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Tom Clancy's HAWX Delayed Until Q1 2009
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Tom Clancy's HAWX Delayed Until Q1 2009

Got some sad news for those of you looking forward to Tom Clancy's HAWX. According to CVG, Ubisoft has announced that the game is not going to make its expected release date. Originally planned to release during September of this year, the air combat game is being delayed until 2009. The good news is the game is expected to release sometime during the first quarter of next year. Read More

Update on Ninja Gaiden II Mission Mode Snafus
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Update on Ninja Gaiden II Mission Mode Snafus

The downloadable Mission Mode package for Ninja Gaiden II has been release, but not without problems that had lead to it being temporarily removed. It is back now, but Microsoft claims more time will be needed to iron out the freezing problems. "For those who downloaded the pack when it was available last week but didn't unlock achievements before the fix was posted, you should be good to go. For those who ran into problems with unlocking achievements, we've seen that many have had luck fixing things by either clearing the cache or recovering their gamertag. This removes the first update and allows the fixed one to be downloaded instead. (Please note that by clearing the cache, you will be prompted to update any game that has received updates in the past. Not really such a bad thing -- at least everything will be up to date.) Thanks again for your patience." --Gamerscore Blog Well, it's good to know they aren't just ignoring it. Read More

MMN Reset: Mega Man 3 (NES)
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MMN Reset: Mega Man 3 (NES)

The third part of The Mega Man Network's Reset series looks back at Mega Man 3, with its new innovations and multitude of robot bosses, plus the debut of the mysterious Proto Man. If you missed parts 1 and 2, you can find them here and here, respectively. Read More

MTV Sponsors First Ever "Rock Band Live" Tour
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MTV Sponsors First Ever "Rock Band Live" Tour

I guess all that fake band practice will finally pay off. MTV, in conjunction with Hot Topic and Pepsi Stuff, have announced the first ever Rock Band Live Tour. The musical video game phenomenon of Rock Bandâ„¢ is coming to a city near you. This fall Rock Band Live (http://www.rockbandtourlive.com) will travel across the country with headline acts Panic At The Disco and Dashboard Confessional, together on stage, with very special guests Plain White T's, The Cab, and possibly YOU! The concert tour will let Rock Band bands rock their way onto the main stage with a truly interactive experience that allows fans to compete in head-to-head competitions for the chance to play on the main stage in-between the tour acts' sets. Bands will be selected through local radio promotions, national contests and on-site at each show. -- MTV Press Release Interested in whether this will hit your city or not? Check the tour dates after the break: Read More

Levine on BioShock: PS3 Decision was "Corporate," Additional Content a "2K Thing&quot
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Levine on BioShock: PS3 Decision was "Corporate," Additional Content a "2K Thing&quot

There are two things that have been on the minds of BioShock fans for some time now: Why has it taken so long to come to PlayStation 3, and what's with the new content? "The only thing that I knew at that point was that we were working on the 360 version and we weren't working on the PS3 version. And that comes down to a corporate decision level. "Just strictly from a production stand-point, it was a luxury for us because we could focus on a single platform. So strictly from a production standpoint, we weren't complaining." --Ken Levine As regards the addition of extra content to the PS3 version: "The PS3 technology was primarily developed by the guys in Australia. Some of the technology's done in Boston… I think they have a few people at Marin and there's Digital Extremes, and the additional content is being developed almost entirely in Boston." --Ken Levine In addition, he adds that the project is 2K-led, and that he has no control over the additional content of the PS3 version. Read More

Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Outsells Band's Latest Album
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Guitar Hero: Aerosmith Outsells Band's Latest Album

While Guitar Hero: Aerosmith hasn't had the resounding success of its counterparts, its still sold well. Its not only a success for Activision, but for Aerosmith as well: More than half a million plastic-guitar-toting consumers took home copies of Guitar Hero: Aerosmith during the week following its release on June 29, compared with just 160,500 for Aerosmith's Honkin' on Bobo album, released in March 2004. Gross sales figures show an even more dramatic gulf: Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, at $50 a game, generated more than $25 million, while Honkin' on Bobo only managed $2 million. -- Yahoo! Games I think anything that sells over 100,000 copies in spite of being named "Honkin' on Bobo" should still be considered a success. Maybe that's just me. Read More

Pachter: New Nintendo Handheld "Possible" During Fiscal Year
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Pachter: New Nintendo Handheld "Possible" During Fiscal Year

E3 was a bit of a bust when it came to any big revelations from Nintendo (other than the surprise sneak-announcement of the Wii MotionPlus), but that has not deterred Everyone's Favorite Analyst Michael Pachter from anticipating big things in the months ahead. As per his note to investors: "There is some possibility that Nintendo will launch a new handheld device during the fiscal year. If so, we expect upside to both our revenue and EPS estimates this year, and solid growth next year." --Michael Pachter And, if it interests anyone, he has also noted that Nintendo's first-quarter operating results are "almost exactly in line with our estimates," and has "FY:09 guidance for all financial and operational metrics." He adds that "Nintendo's recent financial performance has been spectacular and we expect this to continue in FY:09," and they are "establishing FY:10 estimates of ¥1,800 billion in revenue and ¥3,700 in EPS." Read More

Nintendo's Q1 Results: $1 Billion Profit, Wii Hardware at 29.62 Million, DS Hardware at 77.54 Mi
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Nintendo's Q1 Results: $1 Billion Profit, Wii Hardware at 29.62 Million, DS Hardware at 77.54 Mi

When Nintendo introduced the Nintendo DS and Wii to the world, many were skeptical whether or not Nintendo's new vision would work. Soon after the DS launched, all skeptics were silent and became believers. We then got introduced to Wii. Once again, people weren't sure whether or not this new controller concept would work properly and propel gaming into the next paradigm shift. Luckily for Nintendo investors, these ideas flourished and put tons of money into their pockets. Nintendo has released their Quarter 1 results for 2008, and it's quite impressive. To say the Wii and DS print money for Nintendo is now an understatement. April-June operating profit at Nintendo, creator of iconic game characters such as Mario and Zelda, rose to 119.19 billion yen ($1.10 billion) from 90.63 billion yen a year earlier. Since the November 2006 launches of the Wii and PS3, shares in Nintendo have more than doubled while Sony shares lost 12 percent. At $76 billion, Nintendo's market value is now twice as big as Sony's. -- Reuters If those staggering numbers aren't impressive enough for you, then just wait until you see the hardware and software numbers from Nintendo. Earlier in the life of Wii, software may not have been moving in high-demand, but that isn't the story anymore. Wii hardware is selling just as fast as software is now. Nintendo revealed that Wii hardware is now nearing 30 million units worldwide. Read More

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