Trailer: Mario Tennis

If Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7 are not enough Mario for you, there is Mario Tennis.

Mario Tennis is scheduled for release for the Nintendo 3DS handheld sometime in 2012, Nintendo reported today.

Here’s a trailer:

Video embedded from the unofficial Nintendo 3DS channel on YouTube

Trailer: Super Mario 3D Land

A bunch new media from Nintendo today on the 3DS. I’ll break them up into individual posts to make everything easier to handle for those interested in Nintendo’s (pick your bias) awesome/disappointing handheld.

First off is a new trailer for Super Mario 3D Land, which is set for a Nov. 13 release in North America.

Video embedded from the unofficial Nintendo 3DS channel on YouTube

Elder Scrolls V: Gameplay Demos

Almost forgot to post these. If you’re interested in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you’ll want to see these new gameplay videos.

Elder Scrolls V game director Todd Howard, of Bethesda Softworks, walks players through the creation of the game’s vast world, weapons and items and the developers approach to gameplay mechanics.

Links are below:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3
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Skyrim is scheduled for a Nov. 11 release for PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

Rockstar Games: Max Payne 3 coming in March 2012

Max Payne 3 will come out in March 2012, Rockstar games. The game is set for release on PC, PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

From Rockstar:

Still haunted by the memories of his traumatic past, Max begins a new
life working private security protecting a wealthy industrialist and his
family in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When gangs target the family under his
protection, Max is forced to fight to save his clients and clear his
name, in a bid to, once and for all, rid himself of the demons that have
tortured him for far too long.

A true cross-studio collaboration between Rockstar Games’ global
development teams that picks up from where series creator Remedy
Entertainment’s Max Payne 2
left off, Max Payne 3 utilizes cutting edge technology for a seamless,
cinematic action experience, incorporating the latest advances in
Natural Motion physics as well as a brand new iteration of the Rockstar
Advanced Game Engine, resulting in highly-refined gameplay with an
extensive range of realistic weaponry, an intelligent cover system and
sophisticated Bullet-Time mechanic

The announcement signifies not only a new chapter for the modern noir franchise, but yet another upcoming game with the letter “3″ in the title.

Max Payne 3, meet Gears of War 3 (Sept. 20 release date), Battlefield 3 (Oct. 25 release date), Uncharted 3 (Nov. 1 release date), Modern Warfare 3 (Nov. 8 release date) and Mass Effect 3 (March 6 release date).

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Nintendo: 3DS sales up 260 percent since price drop

Nintendo reported selling more than 235,000 Nintendo 3DS units last month, and the company attributed a significant number of those sales to its recent major price drop for the handheld.

Nintendo cut the 3DS’ MSRP from $249.99 to $169.99 on Aug. 12. Since the price cut, retailers moved roughly 185,000 3DS units. Nintendo’s report of a 260 percent sales increase refers specifically to units sold during the last 19 months of August when compared to those sold during the last months of July.

Players who purchased a 3DS before the price drop became 3DS Ambassadors,  a title that wouldn’t mean much except for the free downloadable games. Titles released so far are all throwbacks to the NES era, such Super Mario Bros., Metroid, The Legend of Zelda and Wrecking Crew, the last being one of the earlier and more obscure Mario titles. Another 10 games from the Game Boy Advance era are set to be released later.

What will be the long-term impacts of the price drop? Will more new buyers flock to the 3DS startinf Friday, when stores begin selling the “flame red” colored model and Star Fox 64 3D? Will  Kotaku will stop badmouthing the 3DS? Will Giant Bomb readers make their peace with plans to release a second circle-pad add-on? Will this writer ever finish the Adventure of Link, another of the NES downloads? I don’t know.

That game was hard, man.

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Lucas to fans: “Just say no.”

America – and the rest of the world – owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to George Lucas. The man who created the Star Wars movies is now doing his utmost to cure fans of their excessive devotion to the series.

Since releasing Star Wars in 1977, Lucas has earned countless billions (I could probably look up the number, but don’t feel like it right now) from the series. Movie tickets. Toys. T-shirts. Toys. Home video. Toys that are slightly different than the last series of toys. Star Wars has been cocaine for nerds, and George Lucas has been its Tony Montana.

But what if Tony Montana developed a conscience? What if he survived rival drug lord Alejandro Sosa’s assault – and that instead of being the basis for a video game I never had any inclination to play – his hypothetical survival became the basis for a new life? A new life devoted to freeing Miami’s cocaine addicts from their crippling chemical dependency.

Thus, the only explanation for Lucas’ decision to make the following change (confirmed in the New York Times) to Return of the Jedi is that series’ own creator has decided people like Star Wars movies too much and need to find something new to do with their lives.


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Behind the scenes with From Software, makers of “Dark Souls”

Here’s a new video with the people at From Software, the Japanese developers of the upcoming Dark Souls and Armored Core V.

Dark Souls is being billed as a spiritual successor to Demon’s Souls, a favorite of many PlayStation 3 owners and RPG fans who seemingly can’t stop referring to its difficulty. Namco Bandai is banking on that reputation as a selling point, even making preparetodie.com the URL for the game’s website.

Dark Souls’ release date is scheduled for Oct. 4 for PlayStation 3 and XBox 360.

Review: Bodycount (X360)

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Bodycount carries itself as arcade-styled FPS that generically pits you against an enemy known only as ‘the Target’ in two major areas: a fictional country in West Africa and a city on the Chinese coast. Apparently, ‘the Target’ is supporting conflict throughout the world for some unknown reason and as a part of ‘the Network’, you are guided to stop them by a mysterious voice.

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