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Media: Two New Bionic Commando Rearmed Images Plus Updates
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Media: Two New Bionic Commando Rearmed Images Plus Updates

The PlayStation blog has updated with some word from the guys at GRIN and Capcom about what to expect in the still-delayed Bionic Commando Rearmed. So far, they're still trying to get Trophies in, but said they won't be there at launch. However, they did make the Medal system so that they could back-tag the data, so you aren't forced to waste your time doing everything twice when and if they do get Trophies going. Regarding stages in the game, they say they're about 95% true to the original, in that they've added four new ones, and some hidden areas in the originals which may yield some secret items. "I won't spoil it for you," says "Producer Supreme" Ben Judd, "but let's just say that there are going to be quite a few surprises anyone familiar with the original game." Further details after the cut. Read More

Ninja Gaiden II's Ryu Watches You Sleep
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Ninja Gaiden II's Ryu Watches You Sleep

There, hopefully that headline has deterred some of you from wanting to buy one of the 1999 figures that First 4 Figures is making of the hero of Ninja Gaiden II, Ryu Hayabusa, thus improving my chances. Microsoft has revealed via their Gamerscore blog that Ryu comes in his black "skintard," with an accoutrement of weapons including the legendary Dragon Sword, the deadly Eclipse Scythe, and a Falcon's Talon. Why not two, I don't know. The sculpt is 1/4 scale at a whopping 31 inches tall (with scythe, and for you TransFormer fans of old, that's bigger than Fortress Maximus), so I'm not sure how well fitting him on the mantle over your fireplace would work out. He also features a base with artificial grass (because clearly someone, somewhere, would've thought it'd use real grass), and a graveyard of swords from fallen warriors through which Ryu treads. The figure will be available in the first quarter of 2009, and you can order the figure online here for $349.99 (remember what I said about me getting one? Scratch that). You can also check out the figure in closer detail here. Read More

Media: Captain Rainbow Trailer; Is That...?
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Media: Captain Rainbow Trailer; Is That...?

C'mere, and we'll let you in on a little-known industry secret... Remember Little Mac's appearance in Super Smash Bros. Brawl earlier this year? He was looking pretty good there, wasn't he? Like he hadn't missed a step. But see, the thing about that is... It wasn't really Little Mac. No, since his NES glory days in the early Punch-Out!! titles, Little Mac has kind of let himself go in retirement... see for yourself as he details Birdo's quest for love in Captain Rainbow: Sad... Read More

Sony Responds (Sort of) to WipEout HD's Epileptic Wipeout
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Sony Responds (Sort of) to WipEout HD's Epileptic Wipeout

A couple of days ago, it was reported that the upcoming WipEout HD failed epilepsy tests, thus forcing it to be re-engineered and pulled from E3. Today, Sony has responded to the issue. Without confirming or denying the report, they told CVG "Regarding the speculation about health issues, we can assure you that we take consumer safety very seriously and monitor it very carefully." Um, ok. We should hope so. Presently, there is no word on a release date for the game, or what changes it may have to undergo. Read More

Kaz Would Rather Eat Lead Than Bed with 360's Exclusives
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Kaz Would Rather Eat Lead Than Bed with 360's Exclusives

Yikes! I understand believing in your brand and all, but I would hope that Kaz Hirai isn't serious about his choice when asked which 360-exclusive title he would like to see on the PlayStation 3: Aftonbladet: If you had to choose ONE exclusive Xbox 360 title and launch it for the PS3 instead, which game would it be? Hirai: I don't think I have to choose any..... Aftonbladet: You have to pick one. Hirai: Again, I don't think I have to pick one because we have such a fantastic lineup of games. Aftonbladet: But if someone is holding a gun to your head and you have to choose one. Which game would it be? Hirai: Okay.. then they have to shoot me, because I really don't think we need any. Well, I guess it's safe to say that the next time you want something like Dead Rising or BioShock (which fortunately is coming to PS3 now anyway) on Sony's hardware, you probably shouldn't count on Kaz Hirai to go to bat for you. Read More

Castlevania's Igarashi "Definitely Interested in WiiWare"
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Castlevania's Igarashi "Definitely Interested in WiiWare"

Man, traditional, Symphony-esque Castlevania on the DS? That's old news. We want traditional, Symphony-esque Castlevania on the Wii! Luckily, it seems Koji "IGA" Igarashi is interested in obliging. "I'm definitely interested in WiiWare and I think it's one of the areas that 2D can still be very strong at," Igarashi told MTV Multiplayer . "I'm very much looking into that." Well, it probably won't blossom into the most original project ever, but I'm excited. What about you? Read More

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