Posts byDaniel New

We’re celebrating Ten Years of the Nintendo DS

This November marks ten years since the Nintendo DS was launched in the US. We’re going to celebrate the anniversary and we want your help. The DS was pitched as Nintendo’s ‘third-pillar’, a curious device with two screens and a stylus input that would sit alongside the Gamecube and GBA. Many thought the system
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What makes a videogame Mature?

Ubisoft CEO, Yves Guillemot, has declared that the Wii U will no longer be a home for Ubisoft’s mature games. The forthcoming coming Wii U edition of Watch Dogs being the last title of its kind they will bring to the platform. Guillemot also points to low sales of the Assassins
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Gamescom Media Briefings Fail to Inspire

Despite my excitement for the games being released this year, there’s no denying that yesterday’s Gamescom press conferences from Microsoft and Sony were dull dull dull. For an industry founded on creativity, these media briefings are increasingly soulless, risk-free, lifeless affairs. They fail to capture the thrill, excitement and emotion of
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Are lives on the line?

Once upon a time lives and 1ups were the standard currency of videogames. Well, strictly speaking, quarters and ten pence pieces were, as these were the glory days of the videogame arcade. Lives were a record of your achievements and a measure of your skill. Bragging rights were defined by how
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A New Frontier for Red Dead

At E3 Rockstar Games announced a next-generation edition of Grand Theft Auto 5. Hardly unexpected, but as you can see in Digital Foundry’s trailer comparison, it’s an endeavour that looks worth the effort. Los Santos is one of the great videogame constructs, a masterful combination of atmosphere and representation. It
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Nintendo’s Overlooked Online Innovations

For the last 10 years the narrative has been that Nintendo ‘doesn’t get’ online. Certainly, if you compare their endeavours in online multiplayer with those of Sony and Microsoft, there isn’t an argument to counter that assertion. However, there is an argument that in their own peculiar way, Nintendo has often been forward thinking
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The Joy of Mario Kart Online

Who’d have thought it? It’s taken a little time, too long to be frank, but Nintendo have finally released a game with a rock-solid, brilliant online multiplayer component. Mario Kart 8 is a revelation and a significant step forward for Nintendo.  In fact, it’s so solid that I sometimes think it could
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Tomodachi Life Review

Apologies for the lack of updates this week, but it’s been all go round here. I’ve just returned from a short holiday to Hawaii, with the singer Morrissey. When I got back, I was straight onto the stage at the local concert hall to entertain the neighbours with my own opera. This was all rather
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Remembering my first E3

It was at E3 2009 that Microsoft unveiled the first iteration of Kinect, then named Project Natal. At the time, Nintendo was on the crest of a wave and continued investment in motion control appeared a sure bet.  Five years on and, well, we all know what’s happened. If that E3 saw the birth of
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What next for the PlayStation Vita?

The PlayStation Vita is not a huge sales success, but does that mean it’s not a console to treasure? The PlayStation Vita is in a curious place right now. Recent sales figures are concerning, with a paltry 10,000 units reported to have been sold in March 2014. Over in Japan the
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Is PlayStation Plus Sony’s Killer App?

Something strange and unexpected has happened to me. Something I never expected. Something I wasn’t prepared for. I’ve put 20+ hours into Everybody’s Golf.  And I love it. And I blame Sony. Finding the time to play games is precious enough. Even in the quiet months of the release calendar there
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Late to the Party: Infamous Second Son

Infamous Second Son has long been the flag bearer for the PlayStation 4’s AAA credentials. A title that promised an early glimpse of the platform’s capabilities when put to work by a top-tier first-party studio. The game also had the unenviable role of being Sony’s riposte to Microsoft’s TitanFall exclusive.
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Happy Birthday Game Boy

Nintendo’s breakthrough portable console, the humble Game Boy, has just celebrated its 25th Birthday. This news made me realise that since the day I received my first Game Boy in 1990, I have never been without a Nintendo portable at my side. In truth I could probably take this story back
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UK Nintendo eShop releases for 24th April 2014

NES Remix 2 is the pick of a rather slender release list on the Nintendo eShop this week.  The retro-remix-mini-game collection comes to Wii U priced at a ‘just about bearable’ £8.99. It’s joined by the GBA Virtual Console classic Yoshi’s Island : Super Mario Advance 3, itself a version of the wonderful SNES game, Super
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Monument Valley Review

M.C. Escher’s artworks of impossible constructions have long provided inspiration for game developers. Sony’s Echochrome titles for PlayStation 3 and PSP took a direct lead from his work, as did 2013’s The Bridge. Escher’s influence can be seen in everything from blockbuster movies, such as Inception, to a 1982 Doctor Who story that
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Tomodachi Life coming to Europe on 6th June

The Tomodachi series will finally hit European shores with the release of Tomodachi Life for the Nintendo 3DS on 6th June. The game, which lets you assemble a cast of Mii characters all with differing personality traits, has already been a huge success in Japan, selling more than 5.5 million copies. Nintendo has marked the
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Elite: Dangerous entering Premium Beta

Elite: Dangerous, the reimagined space trading game from Frontier Developments, has now entered Premium Beta. The current Premium Beta build allows players  to download a single player combat build of the game. The full Premium Beta will start on 30th May 2014, and until then, players will be able to
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Grand Theft Auto Online update detailed

Grand Theft Auto Online will received a significant update on 11th April that includes a number of new features and bug fixes. Top of the list is the ability to construct your own Capture Jobs with the GTA Online Creator tool. The update will let you create Jobs across any of
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Pokémon Black and White Soundtrack released

The Pokémon Company has released the original soundtrack to Pokémon Black and Pokémon White. The remastered soundtrack to the 2011 Nintendo DS titles includes compositions by Junichi Masuda, Shota Kageyama, Hitomi Satō, Gō Ichinose, Morikazu Aoki, Minako Adachi, and Satoshi Nohara. The soundtrack is arranged by Shota Kageyama, Hitomi Satō, Gō Ichinose, and
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Nintendo Pocket Football Club arriving on 17th April

Nintendo’s football management simulation Nintendo Pocket Football Club has been announced for release via the Nintendo eShop on 17th April 2014. The game offers players the chance to lead create their own football team and lead them to glory via training strategies, line-up tactics and competitive online play. The game also
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UK Nintendo eShop releases for 10th April 2014

This week’s Nintendo eShop roster includes two more GameBoy Advance games joining the Wii U’s Virtual Console library. The simply wonderful Wario Ware: Minigame Mania is accompanied by also quite good Kirby and the Amazing Mirror. If you haven’t played the first I would say it’s an essential purchase. The GBA
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The style, grace and brutality of N++

Heart-pounding leaps. Grisly deaths. Death-defying wall jumps. N+ was a ballet of exhilarating platforming, that often ended with a splatter of limbs or the crunch of bone. For me, it was transformative experience. It was the first XBLA game I played that gave me a long-lasting, hair pulling, but ultimately gratifying challenge.
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UK Nintendo eShop releases for 3rd April 2014

The GBA Virtual Console arrives on Wii U this week, with three titles coming to the eShop. The service begins with the excellent Metroid Fusion, the wonderful Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga and the amazing Advance Wars. It’s a quiet week on 3DS with Super Monkey Ball 3D making an appearance (and
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New Watch_Dogs trailer introduces Chicago

Ubisoft have a released a new trailer for their forthcoming action adventure game, Watch_Dogs. The trailer, entitled Welcome to Chicago, shows off some of the locations and features from the game, including some moody weather effects and NPC interactions. Alas, it still features a hero wearing the worst cap and
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New Batman: Arkham Knight screens released

Warner Bros. have unveiled all-new screenshots and artwork from Batman: Arkham Knight Rocksteady Studios’ finale to its trilogy of Batman: Arkham games looks pretty good it has to be said. The screenshots showcase Batman and the Batmobile, as well as the new villain, Arkham Knight. You can see the Batman: Arkham Knight
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Classic Gaming Expo returns to Las Vegas

The Classic Gaming Expo is returning to Las Vegas on September 12-14, 2014, as part of the Riviera Hotel and Casino Convention. The expo will showcase a collection of over 100 playable arcade and console video games, including a Pinball Hall of Fame coin-op collection which will include over 40
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Facebook acquires Oculus VR for $2 billion

Facebook has announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR for approximately $2 billion. The acquisition includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock (valued at $1.6 billion. The agreement also provides for an additional $300 million earn-out in cash and
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inFAMOUS Second Son soundtrack now on sale

The original soundtrack to the PS4’s inFAMOUS Second Son is now available to buy as CD and digital download. Featuring 22 original pieces, the score is a collaboration between veteran composers Marc Canham (Far Cry 2, Driver San Francisco), Nathan Johnson (Looper, Brick) and Brain (inFAMOUS 2, Tom Waits, Primus). The
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World of Tanks Blitz begins Closed Beta Test

Wargaming has announced that its free-to-play mobile MMO action title, World of Tanks Blitz, has officially entered into Closed Beta testing, having amassed over 150,000 applications in less than a week. “Closed Beta is something we have been looking forward to for a long time,” said Andrey Ryabovol, Director of
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A look back at GDC 2014 (with pictures)

A personal view of 2014’s Game Developers Conference (and some pictures). The Game Developers Conference is big. Last week over 24,000 members of the game development community gathered at the Moscone Center in San Francisco for five days of talks, sessions, and networking. GDC can be an intimidating place. But
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Badland takes home the Grand Prix at the IGMAs

Frogmind’s stylish adventure game Badland has won the Grand Prix prize at the 10th International Mobile Game Awards, held in San Francisco. The awards were hosted once again by TV personality Maude Garrett and the panel included judges from Japan, Australia, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the US, amongst
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US PlayStation Network releases for March 25th 2014

Fez makes its long-awaited debut on the PlayStation Network this week coming to PS3, PS4 and PS Vita via the wonder of cross-buy. If you haven’t checked out Phil Fish’s wonderfully abstract puzzle adventure before, it comes highly recommended. Elsewhere the Dynasty Warriors franchise coughs up another iteration in the
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