Street Fighter V announced- PC & PS4 exclusive!

Wait, what?

Didn’t we just release Ultra Street Fighter?  …and 50 other versions of Street Fighter IV before that?  Also, Street Fighter x Tekken, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 which also use the SFIV engine?

Well nevermind that because Capcom’s megaton announcement is STREET FIGHTER V.

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Screw it, I’m excited.  The current generation of Street Fighter games are excellent, who’s the say the next generation won’t be even better?  Street Fighter is Capcom’s bread and butter, even more so than Resident Evil and Mega Man (sniff), they aren’t going to chance releasing a subpar product here.  The question is, what will they do to advance the gameplay of the past four generations of the fighting classic?  Very little is known about the gameplay so it’s anyone’s guess at this point.  All we saw was a brief fight between Ryu and Chun-Li in a neon, nighttime setting.  Also, Ryu doing this-

I have no idea what’s going on here.
It looks awesome though.

By the way, how about that PS4 & PC exclusive?  The last time a Street Fighter game was a console exclusive was Street Fighter III on the Sega Dreamcast, and we all know how that turned out.  So how many angry XBone owners are cursing the big C today?

 

Rape Scenes in the Bayonetta Games? Kamiya Responds on Twitter

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This will be pretty non-graphic but I would like to include a trigger warning for the men and women who are disturbed by these kinds of things.

Did both highly acclaimed video games Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 include scenes of implied rape?

A user on gaming forum NeoGAF felt disturbed by two particular scenes which have gone largely undiscussed.  The implied act takes place during a boss fight represented in both Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2.  In it, the titular female protagonist mostly presented as a self-efficient independent strong heroine, faces off against an ongoing rival named Rodin.  Rodin isn’t necessarily a villain in the game’s story.  Though he has battled Bayonetta he also crafts and sells weapons for her by which he obtains from his primary duty as a proprietor of the Gates of Hell.  In these boss fights, Rodin executes a powerful move that obscures the players view and ends with Rodin smoking a cigar as a fully nude Bayonetta lies in the fetal position, seemingly clutching her buttocks (NSFW).

It’s pretty easy to see why this might upset someone.  Though Bayonetta is a game that lavishes sexuality and ultra-violence to the point of self-parody, the title character is almost never shown as vulnerable, let alone completely nude.  To see her lying down and possibly clutching her naked behind as if recovering from a forceful penetration, is very shocking and quite disturbing to someone that might just be looking to enjoy a wacky action-shooter on their Nintendo Wii U.  Rodin enjoying a smoke (NSFW), as is a common post-sex trope in modern media, only makes the scene more incriminating.

The game’s creator and lead director Hideki Kamiya, who also created Viewtiful Joe, Okami and directed many entries in the Devil May Cry series, was quick to respond to the controversy.  When several NeoGAF users took to twitter to confront the developer earlier this morning, he explained that the scenes were not intended to imply any type of sexual violence and was initially confused by the accusations.

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The lead character’s source of power, and clothing for that matter, is her angelic hair.  When Rodin pulls her into the Gates of Hell for his attack,  her most powerful defense is temporarily destroyed leaving her injured and nude on the ground.  So why does Rodin light up a smoke immediately afterward?  This wasn’t directly addressed but in the name of fairness it should be pointed out that Rodin is always lighting up a cigar throughout the entirety of both games.

 

There are far too many instances in modern media of rape being casually brushed aside or treated as joke fodder instead of a horrific, invasive and violent crime.  Rape culture is a problem and something that should continue to be addressed, but are the scenes in Bayonetta a contributing offender or was this just an unfortunate coincidence, something lost in translation?

It’s definitely something worth discussing.

 

 

 

 

Check out deals on Bayonetta, Bayonetta 2 and the Bayonetta anime on Amazon

Mario Kart 8: Playable Link, DLC Details and Release Date

In today’s Nintendo Direct we were given a much closer look at the upcoming Mario Kart 8 DLC content.  We already knew that we had a playable Link, Cat Peach and Tanooki Mario to look forward to, as well as new vehicles and 8 new tracks, but this time we saw everything up close.  We were also shown that Nintendo’s Amiibo figures could be used to unlock outfits for your Mii Racer in the upcoming title.  Additionally, Nintendo put up a cute little “Nintendo Minute” video on YouTube showing two of the most anticipated new tracks being played.

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Hyrule Circuit is beautiful, taking through town and right into the legendary castle -right up to the Master Sword!  The track seems to be an amalgamation of Skyward Sword, A Link to the Past and Ocarina of Time, a pretty excellent combo if you ask me.  You’ll also notice that the coins have been replaced by rupies.  This doesn’t change anything except for adding to the lovely Zelda atmosphere and replacing the coin item with a rupy item.  F-Zero’s Mute City switches things up as well. As you speed through a lovely rendition of the famous track featured in every mainline F-Zero title, you’ll notice there are no coins to be found anywhere.  Instead, the track has you driving over a pink strip on the side of the road, the very same strip that would heal your craft in Captain Falcon’s series.  Excite Bike gets a track too, this one featuring randomly generated jumps and turns making the stage different every single time you play it.

The other courses were not previewed but we know that a couple of classics, such as Yoshi’s Circuit from the criminally-underrated Mario Kart Double Dash!! and the SNES Rainbow Road, are in there.  There are still more originals as well, note Ice Ice Outpost and Dragon Driftway, the latter of which seems to star a familiar face from Mario Galaxy 2.

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The drivers themselves are great.  Link, who also comes with a “Master Bike” motorcycle, derives from his Skyward Sword game and pulls out his sword or a tri-force when performing tricks.  Cat Peach and Tanooki Mario have their own unique tricks as well (expect to see a familiar statue).  Through in the F-Zero Blue Falcon car and you have a pretty excellent deal for a DLC pack.

The first Mario Kart 8 DLC pack arrives on November 13th.  The second pack, which promises to include Animal Crossing racers and courses, will be released in the Spring.

 

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3DS Remake Announced

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We all saw this coming but it appears that the moon has finally smiled down upon us…oh wait..

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is being remade for the Nintendo 3DS.
Take a look at the announcement trailer below, just before drooling over the European Special Edition of the game (nothing has been announced for North America just yet)

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Wu-Tang Clan & Final Fantasy VI: Together at last

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If you fancy yourself an RPG fan and you haven’t played Final Fantasy VI yet, fix that immediately (also available on iOS and Wii Virtual Console).  It’s easily the greatest Final Fantasy game and probably one of the greatest video games ever made.  Why do you think it’s always compared to the other greatest RPG of all time?  Final Fantasy VI has so many strong, powerful elements that set it above the rest.  The world is incredibly vast, the 16-bit art is beautiful, the story is inspiring and the gameplay is layered and rich.  Beyond this, the game boasts one of the most atmospheric and beautiful soundtracks of any Final Fantasy game.  Even if you’ve never played it, you’ve probably heard the overworld music somewhere before.

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So why not combine take this brilliantly-composed game about a ragtag, diverse group of fun characters and mash it up with another ragtag diverse group of fun characters?  That’s exactly what 2 Mello thought when he decided to blend the Final Fantasy VI OST with some classic Wu-Tang Clan tracks on 3-6 Chambers (note- Final Fantasy VI was originally released under the name Final Fantasy III in the United States).

It’s been a few years since 2 Mello’s last mash-up album Chrono Jigga, an oddly addictive mash-up of Chrono Trigger music and Jay-Z classics.  He’s come a long way.  These mash-ups sound more inspired and carefully planned out than what we had on his last release.  Figaro Kids for example, which combines Ghostface’s “Apollo Kids” and the Figaro Castle theme, feels perfectly melted together.  Taking “Da Mystery of Shadow Boxin'” and Shadow’s theme may seem obvious but it adds a cool, creepy atmosphere to a song that I already knew by heart.  Finally, make sure you at least hear “Escape” which takes advantage of the menacing urgency of Kefka’s theme song and …well just listen to it right here.

You’ve done it again 2 Mello.  Maybe next time mash up Chrono Cross with Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor or Snoop’s Doggystyle album with Sonic 3 & Knuckles?  Just a few suggestions from a fan whose interests fall within your 8 Diagrams.

Robert Downey Jr. reportedly playing Leonardo Da Vinci in Assassin’s Creed movie

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Early reports have been flooding in this morning, indicating that Robert Downey Jr. has just signed on to join the big-screen adaptation of the people video game series “Assassin’s Creed”.  Which character would he play?  Why the renaissance-era Tony Stark himself, Leonardo Da Vinci.  This would further add to the rumor that the Assassin’s Creed film will indeed take place around the events surrounding the character Ezio Auditore, the protagonist introduced in the second game.

The news was leaked via an article on MoviePilot this morning, but the website has since taken the article down without further explanation.

Assassin’s Creed is being produced by Michael Fassbender, who is also set to star in the film, presumably as Ezio.  In August report from IGN, Fassbender indicated that he plans to remain as loyal to the games as possible:

“You know, we absolutely want to respect the game,” Fassbender said. “There’s so much cool stuff in the game that we’re actually spoiled for choice in terms of what we can use and what we can’t, but we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own version of things that already exist in the game. But we’re definitely making a feature film, and we’re approaching it as a feature film, as opposed to approaching it as a video game. But I love the world. I don’t really play that many video games, but when I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they started to explain this whole world and the idea of DNA memory — you know, I think it’s a very feasible scientific theory. I just thought, “This is so rich,” and about the possibility of it being this cinematic experience. So I’m really excited about it, and we’re working very hard to make sure that we’ve got the best and most exciting, original package.”

If you want an idea of the AC version of Leonardo Da Vinci, and how Robert Downey Jr. might portray the character, take a look at the clip below:

 

Play an Actual Donkey Kong Arcade Machine With Your Browser

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This is pretty cool.

YouTube series Arcade Impossible focuses on a crew putting together a video game arcade in their basement. It’s pretty neat to watch the process come together. Perhaps one of the most interesting things to come out of show, one of the crew members rigged a physical Donkey Kong arcade cabinet to accept inputs from your web browser.

The way it works is you hop onto the website here, which uses Twitch. Once the website is loaded, you are placed “in line” (right now it’s about 20 people waiting to play). Each player gets two credits before their game ends and then it’s the next player’s turn. Other than the occasional slow-down and lag, the experience is really fun. It’s pretty wild to watch the actual arcade machine being controlled rather than a straight-up emulation where you play as Mario directly.

Apparently they are working on getting some more machines up, 4-player X-Men being one of the cabinets mentioned.

Test your Donkey Kong skills right now and take it for a spin!

Nintendo Just Announced a New Nintendo 3DS

It’s the NEW Nintendo 3DS everyone!

Yup, Nintendo just announced the new system- which is the same system, but with a new name and new casing. That’s it.

 

…not really though.

The New Nintendo 3DS has more buttons, a second analog stick and is far more powerful than it’s predecessor, allowing it to play games like Xenoblade Chronicles:

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Take a look at the announcement trailer for Xenoblade 3DS here.

It’s unknown what other, more powerful games are planned for the freshly upgraded handheld. There is plenty of room for speculation considering all the improvements and changes made to the system, however. 

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Changes to the New Nintendo 3DS include:

  • More powerful CPU
  • Improved 3-D
  • Eye-tracking 3-D tech from all angles (!)
  • Additional, smaller analog stick
  • Additional shoulder buttons
  • Improved battery life (over 7 hours)
  • Improved browser, now supports HTML5
  • Now also compatible with microSD
  • Wireless PC backups now possible
  • Faster e-shop & Miiverse
  • Interchangeable casing
  • Colored buttons (SNES-style)
  • Amiibo support
  • Two different sizes, OG & LL
  • Backwards compatibility

The New Nintendo 3DS will be released in Japan on October 11th, early 2015 for Europe. A North American release date has not yet been announced.

 

 

HUGE Smash Bros. Leak Reveals INSANE Character Roster

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Ready for the insanity?

You sure?

Ok. Here we go.

Don’t take this as fact yet but in what appears to be a legitimate leak, we now know the full character roster for Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 3DS and Wii-U. Prepare yourself for the happy, the sad and the WTF…

  • Snake, Lucas, Wolf and Ice Climbers are gone. It sucks but we pretty much knew Snake was out of the picture but Wolf? Lucas? ICE CLIMBERS? Those are going to hurt.
  • The dog from Duck Hunt is a playable character. Yes, that dog. …and the ducks hover around him for special attacks because why not. Why the fuck not.
  • Shulk from Xenoblade (!) is officially a playable character.
  • Shulk also has five different fighting styles (like Hwoarang?)
  • Bowser Jr. is playable, purpetedly riding around in the Clown Car from NSMB
  • We’re also being told that the Koopalings are alt-costumes for Bowser Jr. One can only hope.
  • Each character will have 8 alternate costumes.
  • Dr. Mario is back as a clone.
  • Dark Pit is a clone.
  • Alph is an Olimar clone.

Behold the leaked screenshots.

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For more information, check out this in-depth breakdown of the leaks on NeoGAF.

…about that controversial “Smash Bros.” Samus outfit

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Gaming forums were abuzz earlier today when a new Samus costume was revealed for the hotly anticipated Super Smash Bros.  sequel on Nintendo Wii U and the 3DS.

Series mastermind Masahiro Sakurai has been extremely interactive and dedicated to the fan-base, answering questions and posting at least one new image-per-day on the Smash Bros. Miiverse page. This morning Sakurai once again took to the internet to show off a new image from Smash Bros, this time presenting one of Metroid-heroine Samus Aran’s many alternate costumes.

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In the image captain, Sakurai posted this:

Pic of the day. Looking at the number of days we have left for development, it would be an impossible task to create this… That’s what I told my staff. But thanks to the determination of her female designer, these Zero Suit outfits got completed in time. From the ending of Metroid: Zero Mission, here’s Samus in shorts!

You see that? Isn’t that cute? It’s like Sakurai is waving away the inevitable outrage this was going to cause with a “no, it’s cool guys, a woman designed this”.

I’m not a huge fan of the forced-sexualization of strong female characters in fiction, take for example for what Alien Resurrection did to Ripley or what perverted fans on the internet do to Mikasa from Attack on Titan.  One of the things I’ve always respected about the Metroid saga is that Samus is just as strong, fierce and intelligent as any male gaming hero out there. She is not objectified by the other characters for being a woman. She is a soldier, a warrior and a scientist.

This was pretty rare for a video game series when the first Metroid game pulled back the curtain in 1986 to reveal that the person in the badass robo-gear we were icing aliens with was :gasp: A WOMAN!

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Which brings us back to the “sexy” Smash Bros. costume- Why is this considered sexy? Because we can see her stomach? Are we automatically sexualizing someone because they are wearing something that could essentially be gym clothes? There are obviously larger social issues that can be explored here, most of which I am not mentally equipped to be an authority on.  I’m just having a hard time seeing the images above in any kind of sexual light. I see Samus. Mother Brain-crushing, planet exploring, pirate-fightin’ Samus.

…but maybe it’s just me.  Or maybe it’s the fact that we’ve seen this outfit before. Twice. Not only from Metroid Zero Mission as Sakurai suggested, but from Metroid Fusion as well.

I think this more about “we need more of Samus Aran’s costumes to be available in this game” than it is “we need something sexy in Smash Bros!”.

I hope I’m wrong.

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…I might be off base about that Fusion picture on the left though…

What do you think?

Is this simply “another alternate costume” for Samus?
Or should we be feeling outrage and disgust?