Activision together with Nickelodeon has announced today that SpongeBob SquarePants is due to embark on a new adventure on select consoles and handhelds. Following the events from the SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which is scheduled to release on March 27, the new game will see SpongeBob and his friends take on alternate worlds in Bikini Bottom, varying from prehistoric areas, to war zones, and a scrumptious candy covered land.
Tasked with the challenge of putting SpongeBob’s broken psyche back together, players will have to navigate each world to unlock hidden abilities and save the underwater world from destruction. Due for release in March 2015, the action-platform title will feature an interesting mix of puzzles and combat with characters such as Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, Plankton and SpongeBob all playable. SpongeBob HeroPants will be available on the Nintendo 3DS, as well as the PS Vita and Xbox 360.
Giant video game publisher Activision has begun re-releasing games digitally and is distributing them on the Nintendo eShop. Digital listings for a number of their current games have appeared on the eShop including Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the Nintendo 3DS and Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark for the Wii U. The company previously refrained from distributing their games digitally on the eShop. You may have heard that the company has just released The Voice on the Wii and Wii U this week.
Wii U owners might not be getting highly anticipated titles such as Destiny and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but Activison is still supporting the system. The company has announced that it is bringing The Voice: I Want You to the system, which is sure to please fans. Here’s the description for the game which is due out October 21st.
- Select from chart-topping hits spanning Rock, R&B, Pop and Country!
- Impress the coaches and watch them compete for you to join their team.
- Learn tips and techniques to help improve your performances including breathing, singing runs and harmonizing in Voice Coach Mode.
- Grab 7 of your friends and sing your favorite songs in Party Mode!
The Voice video game brings all the excitement of the hit TV show to your living room. From the Blind Auditions, to the Battle Rounds, all the way to the Finale, experience the TV show with the ultimate goal of being named “The Voice.”
Activision has announced a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game is on the way for the Nintendo 3DS. The new side-scrolling action title will bridge the gap between the second and third seasons of the animation which currently airs on Nickelodeon. Developed by Shantae creator WayForward, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze will focus on speedy 2D combat in a “vast, interconnected, non-linear game world” and feature the 3D art direction seen in the animation.
The game will also feature all four turtles – Raphael, Leonardo, Michaelangelo and Donatello – where they can be freely swapped out at the player’s whim. You can check out the official word from Activision in the press release below. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger of the Ooze is due to launch on the Nintendo 3DS, as well as last generation consoles Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
The game quickly heats up as Shredder, Tiger Claw and a new army of mutants threaten the streets of New York, forcing Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo to take action into their own hands. The game’s distinguishing feature is its vast, interconnected, non-linear game world, which rewards exploration and creative thinking. Powers, upgrades and equipment scattered across New York and Dimension X opens up new environments to traverse, secrets to discover and bosses to battle.
All four Turtles can be swapped between freely throughout the adventure, and each has his own unique rhythm, with specialized stats, strengths and skills. Combat is fast-paced, emphasizing the gang’s martial arts prowess through attack and item combos, counters and finishers, but also provides tools for stealth-based approaches to avoid or tackle enemies.
Activision together with Webfoot Technologies have announced
that The Legend of Korra – a game based on the popular Nickelodeon TV show – will head to the Nintendo 3DS this year. The launch of the turn-based strategy game for the handheld will arrive alongside the console version this Autumn.
The console version developed by Bayonetta 2 studio Platinum Games, however, will be a third-person combat title written by Tim Hendrick, with the story taking place somewhere between The Legend of Korra’s second and third seasons. But while The Legend of Korra will be released on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3, there’s no mention of a Wii U version. Given that the aforementioned 3DS title is in the works, albeit with another studio, it’s an odd choice for Platinum Games and Activision. Hopefully we’ll hear more on the game in the coming weeks.
A Webfoot Technologies-developed turn-based strategy version of The Legend of Korra will also hit Nintendo 3DS this year. Where Platinum’s action game is all about fast-paced martial-art combat, the 3DS game will “focus on tactically maneuvering Korra and her allies on the battlefield.”
Activision chief executive Eric Hirshberg has explained during a conference call what will make this year’s Call of Duty stand out from previous iterations. Hirshberg explained that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the first in the series to benefit from a three-year development cycle. This has enabled the team to do more “do more experimentation, iteration, and creative thinking.”
Hirshberg explained that the team have altered gameplay elements with the inclusion of exoskeleton armour, which will enable the player to have more strength and also use the Titanfall inspired rocket boost. He concluded by saying that the developers have put more emphasis on story and character. The inclusion of actor Kevin Spacey reinforces this and Hisberg says that his part in the franchise is “soon to be iconic.”
Activision has revealed that the company initially wanted to team up with a company for the immensely popular Skylanders series, and they wanted that specific partner to be Nintendo. The company was surprised that Nintendo didn’t want to partner with them as they thought Nintendo would have been the perfect fit for the franchise.
“We had been directed towards thinking about something that would play well with Nintendo,” says Ford. “I think there was some co-marketing money and the Wii was doing well. They had some success with peripherals.”
“They spent a long time looking and looking,” says Reiche. “They were just like ‘we have never seen anything like this before.’ I’ve always wondered about the full meaning of that comment [laughs].” Although there was a limited co-marketing deal, Nintendo did not want to make a full commitment to Skylanders. “We have no idea why,” says Reiche. “Clearly, they have got properties well suited to this world. Why it is that they didn’t rush in here will probably haunt them for the rest of their days.”
“Reiche is still surprised that the entertainment giant which reacted most quickly was Disney, which launched Disney Infinity in 2013 and is looking to expand the franchise. “Nintendo could have kicked Disney’s ass,” says Reiche. “If I was running Nintendo I would have jumped on this.”