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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Last Week In Video Games

Another week has come and gone and with it a bunch of news has surfaced. Riff couldn't contain himself and stole my thunder a bit by posting a story on God of War Ascension the day it was revealed. I don't blame him though, cause that's a pretty awesome reveal this week. There have been hints that a new game would be announced leading up to Thursday, but at first we weren't sure what it was going to be. Wednesday it sounded like it would be a GoW game and sure enough on Thursday our questions were all answered. I still have only played the original GoW from start to finish. I have yet to playthrough 2 or even try 3. Even though GoWA is a prequel, I should probably play the older titles first before this new one comes out. But enough talk of Kratos, let us see what else happened.

Right after we collected our jaws from the floor after the new GoW announcement, Nintendo tried to 1-up Sony be unveiling New Super Mario Bros 2 on the 3DS. Other than announcing the name, Nintendo didn't really do much else. There are a few screenshots, but it the game basically looks like the Wii version of NSMB, only with a 3DS border. Nintendo did say that the Power Leaf and Raccoon suit will be available in game, which will make the game feel even more like Mario 3.

Excuse me a moment while I get something off of my chest..... As a Nintendo Fan Boy, I've always hated this period where the only new games coming out are for handhelds because Nintendo is working on a new console. The Wii took the early and commanding lead in this generation's console race by being the "must have item" for a good year or so. Stores couldn't keep Wiis on the shelf and everyone's Grandma had one. But no one bought any games for the thing. I still think that Super Mario Galaxy is the best game released this generation, but the thing barely sold anything in comparison to the "FPS-du-jour." I think the success of the Wii made everyone at Nintendo take a lot more risks than they have in the past and that is great to add some innovation to gaming, But they still seem to be out of touch with what the gamer of today wants. I think they need to focus on that more instead of trying to figure out what the gamer of the future will like.

Now that I've ranted a bit, I have to apologize for something else. Last week a game called Project X Zone was released. I didn't really think anything of it, or I was caught up in some other news that week, but whatever the case, I forgot to mention it. The game is a collaboration between Sega, Capcom and Namco Bandai for the 3DS. It is a Strategy RPG along the same lines as old school Shining Force games only the roster of characters and in-game locations will be from multiple game universes from these three juggernaut developers. Currently there have been 26 characters announced that will fight in pairs throughout the game. The announced characters are as follows:

CAPCOM
  • Ryu & Ken (Street Fighter)
  • X & Zero (Mega Man X)
  • Chris & Jill (Resident Evil)
  • Dante & Demitri (Devil May Cry)
SEGA
  • Akira & Pai (Virtua Fighter)
  • Toma & Cyrille (Shining Force)
  • Kurt & Riela (Valkyria Chronicles)
  • Sakura & Ichiro (Sakura Wars)
  • Ulala (Space Channel 5)
NAMCO BANDAI
  •  Jin & Xiaoyu (Tekken)
  • KOS-MOS & T-elos (Xenosaga)
  • Yuri & Estelle (Tales of Vesperia)
  • Kite & Black Rose (.hack)
  • Sanger Zonvolt (Super Robot Wars)
I don't know about you guys, but I don't recognize a ton of these characters of games. That being said, I wonder if this game will see a release here in North America. With the 3DS selling like Hot Cakes, I honestly don't see why not. There is potential that a decent amount of 3DS owners over here will buy it. Plus it sounds like there may be a few more characters added to this already huge roster. Never mind that we'll probably be treated to a lot of background characters in the stages that are designed for the game. Gotta say that with all of these new games being announced, I am leaning toward picking up a 3DS "for my kids."

Other than that there are a couple of tidbits to end off on. Enjoy:
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is heading to the iOS. Good luck doing a Hadoken on your touch screen.
  • The 3DS out sold the PS Vita by nearly 8 times in Japan. Kinda see why Sony is panicking these days.
  • EA revealed Crysis 3 for a 2013 release. Looks like it is set in New York which has been turned into a jungle. Durr, what?
  • Nintendo will reveal Pikmin 3 at this year's E3.

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