Nintendo are to announce the world’s first virtual CEO as Mario takes over the helm at the Kyoto gaming colossus. The AI Mario has been developed in secret using a hefty chunk of Nintendo’s vast cash reserves.
Utilizing highly advanced AI powered by an array of Wii U processors, the new boss will be responsible for high level decisions at the company. Its first task will be to turn around Nintendo’s recent financial fortunes and restore success to the company. As well as commissioning new games it will also make hiring and firing decisions. Mario’s voice will be enhanced by the SNES sound chip to give it added gravitas at meetings.
Outgoing Chief Executive Satoru Iwata wished his replacement every success in a public handover meeting. CEO Mario responded with a cheerful ‘Bye Bye’, prompting accusations of sarcasm from many of the assembled press.
The PS4 has finally launched in Japan, and has shifted a respectable 322,083 units. That’s a lot more than the PS3 managed over its opening weekend, though less than the PS2, according to Eurogamer. We reckon Sony will be happy with that, given the declining importance of the console market in Japan. It will be interesting to see what happens as more software is released over the coming year.
Street Fighter, the biggest and most recognizable fighting game franchise to have ever been made, has become more than just a game – it’s become a legacy of the entire video game industry. With the impending release of Ultra Street Fighter IV, Capcom has managed to release a 72 minute video detailing the history of the game.
The video includes a lot of input not just from the people behind the creation of the game, but also to the people at the front lines that made the game as big as it is: the fans. With so many people growing up with the franchise, there are a select few that have managed to graduate from fan to a core part of the franchise. These include some iconic names for fans of the genre, such as Seth Killian, Capcom’s former community manager, and Erik Ko, chief of operations for Udon Comics, publishers of the many Street Fighter comics throughout the years.
Throughout its 25 years, it’s interesting to note that not all of these years were great ones. In fact, the fighting game community was without a new Street Fighter game in between 2000 and 2008, one of the longest dry spells for the franchise. While Street Fighter III was a critically acclaimed game and is still considered by many to be one of the best in the series, the fighting game community had dwindled to a shadow of what it was back in the glory days of the mid 90’s.
In order to rebuild the game, the creative team decided to take the game back to its roots and draw back the millions of players who were there for it when it first came to be. Yoshinori Ono, the current producer behind the SF IV games, talks about this in the video and it is this decision to move forward without forgetting their roots was the key to putting fighting games back on the map.
With more than 25 years behind it, it’s only normal to discover the iconic Street Fighter logo being utilized in places people never would have even imagined. Bet Fair even has a surprising slots game based on the series, something that even the most dedicated fighting game junkie would never expect to see.
25 years – a quarter of a century. How many other games, or brands, could even come close to that?
McDonalds Japan are giving away a range of Mario toys with Happy Sets. 6 versions of Mario are available as well as Yoshi and Princess Peach. These could well become collectors items, so if you feel like a trip to the Golden Arches, now is the time!
Here’s another fantastic video from Mexican cosplay producer El Gamer Cosplayer. This time Super Street Fighter II is given the live action treatment. This video is a real treat for Street Fighter fans. We loved it and are looking forward to seeing what these guys come up with next!
There are few things in life we like as much as video games, but beer is surely one of them. Once again we have found a place that combines the two. Bar Continue features a huge range of old and new consoles as well as board games that patrons are free to play while enjoying a beverage. There’s also a selection of original cocktails, including a ‘sonic the hedgehog’ and ‘chocobo’. The bar is packed full of gaming paraphernalia – you’re sure to find a few old favourites among the many controllers, systems and games on display.
Bar Continue is a few minutes walk from Osaka Shinsaibashi station. Another gaming bar, Space Station is nearby so you could easily check both out if you’re in town.
An HD remake of Wii Sports is heading to the Wii U. As well as using the greater accuracy of MotionPlus Wii Sports Club will feature online multiplayer for the first time. There will also be training modes so you can practice your skills.
Fans of particular sports may be pleased to know they can be purchased separately. How good a deal that is will depend on the pricing and how well the multiplayer works in practice. We’re working on our tennis swings already here at JGG.
Wii Sports Club launches October 30th in Japan. Bowling and tennis will be the only sports available at launch, with others to follow.