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Friday, September 9, 2011

09/09/2011 - Nintendo 3DS Sales Up 260 Percent
NINTENDO 3DS SALES UP 260 PERCENT FOLLOWING PRICE REDUCTION

Sept. 8, 2011 - Nintendo sold more than 235,000  Nintendo 3DS™ portable entertainment systems in the United States in August, and the system finished as the No. 2 best-selling dedicated game system for the month, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. About 185,000 units were sold following a  price reduction on Aug. 12, an increase of more than 260 percent during the comparable 19-day time period in July.

"Consumers are responding very positively to the new suggested retail price of $169.99 for the Nintendo 3DS," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "With  Star Fox 64 3D  and the new Flame Red color launching tomorrow, and  Super Mario 3D Land and  Mario Kart 7 arriving later this year, Nintendo 3DS will offer consumers cutting-edge entertainment and tremendous value this holiday season."

Other Nintendo milestones reached in August include:

• Nintendo sold more than 590,000 total hardware units in August, including more than 190,000 
Wii™ systems and more than 165,000 units of the  Nintendo DS™ family.

• For the third month in a row, the majority of the best-selling software SKUs play on Nintendo platforms. August featured five of the top 10 and 15 of the top 20.

• So far in 2011, more than 50 million units of software have been sold for Nintendo platforms.

• In total, 540 million units of software have been sold for the Wii system and Nintendo DS family of systems combined.

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

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

09/08/2011 - Xperia Play Comes to AT&T Now only $50
Sony Ericsson XperiaTM PLAY launches with AT&T in the US

London, Thursday 8th September 2011 Sony Ericsson today announced that XperiaTM PLAY will be coming to AT&T stores this month throughout the U.S, enabling even more consumers to have access to the industry's only PlayStation® certified smartphone.  

Today's announcement continues the strong momentum around XperiaTM PLAY since its launch earlier this year. The smartphone is available through major carriers around the world, including Verizon, America Móvil, Telefónica Movistar, Vodafone, T-mobile and Orange, to name a few.

With 150 optimised titles available for download, XperiaTM PLAY offers a broad portfolio of games for all types of gamers, ranging from MinecraftTM Pocket Edition to Battlefield: Bad CompanyTM 2 and Dead SpaceTM 2. In addition, XperiaTM PLAY provides users with unique social experiences, including Sony Ericsson Facebook® inside XperiaTM, which allows them to share and discover games. 

"XperiaTM PLAY is the only true gaming smartphone and Sony Ericsson is creating a new and unique market category. Games are the most popular content for smartphones and XperiaTM PLAY users are at the forefront in downloading content. This presents a major opportunity for operators," said Steve Walker, Global Head of Marketing at Sony Ericsson.

XperiaTM PLAY is marketed by AT&T as XperiaTM PLAY 4G supporting HSPA+ and is offeredin an exclusive "stealth blue" colour. It will be available as a smartphone package complete with accessories including the Sony Ericsson Multimedia Dock DK300 and MC100 music cable. The device will come pre-loaded with seven games, some of which are exclusive. 

XperiaTM PLAY 4G will be available in AT&T stores from September 18th 2011 for $49.99 with a two-year agreement.

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

09/07/2011 - Roller Coaster Tycoon 3D coming to Nintendo 3DS
ATARI TO UNLEASH ONE OF THE BEST-SELLING PC FRANCHISES OF ALL TIME ON NINTENDO 3DS

ROLLERCOASTER TYCOON 3D

Los Angeles, CA — September 7, 2011 Since its inception in 1999,  Chris Sawyer’s original RollerCoaster Tycoon and its sequels have captivated audiences with a gaming experience that put a whole new spin on the world of theme parks.  Now, 12 years later and over 11 million units sold, Atari, one of the world’s most recognised publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, is bringing RollerCoaster Tycoon back with a captivating 3D gameplay experience!  Next year immerse yourself in the pinnacle of all theme park simulators with RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D, tailored exclusively for Nintendo 3DS™. 

“RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D marks the return of one of the most popular game franchises and delivers an innovative, robust and unrestricted theme park simulator to the next generation of Tycoon fans,” said Jim Wilson, CEO of Atari. 

From constructing the wildest roller coasters to picking out the perfect spot for your stores and amenities amidst jam-packed crowds, you can finally enjoy the classic RollerCoaster Tycoon experience on a handheld device for the first time ever.
 
  • Complete creative freedom with intuitive and streamline controls

Fully enjoy the features that made the beloved series popular: a deep coaster construction system and robust theme park customisation.  Design the wildest, most imaginative roller coasters through the “Coaster Creator” option using a user-friendly, touchscreen toolset and a wide array of upgrade possibilities and themes at your disposal.
 
  • A deep and immersive management simulation experience

The world of RollerCoaster Tycoon isn’t just about creating roller coasters; managing theme parks is paramount to keeping finances flowing to build even more!  This latest installment takes the demanding management simulation from the series and compresses it into a handheld form, creating a challenging yet manageable take on the genre for players of all ages.
 
  • New gameplay mode with special unlockable content

Completely new to the series is the “Coaster Story” mode, which blends together tutorials and park challenges into a cohesive and entertaining narrative.  Choose your own player character and set off on a journey around the world to expand your roller coaster empire.  As you progress, you’ll unlock tons of unique attractions, themes, amenities and more.

§  Jump straight into “Park Sandbox” mode and take control
Players who want to get right into the action can quickly jump into the open-ended “Park Sandbox” mode and play RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D the classic way, where the only thing that matters is just how far you can take your own theme park.  With the advanced networking capabilities of Nintendo 3DS, sharing your park creations is now easier than ever!

Developed by n-Space, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D will be available in 2012.  For more information, please log onto Official product website:
http://rollercoastertycoon.com/ or find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/rollercoastertycoon.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

09/06/2011 - New Picture of 3DS Analog Stick Attatchment
Nintendo 3DS gets new Analog Stick Attatchment. 

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This image comes straight from the pages of the Famitsu, Japan's most popular gaming magazine. This pciture confirms a rumor first seen on the web several weeks ago.

The cradle device ads a second analog stick, as well as a second trigger button. There is not word yet on the cost, or when this item will release. However it does seem likely that this device will be used with the rumored Monster Hunter 3DS game.

For now it seems this new add on will only be used for Monster Hunter 3DS, and that it may not even be released outside of Japan. We will just have to wait for September 13th, that's the day Nintendo is holding their official Nintendo 3DS summit. Stay tuned for more details!

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09/06/2011 - Guardian Heroes Coming to Xbox Live This October
Guardian Heroes Fights its Way to Xbox LIVE Arcade this October

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON - September 6, 2011 SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that Guardian Heroes™, Treasure’s classic Action-RPG brawler for the SEGA Saturn™, will be coming to Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft on October 12. Players will be able to experience all of the original title’s side-scrolling action in fully re-mastered HD, both alone and with up to 12 friends online, for 800 Microsoft Points.

Guardian Heroes isn’t just about beating up bad guys. With a branching storyline full of twists and turns, players will enjoy one of five completely unique final boss fights, as well as more than half a dozen possible endings.

To showcase the potential ways players can punch, kick, chop, stab and spellcast their way through Guardian Heroes, SEGA and Treasure have released a new gameplay trailer. To download an HD copy of the trailer, click here.

For more information on Guardian Heroes, please visit
http://www.sega.com. For press assets please visit www.sega-press.com. For more news, follow SEGA on Twitter @SEGA or “like” us on Facebook.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

09/05/2011 - Official Press Release for Atari Flashback 3

AtGames to Launch the Atari Flashback 3 Retro Gaming Console with 60 built-in games recreating the original Atari 2600 retro gaming experience!

AtGames announces the release of the Atari Flashback 3 console including 60 built-in games in Europe and Australia working with distributor Blaze Europe Ltd!


London, UK – 05/09/2011
- AtGames Digital Media Ltd. is launching the Atari-licensed Atari Flashback® 3 console in Europe and Australia. Blaze Europe will be AtGames’ designated distributor exclusively for UK, Australia, and selected EU countries. This product recreates for gamers the original video gaming experience of the widely appealing video game console (30 million units sold worldwide) from the 1980’s.

With titles such as Asteroids, Missile Command, Centipede, Yars’ Revenge and 56 others, there are hours and hours of the purest video gaming entertainment for the whole family. 

For anyone who had an Atari 2600 back in the 1980’s, the Flashback 3 really is a “flashback” to an era when video gaming first had mass appeal.  But if you haven’t had the experience of the original Atari, then the Flashback 3 takes you right back to the heart of the eighties. 

With styling based on the original Atari 2600, the Flashback 3 is complete with two retro joysticks, also based on the original Atari designs.  This retro experience allows you to go back in time so you can experience how it all started, and why retro gamers still say that the Atari games are as playable now as they were then.  The Atari Flashback 3 is an easy to use plug and play device that you use with your TV that provides an affordable piece of video gaming nostalgia suitable for the whole family.

“Atari games are known around the world and we are pleased to partner with AtGames to re-launch our best selling Flashback series of classic games for a whole new generation of consumers worldwide”, says Lee Jacobson, SVP of Licensing at Atari Inc.

“Atari is one of the legendary brands in the world that goes beyond borders and time. We are delighted to be Atari’s partner for bringing the Atari Flashback 3 to the worldwide audience”, says Dr. Ping-Kang Hsiung, CEO of AtGames Digital Media Ltd.

“We are pleased to be working with AtGames to launch the Atari Flashback 3 in Europe and Australia, as it meets much of the nostalgic demand of retro gamers, and is suitable for the whole family”, says Jason Cooper, Chairman of Blaze Europe Ltd.

The Atari Flashback 3 will be available in October 2011 in all good video games stores for the low price of £49.99.

For more information visit: http://www.blazeeurope.com/atari/atari-flashback-3/prod_156.html

Features:

  • Design based on original Atari 2600
  • Two retro joysticks based on original Atari controllers
  • 60 built-in games
  • Plug and Play into your TV
  • Classic limited edition Atari poster included

Games List:

3D Tic-Tac-Toe
Adventure
Adventure II
Air•Sea Battle
Aquaventure
Asteroids
Backgammon
Basketball
Battle Zone
Bowling
Canyon Bomber
Centipede
Championship Soccer
Circus Atari
Combat
Combat Two
Demons to Diamonds
Desert Falcon
Dodge’ Em
Double Dunk
Fatal Run
Flag Capture
Frog Pond
Fun with Numbers
Golf
Gravitar
Hangman
Haunted House
Home Run
Human Cannonball
Maze Craze
Miniature Golf
Missile Command
Night Driver
Off the Wall
Outlaw
Realsports Baseball
Realsports Basketball
Realsports Soccer
Realsports Volleyball
Swordquest: Earthworld
Super Baseball
Saboteur
Save Mary
Secret Quest
Sky Diver
Space War
Sprintmaster 
Star Ship
Steeplechase
Submarine Commander
Super Breakout
Super Football
Surround
Swordquest: Fireworld 
Video Checkers
Video Chess
Video Pinball
Wizard
Yars' Revenge


About BLAZE Europe Ltd 

BLAZE are specialists in “Plug and Play” games consoles, and works closely with AtGames to bring these products to market.

Blaze also hold a number of popular licenses including Mr Men (with Mr Men accessories for Nintendo 3DS/DSi/DSi Lite), Fitness First (Mel B endorsed) accessories (for all gaming formats) and Liverpool Football Club (with a range of Liverpool FC i-Phone cases, i-Pad cases, Nintendo 3DS travel kits, Xbox 360 faceplates and PS3 controllers).


With over 20 years of experience in the video game industry, the research and development team continually seek to create new product ranges that are specially designed to meet the needs of an ever changing market place.

About ATARI, SA

Atari (www.atari.com) is a multi-platform, global interactive entertainment and licensing company. The original innovator of video gaming, founded in 1972, Atari owns and/or manages a portfolio of more than 200 games and franchises, including world renowned brands like Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Pong®, Test Drive®, Backyard Sports®, Deer Hunter®, Ghostbusters®, and Rollercoaster Tycoon®. Atari capitalizes on these powerful properties by delivering compelling games online (i.e. browser, Facebook® and digital download), on smartphones and tablets and other connected devices. The Company also develops and distributes interactive entertainment for video game consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony. As a licensor, Atari extends its brand and franchises into other media, merchandising and publishing categories.

Atari has offices in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Lyon and London. © 2011 Atari Interactive, Inc. All rights reserved.

Atari word mark and logo are trademarks owned by Atari Interactive, Inc.

About AtGames Digital Media, Ltd. 

AtGames® Digital Media, Ltd. develops innovative interactive entertainment products for worldwide distribution. AtGames® has distribution in North America, Western Europe, Russia, Latin America, Greater China, and the rest of Asia. AtGames® has offices in Los Angeles, Taipei, and ShenZhen.

Information about all AtGames products can be found at www.atgames.net

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