Removed From Play #109 – Super Smash Bros Tournament at E3

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Hello Internet, this week we talk Super Smash Bros tournament at E3, the length of a games, Minecraft players download Denmark, Xbox Originals and much more.

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Fresh Air is Over-Rated #129 – EEE 2012 Day 01

Wildmatt and Kurbzz kick off E3 extravaganza with highlights and commentary of the big three’s press conferences. We started off with Xbox which featured Halo 4, Splinter Cell, Black Ops 2 and more. The Sony conference saw Beyond: Two Souls, Assassin’s Creed 3, The Last of Us and more. Lastly Nintendo had some Wii U stuff, a bunch of Mario and more. We wrapped up the show with the usual Stiner call and ended it.

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News Wrap-Up: September 14th, 2011

Yes, this is what a PSVita box looks like. It's so blue!
TGS is officially starting tomorrow, but Nintendo and Sony both had press conferences and we’ll discuss them here.

Nintendo basically confirmed and showed off the new 3DS expansion disc thing, whatever they call it. It’s just a 2nd analog stick attachment for the 3DS we’ve discussed previously on the site. The rumors of them revealing a new 3DS with that 2nd analog stick didn’t come through, but I’m still expecting them to do that, but when, that still remains the question. They decided to focus on software instead which was definitely the better choice, lots of people are still pissed about the price-drop. They showed off Paper Mario, Mario Tennis, Animal Crossing, Fire Emblem, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land amongst others.

The Sony conference focuses on the PSVita, they revealed some specs, some new games, and new trailers. They announced the Japanese date of release as December 17th. A bunch of HD re-releases are also coming to the Vita such as Konami’s Metal Gear Solid HD and Zone of the Enders HD, Sony revealed Final Fantasy X is coming to both the handheld and the PS3. Ninja Gaiden Sigma, Katamari Damacy, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Street Fighter X Tekken, Lord of the Apocalypse and Armies of Hell are all coming to the Vita. As for the specs, it’ll boast a ton of RAM and a 4-core A9 CPU, the battery life is expected to be 3 to 5 hours of gameplay and takes 2 hours to charge. That’s about even with the 3DS, although the 3DS takes about 3.5 hours to charge fully. You can check out the full specs at Destructoid.

The first footage of Dead or Alive 5 got released today, it looks pretty alright, that’s definitely DOA.

This is the Goldeneye bundle coming to PS3 on November 1st, still no price however.
Tecmo had another trailer in the form of Ninja Gaiden 3. Looks like the storyline for the title is going completely off the rails! I really loved the first game, the 2nd was also great, so I’m looking foward to this.

Street Fighter X Tekken has a TGS trailer out that showcases some new features such as “Pandora”. The feature allows you to sacrifice your tag partner for a “short, but powerful, boost in strength” and a weird character color change. They also revealed a 4 player scramble mode, which let’s everyone duke it out all at once or you can also choose to play the standard tag game 4 players. Lastly, the trailer shows off a new training mode called briefing that allows you to take it online, a nice way to train that should of been added to SF4 a long time ago.

Rockstar decided to release a Max Payne 3 trailer, why’d they wait this long, I’m not sure. In any case, it looks nice, the original voice actor does reprise his role and it’s running off a modified RAGE engine. Now I know it’s been awhile but that isn’t the id Tech 5 engine, that’s Rockstar’s engine used in GTAIV. I’m definitely interested to see how this turns out, without Remedy behind the scenes working on it.

I got to play Minecraft 1.8 for a bit, which is officially out now. The new lighting looks great, it’s the first thing you’ll notice. The 2nd thing I noticed were the new alien type things that disappear and appear out of no where. I’m not totally sure how I feel about this new update, but I’m sure it’ll grow on me with time.