The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Hardware Galore, Konami ReBirth, Capcom, Bungie, and 2K… Oh My!

The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Hardware Galore, Konami ReBirth, Capcom, Bungie, and 2K… Oh My!


The Week in Review news piece summarizes and highlights the most important gaming related news and rumors over the past week. This weekly article will keep you plugged in and in-tune.

Konami plans to rerelease Castlevania: The Adventure with the WiiWare-specific moniker ReBirth. The new game will be a reboot of the 1989 GameBoy title, likely similar to that of the 1999 game that launched for the GameBoy Color in European territories, Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth will feature tweaked graphics, but gameplay will remain classic Castelvania.

Some Left 4 Dead fans are miffed by the fact that extra Left 4 Dead content can’t be brought to the Xbox 360 for free due to Microsoft’s structuring of Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Well, in an attempt to satisfy the community and breed loyalty, Valve’s Yasser Mailaka commented this week that his company is toying with the idea of porting the very best of future mods for Left 4 Dead 2 on PC over to the Xbox 360, then paying their creators with a portion of the proceeds – a move that shows just how committed the company is to their fans.

The Nintendo Channel was given a facelift. It now has higher-quality streaming videos and features a weekly show. The first show focuses on Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story, GH5 for Wii, New DSi colors and games, and more. If you haven’t downloaded the Nintendo Channel yet, you can do so for free via the Wii Shop Channel.

Bungie’s weekly update (released on September 11th) revealed that Keiji Inafune, A.K.A. INAFKING, Mr. Mega Man, and Head of Research & Development and Online Business at Capcom, had stopped by Bungie’s Seattle studio to learn a bit about how Bungie’s development process works. While this isn’t exactly earth shattering, it does hint at a level of cooperation between Capcom and Bungie – perhaps the two companies are planning on working on a project together in the future? In fact, this speculation is actually backed up by Inafune himself, “I wanted to come down to Bungie in order to see just how well our philosophies on game design matched up. If things clicked, I know it would be interesting to collaborate together on a title in the future.”

Microsoft mad a ton of hardware announcements this week. First, they confirmed that the new Zune HD as well as the Zune Marketplace will support games in the near future. Full 3D titles for the Zune HD already slated for release “later this year” include Project Gotham Racing: Ferrari Edition, Vans Sk8: Pool Service, and Audiosurf Tilt.

Next, an FCC filing for the unannounced Microsoft Xbox 360 Wireless N Networking Adapter was found. N networking adapters allow for far greater range and faster speed. Official release and pricing is still unknown, but look for it in the next few weeks with a gouging price tag of $100 (USD).

Third, three Xbox 360 bundles were detailed, only one of which will be coming to North America. Two of the bundles will feature the new Super Elite model Xbox 360, which includes a 250 GB HDD. One of these Super Elite bundles, the only one coming stateside, will even feature limited edition, game-specific chassis graphics to commemorate the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The other Super Elite bundle will be for Forza Motorsport 3. Naturally, a copy of the games will also be included. The last bundle is a standard Elite bundle, but it will include copies of Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and access to the Halo: Reach multiplayer beta. The last two bundles are set for PAL territory releases only.

Not to be outdone, Sony “let slip” that a 250 GB PS3 Slim bundle featuring Uncharted 2: Among Thieves is also set for PAL territories. For some strange reason, Sony has decided not to bring this excellent one-two punch to North America. In fact, when the rumor first broke it was assumed that it would be headed for worldwide distribution. However, SCEA came out and flatly denied that the company had any plans of bringing it this side of the pond.

Lastly, 2K Games has finally given gamers warning as to when they need to clear their schedules and agendas by. BioShock 2 will launch worldwide February 9, 2010 for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. I don’t know what 2K was thinking, but that’s just five days before Valentine’s Day – looks like the dog house awaits!

Thanks so much everyone and we will see you next week!

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