By Patrick Kulikowski, October 20, 2012 1 3DS, NYCC 2012, Preview

Although I’m not even close to finishing the first Epic Mickey, I was pretty psyched to get my hands on the 3DS’ upcoming Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion at the Nintendo booth and during a roundtable discussion with Epic Mickey creator Warren Spector at this year’s New York Comic Con.

Announced alongside the multiplatform Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Power of Illusion is a 2D-sidescrolling platformer that was heavily influenced by the Sega Genesis classic The Castle of Illusion starring Mickey Mouse.

With that said, Dreamrift’s Power of Illusion is more than just an homage to that title. It’s a title that features a lot more depth and an astoundingly well-animated look.

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By Matt Brown, October 20, 2012 0 Multiplatform, News

After a plethora of titles in the Assassin’s Creed franchise, one question continues to nag at many gamers: what is going to happen with Desmond Miles? Ubisoft has hinted since the very first game at the eventuality of making Desmond into a full-blown Wanted-style modern day assassin.

Now we’re getting to see some more substantial hints at that future. Kotaku posted a leaked trailer yesterday that summarizes much of the series’ history and points to the culmination of events in the life of Desmond. In the report, Kotaku noted the conspicuous absence of Assassin Creed III’s hero, Connor. I’m sure all of these things will be answered in the fullness of time but for now, you can check the trailer after the break.

Scrutinize and analyze at your leisure. And keep your hungry thumbs limber for the release of AC III on October 30 for PC, Xbox and PS3.

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By Matt Brown, October 20, 2012 0 Industry, iOS, News

When talking about excellent mobile games, you have to bring up the Infinity Blade series. These titles continually push the bounds of development and depth and at the end of the day, they’re simply really, really effin’ pretty. The latest release in the series, Infinity Blade: Dungeons, was announced at the “new” iPad event this past March but it’s still nowhere to be found.

Much like most of Britain in Maps. Too soon? Too easy.

After some speculation about the eventual release of the title, AllThingsD reported today that Epic and Impossible Studios have pushed back the release of the game, saying it will, “hit iOS in 2013.” Epic told AllThingsD that the process of bringing in the team at Impossible Studios led to the delay, what with all the difficulties that came from setting the team up “with desks, chairs, staplers and computers.”

Staplers. Riiiight.

Source: AllThingsD

By Allain Richard, October 20, 2012 0 Gaming culture, News

With only a couple months left in Final Fantasy‘s 25th anniversary, Square Enix is trying to show that they are proud of their loyal fans by looking for the biggest super fan out there.

If you think you’ve got what it takes, all you have to do is participate in a contest by creating a 30 to 60-second video that shows just how much of a Final Fantasy fan you really are.  You can show them your big Final Fantasy game collection, or perhaps your room full of action figures, or maybe you’d want to act out your favorite scene using cosplay and props. Really, the sky’s the limit (break).

Only the first 300 entries submitted between Oct. 18 and Oct. 26 will be accepted, so you better get your camera out soon and start filming. Otherwise, you miss out on a “once in a lifetime” prize including two VIP tickets to the Final Fantasy Distant Worlds concert, being listed in the credits of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, officially getting the title of “Final Fantasy Super Fan” from Square Enix and a Final Fantasy merchandise goodie bag.

For the other 25 runner-ups, there will be a goodie bag coming their way.

Don’t pass up this opportunity; contests like these are few and far between, and what Square Enix is looking for is not a whole lot of work compared to past contests.

Source: Square Enix

By Karen Rivera, October 19, 2012 0 3DS, DS, NYCC 2012

It seems as if in the past year, the gods have listened to Adventure Time fans’ prayers… or really, just capitalized on an excellent cross-section of the market–fans of the cartoon show and gamers.

Avid gamer and writer extraordinaire Pendleton Ward is putting his beloved characters to the test in the new title for the Nintendo 3DS, Adventure Time: Hey Ice King! Why’d you steal our garbage?! Finn and Jake wake up one day to find out that the Ice King has stolen their garbage to create a garbage princess, and it’s up to the two heroes to stop him, traipsing through the Land of Ooo and slaying all sorts of monsters.

We interviewed Pen Ward last year at NYCC, asking him about his ideal Adventure Time game, in which he replied for it to be like Monster Hunter with Katamari Damacy-style graphics, though he also said he wanted to do Elder Scrolls: Oblivion with Finn and Jake. While the game hasn’t exactly panned out like that, developers Way Forward created a side scrolling platformer RPG that plays out more like Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

I got my hands on the game during this year’s con and was amused to see that the Land of Ooo has translated into the videogame world well. (more…)

By Jamie Young, October 19, 2012 0 Features, Mobile iPix

Ever since I first laid eyes on Girls Like Robots at PAX East 2012, I’ve been waiting in anticipation to play the four-cornered social puzzler from Popcannibal.

I mean, who wouldn’t like a colorful puzzler where you get to play matchmaker for automatons and the ladies that love them.

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By Allain Richard, October 19, 2012 0 Deals, News, Wii

The Wii U launch is coming in less than a month, and Nintendo has decided that this is the perfect time for spring cleaning by giving the six-year-old Wii a price drop.

If you’re still playing in the past, or you’re just a casual gamer that enjoys good old Mario games with added motion controls, then now is the best time to get up-to-date on your gaming for cheaper than ever.

For $129.99 (A $20 price drop), the new bundle includes a black Wii, black Wii Remote Plus, Nunchuk, Wii Sports and Wii Sports: Resort.

With titles like The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and Super Mario Galaxy 2 on the system, it’s a hard deal to pass up.

What do you think? Does the Nintendo Wii’s price drop make it a good entry console for the whole family, or do you think that it’s a better choice at this point to wait and pay more for the Wii U to get all the latest games and newest features?

Sources: Hot Hardware | TechRadar

By Patrick Kulikowski, October 19, 2012 0 News, Wii U

Details for how voice chat will work with the Wii U have been revealed, and they’re awfully head-scratch worthy.

A Nintendo rep revealed to Kotaku that in-game voice chat will be supported for “select games,” including games with online multiplayer modes like Assassin’s Creed IIICall of Duty Black Ops II and Mass Effect 3.

Despite the Wii U GamePad boasting speakers and a built-in microphone, those will not work for voice chat. A licensed headset from Turtle Beach or Mad Catz/Tritton that plugs into the headphone jack of the GamePad will be required. This means that there are currently no plans for any wireless headsets for the system. It also means that if one wants to use the Wii U Pro controller to play these games, they’ll still need to plug the headset into the GamePad to utilize voice chat.

The whole situation is made even stranger if we look at Nintendo’s Pre-E3 Direct video, which shows live video chatting with a friend. What exactly would serve as the microphone in this case if the GamePad’s microphone doesn’t work in that way?

Given the inconsistency of both first-party and third-party support for peripherals like the Wii Speak and the Headbanger chat headset, this awkward voice chat situation doesn’t sound all that surprising.

Source: Kotaku

By Andrew Martins, October 19, 2012 0 Multiplatform, News

In the world of motion-tracked dancing games, there’s been something of an arms race lately. Both Dance Central and Just Dance camps have been adding to their extensive list downloadable songs to shake your rump to with new and classic tunes.

One addition that fans from both camps have been clamoring for is the South Korean pop hit “Gangnam Style” by Psy, a song with almost 500 million views on YouTube that recently broke out into the mainstream here in the States. With its ridiculous moves and infectious music, it only makes sense to add it and today, Ubisoft announced that Just Dance 4 has won the virtual dance equivalent to the space race.

“We’re dedicated to bringing Just Dance fans access to the music and musicians they love,” Geoffroy Sardin, chief marketing & sales officer for Ubisoft EMEA said. “Our fans were really vocal about wanting Gangnam Style in Just Dance 4 and we listened. This marks the first of many hot upcoming DLC tracks for Just Dance 4.”

The track is expected to be available next month, Ubisoft has not set an exact date or price point, though it’s expected to fall in line with previous DLC releases in the series.

Just Dance 4 is out now on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. The Wii U version is expected to release when the system does on Nov. 18.

By Allain Richard, October 19, 2012 0 Multiplatform, News

If you bought Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 last year but missed out on its Elite service because you didn’t want to spend another $50 on a single game, you won’t have to worry this time around. Treyarch has announced that they’re making the service completely free for Black Ops II.

Over the past year, Call of Duty: Elite provided subscribers with advanced stats tracking of everything that they did throughout multiplayer. Detailed stats are displayed in a hub called “Player HQ,” which also includes information about the matches one played, heat maps and various other tidbits.

Call of Duty: Elite also gave its users videos in the form of walkthroughs on “Elite TV,” several weapons perks, clan support (including digital prizes), the pick-ten Create-a-Class system, stat-tracking for zombies, the ability to copy other players’ load-outs and Elite TV coming to mobile and tablets.

To grab all four bonus map packs for Black Ops II, a $50 season pass will be made purchasable, which is $10 cheaper than buying each pack separately.

Overall, this new scheme is much more sensible, and makes for a more even playing field for all CoD players. Those who poured their life’s savings into the game will no longer have an edge over everyone else.

Source: Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Official Site | The Controller Online