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Saturday, October 15, 2011

10/15/2011 - Batman Arkham City Launch Trailer - Xbox 360 + PS3
Batman Arkham City Launch Trailer - Xbox 360 + PS3


Batman: Arkham City will be available nationwide Friday 21st October, and to help prepare you for the intense melee combat, sprawling cityscape and dangerous encounters in Arkham City, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment are presenting a new Batman: Arkham City trailer featuring some of Gotham’s greatest villains.  Mr. Freeze, Hugo Strange, Two-Face, Penguin and The Joker are just some of the adversaries who are out to stop the Dark Knight in this hotly-anticipated release.  Batman: Arkham City is rated BBFC 15 and will be available for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

Published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham City builds upon the intense, atmospheric foundation of Batman: Arkham Asylum, sending players soaring into Arkham City – five times larger than the game world in Batman: Arkham Asylum – and the new maximum security “home” for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and insane criminal masterminds. Set inside the heavily fortified walls of a sprawling district in the heart of Gotham City, this highly anticipated sequel introduces a brand-new story that draws together a new, all-star cast of classic characters and murderous villains from the Batman universe, as well as a vast range of new and enhanced gameplay features to deliver the ultimate experience as the Dark Knight.

Batman: Arkham City is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license. Fans canvisit
www.batmanarkhamcity.com to sign up to receive updates regarding the game.   

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Friday, October 14, 2011

10/14/2011 - Nintendo DS Sales Surpass 50 Million in North America
NINTENDO DS CROSSES 50 MILLION UNITS SOLD

Oct. 13, 2011 - The best-selling video game system in U.S. history reached another milestone in September: Lifetime sales of the Nintendo DS™ family of systems have surpassed 50 million units, according to the NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States.

"The Nintendo DS forever changed the gaming landscape, and the fact that consumers continue to embrace the platform is a testament to its value and mass appeal," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Our hand-held story continues with the Nintendo 3DS system, which just had its second consecutive month of growth and enters its first holiday season with a monster lineup of games, including Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart 7."

Other Nintendo milestones reached in September include:
  • Nintendo sold more than 260,000 Nintendo 3DS™ portable entertainment systems, an increase of more than 10 percent from the previous month. Nintendo has sold nearly 450,000 units of Nintendo 3DS following a price reduction on Aug. 12.
     
  • The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D became the first Nintendo 3DS title to surpass 500,000 total units sold in the United States.
     
  • Nintendo sold more than 647,000 total hardware units in September, including 240,000 Wii™ systems and more than 145,000 units of the Nintendo DS family.
     
  • The 273 million software units sold for the Nintendo DS family equates to more than 107,000 games being sold per day, every day for almost seven years. More than 273 million units of software have been sold for the platform in the United States, including 24 of the top 25 and 43 of the top 50 best-selling portable games in this hand-held generation.

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

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10/14/2011 - Potions, Lakes and Link's Whip All Revealed - Zelda: Skyward Sword
POTIONS, LAKES AND LINK'S WHIP AMONG REVEALED ELEMENTS IN THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SKYWARD SWORD

Oct. 14, 2011 - Nintendo has revealed another set of details about the fascinating areas, items and game play in the upcoming The Legend of Zelda™: Skyward Sword game, which will launch exclusively for the Wii™ system on Nov. 20. Following last week's unveiling of new information about the Faron Woods area of the game, fans can now glimpse additional details about this and other areas, plus a sneak peek at how players can maneuver Link™ through watery environments and help him wield a whip using the Wii Remote™ Plus controller. Newly revealed game elements include the following:

Lake Floria and the Parella Tribe: Later in his quest, Link must make his way to an as-yet-undiscovered section of the Faron Woods that is home to Lake Floria. The lake is inhabited by the squid-like Parella tribe, which makes its first appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Even when revisiting past areas like Faron Woods, players will make new discoveries and, occasionally, find drastic changes to the environment that require them to explore these areas in entirely different ways.

Swimming: As one might expect, getting to and exploring Lake Floria requires Link to swim. The intuitive motion control of the Wii Remote Plus gives players a natural way to control Link as he swims across the lake's surface or into its watery depths.

Insects and Potions: Throughout the game, Link travels back and forth between the surface and Skyloft. Players can collect bugs in the various areas they visit, and these insects can be used to infuse new ingredients into the variety of different potions available for purchase at the bazaar in Skyloft, giving the potions powerful new effects. Players can experiment with different potions and insects to find the concoctions that best meet their needs.

Fun Fun Island: Also new in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is Fun Fun Island, one of the small islands that float above the clouds near Link's hometown. As the name suggests, there's a lot of fun to be had there, but before Link can enjoy everything the island has to offer, he must find a way to fulfill the request of its lone inhabitant.

Whip: Players can use the Wii Remote Plus to lash Link's whip at enemies and objects. The whip also can be used to grab items and is integral to solving certain puzzles. Link's items can be selected in real time without pausing the game when he is on the ground, making it easier to switch between a sword and other items.

Nintendo will continue to regularly provide fans with select details and information about the game prior to its Nov. 20 launch. The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be available as a standalone game or as part of a limited-edition bundle that also includes a gold-colored Wii Remote Plus controller. Additionally, every copy in the initial production runs of the game will come packaged with a special music CD containing orchestral arrangements of select songs that will be performed at the upcoming
The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary Symphony Concert.

The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is now available for pre-order at major retailers throughout North America. A deposit may be required for pre-orders. See individual retailers for details. For more information about the game, visit
http://www.zelda.com/skywardsword.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

10/13/2011 - Burnout Crash comes to Mobile
FLEX YOUR DIGITS! BURNOUT CRASH! GOES MOBILE IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Prepare your fingers for whiplash! Criterion Games, an Electronics Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) studio today announced that Burnout™ CRASH! will be launching on the iPad, iPad 2, and iPhone 4 this holiday season. Gamers can bring the thrill of disaster and destruction with them wherever they go, swiping the screen to steer vehicles and tapping to trigger all-out explosions. This holiday, players can crash their way through a volatile mix of exciting content including three addictive game modes, 18 traffic junctions, and six unique locations, all while grooving to an 80’s inspired soundtrack featuring pop icons like Vanilla Ice and Gloria Estefan.

“We’re very excited to bring Burnout CRASH! to iOS,” said Richard Franke, Creative Director, Burnout CRASH! “The game’s super simple controls make it perfect for a mobile platform and it will give Burnout fans a chance to take the fun of Crash mode with them wherever they are.”

Burnout CRASH! is an addictive, download-only game inspired by the thrill and excitement of pinball, game shows, and retro music. Featuring the revolutionary Autolog technology, players can connect, compare, and compete with friends for endless competitive gameplay and challenging fun. In addition, the all-new Autolog Challenges feature lets players up the ante by sending direct head-to-head challenges to their friends online.

Burnout CRASH! is also available now on Xbox LIVE® Arcade and PlayStation®Network. For more information, please visit
www.criteriongames.com.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

10/12/2011 - Daytona USA coming to Home Consoles
SEGA Revs Up the Engines for Daytona® USA

Classic Arcade Racer Coming to Home Consoles with Online Multiplayer This Month

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON - October 12, 2011 -
SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced the triumphant return of the cherished arcade racer, Daytona® USA, coming this month to home consoles. Speeding out of the past from its 1993 debut, Daytona® USA will be racing onto Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation®Network. The classic title has been tuned up and overhauled with enhanced graphics, steering wheel support and, for the first time on home consoles, online multiplayer. Daytona® USA will be available as a speedy digital download in North America on October 25 for PlayStation®Network ($9.99) and October 26 for Xbox LIVE Arcade for Xbox360 (800 Microsoft Points), and in late November in Europe.

Since its arcade debut, Daytona® USA has stood the test of time as one of SEGA’s top racing titles, thanks to its colorful tracks for drivers of all skill levels, breakneck-speed gameplay and competitive head-to-head multiplayer options. The game’s iconic soundtrack is instantly recognizable to SEGA and racing fans everywhere, and every detail of the original hit has been meticulously preserved, polished and presented for the ultimate version of Daytona® USA.

The re-release of Daytona® USA features:

  • Fresh Oil and a New Coat of Paint: Experience the classic retro graphics of the original arcade hit in an enhanced,16:9 widescreen format
  • Let’s Go Away: Relive your glory days of racing to the sounds of the original Daytona® USA soundtrack, also available in Karaoke Mode (admit it, you know you have been singing along anyway)
  • Pedal to the Metal: Drive like a pro with included support for the Logitech GT Driving Force steering wheel controller on PS3™, and all Xbox 360-supported steering wheel controllers
  • Reach the Winner’s Circle: Challenge AI opponents in Arcade Mode, race the clock in Survival and Time Trial Modes, and trade paint with up to eight players in online multiplayer to place on the worldwide leaderboard

For more information on Daytona® USA, please visit http://www.sega.com/

For more news, follow SEGA on Twitter @SEGA or “like” us on Facebook.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

10/11/2011 - New Karma Powers in The Sims 3 Pets
Test Your Karma in The Sims 3 Pets
Returning by popular demand to The Sims 3 Pets on Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 are Karma Powers. This unique feature makes it easier than ever to bestow good things upon your Sims’ lives or create mischief all around them. New to The Sims 3 Pets, you can now use more Karma Points than you have, but beware what possible consequences will find you if you over spend your points!

Below are the new Karma Powers for The Sims 3 Pets.

¨       A Little Sunshine – Give a quick boost with no interruption.
¨       Transmogrify – Transform a Sim, cat or dog into a different species.
¨       Solar Flare – Unleash a rogue solar flare.
¨       Meteor Strike – Drop space rocks from the sky.
¨       Feral Possession – Trigger pets to become furry terrors!
¨       The Sickness – Release a wave of illness over Sims.
 
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Monday, October 10, 2011

10/10/2011 - Forza Motorsports 4 Soundtrack features music by Lance Hayes
FORZA MOTORSPORT® 4 SOUNDTRACK FEATURES ELECTRONIC MUSIC FUSION AND CINEMATIC SOUNDSCAPES BY AWARD-WINNING COMPOSER/PRODUCER LANCE HAYES

Seattle, WA - October 10th, 2011 - Following the critically acclaimed soundtrack for Forza Motorsport 3, ASCAP award-winning composer and producer Lance Hayes (aka DJDM) returns to provide custom music for Forza Motorsport 4 developed by Turn 10 Studios of Microsoft Game Studios. Lance Hayes' original soundtrack for Forza Motorsport 3 was hailed as one of the best electronic albums of 2010 by G4 TV. Created exclusively for the Xbox 360, Forza Motorsport 4 is scheduled for release on 11th October, 2011.

Working closely with Turn 10 Studios, the creators of the Forza Motorsport franchise, Lance Hayes crafted definitive musical statements to complement the new look and feel of Forza Motorsport 4. The new soundtrack features a broad range of music styles and overall chill demeanor encompassing primarily electronica, ambient and downtempo with forays into ambient breaks, illbient and acid jazz.

Audio Director Nick Wiswell: "The music of Lance Hayes is an integral component of the UI of Forza Motorsport 4, as it was in Forza Motorsport 3. The menus in Forza Motorsport 4 are vast and many players will spend hours in them setting up tuning options or creating liveries; Lance has provided 15 songs to make this experience as enjoyable and varied as possible for the player. He also produced 4 tracks for the in-game race soundtrack which are very different in tempo, scope and feel, showing the breadth of his compositional skills."

Composer Lance Hayes: "I was honored to be brought back to work on an expanded soundtrack creating over 100 minutes of music for the UI as well as the in-game experience. The score has an increased cinematic feel as well as incorporating many of the styles (downtempo, electronic, ambient) that made the Forza 3 OST a fan favorite."

The highest-rated racing franchise of this generation returns. Unrivaled in its innovation and quality, Forza Motorsport 4 pushes the racing genre forward, delivering the most stunning graphics ever seen on the Xbox 360 platform, radical experiences only possible with Kinect, groundbreaking social features through Xbox LIVE and a landslide of new content, cars and new ways to play. Launching this October exclusively on Xbox 360, Forza Motorsport 4 is an entirely new automotive experience. For more information visit
http://www.forzamotorsport.net.

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