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  • August 16th, 2012

    by Published on August 16th, 2012 23:55
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    New Super Mario Bros. 2 was released in Japan a few weeks ago and has sold near on 800,000 copies, well today in the UK its our turn to check out the biggest 3DS release of the year.

    Mario and Luigi are back, and this time, their task is to collect a million coins. Super Mario Brothers 2 is a continuation of the DS game released in 2006. Familiar characters and props, such as the Super Leaf are back. Transform the pipe cleaner into a raccoon and all sorts of creatures to make your coin collection as exciting as possible. Make the Golden Flower bloom, put on the ring to turn your enemies into coins, and put on the block mask to generate coins when the pipe cleaners run.

    There are more mini-games. Collect as much coins as you can in just one life span in the coin rush mode. And when you are dealing extra challenging stages, ask your brother to come help you out as Luigi.

    Each level is littered with gold as coins rain down from overhead pipes, trails of coins are left behind special gold enemies and gold pipes transport Mario into coin-filled caverns. It’s up to players to collect as many coins as possible throughout their adventure.

    • The game records all the coins players collect throughout the game, so completing a level is only part of the fun. Every level is filled with golden opportunities, such as gold rings that turn enemies into valuable gold versions and a Gold Flower that gives Mario the ability to turn almost anything in his path into coins.
    • Coin Rush Mode allows players to collect as many coins as possible across three levels and challenge friends to beat their record via StreetPass.
    • New Super Mario Bros. 2 is an all-new side-scrolling adventure game featuring Mario and Luigi. Two players who each own the game will have the option to play the entire game in two-player multiplayer mode using local wireless.
    • The return of Raccoon Mario gives Mario the ability to fly and access hidden areas.
    • Players will have the option to either purchase the game at retail stores or download the entire game through the Nintendo eShop.

      Amazon are selling New Super Mario Bros 2 for £29.99
    by Published on August 16th, 2012 23:14
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    2. Playstation Vita News

    Sony engineers are working to reduce the cost of manufacturing the PS Vita so it can cut the price of the handheld - but that price cut won't happen this year.Sony's fledgling portable has endured torrid sales since its launch last year in Japan and early this year in Europe, sparking calls for the Japanese company to slash its price.But Sony Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida told Eurogamer at Gamescom this week that the price of Vita will not drop this year. Instead, it hopes prospective buyers will find new bundles, such as the LittleBigPlanet Vita bundle announced during Sony's Gamescom press conference earlier this week, good enough value to convince them to take the plunge."People like cheap or free," he said. "Of course, cost reduction is one area our engineering team is working on. But we just launched the platform earlier this year. It takes time to do so."At a certain point in the future we would like to address the pricing issue for some of the people who are waiting. But this year we are trying to add value by creating different types of bundles. We announced we will provide LittleBigPlanet PS Vita bundle pack. That's affordable for people who are looking for a good deal."So, no price cut this year? "No," Yoshida replied. "It's too early."Another criticism Vita has endured is that there are not enough games available for it. Yoshida said Sony had noticed this perception, and the addition of new games and content was now its number one priority."The reaction to the hardware platform itself has been very strong," he said. "We are very pleased with the response we got. It's up to our expectations in terms of what we were hoping for in bringing PS Vita to the market."But the actual sales of PS Vita, obviously we would like to see more uptake. We see lots of feedback from consumers saying they would like to see more content, they would like to see their favourite franchises coming to the PS Vita."From our perspective, we were very pleased to launch with many titles. Many people said we had the strongest launch line-up for a PlayStation platform. But it's amazing how much more people want and how much content they consume."We designed PS Vita as a medium you can spend hours immersed into playing games. That means any amount of content can be potentially consumed pretty quickly. Also, we feel the expectations of people have changed since the launch of smartphone gaming. There is so much available in terms of variety and numbers."So we have to continue to work on bringing more content from big titles people are looking for in terms of franchises, to very small, snack-sized, intuitive casual games on the digital distribution side."During its conference Sony revealed a raft of Vita games that are spin-offs of big franchises, including Assassin's Creed 3: Liberation, Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified and Killzone: Mercenary, and Yoshida hopes these games will boost sales of the handheld.But another way new content will be added to Vita is through PS Mobile, Sony's new way of getting smaller games built for the Android platform on a raft of PlayStation certified devices, including smartphones, tablets and, of course, Vita."PS Mobile is one of the initiatives we are working hard to provide an ecosystem like the App Store, so small developers and even individuals can create content and publish on PS Vita as well as PS certified Android devices," Yoshida said."And anything in between, like offering the PSone emulation compatibility. We were very happy to be able to announce later this month we will bring lots of PSone titles to PS Vita. That includes lots of great RPGs that people were asking for on PS Vita. I for one am looking forward to playing Legend on Dragoon again on PS Vita."So, that's our biggest focus now. The best way to realise the potential of the PS Vita platform is to provide the content. That's absolutely number one."

    by Published on August 16th, 2012 23:12
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    It has begun. 3DS owners are now able to download full retail 3DS games via the eShop, as set in motion by the arrival of New Super Mario Bros. 2.
    The game will be available for download starting midnight on August 19 alongside the release of the game in brick and mortar retailers. Whether or not you think the download option is worth the money is the question.It's otherwise a quiet week for US Nintendo downloads. Here's the list:
    Nintendo eShop
    New Super Mario Bros. 2 (available Aug. 19) - The bros are back for an all-new adventure worth its weight in gold! Be one of the first to get your hands on this game by purchasing and downloading directly to your Nintendo 3DS system from the Nintendo eShop starting at midnight on Aug. 19. (For Nintendo 3DS)
    Coin Rush Mode Video - A series of videos are being released in the Nintendo eShop to give players a special look at New Super Mario Bros. 2. A new video highlighting the competitive Coin Rush mode is now available. (For Nintendo 3DS)
    THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY (Add-on Content) - Tap and slide to the rhythm of more than 70 tracks from the FINAL FANTASY series. Check out the latest songs available for download. (For Nintendo 3DS)
    Crazy Chicken: Pirates 3D - Restore peace to the Caribbean shores by pointing and shooting crazy pirate chickens in this frantic action game. You only have 90 seconds to complete your raid by slaying pirates and collecting all hidden treasures. (For Nintendo 3DS)
    A Month of Mario
    Mario's Picross - This week, "A Month of Mario" is featuring Mario's Picross. Starting today through Wednesday, Aug. 22, this mind-bending puzzle game is available at a discounted price of $2.99. (For Nintendo 3DS)
    Also new this week:
    Crazy Chicken: Pirates (Nintendo DSiWare)

    by Published on August 16th, 2012 23:09
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    Konami has confirmed a delay of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fatefor 3DS. It was originally announced as a fall 2012 game, but the 2.5D action game is now due in 2013. Konami did not offer a reason for the bump in its statement to Game Informer.

    Konami did not delay the release of new screenshots, featuring returning heroes Alucard (the one with the white hair) and Simon Belmont (with his post-Castlevania Chronicles red hair).
    by Published on August 16th, 2012 23:06
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    A list of "January 2013 New Releases" on Diamond Book Distributors shows an English version of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, the compendium originally released in Japan in December. According to the info provided in the sales kit, the English version is being published by Dark Horse Books, and will retail for $34.99 on January 29, 2013.

    The Historia is famous for including a timeline of the series' storyline, but it's also full of concept art and other material, all edited and collected by producer Eiji Aonuma.
    by Published on August 16th, 2012 23:05
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    GameStop has been talking about its plans to stream games since acquiring Spawn Labs and Impulse back in early 2011, and next summer the new service will launch. But it won't be available on consoles as originally thought.

    "Based on consumer feedback, our success in selling mobile devices, and the imminent launch of new consoles, we have decided to move our technology to a PC-based model," GameStop president Tony Bartel said during a conference call with investors today (via Gamasutra). After running a nationwide private beta, GameStop has decided to offer the service only on PC, tablets and internet-enabled television sets.

    Previously, GameStop senior VP Mike Mauler proposed a scenario where users would need to own a retail copy of a particular game they wished to stream from the cloud. That's not set in stone, of course – and that's not to say GameStop won't bring the service to the next generation of consoles, but for the near-future, it appears consoles aren't getting an invite to GameStop's cloud club.

    by Published on August 16th, 2012 22:52
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    It's time to get realistic about the prospects of a PlayStation Vita price drop. Sony Worldwide Studios' head Shuhei Yoshida dampened the fires of speculation at GamesCom this week by telling Eurogamerthat it was simply "too early" to slash the price on the gaming handheld -- it was only just launched this year for every active region beyond Japan, after all. That's not to say Sony is determined to keep the PS Vita at $249 forever. Much like what it did for the PS3, the company is working to bring down the price by streamlining part costs. The cuts might be necessary given the mismatch between the warm reception to the quad-core, OLED-packing hardware and the actual sales; Sony would "like to see more uptake" than what's been seen to date, according to Yoshida. In the meantime, we'll have to be content with bundles like the European LittleBigPlanet combo if we want to eke out a little more value at the game store counter.
    by Published on August 16th, 2012 22:50
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    At Google's developer conference, the company announced that it would soon offer the ability to download delta updates in its Play Store, and we're starting to see the promise fulfilled before our very eyes. These delta upgrades, which save time and bandwidth when updating larger apps by only downloading the actual changes (rather than the entire program), were spotted earlier by Android Policeand verified by our staff. While it may seem like a minor feature, you'll likely be happy that you don't have to think twice about updating your graphically-intense games when you're not within range of a hotspot. Head below for a video showing the delta updates in action.

    by Published on August 16th, 2012 22:48
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    Dragon Quest X drops to two as Italian plumber makes a comeback
    Nintendo is sitting pretty at the top of the Japanese charts this week, with the 3DS maintaining its seemingly endless hold on the top of the hardware sales, and New Super Mario Bros 2 leading the software charts.
    In the figures for the week ending August 12, collated by Enterbrain and presented by Andriasang, the 3DS was still way ahead of its closest rival, the Wii, by nearly 93,000 units.

    1. Nintendo 3DS: 108,897 (118,786)
    2. Wii: 15,916 (41,561)
    3. PlayStation 3: 13,740 (14,544)
    4. PlayStation Portable: 12,208 (11,989)
    5. PlayStation Vita: 8,805 (8,203)
    6. Xbox 360: 517 (605)
    7. PlayStation 2: 445 (430)
    8. Nintendo DSi: 344 (372)

    In software Mario and Luigi pushed Dragon Quest X into second place making it almost a clean sweep for Nintendo in the top 5 software sales. New entry Kuroko's Basketball made it to 4 on PSP.

    1. [3DS] 01. New Super Mario Bros. 2 - 146,684 (790,732)
    2. [WII] 02. Dragon Quest X - 70,352 (490,663)
    3. [NDS] 03. Pokemon Black & White 2 - 50,431 (2,575,896)
    4. [PSP] 04. Kuroko's Basketball- 36,844
    5. [3DS] 05. Run For Money: Flee From the Strongest Hunters in History - 25,365 (75,243)

    by Published on August 16th, 2012 22:46
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    2. Xbox 360 News

    The retail chain is looking to make DLC purchasers easier for consumers



    Gamestop is ready to launch a new system that allows consumers to purchase and download downloadable content (DLC) for Xbox 360 titles in store. Currently, when a user buys DLC, they received a code that can be redeemed on their home consoles. GameStop president Tony Bartel told Wired that the new system would bypass that step.
    "There was a lot of friction about putting in a [25-digit] code… with a controller," Bartel told Wired.
    The system will send an email after users purchase the content in store. By using their smartphone and clicking on that link, users can begin the download process on their consoles. The new system is GameStop-exclusive and while it only works with Xbox 360 content, Bartel sees it moving to other platforms in the future.
    "It's GameStop-specific, and it works with any code," he says of the system. "We can take any of our partners and put them on our platform."


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