Nightly News Roundup: 03.21.2012

New Xenoblade bundle, Disney unveils Epic Mickey 2, and Pokémon’s history lesson finds an unlikely audience.

By Andy Hoover. Posted 03/21/2012 23:00 3 Comments     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Classic Controller Pro Bundled with Xenoblade Chronicles

Gamers who are eagerly awaiting Xenoblade’s upcoming Nintendo release who haven’t picked up a Classic Controller Pro now have a chance to pick both up in one fell swoop.

The bundle, which includes the game and a black Classic Controller Pro, is currently only available for preorder on Nintendo’s online store for $64.99, meaning perspective buyers have the chance to save $5.

Source: Nintendo Online Store

Epic Mickey 2 Officially Unveiled

Originally rumored to be coming out for 3DS, Disney has announced Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for Wii, 360, and PS3.

Aside from being added to the libraries of HD consoles, Epic Mickey 2 will play host to plenty of other new features. Oswald the Rabbit will join Mickey as a playable character for co-op adventuring, and this time around every character and line of dialogue will be voiced. And when talking isn’t enough, there will be singing, because Warren Spector has admitted to be quite the fan of Disney musicals.

Like the original, Epic Mickey 2 will take place in the fictional collection of long forgotten Disney rides, parks, and properties, known as the Wasteland. This time around, Mickey will visit some new areas, such as Frontierland, as well as some familiar territory that has been reshaped by recent disasters.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is scheduled to be released this fall.

Source: Associated Press

Pokémon + Nobunaga Finds Surprising Audience

The Pokémon franchise has long been the darling of millions of young gamers around the world, but Japan’s latest spin-off, Pokémon + Nobunaga’s Ambition for Nintendo DS, has met with uncharacteristically slow sales.

The game intermixes Pokémon into historical strategy by pairing the titular creatures with leading figures from Japan’s warring states period. However, it appears that younger gamers aren’t that interested this marriage because the game has defied Pokémon tradition by not flying off store shelves. Instead of youngsters crowding the aisles, stores are reporting that older gamers, adults and college students, have been their primary buyers.

Regardless of this new audience, sales are still slow and retailers are expecting smaller shipments going forward.

Source: Siliconera

3 Responses to “Nightly News Roundup: 03.21.2012”

  • 849 points
    ejamer says...

    Anyone else sort of disappointed with NoA’s package deal for Xenoblade? I know that we shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth… but with nothing special about the controller and a $5 discount that is eaten by shipping fees, this “Special Bundle Version” seems pretty lame compared to buying from GameStop and getting free shipping plus an art book.

    • 7 points
      Katharine Byrne says...

      It’s more or less the same bundle we got in the UK, except our Pro controller was a Xenoblade red instead of ordinary black. Playing it without a Pro controller is just fine, but perhaps they feel the need to reinforce that it’s a Pro controller-compatible game…

    • 258 points
      Joshua A. Johnston says...

      It’s not a terrible bundle (the game is fine without a classic controller but I liked it best with one) but it lacks the imagination of NOE’s red controller bundle or GameStop’s art book bundle, which, as others have said, does have free shipping.

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