Darksiders Creator Would Love To Do Legend Of Zelda Comic

Joe Madureira has worked on notable comics like Uncanny X-Men, Deadpool and The Ultimates. Now as the creative director of Darksiders he’s helping to finish up the sequel, but there’s another project he’d like to do.

“I’m a big fan of Legend of Zelda, so I would probably like to work on a comic book based on that,” he said before adding. “We do have a Darksiders comic book in development that hopefully will come out at some point! Right now all our energy is on completing Darksiders II.”

Source: MCV

Apple Sells Record Number Of IPads/IPhones For Q1 2012

Apple has revealed the results for their latest fiscal quarter, where they blew even optimistic forecasts out of the water. Apple saw record revenue of $46.3 billion and earnings of $13.87 per share in their first financial quarter since the passing of Steve Jobs.

“We’re thrilled with our outstanding results and record-breaking sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs,” said Apple CEO Tim Cook. “Apple’s momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some amazing new products in the pipeline.”

In addition, Apple saw triple digit growth of their iPhone and iPad sales, with 37.04 million and 15.43 million in sales respectively. iPod sales were down more than 20 percent to 15.4 million, though Mac sales increased by a quarter to 5.2 million.

Minecraft Lego Gets Greenlight For Prototype

The people working at the Lego Cuusoo team have announced that the proposed Minecraft project has received the right amount of support. This means that there is a decent chance that Minecraft will indeed be turned into actual official Lego sets.

“Since the Minecraft project reached 10,000 supporters on Lego Cuusoo, many of you have been eagerly awaiting our update. Until now, the project has been in the Lego Review” a stage before product development begins where a Lego Jury evaluates the idea’s feasibility as a product and makes a decision,” announced Lego Cuusoo. “We’re happy to announce that the Minecraft project on Lego Cuusoo has passed the Lego review and we are now developing a concept that celebrates the best aspects of building with the Lego system and in Minecraft. We can’t wait to show it to you” but it isn’t ready just yet. These things take time, so we appreciate your patience. More details are to come.”

Source: legocuusoo.com

Street Fighter X Tekken: No Exclusive Xbox 360 Characters

The PS3 and PS Vita version of Street Fighter X Tekken will be getting exclusive characters, but as it turns out the Xbox 360 will have no exclusive characters of its own. According to Street Fighter X Tekken Producer Yoshinori Ono, the lack of Xbox 360 exclusives is not because they didn’t try.

“We do have the exclusive characters for the Sony platform. We have Cole, the two Sony cats, Kuro and Toro. But basically for the Xbox 360, we were in discussions with them (Microsoft) for which character to put in as an exclusive, but we weren’t able to decide on a character because of differences in timing and things like that,” said Ono. “So unfortunately for Street Fighter X Tekken, only the PlayStation family will be getting the exclusive characters, but it’s something we wish could have happened. It’s just too bad, basically.”

“In terms of characters we wish we could have put in the game, Master Chief or Marcus Fenix from Gears of War would have been really cool, but it was just really difficult,” Ono added. “We have Cole from inFamous on PS3, which is really cool, but that’s just the way it turned out.”

Source: X360A

NimbleBit Points Out Dream Heights/Tiny Tower Similarities

Zynga has both been accused and accused others of copyright infringement since almost the very beginning of the company. While not resorting to any legal solutions (at least not yet) the developers at NimbleBit striking out against Zynga’s iOS Dream Heights over its similarity to Tiny Tower.

“Even when you refuse to go work for Zynga, sometimes you end up doing work for Zynga anyway,” wrote NimbleBit co-founder Dave Marsh. “I don’t wish Zynga any ill will, I just think it’s depressing for all the devs at Zynga that don’t have creative freedom.”

Source: Twitter

RIM’s New CEO Meets Skepticism In Appointment

RIM recently replaced co-Chief Executive Officers Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis with Thorsten Heins. Director Barbara Stymiest will take over as chairman, as the two also cede their co-chairmen positions; Lazaridis will become vice chairman while Balsillie will remain a board member without any operational role.

The stock dropped and there were concerns when Heins said there is no drastic change needed in the company struggling to compete with Google and Apple. “Heins is a product execution guy, he’s not a visionary,” said Ehud Gelblum, a New York-based analyst at Morgan Stanley. “Heins has to give people a reason why they need a BlackBerry. It’s going to be very difficult for him.”

RIM has lost 89 percent of its value since its peak in 2008 of more than $80 billion. Last quarter, sales fell about 6 percent to $5.17 billion and their global smartphone market share sank to 11 percent in the third quarter from 15 percent a year earlier.

“RIM had its era, but now it seems very hard to gain back market share in the smartphone market even if the top managers are changed,” said Mitsushige Akino, who oversees about $600 million at Ichiyoshi Investment Management Co. “The iPhone and Android are well established in the market.”

A problem is that RIM concentrated on the international market while the U.S. market evolved. “The biggest dilemma was the U.S. market went down the path of mobile high-end computing on a 4G platform, and our products were suited for a global marketplace,” Balsillie said. “The greatest dilemma was resources and capacities, where do you put them. We couldn’t do both.”

“They’re going to have to run fast,” said Rene Schuster, CEO of Telefonica SA’s German unit. “They have a good brand. The question is: are they now able to bring new innovation to the market so that when a consumer looks at the choice they’re going to pick RIM It’s going to be a challenge for them.”

Heins will be seeking a new marketing chief for the company, which is a role that Balsillie had been filling since RIM’s first marketing chief, Keith Pardy, left in March. “We are in a competitive world, but we believe in our own strength,” Heins said. “I’m here to fight.”

Source: Bloomberg

Starhawk Gets A Sweet Tooth

Eat Sleep Play and Sony Santa Monica have a shared history with David Jaffe spent time at both studios. Appropriately, there will be a bonus for everyone who purchases Twisted Metal that will apply to Starhawk.

“Our friends over at LightBox Interactive have been cooking up something really amazing, and I’m excited to show it to you all today” the Sweet Tooth Outcast Multiplayer skin for Starhawk, coming May 8! Every copy of Twisted Metal will include a voucher for this awesome skin,” wrote Chad Cox – Producer of Twisted Metal. “On top of that, if you pre-order Twisted Metal you’ll get early access to Axel and a free upgrade to the Limited Edition that comes with a code to download Twisted Metal: Black.”

Source: PlayStation Blog

Darksiders II: Death Lives

Darksiders II will mark a significant departure from the first game in both gameplay and tone, with the focus being on the Rider on a Pale Horse . . . Death.  Come see the developers talk about it, and some new gameplay.

I Am Alive Birth Soon

I Am Alive is finally releasing online in early March on PSN and Xbox Live. It looks to be a compelling test of survival as a desperate outcast looks for his daughter.

Ninja Gaiden 3 – ‘Weight Of The Sword’

The Ninja Gaiden series has always been known for its fast and heavy action, but the third game in the series looks to take it up a notch. Ninja Gaiden 3 will be a more personal game for Ryu Hayabusa and will also feature the most visceral sword-play in the series.