Here's a pretty sweet deal!
For those of you who still possess a Wii and wish to upgrade to a Wii U, GameStop will give you $50 of trade-in credit for your purchase. The only catch is that you must have all of the "necessary components" that GameStop requires for the trade-in, and you can only use the credit for a Wii U (Basic or Deluxe versions).
This offer only lasts until June 2nd, so act soon if you want to capitalize on this deal.
Mario is going to be replaced by Nabbit, the thieving rabbit who stole power-ups from Toad houses. Nabbit will be unable to use power-ups and cannot be damaged by enemy attacks. To me this seems like some form of the Super Guide feature when things become too hard. And from what is known, the game will be much harder than New Super Mario Bros. U.
While Nintendo may not be holding a large-scale E3 conference this year, the Big N has promised that the company will be there on the show floor and delivering news through Nintendo Directs.
In it's NPD response today, Nintendo confirmed its E3 presence, and even gave fans an idea of what games they'll have to look forward to in June:
At the upcoming E3 trade show in June in Los Angeles, Nintendo expects to show attendees upcoming Wii U games from the Mario Kart, Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Super Smash Bros. franchises.
I'd imagine that the Zelda games in question are likely The Wind Waker HD, but perhaps we could be pleasantly surprised with at least another brief mention of the new Zelda for the Wii U. Mario and Mario Kart for the Wii U seem to also be confirmed as appearing, as well as Smash Bros.
Personally, I'm the most excited about Smash Bros. being in attendance; hopefully they'll announce a new character or two, and possibly show us some screenshots or a trailer. Seeing more Zelda action will also be a perk.
UPDATE: Iwata's got some news for us:
It looks like we'll be seeing some Smash info a tad earlier than we thought; looks like Nintendo's intending to engulf the entire duration of E3 with constant announcements.
What are you looking forward to seeing at E3?
Looks like everyone's favorite blue hedgehog might be making an appearance at E3!
According to reports, SEGA has been gobbling up the rights to something called Sonic: Lost World; they have recently trademarked the name and obtained the domains SonicLostWorld.com and SonicLostWorlds.com.
This taking place a few weeks can't be a coincidence; I believe we may be seeing more on this matter on the show floor. After all, wasn't 2013 hyped as a big year for Sonic?
To be honest, I've never played many of the Sonic games, but depending how this turns out, I may give the little guy a chance this go around. What do you think? What would you like to see in Sonic's next adventure?
EA making positive press lines seems like an anomaly. That being said, under slightly new leadership EA has made their first major change: They are killing off the entire online pass program.
“Yes, we’re discontinuing Online Pass,” EA senior director of corporate communications John Reseburg confirmed to GamesBeat in an e-mail. “None of our new EA titles will include that feature.”
“Initially launched as an effort to package a full menu of online content and services, many players didn’t respond to the format,” Reseburg said. “We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.”
It is a wonder to find out if EA is truly listening to their consumers. In this case, the Online Pass situation didn't spurn more new game purchases, nor did it really gain them much from the used game market either. The idea of the online pass was to lock out online aspects of used games that you had to buy a pass for to ensure the publisher received some compensation on used game sales. Other companies do this as well, but mark EA now as the first company to try it and back down from continuing it. It's not that big of a deal for me, but it at least ensures I have no additional fees to pay if I buy future EA titles used.
Konami's 2013 Pre-E3 Show is set to air at 1 PM Eastern Time on June 6th; for those of you wishing to view it, the event will be streamed on Konami's website, GameSpot, the GameSpot app for Xbox 360; you can also check in for updates here on Gamnesia.
To promote these streaming options, special tune-in messages are set to broadcast on CBS and CW television networks in eight major markets, beginning on May 27th. This will mark the first time that online gaming news has been promoted nationwide by a major television network.
At the event, Konami will be discussing the next Pro Evolution Soccer, Metal Gear Solid, and Castlevania games, as well as new announcements.
So, be sure to tune in to Gamnesia on June 6th for up-to-date information about Konami's announcements! What are you looking forward to seeing from the show?
Hop inside for Konami's full press release.
In anticipation of Resident Evil: Revelations HD's May 24th release on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U, Capcom have revealed the first ever "blood swimming pool." And red water isn't the only quirk about this pool; floats will be in the form of human torsos, lane dividers in the form of brains and intestines, and lifeguards in the form of zombies. Also expect to run into bloody bandages, eyeballs, tendrils, and blood clots while you're swimming about.
The pool will be open for only two days, Saturday May 25th and Sunday May 26th, but tickets are free and you can start ordering them on May 20th. However, only 200 tickets are being given away, 100 for each day, and you need to be sixteen or older to go (under eighteen must be accompanied by an adult). You'll find the blood pool in the United Kingdom at Jupiter Wharf, London E3 2PL.
Capcom’s UK PR manager Adam Merrett said a few words regarding this Resident Evil: Revelations promotion:
“To non-zombies, the swimming pool will be shocking, gory and an incredibly disturbing experience – the perfect way to show that survival horror is back with a bang for Resident Evil Revelations”. -- Adam Merrett
So now we've heard of two interesting marketing plans this week, PlayStation 4's and now Resident Evil's. Who's next?
Anyone who has played the Wii version of Donkey Kong Country Returns has experienced it at one point or another; whether you went to grab a snack, needed to stop for a bathroom break, or were just frustrated with the game, you returned to discover Donkey Kong passing the time on his DS, playing Miyamoto knows what.
Fast-forward to 2013, where Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D is set to arrive in stores on May 24th. However, in order to facilitate the limitations of the 3DS -- and possibly to fit in the Easy Mode and a new world -- it would appear that Nintendo has removed idle animations from the game. Sorry Donkey, looks like you'll have to find a new hobby.
It's really quite a shame; I was hoping to see DK playing his game on a 3DS, inside of a 3DS, inside of a 3DS...
Amidst all the speculation, development news, and more for the upcoming installment of the Super Smash Bros. franchise, Did You Know Gaming has been releasing videos rife with Super Smash Bros. trivia. The third installment in this video series details tons of secrets hidden throughout the Super Smash Bros. series and loads of speculation on the development processes based on hidden data in each game in the series. Check it out to learn some fun facts about Nintendo's fantastic party brawler series. Head past the jump to check it out!
Nintendo isn't hosting a big E3 press conference this year, but don't fret! The company will still be at the show with booths as well as Nintendo Directs and smaller gatherings sprinkled throughout the week. The Big N has formally announced the first of these mini conferences. Before the show floor opens, Reggie Fils-Aime and Shigeru Miyamoto will showcase software to select press groups and allow them to try out the titles.
There is no news yet concerning the possibility of the presentation being live-streamed to the public.
This is a pre-E3 show, so I wouldn't expect any juggernaut announcements. Reggie is great at explaining the nooks and crannies of the company and their incoming software, and Miyamoto usually demonstrates and bungles products on stage. In my mind, the dynamic duo will be demonstrating incoming Wii U software we already know about, such as Pikmin 3, the latest 3D Mario, Mario Kart on Wii U, and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD. On the slight chance we get something new, a trailer or demo of Miyamoto's latest IP could be shown.
What do you think of the conference announcement? Excited? Do you think it will be live-streamed to the public?