Welcome back gamers, another week is down, and furthermore we made it through another month. News has been ramping up for the summer months, and reflect on the months that have passed. Let’s take a look back and see what’s happened.
Nintendo released finanicial reports for Q1 of 2012, and the game industry veteran showed a loss. The Japanese based publisher reported its full year financial report for the period ending March 31, 2012. Recording a ¥43 billion (£328.7m/$531.1m) net loss despite ¥647 (£4.925bn/$7.976bn) billion in sales, this makes sales down 36.2 percent from the year prior. Despite the promising 13.53 million 3DS units sold, there was a weak performance in software over the holiday season. Looking forward, Nintendo is optimistic with titles that currently development. Currently, New Super Mario Bros. 2 is expected to be a top performer, along with Animal Crossing 3D and a new Brain Age title. Lastly, the next reporting period will also include the first three months of the Wii U which is Nintendo’s next generation console.
Madden 13 will be lacking a feature that was originally promised for Playstation versions. Sony had planned to allow players to transfer data between their PS3 and their Playstation Vita. EA had to renege on having this feature stating earlier that the franchise mode on the PlayStation 3 version of Madden was “too crazy to bring to the Vita at the moment.” There are plans to utilize the touch controls on the Vita featuring swiping the back touch for pocket avoidance moves, drawing hot routes from the line, and using the Vita’s Six-axis tilt to angle kicks. This could impact the performance of the Madden franchise on the Playstation consoles, however this does put it on a level playing field with other consoles.
Batman: Arkham City Game Of The Year Edition has been announced and will be on shelves May 29, complete with DLC Harley Quinn’s Revenge. Kirsty goes to into full details of the game in her article. Harley Quinn’s Revenge will take players back to the city of Gotham from the perspective of Batman and Robin. In doing so, the strengths of both heroes must be used to investigate Harley’s plan and shut the gates on the urban mega-prison forever. In addition to experiencing a new storyline, fans can explore new environments and face-off against Harley’s all new gang of thugs. Batman Arkham City GOTY will be available on Xbox 360 and Playstation 3.
Ubisoft confirmed that Rayman Legends is in the works after an internal video was leaked. In a statement to DigitalSpy, “An internal video showing images of Rayman Origins‘ sequel has leaked over the Internet. “This video was intended as a purely internal demonstrative video, and in NO way represents the final game, the final console or their features. This video was destined for internal production teams who often create game prototypes with work in progress development kits. Ubisoft confirms the development of Rayman Legends handled by Michel Ancel and his team in Montpellier.” A sequel to Rayman Origins has been rumored in the past few weeks, and will be feature new environments and characters. There is no additional news regarding the game’s release.