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Nintendo Wii has its priced lowered, more games thrown in

The next-gen Nintendo Wii U console is nearly here and in order to get those old Wii units off the shelves, Nintendo have not only dropped the price of the Wii, but they've also thrown in two classic Wii games.




Nintendo have priced the Wii at a competitive $129.99, which includes the black model of the Wii console, Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort on the single disk, as well as throwing in the black Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuck controller. Before this deal, gamers would need to purchase the New Super Mario Bros. Wii model in order to get the black edition of the console.


Nintendo's Wii U console launches on November 18 in the US, November 30 in Europe and Australia and December 8 in Japan. Scott Moffitt, EVP of Sales & Marketing at Nintendo of America has said:


Nearly six years after it launched, people are still attracted to the pure, inclusive fun of the Wii console. A new suggested retail price and the inclusion of two great games make it an easy choice for families looking for a great value this holiday season.


Nintendo will make the new bundle available on October 28.

Halo 4 leaks out, three weeks before its official release

One of the biggest games to be released this year, Halo 4, has leaked out nearly a month early. There have been not only pictures of ecstatic gamers playing the game hit the Internet, but it has also reached torrent sites, weighing in at 16.28GB, which points to the game being a dual dual-layer disc game.




A Microsoft spokesperson told game magazine Game Informer:


We have seen the reports of Halo 4 content being propped on the Web and are working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation.


The developer of the game, 343 Industries and their community manager Jessica Shea posted on Halo Waypoint said:


We are working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation. Piracy is illegal and we are taking vigorous action against it. We have poured our blood, sweat, and tears into Halo 4, and we want you to have the best possible experience with our game, come November 6. If you're interested in staying spoiler-free, we encourage you to exercise caution when visiting various websites, social networking services, and forums.


So we're not just looking at a leak of the game, but people have waited years for this - so be careful, there are bound to be spoilers of the single-player campaign out there.

Borderlands 2 is a success, 1.8 million copies sold in its first month

Borderlands 2 can be considered a success right now, where it has sold 1.8 million copies in the US in just a single month. NPD Games' sale analyst Anita Frazier said on Thursday that Borderlands 2 "exceeded the first month's unit sales of the first game which launched in October 2009 by 234%".




Now, there's one huge problem that I have with NPD's numbers, is that they don't take into consideration digital downloads, such as one of the biggest source of purchases of Borderlands 2 itself, Steam.


I'm sure there have been hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of sales of Borderlands 2 through Steam and these numbers aren't included. This makes the game even more popular than its predecessor considering these numbers aren't taken into consideration.

Sony to revamp the PlayStation Store on October 23

PlayStation 3 owners have something to be excited for in the coming weeks, as Sony are expected to give their online market place, the PlayStation Store, a fresh new look.




Sony received some feedback which pressured them into doing so, which is set to coincide with the general opinions of its constituency to build an all-new streamlined shopping experience. Eric Lempel, the VP of Sony Network Entertainment has said:


PlayStation Store now offers more than 20,000 pieces of game-related content including downloadable games, add-ons and themes and more than 100,000 videos and TV shows.


With so much to choose from, the redesign offers easier navigation to locate the perfect game, video or application. Product pages will deliver in-depth information about games and videos, while providing an amazing high definition visual experience found only on PS3.

Continue reading 'Sony to revamp the PlayStation Store on October 23' (full post)

Mass Effect 3 Omega DLC coming November 27 for 1200 Microsoft Points

Its big and its coming. Mass Effect 3's Omega DLC is the biggest and most expensive expansion for the game yet, according to BioWare. The expansion will be making an appearance on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on November 27 for 1200 Microsoft Points, or $15 for those not using Xbox 360.




Omega apparently will be "double the size" of the largest Mass Effect 3 DLC, which probably means double the game content of the Leviathan DLC pack. It will also be the most expensive DLC for Mass Effect 3, coming in at the $15/1200 MS Point mark as previously discussed. This ties the most expensive DLC for the series.


According to Eurogamer, "The existence of an Omega-based storyline has been known about since before Mass Effect 3 launched. The missions were originally included in early versions of the game's script, before being excised (and presumably expanded) for use in a separate DLC pack. An image of Aria T'loak's squadmate icon was actually broadcast during an official BioWare Pulse video."

Grand Theft Auto V seems to be ready, is being shown off to the press

Well, one very lucky son of a gun gets to look at Rockstar's upcoming sure-fire hit, Grand Theft Auto V, reports Kotaku. Game Informer's editor-in-chief, Andy McNamara, teased the world yesterday on Twitter saying that he was at Rockstar checking out Grand Theft Auto V for the magazine's December cover story.




You can see his tweet above. If Game Informer are looking at the game, that would indicate it'd be in a near-final form. Game Informer normally reveals their covers during the first week of each month before the one on the issue, so we should hear more on GTA V in early-November.


Are you excited? I think GTA V is going to be the last, truly huge seller on current-gen consoles before we see a transition over to next-gen consoles next year.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's final DLC is now available, pick up Collection 4: Final Assault today

The final downloadable content pack is available for the now nearly one-year-old Modern Warfare 3. With Black Ops 2 just around the corner, the publisher behind Modern Warfare 3 is looking to milk as much money as it possibly can before it has to wait another year to release a Call of Duty game.




The new DLC brings five all-new multiplayer maps for players to explore and learn how to play. Players will see a wide range of scenery, from the beach, to New Orleans, to off-shore sea-based battles. There's one thing that is almost a certainty about this DLC pack and that is that it will sell in droves, just like all of the Call of Duty games do.

Continue reading 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's final DLC is now available, pick up Collection 4: Final Assault today' (full post)

Borderlands 2 picks up its extra character a week early, should bring back players that already beat the game

Borderlands 2 was released on September 18 to wide acclaim. The game was extremely popular and called a better version of the original. At launch, players could play as four different classes, each with its own special skills and benefits. However, none of them were well suited for new players.




This is where the new Borderlands 2 character comes into play. The Mecromancer class was designed to be suitable for both new players and seasoned veterans. Its skill trees contain features which make it easier for a new player to start getting into the game, as well as features that make it a powerful class for old players.


It should bring back some players to the game who have already beaten it and should help keep interest for those who are still playing. The Mecromancer character controls a robot named Death Trap. Death Trap is a powerful robot capable of dealing heavy damage in battle along with taking heavy damage.


The new class is available for $9.99 or for free to those who preordered Borderlands 2.

Get ready for Battlefield: Bad Company the TV series

Fox news, you have surprised me - news has hit the web that the TV network behind huge hits like American Idol and 24 are working on a TV series made from popular first-person shooter title Battlefield: Bad Company.




Bad Company really focused on the single-player campaign, and for those who played the game you might remember that little smiley face pin on the grenade, too. This was the game's sense of humor and it is looking like this humor will turn the game into an action-comedy series.


Fox has put in development Bad Company, an hourlong action comedy based on EA's bestselling video game from Alias alum John Eisendrath, Sony TV and studio-based Happy Madison.


Written by Eisendrath, Bad Company features the main characters from the game. It follows four renegade soldiers as they exit military life and enter the private sector. But trouble is never far behind as they realize their commanding officer had used them to further the ends of a shadow unit within the government and now wants them dead to cover his tracks. Eisendrath is executive producing with Happy Madison's Doug Robinson and EA's Patrick Bach and Patrick O'Brien.

Activision removes Favella map from CoD: Modern Warfare 2 and 3 after complaints

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and 3 are seeing an update that removes Favella from the online map rotation while Activision works on an update to remove a texture. The texture in question is the picture frame that is located in a bathroom on the map. The picture frame is written on in Arabic script from the Qu'ran that reads, "Allah is beautiful and He loves beauty."




This has upset several Muslim gamers as Islamic law states that holy writings are not allowed to be in a bathroom. Not exactly unreasonable, but also a somewhat obscure law, I'm sure. The response discussed above regarding removing the map from rotation is in response to several Muslim gamers placing complaints regarding the writing being located where it was.


The map will be back in rotation as soon as Activision can release an update removing the text from the picture frame.


"We apologize to anyone who found this image offensive," an Activision spokesman told Kotaku, "Please be assured we were unaware of this issue and that there was no intent to offend. We are working as quickly as possible to remove this image and any other similar ones we may find from our various game libraries. We are urgently working to release a Title Update to remove the texture from Modern Warfare 3. We are also working to remove the texture from Modern Warfare 2 through a separate Title Update. Until the TU is ready, we have removed the Favella multiplayer map from online rotation."

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