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We review the Nintendo 3DS!

We got our hands on Nintendo's latest handheld device, the 3DS, this week. We will be bringing you a full barrage of 3DS reviews this week and the following week, but we wanted to lead off with our take on the hardware. Check out Dan's full review on the Nintendo 3DS on our brand spanking new blog, One Game At A Time.

Click Here to Read the 3DS Review!

Check Out Our Top 10 List for September 2010 Games

Interested in trying to figure our how to spend your hard earned cash on video games in September? There's plenty of superheros, futuristic warriors, Rock demigods, legions of the undead, entire civilizations and alternate realities coming at you next month. Check out our Top 10 Picks for the games being released in September 2010 for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii and Windows PC. Click Here to Check out the September 2010 Video Game Lineup

E3 2010 Predictions

With just under a month until E3 kicks off in Los Angeles, we are pondering over what's going to be announced at the show and if motion technology will be taking off any time soon.

We complied our Top 5 predictions of how the show is going to go down here. Check it out here and drop by the forums to add your own two cents!

VGT Visits Harmonix for a Sneak Peek at Abbey Road

We got a chance to swing by Harmonix this week and take a look at the upcoming downloadable content for The Beatles Rock Band as well as the Queen 10-song track pack. You can read about our hands-on coverage of both the Abbey road album and the Queen songs over here: Link.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed Getting New Missions

A year after its release, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is getting an expansion. The Ultimate Sith Edition will be on game shelves this fall, offering two new levels for fans of the Star Wars franchise. One of the new missions will have the apprentice travel to Tatooine and take on Obi-Wan Kenobi after visiting Jabba the Hutt. The other mission has the apprentice take his place as the master, wearing a Vader-esque outfit, and fighting Luke Skywalker on Hoth.

The Tatooine mission is available as part of the Ultimate Sith Edition or as paid download content on the PS3 and the Xbox 360. The Hoth mission is only available on the Ultimate Sith Edition pack, which also includes various player skins as well as all of the previously released downloadable content for the game. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed is the fastest selling Star Wars game of all time, and has sold over six million copies to date.

MTV reveals Rock Band Network

MTV and Harmonix will partner up to bring a substantial new feature to the Rock Band games. The Rock Band Network will allow bands and artists to upload their songs and tracks to the game, with the freedom to even train in-house employees to program their note changes, specifically tailored to their music. The artist will be given two options: they can either allow freelance programmers to implement their songs, or they can hire specialists or train their own employees to do the job for them.

The Rock Band Network is in closed beta at the moment, but is scheduled for open beta in August. It is planned for initial release on Xbox 360, with later release to PS3 and Wii platforms.

IPhone publishers being pressured by the Big Guys.

Several of the bigger publishers in the games industry are poised to release their wares on the iPhone, after witnessing its popularity as a gaming device and the successes of smaller developers and publishers. Some of the companies rumored or confirmed to be ready to release for the iPhone include Electronic Arts, Gameloft and Glu Mobile.

Analysts say that despite the seemingly equalizing user ranking system for iPhone app popularity (and thus downloads and revenue), bigger firms will have advantage due to marketing budgets that can be tapped to promote their games. Smaller firms are seeing their free or 99-cent downloads rise in popularity, but many of them are not profitable – yet. Their funding and angel investors could prove to give them a fighting chance against the bigger names in the gaming industry.

Howard Stringer brushes off PS3 price cut request

Howard Stringer, the CEO of Sony Corp, dismissed concerns that the price of the PlayStation 3 is too high, and denied reports that Sony would sell off parts of its business due to the recession.

He was responding to statements made by CEO of Activision Blizzard Inc. Robert Kotick, who told the Times of London that his company may stop manufacturing games for PS3 if the price remains high.

Stringer said that he would not cut prices on the PS3 because "I (would) lose money on every PlayStation I make," and that he sees some hope that the recession is leveling out, but that it is too early to make any definite calls.

Best Buy Dabbling in Used Games

Texas will be the test area for Best Buy’s foray into used video games. Stores in Dallas and Austin have already begun buying and selling used video games, allowing consumers more variety in choice. They have installed automated kiosks at several points in the stores for users to scan in video games and receive Best Buy gift cards for the value of their game if it checks out to be in working order. Some of these kiosks will also allow games and DVDs to be rented directly.

Best Buy is hoping that this strategy will boost sales not only through the buying and selling of used games, but also through consumer engagement with new titles. They are following the lead of GameStop and RadioShack, two companies which are prominent in the buying and selling of used electronics.

E3 09 Roundup

If you haven't checked out the conference report from E3, got take a look now at our E3 09 Conference Report Card. We also posted our E3 2009 Booth Babe Roundup if you want to check out the return of the booth babes at this year's E3.
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