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Friday, March 16, 2012

03/16/2012 - NeoGeo X Handheld Confirmed for 2012 Release

NEOGEO Handheld Games Console Officially Announced

Tommo Inc and BLAZE set to release Limited Edition NEOGEO Handheld for Worldwide sale Q2 2O12

Los Angeles - The “NEOGEO X” will be released in Q2 2012 following the 20th anniversary of the ground breaking NEOGEO AES console. This Limited Edition handheld console will feature 20 officially licensed NEOGEO games including retro classics such METALSLUG, THE KING OF FIGHTERS and FATAL FURY.

Along with these 20 built in NEOGEO classic titles, the NEOGEO X will also feature, SD card expansion, a 3.5” LCD screen, A/V output, internal stereo speakers and a headphone socket.

The full game list is as follows:

1. ART OF FIGHTING

2. BASEBALL STARS

3. CYBER LIP

4. FATAL FURY

5. FATAL FURY SPECIAL

6. FOOTBALL FRENZY

7. KING OF THE MONSTERS

8. LAST RESORT

9. LEAGUE BOWLING

10. MAGICIAN LORD

11. METAL SLUG

12. MUTATION NATION

13. NAM 1975

14. SAMURAI SHODOWN

15. SENGOKU

16. SUPER SIDEKICKS

17. THE KING OF FIGHTERS’94

18. THE ULTIMATE 11

19. TOP PLAYERS GOLF

20. WORLD HEROES


Jonathan Wan of Tommo commented

"I am very proud to be working with SNK PLAYMORE, as NEOGEO is a strong brand with an excellent gaming pedigree"

Jason Cooper of BLAZE commented

“The NEOGEO console has always been a personal favorite of mine and I am delighted to be involved with the development of this new handheld console. We hope to re-ignite the excitement many of us felt twenty one years ago, in a more affordable manner, to a much wider audience."

The Limited Edition NEOGEO X will be distributed by Tommo Inc in the United States and retro gaming specialists BLAZE throughout Europe, Middle East and Australia. A distributor for Japan and the Far East will be confirmed shortly.

To register your interest go to http://www.neogeox.com/

About SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION:

Founded by Eikichi Kawasaki in Osaka Japan, SNK (Shin Nihon Kikaku) has been delighting gamers for over 30 years. Since it’s early days as a developer and manufacturer of coin operated arcade games through to it’s growth in home gaming with the NEOGEO and NEOGEO POCKET. SNK has always driven success through innovation and quality.

About Tommo Inc:

With over 20 years of experience in logistics and sales, a knowledgeable staff and sales representatives available nationwide, Tommo Inc. is one of North America’s largest distributors of video gaming merchandises.

Founded in 1989, Tommo has grown from a wholesaler of imported video games to becoming one of the nation’s main suppliers of video gaming content to national retail chain stores as well as independent retailers.

About BLAZE:

Founded by Jason Cooper over 20 years ago, BLAZE now specialise in the creation and distribution of retro gaming devices. BLAZE currently distribute SEGA and ATARI branded consoles and, in Q1 2012, are set to release the ”Gamegadget" games console, billed as the "ipod for games"

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

03/15/2012 - 25 Years of Metal Gear
Metal Gear Franchise Celebrates 25 Award Winning Years

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – March 15, 2012 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced that historic images and video clips from METAL GEAR SOLID and METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY will be on display in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's new exhibition, "The Art of Video Games," which opens March 16. Art from the critically-acclaimed METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS will also be a part of the exhibition.

The originator of the stealth-action genre, the METAL GEAR franchise has been around for 25 years since its debut in 1987 in Japan and subsequently in North America. Through the vision of acclaimed game designer and director Hideo Kojima, the award-winning series has been critically beloved and consistently recognized for its original game design combined with a story full of plot twists and intricate human drama.

For the first METAL GEAR SOLID, Mr. Kojima created a digital masterpiece by joining cinematic, fully-voiced cut scenes with groundbreaking 3D gameplay to create an all-new kind of genre often referred to as Tactical Espionage Action, adding the element of stealth to action shooters.  METAL GEAR SOLID 2: SONS OF LIBERTY continues to explore the original story and expand upon the genre from the original title. Snake returns along with Foxhound's new recruit, Raiden, to stop a deadly high-tech weapon from falling into the hands of a highly elite resistance group called Dead Cell. Familiar faces like Revolver Ocelot make an appearance as the player struggles to stop a terrifying new war machine known as  Metal Gear Ray. This time around, enemies are more aware and agile, so players must use the skills of stealth, weaponry and counter-terrorism to their fullest in order to fight off the powers competing for destruction and domination.

METAL GEAR SOLID 4: GUNS OF THE PATRIOTS marked the final installment in the legendary saga of Solid Snake.  Armed with new equipment and abilities, Snake had to shift the tides of war into his favor, using the chaos of the battlefield to infiltrate deep into enemy territory. In his globetrotting final mission, Snake must sneak deep into enemy locations in the Middle East, South America and other corners of the earth to foil Liquid Ocelot's plans for global insurrection.

"The METAL GEAR SOLID franchise has enjoyed an amazing 25 year history of award winning content and die-hard fans," said Tomoyuki Tsuboi, President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "It's an honor to share new artwork from our classic METAL GEAR SOLID games at such a ground-breaking exhibition like 'The Art of Video Games'."  

As part of the public events surrounding the opening of "The Art of Video Games" at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Hideo Kojima will participate in a discussion about the artistry and creativity of game design with the exhibition's curator, Chris Melissinos. Fans can watch the panel session live at
http://www.americanart.si.edu/calendar/lectures/archive/2012/gamefest/kojima/ on March 17th at noon.

For more information, please visit
www.metalgearsolid.com.

About Konami Group
Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties. Konami's titles include the popular franchises METAL GEAR SOLID, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. The latest information about Konami can be found on the Web at
www.konami.com. KONAMI CORPORATION is a publicly traded company based in Tokyo, Japan with subsidiary offices, Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd. in Tokyo, Japan, Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. in the United States and Konami Digital Entertainment GmbH in Frankfurt, Germany. KONAMI CORPORATION is traded in the United States on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol KNM. Details of the products published by Konami can be found at http://www.konami.com.  

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

03/14/2012 - Join the MapleStory Monster Park
Join the MapleStory Monster Park

MapleStory Springs into Action with All-New Environments, PvP Updates and Special Seasonal Events

Luxembourg, 14. March 2012 – With Spring just around the corner, today marks the launch of a series of MapleStory special seasonal events, a PvP-based revamp and a brand new Dungeon System called Monster Park.

Monster Park… tickets, please
Welcome to the brand new colourful world of Monster Park, offering a veritable feast of predators and environments to explore and fight.  The hunt is on as entry to the park is only guaranteed by finding one of the special tickets located all around MapleWorld.  Once found, the entry ticket can be redeemed by visiting one of the Help locations based throughout the in-game cities.  On entering the park the fun really begins, and there are various instances starting from Level 13, which will guide the player and their group to various stages until they reach the unique Boss at the end of each mission.  Throughout their journey, players will be able to collect coins which they can exchange for epic equipment.

Skill Revamp for PvP… let the battle commence
Expanding the MMO experience, MapleStory recently launched a PvP mode inviting the player to enjoy intense fights against other gamers, played out in a special arena and separated depending on level range.  The new PvP function has become very popular and from today, Nexon is revamping the Skills section for each class.  This includes completely new Skills along with the removal and adjustment of previously available character features. Anyone logging in to MapleStory within the next seven days to change their current Skill builds will receive a free Skill reset.

Spring Events… Happy Maple Day and more!
Alongside Monster Park and the PvP revamp, Nexon is also launching three major events for this season. The first of which is the Spring Picnic Event that will provide a chance to dress up in brand new character costumes to parade around MapleWorld.  Secondly there is the Tourist Event, where players will be rewarded with Stats-Bonuses and an Event-Title.  Last but not least, all Maplers will receive EXP-Buffs on all Saturdays within the Happy Maple Day event.  Let the party season begin!  

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

03/13/2012 - Classic Resident Evil Titles Coming to PSN Network
CLASSIC HORROR COMES TO THE PLAYSTATION®3 SYSTEM WITH RESIDENT EVILTM: CHRONICLES HD COLLECTION
Resident EvilTM: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident EvilTM: The Darkside Chronicles

San Mateo, Calif. – March 13, 2012 – Capcom®, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today confirmed that Resident Evil™: Chronicles HD Collection will be coming to the PlayStation®3 system across Europe and North America in June 2012 as a digital download. The collection includes Resident Evil ™: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil™: The Darkside Chronicles, and will be available for download from the PlayStation®Store. The two titles will also be available for purchase individually at a later date.

Remastered for the PlayStation®3 system with stunning HD graphics and featuring PlayStation®Move compatibility, Resident Evil: Chronicles HD Collection will offer gamers the chance to relive the Resident Evil™ story so far. The intense shooter gameplay from both titles is back as players attempt to survive the horror alone or with a friend in co-op mode, earning trophies as they go. PlayStation®Move technology brings the action to life, with the player using the motion controller as their weapon. The title can also be enjoyed with the wireless controller, providing seamless gameplay without a motion control accessory.

Revisiting past plots from the series and exposing Umbrella Corporation’s actions, The Umbrella Chronicles features eight playable characters, including Rebecca Chambers, Chris Redfield and Jill Valentine. As seen previously in the version for the Wii™ system from Nintendo, the title also features a brand new chapter in Resident Evil history. The Darkside Chronicles plot takes players back to the story of Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield trying to escape the nightmares of Raccoon City, while finally revealing the truth behind Leon and Krauser’s feud. 

For more information on both titles visit
http://capcom.com

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ABOUT CAPCOM
Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices.  Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil , Street Fighter , Mega Man and Devil May Cry . Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan.  More information about Capcom and its products can be found at
www.capcom.com or www.capcom-unity.com.

Capcom, the Capcom logo, Devil May Cry, Mega Man and Resident Evil are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Capcom Co., Ltd.  Street Fighter is a registered trademark of Capcom U.S.A., Inc.  "PlayStation" is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox LIVE are either trademarks or registered trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.   Wii and the Wii logo are trademarks of Nintendo.  ©2006. Nintendo trademarks used under license.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

03/12/2012 - Armored Core V Gets NA and EU Release Dates
ARMORED CORE® V APPROVED FOR MANUFACTURING

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. to Arrive Heavy and Ready to the War for Humanity

SAN JOSE, Calif., (March 12, 2012) NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. today announced ARMORED CORE® V has been approved for manufacturing to arrive heavily armed and armored in stores on March 20, 2012 in North America and on March 23, 2012 in Europe for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. 

ARMORED CORE V® revolutionizes the series with massive online multiplayer battles designed around huge team-based skirmishes on a grand scale, a robust offline mode, and a completely new atmosphere. Featuring ACs or “Armored Cores” that are customized for more strategic gameplay, ARMORED CORE V focuses on tactics and effectively utilizing the geography of a level to maximize the devastating effects of attacks. Players will be able to customize their Armored Core with countless unlockable parts creating their own personal weapons of mass destruction.

“We all know FromSoftware has a great track record of developing quality, highly immersive and addictive games, and ARMORED CORE V® will continue that tradition with new layers of strategy,” said Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing, NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.. 

Developed by the acclaimed FromSoftware, Inc., the ARMORED CORE® franchise is renowned for its intense AC battles and customization, with ARMORED CORE V® offering 10-player multiplayer battles and over 500 parts to customize ACs into personalized war machines.

ARMORED CORE V® will be available throughout North America on March 20, 2012.  Fans pre-ordering the title from GameStop® stores across North America, as well as GameStop.com, will gain exclusive access to the ‘HEAVY ASSAULT PACK’ while supplies last, while fans who pre-order through Amazon.com will get access to the ‘RECON PACK’.  The packs will include additional weapons and parts that will help give players a competitive advantage on day one in the innovative and sophisticated online multiplayer battles of ARMORED CORE V.

For more information on the game, as well as information on additional pre-order promotions, please visit:
http://www.namco.com/console/armored-core-5 and http://www.facebook.com/armoredcore.

About NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc., part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc., is a leading global publisher and developer of interactive content — including all major video game consoles, iOS, mobile and online.  The company is known for creating and publishing many of the industry’s top video game franchises, including PAC-MAN®, Tekken®, SOULCALIBUR®, NARUTO™, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN™, Dragon Ball®, GALAGA®, RIDGE RACER® and ACE COMBAT®.  More information about the company and its products can be found at
www.namcobandaigames.com or www.facebook.com/namco.

ARMORED CORE® V ©2012 NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc. ©1997-2012 FromSoftware, Inc. All rights reserved

“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Xbox, Xbox 360, and Xbox LIVE are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

Press Release © 2012 NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

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