Global shipments of Hyrule Warriors on Wii U have surpassed the one million milestone, Koei Tecmo Games announced recently.
Hyrule Warriors launched worldwide last September,where IGN awarded it a 7.0 in IGN's review. Koei Tecmo launched a web page on the official website Hyrule Warriors, offering high resolution game wallpapers to celebrate the shipment milestone.
Nintendo recently detailed the upcoming Majora's Mask DLC coming to Hyrule Warriors on February 5. It will introduce Tingle and Young Link as playable characters along with three three additional costumes. The DLC will be accompanied by Version 1.5.0 of the game that raises the level cap, adds new mixing materials, medals and weapon skills.
Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company’s smartwatch has an expected shipping date of April, 2015.
The news comes via Apple’s first quarter earning call, in which Cook revealed a quarterly revenue of $74.6 billion for the Cupertino giant compared to $57.6 billion for this quarter one year ago.
The smartwatch is Apple’s first entry into the wearable tech sector. Instead of the touch controls Apple users have grown accustomed to, the watch opts for a dial on the side – known as the digital crown – to accommodate for the smaller form factor.
Touch functionality is still present however, as the display is capable of sensing both touch and force – meaning it knows the difference between a tap and a hold.
A level designer has produced one of the most astonishingly realistic 3D environments we've ever seen.
The video - dubbed "Unreal Paris" - was created by Dishonored level designer Benoît Dereau using Unreal Engine 4 and showcases just what the software can do.
Whilst still merely considered a demo, the video takes you through the environment - a contemporary Parisian apartment - demonstrating acute attention to detail that includes some of the most realistic texture, shadow, reflection and light effects seen to date.
For the very latest on all things Unreal - including the latest games being developed with the software - keep it right here on IGN.
Confession time: I have never played Monster Hunter.
That feels better.
I’ve always felt like I should, that it’d be one of those games I’d love and get lost in, but I’ve just never got round to it. I’ve been thinking about why that is, and have concluded it’s something to do with how it’s habitually presented. Nearly every piece you read begins with some sort of preamble about how it’s huge in Japan but has never caught on here in the West. It’s off-putting, and becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, with each new Monster Hunter game relegated to cult hit even before it’s released.
What happens if you put all of that aside? What’s Monster Hunter really like, if you approach it simply as a game about fighting majestic and weird creatures? I’m not usually one for making New Year resolutions – becoming a better person or getting in shape seem like hard work – but in 2015 I want to play a more diverse set of games, exploring new genres and unfamiliar series. And monster hunting, well, that seems like a fun place to start.
Nintendo has recorded the second quarter of being in the black with the release of its financial results for the third fiscal quarter.
Despite the positive perspective, net sales and operating income are expected to be lower than originally forecasted based on the sales performance for the nine months ending December 31, 2014 and onwards. Nintendo doesn't expect to meet the forecasted ¥40 billion yen in operating profit for the financial year, resulting in the company slashing it to ¥20 billion; however, the company expects a net profit of ¥30 billion this fiscal year.
"We've made some progress in profit but in many ways we didn't score perfectly," Reuters reports CEO Satoru Iwata as saying during an press event today.
The Marriott, and other hotels, shouldn't be able to block users Wi-Fi hotspots, FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said, speaking at the State of the Net conference.
Rosenworcel called for the FCC to dismiss a petition from the Marriott and The American Hotel and Lodging Association seeking permission from the commission to allow it to "manage" Wi-Fi networks by blocking personal hotspots because of apparent network security concerns.
"There are other ways to address legitimate security concerns—but this is a bad idea," Rosenworcel said. We’ve all been hotel guests. Wi-Fi is the difference between working in the comfort and privacy of your own room and being relegated to the business center. It’s the difference between streaming the content of your choosing and being stuck with the hotel’s on-demand selection. It’s the difference between seamlessly getting your work done at a conference and getting saddled with special fees and charges just to connect.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Felicia Day's Charlie has returned to Supernatural and proves she's a character that is constantly reinventing herself. She's been a hacker, a hunter, a hero, and now she's a badass. As well as a goodass? Wait, is that a thing?
Charlie's come back from the Oz war broken in two. It's a great chance for Day to show off her acting range as well as some sweet knife handling skills. And kudos to Supernatural, a show that seems to take the road-well traveled a few too many times (brotherly secrets, angsty fights and big bads) for finding so many different things to do with her. Charlie retains the same adorkable charm, but she's never the same character twice. She's evolved significantly since her first appearance on the show.
Note: Full spoilers below!
Was that it? Did the premiere just need to do away with the ghosts of Season 5 to move on?
"Cash Game" was a very good episode. I don't use that term lightly. This was a clever, well-written installment that led a crumb trail to a solid ending - and left us on a great cliffhanger.
In the middle of it were little pieces that held interest: Boyd baiting Ava with the stuff found in the safe deposit box, the introduction of Calhoun Schreier (the realtor); the peacock scene, and more.
I love how bothered Walker (Garret Dillahunt) was by being called a peacock. Doesn't that say quite a bit about him? About where he comes from? That being called all-hat, no-cattle kind of bothers him? I want to know more. What a nice touch.
Warning: full episode spoilers follow.
This show is rapidly moving down the list of iconic Flash villains and ticking one box after another. One week after the return of Captain Cold, the full debut of Heat Wave, and a cameo by Golden Glider, the Pied Piper made his grand debut. That resulted in a pretty solid episode, though it was more Dr. Wells who stole the show rather than Hartley Rathaway.
More so than most Flash villains, Pied Piper needed a certain amount of rejiggering to really mesh with the tone of this series. I can’t say I’m surprised that the writers chose to ditch the tattered robes and the hypnotic flute angle for a more functional hoodie costume and more generalized sonic powers. There were enough elements of the comic book version to ensure he was still recognizable - his mechanical genius, his troubled relationship with his wealthy parents, etc.
Resident Evil: Revelations 2, upcoming episodic horror adventure, will feature microstrantions, Capcom confirmed today.
A Capcom representative issued a statement to Kotaku today clarifying that the microtransactions are included in the optional Raid Mode and not “within the main campaign.” The Raid Mode features two “life crystals” variants that are used to respawn, which players can either earn or purchase.
“The crystals essentially act as continues (re spawns) in Raid mode when players die,” the representative explains. “Blue life crystals can be earned through playing daily missions and red life crystals can be bought.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
First off, my apologies, as I’m traveling for work this week, so I need to try and keep this review on the short side.
This episode felt a bit clunkier than previous installments, mainly in the first half. Agent Carter’s had a good sense of humor, but some of the gags this week were heavy handed. Stuff like Howard’s face being covered in lipstick kiss marks was pretty broad and silly. Also, yeesh, Jarvis, you have the worst tell I’ve ever seen with that ear thing! And it stood in stark (no pun intended, unlike the one at the top of this page) contrast to how strong willed he was while being interrogated in just the last episode.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
This is a review of the second episode of Parks and Rec of the evening, "Save JJ's." To read the review of the first episode, "Gryzzlbox," head over here.
While there are still a few stories remaining for the rest of this final Parks season (April's career, Tom and Lucy, etc), "Save JJ's" pretty much put the entire Gryzzl contest to rest. Which was fantastic. In the same way the show didn't let Ron and Leslie's feud linger too long, the entire Newport Trust arc was settled this week after some fierce brainstorming by totally "in sync" schemers Leslie and Ron.
The world of the Witcher is rough and unruly, defined by greed, corruption and despair. It's a battleworn, ugly world, and in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, this ugliness has never been more beautiful.
Graphical prowess is to be expected, of course. It’s been nearly four years since CD Projekt RED released its last Witcher game into the wild, and as much as The Witcher 2 still looks beautiful on PC, significant advances in technology has allowed for much grander world building. But on the hefty rig I’m playing on, The Witcher 3 looks truly gobsmacking; pores stand out on faces, blades of grass can be counted, curls of hair twist in the breeze.
Warning: Spoilers through The Flash episode "The Sound and the Fury" follow...
The Flash's "The Sound and The Fury" saw the introduction of another Flash villain, Pied Piper/Hartley Rathaway (Andy Mientus). Rathaway's arrival also afforded us another glimpse at the dark side of what Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg calls "the devil" in Team Flash's midst, Dr. Harrison Wells.
IGN attended a screening of the episode and Q&A with a small group or reporters where Kreisberg spoke about the decision to reveal Wells as the most insidious of Flash's foes. The devilish demon with a friendly face. There are some of us - myself included - who have continued to imagine and believe that there must be more to Wells' connection to Reverse-Flash, and indeed Kreisberg did disclose that Eddie Thawne's connection to Reverse-Flash will pay off later on this season beginning with a big hint in episode 15 when we spoke to him at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour earlier this month.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
This is a review of the first Parks and Rec episode of the night, "Gryzzlbox." To read the review for the second episode, "Save JJ's," head over here.
Another solid episode of Parks, keeping the final season momentum going strong after last week's superb "Leslie and Ron."
The ending, featuring Ron holding the carcass of a destroyed Skypal drone and deciding it was time to side with Leslie was a very fun, crowd-pleasing moment. You'd think he would have been an enemy of data-mining to begin with but it was also very Ron of him to blame people for using the internet and having smart phones in the first place. So the ending, when a Gryzzl package for his four-year-old son was dropped on his doorstep, was pretty damn perfect. Because this was a man who doesn't even keep pictures of his son around so that he can protect the boy's privacy. And who uses a fake name for his Mulligan's steakhouse club card. "Les. Les Vegetables. *giggle*"
Xbox Australia has confirmed that OneGuide is finally headed to Australia. Users registered in the Xbox One Preview program will see the option to configure OneGuide available as of today. In addition, Xbox Australia will be launching the Xbox One Digital TV Tuner in March, 2015.
OneGuide is Xbox One’s “enhanced TV watching experience” which enables users to navigate and watch live, free-to-air TV, TV On Demand, and other apps via their Xbox One. OneGuide also enables TV playback in Snap Mode, meaning those with incredibly developed multitasking skills (or incredibly short attention spans) can now watch TV on the side while leaving the main screen free for games or other applications. OneGuide can be navigated using the controller or Kinect’s voice controls. OneGuide was available at launch in the US and later made available in the UK in mid-2014.
Ghostbusters director Paul Feig has dropped a release date for his upcoming reboot: July 22, 2016.
The news comes hot on the heels of a cast tease, which includes actresses Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy. It's important to note that the cast isn't finalized; these actresses are in early talks.
There certainly hasn't been a rumor shortage since the Suicide Squad movie was announced—a Batman cameo, Tom Hardy's many potential replacements—and they're showing no signs of stopping.
Now we've got a few more to add to the mix, thanks to a new report from JoBlo. *Possible spoilers ahead*
First off, Joel Edgerton and Jon Bernthal aren't the only names in the running to take over as field commander Rick Flag. Karl Urban is also being considered for the role (while also up for the villain in the Aquaman film). Additionally, there is going to be a Rick Flag Sr. in the film, and the two actors circling that role are said to be Ed Harris (A History of Violence) and Max Martini (Pacific Rim).
A few years ago, Ken Niimura co-created a lovely limited series called I Kill Giants with acclaimed writer Joe Kelly. That series put Niimura on the map in a big way and ever since, anything with his name attached to it has been worth checking out. This week, Niimura (in association with Image Comics) releases his newest graphic novel, Henshin. Henshin is a collection of 13 short stories about life in Japan. The stories all revolve around the concept of the titular Henshin, which means “transformation” in Japanese.
Niimura is a tremendous artist, as evidenced in his work on I Kill Giants. His work in Henshin is far more uneven and varied than his work in Giants, though. It’s clear that a lot of these comics are more experiments than finished pieces to him. His work is, by nature, scratchy and rough. Still, some of the more experimental shorts look less like “experiments” and more like unfinished pieces. “Cat on Guard” stands out as one that leaves a bit to be desired visually.
The sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman will have neither Snow White nor her Seven Dwarfs in it.
We've known for awhile now that Kristen Stewart's Snow White would be sitting out the sequel, which will see Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron reprise their respective roles from the 2012 original. Now it appears several other cast members will also not appear in the sequel, titled The Huntsman.
According to Deadline, The Huntsman "will only feature two dwarfs, and it is still unclear who they will be." Definitely not coming back are Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan.