Today’s news roundup sees the dark knight return for some GOTY treatment. Nintendo smashes US-Single Month Sales records with combined Wii and DS sales of around seven million units for December alone. Lastly, we take a look over the nominees for the best video game story of 2009 – but is this one award which Modern Warfare 2 really doesn't deserve to win?
Batman: AA to get GOTY treatment
Despite the fact Eidos are refusing to confirm anything, a Game of The Year Edition of Batman: Arkham Asylum is in the pipeline according to the BBFC website. However it remains unclear what exactly this GOTY edition is going to include, as about the only information which can be gleaned from the BBFC listing is that it’s going to have a ‘15’ certificate.
It’s seems certain that the pack will contain both pieces of Batman: AA DLC already released, but we’ll just have to wait and see whether Eidos let us get our hands on any extras from the Dark Knight’s arsenal. After all, some unforgettable classics have cropped up in the past. Bat Goo, Bat-Shark-Repellent, Bat-Fly Swatter and Bat-Mouse Carrier all spring to mind. Although who could forget those plastic nipples he wore throughout the Batman and Robin movie? [TotalFormat]
Wii and DS thrash competition in US
As Nintendo smash US single-month sales records it’s unlikely they’ll be losing much sleep over Ubisoft’s and Capcom France’s decision to desert the company in favor of the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Figures from the US show that for the month of December, the Nintendo Wii sold 3.81 million units whist the Dsi and DS Lite shifted 3.31. This allowed Nintendo to grab the top two slots in the US Hardware sales chart for December whilst the Playstation 3 trailed in third position with 1.36 million units sold.
‘Clearly there is overwhelming consumer demand for fun games, motion controls and value," stated Ninetndo of America’s second in command. ‘This remarkable hardware sales surge presents a tremendous software opportunity for Nintendo and its third-party partners as we head into 2010." [WiiGamer]
WGA announces game writing nominees
What were the best videogame narratives of 2009? Well amongst the nominees for the Writers Guild of America Award (as listed on Eurogamer) for the best video game story are Corey May, Joshua Rubin and Jeffrey Yohalem all of whom penned Assassin’s Creed 2. Amy Hennig, who wrote Uncharted 2. Wet’s Duppy Demetrius and X-Men Origins writer Marc Guggenheim. Surprisingly for some, the writers behind Modern Warfare 2 are also up for the award; even though a lot of people felt they just ripped off a catalogue of Hollywood action movies. The winner is due to be announced on the 20th of February. [EuroGamer]