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Konami's E3 2007 Lineup

by Rainier on July 10, 2007 @ 1:33 p.m. PDT

Konami revealed its product lineup for the 2007 E3 Summit, featuring nine high-profile titles for multiple video game platforms across all genres, a mixture of celebrated franchises and original titles such as Castlevania, Contra 4, Silent Hill Origins, DDR Supernova 2/Universe 2, Hellboy and several others...

Following is additional information on Konami's E3 2007 lineup:

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles (PSP)

Release date: Fall 2007

Genre: Action

Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles takes an entirely new look at the classic action game Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and brings the franchise to the PSP system for the first time - complete with 3D graphics, enhanced gameplay and new music. This is the first time Rondo of Blood has been released outside of Japan. The game also includes unlockable versions of the original Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night games, optimized for the PSP system with old-school side scrolling action.

Contra 4 (NDS)

Release date: 2007

Genre: Action

Set after the events of Contra III: Alien Wars, the game follows mercenaries Bill Rizer and Lance Bean as they battle to save the world from a new extraterrestrial threat. Contra 4 takes advantage of the dual screens of the Nintendo DS to deliver larger-than-life action, with massive enemies, detailed platforming and mind-blowing set pieces. Across a variety of game modes, including full cooperative play through the main story mode, two players can take the fight to the alien army of the Black Viper and reclaim Earth for mankind.

Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party (Wii)

Release date: Fall 2007

Genre: Music

The global dancing phenomenon gets even more physical with an entirely new game designed for the Wii. DDR Hottest Party is sure to be the life of the party with four player multiplayer, Wii Remote and Nunchuk support, smash hits taken from the last four decades of music, entirely new modes and much more!

Dance Dance Revolution UNIVERSE 2 (X360)

Release date: Fall 2007

Genre: Music

Dance Dance Revolution UNIVERSE 2 (DDR UNIVERSE2) for the Xbox 360. The series' encore performance on the next generation console delivers new gameplay options along with a sundry mix of songs from the 70s to today, online play and downloadable music, enhanced graphics as well as accessibility for players of all ages.

"DDR UNIVERSE2 offers new features and gameplay options that will appeal to aspiring and existing DDR fans," said Jason Enos, Senior Product Manager at Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "The next generation graphics make this the best-looking DDR game to date while the new features and online capabilities offer gamers a wider array of options than ever before. For non-stop action and fun, this is a must-have game for Xbox 360 owners."

A perfect fit for the entire family, DDR UNIVERSE2 brings back familiar modes from previous games and expands on them with the debut of Freestyle Mode on the Xbox 360 and the introduction of the enhanced Quest mode. In Freestyle Mode, players can dance any way they want without using the signature arrows - making it perfect for kids or anyone with two left feet. Quest Mode allows players to build their own unique character and advance through a set of missions to complete all of the gameplay challenges.

Delivering added proof of the game's "universal" appeal is the soundtrack, which draws inspiration from four decades of both classic and current smash-hits to deliver the most complete music library of any DDR game to date. From the 70s, 80s, 90s and today, DDR UNIVERSE2 has songs that fit everyone's tastes. For those who want an even wider array of music, they can take their game to the online "universe" via Xbox Live®, where they can download new songs as well as compete head-to-head, and even have access to exclusive DDR-related items. The game's crystal clear high-definition graphics provide vivid colors and life-like character animations, easily making DDR UNIVERSE2 the sharpest looking DDR game ever.

As with all previous DDR game releases, DDR UNIVERSE2 features a Workout Mode, which challenges would-be dieters to dance off those extra pounds. With the ability to track calories burned and provide vigorous exercise, the Workout Mode in DDR is the perfect alternative to more traditional forms of exercise like the treadmill. Because of its health and fitness benefits, the game has appeared in health clubs and school physical education classes around the country, spawning an ever-growing sub-genre of DDR fitness fanatics.

Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA 2 (PS2)

Release date: Fall 2007

Genre: Music

The follow-up to the biggest and best DDR game to date, the vaunted Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA series returns with exciting gameplay, an incredible song selection and enhanced online modes.

"The Dance Dance Revolution franchise continues to grow its considerable fan-base, reaching a level of critical and commercial success reserved for only a handful of transcendent video game brands," said Jason Enos, Senior Product Manager at Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. "Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA2 is a tent-pole release for the franchise that has found its way from arcades to living rooms and beyond - it will be a must-have game for any DDR fan."

Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA2 takes the best-selling video game series to new heights by incorporating a variety of gameplay enhancements designed to deliver the ultimate DDR experience. Brand new game modes, including Hyper Master Mode are joined by existing modes such as Tutorial, Battle, Nonstop and Challenge to deliver the most complete DDR game to date. In typical DDR style, these gameplay modes, combined with perfectly calibrated difficulty settings, makes DDR SuperNOVA2 highly accessible to newbies while still delivering the ultimate gameplay challenge to DDR pros. At the heart of any DDR game is the music selection and DDR SuperNOVA2 features an awesome new song lineup, packed with superstar artists, familiar hits and a laundry list of brand new musical content. Online multiplayer gameplay now supporting up to four players and EyeToy™ USB Camera (for PlayStation┬«2) support round out the complete music video game package that will keep players of all ages and abilities moving to the beat.

Dance Dance Revolution SuperNOVA2 continues the legacy of the music genre's most popular franchise, and expands on every aspect of what made the original game innovative, fun and addictive.

Dewy's Adventure (Wii)

Release date: Fall 2007

Genre: Action

Discover this original game for the Wii from the producer who created the acclaimed video game, Elebits. Using the Wii Remote, take control of Dewy, a tiny droplet of water, rolling him around the environment and using special elemental powers with unique gesture-based controls to take on the dastardly forces of Don Hedron.

Fishing Master (Wii)

Release date: Fall 2007

Genre: Sports/Fishing

Get ready to bait, cast, & reel'em in! Published and developed by Hudson Entertainment, Fishing Master sets gamers off on a thrilling fishing adventure. Utilize an array of different types of bait. Cast your line with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk as your rod and reel. And start reeling in over 100 fish in your sole quest to become a Fishing Master.

Hellboy The Science of Evil (PS3, X360, PSP)

Release date: 2007

Based on Hellboy comics from Dark Horse Comics and movie from Revolution Studios, Hellboy for the PLAYSTATION 3 system and Xbox 360 lets players unleash the Right Hand of Doom in visceral melee combat as they battle to thwart a diabolical Nazi plot. Hellboy for the PSP system features an original visual style and new gameplay elements built around episodic play sessions.

Konami Kids Playground (PS2)

Release date: Fall 2007

Genre: Edutainment

A new series of games designed for the pre-K market, Konami Kids Playground offers toddlers a fun way to learn important basics like numbers and letters, colors and shapes while also promoting a healthy, active lifestyle. One game mat works with all Kids Playground software titles. Choose from Frogger Hop, Skip & Jumpin' Fun, Alphabet Circus, Dinosaur Shapes and Colors and Toy Pals Fun with Numbers.

Silent Hill Origins (PSP)

Release date: Fall 2007

Genre: Horror/Action

The renowned Silent Hill survival horror series makes its handheld gaming debut with a brand new adventure that reveals many of the series' most hallowed secrets. Assuming the role of a lone truck driver, Travis Grady, trapped in Silent Hill while making a routine delivery, players must escape the city's horrific inhabitants and confront the strange hallucinations that have haunted him since childhood. Taking full advantage of the PSP system's graphics, sound, and portability, Silent Hill Origins sets a new standard for horror action video gaming on a handheld platform.

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