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Bungie Explains Why Destiny Isn’t Cross-Platform

battleground_desktop_1There has been a lot of talk surrounding the upcoming sci-fi shooter Destiny, with the beta launching on July 23rd.  The game is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on September 9th.  For those wondering why the game isn’t supporting cross-platform play, Bungie engineer Roger Wolfson says that it’s all about the perception of fairness due to the rather obvious difference between last and next-gen consoles:

“Regardless of where the reality is, there’s definitely a perception among gamers that better hardware means you have an advantage,” Wolfson explained. “We don’t want to have to enter that fray, so to create the best, most level playing field, both actually and perceptually, we separated it by platform.”

Pretty straightforward.  Basically there are things that previous generation platforms (360/PS3) can’t handle, so the developers would be forced to cut back on the next-gen versions in order to support cross-platform play.  Only two more days until we will be able to visit this new universe for the first time.   More news on the upcoming Destiny beta is on the way!

Bill Trinen Shares an Inspiring Story From His Early Days at Nintendo Treehouse

amiibo-collection-bill-trinen-wiiu-nintendoBill Trinen is the Director of Product Marketing at Nintendo of America, but most of you know him as Shigeru Miyamoto’s translator.  He’s been working with Nintendo for about 16 years (since 1998) and he’s watched Nintendo Treehouse grow from just two people to the massive team it is today.  Trinen recently sat down with Siliconera to talk about the origins of this talented team.  How did get his job at Nintendo?  Continue reading for his story! Continue reading

Camp Miiverse Community is Now Open for Special Challenges

wiisportsu-baseballIf you own a Wii U, then you probably visit Miiverse every now and then.  This built-in global community allows Nintendo fans to come together and post their gameplay experiences and interact with others who have played the same games.  Nintendo has released a new community on Miiverse this weekend called Camp Miiverse.  The details are limited at the time of writing, but we do know that challenges will be presented from a list of selected games, and users will be able to beat the challenges and post on the game’s respective community.  In order to beat the challenge, you have to own the game.  Here’s what the community moderator (Tom) had to say. Continue reading

15 Games You Should Be Playing Before the Next Smash Bros.

daily-en (3)It’s been a long time coming, but later this year we get to play the new Super Smash Bros. games on 3DS and Wii U. We are continuing to see character announcements every few weeks, but even if the Smash team stopped where they are right now, the playable roster is pretty big. (36 at the time of writing.) I know there are still a lot of characters from previous games that we are waiting to hear about, but as far as numbers go, its getting good. We still have three months between now and the launch of the 3DS version (October 3rd).  The Wii U version is coming this holiday season. If you’re anything like me, then you need something to tie you over until then. Here’s a list of games to play while waiting for Smash 4! Continue reading

Nintendo Download Hightlights – July 17th [NA]


A rather uneventful week for Nintendo Downloadable content. Mr. Driller is the most appealing thing to me to debut so far on this list. Athough Steamworld Dig is worth picking up at 50% off as well as the Atlus games that will be going on sale. Hopefully next week will bring in more titles for 3DS and Wii U owners to buy. What will you be picking up this week? Continue reading

Tekken 7 Revealed @ EVO 2014

1405357179-tekken-7-logo (1)Prepare for the final battle.

This ain’t no tag tournament.  The seventh main series Tekken game was announced yesterday by Bandai Namco Games at EVO 2014 in Los Vegas.  Producer Katsuhiro Harada says that the game will utilize Unreal Engine 4.  One would assume that the upcoming arcade fighter is coming to next-gen consoles only, but we still have yet to hear from Bandai Namco regarding the platform list.  The trailer included after the break was released alongside the game’s announcement.

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Shantae: Risky’s Revenge is Coming to Steam Tomorrow

She whips her hair back and forth.

WayForward’s critically-acclaimed platformer – Shantae: Risky’s Revenge – released on the Nintendo DSiWare service back in 2010.  Since its initial release, we have seen the game ported to iOS, receiving overall positive reviews, just like the original version.  We have confirmation today that a third version is coming to Steam on July 15th, which is tomorrow for those of you who don’t keep up with the time.  If you haven’t gotten the chance to play it yet, this is your time.  It is a truly fantastic game, and fans of Metroid and Castlevania will feel right at home with the gameplay.  Check out the latest trailer above.

Robin, Lucina, and Captain Falcon Announced as Fighters in Super Smash Bros.

Charged Gamer Smash Bros. New Fighters

By Book, Blade, and Crest of Flame

A new trailer for Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U went live today, unveiling not one, but three new playable characters for the already extensive roster.  Fans of Fire Emblem: Awakening on 3DS will recognize both Lucina and Robin (male and female versions are available for the latter).  The trailer starts by showing a Fire Emblem-style cell-shaded cut scene where Lucina is fighting none other than the legendary Captain Falcon.  Yes, you read right.  For a while there, fans were wondering if the developers were going to bring the veteran fighter back to Smash, so this was an exciting announcement.  At the end of the trailer, Chrom was announced to be making an appearance in the game, but it is still unknown if he will be playable, or just an assist or final smash.  For all the new screenshots and the spectacular new trailer, continue reading!  Super Smash Bros. is coming to Nintendo 3DS on October 3rd, and Wii U this holiday season. Continue reading

Rayman Trophy Revealed For Smash Bros.


Could This Be Monday’s Mystery Character?

Pic of the day. In order to make Rayman’s trophy, we asked Ubisoft to share their references. We were expecting to receive 2D drawing references for Rayman, but to our surprise, they sent us data of a brand new 3D model that they rendered for this game!! And that was how this trophy was created. It takes a lot of work creating each model, so it’s wonderful that the creators contributed their own efforts!!

This trophy reveal posted by Sakurai’s twitter might be a hint towards the character that is supposed to be revealed today. While Rayman Legends was wildly popular on Wii U it has been noted that Ubisoft has backed away from Nintendo recently leaving them with little 3rd party support. Could this be a sign of Ubisoft’s interest in the Wii U again?

Update: While the new announcement wasn’t Rayman, we have confirmations of not one, but three other characters coming to Smash.  Check it out here.

Fi, Ghirahim, and The Imprisoned Announced For Hyrule Warriors (screens)

So far it seems that Hyrule Warriors – the upcoming Legend of Zelda spin-off – will cater to fans of nearly every console game in the series.  We’ve already seen some Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess love, and now it’s time to see what characters the game offers when it comes to the 2011 Wii release Skyward Sword.  Well, I’m happy to say that there are a lot of homages to this game as well.  Fi, Ghirahim, and The Imprisoned were announced to be appearing in the celebratory title.  Fi will be a playable character while the latter two will be bosses.  The developers didn’t stop there either; a Skyloft level was also announced, along with Skyward Sword costumes for both Link and Zelda.  It’s a little easy to miss, but those who look closely will even see a nod to Wind Waker.  Let me know if you find it!  All the announcements mentioned are included in the gallery after the break. Continue reading

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