Monthly Archives: April 2014

Next Mass Effect ‘Somewhere in the Middle’ of Development

Bioware has revealed via Twitter that work on the new Mass Effect game has reached the midway point of development. The revelation came from Yanick Roy, studio director at Bioware Montreal, who was responding to a fan’s query about the game.

Little information has been released about the new game in the sci-fi series yet other than that it will be unrelated to Shepard’s story from the original trilogy and that Bioware is not referring to the game as ‘Mass Effect 4’. A few images were also shown on last year’s N7 Day.

Perhaps more details will surface at this year’s E3 which begins on June 10.

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Atari E.T. Cartridges Unearthed in New Mexico

Atari E.T., New Mexico

A film crew has uncovered unwanted copies of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 in a New Mexico landfill. The excavation in Alamogordo is being filmed for a documentary going by the working title “Atari: Game Over” and the evidence unearthed so far proves one of gaming’s longest standing legends – that thousands of copies of the game were buried after it became an almighty flop and left Atari in financial ruin.

Nothing close to the reported thousands of buried copies have been found yet but there is a lot of work still to be done and the findings so far prove that there is truth to the legend.

It also seems that E.T. isn’t the only thing that was dumped there, copies of Centipede, Space Invaders and Asteroids have also been discovered.

E.T., Centipede, New Mexico

 

You will be able to see the full extent of the findings when the documentary hits Xbox One and Xbox 360 later this year.

[SOURCE: Larry Hryb]

Pok√©mon TV App Now Available on Kindle Fire

Pokémon TV

Kindle Fire owners can now download the free Pokémon TV app from the Amazon App Store. The official app from The Pokémon Company is already available on iOS and Android devices but now Kindle Fire owners can join in the fun.

There are episodes from all 16 seasons of the show available to watch, although the selection will vary from week to week. Weekly updates will also add special features and trailers for movie events.

Banjo-Kazooie Spiritual Successor Cancelled According to Composer

Banjo Kazooie

 

A planned spiritual successor to classic N64 platformer series Banjo-Kazooie has been cancelled according to the game’s composer Grant Kirkhope. Kirkhope was taking part in an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit.¬†When one fan questioned him about the project he replied:

The other guys actually had a secret meeting in a pub near Rare and we even got as far as having a character drawn up and a demo level type thing but it all fell to bits …. everyone’s got other jobs etc.

The game was to be developed by a team of ex-Rare staff who took to twitter under the name “MingyJongo” to keep fans updated about the project. The account however has not been active since December 2012 and a planned Kickstarter project never came to fruition.

The original games, Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, are still very highly regarded in the gaming community so this news will come as a disappointment to fans. There have been no new releases in the Banjo series since 2008’s Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts which was itself a drastic departure in gameplay style from the original games.

 

Dragon Age: Inquisition Release Date and Gameplay Trailer Revealed

Dragon Age Inquisition Box Art

The game’s official box art which was unveiled last night

Bioware’s hotly anticipated RPG game Dragon Age: Inquisition has been given an official release date. The third game in the popular series will be hitting stores on October 7 in North America and October 10 in Europe. It will be playable on Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. You can see the trailer below.

Bioware will be showing off the game in more detail at this year’s E3 in June.

Mario Golf: World Tour DLC Details Confirmed

Gold Mario, Mario Golf: World Tour, Nintendo 3DS, DLC

Nintendo has today announced a bevy of new details concerning DLC for 3DS title Mario Golf: World Tour. DLC for the game was first rumoured when it was mentioned in an Amazon listing for the title, but Nintendo has now officially confirmed this in a press release.

With 10 courses and 126 holes, an amount equivalent to previous titles in the franchise, extensive multiplayer modes as well as regional and worldwide tournaments, the main game offers plenty of content for golf fans already. But players who can’t get enough golf and want to expand their experience can purchase up to a total of 108 new downloadable holes and additional Mushroom Kingdom golfers to open up further challenging courses for players to test their skills on and enjoy.

Three separate packs of DLC will be made available but Nintendo is offering them as a three pack set for a discounted rate, although the discount has only been announced for Europe at present. Anyone who takes advantage of this offer will unlock Gold Mario, pictured above, as a playable character, although he will be available to other players as well once all three packs have been released. Owners of the game will also be able to try out the new courses for free in special Trial Tournaments before buying .

Each pack contains two new 18 hole courses and a special character. Full details of pricing and release dates can be seen below.

Mushroom Pack – 2nd May –¬†‚ā¨5.99/¬£5.39/$5.99 (Special character – Toadette)

Flower Pack -“Later in May”-¬†‚ā¨5.99/¬£5.39/$5.99 (Special character – Nabbit)

Star Pack – June –¬†‚ā¨5.99/¬£5.39/$5.99 (Special character – Rosalina)

Three Pack Set – From 2nd May –¬†‚ā¨11.99/¬£10.79/$14.99 until 31st May then ‚ā¨14.99/¬£13.49/$14.99 (Special character – Gold Mario)

Nintendo has also released a batch of screenshots for the characters and courses from these DLC, which you can view in the gallery below.

Cheats & Tips – F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (GBA)

F-Zero Maximum Velocity

Access Password Screen

At the Machine Selection screen in Grand Prix Mode, press L, R, Start, R, L, Select.

Unlockable Machines

Jet Vermillion

There are several ways of unlocking the Jet Vermillion Car. They are as follows:

  1. Unlock all other cars in the game and complete Championship mode 255 times (!).
  2. OR Complete every series on Master Class with all other racers.
  3. OR¬†Create a new save file at the Name Entry screen, call it ‘T&T’ and start a game using that name. Select Grand Prix mode and at the Machine Selection screen enter the password screen code. Finally enter the password ‘V-J4+6V9A-30’.

Sly Joker

Win the Pawn, Knight and Bishop tracks on standard difficulty.

Falcon MK-II

Win any series on expert difficulty.

Silver Thunder

Win the Queen series on expert difficulty.

Stingray

Win the Pawn, Knight and Bishop tracks on expert difficulty.

Fighting Comet

Win the Pawn, Knight, Bishop and Queen tracks on Master difficulty.

Unlock Master Difficulty Setting

Win the Pawn, Knight, or Bishop series on expert difficulty in Grand Prix mode to unlock the master difficulty setting for each series.

View Demo Mode

Press select at the title screen to watch a CPU demonstration.

Soft Reset

To reset the game without using the 0n/off button press select + start + A + B at the same time.

Delete Saved Games

If you need to clear any of your saved data simply hold L + R as you turn the game on. Select ‘Yes’ when prompted.

Darkrai and Diancie to be Given Away to Japanese Moviegoers

Pokémon fans in Japan will receive a special Diancie for Pokemon X and Y if they attend a screening of the new movie, Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction which opens there on July 19th. The Diancie will be at level 50 and will know the moves Diamond Storm, Reflect, Moonblast and Return.

As well as Diancie anyone who books tickets for the movie in advance will unlock a Darkrai with the moves Dark Void, Dark Pulse, Phantom Force and Dream Eater.

The Rock/Fairy type Diancie has already been confirmed to be headed to western territories but exactly how it will be distributed is still unknown. Fingers crossed that a similar offer for Darkrai will hit these shores as well.

You can watch the latest trailer for the movie below as well as the announcement trailer for the Darkrai promotion.

[SOURCE: siliconera.com]

Is this the First Set Photo from Star Wars Episode VII?

Star Wars Episode 7 Set Photo

Abu Dhabi based newspaper The National¬†has taken what is believed to be the first on-set photograph of Star Wars Episode VII. The images show a large encampment in the Abu Dhabi desert, which many are reporting as an indication that Tatooine will appear in the new movie, although filming for the desert planet in previous Star Wars movies has always taken place in Tunisia. What has caught the attention of most Star Wars fans about the picture however is the large grey, round piece of equipment in the centre of the photograph which resembles a foot from one of the empire’s AT-ATs (pictured below) from The Empire Strikes Back.

ATAT

Reporters at The National however believe it also bears a resemblance to the escape pod used by R2-D2 and C3PO at the beginning of A New Hope. The fact that this relatively minor detail is the cause of such discussion just emphasizes how much secrecy there is surrounding the new movie.

With ‘Star Wars Day’ approaching (May the 4th) perhaps more concrete details will be revealed then. We will of course keep you up to date when and if that happens.

[SOURCE: TheForce.net]

Mario Golf: World Tour Demo Hits 3DS eshop

Mario Golf World Tour, Nintendo 3DS

Amongst the latest batch of digital releases to the 3DS eshop today is a demo for the latest entry in Nintendo’s Mario Golf franchise – Mario Golf: World Tour. The demo is currently only available in Europe but will be downloadable in North America next week, on the 24th April to be exact.

Alongside the demo came the announcement that anyone who purchases the game from the Nintendo eshop by 29th May 2014 will get a free download code for the Game Boy Color version of Mario Golf.¬†Mario Golf: World Tour launches in Europe on the 2nd May so you’ll have to act pretty fast to take advantage of this offer!