Respawn Point – Week Ending 4.14.13
Just like the Zombies in the “Mob of the Dead” expansion for Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Respawn Point is back to rip apart the bloody flesh of the news to look for chunks of tender organs other zombies might have missed for your consumption.
… You know, if zombies liked gaming news, and not devouring the brains of the living.
Wii Outta Here
It’s the beginning of the end for Nintendo’s Wii. Between the new Wii U and their Nintendo Network initiative, Nintendo is preparing to end many of the Wii’s online offerings in June, including the News Channel, Forecast Channel, Nintendo Channel, Mii Contest Channel and Everybody Votes Channel. There is no word yet if there will be similar Channels on the Wii U.
The move is seen as largely cash-saving, considering most of the more popular games should still have online play, and won’t prompt a mass exodus to the Wii U. However, Nintendo plans on continuing the Wii Shop Channel for the time being, because, as Destructoid points out, God forbid a publisher shut down any way designed to take money from a gamer.
Let’s Make a Deal
Speaking of cash-saving, I am all about saving gamers (including myself) some cash, so whenever I find a great deal, I snap it up. (Just added Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition to my collection. Still retailing at GameStop for $40 after a price drop… bought it at Fry’s Electronics for $20. Bazinga.)
Most of the time we scour either game stores, like the aforementioned GameStop, or big box stores like WallyWorld and The Bullseye Boutique (Wal-Mart and Target, of course). But sometimes the little guys put out some big deals, like Newegg.com.
Newegg is not a stranger to the tech among us; the company has gotten a great reputation for having a lot of electronic doodads and parts for the computer builders and tech gurus, but the eStore is not exactly known for gaming. However, the site is offering pre-order discounts on two highly-anticipated games, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 and Deadpool.
The next in the long-standing Castlevania series, Lords of Shadow 2 does not have a firm release date. Deadpool, the first game starring the ever-healing but mentally deranged anti-hero Marvel star, at least has a summer release window, if not a firm date. But gamers can pre-order the games on newegg.com for $10 and $12 off, respectively, by entering the coupon codes found at the bottom of this story at checkout. Shipping is free, but if you must have the game on Day 1, be aware that the games will be at your doorstep a few days after release date.
The site is also offering a discounted price on the very popular Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon for the 3DS. These deals are valid until Wednesday, April 17, so if you want onboard, get to it.
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – $10 off (PS3): EMCXSWW55
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 – $10 off (360): EMCXSWW54
Deadpool – $12 off (PS3): EMCXSWW49
Deadpool – $12 off (360): EMCXSWW52
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon – (3DS): Discounted to $34.99
Speaking of game prices, let’s talk about one that makes no sense at all: the reboot of Tomb Raider. It costs $50 here in the good ol’ U. S. of A.
“Ryan, you fool! That’s what most new releases costs on average!” Of this I am aware. However, the Japanese would beg to differ.
For example, if you head over to Steam to download it to your PC, you’d find that Tomb Raider is $50 US, and can be translated into several languages, such as German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Polish, and Arabic. Subtitles are also offered in Korean, Chinese, Dutch, Czech, and Portuguese.
None of which is the least bit useful to Japanese players.
In order for them to play, they have to also buy and purchase the “Japanese Language Pack,” which will add Japanese voice tracks and subtitles. That hits Steam on April 25… for an additional $30 US.
$30 is mildly hefty for any sort of expansion pack, but this doesn’t even expand on anything, just translates it into a language Japanese players can understand.
“Price gouging” in Japanese Romanji is kakaku tsuirage, but I have a feeling saying Square Enix will produce the same reaction.
The retail version of Tomb Raider is set to hit Japan on April 25 as well, with the Japanese voices and subtitles included. Retail price: $80 US.
That sounds much better, right?
Trailer Trash Time!
Speaking of trashy things, its time for some Trailer Trash! Every week I’ll bring you a trailer for a game you might or might not have heard of. This time around, since we were speaking of Deadpool earlier, I bring you the trailer for the game of the same name releasing this summer. It’s a fine, upstanding, high-brow production* that we must thank our friends at IGN for.**
**Kinda. In true Deadpool fashion, we mercilessly stole it off their YouTube page. But thanks anyway.
This week’s Story That We DID Cover But Is So Important I’m Bringing It Up Again:
It should be all about EA, and their massive layoffs, piss poor rush jobs, and winning the Golden Poo Award for Worst Company in America two years running, but I’m so irate about their response, it’s getting its own editorial.
Instead, I’m going to bring up the fact that Capcom is marking Darkstalkers Resurrection a flop because it didn’t hit the sales numbers they projected. They saw interest in the series, and instead of running with that, rehashed the second and third games in the series in HD. Don’t get me wrong, I love Darkstalkers, but with all the interest, why not put in some public opinion research and get a feel for a 3D fighter? With the success of the new Mortal Kombat and what should be a blowout for Tuesday’s Injustice: Gods Among Us, shouldn’t that have been a gimme?
And finally, this week’s Gamer Lawl of the Week…
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