It’s Friday, which means it’s time for yet another installment of Gamer Pulse. It’s been an interesting week in the industry. We’ve got some good and some troubling news bits about Nintendo, sad news for Red Faction fans, new info about the future of the Resident Evil franchise, and a dancing robot.
Trouble is, my brain is fried from a week of reading on my fancy, new Kindle and playing video games, so I can’t think of a catchy title. For now, we’ll just stick with “T.B.A.” and see what happens.
- Nintendo announced that, effective August 12th, the 3DS will sell for a M.S.R.P. of $169.99 (an $80-price cut for those of you playing the home game). If you’ve already purchased the system at the original, $249.99 price tag, then don’t be so quick to grab your pitch fork. If you log into the Nintendo eShop before the price drop hits, then you’ll be enrolled in the “Nintendo 3DS Ambassador” program, which, over the next few months will entitle you to twenty classic games (as chosen by Nintendo). The move comes in light of the system’s underwhelming performance in the market, which many have attributed to its high price tag. Nintendo is obviously hoping that such a drastic price cut will encourage holiday shoppers to invest in the system.
- In light of their public acknowledgment of the 3DS’ underwhelming performance, Nintendo executives will reportedly be taking pay cuts, with CEO Iwata, who took the blame for the system’s lackluster sales, saying,
“For cuts in fixed salaries, I’m taking a fifty percent cut, other representative directors are taking a 30 percent cut, and other execs are taking a 20 percent cut.”
Nintendo also announced a reduced profit forecast and earnings statement, mostly due to the 3DS. Imagine that, corporate bosses taking the blame for a mistake, and acting accordingly. Doesn’t Japan sound like such a lovely place?
- A bit of sad news for you Red Faction fans: THQ doesn’t have any plans to “carry forward with that franchise in any meaningful way.” This doesn’t come as much of a shock. The last two outings haven’t performed well with critics or shoppers. THQ considers the franchise to be a “niche” game and doesn’t see a very successful future. Maybe some time on the shelf will get the creative juices flowing, and Red Faction can rise again.
- Capcom had a big presence at San Diego Comic Con, especially with Resident Evil, which is now fifteen years old (obligatory “I feel old” moment.) During a franchise-centric Q & A, a teaser image was flashed that seems to hint at a major announcement for September 15th.
As a loyal fan of the franchise, I’m excited to see what the next major installment will bring to the table. In the meantime, you can see what else is brewing within the survival-horror franchise by reading up on the Resident Evil Q & A from SDCC.
- Batman: Arkham City was among the legion of games to be featured at SDCC, and we were teased with some new information about who’s making an appearance in the upcoming title. Solomon Grundy and the Penguin were announced as characters in the game, joining the fray alongside returning villains The Joker, Harley Quinn, and Killer Croc. If you’re dying for some news about this highly-anticipated title, you can sate your appetite with this transcription of the Arkham City Q & A from SDCC.
- Earlier this week, I gushed about the arrival of the third Humble Indie Bundle. It’s my pleasure to bring you two exciting updates about the latest bundled sensation. Any purchaser of H.I.B. #3 will receive free access to indie sensation Minecraft until August 14th. If you’ve been itching to see what all the fuss is about, now is your chance to get your feet wet in the world of Minecraft and acquire a few new, awesome, indie games in the process. My prediction about the success of H.I.B. #3 is becoming a happy reality: within the first seventeen hours, H.I.B. #3 broke $500,000 in sales. You have another week-and-a-half to get in on the fun!
- Speaking of lovable bundles, a Star Wars/Kinect XBOX 360 bundle was announced at SDCC. Retailing at $449.99, the bundle will include an R2-D2 themed console, with a 320 GB hard drive and special R2-D2 console sounds, a C-3PO themed controller, Star Wars Kinect, and Kinect Adventures. No official release date was announced alongside the bundle.
- As most of you are unaware, I’m a former Dance Dance Revolution addict. I played for about two years (and was pretty damn good, while we’re on the subject). Then, Guitar Hero and Rock Band came out, and I realized that I could hear better music and relax (and gain weight at the same time – what a bargain!) That being said, I still have a special place in my heart for that series. So, when I saw a video of a robot who plays DDR, I just couldn’t resist sharing. “Darwin-OP” is able to respond to motions input by a user. The robot’s designer says the next step is to incorporate visual recognition. After that, the robot’s road to global domination will be littered with the corpses of military generals and mall-dwelling teenagers alike. See Darwin in action below:
That’ll do it for us at Gamer Pulse this week. As always, thanks for reading, and stay tuned to Comic Booked!