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The next DSi color variation making its way to the States. Starting this July, U.S. consumers will be able to purchase the system in an entirely new color, "midnight blue".
Like the bronze and burgundy versions before it, the midnight blue DSi XL comes packing two screens that are 93 percent larger than those on the Nintendo DS Lite, allowing for a wider viewing angle that helps reduce strain on the eyes. The sleek handheld also features a handfull of pre-loaded games from the Nintendo DSi Shop, including Flipnote Studio, Brain Age Express: Math and Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, as well as Photo Clock and the Nintendo DSi Browser.
The midnight blue Nintendo DSi XL will be available at retailers starting July 11, with a suggested retail price of $189.99.
Rumors of a September 2 release date for Samus's latest mission have been floating around the web for the past week. Looks like the date's accurate, as Nintendo confirmed. All you bounty hunters in-training will have a chance to play as the ridiculously famous femme fatale in Metroid: Other M this fall, when the game releases in... Japan.
This information comes directly from the game's newely redesigned website. The site, which now features a couple of new sections, including a sleek movie page where fans can view a historical clip titled "Metroid and Me", to reestablish their love for the series. Sections detailing gameplay, characters, controls, stages and the game's story have also been added, though they're not nearly as fleshed-out as the rest of the site.
Those empty pages will surely start filling up as we draw closer to E3, so check back often as our staff keeps you updated with the lastest Metroid news. Currently, the game's scheduled to be released in both Europe and North America on August 31, but the NA website hasn't been updated in months, so that date may no longer be valid.
Summer convention circuit already mapped out
ArenaNet's upcoming MMORPG Guild Wars 2 won't be appearing at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo. Rather, the developer plans to save the first hands-on public demo of the game for later this summer for gamescom (August 19-22) in Cologne, Germany where studio head Mike O’Brien and German community manager Martin Kerstein will provide more details about their demo.
Global Brand Director at ArenaNet Chris Lye says the company's reasoning for this decision stems from an aversion to the event.
First, let’s get one of the most-asked questions out of the way. We are NOT going to be on the floor at E3. We really have mixed feelings about E3. On the one hand it can be a great centralized way to meet press and retailers. On the other hand, it’s anti-fan. As the marketing guy, if I’m going to spend a boatload of money on a booth, videos, props, etc., I want to be able to share it with the folks who’ll geek-out on it the most – the fans! IMO, E3 could steal a page from gamescom, which is a combination of a civilized business/industry area and a showy exhibit hall that’s open to consumers. If they did that, E3 would be a no-brainer in my book.
Don't live anywhere near Cologne? Never fear, as GW2 will also be making an appearance at PAX Prime this fall. The event, taking place September 3-5, promises plenty of fun, and the chance to meet your favorite artists, designers, as well as try your hand at the highly anticipated demo.
Meet the new DSi LL colors: Blue, Yellow and Green
The DSi will be be seeing reduced prices in Europe; going forward, the new MSRP is £149.99, though the system can be found online for up to thirty pounds less already. The changes only apply to the DSi, and not the DS Lite or DSi LL.
Japan residents will also be able to get their hands on Nintendo's latest DS interation at a lower price. Starting June 19, the DSi will go from ¥18,900 to ¥15,000, while the DSi LL will drop from ¥20,000 to ¥18,000. In addition, the DS Lite will go from ¥16,800 to open pricing. The company also announced a new DSi LL bundle featuring characters from Konami's Love Plus dating sim, priced at ¥24,000.
The new prices coincide with the bold, new, Blue, Yellow and Green DSi LL colors, also scheduled to launch on the 19th in Japan.
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Proving you can't have your cake and eat it too
It seems Valve has decided to withdraw their E3 contribution already. The company, being the crafty bunch they are, sent out an email to members of the press earlier today announcing the cancellation of the Portal 2 presentation, which was to take place on Monday, June 14 at this year's Entertainment Expo. However, the real news wasn't the cancellation of the event. Rather, Valve promised the event will be replaced by a "surprise." Any further details were not made clear, however, leaving fans to continue to hope for the inevitable unveiling of Half-Life 2: Episode 3.
The email, which can be viewed below, is actually quite cute, and worth a laugh or two.
Dear Subject Name Here,
Aperture Science is pleased to inform you that we have partnered with Valve to announce the gala CANCELLATION of the June 14 Portal 2 event at the Regal Theater. The event will be replaced by a surprise. And even though the cancellation of the event certainly counts as a surprise, we are pleased to further announce that the cancellation of the event is not THE surprise. However, per International treaties regarding the definition of the word "surprise", of which both Aperture Science and Valve are signatories, the time, date and content of the actual surprise will only become available as you experience the surprise.
If you'd like to ask fruitless questions about the E3 Portal 2 surprise or, more fruitfully, schedule an appointment to attend a Portal 2 screening at the Valve booth during E3, please contact Valve's Special Envoy to Surprises, Doug Lombardi.
Thank you for **RECORD SCRATCH!!!**
PS: The surprising record scratch is also not the surprise.
New line of games aims to reconnect players with their PSPs
Sony kicks off the summer with a new set of PSP "Favorites", a lineup of games that aims to reconnect players with the system's classics. Favorite titles include: Ape Escape: On the Loose, Buzz! Master Quiz, Hot Shots Golf Open Tee, LocoRoco 2, Patapon 2, PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe, Socom: Fireteam Bravo, Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow, and Twisted Metal: Head On.
And if the names aren't enough to sell you, the price certainly will. Starting today, June 1, you can purchase each of these games for $9.99 U.S.
The sweet deals don't end there though. Those who have been putting off getting a PSPgo should be aware, Sony is adding about $80.00 U.S. of digital software to their PSPgo bundle.
If you purchase a new PSPgo system from today through March 31, 2011, you will receive an email from PlayStation Network containing a voucher that allows you to download three best-sellers, including: LittleBigPlanet, Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters and SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3.
Embark on an unforgettable adventure this October
Square Enix has announced that their latest Final Fantasy spin-off will be arriving on western shores this fall.
The game, which was released in Japan last October, is actually somewhat of a step back from recent Final Fantasy titles in the sense that it follows the traditional RPG structure. According to Producer Masashi Takahashi, the developers wanted to create a game that looked good, and at the same time made the player feel as though the were playing an NES game from the good old days.
4 Warriors of Light looks a lot like Final Fantasy III on the DS, which makes sense considering Akihiko Yoshida, who worked on both of the Final Fantasy DS remakes as well as Final Fantasy XII, and who is also toiling away at the eagerly awaited Final Fantasy XIV Online, is the art director for this game. As such, the game looks a bit on the cartoony side, though the storybook visuals and cute designs help retain the game's classic feel. Even the music has adopted the retro style, as the game's soundtrack is brimming with reorchestrated 8-bit tracks. What's more, the old-school sounds are sure to leave a lasting impression on players, as the music changes seamlessly from morning to night, and also during battles.
Taking qualities from new and old games alike in an effort to create a "new-old game" is by no means an easy task. However, 4 Warriors of Light manages to do it quite well, proving once again that high-definition graphics and deep character customization aren't required to make a good RPG.
Final Fantasy fans both old and new can get their hands on Final Fantasy: The 4 Warriors of Light on October 5 in the U.S.
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New game invites players to party on, Mii's welcome
President and CEO of Nintendo, Satoru Iwata, unveiled the next installment in Nintendo's Wii software line at a financial results briefing earlier today. Like its cousins Wii Sports and Wii Sports Resort, the game will play host to a collection of smaller minigames where players can compete against the clock or their friends, however, this time the emphasis will weight heavily on the multiplayer side of things, an area many Nintendo fans believe the company hasn't been proactive enough in.
Aptly called Wii Party, the game will utilize the player's Mii characters, giving players the opportunity to show off their Mii's as they compete in head-to-head party games. The three modes of gameplay that have been confirmed: Teiban Party, Pair Party and Living Party, provide a small taste of what's in store for players:
Teiban Party, or "Standard Party", is a collection of luck-based games including: Bingo, Roulette and Mii-jan (presumably a Mahjong-style game that incorporates the player's Mii into the game).
The Pair Party mode, on the other hand, forces players to rely less on luck and more on teamwork. Players will have to work together to balance the load, if they want to keep a large ship afloat. There's even a compatibility checker for all of you lovey dovey couples.
Last but not least we have the Living Party mode, playable only with two or more people. According to Iwata, this mode will feature new types of play that really utilize the functionality of the Wii Remote.
The Nintendo President noted that Wii Party is Nintendo's first real party game to be developed since Mario Party 8, back in 2007 -- that's quite a ways back, considering the Wii is now entering its fourth consecutive year on the market. Iwata goes on to mention the developers, who are putting a considerable amount of time and effort into making sure the game provides plenty of entertainment.
It will certainly be interesting to see exactly how the Wii Remote plays a role in sedentary games like Bingo and Majong, but for now all we can do is wait for more information to be released.
The veritable digital Perry Mason returns to the Wii Shop Channel
Ace Attorney fans, be sure to mark next Monday on your calenders, the day Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations makes it to the North American Wii Shop Channel.
Trials and Tribulations is the third entry in Capcom's mock attorney series, originally released for the Game Boy Advance and later ported to the PC. The game was released on the Japanese Wii Shop Channel last February, and has developed somewhat of a cult following among fans of the series.
The game forces players take control of three strong-willed attorneys who are fighting for justice in a justice-less world. Gameplay consists of two distinct modes: Investigation Mode and Courtroom Mode. Investigation Mode puts players in control of the character, allowing them to move around using either the D-pad or Nunchuck. It is during this phase of gameplay that most of the evidence is gathered by speaking with key witnesses and examining the crime scene. Courtroom Mode, on the other hand, is where the real action takes place. Using the evidence they've gathered, players must try and prove their client's innocence. This is easier said than done, because the game also provides the player with a stamina bar. Each time the wrong evidence is presented the game takes a portion of that bar away, and when it runs out entirely the game ends.
Characters come in all sorts of chapes, sizes and personalities, meaning you'll never experience a dull moment. From the budding defense attorney Mia Fey, to the turnabout wiz Phoenix himself, the game will have players working hard in five scenarios, as they attempt to find out who really murdered university student Doug Swallow.
You can download Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations from the Wii Shop Channel on May 10 for the price of 1000 Wii Points.
Take up arms against the Templars alone or with fellow assassins
Ubisoft has confirmed the next iteration of the Assassin's Creed series, and no, it isn't being called Assassin's Creed III. While it might not be what fans were hoping for, the game is sounding like it'll live up to its predecessors.
According to Ubisoft, the latest installment will continue to tell the story of Ezio, who we hear has joined the ranks of the legendary master assassins as he wages war against the Templar order. This all came as news after a piece of placeholder art for the game (below) was leaked, causing quite a bit of commotion. The company reacted quickly to the rumors, confirming the validity of the image and pushing the naysayers aside.
The image also indicates there will be an exclusive multiplayer character for anyone who pre-orders the game at GameStop. Altair, anyone?
That's all we know for now, unfortunately. A representative from the company did mention we'll hear more next week.
The green-clad plumber returns for a second round
It's official: Luigi will be returning as a playable character in Nintendo's upcoming Super Mario Galaxy 2. The proof? Earlier today, a video teasing the green brother was uploaded to the console's YouTube Channel.
For the past few weeks, Nintendo has been uploading brief "transmissions" to their Wii YouTube page. Up until now, the videos have been short clips highlighting different aspects of gameplay, however the recently uploaded eighth entry reveals Luigi as another playable character. During the transmission, Luigi demonstrates how he can do everything his brother can, including collecting power-ups and suits, and of course taming the various colored-Yoshi who call the planets home.
What the video doesn't reveal is whether he will be unlocked as a reward for collecting stars, or if players will be able to choose him from the start.
It's likely we will find out more about Luigi and the rest of the cast of Super Mario Galaxy 2 as we get closer to its May 23 release date. Enjoy the video for now.
Details on new standard bundles, black Wii package available May 9
If one were to purchase a Wii console from the store today, they would find the following inside of the box: an intuitive, motion-sensing Wii Remote, Nunchuk extension, a copy of Wii Sports, and of course the Wii itself. Not bad, right?
Apparently Nintendo doesn't believe it is enough to get people to invest in their motion-sensing product. The company has decided to include more stuff with their Wii bundles. The catch? There isn't one says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime.
"By including even more of our top-quality hardware and software in the basic Wii system package, we're extending that commitment to entertainment and value. Now more than ever, consumers can count on Nintendo to deliver inclusive fun and advanced motion controls at a mass-market price."
Effective May 9, Nintendo will be adding a few new elements to their black and white Wii packages offered at retailers throughout the Americas. Each new unit will now also come packaged with Wii Sports Resort and the control-enhancing Wii MotionPlus accessory. For those who don't know about MotionPlus, it's an expansion device for the Wii Remote that allows it to more accurately capture your movements. What's more, though the contents inside the box have changed the price of the entire package remains the same: $199.99 USD.
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Two classics join forces to create one hell of a ride
Earlier today, SEGA unvieled Wii remakes of two of their classic games: Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns. Both games will be receiving new control schemes to compliment the hardware; according to the publisher, the games can be played using either a Wiimote or Wii Zapper. No word on whether the Classic Controller will be receiving any love -- with the new control scheme in place, ABXY advocates might have to suck it up and don their protective wrist straps.
Fans of the originals can rest easy though, as Sega assures the games will be true to their archai... I mean arcade roots:
True to the original arcade games, Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns is set in the airspace above some of the United States’ most well-known locations. Players will be able to combat android invaders in New York City with their Gunblade helicopter gunship or take their flying gunship to battle a new force of android enemies in some of America’s most well known locales such as Los Angeles, Alcatraz, Yosemite and Las Vegas.
In addition to the overhauled controls, this 2-for-1 also comes packed with an array of new features, including an entirely new unlockable Weapon Toggle mode. Climbing to the top of the ranking board gives players the opportunity to unlock hidden extras such as wide shot, rapid fire and heavy shot -- all of which can be used to wreak havoc in arcade mode.
Ready for more exciting news? The company has declared both games be packaged together, aptly named Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack. Unfortunately, no release dates were provided with the announcement.
SEGA was, however, kind enough to send along a nice little trailer to give us a taste of the action. Have this, for the time being.
Chibified-BlazBlue characters face off in a wit's end battle royale
PSP owners in North America are already getting a dose of the BlazBlue action, so to be fair, Aksys has decided to grace DSi owners with their spin on a BlazBlue arena-fighter.
It's called BlayzeBloo: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale -- yep, that's really the name the company has decided to go with.
The game is closely based off of the BlazBlue franchise however, so fans should know who to expect to see as playable characters -- there's plenty of stubby Ragna, stubby Jin, and stubby Noel to cuddle with and beat the snot out of.
The ESRB was kind enough to get this description of the game out quickly:
This is an arena-fighter game in which players control small, stubby fighters that compete in fighting matches: last-man standing, hitting opponents to collect soba noodles, and capture-the-flag. The "cartoony" characters mostly punch and kick each other in the arena; characters stagger back and cry out in pain when hit.
And yes, the game does have a four-player mode so you can play it with a friend -- or three! Unfortunately, the lack of local Wi-Fi support really kills the free-for-all-brawl thing they had going.
No official date has been set for a North America release, but since the game's already been rated we should expect to hear those dates soon.
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The Japanese really love these things, don't they?
Man, it seems like Nintendo can't go wrong with their DS handhelds -- in Japan anyway. Their latest DS iteration, the DSi LL, has already made its way to the top of Media Create's Japanese hardware charts by selling nearly three times the number of units each of the other top five consoles have.
The DSi LL sold an impressive 100,553 units in its first two days on shelves -- that's nearly three times the number of PS3s sold throughout the entire week. Note the DSi and DS Lite numbers are counted seperately.
Here's a breakdown of this week's hardware sales in Japan, courtesy of Media Create:
- DSi LL: 100,553
- PS3: 34,752
- Wii: 32,844
- PSP: 32,752
- DSi: 32,070
- DS Lite: 5,051
- PSP Go: 4,574
- Xbox 360: 4,085
- PS2: 2,024
The Black Friday madness ensues, and you know what that means: stores will be packed and your wallet will fall flat. Of course, Sony isn't going to miss out on the buying frenzy tomorrow, not when they have a new PS3 to sell.
The 120GB model normally retails for US $299, however, to honor the deals Black Friday is famous for, when you purchase a 120GB PS3 for $299 you get more than just the console itself.
Each of the stores (below) will be offering a different bundle. So check em' out and pick your poison:
- Amazon: 120GB PS3 with inFamous and Killzone 2
- Best Buy: 120GB PS3 with Little Big Planet: GotY Edition and Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time
- GameStop: 120GB PS3 with Little Big Planet: GotY Edition and God of War Collection
- Sony Style: 120GB PS3 with Uncharted: Drake's Fortune and inFamous
- Wal-Mart: 120GB PS3 with inFamous, Batman: Arkham Asylum and Dark Knight on Blu-ray
Forget the stores: spend your Black Friday shopping online
Ahh, Black Friday. It's one of the craziest and most dangerous days to shop. Lots of great games going on sale, though the hassle of getting to your favorite retailer before everyone else can be near impossible. So, what's a gamer to do?
Thankfully, you don't have to fight with the crowds to get your hands on some sweet games -- at some sweet prices.
Quite a few retail sites, such as Impulse and GamersGate, are offering Thanksgiving day sales, so you can get the best deals on your favorite PC games without risking you hands in stores.
To kick things off, digital distributor Impulse is offering a huge selection of games, 35-75% off:
- Warlords Battlecry III ($14.99 > $9.99)
- Sins of a Solar Empire ($19.99 > $9.99)
- Resident Evil 5 ($49.99 > $24.99)
- Children of the Nile Complete ($24.99 > 15.99)
Not to be left out, GamersGate is also offering a nice selection of games and bundles, 30-65% off:
- All Aspect Warfare ($39.95 > $19.95)
- Angel of Attack ($24.95 > $12.49)
- All Aspects of War Pack Bundle ($59.95 > $29.95)
- Europa Universalis Complete Series ($85.83 > $29.95)
Don't take our word for it; check out each site's list of sale items -- combined, there's over fifty great PC games on sale now!
Brand new DLC set to hit all platforms this spring
Just can't seem to get enough Modern Warfare 2? Still eagerly awaiting word on downloadable content? Well then, this one's for you.
Earlier today Infinity Ward announced a brand new playlist update for the record breaking game, set to be released across all platforms. According to Infinity Ward Creative Strategist Robert Bowing's Twitter page:
Playlist update coming today. Introducing Hardcore Ricochet: HQ Pro & adding more maps to the rotation of the Free-for-All playlist
DLC is planned fir the wonderfully vauge timeframe of Spring. I'll let you know when we know when it'll be done.
While no dates were mentioned, it is nice to know we'll be receiving some new content fairly soon, though the number of players online suggests not everyone is bored of the game yet.
Six great iPod touch/iPhone titles, tossed into the bargain bin
When it comes to mobile games, Gameloft is one name to watch out for. The company, who has been bringing quality titles, such as: Asphalt 5, The Settlers and Earthworm Jim, to your iPods, iPhones and other mobile devices since 2002, is feeling more than a little generous this holiday season -- offering five of their App Store hits for 99 cents a pop!
- Castle of Magic ($1.99 > $.99)
- Real Tennis 2009 ($4.99 > $.99)
- Blades of Fury ($4.99 > $.99)
- Terminator Salvation ($4.99 > $.99)
- Brothers in Arms - Hour of Heroes ($4.99 > $.99)
- Shrek Kart ($1.99 > $.99)
No word on how long this sale will last, so if you're interested in picking up any of these great titles we recommend you do so pronto -- chances are they won't be getting any cheaper than this.
Kratos has always been a lone wolf. Alright, one angry, angry wolf who prefers to speak with his blades. Surprisingly enough, in God of War III, the lone wolf might not be...alone. According to Sony's Retail Loyalty site, online co-op is in the mix for GoW III. The info, allegedly spotted on the site's God of War III module, clearly states the game will support online cooperative play.
While we wait for Sony to confirm whether or not the information is accurate, we can fantasize about tearing the wings off harpies with our closest buddy. Unfortunately, without confirmation from the Big S, we'll have to brand this one a rumor for now.