Those of you hoping to play some Mario Kart 8 online on Tuesday 29th of July should be warned that the game will be affected by Nintendo Network maintenance. Mario Kart 8 could well be temperamental online from 1am til 2am BST. It’s only one hour, but if you’re thinking of playing online multiplayer during this time and it’s unstable then you’ll certainly know why.
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The Pokémon Company International has launched its official 2014 Pokémon World Championships website (Pokemon.com/Worlds) for fans to keep up with all the action from the event. Taking place August 16-17 in Washington, DC, the event will be streamed live on the official site via the Twitch.tv/Pokémon Live Player, featuring a full day of select Pokémon TCG and video game matches on Saturday, August 16 and all three divisions, six matches total, of the final Pokémon TCG and video game matches on Sunday, August 17. A full event schedule is below. Pokémon TCG and video game players from more than 30 countries will be battling for scholarships, prizes, and the title of Pokémon World Champion.
2014 Pokémon World Championships Live Stream Schedule
Saturday, August 16
- 9:00 a.m. EST – Opening Ceremony
- 9:30 a.m. EST – 5:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon Video Game Streaming
- 5:00 p.m. EST – 9:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon TCG Streaming
Sunday, August 17
- 9:00 a.m. EST – TCG Masters top 4
- 10:00 a.m. EST – 3:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon TCG Finals (Junior, Senior, and Masters Divisions)
- 3:00 p.m. EST – 6:00 p.m. EST – Pokémon Video Game Finals (Junior, Senior, and Masters Divisions)
- 6:00 p.m. EST – Closing Ceremony
Nintendo has announced that it will have a variety of Pokemon themed events at this year’s Gamescom. Junichi Masuda will be at the event to give fans a special message regarding the Pokemon franchise. Last time Masuda gave a special message was at the Japan Expo where he revealed Honedge for Pokemon X & Y. Shigeki Morimoto will also be there to sign autographs. Eight players will be able to challenge him at 12PM and 3PM on August 14th. Nintendo will also be distributing a special Vivillion at Gamescom.
This week’s UK charts are in courtesy of GFK Chart Track. Tomodachi Life and Mario Kart 8 continue to perform well. Tomodachi Life climbed this week to number three after being at number five the previous week. However, Mario Kart slipped a little to number six. Here’s the best-selling games in the United Kingdom this week.
01 (01) 360 MINECRAFT: XBOX 360 EDITION (MICROSOFT)
02 (02) PS3 MINECRAFT: PLAYSTATION 3 EDITION (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
03 (05) 3DS TOMODACHI LIFE (NINTENDO)
04 (04) PS4 WATCH DOGS (UBISOFT)
05 (06) XBO TITANFALL (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
06 (03) WIU MARIO KART 8 (NINTENDO)
07 (16) 360 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
08 (10) 360 FIFA 14 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
09 (09) 360 WATCH DOGS (UBISOFT)
10 (07) 360 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
11 (25) PS3 GRAND THEFT AUTO V (TAKE 2)
12 (12) 360 PLANTS VS ZOMBIES: GARDEN WARFARE (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
13 (22) PS3 WATCH DOGS (UBISOFT)
14 (40) 360 SNIPER ELITE 3 (505 GAMES)
15 (23) 360 TERRARIA (505 GAMES)
16 (14) NDS POKEMON BLACK VERSION (NINTENDO)
17 (18) 360 TITANFALL (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
18 (15) PS4 FIFA 14 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
19 (11) PS4 CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
20 (27) PS3 FIFA 14 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
21 (08) PS4 WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW ORDER (BETHESDA SOFTWORKS)
22 (21) XBO CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS (ACTIVISION BLIZZARD)
23 (13) PS4 SNIPER ELITE 3 (505 GAMES)
24 (26) XBO FIFA 14 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
25 (19) NDS POKEMON WHITE VERSION (NINTENDO)
26 (20) PS4 EA SPORTS UFC (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
27 (28) PS4 BATTLEFIELD 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
28 (39) PS4 INFAMOUS: SECOND SON (SONY COMPUTER ENT.)
29 (__) PS3 THE LEGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
30 (17) PC FOOTBALL MANAGER 2014 (SEGA)
31 (36) 3DS POKEMON X (NINTENDO)
32 (29) XBO SNIPER ELITE 3 (505 GAMES)
33 (__) 3DS POKEMON Y (NINTENDO)
34 (__) 360 SKATE 3 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
35 (38) 360 LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES (WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE)
36 (31) XBO WATCH DOGS (UBISOFT)
37 (__) 3DS ANIMAL CROSSING: NEW LEAF (NINTENDO)
38 (__) 360 BATTLEFIELD 4 (ELECTRONIC ARTS)
39 (37) 360 ASSASSIN’S CREED IV: BLACK FLAG (UBISOFT)
40 (32) PS3 SNIPER ELITE 3 (505 GAMES)
Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has announced today via Miiverse that Takamaru from the Mysterious Murasame Castle will be an assist trophy in the forthcoming Super Smash Bros game. Sakurai says Takamaru will have a devastating Multidirectional Pinwheel Knife Rook Attack.
Pic of the day. I, Takamaru, have waited many years to appear in Super Smash Bros.! Link, Samus, Pit, and I debuted in the same year! Multidirectional Pinwheel Knife Rook Attack!! (FYI, I’m an Assist Trophy.)
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Koei Tecmo has unveiled another trailer for Hyrule Warriors. The newly-released video focuses on the leader of the Gorons, Darunia, who’s equipped with a massive hammer, which he uses to unleash merciless attacks on a slew of baddies. Darunia is among several other playable characters in the upcoming action game. Hyrule Warriors will be available September 26th on Wii U.
FUNimation has announced that it will be releasing Bayonetta: Bloody Fate in the United States this October on Blu-Ray. The anime film based on the acclaimed Bayonetta franchise follows the events and characters of the action packed games. Bayonetta: Bloody Fate launched in Japan back in November.
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GameStop president Tony Bartel has revealed that only 40% of their customer base know that the company accepts trade-ins for in store credit. Bartel was speaking to Venture Beat about the importance of trade-ins and their future plans.
“The biggest opportunity with trades is awareness. Believe it or not, only 40 percent of the people who walk into a GameStop store today know that we accept trades of games.”
Capcom recently divulged that they expect a 1.5 year development cycle when producing sequels to major franchises. The company initially wanted a 2.5 year development cycle for their sequels, but in these changing times they feel 1.5 years is more adequate. Capcom also mentioned that they have around 30 key developers.
We have about 30 key developers and are able to deploy the required personnel at the required times as needed. This allows us to develop content with a small number of people while operating a number of lines at once. Ideally, we want to use a development period of 1.5 years as a rule for each team. Our goal is to make the development cycle even shorter.
Capcom Europe have given us a look at the Legend of Zelda hero Link whose design features in the forthcoming Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. You’ll be able to craft Link’s signature green tunic, Master Sword and bow in the upcoming Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. The game is coming to the west in early 2015.