This Week in Gaming is a weekly column every Sunday attempting to re-cap some of the biggest news in the gaming industry, or poking fun at a few things no one really cares about. Let’s cut the bullshit and get started!
First thing first, EA can suck a dick. Not just any dick, but a huge, meaty dick. After being voted the worst company in America for two years in a row and then conducting the butt-hurt train after Nintendo refused to use their online service Origin on the Wii U, they further proved the fact that they are, indeed, a collective group of assholes. What started as a normal “we have no games in development for the Wii U” statement eventually turned in to Bob Summerwill, Senior Software Engineer and Architect calling the Wii U “crap” and that it’s “less powerful than an XBOX360“, has a “poor online store“, a “weird tablet” and that it’s “dead in the water“. He eventually went on to delete some of those comments via Twitter but there were plenty of screenshots to go around. How EA were so shocked they were voted the Worst Company in America twice is beyond me, but at least they’ve just confirmed to be doing away with the Online Pass system, so that’s a start.
In a better turn of events for Nintendo fans, Ubisoft seems confident that Nintendo will “take steps to ensure the Wii U is successful” and will continue to stand at their side by cross-platforming Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Watch_Dogs & Rayman Legends. It’s not as if they’re totally innocent after delaying Rayman Legends, which was already finished as a Wii U exclusive, and porting it to the competitor consoles. Either way, shit happens and it’s always good to see a company that understands the business end of things. An Ubisoft spokesperson was quoted as saying “As with any new console, it takes some time to form an established base“, which is exactly what happened to the 3DS and now look at their sales. They’re flying off the shelves! Ubisoft has also been rumored to be in development for a ZombiU sequel.
This week was actually chock full of Nintendo news, with New Super Luigi U being announced as both a download and receiving a physical release. The Wonderful 101 has also received an official release date of September 15, 2013 and you can check out the box art here, courtesy of My Nintendo News. Deadpool, once thought to be skipping Nintendo’s next-gen console, has been listed on Amazon Canada for pre-order sales. I know I’m linking a lot from My Nintendo News today, but they’ve really been pumping out some huge announcements from the big N this week. Nintendo has confirmed that more information will be released “before E3” concerning the Wii U entries for the next Mario, Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. I won’t even get in to the swarm of Pokemon X & Y news or Nintendo Direct as it’s been covered in ridiculous quantities.
Kind of off-topic here, but Nintendo has also confirmed this week that they will be cracking down on YouTubers using their games in their Let’s Play videos who receive any sort of monetary gain. Their method to cracking down appears to be placing ads before or after the videos to prevent any sort of ad revenue for the YouTuber. Fans seem to be on the fence here, but in my opinion this is a YouTube policy that YouTube has failed to enforce and Nintendo shouldn’t even have to do something like this. Most fans against this idea cry out “free advertisement“, but let’s face it.. if any company doesn’t need a YouTuber to advertise their games to increase sales, it’s the one company who has been able to thrive on their own releases year in and year out – Nintendo. If making Let’s Play videos is a source of your income, just like any job, you have to follow the rules.
In what I feel is the biggest news this week, Sega has confirmed that they have signed an exclusive deal with Nintendo for 3 Sonic the Hedgehog releases. Sonic Lost World has been confirmed for the Wii U and the 3DS, while the other two seem to be an addition to the Mario & Sonic Olympics series and some form of Sonic & All-Star Racing X Mario Kart. I couldn’t really care less for another Olypmic entry, but Sonic Lost World will be a huge selling point for the Wii U and a Sonic X Mario Kart game would be quite delicious! Thinking back to the Nintendo and Sega console war of the 90’s, it’s odd to see them pair up in 2013, but it’s definitely a dream team of sorts that could create the 3D Sonic experience we’ve all wanted since the original Sonic Adventure back on the Dreamcast in 1999. Sega has already confirmed that Sonic Lost World will offer new gameplay and enemies never before seen in the Sonic series. This is the kind of news that makes me want a Wii U. Thank you, Sega!
Microsoft recently announced that May 21st will be the reveal for the newest Xbox, dubbed “Infinite”.
The Kickstarter-funded Ouya will be represented at E3, but not exactly the way you might be thinking. The Ouya will be on display via the parking lot, but hey, we’ve all gotta start somewhere, right?
This week was full of news, but personally I think Nintendo stole the show. What do you guys think? Is the Wii U becoming more enticing?
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