Monday, July 12, 2010

Funcom Have Released New Screenshots, Character Art, A Trailer, And A Fact Sheet For Bloodline Champions

Funcom have released new screenshots, character artwork, a trailer, and a fact sheet for their upcoming PC game, Bloodline Champions. The trailer for the game uses in-game footage to show many of the games aspects, as well as levels and characters. The trailer finishes with a reminder that people can still sign up for the Bloodline Beta at The screenshots focus more on a few of the games arenas, providing a birds eye view on each each of them.


Character Artwork

Fact Sheet

Bloodline Champions represents the next generation of arena-based multiplayer games.
Offering fun and fast-paced action, Bloodline Champions provides a challenge for both casual and hardcore gamers. Battle it out with thousands of other players from all over the world and master your bloodlines in the quest to become the ultimate champion! Currently in public beta testing, Bloodline Champions has already been embraced by thousands of gamers and has quickly gained momentum in the online gaming communities.

Bloodline Champions is being developed by Stunlock Studios, a Swedish game developer
founded in 2008 by a small group of likeminded students at the University of Skövde.
With a common interest in gaming, they took it upon themselves to create an intense and competitive gaming experience that would cater to both casual and hardcore gamers. In 2010 Funcom signed on as publisher for Bloodline Champions, and the company will be working closely with Stunlock Studios in realizing the game's full potential.

* Experience intense, adrenaline-fueled multiplayer battles with thousands of other players. Short matches ensure you will never get stuck in a long drawn out game - great for quick bursts of fun!

* Grinding, bases, levels and gold - you'll fifind none of that here. Just pure, exciting, all-out player vs. player battles where you and your skills is all that matters!

* Choose your character from a total of twenty bloodlines, each with their own abilities and specialities. From the fire-wielding Igniter to the elusive Ranid
Assassin, each offers a unique experience!

* Easy to learn, difficult to master. Direct controls, cursor-basedaiming, focused characters and an easyto-learn interface allows you to enjoy Bloodline
Champions just minutes into your first battle!

* Thanks to a robust matchmaking system you will be off onto the fields of battle immediately after joining. Play up to five versus five battles, either with
strangers automatically matched to your level or with a team of your best friends!

* Keep an eye on your progression using an in-depth stat tracking system that allows you to review your own as well as other players' effectiveness with different
tactics, abilities and bloodlines.

* Short and intense battles, focus on player skill, and an elaborate stat-tracking system makes Bloodline Champions perfect for competitive gaming.

* Vibrant graphics, a unique art style and a superb sound design brings the world of Bloodline Champions to life as you keep yourself busy with dealing out death and destruction.

This Weeks WiiWare, DSiWare, And Virtual Console Releases

Nintendo have revealed the games coming out today in the USA on the WiiWare and DSiWare stores. there are no Virtual console games released today, but in all there 7 games coming out, 2 on WiiWare and 5 on DSiWare.


This is a 1-2 player game that costs 1,000 Wii Points. this is a fighting game where you can create your own fighting moves. you can also play online with other people via Nitnendo Wi Fi Connection.

Balloon Pop Festival
This is a 1-2 player game that costs 800 Wii Points. this is a puzzle game where you use the WiiMote to aim at the screen and link balloons together. the aim is to score as much as you can before the balloons cross a line on the bottom of the screen.


This is a 1 player only game that costs 200 DSi Points. there are no time limits, no levels, and no objectives. all you do is place pairs of tiles on a game grid, corral groups of tiles with pieces of a different colours. the surrounding tiles disappear and/or change colour, allowing chain effects and combos.

Pop Island – Paperfield
This is a 1-8 player game that costs 800 DSi Points. there are 3 islands in the game where you can play as a team and race, surf, or fly together. race for flags mode pits you to get as many flags as possible, whilst there are also capture the flag and magic shooter modes. the games runs at 60fps and also has many unlockables.

Music on: Retro Keyboard
This is a 1 player game only that costs 200 DSi Points. this app turns your DSi into an electric keyboard that also comes with sounds and rhythms from computers and consoles of the 1980's.

24/7 Solitaire
This is a 1 player game only that costs 500 DSi Points. this game has 24 variants of Solitaire, includes Freecell and Yukon. most of the games have the ability to custom that games rules.

4 TRAVELLERS – Play French
This is a 1-4 player game that costs 800 DSi Points. this is a digital board game that encourages you to learn a new language. the game is set in a foreign hotel and the goal is to acquire objects, money, and friends. there are over 240 words to learn as you play.

Press Release

This summer season is anything but lazy for Nintendo fans, thanks to hundreds of action-packed game downloads available for Wii™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems. Starting today, you can get your adrenaline pumping with Toribash™, a brawny new fighting game for the WiiWare™ service. On the Nintendo DSiWare™ service, new attractions include the adaptable puzzle fun of Primrose and the freewheeling action of Pop Island – Paperfield.

We've also got new arrivals in the "Big Name Games" section of the WarioWare™: D.I.Y.series, which features downloadable microgames from some of the industry's most talented figures. This week we have some new additions from the Treehouse, Nintendo's game localization team. New "Big Name Games" will be added every Monday through July 26, all available to download for zero Nintendo DSi Points™ to anyone with broadband Internet access and a copy of either WarioWare: D.I.Y. for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems orWarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase software for the WiiWare service. Visit the Nintendo Channel on your Wii system today to learn more about these games.


Publisher: Nabi Studios
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Toribash is an online fighting game where you make all the moves. Use precision motion controls to create any move you want – the only limit is your imagination. Manipulate your fighter's joints for maximum impact and take out your opponents with precise hits. Boost your joints for added speed and strength to hit harder, then grab your opponents and slam them to the ground. Fight online and challenge players around the world using Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection (broadband Internet access required). Want to make your own fight movies? Just jump into the replay editor. You can enter replays at any point in time and review your fight to catch that mind-blowing move you missed. When you're done, share with your buddies through WiiConnect24™.

Balloon Pop Festival
Publisher: UFO Interactive
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Balloon Pop Festival is a revolutionary puzzle game that's suitable for all ages. Point the Wii Remote™ controller at the screen to aim and link a series of balloons to create satisfying combos. Watch as the festival is beautifully animated, releasing different graphical elements to represent each month. The goal of the game is to score as much as you can before balloons cross the line on the bottom. Each festival has different graphical elements, animation and character costumes. The more you do through the festival, the more you will unlock graphics for playing other modes.

Nintendo DSiWare

Publisher: Sabarasa
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Take your time, set your own pace, establish your own goals and adapt your play style however you like. Primrose rules are easy: There are no time limits, no levels, no arbitrary objectives and no constraints. Just place pairs of tiles on a game grid and attempt to corral groups of tiles with pieces of a different color. Surrounded tiles disappear and surrounding tiles change colors, allowing chain effects to trigger combos for massive points. You can play long matches and try to keep up with increasing levels of difficulty, or just go all out on a huge single-move combo for millions of points.

Pop Island – Paperfield
Publisher: odenis studio
Players: 1-8
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Discover a fresh, fun universe with easy pick-up-and-play control themes. Join your team and race, surf or fly on three new islands. Get a maximum of flags to win in the "Race for flags" or "Capture the flag" modes. With the new "Magic Shooters" team, take control of eight land, sea and air vehicles (including tanks, hovercrafts and planes) or animals (surfing penguins, eagles and black cats). An impressive graphics engine runs fast and smooth at 60 frames per second. In Solo Mode, rack up points and unlock new playable vehicles and maps. Use DS Download Play to share Pop Island – Paperfield and compete joyfully with up to seven friends. If you own Pop Island on your Nintendo DSi system, you can get three new maps and four vehicles, including a helicopter and a submarine.

Music on: Retro Keyboard
Publisher: Abylight
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Turn your Nintendo DSi system into a full electronic keyboard with a carefully chosen selection of sounds and rhythms from the mythic computers and consoles of the 1980s. Whether you're already an expert or taking your first steps, Retro Keyboard will help you capture your inspiration wherever you are. Features include an '80s-inspired interface and a selection of keyboard, console and computer sounds from the '80s, plus rhythms inspired by the first generation video games. You can also enjoy an automatic accompaniment function with chord recognition, up to eight user-definable chords, a six-octave keyboard (two octaves visible), pitch bend function, 16 instruments, an integrated sequencer, metronome, recording and replay options.

24/7 Solitaire
Publisher: cosmigo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: 24/7 Solitaire features 24 variations of the most widely known and best-loved single-player card games including Klondike, Freecell, Spider, Pyramid, Yukon and seven versions of Peg-Solitaire. Most games have custom game play options so you can enjoy the game with your favorite rules. On-screen instructions can help you learn new Solitaire variations. Statistics are available for players who love to track their wins. Save your game status at any time. The game's style and interface have been designed for easy, intuitive operation with the stylus or the control pad. Sit back, relax and enjoy the endless challenge and fun of this Solitaire game collection.

4 TRAVELLERS™ – Play French
Publisher: AGENIUS Interactive
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Challenge your family and friends in a new digital board game while learning your first words in a new language together. Compete in a foreign hotel where the goal is to acquire objects, money and friends. Strategy and fast learning are essential. The game is suitable for players young and old, and no previous knowledge is necessary. The more you play, the more your French vocabulary increases. The game is perfect to bring on your trip, including more than 240 carefully selected words.

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, visit or

Nintendo Have Released Photographs From The Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies Launch Event

Nintendo recently held a launch event for Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies, the newly released Nintendo DS game from Square Enix. They have released photographs from this event as well as providing a caption for each of the photographs taken, you can view each caption by pressing the speech bubble icon in the Picasa viewer.


Press Release

And here is the rest REDMOND, Wash., July 12, 2010 – One of the biggest games ever to launch for the Nintendo DS™ family of systems has arrived in North America, giving U.S. consumers a chance to experience the hand-held gaming phenomenon that has already attracted more than 4.2 million players in Japan. With unique features that let players customize characters and connect with friends via a local wireless connection to take on epic adventures, DRAGON QUEST IX®: Sentinels of the Starry Skies™, developed by Square Enix Co., Ltd., gives people of all ages, backgrounds and gaming experience levels a remarkable way to combine imaginative game play and social fun.

Players begin by creating fully customized heroes to guide on their quest, choosing from different face, hair and even eye color. As they journey forth, characters are further developed and enhanced as they choose from more than 1,000 items and pieces of equipment, change jobs and abilities, and join up with new customizable companions. Using a local wireless connection, up to four players within range of each other can band together at any time to explore mysterious dungeons and tangle with fearsome monsters throughout a spellbinding world of adventure.

In addition to a wireless multiplayer mode, DRAGON QUEST IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skiesincludes an interactive Tag Mode that allows players to keep the game active even while their Nintendo DS system is stored in their pocket, purse or backpack. When two players come within range of one another, Tag Mode enables them to wirelessly – and automatically – exchange character information, customized greetings and treasure maps. These treasure maps allow players to find otherwise inaccessible dungeons called grottoes featuring special boss monsters and even rare items.

"There's no limit to the fun of DRAGON QUEST IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "The ability to create your own characters and enjoy the game with friends makes every adventure as unique as players themselves. Better yet, the Nintendo DS family of systems makes the game easy for people to enjoy anytime, anywhere."

Interacting with different characters will unfold the story and point players toward their next quest. Players might be asked to find a missing item or to defeat a monster in a particular way. All quests come with a reward, which might be anything from a rare item to a new, unlocked occupation. During their journey, players will encounter mighty monsters in fast-paced battles. The more foes players defeat, the stronger they become. Players who get the urge to upgrade their characters can visit an in-game online shop (broadband Internet access required) to acquire new items using in-game currency they have collected while playing. The selection of items changes daily. Players can also connect online to download new weekly quests for about a year from the launch of the game, each with its own challenges and rewards.

For more information about DRAGON QUEST IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies,

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.4 billion video games and more than 565 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company's website at

©2009, 2010 ARMOR PROJECT/BIRD STUDIO/LEVEL-5/SQUARE ENIX All Rights Reserved. DRAGON QUEST, SQUARE ENIX and the SQUARE ENIX logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. SENTINELS OF THE STARRY SKIES is a registered trademark or trademark of Square Enix Co., Ltd. it.

Leaked CoroCoro Scans Reveal 7 New Pokémon For Pokémon Black And White, New Characters, And Much More [Updated]

Scans from the latest CoroCoro magazine have made their way onto the internet. the magazine revealed 7 new Pokémon as well as new characters and specific features unique to each Pokémon game. The names of the Pokémon and characters are their Japanese names. no English names have been released as yet. Unfortunately, details are a bit light on many of the Pokémon and characters.
[New updated information for the Pokémon, Kibago, Koromori, and Minezumi have been released.]

Wargle is a Normal/Flying type Pokémon who's ability is Keen Eye. It learns a new Move called Free Fall. Free Fall is a 2 turn move, the first turn has Wargle picking up an enemy Pokémon whilst the second move has Wargle throwing the Pokémon to the ground.

Rankurusu is a Psychic Type Pokémon, and the green one in the picture above. one if its abilities is Magic Guard. This Pokémon is exclusive to one of the games but which one hasn't been announced yet.

Gochiruzeru's Type is currently unknown as is its abilities. is the Black and purple Pokémon in the picture above. This Pokémon is exclusive to one of the games but which one hasn't been announced yet.

Kibago is a Dragon type Pokémon whose ability is either Rivalry or Mold Breaker. It has a new attack called Double Chop which attacks an opponent twice.

Koromoriis a Psychic/Flying type Pokémon Whose abilities are either Unaware or Klutz. it knows a new attack called Heart Stomp, which can cause the opposing Pokémon to flinch.

Minezumiis Is a Normal Type Pokémon whose ability is either Run Away or Keen Eye.

Musharna, the Pokémon with smoke coming out of it in the picture, is reportedly the evolution of Munna. its also reported the Pokémon has a secret relating to something called Dream Smoke. its thought Dream Smoke is needed to upload your game save to the internet.

Makomo, the woman in the picture, is friends with Professor Araragi.

The Girl in the top picure is called Beru, whilst the guy in the bottom picture is called Cheren. They are both friends of the games main character.

The Final new character revealed is a guy called N.

These pictures show areas unique to each game. the first picture shows Black City and the second picture shows White Forest. its unknown which game each area is unique to.

The Magazine scans have also revealed that the 3 on 3 battles do have some strategy to them as setting up you Pokémon's formation will be important as it effects who gets hit.
The game also has a new feature called "Passing By," which connects your DS automatically to players near by, that lets you help other players.
"High Link" is a building which you can go to to get missions to help other players in the game.
A DSi only feature is "TV Transceiver." this allows you to chat to people who you have exchanged friend codes with, up to 4 people locally or 2 via Wifi.

From Pokebeach
Updated Information From Pokebeach

Hit X: The News Recapping Podcast For Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th July

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

  • QTE Blog: Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)
  • QTE Blog: Hit X: The News Recapping Podcast For Friday 9th July
  • Blizzard announce they are backing down over requiring forum users to post under their real name. Real ID Still coming
  • QTE Blog: This Weeks UK WiiWare, DSiWare, And Virtual Console Releases
  • Ubisoft announce the Michael Jackson game is called Michael Jackson: The Experience. PS3+360 versions have singalong
  • PC: Civ 5 has a $99.99 special edition, comes with 5 metal figurines, 176 page art book, sound track CDs, dev DVD
  • QTE Blog: Namco Bandai Announce Enslaved: Odyssey To The West Is Coming Out Across Europe On 8th October
  • Dead Rising Special edition has 12" Zombie Statue + accessories, DLC token for Theme and 360/PS3 items, not coming to USA
  • PopCap release a teaser image, 2nd August reveal coming, San Francisco Plants vs Zombies 2 setting suggested
  • QTE Blog: Namco Bandai Have Released New Screenshots For The Nintendo DS Version Of Puzzle Quest 2
  • PS3: ESRB rates Cho Aniki + others, MonkeyPaw publishing, they're Japan only PS1 Games coming to West via PS1 Classics
  • Wildstorm Comics announce they are releasing a Ratchet & Clank Comic on 8th September that'll span 6 issues
  • PSP: a version of the PS2/360 game Blazing Souls Accelate is coming to the PSP in the USA from Aksys later this year
  • 360: Crunchyroll is bringing The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, Giant Killing, and other Anime to Zune HD
  • QTE Blog: What Have You Played This Week?
  • QTE Blog: QTE Tweets Of The Week