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Nintendo has announced its CEO, Satoru Iwata, has passed away at the age of 55.
Nintendo's Satoru Iwata says that DS games will be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console, as part of a company effort to "focus on enriching the value of the GamePad to give momentum to Wii U this year."
Even without the PlayStation 4 launch, next week would bring a solid lineup of new releases, including the XCOM: Enemy Within expansion, space sim X Rebirth, the revamped Baldur's Gate II: Enhanced Edition, Injustice: Gods Among Us for PC, Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus, sci-fi social network sim Redshirt, and Chivalry: Deadliest Warrior. With the PS4 arriving too, oh me oh my it's a big week.
Next week brings the first next-gen game, with the release of what one imagines will surely be the second-best-selling game of the year, Call of Duty: Ghosts. For whatever reason, the PS4 version is imminent, even if you can't play for some time. We're also getting Wii Sports Club, Tale of Tales' sensual Luxuria Superbia, Sid Meier's Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies, the proper PC launch of State of Decay, and the very last game from Arkedo, Poof VS the Cursed Kitty.
Some solid bangers are smashing into next week like a wrecking ball, including Batman: Arkham Origins, the Director's Cut of Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Eldritch, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies. Oh, and a new Commodore 64 release, on a cartridge and everything.
Having bounced gaily all over mobile doodads, Doodle Jump is now coming to Nintendo's handhelds. Publisher GameMill has announced Doodle Jump Adventures for Nintendo 3DS, which comes with a new 'Adventure' mode, and plain old Doodle Jump Journey for DS.
"Oh, the summer video game drought!" fools lament. Tush and fie! Maybe the shelves are looking a little empty, but download stores are bulging with wonders next week. My pick of the week is first-person explorer Gone Home, and we'll also get Disney Infinity, punk beat 'em up Charlie Murder, co-op heister Payday 2, DuckTales Remastered, shiny tabletop adaptation Space Hulk, and Europa Universalis IV.
A new week means a new round of new releases. Next weeks' lineup of new games includes Dragon's Crown, Mario & Luigi: Dream Team, Tales of Xillia, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons for XBLA, and PC editions of Guacamelee and the revamped Spelunky. All shiny and new.
Shadowrun Returns backers will get to see what their cash money paid for next week, when the cyberpunk RPG finally launches. Also arriving next week are the PS3 release of Zeno Clash II, the renamed PlayStation versions of Stealth Bastard, Picross E2 for 3DS, and more.
Next week will bring the launches of Shin Megami Tensei IV, Dynasty Warriors 8, Mystic Chronicles, Time and Eternity, and, well, some other odds and ends.
Nintendo is selling refurbished 3DS and DSi XL systems directly on its website. "Authentic Nintendo Refurbished Products" are, according to the...
Next week brings a fine lineup of new releases, including zombie-smashing sequel Dead Island: Riptide, survive 'em up Don't Starve, heist 'em up Monaco, tie 'em in Star Trek, the expandalone Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen, and loads more lovelies.
Next week's bulging bag of new releases includes the brosome Gears of War: Judgment, intriguing GTA-ish LEGO City Undercover, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, the PC edition of Trials Evolution, zombie shooter The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, Zen Pinball 2 for Wii U, and Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on 3DS. Exciting times!
Next week will bring Dead Space 3, Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2, Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time, and, you know, this and that.
Is a pirated game truly a lost sale? Do some people buy games after playing a pirate copy? In a way, it doesn't really matter. The mere belief amongst some publishers that hardcore gamers are frightful pirates is why the DS and 3DS are given over to safe bets like licensed games and sequels, according to Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion developer DreamRift's co-founder Peter Ong.
Bayonetta creator Platinum's multiplayer fighter Anarchy Reigns is the star of next week's new release list, which is otherwise pretty thin. We'll see tower defense Fieldrunners 2 and spaceship shooter Dawnstar both hit PC, Earth Defense Force 2017 invades Vita, and, well, not much else is coming.
For some reason or another, not one single new game is landing on store shelves next Tuesday. In fact, new releases are light all round next week. Puzzling! We'll receive a smattering of downloadable DS and 3DS games and... that's it.
Only two new games are physically landing on store shelves next week, but virtual shelves will groan under the strain of new digital releases. We'll be getting Street Fighter X Mega Man, Knytt Underground, Double Fine's Kinect Party, Zombie Driver HD, and loads more.
Next week's another quiet one for new releases as we head into the holidays, but a few items of interest are coming out. We'll see sandbox build-o-FPS Ace of Spades, Darkfall: Unholy Wars, Grasshopper's Black Knight Sword, Big Sky Infinity, Tale of Tales' latest, and a few more.