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Posted: 08/18/2014 by RawmeatCowboyAnnouncements


Xeodrifter dev diary #3 is live! This time we get an inside look at just how the game's planets are made. Check out the feature here!

 

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Zen Pinball 2 - New Tables Announced

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, The Walking Dead, and more come to Wii U on August 28

San Francisco, CA – August 21, 2014 – Zen Studios is announcing that the Wii U version of its popular pinball platform, Zen Pinball 2 will receive a hefty update to its table roster on August 28. The update will bring the latest Marvel Pinball tables to the game, including the newly released Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool, and Doctor Strange tables, as well as a table based on Telltale Games’ award-winning adventure game series, The Walking Dead.

“We’re huge supporters of the Wii U, and have worked to ensure a great pinball experience across the board for our fans on the system,” said Mel Kirk, VP of Publishing at Zen Studios. “This table update is only a small piece of our ongoing future commitment to the platform, so be ready for more announcements coming soon.”

The new tables will be available for purchase through the Wii U eShop for $2.99/€2,99/£2.49. For more information on the tables featured in the update, as well as assets and information on Zen’s other titles, please visit blog.zenstudios.com.

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About Zen Studios
Zen Studios is a global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment software for all leading digital game platforms, and is recognized as one of the top independent studios in the industry. The company is headquartered in Budapest, Hungary with offices in North America. Zen Studios has worked with some of the biggest brands in entertainment, including Capcom’s Street Fighter, PopCap Games’ Plants vs. Zombies, Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead, Marvel Entertainment, and LucasArts. Zen’s Pinball FX2 franchise on Xbox Live is one of the most popular titles on the platform, has garnered numerous awards, and was named the bestselling game of 2011, while its tower defense title, Castlestorm, has released on a variety of platforms, including Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, iOS, and Android, to widespread commercial success and critical acclaim.

Please visit blog.zenstudios.com for more information on Zen Studios’ robust library of titles.

About Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy
From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team—Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits—Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand—with the galaxy's fate in the balance.
Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Nova Prime Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.
James Gunn is the director of the film with Kevin Feige producing, and Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Alan Fine and Stan Lee serve as executive producers. The story is by Nicole Perlman and James Gunn, with screenplay by James Gunn. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hit theaters on August 1, 2014.
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit marvel.com. © MARVEL
About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale is a leading independent developer and publisher of games for every major interactive platform from home consoles and PC to mobile and tablet devices, and is the pioneer of the episodic delivery of digital gaming content. By successfully developing games as an episodic series and frequently releasing in the format a game season, they create longer consumer engagement than traditional games for each release. Founded in 2004 by games industry veterans with decades of experience, Telltale has quickly become an industry leader with numerous honors and awards from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences, BAFTA, the IMGA, and more, as well as being named Studio of the Year in 2012, after establishing a model for successful episodic game creation and digital publishing. Telltale's reputation for quality has been established across more than two dozen different product releases over the years with recognition and acclaim from publications like IGN, The New York Times, and Variety, including over 100 "Game of the Year" awards from publications like USA Today, Yahoo! Games, Wired, Spike TV VGAs, E!, Official Xbox Magazine, The Telegraph, Metactitic, and more. Telltale is a fully licensed third party publisher on consoles from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo, and also publishes games on the PC, Mac, and Apple iOS platforms. For more information visit www.telltalegames.com.
About Robert Kirkman
Robert Kirkman is the creator of many popular comic books, including the Eisner Award-winning The Walking Dead, long-running Invincible, and all-ages Super Dinosaur, and the new exorcism comic, Outcast, which will be released June 2014, and is also in development as a television show with Fox International for CINEMAX.
Since entering the comics scene with his self-published cult-hit Battle Pope in 2000, the Kentucky native has risen to fame as one of the most successful names in comics and entertainment. In 2008, Kirkman became a partner at Image Comics, and in 2010, he opened Skybound, his own imprint at Image, which publishes his titles as well as other original work.
That same year, Kirkman continued to expand his presence in the entertainment industry, becoming a creator, executive producer and writer on The Walking Dead television show. The show is in production on its fifth season and has become the highest-rated basic cable drama of all time. To date The Walking Dead is the #1 on television among the coveted 18-49 demo.
Kirkman is also slated to executive produce AMC’s upcoming The Walking Dead spinoff show. Skybound original title Clone, written by David Schulner, is also in development as a television show at Universal. Kirkman will serve as an executive producer on both series.
Under the Skybound Entertainment umbrella Kirkman wrapped production on his first feature film, Air, starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Academy Award-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou.
About Skybound Entertainment
Since opening its doors in 2010, Skybound Entertainment has grown into a multiplatform entertainment company. Skybound CEO Robert Kirkman is creator of the award-winning The Walking Dead comic book series, the inspiration for the hit TV show of the same name where he serves as creator and executive producer. To date The Walking Dead is the #1 on television among the coveted 18-49 demo.
Skybound Entertainment and Kirkman just wrapped production on their first feature film, Air, starring The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus and Academy Award-nominated actor Djimon Hounsou. The film is slated to be released in the spring of 2015.
Skybound released Kirkman’s new exorcism comic, Outcast, in June 2014 which recently got the green light for a television pilot with CINEMAX and Fox International. The Skybound original title Clone, written by David Schulner, is also in development as a television show at Syfy. Kirkman will serve as an executive producer on both series.
Skybound Entertainment and digital entertainment company Maker Studios recently announced a deal for the studio to produce and air four digital series based off Skybound IPs.
Comic book titles published by Skybound include The Walking Dead, the superhero-comic Invincible, all-ages comic Super Dinosaur, the revenge drama Dead Body Road, and heist comic Thief of Thieves.
Skybound also creates a wide range of merchandise, including video games, apparel, board games, and action figures.
For more information, please visit Skybound online at www.skybound.com and www.thewalkingdead.com.
About Image Comics
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino . It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

This week's North American downloads - August 21 (Disney Infinity, Mega Man 6 and more)

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This week's Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:

Nintendo eShop on Wii U
Disney Infinity - For the first time, Disney Infinity is available in the Nintendo eShop - and it's free to download. Enjoy online multiplayer and more fun ways to play. Use your Wii U GamePad controller to create your own worlds in the Toy Box or activate missions and unlock toys in Play Sets. With Disney Infinity, the possibilities are endless. (A Disney Infinity Figure and Base, sold separately, are required to play the downloadable version of the game.)

Virtual Console on Wii U
Mega Man 6 - Every Thursday in August, Nintendo and Capcom are bringing classic Mega Man games to the Virtual Console service in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. This week: Mega Man 6, which originally launched on NES. On the eve of the Grand Championship of the First Annual Robot Tournament, Mr. X announced that the entire tournament was just a scheme to get his hands on the world's most powerful robots. Mega Man must battle through 16 levels to defeat his ferocious new foe.

Life Force - Blast your way through six stages of intense action and take on wave after wave of enemies, alternating between horizontal- and vertical-scrolling environments. Go at it alone, or invite a friend to pilot another ship and assist in the challenge. Do you have what it takes to save your planet from the monstrous Zelos?

Virtual Console on Nintendo 3DS
Xtreme Sports - Choose your hero and master sports like Skateboarding, In-Line Skating, Street Luge, Skyboarding and Surfing to become crowned the Xtreme Sports Champion. Can main characters Guppi and Fin battle their way to the top, or will they fall victim to the mischievous Bonehead Gang? Find out in this original mixture of sports, adventure and role-playing. The game features more than 400 competitors, multiple modes, power-ups and a tropical island lush with secret paths and hidden challenges.

Nintendo eShop Sales
Abyss is 25 percent off (reduced from $1.99 to $1.49) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 10 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
Chasing Aurora is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
Nano Assault Neo is 25 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $7.49) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11 in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U.
Boulder Dash-XL 3D is 66 percent off (reduced from $4.99 to $1.69) until 9 a.m. PT on Aug. 27 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
European Conqueror 3D is 30 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.79) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 4 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
Aeternoblade is reduced from $14.99 to $9.99 until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 7 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
Nano Assault Ex is 25 percent off (reduced from $9.99 to $7.49) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
Quell Reflect is 30 percent off (reduced from $3.99 to $2.79) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 11 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.
Aqua Moto Racing is 25 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $5.99) until 9 a.m. PT on Sept. 18 in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS.

Coming soon:
Donkey Kong Jr. Math - Aug. 28 (Virtual Console on Wii U)
Professor Layton vs. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Aug. 29 (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Also new this week:
Midtown Crazy Race (Nintendo eShop on Wii U)
BLAZBLUE -CLONEPHANTASMA- (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
Demon King Box (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)

Life Force for the Wii U Virtual Console Trailer


Nintendo Announces PAX Prime Events and Games Lineup

Get Ready to Smash, Seattle! Nintendo Brings Super Smash Bros. to PAX Prime; #SmashBash Could Bring Smash Action to You!



REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Some of the top Nintendo video games launching this year, including Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, will be playable at the PAX Prime convention. Nintendo will also host a number of fun events and lots of hands-on game-play opportunities for fans to experience the latest and greatest Wii U and Nintendo 3DS games before they launch. PAX Prime takes place Aug. 29-Sept. 1 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Here is what Nintendo has on tap:
• Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS #SmashBash: To amp up the excitement for the first appearance of Nintendo’s coolest fighting game on a portable system, Nintendo will be bringing Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS to locations around Seattle on Friday and Saturday of the show to give people in the city a chance to play as well. Follow Nintendo’s social media channels to learn where these #SmashBash events will take place.
• Hyrule Warriors Event: After PAX Prime shuts down at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, people eager to check out the upcoming Hyrule Warriors game for Wii U can visit the Renaissance Seattle Hotel at 515 Madison St. from 7 to 10 p.m. This event will be open to the public, and a PAX badge is not required for entry. Attendees will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis, as space allows. Cosplaying fans dressed as characters from The Legend of Zelda series will be able to fast-track into the event ahead of the general public. Anyone dressed in The Legend of Zelda gear or wearing a Hyrule Warriors T-shirt (available at the event while supplies last) can enter a drawing for a chance to win some cool original Hyrule Warriors concept artwork. Fans can enter by taking a picture against a special backdrop and tweeting the image with specific hashtags. The winner will be chosen at random toward the end of the event, and the winner must be present to claim the prize.
• During the show, Nintendo will have a variety of other fun activities and offerings at its booth, including a dedicated Pokémon area where fans can meet up with fellow Pokémon Trainers to battle and trade. Games scheduled to appear at the Nintendo booth at the show include:

Wii U
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Hyrule Warriors
Bayonetta 2
Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric (SEGA)
Stealth Inc. 2 (Curve Digital)
Swords & Soldiers II (Ronimo Games)

Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Pokémon Art Academy
Azure Striker GUNVOLT (Inti Creates Co. Ltd.)

Gamescom Increased Nintendo Pre-orders and Wii U Sales on Amazon

Amazon has released data on what titles saw the biggest bump in pre-orders post-Gamescom. Below is the list of titles and what percentage their pre-orders increased by

1. Project CARS – 42.3 per cent increase
2. Rise of the Tomb Raider – 30.25 per cent increase
3. Bloodborne – 16.08 per cent increase
4. Hyrule Warriors – 11.77 per cent increase
5. Quantum Break – 10.77 per cent increase
6. Far Cry 4 – 9.53 per cent increase
7. Assassin’s Creed Unity – 9.44 per cent increase
8. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor – 9.03 per cent increase
9. Battlefield: Hardline – 8.81 per cent increase
10. Super Smash Bros for 3DS – 7.56 per cent increase

Amazon also commented how they were surprised by the increase in Wii U sales given Nintendo didn't have a press conference, however they did mention the Japanese release of Hyrule Warriors did help.

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Smash Bros Wii U/3DS - Sakurai Explains Gap Between 3DS & Wii U Release Dates

The below excerpts are from a Kotaku article that translated a Famitsu interview with Sakurai...

"Checking is done both domestically and overseas, so for a game like Smash Bros., several hundred people are employed." Sakurai explained. "So, debugging alone becomes a huge project. So much so that one of the biggest reasons for the separate release dates for the 3DS and Wii U versions was so that we could shift the debugging periods."

"In a previous Smash Bros., we found a bug during the debugging process where if fighter A hits item B and fighters C and D are simultaneously affected, the game would freeze." Sakurai recalled. "Considering not only the different fighters, but items, stages, color settings, play rules, and game modes, the number of varying combinations are astronomical. In order to properly debug, every pattern must be tried, but such a task would be impossible no matter how many decades or centuries you take."

Check out the full article here!

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Cubemen 2 for Wii U - Release Date and Price Announced

Sydney based developer and publisher Nnooo is pleased to announce Cubemen 2™ for Wii U™ will be released in The Americas, Europe and Australia on 4 September 2014. Cubemen 2 for Wii U will be released as a downloadable title on Wii U via the Nintendo eShop for USD$7.99 / €7.99 / £6.99 / AUD$10.49.




The first indie game on a Nintendo platform to feature both cross-platform multiplayer and user generated content, Cubemen 2 is a fast-paced 3D strategy game in which the player controls an army of Cubemen, using them to battle against enemies in a range of modes.




Players will be able to enter online matches and create and share user-generated levels regardless of which platform they are using. Players on the Wii U version will be able to battle against other players who own the game on Wii U, PC, Linux®, Mac® or iOS device.




"Cubemen 2 is not just a fantastic game, it's breaking new ground for an indie game on a Nintendo console," said Nic Watt, Creative Director at Nnooo. "We already know Nintendo players love to create and share amazing artwork and creations in Miiverse. Now they can create levels, share them and battle with other players across multiple platforms! This is great, not only for Nintendo gamers, but for gaming in general."




Developed for all platforms by Melbourne studio 3 Sprockets, Cubemen 2 is a top-selling Steam® and iOS game. All levels can be played in single player mode against AI or with up to 6 players online (with AI filling any empty slots). There are 7 modes which can be played solo and 5 of these are available in online multiplayer. Online modes cover both team and individual player battles. Players will also be able to create and share their own levels using the game's built-in level editor. Wii U players will have access to all user-generated levels created on other platforms since the release of the game. There are currently over 8,000 user-generated levels to play. The game also includes specific level themes, customisable Cubemen skins and a global ranking system.




"It's been fantastic working with Nic and Bruce at Nnooo and Nintendo to get Cubemen 2 ported over to Wii U," said Seon Rozenblum, Director at 3 Sprockets. "It's such a great console to develop for and it's a blast to see Cubemen 2 up and running on the TV. The mix of touch and Wii U GamePad controls is a perfect fit for the fast multiplayer gameplay. This has also been our first experience working with a publisher and the guys at Nnooo have been awesome to work with, allowing us to focus on the development side with total confidence that everything else was being taken care of for us."




Cubemen 2 for Wii U is Nnooo's first published game. "Publishing is a whole new area for us," according to Bruce Thomson, Nnooo's Business & Marketing Director. "We've gained a huge amount of experience in the console space since Nnooo started in 2006 and we want to use that experience to introduce other talented developers to consoles. We're delighted to work with 3 Sprockets to bring Cubemen 2 to Wii U".




A video of Cubemen 2 for Wii U can be found here.




For more details on Cubemen 2 for Wii U visit www.nnooo.com/software/cubemen2.




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