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Trauma Team Announced for the Wii!!

Sweet!!

I love the Trauma Center series. Even though I’ve only played Second Opinion on the Wii I fell in love instantly. The nice graphics and style, the very Japanese feel that oozes from the game and the amazing soundtrack from Shoji Meguro all made me a big fan.

Second Opinion was a port of the first Trauma Center on the DS and since then Trauma Center 2 came out on the portable. I have been hoping for a port on the Wii and at first I thought that this was it. But it is actually it’s own original title.

Trauma Team (Hospital in Japan) will be the first in the series to let you take the role of several key staff int he hospital. You will be able to play as a general surgeon, diagnostician, emergency medical technician, orthopedic surgeon, endoscope technician, and medical examiner.

Atlus announced the game for Spring 2010 exclusively on the Wii so far. More is expected at E3.

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May 29, 2009 Posted by | Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fragile Is Coming to North America!!

12170Sometimes you just see a news that you didn’t expect and it makes you happy. Today is such a day.

Fragile: Farewell Ruins of the Moon (Fragile: Sayonara Tsuki no Haiko) is an RPG for the Wii developed by tri-Crescendo and Namco. In the game you walk through the ruins of the world with your trusty flashlight looking for survivors as well as answers as to what happened.

Being such a particular game I wasn’t sure it was going to get picked up. On top of that Namco Bandai stated that they would not bring the game to the U.S. so my hopes were low. But now IGN reports that Xseed Games will localize Fragile and we can expect it this Winter.

May 28, 2009 Posted by | Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Muramasa: The Demon Blade Gets North American Release!!

oboro_muramasa_youtoudenNow this is exciting! Ever since I saw footage of this game I’ve been hoping it wouldn’t become one of those great Japanese games that never reaches our shore.

Well thankfully Ignition Entertainment picked up publishing rights for the gorgeous Vanillaware (Odin Sphere) title and will be releasing it on the Wii in September 2009.

The game will feature 16:9 display, Wiimote/Nunchuck control as well as Classic Controller and Gamecube Pad support.

Ignition is becoming a publisher to watch having already also picked up the rights for the upcoming King of Fighters XII which should be a great game.

Ore no kachi da!

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April 23, 2009 Posted by | Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wii Motion Plus Coming Out June 8

US-JAPAN-VIDEO GAMES-NINTENDONintendo announced today that their precision add-on to the Wiimote will be released on June 8, more than a month ahead of Wii Sports Resort which is due July 26.

The peripheral will not be useless for more than a month though since EA’s Grand Slam Tennis and Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 are coming out a week later on June 15 and 16.

The Wii Motion Plus will be available for $19.99 on its own but also as part of the Wii Sports Resort bundle which will be priced at $49.99.
Hopefully we won’t get another embarrassing presentation by Regis & Co. at E3…

April 14, 2009 Posted by | Industry News, Tech News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nintendo Wii Sells 800,000 in One Week!

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One has to wonder when it’s going to stop…
I bought my Wii last year right after Mario Galaxy launched and I had to go on a hunt worthy of Samus Aran and Lara Croft put together to find one.
A year later not much has changed, the console is still very hard to come by and over the Thanksgiving week end and Black Friday it has sold 800,000 units!

Analysts predict the unit will sell as much as 1.4 Million units in november adding up to about 37 Million units sold worldwide.

December 9, 2008 Posted by | Industry News, Wii News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Thursday October 16, 2008

Obama Speaks to Gamers

With the elections less than three weeks away (thank God!) Barack Obama is branching out and putting ads in no more than EA 18 games!
Gamers first spotted the ads in Burnout Paradise but it has since been confirmed that they also bought media space in Madden 09, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, Skate and more.
EA has stated that they do not endorse either candidates and that its ad firm, Massive, even contacted the McCain campaign which passed on the deal.

Toshinden Is Back!

One the PSX first title and one of the first 3D fighting game, Battle Arena Toshinden slipped quietly into oblivion and has not been heard since… until this week.
Famitsu announced in their latest issue that the game will come back on the Wii. Not many details have been released aside from the magazine scans but the chara design looks very different.
We’ll wait eagerly for more info.

BioShock 2 Name and Teaser

Last year’s most immersive FPS was a huge succes and it was no stretch of the imagination to think that 2K Games was working on a sequel. Well players who bought the PS3 version of the game and finished it unlocked a nice little extra, namely the first teaser for BioShock 2: Sea of Dreams.
There is debate on the web as to whether the game is a prequel or a sequel but I’m sure the developers will give us an answer soon enough.

GTA San Andreas and Portal Hitting XBL!

Someone is going to make major $$ next week. GTA San Andreas will be downloadable as an Xbox Original on October 20. Meanwhile Portal will be available on October 22 ans will feature 14 new levels and 6 new maps.
Both games will be priced at 1,200 Microsoft Points ($15). Time to go buy a new card.

October 17, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, Industry News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday September 3, 2008

360 North America Price Drops

After the very recent Japanese price drops Microsoft carries on and does the same in the New Wold. As soon as September 5 the Arcade version will be $199 while the new 60G Pro version will be $299 and the Elite $399.
As was true in Japan this officially makes the 360 $49 cheaper than the Wii.

E3 Is Back?

It is rumored that the ESA (Entertainment Software Association) is considering going back to the old (real?) E3 with tens of thousands of attendees and all the crazy mayhem that made it popular int he first place.
Now how much truth is there to this? Well, as Gamespot adequately put it: “That they’re considering it? Not bogus. That they’ll do it? Nothing is confirmed…yet. ”

Sacred 2: Fallen Angel Screens Galore

Koch Media released a bunch of screens for the various versions (PC, PS3 and 360) of the game. The screens show two new classes for the PC called the Inquisitor and the Guardian. While the PC version is coming out at the end of the month, the console version will not be released until November.

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September 3, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, Industry News, PC News, PS3 News, Tech News, Video Game News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tuesday September 2, 2008 – Back to Labor

Command & Conquer: Red Alert Free!

All you RTS players need to go this site and download the game. With Red Alert 3 coming out in October Electronic Arts has decided to make the first episode, released in 1996 (12 years ago!!!!), available for free.
Also anyone who preorders Red Alert 3 will get Red Alert 2 for free also.
Wow EA is turning into Santa Claus!

2 New PS3 Bundles for Europe

Sony will release two new PS3 bundles on October 29:

  • LittleBigPlanet, 80G console and a Dualshock 3 pad for €399
  • Gran Turismo 5 Prologue, 80G console and 2 Dualshock 3 pads for €449

360 Cheaper than Wii in Japan

Microsoft is going all out to help push its console into Japanese homes. The recent release of Tales of Vesperia helped but this can’t hurt either. The Redmond firm announced yesterday in Tokyo that it will cut the price of all its consoles fairly significantly starting September 11.
The biggest psychological drop comes for the Arcade version which drops to ¥19,800 ($183) which is ¥5,200 ($48) cheaper than the Wii.
Meanwhile the Elite will drop from ¥47,800 ($440) to ¥39,800 ($368) and the Pro model will go on sale for ¥29,800 ($275) which is ¥5,000 ($46) cheaper than its 20G predecessor.
Phew! Good deals all around.

Tenchu 4 Trailer and screens

I loved Tenchu for its ambiance and great soundtrack but the sequels were just OK. My main complaint being the lack of Japanese voices with English subtitles.
Anyway Tenchu 4 is coming out in Japan on the Wii on October 23 and today we get some yummy screens and a pretty nice trailer.
Please give me Japanese voices with subs! 😦

Guitar Hero Strikes Back

Last week Harmonix announced a bunch of albums for their Rock Band 2 and today Activision announced they signed a deal with many…MANY instrument manufacturers. here’s the list: Ampeg, Audio-Technica, EMG Pickups, Ernie Ball, Evans Drumheads, Guitar Center, Krank Amplification, Mackie, Marshall, Orange County Drum & Percussion, Pork Pie Percussion, Regal Tip, Sabian cymbals, Vox and Zildjian drumsticks. Wow!
They also announced today that World Tour will feature exclusively the new Smashing Pumpkins single named G.L.O.W. along with 1979 and The Everlasting Gaze in a pack. Today will be featured on the main Guitar Hero: World Tour disc.

September 3, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, Industry News, PS3 News, Tech News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Friday August 29, 2008

Team ICO to Unveil New Project at TGS

Since the release of the great Shadow of the Colossus, it has been announced, alongside a lone screenshot, by Famitsu in 2006 that the developers were working on a new project for the PS3. Since then though the project has been very silent and absent from this year’s E3 and GC.
In comes Shuhei Yoshida, head of Sony Worldwide Studio, who said that news should come “very soon”, presumably at TGS. Considering the quality of their former project, we shall eagerly await the announcement.

Rock Band 2 Gets 6 Albums!

It was revealed in an article in this week’s Entertainment Weekly that the game from Harmonix will add six full albums to its song roster. Here is the list:

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sex Sugar Magik
  • Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape
  • Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
  • Megadeth – Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying
  • No Doubt – Best of
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn – Texas Flood

The Saga of Ryzom Free

Today the MMORPG became entirely free. So if you’re into online games, if you are looking for an MMO but don’t want to front the cash before you’re sure you like it, or if you just to try something new go ahead and download the game here.

Screens for Still Life 2

Still Life was a successful adventure game developed by French studio Game Consulting. Its sequel, set to come out in November, will let you take the role of Victoria MacPherson, a detective who will go to Maine to check on a gruesome murder. You will also be able to control Journalist Paloma Hernandez.

Square Enix Bids for Tecmo

Even though they announced yesterday that Ninja Gaiden II had sold more than a million units Tecmo has been having troubles including lawsuits and resignations.
Today the RPG giant made a friendly $200M bid for the company to “rescue Tecmo” according to Yoichi Wada, president of Square Enix.

Rumor of the Week

The story comes from famous Japanese magazine Famitsu so it may hold some truth to it. Capcom is working on a Resident Evil 2 remake for the Wii that will include new creatures, new puzzles… The real story is that is will use the Resident Evil 4 engine!
If one thing’s for sure it’s that Capcom are masters at milking a franchise.

August 30, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, Industry News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thursday August 28, 2008

Screens for Raven Squad

Atomic Motion released 6 new screens today for their new game that will combine FPS and RTS. the game will let you manage two groups of four soldiers to reach your goals. The strategy part will be there to help you move your your squads, choose abilities and such, you will be able to switch to first person view when combats engage to be more immersed.
The game is set to come out this Fall on PC and Xbox 360.

Max Payne 3 at Rockstar

We all know that Remedy has been busy for a while on Alan Wake so Rockstar apparently decided to take over the development of the third game in the franchise and gave the project to Rockstar Toronto.
Added to this is a rumor that Max Payne 3 might be a PS3 exclusive which all in all seems highly unlikely.

So Blonde on Wii and DS

As some of you may know I reviewed the PC version of the game here.
The point & click game will be similar with adapted gameplay depending on the console. Also the graphics look fairly identical to the PC version but for some reason, even though the locations look the same, the angles and pans are different. The minigames also looks different, less Game & Watch and more cell shaded. Either way it’s a great game so try it out.

August 28, 2008 Posted by | 360 News, DS News, PC News, PS3 News, Video Game News, Wii News | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments