Developers and publishers start getting tight-lipped as E3 approaches, but there are still announcements to talk about! Check out what happened in the past week in our gaming news recap below.
This week, Capcom announced the schedule for what will surely be the month of May-ga Man (I’m sorry.). They will be releasing six of The Blue Bomber’s titles to the 3DS Virtual Console via the Nintendo eShop, all of which come from the Game Boy and Game Boy Color lineup.
You can pick the first one up now, as Mega Man Xtreme is already available for purchase. May 8th will bring Mega Man II and III. Mega Man IV will hit the shop on May 15th with the fifth installment coming on May 22nd. Rounding out the month, Capcom will release Mega Man Xtreme 2 on May 29th. Each of the original series games will run $3.99 with Xtreme 2 costing $4.99.
Award-winning actor Kevin Spacey has been added to the cast of this year’s Call of Duty game, and the announcement came via Instagram of all places. Spacey is known for playing nefarious characters in movies such as Se7en and The Usual Suspects and more recently the Netflix original series House of Cards, and based on the reveal trailer, we should expect more of the same from his role in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
The game is currently being developed by Sledgehammer Games for the Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. Advanced Warfare is set in the year 2054, with all the technological advancements you might expect from a game set a few decades from now. As of today’s reveal, Sledgehammer announced that the game will be available November 4th, and I’m sure there will be plenty of news about it between now and then.
The Oculus Rift is once again in the news this week, and once again, not necessarily for the right reasons. John Carmack, currently the Chief Technology Officer for Oculus VR, has been accused by his former employer of violating ZeniMax’s intellectual property rights. ZeniMax is the parent company of Id Software (Doom, Quake), which Carmack co-founded. They released a statement claiming that they
…Recently sent formal notice of its legal rights to Oculus concerning its ownership of key technology used by Oculus to develop and market the Oculus Rift. ZeniMax’s technology may not be licensed, transferred or sold without ZeniMax Media’s approval. ZeniMax’s intellectual property rights arise by reason of extensive VR research and development works done over a number of years by John Carmack while a ZeniMax employee, and others. ZeniMax provided necessary VR technology and other valuable assistance to Palmer Luckey and other Oculus employees in 2012 and 2013 to make the Oculus Rift a viable VR product, superior to other VR market offerings.
During this week’s Direct, Nintendo showed off footage from the upcoming Wii U title Mario Kart 8, which will be hitting shells and shelves on May 30th. Along with the game, Nintendo announced a Wii U bundle that includes the system, Mario Kart 8, and a racing wheel attachment for $330.
If users register the game with Nintendo before July 31st, they will get another free game as well. In the US, the choices will be New Super Mario Bros. U, The Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3, or Wii Party U. Europe gets more options, as their choices also include Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, Nintendo Land, The Wonderful 101, Sonic Lost World, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, and Game and Wario. You can see the full Nintendo Direct from April 30th below.
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