Recently, a couple of quality titles rose from the graves that I was positive would never see the light of a re-release. Most notably, Earthbound. I never got to play this back in the day, but I'm excited for the upcoming Virtual Console release. Everywhere you turned on the Internet, people fought long and hard for Earthbound, but just as strong were the rumors as to why it would never make it. Most notably, there are songs that were considered copyright taboo these days. This was the biggest hiccup most felt the title was facing.
On April 29th IGN reported that EA canceled Tiger Woods PGA 15. EA allegedly is taking next year off so they can fully take advantage of the next gen consoles. EA canceled NBA 13 back in September 2012 saying it wasn’t a cancellation of the series but just that edition and there has not been any word since. Is it time to rethink how and when sports games are released?
I was catching up on the gaming news and I read about the Shadows of the Eternals Kickstarter. It got me thinking, could Kickstarter become the new way for small developers to make a huge impact with next gen consoles?
Recently, I put out an April Fool's article about Nintendo upgrading the Wii to the "Wii Tuu", showcasing better graphics and more of a "me too" attitude compared to the new Sony and Microsoft platforms. I also speculated about the possibility of an upgraded GamePad in another article. My humor and speculation articles weren't entirely unfounded, though. Nintendo has a history of tweaking their systems, offering slightly different iterations through the console's lifespan. Here's a sampling of what I mean:
I recently contacted David Yu, the Marketing Director for Hyperkin, they are the creators of the SupaBoy, a portable Super Nintendo system, as well as the previous line of RetroN products (currently up to the RetroN3). Hyperkin is preparing to release the RetroN5, a sleek system capable of playing NES, SNES, Genesis, Famicom, Game Boy, and GBA games via HDMI with the ability to use packaged wireless controllers or the original system controllers. The RetroN5 is an all-in-one package that caters to the modern retro gamer. If you grew up with these systems, you've most likely moved on to others…