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SteamWorld Heist Will Feature Original Music From San Diego Band Steam Powered Giraffe

SteamWorld Dig developer Image and Form has shared some exciting steampunk news today for fans of the upcoming robot-driven game, SteamWorld Heist. Confirmed through the developer’s official blog, original music from the San-Diego formed band Steam Powered Giraffe will feature within the turn-based survival game. The quirky three-piece will not only be working on the in-game music and soundtrack, but will also crop up within the game as characters too.

You can see a sneak peek of SteamWorld Heist gameplay, along with the “Prepare for Boarding” song featuring the band, in the video embedded above. SteamWorld Heist is still on track for a Spring 2015 release on both Wii U and 3DS. Lead band member David Michael “The Spine” Bennett said on behalf of the collaboration:

“When asked if we would like to collaborate with Image and Form on their next SteamWorld game we immediately said yes! We loved SteamWorld Dig, and a steam powered robot band making music for a steam powered robot game? Count us in! We thought it was a match made in heaven and we’ve always wanted to try our hand at making music for one of our favorite pastimes, video games!”

Xenoblade Chronicles X Will Have A Deeper Sci-Fi Storyline Compared To Past Games

Xenoblade Chronicles X will have a deeper and more intricate sci-fi storyline in comparison to the franchise’s past games – according to the game’s director Tetsuya Takahashi. Earlier today, the Monolith Soft director revealed via Twitter that Xenoblade’s script writer Yuichiro Takeda has taken the helm as main scriptwriter once again for the latest instalment on the Wii U. But it was through Takahashi’s direction that gave Takeda the go-ahead to write a much heavier sci-fi script rather than the classical fantasy storyline of Xenoblade.

Takahashi also mentioned to fans of the franchise that composer Hiroyuki Sawano – most known for his work on Attack on Titan and other anime shows such as Sengoku Basara II – will be in control of the game’s sound, while Xenoblade artist Kunihiko Tanaka returns to his lead role in character design. The Xenoblade Chronicles X director said the following on Twitter:

“After the basic fantasy story for [Xenoblade], we’re having [Takeda] write a deep and distinctive sci-fi story this time around.

“I’ve known Mr. Tanaka for a long time, but this time I asked for his cooperation to bring out the Xeno-ness in the art.”

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Version 1.1 Update Available Now

Nintendo has released a new update for Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Version 1.1 is available to download now in the Nintendo eShop in both North America and Europe, despite the game’s November 28 release date for the latter region. With no official word on exactly what the update entails other than “various bug fixes”, we’ll just have to sit tight for now.

For those in North America, make sure you download the update data for the version you currently own as they are separate downloads for both Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Version 1.1 will require 271 blocks to download onto an SD card. Just a few days ago, Nintendo also released the latest update version for Pokemon Bank, so if you have yet to download the app you can do so in the eShop now.

Check Out The First Trailer For Rodea: The Sky Soldier Coming To Japanese Wii U & 3DS

Japanese publisher Kadokawa Shoten has uploaded the very first trailer for Rodea: The Sky Soldier. Currently only set to be released in Japan for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, the action flight title has been in development for a number of years and was originally planned for the Nintendo Wii and 3DS handheld. Earlier this month, Rodea: The Sky Soldier was announced for Wii U instead, and today we have a first look at what the game entails in the trailer embedded above. Due to release in Spring 2015 for Japanese consumers, it’s not yet known whether the game will be localised for western audiences.

Nintendo UK Store Adds Wii U Gamers Pack For £299.99, Includes Super Smash Bros Mario Amiibo Bundle

wii_u_gamers_packWith Christmas around the corner, the Nintendo UK store has added a new bundle for potential customers to join the abundance of gaming offers available this season. Due to release on December 5, the Wii U Gamers Pack will feature the Mario Kart 8 32 GB deluxe Wii U bundle, the Super Smash Bros for Wii U Mario Amiibo pack, a pro controller and an exclusive Mario red and black backpack. It’s due to retail for £299.99 – so that’s a saving of more than £30 in comparison to standard UK retailer prices.

Back in October, the NUK store detailed the super Mario Kart 8 Mega Bundle to entice new Wii U owners. Please remember that the online store only ships physical products to residences within the United Kingdom. You can pre-order the Wii U Gamers Pack now on the store’s website, here.

New Etrian Odyssey And Mystery Dungeon Crossover Title Announced For Japanese 3DS

Atlus together with Spike Chunsoft have announced a brand new 3DS game will arrive for the 3DS featuring a collaboration between the Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon franchises. The news comes after Atlus hosted a special livestream for Etrian Odyssey earlier today, confirming the fifth instalment for the RPG – Etrian Odyssey V – following a teaser last week.

The Etrian Odyssey come Mystery Dungeon crossover title will be developed by Atlus but is seen as a shared project between Spike Chunsoft and the RPG-based company. Etrian Odyssey and the Mysterious Dungeon, it’s official translated title, is set for release on the Japanese 3DS for March 5, 2015 – whether or not it will venture overseas yet is currently unknown.

This Super Smash Bros Player Has Encountered Some Insanely Disturbing Character Glitches (Video)

Super Smash Bros for Wii U has been available in North America for just a few days and has been relatively glitch-free, unlike its counterpart 3DS version. But while European fans must wait until November 28 to begin their battle, one US Smash player bought his copy of the Wii U brawler and began uploading some rather interesting glitched images yesterday on Nintendo’s social network Miiverse.

As you can see in the video embedded above, Miiverse user T-Man is in possession of a rare copy of the brawler, which has allowed creepy-pasta levels of insanity to make its appearance – particularly in character rendering. King Dedede, Meta Knight, Fox and Kirby all have warped faces or limbs sticking in places where you didn’t even think was possible. But it’s not just these characters that are affected, it appears to be the entire roster – Charizard with elongated limbs, Yoshi who mirrors Croc from the early ’90s, and Zero Suit Samus who doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on.

Fortunately, the glitched characters have seemingly only cropped up for user T-Man after asking for help to see if any other players’ games also shared the same fate. Given that these glitches are supposedly relegated to one game so far, it’s unlikely they will be able to be replicated in other games. You can check out more of the disturbing characters over on his Miiverse profile, here. Have you seen any other crazy glitches in Super Smash Bros for Wii U, and do you believe there could be more to these pictures than meets the eye? Let us know in the comments below.