Sunday Gaming News – 17/2/2012

February 17, 2013

It’s been a pretty big week, what with popes resigning, meteors nearly hitting the earth and the disastrous launch of Aliens: Colonial Marines. Will anything be able to top that this week? Time will tell…

  • Tamagotchi is back! For those of you not old enough to remember the virtual pet fad of the late 1990s, let’s just say that Tamagotchi was Pokemon before Pokemon, except not really. Now, if you have an Android phone, you can experience the joys of raising, feeding and cleaning up your virtual pet’s droppings. An iOS version is on the way as well.
  • Hey, remember Final Fantasy XIV? No? The therapy is working, then. Unfortunately it hasn’t been working for Square Enix and they’re all set to relaunch the failed MMO this year. The open beta begins on February 25, and they’ve put together a video of what you can expect:

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  • Steam has hit Linux for real this week, and the celebrations are happening in the only way Valve knows how: With a giant hat sale! All the Steam Linux launch titles (75 of them!) are on sale this weekend for all platforms, so even if you don’t run a Linux gaming rig (shame on you!), you still win.
  • Finally, It looks like the Wii U hasn’t had a great time of it in January. Selling an estimated 50000 units across the US for the entire month represents a sharp drop from its launch-to-Christmas sales period. While this number isn’t entirely unprecedented, it’s certainly slower than its predecessor’s first January, and suggests that the system may endure the same rocky start that the 3DS endured before Nintendo slashed the price on it. Time will tell.