3DS eShop Comes With 3D Pokedex

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The 3DS e-Shop is set to drop on June 6th, bringing a wealth of stuff along with it, if you can consider a web browser and a remake of Excitebike “a wealth”. Nintendo has since added to the digital fun, promising to deliver a 3D Pokedex to all of you happy downloaders. The Pokedex will include the beasts from Black and White, with no word on whether older Pokemon will be added however as this is a downloadable item, there’s no reason those creatures can’t be added later. You’ll be able to view 16 beasts at first with more coming via StreetPass and SpotPass interaction. The application pausing on the 3DS isn’t as robust as I would have liked which limits the usability of this Pokedex, but still, a free Pokedex is a free Pokedex.

Wednesday Morning Revenge Courtesy of Deus Ex

Nothing like a little cybermurder to kick off your Wednesday. I’m getting more and more excited for Deus Ex: Human Revolution the more I see of it, which means it will probably suck. Such is the power of positive thinking.

Interplay Struggling: A Shocking Development

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Develop Online brings us news today that Interplay is teetering on the verge of bankruptcy, with the fates of all known current projects in doubt. This includes Fallout Online and Earthworm Jim 4.

“We currently have some obligations that we are unable to meet without generating additional income or raising additional capital,” Interplay said.

“If we cannot generate additional income or raise additional capital in the near future, we may become insolvent or be made bankrupt or may become illiquid or worthless.”

Interplay, which also develops games internally, reported a net loss of $1 million in 2010, along with a stockholders’ deficit of $2.8 million and a working capital deficit of $2.8 million.

Additional financing is needed to fund current operations, the firm said.

“However, no assurance can be given that funding can be obtained on acceptable terms, or at all,” it added.

Come on people. Sony just lost like a billion dollars, and you’re whining about a couple million dollar shortfall? Here’s what you do. Call Brandon. Ask for money. He’ll take good care of you.

On a more serious note, what a predictably sad latest and possibly final entry into the history book for what was once a remarkable developer and publisher.

Metro: Last Light Officially Official

Rock, Paper, Shotgun has the scoop on today’s “official reveal” of the Metro 2033 sequel, Metro: Last Light. Bill or Mike will, I’m sure, be tracking this closely for you, but in the meantime, here’s the teaser trailer, which barely qualifies as a tease. The most interesting part of the announcement, really, is Danny Bilson (Executive Vice President Core Games), saying the following:

“We believe that Metro 2033 was a flawed masterpiece. It was a beautiful, original game that didn’t get the marketing support it needed. We won’t make that mistake with Metro: Last Light. This game improves on the original in every way – it will have more polish, deeper and more sophisticated gameplay, and satisfyingly visceral combat, without losing what our fans loved about the original. Metro: Last Light is another artful piece of game development from an Eastern European studio that will thrill and terrify anyone looking for a more cerebral experience than your typical first person shooter.”

Take away the shot across the bow of THQ marketing and there’s a lot of promising rhetoric there… if they follow-through. Now that my PC is a beast of unparalleled power, I really need to dig into Metro 2033.

UPDATE: Shack News has a preview posted that’s based on some early demo code.

Bioshock 2: Minerva's Den Released on PC

One of the best pieces of DLC you will ever play is now available to PC gamers. Woo hoo yeah us!

Minerva’s Den is required playing if you are a Bioshock 2 fan — and seriously, if you aren’t a Bioshock 2 fan we can no longer be friends. You can grab this at the GFW Marketplace here.

It’s $10 and here’s the details:

Minerva’s Den offers a brand-new, self-contained BioShock story, presenting a side of Rapture you’ve never seen before. Seek out the tools you’ll need to unlock new goals and spaces in the order you choose. Face Rapture’s full range of opposition as you increase in power—a new challenge is always right around the corner. There are no refunds for this item. For more information, see www.xbox.com/live/accounts.

(Hat tip to NHS user Rig21)

Mortal Kombat: Legacy Episode Eight – Two Ninjas Enter, One Ninja Leaves

Here it is, the explosive battle between Scorpion and Sub-Zero. Explosive is probably a bit of an exaggeration. Ok, it’s a tremendous exaggeration. There are only a few of these episodes left, so I think it’s clear by now that this is all set up. Hopefully we’ll get to see another series that features the tournament itself.

Full Playstation Network Service to Return This Week

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The US Playstation blog posted a press release announcing that full Playstation Network service will be restored by week’s end in the US, Europe and Asia (excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea). Items making their (hopefully) triumphant return include the Playstation Store, in-game commerce, and voucher/code redemptions.

On a related note, over the weekend I received my official invite into Debix’s AllClear ID Plus identity theft protection program. Registration was a simple matter of submitting my email address and receiving an email back with a code I could then use to register for a free AllClear ID Plus account. Those of you who are PS3 owners have hopefully received your invitations as well. This is well worth taking the time to do and of far more value to you than a couple of free games.

Embargo Lifts on Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm Press Event

Evidently there was a recent Heart of the Swarm-related press event at the Blizzard HQ, an event to which I mysteriously was not invited. How rude. Sure, I couldn’t have gone even if I had been among The Chosen, but a fella just wants to be asked, ya know? Blizzard, I will accept your apologies for the oversight in the form of candy and flowers.


Anyway, if you’re interested in what this Starcraft II expansion has to offer, the embargo is up and previews abound for this Zerg-centric entry into the franchise. Expect to see a bunch of screenshots of Zerg-human hybrid Kerrigan and a lot of talk about the nature of the Zerg hive mind. As Hicks would say, “It’s a bug hunt.” If you want to read more, pick among this slate of previews or search for some more as I’m sure they’re out there:

- Joystiq
- Eurogamer
- Giant Bomb

Heroes of Ruin Bringing Social Monster Slaying to the 3DS

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A mysterious piece of art for an unknown 3DS game titled Heroes of Ruin was accidentally revealed last week, but today we have the official details about the upcoming 3DS RPG from Square. The game is a four player co-op dungeon crawler with a heavy focus on social gaming. Right now only StreetPass and SpotPass functionality has been mentioned with both used to give you loot and challenges but hopefully internet play will also be available. I mean, local co-op is great and all, but as I’m the only person in my circle of gaming buddies with a 3DS, I’m not about to start trolling McDonalds Wi-Fi hotspots for co-op partners. Square is planning on building a community around the game complete with community web site that will give out challenges and quests so one would think that internet play would be a given. The game will be at E3 so I’ll be sure to find time for it when I do my usual tour of Nintendo. Square’s previous DS outing, The World Ends With You was one of my favorite DS games so I’m pretty damn excited for this one.

Sengoku Developer Diary #2

Paradox has released another quick video developer diary for its upcoming strategy game, Sengoku. This video discusses the game’s factions as well as tidbits about vassals.