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Dec
14
NAMCO BANDAI GAMES AMERICA ANNOUNCES NARUTOTM SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA® HEROES 3 FOR THE PSP® SYSTEM

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Returns to the PSP System with Intense Four-Player Battles

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (Dec. 10, 2009) – Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today NARUTO™ SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja® Heroes 3 will be available for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 is the latest in the Ultimate Ninja fighting game franchise developed by CyberConnect2, and follows Naruto Uzumaki and his continuing adventures to save his friend Sasuke. Based on the popular animated NARUTO SHIPPUDEN series from VIZ Media, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja Heroes 3 enhances the fun and accessible battle system the series is known for by introducing four-player battles, an all-new adventure mode, and a brand new roster of powerful characters.

"The Ultimate Ninja series continues to be one of the...
Dec
13
The first trailer of 'Halo: Reach' was shown at the VGA's last night featuring footage of the in-game engine.

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Dec
12
SCEA Associate Producer Chris Hinojosa-Miranda has reportedly stated stated that Sony are hoping to release 'Gran Turismo 5' in Summer 2010. He also confirmed that the game was still set for a March 2010 release in Japan but would not say whether the Japanese version would be different to the North American version.

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News Source: <a href="http://www.destructoid.com/gran-turismo-5-gets-targeted-for-summer-2010-release-157655.phtml" target=_blank"> destructoid</a>
Dec
12
Those of you who haven't grown tired of 'Uncharted 2' and moved on to 'Modern Warfare 2' will be pleased to hear that Naughty Dog has more DLC planned for the game. Their official Twitter page states that they're "still actively working on more DLC content!"

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News Source: <a href="http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-6894-Video-Game-News-Examiner~y2009m12d12-Naughty-Dog-working-on-more-DLC-for-Uncharted-2" target=_blank">examiner.com</a>
Dec
12
According to a report from market research firm iSuppli, Sony's introduction of the PS3 slim should mean that the PS3 will finally break even in 2010. The reports suggests that Sony has cut the cost of manufacturing a PS3 to $336.27 meaning that Sony are now only losing $37.27 per system sold. In comparison, iSuppli estimated that in October 2008 Sony were losing $49.72 per system sold.

Dec
11
http://gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2009/12/11/news-uncharted-2-fails-to-make-npd-top-20.aspx

Drake's latest crusade is particularly interesting in light of the game's drop from number one in October to complete obscurity in November.
Dec
11
Big statement here from MS, but then again it is a Halo title they are talking. Product manager Aaron Greenberg has gone on record to suggest that Halo Reach will be the biggest game of 2010.

<blockquote>Once the topic turned to exclusives, Greenberg couldn't resist talking about the Bungie-developed, Xbox 360 exclusive Halo: Reach, which he is sure will be the biggest game of 2010. When asked if perhaps Sony's Gran Turismo 5, which is set to launch in Japan in March and is likely to launch in the West in 2010 as well, might give it a run for its money, Greenberg was dismissive.

"Is it launching next year?" he mused. "I've seen years and years of minigames, but I haven't seen that the game is done. They just released the PSP version -- maybe that's what they've been working on. I feel confident that there's nothing that will compare in size. Halo: Reach will be the biggest game of 2010."
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Dec
11
According to reports, a while ago Reggie Fils-Aime of Nintendo revealed a real belief that the New Super Mario Bros. for Wii will outsell Modern Warfare 2 over the holiday season. However, as most people thought, this prediction is completely way off as Mario can't come close to MW 2 in terms of sales.

<blockquote>If you recall, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime stated last month that New Super Mario Bros. Wii will outsell Call of Duty
:Modern Warfare 2 over the holiday season. The first leg of the race is over and it's not looking so great for Mario.

The November 2009 NPD report reveals that Modern Warfare 2 sold 4.2 million copies in the month on the Xbox 360. New Super Marios Bros. Wii, meanwhile, racked up a little under 1.4 million. Fils-Aime claimed that Mario would overtake MW2 by the end of January. There's still a lot of time left but they've got a big hole to climb out of, here. </blockquote>

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Dec
10
Well well, the current crop of consoles seem to have sold in HUGE numbers this month in America according to the latest NPD stats. The Wii managed a massive 1.26 million units, the Xbox 360 819.5k units and the PS3 a respectable 710.4k units. But above all those, the DS managed 1.7 million sales!

So here are the totals:

Wii 1.26M
Nintendo DS 1.70M
PS3 710.4K
PSP 293.9K
360 819.5K
PS2 203.1K
Dec
10
Let this be a message to all juvenile theives out there. A seattle man interrupted a bunch of thieving kids who were trying to steal his Xbox 360. After chasing the kids, he managed to catch one and march him all the way up to the police station!

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A group of burglars learned the hard way not to mess with a Seattle man's Xbox.

The man was asleep in his home in the 7800 block of 32nd Avenue South just before 2 p.m. Wednesday when he heard noises in another room. The man got up to investigate and saw three juveniles in his house.

One of the boys was carrying the victim's Xbox 360. When the would-be thieves saw the man they dropped the property and ran from the house.

The man chased the boys and caught one of them. He then marched the kid back to the house, and called police.

Officers booked the boy into the Youth Service Center for investigation of burglary.</blockquote>

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Dec
10
EA's big boss has issued a stark warning to Nintendo. The warning is that they must innovate and if they don't, then they will have a hard time competing with what's coming up from MS and Sony. Likewise, he implied that they can not stay at $199 price point without producing something special.

News Source: <a href="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=381921" target="_blank">Neogaf</a>
Dec
10
Speaking at a UBS Media Conference, EA called the new Playstation mation controller the 'Playstation Gem'. Could this have been a slip of the tongue from EA? It seems so as Natal was also mentioned in the same sentence by them.

<blockquote>John Riccitiello refers to new tech as the PlayStation Gem at UBS Media Conference

Maybe he mis-spoke, maybe it was a slip of the tongue – or maybe, just maybe, EA boss John Riccitiello has accidentally leaked the name of Sony’s upcoming WiiMote contender, which until now has simply been referred to as the PlayStation motion Controller.

“In the coming year, both Sony and Microsoft have announced new controllers,†he stated. “Motion sensor controls, Natal and Gem, these are likely to bring new consumers into the marketplace.â€</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/36831/PlayStation-Motion-Controller-named" target="_blank">MCVUK</a>
Dec
09
Datel has released a new 360 controller, and while it comes with wireless technology, turbofire and some other neat touches, aesthetically it has a unique selling point. That is that it looks very similar to an Xbox 360 controller but with a bit more style!

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Here's a list of features for the new controller:

* Programmable Turbo Rapid Fire
* Redesigned ergonomic shape fits perfectly in the hands
* Fully PS3 Bluetooth® compatible (no need for a separate dongle)
* Built-in true ‘E-Gyro’ and ‘MEMS’ sensors
* Automatic pairing over USB
* Vibration feedback
* 20ft wireless range
* Uses 2x AA batteries
* ‘360’ like styling
* Blue Glow Turbo Grips
Dec
09
Whatever next? Someone has gone and produced a new piece of soap, and not just any old soap... it's specially crafted into the shape of an Xbox 360 controller and comes completed with raised buttons and so on.

News Source: <a href="http://xboxfreedom.com/xbox-360-controller-replica-soap/" target="_Blank">XboxFreeDom</a>
Dec
09
Woop woop! A New Mega Man, number 10 to be precise has beeen revealed in the latest Nintendo Power. And with the new game, comes new levels and new features as you'd expect.

Scans and all the rest of it are currently on show at <a href="http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=381873" target="_Blank">Neogaf</a>
Dec
09
Interesting stuff here from Famitsu. It looks as if the PS3 version of will look and sound better than the 360 version as Square Enix has had to do a lot of compression for the 360 version. And while FFXIII on the 360 will span across multiple dics, on the PS3 it will just take a single Blu-ray disc.

<blockquote>Brace yourselves, fanboys: A report in Famitsu (via FinalFantasy-XIII.net) says Final Fantasy XIII be graphically superior on the Playstation 3 compared to the Xbox 360 version, and it’ll sound better, too. That’s because Square Enix will use compressed video and audio on the Xbox 360 in order to fit the game on DVDs, while the Playstation 3’s Blu-ray drive affords a much greater storage capacity and won’t need compression. And even with the compressed assets, FFXIII will still spill onto multiple Xbox 360 DVDs, while the PS3 version is contained on a single, dual-layer Blu-ray disc. Fortunately, only the audiophiles and video nuts among us will notice the...
Dec
09
Microsoft and Disney have gone and got the support of the ever popular Jonas Brothers for their upcoming 'it's more fun time' Xbox 360 ad campaign. Such a star coup will ensure the 360 continues appeal to younger audiences.

<blockquote>If there is a hell I suspect that satan will pipe Jonas Brothers songs into every single room. Having said that, apparently the young girls swoon and their knees get weak at the sight of the trio that Disney made popular. They are so popular that Microsoft and Disney have decided to use them as part of the “It’s more fun time†Xbox 360 ad campaign currently airing on television. </blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.crispygamer.com/news/index.php/2009-12-09/the-jonas-brothers-endorse-xbox-360/" target="_blank">CrispyGamer</a>
Dec
09
Nintendo has revealed that they are disappointed with the judgement against them in the French court regarding DS flash carts. Moreover, they noted that they will appeal against the decision.

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“Nintendo is extremely disappointed with the decision by Paris’ Criminal Court to find Max Louarn, his company, Divineo, and other co-defendants not guilty in the criminal case involving the sale and distribution of game copying devices,†a statement sent to MCV explains.

“Nintendo welcomes the Prosecutor’s decision to Appeal the Judgment. As a victim Nintendo will join his Appeal. Nintendo supports action against the distributors of such devices.</blockquote>

News Source: <a href="http://www.mcvuk.com/news/36800/Nintendo-appeals-Flash-card-case" target="_blank">MCVUK</a>
Dec
08
According to reports, a new loader has been released that allows Xbox 360 owners with a kernel under 7371 to run 'backups' of their games directly from the hard drive! Video inside.

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Dec
08
Yahoo is currently reviewing some of the hot toys for this Xmas and the PS3 is included within their review. However, they have a major gripe with the PS3's controller noting that it's all fun and games until the battery dies and is 'glued shut'.

<blockquote>It's all fun and games until the battery dies. Unlike its competitors, which use replaceable AA batteries, the PS3's remote control is glued shut. When the battery goes, Sony customers have to blow $55 on a new controller. Sony says there's an "environmental benefit" since gamers don't have to toss their batteries on a regular basis, but Isidor Buchmann, president of battery-equipment maker Cadex Electronics, says captive batteries are becoming common because it's cheaper for companies to eliminate the battery housing and hatch.</blockquote>

News Source: <A href="http://customsites.yahoo.com/financiallyfit/finance/article-108318-3394-3-gifts-you-may-want-to-avoid-html?ywaad=ad0035" target="_Blank">Yahoo</a>
Dec
07
<strong> EA Brings the Terror to Space in Dead Space 2</strong>

Sequel to Award-Winning Horror Game Delivers Intense, Personal Saga That Sends Chills Through Deep Space

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Visceral Games, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) studio announced today that the award-winning Dead Space™ franchise will continue to frighten gamers with its stunning sequel, Dead Space 2. Hero Isaac Clarke returns for another heart-pounding adventure, taking the fight to the Necromorphs in this thrilling action-horror experience. New tools to gruesomely slice and dismember the Necromorphs complement Isaac's signature Plasma Cutter, empowering him as he meets new characters, explores epic Zero-G environments, and fights against a relentless necromorph onslaught. Survival isn't the only thing on Isaac's mind in Dead Space 2 – this time, he calls the shots.

“Like so many gamers worldwide, we love the Dead Space franchise and are very excited to announce a new...
Dec
07
<strong>PRESS RELEASE: QUANTUM THEORYTM GOES MULTIPLATFORM</strong>

Tecmo Koei's Sci-Fi, Action Third-Person Shooter Arrives Spring 2010 on the PlayStation®3 and Xbox 360®

Letchworth, Herts.—December 04, 2009—Video game publisher TECMO KOEI EUROPE announced today that QUANTUM THEORY™ will be a multiplatform release on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and the Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft. Both versions are scheduled to arrive in Europe in spring 2010.

QUANTUM THEORY is Tecmo Koei Europe’s newest original IP and the company’s first attempt at the third-person shooter genre. Players take on the role of the massive, gun-wielding warrior Syd and will battle through intense action sequences in an unpredictable, shape-shifting battlefield, aided by the mysterious acrobatic Filena. In addition to single player campaign, QUANTUM THEORY also supports four modes of online multiplayer, complete with voice chat for real-time...
Dec
07
EA has decided to pull the Fight Night Round 4 Champions Pack 2 DLC because of freezing issues. Apparently, they will release an updated, bug free version of the DLC in a few days after approvals by all the parties involved.

<blockquote>We regret to inform XBOX 360 users that due to the freezing issues that users have been experiencing when downloading Champions Pack 2, we have come to the tough decision to take the DLC down from XBL Marketplace, fix the issue, and look to prop up a corrected Champions Pack 2 in the near future. Unfortunately the fix requires a full pass of approvals by all parties involved and may take longer than a few days.

For users that have already downloaded the pack using the work around that was provided yesterday, you are fine to play with the new content. Though if there are locked items you have not yet purchased, you will not be able to unlock them until the updated version is released.

Again, we sincerely apologize to our users for having to...
Dec
06
Stephen Toulose of Microsoft has confirmed that MS is banning players from Xbox LIVE who use the 'Javelin Glitch' in Modern Warfare 2. Bans can last from as little as 24 hours to PERMANENTLY.

<blockquote>Stephen Toulouse, the director for policy and enforcement for the Xbox 360's Xbox Live online service, announced via Twitter on December 2 that Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 players who abuse the "javelin missile exploit" will be banned from the entire Xbox Live service. Depending on the severity of the abuse, the ban may last between 24 hours and a few weeks or, in extreme cases, the ban may be permanent.

The Modern Warfare 2 javeline exploit is when players intentially abuse a glitch in the online multiplayer. The player switches to the javeline missile launcher after "cooking" a semtex grenade by holding down the grenade throw button. This locks the player's actions, but once the player dies the javeline missile explodes, killing all enemies within an enormous...
Dec
04
We've managed to get our hands on a leaked video from the ZooZen R&D team which shows the development of a stunning Xbox 360 case. The 'Overcase' simply fits on via the front front face plate and instantly transforms the 360 into a far more attractive living room proposition. It also features extra cooling via 2 fans and an auto-sensing blue disc light effect.

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Soooooo, we've heard the final retail price may be around $50. But most importantly, what do you all think of it?