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Online Pay to Play and a Hard Drive Coming Soon to Wii?

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326w ago - Last year at the Game Developers Conference, Nintendo's Takashi Aoyama introduced Nintendo's upcoming plans for a Pay & Play online service. Before you panic, let me note that Nintendo will be keeping the existing free Wi-Fi connect service it already offers.

But, some of the newer games that will be released may require a small fee to be played online. All of the games that will require a fee will have a red sticker placed on them so that they can be easily identified. I also feel that is important to note, that the online service will not affect any of the current Wii games that currently use online play.

A Nintendo representative had this to say while speaking to SPOnG, "Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection offers simple, comfortable and free enjoyment of games played over an internet connection, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play offers paid for services whilst keeping the simple and comfortable elements we know people enjoy. Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play allows for flexible adaptation to content and system costs and allows for even higher quality services."

Very little is known as to what kind of extra content the new service will offer. Currently, there is still no release date for the service. Nintendo representatives have been very tight lipped on the subject, right now about all we now is that...
 

Rumor: GTA to appear on XBLA soon?

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326w ago - A mysterious timer clock has appeared on the official site for Grand Theft Auto 2. Yes, that's right; the ten-year-old game.

The clock on the official site seems to be counting neither up or down (the minutes don't change) but the date 'May 22' is clearly displayed underneath.

Could the long-rumored Xbox Live Arcade and PSN versions of Grand Theft Auto 1 & 2 be just around the corner then? We can't think of anything else it could be relating to - the game's quite old, after all.

Rockstar's UK office was unfortunately unavailable to comment when we picked up the phone (they're probably playing Cops 'n Crooks), but we'll let you know when the time ticks away.

Clock can be seen here for those interested!
 

Analysts: PS2 Not Dropping To $99 Any Time Soon

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326w ago - Analysts have agreed that we won't see the PS2 dropped to $99 in the near future in the US as the demand is still high. One analyst believes that once the PS3 it is compelling content like 'Guitar Hero' and 'Rock Band' that keeps the demand for PS2s up.

To quote: On Thursday evening, Pachter left us a voicemail, in which he said:

The real reason we haven't seen a $99 PS2 is that demand hasn't dropped enough for Sony to justify the price cut. Compelling content like 'Guitar Hero' and 'Rock Band' keeps the demand for PS2s up. I saw a 'Guitar Hero' PS2 bundle at Best Buy a couple of months ago for $189.

They're discounting 30 bucks if you buy the two together. I think games like that – that are kind of a one-off for people who haven't played a PS2 game before and will [make them] say 'Hey, I can buy a PS2, why not?' – [will help keep the price where it is.]

As long as you've got a couple hundred thousand PS2s a month selling, Sony doesn't feel compelled to make the cut. I think you will get the cut, because, frankly, Sony wants to differentiate the PS3. I think the PS3 comes down to $349, maybe $299 if they can afford it.

But they've just been selling four to five million PS2s a year in the U.S. so there's no reason to cut the price...
 

SEGA's Iron Man & The Incredible Hulk due out soon!

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327w ago - We received word that SEGA's Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk are due out for all major platforms (PS3, PS2, PSP, Wii, X-Box 360, Nintendo DS, and PC) on May 2, 2008 and June 2008 respectively.

Pictured below is the PS3 boxart from both titles, brief descriptions of each, along with a Comic-Con Iron Man Trailer!

Also, be sure to check out the official Iron Man Web site at: www.IronManTheGame.com





Iron Man

Based on the blockbuster movie by Marvel Studios, Iron Man™ blasts onto the all major gaming platforms! Immerse yourself in hardcore shooting action and explosive combat from the film as well as exclusive content created just for the game. Customize your Iron Man suit and battle against armies of fighter jets, tanks, armored Super Villains and more. You are a One Man Army. You are Iron Man.

Features:

- One Man Army: Fight in the air or drop down to the ground as you engage tanks, fighter jets, cannons, massive weapon arrays and enemy superheroes.

- Customization: Upgrade the Iron Man suit with improved armor, thrusters and weapons, then choose what equipment to use for the next mission.

- Non-linear...
 

Sony: PS3 Home BETA for public opening very soon

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330w ago - Susan Panico, Senior Director of the PlayStation Network has stated in the latest edition of the Official PlayStation Magazine that "we'll be opening up the Home BETA to the public very soon and hope to see you there."

Hopefully April will be the month where all will be available.

To quote user patches 4 socom 3: I just got the may issue and the last page has an article from Susan Panico Senior Director of the PlayStation Network.

At the end of it she says "we'll be opening up the Home BETA to the public very soon and hope to see you there." I hope April is the month for it! but then again Metal Gear Online BETA, GTA 4... I could fit in the Home BETA... lol :P
 
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