Thursday, August 4, 2011

QuakeCon, Update on free 3DS games

Quakin' in my boots

Your lovely and talented host, Ski11z, will be doing his video-game journalism thing in Dallas this weekend at QuakeCon. I wasn't sure if I was rolling, but did book some time with the upcoming game RAGE.

Not sure what RAGE is? Peep the video on the jump:

RAGE, developed by Id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks combines intense first-person shooter action, vehicle combat in an open, sandbox type world. And yes, I can't wait to take this puppy for a spin.

I'll be looking forward to some Skyrim, Prey 2 and a host of other upcoming video games. Can't go? That's fine. Follow my tweets via Twitter. Follow me - m4dski11z for tweets throughout the event.

Quake-related deals

Steam is getting into the spirit of the event by offering a few killer gaming deals for PC and mobile device owners. For the first day of the event, these are a few of the deals they offered.

BRINK for $24.99 - regular price $49.99
DOOM II for $4.99 - regular price $9.99
Quake (and Quake II) for $4.99 - regular price $9.99

For more deals, bookmark this link.

Make sure you follow my event coverage on Facebook and Twitter and Google +.

Free 3DS games? Not so fast ...

So, Nintendo wants to thank its ambassadors who bought a Nintendo 3DS at the original price of $249.99. However, sales have dropped significantly and the company announced plans to slash the handheld to $179. To help early adopters feel buying the handheld at the original price point wasn't a waste, Nintendo has announced plans to give away 20 free games via their eShop to anyone who owns a 3DS system. You must connect to Nintendo's eShop before next Thursday.

Here are the details directly from Nintendo:

These free games are available to anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS system and uses a wireless broadband Internet signal to connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 11. These users will automatically be registered in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program. The program contains two elements:

Starting Sept. 1, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES™ Virtual Console™ games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong Jr.™, Balloon Fight™, Ice Climber™ and The Legend of Zelda™, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free.
The second stage - By the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi’s Island™: Super Mario™ Advance 3, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit, Metroid™ Fusion, WarioWare™, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs. Donkey Kong™. These games will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.

Thoughts? Do you think this is a sweet move?

Reviews, Ski11z?

They are coming very soon.

Look for reviews/previews on:

Prey 2
Resistance 3 multiplayer demo - tokens are STILL available
Infamous 2
Operation Flash Point: Red River
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
and a few other *goodies*

Have a great weekend and follow me for realtime tweets from QuakeCon!

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