Rockstar has just released the first trailer for their upcoming DS game in the Grand Theft Auto Series, Chinatown Wars. The trailer is titled "Like a Renegade" and gives deeper insight into Huang Lee, the lead character. The trailer is set to a track created by hip hop producer MF Doom and artist Ghostface Killah.
Empire Interactive has released new screenshots for their upcoming DS game, Jagged Alliance. Originally released for the PCin 1994, the DS version of the game is expected to hit North America in Spring of 2009. Empire Interactive promises that Jagged Alliance will feature "a unique mix of high technology, tactical maneuvering and strategic planning with a compelling storyline that will test the limits of players’ strategy and role-playing skills."
Set that special date on your calendar this year. Nintendo has just released some important news for the world around them. The new Nintendo DSi is set to launch this Spring on April 5th, you can begin camping outside your local Gamestops now folks. The price of this new handheld will cost you a lovely $169.99. WIth the newest feature being the built in camera support and the DSiWare (think Wii Ware portable), it's unfortunate that GBA supported had to be axed. Don't forget that the DSi is smaller then the DS Lite as well.
“Ever since the arrival of the first Game Boy, consumers worldwide have turned to Nintendo for their portable gaming,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Nintendo DSi builds on Nintendo’s commitment to bringing fun and creative entertainment to everyone, and will allow consumers to personalize and share their very own experiences.”
Some features that will be built into the system and ready to enjoy upon purchase include the Nintendo DSi Camera, Nintendo DSi Sound and Nintendo DSi Shop. The most noticeable feature of the slim Nintendo DSi system is its two cameras – one camera is on the external body, and the second one points at the user when the device is flipped open. As the first truly interactive digital camera in a video game system with 10 different interactive “lenses” that can manipulate your photos, the Nintendo DSi Camera offers an easy way to take and share your photos with family and friends. The cameras also present people with unprecedented ways to interact with their games while giving developers a new tool to devise creative games and experiences. If the touch screen gave Nintendo DS a sense of feel and the microphone allowed it to hear, the two cameras give Nintendo DSi the sense of sight.
Developer of Lego Star Wars, Lego Batman , you would think that Traveller's Tales would move on to a next highlighting franchise like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings? Well, this isn't the case with this new announcement. Warner Bros. has let some detail slip about Traveller's Tales' new upcoming project exclusively for the Nintendo DS.
LEGO® Battles offers a new kind of “build and battle” LEGO gameplay. Through six distinct story lines, players build their own LEGO bases and battle teams as they engage in over 70 different levels, mixing and matching units to create the ultimate customized LEGO squad. These unique LEGO battles teams see pirate swordsmen fighting side-by-side with wizards and aliens; dragons battling ninjas; and pirate ships launching broadsides against spacecraft and knights! Players can also challenge friends on the battlefield in multiplayer mode through wireless DS multi-card play.
“LEGO® Battles offers players the action-packed and humor-filled gameplay that make LEGO games great, along with the added bonus of linked multiplayer battles on DS,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing. “We are excited to introduce a new LEGO videogame experience to fans and young gamers and look forward to expanding upon the beloved toy lines.”
Warner Bros. and TT Games will be teaming up with The Lego Group to develop Lego Battles based on classic play scenarios like Lego Castle, Lego Pirates and Lego SPACE. It is scheduled for release this Summer.
According to an interesting source that reached IGN, it was let known that the Nintendo DSi would be launching in North America on April 4th and have a price point of $179.99 USD. Now, the DSi has already been released in Japan since November 1st and has already sold over 500,000 units. If this is to be believed, April 4th is not too far away.
The Nintendo DSi improves upon the DS Lite in various ways. First, it adds two cameras as well as SD card slot support for memory expansion. The new DSi Store will include DSWare games and demos available for download much like the Wii's Wii Ware service on the Wii Shop Channel. It is unknown if the two will be inter-connected or not.
It is presented in the IGN article that Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime, didn't feel it was necessary to launch the DSi in 2008 because the DS Lite was still selling like hot cakes. The two DS's would create a tangum in the market splitting gamers into casual and hardcore DS gamers.
Something that may be interesting to those that are following the series, Square-Enix unveiled the Dragon Quest V teaser website today. With the game launching Feburary 17th, 2009, fans and gamers interested will find screenshots as well as wallpapers and game updates. The game will launch for the Nintendo DS as the second installment in the Zenithia Trilogy.
Rockstar Games has officially given a release date to the much anticipated Grand Theft Auto IV spin-off, Chinatown Wars. The DS version will be a complete imagining of Liberty City on the handheld. The title will hit North America on March 17th, 2009 and March 20th, 2009 in Europe.
New York, NY – December 15, 2008 - Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce the release date for Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the latest entry into the genre-defining Grand Theft Auto series. Developed by Rockstar Leeds, in conjunction with series creators Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will be available for the Nintendo DS™ on March 17 and 20, 2009 in North America and Europe, respectively.
"Rockstar Leeds have once again created a game that far exceeds our standard for deep and innovative entertainment," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "We are incredibly excited to share this enormous and uncompromising Grand Theft Auto experience with DS fans."
Edge Magazine commented, "How does Rockstar follow Grand Theft Auto IV? By rebuilding Liberty City from the ground up on DS - and not compromising its vision one iota."
Nintendo Power added, "...it's undeniable that Chinatown Wars is doing something no other DS game has come close to: creating that living, breathing world the Grand Theft Auto games are known for."
Exclusively for the Nintendo DS, Microïds and Dreamcatcher have announced that Syberia has shipped to retail and is now available in stores.
The DS offers a new way for adventure fans to immerse themselves into the fascinating storyline of the award-winning Syberia:
For Kate Walker, a sophisticated New York Attorney, the Voralberg Toy Company acquisition seemed like an easy task: a quick stop-over to a small alpine village in France to buy-out an old toy factory, then straight back home to New York. But deep in the alpine valleys, Kate uncovers a secret which starts her on a fascinating quest of discovery. Due to an unexpected twist, her business trip quickly becomes a journey across land and time throwing all she values into question, while the deal she set out to sign becomes a pact with destiny...
Making optimal use of DS features such as touch-screen functionality, Syberia on DS offers gamers a truly immersive experience. Character movements are controlled directly and an always available, dynamic inventory system is accessed using the stylus. Prepare to embark on a journey that will envelop and capture your imagination, emotions and senses!
Syberia is rated T for Teen and is retailing for an MSRP of $29.99.
Coming bundled with every copy of Luminous Arc is a copy of the games official soundtrack for your listening pleasure. Some new features enter into this sequel, so something to look forward too to those who were table to tackle the first one.
New to Luminous Arc 2 is the innovative Engagement System, one of the most jarring changes series veterans will see in the game. (It’s hard not to notice pictures of the Witches in their wedding outfits when Roland chooses to Engage with them.) The system is unique in that it offers Roland a variety of strategic possibilities so long as he keeps the Witches alive. Since the player will gain access to all the skills that a Witch has as well as stat boosts that vary per Witch for three turns, there are a lot of strategies one can build just focusing on Roland’s Engagement.