Fairy Fencer F finally is announced for localization according to NISA. To say the fandom erupted is an understatement.
Agarest Senki 2. Joy, this game is probably going to be like Agarest ZERO. This game will probably have 20 hours, and not a lot of con- wait, this game will be longer than just 20 hours!? YEA- WAIT. The pink-haired girl will start as a loli again!? YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESS!!!
Bah, the newest game, Agarest Senki Marriage is going to be for the Playstation Portable instead of either the Playstation Three or Playstation Vita. What's up with these character designs and why are they a little bit more loli-fied compared to the rest!? Stupid Compile Hea- wait, did they just announce that the second generation protagonist WILL BE A FEMALE PROTAGONIST INSTEAD OF THE USUAL MALE PROTAGONIST!?IT'S ABOUT DAMN TIME COMPILE HEART!
And now a Kickstarter for the third game, Alice: Otherlands, has been fully funded...admittedly, in the form of a series of animated episodes, not an actual game, but that's still more than we thought we'd get, so...
The game suffered a bit of Unpleasable Fanbase early on when the director revealed each series will be limited to "about" three playable machines. Before the fans could start complaining, however, he made a second blog post that same day, explaining they're merely keeping the cast list from being too overloaded in order to focus on the gameplay and visuals. Later revelations showed the cast list was going to hit all the high notes anyway, meaning there would be some Demoted to Extra, but not enough to dethrone already awesome playables.
Especially when they announced unlockable characters would include the alternate samurai-type King Gainer, XAN, from Super Robot Wars Z. Before that, we were under the impression that there wouldn't be any unlockables, then they throw us a big one? Yeeeeeees.
Two more ATFR, especially from Armored Core fans. Two words: Nineball Seraph's appearance.
And an even bigger ATFR. Three words: Playable Nineball Seraph].
The mere announcement of a Back to the Futuregame by Telltale Games got a pop from the fandom. Then it was announced that Bob Gale (half of the original creative team) would be working on it. And the announcement that Christopher Lloyd would be voicing Doc Brown.
Sadly, Michael J. Fox won't be returning as Marty, but he did allow the use of his likeness and The Other Darrin they've hired can do an - wait, Willie McFly in the last game sounds downright familiar... and so do the three Martys in the finale... my pants have now been crapped in.
Before release: "Oh god, you mean the game is ONE GIANT Escort Mission!? I'm going to shoot that brat in the back of the head every chance I get!" Initial trailers: "Wait, you mean she actually gets out of the way during combat, and actively HELPS you?" And then came more gameplay footage, additional information, and the release of the game: "Elizabeth is the most amazing non-player video game character ever, and I will personally climb onto the Songbird's face and punch it to death if it ever tries to lay a claw on her again!"
BlazBlue fans were mostly apathetic to the downloadable content offered in Continuum Shift. Then it was revealed that among the DLC would be three new characters, with two of them being Makoto Nanaya and Valkenhayn Helsing, two of the biggest Ensemble Darkhorses in the series. The fans were immediately happy.
Well, this game (now called Continuum Shift Extend) now have a story mode for the DLC characters (and Relius). But I don't think that's enough to buy it...wait a minute? You actually put the Calamity Trigger stories there? AND IT'S ALSO ON XBOX 360 AND PS3??? INSTANT BUY!!!
Blaze Union. "Sting's just riding on Yggdra Union's popularity! There's a new character designer, and the art is too different! There's even a new writer! Nobody we know's gonna be in it! This game is gonna be stupid!" And then Famitsu leaked the OP, letting us know that this game would cover the Bronquian revolution that took place a few years before the main plot of Yggdra Union—and the Imperial Army makes up a good half of your main characters. Cue tears of joy from a large chunk of the fanbase.
Brutal Legend is gonna have a PC version! And Double Fine will be the publisher instead of EA, which means it will surely not be an EA Origin exclusive!
And it comes with all of the DLC from the console version packed in. Best of all, it's fifteen bucks. And Tim Schafer has hinted that if there's enough sales of the PC version, he's willing to make even more DLC for the game.
Company of Heroes was already a very good game, albeit one with only an average-sized fanbase and only incremental balance patches after Tales of Valor. Then the news came out: Eastern Front is coming out. And there was much rejoicing, indeed.
Crusader Kings 2 will finally make pagan nations playable! Excellent! Wait - they're adding an 867 CE start date, increasing the possible game length BY ANOTHER TWO HUNDRED YEARS? Prepare the burnt offerings.
And they announced another expansion, this one focused on religion! Awesome... wait, you can play as a Jewish lord?BARUCH HASHEM!
Ugh, DJ Hero. Another attempt by Activision to get people to buy plastic par—- wait, Daft Punk is in the game? And they're making 11 mixes for it? Sold!
For others, it's Grand Master Flash, DJ Jazzy Jeff (Will Smith's old partner) and Jay-Z being in the game.
For those that play Rhythm Games, the fact that it's intuitive and not like beatmania really won some of them over.
And you can join in with a Guitar Hero controller. Yes.
Dark Souls is getting a PC release, yay! ....with Games for Windows Live, boo!
A sequel has been announced. Now look at the trailer. See the little icons at the end of the trailer, saying which systems it is gonna come out for? One of them says 'PC'. Rejoice, PC crew, because From Software has not forgotten you!
Deathsmiles gets a proper localization? Thank you, Aksys Games!
Deus Ex: Human Revolution was seen as a shameless cash-in for most of its production cycle. It was only after an early version of it was leaked that excitement began mounting. It was later revealed that the Eidos Montreal team had spent a lot of time consulting with the original team. Also the opening, which features Bob Page (voiced by the original voice actor) was enough to send chills up gamers' spines.
Dragon Age: Inquisition bought some good press with its "Fires Above" trailer, and the 2014 release date was taken as a good sign given how II suffered from being rushed. Then came the confirmation (after a lot of differing reports) that you can once again have a non-human Player Character.
The PAX Demo revealing that just one level is larger than the entire game world of Dragon Age II, the environment is malleable and able to be used during combat and you can fight dragons! And in addition to the various races returning, there is a Kossith Inquisitor!
So a new Empires expansion is coming out for Dynasty Warriors. Ah, I'm sure it will be a trainwreck like the last one... wait, is that the new character XU SHU?! In an Empire game?! And aren't those lots of DECLONED CHARACTERS?! CAW contains WHAT?! Freely adjustable EX and musou attacks? Freely changable sizes of body parts and ALL OF THE CAW PARTS OF THE PREVIOUS GAME?! Even the DLC ones?! Also, breast size can be adjusted... 200 SLOTS FOR CAWS?! KOEI, SHIP THIS THING!
Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce 2. Great, a spin-off of DW6 is getting a sequel. When are they going to move on to DW7 and stop milking the- Wait, is that Da Qiao? And Jiang Wei? They're bringing back more of the cut characters? And... they're giving Wei a new gal (Cai Wenji)!? This is going to be awesome!
Dynasty Warriors 7. Let's just hope that they don't screw it up like they did last- Hold on, they got rid of the renbu system and brought back the old combo system while keeping the weapon change mechanic from Strikeforce? Certain characters have their old weapons back? Xing Cai's back, meaning that the cut characters will return? Jin has been included as a faction, meaning they're expanding past Wu Zhang Plains? OH YEAH!
Xtreme Legends? New characters for the first time in Dynasty Warriors? Cool! Fan-requested character Guo Jia to appear? Great! Some characters that shared move sets in DW7 are receiving their own? Sweet! New babe that serves as an Arch-Enemy of Ma Chao (Wang Yi)? Awesome! PANG DE'S BACK!?!?TAKE MY MONEY, KOEI!
Diablo III is overhauling the loot system so that if say, you are playing a Witch Doctor, the game will actually give you Witch Doctor Loot. This is something that Roguelikes have needed since the genre's origin - sure most of the loot will probably not be an upgrade, but at least you won't be running a new Monk who is still wearing Act I gear in Act IV because the game does nothing but rain Demon Hunter and Barbarian gear on you.
EarthBound, possibly the most egregious case of No Export for You to ever grace the medium of video games, is coming back on the Wii U virtual console. After almost 20 years. God bless you, Nintendo...
Just in case they can, the sequel will be on Wii U, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, too. And there'll be musical numbers. And you can play as Oswald.
The final pre-order bonus for Europa Universalis IV is released... AND IT'S AN OFFICIAL SAVE CONVERTER!
One thing that many people had wanted for years was the ability to create a randomized New World, so players wouldn't have the advantage of knowing themselves where everything was. But given the amount of work involved in doing such a thing, they gave up on it ever happening... until the announcement of the first EU 4 expansion, Conquest of Paradise.
Bethesda developing Fallout 3? Yuck, just'll be Oblivion with gu-wait, was that Ron Perlman?!
That ending was awful, Bethesda! Wait - a DLC retcon? A Playable Epilogue? More Liberty Prime? Hell yeah.
Another moment aimed specifically at the anti-Bethesda Fan Dumb would be hearing that Fallout: New Vegas is being developed by Obsidian Entertainment, which is (coincidentally) run by refugees from Black Isle Studios (who made the first two Fallout games). If that wasn't enough, Liam Neeson is playing your dad.
Ooh look, the New Vegas trailer. Looks really familiar, like they're rehashing the same stuff from the last ga... IS THAT THE NEW CALIFORNIA REPUBLIC?
Along came the Eł trailer. Combat gameplay, it's just like Fallout 3 aga- Is that a Glock 86 plasma pistol? Did that mutant still have lips, held up with ropes? Was that a classic vault entrance?
Danny Trejo and Felicia Day as companions? There goes fifty bucks, secured as a transaction with Michael Dorn's voice coming out of Marcus.
Tabitha just talked about the Master. You're really holding a plasma caster, the classic plasma rifle, dressed in classic advanced power armor, and you get to pick up traits too. You actually get to see Caesar's Legion in a game after all this time.
Fate/EXTRA being localized by Aksys Games!? Pigs must've been flying in the sky now while Satan is ice-skating! My Type-Moon game, in mah local PSP!? DO WANT!
Just as the Sazh afterglow faded and gamers began to constantly mock Hope Estheim for being a kiddy girlie character, Square finally revealed that his summon is Alexander - who hasn't been usable since Final Fantasy VIII and was last seen as the final boss of the Treasures of Aht Urghan storyline in Final Fantasy XI. Suddenly everyone wants to play Hope.
As of recent updates to Final Fantasy XI, Alexander is finally summonable, though you still have to defeat him in the Treasures of Aht Urgan storyline first. Also, including Odin in that same update qualifies for this trope on its own.
Then you played the game, and then... What. The. Eff!? That's the END!? This is the WORST Cliff Hanger EVER, and God DAMN You, Square, making such cruel decision. Final Fantasy is now de— Lightning Returns - Final Fantasy XIII!? All right, this is your next chance, Square. Don't blow it...
Many Versus XIII fans rejoiced at this being named the last "Lightning" game.
Versus XIII? Oh! You mean Final Fantasy XV. That's right, Nomura's long-awaited contribution to the Final Fantasy franchise has joined the prior 14 titles as a main title. And like how XIII got the "Lightning Saga", the FNC introduces "the story of Versus" (as referred to in the E3 2013 trailer) through its fifteenth main title.
Final Fantasy XIV: Yawn, another Final Fantasy title. It's probably just anoth- wait, Nobuo Uematsu is composing the entire soundtrack for the first time since FFIX? WIN.
Oh man, not another MMO— Akihiko Yoshida you say!?
Fortune Street for the Wii this holiday season. I don't know what to thi... Did they have classic Mario games and Dragon Quest games as minigames?!? Shame Mario isn't in i... AND THEY HAVE THE MARIO CAST IN! AND ITS ALL DIALOGUE?!? They will still cheap out with some peop... EVEN MARIO AND THE SLIME HAVE DIAOLGUE?!?!? Now we just need Wi-Fi which will never happ... AND WI-FI IS INCLUDED TO PLAY UP TO 4 PLAYERS?!?! SSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!
Forza Horizon had a major ATFR moment in the Forza Motorsport community when it was shown that, for the first time since the original Forza Motorsport game on the original Xbox, night racing would return. This was something that fans had been asking for for years, and Turn 10 made sure that their voices were heard on the matter.
A mild form, but there was some mumbling about Gears of War 2 looking too much like the first, in an It's The Same Now It Sucks kind of way. It wasn't until a gameplay demonstration of the "Road to Landdown" sequence that demonstrated Meat Shields and firing at Brumaks on all sides did people quiet down.
And then, there was the revelation that "Saturos Theme", one of the most popular themes in both games and perhaps the most popular battle theme, was part of the Dark Dawn soundtrack. The average fan reaction was pretty much "OH SO NOSTALGIC I JUST JIZZED MY PANTS WHEN I HEARD THIS."
Damn, it's been so long since a sequel to the Grand Theft Auto series had been made- wait, a trailer for Grand Theft Auto V has been announced? (You know something's big when even the announcement of a trailer sprouts interest.)
Guild Wars 2 has had a long string of these. Persistent environments, the new art style, and no dedicated healing classnote Every class has some form of healing ability! are standouts.
What's this? A new Guilty Gear game? (watches trailer, sees Unreal Engine logo) "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..." (sees HD-looking sprites) "Huh. Kinda bulky-looking sprites, but pretty nice..." And then the camera rotates, and the reaction for most viewers went to, "...O. M. G. WHAT IS THIS WITCHCRAFT?!"
The "sprites" turned out to be 3D models, expertly cel-shaded with tweaked keyframes to keep the classic feel (to boot, none of the graphics in the entire trailer were cel animation, even The Stinger at the end!), and then on top of that, nearly half a minute of gameplay showcasing the good old GG-style fighting, complete with the old Dust Loop combo. A million thanks went out to Team Red and Daisuke Ishiwatari for a masterful blend of the old and the new.
The release of Guitar Hero V so soon after Guitar Hero: World Tour didn't get much excitement until the announcement of Blink-182's "The Rock Show", blur's "Song 2", and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". But, really, they had most people at "Ring of Fire".
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, as Neversoft's last game, was assumed to not have much effort put into it. "Rock the 80's" all over again, except "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, "Pour Some Sugar on Me" were confirmed, and both Tesla and The Cure are getting a song on as well.
The biggest hint, though, was John V and Jim Root's "Black Widow Of La Porte" - a song that had been very prominent in the custom charting community since the days of Guitar Hero II. That was the point where it became clear that WoR was going to be one final blowout intended for the long-time fans.
For some fans of Halo, the Arbiter wasn't worth it until, "The Cable. I'm going to cut it."
For some fans, however, it went like this: "Wait, you play as an Elite half the game? Oh, that su— Wait a minute, is that the lavishly awesome voice of Keith David I hear? I LOVE THE ARBITER!"
Then, in Halo: Reach, the new "Armor Abilities" replaced Equipment, and everybody assumed they were going to be a Power-Up Letdown, or simply useless. Then, a trailer for multiplayer came out. They have Arbiter-like cloaking and jetpacks, among other things. Freakin' jetpacks.
E3 '10 did it again. Ok, a pretty battle in an open environment, more enemies than usual, AND THEN THERE WERE SPACESHIPS
Three times for the same game. Forge world. Go look it up.
Halo CE's pistol was remade in Reach. Let the rejoicing begin!
CE Anniversary will be the same game with remastered graphics, the same overpowered pistol (as it should be) and ACHIEVEMENTS. Set levels to Squeecon 2.
Harvest Moon Wakuwaku Animal March? What type of name is that?! It's probably just another sign that the series is going down-hill like Sonic the Hedgehog did, another stupid Mission Pack Sequel...Sheesh, look at those impracticable clothing; they're farmers for Pete's sake.. Oh? You can have Patchwork Children? More than one child?! Legit dates?! You can marry the Gods?! Count me in! It's funny though, because Animal Parade has since become very much th Base Breaker within the fandom.
Harvest Moon fans were very happy when Tree of Tranquility had Ellen and Gray in their original Harvest Moon 64 roles. The 3DS game was well-received due to its character customization.
Relic buying back the rights to their classic, name-making RTS game Homeworld after losing it in a company buy-out saw fans weeping with joy and looking forward to a new game, which Relic have said should eventually appear.
The announcement that Hyperdimension Neptunia was getting a sequel was already awesome by itself. The better gameplay, more characters, and the Share system being easier this time. And then they announced they were going to release this to the US.
The latest Kamen Rider Climax Heroes entry has Toshiki Kashu, Takayuki Tsubaki, Kousei Amano, Ryoji Morimoto, Masato Uchiyama, and Renn Kiriyama will be reprising their roles as Kamen Riders Agito, Blade, Garren, Chalice, TheBee, and Joker respectively. More of the original actors are stated to make their return to voice their respective characters.
Square Enix and Eidos (the original game's publisher) are the same company now, so the latter doesn't really count that much...
E3 2013 saw an announcement that sent old-school fighting game fans and the FGC in general into a frenzy: after seventeen years of absence, we are finally getting a new Killer Instinct game. And while it may be for the oft-maligned Xbox One and not directly made by Rare, the fact that Double Helix not only has some of the original Killer Instinct crew either directly or indirectly helping with the project to keep it as faithful as possible, but has noted KI fans on its payroll was assurance to many old KI fans.
The King of Fighters XIII? They'll just screw it up just like they did with XII...Hey, those gameplay vids look pretty solid actually, but i paWhawhawha is that you Mai!? And K's back? Can't wait for summer.
Aw crap, SNK has really given up on consoles. At this rate, XIII shall only be an arcade only...wait, DID ATLUS JUST SAID THEY'RE BRINGING THEM TO PS3 AND XBOX 360!?!? We love you, Atlus!
Kingdom Hearts II got this in a pretty major fashion in terms of voice acting, though the entire series had it for including Final Fantasy alongside Disney. Square Enix not only got access to several actors from Disney movies featured in the game (examples being Hercules' original VA Tate Donovan and James Woods as Hades), but spared no expenses on roping in some pretty well-known names for other characters, such as Jesse McCartney for Roxas as well as Haley Joel Osment and Hayden Panettiere (better known as Claire from Heroes) reprising their original roles. The best and most shocking though, was for DiZ/Ansem: none other than veteran actor Christopher Lee.
Gets better when you realize that Donald and Goofy will, once again, join Sora on his quest. This troper is very happy that they are back in action after seven years and four games of being mostly minor characters.
In October 2013, Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix was finally confirmed for 2014, will contain the Final Mix versions of KHII and Birth By Sleep along with the cutscenes of Re:coded, and will eventually be coming stateside.
Upon the announcement that Knights in the Nightmare was headed to the PSP like Yggdra Union and Riviera: The Promised Land before it, there was a lot of whining. Sting was just milking their success with the DS version again, the gameplay would be completely untranslatable, nothing would make this game any fun. When the game's website first went up, Sting revealed the game's most closely-guarded secret: The PSP version would include the Yggdra route that had been planned for the original game but cut at the last minute. While this hasn't been able to shut all the wankers up (what ever can?), it was more than enough to garner genuine curiosity in the game.
La-MulanaWiiWare international release got cancelled?! NOOOOOO-wait. The PC version's still coming out? YEEEEEEESSSSSSS!
And then EnjoyUp Games picked up publishing rights to send the WiiWare version overseas on September 20th.
There was a fan campaign to make it so that Venom, who was just a normal minifigure in the game as he was in the LEGO set that used him, a "Big Fig", much like the Hulk, Thing, or other large characters. They showed that they listened and the game will allow you to turn into a Big Fig version of Venom.
A new Mario and Sonic Olympics title? Yawn. It doesn't take much imagination to think that they're just doing it to cash in on the hype of the Olympics for a quick bu- Wait a minute... was that Metal Sonic? On a home console game for the first time since Sonic Heroes, no less! SEGA, consider it sold.
Adding Bowser Jr. and a Perfect Chaos cameo helped as well.
I really wished this game had Omega, King Boo, etc... BOSS BATTLE AGIANST THEM!!! Done and done!
The general reaction to the reveal that you could romance Tali and Garrus in Mass Effect 2: CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAVE!!!!
In Mass Effect 1, fans were slightly disgruntled by the perceived low quality of the DLC, plus the fact that there were only two DLC missions available. BioWare proceeded to fix this in Mass Effect 2 by providing a wealth of pre-order content, two entire characters available via DLC, a Nostalgia Level examining the Normandy SR-1's wreckage, three Heavy Weapons, two Shotguns, one SMG, one Sniper Rifle, a Heavy Pistol, plenty of Armor Sets, a new vehicle that most fans agree is better than the Mako, a staggering 13 new missions, and plenty of new upgrades and Achievements.
And the rejoicing continues: Ashley/Kaidan, Liara, Garrus and Tali as permanent companions, and Captain Anderson as a temporary companion.
Many fans were nervous about the rumored inclusion of multiplayer in Mass Effect 3, fearing that BioWare was tring to win over the Call of Duty crowd. Well, the announcement's out, and while there is multiplayer, it's only co-op — with player-customized characters from several races, who have nothing to do with Shepard's squad. Furthermore, while the co-op missions can affect the single-player campaign, it's still possible to get all possible endings, even the perfect ending, without playing multiplayer.
Both fans and detractors of the third game's ending rejoiced with the announcement of the Extended Cut epilogue which aims to address the lack of closure and clarity in the ending while keeping the storyline intact.
And now that the Extended Cut is released, the majority response is overwhelmingly positive.
So, the "Resurgence" DLC is not only free, but includes six new classes? Sweet... wait, is that a krogan vanguard? ALLLLL ABOARD THE MURDER TRAAAAAIIINNNN!
'Rebellion' DLC pack: Vorcha, Quarian males, and Cerberus defectors...and it's free as well.
Gone are the days of bemoaning the No Export for You status of Mass Effect 1 for PS3. With the announcement of the Mass Effect Trilogy comes the satisfaction that PS3 users finally get to play the original Mass Effect and import save files straight through to 3. In additon, it was initially believed that the game could only be obtained by purchasing the trilogy set, but the fact that it's marked as three games ($59.99 USD) for the price of one has mitigated it. But then Bioware updates the announcement page and has revealed that "ME 1" is available for download on the PSN for only $14.99 USD, released the same day as the Mass Effect Trilogy for the PS3!
Similarily, when the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection was announced, fans were disappointed that MGS1 wouldn't be included, but were filled with joy that MGS2 and MGS3, two of the most visually-impressive games on the PS2, were being remastered in glorious HD. And they were even more overjoyed by the fact that Peace Walker would be included with reworked controls, an online versus mode, and more.
And then when it was announced that they were porting the HD Collection to the Playstation Vita (Peace Walker not included though), fans were even more happy, because now they can take those games on the go, with touch-screen controls and a feature that allows you to take screenshots of the cutscenes. Plus, it's a better deal to get this than the 3DS remake of MGS3.
Naked Snake isn't going to be voiced by David Hayter this time! No! The series has been Ruined Forever! There's just no way anyone could voice him just as well as—- Wait... Kiefer Sutherland is going to be his new voice actor?! You mean to tell me the man who plays Jack Bauer is now going to be Snake?! ...You know, maybe this'll be pretty cool after all.
They're making a Mistborn video game? Meh, it'll probably be some dumb FPS with a lousy story ——wait they're letting Brandon Sanderson write the script for it personally? OH YEAH!
Oh, a trailer for the next Nancy Drew puzzle game...Wait, it's actually set in River Heights? You'll get to play as Ned and Bess? Awesome!
Those who completed Ransom of the Seven Ships also had a moment of this. It was no surprise who the culprit was- there was only one other person on the island to begin with. What players didn't know was that that person was actually disguising himself. He was really Dwayne Powers, the culprit of a previous game. Also, Dwayne escapes capture at the end of Ransom. I think I smell a cross-game Story Arc on the horizon...
Naruto Shippuden: Clash of Ninja Revolution 3? Probably just gonna be a rehash with some new features, not planning on this- Wait, Chiyo? Huh, maybe this won't be so- Wait, characters after the Rescue Gaara Arc? Well, that's kinda- Hidan And Kakuzu? This Game, Want, NOW." Probably what happened, the Gameplay cores were pleased because of the balanced gameplay.
The most recent Wii game earned some fans, with the announcement Ino makes her first playable Shiipuden appearance, Killer Bee and the Raikage being playable, as well as Minato, they'll also be doing the Sage Mode Naruto and Sasuke one as well.
And now we have Ultimate Ninja Storm Generations. Yeah, maybe that's milking the Sonic Generations hype... but that's justified in that the game features multiple versions of the fighters, meaning - as you probably guessed - characters from both ends of the Time Skip. Cue the Big "YES!".
Even Generations paled in comparison to Ultimate Ninja Storm 3. Boss battles are back? Cool. Instant awakenings? Sweet. The other six jinhuriki and Madara are playable? HELL YES!
The Need for Speed racing series fandom has been solidly broken ever since a switch in focus from exotic cars to tuner cars, with a majority considering the Hot Pursuit games to be the best. Then Electronic Arts announced that the Burnout crew at Criterion Games would be making a new Hot Pursuit game, with the focus back on the exotics, and a major emphasis on "race and chase" play. That was enough to get most of the NFS fandom on board. Then the reveal trailer was put on Youtube. Most everyone else was sold on the game with the Bugatti Veyron cop car.
For the expansion pack of Neverwinter Nights 2, Mask of the Betrayer, look no further than the suddenly halted wank over the details on the female PC romance option, Gannayev. In summary: "A hagspawn? Guys get a bald-but-still-completely hot Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter, but we get a friggin' hagspawn? I don't care if the guy who writes his dialogue is totally awesome, it's just not fai—Wait, that'sGannayev? Naw, that can't possibly be... Really?'' And he's voiced by Crispin Freeman on top of it? ...I'll be in my bunk."
No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle has several of these. Where to even start? First, there's Santa Destroy becoming more compact (in response to complaints about the city being "too big" to navigate). Next, there is the side jobs not only having their entry fees getting reduced, but the side jobs themselves becoming 8-bit games! Among other things, there's also optional dual beam katana-wielding, the side assassination missions getting tied into the plot, more interaction with Jean the cat, 50 bosses (including multiples and successive ones) and, last but not least, the opportunity to play Shinobu and Henry.
Ōkami is getting a sequel? Amaterasu isn't the protagonist? Then why would you even bother playing it- OH JAPANESE GODS THAT PUPPY IS ADORABLE- Well, the franchise does need to be supported...
And now the first game is being remade in HD for PS3. Yes! Capcom, all my money!
A sequel to One Piece Pirate Warriors so soon after the first? I don't know, sounds kind of rus- Post Timeskip Straw Hats?! Playable Eneru?! Playable Kuma, Perona, and Smoker?! Playable Trafalgar Law?!!! Take my money Namco! (and yes, it's confirmed for a US release).
And then after poor sales of Episode 2, and Hothead Games turning their attention to Deathspank, development of Episode 3 was ceased and the story had to be continued in written form, which pissed off fans...until 2011, when Zeboyd Games announced that they would be continuing the series, and in 16-bit form. Aside from the fact that the next episodes won't be released for PS3, fan response has been highly positive.
Not true. Even people who had no idea what exactly Professor Layton is about went gaga when the news came up on the Ace Attorney-centric Court-Record Forums. This may have something to do with the fact that the game will feature voice-acting and full-motion-cutscenes, something Ace Attorney fans have been begging for for years.
The fact that Phoenix and Maya are returning after 3 years of absence doesn't hurt, either.
IT'S GONNA BE FOR THE 3DS. That's gonna make it even BETTER! Solving puzzles and listening to hilarious and informal statements. AND THEN CAME THE REVERED TOUCH SCREEN.
PAYDAY: The Heist had team AI, which were functional but had a lot of problems that made them fall under Artificial Stupidity. PAYDAY 2 was announced to have no friendly AI in order to let the developers focus more on the co-op aspects of the game. Many fans were disappointed to hear the news and pleaded with Overkill to include team AI. After months of speculation and asking, Overkill announced that the game will have friendly AI.
A PC version of Rayman Origins? Oh brother, they'll probably shit all over it with draconian DRM...wait a minute, there's no DRM? At all? YES!
Rayman Origins ITSELF was this. A new Rayman game that's actually a 2D sidescrolling platformer and not a Rabbids game? Characters and enemies from the classic games returning, including Polokus (renamed to Bubble Dreamer, but still), Globox, Teensies and MR. DARK? Globox and the Teensies are FULLY PLAYABLE?HELL YES!!!
Due to being overshadowed at released due to major games like Skyward Sword, Skyrim, and Modern Warfare 3, many thought we wouldn't see another Rayman title. So imagine everyone's surprise when a trailer for ANOTHERRayman game, called Rayman Legends, was leaked just weeks before E3 2012. Two words: ONLINE GAMEPLAY. And three months later, during Gamescom, four words hit everyone over the head that made Nintendo fans cry with joy: EXCLUSIVELY ON WII U!
Xbox360 and PS3Rayman fans wept with joy when the title was announced to be multiplatform (Nintendo Rayman fans just wept).
Reiko Nagase became a much beloved character in the Ridge Racer games, but in 5 she was dropped for a new model. Fan grabbed the Torches and Pitchforks and the game tanked. Seeing the error of their ways Namco tried to make amends with the similar Rena Hyami. The game still sucked. Then Reiko made a return in the PSP, XBOX and PS3 games, And There Was Much Rejoicing.
When "Guitar Hero" got its fans rejoicing, rival seriesRock Band pulled this off as well. More precisely, Lego Rock Band. Harmonix managed to secure the approval with two Queen songs, the Ghostbusters theme, and "The Final Countdown", among others. And the announcement that its songs can be exported to the main Rock Band games.
The game also has Lego-ized likenesses of some bands playing their songs (and their songs onlynote Blame the Kurt Cobain incident for that.)—including Queen with Freddy Mercury, plus Lego David Bowie, Lego Iggy Pop, and The Beatles. For the last, they have full recreations of the places The Beatles themselves performed at, and the Sgt. Pepper uniforms were pure want.
There was lastly an absolutely epic DLC, including Megadeth's "Rust In Peace", Rush's "Moving Pictures", Jimi Hendrix's "Axis: Bold as Love" and "Are You Experienced" and massive song packs of Queen, The Who, Iron Maiden and more. There was even a Lady Gaga track pack, with Cartman's cover of "Poker Face". If you buy all the Rock Band games and download all the DLC you will have over 2000 songs.
"You Should Be Dancing" by The Bee Gees doesn't seem like much of a comparison, except it was the first song in almost three years to have a bass solo.
The Rock Band Network. Simply put, you get to download the same software that Harmonix use to make Rock Band songs, and an artist can use it to make charts and program character animations for one of their own songs, or they can pay for a charting company to do it for them. If it's good enough, it gets released into the store, and you get a cut of the profits. The Rock Band forums went insane at this announcement.
For Rock Band 3, the announcement of the keyboard peripheral kicked up a storm, as did the announcement of the Pro Guitar mode.
The upcoming DLC for Scott Pilgrim VS. The World: The Game will add Scott's roommate WallaceWells and, finally, some much-needed online multi-player for only 400 Microsoft Points roughly two years after its initial release. Every Scott Pilgrim fans' prayers are finally answered.
After delays and set-backs, the Wallace Wells and Online Multiplayer DLC will finally be released on February 6, 2013! Even better, it will be 160 Microsoft Points ($2) instead of 400!!
Okay, they already did a dub of the anime of Sengoku Basara, and they're bringing the game to western countries too. Let's hope they won't name it Devil Kings agai—they're actually calling it Sengoku Basara now! Finally!
Jake "virt" Kaufman's track record was already amazing. There was no doubt that he would make sure that the soundtrack for Shovel Knight was also amazing. However, the announcement that Manami Matsumae, best known for her work on the first Mega Man game, would compose two tracks for the game assured in the minds of many that what they once thought would be only an amazing soundtrack, would actually end up being LEGENDARY!
This was pretty much what happened when fans of The Sims learned that Sims 3: Pets would include unicorns. Rejoicing grew even louder when it was revealed the player could actually control the pets directly, something players had wanted since Unleashed and Sims 2: Pets. Originally, there was groaning at the notion that the game featured all the same animals as 2: Pets. Even more so when it was revealed there were no werewolves in this one.
Haven't heard much from Sin and Punishment. It's a shame only Japan got that game and - what's this? Treasure are making a sequel?! And it's going to be released WORLDWIDE?!
To put it another way, in a series where all guests (barring Link in the GameCube version of II) are Base Breakers (mostly for not matching the atmosphere of the series, as seen most famously with Star Wars characters in IV), the announcement (and even the hints, in the form of a leaked character select screenshot) of Ezio led to a massiveJust Here for Godzilla reaction.
As it turned out, this was pretty much why Ezio was picked — he had runaway popularity (and had yet to suffer from Sequelitis when Namco Bandai first cooperated with Ubisoft on this) in the West and is probably the only guest character who so completely fit the atmosphere of the Soul games, thanks to his own native setting of Renaissance Italy.
Related to the entry concerning the European Playstation Store and its enormous lack ofPS One Classics, it's been confirmed, as a reply to the second comment (see here◊ for the comment alonenote comments on the european PS blog get removed after a while), that, after five years since the service launched, Europe will see, in October 2012, at long last... Spyro the Dragon. Freaking. Finally.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand now comes word that the Spyro games are all US imports,◊ thus meaning this long wait - provided they even get released on October - wasn't for the EU version of the trilogy, but for the same content that has already been released two years before in the U.S.. Internet Backdraft coming in 3, 2, 1...
Blizzard has recently announced that Robert Clotworthy will be reprising his role as the Terran hero Jim Raynor in Starcraft II, after an earlier announcement that he would not.
What do you mean they changed Kerrigan's voice actor? What is this— wait, Tricia Helfer is now voicing her? AweSOME!
It was confirmed that the sequel would pick up on all the plot threads left dangling from the expansion, even that one that only appeared in a special bonus mission you could only access by performing an arcane ritual at 3am on the vernal equinox or something.
Hell, the announcement of Starcraft IIperiod counts as this. Tychus Findlay said it for millions of Starcraft players worldwide when it happened: "Hell, it's about time."
Michael Dorn voicing Ambassador Worf in "Sphere of Influence", and the updated face model for Worf that now actually looks like him (since Dorn gave Cryptic permission to use his face). Even more rejoicing occurred when people discovered they'd also had him rerecord the existing voiceovers for Worf.
Pretty much every time the Smash Bros Dojo updated the site with the profile of a new character, but particularly the two third party characters, Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog because they were complete with character trailer videos. Sonic's in particular stands out because even if you expected it, it was still a huge deal to finally have Sonic in Smash Bros. If anyone tells you they didn't go nuts when they saw his announcement, they are lying.
Saints Row IV didn't have any of these moments right up until the E3 trailer, and the announcement of the return of several characters, including Benjamin "Motherf***ing" King and Shaundi. As in, Saints Row 2 Shaundi.
In addition, Keith David (the voice of Julius Little from the first two games) returns as...Keith David. Also, he's the Vice President of the United States.
The entire Tale of ALLTYNEX series getting picked up for an English release by Nyu Media slated for Fall 2012. Every Shoot 'em Up and long time SITER SKAIN fans are shedding tears of joy.
Tales of Monkey Island. Some fans were hesitant, seeing as the last 3D installment of the game was... well, Escape from Monkey Island. And who's this Telltale Games, anyway? Wait, it's Dave Grossman? Dominic Armato and Alexandra Boyd are back?? Michael Land is composing new music?!! RON BLOODY GILBERT helped out with the story?!?!
Several episodes had their own mini-And The Fandom Rejoiced moments as well. Denny Delk as Murray is back in Chapter Three! Stan is your opposition in Chapter Four! and EARL BOEN is back at the end of Chapter Four and throughout Chapter Five!!
After a year of rumors and speculation, Team Ico Series announced The Team Ico Collection, a collection of both Ico and 'Shadow of the Colossus remastered in HD, locked at 30 FPS, and support for Trophies, all for the PlayStation 3. Needless to say, there was much rejoicing.
To make matters even more wonderful we have an advert for their newest game, The Last Guardian. We are so very pleased.
Speaking of which fan opinion of the first Tekken Tag went like this. "Yeah, Tekken 3 was pretty cool, I'd be interested in seeing what this is li...what's this? Jun's one of the playable characters. Oh. I am getting this game."
Angel? Sweet. Kunimitsu and Michelle Chang? HOLY CRAP!!! All 3 haven't been appeared since the first Tekken Tag, as well.
Forest Law?! Regular Ogre?! INSTANT PRE-ORDER!!!!
"Oh noes, there are on-disc DLC characters! Surely it will ruin the-wait, THEY'RE FREE?! HARADA WE LOVE YOOOOOOUUUUUUUU!!!!!"
A special Wii U edition with various Nintendo costumes? An all new Mushroom Battle mode? Play with the Game Pad, no TV required? Surely, you're spoiling us— WAIT, WAIT, WAIT, TEKKEN BALL IS BACK?! HOLY CRAP!
Terraria was thought to be unsupported, with Redigit seemingly abandoning the game after the console versions came out...and then, in January of 2013, he asked the community what they would like to see in a hypothetical update. The official forums exploded with glee, and on April 3, 2013, he confirmed the game was in development. Even missing the projected July 2013 release date hasn't dampened fan enthusiasm.
There is now, after many years, a sequel/spiritual successor to Planescape: Torment, and it is being made by at least one of the original creators, and all signs point to it being awesome. Two words: Numenera, bitches. (If you're interested, take a wander over to Torment: Tides of Numenera.)
Fans of regular Touhoudanmaku acted harshly towards the announcement of Hisoutensoku. "Another fighting game...lame. WHAT'S THAT!? CIRNO!? AS A PLAYABLE CHARACTER!?!?!?!
12.8? Seriously? Can we just get to 13 already...what? It's a shooter with Cirno? And you freeze bullets?
Oh boy, Touhou 13. I don't know why, but I'm not very exci- YOUMU'S PLAYABLE?! SPELL PRACTICE IS BACK?!
And now Touhou 14 has been announced, and Sakuya is playable again! FINALLY.
North American fans rejoiced when Anime Weekend Atlanta announced that ZUN was going to be at the 2013 convention, which was his first public appearance outside of Asia.
Transformers: War for Cybertron; Well, the previous Transformers games haven't been that great an- wait! Peter Cullen is Optimus Prime again! It's taking place entirely on Cybertron! It's not based on any previous movies or TV series! Hot DOG!
WWE 12? That's the big change, a name? Oh you're rebooting the entire series THQ, whatev.....Create an Arena, you say? And you've fixed Universe mode? So what? I still can't change champions at will. I can? Exhibition and Universe are separate? Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.....there's more? 23 titles? Arn Anderson, LOD, AND Demolition finally get legend appearances? Wow.
Mystery superstar? Pfft, bet it's someone crappy like Michael Cole or something. What's that? Here Comes the Pain!
Ok, so what can we expect from WWE 13? Attitude Era focus? Meh, it's probably just a money making ploy... We get original Y2J Chris Jericho, complete with Liontamer? Vader? KEN SHAMROCK?!? Ok, that's actually pretty good... We can change the stage on Create an Arena now, and create Bingo Hall sized arenas? Ok, this is shaping up well. Is that CM Punk's Pepsi Twist? CHAMPIONSHIP EDITOR? Wow.
Well, let's see what they've got on DLC. A few belts, some superstars they left on the cutting room floor, not much too spec- wait, is that Too Cool? Gangrel?!? BRIAN PILLMAN?!? Shut up and take my my money, THQ!
An actual sequel of Warriors Orochi featuring DW7XL and SW3XL characters? Nice! New original mythical characters like Kaguya, Shuten-Douji and Nezha? Neat! Other-timeline characters like Jeanne d'Arc and Achilles!? Awesome! RYU HAYABUSA!?!? Ahem, I repeat... TAKE MY MONEY, KOEI!!!''
Now they just included Ayane to the fray, along with Nemea from Zill'Ol. Not just my money. My clothes, Koei. Take'em too.
Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate? Bah, it's just a compilation of the extras we receive from those Capcom Sequel Stagnation on the Japanese-only PSP, and the Wii U version. And aside of new story (which thankfully cancels out the Grand Finale that is the True Ending), prequel and sequel, and a new character (Tamamo-no-Mae) it's just Xu Shu instead of him AND the DW8 newbies? No SW Chronicles 2 newbies too? Damn you K— Wait, Kasumi finally made it!? Wow, Guest Characters have been going good for... Sterkenburg Cranach!? Wow, Koei really is digging through their own libraries for the guests for the ultimate crosso— SOPHITIA ALEXANDRA!?!? Since when are Tecmo-Koei and Bandai Namco are shaking hands together!? Whatever, this is gonna be awesome!
Wasteland 2. Waste. Land. 2. Fans of the original Wasteland, and fans of the 2D Fallout games wet their pants the day it reached it's goal on kickstarter. Want to here something even better? Obsidian Entertainment is on board.
Well it took about six years, but they finally fixed intellect! I actually have to look at the weapon's stats, instead of just the spell damage, now! Finally!
The announcement of transmogrification, which will enable players to replace the visuals of their current gear with any other gear of the same type that they already own. Paladins, tired of questing in ugly mismatched plate? Look stylin' in full vintage Judgement without sacrificing your stats!
The announcement that the final boss of Mists of Panderia will be Garrosh Hellscream!
Me'dan would not appear in Cataclysm, but instead you would get the lead characters of Interactive Fan Fic Parody You Awaken In Razor Hill, 'Tednug' and Scratchfever. Fans of this story fell in love with Blizzard all over again when pics of Ted and Scratch appeared, patrolling the area just north Razor Hill.
The removal of rooftop camping, which was the bane of every person in Booty Bay and Gadgetzan thanks to annoying hunters, reducing XP required to level, various compensations for accounts being hacked or downtime, mounts at 20 (no more running across Stranglethorn Vale when you're not a shaman or druid), 'Nefarian, only needing to get honored to run heroics in Burning Crusade, and making it so only one person needs a Karazhan Key.
Those of us on Wasteland EST PvP servers with few local groups forming can finally get some five man groups running? FINALLY!
Pretty much all of the Warlords of Draenor reveal caused plenty of fan joy, but the official announcement of the oft-requested, oft-teasing, oft-delayedcharacter model revamp managed to stand out above the rest in a way rarely seen.
2k games announced something new about their so-called X-COM "reboot"? Just let the game die al...A new game?...an RTS/TBS X-COM?...set in the 90'?...MADE BY FIRAXIS!?! The updates being released only make things better, showing Firaxis's faithfulness to the original. Sectoids! Mutons! Developers that love the soldiers being killable and are considering an Ironman mode! Procedurally generated missions!
It gets even better for Sonic the Fighters as it will finally make Dummied Out characters like Metal Sonic, Dr. Eggman and Honey the Cat being OFFICIALLY PLAYABLE this time and the addition of online multiplayer!
Kinda pricy for re-releases old arcade games from the nineties at $10 a pop, they could at least — wait THEY DROP THE PRICES for Sonic the Fighters, Virtua Fighter 2, and Fighting Vipers to a mere $5?! Be right back, gotta make a withdraw from my rings account real quick...
The new content of Duodecim itself should NOT be overlooked. The HP cap is now broken to the sixth digit, there's an assist system, world map (no Random Encounters!), at least one character's fighting style has been reconstructed (Firion) and Destiny Odysseys for the Chaos characters. Did I forget to mention the Old Save Bonus feature from Dissidia and the 13th Cycle of Dissidia is going to be replayable?! Big Honkin' Game doesn't even begin to cover this.
When The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks was first revealed, some fans were displeased about how the title seemed too similar to Phantom Hourglass, a somewhat controversial title among the fanbase. Then this trailer was shown in November. In addition to gameplay improvements, (such as being able to skip parts of a dungeon you've already played) fans learned that the story was a bit less conventional than saving a kidnapped Zelda. Zelda's body is kidnapped within the first hour of the game, and her spirit accompanies Link throughout the rest of the game. The assisting "Phantom" seen in earlier trailers, which accompanies Link in some dungeons is possessed by the spirit of Zelda herself. All of this caused a massive shift in the previously divided fanbase.
HokutoMusou's announcement was met with either unconditional devotion due to it being Fist of the North Star, or cynical derision due to it being a Warriors/Musou game... plus, the Warriors games had never so much as shown blood, due to KOEI wanting to keep the franchise's consistent rating under the CERO system (equivalent to a "T" rating in the American/Canadian ESRB system). Then the first footage showed what happened to the first mooks unfortunate enough to face Kenshirou... then a KOEI rep stated that the Western releases would "probably" be more violent (if not gore-y)... then it turned out that the story wasn'tFlanderized with Woobies-all-over like Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors and in fact held pretty solidly to the original anime... then American players posted that it wasn't a complete retread of the previous Warriors games...
Even though Midway Games is gone, their spirit lives on with three announcements in 2010.
First up, EA Sports announced that they were bringing back NBA Jam for the Wii, with original series co-creator Mark Turmell advising the devteam, and Tim Kitzrow is back to do the Announcer Chatter that made the original so memorable.
Then, Microsoft announced Hydro Thunder Hurricane for Xbox LIVE Arcade, which keeps the insane action of the original boat racer while giving it a new, shiny, hi-definition makeover.
And finally, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, which bought most of the Midway back catalog (except for the two above examples and the Cruis'n trilogy, whose rights are with Nintendo), announced a newMortal Kombat game which has the extreme blood and gore that the DC Universe crossover lacked, takes the Street Fighter IV route of gameplay with 3D graphics on a 2D gameplay plane, brings back Dan "Toasty!" Forden to do the music, and adds a 2-on-2 tag team mode. People were happy.
Basketball games over the years try and pull this by including a certain MichaelJefferyJordan. Ten years ago EA pulled it off in NBA Live 2000. Now Sega not only have Jordan in NBA 2K11, but a type of story mode where fans can play through his greatest matches. For any fan of basketball during his era this would have good reason to rejoice, not just for Jordan and the Bulls, but for Celtics fans with the 86 team, Pistons fans for the 88 team, Lakers fans...now we just need to know if the Dream Team will be included.
Part One, because one bullet isn't enough to explain it all: In December 2007, Jagex learned the hard way that sometimes you just shouldn't trifle with the Unpleasable Fanbase. In an attempt to curtail issues with real world trading, which allegedly was putting the game's economy through the ringer, Jagex removed Wilderness PVP and unrestricted trade from RuneScape, replacing player-killers with nigh-invulnerable Demonic Spiders that often traveled in packs. Even though efforts made to offer alternatives for the PVP players enjoyed some amount of success, the numbers still stood at 60,000 canceled membership subscriptions in the weeks immediately following the changes. (Although since real world traders often used stolen credit to pay for all transactions - including membership subscriptions - just how many were legitimate subscriptions in the first place is unknown.)
Part Two: In November of 2010, a guaranteed content poll opened up asking if players wanted Wilderness PVP and unrestricted trade back. Four options were presented, as usual, and by far the most voted up option was bringing them back as long as workarounds were set down to keep RWT out of it all. Longtime players had come to better understand and respect Jagex's reasons even though they didn't think the end justified the means. That poll was soon closed, and in December a referendum was opened for any player to vote in on the matter. 91% of 1.2 million votes cast were in favor of bringing back Wilderness PVP and free trade as long as the RWT problems that started the whole mess were neutralized as best as possible, and in February of 2011 everything agreed upon was implemented as promised.
The September 2012 Behind the Scenes update earned many cries of joy; after several months of pitiful updates (and many, many updates to the Squeal of Fortune and Solomon's General Store), a bevy of new content was announced; a graphical update and two new quests for Al Kharid, an update for the God Wars Dungeon, and the long awaited (and desperately needed) bot nuke. Best of all? Only the barest mention of Solomon and the Squeal, which up until then had been making headlines every month.
In 2003, Uru would have been a MMO of Myst, but it wasn't until 2007 that GameTap hosted it. Now it's known as MO:ULagain, plus it's free and since 2010 open source!
Even better. In early 2013 (Tentative), Phantasy Star Online 2 will have an American and European release.
Wowzers, I bet Nintendo is gonna repackage four old games that I probably downloaded from Virtual Console and a subpar soundtrack CD for the Zelda 25th Anniversary, just like they did Super Mario Bros. Shame on you, Ninten- Wait what's this? Special soundtrack discs? Skyward Sword having a Holiday 2011 release? Link's Awakening DX on the eShop right now? Limited Edition Gold Wiimote? The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords on DSiWare?note Wait, it's a port of the GBA game... Well it's free so who cares?Live orchestrated concerts happening worldwide this Fall?!!! Nintendo, you can have my wallet!
C'mon, Activision. Why did you cancel True Crime: Hong Kong? Especially when it was so close to being finished? Do you really need to focus on online games, as you claimed? *Cut to seven months later* SQUARE ENIX BOUGHT OUT THE PUBLISHING RIGHTS?! IT'S ACTUALLY GOING TO SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY? It's most likely going to be called something else, because they did not purchase the rights to the name? I DON'T CARE. SQUENIX, I LOVE YOU!!
And in another sign of things moving upward, Cryptic, who are developing Neverwinter, was bought by Perfect World from Atari. Perfect World saw how low Atari's standards were and realised how shoddy the game would be if it were released on time and decided to delay it.
Score yet another one for Nintendo: after a long list of diagrams (as usual for Nintendo), the bottom of this page mentions there's gonna be a new side-scroller Mario for the Nintendo 3DS! Just after the wait for Super Mario 3D Land was finally over, now the hype's gonna grow once again! Of course, it's still a mere announcement by now, but if we're getting a "New Super Mario World", then it's definitely gonna be Worth It.
It seems not to be the case; however, New Super Mario Bros. 2 already seems to have something to make up for that, namely another return of Raccoon Mario and an August 2012 release date. After being announced just four months earlier. Wow. The only missing things are Yoshi and a Cape powerup, and then we're in business!