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
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.
A new challenger approaches, and this time he’s a real fighter. After being limited to assist trophy status in Super Smash Bros. Brawl Little Mac makes the move to the main roster in the upcoming Smash Bros. game for Wii U and 3DS.
The game is set to come out later this year.
We’ve known since Nintendo’s most recent investor’s meeting that Mario Kart 8 was set to come out some time in May. Now, thanks to yesterday’s Nintendo direct we know exactly when. The game is set to hit stores on May 30th, just in time to say it’s coming out in May. Along with that announcement came the announcement of seven new playable characters; the Koopalings. That’s right, those crazy kids of Bowser are joining in on the fun. I really hope this is going to lead to a huge list of playable characters for the game.
Mario Kart 8 will be available in stores and through the Nintendo eShop.
I know this post is a few days late, but better late than never. Nintendo has released their newest lineup of digital rewards through Club Nintendo. You can head on over there and spend your hard earned coins on four new downloadable games. Those games this month are:
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream – 200 Coins
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – 200 coins
Donkey Kong Jr. – 150 coins
Art Style: PiCTOBiTS – 150 coins
Note: Super Mario RPG is the Wii Virtual Console version of the game, not Wii U. You will have to access the Wii Shop Channel to download that game. These games will be available until March 9th when a new set of games will be made available.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day Disney is showing players of Disney Infinity a little love. The company has released 10 new Toy Box levels for the game. Five of them are user created levels from their “Valentine’s Day Challenge” The other five were created by Disney employees themselves. If you’re interested in downloading any of these maps you can head to the Toy Box mode in the game and download them from the online section of the game.
Winning “Valentine’s Day Challenge” submissions include:
- Mad Valentines – The Queen of Hearts has stolen candies from the Mad Hatter’s Valentine’s party! Save the party by finding hidden candies!
- Save Heartland- Blackheart has encased Heartland! Change the hearts to open the portal and find two roses to restore the heart of the town.
- Carnival of Love- Enjoy a romantic evening full of fun attractions. Goal: Collect five star coins to put a water fountain in the Gazebo.
- Save The Love- Save the five Disney princesses trapped in their kingdoms and bring them to their princes. (RULES: No flying)
- MU Matchmaker- Love is in the scare at Monsters University! Deliver 10 Valen-slimes, then find your OK brothers a date for the dance!
Disney-created submissions include:
- Heart Racer- Race your friends on this sugary sweet track. Happy Valentine’s Day from the Disney Infinity team!
- Winter Sports- Who’s the Winter Sports champ? Challenge your friends to a hockey shootout, ski jump, biathlon, and extreme snowboarding and find out.
- Heroes Arena- Choose to fight as a hero or a villain! Follow the arrows to be entered into the arena.
- Tangled Adventure- Get tangled up in a new adventure! Help Rapunzel on her quest to get to the castle!
- Disney Parks Sub- Nemo’s Submarine has been stolen! Get it back from the pirates! Refuel the sub and restart its engine to surface it.
If you’ve got any Toy Boxes that you’d like to share with the community sent them our way and we’ll highlight them here on the site. If you have screenshots or video of your level in action that’s even better. Just submit any links to content to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monolith is currently working on an adventure game set in the world of Middle Earth. The game, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, will bridge the gap between the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. In the game you play as a Ranger named Talion who also has wraith-like abilities. He goes to Mordor seeking revenge on Sauron for killing not only his family, but himself (which explains why he has the wraith-like abilities).
In a Twitter post by Ben Griffin it was confirmed that the game would be coming to PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. The Wii U will not be getting its own version of the game. Much like what happened with the Wii I think this is a message Wii U owners will soon get used to.
Disney Interactive, the gaming arm of the Disney empire, hasn’t had the greatest track record when it comes to games. The company, which has been in operation for five years, has not yet seen a profitable year. In fact the Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that the company is set to see only its second profitable quarter in those five years off the back of Disney Infinity. The game, which launched in August, has sold more than 3 million units and is expected generate $16 million in operating income off of $396 million in revenue.
In light of this recent “success” the company is set to lay off hundreds of employees as it seeks to gain a stronger foothold towards becoming profitable. This comes as part of an overall reorganization of the company. One area that is expected to see numerous layoffs is their mobile division, Playdom. John Pleasants, former co-president of Disney Interactive, said Playdom has continued to be challenged and he could have better streamlined their operations to see them earning more cash for the company. There has been no word yet on how many of Disney Interactive’s three thousand employees would be let go.
Mixed in all this news was word that Disney Infinity will continue to be supported by the company as its seen as crucial to their success. The company has invested more than $100 million in the game/toy line. One new addition to the series lineup could be Marvel and Star Wars figures as those properties are now under the Disney banner. These would come with “new” versions of Infinity in the future.
We’ll keep you up to date on all the news of Disney Interactive and Disney Infinity in the future.