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Assassin’s Creed III DLC announced for Wii U


Ubisoft has announced that Assassin’s Creed III for the Wii U has received two DLC packs. The Hidden Secrets Pack is now available on the eShop for $4.99, and the Battle Hardened Pack is available for $9.99. These packs are already available for the PS3, Xbox 360 and the PC.

The Hidden Secrets DLC features three new missions namely the Lost Mayan Ruins, the Ghost of War and a Dangerous Secret, which were earlier available as pre-order bonuses. It also brings two single-player costumes, the captain of the ship Aquila’s uniform and traditional Colonial Assassin garb and two multiplayer characters, the Redcoat and the Sharpshooter.

The Battle Hardened Pack adds three new multiplayer maps – Charlestown, Fort St-Mathieu and Saint Pierre as well as three new multiplayer characters namely the Governor, Highlander and Coyote Man.

Ubisoft mentions that the next DLC pack for Assassin’s Creed 3 titled The Tyranny of King Washington, which is a three-episode trek through George Washington’s alternate history, is due to arrive later this year.

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate landing on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in March

In other Nintendo news, Capcom has announced that gamers in US and Europe will be able to get their hands on Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate for the Wii U and Nintendo 3DS on March 19 and March 22 respectively. Additionally, fans can head to the eShop to catch demo of the game that will be downloadable.

The game sees players don the role of hunter who is sent on a mission to explore a settlement within the Monster Hunter universe. On their journey, they encounter and slay various monsters thereby improving upon their skills and also earning equipment upgrades.

The game which is an extended remake of Monster Hunter Tri already out in Japan features over 200 quests, according to Capcom.

What’s interesting is that Wii U and 3DS players will be able to play the game together. The game can be played alone, with friends online on Wii U, locally using up to four Nintendo 3DS systems or a combination of up to three 3DS systems and one Wii U system.

Users will be able to download the demo as early as February 21. The company has also revealed that the game for Wii U will support voice chat at launch and an update will add USB keyboard support as well.


Sony announces Classic White PS3 limited edition bundle for $299, coming to US on Jan 27

Sony has announced that it is launching the limited edition 500GB Classic White PS3 in North America on January 27 for $299.99. It’s the first time the console is releasing in a different colour apart from the existing black one.

The announcement which came via the PlayStation blog also stated that users will also get a one-year membership to PlayStation Plus that includes a dozen PS3 games with the Instant Game Collection. A one-year pass to Sony’s premium service separately sells for $50.

With PlayStation Plus, players will be able to access popular games like inFAMOUS 2 and LittleBigPlanet 2, along with movies, TV shows, music, photos and other downloadable content from the playStation Store. The one-year membership to PlayStation Plus will offer users exclusive access to a host of features including:

  • 6 Additional games to play on your PlayStation Vita system including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, WipeOut 2048 and more
  • Exclusive discounts of 10% – 75% on the PlayStation Store
  • 1 GB of online storage on both your PS3 and PS Vita for game saves
  • Exclusive and early access to select demos and game betas, including the God of War: Ascension Multiplayer Beta

Those who are already PlayStation Plus members can avail the opportunity to extend their membership by an additional one year with the purchase of this limited edition bundle.


In some more PlayStation news, online reports indicate that in a brief interview with Chilean website El Mercurio On-Line, Hiroshi Sakamoto, Vice president of Sony’s Home Entertainment division confirmed that the new PlayStation console will be heard about at E3 in June or “even earlier in May”.

That’s all he said. So we’re really keeping our fingers crossed on this one. This also means that Sony will be ahead of Microsoft this time in case it launches the console in May. Microsoft isn’t expected to reveal its console any sooner than E3.

Speaking of next-gen consoles, analyst Colin Sebastian recently gave his opinion with regards to pricing of these consoles. His findings suggest that they could be priced between $350-$400.

According to him, the next Xbox should expectedly arrive in November with the next Playstation to launch in October. But he also takes into account the fact that Sony’s PS4 may encounter early production issues, attributing this bit to his “field checks”.


Temple Run 2 debuts in iTunes App Store

temple-run-2_ipadImangi Studios, the creator of Temple Run, has released the sequel to this popular game for free in the iTunes App Store just now. Currently live only in New Zealand App Store, it is expected to go live in other countries in the next few hours (Update: It is now live worldwide).

While Imangi has kept the basic gameplay same as predecessor – lots of running around and collecting coins, but the visuals and animations have got a major boost.  According to Touch Arcade, which had a chance to play the game, the real improvement in Temple Run 2 is just how fluid and natural the environment feels. The original Temple Run was very rigid with mostly straightaways and 90-degree turns. Temple Run 2’s environments are curvy and hilly, giving everything a more natural and “real” feel.

Among other details, the Temple Run 2 includes four characters as well as upgradable abilities.

Here is quick look at game features from App Store description:

  • Beautiful new graphics
  • Gorgeous new organic environments
  • New obstacles
  • More powerups
  • More achievements
  • Special powers for each character
  • Bigger monkey!!!

Originally released in App Store in August 2011, Temple Run has turned out to be a huge hit. It was later released on Android. According to Imangi, the game has been downloaded over 170 million times on both the platform. The studio has even released a movie theme Temple Run: Brave in June 2012, which was a paid, but still made to the top of App Store as the most-downloaded paid game.

There is no word on the Android version of Temple Run 2, but we have been constantly checking  and will let you know as soon as we hear something.


Amazon launches Instant Video app for Nintendo Wii

aiv_wii_instant-videoAfter bringing Instant Video service to Nintendo Wii U, which debuted on November 18, 2012, Amazon has announced that this video streaming service is now available for all Wii owners.  It can found in the Wii Shop Channel to download and install on your Wii console.

“Customers can purchase, rent and stream more than 145,000 movies and TV episodes from the Amazon Instant Video Store, and more than 33,000 titles from Prime Instant Video on Nintendo’s Wii Console,” noted the retail giant in a press release.

“We’re focused on providing our customers with many choices to make their entertainment experience enjoyable and as easy as possible – whether it’s offering a wide selection of hit movies and popular TV shows, or a variety of ways to instantly stream all the content available in the Amazon Instant Video library,” said Anthony Bay, Vice President of Worldwide Digital Video for

Amazon Instant Video app for Wii comes with the following features:

  • Smart lists such as “Recently Watched,” “Watchlist,” “Genre Recommendations” and “Your TV Shows”
  • Ability to purchases from Amazon Instant Video instantly on the Wii
  • Parental Controls and Kid Zone
  • Whispersync to let you seamlessly switch from one device to another

If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, you will be able stream over 33,000 TV episodes and movies instantly on your NintendoWii.


Archos GamePad coming to US in February for $169

archos-gamepadArchos GamePad might have been available in the Europe since December 2012, but now the word in coming in that US consumers will also be able to use this gaming Android tablet starting next month. According to a report at ARM Devices, an Archos executive confirmed at CES that GamePad will make its US debut in February for $169.

French manufacturer Archos has been trying to ramp up its manufacturing until now, to be able to supply the huge demand that will come with release in markets like US, noted ARM Devices.

To remind you, the Archos GamePad comes with a 7 inch 1024×600p display, 1.6GHz dual-core processor with a quad-core GPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The device also comes with several physical controls that can be mapped with the on-screen controls in any Android game using a pre-installed app from Archos. Some of the games automatically get mapped to the physical buttons.

Archos GamePad seems like a great device for such a price and would surely find many takers stateside.

Archos GamePad key features

  • Display: 7’-inch 1024x600p capacitive 5 points multitouch screen
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • ARM CORTEX dual-core A9 @ 1.6GHz processor
  • Quad-core Mali 400 MP
  • Flash Memory: 8GB* + microSD Slot (SDHC compatible up to 32GB)
  • 1GB RAM
  • Front camera
  • USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
  • mini HDMI output6(Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
  • Wi-Fi
  • G-sensor
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Dimensions & weight    • 229.8 x 118.7mm x 15.4mm (9’’x 4.6’’x 0.6’’) | 330g (11.6 oz)

Next-gen PlayStation and Xbox consoles could be priced upto $400: Report


playstation3-slim-newThe gaming fraternity is highly anticipating the launch of the next generation consoles from Sony and Microsoft alike. Many rumours in the past have hinted that both companies are likely to launch their new consoles this year’s E3 with the sales beginning year end.

The latest set of findings, courtesy Colin Sebastian of Baird Equity Research, indicate that the next-gen consoles will be priced around $350-$400 in the US, reports Gamesindustry International.

The analyst who stated the pricing point in a note to investors mentions that his finding is based on his chats with “a number of companies involved in video game development and distribution” during CES 2013.

According to him, the next Xbox should expectedly arrive in November with the next Playstation to launch in October. But he also takes into account the fact that Sony’s PS4 may encounter early production issues, attributing this bit to his “field checks”.

Further, Sebastian is of the view that the next game consoles will consist mostly of “off the shelf” PC components, including an Intel-based chip for Microsoft’s console. He adds, “For Microsoft, this design will also allow for more integration with Windows 8 and Windows Mobile devices.”

As far as Nintendo is concerned, Sebastian feels that the company may struggle to attract new buyers for the Wii-U and that the console will remain more or less restricted to the core Nintendo fan base.

He also predicts that 2013 will be another tough year for the games industry. The reason being, the hype surrounding the launch of next gen consoles, which could lead to a possible decline in sales for current platforms. Some of the games that made it to his anticipated hit list for 2013 are GTA V, new releases in the Skylanders, Call of Duty, Battlefield franchises and Bungie’s Destiny.


Xbox continues its reign at top for 24th straight month

Microsoft announced yesterday that its Xbox 360 gaming console still holds the top sales spot thanks to 1.4 million unit shipments in December 2012. This makes it the 24th straight month to see Xbox’s reign at the top of console sales, as per data released by NPD Group.

Microsoft revealed that data released by NPD group also shows that in December, Xbox 360 held seven of the top 10 console game titles, including “Halo 4,” “Assassin’s Creed III,” “Just Dance 4,” “NBA 2K13,” “Far Cry 3,” “Call of Duty: Black Ops 2” and “Madden NFL 13.” Meaning Xbox or Microsoft got most of the console spending from the consumers during the same period.

Originally announced in 2005, Xbox is crying for a replacement, and if it was not for the introduction of Kinect, Microsoft might not have held the sales crown for so long.  We are expecting to see the new Xbox debut this year’s E3.

Microsoft’s Xbox ambassador Major Nelson has already started teasing an announcement at E3 by starting a countdown for the event on his blog.

PS: Microsoft might be happy quoting data from NPD group, as it shows Xbox at the top, but IDC has an interesting fact to add. According to the research firm, in December 2012, Sony’s PS3 eclipsed the number of Xbox 360’s shipped worldwide, despite the PS3 launching a year later than the Xbox 360 (an estimated 77 million bundles versus approximately 76 million bundles shipped). To put it in more perspective, while NPD group is talking about monthly sales, IDC is talking about total shipments, but still you get it – right? Not everything is going great for Xbox and we need a new one.