Catch Up: Gaming News! Mortal Kombat’s Skarlet and Season Pass, Wii U, Mass Effect and More!


It’s been a hectic week? Things are piling up and you just haven’t had a chance to find out what has been happening around the gaming world? Have no fear, Catch Up! is here., in conjunction with The Gamer Studio, will be dropping vital gaming news and trailers each week! We may not make your french fries taste better, but we will make sure you won’t sound completely out of date in a lunch convo about video games!

With E3 2011 in the rear view, and the summer fast approaching, it seems like security has been important to keep a hold of with people like LulzSec running around. Also, the newest Nintendo system won’t be a great movie system, Mass Effect looks to be a little bit more fair this time around and Mortal Kombat has definitely been busy this weekend.

More Attacks By LulzSec?

The trend of hacking popular game sites is continuing with DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks reported on EVE Online servers, Escapist Magazine, and even Minecraft.

Hacker group LulzSec is claiming responsibility for these attacks as well, bragging about them on their Twitter feed (@LulzSec). They stated that Tuesday is “Titanic Takeover Tuesday” and seem to have nothing but amusement for the whole situation.

No Movie Playback on the Wii U!

At E3, Nintendo announced the Wii U, the successor to the Wii. Most of the demonstrations and videos tended to focus on the new media-streaming controller, with very few details about the actual hardware behind the console.

One of the main questions from the press was the format the Wii U games would be played on – DVDs like the Xbox 360 or Blu-rays like the Playstation 3? Satoru Iwata, President of Nintendo, revealed in a Q&A last week:

“Wii U does not have DVD or Blu-ray playback capabilities. The reason for that is that we feel that enough people already have devices that are capable of playing DVDs and Blu-ray, such that it didn’t warrant the cost involved to build that functionality into the Wii U console because of the patents related to those technologies.”

Check out the official E3 trailer for the Wii U:

Female Shepard to Appear on Mass Effect 3 Box, In Own Trailer

David Silverman, BioWare’s director of marketing, tweeted on June 16 that FemShep would both appear on the Mass Effect 3 Collector’s Edition box cover, and will have her own trailer. On the box, both male and female Shepard will appear, back to back.

Considering the vast popularity of Mass Effect (and FemShep), it’s good to see BioWare listening to their fans and treating the character with the appropriate amount of reverence. Click here to read more!

Mortal Kombat Skarlet DLC

Last week, it was announced that Skarlet, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat, will be released on June 21, 2011. On the official Mortal Kombat Twitter account, it was confirmed she will cost $4.99 on the PlayStation Store, which translates to 400 Microsoft Points for the Xbox Live Marketplace.

Mortal Kombat Season Pass for Xbox 360!

NetherRealm also announced they will be offering a package deal for gamers wanting to buy all of the Mortal Kombat downloadable characters. The Mortal Kombat Season Pass, also available June 21, will allow players to pay a flat fee of $14.99 (1200 Microsoft Points) and receive all four characters as they are released.

This deal will save $4.99 (or the price of having to buy one of the four characters) and will only be given to Xbox 360 players, presumably to make up for the lack of a console-exclusive combatant in their version of the game. Click here to read more!

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