Sony has announced that Playstation 4, will be its next generation console and will release in time for holiday season. Sony plans to show the console fully at E3 2013 in June. The console will release alongside a new controller, the DualShock 4, which features a touch pad, share button plus the other standard buttons available on previous versions.
Playstation 4 intends to break the barrier of social gaming by allowing a player who may be stuck in a certain part of a game to send that particular point in the game to their friends so they may take control of the game and help complete that certain portion. Sony claims this is a first for a gaming console. Another feature is the ability to start playing a game which is still downloading after having bought it from the PS Store. Sony wants the player to be able to delve into a game without setting aside any waiting time for the game to finish downloading.
Games such as Killzone: Shadow Fall, Watch Dogs, and Final Fantasy are also planned for Playstation 4 with plenty more to be shown at E3. EB Games has also provided a preorder page on their site which you can check out here!
What are your thoughts about Playstation 4?
Members of discussion site Reddit have confirmed that Fire Emblem: Awakening preorders are available to be picked up in North America, especially in Canada, where the official street date of February 4th seems to be broken. Those who preordered the highly anticipated strategy game from GameStop should also be able to pick up their eight page art book which details certain characters from the 3DS title. Fire Emblem: Awakening will be released in Australia and Europe during April. Let us know if the street date for Fire Emblem: Awakening has been broken in your local area!
EB Games Australia is holding an exclusive gaming expo in Sydney from October 5th to the 7th which will showcase some of the industry’s top anticipated titles available to try out as a demo. EB Games Australia has announced via Facebook that Wii U will be heading to the expo as well and will be available to test for yourself Nintendo’s upcoming console. The voice of Mario, Charles Martinet will also be making an appearance which is very exciting.
If you would like to attend the EB expo click here to purchase tickets!
GameSpot Australia has confirmed on Twitter that after only just over a month of being under administration, GAME stores in Australia will close around the country. It is a sad day for the gaming industry in Australia as GAME was a major competitor against stores such as EB Games and Gametraders. 16 stores are confirmed to close today with the rest to pack up soon. We’ll update you with all the details when they come later on in the day.
Update: Here’s what GAME administrator PriceWaterhouseCoopers had to say about this unfortunate situation. You can read the full story here.
“In the interests of creditors, the 31 remaining Game stores are to be closed over the coming weeks and a final closing down sale has commenced with discounts of up to 60 percent available in-store and online,” administrator Kate Warwick said in a statement.
“This is a difficult time for employees and closing the stores was not a decision we made easily. Despite exploring available opportunities for continued trading, the ongoing trading performance and absence of viable offers for the purchase of the business has resulted in these closures.”
Someone over at Game FAQ’s has noticed in an EB Games store about a listing for a midnight purple 3DS being released in sync with Mario Tennis Open. Nintendo has shown off this 3DS at E3 when the console was first announced yet that was the farthest it was ever shown to being real. Remember Nintendo has not confirmed this so don’t fully put your faith in this news yet.
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A few days ago a rumour surfaced that Donkey Kong 3D would be coming to the Nintendo 3DS based on an image taken in an EB Games store. Well both EB Games and GameStop have come out and killed these rumours stating that the boxes in the image above were never official and the game is not stored on their computers for people to preorder.
Here’s their statement:
“The displays were not supplied by Nintendo and have been taken down. It’s definitely not in the system in the U.S. I’m sure it’s not elsewhere, either, but I can’t confirm that.”
- GameStop representative
Well this is interesting news if it so happens to be true. A forum member over at DKVine is stating that EB Games is taking in preorders for a brand new Donkey Kong 3DS game. The picture above shows that the preorder box appears right next to Super Smash Bros 3DS and below Kid Icarus: Uprising which could make it legitimate. Hopefully E3 in June confirms this as a reality.
Here’s a picture of the receipt to prove that the street date has been broken. Target are the interrogators in this case as they have started releasing copies of Mario Kart 7 to the public. What a way to ruin such an awesome set up for a perfect worldwide release date. Japan are receiving the game today, Europe can pick it up tomorrow, we in Australia were supposed to wait two days to start selling it, and North America only have to wait till Sunday. But Target could not wait that long could they? They have spoiled it and Nintendo are seriously not going to be excited to hear this. Apparently EB Games got away with selling a few but the EB national office have told them to wait. There still may be a chain reaction by tomorrow if the past has anything to say about it.
Aussies can now pick up their copies of Zelda: Skyward Sword after GAME started calling those who preordered the game that it was available now. I also received the call since I’d ordered through GAME. After they heard about GAME’s sly move, EB Games and JB Hi Fi also started sending out texts to their customers who had preordered saying they could pick up their much awaited game now.
I assume GAME are doing this because of Gametraders selling imported copies of Skyward Sword already but I think it’s interesting that the street date didn’t become busted earlier like on Monday. Either way I’m sure everyone except Nintendo are happy about this.
It all started on Friday with Gametraders starting to sell imported copies and now EB Games for the second time has decided, like they did with Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, to do the ask and receive method again. This means you go into an EB Games store, ask for the game and they will allow you to purchase the game, no questions asked. I have confirmation that GAME also is giving out the game already after receiving a call saying I could pick up my preorder. I will be calling to find out if I can pick up Zelda: Skyward Sword at the same time so it saves me a trip but I’d expect them to say there’s no problem with it. Anyway, the picture above shows the proof that you can buy Super Mario 3D Land now. So what are you waiting for?