Another week of Nintendo Download. Short list of titles for regions. North America gets another 3DSWare title and DSiWare (nothing for the Wii) while Europe gets 3DS and Wii Virtual Console and DSiWare. Read More!
After next week, GameStop will no longer be accepting Nintendo’s last generation console items. Come April 2nd, 2012, the company will terminate their trade-in program for Gamecube consoles, accessories and games. If there’s any Gamecube merchandise you have that you want to trade in, you might want to find time during this next week to do so. With the Wii U launch on the horizon, it would make sense that GameStop would want to end its program support for the Gamecube.
While it may not seem like much, it’s still worth mentioning. It seems that GameStop has begun selling 3DS eShop games on its online store. This allows users to buy download codes for the listed titles online. The list is only a mere two titles as of now; Pushmo and Super Mario Land 2. To promote the start of this, GameStop is offering gamers a bonus 250 Points if they purchase both of the listed games before April 8. Even better, you have the option of buying the games with your earned points rather than your money.
A new week of Nintendo Download, this one seems packed with Virtual Consoles. In North America, Nintendo 3DS users score three Game Gear Virtual Consoles while Europe gets a more rounded mix of Demos, Virtual Console and DSiWare. Read More!
Pokemon series creator, Junichi Masuda made an appearance today in a Japanese television show called Pokemon Smash with the promise of a very important announcement. Matsuda announced a “sequel” to Pokemon Black and White, called Pokemon Black & White 2. That’s right, instead of the usual third game entry with a different color in its title, Black and White will be getting sequels. Pokemon Black 2 and White 2 will be released on the Nintendo DS this June. Masuda also said he’ll be unveiling legendary Pokemon for the sequels in next week’s broadcast of Pokemon Smash. There you have it, the announcement everyone was waiting for.
Monolith Soft, the developers behind Xenosaga, Baten Kaitos and the more recently Wii RPG, Xenoblade Chronicles are recruiting staff for a 3DS Project. Monolith is looking to fill positions for this project at its Kyoto Studio. Positions for the 3DS project include 3DCG Designer (to create 3D Character and 3D Map models), Effects Designer (to create effects in battle scenes) and a Motion Designer (to create motions for things like characters and monsters). Monolith Soft, a subsidiary of Nintendo, is known for previously stated games like Xenosaga, Baten Kaitos and Xenoblade Chronicles as well as contribution to Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. This is the second time in the last year they’ve posted openings for a project, the previous listing was for a Wii U project.
PlayStation 3 Gamers will be able to buy Mass Effect 3 digitally off of PlayStation Network on March 6, the same day the game launches in stores. Players will also be able to preorder the game off of PSN starting today. As an added bonus, players also get DLC, the M55 Argus rifle. As an added bonus, players who preordered the game off of PSN will also get a special Mass Effect 3 XMB theme for their PS3.
Source: PlayStation Blog
A stronger than usual week for Nintendo Download. Each region brings a number of titles to the table including Virtual Consoles, 3DS Demos and more. The Hulu Plus application is now available on Wii for North American users and comes with a two-week free trial for non-subscribers. Interestingly enough, it seems the first of Ambassador-only NES games are becoming available to everyone.
Blizzard has filed a Notice of Opposition with the US Patent and Trademark Office against Valve to prevent Valve from registering the word “DOTA”. DOTA, Defense of the Ancients was originally a Warcraft III Mod, the mod’s creator, “Icefrog” was later picked up by Valve with aims of creating a full sequel, DOTA 2. The document states that the word has been exclusively used to refer to the mod of the Blizzard game, thus, “By virtue of that use, the DOTA mark has become firmly associated in the mind of consumers with Blizzard, including to signify a highly popular scenario or variant of one of Blizzard’s best-selling computer games, Warcraft III”. Who gains the right to the name, is the courts’ decision to make now. On one hand, Blizzard had no part in making the original DOTA mod apart from providing the tools but at the same time, Valve made the move to snag the mod and elaborate on it knowing that the name was extremely tied to the name Warcraft III itself.