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Sony Details April '09 LittleBigPlanet Downloadable Content

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286w ago - Today SCEA Marketing Manager Mark Valledor shared details on LittleBigPlanet DLC for April, 2009 as follows:

It's that time again! Here's the scheduled release dates for additional LittleBigPlanet content for the rest of this month and the start of May.

April 9th: Rag Doll Kung Fu Costumes: $5.99

To coincide with the release of Rag Doll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic on the PlayStation Store, we've put together some great costumes and themed stickers. Contains:

• Hero costume: Hero hair, jacket, trousers, skin
• Master Hip costume: Master Hip trousers, shirt, hair, skin
• Master Sin costume: Master Sin hat, jacket, nails, trousers
• Master Tang costume: Master Tang hat, moustache, jacket, fish, trousers, skin
• Sung Ling costume: Sung Ling hair, top, trousers, skin
• 36 Rag Doll Kung Fu theme stickers

April 9th: Patapon Costume (Europe): $1.99

Patapon 2 has hit the streets so it's high time that Sackboy took up the challenge with this costume including a selection of weapon options. Contains:

• Patapon costume: Patapon skin and head-dress, Patapon Axe, Patapon Bow, Patapon Sword

April 16th: Monkey King Costume: FREE

The costume...
 

Sony's PlayStation 3 Outsells the Nintendo Wii in Japan

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286w ago - Sony's PlayStation 3 has outsold Nintendo's Wii console in Japan for the first time in 16 months.

To quote: Last month, Sony shifted 146,948 units of the PS3 compared to 99,335 Wiis, reported publishing firm Enterbrain.

While some suggest it could signal the end of Nintendo's dominance, others think it is unlikely that the PS3 will threaten the Wii's popularity globally.

Meanwhile, Nintendo's revamped DSi console sold 92,000 units in the UK during its first weekend of sales. It makes it the fourth biggest ever console launch.

Experts see the dominance of the PS3 during March as a temporary blip rather than a sign of Nintendo's decline.

Microsoft however only shifted 43,172 units of its Xbox 360 during the same period. Games such as Resident Evil 5 and the latest version of action adventure Ryu Ga Gotoku 3 are credited with driving demand for the PS3 in Japan.

But Wii sales remain extremely buoyant. During March global sales of Nintendo's Wii console passed 50 million, making the Wii the fastest-selling games console in history, surpassing the PlayStation 2.

"PS3 hardware sales picked up due to brisk-selling software. But I don't see any drastic change in the industry landscape," Okasan Securities analyst Masashi Morita told the AFP news...
 

PlayTV Patch 1.10 for Sony's PlayStation 3 is Now Available

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286w ago - A new patch for PlayTV on the PS3 has been released, with one of the major changes being that it now does automatic upscaling from SD to HD.

A couple of other small changes such as being able to jump directly into the TV mode From The XMB are also included. Additionally, Eastern Europeans can rejoice as it seems the MPEG 4 decoding issue has been resolved!

To quote: A patch for the PlayStation 3 European digital TV add-on, PlayTV, has now been released bringing it to version 1.10. The patch was announced a few days ago but I thought I'd wait until it was actually out in the open before writing anything about it.

The key change in this update is the addition of automatic upscaling from Standard Definition (SD) broadcasts to High Definition (HD). HD is the big thing now y'hear, so this is a good thing!

A few sound enhancement have been made too, such as volume control with the Official PS3 Blu-ray remote and audio normalisation (similar to the feature added to music playback in firmware 2.70).

You can now also jump directly into TV mode from the XMB, so you don't need the hassle of going through the PlayTV menus beforehand. In terms of playback, other than the sound changes, the only other change is slightly better rewind and fastforword handling, with new speeds...
 

Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! is Coming to Sony's PSP

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286w ago - Today PR/Marketing Coordinator Nao Zook of NIS America, Inc. shared the following news via PlayStation Blog:

Hello everyone, my name is Nao Zook from [Register or Login to view links]. Today, we are very excited to announce our upcoming PSP title!

It's called "Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman! What Did I Do To Deserve This?" Now, I know the title is super long. In fact, it just might be the longest, and craziest, title in videogame history! But actually, we at NISA are pretty happy with this name.

So anyway, you must be wondering what this game is all about.

"Holy Invasion of Privacy, Badman!" is a strategy game with an RPG feel to it. You play as the God of Destruction, and you must save Badman, the underground overlord from various heroes. Badman is helpless and whiny, but once in a while he finds the cajones to question your actions. Sounds like Badman is a real pain in the butt, huh? But he's also got some hilarious lines, so we're sure you'll have fun with him.

Now, in the actual game you appear as a pickaxe. Okay, we know, it's just a pickaxe. But you're the friggin' God of Destruction! It's your duty to crush all these pesky heroes invading YOUR underground turf! In order to defeat them, you just dig and dig and...
 

Sony First-party Dev as Big as Microsoft and Nintendo Combined

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286w ago - SCEA hardware marketing head John Koller has claimed that Sony's first-party development division is as big as that employed by Nintendo and Microsoft. In total.

"Our development studios - the Worldwide Studios team - is as large as Microsoft and Nintendo's combined," he said, talking at GDC.

Koller said that Sony's first-party roster for the coming years would feature a mix of fresh ideas and surefire successes.

"We have a tremendously creative group, and a line-up for the next few years that will bring a lot of new IP to the market, but will also being a lot of [tried and tested] franchises and new iterations to the PS3 in particular, but also PSP," the exec added.

Koller didn't give a figure on how many people were employed in Sony's Worldwide Studio division.

Both PS3 and PSP's first-party slate for 2009 is looking nice and healthy, with games like God of War III, Heavy Rain and inFamous already hoving into view for PS3, and a new MotorStorm, a LittleBigPlanet SKU and more on the way for PSP.
 
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