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Nintendo’s Plan to Quietly Kill the Wii U – GameSpot


By Tom Mc Shea The Wii U is performing dismally at retail. It’s the depressing reality in which we live, and one that has caused us to think up ways to improve the console’s fate. What if Nintendo no longer bundled it with the expensive GamePad? Or partnered with outside studios willing to create exclusive games for the Wii U? Then maybe the system wouldn’t lag so far behind […] Read more here: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/nintendo-s-plan-to-quietly-kill-the-wii-u/1100-6418177/

Advantage PS4: Why Sony is winning the console war – GameSpot


By: Justin Haywald Just in case you’re someone who’s inclined to read the title of this opinion piece, skim the first paragraph, and then jump straight to the comments section, this is not a doom-and-gloom message for Microsoft. The Xbox One is selling really well, the Microsoft games division isn’t about to go out of business, and the launch of the Xbox One has not been a complete disaster (though it’s been a small one). But the Xbox One is in second []

2D Platformer Mutant Mudds sold more on Wii U than Steam, PS3, PS Vita combined – GameSpot


By: Emanuel Maiberg Wii U’s sales numbers might be dismal, prompting Nintendo to slash its sales projection for the platform this year by over two thirds, but it’s the best platform in terms of sales for at least one developer. Co-founder and director at Renegade Kid Joos Watsham has said on Twitter that the developer’s Mutant Mudds, a 2D platformer, has sold more copies on Wii U than the combined sales on Steam, PS Vita and PlayStation 3. Full story here: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/2d-platformer-mutant-mudds-sold-more-on-wii-u-than-steam-ps3-ps-vita-combined/1100-6417790/

Bravely Default: Flying Fairy hitting 3DS February 7


By: Eddie Makuch Nintendo announced North America launch dates for two high-profile third-party 3DS games today during a Nintendo Direct briefing, slating Bravely Default: Flying Fairy for release on February 7 and Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy for February 28. Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy is already available in Europe. In addition, the Bravely Default: Flying Fairy Collector’s Edition was confirmed for release in North America. It includes an art book, 34 AR cards, and a soundtrack CD. A price []

Diablo 3 on PS4 doesn’t support Remote Play


By: Eddie Makuch Diablo III on PlayStation 4–the Ultimate Evil Edition–does not support Remote Play, at least not right now, senior level designer Matthew Berger told GameSpot at BlizzCon last night. “Not really. Not for the moment,” Berger said. Part of the reason why comes down to the PlayStation Vita’s screen being too small to effectively allow players to view the action and manage their inventories, Berger said. “The Vita is an amazing piece of kit, but the screen is still smaller,” []

Activision on “strange desire” for games to morph into movies


By: Eddie Makuch Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg is not terribly thrilled about the idea of games borrowing from movies to the point where they play out like films. In a new interview with Edge, Hirshberg was asked if Activision would ever consider making a game outside of the boundaries of typical genres, like a romantic comedy game. “There’s this strange desire to morph games into movies or have them behave more like movies; I don’t share that desire,” Hirshberg said. “Games []

Free-to-play Batman: Arkham Origins brawler coming to iOS


By: Eddie Makuch A free-to-play  Batman: Arkham Origins  brawler will be released on iOS and Android later this year, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment announced today. The game will be available “in the console game launch window” for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, with the Android version following during the holiday period. Batman: Arkham Origins launches for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, and PC on October 25. The mobile version was developed by Mortal Kombat studio NetherRealm Studios, which previously created []

Nintendo announces new Kirby for 3DS


By: Martin Gaston Nintendo has announced a new Kirby title for the Nintendo 3DS. Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata announced the game during today’s Nintendo Direct, showing off footage for the new title, which appears to be a more traditional Kirby platformer than some of the character’s more recent titles, such as Kirby’s Epic Yarn and Kirby: Mass Attack . No official title for the upcoming game was given, though Nintendo announced that the game was due for release in 2014. During today’s []

Batman: Arkham Origins multiplayer mode revealed, not coming to Wii U


By: Eddie Makuch Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the multiplayer mode for Batman: Arkham Origins , revealing it is in development at Brink and Enemy Territory developer Splash Damage, and won’t be available on Wii U. The online mode–Invisible Predator Online–will be supported on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC versions. No mention was made of why the Wii U had been passed over for the game mode, and a Warner Bros. representative declined to comment. The asymmetrical 3 vs. 3 []

Analyst: Xbox One may have 3x more launch units than PS4


By: Eddie Makuch The Xbox One may have 2-3x more launch units than the PlayStation 4 this holiday, according to Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian. In a note to investors today, he said this superior launch allocation would give Microsoft an initial advantage, but noted supply for both next-generation systems will likely be “constrained,” leading to potential shortages . His estimations are based on supply chain checks. Sebastian also said the tides are turning for Microsoft, following its dramatic policy reversal last month []