MSN: It's time for Mario to retire and bow out on a high

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294w ago - In a recent editorial Patrick Goss, an MSN journalist, is asserting that it is time for Nintendo to retire Mario. He draws comparison to Disney's Mickey Mouse, who no longer stars in their headline films but still serves as a mascot for the company.

If Mario retires, then Nintendo will focus on more creativity and innovation and not resort to plugging Mario everywhere. So what you do think, time for the plumber to hang up his plunger?

To quote: Take a company like Disney. Even though Mickey Mouse is still the company's mascot and a worldwide megabrand, he no longer stars in their headline films.

And perhaps without Mario to fall back on Nintendo will continue on their brilliant track of creativity and innovation - and not resort to forcing the old workhorse into cameos in games not worthy of his presence.

So, for me, Mario should be allowed to bow out on a high, leaving a legacy that I don't think any gaming character will ever follow.
 

Reeves: Sometimes it's an Advantage to be Last in Europe

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294w ago - European folks: You know the deal, enduring the agonizing wait for a new game release to be localized in a dozen or so languages for PAL territories can be frustrating at times. Or so it seems. Outspoken Sony Computer Entertainment Europe head David Reeves believes the wait is a clear advantage for Europe at times:

To quote: People say, 'Well, why do we always get things last? Why can't we say things?' Well, I've said this many times before: sometimes it's an advantage to be last in Europe, you know, when everything's ironed out.

"This time, we do have things to say in the European [market]. We have the music service, and we're doing great things on SingStar and there's more to come. These are global announcements.

"They recognize that the [Games Convention] in Europe, whether it's in Leipzig, Cologne or London: we can do the announcements wherever. So they said to us in Tokyo, 'Do you want to do it here?' And we said, 'Yeah, we'd love to do it here.

Is the assurance of a bug-free title worth waiting up to six months? Half the time there are no differences and not to mention, those living in Europe sometimes have to wait longer for the same game patches that are released in North America and Japan. All in all, not a very significant advantage.
 

EA release their NHL 09 demo on PSN, hits XBox Live next month

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295w ago - PlayStation 3 owners get a bit of a treat today. Along with the release of NHL 2k9's demo, EA Sports has just announced that it's NHL 09 demo is live on the PlayStation Network with the 360 version to follow shortly next month.

Enjoy, as the hockey pre-season/season is close to getting under way!

PRESS RELEASE: NHL 09 DEMO AVAILABLE NOW ON PLAYSTATION NETWORK - COMING TO XBOX LIVE EARLY SEPTEMBER

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Tesco: Retailers who stick with PS2 for Christmas reap the benefits

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295w ago - Many UK retailers believe that there is still plenty of life in the PS2 just yet. Matthew Cushway of Tesco believes that people forget that many families are opting to stick with the PS2 due to difficult times within the current economy and those retailers who stick with the system will reap the benefits this year.

To quote: "PlayStation 2 still has a key part to play in the gaming market this year . It seems some people forget that for a large number of young families the outlay for a new console is a major decision and is simply not an option in the current economy.

"With the PlayStation 2 install base I believe that many younger-skewed games will again perform very well this year. Retailers who stick with the PS2 format for Christmas this year will reap the benefits."
 

LGC: Need For Speed goes "back to its roots"

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295w ago - EA has released the first proper details on Need for Speed: Undercover, which'll no doubt sit somewhere near the top of this Christmas's sales chart.

After the disappointing Pro Street, Undercover takes the NFS series "back to its roots" says EA, with high-speed pursuits with rivals while dodging the old blues 'n twos to take down an International crime syndicate. All whilst undercover, obviously.

There's 80 miles of road to explore in the open-world Tri-City Bay area, says EA, and a totally new AI mechanic which delivers "aggressive and intelligent cops whose sole purpose is to take down the player quickly and by any means necessary."

The new game also introduces an all-new 'Heroic Driving Engine', a unique technology that generates "incredible high-performance moves at 180 miles per hour". We've no idea what this means.

Of course you can also expect tons of car customization, vehicle damage and licensed motors such as the Audi R8, BMW M6 and Lexus IS-F.

It's out in North America on November 18 and in Europe on November 21.
 







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