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Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, Passes Away at Age 55

“Video games are meant to be just one thing. Fun. Fun for everyone.”
                 –Satoru Iwata

The President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata passed away July 11, 2015 from bile duct growth at age 55.

Iwata started at Nintendo in 1980 as a programmer and helped bring success to the Kirby series, Super Smash Bros, and Earthbound. He became the fourth president in 2002 and has overseen the release of the Nintendo DS, 3DS, GameCube, Wii, and Wii U.  Furthermore, Iwata opened communication between fans and Nintendo with his series “Iwata Asks” which interviews developers about upcoming games.

Iwata’s death comes as a shock to many fans. With new initiatives such as moving Nintendo to mobile we can only wait and see which direction Nintendo will now take. 

One thing is certain: Satoru Iwata will be sincerely missed by fans.

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July 7th 2015 Store Update

 

July’s PlayStation Plus Lineup

  • Rocket League (PS4)
  • Styx: Master of Shadows (PS4)
  • MouseCraft (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Entwined (PS4, PS3, PS Vita)
  • Rain (PS3)
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved (PS Vita)

PS4 Games

  • Arcade Archives EXERION ($7.99)
  • Pneuma: Breath of Life ($14.99/PS+ $13.49)
  • Rocket League ($19.99/PS+ Free)
  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore ($24.99)
  • Toro ($19.99)

PS3 Games

  • Persona®4 Arena™ Ultimax UTLIMATE Edition ($79.99)

PS Vita Games

  • Ar nosurge Plus: Ode to an Unborn Star ($39.99)
  • Geometry Wars™ 3: Dimensions Evolved ($14.99/PS+ Free)
  • NekoBuro – Cats Block ($7.99)

PS4 Add-on Content

  • Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare – Supremacy DLC ($14.99)
  • DRIVECLUB™ – RPM Expansion Pack ($5.99)
  • Evolve DLC ($2.99 and up)
  • Helldivers DLC ($2.99 and up)
  • Rocksmith 2014 DLC ($2.99 and up)
  • Minecraft DLC (Free and up)
  • Warframe DLC ($59.99 and up)
  • Witcher 3 – ‘Where the Cat and Wolf Play…’ (Free)

PS3 Add-on Content

  • Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare – Supremacy DLC ($14.99)
  • Evolve DLC ($2.99 and up)
  • Helldivers DLC ($2.99 and up)
  • Rocksmith 2014 DLC ($2.99 and up)
  • Minecraft DLC (Free and up)
  • Witcher 3 – ‘Where the Cat and Wolf Play…’ (Free)

PlayStation Store Update June 30th

PS4 Games

    BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND ($49.99)
    Escape Team ($4.99)
    J-STARS Victory VS+ Launch Bundle ($59.99)
    Quiplash ($9.99)
    Red Goddess: Inner World ($14.99)
    Scrabble ($14.99)
    Whispering Willows (Game and Theme) ($12.49/PS+ $9.99)

PS3 Games

    J-STARS Victory VS+ Launch Bundle ($39.99)
    Quiplash ($9.99)
    Syberia Collection ($29.99)

PS Vita Games

    Hyperdimension Neptunia ReBirth3: V Generation ($39.99)
    J-STARS Victory VS+ Launch Bundle ($39.99)
    SAMURAI WARRIORS: Chronicles 3 ($39.99)
    Whispering Willows (Game and PS4 Theme) ($12.49/PS+ $9.99)

PS4 Add-on Content

    Battlefield™ Hardline Criminal Activity ($14.99)
    BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND DLC ($1.99 and up)
    DRIVECLUB™ – Peugeot EX1 Concept (Free)
    DRIVECLUB DLC ($.99 and up)
    Evolve Abe Victory Skin ($1.99)
    Evolve – Trapper Victory Skin Pack ($4.99)
    Rocksmith 2014 DLC ($2.99 and up)
    The Witcher 3 New Quest – ‘Contract: Skellige’s Most Wanted’ (Free)
    The Witcher 3 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Skellige Armor Set (Free)

PS3 Add-on Content

    Battlefield Hardline Criminal Activity ($14.99)
    BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma EXTEND DLC ($1.99 and up)
    Rocksmith 2014 DLC ($2.99 and up)

June 23 2015 Playstation Store Update

 Bundles

Console Title Price
PS4 Batman: Arkham Knight Premium Edition $99.99
PS4 Final Fantasy XIV Online $59.99
PS4 Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Collector’s Edition $59.99
PS3 Final Fantasy XIV Online $59.99
PS3 Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward Collector’s Edition $59.99

Price Changes

Console Title Sale Price Original Price
PS4 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – Standard Edition Bundle $19.99 $29.99
PS4 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – Collectors Edition Bundle $39.99 $49.99
PS4 Evolve: Evolve – Behemoth $9.99 $14.99
PS4 Evolve: Evolve – Crow (Trapper Hunter) $4.99 $7.49
PS4 Evolve: Evolve – Slim (Medic Hunter) $4.99 $7.49
PS4 Evolve: Evolve – Sunny (Support Character) $4.99 $7.49
PS4 Evolve: Evolve – Torvald (Assault Hunter) $4.99 $7.49
PS4 Evolve: Evolve Hunting Season Pass $14.99 $24.99
PS3 Batman: Arkham Origins $19.99 $29.99
PS3 Beyond: Two Souls $19.99 $19.99

PS4 Games

  • Arcade Archives RAIDERS5 ($7.99)
  • Attacking Zegeta ($9.99)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight ($59.99)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Premium Edition ($99.99)
  • Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition ($24.99)
  • DOA5LR: Core Fighters + Free Character: Rig (Free)
  • Ender of Fire ($14.99)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV Online ($59.99)
  • PlanetSide 2 (Free to play)
  • PopCap Bundle ($29.99)
  • Tour de France 2015 ($49.99)
  • Vector Unit Racing Bundle ($14.99)

PS3 Games

  • DOA5LR: Core Fighters + Free Character: Rig (Free)
  • Don’t Starve: Giant Edition ($14.99)
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV Online ($59.99)
  • Suikoden III (PS2 Classic) ($9.99)
  • Tour de France 2015 ($39.99)

PS4 Add-ons

Batman Arkham Knight
  • Flashpoint Skin (Season Pass Exclusive)
  • New 52 Skins Pack (Free)
Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition
  • 1 Blue Orb ($0.99)
  • 2 Blue Orbs ($1.49)
  • 5 Blue Orbs ($2.99)
  • Lady & Trish Costume Pack ($3.99)
  • Proud Souls ($2.99)
  • Red Orbs ($1.99)
  • Super Nero/Super Dante/Super Vergil ($4.99)
  • Unlock All Modes ($1.49)
Evolve
  • Assault Victory Skin Pack ($4.99)
  • Goliath Digital Camo Skin ($2.99)
  • Hyde Victory Skin ($1.99)
  • Lennox ($4.99)
  • Lennox Victory Skin (Free for Owners of Hunter Season Pass 2)
  • Markov Victory Skin ($1.99)
  • Parnell Victory Skin ($1.99)
  • Hunting Season 2 ($24.99)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  • Heavensward Standard Edition ($39.99)
Littlebigplanet3
  • Hook Hat T-shirt (Free)
Planetside 2
  • 1,000 Battle Cash ($9.99)
  • 10,000 Battle Cash ($84.99)
  • 2,000 Battle Cash ($19.99)
  • 500 Battle Cash ($4.99)
  • 5,000 Battle Cash ($44.99)
  • Heroic Boost Bundle ($29.99)
  • Nanite Systems Starter Bundle ($19.99)
  • New Conglomerate Assault Starter ($14.99)
  • New Conglomerate Support Starter ($14.99)
  • Terran Republic Assault Starter ($14.99)
  • Terran Republic Support Starter ($14.99)
  • Vanu Sovereignty Assault Starter ($14.99)
  • Vanu Sovereignty Support Starter ($14.99)
  • 1-month Membership ($14.99)
  • 3-month Membership ($29.99)
  • 6-month Membership ($119.99)
  • 12-month Membership ($119.99)
Rocksmith 2014

Cross-buy with PS3

  • Primus – Jerry Was a Race Car Driver ($2.99)
  • Primus – Tommy the Cat ($2.99)
  • Primus – Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver ($2.99)
  • Primus – South Park Theme ($0.99)
Tales from the Borderlands

Cross-buy with PS3

  • Episode 3: Catch a Ride ($4.99)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Release on 6/24

  • New Quest – Contract: Skellige’s Most Wanted (Free)
  • Skellige Armor Set (Free)
PS3 Add-ons
Ace Combat Infinity
  • Extra Contract & Special Supply Ticket Set F ($8.99)
  • Extra Contract & Special Supply Ticket Set P ($8.99)
  • Extra Contract & Special Supply Ticket Set Q ($26.99)
  • Extra Contract & Special Supply Ticket Set R ($44.99)
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn
  • Heavensward Standard Edition ($39.99)
Rocksmith 2014

Cross-buy with PS4

  • Primus – Jerry Was a Race Car Driver ($2.99)
  • Primus – Tommy the Cat ($2.99)
  • Primus – Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver ($2.99)
  • Primus – South Park Theme ($0.99)
Tales from the Borderlands

Cross-buy with PS4

  • Episode 3: Catch a Ride ($4.99)

Themes

Console Theme Price
PS4 A Dynamic Usa Flag Theme $2.99
PS4 Abstract Green Moving Background Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS4 Aspen Comics Executive Assistant: Iris Theme $2.99
PS4 A Dynamic Birds On River Theme $2.99
PS4 A Soccerball With Dynamic Turkish Flag Theme $2.99
PS4 1 Luxurious View Of New York Dynamic Theme $3.49
PS4 1 Spaceship Dynamic Theme $3.49
PS4 A Close Up River Scene Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS4 An Underwater Treasure Chest Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS4 Audio Theme Series Thunder And Wolf Sounds $3.49
PS4 Frequency Wave Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS4 Godzilla Theme $0.00
PS4 Summer Beach Dynamic Theme – Full HD $2.99
PS4 Winter Wolf Dynamic Theme – Full HD $2.99
PS4 A Soccerball With Dynamic Argentina Flag Theme $2.99
PS4 A Soccerball With Dynamic Brazil Flag Theme $2.99
PS4 A Dynamic Antique Radio Theme $2.99
PS4 A Dynamic Bridge Crossing Water Theme $2.99
PS4 A Dynamics Machu Piccu Ruins Dynamic Theme $2.99
PS4 A Spit Fire Plane Dynamic Theme $4.99
PS4 Flame Thrower Dynamic Theme $3.49
PS4 Girl Gamer Dynamic Theme $3.49
PS4 Lightning Storm Dynamic Theme $3.49
PS Vita Another World Theme $2.99
PS Vita Beach Sunset Theme $2.99
PS Vita Biting Lip Theme $2.99
PS Vita Death Theme $2.99
PS Vita Desert Drifter Theme $2.99
PS Vita Evolution Theme $2.99
PS Vita Ghostly Cat Theme $2.99
PS Vita Grunge Flag USA Theme $2.99
PS Vita I See You Noob Theme $2.99
PS Vita Splat Soldier Theme $2.99
PS Vita Summer Beach Theme $2.99
PS Vita The End Theme $2.99

Avatars

Console Avatar Price
PS3 Avatar Planet 2 $0.99
PS3 Avatar Tiger $0.99
PS3 Avatar Respiration $0.99

E3 Day 1

Did you miss the day 1 E3 announcements? Here’s a quick summary of what was announced.  What are you excited to play?

E3 Recap: Monday June 15th2015

Bethesda Press Conference
DoomSpring 2016

The Elder Scrolls Legends- F2P strategy card game
The Elder Scrolls Online- New DLC for consoles
Dishonored 2- 2016

Fallout 4- November 10th2015
Battlecry- New details about gameplay

Microsoft Press Conference

Halo 5: Guardians- October 27th 2015

Recore- Spring 2016

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2- 2016

Forza Motorsport 6- September 15th 2015

Dark Souls III- 2016

The Division will have an open beta for Xbox One this December

Gigantic- Beta starts in August

Four indie games; Cuphead, Tacoma, Ashen, and Beyond Eyes. All have a vague 2016 release except for Beyond Eyes which will release this summer

Ion- from the creators of DayZ. No release date announced

Rise of the Tomb Raider- November 10th 2015

Rare Replay- 30 classis Rare developed games will be released August 4th 2015

Sea of Thieves- Holiday 2016

Fable Legends- Holiday 2015

Gears of War Ultimate Edition- August 25th 2015

Gears of War 4- Holiday 2016

Backwards Compatibility for the Xbox One. 100 games should be available by the end of the year.

Xbox Elite Wireless Controller. Features swappable components, reprogrammable buttons, a new D-pad, and more.

 Special version of Minecraft for the HoloLens

Microsoft Partners with Valve VR

Microsoft introduced Xbox Game Preview, a new program that allows Xbox One users to play games still in development

 

EA Press Conference

Mass Effect Andromeda- Holiday 2016

Need for Speed- November 3rd, 2015

Knights of the Old Republic, subtitled Knights of the Fallen Empire- October 2015

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, an upcoming mobile collectable card-based RPG- Later this year

Unravel is a textile-themed, physics-based platformer from Swedish developer Cordwood Interactive. –TBA

NBA Live 16 –September 29th2015

FIFA 16- Later 2015

Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst –Spring 2016

Star Wars: Battlefront –November 17th 2015

 

Ubisoft Press Conference

South Park: The Fractured but Whole –TBA

For Honor –TBA

The Crew: Wild Run, a new expansion – November 17th 2015

Trials Fusion Awesome Level Max –July 14th 2015

The Division –March 8th2016

Anno 2205 –November 3rd 2015

Just Dance 2016 -October 20th 2015

Rainbow Six Siege -October 13th 2015

Trackmania Turbo –TBA

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate –October 23rd 2015

Ghost Recon: Wildlands –TBA

 

Sony Press Conference

The Last Guardian -2016

Horizon: Zero Dawn -2016

Hitman –TBA

Street Fighter V. Cammy and Birdie confirmed as new characters

Dreams –TBA

Destiny: The Taken King -September 15th 2015

Firewatch –TBA

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is in the works

World of Final Fantasy- 2016

Shenmue 3 has started a Kickstarter campaign

Devolver Digital announced four games coming to PS4; Ronin, the 2D stealth action game, Eitr, a pixel-art character action game, Mother Russia Bleeds, a brutal and bloody 2D brawler, and Crossing Souls, a stylish action adventure game

PS4 gets Exclusive Assassin’s Creed Syndicate DLC

Sony Expands Its TV Offering with PlayStation View. PlayStation users will be able to subscribe to individual, unbundled TV stations via the company’s PlayStation Vue streaming television service

More details about No Mans Sky

RIGS, a VR game –TBA

Call of Duty Content Is Now First on PS4

A limited-edition Disney Infinity 3.0 bundle is coming to PlayStation 4

 Showed a live demo of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End