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Friday, June 24, 2011

06/24/2011 - Final Atari 7800 Expansion Module Box Revealed
Final Atari 7800 Expansion Module Box Revealed!

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While following a lead on the Atari Flashback 3 one of our intrepid writers was able to steal a cam phone pic of the completed Atari 7800 Expansion Module. The is the final, ready to ship product, with its completed packaging.

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The packaging has the same look and feel of the original Atari 7800 box from 1984. (And not the later and more common 1986 box.) This interesting design choice creates a visual continuity with the classic Atari brand. It also has a look that builds upon the vision of the original Atari designers. In my opinion, this product looks like it just rolled off the Atari assmebly line.

The packaging appears to be a glossy sleeve that slides over a standard but sturdy box. This gives the completed product a high quality, professional look, while keeping costs relatively low. (which is probably a good thing as this project is rumored to have cost over $10,000 US.)

The highly anticpated Atari 7800 Expansion Module (XM) brings new features and functions to your classic 7800 console. The XM adds high score support, expanded audio features, and additional RAM for creating larger games with more colors and enhanced graphics.

The XM also features two expansion ports, a SIO Port and a 15 Pin expansion port. These two ports will eventually be used with keyboards, storage devices, and other possible hardware add-ons.

The 7800 Expansion module is already compatible with over 25 different games, including 10 games from the classic 7800 library. The device also has support for many popular 7800 home brew titles. There are also many brand new games already in production, many created for use exclusively with 7800 XM.

Ironically the creator of the 7800 XM was also involved in the development of the Atari Flashback series. Strangely enough we went in search of the truth behind one product, the Atari Flashback 3, and wound up getting a bigger scoop on another product. Its funny how these things work out.

We hope to have a full review of the 7800 XM as soon as the product arrives here at the office. Please stay tuned for more details.

For more Information on this product please visit:

Legacy Engineering Group Official Page

Atari 7800 XM Status Page

7800 Expansion Module Games Discussion (AtariAge.com)

Submitted By: Dr Gonzo


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Thursday, June 23, 2011

06/23/2011 - LA Noire Coming to PC
Rockstar Games Announces L.A. Noire for the PC

New York, NY – June 23, 2011 - Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), and Team Bondi Pty. Ltd., are proud to announce that L.A. Noire will be arriving this fall for the PC. 

“L.A. Noire is a new type of game that makes players see through a detective’s eyes in 1940s Los Angeles,” said Sam Houser, founder of Rockstar Games. “Its unique blend of story, action and crime solving will be perfect to play on PC.”

The PC version of L.A. Noire was developed by Rockstar Leeds. It will run on a wide range of PCs and feature customization, including keyboard remapping and gamepad functionality to both optimize and customize the performance and user experience. Along with increased fidelity and improved graphical enhancements, the PC version will feature 3D support for an even greater sense of interaction and immersion within a painstakingly detailed 1940s Los Angeles. 

Developed by Team Bondi in conjunction with Rockstar Games, L.A. Noire is a crime thriller set in post World War II Los Angeles. As Detective Cole Phelps, players must search for clues, interrogate suspects and chase down criminals to solve a series of cases inspired by real world incidents. As he rises through the ranks of the LAPD, Phelps comes face-to-face with the corrupt heart of Los Angeles: from fallen starlets to double-dealing police officers and the vast reaches of the criminal underworld – and finally, the darkness of his own personal demons.

Utilizing a brand new type of facial capture technology called MotionScan, L.A. Noire breathes unprecedented life into character performances and was honored as an official selection of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

Since its release on May 17, L.A. Noire has shipped approximately 4 million units worldwide to date. The game was the number one best-selling video game for three consecutive weeks in the U.K. and the fastest-selling new video game IP in U.K. history*. In addition, L.A. Noire was the highest-selling game in the U.S. for the month of May according to The NPD Group.

L.A. Noire is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and will release this fall for the PC at retail and digitally.

For more information, log onto
www.rockstargames.com/lanoire

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Submitted By: E. Thomas

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

06/22/2011 - Kirby TV Channel Coming to Wii
KIRBY SET TO BE THE LATEST STAR OF THE SMALL SCREEN

Classic character cements his place as a gaming legend by starring in his own TV channel available exclusively on Wii

Fresh from the recent release of the critically acclaimed Kirby’s Epic Yarn, the cute and adorable Kirby is returning to Wii on 23rd June 2011, as part of his own dedicated TV Channel. The Kirby TV Channel will be available across much of Europe as a completely free download and will feature TV shows staring Kirby, the legendary Star Warrior, as he battles King Dedede in Dream Land.

The channel will allow you to view over 50 Kirby episodes that will be updated twice a week over a six month period. Fans of Kirby will be able to check the programming schedule just like a real TV channel and choose from four streaming episodes at a time.

Every week, two new episodes will become available – one on a Monday and one on a Thursday. The episodes will be available to view for two weeks before being archived to make way for new episodes. Episode 1 is permanently unlocked so Kirby fans can watch how he came to land in Dream Land at their leisure. Keep a close eye on the channel, as watching episodes from the archives may be possible, ensuring you never miss an episode.

The Kirby TV Channel will be available to fans in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, Greece, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Australia and New Zealand.
Whether you have been a fan of Kirby since his debut in 1992 on the Game Boy with Kirby’s Dream Land or have recently discovered the cute hero through Kirby’s Epic Yarn on Wii, the new Kirby TV Channel is the best place to help you to keep up to date with Kirby and his friends’ fun adventures in Dream Land.

Submitted By: E. Thomas

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

06/21/2011 - Namco Announces Aero-Cross
AERO-CROSSTM OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED AS THE NEXT NAMCO GENERATIONS TITLE

New Classic Namco Arcade Game Remake To Be Released On Xbox® Live Arcade And Playstation®Network


NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe S.A.S. today announced that Aero-Cross™ will be the next NAMCO GENERATIONS™ title after Galaga LegionsDX. Aero-Cross is a re-imagining of the 1985 Namco arcade cult-classic, Metro-Cross, and third entry into the NAMCO GENERATIONS series of downloadable games for Xbox Live® Arcade and PlayStation®Network.

Aero-Cross drops players into a futuristic footrace as runners compete against the clock to finish courses in the fastest time. Runners will navigate courses filled with perilous jumps, roadblocks and other dangers. Players need to make use of different skills and equipment to reach the finish line in time, including slip-streaming behind other runners, air dashes to make long jumps, hoverboards for extra speed and jump pads to avoid hazards on the tracks.

The NAMCO GENERATIONS series aims to bring HD remakes of classic NAMCO arcade games to video game fans across the world. Aero-Cross is the third title in the series, following last year’s award-winning hit, PAC-MANChampionship Edition DX, and this summer’s Galaga Legions DX.

Aero-Cross will be available via Xbox Live® Arcade for Xbox 360® and PlayStation®Network for PlayStation®3.  For more information on NAMCO BANDAI Games’ entire line up, please visit
http://www.namcobandaigames.eu.

Submitted By: E. Thomas

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Monday, June 20, 2011

06/20/2011 - Warner Bros Announces Mortal Kombat Season Pass
Mortal Kombat Season Pass
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and NetherRealm Studios are excited to announce the Mortal Kombat Season Pass which will offer Mortal Kombat fans an added incentive to buy all four new Add-on warriors at one time for a reduced price instead of when purchasing them individually. The first Mortal Kombat downloadable warrior, Skarlet, will be available for download starting June 21st and will be followed by Kenshi, Rain, and an unannounced new entrant to the Mortal Kombat tournament!  Each warrior will come with a full move set, a ladder arcade story ending and two fatalities.

Available for purchase now, the Mortal Kombat Season Pass will allow users to buy all four downloadable warriors as a package for 1200 Microsoft points. Each individual warrior can be purchased when they release for 400 Microsoft points. Each warrior will become unlocked for download as they become available throughout the summer.

Further, in order to allow for seamless online play with the new downloadable warriors, free compatibility packs will be required to download with the release of each new warrior. As an added incentive, each compatibility pack will come with two FREE klassic skins – the first of which are being released with Skarlet will be Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 inspired Cyrax and Sektor. Gamers who purchase the Mortal Kombat Season Pass (or individual Add-on content) will automatically get the free klassic skins when they download each warrior. Those who do not purchase the Mortal Kombat Season Pass or the Add-ons, will be able to download the compatibility packs for free and have access to the klassic skins as well.

Please note: The Mortal Kombat Season Pass is only available for purchase on Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE. PlayStation users will also have full access to the individual DLC warriors, the compatibility packs, and the FREE klassic skins.
For more information about Mortal Kombat, please visit
www.themortalkombat.com or ‘like’ us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/MortalKombat.  

Submitted By: E. Thomas

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