Virtual Console games – Europe – friday, October 26

Europe got three new Virtual Console games today, so this is what you can download to your Wii today:

Magician Lord
NeoGeo – 1990 by D4 Enterprise – action – 1-2 players – 900 points – Age 7+

Enter a world of magic in this side-scrolling action game from 1990. Youplay as Elta, the last of the magician lords. When the evil wizard Gal Agiese tries to resurrect Az Atorse, god of destruction, Elta must recover eight mystical tomes in order to seal away the evil god once again.

In his normal form, Elta can only use a standard shot attack, but he can transform into various powerful avatars by obtaining special items called elements. from the fire-breathing Dragon Warrior and the wave-summoning Poseidon to the mighty samurai, the variety that these transformations bring to the action is one of the game’s mostexciting and unique features.

Use these forms wisely as you battle your way through eight action-packed levels in your quest to put an end to this age of fear and confusion and restore peace to the world.

Super Air Zonk
Turbografx – 1993 by Hudson Soft – shooter – 1 player – 800 points

Znk is back! Super Air Zonk is the action-packed sequel to Air Zonk, the shooting game spinoff of the Bonk series.

Moving to a toe-tapping rockabilly beat, Zonk lets loose through seven stages in another battle against his arch-nemesis, SandroVitch. Each stage is full of fearsome enemies, but Zonk has a few tricks up his sleeves. He can transform into characters such as champion of justice Ultra Zonk or the fearsome Tyrano Zonk, and even combine powers with friends he rescues along the way.

fight back with killer karaoke belted out using your trusty microphone! Hurl freshly made sushi at foes! With a variety of wacky attacks, Super Air Zonk is a shooter with unique sense of umour all its own.

Yoshi’s Story
Nintendo 64 – 1998 by Nintendo – platformer – 1 player – 1000 points – Age 3+

Baby Bowser has snatched the Super Happy tree and cast a spell on Yoshi’s Island, turning it into a picture book! Only six Yoshis remain, so it falls to them to reclaim thee tree and restore happines to the world.

This cute, colourful platformer uses a unique ’2.5-D’ graphical style to render impressive character models and bright, vibriant environments in which the Yoshis can run, swim, ‘flutter’ jump and sniff out secrets.

Eat fruit, avaoid enemies and obstacles, and throw eggs from the Yoshis’ never-ending supply in your quest to stop Baby Bowser’s plan. And who knows, you might even find the mysterious blank and white Yoshis!

Text in-game can be set to English, German or French.

Xbox 360 Arcade – Finaly official

It’s now official, Xbox 360 Arcade is a reality (in US anyway). Here’s the quote from MajorNelson.com:

  • Available now in most stores for US $279.99
  • Comes with a wireless controller
  • Has HDMI out
  • 256 MU in the box
  • Includes full versions of the following Arcade titles on disc:
    • PAC-MAN Championship Edition
    • Uno
    • Luxor 2
    • Boom Boom Rocket
    • Feeding Frenzy

Here’s the pressrelease from Microsoft.com:

Microsoft Launches New Xbox 360 Console for Families

New console includes five games, wireless controller and storage to save games — all for the incredible value of $279.99

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 22, 2007 — Just in time for holiday, Microsoft Corp. today released a new Xbox 360® console that delivers games and content to everyone in the family for an incredible value of $279.99 (U.S. estimated retail price)*. Available in stores beginning today, Xbox 360 Arcade console is the first Xbox 360 console to include five family-friendly games, a wireless controller, a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) connection to enable high-definition output if desired and 256 MB of memory useful for storing games and entertainment content. At $279.99, the Xbox 360 Arcade console will include five best-selling games: “PAC-MAN Championship Edition” (NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.), “Uno” (Carbonated Games), “Luxor 2” (MumboJumbo), “Boom Boom Rocket” (Electronic Arts Inc.) and “Feeding Frenzy” (Sprout Games).

“As families gather together this holiday, it’s the perfect time to launch a new low-priced, high-value Xbox 360 that plays games, TV shows and music for everyone to enjoy,” said Jeff Bell, corporate vice president of global marketing, Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft. “In addition to offering an incredible all-in-one package for families to get right into the fun, the Xbox 360 Arcade system features the industry-leading Family Settings, which allow parents to control what their kids are watching and playing — and we know how important that control is to families around the world.”

Karen Dodge, senior vice president and chief merchandising officer at Toys “R” Us, added, “We are excited to offer this new gaming experience to our customers — children and families — who can now enjoy the fun of Xbox 360 together. Many of this holiday season’s hottest items provide Internet connectivity, and with the online entertainment options available through Xbox LIVE®, Xbox 360 Arcade offers families a great mix of online content and traditional gaming in one console.”

The news of Xbox 360 Arcade comes as part of a broader initiative by Microsoft to bring the Xbox 360 experience to families everywhere. Microsoft also announced today that it is significantly expanding its catalog of high- and standard-definition family fun content that is available on demand direct to the consumer’s living room. This includes the addition of everyone’s favorite characters such as Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck from Warner Bros., which will be delivering the first ever “Looney Tunes” cartoons for download on Xbox 360, starting today. In addition, Nickelodeon is adding three new shows to its already large library of more than 300 episodes of TV shows on Xbox LIVE, Microsoft’s premier online gaming and entertainment service, with the inclusion of “Blue’s Clues,” “The Backyardigans” and “iCarly.” “SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam™” (THQ Inc.) and “SHREK-N-ROLL™” (Activision) games will also be available exclusively on Xbox LIVE Arcade, the place to download games for Xbox 360 over Xbox LIVE, adding more fun for everyone in the family.

Microsoft’s commitment to family entertainment is complemented by the largest next-generation library of “E”- and “T”-rated games, more than 200 in all, available at retailers nationwide this holiday, including “BEE MOVIE™ GAME” (Activision), “Guitar Hero III®: Legends of Rock” (Activision), “Naruto: Rise of a Ninja” (UbiSoft Entertainment), “Scene It? Lights, Camera, Action” and “Viva Piñata®: Party Animals.”

All pictures are taken from Engadget.com.


Two new XBLA titles – Wednesday, October 24

There will be two new Xbox Live Arcade titles this week. (Source: MajorNelson.com)

Battlestar Galactica (800 points)

Enter the Battlestar Galactica universe inBattlestar Galactica™ Arcade. Sign up to defend the Galactica, or play as the ruthless Cylons as they seek to remove the Human Race from existence. Pilot iconic ships from the Viper II to the Heavy Raider and lead your squadron in enormous fast-action multiplayer space combat (with up to eight players online) or play through the exciting single-player campaign.

  • Single-player campaign: Pilot various ships and complete memorable missions from the TV series.
  • Multiplayer game mode: Play online with up to eight players in this relentless space-based action shooter in Firefight, Skirmish, and Domination modes.
  • Spaceships: Pilot four human and four Cylon ships, from the Viper II to the Heavy Raider, each with unique weapon capabilities.
  • Special weapons: Coordinate attacks with an arsenal of destructive weapons including missiles, guns, and more.
  • Defensive maneuvers: Avoid annihilation with the barrel roll, quick turnabouts, and other aerial moves.

EXIT

Meet Mr. ESC, otherwise known as Mr. Escape. Mr. ESC is an escape artist whose objective is to save people from disastrous situations, clearing each danger-filled stage within a limited amount of time. Save lives in EXIT®, a frantic, mind-stretching, action-packed puzzle game!

  • Frantic rescue action: As Mr. ESC, take control and rescue people from dangers like fires and earthquakes. Turn them into Companions and lead them to safety.
  • Puzzle-solving skills required: Use your Companions by commanding them to use items, solve puzzles, and reach the exit within the time limit.
  • Companion abilities: The different Companions you save have different abilities. Young Companions have average abilities, Adults are strong, and Kids can make it through tight passages. Be sure to save the injured Patients as well.
  • Multiple stages: There are over 120 challenging stages to escape, and even more stages will be available for download.
  • Twelve new achievements and leaderboard: Master twelve new achievements, and compete for the best stage times on the leaderboards to prove you are the greatest escape artist in the world!

Amazon top seller on HD DVD and Blu-ray

Here’s the top sold titles of HD DVD and Blu-ray on Amazon.com, Sunday October 21.

HD DVD

  1. Transformers – $27.95
  2. Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series – $66.95
  3. 2001 – A Space Odyssey – $19.95 (pre-order, October 23)
  4. The Shining – $19.95 (pre-order, October 23)
  5. Shrek the Third – $27.95 (pre-order, November 13)
  6. 300 (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) – $27.95
  7. Blade Runner (Five-Disc Complete Collector’s Edition) – $27.95 (pre-orcer, December 18)
  8. A Clockwork Orange – $19.95
  9. Top Gun – $19.95
  10. Digital Video Essentials HD – $19.95
  11. Harry Potter Years 1-5 Limited Edition Gift Set – $104.95 (pre-order, December 11)
  12. Batman Begins – $18.95
  13. Eyes Wide Shut – $19.95 (pre-order, October 23)
  14. Heroes – Season 1 – $69.95
  15. Face Off – $20.95 (pre-order, October 30)

Blu-ray

  1. Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest – $23.95
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pearl – $23.95
  3. Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto – $23.95
  4. The Prestige – $23.95
  5. Spider-Man – The High Definition Trilogy (Spider-Man / Spider-Man 2 / Spider-Man 3) – $64.95 (pre-order, October 30)
  6. 2001 – A Space Odyssey – $18.95 (pre-order, October 23)
  7. Planet Earth – The Complete BBC Series – $66.95
  8. Deja Vu – $23.95
  9. Enemy of the State – $22.95
  10. Ratatouille – $23.95 (pre-order, November 6)
  11. Bridge to Terabithia – $23.95
  12. Pirates of the Caribbean – At World’s End – $23.95 (pre-order, December 4)
  13. Gone in 60 Seconds – $20.95
  14. Pearl Harbor – $20.95
  15. Fantastic Four – Rise of the Silver Surfer – $27.95