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In what seems to be the biggest spring in gaming's history, the Wii U is left with a handful of exclusives to bide its owner's time until E3. Although I'm looking forward to games such as The Wonderful 101 and Pikmin 3, I'll be unable to play some of the spring's juggernaut titles on my shiny new Nintendo console, such as Bioshock Infinite and Tomb Raider. We're seeing dozens of games missing the Wii U for the sole reason of lacking sales. Although it is a valid one, software sells hardware, and no third parties are taking the dive. Konami is joining the club now.

Konami producer Dave Cox has told us why Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 will not be making the jump to Wii U, and the reason is a lack of resources. Although Konami has given a different and more valid reason then the usual "Wii U is too difficult to develop on," I feel a little bit disappointed. I'm looking forward to the new Castlevania, but it looks like my PS3 will be getting the game. 

However, there is still the new 3DS entry in the beloved series, Mirror of Fate. I can't wait to join the franchise this March. Cox also spoke about the new 3DS entry. Hit the jump to see what he said!

BadasseryIt's only been a few weeks since the announcement of Pokemon X and Pokemon Y, but this 3DS handheld title has grown to become one of my most looked forward games of 2013. The 3DS offers new capabilities to the Pokemon franchise, and who doesn't want more Pokemon? I've been clamoring for more details every day. It seems we'll only have to wait a bit longer for more information on the game.

The Japanese magazine publication CoroCoro plans to reveal new details on X and Y in their next issue. The new magazine piece will be available within the next few days, but we won't have to wait for too long. Leaks should be available online in the near future. In addition to CoroCoro, the TV show Pokemon Smash will also reveal even more Pokemon X and Pokemon Y information this week.

I guess we'll be seeing more information on the game sooner then we expected. What'll it be? Streetpass or Spotpass features? A look at the battle system? I'm willing to wager we get to see a handful of new Pokemon.

What do you think we'll see? Sound off in the comments!


I may be more of a Nintendo gamer than I am a PlayStation or Xbox gamer, and arguably a bigger PC gamer than any of the consoles, but even I know that blocking used games is going to be a console killer. We already know the Wii U doesn't do such things. I can attest to this because I own a used copy of New Super Mario Bros. U. Sure, maybe it only saved me $5, but that's still $5 I was able to put towards a pre-order for Pikmin 3. The fact remains that if this does happen, or if they attempt to do an "ultimate pass" for $100 which allows gamers to "unlock" unlimited used games, I tend to agree that the Wii U will reap the benefits of higher game sales since they will have the used game market all to themselves.

To be honest, I don't want any of the console makers to fail, so I just hope all these rumors (some dating a year old) just tend to be complete crap.


This week's Bonus Round focus's squarely on genre preferences. You might be surprised to see what genre's are mentioned as it's not necessarily what many would expect. As an example, one of the panel's favorite genres is Tower Defense! Of course while it's a nice debate above, what we really want to know is what your favorite genre is. Sound off in the comments and let the debates begin!

Were you expecting to mingle with some of your overseas friends when Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate launched later this year? Well, unfortunately you won't be able to unless they're visiting your country, as Capcom has confirmed to GameReactor España that Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate will be running on separate servers based on country.

"Japanese will play with Japanese, Americans with Americans and Europeans with Europeans."

This will prove quite upsetting for those who like to intermingle with other cultures, however it does have its own bright side. Players shouldn't experience any lag when playing online. Tri didn't have divided servers like Ultimate will and as a result players would experience extreme lag when playing with others from different countries.

I make it no secret I am not of fan of TMNT. I was enamored with the original series and I could never wrap my head around the newer versions of my childhood heroes. That being said, I realize that for many, the new show is a vast improvement on the original works. However, one thing I can say definitively as that the TMNT games have been pretty bad. The original Ninja Turtles series lead to fantastic titles, from the original Arcade game, to the GameBoy... and yes, to the fabled and arguably greatest side scrolling beat-em-up ever, Turtles in Time. While Activision now owns the rights to the TMNT licensing, Nicklodeon owns the show and together they are teaming up for 3 games, according to a recent press release. You can read it after the jump.

Super Smash Bros. is any Nintendo fan's dream game. From characters to stages, to music, to everything else, Smash is the ultimate celebration of Nintendo's past and present. But what about Smash's future? That's what Challenger Approaching is all about.

Every weekend, Chris London and I will present our thoughts on new characters, stages, items, and anything else for the next installment in the Super Smash Bros. series. Here at Gamnesia, we assemble in-depth profile for every character. For the second entry in this ambitious series, we've assembled a profile for Little Mac, the tiny boxer and poster boy for Punch-Out!! But don't think our analysis stops at just the character—there's plenty more to be seen. Head past the jump to see why Little Mac has earned a spot among Nintendo's finest in the next game's roster and what his inclusion would do for Super Smash Bros.


On March 24th, when Gates to Infinity releases it will include a nice little box of features. On the launch day some downloadable content will be available for purchase on the Nintendo e-shop for the 3DS. The content will include new dungeons, new items to collect, and new Pokemon to connect with! The first piece of downloadable content, the Poké Forest Dungeon, will be available to download for free until April 30th. Three other dungeons will be available to purchase and download when the game launches. Additional downloadable content will be added from the launch date through April. 

Fresh out of the oven, folks! We've got a ton of brand new screenshots and concept art on the new 3DS entry in the much-beloved series.

There's been a lot of news floating around in recent days on the brand new game in the series. The entry had a... interesting development. The entire experience was originally built in HD, but was then downgraded to handheld graphical fidelity. Even more intriguing is the dilemma Konami had in choosing for the game to be on 3DS or Vita, although I'm happier with the final decision! Looking at these brand new images truly gives you a feel for the game, and it looks awesome, albeit ugly as sin.

I've always wanted to come back to the Castlevania series, but I've never really had the time. However, Mirror of Fate looks like it might finally win back my attention to the series. Time to fill out my back catalog.

For all the screenshots head on in after the jump!

Are you excited for the new entry for Castlevania? Glad to see the Belmont family is coming to 3DS? Sound off in the comments!

         

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!

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.

Iwata Asks is a recurring segment in which Nintendo President Satoru Iwata interviews game developers about their values and the development process behind specific games. The latest episode featured the developers of Fire Emblem: Awakening, detailing their thought process behind the evolution of the support system to a marriage system, as well as what their goals were in staying true to the essence of Fire Emblem.

The most interesting factoid to gather from this discussion, however, is the idea that Fire Emblem should break its focus on medieval militias and instead tread ground in more modern war tactics with a tinge of fantasy. This proposal was then taken in an even more drastic direction with the idea that the game could take place on Mars, which was later shot down.

Nintendo is well versed in the ways of outer space, but never before have they explored non-fictional extraterrestrial planets in their games. The idea of a tactical RPG taking place on Mars is an incredibly appealing one no doubt, but Fire Emblem is well-grounded in its medieval setting, and I'm ultimately glad they didn't break that mold for a more science-fictiony game. Do you hope Nintendo looks back at this discarded idea to create an entirely new franchise, or do you think this concept should lay dead?

It's no secret that the hit 3DS title, Resident Evil: Revelations is coming to home consoles and PC later this year—but don't expect it to be just a simple port of the 3DS version. According to Revelations Producer Masachika Kawata, Resident Evil: Revelations Unveiled Edition has been given 5.1 Surround Sound and the gameplay has been tweaked and fine-tuned to make it more than a simple port.

“It’s definitely not just a direct port. Not only have we improved the graphics up to HD standard for home consoles and designed it for 5.1 Surround Sound, as well, but we’ve fine tuned and retuned the gameplay, made a lot of nips and tucks here and there, so it’s certainly an improved experience.”

Accompanying this statement, it was revealed that the decision to port Revelations to home consoles was made in the wake of the 3DS release due to overwhelmingly positive feedback from the fans and critics. Kawata also credits Revelations' success due to it feeling like classic RE gameplay that was easy to pick up and play.

Are you looking forward to the next entry in the Castlevania franchise? While it won't be long before Mirror of Fate hits the Nintendo 3DS, don't be surprised if it eventually makes its way to HD platforms. Konami already has an HD version ready and waiting, according to Konami's UK studio boss David Cox.

”We created everything in high definition – all the textures, all the levels, high-poly models, everything – and we kind of shrunk it all down into the 3DS.”

“Then we lost bones from characters, you know, we dropped the resolution of the textures and everything to make it fit. At MercurySteam we have an HD version of the game sitting there in a computer somewhere.”

“We want as many people to play it as possible. Obviously we have an exclusivity deal with Nintendo right now though and they’ve been very supportive of the product.”

Nintendo's exclusivity deal with Konami will probably last little more than a year, but for the time being, the title looks sure to please fans waiting for the next side-scrolling adventure from Konami's hit franchise. So let us know, will you be picking up Mirror of Fate when it comes out for the 3DS? Or will you be waiting till Nintendo's exclusivity deal with Konami ends so you can play it on the big screen? Let us know in the comments!