190w ago - Update: VG247.com has now confirmed that a Euro DSiLL will arrive in Q1 2010 at higher price of DSi, to quote:
"Nintendo today confirms that a new Nintendo DSi XL console is launching in Europe in the first quarter of 2010. The retail price of the Nintendo DSi XL is expected to be higher than that of the Nintendo DSi. Further details will be released soon."
According to a report from Nikkei news service (via NeoGAF translation by neo2046 of a blog post), Nintendo will release a new DSi LL in Japan this year (2009) with a screen that is approximately 4 inches.
For those curious, the screen on the current DSi is 3.25 inches.
Overall it's not a major difference in appearance, but some gamers may simply find the larger screen easier to interact with.
Besides this slight cosmetic change, everything else about the DSi will remain the same. It will have no additional processing power or a higher quality camera.
Best of all the price will remain at the standard price of 18900 yen (around $200). No one is...
193w ago - In Japan this week during CEATEC (an IT and Electronics exhibition that runs from October 6-10, 2009) Sony's PS3 console made an appearance with an interactive digital advertising demo for onlookers.
During the demonstration, the PlayStation 3 displays various visual effects on the screen, including water and fire, with the hand movements of the people captured on cameras used to modify them along with recognizing and highlighting their faces.
To quote, roughly translated: "The 'Interactive Signage' combined with PlayStation 3 console. These PS3s are synchronized to be used on multi display.
The Cell proccessor used on PS3 is fast enough for realtime graphical effects. Combined with face detection and motion sensor, it can deliver visual contents which will best fit the viewer.
The demo PS3 system mixes video from HD camera and visual effect on real time. In the video, notice the right screen. Along with facial movement, hydroscopes are automatically drawn on audiences' face."
197w ago - With the Final Fantasy XIII release date for PlayStation 3 now confirmed for Japan, the announcement of a tie-in beverage from Suntory was apparently next on their agenda.
Final Fantasy XIII "Elixir" will come in 16 collectible cans, each with a different character on it.
It will be available sometime this winter, either in single cans (of Lemon or Aloe-flavored Elixir), in packages with collectible figurines, or in a collector's box with all 16 cans.
To quote: "A Suntory representative took the stage at the Premiere Party event today and revealed that, as an effort to increase its recovery capabilities, the drink is being powered up with three times the amount of caffein and royal jelly of normal products.
Additionally, each can contains a full day's supply of Vitamin B1 and B6.
A total of 16 cans will be offered, showing off various characters from the FFXIII game. The cans will be purchasable individually, bundled with special character figures, and in a limited set containing all the cans. As with the Dissidia drink, Suntory will offer two flavors: lemon and aloe."
199w ago - Apparently there is a chance that Square-Enix, RPG giant, famous for the Final Fantasy series is aiding in the publishing of Modern Warfare 2 in Japan.
A new teaser site posted by Square-Enix, shows some Japanese text (sorry I can't read it so I couldn't translate it), and the familiar Modern Warfare "2". Also the legal info at the bottom of the site credits Activision.
This is just my opinion or view on the situation, but I believe that Square-Enix is helping to push Modern Warfare 2 in Japan, due to their strong following and support in the Final Fantasy series.
By selling the product with a widely known name, there is a chance for better coverage and spread of the product as well as targeting the company's main supporters.