“It’s like Namco literally forgot that it succeeded with Dark Souls minutes after it got its financial results. What we see here with Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls is a series that became a cult hit specifically by not doing what everyone else did and a publisher that now wants to make it more successful by doing what everyone else did.” – Jim Sterling

This week's episode of the Jimquisition is back on the topic of Triple-A publishers and development studios being moronic, specifically Namco Bandai. See, Dark Souls II will be arriving sometime within the next year or two, and the game's publisher, Namco Bandai, is apparently planning on "treating it like a massive, massive Triple-A title" in order to appeal to a wider audience. They plan to be "widening the net" with Dark Souls II, by extension skyrocketing development costs, even though practically all of Dark Souls sales come from a very loyal cult following for whom one of the primary reasons Dark Souls is so good is that it didn't compromise its focus.

Well, I won't keep you any longer. After the jump, you can watch today's episode of the Jimquisition, "Guns Blazing" where Jim Sterling talks at length about this Triple-A problem.

Game and Wario, the fun little bundle of mini-games that makes up the Wii U release of the WarioWare series, is set to release on June 23; Nintendo has spent time in recent Nintendo Directs discussing the game and supplying new trailers and the like.

However, Wario does not seem to be content with this treatment and has developed his own way of supporting his game. His "Crowdfarter" website, a parody of Kickstarter and other crowdfunding services, requests that fans make donations to support the game; however, rather than requesting monetary support, Wario is looking to gain attention through Facebook and Twitter posts.

When the site reaches predetermined milestones (the first being 5 Bajillion coins), Wario will unveil some neat prizes, such as a "I crowdfarted" badge, wallpapers, and more, so be sure to check it out!

What do you think of Nintendo's most recent advertising scheme? 

You guys remember that fake PS4 teaser from last week, right? Well, it may not be as flashy and strange as the aforementioned trailer, but Sony unveiled a real teaser trailer today for the console's unveiling at E3 on June 10th.

In the trailer, we get brief, zoomed glimpses at the console's casing, but nothing that really shows us what it'll look like. From what I can get out of the trailer, the PS4 appears to be stylistically similar to the PS3 Slim, at least in shape.

We'll just have to look forward to June 10th at 8 P.M. CDT, when we'll get the scoop on all of Sony's E3 news here on Gamnesia.

Are you excited for the PS4?

Hop inside for a look at the teaser.

As promised, Warner Bros. dropped a massive amount of new Batman: Arkham Origins information on us today, including new gameplay and story details, a brand new trailer, and information about a new playable character, available via preorder DLC.

The trailer tells us a lot about the story and style of the prequel, so we'll have a full rundown of the trailer's details and more after the jump.

Follow at your own risk; spoilers ahead.

Excited for the recently announced Sonic: Lost World? You should be, because Lord knows I am. The best thing about Sonic: Lost World is that it's going feature new gameplay (Hopefully it's still similar to the current formula) along with new enemies and perhaps a few new friends as well according to Sega of America's president, John Cheng.

"With 'Sonic Lost World,' we're going to introduce new gameplay and enemies, which is always fun. In terms of Sonic and his friends, he'll have his same friends there, and I think there'll be some new ones as well. It's not a reiteration. It's going to be all new."

But will Sonic help push the sales of Nintendo's Wii U? While we certainly hope so, Cheng further adds to his statement noting that "It should be a win-win situation. Don't count Nintendo out." Either way, we're excited to see how this turn of events will play out. We'll keep you posted with more Sonic: Lost World news as it comes, so stay tuned!

A recent Iwata Asks interview revealed quite a bit about the development of the upcoming Wii U game Game & Wario, the next installment in the WarioWare series. For those unaware, Iwata Asks interviews are released periodically by Nintendo and show Nintendo president Satoru Iwata interviewing various Nintendo staff about development or key details about upcoming products. This time around, Iwata talked with the Game & Wario's development team, revealing how the game came into existence as it is today. 

The game has had an interesting past, starting out as a pre-installed game for the Wii U, but eventually turning into the latest in a long-standing series. The game's director, Goro Abe, revealed just how this came about in the interview, which you can find inside!

Any Wii owner knows that Donkey Kong Country Returns is a beautiful game, and if they don't then they have clearly missed out on a gem for their collection. Not to fear, though, as the Nintendo 3DS version of the game hits the States on May 24th, within less than a week. Ever since the 3DS version was announced, people have been wondering how it would stand up against the Wii version in all of its graphical glory. These people need wonder no longer. The video above, made by Josh Thomas from The Bit Block, gives a direct side-by-side comparison of the Wii and 3DS versions, and shows that the 3DS has truly captured the beauty of the original. It's great to see that such care was put into re-capturing the beauty of the game for the 3DS version, showing that it is not just a cheap port of the game.

What do you think? Excited for Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D? Love seeing the power of the 3DS? Would you prefer new Donkey Kong games instead of re-releases? Thoughts, feelings, and opinions belong in the comments!

The other day we received a set of rumors from PokéBeach regarding Pokémon X & Y, and it appears that now even more rumors have surfaced from the same site. The post also claims that these will be the last rumors from the supposed "inside source." Keep in mind, you shouldn't take this information as fact; it is just a rumor after all.

A couple of highlights on the list include: information about potential evolved forms, apparently you'll get to choose an additional starter from the first Pokémon generation, and your Pokémon's EVs are supposedly going to be visible to you.

  • Pancham evolves into Pangoro in the early level 30s. In order to evolve Pancham into Pangoro, you need to have one other Dark-type Pokemon in your party. Pangoro's type is Fighting/Dark.
  • A Pokemon named Inkay evolves into Malimar. To evolve it, you have to hold your 3DS upside-down when it levels up (the 3DS has an accelerometer and gyroscope, so it can detect that). Malimar's type is Dark/Psychic.
  • A Psychic-type Pokemon named Espurr (ESP + purr) evolves into Meowstick (Meow + mystic?). (Sounds like Psychic-type cats. Meowstick's name sounds too similar to Meowth to me though.)
  • Like in B/W you have two rivals – one is friendly and the other is competitive. Your rival that is more friendly gives you his/her fully evolved starter Pokemon after you beat the game.
  • Another professor named Sycamore gives you either Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle.
  • Even though it shows the player riding on a Gogoat in the new trailer, players can't ride on their own Pokemon. What was shown is just an alternate way of getting around Lumiose City and it only works with Gogoat.
  • HMs still exist but there's a lot less of them.
  • Players will be able to see their Pokemon's EVs (probably through the same in-game facility mentioned in the other post).
  • A new move, Belch, is a Poison-type attack that has a base power of 120. The user must consume a held Berry to perform it.
  • Draining Kiss is a Fairy-type attack that heals the user for the same amount of damage performed. It has a base power of 60.
  • If the previously revealed forme of Mewtwo can be said to look roughly similar to Mewtwo's original design, the second supposed form of Mewtwo can be said to look roughly/vaguely similar to Mew's design.
  • In case you missed our correction the other day, the Starters' final evolutions are Fire/Psychic, Grass/Dark, and Water/Fighting.

This is circulating as a rumor thanks to a post at NeoGaf, but to be fair this originally comes from some really random blog. Thus, I wont even label this a rumor - heck the author himself isn't willing to call it a rumor or a possible leak. Then again, it also goes to show just how random of a blog this is: If your posting information you claim to have heard from someone who works at Nintendo and has seen some paperwork going around for it... it is indeed a leak and most definitely a rumor. The fact the author himself is denying it because he can't prove it (rumors themselves are rumors because they aren't proven) is interesting. I don't know if he ever meant for this to get attention, but it at least shows how shallow some people will go to get attention. 

This sort of rumor mongering is... common. A guy who knows a guy who works here told me all this stuff - it's a hard aspect to believe and something we have stopped following ourselves thanks to the Remember Zordiana fiasco many years ago. So, why bring this up at all? Outside of the obvious speculation on the rare chance there is any truth to this (which lets be real, their isn't), it's just to point out how silly it is to believe everything you see on the net. There is absolutely no reason to believe, in the slightest, that any of this is true. That being said, head inside to see the "list".

We have been so wrapped up in the positives and negatives surrounding Nintendo’s Wii U lately that it’s almost easy to forget that the New Xbox is being unveiled in just a couple days. Always Online rumors seemed to have really killed a lot of the hype the Next Xbox was getting, but soon we can set aside all the rumors and know the truth.

I was a big Xbox 360 fan myself. I really liked the smooth interface, and while not a fan of Xbox Live, I understand it had its merits. Besides, most of my online gaming friends also owned a 360… so it made sense as a community based console. The Next Xbox is ready to be unveiled and I have some predictions ahead that I feel will happen – whether we like it or not.

On May 21st Microsoft is going to be showing off their new Xbox, and just a few weeks after, we'll get another heaping plate of news regarding the next-generation platform. Now that Microsoft have come forward to deny rumors claiming the 'next-box' to be an always online console, one of the bigger questions surrounding the new console is: will the new Xbox be a hardcore gaming console? Or will it be a media hub trying to appeal to as wide a demographic as possible? Well, if IEB chief of staff Aaron Greenberg is to be believed, it will be the former. While on the "Major Nelson Podcast," Greenberg stated that Microsoft's E3 show will be "all about the games." Here's the long version:

"We're really going to tell one story across two events. So we're going to start on the 21st and really that's about revealing the next Xbox platform -- our vision for the future of games, the future of entertainment. We definitely have a lot of surprises planned... People are going to get a great inside look at really the making of the new platform, and the team that's brought it to life. To be honest, it's truly about the team, the people here ... It's a lot of laying the foundation." Looking ahead, he said that "E3 will be all about the games" -- Greenberg

He also went on to promise "tons of exclusives [and] world premiers," for the next generation console.

Only time will tell whether or not Microsoft speak's the truth, so who's looking forward to finding out during the May 21st unveiling of the 'next-box' and the subsequent E3 event?

Look, I don't like Apple. They crank out a similar product each year and charge an arm and a leg for it. I'm nearly positive that they have invented the iPhone 20S and planned backwards from that. However, whatever your opinion is on smart phones, there is no denying that the technology is affecting modern gaming, and that they impact the industry greater than you may think.

Yesterday, an EA employee spoke out and stated that "the Wii U is crap," and "Nintendo should have pulled a Sega." He also says "the casual market is on mobile/tablet now." Many comments on this news piece Nate wrote criticized the mobile market, stating mobile games do not matter.

I do disagree with the EA employee and I'm positive that the Wii U will recover, but I also recognize the increasingly foreboding force of smart phones and tablets. Yes, many of these so-called "games" are cheap cash-ins. Yes, the App Store for Apple users has layout problems. However, the market for tablets and smart phones is ever-growing, and it is cutting into the video game industry.

More after the jump.

Alongside the announcement of Sonic: Lost World, Sega has announced another Nintendo exclusive Sonic game, Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. This new title in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series will provide more intuitive controls by implementing Wii Motion Plus. Certain events, such as curling, will even make use of the Wii U GamePad.

While the new entry in the franchise will be maintaining a number of the events from its previous Winter Olympics outing, new events, including snowboarding "slope-style" and figure skating, have also been added to the events roster. Dream events, events which take place in the game worlds of Sonic and Mario, will also be making a return in this game.

Sega has also confirmed that their Sonic the Hedgehog deal with Nintendo for Nintendo-exclusivity will cover three Sonic games, Sonic Lost World and Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games being two of them.

Head past the jump to see the Sonic & Mario at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games trailer!

So say a new game has just been announced with a fancy new trailer and let's face it, you're hyped, but you decide not to pay attention to any new trailers or details for it because you know you're buying it day one regardless. After all you're a smart guy/gal and it's not like the trailer is going to lie and the game is actually bad, right?

Well now it's been over 2 years since it was announced and the game is just about to come out meaning it's probably already on The Pirate Bay. But you can't help but wonder if you should read up on it to see whether or not you should actually buy it and it boils down to one thing, should you go in clueless and blind or should you go in informed? You don't have a choice in The Starship Damrey.

The Starship Damrey throws you into its story with no tutorials, hints, or even any backstory. You are alone and have no idea where you are or what a single button on the 3DS does. It's an interesting concept, especially since this this makes almost every little plot detail a spoiler, but it also gives the game a heavy and mysterious feeling to it. It's a good game and well-worth trying, but sometimes I just wish I knew a bit more about what was going on, but considering its concept I suppose I'd prefer to still go in blind. I've done it before with games like Virtue's Last Reward and BioShock Infinite and was much more pleased than I was with other games I had been informed about like Lego City: Undercover, which is still a good game. So I want to know, do you prefer to go in blind when it comes to certain video goes or do you prefer being informed?

With all the talk surrounding EA lately how they really feel about the Wii U and Nintendo, GamesIndustry decided to contact Ubisoft to see if their stance is starting to change in regards to Nintendo's latest console. This is obviously the worst effect EA could potentially have on the Wii U market - scaring other third parties away. Well, this was Ubisoft's response:

"As with any new console, it takes some time to grow an established base. Ubisoft has a varied and high-quality line-up for Wii U, with more big titles on the way including Rayman Legends, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed IV Black Flag and Splinter Cell Blacklist. We're confident that this will help in continuing to attract gamers to the Wii U system and that Nintendo will take steps to ensure that the Wii U is successful in the market."

Ubisoft is not shying away from admitting their Nintendo support is strong and is looking to remain strong for the time being. When you combine those top tier AAA offerings with Nintendo's own slate this holiday, the Wii U suddenly looks a lot more attractive. The sad part is that we're still waiting to play all this great content. Still Ubisoft is there. We wish Ubisoft a lot of success and we hope the Wii U versions of their games sell well. Doing so will only encourage further support for the platform from other studios such as Rockstar and Bethesda.