Archive for January, 2008

On the PAL Wii Virtual Console today: Adventures of Lolo 2


Get a Wii Points Card at Amazon UKToday Nintendo of Europe (and Australia) added a new classic game to the popular Wii Shop Channel. The game went live at midnight CET. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points to download games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at stores like Amazon UK (Card).

We’ve included a video of the game for nostalgia’s sake or so you can see if it’s for you. This week’s new game is:

Adventures of Lolo 2 on NESAdventures of Lolo 2 (priced 500 Wii Points = €5 / £3.75 / AU$7.50): Lolo and Lala are back in this sequel to the popular puzzle game The Adventures of Lolo. On their return from the Haunted Castle, the Great Devil kidnaps Lala and challenges Lolo to rescue her again. Now he must take on the challenge of the Great Devil’s Tower and Castle mazes. Fortunately, Lala was able to analyze each of the mazes as she was taken to the tower and left clues in the Jewel Boxes in each room. Each Jewel that Lolo collects contains information that will help him in the next room. In order to succeed, he’ll also have to push tiles, pick up Heart Framers, temporarily turn enemies into Eggs with his Magic Shots and ward off enemy attacks by moving Emerald Framers. With your help, Lolo and Lala will work together to escape the Great Devil’s clutches and defeat him.

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Turn your Xbox 360 gamerscores into prizes


Xbox 360 Experience Challenge
Old Spice and 360 are holding the Experience Challenge. On the competition website you can set up challenges and take on your buddies to see who can gain the most gamerscore! It will offer automated Xbox 360 gamerscore tracking capabilities for whatever Xbox 360 games you own, and after completing certain goals you have a chance to win prizes.

Here’s what the competition is all about:

* Microsoft’s gamerscores have become a badge of honor, and what’s better for the hardcore gamer than earning massive amounts for achievement points? Taking those hard-earned points from online adversaries, of course!

* Challenges are completely user-defined, from who gets invited to what the stakes will be. Gamers can gamble their points across multiple brackets or go all out in a high-stakes bid to drive to the top of the leader board.

* The Challenge is upping the ante with 20 different prize packages in different tiers, based on the length of the competition and the number of team members involved.

The competition prizes you could win include:

Tier 1
. Requirements: 7 day challenge, 5 gamers minimum
. $20 gift card
. 1,600 Xbox Live Microsoft Points
. $20 Best Buy gift card

Tier 2
. Requirements: 14 day challenge, 10 gamers minimum
. $50 Best Buy gift card
. 4,000 Xbox Live Microsoft Points
. Xbox Live Gold Membership (1 year)

Tier 3
. Requirements: 30 day challenge, 15 gamers minimum
. $100 Best Buy gift card
. 8,000 Xbox Live Microsoft Points
. 6 month GameFly subscription

Tier 4
. Requirements: 30 day challenge, 20 gamers minimum
. Year long GameFly subscription
. Xbox 360 HD DVD Player

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Super Smash Bros Brawl looks polished


Mmmm. March 9.

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Wii Remote finishes second in battery face-off


I was tasked with comparing Wii, 360, and PS3 battery performance for a GamePro feature that was published today. I say tasked because it was required that I played more than 110 hours of video games in a short period of time, the most I’ve ever played since high school. But I digress, the Wii Remote lasted longer than expected, and as you know, is highly customizable for even better performance. Check it.

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How Microsoft created the biggest game launch of all time



Kotaku/Gizmodo’s Mark Wilson wrote up a nice piece on how Microsoft created the biggest game launch of all time with Halo 3. Kotaku received some inside information from Microsoft Marketing guru Chris Loll on just how MS pulled this off.

How did Microsoft pull it off? They were a boring, monolithic software company helmed by Bill Gates, the world’s biggest geek. They made Windows. They made spreadsheet software and word processing programs.They were a boring part of our lives we were forced to accept as a boring part of our technological infrastructure, only a few pixels away from concrete or plumbing. Then, of all things, Microsoft turned its hat backwards and tried to sit at the cool table. They released the Xbox.

And they lost $4 billion.

You readers remember the Halo 3 marketing blitz right? It was everywhere. We were just gamers living in Halo’s world.

How Microsoft Created The Biggest Game Launch Of All Time [kotaku]

-Michael “Thrills Killa” Pacheco-

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On PlayStation Network today: Conflict: Denied Ops demo, last Folklore add-ons and Rock Band songs


Denied Ops for PS3Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced what new PlayStation Network downloadable games, expansions, demos and videos were released for PlayStation 3 today.

American Games (Demos):
* Conflict: Denied Ops
* NeoPets: PetPet Adventures — The Wand of Wishing (PSP game via PC store) – $15.99

American Games (Content):
* Folklore Add-on #5 “Nightmares” – $3.99
* Folklore Add-on #6 “Visions of the Tower” – $3.99
* Add-on Bundle 3 (includes Add-ons #5 & #6) – $5.99
* Rock Band song Smashing Pumpkins’ “Siva” – $1.99
* Rock Band song Rush’s “Working Man” – $1.99
* Rock Band song Coheed and Cambria’s “Ten Speed Of God’s Blood & Burial” – $1.99

American Trailers:
* Go! Sports Skydiving
* Battlefield: Bad Company Haggard’s Blog

American Themes:
* PixelJunk Monsters Theme 2

American Wallpaper:
* (2) PixelJunk Monsters

Theme Hospital for PlayStation OneEuropean Games (Demos):
* Devil May Cry 4 Demo
* Fade to Black (PSone game for PS3 / PSP) – €4.99 / £3.49
* Motorhead (PSone game for PS3 / PSP) – €4.99 / £3.49
* MX vs ATV Untamed Demo
* Theme Hospital (PSone game for PS3 / PSP) – €4.99 / £3.49

European Trailers:
* PixelJunk Monsters

Playstation Store Update


PlayStation Store 1-31-08
Plenty of downloadable content this week for Folklore & Rock Band, and a few demos to keep you entertained.


Conflict: Denied Ops (989 MB)


- Add-On 5: “Nightmares” $3.99
- Add-On 6: “Visions of the Tower” $3.99
- Add-on Bundle 3: “$5.99 (Includes Add-On 5 & 6)

Rock Band:
- Smashing Pumpkins – “Siva” $1.99
- Coheed and Cambria – “Ten Speed (Of God’s Blood…)” $1.99
- Rush – “Working Man” $1.99


Battlefield: BC Haggard’s Blog (free)
Go! Sports Skydiving Trailer (free)
Prince Caspian Trailer (free)
Prom Night Trailer (free)
Across the Universe Trailer
Daddy Day Camp Trailer

PS3 Themes:

PixelJunk Monsters Theme 2 (free)
PixelJunk Monsters Wallpaper (free)


-Devil May Cry 4 demo (640Mb) – free
-MX vs ATV Untamed demo (715Mb) – free
-Fade to Black (PS1 game, 339Mb) – £3.49 or 4,99€
-Motorhead (PS1 game, ???Mb) – £3.49 or 4,99€
-Theme Hospital (PS1 game, 186Mb) – £3.49 or 4,99€


-PixelJunk Monsters Trailer

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Electronic Arts announces Facebreaker



There was once a game series called Ready to Rumble. Fighters like Afro Thunder where a crowd favorite. This generation there hasn’t been such a game of boxing, until now ( or until Facebreaker releases). Featuring what is called “real-time facial deformation” this game is to be what is called “approachable”.

According to EA’s Peter Moore in a press release, “Arcade boxing takes me back to my roots in this industry, and this game signals our shift to adding more approachable fun to our product lineup.”

There’s nothing left to do now but hope and wait. Team Night Fight Fortress anyone?

[Via 1up]

-William “thewilleffect” Bell-

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PaRappa creators unveil marching band rhythm game for Nintendo Wii


img18.jpgEDISON, N.J., Jan. 31 — March to the beat of your own drum as Majesco Entertainment Company, an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, today announced Major Minor’s Majestic March for the Wii(TM) home video game console. Developed by NanaOn-Sha, Major Minor’s Majestic March marks the return of the creative team behind the renowned PaRappa the Rapper franchise — legendary game designer and multimedia musician Masaya Matsuura and famed New York artist Rodney Alan Greenblat.

“There’s something magical about marching bands that truly captures the imagination. The concept of leading a virtual band that’s reliant on your musicianship is a perfect fit for the interactive capabilities of Wii,” said Gui Karyo, Executive Vice President of Operations, Majesco. “The combined musical and artistic superiority of Matsuura and Greenblat make them a natural choice to deliver this innovative title exclusively to the Wii audience.”

Major Minor’s Majestic March turns the Wii Remote(TM) into a “special” baton that the bandleader, Major Minor, uses to keep tempo, recruit new band members and pick up valuable items. While marching through eight whimsical locations that contain various hair-raising events, Major Minor strives to create the most impressive parade ever. Players can add up to 15 different instruments to their dynamic procession — including brass, woodwinds, and percussion — to alter its composition and resulting performance. Players are scored on how well their band maintains its rhythm and manages obstacles that could otherwise throw the procession into disarray. The band keeps tempo to more than 25 popular marching band songs from around the world, composed into original medleys for each stage.

Major Minor’s Majestic March is expected to release holiday 2008. For more information about Majesco’s exciting line of products, please visit

Oh, I can just hear the jeering. “Marching band game — that’s lame, even if it’s never been done before. I won’t even give it a passing thought.”

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EA announces FaceBreaker for Wii


Chertset, UK – January 31, 2008 – Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq: ERTS) announced today that FaceBreaker™ – an all-new intellectual property – is under development at EA Canada and will be released for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360™ video game system from Microsoft and the Wii™ in 2008.

“We’re very excited to announce FaceBreaker, an all-new franchise from EA SPORTS that is fun, fresh and innovative,” said Peter Moore, president, EA SPORTS. “FaceBreaker reinvigorates one of the great genres in sports videogames. Arcade boxing takes me back to my roots in this industry, and this game signals our shift to adding more approachable fun to our product lineup. In no time at all, you’ll be picking up the controllers and knocking your opponent around the ring, smashing faces, and having a riot.”

The renaissance of the arcade boxing genre is upon us. Created by the same team that developed the award-winning Fight Night Round 3, FaceBreaker offers irreverent fun, immersive gameplay and eye-popping stylized graphics. In this in-your-face, arcade world full of ego-wielding characters, each boxer comes to life with unique attributes and distinct personal style, including Romeo, a Latin lover known for his pelvic thrusts, and Molotov, an oversized Russian demolitions expert with a penchant for fighting dirty. Add a little personal motivation to your fight by uploading a photo of your face to create a realistic likeness using Photo Game Face, and go toe-to-toe with a real-life friend or foe.

Laugh out loud as you pummel your opponent with a barrage of blows to the face and watch in satisfaction as your progress is illustrated by real-time facial deformation. With haymakers, face shots and body blows, wait for the right moment to drop a super punch to make your presence known. Taunt your adversaries and flaunt your talent, by tying one hand behind your back to add ultimate humiliation to your bout. In FaceBreaker, it just feels good to rearrange your opponent’s face.

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