Nintendo to Offer WiiWare Demos Later This Month

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232w ago - Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata has confirmed that in the near future it will test out providing demos on the WiiWare service.

Apparently the reason why demos will be provided on the network is because Nintendo wants to try and lure in new shoppers to the service.

To quote: "During the Q&A session at a recent earnings briefing, Iwata told investors that Nintendo would begin a test program for WiiWare demos some time this month. The test will cover just a few titles.

According to Iwata, Nintendo is undertaking this test to see if it can get more players shopping on the Wii Shopping Channel.

He admitted that the market for WiiWare and DSi Ware is currently small, with the Wii Shopping Channel and DSi Shop browsed only by people who already know the game they want to get."
 

LocoRoco PlayStation Home Space is Slated for Next Month

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235w ago - Sony has revealed that a new LocoRoco personal space is slated for PlayStation Home next month.

The new PS3 space revolves around the LocoRoco theme, including 3D character models alongside other elements taken from the game.

To quote: The LocoRoco personal space is designed in the image of a southern island and features 3D LocoRoco models along with other elements from the game.

Sony says to expect "gimmicks" from the game that will give the LocoRoco space a unique feel from other personal spaces.

Look for this new addition to Home in November. Sony is presumably timing the release with LocoRoco Midnight Carnival's November 1 domestic release."
 

PS3 RPG Ar Tonelico 3 Revealed in Latest Famitsu Magazine

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235w ago - The latest issue of Famitsu Magazine has revealed that Ar Tonelico 3 will exclusively be hitting the PS3 on January 28, 2010 and Hokuto no Ken Musou will also arrive next year.

According to PSU (linked above), there will be an Ar Tonelico event at the Akihabara Enta Festival on the 25th if you're in Japan and want to go.

To quote from rykomatsu's article translation:

The Ar Tonelico series takes place on the planet of Ar Ciel. Due to a prior catastrophy, humanity is forced to take refuge on one of 3 towers, called Ar Tonelico, located around the planet.

• Ar Tonelico I takes place on Sol Ciel
• Ar Tonelico II takes place on Meta Falas
• Ar Tonelico III takes place on Sol Clusta

Sol Clusta is dominated by Reyvateils which are the ruling class. The ideal world to them consists only of Reyvateils and purified humans (ie. slaves)

Characters

Saki - Heroine (CV: Gotou Mai)
Reyvateil who was created in a laboratory for a plan that would have far reaching effects on the world (unclear if it's limited to Sol Clusta or the planet of Ar Ciel). She manages to escape shortly before the plan was to be set into motion and runs into the protagonist after being on the run for a number of years. When under sever duress,...
 

Sony: PS3 Blu-ray Issues Are Not Firmware-Related

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237w ago - Recently we held a poll here to see how many users experienced issues after updating to PS3 Firmware 3.01, which was released to fix the issues that v3.0 was plagued with.

Most users said they updated to 3.01 fine here, however, elsewhere there are reports of v3.01 crippling PS3 consoles- including problems with Blu-ray playback, and in some cases DVD playback issues and audio glitches.

To quote: "Sony has told Eurogamer that a firmware update cannot affect the Blu-ray drive on a PS3. The problem that PS3 owners are reporting following 3.01 is 'not an issue with the firmware'.

Most, if not all, claim to have had no previous problem with their console, but having applied the firmware update discovered Blu-ray films and PS3 games froze and could not continue.

Sony customer services have been telling sufferers that they must send their machine back for repair, which costs £128 if out of one-year warranty, but there's still no real explanation for what's happened."
 

XCM Rolls Out Their New Bling 3000 Series of PSP Face Plates

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241w ago - The folks at www.XCM.cc let us know they have rolled out their new Bling 3000 Series of PSP Face Plates recently.

These replacement Face Plates for the PSP 3000 Series are available in a variety of colors including Crystal Blue, Crystal Green, Crystal Red and Crystal Purple.

They feature a high-quality construction and attached screen lenses, and give your PlayStation Portable an outstanding and unique look allowing you to personalize it to match your style.

Some pictures of them are below, and to grab one just head over to their Official Resellers page. Cheers!
 







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