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Original Xbox DLC Back Up

by Tyler Treat Feb 12, 2010 12:55 AM CST
filed under dlc, news, xbox

Original Xbox DLC went offline shortly after Microsoft announced it was dropping support for the system. It appears the content was taken down in error, and now it's back up.

"If you're looking for the DLC for Original Xbox games, it should be back available on #XboxLIVE," tweeted Xbox Live's Major Nelson. "Thanks for waiting."

The content will be back up until its originally scheduled date of April 15.

This is your final call to download content for all those great games like Forza Motorsport, Ninja Gaiden and Halo 2, the latter of which might be important if you plan on sending off the original XBL with Bungie.

January NPD: Wii Takes Top Spot (Again)

by Tyler Treat Feb 12, 2010 12:47 AM CST
filed under ds, handhelds, industry, news, ps2, ps3, psp, wii, xbox 360

The January NPD Group figures are in, and, once again, Nintendo's Wii takes the top spot for most units sold (and now it's sold out). Total industry sales came in at $1.17 billion, a drop of 13%, with hardware falling 21% and software falling 12%. Gaming peripherals did, however, see a slight increase of 2%.

Although the PS3 had a strong December, its January sales dropped off a bit at 276,900 units, putting it again behind the Xbox 360, which sold through 332,800 units. As per usual, the Wii and DS were the real winners, selling 465,800 units and 422,200 units respectively. The PSP sold 100.1K units and the PS2 trailing off at 41,600.

In terms of software, New Super Mario Bros. Wii was the top-selling game. This might come as a surprise considering Mass Effect 2's critical acclaim, but the game had a very late release. Five of the top ten selling games in January were Wii titles.

[via Industry Gamers]

Wii in Shortage Again

by Tyler Treat Feb 12, 2010 12:32 AM CST
filed under news, nintendo, wii

Here's something that sounds awfully familiar. The Wii is in short supply, again, even despite Nintendo's efforts to "ramp up" production in order to meet demand. Nintendo sold over 3.81 million Wiis in December, and apparently it hasn't been able to keep up with demand.

Nintendo of America confirmed this week that it is in fact having difficulties with supply. "In the short term, replenishing Wii inventories will be a challenge," Senior Director of Corporate Communications Charlie Scibetta told Joystiq, "but we are doing everything we can to satisfy consumers looking to purchase a Wii system."

Ironically, Nintendo reduced production for the system in early December, which, in hindsight, was a pretty poor decision.

Red Dead Redemption – ‘The Law’ Trailer

by Evan Volmering Feb 11, 2010 8:10 PM CST
filed under ps3, videos, xbox 360

Crackdown 2 Slated for June

by Tyler Treat Feb 11, 2010 6:48 PM CST
filed under news, xbox 360

Although we didn't get an official release date at X10, it was revealed in Microsoft's NPD response that Crackdown 2 will be releasing this June.

In addition to the news, we also received a fact sheet for the game, which you can check out after the break.

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Fable III to Be HUDless, Confirms Molyneux

by Tyler Treat Feb 11, 2010 6:41 PM CST
filed under news, xbox 360

At X10 this afternoon, Peter Molyneux confirmed that Fable III will have no heads-up display whatsoever. This news appears to be what the game designer expected people to get "pissed" about, although I don't see much harm in it.

Molyneux demoed the game, explaining how it will take cues from recent action titles that have environmental changes show how close a player is to death.

"Look at the screen!" Molyneux exclaimed. "It's completely clean! Why do we need the f**king health bar?"

The designer also explained how issues in Fable 1 and 2, what people saw as busywork, will now be better integrated into the game.

"The 2-D parts of Fable 1 and Fable 2 were rubbish," he told Wired. "That's why people didn't change their clothes or change their weapons." Those things, he adds, will now become "part of the game, which, I just realized, I'm not supposed to talk about."

Fable III will be releasing this November.

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Perfect Dark XBLA, Game Room Pinned for March

by Tyler Treat Feb 11, 2010 4:00 PM CST
filed under news, xbox 360

As the announcements keep rolling in from X10, it's now been revealed that Rare's Perfect Dark XBLA port will be releasing this March. Also releasing in March alongside Perfect Dark will be Microsoft's Game Room, the XBLA game Scrap Metal, and Toy Soldiers.

Stay tuned as we learn more information!

Lost Planet 2 has Split-screen Co-op

by Tyler Treat Feb 11, 2010 3:54 PM CST
filed under news, ps3, xbox 360

Capcom has expressed that they would like to include offline co-op into Lost Planet 2. This week's issue of Famitsu confirms that the game will indeed feature split-screen offline co-op. The split-screen allows up to two players to play through the game's campaign.

The screens are reportedly staggered similar to Resident Evil, with one player in the upper left and one in the lower right. Although it seems annoying, this allows the screens to maintain their aspect ratios.

Lost Planet 2 releases May 18 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC.

[via Andriasang]

Dead Rising 2 Dated, Pre-launch Prologue Detailed

by Tyler Treat Feb 11, 2010 3:46 PM CST
filed under news, pc, ps3, xbox 360

Capcom announced today that Dead Rising 2 will be releasing in North America on August 31st, Japan on September 2nd and Europe on September 3rd for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.

Shortly before the game's release, Xbox 360 owners will be able to download exclusive prologue, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero. This prologue will introduce the game's protagonist Chuck Greene and provide insight into the link between the original Dead Rising's events and the sequel's. Release date and pricing for the prologue will be announced soon.

Alan Wake Release Date Gets Specific

by Tyler Treat Feb 11, 2010 3:39 PM CST
filed under news, pc, xbox 360

It was revealed earlier that Alan Wake would be hitting this May. We've now received an exact date for the game's release in Europe and North America. It will be hitting North America Tuesday, May 18th and Europe on Friday, May 21st.

As you know, a special collector's edition will also be releasing for $79.99.



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