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Scribblenauts revealed for DS by 5th Cell


Scribblenaughts DS Screenshot

Scribblenaughts has been revealed by 5th Cell (who developed Drawn to Life and Lock’s Quest) exclusively for DS.

Scribblenaughts is an ambitious project whose premise has you writing words to solve puzzles (collecting “Starites”) on levels. The hook though is that you are supposedly able to write anything and what you write will come to life and be used in the game (the game will automatically know what to do with the object).

Examples in the trailer show the player writing “football”, and then having the football drop into the world and using the football to knock the Starite down from a tree. Alternatively you can write ladder and use the latter to reach the Starite. Or you can write beaver and the beaver will cut the tree down.

It’ll be really interesting to see how far they take this premise and if you can truly use any word. I imagine that there are limitations or words that the game won’t recognize.

Either way, here is a trailer for Scribblenaughts exclusively for DS.

IGN has much more information on the game in their exclusive interview with the developer so be sure to check that out!

Dragon Quest X announced for Wii by series creator


Square-Enix and Nintendo announce Dragon Quest X for Wii
Dragon Quest X, the 10th entry in the extremely popular RPG series, has been revealed for Wii by series creator Yuji Horii at a Square Enix press conference. No other details were given on the game including a release date, price, or any details on gameplay, storyline or characters.

This is not a huge surprise considering that the latest game in the franchise, the yet-to-be-released Dragon Quest IX, is an exclusive to Nintendo’s DS handheld. So it would only seem natural that the company would graduate to Nintendo’s Wii system.

Journey of the Cursed King for PS2Since Dragon Quest X will be on the Wii, it will be the first current-gen entry in the franchise and the latest console release. Dragon Quest VIII was the previous console game in the series, and was released on the PS2 in 2005 in the U.S. and was the first title in the series to be released outside of Japan with the “Dragon Quest” name instead of “Dragon Warrior”, as it was previously called outside of Japan.

Square Enix also saw fit to reveal the Japanese release date for the DS Dragon Quest IX game at the press conference. Dragon Quest IX will be released in Japan on March 28th for 5,980 yen.

Nintendo sells 800,000 Wiis over Thanksgiving week


Nintendo WiiNintendo has announced that they have sold an incredible 800,000 Wii units during the Thanksgiving week holiday, from November 23rd to November 29th.

That is more than double the amount (of 350,000) sold during the same week last year, despite the economic troubles. In fact it’s so much that Nintendo nearly matched the entire November 2007 monthly sales figures with the sales of the Wii during Thanksgiving week 2008, an incredible achievement.

As of September 30th, the Wii has sold nearly 35 million units worldwide, making it easily the best-selling platform of the current console generation.

And the monthly outlook for November may be even rosier. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter estimates that the Wii sold a whopping 1.4 million units during November (He also predicts record sales of the reduced-price Xbox 360 at 800,000 units and steadily advancing PS3 sales at 400,000 units). Overall Pachter predicts that console sales overall were up 17% during the month of November with handheld sales dropping 5%.

DS Ice Blue Game System with Brain Age BundleAs far as Nintendo’s DS handheld is concerned, sales were up 20% of last year for the week of Thanksgiving, but Nintendo did not provide exact figures. The uptick in sales comes despite the unveiling of the DSi, which is the third redesign in the DS system hardware that includes built-in cameras, a web-browser and the ability to download software via an online store. The DSi won’t be released until “well into 2009″ and has been selling briskly in Nintendo’s home country of Japan since it went on sale last month. Despite that, sales of the DS in the U.S. are still selling like hotcakes as is the Nintendo Wii, which is simply off the charts.

Published on December 8th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , ,

New Ghostbusters game trailer touts Murray, Aykroyd, Ramis and Hudson


The Video Game HD Screenshot

A new Ghostbusters: The Video Game trailer along with new screenshots has been released by Atari, who will publish the game on six systems (Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, PC and DS) in 2009. Note that the Wii and PS2 version will feature more cartoony looking graphics and characters due to the lack of HD graphics.

The Video Game on PS3Developed by Terminal Reality, who worked closely with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, Inc., the game will be released to coincide with the 25th anniversary celebration of the original film’s theatrical release with a completely new story that re-unites the original cast members from the film (complete with their voice acting and in-game likeness) in a sequel (Ghostbusters 3, if you will) that seeks to recapture the unique blend of humor, fright and action that established Ghostbusters as one of the most popular and recognizable pop culture sensations in history.

Here is an all-new trailer for the game.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game is penned by the original writers of Ghostbusters, Harold Ramis and Dan Aykroyd and re-unites the original film’s cast, for the first time in 20 years, in Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson with a storyline that takes place two years after the Ghostbuster II film. The game even features fan favorites such as William Atherton (Walter Peck), Annie Potts (Janine Melnitz) and Brian Doyle-Muray (Mayor Jock Mulligan).

Sony will also be releasing the two movies on Blu-ray disc for the first time in celebration of it’s anniversary.

Top 5 game sales per system worldwide in week 49, 2008


What are the best-selling games in America, Japan, and Europe (UK, France, Germany) this week? Thanks to Amazon online sales data here are the games that are the most popular right now.

Nintendo Wii
The Force Unleashed for WiiNorth America: 1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 3. Active Life: Outdoor Challenge (Namco Bandai), 4. Wii Music (Nintendo), 5. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games).

Japan: 1. 428: In the Blocked City, Shibuya (Sega), 2. Animal Crossing: City Folk (Nintendo), 3. Animal Crossing: City Folk – WiiSpeak Bundle (Nintendo), 4. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 5. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo).

Europe: 1. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 2. Wii Play (Nintendo), 3. Carnival: Fun Fair Games (2K Games), 4. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 5. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Sega).

Xbox 360
World At War for Xbox 360North America: 1. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 2. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 3. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 4. Halo 3 (Microsoft), 5. Fable II (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 2. Saints Row 2 (THQ), 3. Agarest Senki: Re-appearance (Compile Heart), 4. The Last Remnant (Square Enix), 5. Tales of Vesperia (Namco).

Europe: 1. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 2. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 3. Fable II (Microsoft), 4. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 5. Fallout 3 (Bethesda).

PlayStation 3
LittleBigPlanet on PS3North America: 1. LittleBigPlanet (Sony), 2. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 3. Prince of Persia (Ubisoft), 4. Guitar Hero World Tour: Guitar Kit (Activision), 5. Fallout 3 (Bethesda).

Japan: 1. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami), 2. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – Special Edition (Konami), 3. Grand Theft Auto IV (Capcom), 4. Pro Baseball Spirits 5 Kanzenban (Konami), 5. MotorStorm II (Sony).

Europe: 1. Resistance 2 (Sony), 2. LittleBigPlanet (Sony), 3. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 4. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 5. Need for Speed: Undercover (Electronic Arts).

PlayStation 2
Rock Band Special Edition for PS2North America: 1. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 2. Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (Square Enix), 3. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 4. Guitar Hero World Tour: Guitar Kit (Activision), 5. Madden NFL 09 (Electronic Arts).

Japan: 1. Dragon Ball Z: Infinite World – Special Edition (Bandai), 2. Pro Baseball Spirits 5 Kanzenban (Konami), 3. Real Rode – Kirakira Box (Kadokawa Shoten), 4. Real Rode (Kadokawa Shoten), 5. Devil Summoner: Raido Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon – Plus Edition (Atlus).

Europe: 1. SingStar: ABBA (Sony), 2. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 3. SingStar: Boy Bands vs. Girl Bands (Sony), 4. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 5. SingStar Singalong with Disney (Sony).

Wrath of the Lich King for PCNorth America: 1. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 2. Spore (Electronic Arts), 3. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 4. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 5. Left 4 Dead (Electronic Arts).

Japan: 1. Left 4 Dead (Zoo), 2. Fantasy Earth Zero: Equitis Edition (Square Enix), 3. LineAge Episode Re: Premium Kit ver. 2 (E Frontier), 4. Ragnarok Online 6th Anniversary Package (E Frontier), 5. The Sims 2: Mansion & Garden Pack (Electronic Arts).

Europe: 1. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 2. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 3. Spore (Electronic Arts), 4. Left 4 Dead (Electronic Arts), 5. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard).

Nintendo DS
Elite Penguin Force for DSNorth America: 1. Disney Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force (Disney), 2. Personal Trainer: Cooking (Nintendo), 3. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 4. Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (Nintendo), 5. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Kirby Super Star Ultra (Nintendo), 2. Professor Layton and The Last Time Travel (Nintendo), 3. Wagamama Fashion: Girls Mode (Nintendo), 4. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo), 5. Professor Layton and The Last Time Travel – Plus Main Theme Music CD (Nintendo).

Europe: 1. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? (Nintendo), 2. More Brain Training (Nintendo), 3. Imagine: Teacher (Ubisoft), 4. 42 All-Time Classics (Nintendo), 5. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo).

PlayStation Portable
Chains of Olympus for PSPNorth America: 1. God of War: Chains of Olympus (Sony), 2. Madden NFL 09 (Electronic Arts), 3. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 4. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 5. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar).

Japan: 1. The Legend of Heroes: Sora no Kiseki The 3rd (Nihon Falcom), 2. Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam (Bandai), 3. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G – Best Of PSP Edition (Capcom), 4. Patapon 2: Donchaka (Sony), 5. Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters GX: Tag Force 3 (Konami).

Europe: 1. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 2. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 3. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami), 4. Football Manager Handheld 2009 (Sega), 5. Call of Duty 3: Roads to Victory (Activision).

Call of Duty: World at War remains #1 on the Xbox 360 chart. LittleBigPlanet returns to claim the top spot on the PS3 chart again. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King also stays on top of the PC chart. Rock Band returns on the PS2 chart. Disney’s Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force is on top of the DS chart. A discount puts Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on the Wii chart. And lastly God of War: Chains of Olympus stays on the PSP chart.

“Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” A listing of the top 5 sellers per region, for all systems combined.

North America: 1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Wii), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Wii), 3. Active Life: Outdoor Challenge (Wii), 4. Wii Music (Wii), 5. Rock Band Special Edition (Wii).

Japan: 1. Fallout 3 (DS), 2. Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS), 3. 428: In the Blocked City, Shibuya (Wii), 4. Professor Layton and The Last Time Travel (DS), 5. Wagamama Fashion: Girls Mode (DS).

Europe: 1. Mario Kart Wii (Wii), 2. Wii Play (Wii), 3. Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360), 4. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? (DS), 5. More Brain Training (DS).

For the full lists go to Amazon’s US, JPN (PC) & UK / DE / FR sites.

Ben 10: Protector of Earth has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide


Protector of the Earth on DSBen 10: Protector of the Earth has sold 2.5 million copies worldwide announced D3P (short for “D3Publisher”, the name of the company) who released the game in October of last year for Wii, DS, PS2 and PSP.

The game is based on the hit Cartoon Network show of the same name and was developed by 1st Playable Productions (with the DS version done by High Voltage Software).

In the game, players follow the animated show’s star Ben Tennyson as he uses the alien Omnitrix device attached to his wrist, using super powers and changing into alien forms to take on puzzles, challenges, and skirmishes.

“Having our first-ever Ben 10 interactive game be as successful as it has is a huge accomplishment for us and this is another milestone of which we’re very proud,” says Cartoon Network Enterprises’ vice president Christina Miller. “We look forward to continued success as we build the brand’s interactive franchise with a great partner in D3.”

D3P also recently released a follow-up, Ben 10: Alien Force, based on the new Ben 10 show that takes place five years after the original. The sequel was shipped to stores in late October for Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Nintendo DS.

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time gets spring 2009 release date in North America


Echoes of Time lets Wii & DS friends play together!

Square Enix has announced that they will be bringing Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time, a Wii and DS game, to North America in Spring of 2009. The game is scheduled for release in Japan on January 29th.

Echoes of Time tells the story of a teenaged hero who sets out on a quest to save a girl of similar age from a mysterious and life-threatening disease. In order to save her from the “crystal sickness” he must uncover the long lost secrets of an age long ago forgotten and a civilization that has long-since passed away.

This game is not the long-awaited Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers, but a new game entirely which plays similarly to the DS entry, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates (released last March). It relies heavily on action RPG elements as well as puzzles like the previous games and includes four playable races. Wii owners will also be able to import their user-created Miis into the game.

But the most interesting feature is the ability for Wii and DS owners to play online multiplayer together. That’s right, whether you own the DS or Wii version, you will be able to play your friends all the same. Square has also stated that you’ll be able to switch between the multiplayer and single-player portions of the game without exiting it.

Here is a Japanese trailer showing the wi-fi functionality.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days announced for North American release


Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Logo

Square Enix has confirmed that they will be releasing Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for DS in North America, finally giving solace to those fans who may have been a bit worried at the possibility that it wouldn’t be seeing release stateside.

This comes on the even of the December 2nd release of “Kingdom Hearts RE: Chain of Memories” for the PS2, which is an updated version of the original Game Boy Advance game.

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for DS is the first title to introduce players to a multiplayer mode for up to four-players locally and is set between the events of Kingdom Hearts 1 and Kingdom Hearts 2. The game follows KH2 character Roxas while he was a member of Organization XIII, and as is the series’ trademark, will take place across a wide variety of Disney universes.

Although Square has announced that the game is indeed coming to America, they did not announce any specific release date for the game, or even a release window for that matter. But the game is scheduled to release in Japan in February.

Other future Kingdom Hearts games include the PSP title, Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep and the mobile phone game Kingdom Hearts Coded.

Published on December 3rd, 2008 under , , , , , ,

GTA: Chinatown Wars to feature entire Liberty City


Chinatown Wars DS Screenshot Montage

It has been revealed that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars for the Nintendo DS will feature the entirety of Liberty City, except for the real-life New Jeresy.

In addition to Chinatown, the game features the full areas of Duke, Bohan, Broker and algonquin from Grand Theft Auto IV.

Also revealed by Spanish magazine Hispana is the ability to hail a cab by whistling/yelling into the DS’ built-in microphone and the obvious fact that the PDA, GPS and radio are all controlled by using the bottom touch-screen.
And in addition to the highly controversial GTA: Chinatown Wars drug-selling mini-game, the magazine also reports that there will be “a good way to make money in the game.” Which can mean so many things I don’t even wanna think about it.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2009 exclusively for Nintendo DS and is being developed by Rockstar Leeds and Rockstar North.

New video game releases week 49, 2008


Prince of Persia for Xbox 360Here’s a list of this weeks U.S. game releases. Just when you think the overload of fun new games is going to give your wallet a rest, the next load arrives. The most popular games are Prince of Persia on Xbox 360 & PS3, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories on PS2, Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon on Xbox 360, Grand Theft Auto IV on PC, and Mushroom Men on Wii & DS. On the downloadable games front we’ve got today’s Wii Shop titles Space Invaders Get Even, Pit Crew Panic, Metal Slug 2, and Banjo-Kazooie on Xbox Live Arcade (updates Wednesday), as well as American McGee’s Grimm: Iron John, Gothic 3 and Kingpin: Life of Crime on GameTap Gold (updates Thursday). No word yet on any PlayStation Network games (updates Thursday).

Chain of Memories for PS2Dairy Queen Tycoon (PC)
Destroy All Humans! Path of the Furon (Xbox 360)
Emma at the Farm (DS)
Metal Slug 2 – $9 (Wii Shop)
Pit Crew Panic! – $8 (Wii Shop)
Space Invaders Get Even – $5 (Wii Shop)

Animal Boxing (DS)
Cate West: The Vanishing Files (Wii)
Dreamer: Puppy Trainer (DS)
Family Party: 30 Great Games (Wii)
Grand Theft Auto IV (PC)
Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories (PS2)
Mushroom Men: Rise of the Fungi (DS)
Mushroom Men: The Spore Wars (Wii)
Path of the Furon for Xbox 360My Fitness Coach (Wii)
My Fun Facts Coach (DS)
Nancy Drew: The White Wolf of Icicle Creek (Wii)
Prince of Persia (Xbox 360, PS3)
Prince of Persia: The Fallen King (DS)
Shaun White Snowboarding (PC)
SingStar ABBA (PS3, PS2)
Slingo Quest (DS)
The Tale of Despereaux (Xbox 360, PS2, Wii, PC, DS)
Wordfish (DS)

Banjo-Kazooie (HD Remake) – $15 (Xbox Live Arcade)

American McGee’s Grimm: Iron John (GameTap Gold)
Gothic 3 (GameTap Gold)
Kingpin: Life of Crime (GameTap Gold)

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