Beyond Infinity:Toy Story 3

Today I finally have no doubt in my mind that Pixar sold their souls to the devil in exchange for exceptional talent. The studio has constantly put out great movie after great movie with even their weakest film (Cars) being above many of the animated films out there. Now they venture back into the toy box to the one that started it all.

Toy Story now enters a truly rare territory. A second sequel that is on par if not above the first two. The third one usually never is too great. Sometimes you get Ewoks or a crap load of endings. Toy Story 3 is a beautiful & fitting end to the series.

Eleven years have passed since Toy Story 2 & Andy Davis is now 17 years old and getting ready to depart for college. His surviving toys (not saying who, but many have come & gone) have been put away in a trunk in his room for many years now. As his departure date gets closer, his mother leaves him with the choice to either throw them away, put them in the attic, or donate them to a daycare. Andy decides for the attic but has chosen to take Woody with him to college. After a series of incidents that almost landed them in the back of the garbage truck, they decided they’d rather find a new home in daycare. Daycare sounds like it would be heaven for the toys right? Well, to keep this as spoiler free as possible,things quickly go sour & the toys now must find a way to escape & get back to Andy before he leaves.

The film is certainly much darker than the first two & much more intense. It’s also the most emotional & heartwarming of the three. In the end though,Toy Story 3 hits all the right buttons and instead of being an unnecessary sequel,it is a welcome return and fitting goodbye. I dare you to not leave the theater smiling. I dare you.

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Xbox Live Arcade ‘Inventory Blowout’, Deal of the Week, and More!

Now through Tuesday, June 21st, get massive discounts on many Xbox Live Arcade titles. Sadly, we own most of the ones listed so we can’t fully take advantage of this deal, but this is fantastic for those of you who are wanting to expand your XBLA library.

Starting on June 21st, the new Deal of the Week is sure to please sports fans, and as always, you have to be an Xbox Live Gold Member to get these special prices.

  • FIFA 10 Ulitmate Game Mode, 240 Points
  • Football Genius, 400 Points
  • Madden NFL Arcade, 800 Points
  • MLB Stickball, 500 Points
  • NBA 2K10 Draft Combine, 240 Points
  • Sensible World of Soccer, 400 Points
  • Soccer ball Xbox LIVE Avatar prop, 80 Points

Coming to Xbox Live Games on Demand are Mirrors Edge and Bee Movie Game, both on June 21st. Coming to Xbox Live Arcade on June 23rd are RISK: Factions and Duke Nukem: Manhattan Project, both for 800 Microsoft Points each.

Some new Xbox 360 Game Add-Ons are arriving next week as well. On June 22nd, Battlefield Bad Company 2: Onslaught Mode will be available for 800 points. Also on June 22nd is ‘Outlaws to the End’ for Red Dead Redemption. RDR fans will love the fact that this content will be free. Finally, on June 23rd, Hasbro Family Game Night: Jenga, Pictureka!, and Connect 4×4 can be had for 800 points each.

New to the Avatar Marketplace will be items from LEGO: Harry Potter on June 21st. I hope they have Nagini or Hedwig available. That would be so awesome.

(Oh, and a playable demo for Crackdown 2 should be available to download on June 21st as well…)

- Me

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Resident Evil: Afterlife Trailer

Well I’m a little late to the zombie party. Apparently back in April the trailer for the new Resident Evil movie was released, and I’m just now getting around to it. Oops!

Resident Evil: Afterlife takes place in Los Angeles. Alice, played by Milla Jovovich, got a tip that LA was a safe haven from the infection, but when she arrives Alice quickly discovers that the entire city has been destroyed and is filled with the brain lovers. Ali Larter reprises her role as Claire Redfield, and we also see Chris Redfield, Jill Valentine (again), and good ol’ Wesker in this one. I love the Resident Evil franchise, so much that I’ve played pretty much every single game Capcom has released, minus the terrible rail-style ones for the Wii they put out, and I own all of the RE movies on DVD.

From what I saw in the trailer, it’s as if they incorporated a bit Violet, from Ultra Violet, but I guess it works since Milla was that character too. I wasn’t too keen on the fact that they were so big on pushing the fact that it’s filmed in 3D and using the same tech that was used in Avatar, because, frankly, I’m sick of every single movie coming out in 3D. Also, I hope they don’t fuck up Wesker because I adore his character. On a final note, I highly approve of the song choice used in the trailer. Nothing like some Maynard and A Perfect Circle to get a girl excited!

Resident Evil: Afterlife comes out on September 10th. Will you be seeing it?

- Me

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‘Clash of the Titans’ Review

What do you get when you combine men in miniskirts with too much bronzer, then add a hint of Kraken and a few pissed off gods? Sounds like a bad joke, right? Well, it might be…

I went to a free showing of Clash of the Titans this past Monday a little skeptical. I had heard with audiences the film was either a hit or miss (though mostly the latter), yet I was curious, and hey… Who can pass up the opportunity for a free movie? I admit part of the appeal was a curiosity about Sam Worthington as Perseus, the demigod turned fisherman, and Liam Neeson’s role as Zeus opposite Ralph Fiennes as Hades. Throughout the film, I found myself a little lost during the action sequences. While using a hand held camera may have worked for Matt Reeves throughout Cloverfield, I found the action hard to follow though enjoyable. The script was not outstanding and proved typical, and I have even read that Sam Worthington’s delivery of the sub par lines can be described as ‘embarrassing’. I found his performance lacking emotion in scenes where emotion is required to engage the audience in the hero’s quest, and the film was ultimately one without any real spirit. This being said, I do not believe the experience was a total waste. Some of the cheesy script and overcooked action works in the production’s favor. There was no one over the age of twenty-five in the theater and the atmosphere was one of simple enjoyment. Though the obvious intent was to create a serious epic film with mild humor throughout, I view the film as simply entertaining.

In conclusion, though fans of the original 1981 film by the same name may have been upset by this remake, I find it good enough for a second viewing, but only at a discount theater for the bare minimum price or as a discount rental. Clash of the Titans hits DVD shelves July 27, 2010, and I do not recommend buying it for more than it is worth.


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Konami’s E3 Press Conference Details

In their live conference yesterday, Konami started off their presentation with video showing a vault and you heard a voice entering the, now classic, Konami code before going into reel of their upcoming games. Shinji Hirano, President of Konami, introduced himself and welcomed everybody. Hirano-san says that this year, Konami has strong line-up which consists of Konami original IP such as Metal Gear Solid: Rising, Silent Hill, two Castlevania games, Frogger, and Dance Dance Revolution.

In the beginning segment, tech problems plagued the presentation. The live stream wasn’t showing up, the actual Konami website was down, and in the presentation itself they couldn’t show the Def Jam Rapstar Trailer. 4MM CEO, Nick Perrett, could be heard saying “it’s so good they keep you waiting on the edge of your seat” when waiting for it to load. Def Jam Rapstar is being presented as a “revolutionary product” enabling gamers who are playing console game to share info immediately over the web on multiple social networks. Your friends can vote on your performance on their cell phones seconds after you are done with a song. Once your friends have done that, you can then get info on your phone, like with how they judged you. Def Jam Rapstar is a “constantly connected game,” with Perrett saying it will “breathe life into console games” and how somebody is going to become famous. Performances can be found on the Def Jam official website, so somebody could very likely obtain over a million hits. Perrett went on to say how this game is “no joke” because Def Jam Rapstar can make you a rapper.

When 4MM was looking for a partner, Perrett says they wanted a partner that wasn’t just a fan of hip-hop, but was hip-hop. It made perfect sense when Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam, came onto the stage and gave us a little speech.  Simmons was up there semi-briefly, touching on how they’ve already ordered a million mics, how they are going to “market the shit out of it,” and that they have the “greatest partners and the greatest minds working on this.” To add icing on the cake, they even got Method Man and Redman to perform at the Konami booth later on that afternoon.

Immediately afterwards they went into a trailer for wrestling game Lucha Libre: Heroes del Ring. Federico Beyer, Slang’s First Party Liason/Director, came out and spoke about the game. They had three real Lucha Libre wrestlers on the stage, and they even did a weigh in. Why might you ask? Well, tomorrow, at 1:30 PM PST, they will be having a real wrestling event at the Slang booth. The winner will be the athlete featured on the cover. Let’s just hope the winner doesn’t get hit with the Madden cover curse.Lucha Libre: Heroes del Ring will be available on Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DSi, Sony PSP, Sony PS3, and Microsoft Xbox 360.

As soon as they all got off of the stage, the trailer for Saw II: Flesh & Blood kicked in. Tobin Bell, Jigsaw from the movies, returns to provide his voice and likeness for this game sequel. Nine Inch Nails fans might get excited that Charles Clouser is doing all of the games music. In the trailer, we saw Jigsaw talking to a woman who was shackled up. She was told that her legs were shackled to the top of an elevator, but her arms were shackled to the ceiling. She had only a matter of time to escape his trap or else she would be torn in half. What a shitty way to go.

John Williamson, Producer at Zombie Studios, talked to us about the game, and explained the title. In Saw II: Flesh & Blood, there will be more action, traps from the movies, new traps, and apparently “not every freed subject will welcome you with open arms.” They chose the title “Flesh & Blood” for two reasons: there are massive amounts of flesh and blood in this game, and the son of the detective from the first game is the main protagonist this time around. Released on Halloween of this year, Saw II: Flesh & Blood will be released for Sony PS3 and Microsoft Xbox 360. Did you honestly expect to see it on the Nintendo Wii?

Onward to Ninety-Nine Nights II, a Microsoft Xbox 350 exclusive. Now, I’ve never played the first one. Based on the screenshots I had seen, I thought it was a rip-off of Dynasty Warriors. Last week I played the demo for it on 360 and I was pleasantly surprised. It was awesome, so if you have a 360 stop reading this and downloading it now. Anyways, Tak Fujii, Producer at Konami Digital Entertainment, dished the details to us. Coming out on June 29th (my birthday… hint hint), they made massive improvements to the last release which was in 2006. Since he couldn’t tell us everything due to time restriction, he did touch on three things. We learned there will be online co-op, that there will be leaderboards, and that you can control up to one million troops. So awesome!

Ninety-Nine Nights II isn’t going to be your everyday hack-n-slash. They are calling it “extreme hack-n-slash,” whatever that means. I can honestly say that based on the demo I played, they have enhanced the graphics, enhanced the gameplay, and enhanced the fighting system. You can’t button mash, so don’t even try to. If you are doing co-op, the level of difficulty will increase. Also, with every level you advance to, the difficulty will increase. Fujii-san told us how we have to think hard about our actions, and that if you play smart, you can beat the game. If not, you won’t even make it past the first level. In different levels will be different armies, each boss will have a weak point, so we will have to just pay attention.

Assistant Producer at Konami Digital Entertainment, Niais Taylor, showed us another 360 exclusive titled Otomedius Excellent. I couldn’t even tell you where this game is coming from or what it’s about. The only thing I managed to catch was that there will be loads of DLC for it, it’s apparently huge in Japan, it’s roots are taken from Gradius (not a bad thing at all), that it has a Winter 2010 release, that you can do multiplayer co-op, and all of the playable characters are female. The trailer they showed was all in anime, with some Japanese pop track playing, but there was nothing from the game. Taylor said that they are giving Konami fans what they’ve been asking for, so I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under.

Taylor then presented the first Konami game for Microsoft Xbox Kinect, Adrenalin Misfits. It’s a game where friends and family are encouraged to play together, but it doesn’t look like something I’m interested in. The development team was easily inspired when working on this title since most of them love to surf and snowboard. I assume this title will be E for Everyone, because they are saying that all ages can play. Using the Kinect, there are obviously no buttons or combos to master. Just move your arms, hands, legs, and feet to make your character perform the same actions. In the trailer that was shown, if you jumped and spun around, so would your character. With Kinect, players can really feel like they are in the game, zooming along at fast speeds.

Adrenalin Misfits doesn’t want to be considered as just a racing game. Although they say it’s a “battle to the bottom,” Konami wants you to have fun while doing so. Performing tricks will help boost your score, and the louder the fans cheer for you, the faster you will go. Taylor said that “replay availability is off the charts” and with the many game modes listed, I believe him. Players can participate in slalom courses, collection challenges where you obtain items, trick competitions, and they will have more than 60 boards to choose from. No release date was mentioned or hinted at, so I’m not too sure if this will be a Kinect launch title, or something that will come out months down the road.

From the creators of Dance Dance Revolution is DanceMasters. DanceMasters is a working title still, but the Producer from both DDR and DanceMasters, Naoki Maeda, and Thomas Nagano were on hand to talk about the game and give us a rather strange demonstration. Maeda-san was a little difficult to understand, due to his incredibly thick Japanese accent, but fortunately I’ve studied Japanese for years so I managed to catch more than others would. Using Kinect, you follow along with the silhouette, and it responds very well. Graphically the game is gorgeous, and from the live demo, the game looks to be a lot of fun. Both Thomas and Maeda-san were grooving and moving up there, and we watched them strike a pose along with the markers onscreen. DanceMasters is unlike any other dance game out there for multiple reasons. One is that you can save your dance sequence and replay it at another time. Friends can come over to play, save their sequence, and later on they can be used as your backup dancers. Thomas and Maeda-san said they are “always trying to incorporate evolution and revolution into our games.” They also told us that if we practice a lot, we will be able to actually dance. Players will be able to challenge friends online, and will have a wide variety of dance numbers to choose from. During the presentation, and in the trailer, no release date, or even an estimate was given.

Keeping in with the music theme, they launched the trailer for Karaoke Revolution Glee. Fans of the game and show can perform their favorite hit songs, with the background being scenes directly from the hit Fox TV show. Christine Catle, Brand Manager at Konami Digital Entertainment, let us know that Karaoke Revolution Glee is coming out this fall for the Wii, and that this is the 10th installment in the Karaoke Revolution franchise. After those tidbits of info, another video was shown of John Burroughs High School Powerhouse Choir. Their videos, which were posted all over YouTube, were the inspiration for the Glee TV show. Once that was all over, the audience sat through the choir performing Queen’s “Somebody to Love” in its entirety. I personally felt the song dragged, but I get what Konami was trying to do. Karaoke Revolution Glee will feature over 30 songs, gamers can duet and harmonize, and there will be unlockables.

Mike Pepe, Marketing Director for Hudson Entertainment, took the stage after to present the Beyblade Metal Fusion game trailer. Gamers can play as Beyblades from the TV show, customize the Beyblades, unlock new Beyblades by battling opponents, and use special powers. Loads of anime from the cartoon was thrown in, so it was a little difficult to get a proper feel for the game. Also, it wasn’t clear if the anime sequences would be in the actual game itself. The game, for Wii and DS, will be out this Fall, and is meant to tie in with the cartoon that airs this summer. Their goal was to have the Wii and DS versions keep the same competitive feel the cartoon has, and there is even interconnectivity between the console and handheld. By doing so, you can unlock even more Beyblades.

The next game Pepe presented was Deca Sports 3. It will feature 10 new sporting events, will make use of the Wii MotionPlus, and gamers will be able to play online against people across the country. Some sports shown in the trailer were fencing, halfpipe, log cutting, volleyball, lacrosse, kayaking, and slalom. This time around, they wanted to improve on past versions of Deca Sports by offering more sports online as the Deca Sports franchise has been an enormous success for Hudson Entertainment. Deca Sports 3 is a Wii exclusive, and no date has been given.

Right after that, Pepe went into another Deca Sports title, Deca Sports Freedom. This title will be for Xbox 360 and will use Xbox Kinect. Like Deca Sports 3, Deca Sports Freedom will have feature 10 events. The game is all in HD, and you can even use your Avatars as the characters. In the trailer we saw tennis, archery, and paintball. Again, no release date was given.

The final title Pepe presented was this gorgeous platformer called Lost in Shadow. If I were Hudson Entertainment, I would market the Hell out of this title. Exclusively for the Wii, and coming out this Fall, Lost in Shadow is stunning. Graphically it reminds me of Ico, and Hudson is really pushing the visual capabilities of the Wii. The story is a shadow of a boy gets separated from his body. Your goal is to reconnect the two, but there is a problem. Inside the city is this massive tower with a shadow mass inside of it. The shadow mass is destroying the city and pretty much eating it alive. The shadow of the boy, who is nameless at this point, is accompanied by a fairy named Spangle. Just based on the short trailer, I am incredibly interested in Lost in Shadow, and I can’t wait for it to be released.

Making a complete 180, the conference went from a light Wii game to probably one of my favorite games of all time: Silent Hill. Devon Shatsky, Producer at Konami Digital Entertainment, was there with another man named Brian to discuss the amazingness that is Silent Hill. I can’t believe it’s already been 11 years since the first Silent Hill debuted on the old PlayStation console. Time really flies. Anyways, Devon and Brian said that Silent Hill “helps shape what horror games are meant to be,” and I couldn’t agree more. By evolving the core combat in the game, staying true to the terror we have grown to love, and still keeping that feeling of helplessness and dread, this game sounds and looks amazing. Again we were shown a trailer for the game where we discovered the main protagonist to be male. He was sitting, handcuffed, on a prison bus. Of course it was dark and raining, and they were on a road going through a forest, because when you really think about it…is there ever a game like this where the weather is nice and the sun is shining? On the bus, the nameless man was shown to have these flashbacks of him running through a forest, having to walk across a log to get over this massive gap, and there was even a woman police officer who stopped him. Then it showed the man running into the town of Silent Hill, still in his prison uniform, and big shocker – the town was completely empty.

After wandering around for a bit, not knowing where to go, it starts raining again so he climbs into a building through an open window. Now that it’s dark, he uses a flashlight he found, turns it on, and starts to explore. At this point in the trailer, it was a little difficult to determine what was just video, or if they threw in actual gameplay because it kind of looked the same. The graphics were great, the sound was on par, and then shit started to get real. The world around him started to turn into that sick, rusty world, and I think I even saw one of those demented Nurses. Right now, the only name they are calling it is Silent Hill, but this isn’t a remake of the PSX original. Unlike previous games, that had the amazing Akira Yamaoka (I’ve met him!) as the composer, we have Dan Licht whose previous work as been the Hellraiser films, Children of the Corn films, and the Showtime TV show Dexter. With a release date of 2011, Silent Hill will be available for both 360 and PS3.

Thomas Nagano took to the stage again, and performed a wardrobe change as well. This time he was accompanied by Shinta Nogiri, Producer from Konami Japan. The two of them introduced themselves and we were shown the trailer for NeverDead. Developed by Rebellion, NeverDead is about this guy who can put himself back together. I know that sounds strange, but the concept is actually pretty awesome. In the trailer we saw Bryce, get knocked into a wall by this massive creature and crumble like stone, but he reattached everything and was back in business, almost like how Iron Giant could reassemble. Nogiri-san actually designed this game, and was very proud of it. Graphics were stunning, it looked like a really fun third person shooter, and I laughed when the trailer showed Bryce dual-wielding and shooting while hobbling around on one leg. Nogiri-san and Thomas did a little joke where Thomas mouthed off a little and Nogiri-san knocked his head down into his chest, only for Thomas to put it back into place, like how Bryce could. They didn’t mention what console the game is for, if there is any multiplayer, co-op, or even a release date. They did say that you should check out the official website, and join their Facebook page.

Metal Gear Solid: Rising…how super sexy you look. Even though they used the same trailer that was shown during the Microsoft press conference, I was still blown away and managed to catch a few new things I missed. I don’t want to go into too much because MGS is so badass it deserves its own article.

Castlevania: Harmony of Despair for Xbox Live Arcade was shown, and Koji Igarashi, Producer for Konami Digital Entertainment, told us all about it. All of the details for Castlevania: Harmony of Despair can be found here along with multiple screenshots and a trailer.

Finally, the Konami press conference ended with Castlevania: Lords of Shadow. Producer, Dave Cox, went on to tell us now Lords of Shadow should be seen as a different interpretation of the Castlevania story and world, and that the game is being worked on my Madrid, Spain by mercurysystem. Lords of Shadow is meant to pay respect to the glorious franchise, and pays homage to it throughout the game. The trailer they showed goes more into the story of Gabriel Belmont, and shines the light on the stellar voice actors who participated. Dropping Fall of this year, for both PS3 and 360, I need to have this game.

And that was it from Konami. What do you think? Are you excited about some of the games, or are you just ‘meh’ about everything? Share your thoughts below!

- Me

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Castlevania: Harmony of Despair

Castlevania is one of those series that has stayed with me since childhood.  I can still remember playing Simon’s Quest as a kid, then Symphony of the Night, Aria of Sorrow on my GBA Micro, and Dawn of Sorrow and Portrait of Ruin on my Nintendo DS.  The music, the gameplay, the graphics…It’s all still visible with my mind’s eye.  And now, with the Konami E3 announcement of Castlevania: Harmony of Despair, I get to return to a series I have loved since childhood.

There are five playable characters.  From screenshots, it seems that the playables will be Soma Cruz (Aria of Sorrow/Dawn of Sorrow), Alucard (Symphony of the Night), Jonathan Morris (Portrait of Ruin), Charlotte Aulin (Portrait of Ruin), and Shanoa (Order of Ecclesia).  I’m very happy with Soma, Alucard, Jonathan, and Charlotte.  I’ve never played as Shanoa, so I can’t say much about that.  Obviously, I’d love to have Simon Belmont as a playable character as well, but I can settle for Alucard.  More characters and stages could be added as DLC in the future, if the game sells well.

The first multiplayer entry into the Castlevania series, Harmony of Despair will be released on Xbox Live Arcade this summer as part of Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade event.  Castlevania: Harmony of Despair offers co-operative multiplayer with up to 6 people online (no word if local multiplayer is included), very high resolution dot graphics (over 10 million dots per screen), and more.  Along with co-op multiplayer, a survival mode is included where you can play against other players.  Additionally, unlike previous Castlevania’s, the different areas of the maps connect, allowing enemies to follow through from other screens.

Here are some screenshots that have been released for the upcoming game:

E3 debut trailer:

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Who’s ready to make Dracula their bitch?

I am.


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Portal 2

From the delightful song during the end credits, to the simple, yet absolutely addictive gameplay, Portal was a true gem.  Portal was followed by Portal: Still Alive on Xbox Live Arcade, which contained the full original game, 14 new challenges, and new achievements.  Portal 2 was announced earlier this year for release in 2010 (delayed to 2011), and E3 has brought us news and videos.

From what we’ve seen and heard so far, Portal 2 will deliver a steep increase in difficulty in single-player mode, and even moreso in the newly introduced co-operative mode.  New environment items are introduced, as well as new ways to use the portals.

To quote a friend of mine, “Portal 2 looks awesome and hard.”

And just for shits and giggles, the end credits song from Portal, “Still Alive” by Jonathan Coulton:

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Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II

Earlier this month I talked about the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II Collector’s Edition.  Lindsey and I both played Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on PS2 way back in 2008, and while we both enjoyed it, we both thought it was too short, among other small complaints.  Overall, however, it was a great Star Wars game.  With Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II, many of those complaints (hopefully length, as well) have been addressed, including targeting, Force Grip, and more.

In addition to these changes, and the developers taking greater advantage of the very powerful game engine, some new features have been included, such as new force powers Mind Trick and Force Fury, the ability to dual-wield lightsabers (a personal favorite of mine from games like Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy), new combos, and more.  With an October 26, 2010 release date (the day before my birthday), we won’t have to wait too long to try this one out.

Recent screenshots:

“Betrayal” cinematic trailer:

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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

I remember my elementary school book fair vividly. My most fond memory of the book fair comes from first grade, where I purchased my first (of many, over the past 20+ years) box set of The Chronicles of Narnia. Unfortunately, I no longer have this set, as it disintegrated with use over the years, but I can still see the box, and the books, in my mind as if they were sitting in front of me right now. The Chronicles of Narnia is one of my favorite book series (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are #1), and I can’t wait to read them with my own children. With that being said, you can imagine my excitement at the upcoming third movie in the series, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

I have enjoyed the movies very much, even where they differ from the source material, and am looking forward to seeing The Voyage of the Dawn Treader on the big screen.  To help foster that excitement in all of you so that I don’t feel like the only nerd, here’s the first full trailer for the movie!

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Keep an eye out for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, coming out this Christmas.  Make sure you go see it, so they can justify continuing the series!


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Nintendo E3 Press Conference News & Details

The Nintendo E3 Press Conference may be over, but that doesn’t mean the excitement has waned. From the get go, Nintendo blew us away. Reggie Fils-Amie came out to debut a new Zelda game, Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and it got fans really excited.

We were originally led to believe that a man named Bill would be the one doing the live demo, since Shigeru Miyamoto, a mad genius, seemed like he was being video conferenced in. Turns out Miyamoto-san would be the one playing Skyward Sword, and also discussing how it works. Bill remained there, as translator, and the fun began.

The live demo consisted of us getting a tutorial on the controls, the new items, and how we can interact with the environment. Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword will be a must-have game for the Wii console. Unfortunately it isn’t slated to launch until 2011, but more details will be leaked out in the months to come.

Following the excitement over Zelda, Reggie came back onto the stage to announce a new Wii Sports title: Mario Sports Mix. Like Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Mario Sports Mix won’t hit store shelves until 2011, but we saw Mario and friends competing in different arenas this time around. From what I was able to see, I caught volleyball, hockey, field hockey, basketball, and maybe water polo. Everything seemed to go by so quickly, it was difficult to catch it all. Obviously other sports titles like Madden and MLB are coming to the Wii, but a nice surprise was the classic NBA Jam. For E3 attendees, a live demo will be available on the floor.

For those out there who thought the Wii was losing it’s steam, Reggie presented us with some impressive stats. Last December, the Wii set record sales. He also informed us on how “more games have been sold for the Wii in the 43 months since launch in any other platform ever, in the same launch period.” Wii owners were also found to play their console more than other owners, and as for other game sales, Mario Kart on the Wii has sold more than 22 million copies worldwide. The New Super Mario Bros. game has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide. Those are some incredible numbers.

Fans of Mario Party will be interested in the new Wii Party game. In Wii Party, fans can have fun with their Mii’s, participating in multiplayer, and having the ability to choose from 13 different party modes. Board Game Island, which features over 70 different mini games, and Balance Boat were a couple modes presented to us. House Party mode is one the entire family can play together. Wii Party will be available for this holiday season.

On the subject of dancing games, Reggie announced the sequel to the popular Wii dance game, Just Dance by Ubisoft. In Just Dance 2, players will have 40 tracks to jam to. They can also engaged in dancing duets, get their cardio in with the Just Sweat mode, and have dance crew face offs with up to 8 players. Just Dance 2 is slated to launch Fall 2010.

RPG fans rejoiced when details and a trailer for Golden Sun: Dark Dawn were given. I’m a fan of the Golden Sun series, and played the GBA one for countless hours. From what I saw, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn on the DS will be incredible. My only wish is that they made a Golden Sun for the Wii, but who knows. Golden Sun: Dark Dawn will be out in time for the holiday season.

Now, what happened after the Golden Sun section was so incredible. In a trailer, they showed a panel of young gamers, and a man who was asking them about GoldenEye 007. You know, the awesomely popular N64 game? Well, good news my friends - in November of this year, we will be gifted a brand new GoldenEye 007 exclusive for the Nintendo Wii. It will feature split-screen gameplay, multiplayer (yes!), 8 classic characters like Oddjob and Jaws, and 16 special game modes like paintball and melee only. Unfortunately Rare won’t be the ones giving us this gem, but I think we can trust Activision to deliver.

On a nostalgia high, Warren Spector and Adam Creighton graced the stage to give us another Wii exclusive, Disney Epic Mickey. The game, which honors the past 80 years of Disney creativity, was given no release date, but a live demo was nice. In Venture Land you can talk with other characters and purchase items. You can also get quests there and visit memorable places like the Tiki Room and Swiss Family Robinson areas from Disney Land. The Waste Land is full of forgotten things, but they just talked to us about that.

In Disney Epic Mikey, the two ‘weapons’ you have are paint and thinner. With the thinner you can erase people, buildings, objects… just about anything. With the paint you can bring it all back or create new things in the world. How you use the two affects everything in the Epic Mickey world. It will affect how characters interact with you, what they talk to you about, how their stories will end, and more. In the game you can expect adventure, platform, and RPG elements throughout, and we even saw a place known as Travel Zone. In Travel Zone, we saw a black and white level, with Mickey in color, and everything was based off of the popular cartoon Steamboat Willie. In Travel Zone, other popular cartoons will be levels as well, so you get something new each time. Disney Epic Mickey was very impressive, on every level, and I feel confident in saying that children and adults will find the game irresistible.

Following Mickey, another familiar face was shown - Kirby. Can you believe it’s been 7 years since Kirby has had it’s own console game? Neither can I! In Kirby’s Epic Yarn (I know, something about Epic Mickey and Epic Yarn back to back in the presentation seemed odd to me as well) you really get to interact with the enviroment. The trailer, to me, felt like this awesome, new Paper Mario game but with Kirby as the main character. The art style was fresh, the gameplay looked really fun, and you won’t have to wait long to play it. Kirby’s Epic Yarn will be out this Fall.

Another thing that got RPG fans excited was the announcement that Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies would be released in North America, finally. For a long time it was only available in Japan, received great reviews, and from what we were told today, it sounds rather impressive. Players will get to go on 120 mini-quests, participate in several Wi-Fi exclusive mini-quests, slay over 300 monsters, obtain 900 items to customize your character, have fun with an infinite number of randomly generated treasure maps, and be able to link up to 3 additional friends so you can quest together. By putting your DS in ‘tag-mode’ the game will automatically seek out people to play with, and add new maps for your character all while you are away from your DS. In 26 days, July 11th, Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies drops so start saving your hard earned cash now.

Metroid: Other M was shown, and that will be released on August 31st. Metroid: Other M looks very nice. You will get some classic Metroid game play mixed in with Metroid Prime-esque moments. Being able to switch from FPS to third person is a nice combination, and I’m sure fans of the franchise will dig the new features. Samus will still be able to roll up into a ball and do everything we’ve become familiar with. I’m a huge Metroid Prime fan so I’m glad they kept those elements in.

Bringing the nostalgia back, we were shown Donkey Kong Country Returns, for the Wii. Developed by Retro Studios, Donkey Kong Country Returns brings us back to the 2D days of when DK and Diddy Kong were side-scrolling, platforming maniacs. Donkey Kong Country Returns will be out for this holiday season, and I need to get a copy. No joke. It looks that epic.

After all that DK goodness, we were shown the new Nintendo 3DS. I have to admit, it looks rather impressive and boasts some nice features. Satoru Iwata, Global President of Nintendo, gave us the rundown on the newest addition to the handheld family. I won’t go into too many details because we have an actual post going fully into the 3DS, but just know that there will be an analog stick, in addition to the D-Pad, you won’t need to wear glasses for the 3D to work, and you will be capable of watching 3D movies on the Nintendo 3DS.

Some of you might remember the name Project Sora. It was announced back in like January of 2009. Kingdom Hearts fans might have thought it was a new game in the works, but holy Hell, what they showed today was so much more. I was so overwhelmed with joy that I got teary eyed. Kid. Fucking. Icarus. Yeah I said it. KID ICARUS! As a child I loved the Kid Icarus game, so when I saw him, I couldn’t help but get amazing flashbacks. A Nintendo 3DS exclusive, Kid Icarus: Uprising looks absolutely gorgeous. I’m so excited about this game, I can’t even compose a proper sentence. All I know is that I want it, and I hope I get it. It’s Kid Icarus!

Nintendo has partnered up with E3 to create an E3 network for those who were unable to attend. If you check out their page, you can gather information on the event, get behind the scene looks, screenshots, trailers, and more.

- Me

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