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Astro Boy: The Video Game

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I’m not the least bit surprised if a game based on a newly released movie or is a tie-in story related to a theatrical release turns out to be a horrible gaming experience and a shameless way to rake in extra cash. Then again, a very rare few movie-based games actually surprised us with fun gameplay elements that made it worth buying. Unfortunately, Astro Boy The Video game had the... Read Review

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Media: Astro Boy: The Video Game - Release Date Trailer

People seem to be of a mixed mind when it comes to the upcoming Astro Boy movie by Warner Bros. and Imagi, the Hong Kong studio which created the last Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. Some seem to like it, sure, but others seem predisposed to hate it with every fiber of their being, well before it hits theaters. And if the movie is coming under that much scrutiny, you can only imagine that the game would come under that much more, especially with its limited availability on the Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation Portable, and PS2, leaving out the high-definition hardware. Fortunately, High Voltage Software is on the case, and as we've seen, they aren't bad at pulling some neat tricks out of lower technology. Nonetheless, the project marches on, and a new trailer has been released to announce the title's release date: Video Games | Astro Boy: The Videogame | Release Date TrailerXBox 360 | Playstation 3 | Nintendo Wii Truth be told, I really don't know what to say about the movie, but the game looks like it could be a pretty good platformer. The real problem is, Astro Boy already had an extremely good platformer in SEGA and Treasure's 2004 title, Astro Boy: Omega Factor for the Game Boy Advance. So naturally, there will likely be a lot of inclination among reviewers and fans alike to draw comparisons. The question then becomes a little less about whether or not this game can be a good game, and a little more about how well it stacks up to its predecessor. Fortunately, SEGA's PlayStation 2 Astro Boy game wasn't as warmly received, so if it can best that, it might do alright for itself. Read More


Nintendo Reveals First- and Third-Party Holiday Lineup

Nintendo has released the planned publishing schedule as it stands for the Wii and Nintendo DS/DSi, from both themselves and their third-parties. A lot of definite dates are not set in, instead referenced as "Fall," "Holiday," or "November," for example, but nonetheless serves to give us an idea of what the coming months will bring. "This extensive lineup will keep players busy throughout the fall and into 2010," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Shoppers know that Nintendo offers fun for everyone in the household." Nintendo also mentions the upcoming black Wii Remote, Nunchuk, and MotionPlus as being available "this holiday season," though they don't get any more specific than that. Hit the jump for the full press release and list of games that will become available. Read More


D3Publisher, High Voltage, and Art Co. Announce Astro Boy: The Video Game

Q: What do Astro Boy and Indiana Jones have in common. A: There's apparently no room for their games on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Such is what one would surmise after reading the press release which reveals that Astro Boy: The Video Game is coming to the PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2, Wii, and Nintendo DS, courtesy of D3Publisher. The game is based on the upcoming computer-generated movie by Imagi (who are perhaps best known for the last Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie), and seems to be one of the two upcoming Wii titles from High Voltage Software, who will be handling development chores on all versions but the DS-- that one goes to Art Co. Ltd. The game is due to be released in October to coincide with the movie; for further story and gameplay details, check out the press release after the cut. Then, join me in wondering if this will even touch The Omega Factor on the Game Boy Advance. Read More


Iron Man Demo Hits Xbox Live Marketplace

Good news for fans of ol' Shellhead, as today none other than Major Nelson has brought word that a demo for the Iron Man video game by SEGA is now available on the Xbox Live Marketplace in all regions. The game is rated T for Teen, due to some violence, mild language, and of course, alcohol references. Wouldn't be Iron Man without 'em. And for a mere 643.34 MB of hard drive space, you too can battle jets, tanks, super villains, and more in your customizable armor as you experience battles from the upcoming movie alongside those created just for the game. Haven't played it yet, but every time I think of doing so in my mind, I'm just reminded of SEGA's Astro Boy game for the PS2 for some reason. While not bad, I'm hoping this one pans out better, more like the damn near legendary licensed games they used to churn out in the Genesis days. Oh, and incidently, no sign of this on the PlayStation Network yet. Read More


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