Virtual Console games – Europe – Friday July 20th

Europe got three new Virtual Console games to download on Friday July 20th.

Silent Debuggers
Turbografx – 1991 by G-mode – first person shooter – 1 player – 600 points

Make your way through a dungeon-like space station and defeat the prowling monster, in this real-time first-person shooter.

You’re a member of the elite Debuggers, a group of multi-talented warriors, and have been assign to inspect an unmabbed space station. You have exactly 100 minutes to get in, destroy the monsters lurking in each Block, make your way to the lowest level and deactivate the automatic defonator placed there.

With each monster that you let slip by, the Core Block becomes harder to survive in, so speed is cruscial in saving the facility and each separate Block. Experience the thrill of survival as the timer ticks away and you uncover the truth of the events that have ocurred..

Street Fighter II’ Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Super Nintendo – 1993 by Capcom – fighting/arcade – 1-2 players – 800 points

Street Fighter II defined gaming in the 1990s by revolutionising the fighting game genre.

Regarded as one of the greatest game of all time. Street Fighter II’ Turbo: Hyper Fighting was the third and final release of the original Street Fighter II series.

Featuring the original eight world warriors including Ryu, Chun Li and Guile – along with playable boss characters Balrog, Vega Sagat and M. Bison – Street Fighter II’ Hyper Fighting offers enchanced gameplay speed and imporved character balancing.

NES – 1988 by Nintendo – action/adventure – 1 player – 500 points

Metroids – the most dangerous creatures in the galaxy – have fallen into the hands of Space Pirates! As bounty hunter Samus Aran, battle through the depths of planet Zebes tp take out the pirates’ leader Mother Brain and restore peace to the galaxy.

The original NES classic Metroid introduced gamers to a unige mic of action and exploration that has become the series’ trademark. Use Samus’ Norph Ball ability to serach every nook and cranny, and uncover power-ups like the Ice Beam, Varia Suit and Screw Attack.

Peter Moore is leaving Microsoft

This news came out of the blue today; Peter Moore is leaving Microsoft. Moore will move back to Northern California with his family. Moore’s new job will be as president for EA’s sport division.

Here’s some paragrafs from the press release posted on

“Peter has contributed enormously to the games business since joining Microsoft in 2003 and we are sad to see him go,” said Robbie Bach, president of Entertainment and Devices Division at Microsoft. “Since that time, he presided over the global launch of the Xbox 360™, spearheaded a revitalized and rebranded Games for Windows business, and helped steer the console’s ascent.”
Moore has decided to return with his family to Northern California, where they lived until he took the position at Microsoft. Moore will remain at Microsoft to assist in the transition through August and will then return to the San Francisco Bay area.

[UPDATE]: MajorNelson has posted a podcast interview with Peter Moore.

PSP Slim and TV-tuner heading to Japan

The new slim PSP will hit Japan on September 20th and will retail at 19,800 yen. It will come in six colours: Piano Black, Ice Silver, Ceramic White, Rose Pink, Lavender Purple and Felicia Blue.

On the same day, Japan will get a TV-tuner for the PSP. This will connect to the PSP via the USB port. The tuner will only work in Japan since it’s a 1seg digital TV tuner (ISDB-T broadcasting format).

Post-E3: Video Markedplace will launch worldwide (sort of)

I’m not sure why I haven’t posted this before, since this news was announced in last week at Mircosofts press conference on E3.

The Video Markedplace will be launched in Europe and Canada sometime this fall. There is no word on how much we have to pay for downloading film and TV shows (or what shows we do get). They will probably say something about that later on.

Microsoft also announced that they had made a deal to distribuate Disney movies on the Markedplace.

Pictures below is from the US markedplace.

E3 2007 is over

So E3 2007 was over on Friday 13th. It have been a great week starting with Microsft press conference followed by Nintendo and Sony. The conferences was OK, nothing spectacular and no big surprises.

Last years E3 was all about hardware. The PS3 and Wii wasn’t out yet and Xbox 360 was the only next generation console on the marked. They showed what the console could do, and we was amazed.

This years E3 was about the software. Wii does it well with it’s inovative controller and are realy a winner among the casual gamer, from the younger sister and brother to your grandparents. The games are for the new to the average gamer, so we see a lot of games that are focusing around minigames that everyone can pick up and play. And that’s great, but I do miss some games for the hardcore gamer and for the gamers that have been playing Nintendo games since the 80′s. But the horizon is looking bright, with Mario Galaxy, Super Mario Kart and Super Smash Brothers Brawl – all for the Wii. And I have to include The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for the that is already out in Japan, but will get it’s release in US and Europe later this fall.

For Sony and Microsoft, it’s about horsepower. Their consoles are way a head of Wii in performance and they will utilize that in full whit deliver us games with amazing graphics and realstic physics. The games that where shown proves that. Both PS3 and Xbox 360 are almost equal in performance, but I do think that Microsoft is winning with it’s better integration of it’s online service. But Sony is catching up.

Some PC games also showed what DX10 (DirectX 10) can deliver and some of the videos was nothing more than amazing.

So I wasn’t in LA at E3, but in my hometown in Norway. I read the news on the internet, stayed up late to see Microsoft press conferance online, and I also watch the Nintendo and Sony. I’ve downloaded about 15GB of video and have only managed to watch some of it. So I will have a lot to look forward to the next days when I make in down the digital video pile.

This concludes my coverage of this years E3, but I will probably post some post-E3 news when I find something interresting in the videos.

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E3: Games for Windows trailer

On Mircosoft press conference they showed a montage of Games for Windows. Some of them look realy amazing utilizing DX10. Here’s the list and pictures, taken directly from the trailer.

  • Flight Simulator X: Acceleration
  • Thrillville: Off the Rails
  • Bee Movie Game
  • Hellgate: London
  • Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties
  • Strangehold
  • Gear of War
  • BioShock
  • Crysis
  • Universe at War: Earth Assault
  • BlackSite: Area 51
  • World in Conflict
  • Ages of Conan: Hyborian Adventure
  • Lost Planet: Extreme Condition
  • Kane & Lunch: Dead Men
  • Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts
  • Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals
  • Jucied 2: Hot Import Nights
  • Viva Pinata
  • Spider Man: Friends or Foe?

E3: LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation3 is looking very interesting. I’m realy looking forward to this game. The game is physic-based. You will have a set of tools to build level, some are just boxes and barrels other are mechanical things like wheels. You then use these tools to biuld a level. And the aim of the game is to finish every level as fast as possible. You can play either singel or multiplayer, even online.

The game will come with a lot of pre-defined levels. The game will be released sometime Q1-Q2 next year.