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Archive for February 24th, 2010


Win a Limited-Edition Ryo Hazuki Figurine!

Ryo Hazuki

Have you entered to win a limited-edition Ryo Hazuki figurine yet? If not, hop to it! You  have until March 15th to enter. The contest is open to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Puerto Rico and Quebec) aged 13 and older.  Read the official rules here.

There were some issues with the contest when we originally launched it — we had reports of people who were under 21 being rejected and people in Canada being rejected as well. We believe that we’ve fixed the issues and you should be able to enter with no problem now. If you do run into more issues, please let me know in the comments.


Nintendo Week Spotlights Ecco the Dolphin

This is kind of cool — the Nintendo Wii’s weekly video program, “Nintendo Week”, highlights Ecco the Dolphin this week.

Ecco came out a while back on the Wii Virtual Console, and is available for download there for 800 Wii Points. However, as part of a Sea-themed show, Nintendo highlighted the game, along with an update to Endless Ocean 2 and some DSi games.

Ecco the Dolphin - Virtual Console

We don’t have the video to link here, but anyone with a Nintendo Wii and a Wi-Fi connection can boot up their machine and check out “Nintendo Week” from the main menu. It features the Nintendo Week hosts being taken on a sailing vessel and swapping sailing yarns which just so happen to feature sea-themed games on the Wii platform. Check out this link for information and quick, um, sea chantey about the video:

Part of the reason this is cool is because, well, Ecco is one of the most unique console games I’ve ever played. I would call it haunting, even. Playing as a dolphin looking for your lost pod may sound like kid stuff, but the game had a strangely dark feel to it, helped by the physically dark ocean environments and eerie music. It also had the lure of being, especially at later levels, an incredibly difficult game.

Check out the video if you get a chance, and of course, check out Ecco the Dolphin!

Ecco the Dolphin - Virtual Console


Napoleon: Total War – Launch Trailer

Enjoy the launch trailer for Napoleon: Total War!

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What’s up with Yakuza 3?

Hey everyone,

Today’s blog is a little different than most for us, but it’s something that our community teams are very passionate about, and we want to make sure gets out there.

While it’s already been rumored in a couple places, we wanted to confirm that there is some content in the Japanese version of Yakuza 3 that didn’t make it over to upcoming Western version, mostly involving the Hostess Clubs and the Japanese History trivia sections. At the same time, we also want to explain part of the reasoning behind that, and be up front with you guys, our fans, about that fact.

Ultimately, the choice that had to be made was either no Yakuza 3 in the west, or a version of the game that was almost exactly the same, but with a little less trivia. That said, our teams also understand that many of you guys love games like Yakuza because of that experience, and rest assured that we’ll continue fighting on your behalf to make sure that going forward, we can provide as close to the full experience as possible – no matter how foreign.

Even so, Yakuza 3 is still a game packed to the brim with things to do, places to see, and people to fight – offering a massive amount of options for fans of the series and new players alike. In addition, the western versions of the game will come pre-packaged with codes for the DLC, already localized and ready to be enjoyed. With gameplay that you truly won’t find anywhere else, we think that Yakuza 3 is genuinely one of the PS3’s best titles, and we hope you’ll think so too when you play it.

As Yakuza 3 nears ship, we’ll have lots more on the massive amount of things to do, see, and experience in the game – and truly, you’re in for one awesome ride. Until then!