Nintendo's bold leap into the HD era is here, and we've seen some stunning displays of graphical prowess from its new console, the Wii U. While games such as Nintendo Land have been remarkable for Nintendo's standards and games such as ZombiU show us that the console is capable of the same visual fidelity as the current consoles from Nintendo's competitors, word has it that this is just the beginning. According to President Satoru Iwata, the games that we've seen so far, including unreleased titles like the gorgeous Pikmin 3, stand at the lower end of the console's capabilities. For Iwata's full quote and what it means for the situation, head past the jump.

On its blog today, Sega reaffirmed that their latest entry in the All-Stars Racing franchise is indeed coming to Nintendo's popular handheld. The game is planned to hit Europe on February 8th, and North America on the 12th, and when it does, it will have a few new features along with all the content the consoles had. It will have eight-person download-play multiplayer and StreetPass challenges added to the standard game, and includes the two new characters from the console version; real NASCAR racer Danica Patrick, and Wreck-it Ralph, from the incredibly well-marketed Disney movie that came out earlier this year. 

Are you interested in picking up the portable version?

According to Emily Rogers, Retro Studios will have a demo ready for its next big project during E3. It's still unclear what this project might be, but it could very well be sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns, or another installment of the Metroid series. Retro also collaborated with Nintendo on the development of Mario Kart 7, and since it was a very well received game, it might very well be that they are also working on the upcoming Mario Kart U.

Personally, I'm all in for a Donkey Kong sequel, but I'd like it to be a platformer like Donkey Kong 64. I think it has a lot of potential, and I just love Donkey Kong 64. It was one of the games that defined my childhood, so a spiritual sequel to it would be great. I'd be really surprised to see a brand new IP, but time will tell.

Sniper Elite V2, a unique shooter by Rebellion, is being ported to the Wii U. It's already on the PS3, 360, and PC, and though it's received mediocre reviews so far, Rebellion is hoping that the Wii U's gamepad is going to revitalize the potential of the title.

“Sniper Elite is just the kind of mature game that is perfect for the different mechanics of the Wii U. It’s been a challenge to get it right, but thanks to our team and the fantastic support of our partners at 505 Games we believe we’ve brought the unique gameplay to a whole new platform.”

So says Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion. Have any of you had some time with Sniper Elite V2? Do you think the Wii U's actually a good remedy for this struggling game?

This is impressive. Remember that Nintendo Direct from weeks back? It was pretty cool. We saw a lot of awesome games and clips, one of them being a video behind the scenes of Bayonetta 2's development. With all the buzz around the exclusive acquisition of this decidedly mature series, Platinum was eager to show just how well the transition to a Nintendo console was going. The video ended with this shot of a monster slashing right at us, scaring those weak of heart.



Well, it turns out that clip wasn't computer generated; that's right, those are the real time graphics of Bayonetta 2--at this point in time, anyway. Who knows what it'll look like at launch! Somehow I'm getting even more hyped over this game. I really have to grab the original Bayonetta to prepare myself.


This just blew me away. The level of polish, from the animation, to the soundtrack, to the depth of the references is purely astounding. There are so many jokes packed into this parody that I've watched it several times over and still think I'm missing some things. I think my favorite just may be the Super Mario Bros. 2 playable character arrangement near the end, though Kirby kicks some ass as well.


The image above was posted to Mistwalker's website and Facebook account, today; as you can see, it's very similar in style and color to a lot of the art we saw for The Last Story, the Wii-exclusive Rainfall RPG from Final Fantasy vet Sakaguchi. However, in the corner it's titled 'Lost World', which means it could bear some connection to Lost Odyssey, another Mistwalker RPG from a few years back. The studio has yet to throw us a bone, but there's no reason we can't speculate! Which game would you be more interested in seeing?

Sony is ending its partnership with SuperBot Entertainment, the developer of Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale. This is due to underwhelming sales of the title, which surely hasn't met Sony's expectations. By cutting ties with the studio, SuperBot is unable to work on Battle Royale any longer, and production of future content will be moved to Sony’s Santa Monica Studio.

Early reports suggested that SuperBot would cease to exist without Sony's support, but director of operations David Yang confirmed that the studio will continue to develop independently.

SuperBot Entertainment can confirm that the relationship with SCEA has ended on good terms. We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work on with Sony on Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, and are extremely proud of the work we have done. SuperBot Entertainment will continue working on projects that reflect our passion for games and our commitment to creating award winning titles. We are very excited about beginning the next chapter of our future and invite all of our fans and supporters to follow our journey. - David Yang

More from David Yang and Sony after the jump.

On the heels of Game Informer's reveal of The Witcher 3, CDProjekt has released the above teaser trailer along with a nice bit of press material. Contained in that material is the announcement that this game will be the final chapter for Geralt and the final game in The Witcher series. The reasoning? They want to go out on a high note, which is something to admire in the day and age where popular franchises tend to overstay their welcomes.

This material also talks about how The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is going to appeal to long standing fans as well as make an excellent entry point for new fans to the series. Of course, again, this just makes it all the more wanting for Wii U fans. Unfortunately they are specifically saying "high-end" next-gen systems, which will likely rule Nintendo fans out. Still, PC, Sony, and Microsoft fans have one heck of an experience coming their way in 2014. Check out the press release after the jump.

Square Enix is taking the route many have before them when posting net losses of late. Essentially, if they are failing to make money on the console front, they say that it's the market's problem and not theirs. Square is reportedly down ¥5.7 billion for last year, though they predict a profit by the end of the fiscal year (likely due to iOS games, most of which will likely get bastardized over the years by these same companies).

Blaming the market itself rather than their own high budgets and poor quality of games is one of the biggest copouts in the industry right now. Game quality has sunk at many top studios, but more importantly, these studios keep inflating their own budgets to make games. This is especially true on visual fidelity, where a large chunk of the money is siphoned to. Even with games like Dishonored showing that you don't need those big budgets to create compelling games that sell, some companies still have it all backwards. Sure, extensive visual fidelity is important for some titles, but realistically an amazing experience can trump so many other flaws visually.

As an example, does anyone think Pokemon X and Y are not going to sell just because they look like early alpha Nintendo 64 games? Of course not, because the quality of the experience of the game itself trumps anything the visuals may lave wanting. Quality games continue to sell and move in the market while big budget gorgeous shit fests continue to sink. Fact is, developers need to notice these trends and correct them instead of pointing fingers at everyone else.

A Picture of the Wii U and GamePadThe negative sentiment towards the Wii U from certain parts of the industry may never cease, but this time around, Digital Foundary's analysts are able to back up their claims due to the recent discoveries that show the exact build of the Wii U's GPU. While there are still some mysteries in the customly built chip, what we needed to know for its maximum capabilities is now understood. Hop inside to see exactly what the conclusion is that leads them to state rather plainly the Wii U isn't next-gen.


The Witcher series is arguably one of the best new series to hit the games industry in a good while. Thanks to our friends over at Game Informer, we now have a wealth of information about their exclusive reveal of this highly anticipated title. The Witcher 3 was officially unveiled in their print magazine with a wealth of additional details to team up with the online announcement. Those details and concept art after the jump.

Ever want to get your foot in the door of the video game journalism industry? Want a chance to see your work appear to thousands of gamers every day and have a chance to grow your craft? Do you have a burning passion for gaming and a love to put your own thoughts into words? Well then, a volunteer position at Gamnesia and/or Zelda Informer may be right up your alley. We are looking for dedicated, passionate, and active daily news writers to help us cover everything from Zelda to the entire girth of the video game industry.

Specifically, we need people who can create news content daily between the hours of 6AM to 5PM CST. I know that's a rather large time slot, but that just means we are looking for a few passionate gamers to fill the remains of our roster. Are you only interested in Zelda? That's fine, as our Zelda Informer hub can always use people covering fan works and the occasional real news item every day. Interested in the Wii U, 3DS, Microsoft, Sony, or even the PC? That's great too, because our most pressing needs reside here at Gamnesia.

The Escapist : Jimquisition : Dead Space - The Best New IP This Generation?


Dead Space is an amazing franchise with great gameplay and a good story. I like it very much, but Jim Sterling thinks it might even be the best new IP of this generation. I think that it depends on your taste—if you don't like horror games, you'll probably dislike Dead Space. That's why it is very subjective to say that a game is the best of its generation. Others probably don't agree.

I like Assassin's Creed more than Dead Space. I love the historical settings, Those Who Came Before, the Pieces of Eden... To me, it's the best new franchise this generation.

What's your favorite IP this generation? Let us know in the comments!

Iwata Asks is a recurring segment in which Nintendo President Satoru Iwata interviews game developers about their values and the development process behind specific games. The latest episode featured the developers of Fire Emblem: Awakening, detailing their thought process behind the evolution of the support system to a marriage system, as well as what their goals were in staying true to the essence of Fire Emblem.

The most interesting factoid to gather from this discussion, however, is the idea that Fire Emblem should break its focus on medieval militias and instead tread ground in more modern war tactics with a tinge of fantasy. This proposal was then taken in an even more drastic direction with the idea that the game could take place on Mars, which was later shot down.

Nintendo is well versed in the ways of outer space, but never before have they explored non-fictional extraterrestrial planets in their games. The idea of a tactical RPG taking place on Mars is an incredibly appealing one no doubt, but Fire Emblem is well-grounded in its medieval setting, and I'm ultimately glad they didn't break that mold for a more science-fictiony game. Do you hope Nintendo looks back at this discarded idea to create an entirely new franchise, or do you think this concept should lay dead?