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Nintendo releasing transparent versions of the 2DSNintendo’s surprise update to its handheld hardware late last month left out one key device: the 2DS. But Nintendo wasn’t ignoring its cheaper, child-friendly handheld, it just had other plans for it. Notably new versions and a tie in to the release of the next Pokemon games in November.Two new versions of the 2DS have been announced for gamers across Europe. They both have transparent casings, but come in a choice of Transparent Red or Transparent Blue. There’s no word on whether these models will be offered outside of Europe, but they will be available as standalone products on November 7.Pricing has not yet been revealed, but I expect the standalone 2DS to retain the £99 (US$160) price point and the Pokemon bundles to be £130 (US$212). Source: Geek

Nintendo releasing transparent versions of the 2DS
Nintendo’s surprise update to its handheld hardware late last month left out one key device: the 2DS. But Nintendo wasn’t ignoring its cheaper, child-friendly handheld, it just had other plans for it. Notably new versions and a tie in to the release of the next Pokemon games in November.

Two new versions of the 2DS have been announced for gamers across Europe. They both have transparent casings, but come in a choice of Transparent Red or Transparent Blue. There’s no word on whether these models will be offered outside of Europe, but they will be available as standalone products on November 7.

Pricing has not yet been revealed, but I expect the standalone 2DS to retain the £99 (US$160) price point and the Pokemon bundles to be £130 (US$212). Source: Geek

Hands-on with Nintendo’s better looking, better playing New Nintendo 3DSThe New Nintendo 3DS is a big improvement in many immediately noticeable ways, based on some hands-on time with the forthcoming Nintendo handheld at Tokyo Game Show 2014. It certainly makes playing Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, the Capcom game chosen to show off the New Nintendo 3DS to the public for the first time, a lot easier.The biggest addition to the New Nintendo 3DS are the handheld’s new inputs: a new analog nub that sits above the ABXY button cluster and the new ZL and ZR shoulder buttons. Compared to the current Nintendo 3DS XL, a few other inputs, like the start and select buttons, have been shifted around — they’ve moved from below the bottom 3DS screen to below the ABXY buttons, just like the Nintendo 2DS.Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/BEDfJ

Hands-on with Nintendo’s better looking, better playing New Nintendo 3DS

The New Nintendo 3DS is a big improvement in many immediately noticeable ways, based on some hands-on time with the forthcoming Nintendo handheld at Tokyo Game Show 2014. It certainly makes playing Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, the Capcom game chosen to show off the New Nintendo 3DS to the public for the first time, a lot easier.

The biggest addition to the New Nintendo 3DS are the handheld’s new inputs: a new analog nub that sits above the ABXY button cluster and the new ZL and ZR shoulder buttons. Compared to the current Nintendo 3DS XL, a few other inputs, like the start and select buttons, have been shifted around — they’ve moved from below the bottom 3DS screen to below the ABXY buttons, just like the Nintendo 2DS.

Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/BEDfJ

Sony rethinks mobile business, expects 1,000 layoffs after projecting $2.1B loss this year Sony will cut over 1,000 jobs from its 7,100-person mobile communications workforce following a warning of an annual net loss of $2.1 billion, the company announced.Yesterday, the company confirmed a new projected loss roughly four-times the amount it initially expected for this financial year based on the difficult smartphone market. While initial projections believed a net loss of $466 million was on the cards for that time frame, it now projects a loss of $2.14 billion.As a result, the company is reassessing its business focus — which includes moving away from mid-to-lower-range mobile phones — and will instead continue to push its PlayStation division.The company has already exited the PC market following a continuing decline in consumer interest in DVDs, Blu-Rays and other physical media.PlayStation 4 consoles continue to perform well, however. Sony previously confirmed57.5 billion yen (or roughly $2.5 billion) generated in sales from Sony’s Games & Network Services division, which is attributed to the launch of the system.Source —-> Polygon

Sony rethinks mobile business, expects 1,000 layoffs after projecting $2.1B loss this year

Sony will cut over 1,000 jobs from its 7,100-person mobile communications workforce following a warning of an annual net loss of $2.1 billion, the company announced.

Yesterday, the company confirmed a new projected loss roughly four-times the amount it initially expected for this financial year based on the difficult smartphone market. While initial projections believed a net loss of $466 million was on the cards for that time frame, it now projects a loss of $2.14 billion.

As a result, the company is reassessing its business focus — which includes moving away from mid-to-lower-range mobile phones — and will instead continue to push its PlayStation division.

The company has already exited the PC market following a continuing decline in consumer interest in DVDs, Blu-Rays and other physical media.

PlayStation 4 consoles continue to perform well, however. Sony previously confirmed57.5 billion yen (or roughly $2.5 billion) generated in sales from Sony’s Games & Network Services division, which is attributed to the launch of the system.

Source —-> Polygon

Review: Hyrule Warriors is junk food gaming at its absolute finestWhile all games exist for you to have fun, there’s often a whole lot more to it than that. Some games provide a mental challenge, some serve as a simulation of an activity you are otherwise unable to do, and recently many others strive to position you in an adrenaline loop that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Sometimes though, the very best kind of game is the one that doesn’t challenge you at all. These games exist purely to entertain, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Hyrule Warriors is a massive deviation from what you think when someone tells you they are playing a Zelda game, but what was created instead is still a ton of fun to play.Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/BEBXH

Review: Hyrule Warriors is junk food gaming at its absolute finest
While all games exist for you to have fun, there’s often a whole lot more to it than that. Some games provide a mental challenge, some serve as a simulation of an activity you are otherwise unable to do, and recently many others strive to position you in an adrenaline loop that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Sometimes though, the very best kind of game is the one that doesn’t challenge you at all. These games exist purely to entertain, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Hyrule Warriors is a massive deviation from what you think when someone tells you they are playing a Zelda game, but what was created instead is still a ton of fun to play.
Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/BEBXH

Apocalyptic Paradise: How Season One of Telltale’s The Walking Dead Caught Lightning in a Bottle

The interior episodes of Season One provide some variation on the initial array of choices, which is good, but what keeps the Season strong is the driving need to find some way to make Clementine safe—by protecting her, seeking her parents, searching for a safe place or community, and by teaching her how to take care of herself both physically and psychologically. This need, and the relationship that develops between Lee and Clementine as their journey progresses, keep the story suspenseful, unpredictable, and sometimes deeply moving.

5 Reasons: Why Escort Missions Are Almost Always a Train Wreck

The Metal Gear Solid series is a particularly bad offender with this one. In MGS2, you have to escort Emma Emmerich (through a water level, but she’s afraid of water…so let’s go ahead and check the “incredibly annoying” box, too), but she’s afraid of bugs, so you spend a bunch of time using bug spray. Which, you know, isn’t usually what people usually buy videogames to simulate doing. In MGS3, you have to escort an ailing Eva around, but she needs constant feeding to keep her stamina up, so the mission devolves into hunting for food and then feeding it to her. I don’t like watching couples feed each other in real life, and being forced to simulate it in a tactical stealth espionage game is also not really what I signed up for Konami, but thanks for playing.

Capcom shows us how good Resident Evil remastered looksEarlier this month Capcom announced that it had decided to remaster the original Resident Evil game first released in 1996. This update on a classic will be re-released on modern hardware, including the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC.Some may view it as a grab for cash, but the original game is now 18 years old, meaning there’s a lot of gamers out there who’ve never experienced Capcom’s survival horror. Now they can, and with a number of much needed enhancements.Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/AQnQm

Capcom shows us how good Resident Evil remastered looks

Earlier this month Capcom announced that it had decided to remaster the original Resident Evil game first released in 1996. This update on a classic will be re-released on modern hardware, including the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4, and PC.

Some may view it as a grab for cash, but the original game is now 18 years old, meaning there’s a lot of gamers out there who’ve never experienced Capcom’s survival horror. Now they can, and with a number of much needed enhancements.

Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/AQnQm

Ubisoft confirms Assassin’s Creed Unity delayThe year’s only big name next gen-only game has had its release date put back, but it’ll still be out this year, and on the same day as Rogue.Considering how many other games have been pushed back into next year getting a press release about a delay for Assassin’s Creed Unity was a very worrying moment. But it’s only a short two week difference, and Unity will now be out on November 13 instead of October 28.The 13th is a Thursday, which is the normal release date for games on the Continent (the game’s out on Tuesday the 11th in the US). We’ve checked with Ubisoft UK and the 13th is also definitely when it’s coming out here.Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/AQnpR

Ubisoft confirms Assassin’s Creed Unity delay

The year’s only big name next gen-only game has had its release date put back, but it’ll still be out this year, and on the same day as Rogue.

Considering how many other games have been pushed back into next year getting a press release about a delay for Assassin’s Creed Unity was a very worrying moment. But it’s only a short two week difference, and Unity will now be out on November 13 instead of October 28.

The 13th is a Thursday, which is the normal release date for games on the Continent (the game’s out on Tuesday the 11th in the US). We’ve checked with Ubisoft UK and the 13th is also definitely when it’s coming out here.

Full Story —-> http://ow.ly/AQnpR

September Update Out Now for Xbox One

Is Their an Overabundance of Video Game Awards?

Alongside the kinds of awards other media also have, games have another category of awards that has no counterpart in any other medium (to the best of my knowledge): preview or demo awards, best represented by the Game Critics “Best of E3” Awards. Can you imagine awards for Best Film Previews or Best Single Released Well Before the Album being as present in the public consciousness as “Best of E3” Awards are in the gamer world?