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Lord of The Rings Ships As Demo Copy?

ETA: It turns out that it was a labeling error. Oops. Read the full press release below:

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is recalling a small number of LEGO The Lord of the Rings video games that were released for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft to Walmart, Target and Toys ‘R’ Us in the United States with a disc labeling error. The discs in question are incorrectly labeled as demo discs, but those discs do contain the full game content and are fully functional. This error does not affect any other formats of the game. We are in the process of remanufacturing the discs and will get them to the stores as soon as possible.

Consumers who purchased a copy of the Xbox 360 version of the game with the disc labeling error can contact customer support via email at support@wbgames.com or phone at 410-568-3680 for a replacement disc. 

ORIGINAL STORY: It’s been reported along the gaming grapevine in the US that the new LEGO Lord of The Rings game released for the XBox 360 console was faulty.

Well, the disc played. That’s all well and good. But upon the opening of the box, some gamers were shocked to find a DEMO DISC inside the case and not a full copy of the game. Of course, this left both Warner Bros and TT Games with egg on their faces. It appears that this error only extends to the XBox 360 version of the game and not the 3DS, PC or PS3 versions. At least there has been no reports of those platforms of this time.

Of course, this is a very expensive mistake to make especially to those buyers purchasing the game as a Christmas gift. So please- if you live in the US and you’re buying an XBox 360 version of the game, check the disc before you leave the shop. Warner Bros have said that those who have found this disc inside their case to contact their customer service team for help.

Walking Dead Collectors Edition Revealed

If you’ve been following my very patchy coverage on Telltale Games’ version of the TV series ‘The Walking Dead’, you’ll remember that I’m a very big zombie game fan and I like to shoot/slash/hack/chop/obliterate the damned mouldering blighters (delete as necessary). If you’ve never played any of the games, then I would say that you’ve missed out on one of the most interesting zombie RPG games that I’ve seen on a console for quite a while.

It’s almost like a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ game where your choices make for some interesting plot twists and the style of the game is almost like a digital comic book. This of course makes sense, as the original story is a comic book that evolved into both a really great TV series and a really great video game series. Originally available on XBox Live and Sony Online, and now Telltale is releasing both the box sets for the basic and Collector’s Editions so you can own all the game in one convenient package.

 

At this point, it appears that the CE is only available in the US and through the retailer GameStop- but if you’re still interested here’s what you get:

  • Extremely Limited for PRE-Order only, MSRP $69.99 USD.
  • The Walking Dead Compendium One featuring exclusive art by Charlie Adler (who’s been the series artist since 2004.)
  • The 48 issues of the award-winning comic book by Robert Kirkman.
  • An awesome box featuring more artwork by Charlie Adler.
  • And of course the game discs featuring all the episodes (1-5) from Season One.

There’s no news as to whether this premium boxset will be released outside of the US at this point, but I’m certainly keeping my fingers crossed for it. If you’re interested in it and it’s something that whets your appetite for zombie slaying- then don’t walk…RUN! 

 

Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth

If you’re after a new super-hero style game to play and you’re also a Marvel fan, this is certainly a game for you.  Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth is the ultimate super hero brawler set in authentic comic book-style art environments base on the iconic Secret Invasion storyline. Battle for Earth provides endless entertainment through a variety of gameplay modes including co-op, campaign, arcade, challenges, versus and and tournament. Fans will enjoy embodying their favourite Marvel super heroes or villains within the game including Avengers Captain America, The Hulk, Iron Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Loki.

Developed by Ubisoft, Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth will be released on both Kinect for XBox 360 and Nintendo Wii U for this upcoming seasonal period.

As of yesterday, they revealed the full lineup of Super Heroes and Super Villains for Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth and key art created by Marvel comics artist Stefano Caselli.

Fans of the Avengers and Marvel Comics will get to play as 20 different characters including:

  • Black Widow
  • Captain America
  • Doctor Doom
  • Dr. Strange
  • Hawkeye
  • Human Torch
  • Iceman
  • Iron Man
  • Loki
  • Magneto
  • Phoenix
  • Queen Veranke
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Spider Man
  • Storm
  • Super Skrull
  • The Hulk
  • Thor
  • Venom
  • Wolverine

 

Factory Fire In Japanese Nintendo Factory

News has broken out that a fire that was started in one of it’s Japanese factories will not hinder production of the Wii U console that is due out next month.

The company states that the incident has slowed production but will not affect the number of units shipped for the launch between November 18th in the US and November 30th in Europe. A stop on production for the Wii U would have been a devestating blow to Nintendo, as some retailers are already sold out on stock even before the release date.

Hopefully, no one was injured in the fire and Nintendo haven’t suffered too bad. Bring on the Wii U!

Cris Velasco Scores ZombiU Soundtrack

BAFTA award-winning composer Cris Velasco has been announced that he is scoring the soundtrack for Nintendo’s up-and-coming zombie thriller, ZombiU. It will be released with the new Nintendo WiiU console towards the end of the year.

Cris Velasco, (if you didn’t know who he was) is the same guy who worked on the soundtracks for Borderlands 2, Mass Effect 3 and the God of War franchise.  He also worked on the soundtrack for Hellgate: London, which is a favourite game of mine. According to the press release,  the soundtrack will be dark and twisted to fit the genre of the game.

“To immerse players in the zombie apocalypse setting and intense first-person experience of ZombiU, Cris Velasco composed a visceral hybrid action score featuring the raw sounds of detuned toys and instruments, carnival organs, distorted guitars, and haunting ambient textures, contrasted with the intimate emotion of piano and string quintet compositions.”

Sounds pretty cool, and I for one am looking forward to it.

Wii U Already Sold Out?

According to news, if you’re in the US and looking forward to getting your hands on a next-gen Nintendo Wii U console- you might be out of luck fellow gamers. It appears that up and down the country, pre-orders seem to be selling out both online and in store. This of course, reminds me of the same quantity issues that were felt with customers when it came to purchasing the original Wii console.

The Deluxe or Premium bundle seems to be higher in demand that the Basic white bundle, but both are low in stock. The only retailer that appears to have much stock at all is Wal-Mart and they’ll sell you one for about $350 upwards. Which I think is really a bit evil of them, but would we really expect anything else from them?

As I live in the UK, I’ve not heard anything about any pre-order or quantity issues but I am sure that it will be as popular here as it is across the pond in America. Time will tell, but if we have the same issue it looks like I might be joining the queue and waiting for a console until next year :(

Nintendo Unveils TVii Service

If you’re a gamer in North America and you’re planning on buying the new Nintendo Wii U console, you’ll have something else to look forward to other than the games.

The new application, which will be found in the main menu of the console- is called TVii and is a step forward by Nintendo in an attempt to take over the living room. This area of the home, previously dominated by the Microsoft Xbox 360 console, is aiming to consolidate all of your cable, Netflix, Hulu, etc streams in one place so you can just open the app and start up whatever you wanted to watch. The new system is being fully supported by all major cable companies such as Time Warner and Verizon. It will also include an interactive part of the app, where you can post to your social media feeds such as Twitter and Facebook.

This is the most ambitious application that Nintendo have created to date, and it’s free- so no subscription fee. Sadly, as of this point it’s only going to be available in North America- but no Mexico. Hopefully this service will be available worldwide before too long.

Wii U Release Titles

Just a short and sweet post to let you guys know what titles are up for release with the Wii U, and which ones will be following soon behind it. Nintendo are spoiling us with so much choice!

Confirmed Launch Games

  • Super Mario Bros U
  • Nintendo Land
  • ZombiU
  • Rayman Legends
  • FIFA 13
  • Darksiders 2
  • Mass Effect 3
  • Call Of Duty: Black Ops II

Launch Window Games (release window ends March 2013)

  • Game & Wario
  • LEGO City: Underground
  • NINJA GAIDEN 3: Razor’s Edge
  • Pikmin 3
  • SiNG PARTY
  • The Wonderful 101
  • Wii Fit U
  • Wipeout 3
  • 007 Legends
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Batman: Arkham City Armoured Edition
  • Ben 10 Omniverse
  • Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2012
  • Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
  • Family Party: 30 Great Games Obstacle Arcade
  • Frozenbyte
  • Game Party Champions
  • JEOPARDY!
  • Jett Tailfin
  • Just Dance 4
  • Madden NFL 13
  • Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
  • Nano Assault Neo
  • NBA 2K13
  • Rabbids Land
  • Rapala Pro Bass Fishing
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • Runner2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Sports Connection
  • TANK! TANK! TANK!
  • TEKKEN TAG TOURNAMENT 2 Wii U Edition
  • Toki Tori 2
  • TRANSFORMERS PRIME
  • Trine 2: Director’s Cut
  • Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
  • Zumba Fitness Core

Nintendo Wii U Pricing

So, the inevitable has finally happened. No, no I don’t mean that it’s now raining money or Hell finally froze over.

The one thing myself and many of you out there had finally been waiting on has happened. The Japanese fun guys over at Nintendo HQ were kind enough to finally put us out of our misery. That soul-crushing, sleep-interrupting misery about the Wii U. Okay, so maybe you didn’t lose sleep over it. But nevertheless, wait no longer as I finally have the information for you.

The Nintendo Wii U will be released on November 18th in the United States, November 30th in Europe and December 8th in Japan. I’m a little disappointed about the staggered release dates, but it’s sad to say that you might be waiting for a review of the console from me- I doubt I will be able to get my hands on one until after the Christmas rush. It’ll be a treat to myself for managing to survive the Holiday season another year 😉

There will be two bundles or versions of the console. The Basic white version comes with 8GB memory, a white Wii U stylus, sensor bar and one GamePad for $299.99/£210 and the Deluxe black version comes with 32GB memory, black stylus, sensor bar, charging stand, play stand, upright stand, GamePad and if you live in NA/EU- you’ll also get Nintendo Land tossed in too. That package comes in at the slightly more expensive price of $349.99/£250.

Good news for the Europeans though, there will be a separate limited-edition bundle released that includes the Deluxe bundle and ZombiU. This has no price at this time, but speculators are placing bets for a retail price around £300. In a time of austerity, does this mean that a lot of families out there will be scrimping and saving this Christmas to buy their loved ones this new console? It’s certainly a lot more expensive than the original Wii console, which originally retailed around £180 when first released.

There is some gold at the end of the rainbow though- the old Wii Remotes can be used with the Wii U console, as well as the Nunchuks. And if you can’t afford the Deluxe version of the console, it’s been said that the 8GB will be upgradable via the addition of personal USB thumb drives and HDD. So, this is certainly a plus. Since games and downloaded content will be able to be transferred from the Wii to the Wii U- the good old faithful SD card slot will be back in action once again. (Note to self: move all games off the system to a SD card…)

I’ve got a kicker for you though. If you want another GamePad for your shiny new Wii U- it’ll set you back about $170/£100. Yikes. The new console can support up to two GamePads, and not four like the original Wii. But like I said, you can use your Wii Remotes instead. One thing I am looking forward to with the new GamePad is the deal that Nintendo is bringing back the rumble. I love to feel the rumble on a gaming pad, I love it with my XBox 360 and I miss it from the days of the GameCube. The pad will also have a built in camera and microphone for video chat. Do I smell a possible Skype interaction over the Wii U?

Sad times. The Wii U, unlike the Wii will not be compatible with that lovely library of GameCube titles you have gathering dust. Just the normal Wii titles. That means, you might have to hang tight to your old beleagued console to play amazing games like Super Mario Sunshine or Luigi’s Mansion. As I mentioned before, all content recently purchased from the Wii Store will be transferrable to your new console via the SD card. Hopefully that means we might start seeing GameCube games appearing on the store soon with the lack of support for the much-loved console.

Still interested? Oh me too! I’m not known as the Nintendo Geek round these parts for nothing 😉

Jumping The Gun On Release Dates

I walk past a gaming store every day on my way to work and the other day I had to do a double take. There is a poster in the window of the store and it states as gospel that the Wii U will be coming this Christmas.

Now, I am wondering if gaming stores are actually allowed to do this when the general public doesn’t actually know when the release date is? There’s been no actual press statement from Nintendo quoting this as truth and to me it just seems like false information and building the public up for something that might not actually happen. At this point in time, it’s just assumed that the console will be released at Christmas. The Nintendo Wii is coming to the end of it’s natural life cycle, gaming houses are running out of ideas and so many more fresh, new games are coming out for the Wii U instead.

Even Nintendo itself seems to be focusing more on the Wii U rather than the original Wii console. With the promotion of staple house games- such as Super Mario Bros, Pikmin and Zelda already being rolled out by the Big N- it’s almost certain that the console is looking for a release to the general public, and soon. But like always, Nintendo is keeping the date very close to their chest until their major press conference on September 13th in New York City. Maybe at that point, we shall actually know for certain the date of the fabled machine.

A Christmas release for Nintendo would spell nothing but financial lottery for the company. With the Wii U, they beat out both the Microsoft XBox 360 and the Sony Playstation 3 for the bulk of the public sales. They jumped the gun and beat the other companies to the punch with the motion control hardware- which without the Wii would seriously have been nothing special. They tapped into the previously-unclaimed social market with this console, enabling groups of people such as schools and retirement homes to play games like bowling and tennis. Can Nintendo do this again or are they going to attempt to climb the ladder of gaming once again? Aiming for the dizzying heights of console gaming?

Who knows? Watch this space and let’s see what Nintendo says…