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Published on October 29th, 2010 | by Louis Garcia, Contributor

The Weekly Round-Up: Keiji Inafune Leaves Capcom, Donkey Kong Returns and Zombie Games for Halloween

Usually the weekly round-up starts out with the news we featured on the site, but GT found a bit of news that should get attention right away: Keiji Inafune has left Capcom.

Inafune is the artist behind the design of Mega Man and has developed hits like Onimusha and Dead Rising for the company during his 23 years there. And just recently, he was getting everyone hyped about the recently-announced Mega Man Legends 3 for the Nintendo 3DS.

Inafune announced his departure on his Daletto blog—an online games subsidiary of Capcom of which he was CEO for. He also held the position of Head of R&D Management Group and Consumer Games R&D Division and Contents Management Division at Capcom.

According to a translation from Andriasang, Inafune said he he had reached the highest point in software development and that there were no more steps for him to climb.

“It would probably be good for me to sit gracefully in this seat and become a leading figure in the industry,” Inafune explained. “However, I cannot do this. Settling down means death for a creator. As long as you are a creator, you cannot settle down.”

Inafune had long been an outspoken critic of the Japanese video game industry, but he doesn’t cite it as a reason for leaving, or where he’s headed for in the future—just that it won’t have to do with his former employer.

“There was a chance that I could continue to be Capcom’s power,” he said. “I bet on that chance until the end. The means of both Capcom and myself to be happy. That was surely possible. However, now that chance is completely closed off.

“Capcom must, from here on out, walk without me. I too can not depend on Capcom.”

It’s sad to see someone so synonymous with Mega Man and Capcom leave the company he’s been employed at for so long, but the video game world surely hasn’t seen the last of Inafune.

Well GT readers, that may have been the news of the week, but we had plenty other news for you.

The truth:

If you haven’t seen screenshots or video from the new title starring the banana-loving Donkey Kong, then what are you waiting for? Donkey and Diddy Kong return to 2D in the appropriately titled Donkey Kong Returns, and it looks like a surefire hit.

Wii owners in America will be getting Super Mario All-Stars Limited Edition. The game includes four classic Super Mario titles along with a soundtrack CD and commemorative booklet containing exclusive artwork and interviews. This is definitely one for the collectors.

SEGA is releasing yet another Sonic game. Now, before you run off, check out the video for Sonic Free Riders, a Kinect controlled racing game. Having Sonic race on anything other than his feet seems kind of silly, but at least he’s not turning into a werehog.

In other news, Minecraft is insanely popular, we have screens and a trailer for the new James Bond game, Monday Night Combat is getting its free DLC next month, GHOST TRICK: Phantom Detective gets an official releases date, and The Sims 3 gets a new expansion.

The reviews:

Just in time for Halloween was a zombie-filled DLC pack for Red Dead Redemption, Saw II: Flesh and Blood, and Rock of the Dead. Unfortunately, each title will give you a varying degree of fun if you decide to bust them out for some Halloween inspired gaming.

We also gave our thoughts on indie puzzler, Cubism, and sit down with Rock Band 3 to see if it’s worth your gaming dollar to invest in a new, and more refined, musical experience. The short answer: it totally is.

That’s it for this week GT readers. Have a safe Halloween and enjoy some games with all that candy!

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