Gaming news is usually sparse around the New Year and this year is no exception…

But that doesn’t mean we can’t try goddammit!

Oculus Rift (In My Wallet)

During CES, Oculus VR announced that their Oculus Rift headset would be selling for $599 and shipping out on April 2016. Public reaction was hostile to the hefty price tag, as Palmer Lucky (Oculus VR’s CEO) had claimed earlier in 2015 that it would be around the $400 price point.

$600 is an interesting price point, simply because no other Virtual Reality software has been released apart from this. Playstation VR is due out sometime later this year and if that manages to keep around the $400 price-point that Oculus orignally announced, it could end up leaving Oculus in the dust. Especially since Playstation 4’s are much less hassle to buy compared to a high-end computer required to run oculus.

Time will tell if VR is here to stay or if it’s just the next fad after motion-controlled gaming.

Yu-Gi-Ohhhhh Its A Mobile Game

Proving that Konami still has some idea of what people want, the company announced recently that they will be releasing 3 new Yu-Gi-Oh! games in 2016. These games include “Yu-Gi-Oh: Duel Links” for IOS and android, an untitled 3DS game and an untitled console/PC game.

However, the biggest news to come out of this is that they will be updating the PS4 Yu-Gi-Oh! game “Legacy of the Duelist”. They were unclear on what the update included, but here’s hoping for more campaign duels that are from the anime, as the original campaign focused on the main story duels and left out some of the more unique, side-story ones. (Looking at you Mokey Mokey guy)

While most mobile games I turn my nose up at, I can understand how Yu-Gi-Oh would work well on a mobile considering duels usually last from 5-10 minutes and the actual game doesn’t require any intensive graphics. Konami could be attempting to win some of that heartstone crowd.

Pokken And Teasing

According to the official Pokken twitter account, a new character will be reveled for the game this Friday. Pokken is the latest in the spin-off of Pokemon games with one unique twist: It actually looks interesting. A mixture of Tekken and Pokemon, it’s due out for the Wii U July 16th, 2015.

Some of the more interesting Pokemon announced for this title include Gengar, Suicine and luchador Pikachu. But I say that’s not crazy enough. Where’s Metapod? What about Unown? Where the hell is Delibird? If they don’t have Ditto as the “Random Character” choice I’m gonna be pissed.

What’s Blue and Yellow and Red all over?

Pokemon celebrates it’s 20 anniversary this year, and starting off the festivities on February 27th is the Pokemon Red/Blue 3DS bundle coinciding with the release of Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow on the 3DS eShop. The 3DS bundle comes with pokemon faceplates for each game, a pre-installed copy of both Pokemon Red & Blue and also a downloadable pokemon home theme.

This announcement has reinvigorated my hype for the original pokemon games coming to the virtual console. The internet always claims that Red/Blue are the best Pokemon games, and while older installments did add more complexity to the battle system, Red/Blue will always have a place in my heart as the one Pokemon game where its actually feasible to “Catch em All”.

I’m glad that nintendo isn’t adding a function to connect them to their older counterparts. This means that people new to the old games can experience them and fall in love exactly like we did 20 years ago.