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Super Smash Bros 3DS Demo Released September 19, 2014

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Fire up your 3DS and 2DS systems and free up some space on your SD card, have I got some big news for you. A week after it was first announced for North America, Nintendo has just released the highly anticipated Super Smash Bros demo on the 3DS eShop.

The four playable characters in the demo are Mario, Pikachu, Link and Mega Man. If you haven’t upgraded your 3DS’s stock SD card you might want to free up some space on your system as the demo takes up 1044 blocks.

Super Smash Bros is coming to the Nintendo 3DS October 3rd, 2014.

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Shinra Technologies Announced September 19, 2014

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No. That headline was not a joke for Final Fantasy VII fans. Square Enix has just announced their own cloud based gaming initiative and it goes by the name Shinra Technologies. How is Square Enix planning to set their Cloud platform aside from other cloud based initiatives currently in development? Well, check out this video and find out.

Beta Tests are expected to start in early 2015. If you’re interested, you can read more about the new platform at Shinra.com.

Final Fantasy XIII PC Release Date September 18, 2014

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Members of the glorious PC master race can rejoice, as another set of previously exclusive console titles are coming to the PC courtesy of Steam.

Square Enix has confirmed today that Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII are all coming to the PC, and you’ll be able to purchase and download them through Valve’s Steam service.

If you’re not a Steam user, you can download Steam right here.

Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII are out now for the Xbox 360 and PS3.  Final Fantasy XIII is coming to the PC October 9th, 2014, with Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII expected to release soon afterwards.

Bejeweled 3 Free on Origin Through On the House September 18, 2014

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For anyone wondering what EA planned to offer for free on Origin next after making Wing Commander 3 free for a short time, EA has announced that Bejeweled 3 is the latest game to be released for free through Origin’s On the House program.

You must be an Origin user with an EA Origin account and the Origin client installed to download and play the game.  Any games purchased for free through On the House will continue to remain in your games list forever.  Bejeweled 3 will not be free forever, and if you want to download the game free you must download it while it is still offered for free.

You can download the Origin client free of charge here.

Pokémon World Championships Video Game Finals September 18, 2014

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A few weeks ago, Nintendo held the Pokémon World Championships from Washington D.C.  At this event, the best real-life Pokémon Trainers in the world got together and battled in both the Video Game and Trading Card Game to determine who was the very best like no one ever was.  You can watch our review of the event here.

Nintendo and The Pokémon Company streamed the event live on Twitch.TV as it took place, and while it was a great stream with lots of great matches, there was a lot of empty space between those matches, where all the feed would offer was a “We’ll be back soon” message for what felt like hours.  Since the event concluded, I was hoping Nintendo would put a copy of the video of the two day feed on YouTube with the breaks conveniently edited out.  Unfortunately that hasn’t happened yet, but The Pokémon Company has uploaded the final matches from that event for each of their three age divisions in their entirety.  So if you missed the event, or just want to rewatch these three great matches, here are the final video game matches of the Pokémon World Championships.  Check them out!

Here are the Junior Division Finals.  It is typically comprised of the youngest Pokémon Trainers.

Below is the Senior Division Finals.  It is typically comprised of High-School aged Trainers.

Below is the Master Division Finals.  Trainers in this division are among the longest playing Pokémon Trainers.

Guillermo del Toro Talks About P.T. September 18, 2014

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Since someone made it to the conclusion of the Gamescom P.T. demo, we’ve known that Hollywood Director Guillermo del Toro was involved along with Hideo Kojima and Norman Reedus in the next Silent Hill game, tentatively titled Silent Hills.

So how did this collaboration happen? Today, the director of Hellboy and Blade 2 posted this video talking about his history with Kojima and how he became a part of this game. The video is in English but has Japanese subtitles.

D4 Release Date September 18, 2014

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This year’s TGS is turning into a huge event where many games are unexpectedly having surprise release date announcements and this is the latest release announcement from the show.

You may remember Swery65 from one of the more infamous games he directed, Deadly Premonition. This was a game I first became aware of after The Spoony One did a hilarious Let’s Play of it a few years ago. At last year’s E3, Microsoft announced that his next game, D4, would be coming to the Xbox One, but unfortunately we haven’t seen much about the game since. Today, that changed. Check it out.

D4 is coming as a $15 downloadable title September 19th, 2014 exclusively on the Xbox One. It is compatible with the Kinect.

Two Free DLC Songs For THEATRHYTHM Final Fantasy Curtain Call Up For Download Right Now September 18, 2014

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Anyone who made it far enough to unlock the online marketplace in THEATRHYTHM Final Fantasy Curtain Call will notice a smattering of songs are already available to download and purchase. What they might also notice is two songs are free, and try to download them as soon as possible. Well, Nintendo has confirmed that they are in fact offering two songs from the Final Fantasy franchise for free to download for Square Enix’s latest rhythm game. In case you are curious, the two songs offered for free are Final Fantasy V‘s “Battle 2″ and Final Fantasy IX‘s “Roses of May”. Other songs are available at a price of $0.99 US a piece.

Both free songs will continue to be free to download until September 30th, 2014. You must have the full version of the game to access the game’s online store and download the songs.

THEATRHYTHM Final Fantasy Curtain Call is out now exclusively on the 3DS.

Final Fantasy Type-O HD Release Date September 17, 2014

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The Final Fantasy XV presentation was not the only thing that Square Enix had to show at the Tokyo Game Show today, they also announced the official release date for the North American release of Final Fantasy Type-O HD along with this glorious HD trailer.

It’s nice to see this game coming to North America. Music from this game was included in THEATRHYTHM: Final Fantasy Curtain Call, which came out yesterday. Oh and did you know that anyone who picks up the game will receive a download code for the playable Final Fantasy XV demo? Well now you know.

Final Fantasy Type-O HD is coming March 17th, 2015 to the Xbox One and PS4.

Final Fantasy XV TGS 2014 Trailer September 17, 2014

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As soon as I saw this was posted I dropped everything to link this on the site. I know a lot of people have been looking forward to seeing anything new about this game for at least a year now, and many others have been looking forward to it for much longer when it was first announced under another name.

So here you go, straight from the Tokyo Game Show, Final Fantasy XV.

Final Fantasy XV is coming to the PS4 and Xbox One.

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