System Update: 10/03/14


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You can get back to ‘Shadow of Mordor‘ and ‘Super Smash Bros.‘ in just a second, because first you have to take your weekly dose of gaming news. Open up!

You have to spend money to get money

In their largely successful effort to compete more directly with Steam, the PlayStation Store has added another offer in October that will allow players to see a $15 return if they spend over $100 anywhere in the store during October. This includes video services in addition to game purchases, so with all the content available, many gamers will be happy to see a discount on what they were already planning on spending.

3DS hardware controlled more software decisions

It was already revealed that the Ice Climbers would not be making a return in the new ‘Smash Bros.” games due to the fact that the 3DS hardware did not have the processing power that the pair would require, but this week director Masahiro Sakurai also revealed that the limited portable hardware was also responsible for removing the transitions between characters. Shortly put, Shiek and Zelda are completely separate characters now. Sakurai insist that it was a blessing in disguise however, stating to Famitsu that “reaching that limit can sometimes lead in good directions. Transforming characters had the drawback of ambiguous tactics and such, and I believe that they have become more fresh now.” While I agree with Sakurai about transforming characters – popular ‘Smash Bros.’ mod ‘Project M‘ already separates the two – there is no equal explanation for the removal of characters. Remember to pour one out for the Ice Climbers.

System updates

Hey, that’s the name of the column! It’s also what the Wii U and PlayStation Vita saw this week with the former receiving the overdue ability to sort applications into folders and the latter gaining the – also overdue – ability to apply themes to the UI. These are minor but welcomed additions to two wonderful consoles. Now that’s all the news for this week, so go update your systems in the background while you take down an Uruk Warchief with one hand and Captain Falcon in the other.