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Gaming Round Up For 04/03/06

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New Super Mario Bros. Delayed
According to the official website of New Super Mario Bros., the North American release date has been pushed back to May 21st. The game was most likely pushed back to accompany the release of the DS Lite handheld, which is a redesigned slimmer version of the Nintendo DS.

Second VGXPO Announced
Lunar Tide Communications officials have announced that the second annual America’s Video Game Expo (VGXPO) event will be taking place at the Valley Force convention center located in Philadelphia from October 27th to October 29th.

The VGXPO is meant to give casual and hardcore gamers a chance to play brand new gaming titles, meet game industry figures, compete in tournaments, and purchase new and retro games. The VGXPO will also feature a conference panel with presentations and discussions. There will also be card gaming, tabletop games, contests, a Halloween costume cosplay, robot wars, and a battle of the video game bands contest.

Ed Fleming, founder of VGXPO comments on the event by stating, “America’s Video Game Expo promises three days packed full of videogame revelry. VGXPO is a destination where gamers can come together to celebrate videogames and the culture that games are helping to define.”

To find out more information, visit their site.

Shockwave.com Redesigned
Atom Entertainment announced today that they have redesigned Shockwave.com, as well as created a new development studio, Game Studios, which will exclusively develop online games for Shockwave.

“Today we’re entering a new era in online gaming by redesigning the site to appeal to the wide demographic base of casual gamers and offering advertisers a breadth of choices to reach our growing audience of 25 million casual game enthusiasts,” said Dave Williams, CMO of Atom Entertainment. “We’ve made the site more appealing for game players, and more flexible for advertisers who are trying to reach this audience in innovative ways.”

The new website will enable sponsorship programs and varied advertising around all types of online games. Atom Entertainment noted that expanded kids and multiplayer sections of the site will allow marketers to target specific audiences much more effectively. Shockwave In-Game Network offers advertisers the opportunity to insert their brands into titles on the Shockwave website.

“We want to be the first stop for any advertiser who wants to reach the online games audience,” said Williams. “We can deliver the audience, the game plays, and the production and technical expertise for any major marketer who is interested in getting into online gaming.”

Oblivion Gets Downloadable Content
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion get its first ever download over Xbox Live Marketplace today. The new download, horse armor, costs 200 Microsoft Points, or roughly $2.50.

Ubisoft and Demonware Sign Mutli-Platform Deal
DemonWare, a networking middleware company, announced that they are working with Ubisoft to deliver multiplayer functionality to titles across multiple platforms.

“Ubisoft has proven in the past few years to be an online development force, offering strong multiplayer features both on PC and console titles,” said Olivier Chappe, Director-Online Technology Group, Ubisoft. “The combination of our creative talents with DemonWare’s innovative technology will benefit the players first and foremost with original multiplayer features on our upcoming games.”

“We have been working closely with Ubisoft to ensure that our suite of multiplayer tools meets their needs but is also flexible enough to adapt to changing genres and more powerful platforms,” said Dylan Collins, CEO of DemonWare. “Ubisoft have always seen that the multiplayer experience is one of the key defining factors in true next-generation gaming, irrespective of platform,” Collins added.

Most Played Xbox Live Games

  1. Halo 2
  2. Oblivion
  3. Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfare
  4. Call of Duty 2
  5. Fight Night Round 3
  6. PGR3
  7. Perfect Dark Zero
  8. Battlefield 2: Modern Combat
  9. Dead or Alive 4
  10. Burnout Revenge

This Week’s Releases
Playstation 2
Commandos Strike Force
Major League Baseball 2K6
MotoGP 4

NBA Ballers: Phenom
Tourist Trophy

[ADBLOCKHERE]PC
Baseball Mogul 2007
Battle of Europe
Commandos Strike Force
Full Spectrum Warrior: Ten Hammers
Great Journey – Mr. Penguin’s Letter
Hearts of Iron II: Doomsday
Nancy Drew: Double Dare 3
Origin of the Species
Shadowgrounds
SWAT 4 Gold Edition
Ultra Sudoku & Ultra Kakuro
World Soccer Winning Eleven 9
World War II Combat: Road to Berlin
Xpand Rally

PlayStation Portable
Bust a Move Deluxe
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts Ultimate Challenge
From Russia With Love

Xbox
Commandos Strike Force
Major League Baseball 2K6

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