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[computerandvideogames.com] Halo Reach details emerge. A generational leap over previous titles? computerandvideogames.com news SteelAttack
[computerandvideogames.com] Microsoft: No need for new Xbox. Not even sure if 360 is at midpoint of life yet. computerandvideogames.com news SteelAttack
[cubed3.com] Little King's Story Wii Still Selling Well The VGP GoTY award really boosted its sales cubed3.com news Iga_Bobovic
Armored Core 5 Announced From Software promises somethign different. andriasang.com news aspro
[edge-online.com] Greenburg: Natal to sell millions in 2010 MILLIONS! edge-online.com gamingeek
[computerandvideogames.com] God of War Trilogy launches end of march In Europe. For £110! computerandvideogames.com gamingeek
What We Know About Zelda Wii zeldainformer.com news Iga_Bobovic
Sin and Punishment 2 - video tour from wiifolder wiifolder.com impressions media Iga_Bobovic
[youtube.com] Street Fighter: the Movie: the Music video youtube.com media Iga_Bobovic
[gizmodo.com] Booth babe confessions gizmodo.com editorial Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Recession or Transition? Did the games business shrink in 2009 or did consumers just abandon the high street? eurogamer.net editorial Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Digital Foundry vs. 3D Gaming The techniques and challenges of stereo 3D, and the significance of PS3's firmware upgrade. eurogamer.net editorial Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Retrospective: Steel Battalion eurogamer.net impressions Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Coming Attractions: Shooters & Racing eurogamer.net editorial Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Nintendo responds to Greenpeace report Takes eco responsibilities "seriously" eurogamer.net impressions Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Ubisoft shows Conviction's split-screen eurogamer.net media Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] EA confirms Wii NBA Jam revival Exclusive and out this year. eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[computerandvideogames.com] Madworld 2 headed to Wii? computerandvideogames.com gamingeek
[computerandvideogames.com] Aliens RPG video leaked? computerandvideogames.com gamingeek
[gamasutra.com] Opinion: What went wrong? With PSP minis, DSi and WiiWare gamasutra.com gamingeek
[eurogamer.net] Eurogamer review 3D Dot game Heroes 7/10 "A one trick Pony" eurogamer.net impressions gamingeek
[eurogamer.net] Criterion scotch NFS rumours eurogamer.net gamingeek
[eurogamer.net] Fable 3 reveal next month eurogamer.net gamingeek
[gamekyo.com] RE5 Gold Edition pics gamekyo.com media gamingeek
[gamekyo.com] New God of War 3 pics gamekyo.com media gamingeek
[youtube.com] Magic Obelisk video review youtube.com impressions gamingeek
[gonintendo.com] Rumour: Criterion's NFS artwork gonintendo.com media gamingeek
[kotaku.com] Metal Gear Solid movie stalled kotaku.com gamingeek
L4Dead with Mo. Controls PC motion controls at CES 1up.com media aspro
Netflix Hearts Nintendo Talkies coming to your Wii? 1up.com aspro
Killzone 3, InFamous 2, and Resistance 3  To be announced at E3? 1up.com news aspro
[ign.com] IGN preview No More Heroes Desperate Struggle Just wow… ign.com impressions gamingeek
[gamasutra.com] Warner Bros cuts jobs Monolith and more suffer gamasutra.com gamingeek
Online Gamer Plays Monopoly Just watch break.com media Yodariquo
[computerandvideogames.com] Explosive Lost Planet 2 pics computerandvideogames.com media gamingeek
[gamekyo.com] No More Heroes Paradise trailer gamekyo.com media gamingeek
[gamekyo.com] God of War Collection trailer gamekyo.com media gamingeek
[siliconera.com] Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love - impressions siliconera.com impressions Iga_Bobovic
The Top 5 Super Mario Games associatedcontent.com editorial Iga_Bobovic
[blogspot.com] Nintendo discontinues three more Wii titles Wario Land Shake, Mario Strikers Charged, Battalion Wars 2 blogspot.com news Iga_Bobovic
[mcvuk.com] EA: Fewer games on the way in 2010 mcvuk.com news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Broken Sword for iPhone next month Director's Cut gives you extra. eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Red Ring of Death foils thief A real serial thriller. eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] GAME's GOWIII bundle costs £110 Skins! Blu-rays! Soundtracks! Art book. eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] PSP's Ace Combat Joint Assault dated Due summer with multiplayer for eight. eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Rebellion to close Derby studio Rogue Warrior dev bites the dust. eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] GT5 demo downloaded a million times Time Trial popular in Europe. eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Forza 3 AutoWeek DLC released The 10 hottest cars of 2010. eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] DOWII expansion Chaos Rising dated Chaos Marines! Level 30! Here in March. eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Phoenix Wright on WiiWare this week Europeans can play on Friday. eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Eurogamer reviews Army of Two: The 40th Day 7/10 eurogamer.net impressions Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Eurogamer Podcast launches! The VG Press gets another competitor eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[ign.com] IGN review Phoenix Wright Wiiware 6.0 " It's, essentially, a DS emulation running on the Nintendo Wii" ign.com impressions gamingeek
[computerandvideogames.com] Reggie: Zelda Wii has to be perfect Thats the message from EAD computerandvideogames.com gamingeek
Darksiders 1up review B 1up.com impressions gamingeek
[edge-online.com] Wii approaches 60 million sold edge-online.com gamingeek
[computerandvideogames.com] Hands on Medal of Honor reboot Sets itself apart from Modern Warfare? computerandvideogames.com gamingeek
[eurogamer.net] Hands on Bioshock eurogamer.net gamingeek
[destructoid.com] 10 tips for 3rd parties on Wii Because publishers suck destructoid.com gamingeek
[ign.com] Analyst NPD Preview: Nintendo Owns December ign.com impressions gamingeek
[ign.com] New Infinite Space Trailer ign.com media gamingeek
[vg247.com] Pachter sasses EA Big time "they are blaming everything on the environment" vg247.com gamingeek
[thevgpress.com] Pressroom Podcast #43 Foolz & Yoda go at it. thevgpress.com aspro
Could it be the end for endings? No. guardian.co.uk editorial Yodariquo
[gonintendo.com] Max and the Magic Marker dated for Europe 22 January gonintendo.com news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Bach: 70-80% of pubs doing Natal games MS wants third-parties "making money". eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Euro Star Trek Online open beta begins Be quick, space is limited. eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] Only bad Wii games sell badly - Bloober WiiWare dev on Capcom's "bitching". eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
[eurogamer.net] MS launches game-maker Kodu on PC Free beta hopes to attract schools. eurogamer.net news Iga_Bobovic
Japan 2009 final sales figures Nintendomination? Or PSramification? 1up.com gamingeek
FFXIII international trailer 1up.com media gamingeek
[gamesindustry.biz] Industry expects PS3 to bounce back in 2010 Wii to flounder gamesindustry.biz gamingeek
[edge-online.com] Red Dead Redemption has to sell 5 million copies Just to re-coup costs edge-online.com gamingeek
[eurogamer.net] Nintendo trademarks Wii relax in the US eurogamer.net gamingeek
Tekken 6 Online Co-Op Japan gets it. andriasang.com news aspro
GT5 Delayed? You Betcha! Delayed.  Yes. andriasang.com aspro
FF13 Deleted Content Too hot to handle, enough for a 2nd game! andriasang.com news aspro
[edge-online.com] Netflix hits wii this spring will also require an "instant-streaming" disc to access Netflix edge-online.com gamingeek
[eurogamer.net] Capcom making a Gamers game for Natal Now how about making one for Wii? eurogamer.net gamingeek
[eurogamer.net] Metroid Other M hitting this year eurogamer.net gamingeek
[gamersyde.com] Sonic Racing trailer Perma Ban for anyone that buys this gamersyde.com media gamingeek
[nintendoworldreport.com] NWR Review Skycrawlers If you enjoy flight combat games then you should be headed out the door to buy this game right now nintendoworldreport.com impressions gamingeek
[eurogamer.net] RTS Games are going backwards Says Gas Powerered Games eurogamer.net gamingeek
[develop-online.net] Average dev budget balloons to near $30 million And for Wii? Like 10 bucks. develop-online.net gamingeek
[gamesradar.com] Gamesradar review Skycrawlers Fast planes and loads of shooting gamesradar.com impressions gamingeek
[siliconera.com] Sky Crawlers Descructoid review Even for someone who's not really into flight sims, this game is a fun play siliconera.com impressions gamingeek
[joystiq.com] Joystiq FFCC Crystal Bearers review Absolutely thrilling, till they hit a wall joystiq.com impressions gamingeek
Wii Sniper rifle footage LOLOLOLOL kombo.com media gamingeek
[nintendoeverything.com] Sengoku Basara 3 scans nintendoeverything.com gamingeek
[ign.com] The Magic Obelisk IGN review 8.0 (Remember its only 500 points) ign.com impressions gamingeek
[ign.com] THQ announce Beat city DS De Blob crossed with Rhythm Heaven? ign.com gamingeek
[gametrailers.com] Naughty Bear debut trailer Can you bear the bear's rage? gametrailers.com media Foolz
[gametrailers.com] Spelunker Japanese debut trailer gametrailers.com media Foolz
[gametrailers.com] Zen Pinball Ninja Gaiden trailer No jiggle physics gametrailers.com media Foolz
[gametrailers.com] vvvvvv topsy turvy gameplay vvvvvv gametrailers.com media Foolz
[gametrailers.com] Army of Two: The 40th Day GT review 7.7 gametrailers.com impressions media Foolz
[gametrailers.com] Armor Valley flight trailer gametrailers.com media Foolz
[gamespot.com] Spliner Cell Conviction GS co-op hands on gamespot.com impressions Foolz
[gamespot.com] CES 2010 photos gamespot.com media Foolz
[gamespot.com] Super Street Fighter IV updated GS hands-on gamespot.com impressions media Foolz
[gamespot.com] Nier GS impressions gamespot.com impressions Foolz
[destructoid.com] Destructoid's 9.0 Darksiders Review "one of the best action adventure games of the current generation." destructoid.com impressions phantom_leo
[neogaf.com] NPD December 2009 sales Holy crap neogaf.com news Iga_Bobovic
[gonintendo.com] Endless Ocean Blue World screens Screens of justice! gonintendo.com media gamingeek
PS3 DVR Kit For Japan Likely to com Stateside. andriasang.com news aspro
Cool Dragon Ball Z Cart DS game looks like Famicom cart. andriasang.com news aspro
Split second pics, 11 big ones gfdata.de media gamingeek
[computerandvideogames.com] Rare to let publishers to borrow characters Who wants Banjo? computerandvideogames.com gamingeek
FPS gaming from a female’s POV A derogative word chart! regretfulmorning.com media Yodariquo
[edge-online.com] PS3 Japan getting DVR 250gb add on edge-online.com gamingeek
[eurogamer.net] Streetfighter is worst movie of 2009 Average review score of 4% eurogamer.net impressions gamingeek
NIER 1up preview 1up.com gamingeek
[computerandvideogames.com] Bioshock 2 reviews coming in PC Gamer and PSM3 computerandvideogames.com impressions gamingeek
[eurogamer.net] Ubisoft 2010 to refocus on HD consoles "With a view to further reducing our exposure to the DS" eurogamer.net gamingeek
[eurogamer.net] 3D Dot Game Heroes dated for europe eurogamer.net gamingeek
[neogaf.com] Japan's top 100 sellers of 2009 neogaf.com gamingeek
Ubisoft financials Just Dance and Ass Creed 2 a success gamingeek
[gonintendo.com] Tatsukono vs Capcom Nintendo power review 9/10 gonintendo.com impressions gamingeek
Video preview of Shattered Memories wiifolder.com impressions gamingeek
[youtube.com] Last Window footage aka Hotel Dusk 2 youtube.com media gamingeek
[siliconera.com] Reggie talks Netflix, HD and Wii 2 siliconera.com gamingeek
[cnbc.com] Reggie video interview Seems Wii 2 is miles away cnbc.com gamingeek
[neogaf.com] NBA Jam Wii details BOOMSHAKALAKA neogaf.com gamingeek
Max and the Magic Marker launch trailer maxandthemagicmarker.com media gamingeek
[gamespot.com] Max & the Magic Marker Images gamespot.com media gamingeek
Last Flight website opens Zombie Slaughter on an aeroplane last-flight.com gamingeek
[computerandvideogames.com] DSi XL launches March 5th in europe With brown or wine red colour? Ewwww computerandvideogames.com gamingeek
[gametrailers.com] Mass Effect trilogy interview gametrailers.com editorial media Foolz
[gametrailers.com] Fantasy Earth ZERO debut US trailer gametrailers.com media Foolz
[gametrailers.com] Yakuza 4 raining money trailer Halelujah! gametrailers.com media Foolz
[gametrailers.com] Greed Corp The Land trailer gametrailers.com media Foolz
[gametrailers.com] Global Agenda launch trailer gametrailers.com media Foolz
[gametrailers.com] Old Republic developer despatch: designing the dar gametrailers.com editorial media Foolz
[gamespot.com] Silent Hill: Shattered memories PSP hands-on gamespot.com impressions Foolz
[gamespot.com] God of War 3 cleared for release down under Special edition $248 AUD gamespot.com news Foolz
[gamespot.com] Super Monkey Ball: Step and Roll updated hands-on gamespot.com impressions Foolz
[gamespot.com] Splinter Cell, R.U.S.E. delayed April for the former, next fiscal year for the latter gamespot.com news Foolz
New Pokemon Ranger Announced Path of Light andriasang.com news aspro
[gamekyo.com] New No More Heroes Paradise video Looking hot gamekyo.com gamingeek
[youtube.com] New Just Cause 2 interactive trailer! I choose your own adventure trailer, AWESOME! youtube.com media Dvader
Official RE5 Gold Edition website With boxart residentevil.com media Dvader
[neogaf.com] Games TM reviews Mass Effect 2 etc neogaf.com impressions gamingeek
[kotaku.com] SEGA Wanted Dreamcast in Xbox 1 Negotiations fell apart kotaku.com gamingeek
Ezio will return in Assasins Creed 3 Online multiplayer this fiscal year 1up.com gamingeek
[kotaku.com] Japanese newspaper defends DS2 reporting Iwata DID say it would have highly detailed graphics kotaku.com gamingeek
[edge-online.com] BBC iPlayer use up 74% from consoles “One in eight of all TV requests are now coming from either a Nintendo Wii or Sony PS3 console, which is an increase of 74% since November 2009.” edge-online.com gamingeek
[gamasutra.com] Opinion: The culture Clash of Bayonetta the debate over the aesthetics of Platinum Games' Bayonetta, exploring context for "taste" gamasutra.com gamingeek
[computerandvideogames.com] I am Alive gets complete reboot From Darkworks to Ubi Shanghai computerandvideogames.com gamingeek
[businessweek.com] Reggie: The next Wii not coming soon Therefore expect an imminent announcement businessweek.com news Yodariquo
[eurogamer.net] Beyond Good and Evil 2 Still in production eurogamer.net gamingeek
[capcom.co.jp] RE5 alternative edition new video capcom.co.jp gamingeek
8 pics of God of War 3 in one click Stone man with hammer gfdata.de media gamingeek
[gamekyo.com] Mass Effect 2 pics I'm not posting these in the comments Steel! gamekyo.com media gamingeek
Max and the Magic marker demo Flash based maxandthemagicmarker.com gamingeek
Trauma team featurette atlus.com gamingeek
[flickr.com] Trauma team screens flickr.com gamingeek
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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 10:08:03

EEDAR year in review

2009 – A Bumpy Road

With industry software sales down 10% compared to 2008, many are under the wrong impression that the industry equally across all categories in 2009. Whilst certainly many areas did see a decline in 2009, there were categories which actually grew over the last 12 months.

Mature Rated Games Outperform

Sales of Mature rated (or 16+ and 18+ PEGI) games remained flat in 2009, which outperformed all other ESRB (and PEGI) ratings which all had sales decline in the double digits. In fact, over the last five years, Mature games have had one of the most stable economies and reinforces a theory that whether a recession or economic boom, the core of our industry has and will continue to remain healthy.

The biggest decline among the ESRB/PEGI ratings was in the Teen rated (or +12 PEGI) games. Although EEDAR does not believe the decline is directly due to the Teen rating, but rather the fact that most Music based games (see below) held a Teen rating (or +12 PEGI).

Music Continues to Decline

The genre with the largest decline in 2009, and likely the biggest factor into lackluster software sales for the year was the Music and Rhythm category, whose worldwide sales declined by over 40% vs. 2008. Whilst it is clear the troubles our industry faced in 2009 were not solely due to the performance of the Music and Rhythm category, this genre failed to achieve publisher and retailer expectations even with such large title as DJ Hero, Band Hero, Guitar Hero 5, and Beatles: Rock Band.

Of course, EEDAR is not placing sole blame on the Music and Rhythm genre for the industry’s woes, but it is clear the troubles our industry faced in 2009 were not equally shared across all genres in our sector.

On the opposite end, the largest revenue gains produced year over year were in the Shooter genre, which came on the backs of titles such as Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, Borderlands, Halo: ODST, Resident Evil 5, Killzone 2, Left 4 Dead 2, and catalog sales from Call of Duty 4 and World at War, which reinforces EEDAR’s position that the core of the industry continues to remain healthy and grow every year.

Music in 2010

Currently, EEDAR expects the Music category to decline by 30% in 2010; however, when you include rhythm based games, the genre could end up in the -5 to -15% range. With the release of the Natal and Sony’s Motion Controller, EEDAR believes there is a large potential market for dance-based games. Specifically, games that take the current Dance Dance Revolution standard and evolve it into the new motion technologies that remove the need for a physical peripheral, such as a dance pad. The industry was already beginning to see the rhythm category take off in late 2009 with the release of Just Dance by UbiSoft, which will likely sell over 1 million units, worldwide, by the end of UbiSoft’s fiscal year.

Understanding the New Consumer

All too often the economy is blamed for the recent industry contraction. In reality, decreased sales in 2009 had more to do with a lack of innovation than economic recession. The growth of our industry now rests more on innovation than it ever has before, especially since non-traditional and casual markets consist of a larger share than in previous years. No longer can developers update a few maps, design some new weapons, add a few new characters, then throw a roman numeral at the end of the box and call it a “sequel”. That may work for core targeted games (Action, Shooters, and RPGs), but this strategy is not ideal for non-traditional and casual gamers.

Case in point: most sequels targeted to the mainstream and casual markets actually underperform in comparison to the original, which is the opposite to what has traditionally been the case for core targeted games. If you examine the Nintendo Wii and DS platforms (the current primary platform for this audience) Boom Blox outsold Boom Blox 2 (Wii); Brain Age outsold Brain Age 2 (DS); Guitar Hero III bested World Tour (Wii); The Bigs crushed The Bigs 2 (Wii); Mario & Sonic at the Olympics (Wii) is on track to outperform its Winter counterpart; Rayman Raving Rabbids (Wii) (2006) outsold its 2007 release; and lastly the original Cooking Mama (Wii, DS) (2006) has out sold all sequel versions combined.

EEDAR believes Nintendo understands the mindset of its consumers the best, which is why Nintendo rarely releases sequels within the same generation and, if they do, they are years apart. A good example of this is Mario Kart. Instead of releasing an annual Mario Kart title, Nintendo opts to only release one Mario Kart per hardware generation. Traditional thinking would assume that after an initial sales bump Mario Kart would simply just fade away on retail shelves—as so many others do. However, Nintendo realizes that if you can get an initial attachment rate on Mario Kart of 25% in 2008, they should be able to get the same attachment for new Wii purchasers in 2009 without having to release a sequel. To no surprise, the attachment rate for Mario Kart in 2009 was identical to that of 2008. Another example is Wii Fit. Whilst Nintendo did release a sequel to Wii Fit, The Wii Fit Plus (2009), the overwhelming majority of sales did not come from the stand-alone software edition, but rather the hardware/software bundle of the Wii Fit Plus. In other words the release of the expansion, which likely had minimal development costs, spurred sales of a 20 month old game wrapped in new packaging.

Of course this rule is not absolute for all casual and mainstream titles, some sequels do outperform the original, but in the overwhelming majority of cases, sequels on the Wii just cannibalize the potential sales of its predecessor. For reference, if the above examples were not proof enough, Call of Duty: World at War (200Cool only outsold Call of Duty 3 by the smallest of margins and the most recent Call of Duty Modern Warfare: Reflex (2009) is currently on track to under-perform against World at War.

With the Wii making up the majority of the current casual and mainstream audience this finding should be carefully observed as Sony and Microsoft attempt to become more competitive in this space in future years.

Hardware

Next-Generation hardware units were up 1% in 2009, the PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS, and Xbox 360 were the only hardware consoles that produced positive comps in 2009. For 2010, EEDAR expects the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 to be the only consoles to produce positive comps.

For 2010, EEDAR expects hardware units to decline by 17%, mostly due to the Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii, and Sony PSP. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are likely to post modest unit gains in 2010.

DS2?

Even though the Nintendo DS posted a record year in 2009, EEDAR expects Nintendo to make an official announcement on the DS2 within the next eight months.

Nintendo has always had a controlling stake in the handheld market, despite facing numerous competitors, and EEDAR believes one of the biggest reasons for Nintendo’s success in the handheld market is their ability to remove opportunity gaps for competitors to enter. Nintendo’s transition from the GBA to the DS, a year earlier than anticipated, was a brilliant strategy to remove any upper hand the Sony PSP could have by being first to market.

Piracy continues to be an issue, not just for Nintendo, but for its third-party publishers as well. Whilst the release of the DSi has slowed down piracy, that slow down will only be temporary as hackers have already managed to bypass the new security systems built into the hardware.

Additionally, many publishers including Sega, Capcom, and now UbiSoft have all expressed that they may be reducing their exposure to Nintendo’s consoles, which will likely lead to heavy declines in both hardware and software sales for the Nintendo DS.

We believe that due to the aging technology, the possibility of new competitors in 2011, a decline in publisher support and piracy, Nintendo will launch a successor to the DS within the next 15 months, and likely announce such in the next eight months.

Of course, this should not discourage anyone from buying new DS software, as any DS successor will most likely be backwards compatible.


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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 10:20:24

Nintendo has released its post-NPD results statement, saying the Nintendo DS has had the best year in console gaming history and pointing to exceptionally strong sales of the Wii console in 2009.

According to Nintendo, the Nintendo DS models -- Nintendo DS Lite and DSi -- sold over 11.2 million U.S. units combined in 2009, which the company says sets a new calendar-year sales record for a piece of video game hardware.

The Wii, meanwhile, sold 9.6 million units for the year -- down 5.7 percent from 2008. According to Nintendo, 18.6 percent of units the system has sold over its lifetime were sold in November and December 2009, a spike which the company clearly hopes will imply a bright future for the system as competitors
criticize it as being outdated.

Wow, so basically sales flagged during the year but november and december boosted Wii sales so much that its only down 5.7 % on the whole compared to 2008.

(For the whole year, Wii sold 9.6 million units - down slightly on 2008's year end total of 10.17 million )

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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 10:42:32

Updates done.

The NBA jam pic brings back lots of fond SNES memories. As you know its an american sport and yet I had a lot of fun with it back then, very arcady.

I hope it just uses the remote sideways.

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has become the fourth best-selling game of all time. In fact, 3 of the top 10 games of all time are Call of Duty games."

Wow, in the US of course. Does the franchise deserve it?

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Go here to the Zangeki no Reginleiv site

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/rznj/index.html

Click the bottom right hand corner box and watch the movie in HQ. Grinning

Looks good, apart from the giraffes.... WTF LOL

Does not look on rails either. Did 1up F-up the translation or what? I need to know.

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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:00:56

gamingeek said:

Go here to the Zangeki no Reginleiv site

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/rznj/index.html

Click the bottom right hand corner box and watch the movie in HQ. Grinning

Looks good, apart from the giraffes.... WTF LOL

Does not look on rails either. Did 1up F-up the translation or what? I need to know.

 It is definitely not on rails, you can see the guy strafing, standing still, moving backwards and even turning. It's a third person hack and slash game

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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:09:11

Iga_Bobovic said:

gamingeek said:

Go here to the Zangeki no Reginleiv site

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/rznj/index.html

Click the bottom right hand corner box and watch the movie in HQ. Grinning

Looks good, apart from the giraffes.... WTF LOL

Does not look on rails either. Did 1up F-up the translation or what? I need to know.

It is definitely not on rails, you can see the guy strafing, standing still, moving backwards and even turning. It's a third person hack and slash game

I really hope so and that its not restricted movement ala Killer 7 or something. Why does the clip pause and show video of sailing boats and giraffes?

EDIT:

I see forward and backwards and strafing movement. No turning though but its not the kind of thing you show in a trailer anyway, a character turning 180.

This thing is great.

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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:19:25

gamingeek said:

Iga_Bobovic said:

gamingeek said:

Go here to the Zangeki no Reginleiv site

http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/rznj/index.html

Click the bottom right hand corner box and watch the movie in HQ. Grinning

Looks good, apart from the giraffes.... WTF LOL

Does not look on rails either. Did 1up F-up the translation or what? I need to know.

It is definitely not on rails, you can see the guy strafing, standing still, moving backwards and even turning. It's a third person hack and slash game

I really hope so and that its not restricted movement ala Killer 7 or something. Why does the clip pause and show video of sailing boats and giraffes?

 There is no hope, it is confirmed it is not on rails. The developers also did Earth Defence Force and that was third person also, right?!

About the animals, I guess they are comparing the size of the monsters to different animals and objects. One monster is probably as big as a giraffe.

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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:31:13

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gamingeek said:

There is no hope, it is confirmed it is not on rails. The developers also did Earth Defence Force and that was third person also, right?!

I know about EDF, but this is wii and developers do tend to do stupid things like making games on rails. I want an actual media outlet to go hands on and confirm or deny it. I still don't see turning, I see strafing and forward and back. 1up are pissing me off.

The game looks nice, it has quite low res textures but because of the scale and lighting and art it gets away with it easily. Motionplus hacking off limbs should be awesome. Online co-op too. That's badass.

Comparing character models to real life animals and sailing boats in a video... that is weird.

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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 11:51:10

gamingeek said:

Iga_Bobovic said:

gamingeek said:

There is no hope, it is confirmed it is not on rails. The developers also did Earth Defence Force and that was third person also, right?!

I know about EDF, but this is wii and developers do tend to do stupid things like making games on rails. I want an actual media outlet to go hands on and confirm or deny it. I still don't see turning, I see strafing and forward and back. 1up are pissing me off.

The game looks nice, it has quite low res textures but because of the scale and lighting and art it gets away with it easily. Motionplus hacking off limbs should be awesome. Online co-op too. That's badass.

Comparing character models to real life animals and sailing boats in a video... that is weird.

 I checked again. First thing the pointer is the sword symbol on the screen. You can clearly see it everywhere. You can also clearly see some sort of lock-on system. Even multiple enemies at once. I think that is for the multi fireball attack. Perhaps you use your pointer to choose which enemy you want to lock on and then press the lock on button. 

And you can see clearly one scene where all are a row of monsters in front of you. You see the pointer moving to the edge of the screen and then yellow arrows appear. Then he turns, very much like Red Steel. I hope there is a option that allows for faster turning by making the dead zone smaller.

Plus there is a radar on screen, so enemies will not just attack you from the front otherwise there was no need for a radar. So hereby I declare 1up bunk and say that it is not on rails. 

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WTF? Pointer based turning in a 3rd person sword game? That is weird. Why not just have the stick move and turn and then hold down Z to strafe?

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Just watched it again, yeah turning with the pointer at the edge of the screen. Weird.

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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 14:32:33
NBA Jam will be on rails, though.

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NBA Jam will be on rails, though.

please mind your wording.  it will be a "guided experience"

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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:16:16

Games TM scores

Mass Effect 2 - 10
Army of Two: The 40th Day - 6
Dark Void - 6
Alien Breed Evolution - 7
Darksiders - 6
Silent Hill: Shattered Memories - 8
Rogue Warrior - 2
Tales of Monkey Island: Rise of the Pirate God - 8
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Zelda not bad at all.
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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:04:41

Oh yeah I'd say the Call of Duty games deserve the accolades and sales. Modern Warfare 2 is A-W-E-S-O-M-E. BEST. MULTIPLAYER. GAME. EVER.

Mass Effect 2 gets it's first 10! Woooooo! Grinning

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Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:05:36

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Updates done.

The NBA jam pic brings back lots of fond SNES memories. As you know its an american sport and yet I had a lot of fun with it back then, very arcady.

I hope it just uses the remote sideways.

"Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 has become the fourth best-selling game of all time. In fact, 3 of the top 10 games of all time are Call of Duty games."

Wow, in the US of course. Does the franchise deserve it?

No, I wouln't put any of the CoD games in the same class as GTA or Mario. I guess there is a ton of Pokemon on the top list, which I would say is on par so whatever. Oh and Nintendogs, ugh.

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