The PS4 had a somewhat controversial reveal back in February. Its large array of social features have caused a lot of debate, and the several teaser trailers which debuted with it have excited some and evoked skepticism in others. I have a feeling this bit of news will do the same; the PS4's lead system architect Mark Cerny has stated that the PS4's launch titles are "going to be stronger than any prior PlayStation hardware." Cerny cites similarities between the architecture of the PS4 and a PC as the catalyst behind the strong launch lineup. 

The reasoning being that it takes much less time to port a game between two platforms with similar system architecture, as is apparently the case with the PS4 and PC, than it does when the platforms have very different 'guts,' so to speak, which was the case with the PS3 and PC.

So what's your reaction? Is this a sincere statement about a console with a very promising release? Or is it just a bunch of buzz words?

It's been debated quite a bit recently whether or not Satoru Iwata is doing a good job as the CEO of Nintendo, mostly due to the underwhelming launch window titles present with Nintendo's recent consoles and the subsequently low sales a few of those consoles underwent (especially in North America). As such, it may seem a bit odd that he will now be taking the role of CEO in Nintendo of America, previously held by Tatsumi Kimishima, while still retaining his position as Nintendo's global CEO. It's important to note that, while he may be the face of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils Aime is not the CEO, but rather the President and COO; so don't worry, he's not going anywhere. 

Hopefully Mr. Iwata can turn things around for the Wii U in North America, what do you guys think? Will he be able to save the Wii U?

In a recent interview with Indie Statik, Simon Mesnard showed off his new game The Black Tower, a throwback to the PS1 era of Final Fantasy. The new game is set after his previous game ASA: A Space Adventure.

“ASA was taking place in 2057. We were following the story of Philippe Forté, who found a mysterious black cube in 2011, and during your quest you find a mysterious ‘Monolith’ on a spaceship called the Ark,” Simon explains. “TBT will take place in 2032. The hero will be Yan Forté, the son of Philippe, who never met his father. It will involve a quest to save the world, planet Terra. And the Black Tower (called the Monolith in ASA) will play an important role once again! Different period, different people, but a similar problem: understanding the cubes and their purpose.”

More of the interview after the jump

Thanks to Allgamesbeta for translating a tweet made by Capcom that announces possible Okami sequel announcement date, which will be fittingly done during Golden Week. For those that may not know, Okami is a game made by the late Clover Studio, who also made the cult classic Viewtiful Joe. In Okami you play as an incarnation of the sun goddess Amaterasu, and the gameplay is heavily inspired by The Legend of Zelda. What helps this game stand apart from the many Zelda copycats is the quirky Japanese humor and the water color art style--which is gorgeous in HD. 

What are your thoughts?

The time for rumors and speculation are soon to come to an end, as Microsoft has finally lifted the covers off of the reveal date for their all new system. According to Microsoft Spokesperson Larry Hyrb:

On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada.

On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at theElectronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.

We are thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we’ve been working on.

A New Generation Revealed 

Xbox Campus, Redmond WA 
Tuesday, May 21st @ 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT
So there you have it folks. What are you hoping to find out about the Next Xbox?

Despite the experts, analysts, and pundits all predicting a decent loss for Nintendo's final numbers in the last fiscal year, Nintendo was able to pull out ahead with a Net Profit of $71 million despite an overall operating loss of $366 million. For those that aren't educated on the difference between those two numbers, a lot of it has to do with how they are allocating their taxes. In essence, the Operating Losses could potentially be tied to eating some of the fiscal losses for the previous year, with a small allocation to potential costs in the next fiscal period.

Of course, that's all speculation. Still, you can have an operating loss yet still turn profit overall, but how you can come to these numbers is slightly above my pay grade (I haven't had an accounting class in 8 years). That being said, Nintendo is claiming the Wii U had a negative impact on income, while the Yen depreciating in March actually ended up being what caused Nintendo to be able to end the year strong with a profit gain. Cutting it rather close, Big N. More inside.

Nintendo's recently dropped that there'll be a new Mario Kart game and a new 3D Mario game out later this year. The details are brief, but it gives us some hope that the big N has grand plans on the way for its consoles and mascot. It's likely that more details will be on the way during this year's E3, and maybe even more further down the line at Tokyo Game Show.

Are you excited as well for the next instalments of these iconic franchises? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Satoru Iwata, Nintendo Corporation President has promised that “Super Mario” will make a 1 billion dollar operating profit this year as new game titles boost sales - the analysts think not.  Iwata will announce Nintendo’s second straight annual loss tomorrow, having lost 18.7 billion yen in the last 12 months. 

The Nintendo Wii U has fallen short of meeting sales targets due to a delay of software releases, the same problem that initially plagued the 3DS.  Not only has business been slow for the Wii U, Nintendo is also faced with the challenge of competing with games on tablets, Android devices and iPhones.

Check in for more details!

Batman: Arkham Origins, the third entry in the well received Arkham series, will have multiplayer. The title will be released at October 25th, and will introduce us to the Dark Knight in the early years of his crime fighting career. It will be the first in the series to have multiplayer, and if the source is correct, you will play as a member of Joker or Bane's gang trying to take Batman and Robin out.

More after the jump.

Last year Darksiders II released to critical acclaim, and it was one of the most highly regarded Wii U launch titles available. When THQ auctioned off all of its franchises, though, nobody decided to pick up the Darksiders IP. However, in a recent attempt to sell off THQ IPs, a studio called Nordic Games purchased it. They mentioned that, even though they had no plans of making a sequel themselves, they would be happy to let another studio make it. When the CEO of Nordic Games, Lars Wingefors, was asked what his plans with the franchise were, he said the following:

"We are not a developer, so we should not create a sequel. We need to find the best creative team to look into a sequel. We will look into various options to make sequels. In the last 24 hours we have been approached by people who seem to know that product very well. However, if those discussions lead anywhere, I don't know."

So, what do you guys think about this? I personally am excited to know that one of my favorite franchises of the last console generation may be getting a sequel. Speak your opinions in the comments!

Contrary to popular anticipation, the Wii U Virtual Console was not released yesterday after several hours of online maintenance on Monday. Satoru Iwata announced via Nintendo Direct last week that the Spring System Update would be coming this week, just a day before the launch of the Wii U Virtual Console. According to Emily Rogers, the system update is certainly coming by the end of the week. Now Nintendo World Report claims that their "source close to the eShop" says that the system update is most likely coming on Thursday, April 25th, which would  mean the Wii U Virtual Console is making its way to our homes this Friday.

Furthermore, Nintendo has announced the entire launch lineup for the Wii U eShop. Head past the jump to see!

The Ratchet & Clank series is one filled with fun gameplay, memorable characters, but most notably a great sense of humor in its own crazy world that would be perfect for a TV show or a movie, wouldn't it? Well, get ready because a film adaptation of the series is coming and it looks like it might actually be pretty good.

The Ratchet & Clank film is currently set for a 2015 release and developer of the series, Insomniac Games, is working with Blockade Entertainment and Rainmaker Entertainment to make the movie a reality. The best part is that T.J. Fixman, writer of multiple R&C games, will be working on the script! You can check out the well-animated and funny official announcement teaser for the series above. It certainly looks like it won't disappoint any R&C fans, that's for sure.

Have you ever wanted to take the good parts of two things and just smush them together into something awesome?  Meet Hyperkin, a small company that tried doing just that, except this time with retro gaming consoles. 

Last month at the Midwest Gaming Classic a new gaming console was unveiled.  This Hyperkin RetroN 5 is a brand new console capable of playing NES, SNES, SFC, Genesis, MD, GameBoy, Famicom cartridges and last but certainly not least Sega Mega Drive games - all on five game slots. 

For more details, jump inside! It's pretty juicy.

I am a big startegy game fan, and as such Total War is actually one of my favorite series on the PC. The last two games I haven't particularly enjoyed as much as usual, but I think some of the luster was lost and the games felt a bit lazy. That seems to be turning around in Rome: Total War II, a sequel to one of their most successful entries in the series.

The game arrives later this year, and it's notable this is Pre-Alpha footage. Are there any other strategy fans out there looking forward to commanding some Legions this year?

The Metroid Prime Trilogy is hailed as one of the best gaming series of all time, even rivaling things such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. With all entries scoring within the "90" range on Metacritic, it seems that it is impossible to dislike it. The Metroid Prime Trilogy director, however, disagrees. He believes that everything that he has done is terrible. Keep in mind that he is now working on Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, a Metroid-inspired side-scrolling adventure, and he still thinks it is terrible. He says that all he can see when he is working on a title is its flaws. During an interview with Game Informer (the same one that brought us the previous Blackgate article), he expressed his feelings directly.

"I think everything we do sucks."

That seems direct and to the point! To see what else he had to say, hit the jump.