On Wednesday, Nintendo published figures that revealed a 23.3 billion yen net loss for the fiscal year ending 31st March 2014, after twelve months in which only 2.72 million Wii U consoles have been sold. The next day it didn’t matter, because the internet flipped out over the surprise announcement that Pokemon Ruby & Sapphire are getting long awaited remakes for the 3DS/2DS.
Entitled Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, the remakes will be created in the 3D engine premiered in X & Y, and will be released worldwide in November this year. Outside of this information, very little has been revealed about the duo, including what features from the games originally released in 2003 will be enhanced. A safe bet would be that a mega-evolution for both cover mascots Groudon and Kyogre is in the works.
In the meantime you will have to make do with X & Y, which Nintendo’s financial reports revealed were the best selling first party titles for the 3DS over the past year at 12.26 million units (compared to 9.62 and 9.27 million respectively for Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land) Continue reading WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 5TH – 11TH MAY→
The Xbox One is finally here; and Microsoft decided to reach deep into its coffers to let the world know about it. To celebrate the release in 13 international markets, iconic locations including Times Square, the Sydney Harbor Bridge and Leicester Square in London were taken over by Microsoft with more green lighting, zombie cosplayers and unrecognizable celebrities than you could shake a…£429 console at, I guess. The launch parties even made the national news headlines here in the UK, which is no mean feat for an industry still treated somewhat with indifference by various news corporations.
The quoted figure from Microsoft is that over one million consoles have been sold ‘in under 24 hours’, making it the biggest launch of an Xbox console yet. It marks a pleasantly successful end of a troublesome inception for the Xbox One, and considering the sheer amount of negativity attached to the initial plans for online DRM and the sharing of games I would have thought Microsoft are pretty pleased with the reaction for the console, even if the critical reviews for launch titles including Forza Motorsport 5 and Dead Rising 3 have been largely average.
Last night, Electronic Arts (EA) held an investor call in which several details of upcoming titles were revealed. Below is a quick list of the most important stuff to note from the meeting:
It seems to have been quite a good year for EA on the financial side of things – say what you want about their money grabbing schemes with stuff like Online Passes, but the output of games last year was solid, and sales from titles such as Battlefield 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic have led to an overall revenue of $5.4 billion; $1.2 billion of which was purely from digital sources such as Origin, EA’s online distribution service
More importantly for gaming fans, we can look forward to a few more titles in the upcoming months. The latest instalment of Need For Speed is set for release sometime around Christmas as per usual. Given the lacklustre response to The Run, here’s to hoping that we will get another game in the same vein of quality as Hot Pursuit.
Football fans like myself should also be anticipated FIFA 13 in the same time period. Series producer David Rutter has promised an updated player impact engine, better ball control and revamped free kicks amongst the major changes for the latest version of the best football game on the market.
The investor meeting also heavily hinted that there will be a third Dead Space game, widely expected to be under the helm once again of Visceral Games. Expect more details of this game to be released at the upcoming E3 conference.
Finally, we have a more concrete release date for the new SimCity, which I am very much looking forward to. Before yesterday we had to guess when it would arrive in 2013, but now the promise of a release in the final quarter of this fiscal year (January to March for those of us not blessed in the ways of accountancy) means the wait becomes only slightly less unbearable.