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Published on April 1st, 2011 | by Louis Garcia, Contributor

Weekly Round-Up: Miyamoto Takes Job at SEGA

In a move that has shocked the game industry, Shigeru Miyamoto (creator of Super Mario, Zelda, Pikmin, Donkey Kong and countless other Nintendo franchises) has taken up the job as president of Sega. Miyamoto, known for drawing inspiration for video games from every day events like gardening or owning a puppy, said it was time to rebuild Sega to its past glory.

“When the Dreamcast failed and Sega folded, something died inside of me; Nintendo no longer had it’s proud, glorious adversary-the blue hedgehog was forever gone,” Miyamoto said in a teary eyed statement. “With this move I hope to rebuild Sega, bring it back to glory and to help squeeze Sony out of the picture.”

Perhaps the biggest announcement was the fact that Sega has already begun work on a piece of hardware: the Dreamcast 2. 

“Well, I can’t say too much right now, but I can tell you that it will have Blast Processing-key to home console victory,” Miyamoto said. 

He also confirmed that all Sega titles would again be exclusive to the company, and that key franchises will be reborn.

Skies of Arcadia 2, Sonic Adventure 3, a new Jet Grind Radio and Shenmue 3-yes, Shenmue 3– will all be ready for the launch window,” Miyamoto confirmed. 

The HD console will also feature 3D; a motion sensor much like the Kinect; an online store full of old titles much like the Virtual Console; a free online service and a yet-to-be announced feature promised to be a “game changer.”

“People think Nintendo is chock full of intuitive ideas, just wait until you see my rejected ideas put into use in the Dreamcast 2,” Miyamoto smiled.

We’ll have more news as this story breaks. Also, happy April Fools.

 The truth:

A new Spider-Man game has been announced! SPIDER-MAN, people! To say I’m excited is an understatement. I still sleep with two Spider-Man blankets (and two Super Mario ones) and buy anything plastered with Spider-Man’s mug. Chances are I’ll be buying weird soda and food items once the movie promotions start kicking in. I still can’t believe that Spider-Man soda turned my poo blue…

Something else that gets me as excited as thinking about a muscular man swinging around in tights is Monster Hunter. If the rumors are true, we’ll be seeing this excellent dino and dragon hunting game on the Nintendo 3DS. Yes, please. Just add proper online, Capcom. Also, I hope Barioth, my mortal enemy, is included. I love wearing giant kitty skin for armor and cracking those tusks out of his mouth to make my killer ice weapons.

Get the first episode of Back to the Future for free

Starcraft Motion Overdrive announced for the Xbox 360…

Hideo Kojima is one step closer to becoming Big Boss at Konami.

Get ready for HD updates of Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica.

Capcom has Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D available for play at WonderCon

The reviews:

Madden NFL Football

Madden NFL Football has its moments. The game offers a totally new depth to the handheld sports genre, but does leave out a few important play calling decisions. The game also holds no multiplayer at the moment and does not include the franchise mode that was most noticeably included in the Nintendo Wii version of Madden 2011. The game is also missing key ingredients that would make it feel like it was actually completed and ready for launch. While you might want to check this out as a rental, this Madden didn’t quite make the roster of better Madden titles.

Mass Effect 2: Arrival

I really wanted to like Arrival. I’m a big fan of Mass Effect, and Arrival seemed like a promising conclusion to ME2′s arc. Instead, it’s linear and lonely, the exact opposite of everything Mass Effect has come to represent. Play it if you have to … But you probably won’t be able to shake the feeling that BioWare should have stopped with Shadow Broker.

Crysis 2

There is no doubt that Crytek and EA crafted a spectacular sequel. The game’s weapons were familiar, but they were not too far off where they didn’t make sense. The gameplay was fun and balanced with the use of the nanosuit. The storyline was impressive and longer than expected. It was great to come home, kick off the work shoes and chisel away at the campaign. There were some similarities to games of the same genre. Some instances reminded me of Call of Duty, Halo, and even The Conduit. To say the least, Crysis 2 is human. It features some of the most impressive graphics to be seen on the Xbox 360, but just like any other title out there, it did suffer from noticeable issues. The multiplayer alone could have easily taken the money straight from my budget, but the campaign was worthwhile for the purchase. The limited edition also had some nice bonuses that simply made sense.

My GameDev Story (iPad)

Game Dev Story is one of the most addicting games I have played yet, and I have been playing quite a bit since I picked up my iPad. There is a free lite version of the game, so you can at least play the game through year three, which does go by quick, but at a $1.99 or 99 cents it is a perfect download. This will start out as a game that your will want to play for a few minutes a day, and will quickly turn into a few hours spent without you even noticing.

Dead Space (iPad)

Dead Space is a stunning piece of art for the iOS device. The environments look good and detailed, if not a little too similar to each other. Sometimes I asked myself whether I had visited that particular kill room before. The controls work well enough, but aiming and dismembering left me frustrated after a little while. It seemed like the reaction time just wasn’t there. The story was interesting and I liked the fact that it was indeed a separate storyline from the console versions, and actually was a prequel to the original game. So if you are looking for a solid experience on your mobile device, Dead Space is a decent enough game. There are some better games out there that are cheaper, but if you have played them already then Dead Space is worth a look.

Infinity Blade (iPad)

The fact of the matter is: big time developers can do amazing things with mobile games. Epic Games did a fantastic job with utilizing the Unreal Engine 3 on the iPhone and iPad, and using the stuios strength to test newly found waters. At an excellent price it is hard not to purchase this game from the app store, as right now it is on sale at $5.99. If you are a fan of big boss battle RPGs, and the fighting genre, this is a must have. This is a perfect pick-up-for-thirty-minutes-every-day type of game, and with the expansion of free content offered frequently it is no wonder why we keep coming back to the game, even when we are finished with the story.

Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime

The Ghostbusters‘ arcade debut is a huge disappointment, and that’s coming from an avid fan. From horrible AI, lackluster story and poor multiplayer components, to lack of character interaction, this is an arcade game you should steer very clear of this release. For 800 MS Points this seems almost like robbery, even if you are a die-hard fan. Trust me, it left me heartbroken.

The editorial:

Ken loves Activision. No, really.

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