New Assassin’s Creed Game To Be Revealed On May 12

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New Assassin’s Creed Game To Be Revealed On May 12

Ubisoft is getting ready show off this year’s Assassin’s Creed game next week. The reveal is scheduled for May 12 at 9 a.m. Pacific / 12 p.m. Eastern.

It just so happens that Ubisoft will also be sharing its earnings report for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015. We expect that the reveal will take place either immediately before or after the call.

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Capcom Increases Full Fiscal Year 2015 Profit Despite 37 Percent Drop In Sales

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Capcom Increases Full Fiscal Year 2015 Profit Despite 37 Percent Drop In Sales

Capcom has closed out its fiscal year ending March 31, 2015. The company marked increased operating income and net income, with the latter closing up nearly 100 percent.

Net income for fiscal year 2015 was ¥6.6 billion ($55.1 million) compared to the previous year of ¥3.4 billion ($28.4 million). Sales dropped from ¥102.2 billion ($853.7 million) to ¥64.3 billion ($537.1 million), largely on the collapse of the company’s amusement business (pachinko). Sales dropped 67.4 percent and operating income for the segment decreased by 61.6 percent.

The digital business (video games) also saw decrease in sales, but an increase in operating income. Sales dropped by 31.1 percent from ¥65.8 billion ($549.7 million) to ¥45.4 billion ($379.3 million). Operating income rose from ¥4.9 billion ($40.9 million) to ¥10.2 billion ($85.2 million).

Wasteland 2 Is Getting Free Game Of Year Edition Upgrade

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Wasteland 2 Is Getting Free Game Of Year Edition Upgrade

Wasteland 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as a “game of the year” edition, but developer inXile didn’t want to leave PC fans out in the cold. The developer announced today that anyone who backed the game on Kickstarter or purchased it outright will receive a free update to the new version.

The game of the year edition has been upgraded to Unity 5 improves textures, character models, and lighting. The developer has also added new, fully-voiced dialog to enhance the original version.

There are gameplay changes included as well, including new perks and quirks, a new system that allows Rangers to target individual body parts, and balancing changes that impact difficulty, loot drops, and more.

Microsoft Celebrates Minecraft’s Third Xbox 360 Birthday With Free Skin Packs

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Microsoft Celebrates Minecraft’s Third Xbox 360 Birthday With Free Skin Packs

Minecraft turns three years old on Xbox 360 this Saturday, May 9. To celebrate, Microsoft is giving away three skin packs.

If you happened to miss the first and second birthday packs, those are making a return. Joining them is another bundle featuring “veteran Mojangstas” and some extras.

All three of these are available on both Xbox 360 and Xbox One (a first for the two previous packs). You can grab them through May 17, after which they’ll be gone.

Splatoon Demo Available In The Nintendo eShop, Test Periods This Weekend

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Splatoon Demo Available In The Nintendo eShop, Test Periods This Weekend

At the conclusion of this morning’s 33-minute Splatoon Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced a limited test period for the upcoming title. The software will be available in the Wii U eShop shortly, with the chance to jump online this weekend.

You can jump into the ink during three different hour-long windows in the coming days:

You’ll be able to get your feet wet (with ink) during these periods to give the messy multiplayer a try. Splatoon will be out on May 29 for Wii U.

Star Trek Titles To Live Long, Prosper On GOG.com

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Star Trek Titles To Live Long, Prosper On GOG.com

A trio of Interplay Star Trek titles are making their digital premier on the DRM-free games portal GOG.com

Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (a point-and-click adventure game), Star Trek: Judgement Rites (the sequel to 25th Anniversary), and Star Trek: Starfleet Academy (simulator, above) are all available for $5.99. The first two are on PC, Mac, and Linux, but Starfleet Academy is only on PC.

GOG.com and Interplay say that more Star Trek games from the publisher will be announced in the near future.

Nintendo, Universal Creating A Real-World Nintendo Land

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Nintendo, Universal Creating A Real-World Nintendo Land

Nintendo has created a huge roster of characters and memorable worlds over decades in video games – so much so, that the lack of a Nintendo theme park seemed a bit odd. After all, they've carefully cultivated a family-friendly image, and their games seem like a natural fit for the real world. The wait appears to be over. Nintendo and Universal Parks & Resorts have announced plans to create the first-ever attractions based on Nintendo's beloved licenses.

The initial announcement doesn't provide many other details, besides saying that Nintendo and Universal's creative teams are still hashing out concepts. More details will be coming soon, presumably once the companies have a better sense of what they're going to be doing. (Note: The Nintendo Land logo I tossed up there is for illustrative purposes only; there's not an official name for the park at this time.)

In the meantime, we can think of some Nintendo games or locations that would be great fits for the partnership. How about real Super Mario Kart races, similar to what Waterloo Labs created a few years ago? Or an on-rails light-gun ride through Boo Mansion? Obviously, Princess Peach's Castle has to be the centerpiece of the park, similar to how the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is the centerpiece of Universal's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction.

Nintendo Updates Its List Of Best Selling Wii U And 3DS Software

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Nintendo Updates Its List Of Best Selling Wii U And 3DS Software

With the fiscal year closed and reported, Nintendo has updated its list of best-selling software for the Wii U and 3DS across those consoles’ history. And, while Mario might be the face of Nintendo, he doesn’t own the top spot on 3DS (and shares the limelight on Wii U).

Here’s where things stand on Wii U, of which 9.54 million units have been shipped:

For Nintendo 3DS (52 million shipped handhelds), Pokémon titles continue to bring in huge numbers. Here’s the full list:

Nintendo Posts Profits Despite Missing Wii U And 3DS Shipment Goals

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Nintendo has reported its financial performance for the year ended March 31, 2015. The company is in the process of turnaround, meeting or exceeding its revised forecast from January 28 across the board.

The company closed the year with ¥41.8 billion ($349.2 million) net income, a significant increase from last fiscal year’s loss of ¥23.2 billion ($193.8 million). This exceeded both the latest forecast of ¥30 billion ($250.6 million), which was revised upward from the start of the fiscal period.

Nintendo fell short on Wii U shipments, moving 3.38 million during the year against a target of 3.6 million. The company is revising down its sales projects again, expecting to ship only 3.4 million Wii U consoles in the current year.