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PS3 Aliens vs. Predator demo fine-tuned and rereleased

by Jenni Lada on Feb 15, 2010 at 01:16 PM


If you were disappointed with the quirks of the Aliens vs. Predator demo that was available on the PlayStation Store, then prepare for a pleasant surprise. Sega’s fixed it. If you have the previous version of the demo, ditch it, head back to the PlayStation Store and redownload it. You’re going to have to do it anyways, as the old demo will give you an “incompatible version” error now that the fixed demo is available.

The previous Aliens vs. Predator demo had problems with the multiplayer matches. The matchmaking just didn’t work right, and many people found themselves unable to fight against other players…

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Nintendo downloads for February 15, 2010

by Jenni Lada on Feb 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Nintendo Downloads Weekly Update

Time to head back to the courtroom! Well, virtual courtroom. Capcom’s WiiWare port of the DS/GBA game Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All hits the Wii Shop Channel today. It also happens to be the most anticipated of the nine games added to the Wii and DSi today. That’s not to say the other games added aren’t good, for example Sonic & Knuckles makes its Virtual Console debut today, but it’s just the best known.

A cool thing to note about the Virtual Console version of Sonic & Knuckles. Like it’s original cartridge counterpart, the downloadable version can connect with Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Sonic the Hedgehog 3, as long as you’ve bought both games from the Wii Shop Channel and have them on your Wii as well. This means you can play as Knuckles in the older games.

The DSi gets the most games this week yet again, with five new titles added. Personally, I’d like to see the count cut back one and there be two Virtual Console releases every week again, but whatever works.

Gamertell’s Nintendo Download picks for the week are Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Justice for All (Wii) and Sonic & Knuckles (Virtual Console)…

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Gamertell Review: bittos+ for Wii

by Jenni Lada on Feb 15, 2010 at 08:37 AM


Unconditional Studios and Machine created bittos+ to take familiar, block shapes from Tetris and other similar, block puzzle games and make players use then in a new, and somewhat unconventional way. While the goal, like in many block puzzle games, is to clear the screen and area, bittos+ does this in a manner that never seems forced or frantic, and allows players to enjoy the ambient music and sounds while pretty much undertaking the challenge at their own pace.

You need to be square to beat bittos+. Or, rather, think inside the box. The player is randomly given blocks made of squares, and coincidentally the shapes are all the ones you’d find in a Tetris style game. The goal is to make square shaped figures, usually 2×2 or 3×3 in size, which are called bittos. After you’ve successfully created bittos, you’ll receive points and they’ll eventually disappear from the playing field.

There are also bits in play…

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Flower’s $4.99 for Valentine’s Day 2010

by Jenni Lada on Feb 14, 2010 at 05:14 PM


Thatgamecompany, the makers of flOw, Cloud and Flower have got your back this Valentine’s Day. If you accidentally forgot to get a gift for a friend, then check out Flower for the PS3. For today only, February 14, 2010, you can pick up the game for only $4.99. The critically acclaimed game normally costs $9.99.

Flower is about beauty and serenity. In each level you’ll hve to fly, explore and interact with the world, collecting flower petals. The game’s experience and play depends on you, as each player’s experience with Flower is different, because no two people play exactly the same way…

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Casual Friday: Update for February 6 – 12, 2010

by Jenni Lada on Feb 12, 2010 at 09:36 AM

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There’ve been quite a few lovey-dovey casual games released recently, if you combine last week’s release of The Flower Shop (PC, Mac, Linux) with the recent releases Matchmaker: Joining Hearts (PC, Mac) and Love Story: Letters from the Past (PC). Even Settlement: Colossus (PC) has minor love-story elements! Seems like even casual game developers and publishers are in the mood for love.

Anyways, there are five new games this week. Once again, hidden object games are the most prevalent, with only one new entry, A Dwarf’s Story (PC), falling into a different category. (It’s a match-3 game, if you’re curious.) I hope you like finding things!

This week’s best bets are: Settlement: Colossus (PC) and Matchmaker: Joining Hearts (PC, Mac)…

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Important Importables: Valentine’s Day in Japan

by Jenni Lada on Feb 12, 2010 at 08:17 AM

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Valentines Day is a day of love and affection in many places around the world. However, the holiday isn’t handled the same way in Japan as it is in the United States and many other countries. Instead, it’s part of a two-part celebration where women show their affection on one day, and men show their affection on a separate, later date.

If you’ve played video games, particularly dating sims like Tokimeki Memorial, watched anime or read manga, you probably already know this. Both the Tokimeki Memorial and Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side games provide fairly accurate reproductions of the affairs. The Tokimeki Memorial Girl’s Side games all even have mini-games where the main character creates chocolate to give to the guy she’s pursuing. And many anime or manga series that take place in school settings will often feature an episode or chapter devoted to the Valentine’s and White Day traditions.

To help readers better understand how Valentine’s Day, and the complimentary holiday White Day work in Japan, and celebrate Valentine’s Day itself, which is Sunday, Important Importables is going to go over how people in Japan celebrate both holidays…

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Pearl White PSPgo $209.99 at Amazon

by Jenni Lada on Feb 11, 2010 at 03:00 PM

Those interested in the PSPgo who don’t care what color they get should head over to Amazon. Like, right away. For some reason, who knows why, Amazon’s selling the pearl white PSPgo for only $209.99. Normally, the handheld is $249.99, so this is a pretty great deal. It’s almost the same price as a standard PSP bundle!

Surprisingly the deal only applies to one color. If you click the little tab to switch over to the piano black PSPgo, the price jumps up to $244.99. Yes, I know that it’s still $5 cheaper than if you went to a normal retail store to pick up a PSPgo, but still…

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Guitar controllers defeat zombies in Rock of the Dead

by Jenni Lada on Feb 11, 2010 at 01:19 PM

Prepare for a zombie killing music game! Oh, but sorry, PS3 and Xbox 360 owners, it’s a Wii-exclusive, so you’ll just have to decimate zombies the normal way. Anyways, back to Rock of the Dead, the Wii exclusive from Epicenter is a lot like the classic Typing of the Dead, only instead of using a keyboard and typing words to dispatch zombies, you’re using your guitar controller and playing button pattern displayed on each zombie’s chest to defeat them.

IGN was fortunate enough to get the first look at Rock of the Dead, and I am so jealous right now. Seriously, seething, because Rock of the Dead just looks that fantastic. The budget Wii game is going to be out in the first half of 2010, and seems like the game has the potential to rise above cult classic status to become a mainstream hit. After all, it has zombies, an awesome control scheme that uses the guitar peripherals from games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero and the stars of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-a-Long Blog, Neil Patrick Harris and Felicia Day, providing the voice acting…

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Get free DLC when you preorder Yakuza 3

by Jenni Lada on Feb 11, 2010 at 12:27 PM


If you’re planning on purchasing Yakuza 3 for your PS3, then you better make sure you have some preorder money ready. All preorders of Yakuza 3 come with downloadable content that you won’t be able to get otherwise. You’re not just getting one extra, teeny, tiny addition either. You get four new modes and extras. You get three battle modes that include the boss rush Battle for Survival mode, the seven character All-Star Tournament battle and the eight team All-Star Tag Tournament battle. You also get Haruka’s Request, which sounds like a pretty comprehensive adventure in which Kazuma has to take Haruka around the entire world available in Yakuza 3, completing her missions and keeping her happy.

GameStop also has a preorder offer, in addition to the DLC preorder mentioned above. You get a Challenge Pack…

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Capcom could be bringing Okamiden DS to Europe

by Jenni Lada on Feb 11, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Things are looking good for Capcom’s Ōkamiden: Chiisaki Taiyou. Sure, the Japanese DS sequel to Ōkami still only has a vague 2010 release date. But now, Siliconera has discovered that the name Ōkamiden has been trademarked in Europe. It looks like Capcom wants everyone to know the cuteness that is Chibiterasu.

In Ōkamiden the bad guys from Okami return three months later. So Sakuya summons Amaterasu for help, but instead Chibiterasu comes to the rescue. Since Chibiterasu is just a little wolf, that means relearning Celestial Brush techniques. Chibiterasu also needs help to save the world, and will often team up with partners, like Susano and Kushi’s son Nushi…

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