Monday, January 4, 2010

Its Rumoured Microsoft Is Either Neutering The Natal Processor Or Removing It Plus Halo Reach Won't Use Natal

On the 4 Guys 1up podcast from 25/12/2009, in a discussion between the host, David Ellis, and guest, John Davison, Microsoft's Natal was brought up. The conversation starts at 1:17:05 into the podcast.
David Ellis spoke about a rumour he had heard regarding Natal and how Microsoft may neuter/remove the processor in Natal to reach a cheap price point.

“Microsoft is paring back natal to reach that price point that has been kinda announced out there. Trying to launch it sub 100, sub 70, sub 60 trying to hit 49.99 with it, and as part of that they are having to pair it down”

And that the Xbox 360 Main Processor will have to be used instead. however, he pointed out that this move is not welcomed by some of the Natal developers as it will impact the games they are working on.

"my understanding, this is rumour cause its not 100% sourced, but my understanding is the processor is either being neutered or completely taken out of it and those CPU cycles are going to have to come out of the processor of the 360 now.
Some of the people that were saying similar things to it were saying that it made them less interested in making things for natal as that would mean sacrificing CPU cycles from the the main processor in the system."

David Ellis goes even further to suggest that the games we'll see come out for Natal won't be the big budget Xbox 360 games like Halo or Burnout or even small titles like Katamari. it'll be the smaller games like the Breakout thing they showed.

“they showed some kinda shareware kinda throwaway games. Like the break out thing,. I think that's were they are going, that's the direction. Its not the burnout title, is not a new Halo, its not even Katamari”

When John Davidson asked about Halo Reach Using Natal, David Ellis says its not.

“Reach is supposed to use it?”
“no its not”
“Reach is not using it”

There is no official word from Microsoft and this is just rumour at this point.

This Weeks WiiWare, DSiWare, And Virtual Console Releases

Here are the USA WiiWare, DSiWare, And Virtual Console Releases.

Virtual Console

Final Fight 3
this is the Super Nintendo Version of the game. it is a 1-2 player game and it costs 800 Wii Points. in the game you play as 1 of 4 fighters as you try to take down the Skull Cross gang and bring peace back to Metro City.


Heron: Steam Machine
this is a 1-4 player game and it costs 500 Wii Points. in the game you have to keep gauges on a machine stable by connecting pipes. if a gauge goes critical, the machine blows up.

Pub Darts
this is a 1-4 player game that costs 500 Wii Points. you use the WiiMote to mimic the dart throwing action. you play in a local pub where you have a choice of different dart games like 501 and cricket. you can create your own profile, select a avatar pic from a selection.

Fast Draw Showdown
This is a 1-2 player game and it costs 500 Wii Points. use your WiiMote as a gun and shoot the enemy before they shoot you. you don't just need speed to beat the enemy, you have to have accuracy also.


this is a 1 player game only and it costs 500 DSi Points. in the game you have to line up your shot and launch a flurry of missles at enemy targets. you can bounce the missiles of walls to get them to reach their targets. there are 3 different types of missiles available, each with their own characteristics.

Animal Puzzle Adventure
This is a 1 player only game and it costs 500 DSi Points. this is a puzzle game where you have to lead animals to their respective barns on a map. there are 10 stages per level and 5 levels in total.

Hell's Kitchen Vs.
this is a 1-2 player game and it costs 800 DSi Points. the game is based on the USA TV Show. two players go up against each other in a kitchen challenge. there are time management tests where you will be judged and rated by Gordon Ramsay.

Press Release

Should old acquaintance be forgot? We can't remember. But what we can remember is that this week's downloadable lineup from Nintendo asks a lot of questions. The Nintendo DSiWare™ service wonders if you can master missiles with Trajectile™, lead animals to their proper pens with Animal Puzzle Adventure or match wits with TV chef Gordon Ramsay in Hell's Kitchen Vs. The WiiWare™ service puts you in charge of maximizing your rubber duckie output with Heron: Steam Machine, asks you to aim for the bull's-eye with Pub Darts and wonders if you have an itchy trigger finger with Fast Draw Showdown. Finally, Final Fight™ 3 on the Virtual Console™ service makes you wonder if the fight is ever really final.

Nintendo DSiWare

Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Trajectile is a puzzle game that's as much about firepower as it is about brainpower, requiring you to line up your shot and launch a flurry of missiles at enemy targets. Three types of missiles are at your disposal, each one with its own characteristics - but all of them can bounce off walls on their path to smash, blast or drill through enemies and blocks. Along the way, you'll find item blocks just waiting to be destroyed so that you can obtain special power-ups ... and cause even more destruction. Be careful though, as missile type and position are predetermined and you get only a limited number of launches per stage. Complete multiple classes containing numerous individual stages, earning medals when you clear stages in fewer than the given number of turns. Are you ready to take aim at becoming a Trajectile master?

Animal Puzzle Adventure
Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Animal Puzzle Adventure is a simple puzzle game where you have to lead various animals to their respective barns placed on the map, while avoiding pitfalls and cliffs and using the objects on the field to your advantage. There are 10 stages per level with a total of five levels, creating 50 stages in all. After clearing a stage, you unlock a piece of a photo. Once you clear all 10 stages in a level, the wallpaper for that level becomes unlocked and you can then view it in the gallery. With so many puzzles to unravel, you'll find yourself immersed in the puzzle-riffic world of Animal Puzzle Adventure.

Hell's Kitchen Vs.
Publisher: Ludia
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Hell's Kitchen Vs. is based on the U.S. TV phenomenon where world-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay puts aspiring chefs through rigorous culinary tests. The game recreates the show's pressure-cooker atmosphere as two players battle head-to-head in an arcade-style kitchen challenge. Try to conquer your opponent in each time-management test, while taking the heat of Gordon Ramsay judging and rating your performance at every stage of the game.


Heron: Steam Machine
Publisher: Triangle Studios
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: Heron: Steam Machine is a game about a factory where rubber duckies are being produced by a large steam engine. On this steam engine, there are four different gauges which you will have to watch carefully. By connecting the pipes, you will earn points and relieve some of the pressure, keeping the machine running just a little bit longer. If one of the gauges reaches its maximum, the machine will eventually blow up, and the game is over. If you were lucky enough to achieve a high score, make sure you enter your name in the list so other players can compete with you. In Multiplayer, you are able to cooperate with friends in maintaining the steam machine. When you play with two, three or four players, the screen is divided into sections with different background colors. Each player is able to solve his or her own part of the puzzle. Players are restricted to their own section of the screen, so you will have to work together to make the pipes fit properly. (Additional accessories are required for multiplayer play and are sold separately.)

Pub Darts
Publisher: Big Blue Bubble Inc.
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Alcohol Reference
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Pub Darts is a simple darts simulation which uses the Wii Remote™ controller's unique controls to mimic dart-throwing motion. The game is set in a local pub where the players will settle in to play some of their favorite dart games, including 501, Cricket, Around the Clock, Killers and Baseball. Controls function just like throwing a real dart. Players are able to create their own personal profiles, including selecting their avatar image from a collection of creative characters and the design they would like displayed on the dart flights.

Fast Draw Showdown
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Alcohol Reference, Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: When it comes to fast draw there're only two types of people: the quick ... and the dead! Now you have the chance to find out where you stand, or lie, as the case may be. You'll go up against the best quick draws in the business, including one of the world's fastest, Wes Flowers. Unholster your Wii Remote controller and show 'em who the fastest draw really is, in this live-action shooter. You can even take on a friend in multiplayer modes, and see which of you has the quickest draw. You'll need some serious speed and awesome accuracy to take on these gunslingers ... so get ready for some real fast draw action.

Virtual Console

Final Fight 3
Original platform: Super NES™
Publisher: Capcom USA
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Animated Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Following the defeat and subsequent disappearance of the Mad Gear Gang, a small group known only as "Skull Cross" is responsible for a new uprising of vandalism, terrorism and death. The government of Metro City is at a complete loss. Metro City's mayor, Mike Haggar, and Guy are prepared to take on the new gang, but before they can act, the door bursts open, revealing Lucia, Cody's old friend. "Metro City is under attack!" she shouts, "Skull Cross is loose, and they've got something up their sleeves." But before any of them can move, a mysterious man appears in the doorway. "My name is Dean," he says. "I know Skull Cross inside-and-out, and I hate them more than anything. I can help you, and you can help me. We must go!" All four fighters vow to bring Skull Cross down. It will be a tough assignment, and may even be their final fight!

Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mondays. Users with broadband Internet access can redeem Wii Points or Nintendo DSi Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo DSi Points can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Nintendo Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one Nintendo Points Card must be redeemed in either the Nintendo DSi Shop or the Wii Shop Channel. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

Remember that both Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, or

Sega Announce A PC Version Of Sonic & Sega's All Star Racing And Release New Screenshots

Sega have revealed that there will be a PC version of Sonic & Sega's All Star Racing. no definitive release date was provided, but they do have it down as coming out in early 2010. Sega have also released new screenshots for the Wii, DS, And PS3/360 versions of the game. all the screenshots appear to be in-game and show many of the characters and their karts in the game. a few different tracks are also shown.

Wii Screenshots

DS Screenshots

PS3/Xbox 360 Screenshots

EA Is Going To Shut Down Online Servers For Numerous Old Games From February 2nd

EA has announced that on February 2nd, many game online servers will be shut down. the following games will have their online servers turned off and will not be playable.

UEFA Champions League 07 PC and x360
Facebreaker x360 and PS3
Fantasy Football 09 x360 and PS3
Fight Night Round 3 PS2
Madden 08 Wii
Madden 08 PC
Madden 09 Xbox1
Madden 09 Wii and PSP
March Madness 07 x360
NBA 07 PSP, x360
NBA 08 PS2, PSP, Wii
NBA 09 Wii - Europe only
NBA Street (2007) PS3 and x360
NCAA Football 08 PS2
NCAA Football 09 PS2
NASCAR 09 PS3 and x360 - Europe Only
NFL Tour PS3 and x360
NHL 07 PSP and x360
Tiger Woods 07 PC
Madden 09 x360 and PS3
Madden 07 Xbox 360

From CVG

Aardman Animations Have Done 2 More Animations For The Legend Of Zelda Spirit Tracks Using Flipnote Studio

Aardman Animation have done 2 more animations using Flipnote Studio. these two are done for The Legend Of Zelda Spirit Tracks. The first animation shows of teamwork in a dungeon, whilst the second animation Shows Link running and getting his picture taken.

Tecmo Have Released Screenshots And A Trailer For Quantum Theory On The Playstation 3

Tecmo have released screenshots and a trailer for the Playstation 3 version of Quantum Theory. the trailer has a mix of both in-game action and in-game cutscenes. the trailer focuses on the world, the monsters and battling in the game. small snippets of story are also revealed in the trailer. the screenshots are also a mix of in-game action and in-game cutscenes. these screenshots focus more on the shooting in the game, showing how the cover system works, some of the different weapons, some of the monsters, and the HUD showing the current weapon and ammo.

Quantum Theory

Tecmo Have Released Screenshots And A Trailer For Monster Rancher On The Nintendo DS

Tecmo have released new screenshots and a trailer for their upcoming Nintendo DS game, Monster Ranger DS. All of the screenshots are in-game and show many of the different aspects of the game. there is battling, monster creating, training, and much more. the top screen is where most of the action happens with the bottom screen used for maps, information, and menus.
The Trailer for the game features alot of in-game footage focuses on aspects on the game like training, breeding, creating, raising of the monters.

Monster Rancher DS

Tecmo Have Released Screenshots And A Trailer For Again On The Nintendo DS

Tecmo Have released new screenshots and a trailer for Their upcoming Nintendo DS game, Again. the trailer shows that the game is played in the book format, with one side of the screen showing the past and the other showing the present. all the screenshots are in-game and show various parts of the game.

The trailer they have released provides clues as to what the story is in the game and what your role will be. most of the trailer appears to come from cutscenes. the trailer also shows a cast list for the game. there is some in-game footage in the trailer also.


EA Reveal The Release Date For The Return To Ostagar DLC For Dragon Age Origins Is January 5th.

EA have revealed the release date for the previously announced Return To Ostagar DLC for Dragon Age Origins. In both the USA and Europe, the Xbox 360 and PC versions will be released on January 5th with the Playstation 3 version being released later in January. it will cost 400 MS Points on the Xbox 360, 400 BioWare Points on the PC, and $4.99 on the Playstation 3.

Press Release

EDMONTON, Alberta --(Business Wire)-- Dec 29, 2009 Leading video game developer BioWare™, a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), announced today that the Return to Ostagar downloadable content (DLC) for Dragon Age™: Origins will be released on January 5 in North America and Europe for the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and PC versions of the game at a cost of 400 BioWare Points or Microsoft Points. The DLC will be available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system later in January. Return to Ostagar allows players to exact their revenge and embark on a quest for the mighty arms and armor of the once great King Cailan when they revisit Ostagar, the site of the Grey Wardens’ darkest hour, to reclaim the honor and learn the secrets of Ferelden’s fallen king.

“We are thrilled at the way the fans have embraced Dragon Age: Origins and we’re excited to welcome them back into the game,” said Aaryn Flynn, General Manager and Vice President, BioWare Edmonton. “Return to Ostagar represents BioWare’s commitment to providing a steady stream of compelling post release content as we continue to expand the Dragon Age universe.”

Return to Ostagar summons players to a new quest in which they will return to the fateful battleground in Ostagar where the Grey Wardens were nearly wiped out. Players will discover King Cailan’s top-secret political agenda and go behind enemy lines to revisit a place that many feared had been lost to history.

Return to Ostagar will be available for 400 BioWare Points on the PC and 400 Microsoft Points on the Xbox 360 on January 5. It will be available for $4.99 on the PlayStation® Store later in the month. Dragon Age: Origins is rated M by the ESRB and 18+ by PEGI.

For more information on Dragon Age: Origins, please visit

About BioWare
BioWare develops high quality console, PC and online role-playing games, focused on rich stories, unforgettable characters and vast worlds to discover. Since 1995, BioWare has created some of the world's most critically acclaimed titles, including Baldur's Gate™, Neverwinter Nights™, Star Wars®: Knights of the Old Republic™, Jade Empire™ and Mass Effect™. BioWare operates in Edmonton (Alberta, Canada), Montreal (Quebec) and Austin (Texas). BioWare’s announced projects include the dark heroic fantasy game Dragon Age: Origins, as well as Mass Effect 2™, the epic sequel to Mass Effect, and the story-driven massively multiplayer online game, Star Wars®: The Old Republic™. In 2008, BioWare was acquired by Electronic Arts, a leading global interactive entertainment publisher. For more information on BioWare, visit; to join the millions of fans already registered on our community, go to

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Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EATM, EA SPORTSTM, EA Mobile TM and POGOTM. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA's homepage and online game site is More information about EA's products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

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South Peak Announce They Are Bringing Blood Bowl To PC, PSP, And Xbox 360 In 2010

South Peak Have announced that they are bringing Blood Bowl to the PSP, PC, And Xbox 360 To the USA in 2010. The PC and Xbox 360 versions are currently set for a January 2010 release with the PSP version set to come in Spring 2010.

Press Release

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. --(Business Wire)-- Dec 29, 2009 Leading videogame publisher, SouthPeak Interactive Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: SOPK), today announced Blood Bowl® for Windows PC, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system coming in 2010. The hard-hitting fantasy football title previously available exclusively as a Windows PC downloadable game is lobbing a ‘Hail Mary’ pass straight onto retail shelves in 2010.

Just in time for the human football season’s end, SouthPeak is here to offer a less than traditional spin on classic football. With a rich heritage of table-top gaming, Blood Bowl is poised to tear your Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PSP system a new end zone. With turn-based gameplay and each play teetering on the roll of the dice, Blood Bowl will keep you on the edge of your seat from kickoff to final score. Inspired by the infamous Warhammer® series, Blood Bowl brings some of the most vicious gameplay, dirty tricks and lest we forget – secret weapons – to the field in an all new way.

“We’re thrilled to have a part in bringing a proper retail version of Blood Bowl to North American gamers on Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PSP.” said Aubrey Norris, Manager of Human-Orc Relations at SouthPeak. “It’s never easy to get all these races to agree on something – but if there’s one thing they love its good competition with a lot of bloodshed!”

Blood Bowl’s retail Windows PC and Xbox 360 packages will kick-off in January 2010 with the PSP system version taking the field in Spring of 2010. If you’ve never seen a goblin thrown into the end zone by a troll to score a touchdown, then prepare to be amazed! More details are sure to pop up as the teams get themselves in order and the pre-season action begins.

For more information, please visit

About SouthPeak Interactive Corporation
SouthPeak Interactive Corporation develops and publishes interactive entertainment software for all current hardware platforms including: PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system, PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, PSP®go system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii™, Nintendo DS™, Nintendo DSi™ and PC. SouthPeak’s games cover all major genres including action/adventure, role playing, racing, puzzle strategy, fighting and combat. SouthPeak’s products are sold in retail outlets in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. SouthPeak is headquartered in Midlothian, Virginia, and has offices in Grapevine, Texas and Leicester, England.

For additional information, please visit SouthPeak’s corporate website:

The 2010 International CES Will Have 330 Companies And 2500 Exhibitors With More Than 20.000 New Products On Display

This Years International CES will run from January 7th to January 10th. during this event, there will be over 330 companies and 2,500 exhibitors showing more than 20,000 new products. Keynoters this year are Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, Ford’s Alan Mulally, Intel’s Paul Otellini and Qualcomm’s Dr. Paul Jacobs, as well as Nokia’s Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and Hisense’s Zhou Houjian, who will speak as part of the CES Technology and Emerging Countries Program.

Press Release

ARLINGTON, Va. --(Business Wire)-- Dec 28, 2009 A record number of new exhibitors – more than 330 companies – will join more than 2,500 exhibitors in unveiling their latest technology innovations at the 2010 International CES®. With more than 20,000 new products on display, the International CES is the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. CE Spotlights throughout the CES show floor will feature key market categories including apps, green technology, gaming, location based services and more. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2010 International CES returns to Las Vegas, January 7-10, 2010.

“With a record number of new exhibitors, scores of new product introductions, several new Spotlights on the show floor and a dynamic lineup of keynotes sessions, the 2010 International CES will be our best show yet,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “More technology deals will be made during the four days of CES than anywhere else on earth. In fact, each CES attendee has an average of 12 meetings while at the show, reinforcing CES as the business hub for technology. Innovation is flourishing within the technology industry and the 2010 CES is the only place to see it all.”

Several CE Spotlights covering a variety of technology categories will be housed on the 2010 CES show floor. These include: the iLounge Pavilion, featuring all things iPod®, iPhone® and Mac® related; Living in Digital Times, highlighting technology relevant to all lifestyles; EHX@CES with custom CE products for home and commercial installation; Sustainable Planet, featuring the latest green technologies including advances in green building, alternative energy technologies and smart grid technologies and the Gaming Showcase with the latest gaming hardware and software. For a complete list of CE Spotlights visit

The 2010 CES will feature 20 market-specific TechZones highlighting the latest trends and emerging markets. New CES TechZones include the eBooks, Experience 3D, Femto, Lifestyle Gadgets, Mobile DTV, Netbooks and Safe Driver TechZones.

Top executives of the biggest names in technology and business will take the stage at the 2010 International CES with keynote addresses from Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, Ford’s Alan Mulally, Intel’s Paul Otellini and Qualcomm’s Dr. Paul Jacobs, as well as Nokia’s Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and Hisense’s Zhou Houjian, who will speak as part of the CES Technology and Emerging Countries Program.

Additionally, the 2010 CES will feature more than 250 sessions and 800 expert speakers as part of the CES conference program, which will cover a range of industry topics from social media to safe driving to technology policy. Conference programs for the 2010 International CES include, “Up Next at CES: Creativity, Content and Cash,” focused on addressing the major challenge of how to monetize new media and the “Tech Policy Summit,” which will discuss critical policy issues including broadband deployment and spectrum allocation. To search for CES conference sessions, visit

For more news about the 2010 International CES before, during and after the show, visit Journalists are encouraged to arrive in Las Vegas by Tuesday, January 5, to take advantage of all the CES press events, including CES Unveiled from 4-7 p.m. on January 5.

About CEA:
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2010 International CES
January 7-10, 2010, Las Vegas, NV

Digital Music Forum East
February 23-24, 2010, New York, NY

Greener Gadgets
February 25, 2010, New York, NY

EHX Spring 2010
March 24-27, 2010, Orlando, FL

CES on the Hill
April 20-21, 2010, Washington, DC

Digital Patriots Dinner
April 21, 2010, Washington, DC

LA Games Conference
April 29, 2010, Los Angeles, CA

CEO Summit and Board Retreat
June 16-19, 2010, Ojai, CA

CEA Line Shows
June 22-23, 2010, New York, NY

July 8-11, 2010, Qingdao, China

2010 CEA Industry Forum
October 17-20, 2010, San Francisco, CA

Microsoft And Xbox 360 News From The Christmas Break

  • A Job posting hints that Xbox Live enabled games could be coming to Windows Mobile as well as Avatars and social intergration

  • Its rumoured that Nozomi from Sehnmue was cut from Sonic And Sega's All Star Racing, she would have ridden on Ryos Bike.

  • Arc System Works have said that they have "Full Intention" of brining the Guilty Gear series to the 360 and PS3.

  • 360: Darwinia+ has passed Microsoft certification and the achievement list has been found.

  • Resonance of Fate director Takayuki Suguro has apologised for the Demo's difficulty, said a tutorial was cut.

  • 360: Take Two's Cat Daddy Games is working on a Natal game.

Nintendo News In General From The Christmas Break

  • Its being reported that Intel are in talks with Nintendo over using a GPU/CPU similar to Larrabee.

  • DS: Picross 3D is coming out in Europe in February 5th.

  • Sega has trademarked Lets Go Island, lot On The Island Of Tropics. is speculated to be a Wii Game

  • Wii: Zelda Director, Eiji Aonuma, tried pitching Links Crossbow Training 2 but Nintendo didn't want it.

  • Sega's Constantine Hantzopoulos thinks Nintendo can afford to drop the price of the Wii, need to to raise sales

  • Sega's Constantine Hantzopoulos says its unlikely Sega will make anymore Mature games for the Wii but there is a audience for them

  • Wii: Naughty Dog Co-President Evan Wells praises the Wii, Wii Sports And Wii Sports Resort some of the best games this generation

  • Wii: New Super Mario Bros. Wii was the most pirated Wii game in 2009 with at least 1.150.000 Torrent Downloads.

  • Top 3 Selling games in Japan in 2009 were on DS, 4+5+10 were Wii games. Dragon Quest 9 was top selling 4.09Million

Sony And PlayStation News In Brief From The Christmas Break

  • Sony And Panasonic have increased the size of a BluRay layer to 33.4GB using iMLSE. Firmware update all that'll be needed

  • PSP: Prinny 2 will be called Dawn of the Great Pantsu War, set for a Japan release of March 25th

  • PS4: Sony Considered Intels Larrabee for the PS4 but was not powerful enough. Larrabee could help plan PS5+PS6

  • Sony do not expect 3D to seriously take off in homes until around 2012

  • PS3: Kojima has said that playing Modern Warfare 2 has inspired him to go back to developing for the Playstation 3

  • PS3: Square Enix have said on their facebook page that they are working on Thexder for the PS3. its almost done.

  • Sony Japan have trademarked Cloudsurf. its for game and entertainment services via the internet.

  • PS3: Vidzone is the biggest streaming music video application in the world. 2 million downloads, 200 Million videos streamed

  • PS3: Yakuza 3 could have voice actors for its West release. Sega mentioned voice actors when talking about costs of a west release

General, Mobile, And PC News In Brief From The Christmas Break

  • Palm: Quake has been ported to the Palm Pre. its still a big slow and buggy. it uses 3d Hardware acceleration

  • Windows Mobile: Tekken 3 has been ported to the HDC HD2 using the First PlayStation Emulator for Windows CE

  • OnLive: A presentation was held at Columbia University. a 48 minute on OnLive is available in the link.

  • PC: Love will start its beta on January 7th. for now, only pay to play alpha testers can get in.

  • iPhone: Plants Vs. Zombies is set to come out on the iPhone in late January.

  • Epics, People Can Fly Studio, have filled a trademark for Bulletstorm. its speculated its a EA Project.

  • 3D Realms have been teasing that there are "...numerous other Duke games in ...development, several due out this year."

  • David Guetta has said that he has worked on DJ Hero 2.

  • in 2009, 1.099 games were released in the USA. its predicted less games will be released at retail in the future.

  • A European Trademark for Pac-Man Battle Royale has been found. its not know what console it is for or what it is.

  • Criterion Games have teased that 2010 "will satisfy our increasing desire for travelling at a rate of high velocity..."
  • Eden Games is reportedly looking for a Software Developer for V Rally X