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DS Titles Star Fox Command And Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Available On Wii U Virtual Console

Star Fox's only original handheld outting (Star Fox 64 3D was a remake) and the Mario & Luigi sequel are both now available as downloadable titles on the Wii U Virtual Console.

With Star Fox Zero and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam's E3 presence, the release timing of these two games is no accident. We scored Partners in time an 8.25 upon release with Joe Juba writing about the game, "Even though the story itself falls flat (if you’re not Chrono Trigger or Back to the Future, stay an arm’s length from time travel, please), Partners in Time is saved by its colorful cast, addictively simple battle mechanics, and magnetic appeal. It may not be the most emotionally complex RPG on the market, but it’s solid entertainment with a quirky twist."

Star Fox Command is the often forgotten Star Fox title that actually has a tactical angle to it and was directed by Dylan Cuthbert, who was heavily involved in the original Star Fox and its unreleased sequel. Andrew Reiner said of the game at the time, "Star Fox Command isn’t the second coming, but it is a great start to repairing a franchise that had crashed and burned. Let’s hope that Nintendo continues with this formula and adds some length to the wars that unfold in future installments."

We recently spoke with Dylan Cuthbert on an episode of the Game Informer show, which you can watch below. Our conversation with Cuthbert begins at the 1:46:56 mark.

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Really excited to take another look at Star Fox Command. It's a Star Fox game I never completed, and like most, I have a bit of Star Fox fever following E3.

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Xbox One controller and voice command tips from Major Nelson


Microsoft spokesman Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb walks players through the Xbox One control scheme, covering a few shortcuts and tips involving voice commands and the console’s fancy new controller. One major update to the Xbox One is the controller’s menu button – the one with the three horizontal lines in the right-center of the faceplate. It’s case sensitive, acting as a “right click” to pull up different options depending on which app you’re hovering over.

Major Nelson also covers a few handy voice commands, such as saying “Xbox, Select” to highlight all of the speakable options on any page. We covered that phrase and a few other gems in our review of the Xbox One, under the subhead “On Kinect.”

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F2P Command & Conquer cancelled, studio faces closure

Victory Studios announced today that its in-development, free-to-play Command & Conquer title has been shut down by parent company Electronic Arts. The studio itself is also facing closure. …


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EA Shuts Down In-Development Command & Conquer, Victory Studios Closed

Later today, EA will be holding a financial earnings call. One topic is likely to be the cancelation of the in-development, free-to-play Command & Conquer title.

A notice posted on the game’s website confirms the cancelation and assures that refunds will be issued to any players that spent money during the alpha phase. “Your feedback from the alpha trial is clear: We are not making the game you want to play,” Victory Studios writes. “That is why, after much difficult deliberation, we have decided to cease production of this version of the game.”

We contacted EA for comment. "This does mean that the Victory Games team will be disbanded," a representative told us. " Wherever possible, we are working to help these talented people find other opportunities with EA."

[Source: Command & Conquer via Polygon]

 

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EA’s decision to shut the development down likely has more to do with monetization projections than written player feedback. I’m not a fan of players being asked to spend money during an alpha phase, especially since it seems to be a way to gauge earning potential. It’s unfortunate that the studio and those who work for it could be in jeopardy as a result of shoehorning a free-to-play model into a genre and series that isn’t a great fit for the strategy.

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Command & Conquer canceled, Victory Games closed

Command & Conquer has been canceled and EA has closed developer Victory Games. The cancelation comes via a post on the game’s site and the studio closure comes from EA in a statement to Game Informer:

“This does mean that the Victory Games team will be disbanded. Wherever possible, we are working to help these talented people find other opportunities with EA.”

The cancelation post says the multiplayer approach to Command & Conquer was its downfall.

“Your feedback from the alpha trial is clear: We are not making the game you want to play,” the post reads. “That is why, after much difficult deliberation, we have decided to cease production of this version of the game. Although we deeply respect the great work done by our talented team, ultimately it’s about getting you the game you expect and deserve.”

Victory and EA will refund all money spent in the alpha, expected to be handled over the next 10 days. EA say it is looking at ways to “get the game back on track.” The blog post, attributed to Victory Studios, was not approved by the development team, Command & Conquer‘s Marketing Manager says on Twitter.

JoystiqCommand & Conquer canceled, Victory Games closed originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Humble Mobile Bundle 2 spotlights Star Command, Carmageddon for Android

Humble Mobile Bundle 2 launches today with six games in tow, some of which make their Android debut as part of the collection.

The Kickstarter-funded strategy-RPG Star Command and Tiny Wings-like autoscroller Time Surfer headline the bundle, marking the first time either game has been available for Android. Bundle buyers additionally get Noodlecake Studios’ platformer Punch Quest and Ninja Kiwi’s tower defense game Bloons TD 5. Beat the average purchase price (currently around $ 4) and you’ll also receive Crescent Moon Games’ action-RPG Ravensword: Shadowlands and the gory racing classic Carmageddon.

Humble Mobile Bundle 2 is available through October 9.

JoystiqHumble Mobile Bundle 2 spotlights Star Command, Carmageddon for Android originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 26 Sep 2013 01:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Command & Conquer’s live service designed for 10-year support plan

Victory Games believes it has the tech in place to support Command & Conquer for ten years, according to an interview with VideoGamer. Command & Conquer is being developed as a live service and will be both free-to-play and require an Internet connection.

“We built this Command & Conquer shell and frame to be the one-stop place for Command & Conquer for the next 10 years, so we want to add the other universes and maybe even a new universe that we didn’t even have before, all under the same landing site, log-in [and] persona that you would keep track of,” Victory Games General Manager Jon Van Caneghem said.

Canegham also noted that he believes “the days of a boxed release are probably over,” making an exception for any potential collector’s editions of the game. Command & Conquer will launch this year for PC through EA’s Origin service.

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Command & Conquer Trailer Teases Single-Player Missions

The upcoming free-to-play Command & Conquer title from Electronic Arts will offer more than just multiplayer content.

The teaser below, which was shown alongside a multiplayer match during Electronic Arts' Gamescom 2013 press conference, teases single-player missions for Command & Conquer. You can head here to sign up for Command & Conquer's upcoming beta.

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Play Missile Command On Any YouTube Video

As part of YouTube's Geek Week celebration, an Easter Egg has been implemented on the site to make every video a playable version of Missile Command.

All you have to do is go to any video on on the YouTube website, type in the numbers '1980,' and suddenly it's up to you to defend the video from oncoming attacks. You can lose, so make sure to play well if you don't want your video to be destroyed.

Here's a link to the official Game Informer YouTube channel so you can try it out yourself.

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Get A Look Behind The Scenes Of Free-To-Play Command & Conquer

EA and Victory Games are preparing the next entry in the classic Command & Conquer series. The title, which is currently in beta, is free-to-play.

In the following two developer diaries, you'll get a feel for how Victory is capturing the feel of Command & Conquer with super weapons, generals with different sets of abilities and units, and constant balancing thanks to fan feedback.

The second video is a look at the design of a unit from inception through animation. Balancing, design, visual effects, and sound, all combine to make each unit type feel unique.

Command & Conquer is in beta now with a launch planned for later this year.

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