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Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker PSP Hits Japan on March 18, 2010

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247w ago - Konami announced today via the official Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker [Register or Login to view links] that it will hit PSP consoles in Japan on March 18, 2010.

Peace Walker will be the first Metal Gear title for a portable platform directed by series' creator Hideo Kojima.

The story will take place following the events of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Portable Ops.

For those curious, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker will be coming exclusively to Sony's PlayStation Portable.

To quote: "There is currently no announcement on the North American version of the game.

Hopefully Konami will release the game here in the US somewhere around that date."
 

Heavy Rain to Hit PlayStation 3 in Japan on February 18, 2010

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247w ago - Numerous sources, including Famitsu Magazine and [Register or Login to view links], are now reporting that Quantic Dream's multi-protagonist adventure game Heavy Rain will be hitting Sony PS3 systems in Japan on February 18, 2010.

This means a North American release date will likely be around the same time for those wondering.

To quote: "Multiple Japanese retailers, including Amazon, report Heavy Rain is scheduled for February 18.

Instead of dialing combos, players activate context sensitive commands that are sort of like rapid fire quick time events. Norman can die during the fight and if he does the story continues with another character.

[Register or Login to view links]'s product description says the twists and turns lead to over twenty endings."
 

Nintendo to Release New DSi with Larger Screen in Japan

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252w ago - Update: [Register or Login to view links] 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 [Register or Login to view links] translation by neo2046 of a [Register or Login to view links] 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...
 

Video: PS3 Digital Advertising Demo at CEATEC 2009 in Japan

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255w 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."

Check out the video below!




 

Final Fantasy XIII 'Elixir' Beverage Announced for Japan

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259w 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."
 
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