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More and more anonymous sources have been hinting at a Microsoft conference as of late. Apparently, the PS4 reveal 'ruffled some feathers' over at Microsoft, and now they're planning a conference. In fact, the domain '' has been registered by Ustechs, a partner to Microsoft. If the Durango gets its big reveal in a little over a month, then E3 is going to be extremely interesting; it'll end up being a software competition between a newly released system and two as-yet unreleased consoles. I wonder if this move will pay off for Microsoft in the long run?

Bold statement from a Lego City Undercover Developer today; according to executive producer Loz Doyle, it's the best game on the Wii U.

We’re obviously really pleased with the game. If it wasn’t very good then we’d probably feel under pressure, but it’s our best Lego game and that’s really saying something. We’re really chuffed. It’s the best game on the Wii U.

Is this arrogance, or honesty? From everything we've heard about the game so far, I wouldn't be too surprised if this statement holds true. That's not all Loz let us know, either; he also gave us a greater idea of the size of the game. According to Loz, "you’re talking 40-50 hours to get 100%". Looks like Lego City Undercover's going to be a  big, high-quality game--hopefully the first of many to come to the Wii U.

Something interesting popped up on Neversoft's website; the Call of Duty logo is prominently displayed. There's no way this was an accident, so speculation abounds; are they making the next Modern Warfare or Black Ops? Is this an all-new series in the franchise? Neversoft has put their hands on a lot of frequently released franchises like Guitar Hero and Tony Hawk, so it wouldn't be too surprising if they got involved in one of the most prominent shooters in gaming history. 

Who here likes the LEGO games? It's hard to not find them at least a little enjoyable, with their easy charm and simple gameplay, and now Wii U owners are getting a little treat. LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes will be making its way to Nintendo's new console, after selling over 3 million units on other consoles. It may not be a new title, but many consider it to be the best LEGO game so far, and if you haven't had a chance to play it yet, why not pick it up? Coming around Spring 2013, it might supplement Lego City Undercover quite nicely.

Many of you readers may remember Cryamore, an indie game developed by a team of well-versed developers who took to Kickstarter to fund their project. After requiring only $60,000, the team ended up  with $242k, which means fans will see many new items, features, and most importantly, the game will be released on all home consoles.

But what exactly is Cryamore? The Kickstarter page has the answer.

"Imagine the barebones gameplay of Zelda, mixed with atmospheric elements from Metroid, action done in the style of Secret of Mana, the excitement of figuring out what element to use like Megaman, hand-drawn storybook backdrops like Legend of Mana, with comedic tones and a thriving in-game clock system like Brave Fencer Musashi; that's Cryamore in a nutshell."

But there is so much more. Head past the jump for a quick synopsis of the gameplay, and head to the Kickstarter page for all the in-depth information you can find about this exciting adventure.

Mario is an icon. In a gaming culture increasingly focused towards guns and marketing, Mario still manages to stand tall in his red shirt and blue overalls. While the Mario games explore all sorts of genres, the heart and soul of Mario—where is all began—is on a 2D plane, running across the Mushroom Kingdom and stomping down Koopas along the way. When IGN had the chance to discuss Mario with the director and producer of Mario's latest adventure, New Super Mario Bros. U, they explained that as consoles evolve, it gets harder and harder to innovate Mario without losing the simple yet fun gameplay that makes Mario so wonderful.

“When we finished [New Super Mario Bros. Wii] up, we thought,'It’s gonna be hard to add any new features to this.' Once we started fleshing out the next concept, though, we realized that we could still come up with new ideas for [New Super Mario Bros. U]. Right now, I can’t really say what might come next, but I think we’ll still manage to find new stuff for the series. I think that innovation is important, but it can’t be something that destroys the core fun that defines Mario in 2D. We need innovation that retains 2D Mario’s play sensation"

Head past the jump to keep reading.

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacies is the upcoming installment Professor Layton series, a popular brand of puzzle-adventure titles for Nintendo's handheld consoles. Following the events of last year's Miracle Mask, Azran Legacies will be the final Professor Layton title to feature Professor Layton himself as the protagonist. Azran Legacies was shown a few days ago via Nintendo Direct, and thanks to Siliconera, we now have a better understanding of the title. Head past the jump to read all about it!

Let's be honest, Watch Dogs looks like it was made to take full advantage of the Wii U's GamePad, but according to Ubisoft they don't have a clear vision of what they'll do with it.

“We’re still investigating how we’ll use the tablet on the Wii U, but with the things I mentioned before, for us it’s not going to be a weird stretch...

...It’s natural. What’s really cool with Watch Dogs, when we start thinking of those devices, it’s not a weird abstraction, it’s not like I’m a space alien and now I’m using a tablet. Why am I doing that?...

...Aiden Pearce is using a device to control the city, so it’s quite easy to imagine what we could do with that.”

I think Aiden's device is the best route to take with the GamePad, but that doesn't mean it will necessarily work like we hope it will. I for one am excited to see what Ubisoft will do with the GamePad and hopefully it won't be use as a gimmick. If the screen was split down the middle to display both Aiden's device, the current objectives and perhaps a mini-map, then I think it could work out just fine in the end. But only time will tell us what Ubisoft has in store.

I'm a Cliffy B. fan, he seems like a fun Nintendo-lovin' guy, and he knows when something could very well change in the industry. Don't take his word for fact though, it's merely his view on the matter, but he thinks that we're very close to the day when Nintendo becomes a software-only company while Sony and Microsoft suffer major blows for similar reasons.

“This business has not been in a state of transition like it is right now since the video game crash of the ’80s. I really think we’re in a massive state of turmoil. I think Nintendo could possibly be faced with the situation of becoming a company that only makes software moving forward. I think Sony and Microsoft are about to come to major blows. But at the same time, people love playing games on their iPad. The PC is going through a wonderful renaissance right now. I think we’re ready to do digital download games all the time…I just want to see what happens. In regards to the industry, it’s like the Super Smash Bros. of business right now, and I want to see if Peach or Mario wins.”

I wouldn't doubt it if Sony or Microsoft went under anytime soon, but Nintendo has enough money to keep themselves in business for a long time. If Nintendo ever did become software-only they'd more than likely lose that magic touch that only their games could accomplish on their consoles.

Ubisoft loves the Wii U, it's not a big secret, and it's quite clear especially since they're releasing a series of new titles for the console like Rayman Legends and Watch Dogs, but what about their next-gen targeted game Beyond Good & Evil 2? Ubisoft developer Mathieu Audrian is said to be working on the game and under his Linkedin profile has the title listed as possibly coming to the Wii U. The way it is listed still leaves room for it to be false, but I for one hope it isn't.

Another Linkedin profile from a Ubisoft developer has Splinter Cell: Blacklist labeled as coming to all available home consoles and PC. It's a no brainer to figure it would come to the PS3 and 360, but the Wii U was only a rumor up until this point. Of course these could be results of being misinformed and plans are still subject to change, but anything is possible. Be sure to hit the comments to tell us what you would like to see come out of Ubisoft for the Wii U and question why they've been so silent on these supposed Wii U versions.

While it's true the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 are going to offer a nice hardware boost over their previous systems, Bioware doesn't feel games are going to look noticeably better.

 I think the main thing is that the industry doesn't get itself into a corner where it becomes economically unviable to make a game. The last technology iteration caught folks by surprise - especially the number of people you needed and the skillset jump that was required to do the work that people expected. In the last generation the perception was that it was going to be a ten times improvement over the previous generation.

For the next generation there will be a big leap, but it won't be as obvious. People will do things in a cleverer fashion - and I have to be careful here as there are non-disclosure agreements involved! I think they'll be better prepared, shall we say - but we can't see a ten-fold team increase again as the budgets would just be ridiculous. You'd have to sell 20-30 million copies before you broke even.

Thoughts after the jump.

Kid Icarus: Uprising is one of the most critically acclaimed games on Nintendo 3DS at the moment. Bringing Pit back from a 21-year hiatus, Kid Icarus: Uprising returns to the world of our favorite Greek angel and introduces friends and foes new and old along the way. A year after its initial release, Amazon France has listed a version of the game for Wii U at a tentative price of €69,99.

More likely than anything, this is a mistake on Amazon's part—Sakurai has said he has no intentions of developing a sequel; not to mention it's bizarre that Amazon France would hear news of a game before the rest of the world's media outlets. Whether or not Amazon's listing is any indication of anything, how would you feel about Uprising getting a Wii U port? Resident Evil: Revelations shows that the handheld-to-home console jump isn't too bad these days; would you like to see Pit and friends make their way to Wii U?

Moonbot Studios is an interesting creature. Founded by William Joyce (animator and writer of primarily childrens' fiction like Rolie Polie Olie), it's a collection of all sorts of storytellers that snagged an Oscar for Best Short last year. Well, now they're making a game, and it looks absolutely beautiful. Since they're not a big company, they're putting it through Kickstarter, and honestly it's something you should go check out for yourself instead of letting me butcher their mission statement. So go. Go look at it. You don't have to donate, but if you do you've earned my love.

EA's built themselves a pretty new workhorse to run their games, and according to a presentation today, they're putting it to frequent use. According to EA, no less than 15 games are currently being developed on the engine. Since EA is basically Sequel: The Company, we're well aware that Battlefield 4, Mass Effect 4, and the new Need for Speed are using it; however, there's also Visceral's mysterious new IP and a handful of as-yet unannounced games using the engine to speculate about. What are you hoping to see come out of the giant this year?

Castlevania: Lord of Shadow — Mirror of Fate is the upcoming 3DS entry in Konami's Castlevania franchise. Mirror of Fate has consistently shown us trailers displaying strong gameplay, but now we see a story trailer to go along with it. This trailer shows us the motivations of Simon Belmont, the hero of the original Castlevania, in pursuit of his missing father.

The video shows that the game features full voice acting which is none too shabby. Unfortunately, the cinematics accompanying much of it seems to drag the experience down. The trailer concludes with another display of the Lords of Shadow gameplay, ensuring us once again that it will be a fun experience. Most of this video is really hit-or-miss for me, but what do you think of the new story trailer?