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Weekly Wii Update – Summer Games 2, BIT.TRIP.BEAT

With the start of a new week comes word of a new Virtual Console title, as well as a new WiiWare one. Nintendo has added Summer Games II, a Commodore 64 classic, that has players, as the name suggests, take part in summer games around the globe. The other game is BIT.TRIP.BEAT, a retro action game that features four-player multiplayer and a 8-bit soundtrack.

WiiWare

BIT.TRIP BEAT (Aksys Games, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points):
BIT.TRIP BEAT is a rhythm game that brings retro action into the present, letting you use the motion-sensing Wii Remote™ controller to bounce beats. Retro visuals, classic game play, four-player multiplayer and an 8-bit soundtrack will get you in the zone and rock your world. The challenges are mighty, but if you can stay cool as the difficulty increases, you’ll discover the beginnings of the BIT.TRIP saga.

Virtual Console

Summer Games II™ (Commodore 64, 1-8 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points):
A thousand athletes. A hundred countries. Billions watching around the world as you enter the stadium, marching confidently among your nation’s strongest, fastest and boldest young men and women. Your gaze sweeps the crowd as you realize the scope of your achievement. You are about to compete against the world’s best athletes in a 3,000-year-old competition. This is the pinnacle of athletic achievement: the Summer Games. Summer Games II challenges your competitive skills with a series of athletic contests for one to eight players. Experience the excitement and realism of eight different events: cycling, equestrian, fencing, high jump, javelin, kayaking, rowing and triple jump. Practice each event to sharpen your skills, then choose from the 18 countries you can represent in the competition.

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 Announced, Screenshots

EA today announced Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, the latest in the best-selling golf video game franchise. The game offers the US open, a USGA championship, and the USGA’s Rules of Golf for the first time in franchise history, besides the usual – improved graphics, gameplay, etc.

“No player has elevated the game of golf more than Tiger Woods and we celebrate his return with a game that recreates the atmosphere of the PGA TOUR like never before,” said executive producer Mike Taramykin. “Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 continues the long-standing tradition of providing an authentic golf experience that is accessible to skilled and casual gamers alike.”

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Also a first for the series will be real-time weather being reflected on every course. There will also be a television broadcast style presentation, which includes instantaneous updates and a new announce team of ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt and the Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman.

The game will be available on PS2, PSP, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii later this year.

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Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games

Their relations get even frostier than usual, as Mario and Sonic are teaming up once again in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for Wii and DS.

Developed by Sega of Japan under the guidance of Shigeru Miyamoto, the game will feature the legendary cast of playable characters, as well as new faces, as they square off against each other in winter-themed Olympic games. This includes alpine skiing and speed skating, among other events.

Scheduled for release late this year, the game will also feature multiplayer gameplay in both cooperative and competitive terms and will make use of the Wii Balance Board for more realistic gameplay.

North American Virtual FIFA Tournament Announced

FIFA, EA and SCEA – in their search for the best virtual soccer player in North America – have announced two live qualifying events of the FIFA Interactive World Cup 2009 (FIWC) in the region as well as an online competition. This will lead to a final in New York City where one gamer will win the North American championship and move on to the world tournament.

The best virtual player in the world will receive the $20,000 first place prize. There are two live regional tournaments and a national final in the region. The west regional will take place on March 7 in Santa Monica, CA, and the east regional is scheduled for March 21 in Baltimore, MD.

Entrants in each final will compete for a prize package valued at $2,000 and the chance to move to the final. Additionally, the online qualifying tournament will run from February 12 to March 5.

Football Manager 2009 Released, Patched

Football Manager 2009, the latest installment in the long-running football simulation series, has launched today along with a day-one patch that updates the game to v9.1.0 (build 26064).

Patch notes can be found in this forum topic. The patch itself can be downloaded from our very own Rapidshare link using a download manager.

FIFA 09 Commentary Tracks Released for Free

Making the game even more international than usual, EA Sports today announced that all 14 international commentary packs in FIFA 09 will be available for download free on both PlayStation Network and Xbox LIve.

Fans worldwide can download the packs and experience commentary from different commentators all over the world. These packs were previously region-specific. It is not known why EA decided to release them for free.

Language – Commentator’s Names
English Andy Gray Martin Tyler
French Herve Mathoux Franck Sauzée
Italian Giuseppe Bergomi Fabio Caressa
German Tom Bayer Sebastian Hellman
Spanish Paco González Manolo Lama
Mexico Perro Bermúdez Ricardo Pelaez
Dutch Youri Mulder Evert Ten Napel
European Portuguese David Carvalho Hélder Conduto
Hungarian Richard Faragó István B. Hajú
Russian Yuri Rozanov Vasily Solojov
Swedish Glenn Hysén Henrik Strömblad
Czech Bosák Jaromír Petr Svěcený
Polish Włodzimierz Szaranowicz Dariusz Szpakowski
Brazilian Portugese Paulo Vinícius Coelho Nivaldo Prieto

An additional English commentary pack featuring Andy Townsend and Clive Tyldesley is also available for download for $4.99.

EA Announces Fitness Title for Wii

bob_greene_1-finalHopping on the fitness bandwagon, EA today invited gamers to “break a sweat” through a new line of fitness products aimed towards the Wii.

Dubbed EA Sports Active, the game will ship with two “specially-designed leg straps” that hold the Wii Nunchuk and track lower body movement. A resistance band for upper-body exercises will also be included. The game will be compatible with the Wii Balance Board, though it is not required.

In development at EA Vancouver, the game is said to feature “a new level of motivation with on-screen, real-time feedback on your workout” and is specifically being targeted towards women.

The game is due out next spring and will retail for $69.99.

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Shaun White Snowboarding Soundtrack Announced

Ubisoft today announced the soundtrack for Shaun White Snowboarding, a new upcoming game built around the X-Games and Olympic gold medalist Shaun White.

Apparently, his love for classic rock played a role in inspiring the final list of songs for the game. Some of the artists include Kasabian, Audioslave, Heart, Blue Oyster Cult and Bob Dylan.

Below’s the full list:

• “The Press Corpse” – Anti-Flag
• “Gasoline” – Audioslave
• “Berlin” – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
• “Weapon of Choice” – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
• “Don’t Fear the Reaper” – Blue Öyster Cult
• “Hurricane” – Bob Dylan
• “Someday Baby” – Bob Dylan
• “Acceptable in the 80s” – Calvin Harris
• “Clean My Wounds” – Corrosion of Conformity
• “Time to Fly” – Dunk
• “We Come 1” – Faithless
• “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” – Gil Scott-Heron
• “Counting the Days” – Goldfinger
• “Jump into the Fire” – Harry Nilsson
• “Barracuda” – Heart
• “The Fashion (Do or Die)” – illScarlett
• “Anna Molly” – Incubus
• “White Rabbit” – Jefferson Airplane
• “Reason Is Treason” – Kasabian
• “Stuntman” – Kasabian
• “Cult of Personality” – Living Colour
• “Working for the Weekend” – Loverboy
• “Control” – Metro Station
• “Of Moons, Birds & Monsters” – MGMT
• “Time to Pretend” – MGMT
• “Dashboard” – Modest Mouse
• “Stompbox” – Overseer
• “Rock Box” – Run DMC
• “Ill Placed Trust” – Sloan
• “Ring of Fire” – Social Distortion
• “Save Yourself” – Stabbing Westward
• “The Ballroom Blitz” – Sweet
• “Perfect Wave” – The Beautiful Unknown (Formerly Barlow)
• “Keep Loving Me” – The Draytones
• “Waiting for Go” – The Dykeenies
• “Alive & Amplified” – The Mooney Suzuki
• “Great DJ” – The Ting Tings
• “Every Inambition” – The Trews
• “Animal I Have Become” – Three Days Grace
• “Play That Funky Music” – Wild Cherry

The game is due out November 14 for PC, PS2, PSP, PS3, DS, Wii and Xbox 360.