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Alright, so Japanese gamers were treated yesterday with the latest RPG from Level-5 and Studio Ghibli, Ni No Kuni. Namco Bandai will publish the north America English version of the game, which was confirmed earlier for an early 2012 release, exclusively on the PS3.
The Japanese exclusive “Magical Bundle” of Ni No Kuni was released yesterday with a 160GB PS3 in cream-white and gold, a matching Dualshock 3 controller, a copy of Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch and surprisingly , just like the DS version, a fantastic looking spell book.
A story about a boy, a fairy doll and the boy’s quest to revive his recently deceased mother. From the minds of Level-5 and studio Ghibli, comes this role-playing magical adventure. Ni No Kuni (or The Another World) was first announced in the Japanese publication Famitsu in September 2008 for the Nintendo DS. Later in 2010, it was revealed that the game was in development for the PlayStation 3 and a world premier trailer of “Ninokuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joou” (Queen of the White Ashes) was shown in TGS 2010.
The 2011 iteration of the annual National Hockey League awards show, held in
inexplicably a desert Las Vegas, Nevada, was filled with embarrassments. “Comedian” Jay Mohr made a bunch of unfunny comments, two ladies mispronounced Martin St. Louis’ name (it’s “Mar-TAN Saint lou-EE“, not “Mar-TIN Saint lou-IS“. It’s a French name.), and that horrible “Like a G6″ band, the Far East Movement, played “music”. Oh, and some hockey players got trophies.
Besides that, Electronic Arts revealed the coverboy of their yearly NHL simulation: Steven Stamkos, the young cetreman of the Tampa Bay Lightning (personally, I was more partial to my own Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins, but at least I get this nice fake cover to comfort me).
2K Sports today revealed the official cover art for NBA(R) 2K11 featuring Michael Jordan as the face of this year’s iteration of the top rated and top selling basketball simulation franchise*. The art style, featuring a highly-stylized, three-panel, iconic image of Jordan, represents a departure from previous NBA 2K titles to reflect the significance of having the greatest player of all time grace the cover.
“We knew as soon as we signed Jordan that we needed to do something special for the cover,” said Jason Argent, vice president of marketing for 2K Sports. “This could possibly be the most highly anticipated cover art in the history of sports games and we think the image we came up with delivers on every front. I think fans will be pleasantly surprised at how Jordan is actually used in game, as NBA 2K11 will pay homage to ‘His Airness’ in many ways, but the cover art represented our first chance to stop and honor him along the way.”
“It’s exciting to see it all come together,” said Michael Jordan, a recent Hall of Fame inductee. “I am looking forward to seeing the final product, but my kids might have to give me some lessons.”
Here is 2K Sports’ cover for NBA2K11. I personally think that they could have done better. I mean way way better than this one. Now here’s me crossing my fingers for a much improved game play, Elite 11 is a promising one and could give 2K a run for their money. Your thoughts?
A US District Judge has denied EA it’s motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed by gamers who claimed Electronic Arts is monopolizing the markets with the exclusivity deal with the NFL (among other brands and sports) and raising the price of the Madden games in the process (all this started back when NFL 2K5 came out, which was far superior to Madden and only cost $20).
According to the source, Nintendo Everything (weird source for being on a PS3 blog lol), this is what the lawsuit alleges:
The lawsuit alleges EA established agreements with the National Football League (NFL), The NFL Players Union, Arena Football League and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), that drove competition out of the market and prevented new competitors from entering.
The agreements resulted in the company’s flagship product, Madden NFL, to increase 70 percent from a cost of $29.99 to $49.99, the suit states.
Two counts in the lawsuit were dismissed (nothing mentioned of which they were) and 4 counts were moved forward, which included “violation of the federal Sherman Act, violations of California’s Cartwright Act, violation of California’s unfair competition act and unjust enrichment.” EA is definitely going to have a hell of a time with this one.
As to what will happen next, we’ll have to see. The case supposedly represents anyone who bought one of these branded games since August 2005. I’m actually hoping for a win here. NFL 2K5 was, really, the last great football game. Anyway, you can keep up to date with the lawsuit here.