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According to a recent report by Engadget, the Nintendo Wii will see a big price drop come May. Engadget claims a "trusted source" confided this news to them earlier today, despite the fact that they still remain dubious to the news of the May 15th $150 price tag.
Nintendo has suffered a bit recently in the console wars, especially with the remarkable success of the Kinect pretty much dominating the motion-control and recognition/simulation gaming lately. With Sony trying to "Move" in as well, things are not going that great for everyone's favorite and diminutively-monikered console.
Engadget believes that Nintendo would be far more likely to announce news like this at a large venue like e3, but hey- in this day and age when Apple employees are leaving prototypes everywhere, Sony hardware execs randomly leak device specs, and rumors fly around like Tinkle Popo, who knows what's going to happen? Maybe a price cut would help bring the Wii back in sales. As I recall, Nintendo did similar things with the SNES when the 64 came out, and with the 64 when the GameCube (*shudder*) came out, and with the GC when the Wii arrived and......holy @#$%, does this mean we're getting a new console in June? What do you all think?
From sunny Santa Monica today, we learn from Activision that Guitar Hero gets three new track packs. Available for both Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and the regular Guitar Hero, these track packs feature music and downloadable playable tracks from Paramore, Middle Class Rut, Madina Lake, and "death metal legends" Darkest Hour. Activision is calling the track pack featuring Paramore "Emo Edge". Not entirely sure how accurate that is as Paramore is neither emo nor all that edgy, but hey! I don't write these things, do I?
The two track packs will be available on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace for 440 Microsoft points, on the PlayStation Network Store for $5.49. or the Wii online network for 550 Wii points. The individual songs are also available as downloadable singles for 160 Microsoft point, $1.99, or 200 Wii points each, respectively.
Sony are launching their Next Generation Portable (NGP) at the end of the year and in preparation for this, they have dropped the price of the current PSP. Sony Computer Entertainment Australia have announced a new price of $189.95 for the PSP-3000 system, with the previous price being $279.95.
Sony did the same thing in the US last year cutting the PSP price by US$40, from US$170 to US$130. The launch price in the US was US$250. SCEA have also announced that starting April 14, PSP owners will have access to Music Unlimited, a new cloud-based digital music subscription service, via their PSN IDs.
The service will allow users to listen to music as well as provide access to personalised music channels and synchronisation through the PlayStation 3, PC and other network-enabled Sony devices.
Bethesda have sent word that their upcoming FPS, Brink, will be arriving a week earlier in all territories. The US gets a release date of May 10th instead of the 17th with Euro-based fans getting a release on May 13th instead of the 20th. Bethesda's official statement is:
Production wrapped on Brink earlier than we planned and we didn't see any reason to keep gamers from getting their hands on this highly anticipated game as soon as it was ready," said Pete Hines, VP of PR and Marketing for Bethesda Softworks. "It's apparent from the tremendous reaction so far that people are eager to jump online and play, and if we can make that happen earlier - we're going to.
Today was a big day for Google. Almost $170 million in solar power and a new Google-based trivia game all in 24 hours. Google announced today that they'll be implementing a new trivia game that encourages rather than prohibits the Googling of answers. It seems relatively redundant to have questions for which a player can just type a few words into a search engine, but Google is specifically crafting cryptic and difficult questions that will teach Google users how to better use their search engine. What about when people just post the answers online? Google has even refined their algorithm to exclude those types of sites from the results so as to not spoil the game for the rest of us.
You can start playing now by going to agoogleaday.com and checking out the first question. Questions will be posted daily, and will also be located conveniently above the New York Times Crossword puzzle each day.
This is an insanely clever way to get people to use their site. I would say it's evil (which it is), but I love trivia...
Some fresh Battlefield 3 images have made their way to the internet showing some stills from the various Fault Line gameplay series. The screenshots look absolutely gorgeous and are high-resolution and high detail. Take a look below:
Valve's Portal 2 is about to launch and various videos are leaking out showing some stunning gameplay. The below video shows off some uber cool cooperative play and is from the PC build of Portal 2 surprisingly! Obviously don't watch it if you don't want the beginning spoiled for you!
Finally! The DirectX 11 patch for Crysis 2 has been announced by "CryTom" on the MyCrysis forums posted about the patch today saying:
We would like to announce that there will be a DX11 patch released for Crysis 2. We are working to get the best out of DX11, so we'll wait to announce the features until a little closer to release.
There's no exact date but at least we know it's coming now, direct from the horses mouth.
This week, Capcom is offering a Resident Evil Wii Bundle for $70, which includes Resident Evil Archives: Resident Evil (the original!), Resident Evil 4, and Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, which features locations from RE 0, 1, 2 and 3. If that's not enough, Capcom is throwing in the Umbrella Chronicles Shot Blaster on top of everything else.
Not a bad deal if you wanted to refresh before the upcoming spree of Resident Evil games hitting the shelves in the next 6 months.
Battlefield 3 set to receive a $100 million ad campaign, marketing execs prepared for when Duty Calls
Battlefield 3 is 6 months from release but that isn't stopping EA and DICE from being proud of their jewel of a game. EA CEO John Riccitiello spoke at an ad conference in New York where he has revealed that Battlefield 3 will have a $100 million ad campaign.
Obviously this is to fight against the obvious Modern Warfare 3 that will come out at the end of the year, but I have massive doubts about that game. It won't have a state of the art engine to run on like Battlefield 3 will for one. Secondly, Battlefield 3 is moving on and upgrading virtually all assets in the game where MW3 will most likely run on a previous-gen engine like the previous COD titles.
EA are obviously hoping for a winner with Battlefield 3 and from the footage I've seen, I really think they've got a chance to become the FPS title that every other studio is jealous of. Funnily enough, it'll most likely get referred to as the next 'Call of Duty'.