Friday, August 12, 2011
08/12/2011 - Children of Eden Comes to PS3 with Move Support
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PlayStation 3 Version to Support PlayStation Move Controller and Offer the Experience in Full Stereoscopic 3D
UBISOFT® & SONY
COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT DEBUT GAME DETAILS FOR PLAYSTATION®3 VERSION OF
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED CHILD OF EDEN (TM)
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.Submitted By: E. Thomas
“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.”
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.
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.
world of Eden: Coming straight from Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s creative mind: a unique, surprising, rich and beautiful
·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.
more information on Child of Eden, please visit: www.child-of-eden.com
Thursday, August 11, 2011
08/11/2011 - Exciting New Zombie Game Comes to PSP Minis
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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.
OPEN EMOTION STUDIOS ANNOUNCES "I KILL ZOMBIES" FOR PSP MINI
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/Submitted By: E. Thomas
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
08/10/2011 - Flame Red 3DS Coming Sept 9th
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New Color, New
Price and Great Games Make Nintendo 3DS a Must-Have
NINTENDO GETS FIRED UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS WITH NEW FLAME RED NINTENDO 3DS
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
"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.
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.
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.
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
3:57 pm pdt
Zelda Developers to Judge Top Consumer-Created Flipnote Studio Animations
NINTENDO ANNOUNCES NEW ONLINE ACTIVITIES FOR 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE LEGEND
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.
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 more information about the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda, visit http://www.zelda.com/25th.
Submitted By: E. Thomas
Monday, August 8, 2011
08/08/2011 - The Wal-Mart Nintendo 3DS Price Drop Hustle
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The Wal-Mart Nintendo 3DS Price Drop Hustle 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
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
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.
Submitted By: E. Thomas