Playstation Vita TV and Vita 2000 Series Announced


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We got two big Playstation Vita related reveals today. First off, we got the Playstation Vita TV, a miniature home console version of the Vita that you can play on your TV. The Vita TV will be able to play retail copies of Vita games, along with download versions of Vita and PSP games. The system will use Dual Shock 3 controllers, and will connect to a TV through HDMI. Not all Vita games will be compatible with Vita TV, especially ones that heavily uses the Vita’s touchscreen feature. Also, the Vita TV console can be used for Remote Play with the Playstation 4. Currently, it’s only been confirmed to be released in Japan : 9,954 yen for just the console, or set with a controller and storage card for 14,995 yen (about $100 and $150 respectively).

Here’s a list of the games currently confirmed to be compatible with the Vita (Note: the listings are mostly in Japanese)

http://www.jp.playstation.com/psvitatv/game/psvitalist/

Secondly, a multicolored revision of the Vita has been announced. This wifi-only model is 20% thinner and 15% lighter than the original Vita. The new model also replaces the original Vita’s OLED screen with a LCD screen. Other revisions into a micro-USB slot for saving back-ups and charging, a 6 hour battery life, and a battery life/notification indicator on the top. It will also come with a 1GB memory. The system will come in the following colors: black, white, lime green, light blue, pink and khaki. The PCH-2000 will be released in Japan on October 10th for 19,929 yen (about $200).

Nintendo 2DS Announced (Seriously)


So an unfold-able 2D only version of the 3DS was just announced by Nintendo. I think the official press statement from Nintendo can give you all the details you need about the system itself. But all I want to know is what does Nintendo believe is the target audience for the 2DS. In fact, here’s a poll you can take.

From Nintendo:

The newest member of the Nintendo 3DS family is designed specifically for anyone looking for a more affordable entry point into the world of Nintendo hand-held video games. Nintendo 2DS will be available in Red or Blue on Oct. 12 at a suggested retail price of $129.99.

Nintendo 2DS plays the entire library of packaged and downloadable games for Nintendo 3DS only in 2D. The system features a distinctive fixed, slate-type form factor, and optional carrying cases will be available in Red or Blue at launch at a suggested retail price of $12.99. Nintendo 2DS maintains many of the same hardware features as Nintendo 3DS: dual screens, game-play controls and touch-screen features. The system also has backward compatibility with the existing library of more than 2,000 Nintendo DS games, as well as access to wireless connectivity features like multiplayer online game play, fun Nintendo Video content and great digitally delivered games in the Nintendo eShop. To view a video of Nintendo 2DS, visit http://youtu.be/sAExBTWIp3M.

People eager to test drive the new system will have the chance beginning in October, when Nintendo 2DS joins a sampling tour in conjunction with Simon Malls that visits several different markets before it wraps up on Nov. 3. For more inform

Microsoft Removes DRM for Xbox One


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This is one hell of a backpedal. Microsoft has just announced that they are removed the DRM restrictions for the Xbox One.

  • An internet connection will not be required to play offline Xbox One games – After a one-time system set-up with a new Xbox One, you can play any disc based game without ever connecting online again. There is no 24 hour connection requirement and you can take your Xbox One anywhere you want and play your games, just like on Xbox 360.
  • Trade-in, lend, resell, gift, and rent disc based games just like you do today – There will be no limitations to using and sharing games, it will work just as it does today on Xbox 360.

With all of the bad PR moves and the two big problems with the Xbox One remaining (the mandatory use of the Kinect and the price), do you believe that Xbox One and Microsoft will be able to recover their lost audience or is it too late?

Source: http://news.xbox.com/2013/06/update

Kingdom Hearts 3 Announced to be In Development, Coming to PS4


Square Enix announced shortly after their new trailer for Final Fantasy Versus 13 (now renamed Final Fantasy XV) a new game in development, a new game we’ve all wanted.  They announced with a new trailer that Kingdom Hearts 3 is in development.  The trailer starts with a short look at past Kingdom Hearts games, before cutting to Sora standing on Destiny Island in new, PS4 quality graphics.  After picking up a lone keyblade, the trailer cuts to a preview to what gameplay could look like, showing Sora running through Twilight Town being chased by a storm of heartless, and let me say, the graphics look orgasmic. But don’t take my word for it, watch it for yourself.  Kingdom Hearts 3 will be coming to the PlayStation 4.

C’mon Step It Up Podcast Special: The Xbox One Announcement


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The Xbox One has been announced! And…well, I rather not say more. Just listen to this special episode of ‘C’mon, Step it Up’ and find out what we think.
Download the MP3 here: https://archive.org/download/CsiuXboxOneSpecial/CsiuXboxOneSpecial.mp3

Articles mentioned:
http://www.computerandvideogames.com/408116/microsoft-xbox-one-pre-owned-plans-consistent-with-way-the-world-works/

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-not-backwards-compatible-with-360-discs-xbla-purchases/

http://www.joystiq.com/2013/05/21/xbox-one-may-require-game-installs-close-out-used-game-market/

Music provided by Bleepy Bloopy

http://bleepybloopy.bandcamp.com/

Nintendo Direct Wrap Up – April 17th


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If you were watching that Nintendo Direct video, then you know already the hum-dinger news that was talked about.  If you didn’t get to view it in person, allow us to share with you the highlights:

  • Start with possibly the Biggest announcement, a brand new Legend of Zelda game for the Nintendo 3DS that takes place in the same world as Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.  The new game will be in the classic over head view of hand held Zelda titles, but will still use elements in the game to add a sense of depth and height.  While the game takes place in the same world, it is a completely new story and will feature completely new dungeons.  Link will also have the ability to “transform into a drawing” and move along walls, which will be key to solving many of the game’s puzzles.  Nintendo is aiming for a Holiday 2013 release of this new title. A 3D video should be available in the next hours/day or two to give you a sense of what the game feels like with the 3DS 3D
  • Continuing along the Legend of Zelda train, classic GBC games Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons will be available on the Nintendo 3DS eShop May 30th.  The games will feature their iconic password system to continue the adventure from one game to another.
  • Shin Megami Tensei 4 will be releasing July 16th, and all release copies of the game will come with a music cd, strategy guide and a collectors slip case
  • Three of the four Guild02 games will indeed be localized for the Nintendo 3DS eShop, as previously reported.  The games are The Starship Damrey, a suspense adventure game that gives the player no tutorial or objectives, Bugs vs Tanks, a game by Keiji Inafune where you control tanks that fight bugs, and Attack of the Friday Monsters by Kaz Ayabe, where the main character lives in a town where the monsters from old school japanese giant monster films come to life every friday
  • Both Bravely Default: Flying Fairy and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy will be localized and released sometime in 2014, Professor Layton will see an EU release sometime this year
  • Animal Crossing New Leaf will release June 9th and will be released along side a special edition 3DSXL with the game pre-installed for $219.99
  • Wii U Virtual Console will be released next week in North America, and by the end of the year both NA and EU Wii U Virtual Consoles will see the release of Earthbound, or Mother 2 for you hardcore fans
  • Mario & Luigi: Dream Team will be out July 12th in the EU and August 11th in NA
  • A new Mario Party will be released for 3DS sometime this winter
  • the New Super Luigi U DLC for New Super Mario Bros U will be released this summer
  • Game & Wario will be in stores and on the nintendo eShop June 23rd
  • A brand new Yoshis Island title will be released on the Nintendo 3DS sometime in the future

The Multiverse Collides in DC Universe ‘Infinite Crisis'[UPDATE]


The day has come, I can’t believe it, and I’m sure many can back up that feeling, yet here we are.  The day that Warner Brothers gets the brilliant idea, to make a DC MOBA.  For the unaware, a MOBA is a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena, and can also be referred to as an ARTS, Action Real Time Strategy.  These titles cover games such as League of Legends, DotA 2, Heroes of Newearth, Smite and so on.  A wildly popular genre of games, that while extremely similar, each game brings it’s own uniqueness to the field to set it apart.  “Infinite Crisis”‘s uniqueness seems to be that it’s about the DC Multiverse.  Also for the unaware, the DC Multiverse refers to the multitudes of different universes that DC comics take place in.  There are millions of them, each with their own unique versions of heroes you know and love, like Batman and Superman.  The back-story of the game seems to be that a meteor of unknown origin hits earth in all the different multiverses at the exact same time, something that’s rarer then finding a needle in a hay stack the size of Jupiter.  No release date has been established, there are beta sign ups but no word on when those will start either, and it seems like it’ll be free-to-play with a payment routine much like League of Legends.

Fun Fact: There is a DC comic series that shares a name with this newly announced game, whether or not it’ll have anything in common I have no clue, because my comic book knowledge ends at the fact that Red Lanterns spew corrosive, flammable hate blood from their mouths, and that’s pretty metal.

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[UPDATE]: If you check out the website for Infinite Crisis, they already have up a handful of heroes that you’ll play as to give you an idea of what to expect.  The list is as follows:

  • Nightmare Batman
  • Gaslight Batman
  • Gaslight Catwoman
  • Gaslight Joker
  • The Joker
  • Poison Ivy
  • Doomsday
  • Shazam
  • The Flash (Barry Allen)
  • Wonder Woman
  • Zatanna
  • Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)