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Microsoft has recently extended its free Games with Gold program indefinitely for the Xbox 360. Now we know when Xbox One users will get the same benefit.
A tweet from Xbox Live director of programming Larry Hryb reveals as much detail as we’re getting for now.
Great news: Access to free games each month is coming for Xbox Live Gold members on #XboxOne – Details coming later in 2014
— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) November 14, 2013
We’re looking forward to seeing if the program stays the course over the next few months, or if Microsoft will revamp it to align more closely with Sony and PlayStation Plus.
Free games are great, but Microsoft’s Games with Gold offerings have been from deep in the back catalog. It would be great to see some more recent titles and a bit more flexibility on the length of availability. Either way, knowing that there will be titles handed out on the Xbox One is great news.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata recently revealed that Wii Sports Club – the HD remakes of the original Wii Sports activities – could see a retail release.
In a Q&A following a second-quarter financial results briefing, Iwata talked about the company's pricing strategy when it comes to digital releases before stating, "I do not deny the possibility that Wii Sports Club may become packaged software in the future. However, for the future of Wii U, we have prioritized releasing tennis and bowling by the end of this year."
Bowling and tennis will release via the Nintendo eShop tomorrow (November 7), with the other sports (baseball, boxing, and golf) set to come out some time in the future.
The Wii Sports Club iterations of the sports now feature HD looks, Motion Plus compatibility, online versus play, and other online features.
If Nintendo decides to do this, it will be interesting to see what the pricing is. Personally, I feel like the eShop pricing of $ 9.99 per sport is high, but the $ 1.99 day pass (which lets you play all the sports unlimitedly for 24-hours is a good deal. Wouldn't it be funny if this comes out for Wii U and ends up selling the system better than any actual Wii U title?
Tecmo is celebrating 500,000 downloads of the free-to-play Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Core Fighters with new, sports-themed costumes and free copies of Tecmo Bowl Throwback. The costumes are available across platforms, but only PS3 users get the free football.
The new costumes put Bass, Bayman, Leon, Rachel, Tina, and Zack in Tecmo Bowl-themed uniforms. On Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, these costumes will cost $ 1.99 a la carte.
PlayStation 3 users have some additional options. If you’re playing the free Core Fighters version of the game, you can purchase one of the above-mentioned characters with the Tecmo Bowl costume for $ 4.99 (a 15 percent discount over purchasing the fighter and outfit separately). The full set of costumes is also available for $ 16.99. All of these come with a free copy of Tecmo Bowl Throwback.
The free game offer is good through November 25. You can see the costumes in a new trailer below and read our review of the original Dead or Alive 5 release here.
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The different permutations of Dead or Alive are confusing, but even if you don't care about the game on PS3, you can spend $ 1.99 to get yourself a copy of Tecmo Bowl Throwback. As someone who grew up playing Tecmo Bowl on the NES, a free copy of Throwback is enough reason to pay attention to this story.
Microsoft announced this morning that Halo 3 ($ 14.99) would be available for free to download for Xbox Live Gold members starting October 16. Those who haven’t played the 2007 game (how many of you are there?), or those who want to relive the fun will get the chance to play the finale to the original trilogy, bringing down the Covenant and taking care of the Flood for good. Or if you’re more inclined, load up some good old multiplayer to take on other gamers in some of the classic maps. Get ready to have some fun with Halo again!
If you already own Halo 3, fear not! Starting tomorrow and running until October 15th, you will have the chance to download the RPG/puzzle game Might and Magic Clash of Heroes ($ 14.99) for free as well. The award-winning turn-based fantasy game includes a single-player campaign as well as online and local 4-player battle modes. Hopefully at least one of these two titles is enough to get you through the month, until the next batch of games are available for download!
Ubisoft's executive director Alain Corre didn't have any official announcements to make, but he said not to "rule out" a 3DS version of Rayman Legends.
Speaking with CVG, Corre said that a port of Rayman Legends for 3DS isn't out of the question. "When you look at Rayman Legends you see it's a very big game with a lot of levels," Corre said, "So, it takes time to squeeze everything and downsize it onto other formats. But we're not ruling anything out for that format. We can't say anything more for the moment, but we can't rule the format out."
You can head to CVG to see the full interview where Corre talks about Ubisoft's relationship with the Wii U, and confirms that Prince of Persia is an important brand to the publisher, but there is nothing to announce at the moment.
Rayman Origins 3DS had a delayed release compared to the console versions of the game, so I wouldn't be surprised to see Legends take a similar route. The game was delayed in order to be a multiplatform release, which understandably irked a lot of Wii U owners. Ubisoft clearly wants to see Rayman Legends on as many platforms as possible, so a 3DS release seems pretty likely. As a fan of the game, I would like to see more people have the opportunity to play, so I hope it gets a release on Nintendo's handheld.
Valve revealed the Steam Box today, under the name “Steam Machines.” These boxes will come in multiple forms from different manufacturers in 2014, but all Steam Machines will run SteamOS. First, Valve is sending out 300 prototype boxes to Steam users, free, for testing purposes. See if you’re eligible here.
“Entertainment is not a one-size-fits-all world,” Valve writes. “We want you to be able to choose the hardware that makes sense for you, so we are working with multiple partners to bring a variety of Steam gaming machines to market during 2014, all of them running SteamOS.”
Valve announced SteamOS on Monday, a Linux-based operating system designed to play Linux games and stream Windows and Mac games, along with other media, from a computer to the big screen. SteamOS streams over a user’s home network and onto a TV using “any living room machine,” as Valve put it. “Any machine” now includes the Steam Machines.
Steam’s Big Picture, the UI portion of a living room gaming system, entered public beta in September 2012.
Valve founder Gabe Newell has been pitching the Steam Box (in everything but name) as a device to unify mobile, desktop and living room technologies, all possible with a Linux backbone. On Monday, Valve announced that “hundreds” of games are already running in native Linux on SteamOS, and AAA titles are making their way to SteamOS in 2014.
Valve has one more announcement to make this week, in 48 hours.
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Pumped for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX and also love Disney with rabid, uncontrollable devotion? Then you should attend the upcoming official community launch event of the PS3 title, Sunday September 8th, at the Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, California, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. This free event will allow fans to try out ReMIX a whole two days before it is set to release, take pictures in a themed photo booth, and become a part of an interactive game-themed mural called “ReMIX The History Of Kingdom Hearts.” Lovers of all things pop and haters of all things Pantera will be happy to know that Radio Disney will be providing all the entertainment for the event.
Not satisfied with all that? Well, Square Enix will also be giving out posters, shirts, limited edition pins, and other merchandise signed by series director and lover of all things zippered, Tetsuya Nomura, with purchases of ReMIX. Finally, limited quantities of the game with the 24-page artbook will be available to purchase, breaking street date and all that is holy and legal (it’s a launch event, so it’s cool). Visit the title’s Facebook page for more details.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX is set to release in North America on September 10th, and in Europe on September 13th.