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E3 2008: Avatars and Miis are Basically Identical, Says Cliff B

Written by Kombo News Correspondent Steve "Dack" Hannley Cliff Bleszinski doesn't joke around when it comes to making statements. Today, he stated the obvious when he claimed that Miis and the new Xbox 360 Avatars are basically the same thing. "They're Miis, but that's fine," Bleszinski said in an interview with Eurogamer. "They look like they have a lot more functionality, and it's bringing the console full circle from a hardcore gaming box to an entertainment-friendly family box and it's cool." Blezkinski is a fan of the new Xbox Dashboard, saying that the first one could be confusing and frusturating at times. "Between you, me and wall frankly I can't find s*** in the current interface," he said. "The blades come up and my frame-rate goes to a crawl and I'm like 'Argh! Argh!'" Read More

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E3 2008: Unlocking Achievements Will Finally Reward Players

Major Nelson mentioned on Gamespot's Live Show today that Microsoft plans to offer rewards for achievements in the future. They'll do so by unlocking new outfits and the like for Microsoft's Mii too avatars. Not exactly the greatest reward in the world but its better than purchasing gamer pics, right? We'll keep you updated for more details and a firmer confirmation to come. Read More

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E3 2008: Wii Resort: Sports to Have Jet-Ski Game Better than WaveRace 64

Bold words, from a bold man. Yeguch spoke up about Wii Sports: Resort at the small Nintendo conference on Wednesday night. He said that the team behind WaveRace 64 was behind some of the Jet-Ski action in Wii Sports: Resort. To add some extra boldness to that statement, Yeguchi threw in that they would be making the Jet-Ski section in Wii Sports: Resort better than the title for the 64. As I live and breathe. I'll be crazy excited to play that game if it's true. Read More

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E3 2008: Miyamoto Makes Pikmin 3 Official

For Nintendo fans, this E3 has finally taken a turn for the better. During their press roundtable held minutes ago, Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that a brand new Pikmin title is indeed in development. Nothing visual was shown on the project, nor was a description given. Still, at least we know Nintendo is hard at work on revisiting the franchise. We'll have more as it breaks! Read More

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E3 2008: Animal Crossing: City Folk Not Getting VC Functionality; Able to Transfer Character From Wi

At the uber exciting Nintendo Conference (part deux), Yeguchi, a developer from Animal Crossing: City Folk, took some time out to talk about the upcoming title. Tons of tidbits were revealed. He started by saying that event reminders and jingles would be returning to the title, including old events like Halloween. There will be two new events as well, one where a man hides painted eggs throughout the town (Easter) and a Carnival. Furniture and Wallpapers will be updated constantly through WiiConnect24. They're really striving to make this game come with a ton of longevity. The city side of the game will feature a set of businesses where players can indulge. One of them is even a theater where folks can take in a comedy show. More huge tidbits after the break... Read More

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E3 2008: Capcom Explains Significance of Lost Planet Movie Conference

To a lot of people, E3 has been nothing short of a letdown, and ultimately just an excuse for the press to get a chance to play games we've known about for months while guys like Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony gloat about their numbers. And Capcom's, unfortunately, was not much different. While fans expected talk of Resident Evil 5 and Street Fighter IV, of Mega Man 9 and-- hey, is that Lost Planet for the Wii? --they were instead treated to people from Capcom (and David Hayter) discussing the Lost Planet movie, and Capcom's interest in the field of motion pictures... and nothing else. This left a lot of fans with the wind taken out of their sails, feeling there should have been a warning not to even bother, and that it was an insignificant waste of time. However, Corporate Officer/VP of Strategic Planning & Business Development for Capcom, Christian Svennson, would disagree with that, and readily points out the significance of their conference. Find out what he has to say after the cut. Read More

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E3 2008: The Conduit to Support 16-Player Online Multiplayer; Using WiiSpeak

During today's E3 showing, we came across a bit of info that's sure to get Wii owners excited. High Voltage, developer behind The Conduit for the Wii, has revealed that the game will include an online multiplayer mode. Even more, the team currently has a build that supports up to 16 players at once. They also revealed functionality with WiiSpeak, Nintendo's new communication peripheral unveiled at yesterday's press conference. Keep it here for more! Read More

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