It seems Nintendo is very much supportive of its Nintendo 3DS offspring, as recently they’ve announced a Pokemon X/Y bundle coming for the Nintendo 2DS. The bundle is coming to North America this Friday via Target and Toys R Us. Each retailer will sell a particular color with Target carrying the red X, and Toys R Us carrying the blue Y. The game will already be installed on the red bundle, whereas the blue will come with it pre-loaded on an SD card. Both versions will retail for a price tag of $149.99.
In the midst of the tragic passing of a bigger star like Paul Walker, we have also lost another figure in Hollywood. Voice, screen and stage actor Christopher Evan Welch passed away in L.A. this past Monday from lung cancer. He was only 48 years old. Welch will be remembered within the video game industry for providing the voice for Miles “Tails” Prower in The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog back in 1993. Welch, at the time of his passing, was filming a role in the upcoming HBO series Silicon Valley.
Funimation has officially licensed Eureka Seven and plans on re-releasing it on Blu-ray and DVD. Unfortunately, not much else was said about this re-release. Previous licensor Bandai Entertainment had released the series over several DVD volumes and box sets between 2006-07. Funimation has also licensed its sequel Eureka Seven: AO and released it on North America in two sets of Blu-ray/DVD this year. The popular series once aired on Adult Swim way back in 2006, and recently wrapped an encore run on Toonami. The anime was popular enough to commission a film called Eureka Seven: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers in 2009.
It’s been quite some time since we reported anything about Studio Ghibli’s Kaguya-hime no Monogatari, the latest film by Isao Takahata. The film earned a solid ¥284 million yen (approx. $2.8 million) during its opening weekend across 456 movie theaters. These numbers don’t quite compare to Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises, which had an opening weekend of ¥961 million yen ($9.66 million) across 454 screens. In spite of that, these are quite impressive numbers considering this is Mr. Takahata’s first feature since 1999′s My Neighbor the Yamadas.
You might want to think this one through when you get your brand new Xbox One console. You can replace the console’s hard drive, but it will void your warranty. This goes against Sony’s open policy for replacing the PlayStation 4′s hard drive, since it doesn’t support expandable storage. Microsoft, on the other hand, plans to support external storage drives for the Xbox One in the future. Having said that, this is about the upcoming console and not a comparison and contrast.
Only a few days after launch, several disappointed PS4 owners began to express their distress at the failure of their units. Sony quickly stepped up and stated these were “isolated incidents” and that only 0.4 percent were affected. Well, now the figures have changed according to a Sony Computer Entertainment of America spokesperson. According to the company, the percentage is still relatively small; being 1% percent of all produced units reporting issues. However, this is still greater than the number originally reported.
Spike TV has rebranded their VGAs into the VGX Awards, and this year numerous surprises made the final list, among them Super Mario 3D World and Tomb Raider. Both of them comprise the nominees for the Game of the Year category. Also competing are, BioShock Infinite, The Last of Us and Grand Theft Auto V. The name of the awards isn’t the only thing Spike is reworking, since now they’re directly asking for a public vote on which the VGX Advisory Council “should” pick as the best game of 2013.
For those of us expecting the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD remasters sometime before the end of this year, we will have to wait until March next year. The delay is only affecting North America and Europe, as Japan has a projected release date of December 26, 2013. Both continents will now have to wait it out until March 18 and March 21 respectively. Curiously enough, Square Enix stated in a press release that future details will follow the PS Vita release for NA and EU.
This week should be officially called “PlayStation 4 Week,” since before and after the launch of Sony’s gaming machine, the PS4 is still going to be making headlines. What is the latest word on the street regarding it? It’s Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida [again] responding to some of the backlash the PS4 launch games are experiencing. In an interview with Games Industry International, Yoshida admitted to have been disappointed by the negative reception, but that it’s not something that will hurt them in the long run.