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As far as I can see, one of the few compelling reasons to buy a Wii U is Mario Kart 8. If you are one of the many gamers that have been playing various iterations of this game for years, you will appreciate the latest details of the coming Mario Kart 8 game that have been revealed.
We already know some of the fun in store for the game, like the ability to drive on the ceilings and walls of some levels. Nintendo has now announced some more features for the game including a spin boost power up for when you are on those walks and ceilings.
Spin boost will activate when you bump other characters or certain obstacles on the track. Some new returning characters have also been revealed with Metal Mario, Lakitu, and Shy Guy returning as playable characters.
NVIDIA has some impressive technologies, one of which is its GameStream technology - which now supports over 100 games on PC. The company also has its Tegra 4-powered SHIELD device, which is the perfect companion for the technology. The company has announced that a bunch of games have been added to the officially supported list of GameStream titles, these games include:
- South Park: The Stick of Truth
- Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
- Far Cry 3 - Blood Dragon
- Need for Speed: Rivals
- Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3 Full Burst
- Orcs Must Die! 2
- LEGO The Lord of the Rings
- LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars
- LEGO Batman 2 DC Super Heroes
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
These 13 new games put together with the other SHIELD GameStream-capable games, see the list breach the 100 mark. We already have 300 fully supported SHIELD games, 1000+ Gamepad Mapper profiles and 100 officially supported GameStream titles. Portable PC gaming has never been as good as it has been today, and it's only going to continue to get better.
Wal-Mart started its video game trade-in program where people can trade in their old game consoles, games, softwares and its accessories. The retail chain giant also launched a tool where you can find the worth of your gaming console hardware and software.
Wal-Mart displayed its in-store credits in its website. It does offer a cash option, but its less than what in-store credit offers.
I'm sure I am not alone in thinking that The Last of Us is one of the best games that was ever released for the PS3. We reviewed the game when it launched last year and if you haven't played it, you should go buy it. I am sure many PS4 owners have been wondering when the game will come to Sony's new console.
A tip on just when that will happen has come from a PlayStation Eurasian Software Market Manager named Sercan Sulun. Sulun talked a bit about the game during an interview with Turkish CNN. According to the manager, The last of Us will come to the PS4 this summer.
He also claims that the game will include the Left Behind DLC as well. Neither Sony nor developer Naughty Dog have announced that the game is coming at this time.
Xbox One and Xbox 360 gamers have some new apps to keep them occupied between gaming sessions. Microsoft has announced the launch of some new apps for both consoles this week. Gamers on the Xbox 360 will get access to the Major League Gaming app.
The app will allow you to watch live gaming tournaments and other content. Xbox One gamers also get access to the MLB.TV app that brings live Major League Baseball games to the console. The app requires Xbox Live Gold and a MLB.TV Premium subscription to watch the games.
Xbox 360 gamers also get access to some more movie streaming apps with the launch of Encore Play and Moviplex Play. The apps both require that you have a subscription to the networks on a participating cable or satellite provider.
NVIDIA has been peddling its portable Android game console for a while called Shield. The last time the price of the console was changed, it was selling for $249, which was a $50 discount off the original price of the machine. NVIDIA has now announced another discount.
Right now, the NVIDIA Shield is available for $199, making for a discount of $100 off the original price. The discount isn't being offered forever, it is good through the end of April. The money will get you a portable console that is able to play games on the go with its own LCD or shoot games out to other devices.
Along with the price cut, the device is also getting some new features. It has been updated to Android 4.4 KitKat for the operating system. NVIDIA has also updated GameStream with several new features enabling Shield owners to stream games from your home PC in addition to NVIDIA servers. The update brings the ability to wake your PC at home for gaming and log in from the Shield device.
According to an inside source, Sony is working hard at bringing PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2 emulation software to its PlayStation 4 console, and the end product could arrive sooner rather than later. The industry insider says that the PS1 and PS2 emulation will not only bring old titles to the new flagship console, but it will upscale them to full 1080p resolution as well.
This means that classic PS1 titles like Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy V, Dark Stalkers 3 and more could arrive in full HD glory quite soon. No official word has been given on when the emulators might arrive, or what titles will be released. Another thing that is unclear is how Sony will offer the games, and if they will be sold or made available for free download. Some sources are saying that we can look forward to hearing an official announcement at E3 though, so at least we will not have to wait very long.
Microsoft gifted an employee-only Xbox One white 'Team Commemorative Special' models before its public launch in November 2013, but now its found in an eBay listing. There are at least ten units being found on eBay, but with a whopping price tag starting from $1,800 to as high as $3,566. Currently, Xbox One is sold for $500.
Microsoft bundled these white edition consoles with one year of Xbox Live subscription, a white controller and a black Kinect sensor with the words 'I Made This' written on the front of the console to recognize efforts made by a particular employee.
But it seems they give more value to money than recognition, and selling a 'rare item' with a very large price tag. In any case, this is something that many collectors would love to get their hands-on. The bundles were given for free to Redmond's employees.
Sony wants to utilize original TV programming to help keep PlayStation 4 game console owners engaged and using the console for other activities beyond gaming. Sony already has plans for an online pay-TV service for the console, with the PS4 heavily relied upon by the struggling Japanese electronics manufacturer.
The "Powers" one-hour original TV drama series is spearheaded by Sony Pictures Television, offering Sony a chance to utilize its own in-house studio.
"It's about having a broad range of broadcast content to replicate the live TV experience," noted Andrew House, Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO.
In the previous console battle, Microsoft was able to rely on a lower price point and wide selection of non-gaming activities - and Sony has learned from its PlayStation 3 mistakes - trying to capture as much usage time from PlayStation 4 gamers as possible.
Sony will soon be pushing out a new update for the PlayStation 4 which will allow PS4 owners to save screenshots and videos to a USB drive, as well as supporting HDMI video capture by offering the option to disable HDCP.
Future updates to Sony's next-gen console will improve Twitch streaming, too. The company has promised an HDCP off option since the PS4 launched in November last year, as the PS4 only outputs to HDMI, the presence of HDCP means that PS4 users could only capture video using the share button on the PS4 controller, uploading it to social media, or streaming it through Twitch.
The PS4 update will also add a new video editor, which will allow gamers to personalize their clips. From there, you can save clips and screenshots to a USB device, as well as the Share button on the PS4 controller. There will be other features rolled out with the new update according to Sony, one of which will be the ability to archive Twitch broadcasts at a resolution of 720p.