Ladies and Gentlemen of the court, I would like to present to you news of a most pressing nature. The defendant, Capcom, has stated that the newest entry in the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series, Dual Destinies, will be available on the US and EU eShop October 24th, for a grand total of $29.99. Further more, let the record show that the over seas versions will receive two of the three pieces of DLC already available in Japan, a costume pack and an extra episode, though they refuse to state at this time how much these pieces of DLC will cost.
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)
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).
[UPDATE]: Warner Bros Entertainment has announced that the Multiplayer aspect of Batman: Arkham Origins will not be available on the Wii U version, citing a low multiplayer audience as the reason. Source
Joystiq reports that Batman: Arkham Origins will be shipping with a competitive multiplayer mode, a first for the series. The mode, named “Invisible Predator Online”, is a 3v3v2 mode where two teams of three, one a group of thugs working under the Joker and another working under Bane, are in the middle of a turf war. They’ll have to keep their wits about them, for it’s not just the rival gang that’s out there in the night, it’s also our legendary caped crusaders Batman and Robin. Two players will control the dynamic duo, secretly moving through out the maps and attempting to take down opponents in secret. If Batman and Robin manage to score enough “Intimidation Points” through takedowns, then the match is over. Reportedly, Batman and Robin control essentially similar to how they would in the main campaign, while the thugs control in a likely first or third person shooter kind of way. If you’re on one of the gangs don’t worry too much, you also have ways to hunt down the bat, or at least make it harder to be hunted. Thugs are equipped with an X-Ray mode similar to batman, however it’s much more limited and comes with a hefty cool down. Also, if you reach a certain point of control on the map, one of your players can swap out their avatar for that of the gang leader, either Joker or Bane, each with their own unique skills and takedowns. If Batman or Robin manage to take down one of these leaders however, they will score massive amounts of intimidation points. What I find as interesting as the fact that this mode exists, is that it’s not being developed by the main team. Batman: Arkham Origins is being developed by Warner Brothers Montreal, instead of Rocksteady like in previous games, however this multiplayer mode is being developed by Splash Damage, the company behind Brink, a game that was full of potential but didn’t quite hit the return. It’ll be interesting to see if this new mode works well and adds to the over all experience of the Arkham series, or if it’ll end as another cash grab by a company that doesn’t quite understand their audience. Batman: Arkham Origins releases October 25th for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and PC. If you wish to watch a video on the multiplayer mode, click here.
Got some reports on details about the new Smash Bros games for ya. First off, Masahiro Sakurai got a lot of feed back in regards to ‘tripping’ on Twitter. Tripping, for those who don’t know, was an annoying mechanic which caused players to randomly trip while fighting. So Sakurai confirmed that this will not be featured in the two new Smash Bros games.
Next off, Sakurai has also confirmed that there are currently no plans for DLC. Here’s a quote from IGN:
“At the current time we have no plans. I consider my job at this point, and my main responsibility, to make the Wii U and 3DS versions the best and the fullest experience possible. That said, once finished, it’s the type of thing we could take into consideration, but for now, you could consider DLC as not being in the cards.”
One of the aspects that makes Sakurai’s games great is that they are jam-packed with content. It will take you a while to find and unlock everything the game has to offer, which, in my opinion, is part of the allure of his games. But having the option for DLC characters, stages, and more would be great. An ever evolving Smash Bros game would make this an enticing game for any Smash fan.
Finally, Super Smash Bros for the Wii U and 3DS may not be released at the same time due to some technical challenges. According to IGN, this issue is “particularly with the 3DS facing some challenges in terms of how to accommodate characters that incorporate more than one fighter, such as the Ice Climbers.” I’m not trying to start a rumor or something, but note that they were referring to characters, not only the Ice Climbers, meaning we might be seeing other playable duos. Don’t quote me on this, I just may have been looking too much into that.
Wonderful 101 will feature 5 player multiplayer, where each player controls their own squad of heroes and works together to take down enemies. The game mechanic is also explained, where the player draws a shape on the wii u game pad and this translates into what form your team of heroes takes, the bigger the shape, the more powerful your form. Likely the multiplayer is online multiplayer, since each player would need access to a Wii U Game Pad. Wonderful 101 will be released August 23rd, 2013
Nintendo announced Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U in their Nintendo Direct conference today. The new game will feature new levels, both karts and motorcycles, the ability to glide and go under water like in the 3DS Mario Kart, and hover karts that enable your kart to go upside down on courses. The roster so far includes Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Toadette, Wario, Waluigi, Daisy, Donkey Kong, Toad, Koopa, Luigi, and Bowser. We’ve attached a trailer above, we’ll attach a better quality one when it’s released. Mario Kart 8 will be released in Spring 2014.
If you need some teasing from that new Batman game, we got you covered.
From the YouTube Description
Batman: Arkham Origins features an expanded Gotham City and introduces an original prequel storyline occurring several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City. Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous villains and assassins, the game showcases a young, raw, unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight. As the story unfolds, witness identities being formed and key relationships being forged.
Go to Facebook to see the full trailer on May 20, 2013: https://www.facebook.com/BatmanArkham