GameSentral Rewind #043

Editor’s Note: This is the GameSentral Rewind, a daily recap of the top gaming headlines.

Tecmo Bowl updated just in time for football season

Tecmo Super Bowl 2016

Before the NFL season kicked off, there’s a double-dose of news from the classic Tecmo Bowl NES series.

The first is that base game Tecmo Bowl – originally released in 1989 – is now being offered on the Wii U eShop as a $4.99 Virtual Console game.

Also, TechmoBowl.org has updated Tecmo Super Bowl, which originally launched in 1991, to include all players for the 2015-16 season, with every NFL team in its proper division, with their current uniforms and logos.

This year’s game adds the ability to check defensive players’ condition, which randomly changes throughout the game. Features from last year like 4-3 defenses (where a defensive tackle is shown on the roster as a linebacker, but plays the proper on-field slot), and in-game playbook editing also return.

Tecmo Super Bowl 2016 is free here, accompanied by instructions on how to get it to work.

Nintendo appoints Kimiahima president alongside corporate reorganization

Nintendo

Tatsumi Kimishima will be the next president of Nintendo, along with a corporate reorganization – both of which are designed to “strengthen and enhance the management structure of the company,” according to a Nintendo statement.

The 65-year-old becomes Nintendo’s fifth president, succeeding Satoru Iwata, who served in the role from May 2002 until he died in July at the age of 55.

Kimishima entered the video game business in December 2000, when he joined The Pokemon Company as its CFO. He was appointed president of Nintendo of America in January 2002, and became CEO and chairman of Nintendo of America in May 2006 while Reggie Fils-Aime took over as president. Since June 2013, Kimishima served as Nintendo’s managing director, as well as General Affairs and Corporate Analysis & Administration division general manager. He also became the managing director of Nintendo’s Human Resources division in June 2014.

The board also decided to revise the roles of many Nintendo executives in a “large-scale revision of the organizational structure of the company.”

Genyo Takeda, who was one of the Wii’s architects, will become “technology fellow,” while famed game designer Shigeru Miyamoto will become “creative fellow.” According to Nintendo, a “fellow” is “an individual selected from among the Representative Directors who has advanced knowledge and extensive experience, and holds the role of providing advice and guidance regarding organizational operations in a specialized area.”

Shigeyuki Takahashi, who was Nintendo’s Finance Administration division general manager, will become the General Affairs division’s supervisor, and lead of the company’s quality assurance department. Satoshi Yamato, who is currently general manager of Nintendo’s marketing division, will now also be in charge of its advertising department. Shinya Takahashi will become the general manager of Nintendo’s Entertainment Planning & Development Division, as well as supervisor of the company’s Business Development and Development Administration & Support divisions. Takahashi is currently the general manager of Nintendo’s Software Planning & Development Division, and in charge of the company’s Development Administration & Support division.

The reorganization, including Kimishima’s promotion to president and all the other role changes, are effective immediately.

Mod adds replay to Super Smash Bros. Melee

Modder Dan Salvato has hand-coded a replay feature for Super Smash Bros. Melee, which works with the game on both GameCube and Wii though a memory card without any additional work.

The feature is part of Salvato’s 20XX Tournament Edition for Super Smash Bros. Melee, which will be released for free in November. The replay records the entire match, allowing players to re-enter the match and take control of it at any point. According to Salvato, this is a great benefit for practice and training.

The mod also incorporates the standard features of a replay, including fast forward, rewind, frame-by-frame advancing, pause, and the like. There’s also a toggle to show each character’s hit boxes.

The mod will be “100% free to download and share” when it arrives, though Salvato is offering “pre-orders” here.

Metal Gear Solid 5’s ‘Quiet bug’ is fixed on PS4, PC

Metal Gear Solid 5

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain’s “Quiet bug” has been fixed for the PlayStation 4 and Windows versions of the game, according to Konami.

Dark Souls 3 launching in Japan next March

Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls 3, From Software’s next game, will arrive in Japan on March 24th, 2016.

The PlayStation 4, Windows, and Xbox One versions of the game will be available in both standard and collector’s editions. The special edition will come at a higher price point, and include a CD.

FNAF World RPG is next Five Nights at Freddy’s game

Five Nights at Freddy's

FNAF World will be the next installment in the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise, according to creator/developer Scott Cawthon.

“It’s very important for me to say again that there will NOT be a Five Nights at Freddy’s 5. The story is complete, and the Halloween update and new game will not add to it.”

-Scott Cawthon, Five Nights at Freddy’s creator/developer

Cawthon decided that he wanted to do more with Freddy’s characters “because they are so near and dear to my heart.” The game will involve players forming a party using a full selection of characters from across the Freddy’s series in multiple forms.

“The bad news is that it’s unlikely that a demo will be ready for Halloween like I had hoped, since the game’s scope is significantly larger than previous games in the series.”

-Scott Cawthon

A free demo of FNAF World will be available eventually, though. The game will be released on Windows, Android, and iOS.

Bloodborne’s The Old Hunters expansion launches in November

Bloodborne’s The Old Hunters expansion will launch for PlayStation 4s later this year, according to Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference. The add-on will arrive in Japan and North American on November 24th for $19.99, and a physical re-release featuring Bloodborne and The Old Hunters will arrive on December 3rd.

A trailer (embedded above) for the DLC shows off some of the new and revised content coming in the expansion, which includes a batch of new weapons, as well as a series of new and remixed boss battles.

Here’s more from Sony’s announcement:

“Set in a nightmare world where hunters from the past are trapped forever, explore brand new stages full of dangers, rewards, and deadly beasts to overcome. You’ll find multiple new outfits and weapons to add to your arsenal as well as additional magic to wield and add more variety to your combat strategy.

“With new story details, learn the tale of hunters who once made Yharnam their hunting grounds, meet new NPCs, and discover another side of the history and world of Bloodborne.”

Gravity Rush Remastered, sequel coming to PlayStation 4

Sony will release an updated version of PlayStation Vita game Gravity Rush for Japanese PlayStation 4s later this year, according to Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida.

Sony Japan Studio unveiled the PS4 remaster of Gravity Rush – known as Gravity Dash in Japan – and promised that more games were coming in the franchise. Yoshida unveiled footage of sequel Gravity Daze 2, which is slated to hit Japanese PS4s in 2016.

The original game will be known as Gravity Rush Remastered in North America, according to Sony Computer Entertainment America.

Original Yakuza being remastered for PS3, PS4; Yakuza 6 announced

Yakuza

Sega’s original Japanese gangster action-adventure game Yakuza – known as Ryu Ga Gotoku in Japan – is coming to Japanese PlayStation 3s and PlayStation 4s later this year, according to series creator Toshihiro Nagoshi at Sony’s TGS press conference.

The remastered game, known as Ryu Ga Gotoku Kiwami in Japan, will include new elements that, according to Nagoshi, weren’t possible when the original Yakuza was launched in 2005 for the PlayStation 2.

That game is slated to hit Japan on January 21st.

Nagoshi also unveiled Ryu Ga Gotoku 6, the newest entry in the flagship series, which is scheduled to be a PS4 exclusive when it launches in Japan next fall.

Team Ninja’s Ni-Oh coming to PS4 in 2016

Ni-Oh

Ni-Oh, Koei Tecmo’s game that was originally made for the PlayStation 3, is coming to PlayStation 4 next year, according to Sony’s pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference.

The game follows a blond-haired, half-Japanese samurai who battles demons and uses magic, according to an unfinished script from Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa.

Umbrella Corps is new Resident Evil game

Universal Corps

Team-based competitive multiplayer shooter Umbrella Corps will release a new Resident Evil game for PlayStation 4 next year, according to series producer Masachika Kawata.

In a gameplay video presented by Kawata, teams of Umbrella soldiers were shown battling each other amid zombies and using those infected enemies tactically. In one scene, an Umbrella soldier used a zombie like a human shield, while another piece of technology was used to repel zombies.

The game will launch sometime in early 2016, which will mark the 20th anniversary of the Resident Evil/Biohazard franchise, for Windows at a $29.99 / €29.99 / £24.99.

Square Enix announces Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue for PS4

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

Square Enix will bring Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD (a remake of the Nintendo 3DS game), Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover and Kingdom Hearts 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage.

A Fragmentary Passage is a “completely new playable episode” that links to Kingdom Hearts 3’s story and takes place after Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep, played from Aqua’s perspective, according to the Shinjuku, Japan-based company.

Kingdom Hearts X Back Cover is a new movie that “tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers, connecting the earliest parts of the series’ history,” which is connected to mobile game Kingdom Hearts Unchained X.

Kiingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is coming to PS4 in 2016.

 

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