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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn gets an Emmy nomination


Oustsanding Main Title Design
Jul 19
// Abel Girmay
I don't care if you like Halo 4, or any game in the series for that matter. Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn is far and away the best example of how to adapt a videogame franchise to a live-action setting. I watched it expecting lit...
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John Stossel wins

John Stossel wins the violent videogames argument


Fox News host uses this funny thing called 'logic'
Jun 22
// Tony Ponce
It's not every day that you can say a Fox News personality makes a rational argument regarding any of today's hottest trends and hobbies, but stranger things have happened. In a recent segment of his talk show, John Stossel ...

Wii U v3.0.0 update is live! OMG NO MORE OVERSCAN!!!

Apr 25 // Tony Ponce
Version 3.0.0 U available via wireless Internet connection includes the following improvements: New Features: A standby function to download and install software while the system is powered off Software purchased from the Nintendo eShop will automatically install in the background once the download is complete Holding down the B Button while the Wii U logo is displayed during startup will load the Wii Menu *¹ Changes to System Settings: An option to transfer and/or copy between two USB storage devices in "Data Management" To facilitate this feature, you will now be able to connect two USB storage devices to a single Wii U console*² The ability to select multiple software titles when transferring, copying, or deleting data in "Data Management" The option to adjust screen size is now available under "TV" *³ "Auto Power-Down" has been renamed "Power Settings" Options for the standby function are located within this menu Changes to Miiverse: Added support for the Wii Remote, Wii U Pro Controller, and Classic Controller Handwritten posts will now also display on the TV screen during creation "Undo" and "Redo" buttons are now available when creating a handwritten post Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings Changes to Nintendo eShop: Software downloaded from the Nintendo eShop will include released updates and will no longer need to be updated after installation Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings Changes to the Internet Browser: Added support for the Wii Remote and Wii U Pro Controller Added the option to change search engines when performing a keyword search Added the option to return to the start page from the bookmark menu Removed screen size setting. This option can now be adjusted from System Settings Changes to Download Management: Added the option to change the priority of downloads Improvements to system stability and usability: Further improvements to overall system stability and other minor adjustments have been made to enhance the user experience *1 User selection may be necessary*2 Only one USB storage device can be used during normal use*3 A similar option has been removed from Nintendo eShop, Miiverse, and the Internet Browser
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Speed fix? Funk dat! I can finally see complete images on my TV!
The Wii U version 3.0.0 update went live a short while ago, introducing a host of fixes and other significant tweaks. Of all the new features introduced, the one I'm most excited about is NO MORE OVERSCAN!!! WOOOOOOO! That ma...

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Coming this Summer to 3DS
This is NOT AN APRIL FOOL'S DAY JOKE. Repeat: This is not an April Fool's Day Joke. If it was, faces would be bloodied. Atlus has confirmed with us that the next game in the Shin Megami Tensei role-playing game series is fina...

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Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate WILL have cross-region play


Update in April to add cross-region and off-TV funcionality
Feb 28
// Tony Ponce
I know many a MonHun fan was all grumpy-faced when Capcom confirmed that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate on Wii U would have region-locked servers. Sure, the original Wii version was likewise segregated, but there was still hope th...
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Mario & Luigi

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team coming this summer


Fourth entry in M&L RPG series
Feb 14
// Tony Ponce
The "Ear of Luigi" continues! This summer, a new entry in the Mario & Luigi RPG series will head towards the 3DS. Mario & Luigi: Dream Team will put the green second banana into the limelight, as Mario will be invadin...
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Nintendo Force

Yeah, boi! Nintendo Force subscriptions are live


One-year subscriptions begin at $19.99
Feb 09
// Tony Ponce
The premier issue of Nintendo Force magazine went on sale on January 11, 2013. How did this new fan-driven venture fare in its first month? Pretty well, actually! It's been sitting pretty in the top spot of the MagCloud shop ...
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Ni no Kuni

Ni no Kuni is #1 in the UK, sold out in many shops


Three cheers for color and whimsy!
Feb 04
// Tony Ponce
I guess a lot of grown-up "mature" gamers, who complained that Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was too "kiddy," were blowing smoke out their asses and bought the Level-5 RPG anyway. According to GfK Chart-Track's UK Top ...

Whoa! A gun violence talk that does NOT blame games!

Feb 01 // Tony Ponce
[embed]243782:46668:0[/embed] You ought to check out the entire thing, but if you just want to watch the videogames segment, it's this clip labeled "The mental health stigma and violence." Cheryl Olson, co-author of the games violence research book Grand Theft Childhood, was on hand to once again point out there is little evidence to support any link between violent games and real-world violence. From her studies, she learned, "[T]he typical 13-year-old boy is playing at least one mature-rated violent game on a regular basis. And when you are looking at something very rare like a school shooting, and something that's statistically normal like playing violent videogames, it's kind of hard to make that link." Cooper agrees, "I looked at the study in ten different countries between gun violence and videogame sales, and it doesn't seem like there's a link in all these different countries." The discussion then shifts towards children suffering from mental health issues, and from there the panelists begin talking about the difficulties parents face in getting even so much as a proper diagnosis and treatment for their mentally ill kids. Audience member Liza Long is invited to stand up and share the story of her 13-year-old son, who exhibits great mental instability and a proclivity towards violence. Long fears that her son has the potential to be a school shooter one day, but her efforts to seek proper treatment are hindered by doctors who would rather throw more medicine at him and authorities who would rather throw the boy in prison. As it turns out, Long's son does not play first-person shooters and its ilk, instead preferring Minecraft and Dungeons & Dragons. His issues clearly do not stem from the media he consumes, yet because current laws and medical policies are reactive rather than proactive, there's very little Long can do to prevent a potential incident down the road. Granted, videogames are but a small portion of the entire Town Hall, but when it is touched upon, it's done with serious class. This may not seem like the most mind-blowing discourse to you -- these are the kinds of conclusions game bloggers and other pro-game outlets draw on a regular basis -- but considering it's a public forum held in front of possibly millions of viewers, it's very refreshing to hear. So yeah, more of that on TV, please.
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Anderson Cooper's Town Hall special discusses gun violence
It might be easy to label all major news pundits as being dangerously ignorant of videogames, especially when it concerns sexual or violent content. However, we ought to know better than to paint everyone with the same broad ...

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Pikachu 3DS XL

Pikachu 3DS XL coming to Chile, US might be next


Announced at Pokémon Day Chile 2013
Jan 22
// Tony Ponce
Nintendo has been very selfish, hoarding all those lovely special edition 3DS models in Japan and not even giving Americans a goddamn black XL. But every once in a while, Nintendo will surprise us with an act of kindness that...
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Street Fighter X Mega Man

Street Fighter X Mega Man is out NOW


Download the free game from Capcom-Unity
Dec 17
// Tony Ponce
Ummm... you still here? Go on! Get to steppin'! And be mindful of the long download times for the 34 MB file. The site's getting hammered.
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Zero Escape writer talks early third game details


Don't click on the source links lest SPOILERS
Dec 02
// Tony Ponce
["K and Rabbit Zero" by Fuju] [Update: Seriously guys? Complaining that news of the hero from the first game returning for the third game is a spoiler? I don't think you know what a spoiler is.] If you've played through Zero ...
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Ol' Grunkle Miyamoto turns 60 today


Happy birthday to Nintendo's dream weaver
Nov 16
// Tony Ponce
And he doesn't look a a day over 50! How does he manage to stay so young? There are many notable game developers who have influenced the course of the industry, but arguably none are more well-known and beloved than Shigeru M...
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SHAKE IT, BABY, SHAKE IT
What? WHAT? WHAAAAT!? WHAAAAAAAAAAAT!? Suck it down! That's what I'm talkin' 'bout! Hell yeah! The cover of November's Nintendo Power features our half-genie starlet in full pirate garb, teaming up with her archnemesis Risky ...

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Google celebrates Little Nemo's 107th birthday


I'm the Dream Master, baby, and I'm dreaming away
Oct 15
// Tony Ponce
The first installment of Winsor McCay's influential Little Nemo in Slumberland strip was published in the New York Herald on October 15, 1905. To celebrate the comic's 107th birthday, Google has created an interactive Doodle ...
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The 10-year wait is over
Retro City Rampage. October 9, 2012. PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, PC. You read that correctly. Brian Provinciano's NES-style Grand Theft Auto parody has been cooking for just over a decade, and when it missed its proposed...

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OC ReMix's FF6 Kickstarter brought back from the grave


Sep 25
// Tony Ponce
We didn't report on it originally because we didn't want to jump the gun on any new developments, but OverClocked ReMix's Final Fantasy VI album Kickstarter was shut down a while back, way after it had blown past its target g...
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La-Mulana IS coming to WiiWare after all on September 20!


Aug 29
// Tony Ponce
Good things come to those who wait! When Nicalis decided that it would not be publishing the WiiWare version of La-Mulana, it felt like a bitter end to an extensive but ultimately fruitless dev cycle. It was eventually releas...
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Fifty Shades of Grey got b*tch slapped by Hyrule Historia


Aug 17
// Tony Ponce
Who says there's no justice in the world? Just yesterday, we learned that the highly demanded Zelda bible Hyrule Historia is being localized for the US, UK, Australia, and certain other parts of Europe. I originally used the ...
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Ultimate Zelda bible Hyrule Historia will come to the US


Aug 16
// Tony Ponce
[Update: The book is also coming to Australia, UK, and other parts of Europe.] Hyrule Historia is basically the Holy Bible of the Zelda universe. Not only is it jam-packed with concept art and never-before-heard secrets, it a...
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Ecco the Dolphin celebrates 20 years of aquatic majesty!


Jul 29
// Tony Ponce
[Header by Ashley Davis] Every other videogame franchise seems to be celebrating a major anniversary lately. However, there's one little series that seems to have slipped everyone's mind. Everyone except Dtoider TheManchild, ...
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A contemplative E3 retrospective with I-Mockery's RoG


Jun 11
// Tony Ponce
Roger "RoG" Barr -- founder of I-Mockery, co-developer of Abobo's Big Adventure, and typewriter jockey at The Behemoth -- was in attendance at E3 2012, drinking in the sights and meeting a host of colorful people. He fortuna...
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I'VE SOILED MY TUNIC! COMPLETELY BY CHOICE! That's right! You heard me! WayForward will be making a game based on Cartoon Network's Adventure Time, and I couldn't possibly be any happier! This is, like, the perfect marriage e...

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Ace Attorney film to premiere at Cali's AM2 convention


Feb 15
// Tony Ponce
["Phoenix X Edgeworth" by GyakuSaiLove] Want to catch one of the first US premiers of Takashi Miike's Ace Attorney movie? Then you're going to want to hop on a plane and fly to Anaheim, California, this summer. During the Ani...
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What a glorious week it's been so far! First, Ace Attorney 5 is a really real thing, and now this bit of concentrated awesome. What do we have in store for tomorrow? Localization confirmation of Professor Layton vs. Ace Attor...

Ace Attorney 5 is happening!

Jan 29 // Tony Ponce
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Please, try to contain yourselves! Technically, only Gyakuten Saiban 5 has been announced with no word on an international release. Capcom kept Ace Attorney Investigations 2 from us; those butts in Japan better not hold out o...

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Fatal Frame 3DS spin-off to spook America on April 13


Jan 20
// Tony Ponce
Okay, so Fatal Frame 4 never left Japan, and the Wii remake of Fatal Frame 2 seems to have completely vanished. Tecmo Koei and Nintendo wouldn't keep holding out on the West forever, would they? Looks like they've finally co...
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Abobo's Big Adventure will donkey punch you on January 11


Jan 02
// Tony Ponce
Sh*t just got real, son. The undisputed Game of the Forever will make its grand entrance on January 11, 2012. Cue music. Are you ready to shatter a generation's worth of 8-bit spines with sick moves and stylish flair? You dam...
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A good Sonic game, you guys! Oh my God!


Nov 04
// Tony Ponce
What!?!? Sonic Generations is not total garbage!? We have to let the world know! Four out of five! Four out of five! Four out of five! Busted Pixel: Sonic Generations (A New Beginning) [YouTube]
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Professor Layton movie is bound for North America


Jul 02
// Tony Ponce
You cheeky Brits have been enjoying Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva for almost a year now. Now it's time for the filthy Yanks to get our cryptic on! At the Anime Expo in Los Angeles yesterday, anime distributor Viz Medi...






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