Grand Theft Auto V was announced by Rockstar and Take-Two over a year ago, and the game has built up quite the buzz. Another entry in a stellar series is always good, but GTA games are very spread out and Rockstar takes their sweet, sweet time with each main entry in the series. Grand Theft Auto V is a force to be reckoned with, and a game to be excited for. However, the game was only announced for the PS3 and Xbox 360, locking Wii U and PC owners out of the party, while also making potential next-gen consumers reconsider their decision of purchasing the game or another console, due to a lack of backward compatibility. Take-Two initially stuck to their decision of sticking to the two HD consoles, but they may have reconsidered according to this new rumor.

Rockstar is holding an investor meeting on May 16th, and gossip is flying around the internet saying the company might unveil ports for the Wii U, PC, PS4, and/or Microsoft's next console. InEntertainment claims we'll see many ports for the game on other systems, but they will not share the release date with the PS3/360 version of the game, as resources will need to focus on those versions after the release.

I don't buy into this rumor. Take-Two's president has shot down any rumors that GTA V would be going anywhere other than the PS3/360, but you never know. I would love to see GTA V come to Wii U or PC. Please deliver Take-Two.

What do you think? Do you buy the rumors? Sound off in the comments.

It seems that during a developer interview with CI Games, a question game up regarding the next Xbox's features. One of which that has gained a lot of fuzz between gamers is that the console must be "always on" to play games. Meaning that if you don't have internet connected with your console and you want to play games, you simply can't. He also had something to say about not being able to play pre-owned games on your console.

"What do I think? Very brave, so to speak, decision from Microsoft. Still, the question is whether or not somebody had to do it sooner or later. I'm not personally worried about it myself because as a player it's doable at my home..."

Full quote after the jump!

Recently, a fan of F-Zero addressed to Nintendo on Twitter that he would really enjoy an F-Zero title developed by Shin'en Games, most famous for developing Nano Assult Neo on the Wii U eShop. Well, let's just say Shin'en Games got the tweet and  responded accordingly to his request, saying that they have "something in the works."

This says to me that we could be seeing an F-Zero title announced later this year, or quite possibly as early as E3! They then followed up with an  announcement on Twitter that they plan on revealing two Wii U titles later this year as well. It's quite refreshing to hear news on an upcoming F-Zero title after so many years!

What are your thoughts on this announcement? Are you a huge fan of the F-Zero franchise? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Thanks to a NeoGaf user, it has come to light that the new Monster Hunter Online MMORPG may be localized for western audiences. In an event press talk Crytek talked about Monster Hunter Online.

 “The Monster Hunter games are known for immersing players in breathtaking worlds where great gameplay and spectacular sights go hand in hand,” said Areil Cai, Director of Business Development – CryENGINE. “CryENGINE 3 is the perfect fit for the series, and will ensure Tencent Games and Capcom are well equipped to make Monster Hunter Online the groundbreaking MMORPG experience fans worldwide are eagerly anticipating.” 

Monster Hunter Online is an MMORPG based on the critically acclaimed Monster Hunter franchise, the MMO is being developed by Tencent Games and Capcom. Monster Hunter Online will feature new creatures to kill, large areas to explore, and new equipment to craft. This game is shaping up to be very unique experience that only Monster Hunter can deliver.

Are you excited for the new Monster Hunter MMO?

The Escapist : Jimquisition : Perfect Pasta Sauce

Jim Sterling's nailed it again. In this week's Jimquisition, Jim talks about the similarities between the games industry right now, and well, different brands of tomato sauce. He identifies Prego, a relatively superior brand of tomato sauce, as Battlefield, and he makes the comparison that the popular Ragu sauce is essentially Call of Duty. Hit the play button and hear about variety, expectations, and how developers can make easy money in silent markets. And thank GOD, for Jim.

1:00 PM Pacific Standard Time, in the Shrine Auditorium on June 10th. Those are the time, place, and date the often detested EA has set for their E3 press conference. Ubisoft's conference will be on the same day, though they have yet to give us a specific time. With just a month and a half to go, the massive annual gaming convention known as E3 is fast approaching; how do you think it's going to end up? Good? Bad? Somewhere in the middle? And who's excited to see the newest installment of Super Smash Bros. when Nintendo takes the stage? Tell us about your E3 hopes and expectations in the comments!

Originally composed by Grant Kirkhope, the soundtrack to Banjo-Kazooie is one of the most beloved parts of the widely recognized title for Nintendo 64. Today, Blake Robinson's Synthetic Orchestra has announced "Banjo-Kazooie Symphony," an album of orchestrated tunes from the original Banjo-Kazooie game. Blake Robinson uses orchestral samples to digitally recreate an instrumental sound for themes from video games, movies, and television. In the past, Blake Robinson has released Super Metroid Symphony as well as several other wonderful orchestrationsBanjo-Kazooie Symphony is coming on May 31st, and though Robinson's music often sounds more like covers than arrangements, the delightful orchestral tone is always worth a listen.

As I sit here playing Fate/EXTRA and the new Soul Sacrifice demo on my Vita, it occurs to me that the PS Vita has very few games, but we all know that, I just didn't know it was this bad. Since beating Persona 4 Golden, Gravity Rush, Uncharted: GA, Touch my Katamari, I still struggle to beat ACIII: Liberation because of how average it is.

I am finally realizing just how few games there are for the small handheld, even a year after its release. I purchased the Vita mainly for those previously mentioned 5 games (They're all good games) but in the end my Vita has become nothing more to me than a PSP with a bigger screen as I notice I have 14~ PSP games on the memory card. It's not good and I'm a tad disappointed. But enough about that. 

I've only bought (or was given) four systems in my entire life and it was all for one single game. The first was a Game Boy Color, obviously for Pokemon Red (Which is insanely pricey now), my second was the N64 for Ocarina of Time, the third was a Wii for (you guessed it) Twilight Princess, and the fourth (Once again) was a 3DS for Ocarina of Time 3D. I've never been upset with my choice to purchase a system for a single game because the game is usually high in replay value. So what I want to know if you've ever purchased a game system for just a single game and if you did, were you satisfied with your decision?

It is a great time to be a Nintendo fan. Even with the Nintendo Direct being almost a week old, the implementation of all of the announcements will leave fans satisfied for a while to come. The first of such implementations is the Wii U spring update which is promised to come sometime this week, with Nintendo teasing on Facebook that it may be less than a day away. Ahead of this update, Nintendo's online services will be down for maintenance, showing how big this update is really going to be. The eShop and shopping channels for all of Nintendo's online consoles (DSi, 3DS, Wii, and Wii U) will be down today from 4 P.M. EST until 10 P.M. EST for said maintenance.

This new Wii U update promises to bring drastically reduced load times and it will officially usher in the Virtual Console for Wii U, among other changes and improvements.

What do you think about this update? Ready to bring more speed to your Wii U? Finally deciding to purchase a Wii U now that one of its biggest issues will be resolved? Thoughts, feelings, and opinions should be recorded in the comments below!

Can't wait for more Donkey Kong action? Get a load of this sneak peak of gameplay from Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the 3DS, which is set to hit European and North American shelves next month on May 24.  We've got 13 minutes of pure gameplay for your viewing pleasure, and there's direct audio input included too.

Check it out after the jump and let us know what you think in the comments.

Nintendo’s policy with digital downloads has always been less than favorable. When a concerned aunt of a young Nintendo 3DS owner wrote to Nintendo concerning their the digital content owned by users with lost systems, a customer service representative reaffirmed their policy.

… I was wondering, should I lose or have my 3DS stolen, is there any way to retrieve the games that I’ve purchased on the eshop? I am curious about your policy on this, and especially when so many young kids play 3DS and could potentially lose them. I know on the iphone and PSP, you are tied to an account to which you can retrieve your games. How does it work for Nintendo? Should I be worried about buying my little nephew eshop points?

Customer service representative from Nintendo of America: Thank you for writing. I’ll be happy to answer your questions regarding virtual content on the Nintendo 3DS. All virtual content downloaded on the Nintendo 3DS is tied to the system itself. As our warranty doesn’t cover lost or stolen game cards and systems, if this were to happen regardless of your games being virtual or you owning the physical copies, they would not be covered for replacement. …

Of course, this policy is incredibly outdated. Head inside for more!

I don't know what it is today, but it seems there is some information that must be getting spread around behind closed doors. First, Emily Rogers talks about some interesting stuff and says the E3 slate for Nintendo is going to be pretty good. Now we have this from CVG:

"There are still some issues with the handheld market, of course, from the fairly poor third-party support to the questions hanging over Sony's PS Vita. But Nintendo has once again proven that it understands its own market much better than the doubters have.

Which brings me to the Wii U. Regulars at CVG might be aware that I talk down the console's chances in the most definitive language possible whenever asked. Well, from the things I'm hearing, there's a chance I'll soon be added to the reject bin of crazy talking twitter twonks pretty soon.

Hopefully, if we obtain further details from our sources, we'll be in a position to explain more to you soon. But, for now, put it this way: In the past two years there have been moments of disquiet regarding the 3DS and - like an instant magic trick - Nintendo has put an end to this with sudden reveals of significant games that went on to become star performers at Christmas."

Thoughts inside.


Today, Ubisoft's put out the official trailer for the Wii U version of Splinter Cell: Blacklist. Ubisoft has been one of the few third parties throwing full support behind Nintendo's new console, and it looks like they don't plan on wavering; this is a AAA title arriving to the Wii U the same day as all the other consoles. That's a rarity. It looks as though Blacklist is going to have some Wii U specific features; and they don't look like gimmicks, but real functionality. Hopefully this can give some other third parties ideas.

I'm hard pressed to even call this a rumor based upon the source, but that's simply what it is until Nintendo confirms. Emily Rogers—who works at an unnamed marketing firm, blogs for NotEnoughShaders (where she created a controversial but extremely well researched look in Satoru Iwata's work as a CEO), and is a writer for Nintendo Force Magazine—has taken to Twitter to build up some hype for future happenings at Nintendo.

No, she doesn't work for Nintendo, but it's important to note that not only has she never stated anything that turned out not to be true (in the general sense; her E3 2011 stuff was pretty spot on with only two things wrong out of 15 items she claimed), she recently was dead on about Deus Ex coming to Wii U in the way that it did, something she said would happen weeks prior to the announcement. Whatever connections she has seem to be rather reliable in the industry she so passionately enjoys being part of.

She had some great things to say about the Wii U, including a future announcement about a cross play type feature with Virtual Console and eShop games between the 3DS and Wii U... along with a bit of hype for some other Wii U related things that will be shown at E3 (which is creeping closer and closer). More inside.

Rayman Legends is the upcoming sequel to 2011's critically-acclaimed Rayman Origins. Releasing September 27th, 2013 for Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, it will take Rayman back to his 2D platforming roots once again in a new co-op adventure with beautiful visual flair. But you probably already know the whole story of its delay from beginning to end.

Today, thanks to Nintendo Everything, new screenshots have surfaced of Rayman Legends in action and it's looking more impressive than ever. Check them out inside!