It’s been two days since Sony revealed the design, features and price of their new game console at their E3 press conference. And it seems as though the hype is sticking–the PlayStation 4 has already climbed to number one on Amazon’s best-selling videogame list with the help of pre-orders alone. There is the launch edition of the PlayStation 4 as well as the standard edition. The launch edition is at first place, with the Xbox One creeping behind in the number two position.
Following up are positions three, four and five which as of this writing are the The Last of Us, the online game code for The MAW by Twisted Pixel for the Xbox One and the Dual Shock controller for the PlayStation 4.
That’s a lot of $400 dollar parallelograms being ordered.
Gamers around the world are concerned about the Xbox One’s 24-hour connection check-in. It seems like Microsoft is severely limiting their market by excluding potentially millions of gamers that have limited or no internet connection. Luckily, Don Mattrick mentioned a solution for these gamers during an interview at E3.
“Fortunately we have a product for people who aren’t able to get some form of connectivity. It’s called Xbox 360.”
These are the words that Don Mattrick said in a post-press conference interview with Geoff Keighley, and likely won’t be forgetting any time soon. The business outreach on this seems completely backwards, as the natural aim one would assume is to get more fans to purchase the next generation console–not the older one.
Make the jump to see the interview.
The more names they rattle off, the more likely you are to miss something. Thankfully we kept our eyes open for a new game from quirky upstart Hidetaka Suehiro which was revealed today at the Microsoft press conference. With cel-shading that recalls A Scanner Darkly, is an “episodic murder mystery” in development for Xbox One. Gameplay was sparse, but from what was shown off in the trailer, Quick Time Events are most definitely involved.
We already know that Suehiro is fond of intriguing game-play mechanics and bizarre homages. His Twin Peak’s inspired Deadly Premonition is an Xbox 360 cult classic (it was released as a Director’s Cut version for PS3 this past April). But there has been much online speculation as to whether or not is a spiritual successor to the late Kenji Eno’s cult-classic series.
The E3 press conference grades are in. It’s time to take a look at how Microsoft, Sony and Nintento stacked up against one another, as well as a brief look at how Electronic Arts and Ubisoft handled themselves as well. Now we know some exclusive games for the Xbox One, what the PlayStation 4 looks like and Nintendo, well… Nintendo has Mega Man in Super Smas Bros. Sometimes the little blue bomber is enough.
It’s time to get a little frivolous and rate each press conference in order of appearance and on a letter scale because judging companies and products is what we do best. At Pixelitis, who better than to grade the conferences than the (Editor’s note: fully in agreement) Reviews Editor? So read on, and find out who’s the top of the class this year. (more…)
Our coverage of E3 2013 these past two days has been exhausting, with nearly 30 articles up about every gamer’s favorite time of year. Really, it feels more like it has been a week and not just 48 hours. However, there’s more to come: our very own Patrick Kulikowski is hitting up the show floor in LA and will have previews for us tomorrow, and surely more E3 news will trickle out over the next few days.
Last week for Pixelitis Picks we made E3 predictions. Well, we were 2/5 with on the realistic E3 predictions we made last Wednesday. On our unrealistic predictions, we were an expected 0/5. Either way, we suck at making predictions here at Pixelitis, but maybe this is why we had plenty to be surprised about between the Microsoft, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Sony and Nintendo press conferences/broadcasts.
What has surprised you this E3 thus far? Let us know in the comments below.
Earlier today Nintendo fully revealed Super Smash Bros., and along with it The Villager (from Animal Crossing) and Mega Man. There’s also a third newcomer to the Smash Bros. party, however. And it’s quite an odd addition.
The Wii Fit trainer will debut when Super Smash Bros. releases sometime in 2014. Which is…interesting. It looks odd seeing her battle it out against giant apes and electric rodents, but whatever floats Nintendo’s boat. She appears to have a lot of fitness related moves, and her announcement trailer is quite amusing. I predict she will be be an incredible troll character. You can check out her trailer after the break. (more…)
I can’t say no to more Donkey Kong Country. It looks like Retro Studios is hard at work at an HD sequel to 2010′s Donkey Kong Country Returns. This time around, some cold vikings are invading Kong’s tropical paradise, and it will be up to three Kongs to fight them off.
This time around, Donkey, Diddy and Dixie Kong will all be playable. Dixie Kong will mix up the game play a little bit with her hover-hair twirl, and the 2D platformer will feature a more dynamic use of 2D camera angles. Two-player co-op play is still supported.
Expect Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze to release by the end of this year.
Nintendo and Capcom finally listened. During today’s E3 Nintendo Direct, Super Smash Bros. for both the Wii U and 3DS were shown for the first time with an ample amount of gameplay clips.
The villager from Animal Crossing was announced as a playable character during the trailer, but the villager was completely overshadowed by the surprise reveal of Mega Man. Specifically, Mega Man will be joining the brawl as the original Mega Man, not X or some other variation. Mega Man will utilize various upgrades from other robots in the series, including Wood Man’s leaf shield and Cut Man’s razors.
Super Smash Bros. is due out sometime in 2014, and it looks great on both the Wii U and the 3DS. There is no information on how either version will connect with one another.
With all the exotic car shots being shown yesterday, it only seemed fitting that Nintendo would want to put their own pedal to the metal. In today’s Nintendo Direct, Iwata was on hand to announce the latest iteration of the Mario Kart series, Mario Kart 8 for the Wii U. The game brings back some old goodies such as motorcycles, underwater racing and gliding but this time with an anti-gravity twist.
So, in a nutshell–all those who cheated by jumping in the Wario level on the N64–you’re screwed. Racers can now drive upside down, sideways on walls and hoverglide through some gleeful 3D levels. There will also be an online multiplayer with some Miiverse additions.
Mario Kart 8 is scheduled to release in Spring 2014 for the Wii U.
Check out a gallery of screenshots below. (more…)
Nintendo gave us more detail on its upcoming HD port of The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker. Other than looking absolutely beautiful, Nintendo confirms the Tingle Turner, which allowed Gamecube players to connect to the Game Boy Advance, will instead become a message-in-the-bottle system.
The Tingle Bottle, as its called, will allow players to write messages and chuck them into the ocean. These messages will utilize the Miiverse and end up on other player’s shores. It’s a genius solution to the Tingle Turner problem.
But wait! There’s more! Different sails appear to allow Link to traverse the ocean more quickly, which alleviates one of the few criticisms people had with Wind Waker.
The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD is due out October of 2013.