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Carlos Eiene, a small-scale YouTube pianist, has just released a medley of Nintendo songs for piano in celebration of hitting 200 subscribers. The medley covers a huge amount of Nintendo's history, from the early release of Donkey Kong to modern games such as Super Mario Galaxy. This type of video may remind some Kyle Landry, famous for impeccable improvisation and inspired video game medleys, but the vast inter-franchise content covered by Eiene and the memories he brings through his celebration of Nintendo's history is admirable in its own right.

If you liked this medley, you may also want to have a listen to his jazz cover of the music from Kakariko Village.


Today, many new screenshots and videos were unveiled for Remember Me, a sci-fi video game that takes place in the year 2084, a refrence to the dystopian novel 1984 by George Orwell. The game takes place in a futuristic version of Paris, and it concerns themes such as society's divide between the rich and poor, totalitarianism, and, most importantly, memories. The main character is Nilin, a lovely lady who has had here memories removed from her. As she journeys to gain back her lost memories, she eventually becomes concerned with starting a revolution and loosen the tight grip the government has on the city. 

More info concerning the game can be found after the jump.


Today's Miiverse update contains a few things, including a way to find out all the latest changes. Go to Miiverse and click on your Mii to see the profile updates, or go to Miiverse Announcements, where you can see your respective Nintendo representative talking about the changes. What's notable this time is that there is a five minute delay between creating new posts so as to prevent spam from filling up all the latest posts in a single community, though you are free to comment as quickly as you want. Another change is that you will get notifications for when someone follows you, but not when someone replies to a post you commented on unless it was the original author of the post. This should cut down on the non-stop flashing blue light I see all the time.

Today, Famitsu has confirmed the rumor that Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge will be making its way to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The once exclusive Wii U rerelease has, among things, an improved combat system, fewer quick-time events, revised enemy AI, and an insane amount of variety. Many of the original complaints have been fixed, and the rerelease has been well received. The first release on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, on the other hand, got very bad reviews. IGN gave it a 3 out of 10, but the rerelease got a  much better 7.6. As Nemo_Griffin says in the IGN review comments: "You can polish a turd."

What do you think? Will the title see even more improvements? Or will it be worse? Sound off in the comments.


Remember when Nintendo backed out of a deal with Sony that included a CD addon attachment and eventually went with Philips, whose CD-i machine left many wondering how crazy Nintendo had to be? Yeah, well, that's not exactly how things went down here. Sony, tables turned, refused and offer to make a deal with Microsoft, which prompted the latter to create the Xbox. Interestingly enough, if history had been different, the PlayStation could have been prevented if Nintendo has just stuck with the Sony deal for the CD attachment, and thus the Microsoft deal could have been handled by Nintendo, and then we would truly only have one gaming console on the market. How the tides turn. Be sure to watch the video above because it's fairly educational on how things went down.

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.