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Saturday, March 19, 2011

03/19/2011 - PopCap Discounts All Games for iProduct Games, Donates Sales to Japan Relief
PopCap Discounts All Games for iPhone/iPad, Donates Sales to Japan Earthquake Relief

 48-Hour Sale Starts Today; All PopCap Proceeds Go To Earthquake-Stricken Japan Via Red Cross Donation

SEATTLE, Washington, and DUBLIN, Ireland – March 19, 2011 — PopCap Games, the worldwide leader in casual games, today announced that it is discounting the prices of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad adaptations of all of its games including Bejeweled ®, Bookworm ®, Chuzzle ®, Peggle ® and Plants vs. Zombies for 48 hours to raise funds for earthquake-stricken Japan. Partnering with the Red Cross, PopCap will donate all of its revenues from the sale, which begins Saturday March 19 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and ends at midnight PDT on Sunday March 20. The price of each iPhone and iPod touch title is reduced to US99 cents during that time, while the iPad adaptations are reduced to US$1.99. Consumers can purchase the games via the Apple App Store or by going to PopCap.com.

“We recently opened an office in Tokyo, and while our Japan-based employees are safe and uninjured, we understand countless others in Japan need food, shelter, and medical attention,” said Ellen Marett, Senior Director of Workforce Culture at PopCap. “Given that Plants vs. Zombies reached #1 on the iPhone and iPad sales charts in Japan, it seemed like the most appropriate game to feature in this fundraising campaign.”

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Friday, March 18, 2011

03/18/2011 - Ether Saga Celebrates 2nd Anniversary with Free Gifts

Over 700,000 chats inspire new friendships worldwide

March 17, 2011 - Foster City, Calif. - Perfect World Entertainment Inc., a wholly owned US subsidiary of Perfect World Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: PWRD), today marks the second anniversary of Ether Saga Online ,the 3D fantasy  MMORPG inspired by the literary classic novel, "Journey to the West". With over 700,000 world chats recorded from unique characters, Ether Saga Online fans have contributed to the game's success in more ways than just exploring in-game content as they continue to create a social platform for both new and old players to build lasting friendships.

Among many exciting features, the community makes Ether Saga Online a unique experience. Players are interacting with other players around the world to explore game features and find ways to create over 26 million customized weapon, gear, pet, and potion items.

"Even after two years, we continue to see a friendly and active community of followers in Ether Saga Online enjoying their shared experience and asking for new content," said Aaron Potter, Product Manager for Ether Saga Online . "In response to player feedback, we are currently working on an expansion that will introduce a new race, new classes, new areas, and more pets to capture."

Since the arrival of Ether Saga Online onto the free-to-play market in North America in 2009, it has captured thousands of players with its unique features such as pet melding, which allows players to upgrade their pets and create stronger breeds. With hundreds of pets available to obtain, players can create different looking pets, and even transform into the monster that they defeat.

Celebrating the two year milestone of Ether Saga Online, players will be eligible to receive a variety of items, including an exclusive anniversary gift pack, a permanent fashion set, and a free mount. For more information on Ether Saga Online's second anniversary festivities and claim your reward, please visit

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

03/17/2011 - Hard Corpos: Uprising Now Available on PSN

The Wait is Over for PlayStation Fans as KONAMI Brings the Fun and Excitement of Hard Corps: Uprising to The PlayStation Network Today

El Segundo, Calif. - Mar. 16, 2011 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced Hard Corps: Uprising is now available for download on PlayStation®Network. Along with the game, three new downloadable characters will be available for purchase at launch, as players have the opportunity to play as Harley Daniels, Sayuri and Leviathan. Harley Daniels is extra tough, starting with four health bars instead of three, while Sayuri provides players with quicker movement and a deadly Samurai blade attack. Leviathan rounds out the group with only one weapon slot, but his Moonsault, Sliding Attack, and Grenade Throws more than make up for it. Developed by ARC System Works, Hard Corps: Uprising brings an exciting new look to a traditionally retro genre, all the while keeping with the frenetic gameplay that defines the shooter category.

Hard Corps: Uprising follows the soldier, Bahamut, as he begins to rise in strength and write his legend. Multiple game modes allow seasoned pros to show off their skills and enable genre neophytes to reach victory. Rising Mode affords new players the opportunity to earn points by overcoming enemies while under the protection of the life gauge system. This new system allows them to team up with advanced players cooperatively on or offline without the threat of sudden death. Superior players will feel right at home in Arcade Mode, modeled after the classic run-and-gun aesthetic. Playing solo or co-op, players will have to prove their expertise by finding numerous achievements and avoiding sudden death. Players all over the world can also link up via Online Co-Op Mode to view rankings, achievements and leader boards. Hard Corps: Uprising features challenging new levels, numerous power-up patterns and epic bosses. In addition, Rising Mode features a multitude of power-ups and skills, and additional content, such as characters, wallpapers and avatar outfits, will be available for download. With the addition of breathtaking animations throughout the game, gamers will be immersed in the fast-paced thrills and exciting action that has always defined the 2D run-and-gun genre.

Hard Corps: Uprising is now available for $14.99 on the PlayStation Network. Downloadable characters Harley Daniels, Sayuri and Leviathan are also available to download today for $2.49. For more information, please visit

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

03/16/2011 - New Paper Mario 3DS Teaser Trailer
New Paper Mario 3DS Teaser Trailer

Here is a teaser trailer we created for the highly anticipated Paper Mario 3DS. This video is part of an upcoming special we are hosting on the Nintendo 3DS. Be sure to stay tuned for more details.

Paper Mario, known as Mario Story in Japan, is an action RPG game designed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo. The first game in the series made its debut in the year 2000. Since that date the series has gone on to be one of the most popular RPG titles in the Nintendo catalog. Fans eagerly await the upcoming Paper Mario 3D. The newest chapter in the Paper Mario saga is sure to look amazing in 3D. And we can't wait to see what unique game play surprises Nintendo has planned for the venerable series.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

03/15/2011 - Castlevania: Lords of Shadow DLC Dated
KONAMI dates first Castlevania: Lords of Shadow DLC
Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH today announced it will release the Reverie DLC pack for its acclaimed Castlevania: Lords of Shadow title on March 30th. The publisher has also released a trailer, showcasing the DLC’s new content.

The download content will be available from PlayStation®Network and Xbox LIVE®Arcade, and costs 7,99 Euros/£6.39 for the PlayStation®3 version, and 800 MS Points for the Xbox 360 code.

Reverie is the first of two planned DLC packs for the game, and marks a return to the game’s climactic castle setting as Gabriel seeks to assist the recently-slain vampire Queen’s hand maiden. The download spans three stages, and offers a breath-taking twist to the game’s plot – and will segue into the next DLC pack’s stunning conclusion...

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Monday, March 14, 2011

03/14/2011 - Dance Central Gets New Songs
LONDON – 14 March 2011 –  Harmonix today announced that songs from Gwen Stefani, Fatboy Slim, Keri Hilson and Paula Abdul will be available on 15 March for download from the all new in-game store and on Xbox LIVE® for Dance Central™, the first controller-free, body-tracking, fully immersive dance video game, exclusively for Kinect™ for Xbox 360®.

Free from any controller,
Dance Central™, a top selling game for Kinect for Xbox 360, features fun choreography and authentic routines for beginners and experts alike of all ages to master, alongside a killer 32-song on-disc soundtrack that spans a great sampling of pop, funk, hip-hop, Latin and R&B artists, including Cascada, Kool & The Gang, Kylie Minogue, Salt-N-Pepa, Nelly Furtado, Christina Milian and more. To view the full Dance Central set list plus add-on content already available, click here.

Dance Central’s downloadable content delivers fresh music and new choreography and routines on Easy, Medium and Hard difficulties in Break It Down, Perform It! and Dance Battle modes that will keep the dance floor rocking.

Dance Central DLC Additions for Xbox 360

Dancers of all abilities will be able to hit the floor next week with Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice”. The song was a No. 10 hit in the UK and its music video, featuring Christopher Walken, earned a GRAMMY® Award for Best Short Form Video.

“Hollaback Girl” from Gwen Stefani will also be available for download for Dance Central next week. The song is from the artist’s 2004 debut solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. The song reached No. 1 in Australia and the United States and was the first digital download to sell 1 million copies.

Keri Hilson will make her Dance Central debut next week with “Turnin Me On”, which features rapper Lil Wayne. The song is from her debut album, In a Perfect World, and reached No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Paula Abdul’s dance classic “Straight Up” will also be available for download for Dance Central next week. The song boosted Abdul’s Platinum debut record, Forever Your Girl, to spend three weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

Available on Xbox 360 (15 March):
·         Fatboy Slim – “Weapon of Choice”
·         Gwen Stefani – “Hollaback Girl”
·         Keri Hilson – “Turnin Me On”
·         Paula Abdul – “Straight Up”

Already available on Xbox 360:
·         Amerie – “Heard ‘Em All”
·         The Black Eyed Peas – “I Gotta Feeling"
·         Blur – “Boys & Girls”
·         Cameo – “Word Up!"
·         Chic – “Le Freak”
·         Janet Jackson – “Control”
·         Lady Sovereign – “I Got You Dancing”
·         Missy Elliott – “We Run This”
·         Ne-Yo – “Because of You”
·         Rick James – “Super Freak”
·         Rihanna – “Disturbia”
·         Sean Paul – “Temperature”
·         Tag Team – “Whoomp! (There It Is)"

Price:  240 Microsoft Points per song

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