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Nintendo Wii Launching November 19, for $250 ?

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 10:05 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

An article from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer referring to tomorrow's NY Times reveals Nintendo will announce that the Wii will be available Nov. 19 for $250 and will include Wii Sports titles (tennis, golf, baseball and bowling) bundled with the console. On top of that, it also reveals that there will be 25 to 30 Wii games available this year, including Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and they will be priced at $50. Wii will be able to browse the web, and classic downloadable games will cost $5-10.

Various Game Trailers #883

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 9:53 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of game trailers was released. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are trailers for:

  • Rainbow Six: Vegas - Trailer
  • Tokobot Plus: Mysteries of the Karakuri [PS2] - Jap Trailer
  • Tales of Phantasia [PSP] - Jap Trailer


  • We will update this throughout the day when new trailers become available. Read more for download links ...

'The Ship' Gets Steamy Update #2

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 9:07 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Valve's SteamPowered website has been updated with details on a new The Ship patch adding new multiplayer maps, a much needed tutorial, new voice overs, game tweaks, and various gameplay & bug fixes. Read more for details fixlist, or just restart Steam for the effects to take place.

Meet 'The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy' (ALL) Characters #1 - Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 5:59 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy videogame will set 15 of the popular television show's characters against each other in a fighting/adventure game.

'Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened' - Facts & Features

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 5:32 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sherlock Holmes: The Awakened rises to the challenge of being entirely in 3D; while the creators have kept classic game mechanics, the game benefits from the freedom and the immersion brought by a superb animated and detailed real time 3D environment.

'NHL 2K7' (X360) Demo On Xbox Live Marketplace

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 5:25 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

In addition to debuting this week on the Xbox 360 and Xbox, NHL 2K7 is now available as a playable Xbox 360 demo via Xbox Live Marketplace, allowing you to play an exhibition game.

'Bliss Island' (PSP) - 8 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 5:23 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Bliss Island is a frantic, fun and fiendishly compulsive skill game created by indie-developer Pompom Software. Bliss Island first appeared as a web-based mini game ands is now headed for the PSP.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006 Shipping Announcements

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 4:19 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Another day, another batch of games shipped to stores. Instead of giving them all their own posts, we grouped them, and so far there are announcements for:

'The Secrets of Atlantis: The Sacred Legacy' - 4 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 3:35 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

The Secrets Of Atlantis is a new point and click adventure situated in the 1930s. You are Howard Brooks, a young aeronautic engineer who awakes on the Hindenburg zeppelin, investigating a strange vessel, one which will take you to the four corners of the earth, interacting with over 30 NPCs, and solving nearly a dozen puzzles.

'Guitar Hero II' (PS2) Demo Coming ...

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 3:31 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Guitar Hero II arrives with a new track list, new venues and additional play modes – including the ability to transform the original Guitar Hero SG Controller into a rhythm, lead or bass guitar. The OPM November issue will have a GH II demo on its coverdisk, and while no games modes are revealed yet, it will have 4 songs : Shout at the Devil by Motley Crue, Strutter by Kiss, YYZ by Rush, and You Really Got Me by Van Halen.

'Stargate Worlds' - Artwork & Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 1:28 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Stargate Worlds, an MMORPG use Epic’s Unreal Engine 3 technology, provides players with a form of ranged combat unique to MMORPG that will take full advantage of modern and science fiction weaponry, cover, and terrain.

Austin Game Conference Surpasses Attendance Expectations

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 12:58 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

More than 2,400 game industry professionals from 20 countries and representing over 520 companies converged upon the Austin Convention Center, for three days of high-caliber speakers, news-making exhibitors, and networking events.

'LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy' Unofficial Installer Fix

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 12:26 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

LucasArts' just released PC version of LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy seems to have an installer bug, preventing customers from installing the game on their PCs due to a recent Microsoft upgrade. Aware of the issue, LucasArts is currently working on a patch, but in the meantime, read more for a quick workaround.

'NBA Live 07' (ALL) - 9 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 12:13 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Pull off moves only the pros perform as you replicate the styles of your favorite NBA players. Elevate to the rim for an electrifying dunk and bring the crowd to its feet, or look to your superstars to shift momentum with the game on the line.

'Legend: Hand of God' to Use SpeedTree

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 12:09 p.m. PDT | Filed under News

Legend: Hand of God is an action RPG set in a fantasy world where you guide your hero in his quest against evil, fighting your way through action filled battles. Master Creating has signed an agreement with IDV to use SpeedTree to populate the game world with foilage.

'LMA Manager 2007' (PS2/X360/PC) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 10:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

LMA Manager 2007 will deliver the series’ world of football in massively expanded editions, with teams from over 50 countries to manage or pick transfers from, while retaining LMA Manager’s intuitive and user-friendly interface.

'F.E.A.R. Extraction Point' Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 10:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

F.E.A.R. is a paranormal action thriller presented entirely in first person, an unprecedented adrenaline rush of close quarters combat seamlessly melded with the spine-tingling, shocking intensity of the unknown. This demo allows you to try out part of the game, with several of the weapons, including a minigun, at your disposal.

'Officers' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 10:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

The non-linear plot of Officers preserves the established facts of the origins of WWII and allows gamers to lead any of three sides to victory: USSR, Germany and Allies (GB and USA). The game recreates the real structures of all participants' armies, using the real arsenal, equipment and military techniques.

'NBA 2K7' (ALL) New Features Revealed - Trailer

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 9:57 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

NBA 2K7 delivers a new benchmark in high-level visual player details with Signature Style player animations. NBA 2K7 also enhances the overall NBA atmosphere with hyper-detailed arenas, enhanced arena lighting, and numerous new camera angles to truly deliver the next generation of basketball video games.

'Sparta: Ancient Wars' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 9:24 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Sparta: Ancient Wars will deliver innovative and high quality real time strategy based on historical events and timelines, and not feature myths or legends. Based on the historical background of Spartans' high culture, there will appear huge ancient battles on your screen, enabled by a brand new stunning 3D engine.

'Heroes of Might and Magic V' - v1.3 Patches Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 9:10 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Ubisoft has released a new patch for Nival Interactive's Might & Magic V. This update brings your retail, and download, game to v1.3 and adds a map editor, 4 new multiplayer maps, improves stability, the usual big & crash fixes, and balance tweaks.

'Gothic III' - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 9:06 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

JoWooD Productions continues its successful cooperation with the German developer Piranha Bytes by publishing one of the most spectacular titles of the coming year: Gothic III, the third part of the legendary RPG saga.

'Neverwinter Nights 2' Limited Edition Announced

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 7:08 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari today announced the special Neverwinter Nights 2 limited edition, which includes a Blessed of Waukeen bonus to all saving throws, two special items, a unique weapon, a magical golden aura that surrounds players' characters, detailed cloth map showing in-game locations, book of art, depicting characters and scenes from the game, two silver antique rings: Good & Evil.

'FIFA 07' (ALL) Demo Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 6:40 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

FIFA 07 delivers authenticity with licenses for all the world’s top leagues, including MLS and Mexican 1st Division, and 26 others from over 20 nations. The demo allows you to play 4 minutes, and choose from Manchester United, Barcelona, Lyon, Weder Bremen, Guadalajara or AC Milaan, playable in Arsenal's Emirates Stadion.

'Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines' - v2.9 Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 6:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Since Troika is no longer amongst the living this patch is not official, so use at your own discretion. This update brings Activision's Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines retail game to v2.9 (requires v1.2 patch installed) and addresses a number of known issues, gameplay tweaks, bug fixes and so forth.

'Madden NFL 07' - v2.0 Roster Update Patch Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 6:31 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Step up as the lead blocker to create a hole, and then take control of the tailback and smash through, overpower, or slash away from would-be tacklers as you fight for every yard. Innovative rushing controls give you a game-breaking ground attack featuring all-new jukes, cutbacks, and the distinct running styles of your favorite backs.

'East India Company' - 6 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 6:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In East India Company, players will enjoy building the world's most powerful trading empire and engaging in fierce battles in both single-player and multiplayer modes, all within a breathtaking cinematic environment.

'GTR 2: FIA GT Racing Game' Goes Gold

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 5:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Atari and 10tacle Studios today announced that development for its GTR 2: FIA GT Racing Game racing is complete, and is scheduled for release across Europe on 29th September 2006.

'Hard Truck: Apocalypse' - SDK Available NOW

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 5:22 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Hard Truck: Apocalypse is a 3rd person action/RPG is set in the post-apocalyptic environment full of menacing mysteries and unfriendly inhabitants. Nival has released the English SDK allowing you to create your own content. The package includes a map, script, dialog and quest editor, as well as all needed data and documentation.

'Medal of Honor: Heroes' (PSP) - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 4:58 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Medal of Honor Heroes allows players to take all the epic, authentic WWII action of Medal of Honor on-the-go. As Jimmy Patterson you battle your way through three campaigns as their favorite lead characters from past Medal of Honor games.

'Lost Planet: Extreme Condition' (X360) Nabs Best Xbox 360 Game Award At GC 2006

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 4:54 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Capcom today announced that its epic sci-fi action shooter exclusive for the X360, Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, has again received top honors when it was recently awarded Best Xbox 360 Game at this year’s Leipzig Games Convention.

'Infinite Undiscovery' (X360) Revealed

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 4:39 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Last year tri-Ace revealed it was working on an untitled RPG for the Xbox 360, and today finally the first, scant, details emerge in the latest Famitsu issue. After its latest Valkyrie Profile for Square Enix, tri-Ace is getting its feet wet with a fantasy based RPG titled Infinite Undiscovery, which will use the developers typical real time combat system.

'God Hand' (PS2) - 7 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 3:56 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

In God Hand you play as a drifter bestowed with supernatural-like abilities who must confront the fate and responsibilities inherent with this newfound power. Hand-to-hand combat is at its best when gamers unleash the power of the God Hand to deliver righteous punishment onto worthy enemies.

'World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 3:37 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade is the exciting new expansion to Blizzard's massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It expands the game by tremendous bounds, adding new races, quest, lands, Battlegrounds, professions and items, raising the level cap to 70, and more.

'Scarface: The World Is Yours' (ALL) Writer Weary About Games Industry

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 3:25 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Earlier this month Vivendi finally pinned down a release date for Scarface: The World Is Yours, currently set for Oct. 3, 2006. Hollywood writer David McKenna ("Blow," "American History X") wrote the script for Radical's movie adaptation, but has mixed feelings about Hollywood's dipping into the archives for games.

'Paraworld' - 5 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 3:07 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Paraworld combines a setting never seen before with personalized unit management, bringing new life to the real-time strategy genre. Modern elements blend with primeval conditions in a long forgotten, incredibly beautiful prehistoric world. Creatures long extinct come to life once more, a constant danger to anyone living in the area.

iTunes 7 Now Offers Casual Games for Download

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 2:49 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Apple's latest version of its online music and video store, iTunes 7 offers more TV series, music and now also movies for download, but our main point of interest is the fact that it now also allows you to download casual games to play on your 5th generation iPods, including EAs Tetris, Mahjong and Mini Golf, Pac-Man from Namco and PopCap Games' Bejeweled, Zuma, for $4.99 each.

'Final Fantasy XII' (PS2) Cosplay Contest

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 2:35 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Join Square Enix in a special event preceding DigitalLife featuring its newest game, Final Fantasy XII! Square Enix are calling all Cosplayers to join them at Times Square for this event on Oct. 11, 2006! Now's your chance to come out and show the world! While all Final Fantasy cosplayers are welcome, those in FF XII costumes are likely to get something special!

'Lair' (PS3) - 2 New Screens

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 2:26 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

While details on Factor 5's upcoming dragonslaying title Lair are very limited, at least some new screens give us something to tide us over until TGS where the PS3 exclusive title is surely to be officially unveiled with additional details .. Until then ...

'Scramble' Now Available On Xbox Live Arcade

by Rainier on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 2:04 a.m. PDT | Filed under News

Konami's classic arcade side-scrolling, space shooter Scramble launches on Xbox Live Arcade Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 1:00 AM Pacific. Scramble your fighter and take on the enemy base in the next generation version of this popular game, complete with optimized sound and a choice of play in original mode or with new, enhanced visual detail.

PSP Preview - 'SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Fireteam Bravo 2'

by Agustin on Sept. 13, 2006 @ 1:44 a.m. PDT | Filed under Previews

As the SEAL commander, the player will be supported by AI teammate executing traditional SOCOM team-based tactical, stealth and action gameplay. Multiple players will once again be able to form clans and take on their friends for team-based high-action gameplay.