Rich George from IGN teases Wii U-related news, and it is coming tomorrow. Rich isn't telling us what it is, not yet, so for now we can only speculate. Rich says that it is "very interesting" news, so I expect a game announcement, but it could just be a couple of updates to the OS. The fact that it's supposed to be very interesting news makes me think otherwise.

Something very interesting has happened over at NeoGAF; the fans came together to raise funds to purchase a photo of the Wii U's GPU so they could analyze it. However, to really get down and analyze would require getting a much more expensive photo of the polysilicon layer. Thankfully, the good people over at Chipworks decided to do gamers a huge favor. They released this picture for everyone to see, and for the first time the exact specifications of the infamous GPU processor have come to light--and they're quite interesting.

Jump inside to see what they are.

The latest issue of Game Informer is out, and while they've already revealed The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with a quick follow up response from CDProjekt, we haven't had a real good look yet as to what the game actually looks like, per sé. That ends today with all the screenshots contained within the latest Game Informer issue released. It looks pretty impressive on some fronts for those who are new to the series, but on the other hand, I personally feel it looks a lot like The Witcher 2 without much of a significant improvement. Now, it is a "next-gen" game so this could further show that "next-gen" doesn't necessarily translate anymore into blowing our minds visually. It's also possible these are just early build shots based on the only engine. Either, way I am excited. Hop inside to see all of the screens in their original glory.

Those of you with some technical know-how might want to pay attention to this; the Wii U's gamepad has a lot of nifty features, but this definitely wasn't one I had thought of. I've watched a lot of videos showing people taking their Wiimotes and playing with the infrared technology in the Wii days, but this definitely ranks up there with the best of them. I'm not smart enough to pull this off, but are any of you interested?

According to a new report from Edge, Microsoft’s next Xbox, codenamed "Durango," will feature 50GB Blu-Ray discs and a new, improved Kinect shipping with the console itself. On the less positive side, the new Xbox will also apparently require an internet connection in order to access the console and will do everything in its power to block access to used games. We already know Sony is thinking about implementing technology to prevent used games from working on the upcoming PlayStation, codenamed Orbis, but now with two main gaming competitors attacking the used game market, the next generation is certainly going to be an interesting one. Head past the jump for more on the new Xbox and why Microsoft’s new ideas may alienate parts of their market.

Ubisoft has done a good job—arguably great—at supporting Nintendo's Wii U platform so far. However, as the sales are slipping, Ubisoft is finding that the Wii U's delivery message is a hard one to understand. Whereas Wii was easy to understand and use upon seeing it, the Wii U with its GamePad must simply be played to be understood. Xavier Poix, managing director of Ubisoft's Annecy, Montpellier, and Paris studios, had this to say about the Wii U:

"The depth of what you can do with that console is really hard to get across unless you play with it," Poix said. "It's different from the Wii, where seeing was believing. With the Wii U, people really need to experience it."

He has much more to say about the future of the Wii U after the jump.

         

That's right folks. The juggernaut new IP Skylanders is getting a new entry this fall. The franchise has made over $500 million dollars already, and Activision is showing no sign of stopping anytime soon.

The last entry in the series brought new giant protagonists to the formula, and this time, Vicarious Visions is switching up the cast of critters—literally. Players can choose to mix-and-match the torso and legs of the Skylanders, allowing dozens of combinations in the game. There are sixteen new figures, but through the new addition to the franchise, 256 "swapabilities" can be achieved. Each power is represented by half of the figure, so players can choose which two elements they want to combine and utilize in the new world of the Cloudbreak Islands.

I'm not surprised to see this series become an annual affair, as the franchise makes a lot of money. I might just have to hop onto the bandwagon for this new entry, as I've heard the Skylanders are a guilty pleasure among many gamers. Head past the jump for a boatload of screenshots!

After six years, Nintendo and Namco Bandi have announced the newest installment in the Mario Kart Arcade GP franchise. According to NeoGAF, the game will be on display February 15th and 16th at the Japan Amusement Expo. Hit the jump to read more...

Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli has announced that their Vigil Games derived USA studio will cease development of Darksiders 3. In a recent interview with GamesBeat, Yerli revealed why Crytek was hesitant in bidding on Vigil during THQ's property auction, and how the new addition to the Darksiders franchise wouldn't fit their strategy. Hit the jump to read more...

Nintendo's bold leap into the HD era is here, and we've seen some stunning displays of graphical prowess from its new console, the Wii U. While games such as Nintendo Land have been remarkable for Nintendo's standards and games such as ZombiU show us that the console is capable of the same visual fidelity as the current consoles from Nintendo's competitors, word has it that this is just the beginning. According to President Satoru Iwata, the games that we've seen so far, including unreleased titles like the gorgeous Pikmin 3, stand at the lower end of the console's capabilities. For Iwata's full quote and what it means for the situation, head past the jump.

On its blog today, Sega reaffirmed that their latest entry in the All-Stars Racing franchise is indeed coming to Nintendo's popular handheld. The game is planned to hit Europe on February 8th, and North America on the 12th, and when it does, it will have a few new features along with all the content the consoles had. It will have eight-person download-play multiplayer and StreetPass challenges added to the standard game, and includes the two new characters from the console version; real NASCAR racer Danica Patrick, and Wreck-it Ralph, from the incredibly well-marketed Disney movie that came out earlier this year. 

Are you interested in picking up the portable version?

According to Emily Rogers, Retro Studios will have a demo ready for its next big project during E3. It's still unclear what this project might be, but it could very well be sequel to Donkey Kong Country Returns, or another installment of the Metroid series. Retro also collaborated with Nintendo on the development of Mario Kart 7, and since it was a very well received game, it might very well be that they are also working on the upcoming Mario Kart U.

Personally, I'm all in for a Donkey Kong sequel, but I'd like it to be a platformer like Donkey Kong 64. I think it has a lot of potential, and I just love Donkey Kong 64. It was one of the games that defined my childhood, so a spiritual sequel to it would be great. I'd be really surprised to see a brand new IP, but time will tell.

Sniper Elite V2, a unique shooter by Rebellion, is being ported to the Wii U. It's already on the PS3, 360, and PC, and though it's received mediocre reviews so far, Rebellion is hoping that the Wii U's gamepad is going to revitalize the potential of the title.

“Sniper Elite is just the kind of mature game that is perfect for the different mechanics of the Wii U. It’s been a challenge to get it right, but thanks to our team and the fantastic support of our partners at 505 Games we believe we’ve brought the unique gameplay to a whole new platform.”

So says Jason Kingsley, CEO of Rebellion. Have any of you had some time with Sniper Elite V2? Do you think the Wii U's actually a good remedy for this struggling game?

This is impressive. Remember that Nintendo Direct from weeks back? It was pretty cool. We saw a lot of awesome games and clips, one of them being a video behind the scenes of Bayonetta 2's development. With all the buzz around the exclusive acquisition of this decidedly mature series, Platinum was eager to show just how well the transition to a Nintendo console was going. The video ended with this shot of a monster slashing right at us, scaring those weak of heart.



Well, it turns out that clip wasn't computer generated; that's right, those are the real time graphics of Bayonetta 2--at this point in time, anyway. Who knows what it'll look like at launch! Somehow I'm getting even more hyped over this game. I really have to grab the original Bayonetta to prepare myself.


This just blew me away. The level of polish, from the animation, to the soundtrack, to the depth of the references is purely astounding. There are so many jokes packed into this parody that I've watched it several times over and still think I'm missing some things. I think my favorite just may be the Super Mario Bros. 2 playable character arrangement near the end, though Kirby kicks some ass as well.