The Bulletin is a roundup of a few game-related news stories from the previous week.
“Who needs new consoles when Nintendo has sequels to all of your favorite games?” Nintendo hopes people will say in November
We all know the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are coming out this November, so you’d think other video game companies that don’t have a new system coming out this year would want to stay away from that month and avoid getting lost in the shuffle. But if you think that, you’ve never met Nintendo! During a Nintendo Direct webcast last week (do people still say “webcast?”), the company showed off new footage and shared new information about sequels to almost all of its most popular titles (basically everything but Metroid). As reported by Joystiq, Nintendo announced a new Kirby game for the 3DS, which looks exactly like every Kirby game. Nintendo also offered up some new details on The Legend Of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds (formerly known as 2 Link 2 Past), including that Link will now be able to clear out the dungeons in any order and “rent” specialty items like the hookshot and boomerang instead of finding them along his adventure. That comes via Game Informer, which also reports that A Link Between Worlds will be available for the 3DS on November 22. Something about that date sounds familiar…oh well. Then, as you may recall reading on this very site, Nintendo also showed off a hot new trailer for Super Mario 3D World featuring crazy new Mario powers like wearable Goomba heads, cloning cherries, and the excruciatingly adorable cat suit. At the very least, Super Mario 3D World looks like it will shake up the formula a little bit more than the New Super Mario Bros. games have lately, but we’ll know for sure when it hits the Wii U on November 22. Hey, there’s that date again! I just wish I could remember why it’s important—oh, right! That’s the day the Xbox One comes out. Everything will probably work out fine for everyone involved. There can’t be that much crossover between people who play video games and people who also play video games, right?
Half-Life 3 is totally in the works, according to internet people who really want Half-Life 3 to be in the works
Two weeks ago, Valve made some big announcements that weren’t related to its highly anticipated and still-unannounced sequel to Half-Life 2 at all. Instead, they were about the game developer-turned-digital-storefront-owner’s attempt to make computer games more like console games through a new Steam operating system, Steam-branded gaming boxes, and a crazy-looking controller. But what’s a brand new gaming platform without its own must-have launch title? Half-Life 3 confirmed! Okay, it’s not that easy, but some internet sleuths think they’ve uncovered proof of the game’s existence.
Last week, a member of the NeoGAF message board discovered that Valve has filed a European trademark for “Half-Life 3” to be used in “computer game software.” Filing a trademark doesn’t mean anything. It’s possible that this is similar to Microsoft registering Xbone.com, and Valve just wants make sure it controls the Half-Life 3 name. But there’s another wrinkle in this mystery, and it also comes from the posters at NeoGAF. Supposedly, members of the message board gained access to the front-end of a website that Valve uses to track bugs in its games. They found a Half-Life 3 category paired with the names of a handful of veteran Half-Life series developers, suggesting that these are the people currently tracking bugs on development of Half-Life 3. That means it’s confirmed…is what I would say if I didn’t know how easily things can be faked on the internet. I’m hesitant to believe this for even a second. Folks, Valve will announce Half-Life 3 whenever it feels like doing so and not a moment sooner, no matter how many websites you hack into.
Hollywood to finally make a movie for fans of crafts and war
Possibly looking to fill the hole left in our lives by the end of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy (and how terrible The Hobbit was), Legendary Pictures is moving forward with its own flashy big-screen adventure about guys with swords killing orcs and dragons and stuff. This time it’s based on a video game instead of a dusty old book. Yes, Warcraft, which you might know from its famous World Of, is going to be a movie soon, and thanks to a post on Twitter we have its official release date: Dec. 18, 2015. All right, that’s not soon at all, but Kotaku says it’s going to be directed by Duncan Jones (the guy behind Moon and Source Code, one of which was totally awesome) and i09 saw an early teaser a few months back that it described as “mighty.” That’s a good thing (I think) but let’s remain cautiously optimistic until we find out if the Warcraft movie features a scene where a human soldier comments on how much he’d rather be sailing.
Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter proves that people still love Mega Man, even if he’s not really Mega Man
Do you remember Mega Man? He was a little blue robot boy that saved the world 10 times by defeating his enemies in any order and then stealing their powers. Capcom made a popular series of video games about him a few years ago and then abruptly decided to stop. That’s when Keiji Inafune, the creator of Mega Man, took to Kickstarter to see if fans would be willing to foot the bill for a successor to the series called Mighty No. 9. That Kickstarter drive officially ended last week, and it turns out that yes, the fans were willing to foot the bill. 67,226 fans, to be exact, and they donated a total of $3,845,170. That’s almost $3 million more than the Kickstarter’s initial goal, giving the project enough extra money to eventually release versions of Mighty No. 9 on almost every platform imaginable and throw in a bunch of extra content. Plus, as pointed out by Joystiq, that $3.8 million is more than Double Fine raised for its then-untitled adventure game project (now known as Broken Age), making Mighty No. 9 a pretty damn big deal as far as Kickstarted video game projects go.
Speaking of Kickstarter, The Verge is reporting that Shadow Of The Eternals—the follow-up to the GameCube cult hit Eternal Darkness—has finally been sent to the great crowdfund drive in the sky. Well, the developers say it’s not “dead,” just that it “needs a rest.” Which is a polite way of saying “you people didn’t give us enough money, so now we can’t do this thing that the universe repeatedly indicated that we should not do.” This is why we can’t have nice things, internet. People are too wary of giving their money to people they don’t trust with their money.