Super Mario Advance 4 e-Reader Edition Released!

No, not Nintendo’s official version (though that’s been released recently as well, and looks amazing), but a fan made ROM hack which makes the same functionality available for free!

Basically, some smart people over at GBATemp have taken a look at the Virtual Console version of the game, extracted the changes from the ROM and made them available as part of a patch for a Super Mario Advance 4 ROM. In other words, you can play the exact same game as from the eShop (complete with e-Reader functionality and UI) by patching this mod to a normal ROM of the original game.

What’s more, a few things have even been added, that aren’t even available in Nintendo’s official version! These include a save file which has all the e-Reader specific switch effects applied, including different Luigi physics, harder gameplay and Super Mario Bros 2 vegetables in the normal levels. Here’s a screenshot showing the project:

mario advance 4 mod title

mario advance 4 mod levels

Either way, it’s pretty obvious that Nintendo won’t be too happy about this one. Especially given that it’s a method to basically make a brand ‘new’ Virtual Console release available for free to anyone who can find a copy of the original game.

What do you think about this mod?


Super Mario Advance 4 All e-Reader Levels – ROM

Gamespot Stole Fan Video about Romero’s New Doom Level?

As you may or may not already know, Doom creator John Romero has released a new level for Doom.  Released 22 years after his last work on the game, it’s been shared on his Twitter feed and made available at the following link:

And very quickly, a video of the level went up on Youtube, by an account under the name of Ultraboy94fsr.  It’s a nice overview of the stage, which can be seen right here:

Unfortunately, it seems like Gamespot also watched this video, and hought it was pretty good.  So what did they do?

Oh, they just went and stole the video outright. Adding a few pop ups and a bit of commentary on top of it, they then posted their barely modified version to their own channel and treated it like they made it themselves.  Credit?  Hah, you must be joking.  There’s nothing in the description, nothing in the video… basically, they passed it off as their own work despite doing very little to the video and having absolutely no involvement in recording the level.

You can see it for yourself here:

You can also see the heavy backlash they’re getting as a result, the top fifty or so comments are all about how Gamespot are stealing people’s work and not giving any credit for the footage.

Either way, it’s pretty low, even for a gaming news site.  What do you think about Gamespot stealing someone’s Youtube video and not giving any credit for using it?


Gamespot uses Youtube user Ultraboy94fsr’s playthrough of new DOOM level without crediting him – Reddit

Left 4 Dead 3 Rumoured to be Released Next Year

What’s more, there are some interesting details in this rumour as well, like the four characters being called Katherine, Irvin (a gangster), Keenan (a comic book nerd) and Garrett Jr (a Kenpo fighter).  It will also apparently have six campaigns (called No Mercy, Cliff-Hanger, Early Destination, Crashland, Impasse and Inquisitor Land), as well as be released on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Above: A trailer for the second game, which the third game will presumably take after.

Oh, and something about Half Life 3.  Apparently Valve has decided to put Half Life 3 on hold for this game, which is sure to annoy a lot of people…

So is it real?  Well to be honest, we’re not entirely convinced.  For starters, the source is an article or two in the Daily Express, a UK newspaper that’s seen as on the same level as the Daily Mail.  That’s not exactly the most reputable of publications, and the fact it’s not even a gaming one makes it all the more suspicious.  Why would anyone report this sort of news to a fairly average UK tabloid without much of a connection to the gaming world?

Source aside, we’re also not entirely sure who’d be making the game.  Oh sure, Valve owns the series.  but it’s actually Turtle Rock Studios who were the developers of the first two games, and they’re clearly said that they’re not going to be working on a third title.  Are Valve taking the game inhouse?  Is it being farmed out to another random studio without much knowledge of the franchise?  None of these are made clear in the reports.

It also makes us wonder whether this game could be seeing a Nintendo NX release, if the rumours about it are true.  After all, the NX is coming out in either 2016 or 2017, and a couple of games from Valve on a Nintendo system would certainly help boost its reputation with more ‘hardcore’ gamers.  Perhaps the talk about it being on Xbox One, PS4 and PC might not be the whole story…

But what do you think?  Is there a chance that Left 4 Dead 3 will be released in 2017?  And if so, will its content reflect the rumours posted by the Daily Express?


Daily Express Article about Left 4 Dead 3

Psychonauts 2 Announced!

Well, this is a title we never thought would see the light of day!  At yesterday’s Video Game Awards, it was announced that a new Psychonauts game was going to return via crowd funding site Fig, with many of the team that worked on the original game coming back to work on this one.  For example, Erik Wolpaw will help write the game’s story, Peter Chan will be drawing the concept art and Peter McConnell is responsible for the game’s soundtrack.

For platforms, the game will be available on all major PC operating systems (via Steam and GOG), as well as PS4 and Xbox One.  No word on a Wii U or Nintendo NX version yet, but maybe it’ll be available on the latter when it’s actually been announced by Nintendo and we have any idea about what will games will be available for it in general.

The game will centre around Raz’s visit to Psychonauts Headquarters (continuing a sequel hook included in the first game), and will explore more of his family’s backstory (like his curse to always drown in water).  Here’s the pitch video for the game from the campaign site:

As you can see, they need to raise 3,300,000 dollars by January 8th 2016.  Not a small goal by any means, but one that seems like it’s fairly doable by a team working on a sequel to one of the most beloved games of all time.

So that’s Psychonauts 2.  Are you excited that the game is finally in development?  Do you think the game will easily get the 3.3 million dollars needed?  Post your thoughts on the game and DoubleFine’s recent announcement in the comments or at the Gaming Reinvented forums today!


Psychonauts 2 – Fig

Zelda Total War Posted on Steam Greenlight?

Oh boy, it’s happened again.  Someone with absolutely zero common sense and even less knowledge of trademark law than usual has decided to try and sell a game featuring Nintendo’s characters on Steam, and it’s even based on the Zelda series to boot.

Here’s Jim Sterling’s coverage of the Zelda Total War trailer for Steam Greenlight, which shows the game in action:

It gets even worse when you realise that the uploader likely has no connection to anyone even making this mod, so they’ve not only completely ignored any of Steam’s rules or sane legal advice, but taken a community project that’s gone without any problems for years on end and slapped it on a service with an actual price tag.

Either way, don’t expect it to stay up for very long, since every game in this situation has ended up getting a DMCA notice within a week or so.