Microsoft has launched their biggest ever gaming sale with the Xbox Store Countdown To 2017 sale, offering hundreds of games, movies, music, and television shows show at discount prices. This includes up to 60% off some of the year’s biggest titles alongside weekly and daily offers that can have even bigger reductions.
Unlike July, which saw only a few major releases, August is chockablock with games that range from sequels to highly acclaimed franchises to brand new interpretations of classic properties. There are even a few titles that have never been seen before and are making their debut. In particular, the PlayStation 4 is set to see a whole host of independent and retail releases this month, though the Xbox One will still be getting some love with multiplatform games.
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Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima addressed investors yesterday during their quarterly earnings announcement. Big N had no huge releases over the last six months besides Super Mario Maker, and their sales took the appropriate hit. But Kimishima is optimistic about the future, and that not only was the NX on schedule, but Nintendo was “exploring the possibilities of virtual reality.”
Did you know the tune from World 1-1 of Super Mario Bros, the most famous video game music in history, has lyrics? “Swing….your….arms from side to side, come on it’s time to—” No, not those. The true lyrics date back to 1985, when the game was new.
The Famicom was one of the most important video game consoles of all time. It was Nintendo’s entry into the video game market, which it successfully and singlehandedly saved from oblivion when the Famicom was released in North America, redesigned as the Nintendo Entertainment System. It hasn’t had a new title since 1994, but now that’s about to change.
Fox Digital Entertainment and a German studio named “Wooga” have announced a new Futurama video game is in development…..but it’s for phones.
If you were around in the early 90’s, then you know the video game market was 90% composed of fuzzy creatures with attitude who wouldn’t shut up. They wore sunglasses and rode skateboards and kicked Dr. Machino’s butt and anything else an out of touch bald man in a suit thought was cool. When people think back to this era, the first mascot that comes to mind is the cat-pun-slinging walking disaster known as Bubsy.
Go Nintendo got ahold of former Sega of America senior producer Scott Bayless, the man who first came up with the marketing term “Blast Processing.” Sega would then use it in its promotional campaign extensively, bragging that this vague term somehow made the Genesis better than the SNES, like so:
All this week the major merchants have been revealing their Black Friday plans, and Toys R Us is the next to step forward.
Capcom has announced the first cafe to bear its name will open at the Aeon LakeTown shopping mall in Koshigaya, Japan.
Earlier this month the prototype for an unreleased Nintendo 64 game, Viewpoint 2064, was finally discovered and footage was posted online. Now, twice in the same month, it’s happened again, this time in the UK. The alpha cart turned up at a flea market in the town of Guileford, and was spotted by an anonymous fan of the website Unseen 64, who recognized the name “Freak Boy” written on the prototype in marker. He immediately purchased it, filmed footage of the game running with his cell, and sent nine little short video clips to Unseen 64. They can all be viewed at this link instead. You can check out some of the footage that was revealed in the player below.