A few days ago, the open source console OUYA, reached another milestone in funding. According to OUYA's official blog, new investors have pushed the console to the $15 million mark. While OUYA was already being released to all consumers this June, the $15 million is going to be a significant help for the long haul, especially since they plan to release a new version of the platform every year.

Coincidentally, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was cited as the leading investor; That particular firm is the same one who originally backed Electronic Arts more than two decades ago.

Also stated in the blog post, OUYA has also been delayed three weeks due to "beyond expectations" demand from gamers and retailers, so the official release date for the console is now June 25th 2013. If you were a crowd funder, don't worry, you'll still get your OUYA at the same, earlier date.

Are any of Gamnesia's readers among those getting the console early?

Due to popular demand in his previous article's comments, Alex Plant from GenGAME created a follow-up. In the past he had discussed how the Wii actually drew in hardcore gamers. This time around, he talked about the third-parties on the Wii and how they sold compared to the first party games. In a surprising revelation, contrary to popular belief, the Wii actually had improved third-party sales over previous Nintendo generations.

"That’s better than the rate for Nintendo 64 and GameCube: N64 averaged less than 250,000 sales per title; GameCube did even worse, with an average of less than 90,000 copies sold per third-party title. In fact, in the case of GameCube, Wii’s record is better even before you factor in Nintendo’s unchecked dominance."

To see more about this fiasco, and a larger excerpt from the article, hit the jump!

Activision recently revealed their Q1 earnings, and along with these profit numbers comes words from the head honchos of the company. When inquired on the company's future IP plans with new franchises, the publisher responded with the following.

“But I would say, when we look at new investments, we aren’t looking to do new investments unless they provide the kind of — same kind of scale and investment return that we have in our existing businesses.”

This is a different business tactic, albeit one that the company has been moving into slowly over the past few years. Activison cranks out some of the best selling games each year, and they now have two gigantic franchises on the table: Call of Duty and Skylanders. The company made a profit this year, but they didn't quite reach their goals, with many failures, such as a disappointing Wii U launch, being pointed at by the leaders. Focusing on things guaranteed to sell allows the company to know they are going to make money, and lots of it.

The company has also stated that the development frame of these games will be minimized. This smaller creation period will allow Activision to get titles out into the market faster than ever before.

What do you think about the "new" business strategy? Sound off in the comments.

Jim Sterling over at Destructoid discovered this bit of nudity in his foray in the world of Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

A few days ago, Nintendo censored a DLC map for Fire Emblem Awakening, attempting to remove the suggestive intentions of Tharja's bikini bottom, but the localization team just made the problem a whole lot worse. Many people accused Nintendo of being far too squeamish.

On the contrary, Animal Crossing: New Leaf says Nintendo is the opposite.

Featured prominently here is a "robust statue," an item ready to be placed in your house. As you can see, that's definitely an anus.

Yep. That's a butt.

This is nothing compared to a piece of male genitalia shown prominently on a second statue in the 3DS title.

Yes, there's a comparison between two mediums. Old statues paying homage to the works of famous artists, such as Michelangelo, will generally be accepted by society more than an anime-esque female slipping off her swimsuit in a niche game. That's how the public is going to see this situation.

In the end, I don't think Nintendo needs to make up their mind on localization and censorship choices, nor do I think the ESRB needs to reform. In all honesty, it's enjoyable to just lighten up and poke fun at the nudity in Nintendo games, something that is far-flung in their modern titles.

What do you think about penises and butts in New Leaf? Will Operation Moonedfall be a success?

I was unaware this was a prevailing thought with anyone, but apparently Nintendo should have bought the Ouya... or any number of the cheap android consoles that are heading our way this year. Oh, and even though Sony ushered in Blu-ray as a mainstay and has now outsold the 360 worldwide.... They are on their way to becoming Sega. Meanwhile, Microsoft is set to have a permanent place in the industry thanks to Kinect and Xbox Live subscriptions. Seem like rather out there claims? Well, if not, then apparently you and VentureBeat writer Dean Takahashi see eye to eye.

The past couple of years have not exactly been the best for Sony, with their PlayStation 3 losses and price issues and their flop of a handheld, the PS Vita. Notwithstanding these facts, Sony has made it clear that it is not expecting a loss with the launch of the PlayStation 4, unlike with the launch of the PlayStation 3. Sony CFO Masaru Kato presented this information at an earnings call yesterday, even going on to explain why no loss is expected. Find out what he said after the jump!

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?

The Pokémon X and Y logos in front of a great treePokémon X and Y Versions are perhaps the most widely-anticipated 3DS games to date, and once more, The Pokémon Company is teasing some new information on the upcoming games. Junichi Masuda plans to make an appearance on Pokémon Smash, a Japanese television program devoted to Pokémon news and features, and he will apparently bring lots of news to the show.

There are no hints as to what this news may be, so all we can do now is speculate. Does it pertain to the Mewtwo's new form? Perhaps Masuda-san is planning an official announcement of the recently-rumored Fairy type. Maybe some of those crazy rumors from February are true. What do you hope to see come May 19th?

"Who are you not to be great? You, with the imagination of a brilliant child and the powers of an ancient god."

"Who are you to be ordinary? You, who could get away with murder, or raise the dead."

"Who are you to be anonymous? You, whose name should be spoken in reverent tones or in terrified whispers."

"Who are you to be afraid? You, who can serve as judge and jury while hoarding infinite lives."

"Who are you to be a slave to the past? You who can travel time like the oceans and rewrite history with a single word." 

"Who are you to deny greatness? If you would deny it to yourself, you deny it to the entire world."

Those are the questions Sony hath posed to thee. Nay... to all gamers!

"Greatness Awaits!"
-- The PlayStation 4's New Slogan

The Shadow of the Eternals crowd funding page is now live, with it new details about the game and about the crowd funding itself. In the developers first crowd funding update, they talk about the direction they want to takes with the game, and calm backers fears about whether past baggage would interfere with the project. 

The pilot episode requires more upfront costs to pay for engine license fees, system development and other pre-production tasks. We are anticipating future episodes to be significantly cheaper and faster to produce. A donation for the tiers that include multiple episodes is your investment on our ability to produce more episodes and we appreciate your trust and support.

More on the update after the jump.

Well we might finally be able to put the code name Durango to rest, along with other popular naming conventions such as Xbox 720. International Business Times has stuck its proverbial head out on the chopping block by "confirming" the next Xbox will be called Xbox Infinity. It is not the first time we have heard of this name, but it is the first time a major website is going with it as confirmed information based upon their own sources.

As for the name itself... I actually like it. It's a bit refreshing over the continued number system PlayStation uses and it's certainly more unique than the Wii U. Of course, I can't help my bring forth my inner Buzz Lightyear and remind everyone that were bound to go "To Infinity... and Beyond!” If Microsoft doesn't get a deal worked out with Disney to use that tagline, I will be sorely disappointed. What are your thoughts on the name? We'll have more information on the 21st.

It seems that hackers have not given up hope when it comes to hacking Nintendo’s latest console, the Wii U. WiiKey, a Nintendo console hacking/modding group, had announced a few weeks back that they had successfully hacked the Wii U Operating System. And just recently the first Wii U title, The Avengers: Battle for Earth, has been dumped successfully and uploaded on the internet…at 23 GBs. Yes, pirates are going to have to pay quite a bit of hard drive space if they want to steal these babies.

Nintendo has stated that they are willing to take necessary legal action if this continues. What are your thoughts on this endeavor? Leave your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

This is, for lack of a better term, one hell of a rumor. You might as well bring truck loads of salt, because there is nothing out there to back up these claims outside of the original source, which is a post at semi-popular site TV Tropes. It was a bit hard to sift through things, but thankfully Nintendo Life was able to draw out the actual rumor so we can bring it to light for you.

The CPU and GPU are built on the same package.

CPU: IBM PowerPC 7xx-based tri-core processor "Espresso" clocked at 1.24 GHz before the 3.0.0 update, 3.24 GHz after the 3.0.0 update. This is an evolution to the Broadway chip used in the Wii, is 64 bit and uses Power6 technote When IBM has said that Nintendo has licensed the Power7 tech from IBM, Nintendo is not using it for the Wii U, explaining its backwards compatibility.

GPU: AMD Radeon High Definition processor codenamed "Latte" with an eDRAM cache built onto the die clocked at 550 MHz before the 3.0.0 update, 800 MHz after the 3.0.0 update.

That's one heck of a performance increase. Now, I can confirm the Wii U not only runs faster, but something definitely was boosted with the hardware itself. Games that previously had an fps issue here or there no longer do (Black Ops II campaign is now FPS issue free, as is Batman: Arkham City). Neither of those games had any updates to them at the time that I tested it out, thus it was directly related to whatever the Wii U 3.0.0 update did. Thoughts inside.

Mutant Mudds Deluxe Edition was submitted to Nintendo once before for approval, but unfortunately it was riddled with bugs. This time around, it seems like Renegade Kid has cleaned up the issues and is now waiting for approval yet again to release it next month. Co-Founder Jools Watsham announced as much via twitter:

Mutant Mudds was originally released for the Nintendo 3DS and later for iOS and Android platforms. Once Mutant Mudds arrived on the PC, the extra content associated was eventually brought to the 3DS as well. However, there will be Wii U exclusive content you wont be able to get on any other platform. If you're a fan of this well reviewed indie title, there might just be enough here to consider a 2nd or 3rd purchase, depending on the price.

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...