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Video: New Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix Trailer out!

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315w ago - Remember Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix? Remember how it was supposed to come out this summer? Yeah, guess that didn't happen.

The team at Capcom and Udon Comics have been working very hard in tweaking the game, making sure the visuals are smoother than ever.

Check out this new trailer, which takes the "retro vibe" that Capcom's going for, and punches you in the face with it.

For those wondering, Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is scheduled for release later this month on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade.




 

The Truth About Microsoft's XBox 360 Game Console

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315w ago - The infamous Xbox 360 "red ring of death" (indicating a failed unit) has caused Microsoft - and its customers - untold pain in the three years since the console's launch in 2005, and cost it $1.15bn (£738m) last year.

Microsoft has never said publicly why the console was plagued with faults: it seems that poor production quality was at the heart of the failures - an all-round problem with no single cause except impatience on the company's part as it tried to become the leader in videogame consoles.

It was an ambitious attack. Microsoft's engineers started working on the Xbox 360 at least a year after Sony's engineers began work on the PlayStation 3, yet wound up shipping a year earlier. With the first Xbox, the company lost $3.7bn (£2.3bn) over four years, mostly because costs of the box - particularly its hard drive - were too high.

Bill Gates didn't really care about the losses; that was simply the ante for getting into an exciting new business. But Steve Ballmer, who took over from Gates as chief executive during the first generation, really wanted the Xbox business to be profitable second time around.

Software-hearted

Even though early testing showed that production machines had flaws, Microsoft didn't delay the launch because it believed...
 

PlayStation 3 Outselling XBox 360 in Europe, Wii Still On Top

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315w ago - Nintendo has released figures for 2008 hardware sales in Europe, which reveal the PS3 is outselling the Xbox 360 - though the Wii is still laughing in both of their faces.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, more than 10.4 million Wii consoles have been shifted in Europe this year. The high point for Nintendo was April, when nearly 180,000 units were sold. The figure for Xbox 360 during the same month was around 90,000, as it was for PS3.

Overall, PS3 sales are said to exceed those for Xbox 360. However, Microsoft's console proved more popular than its rival during October, when a price cut boosted sales to more than 60,000 units.

The DS has beaten the PSP over the course of the year. In July Nintendo shifted 225,000 handhelds, while the PSP reached a peak of 50,000 units during the same period.
 

Top 10 Greatest Phrases from a Video Game Character's Mouth

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315w ago - I've said it time and time again, video game storylines suck. But that doesn't mean that the character's in those horrible storylines can't come up with pearls of wisdom (Or is it just comic gold?) when they open up their mouths.

Below are, in my opinion, the ten greatest phrases to ever come out of a video game character's mouth. I'm sure I'm missing a few here, but that's what comment boards are for. So here they are, the top ten phrases ever.

See if you can close your eyes and remember just how they sounded the first time you first heard them. Just don't do it while you're driving or operating heavy machinery. You should usually keep your eyes open for stuff like that.

10. "Waka Waka Waka, etc." –Pac-man
Fauzy from the Muppet Babies, is that you? Nope, it's just everybody's favorite yellow one-third-of-a-pizza chomping down on pellets while avoiding ghosts, or Klan members, or whatever, Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde happen to be.

If you're good enough to get past the first few rounds, you can even almost forget that Pac-Man is rude enough to talk while he's eating, as the sound just becomes natural after awhile. Don't forget the power pellet on your way around the bend!

9. "Aaaaaarrrrriiiiieeeesssss!!!!!"...
 

Rare is About to Become a Whole Lot More Valuable

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315w ago - Rare were the stars of the 5th generation. Releasing the famous Donkey kong 64, Banjo kazooie and Banjo Kazooie tooie, and of course the legendary Goldeneye.

They made millions on the Nintendo 64, however this tempted Microsoft as they entered the console wars. They were snapped up by Microsoft for a hefty $375 million, the most ever payed for a gaming studio. However since their purchase by Microsoft Rare haven't yet made a truly blockbuster game, either in terms of sales or reception.

Grabbed by the Ghoulies and Conker reloaded were the first two Xbox games Rare made while under Microsoft's rule, both of which barely scraped along the average mark and neither of which sold particularly well, and Grabbed by the Ghoulies was the biggest flop in Rare's history.

Rare's mass appeal on the Nintendo 64 was the massive casual market. Although the Playstation dominated the scene, the Nintendo 64 still had millions of casual gamers, games such as Banjo Kazooie and Donkey kong are the sort of colourful games that appeal to these gamers.

One of the reasons Rare have underperformed on the Xbox and Xbox 360 is probably due to the fact that the Gamecube and Playstation are more appealing to the casual gamers.

Sales for the Xbox 360 were slowing down, as with the original Xbox...
 
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