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By John Gall, March 9, 2012 0 Multiplatform, News, PS3, Xbox 360

According to Square Enix, the next coliseum battle featuring Final Fantasy XIII antagonist, Jihl Nabaat will be made available on Mar. 13.

Like the Lightning and Amodar battle from last month, winning this battle will give you access to Jihl as an additional party member that takes up the spot of one of your other loveable, tameable monsters.

In addition to Jihl, we also know that Gilgamesh and at least one villain from fan favorite Final Fantasy VI will eventually be making their debut as well.

Perhaps even more exciting than a new coliseum battle is the next chapter in the Final Fantasy XIII-2 storyline. Following the success of Sazh: Head’s or Tails?, this new arc will instead focus on Lightning and her battles against Caius titled “Lightning’s Story: Requiem of the Goddess.

This new story will be available sometime in mid-May and will likely set you back the standard fare of $4.99. There has been no word on whether this will grant you access to Lightning as a party member, however.

Of course, it might be weird having two different Lightning’s in your repertoire.

Source: Facebook

By John Gall, March 7, 2012 0 News, PS Vita, Rumor

UPDATE: The picture included in this article is indeed a fake and is believed to have originated from 4chan. Regardless of the disappointment this news may have caused I’d also like to remind our readers that we should be expecting the announcement of some new Playstation Vita games tomorrow morning. The original story can still be read below.

Eurogamer reported today that they received a tip on the listing of four different unannounced Playstation Vita games at Play.com, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Nights, Monster Hunter Portable 3, and Tales of Innocence R.

What’s interesting to note is that only Tales of Innocence R has actually been formally announced (and released) in any region. Both Final Fantasy Type-0 and Monster Hunter 3 appear on different platforms without a Vita announcement, and there has been no news of a Grand Theft Auto game for Vita anywhere.

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By John Gall, March 1, 2012 0 Indie, News, Retro

I must say, never in my life did I imagine I would be writing an announcement for a new SNES game, but here I am. Coming in 2013, you can get your copy of the first game to be released on arguably one of the best consoles of all time in 15 years.

Nightmare Busters, developed, produced and published by Super Fighter Team, is now available for pre-order at $60 plus shipping and handling. According to the team, preorders will be capped at 600 copies at a time, so if you want to lock in your copy you might want to do it fast before pre-orders sell out. According to the site it is:

A masterful run-and-gun game for the Super Nintendo, Super Famicom and all compatible video game systems…

At this moment, there is no further information aside from the title, logo and that brief description at this time. However, the game’s website should be going live soon with additional information.

We’ve contacted the team for more details and will keep you posted if any information comes in.

As an avid collector of old school games and a small time indie dev, this news is exciting to me. To see the marriage of two of my greatest hobbies at this level is just mind blowing.

Source: Nightmare Busters

By John Gall, March 1, 2012 0 News, PC

Fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones rejoice! Not only will you be able to pick up the season 1 box set on Amazon or your local store on Tuesday and the second season on HBO is starting on April 1, but now there’s an MMO coming this Fall.

Bigpoint Games, a predominantly browser game developer and creators of Farmerama and Battlestar Galactica Online, is currently working on a free-to-play Game of Thrones MMO to complement their collection of obscure MMOs.

Details are scarce right now, but Bigpoint plans on showcasing the game at GDC next week, so those attending will be able to check it out. While a Game of Thrones MMO is exciting, I’m going to have to wait and see what news trickles down the grapevine before I make my decision to play or not.

This news is also separate from the fact that a console role-playing game is slated to arrive on May 17.

Reports say that the Game of Thrones MMO beta will start this Fall. Anyone interested in participating should hop on over to the main site where you can sign up for news updates as they become available.

Hopefully all of this will help to sate my A Song of Ice and Fire itch until The Winds of Winter.

Sources: Kotaku | Joystiq

By John Gall, February 28, 2012 0 Industry, News, Rumor, Xbox 360

Two weeks ago, Kotaku reported that the code name for the new Microsoft console is “Durango.” Today we got news about a Durango Developers Summit in London courtesy of Crytek’s Sean Tracy’s Twitter account which you can see for yourself below.

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By John Gall, February 23, 2012 0 3DS, News, Rumor

It’s not like Zelda fans needed much to freak out–but then again, it’s not every day you get a message from the producer behind the Legend of Zelda.

Eiji Aonuma surprised fans of the series with another mention of a new Zelda game. Using the Nintendo 3DS program Swapnote, he sent a short message to all fans thanking them for their continued support of the Zelda series.

Hello, this is Aonuma, Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda producer. Did you enjoy The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D? Thanks to everyone, the Legend of Zelda series had a very happy 25th anniversary. I hope you’re looking forward to new Legend of Zelda games.

Yes, granted, he makes no formal announcement of a new Zelda game. And yes, I think it’s obvious that barring some world shattering apocalypse (and even then maybe) a new Zelda game will be released sometime in the future. Still, you know that this simple “Thank you” would generate enough energy to power many developing nations if there was a way to harness the effort expended worldwide in typing up the ensuing deluge of Zelda speculation.

When this game is announced it’s sure to come with a roar of approval and anticipation. Unless of course that title is any thing like a certain Zelda game on a certain portable that I will not name. Thankfully, that seems highly unlikely as what little we know about the new game has separated it from it’s DS predecessors.

Aside from brand new Zelda titles, Aonuma has expressed interest in porting Majora’s Mask to the 3DS as well. Once again, there has been no formal announcement, but it’s nice to know our Zelda needs are being looked into.

Source: Kotaku

By John Gall, February 22, 2012 0 3DS, News, Wii U

Hideo Kojima is always pestered about a new Metal Gear. Hironobu Sakaguchi gets asked about Final Fantasy in nearly every interview despite the fact he no longer works on the series. Gabe Newell? Half-Life 3. For Masahiro Sakurai, that title is Super Smash Bros.

His answer? “Not until Kid Icarus: Uprising is finished.”

Well my friends, that time is now upon us.

While putting the finishing touches on the Kid Icarus: Uprising, Masahiro Sakurai tweeted about his upcoming work on the new Smash Bros. today. To prepare himself for the project, Sakurai began looking for the Smash Bros. Dojo which is the official site for the game’s predecessor, Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Taken back by the enormity of the project he said, “However, what’s the word… it’s tremendous. How did we make this?”

The new Smash Bros. game is slated to be released on both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS with compatibility between both systems. Aside from that, there has been no information released as to expected features or character roster. Even should work on the new title begin today, it will be a long while before we get any new information on the title and longer still until we hold the game in our hands. Regardless, I’m just happy to know that these titles finally got the green light and we can expect something in the next few years.

Source: Andriasang

By John Gall, February 21, 2012 0 Android, News, Retro

If you’re a fan of Final Fantasy, you probably know what Triple Triad is. In fact, you’ve probably spent hours playing one of the best mini-games to come out of the entire Final Fantasy franchise. That mini-game has now made its way into the Android Marketplace.

The downside? It’s not an official port of Triple Triad. This app is fan-made which, while unsupported by Square-Enix, will see a level of care and additions that you would never see had the company published it. The good news is pretty much everything else! It’s free, so you don’t have to spend a cent to download it.

The app has character cards from Final Fantasy VIIVIIIX, and Dissidia. It also features local multi-player as well as the ability to challenge a computer opponent. I just wish I knew about this earlier!

In the rare occurrence that you enjoy Final Fantasy and you don’t know what Triple Triad is, firstly, I would suggest you get a copy of Final Fantasy VIII and play it. It’s my least favorite Final Fantasy, but it’s still an amazing game.

Triple Triad is an amazingly fun and addictive card game featuring the likenesses of your favorite Final Fantasy enemies and characters. The rules are mind-numbingly simple, so it’s not like you’re learning how to play Magic: the Gathering. The only math skills you need are knowing how to count from one through ten. Did I mention how fun it was? I must have, because I’m currently trying to decide if I should go out and buy an Android phone just for this game.

If you and your friends are Final Fantasy fans, and you have an Android phone, check out the app here and download it. You can thank me later.

Source: Appbrain

By John Gall, February 21, 2012 0 News, PS3, Rumor, Xbox 360

Today, Siliconera reported that a source has informed them that we can expect a Mass Effect inspired costume coming down the pipeline.

A Mass Effect costume does make some sense when you consider the parallels made between the two games. Couple that with the fact Mass Effect 3 launches soon and both companies may want to capitalize on it’s popularity. No other information was given, but if it is indeed true this is very exciting news!

One of the biggest surprises when DLC was announced for Final Fantasy XIII-2 was the inclusion of an Assassin’s Creed costume for Noel. Final Fantasy crossovers may not be unheard of, but they are certainly a rare thing especially when you consider that Ubisoft is a western game company and Assassin’s Creed has relatively little in common with Final Fantasy.

Square-Enix gives their games plenty of media saturation in Japan, and offers a wide array of products for their most successful franchises. A great bulk of that is lost in the transition from east to west, but this latest move could be considered another baby step in Square-Enix’s attempt to better connect with their western audiences. First Assassin’s Creed, now Mass Effect, I wonder what the next big cross over with Final Fantasy XIII-2 will be?

Source: Siliconera

By John Gall, February 17, 2012 0 Industry, News, Rumor

Earlier today, French gaming site gameblog.fr reported on an amazon.fr listing Call of Duty Black Ops 2. As expected, Amazon quickly took down the page as if it never existed and at this point we have just another story about a leaked title much like a certain previous article about God of War.

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