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Jan
27
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Revealed during a Nintendo investor's meeting

During its third quarter financial results meeting, Nintendo confirms that Nintendo Network is on the way. Also we will get a new 2D Mario game for 3DS by next year

Nintendo has finally confirmed its online service called Nintendo Network during an investor program today. Satoru Iwata confirmed the online infrastructure is already in place for the service.

They have the following plans:
  • Personal Accounts for Wii U. Allowing now personalized accounts for its next home console. They will allow multiple accounts per console. "We will also be able to construct and offer the [personal account system] by combining a variety of different services and content," Iwata said. So, no more system based online profiles.
  • Digitally Distributed Packaged Software. They are exploring the...
Jan
26
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It might be called different at this E3



Looks like Nintendo is going back to the 'drawing board' in order to avoid 'confusions', just like the DS and 3DS

Nintendo could rename Wii U and they might call it different at this E3, CVG sources report.

This re-thinking, could be related to the 'confusion' generated between 3DS and DS, in which some costumers thought 3DS was just an upgraded DS, because of their name and similar appearance.

Jan
26
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Steam App for Android and iOS devices



The App is currently in beta stage and only accesible via invitation.

Valve has launched today "Steam Mobile" app for both iOS and Android devices, but don't get too excited, it sounds better that it is because the app will only allows you to chat, read a limited gaming news feed, browsing profiles and groups and purchase Steam games. You can't play from it, for now...

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The App is already downloadable from the...
Jan
26
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The upcoming DLC already has a video sneak-peak



This extra content for the acclaimed game will allow us to play as Ryder White, the bad guy of the original Dead Island

February 1st will be the day when this DLC will be available for all of you to download. To calm your impatience, Deep Silver has just launch a new trailer showing all the good-features of the title.

Ryder White, the bad military guy for the original Dead Island will be a playable character and this new history is all about him with several hours of intense campaign mode, 2 new weapons and a lot of zombies to kill.

The DLC will be available on Xbox Live Marketplace, Playstation Network and Steam with a retail price of 800 MS Points and 9.99€ respectively.


Our thanks to 'Kaos2K' for another great direct PR news tip!
Jan
26
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Tecmo Koei Europe shows off their art



Team Ninja's game for the upcoming PS Vita is revealing today his official cover for the European market.

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus will be one of the launch titles for PS Vita in European lands and today it is revealing its official cover.

The game, which was a revamped version of the Playstation 3 one is back on PS Vita with a better look and taking advantage of the touchscreen, trackpads and gyroscope of Sony's portable handheld. It will feature a "Hero mode" for begginers with automatic guard, evasion tactics help system and improved "Ninpo" habilities.

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As we said, the game will be available February 22nd, the same day the console will hit the shelves so, be ready for a Katana...
Jan
26
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Coming Soon...



It been a while since we first heard that 'Hulu Plus' was coming to the Nintendo 3DS, but even the recent update on 'eShop' it still just listed as 'Coming Soon...'

Nintendo has added a 'promo video' on the 'eShop' recently showcasng what the 'Hulu Plus' feature will offer to 3DS owners, but still has not release any clues on when it will finally launch.

Just 'Coming Soon...'


NEWS SOURCE: Hulu Plus is still coming (via) 3DS Blog

Our thanks to 'Stevetry' for another news story!
Jan
26
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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata told reporters that Wii U will launch in time for the crucial year-end shopping season



The statement by Nintendo President claims all regions; United States, Europe, Australia and Japan for the year-end season

Late last year, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata stated that E3 2012 would involve a re-unveiling for the company’s Wii U console.

Since then the scheduled for release was just an unspecified time in 2012, but now speaking with Reuters, Iwata has confirmed that Nintendo will release the Wii U before the end of the 2012 year and it will be launched in the U.S., Europe, Japan and Australia regions all in time the big year-end Holiday season.

Rumors are the Japan launch will only be a month ahead of the other regions, but still no price for the Wii U has ever been announced or even hinted at, nor it seems the...
Jan
26
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PlayStation Vita still below the Japanese PSP sales

Already the third week in the 2012 year, and it is not looking good for the PlayStation Vita, unless you are Nintendo and loving the fact 3DS is still King of the Hill

This weeks Media Create Sales are in and once again the Nintendo 3DS is clearly out-performing all the competition selling an impressive 80,960 units.

The Nintendo 3DS closest competitor is the PlayStation 3 which only managed to sell 21,155 units.

Mario Kart continues to be the best-selling Nintendo 3DS game in Japan taking the number one position.

Thirteen of the overall top twenty games in Japan are on Nintendo platforms.

Hardware Sales (last week's sales)
  • 3DS: 80,960 (100,668)
  • PS3: 21,155 (30,332)
  • PSP: 17,181 (22,538)
  • PSV: 15,219 (18,361)
  • Wii: 10,173 (14,179)
  • X360: 1,588 (1,519)
  • DSi LL: 1,200 (1,515)...
Jan
26
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Finally after almost a year, the North America region will be able to have some 'Mewtwo' love



Last year, The Pokémon Company gave away a special Mewtwo for a limited time over Wi-Fi to Pokémon Black/White owners in Japan. Now, that giveaway event is headed to North America.

The Pokémon Company on February 12th will finally begin distributing the 'Mewtwo' over the old Wi-Fi network to alll Black/White owners, within the North America region.

This giveaway was originally done only Japan before, and 'Mewtwo' was a level 70 and carried a King's Rock, but details are rough on the NA giveway page it just says the special 'Mewtwo' will come with a move that it normally can't learn.

So it seems the NA region might just get a different kind of 'Mewtwo' compared to its Japanese cousin from last year.

NEWS SOURCE:...
Jan
26
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Sony reportedly hard at work on Cheaper and Slimer PlayStation Vita model



Maybe the reason is Japanese sales of the launch PS Vita model are so bad, Sony has decided to step up design development cycle plans to launch a PS Vita Slim model faster then they originally planned

PlayStation Vita launched barely just over a month ago in Japan, and well everyone knows sales have not been very good, and Sony has no plans to lower the price just yet, even after retailers have cut the price on the high-end 3G model just to clear shelf space.

But now the big rumors is that Sony is already working on releasing a thinner, cheaper design, basically a PS Vita Slim model.

Jan
26
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This is the second time we’ve seen the Nintendo Network pop up on a 3DS boxart



Besides this plain looking logo appearing on some of the more recent 3DS boxart to be released, not much more is know about what 'Nintendo Network' is all about

I think Nintendo is going to have to make a formal announcement about this logo soon.

Even if the Nintendo WFC and Nintendo Network are one in the same, I'd still like to hear why we needed the logo change.

Currently the only rumor, is that big Nintendo will officially made an announcement at the E3 regarding their 'online' plans!

NEWS SOURCE: Nintendo Network logo included again (via) NintendoEverything

Our thanks to 'Stevetry' for another Nintendo News Tip!
Jan
26
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Looks like they are ripping off a very popular mobile title.



The new Zynga game for the app store, 'Dream Heights' is extremely similar to 'Tiny Tower' from indie dev Nimblebit.

Zynga, best known for its successful Facebook games like Farmville and Cityville, is being accused for ripping off a very popular iPhone game, 'Tiny Tower' from indie iOS dev Nimblebit.

Their new 'free' (with in-app purchases) iPhone game, Dream Heights shares a lot of similarities with the mentioned game. "Nimblebit's Ian Marsh got word out about the similarities between Dream Heights and Tiny Tower with an image that's still making the Twitter rounds. The image is made up of screenshots showing how Dream Heights' interface and gameplay mechanics appear strikingly similar to Tiny Tower's."

Jan
26
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Nintendo reveals its financial report for fiscal year (April 2011 - December 2011)



3DS has sold more than 15 million units, but Nintendo's still losing quite a bit of cash. Lowers its sales forecast.

Nintendo has released its latest quarterly earnings report, and reveals a loss of $623 million dollars for first nine months of its fiscal year (April 2011 - December 2011).

Now, they forecast losses for ¥45 billion (580 million dollars) for the upcoming fiscal year, up from the ¥20 billion initially anticipated.

Even if...
Jan
26
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More details on the whole 'Nintendo Network' system to be revealed at E3



Recently there has been alot of 'rumors' regarding the status of the up-coming Nintendo Wii U developer kits, with some claiming the 'final' version has been shipped out already.

Last we heard from Wii U devs, final dev kits were out there in the wild, and the system was a bit more powerful than they originally thought.

Now we have an inside source that claims a few more details.
  • dev kits now perform somewhat better than previous dev kits
  • dev kits are not absolutely final
  • still be some tweaks to the controller
  • Nintendo Network detailed at E3
NEWS SOURCE: Rumor roundup the real deal with the Wii U...
Jan
26
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Roster Has 41 Fighters Ready For Worldwide Online Play



TekkenChannel has released details on Youtube this week, with nice trailer showcasing all the 'fighters' that will be available in the new 3D Tekken for Nintendo 3DS

The final roster count for Tekken 3D Prime Edition is in and the Nintendo 3DS game has 41 playable characters ready for a fight.

You can challenge a friend either through local wireless or worldwide online play.

Playing solo?

Tekken 3D Prime Edition also has 700+ cards with artwork from the series to unlock, which you can trade through Streetpass.


Our thanks to 'Stevetry' for another video news tip!
Jan
26
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'mmCM' (aka) 'multiMAN Cobra Manager' is now at v04.00.01 with tons of new features & improvements

The support team behind the Cobra-USB dongle have posted new of a minor update to the 'mmCM' (aka) 'multiMAN Cobra Manager' that was released earlier today.

The new v4.00.01 update brings along with it a nice selection of themes and other improved visuals, besides fixing up some minor issues, etc. :)

Jan
26
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Early Famitsu leaks brings news of up-coming DLC for Final Fantasy XIII-2



The Final Fantasy XIII-2 is already gearing up for a line-up of various DLC, and information today was posted about the 'Lightning' scenario.

Lightning, star of Final Fantasy 13, can be made a party member in sequel Final Fantasy 13-2.

Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu (via Andriasang) reveals Lightning will appear as a DLC coliseum character in the game. Defeat her, and you can add her to your party. The coliseum battle mode includes classic Final Fantasy series bosses - Sephiroth?

Elsewhere, Square Enix plans to release "secret story episodes" for Lightning. The Japanese company will also release Final Fantasy 13-2 novels with a view to expanding the story outside of DLC. Sazh, his son and the Chocolina character will be included in DLC or novels.

13-2 is out in Japan...
Jan
26
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The 25$ credit-card sized microcomputer has more power than Apple's smartphone



Its Broadcom GPU was compared with the iPhone's and it has better performance, almost doubles it.


For those who doesn't know anything about the Raspberry Pi, just a quick introduction:

Raspberry Pi is a microcomputer the size of a credit card wich is based on ARM architecture that costs between 25-35$ depending on RAM amount (128 or 256MB).

It has USB, LAN, SDReader, HDMI Video and Audio Out and all that you need to get it running. As O.S. it comes with Linux distro, preloaded on the SD Card but more distros are becoming compatible including and special version of XBMC (Xbox Media Center) project.

You have more info about it in the official webpage: http://www.raspberrypi.org

This is not a high-end computer but is not intended to. It's capable of...
Jan
25
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The schedule for the upcoming content drops



With two new maps already released for the lucky ones playing call of duty modern warfare 3 on xbox with a elite membership...

With two new maps already released for the lucky ones playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on Xbox with a Elite membership the schedule for the upcoming month´s has been released.

Here´s what to expect:
  • February: New map
  • March: New map, two new missions
  • April: Two new maps
  • May: New map, new mission
  • June: New map, new mission, new game mode
  • July: Two new maps
  • August: New map, new mission, new game mode
  • September: New map, new mission
As usual no information on when or if any of this Elite DLC will be offered to other platforms or non-paying normal COD: MW3 players.

Our thanks to 'Jansmaister' for keeping us COD fans informed!
Jan
25
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Another controversial 'XBOX 3' rumor today.. oh and looks like we will also see Kinect 2.



A new rumor from Kotaku, 'reliable sources' says the Next Xbox may incorporate a system that blocks gamers from playing used titles!

Lots of Next-Gen rumors lately right? Well here's another one about the Microsoft Next Xbox. Some of Kotaku 'reliable industry sources' say Xbox 3 will use Blu-ray as its disc technology, and that also, it will ship with a major upgraded version of Kinect.

Now, the 'controversial' part of the rumor. They also say the next XBOX could keep gamers from playing second-hand games: