Year in Review: Video Games

Two new home video game systems were launched in 2013, while a third had several major new games released for it. In addition, fans helped to fund a new video game through online donations.

The new WiiU console is seen during a demonstration at the 2012 International CES tradeshow, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Two new home video game systems were launched in 2013, while a third had several major new games released for it. In addition, fans helped to fund a new video game through online donations.

The Sony Playstation 4 launched on November 15th. This is the fourth home console from Sony in the Playstation line, which began in the 1990s. It launched with an MSRP of $399 US dollars. The system included more advanced graphics, increased social media integration, and improved streaming video. From its launch to present, the Playstation 4 has sold over 2 million units.

The Xbox One is not the first Xbox home video game system, but the third. Microsoft’s latest gaming console launched in the United States on November 22nd with an MSRP of $499. It includes an improved version of the Kinect, which uses sensors and cameras to detect motion. This motion can be used to control characters in the game or even menu operations. The Xbox One also features enhanced graphics and sound as well as new internet features as well as TV integration. Like the Playstation 4, it has sold over 2 million units since its launch.

The WiiU from Nintendo launched in 2012, and has seen several major releases throughout 2013. This includes Super Mario 3D World, which is the first 3D Mario adventure where up to four players can play at once. A new Mario & Sonic at the Olympics title was released and Sega released an exclusive new Sonic the Hedgehog game called Sonic Lost World. The WiiU is an entirely new system and not an add-on, not to be confused with the original Wii.

In September, News 4 This Morning told you about a game called Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. This game, being developed by Wayforward, was being funded by money raised through the internet crowd-sourcing site, Kickstarter. In Half-Genie Hero, the player controls Shantae who explores worlds, fights enemies, solves puzzles and more throughout 3D-rendered levels. The game will feature high-definition graphics, and is planned for all major video game consoles, as well as PC download services. The current target is sometime in 2014.


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