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new Nintendo DS coming soon

By: bmorenmiami Oct 30, 2009 | 2 Comments

New larger Nintendo DS coming to U.S. in 2010

Nintendo DS goes supersize: Introducing the DS XL

Apparently, smaller is out and big is in.  According to several video game insiders Nintendo is due to release next month in Japan a new DS that has 4.25 inch screens (much larger than the 3' inch screen of the current model) that has an 80% larger screen area.  It overall will be longer and thicker.  Even  the stylus will be jumbo sized!

I'm not sure about the logic behind this,(I thought everyone always wants smaller!) I mean isn't the PSP doing poorly because of size?  From what I hear it is going to be marketed to older and younger gamers who have trouble viewing the current 3 inch screen.

The price point is expected to be higher than the DSI current price point of $169.99 here in the U.S.  It should launch in North America sometime in first quarter 2010.

Click on links below for pics:

http://videogames.yahoo.com/featurescreenshot?eid=1368591&index=0&spaceid=567003431

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goukijones

Wednesday Pwnfest Lineup 10/28/09

By: goukijones Oct 28, 2009 | 2 Comments

Today with BatRastered we're going to be pwnn some Borderlands and Uncharted 2 Multiplayer for sure! Don't be a Nnnnnnnnnnnnnnuab!

So old Batty finally got himself a PS3 ... I guess the Drakes will make you do that. Uncharted 2 is frickin' awesome! So today we're gonna try out some of the multiplayer. This also means that he needs to purchase a headset and Socom is the best way to go. Socom: Confrontation for comes with a headset and it's only $10 bucks more than the headset itself! Bonus! Think of this way, for extra $10 bucks you get a game! Can you say Fat Princess rebirth?!

Today's Lineup  

Borderlands  

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Multiplayer  

Socom  

Maybe some ...  

Halo 3  

Street Fighter IV  

Fat Princess?

First and foremost I'd like to congratulate Infinite Bits for putting together an enjoyable convention experience on the first try. The 2009 Miami Video Game Convention

First and foremost I'd like to congratulate Infinite Bits for putting together an enjoyable convention experience on the first try.  If you were one of the hundreds of gamers who took the time to go to the Doubletree Miami Airport Mart Convention Center for the event which ran from Friday Oct 23 thru Sunday Oct 25 you probably were like me and pleasantly surprised.  Hopefully you didn't arrive expecting Infinite Bits to hand you an experience akin to that of the legendary E3.  If you did ,then you were probably pissed.  The 99% of Miami area gamers who arrived with an open mind and itchy joystick thumbs however, were pleased. 

The convention had a nice structure and balance to it.  There was something there for all gamers;  old school classics for home and arcade, handhelds, table top games( think dungeon and dragons), as well as the latest home console titans.  The mix of vendors were a little thin, but considering this was the very first convention sponsored by Infinite Bits all was easily understandable.  Very hard to get adequate vendors when no one really has an idea of how successful the convention would be.I especially liked the arts and crafts that some artists presented....they were outstanding!  Some of the video game vendors had unreasonable prices though...even for companies that are local and very small. 

The convention was chock full of gamers dressed as their favorite game and anime characters.  Gave the whole convention a lively vive.  It took me and Jimmy about an hour just to walk around and guess what characters some of these folks were trying to be!  That was fun! The tournaments rocked! There were tournaments for Gears of War , Halo 1, Halo 3, Street Fighter IV, and Madden 2010 as well as a host of other games.  My only hope is next year they do a better job with scheduling the tournaments.  Too many were going on at the same time, not enough equipment to have the process go quickly,(the brackets for street fighter were crazy long!), and definetly not enough space for fans(and the press like Gouki.com) to watch.

All in all I enjoyed myself...and if you didn't bother to go you lost out!  Hopefully Infinite Bits can learn from the few mistakes they made this year and do it again next year bigger and better!  I'll be there for sure!  Check out my Iphone videos Jimmys!!!!!  Remember these videos are from my iphone on the go live at the convention Jimmy so don't expect HD..but expect me to keep it real! Enjoy!!!

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bmorenmiami

Supreme Warrior: Retro Review

By: bmorenmiami Oct 26, 2009 | 5 Comments

A look at a classic martial arts game

Supreme Warrior retro Review for 3do and Sega cd: what we thought games in 2009 would look like!

One of my favorite retro games of all times was developed by a company called Digital Pictures: Supreme Warrior.  It was released in 1995 for the Us, Canada, Mexico,  Europe, and Latin America on a dual release for consoles Sega cd and 3DO.

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goukijones

Modern Warfare 2 Giveaway

By: goukijones Oct 24, 2009 | 20 Comments

Enter to win Modern Warfare 2 for either the Xbox 360 or PS3, your choice! Don't be a Jimmy!

Drawing will be held November 9th!

Rules to be entered in the Modern Warfare 2 drawing. Read carefully Jimmy!

You must be a registered user on Gouki.com

You must have uploaded Avatar at Gravatar.com

You must have added either your Xbox 360 Gamertag or your PSN ID or both to your Gouki.com profile.

Log in and leave a comment on THIS story.

This drawing is for ONE copy of the game and you get to choose the system.

Sponsored by [email protected]
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2: Xbox 360

*Terms/conditions subject to change at anytime. Gouki.com reserves all rights to this giveaway. Winner will be notified by email so make sure your email is correct in your profile Jimmy!

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goukijones

Borderlands Review

By: goukijones Oct 24, 2009 | 7 Comments

Leveling up and shooting Jimmys in the face is a perfect match for me.

After only sitting down to play this game only 3 times, I've already logged over 20 hours and have leveled up to 25. When the game says it has a bazillion guns it's not joking, almost every character carries a different gun and every time you open a treasure chest it has new guns that entire party scrambles to get a glimpse of.

Yeah the party Jimmy. This a four player co-op RPS, RPS means Role playing shooter. It's something new. Kind of like something people were asking for after playing Fallout 3 for a little while. Where is the co-op? Here it is in Borderlands.

The setting here is a distant planet named Pandora. More like a Mad Max type world than a "Capital Wasteland." The graphics are cel-shaded, yes Jimmys are still making cel-shaded games. The game looks cool, the graphics don't really make a huge difference for me. The gunplay is spot on, the menu takes a little getting used to and the driving takes some practice.

I'm really enjoying this game and I look forward to playing it. It's super fun and really ... any game that's multiplayer that has a solid party system that is easy to use and most importantly FUN. My final verdict here is an easy choice.

This a Buy Jimmy!

Watch me play and discuss Batman: Arkham Asylum, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Halo 3: ODST. Win Brutal Legend or Modern Warfare 2 on Gouki.com! Uncharted 2: Among Thieves!

Watch me play and discuss Batman: Arkham Asylum, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Halo 3: ODST. Win Brutal Legend or Modern Warfare 2 on Gouki.com! Uncharted 2: Among Thieves!

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jalexbrown

PS3 Outsells 360, Wii

By: jalexbrown Oct 20, 2009 | 2 Comments

The PS3 outsold the Wii and the Xbox 360 in September, says NPD.

Yep, it's official.  Gaming news is dead.  This is my second article in two weeks referencing NPD numbers, proving only one thing: sales do matter these days.  While sales figures don't tend to make for interesting news, we - the gamers - have been deduced to number crunches ourselves, primarily concerned with which system is moving more units.  That's right folks; we're deglorified accounts in masquarade.

Anyways, the NPD numbers for September showed almost a literal flatline in terms of growth.  We're talking an increase of only $10 million in sales from last year, a small growth by any and all accounts.  Deglorified accounting at its best, for sure.

The most staggering fact involving this menial growth lies in the fact that the PS3 has officially outsold the Wii and the Xbox 360 in September; in fact the PS3 sold more units in September 2009 than it has since its launch month.  Most of this growth is to be attributed to the release of the new 120GB Slim model launched at the reasonable $299 price point, priced to compete with Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite, also retailing at $299.  So does this mean that Sony finally hit the sweet spot?  Well it certainly means Sony found a price where it competes with the Xbox 360, its biggest and only competitor amongst the core gaming market (sorry Wii fanboys; it's true).  Does this mean that Sony has officially found a price point where it can even compete with the Wii, which was still priced at $250 during the month of September?  Well, the verdict is still out; we'll have to wait for the October figures, which will factor in the Wii's dramatic $50 price slash, before we can say for sure.  Being a $299 Blu-Ray player/console-in-one certainly does make it a value this generation if there is one to be found.

The Wii, however - even in the month of September at the $250 price point - was only 29,000 units shy of the PS3, rendering it 100% possible that the $50 price reduction will allow Nintendo to make up those 29,000 units in October, assuming Sony doesn't gain even more momentum in the following months leading up to the holiday season.

So there you have it.  We at Gouki are glad to be deglorified accountants, even if it does mean running around masquarading as gaming reporters.

(On a totally personal note, I would like to inform the fine readers of Gouki that I personally obtained my PS3 Slim 120GB model Saturday, October 17th.  I'm enjoying it loads, and I'd suggest anyone interested in the PS3 check it out at this more-than-reasonable $299 price point.)

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jalexbrown

Opinion: Are RPGs Fit for Handheld Systems?

By: jalexbrown Oct 16, 2009 | 1 Comments

My opinion on RPGs on handheld systems.

So I've been playing Star Ocean: First Departure on the PSP.  It's a good game - you can find my first impressions on here somewhere - but as I was playing it, I started thinking about RPGs on handhelds.  Are RPGs really fit to be on handheld systems?  I remember back when I was playing Pokemon on the Gameboy Color,   It was great fun, and a huge part of the reason it was fun was because you could save anywhere, at any time, and pick the game up any time later and continue.  Anyone who's an RPG gamer can probably relate to this frustration: Well, I stopped playing X for a couple of weeks, and now I have to start all over; I can't remember what was happening.  It can be the most frustrating thing in the world, and the frustration increases tenfold on a system that you may only pick up twice a month.

RPGs are story-driven, and they require a high level of commitment in order to beat them.  From my experience with people who play handhelds, they can't or won't give that sort of commitment to a handheld system.  They want their DS or PSP for short spurts of fun while they're waiting for something else.  If I look back to Pokemon, I remember being able to play that for a mere five minutes and turning it off; good times indeed.  Then I look at First Departure, and I see a problem.  I was in a dungeon, and I spent forty minutes in this one dungeon.  The dungeon had exactly two save points throughout, and ironically both were placed near the tail end of the dungeon.  Had I gotten halfway through the dungeon and then that something happened and I had to turn the PSP off, I would have been screwed.  And if I was going to go a couple weeks before I turned my PSP back on, I'd be even more screwed.

This isn't a problem that plauges First Departure exclusively, either.  I went a whopping two weeks without playing Crisis Core, and I suddenly realized it was time to start over.  Needless to say, in my frustration I decided to play something else instead.  I really, really wanted to play Crisis Core, but the idea of starting over was revolting at best.

I hope game designers can take a lesson from all of this.  RPGs can be great on handheld systems so long as they're designed from the ground up as a handheld experience.  Designers need to consider things such as distance between save points and lengths of time spend absent from the game.  Once these two things are considered, maybe we'll end going full circle and getting a great handheld RPG that plays like Pokemon.

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jalexbrown

Best Selling Games of the Decade?

By: jalexbrown Oct 14, 2009 | 4 Comments

NPD releases the best selling games for the whole decade from Jan. 2000 to Aug. 2009.

NPD is the group that tallies game sales, and they've released the best selling games of the decade - from Jan. 2000 to Aug. 2009, anyways.  Wii Play tops the list with 11.1 million US sales since its release, which is due in large part to the fact that it was packaged with a Wiimote.  Number two on the list was Guitar Hero 3; the figures included sales bundled with guitars as well as solo software sales.  Guitar Hero 3 sold 10.3 million units across all platforms.  Rounding the list out at number three is San Andreas, which sold 9.8 million units on the PS2 and Xbox.  It should be noted that the NPD figures didn't include PC games, where I'm most certain World of Warcraft could have been placed in the top three had it been included.  The rest of the list is as follows...

1 / Wii Play with Remote (2006) / Wii / 11.1 million
2 / Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (2007) / PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox 360 / 10.3 million
3 / Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004) / PS2, Xbox/ 9.8 million
4 / Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (2007) / DS, PS3, Xbox 360 / 8.5 million
5 / Wii Fit with Balance Board (2007) / Wii / 7.9 million
6 / Madden NFL 07 (2006) / GC, GBA, PSP, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360
7/ Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002) / PS2, Xbox
8 / Madden NFL 08 (2007) / GC, PSP, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360,
9 / Call of Duty: World at War (2008) / DS, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii
10 / Halo 2 (2004) / Xbox

Is it shocking to find that Wii has the only non-sequel games on the list?  Is it more shocking to find that those two games are a mini-game collection and a game that isn't really a game at all?  I have to say no on both accounts.

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jalexbrown

Black Wiimote and Nunchuk?

By: jalexbrown Oct 14, 2009 | 10 Comments

Nintendo plans to release a black Wiimote and nunchuk in the States.

Well, it might be the most exciting Wii news in a while - and that's saying a whole lot.  Nintendo announced that they'll be releasing a black Wiimote bundled with Motion+ on November 16.  The bundle is going to retail for $50.  The bundle is also going to include a black sleeve instead of the clear sleeves currently packed with Wiimotes.  So that you can color-coordinate, Nintendo is also going to release a black nunchuk to retail for the regular $20 price tag.  Unfortunately Nintendo hasn't announced plans to release a black version of the console itself despite the fact that Japan has already seen a black version of the console.

Here's to hoping that the States will get to see a black version of the console in the near-future!

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goukijones

Wednesday Pwnfest Lineup 10/14/09

By: goukijones Oct 14, 2009 | 2 Comments

Brutal Legend and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves ZOMG!

I didn't think that the two lead off games would ever be Brutal Legend or Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. I would like to say though ... I'm kind of getting into the Brutal Legend. It's totally not a music genre I'm excited about, but I like a little rock and roll. The game is like an album cover of old metal rock bands record covers. The music is authentic. First Impressions coming later. Check out the Brutal Legend giveaway.

I haven't started the Uncharted 2 as of yet, but I'm going in soon Jimmy! Gorilla Warbear wants to get the final Vidmaster Acheivements on the ODST so I'll probably mix some of that in. Here's the lineup for today!  

Playing today ...

Brutal Legend

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Halo 3 ODST

Dragon Quest VIII

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