While the internet continues to patch up its wounded ego over the whole Facebook/Oculus fiasco, we've been playing our co-op games with big grins on our faces. But since not all games have co-op play (gasp), Beyond Co-Op is here to tease you with some of the more noteworthy news bits from the previous week. Sit back and see how the other side lives.
Nintendo Readies Game Boy Advance Games for Wii U Virtual Console
Even though Nintendo has a perfectly good handheld device on the market, the company recently announced a handful of GBA titles will be working their way to the "big ole heavy" Wii U. Already out in North America and Europe are Metroid Fusion, Advance Wars and Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. By the end of the month we'll have five more games:
- WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgames
- Kirby and the Amazing Mirror
- Golden Sun
- F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
- Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Japan's list of GBA to Wii U games is a little more full-featured and includes The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap, Wario Land 4 and Mario Tennis. Most of the titles seem to be priced in the $7-$8 range, which may or may not seem like a steal. Hard to argue with having those games on a bigger screen, though.
Amazon Fire TV isn't a Gaming Console. For Serious.
This week, Amazon announced a little console-type thing called Amazon Fire TV. This doohickey streams games and movies over the web straight to your TV and comes with a remote control with an embedded microphone for nifty futuristic voice commands. Also, there's a dual-stick game pad for sale. Even though the company insisted Fire TV isn't a gaming console, they showed Minecraft running on the device and titles like Asphalt 8 and Telltale Games' The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us and Game of Thrones have been confirmed for release. For the TV show and movie streaming device which is "absolutely not a game console".
Amazon Fire TV is currently available for $99. The tiny little box is equipped with a quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and all your usual HDMI and Ethernet ports. Just promise you won't play any games on it.
April Fools Prank Round-up
April 1st is sort of a crazy time on the interwebz. News is already sketchy at best, but when you combine that with individuals and companies pulling pranks large and small, you really can't trust anything you read (or didn't read) on that day. Here's a quick list of game-related pranks so you don't embarrass yourself getting excited over a fake product.
- Blizzard's Flappy Bird clone Happy Reaper (browser game)
- Facebook buys Steam
- Nintendo announces Virtual DS, a successor to the Virtual Boy
- OverClockedRemix releases, uh, "acapella" songs
- New Super Smash Bros. character previewed
- Square-Enix details the "favour system" for Final Fantasy XIV
- Psychonauts 2 review
- Destiny Ultimate Collector’s Edition includes real life trip to Mars
- Google Maps Pokemon takeover