Nightly News Roundup, 2010.10.08

Mickey ready to take down Master Chief and Link, Rock Band tallies 2,000 on other consoles and Black Ops may outpace Modern Warfare 2.

By M. Noah Ward. Posted 10/08/2010 22:00 Comment on this     ShareThis

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Mickey’s Ready to Take On the Big Boys

Warren Spector is awfully proud of how great a video game character Mickey Mouse makes. In an interview with Industry Gamers, the cofounder of Disney Interactive developer Junction Point Studios rattled off the features that define Mickey best: “smart, loyal, friend, and overly enthusiastic, mischievous, curious.” He also proclaimed that this is “the best Mickey ever, but he is the video game Mickey.”

Spector continued, “”And then do what you have to do in a video game is give players something they’ve never seen before – in our case it’s drawing and erasing.  And I think you’ve got a little guy who can take on Mario and Sonic, Link, Master Chief.” That’s a tall order for the game due to release November 26 (EU) and 30 (NA).

Source: Industry Gamers

Rock Band Music Store Crosses the 2,000 Song Mark with Jimi

Harmonix didn’t want to pass the second millennial barrier in its online music store with something inconsequential. Therefore, the renowned music game developer (and parent company/publisher MTV Games) secured a 12-song collection from Jimi Hendrix’s Are You Experienced album, including “Purple Haze” and “Manic Depression”. With these songs, the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Rock Band have 2,000 songs available. Those 2,000 songs include tunes released on previous Rock Band games but does not include the 80+ new tracks that will be released with Rock Band 3‘s launch on October 26 (NA) and 29 (EU).

In case you’re curious, Wii’s music store has yet to reach 2,000: it currently has over 1,500. Keep chugging along, Wii!

Source: Activision

Call of Duty: Black Ops Nears Preorder Record

If you’re looking forward to Black Ops, even more than Modern Warfare 2, you’re not alone. According to GameStop, the number of preorders for the newest Call of Duty game has already surpassed the number preordered at this time last year. No specific numbers were provided, of course, but the game only has a few weeks left to fulfill the predictions of Bob McKenzie, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop.

Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson, who predicted in July that Modern Warfare 2‘s all-time preorder record would be broken by Black Ops, still does not believe the newer title will ultimately outsell MW2 during the holiday sales period. Wilson has forecast that Black Ops will sell 12 million units during the holiday shopping season as compared to MW2‘s 16 million.

Call of Duty: Black Ops launches worldwide on Wii and DS on November 9, 2010.

Source: Gamespot

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