PS3'S GROUNDBREAKING UK LAUNCH LINE-UP INCLUDES:
Call of Duty 3 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance Tony Hawk's Project 8 Sonic the Hedgehog World Snooker Championship 2007 NBA 2K7 NHL 2K7 Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII Enchanted Arms Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Double Agent The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Fight Night Round 3 Need for Speed Carbon The Godfather: The Don's Edition Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2007 F.E.A.R.
FACT 1: No one really cares
FACT 2: It's too much money
FACT 3: Shifting all the machines from unsold piles in American and Japanese warehouses to an unsold pile in a European warehouse isn't going to help Sony's 'bottom line' in the short to medium term
FACT 4: The best game is a free demo
FACT 5: 'Best' in the context of PS3 means '6/10 at a push'
FACT 6: The 'Average Joe' already thinks PS3 is an over-priced flop, thanks to low-level guerilla marketing by the New York Times and all of The Internet.
FACT 7: Virtua Tennis 3 will have online play on Xbox 360, so don't go throwing that one back in our faces
FACT 8: Tell pikey Britain that it needs to replace its Only Fools and Horses DVDs with new Blu-ray editions and it will stub a cigarette out in your face.
FACT 9: 599 dollars actually translates to 303 pounds, NOT 425
FACT 10: 60,000 yen actually translates to 250 pounds, NOT 425
Ignition Entertainment is Pleased to Announce the European Release of SNK VS. CAPCOM CARD FIGHTERS DS for the Nintendo DS
The excitement of card battles has gone digital and interactive.
12th Jan '07
For the first time ever on Nintendo DS, two videogame powerhouses join together in a colossal game for the small screen.
Go head to head and battle with your favourite game characters from SNK and Capcom.
Choose your character and prepare to enter the Card Battle Tournament. Beat each opponent using your character's fighting strategies to win bouts and earn money and in some cases, receive new cards that can be used to upgrade your deck.
Collect over 300 different cards to customise five separate decks, and take on all challengers as you fight your way to the top of 'Card Tower'.
Trade duplicated cards by using the Recycle machine or stop by the shops to get new cards.
For the ultimate game, challenge a friend or trade cards via the two-player link mode.
'SNK's card battling series has been updated for a new generation of gamers' says Peter Rollinson, product Manager, Ignition Entertainment 'mixing characters from two of the arcades biggest names only adds to what is a truly fun and exciting game of tactics and skill'
Your Destiny Is In the Cards!
* Use card packs containing your favourite characters from some of SNK's and Capcom's biggest franchises.
* Over 300 different cards to use, collect and trade
* Use strategic card arrangements to win
* Know your characters and their special abilities and combine them for added value and strength
* Challenge a friend with the Wireless Head to Head Combat Mode
* Unique game play elements utilising the Touch Screen technology
For further information please visit: www.ignitionent.com/cardfighters
Distributed by Atari in UK, France, Germany, Italy and the Nordic countries, SNK Vs Capcom Card Fighter DS will be available Spring '07 for the Nintendo DS
The Fare Frenzy Returns With SEGA's Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars For The PSP System
All-New Multiplayer Modes and Features for Cabbies on the Go
LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (January 11, 2007) - SEGA Europe Ltd. and SEGA of America, Inc. today announced Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars coming exclusively to the PSP(r) (PlayStationPortable) system. All-new twists have been included in the classic Crazy Taxi experience including for the first time, multiplayer modes that allow two people to play cooperatively or competitively. Now gamers can relive the addictive, action packed gameplay of the original Dreamcast games, Crazy Taxi and Crazy Taxi 2, on the go. Hang up those fuzzy dice and register for a cabbie license this Summer with Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars developed by Sniper Studios.
Only skilled cabbies need apply for Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars, where drivers need to be more aggressive than ever to earn the big money by speeding fares to their destination, no matter what the obstacles. Brand new multiplayer gameplay features provide endless entertainment, players can steal passengers from other cabbies by bumping their opponent's car creating chaotic competition on the road! Navigating through traffic, hills, and obstacles isn't easy, so it takes a skilled cabbie with no fear to earn the big bucks. Players can drive through the two original maps of Crazy Taxi, the arcade map and the original Dreamcast map, both inspired by the steep hills, trademark cable cars, and breezy waterfront of San Francisco. Then they'll head for the Small Apple maps in Crazy Taxi 2, which is inspired by New York's large building fronts, hectic downtown streets, and the city's famous Central Park and subway system.
"We've often thought that the sublime playability of our Crazy Taxi franchise was perfectly suited to the PSP format. Now with new gameplay features and including superb multiplayer modes we're really confident that gamers will agree" commented Matt Woodley, Creative Director SEGA Europe. "The heady mix of competitive gameplay and vibrant graphics makes this a winner, in my humble opinion!"
Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars offers cabbies several single player modes including the mission-based Arcade mode, where skilled drivers earn time bonuses, and Time Trial mode where drivers collect the highest fares possible in the time allowed. In addition, for cabbies to practice their crazy driving skills, two mini-game training modes are available. They include Crazy Box, a collection of 16 original Crazy Taxi mini-games and Crazy Pyramid, mini-games arranged in a pyramid that drivers must complete to unlock more mini-games from Crazy Taxi 2.
Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars introduces new multiplayer modes for two cabbies to collaborate or compete wirelessly via Ad Hoc. Drivers can also record and save gameplay replays of their driving performance in Crazy Taxi 2 on the PSP system's memory stick to replay and show off.
Get ready for the return of a classic favorite next Summer 2007 with Crazy Taxi: Fare Wars for the PSP system. For screenshots and assets, please visit the SEGA press site at www.sega-press.com.
Sega's New Kid on the Block
Sega Amusements Europe Ltd has announced another new appointment and the creation of a new division at the same time. Alan Smith will take the head role of the recently formed New Business Division. He has worked as a consultant for the company for the past year concentrating on the Dinosaurking title which was launched to great success in 2006.
The division will be responsible for growing card game based kids business, merchandise, and initially launching the UFO Catcher crane into Europe. Smith, with a background in the toy and licensing industry, will also be looking to acquire new licences for Sega to capitalise on.
The expansion comes as part of Sega's much publicized aggressive five-year expansion policy. The first sign of the policy having effect was an internal restructure followed by the manufacturer taking the spares business back in house.
A well known figure in the toy industry Smith has had an extensive career covering sales, promotion and licensing roles and worked for big names such as Tomy, Hasbro and Coca-Cola. Household name such as Turtles and the re-emergence of Spiderman in 1994 were down to Alan.
On his appointment he commented, "I will be looking to bring my expertise and knowledge of the toy world to Sega and open up new avenues of business and income streams; it is clear the company has massive plans but also that the income forecast cannot all come from traditional amusement sources".
Paul Williams welcomed the new team member by saying "that he was delighted that Alan had been able to dedicate his full attention the Sega. This opens up a whole new business to us and is a key part of our expansion going forward".
The full kids' product range will be shown at this years ATEI on stand 2020; taking centre stage, literally with their dance moves, will be Love & Berry flanked by the Dinosaurking and Mushiking titles.
Alan is photographed with Sonic the Hedgehog, a valuable licence property that will be put to good use in his hands moving forward.
Sony Computer Entertainment America Wins Emmy Award for PLAYSTATION3 SIXAXIS Wireless Controller
PLAYSTATION 3 Receives Multiple Awards and Honors at CES 2007
LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2007 - Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) today announced that it has been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Technology and Engineering Emmy Award for the PLAYSTATION3 (PS3) computer entertainment system's SIXAXIS wireless controller. SCEA will receive this distinguished honor at an awards presentation being held tonight at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2007 in Las Vegas.
The SIXAXIS wireless controller comes standard with PS3 and enables gamers to harness the potential of the world's most powerful computer entertainment system. Developed by refining the popular original PlayStation controller, the de facto standard in gaming with several hundred millions units shipped worldwide, the SIXAXIS wireless controller features motion-sensing technology to detect natural and intuitive movements for real-time and high precision interactive play, acting as a natural extension of the user's body.
Further illustrating its industry leadership, SCEA will be honored with several other awards at CES for the powerful technology and innovative engineering behind PS3 including the CES Best of Innovations Award for 2007, PC World's 20 Most Innovative Products Award, Sound & Vision's Editor's Choice Award and Digital Entertainment Group's (DEG) Emiel N. Petrone Digital Innovation Award.
"The overwhelming consumer demand and critical acclaim for PS3 is a testament of the platform's strength and the industry's desire for a true next-generation entertainment system," said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA. "The full potential of this powerful machine has yet to be realized - what you've seen so far is just a taste of what will be on the table for 2007 and years to come."
"The guy at Gamestop said that they have had PS3s all week that he could not get rid of" "My local Best Buy has a nicely made-up, color, semi-permanent-looking sign on the door stating that they do not have any Wiis in stock. I got to the game section and they had a pile of at least 20 PS3s sitting on the floor" "Went to pick up an extra Wiimote and a game and found the entire Nintendo section wiped out. Saw about 15 PS3s just sitting there though, no one even in the section" "I have seen PS3s in stock at 6 different stores in the last 4 days in Northeast PA. 2 Walmarts, 1 Target, 2 Eb games, 1 Gamestop. Most of them had several and they were mostly 60Gb. Its very odd, but I know i don't want one" "Best Buy in Barboursville, WV had 33 60GB PS3's at 1:30 yesterday. They opened an hour early to hand out tickets and no one was there. They had sold one from the time they opened till I was there" "I work at a Target and we got 14 60gbs in on Saturday morning. The last one finally sold this afternoon. To put that in perspective, our Wii shipments which range from 20-100, they sell out in a matter of hours (if they last that long)" "My Best Buy store (St. Louis) held 40 PS3s -- all 60 GBs -- for Sunday's ad. We sold a total of seven -- yes, seven -- the whole day, and one of them was later returned. Today we sold three or four the whole day"
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