Friday, July 16, 2010

This Weeks UK WiiWare, DSiWare, And Virtual Console Releases

Nintendo UK have revealed the games coming out today on WiiWare and DSiWare. there are no Virtual Console releases this week, but in all there are 6 games released, 2 on WiiWare and 4 on DSiWare. i have added screenshots to the games where i could, but Nintendo do have a gameplay video of the games coming out today at the link at the bottom of the page.


Pearl Harbor Trilogy - 1941: Red Sun Rising

Kung Fu Funk


3D Space Tank

4 TRAVELLERS - Play French

5 in 1 Solitaire

Soul of Darkness

From Nintendo UK

2K Games Detail Exclusive Playstation 3 DLC For Mafia 2 And Future DLC

2K Games have detailed the upcoming DLC for Mafia 2. The Playstation 3 gets 1 exclusive piece of DLC, The Betrayal of Jimmy, that will be released the day the game is released and will be free for people who buy the game new. If you buy Mafia 2 used, The Betrayal Of Jimmy can be bought for $9.99. the second piece of DLC, Jimmy's Vendetta, will come to both the Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and PC soon after the game has been released, a price for it will be announced later.

The Betrayal Of Jimmy changes the games point of view. in this DLC, you play as Jimmy. Jimmy is a mercenary, a guy you call to finish a job. In the DLC, you will drive and shoot through Empire Bay and complete missions. More missions become available as you progress, with missions ranging from Assassinations and timed vehicle missions. points can be gained through kill shots and power slides, with top scores being uploaded to a leaderboard.

Jimmy's Vendetta adds more missions for Jimmy as well as new locations. Jimmy will be cleaning up other peoples messes. there will be leaderboards for the DLC, but more details, pricing, and a firm release date will come at a later date.

The Betrayal of Jimmy Artwork

Press Release

New York, NY - July 16, 2010 - 2K Games announced today the first two action-infused downloadable content packs for its upcoming epic action crime game, Mafia® II. The Betrayal of Jimmy* will be available as a free download on the day the game launches exclusively for players worldwide who purchase a new copy of Mafia II for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. The second DLC pack, Jimmy's Vendetta*, will be available soon after the launch of Mafia II and will offer players a different arcade style of gameplay with new missions and leaderboard competition on the PlayStation 3 system, Xbox 360TM video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC. Get ready for a wild ride with guns blazing through Empire Bay.

The Betrayal of Jimmy downloadable content, available exclusively for the PlayStation 3 system, will be accessible for free with voucher codes included with each new PlayStation 3 system copy of the game, or purchasable beginning on the day of Mafia II's launch through the PlayStation®Network for $9.99.

The Betrayal of Jimmy will take players into an alternate perspective of the mob through the eyes of Jimmy, a mercenary. Jimmy is the guy the other guys call when they need to finish the job. The Betrayal of Jimmy features dozens of intense newly created arcade-style, city-based missions that keep Jimmy driving, shooting and rampaging through Empire Bay. Missions will unlock as they progress, activating a slew of assassination and timed vehicle missions ending in dramatic shootouts and explosive car chases. Players will rack up points for performance, power slides, and skill shots. The scores will be immediately posted to the new leaderboard system, providing extensive re-playability, as players work to rise to the top of the ranks. Get to know Empire Bay - the executioner's way.

In Jimmy's Vendetta, which will be available for PlayStation 3 system, Xbox 360 and PC, players will get their hands dirty helping Jimmy clean up other people's messes. New city-based missions and locales will give players many new reasons to head back to Empire Bay. Jimmy's Vendetta will offer more replay action and allow players to outrank friends as they rise to the top of the leaderboard. Details on pricing and availability for Jimmy's Vendetta will be revealed at a later date.

Through a compelling narrative, Mafia II transports gamers into the dark and unforgiving world of the Mafia. The fiction is embellished by a sophisticated, era-evoking atmosphere that meticulously replicates the clothing, cars, music and advertising of 1940's and 1950's Americana. Players will easily become immersed in the game's cinematic Hollywood-style experience with strong, believable characters in a living, breathing metropolis. By fusing action-packed gameplay with white-knuckle driving and an epic gangster story, Mafia II looks to be the industry's most compelling Mafia title to-date.

Mafia II is developed by 2K Czech, the same creative team behind the award-winning, genre-defining Mafia®, which captivated millions of gamers around the world. A consumer demo will be available for download in early August for all three platforms. Mafia II is rated M for Mature by the ESRB and will be available in North America on August 24, 2010 and internationally beginning August 27, 2010.

For more information on Mafia II, please For more information about North American and international retailers please visit the Mafia II

2K Games is a division of 2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO).

*Standalone Mafia II product required to operate.

EA Have Released A New Video For NBA Elite 11 Detailing Movement In The Game

EA Have released a new video for NBA Elite 11. This video focuses on movement in the game. the video stars Basketball players, Kevin Durant, Brandon Jennings, and Stephen Curry, and they talk about how Movement is important in Basketball and how movement feels in NBA Elite 11. This video features alot of in-game action, and to highlight the movement, the video also shows how the analogue sticks are being used to pull of certain moves.

Capcom Announce Mega Man Universe For The Playstation 3 And Xbox 360

Capcom have announced Mega Man Universe for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. Capcom have announced that Mega Man Universe will "break the mold and challenge the conventional wisdom of what a Mega Man game can be." Not much has been revealed about the game, but a Trailer has been released on GameSpot. Its unclear, from the trailer, what game Mega Man Universe is and the introduction of Street Fighters Ryu, and a few other characters, only adds to the confusion.

My guess is Mega Man Universe could either be a Little Big Planet style game, more in the create and sharing of Mega Man Levels, with guest appearances from Capcom characters. Or it could be like Super Mario Crossover, A Mega Man game/world that can be played with Mega Man characters as well as other Capcom characters.

Press Release

London – July 16, 2010 — Capcom ® a leading worldwide developer and publisher of video games, today announced that Mega Man UniverseTM is coming to Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network and PlayStation®Store. Mega Man Universe, the latest entry in Capcom’s long-running Mega ManTMseries, will be a revolutionary take on the seminal classic, setting course for a new chapter in classic gaming.

Mega Man games are beloved by fans all over the world. Since their debut in 1987, Mega Man has remained a videogame icon, having starred in more than 140 titles over the last 22 years. The connection he’s made with pop culture at large has extended beyond games and into cartoons, toys, clothing, comics, kid’s meals, and more. Part of that popularity is driven by the series’ ability to evolve over time yet consistently retain the addictive gameplay experience that sets Mega Man games apart.

For the next chapter in this legacy of excellence, Capcom aims to deliver the most creative Mega Man experience yet. In Mega Man Universe, imagination is the star of the game.

“We are thrilled to finally be able to announce Mega Man Universe,” said Kenji Inafune, Head of Research and Development Management for Capcom Entertainment. “This game will break the mold and challenge the conventional wisdom of what a Mega Man game can be. When fans finally get to see it, I believe they’ll envision their most far-out Mega Man dreams coming true.”

Inafune is committed to helping craft a Mega Man experience that meets the highest expectations of Capcom fans. Most recently Mega ManTM 10 echoed this fact when its classic design and compelling gameplay made it one of the most sought after digital downloads of the year. Gamers can expect Mega Man Universe to bring the core experience fans want while delivering on the promise of innovation that Capcom is known for. Its official: classic gaming will never be same again.

Black Bean Have Released New Screenshots And A Behind The Scenes Video For WRC

Black Bean have released new screenshots and a Behind The Scenes video for WRC. The first couple of screenshots are from in-game action, revealing how the games HUD looks. the HUD is fairly Minimal, with speed and car condition on the bottom right, current lap time top right, you position in the track on the left, and the upcoming direction changes above the car in the middle. The rest of the screenshots are in-game but they don't have a HUD. they do show 3 types of circuits, snow, desert, and a muddy town, and how each of the different environments effects the look of the car with stuff like mud.

The behind the scenes Video has many developers, who are working on the game, talking about what they have been doing to make the game as good and authentic as they could, whilst also trying to explain how they've had to improve on their own technology as this game is very different from anything they've worked on before. the video is split into sections, with developers talking about their area of work. it starts of with the games lead designer, then its the physics lead designer, he's followed by the games director, the art director, and the games track artist. some in-game gameplay is shown during the video, but they also show video from tools the teams use to measure physics, to build tracks, and more. its a very indepth and honest look into how they are making WRC.


Chillingo Announce Angry Birds Fans Can Win A 32GB iPod Touch and $100 iTunes Gift Card In The "Angry Birds Squawk Contest."

Chillingo are inviting fans of the iPhone game, Angry Birds, to create a new Angry Birds Squawk they'd like included in a future update. the winning entry will be included in the game and will and the person who submitted the entry will win a 32GB iPod touch and $100 iTunes gift card. The Contest runs from Now until 31st July.

To Enter this competition, follow the following instructions:
  • Create a YouTube video of a new Angry Birds Squawk that you’d like to see in a future update for the game.
  • Subscribe to Chillingo’s YouTube channel
  • Post the YouTube link of your video onto Chillingo’s Facebook wall
  • Be sure to “Like” Chillingo’s Facebook page!
  • You can enter as many videos as you like.
The winner will be announced on 6th August 2010.

Press Release

San Francisco, CA. – July 15, 2010 – Leading downloadable game publisher, Chillingo, today announced its "Angry Birds Squawk Contest." With more than 5 million copies sold in six months, Angry Birds is the fastest selling iPhone game to date and continues to lead the Top 10 charts on App Stores worldwide. To celebrate the success, Chillingo welcomes everyone to participate in the squawk contest to win a 32GB iPod touch and $100 iTunes gift card!

Chillingo’s Angry Birds Squawk Contest Instructions:

*Create a YouTube video of a new Angry Birds Squawk that you’d like to see in a future update for the game.
*Subscribe to Chillingo’s YouTube channel
*Post the YouTube link of your video onto Chillingo’s Facebook wall
*Be sure to “Like” Chillingo’s Facebook page!
*You can enter as many videos as you like.
*Contest starts NOW and ENDS on July 31, 2010
*The winner will be announced on August 6, 2010 and receive a 32GB iPod touch and $100 iTunes gift card.

Additional information about Angry Birds can be found at: and

Sony Online Entertainment Announce They Are Offering Free Realms Lifetime Memberships For $29.99 For A Limited Time

Sony Online Entertainment have announced that they are offering, for a limited time only, lifetime memberships to Free Realms. From Today, 16th July 12PM PDT, until 2nd August 12 PM PDT, you will be able to purchase a lifetime membership for only $29.99. Players who are currently monthly subscribers, you can still buy the lifetime membership and it'll activate once your current membership term is complete.

Press Release

LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP: Play Free RealmsTM for the life of the game and never worry about a lapse in membership again! For a limited time only, the family-friendly virtual world is offering lifetime memberships. From Friday, July 16 at 12p.m. PDT through Monday, August 2, 12 p.m. PDT, players can purchase a lifetime membership for only $29.99. For current monthly subscribers who wish to take advantage of this promotion, the lifetime membership would activate once their current membership term is complete. Play a wide variety of completely integrated minigames, pick up a quest, decorate your house or explore the terrain on the back of your T-Rex Ride, without ever worrying about membership dues again!

DAILY ACTIVITIES: To ensure there is always something new and exciting for players to do, Free Realms is implementing daily activities. Available to all players, these daily activities always yield a reward. In “Rob Robbie,” the first of the daily activities, players who login and complete the quest for six days in a row will earn a more valuable prize on their seventh login. More daily activities will be added soon!

WHEN: Lifetime memberships will only be available Friday, July 16 at 12p.m. PDT through Monday, August 2, 12 p.m. PDT. Accounts must be maintained in good standing and SOE does not ensure continuous or error-free access, use or availability of any game content, feature, gameplay or server and may change, modify, disable, suspend, or remove any such content, feature, gameplay or server at its sole discretion. Daily activities are now live.

For more information, visit

About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold LegendsTM, PlanetSide®, and Star Wars Galaxies, as well as the recent kids’ phenomenon Free RealmsTM, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, Denver, CO, and Tucson, AZ, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development across various platforms and genres for audiences of all ages.

SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest, PlanetSide, and Legends of Norrath are registered trademarks and Untold Legends are trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners. All rights reserved.

Nintendo Announce Super Mario Galaxy 2 Has Sold Over 1 Million Units In The USA

Nintendo have announced that Super Mario Galaxy 2 has now sold over 1 Million units in just the USA, with an estimated 1.1 Million units currently sold. NPD has reported that 548,000 units were sold in June.

Nintendo have revealed other NPD numbers, the Nintendo Systems sold 933.000 in June, 50% of all hardware sold in the USA in June. The Nintendo DS family sold 510.000 whilst the Wii sold 422.000.

Press Release

In the month of June, U.S. sales of Nintendo's Super Mario Galaxy™ 2 for the Wii™ system reached 548,000 units, according to the independent NPD Group, bringing the game's cumulative nationwide sales to more than 1.1 million units. Also in June, Nintendo systems sold a combined 933,000 units, accounting for 50 percent of all gaming hardware units sold in the United States. The Nintendo DS™ family of hand-held systems topped the charts with more than 510,000 units sold, bringing life-to-date unit sales to nearly 42 million. Wii system sales totaled more than 422,000, closing in on a cumulative milestone of 30 million units sold in the United States alone.

"Consumers continue to look to Nintendo for exceptional value and one-of-a-kind gaming experiences," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Between games like Super Mario Galaxy 2, the pioneering motion controls of the Wii system and the portable fun of Nintendo DS systems, Nintendo offers something for everyone. As we prepare to launch a remarkable lineup of new games in the second half of the year, we are grateful that consumers are supporting Nintendo consoles to continue their run as the nation's most popular game systems."

Six of the top 10 best-selling games of June play on Nintendo systems. These include Super Mario Galaxy 2 for Wii at No. 2 with more than 548,000 sold, New Super Mario Bros.™ Wii at No. 4 with more than 200,000 sold, Just Dance™ for Wii at No. 5 with nearly 175,000 sold, Toy Story 3: The Video Game for Nintendo DS at No. 6 with more than 164,000 sold, Wii Fit™ Pluswith the Wii Balance Board accessory at No. 7 with more than 148,000 sold and LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 1-4 for Wii at No. 9 with more than 136,000 sold.

Hudson Announce They Are Bringing Beyblade Metal Fusion: Battle Fortress To The Wii This Holiday

Hudson have announced they are releasing a game based on Beyblade Metal Fusion. Beyblade Metal Fusion: Battle Fortress is set to come out on the Nintendo Wii this holiday, Christmas period. Hudson have also released new screenshots for the game. these screenshots are in-game and appear to show Quick Time Event moments from the game. The game features characters from the show as well as a unique story that exclusive to the game.

The story of Beyblade Metal Fusion: Battle Fortress is that the best Beybladers have been sucked into a giant fortress. they have to battle robot Bladers and discover the mystery behind their abduction. Beyblade Metal Fusion: Battle Fortress features 4 player battles, in "Battle Mode", were you can face off against either 3 AI players or 3 Human players. You are able to save your customised Blade to your WiiMote and then take your WiiMote to a friends house and play with your own Blade.


Press Release

SAN MATEO, CA – July 15, 2010 – Fans of the hit animated action TV series BEYBLADE: Metal Fusionwill not have to wait long for their chance to be recognized among the top Beyblading champions from the show. Hudson Entertainment, the North and South American subsidiary of HUDSON SOFT, will bring BEYBLADE: Metal Fusion – Battle Fortress to WiiTM this holiday season along with BEYBLADE: Metal Fusion for the Nintendo DSTM family of hand-held systems.

The action is more thrilling than ever with BEYBLADE: Metal Fusion – Battle Fortress for Wii. The game features a complete game-specific story with the original characters from the show. Players find themselves in the midst of a disappearance of the world’s most powerful Beybladers. Sucked into a giant fortress, players must battle robot bladers and discover the mystery behind the abduction.

BEYBLADE: Metal Fusion – Battle Fortress is equipped with four-player “Battle Mode” competition allowing players to face off against three other human or AI controlled enemies, or play co-operatively with allies. By using the Wii RemoteTM, players can save and carry the blades created to friends’ houses for competition. With customizable stadiums, players can choose from a variety of terrains and shapes for battle. Players will also have the chance to become the No. 1 Beyblader by utilizing special attacks and winning strategies. The television series from Nelvana and d-rights Inc. launched in Canada in May 2010 on YTV and debuted in the United States on Cartoon Network in June.

BEYBLADE: Metal Fusion – Battle Fortress andBEYBLADE: Metal Fusion will be shown at San Diego Comic-Con International from July 22-25, 2010 alongside Konami Digital Entertainment titles in Booth 3713.

For more information on BEYBLADE as well as other titles from Hudson Entertainment, please

Hudson Entertainment is the North and South American subsidiary of Hudson Soft, an international provider of games and entertainment content founded in 1973. Hudson Entertainment focuses on three key businesses: console retail games, digital download content, and music. Hudson introduced best-selling videogame franchises including Bomberman, Bonk, Military Madness and Deca Sports. Through numerous partnerships with record labels, Hudson has become a leading provider of digital music and video content. For more information on Hudson Entertainment, please

About Corus Entertainment Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising services, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. The company’s multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Sundance Channel (Canada), Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CFOX, CKOI, 98,5 FM, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web

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Hit X: The News Recapping Podcast For Thursday 15th July

This is all the news from Thursday 15th July.

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The Re-Cap: News From QTE Gamers From Thursday 15th July

  • QTE Blog: Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)
  • QTE Blog: Hit X: The News Recapping Podcast For Wednesday 14th July
  • Rockstar San Diego confirm around 40 employees have been let go from the studio that made Red Dead Redemption
  • Tim Schafer describes his outburst yesterday about Bobby Kotick as "an accident" and "I need to keep my mouth shut,"
  • PS3: A Best Buy Employee has found a hidden Madden 11 PS3 Bundle mentioned in Best Buy's Database
  • All future patches for Aliens vs. Predator are cancelled, PS3/360 patches being worked on have also been scrapped
  • Gamefly have Spiderman Shattered Dimensions Boxart, revealing final Spiderman. Fans suggest he's from Secret Wars
  • 3DS: BioWare's Dr. Greg Zeschuk says he's "blown away" by the 3DS, says they could do a game for it
  • PS3: nDreams' Patrick O'Luanaigh says Playstation Home could be next big Gaming Platform, discusses its potential
  • Abe Mudokon, from the Oddworld games, tweets. he's announced something's going to be revealed in around 48 hours
  • City Interactive patch the PC version of Sniper: Ghost Warrior, 360 coming soon. AI, Multiplayer, Optimisations + more
  • QTE Blog: PopCap Announce Zuma Blitz Is Coming Next Month To Facebook
  • PS3: Joystiq have a walk through video of Hulu Plus, showing its main features and how to use it
  • Double Fine announce they are working on 4 games. all 4 have publishers. some are retail, some are Downloadable
  • QTE Blog: Activision Reveal The Artists In DJ Hero 2 And Announce The Game Has Over 80 Tracks
  • 360: Lionhead announce that Fable III will contain more than 47 hours of recorded speech, Fable II only had 36 Hours
  • PS3: FirstPlay accidentally said Killzone 3 has 4 player Co-Op, it doesn't, its rumor. they Apologise for this mistake
  • QTE Blog: Microsoft Announce 1 vs 100 Will Not Be Returning For A 3rd Season
  • Codemasters' Rod Cousens Suggests companies release unfinished games, users Microtransaction elements of full game
  • Zombie Studios announce they are already working on Blacklight: Tango Down 2, coming Summer 2011. original gets no DLC
  • QTE Blog: OG International Have Released New Screenshots For John Daly's ProStroke Golf
  • 360: Kinect doesn't work with people lying down. game companies have to create a work around themselves
  • Rocksteady Say Batman Arkham Asylum Detective Mode was too strong, it'll be toned down/more Augmented Reality in Sequel
  • QTE Blog: Nintendo Have Released A New Gameplay Video For Sin & Punishment: Star Successor
  • Wii: No More Heroes 2 has a Japanese release date of 21st October. "Hoppers Edition" comes with Soundtrack + DVD Re-cap
  • iPhone: iOS 4.01 is out now, iPad update 3.2.1 is also out now
  • Sony Online Entertainment announce they have laid off 35 employees. the cuts "better align the company's resources..."
  • PS3: Its reported/rumoured that 3D On the PS3 is capped at 720p
  • Changes to the UK games ratings won't happen until 1st April 2011, Digital Economy Act cited for the delay
  • A teaser video has been found for a Russian 1908 Assassins Creed Comic. it has some connection to the Tunguska Event
  • Yoichi Wada admits Square Enix is finding it “difficult to determine” the direction the Final Fantasy Series should take
  • PS3: Sony has filed a patent for 2 player split screen 3d, with each player seeing a different image
  • PS3: A Recent Live chat with Minis Developers reveals that some Minis Developers are asking for Trophies on PS3