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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

“Halo: Reach” Noble Map Pack Launches on Xbox LIVE Today
Noble Map Pack launches today.
LONDON - 30 November 2010 – Lock and load, Spartans! The fight for humanity expands to new warfronts today with the launch of the first map pack for the critically acclaimed blockbuster, “Halo: Reach.”

Available today on Xbox LIVE and at select retailers for 800 Microsoft Points, the Noble Map Pack introduces seven new Achievements worth a total of 250 Gamerscore and adds three explosive new environments to the online multiplayer battlefield:
  • Tempest – “Though we may never fully understand these devices, it is not our nature to leave ancient stones unturned.” This abandoned shoreline facility bends both sea and sky to an unnatural purpose, but the ground itself has quickly become another all too familiar battlefield. Though the two opposing symmetrical bases may never reveal their ancient purpose, both now offer makeshift shelter and access to strategic routes perfectly suited for small and large scale skirmishes alike. Tempest supports 8 – 16 players and offers a variety of modes including Free for All, Team Slayer, Team Objective and Big Team Battle. Tempest also provides players with a huge Forge palette, allowing them to create new custom map variants that can be shared with the community-at-large.
  • Anchor 9 – “Orbital dockyards provide rapid refueling and repairs for a variety of UNSC vessels.” Within the confines of this low orbit dry-dock, UNSC craft undergo rapid repair and rearmament in support of the enduring war effort. But for the small squads of infantry who now fight over the mirrored interior hallways and open central hangar bay, this platform no longer provides any safe harbour – whether the close quarters combat is occurring inside or out of its artificial gravitational field. Anchor 9 allows 2-8 players to face off in game variants including Free for All, Team Slayer and Team Objective.

  • Breakpoint – “ONI officials believe the data buried within this artifact is key to our survival.” Atop this icy precipice, the Invasion continues. These modular archaeological labs were never intended to withstand such a large scale onslaught of Covenant military power, but the information being extracted here may prove vital to humanity’s survival. In response to the imminent Covenant threat, UNSC ground and air assets have been deployed to bolster entrenched Spartan countermeasures. This dig site must yield salvation, or it will become a grave. Breakpoint offers multiplayer mayhem for 8-16 players, and supports the Invasion and Big Team Battle game variants.

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Monday, November 29, 2010

CONSUMERS SNAP UP 1.5 MILLION NINTENDO VIDEO GAME SYSTEMS DURING BLACK FRIDAY WEEK

Value-Minded Shoppers Purchase 900,000 Nintendo DS and 600,000 Wii Systems

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 29, 2010 – When confronted with a wide range of Black Friday retail options, U.S. holiday shoppers again turned to Nintendo. Nintendo sold 900,000 combined units in the Nintendo DS™ family of systems and 600,000 Wii™ consoles between Sunday, Nov. 21, and Saturday, Nov. 27, according to the company's internal sales estimates.

“U.S. shoppers bought about 9,000 Nintendo hardware systems nonstop for every hour of every day during the week of Black Friday,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “For the past several years, consumers have decided that Nintendo defined both top value and all-inclusive entertainment, and that sentiment continues again at the start of this shopping season.”

Nintendo's Black Friday surge was fueled by multiple new hardware colors, each of which comes bundled with games. The bundles provide a great value for shoppers who are looking to get the biggest bang for their video game bucks. These bundles, all of which are available while supplies last, include:

  • Limited-edition Mario red Wii hardware in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros.™ game on the NES™. It includes a new red Wii system, a red Wii Remote™ Plus controller, a red Nunchuk™ controller, and games New Super Mario Bros.™ Wii and Wii Sports™ at a suggested retail price of $199.99.

  • A limited-edition red Nintendo DSi XL™ bundle in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. game on the NES. It features a Mario red Nintendo DSi XL system with three iconic Super Mario Bros.-themed graphics, the Mario Kart™ DS game and preloaded software, including Brain Age™ Express: Arts & Letters, Brain Age Express: Math and Photo Clock. It is available at a suggested retail price of $179.99.

  • Orange and green Nintendo DSi™ systems, which are bundled with the Mario Party™ DS game. They are available at a suggested retail price of $149.99.

In addition to the great hardware bundles, shoppers have dozens of great video game options for everyone on their shopping lists. Some exclusive games for the Wii console include Super Mario Galaxy™ 2, Metroid™: Other M, Wii Party™, Kirby's Epic Yarn™, PokéPark™ Wii: Pikachu's Adventure, FlingSmash™ (which comes bundled with the new Wii Remote Plus) and Donkey Kong Country™ Returns. Third-party Wii games include New Carnival Games® from 2K Play, NBA JAM from EA Sports, Just Dance® 2 from Ubisoft, Sonic Colors™ from SEGA, GoldenEye 007™ from Activision Publishing Inc. and Disney Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios.

On the portable Nintendo DS family of systems, shoppers can choose games like DRAGON QUEST® IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies™, Professor Layton and the Unwound Future™, Pokémon Ranger™: Guardian Signs, Art Academy™, Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Mini-Land Mayhem! and Golden Sun™: Dark Dawn. Some key third-party Nintendo DS games include Super Scribblenauts™ from WB Games, Rock Band® 3 from MTV Games, GoldenEye 007 from Activision Publishing Inc. and Sonic Colors from SEGA.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.5 billion video games and more than 577 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at
http://www.nintendo.com.


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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Splatterhouse Launch Trailer - Xbox 360 + PS3


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Friday, November 26, 2010

Take control and Move this holiday with PlayStation®3

From dance steps to back street brawling, there's already a huge line-up of games for the motion-sensitive PlayStation®Move motion controller - which one will move your world?

London, 26th November: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have a move for everybody this holiday season with the PlayStation®Move motion controller for PlayStation®3 (PS3TM). The new controller blends motion control with augmented reality, turning your every move into an action on screen - and turning PS3 into the ultimate gaming system for you and your friends. There's now a stellar line-up of immersive, intuitive and action-packed titles in stores for this new star of gaming - with even more experiences in the pipeline. Whether you fancy a dance to MC Hammer, unleashing a hammer-fist to an opponent's head, cocking the hammer of your Time Crisis pistol... or simply hammering a few nails in a televised DIY extravaganza, PlayStation Move is the tool that lets you do it with accuracy. Here's what to look out for in stores this holiday.

SingStar®Dance (Out Now)

You love to sing the hottest tracks - now, it's time to dance them. Prepare to throw shapes with PlayStation Move as your dance partner, mirroring the choreography you see on the screen as you sing along to three decades' worth of hits from the likes of Blondie and Sir Mix A Lot to Lady Gaga and Soulja Boy. Play as a solo star or throw an on-screen performance party with up to three friends: just choose your track, grab a PlayStation Move motion controller and add a SingStar mic, then follow the lead of the on-screen dancer - if you can. As with the singing, it's a case of the better you dance, the better you score - so it's double the challenge and double the fun.

Sackboy's Prehistoric MovesTM (December 2010)

Travel to the dawn of time with Sackboy and your friends for this very special version of the world's most creative videogame. It's multiplayer only, which means you'll be teaming up with at least one pal to bounce, swing and grapple your way through a prehistoric Craftworld where anything can happen. One of you wields PlayStation Move motion controller to grab and control switches and levers, while up to four more get to join in with DUALSHOCK®3/SIXAXIS wireless controllers to navigate the team across a bubbling volcano, through a Neolithic city and through the very insides of a Tyrannosaurus. This downloadable game has ten levels with new skills to learn, trophies to win, dinosaur heads to jump around on and even the occasional Pterodactyl to toss before the final showdown with the Evil Big Rex - a dinosaur so large, foul-tempered and downright rotten it'll take all your creativity to defeat it.

Heavy RainTM Move Edition (Out Now)

When you combine complete freedom of motion with the knowledge that your smallest move could have dramatic consequences, you get a gaming experience like no other. A killer is on the loose in a grimy, rain-soaked town, and it's down to you to find him before time runs out for his latest victim. Heavy Rain had the critics raving for the immersive, emotional journey that it takes players on; now, you'll get to be even more involved as you employ your every move to battle hoodlums, explore dingy and dangerous locations and look for the truth as the clock ticks away. Featuring a brand-new level - The Taxidermist - developed especially for PlayStation Move, Heavy Rain Move Edition is a blend of gaming, cinema and action where every decision you make has the power to shape events. Make your next move carefully!

TV SuperstarsTM (Out Now)

Work your way from Z-list nobody to A-list fame, fortune and a glittering TV career - all of it from the comfort of your own home, thanks to PlayStation Move. Let PlayStation®Eye capture your likeness, then embark on a whole season's worth of TV-inspired challenges for you, your friends and family to play together. Tackle cookery shows where PlayStation Move becomes your spatula, gameshows where you'll use it to fire paint cannons - even DIY shows where the controller becomes your hammer and saw.  The better you do, the more famous you'll get, which means more glamour, more endorsements and more prime-time appeal. After all of that, you'll be ready for a commercial break - but that doesn't mean letting up; instead, you get to record your own adverts with you and your friends as the stars.

The Shoot TM (Out Now)

Take aim and fire with PlayStation Move's special shooting attachment, a piece of kit that's so fun to use, you'll come to think of it as an extension of your wrist. The Shoot takes the arcade shooter format and transports it to a B-movie lot in the bygone days of Hollywood, where you're the star of the action. Draw a bead on a range of Wild West baddies, hulking robots, or 1950s aliens, with who or what is attacking you depending on which set you're on. Team up with a friend, or go head-to-head at blasting the opposition for points. Shoot fast and firm and you might even catch the eye of the Director - and earn a career as a bona fide action movie star.

Time CrisisTM: Razing StormTM (Out Now)

Duck, shoot, duck, shoot and check immaculate hairstyle - Time Crisis is back! The critically-acclaimed classic of an arcade shooter is now fully compatible with PlayStation Move. Dodge every bullet, duck every missile and blast enemies hard: your team is on the trail of a criminal warlord protected by a mercenary army and it's all down to you. Your PlayStation Move motion controller is capable of becoming a sniper rifle or a rocket launcher that can take down everything around you. Wage war alone in single player story mode, enlist a friend for two-player arcade mode, team up four-player split-screen action or go online for eight-player mayhem. The mission depends on you and your shooting - so more power to your trigger finger!

The FightTM (Out Now)

Grip your PlayStation Move motion controller in a clenched fist and prepare to get down and dirty in this multiplayer fighter with a difference. Instead of bashing buttons to batter your opponent, you'll find yourself on your feet, punching, slapping and occasionally headbutting the air in front of you as the PlayStation Eye turns your every move into damage on your opponent. Incredibly lifelike, with spectacular physics, this is (hopefully) the nearest you'll ever get to participating in a streetfight in a back alley, an abandoned car park or even an empty swimming pool. Practise your jabs, swings and uppercuts on your own before laying down your challenge to an opponent - but if you didn't practise enough and things aren't going your way, you can always slip in an accidental elbow to the chin. There's even in-game money to bet on the outcome of fights - are you ready for backstreet brawling at its dirtiest in The Fight?

And something exciting to look forward to for 2011:

PlayStation®Move HeroesTM (Early 2011)

Ever wondered who might win in a Ratchet vs. Clank battle? Now you can find out. Dive into a futuristic world of classic PlayStation® heroes to become any one of six all-time greats -Ratchet, Clank, Jak, Daxter, Sly Cooper or Bentley - then play with or against your pals in a series of high-action challenges with PlayStation Move as your weapon to swing, blast, and fling the occasional sheep from. Pit your weapons and powers against each other in multiplayer mayhem and find out whether a Groovitron trumps a fistful of Dark Eco - or team up as a squad of superheroes for a campaign against a motley crew of bad guys with dubious designs on the universe, collecting power-ups, gadgets and new weapons galore.

It's intuitive, it's immersive, and it gives you complete control over the games you play. PlayStation Move is changing the face of gaming - and it's time you picked one up. To find out more, visit www.eu.playstation.com - and check out the PlayStation Move events space in PlayStation®Home!

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Trials HD for 400 Points, 1 Day Only (Xbox 360)

Trials HD will be available on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for a mere 400 Microsoft Points, but only on Friday, November 26. Trials HD is normally priced at 1200 points.

The special deal is part of Microsoft's Xbox LIVE "Black Friday" special promotions. Also included the promotion is Big Pack, the first Trials HD DLC, which can be had for only 240 points this week. It is normally available for 400 points.

This means that over the next week, a thrifty gamer could acquire Trials HD for only 400 points, Big Pack for 240 points, and then next week scoop up Big Thrills for another 400 points - meaning they could get the complete game plus both DLCs for less than 1100 points in all!

"There is no excuse not to have Trials HD after this weekend," said Antti Ilvessuo, Creative Director of RedLynx. "Even if you don't like challenging, competitive motorcycle games packed with hundreds of hours of addicting gameplay, this weekend Trials HD will cost less than a beer and a codfish sandwich in Norway. How can you miss?"

Next for Trials HD

Big Thrills, the second DLC for Trials HD, is coming Wednesday, December 1 . It will feature 40 new tracks, including 10 special user created courses, new tournaments, and new achievements. The launch price is 400 Microsoft Points.

For more information on Trials HD, visit
redlynx.com. 

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Free Downloadable Content Now Available for DJ Hero® 2 and Guitar Hero®: Warriors of Rock Presented by Coca-Cola®


2010's Best Soundtrack in Entertainment Expands with Downloadable Mixes Featuring Hit Music from World's Hottest DJ and Producer, Tiesto My Chemical Romance Celebrates the Launch of Their New Album, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, by Bringing Four Tracks to the Guitar Hero Music Library

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 23, 2010: Starting today, and free for one week in the U.S. via redemption code while supplies last*, Activision Publishing Inc.'s (Nasdaq: ATVI)  DJ Hero ®  2 and  Guitar Hero ® : Warriors of Rock have joined with Coca-Cola to bring gamers exclusive downloadable content from world-renowned talents Tiesto and My Chemical Romance.

Budding beat chemists, singing sensations and their friends can expand their  DJ Hero 2 sets with three exclusive mixes featuring hit music from the world's hottest DJ and Producer with the Tiesto Mix Pack Presented by Coca-Cola.

Tiesto Mix Pack Presented by Coca-Cola:

  • "Traffic" Mixed With "Louder Than Boom"
  • "Feel It In My Bones" ft. Tegan & Sara
  • "Knock You Out" ft. Emily Haines Mixed With "Young Lions"

Axe shredding rockaholics, fearless frontmen, and beat laying drummers can help celebrate the recent launch of  Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,  the newest album from Reprise Records, My Chemical Romance, by jamming out to the four song My Chemical Romance Track Pack.  The track pack, which contains a track off their new album, will feature the following hit songs:

My Chemical Romance Track Pack:

  • "Bulletproof Heart"
  • "Helena"
  • "Teenagers"
  • "Welcome To The Black Parade"

The Tiesto Mix Pack Presented by Coca-Cola is available on Xbox LIVE® Marketplace for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®Store for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and as downloadable singles for Wii™ for free from November 23 through November 29.  The My Chemical Romance Track Pack is available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 for free fromNovember 23 through November 29. Gamers can obtain downloadable content redemption codes for both packs, while supplies last, through  www.mycoke.com/guitarhero and  www.mycokerewards.com.  For more information and details on redemption, please visit  www.djhero.com or  www.guitarhero.com.

Additionally, the My Chemical Romance Track Pack will be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 for 600 Microsoft Points, on the PlayStation®Store for PlayStation 3 system for $7.49 and for Wii for 750 Wii Points™.  All songs in the track pack will also be released as downloadable singles for Xbox 360 for 160 Microsoft Points, PlayStation 3 system for $1.99 and Wii for 200 Wii Points each. In addition to the in-game music store and Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360, Xbox 360 owners can expand their  Guitar Hero® music library using the  Guitar Hero VIP Pass Music Store, available exclusively on Xbox LIVE®.  For more information about  Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and its entire line-up of downloadable songs and disc imports, please visit  www.guitarhero.com.

Beginning November 30, the Tiesto Mix Pack Presented by Coca-Cola will be available on Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360 for 640 Microsoft Points, on the PlayStation®Store for the PlayStation 3 system for 7.99 and as downloadable singles for Wii for 300 Wii Points each. For information on how to connect your console and access  DJ Hero downloadable content, please visit: 

http://www.djhero.com/en-us/education/download

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

DRAW TOGETHER FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE PERFECT FAMILY GIFT

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THQ's uDraw GameTabletTM for WiiTM Blends Creativity and Technology Like Never Before

Agoura Hills, Calif. - November 23, 2010 - One of the hottest new gifts of the holiday season brings families together like no other, encouraging artistic expression, inspiring untapped creativity and setting the stage for family game nights that blend creativity with technology.

It's the new uDraw GameTablet from THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI), developed exclusively for the Wii™ system from Nintendo and now available at retailers nationwide.

Already among the top-selling Wii titles at online retailer Amazon.com, the uDraw GameTablet- which has a suggested retail price of $69.99, including the uDraw Studio™ game - has been praised by parenting publications, video game writers and holiday gift-guide experts for its innovation, versatility and fun.

"Nothing is more important than fostering creative expression and freedom, and uDraw makes it possible to explore your artistic side through your Wii video game console," said Martin Good, Executive Vice President of THQ's Kids, Family, Casual Games and Global Online Services. "Especially at the holidays, we all want to find affordable gifts that the entire family can enjoy together, which is exactly what the uDraw is designed to be."

For everyone from scribblers and doodlers to accomplished artists and families who want to enjoy a fast-paced game of Pictionary™ in an entirely new way, the uDraw GameTablet turns the TV screen into a virtual art studio.

THQ created the uDraw GameTablet with the entire family in mind. Designers incorporated such features as tilt and motion-sensing capabilities and a slightly oversized, pressure-sensitive stylus, housing them in a curved, easy-to-hold device that artists of any age can use.

The uDraw GameTablet with uDraw Studio provides an impressive array of artistic tools.  It offers a virtually unlimited color palette, variety of art canvases, and limitless possibilities - plus the ability to save artwork created on the device to an SD memory card, making it simple to print and share art with friends and family. 

The uDraw GameTablet sparks the imagination, but it's also designed for pure fun, with two new uDraw™ games for Wii that are separately available at retailers, Pictionary™ and Dood's Big Adventure™ (each with a suggested retail price of $29.99).

Pictionary™ brings a decidedly high-tech twist to the classic game of quick sketches and crazy guesses.  As this favorite board game celebrates its 25th anniversary, the uDraw GameTablet brings it to video game consoles for the first time in two decades and features completely new ways to play the game, plus a unique set of "Junior" clues - for more than 3,000 clues in all.

In Dood's Big Adventure, players use their uDraw GameTablet in exciting ways, including personalizing their own "Dood" avatar and many of the game's backgrounds, then helping Dood through an incredible journey by solving drawing-related challenges.

The uDraw GameTablet is now available at retailers nationwide with a suggested retail price of $69.99 - complete with the uDraw Studio, making it an ideal way for the family to draw together at the holidays.  Discover more about the uDraw GameTablet online at
http://www.WorldofUDraw.com or by visiting the World of uDraw Facebook page.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

CASTLEVANIA: LORDS OF SHADOW SHIPS ONE MILLION UNITS IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPE

First Castlevania on Xbox® 360 and PlayStation® 3 Brings Rich Storytelling and Innovative Gameplay to Massive Global Audience

El Segundo, Calif. - Nov. 22, 2010 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced that Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, now available for Xbox® 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, has shipped one million units in the United States and Europe. The latest Castlevania experience developed by Mercury Steam in association with Kojima Productions Studio has quickly become a fan favorite with rich storytelling, innovative gameplay, intricate graphics, and iconic voice acting by some of the world's most recognizable voice talents including Patrick Stewart, Robert Carlyle, Natasha McElhone and Jason Issacs. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is scheduled to be released in Japan this December.

"Castlevania has truly reinvented itself with its move to next gen platforms and we're extremely pleased at the positive response we've seen toward Castlevania: Lords of Shadow globally, mainly due to the dedicated fans who have supported the series for so long," said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "The remarkable sales achieved in such a short time are a true testament of the work and dedication that went into this project, and we're very grateful to have partnered with such fine talent in the rebirth of one of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.'s most successful franchises."

In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow players take on the role of Gabriel Belmont, voiced by Robert Carlyle, the hero of the game and part of the legendary Belmont clan from Castlevania lore. Gabriel is a member of the Brotherhood of Light, an elite group of holy knights who protect and defend the innocent against the supernatural. When his beloved wife was brutally murdered by the evil forces of darkness and her soul is trapped for eternity, she realizes the horrific truth of what is at stake and guides her husband to his destiny - and hopefully salvation for the world. Gabriel must track down the mysterious Lords of Shadow in order to unite the pieces of a relic called "The God Mask" that can purify the world and has the power to bring the dead back to life. Thus, Gabriel must travel through the destroyed world over snowy mountain ranges, gothic castles, and frozen wastelands in a devastated Southern Europe during the Middle Ages. Armed with the versatile Combat Cross™, Gabriel must defeat the evil tyrants in order to bring balance back to the world.

Along Gabriel's journey, gamers will traverse over 50 diverse and beautifully realized 3D stages, come up against over 45 enemies, and defeat adversaries that scale to the size of the complete environment with skill, power and timing. In total, the game boasts over 40 possible combo attacks that can be added to Gabriel's arsenal, as players must use secondary weapons like daggers and holy water and combine them with light and dark magic for a wealth of powerful attacks to unleash upon your foes. Castlevania: Lords of Shadow offers a wide range of puzzles with larger adversaries that require a specific means to exploit weaknesses, or object-related puzzles that will open doors or give access to previously unreachable areas. 

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow is rated "M" for mature by the ESRB and is now available for purchase at retailers nationwide for an MSRP of $59.99 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Free demos to download on both platforms are also available. For more information, please visit:
http://www.konami.com/downloads/

About Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.'s titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. can be found on the Web at
www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at http://www.konami.com.

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a registered trademark of KONAMI CORPORATION.

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

TWIN BLADES coming soon on Minis (PSP/PS3)

Bulkypix, Press Start Studio and Sanuk Games are happy to announce that the frantic shooter TWIN BLADES will be released soon on Sony’s Minis platform for PSP and PS3.

Help Sister Angelika defeat evil with some heavy zombie-killing action! Venture across multiple locations to purge the town of all its living-dead inhabitants. Refill your energy by slicing zombies with your mighty scythe, then unleash the destructive powers of your artillery!

Set in a medieval fantasy world where walking corpses, limbs torn apart and splatters of blood are all drawn in a superb manga style, TWIN BLADES has all it takes to please hardcore gamers seeking strong visual experiences. Its eclectic inspirations ranging from Japanese anime subculture to Italian adult movies are the hallmark of men of good taste.

“We’re very excited to bring TWIN BLADES to Playstation Minis” says Philippe Rapin, co-founder of Press Start Studio, “Sanuk Games has a proven track record of delivering quality ports and the Playstation ergonomics makes it a platform of choice for such an action-packed game.”

TWIN BLADES’ immersive storyline will take you through 10 breathtaking locations by day and night, where you will fight scores of zombies and epic bosses. With 6 weapons ranging from machine gun to explosive nukes, and 11 skills to buy and upgrade, you will purify the city of Jalombe from the seeds of corruption.

Previously released on various smartphones and on Xbox Live, TWIN BLADES was praised for setting a new visual quality standard for independent games. Levi Buchanan of ign.com called it a “fun zombie roaster with gorgeous artwork”, noting that “raking a scythe across a zombie boss is always good entertainment, really.”

The release date and price of TWIN BLADES on Playstation Minis will be announced shortly.

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Gamer Grub and Play N' Trade Team Up for Call of Duty: Black OPs Tournament

Lucky games can win up to $3,000!

Just a friendly reminder that we have teamed up with Play-N-Trade Video Games and are having a Call of Duty - Black Ops Tournament this Saturday. It’s an 8-man free for all, and there are CASH prizes, Chaa-Ching  !  Tournament details and entry information is below:

DATES:

Local Tournaments: Nov. 20th, 2010
National Tournaments: Dec. 4th, 2010

AND THE PRIZES ARE:
  • $3,000 Grand Prize
  • $750 2nd Place
  • $500 3rd Place
  • $250 4th Place

TO ENTER & RULES:

Visit:  
http://www.playntrade.com/black-ops/IntBlckOpsTourney.html

Call your local Play-N-Trade store to register: Play-N-Trade Store Locator

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

BETHESDA SOFTWORKS REVEALS DETAILS FOR FIRST FALLOUT®: NEW VEGASTM DOWNLOADABLE CONTENT
‘Dead Money’ Available December 21st Exclusively on Xbox LIVE
November 18th, 2010 (London, UK) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that Dead Money, the first downloadable content for Fallout®: New VegasTM, will be available exclusively on Xbox LIVE® for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft beginning December 21st, 2010.

“We’re pleased to give fans a chance to expand their experience in Fallout: New Vegas this December with Dead Money,” said Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing for Bethesda Softworks. “The release of Dead Money illustrates our commitment to creating entertaining add-on content for players to enjoy in already massive games like Fallout: New Vegas.”

As the victim of a raw deal you must work alongside three other captured wastelanders to recover the legendary treasure of the Sierra Madre Casino. In Dead Money, your life hangs in the balance as you face new terrain, foes, and choices. It is up to you how you play your cards in the quest to survive.

Fallout: New Vegas, the follow-up to Fallout 3 – the 2008 Game of the Year – brings this beloved franchise to a location only Fallout could do justice: Vegas. Fallout: New Vegas takes all the action, humour and post-apocalyptic grime and grit of this legendary series, and raises the stakes.

Reviews of Fallout: New Vegas have called the game as “an utterly essential purchase” (MSN UK) and as “addictively, rambunctiously fun” (Entertainment Weekly). The Associated Press awarded it a 4 out of 4 stars and said “Bottom Line: It’s a Blast”, while GameSpy gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars and called Fallout: New Vegas “one of the best games of the year.”

Published by Bethesda Softworks and developed at Obsidian Entertainment, Dead Money will be available for 800 Microsoft points.

For more information on Fallout: New Vegas, including the game’s downloadable content, please visit
http://fallout.bethsoft.com.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

KONAMI DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT, INC. LAUNCHES DANCEDANCEREVOLUTION FOR PLAYSTATION®3 AND WIITM

DanceDanceRevolution Debuts on PlayStation 3 with PlayStation®Move Motion-Control Compatibility

Newest DanceDanceRevolution for Wii Combines Classic DanceDanceRevolution Fitness with Added Upgrades
 
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - November 17, 2010 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced the availability of two new titles in their best-selling rhythm-based series, DanceDanceRevolution. Making its debut on the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, DanceDanceRevolution for the PS3 will have players grooving to the beats with extended full-body movement via Sony's new PlayStation®Move motion controllers. For all the  Wii™ fans, DanceDanceRevolution makes it return to the platform with all new upgrades including a Choreograph Mode, featuring over 50 tracks, ranging from popular hits to original dance music and enhanced multiplayer capabilities.

"For the first time ever, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is offering consumers two very different DanceDanceRevolution titles in the same month - one that revolutionizes the classic dancing series by utilizing the technological capabilities of the PS3 to its fullest, and another that combines the easy-to-pick-up-and-play mechanics of past DanceDanceRevolution titles but with all new features," said Shinji Hirano, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "Both games capture the true essence of DanceDanceRevolution, providing players of all ages the opportunity to get-up-and move with one of the biggest and best interactive dance games in history."

In the PS3 version of DanceDanceRevolution, a new mode has been implemented where users will be able to dance using the DanceDanceRevolution dance mat controller and the PlayStationMove together. Users will be able to have fun using both their upper and lower body as they dance to the indicators displayed on the screen. This allows total freedom of movement on the player's part, with the screen areas allowing users to adopt a comfortable dancing style. As the player holds the PlayStation Move Motion Controller, a ball of light appears on screen and must be pointed at correctly when instructed. The world famous footstep arrows will trail up the screen simultaneously adding new challenges to the game. The PlayStation Move Motion Controller is also used to vary on-screen visuals with combinations of button presses and movement used to add visual effects to the on-screen action. This will create a striking aesthetic interpretation of the player's dances.  Players can also see themselves in action using the PlayStation®Eye and upload their greatest hits to social networking sites via PlayStation 3 XMB™ (XrossMediaBar) menu to share their DanceDanceRevolution skills with friends.

DanceDanceRevolution PS3 also adds new game modes to the series. In Dance Off Mode, up to four players can take turns running through the same dance. The player that is able to keep in step more accurately will earn more points and be crowned the winner. Club Mode is specifically created for die-hard DanceDanceRevolution fans. In this mode, gamers can continuously play over and over again in a marathon session. The difficulty level of the tracks will change along with the dances the players are challenged with as they get further and further into the session.  As an added obstacle, various tricks will also come into play. Gamers will be able to play from four to 20 tracks in succession depending on their skill level.

In the DanceDanceRevolution Wii, players can experience the new Choreograph Mode where the dance mat controller, Wii Remote and Nunchuk™ are used simultaneously to mimic the movements of the characters on-screen. This mode will allow both beginners and experts to take their dancing skill to a new level. The traditional DanceDanceRevolution gameplay has evolved as well including Wii Balance Board™ compatibility where you can work out effectively with your whole body using your waist, hands and legs. A new multi-player mode is implemented where four people can play simultaneously to make dancing in your living room even more fun!

DanceDanceRevolution for PS3 and Wii is now available in retail stores nationwide for the SRP of $69.99 and comes bundled with a DanceDanceRevolution dance mat controller. For more information, please visit our product page at
www.konami.com/ddr.

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a registered trademark of KONAMI CORPORATION

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ATARI’S CLASSIC ARCADE SHOOTER YARS’® REVENGE IS BACK WITH NEW CINEMATIC GAMING EXPERIENCE

Best-Selling Atari 2600 Video Game of All-Time Returns in Early 2011 for Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox 360, PlayStation Network, and Windows PC Download

London, United Kingdom – November 17, 2010 – 30 years ago Yars’ Revenge took the gaming world by storm as one of the first arcade shooters and became the best-selling original title for the Atari 2600.  Now three decades later, gamers will once again get the chance to avenge the annihilated race of the Yar.  Atari, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment will unleash Yars’ Revenge onto Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®Network and Windows PC Download in Q1 2011.

Yars’ Revenge brings the legendary title to new artistic heights with an anime inspired art style and captivating narrative that expands upon the original story.  The game also features local co-op gameplay, multiple endings, intense battles, and visually striking landscapes designed to appeal to both casual and hardcore gamers.

In Yars’, players will take on the role of a nameless Yar, who has been brainwashed by the evil Qotile empire to do their bidding.  After being shot down and rescued by the ancient and mysterious Bar Yargler, she sets off on a ferociously focused mission, to seek revenge on her former master and his deadly squad of assassins. The bio-technological nightmare of the Qotile home world provides stunning backdrops for players to fly through in aerial combat with their enemy. 

“Yars’ Revenge is one of the most popular Atari games of all time, leaving fans eager to experience the next chapter,” says Jim Wilson, President and CEO of Atari, Inc.  “The new Yars’ Revenge updates this classic with anime inspired art direction, intense aerial battles and local co-op gameplay.”

Developed by Killspace Entertainment, Yars’ Revenge will be available in early 2011.  For more information, please log onto
www.atari.com

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Kinect Hits One-Million Mark in Just 10 Days

Early customer demand for controller-free entertainment solidifies the biggest year in Xbox history.

November 16th, 2010 REDMOND, Washington—Microsoft today announced it has sold one million Kinect for Xbox 360 units worldwide in 10 days and is on pace to hit five million by the end of the year. The announcement comes a week before the biggest selling day of the year, Black Friday, and in the wake of increasing momentum for Xbox 360, which led U.S. video game console sales for the past four months.*

"We are appreciative of the response we have seen from consumers that has culminated in sales of more than one million units in the first 10 days on the market for Kinect for Xbox 360," said Don Mattrick, president of the Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. "This is a great start to the holiday season, and we will continue to work with our retailer partners to keep pace with high demand and deliver against our plan to sell more than five million Kinect sensors worldwide by the end of this year."

"There were lines of customers at our stores all over the country on the night of the Kinect launch, and thousands more are trying it for themselves in our stores every day." 
-Chris Homeister, Best Buy

Before the Kinect launch, Microsoft raised its worldwide sales forecast from three million to five million sensors sold by year-end. Kinect launched in North America on November 4, followed by Europe on November 10, and will land next in Asia (November 18) and Japan (November 20). By this holiday, controller-free games and entertainment will reach more than 60,000 retailers in 38 countries with up to 17 Kinect games available.

"We have seen tremendous excitement from customers for Kinect for Xbox 360," said Chris Homeister, senior vice president and general manager of the home entertainment group at Best Buy. "There were lines of customers at our stores all over the country on the night of the Kinect launch, and thousands more are trying it for themselves in our stores every day. It's no surprise Microsoft has already surpassed one million units sold, and we expect Kinect to be one of the must-have gifts at Best Buy this holiday."

For Xbox 360 consumers worldwide, Kinect provides a unique and exciting way to access and interact with entertainment. With just the wave of a hand or the sound of a voice, consumers can play games, stream music, watch HD movies and live ESPN sporting events, and engage in video chat.**

Leading Gaming and Social Entertainment Service

Microsoft also recently announced that the more than 25 million Xbox LIVE members have spent more than one billion hours on the service a month, an average of over 40 hours per member. In addition to Xbox 360 console momentum, and the ever-expanding service and content library of Xbox LIVE, Microsoft released franchise games such as  Halo: Reach and  Fable III to hordes of devoted fans this fall, as well as announcing that Xbox 360 will be the first console to launch add-on content for all  Call of Duty games through 2012, helping drive industry software sales. With Xbox 360, Kinect and Xbox LIVE, Microsoft is proving to be a leading gaming and social entertainment service in the living room and the industry this holiday.

Kinect for Xbox 360 is an approachable, simple and affordable experience that the whole family can enjoy. No gadgets, gizmos or additional controllers are required. There are several opportunities for new and current players to literally jump into the action:

  • Kinect for Xbox 360 sensor: If you already have an Xbox 360 console, the stand-alone Kinect for Xbox 360 at an estimated retail price of $149.99 includes the Kinect sensor and  Kinect Adventures and works with all of the 45 million Xbox 360 consoles currently in homes worldwide.***
  • Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect: For those new to Xbox, the Xbox 360 4GB console with Kinect, priced at $299.99, includes the new flat black Xbox 360 4GB console, Kinect sensor and  Kinect Adventures, which will have families off the couch and enjoying entertainment quickly and easily.
  • Xbox 360 250GB console with Kinect:  For the serious entertainment experts in the family, the Xbox 360 250GB console with Kinect, priced at $399.99 ERP, includes the glossy black Xbox 360 250GB console, Kinect sensor and  Kinect Adventures and provides more memory to store movies, music and more.

*Based on NPD Group's U.S. video game industry data June 1–Sept. 30, 2010.

**Kinect works with select Xbox LIVE features and content. Xbox LIVE Gold membership and/or additional subscriptions and requirements apply for some features. See  http://www.xbox.com/live.

***190 MB of storage required.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

HAPPY 9TH BIRTHDAY XBOX!!

Microsoft's first born is celebrating it's ninth birthday.

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The original Xbox is celebrating it's 9th birthday. We take a look back and show you the best the system has to offer. We even cover a few underground topics such as Xbox upgrades, emulators, and homebrew video games. You will even see video footage of modded games running on the original Xbox. Including a version of GTA: San Andreas that lets your character fly like a super hero. You won't find coverage like this anywhere else on the web.

READ MORE HERE

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ZEN STUDIOS AND MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT SET TO UNLEASH MARVEL PINBALLTM ON XBOX LIVE®ARCADE AND PLAYSTATION®NETWORK

Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Blade battle their fiercest enemies in this epic pinball adventure

LOS ANGELES, CA –November 15, 2010 – ZEN Studios and Marvel Entertainment are proud to announce Marvel Pinball, an epic collaboration combining the greatest comic book characters of all time with the definitive videogame pinball experience on PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox®360 videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft. Use your pinball wizardry to help Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine and Blade save the world from the most notorious Super Villains on four beautifully crafted pinball tables.

Marvel Pinball is the first expansion for Pinball FX 2 on Xbox LIVE Arcade, which released to rave reviews on October 27th, 2010, as part of Game Feast presented by Microsoft Game Studios, and it will be an entirely new game on PlayStation Network. Marvel Pinball consists of four Super Hero-themed pinball tables integrating artwork, themes and music inspired by the Marvel Universe.

“We are so honored to work with the greatest Super Heroes of all time, and have really focused our efforts into bringing each distinct personality to this one-of-a-kind pinball experience,” said Zsolt Kigyossy, Managing Director for ZEN Studios. “You will find each Marvel Pinball table captures the essence of each Super Hero, creating a game that is an authentic Marvel experience. This is just the beginning of Marvel Pinball; you can count on more of your favorite Marvel heroes and villains to be making appearances in the near future.”

“With Marvel Pinball, ZEN Studios has created some truly excellent tables that not only demonstrate their expertise in creating an excellent pinball experience, but also their passion for Marvel and its characters,” said TQ Jefferson, Director of Games, Marvel Entertainment's Global Digital Media Group. “We look forward to working with ZEN for many more tables to come.”

Fans can expect Marvel Pinball to be released before the end of 2010. Visit the official Marvel Pinball website at www.marvelpinball.com.

Stay tuned for more Marvel Pinball announcements and assets.

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Bee Gees six pack coming to Rock Band
The legendary B.B. King and Procol Harum make Rock Band Debut
Cambridge, Mass. – Nov. 13, 2010 – Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that six of the Bee Gees’ greatest hits, including one track with Pro Guitar and Pro Bass, as well as singles from B.B. King and Procol Harum, will be available Nov. 16 in the Rock Band 3 Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and WiiTM.

Rock Band provides the deepest and best selection of artists, songs and albums through the Rock Band music platform, which features more than 800 artists and more than 2,000* tracks via disc and download purchase (complete list of tracks at
www.rockband.com/songs). Rock Band’s gigantic music library dwarfs that of any other rhythm video game on the market. To date, more than 75 million songs have been sold through the Rock Band Music Store since its launch Nov. 20, 2007.

Rock Band DLC Additions for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii
Ready to try out those three-part vocal harmonies in Rock Band 3? We’ve got a workout for you! Next week, six songs from the legendary trio of brothers, the Bee Gees. Throughout their 40-year musical career, the Bee Gees have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best-selling musical groups of all time. Next week, we’ll have “Jive Talkin’,” “Night Fever,” “Nights on Broadway,” “Tragedy,” “You Should Be Dancing” and the quintessential 70s hit, “Stayin’ Alive,” which will feature a Pro Guitar and Pro Bass upgrade.

The legendary blues song, “The Thrill Is Gone,” from guitar virtuoso B.B. King will also be available as downloadable content next week, featuring a Pro Guitar and Pro Bass upgrade. Although this song has been recorded multiple times, B.B. King’s version won him a Grammy® Award and a Grammy Hall of Fame award and is included in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs.

We’ve got fans of the keyboard covered next week as well, with “A Whiter Shade of Pale” from the British group, Procol Harum. Originally released in 1967, the song made it to No. 1 on the UK charts and No. 5 in the United States.

As always, songs available for downloadable content for Rock Band 3 feature five-button guitar and bass parts, drums, Pro Drums and keys, Pro Keys and harmonies, where applicable. Some songs also feature Pro Guitar and Pro Bass upgrades available for an additional $0.99 upgrade download.

Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 system (Nov. 16):

• Bee Gees – “Jive Talkin’”
  • Bee Gees – “Night Fever”
  • Bee Gees – “Stayin’ Alive” X
  • Bee Gees – “Nights on Broadway”
  • Bee Gees – “Tragedy”
  • Bee Gees – “You Should Be Dancing”
  • B.B. King – “The Thrill Is Gone” X
  • Procol Harum – “A Whiter Shade of Pale”

(All tracks are original master recordings)
(These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation 3 system Nov. 17)

These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks, as well as “The Bee Gees Pack 01” on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii. Tracks marked with “X” will include Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song.

Price: $1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points) per song
$2.00 USD (200 Wii PointsTM) per song
$0.99 USD (100 Wii Points/80 Microsoft Points), £0.59 UK, €0.75 EU per song for eligible Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade
$9.99, £4.99 UK, €7.99 EU (800 Microsoft Points, 1,000 Wii Points) for The Bee Gees Pack 01

** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change. **

*Available on-disc, via download and disc export. Internet connection and export key purchase required. Wii has more than 1,500 song tracks available for purchase on the Rock Band platform on-disc, via song import, and download. Not applicable to Nintendo DSTM.

Website Links:
For more information, please visit:

Rock Band Website
Bee Gees Website

Rock Band 3 is available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, Wii and Nintendo DS. Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii versions support downloadable content.

Downloadable content for Wii is purchased via the in-game Rock Band Music Store using Wii PointsTM purchased through the WiiTM Shop Channel and can be downloaded to the system memory or to an SD card for additional storage. The tracks stream directly from the SD card for seamless play.

The Rock Band Music Store allows players to preview and purchase downloadable individual music tracks and packs from the vast selection of offerings available to date without ever leaving the game as they build their own custom Rock Band library. The complete list of tracks can be found at
www.rockband.com/songs.

Rock Band 3 is rated "T" for Teen (lyrics, suggestive themes) by the ESRB. Music downloads are not rated by the ESRB.

For more information on Rock Band 3 and Harmonix Music Systems please visit
www.rockband.com and www.harmonixmusic.com.

Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.

“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Wii and Nintendo DS are trademarks of Nintendo. © 2006 Nintendo.

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Gran Turismo® 5 Release Date Confirmed

The most highly anticipated racing game will be in your hands by Christmas

 
London , 12 November 2010: Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today confirmed that Gran Turismo® 5 will go on sale across the US on November 24th and in the UK from Wednesday 24th November 2010.

"Gran Turismo 5 is an ambitious project, with challenges and complexities which have made it our version of the Apollo Space Programme!" commented Kazunori Yamauchi, President of Polyphony Digital Inc. "When we created the original Gran Turismo back in 1997, we wanted to set a completely new precedent for the racing genre. With the technological leap onto PlayStation 3, our objective with GT5 was to create another great revolution which would not only satisfy our own high expectations, but would meet or even exceed the anticipation of the fans. Satisfying the loyal Gran Turismo followers is at the heart of all of our efforts, which is why it was such a difficult decision to delay the release of the game, and one which we did not take lightly. I can only apologise to everyone for making you wait so long, and I hope that when you try out the wealth of driving experiences available in Gran Turismo 5, you will not be disappointed."

In Gran Turismo 5, you can tackle the world's most famous racetracks, rendered in high definition that is as vivid as the real thing, and get behind the wheels of some of the most legendary cars in motor racing from past to cutting-edge present. Today, the impressive complete list of over 1,000 in-game cars was unveiled, including the Lamborghini  Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce, the Lexus LFA and the McLaren MP4-12C. The full track list was also revealed, which will see players going head to head on famous legacy circuits such as Autumn Ring, Deep Forest Raceway and the Grand Valley Speedway, plus renowned real-life circuits such as Nurburgring and the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

For more information on Gran Turismo 5 visit: http://www.gran-turismo.com

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

EA AND LUCASARTS ENTER INTO NEW GLOBAL PUBLISHING AGREEMENT FOR STAR WARS: THE OLD REPUBLIC
Groundbreaking MMORPG from Legendary Developers at BioWare Set for Global Launch in 2011
Guildford, UK. – November 11, 2010 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) and Lucasfilm Ltd, announced today an updated global publishing agreement for the highly anticipated massively multiplayer online videogame Star Wars®: The Old RepublicTM. With this new agreement, certain publishing, marketing and distribution responsibilities previously designated to LucasArts will shift to EA, so that all publishing, marketing and distribution responsibilities can be centralised for efficiency. Lucasfilm will continue serving as a key partner, collaborating on design and marketing, and as a licensor of the property. Star Wars: The Old Republic is designed to redefine the MMO category by introducing BioWare's signature storytelling and rich, emotional human performances to the genre. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is one of the most highly-anticipated videogames of 2011, winning over 60 awards at industry tradeshows around the world including the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles and Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. The game is breaking new ground in the genre by building on the traditional MMO gameplay pillars of combat, exploration and character progression, and adding a fourth dimension to the experience – story. In Star Wars: The Old Republic, players will explore an age thousands of years before the rise of Darth Vader when war between the Old Republic and the Sith Empire divides the galaxy. Players choose to play as Jedi, Sith, or a variety of other classic Star Wars roles, defining their personal story and determining their path down the light or dark side of the Force. Along the way, players will befriend courageous companions who will fight at their side or possibly betray them, based on the players’ actions. Players can also choose to team up with friends to battle enemies and overcome incredible challenges using dynamic Star Wars combat.

For more information on Star Wars: The Old Republic, please visit
http://starwarstheoldrepublic.com, follow the game on Twitter at http://twitter.com/swtor or “Like” Star Wars: The Old Republic on Facebook at http://facebook.com/starwarstheoldrepublic.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

EA’S AWARD-WINNING MADDEN NFL FRANCHISE AVAILABLE AT NINTENDO 3DS LAUNCH

First EA SPORTS Title for Highly Anticipated Handheld Features Every NFL Team and Player in 3D Graphics

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – November 10, 2010 –
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) announced today that Madden NFL Football, the first EA SPORTS title available for the highly anticipated Nintendo 3DS™, will be available in the first-half of 2011.  Madden NFL Football will deliver captivating gameplay in 3D, providing a robust and authentic NFL experience consistent with the celebrated football video game franchise.

Madden NFL Football will offer a comprehensive handheld experience with exciting modes, such as authentic 11-on-11 football, fast-paced 5-on-5 action and Season Mode.  Additional features jump off the screen with 3D graphics, such as “Spotlight Moments” and “Call Your Shots”.  Utilizing the remarkable power of the Nintendo 3DS Touch Screen, “Call Your Shots” allows users to draw their own plays, on-the-fly, directly on the screen.

With three types of play calling—GameFlow, Classic, and Arcade—Madden NFL Football provides an enjoyable experience for gamers of all skill levels.  GameFlow automatically selects the best play for the situation based on real NFL team gameplans; streamlining play calling and shortening overall game length for a more accessible experience. Classic play call allows users to experience the full depth of selecting formations and individual plays, while Arcade play call simplifies options through a more concentrated playbook.

Madden NFL Football will bring each of the 32 NFL teams and stadiums to life like never before with a presentation optimized for viewing in 3D, including 3D specific cameras that provide new levels of depth, making Madden NFL Football the perfect on-the-go game for every football fan.

Madden NFL Football has been rated “E” for Everyone by the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (ESRB) and will be released in the first-half of 2011. 

Madden NFL Football for Nintendo 3DS is developed in Raleigh, North Carolina by the EA North Carolina studio.

For more information about Madden NFL Football please visit
maddenNFL.easports.com.

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SEGA Announces Details of GameStop Exclusive Conduit 2 (Wii) Limited Edition

San Francisco, (Nov. 10, 2010) – GameStop, SEGA® of America, Inc. and High Voltage® Software, Inc. today announced details of the exclusive GameStop Limited Edition* of Conduit 2™, the epic science fiction shooter exclusively for the Nintendo Wii™.  The Conduit 2 Limited Edition features the 44-page “The Art of the Game” Conduit 2 art book and two unlockable items: a new armor skin and an enhanced ASE search device. Conduit 2 is set to be released in February 2011 in North America.

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The Conduit 2 Limited Edition Package features:

·         44-page art book featuring a rich selection of concept art and design development insights into Conduit 2’s science fiction world, weapons, and enemies.

·         The “Eye of Ra” device is an enhanced in-game "All Seeing Eye" (A.S.E.) device that captures Conduit 2’s hidden secrets in twice the speed.

·         The "Gold Destroyer Armor" multiplayer skin based on the lead character’s primary armor.

Conduit 2 will be released for the Nintendo Wii and will be available at GameStop stores nationwide in February 2011.

For more information or to find a store near you, log on to
www.gamestop.com

For more information about the game please visit www.sega.com/games/conduit-2.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Raptr Giving Away $5,000 In Prizes To Call Of Duty: Black Ops Players

Raptr promotion creates extra incentive for gamers to play the hit game and unlock prizes

Mountain View, CA - November 9, 2010 - Raptr, the social platform for gamers that allows you to track your gaming stats and see what your friends are playing, is proud to announce Raptr’s Call of Duty: Black Ops giveaway. Just for playing the hit game, gamers can unlock up to $5,000 in prizes as total hours accumulate. The contest begins today and lasts until Sunday, November 21st at midnight, PST.

For every 250,000 hours that Raptr tracks collectively for Call of Duty: Black Ops play time (for PC and Xbox 360 only), a new prize will unlock so that a randomly selected eligible entrant can win. Raptr is also unlocking prizes at an individual level. Gamers can be automatically entered to win more prizes based on how many hours they play individually.

To be eligible for a prize pack, gamers just need to head over to Raptr’s contest page and register at http://raptr.com/contest/codbo. Current Raptr users simply need to register to enter. New users to Raptr should also download Raptr’s award winning app to track their gaming hours.

Entrants can win one of over twenty prizes including: Alienware PC hardware, Xbox 360 Kinect, PS3 Move, Logitech gaming peripherals, Gunnar eyewear for gamers, Activision games, Splitfish Pirahna Controllers, Primal gaming headsets, and a swag bag from TheKartel.com. Residents of legal age from the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) are eligible to enter. For more details on Raptr’s Call of Duty: Black Ops giveaway, legal rules, and prize list, head to http://raptr.com/contest/codbo for daily updates.

About Raptr

Raptr (
http://raptr.com ) is a free service for gamers that tracks gaming activity for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC. Raptr also makes it easy for gamers to compare their stats, see what their friends are playing, and chat with their friends. Millions of users currently use Raptr to connect with popular social media and IM services like Facebook, Twitter, AIM, Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, Steam, Xfire, and Facebook Chat.

Raptr is a trademark and/or registered trademark of Raptr, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Monday, November 8, 2010

COOKING MAMA WORLD: HOBBIES AND FUN DEMO LIVE ON WII CHANNEL TODAY!
8th November 2010 – Milton Keynes – Global videogames publisher 505 Games has today launched the demo of the upcoming latest addition to the evergreen ‘Mama’ series, Cooking Mama World: Hobbies & Fun. Taking Mama and her legions of fans in an all new creative direction, the full game will be released exclusively for Nintendo DS on 12th November.

The demo, available for download via the Nintendo Wii channel will allow players to create their own handcrafted mug. Players will follow Mama’s instructions to construct the item from kiln to painting as a taster of just one of the wide variety crafting tasks available in the full game. In Cooking Mama World: Hobbies and Fun, players will be shown how to create a selection of gadgets and trinkets, including a bird box, necklace, kaleidoscope, cushions and patchwork quilts. Players will engage in pottery, woodwork, jewellery design, origami and many others though out the full game!

Cooking Mama World: Hobbies & Fun for Nintendo DS will launch simultaneously with Cooking Mama World: Babysitting Mama for Nintendo Wii on 12th November 2010.

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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Unlikely Suspects Offers Up 4,000 Cases to Crack

MumboJumbo releases latest PC hidden-object adventure; iPad version slated for this month

DALLAS (November 6, 2010) – MumboJumbo, leading developer and publisher of casual games, today released Unlikely Suspects, a new franchise of hidden-object adventure games that revolutionizes replayability.  With more than 4,000 outcomes, players can sleuth through the whodunit game over and over again to crack new cases.  The PC game launches on major portals today, and the iPad version follows shortly thereafter.      

“We’re really proud of what we’ve accomplished in Unlikely Suspects,” said Mark Cottam, CEO of MumboJumbo.  “The game features great characters, challenging plot lines to unravel, and fun hidden object scenes.  Players can unlock a quick play mode that lets them try to crack as many of the 4,000 cases as they want to.” 

In Unlikely Suspects, players must collect clues at the crime scene and the victim’s lair to narrow down which cities to search for the criminal.  The player then visits scenes around the globe to try to collect three pieces of solid evidence that point to the weapon and the suspect to receive a warrant.  Once they’ve narrowed down the suspect and the weapon, the player can make an accusation to put the criminal away.  With 16 suspects to track and 16 weapons for the player to eliminate from the possibilities for each case, the game offers myriad of outcomes creating the ultimate in game value.          

“Unlikely Suspects looks fantastic on the iPad, and we’re excited to release it in the App Store,” said Cottam.  “This game will make a great addition to the quality line up of iPad Apps that we’ve released this year.”

Unlikely Suspects also features a fun Easter Egg for players to discover, as well as a Detective Training Mode and an Unlimited Hidden Object Mode.      

To learn more about Unlikely Suspects, go to
www.mumbojumbo.com.         

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Robokill – Rescue Titan Prime for iPad hits the AppStore

The biggest, fastest, most explosive blast available on the iPad.

November 5th, 2010. Georgia, USA.

Wandake, LLC today announced the release of ‘Robokill — Rescue Titan Prime’ for the iPad, now available on the App Store.

A video showing the intense gameplay and highly detailed levels and weaponry can be viewed on Vimeo.

The Lite version, available free on the App Store, contains a preview mission that contains a mix of gameplay elements — enemies, weaponry and levels, enough to give you a fabulous overview of the intense and addictive gameplay.

The full version, priced at $7.99 on the App Store, contains intense and immersive gameplay with 460 stunning levels, awesome original soundtrack, smart enemy AI and a host of features to give players the most frenetic and immersive top down blast-a-thon available today on the iPad.

Journey to Mars’ orbital station Titan Prime – a desolate outpost infested with a hostile army of ultra-violent robots. Knock out motion-sensing gun turrets and blast your way through room after room of swarming droids to liberate Titan Prime. Destroy the enemy spawning hubs while avoiding deadly falls, electro-charged mines and traps. Gain experience, pick up abandoned weapons and shields, collect cash and hidden loot to *upgrade* your Mecha with a powerful suite of new armaments and defensive tools. But be warned – drop your guard for even an instant and the droids will swarm you. Keep moving!!

FEATURES:

• 460 levels with 13 hardcore missions
• Stunning graphics optimized especially for iPad
• Blazing fast gameplay
• Uber-responsive controls
• Awesome original soundtrack
• A smooth learning curve with increasingly challenging maps and smart enemy AI
• Inventory for customizing onboard weapons before each new battle; try different combos of arm and shoulder-mounted guns, shield boosters and emergency repair packs
• Detailed weapons stats & in-game weapons feedback for kickback, fire rates and damage estimates
• Experience points
• Character progression
• Hidden power-ups
• Weapons and gear drops
• Map-based exploration
• Checkpoints / teleportation nodes
• Cash and hidden loot to purchase upgrades in the virtual shop

To get used to the basics of the game, a tutorial video is also available online.

Engineered by Sourcebits, Inc. and published by Wandake, LLC, “Robokill – Rescue Titan Prime” will be released in November 2010 exclusively for the iPad.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

WHA ENTERTAINMENT, INC. ANNOUNCES KICK ASS NEW AND IMPROVED AVAILABLE FOR SONY PLAYSTATION® NETWORK (PSN) NOVEMBER 9TH

Based On The Popular Motion Picture, Downloadable Game Will Introduce Several New Missions, Fights And Enemies To Its Action-Packed Experience

New York, N.Y. November 4th, 2010 - WHA Entertainment, a publisher and developer of entertainment games based on leading IP Franchises, announced today that Kick Ass New And Improved will be available Tuesday, November 9, for the Sony PlayStation Network (PSN). The game is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and can be downloaded for a low MSRP of $9.99.  The title includes new features, which include a new mission, fights and enemies.

"We are committed to continually updating and improving the game," said Howard Horowitz, Founder and CEO of WHA Entertainment, Inc. "The great thing about today's digital entertainment platforms is the ability for developers to go back and update content for consumers who previously purchased the game as well as new players."

Consumers who have already bought and downloaded the game can visit the PSN store and download Kick Ass New And Improved at no additional cost. Based on the popular comedic superhero fantasy movie, Kick Ass New And Improved introduces several new features that will enhance the action-packed gameplay for the ultimate superhero adventure, including new mission "Frank's Night Club" where players will face new enemies and new fights!  Among other new elements, the new Red Mist Boss fight will feature extra player moves including a double hit spin attack and a toss attack team move for all playable characters.  Additional enhancements throughout the game include AI balancing, sound improvements and improved trophies. 

Kick Ass New And Improved is a fully 3D action fighting game set in the third-person perspective, where the player can play and control modern day super heroes based on the storyline of the movie.  Gamers will be able to play as the three primary characters in the film - Kick-Ass, Hit Girl, and Big Daddy. The story-driven game draws heavily from the strengths of the intellectual property; an action combat game where the characters finally grow sick of the crime around them, and decide that they will do something about it. 

Featuring multiple environments within New York City, players will be faced with nine story missions including 2 bonus rounds and encounter frantic super hero action as they face petty thugs and powerful mob bosses, eventually bringing down Frank D'Amico.  Players will also have a blast with sub-missions and mini-games, to add even more gameplay to the mix. Staying true to the intellectual property, the game features visceral combat and plenty of gore, as the player's main goal is to bring justice back to the city, no matter what the cost!

Featuring multiplayer local co-op gameplay, Kick-Ass brings an unsurpassed integration of missions given via friend requests from the FACESPACE social networking site. Bonus points also unlock the complete first issue of the Kick Ass comic book.  

For more information visit
www.thekickassgame.com   

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A NEW WORLD AWAITS AT A REMODELED NINTENDO WORLD STORE IN NEW YORK

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Nov. 3, 2010 - The Nintendo® World store in New York has reopened its doors to the public after a brief remodeling. The two-story, 10,000-square-foot Rockefeller Plaza store has received a host of upgrades, including new Nintendo graphics, new flooring and fun new ways for visitors to interact with Nintendo games and products.

People who stop by the lighter, brighter store will encounter images of classic Nintendo characters, including Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Princess Peach™, Yoshi™ and Bowser™, as well as much-loved characters like Pikachu™ and other Pokémon™. The store has also expanded its second-floor Nintendo Showcase to twice its previous size. The new circular display shows off a variety of Nintendo collectibles, a sampling of limited-edition and imported Nintendo DS™ Lite hand-helds, a working Game Boy™ damaged in the Gulf War and more.

Visitors will see new interactive stations for Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™ systems and upgraded TV monitors throughout the store. The new flooring is made from bamboo, a “green” and renewable source. The floor is also inlaid with a beautiful blue tile mosaic in a circular pattern.

On Nov. 7, the store will host an event for consumers. More details will be announced about the event shortly.

Nintendo World opened its doors in May 2005. Since then it has hosted numerous events to launch video games and systems of all kinds. Nearly 4 million people have passed through its doors to sample new and upcoming games, shop for fun Nintendo items or just share their love of Nintendo with other fans. Nintendo World has become a must-see tourist destination for video game fans of all ages from around the world.

For more information about Nintendo World, visit  http://www.nintendoworldstore.com.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Video Game Voters Network: Its Election Day, Get Out and Vote!

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The following is a special message from the Video Game Voters Network: 

Election Day is finally here, and it's been a very busy year.

We fought back against people who wanted to censor computer and video games. We spoke out in support of lawmakers who defended free speech. We found allies in comic book legend Stan Lee and respected game developers like Warren Spector and Ted Price.

Together, we made a ton of progress, and our voice has been heard near and far. But today, November 2, we have just a few simple words for you:

Go vote.

We are gamers. We are taxpayers. And we are voters.

Too often, video games are blamed for various social ills, and yet what our games give back to the community -- in joy, in jobs, in tax revenues -- is hardly ever appreciated.

Let's make a show of force for lawmakers everywhere and remind them we will still be here tomorrow.

Over and out,

-- VGVN

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Monday, November 1, 2010

ESA TO PRESENT ORAL ARGUMENTS BEFORE U.S. SUPREME COURT

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On Tuesday, November 2, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the state of California will meet before the U.S. Supreme Court to present their opposing arguments in the case of Schwarzenegger v. EMA/ESA. The ESA will argue that a 2005 California statute seeking to regulate the sale and rental of computer and video games is unconstitutional, and lower court rulings striking down the law should be upheld.

To learn more about this important First Amendment case, please visit
http://esa.cmail4.com/t/y/l/qolid/duuyitlyd/y.

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