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Tekken Revolution Free-to-Play PS3-Exclusive PSN Game Announced. Is It A Card Game Or Fighter?

Tekken Revolution Artwork

A free-to-play SOMETHING Tekken game for PSN.

Tekken Revolution is coming exclusively for PlayStation Network on PS3 on Tuesday, June 11th, 2013.

The game was revealed via a GameSpot trailer, and although no actual gameplay footage was shown, we did get to see video of Tekken characters Paul, Bryan, Kazuya and Lars, which means they will be in the game.

What we don’t know is what exactly the game is. Is it a fighting game? Or could it be the Japanese Mobile Game Tekken Card Tournament TCG (Trading Card Game). This is a digital TCG free-to-play competitive card game that has yet to make it to the West.

It makes more sense that Tekken Revolution is the American version of that mobile card game but for a console… We’ll find out soon!

Tekken Revolution Gameplay Screenshot King vs Jack

Looks like… Tekken!

Update:
It is indeed a fighting game and not a card game (or so it seems), a fighter in which players are able to level-up their characters (a first for the Tekken series) and increase key attributes including Strength, Endurance and Vigor, as they win matches against the AI in Arcade Mode, or against human opponents in Online Ranked and Player matches. New “Special Arts” and “Critical Arts” moves have been added, and players start the game with a core group of eight iconic Tekken characters, including: King, Paul, Lili, Marshall, Asuka, Steve, Alisa, and Lars. Although more characters can be seen fighting in the footage, such as Jack. Additionally the game seems to have a new graphical outline style similar to what’s been seen before in other recent fighters.

One assumes that more characters unlock after you defeat a certain number of opponents or the like. Also while the game is free-to-play, there is no mention of whether or not players will have to pay microtransactions to unlock certain new items, equipment, clothing, characters, or the like. But the fact that they are saying it’s “free-to-play” is… interesting. Could the aforementioned Card Game be included as part of this package? We’ll have to wait and see.

Here is the official Tekken Revolution Press Release:

Crafted by NAMCO BANDAI Games’ internal TEKKEN development team, TEKKEN REVOLUTION provides fighting game fans and newcomers alike the hard-hitting gameplay of the famed franchise. Choose from an initial cast of eight iconic TEKKEN characters to train and battle against AI opponents in Arcade Mode or take on fearsome human rivals spanning the globe through online Ranked and Player Matches. The game also features new bone-crunching Special Arts and Critical Arts moves designed to help newcomers deliver hard-hitting attacks and advanced players to employ new strategies with their favorite fighters. For the first time in TEKKEN history players will be able to level-up their characters, increasing three key attributes; Strength, Endurance and Vigor, to create a combatant tuned to individual play styles. Develop a defensive tank character with high HP to withstand knockout blows while offense focused players can create a damage-inflicting character with low health but high critical hit rates to devastate opponents with a flurry of attacks.

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Capcom Arcade Cabinet Complete Collection Includes 17 Retro Games In One Digital Bundle (XBLA, PSN) For $30

Capcom Arcade Cabinet 30th Anniversary LogoIf you haven’t been following the retro releases for the Capcom Arcade Cabinet, you’ll be happy to know that Capcom has released a new collection bundle that includes all 17 of the games that have been released for the Capcom Arcade Cabinet so far.

When you purchase the bundle which cost $30 ($29.99/€29.99/£23.99/2000MSP), you’ll get the following:

1. Black Tiger
2. Avengers
3. 1943: The Battle of Midway
4. Ghosts n Goblins
5. Gun.Smoke
6. Section Z
7. Side Arms
8. Legendary Wings
9. Trojan
10. Commando
11. The Speed Rumbler
12. Exed Exes (Savage Bees)
13. 1942
14. SonSon
15. Pirate Ship Higemaru
16. 1943 Kai
17. Vulgus

Cool stuff! I’ve never played virtually any of these classic titles. I definitely gotta get on that eventually.

 

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Castle of illusion Featuring Mickey Mouse Remake Hits This Summer 2013 (XBLA, PSN, Steam). Remaster of the Genesis Classic

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse Nutcracker Level Gameplay Screenshot of Genesis Original

Classic is classic.

A Castle of Illusion: Starring Mickey Mouse remake has been announced for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC via Steam. The remaster will hit this Summer! This is an exciting development, especially considering that we’re also getting DuckTales Remastered this summer too! Both of these games are classic Disney videogame masterpieces, so it is absolutely awesome to see them getting revived.

Sega will be publishing with Sega Studios Australia set as the developer. The game will be completely remastered from the ground up, including stunning new graphics and visual effects, and all-new gameplay mechanics that update the game for the modern era but will remain faithful to the original; As players step into the big black shoes of Mickey Mouse himself on a quest to save Minnie Mouse from the clutches of the evil witch Mizrabel.

The original game was released way back in 1990 for the Sega Genesis/Megadrive (also developed by Sega) to critical acclaim, with outstanding control, graphics, music and a unique feel. That was the first game in a series. It was then followed by “Land of Illusion” for Sega Master System in 1992 (ported to Sega’s Game Gear portable in 1993), and “World of Illusion” released in 1992. Finally, the last game in the series was “Legend of Illusion” released for Game Gear in 1994 (it was also ported to Master System exclusively in… BRAZIL, of all places, in 1998). Additionally, the portable version of the second Epic Mickey game was titled “Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion” for 3DS and was a reference, a tribute, to the phenomenal Illusion series.

“The original Castle of Illusion was tremendously entertaining and has a well-deserved reputation as a SEGA classic. Castle of Illusion Featuring Mickey Mouse brings this great game to a new generation,” said Chris Olson, vice president of Digital Business at SEGA of America. “Mickey is back and he looks fantastic.”

Strangely the game has not been announced for the WiiU eShop, hopefully WiiU owners will not get the shaft…

 

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DuckTales Remastered Remakes 8bit NES Classic. Hits Xbox Live Arcade, PSN, and WiiU eShop This Summer

Ducktales Remastered Wallpaper

Soo awesome!

DuckTales Remastered remakes the 8bit NES classic that kids of the 80s know and love! This game (released in 1989) was one of my all-time favorite NES games when I was a kid, and set on the shelf next to the likes of TaleSpin and Chip N’ Dale Rescue Rangers, all great NES platformer games!

Capcom announced at PAX East 2013 that they are completely remaking this 8bit masterpiece for release this Summer on Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA), PlayStation Network (PSN) and WiiU eShop!

DuckTales Remastered seeks to take the levels and layout of the original game, but will greatly expand and update them to create essentially an all-new title in the spirit of the original. The graphics have been completely upgraded to modern-day standards, beautifully recreated with luscious hand-drawn visuals, backgrounds and animated sprites, which re-invisions the look of the 8bit classic.

In addition, and a HUGE, HUGE bullet point, Disney and Capcom have brought back the ENTIRE VOICE CAST of the original DuckTales cartoon series from 1987 (it ran until 1990) including the 94-year-old Alan Young, voice of Scrooge McDuck! He, in addition to everyone else, has recorded all-new material for all of the DuckTales characters, significantly enhancing the game and giving it the authentic feel that fans of both the voiceless 8bit original NES platformer, and the 80s cartoon series, will love and appreciate!

DuckTales NES Cover Front and Back Box Artwork

Man this takes me back!

Like in the original game, players will take control of Scrooge McDuck himself and his unstoppable pogostick (used to jump on enemies and reach higher areas) as you explore the various themed worlds of the game and collect hidden treasures in order to become the world’s richest duck… This includes some deviously hidden secrets.

Although my memory of the game is very vague, I can recall unlocking the secret to an island that rises up from the sea (or something) and my young mind being absolutely blown. Just like sinking into the quicksand in Super Mario Bros. 2 to appear on the otherside of the wall, the secrets in DuckTales were plentiful and extremely mysterious, really stretching the young mind to new levels of wonder. Whether this game will still have that effect on me or not is doubtful, but I haven’t played the game since the late 80s or early 90s, so it will be a REAL treat to go back to it! In the meantime I may just have to track down a copy of the original NES cartridge to play on my NES2, and bust out some nostalgia!

Capcom promises that the renewed voicework from the talent behind the animated series will bring the in-game characters sparkling to life with “charm and wit”. Additionally, all of the classic melodies, songs and music from the original 8bit NES game and the animated series have been given a modern twist and remixed to great effect, further updating this new version.

A tutorial level has been added to acquant new fans to the iconic Pogo Jump and Cane Swing that form the basis of the gameplay in this side-scrolling 2D platformer, and an additional and all-new “Scrooge McDuck’s Museum” will track all of your stats that you can compare with the world in global leaderboards. There, of course, will also be new Achievements and Trophies to unlock. Hopefully there will be more stuff to unlock as well…

DuckTales Remastered is being developed by acclaimed developer WayForward Technologies, who are well known for creating hit downloadable titles like LIT, Mighty Switch Force, Shantae: Risky’s Revenge, BloodRayne: Betrayal, Double Dragon Neon and retail hits for DS/3DS/Wii/PS Vita like Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Aliens: Infestation and Silent Hill: Book of Memories. So the game is in good hands!

It’s worth noting that two additional DuckTales games were developed after the original 1989 NES title. They include DuckTales 2, released for NES and Game Boy in 1993 (developed by Capcom and a direct-sequel), and DuckTales: The Quest For Gold released for PC and developed by Incredible Technologies in 1990. If this game does well enough we just may see the re-release of DuckTales 2 as well, which would be great. Hopefully from there they can remake or re-release other Disney hits like Chip N’ Dale, Darkwing Duck and TaleSpin! :D

Here is an interview that gives a few more details on DuckTales Remastered.

 

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2013 Capcom Arcade Cabinet Game Release Schedule (Xbox 360, PS3)

Capcom Arcade Cabinet Logo ArtworkCapcom Arcade Cabinet is a Capcom arcade videogame platform for Xbox Live (Xbox 360) and PlayStation Network (PS3) that allows gamers to purchase multiple retro Capcom arcade games that can then be played on the platform. Initially only arcade titles from the 80s will be available, but Capcom hopes to continue to grow the platform with new arcade releases in the months (and hopefully years) to come.

Not only do you get to play legitimate arcade games from Capcom’s back-catalog via Capcom Arcade Cabinet, but you’ll also be able to unlock bonuses and extras for every arcade game, earn Achievements and Trophies, play certain arcade games online, upload your gameplay video to youtube or take screenshots and share them with friends directly from the platform, access and compete on online Leaderboards, and change dip-switches that allow you to increase or decrease difficulty, or access cheats like infinite lives. Capcom promises that all of these arcade games won’t just be ROM-dumps, but will be updated in certain ways above what you can find via online ROM’s and emulators like MAME.

In fact each and every game will include some mix of: HD graphics and optimization, online multiplayer, leaderboards, unlockable rewards and multimedia extras.

Additionally, Black Tiger will be avaiable for free for those who want to test out the service and download Capcom Arcade Cabinet, and people who purchase every game or pack will be offered a special two-game bonus pack to add to their collection.

Capcom Arcade Cabinet is available to download now, here is the list of upcoming arcade game releases.

Section Z Capcom Arcade Cabinet

I used to freakin’ love this game on NES when I was a kid!

Capcom Arcade Cabinet Game Release Schedule 2013

February 19th (Out Now)
* GAME PACK 1 (Black Tiger, Avengers, 1943: The Battle of Midway) – $4.99

March 5th (Out Today)
* GAME PACK 2 (Ghosts n Goblins, Gun.Smoke, Section Z) – $9.99
— Avengers – $3.99
— 1943: The Battle of Midway – $3.99

March 19th
* GAME PACK 3 (Side Arms, Legendary Wings, Trojan) – $9.99
— Ghosts n Goblins- $3.99
— Gun.Smoke – $3.99
— Section Z – $3.99

April 2nd
* GAME PACK 4 (Commando, The Speed Rumbler, Exed Exes (Savage Bees)) – $9.99
— Side Arms- $3.99
— Legendary Wings – $3.99
— Trojan – $3.99

April 16th
* GAME PACK 5 (1942, SonSon, Pirate Ship Higemaru) – $9.99
— Commando- $3.99
— The Speed Rumbler – $3.99
— Exed Exes (Savage Bees) – $3.99

April 30th
— 1942- $3.99
— SonSon – $3.99
— Pirate Ship Higemaru – $3.99

May 21st
* All-in-one pack – $29.99

This idea is very welcome but long, long overdue. Even so, I am glad that they have announced Capcom Arcade Cabinet, now let’s hope they bring EVERY arcade game (including fighting games like Street Fighter III and Marvel vs Capcom 1) to the platform eventually and announce the platform for more systems like WiiU, 3DS, PS Vita, PS4, Xbox 720, Ouya, Android, iOS and PC via Steam/GOG. It should be available for EVERY gaming platform. Especially considering that people can easily download these games right this very second FOR FREE if they really wanted to via piracy.

 

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Chrono Trigger, Epic Square 16bit RPG Out Now For Android (Google Play). Also Available For iOS (iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone), PSN, Wii Virtual Console, Mobile Phones, DS, PS1 And SNES

Chrono Trigger Android iOS ScreenshotsChrono Trigger is out now for Android via Google Play and iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) platforms. It also has been released previously for Wii Virtual Console, PlayStation Network for PS3 (U.S. only), various mobile phones, in an enhanced Nintendo DS version, on the PS1 as part of the Final Fantasy Chronicles collection and in its original form on the SNES (it can also widely be found for emulators).

Warning, spoilers in the trailer for those who have yet to experience Chrono Trigger.

Chrono Trigger is highly regarded as one of the greatest RPGs of all time, and represented the coming together (or dream team, if you will) of three specific individuals: The artist of Dragon Ball Z Akira Toriyama, the creator of Final Fantasy Hironobu Sakaguchi and Yuji Horii, the creator of the Dragon Quest RPG franchise (Final Fantasy’s biggest rival).

Together they created one of the most memorable and greatest games ever made… A game that is now easily and instantly available for mobile platforms everywhere! Huzzah!

It’s worth noting that most of the updated features from the PS1 version were kept for the DS release, and the subsequent Android and iOS versions as well (I assume), thus building on features. Whereas the PlayStation Network version is the exact version from PS1’s Final Fantasy Chronicles set (which included all-new animated movie scenes), and the Wii Virtual Console version is the EXACT version as the original SNES title, with none of the additions made in further versions.

Chrono Trigger Android iOS Logo

Enjoy the classic now on Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Mobile Phones!

Chrono Trigger Synopsis (Android release):
Chrono Trigger is the timeless role-playing classic developed by the “Dream Team” of Dragon Quest creator Yuji Horii, Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama, and the creators of Final Fantasy. Featuring revolutionary gameplay and an epic tale of time travel and high adventure, Chrono Trigger captured the hearts of a gaming generation, selling over three-and-a-half million copies around the world.

With Chrono Trigger for Android, you can experience the timeless story and dynamic battles of this beloved classic any time, anywhere, with intuitive touch screen controls making the experience smoother than ever. Venture also to the Dimensional Vortex and Lost Sanctum, two additional areas from the Nintendo DS remake of the game.

Journey to the forgotten past, the distant future, and even to the very End of Time. Whether you’re a first-time player or a longtime fan, this epic quest to save a planet’s future promises hours of enthralling adventure!

Chrono Trigger Story
A chance encounter amid the festivities of Guardia’s Millennial Fair in Leene Square introduces our young hero, Crono, to a girl by the name of Marle.
Deciding to explore the fair together, the two soon find themselves at an exhibition of the Telepod, the latest invention by Crono’s longtime friend Lucca.
Marle, fearless and brimming with curiosity, volunteers to assist in a demonstration. An unanticipated malfunction, however, sends her hurtling through a rift in the dimensions.

Taking hold of the girl’s pendant, Crono bravely follows in pursuit. But the world into which he emerges is the one of four centuries before…
Journey to the forgotten past, the distant future, and even to the very End of Time. The epic quest to save a planet’s future makes history once again.

Chrono Trigger Iconic Clock and Pendulum Intro Screenshot

The iconic Chrono Trigger clock and pendulum from the intro.

Chrono Trigger Android Key Features:
* Includes the two additional areas from the Nintendo DS version of the game:
– The Dimensional Vortex: A mysterious, ever-changing dungeon existing outside of space and time. What wonders await you at its center?
– The Lost Sanctum: Enigmatic gates in prehistoric and medieval times will lead you to these forgotten chambers. Meet the challenges presented to you and long-lost secrets may be revealed…
* Intuitive touch screen controls make it easier than ever to navigate this vast world of adventure.
* In battle, slide and tap to select targets and cut through your foes!
* Graphics optimized especially for Android.
* Supports eight languages: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese (Traditional/Simplified), and Japanese.
* Employ a wide range of “Techs”-spells to dispatch your foes in thrilling battles.
* Combine the powers of your party members to unleash two- and three-person combos.
* Over fifty combinations in all offer players numerous options and in-depth combat!

Chrono Trigger DS Details:
After 13 long years, the role playing game of the ages finally returns with Chrono Trigger for the Nintendo DS. This chapter begins when a newly developed teleportation device malfunctions, and young Crono must journey through time to rescue a mysterious girl from an intricate web of past and present perils. Enhanced with Nintendo DS’s dual-screen presentation, stylus controls, and a host of great new features, this classic tale returns to a modern, portable platform.

DS Chrono Trigger Key Features:
* After 13 years, the role playing game of the ages returns with Chrono Trigger for the Nintendo DS.
* Crono, meets an adventurous girl named Marle, and accidentally travels back in time 400 years.
* Past, present, and future worlds collide as Crono tries to save the planet.
* Revised version of the groundbreaking Active Time Battle (ATB) System delivers exhilarating combat.
* Special Tech skills and powerful combos, known as Dual and Triple Techs, encourages strategic battle plans.

PS1 Chrono Trigger Amazon Description (as part of Final Fantasy Chronicles)
The two classic RPGs in this compilation not only represent hours upon hours of story, character, and action, they also present the background for two bestselling, critically hailed games: Final Fantasy IX and Chrono Cross. With all the different names for the original 1991 release of the first title in this compilation (Final Fantasy IV in Japan, Final Fantasy II in the U.S.), role-players new to the game may get confused. Make no mistake, though: Final Fantasy Chronicles marks the first time this pivotal installment of the cherished game series has ever been available on the PlayStation. In Final Fantasy IV, players take on the role of Cecil, a loyal captain who questions the orders of his king, and for it is sent to slay a mysterious beast in a nearby valley.

In Chrono Trigger, Chrono must follow princess Marle’s teleportation through time and locate her before an intergalactic parasite arrives to destroy the world. The original game, also on the PlayStation for the first time, was one of the first nonlinear role-playing games. The decisions that players make during the game will point them toward one of more than a dozen possible endings.

These new versions retain the authentic Japanese SNES stories and characters while updating their graphics and adding new full-motion video sequences and other features.

Final Fantasy Chronicles Key Features:
* The Final Fantasy Chronicles set includes new opening and closing cinematic sequences for Chrono Trigger and re-creations of memorable sequences.
* New abilities include a “dash” feature, allowing players to move quickly through towns and dungeons.
* 2-player mode allows players to participate in battles together.
* Improved localization of the original unedited story.
* Includes all the original monsters, abilities, items and scenes that were not seen in the SNES version.

 

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Final Fantasy III DS Remake Out Now For Kindle Fire, PSP PlayStation Network, Android, iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). Coming Soon To Ouya

Final Fantasy III Kindle Fire DS Port Crystal Screenshots

The crystal adventure comes to more portable systems than ever before!

Final Fantasy III is out now for Kindle Fire & Kindle Fire HD (via Amazon), PlayStation Network for PSP (PS Vita too?), Anroid devices (Google Play), iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) and will be coming soon to Ouya, the next-gen Kickstarter-developed Anroid-based game system as a launch title.

All of these are the polygonal 3D DS remake version of Final Fantasy III, originally released in 2006 as a DS exclusive. The original Final Fantasy III was released in Japan only for the Famicon (Japanese NES), so Western audiences only ever got to see the new-and-improved version.

This version featured a complete polygonal 3D graphical overhaul, all-new CG cinematics, formerly generic, nameless party members were replaced with REAL characters who had concrete personalities and real back stories, with all-new scenes added to introduce them and build a connection between players and the main characters. Additional new subcharacters join your party throughout the game and may participate in battle (unlike in the original). Even with all of these changes, the main storyline for the game remained the same.

Final Fantasy III iPhone Gameplay Screenshot

Gameplay screenshot of enemy-battling in Final Fantasy III

A major overhaul was added to Final Fantasy III’s unique “Job System”, updates included rebalancing the classes, all-new abilities that could be learned, a new “Freelancer” class that replaced the previous “Onion Knight” class that was a default at the start (Onion Knight could be unlocked later on through a sidequest), all-new events were added, a new Crystal was added alongside a new Dungeon, and Capacity Points were removed. Thanks to the improved balancing, many jobs retain their usefulness from beginning to end. Fully Mastering jobs also yielded all-new job specific items. A small penalty for switching jobs that decreases your stats was added in place of the Capacity Points from before. A new interrupt save option allowed players to do a Quick Save, so they could turn their DS off and return later. Although doing a permanent save in a dungeon was still not permitted.

A new Mail/Mognet system was added that took advantage of the DS wi-fi and online capabilities. This allows you to send and receive mail to in-game characters, as well as to other players, and leads to unlocking new secrets in the game (and is similar to the Moogle System in Final Fantasy IX). The Onion Knight Quest can only be unlocked by using the Mognet system.

Final Fantasy III Chocobo Wallpaper

Freakin’ awesome chocobo wallpaper from Final Fantasy III!

This lead to the newer ports of the DS version of Final Fantasy III for other systems. Final Fantasy III was released for iOS Apple devices on March 24 2011. This version features improved graphics even over the DS version and remastered, updated sound and music. However a few changes were made, the Mognet/Moogle Mail system was removed completely, as such the Onion Knight is unlocked via a different quest than in the DS version.

The Anroid version of Final Fantasy III was released on Google Play for Android devices in June of 2012. This version doesn’t feature any new features however, and includes the same features as the iOS version.

Final Fantasy III The Cast of Characters Wallpaper

The amazing new cast of main characters created for the DS remake of FFIII

Next up, is the PSP version of the game released on September 30th 2012. The PlayStation Network version of Final Fantasy III features graphics optimized for the 16:9 PSP screen, an image gallery, an option to switch to the original background music, and an auto-battle system that doubles the speed of combat.

Finally you have the Kindle and Kindle Fire HD versions of the game released in the Amazon App Store. This version has been specifically optimized for play on the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD and features improved 3-D graphics, taking full advantage of the platform’s capabilities. Additionally, the intuitive touch-panel controls have been adjusted, making the game smoother and easier than ever to play.

As already stated, the game will also be coming to Ouya as a launch title, although details on what differences will appear in that version (or not) have not been revealed.

Final Fantasy III Job Characters Wallpaper

And the chibi versions of those same characters!

Story
Protected by the crystals of light, the once-peaceful land has forever been changed by the great tremor. Without warning, the earthquake pulled the crystals into the earth, upsetting the world’s fragile balance. It seems as if all hope is lost – but as the Gulgan prophecy foretold, four souls blessed with the light shall once again restore balance to the world…

Near the small village of Ur, fate guides Luneth to a sentient crystal that changes his life forever. As the light of the crystal fades, Luneth embarks on a journey with three others who share his destiny to search for the remaining crystals, and fight the battle of light and darkness…

 

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