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Cnet has gone hands on with the new DSi XL and seem pretty happy with everything. They note the stylus feels like a nice marker pen. But better yet, they reveal that the video quality does not suffer despite the enormous screens!

<blockquote>When we first flipped the DSi XL open, we were blown away by the two enormous screens. Even more impressive was the fact that video quality didn't seem to suffer as a result of enlarging games beyond the size of their native aspect. While we had fears about pixilated performance when the XL was first announced, we're happy to report that games look great, as our demo with Mario Kart DS proved.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10459251-1.html" target="_Blank">Cnet</a>
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Xbox LIVE Arcade: House Party!</strong>
LOCATION: Your living room
WHEN: 3 - 24 March 2010

Xbox LIVE presents the biggest, baddest bash in town: The Xbox LIVE Arcade House Party! Throughout March, Xbox LIVE will launch a new downloadable blockbuster game every Wednesday that is sure to ramp up the multiplayer action *. Today, Xbox LIVE is excited to announce the final details of the hottest party in town offering you some really great deals! Whether you’re sitting on the same couch, or on the other side of the globe… invite your friends because this is one party you don’t want to miss!

* Thank You Gift: Xbox LIVE would like to say thank you for coming to our party! Buy all three House Party titles and download the free “Game Room†app and receive 400 Microsoft Points back to your account**! And for Xbox LIVE Gold members, the deal gets even sweeter, by purchasing all three House Party titles and downloading the “Game...
Speaking to Gamespot, Nintendo's VP of sales and marketing Cammie Dunaway stated that she does not 'think' a Wii 2 will arise any time soon. Note the key word there of 'think'.

Check out the full interview with Cammie at <A href="http://uk.gamespot.com/events/nintendo10/video.html?sid=6251936" target="_blank">Gamespot.com</a>.

Monster Hunter Tri will offer free online gameplay in Europe when it launches on 23rd April

25th February 2010 – The rumble of approaching monsters grows louder by the day and on 23rd April 2010, Wii owners will get to taste the game that has been a phenomenon in Japan, when Monster Hunter Tri roars into life across Europe. To further whet your monstrous appetite, Nintendo can reveal today that the new game will offer a free online multiplayer mode in Europe.

The game – the first time the Monster Hunter series has come to Wii – will allow players to hunt and communicate together completely for free to become cunning, skilled hunting packs…tracking the fearsome creatures that share your world, and battling them in a quest for Evolution.

Players will be able to set up quests and join each other in the hunt online with just a few simple steps. If you meet...
As of February 25th Nintendo will re-release a number of titles under the 'Everyone's Recommendation Selection' in Japan. These new line of budget titles will kick off with Muramasa, Dragon Ball Z Sparkling, Tales of Symphonia and Family Ski World Ski to name a few.

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Full titles are:

* 428
* Muramasa
* Arc Rise Fantasia
* Family Ski World Ski & Snowboard
* One Piece Unlimited Cruise Episode 1
* Tales of Symphonia: Knights of Ratatosk
* Dragon Ball Z Sparking! Meteor

News Source: <A href="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=385455" target="_Blank">Neogaf</a>
The guys at Digital Trends are arguing that MS should never have built the Xbox. And it all comes down to opportunity cost. Essentially, they feel that MS has sacraficed the billion dollar PC market to try and 'assure' success of a product that makes millions in the Xbox.

<blockquote>There is no argument that the Xbox 360 is a sound game system, and it isn’t uncommon for a company struggling with its primary product to broaden their product portfolio and look to other areas for growth. The problem is that the opportunity cost is generally greater than the benefit, and that is the case here. As PRJ points out, PC gaming isn’t what it should be, but that was a cost of doing the Xbox 360, so Microsoft effectively sacrificed a product that generates billions to assure the success of a product that makes millions.

The ultimate cost to Microsoft to produce the Xbox platform was a weakened PC ecosystem, a stronger and more profitable rival in Apple, and an overall poor computer...
Could Bungie be developing for the PS3? Perhaps. Recent comments by the team tried to avoid directly answering the question and instead went onto mention that its a little early to get into specifics and that they have a good balance in their studio.

<blockquote>"I mean, I think our whole future's kind of undefined right now and it's definitely not something we're going to be comfortable getting into too much detail about.

"We've had another team internally [other than those making Reach] for quite a while now - they've been working on the genesis of what will become our next big thing.

"It's a little premature to get into specifics, but you know I think we have a really good mix of old blood and new blood in the studio."</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=236359" target="_Blank">CVG</a>
Monster Hunter Tri is finally coming this april and Capcom has dropped the pay-to-play model making with both the US and EU versions being free to play (though it will still support microtransactions and preorders get a 500 point card free). I'm not even a monster hunter fan but am going to buy this just to support good titles coming to the Wii, hope others do the same.
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Nintendo Reveals Hardware and Software Lineup for the First Half of 2010 </strong>

Nintendo Announces Launch Dates for Nintendo DSi XL, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Nintendo of America issued a surge of new information today about what consumers can expect from the company in the coming months. Let’s get right to it:

The new Nintendo DSi XLâ„¢ hand-held system launches March 28 at a suggested retail price of $189.99. The screens of the Nintendo DSi XL are 93 percent larger than those of the Nintendo DSâ„¢ Lite model, providing a more vivid and engaging play experience. The screens of the Nintendo DSi XL also feature a wider viewing angle, letting friends and family members join the fun. The new system launches in both Burgundy and Bronze colors, and comes loaded with pre-installed premium software Brain Ageâ„¢ Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math and Photo Clock, as well as two free...
XCM has beaten Sony to the punch and provides a new way to radically transform your PS3 Slim with the complete chrome replacement case! Once installed the case will make your Slim stand out from the rest with its nice shiny chrome finish!

Here are some pics of it:

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Stay tuned for more information shortly. The official website is located at <A href="http://www.xcmlive.com" target="_blank">XCMLive.com</a>.
SEGA has announced a 'Welcome to Violence' triple pack for the Wii. The pack itself contains THREE games including Madworld, House of the Dead and The Conduit. SEGA are trying to market it as the "pack no self-respecting Wii-owning Aussie bloke should be without."

Via <A href="https://www.mcvuk.com/news/37713/AUS-Welcome-To-Violence-pack-announced" target="_Blank">MCVUK</a>
Microsoft's vocalist Aaaron Greenberg has claimed that the Xbox 360 will outsell the PS3 this year. However, he noted that MS is not underestimating the PS3 and paid credit to the great games that they have coming up.

<blockquote>Greenberg has predicted that the Xbox 360 will outsell the PS3 in 2010, reminding everyone that the Xbox 360 achieved this in 2009.

The direct quote from him reads: “We believe we’ll outsell the PS3 for the full yearâ€. He also added that they are not underestimating the PS3, saying that they have a lot of great games and a great history in this industry.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www.product-reviews.net/2010/02/24/xbox-360-will-outsell-the-sony-ps3-in-2010-greenberg/" target="_Blank">Product-Reviews</a>
If you select to install Final Fantasy XIII to your Xbox 360 hard drive then you will need a huge amount of space as it weighs in at a meaty 18.3GB! So Xbox 360 Arcade owners, looks like your just about of luck with that measly 20GB HD!

<blockquote>Are you ready for Final Fantasy 13? Well if you are and picking up the title on Xbox 360 with the option of installing to your hard drive you will need a good amount of space.

After installing all three discs the total amount of space used up was 18.3GB’s, so it’s bad news for the (Arcade) 20GB owners. Even though the 20GB seems like it would meet requirements, the Xbox 360’s memory system actually reserves approximately 6GB of space for caching, backwards-compatibility and other game elements leaving you with roughly 14GB to play with.

Installation is totally optional.

* Disc 1: 5.9GB
* Disc 2: 5.8GB
* Disc 3: 6.6GB

The game is released in North America and Europe on 9th March, we will have our review...
Sony is conducting some restructuring in Japan which will bring its Playstation business in line with that of the Bravia and Vaio. However, Sony has today confirmed that in the UK the SCEE brand will remain and regional operations are unaffected.

<blockquote>This was thrown into doubt, however, when Dow Jones claimed that the SCE brand was to survive as a spin-off of the new SCEP business.

An SCE UK spokesperson has now confirmed to MCV that Sony’s plans apply only to Japan, and that the SCE brand is to remain intact.

“This is a rather complicated manoeuvre involving the legal entity SCEI in Japan. It has no effect on any regional HQ. SCEA, SCEE etc are totally unaffected.â€</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/37708/SCEE-unaffected-by-SCE-restructure" target="_Blank">MCVUK</a>
Good new for developers! Sony has allowed developers to use an extra 70MB of RAM while developing for the PS3. This is slightly similar to the boost in clock speed that the PSP received a while ago.

<blockquote>Much like the PSP received a boost in clock speed, the latest firmware updates provide developers an additional 70MB of RAM to work with. The change was initially discovered by PlayStation University, noting the reduction in the system OS's memory footprint, from 120MB to 50MB. As the OS continues to slim down, developers are allowed access to even more usable system memory.

SCEA's Patrick Seybold recently confirmed the change to Joystiq. "Since the launch of the PS3, we have been continuously making efforts to reinforce our support system to game developers, allowing them to express their creativity freely on the PS3. As part of this support for game development, the size of the PS3 OS memory footprint has been reduced through network update for the game...

maybe the 360 version isn't so bad afterall ?

looks good enough to me.

what had me worried was some of the screen comparisons that made the 360 version look far worse than it really is.

kinda makes me think they were made by ps3 fanboys or something.
The gamer who claimed to receive terrible treatment from an Xbox LIVE admin has today released a video in which he tries to clear his name and prove he did not fake anything. Full video inside.

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We just got a message from Gavin Stevens of 'Team Blur' who is claiming that Final Fantasy is actually 720p on the Xbox 360. He seems to think that the original shots were taken from a bad video source hence the 576p res.

Here's what Gavin mailed in:

There’s been a lot of fuss recently over the resolution of the 360 version of Final Fantasy XIII being 576p, compared to the PS3 version being 720p. Well, the latest official shots from both SE and MS show clearly that the 360 version is indeed in 720p native, although I can't see any AA on them. In other words, it looks like the original idea that the 360 shots were taken either badly or from a video source at the wrong res seem to be pretty spot on.

Anyway, check the latest official shots that are confirmed NOT fake (like the PS3/360 ones with buttons swapped) too see.


Of course, the PS3 version will likely still be the weapon of choice with its...
Microsoft was recently letting selected members of the UK public have a play with Project Natal. However, during this time they revealed that their next generation prototype of the device is now ready and is even more precise than what has been experienced.

Interestingly, Bradbury revealed that Microsoft had told him an improved version of the prototype is now ready.

"[Microsoft] did make a point that the next generation of prototype, which is now ready, which is not what we were using, we were using the E3 hardware. The new stuff is even more precise, the movements are more precise," he said.

An obviously enthusiastic Bradbury concluded: "That Natal promise from my experience tonight...very, very much intact. I need to wander the streets and calm down before I go home."</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www.videogamer.com/news/next-gen_natal_prototype_is_ready.html" target="_blank">VideoGamer</a>