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Yesterday marked two years since the launch of the Nintendo 3DS in Europe, and tomorrow will be two years for those in North America. In commemoration of that, Nintendo sent out a PR email looking back at the 3DS's past and on what's to come.

The e-mail claims that the released and upcoming game library for the 3DS has already surpassed 700 titles. It goes on to later mention Super Smash Bros. in a list of games coming soon, which interestingly features only games coming out this year. Come inside for the full text of the e-mail which includes a promotion where you could score a free digital game download.

You asked for it and Nintendo has gone and created it, faster load times for your Nintendo Wii U. The update will help decrease load times significantly and is set to go live in April, but just how much faster will the update make the Wii U? The answer is a click away, but if you must know right now the load time to the main menu is cut down from about 22 seconds, to roughly 6 seconds. It's a drastic improvement from and is sure to please early adopters who dreaded the Wii U's load times, but don't take my word for it, watch the video to see for yourself!

The 90's were a great time in history in just about anything and 2,000 GAME customers agree according to a survey which claimed 1996 was the Golden Year in gaming with multiple hit titles like Super Mario 64, Resident Evil, and Tomb Raider coming out that year. 2002 was the runner up with GTA: Vice City, Elder Scrolls III, and Halo.

What is the most shocking result from this poll is that the Wii was nominated as the best console ever released (was there ever any doubt? Kind of.) taking 15% of the vote. The Xbox 360 came in 2nd at 10% with the PS3 in 3rd at 9%, oddly all being current/'last'-gen consoles. 

As for the other runner ups for the Golden year in gaming, 1991 came in 3rd place, 1985 with 4th place, and 1980 in 5th place.

The above trailer is interesting, as it takes a look at the other side and watch exactly Aiden Pierce is doing with the ctOS system he is using to hack things. The game only gets more intriguing from this, because it sort of paints Aiden as a vigilante. He steals money from honest people, but he also helps out those who may be in trouble with an experimental Chicago police system that indicates threat levels. It's interesting, and I have never been more excited to know this game is coming to the Wii U. I truly hope they fully integrate ctOS into the GamePad, because this is one game where it actually makes a lot of sense and wont kill any immersion.

Is it E3 yet?

Nintendo is having a challenging time marketing the Wii U. The first obstacle has been informing the average consumer about how it is its own next-generation console and not just a Wii add-on. The second challenge has been selling the potential of the GamePad.

While some have heralded the GamePad as the harbinger of innovation, it remains that we haven't yet seen games fully utilize its potential. The head of Ubisoft France, Xavier Poix, had some comments to make on this very topic in a recent interview with Games Industry.

One thing for sure we knew is that this new controller would be something harder to convey than the Wii, which was about the movements in your game, so we knew we needed to educate people around this GamePad idea. We strongly believe that people have not yet realized the importance of the gameplay that this can provide, but for sure they need the good games to support the system

The developers of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon have admitted that the game drew inspiration from Mr. Bean; however, Ghostbusters more often comes to mind when people think about what Luigi's Mansion is similar to.

ABC recently asked Shigeru Miyamoto about Luigi's Mansion having a Ghostbusters feel, to which he responded that the game wasn't inspired by Ghostbuster. Converesly, he does admit that the game was influenced by Ghostbusters in the sense that they specifically tried to make it not seem too much like Ghostbusters.

Come inside for the full quote.

The last time we mentioned Fez developed Phil Fish it was because of an unbecoming Twitter rant bashing the Nintendo 3DS. Fans were not so much stirred up by Fish's criticisms as they were his tone and way of expression.

In follow up to that rant Fish has taken to Twitter again to now proclaim his 'love' for Nintendo and how much he 'likes' the DS and 3DS. Such a dramatic turn around in both opinion and tone of tweets does raise a lot of questions.

As Kevin Cassidy of GoNintendo puts it:

Well, that's certainly a turnaround from the other day. I don't think you can go on a tirade one day and then claim your love the next. That is, unless you were under the influence of mind-altering substances!

While a possibility, I personally feel that the new batch of tweets serves the exact same purpose as the original: to troll, stir up some controversy and get some attention. To that end, Fish has been successful. Perhaps he is subtly trying to rebuild the bridge for possible future work with Nintendo after completely burning the bridge earlier this week.

Meanwhile, all the gaming community really wants is an apology for his unbecoming conduct. Come inside for his most recent tweets in praise of Nintendo.

It feels like it's been years since Bayonetta 2 was announced, but the initial fan outrage many had towards it being a Wii U exclusive is still prevalent as shown by Hideki Kamiya's (Bayonetta's Director) twitter account where he's still being bombarded with messages related to the incident. 

Idea? There was no way other than that. RT@Snatch_the_FOX: Who's idea was it to make Bayonetta a Wii U exclusive ?

Hideki Kamiya has essentially sealed Bayonetta 2's fate as a Wii U exclusive before, stating that Nintendo is essentially the customer and until Nintendo asks Platinum to make it multiplat, it's staying a Wii U exclusive. Something people just can't seem to comprehend despite them receiving the same answer over and over again. Unlike Rayman Legends though, with Nintendo as publisher, Bayonetta 2 will be a guaranteed Wii U exclusive.

Excited for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag? It's alright not to be, we did just get ACIII nearly half a year ago. But Black Flag surely is doing its best to expand upon its gameplay by letting players take to the seas to not only wage war against other ships, but to search the ocean floors for treasure and battle sharks. The trailer also shows the on-land portions of the game and the forests/jungles the players can traverse are simply stunning, looking lush and vibrant from all angles. It may not divulge much upon the story of Black Flag, but it's bound to at least garner your interest so be sure to check it out!

President of Nintendo Satoru Iwata and EarthBound's Shigesato Itoi came together to discuss EarthBound — known as "Mother 2" in Japan — hitting Japan's Wii U Virtual Console in a Japan-only version of "Iwata Asks". But don't worry if you can't read Japanese; EarthBound Central has translated the whole thing and you can check that out here. The two talk about how they first met with the Nintendo president (who was then president of HAL Laboratories), who came in to help with the development and fix numerous things with Mother 2 during its creation in the 90s. 

Read more after the jump! 


When Kersploosh! was first announced, most of us Nintendo fans jumped to a certain minigame from The Wind Waker remastered in an eShop title. Instead, we got a game where you drop a stone down a well. Kersploosh! follows dozens of other brilliant eShop titles ranging from Crashmo to Fluidity: Spin Cycle, but the title doesn't try to soar into those fantastic ranks. Kersploosh! is a humble game that will keep you entertained for a few bus rides. It is much more in the tier of smartphone games than the lengthy adventures of Dillon's Rolling Western and Crimson Shroud

It's a different kind of eShop game. With it's smaller price tag, Kersploosh! convinced me to make a purchase. Although I got my money's worth, the package left me overall a tad disappointed.

For my full opinions on the game, hop on in!

People often get on Pachter's case around these parts, as fans continue to wonder why we bother to follow his words more so than any other analyst. He is an openly biased Nintendo hater right? Well, he sort of takes his shots at Sony though in a different light. The question posed is why Microsoft isn't trying to get in on the handheld market and the initial reasoning isn't too terrible. The market does suck - it sucks in terms of the fact it is essentially dominated by one platform and it's hard to get in on that territory. It's a big investment into something that will probably fail because it needs an install base to get games, and it needs games to get an install base.

He goes on to talk about how the Vita itself is a complete joke. Not that it sucks (it is actually a pretty nice piece of hardware), but he admits that it just does "too much". Almost as if it's "too good". There is a point to be had in that. He actually has some nice things to say on top of this about used game sales. I know I know... it's Michael Pachter and to even utter his name brings along anger, but at least he makes some sense here while not directly throwing Nintendo under the bus

At PAX East, Capcom unveiled DuckTales Remastered, an HD remake of one of the NES' most beloved titles. Because the fan community for the original NES classic is so large and so attached to the title, the positive response to the announcement has been incredible. Christian Svensson of Capcom took to the Capcom-Unity forums to answer questions about the title.

Firstly, Svensson revealed that DuckTales Remastered happened because of the fans. The demand was strong and so they pursued the project. He also says that while DuckTales 2 or remakes of other Disney-lisenced Capcom games may be possible in the future if DuckTales Remastered is a commercial success, but we shouldn't "put the cart before the horse." The full quote can be found after the jump.

Svensson has also made it clear that though DuckTales Remastered is coming to Wii U eShop, PlayStation Network, and Xbox Live Arcade, the title will not make its way to the Nintendo 3DS or PS Vita "this time around." There is no mention of the future, so if the game sells well at first, Capcom may reconsider its stance.

All in all, it's wonderful to see that Capcom is starting a greater dedication to its fans, and I only imagine it will improve—at least for the near future. Are you going to be picking up DuckTales Remastered?

Renegade Kid is well known for Mutant Mudds, the hit Nitnendo 3DS eShop game, but not quite so commonly known is that the company got its start making First-Person Shooters on the Nintendo DS — and very good ones at that. For a while now, we've known that Renegade Kid was working on a new FPS title for Nintendo 3DS, but we've known nothing more.

Now, however, Renegade Kid has launched a site for the upcoming game, which is called "Cult County." It's a very exciting display of pictures showing off a game which appears to be based in the horror genre, as well, with themes of religion and atheism. From the site, you can scan a QR code with your 3DS to see the game's screenshots in full 3D. But there's one question left — Will you join the church of the Perfect You?

Last month at Sony's PlayStation Meeting, Blizzard announced that the latest entry in the widely popular Diablo series would be making its way to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 at some point in the future.

This partnership between Blizzard and Sony was implied to be exclusive, but now it appears it may not be as great for Sony as we thought.

"We don't have any announcements to make at this time, but we're not necessarily a Sony exclusive."

Another bright point to note is that one of the biggest issues that plagued Diablo III on PCs was the lack of an offline play and dozens of server crashes, which, in conjunction with one another, left the game unplayable for a while. On the console version of Diablo III, however, you will be able to play the full game offline with up to three friends, which "feels very collaborative," at least on the PlayStation 3.

It looks like Diablo III is shaping up to be a great console gaming experience from a franchise that's been so strongly rooted on the PC. Will you be picking Diablo III up on a home gaming consoles?