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Not much is known about The Force Unleashed 2 at this point, except that it will allow players to continue the dark adventures of Darth Vader’s secret apprentice, Starkiller.  We at least now know when the game will be releasing, thanks to the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed 2 Facebook page breaking the news today.

Xbox 360, PS3, PSP, Nintendo DS, and Wii owners can begin dual lightsaber wielding and force pushing themselves to glory on October 26th, 2010.  What and who they will be fighting is still unknown, but one can only imagine this series will continue to rip the fabric of the official Star Wars lore apart.  I expect that more information will be released as we get closer to E3, but until then, hit the jump to watch the first trailer for the game. Read more… »

Those of us who are tired of the same old white Nintendo Wii have cause for celebration. The black Nintendo Wii is finally coming to North America. A GameStop ad shows the black Wii available in a bundle with Wii Sports, Wii Sports Resort and a controller with Wii MotionPlus.

Nintendo hasn’t confirmed the news yet, but the bundle is expected to be available May 9th in the U.S. and May 23rd in Canada. As an extra bonus, the bundle will be priced at $199. A standard Wii package, not including Wii Sports Resort and MotionPlus, currently goes for $199 at GameStop. Read more… »

If you’ve got a casual-game playing significant other, then come this fall, you better put a dozen or so padlocks on your console cabinet. Today, EA announced that their habit-forming, critically acclaimed “best-selling PC game of 2009,” The Sims 3, is strolling its way onto the Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and Nintendo DS.

It’s really not surprising, as previous iterations made it to the last generation of consoles, but if you don’t want your systems taken over by your Sims crazed girlfriend, I’d suggest investing in a set of blinders. Trust me, they work.

In the mean time, hit the jump to find out all the exclusives that are coming to each platform. Read more… »

Today EA announced that New Orleans’ Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be featured on the cover of Madden NFL 11. This honor should be a bit more meaningful to Brees considering that it was the first time fans got to vote on which athlete would appear on the cover.

It should also come as no surprise that Brees won out over Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne considering the fact that Brees’s team won Super Bowl XLIV and he was named MVP of that game. Read more… »

When I played Red Steel 2 at iDEF last year, I wasn’t exactly filled with a sense of longing for it to be released. Sure, The 10-minute playthrough appealed to my love of all things over-the-top, and I must say that I was quietly surprised at how well Wii MotionPlus was applied to the game. However, I couldn’t help but think back to that god-awful Wii launch title, Red Steel.

With a modified engine and a new lease on life, is Red Steel 2 able to do a complete 180 on its older brother, becoming something of a Killzone 2? Or should it simply be thrown atop the ever-growing pile of failed sequels?

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It’s really difficult for me to sit down and write this review.  After my time with Tri-Crescendo’s Fragile Dreams: Farewell Ruins of the Moon, I can honestly say that I was dumbfounded by how emotionally engaged I was by the story.  Rest assured, the experience to be had here is a memorable one, one way or the other.  And I will tell you why, in due time.

First, however, I want to cover the flaws.  There aren’t that many of them (by my reckoning, anyway), and getting them out of the way leaves me even more time to gush about this stand-out title. Read more… »

If you are a huge Metroid fan like I am, you’ve probably been waiting impatiently for Nintendo to release some new gameplay footage of the latest installment in the series: Metroid: Other M.  Well wait no longer, because a brand new trailer has just been released which includes over two minutes of never before seen footage from the game.

I will be the first to admit that I have my doubts about the new direction Team Ninja is taking the franchise.  However, after watching this incredible video, I think I’m willing to hold off my criticisms until the final product arrives in my hand.  To check out the trailer, and get your Metroid fix, hit the jump. Read more… »

Who says you need to be a million-seller (or even good) to justify a sequel?  Not Nintendo, that’s who.  They just officially announced The Conduit 2, sequel to the much-maligned Wii-exclusive FPS released last year.

Luckily, it looks like they’re trying to fix all the problems from the first (and boy were there a lot).  Hit the jump for details.

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It’s been a long time between drinks in the Rugby League series. After the second installment won us over in 2005, there was much speculation as to whether the series had a big enough market to continue.

Well, it’s taken four years, but Rugby League 3 is finally here. And while the majority of you blockheaded league fans wouldn’t be caught dead with a Nintendo Wii in your house, the fact of the matter is that it’s all we have.

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Technology is constantly changing. Some being large advances, while others are merely an iteration upon existing technology. Playstation Move is obviously an example of the latter.

Nintendo Wii proved to the world that motion control is more than capable of finding its rightful place in the video game industry. Captivating a new audience in the gaming space is no easy task. And yet, Nintendo’s established audience grows each and every month as the Wii consistently stands tall amongst its peers in sales.

But while Microsoft’s Project Natal is redefining motion control, Sony is iterating upon Nintendo’s success – all in the name of “precision”. Is that enough? Ultimately, does precision really matter?

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It’s the news we all wanted to hear: the release date of yet another standalone band game which will no doubt cause tired pessimists of the genre to groan and followers of the band in question to rejoice. Green Day are the latest band to receive this treatment in an upcoming Rock Band spin-off, which Harmonix have today confirmed will be released worldwide for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii June 8th.

The game is set to sport 47 Green Day tracks including classic staples such as Brain Stew, Jaded and Hitchin’ a Ride as well as more contemporary offerings like Boulevard of Broken Dreams, American Idiot and Wake Me Up When September Ends. It will follow the rise of the band through a career mode akin to Beatles: Rock Band from last year and will also feature the vocal harmonising feature lifted from Beatles: Rock Band as well. Unlike Beatles: Rock Band however, all 47 tracks will be exportable to the previous installments of Rock Band.

In addition, 40 minutes of extra video material including interviews, outtakes and performances will be bundled with the release to cater for Green Day’s massive following of eyeliner-wielding fans. Hit the jump for some pricing details and a peak of the newly released box art for Green Day: Rock Band.

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While we know the Wii has been injuring its victims, a new study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine shows that playing the Wii can actually lower depression among the elderly.  A new term coined “exergames,” a combination of fun game play combined with exercise, significantly improved the mood and mental-health of the elderly suffering with Subsyndromal Depression (SSD).

While the study took a very small sample size, the majority of the participants saw a significant improvement.  I’d say that’s enough to replicate the experiment in larger groups.  Here’s to the Wii saving the elderly from their misery. Read more… »