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Soul Calibur IV: Character Creation at Work
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Soul Calibur IV: Character Creation at Work

The lineup in Soul Calibur has gotten stranger and stranger over the years... at first, it was the console-exclusive characters like Link, Spawn, and Heihachi. This year, it's console-exclusive Star Wars characters in Darth Vader and Yoda, plus the likes of Vader's apprentice, Angol Fear, and maybe one or two others I'm forgetting. But moving past all the official stuff, there's also what works come of the character editor, and that's where things get really interesting. Mario? Sub-zero? Black Orchid? Snake? Check out who, for good (like Robin) and for bad (like Superman), can make it onto your stage of history in this video: Have such a creation of your own? Share it with us! Read More

kombo July 31, 2008 | Comments
Madden '09 Demo Available on XBL Marketplace Right Now
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Madden '09 Demo Available on XBL Marketplace Right Now

Those anxiously awaiting Madden '09 need wait no longer. Major Nelson just broke the news, via his twitter feed, that the Madden '09 demo is available right now on Xbox Live Marketplace, 11 days before the game is scheduled to release. Check it out and let us know if this year's iteration is worth getting excited about. Read More

kombo July 31, 2008 | Comments
Tetris Party (WiiWare) Details
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Tetris Party (WiiWare) Details

Tetris Party is the name of the Tetris title headed to WiiWare and it looks awfully ambitious at this point. The website has revealed that in addition to the delivered promise of Wi-fi Support, the game will also support the Wii Balance Board, as noted in the screen above. Some of the 18 modes included: -Balance Marathon Mode (use balance board to control blocks) -Co-Op Multiplayer Mode (giant wide Tetris screen, both players have falling blocks) -Duel Mode (instead of lines, people try to create larger "areas" of their color) -Marathon Mode (15 level standard Tetris) -Versus Battle Mode (4-player versus) -Versus Field Climber Mode (help a tiny climber climb up Tetris pieces to the top first) -Versus Shadow Mode (fill out puzzles using Tetris pieces) -Wi-Fi Battle Mode (6-player online battle) A tentative release window of Fall '08 is plastered on the site. More details as they come. Read More

kombo July 31, 2008 | Comments
Media: Debut SimCity Creator Trailer
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Media: Debut SimCity Creator Trailer

SimCity Creator looks solid. Well, at least the gameplay does. Sure waggle for disasters is gimmicky but the game seems to play on the real strengths of the Wii well. Enjoy the debut trailer. Read More

kombo July 31, 2008 | Comments
EA Currently Developing 40 Games for Wii and DS
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EA Currently Developing 40 Games for Wii and DS

It goes without saying that Electronic Arts is currently one of the major powerhouses in the video game industry, developing and publishing a vast amount of games for any and every console that has come out. Recently, EA revealed that they currently have 40 titles in development for both the Wii and the DS. "Electronic Arts has announced that it has 40 titles in the works for both Wii and DS, the news emerging in the company's conference call that came off the back of its quarterly financial results. Trade website gamesindustry.biz had a keen ear on the call, in which EA's CEO John Riccitiello also revealed that its recent Wii title Boom Blox enjoyed success, shifting some 450,000 units in the last quarter." -- IGN Whoa... 40 games? Overkill much? I can barely even begin to name some of those off the top of my head. Let's see... Facebreaker, Madden, Spore, SimCity Creator... yeesh. I guess EA's sure to have something for every gamer with a future catalog as big as 40 games, but one can only wonder how many of those are going to end up being quality titles. Read More

kombo July 30, 2008 | Comments
New Survival Horror Game, Cursed Mountain, Announced for Wii
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New Survival Horror Game, Cursed Mountain, Announced for Wii

I think it's safe to say that the Wii could use all the core games it can get at this point. If -- like me -- you're desperately looking for something to look forward to on Wii, perhaps this could be it. Developer and publisher Deep Silver announced today that it is developing a survival horror game for Wii, titled Cursed Mountain. On Wednesday, publisher / developer Deep Silver revealed to IGN its new Wii-exclusive survival horror game, Cursed Mountain. The title, set in the late 1980s, follows an experienced climber who sets out to scale a huge mountain in the Himalayas in order to find his recently lost brother. According to Deep Silver, "As he ascends the mountain, he encounters an ancient curse: the souls of the people who died in that region are stuck in limbo, caught in the Shadow World." Players must content with villagers, pilgrims, mountaineers, Buddhist monks, and evil ghosts and demons as they unravel the mystery of the location. And for what? The climber isn't at all convinced that his missing brother is still alive. "With a fresh setting, gloomy atmosphere and the innovative use of the Wii controls, Cursed Mountain will deliver a unique, terrifying game play experience," said Hannes Seifert, Managing Director at the Deep Silver development studio. "Deep Silver is confident that Cursed Mountain will help to further establish our international presence, and help expand the survival horror game genre on the Wii platform." According to Deep Silver, Cursed Mountain will boast advanced graphics and amazing scenery. Since the game is set on the "roof of the world," players will be able to see the entire game world from any level. In addition, the title will feature IR / pointer and gesture-based controls for exploration and combat respectively. -- IGN So far, there's no video or in-game screenshots of Cursed Mountain. Just the concept art you see accompanied with this post and some more in IGN's preview. Read More

kombo July 30, 2008 | Comments
Media: Wario Land: Shake It! Jungle and Pyramid Gameplay
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Media: Wario Land: Shake It! Jungle and Pyramid Gameplay

Indiana Who? Lara What? We all know there's only one real explorer who can tackle the dankest jungles and the darkest pyramids, all in search of bigger and better treasure. Check out Wario in action from the Japanese version of Shake It! The second vid comes after the cut. Read More

kombo July 30, 2008 | Comments
New Details on Ragnarok Online DS
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New Details on Ragnarok Online DS

After what has seemed like forever without an update, IGN reveals that Ragnarok Online for the Nintendo DS is still in development, and there are finally some new details to be shared, courtesy of Famitsu. "Titled Ragnarok Online DS, the PC MMORPG will, as the name suggests, retain online play in the move over to the dual screen. The game supports Wi-Fi Connection cooperative play for up to three players with 50 multiplayer dungeons available. Obviously, this isn't quite the same online play as the PC original. Much of the DS title is actually new, including the original main character, Ares. The storyline is also original. The game will also have new jobs, including a dark knight and a shaman. The control scheme appears to attempt to replicate the PC version, though, with the stylus used in place of the mouse. You make use of stylus motions to attack your enemies, use items, and perform skills." -- IGN The game is due to arrive in Japan thanks to Gung-Ho Works on December 18th, just in time for the 6th anniversary of the series. Read More

kombo July 30, 2008 | Comments
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