Nightly News Roundup: 10.03.2012

Level 5 shows off a black cube, Nintendo is ranked as one of world’s top brands, and Ubisoft rewrites history.

By Andy Hoover. Posted 10/03/2012 20:00 1 Comment     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Level 5 Teases with a Black Box

Announcements from major developers always create major anticipation, and the famed developer of the Professor Lyaton series and contributor the the Dragon Quest franchise, Level 5, is adding an air of mystery to their next big title.

The developer’s American office has launched a website that simply displays a rotating black cube. What is in the box? Is the box itself a clue? Will this have anything to do with Nintendo platforms? Nobody knows at this point, and given the fact there isn’t a countdown clock or anything like that, we don’t even know when our questions will be answered. So, all we can do is just wait and see.

Source: Level 5.

Nintendo is 56th Best Brand of 2012

Every year, Interbrand assess the value of countless brand names swirling around the global economy and compiles a list of the 100 that come out on top.

Nintendo finished 56th this year, despite its relative decline over the last several years. Year over year, Nintendo’s brand value has dropped 8% to an amount of roughly $7 billion. The company was at its highest value in 2009 when it topped 9 billion.

Sitting at the very top of the list is Coca-Cola, the only non tech company in the top 5, which is rounded out with Apple, IBM, Google, and Microsoft.

Source: Interbrand via Go Nintendo.

Assassin’s Creed III DLC Introduces King Washington

The latest in Ubisoft’s successful Assassin’s Creed franchise is still a few weeks out, longer still for the Wii U version, but the French publisher isn’t waiting to announce their DLC plans for the title. While the franchise has always tweaked history to fit its designs, the end result has always maintained the general integrity of actual history, but this time around they will be playing around with an alternate vision of early American history.

The DLC will be released in 3 episodic parts entitled The Tyranny of King Washington, and will envision an alternate world in which George Washington became the King of America and needs to be stopped by the revolutionaries (Assassin’s included) who once fought at his side. The announcement confirmed that all content will be available for Wii U. However, it has not been confirmed whether or not the games Season Pass, which gives players the DLC sooner and at a discounted price, will be available for Wii U.

Perhaps this announcement will put to rest the fears of some critics that the game would only be about killing redcoats.

Source: Ubisoft.

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