WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 2ND – 8TH FEBRUARY

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Japanese developer Atlus presented a 30 hour stream this week for all things Persona related – and at the end of it all they were kind enough to broadcast a new trailer for Persona 5 – and it’s f***ing glorious!

Early contender for Game Of The Year based purely on a trailer? Almost certainly!

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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 1ST – 7TH SEPTEMBER

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Persona 5, Atlus’ much anticipated RPG sequel, will be coming to PS4 – a decision which has immediately vindicated my decision to buy the console. The news was revealed in a new teaser trailer which featured in Sony’s pre-Toyko Games Show press conference, which also suggests that the game has slipped to a 2015 worldwide release date (it was originally intended that the PS3 version would arrive in Japan by the end of this year). On the flipside of this news however, 3DS title Shin Megami Tensei IV has been delayed in Europe until late October – pushing it further than a year since its original release.

A selection of 44 titles were shown off with several new games also revealed, including Resident Evil Revelations 2, a brand new Everybody’s Golf and the gorgeous looking Dragon Quest Heroes (which will get a special ‘Metal Slime’ edition of the PS4), as well as confirmation that dynamic menu themes will be included in System Software update 2.00. TGS 2014 kicks off in earnest on September 18th.

I need that Metal Slime USB attachment in my life...

Screw the fact that Dragon Quest is returning to PlayStation – I need that Metal Slime USB attachment in my life post haste!

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WEEKLY NEWS UPDATE FOR 24TH FEBRUARY – 2ND MARCH

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Nintendo is to close down the Wi-Fi Connection services for all DS, DSi and Wii consoles on May 20th 2014.

Connecting to Wi-Fi was a chore...Nintendo have made it simpler now by killing it off

Connecting to Wi-Fi was a chore…Nintendo have made it simpler now by killing it off

The decision, which will affect all regions worldwide, means that online services including multiplayer, leaderboards and matchmaking will be permanently removed, although browser and shop functions (along with applications including YouTube and Netflix) will remain open. A full list of games that will be affected is available on Nintendo’s website, but among the biggest casualties are Mario Kart Wii, Super Smash Bros. Brawl and every Pokemon game from Diamond & Pearl through to Black 2 & White 2.

Nintendo have offered no comment on why the services are being shut down now, but common sense suggests that with the new versions of Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. in particular set for release on the Wii U this year, the Big N wants people to upgrade to the new versions, and removing online functionality acts as a cattle prod towards the new games. Besides, if truth be told the aging Wi-Fi Connection was awkward to use and inferior to both PSN and Xbox Live for content. Continue reading

ATLUS Confirm Persona 5 And Three New Spinoff Titles

It’s official – ATLUS have finally confirmed that Persona 5 is on its way, exclusively on the PS3 in Winter 2014. The announcement has been teased by a countdown on the ATLUS website for the past two months, but the decision to have the game on the PS3 rather than the incoming PS4 has caught some fans off guard (although it is notable that both Persona 3 & Persona 4 arrived late in the PS2’s lifespan). The first trailer they released today, featuring chairs chained in manacles, gives little away – you can watch it below.

In addition there are three new games incoming based around the world of Persona 4; a dancing rhythm game for the PS Vita entitled Persona 4: Dancing All Night, a PS3 version of the arcade fighter Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold (an enhanced version of Persona 4: Arena) and finally a 3DS RPG called Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth featuring chibi versions of the Persona characters (slated for a June 5th release in Japan).

None of the four announcements contained details of a possible release in the Western world.