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Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Curtain Call demo waiting in the wings

Europeans can conduct a trial of Theatrhythm Final Final Curtain Call when a demo hits their eShop on Thursday, September 4. We've reached out to Square Enix for word on the same for North America, but given the rhythm game releases in both regions on the same week, it seems likely the demo will hit stateside this week too.

The Japanese demo that was available just ahead of release featured two songs: "Edgar and Sabin's Theme" from Final Fantasy 6 and the piano version of "Those Who Fight" from Final Fantasy 7: Advent Children. Battle, Event and Field categories were playable for both songs, but the new two-player versus mode wasn't.

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Hot Shots Golf trailer brings green screens to PS4

This morning Sony published the reveal of the brand new Hot Shots Golf for PS4, as first broadcast during yesterday's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference in Japan. Don't be fooled by that Bob Green fellow at the beginning, this really isn't Fat Cat Simulator 2014. Someone should make that if that hasn't been done already, which it probably has.

The debut footage gives us a glimpse into the how Sony's oddball sportsballer looks on PS4, and the cutesy Shuhei Yoshida cameo suggests the series' super-deformed style isn't going anywhere anytime soon. During yesterday's stream, Yoshida said (as translated by Sony) the game features "open world entertainment focusing on golf." Interesting, even if we're a country mile from knowing what it means.

Check out the trailer below the break.

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(Not) Seen@PAX Prime: The many outfits of Assassin's Creed

Image PAX Prime in Seattle was host to many displays that celebrate video game series. Ubisoft's booth included several mannequins donning the outfits of characters from its rich Assassin's Creed series. Honestly, we just couldn't find most of them.... Continue Reading

Beyond: Two Souls PS4 trophies emerge, Director's Cut reported

We're going to level with you. If there is any PS3 game from the last two years or so that you've been waiting to buy, you should consider waiting a little longer – because someone is probably remastering it as we speak. The latest to join the ever-growing pile of prettified PS3 re-releases could be the super cinematic, often goofy Page/Cage joint, Beyond: Two Souls.

A Director's Cut version of Beyond for PS4 was spotted on two German retail sites, according to IGN, though the listings have since been removed. Furthermore, online gaming activity site Exophase has posted trophies for the game, providing more evidence that our digital Willem Dafoe nightmares are far from over, and they're about to get an HD upgrade.

Pre-order Destiny on Xbox One, get launch-day delivery, $10 gift card

Those interested in a boxed Xbox One copy of Destiny can snag a few extra perks by pre-ordering this week through the Microsoft Store. Pre-order before September 5 at 5PM ET to lock down launch-day delivery, and all Microsoft pre-orders come with a $10 gift card in digital code form.

Those who opt for a digital Xbox One version of Destiny are able to download the game's data before its release on September 9. This won't unlock the game early, but you'll be ready to roll when everything goes live on launch day.
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A modern-day Asteroids could combine space and survival

With Atari back from the brink of extinction once again, the publisher has shifted its focus from a game maker to a license holder that finds development partners to create modern-day interpretations of its library of classic franchises.

In an interview during PAX Prime 2014, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais explored his ideas for a modern-day Asteroids experience, saying it could combine the franchise's classic gameplay with survival concepts found in popular titles like Day Z.

"So for Asteroids, the initial game was – you remember the game – you get crushed by the asteroids. So what happens now? You land on the asteroid. And then what you have to do is you have to survive on the asteroid. So you can have an Asteroids game, which is basically a survival game in space," Chesnais tells Joystiq.

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Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition now available for pre-order

Having already enhanced both Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2, developer Beamdog now sets its sights on another Dungeons & Dragons Infinity Engine classic, Icewind Dale.

"It is now official, Icewind Dale:Enhanced Edition is available for pre-order on Beamdog," reads a tweet from Trent Oster, creative director on the aforementioned Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition. Those who follow Oster's tweet to the game's website will find a brand new pre-order page for Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition that reveals a few key details. Like its predecessors, Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition will appear on PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, and will feature a purchase price of $20.

Unfortunately, Beamdog has yet to decide on a release date for Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, though in the meantime, prospective players can learn all about the various tweaks and improvements Beamdog has planned for the roleplaying classic by visiting this page.
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Buy Smash Bros. 3DS, Wii U, earn epic public entrances

After Super Smash Bros. launches on 3DS, you can walk along to your personal anthem from its soundtrack. If you're lucky enough, your song might land on the dual-disc sampling offered to Club Nintendo members, which would ensure you'd have a copy to lend audio personnel whenever a triumphant public entrance is needed.

In order to get the soundtrack selection seen above, fans in North America and Europe will need to register codes from both the 3DS and Wii U versions of Smash on their Club Nintendo account. A track list and estimated release date are currently unknown, but the NA Club Nintendo page fittingly teases that further details are still coming.
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Seen@PAX: Sunset Overdrive's white Xbox One in the wild

Gather round lads, as Captain Ahab of the SS Joystiq tells ye the tale of the great white Xbox One called Moby Dick the Sunset Overdrive bundle. Aye, its existence 'twas once but a rumor, but the beast resurfaced shortly thereafter, proving its reality to all sailors of the games industry waters. At PAX Prime 2014, someone managed to cage the creature and display it as, we assume, a trophy.

Yar me mateys, here be your glimpse at a white Xbox One as she appears in the real world. Enjoy and eat hearty!

You only get one chance to play Upsilon Circuit

Upsilon Circuit is an upcoming PC game from Legend of Dungeon developers Robot Loves Kitty, but you might never get the chance to play it. In fact, only eight people will ever be playing the game simultaneously, and once one of those players dies, that's the end for them; in Upsilon Circuit, you only have one life. Ever.

Think of it like Twitch Plays Pokemon meets Diablo 3, as televised by The Running Man, playing a game of 1 vs 100. Yeah.

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Resident Evil trailer reanimates remake in horrifying HD

Image Capcom has released a brand new trailer for Resident Evil, the HD version of Shinji Mikami's survival horror classic remake which first hit Gamecube back in 2002. Due out in 2015, this new edition of Resident Evil will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Steam. ... Continue Reading

Seen@PAX: Where baby Xenomorphs come from

Okay, kids. Auntie Joystiq is going to tell you where baby Xenomorphs come from. You see, when a Lovecraftian horror from the stars and a human face love each other very much, they produce a hideous worm-larvae that erupts from the human's chest after devouring several of his or her important internal organs. If the monster is very lucky, it will become a Queen, which will eventually connect her hulking frame to an ovipositor. This gooey, slimy appendage will plop out eggs, which will begin the cycle anew by creating a new face-hugging creature.

Sweet dreams!

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Sony Japan & Asia presser round-up: Fives alive on PS4

While some of you were snoozing, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan & Asia had a little shindig ahead of this month's Tokyo Game Show, and it was news-stuffed. If you want you can re-watch the whole shebang here, all two hours or so of it... on your precious day off. Just in case you'd rather not, we've compiled a list of the highlights below the break.

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UK takes Metro Redux to the top of the charts

Metro Redux - we can't believe they didn't go with Metro Revival - is the new UK No. 1 this week, overthrowing Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition after one week of glory. Meanwhile, Madden NFL 15 debuts 6th, which isn't bad given which version of football it is.

The PS4, Xbox One and PC bundle of Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light is Deep Silver's first No. 1 of the year, but it's far from the first remaster to lead the way in 2014. Upgraded and enhanced versions of Tomb Raider, Diablo 3 and The Last of Us had already scored five chart-topping weeks between them before Metro Redux came along, and we could see a few other remasters at the top before the year's close.

In honor of the remasters, we're going to re-release our idea of music videos below the break for these posts. This week and with Metro in mind, we'll keep it Russian with 2000s duo t.A.T.u, who infamously caused great controversy with their awful capitalization.

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Stiq Figures: Let's trade dream crossovers edition

Welcome to Stiq Figures, where the sales data is after the break and the posts don't matter.

I remember dreaming up improbable video game crossovers with my schoolyard friends. While none of our strokes of genius have been specifically catered to, I must have left our childhood sketchbooks at an industry event or something, because suddenly bizarre, wishful-thinking collaborations are completely reasonable. A full-on Pokemon fighting game with talent from the Tekken and Soul Calibur series? A narrative-driven take on the Borderlands series from Telltale? A mashup of Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei?

Now that improbable is the new possible, we might as well exchange our most-wanted team-ups in a public thread, just in case someone with a lot of money is bored enough to make exactly one of us incredibly happy. Personally, I would love to see Sin and Punishment 2 developer Treasure work with Nintendo on a spiritual successor to Star Fox 64. I think the on-rails arcade shooter style suits that series best, and I think Treasure's experience with the Sin & Punishment series would perfectly lend itself to what I'm looking for from Fox McCloud's adventures: A clever, blissfully-frantic shooter that's as fun to conquer the first time as it is the 50th.

That's just my request, though; what are you wishing for? Feel free to focus on video game series or just two particular development teams – the important thing is telling us about your dream project so we can join in on yearning for what might never happen. Break our hearts Tell us about your ideal crossover in the comments, right after you check this week's hardware sales after the break!

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The Joystiq Podcast

Super Joystiq Podcast 110: The Walking Dead, Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright, NHL 15

Latest episode: Friday, August 29th, 2014

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