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Nintendo And Star Wars Collide In Super Smash Wars Episode 3

Majora's Moon is nearly operational, and only one band of intergalactic heroes can save the universe from it's wrath in this clever parody of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi staring Nintendo's loveable icons.

This adorable fan-made animated short from James Farr is filled with references to both Star Wars and Nintendo. If you missed them, check out episodes One and Two.

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Star Wars Pinball taps Episode 4 – A New Hope for its latest table

While you’ll have to wait a bit for the official debut of Zen Studios’ pinball table based on Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope, the developer offers the above primer demonstrating just how faithfully it has captured the beloved film in its trademark…
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Uncharted Creative Director Amy Hennig To Lead Star Wars Project At Visceral Games

EA has announced the hiring of former Naughty Dog writer and creative director Amy Hennig. Hennig joins Dead Space studio Visceral Games as creative director on that studios Star Wars project.

“As both a colleague and friend, I’ve always admired her approach to creative development – focusing on nailing down the soul of a game first, and then making sure the writing, the gameplay, the design and the art comes together to form a unified, interactive experience for the player,” writes Visceral general manager Steve Papoutsis. He goes on to say that Star Wars was one of things that got Hennig to say “yes” to EA and Visceral.

Hennig departed Naughty Dog suddenly last month. For more on her career, check out a piece written by senior features editor Matt Helgeson.

[Source: EA]

 

Our Take
Hennig’s hiring at Visceral makes me excited for that studio’s new Star Wars game. I’ve long been a fan of hers, and having her work on the franchise considered to be the geek Holy Grail is an exciting prospect indeed.

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EA looks to WB’s Batman: Arkham success with Star Wars games

In a recent interview with Fortune, Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson discussed his vision for the company, as well as the challenges he’s faced, since taking over in September of last year. While most of the interview was a CEO issuing statements…
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Star Wars Pinball shoots first with four new tables

Zen Studios’ pinball tables featuring the Star Wars universe aren’t done yet. The “Heroes Within” pack includes four new tables featuring Han Solo, Droids!, Episode IV A New Hope and Masters of the Force.

The new pack will be available on the free…
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Hands-On With Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within

Zen Studios has been keeping pinball fans busy with its
recent Doctor
Strange
and Super
League Football
tables, but we've been waiting eagerly for the next big
installment of the developer's Star Wars Pinball series. Thankfully, the wait
is almost over. The new pack, entitled Star Wars Pinball: Heroes Within, will
launch in late April, and we have hands-on impressions of all four tables.

Zen Studios has included an extra table for what is
currently the final planned pack of its Star Wars Pinball series, and all four
tables are loaded with nostalgic nods to classic moments from the series.
Here's what we liked about each new table:

Episode IV: A New Hope
Like Zen's previous The Empire Strikes Back and
Return of the Jedi tables, A New Hope features a variety of modes based on scenes
from the movie. The main playing field is built around a half-circle of ramps
and orbits that facilitate quick combos. A New Hope features a variety of
multiball modes, and multiple mini playfields based on a jawa sandcrawler, the
Death Star's trash compactor, and Luke Skywalker's trench run. A New
Hope is the most traditional of the four new tables, but it has plenty of side
objectives to keep fans interested.

Droids
The strangest table of the series, Droids pays homage to
Star Wars' cast of mechanical characters. The table takes place inside of a jawa
Sandcrawler, and features a large, open playing field with an extra set of
offset flippers toward the top of the table. Players must help C-3PO and R2-D2
escape the Sandwalker by completing a series of modes to sabotage the giant
desert vehicle and Nebit, the head jawa. Droids features an appropriately
industrial aesthetic, with a magnetized crane, conveyer belt, and ore processor.
Completing a variety of hurry-up modes recruits other droids to aid you in the
final wizard mode.

Masters of the Force
Zen Studios is still working on Masters of the Force, and as such isn't releasing any screens of the table just yet. Focusing on the eternal conflict between good and evil,
Masters of the Force splits the table down the middle. Performing shots and modes
on the left side of the table aids the Sith; the right side of the table is
devoted to Star Wars' classic Jedi masters. The table's main modes center on
famous lightsaber duels between Sith and Jedi masters; completing them (along
with various hurry-up modes) sways the balance of the force to one side or the
other. The balance of the force affects the difficulty of various modes, the amount of end-of-ball bonus points you receive, and opens up new table features. Despite some obvious placeholder art in the preview build we played, Masters of the Force has an interesting premise and play flowed nicely.

Han Solo
The final table of the pack is a tribute to the galaxy's
most charismatic smuggler. The table highlights many of Han Solo's memorable
moments and features the jazzy Cantina theme music. Many of the table's modes
feature the Millennium Falcon, and task players with fixing the hyper drive,
smuggling goods in the ship's secret compartments (via its own mini playfield),
and completing the Kessel Run in a frantic multiball mode. You'll also shoot
your way through a series of villains, including Solo's infamous nemesis
Greedo. Star Wars fans don't have to worry – like in the original cut of A New Hope, Han Solo shoots first.

Zen Studios is aiming for a late April release date for Star
Wars Pinball: Heroes Within. The expansion will be available on virtually every
gaming platform, with the exception of the Xbox One; Zen Studios says it's
currently working on a port of Pinball FX 2 for Microsoft's new console, but
that they don't quite yet have a release window in mind.

For more on Star Wars Pinball, read our reviews of Star
Wars Pinball
and Star
Wars Pinball: Balance of the Force
.

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Galactic Strongholds Expansion Announced For Star Wars: The Old Republic

A free-to-play expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic was announced today by BioWare and LucasArts. Galactic Strongholds arrives this summer; allowing players to obtain and customize personal strongholds.

Galactic Strongholds lets players own and decorate multiple apartments. Apart from just an aesthetic standpoint, the decorations will be used to boost prestige score on a ranked Stronghold directory. Also included in the expansion is the ability for guilds to launch guild flagships where members can socialize or plan ahead.

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To commemorate the announcement, subscribers of The Old Republic will be receiving various in-game bonuses based on date of subscription.

  • Subscribers as of April 2nd receive: 500 bonus cartel coins.
  • Subscribers as of May 4th receive: 1,000 bonus cartel coins.
  • Subscribers as of May 11th receive: Early access to Galactic Strongholds on June 24, a Nar Shaddaa stronghold with three additional rooms unlocked (valued at 1,500,000 credits), the stronghold label Galactic Stronghold, and the character title The Illustrious.
  • Subscribers beginning June 24th will receive: Early access to Galactic Strongholds on June 24, Nar Shaddaa stronghold (valued: 250,000 credits), the Galactic Stronghold label, and the character title The Illustrious.
  • Preferred Status Players beginning July 29 will receive: Early access on July 29, the Galactic Stronghold label, and character title The Illustrious.

Players can get the preferred status by purchasing anything from The Old Republic’s online store. Former subscribers automatically have preferred status.

Star Wars: The Old Republic's Galactic Strongholds expansion will be available to the public in August.

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Wii U sees Star Wars Pinball, CastleStorm expansions this week

Zen Studios will launch two expansions for Wii U on March 13: Balance of the Force for Star Wars Pinball and The Warrior Queen for CastleStorm. Balance of the Force runs $ 10 in the eShop, and The Warrior Queen doesn’t have a set price, but it costs…
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BioWare Teases Player Housing For Star Wars: The Old Republic

A short video appears recently on the official Star Wars: The Old Republic YouTube page teasing player housing.

You can check out the video below, which has the description, "Get ready to make yourself at home in Star Wars: The Old Republic." The video itself shows what appears to be a home overlooking a city, and displays the words, "Welcome home."

Last month the Galactic Starfighter expansion, which allows players to jump into customizable spaceships for dogfights, was launched for all players. This appears to be the next big addition for the game.

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[Source: swtheoldrepublic on YouTube, via Polygon]

 

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This is something Old Republic players have been requesting for some time, and it's easy to understand why. Is there a better way to experience living in the universe of Star Wars, other than to literally live in it by owning a home?

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Guild Wars 2 dodges subscription fee in China

ArenaNet announced that it will not institute a subscription model or introduce free-to-play elements when its MMORPG Guild Wars 2 launches in China this year, subverting the region’s dominant time-based, pay-to-play trends for online games.

Guild…
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