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Retro Heaven returns to Manchester when Play Expo returns

Posted by Cosplay 88 on June 2, 2015 at 8:35 PM Comments comments (0)

If your into retro gaming then your not want to miss the Play Expo at Manchesters Event City this coming October.

Official Press Release below..

Manchester’s biggest video gaming show, PLAY Expo, returns for its fourth year.

Tickets for PLAY Expo, the North’s biggest gaming expo have gone on sale this morning. The show will take place at EventCity, Manchester on 10th and 11th October 2015.

PLAY Expo is in its fourth year in Manchester and has more than doubled in size over that time. Hundreds of screens of next-gen, indie and retro games as well as eSports, cosplay and stars of film and TV pulled 19,000 attendees through the doors of the highly-successful two day event last October.

Replay Events Director Andy Brown said “PLAY Expo 2014 was a huge leap forward for us in terms of scale and ambition but we delivered a knockout show that our attendees absolutely loved. The bar has been set very high for PLAY Expo this year, but we already have plans underway to smash all previous records out of the water.

Show features we introduced last year such as celebrity signings, our careers fair and Youtuber meet and greets will be expanded plus we are adding even more new content for 2015 including an area dedicated to the immensely popular Minecraft, where we will be running a Hunger Games tournament and a creative build server. Of course this won’t be at the expense of any of the other parts of the show - we know how passionate our attendees are about all aspects of PLAY Expo.

We pride ourselves on being the most diverse gaming expo in the UK – where else can you see so many of the latest games and technologies alongside arcades, pinballs, retro consoles and computers? The response we get from the gaming community is overwhelming, we’re immensely proud of what the show has become and we look forward to delivering yet another phenomenal event to our audience and partners this October.”

PLAY Expo 2015 will also feature the UK’s largest arcade and pinball display, industry speakers, movie props and vehicles, card and board games, merchandise plus a host of other features. More announcements will be made in the coming months. Further information and tickets are available from

Xenoblade ''X'' take Japan by Storm -Sold Out

Posted by Bruno B on May 1, 2015 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Sold out

Monolithsoft's Xenoblade ''X'' released this week in Japan has taken the region by storm with the game and the Wii U Bundles with the game selling out across the region.

Even online sellers are having shortages with Playasia and Amazon Japan only having copies of the game left in stock.

The fact that the bundles ahve sold is great news for Wii U owners and maybe now with quite a few more releases  due over the next couple of months it looks like those Wii U numbers could rise.

All we have to say is Well done Monolithsoft for creating such a game and congratulations to Nintendo for once again delivering another brilliant game from the looks of it.

We wait with anticipation for the Western release.

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PS4 Limited time price drop in UK

Posted by Bruno B on April 22, 2015 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Sony has responded to the recent Microsoft price cut for Xbox One to £299 in the UK for the kinect less version .

Sony has dropped the price of there PS4 console to £299 till the 28th April 2015. It looks like they are testing to see if it makes another big effect on sales, if it does then we could see a permanent price drop worldwide announced at E3 we suspect.

Of course this is just for the standalone console no games just the console. Of note  online seller Amazon are selling them at £289.99 as of today for the standard unit. But in both Black and White.

Xbox One also a standalone unit at £299 and again on amazon at £279.99 may seem good value. But many online retailers are offering the XOne with a game or even two for the same £299 price Point.

This has also seen Amazon reduce the price of their Wii U sets to £229.99. All of which come with a game being either Mario Kart 8 , Wind Waker (and yes  it is the special edition Wii U in that Bundle) Super Mario pack.

Any of these above Wii U  packs are only £229.99 on Amazon at present

I'm sure many will jump at the new £299 PS4 price point while it lasts or gets announced as permanent. But customers still have to buy a game , a extra controller for two player games and a PS+ memebership to play online.

Some of the XONE deals with games on other sites are quite good , i have seen preorders for XONE with Witcher 3 and Arkham Knight for £299 ,so that seems like a good deal. If there the type of games you want. Both are solo games ,but again any online play still needs a Xbox Gold membership at £39.99 a year.

I still think the Wii U bundles offer great value at the price point. and Nintendo's online UK store have a series of bundles for £299 which include two games and either a pro controller or Wii Mote Plus and other aceesories included.  So it's worth checking the store out for some great deals.


Lego Dimensions will drain your pocket of cash

Posted by Bruno B on April 9, 2015 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Bruno.B here,

Another snippet of gaming news in today is that Lego in colaboration with their video games partners Travelers Tales and Warner Brothers are set to enter the Toys to Life business this coming September .

Launching across all major console formats including PS3 /4 , Xbox One / 360 and Wii U Warners hope to bring another dimension to the Toys to Life business.

This time your actually have to build pieces with actual Lego ,including the NFC Portal before using it and it's characters within the game.

Below are some stills and a trailer , for a more indepth view look at my news article  just published on Kick'em in the Ghoulies.

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If the Portal lights up like in the trailer , I'm in...

More gaming news soon..

Watch this space.

Nintendo turns up the heat in their latest direct

Posted by Bruno B on April 2, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello all,

I'm back with some gaming trends that are happening, after last years busy Christmas period ,it looks like the big three still have a way to go to cement their consoles in the new 8th gen era.

Yes we all know Sony's PS4 has stolen the show in the sales department ,shifting more then twenty million consoles since launch with Microsofts XBOX One trailing at around the 12 million mark.

But the big question is where are the games that these systems need so badly.

Other then multi cross platform games ,which sees no need to upgrade to a new machine if you can get the games on your old one.

Halo is a masterful game, but how much do you need to play the games again?

The remaster process with games like The Last of Us,Halo Collection,Tomb Raider defintive edition may give that extra polish to some degree,but it's not worth shelling out £400 on a new console for.

Exclusives are the key and whilst recently the PS4 has recieved ''The Order 1886'' which has not faired well in the review departments on some sites due to the games short lifespan it does showcase the power of the system a bit more

Of course the recently released ''Bloodborne '' looks set to shake things up a bit with FROM Softwares game being a lovely looking game with some hardcore gameplay which is common with FROM's titles.

A reason to own a PS4 ?

But where has Nintendo been , well there Smash Brothers launch before Chistmas garnered them some decent sales  and the New year game ''Captain Toad Treasure Tracker '' has done surpisingly well as a slighlty lower priced title which is not as large as SMW3D but uses that games engine in a new way to tell Toads story.

A fun filled game ,that's sure to delight.

Of course Nintendo's end of year announcemnets of their entry into the Mobile market has turned their profits up but has brought speculation to where they are heading , plus the announcement of a new gamig hardware code named NX spelled the deaf nell for the Wii U as rumours swathed across the interent in minutes of Wii U's early demise .

Now right up to date Nintendo's April 1st Direct for the fans may have made a fool of the naysayers as they confirmed releases dates for titles coming within the next coming months ..

First up is Splatoon '' the third person multi- player shooter which sees you play a squid and must fight by shooting ink at your opponenets and take over their areas. with a frentic online and offline mdoes planned this title could set a new benchmark for games where you can shoot stuff.

Out May 29th in Europe

Plus the games comes amiibo ready with Nintendo's Toys to Life series expanding with another wave of characters appearing this May and June.

Girl Inkling amiibo

June sees the relaese of Yoshi Woolly World ,yes yoshi is back in this yarn based game where up to two players can play co-op in this gorgeous looking platformer.

Again the game is amiibo compatable and a special edition package will be available with a Yarn Yoshi amiibo in real yarn. Plus the amiibo will be available seperatly in three colours.

Yoshi goes amiibo  

Yoshi  comes home on June 26th in EUROPE

Another big announcment was that the West is finally going to get the Localisation of Tecmo's Fatel Frame 'The Black Haired Maiden'' giving the Wii U a much needed mature game in the West which will go nicley with The Devils Third.

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Gaming looks set to be quite exciting over the next few months, and i will be here and at K.I.T.G. with new updates weekly from now. back shortly with even more great gaming news for all systems.

Bruno B.

Games ,Cosplay come together at EGX

Posted by Bruno B on September 28, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi all ,

Bruno B. back with some game related news, we have just attended the EGX games show at London's Earls Court and will be bringing a site feature on the Cosplay at the show.

Of course where get into some of the games ,but the main games feature will appear on our sister site

Won't be long but to keep you on the edge of your seats , here are a couple shots from the show.

Cosplay at EGX, Link is there ,and a hunter from ''Destiny''

Back shortly with more Gaming news from the show and beyond .


Hyper Japan 2014 kicks of..

Posted by Cosplay 88 on July 25, 2014 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Yes Friday 25th of July saw Hyper Japan return to Earls Court for a even bigger show this year.

With Dedicated stages for Cosplay,Fringe ,Martial arts and Kawaii as well as the Main stage . it became evident some careful planning is needed for us to catch everything we want to see and of course report on..

Cosplayers where scarce for Friday ,but then it is a working day for most , Where back on the Saturday and hopefully the cosplayers will turn out. And hopefully i won't be the only guy in shcool girl outfit.. :roll:

Nintendo has a huge stand with the UK Nintendo store,and there showing some of the games from E3 ,Namely ,Captain Toad,Sonic Boom, Smash Brothers (3DS only) and Hyrule Warriors to name a few.

Captain Toad is a Fun title in the mould of Mario 3D World

Add to this a Mario Kart competiton zone and Tomadochi Life area and a Wii U Karoke stage and what you have is a mini Nintendo convention going on within Hyper Japan.

Double act Yanakiku got the crowd clapping,Waving and Singing

There was JPOP with Yanakiku which rounded of the day perfectly..

Another update tomorrow ,then we plan the big site feature with all the photo's ..


Check back in tomorrow.


E3 tHE BIGGEST GAME SHOW ON EARTH - PART 4 - Nintendo keeps giving!

Posted by Bruno B on June 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Faster then a speeding bullet I'm Bruno B . back with our fourth instalment in our e3 breakdown.

This is actually part two of our look at Nintendo's announcements,the first part being on our sister site K.I.T.G..

Leaving of from where i finished with Bayonetta on Wi U in our first part of this segment on K.I.T.G.

I was by now thinking surley they must be thinning out now. , no chance , A game that was total surpise was Captain Toad Treasure Tracker.  Taking the ever popular Toad character and giving him a whole new game all to himself in a game reminiscent of many a Mario title.

But of course Toad has his own abilitites to make the game look and play unique.

Another must buy game from Nintendo -coming 2014 Holiday season

Graphically it takes a cue from Mario 3D world and other Mario games ,what's more this one releases for the holiday season 2014.  Did not see that coming at all.

Without baited breath  another announcement ,that of Hyrule Warriros ,the cross over Zelda / Dynasty Warriors game.  Now I'm abig fan of the Dyansty Warriors games but not all like them ,and many Zelda purists are being abit wierd about this one while others are cool for it.

Thing is the Dynasty Franchise is huge in Japan as is Zelda ,so this will sell bucketloads in it's home country for sure.

And with Zelda creator Eiji Aonuma to oversee what Programmers at Tecmo Koei are doing it looks like the new game will please fans of both series.

Come on when haven't you wanted to have Link swathing his sword through hundreds of foe.?

Hack and Slash your way through hundreds of foe as Link ,Zelda and more.

And you won't have long to wait to play either as it will be out this fall. ..

So is that it ,not by a long shot..

Remember Eiji Aonuma i mentioned above ,well yes you guessed it ,he unveiled the first footage of the official Legend of Zelda Game for Wii U, showing the large expansive open world that Zelda takes place in now. All the series game trates are kept intact with new ways to explore and solve puzzles , instead of having a set route your be able to complete the game in whatever form you want.

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Coming in 2015 the new Zelda game is what Wii U owners have been waiting to see.

Anything else you say , why yes , hows about Mario Maker where you can edit and create your own Mario games and then play them in old school style or switch to a more modern look. With countless possibilities this is going to be giving hours of fun.

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Mario Maker is something the Wii U has been crying out for.

So is that it / for this segment yes. But from Nintendo NO. We still have a few more games to get in to ,tomorrow where be covering the epic RPG Xenoblade Chronicles X , Nintendo's new original shooter ''Splatoon''  and the announcements by Shigeru Miyamoto .

Till then charge your batteries and get set for another button bashing day.

this is Bruno B signing off.

Sony attacks at E3 ,the biggest game show in the world -part 2

Posted by Bruno B on June 10, 2014 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello all, first head over to our sister site news feed to see my first part of my E3 round up. You van view it by clicking here.

In this our second part i look at what Sony are announcing to counter attack Microsofts many software announcements.

Well to be hoenst  a lot of the games are multi-plat anyway ,one hardware company may have a exclusive window or extra exclusive content ,ie' Dragon Age Inquisition'' on XBOX One.

Sony  tried another approach by not just focusing on the software. Though they have more pies to dish out then Microsoft.

Games wise i did not think there was much to get over excited about other then 1886 ,which many say is looking sharp.

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The announcements of GTA-V on PS4 , The Last of Us and a new Uncharted ,just don't excite me , but there are games coming which do sound interesting, Though not a great fan ,i did like ''Little Big Planet '' and the new iteration on PS4 is going to look and play brilliantly.

Those into Zombies will like the announcmenet of Dead Island 2 . but don't take my word for it. Check below.

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Many will be waiting for the game from Bungie ''Destiny''. YES  i know it's a multi-plat ,but for those in the USA ,September 9th sees the release of a new PS4 bundle to entice those still on the fence about Sony's new console.

Sony announced a new White 500gb PS4 with White Dualshock 3 controller and a copy of Destiny  to released on that day.

Apparently in Europe the White console will be available as a stand alone unit, so if you don't want Destiny you can get something else.

It does look kinda cool --white PS4

For me i quite like the Bundle and even though i have played on PS4 i have held of buying one as of yet,  No Sony have not sent me one free of charge , don't know why.!  Suppose i could sell one of my PS3 consoles to finance it.

But whatever colour it will be the PS4 will still have the main bugbear that irritates me,  the fact that it only has a HDMI connection with no other video out source.

Why you might ask, well i like to view certain games and my Blurays on a projector. And with my PS3 / Wii U i have both connected via HDMI for TV and Componenet for my projector . Switching is easy .

The ohter Sony announcment is that they are bringing  VITA TV to the West  , rebranded as Playstation TV this little unit allows a vita games and streaming of PS4 content on your big screen. and all for under £100..

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It's small - The Playstation TV aka Vita TV in Japan

Ok that's it for this second part to my E3 overview. Well be looking at Nintendo's announcements later  with articles on here and K.I.T.G.. Then where look at what Ubisofts been doing  and any other announcmenets which take our interest.

Trigger finger at the ready this is Bruno B. signing off.

Mario Kart 8 bares it's teeth - watch out Sony!

Posted by Bruno B on May 1, 2014 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

With all the hooha with the more recently released consoles and the mega sales of the PS4 it seems Nintendo is out to gain back some fans with the release of the forthcoming Mario Kart 8 , released in the UK and Europe on May 30th.

Not only are there some great Wii U bundles announced which include the game ,but Supermarket Tescoe has already announced it has a price point for the bundle of £219.00 ,a saving of £30 on the suggested price.

Nintendo themselves have a Exclusive Wii U bundle which includes a Red or Green Wii Remote ,Steering Wheel and Mario or Liugi Cap as well.

But Existing Wii U owners need not feel left out as as well as the normal edition of the game ,there is a Limited Edition Blue Shell edition available from most retailers .

Certain online retailers are offering there own promotions to with Free T-shirts ,Keyrings and more ,just visit your preffered online retailer to see what their offering.

But the big news for  existing owners is if you buy Mario Kart 8 on DISC  or DOWNLOAD from May 30th to 31st July 2014 and you register it on Club Nintendo your receive a download code for a free Wii U game ,from a choice of ten. And where not talking some cheap eshop games here.

On offer are ttles like Monster Hunter 3,Wii U Party, Wind Waker Wii U,Sonic Lost World,Pikmin 3,W101 ,Nintendo Land ,New Super Mario Wii U,Sonic and Mario at Sochi and Wario.

Which will you be claiming?

Your have until the 31st of August to claim your title to.So ifyou have no spare space on your system ,your have time to aqquire that hard drive you been holding out on.

One thing for sure May 30th can't come fast enough ,and i wonder how Sony and Microsoft will try and counter the Mario Kart 8 bandwagon or will they wait till E3 to unleash their claws?

Of note the London MCM Comic Con falls on the weekend before the release of the game and Nintendo usually have a big presence at the show ,so your be able to get hands on at the show I'm sure.

Back with more gaming news shortly. but in the meantime you can view the direct for MK8 below.


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Play Expo Blackpool - May 2014

Posted by Bruno B on April 9, 2014 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

If your into your retro gaming then the upcoming Play Expo in Blackpool may be right up your street. As a added bounus to the Main show in October Replay Events are holding  this Spring event for those who may have not been able to get to Manchester last October or those who can not wait till this coming October for the next one.

What's more Big news now is that Replay Events have teamed up with Showmasters (London Film and Comic Con)  to add even more content to there shows .

So if you near Blackpool on May 3rd / 4th and near Norbreck Castle Exhibition Centre ,you may want to get some old school gaming in.

Due to other commitments where unable to attend ,but we will be at the October show .

For more info visit the official site below.

Play Blackpool

Wii U gets left behind ,but it could clean up at it's current price.

Posted by Bruno B on November 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM Comments comments (0)

With Sony setting the standard to beat in console sales for one day ,it seems like Nintendo's Wii U may be left behind ,consdiering Nintendo's console realesed a year ago in the USA and has only amassed  1.5 million sales in the region in that year .

With sales even lower in Europe for the Wii U ( under a million in Europe ) it looks like Sony could beat the European Wii U sales in it's first day when it launches on the 29th of November.

But Nintendo have been busy of late and some great games have been released with more on the way .

Zelda Wind Waker proved that such a iconic franchise does sell consles ,and the recent Wii U party saw sales in Japan spike from a lowley 2000 units a week to over 38'000 in one week ,proving software sells.

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Also the new bundles Nintendo have launched have done well with the Mario and Luigi pack selling out in the USA ,and GAME in the UK doing the pack for a crazy £219.99 while they have stock .

With recent games like Sonic Lost World ,Wonderful 101 and Wii U party making good sales Nintendo could have a  good Christmas with their lower priced unit and top games, and they still have their big hitter for the holiday which releases the end of the month ,yes Mario is back in Mario 3D World , a new mario game that also includes great multiplayer functions to.

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And with a stella line up of games coming in the new year which look set to establish Wii U as a contender in the new console wars with titles like Mario Kart8,Smash Brothers U ,Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze and more Nintendo may be in a better position then many may think.

Also with new adverts and games more will experience Wii U and realise it really is a great machine and one of Nintendo's best . The hard thing for Nintendo at the moment is making people try Wii U because once they do I'm sure their shift more units.

Watch this space

Bruno B.

PS4 Sells a mIllion in 24 hours, but it was not smooth sailing

Posted by Bruno B on November 18, 2013 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The North American launch of Sony's new PS4 console was from a sales point a resounding success ,with more then a million consoles sold in 24 hours .

This puts the console in good standing to meet the targets Sony has set it self. It will be interesting to see if the European Launch at the end of the month can match the figures or beat it as last generation Sony's machine was more popular in the European region then in the USA.

It's only real challenge in Europe will be the UK where the 360 saw it beat the sales  of the PS3.

With Microsoft launching their console in little under a week on the 22nd November in both North America and most European regions it will interesting to see what sales figures accure from their launch.

But Sony's machine has been met with some hiccups ,mainly their server for their network going down under the strain of the one million owners all trying to download the day one patch for the unit at the same time most likely.

They have also had a number of DOA consoles ,some which won't connect to TV's and give a picture and some complete duds which won't even turn on. Sony say that it only accounts for about 0.4% of all sales ,though some sources suggest the figure for failure rate is much higher.

The big problem for the PS4 right now is software ,with all the main games delayed there's not a lot on the system that you can not play on a old gen console and it looks like there won't be until well into the new year.

So unless your into Killzone ( not game i liked and this new one in the series may look better but it's not for me) or well not  alot else really ,Assassins Creed IV looks like the definitive version and one we have played here so that might keep you busy till the likes of Watchdogs,Driveclub and others  arrive come February March.

I'll be back in a few days to report on the launch of the Xbox One and see if Sony's figures get smashed or Microsoft loses out because of their higher price point.


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Comic Con overload features up and to come.

Posted by Cosplay 88 on November 4, 2013 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The site may have not had a lot of new contnent of late ,but this is due more to us being busy travelling to various shows to report on for contnent for the site.

Well up on site now is our coverage of the October London Film and Comic Con Winter 2013. Which was held at Olympia in London on the 5th and 6th of October.

In a few days our MCM October feature will be up with quite a large amount of  photo's and video as we attended two days this time and we still didn't get to see everything .

Where be definetly going all three days in May and October 2014.

Next we are of to Birmingham to cover the MCM Comic Con and Memorabilla show at the NEC ,unfortunatly where there only one day ,but will try and get as many photo's and video as possible .

Eurogamer Expo part 1 up on Kickemintheghoulies NOW!

Posted by Cosplay 88 on October 20, 2013 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Bruno B. our resident games expert has published his first part of his EuroGamer Expo feature on our sister site .

He will be doing a second part to be published on Cosplay Heroes ,but in the meantime check out how  the first day of Eurogamer went for him.

Eurogamer Expo feaure part 1