Team Ninja and Tecmo Koei have released a trailer for Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. The game is a spin-off of the Ninja Gaiden series we all know and love, with an emphasis on zombies.

You control Yaiba, a victim of Ryu Hayabusa's fighting. The cyborg was killed by the ninja, but was brought back to life through the miracle of robotic technology. A new adventure ensues, as Yaiba hunts down and slices up zombies into tiny little pieces while seeking out his murderer.

The game has no confirmed platforms yet, although Team Ninja has unveiled an official site for the game. It can be found right here.

To see the full trailer, hit the jump!

E3 is just a few days away! On June 11th at 7 a.m. PST, Nintendo is airing a brand new Nintendo Direct. This video will be one hour long, geared towards the E3 audience with announcements and details on the company's software.

To get bodies ready, Nintendo has created a Miiverse community entitled "[email protected] 2013 Community." After a few days, the group has already accumulated massive amounts of posts, filled with drawings and messages to Nintendo. The fans cannot wait for E3. Hopefully, Nintendo won't let them down.

"This is your Miiverse destination to talk about everything and anything related to Nintendo announcements and happenings at E3 2013. We'd love to hear your thoughts - Draw your reactions and type away!"

Are you ready for E3? Do you love Miiverse as much as I do? Sound off in the comments.


The Electronic Entertainment Expo is only a week away! The Gamnesia writing staff has been beefed up for the occasion, and our very own Colin McIsaac will be attending the show! Colin will be offering exclusive previews and impressions. You can see in depth look at our E3 plans right here. Go on, take a look! But you have to come back!

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Welcome, boys and girls, welcome! This is our final pre-E3 roundtable! Today we will be discussing the Big N! The publisher of FlingSmash! The console with nothing to lose, but everything to win! The handheld sensation that's sweeping the nation! The company that is yet to lose, because it can still play used.

That's right folks. It's Nintendo time.

Are your bodies ready? Hit the jump!

One of the best games of the current generation is definitely Portal 2. The original Portal was revolutionary, and Portal 2 brought it up to the next level and added an awesome co-operative mode that kept gamers entertained for hours. Today, though, the game gets even better on the PlayStation 3, getting some love in the form of free downloadable content.

The DLC is a patch onto the previously released In Motion DLC for the PlayStation 3, which sought to incorporate PlayStation Move further into the game. The content itself is an all-new co-op campaign designed for PlayStation Move. If a player owns the game and the In Motion DLC, all he has to do is update his game and the patch will be added. For those who have neither, the game and the In Motion DLC are both currently 20% off on the PlayStation Network, or 40% off if you have a PlayStation Plus account. I totally recommend this game for those who have never played it, especially at a discount.

Are you excited to download this DLC? Or are you not a fan of PlayStation Move and/or Portal 2?

UPDATED: It seems Katsuhiro Harada had a little fever. The man had not showed up to work for a week or so. Harada is concerned that his absence created conspiracy theories, so he is making sure to turn up at E3 next week. Harada posted a picture of himself, alive and well. You can see his photo after the jump. -Jackson Murphy

Tekken series producer Katsuhiro Harada has apparently gone missing from work for over a week. This is all according to a tweet sent out by his team at Namco via his twitter account. There are some folks claiming he has appeared on steam every day, so while this may indeed be a sincere worry, it could also be a big E3 PR stunt. Either way, it's hard to know exactly what way to take this story because a missing persons ordeal is serious no matter who it is, but it's not as serious as reporting a fake death. Still, it can be, since many missing people do turn up dead.

This is just... an interesting story. Hopefully it's all a PR stunt and no one is in any real danger.

Terri Vellmann's ESC is a one-hit-death brawler released recently for PC. The game is a load of fun, and as the title suggests, escaping the game will be the last thing on your mind. In the game, you play as the ESC key. Your key brethren are trying to shut the game down, and now they're out to get you. The arrow keys move the ESC key to avoid your attackers, and all of the other keys are used to smash the attacking keys into smithereens when the enemy's corresponding key is pressed. The game is very simple, yet very challenging.

The game may receive a few tweaks in the graphical and audio departments, but aside from that, the game is finished. Terri is waiting for player feedback before he tries to make any changes to ESC. Terri has said that being killed was originally supposed to instantly shut down the game. He said it seemed fun on paper, but he saw it getting old very fast. ESC is a game that provides a challenge in typing, reflexes, and multitasking.

ESC is available now for PC.

During the last few years, several of Retro Studios' big cheeses have moved over and founded Armature Studio, the company I'm sure you all know for their work on the Arkham games. Well, now the only remaining senior designer for Donkey Kong Country Returns has left Retro—and he's headed over to Armature, who is currently working on the portable version of the next Arkham installment.

I find it amusing that all of these Retro employees are still working together elsewhere, but it can only bode well for Batman on his next handheld adventure; surely, developers who have this much experience with each other can be nothing but efficient.

In recent weeks, the gaming world has been made incredibly aware that all is not well at Microsoft. The confusion among their employees over the Xbox One has given the software giant no shortage of bad press, and there are a good few who suspect the Xbox One will be their last attempt at a console altogether. It seems Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is also aware that a change needs to occur -- throughout the entire company. In his 2012 Shareholder Report, he talked about changing Microsoft into a "devices and services" company:

This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves - as a devices and services company," Ballmer wrote. "It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses.

It sounds like this shift would lead to some changes in the games department; 'devices and services' sounds a lot like the Xbox One's turf. Who knows how this refocusing could affect the company... On one hand they clearly need a change, but on the other hand they're already dealing with a console launch that will take a lot of their resources to pull off. Hopefully, they can come out of this shift a stronger company.

Nintendo posted this interesting little picture on their Facebook account today, along with the following message:

Check your Nintendo 3DS notifications today. You might be getting a visitor who will be at E3. Keep checking back because there might be other E3 visitors next week during the show.\

The message is vague enough, but judging from the contents it seems like some people had Iwata show up... This is making me wish I had a 3DS for more than just Fire Emblem. If you've got a 3DS, fire it up and check out who your visitor is; I hear there are puzzle pieces involved!

A new Tales of Xillia English story trailer was released yesterday on GameSpot's Youtube channel. The new trailer shows off some of the impressive animation and voice acting in the new game. Tales of Xillia stars two main protagonists, Jude Mathis and Milla Maxwell. In the game you play through each of the protagonists stories, though most of the time the two protagonists will be together. The game is set to be released in the US on August 6, 2013, and Europe on August 9, 2013.

Watch the trailer after the jump.

The Last of Us is the highly anticipated third-person survival horror game made exclusively for the PlayStation 3 by the highly acclaimed video game developer Naughty Dog. To build some hype with the general population, Sony has released a live action television trailer. The trailer shows a man turning into Joel, most likely as a representation of the hardships the gamer has to go through in the game. The trailer has Ellie narrating, asking you to take up arms, what you would do to survive, and what you would do to protect her.

Watch the trailer after the jump.

With E3 just around the corner, GameTrailers has a lot on their plate. They have a rather busy schedule of shows all throughout the event, as they are covering everything from the big conferences to game reveals, interviews, and exclusive footage of demos. One highlight from their schedule is the "Nintendo Power Hour With Reggie and Miyamoto" on June 11th, just a few hours after the big Nintendo Direct. Geoff Keighley will be sitting down with the giant Purple Pikmin himself, Reggie Fils-Aime, for an extended interview about the state of Nintendo. Two years ago, Geoff really ticked Reggie off with his line of questioning, and I'm curious to see if lightning strikes twice.

The entire line-up will be available to watch from GameTrailers.com, the GT iOS app, and the GT Xbox Live app. You can check out the full schedule here and get in-depth details on each program here.

I'm mostly looking forward to their Nintendo interview, but I have a feeling it'll just be the usual stock answers and dodging of questions. What are you excited to see? Are your bodies ready? Sound off in the comments!

By now, many are aware of the tremendous uproar that arose when Microsoft announced the Xbox One. As we have already reported, some clarifications are starting to roll out in regards to certain rumors or misunderstandings that surround this new console. Recently, they posted on the topic of connectivity, and how it concerns the Xbox One (and gamers). While this should come as no surprise, perhaps what the company has to say will shed some light on this very murky subject.

Hit the jump to see what Microsoft had to say.

Just after Xbox One was revealed, there were a number of rumors circulating based on confusing or vague statements made by Microsoft. Is it an always online console? Is permanently offline an option? Or is it a partially-always-online console? Can we lend games to our friends? Can we even buy used games? Or will the console's direct installation restrictions void the market of used games entirely? It was a bit hectic, and a lot of people were left bewildered.

Well, Microsoft tried to clarify several of these issues... but unfortunately it's still very confusing, so bear with me. Click past the jump to hear what Microsoft's policies are regarding a few of the hot-button issues surrounding Xbox One.


As the sun sets into the west, we come to the fourth day of our special Gamnesia E3 roundtables. Jackson isn't here tonight, and I'm incredibly lazy by nature, so we won't have any delightful puns in our titles - and you'll have to stare into the deathly maw of the infamous Mr. Caffeine. I sometimes wonder what sort of cosmic, abyssal horror lives within his very soul.

Speaking of bizarre Ubisoft press conference factoids, tonight we focus on the ubiquitous third party publishers of the gaming sphere and what impact they'll have on this year's E3 - and there is quite a bit of material to cover. Will they once again dominate like last year, even with the new console announcements?

Read on!