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Here’s A Letter From Sir Howard Stringer (Main Man At Sony)

I thought all of you who have ben suffering from the PSN outage may want to hear what the main man at Sony has to say to all of you.

Dear Friends,

I know this has been a frustrating time for all of you.

Let me assure you that the resources of this company have been focused on investigating the entire nature and impact of the cyber-attack we’ve all experienced and on fixing it. We are absolutely dedicated to restoring full and safe service as soon as possible and rewarding you for your patience. We will settle for nothing less.

To date, there is no confirmed evidence any credit card or personal information has been misused, and we continue to monitor the situation closely. We are also moving ahead with plans to help protect our customers from identity theft around the world. A program for U.S. PlayStation Network and Qriocity customers that includes a $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user was launched earlier today and announcements for other regions will be coming soon. They also plan to open a brand new factory and the building material transpotation must be insured by building material transport insurance company.

As we have announced, we will be offering a “Welcome Back” package to our customers once our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services are up and running. This will include, among other benefits, a month of free PlayStation Plus membership for all PSN customers, as well as an extension of subscriptions for PlayStation Plus and Music Unlimited customers to make up for time lost.

As a company we — and I — apologize for the inconvenience and concern caused by this attack. Under the leadership of Kazuo Hirai, we have teams working around the clock and around the world to restore your access to those services as quickly, and as safely, as possible.

I know some believe we should have notified our customers earlier than we did. It’s a fair question. As soon as we discovered the potential scope of the intrusion, we shut down the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services and hired some of the best technical experts in the field to determine what happened. I wish we could have gotten the answers we needed sooner, but forensic analysis is a complex, time-consuming process. Hackers, after all, do their best to cover their tracks, and it took some time for our experts to find those tracks and begin to identify what personal information had — or had not — been taken.

As a result of what we discovered we notified you of the breach. Our investigation is ongoing, and we are upgrading our security so that if attacks like this happen again, our defenses will be even stronger.

In the last few months, Sony has faced a terrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan. But now we are facing a very man-made event – a criminal attack on us — and on you — and we are working with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies around the world to apprehend those responsible.

In the coming days, we will restore service to the networks and welcome you back to the fun. I wanted to personally reach out and let you know that we are committed to serving you to the very best of our ability, protecting your information better than ever, and getting you back to what you signed up for – all the games and great entertainment experiences that you expect from Sony.

With best regards,
Howard Stringer

What do you think?

Nintendo Releases Official Statement On Wii Successor

Here’s a brief update for you on the story Ahmed posted this morning.  Read the official statement Nintendo released to media publications.

So there you have it, the Wii’s successor will be officially revealed during this year’s E3 expo.  I certainly hope Nintendo didn’t rush this console out simply to please developers.  The reason I say this is because I want top quality launch titles and a robust piece of hardware.  The last thing anyone wants is a recap of the Xbox 360’s launch.  Remember that?  Yuck!  Boy did that platform expand afterwards, but when it originally hit…yeah…let’s not talk about that anymore.

I’ve already talked about several features rumored to be featured in the next Nintendo console, but as always I’d love to hear what you all think.  Now’s the time for rumors and speculation, and one of you needs to convince Ahmed to make his predictions as he’s almost always right or very close to what the companies actually announce.

We’re waiting to hear from you, Ahmed!

Best Press Release Ever

I love Valve.  These guys are just awesome.  they make some of the best games, trailers and release some of the best press releases ever.  Just check this one out.

VALVE ANNOUNCES SHORTEST DELAY IN VALVE HISTORY

Valve today announced that Portal 2 — the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship date — will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve’s proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.

For more information, please visit www.thinkwithportals.com

Isn’t that just awesome?  I know I said I would stop posting press releases, but come on, how awesome is that? You can’t help but lol at that.

Tecmo Koei Announces Two New Apps, And Tons Of Bonus Content For Another

Tecmo Koei issues a press release this morning that details informationa bout two new apps, and a whole bunch of bonus content for one of their classic apps.  These are all games for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.  You can find all of these apps on the App Store right now.  If any of you decide to pick any of these up, by all means let us know.

Tecmo Koei is bursting with different flavors as it launches its 2 brand new fun innovative apps and one huge batch of bonus content for one of its timeless classics, all at your fingertips on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch!

Yokohama, JAPAN – August 18th, 2010 – TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD. is proud to announce that it will simultaneously release 3 Apps in its lineup for the iPhone, iPad, and the iPod Touch on August 18th as it delivers fun for everyone. Be sure to check out all these fun Apps for the ultimate experience of the great Tecmo Koei lineup!

Nobunaga’s Ambition™
The standard-bearer in historical simulation gaming, “Nobunaga’s Ambition” is a strategic historical simulation game set against the backdrop of the struggle for power played out by the mighty warlords of Warring States-era Japan. You will play as one of these warlords (daimyo), among them the revolutionary Oda Nobunaga, the “Tiger of Kai” Takeda Shingen, and the “Dragon of Echigo” Uesugi Kenshin, and fight for control of the 50 fiefdoms of ancient Japan, from Ezo in the north to Kyushu in the south.

Genre : Historical Simulation
Store Price : US$9.99/€7.99

For more information access the Nobunaga’s Ambition Official Site
http://www.gamecity.ne.jp/nobuzen/ip/e/
©1986-2010 TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.

KANJI SHAKER
“KANJI SHAKER” is a simple yet unique application which lets you to convert your name or whatever you input in English into Chinese characters. Get addicted as you try and find the best characters which suit your image and personality. Hang out in style as you show off your cool characters to your friends.

Genre : App
Store Price : Free

For more information access the KANJI SHAKER Official Site
http://www.gamecity.ne.jp/kanji/ip/e/
Ⓒ 2010 TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.

ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS™ TOUCH (Add-On)
The classic historical simulation Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a tactical simulation game based on the people and events from the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history (2nd & 3rd centuries AD). Fight against the heroes of legend and unite all of China under your banner. Check out this add-on content for more great features which enhance your current RTK experience!
(*You will need to purchase the full version of ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS TOUCH to use this add-on. You can enable these new features by selecting “Buy additional content” from the game’s main menu. )

Genre : Historical Simulation
(add-on) Price : US$3.99/€2.99

For more information access the ROMANCE OF THE THREE KINGDOMS™ TOUCH V Official Site
http://www.gamecity.ne.jp/rotk/touch/
©1985-2010 TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD. All rights reserved.

Valve Allows PaySafeCard On Steam

PaySafeCard appears to be a very popular European way of paying for items online.  Here in North America PayPal is the go-to place for all purchases made online.  Today, Valve announced plans to allow users with a PaySafeCard to use it for all purchases made on Steam.  Those that use their PaySafeCard will also receive a free copy of Portal.  Now that’s a deal I can live with.

Valve Welcomes paysafecard to Steam

August 19, 2010 – Valve today announced that Steam, a leading worldwide platform for PC and Mac games, has added paysafecard to its collection of payment options for customers in many European countries. In celebration, customers who spend 20 EUR or 20 GBP on Steam using paysafecard will receive a free copy of Portal, the ground-breaking title that earned over 40 Game of the Year Awards, when they shop before August 25th.

Supported countries include: Austria, Belgium, The Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and The United Kingdom.

The addition of paysafecard makes it easier than ever to purchase and play any of the 1,200-plus games available via Steam from leading publishers and developers around the world.

For more information about this promotional offer, please visit www.steamgames.com/paysafecard.

About paysafecard group
The paysafecard group, founded in 2000 in Austria and Germany, operate in 25 countries worldwide with offices in Vienna, London, Bern and Buenos Aires. With their successful online prepaid vouchers, the group have established themselves as Europe’s leading provider for prepaid payment solutions. In 2009 the group won awards for being the ‘Leading Prepaid Organisation’ and the ‘Best Prepaid Company outside USA.’ For more information, please visit www.paysafecard.com.

About Steam
The leading online platform for PC games and digital entertainment, Steam delivers new releases and online services to over 25 million PC and Mac users around the world. For more information, please visit www.steamgames.com.

About Valve
Valve is an entertainment software and technology company founded in 1996 and based in Bellevue, Washington. For more information, please visit www.valvesoftware.com.

Microsoft Confirms Early Reports – Windows Phone 7 Series, Kinect Supports, And More

Remember all those reports from early this morning?  Well Microsoft has just got around to compiling a large press release which recaps everything.  Since I already posted this info in a series of posts, this saves me from editing all of the previous posts with the exact same press release copied and pasted a dozen times or so.

Microsoft transforms entertainment at home and on the go with launch of Kinect and new Xbox LIVE experiences on Windows Phone 7 and PC Kinect for Xbox 360 brings controller-free entertainment to Europe from November 10, 2010

COLOGNE, Germany — August 17, 2010 — Xbox will transform entertainment at home and on the go this year with Kinect for Xbox 360 officially launching in Europe, Middle East and Africa  on November 10 opening up a new world of controller-free games and Xbox LIVE entertainment. Xbox LIVE and a blockbuster line up of games on Windows Phone 7 will also launch this holiday and Microsoft announced a new line up of LIVE enabled titles coming to the PC.

Gamescom 2010 is the European premiere of Kinect for Xbox 360, introducing millions more to the intuitive freedom of  being controller-free. The show will unveil new games and experiences demonstrating the depth and breadth of the launch lineup of more than 15 exclusive Kinect titles, including never-before-seen levels, new environments, achievements and characters for “Kinect Sports,” “Kinect Adventures,” “Kinectimals” and “Kinect Joyride.” MTV Games and Harmonix will also announce new chart-topping dance tracks for  the highly anticipated “Dance Central”.

Speaking before the show, Chris Lewis, vice president, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft Europe said, “We are bringing the Kinect experience to Europe for the first time at Gamescom because this is the biggest show in the region and we’re committed to investing in Europe and the critical role it plays in Xbox’s global success.  When Kinect launches on November 10, it’s not just transformative for our business but it’s set to change how you use entertainment. You become the controller, giving you the choice in how you and your friends navigate entertainment and gaming experiences. We’re already seeing a high level of anticipation in Europe with sales of the Kinect ready Xbox 360 250GB creating an all-time record weekly market share .”

“This is also the year of expansion for Xbox 360; in terms of new audiences, new markets for Xbox LIVE and multiple platforms. With Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7 we are bringing the quality, consistence and community of the Xbox experience to gamers on the go. With “Age of Empires Online”, “Fable III” and new games still in development we’re also bringing, social, connected gaming experiences to all new audiences on the PC. When you look at what we are bringing to the market this year with the magic of Kinect, alongside our blockbuster line-up of games, including the biggest game for 2010, “Halo: Reach”, we’re confident that Xbox 360 has something for all the family and will be the gaming and entertainment console of 2010 and beyond.”

More Kinect To Love

New Kinect game experiences which will be unveiled at Gamescom reveal a never-before-seen depth to controller-free games that will keep the casual or the hardcore gamer entertained for hours. The classic kart racing title “Kinect Joy Ride” featuring new modes that will keep gameplay fresh and challenging whether playing alone or with friends will be on show, along with  thrilling new adventures exploring exotic locations, collecting treasures and earning  rewards in “Kinect Adventures”.  A host of cute new animal friends to help you expore the world of  “Kinectimals” and three new events in “Kinect Sports” which are guaranteed to entice the family off the sofa, will also be revealed for the first time at the event.

The Blockbusters Get Bigger

2010 finds all the biggest blockbusters on Xbox 360, with an amazing 3rd party lineup proving that once again Xbox 360 is the best place to play, including the highly anticipated blockbusters “Halo:Reach” and “Fable III” which will be showing off some new features for play at Gamescom.

A New Era in Mobile Gaming

Gamescom 2010 is also the venue for the global unveil of the first wave of Xbox LIVE games launching on Windows Phone 7 this holiday. Building on Microsoft’s pioneering work with Xbox 360, Windows Phone 7 will be home to a premier, ever-expanding portfolio of Xbox LIVE titles from the most creative minds in game development, including Microsoft Game Studios. From Avatars to Achievements, friends and more, Windows Phone 7 is putting the power of Xbox LIVE into the palm of your hand.

Reinventing Classic PC Franchises

Microsoft will also unveil the newest addition to the best-selling “Age of Empires” franchise, “Age of Empires Online.” Marrying fresh online features with iconic gameplay,“Age of Empires Online” will offer something for long-time fans, newcomers, and everyone in between. Additionally, Microsoft will announce the development of a new game inspired by the time-honored “Flight Simulator” franchise. Published by Microsoft Game Studios, these new titles, along with the previously announced “Fable III,” fully integrate the free  “Games for Windows – LIVE” online service to deliver compelling, socially-connected gameplay experiences.

Now that everything is compiled here in this one post, what are your Microsoft highlights from Gamescom?

Fable III Wireless Controller Announced

Microsoft just passed along this quick press release, which details information about a gold-colored Xbox 360 controller.  Not much else to get excited about at this point.  I’ll try and grab a picture of the controller, and will update the post accordingly.

The “Fable III” Limited Edition Wireless Controller Puts the Power in Your Hands

This October, “Fable” fans will get the chance to control their own destiny in “Fable III” with the stunning new “Fable III” Limited Edition Wireless Controller for Xbox 360. The golden cloaked controller features one-of-a-kind artwork created by Lionhead Studios and is steeped in “Fable” lore befitting any king or queen in the making. The “Fable III” Limited Edition Wireless Controller begins shipping to retailers on Oct. 5, just in time for the Oct. 26 launch of “Fable III,” while supplies last. Outfitted in collectible packaging, the controller comes with an Xbox LIVE token for an exclusive in-game downloadable tattoo set to further customize your hero’s appearance.

Feel the power of a monarch in your hands as you reign over Albion with benevolence or utter contempt. The “Fable III” Limited Edition Wireless Controller is a direct tribute to one of the core ideas behind the latest iteration of the franchise, bringing to life the regal crown of Albion – one of the many incredible pieces of concept art created during the production of “Fable III.” The hand-painted artwork wraps to the contours of the distinctive controller to create the perfect fit as fans journey from rebel to ruler in “Fable III,” whether riding solo in this action-adventure experience or with another revolutionary by your side in dynamic couch co-op or over Xbox LIVE.

“Fable III” sets the stage for an unparalleled action and adventure experience, in which you will be called upon to lead a rebellion against your brother, the tyrant king Logan, and rise up as the new ruler of Albion. Take part in all the action, drama and humour as you’re propelled into a rich and engaging story, featuring a unique cast of characters around you.

“Fable III” will be available in a Standard Edition and Limited Collector’s Edition for Xbox 360, and is available now for pre-order at participating retailers. With the all-new character creator tool at xbox.ca/fable3, called the “Fable III” Villager Maker, fans who pre-order the game can create and bring their personalized villager to life. The in-game villager will deliver to your hero a thrilling new quest and 1,000 gold in fortune.

You’ve got to love the quote about power in your hands. Reminds me of “Now you’re playing with power…SUPER POWER!” Now those were the days.

World of WarCraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition Announced

I think this picture says it all.  Read on to find out exactly what will be included in the collector’s edition.

World of Warcraft(R): Cataclysm(TM) Collector’s Edition Announced

IRVINE, Calif., Aug 17, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced plans for a limited-release Collector’s Edition of World of Warcraft(R): Cataclysm(TM), the third expansion for the world’s most popular subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game,* World of Warcraft. The special Collector’s Edition package, which will only be available at retail stores, will include the following exclusive bonus items in addition to the game disc:

  • Art of the Cataclysm art book, featuring 176 pages of never-before-seen images from the archives of the Blizzard Entertainment cinematics department and the World of Warcraft development team, as well as progressive visuals from multiple stages of development.
  • Exclusive in-game pet: he may not be a breaker of worlds just yet, but Lil’ Deathwing will still proudly accompany heroes on their struggle to save Azeroth from his much, much larger counterpart.
  • Behind-the-scenes DVD with over an hour of developer interviews and commentaries, as well as a special Warcraft(R) retrospective examining the rich gaming history of the Warcraft universe.
  • Soundtrack featuring 10 epic new tracks from Cataclysm, including exclusive bonus tracks.
  • Special-edition mouse pad depicting Deathwing menacing the ravaged continents of Azeroth.
  • World of Warcraft Trading Card Game cards, including a 60-card starter deck from the Wrathgate series, two extended-art cards, and two Collector’s Edition-exclusive hero cards, marking the first appearance of goblin and worgen heroes in the TCG.
  • The first two World of Warcraft expansions, The Burning Crusade(R) and Wrath of the Lich King(R), each shattered PC game sales records upon their release. In Cataclysm, the face of Azeroth will be forever altered by the return of the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing. Players will explore once-familiar areas of the world that have now been reshaped by the devastation and filled with new adventures. In an effort to survive the planet-shattering cataclysm, two new playable races — worgen and goblins — will join the struggle between the Alliance and the Horde. As players journey to the new level cap of 85, they’ll discover newly revealed locations, acquire new levels of power, and come face to face with Deathwing in a battle to determine the fate of the world.

    The beta test for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm is currently underway. To set up a Battle.net account and sign up for a chance to participate, please visit the official Battle.net website at http://www.battle.net.

    The World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Collector’s Edition will be available on DVD-ROM for Windows(R) XP/Windows Vista(R)/Windows(R) 7 and Macintosh(R) at a suggested retail price of $79.99. The release date and other details for the game will be announced in the months ahead. For more information on World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, please visit the official website at http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/cataclysm.

    *Based on internal company records, public data, and reports from key distribution partners.

    Ys SEVEN Now Available For The PSP

    XSEED now has the exclusive rights to release Ys all across North America and they’re starting with Ys SEVEN.  Over the next few years the entire series will be making its way to the PSP, in either UMD or digital download format.  I’ve got the full press release from XSEED below.  I’ve also forwarded a request for a review copy so I’ll let you know what they say.  We really shouldn’t have a problem as we’ve been good friends with XSEED for four years now.

    Ys SEVEN from XSEED Games Now Available for PSP

    First Title in Famed Ys Action RPG Series Created Exclusively for PSP Arrives in North American Stores and the PlayStation Store

    TORRANCE, CA (August 17, 2010) – XSEED Games, an independent-minded publisher, has announced today the arrival of Ys SEVEN, the first title in the legendary Ys series of Action RPG games to be created exclusively for the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. Ys SEVEN has started shipping to retailers across North America and will also be available starting today for purchase as a digital download from the PlayStation®Store. Developed by one of Japan’s most highly-regarded and longest running development studios, Nihon Falcom, Ys SEVEN marks the first installment in the popular and long-running Ys series that XSEED will publish under a multi-title agreement with the prominent Japanese studio.

    Eagerly awaited by fans and awarded the prestigious Gold rating from Famitsu magazine in Japan, Ys SEVEN has garnered a number of other accolades, including:

    · “Best PSP Game of E3 Nominee” – 1UP.com

    · “Best Overall RPG of E3” – RPGFan

    · “A very fast-paced, well-balanced, and simply fun title.” – RPGamer

    Ys SEVEN marks the first new Ys game to be released in North America in over four years, and is designed to take full advantage of the PSP hardware. Ys SEVEN features an action-based real-time battle system where players can swap between any of the three-member battle party on the fly and engage enemies in a richly detailed 3D environment with virtually no load times. Ys SEVEN includes nine playable characters, each with their own fighting style, special abilities, and variety of unique weapons. Four difficulty levels allow players of all backgrounds to experience the exciting action in beautifully rendered widescreen 3D environments. The game’s more than 30 hours of addictive gameplay span the tale of “Five Great Dragons” who must be awakened by two wandering adventurers, Adol and Dogi, and their newfound allies in order to save a war-torn kingdom from destruction by long-forgotten ancient forces.

    Ys SEVEN has a suggested retail price of US$29.99 on both UMD and as a digital download from the PlayStation Store, and is rated “T” for Teen. In addition to the standard edition, a Limited Collector’s Edition of Ys SEVEN that includes a soundtrack CD, 60-page art book, and a large cloth map highlighting the expansive world of the Ys series is available for the suggested retail price of $49.99 through Amazon.com, GameStop, and other fine retailers.

    For more information, visit the official game website at www.worldofys.com.

    It’s A Date: Nintendo Reveals Tons Of High Profile Release Dates

    Are you interested in knowing when the latest Kirby is coming out?  How about DK Returns?  If you are, then you’ve come to the right place.  Nintendo heats up the summer by announcing tons of release dates for their high-profile AAA software for the remainder of 2010.  Check it out below.

    NINTENDO REFRESHES THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER WITH UPCOMING COOL GAMES

    Dates Announced for New Kirby, Donkey Kong and Pokémon Games

    REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 17, 2010 – The summer is heating up, which means it’s a great time for Nintendo to announce some of the cool games it will have available in the coming months for its Wii™ home console and portable Nintendo DS™ family of systems.

    “Everyone wants fun, engaging experiences, and they want great value,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Nintendo games give you both. And no matter what your taste, you’ll find exclusive experiences that just aren’t available anywhere else.”

    Some upcoming Wii games include Metroid™: Other M on Aug. 31, Samurai Warriors™ 3 on Sept. 27, Wii Party™ on Oct. 3, Kirby’s Epic Yarn™ on Oct. 17, PokéPark™ Wii: Pikachu’s Adventure on Nov. 1, FlingSmash™ on Nov. 7 and Donkey Kong Country™ Returns on Nov. 21. Some marquee third-party games include New Carnival Games® from 2K Play on Sept. 21, NBA JAM from EA Sports™ on Oct. 5, Just Dance® 2 from Ubisoft® on Oct. 12, GoldenEye 007™ from Activision Publishing, Inc. in November, Sonic Colors™ from SEGA on Nov. 16 and Disney Epic Mickey from Disney Interactive Studios this holiday season.

    For the Nintendo DS family of systems, upcoming games include Professor Layton and the Unwound Future™ on Sept. 12, Pokémon Ranger™: Guardian Signs on Oct. 4, Art Academy™ on Oct. 25 and Mario vs. Donkey Kong™: Mini-Land Mayhem! on Nov. 14. Some featured third-party games on the way for the rest of the year include Super Scribblenauts from Warner Bros. in October, FINAL FANTASY® THE 4 HEROES OF LIGHT from Square Enix, Inc. on Oct. 5 and Rock Band™ 3 from Electronic Arts/MTV on Oct. 29.

    Upcoming downloadable games for the WiiWare™ service include And Yet It Moves from Broken Rules on Aug. 23, BIT.TRIP FATE by Gaijin Games this fall and Super Meat Boy from Team Meat during the holidays. On the Nintendo DSiWare™ downloadable game service, fans can watch for Need For Speed™ Nitro-X from Electronic Arts on Sept. 20 and Shantae™: Risky’s Revenge from WayForward during the holidays.

    Nintendo games have the unbeatable combination of value and fun. Nintendo DS games are great fun for every member of the family, while Wii games feature built-in motion controls without the need for any expensive add-ons. And the Wii hardware package comes with two great games, Wii Sports™ and Wii Sports Resort™, plus a Wii Remote™ controller, Nunchuk™ controller and the Wii MotionPlus™ accessory, which makes specially designed games even more precise – all for a suggested retail price of $199.99. The console even features the ability for Netflix members, who have a plan starting at $8.99 a month and a broadband Internet connection, to stream movies and TV shows directly to their televisions at no extra charge.

    Remember that Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about Nintendo, visit www.nintendo.com.

    About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™ home console and Nintendo DS™ family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.4 billion video games and more than 565 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi™ and Nintendo DSi XL™, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the company’s website at www.nintendo.com/.

    Microsoft Blows The Lid Off Windows Phone 7 – A Phone With Xbox Live Achievements

    I think it’s time our very own Steven Lacroix enters the smartphone buying business.  He’s by far the most addicted fan of the achievement system here at COE.  Today Microsoft revealed the line-up of titles it has being prepared for its latest software for smart phones, Windows Phone 7 series.  I already talked a bit about this in my previous phone article, but this time around we have even more information.  I’ve compiled everything together into one nice long press release, thanks to MS.  The information is from Gamescom 2010, which is going on right now in Europe.  Thanks to the time zones, I’m only getting this information now though.  Anyways, what do you all think of being able to add to your Gamerscore via a phone?  Pretty nuts no?

    With Xbox LIVE and a Blockbuster Title Lineup, Windows Phone 7 Marks a New Era in Mobile Gaming

    First wave of Xbox LIVE titles from award-winning publishers announced for the launch of Windows Phone 7.

    COLOGNE, Germany — Aug. 17, 2010 — Today at gamescom 2010, the world’s largest consumer-oriented games showcase, Microsoft Corp. premiered the first wave of Xbox LIVE games launching on Windows Phone 7 this holiday. With even more games and applications to come, Windows Phone 7 is putting the power of Xbox LIVE into the palm of your hand — from Xbox LIVE Avatars to staying connected with friends, Xbox LIVE is now at your fingertips, anytime, anywhere.*

    “We believe that no matter where life takes you, the best in gaming and entertainment should follow,” said Marc Whitten, corporate vice president of Xbox LIVE at Microsoft. “Windows Phone 7 takes a different approach to handheld gaming, utilizing Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Game Studios, leading game publishers, and innovative indie developers, to create powerful, shared experiences for everyone.”

    The Games You Want, Played When and Wherever You Want Them

    In a sea of games, apps, gadgets and gizmos, the biggest obstacle can be finding the game that’s right for you. Only Windows Phone 7 has a Games hub featuring Xbox LIVE, creating a different kind of mobile gaming experience that puts the games you want front and center. Xbox LIVE games on Windows Phone 7 will be specially selected from the top names in mobile, PC and console game development, making the best mobile games even better, thanks to Xbox LIVE. With try-before-you-buy demos, Xbox LIVE leaderboards, turn-based multiplayer, Achievements and more, Windows Phone 7 brings the quality, consistency and community of the Xbox experience to gamers on the go.

    Windows Phone 7 also will be supported by content from Microsoft Game Studios (MGS), providing strong first-party gaming titles and intellectual property for the phone. For Xbox fans, this means that Windows Phone 7 will offer companion titles to familiar names, such as “Halo: Waypoint,” and “Crackdown 2,” extending the experience of their favorite Xbox 360 franchises.

    “Windows Phone 7 is the launch of a major gaming platform for Microsoft,” said Matt Booty, general manager of mobile gaming for MGS. “Just like we’ve done with Xbox 360, our charter is to push the envelope and deliver definitive games that maximize the platform. We will have an incredible lineup of MGS titles, and that’s just the beginning.”

    The most creative minds in game development are bringing the biggest franchises to Windows Phone 7. The first wave of launch portfolio titles includes Xbox LIVE games from the likes of Gameloft, Konami Digital Entertainment, Namco Bandai, PopCap and THQ. Whether you choose to play a gem of a puzzler with “Bejeweled™ LIVE” (PopCap), bring down the house with “Guitar Hero 5” (Glu Mobile), fight off a destructive alien invasion in “The Harvest” (MGS), paint your way out of a corner with “Max and the Magic Marker” (PressPlay) or defend your city in “Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst” (MGS), the first wave of games announced in the launch portfolio of Xbox LIVE games on Windows Phone 7 has something for every mobile gamer:

    “3D Brick Breaker Revolution” (Digital Chocolate)
    “Age of Zombies” (Halfbrick)
    “Armor Valley” (Protégé Games)
    “Asphalt 5” (Gameloft)
    “Assassins Creed” (Gameloft)
    “Bejeweled™ LIVE” (PopCap)
    “Bloons TD” (Digital Goldfish)
    “Brain Challenge” (Gameloft)
    “Bubble Town 2” (i-Play)
    “Butterfly” (Press Start Studio)
    “CarneyVale Showtime” (MGS)
    “Castlevania” (Konami Digital Entertainment)
    “Crackdown 2: Project Sunburst” (MGS)
    “De Blob Revolution” (THQ)
    “Deal or No Deal 2010” (i-Play)
    “Earthworm Jim” (Gameloft)
    “Fast & Furious 7” (i-Play)
    “Fight Game Rivals” (Rough Cookie)
    “Finger Physics” (Mobliss Inc.)
    “Flight Control” (Namco Bandai)
    “Flowerz” (Carbonated Games)
    “Frogger” (Konami Digital Entertainment)
    “Fruit Ninja” (Halfbrick)
    “Game Chest-Board” (MGS)
    “Game Chest-Card” (MGS)
    “Game Chest-Logic” (MGS)
    “Game Chest-Solitaire” (MGS)
    “GeoDefense” (Critical Thought)
    “Ghostscape” (Psionic)
    “Glow Artisan” (Powerhead Games)
    “Glyder 2” (Glu Mobile)
    “Guitar Hero 5” (Glu Mobile)
    “Halo Waypoint” (MGS)
    “Hexic Rush” (Carbonated Games)
    “I Dig It” (InMotion)
    “iBlast Moki” (Godzilab)
    “ilomilo” (MGS)
    “Implode XL” (IUGO)
    “Iquarium” (Infinite Dreams)
    “Jet Car Stunts” (True Axis)
    “Let’s Golf 2” (Gameloft)
    “Little Wheel” (One click dog)
    “Loondon” (Flip N Tale)
    “Max and the Magic Marker” (PressPlay)
    “Mini Squadron” (Supermono Limited)
    “More Brain Exercise” (Namco Bandai)
    “O.M.G.” (Arkedo)
    “Puzzle Quest 2” (Namco Bandai)
    “Real Soccer 2” (Gameloft)
    “The Revenants” (Chaotic Moon)
    “Rise of Glory” (Revo Solutions)
    “Rocket Riot” (Codeglue)
    “Splinter Cell Conviction” (Gameloft)
    “Star Wars: Battle for Hoth” (THQ)
    “Star Wars: Cantina” (THQ)
    “The Harvest” (MGS)
    “The Oregon Trail” (Gameloft)
    “Tower Bloxx NY” (Digital Chocolate)
    “Twin Blades” (Press Start Studio)
    “UNO” (Gameloft)
    “Women’s Murder Club: Death in Scarlet” (i-Play)
    “Zombie Attack!” (IUGO)
    “Zombies!!!!” (Babaroga)

    Additional titles in the launch portfolio will be released between now and the Windows Phone 7 launch this holiday season; once the phone launches, new Xbox LIVE titles also will be added to the games portfolio every week.

    Xbox LIVE: Bringing More to Your Mobile Gaming

    Xbox LIVE on Windows Phone 7 unlocks a world of games and fun and directly connects you to a global community of more than 25 million active Xbox LIVE members. Windows Phone 7 is the only phone that seamlessly integrates Xbox LIVE and provides unique mobile gaming experiences:

    Avatars. Connect to your Xbox LIVE profile and Avatar, or create a new one if you don’t already have an Avatar or Xbox LIVE profile; take your 3-D Avatar and props with you on the phone with full closet access.
    Friends. Bring your Xbox LIVE friends with you everywhere; compare Achievements, challenge rivals to your favorite game, and even see who’s online and what they’re doing on their consoles, PCs or phones.
    Game access. Easily view and launch your full game library from a single location; find, try and buy new games either in the Marketplace or Games hub.
    Achievements. Earn, view and track Achievements, view Xbox LIVE leaderboards and build your Gamerscore across Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7 — every time you play an Xbox LIVE title.
    Messaging. Communicate with all of your Xbox LIVE friends, any time you want, through Xbox LIVE messages.
    Multiplayer. Invite, connect and play against friends on other Windows Phone 7 phones or the PC with turn-based (asynchronous) multiplayer gaming.
    Spotlight. Access Xbox LIVE Spotlight feeds, including the latest game titles, breaking news from Xbox LIVE, game tips and tricks, and more.

    About Xbox LIVE

    Xbox LIVE is the online entertainment service for your Xbox 360, connecting you to an ever-expanding world of games, movies, TV, music, sports and social entertainment. Xbox LIVE lets you play the best games, enjoy the largest on-demand library on any console, listen to millions of songs and share the fun with friends around the world. This holiday season, Xbox LIVE will come to Windows Phone 7 and put the power of connected entertainment in the palm of your hand. Xbox LIVE is also the exclusive home of controller-free online entertainment through Kinect, making your Xbox 360 more intuitive and interactive than ever before. With an active community of 25 million people across 26 countries, expanding to 35 this fall, Xbox LIVE, together with Xbox 360 and Windows Phone 7, provides you with instant access to the entertainment you want, shared with the people you care about, wherever you are. More information about Xbox LIVE can be found online at http://www.xbox.com/live.

    About Microsoft

    Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

    * Mobile network access required; carrier fees may apply.

    Star Wars Officially Confirmed For Blu-ray Release – Fall 2011

    In what has to be the biggest news of the year for Blu-ray, the bearded one himself George Lucas, announced that the complete Star Wars Saga will be hitting the high-definition format Fall 2011.  I’ve added the full press release below, but honestly who really cares about all that.  What we know right now is that all six movies will be available in one box set and will include the largest collection of deleted scenes, never before seen special features and more, that has ever been released to the public.  This is about as good as it gets kids.  Now that we know Back to the Future is hitting Blu, Star Wars is hitting Blu, all that’s left is Indiana Jones and pretty well all the huge box sets will have been released.  Naturally there are countless thousand other classics that need to be released, but you know what I’m saying.  Any doubters that thought Blu-ray would never catch on, well remember what I told you all back in late 2007, Blu was here to stay.  Now it looks like I was right!  I’ll have more information as it gets released.

    For the First Time Ever, the Force Will Be with You on Blu-ray! Highly Anticipated Complete Star Wars™ Saga Readied for High Definition Blu-ray Debut

    SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today at Star Wars Celebration V, Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced that the complete Star Wars Saga will come to Blu-ray Disc with a worldwide release in Fall 2011. The Star Wars Blu-ray Box Set will feature all six live-action Star Wars feature films utilizing the highest possible picture and audio presentation, along with extensive special features – including documentaries, vintage behind-the-scenes moments, interviews, retrospectives and never-before-seen footage from the Lucasfilm archives.

    “Blu-ray is the absolute best way to experience Star Wars at home – in pristine high definition,” said George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars Saga. “The films have never looked or sounded better.”

    ABOUT STAR WARS CELEBRATION V

    Featuring celebrities, costumes, live entertainment, screenings, autographs, collectibles, panels and much, much more, Star Wars Celebration V is THE official Lucasfilm convention – and the biggest Star Wars party in the galaxy! Taking place in Orlando, FL from August 12-15, Star Wars Celebration V commemorates the 30th Anniversary of Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and the ongoing, weekly adventures of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

    ABOUT TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTANMENT

    Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC (TCFHE) is a recognized global industry leader and a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, a News Corporation company. Representing 75 years of innovative and award-winning filmmaking from Twentieth Century Fox, TCFHE is the worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox film and television programming, acquisitions and original productions on DVD, Blu-ray Disc Digital Copy, Video On Demand and Digital Download. The company also releases all products globally for MGM Home Entertainment. Each year TCFHE introduces hundreds of new and newly enhanced products, which it services to retail outlets from mass merchants and warehouse clubs to specialty stores and e-commerce throughout the world.

    Lucasfilm, STAR WARS™ and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. TM & © Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

    The Summer of Xbox Continues With Tomb Raider and the Guardian of Light

    Square-Enix and Microsoft sent over the following press release detailing all the info you could ever imagine on the next Summer of Xbox arcade game, Tomb Raider and the Guardian of Light. It will be available through the Xbox Live Arcade marketplace this Wednesday.  We’ve fallen slightly behind with our Summer of Xbox reviews only because we have only been receiving the review codes when the games release.  Thus, the reviews are delayed.  We’re sorry about that.  Anyways, on with the information.

    LARA CROFT AND THE GUARDIAN OF LIGHT RELEASES THIS WEDNESDAY ON XBOX LIVE ARCADESAN FRANCISCO, CA August 16, 2010 — Crystal Dynamics®, a part of Square Enix Europe, is pleased to announce that Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light™ will be available this Wednesday on Xbox LIVE® Arcade for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft as a part of Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade program.

    Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is the first fully downloadable title from developer Crystal Dynamics as well as Lara’s first downloadable arcade adventure which introduces a franchise first isometric camera and two player cooperative adventure.

    “We put everything we could into our first downloadable adventure and we’re very proud of what we have created,” said Darrell Gallagher, General Manager of Crystal Dynamics. “We designed a game that can be played in three ways; as a compelling single-player adventure, as a fun local co-op game and as a wider online co-op experience and we’re pleased that gamers will have the chance to play both single player and local co-op modes on their living room couches at launch, with online co-op allowing gamers to play across multiple couches arriving shortly afterwards.”

    There is also a full slate of DLC coming throughout the rest of the year; which includes three gameplay packs focusing on combat, exploration and puzzles and two character packs which allow the player a chance to experience the adventure with other well-known videogame characters. A free update will come soon after launch on Xbox 360 offering online cooperative play (offline cooperative play will be available on August 18) and full leaderboards.

    “We believe we have delivered a game which opens up new types of gameplay that will excite not only Tomb Raider fans, but all fans of digital gaming. The launch of Guardian of Light is just the beginning, we have a lot of additional content planned and we will be offering the first DLC pack for the first 30 days for free, exclusively on the Xbox 360®, so that gamers can get a taste of some of the exciting extras we have in store,” continued Gallagher.

    Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light begins with Lara searching for an ancient artifact called the Mirror of Smoke. Upon reaching the mirror, she is ambushed by a mercenary army who steals the mirror and releases an ancient evil named Xolotl. Xolotl proceeds to wipe out the armed force and escape with the artifact. Luckily, the disturbance also awakens the Guardian of Light, Totec. In order to track down and stop Xolotl, Lara must join forces with Totec and ensure the world doesn’t plunge into an age of never-ending darkness.

    Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light is available now on the Xbox LIVE Arcade Marketplace for 1200 MS Points and will be available for the PlayStation®3 PlayStation®Network and PC (via Steam) on September 28th, 2010 for $14.99. The game is rated T for Teen by the ESRB.

    For more information, please visit www.laracroftandtheguardianoflight.com or follow on Twitter and Facebook – @Crystaldynamics – Facebook.com/LaraCroft

    Weekly Nintendo Update

    Hey everyone.  Sorry for the slight delay.  I’m currently on vacation so my weekly posts will be slightly delayed.  I’m trying to enjoy my time off.  I owe you a few posts though so be sure to enjoy them.  I’m also working my way through Mass Effect 2, which I think will be my pick for Game of the Year 2010.  It’s a sensational game, and if you’re late to the party like me, do yourself a favour and pick it up RIGHT NOW.  It’s superb.  I can’t get enough of it, and my lovely significant other keeps trying to get me out and about, but all I want to do is unlock more achievements.  Honestly, wow.  Ok, so now we can finally get back on track here.  It’s Monday, so go ahead and take a look at all the updates Nintendo has in store for you.  See what I did there, smart of me, no?  ;)

    NINTENDO DOWNLOAD: SOAR, SOLVE, SCRIBBLE AND SING WITH NEW DOWNLOADS FOR WII AND NINTENDO DSI

    Aug. 16, 2010

    Believe it or not, September is just around the corner. How do you want to spend the waning days of summer? You could plunge yourself into an intergalactic battle with Space Trek or A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots for the WiiWare™ service. You’ve also got some interesting hand-held options to consider via the Nintendo DSiWare™ service: rule two screens at once in Divergent Shift, enjoy classic tile-matching in 3D Mahjong, take note of the world around you with myNotebook: Carbon™ or try karaoke with a soccer-loving twist in Just SING! National Anthems. Choose any or all of the above and savor the downloadable fun before another summer slips away.

    WiiWare

    Space Trek
    Publisher: CALARIS
    Players: 1
    ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Fantasy Violence
    Price: 700 Wii Points™
    Description: As Captain Jay, you take control of a space jet deployed on an alien world. The planet you’re on is inhabited by the Knagar, a race of big, green, self-important bullies. You must fight your way through, outsmart them and save the survivors. Fortunately, Jay can always throw a nice punch line when things get ugly. Fight floating drones, destroy Knagar ships, attack turrets and deal with gigantic worms before they swallow your ship or electrocute you. Access your handy map to avoid getting lost on one of six big levels. Pick up keycards, deactivate force fields, save survivors and collect power-ups. Rearm your ship to use one of six weapons, including the Quark Dispeller, Anti-Matter Thrower and Mega Rockets. Recharge your ship’s battery by flying over heat-bursting volcanoes. Then use the surplus to power your weapons or energy shield. Enjoy humorous dialogue that accompanies players throughout the game.

    A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots
    Publisher: Onteca
    Players: 1-4
    ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
    Price: 500 Wii Points
    Description: The planet Monsteca is no longer the harmonious world it once was. It’s been overrun by a robotic army that’s determined to rule and conquer. Monsteca natives known as the Stompies have no choice but to run. Unable to defend themselves against such heavy machinery, the Stompies must rely on the strength of their herd to work together and defeat the meddling robots. Take control of the Stompies, cute and not-so-bright monsters who need help to avoid being captured by invading robots. It’s your duty to guide them successfully through each level. This fun, full-3D strategy game has a strong sense of flow, offering 20 levels to conquer and many hours of game play.

    Nintendo DSiWare

    Divergent Shift
    Publisher: Konami Digital Entertainment
    Players: 1
    ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Violent References
    Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
    Description: Divergent Shift is a puzzle platformer. You’ll run, jump and flip over obstacles, but you also may have to put on your thinking cap to figure out how to complete some of the levels. There are two primary mechanics in the game: the Reflection Mechanic and Shadow Mechanic. In both, you control two characters – one on each screen – at the same time. If you jump, both characters will jump; if you run, both characters will run. The only way to beat the game is to use the two screens together.

    3D Mahjong
    Publisher: cosmigo
    Players: 1
    ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
    Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
    Description: Relax your mind with the ancient game of tiles. 3D Mahjong features 50 layouts of the traditional tile-matching game in 3D, each with millions of different shuffles to play. The game’s style and interface has been designed for easy and intuitive operation with the stylus or control pad. The graphics can be customized with six fabulous tile sets and backgrounds. Sit back, relax and enjoy the endless challenge with this Mahjong game collection. Additional brain-sharpening challenges come in the form of extra mini-games: “Memory” and “Matching.”

    myNotebook: Carbon
    Publisher: Nnooo
    Players: 1
    Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
    Description: myNotebook allows you to take notes wherever you are. Just pop open your Nintendo DSi™ system and jot down your thoughts. Make a list and cross it off, or even play your favorite pen-and-paper games (games not included). You can even personalize your notebook by drawing on the cover and changing the paper type with 24 unlockable squared and lined paper styles. Use the pen or pencil to make notes or doodles, and then erase the bits you don’t like. With five ink colors, you’ll always be able to make your notes and doodles look stylish. myNotebook also includes 128 pages to write on and the ability to export your pages to your Nintendo DSi Photo Album.

    Just SING! National Anthems
    Publisher: Engine Software
    Players: 1
    ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
    Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
    Description: It is the greatest sporting event of 2010: the World Cup! All eyes are on South Africa, and all ears are on you in the karaoke game of the year. Enter the hallowed turf and display your talent by singing a selection of national anthems. There are five national anthems to choose from: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Japan and the United States. It’s karaoke fun at its best. All text is displayed, and the game features optimum voice recognition. Just sing into the built-in microphone of your Nintendo DSi system. Don your jersey and step out onto the pitch – to sing!

    Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii™ Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mondays. Users with broadband Internet access can redeem Wii Points or Nintendo DSi Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo DSi Points can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Nintendo Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one Nintendo Points Card must be redeemed in either the Nintendo DSi Shop or the Wii Shop Channel. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

    Remember that both Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://wii.com or http://www.nintendodsi.com.

    Chaos Rings Now Available For iPad

    Capcom wasn’t the only one with a new App Store game released today.  Square-Enix just sent over the following press release which details all the info about their HD remix of Chaos Rings for the iPad.  It hits today for $15.99.  On top of that, to celebrate the release of Chaos Rings for the iPad, Square-Enix is offering their App Store games at reduced prices starting right now!  Take a gander at the press release for the new prices, and further info on Chaos Rings.

    CHAOS RINGS NOW AVAILABLE FOR iPad

    SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES LIMITED-TIME SALE TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF CHAOS RINGS FOR iPad

    LOS ANGELES (August 12, 2010) — Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of SQUARE ENIX® interactive entertainment products in North America, announced today that CHAOS RINGS™ is now available for iPad® on the iTunes® Store (www.itunes.com) and App Store™ worldwide.

    CHAOS RINGS is a brand-new role playing game (RPG) which was initially released for the iPhone®/iPod touch® in April 2010. The game has earned high praise as a title that stretches the hardware to the limit, boasting a huge adventure and beautiful graphics. As a result, the title earned the No.1 sales spot in 15 countries around the world and is now available for iPad featuring 1024×768 HD support.

    CHAOS RINGS is set around a battle tournament called Arca Arena, where teams of two compete for victory and eternal life. Characters gain levels and earn experience points from defeating their foes to upgrade their team’s combo skills, enabling the pair to launch bigger, stronger and more devastating attacks.

    The unique story of CHAOS RINGS unfolds based on the pairing of characters that the players choose. By experiencing the story lines of each pairing, the true mystery of Arca Arena will be unveiled.

    Featuring a turn-based battle system, players are given the choice between “solo” moves, where they can enter commands separately, or “pair” moves, to execute actions as a team. Working as a “pair” allows the characters to concentrate their efforts for more effective power. Defeating enemy monsters allows players to obtain specific DNA information called “gene,” which players can equip to learn the monster’s magic and special attack moves.

    For more information, please visit the official CHAOS RINGS website: http://dlgames.square-enix.com/chaosrings

    About CHAOS RINGS for iPad

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    iPad
    RPG
    Now Available
    $15.99 (Available simultaneously worldwide for download)
    http://dlgames.square-enix.com/chaosrings
    ©2010 SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD. All Rights Reserved. CHARACTER DESIGN: Yusuke Naora. Developed by Media Vision Inc.
    Takehiro Ando
    Yusuke Naora
    Yukinori Kitajima (Synthese Co., Ltd.)
    Noriyasu Uematsu
    Biho Co., Ltd./Media Vision Inc.
    Media Vision Inc.
    Square Enix

    SQUARE ENIX ANNOUNCES LIMITED-TIME SALE

    TO CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF CHAOS RINGS FOR iPad
    The first ever discount on CHAOS RINGS for iPhone/iPod touch!
    Half price for CRYSTAL DEFENDERS® and SONG SUMMONER®: The Unsung Heroes – Encore

    Celebrating the release of CHAOS RINGS for iPad, Square Enix will be discounting titles that have been released to date for iPhone/iPod touch/iPad for a limited time. Sale ends August 26, 2010.

    Please visit the following websites for more details:

    Web page with description of the apps on sale: http://www.square-enix.com/jp/game/ipod/
    Web page with a list of apps for iPhone on sale: http://dlgames.square-enix.com/iphone/

    For iPhone/iPod touch

    CHAOS RINGS

    CRYSTAL DEFENDERS

    SONG SUMMONER: The Unsung Heroes – Encore

    FINAL FANTASY®

    FINAL FANTASY II

    VANGUARD STORM™

    SLIDING HEROES®

    HILLS AND RIVERS REMAIN™

    FINAL FANTASY XIII Larger–than–Life Gallery™

    $12.99 → $9.99

    $7.99 → $3.99

    $9.99 → $4.99

    $8.99 → $6.99

    $8.99 → $6.99

    $3.99 → $2.99

    $0.99 → FREE

    $4.99 → $3.99

    $5.99 → $3.99

    For iPad

    CRYSTAL DEFENDERS for iPad

    FINAL FANTASY XIII Larger–than–Life Gallery for iPad

    Chocobo Panic™

    $7.99 → $3.99

    $5.99 → $3.99

    $3.99 → $2.99