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Smooth McGroove’s Latest Comes From An SNES Classic

A cappella soundtrack performer Smooth McGroove has released a new track from a classic SNES action RPG. Square's Secret of Mana featured a exciting combat, a compelling story, and an extremely enjoyable soundtrack.

McGroove’s latest is “Into the Thick of It,” which comes from the early parts of the game as the male protagonist fights his way through rabbites after his exile. You can catch up with McGroove’s other work on his YouTube channel. You can also read a recent interview we conducted with the multi-toned maestro and reflections on the game written by editors Tim Turi and Kim Wallace

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Portal Designer’s Soul Fjord Comes To Ouya This Month

Airtight Games, the developer behind Quantum Conundrum and home to Kim Swift, lead designer on the original Portal, has announced a release date for its Ouya exclusive rhythm combat game, Soul Fjord.

The game will be available exclusively for the Ouya on January 28. If you're unfamiliar with the game, it's one part roguelike action game, one part rhythm game. It has its roots in Norse mythology, but it crosses over with a 70s aesthetic and funk music vibe. Players take on the role of Magnus Jones as he tries to make his way to Club Valhalla at the top of Yggdrasil, where he has been denied entry. Swift breaks the game down in more detail on the game's official blog. She discusses how combat works, and how after finishing Quantum Conundrum the team couldn't decide if it wanted to make a Norse mythology game or a 70s funk game, so they just mashed up the ideas.

You can find out more about the game, including a developer diary on the its development by heading here.

[Source: Soul Fjord, Ouya]

 

Our Take
Soul Fjord certainly sounds like a bizarre game. It's the sort of game Ouya pitched itself with before launch – strange indie games that were perhaps too weird for mainstream consoles – but has mostly failed to deliver. Maybe Soul Fjord can provide the Ouya with a similar boost of interest and confidence, much like Towerfall did. I'm certainly curious to find out if it can.

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Unity engine comes to Vita with full feature set in tow

In its ongoing quest to support every gaming platform in existence, the Unity engine is now available to developers on Sony’s Vita handheld.

According to a blog post on the Unity website, the Vita version of Unity supports all of the handheld’s …
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Unity support comes to the PS Vita

Back in March 2013, Unity said it was bringing its popular game development tool to all current PlayStation consoles, including the PS Vita handheld. Today the company followed through with this promise. …


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Flatout dev’s Next Car Game comes to Steam Early Access

Next Car Game is the next game to pop up on Steam Early Access, meaning one and all can pay $ 25 to test drive Bugbear’s breakneck racer – and eventually get the final version, of course. According to Flatout studio, the currently available build is …
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Offline play finally comes to SimCity

Just as Maxis has announced that modding support is now available for SimCity, the company has revealed an even bigger u-turn for the title, in the form of an offline mode. …


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The Call of Duty Championship comes back to California in March

The top Call of Duty teams in the world will gather in Los Angeles on March 28 to battle in this year’s Call of Duty Championship. The tournament, sponsored by Xbox, has a $ 1 million prize pool and is centered around this year’s game, Call of Duty: …
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Metal Gear Ray Figure Comes Complete With Liquid Ocelot

Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty threw most of us a curveball when it came out. Not only were we surprised to find out that Snake wasn’t the primary playable character, but Liquid Snake was back… sort of.

3A has created and is taking pre-orders for a Metal Gear Ray figure that comes complete with Liquid Ocelot (that’s Revolver Ocelot’s body with Liquid Snake’s arm grafted on, in case you need a refresher). The figure measures 16.5 inches tall with a wingspan of 38.6 inches.

It comes with a base, which is required for posing and standing. The torso, legs, and wings are articulated, so you can put Ray in a variety of positions. The mouth is particularly impressive, and the cockpit and eyes glow (but the batteries aren’t included).

This figure will run you $ 490. You can see more 3A figures on the company’s website. To purchase you’ll need to head over to their Bambaland store.

Thanks to Joseph for the tip.

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed Comes To iOS With Touch Of Shenmue

Sega has announced that a mobile "sequel" to 2012's Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is available now. The iOS and Android version adds new modes, 75 new events, and a new World Tour.

The title supports controllers on both iOS and Android, making the experience feel more like a handheld game. Included in this new version is Shenmue's lead character Ryo Hazuki, who pilots an OutRun arcade cabinet.

For more on Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, you can check out our review. The title is also currently available for PlayStation Plus members as part of the Vita's Instant Game Collection.

 

Our Take
While I'm not as connected to most of the cast of Sonic's latest racing title, I found it to be one of the best kart racers in recent memory. I'm interested to see how the mobile version fares, but I wouldn't recommend doing so without a controller.

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Big 3DS Sale To Resume When eShop Comes Back Online

Right now, a number of publishers are running sales in the 3DS eShop. Unfortunately, Nintendo has been struggling to keep that service afloat since Christmas.

Atlus USA, Level-5, Nicalis, Renegade Kid, and others have slashed the prices on their downloadable titles. Here’s what you can look forward to once the eShop returns:

Atlus (Ending January 6)

  • Code of Princess – $ 19.99 (Regularly $ 29.99)
  • Devil Survivor Overclocked – $ 19.99 (Regularly $ 29.99)
  • Etrian Odyssey IV – $ 19.99 (Regularly $ 29.99)
  • Etrian Odyssey Untold – $ 29.99 (Regularly $ 39.99) 
  • Shin Megami Tensei IV – $ 29.99 (Regularly $ 49.99)
  • A variety of Shin Megami Tensei IV ranging from $ 1.00 to $ 1.79
  • Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers – $ 19.99 (Regularly $ 29.99)

Level-5 (Ending January 2)

  • Aero Porter – $ 4.99 (Regularly $ 7.99)
  • Attack of the Friday Monsters – $ 4.99 (Regularly $ 7.99)
  • Crimson Shroud – $ 4.99 (Regularly $ 7.99)
  • Liberation Maiden – $ 4.99 (Regularly $ 7.99)
  • Starship Damrey – $ 4.99 (Regularly $ 7.99)
  • Bugs vs Tanks – $ 4.99 (Regularly $ 7.99)

Nicalis (Ending January 3)

  • Cave Story – $ 6.99 (Regularly $ 9.99)
  • Ikachan – $ 2.99 (Regularly $ 4.99)
  • Night Sky – $ 4.99 (Regularly $ 9.99)
  • VVVVVV – $ 4.99 (Regularly $ 7.99)

Renegade Kid (Ending January 2)

  • ATV Wild Ride 3D – $ 3.99 (Regularly $ 7.99)
  • Bomb Monkey – $ 2.49 (Regularly $ 4.99)
  • Mutant Mudds – $ 4.49 (Regularly $ 8.99)

Ubisoft (Ending December 31)

30 percent off the following titles:

  • Petz Fantasy 3D
  • Rabbids Travel in Time
  • Rayman 3D
  • Rayman Origins
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Shadow Wars
  • Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell 3D

There are a variety of other titles also available. When the eShop comes back up, check under the Price Drops section for more information on the available sales.  Stay tuned here, and we'll update you when the eShop is back online. 

Thanks to readers "Solidus Warrior" and "Rezident Hazard" for the tips.

[Source: Atlus on Facebook, @Level5IA, @Nicalis, @JoolsWathsham]

 

Our Take
I feel bad for these publishers and developers that are missing out on sales, especially from new 3DS owners. Retail downtime always hurts, but during a busy spending period, it's that much more painful. Keep these deals in mind and squirrel a bit away for them. 

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