Electronic Arts has been the focus for a ton of negative news in recent months. The CEO of the company recently stepped down, SimCity had the most disastrous launch since Diablo III, and none of their titles ever ship without being sprinkled by microtransactions across the board. However, titles such as Dead Space 3 and Crysis 3 have both sold incredibly well, and the company continues to rake in the dough after all these years.

Consumers are still angry though. Consumerist has nominated Electronic Arts for the heralded reward of worst company in America. EA will be pitted against formidable foes such as AT&T, Bank of America, and PayPal, all of which are competing for the aptly named award: the Golden Poo.

Electronic Arts won the gold last year, but can they do it again this year? They are pitted against AB InBev, one of the worlds largest brewers. If EA comes out on top the first round, they will face off against the winner of the battle between Facebook and Google.

Who will win the Golden Poo this year? Frankly, I think EA is a top contender.

I bet you're wondering why we're covering the removal of an app on the iOS network. The not-so-apptly (get it?) named application on the store promised us loyal and hard working consumers the ability to retrieve awesome baby names on the spot, like Tingle or Duke Nukem, clearly two of highest caliber baby names ever conceived by man. The app that could name any baby, no matter how chubby or loud. The amount of diaper changes would be all worth it for the pleasure of Awesome Baby Names.

However, that possibility rode into the sunset today, as Awesome Baby Names was swiftly removed from the App Store closely following its arrival. Why you ask? How could the innocent act of giving babies awesome names warrant a removal from the iOS network.

Well it turns out Awesome Baby Names wasn't for giving names to awesome babies or naming babies in an awesome fashion, two very different things.

The app was actually a Game Boy Advance emulator.

A few precise taps of the fingers allowed the average iPhone user to bypass the awesome baby naming process, skipping to the ability to upload ROMs of all your favorite illegal copies of GBA titles.

Apple took the hidden emulator down fairly quickly, and with good reason. Piracy is wrong, and the common folk of Gamnesia do not support it.

Too bad. I was really in the mood for some awesome baby names. 

Oh, and this box-art was listed too.

Square Enix has said they will be showing off a Wii U game during PAX East in the coming days, and developer Straight Right has been said to be working on a Square Enix port for Wii U. Add the two pieces of information together, and you are left with dozens of possibilities, ranging from Final Fantasy to Sleeping Dogs. However, rumors of a Wii U version of the latest Deus Ex title have been circulating for quite a while now. Lo and behold, this shows up on Amazon.

This box-art was listed on Amazon along a product called Deus Ex Human Revolution Director’s Cut for the Wii U. It even came with a description!

"-Ultimate Deus Ex: Human Revolution experience : take advantage of a multitude of improvements, features and additional content that bring this already critically acclaimed adventure to whole new levels"

For the full description hit the jump!

Andy Tudor, Creative Director of Slightly Mad Studios, has updated us on Project Cars due in November 2013. Will the game push out full HD graphics?

"We always prefer to aim for 30fps generally in order to keep gameplay-specific features like having more cars on track or better weather effects. 

So that’s standard across all consoles, and we’re more likely to utilize the native 720p support of the Wii U for launch especially since our physics and rendering systems demand a lot of processing power in order to deliver a truly next-gen experience.
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Andy Tudor

No confirm on a native 1080p build for the 360/PS3 versions, but hopefully, the game will come along nicely on the Wii U. Project Cars' visual effects alone made it into a true graphical showcase. Tudor adds: “All you need to know is that when you get the game, it’ll look and feel amazing and you’ll want to show it off to your friends.”

It's Super Metroid's 19th birthday today, and YouTube remixer Blake Robinson decided to make 60 minutes of symphonic goodness in celebration. The above video is just a demo uploaded to his YouTube channel (dummeh) but he included a link to download the whole album DRM free. Robinson's made it his mission to make kickass orchestral remixes, so don't pass up this opportunity!

John Riccitello, CEO of Electronic Arts since 2007, has decided to step down as the CEO of EA. EA's sales figures have been on the decline as of late, and Riccitello holds himself accountable.

"My decision to leave EA is really all about my accountability for the shortcomings in our financial results this year. It currently looks like we will come in at the low end of, or slightly below, the financial guidance we issued to the Street, and we have fallen short of the internal operating plan we set one year ago. And for that, I am 100 percent accountable."
John Riccitello

Head past the jump for more.

Last month, F-Zero was released on the Wii U eShop as the second game of Nintendo's 30-30-30 Virtual Console promotion. For just thirty cents, Wii U owners can download one preselected game each month and between March 20th—just one day left to wait—and April 18th, you can download the NES classic Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream on the Wii U eShop for just thirty cents.

If, however, you're lucky enough to live on the other side of the world, you're finally going to see the results of Mr. Itoi's efforts to bring EarthBound back to light. That's right, Nintendo fans in Japan are getting Mother 2 tomorrow for just thirty cents in lieu of our favorite Bronx boxer.

As with F-Zero, Punch-Out!! is running at a full 60fps on the Wii U Virtual Console, so it would appear that Nintendo has taken PAL complaints to heart as a rule and not an exception. It's nice to see them continue to treat fans well.

Despite its shortcomings in the last few years, the Virtual Console has always been a great service for which we Nintendo fans should be very grateful. It remains, however, an incredible opportunity for Nintendo to expand and prove their prowess in the online market with a touch of inspiration and a lot of drive to pull through. One particular area in which the Virtual Console can expand is its interface—right now, gamers simply choose a retro game from the regular menu and boot it up, but why not have a full menu for all Virtual Console titles? Wouldn't you like to own a true virtual library of games?

One particular Nintendo fan has created a vivid display of his ideal Virtual Console menu and I must say, I couldn't agree with it more. Head to around 1:37 in the video above to see the wonderful display of creativity. While a decision like this would likely boost Virtual Console sales due to better ease of access and a more enjoyable experience all around, I'm going to take a leap and say an offering like this should be expanded to all digital titles, Virtual Console included.

What about you? Would you like to see this dream become a reality?

Earlier in the year, Polytron Corporation announced they would be porting the indie hit Fez to other hardware, beyond the Xbox 360. Many were curious of how the game could work on the 3DS with the system's three-dimensional capabilities.

Phil Fish, the creator of the title, partook in an AMA (or an "ask-me-anything" for you less avid internet users) on Reddit today. It's actually a fascinating and hilarious read. Anyways, back on topic, one user inquired on the possibilities of a 3DS port and this followed.

Is FEZ coming to 3DS?

Phil Fish: we don;t have any plans for that, no. people keep assuming fez would be a no-brainer on 3DS, but in truth it would be kind of pointless. the game is practically always shown in isometric 3D, there’s never any perspective there. i don’t think it would work.

Well, that's a tad disappointing to me. His reasoning is a little flawed, as a 3DS game doesn't have to necessarily use 3D (see Fluidity: Spin Cycle), but Phil Fish is a busy man, and one I have respect for. I'll be sure to pick up Fez when it hits Steam on May 1st. A Mac version will follow, and there is talk of PlayStation 3 and Vita ports for you Sony fans out there.

This image comes straight from WayForward's very own Twitter and was given the following caption:

"Who's ready to Switch it UP?"

WayForward recently announced they were working on a sequel to the hit eShop title, and the image sure looks like it could come out of the world of Mighty Switch Force. The caption validates my suspicions. Although the developer is working on two other Shantae titles as well—one for the Wii U and one for the Nintendo 3DS—it seems Mighty Switch Force 2 is pretty far in development.

Ready to rescue some babies in a burning park of a futuristic city? Get ready to switch it up!

For a better look at the image, check out the gallery after the jump.

Beginning today, Electronic Arts (EA) and Maxis are offering players who have suffered through SimCity's launch server issues with a free game download. This was announced by Maxis Genreal Manager Lucy Bradshaw on her blog, and the emails were sent out to gamers today, detailing how to get their free game.

"On March 18, SimCity players who have activated their game will receive an email telling them how to redeem their free game. I know that’s a little contrived -- kind of like buying a present for a friend after you did something crummy. But we feel bad about what happened. We’re hoping you won’t stay mad and that we’ll be friends again when SimCity is running at 100 percent." — Lucy Bradshaw

Be it little more than a nice little public relations ploy, it is still a nice treat, just like the Nintendo 3DS' Ambassador Program provided gamers who purchased the console before the price drop with something for their dedication. Likewise, dedicated SimCity fans get a little something. Which games can be chosen are after the jump.

In a relatively surprising announcement, Playstation Blog has revealed that Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will be coming to the Playstation Vita later this year. The news itself is the bare-bones announcement with some promotional copy, so expect more actual details as we head into the E3 period.

This comes as a shock because The Power of Two was, by all definitions of the term, a flop. Despite releasing across all platforms from home consoles to computers, the game sold extremely poorly. So poorly, in fact, the the developer, Junction Point Studios, is now out of business.

The Power of Two was a real opportunity to improve upon the failings of the original Wii-exclusive Epic Mickey, but the game fell back into its old ways and was thus also critically unsuccessful. This seems like little more than a desperate attempt to bolster some more sales, but the Vita will not be the game's salvation. Come inside for PlayStation's full announcement.

It's been a while since any real news about the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut has come about. However, three months after the shooting, the International Association of Police Chiefs and Colonels held their mid-year meeting, and at that meeting, Colonel Stebbins revealed some more information about the shooter. Apparently, the shooter (whose name I won't mention) had a spreadsheet in his room; a 7-by-4 foot spreadsheet containing the names of dozens of past shooters, the weapons they used, and most importantly the number of people they had killed.

This is disturbing news, and it's understandable that it would have a profound effect on the cops who discovered it. According to one, the research was so thorough that it was like a doctoral thesis. For years, he had been assembling this information (the spreadsheet had even required a special printer) and collected guns to prepare for that day. Clearly, this was the work of a lunatic; only, some members of the police force see it a little bit differently. According to an anonymous veteran, 

This was the work of a video gamer...

More after the jump.

Lego City: Undercover has gotten some solid reviews, notching a solid 80/100 on Metacritic with a user score of 9.7 out of 10. For those of you that like to download everything, it's actually been available since yesterday. However, after talking it over with several people, it appears the download itself can definitely take awhile as the servers are getting strained with a lot of people going after this 22GB download. 

Hoping to nab it at retail? Have it pre-ordered? Well, there is a snag that I have confirmed with multiple sources, including all of my local shops. It appears many, if not most, retailers have had their shipments for the product delayed. Normally, game shipments for release days arrive a few days to a week in advance. There was a shipping error somewhere in the chain of command at Nintendo of America that has lead to the games actually arriving late. This means that the retail copy, and your pre-order of said copy, may not even arrive until the 20th. This was also an issue Nintendo had with Fire Emblem: Awakening... so someone needs to awaken their shipping department and get this mess sorted out.

Of course, Lego City isn't the only major game coming out this week. Tomorrow, Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate, which is a souped up HD version of Monster Hunter Tri with 50% more content, arrives on store shelves. I have confirmed with multiple retailers that they do have the product for the game already, so those pre-orders are safe. Of course, Capcom handles their own distribution. In any case, this is a big week for Wii U owners, because we have two stellar experiences - something many of us have been waiting for since day one. It should also be noted that The Wonderful 101 is now listed as "coming soon" on the eShop, suggesting that may be the next big title we can look forward to.

SXSW may have been last weekend, but we've still got a good week until the title hits our local stores and mailboxes. College may have gotten in the way of me sharing this story, but let me just say that if you're a fan of Luigi's Mansion back on the GameCube, you'll love Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. Dark Moon is pure fun and its filled with that classic Luigi's Mansion gameplay, humor, and level design. So let's hop right into the demo!