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Nintendo Secretly Releases New Product: Controller Combo Pack

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324w ago - While perusing the aisles of my local Target this evening, I noticed something that caught my attention.

Nintendo has apparently just released a controller combo pack that includes a Wii Remote, Nunchuck, and Mario Kart Steering wheel, without telling a soul in the press. This is very bizarre as game companies usually like us to be aware of even the most mundane of its business moves (e.g. picture pack releases on Xbox Live.)

This is an officially licensed set that includes all authentic Nintendo accessories. Somewhat surprising though, is the $74.99 price point for the bundle.

Some may seek out the pack thinking they are getting a good deal, but don't let this fool you. Nintendo has done nothing for the consumer in terms of savings. Bought separately, all of the items in the bundle cost the exact same price as the bundle. Technically, you would save two cents by purchasing them individually. Wii Remote ($39.99) + Wii Wheel ($14.99) + Nunchaku ($19.99) = $74.97.

Maybe that is why Nintendo didn't release any information on the product; customers may mistakenly think they have stumbled upon a gold mine.

It is not known if this is a Target exclusive or not. No other store websites have such a product listed.

Putting aside the technicality of the bundle...
 

Global PS3 Releases for the Week of November 9th, 2008

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325w ago - Not the biggest PlayStation 3 release week ever (unless you're in Japan), but at least that means Mirror's Edge will get the attention it deserves.

While you're not running and jumping across buildings, Americans will have a chance to go back to World War II, while Europeans will have plenty to sing about with two SingStar titles. Here's the full release list:

US Games

• Mirror's Edge
• Call of Duty World of War
• WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009 (Collector's Edition)
• Pro Evolution Soccer 2009

European Games

• SingStar ABBA
• SingStar Vol 3
• Shaun White Snowboarding
• Mirror's Edge

Asian Games

• Mirror's Edge
• Derby Time Online
• FIFA Soccer 09
• Major League Baseball 2K8
• MotorStorm Pacific Rift
• Resistance 2
• Samurai Dou 3
• SOCOM: Confrontation

As always, release dates are constantly subject to change, so be sure to check with your local retailer before heading out. Your PS3 is region free, so feel free to import any of the above titles.

Do, however, keep in mind that downloadable content is locked to specific regions, so you'll need to get your DLC for US games from...
 

Global PlayStation 3 Releases for the Week of November 2, 2008

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326w ago - Something for everyone this week! Resistance 2 hits the US while LittleBigPlanet finally sees a European release. Valkyria Chronicles also makes its way to American soil. Here's the full release list:

US Games

• Resistance 2 (Collector's Edition)
• Valkyria Chronicles
• James Bond 007: Quantum of Solace
• Tom Clancy's End War (Headset bundle)
• Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm (Collector's Edition)
• Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
• History Channel Civil War: Secret Mission

EU Games

• LittleBigPlanet
• MotorStorm Pacific Rift
• Tom Clancy's End War (Headset bundle)
• Legendary
• WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009
• Disney Sing It (Microphone bundle)
• Guitar Hero World Tour

Asian Games

• Tom Clancy's End War

Don't forget that your PS3 is region free. If you see anything on this list that isn't available where you live go ahead and import.

Keep in mind that DLC is locked to the game disc's region so if you buy a US game you'll need to get your DLC from the US PSN Store.
 

Worldwide PS3 Releases for the Week of October 12th, 2008

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329w ago - It all begins here, folks. You're about to be inundated with quality titles from now until Christmas. Dead Space is one we've been eagerly anticipating, so it's great to see its release in the US and Asia this week.

Even better that it'll be waiting for us when we return from TGS. Other notable releases include SOCOM, Rock Revolution and Saints Row 2. When we say "notable," we don't necessarily mean that in a good way. Here's the full release list:

US Games
• Dead Space
• Blitz II: The League
• FIFA Soccer 2009
• SOCOM: Confrontation (with headset)
• SOCOM: Confrontation (without headset)
• Rock Revolution
• Saints Row 2
• Saints Row 2 Collector's Edition
• Golden Axe: Beast Rider

EU Games
• PES 2009
• Saints Row 2
• Golden Axe: Beast Rider
• Rapala Fishing Frenzy

Asian Games
• Dead Space
• NBA 2K9
• FIFA Soccer 09
• Facebreaker

Release dates are constantly subject to change, almost completely by random. If you're worried, clarify with your local retailer. PS3 games are region free, so go ahead and import any game in the list above.

Be aware, however, that DLC is region locked, so those...
 

Worldwide PS3 Releases for the Week of October 5th, 2008

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330w ago - Did anyone else think that the Fracture demo wasn't as abysmal as you were expecting? Sure, it was the epitome of mediocre third-person action with a gimmick attached, but at times it was almost fun.

Well the full game is out this week in both the US and Europe and, unless you're a European lego fan with vigilante tendencies, that's pretty much it. Oh, except for basketball. Lots of basketball. Here's the full release list:

US Games
Fracture
NBA 2K9
NBA Live 2009
NBA 09: The Inside

EU Games
Lego Batman
Fracture
NBA 2K9
NBA Live 09

Asian Games
NBA 09: The Inside
NBA Live 09
Guitar Hero III
Guitar Hero Aerosmith

Release dates are constantly subject to change, so be sure to check with your local retailer before making any sudden moves. Your PS3 will play games from any region, so go ahead and import anything you see above.

Do be aware that DLC is locked to specific regions, though, so European games will require DLC from the Euro PSN Store. You may also be interested to know that NBA 09: The Inside is the only NBA game to support trophies.
 
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