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EU Nintendo Download - 1950s Lawn Mower Kids, 3DS Ambassador Games

September 5, 2011 9:00 AM |

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Yup, there's only one new game for regular Nintendo owners this week -- 1950s Lawn Mower Kids for 500 Points on DsiWare, one of the most bizarre titles to come out in a while.

But if you're a 3DS ambassador, there's plenty of other games to choose from. You get the following for free:

Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
Ice Climber
Balloon Fight
Donkey Kong Jr.
Wrecking Crew
NES Open Tournament Golf
Mario & Yoshi (the European name for Yoshi)
Metroid
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

NA Nintendo Download - Pac Man, Trenches: Generals, NES Ambassador Games

September 4, 2011 9:00 AM |

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If you're a 3DS owner, you've got a lot of gaming ahead of you. The Ambassador program has begun, allowing you to download the following titles for free:

Super Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
Ice Climber
Balloon Fight
Donkey Kong Jr.
Wrecking Crew
NES Open Tournament Golf
Mario & Yoshi
Metroid
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Not bad at all. If that's not of your liking, you can also grab Pac-Man for Gameboy for $3.99. Those stuck on their original DS can pick up two new titles as well -- House, M.D. -- Episode 2: Blue Meanie for 800 Points, and GO Series: Fishing Resort for 200 Points.

For those on the Wii side of things, you've got a new title as well -- Trenches: Generals, a complete reworking of the iPhone game of the same name, and it looks pretty sweet. You can grab it for 700 Points.

XBLIG Summer Uprising Day 8 - Chester

September 3, 2011 9:00 AM |

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The next title in the XBLIG Summer Uprising is Chester, a somewhat bizarre take on the platforming genre.

The game has you battle though five worlds as over 10 unique, level-upable Chester personalities. One of the more bizarre features is the ability to change the look of the entire game at whim, including 8-Bit, LCD, Sketch, Blueprint, and more.

Give the demo a shot, check out the trailer, or purchase it for 240MSP.

XBLIG Summer Uprising Day 7 - Train Frontier Express

September 2, 2011 10:00 AM |

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As a kid, me and my Dad had a pretty sweet train set. Set out the back, we had a huge variety of trains, even some expensive ones with the ability to make steam come out of the chimney. Tons of fun, particularly for him when I was waking him up at 5AM!

Train Frontier Express brings back those memories, as shown in the trailer. Laying down track, building your own giant set, even riding your train around town. Check it out for just 240MSP!

Best Of Console Digital News - From Counter Strike To Radiant Silvergun

September 2, 2011 4:00 AM |

[GameSetWatch rounds up the week's biggest news for the major console and portable digital delivery services, this time highlighting news about Raskulls and Penny Arcade Episode 3.]

Just one week after GamesCom in Germany, PAX reveals even more downloadable titles coming to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network -- Penny Arcade 3, Counter-Strike, The Haunted: Hell's Reach, and more! Plus a bunch of highlights from some previously awesome XBLA titles, and Blocks That Matter winning this year's Dream Build Play competition.

Halfbrick's Raskulls Post Mortem - All Your Game Needs Are Pirates & Ninjas (XBLA)
Did you know that the original Raskulls didn't involve Skulls at all, but Robots? Or that the game was originally designed to be for a free Korean-based microtransaction title? How about when it had a long life as a Nintendo DS title? More on that in here.

Zeboyd Games To Tackle Penny Arcade Adventures Sequel (XBLA / PSN)
In an unexpected development that nevertheless seems like a great fit, Breath of Death VII developer Zeboyd Games announced that it has picked up the rights to develop the next episode in Penny Arcade's adventure game series On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive Revealed (XBLA / PSN)
Over at the Penny Arcade Expo, Valve has been busy showing off Counter Strike: Global Offensive, the new incarnation of the shooter for PC, XBLA and PSN.

Epic Dungeon Upgrade Cursed Loot Launched for XBLIG (XBLIG)
Eyehook Games has released Cursed Loot, an upgraded version of its Xbox Live Indie Games roguelike Epic Dungeon with a new character class and a variety of new features.

XBLIG Summer Uprising Day 6 - Speedrunner HD

September 1, 2011 9:00 AM |

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We're a bit delayed talking about the Summer Uprising, but don't fret -- each game will get their own time in the sun.

Today's title is Speedrunner HD, a super quick running game where you use your grappling hook, walljump and other acrobatic skills to dismantle bombs in time. The game also includes multiplayer for up to three players, which you can see in action in the trailer.

Grab it today for 240MSP.

EU PlayStation Store Update - The Baconing, Elevator Action Deluxe, 4 Elements HD And More

August 31, 2011 6:00 PM |

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Nice, meaty week for games in Europe this week. First up, aptly, is The Baconing, the third DeathSpank title, for £9.99/€12.99, then comes puzzler 4 Elements HD for £6.29/€7.99. Square Enix's remake of Elevator Action is available for as Elevator Action Deluxe for £7.99/€9.99, and TV Superstars for £14.99/€19.99.

Two new Minis also join the fray -- Left to Die in Zombhai (£2.49/€2.99) and Snowy: The Bear's Adventures (£7.99/€8.99).

XBLA Update - Rock Of Ages, The Baconing, Mortal Kombat Arcade Collection And Loads More

August 31, 2011 2:00 PM |

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Okay, so this is probably the craziest day for Xbox Live Arcade games in a long, long time. 4 brand new titles and two big pieces of DLC, and almost all of them look sweet.

First up, Ace Team (creators of Zeno Clash) have released their awesome looking ball roller Rock of Ages for 800MSP. Hothead are working their chops with their third title in the DeathSpank series -- The Baconing, for 1200MSP. After Street Fighter III coming out last week, we've now also got Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection, a collection of the first three MK titles for 800MSP. Lastly, we have Ugly Americans: Apocalypsegeddon, a dual stick coop shooter based on the TV series for 800MSP.

On the DLC side we have a new Pinball FX 2 table -- based on Ms. Splosion Man for 240MSP. We also have the Storm Season DLC for Fruit Ninja Kinect, which adds new blades and backgrounds to the game for 160MSP, and the Worms 2: Armageddon "Forts Pack", containing new single player levels and speech banks for 320MSP

NA PlayStation Store Update - Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection, The Baconing, Elevator Action Deluxe And So Much More

August 31, 2011 10:00 AM |

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An explosion of content this week, it's all kind of nuts. If you can't find something to play this week, there might be something wrong with you.

This week starts off with Mortal Kombat Arcade Kollection for $9.99, containing Mortal Kombat's 1, 2 and Ultimate 3. If you want some Action RPG in your veins, grab The Baconing, the third title in the DeathSpank series, for $14.99. If you want some weird looking dual stick shooter action, grab Ugly Americans: Apocalypseageddon for $9.99. If you're into a reimagined classic, check out Elevator Action Deluxe for $9.99, or if you want some puzzling challenge, check out 4 Elements HD for $9.99.

That's not all though -- two new games have also been added into the Neo Geo cabinet -- Shock Troopers, World Heroes, each for $8.99. Two new Minis were also added -- Snowy: The Bear'S Adventures ($2.99) and Carnivores: Ice Age ($3.99)

Lastly, one new piece of DLC -- the Joan of Arc character for Deadliest Warrior: Legends for $2.99.

Hothead On The Evolution Of An Independent Gaming IP

August 30, 2011 11:00 AM |

Back at Casual Connect Seattle, Hothead Studios had a quick session regarding The Baconing, the third tale of the illustrious Death Spank. And the game is coming out this week -- how appropriate!

Producer Mike Inglehart discusses the trials and tribulations on publishing their first title themselves, how they dealt with feedback from the original titles, and what to expect from them in the future. Hopefully The Baconing does well this week on XBLA and PSN.