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08/06/2011
UK Retailers give their take on the PS Vita's price. While I'm still trying to ease my anger at the lack of currency conversion between US dollars and Euros for the Playstation Vita price (which adds a whopping £77 to the price of the system in the UK, by the way), retailers are now starting to sound-off on what they'll most likely be charging whenever Sony gets around to releasing the system in Europe.

Several retailers have started posting prices for the system, a consensus of £229.99 for the WiFi only model of the system and £279.99 for the 3G model has emerged. The price for the cheapest model is comparable to the Nintendo 3DS' pricing scheme in the United Kingdom, although Nintendo's system has been on constant sale since it's launch back in March.

Sony has not yet confirmed a release window for the Playstation Vita in Europe, confirming only a Japanese launch which is set later this year.
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Professor Layton 4 going state-side. Fearing that Professor Layton's fourth instalment on the Nintendo DS was going to be missed in favour of the more immediate release of the Prof's 3DS outing? Well, good news. Nintendo have announced the game for release in America later this year, hopefully Nintendo Europe will announce a very similar, perhaps differently named version of the title for release later this year or early next year.

Entitled "Professor Layton and the Last Specter", a slight alteration of the Japanese title; "Professor Layton and the Spectre's Flute" the game is a prequel to the original Professor Layton trilogy which explores how Luke and Layton met. The Japanese version of the game includes an RPG element called "London Life" which is said to run over 100 hours in game time, it has yet to be confirmed if the feature will make an appearance in the localised versions of the game.
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E3 Media: The Rolling Western (3DS) Nintendo quietly announced some titles at E3 which weren't part of it's big-hitting E3 stage-show. One of which is "The Rolling Western" a downloadable Nintendo 3DS title. The game involves an armadillo rolling around trying to protect a town from rampaging rock-people. Part action game, part strategy game... Looks interesting to say the least.
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E3 Media: Mario Kart (3DS) It wouldn't be a Nintendo console without Mario Kart and it seems that the Nintendo 3DS is no different. The new Mario Kart title sees some gliding/flight action as well as some under-water action, not to mention a huge customisation feature in the game, a first for the series.
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E3 Media: The Legend of Zelda (Wii U). Although there was no announcement of the game itself, Nintendo was more than happy to show off this prospective new The Legend of Zelda title off in video form and have it sit pretty with the promotional Wii U hardware shots.

Let's not get too excited about the prospects of the game either looking like this, or coming any time soon. Nintendo notoriously released realistic-looking Zelda clips in the past as technology demos for it's consoles with no intention of making an actual title from them. Still, looks cool, let's hope we hear more about it in the future.
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PS Vita launching in Japan this year, "other" regions by March 2012. Although you can probably already work out what "other" regions will be seeing it next March at the earliest. If a western release of the handheld is pushed to March next year, it will mirror Nintendo's launch of it's new handheld platform; the Nintendo 3DS.

The news comes from a Reuters article which discusses Sony's stratergy towards the PS Vita, hoping that the company will see a return for it's money within three years, confirming that Sony will be making a loss on each PS Vita unit at retail, unlike Nintendo which it is speculated that each unit sold makes Nintendo profit. This strategy is not unusual in the video game industry as the subsidy on hardware is made up through game licensing agreements with publishers and the sale of peripherals for the system. @reuters.com
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E3 Media: Nintendo Wii U. Nintendo's next generation, high definition games console; the Nintendo Wii U looks to utilise a 6.2-Inch touch-screen, tablet-like controller which can play touch-orientated games, play full HD games and be a "supplement" screen, like the Nintendo DS' two-screen setup. Not only this, but it's fully compatible with all Nintendo Wii controllers and peripherals. Oh and they're teasing a Zelda game in one of the screens, can you find it?
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E3 Media: DmC: Devil May Cry Fans may have reacted badly to the initial announcement of the new take on the Devil May Cry game, but Ninja Theory wants to reassure fans that although looking colourful and nothing like older games in the series, it can still kick-ass.
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E3 Media: Super Mario 3DS. Nintendo's timeless mascot is making his first apperance on the Nintendo 3DS in the currently entitled; "Super Mario". It looks like a Super Mario 64-like, Super Mario Galaxy-ish title, but one thing you can be sure of; it'll be awesome.
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07/06/2011
Nintendo announces the Nintendo Wii U. The successor to the insanely popular Nintendo Wii has been announced at E3. The "Nintendo Wii U" is a fundamental shake-up of the way in which we see consoles today. Part-portable system, part home console, the Nintendo Wii U is a high definition system which utilises not only television sets, but a 6.2 inch touch screen controller

The Nintendo Wii U was teased to have a new Legend of Zelda title, however no details were elaborated on. Games confirmed for the Wii U, which starts shipping in 2012 are; Darksiders II (launch title) Batman Arkham City, Ghost Recon Online, Tekken, Metro: Last Light, Aliens Vs. Predator, Tekken and Dirt. No pricing was issued for the Wii U system or controllers just yet, only a vague "2012" release date was attached to the device, however there are prototype units and tech-demo games available for the press to consume on the E3 show floor this year.
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NGP becomes PS Vita, out this year, starting at £235. The dust has settled on Sony's late-evening/early morning (for UK'ers) press conference and perhaps the biggest news to take away from the stage show was that Sony's up-coming "Next Generation Portable" is now officially entitled "Playstation Vita" or "PS Vita" and will be released worldwide by the end of the year with an asking price of $249.99 (US), €249.99 or £235 for the WiFi model, $299.99, €299.99 or £275 for the WiFi and 3G model.

It was announced during the show that Sony is seeking exclusive partner deals for PS Vita's 3G mobile internet access, with American telecom company AT&T taking the slack in the States, much to the shagrin of the audience at the show which met the news with both laughter and groans. No other partnerships have been announced as of yet, neither have there been any confirmed launch titles anywhere in the world just yet.
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06/06/2011
Microsoft E3 Keynote wrap-up. The Microsoft Keynote is over. The Keynote itself was quite reminiscent of last year's stage show where Microsoft relied extremely heavily on Microsoft's Kinect to push the system forward.

The show kick-started with some footage of Modern Warfare 3, showing a mission where you fight your way through an enemy submarine. Next was Crystal Dynamic and Square Enix's new Tomb Raider title showing it's gameplay and impressive fire physics.

EA Sports announced that all it's upcoming sporting titles will support the Xbox 360's Kinect, although little was elaborated upon. Other EA titles such as The Sims 3: Pets, Hasbro Family Game Night and Mass Effect 3 were confirmed to use Kinect. Mass Effect 3 will use voice recognition in multiple forms. Expect more at EA's conference later today.

Other notable appearances were made from Ghost Recon: Future Warfare, Gears of War 3 and Forza Motorsport 4. A new remake of the original Xbox classic; Halo Combat Evolved Anniversary was announced as well as a new Halo game altogether in Halo 4, "a new trilogy"...

Kinect titles dominated the back-end of the conference with Fable: The Journey, Star Wars Kinect, Minecraft Kinect, Kinect Sports 2, Dance Central 2, Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster, Kinect Disneyland Adventures (yes, you go around Disneyland), Kinect Fun Labs (a collection of small-scale software experiments) and the Crytek-developed "Ryse", a Kinect brawler title set in ancient Rome.
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0306/2011
Ico and Shadow of the Colossus HD gets release date in Japan. Team Ico's infamous and critically acclaimed Playstation 2 titles; Ico and Shadow of the Colossus' HD re-releases have a date in Japan, the date being the 22nd of September 2011. The games will be sold seperately for 3980 Yen (£30) or in a "Limited Box" collection for 6980 Yen (£53) including both games and extra goodies such as an art book and Playstation 3 themes.

No word yet as to a European release date of these titles. @famitsu.com
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03/06/2011
Metal Gear Solid, Zone of the Enders go HD. Konami have announced two new "HD Collection" titles as part of their pre-recorded "Pre-E3 show". Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will include Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Patriots, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, all in HD and on both Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 and will be released this November.

Also unveiled was the Zone of the Enders HD Collection, bundling both Zone of the Enders titles, again for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The collection will be out in 2012.

Both titles when played on the Playstation 3 will utilise a "Transfarring" system, which acts like Sony's recently announced "PSP Remaster" initiative. Kojima Productions hopes to extend the PSP Remaster series beyond it's original scope of PSP to PS3 data sharing and take it to other platforms such as the up-coming NGP.
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02/06/2011
NGP backwards compatible with PSP games. The NGP, Sony's next portable Playstation will be fully backwards compatible with all PSP games. One stipulation to this is that PSP games have to be purchased through the Playstation Store in order to be played on the NGP, as there is no UMD drive on the system. PSP Go users may see the full benefits of that digital-download only route to buying games.

Games played on the NGP will have some benefits, such as some "smoothing" and the ability to make use of the second analogue stick present on the NGP. @joystiq.com
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