Source: Sinobi Blog
According to Sinobi Blog, known for their quality retail leaks, Nintendo is providing Japanese stores with very limited copies of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3DS for the game's launch. The intention is to avoid the bargain bin sales that plagued the last major Zelda release, Spirit Tracks. Apparently retailers are not allowed to place orders for more copies and Nintendo will be handling the situation very closely. Japanese gamers better reserve their copies early!
Source: Sinobi Blog
After many test markets, none of which involved where I lived, redbox has officially decided to bring gaming rentals to more than 21,000 locations nationwide. The games will be available June 17 for $2 a night. This means I will finally feel good about renting games again, after having been gauged horrendously by Blockbuster's nearly $10 price for 5 days, and I won't have to sign up for any subscription based service like Gamefly. This suits me perfectly because I really only rented games to see if I liked them enough to buy, something I would be able to decide in one night anyway.
Gaijin Games and publisher Aksys have unveiled Bit.Trip Saga, a collection of the six Bit.Trip games found on WiiWare, for Nintendo's 3DS. I can't wait to see these games in 3D, particularly Bit.Trip Runner. The collection will be found at retail, so now everyone who requires a physical copy of their games can feel free to dive in. Interestingly enough, just a few months ago I asked Gaijin Games for just such a collection on twitter, only for the Wii. While it may not be on the system I asked for I am still glad it is on its way, more people need to experience these excellent games.
EA inadvertently revealed the Buffalo Bill's new jersey when they released a new trailer for Madden 2012 alongside the unveiling of Brown's running back Peyton Hillis as the cover athlete. Madden executive producer Phil Frazier took to twitter and had this to say about the mishap,"Also had to answer tough questions on prematurely revealing a team's new jersey." No word yet on what course of action, if any, the NFL will take- but they can't be happy. Catch the trailer after the break.
Gamers can sign up to beta test Bungie's new game by following this link. I wouldn't expect to get started playing anything until at least e3 however, they are being pretty secretive as to what it is they are actually working on. I will be very curious to see what their first project under Activision's wing will be. My guess is that it will feature guns, but I could be wrong. I would like to see a return to Myth, so dwarfs with Molotov cocktails would do just fine.
PSN gamer's worst fears have come to fruition, their personal information may be in the hands of unscrupulous hackers. The suit accuses Sony of "failure to maintain adequate computer data security of consumer personal data and financial data," as well as failing to take "reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users."
The most damaging thing of all could be the fact that they waited too long to inform PSN users of the breach, preventing them from taking action. Had users known about this nearly a week ago they may have made "an informed decision as to whether to change credit card numbers, close the exposed accounts, check their credit reports, or take other mitigating actions."
The Federal class action lawsuit has been drawn up and submitted to the Northern District Court of California by Rothken Law Firm, representing every one affected by the PSN security breach.
Source: Court Document
Namco Bandai is teasing something new, the beginning of a new chapter specifically. This is most likely related to the new Soul Calibur that has been teased for months, but it could also pertain to the Tales series. There is a chance we will hear about some localizations before e3, or it might even be related to something entirely different. We'll know for sure in about two weeks.
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Is Rockstar borrowing a few pages from Nintendo's super guide? It turns out if you die a few times during an action sequence in L.A. Noire you are given the chance to skip that segment entirely and continue to advance the cinematic story. But are people really buying this to watch a movie? Why not save $50 and go see one in theaters or find a copy of Reservoir Dogs on DVD? No self respecting gamer would choose to use this feature, but I guess having more options isn't something you can really complain too much about.
In order to entice gamers into using the 3DS' downloadable game service, eShop, Nintendo will be giving away free copies of ExciteBike that utilize the system's 3D capabilities. It sounds like Nintendo is serious about promoting their service this time around, something that is reassuring after the lackluster performance of DSiWare. The eShop will launch with a firmware update coming sometime in May so be sure to get on there and get your free copy of this NES classic.
Sony finally officially announced the S1 tablet we have known about for months. Most of the details, including its interesting shape, were true. It supports Android OS and features Playstation Suite, meaning you are going to see a lot of PS1 classics on the device. Unfortunately you are going to have to play them without buttons, but what can you do. Sony also announced S2, a tablet that features a clamshell design and sports two 5.5" screens. I kind of like the idea of the clamshell, that will be sure to keep those big beautiful screens safe. But that is getting dangerously close to laptop territory and we wouldn't want that!