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Friday, February 26, 2010

Just Cause 2 Demo Release Date Announced
Massive freeroaming demo planned for hotly anticipated action sequel
Friday, February 26th... Square Enix London Studios, a part of Square Enix Europe, today announced an incredible, action-packed demo for the hotly anticipated freeroaming action game Just Cause 2 will release on March 4th, 2010.

Available for PlayStation® 3  computer entertainment system,  Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC, the Just Cause 2 demo will feature a massive 35 square miles of the Lautan Lama Desert, a vast expanse of stunning, sun-scorched scenery taking up just one of the many islands in the 400 square miles of the Panau archipelago. Packed with towns, villages, military installations, mountain ranges, missions and more, the demo will feature an astonishing amount of activities for the player... and opportunities for adrenaline-fuelled chaos are limitless.

Hunt down and assassinate one of the game’s 50 military colonels; devastate military bases, bio fuel chambers, government infrastructure and more; hijack tuk tuks, military 4x4s, armoured vehicles, mopeds, helicopter gunships, light aircraft, mini vans and numerous other military and civilian vehicles; freefall from desert outcrops or from burning planes at 20,000 feet; and unlock one full, multi-stage mission, traversing the mountains to a heavily fortified government radar station and ending in an unforgettable desert car chase.

“The Just Cause 2 demo is simply massive and with so much to do, the replay value is enormous,” said Lee Singleton, General Manager of Square Enix London Studios. “It’s easily one of the biggest freeroaming demos of all time and for fans of openworld games, it’s unmissable.”

The Just Cause 2 demo will be available March 4th, 2010, on PlayStation®Network, Xbox LIVE® Marketplace and Steam.

As Rico Rodriguez, the Agency's most powerful weapon, players must take on the island of Panau and its military regime in order to track down Rico's former boss and mentor, Tom Sheldon, who has gone rogue with millions in Agency cash and intel. Using a unique grapple and parachute combination, there is no vertical limit as the air becomes your playground: grapple a passing plane in flight, hijack helicopters, BASE jump from the tallest buildings or mountains and leave a trail of chaos and destruction in your wake. Just Cause 2 offers players the freedom to tackle missions any way they choose and, with over 100 vehicles and countless upgrades and collectibles, the choices for relentless adrenaline-fuelled action are limitless.

Just Cause 2 will be available for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Games for Windows® and will be released under the EIDOS brand portfolio. All formats will release in-stores on March 23rd, 2010, in North America and March 26th, 2010, in Europe, Middle East, and Australasia. More information is available on the official website at
www.justcause.com.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

NINTENDO REVEALS SOFTWARE LINEUP FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2010

Nintendo Announces Launch Dates for Nintendo DSi XL,Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M
  • Super Mario Galaxy™ 2, the sequel to the smash-hit galaxy-hopping original game, launches May 23 for the Wii™ console. The game includes the amazing gravity-defying, physics-based exploration from the first game, but is loaded with entirely new galaxies and features to challenge and delight players. On some stages, Mario™ can pair up with his dinosaur buddy Yoshi™ and use his tongue to grab items and spit them back at enemies. Players can also have fun with new items such as a drill that lets our hero tunnel through solid rock.

  • Metroid™: Other M, the incredible new Metroid game developed for Wii through a collaboration by Nintendo and the world-renowned Team Ninja, launches June 27. The game looks at the classic franchise from a new perspective: While much of the game is reminiscent of 2-D side-scrollers, players can switch the perspective into 3-D at any time as they explore the twisting passages of a derelict space station and delve deep into a cinematic, never-before-told story of bounty hunter Samus Aran's past. This new approach uses a new control scheme in which players use the Wii Remote™ controller held sideways to battle enemies and navigate the expansive, gorgeous environments in classic Metroid fashion, then aim at the screen with the Wii Remote pointer to blast foes in first-person and hunt the world for clues and hidden passages.

  • In a unique partnership with Square-Enix, Nintendo of America will publish Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies in the Americas when the game arrives in summer 2010. Dragon Quest IX has sold more than 4.15 million copies in the Japanese market. Nintendo and Square-Enix will now work together to bring this title to the Nintendo DS consumer base in the Americas.

  • Capcom's Monster Hunter® Tri, an epic action game for Wii, launches in the United States on April 20. The game lets players customize their character, armor and weapons in order to protect a town from majestic monsters as that town rebuilds following a devastating earthquake. Online play will be available for all players with broadband Internet access at no additional cost. Online text chat is fully functional and online voice chat is enabled using the Wii Speak™ microphone, which is sold separately. At a suggested retail price of $59.99, limited quantities of Monster Hunter Tri will include the new Black Classic Controller Pro™, while both Black and White versions of the controller will be available separately at a suggested retail price of $19.99. The game will also be available without a controller at a suggested retail price of $49.99.

  • Sin and Punishment: Star Successor, the breakthrough shooter game for Wii from legendary developer Treasure, will launch across North America on June 7. The game features nonstop action with two playable characters and international online leaderboards to track high scores. Using the Wii Remote pointer functionality, the game offers unprecedented precision in the shooter genre.

  • FlingSmash™ for Wii will test players' Wii Remote skills as they bounce a ball-like hero through countless side-scrolling stages, combining the precision of racket sports with the unpredictable fun of pinball. Playable only with the Wii MotionPlus™ accessory, the game will launch this summer.

  • Picross 3D is poised to become a puzzle game phenomenon when it launches for the Nintendo DS family of products on May 3. In Picross 3D, players start with a cube and smash away smaller blocks to reveal an object, shape or symbol. Delivering more than 350 unique puzzles and more made available for download on a regular basis after launch via the Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection service (broadband Internet access required), the game takes the mind-bending fun of Picross into the next dimension.

  • 100 Classic Books transforms the Nintendo DS family of products into a library of timeless literature when it launches on June 14 at a suggested retail price of $19.99, highlighted by 100 works from authors such as William Shakespeare, Jules Verne, Jane Austen, Mark Twain and more. Readers can adjust the size of text, place bookmarks and even download new content via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service (broadband Internet connection required).

  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands™ from Ubisoft will launch May 18 on both the Wii and Nintendo DS platforms. Boasting amazing graphics with fantastic action and puzzle-solving game play, the Wii version will be the first in franchise history to feature a two-player cooperative experience. As an added bonus, the Wii version of the game will exclusively include the 1992 Super NES™ version of the original Prince of Persia game.

  • Disney Guilty Party is the official title of the highly anticipated first collaboration between Disney Interactive Studios and its recently acquired studio, Wideload Games. The fun and hilarious mystery party game is set for release in the second half of 2010, exclusively for Wii.

  • Majesco's Nintendo DSi exclusive Ghostwire: Link to the Paranormal uses incredible augmented reality technology through the Nintendo DSi Camera. Launching this October, the game lets players become a ghost hunter as they interact with the paranormal.

Nintendo also announced a variety of games available to download directly to the Wii console from the Wii Shop Channel via the WiiWare™ service, and directly to the Nintendo DS via the DSi Shop and DSiWare™ services. For WiiWare:

  • Launching on March 1, Capcom's Mega Man™ 10 builds upon the huge impact of Mega Man 9, a completely new adventure rendered in classic 8-bit style. This new game looks and sounds as awesomely retro as its predecessor.

  • Launching on March 8, Max & the Magic Marker from Press Play turns the Wii Remote into an orange magic marker that's literally magic. Players draw lines and objects to help Max reach objects and his ultimate goal.

  • The long-awaited indie cult classic Cave Story comes to WiiWare with new game play, artwork and music enhancements on March 22. It's classic gaming reborn for 2010.

  • Launching on March 29, WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase is a standalone product exclusive to the WiiWare service and available only from the Wii Shop Channel. The game contains more than 70 new microgames and features interoperability with the WarioWare: D.I.Y. game for the Nintendo DS family of products. Players that own both games can transfer content between the two via a local wireless connection, and can even play user-created microgames on their television using WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase.

  • As the techno music pulses, Nintendo's Art Style™: light trax™ puts players in charge of a white beam of light as it engages in a surreal race against other beams across a dark track. Players must keep away from obstacles, use items and look for power boosts if they want to finish first. Art Style: light trax launches this spring.

  • Swim and spin through the primordial ooze in Nintendo's Art Style: Rotozoa™ as you absorb tiny organisms that match the colors of your tentacles. As you absorb more organisms, your tentacles grow. The challenge increases as additional tentacles are gained, but power-ups can help you survive and thrive. Art Style: Rotozoa launches this spring.

  • Launching this spring, Rage of the Gladiator from Ghostfire Games is an intense fighting game that asks players to perfect their well-timed moves against an array of opponents. The game is compatible with the Wii MotionPlus accessory.

  • Launching this spring, And Yet It Moves from Broken Rules requires players to rotate the world to help their line-drawn protagonist progress. Walls become floors and floors become ceilings in this surreal twist on the platformer genre.

  • Launching this summer, Independent Games Festival Seumas McNally Grand Prize Finalist Super Meat Boy from Team Meat sets a cube of meat off on an adventure to save Princess Bandage. This off-the-wall game is not for the faint of heart.

For Nintendo DSiWare:

  • Nintendo's Photo Dojo™ is poised to be the cult hit of 2010 when it launches this spring. The game first asks players to pose for 13 pictures and input 10 sound effects. Once that's done, the player becomes the main character in a hilarious side-scrolling fighting game. Create up to eight characters and do battle alone or against a friend on a single Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL system.

  • Launching this spring, Nintendo's Metal Torrent™ delivers a frantic barrage of gunfire that fills the screen. Players try to convert opponents' bullets into cubes that, when collected, increase their score and fill an energy meter that powers special weapons. Online Leaderboards record scores and movies of top games.

  • Launching this spring, X-Scape™ from Nintendo immerses players in an exploratory adventure involving more than 20 planets. Players will pilot their tank through 3-D tunnels, fire at enemies and even battle ancient weapons that resemble giant robots.

"Nintendo finished 2009 with a bang, and we're continuing our momentum into 2010," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "With Nintendo DSi XL, Super Mario Galaxy 2 and Metroid: Other M coming in the first six months of the year, we're making sure all our fans have great game content to enjoy year-round." Remember that Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit www.Nintendo.com.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Nintendo DSi XL - US Launch Date and Price Revealed

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The new Nintendo DSi XL™ 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 DS™ 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 Age™ Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math and Photo Clock, as well as two free applications: the Nintendo DSi Browser and Flipnote Studio™. Nintendo DSi XL will also come with a larger pen-like stylus that allows for a more comfortable grip and enhanced ease of use when playing games that use the Nintendo DS touch screen. America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking and WarioWare™: D.I.Y. will also launch for the Nintendo DS family of products on March 28, providing consumers with new content that can be enjoyed on any Nintendo DS system. Games like these demonstrate the enhanced experience available with the Nintendo DSi XL.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition: New Weapons



Zeno Clash may be the best first person brawler ever, but that doesn't mean you can't use a weapon to slay and flay your foes every now and then, which is why all the new weapons added in Ultimate Edition are so cool!

Check out this video to see the new weapons in action. And be sure to look for Zeno Clash: Ultimate Edition only for Xbox Live Arcade.

Available March 2010 on Xbox Live Arcade.

For more information, visit:
http://www.zenoclash.com


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Monday, February 22, 2010

Nintendo Downloads for February 21st-27th
 
WiiWare™

GhostSlayer
Publisher: Gevo Entertainment - Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Blood, Violence, Price: 600 Wii Points™

Description: Embark on a thrilling ghost-fighting experience. Play as a Ghost Slayer as you battle evil spirits that plague the mortal world. Your sword is your only weapon against them. Eliminate all hostiles in your path and defeat the Ghost Queen in the final stage in order to save the world. Unlock new swords and acquire special techniques that you can use to your advantage. Test your skills by playing all three levels of difficulty. Enjoy the thrill of slashing ghosts and vaporizing them by swinging your Wii Remote™ controller and experience sword-fighting game play at a new level of realism by using Wii MotionPlus accessory (this game can be played with or without Wii MotionPlus). Brace yourself for the onslaught of blood-thirsty spirits.

Mouse House
Publisher: Big John Games - Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief - Price: 600 Wii Points

Description: He's clever, he's daring, he's brave, he's ... a mouse! Mouse House is an accessible and fast-paced logic puzzle game in which you lead a lively little mouse on his hunt to collect the cheese in each of 100 challenging puzzles. But these are no simple mazes - our adorable hero has to weave his way though a cast of colorful critters, including stinger-shooting bees and nasty rats, as well as tricky traps like conveyor belts, collapsing floors and more. A true "pick up and play" game, Mouse House's combination of simple controls and multiple levels of challenge make it perfect for players of all ages.

Family Go-Kart Racing
Publisher: Aksys Games - Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief - Price: 500 Wii Points

Description: It's Family Go-Kart Racing, the fantastic new racing game from Arc System Works. The Family is back: Billy, Sarah, Daddy, Mommy and new to the Family fun, Auntie and Gramps. Choose among the six family members and six karts to take on 12 exciting tracks and drift your way to victory. With the Wii Remote controller's tilt control, race against the clock in Time Attack to beat your personal records, or take on the entire family in a full Grand Prix. Steer your way through the Snowy Slopes, peel out in the World Bazaar and go-go-go for gold on the Go-Go Rollercoaster. Earn your place as the head of the family by outmaneuvering your kin with special items like Acceleration and Lighting to zip past your opponents. Or, unleash the Bowling Bomb and strike out the kart ahead of you.

Nintendo DSiWare™

Aura-Aura Climber
Publisher: Nintendo - Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™

Description: Aura-Aura has fallen out of the sky and landed on Earth. He is determined to return to his rightful place in the universe and become a bright star. Take control of Aura-Aura, and help him to accomplish this by using his grapple arm to grab a variety of grapple points and continuously climb higher in the sky. Along the way, collect items to aid him (bombs, extensions for his grapple arm) and avoid enemies that damage Aura-Aura's health. Two modes of play offer very different challenges: Score Attack, in which you try to get to the goal with as many points as possible, and Endless, in which your aim is simply to help Aura-Aura climb as high into the sky as possible within the time limit. And even if you think you've mastered the art of climbing, both modes offer numerous medals to find or earn by completing specific tasks. With its intuitive controls, straightforward game play, and incredible replay value, Aura-Aura's journey is arcade-style gaming at its best ... or should that be its highest?

Flight Control
Publisher: Firemint - Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Keep the skies safe in Flight Control, the insanely popular worldwide hit from Firemint. In this action-packed game, take on the role of an air traffic controller at an increasingly busy airport. In complete control of the airspace, direct aircraft to their appropriate landing zones while avoiding collisions. Travel to airports set among green fields, a beachside resort, the Australian Outback, a winter wonderland and even an aircraft carrier. Learn how to land 10 different kinds of aircraft, including jets, seaplanes and helicopters. To direct aircraft, simply touch and drag them to their landing zones with the stylus without letting them collide. Sounds easy? You'll need smart strategy, keen eyes and a smooth touch to keep the chaos under control. You can even work alongside a friend in cooperative multiplayer mode, and guard the airways together. Flight Control only takes a minute to learn – just don't expect to put it down as quickly as you'll pick it up.

Faceez
Publisher: Neko Entertainment - Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: Make your friends laugh with Faceez. Take pictures of their faces with the Nintendo DSi Camera and then mix them and animate them. Dress them up with lots of funny accessories. Place them in your own favorite settings. Give free reign to your imagination with millions of possible combinations. Thanks to the Nintendo DSi system's connectivity with Facebook, you can share your creations with your friends, who'll be rolling on the floor laughing. Photograph, disguise, decorate, animate and send ... FACEEZ.

Flipper
Publisher: Xform - Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points

Description: The hero of the game is a courageous young boy. You must lead him through various worlds full of obstacles to retrieve his stolen goldfish called Flipper. Get ready for a 3-D puzzle platform game set in four different worlds with five levels each. The game features beautiful pixel-art backdrops, cheerful cartoon characters and catchy music. The voxel engine technology allows you to change the environment with some cool power-ups. You can pick up power-ups that let you blast holes in the environment while other power-ups restore it or build platforms. It's up to you to use the limited amount of power-ups wisely to complete each level. Flipper is a fun and challenging puzzle game that is suited for all ages.

Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo DSi™ Shop and the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mondays.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

NAMCO BANDAI GAMES ANNOUNCES DRAGON BALL®: ORIGINS 2 EXCLUSIVELY FOR NINTENDO DSTM

Comic Mischief and Adventure Await as Next Handheld Chapter of Popular Anime Series Unfolds with New Features, Several Playable Characters and Co-op Gameplay

SANTA CLARA, Calif., (Feb. 18, 2010) – Leading video game publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., announced today that Dragon Ball®: Origins 2 exclusively for Nintendo DS™ will be available in North America this summer. A follow-up to the original Dragon Ball: Origins for DS, Dragon Ball: Origins 2 continues the story of series hero Goku’s early years as he and his friends search the world for the seven enchanted Dragon Balls. The new action-adventure game includes an array of features including the ability to play as different characters along the way and the option to team up with a friend for co-op multiplayer challenges.

In Dragon Ball: Origins 2, players battle through the Red Ribbon Army saga covering Goku’s first encounters with the nefarious Red Ribbon Army up to the resurrection of Upa’s father, a member of the native tribe who serve as the guardians of the mystical Korin Tower. Players have the chance to play not only as Goku, but also the added variety of familiar faces he encounters as the journey progresses including Krillin, Bulma, Yamcha and more, each with their own abilities and power-ups. The whimsical and beloved graphical style of the series comes to life as animated cut-scenes unfold the story.

A challenging mix of action and exploration awaits, as Goku and friends must use a wide range of skills to solve puzzles, find treasure chests, and defeat armies of baddies. A situation-based camera adapts with the changing gameplay to bring players closer to the action. An overhead view allows players a broad perspective as they jump, swing and charge through forests, underwater areas and more. Meanwhile, key boss battles switch to side-view to emphasize the signature fighting style of the Dragon Ball series. With support for both stylus and button input options, players are free to choose their preferred control style.

In addition to an exciting single-player mode, two players can join up for satisfying co-op multiplayer challenges via a wireless local connection. By playing the single-player adventure, special multiplayer stages including challenging boss fights unlock and become available. Players are also able to carry over their saved character from the single-player mode as they battle alongside friends in co-op mode.

Dragon Ball: Origins 2 for Nintendo DS™ will be available in summer 2010. For more information about the game, please visit
www.namcobandaigames.com or http://dragonball.namco.com.

To join the official fan community, please visit
http://www.gokuscorner.com.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Trauma Team Walkthrough: Forensics



Forensics: "The study of evidence discovered at a crime scene and used in a court of law. Forensic science is any science used for the purposes of the law, and therefore provides impartial scientific evidence for use in the courts of law, and in a criminal investigation and trial."

"In a typical criminal investigation crime-scene investigators, sometimes known as scene-of-crime officers, will gather material evidence from the crime scene, victim and/or suspect. Forensic scientists will examine these materials to provide scientific evidence to assist in the investigation and court proceedings, and thus work closely with the police."

Search for clues and use logic and reason to solve the mysteries behind victims' deaths in the Forensics mode. Then, don't forget to check out the other 5 specialties in the biggest and best medical game yet, Trauma Team!

What's your specialty?

Available May 18, 2010.

For more information, visit: http://www.atlus.com/traumateam

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

NEW FEATURE:
SONY AND THE 3D REVOLUTION


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You say you want a revolution? Well here it is...

After the massive success of James Cameron's Avatar 3D technology is ready to invade the entertainment industry. Sony is poised to lead the revolution in this exciting new visual experience with an arsenal of incredible new 3D technology. Read on and discover what's in store for PlayStation 3 owners everywhere. Also learn how James Cameron will bring the true Avatar experience home to your living room...

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

E3 2010 Exhibitor List Revealed

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The exhibitor list for the 2010 E3 expo has now been posted online. The list is filled with over 120 developers, publishers, and other industry related exhibitors. The list contains the biggest names in the video game industry. E3 2010 is promising to be a massive show. Inside sources expect major announcements from all the big 3 players, including Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony. It appears the entire video game industry will be on hand to witness this historic event.

Last year the 2009 E3 Expo gave the industry a much needed shot in the arm during a period of major economic uncertainty. The hype generated by the show was an engine that drove video game sales for months after the event.  This once again proves how important the E3 Expo is to the survival of the video game industry. With a healthy roster of major exhibitors the 2010 show will continue to develop the industry in many positive ways. It will foster artistic development, create valuable business relationships, and encourage the growth of the video game media.

Be sure to check out the list online.

http://www.e3expo.com/exhibitors/92/exhibitor-list/

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Monday, February 15, 2010

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Coming Soon to a Galaxy Near You...


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Monday, February 15, 2010

SHIREN THE WANDERER FOR Wii WANDERS INTO STORES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA

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So please wander out and add a copy to your inventory today!

IRVINE, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 16, 2010 - Atlus U.S.A., Inc. today announced that Shiren the Wanderer™ for Wii™, the new entry in the long heralded Shiren series, is now available in retailers across North America. This new chapter in the legendary franchise stands as one of the most addictive, highly rewarding, and endlessly replayable games available on the platform, not to mention the most accessible Shiren game yet.

With more emphasis on story than practically any other game of its type, Shiren the Wanderer also stands as one of the more captivating narrative-driven roleplaying games in recent memory. A wealth of authentic Japanese history and mythology, an assortment of mystical beasts to encounter and defeat, a cast of colorful characters to interact with, and novel time-travel elements all translate into an epic adventure for Wii owners. Those who complete the game will be treated to post-game content that offers significantly more gameplay and increased challenge, making Shiren the Wanderer a great value as well!

Shiren the Wanderer for Wii is now available in stores across North America!

About Shiren the Wanderer:

For a thousand years, a princess has slept inside the Karakuri Mansion. When Shiren's former master bestows upon him the Karakuri key, he quickly finds himself entangled in a millennium-old mystery, wandering through past and present to unravel the story of the girl and vanquish an ancient, lurking evil...

Key Features
  • Epic adventure in feudal Japan - As the wandering samurai Shiren, you will explore a vision of historic Japan that is beautiful and vibrant. An epic story that begins 1000 years prior takes you through villages and dungeons and places you alongside figures straight out of Japanese mythology.
  • Variable challenge - A brand new easy mode lets even newcomers to the genre find a foothold while experienced players will find a more rigorous challenge in Normal mode. Post-game activities will test the most advanced gamer with additional quests, super dungeons, a tournament, and the "ultimate challenge"-the Millennium Dungeon, a pain-staking 1,000 floor dungeon crawl.
  • Challenging depth and strategy - Control your time in the dungeons down to the details. Choose direct control over your party members or take advantage of the excellent AI that lets you specify attitude and tendency. Power up equipment through the new Dragon Orb system, and imbue them with special abilities via more than 100 Seals. New Spells allow targeted casting of effects on enemies.
Shiren the Wanderer has been rated "T" for Teen with Alcohol Reference, Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Language, and Mild Suggestive Themes by the ESRB.

For more information, visit http://www.atlus.com.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Sony Online Entertainment spreads the love this Valentine’s Day!
In game celebrations planned for several popular titles...

EverQuest

EverQuest players can join in the love party this weekend with free Shots of Love (in-game item, non-tradeable) from the Marketplace. Increased rare spawns will begin at 10:00 AM PST Friday, February 12 and continue until 11:59 PM PST Monday, February 15. Players can pick up their Shots of Love between Friday February 12 and Wednesday February 17th! For those who want to tie the know EverQuest style, discounted wedding packs are available in the Marketplace for a limited time.

EverQuest II

Erollisi Day, Norrath's celebration of love and passion returns to EverQuest II this year with plenty of activities for players looking for romance. This year the light-hearted holiday festival includes new themed quests including “Shot through the heart” and “What’s love got to do with it”, and the returning favorites, “Love Lines” and “Find ’em a Find, Catch ’em a Catch”.  During this holiday players also have a chance of finding love notes or message candies when they kill mobs all across Norrath. This love loot is used in holiday tradeskill recipes and can be exchanged for Erollisi coin, the holiday currency that several Erollisi merchants require for purchase. Also, there are new themed items for crafting, new items for purchase from holiday merchants and more, all available through Tuesday Feb. 16. For more information, visit www.eq2players.com.

Free Realms

This month, Free Realms is celebrating the Festival of Hearts, a special month-long event that celebrates love, friendship and kindness. All players will be able to participate in themed events, daily social activities and storyline quests that incorporate traditional items and rewards which embody the holiday: hearts, candies, forget-me-not cards, flowers, love potions and more. Heart Breakers are invited too, as even the Stone Hearted can participate in the world events that ensue. New Hippo, Tiger, Beetle, Groundhog and Owl pets will also be available in the Marketplace.

Legends of Norrath

The goddess of love wants players to spread her message all throughout Norrath and then engage her in a poetry contest. February 12th through March 9th, play the 'Spread the Word' scenario to win a Book of Love (8P28) promo card and either an Unscribed Glyph (8EQP4) or Draught of the Brilliant (8EQIIP4) loot card.

Star Wars Galaxies

The sounds of celebrating Ewoks fill the air! Join them once again in Tyrena on Corellia, Kaadara on Naboo and the Southern Ewok Village on Endor and earn some sweet new rewards while munching on Camby Berries and celebrating around the Chocolate Fountains. Players can complete special activities to earn Chak Hearts, and trade them in for exclusive new Ewok Festival of Love* rewards such as:

  • A new Ewok Festival of Love painting
  • A new bouquet of flowers
  • A wearable halo
  • Three new sets of wearable wings in pink, blue and gold
  • Three new badges. Earn the new titles Ambassador of the Festival of Love, Follower of Kyoopid or The Love Broker  

The Ewok Festival of Love is happening now! Spread the love and join in the fun until the celebration ends on March 2, 2010.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

New Valentine’s Day Content Added To Dungeon Fighter Online

Dungeon Fighter Online is calling on all Dungeon Fighters to save Valentine’s Day in the Land of Arad. Monsters have run off with all of the Valentine gifts prepared by Seria and it’s up to all of the Dungeon Fighters to return them to her.

The Dungeons of Love quest sends Dungeon Fighters into battle and those who acquire 20 Valentine’s Day Boxes can return them to Seria for special Valentine’s Day loot. These items include Dark Ganache and Cherry Cordial, which offer restorative power and temporarily increase players’ strength or intelligence. Players will also secure an Event Megaphone, which sends a message to all players in your current server. This temporary item will be available for 14 days after obtaining it.

Players can also take part in a repeatable quest which offers one Dark Ganache or one Cherry Cordial for 10 Valentine’s Gift Boxes.

Two new megaphones are also available in the Item Shop. The Megaphone sends a message to all players in the current channel while the Echo Megaphone sends a message to all players in the current server.

Players will also have the chance to purchase new Advanced Avatar sets, which bring out the animal in Dungeon Fighters. Each class has the opportunity to purchase a wild animal costume. Slayers can become bears. Fighters can dress up as foxes. Gunners become giraffes. Mages dress up as cats and Priests suit up as a lions.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Cheap Wii Accessories Flood into Big Lots Stores

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Recently Big Lots stores across the country have been receiving massive shipments of inexpensive Wii accessories and peripherals. This includes controller add-ons, like the ones you see pictured above, nunchuck controllers, and Wii Balance Board Accessories. We decided to hit the streets to see what we could find. After checking stores in both California and NY we discovered a ton of different merchandise. As you can see from the picture above, we came back with quite a haul.  Most items range in price from $5 to $10, with a few larger items in the $15 to $20 range. Almost all the items you see are compatible with Nintendo's Wii Motion+ Accessory.

It should be noted that we found different quantities and a varied selection of items at each Big Lots store. As always, your personal experience may vary. We were also informed that stores are still receiving new product shipments every week. Be sure to check back often just in case you don't find what you're looking for.

Pictured Above:

Baseball Bat (Safe/Foam Version, Not Pictured: Standard Plastic Version)
Golf Club
Magnum Gun
Tennis Racket (Safe/Foam Version, Not Pictured: Standard Plastic Version)
Wii Sports Resort: Bow and Arrow Set
Wii Sports Resort: Frisbee
Wii Sports Resort: Jet Ski Handlebar Set
Wii Sports Resort: Paddle (Boat Oar)

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Here's something that might be of interest to collectors. We found this item at the Big Lots Store in Troy, NY. Its the Resident Evil Shot Blaster. Not only is this gun a neat collectors item but it also functions very well. Its a surprisingly tight little gun controller that works extremely well with Capcom's two Resident Evil light gun games. The package includes a Thumb Stick Cap and a Wii Controller Skin. This is one item we don't expect to last very long. The price is $15.

Here is a list of every item we found in all the various stores on our journey. As you can see, there is an enourmous selection of unique and interesting products.

Wii Accessories:

3-in-1 Wii Shotgun (Pistol Grip, Rifle, Scoped)
3-in-1 Sports Kit (Tennis Racket, Baseball Bat, Golf Club)
Biggest Loser Dumbell Set
Biggest Loser Fitness Cord
Biggest Loser Jump Rope
Biggest Loser Wrist and Ankle Weight Set
Controller Charge Pack (2 Rechargable Wii Controller Packs w/ Docking Station)
Fishing Pole Kit
Gladiator Kit (2 Swords and Shield)
Ping Pong Paddle Set (Red & Blue)
Shotgun Controller Shell (Version 2: Duck Hunting Style)
Steering Wheel
Wii Balance Board Charge Pack (USB Powered Rechargable Battery)
Wii Balance Board Aerobics Step Platoform  
Wii Bowling Ball Shell (By CTA Digital. See It In Action HERE.)
Wii Boxing Gloves
Wii Fitness Mat
Wii Controller and Nunchuck Skins (Rubber, Assorted Colors)
Wii Sharp Shooter Gun Shell (Different from Magnum Version, Much Larger)
Wii Skateboard Accessories (for use with Wii Balance Board)
Wii Sports Resort Accessory Set: Jetski, Frisbee, Red & Blue Swords
Wii Sports Resort: Basketball Shell

Wii Controllers:

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Nunchuck Accessory (iConcepts "Wii-Li Controller") $10
Wireless Wii/GameCube Shockwave Controller $20*
(*editors note: this item may be of interest to those looking for a good wavebird clone.)

Overall we had a lot of fun with all of our new Wii accessories. The Magnum Gun is surprisingly good. Its also half the price of Nyko's popular "Perfect Shot." The Tennis Rackets were very fun. Although you need to play in a large room otherwise you're in for trouble. Still the effect is solid and it really adds to the fantasy / immersion of playing Wii sports.  The Boat Paddles were also a big hit with our friends and family. 

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

The AbleGamers Foundation and StrictlyTeenzUSA Partner to Establish Accessible Internet Lab and Gaming Center

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Harpers Ferry, WV – The AbleGamers Foundation, Inc.  a nonprofit dedicated to bring accessibility to the digital entertainment space is proud to announce that it has been asked to partner with StrictlyTeenzUSA Flossmoor, Illinois to help them establish a fully accessible youth internet lab and cyber gaming center at their state of the art community center serving the youth of the Southland’s area of Chicago.

“We won’t succeed by forcing ourselves to do things that we truly don’t enjoy and will never be good at.” Says Alesia Young, CEO of StrictlyTeenzUSA,  “We know where we stand and what value we can offer. By getting people around us who complement our skills, we will be able to achieve our goals and have a lot more fun along the way, and that is why we sought out the AbleGamers team.” Shawnta Young, President of StrictlyTeenzUSA adds, “with the help of AbleGamers, our facility can grow in the right directions for gaming accessibility. Their knowledge and expertise will provide us with the materials needed to make our HUBs successful for all teens in the Southland’s area”

The AbleGamers Foundation will be participating in getting the right equipment in place so that the StrictlyTeenzUSA team can support everyone who turns to them, including the disabled population. Mark Barlet, President of AbleGamers says, “I think the dedication that the StrictlyTeenzUSA team has shown to support all youth in the area, no matter their ability means a lot to what AbleGamers stands for.” He adds, “Nothing makes a wheelchair or other disability vanish like a group of kids sharing in the fun of a video game.”

About The AbleGamers Foundation

The AbleGamers Foundation is a public charity that runs AbleGamers.com provide news, reviews, and advice on disabled technology and the accessibility of mainstream video game titles.  As an alternative to Serious Gaming, mainstream video games supply many disabled individuals and veterans with rehabilitation as well as social stimulation in situations where they may be otherwise shut out of society's idea of normal everyday life.

About StrictlyTeenzUSA

StrictlyTeenzUSA is a subsidiary of Deshlay Inc, a nonprofit organization that provides educational youth development through the virtual world of entertainment. Our mission is to provide the entire community, in particular, the teenagers with lifelong experiences and not a temporary fix. The only way to truly encourage meaningful change is to break away from simplistic outlooks and to pay attention to deeper core issues.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

New User Interface Enhances Gaming Experience In Combat Arms

Combat Arms will unveil an updated user interface in its planned content update, which is scheduled for Wednesday. The popular multiplayer online first-person shooter launched in Fall 2008 and has added multiple maps, game modes and dozens of new weapons and items. These updates help Combat Arms continue to offer the three-million-plus registered soldiers a great free-to-play gaming experience.

To help gamers enjoy a more streamlined experience, Nexon America has refreshed the user interface to accommodate the growing inventory and options. This new UI is designed to support the hundreds of weapons, gear, mercenaries and additional items offered in Combat Arms.

Three primary points of emphasis in this update is its new, modern look, an improved Shop experience and enhancements to the weapon modification page.

The new look offers a more modern and industrial look to the various loading, shop, modification and prep pages in Combat Arms. Players will notice the new look and several additions made to increase usability in the shop, including the following:

  • Search Function: Now it will be easier than ever to find your favorite weapon and quickly re-outfit between matches.
  • New item categorization: Find and filter items in a snap. Want to just see Shotguns? No problem.
  • Multiple sorting options:  Players will now have the option to sort by Name, Type, Price, or Rank.
  • Easier navigation: The new top of the page tab navigation makes it easier than ever to get where you want to go.
  • All items in one place: Now all weapons and items are present in one integrated shop.  No need to switch back and forth between the GP Shop and the Black Market in order to see the entire arsenal of weapons available in Combat Arms.
  • Chat window added in the shop: Now, players can stay connected to the conversation while outfitting for the next match.
  • More items displayed per page and easier scrolling: There’s no more clicking through pages and pages of items.  Scroll through our hundreds of items with ease.
Players will also have an easier time modifying weapons with these several additions:
  • A listing of weapons in the player’s inventory:  This makes it much easier to see at a glance all the weapons and the types of modifications offered for each individual weapon.
  • Chat window added: Don’t miss out on lobby conversations while personalizing your weapons.
  • At-a-glance listings: This makes things easier for you to check both your modifications inventory and the modification shop.
  • More items displayed per page with easy scrolling; No more clicking through pages and pages of items to find what you need.
Combat Arms is always available to play for free and download at http://combatarms.nexon.net. To see the game in action, check out videos at YouTube and join the ranks on Facebook.

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Combat Arms Update Offers New Game Mode, “Last Man Standing”


Nexon America uploaded its latest update today to the popular multiplayer online first-person shooter, Combat Arms, offering a new game mode, “Last Man Standing,” new weapons, new gear, a new user interface and a redesigned version of Quarantine Mode. Nexon has released a gameplay video of Last Man Standing to highlight the action and intensity of this exciting feature.

Combat Arms is free to download and free to play.

Players who want to show off their combat skills will quickly engage into “Last Man Standing,” which leaves every soldier on their own. Last Man Standing is available on 14 different maps and up to 16 soldiers can compete in games of three, five, seven or nine rounds. Each round begins with all players trying to remain the last standing and end when there is one soldier remaining.

Players will also enjoy a redesigned version of Quarantine Mode, which first delivered zombies to Combat Arms. In Quarantine Mode: Regen, infected players begin with fewer hit points with which to survive but the Infected can recover hit points by remaining stationary for three seconds. The number of Host Infections (those who start a match infected) has been adjusted so the battle between Humans and the Infected will truly be a fight to remember.

Soldiers can acquire some great new gear and weapons as well. The new M39 EMR Desert sniper rifle is delivered just in time of Sniper Month while the Tanker Vest offers style and protection. Both of these new NX items are joined by a new Specialist Item, the First Aid Kit. Specialists can heal their entire team with this item. Both the First Aid Kit and the M39 EMR are also available through Gear Points.

Combat Arms also features a new user interface, offering a more modern and industrial look, as well as some excellent new features which will enhance the experience for players.

Soldiers can always join the ranks at Facebook and watch Combat Arms videos at YouTube.

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Trauma Team Walkthrough: Orthopedics




Orthopedics: "The branch of medicine that deals with the prevention or correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments."

Whether you're driving pins into a fractured femur or carving a segment of artificial bone, orthopedics requires the most delicate touch and the most precise movement. Drill down into orthopedic surgery, and then be sure to look into the other 5 medical gameplay modes!

What's your specialty?

Available May 18, 2010.

For more information, visit:
http://www.atlus.com/traumateam 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Gearbox Software Announces New Borderlands DLC:
"The Secret Army of General Knoxx"
 
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Gearbox software has announced the third installment of Borderlands DLC. The new chapter is titled "The Secret Army of General Knoxx." Although details are scarce, we do know the new content is the largest Borderlands DLC yet, as we mentioned in an earlier report. We also know the new DLC will raise the player level cap. This particular item has been a frequent request from passionate fans of the Borderlands franchise. Both items were confirmed by a Gearbox Software employee speaking on the company's official forums. "General Knoxx" will also include new guns and vehicles. Just when you thought you were done raiding the Planet of Pandora, Gearbox Software pulls you back in with a massive new update. Its no wonder hardcore fans of the series have referred to it as "the game of forever." Meaning you can play it, forever... We eagerly await any further news. We'll be sure to keep you posted. More as this story develops...
 
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Monday, February 1, 2010

NEW FEATURE:
HOLLYWOOD VS VIDEO GAMES


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Remember when Disney launched the abysmal feature film adaptation of Nintendo’s hugely successful Super Mario Bothers game? Or does anyone own the two Mortal Kombat films? And what about the epic works of Uwe Boll? It’s safe to say that film adaptations of video games haven’t exactly been great. So what is it, is Hollywood just unable to translate cool games to the screen? Or are inept filmmakers the real cause of the problem?

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