Natsume has shipped its game Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility for the Wii to stores in North America.
Battlefront.com has released Combat Mission Shock Force: Marines as a download from its own site. The game is a module for Combat Mission Shock Force, the strategy game, introducing the united States Marine Corps and a related campaign.
A new developer, Coin App, has launched in Phoenix Arizona. The studio is comprised of three young developers: Panya Inversin, Patrick Bergschneider and Daniel Pratt.
A group of recent graduates has formed Floating Point Studios in Swansea, Wales and plans to develop downloadable PC games. The studio appears to have been started with capital of £17,000 (around $32,000) and four staff members, so let's hope they get a game out soon.
Today, Sony has added a huge supply of downloadable content to the PlayStation Store, available for the PlayStation 3 and PSP:
Got Game Entertainment's latest title Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals for the PC is now in stores in North America.
Pro Tee United has launched its PC golf simulation Pro Tee Play 2009. The company is currently working on a version of its golf game for the Wii.
Natsume's game Hi! Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Challenge for the DS is now in stores in North America. The game is a brain training game (featuring a certain licensed hamster) aimed at elementary school children packed with exercises designed to improve memory, comprehension, math and other skills.
Digital Praise has launched its game Guitar Praise for the PC. This rhythm game, in the spirit of games such as Guitar Hero has players using a guitar controller to play 52 songs from contemporary Christian rock music.
Encore, part of Navarre Corporation, has launched its latest line of Hoyle-branded games. Reaching stores today are Hoyle Card Games 2009, Hoyle Casino Games 2009 and Hoyle Puzzle & Board Games 2009. All three are PC games being offered for $20.
Sega's game Samba de Amigo has arrived in stores for the Wii. The Wii version of this game is based on the version that was popular in arcades and released on the Dreamcast, but this time players can use the Wii Remote and Nunchuck as maracas instead of shaking a set of maraca controllers. The game also supports downloadable songs, three of which are available today.
Turner Broadcasting Systems made a big push into gaming when it opened its GameTap service, offering hordes of classic and a few new games to PC owners for a monthly fee. TBS even went so far as to buy substantial television and online advertising to support the launch of the site. Following a series of layoffs, TBS has lately been working to spin off or sell GameTap. TBS has now worked out a deal that will see GameTap combine with the Metaboli European service, with TBS taking an equity stake in the combined entity. TBS expects to have extricated itself from the day-to-day aspects of running GameTap by early 2009.
Today's new release for Xbox Live Arcade is Duke Nukem 3D from 3D Realms. You may still be waiting for another Duke Nukem game, but at least you can play this classic first-person shooter. In fact, it's presented in 720p HDTV, meaning that you can play it in a higher resolution than you may have originally experienced the game in which Duke Nukem "defends Earth and its babes from alien invasion."
Matrix Games is working with Slitherine Strategies to release Commander - Napoleon at War for the PC soon(ish).
Sony's game SingStar Pop Vol. 2 is now in stores for the PlayStation 2. The game adds 30 new songs to the SingStar franchise of karaoke-style games.
Zen Studios is working on a game based on Marvel Entertainment's Punisher. Built on the Unreal Engine 3, The Punisher: No Mercy is being developed for the PlayStation 3 and will be released as a download through the PlayStation Network. The release date is not yet official.
Sony's latest PlayStation 2 hardware bundle, this one involving Lego Batman is now in stores. For $150, people can pick up a bundle that includes a PlayStation 2, a copy of Lego Batman and a DVD of Justice League: The New Frontier.
Sega has shipped its game Dinosaur King for the DS to stores in North America.
Encore, part of Navarre, has shipped its game Nostradamus: The Last Prophecy for the PC to stores in North America.
Mobile publisher Gameloft is now developing games for Google's open source mobile platform called "Android." At least 10 games are currently underway, with the first planned release to be Bubble Bash, scheduled for the first quarter of 2009.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has shipped Lego Batman, developed by TT Games, to stores in North America for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, PSP, DS and PlayStation 2.
Empire Interactive, part of Silverstar Holdings, has shipped Animal Paradise for the DS to stores in North America. The game will be distributed by Atari and is a pet simulation in which pet owners can take care of 18 different animals, ranging from hamsters to horses.
This week's downloadable games for the PSP both come from D3Publisher of America and are accessible through the PlayStation Store.
OGPlanet's microtransaction-supported massively multiplayer side-scrolling online game La Tale has now exited its closed beta test and is officially live for all players. The 2D play makes La Tale particularly accessible to novice players.
Aksys Games' Battle Fantasia for the Xbox 360 is now in stores in North America.
Empire Interactive has shipped its game Ford Racing Off Road to stores in North America. The game is available for the PC for $20 and has players racing various Ford vehicles on 24 tracks.
The Nickelodeon Kids and Family Games Group, part of Viacom, has hired or promoted three new executives for its Games Group.
Line Rider 2: Unbound from Genius Products and inXile Entertainment is now in stores in North America for the DS and PC.
PlayFirst, the company that has built its legacy on the success of Dash games, has released Parking Dash, a time-management game in which Karma manages a series of parking lots in the face of a variety of customers. The casual game for the PC is available as a download.
Disney Interactive Studios has shipped its game Pure for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC to stores in North America.
Atlus has released the PSP version of its game Yggdra Union, previously released for the GBA. This strategy game features both English and Japanese voiceover tracks.
Armature Studio has been founded in Austin by three fellows who previously worked on the Metroid Prime series of games.
Deep Silver, the game publishing label of Koch Media, has dispatched its game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky for the PC to stores in North America.
Ion has shipped the "Drum Rocker" drum peripheral designed for use with Rock Band to stores in North America. This weekend, the Xbox 360 version of the drum set will be available, while versions for other consoles will be released later.
Sony confirmed that its sequel to MotorStorm, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, will reach stores on October 28, 2008. The PlayStation 3 racing game will feature eight vehicle classes and races around exotic tropical islands.
Verizon has launched a slew of new games through its Get It Now and Media Center stores to its mobile customers in North America. Some of the new games so launched are:
Sony Online Entertainment has launched its game Jeopardy! based on the television game show of the same name for the PlayStation 3. The game can be downloaded for $15 through the PlayStation Network.
Trinigy, a massively multiplayer online game middleware provider is partnering with PX Interactive to integrate PX Interactive's Netdog networking engine into Trinigy's Vision engine. When Trinigy's Vision Engine 7 is released (shortly), it will include the Netdog networking code.
Developer Tilted Mill has released a city pack for its city simulation game Children of the Nile for Alexandria. The pack costs $6 and includes new monuments and a new campaign for the game.
Harmonix, part of MTV Games, in conjunction with Electronic Arts, has shipped Rock Band 2 to stores in North America. The Xbox 360 version of the game should first be available for sale on Sunday, September 14. Versions of Rock Band 2 for other platforms will be released later.
Disney's mobile publishing group mDisney has signed an agreement with Korean publisher Com2uS that will see mDisney publish Com2uS's games in North America. The first game to be released under the agreement is Disney Puzzle Family and should be released next month.
Lighthouse Interactive has signed on to publish Pirate Party: Adventures of the Black Corsair early next year. The title is a party game for the Wii and DS that was developed by Virtual Identity with a 17th century buccaneer theme.
RealNetworks' Games Division has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with FreemantleMedia to develop Million Dollar Password into a casual game for the PC, Mac and Mobile platforms. The game is based on the CBS game show of the same name.
Microsoft has confirmed that it will close its internal development house Ensemble Studios upon the completion of the upcoming game Halo Wars. Ensemble is best known for the Age of Empires, and while the studio will close, Ensemble's leadership are reportedly planning to form a new development house that will support Halo Wars after launch.
Atlus' game Zoids Assault is in stores for the Xbox 360. The game puts players in charge of a biomechanical army, engaging in tactical warfare with role-playing game elements.
Yakuza 2 from Sega is now available for the PlayStation 2. This sequel once again allows players to explore the Japanese criminal underworld.
Sony Online Entertainment plans to release the next set for its online trading card game Legends of Norrath next month.
Infogrames (parent of Atari) has entered into a strategic partnership with Namco Bandai Games that will see Namco Bandai Games acquire a 34% stake in Infogrames European and Asian distribution businesses.
Natsume's game Princess Debut for the DS is gold, in duplication and should reach stores by the end of the month. The game has players using their rhythm-based dance moves to win over a prince to be the princess' partner at an upcoming ball.
Sony confirmed that the next game in its SingStar karaoke-style series of games for the PlayStation 2 will be SingStar Country, and should reach stores on October 28.
PlayFirst has released its game Diner Dash for the iPhone and iPod Touch through the Apple App Store. The game is one of the most popular time management games around, in which Flo grows her diner business by successfully serving customers.
For those of you who think a game convention isn't a big deal, satellite television provide DirecTV disagrees. They will air live coverage of BlizzCon 2008 (Blizzard's convention for fans of its franchises like World of Warcraft and Diablo) as a pay-per-view event. To watch the live telecast on October 10 and October 11, customers will have to pay $40.
Russian publisher Akella has signed an agreement with North American publisher Strategy First that will see Akella acquire the Disciples brand of turn-based strategy games once it fulfills its current contract (unspecified, but presumably finishing the game for Strategy First). Akella plans to "develop the Disciples brand, invest in it heavily, and produce a really good game..."
Publisher cdv Software Entertainment plans to release its first DS game in the first half of 2009, and it will be My Little Baby.
Aspyr Media has shipped futureU for the PC and Mac to stores in North America.
Mobile publisher I-play has launched its game Jewel Quest II for the iPhone and iPod touch through the Apple App Store. The game is a straightforward match-three-style puzzle game.
The PC version of Empire Interactive's game Ford Racing: Off Road is now gold, in duplication and should reach store shelves on September 16.
United Coders has entered into an agreement to create a console game based on the recently completed film Days of Wrath. The game should be released globally for the latest generation of consoles in the first half of 2009.
Xseed Games plans to release Populous for the DS late this year.
Sony Online Entertainment has launched update #48, "Breaking Ground," for its massively multiplayer online game EverQuest II.
Gamecock has signed a distribution arrangement with THQ that will see THQ distributing Gamecock Media Group's games in Australia and New Zealand through the end of the year.
Graffiti Entertainment has signed on to publish C.O.R.E. for the DS from NoWay Studio in North America late this year.
Pangea Software has released Billy Frontier for the iPhone and iPod touch through the Apple App store. Billy Frontier is a first person shooter with a wild-west (in outer space) theme.
Microsoft has released another three downloadable games for the Xbox 360 through Xbox Live Arcade:
Major League Gaming, one of the emerging professional gaming leagues, has brought on Harlan Stone as President of MLG Properties. Stone is consulted for a variety of entities on sports and entertainment activities and will now lead the sales and sponsorship efforts necessary to make MLG profitable. Because remember – it's not about convincing gamers that they want to participate in gaming as a sport – it's convincing sponsors that gamers want to watch other people game as a sport enough to make running a league profitable.
Multiverse, a company that specializes in creating persistent worlds, has entered into a number of agreements recently that were announced at the Virtual Worlds Expo. The ones most likely to interest gamers involve the Titanic and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Agetec's game Touch Darts is now in stores for the DS.
A company in the United Kingdom, called Pli Design, is launching a line of chairs made entirely from recycled game consoles. Pli is working with Sony Computer Entertainment to recycle plastics from PlayStation 2 consoles that are collected under the EC Waste, Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE). Essentially, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) is forced to take responsibility for recycling its old console at the end of their life (by WEEE), so SCEE is working with Pli to make plastic chairs that can be sold to individuals and institutions.
Publisher XS Games has shipped Commando: Steel Disaster for the DS to stores in North America.
Crave Entertainment has shipped Defendin' De Penguin for the Wii and DS.
Eidos, part of SCi Entertainment, plans to release Gauntlet for the DS in October.
Empire Interactive's upcoming game Pipe Mania is gold, in duplication, and should reach stores on September 30.