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Big Hero 6 to become playable level in upcoming Kingdom Hearts III game

Kingdom Hearts III Big Hero 6 concept art

Conceptual artwork featuring Sora and Baymax battling an evil Baymax clone over San Fransokyo.

A new world for the in progress Kingdom Hearts III has been revealed this past Sunday at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. In a video posted to YouTube, Roy Conli, producer for Walt Disney Animation Studios, introduced the city of San Fransokyo from the movie Big Hero 6 as a playable level.

Concept artwork from the game portrays Sora riding an armoured Baymax fighting an evil version of the healthcare robot over the skies of the metropolis. No further details on the level or characters were mentioned.

D23 Expo is a biennial event for the Walt Disney Company to give fans an update on the many projects the media giant is working on; everything from movies and television and video games to its theme parks and attractions. D23 Expo was held August 14th through 16th, 2015.

Work on Kingdom Hearts III is still underway; no release date was mentioned and will be available on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.

Sources: Facebook, YouTube

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata passes away at age 55

Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata, the president of Nintendo Co., Ltd., has passed away at age 55 on July 11th, 2015. Nintendo issued a brief statement of Iwata’s death from a bile duct growth on their web site.

Iwata was a visible face for Japanese gaming giant, appearing in many promotional videos announcing the arrival of new gaming systems or titles. He joined the company in 2000 as a director for the Corporate Planning Division before being promoted to president in 2002, a title he held to his death.

Born in 1959, Iwata started his career in the video game industry with HAL Laboratory, Inc. working on Balloon Fight, EarthBound, and games in the Kirby series before becoming its president in 1993. He also had helped out with the coding in a number of Pokémon series titles including Pokémon Gold and Silver and Pokémon Stadium.

After joining Nintendo, Iwata was involved with a number of the company’s popular franchises including Mario, the Legend of Zelda and Animal Crossing. Under Iwata’s tenure, Nintendo released the Wii, Wii U, Nintendo DS and 3DS consoles.

Sources: Nintendo, Kotaku, Wikipedia

Decorate houses with Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer

Let your stylish side flourish by sprucing up homes of villagers in Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer. Not only will you be able to decorate the interior of homes, but the exterior as well.

Work with the raccoon businessman Tom Nook and his crew from the Happy Home Academy to make each house feel like a home for the animals that move into town. Select a plot of land and then choose where to place the home and outdoor ornaments and foliage; move inside to brighten it up based on the owner’s theme. In addition to working with individual residences, the school, hospital and other public buildings can be modified to make them more functional and attractive.

Collect amiibo cards of popular villagers to enlist their help and enjoy their company after a hard days work beautifying these cosy cottages.

Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer goes on sale September 25th, 2015 for the Nintendo 3DS.

Source: Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes brings new cooperative play to 3DS

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes

Use the new totem function to stack Link in order to reach high ledges and objects!

There’s a new multi-player Zelda game coming to the Nintendo 3DS handheld. The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is a new adventure that requires teamwork from all three players to solve puzzles and defeat enemies. Nintendo announced the title as part of their press conference Tuesday morning at E3.

Three colourful variations of Link (Green, Red and Blue) in the visual style found in The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds must partner up to overcome obstacles and bosses of dungeons to collect items. Some items can be used to create outfits that increase specific abilities to give the advantage in trickier levels or situations. Players share Link’s hearts to encourage cooperation, and a new “totem” feature allows each player to be stacked atop another to reach high ledges or objects.

Play with friends using the local wireless connection or over the Internet. Paper replicas of Link are available for rent to help complete the quests in single player mode.

The Legend of Zelda: Tri Force Heroes is expected to be released in the fall of 2015.

Source: Nintendo

Square Enix shows new teaser from Kingdom Hearts III at E3

Square Enix tempted the world with amazing new footage from the still in progress Kingdom Hearts III as part of their press conference at this year’s E3.

The video revealed a new outfit for Sora, team attacks with Donald and Goofy, keyblades that can transform into projectile weapons, attacks based on Disney Parks rides — a train, pirate ship and teacups and a summon including Hercules’ winged horse Pegasus. Also included was a level from the Disney feature film Tangled, with the hidden valley sheltering the tower Rapunzel is locked away in.

Work on Kingdom Hearts III is still underway; no release date was mentioned and will be available for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Source: YouTube

Final Fantasy VII to be remade for PS4

Following years of rumours and speculation, Sony has finally answered the question “Will Final Fantasy VII be re-released?” And that answer is yes. Considered to be an icon in gaming, spinning off a number of prequel and sequel titles and even a movie, Square-Enix’s role-playing adventure will be remade for a release on the PlayStation 4.

At Sony’s pre-E3 2015 press conference, a short teaser toured the gritty city of Midgar, flying over the connecting highways, the busy trains that travel to the upper levels, and the dank slums that hide under the glitz and glamour of the world above. With a male voice announcing a reunion and a promise kept, the back of Cloud Strife with his Buster Sword becomes visible as the opening notes of the title’s original introduction begins. The demo finishes with a stylized rendition of the logo followed by the word “remake”.

No date for when this modernized version of Final Fantasy VII was mentioned.

Source: YouTube

Sony shows action-packed Uncharted 4 demo at E3 2015

Sony released an action-packed demo of the upcoming Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End for the PlayStation 4 as part of their pre-E3 2015 press conference.

Everyman Nathan Drake and his father-like mentor Victor “Sully” Sullivan are ambushed in a crowded marketplace before escalating into a destructive car-chase through the back alleyways and yards of a tropical city. While avoiding the machine gun from an armoured van, Drake and Sully engage in some hilarious banter over driving skills and adding it to their “list” of cities to avoid. In catching up to an armed convoy to save a member of his family, Drake makes a leap of faith before appearing to crash into some wooden scaffolding as the demo cuts to the game title.

The fourth in the popular action-adventure treasure-hunting series by Naughty Dog, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is expected for release in 2016.

Source: YouTube

Roy and Ryu to appear in Super Smash Bros.

Back in April when Mewtwo was made available as downloadable content in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, fans dissecting the data discovered hidden sound files for two characters: Fire Emblem‘s Roy and Street Fighter‘s Ryu. Now, two eight-second video clips leaked to the Internet unveil Roy and Ryu as characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U.

Roy Ryu

Roy previously appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee on the Nintendo GameCube in 2001 and hasn’t made appearance since. In that game, the red-headed swordsman was a clone of Marth from the same franchise, who has since been playable in subsequent Super Smash Bros. titles. To mark his return, Roy’s outfit has been upgraded, but he still wields the Sword of Seals.

Ryu is recognized the world over from the popular Street Fighter fighting game. Wearing his trademark sleeveless white dojo uniform, red headband and gloves, Ryu has been training to be a perfect addition to the Smash Bros. series. Don’t underestimate his Hadouken and Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku attacks.

Source: YouTube

Hyrule Warriors to appear on Nintendo 3DS

Link as he appears in <em>Hyrule Warriors</em>.

Link as he appears in Hyrule Warriors.

Last year, Hyrule Warriors made its debut on the Wii U. Now, the cross-over between Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda franchise and Omega Force’s Dynasty Warriors is coming to the Nintendo 3DS.

IGN uploaded a promotional video featuring footage from the Japanese-version on the handheld console. No release date was mentioned, but more details could be forthcoming at next week’s E3.

Hyrule Warriors deviates from the existing Legend of Zelda timelines. The story of Cia, a guardian of the Triforce, becomes corrupted by the shattered spirit of Ganondorf and attempts to recover the pieces of the golden artifact. In doing so, the land of Hyrule is plunged into darkness as portals between the different dimensions open, disgorging armies of monsters. Training to become a soldier, Link joins the troops defending Hyrule castle and Princess Zelda.

Source: IGN

The Misadventures of Tron Bonne now in PlayStation Store

The Misadventures of Tron Bonne

The Misadventures of Tron Bonne is going for $5.99 in the PlayStation Store!

A little-known title in the Mega Man series is back! The Misadventures of Tron Bonne is now available for an affordable $5.99 through the North American PlayStation Store for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable and PS Vita.

The Misadventures of Tron Bonne centres on Tron Bonne, the villainess of the 3D Mega Man Legends series. Working to help pay off her brother Teasel Bonne’s debt over the purchase of their airship, Tron calls upon her Servbots, the little Lego-esque robots that cater to their owner’s whims, to complete the quests and mini-games. Interacting with the Servbots increase their skills and communication in Tron’s journey to obtain money and save her brother. The games themselves are a mixture of puzzle, adventure and action sequences designed keep players on their toes.

The spin-off title from diverges from the Mega Man Legends series that was originally available on the PlayStation back in 2000.

Sources: Capcom, PlayStation Store

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