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Are Music Games a Passing Fad?

Source: ps3blog.net

Guitar Hero 1 started the phenomenon back in 2005 on the PS2. Between that and Rock Band in 2007, gamers saw a steady stream of improvements. The concept was fleshed out, they added drums and mics, tons of game modes and options, way more music and a-la-carte DLC, online functionality, better training features, HD graphics, and polish.

But since Rock Band 1, the improvements have been fairly obscure or niche. Mostly, we’ve seen new music tracks and various branded track packs. As much as I may love The Beatles or Metallica, I’m really not excited about hearing it in a colored-button music game. The game is still the same game I got my fill of two years ago.

Not surprisingly, U.S. revenue for Guitar Hero and Rock Band is down 49% year over year.

So, was the music genre just a fad that’s ended? Is it going to take a while for a new killer-idea to reignite interest in the genre?

Personally, I’m still waiting for a full-production game controllable by a full MIDI keyboard.

Published on July 24th, 2009 under , ,

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

Source: videogamesblogger.com

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).

PC
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.

Top 5 game sales per system worldwide in week 47, 2008

Source: videogamesblogger.com

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 now.

Nintendo Wii
Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel for WiiNorth America: 1. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 2. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 3. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 4. Wii Play (Nintendo), 5. Wii Music (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Animal Crossing: City Folk – WiiSpeak Bundle (Nintendo), 2. Animal Crossing: City Folk (Nintendo), 3. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 5. Wii Music (Nintendo).

Europe: 1. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 2. Wii Play (Nintendo), 3. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 4. Wii Music (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. Left 4 Dead (Electronic Arts), 4. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Game of the Year Edition (Bethesda), 5. Halo 3 (Microsoft).

Japan: 1. The Last Remnant (Square Enix), 2. Otomedius Gorgeous! (Konami), 3. FIFA 09 World Soccer (Electronic Arts), 4. Tales of Vesperia (Namco), 5. Grand Theft Auto IV (Capcom).

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

PlayStation 3
World At War for PS3North America: 1. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 2. LittleBigPlanet (Sony), 3. Resistance 2 (Sony), 4. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (Midway), 5. Fallout 3 (Bethesda).

Japan: 1. Way of the Samurai 3 (Spike), 2. Grand Theft Auto IV (Capcom), 3. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots – Special Edition (Konami), 4. Resistance 2 (Sony), 5. MotorStorm II (Sony).

Europe: 1. LittleBigPlanet (Sony), 2. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 3. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 4. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 5. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09 (Electronic Arts).

PlayStation 2
Rock Band Special Edition for PS2North America: 1. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 2. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 3. Madden NFL 09 (Electronic Arts), 4. Sonic Unleashed (Sega), 5. WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2009 (THQ).

Japan: 1. Lady Love Dreamer – Limited Edition (Yeti), 2. D.Gray-man: Sousha no Shikaku (Konami), 3. Devil Summoner: Raido Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon – Plus Edition (Atlus), 4. Reborn! Delta Kindan In The Dark (Marvelous), 5. Koisuru Otome to Shugo no Tate: The Shield of AIGIS and The Lady In Love (Alchemist).

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).

PC
Wrath of the Lich King for PCNorth America: 1. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 2. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King – Collector’s Edition (Blizzard), 3. Left 4 Dead (Electronic Arts), 4. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Game of the Year Edition (Bethesda), 5. Spore (Electronic Arts).

Japan: 1. Left 4 Dead (Zoo), 2. Aoi Shiro (Success), 3. Clannad: Full Voice (Key), 4. Lineage II: 2nd Throne – Extra Kit (E Frontier), 5. Chaos;Head (Nitro Plus).

Europe: 1. Left 4 Dead (Electronic Arts), 2. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 3. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 4. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 5. Spore (Electronic Arts).

Nintendo DS
Shadows of Almia for DSNorth America: 1. Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (Nintendo), 2. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 3. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 4. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (Nintendo), 5. Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Kirby Super Star Ultra (Nintendo), 2. Chrono Trigger DS (Square Enix), 3. Tongari Boushi no Mahou no 365 Nichi (Konami), 4. Wagamama Fashion: Girls Mode (Nintendo), 5. Saka-Tsuku Soccer DS: Touch and Direct (Sega).

Europe: 1. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 2. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? (Nintendo), 3. More Brain Training (Nintendo), 4. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 5. High School Musical 3: Senior Year (Disney).

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

Japan: 1. Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam (Bandai), 2. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G – Best of Collection (Capcom), 3. Prinny: Can I Really Be the Hero? (Nippon Ichi), 4. Maplus Portable Navi 2 (Edia), 5. Don’t Be So Bold Just Because You Are Heroes Part 2 (Sony).

Europe: 1. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 2. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 3. Lego Indiana Jones (LucasArts), 4. Football Manager Handheld 2009 (Sega), 5. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami).

Call of Duty: World at War remains #1 on the Xbox 360 & PS3 charts. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King also stays on top of the PC chart. Another strong seller remains Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia on the DS chart. Rock Band Special Edition continues to rock out on the PS2 chart. Mario Kart Wii returns to the Wii chart. And lastly Madden NFL 09 returns 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. Mario Kart Wii (Wii), 2. Wii Fit (Wii), 3. Rock Band Special Edition (Wii), 4. Wii Play (Wii), 5. Wii Music (Wii).

Japan: 1. Animal Crossing: City Folk – WiiSpeak Bundle (Wii), 2. The Last Remnant (Xbox 360), 3. Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS), 4. Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam (PSP), 5. Animal Crossing: City Folk (Wii).

Europe: 1. Mario Kart Wii (Wii), 2. Wii Play (Wii), 3. Wii Fit (Wii), 4. Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360), 5. Wii Music (Wii).

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

On Xbox Live today: New Xbox Experience update. On Arcade: A Kingdom for Keflings

Source: videogamesblogger.com

The New Xbox Experience is now available to all Xbox Live members, so login online and update your Xbox 360 with the new dashboard user interface and functionalities. Watch the New Xbox Experience trailer to see what it will be like.

Majornelson points out 10 new features to check out!

1600 Microsoft Points Card for use on Xbox LiveFrom today, at 9AM GMT (2AM PDT), you can play Ninjabee’s A Kingdom for Keflings on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360. A Kingdom for Keflings will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points (that’s US$10 / €9.60 / £6.80 / CAN$12.40 / AU$13.20).

A Kingdom for Keflings is the first Xbox 360 game to launch with playable Avatars. Join up to three of your friends via Xbox Live to cooperatively construct the kingdom of your dreams. A Kingdom for Keflings includes achievements to earn, more Keflings to attract and many more opportunities to fill your kingdom full of love! Watch the trailer.


Rock Band Special Edition for Xbox 360
Like every week, there were also various downloadable Rock Band tracks released for the Xbox 360 version of the game in addition to older downloadable Rock Band content. Below’s listing shows the new tracks.

The following content is now available for Rock Band. Remember, this content can be used in both Rock Band and Rock Band 2.

Content: “Gone”
Price: 80 Microsoft Points
Availability: All regions except Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Gone”–Crooked X.

Content: Mission of Burma Pack 01
Price: 440 Microsoft Points
Availability: All regions except Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: Mission of Burma Pack 01. This pack includes “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver,” “Mica,” and “That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate” by Mission of Burma.

Content: “That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: All regions except Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “That’s How I Escaped My Certain Fate”–Mission of Burma.

Content: “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: All regions except Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “That’s When I Reach For My Revolver”–Mission of Burma.

Content: “Mica”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: All regions except Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Mica”–Mission of Burma.

Content: Dead Kennedys Pack 01
Price: 440 Microsoft Points
Availability: All regions except Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan
Size: 82.98 MB
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: Dead Kennedys Pack 01. This pack includes “California Über Alles,” “Holiday in Cambodia,” and “Police Truck” by Dead Kennedys.

Content: Century Media Girls of Metal Pack 01
Price: 440 Microsoft Points
Availability: All regions except Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan
Size: 89.04 MB
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: Century Media Girls of Metal Pack 01. This pack includes “Closer” and “Swamped” by Lacuna Coil, and “Forever” by In This Moment.

Content: “Forever”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: All regions except Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Taiwan
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Forever”–In This Moment.

* PLEASE NOTE: Many Rock Band song game tracks are available as both a multipack and as a single game track. These song game tracks are exactly the same (unless expressly noted as a special version or remix). Be aware that it is possible to download the same song game track twice so please carefully consider your purchases. For music credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

Top 5 game sales per system worldwide in week 46, 2008

Source: videogamesblogger.com

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 now.

Nintendo Wii
Wii Fit with Balance Board for WiiNorth America: 1. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 3. Wii Play (Nintendo), 4. Wii Music (Nintendo), 5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts).

Japan: 1. Wii Fit (Nintendo), 2. Shape Boxing: Wii Enjoy Diet! (Rocket Company), 3. Family Ski: World Ski & Snowboard (Namco), 4. Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo), 5. Wii Music (Nintendo).

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

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

Japan: 1. FIFA 09 World Soccer (Electronic Arts), 2. Tales of Vesperia (Namco), 3. Grand Theft Auto IV (Capcom), 4. The Idolm@ster – Platinum Collection (Namco), 5. Lost Odyssey – Platinum Collection (Square Enix).

Europe: 1. Gears of War 2 (Microsoft), 2. Fable II (Microsoft), 3. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 4. Grand Theft Auto IV (Rockstar), 5. Fallout 3 (Bethesda).

PlayStation 3
World At War for PS3North America: 1. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 2. LittleBigPlanet (Sony), 3. Resistance 2 (Sony), 4. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami), 5. Valkyria Chronicles (Sega).

Japan: 1. Way of the Samurai 3 (Spike), 2. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 3. Grand Theft Auto IV (Capcom), 4. Resistance 2 (Sony), 5. LittleBigPlanet (Sony).

Europe: 1. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 2. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami), 3. LittleBigPlanet (Sony), 4. MotorStorm: Pacific Rift (Sony), 5. Quantum of Solace (Activision).

PlayStation 2
Rock Band Special Edition for PS2North America: 1. Rock Band Special Edition (MTV Games), 2. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 3. Madden NFL 09 (Electronic Arts), 4. WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2009 (THQ), 5. Eternal Poison (Atlus).

Japan: 1. Devil Summoner: Raido Kuzunoha vs. King Abaddon – Plus Edition (Atlus), 2. Tales of the Abyss – Best of Collection (Namco), 3. D.Gray-man: Sousha no Shikaku (Konami), 4. Wrestling Angels: Survivor 2 (Tryfirst), 5. Hokuouki (Idea Factory).

Europe: 1. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 2. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 3. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami), 4. WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2009 (THQ), 5. SingStar Singalong with Disney (Sony).

PC
Wrath of the Lich King for PCNorth America: 1. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 2. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 3. Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (Electronic Arts), 4. Fallout 3 (Bethesda), 5. World of Warcraft Battle Chest (Blizzard).

Japan: 1. Ragnarok Online 6th Anniversary Package (E-Frontier), 2. Ultima Online 11 Shuunen Kinen Item Collection (Electronic Arts), 3. Chaos;Head (Nitro Plus), 4. Clannad: Full Voice (Key), 5. Final Fantasy XI: The Vana’diel Collection (Square Enix).

Europe: 1. Football Manager 2009 (Sega), 2. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (Blizzard), 3. Call of Duty: World at War (Activision), 4. Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 (Electronic Arts), 5. Fallout 3 (Bethesda).

Nintendo DS
Shadows of Almia for DSNorth America: 1. Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia (Nintendo), 2. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo), 3. New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo), 4. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! (Nintendo), 5. Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir (Nintendo).

Japan: 1. Tongari Boushi no Mahou no 365 Nichi (Konami), 2. Kirby Super Star Ultra (Nintendo), 3. Wagamama Fashion: Girls Mode (Nintendo), 4. Mystery Dungeon: Shiren the Wanderer DS 2 – Remake (Sega), 5. Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo).

Europe: 1. Professor Layton and the Curious Village (Nintendo), 2. Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? (Nintendo), 3. More Brain Training (Nintendo), 4. Cooking Guide (Nintendo), 5. Mario Kart DS (Nintendo).

PlayStation Portable
Liberty City Stories for PSPNorth America: 1. Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (Rockstar), 2. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (LucasArts), 3. God of War: Chains of Olympus (Sony), 4. Madden NFL 09 (Electronic Arts), 5. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (Square Enix).

Japan: 1. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G – Best of Collection (Capcom), 2. Sengoku Efuda Yuugi: Hototogisu Ran (Irem), 3. Chuumon Shiyouze! Oretachi no Sekai (Global A Entertainment), 4. Don’t Be So Bold Just Because You Are Heroes Part 2 (Sony), 5. Maplus Portable Navi 2 (Edia).

Europe: 1. FIFA 09 (Electronic Arts), 2. Lego Batman (Warner Bros.), 3. Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami), 4. WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2009 (THQ), 5. Call of Duty: Roads to Victory (Activision).

Call of Duty: World at War debuts #1 on the Xbox 360 & PS3 charts. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King also debuts on top of the PC chart. Another strong debut comes from Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia on the DS chart. Rock Band Special Edition returns to the PS2 chart. Wii Fit remains on the healthiest spot on the Wii chart. And lastly Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories returns 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. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (PC), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Wii), 3. Wii Fit (Wii), 4. Wii Play (Wii), 5. Call of Duty: World at War (Xbox 360).

Japan: 1. Tongari Boushi no Mahou no 365 Nichi (DS), 2. Way of the Samurai 3 (PS3), 3. Kirby Super Star Ultra (DS), 4. FIFA 09 (PS3), 5. Wagamama Fashion: Girls Mode (DS).

Europe: 1. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King (PC), 2. Mario Kart Wii (Wii), 3. Wii Fit (Wii), 4. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games (Wii), 5. Football Manager 2009 (PC).

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

On Xbox Live Arcade today: New Arcade hits, Left 4 Dead demo and Rock Band Foo Fighters songs

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1600 Microsoft Points Card for use on Xbox LiveAlthough there are no new Xbox Live Arcade games available for download today. Microsoft did add three new Xbox Live Arcade titles to the Arcade Hits discount program. Feeding Frenzy, Worms and Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 are now available for 400 Microsoft Points (that’s US$5 / €4.80 / £3.40 / CAN$6.20 / AU$6.60).

Also available on Xbox Live Marketplace is: A Left 4 Dead demo. It shows off the first part of one of the four campaigns in the game and includes online co-op play as well as single player.

Rock Band Special Edition for Xbox 360
Like every week, there were also various downloadable Rock Band tracks released for the Xbox 360 version of the game in addition to 2007’s downloadable Rock Band content. Below’s listing shows the new tracks.

The following content is now available for Rock Band. Remember, this content can be used in both Rock Band and Rock Band 2.

Content: The Colour and the Shape (Album)
Price: 1600 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this game album: The Colour and the Shape. This includes twelve tracks: all of the songs from the Foo Fighters’ album The Colour and the Shape, except “Everlong,” found on the Rock Band 2 Disc.

Content: “New Way Home”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “New Way Home”–Foo Fighters.

Content: “Walking After You”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Walking After You”–Foo Fighters.

Content: “February Stars”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “February Stars”–Foo Fighters.

Content: “Enough Space”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Enough Space”–Foo Fighters.

Content: “See You”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “See You”–Foo Fighters.

Content: “My Hero”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “My Hero”–Foo Fighters.

Content: “Up in Arms”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Up in Arms”–Foo Fighters.

Content: “Wind Up”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Wind Up”–Foo Fighters.

Content: “My Poor Brain”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “My Poor Brain”–Foo Fighters.

Content: “Hey, Johnny Park!”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Hey, Johnny Park!”–Foo Fighters.

Content: “Monkey Wrench”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Monkey Wrench”–Foo Fighters.

Content: ‘Doll”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Doll”–Foo Fighters.

* PLEASE NOTE: Many Rock Band song game tracks are available as both a multipack and as a single game track. These song game tracks are exactly the same (unless expressly noted as a special version or remix). Be aware that it is possible to download the same song game track twice so please carefully consider your purchases. For music credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

On Xbox Live Arcade today: Vigilante 8: Arcade and Rock Band songs

Source: videogamesblogger.com

1600 Microsoft Points Card for use on Xbox LiveFrom today, at 9AM GMT (2AM PDT), you can play Activision’s Vigilante 8: Arcade on Xbox Live Arcade for Xbox 360. Vigilante 8: Arcade will be available worldwide for 800 Microsoft Points (that’s US$10 / €9.60 / £6.80 / CAN$12.40 / AU$13.20).

Take the wheel as fully-loaded auto combat revs into high gear with Vigilante 8: Arcade. It’s a down and dirty war on wheels where everyone’s riding shotgun. This brand new re-make of the classic Vigilante 8 game lets you choose from among eight tricked-out retro-fine ‘70s vehicles with some serious firepower. Multiple special weapons let you wreak havoc on five newly-designed and destructible arenas. Complete the single player Quest story mode or test your car-crushing skills in local and LIVE multiplayer versus or co-op modes. Rebuilt from the ground up, V8: Arcade is modern vehicular warfare at its finest.

Also available on Xbox Live Marketplace are: A LEGO Batman: The Videogame Demo that was added today and a Naruto: The Broken Bond Demo became available earlier this week.

Rock Band Special Edition for Xbox 360
Like every week, there were also various downloadable Rock Band tracks released for the Xbox 360 version of the game in addition to 2007’s downloadable Rock Band content. Below’s listing shows the new tracks.

The following content is now available for Rock Band. Remember, this content can be used in both Rock Band and Rock Band 2.

Content: Presidents of the United States of America Pack 01
Price: 440 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [[ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track pack: Presidents of the United States of America Pack 01. This pack includes “Dune Buggy,” “Feather Pluckn,” and “Ladybug” by Presidents of the United States of America.

Content: “Ladybug”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Ladybug”–Presidents of the United States of America.

Content: “Feather Pluckn”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Feather Pluckn”–Presidents of the United States of America.

Content: “Dune Buggy”
Price: 160 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Dune Buggy”–Presidents of the United States of America.

Content: “I Don’t Care”
Price: 80 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text: [ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “I Don’t Care”–Fall Out Boy.

Content: “Use Me”
Price: 80 Microsoft Points
Availability: Not available in Asia
Dash Text:[ESRB: T (Teen) LYRICS,MILD SUGGESTIVE THEMES] Build your Rock Band library by purchasing this song game track: “Use Me”–Hinder.

* PLEASE NOTE: Many Rock Band song game tracks are available as both a multipack and as a single game track. These song game tracks are exactly the same (unless expressly noted as a special version or remix). Be aware that it is possible to download the same song game track twice so please carefully consider your purchases. For music credits, visit www.RockBand.com.

The Beatles music videogame similar to Rock Band announced by MTV and Apple for holiday 2009

Source: videogamesblogger.com

The Beatles on Abbey RoadThe Beatles’ extraordinary music and phenomenal legacy is set to rock across the universe in the form of a completely new videogame, through an exclusive partnership between Apple, MTV Games and Harmonix. The music game (which is not a Rock Band expansion pack) is expected to be out for holiday 2009.

This partnership marks the first time that Apple Corps, along with EMI Music, Harrisongs Ltd, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, has agreed to present The Beatles music in an interactive videogame format. Published by MTV Games and developed by Harmonix, the world’s premier music videogame company and creators of the best-selling Rock Band, the game will be an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles. The game was creatively conceived with input from Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison, and enjoys their full blessing. In addition, Giles Martin, co-producer of The Beatles innovative LOVE project, will provide his expertise and serve as Music Producer for this groundbreaking Beatles project.

“The project is a fun idea which broadens the appeal of The Beatles and their music. I like people having the opportunity to get to know the music from the inside out,” Sir Paul McCartney said.

“It gives me great pleasure to be part of The Beatles / Apple and Harmonix / Rock Band partnership,” said Ringo Starr. “The Beatles continue to evolve with the passing of time and how wonderful that The Beatles’ legacy will find its natural progression into the 21st century through the computerized world we live in. Let the games commence.”

“It’s cool. I love it and hope it will keep inspiring and encouraging the young generation for many decades,” said Yoko Ono Lennon.

“People are having so much fun playing Rock Band. Combined with The Beatles tracks, it is a great way to either listen or participate,” said Olivia Harrison. “If you like the music, it doesn’t take much persuasion to get you to play.”

“Introducing the genius of The Beatles to a whole new generation of music lovers through original and inspired ways is extremely exciting to us at Apple Corps,” stated Jeff Jones, CEO, Apple Corps. “We are truly pleased to be working with the innovative forces at MTV and Harmonix as they embody our mutual passions for music and creativity.”

“Many of us have been part of a generation that has long enjoyed an enduring love affair with The Beatles and now we’re looking to extend that love affair for future generations to enjoy,” said Van Toffler.” “Our inspiration for this project comes from a keen sense of history and a place of utmost reverence and respect for the band, their music and their heritage.”

“The impact of The Beatles is forever ingrained in the hearts, minds and souls of millions the world over,” said Judy McGrath, Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks. “The Beatles are the reason many of us are WHERE we are, and some of us are WHO we are.”

“We are honored to be part of this new way for people to discover the timeless music and art of The Beatles – the most creatively and commercially successful, critically acclaimed, and influential band in the history of popular music,” stated Paul DeGooyer, MTV’s Senior Vice President of Electronic Games & Music.

“By presenting their music and artistry through the creative filter of a groundbreaking video game, we are giving legions of fans and music lovers all over the world a profound, new way to experience The Beatles,” said Alex Rigopulos, CEO and Co-Founder, Harmonix. “This game will be a celebration of the Beatles undeniable legacy.”

Published on October 30th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

SD card streaming confirmed for Rock Band 2

Source: infendo.com

With Guitar Hero World Tour’s undying promise for downloadable content it’s no surprise Rock Band 2 wants a piece of the pie. The big question to Harmonix since their announcement has been a solution to song storage. MTV Multiplayer has the info…

“Rock Band 2″ does read 100% from the SD card, but it doesn’t appear Nintendo will be allowing for games to be executed off the card just yet.

Motown asked…” I’ve always wanted to know how they’d fit all that DLC content on the Wii’s 512MB of flash memory? Would you have to add an SD card to download more than 17 songs?”

It’s unclear just how many songs would fit on a clean Wii’s system memory. That depends on what song you are downloading. The longer the song, the more memory it’s going to take up. But it’s safe to say there won’t be much space for users who are also taking advantage of Virtual Console and WiiWare. An SD card will probably be a must for “Rock Band 2″ Wii owners who want more than disc music. So, yes, you’ll likely have to have an SD card.

Sounds like DLC on the Wii version of Rock Band 2 is at a halt until Nintendo releases that much needed firmware patch for SD streaming.

Published on October 20th, 2008 under , ,

Rock Band: AC/DC Live songs list for the standalone track pack available exclusively at Wal-Mart

Source: videogamesblogger.com

Rock Band Track Pack logo
MTV and Wal-Mart have announced that the retailer will be exclusively selling an AC/DC version of Rock Band, titled the AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack, starting on November 2nd, 2008. The Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii versions will set you back $39.88, while the PS2 version is priced at $29.88. This release also coincides with AC/DC’s new album Black Ice, another Wal-Mart exclusive.

Don’t let the name fool you though, it’s not just a track pack: “AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack is a fully-featured, standalone extension to the multi-million unit selling, genredefining, cultural phenomenons Rock Band and Rock Band 2, the ultimate social music game experiences. AC/DC Live lets you and your friends relive AC/DC’s epic 1991 live performance at Donington, UK, through the eyes of Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, and Chris Slade.”

AC/DC LIVE replicates AC/DC’s track list from their landmark gig at Donington. Here’s the complete songs list:

“Thunderstruck”
“Shoot to Thrill”
“Back in Black”
“Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be”
“Heatseeker”
“Fire Your Guns”
“Jailbreak”
“The Jack”
“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”
“Moneytalks”
“Hells Bells”
“High Voltage”
“Whole Lotta Rosie”
“You Shook Me All Night Long”
“T.N.T.”
“Let There Be Rock”
“Highway To Hell”
“For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”

Harmonix, developers of the blockbuster Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises, are delivering AC/DC LIVE, a continuation of the Rock Band platform that lets audiences of all ages interact with music in an all-new way – collaboratively, competitively, or in single-player – to experience the majestic power of AC/DC.

Rock Band: AC/DC Live features include:

* Play your favorite hard-rockin’ classics, or jump right in and conquer the entire 18-song set! – All of your favorite modes return – solo and band tours, tug-of-war, score duel, and even practice mode.

* Rock Band’s trademark guitar, bass, drums, and vocals put you right onstage where the action is! – You can use your Rock Band or Rock Band 2 peripherals to create the ultimate music game experience – you can tap out guitar solos with the 2nd set of frets at the top of your guitar neck, freeform drum fill your way through drumming sections, or use freestyle vocals to express yourself while belting out AC/DC classics.

* Go Beyond the Disc! – The Xbox 360 and PS3 versions ship with a code on the back of the game manual that lets you import all of the songs into the Rock Band or Rock Band 2 game environment (Internet connection required).

Published on October 6th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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