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Pac-Man And The Ghostly Adventures

Pac-Man And The Ghostly Adventures

It has been a while since we have seen the rotund yellow chomper in his own game.  However, the fine folks over at Namco Bandai are bringing him back in PAC-MAN and the Ghostly Adventure! You can also see PAC-MAN return to television when he debuts his new animated adventures over at Disney on June 17th!

You can expect to see PAC-MAN hit the PS3, Xbox 360, and the Wii U this fall.  A special side-scrolling edition will release for the 3DS (I love side-scrollers, but why put one on the 3DS?)

Essel Pratt 15.05.2013 On May 15th 2013 with with 0 Comments
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New Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Teaser Site

New Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Teaser Site

Square Enix recently opened a new teaser site for Theatrhythm Final Fantasy.  This is a bit odd, especially since the game was released not too long ago.  Is it possible that they are already planning a sequel?  Maybe an iOS port?

I am hoping for a sequel of some sort, but am fearing that Square’s love affair with the iOS might just break my heart.

Essel Pratt 10.12.2012 On Dec 10th 2012 with with 0 Comments
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Iwata: Smartphones Are Nintendo’s Friend, But Not Best Buds

Iwata: Smartphones Are Nintendo's Friend, But Not Best Buds

Everyone seems to have a smartphone now days.  You would think that with their power and ease of access, they would become a bigger opponent of the handheld consoles, such as the Vita and 3DS.  However, people still seem to avoid them for serious gaming.

In my eyes, I think Smartphones have a great potential.  I have played multiple Square Enix games and have had a wonderful experience.  But still, I like the operation of phone and console.  It seems that Nintendo’s Iwata feels similar.  In a recent investor Q & A, he noted that Smartphones and Tablets should not be compared to “traditional” systems.  A dedicated gaming device just offers more for the gamer.

Iwata’s response to the investors was, “For instance, those who are interested in the Animal Crossing series, but are not aware of Nintendo Direct might have seen a tweet about the video and the link to it on their Twitter timeline and actually accessed it on their smartphone. In this context, smartphones are nothing but our friend.

Above all, we have two things to do: to offer consumers gaming experiences which smart devices cannot realize and to actively try to make smart devices our allies, not our enemies.”
What are your thoughts on Mobile gaming.  Can the two mesh, or is Iwata correct?

Essel Pratt 30.10.2012 On Oct 30th 2012 with with 0 Comments
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Pure Nintendo Kickstarter: 7 Days To Go!

When I heard the news that Nintendo Power was ending publication, I was crushed.  I almost blame myself for not picking up an issue in years, but in my childhood I was an avid subscriber.  I can remember anticipating the newest issue’s arrival, then slowly thumbing through the pages to ensure I did not miss a single detail.  Now that it is gone, I feel that a piece of my childhood is lost.  I know there are a lot of gaming magazines out there, but none are devoted exclusively to Nintendo products.  Now, that is not a bad thing, but only a purely Nintendo magazine could devote the love and attention that our favorite gaming company deserves.

Our friends over at PureNintendo.com are just as passionate about the Nintendo universe as we are here at Infendo.  They also felt the void left by Nintendo Power’s demise, so Nate Sylvia and  Justin Sharp decided to do something about it!  They decided to launch a Kickstarter project to help them raise the money needed to publish a high quality magazine that would include “high definition screen shots, photos, and intelligent articles”.  Pure Nintendo Magazine will be perfect for the fan that prefers a print version, as well as a digital version for mobile, tablet and desktop devices.

“We love Nintendo and we hope you do too!! Help us prove to the gaming community that there are still Nintendo fans out there who have an insatiable appetite for all things Nintendo! “, pretty much sums up the passion that Nate and Justin have for this project.  Their devotion to the king of consoles is what will set Pure Nintendo apart from other gaming magazines.

The Kickstarter project has a goal of $20,000.00 and ends on October 11 at 10:19 PM EDT.  Those that pledge at least $10.00 to this amazing project will be awarded with some great items, such as a Pure Nintendo sticker, or for $20.00 a year subscription and other fantastic awards (I personally want to hoodie)!

I urge everyone to check out their Kickstarter page and consider pledging at least one dollar if you can.  the dedications and support of fans like us are needed to help bring the vision of Pure Nintendo Magazine forth.  I, for one, am very excited to see the success of the of the magazine and will be proud to say that my contribution helped make it happen!  To check out the project and submit your pledge, click the following link!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/purenintendo/pure-nintendo-magazine

 

To view their latest edition of the magazine, click the link below, or click the picture at the top of the page!

Pure_Nintendo_Magazine_Issue_6.pdf

Essel Pratt 04.10.2012 On Oct 04th 2012 with with 0 Comments
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E3 impressions

E3 impressions

So another E3 has come and gone. The Internet is buzzing with angry fan boys who believe their favourite company had the best conference, the best games, and the best future. But who really won E3? Was there a clear winner?

I believe that this year, when it comes to Microsft, Sony and Nintendo there was no real wining conference.  Each company did what it needed to do but they also fell slightly short. However, EA and Ubisoft both had conferences that showed off the big AAA titles for this year as well.

Overall the best conference would go to Ubisoft. From start to finish the publisher continued to roll out big games all of which looked better than the last. Starting with Farcry 3 and ending in Watch Dogs, Ubisoft was the only show I thought was worth watching this year.

The games continued to flow for Ubisoft as they showed off Assasin’s Creed III, Rayman: Legends, and Splinter Cell: Blacklist, all of which look to be huge games for this year.  Each trailer looked to be better and better, ending the show with arguably the best game at the conference helped as well. Watch Dogs looks to be a ground breaking game with an interesting story and some high-end action. So over all Ubisoft stole the show.

Moving on to EA, starting the show with Dead Space 3 got the crowd excited. For me however, the excitement started to fade after that. They showed off a DLC pack for Battle Field 3 which looks to be a great deal with a lot of content, but it was quickly brushed aside for the trailer for the new Medal of Honour reveal.

They then shifted their focus to their sport franchises, Madden 13 will be sporting voice commands with Kinect which seems like it could make an interesting game, but only if you are playing by yourself, I am not sure how it would work if you are playing with a friend in the same room as you as he tries to shout commands for his defense.

The biggest news coming from their conference was that they have obtained the rights to UFC. EA will now be in charge of the UFC franchise of games.  Hopefully they can use their expertise in the field of sport games to make a simpler control scheme that is more welcoming to new users.

The third party support for this year’s E3 was very apparent, most of the big 3’s conferences consisted of showing off 3rd party, multiplatform games. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but Microsoft did not have enough exclusive content.

Microsoft started the conference off with a bang, showing a new Halo 4 trailer, which looked amazing. The followed it up by showing off the new Splinter Cell game. This is what frustrated me this year. Why would Microsoft show off a game that will also be on the PS3?

With that being said Microsoft did one thing they needed to do, invest in new IP’s. While they were only short clips that could hardly generate excitement showing something new is a good sign.

Ascend: New Gods looks to be Xbox’s attempt to combat God of War. Another game they showed off was Lococycle. The trailer did not really reveal much; hopefully we can see more of the game. The final one they showed was Matter, this interesting title will be for Kinect, it looks to be the most different of the three.

While new titles are always great, Microsoft did not leave their core fanbase in the dark. The first trailer for Gears of War: Judgement was shown off as well as Forza: Horizon. Overall, Microsoft delivered with the exclusive content but should have spent more time promoting it.

Microsoft looked to be interesting in promoting the entertainment side of the console this year, introducing Internet Explorer, and Xbox Music. But the most interesting concept they showed off was Smart Glass. This app will allow users to use their tablet or smartphone to connect to the Xbox, stream shows from your tablet and continue to watch on TV, give information to you while you watch it, or even give more information while you play videogames. This seems like Microsoft’s way of combating the Wii U, but I believe there should be more emphansis on what it can really do.

Sony’s conference was probably the most well rounded of the 3, starting the show off with Beyond: Two Souls. From the developers of Heavy Rain comes another epic, emotion filled, high action game that will surely make owners of the PS3 proud.

They continued to show off some bundles they made with Ubisoft for the PS VIta  and PS3 both of which involve the Assassin’s creed brand. After this however, Sony showed off God of War: Acension, a brutal yet beautiful game looks to be a prequel in the series. The gameplay looks fun and action packed.

The conference ended with Sony showing off gameplay for The Last of Us. Being developed by Naughty Dog, this game pretty much has Sony’s seal of quality. The game looks like it will play a similar style to Uncharted, but will revolve more around the relationships of the two main characters. It looks to be living up to the hype and could be a contender for the best game at E3 along with Watch Dogs.

Sony slipped up in one spot, the concept behind Wonderbook looks to be great. A whole generation can get into reading from this device. When you have a celebrity like JK Rowling backing your brand you have to show it off, however there was too much time spent on the Wonderbook. I would have liked to see it, but in a smaller dose. I don’t think gamers who came to see the best of the best from Sony being overly excited for this.

With that being said the concept looks interesting and fun, the Harry Potter game looks to delve deeper in the series’ folklore which is never a bad thing.

The final conference was Nintendo. While they still have one more show to do which focuses on the 3DS I think that there was enough information to make a judgement on their performance this year.

This was Nintendo’s chance to show that the Wii U is a hard-core system.  I do not believe they achieved that. Nintendo spent too much time focusing on casual games. It is understandable because the Wii U will be geared for everyone, but there was not enough hard-core content.

ZombiU was the only exclusive game that can fall under that category. While it looks like it could be epic, I think time will tell for this game. Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition is merely a remake of the game that was released last year. These games are not going to make people flock to the system. Nintendo needs unique content from their third party developers Arkham City won’t be that.

While not quite the hard-core game Wii U needs, Pikmin 3 looked amazing. It was a great way to start the show, and from the looks of it, a great first impression of the Wii U’s graphical ability. The scenes we were shown looked almost real, like the Pikmin were wondering a real landscape.

New Super Mario Bros: U looks to be another solid entry in the new series, however I would not consider this, or any games they showed off this year to be system sellers.

A short amount of time was put out for the 3DS where another New Super Mario Bros. game was shown as well as a trailer for Luigi’s Mansion. The game that really grabbed my attention though was Paper Mario: Sticker Star. The game looks to be going back to Paper Mario’s roots and will probably be a great RPG.

Nintendo also took some time to show off what Nintendo’s online community will consist of. There will be a lobby where you can chat with friends, share high scores stuff like that with your Mii. They also spoke briefly on having YouTube, Hulu, Netflix and Amazon as content providers. This is great for the system if it wants to compete with Microsoft and Sony, but they will need more, especially their competition showing off their new sports packages. It will take time, Nintendo is new to the online game where as Playstation and Xbox have had online capabilities since their consoles from last generation.

The show ended with Nintendo showing off what looks to be one of the more popular launch titles for the system-Nintendo Land. This game looks like it has some potential to be a fun multi player game that can be played with a few friends at a party or even with family. What the game does essentially is pit the gamer with the Wii U tablet controller against other gamers who are using the Wii-Mote.

The premise behind this game is that it is a theme park; each stage is a classic Nintendo franchise. These franchises span from Donkey Kong to Animal Crossing.  The game looks interesting, but again this is not the hard-core showing Nintendo needed this year.

Another part where Nintendo faltered was showing some support for the Wii. The Wii U is set for a holiday release, in that time gamers still want something to play. It is disappointing to see as a Wii owner that Nintendo is essentially giving up on the system and holding out for the Wii U. This could harm them in the future, seeing as many fans feel abandoned with only a handful games have made their way to the console recently.

Overall, this year’s E3 did not generate as much excitement for me as some have in the past. This doesn’t mean it wasn’t a solid show, with games like Halo 4, The Last of us and Watch Dogs, there will be more than enough for me to look forward to in the coming months.  Each company did their best to show off as much as they could, but in the end behind all the AAA titles, exclusive content and the cheers, I feel like they all fell slightly short.

Cody Orme 06.06.2012 On Jun 06th 2012 with with 0 Comments
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