Early streams of the upcoming Super Smash Bros. 3DS confirm many additions (and omissions) to the fighting roster. Atari is dipping into its extensive back catalogue for new titles. Sony PlayStation Store will no longer support PlayStation Portable (PSP) in many parts of the world. Finally, Hideo Kojima reveals even more juicy teasers for the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Sept. 11, 2014.
Super Smash Bros. 3DS livestream confirms new characters
Even though the game has not yet been released, some copies have leaked out resulting in livestreams all over the internet. The various Twitch users have showcased not just juicy bits of gameplay, but also the roster of the popular fighting title. The new portable Super Smash Bros. will feature a number of interesting characters from classic Nintendo titles, including Dark Pit from Kid Icarus or the dog from the old Duck Hunt games. The title will also see a number of bigger profile characters such as Ness from Earthbound or Ganondorf from the Legend of Zelda series. Even Mr. Game and Watch as well as Wario are making an obligatory appearance. Some fans might find it disappointing that previous Super Smash Bros. additions such as Squirtle or Metal Gear’s Solid Snake are missing, however. Either way, the new title seems like a strong addition to the franchise, and will be releasing this Friday in Japan.
Atari betting on old classics
One of the most recognized companies in the gaming world started off with a line of really popular home consoles and titles. However, in the recent years Atari has been struggling to stay relevant, going through a number of buyouts and exploring countless new ventures such as Pridefest, a city-building game with strong LGBT themes. This time, the chief operating officer Todd Shallbetter announced that the publisher might be going back to its exhaustive catalogue of classics for inspiration. Two new titles in the works include a re-imagining of Haunted House and Alone in the Dark. Shallbetter explains these will not be mere remakes or ports, but full-blown original creations attempt to modernize the time-tested formulas. With over 220 IPs in their back catalog, Atari definitely has a lot of possibilities if it chooses to stick to this route.
PSP no longer supported by the PlayStation Store
The latest report by IGN suggest that Sony might be phasing out its older handheld console in order to push their newer Vita forward a little. Come September 15, the PSP gamers in a number of territories including Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa will no longer be able to make purchases via the PlayStation Store. However, any previously bought titles should work just fine and be accessible to re-download, and the Sony Entertainment Network Online Store will remain a viable alternative. The U.S. users, on the other hand, will still be able to use the PlayStation Store while the company evaluates the market trends. On top of that, Sony has already stopped shipping new PSP units back in June. These events mark the slow death of Sony’s first portable console.
New glimpses into Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain
The fans of a sneaky-spy and narrative-heavy espionage action are eagerly awaiting the release of the fifth installment. In the meantime, the Konami Twitch channel has just aired a brief teaser during a Kojima Station broadcast. The video introduced Quiet, a female sniper who can turn invisible. Hideo Kojima himself also posted a twitter picture of a Metal Gear Collection 2014. Konami previously shared a 20 minute gameplay walkthrough of The Phantom Pain, showing new cardboard box abilities for sneaking as well as the fulton system for surface-to-air recovery. PC gamers also have a reason to be excited, as the title was announced for Steam as well.
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