Team NINJA today revealed new information for NINJA GAIDEN® SIGMA 2 PLUS, the highly anticipated sequel to its PlayStation®Vita launch title that will be available on February 26, 2013. Faster, bloodier, and more beautiful than ever, NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA 2 PLUS brings the legendary action franchise to new heights with a deep cast, new costumes and weapons, exciting boss battles, and the introduction of the Hero play style that will give Ryu Hayabusa an edge in every fight. While gamers eagerly await the game’s arrival in stores, Team NINJA is sharing new images and information on characters, bosses, costumes, weapons, and gameplay to take players deeper into the ultimate ninja experience.
The addition of the popular “Hero” play-style first featured in NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA PLUS gives every player a chance to play like a hero. With this mode selected, Hayabusa will get temporary advantages when his health runs low, including auto-block, auto-evade, increased damage, and a higher chance to dismember enemies, allowing gamers the chance to turn around a tough situation without interrupting the fast-paced action.
NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA 2 PLUS features a strong cast of characters, led by Ryu Hayabusa:
Ryu Hayabusa: A young ninja of the Hayabusa Clan, Hayabusa is forced to face off with his long-standing rivals, the Black Spider Ninja Clan to prevent the resurrection of the Archfiend.
Momiji: The last Dragon Shrine Maiden and an elder sister figure to the children of Hayabusa Village. In addition to her ceremonial duties, she has trained to the rank of a full-fledged kunoichi.
Sonia: The alias of a CIA secret agent who attempts to track down Hayabusa to warn him of the plot to resurrect the Archfiend.
Muramasa: A legendary master swordsmith and the owner of Muramasa’s Weapons and Tools, Muramasa also owns an antique shop in Sky City Tokyo.
Elizébet, Ruler of Blood: The Queen of the Greater Fiends is deeply connected to the Black Spider Ninja Clan and works with Genshin on his schemes.
Dagra Dai: This evil priest was originally a human philosopher who underwent a horrific transformation to become the Archfiend’s Infernal High Priest.
Players can look forward to a variety of memorable boss battles in the game. Team NINJA today unveiled images of the following pantheon of villainous bosses:
Genshin: The enemy of the Hayabusa clan has joined causes with Elizébet, Queen of the Greater Fiends, in his quest to take out Hayabusa and his father.
Alexei, Ruler of Lightning: One of the Four Greater Fiend Lords, he smites enemies with lightning-fast shocks and charges. Players should focus on evading his attacks before counterattacking.
Volf, Ruler of Storms: Another Greater Fiend Lord, this lycanthrope werewolf’s immense strength means most of his attacks cannot be blocked. Players should jump or evade attacks and go in for damage as he recovers.
Zedonius, Ruler of Flame: This Greater Fiend Lord attacks Hayabusa with high-damage hellfire and relentless close-range attacks. The key to beating him is reading his next move carefully.
Black Dragon: After losing to Hayabusa once before, the massive Black Dragon is summoned by Elizébet to exact its vengeance with a devastating variety of attacks.
To face this murderous array of bosses, Hayabusa will employ an arsenal of deadly weapons. The legendary Dragon Sword is his most trusted weapon, providing deadly attacks and combos even at Level 1. The nunchuck-like Vigoorian Flail mercilessly assaults all enemies within reach, the Kusari-gama gives players a far-reaching weapon, and the Eclipse Scythe can slice through surrounding enemies with immense swings. The other playable characters are also well equipped, from Ayane’s Fuma Kodachi short swords to Momiji’s Heavenly Dragon Naginata and Rachel’s Inferno Hammer.
NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA 2 PLUS brings the most intense, action-packed ninja adventure to PS Vita with stunning graphics, new modes, and plenty of blood. In the game, iconic super ninja Ryu Hayabusa returns to the Sigma series to battle from Tokyo to New York as players encounters vicious enemies while building an awesome arsenal of ninja weaponry. The action lights up the Vita’s impressive OLED screen with upgraded graphics and the game features an all-star cast with signature characters from previous installments. An intuitive control system uses the PS Vita’s front and rear touch screens and motion controls to give players full control, and the game features all the costumes from the PlayStation 3 version of the game as well as new outfits.
NINJA GAIDEN SIGMA 2 PLUS is developed by Team NINJA and published by Tecmo Koei. The game has been rated “M” (Mature) by the ESRB and will be available for an MSRP of $39.99 (USD).
For more news about Team NINJA, visit http://teamninja-studio.com, and don’t forget to “like” us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/teamninjastudio and follow us on Twitter @TeamNINJAStudio.
About TECMO KOEI AMERICA CORP
TECMO KOEI AMERICA CORP. is a publisher of interactive entertainment software for current generation consoles, handhelds and digital download content based in Burlingame, California. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of TECMO KOEI HOLDINGS CO., LTD., headquartered in Yokohama, Japan. TECMO is best known for the Dead or Alive®, Ninja Gaiden®, Tecmo Bowl®, and Fatal Frame® series. KOEI is best known for its Dynasty Warriors® and Samurai Warriors® franchises. On April 1, 2009, TECMO KOEI HOLDINGS CO., LTD was established as a result of the TECMO, LTD. and KOEI Co., Ltd. merger.
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS™
Unchained Blades – Fang must traverse dangerous living temples known as Titans in order to meet his maker once again and exact his revenge on the great Goddess Clunea. But he cannot do it alone. Journey through grid-based dungeons in first-person view with your seven allies in classic turn-based combat, all while fighting more than 180 varieties of monsters that you can convince to fight alongside you in battle.
Code of Princess™ – Blending fighting game play with components from classic arcade side-scrolling beat ‘em ups and the character development of an RPG, Code of Princess provides hard-core gamers with a new twist on some of their favorite game types. Up to four players can take on challenges cooperatively or battle against one another in competitive play either locally or online. Code of Princess is also available at retail stores. (Additional systems and software required for multiplayer games; sold separately. Wireless broadband Internet access required for online features. For more info, go to support.nintendo.com)
Gunman Clive – In the year of 18XX, the west is overrun by thugs and outlaws. A group of bandits has kidnapped Mayor Johnson’s daughter and is spreading havoc across the land. Only Gunman Clive can bring order to the west and save the girl. Gunman Clive is an old-school side-scrolling platform game set in the Old West with 3D graphics and a unique art style. Jump and shoot your way across diverse and challenging levels while fighting massive bosses.
Nintendo Video™ on Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo Video Best of 2012 – Nintendo Video is bringing you the very best comedy and music videos from 2012. Don’t miss special re-airings of your favorite 3D videos.
Also new this week:
• Air Battle Hockey 3D (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS)
• Galaxy Saver (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo DSi™ Shop on Nintendo DSi)
• Snowboard Xtreme (Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo DSi Shop on Nintendo DSi)
In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new titles weekly to the Nintendo eShop for the Wii U system as well as the Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo 3DS XL systems, to the Nintendo DSi Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and to the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console.
The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service and features games, applications and videos. Users can add money to their account balance by using a credit card or by purchasing a Nintendo Prepaid Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card. All funds from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii U eShop or the Nintendo 3DS eShop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.
The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points™, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points™, which can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Wii Points Card™ and Nintendo DSi Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one card must be redeemed in either the Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop, respectively. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.
Remember that Wii U, Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu, http://www.nintendo.com/wii, http://www.nintendo.com/3ds or http://www.nintendo.com/ds.
In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, consumers lined up outside Nintendo World in New York to be among the first in the world to buy Nintendo’s newest home console, Wii U, which went on sale at midnight on Nov. 18, 2012. Wii U comes packaged with the Wii U GamePad, a controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen that redefines how people interact with their games, their TVs and one another. Photo Credit: Anders Krusberg/AP Images for Nintendo of America
In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s president and COO, leads a crowd of fans in a countdown to the midnight launch of Wii U at Nintendo World in New York on Nov. 18, 2012. Wii U is set to change the way people interact with their games, their TVs and each other. Photo Credit: Anders Krusberg/AP Images for Nintendo of America
In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, fans gather at Nintendo World to celebrate the midnight launch of Wii U on Nov. 18, 2012. Wii U is set to change the way people interact with their games, their TVs and each other.
Photo Credit: Anders Krusberg/AP Images for Nintendo of America
In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, president and COO of Nintendo of America, presents the first Wii U sold in the world to Isaiah Triforce Johnson of Brooklyn, NY, minutes after midnight at the official launch event at Nintendo World in New York on Nov. 18, 2012. Photo Credit: Anders Krusberg/AP Images for Nintendo of America
In this photo provided by Nintendo of America, Isaiah Triforce Johnson of Brooklyn, NY celebrates his purchase of the first Wii U system in the world at the midnight launch event at Nintendo World in New York on Nov. 18, 2012. Wii U comes packaged with the Wii U GamePad, a controller with a 6.2-inch touch screen that redefines how people interact with their games, their TVs and one another. Photo Credit: Anders Krusberg/AP Images for Nintendo of America
As we cover a lot of pop culture worldwide, especially mainstream pop culture, we still support other industries. Industries which J!-ENT actually originally started from. From covering Asian cinema, Japanese animation, comic books, video games, we covered them since 1993. And while we may not be a website that specializes solely on Asian cinema, anime, manga, video games, etc. We still try to cover it the best we can. And one a year, we try to show our love by creating a special feature dedicated to anime, manga, cosplay, video games and J-Pop.
And in 2012, we have created our largest annual special feature on those topics for you, FOR FREE.
You can download the following PDF and view it on your iPad, Table or computer. It’s about 280-pages and about 62MB. We will consider a hi-res version of this annual feature if people request it but, we present to you our J!-ENT annual “Anime/Manga/Cosplay/Video Games/J-Pop” (wow…that was long!) special feature. And it showcases our recent interviews with cosplayers, our coverage from various events this past summer including E3, San Diego Comic-Con 2012, Ani-Jam and so much more! Enjoy!
J!-ENT ANNUAL SPECIAL FEATURE 2012: Anime/Manga/Cosplay/Video Games/J-Pop (66MB PDF): DOWNLOAD HERE!
Woodland Hills, CA – October 18, 2011 – 505 Games, a global publisher of video games, today announced that the all-singing, all-dancing video game Grease™ for Kinect™ for Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®Move motion controller for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system has now shipped to North American retail outlets.
Developed by Zoe Mode and published by 505 Games under license from Paramount Digital Entertainment, with officially licensed song compositions and timeless choreography from the movie, Grease provides an interactive social singing and dancing experience where they can turn up their style and release their inner rock ‘n roller.
“Grease is an all-time classic entertainment property and it is with great pleasure that 505 Games is able to bring this updated re-imagining of the brand into the homes of fans this holiday season,” said Ralph Pitt-Stanley, general manager, UK and Export for 505 Games. “The cutting-edge new motion control technology of today’s consoles has enabled us to bring all the excitement of classic choreography and 1950’s attitude to life in ways not possible before.”
Grease for Kinect for Xbox 360 and PlayStation Move motion controller for PS3™ is rated “T” for Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). For more information about Grease please visit www.greasethegame.com.
About 505 Games
Based in Los Angeles, CA, 505 Games (U.S.) is the North American division of 505 Games, a global video game publisher. Launched in the U.S. in 2008, 505 Games publishes quality interactive entertainment on all handheld, mobile and console gaming platforms, offering a broad selection of video game titles in all genres for players of all ages.For more information on 505 Games and its products please visit www.505games.com.
About Zoë Mode
Zoë Mode makes games that are accessible; simple, social, games that are effortlessly fun but don’t take themselves too seriously. Based in Brighton, London and San Francisco, its diverse work force is unified by its attitude to gaming. Zoë Mode believes that games are powerful ways of bringing people together and having fun and that there’s more to life than gaming, but that gaming can make life better; and strongly believes that there is a game for everyone. Zoë Mode is part of Kuju Entertainment Limited.
Kinect, Microsoft, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox LIVE, and the Xbox logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.
“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
This week’s Nintendo Download includes the following featured content:
Jason Derulo, “It Girl” – Now until 3 p.m. Pacific time on Aug. 26, you can check out Jason Derulo’s latest video in 3D. His new album, Future History, releases on Sept. 27 and features the smash hit “Don’t Wanna Go Home.” (For Nintendo 3DS™)
3D Classics: Urban Champion™ – The first fighting game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System™ is back for another round. Use a combination of punches to knock your opponent backward into an open manhole before time expires. (For Nintendo 3DS)
Flight Control™ – Take on the role of an air traffic controller at an increasingly busy airport. As more and more planes begin to arrive, you’ll need nerves of steel and smart strategy to keep the chaos under control. (For Wii™)
Nintendo eShop / Nintendo DSiWare™
Zoonies – Escape from Makatu – Only you can help Leo the tiny lion find his way back to his friends and family. Clear a path for Leo as he tries to escape the evil shaman Makatu and the treacherous jungle. (For Nintendo 3DS / Nintendo DSi™)
Also new this week:
• Build-a-lot® (Nintendo eShop / Nintendo DSiWare)
• Blockado – Puzzle Island (Nintendo eShop / Nintendo DSiWare)
• UYUYUI! (Nintendo Video) – available 3 p.m. PT on Aug. 20
• Duel (Nintendo Video) – available 3 p.m. PT on Aug. 18
In addition to video games available at retail stores, Nintendo also offers a variety of content that people can download directly to their systems. Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS™ system, to the Nintendo DSi™ Shop for the Nintendo DSi system and to the Wii™ Shop Channel for the Wii console at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Thursdays.
The Nintendo eShop is a cash-based service and features games, applications and videos in both 2D and 3D. Users can add money to their virtual wallets using a credit card or by purchasing a Nintendo 3DS Prepaid Card at a retail store and entering the code from the card.
The Wii Shop Channel offers games and applications and uses Wii Points™, which can be purchased via the Wii Shop Channel. The Nintendo DSi Shop offers games and applications and uses Nintendo DSi Points™, which 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 Wii Shop Channel or the Nintendo DSi Shop. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.
Remember that Wii, Nintendo 3DS and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage some of the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii, http://www.nintendo.com/3ds or http://www.nintendo.com/ds/systems/dsi.
Sakura-Con 2011 Report and Photography by Michelle Tymon
Sakura Con 2011 proved that the popularity of anime and Japanese culture are still very strong in the US and especially in Seattle. The attendance at the yearly convention grows every year and this year, it was no exception bringing in an amazing 19,040, over 1,000 more than last year’s number of 18,002. The weather also proved to be nice for most of the weekend, but because it is taking place in Seattle, there was still some rain.
However, that definitely didn’t stop anyone from going to the con. Anime fans could be seen walking up and down the streets of Seattle that weekend, rain or shine.
The guest lineup at this year’s Sakura Con was impressive as ever as they brought big names from both Japan and America. Guests this year included: Kotono Mitsuishi, Berryz Kobo, exist+trace, Daisuke Moriyama, Tony Oliver, Clarine Harp, Christopher Bevins, Tiffany Grant, Cynthia Cranz, Wendy Powell, Stephanie Sheh, and 6%DOKIDOKI.
For a complete listing for the 2011 guest lineup, http://www.sakuracon.org/programming/guests.php
Fans can come to Sakura Con to enjoy many activities involving manga/anime, video games, Japanese music, and Japanese tradition and culture.
For those interested in manga/anime, the convention offers panels, Q&A’s, autograph signings with industry guests, a huge exhibition hall where fans can buy all sorts of merchandise, Artist Alley where artists can show off their own art, and cosplay photoshoots.
Video game fans can enjoy 24 hour gaming rooms, video game tournaments, retro gaming, DDR and other arcade games, Microsoft playtest, and the Rock Band stage.
For fans of Japanese music, there are a few concerts during the weekend they can go to (this year it was the JRock band exist+trace and the JPop group Berryz Kobo) and people can enjoy open mic karaoke, karaoke contests, and various dances. As for those interested in Japanese culture, people can go play the game “Go”, watch various cultural and traditional demonstrations or get information through various organizations like the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle, the Japan America Society of the State of Washington, and the Hyogo Business and Cultural Center.
There are also various theaters at Sakura-Con including the AMV theater, anime theaters, and live-action theaters. They are not only a great way to watch great anime and movies, but also a great place to relax if you ever had free time in between events you wanted to go to and they are also open 24 hours.
For the past few years, Sakura-Con has been known to bring some amazing musical guests from Japan.
On Friday night, the JRock band exist+trace held a concert. exist+trace is a visual rock band consisting of all female members. At their concert, they showed that they could definitely hold their own and rock out even harder than their male colleagues. Despite some technical problems in the beginning, they still managed to rock the house and the crowd had a great time.
On Saturday night, the JPop group Berryz Kobo performed to a packed house and even brought some of their hardcore fans from Japan with them. They started out the concert talking about the earthquake and tsunami that had just devastated Northeastern Japan and kicked off the concert with a cover of the popular 1992 song “Ai wa Katsu” by Kan.
I happened to be sitting next to four fans from Japan who were jumping, cheering, shouting, and dancing through the whole show. While looking around the audience, I also spotted another older fan from Japan who was in one of the aisles dancing the choreography to each and every song they sang perfectly. The fans from Japan definitely made themselves known among the crowed but the American fans were also full of energy and enjoyed the show.
Every year at Sakura-Con they hold a charity auction. This year was no different, except this year the charity auction was for both the Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as Peace Winds America, the latter to help out the relief efforts in Japan for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in March of this year. Things that were auctioned off at both auctions were quite impressive this year.
Items included shikishi drawings done by artists attending Sakura-Con as well as other famous artists, huge Sakura-Con 2011 posters that were displayed at the various hotels, signed anime goods, anime cels, and many other items. The first two badges for next year’s convention were also auctioned off and went for about $2,000.
The package included badge #’s 1 & 2, a free hotel room for the whole weekend as well as advanced VIP seating for all the events.
During the Peace Winds America auction, very rare and amazing things were offered with the help of Kotono Mitsuishi and Run Sasaki.
Kotono Mitsuishi offered items from her own merchandise from her website; she had three bundles available which included a signed original t-shirt, cellphone charms and a handkerchief. Mitsuishi-san also managed to get other items signed by other cast members on shows she’s currently working on and auctioned them off.
One of the most amazing things that Run Sasaki auctioned off was a replica of the coat Luffy wore in the movie, “One Piece: Strong World”. Not only was the coat a one of a kind, Mayumi Tanaka (the seiyuu who does Luffy’s voice) wore it at last year’s Sakura-Con during her performance with Team Dreamcatchers and signed it as well.
One of the items that I highly regret not getting was a one of a kind “Anpanman” handkerchief. I am not the biggest “Anpanman” fan, but this handkerchief was not sold in stores and it was signed by the cast members. It being signed by Keiko Toda (the seiyuu who does “Anpanman” is also a famous actress in Japan who has done many dramas and movies) alone would make it worth quite a bit, but since it includes so many other signatures including Koichi Yamadera (another famous seiyuu whose credits include Ryoga from “Ranma 1/2″), it was priceless.
Other items included shirts signed by Ikue Ohtani (who does Pikachu’s voice in “Pokemon” and Chopper’s voice in “One Piece”) and other amazing goodies. Both charities raised thousands of dollars for wonderful causes.
As someone who has been going to the convention since 2004, I’ve seen this convention grow quite a bit.
Every year the convention would grow in attendance and bring in even more guests and the names got bigger every year. And because of the convention’s growth each year, there have been a few minor bumps in the road along the way but this year the staff did an outstanding job keeping everything running smoothly and their hard work was very apparent.
The staff members and volunteers put in countless amount of hours every year to bring such a big event to the growing number of fans every single year. One of the biggest improvements that I saw was in dealing with the lines for the autograph signings.
In past years of Sakura-Con, the autograph signings sometimes caused frustration because there would be only an hour and some guests were so big that the line of people that would show up would be too long and not everyone would be able to get an autograph because of the time constraints.
This year the lines were still insanely long for some guests but they were better organized and the lines moved smoothly. They also held two autograph sessions at once (the room that the signings were in as huge) most of the time and also held more than one autograph signing for a number of the big guests to help everyone who wanted an autograph to get one.
One of the biggest lines that I personally witnessed for Sakura-Con was the line for Kotono Mitsuishi on Saturday. There was a slight confusion with people lining up early for the session who were given bracelets to come back later (this year the convention made a rule where people were not supposed to line up earlier than 30 minutes before the signing) but even with that, everyone there was able to get an autograph.
Another bump in the road they managed to fix this year was the wait time for registration. Last year, registration took hours for some con goers but this year, registration was speedy.
The con goers I talked to mentioned that the time to get their badges this year only took minutes and every time I passed by the registration room, the lines were very short. That is an incredible feat considering the 19,040 con goers this year. Despite some frustration that may be caused, this convention really wouldn’t be possible without the staff and the volunteers.
This year they were able to show that past problems can be resolved so it really will be exciting to see what kinds of guests and events they bring us next year.
Big guests, amazing concerts, cosplaying and tons of fun events: Sakura-Con 2011 was amazing and anime fans can definitely look forward to Sakura-Con 2012.
For more pictures check out my flickr here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28410146@N06/sets/72157626884064456/
E3 2011: Turtle Beach Powers Audio for Top Publishers and Partners with Livestream for Show Floor Coverage
Elmsford, N.Y., June 3, 2011 Turtle Beach, the leader in premium gaming headsets, is proud to announce their latest list of publisher partners showcasing their new game releases with optimized audio courtesy of Turtle Beach¹s premium gaming headsets. To further support their role as the preeminent authority on game sound and to showcase their industry partners¹ incredible audio achievements, Turtle Beach has teamed up with Livestream to give fans an inside-view of E3, the game industry¹s biggest and most important event of the year!
Publishers and partners utilizing Turtle Beach headsets in their E3 booths, meeting rooms and displays include:
· Electronic Arts
· 2K Games/Take Two Interactive
· Warner Brothers Interactive
This partnership with Livestream gives Turtle Beach an opportunity to share
the latest news, action and highlights from E3 directly with fans.
Livestream reporting will take place at the Turtle Beach booth as well as
its partners¹ displays, giving fans a behind-the-scenes ³look and listen² to
upcoming games, most of which will be demoed onsite using Turtle Beach
The Livestream broadcasts will be co-hosted by Matt from Turtle Beach, a
familiar face from Turtle Beach¹s popular YouTube channel and Kona from
Quantic Gaming, a prominent competitive gaming commentator. Matt and Kona
will spend time reviewing the latest audio advancements from Turtle Beach
and meet with many of the developers and audio engineers behind all the hot
new games; getting their unique points of view and insight on the sound
design and overall development of these major titles.
³Turtle Beach is the game audio authority and we are already committed to
delivering the very best sonic experience possible to gamers with our
premium lineup of console and PC gaming headsets,² notes Michael Arzt, VP of
Marketing and Business Development for Turtle Beach, ³and with our many
publisher partnerships and the exciting Livestream initiative, we¹re also
able to provide fans with a unique look and listen to all the games and
audio excitement of the 2011 E3 Expo.²
Turtle Beach¹s Livestream will commence at 10:00AM PT on June 7, 2011 with
an address from Turtle Beach regarding its exciting new products being
introduced at E3. The E3 stream will then be running from 11:00AM to 5:00PM
on June 7, 10:00AM to 6:00PM on June 8 and 10:00AM to 5:00PM on June 9 (all
To access the E3 stream, viewers must visit and ³Like² Turtle Beach¹s
Facebook Fan Page at http://www.facebook.com/turtlebeach
. The Facebook page will also have
additional information on the Livestream event and a player to watch the
stream. To add more excitement throughout the 3-day event, Turtle Beach and
its partners will offer prize giveaways on the stream. Viewers will be able
to chat with one another, Turtle Beach employees and other special guests.
After the event is over, viewers can enjoy video on demand from Livestream
and on Turtle Beach¹s YouTube channel.
To learn more about Turtle Beach¹s products and watch Matt¹s videos, please
About Turtle Beach
Turtle Beach (www.turtlebeach.com ) designs
and markets premium audio peripherals for personal computer and video game
platforms, including its acclaimed line of Ear Force gaming headphones and
headsets crafted for XBOX 360 and PS3 game consoles and PC games. Turtle
Beach¹s Ear Force X41 wireless headset is Official XBOX Magazine¹s “2009
Peripheral of the Year.² Turtle Beach, headquartered in Elmsford, New York,
is a brand of Voyetra Turtle Beach, Inc., which has been at the forefront of
music and audio technology for more than three decades and is recognized as
a pioneer of today¹s PC audio industry.
Turtle Beach and Ear Force are registered trademarks of Voyetra Turtle
Beach, Inc. XBOX 360 is a registered trademark of Microsoft, Corp. All
April 4, 2011
Showers or no showers, the onset of April brings another round of new downloadable games for Nintendo systems. The Super NES™ favorite Super Bonk is now available on the Virtual Console™ service, giving Wii™ owners a fun new way to enjoy the hard-headed fun of the classic series. And as real-world baseball comes back to life in ballparks across the nation, the Nintendo DSiWare™ service offers the hand-held excitement of Absolute Baseball, challenging players to guide their own customized teams to big-league victory. Dark dungeons, fairytale adventures and exotic fish add even greater variety to this week’s lineup.
Anonymous Notes Chapter 1 – From The Abyss -
Publisher: Sonic Powered Co.
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) – Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Discover an exhilarating RPG set inside an infinitely extending dungeon. Sweep away the monsters wriggling in many places and defeat the strong boss monster lurking in the deepest part of the dungeon. Even after the boss monster is defeated, the dungeon automatically re-creates itself, so players can try new games over and over. Using the skill called Soul Capture, the male character can take magic and other skills away from the monsters, as well as weapons and shields to power up.
A Fairy Tale
Publisher: Lemon Games
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Comic Mischief
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: When a giant menace threatens the village, young faeries Delfbert, Wilf and Angelica set out on a fantastic journey to save their home. Join them on their whimsical quest through 100 puzzling levels, marked by stunning graphics and magical music that will fill you with wonder. Featuring an exciting new type of puzzle game play and a humorous, lighthearted storyline, A Fairy Tale is an unforgettable journey of enchantment.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Become the manager of a baseball team and lead it to the championship. Make all the decisions for your team, from selecting the starting lineup and switching pitchers and runners to giving your players pitching, fielding and batting orders. Earn points as you play games throughout the season, and use them to increase your players’ abilities. Build them into the team that will respond to your strategy and make it to the top. In addition to regular league games, there are interleague games, playoffs and the championship series.
Original platform: Super NES
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 800 Wii Points™
Description: Dive headlong into the action in the first installment of the Bonk series on the Super NES. This time, Bonk has been caught in King Drool’s trap and hurled into darkness. To find his way back to prehistoric times, he must embark on an adventure through streets, caves and eventually outer space. Control Bonk as you progress through the stages, but watch out for enemies blocking your path. Eat meat to transform Bonk and perform even more powerful attacks. Many challenges lie in Bonk’s path. In addition to his spin and climb moves, you can use items such as candy, which changes Bonk’s size, to overcome these obstacles.
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Ready, aim…fire suction bubbles from your underwater craft to trap fish to display in your personal aquarium. Catch and collect exotic fish in colorful deep-sea environments such as the Gulf of Mexico, the Ryukyu Islands and the spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Try to avoid obstacles and dangerous species lurking in the depths. Grow your aquatic collection with beautiful marine life from around the world. Navigate through 30 unique levels of play, each with its own challenges and obstacles. Watch out for jagged surfaces, dangerous jellyfish and paralyzing algae. Win bonus collectible fish as you advance in the game. Unlock animated Trophies with each region that you successfully complete.
A Monsteca Corral: Monsters vs. Robots (demo version)
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 0 Wii Points; full version available for 500 Wii Points
Description: The planet Monsteca is no longer the harmonious world it once was. It’s been overrun by a robotic army set on ruling and conquering. Monsteca natives, known as the Stompies, have no choice but to run or be captured. Unable to defend themselves against such heavy machinery, they must rely on the strength of their herd to work together and defeat the meddling robots. Take control of the cute, not-so-bright Stompies, and help them avoid being captured by invading robots. It’s your duty to guide them successfully through each level. This fun strategy game offers 20 levels for many hours of game play.
Note: Some demo versions do not support all game features, and players cannot save their in-game progress in demo versions.
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.
With More Than 30 Games Total Launching by Early June, There’s Something for Everyone
REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 22, 2011 – On day one, new Nintendo 3DS™ owners will have plenty of video games to keep them busy. Nintendo and its third-party publishing partners have made sure that people who buy a system on March 27 will be able to choose from a variety of experiences that leverage the system’s new features. A steady and diverse stream of games of all kinds will keep the fun going, with more than 30 Nintendo 3DS games total launching before the E3 Expo in early June.
“Seeing 3D visuals without the need for special glasses is just one aspect of Nintendo 3DS,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “The real test of any system is whether the games and applications draw you in and keep you engaged. Through the launch window and beyond, Nintendo 3DS delivers.”
On March 27, new Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to choose from the following Nintendo-published games, each available at a suggested retail price of $39.99:
- Pilotwings Resort™, an aerial adventure featuring airplanes, hang gliders and rocket belts. Players soar above tropical Wuhu Island in 3D as they complete missions or snap pictures.
- Steel Diver™, a submarine game that involves strategy and combat. The 3D visuals give players the sensation that they are looking into a miniature aquarium as they control the sub’s speed, depth and pitch, and fire torpedoes.
- nintendogs™ + cats, a game that lets players interact with realistic puppies – and kittens – in a variety of fun ways. There are three versions of the software, each with different starting breeds: French bulldog, toy poodle and golden retriever. But in each version players can unlock and enjoy more than 20 different breeds.
Other Nintendo 3DS games in the works for 2011 from Nintendo include The Legend of Zelda™: Ocarina of Time™ 3D, Star Fox 64™ 3D, Kid Icarus™: Uprising and a new installment in the Mario Kart™ series.
Third-party publishers also have a strong slate of games ready to go on March 27. These include:
- Super Street Fighter® IV 3D Edition from CAPCOM
- The Sims™ 3 from EA
- Madden NFL Football from EA SPORTS
- Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 3D from Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
- LEGO® Star Wars® III: The Clone Wars™ from LucasArts™
- RIDGE RACER® 3D from NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
- Super Monkey Ball™ 3D from SEGA
- BUST-A-MOVE UNIVERSE™ from Square-Enix, Inc.
- SAMURAI WARRIORS®: Chronicles from TECMO KOEI AMERICA Corp.
- Asphalt™ 3D from UBISOFT
- Combat of Giants™: Dinosaurs 3D from UBISOFT
- Rayman® 3D from UBISOFT
- Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon® Shadow Wars from UBISOFT
Nintendo 3DS also comes pre-loaded with a variety of fun games, applications and features, such as the Nintendo 3DS camera, which can be used to take photos in 2D and 3D as well as be used in other games and applications. For instance, the built-in Face Raiders™ game asks users to shoot at funny depictions of their own photographed faces, while the Mii Maker™ application lets gamers use the camera to take a picture of a person and have an automatic Mii™ character created. The system also comes with six AR Cards, which, when viewed through the outer cameras, bring to life fun and interesting animations and images. For example, when used with nintendogs + cats, users might see their puppies or kittens sitting on their coffee tables or in the palms of their hands. With Nintendo 3DS Sound, users can enjoy sound-manipulation tools or rock out with their Nintendo 3DS system while listening to their MP3 or AAC music files.
Nintendo 3DS is also able to play nearly every game in the massive Nintendo DS library, except those that require use of a secondary Game Boy™ Advance slot.
For more information about Nintendo 3DS, visit http://www.nintendo3ds.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 3.5 billion video games and more than 577 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 http://www.nintendo.com.