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The biggest news you missed from E3 2011

Motorstorm: Apocalypse cancelled in Japan

Motorstorm was one of the first series to showcase the PS3’s power, but after a couple of games, they needed to shake things up for the off-road racer. The third game in the franchise was subtitled Apocalypse, and had the novel idea of shifting terrain during races thanks to natural disasters like earthquakes. Sadly, that fun angle took an unexpectedly dark turn after the devastatingly massive earthquake in Japan just one week before the game’s planned launch. Out of sensitivity, Sony delayed the release, with Apocalypse hitting US stores in early May. The Japanese release date was delayed indefinitely, and during E3 last week Sony of Japan quietly cancelled the title.

Even though we enjoyed the game, we totally understand the cancellation. Though no official reason was given, with Japan still on the long road to recovery from the disaster, so we can see why customers might not appreciate a racing around shattered cityscapes. After this, perhaps the next game in the series will be called Motorstorm: Relaxing Park just to be safe.


Wii U doesn’t play GameCube games

We’re big fans of the GameCube (we even put Wind Waker at #5 on our top 100 games list), but we’d bet 99% of Wii owners never used its backwards compatibility, let alone knew that the waggly console could play the GameCube’s minidiscs. The casual players must have looked quizzically at the GC controller ports on the top, shrugged their shoulders, and resumed playing Just Dance. But if you’re one of the few that still enjoy the occasional round of Pikmin 2 or Mario Sunshine, you’ll want to keep your Wii around, because the Wii U doesn’t play GameCube games.

This should probably have been assumed before the console was even announced, though when we heard Wii U played Wii games, we figured emulating GC games wouldn’t be that hard. Yet Nintendo matter-of-factly let us know they were kicking the purple lunch box to the curb. It’s a sad day for Nintendo devotees, but look on the bright side: this gives Nintendo the chance to sell GC games on Virtual Console! Aren’t you excited at the prospect of paying $15 to download Billy Hatcher?!?


The Silent Hill PS Vita game is being developed by WayForward

One of the sleeper hits of E3 for us was BloodRayne: Betrayal, a gloriously bloody adventure with some of the most beautiful 2D graphics our eyes have ever seen. We weren’t surprised it was from the team at WayForward, a developer that may not be a household name, but has been creating some of the best old-school 2D games of the last decade. Just pick-up Shantae, A Boy and his Blob, and Contra 4 if you don’t believe us. During an interview about BloodRayne, the dev confirmed they were working on another surprising title, the just revealed Silent Hill game for the PS Vita.

Silent Hill: Book of Memories is shrouded in secrets similar to the franchise’s famous fog, though we have heard the game will have a multiplayer aspect. Our biggest quandary is how many dimensions the game will be in. WayForward is at its best in two dimensions, but Silent Hill is at its core a 3D series, and the Vita is such a graphical workhorse that 2D visuals seem even less appropriate, as much as we’d like to see them. The title seems very early, so we probably won’t see what it looks like for a while, maybe not until E3 2012.


Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is only $39.99

Halo fans have grown accustomed to paying ridiculous prices for the newest Halo. They could put down $59.99 for the standard edition, but that’s for losers. They’d rather pay $100 for ODST with a custom controller, $150 for Halo: Reach with a crazy statue, and an unforgettable $130 for a cat helmet. You pay big money for that kind of prestige, but the Halo 1 remake looks to be dodging those steadily increasing price tags, as the Anniversary Edition of the original adventure will retail for a shockingly reasonable $39.99.

What’s the big deal Microsoft, our money not good enough for you? Think we aren’t worthy of paying $200 for a special edition that comes in a briefcase shaped like an original Xbox and has a recorded greeting from Bill Gates inside? $40 for the remake of a decade old game may seem rational to the non-Halo lover, and we’re glad Microsoft is treating us with some respect, but it just doesn’t fit with the history. Mark our words, there’s still half a chance a $100 collector’s edition will be revealed before the November 15 launch date.

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32 comments

  • Spybreak8 - June 19, 2011 2:42 a.m.

    For all the CE out there, just wait. Aside from Mass Effect, that's just me, I've waited on all my Collector Editions and have made off handsomely at the same time. That Halo cat helmet, 60 bucks on Amazon as a DotD.
  • kachigop - June 18, 2011 4:40 p.m.

    I guess I'm in the minority here, but I died a little bit inside when I heard GameCube was getting shelved. Some third-party designer needs to make an all-inclusive Nintendo console than plays NES, SNES, N64, GC, and Wii games. Maybe even some Gameboy features. Get on that internet.
  • D0CCON - June 17, 2011 7:25 p.m.

    @usmovers_02 You can still play the maps on the remake's disc. An article did mention that you could use the maps on Halo Reach, but you don't have to. Reach isn't required.
  • therawski - June 16, 2011 10:45 p.m.

    Beyond Good & Evil Forever (dur) Halo 1 HD Shockingly Reasonable $39.99!!!??? I'd give em maybe $5 for it if it included free online play, so guess what?
  • RedOutlive10 - June 16, 2011 10:41 p.m.

    No Beyond Good & Evil 2... There's your proof that there's no god in this world.
  • Hipopapotamus - June 16, 2011 7:37 p.m.

    I would happily pay more than 15 quid for an hd billy hatcher. I would even go as far as to say i would sell my soul for it
  • NightCrawler_358 - June 16, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    Cool stuff, too bad about the no NGC though. As for Pokemon, I've always wanted a console version in the same style as the handhelds, but with a huge world, and just more content. None of this Snap, Trozei, Pinball crap.
  • Darkwun - June 16, 2011 5:03 p.m.

    i thought that would be the case with the wii u, but a shame to have it confirmed. i have about 50 or so gc games n my tv is getting CLUTTERED with consoles, and it sucks i have to keep my wii around just for gc games. also the BG&E news makes me wanna cry... i agree, this teasing is killing me, just fuckin cancel it already and stop toying with my emotions!
  • Robusken - June 16, 2011 4:39 p.m.

    Wait...so that was the big Pokemon game they kept hinting at? Lame >.>
  • erikslev - June 16, 2011 4:27 p.m.

    BG&E 2 is perfect for the Wii U because of the controller and how it will mimic a camera perfectly.
  • usmovers_02 - June 16, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    $40 is way too much for a HD remake that requires Halo Reach to play the multiplayer.
  • LOZ4EVAH - June 16, 2011 4:07 p.m.

    Dang that sucks about the GameCube games. i first experinced the Metroid Prime series using the backward compatibility of my Wii
  • SonicX_89 - June 16, 2011 2:11 p.m.

    It was very weird for me to see that the article mentioned Nintendo has 1st party developers, even though I knew they had them. I kinda forget that not ALL of the games that come out of Nintendo aren't produced 100% internally.
  • philipshaw - June 16, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    The news that we won't get a new beyond good and evil this gen makes me sad. I was playing the HD version last night and that game is still great
  • jmcgrotty - June 16, 2011 10:32 a.m.

    GrandTheftAuto, what they actually meant, and you aren't taking into account was the price of the game compared to the quality of the games. No way in hell should any game the quality of any Halo game ever cost more than $20 (U.S.). (Note: Yes, I know this is not what the article really meant. Don't bother correcting me. Just a failed attempt at humor.)
  • insertdisk - June 16, 2011 9:14 a.m.

    Someone needs to take the initiative with making games cheaper. If I was EA i would put battlefield 3 at least £5 cheaper.
  • GrandTheftAuto - June 16, 2011 8:43 a.m.

    Wait WHAT? Halo games overpriced? Alright i get it why the special editions of all the games are expensive but from Halo 3 to Reach (incl ODST) must be the cheapest 360 games that i got at release (Sweden)
  • Limbo - June 16, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    I actually play Gamecube games on my Wii more often than actual Wii games. Super Mario Sunshine, Luigi's Mansion, and Wind Waker never get old.
  • GameManiac - June 16, 2011 3:58 a.m.

    I don't have any Gamecube games, although there were a few that interested me (Star Fox Assault, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Mario Sunshine, etc.) If I do get a Wii U, and decide to play Gamecube games, at least I'll still have my Wii.
  • garnsr - June 16, 2011 3:45 a.m.

    This article could have used some proofreading. I recently used my Gamecube to play Gameboy Advance carts. Wii can't do that, I wonder if they'll bring the Castlevania and Metroid games out on the store?

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