Monday, March 1, 2010

This Weeks WiiWare, DSiWare, And Virtual Console Releases

There are 8 titles out this week on Virtual Console, WiiWare, and DSiWare in the USA. 1 Virtual Console title, 3 On WiiWare and 4 on DSiWare.

Virtual Console

Fatal Fury Special
This is a 1-2 player game and it costs 900 Wii Points. this is the NEO GEO version of the game. the game has 15 fighters who fight against each other and features some of the cast from the previous two Fatal Fury Games.


WiiWare

Mega Man 10
This is a 1 player only game and it costs 1,000 Wii Points. this is the first Mega Man game to feature a easy mode, making it one of the more accessible Mega Man games released. the game also has Proto Man and a time attack mode.


Dart Rage
This is a 1-4 player game that costs 600 Wii Points. the game ahs 4 games to choose from, Cricket, Poker, American, and Normal darts.


Happy Hammerin'
This is a 1-4 player game that costs 500 Wii Points. you use the WiiMotes to bash moles in a Wack-A-Mole style game. there are 3 game modes, Adventure, Marathon, and Party Battle.


DSiWare

Let's Golf
This is a 1-2 player game and costs 800 DSi Points. the game has 45 holes in various locations. you can use the DSi Camera to take pictures of yourself and add them to your personal profile.


Globulos Party
This is a 1-2 player game and it costs 500 DSi Points. this is a mini game collection that has 20 different games.


VT Tennis
This is a 1 player only game and it costs 500 DSi Points. this is a Tennis game were you create your player and build them up to become a tennis pro.


Flips: Terror in Cubicle Four
This is a 1 player only game that costs 500 DSi Points. this is a story from the Flips series.


Press Release

The number 10 can mean a lot of things: perfection, loud volume or, in the case of this week's downloadable game lineup, the return of a true gaming icon. Fans will thrill to see the legendary blue bomber landing on their Wii™ console with the arrival of Mega Man™ 10 for the WiiWare™ service. Elsewhere, players can test their skill at tossing darts, bashing moles, conquering the tennis court or tackling exotic golf courses. Whether you're stocking up on living room-ready titles for your Wii console or grabbing on-the-go games via the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, March is off to a truly magnificent start.

WiiWare

Mega Man 10
Publisher: Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Fans of all ages can enjoy the newest entry in this historic 8-bit franchise. As a special service to new players, there's an Easy Mode – a first for a Mega Man game. This new feature means novices and longtime fans alike can all have a shot at making it to the end of aMega Man game. Also, you can now play as Proto Man and try Time Attack Mode from the beginning, or watch play-through videos from players all over the world.

Dart Rage
Publisher: JV Games Inc.
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Alcohol Reference
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: Grab your Wii Remote™ controller and prepare for the ultimate game of darts on your Wii console. Dart Rage features the most realistic throwing system available today. With pixel-perfect accuracy and no buttons to push, you'll be completely immersed in the game's realism. Dart Rage puts you in the spotlight as you compete against friends, the computer or both. With four great games to choose from – including 301-901, Cricket, Poker and American (Baseball) darts – Dart Rage has plenty of options to keep the game fresh. There's also a VS mode in which multiple players can compete at the same time in a race to the finish. Rock out to a sizzling soundtrack as a commentator announces your every shot.

Happy Hammerin'
Publisher: GAMEBRIDGE
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Happy Hammerin' is a party game suitable for friends and families. Compete against each other by bashing moles using the Wii Remote controller. Use the Wii Remote like a hammer and let off some steam as you frantically try to bash the moles popping up all over the screen. Play against the CPU or go head-to-head with up to four players. (Additional accessories are required for the multiplayer modes and are sold separately.) Players can challenge themselves in three different modes: Mole Adventure (1-2 players), Mole Marathon (1 player) and Party Battle (1-4 players). Mole Adventure consists of four stages with three difficulty types. The faster you bash, the more points you get. With broadband Internet access, register your scores online and compete against the best mole bashers from around the world.

Virtual Console™

FATAL FURY SPECIAL
Original platform: NEOGEO
Publisher: D4 Enterprise
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence
Price: 900 Wii Points
Description: Originally released in 1993, this fighting game pits 15 different fighters against each other. The cast includes the original eight characters from Fatal Fury 2, as well as three new characters (Billy, Axel and Laurence) and a new boss (Wolfgang). Also, three characters from the original Fatal Fury (Duck, Dan and Geese) have returned to the fight. Building on the appeal of the previous game with two-line battles, special moves and powerful finishers, this game is truly worthy of its "special" distinction. And if certain special conditions are met, special guest Ryuu Sakazaki will make an appearance.

Nintendo DSiWare

Let's Golf
Publisher: Gameloft
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Grab a club, take a swing and pray for a birdie in Let's Golf. Discover a fun-filled experience that's accessible to anyone. Choose from four customizable characters and play 45 holes in three beautiful 3-D locations: Fiji Beach, the English Countryside and the Scottish Lochs. Enjoy easy-to-learn controls that even let you blow into the microphone to add spin to your ball. Take photos with your Nintendo DSi™ system's built-in camera and add them to your personal profile. For the most fun, play Hot Seat Multiplayer with friends on a single Nintendo DSi system and see who's the best.

Globulos Party
Publisher: GlobZ
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Globulos Party is a collection of mini-games that are very simple to understand and fun to master. The 20 games are: 4-Square, Arena, Basket, Bomber, Bomber-King, Croquet, Darts, Darts-King, Soccer, Funky-Soccer, Ice Hockey, Monster, P├ętanque, Pinball, Rally, Football, Snooker, Sumo, Tic-Tac-Toe and Volley. Enjoy more than 15 hours of solo fun and nearly unlimited game play with the three multiplayer modes.

VT Tennis
Publisher: Virtual Toys
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: VT Tennis is an ace of a tennis game for the Nintendo DSi system. Using the innovative stylus and touch-screen controls, train your budding tennis star to serve, lob and smash his way to victory with precision swipes in all directions. Advance your player statistics in this fast-paced tournament of game modes, featuring Quickmatch, Tennis School and World Championship. The objective is to reach No. 1 in the world rankings. To do this, players will have to unlock courts as they compete in championships all over the world. At the start of career mode, players will find themselves in last place in the rankings. From this moment on, you must battle your way up. You can play on all types of surfaces – grass, clay, hard courts and wood – and learn the best techniques for winning each tournament on the different surfaces. Seventeen tough courts, each more difficult than the last, stand between you and your final victory.

Flips: Terror in Cubicle Four
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: There's something strange going on with the loo in cubicle four of the girls' toilet. It's spewed green goo on Stacey's shoes and almost had new boy James for lunch. Can he and his friends, Alexander and Lenny, flush out the cause of the trouble, or will the terrifying toilet plague the school with problems forever?

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, visitWii.com or NintendoDSi.com.

Nintendo Have Released Screenshots And Specifications For The USA DSi XL


Nintendo have released screenshots and the specification for the USA version of the DSi XL. The Screenshots show both the Bronze and Burgundy DSi XL's that are coming out on 28th March for $189.99.

Screenshots


Launch Date:
March 28, 2010, in the United States.

Suggested Retail Price:
$189.99.

Size (when closed):
6.339 inches (161.0 millimeters) wide, 3.598 inches (91.4 millimeters) long, 0.835 inches
(21.2 millimeters) tall

Weight
: Approximately 11.08 ounces (314 grams).

Look
: The top half is shiny, while the bottom has a matte finish for easier gripping.
Top Screen: A backlit, 4.2-inch, transmissive TFT color LCD with 256 x 192 pixel resolution and .333 mm dot pitch, capable of displaying 260,000 colors. Can be viewed from any angle. Top half opens to lock at two positions: 120 degrees and 155 degrees.

Touch Screen
: Same specs as top screen, but with a transparent analog touch screen.

Cameras
: 640 x 480 pixel resolution, 0.3 megapixels.

Brightness Adjustment
: Users can adjust the brightness of screens at five different levels. Electricity consumption will vary, depending on the software used and brightness level (the brighter the setting, the less continuous play-time capability)

Brightness
Approximated Continuous Play
1st level: 13-17 hours, 2nd level: 11-14 hours, 3rd level: 9-11 hours, 4th level: 6-8 hours, 5th level: 4-5 hours

Pre-Installed Software: The system comes with three software titles pre-installed. These include Brain Age™ Express: Math, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters and Photo Clock.

Wireless Communication
: IEEE 802.11 with enhanced security (WPA). Wireless range is 30 to 100 feet, depending on circumstances; multiple users can play multiplayer games using just one Nintendo DS or Nintendo DSi game card, depending on the software. (Note that Nintendo DS game cards are compatible in all Nintendo DS franchise systems, while Nintendo DSiWare and Nintendo DSi-enhanced games are region-specific.) Ability to connect to Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo’s wireless gaming network. Ability to download demo versions of Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi games from DS Download Stations, Nintendo Zone™, or via the Nintendo Channel of the Wii™ console.

Controls
: Touch screen, embedded microphone for voice recognition, A/B/X/Y face buttons, + Control Pad, L/R shoulder buttons, Start and Select buttons, dual cameras and volume control. The stylus is approximately 5.091 inches (129.3 millimeters).

Microphone
: Located at the center of the unit, which allows it to pick up spoken commands regardless of how the Nintendo DSi XL is positioned.

LED Lights
: Visible even when the Nintendo DSi XL unit is closed. Three lights indicate if wireless communication function is on or off, whether the battery is being recharged and how much battery life is left before it needs to be recharged.

Input/Output
: Ports for Nintendo DSi game cards, Nintendo DS game cards, an SD memory card, an A/C adaptor and stereo headphones and a microphone.

Other Features
: Embedded PictoChat™ software allows one user to draw pictures, or up to 16 users within local range of one another to chat at once; embedded real-time clock; date, time and alarm; touch-screen calibration.

Sound
: Stereo speakers providing virtual surround sound, depending on the software.

Battery
: Lithium ion battery delivering four to 17 hours of play on a 3-hour charge, depending on use; power-saving sleep mode; AC adapter.

Languages
: English, French, Spanish.

Parental Control:
An easy-to-use option that allows parents or guardians to manage access to Nintendo DSi exclusive and compatible software based on the ESRB rating, PictoChat, DS Download Play, Nintendo DSi Browser, and certain user-created content that may be inappropriate for some members of their household. It can also help manage the use of Nintendo DSi Points in the Nintendo DSi Shop and wireless exchange of photo data. Nintendo DSi Parental Controls are not compatible with existing Nintendo DS software.


Nintendo Have Released New Screenshots For Sin and Punishment: Star Successor

Nintendo have released new screenshots for Sin and Punishment: Star Successor. These are in-game screenshots that show in-game action from both of the games characters. the screenshots are from many different stages and show a range of gameplay in the game. Nintendo has also released some character art for each of the characters which is also included.

Sin and Punishment: Star Successor


Game Information

Legendary Developer Delivers Non-Stop Arcade Shooter Action to Wii with Cult Classic
Take aim and blast your way through a post-apocalyptic world packed with nonstop arcade shooter action. Sin and Punishment™: Star Successor is the long-awaited sequel to the Japanese Nintendo 64™ cult-classic. This series debut in North America delivers an intense, adrenaline-soaked thrill ride that never lets up from start to finish as Isa and Kachi go on the run and on the defensive, shooting everything as a host of enemies try to hunt them down. Sin & Punishment: Star Successorbrings a one of a kind shooter gameplay created by the undisputed masters of the genre.

FEATURES:
Players can take to the skies with a jetpack or hovering skateboard-like device to dodge enemy attacks or get a better lock on their targets. Get an extra bonus for staying grounded while avoiding injury. Various stages require understanding intricate patterns as players’ characters side-scroll, race on vehicles or zip in every direction through a devastated post apocalyptic world. Players can fire at targets in the distance or for close-range targets use sword attacks.

The precision pointing abilities of the Wii Remote™ controller make targeting enemies a snap. Players have the option of controlling their characters using the Wii Remote-Nunchuk combination, the Classic Controller, the Classic Controller Pro™, Nintendo Gamecube™ controller or the Wii Zapper™.

Choose from two playable characters with unique combat abilities.
It’s all about the score multiplier. The better a player’s skills, the more multiplier points are earned, and the higher the overall score. Players will want to play the game again and again to beat their personal best on each level.

Created by TREASURE, the developers behindIkaruga, Radiant Silvergun and Gunstar Heroes, the game pushes the boundaries of the shooter genre with horders of enemies, massive bosses and explosive graphics.

Endless waves of enemies got you down? A second player can join the fight to dish out twice the punishment.

An online international leaderboard lets players see how their scores stack up against players from other countries. Players will play again and again, and try to unlock even more points by figuring out and performing coin and medal-achieving tricks, in order to get an international-caliber score.

Nintendo Have Released New Screenshots For Super Mario Galaxy 2


Nintendo have released new screenshots for Super Mario Galaxy 2. These screenshots are in-game and show in-game action from several levels in the game including the game world menu screen. Mario And Yoshi are both shown in the screenshots.

Super Mario Galaxy 2


Game Information

Mario Blasts Off for another Out-of-This-World Adventure
In 2007, Super Mario Galaxy took the world of video games by storm. Now this first true Mario™ sequel in years re-energizes the franchise with new levels and new power-ups. Plus this time Mario gets to team up with his dinosaur buddy Yoshi™, who adds new possibilities to the gravity-defying game play. It's everything you love about the first game and more.

FEATURES:
Mario collects stars as he travels from galaxy to galaxy. Every level is new, but the game retains the charm, sense of wonder and beauty in line with Mario's history. Mario works his way through the various levels, sometimes upside-down, sometimes floating from place to place.

On some stages, Mario can find an egg, smash it open and hop onto the back of Yoshi. Yoshi can use his tongue to grab items and shoot them back at enemies, or to snag attach points and swing across chasms.

Yoshi has an interesting diet. When he eats a Dash Pepper, he gets so hot and frenzied he can run up steep inclines and vertical walls. When he eats a Blimp Fruit, he inflates like a balloon and floats to new heights.

New power-ups include a drill that Mario uses to tunnel through the planet's surface all the way to the other side of a planet.

Skilled players will want to collect new Comet Metals, which will unlock harder levels with even more challenges.

Nintendo Have Released New Screenshots For FlingSmash

Nintendo have released new screenshots for the upcoming Nintendo Wii game, FlingSmash. These screenshots are in-game and show in-game action from a few of the stages in the game.

FlingSmash


Game Information

Introducing a New Spherical Smash-Hit Hero
FlingSmash™ combines the hands-on fun of tennis with the nonstop action and instant gratification of pinball. When the tropical Suthon Island is invaded by the evil Omminus, the ball-shaped hero, Zip, is summoned to save the day. Using the Wii Remote™ controller with the Wii MotionPlus™ accessory, you'll fling Zip at targets to smash your way across eight colorful worlds. Use the Wii Remote like a racket and watch Zip bounce around like a pinball to smash through oncoming barriers and enemies in this action-sidescroller.

FEATURES:
Attach the Wii MotionPlus accessory to your Wii Remote controller to precisely fling and smash your way through enemies and past barriers with a fun combination of racket motions and pinball gameplay. Hit Zip and watch as he bounces around like a pinball, smashing everything in his path.

A second player can join the action using an additional Wii Remote controller and Wii MotionPlus accessory (each sold separately) to control Zip's friend, Pip.
During the game, Zip and Pip travel through eight fast-action side-scrolling worlds, each culminating in a boss battle. Each level offers a unique challenge as Zip might be shrunk down, fattened up or turned into a heavy steel ball. Other levels turn the action on its head to scroll vertically instead of horizontally.

The vividly colored worlds include sandy beaches, lush tropical treetops and even underwater grottos.

FlingSmash has eight unlockable mini-games and eight extra levels – all playable by one or two players.

For left-handed players, the game will flip and position Zip on the left side of the screen.

Nintendo Have Released New Screenshots For Picross 3D On The Nintendo DS

Nintendo have released new screenshots for the western version of Picross 3D. these screenshots are in-game and show in-game action from a couple of game modes. The boxart for the game has also been included.

Picross 3D


Game Information

Use Logic to Reveal the Sculptures in the Puzzles

Based on the international smash-hit Picross puzzle phenomenon, Picross 3D™ takes the mind-bending fun into the next dimension. Blending the logical challenge of a number-based puzzle with the excitement of discovering the hidden objects, this game is easy to pick up, but hard to put down.

FEATURES:
Players start with a solid block of cubes marked with numbers. Each block contains a hidden object. Each number represents the number of blocks in that row that are part of the hidden object. If a row of six blocks is marked with the number five, one of those blocks must be eliminated. But which one? Players must deduce the answer based on the number clues marked on adjacent rows and columns.

Once all the appropriate blocks have been chipped away, a fun object will be revealed. There are more than 350 unique puzzles to solve and objects to discover in the game.

Picross 3D lets players create their own customized puzzles. Players can either share their creations with other Picross 3D players via a local wireless connection or use their broadband Internet connection and Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to submit their puzzles into a monthly themed puzzle challenge. Winners will have their puzzles featured in free weekly downloads available to all Picross 3Dplayers for a limited time after the game is launched.

Additional brain teasing puzzles will be made available throughout the year in themed puzzle packs via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

If multiple people want to play Picross 3D, game owners can also send a sample puzzle to others via DS Download Play without the need of a second game card.

Sony has confirmed that a bug has effected the Clock in the "Fat" Playstation 3 consoles.


Sony has confirmed that a bug has effected the Clock in the "Fat" Playstation 3 consoles. Sony say they hope to have the issue fixed in the next 24 hours but do advise people not to use the non-Slim Playstation 3 consoles until a fix has been released

Known Errors include:
  • The date of the PS3 system may be re-set to Jan 1, 2000.
  • When the user tries to sign-in to the PlayStation Network, the following message appears on the screen; “An error has occurred. You have been signed out of PlayStation Network (8001050F)”.
  • When the user tries to launch a game, the following error message appears on the screen and the trophy data may disappear; “Failed to install trophies. Please exit your game.”
  • When the user tries to set the time and date of the system via the Internet, the following message appears on the screen; “The current date and time could not be obtained. (8001050F)”
  • Users are not able to playback certain rental video downloaded from the PlayStation Store before the expiration date.

From EU Playstation Blog


EA Have Revealed The Boxart For Skate 3

EA Have revealed the boxart for Skate 3. the Boxart also shows that the game has a rating of 16.

Skate 3 Boxart



A Bug Has Hit Original "Fat" Playstation 3's WorldWide


Original "Fat", Pre Slim Models, Playstation 3 Consoles around the world have reportedly been hit by a bug. initially, it was suspected that the PSN was down and the focus was on fixing this. However, a wider issue soon became apparent. It now appears that this is not a issue with the PSN, rather its a issue with the old "Fat" PS3 consoles.


its being reported throughout the internet that the issue started when the 28th February went to 1st March. its now suspected, by many, that the issue is a calender bug that has reverted the calender on the PS3 to 2000.

This Bug is reportedly affected more than Retail PS3 consoles. its been reported that Debug units have also got this bug. Debug units are used by game developers to test their games on a PS3 console as well as Major game sites who review non-retail versions of games. Its reported that these units are currently unusable.

The Official USA and EU Playstation Blogs offer no fixes but do say that they are working on a fix. they recommend that people follow the USA or EU Twitter feeds to keep up to date with any news on the issue. at present its recommended that Playstation 3 owners with a "Fat" Unit do not turn them on until a fix is found.

QTE Gamers will report when a fix is found.


Audio Re-Cap of The Weekends News (oldest to newest)

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Re-Cap of The Weekends News (oldest to newest)

  • QTE Blog: Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest) http://ow.ly/16FZNS

  • QTE Blog: Audio Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest) http://ow.ly/16G0GZ

  • iPhone: Rayman 2 The Great Escape, the N64 game, is being ported by Ubisoft. its out 1st March http://ow.ly/1bWsJ

  • iPad: its rumoured that the iPad will cost £389 for the 16gb wifi model, 32gb Wifi £439, and 64GB wifi £489 http://ow.ly/1bWzB

  • PS3: Court dismisses a disabled gamers suit against Sony. Sony not liable for violating title 3 of USA Disabilities act http://ow.ly/1bWB7

  • PS3: Sony has said that existing PS3 titles will get Motion Controls patched in. http://ow.ly/1bWDa

  • DS: Nintendo have trademarked Last Window in Europe. it is the sequel to Hotel Dusk http://ow.ly/1bWEI

  • DS: The Mega Man Zero Collection has been delayed in Japan. no new release date has been given http://ow.ly/1bWFE

  • 360: Death Smiles II has a Japan release date of 27th May. its a port of the arcade shooter http://ow.ly/1bXBF

  • NES: Factory sealed NTSC copy of Stadium Events has sold for $41.300 on ebay. http://ow.ly/1bXCA

  • PS3: Sega have announced that Yakuza 4 demo will come out in Japan 4th March. it's 1.7GB http://ow.ly/1bXD4

  • QTE Blog: Sega Have Released A Launch Trailer For Napoleon Total War http://ow.ly/16G4Cr

  • QTE Blog: Sega Have Released A New Gameplay Trailer For Infinite Space On The Nintendo DS http://ow.ly/16G4Cq

  • QTE Blog: Sony Online Entertainment Have Released New Screenshots For DC Universe http://ow.ly/16G5rZ

  • QTE Blog: EA Have Released A New Screenshots And A Developer Diary For Skate 3 http://ow.ly/16G5rY

  • QTE Blog: Square Enix Europe Announce A Just Cause 2 Demo Is Coming 4th March http://ow.ly/16G6mp

  • PS3: New Line Cinema has the rights to turn Heavy Rain into a movie. they got the copyright before the 2006 E3 reveal http://ow.ly/1c9iF

  • PS2: A Teen who got banned from SOCOM US Navy Seals has admitted to crashing the Playstation website for 11 days http://ow.ly/1c9jo

  • DSiXL: A Distributor magazine details the DSi XL price in the UK as £159.99. thats £10 more than a DSi http://ow.ly/1c9kO

  • PSP: The official Dead Or Alive Paradise website has gone live, reveals the game is coming out in Europe on 2nd April http://ow.ly/1c9ln

  • 360: Its reported that when Natal is launched, Microsoft will go for celebrity endorsements. http://ow.ly/1c9mc

  • The ESRB has rated Sonic The Hedgehog 4. game details revealed. mechanical arch nemesis mentioned. http://ow.ly/1c9n4

  • QTE Blog: What Have You Played This Week? http://ow.ly/16GugO

  • QTE Blog: QTE Tweets Of The Week http://ow.ly/16Gwcx