SEGA recently released an upgraded, 3D version of the classic Sonic the Hedgehog for the Nintendo 3DS eShop, whose 3D effects are said to be "at best, marginal." By contrast, 3D Space Harrier is said to look brilliant on Nintendo's latest handheld console.

Nonetheless, it's a great joy to play classic SEGA games on the Nintendo 3DS, even if their special effects are a bit underwhelming. Continuing this trend, SEGA has announced plans to release a 3D version of the arcade hit Altered Beast on the Nintendo 3DS eShop on May 29th.

It's exciting to see the recent partnership between Nintendo and SEGA continue to unfold. With announcements like these, I wonder what else they may have up their sleeves. Maybe they'll even bring these games to America one day; wouldn't that be something?

Here's a pretty sweet deal! 

For those of you who still possess a Wii  and wish to upgrade to a Wii U, GameStop will give you $50 of trade-in credit for your purchase. The only catch is that you must have all of the "necessary components" that GameStop requires for the trade-in, and you can only use the credit for a Wii U (Basic or Deluxe versions).

This offer only lasts until June 2nd, so act soon if you want to capitalize on this deal.

Earlier this month, we learned that EA had acquired the rights to develop Star Wars games from Disney after the closure of LucasArts. In a few weeks, we will know what exactly this will entail.

According to an article on EA's website, the developer will highlight their plans for Star Wars games; additionally, they will be exhibiting other next-generation games, including Need for Speed, Battlefield 4, and a whole range of EA Sports titles.

Personally, I believe that EA will be making some sort of Star Wars first-person shooter, or possibly a new entry into the Battlefront series. I would prefer a game similar to The Force Unleashed, and I would prefer for it to be good; hey, I can dream, right?

EA's E3 briefing will be entitled "The Download: EA 2013 Preview" and will air on June 10th at 1 PM PT (3 PM CT) on Spike TV and EA's website.

Yesterday, surrounding the Xbox One's announcement press conference, Microsoft told us that all Xbox One retail games would have to be installed directly onto the system's hard drive, and that moving the game onto a second console would be a bit of a hassle. Installing the game onto a second system would require gamers to pay a fee. After the announcement, however, a number of questions regarding the specifics of this process still remained.

So, in an attempt to better explain the Xbox One's policy for a second installations of retail discs, Xbox Live's Major Nelson has released the following statement via his blog:

"We know there is some confusion around used games on Xbox One and wanted to provide a bit of clarification on exactly what we’ve confirmed today. While there have been many potential scenarios discussed, today we have only confirmed that we designed Xbox One to enable our customers to trade in and resell games at retail. Beyond that, we have not confirmed any specific scenarios. Another piece of clarification around playing games at a friend’s house – should you choose to play your game at your friend’s house, there is no fee to play that game while you are signed in to your profile" -- Major Nelson

While this blog post doesn't completely spell out the process, it does specifically state that Xbox One, in some capacity, does "enable [Microsoft's] customers to trade in and resell games at retail." Also notable is the confirmation regarding gamers' ability to freely play their games via a friend's Xbox One console, provided they are using the profile from their personal console.

As everyone should already know, the new Xbox has just been revealed as the Xbox One, with a slew of new features, prettier graphics, and better hardware. We learned that there will be restrictions on used games, mandatory Kinect integration, Windows 8, and many other features to enhance our living rooms. As more and more information spread about this new console, people started tweeting and sending messages via Facebook to Jim telling him to tear the new Xbox a new one. So in this special episode of the Jimquisition he does just that. Not because he was badgered into doing it, but because he wants to. 

Watch the video after the jump. And thank GOD for Jim.

Pokémon Conquest was one of Nintendo's least likely crossovers to happen in recent memory, but there's no doubt that it was a fun game for those who played it. But, will we ever see a sequel to this unlikely collaboration? Maybe.

Executive Vice President of Tecmo Koei, Hisashi Koinuma, director and producer for Omega Force, was asked if there would ever be a sequel to Pokémon Conquest. His answer? "Well, there was a lot of unfinished material for Pokémon Conquest…" Pretty vague, but it's something, right? 

Furthermore, the President and CEO of The Pokémon Company and fan of Nobunaga's Ambition, Tsunekazu Ishihara, has not ruled out the possibility of a sequel provided there's enough demand and enthusiasm from fans. Considering that Pokémon Conquest only sold around a million copies it's possible, but based on how silent fans of the spin-off are I wouldn't get my hopes up. 

Amongst the chit chat that Microsoft’s Xbox One is stirring up, the Ouya, believe it or not, is still releasing news! To reiterate for those who don’t know, the Ouya is a new and upcoming console crowdfunded by Kickstarter. This small yet powerful system utilizes the Android 4.1 operating system as well as Nvidia’s Tegra 3.

Head past the jump to see what's been going on with the Ouya!

Following the announcement of the Xbox One yesterday, Mashable has compiled a preliminary chart comparing the specifications of each of the next-generation consoles. While under-the-hood power does not necessarily make a console, it is interesting to see how the various consoles stack up and the choices that each company made when manufacturing their latest, and possibly greatest, consoles. With many details about the hardware of Sony's Playstation 4 still unknown, the chart is incomplete, but it does have a few interesting nuggets to be found within it. See the chart after the jump!

Here's a nice little gem that the folks over at Kotaku recently discovered.

Obviously, this is box art for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of Battlefield 4. You may be thinking that this art was found lurking in some forum after being deviously created by an avid fan; however, this box art actually comes from EA, and it is prominently displayed on their Xbox One and PS4 pages for the game. The page also lists the games' release date as October 31st, the same date as the PS3, 360, and PC versions. Could this mean that these consoles will be out on or before then, or is this merely a placeholder date or a mistake?

With these box art designs coming from a major company like EA, they could very well be the official styles for the new consoles. They appear to be somewhat plain to me, indicating that they could also be placeholders. But, who knows, maybe Microsoft and Sony have chosen to tone-down their box art designs?

What do you think of the designs?

We are all familiar with the classic SEGA/Nintendo rivalry: NES vs Master System, SNES vs Genesis, N64 vs Saturn, GameCube vs Dreamcast, etc. Regardless of what you know either company from, it has always been blatantly obvious that neither is particularly fond of each other. …Or are they?

A new alliance seems to be forming between Nintendo and SEGA, with a partnership revealed at the latest Nintendo Direct. This relationship has been characterized by the release of two of three Sonic games Nintendo consoles will accept: Mario & Sonic at the Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 and Sonic Lost Worlds.

Head past the jump to read more about this turn of events!


As most you will already know, earlier today Microsoft gave us our first taste of the Xbox 360's next-generation successor, the Xbox One. At the huge announcement press conference, tons of details about Xbox One were revealed, regarding everything from hardware specs, to the console's release window, and even the console's controversial policy on used games. Featured below is a big list of all the essential details surrounding Xbox One's unveiling this morning.

Let's start with the most important part of any video game console: the games. Microsoft has announced that Xbox One will be receiving 15 exclusive titles during its first year on the market. Even more impressive is that among those 15 exclusives will be eight brand new IPs. So far, we only know two of those games, Quantum Break and Forza Motorsport 5, but thankfully Microsoft is making their E3 2013 press conference "all about the games," so we'll certainly see more Xbox One titles announced when E3 2013 rolls around in just a few weeks.

On a much more controversial topic, Microsoft has also announced that all Xbox One discs will install the games directly onto the console's hard drive, and, as a result, gamers will be required to pay a fee in order to install and play any game disc on a second Xbox One console. The fee charged will reportedly be identical to the price of the original game.

Head past the jump for the full news blowout!

So...how about that Xbox One reveal? What's that you say?! You missed the presentation? Well, YouTube user Darkbeatdk has been kind enough to compress the entire conference into a small 101 second video that truly gives you the overarching themes of the conference. Seriously, you get all the information you need just by watching it.

The video exposes the television capabilities of the Xbox One, while also unveiling the gameplay enhancing technology of games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts. Gamers can now get the realistic puppies they've always wanted in their games.

In case you haven't noticed yet, this video is a parody. And a damn funny one too.

Give the video a watch. It's all you'll ever need to know to understand the Xbox One... so far.

"Fans of Rare and Rare IP I think will be pleased with what we're going to show at E3. We had a limited amount of time today and a lot of story to tell. But Rare remains an incredibly important part of our development capability. That historic IP that they've built I think can play a real important role on Xbox One."

That's what Microsoft Studios corporate VP Phil Spencer said regarding Nintendo's lost studio. Yes, a great game from Rare is likely on the way to the Xbox One. I'm not talking Kinect Sports – no, I'm talking about Banjo-Kazooie or even Conker, though that may be wishful thinking.

As a quick recap of recent Rare trademarks, Microsoft attempted to renew the Killer Instinct trademark. However, that renewal was refused due to "confusion determination." A spiritual successor could be on the way, or even a brand new entry in the series if Microsoft has played their cards right. And then there are Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, and Perfect Dark, all Rare franchises that have appeared on Microsoft consoles.

Of course, we may get an All-Stars edition of Kinect Sports. Or the new game may not even be developed by the studio. Who knows what could show up? Would a new Banjo game affect your opinion on the Xbox One? Sound off in the comments.

You all probably know it as the "Xbox Infinity", the "Durango" or even the "Xbox 720". However, the Xbox One has been revealed today by Microsoft, and a multitude of next-gen games are being confirmed for the console by various web sources. 

Click after the jump to see the list of new, next-gen Xbox One games!

EA has been a criticism magnet for the past few years, but the company has instigated a brand new fury from Nintendo fans. EA Senior Software Engineer and Architect Bob Summerwill tweeted that "The Wii U is crap," and said it was "less powerful than an Xbox 360." Electronic Arts even stated that they had no games in development for the Wii U.

However, that may have been a false report by the company. In the wake of the flood of the Xbox One news, Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen has confirmed the publisher is going to put out titles on the Wii U, although the company has bigger plans for other next generation systems. He also stated that the brand new console is perceived by him to be an extension of the Wii.

"You know, I think Nintendo's business was more [an] extension of their last console. I think what the consumer will find is a lot more powerful gameplay with the new boxes that are coming out, and a lot of excitement, but it'll remain to be seen as to the services associated with those as to how consumers decide which direction they might want to go."

So there you have it. EA is going to keep on making games for the Wii U, but their plans might not be as fabulous as for the other consoles. Maybe they'll put out more titles on the extension of the Wii's extension.

What do you think of Jorgensen's views? Happy EA is still on board with Nintendo? Sound off in the comments.