Respawn’s first game an always-online Xbox 720 exclusive?

By:  Eddie Makuch The first information about Respawn Entertainment‘s debut effort may have been exposed. Several sources have told Kotaku that the studio’s first game will be a multiplayer-focused, always-online Xbox 720 exclusive. A version may also release for Xbox 360, but iterations for PlayStation and Nintendo consoles are not in the cards, one source said. Call of Duty studio Infinity Ward founders Jason West and Vince Zampella created Respawn Entertainment in 2010 afterActivision fired them, claiming insubordination. The studio’s first game will be published by Activision []

Bravely Default coming to North America in 2014

By:  Eddie Makuch Square Enix 3DS role-playing game Bravely Default: Flying Fairy is coming to North America in 2014, Nintendo of America‘s Bill Trinen announced today during a Nintendo Direct video presentation. The game launched last October in Japan. Nintendo also today revealed a special edition Animal Crossing: New Leaf 3DSXL bundle that sports a special design and includes a preinstalled copy of the game. The bundle will retail for $220 in North America. Other highlights from the Nintendo Direct presentation today included []

Dragon Quest X Wii U Release Date and Beta Testing Announced

By: Melissa Evans   (@Fataleflare) Square Enix has announced that they will release the Wii U version of Dragon Quest X on March 30 in Japan. This follows the game‘s release on the aging Wii system last year and will come with an HD graphical update along with a special console bundle. The content in the Wii U version is the same the Wii release, but the Wii U version features enhanced graphics and the option for players to play Dragon Quest X on the []

Etrian Odyssey IV Legends Of The Titan Demo Impressions

By: Melissa Evans   (@Fataleflare) As a person who has never played any of the other Etrian Odyssey titles on the DS I began my venture into the demo for Etrian Odyssey IV Legends of the Titan with a fair amount of curiosity. I’ve heard plenty of good things about the series thus far, but never tried it for myself. Fortunately the demo for Etrian Odyssey IV made its way to the Nintendo 3DS eshop getting fans and potential new ones like myself ready []

Cloud gaming not the future, says Nintendo

By: Eddie Makuch Nintendo president Satoru Iwata was asked by investors recently if he thinks traditional dedicated gaming platforms like the Wii U and 3DS will be replaced by other initiatives, like cloud gaming. He squarely said no, downplaying the role of cloud gaming in the industry’s future and saying dedicated gaming consoles will not die out anytime soon. Iwata said there is always some latency involving cloud gaming. And while this may have little or no effect on some games, on other, more-interactive games, []

Scribblenauts Unlimited Suffers European Delay

By: Darryl Kaye   (@DarrylGU) Nintendo has announced the unfortunate news that 5th Cell‘s upcoming entry into the Scribblenauts franchise will be delayed across Europe on both the Nintendo Wii U and 3DS. Scribblenauts Unlimited, which released in North America last year, was due to release in Europe this Friday. However, Nintendo stated that the game would be delayed until further noticed because “it has come to light that some changes need to be implemented within the game before we launch.” Nintendo offered no []

Fire Emblem: Awakening 3DS Bundle Detailed For North America

By: Melissa Evans   (@Fataleflare) Nintendo of America have detailed the Fire Emblem Awakening 3DS bundle for North America. The bundle will cost $200 and will come with a 4GB SD card and the game pre-installed into the system. The 3DS is a crystal blue color and has a neat design on the cover featuring the sword of the main character Chrom, Falchion. Fire Emblem Awakening will be available in North America on February 4th and in April in Europe. The demo for the game []

Learn More About Fire Emblem: Awakening

By:  Melissa Evans   (@Fataleflare) At Nintendo of America‘s most recent Nintendo Direct presentation they announced the release date for Fire Emblem: Awakening, as well as showing off this handy introduction video. Here we get a short presentation of the game’s characters, story and basic mechanics. Fire Emblem: Awakening will be released for the Nintendo 3DS on February 4th 2013 in North America. Europe will be able to enjoy the game sometime in April. Source: Gaming Union  

3DS surpasses PS3 lifetime sales in Japan

By: Jonathan Toyad The 3DS has now sold more units in Japan than the PS3. According to a recent Media Create report (via Nintendo Life andEurogamer), Nintendo has sold a total of 8,799,378 3DS units in its native country. By comparison, Sony has sold 8,716,260 units of the PS3. The 3DS debuted in March 2011, while the PS3 made its start in November 2006. On a related note, Sony has sold 1,074,621 units of the PS Vita within a year of its release in Japan back in []

Mass Effect 4 in 2014 or 2015 – Report

By:  Eddie Makuch [UPDATE] Following the publication of this story, GamerSyndrome removed the entire interview, saying the information provided was “deemed to be obtained from an inaccurate source.” The original story follows below. Gamers holding out for the next Mass Effect may want to get comfortable. A BioWare representative told GamerSyndrome that it is planning to releaseMass Effect 4, or whatever the game will be called, in the window of late 2014 to mid 2015. A more specific release window was not provided, as “full []