Console-exclusive games and franchises can be selling points for video game consoles. Some people will continue purchasing Xbox consoles to play Halo, others will stick with Sony to play God of War, and the die-hard Nintendo fans will continue buying consoles to play their beloved Super Mario or The Legend of Zelda games. It is only natural to have console-exclusive games in such a competitive market, and it looks like Microsoft is going to be adding another winner to their side of the ring in the next generation. Find out why after the jump!

With all the speculation going on around the new title Call of Duty: Ghosts, it has been a little difficult to discern rumor from fact. However today it has been confirmed by Activision that Call of Duty: Ghosts, is in fact this year's entry in the first-person shooter series. Below is the official Call of Duty: Ghosts teaser trailer.

 

With all this emphasis on masks, perhaps it should have been titled Call of Duty: Masks instead! Thoughts on the trailer? Leave your opinion in the comments below!


This article was originally published to Zelda Informer on December 26th, 2012. Following our recent piece, "Piracy is Never Justified," by Nathanial Rumphol-Janc, I believe this is an appropriate time to bring this article back to light. This article is intended to serve neither as a rebuttal nor expansion to "Piracy is Never Justified," but rather an exploration and alternate viewpoint of this touchy issue.

Since the beginning of civilization, one form or another of piracy has been a pressing concern. Though piracy in modern times has, in most cases, outgrown cannonballs and rotting teeth, it’s as threatening an act as ever. This is perhaps due to the coevolution of the crime and those who commit it.

When we think of the term “piracy” in its modern sense, we tend to think of the morally reprehensible. Media moguls spent years combatting piracy by conjuring up disheveled images of thugs and depictions of malevolence, along with the line “You wouldn’t steal a car,” but this sort of propaganda couldn’t be farther from the truth. No longer is piracy an act of devestation performed only by the wicked, but as piracy’s negative outcome has weakened, its rates have proportionally skyrocketed. Nearly everyone in the digital world, even the most righteous, has pirated something at some point in their lives, be it a movie, a song, or in our case, a video game.

Head past the jump to keep reading!

A source credited with previously leaking information about Sonic Generations has made the claim that the next entry in Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog franchise will be called Sonic Excursion. It is also stated that the game will be releasing on all major platforms, except for the PSvita, in November 2013. This includes the new Xbox, which the source claims will entitled "Xbox Infinite."

Excursion will supposedly feature a level called "Shattered Heights." During this level, Sonic and Tails will destroy large buildings in a New york-style city while the citizens look on in terror. Sonic and Tails are also said to communicate mid-level in a fashion which sounds similar to Kid Icarus: Uprising. On the subject of Sonic's pals, Excursion will apparently include Sonic, Tails, Eggman, Knuckles, and Amy Rose. Little is mentioned about the plot of the game other than that there will be a magical necklace of some kind.

On the gameplay front, the developers are trying to make a Sonic Generations that played like the Genesis titles. Emblems will also be making their return, and levels will feature S-Rank missions, '“Collect all Red Ring” missions, and side missions specific to each character.

Do you want to see the release of Sonic Excursion this fall?


It goes without saying that the 80's were a "great" time for sci-fi films in the industry where you pretty much had every main character star as a cyborg or scientist/child caught up in alien events. Be it Mad Max, the Terminator, RoboCop, or E.T., we were obsessed with sci-fi genre as a whole, now it's all about people with supernatural/magical powers/beings like Superman or Harry Potter or basically enything that can showcase how far special effects have come, but like those films we'll look at them as we did the 80's and think to ourselves, "That was really stupid." And if there's anything Blood Dragon excels at, it's pure stupidity in the best possible way.

Rejoice those of you who missed out on preordering the Tales of Xillia Collectors Edition, because the game can now be preordered from Play-Asia.com. This is especially great news to those who didn't want to preorder the game at GameStop and couldn't preorder on amazon before it was sold out. Beware though, there will only be a limited amount of copies, so act fast. Tales of Xillia is set to be released on August 6, 2013 for America and August 9, 2013 for Europe.

Tales is the hit JRPG franchise that boasts some of the fastest and most frantic combat of any JRPG. Tales of Xillia was made for the 15th anniversary of the Tales Of franchise, which made its debut in 1995 on the Super Famicom with Tales of Phantasia

We could really use all the help that Mystery Inc. could provide, because this is a very telling piece of information that could lead to a rather significant announcement for Wii U owners. Grand Theft Auto V, arguably the most anticipated 3rd party game this year (and maybe of recent memory) is arriving in September. According to NintendoEthusiast.com, GTA V has been up and running on Wii U Dev Kits for some time now.

The implications of such an event are obviously interesting. Whereas Crysis 3 was up and running but ultimately canned by EA for the Wii U because of business issues between EA and Nintendo, Rockstar has no such qualm with the big N. In fact, Reggie Fils-Aime stated publicly he wanted GTA V on the Wii U. That means Nintendo probably contacted them about the possibility. We know it's making its way to the PS3 and 360, but what is more enticing is the all new trailers are saying we can pre-order the games but they don't show the available platforms. That could suggest the available platforms are expanding beyond the confirmed ones so far. Among some of the rumors is a PS4 version, but obviously a Wii U version seems a lot more plausible given the length of time Rockstar has likely had with the Wii U dev kit.

Do you think this means a Wii U version is one of the big third party announcements Nintendo has been storing in its back pocket?

We've seen some interesting, if not wholly distasteful, trends in the industry the last 5 years. We have seen day one DLC (which most agree is silly), on disc DLC (again, locking out content you technically already paid for), DRM (attempting to prevent pirate players from playing), and naturally some always-online talk (which most agree is a silly concept). All of this is done mostly because of one simple factor: People pirate games... and they pirate a lot of them. While it's most rampant on PC's, consoles themselves are not inherently left out of the equation.

Personally, I can't deny that I have never pirated a game. I have, just once, and at the time I felt my reasoning was justified. It was a game lacking a demo, and I felt entitled to "try before I buy". To many pirates, this is a logical excuse we use to reason with our own self morals. Of course, this is but one of the reasons pirates have for stealing games. The problem with every excuse out there becomes the fact that none of them actually truly morally justify stealing a game.

Nintendo's advertising efforts, especially in North America, have been left wanting. However, Nintendo has a rather direct message for people who still use their Wii's, even if it's just a Netflix box: There a new home console, it's independent of the Wii, and is the next great thing on the market. An advertising strategy that probably should have happened sooner. Still, it's refreshing to see Nintendo putting their best foot forward.

This sort of direct messaging is admittedly harder to pull off in a commercial because you don't want to focus entirely on differentiating it from the Wii. Still, it seems like a smart move for those that do happen to still use their Wii and have it connected to the internet. It can't hurt, which is sad to say is a positive sign considering some previous advertising efforts had the potential to hurt more than help. Good job Nintendo. So, what's your next step?

Shigesato Itoi, the man behind the Mother series, known as EarthBound in North America, has responded to a question on Twitter saying that an official fourth entry in the cult-famous series would be "impossible."

Mother 3 is infamous for its incredibly long development cycle, and though the series has gained incredible ground worldwide since its conclusion and will likely see huge sales when EarthBound is released internationally on the Wii U Virtual Console, it's clear that Itoi-san is not eager to make a fourth entry. It probably doesn't help fans' cause that Mother 3 serves as a conclusion to the story anyway; it's hard to imagine Itoi-san would want to expand on the series after such a satisfying end.

On the brighter side for those who just can't possibly seem to get enough Mother, the fan-made Mother 4 development project is still going strong. Be sure to drop by and check out their progress!

A lot of controversy has surrounded a recent tweet about The Wonderful 101 from game designer Hideki Kamiya, which basically said that the game is being designed for quality of experience, not quantity of time in the story. This has caused many gamers to shake their heads at what they considered a promising game, but all hope might not be lost. Platinum Games producer Atsushi Inaba took to Twitter to correct the misunderstandings that Kamiya's tweet may have caused. Find out what he said after the jump!

Well they've done it! Microsoft has finally come up with a way to take every child away from reality, far away from their mother's grasp. What is this nonsense of which I speak? Microsoft’s new peripheral vision system: IllumiRoom, an augmented reality projection unit designed to extend gaming onto nearby walls. In short, it makes your television screen look bigger.

The IllumiRoom system consists of a projector that sits on your coffee table, surrounding the television with a projected light. Microsoft’s Eric Rudder was able to give The Verge some information regarding how the system worked

More information and a preview after the jump!

Nyamyam, a studio formed by several former Rare employees, has just announced that their game, Tengami, will be launching on the Wii U eShop after its initial iPad release this summer. Nyamyam currently hopes to release the Wii U version in early 2014.

Here's the studio's official announcement quote:

Last year we asked on Twitter whether you would like to see Tengami on the Wii U. The response was so overwhelmingly positive that we began the process of bringing Tengami on the Wii U to life. It is with great pleasure that I can finally announce Nyamyam is now an authorized Nintendo developer. On top of that Wii U dev kits arrived this morning and we are thrilled to be starting development soon. Our sincerest gratitude goes out to everyone who encouraged us to pursue Tengami on the Wii U. It is because of your support that Tengami is coming to the Wii U. Thank you!

A few quotes from the post-announcement interview with two of the team's members after the jump!

It's always fun watching James Rolfe tear the classic games we grew up with a new one, with his near constant repetition of the F-Bomb and wanton destruction of these games. Many fans of his may already know of this, but recently a game went under development in honor of his hit YouTube show The Angry Video Game Nerd. The game will have ten levels to complete inspired by the show, drawing heavily from the Metroid and MegaMan franchises. As of right now there is no official release date, but I expect we will be hearing something soon.

Retro Studios is making a Wii U game. We've known this for some time. They have a track record of great games with Nintendo, from the Metroid Prime series to Donkey Kong Country Returns. Reggie Fils-Aime, last year at E3, confirmed they have a Wii U title in the works. It's been a couple of years now and we are still left wondering what their next game is. Is it another Prime game? (doubtful. Key figures of the Prime team have moved on to a new studio). Is it... Starfox? (he is due for a reboot/new game). What about Zelda? Could Nintendo EAD have teamed up with Retro despite Miyamoto saying it wasn't happening? Maybe it's an all new IP, something many have wanted for years. Whatever it is, it appears we will find out about it soon.

Nintendo’s Hiro Yamada, who is currently supervising Monster Games on the development of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D, appears to be in the know about what exactly Retro Studios is doing. When asked by Official Nintendo Magazine about the the Retro Studios project, he said:

“I wonder what kind of game it is? I hope to introduce it to you in the not so distant future.”

It's an interesting response to say the least. E3 is coming up, so we could see a Nintendo Direct reveal around E3 coupled with a showing of the game on the show floor. Whatever they are working on, we hope it can be as good as their track record suggests it will be. The Wii U really needs all it's gun firing on point right now. What do you hope they are developing?