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Dragon Quest II Uploaded Onto iOS and Google Play Stores

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Today, Square Enix has released an iOS and Android version of Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line, also known as Dragon Warrior here in the US, when it was first released in 1990 for the NES.

 

The publisher did a overhaul with the mobile version, offering simpler controls so players can play one handed. The opened-world RPG can now be played vertical, while the control scheme promises to be “simple and intuitive.” Kinda sounds like Apple marketing, huh?

 

Unlike many apps & games on mobile platforms, Square Enix has completely eliminated that concept for this release. Players just need to spend the initial price of $4.99, and that’s it. No extra dollar for a special weapon or to continue playing.

 

While the press didn’t get review copies, users gave started to voice their opinion on the iOS App Store, and so far it’s been positive. While it’s not many reviews, the mobile version of the classic retro game is currently receiving a five out of five rating.

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Conan’s Andy Richter Spoofs Skyrim

Imagine that! Conan O’Brien still has a late-night show on TBS and apparently they did a skit of his side-kick, Andy Richter, admitting he did all the voice-work in the popular role-playing game Skyrim.

After the jump, check out some of his improve he did during gameplay. Some of it is funny, and some…fails at getting laughter. (more…)

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E3 2011: Nintendo Announces a Couple Zelda eShop games

 

The Legend of Zelda turns 25 this year, and Nintendo is going to celebrate it in a big way. During their yearly press conference at E3, the company promised a few extra Zelda goodies, along with the already announced Ocarina of Time remake for the 3DS and the new Skyward Sword0 for the Wii.

A little later today, the Game Boy Color version of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening will purchasable on the eShop, Then in short time, The Legend of Zelda: The Four Swords will obtainable on the eShop for free.

So in total, Nintendo plans on releasing four versions of Zelda, never before playable on any of the systems. It’s not a bad way to get fans hungry for the new titles, and maybe earn some more along the way.

Not a move Nintendo…

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E3 2011: Star Wars: The Old Republic Trailer

Bioware has just released their E3 trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic, and boy oh boy does it look fantastic. The video reveals many of the lush worlds you’ll explore, a tease of the endless amount and types of battles you’ll fight, the unique cinematic storytelling you’ll experience, some of the characters you’ll come across, and more — oh my!

Could this be the great Star Wars MMORPG, something we were hoping with Star Wars Galaxies? By the judge of the trailer, the answer is hinting towards resounding yes!

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3DS Update Starts Tomorrow

Starting on June 6, Nintendo will finally release the long-awaited update for the 3DS.

The new firmware will allow owners of the portable system to access the Nintendo eShop, a virtual shopping center which will sell original 3D games and even some classic titles, which will also have a third-dimention twist.

To celebrate the launch, Nintendo be giving away a free 3D remastered version of the classic NES title Excitebike. The retro game will be available on June 6, and gamers will be able to download it for free until July 7. (more…)

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Fallout New Vegas Achievements Revealed

In a little more then a month-and-a-half, Fallout New Vegas will be available. With almost every game that is released, the achievements/trophies have been leaked early. If you’re an achievement whore, or a person who is so obsessed with the Fallout series and needs to know every little thing about each game, check them out after the jump.

There are over 50 achievements in total and if the player gets everyone on Xbox, they will ad 1000 points to their Gamerscore…yay.

Fallout New Vegas will be released on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. (more…)

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Golden Sun: The Dark Dawn Dated for November 29th

The last time anyone played a Golden Sun game, it was on the Game Boy Advance. Then last year, Nintendo announced that a brand new game was going to be introduced to the series for the Nintendo DS called, Golden Sun: The Dark Dawn.

Today, the company confirmed that the role-playing game will be in stores on November 29th, just time for the holidays. According to the Gamestop website, The Dark Dawn will cost $34.99 when it’s released.

My guess is that Golden Sun: The Dark Dawn will be one of the last great titles for the Nintendo DS, before the 3DS is released probably within the year.

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Gearbox to have Surprises at PAX

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Gearbox Software has confirmed that they will be hosting their own panel during the gaming convention PAX, in Seattle. If attendees read the PAX schedule, they’ll find that Gearbox is ready to unveil some new surprises.

Jump in for juicy exclusives, surprising disclosures, unbelievable scoops and behind the scenes access on what Gearbox is up to – straight from the source,” reads the description on the PAX schedule. “Have a first hand look at live presentations and never before seen footage of upcoming Gearbox releases!

One of the biggest surprise hits in gaming this year had to be Gearbox’s Borderlands. The studio has revealed that they plan to release new content for the first-person-shooter/RPG. It’s also been known that Aliens: Colonial Marines, based on the Aliens film franchise, is being developed by Gearbox as we speak. So I’m assuming some of these announcements, along with footage will be addressed. However, there have been numerous rumors about the company working on a possible Duke Nukem title, and some have speculated that they’re finishing up the long awaited Duke Nukem Forever.

While I doubt they’re finishing up Forever, I certainly think they have been working on a Duke Nukem game. About two years ago, we were the first to report that Gearbox was indeed working on some kind of Duke Nukem game. At the same time, websites were speculating that the studio was secretly working on a Halo title, which we now know is false. But our source — who was inside Gearbox — said they were indeed working on a Duke Nukem title.

Could we finally see a new Duke Nukem title announced during PAX? God I hope so…

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Why the PC Version of Final Fantasy XIV Ships First

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Final Fantasy XIV is going to have some fantastic features. So much so, that Square-Enix has confirmed that the PlayStation 3 has hit some developmental snags because of the size of the game. Because of that, the game’s producer Hiromichi Tanaka, has reasoned why there will be a six month gap between the PC release and the PlayStation.

Come this September, gamers can by the 14th installment of the famed franchise, while PS3 owners have to wait until March 2011. “The main reason was the memory,” Tanaka told VG24 through a translator. “On the PC, they have enormous memory. For PS3, there’s a restriction.”

Although he didn’t detail what he meant by memory because that could range anywhere from RAM to the HDD, he did say the studio is working diligently to resolve the problem.

They are adjusting the memory size and customizing it; it took longer then we were expecting,” he explained. “But we’re really working hard to bring it out as soon as possible.”

I find it intriguing that the company is going to launch the PC version of the game first, and wait for the PlayStation 3 to arrive months later. I understand Square-Enix looks at how well the PC market responds to an MMO, especially when compared to the consoles. However, this title is a little different. Unlike say, World of Warcraft, which the franchise already had an established PC fan-base and was one of the pivotal reason for its success, Final Fantasy doesn’t have that luxury. I just think by the time the game arrives next year for the PlayStation 3, the hype, however large that is, will be gone.

This makes me wonder what the future of gaming is going to be like. Both Sony and Microsoft have stated that they want this generation of systems to run longer than ever before. If that happens, and all the signs are pointing to that it will, will games start to appear on the PC first because the developer’s imagination will exceed the limitations of home consoles? It appears that this specific gap between the PC and PS3 version could be the start of something.

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DeathSpank Gets a Sequel Two Months Later

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Like most gamers, I find an annual sequel a little too quick for certain games, but apparently Hothead Games, the makers of the Xbox Live title DeathSpank, feels it’s too long.

The company has just sent out a press release for the sequel to DeathSpank, DeathSank: Thongs of Virtue. That’s right, two months after the acclaimed action-role-playing game was released on both Xbox Live and PSN, the developers are ready to release its sequel. Talk about milking something.

The game, which is scheduled to come out on September 21, is promised to center “on DeathSpank’s journey through a massive war-torn land; explore the North Pole and the high seas to locate six mystical thongs to bring peace and harmony to the universe.”

A long time ago, nine mystical thongs were planned to bring balance and harmony to the universe, but when marketing got in the way, only six thongs were produced, and the result was disastrous. Granting great power to those who wear them, the thongs corrupted all those they touched–except DeathSpank. DeathSpank must find all six thongs and destroy them once and for all.”

Even with the development of only three months, the studio says it will be “Bigger, longer and harder,” when compared to the original.  “We’re taking action RPG fundamentals and adding loads of new creatures, environments, weapons and characters, while continuing to push the envelope with our signature humor,” says Hothead director Vlad Ceraldi.

DeathSpank: Thongs of Virtue will cost $14.99 on PSN and 1200 MS Points.

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