Friday, 24 February 2012

Weekly Gaming News - 24/02/2012

Welcome to the weekly gaming news. There's been quiet a lot of news this week, a fair number of small news (Release dates announced, Sale Stats etc etc) One of the biggest things this week is the official launch of Sony's brand spanking new handheld gaming system the Playstation Vita. I personally haven't bought one yet but I have gotten to play one and it looks like a great piece of hardware.
Check out our PS Vita Launch article

I hope you enjoy reading the rest of this weeks news. Also if you have any ideas on things you'd like to see added to the weekly gaming news please feel free to: email me

Bite Size News
Jet Set Radio coming to XBLA and PSN/SEN
TMNT game will be developed after all but by Activision
Fallout 3 and Oblivion double pack coming to Xbox 360 and PC April 3rd 
Double Fine Adventure reaches $2 million 
Rumour: EA making Crysis 3?
Witcher 2 sells 1.1 million copies in 2011
Hideo Kojima reveals New Metal Gear Solid game over twitter.
Borderlands 2 releasing September 21st
Game UK not stocking Ubisoft launch titles
Game UK cancels all The Last Story pre-orders hours before release
PS Vita outsold by PSP again
 Guild Wars 2 Beta Sign up begins
Fill out a survey to have a chance to get into the Counter Strike: GO beta
South African retailer allowing pre-orders for God of War 4

Feature Story

 Nintendo America have released a video announcing some upcoming games and there release dates. The first announcement was that a downloadable game called Dillon's Rolling Western, a tower defence game developed by Vanpool. It has just been released and is now available at the Nintendo 3DS eShop right now.

We also got some Kid Icarus Uprising news and some mention about the multiplayer modes. They also went into weapon fusing which looks very interesting which can be found here.

Mario Tennis Open got a release date of May 20th for the 3DS. We also have gotten some video footage of some gameplay. This is being developed by the guys who made Mario Tennis on the Nintendo 64, which is a fan favourite, so it's shaping up to be a solid arcade tennis game.

Nintendo's Xenoblade Chronicles Cover art poll has finished and Nintendo have announced which cover art they will be using for the Wii release. (Pictured below) Also the North American release date is set for April 6th. Xenoblade Chronicles is already out in Europe/Australia. Originally Nintendo had no plans to release the title in North America but they changed there minds after heavy opposition from Wii owners.

The  biggest news coming out of the video was that The Last Story, for the Nintendo Wii, will be released in America some time this year. The Last Story is a JRPG which is being developed by Mistwalker, the had of Mistwalker was, until recently, the executive producer for the Final Fantasy series. This game was just recently released for Europe and Australia as well.

Sony's handheld packs a punch and has the potential to run any game of the PS2 library on the go. However it looks like Sony haven't gotten any plans to start porting over the PS2 and PS3 library to the vita.

Sony answered the question over at the Playstation Blog:

Q: Is the PS Vita compatible with other PlayStation platform games such as PS3, PS2, or PSP? Do you have any plan to support other PlayStation platforms in the future?

A: PlayStation does not have plans to make PS Vita compatible with PS3 or PS2 titles at this point.

Hopefully we see Sony changing there mind in the near future to support these older titles, backwards compatibility/libraries are a huge selling point to many gamers. 

According to Nintendo the Nintendo 3DS is now the fastest selling video game console ever in Japan. (Also in Australia as well) The 3DS sold a whooping five million units in the first year of launching. The initial launch of the 3DS did not go as Nintendo were expecting, especially after the highly successful Nintendo DS, with poor sale numbers due to a lackluster launch lineup and high retail price (£229.99/$249.99) Nintendo panicked and quickly set to try and save the 3DS with a price drop and released some solid first party titles. Helped by the big releases such as Super Mario 3D Land in November and Mario Kart 7 in early December the 3DS sales skyrocketed during the holiday period.

For such a flaky start it's impressive Nintendo managed to reach the five million units sold milestone quicker than any other console did.


UK Weekly releases
Game Title:       
February 22nd 2012Playstation VitaVita
February 22nd 2012Alan Wake's American NightmareXBLA
February 24th 2012Binary DomainPS3/360
February 24th 2012Jak and Daxter CollectionPS3/360/PC
February 24th 2012The Last StoryWii
February 24th 2012SyndicatePS3/360/PC

AUS Weekly Releases
Game Title:       
February 22nd 2012Alan Wake's American NightmareXBLA
February 22nd 2012Asura's Wrath PS3/360
February 23rd 2012Playstation VitaVita
February 23rd 2012Asura's WrathPS3/360
February 23rd 2012Binary DomainPS3/360
February 23rd 2012CatherinePS3/360
February 23rd 2012The Last StoryWii
February 23rd 2012TEKKEN3DS


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