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New Video Game Releases : 11/13/12

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We’re back this week with another batch of new video game releases! Most gamers are excited about Nintendo’s launch of the Wii U (available November 18th), but don’t let these other gems get lost in the shuffle:

 

Pushing the boundaries of what fans have come to expect from the record-setting franchise, Call of Duty: Black Ops II propels players into a near future, 21st Century Cold War, where technology and weapons have converged to create a new generation of warfare.

CoD: Black Ops II features returning Black Ops characters Sgt. Frank Woods and Agent Alex Mason, joined by a wealth of new characters. Additional features include: two distinct yet linked playable time periods, advanced weaponry, branching storylines created by player choices in Strike Force missions, exciting multiplayer options, and more.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II is available for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo WiiU, and PC.


Discover the first truly authentic hip-hop experience in the dance game category. The Hip Hop Dance Experience invites you to perform over 700 dance moves inspired by top celebrity choreographers to hip-hop’s biggest hits. Trigger lavish visual effects worthy of the best music videos and then customize your avatar with hundreds of new looks and accessories to better express your personal fashion sense. With a variety of unique game modes, including fun multiplayer parties and dance battles, The Hip Hop Dance Experience is the ultimate way to drop it like it hot with all your favorite hits.

The Hip Hop Dance Experience is available for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.


F1 Race Stars is a fast-to-the-fun arcade racing game for all ages featuring the official F1 cars, teams and circuits as they’ve never been seen before. Drivers including Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel have been transformed into personality-packed heroes bursting with charm and character and stunning F1 locations have become exhilarating racing theme parks designed for speed and wheel-to-wheel competition.

Players will jostle for position on every straight, hairpin, jump and loop-the-loop with chaotic racing and a range of power-ups for players to collect and deploy as they sprint for the chequered flag. Officially licensed to feature the full cast of F1 stars and teams and packing an extensive range of game modes, including numerous Championships, Time Trials, 4-player split-screen racing and online multiplayer, F1 Race Stars takes F1 racing over the top for racing fans of all ages.

F1 Race Stars is available for the Xbox 360.


Midway Arcade Origins is the ultimate collection of retro Midway titles. Enjoy over 30 games now with multiplayer, achievements, and Leaderboard support. Players will be able play their way through the golden age of arcade gaming by experiencing the titles that defined a generation of gamers.

The collection offers genre-defining favorites, including Defender, Gauntlet, Joust, Rampage, and Total Carnage, as well as 720°, A.P.B., Arch Rivals, Bubbles, Championship Sprint, Tournament Cyberball 2072, Defender II, Gauntlet II, Joust 2, Marble Madness, Pit-Fighter, Rampart, Robotron 2084, Root Beer Tapper, Satan’s Hollow, Sinistar, Smash TV, Spy Hunter, Spy Hunter II, Super Off Road, Super Sprint, Toobin’, Vindicators Part II, Wizard of Wor, Xenophobe, and Xybots.

Midway Arcade Origins is available for the Xbox 360.

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  1. Sujeet

    November 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Midway Arcade Origins sounds awesome.. You had me at 720° and Super Off Road, those other titles are just icing on the cake!

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The NES Classic Edition Is Returning To Stores Next Month

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NES Classic Edition

Back in November 2016, Nintendo released the NES Classic Edition, a mini-sized version of the iconic NES console, which came loaded with 30 popular games from Nintendo’s past. The cost of reliving those nostalgic memories? A very reasonable $59.99.

The only problem? Nintendo drastically underestimated demand for the NES Classic Edition, and they were pretty much impossible to find, and many nostalgic fans like me never could get our hands on one, even after searching stores for over six months.

And then came the death blow, the announcement from Nintendo in April 2017 that they were discontinuing the NES Classic Edition, and that if you hadn’t got one by then, you were pretty much screwed.. or forced to pay $200+ for one on eBay.

Thankfully, it looks like Nintendo had a change of heart, recently announcing on Twitter that they will be re-releasing the NES Classic Edition, with the highly-coveted retro console returning to stores on June 29th. YAAAAASSSS!

NES Classic Edition

The NES Classic Edition will cost $59.99 upon its return, just as it did when it launched in November 2016. The games included on the console will also stay the same.

Here’s the full list of the games that come loaded on the NES Classic Edition:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • FINAL FANTASY
  • Galaga
  • Ghosts’N Goblins
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Kid Icarus
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man 2
  • Metroid
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • PAC-MAN
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • StarTropics
  • Super C
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

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As you can see, there’s a little something here for everyone: a nice mix of timeless favorites, cult classics and maybe even some games that you never got around to playing as a kid.

Needless to say, if you missed out on the NES Classic Edition the last time around, you’ll want to line up at the store come June 29th, as these are sure to sell out quickly!

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PocketSprite Brings Retro Gaming To Your Keychain

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PocketSprite

Feast your eyes on PocketSprite, an impossibly small retro gaming device that can play your favorite Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, or Game Gear games.. provided you’ve got tiny fingers.

It’s hard to believe that something as small as a Zippo lighter could do so much, but this shrunken Gameboy boasts a 240 MHz processor, 520 KB of RAM, a smooth OLED display, an 8-bit speaker, Wifi, Bluetooth, player-tested buttons, and a rechargeable battery. Pretty amazing, right?

PocketSprite

With the PocketSprite safely tucked in your pocket, you’ll be able to relive your childhood playing games like Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog whenever you like. Sorry Candy Crush, it’s been fun, but I’ve found a new way to amuse myself on the subway (and on the toilet)..

But wait, there’s more! While the PocketSprite comes with built-in emulators for the Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, and Game Gear, the device runs open-source software, allowing savvy coders with skills to get creative and load whatever they want on it.

PocketSprite

If you want to purchasing this ultra-tiny retro gaming device for yourself, it’ll set you back a very reasonable $55. You can reserve a PocketSprite from Crowd Supply, with shipping to begin on May 15th.

Are you planning on getting a PocketSprite?

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‘Session’ Is The Skateboarding Sim Fans Have Been Waiting For

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As someone who grew up skateboarding, I instantly fell in love with Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and EA’s Skate series when they came out, playing the games for hours on end as I pulled off sick tricks that I couldn’t really do in real life without risking life and limb.

Sadly, EA stated that they aren’t working on Skate 4, leaving the skateboarding community without a game to play.. until now. Developer Creā-ture Studios has spent the past two years working on Session, the spiritual successor to Skate, and they recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help bring the game to fruition.

Speaking to Game Rant, Marc-Andre Houde, the game’s creative and artistic director and the co-founder of Creā-ture Studios, explains the thinking behind the game and its realism:

The way we see the game and how we want to make it is really we are targeting a niche market and we are trying to serve it as well as we can.

Sometimes [developers] try to do too much to please everyone so they make a lot of compromises and they make sure the experience is available for every skillset. It restricts the experience for more advanced gamers or more hardcore people. So, we decided to take it the other way for Session.

The game might appeal to the Tony Hawk Pro Skater audience but we are more targeting the Skate audience.

Unlike other games, Session does away with points/scoring, with the primary goal of you experiencing what skateboarding really is; a sport where there are no goals other than expressing your creativity and achieving success through hard work, perseverance and bits of madness for no one else other than yourself.

Session has blown past it’s Kickstarter funding goal, so barring any delays the game should be released on PC (and Xbox One) in July 2019. Fingers crossed!

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