Monday, August 30, 2010

DSi XL and DSi Price Drop

nintendo ds line price dropOn Monday, Nintendo announced that they will be dropping the prices of their hand-held game systems, the DSi XL and the DSi. Each device’s price tag will be lowered by $20 as of September 12th. The DSi XL will now be available for $169.99, while the DSi will be set at $149.99.

Nintendo of America’s vice president of sales and marketing, Cammie Dunaway, stated, “We know shoppers want to get the maximum value out of every dollar they spend. Our new Nintendo DSi prices make it easier than ever for consumers to access the tremendous variety of games, applications, and social tools on the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems."

Nintendo’s DSi XL premiered in February of this year, while the DSi has been around since March of 2009. Nintendo gave the public a glimpse at their newest edition at the E3 gaming conference this year. The 3DS is a 3D version of the DS system. Unfortunately, it is not expected to be released until sometime this March.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Zhu Zhu Pets Coming to Your Wii & DS

Zhu Zhu Pets Coming to Your Wii & DS

The super-popular Zhu Zhu Pets are coming to your Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS! Activision Publishing, along with GameMill Publishing, Inc., made the announcement earlier this week. The new game, called "Zhu Zhu Pets: Featuring the Wild Bunch," will be based on the popular toys from Cepia, LLC, and it will be released this fall. The game offers new hamsters and wild virtual adventures for fans of the toys.

Though a lot of details aren't yet clear, the new game will allow fans to care for and play with cute new hamsters, as well as some old familiar ones. The Zhu-niverse has been expanded and now includes action-packed gameplay. The Wii version of the game will be a great choice for family fun night because of its multiplayer options.

The game's initial release will be considered a "Collector's Edition," and it will come with a plush chipmunk named Nutters. This limited edition version will retail at $34.99 for the DS and $39.99 for the Wii.

Gary Miller, President of GameMill Publishing, said of the game, "The toy's passionate fans will love the fresh direction we've taken in 'ZhuZhu Pets: Featuring The Wild Bunch,' and it's fantastic that Wii owners can now join in the fun."

In a press release from the three companies involved, Natalie Hornsby, Vice President of Marketing for Cepia, LLC, stated, "'ZhuZhu Pets: Featuring The Wild Bunch' captures the imagination of those who adore our brand. This game is an important next step for us as we continue to evolve the ZhuZhu Pets experience."

The game has not yet been rated, and an exact release date has not yet been set. Zhu Zhu Pets were recently awarded with three toy industry awards: "Toy of the Year," "Girl Toy of the Year," and "Innovative Toy of the Year."

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Best Selling Games of 2010

best selling games of 2010No, it’s not the end of the year, but there have been so many absolutely amazing games that have been released so far. The question is…which games have impressed consumers the most? The retail sales tracking firm NPD has released the numbers so that we can see what the top ten best selling games of 2010 are as of right now.

10. Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
Mario games always seem to be extremely popular. In the latest game from the Mario collection, Mario teams up with Yoshi, his lovable green friend, to go out and conquer the galaxy. It is easy to play and fun for the whole family. Sales have been a little slow here at the start, but it is estimated that over a million copies have sold so far.

9. Just Dance (Wii)
This game helps players learn real dance moves to songs that are favorites for everyone. The music featured in Just Dance spans across 60 years and several genres. Up to four players at a time can follow along to choreographed dance moves. There are also more than 30 songs to dance to ranging from songs like “You Can’t Touch This” to “Hot and Cold” to “Cotton-Eyed Joe.” Copies continue to sell, as it is surprisingly becoming one of the Wii’s biggest hits.

8. Call of Duty: Modern Warefare 2 (Xbox 360)
Call of Duty games are always top-sellers. After the first Modern Warfare, gamers couldn’t wait to get their hands on the sequel. It takes players on a journey through war-ravaged countries all over the world. Its amazing graphics, engaging first player story, and addicting multi-player mode made this game an instant winner. Although Modern Warfare 2 was actually released in 2009, sales show no sign of really slowing down, allowing it to still make the 2010 list at #8.

7. Pokémon HeartGold (DS)
Although I wasn’t one of those girls that got into Pokémon when it first came out, there were so many kids that obsessed over it and still do. In this game you are a Pokémon trainer that is traveling from town to town to train, catch, and battle different Pokémon. The Pokémon popularity continues on with HeartGold making it #7 sales-wise.

6. Wii Sports Resort (Wii)
It all started with Wii Sports, but Wii Sports Resort has taken it to the next level. It’s even more incredible when you pair your Wii Remote with the MotionPlus accessory. With Wii Sports Resort, you can play a dozen different resort-themed sports activities ranging from fencing to water skiing to sky diving. This game was released in 2009 too, but it’s still going strong.

5. Wii Fit Plus (Wii)
This fitness game has completely taken off. It focuses completely on personal improvement and lets you choose how you want to workout. It also tracks everything that you do and allows you to monitor all of your progress. Wii Fit Plus has millions of users getting fit and continues to fly off the shelves.

4. God of War III (Playstation 3)
This is an amazing game with stunning graphics and an intriguing storyline. It follows Kratos on his quest to kill the god Zeus, who just happens to be his father. This game mainly focuses on fighting, but the battling is epic, so you don’t really ever get tired of it. This fantastic game has definitely earned itself the #4 spot.

3. Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360)
Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption is one of my favorite games as of right now. It’s great to finally have a video game that takes place in the wild west. It puts you in the shoes of the former outlaw John Marston as he fights for his family and his future in the law-lacking plains of the West. Over two million copies of Red Dead have been sold already, and I have a feeling those numbers will only continue to increase.

2. Pokémon SoulSilver (DS)
This game was released right alongside Pokémon HeartGold (#7), but SoulSilver has been a little bit more of a success. The only difference between the two is which Pokémon you can catch. This game has been quite a hit. If you combined the sales from HeartGold and SoulSilver, they would definitely take the number one spot.

1. New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii)
This is the newest edition to the Super Mario Bros. franchise. It features new characters and power-ups mixed in with the normal fan favorites. This classic Nintendo game has new twists and turns that allow the game to outsell the new Super Mario Galaxy 2, despite the fact that New Super Mario Bros. Wii was released in 2009. It is by far the top-selling game of 2010 and should definitely keep its place for awhile.

Check out the games that were the top rated games of 2009.

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Monday, August 9, 2010

Preorder Halo Reach for Less from Newegg

halo reachHalo: Reach is set to be released on September 14, 2010. It is the story of Noble Team, a force of courageous Spartan soldiers each with unique deadly talents, and their last desperate stand on the planet Reach. The teams main concern is to fight against the Covenant and preserve the human race. You follow the group on their vital mission during the planet's darkest hours.

This game has an epic and engaging campaign mode and a fantastic multi-player mode. There are new weapons, vehicles, and abilities. Halo: Reach features the largest-scaled battles to ever be found in a Halo game. Whether you’re playing by yourself or online with friends, Halo: Reach will be a captivating and challenging experience. Every time you play through the game is different and unique.

There are stunning new technical advancements with this latest version of Halo. This game features next generation art, audio, AI, animation, and special effects.

Halo: Reach for Xbox 360 can now be pre-ordered from Newegg for $44.99 with free shipping. In stores it will cost you $59.99, so this is a great deal. If you’re going to purchase Halo: Reach, you might want to consider buying it from Newegg.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

More Than 1.5 Million Copies of StarCraft II Sold in Just Two Days

starcraft 2 sells over 1.5 million copiesStarCraft II was released last Tuesday in North America, Europe, and more than a dozen other countries. This highly anticipated game was made available at over 8,000 different stores at midnight on Tuesday. In the first 24 hours of its monumental release, over 1 million copies of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty were sold. The following day, another 500,000 copies were sold.

According to Blizzard Entertainment, StarCraft II is now the fastest selling strategy game to date. It just beat out World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King which launched in 2008.

StarCraft II was launched in 11 different launguages on 5 different continents. Chief executive and co-founder Mike Morhaime stated, “We wanted to make sure as many players as possible were able to log on and play on day one. We're pleased that so many people around the world have already picked up a copy of the game, and we look forward to welcoming even more players to in the weeks and months ahead.”

Curious about how StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty measures up to its predecessor? Read the full StarCraft II review.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Zoo Entertainment Announces Tons of New Releases

Zoo Entertainment Announces Tons of New Releases

Zoo Entertainment, a developer and marketer of casual gaming software, announced its summer and fall 2010 release schedule and, well, let's just say casual gamers will be thrilled. From game shows to family fun and simulation to racing games, there's something for everyone from this company based out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

In a press release Zoo Entertainment's CEO Mark Seremet said, "We believe our robust 2010 new releases offer broad-based, value-added appeal to the casual game player. Our strategy to offer a diversified portfolio of titles and leverage our strong licensing partnerships is working. It has enabled Zoo Entertainment to grow even in very challenging economic conditions. We’re also pleased that this year’s line-up includes an initial contribution from indiePub Games. Our strong 2010 release schedule combined with our digital initiatives positions us well for continued growth.”

Some of the notable titles to be released include:

  • Minute to Win It - Based on NBC's popular reality show, this game will be available for Nintendo Wii & DS later this year.

  • Deal or No Deal 2011 Anniversary Edition - Out in September, the anniversary edition of this popular game based on the NBC game show will be available for Wii & DS.

  • Matthews Bow Hunting - Matthews is the "premium international hunting bow manufacturer" and together with Zoo, they'll release a hunting simulation game in October. The game will come along with a hunting bow that gives you a realistic sense of hunting.

  • Kevin Van Dam Fishing - Van Dam is the five-time Angler of the Year and this realistic bass fishing game that features his name will come along with a fishing rod-type Wii controller. It will be released in September for Wii and PS3.

  • Shawn Johnson Gymnastic Challenge - To be released in October for Nintendo Wii, DS, and DSiWare, this game was created in collaboration with 2008 Olympic superstar Shawn Johnson.

  • Hello Kitty Seasons - The first of several Hello Kitty games to be available for Wii, it will hit stores in October.

  • Auditorium - This game will be one of the first developed by the Zoo's indiePub Games online gaming site and will also be the company's first digital release. An exact release date has not been set.

Earlier this year the company released several hunting and sports games among others. These included Chocolatier, Arcade Shooting Gallery (which comes with a gun), and Remington Bird Hunt (which also comes with a gun), all released in February. In March the company released Dream Chronicles, Remington Great American Bird Hunt, and Hall of Fame Ultimate Hoops Challenge. In May the company released Color Cross, Monster Frenzy, and Let's Paint.

Several games were released on June 14, 15, and 22 including many games that come with steering wheels: ATV Quad Kings, Chrysler Racing, Jeep Thrills, Monster Trucks, and Speed. Also, Beach Fun, The Garfield Show, Astro Invaders, Nursery Mania, Redneck Racing, and Armada were released in June. In July and August the company released Puzzle Time, Crash Time, Winter Sports 3, Redneck Racing, Little Bears, Winter Sports 3, Martian Panic, Wild West Shootout, Martian Panic (with a blaster) and Wild West Shootout (with a blaster). September will bring Dond Anniversary (with or without a case), KVD Fishing (with or without a rod), Glacier 3 (with or without a wheel), and the Shawn Johnson game.

Just in time for the holidays Zoo expects several games to hit store shelves including Auditorium, 25 Mini Game Compilation, The Garfield Show, Flatout, Hello Kitty Seasons, Matthews Bow Hunting, Flatout (with the wheel bundle), and Minute to Win It.

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