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Redesigned PSP Coming Soon?

Posted by Jay on Friday, June 8, 2007

Kotaku has posted some interesting info on a redesigned PSP, supposedly hitting shelves this August or September. It will be unveiled at E3, and will feature a slimmer design, better battery life, 8 GB flash memory, revamped buttons, and hopefully be priced at under $170. Rumor for now, but if it’s true, I’m picking up one of these!

Back in March, we brought word of a new and improved PlayStation Portable. But what good are the rumblings of new hardware without some of the details? Today, thanks to several sources close to Sony, we bring you that nitty gritty as the redesigned Playstation Portable nears completion.

Keep in mind this isn’t Playstation Portable 2, but rather a redesign of the original, so it will be sporting the same internal hardware. But that’s about the only thing that hasn’t changed. The new Playstation Portable will have a much slimmer design, thanks mostly to a new LED screen that will deliver an ultra-crisp image but take up far less space. That LED also helps pump up the battery life of this sexy new model, which can last as much as four times longer than the original PSP. While the new PSP still makes use of the UMD drive, it will be a faster version and to help speed up loadtimes and gameplay, the portable will come packed with 8GBs of internal flash memory. Finally, the PSP’s much maligned buttons have been revamped and the D-Pad has gotten a major overhaul, giving portable gamers something more like a Playstation 3 D-pad to play with.

The company is still trying to decide whether or not they want to include a built-in camera, as they weigh whether the cost of adding the device will be worth the benefit to gamers. Our money is on no camera because of the competitive price issues. Those of you holding out for a touchscreen are, unfortunately, going to have to wait, though word has it that it will most like make an appearance in Sony’s next portable gaming device. While the new PSP will remain black, Sony is still trying to decide whether it will have a glossy or matte finish.

The final price for this new PSP hasn’t been set, but Sony is hoping to sell it for under $170 or so. Manufacturing should commence in the upcoming weeks, and the product is going to be officially unveiled at this year’s E3. The sale date being tossed around is August, but don’t be surprised if it’s pushed back to September. What’s this reworked PSP called? It doesn’t have a name as of yet, but may we suggest “PSP Slim”?

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Assassin’s Creed to Hit Shelves in November

Posted by Jay on Thursday, June 7, 2007

The much anticipated Ubisoft game, Assassin’s Creed, has had gamers salivating for the past few months. Now we finally have a date (kinda) to look forward to. This title will hit retail stores sometime in November for the PS3, Xbox 360 and the PC. Here’s the press release:

SAN FRANCISCO – June 7, 2007 – Today Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, announced the worldwide launch for the highly anticipated and critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed™ will be November 2007.

The Assassin’s Creed franchise will make its debut on the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC. Assassin’s Creed is being developed by an all-star team from Ubisoft’s world-class Montreal studio. As a testament to its pre-launch following and buzz, the latest Assassin’s Creed gameplay trailer, released on May 23, exceeded more than 1.3 million downloads via GameTrailers.com in less than a week.

“Assassin’s Creed is going to be a huge launch for Ubisoft this year along with the added prestige of being the start of this exciting new franchise that is bringing something completely new to the market,” said Tony Key, vice president of marketing, Ubisoft. “We’re confident that Assassin’s Creed will exceed expectations as a ‘must-have’ title this holiday season and will achieve both critical and commercial success.”

The game is set in 1191 AD, when the Third Crusade was tearing the Holy Land apart. Shrouded in secrecy and feared for their ruthlessness, the Assassins intend to stop the hostilities by suppressing both sides of the conflict. Players will assume the role of the main character, Altair, and will have the power to throw their immediate environment into chaos and truly experience the art of a master assassin.

In 2006, Assassin’s Creed received the Game Critics Award: Best of E3 2006 for “Best Action-Adventure Game” and swept the “Best PS3 Game” category across numerous video game Web sites.*

Assassin’s Creed will be available in North America at the MSRP of $59.99 with the Limited Edition priced at $69.99 – ESRB rating is pending. For more information, please visit http://www.assassinscreed.com.

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Play the Ninja Gaiden Sigma demo get stuff in the final version

Posted by Aaron on Monday, June 4, 2007

Man Team Ninja and Tecmo are awesome! Not only are they giving PS3 owners an awesome version of Ninja Gaiden but they are doing something that will make the final version of the game last even more. All you need to do is download and play the Ninja Gaiden Sigma demo from the Playstation Store and when you get the retail version of Ninja Gaiden Sigma and it will detect how much of the demo you have played and it will reward you with Yellow Essence. Yellow Essence is the in-game form of currency that can be used to purchase items and power-ups for your weapons. So get downloading the demo(if you haven’t already. If you haven’t then shame on you lol 😛 ) and starting playing the Ninjas out of it!

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Resistance DLC Delayed till 6/7/2007

Posted by Aaron on Monday, June 4, 2007

According to CVG the Resistance Map Pack DLC & Patch have been delayed till June 7th. Here is what SCEA’s Greg Phillips had to say about it:

“The map pack has completed the approval process, and the content update is in the final day of testing worldwide.

“The DLC, itself, is on track and ready to go as promised by Insomniac back in March,” he confesses. “The reason for the delay is we (SCEA) needed a little extra time to get the global servers locked in and ready for thousands of players to come knocking. We would rather have a short delay and continue to deliver on our over the top, online experience.”

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It’s only three more days away it’s not that bad of a delay. I can’t wait! 🙂

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Lost Planet Collector’s Edition map Battleground to be free 6/7/2007

Posted by Aaron on Monday, June 4, 2007

Starting June 7th 2007 people that did not buy the Collector’s Edition of Lost Planet with be able to download the exclusive multiplayer map Battleground for free.

“Battleground” map which sets players in an abandoned town scattered with rubble from ruined buildings and features indoor and outdoor areas with multi-level vantage points. Starting on Thursday, June 7, the map will be made available for free download to everyone on Xbox Live® Marketplace.

[Via Press Release]

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U.S. Wii Shop Channel Update for 6/4/2007 – 100th Classic Game Added to Virtual Console

Posted by Aaron on Monday, June 4, 2007

Nintendo has released not three but four classic games to the U.S. Wii Shop Channel today. Chexk it out!

Milon’s Secret Castle® (NES®, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Comic Mischief, 500 Wii Points): It is a world where music is the language of the people. An evil warlord from the north arrives and captures the castle. The princess is imprisoned deep within the castle, and the world’s musical instruments are taken and hidden away. Our hero, Milon, takes it upon himself to fight the warlord, rescue the princess and recover the people’s musical instruments. He has only his wits and the magical Bubble to aid him on his quest. Help Milon along the way by looking for hidden doors, finding secret items and defeating fierce enemies. Make sure to look for the shops inside the castle, where you can buy hints and valuable items. Whenever Milon finds a Music Box, he will be transported to a bonus stage. Each instrument you find will add a layer to the background music. Try to grab all seven instruments to create a performance worthy of a music-themed game.

ToeJam & Earl™ in Panic on Funkotron (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone – Comic Mischief, 800 Wii Points): During ToeJam and Earl’s trip back home, a number of Earthlings hitchhiked on their spaceship and are now infesting planet Funkotron. ToeJam and Earl must track down the Earthlings in order to capture them in large jars and ship them back to Earth in spaceships. It is also their funky mission to find 10 beloved objects belonging to Lamont the “Funkapotamus,” the source of all funk in the universe, so they can persuade him to return to his favorite funk-filled planet. ToeJam and Earl must use their “funk powers,” such as Funk Move and Funk Scan, to assist in evading and capturing the Earthlings.

Dead Moon (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 600 Wii Points): This side-scrolling shooter includes a total of six scenes spanning areas from Earth to the moon. The story begins with a comet discovered in the vicinity of Pluto that is headed on a sudden collision course with Earth. Mankind narrowly succeeds in diverting the comet’s course, and it crashes into the moon. However, investigations into the damage uncover that what hit the moon was not a comet, but a gigantic mother ship. Power up your ship, destroy enemies and fight your way through the bosses in an attempt to reach the moon’s core and protect Earth from alien invasion. Enjoy the unique world of Dead Moon, including various stages with beautiful backgrounds, a power-up system that increases your attack as well as your defense and bosses that have you altering your ship’s direction to fight them.

… and the 100th game in the Wii Shop Channel:

Zelda II™ – The Adventure of Link® (NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 500 Wii Points): Link returns to Hyrule to search for the Triforce and to awaken Zelda from an endless sleep. Embark on a quest to find the Triforce of Courage and save Hyrule from ruin. Learn magic spells, talk to people in towns to get clues, collect items to increase your power and explore six palaces where the underlings of the evil Ganon await you. This sequel to the Adventure classic uses a side-scrolling visual engine unique to the series for more technical combat, and features more in-depth world roaming as Link encounters townsfolk while on his quest.

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PSP Firmware v3.50 released

Posted by Aaron on Monday, June 4, 2007

Sony has released a update for the PSP’s firmware. It has now been updated to v3.50. With PS3’s v1.80 and PSP’s v3.50 you can now use the remote play feature from any place in the world via a Wifi internet connection. Here is the full list of updates:

Network

o You can now connect a PSP® system to a PS3™ system via the Internet using [Remote Play].
o [Communication Settings] has been added as an option to the [Remote Play] menu.
o [RSS Channel Guide] has been added as a feature under [RSS Channel].

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U.S. Playstation Store Update for 5/31/2007

Posted by Aaron on Monday, June 4, 2007

Sony has updated the U.S. Playstation Store with some goodies. Check it out:

Championship Sprint(Arcade Game) – $4.99
Ridge Race 7 Downloadable Content(New music(Pay for), special events(FREE) & decals(FREE))
Tutorial videos MLB ’07 The Show
Movie trailers for: Hot Rod and Ratatouille( Both are free)

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Playstation 3 Firmware 1.80 Released

Posted by Aaron on Monday, June 4, 2007

Playstation 3 Firmware 1.80 has been released. One of the more notable updates in this version is the ability to upscale PS,PS2 games as well as DVD movies to 1080p! Here is a summary of the updates:

You can now upscale the video content of PlayStation® format software, PlayStation®2 format software, and DVDs to HD resolution.

You can now copy saved data from PlayStation® format software and PlayStation®2 format software to a memory card or a memory card (8MB) (for PlayStation®2).

You can now display images or play music or video files that are stored on a personal computer or digital video recorder with DLNA Media Server functionality over a network.

You can now connect a USB printer to print images.

You can now use remote play over the Internet.

Check out the full list of updates after the jump 🙂

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Virtual Console Monday: Questing Games Galore!

Posted by Aaron on Tuesday, May 29, 2007

I don’t know how this one slipped past me but yesterday Nintendo released three new game for the Wii Virtual Console. Here are the details:

ActRaiser™ (SNES®, 1 player, 800 Wii Points): A masterpiece of game design originally released in the early days of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System®, ActRaiser’s enduring popularity stems from its revolutionary combination of action- and simulation-based game play. The user plays the role of the Master, a dethroned deity whose once-idyllic world has fallen under the control of the Evil One. Stripped of godly power, the Master must somehow put an end to the Evil One’s reign and rebuild his desolate realm. Game play alternates between two modes: Action and Simulation. In Action mode, the Master must battle against impossible odds to pacify six lands. Pacifying a land unlocks Simulation mode. In this mode, the Master must oversee the development and repopulation of the territory he has reclaimed. In doing so, he will gain followers who gradually restore his godly might, empowering him to take back the next land and, ultimately, defeat the Evil One.

Kid Chameleon™ (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): The local arcade is packed with kids, all lining up to play the latest, most realistic video game they’ve ever seen. It’s called Wild Side, and it uses holographic images to immerse the player in a strange world. But there’s a problem… Kids are literally getting sucked into the game, and now several of them are trapped. Throughout more than 100 levels, you’ll take on several different forms, such as a Berzerker, a Micromax, a Maniaxe or a Skycutter, which will make you much more powerful. It’s up to you, Kid Chameleon, the best gamer in town, to get yourself inside the game so that you can defeat the game’s boss and bring your friends back to reality.

J.J. & JEFF (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, 600 Wii Points): This comical action game features two bungling detectives, J.J. and JEFF, as they travel through a total of six fields. One day, a request comes into their office to take a case that requires them to “rescue a wealthy man who’s been kidnapped.” Choose between the two characters and set off alone to outwit your partner and save the day. Each field is broken down into four areas, where enemies, as well as your partner, will try to keep you from your goal. There are many items throughout each area. Kick around in various locations to make them appear. Jump and spray-paint your way toward your goal. If you find a hidden room, you can regain health while being completely entertained by its short sketch and surreal allure.

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