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New info revealed in latest Nintendo Direct for Super Smash Bros., Greninja makes their debut

There was a new Nintendo Direct video last night dedicated exclusively to the upcoming Super Smash Bros., and many TASTY TIDBITS regarding the title were revealed. In case you missed it, here are some of the most important announcements made:

Mega Man, shortly before croaking at the hands of Greninja

New Challenger Greninja – the final evolution of Froakie from Pokémon X and Pokémon Y makes their debut in Super Smash Bros., and, based on the footage from the Nintendo Direct, looks like they will MURDER EVERYONE.

Old Challengers Return With New Abilities – fan favorites Zero Suit Samus, Charizard, Yoshi, and Sheik make their return, with some differences: Zero Suit Samus is her own character separate from regular armored Samus, and now has jet boots; Charizard is no longer part of Pokémon Trainer’s team and presumably ate him, Squirtle, and Ivysaur; Yoshi is no longer hunched over and stands completely upright, making him stronger than before; and Sheik is their own character separate from Zelda and has new moves like Burst Grenade and Bouncing Fish (?).

Charizard is a malicious little bastard

Sexy Smooth 3D – most of the gameplay elements from the 3DS version of Super Smash Bros. will run at 60 frames per second, all in stereoscopic 3D.

Launch Windows – the 3DS Super Smash Bros. is planned for the summer, while the Wii U Super Smash Bros. is due in the winter (that gap fills me with a seething rage).

“Smash Run” – a new mode made exclusively for the 3DS Smash, “Smash Run” sees four players enter a dungeon filled with enemies from a variety of Nintendo series, beat the stuffing out of them, gain power-ups for their fighters, and then fight each other with said enhancements in a battle arena. As expected, multiple 3DS handhelds are required for multiplayer modes.

Online Play – both versions of Smash will feature online play. When playing with buddies, full customization is available – gamers can set the rules, stages, and items however they want. When playing with random peeps, two modes can be chosen: “For Fun” and “For Glory.” “For Fun” sees that all stages are picked randomly and all items and power-ups are available, while “For Glory” has no platforms, elevated areas, or items, and only Final Destination stage variations are available (apparently all stages have a Final Destination variant, but no Fox-Only Mode).

Stage Variety – while the Smash roster of fighters will be the same on both the 3DS and Wii U, the stages will be different; the Wii U will draw on console Nintendo games for level inspiration, while the 3DS will rely on handheld games.

Boss Character Stage Hazards – some bosses, like the Yellow Devil in the Wily Castle stage, will act as hazards, and players will have to either team up and fight them or use them to maul each other, STRATEGICALLY.

Items, Trophies, and Pokémon – all of these items make their return, while Master Balls are introduced (these contain Legendary Pokémon like Arceus and Xerneas).

Link Your 3DS And Wii U Versions – more info on this development will be revealed at a later date.

Custom Moves – for the first time, gamers can customize move sets when playing locally or online with friends.

PHEW. If you want to watch the Super Smash Bros. Nintendo Direct in its entirety, you can below (it is full of even more info than reported here, so definitely check it out!). More info on everything Smash can be found here. I am so hyped for this; what about you guys?!

Oh, also, Mega Man’s Final Smash:

Suddenly, everything is right in the universe


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Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn release info for PS4

Square Enix has dropped the due date on Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. PlayStation 4 users can expect this bundle of joy to be available on April 14, 2014. The official online service for the game will also start that very same day. This is what the official box art for the game looks like:

30 days for free… GOOD.

Starting today, however, you can pre-order both the Standard Edition or the Collector’s Edition of the game through the Square Enix Online Store. Included with both pre-orders will include two in-game items (Mog Cap & Cait Sith Doll minion) and the ability to participate in Early Access starting on April 11. The limited CE will come with lots of other goodies at the cost of $ 79.99. The SE is priced at $ 39.99.

Here’s what you get with the FFXIV:ARR CE:

  • Special box featuring artwork by Yoshitaka Amano
  • Art Book – The Art of Eorzea: A Realm Reimagined
  • Special Soundtrack -The Sounds of Eorzea-
  • Seventh Umbral Era Special Movie Content Disc – The Waning of the Sixth Sun
  • Art Card Set
  • Themed Security Token
  • In-Game Items – Coeurl Mount, Behemoth Barding, Baby Behemoth minion, Helm of Light, Fat Chocobo Mount and Wind-up Moogle minion

Additionally, players who already have a registered copy of FFXIV:ARR, or utilized the digital CE upgrade service, will automatically receive the two new in-game items (Fat Chocobo Mount & Wind-up Moogle minion) for free.

PS4 owners will be able to join the FFXIV:ARR Beta Test at no cost starting on February 22. If you have been playing on the PS3, you will be able to transfer your accounts to the PS4 version for free starting April 11. But be advised that once you do this, there is no going back to the PS3 version (not that you would anyway).

So I think Square Enix has you covered, in more ways than one.


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Hitman Devs Reveal First Info On New Game

There's been some confusion about the fate of the Hitman series, and developer IO Interactive has released a statement that clears a few things up. In the open letter to fans, the studio explains that they're hard at work on the next AAA installment and provided some tantalizing details about the game.

As the letter states, the still-unnamed game will be running on the Glacier 2 engine, the same engine as Hitman: Absolution. IO Interactive says the game will feature the largest environments yet, which will support checkpoint-free, sandbox-style gameplay. The lack of checkpoints could be a relief for players who grew frustrated with some of the hairy situations checkpoint respawns could create in previous games. 

Contracts mode is also returning, allowing players to build their own assassination scenarios and challenge their friends – or the world – to beat their scores. 

In addition to that, IO says they're getting rid of Agent 47's "magic pockets." In other words, you won't be able to carry around a seemingly unlimited supply of gear when you're hunting down your prey. Considering that the series has always put such an emphasis on being resourceful in the field and taking advantage of your surroundings, it's not likely to make or break this new game.

We'll have more information on the game in the coming months.

[Source: IO Interactive, via a news tip from 47]

 

Our Take
I've enjoyed the series since I played the first game, and I'm always eager to jump into Agent 47's skin. The games have provided players with sandbox-style choices, though the box was admittedly small, and I'm eager to see what these larger worlds mean to the game.   

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You Think Video Game Schedules Are Tough? New Info On Star Wars Films

New information has emerged about the upcoming Star Wars film trilogy helmed by J.J. Abrams. Get ready for a new Star Wars movie every year.

The news comes by way of Variety’s Marc Graser reporting from the publication’s Dealmakers Breakfast where Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn was speaking.

According to Graser, Disney is expecting a script for the next Star Wars film in January. No budget is currently set, but Graser suggests that it could be as much as $ 200 million (up from $ 115 for Episode II: Attack of the Clones, which has been the highest so far).

Additionally, Horn says that Disney is expecting a new Star Wars movie every year, inclusive of spin-offs. Recently, EA revealed that its licensing agreement with Disney to make Star Wars games includes an important provision. The publisher is not required to make movie tie-in games.

[Source: @MarcGraser (1), (2), Box Office Mojo via TheForce.net]

 

Our Take
EA dodged a bullet with it’s “no movie tie-in” agreement. Games based on films are typically rushed to meet deadlines. In this case, it would have meant scrambling every year.

The returns likely wouldn’t have been worth it, and the games could have further damaged EA’s reputation. I’m a bit skeptical about even getting a new Star Wars movie every year. Annualization hasn’t been flawless in the video game industry, and I wonder how the movie-going crowd will react.

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New Xbox Live terms of use wants your most current contact info – for safety

Microsoft announced it will roll out a new Xbox Live terms of use this week, which will require users to “commit to keeping their contact information up to date.” For example, this means users must keep their linked email addresses and phone numbers updated on their Xbox Live accounts.

Those that accept the new terms of use will also allow Microsoft to share personal information “such as your name, address, email address and date of birth” with services that users link accounts with on Xbox Live such as Netflix, Hulu and ESPN. The current terms of use uses similar language in describing how Microsoft already shares private information:

“If you choose to link your Services account with the account of a Microsoft party on the Xbox LIVE service (for example, a game publisher or app provider), you agree that Microsoft may share limited account information with that Microsoft party. Such account information may include name, address, email and age but will not include any credit card or other payment information.”

Those “Microsoft parties” are the company’s “affiliates, resellers, distributors, service providers, partners and suppliers,” so the new terms of use appear to stretch beyond that to these third-party services. As it stands now, users can access their account settings on Xbox.com to opt-out of sharing contact information with Xbox partners.

JoystiqNew Xbox Live terms of use wants your most current contact info – for safety originally appeared on Joystiq on Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Demo and new content info available for upcoming detective/lawyer adventure Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies

TAKE THAT! Normally us humans would have to wait until October 24th to get our hands on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies, but gamers can download a free demo of the title IN THIS PRESENT MOMENT through the Nintendo eShop on the 3DS. This would be enough to get anyone’s blood pumping for Phoenix’s next adventure, and indeed that is all the news there is to report…

HOLD IT! There is another bit of good news! If you purchase the download-only Dual Destinies through the eShop between October 24th and November 7th, then you can obtain a free costume pack for the three protagonists: Phoenix Wright, Apollo Justice, and Athena Cykes. If you dilly dally and forget the deadline, you will be able to buy the pack for $ 0.99 afterwards. That’s it for all the Wright goodness…

OBJECTION! Capcom also revealed that soon after the main game launches, its extra episode “Turnabout Reclaimed,” featuring Orla the whale and her pirate master Sasha Buckler, will go on sale. More deets about its impending release will be coming soon.

More information on Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies can be found at its Facebook page and Capcom-Unity. Don’t forget to download the game on the Nintendo 3DS system in the Nintendo eShop on October 24th for $ 29.99 / €24.99. I’m gonna go download some Attorney delight, but I will leave you with screenshots of Orla and Sasha, and hope you have a whale of a time looking at them.


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Valve boss Gabe Newell on Linux in the living room, more info next week

Valve has long touted the power of Linux as a gaming and networking platform, but at LinuxCon 2013 bossman Gabe Newell was really able to let his Linux love fly. He takes the crowd on a tour of gaming history, and how Valve is addressing the connected living room with the Steam Box and Steam Big Picture mode.

Big Picture modifies the desk-focused UI of Steam for a couch-bound audience, making menus and games accessible with a controller. The Steam Box is the hardware extrapolation of Big Picture, putting a Linux-run PC that unifies mobile, desktop and living room technologies in a common family area. This unification is something other platforms can’t do, Newell said.

“Yes, in fact, you can take everything that you liked about your PC and get it to work in your living room – that’s called Big Picture,” Newell said. “Our next step, having done these other pieces, is now on the hardware side. There are sets of issues to making sure that whatever computing platform you have works well in a living room environment. There are thermal issues and sound issues, but there are also a bunch of input issues. The next step in our contribution to this is to release some work we’ve done on the hardware side.”

Next week Valve will release more information about its approach to unifying technologies and it will outline “the hardware opportunities that we see for bringing Linux into the living room,” Newell said. In March, Newell said customers would see some Steam Box prototypes within four months.

Other fun facts: Valve is developing a Linux debugger alongside its LLVM debugger, and when it updates a game such as Dota 2, Valve generates up to 3 percent of the worldwide LAN-based IP traffic.

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New GI Has Info On Spiritual Successor To Mutant League Football

Mutant League Football creator Michael Mendheim is getting ready to bring back gridiron carnage with a brand-new franchise inspired by the Genesis classic, and GI's got the scoop.

You can read about this new football franchise as well as some of the team that Mendheim has assembled, in the new issue of Game Informer. The digital edition of GI is out now.

Also, check out our Replay of the original Mutant League Football.

Our Take:
I was lucky enough to get to interview Mr. Mendheim for the article in the new issue, sounds like there are some exciting things happening for Mutant League fans.

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Even more PS4 news and statistics, as well as info on a new next-gen upgrade program

Yep, the PS4 is out November 15th in North America, but that’s not all! Europe is getting their hands on the new console in the same month on November 29th, with Sony proclaiming that 32 countries will be seeing their sleek, sexy machine this holiday season. Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House also cheerfully stated that the PS4 has seen over 1 million pre-orders globally.

If all this good news wasn’t enough for gamers, Andrew also unveiled info on a next-gen upgrade program: players who buy PS3 versions of certain titles will be able to download a digital version of their PS4 counterpart for a discounted price. Some games have already been confirmed for the program, including Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. Sony is hoping to add more publishers to the program, which is pretty damn neat! I’m going to personally wait to just get the games on the PS4 because I never had a PS3, but it is nice to see such a program even EXIST.


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Grand Theft Auto V Travelogue Site Shows New Info and Screens

You may have heard some talk about a game called "Grand
Theft Auto V" that's coming out this fall. It's the small indie studio Rockstar
Games, and it looks quite ambitious. A new travelogue section of the game's
official site shows off some new images and information on the game.

Rockstar posted some new wallpaper, which shows a new
character named "Nervous Ron" (pictured above). We like the looks of this guy.
In addition to 15 new screenshots of the game (which you can view below),
there's a
new tourist information travelogue site for Los Santos and Blaine
County, which has quite a few categories for your to peruse. Here are the
highlights:

Fast Cars At Your Fingertips

Talks about Los Santos's proud tradition of congestion and
lack of mass transit, and also shows off three autos from the game: the
Benefactor Feltzer, Obey Tailgater, and Coil Voltic.

Thriving Economy & Commerce

Touts Los Santos' BAWSAQ stock exchange, real estate market, and Flecca, Bank
of Liberty, and Maze banks.

Affordable Healthcare

This section talks about the Mount Zonah Medical Center, and
introduces renowned therapist Dr. Isiah Friedlander. The site also informs
prospective residents about Los Santos liberal laws pertaining to medical
marijuana.

The Great Outdoors

Shows off some grand vistas that you'll be able to use for
recreation, be it hunting, hiking, or parachuting.

Accessible Air Travel

Perhaps this header should be amended with "…if you're
rich." Elitas Travel can offer you everything you'll need to fly the friendly
skies, from private jets to helicopters - for a price.

Shopping & Glamour

This points you towards some Los Santos retail destinations
like the high-end Rockford Hills boutiques or the "drug addict hipster vibe" of
Hawick. You can also get a new coif at the stylists Herr Kutz and Beachcombover
Barbers.

Leadership You Can Trust

The events of GTA V will occur during a gubernatorial race
between incumbent Sue Murray and conservative ex-TV star Jock Cranley (who
looks a bit like Joe Biden). Judging by their new attack ads (which you can
watch here), it looks like the
race is a doozy.

Vehicular Customization Shops

Los Santos Customs offers a variety of car customization
that Rockstar promises will rival its Midnight Club series.

Beaches and Watersports

One of the big focuses of GTA V is more watersports, and
here you'll see everything from personal watercraft to one of the more
intriguing additions: scuba diving and submarines.

Friendly Neighbors

As always, this new GTA is stacked with a wide variety of
shady characters. But, you can always get help from the
Epsilon Program, which
appears to be GTA V's take on Scientology.

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