Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s President and CEO, will not be personally attending E3 this year. According to a Nintendo representative, Iwata was advised by his personal physician not to travel overseas in the immediate future. While the specifics of his condition have not been revealed, the representative stated that everything is “business as usual,” and Iwata will continue his normal duties from Japan. We wish Iwata a speedy recovery.
Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III were both announced at last year’s E3, and were easily two of Square-Enix’s biggest reveals in years. Naturally, we’d expect both games to show up again this year. However, it looks like that won’t be the case. An interview with Square-Enix producer Shinji Hashimoto indicates that the company has decided that E3 isn’t the best venue to showcase new information for these titles this year.
Square-Enix released a new trailer that reveals the Western release dates for Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD ReMIX – December 2 in North America and December 5 in Europe! The trailer also shows off scenes from each of the games that’s part of the collection… as well as a small story teaser for Kingdom Hearts III. Spoilers inside.
A new Miiverse post from Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai has revealed that Fire Emblem‘s Coliseum will be a playable stage on the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros.
A new trailer for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was just released by CD Projekt, and those who pre-order the game will be given bonuses. Click below for the trailer and pre-order bonuses.
GOG said they would be having big news and they were definitely right. GOG will be launching it’s own game platform that is DRM-Free. GOG is one of the most DRM-Free friendly gaming companies and is launching the platform as the first online DRM-Free game program. In the past GOG had a download manager that worked with a user’s GOG account but this platform looks to be more robust. Take a look at the trailer that GOG just published on their YouTube channel. So far all GOG has mentioned is that they will be giving more news in 2014.
Two successful 3DS eShop titles are set to make the transition to the Wii U this year. Handheld titles Pushmo and SteamWorld Dig both released on the 3DS eShop to much acclaim and fan-fare, and they will both be arriving on the Wii U eShop, not in the form of a port, but as two completely new games.
- 4 Days to E3 -
Back in 2008, I bought a Wii specifically for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. As a fan of past installments in the series, purchasing an entire console for Brawl was totally worth it to me. Now, six years later I find myself on the verge of another console purchase. This time, however, Sony has my attention, specifically due to the high probability that ‘Project Beast’ is a bona fide game currently in development by From Software. If the screenshots and film clips that have cropped up online turn out to be fan made, well…I’ll be devastated. But, if Sony ends up revealing more about this mystery game at E3, it’s almost guaranteed that I’ll be picking up a PlayStation 4 in the near future. I’m that big of a Souls fan.
Nintendo released Wii U Firmware v 5.0.0 a few days ago. This update added new features including quick-start on the Gamepad, notifications, as well as other compatibility fixes.
Several people can’t receive the update, and it constantly fails under several different error codes which vary per user. These errors cause issues with the current Wii U Firmware.
The next installment in the Borderlands franchise is coming to North America on October 14th as seen in it’s newest trailer. The trailer also shows off new vehicles, moon monsters and a Harmonix developed dance-off. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel will be available worldwide on October 17th on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Fans of anime-style games residing in English-speaking countries received some good news today, as Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair has received a release date for North America and Europe, being Sep 2 and Sep 5 respectively. The previous title in the series, Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc was very well received but stayed under the radar due to its visual novel based genre not being well known in the west. The games, exclusive to PlayStation Vita introduce you to a great set of characters, a murder case and a psychotic teddy bear. The first English trailer was also released alongside the release date, which is viewable below.
Streaming service Twitch is pairing up with the ESA to stream live footage of not only the E3 press conferences, but also all of the show floor games, and other events as well. Recently, a schedule was released that stated there would be 21 previously unannounced games playable at E3. Among these listings were four unannounced Nintendo titles, suggesting that at least four brand new games would be revealed by Nintendo at E3 and in a playable form.
Twitch has since updated their schedule, and while most of the listings are the same, there is now only one Nintendo listing marked as ‘unannounced.’ There are still four Nintendo listings altogether, but three of them have been changed to say ‘Nintendo Demo.’ Whether or not this means there will be only one unannounced game playable is not confirmed.