The love for the Ace Attorney may be cooling down from the DS heyday, but the entries aren't stopping. This week's Famitsu shared some details about
the newest entry in the series, Dai Gyakuten Saiban: Ryuunosuke
Naruhodou no Bouken.
The series next bout is set in Japan's Meiji era (1868 to 1912). Apparently players will be cast in the role of Phoenix Wright's ancestor,
Ryuunosuke Naruhodo, a new character to the franchise.
Series creator Shu Takumi, who was unable to be heavily
involved in Dual Destinies due to this commitment on Professor Layton vs. Ace
Attorney, is back as director for the game.
Right now, no plans to release the game in North America have been announced.
You can read our review of Dual Destinies here, or take a stroll down memory lane in our feature about the series' funniest characters.
[Note: image above is from Dual Destinies, not the new game]
While it's still only a few minor details, it's exciting to
see the franchise try out a different time period and focus on a new lead. The question is will Ryuunosuke Naruhodo be as compelling as Phoenix Wright or even Apollo Justice? It'll be interesting to go into the game without having a deep connection to one of the leads. I'm sure Capcom will find a way to incorporate Wright and other references from the series, but it's not like it will be easy to throw in the well-established characters given the time period. I'm
also happy to see Takumi will have a much greater role in the new entry.
Nintendo is jumping into the season pass business with three course and character packs for Mario Golf: World Tour on 3DS. Nintendo says the retail game, which releases on May 2, carries the same amount of content as previous entries.
The $14.99 season pass delivers six new courses and four new characters over three packs. Each $5.99 pack (if purchased a la carte) offers two courses and a new character.
The Mushroom pack opens up Toadette. The Flower pack gives players access to Nabbit. Rosalina comes with the Star pack. If you purchase the season pass or all three course packs individually, you unlock Gold Mario. He becomes available as soon as you buy the season pass.
This is Nintendo’s first foray into season passes, though third party games on its systems have featured them before.
Our TakeNintendo’s statement on the season pass is very carefully worded to assuage concern about content being removed to be sold as DLC. For what’s being offered, the $15 season pass seems reasonable.
Looking for awesome game art to decorate your room with? These classic NES gaming scenes recreated with Lego's should do nicely.
The pieces come from Brian Stark, who has been working on the projects in his spare time. So far he's created four pieces: Super Mario Bros. 3, Metroid, Mega Man, and The Legend of Zelda, with his fifth, Ducktales, on the way.
Brian says he is also creating the works digitally on his computer so he can create instructions and part lists for people to create their own. He is currently selling his work, and also takes commissions. You can check out his store page here.
If you need even more Lego art, you can't go wrong with this Lego rendition of the Blue Bomber. If Lego art isn't your style, you can always go with wood.
Blizzcon will be taking place on November 7 and 8 at the Anaheim Convention Center. If you want to attend though, you should start thinking about tickets now.
Two batches of tickets will be sold for $199 plus taxes and fees. The first group becomes available on May 7 at 7 p.m. Pacific. The second batch will be up for purchase on May 10 at 10 a.m. Pacific.
The event includes hands-on time with Blizzard titles, Starcraft II world championship competition, tournaments for attendees, and contests. With Heroes of the Storm and World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor going into beta shortly, you can expect those will be present at the event.
Convention tickets are priced at $199. Those that wish to attend the Blizzcon Benefit Dinner, the proceeds of which support the Children’s Hospital of Orange County, can try to purchase one of the approximately 200 $750 tickets. Those are available on May 14 at 7 p.m. Pacific.
Virtual tickets will be offered again this year. Pricing and details will be made available later. For more information, visit the official Blizzcon website.
Forgive me if you’ve heard me tell this story before. I was mere hours late to pre-order a Borderlands 2 Ultimate Loot Chest. By the time I realized I hadn’t secured mine, the opportunity had passed me by… or it would have if I hadn’t been willing to drive three hours roundtrip.
When Borderlands 2 came out, I called every store nearby to get one. I ended up finding one unclaimed in New York state, so I gleefully got in the car and drove to pick it up.
Many of us have similar stories, whether it’s camping an eBay auction for a rare game, lining up days in advance, or selling blood to buy games (something I've now heard about from more than one person). What’s your craziest game acquisition story? Let us know in the comments.
The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York, home of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, has announced the acquisition of a collection of Atari coin-operated video game history. The materials include artwork, schematics, corporate records, source code, and a variety of artifacts.
The new collection spans from 1972 through 1999, and includes over 1,500 pieces of artwork, advertising materials, hand-drawn schematics, and an unreleased game called Maze Invaders. The latter was created by designer Ed Logg (Super Breakout, Asteroids, Gauntlet), and only two units exist.
Following the video game crash of 1983, Atari spun off a number of divisions. That year also marks the date of the “E.T. Landfill,” which is about to be excavated for the first time. The coin-operated group remained in-house, but was sold a number of times.
Atari Games famously engaged in legal disputes with Nintendo, over unauthorized cartridges for the NES sold under the Tengen brand. Time Warner later purchased a controlling interest before selling the division to WMS Industries, which owned the Bally/Midway arcade operation.
Atari was renamed as Midway Games West in 2000. Midway eventually went out of business, with assets largely ending up with Warner Bros. in 2009.
For more on The Strong National Museum of Play and the International Center for the History of Electronic Games, visit the official website.
[Source: The Strong Museum]
Our TakeDuring my time living in Rochester, New York, I took many trips to The Strong Museum before and after its renovation. I moved just before the International Center for the History of Electronic Games was opened, and I’m eager to visit on my next trip to Western New York.
EA has announced a Digital Deluxe edition and Inquisitor edition for Dragon Age: Inquisition. You can order the former right now on Origin for a $10 premium over the $59.99 standard edition. The other will likely be a retail collection and does not yet have a price attached.
The deluxe edition comes with a number of in-game items, including a throne, two mounts, weapons, armor, horse armor, a soundtrack, and unannounced other items. The title launches on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, and PC on October 7. For more, be sure to check out this morning's new trailer and screenshots announcing the release date.
[Source: Dragon Age]
Our TakeIt’s pretty obvious what the weapons, armor, and mounts will do. However, we’re not sure why a throne is important in the game. Also, the inclusion of horse armor gives me a chuckle. If this is worth $10 to you, head on over to Origin to pre-order. As for the physical edition, expect a heftier price tag.
In the wake of the Gamespy technologies closure, many still popular older titles were placed in jeopardy of multiplayer shutdown. Some developers have chosen to end their support. Others are migrating their most popular titles.
Three titles and their DLC/expansions will be migrated to Steamworks for ongoing support. The titles will temporarily go offline after May 31 while the migration takes place.They are:
2K games has also announced the closure of services for the following multiplayer games:
Additionally, other Wii and DS titles will be affected by the Gamespy closure. Nintendo has announced that it will be terminating online services for those consoles due to Glu’s decision.
[Source: 2K Games (1), (2)]
Our Take2K is preserving the most popular of its titles. Many people are still playing the original Borderlands games and the Civilization titles that use Gamespy. Every publisher that worked with Gamespy was forced to make hard decisions that balance financial realities with customer service. This is a hard lesson about working with middleware providers for core game functions.
Film distributor Relativity is challenging kids across the country to create a game based off the upcoming film, Earth to Echo.
Relativity’s upcoming feature film Earth To Echo, opens
nationwide July 2, but the Code: Echo initiative challenges kids to create games before the film comes out in three
different categories: Best Story Tie In, Best Puzzle Game, and Best Action Game.
"Inspired by Code.org's 'Hour of Code,' we wanted to build upon this foundation by engaging students and challenging them to code a game around our movie," said Liz Jones, EVP of Digital Marketing. "Since Earth to Echo is a first person narrative about kids who actually inspire change, we thought it only fitting to give students across the country the opportunity to build their own game in a creative and fun way."
If you want to participate in the coding challenge, check out Codeechomovie.com. Winners will be announced on May 23 and will receive cash prizes and/or hometown movie screenings. Check out the trailer for the film below.
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The Batman: Arkham Origins DLC you’ve been waiting for is out today. Cold, Cold Heart will put a young caped crusader against Mr. Freeze.
This wraps up the season pass content for Batman: Arkham Origins. You can still download that bundle for $19.99 and get the skins (lots of skins), the Initiation DLC and Cold, Cold Heart.
If it’s just Mr. Freeze you’re interested in, you can download the new story expansion for $9.99 today. You can check out our review of Batman: Arkham Origins for more info. You can also read up on Rocksteady’s final Arkham adventure in our Arkham Knight coverage hub from April 2014.
Tecmo Koei and Nintendo have announced a team-up that will result in a new Fatal Frame title for the Wii U. In addition to a new game in the “zero” series (as its known in Japan), the pair will explore transmedia opportunities, including movies and books.
A horror movie planned for fall 2014 release is under development from Kadokawa, Inc. Comics and a novel are also planned.
The Fatal Frame series has players hunting ghosts with the aid of a camera. Very little is known about the new game, including whether it will be released outside of Japan. No release date or title has been announced.
[Source: Famitsu via Gematsu]
Our TakeNintendo seems to be growing its relationship with Tecmo Koei. The first Wii U collaboration, a title currently known as Hyrule Warriors, may be released this year. We’ll have a better sense of that at E3.
The most recent Fatal Frame title was developed exclusively for the Wii and was not released in North America. It might be best not to get hopes up that this will come stateside either.
Pictured: Fatal Frame II
At PAX East last weekend, the Indie Megabooth was hopping. We saw a number of great games (some of which you can find on the two lists we wrote up). With the recent upswell in indie development, we’re curious about where our readers are spending their gaming time.
First, please let us know which platform(s) get most of your time. Are you a console player or do you spend your time with mouse and keyboard (or both)?
Do you find yourself spending your gaming time with the big hitters or have you started incorporating indies into your routine? If you have diversified, about what percentage of your time do you spend in each pool?
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the caped crusader, and DC Comics is celebrating with a variety of figures culled from nearly a decade of Dark Knight. Included in the batch are some that will be familiar to fans of the Arkham series.
The series, which starts shipping in April and will continue through the fall, includes heroes and villains alike. First up is the Arkham Asylum Armored Batman Statue.
In July, you’ll be able to pick up Clayface from Arkham City, Harley Quinn from Arkham Asylum, and a four-pack that will include Batman, The Joker, Scarecrow, and Harley Quinn. We don’t have pictures of these yet, so we don’t know if the four-pack overlaps with this month’s Armored Batman or the solo Harley coming in July.
In September, we get Arkham City Mr. Freeze and an Arkham City four-pack that includes Batman, Robin, Nightwing, and Harley Quinn. October brings a Batman four-pack, including the Dark Knight as he appeared in the Hush story line, Arkham Origins, New Frontier, and his first appearance.
If you are a fan of Infinite Crisis, DC and Turbine’s comic-powered MOBA, there are a couple of figures coming at the end of the year. Renaissance Batman and Atomic Poison Ivy will be out sometime in the fall.
For the full list and gallery of images, head on over to DC Comics’ website. Hungry for more Arkham? Check out the trailer for the upcoming animated film set in that universe. You can also read up on Batman; Arkham Knight from our April 2014 issue.
Nintendo is getting ready to release its second NES Remix title (our review of the first). The minigame collection puts unique twists on 8-bit Nintendo games, similar to some found in the WarioWare titles.
Speaking with IGN, director Koichi Hayashida says that he was familiar with the system from his work on Mario 3D World. That isn’t the only reason, though. “In order to accomplish what we wanted with NES Remix, and get the effect we wanted out of it and the value that we wanted it to have, we needed some more machine power,” he said.
He doesn’t say that a 3DS version would have been impossible, but that it would have been more difficult. NES Remix 2 will be out this Friday, April 25.
Our TakeIt’s hard to imagine that with games like Bravely Default, Pokémon X and Y, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and countless others that the 3DS couldn’t easily handle NES Remix. The title isn’t much different than the WarioWare games on DS. I believe that the Wii U was more familiar to Hayashida and, therefore, easier to develop for. I am skeptical that the title needs the power of the Wii U.
If you saw the Uncharted teaser that premiered at the PlayStation 4 launch event, you heard the voice of actor Todd Stashwick. We recently reported that he was joining former Naughty Dog writer and Uncharted creative director Amy Hennig at Visceral Games to work on that studio’s Star Wars project.
In the wake of that move, Naughty Dog has decided to recast Stashwick’s role in the upcoming fourth installment of the Uncharted series. The actor has confirmed the news with IGN. Because so little has been shared about Uncharted, we don’t know how much of an impact this has.
In addition to Amy Hennig’s departure, The Last of Us lead artist Nate Wells and Uncharted director Justin Richmond have also left.
Our TakeNaughty Dog seems to be in a state of upheaval, and while the studio has asserted that the Uncharted 4 timeline is unaffected (at least as recently as Richmond’s departure), it’s hard to believe that the game will be ready in 2014. We’ll likely know more at E3.
We’re inching closer to the release of Dragon Age Inquisition, and today brings a new piece of art. It just so happens that this the piece that will adorn the front of every copy of the game.
The announcement also included the tagline, “They say only the Inquisitor has the power to stop it…” Be sure to also note the image of the dragon created in the negative space above the Inquisitor (scroll down if you can't see it).
Click to enlarge.
Hopefully this means we’re getting close to news of a release date. Dragon Age: Inquisition will be out this fall for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC.
For more on Dragon Age Inquisition, check out our coverage hub from September 2013.
Still can't find the hidden dragon? This should help.
[Source: Dragon Age on Twitter]
Our TakeIn a follow-up note, BioWare said that it purposely designed the cover art of the Inquisitor to be gender neutral. Since players can take on the role of a male or female lead, this egalitarian approach to the cover art allows players to start up without any preconceived notions of what the hero (or villain) looks like.
Some of the best pieces of video game art is the stuff you can make yourself. An Imgur user was nice enough to provide step-by-step instructions for making a pixel-art wooden Mario.
The project requires some basic wood working equipment and minor know-how, but should be easier to do. The creator took a board and used a router to cut squares into the board to create a pixel effect. These are all painted Mario’s different colors, and the excess is cut away to reveal our favorite 8-bit plumber.
The Imgur album has a photo for every step to make sure you don’t get lost if you choose to make it. If Mario isn't your thing, check out this papercraft Robert Lutece that includes instructions to make it.
Have you ever made a cool piece of video game art? Let us know in the comments!
After proving that you can play missile tennis with vortex shields and destroy a dropship with incoming Titan splash damage, the Titanfall Mythbusters are back for round two. This time, they’re looking at whether MRVNs can feel pain and just how far the trigger on a satchel bomb will work.
In this latest episode, the team at DefendTheHouse also challenges the myths of Spectre Camo speed boosts and ejecting to safety after your Titan goes off a cliff. Check it out below, and if you missed the first installment, catch up here.
For more on Titanfall, you can check out our review of the Xbox One and PC version here, and our look at the Xbox 360 installment. Titanfall is getting its first DLC soon, adding new maps. Free features will also be added shortly, including Titan customization.
PixelJunk Monsters is a game about monsters eating babies. If that isn’t reason enough for you to help Tikiman defend his land from the invading horde, then we don’t know what is.
Q-Games’ tower defense title was the second title in the now seven-entry PixelJunk series. This updated version of PixelJunk Monsters includes the Encore expansion pack and touch controls. You can download it tomorrow to your PlayStation Vita when the store updates.
As a reminder, today is the last day to download Street Fighter X Tekken for Vita. This week also will be the last for Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for PSP (playable on Vita). For the rest of April's offerings, click here.
[Source: PlayStation Blog]
Our TakePixelJunk Monsters is an extremely competent tower defense game, and it’s great for on the go play. Make some room on your Vita for this one.
Nate Wells, lead artist on The Last of Us, has left Naughty Dog. Wells confirmed via Twitter that he joined The Unfinished Swan developer Giant Sparrow earlier this month.
Giant Sparrow is currently working on a project codenamed “Edith Finch.” It was first revealed in March 2013, and the studio says it is not a sequel to The Unfinished Swan, but will provide a similar experience.
Prior to his work on Game Informer’s 2013 Game of the Year, The Last of Us, Wells worked for 13 years at Irrational Games. Wells’ departure is the third notable one from Naughty Dog recently.
Uncharted creative director and writer Amy Hennig departed the studio in March, reportedly due to internal strife. She has since taken the creative lead on Visceral Games’ Star Wars project.
Justin Richmond, director on Uncharted 4, also left the studio recently. Richmond has since joined Riot Games.
Correction: The headline and story originally listed Wells' title as "art director." We have corrected both to reflect his title of "lead artist." Game Informer apologizes for the error.
[Source: Nate Wells on Twitter via Joystiq]
Our TakeThere are a lot of eyes on Naughty Dog right now after the departure of high profile individuals. Anticipation is high for the next Uncharted title, especially with E3 right around the corner. Whether that game will make it for 2014 though is yet to be revealed.
Blizzard's collectible card game Hearthstone got its big iPad release last week, exposing the game to an even wider audience. To mark the occassion, Blizzard is giving players an incentive to meet up in person and play the game. In addition to learning more about the game (and potentially making a new friend or two), players can also earn a special in-game card back for their decks.
The mini events, which Blizzard is calling Fireside Gatherings, are fan-created meetups. Players are encouraged to bring their iPads and laptops to public spaces to trade strategies and gloat about their collections with other Hearthstone players. Visit the official site to see if there are any in your area, or to learn more about hosting one of your own (you could even do this in your own home). If you attend one of these events, you can earn the special Fireside Friends card back.
The card back (above) will be available starting April 26. Blizzard isn't saying how long the promotion will last, so if you like what you see you may want to act sooner than later.
Our TakeI've been playing a lot of the game lately, and it's a blast. I wonder how the dynamic would change playing face to face without the relative anonymity that playing online provides, though. The rage quits would be more entertaining, but I don't know if a card back is worth running the risk of having a chair thrown at my head.
Ubisoft has updated its corporate “facts and figures” page, providing a new look at franchises and organizational details. The company now employs over 9,200 people at 29 studios in 19 countries.
Of those employees, 7,800 work on production, with the remaining 1,400 split across business divisions. Assassin’s Creed tops the publisher’s list of best-selling franchises with 73 million copies sold across titles. Assassin's Creed Unity has been announced for this year on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Just Dance comes in a distant second at 48 million, followed by Splinter Cell (30 million), Rainbow Six (26 million), and Ghost Recon (25 million). The bottom of the list provided (which is not inclusive), lists Your Shape on the Kinect and Wii U, at 3 million.
Ubisoft will report its full-year earnings on May 15, 2014, during which company executives will also give an outlook for the coming year. Ubisoft's third quarter report reflected a downturn, in part due to the delays of Watch Dogs and The Crew to the next fiscal year.
[Source: Ubisoft via Kotaku]
Our TakeIf you were wondering why Assassin’s Creed comes out every year (and may even get two games in 2014), you need only look at the numbers. I am looking forward to the earnings call next month, if only because we should get a better idea of whether Ubisoft thinks The Division will still make it for calendar year 2014. I strongly suspect it will be delayed into 2015, but possibly not outside Ubisoft’s current fiscal year.
As we hide and discover eggs in celebration of Easter today, it’s the perfect opportunity to talk about some of my favorite hidden secrets in video games.
Minecraft In Borderlands 2Minecraft is referenced in everything these days. It’s almost a requirement if you release an independent game, that you have at least one Minecraft reference in it. I think it’s part of Steam’s approval process.
Despite this, it was still very surprising to see the extensive Minecraft Easter Egg in Borderlands 2 – a game that is far from being an indie title. Its implementation was also impressive, as a whole small area received a full Minecraft makeover.
Lost In Just Cause 2I am a big fan of the show Lost, and even devoted a full feature to its many references as they have appeared in video games, which you can read about here, and Just Cause 2 has an awesome one.
In Just Cause 2 there is an island that cannot be fast traveled to that will cause your plane to explode if you fly near it. You can also find a hatch on the island like the one featured in the show, and an undefeatable enemy that spews smoke.
Samus’ Ship In Donkey Kong Country Tropical FreezeIt’s the most recent Easter Egg on this list, and one I can not claim to have discovered on my own. In one of the game’s bonus levels, Busted Bayou, it is possible to find Samus’ ship crashed in the trees of the background.
I love the lore possibilities behind this Easter Egg. Why has Samus’ ship crashed? And why has it crashed on whatever planet Donkey Kong and his pals live on? It’s also exciting because we haven’t heard much in terms of a new entry for the Metroid series in quite a while, and Tropical Freeze’s developer, Retro, created the Metroid Prime series. Maybe this is its way of hinting at a new entry? I’ve got my fingers crossed.
Half-Life's Borealis In Portal 2I love the extended fiction of the Half-Life and Portal universe, and will always be enamored with the fact that the two overlap – even if it is only slightly. A boat called the Borealis is mentioned during the end of Half-Life 2: Episode 2, and though it’s never made entirely clear exactly why, it is made clear that it is very important.
When I ran across the area in Portal 2 where the Borealis was previously docked, I could barely contain my excitement. But then I remembered I wouldn’t be getting more answers about the ship until the release of Half-Life 3, which could be very far away, if it ever comes at all.
Street Fighter's Hadouken In Mega Man XAfter getting all the upgrade capsules and heart pieces in Mega Man X, it is possible to unlock the Hadouken for X to use in combat in the original Mega Man X. The reason I appreciate this Easter Egg so much is because I had heard of its existence pre-internet and the complicated process necessary to discover it made me quickly write it off as impossible rumor.
It took taking my Super Nintendo with me, despite my parent’s protests, to a rented beach house one summer vacation. We met some kids down the street (who were also from out of town) who assured me that it was a real thing. It was only after they demonstrated it for me that I finally declared faith in its existence.
What are some of your favorite Easter Eggs in video games? You can see some more impressive Easter Eggs by heading here.
After encountering some eventually resolved issues with the game appearing on iOS, developer Beamdog has brought the game over to Android.
The enhanced edition of the game adds new characters and myriad improvements to the original game, as well as a new area, The Black Pits.
You can grab the game for $9.99 your Android device by heading here.
[Source: Google Play, via CVG]
Our TakeI'm happy to see to see Beamdog overcome it's hurdles with this game and finally deliver it to more platforms.
Free-to-play may not be the complete and total future of video game distribution, but many indicators point to it being a very important part of it. What's your favorite game you've played that you didn't have to pay to download?
I nursed a temporary Candy Crush addiction, and I enjoyed my time with the game. I also had good times with World of Tanks on Xbox 360, and the time I spent with Tribes: Ascend and Path of Exile.
What free-to-play games have you enjoyed? Which would you call your favorite? Dota 2? League of Legends? Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft? Dungeon Keeper? Let us know in the comments below.
For some suggestions of quality free-to-play games, head here and here.