Gameloft has announced that they plan on developing 10+ games for Android. The first to be developed will be Bubble Bash and will launch in Q1 2009. They are planning on the rest for later on that year. Michel Guillemot, Gameloft’s pres and CEO said,
“The momentum and excitement for the Android has been building for some time,” said Michel Guillemot, president and CEO of Gameloft. “We plan to fully support this platform since it provides another great outlet for an enhanced gaming experience for consumers.”
We will get excited when they come up with a mobile game that has a little more momentum.
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Animal Crossing is on of the main Nintendo franchises that many a gamer has been waiting to see hit Wii since the console launched. We were able to catch up with Janet Braulio of Nintendo to get a look at some of the gameplay features, WiiSpeak integration, as well as what we can expect with the game drops this November. This is definitely one we are looking forward to getting our hands on.
Asfar as what sets this apart from other Animal Crossing experences you may have had in the past, Katsuya Eguchi, leader of Animal Crossing’s production development, stated, “someone could send a letter from their cellphone or from an email address on a PC to the Wii, and then the player living in the town in Animal Crossing could receive that letter.” In another interview with IGN, Katsuya Eguchi also discussed how his team continues exploring potential ways to take advantage of the WiiConnect24 feature such as allowing friends to visit other towns or leave messages while the machine is in standby mode.
You can pick up Animal Crossing: City Folk in the US on November 16.
Good news for PC Gamers. Take Two Rockstar Games has announced that it is releasing the computer version of Grand Theft Auto IV on Nov. 18 in North America as well as Nov. 21 in Europe. The version will include a newly expanded multi-player feature. Approximately 3.6 million units sold in its first day, and the company says that in its first week it generated $500 million.
Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser said, “We are very excited to be releasing the PC version of Grand Theft Auto IV. The whole team is dedicated to bringing an amazing gaming experience to the PC.”
We expect they are also looking forward to a greater profit.
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Creative has a new Digital Wireless Gaming Headset that is X-fi powered with a 2.4GHz radio frequency. With a maximum range of 72 feet, the phones feature 40mm Neodymium drivers, a flexible swivel microphone, and a leatherette headband with plush earcups. Plug into your USB port for recharging and get up to 8 hours of play. The HS-1200 is compatible with Windows Vista/XP, would be great for Skyping, and has a MSRP of $99.99.
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Disney Interactive Studios is pretty clever by appealing to the tween market with their karaoke video game called “Disney Sing It.” Featured are 35 songs from the movies such as “Camp Rock,” and “High School Musical,” and artists like Miley Cyrus and Jesse McCartney. Available in October for Xbox 360, Playstation 2 & 3, Nintendo Wii, and Windows-based PCs, there are multi-player modes that include duet and team competition. We predict this to be a hot seller for the holiday season, so you might want to grab one as soon as it’s released.
Logitech has unveiled their Cordless Keyboard for Wii. Licensed by Nintendo, it is designed for chatty games and the Wii Internet Channel. At a size of 11.85 x 6.57 x 0.87 inches, the keyboard has special keys such as Zoom In/Out, Forward/Back, and Quit. Plug in the mini-receiver and let the games begin and, when you are done, the receiver snaps into the back of the keyboard. Look for an August debut with a price of $49.99.
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At the Asus booth during Computex 2008, we had the pleasure of looking at their new EeeStick video gaming controllers. Similar to the Nintendo Wii‘s Wii Remote and Nunchuk, aiming and player movement is controlled by swinging the right controller around and moving the left thumbstick.
Sunrise Kuo of Asus showed us a demo of the controllers in action. When they’re ready in July or August, they will be packaged with the Asus EeePC 901 or EeePC 1000 models.
Takara Tomy has yet another toy for the masses. This time it is Bank Quest, a combination RPG and change bank. The more money you put inside, the more weapons and armor you can “buy” to avenge the baddies. The bank can hold up to about ¥50,000 (~$466.00,) runs on 3 AA batteries (not included,) and should be available for those who have spare change around August. At least in this instance, as opposed to those gathering places we call arcades, you actually get to keep the coinage when you play the game.
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There have been video games based on films and tv shows for as long as we can remember, and we notice that every time a new super hero movie arrives, there is always a game tie-in. Now video games meet Reality TV with Hell’s Kitchen. The lovable curmudgeon Chef Gordon Ramsay is in 3D and helps you work your way up to a Five Star restaurant and includes recipes you can try at home. Compatible with Windows XP/Vista, the game is free to download. Of course, if you want the unrated version that will set you back $19.95. Next thing you know “Big Brother” and “Survivor” will become games, too.
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Sony Ericsson has unveiled its F305, a cell phone for those who are Wii-happy. The cellie supports 3D Java games as well as Nintendo’s swipe and swing gesturing control. At a size of 3.8 x 1.9 x .6-inches and a weight of 3.4oz., it has a 2-inch, 262k, 176 x 220 pixel TFT display. The battery allows 8 hours of gaming per charge, and other features include Bluetooth support, an M2 memory card slot, a 2 megapixel cam, and built-in stereo speakers. That’s all well and good, but think how silly you will look when the person in the next cubicle sees you during your lunch break playing “Johnny Crash, Stuntman” and makes you a reservation at the nearest rubber room. Look for the F305 to debut in Q4.
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