News: September 2008 Archives

SegaSega has shipped its game Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood for the DS to stores in North America.

We Cheer Ships for the Wii

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Namco BandaiNamco Bandai Games has shipped We Cheer for the Wii to stores in North America.
KonamiKonami has shipped Silent Hill: Homecoming for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC to stores in North America.
Marble Saga: KororinpaHudson Entertainment plans to bring Marble Saga: Kororinpa to the Wii in the first half of 2009. The puzzle game will have players using the Wii Remote to guide a marble through puzzle landscapes.
MidwayMidway has shipped the Mortal Kombat: Kollection for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America. The compilation of three Mortal Kombat games includes Mortal Kombat: Deception, Mortal Kombat: Armageddon and Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks.
Empire InteractiveEmpire Interactive has shipped its game Unsolved Crimes for the DS to stores in North America.
DreamCatcher Interactive's game The Guild 2: Venice for the PC is available as a download. The game is a stand-alone expansion (in other words, different content for roughly the same sort of game) to The Guild 2, itself a sequel to Europa 1400: The Guild, a simulation of medieval economic life.

Pipe Mania Ships to Stores

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Empire InteractiveEmpire Interactive has shipped Pipe Mania for the DS, PSP and PlayStation 2 to stores in North America. Pipe Mania is a classic puzzle game in which players construct a series of pipes to create a continuous vessel for flowing "Flooze."
PopCapPopCap has launched its puzzle game Peggle for mobile phones in the United States and will expand the game to carriers in the rest of North America and Europe, shortly. Now, folks can play this pachinko-like puzzle game on their cell phones.

Princess Debut Ships for the DS

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NatsumeNatsume has shipped its game Princess Debut for the DS to stores in North America.
RobomodoRobomodo, a developer formed in January of 2008 in Chicago, has exited stealth mode and is proclaiming its existence to the world.
Aspyr Media has released the Mac version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare as a digital download and is shipping the game to retail stores this week. Finally, Mac gamers can enjoy the same modern, FPS-action that PC and console gamers have been enjoying since last year.
PopCapPopCap plans to release a new Bejeweled game next month called Bejeweled Twist. The game will add "depth and flexibility" to the traditional match-three puzzle-style play.
Natsume has shipped its game Harvest Moon: Tree of Tranquility for the Wii to stores in North America.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts, in a deal brokered by Creative Artists Agency, has signed director Zack Snyder (300 and Watchmen) "to bring his vision" to three original EA games, details and financial terms were not disclosed, but the deal with Snyder's Cruel & Unusual Films does include terms to bring the games to the movie screen.
NintendoMonday has arrived, and Nintendo remains consistent, releasing more downloadable game for the Wii. This week, there are two new games (WiiWare games) and one classic re-release (a Virtual Console game):
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.
The Chronicles of SpellbornAcclaim previously announced that it has signed on to be the North American publisher for The Chronicles of Spellborn. Acclaim has confirmed that the game will launch on November 27, and "The North American version of Spellborn will be commercialized as a free-to-play game with an optional premium service to access further content and gameplay."
UbisoftUbisoft's My SAT Coach is currently in stores for the DS. The software was developed in conjunction with The Princeton Review and includes tips on taking the SAT and around 2,000 practice questions.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts named its cover athletes for FIFA Soccer '09. Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and AC Milan's Ronaldinho will be on the cover of the game when it is released next month for the Xbox360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, DS and PSP. Other soccer stars may join Rooney and Ronaldinho in certain territories.
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.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts' Mythic Entertainment unit declared that in the week since Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning launched, around 500,000 players have registered for the game. That's around 499,999 more players than registered for Lives of Sewage Engineers in its first week of play.
Today, Sony has added a huge supply of downloadable content to the PlayStation Store, available for the PlayStation 3 and PSP:
NCsoftNCsoft has adjusted its plans for the next major content update to City of Heroes (and Villains). Many of the features planned for Issue 13 will be postponed until Issue 14.
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.
PopCapPopCap has launched its game Wizard's Pen as a download for the PC. This is a hidden-object-style game that not hides objects in a layered picture, in which deeper layers can be uncovered using a magic pen.

Guitar Praise Reaches Stores

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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.

More Hoyle Games Reach Stores

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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.

Cryostasis Site Launches

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Russian publisher 1C has launched the official site for its upcoming PC game Cryostasis.
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.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts is pleased to let everyone know that its game Spore, released on September 7, has now surpassed one million copies sold. That's truly impressive, but EA chose not to dwell on the extremely negative reaction from portions of its fan base to the copy-protection measures and manual misprints in Spore.
KoeiKoei's game Warriors Orochi 2 is now in stores in North America for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts is planning to release a version of its Trivial Pursuit trivia board game (now celebrating its 25th anniversary) for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PlayStation 2. The console game version should be available in the first half of 2009.
For several years, game publisher Interplay has been dragging itself along with minimal signs of life. Somehow, Interplay has launched a new site and coaxed Chris Taylor (part of the original Fallout team to work with the company again.
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.
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.

Dinosaur King Ships for the DS

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Sega has shipped its game Dinosaur King for the DS to stores in North America.
KonamiKonami has shipped its game Lost in Blue: Shipwrecked! for the Wii to stores in North America.
Brothers in Arms: Hell's HighwayUbisoft has shipped Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores in North America.

Time Hollow Ships for the DS

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KonamiKonami has shipped its game Time Hollow 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.

Dark Horizon in Stores for the PC

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Paradox InteractiveParadox Interactive's PC game Dark Horizon is now in stores in North America.
Reflexive Entertainment has released an updated version of its first game: Swarm Gold. The game is a simple space-themed shooter in which players collect energy for futuristic corporations.
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.
Shaun the SheepShaun the Sheep for the DS is now in stores worldwide. The game is based on the television series from Aardman Animation and has players taking on the role of the sheep named Shaun as he tries to locate his flock before the Farmer returns home.

Lego Batman Ships to Stores

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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.
Take Two InteractiveSid Meier's Civilization IV: Colonization from 2K Games, part of Take-Two Interactive, is now in stores in North America and will reach international stores on September 26.
MajescoMajesco has shipped Babysitting Mania for the DS to stores in North America.
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.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has shipped SimCity Creator for the Wii and DS to stores in North America. The game should be on store shelves by Sunday. The game shipped in Europe last week.
Activision BlizzardActivision Publishing, part of Activision Blizzard, has shipped Cabela's Dangerous Hunts 2009 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PlayStation 2.
Sony has launched Buzz! Quiz TV for the PlayStation 3 and Buzz! Master Quiz for the PSP, continuing the tradition of Sony's trivia games established with Buzz! The Mega Quiz.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has shipped its Brain Quest games for the DS to stores in North America.

Midway Gets Factored for Fall

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MidwayMidway has entered into a factoring agreement with National Amusements that will help Midway meet its short-term cash needs.
MajescoMajesco has entered into an agreement with Scholastic Interactive that will have Majesco distribute Scholastic Interactive's games in North and South America.
NintendoNintendo's game Wario Land: Shake It! is now in stores for the Wii.
THQTHQ has shipped Baja: Edge of Control for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores worldwide.
NintendoNintendo's game Kirby Super Star Ultra is now in stores for the DS. The game is an updated version of the classic SNES Kirby game but with updated graphics and new challenges.

de Blob Ships for the Wii

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THQTHQ has shipped its game de Blob to stores worldwide. The game was developed for the Wii by THQ's internal Blue Tongue Entertainment studio and is a platformer-style game in which players bounce around Chroma City returning color to the world.
NintendoEach of the three console companies has chosen its own day on which to release new, downloadable content, and (as FI readers know) Nintendo likes Mondays. So, this week, Nintendo has released another four downloadable games for the Wii:
Square EnixTHQ is working with Vertigo Games to create a WWE SmackDown vs. Raw Online game for release in Asia in 2010. Given the long lead time, details concerning this online PC game are sparse, but it surely must involve micropayments. Hopefully not for online steroids.
Square EnixSquare Enix is working with Disney Interactive Studios to release Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories for the PlayStation 2 on December 2.
SouthPeak GamesSouthPeak Games' Igor The Game has now shipped to stores in North America for the Wii, PC and DS.
This week's downloadable games for the PSP both come from D3Publisher of America and are accessible through the PlayStation Store.

La Tale Officially Launches

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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.
Bethesda Softworks has launched a new site for Fallout 3 with some truly brilliant live action videos promoting the game, alongside game footage videos and an interactive tour of the capital.
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.
The Entertainment Software AssociationThe Entertainment Software Association (ESA) plans to award the Champion Award to Shigeru Miyamoto this year at its "Nite to Unite for Kids" charity dinner. While Miyamoto has received plenty of awards over the years, he is certainly deserving of this one, at an event that regularly raises large amounts of cash for children's charities from game industry moguls.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts and DICE have officially confirmed that Mirror's Edge will be released on November 11 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The PC version of the game will ship at a later date.
UbisoftUbisoft's game Armored Core for Answer is now in stores in North America for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has entered into a distribution agreement with Russian Publisher 1C that will allow 1C to distribute EA's games for the PC and consoles in Russia and certain related territories.
PlayStation 3Sony has launched the "Life With PlayStation" feature for the PlayStation 3 today, worldwide.
Namco Bandai GamesNamco Bandai Games has shipped three of its compilations for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America:
Cabela's Legendary AdventuresActivision's game Cabela's Legendary Adventures is now in stores for the PlayStation 2, Wii and PSP.
Line Rider 2: Unbound from Genius Products and inXile Entertainment is now in stores in North America for the DS and PC.
MicrosoftMicrosoft has added two new downloadable games to Xbox Live Arcade this week:
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.
FuncomFuncom has moved Craig Morrison to the post of Producer and Game Director for Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures from his previous post as Producer and Game Director for Anarchy Online.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project has released a report called "Teens, Video Games and Civics." In the words of the report, "This survey provides the first nationally representative study of teen video game play and of teen video gaming and civic engagement." The report is based on a survey of 1,102 respondents ages 12 to 17 and primarily found that nearly all teens play video games, that gaming is often a social experience, and that those engaged in game-related social interaction promote civic and political engagement.

Pure Ships to Stores

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Disney Interactive Studios has shipped its game Pure for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC to stores in North America.
PlayStation 3Sony issued what amounts to a warning to PlayStation 3 owners outside of Japan: Don't Panic! Sony released the v2.43 Firmware Update today, for users in Japan.
PopCapPopCap has launched Peggle Nights for the PC, available through PopCap's own site and many other download portals.
KonamiKonami has shipped Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 2 for the Wii to stores in North America.
KonamiKonami has shipped Dance Dance Revolution X for the PlayStation 2 to stores in North America.

Mount & Blade Ships for the PC

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Paradox InteractiveParadox Interactive has shipped its game Mount & Blade to stores in North America. The game should arrive in European stores on September 19.

Zoo Hospital Ships for the Wii

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MajescoMajesco has shipped its game Zoo Hospital for the Wii to stores in North America.
AtariAtari has shipped The Witcher: Enhanced Edition for the PC to stores in North America. This re-release of the hit role-playing game based on the work of Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski costs $40 and includes a tweaked version of the game, an adventure editor and two new adventures.
KonamiKonami plans to bring its Suikoden franchise to the DS with the upcoming release of Suikoden: Tierkreis. The game will bring the role-playing game series to the DS, enabling quests that can be completed in cooperation with other players using the DS Wi-Fi connection.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts, together with Crytek, has shipped Crysis: Warhead for the PC to stores in North America and Europe. The game should reach stores shelves and download portals by Thursday.
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.
Square EnixSquare Enix has shipped its game Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen for the DS to stores in North America.
THQTHQ has entered into a joint venture with Chinese game operator ICE Entertainment to publish Dragonica in North America.
LucasArtsLucasArts has shipped Star Wars: The Force Unleashed to stores in for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, PSP and DS.
Armature Studio has been founded in Austin by three fellows who previously worked on the Metroid Prime series of games.
Green Lantern in DC Universe OnlineSony Online Entertainment has added Geoff Johns to the group of folks working on its upcoming massively multiplayer online game for the PC and PlayStation 3, DC Universe Online. Comic book fans know that Johns has been a writer for comics such as Green Lantern, Teen Titans and Infinite Crisis. If you're not a comic book fan, know that Johns is working on a game that will probably launch while you are still playing World of Warcraft.
Activision BlizzardBlizzard Entertainment, part of Activision Blizzard, will launch the expansion for its massively multiplayer online game World of Warcraft called Wrath of the Lich King in November. The expansion will be available on November 13 in North America, Europe, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Russia. On November 14, the expansion will reach Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. On November 18, Wrath of the Lich King will reach Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau. No release date has yet been announced for mainland China.
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.
Warhammer Online: Age of ReckoningElectronic Arts' Mythic Entertainment division is preparing to ship its massively multiplayer online game Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning to stores tomorrow, so that it can go on sale Thursday.
NintendoThis week, Nintendo is changing up its Monday pattern slightly. There are three downloadable games being released for the Wii, but this week two of them are new, WiiWare games and only one game is a Virtual Console re-release:
SCi EntertainmentSCi Entertainment, parent of Eidos, has released certain financial information concerning its fiscal year ended June 30, 2008.
THQTHQ has shipped Drawn to Life: SpongeBob SquarePants Edition for the DS to stores worldwide.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has entered into an agreement with Eidos Interactive (part of SCi Entertainment) that grants EA Mobile "the exclusive multi-regional distribution and licensing rights to selected titles from the Eidos catalogue."
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts had a hostile takeover offer for Take-Two Interactive for months, which it recently ended to enter private discussions with Take-Two. Due to confidentiality requirements, there has been radio silence from the two companies, but Electronic Arts issued a statement today that, "while EA continues to have a high regard for Take-Two's creative teams and products, after careful consideration, including a management presentation and review of other due diligence materials provided by Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., EA has decided not to make a proposal to acquire Take-Two and has terminated discussions with Take-Two."


There you have it. Under the current conditions, EA will not acquire Take-Two. In other words, the price that Take-Two's management and shareholders want for the company is too high for EA to feel it prudent at this time.

GameStopIn a filing this week with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, GameStop noted that its board has authorized a pay raise for its Chief Executive Officer, Daniel DeMatteo, to $1.2 million. That, of course, is only his base pay, and does not include his bonus or perks.
Activision BlizzardThis Sunday marks the release of Rock Band, so what better time could there be for Activision Publishing, part of Activision Blizzard, to release news concerning Guitar Hero World Tour? Activision has released the full set list that will be available on the game disc when this game (featuring guitar, drum kit and microphone) is released on October 26 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2:
KonamiKonami has signed a deal with the UEFA Champions League that gives Konami the exclusive right to include the soccer club competition in its games for the next four years. The UEFA Champions League will be included in Pro Evolution Soccer 2009 when it is released in North America on November 11 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.
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.
Activision BlizzardActivision Publishing, part of Activision Blizzard, has acquired FreeStyleGames, a U.K. developer.
MajescoMajesco Entertainment reported its financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2008.
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.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has decided that Kevin Love will grace the cover of NCAA Basketball '09 when it is released later this year for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2. This release not only marks a new name for EA's college basketball franchise, the game will emphasize mimicking the style of play that the teams themselves pursue in real life.
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.
Electronic Arts' Mythic Entertainment studio has launched the official site for Ultima Online: Stygian Abyss. This upcoming expansion for the massively multiplayer online game Ultima Online will add the playable race of Gargoyles.
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.

NHL 2K9 Now Available in Stores

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Take-Two Interactive2K Sports, Take-Two Interactive's sports label, has launched its game NHL 2K9 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and PlayStation 2. This latest iteration of 2K Sports' hockey franchise now includes the all-important Zamboni competitions.
NCsoftNCsoft is reorganizing its various operating divisions. NC Interactive, NC Europe, NC Austin and ArenaNet are all being unified under NCsoft's new subsidiary, NC West.
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.

Ensemble Studios to Close

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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.
MicrosoftIt's Wednesday again, and Microsoft has released more downloadable games for the Xbox 360's Xbox Live Arcade. This week, it's a bounty of three games.
Namco Bandai GamesNamco Bandai Games has shipped its game Active Life: Outdoor Challenge for the Wii to stores in North America.
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.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts estimates that from when Madden NFL '09 started selling on August 12, through the end of the month of August, the game enjoyed sales of around $133.5 million. EA says that's around 6% higher than sales for last year's version of the game.
KoeiKoei's game Romance of the Three Kingdoms is now available for the PC as a download.
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.

Warriors Orochi 2 is Gold

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KoeiKoei's game Warriors Orochi 2 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 2 is now gold, in duplication and should reach stores on September 23.
F.E.A.R. 2: Project OriginWarner Bros. Interactive Entertainment appears to have acquired the rights to the name F.E.A.R., since the game previously known as Project Origin (an unofficial sequel to F.E.A.R.) is now, officially, F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin. The game is being developed for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC for release in North America, and begins shortly before the events of F.E.A.R., the original game in this first-person shooter franchise, concluded. F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin should ship on February 10, 2009 in North America and on February 13, 2009, in Europe.
MajescoMajesco has shipped Air Traffic Chaos for the DS to stores in North America.
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.
Take-Two InteractiveTake-Two Interactive has signed a distribution agreement with Ditan Distribution that will see Ditan take care of all the warehousing and shipping functions for Take-Two Interactive's Jack of All Games subsidiary. This will allow Take-Two's Jack of all Games business (Take-Two's distribution business based in Ohio) to focus on purchasing, sales and customer service.

TNA iMPACT! Ships to Stores

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MidwayMidway has shipped its game TNA iMPACT! to stores in North America.

NHL '09 Ships to Stores

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Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has shipped NHL '09 for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 to stores in North America.
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.
AtariInfogrames, under its Atari brand, has launched a new studio dedicated to online games. The studio will be located in Hammersmith (west London) and is currently staffing up to capacity.
Stray Bullet Games, the developer created from the ashes of Wolfpack Studios (the folks behind Shadowbane), has been working on a new (and unannounced) massively multiplayer online game. The developer still isn't announcing the new game, but has arranged for it to be published in Asia by Neowiz Games, a Korean publisher.
Dean Takahashi has published an article called "Xbox 360 defects: an inside history of Microsoft's video game console woes" that Takahashi describes as "the last chapter of my book on the making for the Xbox 360, 'The Xbox 360 Uncloaked: The Real Story Behind Microsoft's Next-Generation Video Game Console." In the tale, Takahashi reports that Microsoft new about the hardware problems with the Xbox 360 as early as August of 2005, and moved ahead knowingly with faulty hardware that resulted high console failure rates. According to the article, Microsoft expected a failure rate of 6%-7%. The final failure rate for consumers is estimated to be as high as 15% to 16% with many more consoles failing before being shipped to stores.
Mad CatzMad Catz has shipped its Fender Precision Bass Guitar for the Xbox 360 to stores. The instrument is designed to be used with the game Rock Band, and features a split strum bar to make it easier to hit fast sequences of notes.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has released its mobile game Tetris Pop for mobile phones. The game includes not only the familiar version of Tetris for mobile phones, but also 17 variations with their own challenges.
NintendoNintendo's game Mystery Case Files: MillionHeir is now in stores for the DS.
Electronic ArtsPreviously, Electronic Arts and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment had planned to release Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in November of this year. Now, the companies plan to release the game alongside the film (based on the sixth Harry Potter book) in the summer of 2009.
Activision BlizzardActivision Blizzard's previously reported 2-for-1 stock split is now effective and the company's stock is now trading on a split-adjusted basis. So, no... Activision Blizzard's stock did not just lose half its value... there are twice as many shares.
THQTHQ has shipped Viva Pinata: Pocket Paradise for the DS to stores in North America.
NintendoNintendo is sticking with its recently established pattern, and since today is Monday, is releasing one WiiWare and two Virtual Console games for the Wii.

Lock's Quest Ships for the DS

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THQTHQ has shipped Lock's Quest for the DS to stores in North America.
The Mac version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare from Aspyr Media is now gold, in duplication and should be available in stores on September 15.

Peggle Coming to Mobile Phones

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PopCapPopCap is planning to bring its game Peggle (a Pachinko-like game) to mobile phones in North America and Europe later this month.

Mount & Blade is Gold

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Mount and BladeParadox Interactive's game Mount & Blade is now gold, in duplication and should be released in North America on September 16 and in Europe on September 19.
Take-Two InteractiveTake-Two Interactive announced its financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended July 31, 2008 – a quarter that benefited heavily from the release of Grand Theft Auto 4.
Activision BlizzardBlizzard, part of Activision Blizzard, has released music from many of its games through the iTunes store. Tracks from StarCraft, Diablo II, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade and World of Warcraft: Taverns of Azeroth (many of which were previously available on discs as part of Collector's Edition releases) can now be purchased for listening.
UbisoftUbisoft is working with CBS Consumer Products to create an adventure game for the PC based on the television series CSI: NY.
When Harmonix (part of MTV Networks) announced Rock Band 2 in conjunction with Electronic Arts, fans excitedly greeted the news that tracks from the original Rock Band would be playable in Rock Band 2. Soon after, rumors circulated that fans would have to pay an additional fee to play Rock Band songs in Rock Band 2. A download is now available that makes this transfer possible – for a fee.
D3PublisherD3Publisher of America plans to release Cradle of Rome for the DS on November 18.
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..."
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts' game NFL Head Coach '09 is now in stores for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game is also available as a download for the PlayStation 3 through the PlayStation Store.
Publisher cdv Software Entertainment plans to release its first DS game in the first half of 2009, and it will be My Little Baby.
Xseed GamesXseed Games' upcoming title Valhalla Knights 2 for the PSP is gold, in duplication and should reach stores on October 1.
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.
Paradox InteractiveParadox Interactive plans to release a retail Europa Universalis III compilation in October.
Square EnixSquare Enix added two members to its North American executive team earlier this year.
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.

Spore Ships to Stores

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Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has shipped Spore to stores. Don't go wild – if you're in North America, you still can't purchase it. The game is on sale today in most of Europe. Tomorrow, the game will be released in the remainder of Europe and in South America. On Sunday, gamers in North America will be able to purchase Spore.
Bluetooth Headset for the PlayStation 3Later this year, Sony plans to release a Bluetooth Headset for the PlayStation 3. The headset will be available both as a standalone product (for $50) and as a bundle with SOCOM: U.S. Navy SEALs Confrontation when it is released this October (for $60).
Xseed Games plans to release Populous for the DS late this year.
MicrosoftThe official announcement is finally upon us. While it's been astonishingly common knowledge of late that Microsoft would drop prices on the Xbox 360 console, word is now official and public.
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.

C.O.R.E. Coming to the DS

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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.
Electronic ArtsElectronic Arts has shipped its game FaceBreaker to stores worldwide. The game is available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, with a version called FaceBreaker K.O. Party planned for the Wii in November.
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.
Namco BandaiNamco Bandai Games has shipped Warhammer: Battle March for the Xbox 360 and Warhammer: Mark of Chaos - Battle March for the PC to stores in North America.
MicrosoftMicrosoft has shipped Viva Pinata: Trouble in Paradise for the Xbox 360 to stores.
Agetec's game Touch Darts is now in stores for the DS.
Namco BandaiNamco Bandai Games has entered into a co-publishing agreement with Koei to bring Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 in 2009.
Nyko Wing ControllerNyko is planning to release a wireless controller called the "Wing," designed specifically for downloadable games on the Wii. The controller will plug into the Wii remote using a wireless dongle, and mimics the functions of the Wii's Classic Controller. The idea is to provide a more comfortable and controlled experience for those playing Wii Virtual Console games, for $30.
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.
Activision BlizzardActivision Publishing, part of Activision Blizzard, has shipped Rapala Fishing Frenzy for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii to stores in North America.
Publisher XS Games has shipped Commando: Steel Disaster for the DS to stores in North America.
CapcomCapcom has launched its game Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? for the iPhone and iPod Touch through the Apple App Store. The game is based on the television quiz show of the same name.
Crave Entertainment has shipped Defendin' De Penguin for the Wii and DS.
Square EnixSquare Enix has shipped its game Infinite Undiscovery for the Xbox 360 to stores in North America.
Sony confirmed that Resistance 2, sequel to Resistance: Fall of Man, from Insomniac Games will be released in North America on November 4.

Silver DS on Sunday

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Silver Nintendo DSOn Sunday, September 7, Nintendo will begin selling a new color of its DS unit – silver. The new color of DS will be promoted in a series of print advertisements featuring Liv Tyler.
THQIt's a big day for business news at THQ. Not only has THQ announced its further expansion into Asia with the planned opening of a Shanghai office, a lawsuit that clouded THQ's license to make WWE games has been dismissed.

Gauntlet Coming to the DS

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Eidos, part of SCi Entertainment, plans to release Gauntlet for the DS in October.

Pipe Mania is Gold

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Empire Interactive's upcoming game Pipe Mania is gold, in duplication, and should reach stores on September 30.
NintendoIt may be a work holiday in the United States, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo from releasing more downloadable games for the Wii. In fact, with another WiiWare game and two more Virtual Console releases, this marks Nintendo's 250th Virtual Console release for the Wii.

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