Nightly News Roundup: 03.26.2012

It may be GAME over for UK high streets, but it’s just the beginning for Assassin’s Creed III and Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion.

By Katharine Byrne. Posted 03/26/2012 15:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Assassin’s Creed III Wii U details revealed

The latest issue of Nintendo Power has revealed fresh info on how Assassin’s Creed III will make use of Wii U’s controller. For starters, it will act as a link to the Animus, providing a constant on-screen map and navigation tool. The Animus Database won’t interrupt the flow of the game, though, as entries will only pop up every now and again on your controller.

You’ll also be able to use the controller to access an encyclopaedia of information, including character biographies, and it will also allow for easy weapon selection during combat. The controller’s inbuilt accelerometer will be used for an alternative view for Eagle Vision as well, letting you control the camera.

As revealed earlier this month, Assassin’s Creed III will be set during the American Revolution and star brand-new protagonist, Connor (or Ratohnhaké:ton to his friends). While the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions will be arriving on October 30th, a release date for the Wii U version hasn’t yet been finalised.

Source: Eurogamer.

Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion confirmed for 3DS

Nintendo Power really have outdone themselves this issue, this time with yet another scoop on both Epic Mickey sequels! Yep, that’s right. 3DS is getting one too: The Power of Illusion.

Details are scarce at the moment (all this has only been gleaned from the issue’s upcoming cover), but it looks like it’s due for release this autumn, and may launch alongside console sequel Epic Mickey: Power of Two for Wii. You’ll have to read the full issue out on April 3rd for the whole feature (or get a sneak peek in the link below)!

Source: Nintendo Power via PocketGamer.

GAME goes into administration

Britain’s biggest video game retailer GAME has officially gone into administration. It’s a sad day for the British high street, but administrators PriceWaterhouseCoopers is hopeful that a sale of the specialist retailer is achievable.

“The group has faced serious cashflow and profit issues over the recent past,” said Mike Jervis, joint administrator and partner at PwC. “It also has suffered from high fixed costs, an ambitious international roll-out and fluctuating working capital requirements. Despite these challenges, we believe that there is room for a specialist game retailer in the territories in which it operates, including its biggest one, the UK. As a result we are hopeful that a going concern sale of the business is achievable.”

It’s not just the UK and Ireland which will lose out after all. GAME may have about 5,100 staff in its stores in the UK and Ireland, but there’s another 5000 staff who are employed at GAME’s other stores in France, Spain, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Scandinavia and Australia.

So far it’s been reported that Royal Bank of Scotland and GameStop are thought to be interested buyers.

PwC has also shut down today as it works to restructure the business, and GAME has suspended the use of Reward Cards and gift cards and cancelled refunds and exchanges until further notice.

Source: BBC and Eurogamer.

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