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Friday, August 12, 2011

08/12/2011 - Children of Eden Comes to PS3 with Move Support
UBISOFT® & SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT DEBUT GAME DETAILS FOR PLAYSTATION®3 VERSION OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED CHILD OF EDEN (TM)

PlayStation 3 Version to Support PlayStation Move Controller and Offer the Experience in Full Stereoscopic 3D

London, UK – August 12, 2011 – Today Ubisoft & Sony Computer Entertainment unveiled the game details for  Child of Eden™  on the PlayStation 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system. Developed by Q? Entertainment  Inc. under the direction of the renowned game creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi, the PS3 version of Child of Eden will launch on September 30th and will feature Move compatibility and stereoscopic 3D support. Child of Eden™ is a multi-sensory shooter that sends players diving into a kaleidoscopic matrix of synchronized music and mind-blowing visuals that will usher forth a landmark game experience.

“We’re excited to be bringing the critically acclaimed Child of Eden experience to PS3,” said Geoffroy Sardin, EMEA vice president of sales and marketing, Ubisoft. “This is one of those special, rare games that belong in every gamer’s library, and the PlayStation®Move integration coupled with the ability to play the game in 3D make for an even more unique experience on PlayStation 3.”

Child of Eden thrusts the player into the centre of a battle to save Project Lumi, a mission to reproduce a human personality inside Eden, the archive of all human memories. As the project nears completion, the archive is invaded by an unknown virus. The player’s mission is to save Eden from the virus, restoring hope and peace.

Key features of Child of Eden (PlayStation 3):

·Multi-sensory effect: A visionary entertainment experience that synchronizes stunning graphics and innovative sound design to electrify the senses. By bringing physics in synergy with spectacular visuals and audio,  Child of Eden is the next-generation sensory experience. The PlayStation 3 version goes even further by offering the experience in full stereoscopic 3D.

·The world of Eden: Coming straight from Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s creative mind: a unique, surprising, rich and beautiful world.

·Controls: Simple and natural. Designed for standard controllers and the PlayStation Move for the PS3. The PlayStation Move captures a full range of motion giving you ultimate control over how you play the game. There are other added bonuses, like the ability to hook up multiple controllers for added sensory effects.

For more information on  Child of Eden, please visit: 
www.child-of-eden.com

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

08/11/2011 - Exciting New Zombie Game Comes to PSP Minis
OPEN EMOTION STUDIOS ANNOUNCES "I KILL ZOMBIES" FOR PSP MINI

Limerick, Ireland - (August 11, 2011) - Video Game Developer Open Emotion Studios today announced a new title it is developing for the PSP Mini,  I KILL ZOMBIES, which is due to launch just in time for Halloween this year. The new title is a top down action hack and slasher from Open Emotion Studios.

Inside one of the USA's top prisons, a game show takes place weekly which pits prisoners against traps, beasts and hordes upon hordes of the undead. Playing as one of three characters (And one unlockable dude) it's the player's goal to make it through all twenty Arenas, clocking up megabuxx to be the first contestant to ever survive on the sensational show that is "I KILL ZOMBIES".

I KILL ZOMBIES will offer 20 levels, 3 characters, Time Attacks, Score Attacks, Leaderboards, Awards and More. 

"I KILL ZOMBIES is a frantic, gory and frankly inappropriate game that any zombie lover shouldn't miss this Halloween," said Paddy Murphy, CEO of Open Emotion Studios.

Stay tuned for more information on the game as the launch gets closer and visit the official Website at
http://www.openemotionstudios.com/

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

08/10/2011 - Flame Red 3DS Coming Sept 9th
NINTENDO GETS FIRED UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH NEW FLAME RED NINTENDO 3DS

New Color, New Price and Great Games Make Nintendo 3DS a Must-Have

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 10, 2011 – Nintendo is making sure the holidays are hot this year with a new Flame Red version of its portable
Nintendo 3DS™ system. The new color launches Sept. 9 alongside the new  Star Fox 64™ 3D game, and comes on the heels of a new $169.99 suggested retail price, which goes into effect Aug. 12 in the United States. Flame Red joins Cosmo Black and Aqua Blue, so now shoppers have three distinct and fashionable colors to choose from.

"Nintendo 3DS is poised to be on fire for the holidays, with its new suggested retail price, great games and our new Flame Red color," said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "With major upcoming releases in the  Star Fox, Pokémon and Mario series, in addition to downloadable offerings from Nintendo eShop, Nintendo Video and Netflix, the system offers new and fun experiences to owners on a daily basis."

On the software side, third-party developers have lined up to deliver great new experiences that make use of the unique features of Nintendo 3DS.

"Nintendo 3DS is an amazing piece of technology that offers players incredible 3D games without the need for special glasses. Beyond that, it's an affordable dedicated gaming machine. Simply put, Nintendo 3DS is a fabulous device," said Laurent Detoc, President, North America, Ubisoft. "Ubisoft has been a big supporter of Nintendo 3DS since the beginning with eight Nintendo 3DS games released to date and another eight games coming out before the end of calendar year 2011."

Retailers are also anticipating a strong showing from Nintendo 3DS this holiday season.

"The new, lower Nintendo 3DS price combined with a hot new color and big-name games will entice even more Target guests to get their hands on this first-of-its-kind 3D gaming experience," said Nik Nayar, vice president of Merchandising, Target.

"GameStop customers were excited about the Nintendo 3DS launch, and this lower price point should spark additional demand," said GameStop President Tony Bartel. "With a solid back-half game lineup, the Nintendo 3DS price drop is well timed to drive consumer interest and purchases through the holiday season."

Nintendo is planning the release of two upcoming games starring its famous hero, Mario™, this holiday season.  Super Mario™ 3D Land will launch in November, while  Mario Kart™ 7 becomes available in December.  Super Mario 3D Land is a new platforming game that takes full advantage of 3D graphics to deliver new puzzles, more precise jumping action and a remarkable new visual perspective on the Mushroom Kingdom. The game also marks the return of Mario's fan-favorite Tanooki Suit, which allows him to strike enemies with his tail and slowly descend after jumping.  Mario Kart 7 is a new racing game that includes multiple characters from the Mushroom Kingdom, Kart customization and intense multiplayer action. Players can now race on land, sea and air, sail through the sky with the new hang glider feature and drive underwater in some stages. Both games are completely new and are designed specifically for the Nintendo 3DS system.

Since Nintendo 3DS launched in the United States on March 27, more than 830,000 units have been sold in the U.S. alone. Nintendo 3DS owners represent some of Nintendo's most loyal customers, and Nintendo is rewarding them for getting in on the action early with 20 free downloadable games from the Nintendo eShop.

These free games are available to anyone who owns a Nintendo 3DS system and uses a wireless broadband Internet signal to connect to the Nintendo eShop at least once or performs a system update before 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Aug. 11. These users will automatically be registered in the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program. The program contains two elements:

1. Starting Sept. 1, Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors will be able to download 10 NES™ Virtual Console™ games at no charge and before they are available in the Nintendo eShop to the general public. These games, including  Super Mario Bros.™, Donkey Kong Jr.™, Balloon Fight™, Ice Climber™ and The Legend of Zelda™, are slated to become paid downloadable games, but Ambassadors get them early for free. Once the paid versions of the games are posted to the Nintendo eShop later in the year, the updated versions will be available to Ambassadors for download at no cost.

2. By the end of 2011, Nintendo will provide Ambassadors with 10 Game Boy™ Advance Virtual Console games. These include games like Yoshi's Island™: Super Mario™ Advance 3, Mario Kart™: Super Circuit, Metroid™ Fusion, WarioWare™, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ and  Mario vs. Donkey Kong™. These games will be available exclusively to Ambassadors, and Nintendo currently has no plans to make these 10 games available to the general public on the Nintendo 3DS in the future.

For more information about the Nintendo 3DS Ambassador program, visit 
http://support.nintendo.com/3dsambassador. More details about this program will be announced in the future.

Remember that Nintendo 3DS features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit 
http://www.nintendo.com/3ds.

*Online features require a broadband Internet connection. Netflix content is available to Netflix members who have an unlimited streaming plan.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

NINTENDO ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE ACTIVITIES FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LEGEND OF ZELDA

Zelda Developers to Judge Top Consumer-Created Flipnote Studio Animations

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 8, 2011 - The 25th anniversary celebration of The Legend of Zelda™ continues with the launch of a new website and a creative challenge for fans of the iconic Nintendo series. For 25 years The Legend of Zelda has chronicled the adventures of heroic Link™ and Princess Zelda™. Now fans can share their passion for the series and document its history with a new 25th anniversary website at
http://www.zelda.com/25th. The anniversary website includes an interactive history of The Legend of Zelda, as well as a video featuring an orchestra performing music from the series at the 2011 E3 Expo.

Starting today through Sept. 9,
Nintendo DSi™ or Nintendo DSi XL™ owners are also invited to create their own flipnotes, or short animations, inspired by The Legend of Zelda series. Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL owners can use one of three flipnote templates with music from The Legend of Zelda series, then complete and upload their creations via the Flipnote Studio application. Flipnote Studio is available as a free download from the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, and also comes pre-installed on select Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL hardware. Fans can also submit a paper entry by mail. The best Zelda-themed flipnotes will be evaluated by key Nintendo developers who have worked on the series - including Shigeru Miyamoto, Takashi Tezuka, Eiji Aonuma and Yoshiaki Koizumi - and posted for fans to enjoy on the http://www.zelda.com/25th website, the Nintendo Channel on the Wii™ console and Flipnote Hatena on Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems. For official rules, visit http://www.zelda.com/25th/flipnote.

Nintendo's 25th anniversary celebration also includes the recent launch of The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D game for the
Nintendo 3DS™ system, which lets players explore a vastly upgraded classic game in full 3D without the need for special glasses. Later this year, Nintendo will launch The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword for the Wii system. In September, Nintendo is offering the multiplayer fun of The Legend of Zelda™: Four Swords as a free gift to fans. Fans can download a Nintendo DSiWare version of the game using their Nintendo DSi or Nintendo DSi XL systems, or by accessing the Nintendo eShop with a Nintendo 3DS system (wireless broadband Internet access required for download).

For more information about the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, visit
http://www.zelda.com/25th.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

08/08/2011 - The Wal-Mart Nintendo 3DS Price Drop Hustle
The Wal-Mart Nintendo 3DS Price Drop Hustle

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UPDATE: CONFIRMED TRUE

A
reliable source claims Wal-Mart will lower the price of the Nintendo 3DS on August 9th, just two days before the official price drop. Normally we don't comment on rumors. However, if the rumors are true this will be a great opportunity for potential 3DS buyers. This rumored price drop also coincides with some other, industry related developments.

Lucky Wal-Mart customers will be able to buy the 3DS at the new lower price before the 12th. However they may also be able to participate in the Nintendo Ambassador Program. For those of you who don't already know, the Ambassador Program will give 3DS owners 20 free games just for buying the Nintendo 3DS before August 12th. All 3DS owners have to do is register their system and connect to the Nintendo 3DS e-shop before the August 12th deadline.

Scooping the Competition

This is all very exciting news for potential 3DS owners. But what is the real story here? First, this is a clever way for Wal-Mart to ensure they get the bulk of Nintendo 3DS sales for this month. There is a lot of anticipation surrounding this price drop. Wal-Mart knows this plan will drive most of the new adopters into their stores.

Wal-Mart Loves Nintendo

We should also talk about the Wal-Mart company and its relationship Nintendo. It has been said that Wal-Mart is the biggest seller of Nintendo products in North America. This should come as no surprise. The company is also one of the largest and most powerful retailers in the World. However Wal-Mart and Nintendo share a common audience, and some might say, a common goal.

Both companies are extremely pro-Family. Wal-Mart has a very good reputation for being a family friendly store, and Nintendo is the most family friendly video game company. They two industry giants are a perfect match. And the two companies have a shared history that goes back all the way to the entry of Nintendo in the video game market.

Over the years Wal-Mart has offered many amazing, and sometimes exclusive, deals on Nintendo products. Wal-Mart frequently has Nintendo products on sale on Black Friday, and also during the all important Holiday Season. I would not be surprised to learn that Nintendo may have cut a deal with the retail giant. This seems especially likely when you consider that Target Stores have always traditionally backed Sony, Nintendo's biggest competitor. (Target being the biggest rival to Wal-Mart.)

Walmart's NPD Surprise

There is one other reason we should pay attention to Wal-Mart's plans. After many years of resistance, Wal-Mart has finally decided to participate in the retail sales tracking service provided by the NPD Group. [
*source] The NPD Group is the primary market research company for North America. Every month video game fanboys eagerly anticipate the release of monthly NPD sales figures. For the first time ever, Wal-Mart will be included in the monthly NPD report. Ironically this development comes just as Wal-Mart is getting ready to scoop their competition with the early 3DS price drop. Although this is entirely a coincidence, the development will help Nintendo add some bulk to their 3DS sales figures. Because at this point the company truly needs a win. And NPD sales figures are often used as public relations weapon in the battle for consumer hearts and minds.

In the past the NPD group merely provided estimates for the the retailers it did not cover with its reports. According to the company: "The NPD group's total US numbers are based on reports from 60 of US retailers." [*source] It seems funny that so many gamers would argue about numbers that only cover a little more than half of the total market. It will be interesting to see how the entry of Wal-Mart into the program will effect NPD totals.


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