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11:15 PM on 06.06.2012

E3: Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia on CoD: Black Ops II

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is guaranteed to sell a bazillion copies this fall, but even so, developer Treyarch isn't mailing in this sequel. In fact, Black Ops II might be the riskiest entry yet in the Call of Duty franchise...

Samit Sarkar

6:35 PM on 06.06.2012

EA: Expect discounts, but no Steam-like sales, on Origin

EA's Origin service recently celebrated its one-year anniversary, and while it's a growing platform -- 12 million registered users and $150 million in revenue is nothing to sneeze at -- it's not yet as good as EA wants it to ...

Samit Sarkar

4:45 PM on 06.06.2012

E3: Arkedo's Hell Yeah! and its 'polite boss'

Jonathan Holmes headed to the Sega booth on the E3 show floor to check out a near-final version of Arkedo's Hell Yeah! Wrath of the Dead Rabbit, a refreshingly self-aware action-adventure platformer. Studio head Camille Guer...

Samit Sarkar

4:30 PM on 06.06.2012

E3: 360 degrees of the Wii U's PanoramaView

Nintendo continues to show off the Wii U's capabilities with tech demos, and PanoramaView looks to be another one of them. Our own Jonathan Holmes played around with the feature, which lets you use the GamePad as a window in...

Samit Sarkar

3:30 PM on 06.06.2012

EA Sports not currently negotiating for MLB license

Fans who harbor nostalgia for EA Sports' venerated last-gen MVP Baseball franchise may want the publisher to get back in the game and put out a new baseball title, now that Take-Two, the parent company of 2K Sports, seems unw...

Samit Sarkar

1:45 PM on 06.06.2012

E3: Stab cats in Nintendo Land's Animal Crossing minigame

Jonathan Holmes' enthusiasm is infectious, as you can see in this video of his hands-on time with "Animal Crossing: Sweet Day," one of the 12 minigames in Nintendo Land. It's a rather strange little five-player game: the Gam...

Samit Sarkar

7:00 AM on 06.06.2012

E3: Nintendo Land's Donkey Kong Crash Course demo

Nintendo Land appears to be positioned as the Wii U's version of Wii Sports, a collection of minigames designed to familiarize players with the new system's features and functionality. Our own Jonathan Holmes checked out the...

Samit Sarkar





5:00 AM on 06.06.2012

E3: Be a Vampire Lord in Skyrim's Dawnguard DLC

Bethesda is expanding the realm of Skyrim with the game's first piece of downloadable content, Dawnguard. You've seen the trailer and screenshots, and now you can watch The Destructoid Show's Max Scoville give you his though...

Samit Sarkar

4:00 AM on 06.06.2012

E3: Borderlands 2 writer Anthony Burch's story process

Gearbox Software's Borderlands 2 will be a much more story-driven experience than its predecessor, and that's largely thanks to its principal writer, former Destructoid features editor Anthony Burch. In an interview with The...

Samit Sarkar

12:15 AM on 06.06.2012

E3: Square Enix debuts next-gen Final Fantasy tech demo

We're approaching the singularity, folks: Final Fantasy games on next-generation hardware could finally look as good as the pre-rendered cutscenes we've been watching for the past decade and a half. Yesterday at E3, publishe...

Samit Sarkar

11:15 PM on 06.05.2012

E3: Nintendo working on transfer of Wii data to Wii U

Nintendo is figuring out a way to allow Wii owners to transfer data from the Wii to the Wii U, said a hardware producer for the company during a developer Q&A session held today at E3. When asked about the possibility, th...

Samit Sarkar

9:55 PM on 06.05.2012

E3: Snoop Dogg raps in his Tekken Tag Tournament 2 stage

I bet that headline is a sequence of words you were never expecting to see.At E3, didn't-see-that-coming shockers tend to fall into the category of unlikely or unforeseen alliances, like Gabe Newell announcing Portal 2 for P...

Samit Sarkar

6:15 PM on 06.05.2012

E3: Trine 2: Director's Cut coming to Wii U

Trine 2: Director's Cut was one of the games shown in a montage of third-party software during this morning's Nintendo press briefing. Finnish studio Frozenbyte is building a definitive console version of its well-received c...

Samit Sarkar



E3: Wii U GamePad: 3-5 hours battery, 2.5 hours to charge photo
E3: Wii U GamePad: 3-5 hours battery, 2.5 hours to charge
by Samit Sarkar

Nintendo spent the bulk of its E3 2012 press briefing on the Wii U, focusing on a glossy black version of the hardware in addition to the white console and GamePad that were unveiled a year ago. We still don't have more precise hardware specifications for the console than the information Nintendo gave out last year, but the company released some details on the GamePad today.

The GamePad weighs in at about 1.10 pounds (500 g), a bit lighter than any of Apple's various iPad models, and measures -- protrusions aside -- approximately 10.06 inches (W) × 5.25 inches (H) × 1.61 inches (D). It features a 6.2-inch non-multitouch screen with a 16:9 (widescreen) aspect ratio, although the display's exact resolution remains a mystery.

Motion-sensing technology inside consists of an accelerometer, gyroscope, and a geomagnetic sensor. The unit also boasts a front-facing camera (resolution unknown), microphone, stereo sound, rumble functionality, a sensor bar and stylus, and a Near-Field Communication (NFC) chip.

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1:45 PM on 06.05.2012

E3: Ubisoft's Watch Dogs confirmed for PC, PS3, Xbox 360

Ubisoft stole the show at E3 Day Zero with a surprise unveiling of Watch Dogs, an open-world experience that truly looked like a next-generation title. Based on the stunning lighting effects and lifelike animations, most of t...

Samit Sarkar

11:35 AM on 06.05.2012

E3: Go undercover in this Sleeping Dogs trailer

I'm really glad that Square Enix picked up United Front Games' Sleeping Dogs after Activision dropped the project (back when it was called True Crime: Hong Kong). Hamza's write-up of the hard-boiled open-world crime thriller...

Samit Sarkar