In the News #50 – 3/19/2008

Daily News for March 19th, 2008.

  • GTA IV has been rated “M” in the USA by the ESRB. Haha. Grand Theft Auto IV has been rated Mature for: Partial Nudity, Strong Language, Strong Sexual Content, Use of Drugs and Alcohol, Blood, and Intense Violence. Ahh, the perfect game.
  • Guitar Hero is finally making it’s way to the Nintendo DS. The console spinoff has been cleverly named Guitar Hero: On Tour. IGN has all the details.
  • Microsoft announced today that three new maps and an update for the Forge are on the way for Halo 3 on April 15th. The new maps are: Ghost Town, Avalanche and a third, unannounced location. The Legendary Map pack will cost you 800 Microsoft Points (US $10) from the Xbox Live Marketplace..
  • The Sims 3 has been announced for a 2009 release. The announcement comes from the unveiling of the official website, which can be found right here.

We are sorry for the lake of updates lately. We’ll do better.

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Nintendo Weekly Review #2

Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii Weekly Review for the week of January 28th, 2008 – February 1st, 2008.

  • The Cobalt Blue/Black Nintendo DS is official. We reported on this earlier this week and classified it as a rumor; but it has been announced it will be arriving in stores February 10th, 2008.
  • Brand new screenshots were released for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Go here to see them.
  • 1080 Snowboarding (originally on Nintendo 64) is now available for Virtual Console download on the Wii system.
  • John Riccitiello, CEO of EA, confirmed that Rock Band will soon be coming to Wii.
  • Owners of the new Super Smash Bros. Brawl game are apparently having more problems than just the earlier reports of firmware update errors. Nintendo is now getting reports of disc read errors and choppy video playbacks. Nintendo says the problem is being caused by dust and tobacco build up inside the Wii system. It is very difficult for Wii owners to fix this dust problem themselves, so Nintendo is offering to clean the system for free.
    Those who need this service for their Japanese Wii will have to send their system, warranty card, and copy of Smash Bros. Brawl to a Nintendo service center in Kyoto. Nintendo will be paying for the shipping, so there’s no loss for consumers, except for a one week period without Wii. Go to Nintendo’s Smash Bros. error page.

In the News #17 – 2/1/2008

Daily News for February 1st, 2008.

  • The Cobalt Blue/Black Nintendo DS is official. We reported on this earlier this week and classified it as a rumor; but it has been announced it will be arriving in stores February 10th, 2008.
  • Owners of the new Super Smash Bros. Brawl game are apparently having more problems than just the earlier reports of firmware update errors. Nintendo is now getting reports of disc read errors and choppy video playbacks. Nintendo says the problem is being caused by dust and tobacco build up inside the Wii system. It is very difficult for Wii owners to fix this dust problem themselves, so Nintendo is offering to clean the system for free.
    Those who need this service for their Japanese Wii will have to send their system, warranty card, and copy of Smash Bros. Brawl to a Nintendo service center in Kyoto. Nintendo will be paying for the shipping, so there’s no loss for consumers, except for a one week period without Wii. Go to Nintendo’s Smash Bros. error page.
  • Spore, the long awaited multi-platform title, may be coming out before the holiday season of 2008. According to Electronic Arts Chief Executive John Riccitiello,  “It’s going to be before the holidays.”
  • Jim Ward, President of LucasArts since 2004, is stepping down from his position on the staff. Ward says he is leaving due to personal reasons. He will be completing his tenure over the next two weeks. Howard Roffman, President of Lucas Licensing, will be filling in during the interim.
  • Half-Life 2 Episode 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 will soon be available as individual games as oppose to one big bundle in The Orange Box. The individual titles will be released on PC sometime before March 31st, 2008. *Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode 1 are already available as standalone retail packages.
  • A Conflict: Denied Ops demo is now available for download on the Xbox Live Marketplace.

In the News #13 – 1/28/2008

Daily news for January 28th, 2008.

  • Brand new screenshots have been released for Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Go here to see them.
  • The 80GB Playstation 3 is officially being discontinued. 120GB/160GB may be on the way. Read more.
  • Consumers spent $9.5 billion on video games last year. That doesn’t include the hardware used to play them. Read more.
  • A new DS color has been leaked onto the internet. Read more.
  • Jack Thompson agrees that the Fox News team should have done their research more thouroughly when talking about Mass Effect. Read more.
  • 1080 Snowboarding (originally on Nintendo 64) is now available for Virtual Console download on the Wii system. Some reports are saying it will be available on Wednesday. How about you decide which it is if you care that much.
  • Kingdom Under Fire II has been announced. It comes complete with a single player campaign mode, and a very, very unique Massively Multiplayer Online mode where thousands of other players can play alongside you. This is unique because this is a console game and PC game. No specific consoles were mentioned in this announcement except that it will be released on “pc and console platforms.” It will release in 2009.

New DS color leaked

A new color for the Nintendo DS has been leaked onto the internet on CircuitCity.com. The color is a nice, shiney looking Blue-Black combination. It resembles the Crimson-Onyx DS color combination; but of course this one is a Cobalt-Onyx type color scheme. 

The listing for this DS has since been taken down off of the Circuit City site. While it was up, no release date was given; but the usual price tag of $129.99 was posted. We can expect an announcement from Nintendo very soon.

Colbalt Blue DS

Wii downloads for DS CORRECTION!

I know something didn’t seem right from a story we posted yesterday in our post “In the News – #7.”

A story that went around the internet a few days ago that you could download complete DS games from your Nintendo Wii and transfer them to the DS is INCORRECT. We thought this didn’t sound right because you wouldn’t be able to save the game onto your DS, it would disappear once you turned the DS off.

This is the statement from Nintendo’s PR firm:

“An article about the Nintendo DS video game system in the December 31 Business Day section (of the NYT) incorrectly referred to future capabilities of the device. The statement that complete Nintendo DS games will eventually be able to be downloaded into the device via a wireless connection with the company’s Wii game console is incorrect. Users can download games to play on Wii, and, in the future, the Nintendo DS will be able to receive demo versions of some DS games from Wii, but not the entire game. The demo will be erased once the Nintendo DS is turned off.”

In the News – #7

  • Nintendo fans with both a Wii and a DS will soon be able to download DS games to their Wii and then transfer them to their DS. We’re at the moment what sort of “complete games” will be made available or when the first offerings would launch. We also aren’t sure how you will be able to save these to your DS.
  • Microsoft has a “big announcement” that will be announced at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) The announcement has to due with the Xbox 360. Bill Gates himself is said to make the announcement. The show will take place January 7-10, 2008. We will be here to cover the announcement.
  • It looks like there is still no Wii version of Rock Band being planned. This doesn’t mean that there won’t be one eventually, it just won’t be right now.
  • Another announcement that could be coming at next weeks Consumer Electronics Show is if PSP is getting Skype support soon. This and a few other features for the PSP are expected to be announced next.
  • Sony might be considering a subscription-plan for the Playstation Network/Store. They are currently running a survey with one question asking if a subscription plan that allows unlimited downloads is a good idea. This survey is only for the Asia market.
  • Do you have a gaming record that you want in the Guiness book of World Records? You can submit your record on their website.

Also…

  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is not being released for the Xbox 360. It is a Playstation 3 exclusive.
  • FarCry 2 has been officially announced for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 platforms.
  • Another animated movie tie-in is in the works. This time it is for the Pixar movie “Wall-E.” It is a multi-platform game that is coming from THQ.