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Super Mario Bros. 3

posted Wednesday Nov 7, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Are you one of those people who has been screwed by Nintendo's decision to stop repairs on legacy consoles? Well, it's your lucky day. Super Mario Bros. 3 is now available on the Wii Virtual Console! Here is how Nintendo describes the best game ever made:

Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Remember when no one had ever heard of a Tanooki Suit or knew that Bowser had a clan of Koopalings? The game that made these things common knowledge is also considered by many to be one of the best ever made. Bowser and the Koopalings are causing chaos yet again, but this time they're going beyond the Mushroom Kingdom into the seven worlds that neighbor it. Now Mario and Luigi must battle new enemies, returning favorites and a new Koopaling in each unique and distinctive world on their way to ultimately taking on Bowser himself. Luckily for the brothers, they have more power-ups available than ever before. Fly above the action using the Super Leaf, swim faster by donning the Frog Suit or defeat enemies using the Hammer Bros. Suit. Use the brand-new overworld map to take the chance to play a minigame in hopes of gaining extra lives or to find a Toad's House where you can pick up additional items. All this (and more) combines into one of gaming's most well-known and beloved titles - are you ready to experience gaming bliss?

Enjoy!

Rock Band Shortage

posted Wednesday Nov 7, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Rock Band Shortage

Another year, another shortage. Last year, and again this, it was the Wii. Well, it appears, the much anticipated Rock Band will also be a problem to get your hands on.

The CEO of EA, John Riccitiello, said at an earning conference,

If I were you, on the 19th of November I would get in line outside of your favorite retailer. We've got a lot of inventory coming, and my expectation is it will sell through. This is definitely not a sprint. We're not going to be able to put enough inventory to meet demand in North America and Europe this calendar year or this fiscal {year}.

Sounds like good advice to us. So, follow EA's directions and wait for the midnigh release of the game, I know we will be.

The Blue Light Drops The Blu-Ray

posted Wednesday Nov 7, 2007 by Scott Ertz

The Blue Light Drops The Blu-Ray

K-Mart, the largest retailer of things people don't want, will stop selling blu-ray movies. K-mart claims that the discs are too specialized and too expensive for their customers. Yikes! So, your customers can't be enthusiasts and they can't have money? Seems like your business might be the one that is too specialized, eh? Looks like they didn't learn from their past.

Manhunt 2 Patched

posted Wednesday Nov 7, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Manhunt 2 Patched

Remember that game we talked about? A little-known title, Manhunt 2? Well, some hackers have removed the content block that allowed them to release the game at all. Rockstar had this to say:

Hackers apparently have altered one of those edits to produce an illegally modified version of the game that can only be played on an unauthorized, modified PlayStation Portable handheld system.

And from the boosman, Chairman Strauss Zelnick,

I stand behind the game and the ESRB ratings process. It is unfortunately the case that no one in the entertainment software industry is immune from hacking. We hope that consumers will not engage in hacking or download illegally modified copies of our games. We encourage them to enjoy our games as they are meant to be played. We would also like to emphasize that Manhunt 2 is intended for an audience aged 17 and above.

Tabula Rasa With PvP

posted Wednesday Nov 7, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Tabula Rasa With PvP

Tabula Rasa is a game we are looking forward to finally getting our hands on. An MMORPG based in a world where aliens are attacking? Hot! Now, added to that, we have a PvP ranking system that will be right on the website. That definitely means you need a cool name, because if you're good, you don't want something stupid on the main page, do you? Now go play, kiddies!

Metal Gear Solid Delayed

posted Wednesday Nov 7, 2007 by Scott Ertz

Metal Gear Solid Delayed

Another game has now been delayed... A LOT. Metal Gear Solid 4 has now been delayed until 2nd quarter 08. Why, you may ask? Here it is:

Konami has decided to delay the title's release in order to make further improvements to the quality of the game and provide even greater enjoyment for more customers worldwide. Konami will continue its efforts to make Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots meet everyone's expectations.

This is sad, but not unexpected or surprising. We know that there are memory management issues on the PS3 that have been an issue for other developers. Hopefullt, they will work out whatever is the cause and put out the amazing game we know is coming.

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