Gentlemen, Place Your Bets
EA Sports recently released its bet on the upcoming Super Bowl results, with Madden NFL 07 predicting the underdog Bears' teeth won't be sharp enough in its encounter with the Colts.
Based on an automated simulation, Madden 07 has the Colts taking home the Lombardi this year in an 11-point spread, 38-27. Hitting the Bears hard at the start of the game, the Colts lead 10-0 after the first quarter. While the Bears actually outscored the Colts in the second quarter (13-7 to make a halftime score of 17-13, Colts) and enjoyed a short lead following a first-strike, third-quarter touchdown, the team failed to continue such momentum in the second half as the Colts rallied back with three second-half TDs.
The simulation tagged Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Bears running back Thomas Jones as the game's MVPs.
Pokemon Explodes Yet Again in Japan
Just when people tend to forget that Pokemon exists, new releases of the IP-giant surface just to remind us of why we have "to catch them all."
The Pokemon series, in total since its birth 10 years ago, has sold 155 million games through September 2006 and a recent announcement by Nintendo to hype its newest U.S. releases indicate 5 million units of Pokemon Diamond and Pearl have already been shipped to Japanese retailers. The games launched Sept. 28 in Japan and are scheduled to be unleashed in America on April 22.
The new titles will take place in the exotic Sinnoh region and through successful play in Pokemon Ranger, players will have access to an egg code that will hatch the water-type Pokemon Manaphy in the newest versions. By completing Pokemon Ranger's story mode and capturing the said Pokemon's egg, players can visit the official Manaphy Web page and obtain their code.
Homecourt demo hits home
Xbox 360 owners will be able to test the courts as EA Canada's NBA Street Homecourt hit the Xbox Marketplace.
The demo features the game's "Trick Remixer" and "Flight Control" game play mechanics in a sample battle between the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons at the Venice Beach street court. The full game will be available Feb. 20 for the 360 and March 6 for the Playstation 3.
Win the Final Four, Take Home a New Ride
March Madness starts early thanks to 2K Sports, who recently announced its second annual Pontiac Virtual NCAA Final 4 Tournament.