Last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo was all about the new, fourth-generation consoles and what games players can expect from them in the coming year. Industry titans like Microsoft and Sony headlined the conference, but third developers like Ubisoft and …
Previously launched for the Wii U, the Amazon Instant Video app is now available for Nintendo’s classic Wii console. Features of the app include smart lists (such as “Recently Watched” and “Watchlist”), “Your Video Library” (showing all your purchased titles from Amazon), Parental Controls and Kid Zone, and Whispersync (allowing you to switch from one device to another seamlessly).
Hulu Plus has launched for the new Wii U gaming console with second screen integration through the GamePad controller. The second interface lets you gather more information about the programming you’re viewing, while simultaneously watching the main screen. Or, take …
Retailers are having Midnight Release parties for Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. The game is available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows PC, and Wii U, and carries a retail price is $59.99. Here’s a link to find …
You may have already picked up Assassin’s Creed III at a midnight release party last night, unless you were in an area where parties were cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy. If you missed it, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed III hits shelves today (and download servers) in several different editions. The third major release in the franchise, Assassin’s Creed III is, of course, available for PS3, Xbox 360, PC and the new Nintendo WiiU. Choosing the edition may be the hardest decision. For PS3 and Xbox 360 the game is available in a Standard Edition ($59), Limited Edition ($119), and Encyclopedia Edition ($99). For PC Download (Windows Vista/7/XP), Ubisoft will soon offer a Deluxe Edition ($64.99) on November 20, 2012. Assassin’s Creed III is available at GameStop, Amazon, and most big retailers.
Nintendo has announced the MSRP of the new Wii gaming console is dropping from $149 to $129 effectively immediately. The new black Wii console will replace the Super Mario Bros. Wii with a single disc that includes Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort. The new $129 Wii also comes with the Wii Remote Plus and one Nunchuk controller. The price drop comes in advance of the release of the Wii U, the successor to the six-year-old Wii which hits stores on Nov. 18 and will sell for $299. The Wii U includes the Wii U GamePad and Nintendo TVii which will allows owners to stream video from services such as Netflix and Hulu. The Wii U will also support video resolution up to 1080p.
If you own a Nintendo Wii console you’ll now be able to watch streaming content from Hulu Plus. The free app from Hulu can be downloaded from the Wii Shop Channel, and users can try out Hulu Plus free for two weeks (unless you already have an existing Hulu Plus account).
Multiple online pubs are reporting on a rumor that Star Wars: Battlefront III will release this year. PlayStationLifeStyle.net cites several job postings and tweets from insiders which point to a 2012 release of a “3rd person Action/Adventure sequel in a high-profile science fiction franchise.” Talk about digging through clues, the sources also found a LinkedIn post from a developer who claims to have been working for three years on a “AAA third person shooter using Unreal Engine and Kynapse AI middleware,” and another post that refers to an “Unannounced third person sword fighting game.” If it’s not Star Wars what could it be? It’s been almost seven years since the release of Star Wars: Battlefront II for PlayStation 2, PSP, Xbox, and Windows. An upgraded HD version of the game would certainly get a warm welcome from Star Wars game fanatics.
Over the weekend Spike TV hosted its ninth annual “Video Game Awards” (VGA) ceremony, announcing the winners for 2011. The two-hour event was broadcast to over 100 countries and territories around the world. Zachary Levi of NBC’s “Chuck” hosted the ceremony, which gave Bethesda Studios “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” the Vector Monkey — naming it 2011’s Game of the Year. “The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim” also won Best RPG.
From Best Buy to Amazon to Gary, the neighborhood “merchant” who sells Atari games out of the back of his ’94 Taurus, it seems like everyone is tearing video game prices to shreds this week. And while searching through site after site – or Gary’s Sunny D-stained trunk – can be half the fun, we’re going to go ahead and give you the other half right here. Ladies and gentlemen, here are the Top 10 Video Game Deals for Black Friday 2011.
If you’re looking for a new game to check out id Software’s Rage demo is now available on Xbox Live. With plenty of blood, violence and gore Rage takes you into a post-apocalyptic world called the Wasteland. For gamers who get excited about detailed environments, Rage is loaded with texture. According to id Software President Todd Hollenshead, the extensive details in the game are possible because textures are streamed in to avoid being constrained by system memory. If you haven’t seen Rage yet here’s your chance to get a look. And, those of you with PS3 consoles should be able to download the Rage demo from the PlayStation Network on December 6. Rage carries an MSRP of $59.99 but this Black Friday weekend you’ll be able to find it from various retailers for $29.99. Rage is published by Bethesda Softworks and was released for Xbox 360, PS3, and Windows PCs on October 4, 2011.
Netflix has announced their “Just for Kids” instant watch section is now available on the Wii system. The Wii interface addition may ease some parent’s fears that their kids might accidentally start streaming a rated “R” or questionable “Unrated” film from the Netflix library. You can also set Parental Controls in your Account Settings to block mature movies, but there is no way to unlock a title above the allowed rating once you set it.
Nintendo has announced Hulu Plus will be available for Wii consoles and the mobile 3DS by the end of the year. With Hulu Plus, users will be able to stream movies and TV shows from the Hulu library for $7.99 per month. A few titles queued up on Hulu Plus include Glee, Dancing with the Stars, and Lost all of which will stream with limited advertising. (Lame, considering the subscription fee, but what can you do?) Nintendo also announced updates for the 3DS including the ability to record 3D videos up to 10-minutes long, create 3D stop-motion animations, new puzzles in the StreetPass Mii Plaza, and a new dungeon to Find Mii.
Big news today for the video game world as the Supreme Court has overturned California’s ban on the sale or rental of video games deemed “violent” to minors. Although the ban never actually took place, the Supreme Court upheld a decision in Sacramento which ruled the law violated First Amendment rights for minors. The 7-to-2 decision referenced the protection of books, plays and movies which Justice Scalia wrote “confer First Amendment protection.”
After a couple years of testing video game rentals at select kiosks, and expanding to several thousand kiosks last fall, Redbox has now expanded the service to 21,000 kiosks nationwide. Video games will cost $2 a day, which is slightly more than movie discs at $1 for DVDs and $1.50 for Blu-ray Discs.
Best Buy is running a midnight mystery sale online but didn’t reveal any of the sale items or prices until the actual start time. The sale is broken down into two departments: Home Theater and Gaming, with about 32 items to choose from.
Looking more epic than ever, Activision has revealed the first trailer for “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.” The Manhattan setting for the trailer has got all the drama of a show like “24” along with amazing special effects you find only in the highest quality Hollywood film releases. ‘Modern Warfare 3’ is set to release on November, 8, 2011.
Retailers are now taking pre-orders for “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3” which is officially set to release on November 8, 2011. Last week, the Call of Duty YouTube page released four cryptic teasers in different languages which didn’t reveal anything but a logo and some special effects. Even the official Modern Warfare 3 website is lacking any details, but at least now we’ve got a street date.