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When Activision rolled out Skylanders and it was a smash hit and generated big money in recurring sales for the action figures in addition to software sales, competitors were certain to try to get in on that action. Disney stepped up not long after with its Disney Infinity game that let gamers put their favorite Disney characters into a game.
Disney is now getting ready to launch a new version of its game called Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. The game will have over 20 new interactive figures and the Avengers are part of the crew. The game itself will have original storylines written by comic book author Brian Michael Bendis.
Nintendo has already announced that Mario Kart 8 is coming and if any game in the Nintendo universe can get gamers to buy a Wii U, Mario Kart 8 is probably it. To get the folks out there who haven't bought the Wii U to buy one to get Mario Kart 8, a new bundle has been announced.
Nintendo will offer a Wii U Mario Kart 8 bundle starting May 30. The bundle includes a Wii U Deluxe Set system, the Mario Kart 8 game, a red Mario Wii wheel accessory and a red Mario Wii Remote Plus controller. The bundle will sell for a MSRP of $329.99.
Wrestling fans who follow the WWE have a new reason to pickup an Xbox One game console this week. WWE has announced that its Xbox One channel is now available on the new Microsoft game console. The WWE Network is a 24/7 streaming video network.
This isn't a free network that you can watch without a subscription. Access to the WWE Network costs $9.99 per month with a six-month commitment. You have to subscribe at WWE.com and download the WWE Network app to the Xbox One.
EA Sports has announced that the next entry into the Madden NFL franchise will launch in North America on August 26. The game is called Madden NFL 15 and it will be offered on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, and PS4 game consoles. The game will launch in the EU on August 29.
EA promises that the new game will deliver all players need to control their team on offense or defense. The game promises the most immersive defensive game play control in the history of the franchise. Players will be able to build a team and win the Super Bowl, and possibly even multiple Super Bowl titles.
Microsoft made an announcement that it will start selling its Xbox One console in China from September onwards. Microsoft CVP of devices and studios Yusuf Mehdi said,"In China, there are over half a billion gamers, so the opportunity to create globally and locally created content to delight millions and millions of of gaming families everywhere is something that we're really passionate about.".
In January 2013, news started to come in that China may lift its ban on sales of gaming consoles, and later in September, it was confirmed that China will lift the ban on foreign-origin gaming consoles.
The video was posted in Xbox One's official YouTube channel where the announcement was made, but for some reason the video is now marked as 'private'.
Earlier, China banned sales of gaming consoles in 2000, fearing that such devices would result in physical or mental development harm to the children. But eventually, China said that it would lift the ban on the sale of foreign-origin gaming consoles such as units from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo.
Sony has confirmed the list of features that will be present in PlayStation 4's 1.7 firmware update. The biggest feature is the introduction of SHAREFactory.
SHAREFactory is a free video editing suite that will allow PS4 console gamers to edit their gameplay video recordings. Sony released a video to explain how SHAREFactory works.
The 1.70 update also allows more flexible gameplay captures by giving an option to turn off HDCP. According to the list, this was one of the most highly request features that users wanted in PS4. The console now allows you to disable High-bandwidth Digital copy protection for games which would enable its users to record games via HDMI through an external capture device for longer recordings and even live streaming.
DRIVECLUB was one of the most talked about games during Sony's announcement and buildup to its PlayStation 4 launch, and now its release is getting close. Today the games developer, Evolution Studios has announced the official launch date for the game. As expected, DRIVECLUB will be a PlayStation 4 exclusive, and will launch for purchase on October 7, 2014.
While the game was expected to launch earlier this year, it appears that some issues arose during development, that caused developers to push back the launch date to ensure the best product possible was available on day one. "We planned for the game to be ready for early 2014 and are committed to delivering on our ambitious promise of creating a truly innovative, socially connected racing game," said Shuhei Yoshida, President of SCE Worldwide Studios. "The problem with being ambitious is you have to be prepared to accept there will be challenges along the way. What DRIVECLUB offers has not been previously achieved in this category, and, because of this, the team needed more time to give you the game you're waiting for."
The Microsoft Xbox One game console might have surpassed 5 million units sold, but only managed to ship 1.2 million units to retailers during the third quarter. Astonishingly, the older Xbox 360 outsold the Xbox One for the quarter, as Microsoft continues to struggle to woo consumers to buy its newest game console.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella understands how important the Xbox One is - not just for gaming - but Microsoft's effort to try and take over the living room. However, Microsoft's pledge to continue to provide Xbox 360 support for the next few years might convince gamers to stick with the older console, rather than rush to upgrade.
Meanwhile, Sony is having trouble keeping its top retail partners stocked with the PS4, as the Japanese company topped 7 million units sold. Moving forward, Microsoft will have to shake up its Xbox One bundle further, as Titanfall - which has sold fairly well - didn't lead to a massive sales increase that game analysts warned Microsoft might not see.
Nintendo has announced a new video game that will launch on the 3DS portable game console early next month called Mario Golf: World Tour. The official launch date for that game is May 2 and it will be supported on the Nintendo 2DS as well. At launch, the game will ship with ten golf courses to choose from.
Those ten courses will have 126 holes for gamers to play through. Nintendo is also building in a number of multiplayer modes including regional and worldwide tournaments. Nintendo will also be rolling out new DLC for the game with the first new content launching alongside the game on May 2.
After selling 5 million Xbox One consoles to other countries, Microsoft is set to launch its next generation console in Japan on September 4. The company announced its plans today, revealing that it will have more than 40 games for gamers to choose from when it launches in Japan later this year.
There's no pricing just yet, but 48 game developers in the region have expressed interest in developing content for the Xbox One, which will only continue to add to the growing list of games on the Xbox One. Xbox One titles that will be made available in Japan include: Ryse: Son of Rome Ryse, Forza Motorsport 5, Kinect Sports Rivals, Sunset Overdrive, "Halo on Xbox One" and Dead Rising 3.
Better yet, Microsoft Studios' Phil Spencer has teased that there will be some special announcements that will happen alongside the launch of the Xbox One in Japan, and that a well-known Japanese developer is working on an exclusive game for the Xbox One. Spencer also said that the company will make announcements featuring "something never before seen" at the 2014 Tokyo Game Show which takes place between September 18-21.