Nintendo TVii, one of the key features touted with the launch of the Wii U, is coming to an end in a few, short weeks. Nintendo made the announcement in a Miiverse posting this past weekend and announced the feature is going offline on August 11. All of the TVii features are going to be removed from the Wii U system menu via an upcoming system update.
The official post read as follows:
"After almost 3 years of finding, watching and engaging with Nintendo TVii, we will be ending the service on August 11, 2015 at 3:00pm PT. At the same time, we will be closing the Nintendo TVii Miiverse community."
Let’s be honest, this feature never really took hold the way that Nintendo had hoped. It was an interesting concept, but ultimately got drowned out by other multimedia applications on the system such as Hulu and Netflix.
It has certainly been a rough weekend for Street Fighter 5 fans. Playstation 4 players, in particular, we chomping at the bit to get their hands on the online beta that kicked off on the evening of the 23rd. Unfortunately, most players never got the chance to experience the game as the servers completely buckled under the pressure shortly after it kicked off. Capcom took the servers offline for a while to deploy fixes, but things never got any better. After days of tinkering with the netcode and attempts to limit the user base, Capcom ultimately decided to pull the plug on the beta all together.
What does this mean for the final game? Well, nothing yet. Capcom is hard at work in recifying the issues that took the game down this weekend and is promising to attempt the beta again sometime down the line. The developer says it will keep its promise of offering three separate beta opportunities for players before launch. They are also promising some sort of incentive for anyone who was effected by this weekends beta issues, although the details as to what that means are still a mystery.
However, as a gamer, I have a little bit of concern for the game at this point in time. I have heard of beta tests going awry, but this one proved to be an absolute disaster. It concerns me that they felt their netcode and game was ready for (at least) limited public consumption and in actuality it wasn’t. How far back will this set the development cycle of the game overall? Will Capcom still be able to hit their targeted release date of February 2016? Honestly, I think that there is an inevitable delay in store for Street Fighter 5 and in this case, that would be a good thing. We don’t want to game launching to problems even remotely similar to this.
While not a huge update, MegaPhilX has released a new build for Mega Man Unlimited that brings a few changes with it. The biggest change is the addition of Endurance Attack in which you play through every stage of Endless Attack in a specific order, but every time you defeat a robot master you'll take +1 damage every time you get hit. After a while that can turn quite lethal, but if you manage to finish Endurance Attack the game will save your time.
Next, Z-Prototype is now playable in Endless Attack, Endless Boss Attack, and Endurance Attack, but as far as I can tell you still have to unlock him normally by beating the game first. Also, a lot of the stages have been toned down a bit in difficulty in the Endless Attack and Endurance Attack modes. Finally, Phil has put in a little easter egg of sorts where if you hold down a certain button combination on the stage intro screen, the music will switch to a particular NES boss theme when you get to the robot master. I have yet to figure this one out myself so I'm curious as to which music track he chose.
World of Tanks fans: Your wait is over.
Xbox One will have its own version of the ever popular online battle game. With one of the largest online communities of all time, Wargaming.net is happy to say that World of Tanks is launching on the next generation platform and, along with it, will integrate with the already existing community on Xbox 360 for cross-platform play. Denny Thorley, SVP of product development for Wargaming.net has had a hard time containing his excitement.
“Across all platforms, World of Tanks has one of the most dedicated online communities of players and we are expanding that community as we break new ground with this revolutionary cross-platform play functionality on consoles. With this technological innovation we are able to bridge the battlebetween Xbox One and Xbox 360 tankers, and we’re excited to offer players their first-everopportunity to play across the two, together and seamlessly.”
The cross-platform play will not only integrate matches, but will also integrate voice chat between the two consoles. All a player needs is an Xbox Live Gold account and you're ready for battle. It's free to play, so get online, get it downloaded, and hit the front lines ready for battle!
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Persona 4 Arena: Dancing All Night will launch on September 29th for the PlayStation Vita and will have a normal launch edition as well as a "Disco Fever" Edition that includes a 2-disc soundtrack, a full-color Teddie enameled pouch, costume DLC, and a Teddie keychain. Both versions will include a PS Vita skin and ten matching wallpapers. Finally, below are two new videos for Kanami Mashita and Teddie. Enjoy!
EA Sports has been taking it on the chin since the release of Rory McIlroy PGA Tour was released. The game is rather devoid of multiple game modes from the previous version of the franchise in 2014, is short on courses and golfers, and feels like a stripped down game that's still in a beta. EA Sports is trying to play damage control at this point, offering a bit of an olive branch to players. In a release on their website, the company announced some upcoming DLC for players.
EA SPORTS Rory McIlroy PGA TOUR will be releasing new content, making new courses available for free to all owners. The first of these is TPC Scottsdale, which will be available on August 11. This course, set in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, provides a masterful blend of challenge and playability.
And toward the end of September, East Lake Golf Club, host of the PGA TOUR FedExCup TOUR Championship by Coca Cola, will also be available for free.
That's all fine and dandy, but there's a bit of a problem. First, the TPC Scottsdale course was alreayd made available to those who pre-ordered the game, so those people aren't really gaining anything in that facet. Second, it's nice to offer up a course such as East Lake, which is hosting the PGA Championship, but shouldn't that course have been available form the very beginning because of that very reason? It's bad enough that players are having to repeat playing the same few courses in career mode, let alone have a fake major at the beginning replacing The Masters.
I can appreciate EA Sports using this as a backwards way of perhaps admitting that they've released a half-finished game, but this is a band-aid on a broken leg. PGA Tour isn't even close to the amount of content, golfers, game modes, etc. that Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2014 had available, yet gamers are fearing the worst that all of that lost content will be made available in a few months....for a price.
SMITE has hit a huge milestone as over 10 million players have now played the game on both the PC and Xbox One and Hi-Rez has decided to celebrate.
A while ago, Hercules got a remodel, complete with new FX, animations, a full model upgrade and a new voice pack. Personally, I love the new Herc, but some of the community was unhappy with how he looked.
Fans wanting retro Herc are about to get their wish as Hi-Rez is bringing back the original Hercules skin and he will have a brand new voice pack as well. Oh yeah, and the voice pack will be from none other than KEVIN SORBO! Yes, THE Kevin Sorbo, star of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
All you have to do to get the classic Hercules skin is to win 10 PvP matches in August. After that, you get the skin for free.
If you are heading to Gamescom, be sure to check out Hi-Rez's booth as they will be revealing a brand new game as well.
This week brings the return of a true classic as King’s Quest has returned. I know that there are numerous staff members here at the site that have been anxiously awaiting the new version of this classic adventure franchise. Despite this release, the week is pretty quiet overall; a majority of this week’s titles will only be found ont he digital front.
What are you picking up?