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Oct
10
According to reports Nintendo are encouraging folks to tip them off about shops who sell the R4 flash cart. Nintendo has reportedly offered an anonymous reporting service.

<blockquote>Nintendo are offering a service whereby anonymous shoppers can tip off the manufacturer about shops that are offering the legally-iffy R4 Revolution device. The cartridge allows for 'data' (read: homebrew and, mostly, illegal ROMs of games) to be loaded from a Micro SD card onto a Nintendo DS. Tokyo's Akihabara and Osaka's Den Den Town are rife with people selling the products even today, despite many companies (including Nintendo) cracking down on its distribution.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://news.spong.com/article/19445/The-Week-In-Japan-Wii-Dissing-R4-Snitching?via=rss" target="_blank">Spong</a>
Oct
10
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: EA Announces FLIPS on the Nintendo DS
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A New Way for Kids to Have Fun With Books

GUILDFORD, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts (NASDAQ: ERTS) today announces the development of FLIPS™, an innovative new book range created for the Nintendo DS™. FLIPS has been designed to give children of all ages a fun new way to read their favorite books. EA has worked with some of the UK’s leading publishers of children's books and magazines, including Egmont and Penguin Publishing, to bring modern classic titles from critically acclaimed authors such as Cathy Cassidy, Eoin Colfer, Enid Blyton, and the various writers from the popular boys series, ‘Too Ghoul for School’ to the DS. Each FLIPS title features multiple books and the first four titles will be released exclusively on Nintendo DS in the UK on 4th December 2009.

Titles include:

Enid Blyton (Egmont) - The Enchanted Wood®, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Folk of the Faraway Tree,...
Oct
09
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: The Greatest Games on Xbox 360 now from just £14.99</strong>

Xbox 360 Classics welcomes awesome new titles; Grand Theft Auto IV, Midnight Club and BioShock join the Classics range

LONDON - 9 October, 2009 - Microsoft® today announced a new starting price for Xbox 360 Classics in Europe, and three new blockbuster titles for the program, offering high quality experiences at outstanding value. From 09 October Grand Theft Auto IV, Midnight Club Los Angeles: Complete Edition and BioShock will join the best selection of Xbox 360 games in the Classics range. A selection of titles, including Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six® Vegas 2 and Naruto: Rise of a Ninja will now cost just £14.99 Estimated Retail Price*.

Grand Theft Auto IV The highest rated game of the decade, the fastest-selling entertainment product of all time and the winner of countless awards, Set in Liberty City, Grand Theft Auto IV tells the epic and satirical tale of newly arrived immigrant Niko...
Oct
08
USAToday reports that there is a very high possibility that Project Natal will be very expensive upon its launch. This is due to comments made by MS who denoted that the technology will go through the usual 'price curve'.

<blockquote>Pricing for the motion control peripheral known as Project Natal will start at a high price, then experience a slow decrease, reports Variety's The Cut Scene blog.

Speaking at an Xbox 360 event in New York, Robbie Bach, the president of Microsoft's entertainment and devices division says consumers should "expect that it (Natal) will go through the usual price curve."

As for when Microsoft will switch away from the code name Natal, Bach says it will happen "when we tell you to call it something else."</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/gamehunters/post/2009/10/natal-might-not-come-cheap/1" target="_blank">USAToday</a>
Oct
08
It looks as if a more Playstation Home-esque experience will be coming to Xbox LIVE as new images reveal avatars playing classic arcade games in a virtual arcade environment.

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<blockquote>Joystiq received some interesting info from a reader today. The source claimed to have taken part in a survey run by Microsoft which featured avatars playing classic arcade games in a virtual arcade setting. If that sounds familiar, you probably played PlayStation Home for 5 minutes (and then never again).

There's a distinct lack of information in the survey, though they did ask for suggestions on what to call the service. Joystiq prefers "Tower of ROM" but I'm partial to my write-in option: "Gamezilla: The Gameasaurus Rex Arcade And Funzone...Zone"</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://multiplayerblog.mtv.com/2009/10/07/playstation-home-esque-experience-coming-to-xbox-live/" target="_blank">MTV</a>
Oct
08
Now here's a nice touch from Naughty Dog, in their credits for Uncharted 2 they have thanked numerous inspirational developers including Bungie, Infinity Ward and Havok.

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Oct
08
O'Connor from Bungie has revealed that the team has Halo plan that goes out at LEAST six years and ties Halo IP together across platforms such as comic books and the novels.

<blockquote>As for Master Chief, odds are he will be seen again. "I think that (his) fate, Cortana's fate and the identity of that giant, dark planet at the ending (on the game's hardest skill level) — that's a spoiler — are probably big mysteries that would be irritating if they were just cliffhangers," O'Connor says.

"We do have a plan that goes out at least six years," he says. "Eventually, it will become very apparent that there is a plan for the way the canon all ties together and the way the comic books and the novels all tie together."</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2009-10-05-halo-spins-off-products_N.htm" target="_Blank">USAToday</a>
Oct
08
Beyonce has revealed that she 'really loves' Wii Fit and is keen to get involved with video games. She noted that if she did do a game, it would incorporate dance and performance into it as well as fitness.

<blockquote>"I'd like to get involved in video games, since I really love Wii Fit. I think it would be a great idea to incorporate choreography, because, for me, my workout is way more fun when it involves dancing, as opposed to running on a boring treadmill," Beyonce revealed.

She continued, setting out her vision for the title: "So I would love to do some kind of fitness game but incorporate dance and performance into it. I think a lot of women would enjoy that."</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://play.tm/news/27061/beyonce-considers-fitness-game/" target="_blank">Play.tm</a>
Oct
08
Sony's Jack Tretton has stated that sales of the PS3 have sky-rocketed since the launch of the SLIM. The new SLIM version has sold 1 million units in the US in just three weeks since its launch day.

<blockquote>Jack Tretton, Pres., CEO Sony Computer Entertainment America told Forbes.com this week that sales for the Playstation 3 have skyrocketed since a late Aug. price cut.
Last month the U.S. game division said that the new PS3 Slim has sold 1 million units in three weeks of availability.

To broaden the retail presence of the device, the company will try to present the multi-functional PS3 in several areas of a retail store.

"You'll find Playstation 3 not only in the gaming aisle this holiday season, you'll see it where home theater is sold, you'll see it where Blu-ray is sold," Tretton said in a Forbes.com interview.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://news.punchjump.com/article.php?id=8790" target="_blank">Punchjump</a>
Oct
08
Phil Spencer of MS has taken something of a subtle jab at the delayed release of Gran Turismo 5 by declaring that Forza 3 is the only racing sim shipping this generation.

<blockquote>Phil Spencer, corporate VP and head of Microsoft's worldwide studios, is apparently keen to take a jab at Sony and Polyphony Digital while promoting Turn 10's Forza Motorsport 3.

When responding to a question about developing and shipping high quality exclusive games in either their first or second party studios, Spencer responds to Gamsutra:

"Absolutely. And to ship them! That's an important part of our strategy. Look at Forza shipping next month: the definitive racing sim this generation. You could say it's the only racing sim that's shipping this generation."

Polyphony Digital's Kazunori Yamauchi recently commented that the pressure from Sony to release Gran Turismo 5 was difficult to bear. Gran Turismo 5 is now set for a March 2010 release in Japan. </blockquote>

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Oct
08
Looks like the dollar pulling power of Halo is still there as it has been revealed that the latest Halo 3: ODSt has managed to generate over $125 million in a period spanning a month.

<blockquote>You'd think after becoming the third fastest selling game on the Xbox 360, Halo 3: ODST would slow its pace, well according to some reports, not only is the game still to this day flying off store shelves, it's proving to be a cash cow for Microsoft and Bungie. The game thus far has generated over $125 million in sales and it hasn't been out for a month, giving even more evidence why the Halo franchise is a force is be reckoned with.</blockquote>

News Source: <A hef="http://gamesthirstarticles.blogspot.com/2009/10/halo-3-odst-has-generated-over-125.html" target="_blank">Gamerthirstarticles</a>
Oct
08
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: FIRST DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT FOR IL-2 STURMOVIK: BIRDS OF PREY LANDS ON XBOX LIVE AND PLAYSTATION NETWORK</strong>

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – Oct. 8, 2009 – 505 Games and 1C Company today announced that downloadable content for critically acclaimed WWII aerial combat game IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds of Prey is now available on Xbox LIVE on the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and on the PlayStation®Network for PLAYSTATION®3. The update gives players six more single-player missions across the existing six theatres of war featured in one of the most authentic flight combat games for next-gen consoles. Players can also jump into the cockpit of a brand new plane, the American P47D. The pack is set at 400 MS points for the Xbox 360™ and $4.99 for the PlayStation Network.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Birds Of Prey is rated “T†for Teen by the ESRB, and is published by 505 Games in collaboration with 1C Company. The game is now available for...
Oct
08
Great news for sports cars fans. Toyota has released a video of their upcoming FT-86 (in conjunction with Subaru) all in a true Gran Turismo style. The car looks stunning and a real similar version is expected to be released to the market during next year.

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Oct
08
Check out the video contained within which shows that Hitachi is working on something quite similar to the Xbox 360's motion sensing technology but to control TV sets.

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Oct
08
Gamespot has confirmed that it will get a new video review up of Uncharted 2 as they accidentally provided too many spoilers in their original review. But don't worry, GS says despite their hiccup that UC 2 will still provide plenty of surprises.

<blockquote>Hey Guys, We're working on getting a new
version of this video review up minus that first clip right now. Having played through the game myself I don't think it's quite as big a spoiler as it appears to be to someone who hasn't got the game yet, but we're moving to change it as quickly as possible anyway.

Apologies to any of you who feel like this might hamper your enjoyment of the game at all, but there are still *plenty* of surprises waiting for you.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://uk.gamespot.com/ps3/action/uncharted2amongthieves/show_msgs.php?topic_id=m-1-51679960&pid=955125&page=1&tag=topics;page;2" target="_Blank">Gamespot</a>
Oct
07
The MD of an independent UK retailer has branded that the new PSP Go will 'fail miserably'. And he's not mildy certain of this fate, rather he's in his own words '99 percent certain' it will fail.

<blockquote>Revealing his views on the newly released digital handheld, Don McCabe said: "My own personal opinion is that it's a no-go. I've been to a number of presentations to see if there's anything there and I don't feel it'll go anywhere to be honest.

"I'm 99.9 per cent sure it's going to fail miserably, in which case it's going to put back other potential people coming into that digital space."

This failure could be a positive for retailers of course, who stand to lose out on sales of software and trade-ins if digital sales completely take over from boxed ones. "From a retailers point of view the PSPgo is a good idea," he said.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/pspgo-will-fail-miserably-mccabe" target="_Blank">GI</a>
Oct
07
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: Forza Motorsport 3 Eyes the Finish Line with Full Car and Track Lists plus Free Launch Day Add-ons</strong>

LONDON – 7 October 2009 - Racing fans and car lovers the world over are counting down the days until the much anticipated release of “Forza Motorsport 3†on Oct. 23, exclusively for Xbox 360. With the finish line in sight, Turn 10 and Microsoft are looking toward the winner’s circle as they officially release the game’s full list of cars and tracks on Forzamotorsport.net. On launch day, that list will grow even larger with the release of a free Game Add-on car and track pack, available exclusively by way of a one-time-use token card included in every new copy of “Forza Motorsport 3.†To celebrate these announcements, the team has also released the game’s official online trailer, featuring never-before-seen gameplay footage.

Putting the speculation amongst the buzzing Forza community to rest, Turn 10 has lifted the curtain on the more...
Oct
06
<strong>MaxConsole Review: FIFA 10 </strong>

The new football season has established itself and the most recent transfer window has closed. Therefore now comes the perfect time for the release of FIFA 10 from EA Sports. It’s fair to say that FIFA 09 ‘stole’ the crown from the PES series as it produced a top quality simulation of football while Konami struggled to innovate on their flagging franchise. With FIFA 10 EA are attempting to retain their crown as king of footie series and in the process ensure the demise of PES.

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Rather than severely re-inventing the FIFA wheel, EA has attempted to make a number of key additions and improvements over FIFA 09. The fact that there is now custom set piece options, ‘defender urgency’ and a new jostling system in which stronger players have a greater chance to barge weaker players off the ball are all part of EA’s quest for...
Oct
06
<strong>NATSUME ANNOUNCES AFRIKA FOR PLAYSTATION®3 NOW AVAILABLE</strong>

Highly-Anticipated Title Puts Players In Role Of Freelance Photographer In Safari Experience Of A Lifetime

Burlingame, Calif., October 6, 2009 – Natsume Inc., a worldwide developer and publisher of family-oriented video games, today announced that Afrika for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system can now be snapped up at retail. Afrika, Natsume’s first title for the PLAYSTATION®3, is a wildlife photography adventure set in a lush, unexplored region of Africa.
The game is available at an MSRP of $49.99 and is rated E for Everyone by the ESRB.

“We are very excited about Afrika's release today. We know many PlayStation®3 owners out there have been itching to get their hands on the game," said Hiro Maekawa, President and CEO of Natsume. “It was a real pleasure to work with Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios in bringing this title to North America.â€

In Afrika, players...
Oct
06
Something of a little shock here as Nintendo have been crowned by Business Week as the best company ahead of the likes of Google and Apple. The criteria for the award included innovation, expansion and a clear vision for the future.

See the table at <A href="http://bwnt.businessweek.com/interactive_reports/global_champs_2009/index.asp?sortCol=rankid&sortOrder=1&pageNum=1&resultNum=50" target="_Blank">BusinessWeek</a>