The Arkham franchise is its own thing these days. The series has seen three entries at this point and been handled by two different primary developers. Rocksteady, the original developers of the series, and Warner Bros. confirmed today that a fourth game is coming later this year. Batman: Arkham Knight takes place one year after the events of Arkham City and will feature a number of familiar faces. Two-Face, Harley Quinn (a playable character) Penguin and Scarecrow will all make their returns and for the first time in the series you’ll be able to drive the Batmobile.
If a quote by the developer means what it sounds like it means this could be the final entry in the franchise. According to quote in Gamer Informer one member of the development team said, “We kind of feel like this is the natural end for this story. We really want to go out in style.”
One disappointing bit of news for Wii U owners, the game will be skipping that platform. This follows the announcement of Arkham City DLC no longer being developer for Wii U. Batman: Arkham Knight will be released later this year for PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Castlestorm is the sidescrolling RTS from Zen Studios that sees you attempting to defend your castle while attacking and destroying an opposing army’s fortress. The game currently features two factions and a number of missions to complete. Zen Studios announced today that the game is getting a little bit bigger on Wednesday February 26th.
The game’s first expansion, From Outcast to Savior, will be available for $2.99. It includes one new faction, the Royal Guard who appear to be based on medieval Europe and Knights. It will also include a new, unlikely hero, new weapons, and trophies as well as Skirmish and Survival levels. Some of the new environments include Stonecrest, The Royal Airport, The Skyship Harbor and the Bladgard Icefields in your quest to capture the mighty Viking warrior, Chief Ramhorn.
All of this content will be available for the Wii U in North America and Europe. Zen Studios also announced the second planned DLC pack called The Warrior Queen, but did not set a release date for that content as of yet.
If you haven’t picked up a 3DS XL or you’re thinking about getting one now might be the perfect time to pull the trigger. Between March 1st and March 31st Nintendo is giving away a free copy of Pokemon X or Pokemon Y to anyone that registers a new 3DS XL and one of a select few titles through Club Nintendo.
Just log on to Nintendo’s loyalty program website and register the system and one of the following games:
- Mario Kart™ 7
- Super Mario 3D Land™
- Animal Crossing™: New Leaf
- Donkey Kong Country™ Returns 3D
- LEGO® City Undercover: The Chase Begins
- Yoshi’s New Island™
When you do that you’ll get a download code for your choice of either Pokemon X or Pokemon Y. It’s that simple. You have until May 31st to redeem your copy of whichever game you choose.
Batman Arkham Origins: Blackgate was released on the Vita and the 3DS last year. It told the story of events that took place between Batman: Arkham Origins and Batman: Arkham Asylum. The game was developed by Armature Studios and featured a 2.5D perspective with a slightly modified version of the combat system from the 3D releases of the series.
Now the game is making the jump to consoles. On April 1st players will be able to download the game, titled Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition, on PC, Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii U for $19.99. This new console release will feature enhanced, HD visuals, a new map and a hint system that will aid them in navigating the winding corridors of Blackgate Prison. Also, by registering the game with a Warner Bros. ID account you’ll have access to a new Zero Year Batsuit that was not previously available to players. All of the other suits that were available in the game will still be featured.
What’s Super! BitCon you ask? Well, it’s a retro gaming convention that will be happening here in Oklahoma on March 29th presented by the Retro Gamers Society. In fact it will begin at 9:00 am at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds. There will be 20,000 square feet of space where vendors and exhibitors will be showing off all sorts of classic gaming paraphernalia. Personalities like The Game Chasers, who search all over the state of Texas for classic gaming finds and films their exploits. Hyperkin will be there showing off the Retron5. Winner of the Nintendo World Championships, Thor Aackerlund, will be there talking about his experiences there and what he’s been doing since that time.
Who else will be there? Why we will. We’ve been asked to do a live version of the Question Block that day. That’s right. That podcast that many of you like to listen to where we ask you random gaming trivia will be represented with a live, on stage version of the show. Everyone who attends the event that day will have a chance to participate. You’ll just have to find one of us to find out how. Yes. There will be prizes.
If you’re in Oklahoma City on that day come out and check out the event. If you’re in town the night before head on over to Cactus Jacks at 7:00 pm for a pre-show party. If you want to find out more head on over to the event’s Official Website or the Facebook Page.
During Nintendo’s last Nintendo Direct presentation in December they surprised us with the release of NES Remix, a fun new way to play old games. It mixed WarioWare with a little bit of Game Center CX and was quite a lot of fun to play. Many of the games were early NES titles that people might not have known, but I thought it could have been the start to a fun little franchise that Nintendo could release on a pretty regular basis for all of their platforms.
Now, after yesterday’s Nintendo Direct we have the announcement of NES Remix 2. This time the developers have chosen some “newer” NES classics and names people might be very familiar with. Challenges will be based on games like Super Mario Bros. 3, Kirby’s Adventure and Metroid.
NES Remix included a new take on Mario Bros. called Luigi Bros. This time they’re including a new take on Super Mario Bros. This new bonus game is based off of a challenge from the first title and is called Super Luigi Bros. It involves you playing through the original Super Mario Bros. game as Luigi (high jump included) and the levels are laid out from right to left rather than the traditional left to right.
I thoroughly enjoyed that challenge and thought a whole game based off of it could have been interesting. Well, I’m getting my wish. I’m excited to see what Nintendo has in store for us with NES Remix 2. We’ll be able to get our hands on the game on April 25th for $14.99
This game from Monolith Soft can’t come out fast enough. Xenoblade Chronicles was my favorite game on the Wii and is easily in my top five games of all time. I’m so hyped for this game. X looks amazing. Check out this trailer if you don’t believe me.
I’m just going to leave this Bayonetta 2 trailer here for you to watch. Enjoy.
While they’re not actually the Virtual Console service I would like them to be, Game Boy Advance games finally have a date. That system will start having games show up on the Wii U Virtual Console service beginning in April. The first games to be available on the service are Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3.
Are you interested in playing Game Boy Advance games on your TV? What GBA games would you like to see on the Virtual Console? Let us know below.