Ultra Street Fighter IV Hadoukens Onto Retail

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I know that headline doesn't really make sense, but you have to create some kind of pun about when writing a news story, and that was the one I came up with. If you don't already own one of the 1,000 releases of Capcom's premiere fighting game then now is your chance.

Ultra Street Fighter IV introduced six new stages, and five new characters: Rolento, Elena, Hugo, Poison, and Decapre. The game launched digitally on June 3 (read our review), but has finally migrated to the retail space, so if you're the kind of gamer who likes to stare at the games they own on their shelf, then today is your lucky day!

Our TakeThis isn't a big deal, but it is interesting to think about the fact that some games now release digitally before they come to retail; something that wouldn't have happened years ago.

Call Of Duty: Ghosts DLC Nemesis Now Available On Xbox Systems

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Nemesis, the fourth and final DLC for Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Ghosts is available now on Xbox One and Xbox 360. The DLC includes four new maps, four new field orders, and the conclusion of the Extinction mode’s storyline, Episode 4: Exodus.

The four new maps Nemesis introduces are: Subzero, a frozen Canadian submarine base hiding a terrible secret, Goldrush, an old, abandoned gold mine out in the Southwest US, Dynasty, an idyllic rural lakeside village in China, and Showtime, a redesigned version of Call of Duty 4’s Shipment.

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Super Mario Kart Now Available On Wii U eShop

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Super Mario Kart Now Available On Wii U eShop

If you own a Wii U, it's fairly likely that you've not only played Mario Kart 8, but loved it, too. Today, you can return to the series' roots and download the original Super Mario Kart, available on the Wii U eShop.

For $7.99, you can download this SNES classic and play it on your TV or on the GamePad screen. We ranked Super Mario Kart third best among all the Mario Kart titles, behind GameCube's Double Dash and the most recent Wii U iteration.

For more on Mario Kart, watch this amusing Mario Kart 8 video of a Daisy player with the worst luck ever.

Report: Destiny Ghost Edition In Limited Supply

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Publishers often create limited editions for the games, but then when the title comes out you often find copies of that "Limited Edition" on store shelves. That probably won't be the case for Destiny's special Ghost Edition.

Last month, Bungie detailed the contents of Destiny Ghost Edition, which includes a Ghost replica. If you'd still like to still pre-order Bungie's new shooter, it sounds like retailers are still taking pre-orders for Destiny's regular and limited editions. However, users on Reddit have started to claim that the Ghost Edition is in such limited supply that Best Buy has started cancelling pre-orders for that edition.

[Source: VG247]

Reader Discussion: What Is Your Favorite Metroid Game?

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Twenty-eight years ago today Nintendo released the original Metroid for the original NES. Throughout her 28-years exploring the galaxy, Samus has had a lot of great adventures; what's your favorite.

The other day, I wrote an article on some of the best non-Metroid, Metroid games, and I did that because I have a great love for Nintendo's classic sci-fi series. A lot of people hold up the original Metroid as one of the best games in the series because it started it all. For me, I put my money on Super Metroid, because I think that it polished the formula to perfection. On the other hand, Metroid Prime did a lot for the series by taking it to 3D, and doing first-person extremely well, and I could see someone making a solid argument for that game being the best Metroid game of all time. What do you think? What's your favorite Metroid game?

Once you're done arguing here, check out our Reader Discussion about what is your favorite Mega Man game?

The Art Of Donkey Kong Country Returns Video Swings Into Our Hearts

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Over the years, Donkey Kong has transformed his image from villain to hero, adopting a modest monogrammed tie for a more professional look (well, they're technically not the same gorilla, but we won't get into that). He first starred in his own adventure with the graphically impressive Super Nintendo hit Donkey Kong Country, a title some argue hasn't aged particularly well, and has recently found his way back into the hearts of long-time Nintendo fans in the Donkey Kong Country Returns games.

With the latest video in his "The Art of" series, Olivier Leclair shows us how the Nintendo mascot made his triumphant return with a new 2.5D look in the 2010 Wii game, moving from concept to in-game motion. As you might expect, the video contains tropical vistas, volcanic activity, and lots of bananas.

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Disney Interactive Reverses Financials, Increases Revenue By 45 Percent

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Disney Interactive is a relatively small branch of the larger Disney Kingdom, but thankfully, the division has been able to turn its fortunes around, moving from a $58 million loss last year to a $29 million surplus this year.

According to a Disney press release, Disney Interactive has seen a 45 percent revenue increase largely due to the continued sale of last year's Disney Infinity as well as the success of mobile titles like Tsum Tsum and Frozen Free Fall.

“Our strategy of building strong brands and franchises continues to create great value across our company,” said Walt Disney chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger. “This quarter we delivered the highest EPS in the company’s history, and we’ve now generated greater EPS in the first three quarters of FY 2014 than we have in any previous full fiscal year. We’re extremely pleased with these results and we are also thrilled with the spectacular performance of Guardians of the Galaxy, which holds great promise as a new franchise for our company and once again reinforces the tremendous value of Marvel.”

New Zealand Treated To Dragon Quest IV On iTunes

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New Zealand Treated To Dragon Quest IV On iTunes

Though it was known as Dragon Warrior IV upon its original North American release over 20 years ago, it appears Square Enix saw fit to do more than change just one word in the classic RPG series for its iPhone and iPad appearance. Released on the New Zealand iTunes store earlier today, you can now get your hands on Dargon Quest IV, which is just Dragon Quest IV on iOS but much more fun to say aloud.

Though the error is sure to be corrected, we can all take a moment to enjoy the silliness of this little oversight before the North American release. Square Enix released Dragon Quest VIII on iOS and Android recently, and it's worth checking out if you're looking for some old-school swords and sorcery gameplay to tide you over.

Dragon Quest IV originally appeared on NES in 1992 here in the states as Dragon Warrior IV, receiving a DS remake in 2008 as Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen. For more, read about Dargon Ball Xenoverse and check out our hands-on preview of Dargon Age: Inquisition.

Sony Ends PlayStation Mobile

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Sony Ends PlayStation Mobile

Sony announced today that PlayStation Mobile, a mobile game initiative which enables PlayStation content such as select PS One games and PlayStation Store titles on select “PlayStation certified” mobile devices, will no longer be supported on Android. PlayStation Mobile will continue to be available on certified devices using Android 4.4.2 and below, but newer devices may not have access to the store or be able to play games properly, and devices running the upcoming Android L will have no PlayStation Mobile features at all.

PlayStation Mobile launched two years ago. The service features over 50 free-to-play games, including some, like Velocity, which were originally developed specifically for it. PS Mobile functions primarily as a means of making PS One titles and PlayStation affiliated Indie games available via mobile devices, but its success has been questionable. Sony has struggled to find games to put on the service, and over time many of the titles appearing on PlayStation Mobile were released separately on Vita first.

[Source: Sony via Joystiq]