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LEGO

LEGO The Hobbit now available


Watch this charming launch trailer
Apr 08
// Conrad Zimmerman
Warner Bros. has released LEGO: The Hobbit to retailers in North America today, with a European release coming on April 11. As one might expect, new marketing materials have been released for the game, including the abo...
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PS4 Japan launch

Bundle bump: Knack was the best selling Japanese PS4 game


Taking third & fourth...Killzone and Battlefield?
Feb 26
// Steven Hansen
So, one of the reasons for the delayed PS4 launch in Japan was the games lineup, right? They had to get more games for that audience? I'm not sure how good of a job they did if Battlefield 4 and Killzone Shadow Fall still cra...
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PS4 Japan launch

Japanese PS4 launch sales hit 322,083 in two days


Four times more than the PS3 did
Feb 25
// Steven Hansen
Famitsu is reporting a solid PS4 launch in Japan. Sony moved 322,083 of its new systems in its first two days, which is about four times better than the PS3's 88,443 unit Japanese launch. It's still half the PS2's Japanese la...
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Drunken Robot Pornography

Drunken Robot Pornography to reach full release next week


Still the best title for a videogame in a long time
Feb 12
// Alasdair Duncan
Part of the appeal of buying a game that's still in development is seeing how much it changes before its full release. Drunken Robot Pornography is graduating to a full release on February 19, after a big chunk of time spent ...
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Octodad

Octodad launches on January 30 for Windows, Mac, & Linux


'Hey kids, wanna learn about sharks?'
Jan 16
// Darren Nakamura
Octodad: Dadliest Catch, the cephalopod-masquerading-as-human simulator (we've all been there), is set to release on January 30 on Steam, the Humble Store, and GOG.com. The PlayStation 4 launch is expected sometime in March....
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PS4 sales eclipse 2M

PS4 sales cross 2.1M after European/Latin American launch


Come sale away
Dec 03
// Steven Hansen
We knew the PS4 sold over a million units in 24 hours of North American availability. We knew it outsold the Wii U in the UK (over 250k units) in 48 hours. The numbers add up. Cue the PlayStation Blog update putting those num...
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congrats

Sony tweets 'Congrats' to Microsoft for Xbox One launch


The Next Generation is here
Nov 22
// Joshua Derocher
With just a simple word and some hashtags, Sony has congratulated Microsoft on the launch of the Xbox One. The PlayStation Twitter account tweeted out, "Congrats, @Xbox @Microsoft! #NextGeneration #GreatnessAwaits." this morn...

Destructoid's Xbox One exclusive launch title guide

Nov 22 // Chris Carter
Crimson DragonMSRP: $19.99Score: 8.0 (review here, tips guide here) Crimson Dragon was a pleasant surprise. As a massive fan of the Panzer series, I was worried that it wouldn't quite honor it, but there's plenty here for gamers who have been longing for an entry since 2003's Orta. There are some mechanical problems, but any old school rail shooter fan will be able to handle them. -- Chris Dead Rising 3MSRP: $59.99Score: 9.0 (review here, SmartGlass impressions here) Although it sacrifices a tad of its loveable camp factor and neon style in favor of a few other advancements, the outcome is a much stronger, more involved Dead Rising game. For once, I actually felt overwhelmed in a zombie outbreak, which is a real example of how next-gen technology can be used to do more than simply "make things look better." Out of all the launch titles I've played on both new consoles, Dead Rising 3 is my personal favorite, bar none. -- Chris Fighter WithinMSRP: $59.99Score: 3.0 (review here) Fighter Within is a lazy tech demo with a poor story, unimpressive fighting engine, and a forgettable cast. Maybe one day we'll have a cool Kinect fighting game, where everyone at EVO is flailing around with some semblance of strategic value. But this is not that day. Forza Motorsport 5MSRP: $59.99Score: 9.0 (review here) But, at the end of the day, the racing is what matters. And with this game, the racing is fantastic, and Turn 10 is really onto something with this Drivatar stuff. It alone gives Forza Motorsport 5 something over every other racer out there, pushing the genre forward. They've remedied the racing genre's biggest problem: scripted AI cars. For this, Turn 10 deserves high praise.  Killer InstinctMSRP: Free, $20 for Season Pass, $40 for Ultra EditionScore: 7.5 (review here) Killer Instinct may not be the new king of fighting games, and it feels a bit rushed in terms of content, but it is very solid and far exceeds my expectations for it. With a pricing scheme that doesn't feel exploitative and a balanced character roster, the well developed mechanics will keep you busy until the new content drops next year. It'll be interesting to see what the community at large thinks of it over time, but in my living room, it's a welcome addition to my fighting game roster. LocoCycleMSRP: $19.99Score: 7.0 (review here, tips guide here) LocoCycle tries a lot of new things thematically, while simultaneously paying homage to classic arcade racing shooters. It doesn't succeed in everything it sets out to do, but if you're looking for a decent arcade shooter to toy around with on your new Xbox One, LocoCycle is it. For everyone else, you'll have to wait until it hits the Xbox 360. Powerstar GolfMSRP: $19.99Score: 7.0 (review here) In the end, Powerstar Golf isn't particularly special, but it'll win over the hearts of golf fans for sure. If all you're looking to do is whack a ball down a course on a next-gen system with the occasional bit of positive reinforcement, Powerstar is your huckleberry. Ryse: Son of RomeMSRP: $59.99Score: 5.0 (review here) In fact, the promising arena mode is the only saving grace of Ryse. The campaign may as well not even be there, and having to fight the same handful of enemies over and over on top of a trite, stereotypical narrative is not an example of a good time. Ryse looks great and has a lot of great ideas, but it falls flat in nearly every respect in regards to its core story. If you're a hardcore action fan you may get some satisfaction on the highest difficulty setting, but even then I'd wait for an equally hardcore price drop. Xbox FitnessMSRP: Free with Xbox Live GoldScore: No score (impressions here) Xbox Fitness has a few rough edges, but I actually found myself enjoying the gimmick of "scoring" workouts. The legitimately enhanced Kinect 2 actually feels like it's picking up more than just general movements, and the added incentive of achievements and mid-exercise challenges are genius. Hopefully some updates will come along to really sell the app in the future, but until then, current Gold subscribers should definitely check it out for free. Zoo TycoonMSRP: $59.99Score: 7.5 (review here) Zoo Tycoon has a distinct lack of depth, but if you're capable of sitting down with this simplistic simulator, you'll smile more times than you can count. The simulator fan in me was a bit disappointed by the ease of it all, but the child in me couldn't help but enjoy myself.
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What to get, and what to skip
The Xbox One has a large variety of launch titles, including shooters, action games, a fighting game, and even a racer. I would contend that this is one of the strongest launch lineups of all time, but you can dig into our fu...

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Killer Instinct

Killer Instinct launch trailer teases Fulgore


New characters set for release in Spring 2014
Nov 21
// Alessandro Fillari
As the release of the Xbox One approaches, the official launch trailer for Killer Instinct is out now, and it's teasing plans for the future. Much like their previous trailers, they showcase much of the existing content whil...
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Dead Rising 3

Dead Rising 3 zombies are like snowflakes


Or so the launch trailer's title would suggest
Nov 19
// Conrad Zimmerman
Microsoft has released the launch trailer for Dead Rising 3, launching with the Xbox One console this week. Are there zombies? You bet there are. This is, right now, the only title the Xbox One has on offer that I feel a bur...

Destructoid's PlayStation 4 launch title guide

Nov 15 // Dale North
Launch Day Killzone: Shadowfall Release Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: 9.0 (review here) I like Killzone: Shadow Fall for its change of direction from previous series games, as well as its change of pace over other first-person shooters. Guerrilla has tried a few new things this time around, and should be commended as such. I welcome the almost sandbox-ish level approach, and the stealth segments did a nice job of breaking up the standard shooting action. It’s really nice when gameplay concepts win out over big set pieces and cinematic events.  Oh, and it’s beautiful. A stunner. Killzone: Shadow Fall is the game that will make you happy to own a PS4. This needs to be on your PS4 launch game list. KnackRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: 7.0 (review here) Knack is still a fun romp, and definitely worth a play. It’s easy to pick up, a joy to look at, and and some of the boss battles are pretty great. My recommendation is that you take it in smaller doses, or try out the drop-in/drop-out cooperative play, which will definitely help when the going gets tough. It’s not the next blockbuster platformer you'd want out of a launch title, but you need a break from shooters or want something with some personality, Knack is worth a look.  ResogunRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $14.99 (free with PS+)Score: 9.5 (review here) Resogun is a satisfying arcade-style game with a next-gen look and feel -- the ideal system launch game. It’s an eye-searing blur of a loop that you’ll be happy to jump into again and again. Don’t miss it. FlowerRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $9.99, but free to owners of the PS3 versionScore: Coming soon (our original review can be found here) [8.0] An already beautiful game now looks even better. Flower has been ported from PS3 to PS4, now running at 1080p at 60 frames per second. Visually, the improvement is so massive that it's almost unbelievable. Fields look more lush with the increased detail, and the motion is so fluid that it feels like a brand new game. While the improvements are purely visual, anyone that enjoyed the original should definitely try it again. The best news is that it's free for owners of the PS3 title. If you're buying it for the first time on PS4, you'll be able to download it on PS3 or Vita, too. Sound ShapesRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $9.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [7.0] Like Flower, Sound Shapes gets a PS4 update. It's essentially the same game, but now you have another platform to play it on. Assasssin's Creed IV: Black FlagRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [8.5] Updated impressions here. Call of Duty: GhostsRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [5.0] Updated impressions here. DC Universe OnlineRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: Free-to-playScore: [N/A] FIFA 14Release Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: [N/A] Battlefield 4Release Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [8.0] Like Call of Duty on the PS4 and Xbox One, Battlefield 4 benefits significantly on a next-gen system, giving it feature parity with the PC. Now you can experience Battlefield the way it was meant to be played, with full 64 player matches and enhanced visuals. The PS4 version is slightly sharper than the Xbox One release, so if friends aren't an issue, I'd go with the former -- Chris Just Dance 2014Release Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: Score: [N/A] Injustice: Gods Among UsRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [8.5] LEGO Marvel Super HeroesRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [8.5] Madden 25Release Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [7.5] NBA 2K 14Release Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: [N/A] Need for Speed: RivalsRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: 8.0 [review here] Skylanders: Swap ForceRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $59.99Score: (our original review can be found here) [8.5] Blacklight RetributionRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: Free-to-playScore: (our original review can be found here) [9.0] ContrastRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $14.99 (free with PS+)Score: 6.5 [review here] Super MotherloadRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $14.99Score: 8.0 [review here] Trine 2: The Complete StoryRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: $14.99Score: [N/A] WarframeRelease Date: November 15, 2013MSRP: Free-to-playScore: [N/A] Launch Window Doki Doki UniverseRelease Date: December 2013MSRP: TBA Doki Doki Universe is adorable, but I'm still not quite sure what it is even after spending a few hours with it. I mean, I like whatever it is, but I still don't understand it. I have a feeling that figuring out just what it is may take awhile. In this game you play as a robot named OT3. This poor robot has been standing on a little planet for 11,432 days, waiting for his family to come back. On that 11,432nd day, he learns from a new alien friend that they're probably never coming back. And to make matters worse, this friend tells him that his model is being discontinued, and that he's to be scrapped. But QT3 has a chance to stick around by showing that he's capable of humanity. To do this, he travels on the back of his choice of interstellar steed (I picked a flying beaver) to different planets to meet beings and become friends with them. In my short time with the game I've fed a friendly zombie chicken, danced, learned how to make earthquakes, collected dust bunnies, and more. You are supposed to meet with a therapist to see how you're doing on your humanity quest. Mine farted when I gave him a castle.  Yeah. I don't know what's going on. But I like it.  Awesomenauts: AssembleRelease Date: TBA 2013MSRP: $14.99Score: [N/A] Impressions coming at the launch of the game. Beyond launch Child of LightRelease Date: TBA 2014MSRP: TBA In our first hands-on preview, we played the PS4 version of Child of Light, which was impossibly pretty. Ubisoft's JRPG-inspired storybook fairy tale uses hand-drawn art, dialogue written in verse, and a battle system that takes from RPG classic Grandia 2. It's powered by the same engine they used for Rayman Legends, so theres's some serious potential here. So far, it's looking like Child of Light could be the PS4's first true role-playing game. We can't wait. inFamous: Second SonRelease Date: TBA 2014MSRP: TBA We're super bummed that Sucker Punch's inFamous: Second Son didn't make launch. But we played the latest build this week and it looks to be shaping up. Blasting faces with fire coming straight from Delsin's hand was...well, a blast. But I liked running around to explore his home town of Seattle more, mostly because getting around is so much fun. Using super powers to fly is great, but turning into smoke to instantly teleport thorough grates is much more fun. But, neither are anywhere near as satisfying as Delsin's neon powers, which lets him run in any direction -- up walls or even in the air. It's like having some kind of god mode on. It almost feels wrong. Oh, and Second Son looks amazing. Explosions look like something you'd see in a movie, and the special effects tied to Delsin's powers pop right off the screen. But some of the subtle visual stuff also makes an impact. Seeing signs and other lights reflected in the puddles of the streets of rainy Seattle really goes a long way toward making the game's setting seem real. The demo was just a small taste of Delsin's destructive powers. I want more. Let's hope the wait isn't going to be too much longer. War ThunderRelease Date: TBA 2014MSRP: TBA WarThunder has five million people signed up for its PC beta, so this free-to-play title is already off to a good start before it lands on the PS4. We saw the latest build running on PS4, played with a DualShock 4 controller. Their control system takes flying and makes it easy, with movement and aiming tied together in analog stick moves, giving players what are essentially first-person shooter controls in the sky. But, if flight sims are your thing, the PS4 version will support flight sticks as well as mouse/keyboard control, permitting full, unassisted control. Flight sims have been niche titles, but WarThunder looks really easy to get into. Anyone can jump in and blow stuff up in more than 300 available planes. Soon they'll add tanks to the mix, and ships later.  The PS4 version will be fully cross-compatible with the PC version.
PlayStation 4 launch photo
What to get, and what to skip
As we draw closer to PS4 launch day, November 15, we will be bringing you reviews and previews from the launch window and beyond. This is where we'll collect all of our coverage, updating it daily as embargoes lift and more t...

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PS4 trailer

Get lost in the PlayStation 4 launch trailer


'This is our day'
Nov 15
// Brett Makedonski
Sony fans, this video says it all - this is your day. It'll be a long time before this situation presents itself again. Love it, embrace it, cherish it, remember it. Be happy.
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PS4

Amazon has launch edition PS4s in stock again


Probably not for long
Nov 14
// Brett Makedonski
Do you feel the punch of regret as you peruse your social media timelines and find that all of your friends are taking pictures of their new PlayStation 4s like they're newborn babies, but you're without? Easy solution, just ...
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Last call for a PS4

444 PS4s selling in NYC for people without pre-orders


Go get in line!
Nov 13
// Joshua Derocher
The PlayStation Blog made an announcement that 444 PlayStation 4s will be available at The Standard, High Line hotel in New York City. These will be sold at a midnight launch event at the hotel, and there will be arcade ...
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Sharks

Xbox One guarded by sharks in New Zealand


Shark Box One
Nov 13
// Joshua Derocher
Microsoft have decided which Xbox One will be the first released on launch day, and that special console is being guarded by sharks. Yes, you are reading that correctly. Go ahead and take a moment to let that sink in. New Zea...
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PS4 Asia launch

PS4 dated, priced in Korea, Hong Kong -- all before Japan


December 17
Nov 08
// Steven Hansen
The PS4 will be launching in South East Asia -- Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand and Korea -- on December 17. Meanwhile, Japan is still waiting until February 22, 2014. My guess is that, after the Vita's launc...
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PS4 apps

These are the 11 apps that are available at PS4's launch


Are you not entertained?!
Nov 07
// Brett Makedonski
When the PlayStation 4 finally releases on November 15 (one week!), Sony will have 11 apps raring and ready to be downloaded for your entertainment. The mainstays like Netflix and Hulu Plus are obviously included, along some ...
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PlayStation 4 launch lineup revised, here's the new list


Some games taken out, some added in
Nov 07
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Take note, you crazy early adopters, Sony has revised the launch lineup for the PlayStation 4. First the bad news: Pinball Arcade and Tiny Brains have been removed and will be coming out at a later time. Now before you go pul...
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PS4 launch lineup

Here's your PS4 launch lineup! What're you buying?


Got a selection of good things on sale, stranger
Oct 30
// Steven Hansen
In Sony's massive, malleable PS4 FAQ there is a list of the games that will be available to North American players on the November 15 launch date. This is that list. I think my favorite part is that the two games I want most...
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Beyblade

Beyblade Evolution invading Nintendo World Store


Let it rip New York style
Oct 29
// Wesley Ruscher
Rising Star Games, publisher of Deadly Premonition: The Director's Cut, is throwing a special launch event today at the Nintendo World Store in New York city for their new 3DS title Beyblade Evolution. The event, which begins at 3 p.m EST and is open to the public, will provide hands-on play, in-depth demos from game experts, and hourly prize giveaways.
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PS4

PlayStation 4 will cost $1,850 in Brazil


Sony's new console will launch this November with an eye-watering price
Oct 17
// Alasdair Duncan
It's no secret that console prices are really expensive outside of North America, Western Europe, and Japan. As expensive as a new Xbox One or PS4 is, spare a thought for our Brazilian friends who are going to be paying almos...
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Reggie is not impressed

Nintendo president: 'meh' to PS4, Xbox One launch titles


Reggie Fils-Aime is NOT IMPRESSED
Aug 30
// Steven Hansen
How do you feel about the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launch lineups? I'm not exactly digging what Microsoft's shoveling, but I'm happy enough with the PS4's slated games (Hohokum!). Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-...
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European release scheduled for November 29
Sony's gamescom press conference is over now, but they saved a key nugget of information for the very end. Just before closing out, Sony confirmed earlier PlayStation 4 pricing information, added that the console would launch...

Mars: War Logs trailer photo
Mars: War Logs trailer

Kick up a fuss in Mars: War Logs


It's already out
Apr 28
// Fraser Brown
The launch of Mars: War Logs somehow managed to slip past me, but it looks pretty damn groovy. Moral choices, rebellion, lots of sand -- it seems like my cup of tea. Mass Effect by way of Red Faction is a lazy...
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Poker Night 2 trailer

Grab your Boomstick: Poker Night 2 launches today


But only on Xbox LIVE
Apr 24
// Fraser Brown
Poker scares me. I've never walked away from a game with money in my pockets, and the stories of the ups and downs of those who play professionally sound nerve-wracking. My cousin, who is one of those aforementioned poker pr...

Behold OUYA's launch lineup of 104 titles

Apr 02 // Tony Ponce
Abbigale and The MonsterA Fist of AwesomeAirstrikeAmpGearAround the Rock Disc GolfA Space Shooter For 2 BucksBarley-BreakBeast Boxing TurboBloodBubblrBunibon 2CanabaltChomper DeluxeCombat DemonstrationCommand Crisis: CallsignConSoul - x86 PC EmulationDeep Dungeouns of DoomDonut Get!DubwarsEMUya - NES EmulationEscapeEscape F2PEVACFarm InvasionFinal Fantasy IIIFist of FuryFlying CarForsaken PlanetGamius Type IVGiana SistersGod Of BladesGrowGuns N Glory WW2GunslugsHappy VikingsHexicheckersHighway RallyIce RageiMech OnlineJelly BounceJsidd Code FactoryKing of BoozeKing of the HillKinito NinjaKnightmare TowerLemming Rampage 2Lord of PortalsMaze CityMonocle ManMosaicMulti SpaceMupen64Plus - N64 EmulationNatural SoccerOne Tap HeroOrbiterOrgan TrailPaper WingsPhoenix RevivalPinball ArcadePingo: Puzzle PokerPixel Pig DeluxePix n Love RushPolarityPowerups That KillProton PulsePuddlePuzzle 2QuizaniaRadiantRage RunnerREDRegular Ordinary BoyRiding RhodriSaturday Morning RPGSave the PuppiesShuttle RushSkymaze 3DSophia's WorldSpace BuggersSpace Repair IncSpace SokobanSpace Tech Quality AssuranceSpin WarsSquare OffStalagflight (Julie Uhrman's favorite game)Star ShippingStriker Soccer Euro 2012Stupid Zombies 2Subatomic Kangaroo World TourSuper Daddio 2SuperGNES - SNES EmulationSwindlerSyder ArcadeThe Amazing FrogThe BallThe Little Crane that CouldThe Secret Universe of AlphaThe VestibuleTower MasterTwitch.tvVectorWizorbWord ShakerZombies & Trains Ouya Launch Games List [30PlusGamer] (Thanks, Zak!)
OUYA launch lineup photo
Includes games, emulators, and TwitchTV
[Image from brentalfloss the comic] I wasn't interested in OUYA in the beginning, but I've warmed up to the tiny box. A console just for free or free-to-play digital distribution games? After the parade of shame and disappoin...

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SimCity sales

SimCity has sold over 1 million copies since launch


It's the best selling SimCity game of all time
Mar 18
// Joshua Derocher
According to Electronic Arts, SimCity has sold over 1.1 million copies, making it the fastest selling SimCity game to date. About half of those sales have been for the digital version of the game.  It's interesting that ...
PS4 launch lineup photo
PS4 launch lineup

Watch Dogs & Killzone are launch titles, maybe DriveClub


BREAKING: PS4 may launch without a Dynasty Warriors title
Feb 21
// Allistair Pinsof
Watch Dogs and Killzone: Shadow Fall are now official launch titles for PS4. While DriveClub is mentioned as a launch title on a developer's LinkedIn page, it was called a "launch window" title at a recent roundtable (when as...
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Wii U predicted to start strong and then falter


Ask your local psychic for more information, today!
Nov 12
// Fraser Brown
With the imminent launch of the Wii U so close to the holiday season, Nintendo are anticipating some monster sales. According to a report from IHS Screen Digest, the new console is predicted to sell 3.5 million units from its...
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Nintendo World Store to host a midnight launch for Wii U


Hang out with Reggie
Nov 12
// Dale North
When midnight hits on November 18, fans lined up at the Nintendo World Store in New York City will be among the first to get their hands on the Wii U. They'll also get the chance to hang with Nintendo President and COO, Reggi...

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