Since its release, Colors! 3D for Nintendo 3DS has been a wonderful way for hobbyist and professional artists to share their work with others. We, however, are amidst a revolution in uses for the brilliant eShop title. User masterclaw360 has discovered a profound new way to utilize Colors! 3D's online sharing service. Curious? Head past the jump to see his extraordinary revelation.

What will the new Xbox look like?  Well, it's certainly hard to know for certain; the image here is just an artist mockup.  However, Kotaku just released the inside scoop on what the internals of new Xbox has in store, and let's just say it looks pretty good - though there are a few worrying pieces stuck in there.  For starters, the box is codenamed "Durango"—note that Durango isn't the final name for the system, but just the name Microsoft will use to refer to it before it's "officially" announced to the public. Check below the jump to see information on the specs.

It appears the Wii U is becoming increasingly irrelevant, especially to sports gaming. The Wii U was left off the press release for Madden 25 (next years Madden will be called Madden 25 instead of Madden 14, in an attempt to confuse their consumer base).  And now, it appears Tiger Wood's PGA Tour won't be coming to the Wii U at the end of March.

Ragnar Tørnquist's adventure series launched in 1999 is back, with a Kickstarter, of all things.  With over $600,000 of $850,000 raised in only a few days, it seems fans of the series are extremely interested in continuing the story that was left on a cliffhanger back in 2006 with the last installment, Dreamfall.  The release is tenatively listed as November 2014, and a steal at $25 for a digital download.  Fans can of course pay more, and a cool 5K will earn you naming and development rights on a character, or the opportunity to hang out with the development team and make suggestions of your own.  Looks like I need to start saving up.

This week marked the last shows of Attack of the Show and X-Play as gaming television network G4 will be closing their doors very soon.  X-Play decided to take the opportunity to go ahead and spoil the ending of every game ever.

Do I need to say this?  Spoiler Alert.

Seriously.  Spoiler... Alert.  You've been alerted.  Catch the video after the jump!

Looks like Brett Ratner has signed on to create a new Farmville television show.  It's slated to be a half-hour animated television show, and with the director of Rush Hour and X-Men at the helm, it's still almost completely impossible to imagine what the show could possibly be like.

Those of you with a PS3 are almost certainly aware of Journey. What? You don't know the record-breaking fastest selling game in the SCEA region on the Playstation Network? Well, go check it out. I'll wait.

It's good, right? Really good. The problem is, it bankrupted the company that made it. Game developer Jenova Chen admitted to Polygon the game had to be pushed back, and although it did make some money back, releasing the game solely on the PS3 definitely led to some difficulties recouping their costs.

ThatGameCompany is hopeful that their next game (the fourth made by the group) will be a success, however. It's still in it's earliest stages, but a studio job listing indicates they're looking for new staffers who can help create a "full-scale online service" with hundreds of thousands of users; I don't know about you, but I'm certainly excited to see what they cook up.

Bad news, fans of Attack of the Show, X-Play, and Web Soup - looks like G4 is on it's way out.  The New York Times broke the story; as of April 22 of this year, G4 will be replaced with a television version of the long-running print magazine Esquire.  

The programming staff at NBC seem to think it's difficult to create television programming that will appeal to gamers; "Realistically, guys who are into gaming are not necessarily watching television," to quote NBC programming executive Bonnie Hammer.

NBC's character Jack Donaghy once said on the show 30 Rock, "Every April 22nd I honor Richard Nixon's death by getting drunk and making some unpopular decisions."  Well, it seems like NBCUniversal's programming staff have taken a leaf out of one of their character's books.

Vita a Difficult Sell?

February 11 2013 by Jack Sossman
There's one question you've got to keep asking yourself if you're Sony corporate executive officer Masaru Kato and your handheld system is constantly being crushed by DS and 3DS sales; how do I sell more of these Vitas?  There's certainly a lot of ways to incentivise sales, and with the super competitive market and the dwindling economy, it's difficult to know exactly how to get that edge over your competitor.  Well, Kato went on record last Thursday to attempt to answer that question in particular.  His response?  See below.
Sorry Aussies; looks like another great third party Wii U title won't be coming your way.  Although a press release sent to media today regarding the game's pre-order DLC incentives, and until this week was listed on various local Australian game distributors websites, The Walking Dead: Survival instinct will not be released on the Wii U in Australia.

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!

With 3D Nintendo gaming arriving on the scene back in the late ‘90s thanks to the Nintendo 64 and then the GameCube in the early ‘00s, classic side-scrolling platformers took a back seat. Franchises such as Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong Country from the NES and SNES were no more.

At the time of the 64’s rise to fame, side-scrolling came to be considered as a limitation of gaming in the past, rather than a genre of its own. With the Wii console Nintendo had proven that side-scrolling platformers are truly a whole genre that can provide a unique and entertaining experience even today, in the world of 3D and HD.

With modern 3D graphical sprites moving in 2D or even sometimes 2.5D landscapes,Nintendo has used the Wii to reinvigorate the once forgotten genre. Let’s look back at some of the major Wii titles that contributed to the resurgence of side-scrolling platformers.

When the concept of this little article initially popped in my head it was a rather one-sided affair. I wanted to address excuses the industry may likely be rationalizing themselves with in order to not properly show support for the Wii U. However, as I was gathering some information to create this piece I came upon a rather interesting revelation: The Wii U fans need to stop creating excuses as well.

As a long time Nintendo fan I am well aware of how the industry has generally treated our ilk. I am aware that popular analysts like Michael Pachter have often predicted some not-so-great things for Nintendo and often times, Nintendo tends to prove those predictions wrong. I am aware that when you go around to most general purpose gaming news sites, you can see a clashing of multiple fanboyisms, in particular to loyalty on console brands.

Earlier in the week, Gabe Newell and JJ Abrams gave the opening keynote at the 2013 DICE Summit. Newell spoke about seeing if Abrams could make a Half-Life or Portal movie, but it turns out through this new partnership with Valve, Abrams is actually looking to make games and not movies. Abrams spoke to Gamasutra and stated that he was aware of the large gap between games and movies, and doesn't want to waste the potential of the medium. Here's some snippets from the interview:

One of the things that’s really appealing about working with Valve is that they’ve got great taste, and that we will have the ability to work with people and not impose what we do on them.
We’re not looking to make movies in the game space. We’re looking to make great games that take the strengths of what we know – characters, world-building, creating a sense of emotional connection – and trying ways to try to exploit that in the gaming space, which is a very different animal than movies and TV.

Abrams said that he’s seen plenty of movies that don’t quite make it because they ought to have been developed as TV shows, and vice versa, and that’s the kind of situation he wants to avoid. What do you think of this new partnership and the way it's looking so far? Sound off in the comments!