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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

3D Dot Game Heroes:
"Natural Sword Enhancement"



Do you find yourself coming up short as the savior of Dotnia?? Stop by the Blacksmith!!!

Retro chic meets modern sleek in this, the ultimate love letter to retro gamers. Seamlessly fusing new and old, the golden era of gaming is felt in every detail of this lovingly-crafted adventure. An evil demon has captured the 6 wise men and 6 orbs that protected the kingdom of Dotnia, which now stands on the verge of destruction. Freely explore the vast world, fight off monsters, and puzzle your way through many dungeons to restore peace to the kingdom. Eye-popping visuals capture the nostalgic charm of pixel graphics in cutting edge 3D.

Available May 2010.

For more information, visit:
www.3DDotGameHeroes.com

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

NEWS FROM THE ESA:
VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY CLOSES OUT 2009 ON A HIGH NOTE

Computer and video game hardware and software proved to be popular holiday gifts last year, resulting in December 2009 sales of $5.29 billion. This was the industry’s highest volume of sales for any single month and an increase of four percent over December 2008. By comparison, just over a decade ago in 1997, the computer and video game industry generated $5.1 billion in sales over the entire year.

"December sales broke all industry records and underscore the incredible value consumers find in computer and video games even in a down economy," said Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association, the trade group that represents U.S. computer and video game publishers. "This is a very strong way to transition into 2010. I anticipate these solid sales numbers to continue upward through 2010 with a pipeline full of highly anticipated titles."

The slate of upcoming titles to be released in the first quarter of 2010 provides reason for optimism. Electronic Arts’ Mass Effect 2 and Dante's Inferno, 2K Games’ BioShock 2, Ubisoft’s Splinter Cell: Conviction, Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIII and Sony Computer Entertainment America’s God of War III are just a sampling of the expected blockbusters set to hit store shelves in the coming months.

For more information on this and another important industry related stories please visit the official site of the ESA

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Monday, February 8, 2010

BLASTER MASTER™ OVERDRIVE HEADED TO WIIWARE THIS MONDAY

Redding, CA – February 6, 2010 – SUNSOFT has today announced that BLASTER MASTER™:OVERDRIVE will be available in North America on February 8th for WiiWare.

BLASTER MASTER™:OVERDRIVE is an action-shooting game that takes place on an Earth infected by an aggressive, polymorphic virus. Poor, defenseless animals worldwide infected by the virus have been turned into flesh-eating, hemoglobin-swilling terrors. Fortunately, the world has Alex. And, even more coincidentally, he happens to be one of the world’s foremost biologists - specializing in viral mutation profiles and genetic manipulation.

Every studious biologist facing imminent global annihilation needs a sweet ride, and Alex is no exception. He has S.O.P.H.I.A., a shape-shifting, gas-guzzling, projectile-spewing paean to destruction on four wheels. Things look grim, but with Alex and S.O.P.H.I.A. on the case, the world just may have a chance.

Gameplay in BLASTER MASTER™:OVERDRIVE retains the critically acclaimed format of the original NES BLASTER MASTER™, alternating between side-scrolling platforming in S.O.P.H.I.A. and overhead-perspective blasting and exploration when controlling Alex. Upgrades for S.O.P.H.I.A. must be collected to access progressively more challenging terrain and a total of eight distinct areas. Each area features a mutant boss that must be defeated to progress.

The sublime blend of side-scrolling shooting/platforming mixed with overhead perspective action/shooting areas is just as addictive now as it was in the original game. The game is rated E10 for Mild Fantasy Violence and can be purchased from the Wii Store online for 1000 Wii points beginning February 8th, 2010.

As with the BLASTER MASTER NES Virtual Console release, fans are encouraged to improve their skills completing this game so they can compete and win in a coming promotion that will test their skill for collectible prizes.

Information about the rating for this game can be obtained at www.ESRB.org.

“BLASTER MASTER” is a trademark of SUNSOFT © 2010 SUNSOFT

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