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Video Game News from May 2007

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

Yesterday, I wrote a piece titled Top Ten Playstation 3 missteps and I was surprised by the sheer amount of response, not only in the comments section of the post, but on N4G.com, a gaming news website. Apparently, I struck a nerve.

What I'd like to do now is another list, thist time, a top 5 list addressing common misperceptions and inaccuracies which I gathered from reading the various comments.

5. I'm not a fanboy of any system. Why is it that people immediately think that I'm an Xbox or Nintendo fanboy because I said something negative about Sony corporate and their various marketing and PR missteps? I never said in my list that I think the PS3 is a piece of junk or that it is a bad gaming machine. I like the PS3, just as I like the 360 and Wii. They're like children, I love them all, just in different ways. People need to be able to separate fair criticism of a console and its corporate structure without the knee-jerk reaction of calling somebody a "fanboy" which offers nothing to an intelligent debate. (see "How to Tell if You're a Fanboy")

4. Online play wasn't ready at launch. The bulk of the comments I got on this one had to do with the fact that games like Resistance Fall of Man did have online play on day one. That's true.

However, my point is that there was no overarching master plan for online gaming when the console debuted. Sony kept saying that they have everything the Xbox 360 has, including online gaming, but it was disingenous to assert that they had something akin to Xbox Live.

Last month, as I mentioned, Sony announced "Home". It is not ready yet, but at least we know where they're going. I'm very intrigued by "Home" and think it will be a great success. That doesn't change the fact that, to date, there is no online community.

You still can't handle the truth! Read on...

Continue reading "Top Ten Playstation 3 missteps - the redux"
Posted by Jeremy on May 1, 2007 7:30 AM | | Comments (6)

Filed Under: Nintendo

Take a break. Enjoy a video. Today we have someone on Japanese TV showing off his Super Mario Bros. skills by playing through level 1-1 without looking at the screen.

While it is ridiculously impressive, I agree with Destructoid in that the gamer really needs to seal the deal by hitting the 5,000 points on the flagpole.

Posted by Lunabean on May 1, 2007 9:32 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii | PS3 | Sony

Sometimes you just have to pat yourself on the back, which is made quite a bit easier if you have long arms. Today, I bring to you two pieces I wrote a year ago, "A 'Wii' Roundup and Why the PS3 is poised to lose the next-gen battle.

Now, shamelessly, I submit these pieces to you as proof that all of the video game stock market analysts should listen to me as their guru. Okay okay, let's get down and dirty with some quotes.

Keep reading...

Continue reading "The Wii and PS3, a year later"
Posted by Jeremy on May 1, 2007 10:41 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

CVG.com has come across some previously unseen screenshots for the highly anticipated Assassin's Creed. While I'm still extremely excited for this title, I have to admit, I'm not very impressed with the screenshots. They look somewhat flat, fuzzy, and warped. Could they be scans?

You be the judge. No matter what these screens are about, the game is going to be solid. I have no doubt about that. I just think this is a subpar screen presentation, but a subpar screen presentation of something great is still worth posting, right? Right.

More Assassin's Creed screenshots, please

Continue reading "New Assassin's Creed screens"
Posted by Lunabean on May 1, 2007 10:57 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

According to Major Nelson, four new Gears of War mulitplayer maps will hit Xbox Live this Thursday at 9 a.m. GMT (that's 2 a.m. for us West Coasters and 5 a.m. for you East Coasters).

The four maps will go for 800 points, or you can wait until Sept. 3, when the maps will be available for free. How nice is that?

Here's the low down.

Bullet Marsh: In this Kryll-infested swamp, an old generator still powers the area lights. A few stray bullets could easily knock out the generator, leaving combatants to fend for themselves against the Kryll.

Garden: This overgrown and crumbling conservatory still has a working fertilization and pesticide system. This system can pose a serious hazard to anyone who ventures into the greenhouse without first venting the air.

Process: Teams must fight for control of this subterranean Imulsion processing plant, still active despite the cessation of the Pendulum wars.

Subway: Timgad's Central Subway station used to serve as a central hub for commuters. Now the tunnels are crawling with Locust.

Thanks to Matt K. for pointing this out.

Major Nelson

Posted by Jeremy on May 1, 2007 2:00 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Hey, it's hard to come up with a witty headline everyday! Give me some slack. And, I think you will because I'm here to tell you that the Wii shortage is easing.

The other day, Nintendo Pres., Satoru Iwata stated, 'We must do our best to fix this abnormal lack of stock. We have not been able to properly foresee demand." Now, anecdotal evidence is trickling in that the Wii shortage is easing.

Sure, you may still have problems finding one, but if you let your fingers do the walking and figure out on what day and when stores get shipments, you should be able to secure one.

Real Time Inventory Tracker

I'm going to call around to the various stores today in the Portland, Ore. area to see what their stock is like.

Posted by Jeremy on May 2, 2007 9:36 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

While the title of the fifth installment of the Splinter Cell series was leaked last September, actual confirmation of the title and game have only now come via Finnish game magazine publication Pelaaja.

Since the magazine is in Finnish, and since I don't speak a word of the Nordic tongue, I am depending on Game Swank for an accurate translation of the Splinter Cell: Conviction synopsis.

They say that at the beginning of the game Sam learns that Anna Grimsdottir is in danger so Sam joins Third Echelon again in order to help. However Third Echelon is not what it used to be and in the first mission Sam gets false info and the wrong equipment, while his bosses are bickering amongst themselves about procedures, authority and such. Then Sam finds out that the threat to Anna comes from within the Third Echelon, quits and becomes a fugitive.

Interesting that Third Echelon is under new management, as you had the option in Splinter Cell Double Agent of saving Lambert, or letting him go down to protect your cover. Will Splinter Cell: Conviction assume choices you made, or conveniently leave the story open for interpretation? I'd guess the latter option will be the way Ubi will go.

The fact that this game exists is no surprise, as Double Agent did end with a "To Be Continued...". I just hope that Ubisoft does a better job with this title than they did with Double Agent, which was quite the letdown. I understand Ubi wanting to change things up in the 4th incarnation of the game, but, by doing so, they took away so much that was great about the previous versions and replaced it with a gimmic (choose whether Sam is good or bad) that barely affected gameplay.

Anyway, here's to hoping that Splinter Cell: Conviction returns to Splinter Cell roots and lives up to the quality of the released images.

Splinter Cell: Conviction images via PlayFrance.com

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Posted by Lunabean on May 2, 2007 10:01 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2 | Sony

Over the past few days many articles have been written regarding Sony's PR event for God of War II, held in Athens and featuring a goat carcass. Now, various animal rights groups are getting involved, including PETA.

I see what Sony was going for here, a bacchanalia in celebration of the over-the-top and ultra-violent God of War II. Still, what was the thought process here for the Sony PR department, "You know what this party is missing? A dead goat with offal stuffed into its open belly. Our invited guests (journalists) can then eat that offal. Now, that's a slam dunk!"

More offal-ness...

Continue reading "Just offal! Sony's dead goat PR blunder"
Posted by Jeremy on May 2, 2007 10:27 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: Video Game Business

Activision today announced that it expects fourth quarter revenues to be much better than what Wall Street had predicted: $313 million vs. $215 million. If the $313 million number stands, it will represent a 66% increase from last year's Q4 revenue of $188 million.

The numbers are being driven by strong sales of...anyone...anyone...Guitar Hero II, Call of Duty 3, Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, and Tony Hawk's Project 8.

Looking forward, they have an impressive summer lineup with games for Spider-Man 3, Shrek the Third, and Transformers.

As Wedbush Morgan's Michael Pachter said, "If you take the same lineup they had last year and add 'Spider-Man', 'Shrek', 'Transformers' and lot more 'Guitar Hero' ... one would think they are going to grow revenues by a lot." This is one time that we agree, Mr. Pachter.

Add in the fact that last year they secured the rights to the James Bond franchise from EA, one of the most storied and popular gaming franchises. There is no word yet on a Bond game, but when it comes out, it'll be HUGE.

The only cloud hanging over Activision at this point is a $67 million charge for stock-based compensation due to the backdating of stock options. Activision, who was under investigation by the SEC, will restate previous earnings numbers at the end of May which reflect their new accounting practices.



Posted by Jeremy on May 3, 2007 8:55 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

Lucas Arts today announced a brand new game to add to their portfolio, Fracture.

Fracture advances players to the year 2161, where ecological and seismological disasters have radically altered the planet's landscape, and a clash in ideologies places society on the threshold of war. Players set foot on the frontlines of this epic conflict in the role of Mason Briggs, a demolitions expert fighting for the Atlantic Alliance, the side that relies upon cybernetic enhancement. Pitted against the genetically enhanced soldiers of the Pacifican army, players will experience a revolution in 22nd-century warfare.

Watch the trailer

What's revolutionary about this game, according to Lucas Arts, is the weapons system: Terrain Deformation. In a terra forming kind of way, on demand, you can create hills for cover or to help you gain access to unreachable areas, can cause huge monoliths to rise from the ground, and can create tunnels.

My impressions...

Continue reading "First look -- Lucas Arts' 'Fracture'"
Posted by Jeremy on May 3, 2007 9:38 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo

Apparently he's an octopus of the genus Grimpoteuthis.

OK, yes, some Pokemon fans might take issue with the fact that Pikachu is of the electric type and cannot swim, therefore Pikachu can't be an octopus. But, isn't it possible Pikachu was misidentified? Or, what if certain electric types can swim? After all, the electric eel manages to swim, why not Pikachu?


Posted by Lunabean on May 4, 2007 7:40 AM | | Comments (0)


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Posted by Jeremy on May 4, 2007 6:04 PM | | Comments (0)

I'll begin work on the LB Spider-Man 3 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide for the Nintendo Wii version of the game.

I have already played through the entire game in just a couple of sittings (neither being too long). So, expect to see a complete rough draft of the guide by the end of the week.

As for a quick review, the game was "eh". It certainly had it's high points and the web slinging with the Wii controls was fun. However, everything else about it was on the weak side, including the five and a half hour story mode. We're hoping the Xbox 360 and PS3 version will be better. We know it will be longer. Look for that guide to begin in the next couple of days.

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Posted by Lunabean on May 7, 2007 10:32 AM | | Comments (4)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Folio Magazine (magazine industry periodical) has an interesting article up titled, Ziff's Last Stand, which details a comment made by a prominent PR firm exec regarding PC Magazine, a Ziff Davis publication.

The PR exec, who works for PR firm Edelman, said in a twitter post, "PC Mag is another. I have a free sub but it goes in the trash."

Assuming he didn't literally mean that he has a submarine which he can only use to visit trash cans, the exec is essentially saying that one of the best known tech mags out there is irrelevant. This brings up the larger issue of the relevance of Ziff Davis' gaming magazines, most notably, Electronic Gaming Monthly.

As a subscriber to EGM who just got his latest issue a few days ago, I have to say that it is irrelevant. The cover stories are old by the time you get them. In this case I had already read or written about: Tom Clancy's End War, the next God of War (PSP), Sakaguchi dissing Kutaragi, and a first look at Fracture.

Granted, I like the pretty pictures, but as Allison poignantly stated as she was looking at the latest issue of EGM, "This is something that I could have put together in my high school year book room."

The article in Folio goes on to discuss Ziff Davis in detail and is interesting if you're a gaming industry wonk.

Where do you get your gaming news?

Folio mag article

Hat tip to Joystiq

Posted by Jeremy on May 7, 2007 11:21 AM | | Comments (0)

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Posted by Jeremy on May 7, 2007 12:34 PM | | Comments (7)

Filed Under: Video Game Business

Activision (ATVI) shares fell nearly 5% yesterday (and another 1% today) based on a slew of bad reviews for the Spider-Man 3 video game. Various reports point to the GameRankings.com score of 58% for the PS2 version.

I find this absolutely ridiculous and really points to the fact that a good deal of investors who are in ATVI don't understand the industry and got cold feet because of a bad review. As if bad reviews have anything to do with sales.

More Activision analysis...

Continue reading "Activision shares off 6% due to bad reviews of 'Spider-Man 3'"
Posted by Jeremy on May 8, 2007 9:49 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Here we go again. What the Virginia Tech shootings didn't provide for the likes of Jack Thompson, is now being provided by the terrible shooting near Fresno St. University, namely, a connection to a video game.

Of course, in this case, it wasn't over a video game, but over a stolen video game console. The nuance of that distinction will be lost on many, I'm sure.

The guy who shot us—he had stolen from our apartment. We went to confront him with the evidence and it just turned ugly from there. He pulled a gun out on us," said Drew Pfeiff, 22, a Fresno State junior from Raleigh, N.C.

Posted by Jeremy on May 8, 2007 12:40 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

Major Nelson has confirmed that the May '07 Xbox Live Dashboard update has been deployed and is rolling across Xboxes around the world. If it hasn't hit your Xbox yet, give it some time, and note that it will only prompt you to accept the update when you initially sign in to Xbox Live.

Of course, the hype surrounding this latest update has much to do with the highly anticipated Xbox 360 Instant Messenger service. Look for us (Gamertag: LUNABEAN) on there today.

For a complete list of other upgrades (including a new Marketplace blade that places content in one place, a "friends playing now" feature at Xbox LIVE arcade, and the ability to automatically turn off your console when downloads are complete), check out the official press release.

Microsoft's official press release for May '07 LIVE Update

Continue reading "Xbox Live Spring update rolling onto consoles now"
Posted by Allison on May 9, 2007 10:50 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Qui-Gon Jinn...I mean...Liam Neeson has been tapped by Bethesda to voice the part of the "father" in the upcoming role playing game, Fallout 3.

The Liam Neeson character in Fallout 3 isn't just a "for hire" gig because the character in the game was actually written with the actor in mind and, according to Reuters, provides the dramatic foundation for the entire Fallout 3 experience. source

Fallout 3, in development by Bethesda (Elder The Scrolls IV: Oblivion), is an RPG set in a post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. (from what I've been able to gather). There is no word yet on a release date or what systems the game will play on.

The official site does say that a trailer is due in 27 days. I'll update you when that time comes around.

Posted by Jeremy on May 9, 2007 11:28 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

While I'm not what you'd call a fan of G4 (I hate it with every ounce of my being), they do, occasionally, provide a worthwhile sneak peak into something great. This is one of those rare times.

Behold X-Play's exclusive look at BioShock:

For the first time I'm getting a strong Deus Ex vibe from this one, and I loved my Deus Exes.

Posted by Allison on May 9, 2007 12:11 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

What do the three names mentioned in the title of this post have in common? They're all available for the PSP. An enterprising student, Ikhwan Nazri Mohamad Asran, from Malaysia’s Multimedia University, will make available for download an english version of the Quran on May 19th.

Even though there is already a Bible for the PSP, I'm sure that the folks at Left Behind Games are already in smotin' mode, developing a new age Bible for the PSP, focusing mainly on Revelations, of course.


Posted by Jeremy on May 9, 2007 12:22 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2 | Sony

While the game has been widely rumored for several months now, Activision has officially announced Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s. The game will be released this summer and will be exclusive to the PS2.

In today's announcement Activision released 7 of the 30 tracks included in the game, which are:

  • I Wanna Rock (by Twisted Sister)
  • I Ran (by Flock of Seagulls)
  • Round and Round (as made famous by Ratt)
  • I Want Candy (as made famous by Bow Wow Wow)
  • Metal Health (as made famous by Quiet Riot)
  • Holy Diver (as made famous by Dio)
  • Heat Of The Moment (as made famous by Asia)

    Honestly, I won't go running to my local video game store to get this game until I see some "Welcome to the Jungle" or "Paradise City" on the list. You just can't have 80s guitar rock without Guns N Roses. I'd also like some Aerosmith and even (dare I say it) Bon Jovi.

    Work with me, Activision, and I'll work with you. Greed is good.

    Read Press Release

    Continue reading "'Guitar Hero: Rocks the 80s' officially announced"
    Posted by Lunabean on May 10, 2007 10:07 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

    Comic Book Guy would be so proud. A limited edition The Simpsons movie branded Xbox 360 Pro...wow! And, when I say limited, I mean limited. Only 100 will be made. That's rarer than Radioactive Man #1...rarer than a Krusty the Clown cocktail shaker...rarer than an unopened first-edition Malibu Stacy doll...I could go on, but won't.

    The consoles will be given away at "special events and promotions" in conjunction with the July 27 release of The Simpsons Movie. We'll keep you in the loop in case any of the promotions actually sound like something that you could win. I want one so bad!

    Also, check out the new The Simpsons game preview. Although it's not due out until autumn and has nothing to do with the movie, it's still exciting.

    Continue reading "Best. Console. Ever."
    Posted by Jeremy on May 10, 2007 10:36 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: General Gaming

    A new play has opened in San Francisco's "Playhouse" theatre titled, "First Person Shooter." According to the two reviews I read, it follows a group of friends who have a killer app video game, a violent video game, and form a start up in Silicon Valley.

    Soon after they release the game, a school shooting occurs which eerily resembles their game. Both sides get lawyered up and friendships begin to disintegrate as various moral issues are explored.

    Obvioulsy, I haven't seen the play, so I can't comment on it. However, I can comment on the fact that video games are increasingly becoming part of the cultural landscape of America. It's good that "art", in the form of a play, is taking on issues surrounding violent games. Nonetheless, I feel that the audience seeing the play (patrons of the arts...not patrons of video games) is going in with the preconception that violent video games equal school shootings.

    Are plays like this more damaging than good? Is any discussion about violent games a good thing even if that discussion is predisposed to assume that games equal violence?

    official site

    Posted by Jeremy on May 11, 2007 8:07 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

    The fourth incarnation of Project Gotham Racing will be hitting stores this fall, and today we have a new trailer, along with a few new(ish) PGR4 details.

    First the trailer:

    Pretty, eh?

    Now for the details

    Continue reading "'Project Gotham Racing 4' trailer and details"
    Posted by Lunabean on May 11, 2007 8:36 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

    SEGA yesterday announced Condemned 2: Bloodshot, a follow up to the Xbox 360 launch title, Condemned: Criminal Origins. The first Condemned was truly disturbing, throwing you into a pyschological nightmare where you were put so on edge that even a slight noise or the appearance of a mannequin out of the shadows was enough to make you scream. The game excelled because of it's atmospherics, which were detailed, eerie, and yet familiar (a department store, for example).

    SEGA promises that Bloodshot will evolve the series, adding a new combat system which features a lot of hands on action and grapples. You will once again play as Ethan Thomas, disturbed ex-investigator who is called back to duty to find his missing partner. The game will debut for the Xbox 360 and PS3 in early 2008.

    Read the Press Release

    Continue reading "'Condemned 2: Bloodshot' announced"
    Posted by Jeremy on May 11, 2007 9:07 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

    I know that churches are tax exempt, but someone should tell the people over at the Real Life Fellowship Church that they aren't exempt from trademark copyright laws.

    Upcoming sermons, as advertised on the church's website:

    April 14 & 15 Wii Have Different Needs
    April 21 & 22 Wii Need to Talk
    April 28 & 29 Wii Need to Fight Fair
    May 5 & 6 Wii Need a Budget

    Hat tip to Kotaku


    Sermon topics that were rejected:

    Wii Need to Call the Police
    Wii Need to Discuss your Cooking and Cleaning
    Are your Children Wii-erd? (gay)
    Posted by Lunabean on May 11, 2007 9:29 AM | | Comments (0)

    While no big game in recent history has made the first couple of release dates that are announced by the developers, it doesn't make the news of a delay hurt any less. It is for this reason that I share with you the following e-mail from Gamestop and EB to customers who pre-ordered the title with a heavy heart:

    Dear Customer,

    You have signed up to receive release date changes for:

    Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots


    Old Release Date - 9/1/2007
    New Release Date - 3/1/2008

    Thank you for visiting EBgames.com!

    NOTE: The product release date is the best estimate as to when the product will become available. These dates are subject to change at anytime. EBGames.com is in constant communication with product vendors to provide you with the most accurate release dates possible.

    Since most people I know say the only game that makes them even consider purchasing a PS3 is MGS4, and because MGS4 was supposed to compete with several X360 holiday releases, this serves as more bad news for Sony. However, no one wants a game like MGS4 to be released before it's ready, as that would be even worse news for Sony.

    Personally, the sting hurts me because I see this 3/1/2008 date and I see Holiday 2008. I guess we'll see.

    Posted by Lunabean on May 14, 2007 10:40 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: General Gaming

    Lunabean is saddened to report a Flash game based on the devastating Virginia Tech shootings has been published on NewGrounds, a site that allows users to submit homemade Flash games for the masses to critique.

    As much as we'd like to ignore this story, we know it's one that Jack Thompson, the mainstream media, and various legislators will float in an effort to stigmatize all those who play violent video games, which is wrong. The response by the gaming community to this game is overwhelmingly one of condemnation.

    With all of that being said, we don't have the stomach to report any more on this story. If you'd like to read more, hop on over to Destructoid, which has game details, including information on the disturbed individual who made this awful game. Also, apparently, "awful" not only explains the theme of the game, but the game's piss poor quality.

    Posted by Lunabean on May 14, 2007 11:33 AM | | Comments (2)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

    It's Monday, which means three new titles are available on the Nintendo Wii's Shop Channel, which is a little Ninja-heavy this week.

    • Pac-Man® (NES, 500 Wii Points)
    • Ninja Gaiden™ (NES , 500 Wii Points)
    • Ninja Spirit (TurboGrafx16, 600 Wii Points)

    Game details...

    Continue reading "Wii Monday: Three new games ready for download!"
    Posted by Lunabean on May 14, 2007 12:04 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Xbox 360

    While the press got its hands on the Halo 3 beta last week, gamers who purchased Crackdown and, therefore, the Halo 3 beta ticket that came with it, were supposed to gain access to the beta today. Sadly, this has not been the case.

    According to Gamespot, reports of numerous beta problems forced Bungie to pull the game offline. Both Bungie and Major Nelson acknowledge this and promise to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible.

    Interestingly enough, Major Nelson has received such high traffic from this Crackdown debacle that his site is in "high load" mode. What's more, those at Bungie who may be wondering how upset gamers are by this little upset need not look any further than the Bungie forums. Eegad.

    Posted by Lunabean on May 16, 2007 12:25 PM | | Comments (0)

    Here at Lunabean, we're big Harry Potter fans. Since we're also gamers, we never miss a Harry Potter game. Yes, we know they pale in comparison to the books, the movies, and video games, in general. However, when you fall deeply in love with a fantasy land, you want to do what you can to explore every inch of it.

    It is for this reason that, when the Nintendo Wii's revolutionary controllers were unveiled, we immediately thought of the implications for the games of the boy who lived and his magic wand. Now, for the first time, we get to see how the controllers interact with the game.

    Pretty cool, right? And that part about having a fully explorable Hogworts that was created by using the blueprints as provided by Warner Bros? Yeah. That was cool, too. And the map. Did you see the map? June 25th can't come soon enough.

    Posted by Lunabean on May 16, 2007 2:01 PM | | Comments (1)

    Filed Under: LB Videos | Xbox 360

    While this method is certainly not new, it's the first time I've ever seen it in action, so, as a public service to all unfortunate gamers with frozen X360s displaying the red ring of death, give this method a try before taking any serious action.

    What you'll need:
    Broken Xbox 360
    2 Towels

    Posted by Lunabean on May 16, 2007 2:59 PM | | Comments (105)

    Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

    Now all you WATB can play your precious game.

    Meet you there!

    Gamertag: LUNABEAN

    Posted by Lunabean on May 16, 2007 7:33 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS | Nintendo Wii | PC | PS2 | PS3 | PSP | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

    NPD Funworld has today released its report of video game hardware and software sales in the US for the month of April. The highlights include:

    • Good month overall: A 20% year-over-year increase with $838.6 million in hardware, software and accessory sales.

    • Software sales = "meh": Software sales remained stagnant at $389.8 million (last year's number was $395 milliion.

    • Software sale breakdown: Handheld software sales surged 61% to $141.5 million, thanks to Pokemon Diamond and Pearl DS titles. Console software sales, on the other hand, fell 19% to $248.3 million. Keep in mind, April of '06 bragged Kingdom Hearts 2 and The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. April '07 bragged very little.

    • Nintendo games selling like gangbusters: Nintendo held the top four spots on the software sales chart with Pokemon Diamond (DS, 1.045 million), Pokemon Pearl (DS, 712,000), Super Paper Mario (Wii, 352,000), and Wii Play w/ Remote (Wii, 249,000).

    • Nintendo hardware selling like hotcakes: Hardware sales were up 52% to $338.4. In first place was the Nintendo DS with 471,000 units sold. The Wii came in second with 360,000 units sold. The PS3 came in 7th, between the Game Boy Advance and Gamecube, with 82,000 units sold.
    The only surprise I see here is the uber-low 82,000 PS3s moved number. I'm cheering for you Sony, but, egad, you have to get some games out.

    Jer has whined asked that I point out his prediction last month that March would be the last time we would see the PS2 at the top of the console charts.

    The PS2, with God of War II has taken its last breath, and granted, it was an impressive gasp, but I predict that the days of seeing the PS2 at the top of the hardware sales for all consoles is now over.

    Hey, it beats the big wigs at Wedbush Morgan Securities and Lazard Capital Markets who predicted software sales for the month of April would be up 15 - 24%.

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    Next Generation

    Posted by Lunabean on May 17, 2007 6:01 PM | | Comments (0)

    We're pleased to announce the completion of the Lunabean Spider-Man 3 (Xbox 360) walkthrough and strategy guide.

    This guide is all you need to make your way through this web-slinging adventure for the Xbox 360. Please note, this guide will also help you with missions and strategies for the PS3 version. However, the controls mentioned are specific to the Xbox 360 and it does not contain the content exclusive to the PS3.

    It includes a complete walkthrough for the game's story mode and explains all of the extras including activities, crime fighting, and a map of the locations of all tokens so you can get a 100% completion (if you dare).

    More info

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    Posted by Jeremy on May 17, 2007 7:06 PM | | Comments (1)

    Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

    Okay, Mangojoyride, pervertdhermit, GabrielSaxon, and The Gurbil. I get it. You are better than me at Halo 3 multiplayer. In my defense (and that's sorely lacking in-game) I have only played four matches and I am improving. In fact, I had a great match before these level sixes and sevens really took it too me...three kills in a row and I won the match! Take that.

    Yes, the Halo 3 beta is enjoyable, but I can't do it for more than an hour or so. I just get bored of it. I'm more of a puzzle-solving, story-driven gamer, so while this is fun, it's not my favorite. In fact the only multiplayer I've ever become addicted to is Brothers in Arms.

    Here's one tip, though, that really drove me nuts. I'm an inverted Y-Axis kind of guy and I couldn't figure out where to adjust the control settings. If that's driving you crazy too, just hit Start and move the control stick to the right to open up the Settings menu. I just didn't see it there before.

    Now, happy Halo-ing and look out for an ever improving LUNABEAN!

    Posted by Jeremy on May 18, 2007 8:15 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: PS2 | Sony | Video Game Walkthrough

    This weekend, you have the chance to sample the LB 'Bully (Canis Canem Edit)' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide for FREE!

    This game was overlooked and is actually one of the better games I played last year. It puts you right into the midst of a prep school, has wonderful writing, and follows a school year complete with the change in seasons.

    To access the FREE guide, simply visit the LB Bully (Canis Canem Edit) Walkthrough and Strategy Guide between now and 9pm PST on Sunday, May 20, 2007. This is a $5.95 value (Adobe Reader required).

    If you like what you see, you can sign up for the LunaPass, our exclusive subscription service which gives you instant access to ALL of our walkthroughs for only $14.95.

    You can also purchase any of our walkthroughs a la carte by visiting LunabeanGuides.com.

    Have a great weekend and happy gaming!

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    Posted by Jeremy on May 18, 2007 9:53 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii | PS2 | PS3 | Sony | Xbox 360

    Yes, I know I already posted one Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix video this week. However, I ask that you indulge me (and my love of the big HP) one more time with this new trailer:

    It's going to be so good (by Harry Potter and EA standards, of course).

    Posted by Lunabean on May 18, 2007 1:02 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

    A lot of you may be new to Halo or Halo multiplayer. You may be confused and overwhelmed by the Halo 3 demo, what with getting killed almost instantly and not knowing what does who and why goes where. See, I told you that you're confused.

    It is for this reason that I humbly offer some very basic tips to get you through your first few sessions of the Halo 3 beta. If you're already an expert, and have some helpful tips to add, please do so in the comments section.

    • Learn your controls - If the controls don't feel right to you, ie, you need to invert the Y-Axis, then hit "Start" and push right on the Left Control Stick to enter the "Controls" menu. It is here that you can adjust your controls to your liking. Also, go into "Button Layout". Here you'll see what each button does. Be sure to note your "Reload" (RB) and the "Melee Attack" (B).
    • Learn some Weapons basics - You don't have to be a seasoned pro to earn some kills, but it does help if you know what the heck your weapons are doing. If your weapon has a zoom feature, you can use it by clicking down on the Right Control Stick (R3). In general, you'll want to use long range weapons like the Sniper Rifle and the Battle rifle from a distance and weapons like the shotgun close up in order to be most effective. The first few times you play, pick up lots of different weapons and see which ones you like.
    • Jump when under attack - This is one of those general multiplayer rules. If you're under fire, jump. You are harder to hit when you're jumping. If you're just travelling from cover to cover, you don't have to jump as that may make you more obvious.
    • Learn to use and love your Melee attack - The melee attack (B) is basically an elbow bop to the face. If you're in close quarters with an enemy, this is a very effective attack.

    • If you're not moving, you don't show up on radar - Just keep that in mind. Run to where you want to go, stop, look around, run to the next location.
    • To switch between types of grenades, hit LB
    • - I say this because I really like the spike grenade (don't know the real name of it). If you toss this type of grenade at an enemy, it'll stick into him and blow him up.

    • Active camoflauge doesn't make you invisible
    • - The blue orbs that you see are active camoflauge. Pick one up to activate it. You are definitely harder to see, but don't go around thinking you're invisible.

    • Dual-Wielding weapons is cool
    • - Certain types of weapons can be dual-wielded, meaning that you can hold one in each hand. If you're holding a one-handed weapon, like the SMG, then when you walk over another one-handed weapon, you'll be prompted to pick it up with the other hand. While dual-wielding, you cannot throw grenades, so keep that in mind.

    That's all of the sage advice I have for you now. If I think of anything else, I'll add to this post. Happy gaming!

    Posted by Jeremy on May 18, 2007 1:46 PM | | Comments (4)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS

    One more reason to make the 3 hour drive up to Seattle soon:


    Posted by Lunabean on May 18, 2007 1:56 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

    For those who may be worrying about the survival of the PS3, just give this LittleBigPlanet new character customization video a look:

    For such a small look into the world that is the PS3's future, it confirms that the future will be beautiful...and it will have good music.

    Posted by Lunabean on May 18, 2007 2:52 PM | | Comments (0)

    Nintendo today announced their complete summer lineup and of most interest to us here at Lunabean HQ is that Metroid Prime 3 Corruption will debut on August 20th.

    I've always been a big fan of Metroid games and a big fan of the Metroid Prime series. In fact, I'd go so far as to say their some of my favorite games. We'll definitely be on a walkthrough and guide for the game the moment it launches.

    Also of note is Super Mario Strikers (Wii, July 30), Brothers in Arms (Wii, Sept.), Brain Age 2 (DS, Aug. 20), Chibi-Robo: Park Patrol (DS, Sept. 24), and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations (DS, Sept.)

    Read the complete summer lineup

    Continue reading "'Metroid Prime 3 Corruption' dated and Nintendo Summer Lineup"
    Posted by Jeremy on May 21, 2007 10:06 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Video Game Business

    Wedbush's video game analyst Michael Pachter is predicting that GameStop, who report Q1 earnings on May 23rd, will come in at or just above analyst expectations. Q1 covers sales from Feb., March, and April.

    "We expect the company to report results at or slightly above the high end of its guidance," said Pachter, "and EPS of $0.17" -- slightly ahead of consensus EPS estimates of $0.16.

    I never put much stock in what Michael Pachter, or video game analysts in general, predict and this case is no different.

    Personally, I predict that GameStop will report earnings in the $0.20 - $0.22 per share range, beating expectations by a wide margin. My reasoning for this is that February sales for both hardware and software were very strong, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl debuted on April 23rd, giving it about 12 days of sales before Q1 ended on May 5th, and Guitar Hero sales have been brisk. Add in the crazy Nintendo sales numbers in general over the past three months and a more tightly run ship over at GameStop and you have the makings for a strong quarter.

    After GameStop reports earnings on Wednesday, I'll be sure to let you know if I was right or wrong, and why.

    Posted by Jeremy on May 21, 2007 11:19 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

    Of interest to almost the entire gaming world is news that the website for Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Brawl has gone live.

    The site, in its current form, is known as Smash Bros. Dojo and will feature daily weekday updates from game creator, Masahiro Sakurai. As of now, it has information on How to Play, Stages, and Music.

    The other category headings are grayed out and include Characters, Game Modes, Items, and Notices. As the game gets closer to it's still TBD release date, I'm sure we'll see more and more info fill in the gaps.

    I like the fact that Nintendogs is somehow going to be part of it. Go Jenny! (my beagle)

    Super Smash Bros. Brawl Website

    Posted by Lunabean on May 22, 2007 10:13 AM | | Comments (1)

    Filed Under: Nintendo Wii

    Sorry for missing it yesterday, but, since it was Monday, three new titles became available on the Nintendo Wii's Shop Channel.

    • Donkey Kong Country 2™: Diddy's Kong Quest™ (SNES®, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points)
    • Streets of Rage™ 2 (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points)
    • Blazing Lazers (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, 600 Wii Points)

    Game details...

    In other Wii Virtual Console news, GameDaily BIZ is today reporting that Nintendo is preparing to launch a new download service to offer new and original content which is to complement the current Virtual Console download service that offers classic games.

    More about Nintendo's new service

    Continue reading "Wii Monday (OK Tuesday): Three new titles ready for download"
    Posted by Lunabean on May 22, 2007 10:48 AM | | Comments (0)

    The video game strategy guide business consists of two models. The first is that of producing original strategy guides and either selling or providing access to the public to those original strategy guides. The second business model, which is illegal, is that of stealing those original works and either selling or providing access to the public to the stolen video game strategy guides without permission from the copyright holders of the guides.

    Here at Lunabean.com, we fall into the former category. All LB guides are original works. While we're not as big as IGN, Gamespot, or GameFAQs, we all produce original guides that are protected by our own copyrights.

    Lately, we've noticed a surge in the second, illegal, business model. Specifically the version where copyrigted guides are stolen from Lunabean, IGN, Gamespot, and GameFAQs, then sold. We have spotted them on eBay, and on sites like ------

    We have worked with Gamespot to shut down various eBay auctions, and we're now considering what legal course of action we should take against various sites that are selling our free material.

    What we're asking of you is for you to keep your eyes out for this stolen material. If you ever find a Lunabean™ Game Guide on any site outside of Lunabean.com or LunabeanGuides.com, please contact us, and we will happily reward you with a free LunaPass subscription. Please note, this goes for both our free and pay-only guides.

    Finally, if you are a GameFAQs writer and want to know if ------ is hosting and making people pay for your guide, please contact us and we'll have someone investigate for you. They have thousands of GameFAQs guides over there, and we've already confirmed with a number of GameFAQs authors that they don't have permission to use them.

    Legitimate guide writers unite!

    Update: Due to overwhelming response from GameFAQs authors, we have taken down the name of the site that was selling our guides (and, apparently, yours). While we think what they're doing is really, really bad (and illegal), we have no desire to get in a confrontation with these people. We simply thought people should know that others were profiting off of their work. We are still willing to check the site for stolen guides, but we no longer wish to make the site's name public. The word is out. That's all we wanted.

    Posted by Lunabean on May 22, 2007 11:37 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: General Gaming

    The LA Times today has a decent preview of this summer's games. If you just want a quick look at what's being offered to us gamers, then this is the read for you.

    Summer Games Preview

    Posted by Lunabean on May 22, 2007 11:43 AM | | Comments (0)

    While we know the series is tired, we're hoping the fact that the latest incarnation will appear on the Wii will breathe a little life back into it.

    Posted by Lunabean on May 22, 2007 1:09 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: PS3 | Sony | Video Game Videos | Xbox | Xbox 360

    A new Assassin's Creed trailer from Ubi Days.

    Like last time, I'm not wowed by the graphics, but there's something about the overall feel of the game that convinces me it's going to be nothing short of awesome.

    (Hat tip to Xboxyde)
    Posted by Lunabean on May 22, 2007 1:28 PM | | Comments (1)

    Filed Under: PC

    What is this, E3? There are too many new screens/trailers to continue posting, so I will redirect you to the new Starcraft II images here, despite the fact that, as a woman, I resent the title:

    'Starcraft II'--strap yourself in, boys

    Posted by Lunabean on May 22, 2007 1:41 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

    Nintendo today released five new screenshots for Metroid Prime 3 Corruption and the logo. I'm not sure why they chose the screens they did, because in all honesty, they're not really that impressive. Not to worry though...we're looking for great gameplay, not cutting edge graphics. Judge for yourself.

    More pics after the break...

    Continue reading "Five new 'Metroid Prime 3' screens and a logo!"
    Posted by Jeremy on May 22, 2007 1:53 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Video Game Business

    The other day, I made a prediction that GameStop, who reported earnings this morning, would do better than what Michael Pachter, video game analyst at Wedbush, predicted.

    Well, it looks like round one goes to Michael Pacther. He and his fellow analysts had a consensus estimate of $0.16 to $0.17 per share. I predicted earnings of $0.20 to $0.22 per share. GameStop today reported earnings of $0.18 per share, excluding a $0.03 debt-retirement charge.

    What does this all mean? GameStop's profit doubled year on year and their earnings came in just above analyst estimates, meaning they're right on track. The stock price is down about 3% right now, however, once everything shakes out and people realize that GameSpot's guidance for the rest of the year remains strong, the stock will rebound.

    GameStop said sales of products like Guitar Hero II, the DS, and the Wii are bringing in new customers and expanding the market.

    Gamestop boosted its profit forecast for the year by 2 cents to as much as $1.42 a share. The company reiterated its forecast for sales to rise as much as 21 percent, with sales at stores open at least a year rising as much as 16 percent.

    In other words, `"You have a near monopoly in a segment that's growing,'" said Robert Blews, research analyst with Cherry Hill, New Jersey-based Penn Capital Management, which overseas $5 billion, including GameStop shares. (source)

    Why was I wrong?

    Continue reading "Lunabean vs. Pachter - Pachter wins"
    Posted by Jeremy on May 23, 2007 7:04 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii | PS2 | PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

    Activision today announced the next installment of Guitar Hero (Guitar Hero 3) for the PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii to be available this fall. The game doesn't break the mold by any means but features a new licesnsed Les Paul guitar and a variety of new tracks, eleven of which were announced today.

    • Paint It Black (by The Rolling Stones)
    • Cherub Rock (by Smashing Pumpkins)
    • Sabotage (by Beastie Boys)
    • The Metal (by Tenacious D)
    • My Name is Jonas (by Weezer)
    • Knights of Cydonia (by Muse)
    • Rock And Roll All Nite (as made famous by Kiss)
    • School’s Out (as made famous by Alice Cooper)
    • Slow Ride (as made famous by Fog Hat)
    • Cult of Personality (by Living Colour)
    • Barracuda (as made famous by Heart)

    Note that the first six titles are by the actual artists. Activision actually got the licenses to use those songs, as opposed to the "as made famous by" of the other announced songs, and of previous Guitar Hero games.

    That's a big step for the game and lends a lot of creedence to this latest version...speaking of creedence...wouldn't some CCR be great?

    The game also features a new wireless controller (guitar) and will feature downloadable content on those systems which can handle it (Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360).

    Hey, I'm just very excited about "Sabotage". Now, I just have to find a car hood to slide over.

    Read the press release

    Continue reading "Next 'Guitar Hero' announced - along with eleven tracks"
    Posted by Jeremy on May 23, 2007 8:06 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: General Gaming

    Ubisoft yesterday announced that they are making a Beowulf game based on the holiday film being made by Robert Zemeckis.

    Ubi confirms that the movies' two stars, Angelina Jolie and Anthony Hopkins, are signed up to do voice work for the game. They also say that the game will, "reinvent the hack and slash genre."

    This sounds awesome.


    Posted by Jeremy on May 23, 2007 11:46 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Video Game Videos

    Ubisoft this week held a two day promotional event featuring game trailers, previews, and news. Held in Paris, this Ubi bacchanalia was known as Ubidays.

    Here, I offer you my take on games previewed at Ubidays. I've included on the games that I care about and they're listed in the order that I most liked the video.

    Haze - PS3, Xbox 360, PC

    Finally, a game for the PS3 that I want, and want bad! It's being developed by Free Radical (TimeSplitters and the group who broke off from Rare after developing Goldeneye and Perfect Dark), land it ooks amazing.

    It's been a long time since a game's graphics have wowed me, but this did it for me. It also is representative of the Ubi motif for many of their upcoming games: a post-apocalyptic world in the strain of Children of Men. I'm so in.

    So many more videos await!

    Continue reading "Happy Ubidays -- game videos inside"
    Posted by Jeremy on May 24, 2007 11:22 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: General Gaming

    So says a University of Illinois study which concludes that boys' exposure to gaming magazines influences their body image.

    Wow, amazing. A study that concludes that young boys' body images are influenced by what they see or read. What's next? A study that reveals that young boys like Star Wars, insects, beating on their sisters, and ice cream?

    Posted by Jeremy on May 24, 2007 12:51 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

    The other day, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption got a release date of August 20. It didn't take long for Amazon.com to offer it up for pre-order.

    Amazon is a great way to secure the most sought after games without having to run out on a wild search for the game on release day. It also helps us if you pre-order using any of the links in this story.

    We'll write a walkthrough when the game comes out, so why not help us help you.

    Pre-order Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

    Posted by Jeremy on May 24, 2007 2:34 PM | | Comments (0)

    There's not much more to say about it right now...

    LB Shrek the Third Walkthrough and Strategy Guide

    If you have questions that go beyond the scope of our guide, please post them in our Shrek 3 Help thread on our forums.

    Posted by Lunabean on May 24, 2007 8:04 PM | | Comments (3)

    I have begun playing Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and am currently in the midst of writing a Lunabean Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End walkthrough and guide. There's not much to see as of yet, however, check back often for updates.

    So far, despite the fact that the game ranges between terrible and awful, I am enjoying it. It is that rare game that is so bad it's good; a perfect distraction.

    LB's Pirates 3: At World's End walkthrough.

    Posted by Jeremy on May 25, 2007 3:07 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: PC | PS3 | Sony | Video Game Videos | Xbox | Xbox 360

    We've known about it for a while, but today we have confirmation that Activision's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (PS3, X360, PC) is in development at Infinity Ward, the developer of the first two Call of Duties.

    For the first time in the series, the game will not be a WWII shooter but will instead focus on, well, modern warfare. The setting is an unnamed Middle Eastern country where a warlord dictator is raising havoc.

    You'll play as a number of different special forces units in a variety of circumstances: sniper, gunship, stealth, etc. We expect the game to launch Holiday '07. If you haven't seen the trailer, here you go.

    Posted by Jeremy on May 29, 2007 9:32 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: General Gaming

    Anybody familiar with the book of Ecclesiastes knows the phrase, "There is nothing new under the sun." Well, Bible author (God), I beg to differ (free will).

    I came upon some amazing video-game inspired parasols: Boo and a Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney-inspired "Objection" parasol. With summer right around the corner, it's a great way to avoid cancer, and look good doing it. I rest my case!


    Posted by Jeremy on May 29, 2007 9:53 AM | | Comments (1)

    The marriage of LEGOs and Star Wars has been a vibrant and fruitful one for at least a couple of decades. So, it should come as no surprise that the video game series joining the two franchises has also been extremely successful.

    What did come as a bit of a surprise is the fact that the games are fantastic. They are fun, funny, challenging, and great for all ages. They are games in the purest sense of the word, and they are deserving of their success.

    It is for this reason that I'm not going to make the slightest of snide remarks on the decision to repackage the first two games and merge them into one with LEGO Star Wars: Complete Saga. I'm just happy that the newly released trailer tells us there will be new levels, challenges and Jedi moves.

    Bring it on, LEGO Darth. Bring it on.

    LB LEGO Star Wars Game Guide

    LB LEGO Star Wars II Game Guide

    Posted by Lunabean on May 30, 2007 11:18 AM | | Comments (0)

    After the long holiday weekend I'm back on track with the Lunabean Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End walkthrough (PS2, Wii).

    Now that I have a few more days of playing under my belt, I have to say that I continue to enjoy this subpar game. I don't know what it is, but it's actually put together quite well. It just plays as if it's out of 2002.

    Anybody up for a game of Pirate Dice?

    Lunabean Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World's End walkthrough

    Posted by Jeremy on May 30, 2007 12:08 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: PC

    While the girl in me gets all warm and fuzzy inside thinking about anything Dirty Dancing, the gamer in me can't stop laughing. WTF is Codemasters thinking? How in the world could this movie be turned into a game? Hmmm..

    You could sneak Baby past her parents to the party shack MGS style.

    Obviously, you could dance the dirty dance DDR style.

    Ooo...you could fix Penny's botched abortion Trauma Center style.

    See? It just doesn't work. Ah well. At least it gave me a good laugh.

    Read the press release
    Visit the official Dirty Dancing: The Game site

    Continue reading "'Dirty Dancing: The Video Game'"
    Posted by Lunabean on May 30, 2007 12:31 PM | | Comments (1)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS

    Update: We now have a complete 'The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. Please enjoy!


    Nothing gets my gaming joy meter up (get your mind out of the gutter, sicko!) like news regarding Zelda. In this case, it's eight new Zelda Phantom Hourglass screenshots. How awesome do those look? The game will hit the DS this holiday season, raising the gaming joy meter of millions of gamers (hey, what did I say about that gutter and your mind?).

    In other DS news, Nintendo yesterday announced that the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection has topped 5 million gamers and 200 million gaming sessions. When the Wii finally gets around to having some Wi-Fi enabled games, we'll see that number grow quite a bit. For comparison's sake, Xbox Live has 6 million subscribers.

    Zelda Phantom Hourglass screenshots

    Wi-Fi tops 5 million press release

    Continue reading "DS roundup: 'Phantom Hourglass' screens, Wi-Fi connex tops 5 million"
    Posted by Jeremy on May 31, 2007 10:55 AM | | Comments (0)

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