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MONDAY JUST ANNOUNCED Sideway > In recent years, a number of platformers have experimented with the dimensions. Titles such as Zoë Mode’s Crush and Intelligent System’s Super Paper Mario allowed the player to switch from 2D to 3D and back again, while Lost in Shadow challenged the player take on the form of a shadow cast against a wall. A new example of this burgeoning trend is now in the works at indie developer Playbrains and it looks to have enough originality in its favour to distinguish itself from its predecessors. READ MORE
TUESDAY NEW TRAILER El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron > Are you ready for some eye candy? A dazzling new trailer has been issued for El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron, the forthcoming third person action game from UTV Ignition. The one minute clip boasts an impressive level of gravel voiced silliness, with the narrator promising us a tale in which “one man” journeys into “the depths of hell… and beyond.” READ MORE
WEDNESDAY NEWS nanoBITES 50 > Microsoft is working on an expanded edition of Kinectimals. The new game, which will also be made available as DLC for the original product, will feature 10 new animals, including five bears. Look for Kinectimals: Now With Bears in spring. This is just one of the stories in this week’s edition of nanoBITES, our ongoing feature devoted to small but important news items. READ MORE
THURSDAY REVIEW Bastion > Indie games are often experimental in nature. Small overheads and low distribution costs allow these indie developers to explore possibilities that are not even considered when creating AAA games. Basically they can take risks and, as with all risks, sometimes they pay off and sometimes they don’t. This leads us to Bastion from Supergiant Games and if their goal was to reinvent the way a story is told, they have succeeded admirably. READ MORE
FRIDAY NEWS 3DS price slashed, early adopters compensated > Just four months after it arrived on store shelves, Nintendo of Australia has announced plans to slash the RRP of its 3DS handheld from $350 to $250 on Friday 12 August. The price of the unit has also been heavily reduced in Japan, Europe and the United States. The 3DS is currently in the midst of a crippling software drought and, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, Nintendo has already conceded that its latest offering has experienced slower than expected sales. READ MORE
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