New Assassin’s Creed Rogue & Unity Screenshots

Set in the middle of the 18th century during the Seven Years’ War, Assassin’s Creed Rogue gives players new locations across North America to explore, including the frozen North Atlantic, the Appalachian River Valley and New York. In Assassin’s Creed Rogue, players experience the Assassin’s Creed universe through the eyes of a Templar. As Shay Patrick Cormac, players suffer the brotherhood’s betrayal and transform into an Assassin hunter. Assassin’s Creed Rogue will be available on November 11 for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system!

Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released on November 11 for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Windows PC. Set in a once-magnificent Paris, Assassin’s Creed Unity plunges into the terror of the 1789 French Revolution and features the most dense and immersive Assassin’s Creed city ever created. Through the streets of Paris, the starving inhabitants are set to take up arms for freedom and equality. In this time of chaos and brutality, a young man named Arno, wounded by the loss of those he loved, sets out on a deadly path of redemption. Arno’s pursuit throws him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation and transforms him into a true Master Assassin.

Super Smash Bros., amiibo, Pokémon and New Hardware Bundles Star in Nintendo’s Holiday Lineup

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo has prepared a massive lineup of new games and products for the 2014 holiday season. The lineup includes new entries from some of the biggest franchises in gaming, new hardware bundles for Wii Uand Nintendo 2DS, and new amiibo interactive figures featuring some of the most iconic characters in the world of video games.

amiibo_pressrelease_graphic_r2The holiday shopping season begins today for Nintendo fans, as the first 12 amiibo interactive figures become available for pre-order at a suggested retail price of just $12.99 each. The first dozen characters available for pre-order at select retailers are Mario, Peach, Link, Samus, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Pikachu, Kirby, Fox, Marth, Villager and Wii Fit Trainer, with more on the way in the future.

“Nintendo’s holiday offerings demonstrate a combination of fun franchises and great value,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “With Wii U and Nintendo 2DS hardware bundles, classic names like Super Smash Bros., Bayonettaand Pokémon, new IP like Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker, and amiibo, everyone will find something to love about Nintendo this holiday season. Whether people are shopping for themselves or they’re prepping their gift lists, Nintendo has them covered.”

Here’s a taste of what Nintendo has on tap for the 2014 holiday season:

  • Major Franchises: Nintendo has four games from two of the most well-known franchises launching this year:
    • Super Smash Bros.: The Wii U game and the first portable game in the series are getting ready for their debuts. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS launches Oct. 3, with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U following during the holiday season. Fans who register both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS versions of the games with Club Nintendo will receive the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U: Premium Sound Selection, a soundtrack CD packed with music taken from and inspired by the games. More details about this offer will be provided in the future. Also, in a separate announcement this morning, Nintendo revealed that Shulk from theXenoblade Chronicles franchise would be a playable character in both games.
    • Pokémon: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire for Nintendo 3DS will hit stores and theNintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Nov. 21. Trainers will catch, battle and trade Pokémon as they immerse themselves into a grand tale that draws ever closer to the heart of the secrets behind Mega Evolution and the power of Primal Groudon and Primal Kyogre. With beautifully rendered graphics and new challenges to overcome, these games are a true evolution in the Pokémon series.
  • Interactive amiibo Figures: Nintendo’s foray into the toys-to-life category starts today, with the first 12 amiibo figures available to pre-order from select retailers. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, which launches this holiday season, will be the first game with full integration of amiibo functionality. Other games that will support amiibo include Mario Kart 8Captain Toad: Treasure TrackerMario Party 10 and Yoshi’s Woolly World, with more to come. More details on amiibo functionality with the various games and a launch date will be revealed shortly.
  • Bayonetta 2: The witch is back on Oct. 24. The game features over-the-top battles with wild weapons that take place in gorgeous set pieces. A new snake transformation lets Bayonetta better navigate underwater. The original Bayonettagame, complete with some Nintendo cosplay options for the powerful heroine, comes bundled with the retail packaged version of Bayonetta 2.
  • NOA_PackShot_SM3DWBundle_FrontNew Hardware Bundles Available This Fall: Everyone loves a deal. Three new Nintendo hardware bundles are set to deliver more value and more options to holiday shoppers:
    • Super Mario 3D World Deluxe Set: Starting mid-September, the new Wii U Deluxe Set will include the Wii U console and physical Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land games at a suggested retail price of $299.99.
    • Walmart Exclusive Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Set: In mid-September, Walmart stores nationwide will offer a special-edition Wii U bundle that includes the console along with physical Mario Kart 8 and Nintendo Landgames at a suggested retail price of $299.99. This exclusive bundle will be available while supplies last.
    • New Nintendo 2DS Bundles: In early October, three new Nintendo 2DS bundles will hit stores. The new bundles feature the Electric Blue, Crimson Red or Sea Green Nintendo 2DS system along with a code to download Mario Kart 7 from the Nintendo eShop. The bundles will be available at a suggested retail price of $129.99 each.
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker: This holiday season, everybody’s favorite intrepid explorer, Captain Toad, stars in his own quest through maze-like mini-universes – only on Wii U. Each little world Captain Toad visits is a unique microcosm filled with tricks to solve, traps to avoid and treasure to find.
  • Hyrule Warriors DLC: This mashup of Dynasty Warriors and The Legend of Zelda already includes a large amount of content. Nintendo plans to support the game for the long run with more content to help players expand their adventures even farther. That program kicks off when the game launches on Sept. 26. People who buy the game will receive access to a free download that adds a new mode, a new weapon and the option to select music to add to the Hyrule Warriorsexperience. As detailed in a recent Nintendo Direct, consumers who pre-order the game at select retailers will receive a free download code for a set of alternate in-game costumes for Link and Zelda. Additionally, anyone who registers the game with Club Nintendo will receive a free download code for a set of alternate costumes for Ganondorf. All of these additional costumes will become available for purchase in the Nintendo eShop in the near future. Further details on timing and pricing will be announced at a later time.
  • Pokémon Art AcademyThis Nintendo title is coming to stores and the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 24. The game teaches basic and advanced art techniques throughout 40 lessons and encourages artists to draw their favorite Pokémon and bring them to life with a large variety of tools. They can also share their Pokémon masterpieces by posting them to Miiverse, or saving them to the SD Card and printing them out.
  • Art Academy (working title): This new entry in the Art Academy franchise is a download-exclusive application that incorporates the touch screen of the Wii U GamePad controller. Users learn, create and share with in-depth step-by-step lessons accessible even to novice artists, using the large Wii U GamePad screen as the canvas. The game is scheduled to launch in 2014.
  • Ultimate NES Remix: This new Nintendo 3DS game will be available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Dec. 5 at a suggested retail price of $29.99. The game features rapid-fire challenges and mashups from a selection of 16 of Nintendo’s finest 8-bit games. Regional online leaderboards will let players see how they stack up against others in their area, and Championship Mode offers a series of challenges from three different games.
  • NES Remix Pack: Wii U fans can also get into the 8-bit mix on Dec. 5, with a new game that combines the original NES Remix and NES Remix 2 games for Wii U into one package. NES Remix Pack will be available in stores at a suggested retail price of $29.99. Both NES Remix and NES Remix 2 games remain available in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U for $14.99 each.
  • Fantasy Life: Available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 24Fantasy Life lets players become the masters of their destinies as choices they make help determine their own Fantasy Life. Players can easily change their Life Class at any time and experience how each offers a new perspective on the world. Local and online multiplayer options let friends share the adventure, the exploration and the bounty. A downloadable content pack called Origin Island – available for purchase from the Nintendo eShop starting on Oct. 24 – will extend the Fantasy Life adventure even further. Origin Island offers a new area that is home to an ancient culture and powerful enemies, additional story content, new ranks to achieve in Life Classes, access to even more powerful equipment and two new varieties of pets to adopt: birds and dragons.
  • Two Deluxe Downloadable Kirby Games: Bounce or battle with two new titles available today at $6.99 each in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Dedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe and Kirby Fighters Deluxe are standalone downloadable games that first made an appearance in Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and are now updated with enhanced game-play features. InDedede’s Drum Dash Deluxe, players move Dedede across the stage, bouncing to the beat in seven new stages exclusive to this downloadable version. In Kirby Fighters Deluxe, players use different copy abilities to defeat all of the arena opponents. This version includes five new stages and a new team battle feature. Players who already own Kirby: Triple Deluxe with StreetPass data will get bonus content in both downloadable games.
  • Indie Games: Nintendo loves indie content, and a number of downloadable games exclusive to the Nintendo eShop are on their way this year.
    • Curve Digital’s Stealth Inc 2 combines the best elements of puzzle solving, action platforming and stealth game play into a game that’s all about hiding in the shadows. The game includes a two-player co-op mode, level editor, off-TV play and Miiverse integration. The game launches for Wii U in the fall.
    • Swords & Soldiers II is a side-scrolling action strategy game from Ronimo Games launching this holiday season for Wii U. The game includes 20 story missions and lets players buy units, cast spells and build structures to overwhelm enemies on a 2D battleground.
    • Azure Striker GUNVOLT from Inti Creates launches today exclusively for Nintendo 3DS. Featuring the talents of Keiji Inafune, the creator of the Mega Man series, the game takes the best aspects of Japanese 16-bit classics and updates them with new play mechanics and slick graphics. For a limited time, the game comes with a free digital version of the 8-bit nostalgia-fueled Mighty GUNVOLT as well.
  • New Themes for Nintendo 3DS HOME Menu: Following a system update in October, Nintendo will be introducing new Nintendo 3DS HOME menu themes that change the menu background, icons and folders, and music and sound effects. Themes will be available for purchase from a Theme Shop that will be added to the HOME menu. More details will be announced in the future.
  • Third-Party Games: More than 60 games from Nintendo’s third-party partners are launching for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS before the end of year, with more great content coming in early 2015. The 2014 list is highlighted by Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric for Wii U and Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal for Nintendo 3DS from SEGA, which introduce two unique and epic adventures as Sonic and team work together to stop the evil villain Lyric. Players can play as multiple characters, each with his or her own abilities, as they explore, fight and speed through an undiscovered land. Each game features its own individual story and game-play features.
Publisher Title Release Date
Wii U
Activision Skylanders Trap Team Oct. 5
BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc. PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 Oct. 14
Disney Interactive Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Sept. 23
Little Orbit Penguins of Madagascar Nov. 25
Little Orbit Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Nov. 4
Mobot Studios Paper Monster Recut September
SEGA Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric Nov. 18
Ubisoft Just Dance 2015 Oct. 21
Ubisoft Watch Dogs 2014
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Nov. 11
WayForward Technologies Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse 2014
Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Ackk Studios LLC Chromophore: The Two Brothers Director’s Cut Q4
Arachnid Games Ballpoint Universe: Infinite Fall
ATLUS Citizens of Earth Nov. 4
BeautiFun Games SL Nihilumbra Winter
Breakfall STARWHAL: Just the Tip Q1 2015
Curve Digital Lone Survivor Q4
Curve Digital Stealth Inc 2 Fall
Curve Digital The Swapper Q3
Frima Studio Inc. Chariot Fall
Image & Form SteamWorld Dig Aug. 28
KnapNok Games Affordable Space Adventures Q1 2015
Midnight City Costume Quest 2 Oct. 7
Midnight City Gone Home Q4
Natsume Inc. Alphadia Genesis 2014
Nnooo Cubemen 2 Sept. 4
Nyamyam Ltd. Tengami Fall
Over the Moon Games The Fall Aug. 26
Rain Games Teslagrad September
Ronimo Games BV Swords & Soldiers II Q4
Slightly Mad Project CARS 2015
Turtle Cream 6180 the moon Q4
WaterMelon Pier Solar and the Great Architects Fall
Nintendo 3DS
Activision Skylanders Trap Team Oct. 5
Activision The Legend of Korra: A New Era Begins Oct. 28
ATLUS Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Nov. 25
BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc. PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventures 2 Oct. 14
BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc. Saban’s Power Rangers Super Megaforce Oct. 28
BANDAI NAMCO Games America, Inc. TENKAI KNIGHTS: Brave Battle Oct. 7
Capcom Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Early 2015
EA EA SPORTS FIFA 15 September
GameMill Big Hero 6 Oct. 28
Little Orbit Adventure Time: The Secret of the Nameless Kingdom Nov. 18
Little Orbit Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue Nov. 4
Little Orbit Penguins of Madagascar Nov. 25
Little Orbit Winx Club: Saving Alfea Fall
Majesco Cooking Mama 5: Bon Appetit! Sept. 16
Marvelous USA (XSEED Games) Story of Seasons Winter
Natsume Inc. Harvest Moon: The Lost Valley October
SEGA Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal Nov. 11
Square Enix, Inc. THEATRHYTHM FINAL FANTASY CURTAIN CALL Sept. 16
Ubisoft Petz Beach Oct. 14
Ubisoft Petz Countryside Oct. 14
Ubisoft Poptropica: Forgotten Islands Oct. 14
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Nov. 11
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS
ATLUS Citizens of Earth Nov. 4
Big John Games Cube Creator 3D Q1 2015
Big John Games Lionel Trains 3D Q1 2015
Big John Games Thorium Wars: Attack of the Skyfighter Aug. 28
Capcom Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney Trilogy Winter
Choice Provisions Woah Dave! Fall
CINEMAX The Keep September
Goodbye Galaxy Games Tappingo 2 Sept. 4
Hörberg Productions Gunman Clive 2 Fall
Inti Creates Co. Ltd. Azure Striker GUNVOLT Aug. 29
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL World Duel Carnival Sept. 25
Nnooo Blast ’Em Bunnies Q1 2015
Renegade Kid LLC Moon Chronicles (ep. 2) Q4
Renegade Kid LLC Treasurenauts Q4
Renegade Kid LLC Xeodrifter Q4
WayForward Technologies Shantae and the Pirate’s Curse 2014
  • Looking Ahead: Nintendo has a ton of great games on the way for both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. In 2015, Wii U will see the arrival of a new installment in The Legend of Zelda franchise, SplatoonXenoblade Chronicles XYoshi’s Woolly WorldKirby and the Rainbow CurseStar Fox (working title), Mario Maker (working title), Project Giant RobotProject GuardMario vs. Donkey Kong (working title), Mario Party 10 and Devil’s Third. On the portable side in 2015, Nintendo 3DS will see the launch of a new NFC reader/writer that will interact with amiibo figures in compatible games, as well as the arrival of Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Fossil Fighters Frontier and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, an exclusive Nintendo 3DS game from Capcom.

Remember that Wii U and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu or http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

Two of Gaming’s Greatest Minds Team up for a Mysterious New Nintendo 3DS Adventure!

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– One is a brilliant archeologist who has traveled the world solving puzzles and unearthing ancient civilizations. The other is a bumbling defense attorney whose sense of justice is matched only by his sense of style. The two seem like an unlikely pair, but with the life of an innocent girl at stake in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, the two heroes join forces to tackle an enigmatic mystery big enough for both of them. The Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney game launches for Nintendo 3DS on Aug. 29 and combines the puzzle-solving satisfaction of theProfessor Layton series with the courtroom drama of the Phoenix Wright franchise.

ProLayVsWright1“This is the whole truth and nothing but the truth: Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is an absolute treat for longtime fans of both series and newcomers who love puzzles and engaging stories,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “The game offers solid proof that the Nintendo 3DS library overflows with exclusive, one-of-a-kind experiences.”

After a mysterious book pulls Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright into the mystical, medieval city of Labyrinthia, they face one of their most high-stake thrillers yet. A young girl named Espella Cantabella stands trial for witchcraft and, if convicted, faces a harsh punishment. It’s up to Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright to explore the city, solve puzzles to find clues, cross-examine witnesses and crack the case to prove Espella’s innocence and rewrite the fate of a city.

Throughout the game, players control Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright in separate segments that work together in unexpected ways. When playing as Professor Layton, players explore the various districts of Labyrinthia. By talking to eclectic townsfolk and solving the kind of original puzzles familiar to fans of the Professor Layton series, players can gather compelling clues and evidence to break the case wide open. When Phoenix Wright takes over, players must listen to the testimonies of various witnesses and cross-examine them. In an exciting twist to traditional Phoenix Wright game play, the well-coiffed defense attorney can cross-examinegroups of people simultaneously, a brilliant strategy for spotting contradictory testimonies and scoring valuable new information.

While both reprise their starring roles in certain sections of the game, Layton and Wright must combine their skills in key moments to uncover the truth about Labyrinthia. During courtroom trials, for example, Phoenix Wright can use hint coins – a staple of the Professor Layton series – to narrow options when presenting evidence, or to provide helpful hints when cross-examining witnesses. The game’s gorgeous musical score brings their two worlds together, fusing the vivid, accordion-tinged sounds of Professor Layton with the dramatic Phoenix Wright themes.

ProLayVsWright2The Professor Layton and Phoenix Wright games boast memorable casts featuring some of the most fascinating and wild supporting characters in video games. Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is no exception. In addition to fan-favorite characters like assistants Luke Triton and Maya Fey, new characters, including the foreboding Storyteller and inquisitor Barnham, round out an unforgettable cast.

Once players complete the main story mode in Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, they will unlock access to free downloadable content for the game. This content comes in the form of mini-episodes, which contain new puzzles for players to solve, and art galleries containing illustrations from the game.

Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney will be available in stores and in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS onAug. 29 at the suggested retail price of $29.99. For more information about the game, visit http://laytonvsphoenixwright.nintendo.com.

Massive Mario Kart 8 DLC Packs Add 16 New Courses, Plus New Drivers and Karts!

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Two new downloadable content packs will take the world of Mario Kart 8 in directions the franchise has never seen before, while significantly expanding game-play options. The packs, which launch this fall and in spring of 2015, and are available for advance purchase starting Aug. 27 at $7.99 each (or $11.99 for both), deliver a ton of new content, including first-time crossover characters like Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise and both Isabelle and the Villager from the Animal Crossing series.

Two new downloadble packs, which launch this fall and in spring of 2015, and are available for advance purchase now at $7.99 each (or $11.99 for both), deliver a ton of new content, including first-time crossover characters like Link from The Legend of Zelda franchise. (Photo: Business Wire)

In addition to these two new downloadable content packs, a previously announced game update goes live Aug. 27 that adds a variety of new features, including three free Mercedes-Benz cars that players can race: the modern Mercedes-Benz GLA, the 300 SL Roadster from the 1950s and the legendary Silver Arrow of the 1930s. Go to http://ninten.do/6181WR6B to view a video of the in-game karts in action.

“More than 1 million Wii U owners in the United States alone are already enjoying the fun of Mario Kart 8,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Mario Kart 8 already includes the largest number of characters, karts and options of anyMario Kart game to date, and these amazing expansion packs give players even more choices.”

Each pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of currently available courses by 50 percent. The DLC packs include classic courses like Wario’s Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii, as well as new courses, some taking place in the worlds of The Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. New vehicles will also arrive with each pack, including the Blue Falcon kart representing the F-Zero franchise in the first DLC pack.Each pack will contain two new cups, each with four courses, which, in total, increases the number of currently available courses by 50 percent. (Photo: Business Wire)

Mario Kart 8 owners who purchase both packs starting Aug. 27 will get access to eight new colors of Yoshi and eight new colors of Shy Guy to race with immediately. To purchase the packs in advance, users with a broadband Internet connection can click the new “Shop” icon in the game or visit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.

The DLC packs are scheduled to include the following:

Pack 1: The Legend of Zelda Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: November 2014) – $7.99

  • 3 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

Pack 2: Animal Crossing Mario Kart 8 (Release Date: May 2015) – $7.99

  • 3 Characters: Villager, Isabelle, Dry Bowser
  • 4 Vehicles
  • 8 Courses

Pack 1 + Pack 2 Bundle – $11.99

  • 6 Characters: Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach, Link, Villager, Isabelle and Dry Bowser
  • 8 Vehicles
  • 16 Courses
  • As a bonus for purchasing both packs bundled or individually, buyers receive eight new colors for Yoshi and Shy Guy. Those who advance purchase both packs can begin using the Yoshi and Shy Guy characters immediately.

For more information about Mario Kart 8, visit http://mariokart8.nintendo.com. Remember that Wii U features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visithttp://www.nintendo.com/wiiu.

Pokémon Art Academy Launches for Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 24!

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– This fall, Pokémon Art Academy will welcome students of all ages and skill levels to study the fun and fine art of drawing some of their favorite Pokémon. Starting Oct. 24, aspiring artists can hone their skills through a series of easy-to-follow lessons under the tutelage of esteemed Professor Andy in this new 2D art-instruction game for theNintendo 3DS family of systems.

Pokémon Art Academy will be available Oct. 24 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. (Photo: Business Wire)

Pokémon Art Academy will be available Oct. 24 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. (Photo: Business Wire)

Drawing their way toward graduation – from the art basics of simple shapes and coloring, to exciting advanced techniques of shading and blending – players will wield a variety of tools, including markers, colored pencils, pastels and paints to illustrate popular Pokémon from all known regions. As they advance, players can unlock special lessons featuring Mega-Evolved Pokémon.

On the road to becoming Pokémon artists, players can showcase their 2D artwork in Miiverse galleries or save their creations to SD cards and print their limited-edition artwork to share with friends and family.

Pokémon Art Academy will be available Oct. 24 in stores and in the Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS. For more information about the game, visit http://artacademy.nintendo.com/pokemon.

Kickstart This: Aegis Defenders by Studio Guts!

Over the last few years we have seen many games go through the ringer with Kickstarter whether it be to fund a new game, a piece of hardware or potato salad.

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One game I have had the privilege to get a very early hands on with is Aegis Defenders by the team Studio Guts. Studio Guts is a team made up of people with deep video game backgrounds accompanied by amazing artists who have come together to bring us what they describe as a Tactical Platformer with a pixel art style with the feeling of Studio Ghibli.

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The game at least what I’ve had a chance to sit and play is gorgeous to look at. I found myself stopping at certain points and just looking around at the environment. The crisp visuals are soon overshadowed by the tight controls and level of difficulty there is to this game. But its a tower defense game so it isn’t supposed to be a walk in the park. The music in the game is done by Power Up which many of you might know from games like Towerfall: Ascension so there is no lack of ambiance here.

The Kickstarter page is live now and you can see great rewards from just a copy of the game to being a part of the beta and even designing a weapon or having a town named after you. They also include the OST for the game which I can’t wait to get my hands on along with an art book that will show off all the early design work the team has put into this labor of love known as Aegis Defenders.

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As someone who has donated to many projects over the years and seen many of those games reach their goal and become staples in my video game library I believe Aegis Defenders should be right there beside the rest of them.

For those who wish to pledge to the Kickstarter you can do so here and if you want to see my interview I had with Scott and Bryce two of the team leads you can do that here.

The even have a tumblr where they post tons of in game screenshots, gifs, and convention photos which you can check out here as well.

Space Engineers gets new updates, and an exclusive interview!

First off, the update news!

PRAGUE (JULY 29, 2014) – In the continuing effort to deliver the best gameplay experience for nearly a million players on PC, independent developer Keen Software House has updated their Steam Early Access hit, Space Engineers, with several major new features, including support for dedicated servers, player factions, hacking, tools for driving, and more. Keen Software House delivers weekly updates to Space Engineers every Thursday, offering new features, fixes, and more.

Space Engineers’ space-based sandbox offers a robust platform for creative gamers to build and maintain space stations and ships in a single- or multi-player environment. The game remains one of the top overall sellers on Steam and appears on the platform’s Early Access program. Space Engineers is available now or via Steam for $19.99 USD.

“A great Steam Early Access game must deliver on its promises to the community – the gamers who have taken the risk of buying into your vision – by continually growing and improving with new features, expansion of gameplay, and more,” said Marek Rosa, CEO and Founder, Keen Software House. “Over the past month, we’ve worked hard to deliver against that standard and we’re fortunate to have the smartest and most dedicated fans on Steam offering their insights and suggestions to shape the future of Space Engineers.”

Major game updates added over the last several weeks include:

  • Official Dedicated Servers/Hosts (commercial use): Dedicated servers allow players to connect to a third party host, rather than using a player-host, in a peer-to-peer set-up. This feature often results in faster connections and less lag.
  • Merge Blocks, Conversion of Station to Ship: Players can now permanently merge ships and stations of the same block size by using the ‘Merge Block’ feature. When a ship is merged with a station, the ship becomes the station. Stations can also be converted to ships, but the blocks that are partially inside asteroids will be damaged or destroyed.
  • Factions: Players may now create and join factions, determine ownership of blocks, and manage relations between them (hostile/ally); blocks can be shared within factions or with everyone; ownership can be transferred by the owner.
  • Hacking & Breaching: Block ownership is determined by computers, so if players want to take over hostile blocks, they will have to replace the computers that are in these blocks.
  • Steering wheels, wheel controls: Players can now build and control vehicles with the addition of steering wheels and wheel controls.
  • Batteries: The Battery Block enables players to store the energy generated by solar panels or reactors at an efficiency rate of 80%. The time needed for charging depends on the amount of energy available.
  • Pistons: Pistons is a new type of block which allows players to build even more advanced machinery.
  • Antenna Communication: Signals can travel through multiple antennas so players can receive a signal from any distance; broadcasting can be limited by player or by the power of the antenna.
  • Spectator mode: players can now learn from the community’s best by spectating their work.

Now, what about that interview?
We got the chance to talk to Ondrej Petrzilka, lead programmer for Space Engineers about the game. You can find the interview below!

Pokemon World Championships 2014 Information Revealed!

In just 18 more days the Pokemon World Championships 2014 will be upon us. The Pokemon Company has finally revealed the full event details for this years tournament on pokemon.com including this years competitors, event times and special events taking place the tournament weekend.

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The US capital opens its doors to Pokemon players from around the globe when it hosts this year’s Pokemon World Championships. The weekend long event will feature competitors invited from over 25 countries, all of whom are ready to earn the title of Pokemon World Champion!

For those who can’t make it to the Pokemon World Championships this year you can still follow the tournament via live streaming on the Pokemon Twitch channel and on pokemon.com. The coverage will include both the TCG and Video Game matches as well as in depth commentary from hand picked Pokemon experts such as The Jwittz and Justin Flynn.

Here is the schedule for the live stream with times subject to change*

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Saturday, August 16

9:00 AM- Opening Ceremony

9:30 AM- 5:00 PM- Video Game Streaming

5:00 PM- 9:00 PM Pokemon TCG Streaming

Sunday, August 17

9:00 AM- TCG Masters top 4

10:00 AM-3:00 PM- Pokemon TCG Finals

3:00- 6:00 PM- Video Game Finals

6:00 PM- Closing Ceremony

 

The World Championships Stream will be in English only but they invite all fans from around the world to tune in to see their favorite players compete.

For those who do wish to attend and spectate up close and personal this year the Tournament will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. I will be attending to meet with players and to play myself in the free play area for those who wish to battle me in the video game.

Also this year as with most tournaments a special Pokemon will be given away to all who attend.

Vis local wireless distribution a Lv. 50 Aegislash will be available to download all weekend. The Aegislash is built for double battles and comes with the egg move Wide Guard which is a much sought after move by many players.

Lv. 50 Aegislash  aegislash

Ability: Stance Change

Item: Sitrus Berry

Moves:

Wide Guard

King’s Shield

Shadow Ball

Flash Cannon

Remember to bring your system in the Nintendo 3DS family and your copy of either Pokemon X or Y when you come. Look out for instructions posted at the event. The distribution will take place on both Saturday and Sunday so don’t miss it.

Good Luck to all those competing and i’ll see you all at the tournament.

 

 

 

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