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VGA Awards Airs Tonight & Official Nintendo Magazine Votes For The Best Wii Game Ever

Yesterday marked the point where I finished all my work for this semester…and you know what that means right? Plenty of free time until January to play games of course! Today I will be marking the great occasion with a quick roundup of important news from the past week. So as usual, prepare for the bullet points:

  • This weekend marks the start of the annual VGA awards hosted by Spike TV. It’s normally a pretty big event – for example, the likes of Mass Effect 3 and Skyrim got their first outings there last year. So what have we got to look forward to for this year? Well, Bioware and Epic Games are looking to announce new titles, Hideo Kojima is poised to give more information on the long awaited Metal Gear Solid: Rising, and we will learn more on the likes of the next Tony Hawk title, Mass Effect 3 and Bioshock Infinite amongst other things. Well worth watching then; coverage starts in the morning at 1pm in Britain
  • After a slight delay, Microsoft managed to roll out the latest Xbox dashboard earlier this week. Designed with Kinect integration in mind, it has received mixed reviews, with more than a fair share of consumers (myself included) complaining that it has become far too dominated by adverts and much more awkward to navigate – for example, why on earth would you swap the disc eject button from X to Y? Completely pointless. And we have to wait even longer in Britain before you get the good stuff like Youtube and the BBC Iplayer. At least it works I suppose.
  • The Wii is five years old this Christmas, and to celebrate (and no doubt increase the exposure of the console for its last Christmas as Nintendo’s premier console), the Official Nintendo Magazine has published a Top Ten List of the best games on the Wii, as voted for by readers of the magazine. It’s a pretty damn strong list, with a winner that you perhaps wouldn’t expect – click here for the full list. And in a week where lists have been popping up all over the place, IGN has produced another intriguing Top 100 list – the best moments in video games, which you can check out here.
  • A few eagerly anticipated Japanese games now have confirmed release dates for Europe – Deep Silver’s simulation cum puzzler Catherine will finally arrive on February 10th, while the last of the games requested by Operation Rainfall earlier this year, Mistwalker’s The Last Story, will arrive a bit later on February 24th.
  • Finally, if you are one of these trendy types who prefer Apple products, you can now purchase the legendary Chrono Trigger off of ITunes. Well worth a tenner methinks

That’s my take of some of the more interesting stories of the week. Aside from the news, I have had quite an interesting week. For example, I bought a pre-owned DS with Pokemon White the other day, making it my first Nintendo console that I have actually bought rather than been given, and meaning that after many years away from the franchise, I have finally got back into Pokemon. I’m not finding the game to have the same thrill as Red & Blue gave me over a decade ago, but its not a bad game nevertheless. I have also started up again in Skyrim, this time playing through as a Dark Elf. I might actually get round to completing more than 30% of the plot before getting distracted this time around. And as a fan of Japanese animation, I am looking forward to the upcoming fortnight of Studio Ghibli films being shown on Film 4. This Christmas period is shaping up quite nicely.

Hope you have a good week ahead of you all.

Roundup Of News From Nintendo & Sony At GamesCom

A few more stories of note broke after I posted my roundup from the first day of GamesCom, summarised here for your reading entertainment.

  • The major news from Sony’s conference (for me at least), was hardware related; I commented in my news roundup from yesterday that a new PSP model was on the way, soon after this it was confirmed that the PS3 will be getting a price cut in the UK. You will be able to purchase a PS3 Slim soon for £199, putting it more in line with the Xbox 360. Good to see Sony slashing prices, but has it come perhaps a year or two too late?
  • Operation Rainfall, the campaign to get three Japanese RPG’s for the Wii released in America and Europe has been a great success. Xenoblade Chronicles is set for release on Friday here in the UK, and while the other two games had already been confirmed for American release, we got news today that The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower will indeed be arriving in Europe sometime in 2012. It’s a win-win situation all round; as the Japanese companies and Nintendo make some profit, gamers get three well received games (especially Mistwalker’s Last Story, which breaks from the RPG mould by introducing third person shooting and cover mechanics), and the Wii gets a good set of games to finish up with rather than dying with a whimper.
  • Nintendo still reckon the Wii has life left in it yet though, and announced a new streamlined Wii which is set to be released in a bundle pack in time for the Christmas rush. The new version of the Wii (which kind of resembles the Wii U in its design) will be bundled with Wii Play and Wii Sports, but for whatever stupid reason will NOT have compatibility with Nintendo Gamecube games or accessories. This makes no sense to me; if you are looking to buy a Wii this Christmas, just get a standard one that had price cuts a while back before E3, as that does have Gamecube compatibility and will be bundled with Wii Sports or Mario Kart anyway.
  • We finally have a release date for The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword. You can buy it from the 18th November, placing it slap bang in the middle of everything else that is being released – I’m sure Zelda fans will not be deterred by this one bit. For a full list of everything scheduled to come to Nintendo consoles soon, check this handy article courtesy of CVG.com.

Good stuff all round then, seems like gaming will be an affordable option for this Christmas.