Daily Gaming News – 8/11/2012

November 8, 2012

We’re getting closer and closer to the big games of November. Hitman: Absolution, Far Cry 3Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and the fifth and final episode of The Walking Dead. We’ve also got the Wii U launch at the end of the month, along with its big games like New Super Mario Bros. U, ZombiU, and Scribblenauts Unlimited. And this is ignoring the big November games that have already launched. You know, Halo 4 and Assassin’s Creed III.

Being a gamer, you’re probably well into poverty at this point. But that’s okay. We hope that, with a cheap bottle of hobo rum in hand, our daily gaming news report will keep you company, as you stare regretfully at your mountain of virtual entertainment. Maybe then you’ll learn some self control.


  • NEWS: Dead-but-not-really-dead Australian developer Krome Studios has returned to the scene with TY The Tasmanian Tiger: Boomerang Blast for iOS. A launch trailer for the arcade touch game can be viewed here, and the game itself can be downloaded for free here.
  • NEWS: Do you like Nintendo’s friend codes? We’re guessing, like the rest of the world, you don’t. Luckily for you, and us, and everyone, Nintendo has confirmed in their latest Nintendo Direct that the Wii U will introduce Nintendo Network IDs. These account based systems will tie your profile, data, store purchases and more to a single account, replacing friend codes. Accessible not just via the Wii U but PC and mobile phones, Nintendo Network IDs will bring Nintendo’s standard of communicating with and adding friends up to a more modern standard. Yay!
  • VIDEO: And in other Wii U news, president Saturo Iwata has performed his very own Wii U Premium Pack unboxing video. Check out the contents of the premium pack in the video below.

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  • NEWS: THQ‘s financial position continues to worsen. According to their NASDAQ index, share values have fallen another ~22%, leaving the entire company and its assets valued at $7.95 million. It is borderline impossible for THQ to continue through to the next financial year without some kind of bailout. Perhaps a private investors firm will jump in.
  • NEWS: Gears of War is successful. But you already knew that. How successful? According to a report from Microsoft to Joystiq, the Gears of War series has eclipsed 19 million sold copies. Even though that’s an awful lot of gruff, meat-head manly men in living rooms across the world, we’re sure there’s more than enough Cole Train to go around.
  • VIDEO: Ubisoft is really gearing up for the release of Far Cry 3, revealing yet another trailer, this time detailing the game’s narrative. Interested in the characters and plot? Watch!

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  • NEWS: EA’s Dead Space Facebook page is teasing “big news” related to Dead Space 3 for tomorrow. What could it be? We have no idea.
  • NEWS: Did you know that, once upon a time, Factor 5 was working on a Wii release of the popular Rogue Squadron series, as well as a Wii port of Double Fine’s Brutal Legend? Now you do. The news comes from a bit of linkedin resume digging by folk over at NeoGAF. What could have been!
  • VIDEO: Team Ninja is trying to make up for a lot of disappointed folk when it comes to Ninja Gaiden 3‘s gameplay and violence. Will they succeed with Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge? Perhaps this trailer will hint at the answer.

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  • NEWS: Which comes first: the books or the games? When it comes to The Witcher, it’s the former. Speaking with Eurogamer, creator of The Witcher universe and author of the various books Andrzej Sapkowski has stated that the games should not be considered an ‘alternate vision’ or ‘sequel’ to the novels, and that the true story of Geralt can only be told by its creator (PSST, THAT’S HIM). However, he did wish to clarify that he considers the games very well made, and that developers are well deserving of their reputation and admiration. In response, developer CD Projekt echoed similar thoughts, stating that the books indeed come before the games, but did reiterate that despite the source material their aim is to develop their own version of The Witcher universe, in line with the Sapkowski’s vision, hoping to reach critical pop-culture acclaim not unlike Star Wars and The Lord of the Rings. That’s some standard.
  • NEWS: The way things are looking, Metal Gear Solid 4 is getting a re-release. Thanks to an image popping up on online retailers, we’re lead to believe the game will be repackaged with a new cover, likely with Metal Gear Online excluded (given the servers are no longer active), as part of the series’ 25th anniversary. We’ll have a due date and pricing soon, hopefully.
  • VIDEO: Snazzy action game Malicious Rebirth, by Alvion, has a new trailer showing off just how nicely the PlayStation Vita version is coming along. Enjoy!

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