Nintendo Announces 2DS: A New Entry-Level Handheld System

Nintendo just announced a new handheld gaming system: The Nintendo 2DS. This is an entry-level console that plays all of your 3DS and DS games. It will be available in black in blue trim or red trim.

The 2DS is built more like a tablet with two screens. In other words, you cannot fold the screens, unlike 3DS. 2DS also cannot produce 3D images. Nevertheless, this new gaming handheld console will retail for $130, compared with 3DS which currently sells for $170. We felt this is a great move for Nintendo, as it will attract more customers to appreciate games that is made for Nintendo handheld gaming.

What’s in Borderlands 2 Game of the Year Edition?

2K and Gearbox Software have confirmed what’s going to be in the upcoming Game of the Year Edition bundle for Borderlands 2. It will be available on October 8 in North America for $60. The Game of the Year Edition includes:

- Borderlands 2
- 4 DLCs (Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, Mr Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep)
- Creature Slaughter Dome
- Premiere Club content (Vault Hunter’s Relic, A Golden Key, Gearbox Gunpack, The Mechromancer)
- Psycho character class
- Collector’s Edition heads and skins
- Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack 1

Borderlands 2 has been well-received by gamers, shipping over 7 million copies since its initial launch back in September 2012.

Will GTA 5 Release on PS4? Perhaps sometime in 2014

Future PlayStation 4 owners got really excited when Sony mentioned on twitter that GTA 5 will be coming to the upcoming PS4 console. Sony later said it was a mistake, stating that it will be releasing on the PS3 platform instead. Judging from what Rockstar Games have done in the past for the GTA franchise, and how well will GTA5 receive on the Xbox 360 and PS4, releasing on the PS4 and PC platforms might be a reality sometime in 2014.

PlayStation 4 Preorders a Huge Success for Sony

According to Sony, the amount of PlayStation 4 preorders has been a overwhelming success, exceeding well over one million units. This is likely due to a lower price point than its competitor, Xbox One, which sells for $100 more than a PS4. Microsoft have not revealed preorder figures as of yet, but we would guess it should be a very close race due to the amount of fans that is currently using Xbox Live service, which will be carried over onto the Xbox One console.

Bethesda Don’t Want Xbox Live Gold Fee for Elder Scrolls Online

Bethesda, game publisher for the upcoming MMORPG, Elder Scrolls Online, is trying to sway Microsoft to drop their Xbox Live Gold membership fee on top of their $15 monhtly subscription fee for the game. The current Xbox Live Gold membership fee is around $5 per month, so that means fans could pay up to $20 a month to play Elder Scrolls Online. In our opinion, dropping the Live gold membership fee probably won’t happen, because that means they would have to drop it for every other game that uses the Gold membership service.

The Elder Scrolls Online is stated to release early 2014, on the PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

EA Announces Battlefield 4 Release Date on October 29, 2013

Electronic Arts and Dice have announced that their upcoming first-person shooter game, Battlefield 4, will be released on October 29, 2013, on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. The game will be also available at a later time for the upcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. Battlefield 4 is considered to be one of the most anticipated games of 2013 due to its high fidelity graphics and effects.

EA have also recently announced that the open beta for BF4 will commence in early October, featuring Conquest mode on the Siege of Shanghai map.

GameStop Managers Gets Free Xbox One and PS4 Gaming Consoles

News have circulated today that GameStop general managers will be receiving free Xbox One and PS4 gaming consoles later this year to prepare its employees for the arrival of the next-generation video gaming consoles. We have to say a huge thumbs up for GameStop, as this will certainly educate and inform the managers to pass down to the general consumers who may have questions about the gaming hardware.

Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 14 Experiencing Initial Server Problems

Square Enix’s Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn was launched today. Not everything was running smoothly though, as North American servers was being bombarded with the initial players rushing to their servers to play. As of this moment, the game developers have stopped the creation of new characters in the following servers:

Behemoth
Phoenix
Odin
Shiva
Moogle
Ultros
Cactuar
Cerberus
Ragnarok
Diabolos
Gilgamesh
Leviathan
Balmung
Excalibur
Hyperion
Tonberry
Mandragora
Bahamut
Chocobo

That is a lot of servers that is being restricted due to player overload. Hopefully servers will go back to normal within next few weeks.

Square Enix Announces Final Fantasy 14 PC Minimum and Recommended System Requirements

Square Enix’s latest MMORPG, Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, will be released on August 27, 2013 for the PC and PS3. Is your PC up to the task to run the game though? Let’s find out:

Minimum System Requirements
OS: Windows® Vista 32/64bit, Windows® 7 32/64 bit
CPU: Intel® Core™2 Duo
Memory: 2GB (4GB recommended for 64bit OS)
Available space on hard disk/SSD: 20GB
Graphics Card: NVIDIA® Geforce® 8800 or higher, ATI Radeon™ HD 4770 or higher
Screen Resolution: 1280×720
Internet: Persistent broadband internet connection required
Sound Card: DirectSound® compatible sound card (DirectX® 9.0c or higher)
DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c or higher

Recommended System Requirements
OS: Windows® 7 64 bit
CPU: Intel® Core™ i5
Memory: 4GB
Available space on hard disk/SSD: 20GB
Graphics Card: NVIDIA® Geforce® GTX 660 or higher, AMD Radeon™ HD 7950 or higher
Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
Internet: Persistent broadband internet connection required
Sound Card: DirectSound® compatible sound card (DirectX® 9.0c or higher)
DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c or higher

Judging from the minimum system requirements, you don’t need a very good gaming computer in order to run the game, as it supports a few year old CPU and graphics card models. However, it is always better for you to have a PC that sticks closer to the recommended system requirements for higher image fidelity.

Ubisoft believes PS Vita and Wii U still have potential to succeed

Ubisoft’s executive director Alain Corre have recently stated that he believes both the PS Vita and Wii U still have room for growth, and gain a mass following. Corre has been pleased that Sony did announce a price cut for PS Vita, which are now available for around $200US. The price cut should be able to gather more handheld fans to purchase more of their hardware and software in the Vita family. Wii U, on the other hand, might have a harder time due to the increased competition of the next-generation consoles that is coming out later this year. Ubisoft believes that Wii U still have the potential to sell to the consumers in the future due to exclusive IPs such as Mario and Lengend of Zelda series.