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Nintendo Puts Mario Kart Producer Over Mobile Development


Earlier today during Nintendo’s financial briefing, Nintendo revealed something very interesting about their mobile development. Apparently Mario Kart producer, Hideki Konno, will be in charge of development of their smartphone games.

This is what Satoru Iwata had to say when speaking with the Japanese publication Sankei:

It should help you understand the level of commitment from Nintendo

This is some serious muscle they’re putting behind their mobile development. The Mario Kart series is one of their top sellers! To think they’re putting Hideki Konno behind it. They must be very serious about their mobile development!


Infinity Goes to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Infinity 3 Starter SetI guess we should have seen this announcement coming. It was only a matter of time before Disney leveraged the juggernaut that is Star Wars. Today, Disney officially confirmed that Disney Infinity 3.0 will features characters from the Star Wars universe.

The newest installment of Disney’s toys to life franchise, Disney Infinity 3.0 launches this Fall. The starter set will retail for $64.99. It includes a figure for Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano as well as a Star Wars playset entitled Twilight of the Republic.

That isn’t the only foray into the universe of Star Wars. There are at least three Star Wars playsets that have been announced. One of them takes places during the events of the Prequel Trilogy, Episodes I-III. Another one takes place during the events of the Original Trilogy, Episodes IV-VI. The last one will lead into the events of the newly announced trilogy, beginning with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

In addition to the Star Wars playsets we can expect to see some based on Pixar’s upcoming film Inside Out as well as a new Marvel playset that features Hulkbuster Iron Man, Ultron and other charaters in the Marvel Universe.

Lastly there will be more characters from across the Disney library. These include new figures for Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Sam Flynn and Quorra from Tron: Legacy, Mulan and Olaf. There will be more announcements of characters and playsets to come at a later date.

This has also been confirmed. My Disney Infinity figure collection will grow by the number of Star Wars characters that are available. Here’s a trailer showing some of the new content. Head past the break for a few screenshots featuring many of the newly announced characters.

Disney Infinity 3.0 will be available this Fall for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, PC, iOS, and Android.

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Ouya Company Looking For Buyer

OUYAAbout 3 years, 1 month after E3 2012, one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns in history launched. I’m talking about the Ouya, which managed to raise $8,596,474 which was well beyond the $950,000 goal. Well, we all know the story, the Ouya’s success was very short-lived. The system has struggled to find a market. Also, not too long after the Ouya, we started seeing many other Android based consoles and even $100 consoles from both Nintendo and Sony. There’s been so many of these in such a short period that they’ve been named Microconsoles for their relatively low power and low cost (with Nvidia Shield being an exception of course).

With all that competition that came out of nowhere for a market that really wasn’t there to begin with, the company behind Ouya (also known as Ouya) has been struggling. So much so, that according to Fortune, a confidential email from CEO Julie Uhrman states the company is looking for a buyer. This is what she said:

Given our debtholder’s timeline, the process will be quick. We are looking for expressions of interest by the end of this month. Our focus now is trying to recover as much investor capital as possible.

We believe we’ve built something real and valuable. I continue to read the tweets and emails of our fans who play OUYA every day, and our catalog is now over 1,000 apps and 40,000 developers. We have the largest library of Android content for the TV (still more than Amazon) — hells ya!

Now not everything is all doom and gloom for Ouya. Despite rocky sales and not really taking off in the market, the Ouya has established a pretty large library. According to their website, Ouya has 1112 games so far. That’s no small number. This very large library they’ve accumulated could help them find a buyer. Who knows though. What are your thoughts on the matter? Do you want to see Ouya be bought by another company?

Mobius Final Fantasy Gets New Trailer


Square Enix’s new mobile RPG, Mobius Final Fantasy (previously titled Mevius), just received a new trailer. The trailer gives us a better look at the jobs, the battles, and the story.

Not much is known about this game but what we do know is the game is focuses on the “Warrior of Light” and will feature a more classic style. It’s produced by Yoshinori Kitase and has Kazushige Nojima as the scenario writer.

Mobius Final Fantasy is due out this winter in Japan.

Guitar Hero Live Coming This Fall To A Platform Near You


Yesterday we had a tease, today we have a reveal. Activision revealed that after 5 years, Guitar Hero is back. The new game is titled Guitar Hero Live, is being developed by Freestyle Games (the studio behind DJ Hero), and will use live-action footage in a first person view instead of in game graphics.

The game will include a new guitar peripheral that uses a two-row, six-button layout. The change is to attempt making the game more accessible for those who had a hard time pressing the orange button in older entries.

Players can also play along to a continuously updated collection of music videos in a 24 hour network called Guitar Hero TV. You can play this mode with friends locally or experience it online with anybody.

Because there’s a new peripheral, the game will launch bundled with the peripheral for $99.99. Guitar Hero Live is scheduled for a fall release and will be making its way to Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, and select mobile devices.

Level-5 Explains Why Fantasy Life Sequel Is On Smartphones


A few days ago, Level-5 announced that they would be bringing be bringing the sequel to Fantasy Life to smartphones instead of the 3DS.  This, of course, surprised many people as the original was a 3DS exclusive and one of the games shown off at E3 last year during Nintendo’s Treehouse Live event. Well Level-5’s CEO Akihiro Hino spoke with Famitsu recently where the subject came up. This is what was said:

I’d say Fantasy Life has elements and mechanisms which adults find soothing. Although children play games on dedicated game systems, recently many adults have been playing on smartphones.

Couldn’t disagree with the second part of this response more but then again, different regions. Also that’s a discussion for a different time. I am a bit curious though. Seeing as Nintendo was the company that localized the original, will there be any publishers that will step up to localize the sequel?


Fantasy Life Sequel Announced For Smartphones


After a very long wait for its localization, it was a pleasant surprise when Nintendo announced they’d be localizing Fantasy Life for 3DS in both North America and Europe at E3 last year. It was a massive undertaking but one that gave us one of the most content heavy Japanese RPG’s this generation. While the game had a decent reception from critics and modest sales, the fan feedback was mostly positive. Positive enough to warrant a sequel. Just not for 3DS.

Fantasy Life 2: Two Moons And The Village of God was announced during Level-5’s Vision 2015 event for iOS and Android. The visual style is the same as its predecessor and uses some of the same maps for exploration. Fantasy Life 2 will feature the 12 lives that were in the original however the gameplay will be more focused on village building. You’ll even meet up with some returning characters on your adventures.

Did you purchase the original and hoped to see the sequel on 3DS?

Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities Creeps Onto Platform Near You

ForgottenMemoriesA new survival-horror game has crept out of the shadows and it’s promising an old school vibe. Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities is on the way this year and developer Psychoz Interactive is calling it a spiritual-successor to the classic survival-horror games from the 90’s. The game aims to combine exploration, reflection, puzzles, action, and survival with gameplay focused on fear mechanics.

The game has some pretty high quality voice talent in it with Guy Cihi and David Schaufele who worked on Silent Hill 2 lending their voices among others. The game initially started as an iOS project around 2009 but didn’t go into full production until 2012 when they switched engines to Unity. The switch to Unity looks to be for the better as the visuals look fantastic. Also, because they switched to Unity, this means more potential platforms for release, which is exactly what they’re doing. Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities is coming out April 23 for iOS and later this year for Android, Steam, Vita, and Wii U. Check out the trailer below.

Nintendo Was In Talks With DeNA Since 2010

DenaJust in case you somehow missed the big news, one of the things investors have been telling Nintendo to do for years has finally happened. Nintendo has formed a mobile partnership and we will start seeing Nintendo IP on mobile devices. DeNA, the owner of the mobile platform Mobage, and Nintendo are now officially partners. Both companies have invested a significant amount of money in each other as well buying a pretty big amount of shares from each other.

This may come as very sudden to some which is understandable considering Nintendo’s position on the subject over the years. However, this isn’t further from the truth. DeNA has confirmed that the two companies have been in talks since 2010.

Internally, we had a lot of strategic meetings. The one big solution was always that there’s a giant IP holder in the market that hasn’t stepped into the smartphone environment. Really, the reason they were convinced that they wanted to work with us was that we were so determined to work with them that we have really been talking to them since 2010. Yes, we were talking to them for a long, long time. Finally, Nintendo became ready to do this. And we were ready the whole time.

Another good thing about this is DeNA is confirming they’re not looking for quick ports or releasing a bunch of games at once. Rather they’re intending on playing to each of the companies strengths and want to make one game at a time that’s optimized for the mobile platform. They’re also looking for that big 100 million seller that reaches people of all ages.

CounterSpy Review

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There was a game a few years back that released on Xbox Live Arcade that I absolutely loved. It was a 2D, Metroid style shooter called Shadow Complex. You navigated around a map moving on a two-dimensional plane inside a governmental base taking out enemy soldiers, mechs and aircraft. It played incredibly well, with solid shooting mechanics in both two and three dimensions. It looked great and the map had more secrets than any politician on the planet. It’s been almost six years and still we haven’t gotten a sequel to that game.

Well, fast forward to now and a company called Dynamighty is giving me the next best thing; a two dimensional stealth shooter where you play as a spy and carry out missions against two world superpowers in an effort to stop them from blowing each other up. The story involves mutual assured destruction, secret plans for sending atomic weapons to the moon and spies. That’s all you really need to have a great story, right? Let me just tell you. It is. The story isn’t the real reason you come to this game, though. It’s the stealthy goodness and the shooting. Maybe I should tell you what game I’m talking about. It’s called Counterspy and it’s great. (Full disclosure: I got this game for free thanks to PlayStation Plus.)

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