3DS Price Drop, Halo Fest, A Gears of War Music Video and More
For some of you this may be a shock, but for those of us who have followed the 3DS since launch knew this day would come. Nintendo of America announced last Thursday July, 28, 2011 that they would be dropping the price of the 3DS effective August 12, 2011. The price will officially drop from a steep 249.99 to a reasonable 169.99. This will give hesitant consumers the opportunity to purchase the system and hopefully increase the portable gaming devices sales this holiday season. Despite the innovative approach of 3D, Nintendo has had a hard time pushing the system as many of us suspected they would. 3D is still a fairly new piece of technology and many parents, kids, and hardcore gamers alike are having a hard time buying into the hype. Despite this fact, Nintendo is still certain that the 3DS will have a successful shelf life stating:
“For anyone who was on the fence about buying a Nintendo 3DS, this is a huge motivation to buy now,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “We are giving shoppers every incentive to pick up a Nintendo 3DS, from an amazing new price to a rapid-fire succession of great games.”
The promised lineup which includes Star Fox 64™ 3D on September 9, followed by Super Mario™ 3D in November, Mario Kart™ 7 in December, and Kid Icarus™: Uprising out sometime this holiday season, will hopefully give the 3DS the extra oomph it needs moving forward. But for those loyal Nintendo fans, who purchased their 3DS at launch, don’t fret about wasting your money. Nintendo wants to happily reward you with 20 free downloadable games from its eShop. The 20 Virtual Console games will include ten GBA and ten NES games. To qualify, gamers simply need to have connected to the eShop once by the end of August 11, which will automatically register them in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program.
The NES games will include favorites such as Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber, and The Legend of Zelda. GBA games will include Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island; Mario Kart: Super Circuit; Metroid Fusion; WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames, and Mario vs. Donkey Kong, none of which are scheduled to be released to the public.
With the PlayStation Vita looming in the horizon, what does the future hold for the Nintendo 3DS? No one wants to see this system from a franchise that is near and dear to our hearts go up in smoke, so let’s just hope the price drop will be enough to save it.
HALO Fest at PAX Prime
Ten years ago a story was created, one that will forever be known to a generation of gamers as one of the best and most talked about franchises ever. It was called Halo. A massive universe created by a team innovative out-of-the-box thinkers that grew and surpassed many expectations. Laced with anthologies, encyclopedias, books, games, action figures and more, the enigma that is Halo is now getting its own festival. At this year’s Penny Arcade Expo or PAX Prime in Seattle Washington, 343 Industries will turn the third floor annex of the convention center into “Halo Fest,” an event the studio describes as “the largest and most expansive live Halo experience ever.” According to the company:
“You’ll be able to play Halo: Anniversary, relive your favorite moments from the first ten years of Halo, compete in tournaments and contests, and get your hands on exclusive Halo Fest merchandise. You’ll even have the chance to meet game developers, authors, and other special guests from the Halo universe while attending panels about Halo: Anniversary, Halo 4, Rooster Teeth, and more.”
The August 26th-28th panel lineup includes:
Pegasus Theatre (Sheraton)
Friday, August 26th, 10:00am–11:00am
Panelists include Executive Producer Dan Ayoub, Producer Dennis Ries, Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, Franchise Manager Kevin Grace, and more!
Pegasus Theatre (Sheraton)
Friday, August 26th, 4:00pm–5:00pm
Panelists include Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, Franchise Manager Kevin Grace, Pete Stacker (Captain Jacob Keyes), Tim Dadabo (343 Guilty Spark), and Steve Downes (Master Chief).
Main Theater (Paramount)
Sunday, August 28th, 10:00am–11:00am
Panelists include Franchise Development Director Frank O’Connor, Creative Director Josh Holmes, Executive Producer Kiki Wolfkill, Senior Art Director Kenneth Scott, and Audio Director Sotaro Tojima.
So get your tickets and wear your badges proudly, because if you are in attendance this is one show you will not want to miss!
Source: Halo Waypoint
Xbox Gets A New Headset?
I have said this for years, I love my 360 but I hate my headset with a passion. Over the course of six years, I have gone though around ten or so headsets. I’ve always been grateful that Microsoft includes a headset with the purchase of the console, but let’s face it those so-called “headsets” are anything other than perfect. Yes the sound quality is terrible, yes no one can hear you, and yes as consumers we have accepted it because why, it’s free. Thankfully we now have a better option; Redmond made Xbox 360 Wireless Headset with Bluetooth will be available in “early November 2011” worldwide for $60. For the extra $10, gamers will get Bluetooth support so you can use the headset with other devices, like cell phones and their PlayStation 3. The headset will still connect to the Xbox 360 “through the console’s standard radio frequencies,” but we can all be optimistic the audio quality will be improved. Gamers can also purchase the sleek new Xbox 360 media remote for $20. Check out Major Nelson’s video below for more information.
Video Source: Major Nelson
Gears of War 3: Horde Mode 2.0 Music Video
It’s no secret Ice-T, or @FINALLEVEL as he’s commonly known on Twitter, is one of the biggest video gamers out there. He is not only an avid gamer, but he has also been heavily involved in the promotion and development of the upcoming Xbox game Gears of War 3. The musician/actor not only leant his voice to the game as a new character Griffin, but he also got his heavy metal band Body Count to record a song for the game. The song simply titled “The Gears of War,” debuted August 1, 2011 on X-Play. Take a look at the video below and let me know what you think. Does this song get you fired-up to play Horde Mode?
Video Source: G4tv