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Nintendo Book Hyrule Historia is Amazon’s Bestseller

Nintendo is releasing a 279-page book that will be published by Dark Horse Books, that will tell the history of the Legend of Zelda. Called Hyrule Historia, the hardcover is scheduled to be released tomorrow (January 29th) in various online retailers and anywhere books are sold.

But the biggest online retailer of them all, Amazon, has listed Hyrule Historia as the top bestseller. The book has been in the top 100 for the past 93 days, but within the last couple of hours, it has earned the top spot.

In the UK, it’s a few notches down, and currently stands at number five; however, it is climbing fast. So don’t be surprised if it takes the top spot soon.

The suggested price is $34.99, but right now Amazon has slashed the price to a little over $19, which is 44% off, so it might be worth a pickup right now. If you’re interested in the contents, after the jump, we have breakdown on how many pages each game gets. (more…)

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Wii U’s Virtual Console Games Incompatible With Original Wii Saves

When the Virtual Console is fully functional on the Nintendo Wii U, players who purchased the retro games on the online service using the original Wii, will be able to re-download them at no additional cost, Kotaku has learned. That’s the good news.

The bad news is if they had a save point in their original purchase, they won’t be able to export that to the Wii U. So basically they’ll be forced to start over, which may or may not be an enormous issue, depending on the old-school game.

This doesn’t come as a shocker since their isn’t a cloud service for the Wii. On top of that, the Wii U’s VC games is updated slightly from the Wii version. One of the bigger changes is the ability to customize the button layout for each individual game. Players can also change the button mapping for any of the controllers they wish to use, including the Wii U Gamepad, Pro Controller or the WiiMote.

 

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Rumor: Disney Shutting Down Epic Mickey Developer

It seems that Disney is shutting down Warren Spector’s Junction Point studio. The source of the closer comes from a single tweet from the official twitter page of developer Roberts Space Industries, an Austin based studio, who’s studio is down the road from Junction Point. “Second 21 gun salute for a studio in 7 days. Fare-the-well Junction Point! We hope that you all find new studios soon!”, the tweet reads.

The last game developed by Junction Point was Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. Much like the first installment of the series, the game revolves around Mickey Mouse and many of the classic and retired Disney characters. Even though the game’s playable character is the worlds most famous mouse, the game was a financial failure. (more…)

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Report: China Considering Lifting Ban on Game Consoles

The China Daily is reporting that the People’s Republic of China is considering lifting a 13-year ban on video-game consoles. Apparently, back in November, the PlayStation 3 received a certification from the Chinese safety standards. Rewind to 2000, and the government established the ban because according to their own research, it would jeopardize the mental stability of children’s minds. (more…)

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Boston Globe Reports on Sexism in Gaming Development

If you are a woman in the industry, there are all these little signals that you are not part of the club, that this is not your tribe. After time, it wears you down.

This was a disturbing quote in a interesting Boston Globe article yesterday, by a female game developer, who happens to also be the cofounder of a gaming studio called Green Door Labds. Marleigh Norton is her name, and she went on record with the Globe talking about some of her experiences as a female in the heart of the gaming community. And clearly, it’s not all pleasant. (more…)

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Rumor: Epic Mickey 2 Being Developed for Wii U

While a sequel to Junction Point’s 2010 game Epic Mickey has yet to be officially announced, there has been some hard hitting evidence that one is on its way.

Today, Internet guru Superannuation tweeted that he has some inside information that suggests not only new installment is coming, but also will be supported by the Wii U. (more…)

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Once Again, Fans Can Vote for Madden ’13 Cover, 64 Players to Choose From

Last year, EA held an Internet poll on who should grace the cover of Madden ’12. The publisher made sure every team was represented with a player, though that hardly meant it was the team’s superstar. In fact many people, including myself, wondered why some of the players had a real opportunity of being a cover athlete.

Apparently, EA found the voting a success because not only are they repeating it once again, but they’re doubling the amount of players who fans can decide on. (more…)

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EA Laysoff Employees in Vancouver

A report from IndustryGamers has confirmed that Electronic Arts is laying-off a small number of employees from their Vancouver offices. According to the EA, the small round off pink slips is due to a “transformation” of EA Canada and Black Box (Need for Speed: The Run). (more…)

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Olly Moss Super Mario Poster

One of /film‘s favorite artists Olly Moss, imagined the Japanese Mario poster above. Titled: スーパーマリオ (Super Mario), the imagine depicts Princess Peach being stalked by the famed plumber’s arch-nemesis Bowser.

On a side-note, I would personally display the red version of this poster; it just gives off this uneasy sinister feel.

As of now, you can’t purchase the pictures but when (or if) you can, I’ll let you know.

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Ex-Baseball Star Curt Schilling Lets His Kids Play Violent Games

Former Red Sox pitcher and video game entrepreneur Curt Schilling stopped by a Boston radio station, 98.5 The Sports Hub, to chat about the Super Bowl, and to also promote his first game Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning.

The show, Felger and Mazz, was being broadcasted live from Indianapolis, home of Super Bowl XLVI. During the chat, one of the two hosts, Micheal Felger, asked Schilling that since his upcoming role-playing game was considered violent, would he allow his younger children play the game. (more…)

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