The release of Aliens: Colonial Marines was arguably one of the biggest disappointments of recent gaming history--not quite at Duke Nukem Forever levels, but close. The trailers built up so much hype that nearly every shooter and Aliens fan was itching to get their hands on the latest attempt to bring the franchise to consoles. Then the reviews came out, and suddenly Colonial Marines was being blasted left and right by nearly every reviewer on the net; many said it was basically incomplete. It's a hot topic right now, and Jim Sterling is ready to give his two cents on just how such a fantastic-looking game came to disappoint everyone.

Well, this is juicy. A newly printed up reserve list at Gamestop has a few unannounced games on it; both of them AAA titles from Ubisoft that weren't expected to hit the Wii U. Both Watch Dogs and Rainbow 6 Patriots are marked with a December 31st release date. Since Ubisoft hasn't made any announcements concerning bringing these titles to the new Nintendo console, it's still just a rumor, but this is some fairly strong evidence. It's worth noting that Rayman Legends has its old release date on the list, thought the list was probably printed a few days back, before the announced delay caused a ruckus among Nintendo fans.

Fear the threats of boycotting may scare Ubisoft away from the Wii U? Do you think the Rayman Legends delay was just the beginning of the end for supporting the platform? Think again, as Ubisoft's CEO still sees a lot of potential in the Wii U.

“Regarding Wii U, while we are satisfied by our market share in the US and Europe – at respectively 20% and 27% – our performance was impacted by low-tie ratios. Nintendo has recently announced the coming release of some of their great brands on Wii U, and we believe it will boost its potential.”

While I firmly believe they are doing what they have to with Rayman Legends, this is at least giving me a small glimmer of hope that Watch Dogs gets a surprise Wii U announcement at E3. Hey, a man can dream can't he?

Straight Right handled the porting of Mass Effect 3 to the Wii U and it appears their work is not yet complete. They are working on another game to bring to the Wii U, but we don't know what title they are working on. It was rumored awhile ago they may be working on the Tomb Raider reboot for Wii U, but we haven't had any confirmation. Given that Straight Right ported an EA title last time, it's fair to assume it may be yet another EA title. What are you hoping they are working on? Could it possibly be one of the upcoming blockbusters?

We had a second confirmation of some sort of touch style controls appear on the PlayStation 4 controller earlier today, which make these comments from Sony a handful of days back all the more relevant. The focus and the drive in the sales of the PlayStation 4 will be about "New Playing Options". Much like how Nintendo tries to innovate in that area themselves, it appears Sony is taking a page right out of that book and trying something new. Now, what this entails is anyone's guess. It's important to note Sony is not saying it wont have powerful specs, they just don't feel that is going to be the big selling point of the console.

As Sony Computer Entertainment warms up its blue lighting and double-checks its playlist for February 20th, one unnamed SCE official says that the PlayStation 4 will act as more of a home entertainment hub than what we've seen in the past. They added, according to the Nikkei, that the main selling point won't be the rumored eight-core AMD64 CPU or other hardware specs, but how it opens up new styles of play -- something Nintendo is also focusing on. Sony is going to push the new console as a home entertainment "nerve center," with a focus on the hardware's ability to connect and share to mobile devices -- the rival that's pulling gamers awayfrom traditional consoles. Edge had previously mentioned the possibility of a dedicated share button on the next-gen controller, though that remains a product of the rumor mill at the moment. No discussion on any Gaikai-powered cloud gaming just yet, but following its unveiling later this month, the report states that the new PlayStation should launch before the end of the year. A bit of a shame, then, that it's still only February.
GameStop has announced they will be closing 250 stores in 2013 during a presentation at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference.  That said, they will be opening another 60-70 stores in the next year and acquire 40 GAME locations—a French gaming store that has since gone bankrupt.  All told, the move will reduce the game selling giant's global square footage by 2%, and CFO Rob Lloyd said, "We're using our PowerUp Rewards database to help customers move from stores that we want to close to other nearby stores. And closing 250 stores enables us to deal with the very small percentage of stores that are unprofitable, but also to close marginally profitable stores and actually make more money by moving customers to other nearby stores."
A VG247 source revealed details on the next generation console's controller - this news comes hot on the heels of rumors last week that the system would ship with a camera.

A VG247 source said today that PS4′s rumoured controller touch-pad is real. The input is on the front of the handset. The Start and Select buttons have been moved as a result.  The controller is “more or less” the same shape as the current DualShock. We’ve been told today that the L2 and R2 buttons have been remodelled for the better. The existence of the touch-pad has been previously reported by Edge, but claims a “Share” button exists on the controller from the same report were debunked by our source today. Apparently it isn’t there.

No official news yet from Sony, who is suspected to hold a press conference on the PS4 next week.
Gearbox Software has released a series of patches from their now almost universally reviled installment into the Aliens franchise.  The more positive reviews call it "a very generic shooter", and  say, "Alien Colonial Marines doesn't stand a chance if you compare it to James Cameron's seminal 1986 flick."  Some of the worst reviews seem to think it's barely even a game to begin with.  That being said, you shouldn't expect the patches to fix anything wrong with the game itself, but the gameplay may improve now that they've fixed it to the point that doors open and you will no longer be stuck eternally within quicktime events once they're over.  I mean, that's likely to make me like the game a bit more.  The new patch notes (after the jump) include some worrying details... For example, Spitter's "Acid Spray" will now originate from the mouth.  That sentence couldn't be more worrying if it were written in a Spitters non-mouth-originating "acid spray."

Head past the jump to see a list of the improvements.

There's good and bad news from EA's chief financial officer, who spoke today at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference Q&A session.  It looks like the next generation consoles coming out in the next year (in all likelyhood) aren't going to be backwards compatible over multiplayer; which could keep the current generation of console relevant even longer.

Fiscal year 2014 will still be a fairly large gen-three if there's a console business that comes in at the tail end of the year, mainly because a lot of our titles are built around sports calendars... And if a next-gen console doesn't come out until next Christmas, most people won't wait. They'll want to be involved in getting those titles early, because their friends are all playing those titles," he posited. "If they all hold on and continue to play on third-generation, you'll probably not see that box purchase until after the soccer season's over.

No word yet from either Sony or Microsoft, but it seems pretty likely we'll be hearing from Sony next week about the next-generation PlayStation, and news on the next Xbox will likely come at or before E3.

Good news, video game lovers!  You do all like video games, right?  I mean, if not... why are you here, exactly?  I mean here on this webpage, not in life in general... Although if you really think about it, life in general for me certainly is mostly about liking video games. 

Huh.

Well, in any case, it looks like there's going to be a Nintendo Direct drop tomorrow morning! I don't know about you, but for me, that's almost as good as having a date tomorrow night! The Nintendo Direct will cover Wii U and 3DS games, so tune in at 9AM EST for all the Nintendo goodies.

I know many here and across the net are giving Ubisoft a lot of flak over the Rayman Legends delay for the Wii U. It's ironic how one game delay is causing such a stir after how stellar Ubisoft has been lately, outside of the fact they were the only third party publisher to properly support the Wii U at launch (seriously, why is all their credit for that lost over one delay?). It's rather astounding how people want to boycott Ubisoft on the Wii U ignoring the fact they gave us one of our only third party exclusive titles in ZombiU... and unlike Razor's Edge, it hasn't been moved to other platforms. They also gave us Assassin's Creed III, while most other major third parties came up with excuses to not port their blockbuster hits, many of which have yet to come out (so they have had more time than Ubisoft did to make it happen).

Setting all of that aside, it has been reported that Microsoft reserves the right to refuse publishing rights on Xbox Live Arcade and at retail for multiplatform games. It gets more extensive beyond that with content and such, but the point is that if Ubisoft had released it on the Wii U next week Microsoft very well could have denied the game's appearance on their console. While there is no guarantee Microsoft denies the game, why take that decision out of your own hands? Sales on the Wii U were not going to justify skipping that popular platform.

That's right, folks. If the guys over at TheDailyHotness are to be believed, we'll be seeing another Eeveelution in the coming months, but that's not even the big news.

According to alleged source data on the Pokémon X and Y site, Ninfia (or Nympheon if you prefer) is the first Light-type Pokémon (much like Umbreon was a member of the then-new Dark type in Gold/Silver), and the Light type will complete a type-trio with the Dragon and Steel types. Honestly, I don't see that trio as being even remotely plausible. That trio doesn't make as much sense as Fire-Water-Grass or Fighting-Psychic-Dark.

As well as Ninfia, the Light type would also be composed of members of the Fairy egg group, with Pokemon such as Clefairy, Chancey and Audino being grandfathered in.

Now that I think of it, all of the new Eeveelutions have been released as pairs (Umbreon-Espeon and Glaceon-Leafeon), so why would X and Y's be any different? And, could this mean that we're going to see a Dragon or Steel-type Eeveelution?

So, what type do you think Nympheon will be? Will it be a dragonbusting new Light-type Pokémon? Or a Normal-type mother of all Eeveelutions? Or perhaps Dragon or Flying types? Sound off in the comments!

Pokémon Black and White took players into the all-new Unova region where the series both underwent some change while also remaining mostly the same. Black and White marked the beginning of Generation V on the Nintendo DS, meaning that it was the first time two generations had graced one console. That made it more apparent than ever that some additional change would necessary.

To an extent, Black and White spiced up the Pokémon formula with new battle formats—in triple and rotation battles—as well as an increased focus on storyline. Overall, however, Pokémon Black and White remained the same with the eight-gym format and the same battle system we’ve known for decades.

More than anything, Black and White proved that the Pokémon formula remains strong even after all of these years. With almost 15 million copies sold, Nintendo and Game Freak decided to capitalize by rushing out some quick sequels. Instead of the Generation III remakes that many fans expected, they got a more original quest in Black and White 2, which served as an extension of the originals' story. Were these sequels truly worth it, or were they just a cheap ploy at cash?

Marc Schwegler of Giants Software, a company that produces many simulators, recently made a statement defending the Wii U. Recently the console's been catching a lot of flak, with third parties saying it's simply not worth developing for and many analysts deeming it irrelevant and outpaced only a few months into its lifespan. However, Schwegler states that it's not the console that's the problem; it's the fact that nobody's been utilizing everything it offers. 

Hit the jump for the full quote.

Today, Jools Watsham, a member of Renegade Kid, the developer responsible for Mutant Mudds, a downloadable game for the 3DS eShop, had an interview with NintendoLife. In the interview, Watsham said that he's glad that the developer is releasing Mutant Mudds Deluxe for the Wii U, saying that the console has a favorable future.

I am certain the Wii U will have an excellent future. The writing is on the wall. It is an excellent console. Nintendo has some amazing titles lined up for future releases. Even though Q1 2013 may have had some issues, I predict that the 2013 holiday season will be huge for the Wii U. Nintendo’s campaign for the Wii U has only just begun.

Watsham also said that Renegade Kid is currently working on Mutant Mudds 2, but also that they are busy with many other projects and that one shouldn't expect a release until 2014.

We have a lot of projects going on right now, and Mutant Mudds 2 is one of them. But, it’s going to be a while before we can share any more information on it. Due to our busy schedule, it is looking like Mudds 2 will be a 2014 release.

As for other Renegade Kid projects, ATV Wild Ride 3D will come to the 3DS eShop soon, and Mutant Mudds Deluxe is currently set for a Q2 release.