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November 7, 2006

Xbox360: Downloadable HDTV content

Filed under: Uncategorized — technofranki @ 23:34

Microsoft has announced that from November 22nd Xbox 360 owners in the US can download movies and TV shows to their Xbox.

The movie will be rental. Once downloaded you have 14 days to start watching it. When you have watched it once, you can watch it for 24 hours. After that the movie is deleted. SDTV movies will clock in at 1,2GB and an HDTV will be around 4,7GB in size.

The TV shows is your for life. Once purchased, you can delete it and download it again. Your purchase is being tracked like your Arcade games.

There is no price points yet, but you will pay in Microsoft points like all other Markedplace stuff. You can read more at

Wii: Games you can play on December 8

Filed under: Uncategorized — technofranki @ 16:19

I should have posted this last week, but here it is. This games are available at the European launch, Ddecember 8:

  • Wii Sports Bundle (Including the Wii console and Wii Sports – Tennis, Golf, Boxing, Baseball and Bowling)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  • Wii Play (including Wii Remote)
  • Call of Duty 3 (Activision)
  • Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Activision)
  • Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam(Activision)
  • Madden NFL 07 (EA)
  • Need For Speed Carbon (EA)
  • Happy Feet (Midway Games)
  • Rampage: Total Destruction (Midway Games)
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (Sega)
  • Gottlieb Pinball Classics (System 3)
  • Super Fruit Fall (System 3)
  • Disney/ Pixar Cars (THQ)
  • Barnyard (THQ)
  • Spongebob Squarepants: Creature from the Krusty Krab (THQ)
  • Blazing Angels Squadrons of WW II (Ubisoft)
  • Far Cry Vengeance (Ubisoft)
  • GT Pro Series (Ubisoft)
  • Monster 4×4 World Circuit (Ubisoft)
  • Open Season (Ubisoft)
  • Rayman Raving Rabbids (Ubisoft)
  • Red Steel (Ubisoft)
  • Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Double Agent (Ubisoft)

That’s an amazing 24 titles at launch. Can’t remember any console that had so many games at launhc. And that does not inlude the 31 Virtual Consol games:

KongDonkey Kong
Jr.Ice Hockey
Mario Bros.
Solomon’s Key (Tecmo)
The Legend of Zelda
Urban Champion
Wario’s Woods

Donkey Kong Country

Super Mario 64

Sonic the Hedgehog
Altered BeastGolden
Ecco the Dolphin
Space Harrier II
Toe Jam & Earl
Dr. Robotonik’s Mean Bean Machine

Turbografx (PC Engine)
Bonk’s AdventureSuper
Star Soldier
Victory Run
Bomberman ’93
Dungeon Explorer

It’s an amzing number of games. Happy gaming!

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November 5, 2006

NintendoDS: Nintendo DS Browser (Opera DS)

Filed under: DS,Nintendo,review — Tags: , , , — technofranki @ 19:26

I’ve been using the DS Browser for about 2 weeks now. And for me it works very well. I will tell you in a while.

The DS Browser comes with a DS cartridge and a Memory Expansion Pak. Just plug it in and your ready to go. If you haven’t used your DS online yet, you have to set it up. But this is an easy task.

So how does it work? On the touchscreen you have a menubar at the bottom. Here you can select to enter a URL to go to a webpage. If you use that webpage a lot, bookmark it. The page can be viewed in two different ways. The first is Overview Mode. Her you have the page fit into the touchscreen and a zoombox. What’s inside the zoombox is showed on the topscreen. The second mode is SRR Mode. The page is formated to fit both screens, and I think this is the best mode. The keyboard to type in text works very well and you are also able to usehabdwritting recognition. I haven’t used it much, since I’m very good at using the keyboard.

There have been much talk about the speed of the browser. Yes, it’s slow and it can take some time to load the page. It feels like using a 56K modem again. So it cant replace your PC. But for me this software is very good. I often lie in bed using WAP on my cellphone, this ofcourse cost some money. So DS Browser is a good replacement for your cellhpone since you easily can view all sort of pages.

The browser does not support Flash, video, audio or PDF, but that doesn’t have to be a problem. So is it worth buying? I will say yes if you need to have internet access all the time. The price is a bit high thou.

The Nintendo DS Browser is out in Japan and Europe. There is no US release date yet. The browser comes in both a NDS and DS Lite version. You can get all versions a

I’ve got pictures and will post them soon.

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