Get a load of the Mario/Yoshi action on the official box art of Super Mario Galaxy 2. I can't quite put my finger on it, but the image evokes a likeness to the Super Mario Bros. 3 box art to me. It must be the entirely overjoyed smile Mario has. At any rate, the box art implies sheer fun, and perhaps some other thoughts depending on how much of your mind is in the gutter.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 is due to come out in North America May 23rd.
Ubisoft found the fast track lane to PC gamer's ire when they introduced a form of DRM that required a constant internet connection to play their games, and as a result the publisher had to endure the fruits of their new system that came by way of attacks against their authentication server by hackers and disgruntled gamers. Of course, when the authentication servers go down then nobody can play their game. At least Ubisoft is owning up to this fact by offering a free game from a select list of titles to those affected by the server attacks.
The games being offered aren't the best the publisher has to offer but a couple stand outs like Prince of Persia and HAWX are being offered. What is ironic however is that the games being given away will have no type of DRM. This is a nice gesture sure, but a better one would have been to remove the DRM altogether. Just my two cents.
The other two games being given away aside from Prince of Persia and HAWX are Heros Over Europe and Endwar.
On a home console, Dante’s Inferno offers players a view of hell never before witnessed in gaming, much less any other form of digital media. Only literature has managed to captivate our minds so brilliantly, even though the console version of Visceral Games’ reinterpretation of the first segment of Dante Aligheri’s Divine Comedy failed in bringing audiences to hell. So too does its portable sibling so blatantly miss success, this time by Artificial Mind and Movement, known more recently for such titles as WET and, well, many a PS2, Wii and portable console ports. (more...)
Own a Wii and Netflix account? Get your instant watch disc from Netflix today to watch movies instantly through your Wii!
Xbox 360 and PS3 owners have been enjoying this service for awhile now. Streaming through the Wii however does not provide HD playback while the other two platforms do so keep that in mind if you own multiple consoles.
Microsoft launched their virtual game room service today on Xbox 360 and Games for Windows. The service launched early this morning and had a very nice loading screen and not much else due to a technical glitch that kept the service from loading properly on both platforms. Luckily, the issue was later resolved and now a few handfuls worth of 70's and 80's arcade classics are available for your nostalgic pleasure... for a few of your money dollars cash.
Within the game room you can choose to play some arcade classics for the equivalent of $.50 a game, that is to say you pay $.50 for one round on a single game. You can also purchase full games for about $3.00 worth of Microsoft points if microtransactions, arcade style, aren't really your thing.
Microsoft is promising that around 1,000 classic arcade titles will eventually make it to the service in the future. Not much by way of official word has been given if more modern arcade games will ever make it to the virtual arcade, but rumors are out there that Dreamcast games could be added at a future point. Total speculation sure, but its nice to dream.
CD Projekt's fantasy RPG sequel, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, is now officially unveiled through its debut trailer.
The developer plans for a release in Q1 2011 as noted on the official forum and affirms that the sequel will arrive on PC, while at the same time stating "we also want to release the console version." No publisher or tentative release date has yet to be announced.
We've embedded the new trailer, you can find it below. (more...)
Nintendo has officially announced its handheld successor to the DS line, the Nintendo 3DS. The 3DS will take advantage of "3D effects without the need for any special glasses."
The new hardware will support backwards compatability with Nintendo DS and DSi software and is expected to go on sale in Japan by March 2011. To ensure full support for its predecessor expect the 3DS to have two screens, touch functionality, a camera, and support for downloadable software.
More details about Nintendo 3DS are to be revealed at this year's E3 which starts June 15.
There's been no shortage of whisperings regarding plans to remake Final Fantasy VII and while its one thing to hear game director Yoshinori Kitasi or planner Motmu Toriyama share their thoughts on the matter of a remake of the popular PSX title, it's a whole other matter to hear the big man at Square Enix himself say that the possibilities of a remake are being explored. When asked in an interview by Spencer over at Siliconera, SE prez Yoichi Wada had this to say:
Right now we don’t have a clear direction, but many fans have requested we remake Final Fantasy VII,” said Yoichi Wada, President and CEO of Square Enix, said to Siliconera during an interview at the Final Fantasy XIII launch party. “We’re going to explore the possibility – whether or not we’re going to do it, if we’re going to do it, and the platform.
This may end up being more of the same maybe/maybe not back and forth SE has been torturing FF VII fans with for the last decade, but you have to admit, hearing the guy who calls all the shots at SE say that the idea is being considered does add a fresh pair of legs to the possibilities.
Siliconera will have a more in-depth interview with Mr. Wada at a later date.
Bioware shed some light on its upcoming Mass Effect 2 "Kasumi - Stolen Memory" DLC. For about $7 USD, you'll be able to recruit Kasumi Goto for a new mission involving a vault heist from a deadly criminal named Donovan Hock. The new content is reported to add a cool 90-minutes to the game and is set to release sometime in April for 560 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live, and 560 Bioware points (really?) for the PC.
Other add-ons with the DLC include a new research upgrade, weapon, and achievment.