If you’re a Pokemon fan (let’s face it, most of us were at some point) then you’ll probably be pleased to hear that new information about upcoming Pokemon Black & White has been dropped in your lap. While the official site wasn’t due to update with the new info until tomorrow Coro Coro Comics managed to get the details in advance, along with the first screenshots.
The screenshots show newcomer Pokemon Zorua and Zoroark fighting it out on the battle screen. Also shown are some town and field sections, all of which I’m sure will be scanned and placed on the Internet in no time (which means they’re probably already on the net somewhere).
The game will also be the first in the series to go 3D; which means that areas such as battles, fields and towns will appear 3D – the towns and fields actually presented from a 3/4 perspective. We’re talking 3D polygons here, not the coming out of the screen 3D that the 3DS will have.
Towns are said to be more realistic, with high rise buildings and additional shops in the Pokemon Centre. Battles will be more heated, whatever that means, and there’s something about ‘Evolution 3’ that not even the magazine seems to know much about.
Hopefully we’ll learn a lot more soon, including the reveal of more Pokemon aside from the two we already know about. At least it seems like Nintendo is trying to revive a series that has effectively gone stale, at least in terms of gameplay.
In a preview by Entertainment Weekly, a few new details, including the full set-list were released for Green Day: Rock Band – the latest in Harmonix and EA’s popular rhythm game series.
The game will feature 47 playable songs on the disc, just more than The Beatles: Rock Band, across three venues. The American Idiot, and Dookie albums will be included in their entireties, with all except the 6 tracks that are available as DLC from 21st Century Breakdown also playable.
Players will be taken to MK Bowl – the venue for their Bullet in a Bible live album – for a large portion of the songs in the game, including the American Idiot album. The other two included venues are The Fox Theatre in Oakland California (the band’s hometown) and the fictional, ‘hole in the wall’ venue called “The Warehouse”, designed to represent the smaller venues the band played in their earlier years.
Popular tracks such as Hitchin a Ride, Minority, and Brain Stew from Green Day’s back catalogue are also included in the game. However, there is notably no sign at all of the band’s first two albums, which is sure to disappoint many fans (myself included). Despite this little niggle though, the game is looking quite promising – especially if you are a Green Day fan.
Green Day: Rock Band will be released on June 8th on Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii.
Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has announced the March 2011 launch of the Nintendo 3DS. The latest version of the Nintendo DS will be backward compatible with DS and DSi software, and will allow 3D handheld gaming without the need for any special glasses.
Nintendo will announce more details at E3 this year.
Gameloft announced today that the iPhone remake of Earthworm Jim (there’s an iPhone remake? Damn, I’m going to have to check that out) will be released on DSiWare.
The remake includes updated graphics and audio; with redrawn sprites, brighter colours, improved audio and remixed tunes. There’s also an easy mode with hints and tips, plus a bonus mode where you repeat Jim’s various expressions into the DSi camera.
Gameloft hopes to stay as true to the original as possible whilst also making it easy enough for anyone to finish.
Pricing details are yet to be announced, so stay tuned for those in the near future.
I and the monkey finally made up this week, and as I write this he’s currently enjoying a cigar and listening to Mozart. He’s a cultured monkey at heart, it’s just that his natural tendencies took over whenever I’d absent-mindedly left a Word file open on my computer. We now enjoy each other’s company while watching Frasier repeats on Comedy Central.
So, enough about the monkey, what’s out this week? There are two big games of interest; Heavy Rain and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories. The former makes me long for a PS3, and just might make me buy one, while the latter might actually make me turn on my Wii again; although I’m not too sure if I’ll be able to find my Wii under the mountains of dust.
Here are all of this week’s releases:
- Heavy Rain (PS3)
- Silent Hill: Shattered Memories (PS2, PSP, Wii)
- Monsters (Probably) Stole My Princess (PSP)
- Superstars V8 Next Challenge (PC, PS3, X360)
- Bit.Trip Void (Wii)
- Theatre of War: Afrika 1943 (PC)
- Water Sports (Wii) – The…temptation…to…make…a…pun…too….strong!
- The Farm (PC)
- Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing (DS, PC, PS3, Wii)
- Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing with Banjo-Kazooie (X360) – Like that’s going to tempt me to buy it!
- Sail Simulator 2010 (PC) – Game of the year!
- Adventures to Go! (PSP)
- Lips: Party Classics (X360)
- Puzzle Chronicles (DS, PSP)
- Gamehits (DS)
- Echoshift (PSP)
- Safar’Wii (Wii) – So apparently this didn’t come out the other week after all.
- Pop’n Music (Wii)
- Undead Knights (PSP)
- Casual Mania (DS)
- Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (DS) – When I was at school I knew someone who loved this series. He looked like an Orc. True story!
- Napoleon: Total War (PC)
- White Knight Chronicles (International Edition) (PS3)
- Way of the Samurai 3 (PS3, X360)
- Crash Time III (X360)
- Dawn of Discovery: Venice (PC)
- Driving Simulator (PC) – Game of the year runner-up!
- The Stronghold Collection (PC)
- The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces (Wii)
- Dante’s Inferno (PSP)
- Blue Toad Murder Files: The Mysteries of Little Riddle – Episode Three (PS3)
Activision have apparently snapped up the rights to make games based on GoGo’s Crazy Bones toys in the hope that it will be able to rival the Pokémon games.
Crazy Bones are very popular amongst young children (apparently this is the case in America also) and so Activision would be hoping that any video-games based on the toy franchise would be able to replicate the popularity, and so provide competition for the all-conquering Pokémon.
Personally, I thought the Crazy Bones craze had died down (I collected them myself many years ago) but Activision is not one to invest in something that isn’t going to make them money. I’m not sure that it will rival the insane popularity of the Pokémon games, but it could potentially come close.
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games has followed in the footsteps of its predecessor in utilising the publicity and hype of the real thing to boost its sales.
The combined sales of the Wii and DS versions has reached 6 million worldwide since its release back in October. SEGA will be very pleased with the extra sales that come around the time of the actual Olympic games as people get into the Olympic fever.
Having watched some of the Winter Olympics myself the game does interest me slightly. However, the thought of trying real-life skiing or snowboarding would be much more appealing to me…
That damn monkey struck again! I’m thinking about setting up a laser trap to catch the pest this time around, but I’m not sure if he’ll just use the smoking trick like in Metal Gear Solid. Automated machine gun emplacement it is!
This week Aliens vs Predator hits the shelves, albeit on the back of an incredibly poor multiplayer demo. The singeplayer may yet live up to the standards expected from an Aliens vs Predator game, but I’m going to rent it just to be safe.
Here are all of this week’s releases:
- Aliens vs Predator (PC, PS3, X360)
- Guitar Hero: Van Halen (PS3, X360, Wii)
- Ghost Pirates of Voojoo Island (PC) – This looks right up my street!
- Ship Simulator Extremes (PC) – …while this one is in the bin on the back alley.
- Family Party: 30 Great Games Winter Fun (Wii)
- XIII Century: Blood of Europe (PC)
- Fireburst (PS3, X360)
- Flight Control (DS) – One of the most addictive games I have for my iPhone!
- Drill Sergeant Mindstrong (Wii)
- Downtown Texas Hold’em (DS) – I swear that there’s a new Texas Hold’em DS game every week.
- Hello Kitty: Puzzle Party (PSP)
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Justice for All (Wii)
- The History Channel: Great Battles – Medieval (PC, PS3, X360)
- SOCOM: U.S. Nacy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 3 (PSP)
- Torchlight (PC)
- Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce (PS3, X360)
- Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth (DS)
- Ninja Blade (PC)
- A Farewell to Dragons (PC)
- Half-Minute Hero (PSP) – I’m going to get this eventually.
- UK Truck Simulator (PC) – Game of the Year 2010!!!
- Indianapolis 500 Evolution (X360)
- Alien Zombie Death (PSP)
- Playmobil: Pirates (DS)
This is a day late because a monkey jumped into my computer and stole my original copy. I spent the rest of the day tracking him down through the wilds of the Internet jungle, seeing sites (see what I did there?) no sane man should ever see and having to escape from a tribe of furries. I finally dived into a river of spam and ended up in Nigeria, where I was scammed out of all my money and had to ride the Internet home clinging to yet another wannabee’s YouTube videos. I finally gave up and stumbled into my bedroom, clothes torn to shreds, to write a new post. So, when you read this, I hope you’ll realise just how much trouble I went to for all of you.
A more simple (and, erm, true) explanation would be that I simply forgot, but that wouldn’t make for an interesting story now would it?
Bioshock 2 is your only big release this week, and it’s also a game I’ve just been playing before throwing it into an ever-growing pile of games I have to complete. I should be happy to be a gamer right now, but it’s time like this where you realise there’s just not enough hours in the day.
Here’s the full list of this week’s releases:
- Bioshock 2 (PC, PS3, X360)
- Rollin’ Rascals (DS)
- Safar’Wii (Wii) – Possibly the lamest pun I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading.
- Reel Fishing: Angler’s Dream (Wii)
- Sonic & Knuckles (Wii)
- Frogger Returns (Wii)
- Big Catch Bass Fishing 2 (Wii) – Two fishing games in one week? Those three fans are going to be ecstatic!
- Overturn (Wii)
- Flips: Percy Jackson (DS)
- Jonas (DS)
- Karaoke Revolution (PS3)
- Memento Mori (PC)
- Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes (DS)
- Star Ocean The Last Hope: International (PS3)
- Phantasy Star Zero (DS)
- Ninja Blade (PC)
- Bleach: The 3rd Phantom (DS)
- Super Monkey Ball: Step & Roll (Wii)
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (DS)
- Avalon Heroes (PC)
Square Enix recently reported rather sizeable profit increases on a year-on-year basis, with increases in the many billions of Yen.
They have stated that their operating income increased by 68% from the previous year, to 21.4 billion yen and that net sales for the period were up 30% to 135 billion yen. Square obviously have the release of Final Fantasy XIII in Japan to thank for a lot of that, as well as Arkham Asylum which sold very well. This is pretty good news given the current economical climate and all that stuff that I am not going to pretend to be knowledgable about. Still, good to hear that a company is doing well.
At the same time, EA has announced a loss in quarter 3 of its fiscal year, despite various big-name titles. Games such as Left 4 Dead 2, Dragon Age and even FIFA 10 were not enough to stop the company from seeing a decline in profits from the previous holiday period.
However, with Dante’s Inferno already out as well as the massive Mass Effect 2, I don’t think it will be anything major to worry about for EA. With ME2 topping all the sales charts, it’s already looking like a good start to 2010 for the publishing giants.