for a midnight purple 3DS and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D bundled in.
If you're in the market for a 3DS or DSi, head over to Nintendo's store.
According to a Joystiq report, Ubisoft's much-anticipated game Watch Dogs will be releasing in mid-November. The report says that North America will be getting the game on November 19 and the United Kingdom will be getting it on November 22.
Watch Dogs will be released on all current gaming systems, including the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii U, as well as PC, the PlayStation 4, and next-generation consoles, such as the Xbox 720.
The UK version will reportedly be available in four different editions: Dedsec, Vigilante, Uplay, and Special Edition. Dedsec will come with a 23cm figurine, while the Vigilante will come with Aiden Pearce's cap and mask. Uplay, available through Ubisoft's digital distributioin network will reportedly come with a steelbook and the Special Edition will reportedly come with an extra single player mission. North American bundles are not currently known.
As we near the Xbox 720 unveiling on May 21, Microsoft has come out to display some new reality-bending technology that aims to help with game immersion. The technology uses projectors to display aspects of the current game onto the walls surrounding your TV. The technology is known as IllumiRoom and will likely be present on the Xbox 720.
The technology, seen in the above video, is pretty awesome. I can see where people will end up building rooms specifically designed to make excellent use of IllumiRoom technology. Take a look at the video and let us know what you think of this technology. I, for one, am extremely excited to see this implemented in future games.
Blizzard, the company behind World of Warcraft and Starcraft, has announced that Diablo III is now available for pre-order for the PlayStation 3 console. I'm sure most of our readers will remember that Diablo III originally launched last May for the PC and suffered some major launch issues.
Blizzard has not specified a specific release date, instead saying that "further release details, including region-specific availability, will be announced at a later date." Gamers who put down the $59.99 required to pre-order the game will be rewarded with an exclusive in-game item: the Infernal Helm.
Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment:
We've poured blood, sweat, and hellfire into creating an epic Diablo III experience for PlayStation gamers. In addition to including all the improvements from the PC version over the past year, we've made several updates to Diablo III for play on the PS3. We got a ton of positive feedback from players who tried the game at PAX East, and we can't wait to get it into everyone's hands later this year.
For more information, you can see Blizzard's full announcement here.
This morning I stumbled across a new game that combines a trendy electronic beat with touch typing. The game was created by Minecraft developer Notch, and while I am unsure when it was released, it has killed the past 30 minutes of my life.
As you can see, I was able to hit 156 after many attempts that ended in the low 30s. In my defense, I am typing with a partial fingertip on my right hand, and I may or may not have had the sun in my eyes. In any event, give it a try and post your best score below in the comments.
Steam has just opened its doors to subscription-based games, with the first game on the subscription side of things called Darkfall Unholy Wars. Darkfall Unholy Wars is a PvP focused MMO from Aventurine.
Now that Valve has allowed subscription-based games through their digital distribution service, Steam, the recurring payments to these games can be done within Steam itself. Valve have also promised that "additional subscription-based games will follow".
We still have very little concrete information about the upcoming Xbox 720 that Microsoft will officially unveil on May 21. We do know that Sony is pushing the sharing of in-game video aspect with the PlayStation 4 and we doubt that Microsoft will miss out on the opportunity presented by this feature.
According to Polygon's sources, Microsoft's version will be a bit different. The Xbox 720 will feature DVR-like recording, allowing users to rewind and watch or share highlights. This feature will be able to be turned off or set to occur when certain triggers occur, such as a headshot or Achievement.
If Microsoft does tie this DVR feature into the Achievements system, it could be really cool. It would also mark one of the largest overhauls of the Achievement system, which currently does very little. These captured videos would then, of course, be able to be shared on sites such as YouTube.
Like all things, until an official confirmation is made, take this with a grain of salt.