New Releases This Week: February 15 Through February 21

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, especially if you are living in the Northeast. Thankfully, there are some great games from last week, and even more coming this week.

Sony's first major exclusive for the year hits retail and digital this week. The Order: 1886, developed by Ready at Dawn, will be out Friday. This week also brings the first weekly installment of Capcom's episodic Resident Evil experiment.

For those looking for something a bit more colorful, Nintendo's adorable pink puffball arrives on the Wii U in Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Here's the full rundown:

Capcom Ships More Than 3 Million Copies Of Monster Hunter 4 Worldwide

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With the release of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate in the west last week, Capcom has tracked down some new shipment numbers for the series. While Capcom is known for Street Fighter, Resident Evil, and Mega Man in North America, Monster Hunter can't be overlooked as a key part of the publisher's portfolio.

More than 3 million copies of Monster Hunter 4 have been shipped worldwide (including the "Ultimate" version released in North America and Europe last week). This includes digital purchases and download cards.

The series has moved more than 32 million units since its inception in 2004, with releases on a variety of platforms from different manufacturers. Our review of the latest installment, Tim Turi lauds the latest entry's improved accessibilty.

"Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate makes big strides to ease new players into its intimidating, decade-old gameplay formula," he writes. You can read the entire review here.

[Source: Capcom]

Report: Scarface Composer Says He's Teaming With Skrillex On New Tron Game

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A recent interview with film composer Giorgio Moroder reveals that a new Tron video game is in the works, and Mordor along with Skrillex, are composing the soundtrack.

Speaking with, Moroder said, "I'm going to meet Skrillex next week when I'm back. I'm doing the music for a game for Disney's Tron. We have about five themes, electronic stuff and let's see if he's interested in remixing or re-working one of the songs.”

Moroder has an impressive career in composing music for films. Alongside composing Scarface, Moroder also has music credits for writing certain songs in Top Gun and Inglourious Basterds, as well video games like Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City and Vice City Stories.

InstaDoom Mod Finally Brings Selfies And Photo Filters To Doom

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A Doom modder going by the name Linguica has implemented arguably the only thing Doom fans have felt was missing from the game – Instagram filters and a selfie stick.

You can find out more about the mod (and download it) by heading here. The implementation of the filters is actually quite impressive as it is all built within the Doom engine.

Selfies have, surprisingly, become a popular feature of video games and are built into Grand Theft Auto V, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, and even Pokémon to a lesser degree.

Shadowrun: Hong Kong Kickstarter Crosses $1 Million Mark In Final Hours

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Harebrained Schemes has cleared the $1 million mark as its third Kickstarter effort, Shadowrun: Hong Kong enters its final 48 hours. The company successfully rebooted the Shadowrun franchise with two games (plus a director’s cut of the second) and brought a hybrid tabletop/digital game to market previously.

Shadowrun Hong Kong marks a departure for the company in how it approaches crowdfunding, though. Rather than ask the community to support the entire effort, the developer brought a different proposal.

One way or the other, Shadowrun Hong Kong was going to happen. The $1 million in support from the community is making the game bigger and more robust. Thirteen new elements, unlocked at funding milestones throughout the funding period, are being added to the experience, including new characters, revamped controls, more audio, more side missions, and most recently an additional four to five hour mini-campaign.

Level-5 Teaming Up With Hasbro To Bring The Popular In Japan Yo-Kai Watch To North America

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We probably won't see the results of this partnership until 2016, but plans are in motion to bring the hugely popular in Japan Yo-Kai Watch to North America.

Yo-Kai Watch is somewhat similar to Pokémon in both concept and popularity. Level-5's 3DS Yo-Kai Watch games have sold more than 6.5 millions copies in Japan. There is also an affiliated anime TV series as well as manga and toys. The single-sentence press-release summary of show reads, "The story centers around a young boy who gets a special watch empowering him to discover and summon mysterious Yo-kai that help him solve problems in his daily life usually caused by other trouble-making Yo-kai."

The partnership with Hasbro intends to bring all elements of the franchise over to North America, including the show, games, and toys. Hasbro has not set any release dates or windows for Yo-Kai Watch products to come to North America other than the ambiguous 2016.

How One Artistic Smash Bros. Fan Convinced People Rayman Is Joining The Roster

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How One Artistic Smash Bros. Fan Convinced People Rayman Is Joining The Roster

A short video of Rayman appearing on the Super Smash Bros. Wii U character select screen started making the rounds on the Internet recently. It was shared and even reported on in some cases as a leak, but today its creator has come clean with a full tutorial on how he made the "leaked" video.

The video comes from Omni Jacala who goes by Artsy Omni on YouTube. He put an incredible amount of work into the impressive hoax. All the details are there – Mewtwo is in the roster, the moving flames behind the character in the select screen are present, Rayman is animated properly when you select him, and he even has a Rayman-specific icon behind his head when you place the cursor on top of him.

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Tony Hawk Reconfirms New Pro Skater Game For 2015 With Valentine's Day Poem

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Tony Hawk Reconfirms New Pro Skater Game For 2015 With Valentine's Day Poem

Details are still scarce, but yesterday Tony Hawk reconfirmed he is working on a new Tony Hawk game with a romantic poem and it is coming this year.

A romantic poem for your Valentine's Day. Also - we are working on a new THPS to be released this year. Love, Tony

Tony Hawk made reference to work on a mobile game early last year announcing it on a Sirius XM radio show. Activision and Tony Hawk on twitter (you can see that tweet below) later expanded that announcement to include console games.

Nintendo Officially Cancels TVii Support For Wii U In Europe

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Nintendo's frequently pushed back support for TVii service on Wii U in Europe has officially been delayed into oblivion. Nintendo made the announcement on its website. You can read the full statement here, or below.

At Nintendo of Europe, we continue to challenge ourselves to develop a range of entertaining experiences for all to enjoy. Due to the extremely complex nature of localising multiple television services across a diverse range of countries with varied licensing systems, regrettably we have taken the decision not to launch the Nintendo TVii service within the European region. Although on this occasion we did not anticipate such challenges, we will always strive to develop a range of entertaining experiences for all our users to enjoy.

Originally planned for launch in Europe in 2013, the service was continually pushed back. Early last year, Nintendo offered an apology for Europe's TVii delay, though at the time it did not offer an adjusted launch date, or even a reason for the continued delay of service. When TVii was initially announced for Wii U, it was only confirmed for North America. The promise of European support came later.

Artist Gives Pokémon Kyurem, Raikou, Abomasnow, Mr. Mime And Others Realistic Makeovers

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Artist Gives Pokémon Kyurem, Raikou, Abomasnow, Mr. Mime And Others Realistic Makeovers

Realistic Pokémon artist RJ Palmer latest piece imagines Kyurem, Raikou, Piloswine, Abomasnow, Delibird, Sawsbuck, Mr. Mime, Chingling, and Froslass in the real world.

You can check out the new pieces from Palmer above and below, which features possibly the most terrifying take on Mr. Mime I've ever seen.

For more impressive work from Palmer click the links to see Gyarados and Rayquaza, Lugia and Tyrantrum, Giratina, Feraligatr, and Meganium. RJ Palmer has been creating these impressive realistic Pokémon for quite some time. You can see more of his collection on his blog, as well as his DeviantArt page. He's also collected most of his work into a coffee table book which you can buy here.