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Earlier this week, we reported on how trusted sources confirmed the Nintendo Wii was getting a price drop to $150 in mid-May, just weeks before the Entertainment and Electronics Expo (E3) in June. This was strange news, as companies like Nintendo tend to reserve announcements like this for the kind of large conferences and trade shows (like, you know, E3), so why would they do something like that? In the article linked above, I hypothesized that they must be planning on releasing a new system- and I was right!
Game Informer reported today that multiple sources have confirmed the impending E3 announcement of a new Nintendo Console. Very little is known about the system outside of gross speculation, but the same sources confirmed that this console will be HD compatible, a great move for Nintendo in strengthening its historically-poor relations with third-party developers. In the Game Informer article, one source was said to have described the system as "not gimmicky, like the Wii". I for one love the Wii, and any gimmicky aspects were overshadowed by how accessible, entertaining, and esthetically pleasing the interface and gameplay was for the majority of the games, but I kinda get where they're coming from.
DICE seem to be going all out for Battlefield 3 and while we don't know the exact specifics of what the Frostbite 2.0 engine is capable of, little things are slowly making the big picture of BF3 sound very seductive. Such as the maps in Battlefield 3 are said to be the largest DICE have ever made with DICE's Patrick Bach revealing in an interview with a Norweigan game magazine "Gamer" saying:
The game is still early in development, but I can tell you that Battlefield 3 will have the largest maps we have ever made
He also went on to point out that Battlefield 3 will support 64 players on PC and it will be possible to have jets, helicopters, tanks and infantry combat all on a single map.
Nintendo announced today on their blog a list of upcoming games as long as my arm. This year's second quarter will see the release of around 60 games for the Wii, The Nintendo DS, and the brand new Nintendo 3DS. The latter will see the long awaited and much anticipated release of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, a completely re-mastered version of everyone's favorite hack-and-slash puzzle-solving RPG available June 19th. This version will utilize motion control and touch-screen features of the 3DS to truly optimize the unique style of play the 3DS offers. Also, the active 3D engine is nothing to sneeze at. The new version isn't just a 3DS'd carbon copy of the original- players can look forward to quests and challenges not featured in the original game.
Though the Wii may get a significant price cut in mid-May, Nintendo is releasing an in-house suite of games entitled Wii: Motion, launching June 13th, which is brand new assortment of challenges and mini-games built to get the most out of the Wii. It also comes with a black Wii controller. Why not?
Among the long list of other games, Nintendo's Mystery Case Files: Dust to Dust (Big Fish Studios)
According to a recent report by Engadget, the Nintendo Wii will see a big price drop come May. Engadget claims a "trusted source" confided this news to them earlier today, despite the fact that they still remain dubious to the news of the May 15th $150 price tag.
Nintendo has suffered a bit recently in the console wars, especially with the remarkable success of the Kinect pretty much dominating the motion-control and recognition/simulation gaming lately. With Sony trying to "Move" in as well, things are not going that great for everyone's favorite and diminutively-monikered console.
Engadget believes that Nintendo would be far more likely to announce news like this at a large venue like e3, but hey- in this day and age when Apple employees are leaving prototypes everywhere, Sony hardware execs randomly leak device specs, and rumors fly around like Tinkle Popo, who knows what's going to happen? Maybe a price cut would help bring the Wii back in sales. As I recall, Nintendo did similar things with the SNES when the 64 came out, and with the 64 when the GameCube (*shudder*) came out, and with the GC when the Wii arrived and......holy @#$%, does this mean we're getting a new console in June? What do you all think?
From sunny Santa Monica today, we learn from Activision that Guitar Hero gets three new track packs. Available for both Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and the regular Guitar Hero, these track packs feature music and downloadable playable tracks from Paramore, Middle Class Rut, Madina Lake, and "death metal legends" Darkest Hour. Activision is calling the track pack featuring Paramore "Emo Edge". Not entirely sure how accurate that is as Paramore is neither emo nor all that edgy, but hey! I don't write these things, do I?
The two track packs will be available on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 440 Microsoft points, on the PlayStation Network Store for $5.49. or the Wii online network for 550 Wii points. The individual songs are also available as downloadable singles for 160 Microsoft point, $1.99, or 200 Wii points each, respectively.
Sony are launching their Next Generation Portable (NGP) at the end of the year and in preparation for this, they have dropped the price of the current PSP. Sony Computer Entertainment Australia have announced a new price of $189.95 for the PSP-3000 system, with the previous price being $279.95.
Sony did the same thing in the US last year cutting the PSP price by US$40, from US$170 to US$130. The launch price in the US was US$250. SCEA have also announced that starting April 14, PSP owners will have access to Music Unlimited, a new cloud-based digital music subscription service, via their PSN IDs.
The service will allow users to listen to music as well as provide access to personalised music channels and synchronisation through the PlayStation 3, PC and other network-enabled Sony devices.
Bethesda have sent word that their upcoming FPS, Brink, will be arriving a week earlier in all territories. The US gets a release date of May 10th instead of the 17th with Euro-based fans getting a release on May 13th instead of the 20th. Bethesda's official statement is:
Production wrapped on Brink earlier than we planned and we didn't see any reason to keep gamers from getting their hands on this highly anticipated game as soon as it was ready," said Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing for Bethesda Softworks. "It's apparent from the tremendous reaction so far that people are eager to jump online and play, and if we can make that happen earlier - we're going to.
Today was a big day for Google. Almost $170 million in solar power and a new Google-based trivia game all in 24 hours. Google announced today that they'll be implementing a new trivia game that encourages rather than prohibits the Googling of answers. It seems relatively redundant to have questions for which a player can just type a few words into a search engine, but Google is specifically crafting cryptic and difficult questions that will teach Google users how to better use their search engine. What about when people just post the answers online? Google has even refined their algorithm to exclude those types of sites from the results so as to not spoil the game for the rest of us.
You can start playing now by going to agoogleaday.com and checking out the first question. Questions will be posted daily, and will also be located conveniently above the New York Times Crossword puzzle each day.
This is an insanely clever way to get people to use their site. I would say it's evil (which it is), but I love trivia...
Some fresh Battlefield 3 images have made their way to the internet showing some stills from the various Fault Line gameplay series. The screenshots look absolutely gorgeous and are high-resolution and high detail. Take a look below:
Valve's Portal 2 is about to launch and various videos are leaking out showing some stunning gameplay. The below video shows off some uber cool cooperative play and is from the PC build of Portal 2 surprisingly! Obviously don't watch it if you don't want the beginning spoiled for you!