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Rumor: GoldenEye Remake Leaked

GoldenEye 007 on the N64 was the game that successfully brought first person shooters to the consoles unlike previous attempts. GoldenEye was also the cause of sleepless nights among gamers due to just how fun it was.

A remake has been rumored for a while now, and it seems we are one step closer to seeing it happen. Destructoid has posted what is reportedly Activision's leaked E3 portfolio and survey. Other things hinted at in the survey include a possible golden Wii Remote gun shell and a golden Classic Controller Pro.

Yet, another E3 detail to look out for. Images below.

GoldenEye 007 Remake
(GWW)

Source: Destructoid



Rumor: Samus Aran to be Played by... Jessica Simpson?

Well, it's been awhile since a Metroid movie rumor has come out, but reportedly, Jessica Simpson will be playing the bounty hunter Samus Aran. On top of that, Uwe Boll is rumored to be directing.

Mad? Happy? Enraged? Overjoyed?

Let us know what you think!

(GWW)

Source: Gamrfeed



Rumor: 3DS to be More Powerful Than Wii?

IGN has an article up about the 3DS and what they (think) they know about the Nintendo 3DS. Towards the bottom of the first page, they have a section centered around how powerful the new handheld will be. Here's the quote:

"Several developers that have experienced 3DS in its current form have reported, off the record, that it has processing capabilities that far exceed the Nintendo Wii and bring the device with abilities that are close to HD consoles such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360."

They also mention that reportedly, developers have also said that the 3DS will not be using the NVIDIA Tegra chipset.

I'm not too sure if Nintendo would be willing to put that amount of power in the new handheld because it doesn't really go along with their past strategies. If it is true, E3 couldn't come any sooner.

(GWW)

Source: IGN



Japan: Wii Party and Other M Dated

Japan has already gotten the date set for Wii Party. The game that was just recently let loose from an investor's meeting is set for an official release on July 8th of this year in Japan. It will be sold in two bundles: one will be priced at 4,800 yen and the other will be 6,800 yen with either a white or pink Wii Remote. E3 should shed some more light on the title.

Also, Metroid: Other M has gotten it's Japanese release date set for September 2nd of this year. Only two days after the North American release. Another title to look forward to at E3.

(GWW)

Source: IGN



Nintendo E3 Presentation on Nintendo.com

If you are a fan of gaming in general, you are probably aware of E3 and even more aware of the many websites and television channels to watch the show. However, if you need another, Nintendo's own website will be hosting their presentation too.

Nintendo's presentation starts at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, June 15th.

(GWW)

Source: Nintendo Everything



Level-5 To Open Western Offices

Independent Japanese developer Level-5 has announced that it will be opening a new office in Santa Monica, California, USA this September and will also expand with a European branch next year.

Level-5 is best known as the developers of the Professor Layton series which have been a hit on Nintendo DS consoles and have resulted in a film adaptation in Japan. However, the company is also known as the developer of several popular RPGs including the White Knight Chronicles series (PS3), the Dark Cloud series (PS2) and Dragon Quest VIII/IX.

Although Level-5 has developed quite a reputable name as a developer, it has often sought to use other companies such as Sony and Nintendo to publish its products overseas. For example, the Professor Layton series is published under Level-5's name in Japan but under Nintendo's name in North America and Europe. Level-5's announcement of new offices in North America and Europe could signal that it is ready to take on more localization and publishing responsibilities in Western countries. Professor Layton games in particular release much later in the West than it does in Japan and so the new office could mean quicker localization times.

(as)

Source: Siliconera



Japan: Nintendo Releasing Playing Cards

Long been known in popular trivia, Nintendo was founded in 1889 as a playing card making company. Now, Nintendo will be returning to its roots by releasing a playing card set in Japan next month.

The playing cards will look like a standard 52-card deck but will feature Mario-themed artwork on the cards. Pictures of the cards can be found via the Andriasang blog. The card deck will retail for 1050 yen which converts to about \$11.38.

(as)

Source: CVG



Japan: DS Line Gets Price Cut and New DSi LL Colors

Nintendo announced a price cut to the entire line of DS handhelds and even three new colors for the DSi LL (DSi XL here in the states) in Japan. June 19th is the set date for the new prices and colors.

The DS Lite will drop from 16,800 yen down to a "floating retail price" which usually means it will drop by a few thousand yen. As for the original DSi, it will drop over 20% down to 15,000 yen, and the DSi LL will drop from 20,000 yen to 18,000 yen.

The new colors for the DSi LL will be green, blue and yellow. Each color will also be highlighted with a black outline. Below are images.

Green DSi LL Blue DSi LL Yellow DSi LL

More than likely, the U.S. and others will be receiving a similar outcome on at least the price drops, but nothing has been announced yet. After all, the 3DS isn't too far away. Maybe more information will be at E3.

(GWW)

Source: 1up.com



King Koopa Passes Away at Age 74

Okay, so maybe King Koopa (who we now know as Bowser) from the gaming universe is alive and well, but the King Koopa from the Super Mario Bros. movie hasn't fared as well.

Dennis Hopper, who portrayed King Koopa in the movie, passed away yesterday at the age of 74 due to prostate cancer. Hopper played many unconventional, yet great roles in his career. Hate it or love it, he brought Koopa to the big screen with just the right amount of control, evil and fun.

I say we all pop in the Mario Bros. movie at least one last time to pay our respects. Maybe this time we can try and pick out the good things about the movie. The imagination, perhaps?

(GWW)

Source: Fox News



PR: Pokemon: Black & White Coming Spring 2011

Two new Pokémon games, Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version, for the Nintendo DS family of systems will be released in North America in spring 2011. Introducing a new storyline and the next generation of Pokémon, the new releases will feature the Legendary Pokémon Reshiram (Pokémon Black Version) and Zekrom (Pokémon White Version) on the game covers worldwide.

"Pokémon is a true worldwide franchise with legions of fans in every corner of the globe,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “We know these fans will be thrilled to discover this new generation of Pokémon next year.

The launch of Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version follows the incredible consumer response to Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version, which have sold more than 8.4 million units combined worldwide to date. The Pokémon video game series has sold more than 200 million units worldwide since it was first introduced 14 years ago.

For more information about Pokémon, visit www.pokemon.com.

(as)

Source: GoNintendo



Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light Dated

Final Fantasy: 4 Heroes of Light has officially been announced for the Nintendo DS and is scheduled to be released on October 5, 2010. 4 Heroes of Light is an original RPG published by Square Enix that was released in Japan on October 29, 2009 as the The Four Warriors of Light: Final Fantasy Gaiden.

The appeal of 4 Heroes of Light is that it is a classical turn-based RPG that doesn't use magic points. Instead, players exchange turns to build charges which allow them to cast more powerful spells. Furthermore, the game features a jobs-like system in which players switch crowns to change stats and abilities.

The game was co-developed with Matrix Software who recently made the remakes Final Fantasy III and Final Fantasy IV for the Nintendo DS as well as Final Fantasy IV: The After Years for WiiWare. The game was directed by Takashi Tokita, who had lead roles in Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy VII and Chrono Trigger in addition to the aforementioned remakes. The development team also featured several Final Fantasy veterans.

The game received a 33 out of 40 score in the Japanese magazine Famitsu and was reported to have sold out within the first week in Japan.

(as)

Source: IGN and Siliconera



Sonic Colors Announced for Wii and DS

Sega is at it again, with another new game starring Sonic and Tails. This game called Sonic Colors will be released this year for Wii and DS. There isn't much information right now, but the Wii version will be a mix of a 2D and 3D action adventure. The game will take place on different planets, featuring levels that are inspired by amusement parks.

Once again Sega has decided not to let Sonic simply run and jump. In Sonic Colors there are aliens called "wisps," which will grant Sonic new powers, such as drilling through the ground, or flying through the stage as a laser. Sonic games today all tend to have a gimmick, so it will be interesting to see if the wisps add or take away from the gameplay. At the very least, I'm sure they won't be any worse than the werehog levels in Sonic Unleashed. Here is the official reveal trailer.

(js)

Source: Sega.com



Nnooo Unveils New DSiWare Title

Hunting ghostly spirits sounds like rather scary business. But Nnooo Studios is banking on a more entertaining -- and most likely light-hearted -- affair with Spirit Hunters Inc: Light and Spirit Hunters Inc: Shadow for Nintendo DSiWare and future Nintendo portable devices.

Spirit Hunters Inc. is essentially a role-playing game set in the real world," said Nic Watt, creative director of Nnooo. "Players use the camera built into their devices to hunt out and battle spirits anywhere in the world. Whether it’s at the supermarket, shopping mall, home or even on holiday, spirits are hiding all around us!"

The augmented-reality titles put players to work for Spirit Hunters Inc., where they will find, capture and trade ghosts. A variety of six elements, like fire and water, will aid gamers in battling the specters.

"As a member of Spirit Hunters Inc., the player must try to track down as many different types of spirit as possible, challenge them in battle and then either defeat them for experience or capture them for credits,” said Watt.

The two complementary titles will be hitting DSiWare and future Nintendo portable devices later this year. (eac)

Source: Nnooo Studios' Press Release



New Wii Remote Patent Filed

It would seem that a new patent filed by Nintendo has passed the FCC. Looking at the image on Nintendoland's website, nothing can be seen as different from the current Wii Remote besides the patent numbers.

What is being speculated on the website is that this Wii Remote may include the Wii Motion Plus technology inside. I happen to agree since there really is no other explanation for a new patent on a look-a-like device. Unless there's something like "stereo speakers" instead of mono.

At any rate, give it a look and let us know what you think!

(GWW)

Source: Nintendoland



Rumor: 3DS to Have One Standard 4:3 Screen and One 16:9 Widescreen

A certain website by name of Goonlinegames.net has supposedly come across a leaked photo of the main motherboard to the non-final named 3DS. In this image is a picture of two screens. Not much difference from what we currently have on DS now, except that one screen is a 16:9 aspect ratio widescreen. The other is a normal, 4:3 aspect ratio.

This, at least to me, seems like a weird move by Nintendo, if real. When playing games that take advantage of both screens for displaying cutscenes and using both for a bigger gameplay area, like Spirit Tracks, how would that work? Even if new games could be designed to at least make it work decently, older backwards compatible games may take a hit.

We'll just have to wait and see at E3

(GWW)

Source: Goonlinegames.net



DLC Monday: Frogger Returns, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, and Kirby Super Star

Virtual Console finally sees a new release this week, while DSiWare gets an update to an arcade classic and WiiWare receives the latest entry in a popular new series.

DSiWare has four new titles this week. First up is Looksley's Line Up, available for 500 Nintendo DSi Points; the title lets the gamer shift the system itself to change the view of various 3D dioramas. Also for 500 Nintendo DSi Points is Frogger Returns, a graphical update to the classic Frogger. A Topsy Turvy Life: Turvy Drops, for 200 Nintendo DSi Points, challenges you by having you turn the DSi upside-down and draw blocks to fill spaces. Finally, Flips: More Bloody Horowitz for 200 Nintendo DSi Points comes from the creator of Alex Rider and has three stories, each with a unique feature.

For WiiWare, at 1,000 Wii Points, gamers can snag the appropriately-titled action game Blood Beach, a game that arms players to the teeth to take on the Japanese Imperial Navy. At 800 Wii Points is the latest entry to the BIT.TRIP franchise with BIT.TRIP RUNNER, an action-platformer.

Virtual Console's sole release this week is Kirby Super Star. Formerly for Super NES, this entry to the classic Kirby franchise can be yours for only 800 Wii Points.

Check out more below on these titles, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section, via Twitter, or by way of our forums.

Nintendo DSiWare

Looksley's Line Up
Publisher:
Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Looksley the rabbit needs your assistance to finish the story he's writing. Guide him through a world based on famous fairy tales and folk stories from around the globe, helping him to gather inspiration by finding hidden items along the way. In this unique take on hidden-picture games, you'll move the Nintendo DSi system to change your view of various 3-D dioramas. Peer deeply into the scene as you shift the system, watching as layers within the diorama move to reveal previously unseen letters and objects. As you collect these letters and objects, you'll meet new characters and spell words that will open additional stages with more sets of hidden items to find. Particular stages contain secret pictures, testing your observation skills even further. Scour each scene's incredible depth and detail as you lend Looksley a hand in completing his masterpiece. Players of all ages will love this visual puzzle challenge and be amazed to see that even the same spot can look different from another angle.

Frogger Returns
Publisher:
Konami Digital Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Frogger is coming to a Nintendo DSi system near you! Frogger Returns takes the heart-pounding challenge of arcade Frogger and moves it into the next dimension. Classic top-down 2-D game play is updated with colorful 3-D graphics, a new perspective, new levels, new enemies and game-changing power-ups to dodge and use. Four stages take the original journey of Frogger from highway to home through a new adventure. Use multiple modes to attack your top scores, race against the clock or just get Frogger to his home pad.

A Topsy Turvy Life: Turvy Drops
Publisher:
TECMO KOEI GAMES
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Turn the Nintendo DSi system upside down and draw blocks on the touch screen to fill spaces in this topsy-turvy take on puzzle games. Play "Endless Mode" to see just how many points you can get as the blocks on the bottom screen fill faster and faster. The more blocks you clear at once, the higher your score. Play "Puzzle Mode" to test your brain against 30 mind-bending puzzles. Clear all the blocks within the specified time and turn limits. Can you solve the puzzles before time is up?

Flips: More Bloody Horowitz
Publisher:
Electronic Arts
Players: 1
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Anthony Horowitz, the best-selling creator of Alex Rider, gives horror a whole new look in this mischievous collection of macabre tales, exclusive to the Flips series. Including three new stories – each with its own unique feature, such as illustrations and sound effects – Flips: More Bloody Horowitz finds Horowitz at his most wicked. The Flips series brings modern classics to the Nintendo DSiWare service, allowing readers to collect, solve, interact and learn as they progress through the various stories and challenges.

WiiWare

BIT.TRIP RUNNER
Publisher:
Aksys Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: Discover the fastest, most exhilarating action-platformer to hit the WiiWare service. Race across the moon, kicking down crystal walls and sliding under chomping moon-slugs. Bound through the Robotic Mines and face off against the MinerMech. Dash through the Big City on a quest to find friends and defeat the final boss together. RUNNER is the fourth entry in the award-winning and critically acclaimed BIT.TRIP series. You control CommanderVideo as he runs, jumps, slides and kicks. With exciting modern and retro challenges, you can move through more than 50 levels of addictive game play. Chiptune supergroup Anamanaguchi makes a guest appearance. Join CommanderVideo on his most epic journey yet!

Blood Beach
Publisher:
Coresoft Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Blood, Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: You are hopelessly outnumbered and have no choice but to fight and win. Just you, your guns and the thin stretch of Blood Beach stand between you and the entire Japanese Imperial Navy. You have an impressive arsenal of weapons, including the M2 BMG, 40mm M1 and, of course, your Thompson SMG. But the Imperial Japanese Navy will hit you with everything they can muster – "Zeros," "Bettys" and even Takao-class battleships – in their methodical and relentless push to recapture the Solomon Islands. High scores can be saved for Easy, Normal and Hard levels of difficulty.

Virtual Console

Kirby Super Star
Original platform:
Super NES
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: That awful King Dedede is at it again – he's stolen all the food in Dream Land. It's up to Kirby™ to get it back and ultimately save Pop Star from being overtaken. In what may be the most diverse adventure yet for the round, pink hero, Kirby journeys through six main games and two minigames, finishing with the ultimate showdown in The Arena. Each game offers its own story and style of platforming action, as well as unique environments and an assortment of enemies. Swallowing an enemy allows Kirby to copy the abilities of that enemy, granting him the power to perform special attacks and giving him a new hat to don. In a strategic twist, Kirby can now give up an acquired ability and use it to turn an enemy into a helper. The helper will follow Kirby around and automatically fight as his ally or offer a second player the chance to join in the game by controlling it. There's never a dull moment as Kirby dashes, flies and swallows enemies in his battle against King Dedede, Dyna Blade and Meta Knight. (rt)

Source: Nintendo



DLC Monday: Chess Challenge! and Photo Dojo

While this week does not see a return of Virtual Console titles, it does see the release of an eagerly anticipated game by many that will certainly more than make up for the absence.

WiiWare sees two new releases this week. At 1,000 Wii Points, you can grab the latest Phoenix Wright port with Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS, the third release for the service thus far. For the Bobby Fischer in all of us, at 500 Wii Points is Chess Challenge!, offering play against the computer or against the world via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Nintendo DSiWare also sees its own version of Chess Challenge!, also for 500 Nintendo DSi Points. The two other DSiWare releases at that price point are Flips: The Enchanted Wood, an adventure title, and Earthworm Jim, the update to the Super NES classic. Finally, available at no cost up through June 10, 2010 when its price gets bumped up to 200 Nintendo DSi Points is Photo Dojo, the eagerly anticipated fighting game that allows gamers to take a picture of themselves in various poses, use the microphone to record sound effects, pick a fighting style and have at it.

Check out more on these releases below. Are you up to the Chess Challenge! or will you enter the Photo Dojo? Sound off below, in our forums, or via Twitter.


Nintendo DSiWare

Photo Dojo
Publisher:
Nintendo
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Violence
Price: Zero Nintendo DSi Points through June 10, 2010; 200 Nintendo DSi Points starting June 11, 2010
Description: Welcome to Photo Dojo, where you create a dojo filled with ruthless (or humorous) fighting machines using images of you and your friends. Use the Nintendo DSi system's built-in camera to take pictures of yourself and your friends in various poses, then use the built-in microphone to record sound effects and dialogue to give your warrior a voice. Choose one of the four available fighting styles, name your character and you're done. Better yet, repeat the simple, step-by-step process and create a lineup of up to eight fighters. Complete your game setup by customizing backgrounds and choosing from three awesome soundtracks, then prepare for battle. Two players can share one Nintendo DSi™ system to face off against each other in a one-on-one grudge match, while single-player mode offers the chance to pick your favorite fighter and take on relentless opponents of your own creation. If you're ready for some seriously offbeat kung fu action, Photo Dojo's unique twist on the side-scrolling beat-'em-up genre lets you use your imagination to set the stage for a fun-filled fight to the finish.

Earthworm Jim
Publisher:
Gameloft
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Cartoon Violence, Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: The classic action platformer you used to play on the Super NES™ system is back in a remake that offers the essence and core game play of the original, plus a never-before-seen feature available exclusively on the Nintendo DSi system. Play as the grooviest earthworm in the galaxy. Run, gun, swing from hooks with your head, launch cows, bungee jump and rocket through speed levels in a dozen crazy universes. Earn bonuses with facial-expression-based challenges that track your face using the system's built-in camera. Put on a smile, frown or make a variety of other faces to mimic Jim.

Chess Challenge!
Publisher:
Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Patience will be key if you want to score big in Chess Challenge! Perfect your chess skills by playing against the computer in multiple difficulty modes, or play against your friends in either shared or wireless play via DS Wireless Play. Start by practicing with some casual games, then work your way up in fully Elo-rated matches. You'll even be able to track all of your game-play stats – win, lose or draw. Chess Challenge! will keep both novice and expert players glued to the screen for hours.

Flips: The Enchanted Wood
Publisher:
Electronic Arts
Players: 1
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Jo, Bessie and Fanny move to the country and find an Enchanted Wood right on their doorstep. In the wood stands the magic Faraway Tree, and in that tree live the magical characters that soon become their new friends: Moon-Face, Silky the fairy and Saucepan Man. Together they visit strange lands (the Roundabout Land, the Land of Ice and Snow, Toyland and the Land of Take What You Want) that lie at the top of the tree. Get ready for exciting adventures – and narrow escapes! The Flips series brings modern classics to the Nintendo DSiWare service. Readers can collect, solve, interact and learn as they progress through the various stories and challenges.

WiiWare

Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS
Publisher:
Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Mild Blood, Mild Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Phoenix Wright is back as the third game in the popular Ace Attorney hand-held franchise comes to the WiiWare service. As Phoenix Wright, you'll play through five shocking new cases in first-person perspective. The game features two unique modes of play. In Investigations Mode you'll survey crime scenes, interview witnesses and gather evidence. You'll then present findings, listen to testimonials and examine witnesses in Court Mode. TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS also includes the "Psyche-Lock" feature that allows Phoenix to use a line of questioning to reveal inconsistencies in witness testimony.

Chess Challenge!
Publisher:
Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Patience will be key as you face the best players from around the world in Chess Challenge! for the WiiWare service. Perfect your chess skills by playing against the computer in multiple difficulty modes, or use Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to start climbing up in the worldwide rankings (broadband Internet connection required). Win online matches and see how your rating stacks up against competitors around the world by viewing the online Leaderboard. If you don't have time to play your friends in a live chess game, Chess Challenge! also lets you play with up to five different Wii Friends using WiiConnect24™. With full Mii™ character support you can really bring your games to life. Start by practicing with some casual games, then work your way up in fully Elo-rated matches. With all of these game-play options, you're in for some serious chess action. (rt)

Source: Nintendo



Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 Dated

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed received both good and bad marks, but overall, it was a great game in the Star Wars universe.

This leads to the creation of a sequel currently titled Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2. Not much is known about the story or any new gameplay mechanics, but the release date is currently set for October 26th, 2010 and will be for all platforms imaginable (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, DS, Wii, iPhone and PC).

(GWW)

Source: IGN



PR: Heroic Song Additions For May

SANTA MONICA, CA – May 04, 2010 – May rolls in and with it comes a new collection of shredable track pack additions for Activision Publishing, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero. From “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” to the hottest new alternative rock acts to hit the airwaves, fans can look forward to further expanding their Guitar Hero music libraries and shredding this month with tracks by Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Steve Miller Band, Alpha Rev, Capra, Snow Patrol and Aerosmith.

Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Steve Miller Band will have Guitar Hero players rocking in the beginning of May with the Classic Rock 3 Track Pack. “Juke Box Hero,” the third single off Foreigner’s 1981 album, 4, will join Lynyrd Skynyrd’s second hit single, “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “Take the Money and Run” by Steve Miller Band. The Classic Rock 3 Track Pack will be available on Wii May 6.

Gamers looking to add some alternative-pop to their Guitar Hero library are in for a treat May 11 with a three-song Alternative Pop Track Pack featuring Alpha Rev, Capra and Snow Patrol. The track pack will contain “Face Down,” off Alpha Rev’s just released new album New Morning, Capra’s debut single, “Low Day” and “You're All I Have,” the first single from Snow Patrol’s fourth album, Eyes Open.

Get ready to rock this way with legendary American rock n’ roll band, Aerosmith, as they return to the Guitar Hero stage with a three-song track pack featuring “Livin' On The Edge,” “Love In An Elevator” and “Rag Doll.” Fans will be able to experience these classic tracks, playable as a full band for the first time, from the GRAMMY award winning band May 18.

The Classic Rock 3, Alternative Pop and Aerosmith track packs will be available on Wii for 550 Wii Points. In addition, all songs in each track pack will be released as downloadable singles for 200 Wii Points each.

For more information about Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero and their entire line-up of downloadable songs and disc imports, please visit www.guitarhero.com.

(mst)

Source: Activision



DLC Monday: Zombie Panic in Wonderland and Crazy Golf

While this week sees seven new titles for Nintendo's services, not one of them is available for Virtual Console. Hopefully this week's releases will make up for such an oversight.

WiiWare has two of the titles this week. For 1,000 Wii Points, you can download Zombie Panic in Wonderland, a title filled with cut scenes, seven playable characters, and music with lyrics. If taking on hordes of zombies isn't your thing, then Kung Fu Funk: Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting! may satiate your DLC cravings. Available for 500 Wii Points, it's a party game themed off of-- you guessed it-- 1970s kung fu movies.

DSiWare's cheapest release is Sokomania, available for 200 Nintendo DSi Points. In the game, you get crates to designated places. The lower the number of movements used, the better you'll fare. The rest of DSiWare's titles this week are all for 500 Nintendo DSi Points. BLOONS is a puzzle game, where you simply pop balloons with darts. Bounce & Break a game spanning four universes, each of which is divided into four seasons. 1001 Crystal Mazes Collection is a simple jewel logic game that promises to be easy to learn but hard to master. Finally, Crazy Golf, as its title implies, is a golfing game which offers seven different courses of six holes each.

Check out more on this week's releases below, and don't forget to let us know what you think, by way of the comments section below, our Twitter, or the forums.

WiiWare

Zombie Panic in Wonderland
Publisher: Akaoni Studio
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) - Mild Suggestive Themes, Fantasy Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: A sudden wave of zombies is attacking Wonderland. To save your friends from the spell of the "amorous zombies," you'll have to solve the mystery of the "scented dwarves" in time and put an end to the evil power hidden in the castle in the northern city. Game features include cut scenes, music with lyrics, seven playable characters, hidden levels, final bosses, multiple weapons, nonstop zombie attacks, explosions, demolitions and fire.

Kung Fu Funk: Everybody is Kung Fu Fighting!
Publisher: Stickmen Studios
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Kung Fu Funk is an off-the-wall 1970s kung fu movie-themed party game. Challenge up to three of your friends to see who has what it takes to become the ultimate kung fu master. There are many trials to overcome in three zany game modes. True to any kung fu movie, you start by learning the Zen arts - a chilled out stage to get you familiar with the controls. Once your skills are fully waxed, enter the kung fu training movie montage, which consists of insane mini-games. Once your skills are honed, enter the ultimate battle as the instructor in your own disco kung fu dojo.

Nintendo DSiWare

BLOONS
Publisher: Hands-On Mobile
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: BLOONS is an exciting puzzle game based on the simple fact that popping balloons is fun. Pop your way through dozens of puzzling levels in this exciting puzzle adventure. Each level will have a different arrangement of balloons. Use darts to try and pop as many as you can. Watch for special balloons, blocks and darts, and have fun discovering what they do. BLOONS is a great game that you can pick up and play for a few minutes while you're queued up at the store, or sit on the couch for hours as you work your way through 70 included levels. As an added bonus, there's also a level editor that you can use to create your own balloon puzzles.

Sokomania
Publisher: CINEMAX
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Several crates have been placed on the playing area. Players must control a figure that can push the crates forward. The aim is to get all the crates to their designated places. Players select the episode they want to play and the level they wish to start at. Only completed levels (highlighted in green) and the first unfinished level in each episode are accessible. By repeating previously finished levels, players can try to finish them with fewer crate movements. But be warned: Those movements are added to the total movement number of the actual game, so for the best (i.e., the lowest) number of movements, it's advisable to finish the game in one run.

Bounce & Break
Publisher: Enjoy Gaming Ltd.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: In this Zen world, you will play in four different universes. Each universe is divided into four seasons. The best two scores are saved in the Top Ranking table. Be the best player to enter this Hall of Fame. There are two different game modes: classical and orientation. Depending on which mode that has been selected, the game's rules will change slightly. There are many different bonuses that can be collected during the game.

1001 Crystal Mazes Collection
Publisher: Teyon
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Give your brain a workout with 1001 Crystal Mazes Collection, the deceptively simple jewel logic game. It's easy to learn but hard to master. Your task is to push the crystals forward to their target destinations one at a time. It sounds simple, but be careful. You can push your jewel into an impossibly locked position if you don't plan ahead. As the mazes get harder and the crystals pile up, you'll need clever thinking to clear the labyrinth. With more than 1,000 jewel-filled puzzles, this fun collection will challenge your mind and push your skills to the limit.

Crazy Golf
Publisher: dtp entertainment AG
Players: 1-4
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Welcome to Crazy Golf, where seven different courses with six different holes will put your skills to the test. Guide your ball to the hole, avigating tricky corners and avoiding wacky obstacles along the way. Accurate controls give you complete control over the ball. Play alone or challenge your friends in multiplayer mode and show them who's the true champ. (rt)

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Now Playing: Picross 3D, Dementium II and Iron Man 2

An exciting May for gamers begins with a strong lineup for the Nintendo DS!

Wii

Box ArtIron Man 2

Release Date: Tues. 5/4/2010
Genre: Action, Movie-Based Game
Developer: High Voltage Software and Sega Studios, San Francisco
Publisher: Sega
Mode: 1 Player
ESRB Rating: Teen (13+)
Platforms: Wii, X360, PS3, DS, PSP
Price: \$49.99

Play as Iron Man or, for the first time ever, War Machine in this brand-new story which thrusts you deep into the Iron Man comic world adding to the excitement of the upcoming Iron Man 2 movie. Battle epic enemies, like the classic Iron Man villain Crimson Dynamo, only featured in the game, and an incredible final boss of truly staggering, skyscraping scale. In the end, the fate of the world will be left in Iron Man and War Machines powerful hands and they must battle to save it from destruction.

Box ArtFamily Gameshow

Release Date: Tues. 5/4/2010
Genre: Trivia / Game Show
Developer: Zushi Games
Publisher: Storm City Games
Mode: 1-4 Players
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Platforms: Wii (Exclusive)
Price: \$19.99

Grab your Wii Remote and become a contestant in the amazing world of Family Gameshow. The Gameshow Channel is packed with quizzes that will test your logic, numeracy and general knowledge skills. Entertain the entire family. With children vs. adult mode everyone can play to win. Each show is presented by its own charismatic host. The channel is anchored by Larry Lightfoot, the super smooth TV host. Features over 3,000 questions.

Box ArtDance Sensation!

Release Date: Tues. 5/4/2010
Genre: Dance
Developer: Alpine Studios
Publisher: Majesco Games
Mode: 1-2 Players, Wii MotionPlus Support
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Platforms: Wii (Exclusive)
Price: \$19.99

Becoming a skilled dancer doesn't just take talent; it takes dedication and hard work to be the best! In Dance Sensation!, players hit the studio with their teacher to practice for their upcoming stage performances. Across Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet and Salsa, players use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to control their on-screen dancer as she perfects more than 160 real motion-captured dance moves that get progressively more complex. After studio training in front of a mirror, it will be time to raise the curtain and turn on the spotlights! Players will perform in recitals in a variety of venues, from local auditoriums to the Broadway stage. No recital is complete without a glamorous presentation. Girls can customize their dancer with a variety of costumes and unlockable hairstyles. Creative play also extends to the Dance Workshop Mode that lets aspiring dancers choreograph their own custom routines that they can record and share with friends. In addition, competitive players can dance with or compete against another player in Multiplayer Mode. Featuring licensed music tracks and Wii Motion Plus support for more accurate motion based play, Dance Sensation! lets girls be sensational dancers whether they're new to dance or train regularly.

Box ArtSatisfashion: Rock the Runway

Release Date: Sat. 5/8/2010
Genre: Fashion Simulation
Developer: XS Games
Publisher: Destineer
Mode: 1 Player
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Platforms: Wii, DS (6/8/10) (Nintendo Exclusive)
Price: \$19.99

Step into the world of high fashion! As young designer Grace Styles, you'll lead the team at the Satisfashion Design House on a journey to the top of the fashion industry. Create trends with the latest fashions, hippest models and funkiest makeup. Show off your hot new looks on runways across the globe and set the fashion world on fire! With each innovative new trend you create you'll help elevate Satisfashion to the top of the industry!


Nintendo DS

Box ArtPicross 3D

Release Date: Mon. 5/3/2010
Genre: Puzzle, Touch! Generations
Developer: HAL Laboratory
Publisher: Nintendo
Mode: 1 Player, Online
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Platforms: DS (Exclusive)
Price: \$19.99

Based on the international smash-hit Picross puzzle phenomenon, Picross 3D takes the mind-bending fun into the next dimension. Blending the logical challenge of a number-based puzzle with the excitement of discovering the hidden objects, this game is easy to pick up, but hard to put down. The original game was a number-based grid puzzle that challenged players to reveal a hidden picture. Picross 3D moves the action into three dimensions. Picross 3D blends the logical challenge of a sudoku puzzle with the excitement of discovering the hidden images within.

Box ArtDementium II

Release Date: Tues. 5/4/2010
Genre: Survival Horror
Developer: Renegade Kid
Publisher: SouthPeak Interactive
Mode: 1 Player, 1-2 Players Online
ESRB Rating: Mature (17+)
Platforms: DS (Exclusive)
Price: \$29.99

Dementium II continues to push the horror experience by melding FPS action and puzzles with a story and ambience that will have players on the edge of their seats. New wrinkles to gameplay, all new weapons, dual wielding items, improved interface and save system, and mind-boggling environments promise to engage gamers and spawn fear the likes of which some never thought possible. (Editor's Note: Look for a quote from Nintendojo on the box.)

Box ArtIron Man 2

Release Date: Tues. 5/4/2010
Genre: Action, Movie-Based Game
Developer: Sega Studios, San Francisco
Publisher: Sega
Mode: 1 Player
ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+
Platforms: Wii, X360, PS3, DS, PSP
Price: \$29.99

Play as Iron Man or, for the first time ever, War Machine in this brand-new story which thrusts you deep into the Iron Man comic world adding to the excitement of the upcoming Iron Man 2 movie. Battle epic enemies, like the classic Iron Man villain Crimson Dynamo, only featured in the game, and an incredible final boss of truly staggering, skyscraping scale. In the end, the fate of the world will be left in Iron Man and War Machines powerful hands and they must battle to save it from destruction.

Box ArtMonster Racers

Release Date: Tues. 5/4/2010
Genre: Racing RPG
Developer: UFO Interactive Games
Publisher: Koei
Mode: 1-4 Players Wireless Single/Multi Card, Online
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Platforms: DS (Exclusive)
Price: \$29.99

In Monster Racers, players will embark on a quest that will take them around the globe in search of monster breeds to train, nurture and race. Throughout their journeys, players will build lasting friendships with new allies, and encounter daunting challenges from a bevy of rival trainers. The real fun comes from capturing wild monsters in their native habitats. As the player progresses, he or she can explore different regions, venture into secret habitats and discover more adventures. The game’s race courses are filled with challenging obstacles that will test both the players’ and monsters’ skills in controlling speed, jumping ability, and reaction time. With enough courage, skill and practice, players can make it to the greatest race in the world, the "Super Cup." Using the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection, players can join up to three other trainers to compete in race tournaments or to capture new monsters on safari.

Box ArtJane's Hotel

Release Date: Tues. 5/4/2010
Genre: Hotel Simulation
Developer: Zoo Games
Publisher: Zoo Games
Mode: 1 Player
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Platforms: DS, PC/MAC, iPhone
Price: \$19.99

Jane's dream is to run the greatest hotel in the region, like her great-grandparents used to. Guide her journey starting from her small 2 star hotel on the outskirts of her home town. Treat your customers well to build up riches, reputation, and fame. Work your way up to a beautiful 5 star hotel, and win the Best Hotel of the Town contest!

*All release dates are for North America.

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