The animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has released a Pokémon Black and Blue parody game, which coincides with the release of Nintendo’s Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2. The animal rights group is arguing that the treatment of Pokémon in-game gives the impression to children that it’s OK to use animals to fight and keep them inside Pokéballs. PETA released a statement on the parody game’s website:
Much like animals in the real world, Pokémon are treated as unfeeling objects and used for such things as human entertainment and as subjects in experiments. The way that Pokémon are stuffed into pokéballs is similar to how circuses chain elephants inside railroad cars and let them out only to perform confusing and often painful tricks that were taught using sharp steel-tipped bullhooks and electric shock prods …if PETA existed in Unova, our motto would be: Pokémon are not ours to use or abuse. They exist for their own reasons. We believe that this is the message that should be sent to children.
Of course, the argument that PETA are trying (and failing to make) is an extremely important one, but I’m sure if any of the PETA members had seen the animated series of Pokémon they would realise that it’s about friendship and caring. If trainers weren’t bothered about their pets, there wouldn’t be Pokémon Centers to heal them. Also, if you want to send a message to children, bloodstained and beaten representations of their favourite cuddly Pokémon is unlikely to appeal.
To have a look for yourself, you can play the game here. It is fairly ironic that in a game designed to free Pokémon, you do not have the choice to decline a fight and there is no way to heal the Pokémon after they’ve fought. Although, the representation of Ash Ketchum is something to behold (right).
However, the main problem with this game parody is that PETA has misrepresented a classic children’s game, rather than targeting the people responsible, who we’re fairly certain would never play Pokémon. This is not the first time that PETA has targeted the game industry either, as they also had a problem with Mario wearing his famous Tanooki suit that first appeared in Super Mario Bros. 3.
Nintendo have officially announced what titles will be available with the Wii U’s launch on 30 November.
“We’re making sure that Wii U owners will have great games to play from the moment they open the box, and that a steady stream of fun new games is always on the way,” Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and COO, said in a released statement. “We have something for everyone, from new franchises to creative new approaches to familiar favourites.”
Nintendo also revealed even more titles that will be coming during the “launch window” in the following months of the consoles launch.
Wii U launch day titles:
New Super Mario Bros. U
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor’s Edge
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Assassin’s Creed III
ESPN Sports Connection
Just Dance 4
Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment:
Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
Game Party Champions
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – Disney Interactive
FIFA Soccer 13 – Electronic Arts
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed – SEGA
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 – NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc
Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper – Tecmo Koei America Corporation
November Wii U Releases:
Chasing Aurora – Broken Rules
Cloudberry Kingdom – Pwnee Studios
Little Inferno – Tomorrow Corporation
Madden NFL 13 – Electronic Arts
Mighty Switch Force HD – WayForward
Nano Assault Neo – Shin’en (digital)
TANK! TANK! TANK! – NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
Toki Tori 2 – Two Tribes (digital)
Trine 2: Director’s Cut – Frozenbyte (digital)
January Wii U Release:
Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm – Alien Gaijin Games (digital)
Wii U Launch Window:
007 Legends – Activision Publishing, Inc.
Aliens: Colonial Marines – SEGA
Ben 10 Omniverse – D3Publisher
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts 2013 – Activision Publishing, Inc.
Family Party: 30 Great Games: Obstacle Arcade – D3Publisher
Funky Barn – 505 Games
Game & Wario – Nintendo
Jeopardy! – THQ
LEGO City: Undercover – Nintendo
Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth – Ubisoft
Mass Effect 3 – Electronic Arts
NBA 2K13 – 2K Sports
Pikmin 3 – Nintendo
Rapala Pro Bass Fishing – Activision Publishing, Inc.
Rayman Legends – Ubisoft
Rise of the Guardians: The Video Game – D3Publisher
A new trailer of Shin Megami Tensei IV, a Nintendo 3DS game developed by Atlus, has been released, which reveals more of the gameplay, including exploration and battles.
Atlus will be releasing an uncut version of this trailer at the Sega booth of the Tokyo Game Show 2012. The fourth Shin Megami Tensei game was first revealed back in May in Famitsu magazine and itis scheduled for release on Nintendo 3DS in Japan next year.
President Satoru Iwata is finally going reveal the launch details for the WiiU, tonight at midnight Pacific Time (3am in Japan). After keeping quiet for so long about the WiiU, including it’s capabilities, it’s not surprising that this announcement comes as a long awaited oasus in the desert of WiiU news. Iwata will be releasing the date of launch as well as the pricing information for the WiiU.
But the bonuses don’t stop there. As stated in the video below, a U.S. Wii U Preview event is also set to air tomorrow at 10 am Eastern Time. There is also a European Preview event scheduled for the same time (3pm Greenwich Mean Time). One would think after keeping it under wraps for so long, more information would be released on the WiiU, but a launch date and price is all Nintendo’s ready to give out just yet.
Nintendo COO Reggie Fils-Aime talks with Mario and Luigi about the WiiU
Phoenix Wright is back and he’s making his way to the 3DS.
A screenshot of the announcement in Famitsu
The latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has revealed that the fifth Ace Attorney game – set to be released on 3DS – will see a return from the all-famous Attorney Phoenix Wright, after he took a short break from the courtroom to concede to newbie Apollo Justice.
Although there is no set release date for the new title as of yet, Phoenix Wright apparently also has a mysterious new female partner who serves as a “central figure in the game”.
The site Andriasang suggests that the in-game characters will be in full 3D, with the lower screen on the 3DS showing icons for facial expressions that your characters can use during testimony.
However the mere suggestion of ‘Phoenix Wright is Objecting once more’ – not to mention also having a crossover title on the 3DS with the infamous Professor Layton – will see fans bursting with anticipation over the lawyer with the gravity defying hair.
From the start of September, right up to October 11th – the day before Pokémon Black and White 2 arrives in stores – if you visit any GAME store with a copy of Pokémon Black or White, you can receive the new Colt Pokémon; Keldeo!
The fourth member of the Legendary Musketeers Keldeo is a Water and Fighting type Pokémon . Plus when you transfer Keldeo over to your new copy of Pokémon Black or White 2 there is an in-game event to complete that ensures Keldeo learns the special move Secret Sword and transforms Keldeo into it’s ‘Resolute Form’.
Keldeo will appear as No. 153 in your Unova Pokédex, with the moveset Aqua Jet, Leer, Double Kick, and BubbleBeam.
And because you can transfer Keldeo from a very early stage in Black and White 2, it can be a powerful ally as you face up against the very best!
Already there is a good collection of Fanart involving the Colt Pokémon. Above is a cartoony style of Keldeo by feriowind.deviantart.com.
Dark Horse Comics has confirmed they have the publishing rights for The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, which was originally published in Japan. The encyclopedia contains the full historical timeline of Hyrule and will be released in America on January 16 2013 for $34.99; it will later be released in the UK and other parts of Europe.
The 248-page hardcover will also feature an introduction by Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto, an official chronology of the Zelda games, Nintendo concept art, a making-of about the Zelda franchise and a comic by The Legend of Zelda manga artist Akira Himekawa.