Sunbreak Games is a small studio recently formed by Jason Behr, head level designer of the Metroid Prime series. Their first game, Buddy & Me, was funded several hours ago via Kickstarter and is planned to be released on select tablet devices this June. Buddy & Me is an infinite runner that will be setting itself apart with beautiful visuals and a companion that I can only guess was at least partially inspired by The Last Guardian

However, what's most noteworthy about this game is that even though it failed to reach its Wii U port stretch goal, Nintendo's ever-relaxing indie strategy may end up bringing this game to the Wii U anyway.

Clyde Mandelin is a professional Japanese to English translator who was actually one of the main forces behind the unofficial fan translation of Mother 3. While the fans that help create that translation have offered it to Nintendo to use as they so please, Clyde himself is taking a step further.

“I realize that localizing a game this size can cost a lot, so if it’ll help in even the slightest, I’ll gladly offer to let Nintendo use my text translation files for any use at all, completely for free. I’ll even edit the files to fit whatever new standards are necessary (content, formatting, memory size, etc.), completely for free. I’ll even retranslate everything from scratch if need be. Just whatever it takes to get an official release out.”
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Nintendo has revealed via Facebook the release date for Nintendo's Wii U Virtual Console. You'll be able to download some of your favorite NES and SNES titles in just two days, because the Virtual Console arrives this Tuesday. Although we don't have a solid launch lineup for the service, we do know all the games Nintendo has announced for America.

Nintendo has already released Balloon Fight, F-Zero, Punch-Out!! featuring Mr. Dream, and Kirby's Adventure on the Wii U eShop for the Famicom Anniversary celebration. It's a good bet you see all four of those titles made available for purchase again on Tuesday to allow those that missed out on the sale to buy the games. Super Metroid, Yoshi, and Donkey Kong are all announced for the Virtual Console, but likely won't see a release until their respective monthly sales arrive. That leaves us with NES titles Ice Climber, Donkey Kong Jr., Excitebike, Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario Bros., Mega Man, Wrecking Crew, and Yoshi's Cookie.

A few SNES titles are also announced already, including Super Mario World, Kirby Super Star, Kirby's Dream Land 3, Kirby's Dream Course, and Earthbound. Of all of these games, only Earthbound has a release window, and that is late 2013. We won't be seeing it on Tuesday unfortunately. Anything else is fair game, although it would be smart for Nintendo to spread out all the releases to even out the content. Still... I want to play Mega Man on my GamePad right now.

The spring system update for Wii U is also coming next week. The patch supposedly creates many new features to the hardware, such as instant Wii menu access and speedier loading times. I wouldn't be surprised to see the update arrive the same day as the Virtual Console, packing all the Wii U fixes into one day. Which game are you most excited for? Sound off in the comments.

The recently announced Legend of Zelda title isn’t Nintendo’s only “link to the past”.  On the seventeenth of April a plethora of new 3DS games were revealed to the public, yet almost all of them were recreations of existing concepts.

Why haven’t there been any compelling new ideas for games recently?  How come, despite increasingly advanced technology and gaming innovations Nintendo constantly reverts back to existing franchises? 

To put it simply, it’s because they work.  These are the games that are going to bring fans crawling back searching for more.  Existing franchises with an established fan base are the safest way to create fun and interesting games without the risk of losing money.

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More than 2 years after its launch in North America, the 3DS has attained over 20 million copies sold for physical retail games. After a slow start, games like Ocarina of Time 3D, Super Mario 3D Land, and Fire Emblem: Awakening have pushed the 3DS to success. 20 million copies sold is a huge landmark by any measure, but it also doesn't count digital sales, so these numbers aren't an accurate representation of how well the 3DS is doing. 

Also, keep in mind that those numbers were in the United States alone; and the total sales are even higher world-wide. As the recent NPD results have shown, 574,000 copies of major 3DS titles were bought in March 2013 alone. This points to a greater future for the 3DS, as titles such as Pokemon X & Y, A Link to the Past 2, Bravely Default, and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy are coming down the pipeline for release. This is definitely a great time to be a 3DS owner!

Thanks to The Escapist Magazine; it has been revealed that Nintendo will release an app that allows players to take screenshots of 3DS games. Right now, the app is Japan only and compatible with two select games; Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Tomodachi Collection. Currently you can only share your screenshots with either Twitter or Tumblr, though more social media outlets are expected at a later date. So far there has been no word on an international release of the app.

As many of you are aware, the classic SNES title EarthBound was recently announced for the Wii U Virtual Console. It wasn't present in the Wii Virtual Console due to licensing issues on various topics, most importantly the soundtrack, so some concerns have arisen that the Wii U edition of it will be changed to dispel those same issues. Bill Trinen of the Nintendo Treehouse, however, says that this is not the case. When asked if the content and soundtrack would be the same as the original, he responded:

"Yeah, I mean, they're taking the original game and putting it on Wii U."

This is great news for hardcore fans of the original game, but that isn't all that came out of the EarthBound announcement. EarthBound's director had something to say about it as well.

Last month, Punch-Out!! was released on the Wii U eShop as the third game of Nintendo's 30-30-30 Virtual Console promotion. For just thirty cents, Wii U owners can download one preselected game each month and between April 17th and May 16th, you can download the NES classic Kirby’s Adventure on the Wii U eShop for just thirty cents.

The NES Kirby’s Adventure follows Kirby in Dream Land, where the Dream Spring has dried up, leaving everyone in their worst nightmare whenever they go to sleep.  Now it is up to Kirby to restore the good dreams to all of Dream Land and help the citizens sleep peacefully once more.

If you missed the chance to get any of the previous 30 cent games, don’t worry!  After a specified promotional period, each game will be made available in the Nintendo eShop at regular price. Wii U owners who have purchased any games during the promotional period will not need to purchase the games again at the regular price. 

This question is a bit on the lighter side. As I'm making my way through Pandora's Tower I'm closely studying Elena's character and how she was developed and honestly, I'm not too big of a fan of her. Elena is a relatively 2D character and while she changes as the game goes on, for the most part she's just uninteresting and I could do without her, unlike another character (I'll get more into that in a future article).

My sister and I both played BioShock Infinite and managed to finish it at roughly the same time and we both loved Elizabeth from beginning to end. Unlike Elena, she didn't feel like a video game character, but a person, someone we could actually know and care for in real life. Needless to say if it wasn't for Elizabeth, BioShock Infinite wouldn't even be close to 1/10th of the game it is, hell, it would have to be an entirely different game because she basically was what made the game. The same could be said for characters such as Aerith in Final Fantasy VII or Midna in Twilight Princess because without them the game just isn't the same... and the plot would make no sense. So I want to know, which video game character do you think made the game what it was and why wouldn't it be the same without them? Bonus points for those who don't choose the main character for obvious reasons.

Capcom's board of directors made the announcement that they are going to restructure. This will approximately cost £46 million and will halve the company's profits forecast, as reported by CVG. This decision was made because Capcom wishes to modernise its business plans. This is what the group had to say.

"In view of the sudden and significant changes in the operating environment of the digital contents business, Capcom reviewed its business expansion strategy for the sector and restructured its game development organization."
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In a recent interview with SiliconEra, the developer of Pandora's Tower, Ganbarion, expressed interest in the social feature present on the Wii U, and the tablet controller. They talked about how the features could be tied into new and unique gameplay ideas. 

"The Wii U is a unique console with exciting features such as the GamePad. We’re currently thinking of fun ideas using these features. For example, we’re thinking of a gameplay idea that uses two screens from different perspectives, like a tabletop RPG, where players could potentially give each other objectives and progress through the game. Or like with Miiverse, where players can share their gameplay experiences easily, we were thinking of a game that focuses on communication."

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Shinji Mikami’s, founder of the Resident Evil series, studio Tango Gameworks has unveiled an all new survival horror game titled 'The Evil Within'. Tango Gameworks is under control of Bethesda, who has formed a habit of producing against the grain AAA experiences that many experts keep saying that consumers no longer want (Single player only experiences, games that don't push the boundaries of graphical fidelity, new IP's, etc). Of course, we all know almost every game they release is not only a great experience, it sells well, and in the case of some games it sells 10's of millions.

What's nice about this new game is that it doesn't appear to feature anything resembling a Zombie, which is refreshing for survival horror fans. That sad part is we don't see any gameplay in the above trailer. I'm always of mind that yes, Live Action trailers work well for things like commercials, but when you debut a game we actually want to see... the game. Otherwise, what's the point?

Currently, The Evil Within is slated for release on PS3, 360, PC, and next generation consoles in 2014. Nintendo fans may want to cross their fingers for some Wii U support. Bethesda hasn't completely written off the possibility of Wii U games... yet. FYI, we hope you're not watching this trailer before eating lunch today. It can be stomach turning for some... but then again, that's what survival horror is all about.

Nintendo has been pushing this whole Year of Luigi thing now since January. It is true that we are getting more games this year that feature and/or have Luigi in them than during any year in the past. You know what else is also true this year? The 3DS may have one of the strongest first party lineups Nintendo has ever delivered to any of their platforms in a single year. Two years into the console's lifecycle, it's not only hit it's stride software wise, it's probably having the best year it ever will over the lifetime of the platform. Don't believe me? Hop inside to see a massive list of titles that have or will be coming out this year on the 3DS.

Those of you who bought  Monster Hunter 3 for your 3DS XL can now rejoice; as Nintendo of America has finally released the Circle Pad Pro XL in America. Though as of right now it can only be purchased from their official product website at $20 plus shipping. So those of you who would want to head out to your local GameStop will have to wait just a little while longer, because as of right now there has been no word of an official retail release of the peripheral.

Well, this is unexpected. Out of nowhere, Capcom has released a trailer for a new MMORPG based on their hit franchise, Monster Hunter. Right now, it's slated to release only in China in June, and only on the PC. Clearly, this means they're using China as the test market. Hopefully it isn't too long before they bring it elsewhere; I'm curious to see how the already MMO-esque franchise grows in a full online environment. With Monster Hunter's recent fanbase growth in the US, maybe it's the right time to push the series further. I'm hoping it doesn't remain PC-only, but with these gorgeous graphics (Running on CryEngine 3) it might be hard to get it to function on consoles.