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EGM Weekly: February 15, 2014 Edition

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Posted on February 15, 2014 AT 08:37am

This is EGM Weekly, a round up of the top news, reviews, and features from the past seven days.

This week, Mario Kart 8 and a bunch of other 3DS and Wii U games get release dates, as does The Evil Within, Gearbox CEO and president Randy Pitchford reveals that Borderlands 3 is not in development (but two new next-gen IPs are), Nintendo announces that Game Boy Advance titles will start appearing on the Wii U Virtual Console in April, Punch-Out‘s Little Mac joins the Super Smash Bros. roster, and much more.

Plus, the EGM Crew reviews Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, The Last of Us: Left Behind, and Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. We also spend some hands-on time with Titanfall and inFamous: Second Son.

Here’s this week’s best:

News Stories

Mario Kart 8 arriving on Wii U May 30, other Nintendo release dates announced

Mario Kart 8 will race onto Wii Us May 30, Nintendo announced during a video presentation, alongside release dates for Yoshi’s New IslandPokémon Battle TrozeiNES Remix 2Kirby Triple: Deluxe, and Mario Golf: World Tour. READ MORE

Borderlands 3 not currently in development, two new Gearbox IPs in the works though

A third proper Borderlands game is not currently in the works at Gearbox Software, president and CEO Randy Pitchford told Polygon during a recent interview. READ MORE

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 PSN pre-orders come with Mirror of Fate HD free

PlayStation Network pre-orders of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 for PS3 lands players a free digital copy of Mirror of Fate HD, Konami announced. READ MORE

The Evil Within will be ready to scare you this August

Bethesda and Tango Gameworks have announced an official release date for Shinji Mikami’s The Evil Within. READ MORE

Game Boy Advance titles coming to Wii U Virtual Console starting in April

Nintendo will start adding Game Boy Advance games to the Wii U Virtual Console in April starting with Metroid Fusion and more, president Satoru Iwata announced during this week’s Nintendo Direct presentation. READ MORE

Punch-Out!!’s Little Mac joins Smash Bros. roster

Little Mac is the latest addition to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and for 3DS’ ever growing roster, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed during a Nintendo Direct presentation this week. READ MORE

Watch Dogs on track for Q1 of Ubisoft’s fiscal year, Wii U version launching later

Ubisoft’s Yves Guillemot confirmed in a recent financial call that Watch Dogs is on track for a release during the first quarter of Ubisoft’s 2014-2015 fiscal year. However, the Wii U version will be held back and released at a later date. READ MORE

Slimmer PS Vita with LCD screen arriving in North America sometime this spring

The slimmer, LCD-equipped PlayStation Vita first announced for Japan last year is coming to North America this spring bundled with Borderlands 2, Sony announced. READ MORE

Sons of Anarchy creator says there will ‘definitely’ be a game

Sons of Anarchy is set to enter its seventh, and final, season this fall, but that doesn’t mean the end of the road, as creator Kurt Sutter has stated that there will “definitely” be a game based on the FX series. READ MORE

‘Door is always open’ to Walking Dead TV series and Telltale crossover, says creator

The possibility of a Walking Dead crossover between the television series and the Telltale adventure game series is very much a possibility, creator Robert Kirkman told Wired during a recent interview. READ MORE

Features

Hands-On: inFamous: Second Son

We go hands-on with inFamous: Second Son, Sucker Punch’s first attempt at bringing super-powered adventure to the brave new world of the PlayStation 4. READ MORE

Hands-On: Titanfall

Respawn Entertainment set out to to take first-person shooters to new heights withTitanfall, and it looks like they achieved just that. READ MORE

The Fast Five: Gaming couples we’d like to see

Each week, the EGM Staff bring you The Fast Five—in which we choose a topic related in some way to the week’s news, and five editors pick their top answer to the question. READ MORE

Japan Service: What’s New This Week in Japanese Gaming

This week on Japan Service: Aksys XBlazes up a new visual novel in English, a legendary localizer wants to bring together Western steampunk and Japanese adventure gaming, and Square Enix asks you to summon candy this Valentine’s Day.READ MORE

Braving the funding labyrinth: Why Nigoro wants fans, not investors, to fund La-Mulana 2

Japanese developer Nigoro has turned to their fans to fund La-Mulana 2, and publisher Playism talks about Kickstarter, stretch goals and the dangers of “angel investors”. READ MORE

Weekend Play: Let the Titanfall

Welcome to EGM’s Weekend Play, a weekly account of what games the editors of EGM are currently playing, and an open conversation with you, the reader, about what you’ve been playing. READ MORE

Reviews

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII attempts to address all the complaints lobbied against Final Fantasy XIII, yet somehow manages to be an even bigger mess. READ MORE

The Last of Us: Left Behind

Naughty Dog returns to the world of The Last of Us to tell one more tale of its leading lady, Ellie—and it ends up being a journey worth taking. READ MORE

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z

Not bad, but not the game DBZ fans have been hoping for, either. READ MORE
Chris Holzworth, News Editor
Chris Holzworth has wanted to write about games all his life. He first cut his teeth writing for enthusiast sites such as RPGFan, and after writing for just about every other enthusiast website he could came across, wound up as EGM's east coast news correspondent (read: editorial intern, a fancy phrase for "slave") before relocating to LA to serve as news editor. [Meet the rest of the crew]

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