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Cambridge, Mass. – February 17, 2009 – Harmonix and MTV Games announced today the addition of seven tracks from alternative grunge band Nirvana to the Rock Band® Music Store catalog of downloadable content for Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo.

The lineup includes seven master recordings from Nirvana’s 1991 album Nevermind including “Breed,” “Lounge Act,” “On a Plain,” “Polly,” “Something in the Way,” “Stay Away,” and “Territorial Pissings.” These tracks join “In Bloom” from the original Rock Band soundtrack and “Drain You” featured on the Rock Band 2 soundtrack to make for a total of nine Nirvana songs available in the Rock Band music catalog available to Wii owners.

London (18th February 2009) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces that FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES®: Echoes of Time™ will be released in Europe and across PAL territories on 27th March 2009, exclusively on both Nintendo DS™ and Wii™ systems.

Introducing the World’s first cross-platform multiplayer adventure for the Nintendo DS & Wii systems! Set in the fun and friendly CRYSTAL CHRONICLES universe of the FINAL FANTASY series, FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: Echoes of Time delivers a unique and innovative experience where both Nintendo platforms come together in perfect harmony.

With the announcement of Dead Space Extraction for Wii, the one element that may have been receiving mixed reactions is the fact that the game is on-rails. One may be wondering why EA decided to go this way. Executive producer Steve Papoutsis has explained the reasoning for their on-rails decision:

“Extraction is not your typical Rail Shooter. Our goal is to innovate and push the genre forward like Dead Space did for third-person action survival horror.

When we started designing the game we had a ton of important elements from Dead Space that we needed to retain:

1. Exciting and rewarding gameplay
2. A horrific experience set in visually stunning environments
3. Incredible mood and sound
4. A mature and thought provoking story
5. Unique, terrifying, and satisfying enemies, weapons and bosses

Creating an intimate horror experience is a central tenet for Extraction and moving to a first person perspective felt like a great fit for the Wii allowing us the ability to create the most intense experience possible on this platform.”

Make sure to check out the official announcement here.

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All-New Hero, Story and Characters Extend the Dead Space Universe
Guildford, UK; February 18, 2009 – Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS) today revealed Dead Space™ Extraction, an all-new chapter from the studio that delivered the award-winning action-horror Dead Space game. Built from the ground up and developed exclusively for the Wii™, Dead Space Extraction is a prequel that reveals the events leading up to Isaac Clarke’s mission on the USG Ishimura in the original Dead Space game released in 2008. Dead Space Extraction will marry the innovative motion controls of the Wii Remote with a frenetic first person perspective to create a new action-packed horror experience.
Dead Space Extraction tells the story of a handful of space colonists desperately struggling to escape from a horrific infection on the Aegis VII mining colony deep in the furthest regions of space. The game introduces a new heroine to the fiction and as the crew fall victim to a mysterious contagion aboard the ship, it becomes clear that protecting her may be their only hope for survival. Dead Space Extraction introduces all new characters, weapons, enemies, puzzles and co-operative multiplayer gameplay.
“We could not be more excited to extend Dead Space into an experience exclusive to the Wii. Nintendo has a wonderful history in the horror genre and we are thrilled to build on that tradition with Dead Space Extraction,” said Glen Schofield, VP and General Manager of EA Redwood Shores studio. “As we were developing Dead Space, we realized that there was so much of the story going untold. Dead Space Extraction tells that story with all of the intensity, blood and gore that fans would expect.”
Dead Space Extraction is an EA Redwood Shores title and is scheduled to ship in Autumn 2009. This product has not yet rated by ESRB or PEGI.

New Portable System Offers Customized Gaming Experiences

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nintendo pioneered hand-held entertainment in the ’80s and made it fully mobile with the Game Boy™ video game system. Now, Nintendo is transforming the way people access, experience, create and share content with the new Nintendo DSi™ system, the third iteration of the world’s best-selling portable video game system. Nintendo DSi launches in the United States on April 5, 2009, at an MSRP of $169.99. The colors available at launch will be Blue and Black.

“Ever since the arrival of the first Game Boy, consumers worldwide have turned to Nintendo for their portable gaming,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Nintendo DSi builds on Nintendo’s commitment to bringing fun and creative entertainment to everyone, and will allow consumers to personalize and share their very own experiences.”

A duo of clues may indicate that Nintendo plans on announcing the Nintendo DSi for North America in the coming days. The first pictures of the North American box have been found, which indicate that Nintendo has already provided a few produced units to websites/magazines.

Another clue from IGN says that their weekly podcast has been delayed due to “a rampaging Bowser, a zombie infestation, or an upcoming handheld announcement.”

IGN previously stated that the system would ship in North American on April 1. An upcoming announcement could indeed be for that date.

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Nintendo and Masahiro Sakurai – who is best known for his work on Super Smash Bros. Brawl – announced the creation of a new company, Project Sora. The studio has been founded in Tokyo and officially launched on January 22. Project Sora is expected to have around thirty staff members in all.

The company has not begun work on a project yet, but is expected to do so in May. Programmers, 3D character and map production staff, sound effect staff, and game planners are all being looked for.

The Project Sora website describes the game as “The thoughts of game designer Masahiro Sakurai and Nintendo have become one, and a new project has started. In order to expand what can be offered to the world through games, we will have Nintendo’s full cooperation and make something that Nintendo could not do on its own.”

More details:

– The game is “A new experiment, both for Mr. Sakurai and for Nintendo” – Iwata
– Iwata has given Sakurai special orders for the project
– Sakurai cannot discuss content of the game yet
– “We’ve started a special project. We’re not sure how it will sell or if it will be accepted. Our goal is not just to make a single game. We can promise that you’ll be able to experience something different.” – Sakurai
– Studio located in new building, has no columns so that devs can see each other
– Iwata says dev studio became crowded during the high times of development for Smash Bros.
– No word on platform/specific content


Famitsu review scores

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The latest Famitsu review scores are as follows:

Yakuza 3 (Ryu ga Gotoku 3) (PS3, Sega): 9 / 10 / 9 / 10 – (38/40)
Halo Wars (Xbox 360, Microsoft): 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 – (32/40)
Shin Sangoku Musou: Multi Raid (PSP, Koei): 8 / 8 / 8 / 8 – (32/40)
One Piece Unlimited Cruise: Episode 2 (Wii, Bandai Namco): 7 / 7 / 7 / 7 – (28/40)
Kamen no Maid Guy: Boyoyon Battle Royale (PSP, Gadget Soft): 4 / 6 / 5 / 7 – (22/40)
Mimana Iyar Chronicle (PSP, Gungho): 6 / 6 / 5 / 4 – (21/40)
High School Musical 3: Senior Year Dance (Wii, Disney): 6 / 7 / 7 / 7 – (27/40)
Uchida Yasuou Mystery: Meitantei Senken Mitsuhiko Series: Fukutoshin Renzoku Satsujin Jiken (NDS, D3): 8 / 6 / 7 / 7 – (28/40)
Net Ghost Pipopa: Pipopa DS Daibouken (NDS, Dimple): 4 / 4 / 4 / 6 – (18/40)
Game Center CX: Arino no Chousenjou (NDS, Bandai Namco): 9 / 8 / 8 / 8 – (33/40)
Kemeko Deluxe! DS: Yome to Meka to Otoko to Onna (NDS, 5pb): 6 / 5 / 6 / 5 – (22/40)
Dragon Dance (NDS, Success): 5 / 7 / 6 / 6 – (24/40)

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