Nintendo’s 2DS will soon be getting its own bundle! The handheld will come pre-loaded with either Pokemon X or Y. Both bundles will hit store shelves on December 6th and retail for $149.99. The 2DS itself retails for $129.99, so this is a great starting point for anyone looking to open up to the current Nintendo handheld and play one of the best Pokemon games in recent years. Nintendo certainly dominated the handheld market in 2013, and this bundle is just yet another example of how they can keep themselves on top. By offering a cheaper version of their handheld and coupling it with a fantastic game, they can only improve their market share.
At the start of the year we made a list of the things we would like to see in gaming during 2013. What can we say, pretty much everything on our list came true! Nintendo is starting to show signs of getting itself together, Sony is now most definitely showing the Vita some love, indie games …View full post
If there’s one thing the Wii U has really been needing, it’s a full-fledged Mario game. Sure there was New Super Mario Bros. U at launch but true to its unwieldly title that felt more like an afterthought sequel rather than the proper Mario game that the console deserved. Now we have Super Mario 3D World and while it is a sequel to Super Mario 3D Land on the 3DS, it is also the true and proper Mario game that the Wii U desperately needs, one that takes proper advantage of the system and hits notes of both nostalgia and forward progress. Does it completely break the formula and reinvent Mario for a new generation? Not in the slightest, but it does do some very key things differently and the nostalgia it throws at you is more heartwarming than narcissistic.
The PS4 has hit another milestone in its potential journey to the top. The PS4 has just hit 2.1 million in units sold. “ I want to personally thank PlayStation fans, both old and new, for your vote of confidence,” said CEO Andrew House on the Playstation Blog, “The best part: the PS4 journey has just begun. In addition to an incredible lineup of PS4 games from the best developers in the world, we will continue to introduce valuable new features and services to PS4 in the months and years ahead.” The PS4 has certainly started out on the right foot, and we here at HBHUD hope it continues to deliver awesome games for years to come.
Remember back when Sony announced the PS4? Wasn’t there something about a cloud and streaming service? That’s right, the entire gaming community was buzzing. Sony had recently purchased Gaikai, and we could only dream of what that meant. The promises revealed during the launch were…fuzzy at best. Some sort of streaming of games will be offered. Okay, cool, that was obvious. Well, now we finally have some more news on the horizon. A recent report from Eurogamer has revealed that the streaming service will be available in North America sometime in 3rd-quarter 2014, with the rest of the world seeing it sometime in 2015. Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, said “What’s important is to understand the full scope of what we’re trying to achieve and why we felt the Gaikai acquisition was important. Our goal is to be able to have a new form of game distribution streamed from the server side, initially to PS4 consoles then gradually moving that out to Vita.” He goes on to report that the service will allow for PS3 games to be streamed on the PS4, but outside of that, not much else is known. However, he hinted “Eventually, the endgame is to have this available on a multitude of network-connected devices, essentially delivering a console-quality gaming experience on devices which are not innately capable of doing that.”
It looks like one of the most well-known casual games of the past generation is looking to make a comeback. According to a recent preview, the game should see release on the Xbox One on December 9th as a downloadable title. Now, this might seem like a strange game to release in the console’s launch window, but considering the acclaim the original received, it seems like a smart idea to offer something a little different. The game will follow the standard formula (shoot pegs, get special abilities, shoot more pegs, win), but will be much more of an enhancement on the original.
At the start of the year we made a list of the things we would like to see in gaming during 2013. What can we say, pretty much everything on our list came true! Nintendo is starting to show signs of getting itself together, Sony is now most definitely showing the Vita some love, indie games were bigger than ever, and we got, not just two new console announcements, but two brand new consoles. Let’s go go item-by-item and see how 2013 stacked up.