Nightly News Roundup: 2011.03.23

Hudson updates, a Kong Off, and 3DS’ Unreal capabilities make up tonight’s Nightly News Roundup.

By Matthew Tidman. Posted 03/23/2011 23:59 Comment on this     ShareThis

Nightly News Roundup

Update: Bomberman Still Blowing Up on 3DS?

If you read our roundup yesterday you may have seen that Hudson has silently canned a number of games that are set to come out. The most likely reason, though none was given officially, was that the games were dropped because of Konami’s acquisition of the studio. But now Konami has come out and said this may not be the case. While none of these games has been reconfirmed, a Konami representative told IGN, “Since the acquisition, Konami will continue to publish Hudson titles in the future, as of now those titles have not been confirmed. Details will be coming in the next few months.” So there may still be hope for fans of Bomberman and Bonk that those respective games will see release, but it’s too soon to tell. We’ll be sure to bring you any more news on the situation as we receive it.

Source: Andriasang, IGN Wii

Wiebe Beats Mitchell in Live Venue

So, it might be well known by now that there are a number of staffers on Nintendojo that absolutely love The King of Kong documentary showing the often heartbreaking attempt of Steve Wiebe to top Billy Mitchell’s monster score on the Nintendo arcade classic Donkey Kong. Since the movie released there have, of course, been numerous upsets including a newcomer Dr. Hank Chien currently holding the record with a score of 1,090,400 points. But one thing the movie was never able to show was a head-to-head battle between Mitchell and Wiebe at a live venue. While Wiebe seemed eager and willing to travel to any live venue to take on his rival, Mitchell avoided playing head-to-head at all costs throughout the movie, even showing up at an arcade that Wiebe was playing at but refusing to talk to him or play him in Donkey Kong.

Well, it appears that Wiebe and Mitchell, along with many of the other major Donkey Kong players and newcomers, have had their chance to go head-to-head. Wiebe scored the highest in the grudge match between himself and Mitchell, but it would be Hank Chien who would take the crown of King of Kong during The Kong Off at Richie Knucklez Arcade Games in New Jersey. No new records were set at the event, but the “Kill Screen” was attained by multiple gamers at the event. To read more about the event, be sure to follow the link below.

Source: 1Up

Ubisoft Says Unreal Engine is Possible on 3DS

One of the most used game engines on current consoles would have to be Epic Games’ Unreal Engine which has been praised by multiple developers for its ease of use. Now it appears that the engine will also run on 3DS, at least according to Ubisoft it’s possible. Ubisoft in a recent interview about 3DS when asked if it was more similar to developing a DS or Wii title when working on 3DS stated, “The 3DS is powerful, and we are able to run the Unreal engine on this console, which is pretty impressive for a handheld machine, and the 3D doesn’t affect the performance (thanks to my amazing programmers).” The future looks very pretty for 3DS if it really can run the Unreal Engine. Only time will tell if we’ll see more games that have utilized the engine being ported or reimagined on 3DS.

Source: GameSpot UK

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