Tecmo: Ninja Gaiden returning to Nintendo

Tecmo’s insanely difficult Ninja Gaiden series made its North American debut on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1989, but its latest versions have bypassed Nintendo consoles.

Ninja Gaiden 3 is set for an early 2012 release for PlayStation 3 and XBox 360, according to Tecmo Koei. The company announced during E3 that the game and its protagonist, Ryu Hayabusa, are also set to appear on Nintendo’s forthcoming Wii U console for a version of the game being developed under the working title of Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge.

Nintendo’s Wii U console is scheduled for a release some time in 2012. Nintendo tends to release home consoles later in the year for its North American customers, so I’m guessing the Wii U will be out in time for a fall or holiday release.

Paradox releases Pride of Nations

Here’s one for old school PC strategy gamers. Paradox Interactive, perhaps best known for the Hearts of Iron strategy series set during the World War II era, has a new title out called Pride of Nations.

Paradox released the game Tuesday.

Pride of Nations is turn-based strategy game set during the 19 Century, allowing players to lead a number of European colonial powers as well as the United States or Japan. In other words, it sounds like an ideal game for anyone who idolizes Otto Von Bismarck but a bad choice for Franz Fanon readers.

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Trailer: Ace Combat Assualt Horizons

Another trailer from a Namco Bandai franchise. I saw “Ace Combat Assault Horizons” at E3 and I can report that the game I saw looked nice and maintained the franchise’s tradition of decent flight controls and giving fighters way more missiles than any jet can actually carry.

This title appears to be taking the Call of Duty route and making the Russians the bad guys. I’m personally waiting for game writers to realize the Cold War is over and make a title that recognizes the threats posed by Suriname or the Republic of Maldives.

Trailer: SoulCalibur V

Good morning, gentle readers. I’m clearing up a backlog of E3-week content now that I finally have a some time to do so.

First up: Namco Bandai’s latest trailer for SoulCalibur V. For me, the proper way to play this franchise will always be a nice session at the UCLA dorms with SoulCalibur 2 on the Sega Dreamcast, but time moves on.

Pilotwings Resort reviewed

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Pilotwings Resort is a simple game, but it accomplished something many titles have not.

It made me smile.

The game, 3D visuals and all, is simple without being simplistic. Players get to fly around Nintendo’s fictional Wuhu Island and complete a series of “missions” that basically involve performing a series of increasingly difficult tasks while aboard a variety of missions. This is a video game in its most essential form. There’s no attempt to mimic cinema, Pilotwings Resort is a game that people can play for 20 minutes or so to have a little fun.

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Our story on the Wii U

Here’s the story we ran on Nintendo’s next console in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and The Sun. Stay tuned for more stuff and commentary on E3.

OS ANGELES – Nintendo revealed its forthcoming “Wii U” console Tuesday at E3, the gaming industry’s annual convention.

The new video-game system – set for release in 2012 – features a
touchscreen built into its controller and at first glance, appears to
represent yet another step in the company’s efforts to transform the way
its customers use its products.

“It can change the way you play games and change the way you
interact with family and friends,” Nintendo of America president Reggie
Fils-Aime said during his company’s presentation at Nokia Theater.



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E3: Nintendo’s Press Conference

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Nintendo came on strong in their press conference. Hot on the heels of the 25th Anniversary of the Legend of Zelda, Nintendo also took the time to finally unveil their successor to the Wii. Did they win everything? I felt their conference did really well for them. But calling it the Wii U? Either they’re being zen about the name, or Nintendo is basically telling everyone that no matter what they call it, they’re ready to print money.

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E3: Sony’s Press Conference

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Sony held their press conference at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena with over 6000 attendees waiting to see what they had to offer up this year, especially in light of the PSN outage. Though they didn’t drop too many bombshells, Sony did their best to get people excited for the Move and their new handheld, the PS Vita. 

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