Game Informer had a sit down with Suda51 and discussed post No More Heroes: Desperate Struggle stuff. All of us NintendOtakus were kinda frowny-faced when we heard about NMH1 going multi-platform, and maybe even the whole series in the future. Suda not only lets us know that NMH was never originally going to have a part 2, but that he may even make a part 3 if he can. He also gets all kinds of bonus points for finally telling us straight how he sees Travis and Nintendo's relationship:
I hadn’t planned to do a sequel at first, but the more I thought about Travis, I started to really like him. Then I wanted to keep writing his story and make a sequel... If there is a chance to continue No More Heroes, I am interested in making NMH3. I personally think that NMH is a game for Wii, so I would be very happy if I could make a game for the Wii’s successor, whenever that might be. I was not involved in the production of the 360 version of NMH1, so I don’t know anything about that.
Please read the entire article, as it goes a lot deeper into Sudas thoughts on NMH2.
Serebii.net shows off the new Corocoro scans that have the new Pokemon with more than just an outline. It's name is Zoroark and evolves from Zorua, the cute one shown next to it. The artwork shown is a "cleared up" version produced by Legendary Pokemon.net, thanks Nplusser Hercules for pointing that out! Authentic magazine scans are in the gallery
Both are dark type pokemon, Zorua is classified as "Evil Fox Pokemon" and Zoroak is "Monster Fox Pokemon" Zoroak is going to be a key player in the next Pokemon movie "Phantom Champion Zoroak". See our gallery!
FINALLY! Kudos to Nintendo for staying strong and battling piracy in their own turf. Today, Nintendo announced that they won a settlement in court for 1.5 million dollars in a copyright infringement trial against a single individual.
This guy should have thought twice before messing with the big N. According to reports, the alleged pirate was the person responsible for uploading the first pirated copy of New Super Mario Bros. Wii to the Net (and did it one week before the oficial release). Well, Nintendo caught him last November thanks to 'sophisticated technological forensics' and, thanks to harsh, anti-piracy, Australian laws, he was brought to trial. The result: a 1.5 million-dollar payment.
Upon the game being uploaded to the Internet, Nintendo was able to employ the use of sophisticated technological forensics to identify the individual responsible for illegally copying the file and making it available for further distribution. On 23 November, 2009, Nintendo obtained a Federal Court search order in respect of the individual's residential premises. This led to the seizure of property from those premises in order to gain further evidence against the individual.
Legendary Pokemon.net reports that Junichi Masuda (Gamefreak Director) visited the Japanese TV show "Pokemon Sunday" and revealed a new Pokemon silhouette! Pokemon Sunday is a popular place to reveal official Pokemon news. He said this Pokemon lives with many new Pokemon in a new area. This program is where they officially announced Heart Gold and Soul Silver. CoroCoro magazine says that this new Pokemon has something to do with the new movie "Phantom Champion Z" that is coming out. The news also reports that this Pokemon is appearing in the un-named new Pokemon RPG games coming out too.
Is this a new evolution of a current Pokemon, or a brand new one? what do you think?
A magazine scan shown at the Bulbagarden confirms that Gamestop will be offering the level five Jirachi in a Cherish Ball, and knows Draco Meteor. It Is also holding a Liechi berry and unlocks a special area after being traded to Heart Gold or Soul Silver, then loaded to the Pokewalker. The Pokewalker area unlocked is called "Night Sky's Edge". Jirachi will be available on Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum Feb. 27 through March 13.
I hope some phones are ringing. I hope Reggie is about to take some names and kick some @$$. Super Dinosaur Planet is what some other Nintendo game would be like if it were a rip-off and ignored some sort of copyright rules...
It has been confirmed... Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode One (formally known as Project Needlemouse) is coming to Wiiware this summer according to Gamespot! It will pick up right where Sonic and Knuckles left off and will be part one of a new story arc. When asked about visuals/Wii controls, Ken Balough says this in the interview:
GS: As far as gameplay goes, should we expect classic old-school Sonic 2D mechanics or something new added into the mix? KB: All the Sonic favorites [are] here for sure! Spin dash, power sneakers, etc. But you will also see the homing attack added, and in true Sonic fashion, you can compete with your friends for the fastest level times through leaderboards. GS: Will there be any differences between the different versions? That is, will the Wii have motion control, or will the PS3 and 360 run at 1080p?
KB: For all intents and purposes, the games are designed to be identical. There are a few differences per what each console can output visually: Wii will be at 480p, while the XBLA and PSN versions will run at 1080p. However, for certain areas of the game, the Wii will be able to use motion control, and the PS3 will be able to use the Sixaxis.
I dont know about you guys, but I am way excited for this. I haven't really been excited for a Sonic game in a while! I hope SEGA can pull it off and make a good Next-Gen Sonic game! To read the entire interview/preview, click here!
It's nice to see a third-party game do this well on a Nintendo console. This time it is Scribblenauts, 5th Cell's innovative and ambitious game for the Nintendo DS, that achieves a blockbuster status: it has sold over a million copies.
WB Interactive gloated...I mean, reported... that they are very pleased with how well Scribblenauts has been received and how well it is doing in sales (and the 50+ awards it's received so far is not bad, either). Apparently, the game where you can materialize virtually anything you can write and is not copyrighted, has sold over one million units worldwide after its release in September '09.
We are extremely pleased with the sales of Scribblenauts and credit the game’s innovation and wide appeal in making it a hit with gamers of all skill levels. Scribblenauts is one of our strong original brands, and we look forward to bringing consumers more quality gaming experiences as part of our portfolio game strategy. - Martin Tremblay, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
It appears that Sega has not had enough of High Voltage's developments and is now willing to invest into one more of their titles: Tournament of Legends.
Once pitched to investors and presented to the press as "Gladiator AD", the game created a lot of buzz at last year's E3 and then kinda went quiet (who could blame them after seeing the disappointing sales of once-the-most-awaited-for-game-for-the-Wii The Conduit). Well, it now resurfaced with Sega's announcement that it will be picking up the publishing rights to the game and is now calling it something different: "Tournament of Legends" (if you ask me, I liked the old name better).
With Tournament of Legends, we want to take the Wii weapon-based fighting to a bigger place. Along with a wide selection of blade weapons and animated magic attacks we've achieved rich graphical effects and detailed, epic characters with the Quantum 3 engine. The mythological characters are some of the biggest 3D playable characters on Wii. - Eric Nofsinger, High Voltage's COO
It seems that Sega is still betting on 'mature games' for the Wii and is not being let down by not-so-encouraging sales (The Conduit, MadWorld, House of the Dead...). The game is set to be released on May 18th in the US.
It started off last year as an attempt to get into the used-games market, and it now ends as a failed endeavor for both WalMart and Best Buy. Both companies have announced that their trade-in program is officially over.
The program, which consisted in being able to trade used games or videos for in-store credit and then selling such used games is no longer being supported at any of the companies' locations.
Operations of the program's kiosks were ran by E-Play (at both Wal-Mart and Best Buy), so it is actually THEM who are killing the trade-in program. Any kiosks at any of these two retailers are going to be shut down within the next three weeks. Both Best Buy and Wal-Mart have stated that they will not be pursuing any similar programs without E-Play (meaning they're really not that interested in trading in used games after all).
The followint T-Shirt is glowing with awsomeness. Behold Iron Chef Miyamoto and his Super Mushroom special dish. And you can get it for only US$16/17 (depending on...ehem...how many actual super mushrooms you've consumed lately ) at ThinkGeek.
Sad news today... Cursed Mountain developer Deep Silver Vienna has shut down, leaving its 20+ employees out of work.
Koch Media, its parent company, said that the decision to close the studio created by former Rockstar Vienna employees and later acquired by them was not an easy one to take (yeah, right!) and was due to the current economic situation.
Deep Silver employees will continue to receive payment until the end of March, but the studio has already been reported to have shut down its doors. Its latest project, Ride to Hell, is still going to be published next year and will continue to be developed at Koch's Munich headquarters. Cursed Mountain, a game that was praised by its atmosphere and hammered by its controls on the Wii (and ultimately didn't get as much marketing support nor subsequent sales) is also set to be released next week on PC, as planned.
Finally something Japanese gamers want and are not getting first. Capcom and Nintendo have announced that the western version of Monster Hunter Tri WILL support the use of Wii Speak.
The companies made the announcement this morning while also revealing that bundled versions, pretty much like the ones seen in Japan when the game originally came out, are going to be offered, with the addition of a Wii Speak bundle available as well.
So, while the Japanese version of Monster Hunter Tri only allowed 'chat' through pre-set messages and an USB keyboard, the European version (and presumably the US version as well) will now be allowing the use of the Wii Speak accessory, letting gamers shout at the TV for help from their online friends. The issue of whether the online service will be free or if its usage would incur in some sort of fee was not addressed.
So this month is an exciting time for me. The new Edgeworth game finally comes out in the US! So what better banner to create then a Valentines Day themed one with Edgeworth and Oldbag! ^.^
This is my first attempt at drawings on the drawing tablet I recently bought. I am still playing around with it, but I think it turned out really good for my first try! Took less time to do since I didnt have to draw it in a sketchbook, then trace over everything with the pen tool in Illustrator. So I hope you all have a wonderful Valentines Day and a Great month of February!
And don't forget...Miles Edgeworth: Ace Attorney Investigations comes out February 16th in the US!