This ‘Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain’ wedding is both amazing and weird…

While Japanese traditional-style weddings are still popular, most newlyweds tend to tie the knot with weddings based on Western-style themes and traditions with the bride in a white, flowing gown and the groom in a sharp tux. But what about a wedding that’s espionage-themed?

That’s what this promo for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain attempts to showcase. The video hilariously chronicles the pair’s most important day, from the altar approach to the couple’s profile videos and even the banquet afterwards. The video peaks when the father finally gives away his daughter to his new son-in-law with a ceremonial PlayStation Dual Shock 4 controller, but to an incredibly confused caterer who has no idea what’s going on.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases on September 1 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC.

President of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata passes away at 55

Nintendo has officially announced the passing of Satoru Iwata, president of Nintendo, on July 11 due to a bile duct tumor. During his time at the video game corporation, Iwata brought to life the epic RPG Earthbound (known by Japanese gamers as Mother 2) and the early Kirby series. The Gamecube and Wii U can also be attributed to his vision, while also ushering in the success of the DS and 3DS, both of which remain popular with casual and hardcore gamers to this day. He was 55.

Get some Nintendo on your Sony with these PS4 skins

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As odd a concept as it may sound to some, had the 1991 deal between Nintendo and Sony gone off without a hitch, not only might the PlayStation brand as we know it today not even exist, but gamers the world over might be able to play titles like Super Mario 3D World and Wii Sports on Sony-made hardware. Instead, with Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft all vying for our hard-earned cash, console gamers are faced with a choice: choose a platform to invest in or live on nothing but baked beans for a year and buy them all.

If you’re a Sony fan and have already picked up a PS4, no doubt you’re as pleased with your purchase as we were with ours. But there’s no denying that Nintendo’s creations have a certain appeal to them, and few of Sony’s first-party characters could ever compete with Mario et al. Thankfully, third-party retailer LUCKY D has you – and your PlayStation – covered, as they’re selling sticker skins for PlayStation 4 featuring everything from Pikachu to Evangelion‘s Asuka.

We’ve seen all manner of limited-edition PlayStation 4 case designs since the console’s arrival just over a year ago. Besides the beautiful real-wood PS4, few have really caught our eye, though, and for those who picked up their console at launch it can be irritating to see alternative designs coming out just months later.

LUCKY D, however, has a solution. With their “PS4 Skin Seals” PlayStation owners can deck out their console with all manner of alternative designs. Nintendo fans especially will be pleased to learn that the Japanese retailer stocks two special skins which permit the unholy matrimony of Nintendo and Sony to take place, offering a sticker set featuring Mario and friends, and another which turns your PS4 into everyone’s favourite yellow lightning rat, Pikachu.

According to their Amazon JP listing, the stickers come in pieces, covering the PlayStation 4 console itself, DualShock 4 controller, and even the tiny touch panel on the controller’s front. It looks like the stickers wrap right around the PS4, too, giving the underside a splash of colour – something which those who stand their console vertically will no doubt appreciate.

▼ Mario and pals

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▼ LUCKY D is also offering this rather sexy Black Rock Shooter skin,

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▼ a tremendously cool skin featuring Asuka from Evangelion,

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▼ Boob pillow-cum-virtual idol Super Sonico,

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▼ and this Kantai Collection skin, which is sure to please fans of all things moe.

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The skins retail for between 3,200 and 3,672 yen (US$27-31) on Amazon JP. We’re sorry to say that our favourite of the lot, the yellow Pikachu skin, is already out of stock, however, so you may want to bookmark that page and check back regularly. As for whether these things are officially licensed, or how long Nintendo will allow the LUCKY D to use their characters on stickers designed for a rival console, only time will tell, so if you’re looking to add some Nintendo to your Sony, you may want to move quickly.

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Sony unveils Glacier White PlayStation 4 and Urban Camo Dualshock 4 Controller

 

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The latest news to trickle out of E3 and into our inbox is that Sony will be producing a very sexy Glacier White edition of their latest console, along with a Dualshock 4 controller clad in a tonal grey camo print. Even sexier is the news that – in Northern America, at least – the console will be bundled with the forthcoming FPS title Destiny, produced by original Halo-creators Bungie, along with a matching white controller and priced at $450.
The Urban Camo controller, meanwhile, will be available separately for $59. Time to start limbering up those thumbs…
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PlayStation 4 sales hit 4.2 million as of December 28th

 

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SCEA CEO Andrew House just took the stage during Kaz Hirai‘s CES 2014 keynote to announce some PS4 sales numbers: 4.2 million systems, and 9.7 million games sold as of December 28th. That’s exactly double the figure the company told us last month, notching 2.1 million cumulative sales by December 1st. It’s a seriously impressive start for Sony‘s next-gen console, putting it clearly ahead of the 3 million Xbox One sales recorded in 2013 (although Microsoft’s console is available in fewer markets right now).

Moving forward, Sony will build on its sales momentum by launching PlayStation Now, a service that’ll eliminate cross-platform compatibility issues by letting gamers stream titles on their PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, smartphone and tablet directly from the cloud. Based on Sony’s acquisition of streaming outfit Gaikai, PlayStation Now will come as part of a new subscription model for users, and will kick off with a limited beta starting later this month, followed by a full US rollout in the summer.

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 Tops One Million Units in First Day

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Sony said it sold more than one million units of the new PlayStation 4 videogame console to consumers in its first day on sale, indicating strong initial demand for the device.

Andrew House, head of the Japanese tech giant’s videogame division said in a statement that gamers appear to be reacting well to the device.

Sales remain very strong in North America, and we expect continued enthusiasm as we launch the PlayStation 4 in Europe and Latin America,” he said. The device will continue its rollout beyond North American markets on Nov. 29.

The company has said it expects to sell five million units by March, which would beat the initial sales rollout of its last-generation videogame device, the PlayStation 3, which sold 3.5 million units worldwide over the same introductory period.

Sony’s data follow an initial flood of enthusiasm and long lines at stores for the PS4’s debut at midnight Friday morning, as well as stock-outs reported at many retailers.

The numbers are a positive sign for the videogame console industry, which has struggled in recent years through a protracted slump as consumers have held off purchasing or turned to games offered on mobile devices and social networking websites.

Videogame executives have blamed the industry’s contracting sales on the cyclical nature of the console devices, citing sales slowdowns shortly before Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Nintendo’s Wii and Sony’s PlayStation 3 were all introduced between 2005 and 2006. Shortly after their introduction, console videogame sales surged 28% in 2007, according to data from market research firm PwC.

This time, however, sales are expected to grow more slowly. PwC says it expects worldwide console games sales to grow 4.2% to $25.98 billion this year, up from $24.93 billion a year prior. In 2014, sales are expected to rise another 6.4% to $27.62 billion.

The strong sales data from Sony, though, point to the possibility of a more dramatic uptick. Still, analysts warn, the real test of the device will be over the longer term, and whether it can mirror or even beat the momentum of its predecessors.

Sony had earlier said it had ample quantities of the device, citing easier manufacturing processes. Analysts have said they expect Sony to sell as many PS4s as it can manufacture over the holiday shopping season. Microsoft, which is launching its Xbox One on Nov. 22, said it too has strong supplies ahead of launch.

Separately, some customers have complained on social networking websites that their PlayStation 4 devices weren’t acting as they should, including inability to turn on as expected. Sony said it is investigating the reports, but believes the issue impacts a “very small percentage total units shipped to consumers.”

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