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Friday, August 5, 2011

08/05/2011 - Zelda Symphony Orchestra in London
NINTENDO CELEBRATES THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LEGEND OF ZELDATM WITH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA IN LONDON

The HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London is to host a unique The Legend of Zelda inspired concert on 25th October 2011

Nintendo is celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda video game series in style by hosting a unique symphony concert in London. The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert Tour will stop off in London for a one-off European date, playing music from the iconic series. The European concert will be held on 25th October 2011 at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London, and will include songs hand-picked by Nintendo composer Koji Kondo and his team. Ticket prices for the London concert start at £33.75 and will be available starting on 8th August 2011 from www.ticketmaster.co.uk /www.zelda-symphony.com

“The Legend of Zelda series is famous for its beautiful music and we are thrilled to celebrate 25 years of memorable soundtracks from this iconic series by letting a symphony orchestra bring this music to life,” said Laurent Fischer, Managing Director of Marketing & PR for Nintendo of Europe. “The symphony orchestra concert in London will allow fans from across Europe to come together and show their love for all things Zelda while enjoying a truly unique performance & experience.” 

A 70-piece orchestra will be joined by a choir to perform new arrangements of a variety of songs from the series’ 25-year history. The concerts will be produced by Jason Michael Paul, Inc., the producers of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, which has toured the world performing music from video games.

“The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert Tour brings one of the video game industry’s most exciting and enduring franchises to the concert hall and presents what we feel is the definitive concert experience for the series,” said executive producer Jason Michael Paul. “It’s an event that fans and music aficionados won’t want to
miss.”

In celebration of 25 years of The Legend of Zelda series Nintendo recently released The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time 3D for Nintendo 3DS™ which is a completely remastered version of the classic title. The game now incorporates 3D graphics, as well as a brand new control scheme which utilises the functionalities of Nintendo 3DS. Zelda fans should also look out for The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword available on Wii™ later this year which makes full use of the Wii Remote™ Plus controller to guide Link on his quest to rescue Princess Zelda. Additional 25th anniversary activities will be announced throughout 2011.

For more information about the concerts, visit
www.zelda-symphony.com

For more information about The Legend of Zelda visit
www.thelegendofzelda.co.uk

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

08/04/2011 - Ninja Fishing Now Available on iPhone
Ready Your Sword and Appetite! Ninja Fishing Has Struck the App Store

Gamenauts launches fish-and-slash arcade game for iOS

San Jose, CA - August 4, 2011 - Gamenauts and Menara Games today announced the launch of their colorful fish-and-slash mobile game, Ninja Fishing. The game combines the tilt and touch mechanics of iOS devices and welcomes iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch ninjas to the iTunes App Store dojo starting today.

Otoro’s ever-growing ninja tummy is growling and it’s up to players to get him the sushi he so craves. Players tilt the iOS device to help Otoro hook and reel in fish, and after the stout swordsman flings his haul into the air, players must use katana-powered touch technology to slice their scaly victims right out of the sky while avoiding hazardous dynamites! The more gold earned from reeling and slashing, the more players can spend on upgrading arsenal to find more rare fish and treasure chests.

The most skilled of the fisherman ninja clan shall proclaim their fishing Ninjutsu prowess on GameCenter and OpenFeint leaderboards.

The team is already hard at work on the next updates of the game, which include a Sushi Mode in which players need to prove their katana skills by slicing fish according to different sushi recipes.

Visit the App Store today to join Otoro on his delicious quest for just $0.99. Click here to download Ninja Fishing today:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ninja-fishing/id445283501?ls=1&mt=8

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

08/03/2011 - Zombie Pinata Now Available on App Store
Neggi Studio Announces Zombie Piñata for iPhone and iPod Touch

Montreal, Canada and Monterrey, Mexico – August 3, 2011- Neggi Studio announced its new game Zombie Piñata, for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

A terrible and evil Mayan spirit has been released from its prison; the curse says that the first “species” that this evil spirit touches will be transformed into zombies. The problem is that the biggest piñata chain store in Mexico was build on top of the prison, so the spirit ends up possessing the body of a piñata and thus transforming all the piñatas from all the retail stores in the country into Zombie Piñatas!

Zombie Piñata is an action packed game for the iPhone and iPod touch, fight your way through over 30 stages of pure madness while fighting the now evil piñatas. Find their lair deep in the Mayan archeological site and face the biggest zombie piñata of them all: Piñaton!

The game features old school side-scroller gameplay that presents a quick fix of action on the go.

Key Features:

- Travel around some of Mexico’s most famous cities and areas while whacking all the piñatas that stand in your way, clean each town and free the land from this zombie infestation.- More than anything, piñatas fear the might of the whacking stick, improve your skills with upgradable combos and get power ups to turn your piñata stick into the legendary “Master Stick.”

- Visit the totally groovy “Cheke’s Specialty Shop” for grenades, extra ammo and other awesome improvements to increase your chances for survival as you face hordes and hordes of zombie piñatas and people they have turned into zombies.

- Use every weapon and special item at your disposal; inflate zombies or blow them up, dish out justice, piñata hunter style!

- Download additional content such as music and game wallpapers for free!

- Future updates will bring additional achievements and future leader board integration using OpenFeint.

Zombie Piñata is now available on the Apple App Store.

For more info about the game you can visit the official site at
http://www.zombiepinatagame.com

You can also watch our commercial video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9xrkrLg2EU

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

08/02/2011 - King's Bounty Beta Test Announced
Nival Marches King's Bounty: Legions Onto Facebook With Invitation-Only Beta Test

Gamers Need Invite to Fight Friends, Unfold Epic Storyline for Iconic King's Bounty Franchise

LOS ANGELES - August 2, 2011 - Nival, a global developer and publisher of social strategy games, is calling on gamers to invite their friends, then destroy them in
King's Bounty: Legions. Nival announced the opening of its initial beta test for King's Bounty: Legions, a turn-based social strategy game playable on Facebook, via a limited number of invitations. Interested players can acquire an invite at popular gaming website Gamesradar or via invite from a Facebook friend who is already playing the game.

King's Bounty: Legions welcomes social features and competitive player-versus-player combat as new additions to the popular turn-based strategy series, beloved for its tactical combat, amusing storyline and challenging quests. In King's Bounty: Legions, players travel to different lands, meet interesting NPCs and defeat treacherous armies while growing and customizing their own forces to unleash in the game's addictive and challenging turn-based strategy system.

"King's Bounty: Legions combines the classic, quest-fulfilling game play with new PvP battles and an asynchronous feature that lets users send their army into battle even when they are away," said David D Christensen, general manager for Nival's North American operations and executive producer of  King's Bounty: Legions. "While we look forward to  King's Bounty fans settling long-standing debates about who amongst them is the greatest leader, we are confident the various types of game play will allow a wide audience to enjoy  King's Bounty: Legions."

Gamers who strategically assemble a well-balanced army and exploit different advantages held by some classes over others, will enjoy more success and potentially achieve a higher Legion ranking in PvP.

Classes include the following:
  • Archer - This range class offers players the chance to deal damage while keeping a safe distance from the fray.
  • Defender - The best offense is a good defense, as demonstrated with their ability to withstand heavy attacks from enemies.
  • Mage - Unleash magical powers to conquer foes from afar with these masters of the mystic arts.
  • Support - Everybody needs somebody to watch their back and this class is the go-to back-up in battle.
  • Warrior - Whether it's swinging a big sword, showing off some big fangs or just being a frontline trooper, this class will get up close and personal with foes.
King's Bounty: Legions will be a cross-platform title, appearing initially on Facebook, and later on iOS and Android platforms for mobile and tablet devices. The game is being developed on the Unity 3D engine, allowing for the popular  King's Bounty  art style to help raise the visual quality expectations of browser-based, social games.

Players play  King's Bounty: Legions for free and may choose to purchase in-game items. Nival plans to support  King's Bounty: Legions with regular game maintenance and updates, featuring new fighting units, maps, quests, social elements and game play mechanics.

The title is being developed by KranX Productions. King's Bounty®and King's Bounty: Legions™ are provided under license through 1C Company. Players interested in learning more about King's Bounty: Legions can visit
Facebook.

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Monday, August 1, 2011

08/01/2011 - Vote in the Golden Joystick Awards 2011
The GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards: Vote Now

World’s most-popular videogames awards reveals shortlist

01/08/11 –
Gamers all over the globe can now have their say on the year in gaming as the GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards announces its 2011 shortlist.

Grabbing the headlines is Ultimate Game Of The Year, one of gaming’s biggest accolades and the one everyone in the industry wants in the trophy cabinet. Contenders for 2011 include Call Of Duty: Black Ops, L.A. Noire and Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, reflecting a spectacular 12 months in gaming.

While the One To Watch category looks to the future with pre-order essentials like Halo 4, Mass Effect 3 and Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword.

Voting is live now at
www.goldenjoystick.com. Voters who participate in all 14 public categories are in with a chance of winning the GamesMaster Ultimate Gaming Prize - including consoles and many of the award-nominated games.

Robin Alway, Editor-in-Chief of GamesMaster says: “The combination of 1.5 million votes last year and an outstanding 12 months for games meant the pressure was really on when it came to picking the shortlist for the Golden Joysticks. But while that was difficult, voting is easier than ever and we want every gamer to have their say.

“The shortlist features huge sequels living up to the hype, new IP establishing itself, and incredible innovation and creativity wherever you look. There could be some major upsets when the winners are announced.”

Following the success of 2010’s event, with more than 1.5 million votes cast, the GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards has been enhanced by a number of changes.

New categories, including dedicated gongs for downloadable, mobile and free-to-play games, allow for a wider breadth of games than ever before, including success stories like Minecraft and Angry Birds.

The 2011 shortlist has been selected by a hand-picked panel of Future’s gaming experts, chaired by GamesMaster Editor-in-Chief Robin Alway.

And the brand new website at
www.goldenjoystick.com makes voting quick and enjoyable – as well as easy to share thanks to full social media integration.

The new site makes it more straightforward than ever before for games players, creators and publishers alike to mobilise support for their chosen titles – the key to winning a prestigious Golden Joystick. 

Winners are announced at the awards ceremony, taking place at the Westminster Bridge Park Plaza on Friday 21st October. Among the surprises on the night will be a number of exclusives and reveals from all across the games industry.

Simon Maxwell, Group Publisher of Future’s Entertainment portfolio, says: “We’re drawing on 29 years of heritage to make this year’s Golden Joysticks the biggest and best ever. Table sales are moving at speed, so don’t delay if you want to be in the room for the gaming event of the year.

“We can’t wait to crown the very best gaming has to offer – get voting and make sure your favourite gets the recognition it deserves.”

To vote in the GamesMaster. Golden Joystick Awards 2011 visit
www.goldenjoystick.com.

GamesMaster Golden Joystick Awards 2011 categories
  • Ultimate Game of the Year
  • One To Watch
  • Best Shooter
  • Best Action/Adventure
  • Best RPG [Role-Playing Game]
  • Best MMO [Massively Multiplayer Online game]
  • Best Fighting Game
  • Best Racing Game
  • Best Sports Game
  • Best Strategy Game
  • Best Music-based Game
  • Best Free-to-play Game
  • Best Mobile Game
  • Best Downloadable Game

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