E3: Geometry Wars 2: Retro Evolved

A follow up to the most adored game on Xbox Live Arcade, Geometry Wars, is currently in development at Bizzare Creations. It will feature 6 gameplay modes, a new soundtrack, and local multiplayer modes (versus, or Co-op). The game has been rated “E” and will shoot it’s way on to your Xbox August 6.

Press Release here

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E3: Nintendo Announces 1:1 Accesory: Wii MotionPlus

Nintendo has announced an add-on to the Wii Remote that will add Motion Controls to the Wii Remote. Oh wait… Wii MotionPlus adds 1:1 motion control to your Wii Remote. What does this mean exactly?

Nintendo Explains:

“The Wii MotionPlus accessory attaches to the end of the Wii Remote and, combined with the accelerometer and the sensor bar, allows for more comprehensive tracking of a player’s arm position and orientation, providing players with an unmatched level of precision and immersion. Every slight movement players make with their wrist or arm is rendered identically in real time on the screen, providing a true 1:1 response in their game play.”

Expect hear much more at the Nintendo Press Conference tomorrow afternoon.

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Pre E3: New Mirror’s Edge Story Trailer

Mirror’s Edge is an upcoming from DICE, the people behind the Battlefield series. It’s a first person Parkour (free-running) game where you assume the role of Faith, an information runner. The new trailer gives a good indication of the plot of the game:

If actual game graphics is your thing there are new screenshots, hand delivered by a runner from DICE.

Mirror’s Edge will be available Late 2008.

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Mario Marathon for Child’s Play

While not the first of it’s kind, three friends have embarked on a journey through the Mushroom Kingdom this weekend. The goal is to complete 7 Mario games (Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 2, Super Mario Bros 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine, and Super Mario Galaxy), within 3 days. It started up on Friday June 27th at 3PM. You can check their progress here

The main goal is to raise money for Child’s Play, a charity that provides games for children’s hospitals.

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Will they succeed? Will they fail? Pull up a Toadstool, and watch!

UPDATE: They finished all 7 games on time, and raised a total of around 10,000 dollars for Child’s Play. Great job guys!

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April Fools Day Done Right

The first of April is a day I usually dread. A plethora of stupidly false news stories pop up in hopes to fool people. This year there have been some truly fantastic offerings.

First up there’s a trailer for a proposed Zelda movie from IGN. It’s production value is surprisingly quite good.

You can check out their post about it here

Next up we have what appears to be a collaboration between Ubisoft and Konami:

The game itself is Metal Gear Solid 4, but the costume is that of Altair from Assassins Creed. It really shows off MGS4, which I am now in full hype mode for.

For more check out Joystiq’s list of the day’s events.

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Plethora of Sony News from ‘Destination Playstation’

Today at Sony Computer Entertainment’s Destination Playstation event they announced a new PS3 Bundle, a new PSP bundle, among other tidbits of info.

First in the wave of announcements is that there will be a new Bundle option for the Playstation 3. It will come with the 80GB PS3 model, the new Dualshock 3 wireless controller, and a copy of Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, all for $499. The bundle will release along side Metal Gear Solid 4 on June 12. Additionally if you would like to purchase the Dualshock 3 separately, they will be available in April for $55.

The next announcement was of a God of War PSP bundle. Dubbed “The ‘Limited-Edition’ God of War Entertainment Pack”, it will include a ‘Deep Red’ PSP with Kratos immortalized on the back, a copy of God of War: Chains of Olympus, Superbad UMD, and a voucher to download Syphon Filter: Combat Ops from the Playstation Store on PC. It will release in June for $200.

Additionally, if you pre-order Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of Patriots, (set to release world-wide on June 12) you are guaranteed access into the Metal Gear Online beta when it begins in April. It’s not clear whether pre-orders of the MGS4 PS3 bundle will count toward this or not, but it’s always good when developers create incentive to pre-order.

-SpudBud