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Fans of the Dragon Quest series will have to wait a few months longer to get their hands on the latest installment in the series, Dragon Quest IX. Square Enix announced today that the game is now scheduled to release on July 11. Previously, the game was expected to release next month. Square Enix has stated that the game has been delayed in order to polish it up and increase the quality.

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A few days ago, it was learned that the Official Nintendo Magazine would be delaying its latest issue slightly. Now the magazine has explained the exclusive content behind the delay. Hot on the heels of the latest Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games announcement, ONM will have the first preview and screenshots of the title.

Shigeru Miyamto will once again be guiding the development of the title. ONM 40 will be on sale tomorrow.

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First Three Go Play Titles Expected To Launch in 2009

EDISON, N.J., February 12, 2009 -Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, today announced an all-new branding initiative that unifies a series of energetic, motion based Wii™ games under the banner label – Go Play. The first title in the line is Go Play Lumberjax which is slated to launch late spring. Additional games include Go Play City Sports and Go Play Circus Star which will roll out in Summer and Fall respectively.

“The Go Play brand is intended to deliver on the promise of active, fun, family friendly game experiences,” said Gui Karyo, Executive Vice President of Operations. “Our first three products intermix every day activities with imagination to define an overarching label that means ‘motion-based fun for everyone.'”

The Vanishing Files mystery arrives in Europe, Australia and New Zealand in Q3 2009

Northampton, UK – February 12th, 2009 – Oxygen Games is pleased to announce the engrossing and addictive whodunit mystery, Cate West: The Vanishing Files, will be available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand in Q3 2009.

A series of unsolvable crimes, dubbed “The Vanishing Files”, have paralyzed the city. The police turn to crime novelist Cate West, whose psychic visions might just be the key to solving the mystery. Help Cate find clues, compile evidence and track down hideouts to discover the link between these crimes and an unsolved mystery from Cate’s past!

The Two Most Famous Video Game Icons Return For Another Olympic Competition

TOKYO (February 12, 2009) – SEGA® Corporation and Nintendo Co., Ltd today announced that two of the biggest video game heroes, Mario™ and Sonic™, will be coming together again, this time taking their rivalry to the snow and ice in another officially licensed Olympic-themed smash hit Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games™. Heading to stores late in 2009 on the Wii™ home video game system and Nintendo DS?, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games will take players to Vancouver, Canada, host city of the official 2010 Olympic Winter Games. This gaming experience invites players of all ages and skill sets to face-off in some of the most intense winter competitions available for the Nintendo platforms.

Developed by SEGA of Japan, under the guidance of Shigeru Miyamoto, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games will take players to lifelike Olympic venues where they can choose from a legendary cast of playable characters, including new faces to the series to be revealed later this year. Following the phenomenal worldwide popularity of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, this fresh gaming experience will feature completely new Olympic Winter Games events from the official competition schedule including Alpine Skiing and Speed Skating with more events announced throughout the year.

Tailored to the specific system controls, Nintendo DS and Wii gamers will enjoy completely unique experiences thanks to each platform having its own specific gameplay features and modes. Players of all skill levels will enjoy the intuitive controls of both the Wii and Nintendo DS systems, in both single and multiplayer gaming modes. The Wii game will offer an even richer multiplayer experience offering co-op and competitive gameplay where the Nintendo DS brings an intense competitive element using the Nintendo DS wireless capabilities. Additionally, one of the new features to be found in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the inclusion of the Wii Balance Board™ which can be used in some events featured in the Wii version, allowing for a more interactive and realistic gaming experience.

Published by SEGA across Europe and North America, and published by Nintendo in the Japanese market, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is again licensed through a worldwide partnership with International Sports Multimedia (ISM), the exclusive interactive entertainment software licensee of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“We are extremely happy to again team up with Nintendo and ISM on what promises to be another global success.” says Naoya Tsurumi, CEO, SEGA of America and SEGA Europe. “Sonic will partner with Mario once more beneath the spotlight of the legendary Olympic Games. Together they will face new athletic challenges that will provide gamers with more of the exciting experiences unique to this series.”

”SEGA has been a valued publishing partner of Nintendo for many years and Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games is the ultimate representation of that relationship,” said Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO, Nintendo of America. “We look for this game to continue the tradition its predecessor started by bringing new events, new characters, and new gameplay experiences to fans worldwide.”

“To once again have Mario and Sonic and friends compete in Olympic sports and events in a winter setting is tremendously exciting for the Olympic Movement and the millions of gamers worldwide who enjoyed the characters’ previous match up”, says Raymond Goldsmith, Chairman & CEO of ISM.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games will be in stores late 2009. For more information about the game, please visit www.sega.com or www.olympicvideogames.com. For any assets, please visit the SEGA FTP site at http://segapr.segaamerica.com.

01. [PSP] Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology 2 (Namco Bandai) 45,000 / 258,000
02. [PS3] Demon’s Souls (SCE) 40,000 / NEW
03. [PSP] Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami) 38,000 / 147,000
04. [PS2] Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 (Konami) 37,000 / 145,000
05. [NDS] Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time (Square Enix) 34,000 / 136,000
06. [NDS] Detective Conan & Kindachi (Namco Bandai) 20,000 / NEW
07. [PSP] Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP the Best) (Capcom) 18,000 / 398,000
08. [WII] Taiko no Tatsujin Wii (Namco Bandai) 16,000 / 355,000
09. [NDS] Rhythm Tengoku Gold (Nintendo) 15,500 / 1,650,000
10. [WII] Wii Fit (Nintendo) 15,000 / 323,000

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“A small minority [of published Activision games] consist of a select few wholly-owned and internally-developed new IP for which we have planned conservatively. If successful, [these] will prove [to have] a high rate of return on investment for the near and long-term. …rigorous, measured approach to launching new IP… the introduction of new IP is one of our industry’s most difficult challenges. [We will] conservatively manage our portfolio risk profile by generating our majority of revenue… from more predictable and stable franchises that have served us well over long periods of time.” – Activision CEO, Bobby Kotick

According to the company’s conference call from earlier today, that just isn’t happening. Activision has announced that Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits is on the way. This game will feature full-band versions of tracks that appeared in previous Guitar Hero games. That title is set to come out this Summer.

Activision revealed in a conference call last night that Guitar Hero: Greatest Hits is in development. Songs from previous Guitar Hero titles will be in the game. Though, Greatest Hits isn’t the biggest news. Activision is also creating another title for the Guitar Hero series. The next “true” title will see a “major re-stage” of the franchise as we know it with “new differentiated Guitar Hero products.” The game should be on the way before the year ends.

Rumored track list after the break.