Nintendo has unveiled two new handhelds that update the existing 3DS hardware.
"New 3DS" and "New 3DS XL" feature an analogue nubbin, two extra shoulder buttons, a faster processor, better 3D, a slightly larger screen, a micro-USB slot, and NFC support.
The faster CPU in each of the new handhelds will be required for some 3DS games, such as the just-announced Xenoblade Chronicles 3DS port.
The new screens allows the handheld’s 3D effect to be viewed from a wider angle, and the 3D itself has been labelled “Super-Stable” by Nintendo.
The nubbin – located just above the face buttons – acts as a second analogue stick.
The rest of the weekend's news from PAX and beyond, in no particular order:
Deep Silver announced that Saints Row IV is coming to new-gen consoles on January 30 in the form of Saints Row IV: Re-Elected, a graphically-upgraded port by High Voltage Software that will include all Saints Row IV DLC (except the just-announced Gat out of Hell).
Sega has announced a new edition of Total War: Rome II, which will include all content additions, revisions and fixes made to the game in the last year, plus a new singleplayer campaign.
The campaign contained in the Emperor Edition of Total War: Rome II focuses on the Second Triumvirate and subsequent war between Octavian, Marc Antony and Lepidus, who were each vying for the title of Emperor following the death of Julius Caesar.
The campaign will offer "hundreds of hours of sandbox gameplay across a new campaign map," said Sega.
Warner Bros.' reboot of co-op dungeon crawler Gauntlet has slipped by 20 days.
The game was initially coming out on September 4, but will now be released on September 24. The game will be released on Steam for Windows PC and Linux for US$19.99.
According to developer Arrowhead Games, the delay is in order to fine tune Gauntlet's multiplayer.
Volition and Deep Silver have announced a new Saints Row standalone expansion, Saints Row: Gat out of Hell.
The expansion is in development at Volition and High Voltage Software, the latter of which helped Volition with Saints Row IV, and was responsible for the PC ports of Injustice: Gods Among Us and Mortal Kombat.
Rockstar has cleared up rumours that Grand Theft Auto V for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One had slipped into 2015, and confirmed that the game is still on target for release later this year.
When asked by a fan on the developer's support page whether the game had slipped, Rockstar replied that the "Fall 2014" [spring 2014, ANZ] date "has not changed".
The new-gen and PC editions of Grand Theft Auto V will offer "enhancements and new details", including technical advancements such as "increased draw distances, finer texture details, denser traffic and enhanced resolutions".
Activision is planning a buy-out of Grand Theft Auto and BioShock publisher Take-Two Interactive, claims a new report.
According to Benchmark analyst Mike Hickey, the two companies are interested in breaking into the movie business. Hickey claimed Activision has "deep connections to Hollywood", which could help to bring the Grand Theft Auto franchise to the cinema screen.
“For Activision, acquiring Take-Two Interactive would be a no-brainer, in our view, circling some of the strongest development talent and owned IP in the world, within a company that has nearly US$1 billion in cash and trades at a comparably lower multiple,” said Hickey.
Hardcore strategy game Natural Doctrine will be available from October 2 on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita, publisher Bandai Namco has announced.
Natural Doctrine is a tactical fantasy RPG developed by Kadokawa Games (Demon Gaze, Lollipop Chainsaw on PC) that was originally intended to be a release title for the PlayStation 4.
It has players defend a kingdom by venturing into dangerous caves to defeat a new type of evil lurking below.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is suing Valve over its Steam refund policy, which it contends is in breach of Australian law.
Valve does not provide refunds for any products purchased on its massive US-based digital distribution platform, Steam. However, Australians are guaranteed refunds for faulty goods under Australian Consumer Law:
The ACCC alleges that Valve made false or misleading representations to Australian customers of Steam that:
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