This week in gaming

Test out a Titan this month


Sign-ups for the public beta test of Respawn Entertainment’s upcoming first-person shooter “Titanfall” opened Tuesday night.

Those interested can click the link above and choose whether to participate in the Xbox One or PC test, which will occur today through Tuesday.

The game, developed by co-creators of the “Call of Duty” franchise, pits players against one another in 6-vs.-6 online battles similar to “Call of Duty,” “Battlefield” or “Halo.” The twist is that players have the ability to leap into high windows and run along walls using jetpack-like devices attached to their backs as well as call in the game’s titular Titans. These Titans fall in from the sky, allowing the players who called them to board the massive, mechanical suits and use them to tear through the opposing team.

The beta will include three game modes, including the previously unannounced “Last Titan Standing” mode, and two playable maps. More information about the beta test can be found at EA’s help website.

“Titanfall” will be released for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC on March 11.


Watch game-development lessons anytime


Valve has put up 28 videos from their Steam Dev Days event held in January of 2013.

The videos, which include all of the seminars and speeches made throughout the event, include information on in-game economies like those in “Team Fortress 2” and “DOTA 2,” as well as lessons on how to put together a successful alternate-reality game.

You can watch the videos and download the accompanying multimedia presentations at the official website, or watch all the videos over on YouTube from the Steamworks Development YouTube channel.


Nintendo news

Little Mac joins the fray in “Super Smash Bros.”


Several announcements came out of Nintendo’s live-streamed Nintendo Direct yesterday, including a new character for “Super Smash Bros.” on Wii U and 3DS and news on Virtual Console releases.

Little Mac, from the classic series “Punch Out!!”, joins the roster of fighters in the upcoming “Super Smash Bros.” for Wii U and the 3DS handheld. New fighters revealed previously include Rosalina and Luma from “Super Mario Galaxy,” Captain Olimar and Pikmin from the “Pikmin” series and Mega Man, among others.

Game Boy Advance titles including “Metroid Fusion” and “Yoshi’s Island Advance” will be coming to the Wii U Vitrual Console sometime before June, according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata during the live stream.

It was also confirmed that “Mario Kart 8” will be available on March 30 for Wii U.