The Weekly Effect | 12/25 – 12/31

Sony lowers Vita memory card prices

Sony has lowered the prices on their PSVita memory cards after a backlash from potential customers. The new prices are as follows:

  • 4GB Card: $19.99
  • 8GB Card: $29.99
  • 16GB Card: $59.99
  • 32GB Card: $99.99

Still ridiculously high, but at least a step in the right direction.

 

Wii U release pushed back

According to various sources, the Wii U is now slated for release some time between June and December 2012. No reason for the delay has been given, but a release in April (as was formerly deemed possible) would have seemed a bit soon. I guess we’ll learn more at next year’s E3.

Sonic 4 Episode 2 confirmed, first info

Ken Balough has confirmed the release of Sonic 4 Episode 2 on Gamespot, along with a short teaser. This video shows that both Tails and Metal Sonic will be in the game. He also promised that Sega has listened very carefully to fan’s complaints about the first installment and that they have completely revamped the engine. The game is set to be release some time in 2012.

Sony, Nintendo seem to drop SOPA support, but…

The names of Sony, Nintendo and EA have disappeared from the most recent list of SOPA supporters, indicating that they have abandoned support for the bill. However, all 3 are members of the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) which can still be found on the list of supporters. What exactly does that mean? Well, it looks like none of the companies have really dropped their support just yet. Let’s hope they come to their senses.

Sony responds to Vita issues

Sony has recently posted a message on their official community blog, addressing the problems a lot of PSVita users had with the system. Take a look:

“It has been pointed out to us by our valued customers that the issues like freezing and not being able to turn the console on might be common among early production models. We here at Sony have taken in the consoles by affected customers to check whether we could recreate the described symptoms every time; however, we were able to confirm numerous times that with the proper handling, these issues can be avoided.”

They also ask customers to re-check Sony’s FAQs before sending them their console for repair. According to Sony, the problem of not being able to turn the system on is due to a misunderstanding: Apparently you have to hold down the power button for 5 seconds before the system turns on, and they assume that people didn’t realize this yet and have thus come to the conclusion that heir handheld won’t turn on at all. They also clarified that the Vita can only be charged via USB when it is completely shut off, so charging it while in standby won’t have any effect whatsoever.

All fine and well Sony, but what about the freezing issues? All your FAQ has to say about that is “turn the system off and on.” Not exactly the best solution.

Will we get another MGS1 remake?

In a recent interview with OPM UK, Hideo Kojima has clarified his stance on Metal Gear Solid 1. While the absence of the game from the MGS HD Collection has created rumors of it getting its own remake somewhere down the line, this doesn’t seem to be the case exactly:

“There are a lot of people wanting remakes of the original, and as producer I want to answer those calls. But as a creator I’m not very interested in going back. If we were to do it, it would have to be a total remake – the only thing that would be the same would be the story.”

So it’s possible, but not very likely. Seeing as how the game was already remade once, another remake would be a bit much in my opinion. Then again, Twin Snakes will probably never appear on PSN or XBLA, since it’s partially owned by Nintendo…so how do you stand on yet another full makeover for the first MGS?

About Drej

Drej is a volunteer writer for ThePunkEffect, a news writer at ScrewAttack and does his own thing at ohsat.com. When he's not busy playing games, watching obscure movies or being an cynic, he tries to write descriptions of himself in the third person that won't make him look like the nerd he actually is. He also knows Japanese and isn't afraid to use it.