Have some delicious gaming news (relatively) hot off the press
- The big news for the week has been from Nintendo, who have announced big price cuts for its 3DS, the handheld console which was released earlier this year. On August 12th, the price in the US will drop from $249 to $169.99, while EU countries and the UK will get price cuts of ‘approximately one third’. This move comes after quite disappointing hardware sales of just 0.7 million units in the past three months, and 4.53 million units overall since its release in Japan in February, despite positive reviews for titles such as Ocarina Of Time 3DS. There have also been a recent spate of delays from 3DS games, including Metal Gear Solid 3DS, which have affected confidence in gamers looking to purchase a 3DS. Nintendo did rally back however, by telling everyone who has already bought a 3DS that they will be rewarded for their early support by getting 20 free games (10 NES titles including Super Mario Bros and The Legend Of Zelda, and 10 Game Boy Advance titles including Yoshi’s Island and Mario Kart: Super Circuit) if they connect to the Nintendo eShop before August 11th, and by announcing the release dates for two big 3DS titles; Super Mario 3D Land which will arrive in November, and Mario Kart 7 (previously called Mario Kart 3DS) which will be a December release. It’s certainly a bold move by Nintendo to cut prices so early in the console’s life span, clearly the 3DS hasn’t caught on as they would have hoped (compared to the DS which sold like hotcakes) and they have taken early evasive action. One wonders if the 3DS will be simply swamped out over the upcoming period of massive releases for home consoles though. Keep an eye on Nintendo’s balance sheets to see if it works out for them.
- 343 Industries, the people who are handling the eagerly awaited Halo Anniversary HD in Bungie’s wake, have showed off a video showing the new graphics engine in action, with a quick run through of the famous ‘Silent Cartographer’ level. I do have to admit that it looks bloody good, and the opportunity to switch between classic graphics and the HD remastery is a very impressive feature and really shows how much of an improvement has been made over the past decade. You can pick it up on November 15th, £34.99 RRP.
- Bioware have made some incredibly bold claims over the past week at Comic Con with regards to their upcoming MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic. During an open panel, it was claimed that the game will still be going strong in 2025 (that’s over a decade away by the way), and that there will be over 500 world by that point; to put that into context there will be 19 main worlds when you get the game. Genuine aspiration or bullshit claims? I think the latter to be honest. It still hasn’t stopped people pre-ordering it by the shedload however, and it will no doubt be a challenger to World Of Warcraft in the short term at least. You can watch this video to see all the eight classes in action in game.
- Resident Evil 4 HD and Resident Evil: Code Veronica X HD have been given release dates and prices: they will be available in both digital and disc form on the 20th and 27th of September respectively, and will cost 1600 MSP on Xbox Live and £15.99 on PSN.
- In order to build up hype for Batman: Arkham City (as if it needed any), some viral videos have been released over the last few days. They involve Professor Hugo Strange interviewing several of the Dark Knight’s enemies, including The Penguin, The Riddler and The Joker (in a similar way to the patient tapes you could find in Arkham Asylum). Not much in the way of plot has been revealed by these tapes, but one can at least appreciate the quality voice acting, even if Penguin’s cockney accent is a bit strange to hear for the first time.
- As a reward to all its fans, Rockstar Games have announced that the excellent Red Dead Redemption will be getting another DLC pack in September; called ‘Myths and Mavericks’, it will involve new locations for multiplayer matches and reset the Undead Overrun multiplayer settings. Best of all, its free. Cheers Rockstar.
- Finally (no catchphrase intended), anyone who pre-orders WWE ’12, THQ’s upcoming wrestling game, will get The Rock as a bonus character. The Rock has been a regular character in every Smackdown vs Raw game, and one would assume he will become standard DLC once the game is released.
Tonight I will finally get round to posting up my review of Crash Team Racing, and I will get round to reviewing Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence some time this week. Cheers for reading.