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Friday, April 26, 2013

04/26/2013 - Major Wii U System Update Now LIVE
MAJOR Wii U UPDATE FEATURES NEW SERVICES & FASTER PERFORMANCE

Virtual Console and Wii U Panorama View Also Set to Launch

26th April, 2013 – The next major system update for Nintendo’s
Wii U home console is now available for download. The update delivers a host of enhanced features, such as improved stability and performance. As well as faster load times when switching between applications, the update also lays the groundwork for the imminent launch of the Wii U Virtual Console service which allows Wii U owners  to relive some of their favourite games from classic home consoles, as well as the launch of Wii U Panorama View.

Below is an overview of what the system update delivers:

Addition of Standby Functions Feature
  • This feature enables data for purchased software, system updates and software updates to be downloaded and installed automatically even after the console has been turned off.
Updates to Miiverse
  • Controls using the Wii Remote, the Wii U Pro Controller, and the Classic Controller are now supported.
  • The input screen for handwritten posts is now also displayed on the TV.
  • The input screen for handwritten posts now features an undo/redo button.
Updates to the Internet Browser
  • Controls using the Wii Remote and the Wii U Pro Controller are now supported.
  • It is now possible to switch search engines when performing a keyword search.
  • It is now possible to navigate to the start page from bookmarks.
Update to Nintendo eShop
  • When purchasing downloadable software, any available updates for that software will be downloaded at the same time.
Updates to Download Management
  • It is now possible to reorder downloads.
  • Newly purchased downloadable software will automatically install once the download completes.
Updates to Parental Controls
  • The "Viewing Distributed Videos" restriction has been changed to "Entertainment Excluding Games". A screen requiring parental consent will be displayed before the first use of any non-game software (including video-viewing software) or other new service.
Enabled Direct Opening of Wii Menu
  • When the Wii U logo is displayed after turning on the console, holding down the B Button on the Wii U GamePad will open the Wii Menu directly. (If no default user has been selected on the console, the user-selection screen will be displayed, and a user must be selected.)
Updates to System Settings
  • Under Data Management, two USB storage devices can now be connected to move and/or copy data. You can move and/or copy data between the system memory and a USB storage device or between two USB storage devices. (Up to two USB storage devices can be connected when moving, copying or deleting data. In all other cases, only one USB storage device can be used at a time.)
  • Under Data Management, you can now move, copy or delete data for a selection of software titles.
  • The TV option now includes the option to adjust the screen size of the display on the TV. (This replaces the similar options previously available within Miiverse, Nintendo eShop, and the Internet Browser, which have now been removed.)
  • The "Auto Power-Down" option has been renamed to "Power Settings", which now includes both the auto power-down setting and the new standby functions feature.
Improvements to System Stability and Convenience
  • Improvements have been made to system stability and convenience for greater user enjoyment.
  • The time required to start the Wii U console, launch built-in applications, exit software and return to the main menu, jump between applications and jump between software and Miiverse has been reduced.
On 27th April additional features are scheduled to be released including:

Virtual Console

A library of quality classic games from NES and Super Nintendo are scheduled for the Virtual Console service on Wii U, with favourites such as Super Mario World, Excitebike, Mario’s Super Picross, F-Zero, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong Jr. and Punch-Out!! available at launch*. Many other gaming classics such as Pac Man, Super Metroid and games from the Mega Man, Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros. series will be available soon, while popular Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 games will also be added in the future.

Each game in the Wii U Virtual Console library has been developed to include off-TV play on the Wii U GamePad, customisable controls, Miiverse community support and the ability to instantly save game progress. NES games will cost €4.99/£3.49 while Super NES games will cost €7.99/£5.49. People who have already downloaded these games to their Wii system can transfer them to their Wii U consoles and play them in Wii Mode at no charge. To upgrade and take advantage of the improved Wii U features, they can purchase them at the special discount price of €/£0.99 for NES games and €/£ 1.49 for Super NES games.

Wii U Panorama View

Wii U Panorama View opens a window to the sights and sounds of some of the world’s most exciting destinations. Wii U owners use the GamePad controller to look in every direction to control an immersive 360-degree video guided tour as these destinations come to life from the comfort of your living room. Imagine catching all the sights during a tour of London on a double-decker bus or exploring the streets of Rio de Janeiro during Carnival.  Four individual video tours are offered for €1.99/£1.79 each on the Nintendo eShop. An interactive preview is also available for download allowing you to taste the different experiences of the individual tours for free.

For further details:
Nintendo website http://www.nintendo.co.uk
Nintendo Support website http://support.nintendo.co.uk
Wii U website http://wiiu.co.uk
Nintendo UK on Twitter https://twitter.com/nintendouk
Wii U on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/WiiU.co.uk

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

4/25/2013 - New Tour Dates for Zelda Symphony
NEW TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED FOR 'THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: SYMPHONY OF THE GODDESSES'

Acclaimed Concert Continues to Enchant Video Game Fans and Music Lovers Across North America in 2013

REDMOND, Wash., April 22, 2013 – By popular demand, "The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses" concert series is returning with "Season 2" to eight cities from last year's tour and is coming soon to even more locations in North America. Based on one of the most popular and beloved video game series of all time, the tour features live orchestral performances of theme music from Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda franchise. The newly announced dates include:

Returning due to popular demand:

• Atlanta; Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre; June 6
• San Francisco; Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall; June 10
• Montreal; Place des Arts; June 14
• Los Angeles; Greek Theatre; June 21
• Austin, Texas; Long Center; June 29
• Philadelphia; The Mann Center for the Performing Arts; July 25
• Toronto; Sony Centre for the Performing Arts; Sept. 7
• Seattle; Benaroya Hall; Sept. 12

Newly coming to:

• Baltimore; Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall; July 27
• Grand Rapids, Mich.; DeVos Performance Hall; Oct. 19

In cities where the tour will be returning, audiences can expect to experience breathtaking new material exploring additional chapters from The Legend of Zelda franchise, along with traditional performances of the show's now-classic repertoire from last season.

The name "Symphony of the Goddesses" refers not only to the concert program but also to the four-movement symphony recounting the classic storylines from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. The performance also will highlight orchestral renditions of music from other games in the series, including The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask and The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks. Eímear Noone will conduct the full orchestra with arrangements by music director Chad Seiter, and the evening will be hosted by concert producer and lead creative Jeron Moore.

Guests will relish their favorite moments from the now-27-year-old series, carefully and beautifully timed with a gorgeous orchestral score approved by Nintendo sound director and Zelda franchise composer Koji Kondo. The concert is a festive experience for all walks of fans, many of whom attend "cosplaying" as their favorite characters.

"The demand for Zelda is amazing, and this special concert will deliver an unforgettable experience for fans," notes Jason Michael Paul, CEO of Jason Michael Paul Productions, which is producing the concert tour. "These performances transcend culture and geography and unite people through a common love for this venerable and legendary series."

Fans can view a complete tour schedule with ticketing information, and also sign up for a regularly updated digital newsletter, at
http://zelda-symphony.com. Club Nintendo members can enjoy an exclusive 15 percent discount to the show by logging into their accounts and looking for the discount code on the Symphony of the Goddesses banner. Consumers that are not Club Nintendo members can join for free at https://club.nintendo.com. Exclusive concert packs also are available at select GameStop locations.

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii U™ and Wii™ home consoles, and Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ families of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4 billion video games and more than 651 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™ and Wii systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at
http://www.nintendo.com.

About Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc: A pioneer and leader in the live symphonic concert industry, Jason Michael Paul Productions, Inc. has been responsible for producing world-renowned concerts including events for The Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Dear Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY, More Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY and the currently touring and highly-acclaimed PLAY! A Video Game Symphony.  

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

4/24/2013 - Konami Announces Partnership with Kung Fu Factory
KONAMI ANNOUNCES MULTIPLE-TITLE MOBILE PUBLISHING PARTNERSHIP WITH KUNG FU FACTORY

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - April 24, 2013 - Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. today announced a new partnership with independent video game and entertainment company Kung Fu Factory to publish multiple mobile titles throughout 2013.

"Partnering with an industry leader like KONAMI allows us to focus on what we do best, create the games," said Ricci Rukavina, CEO and Creative Director of Kung Fu Factory. "They have the time-tested expertise in the industry, publishing and launching a variety of titles ranging from the console space, to mobile and social."

Located in Los Angeles, Kung Fu Factory focuses on creating online, mobile and console games, leveraging their decade-long success in entertainment as storytellers, content creators and game makers. The company was founded by industry veterans and childhood friends, Daryl Pitts and Ricci Rukavina, and has worked on some of the biggest brands of all time from Hello Kitty to their recent development effort, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Runner.

"As we continue to build upon KONAMI's social and mobile offerings, we look to partner with more independent developers like Kung Fu Factory to expand the variety of content," said John Coligan, Director of Digital Publishing at Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "Kung Fu Factory does a great job of creating engaging and unique gaming experiences for audiences of all kinds, and we intend to support them through the entire development and release process."

KONAMI and Kung Fu Factory's 2013 mobile lineup will be announced shortly.

For more information on KONAMI, please go to:
http://konami.com/

About KonamiGroup
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 B.V. in Windsor, the United Kingdom. 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.

KONAMI is a registered trademark of KONAMI CORPORATION.

About Kung Fu Factory
Based in Los Angeles, Kung Fu Factory is a video game development studio that works on both licensed and original properties. Established in 2002, the company has specializes in 100% hand-animated character movement, realistic physics and sophisticated AI programming. Formed by childhood friends, Daryl Pitts and Ricci Rukavina, the collective talent at Kung Fu Factory came from high-profile video game studios where they developed major franchise titles. Now, the company develops and co-publishes its own properties on various platforms, such as consoles and mobile including their latest #1 iOS game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run.  

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

04/23/2013 - Dragon's Crown by Atlus coming August 6th
Sharpen Those Axes - Dragon's Crown Officially Hits North America on Aug. 6, 2013

Dragon's Crown, the 2-D action multiplayer beat 'em up from Vanillaware and ATLUS will officially arrive in North America on Aug. 6, 2013 as exclusives for the PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®Vita systems. The game's official website is also now live.  

Dragon's Crown will be exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita systems for $49.99 and $39.99 respectively and is available for pre-orders now from major retailers. The game is expected to receive a T rating from the ESRB, but is not yet rated. More details about the game will be revealed in the future, with updates on the official Dragon's Crown website at:
http://www.atlus.com/dragonscrown/
 
About ATLUS
Index Digital Media Inc.'s ATLUS brand has become known across the industry as a mark of high-quality, deeply immersive, uniquely Japanese video game experiences. With award-winning titles that reach across a variety of genres and platforms, including the Shin Megami Tensei® and Persona® series of role-playing games, the ground-breaking action-adventure/puzzle game Catherine™, and the much-celebrated RPG Demon's Souls™, ATLUS is committed to offering the highest standard in interactive entertainment experiences.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/AtlusUSA
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AtlusUSA

ATLUS is a brand of Index Corporation and its privately held subsidiary Index Digital Media, Inc.

For breaking news, special promotions, insider info, and more, visit
http://www.atlus.com/faithful to join the ranks of the ATLUS Faithful!

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Monday, April 22, 2013

04/22/2013 - Saints Row IV Commander in Chief Edition Announced
UNCLE SAM WANTS YOU … TO PRE-ORDER: Saints Row IVTM Commander in Chief Edition Announced

Delivering Justice, Americana-Style! Pre-order Items Include Incredibly Insane Weaponry, a Bad-ass Attack Bird and an Uncle Sam Uniform (Yeah, you heard that right!)

Larkspur, Calif., - April 22, 2013 – All hail POTUS as Deep Silver announces today that the Commander in Chief Edition for the upcoming Saints Row IV™ is available as a free upgrade to pre-orders at major freedom-retailers across North America. In this ball-busting, open-world and-other-PR-words installment in the Saints Row franchise, developer Volition continues the story of the Third Street Saints by elevating their status to the highest level – the leaders of the free world.  

But the leaders of the free world are under attack from an alien invasion in the land of the free, and it’s up to you and your gang to save the world, Saints-style. To help you combat the alien terrorists you will encounter, the Commander in Chief Edition is a free upgrade for all pre-orders at participating retailers and comes fully loaded with a Screaming Eagle that fires rockets out of its talons and can invoke the “Sonic Scream” attack, leaving your enemies dazed, confused and likely scarred for life.

Additionally, if you’re going to save the world you should look good while doing it, which is why the Commander in Chief gives you a limited-edition Uncle Sam uniform, made in the US of good ‘ol A (apple pie not included.) And since you need the best [read: most ridiculously overpowered weapons ever conceived] fighting tools available, Volition and Deep Silver are giving you a stimulus package, “'Merica”,  full of incredibly astonishing firepower: flamethrowers, ultra-powered dub step guns and rocket launchers are yours for the taking. Crown thy good with brotherhood, indeed.

The Commander in Chief Edition is priced at $59.99 (console) and $49.99 (PC).  
The Commander in Chief Edition will be available globally.

Saints Row IV launches August 20th, 2013 across North and Latin America and August 23rd worldwide. For more information please visit:

Web:  
http://www.saintsrow.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/saintsrow
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/saintsrow
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/saintsrow

About Saints Row IV
In Saints Row IV, the head honcho of the Saints has been elected to the Presidency of the United States. But the Saints are just getting started. Now the larger-than-life insanity of the Saints series gets a new twist with a catastrophic alien invasion, and the aliens have transported the Saints to a bizarro-Steelport simulation. Wield gargantuan superpowers and fight to free humanity from alien granddaddy Zinyak’s mental grasp. Escape the simulation that’s trapped the Saints crew, or die trying.

Saints Row IV lets players delve into an arsenal of alien weaponry and technology that will turn each Saint into an ultimate entity of destruction. Utilize out-of-this-world superpowers to fight all the way to the top. With intensified action and enhanced customization, players can use their newfound superpowers and leap over buildings, outrun the fastest sports cars, or send enemies flying with telekinesis in the greatest, most insane installment of Saints Row yet.

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