The only thing more surprising to yesterday's "Link to the Past" "sequel" announcement was the opportunity to get hands-on time with the game in the same day. That's what Nintendo offered at a post-Nintendo Direct media event in San Francisco. Along with this "Legend of Zelda", we got hands-on time with a number of other upcoming 3DS games: Read More...
This week, Nintendo reminds us that the prequel to Wii U's "LEGO City Undercover," cleverly dubbed "LEGO City Undercover: The Chase Begins," will launch on 3DS this Sunday. There also looks to be a 3DS eShop sale, with "Liberation Maiden," "Crimson Shroud" and more getting the discount treatment. And don't forget about that "Pokémon Mystery Dungeon" DLC, it's available now!
There's a little something for everyone this week as we get a new action-RPG, a big comic book fighting game, an arena shooter, and some new DLC for those of you still playing games released last year. What's wrong with you? Feed the retail monster and buy more new games! On discs!
BioWare released a survey two days ago soliciting feedback from "Mass Effect 3" players about the game's cooperative, wave-based multiplayer mode. Specifically, BioWare wants to know how players responded to the layout, visual style, and perceived difficulty of "Mass Effect 3"'s nineteen Firebase maps.
Player feedback like this new survey will help BioWare identify and address trends, unsurprising from a company already well-known for keeping tabs on players. Given the success of "Mass Effect 3" and publisher Electronic Arts' modus operandi, the safe money is that the company is looking to refine its multiplayer modes for presumable inclusion in the the next "Mass Effect" game.
This week's update reminds us to be on the lookout for two games headed to the Wii UeShop next week. NetherRealm's "Injustice: Gods Among Us" goes digital on April 16th, and the classic "Kirby's Adventure" arrives in the eShop to celebrate Famicom's 30th anniversary on April 17th. Like "Punch-Out" before it, "Kirby's Adventure" will be available for just $0.30 for a limited time.
The 3DS eShop is also getting some additions, with "Dillon's Rolling Western: The Last Ranger" showing up today and "Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers" arriving on April 16th.
Poor Mega Man, he can't seem to catch a break, and despite generating some heat a few years back with the excellent retro love letter of "Mega Man 9" (and 10), Capcom has done nothing to appease diehard fans of the Blue Bomber. Cancellation after cancellation of future projects such as "Mega Man Legends 3" and "Mega Man Online" provided a bleak outlook and hopes were dashed when Keiji Inafune, the IRL Dr. Light, departed Capcom. In another twist, Polygon has uncovered one more shuttered project to reignite the flailing franchise.
Their in-depth article about Armature Studios' Mega Man X reboot codenamed "Maverick Hunter" is a virtual window into something that could have been. As a developer that spawned from Retro Studios, there are more than a few connections to the fantastic "Metroid Prime" - a game which proved that you could convert a traditional side-scrolling platformer into a first person shooter. Similarly, Armature would take the classic jump-n-shoot gameplay of the X series and update it for "Doom"-space. In a clear effort to appeal to the elusive Western market, Capcom was willing to dismantle my favorite robot and reassemble him into something wholly different. The full story is worth a read as you'll learn a little about what the devs were hoping would launch a new Mega Man game as well as see some shaky pre-alpha proof-of-concept video.
I'm here to tell you why an FPS Mega Man would have been a terrible mistake... while also performing a little armchair game deving. Read More...