Nintendo likely has little interest in creating amiibos for many non-Nintendo, non-video game characters, but that doesn't mean fans can't dream.
This creation was posted by a user Spade21X on the amiibo subreddit and is another addition to the growing culture of amiibo modifiers. We collected a few of our favorite custom amiibos here.
The last Dragon Ball game to release on a Nintendo console in North America was Dragon Ball: Revenge of King Piccolo on Wii in 2009. There was, however, Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission 2 that released for 3DS in Japan last year. A new Dragon Ball Z game, Xenoverse released last week on non-Nintendo consoles. You can find our review of the game here.
For an ongoing feature tracking what amiibos do in what games, head here.
[Source: Reddit, via Tiny Cartridge]
When the consumer versions of Oculus Rift, Vive, Morpheus, or any of the other virtual reality headsets launch, will you be first in line?
It will be expensive tech, and there won't be a whole lot of software available initially, but those same cons don't stop early adopters from being first in line for consoles, computers, phones, tablets, or other comparable consumer products. Are you excited enough about virtual reality and VR headsets to be one of the unofficial beta testers? Or do you plan on waiting to see the reaction and for the price to drop?
I've expressed my hesitancy over VR in the future, and despite the technology getting a lot better since I wrote this opinion piece in 2013, my thoughts haven't changed much. I am, however, excited to see what happens when the creative forces behind the technology deem it ready for mass consumption.
Master Chief is a popular subject for the crossover of artists and video games fans, but I don't think Master Chief has ever been presented quite like this.
Shared on reddit by a user going by the name OkieCoder, they wrote alongside a picture of the cross-stitch, "5 months, 51,900 stitches, and ~792 glasses of wine later - Master Chief cross-stitch," the piece was apparently put together by OkieCoder's wife. You can check out the full image by heading here.
[Source: Reddit, Imgur]
Today is the first of the month marking the first day you can grab your March Games with Gold titles on Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Today you can grab Rayman Legends on Xbox One and #IDARB. You can also download Tomb Raider. on Xbox 360 until until March 15. On March 16, the free for Gold members Xbox 360 title will be BioShock Infinite.
You can head here to download Tomb Raider remotely for your Xbox 360, and here for Rayman Legends on Xbox One. You can also grab #IDARB by heading here, if you haven't already.
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Depending on what version of the recent Pokémon you played, either Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire, you got either a Latios or Latias during the storyline. Now's your chance to get the other one.
By booting up Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire today and going to Mystery Gift, Receive Gift, and then Get With Code and entering 2015LATIOSLATIAS (or POKEMON380381 if you’re in Europe) you will get a special ticket. You can pick up the ticket at any Pokémon Center, and then take it to your father, the gym leader in Petalburg Gym, and he will place you on a ferry to go to an island where you can battle and capture whichever Legendary Pokémon you don't already have.
If you're playing Omega Ruby, it will be Latias. If you're playing Alpha Sapphire, it will be Latios.
For our review of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, head here.
[Source: Serebii, Kotaku]
HTC announced today at Mobile World Congress its virtual reality headset, the Vive, which it is building in collaboration with Valve.
The Vive will have two 1200 x 1080 displays with 90 FPS refresh rates. It will allow full 360 degree viewing and a “full room-scale” experience, which will let users get up and walk around in a 3D space. Gyrosensors, accelerometers, and laser position sensors are being used to to track head movement. HTC will also release a pair of wireless controllers that will work with the Vive.
HTC also announced work with creative partners like HBO, Lionsgate, and Google for non-video games experiences. You can check out a video outlining the Vive below.
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Valve recently promised it is bringing lots of technology to show off at GDC, including VR technology and its Steam controller, and HTC reiterated that promise today. A developer edition of the Vive will be available Spring of this year with a retail consumer version planned for this holiday of this year. Pricing details were not announced.
[Source: HTCVR, via The Verge]
Our TakeIt's unclear if this is the only VR headset Valve is creating, or if this is more of a Steam Machine-type partnership where Valve is sharing technology with a few manufacturers and HTC just happens to be the first with a major announcement. In any case, however, this is exciting news. HTC's Vive headset has a solid launch window for the end of this year, where Oculus still only has targets. GDC could be home to a number of VR announcements this coming week, but today HTC has the most capable VR headset (thanks to working with Valve) with a tangible launch.
Do you play a number of video games at once? Or do you insist on finishing a game before moving onto the next?
I hate not finishing games, but have been become more of a dabbler by working for Game Informer. If an important review game comes in, then I have to drop what I am playing and prioritize and finish that before getting back to the for-pleasure games. I am still insistent on completing games, however, and hate putting a game down without having seen the credits roll – I have just had to become a little more flexible in recent years. Grand Theft Auto is a series I often hear players put down before completing, which is why it is pictured above.
What about you? Do you finish all the games you play? Or approach video games like you would a food buffet, and take a little sample of everything?
Playtonic Games, which is comprised of former Rare developers, will reveal its project next month at the EGX Rezzed event.
Playtonic Games revealed itself as a studio earlier this month, but didn't detail much about the project it is working on other than its code name, Project Ukelele. Next month, at a panel at EGX Rezzed, Gavin Price and Chris Sutherland as well as other Playtonic members will hold a 30 minutes developer session titled, A Rare Reunion: Rebirth of the 3D Platformer. During the session Playtonic promises to, "discuss the creation of the studio and even drop a few cheeky details on our first game!"
The panel will be streamed online on the EGX twitch channel and begins at 10 AM CT on March 14. For more on Playtonic Games, head here.
[Source: Playtonic Games, EGX Rezzed]
Our TakeI'm curious to see what Playtonic Games has up its sleeve. The teaser image for its game, seen above, recalls Banjo-Kazooie with the two sets of eyes, but the jungle leaves are reminiscent of Donkey Kong Country's jungles. I just hope it's not a free-to-play mobile game.
Designer Vadu Amka, who specializes in customizing retro consoles, has released a new Wind Waker GameCube that looks like it belongs in the game that inspired it.
You can check out a full gallery of images of the GameCube by heading here, as well as a video of the console below. Some of the small details you might not immediately notice is the Hylian alphabet labeling the controller ports, a functional start button shield on the controller, and some cracks on the side of the console fashioned to look like a wall that Link could blow up with a bomb.
[Source: vaduamka, via Zelda Informer]
There were more than 6 million sniper kills during the Halo 5 beta, and The Master Chief Collection is getting more stability and matchmaking updates.
You can check out the full details of the Master Chief Collection update as well as the Halo 5 beta stats by heading here. The next Master Chief Collection update is going through certification now and should be available soon.
Along with a few stats about the most popular weapon kills from the Halo 5 beta, you will also learn gamertags from players who played the most matches, and who won the most Breakout rounds.
The latest information on the upcoming MCC content update, and more: http://t.co/ZlVledcnSz
— Halo (@Halo) February 28, 2015
The latest information on the upcoming MCC content update, and more: http://t.co/ZlVledcnSz
For more on the Halo 5 beta, you can check out our pair of Test Chambers from t when the beta was live by heading here and here.
[Source: Halo Waypoint]
Today is the last day to grab February 2015's Games with Gold titles. Technically, the only one you need to grab today is Sniper Elite V2. The window for Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons has unfortunately already passed and #IDARB will continue to be free moving into March.
March 2015's Games with Gold titles include Rayman Legends and #IDARB for Xbox One. On Xbox 360, for the first half of the month, March 1 through 15, you can grab Tomb Raider. From March 16 through the end of the month, you will be able to download BioShock Infinite.
In April, Microsoft will be celebrating the download of 100 million free titles with four Xbox 360 titles and two new Xbox One games.
After grabbing and playing Tomb Raider on March 1, make sure to check out all of our coverage for the sequel, Rise of the Tomb Raider, by clicking the banner below.
When you inevitably go see the Tomb Raider film in theaters, who do you want to be staring at? In this scenario, I'm presuming that you are facing the film and didn't walk into the wrong theater. I know it's a complicated question, but who do you want to play Lara Croft?
A few days ago, it was announced that Evan Daugherty would be writing the script for the upcoming Tomb Raider film, and we proceeded to tell Hollywood how to make the rest of the film. The big question that remain is: Who should play Lara? We've previously suggested Olivia Wilde among others. I think that's a good choice, but I'd add Emilia Clarke (who plays Daenerys Targaryen in Game Of Thrones) to that list. But, while we're at it, why couldn't current Lara voice actress Camilla Luddington also play the part? Yeah, why not have multiple Laras in the film?
Basically, there are a lot of options, so who do you think should play Lara? And while we're at it, who should play her inevitable love interest?
Nintendo has already let us play as both Fierce Deity Link and Tingle in Hyrule Warriors DLC, but in what might be the best downloadable content pack yet, players will soon be able to peck and scratch their enemies to bird seed by playing as a giant Cucco.
The next Hyrule Warriors DLC, called the Boss Pack, includes a new game mode and will let players jump into the shoes of Ganon, but he's not the only new playable character. You can call him a giant chicken, but it's not because he's afraid of a few hundred enemies. Seriously, don't scoff at this guy, just watch watch happens when Link angers him.
[Source: Eurogamer via by Moccos-tan Isedelica]
Everyone at Game Informer has got something different on their list of games to play this weekend. Tim and Kyle are progressing through Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Ben Hanson still hasn't beaten Grim Fandango, and as for me, I'm making my own fun in The Sims 4. What are your gaming plans for the weekend? Let us know in the comments.
Matthew Kato (@MattKato): Hope to play more of The Order this weekend, although the fact I've stalled is not a good sign for the game. Conversely, I've been intrigued so far by the first episode of Life is Strange, but haven't gone back to it for no particular reason.
Tim Turi (@timturi): This weekend I hope to cram in as many games as I can before I go to the Game Developers Conference. I plan on grouping up with some friends for a little co-op Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, trying to polish off the rest of Dying Light, and hopefully starting Grow Home. Also, I started replaying Spyro the Dragon, so maybe that will happen, too.
Ben Reeves (@benjaminreeves): I'm currently working on editing my book, so expect less errors soon (hey, buy my book, Kill Screen right meow). I’m also going to a wedding this weekend, so I’ll be playing the game: Sneak Extra Cake Over To My Table. On Saturday night, I plan on watching the UFC fight, and at some point I wanted to finally get around to playing Life is Strange and Resident Evil Revelations 2.
Mike Futter (@futterish): This weekend, I will play games. This sounds like a joke, but it’s been a looooooong week, and I haven’t had time to play. On tap is Dying Light with Reiner, Life is Strange episode 1, and some more Hand of Fate. I hope to also get in at least one match of Evolve with people I know.
Justin Mikos (@JustinMikos): Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late is my main priority this weekend. It’s an awesome fighting game and I’m really enjoying learning how to play each of the characters especially Linne, Nanase, and Gordeau. Beyond that I’m planning on going to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch UFC with Jon and some of the editors. Playing Kirby and the Rainbow Curse and watching some anime will probably also happen before the weekend ends.
Ben Hanson (@yozetty): This weekend I'm planning on finishing my playthrough of Grim Fandango. I'm fully glued to a walkthrough, about 10 hours in, and am making a lot of progress through year four. I'd also love to play more rounds of Evolve with a full five-person crew, I could really go for unlocking that second trapper at some point here. Outside of that, I will most likely continue to play the confusingly-addicting Super Crosswords on my 3DS. Have a good weekend!
Jeff Marchiafava (@GIJeffM): This weekend I’ll be playing a ton of indie games again. My main focus for the past couple days has been Helldivers (expect a review next week!), but I’ve also become hopelessly addicted to Rogue Legacy. It’s not surprising; both have a great loop of gameplay and progression, which makes it easy to fall into that classic one-more-level pattern. Beyond that, I might start up Resident Evil HD. I don’t recall ever actually playing Resident Evil, but somehow I know every single plot point of the game; I must have picked it up via osmosis from working so close to Tim.
Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard): I'm slowly working my way through Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. It still hasn't quite clicked yet, but I'm not disliking the experience so... progress? Otherwise, I'll be watching Big Hero 6 a lot with my daughter. Or as she likes to refer to it – robot doctor movie.
Wade Wojcik (@WadeWojcik): Having just got the New 3DS I’ll be taking my amiibos on the go with Super Smash Bros.
Jon Gregory (@JMan240): I just got to the first trial in Danganronpa yesterday. I hate every single one of the characters, and I kind of hate the truth bullet mechanic, but I love the idea of the investigations so I’ll be continuing down that path this weekend. Hopefully something happens that makes the characters less excruciating to deal with though, because I think they’re all pretty annoying so far.
Elise Favis (@elisefavis): I have to head back to Montreal for the weekend, so I'm planning to continue Majora's Mask and Daganronpa on the airplane and in the airport. Besides those two, I've been returning to The Sims 4 this week with a deranged goal in mind - basically, I'm attempting to romance as many sims as possible (at least 20 of them) and then invite them into a small room. It'll be amusing to watch madness break out, as they realize I'm cheating on every one of them.
There is a lot of variety on mobile this week and the best part is nothing is iOS or Android exclusive! Everyone can enjoy this week’s selection of games that range from puzzle games, visual novels, RPGs, and even fighting games.
GAROU: Mark of the WolvesDeveloper: SNK PlaymorePlatform: iOS, AndroidPrice: $3.99
Garou is the final game in the Fatal Fury fighting game series and features a unique and well-balanced roster of characters. The fighting action largely works well enough on the touch screen alone and you can also plug in a gamepad/fight stick accessories for better control. The big draw with Garou is that it is the first SNK fighting game port to feature online multiplayer.
Flop RocketDeveloper: Butterscotch Shenanigans, LLCPlatform: iOS, AndroidPrice: Free
In Flop Rocket you must guide a fragile rocket ship through a randomly generated cave by tapping the ignition and adjusting its angle via a slider. Each run has a mission that you have 3 attempts to complete and offers currency that you can use to permanently upgrade your ship. I tried Flop Rocket out for myself and found that it actually controls pretty well.
Heavenstrike Rivals: A Monster Tactical TCG!Developer: Square EnixPlatform: iOS, AndroidPrice: Free
Heavenstrike Rivals is a PVP card game featuring over 200 cards to collect and ranked and unranked matches to participate in. New cards and events will be added in over time to keep the game feeling fresh. There is also a single player story mode for Heavenstrike, but you do need to be signed in online in order to play it. While there are in app purchases, they appear to not be terribly intrusive and you can play the whole game without paying.
Ones!Developer: Magic CubePlatform: iOS, AndroidPrice: $0.99 (launch sale price, normally $2.99)
Don’t be fooled by the similar name, Ones! is not a Threes! clone and it isn’t developed by the same developer. Ones! is a match three puzzle game with falling blocks, but the twist is that your three pieces when placed next to each don’t clear off the board. Instead, your three matching pieces consolidate into one piece a level higher than the original three. The goal is to chase high scores by making as many high level pieces as you can before the board fills up.
Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf: Complete EditionDeveloper: BulkypixPlatform: iOS, Android (Episodic Version on Kindle, HD Remastered Version on Steam)Price: $9.99 (first 48 hours sale price, will revert to $12.99 soon)
Lone Wolf is a visual novel adaption of a popular gamebook series and now there is new edition that compiles all four stories into one complete package. Essentially you read novel sections of the story and make decisions as you go. As you can see above in the screenshot, whenever combat occurs all the action is fully rendered and easily accessible to those familiar with RPGs. Lone Wolf was recently highlighted in our Entry Guide To Visual Novels feature so it comes highly recommended.
You might have noticed that we’re in the final week of February (leaving us just a few days to collect this month’s PlayStation Plus games). Normally by this point, we know what’s on tap for the following month.
Unfortunately, we may not know until next week, as a Sony representative stated on the PlayStation Europe blog. “Sorry to keep you good folks waiting,” writes Sony’s Fred Dutton. “I appreciate you’re all really keen to see the line-up and that it’s frustrating having to hang on a bit longer than usual. Alas, we’re still not quite ready to make the announcement. I can’t give you a firm time at present as to when the post will go live, but we’re working to get it to you as soon as possible. It may well be next week at this stage.”
This is also a good time to make sure you’ve downloaded February’s games. They are scheduled to rotate out when the store is updated on Tuesday, March 3.
[Source: PlayStation Blog via Gamespot]
Our TakeWe want to know what next month’s games are just as much as you do. However, even if the titles are announced after Tuesday, we still have most of the month to nab them.
Roll7 and Curve Digital have announced that OlliOlli will be arriving very soon on Xbox One, Wii U, and 3DS. For those planning to pick the game up on a Nintendo platform, you’ll get a bit more bang for your buck.
OlliOlli will be the second title eligible for cross-buy on Wii U and 3DS. If you purchase the game on one of the platforms, you’ll unlock the other via Nintendo ID.
Curve Digital is the first third-party to have access to this feature. OlliOlli is only the second title announced to support it, with the other (Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars) launching the same day.
OlliOlli comes to Wii U and 3DS on March 5. Xbox One players can have at it on March 6. For more, on OlliOlli, check out our review.
Our TakeIt’s great to see Nintendo starting to move toward cross-buy. This is a feature that needs to become pervasive in the company’s ecosystem. It should also extend to virtual console titles as soon as possible. This is a move in the right direction, but the sooner Nintendo goes all in, the better.
Update: Microsoft has announced that The Simpsons skin pack is now available.
Minecraft on Xbox 360 and Xbox One has quite the colorful cast thanks to a number of licensed skin packs. We’ve traveled through time and space with Doctor Who, visited a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars, and built super-powered landscapes with Marvel heroes and villains.
America’s favorite family is next to get the blocky treatment. Microsoft has announced that 24 skins from The Simpsons, including Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie will be arriving soon.
The full list of skins hasn’t yet been revealed. We’re sure to learn more (including the price) as we near the DLC release in late February. Let's just hope Kang and Kodos make the cut.
Evolve has received a new patch to fix some of the problems with the Xbox One version. If you’ve been experiencing data loss, the update will take care of that for you.
2K says that the progress loss bug was experienced by a “small percentage” of Evolve players. The publisher says it affected Xbox One most prevalently, indicating that the problem could arise on PS4 and PC in a fewer number of cases.
Additionally, patch 1.1 addresses a problem with shadows and the flashlight and improves matchmaking and invites. There are also some changes to progression.
For more on Evolve, check out our review.
[Source: Turtle Rock]
Our TakeUnless you were impacted by the data loss problem (experienced most by those playing on multiple Xbox One consoles), this is a minor update. If you do happen to play at a friend’s house or access multiple units, this will come as an all-clear to move your game profile freely.
Many people find Five Nights At Freddy’s scary, and its blend of suspense and jump scares has proven successful at eliciting screams from some of the people who play it.
Part of that success has come from the YouTube community latching on to watching people be scared by it. So naturally, it was just a matter of time until React started putting it in front of people. While the channel has exposed others to the animatronic nightmare fuel previously, none have cared as little as this group of senior citizens.
Maybe it’s a symptom of the generational gap, or maybe they’ve just become hardened by years of grueling everyday life, but Five Nights At Freddy’s 2 doesn’t even phase most of them.
If you want to see how Game Informer editors react to scary games, check out this video of Tim Turi and Jeff Cork goofing around in a few.
[Source: React on YouTube]
Leonard Nimoy, who rose to fame in the role of Mr. Spock on Star Trek in the 1960s, has passed away at 83. The actor and director was hospitalized earlier this week. His passing is attributed to end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In addition to his time in front of and behind the camera, Nimoy was no stranger to the recording booth. His deep, gravelly voice can be heard in a number of titles, including entries in the Kingdom Hearts series (as Master Xehanort), Civilization IV and Seaman (narrator), and a variety of Star Trek titles as his most iconic role.
Nimoy was a regular Twitter user. His final message, posted on February 25, is a fitting farewell to fans that are expressing their condolences around the world.
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
— Leonard Nimoy (@TheRealNimoy) February 23, 2015
A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP
Nimoy leaves behind his wife, two children, a stepson, six grandchildren, a great-grandchild, an older brother, and countless fans who will no doubt remember him fondly.
[Source: New York Times, Image: LA Times]
Chinese powerhouse Tencent has made another investment in a North American developer. The latest to join the company’s roster is Robot Entertainment, the developer of the Orcs Must Die series.
While exact amounts have not been revealed, Tencent’s investment in Robot is a minority one. Tencent and Robot announced a collaboration in November to bring Orcs Must Die Unchained to China.
Robot joins a long list of gaming partnerships that the Chinese company has initiated in recent years. Tencent also publishes War Thunder, FIFA Online, Monster Hunter Online, and Korean MMO ArcheAge in its home country.
In addition to Robot, Tencent has investments in Epic Games, TapZen, Riot Games, and others. The company also partnered with Activision to bring Call of Duty Online to China. The firm’s interests are diverse, with non-gaming investments in Snapchat and other social and mobile tools.
Our TakeTencent is an enormous player in North American gaming, though the company doesn’t often get a lot of attention here. Rather, it has paved the way for major publishers to enter the Chinese market through investment and partnership, giving companies ways to further monetize existing, popular franchises. This is a good move for Robot, which maintains control but has new capital with which to work.
The tournament will feature both professional and amateur players in Turtle Rock's excellent 4v1 game.
The Evolve PAX East PRO-AM Tournament will be run by ESL and held during PAX East on Friday, March 6. The matches will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. It will feature eight teams of "eSports professionals and up-and-coming amateurs." You'll be able to watch the action live on the Evolve Twitch Channel.
The event will be hosted by ESL'S Cameron "Camd0zer" Reed and feature commentary by DB Sinclair and Sacriel. For more information check out the tournament page on the official Evolve site.
Our TakeIt's amazing how big the PAX conventions have become. This is just another indication.
Fans who bought Capcom's Resident Evil Revelations 2 for PC expecting local co-op play were surprised to find it missing.
After many complaints from fans, Capcom has now issued an apology via the game's Steam community page. According to the publisher, the whole thing was a mistake, as the feature was listed on the game's Steam page in error. Here's the statement in full:
Dear RE fans,
We apologize to our Resident Evil Revelations 2 PC players who purchased the game and expected to have local co-op as a feature. The feature wasn't intended for this version and that caveat was mistakenly omitted from the product description on the Steam page earlier, and then included as soon as we were made aware. This was an unintentional error and again, we apologize for the confusion this may have caused.
We are currently looking into the matter and potential solutions and we hope to have new information to share very soon, so please stay tuned. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
[Source: PC Gamer]
Our TakeWhile it's good that Capcom apologized, that doesn't help those who already purchased the game. It's important that consumers know exactly what it is that they are buying.
For a limited time, you can get a great deal on 12 months of Microsoft's Xbox Live service.
The offer is currently available on the Microsoft Store. Instead of the standard price of $59.99, you can now grab a year's worth of Live for $39.99.
The deal is available exclusively through Microsoft and will only be available for a short time – through February 28.
Our TakeThere's not much to think about here, might as well re-up your subscription and save $20.