NewsSpots: Dead Head Fred, Treasure Island Z, Digimon, 'Nam on DS

D3's PSP star gets a voice, Capcom renames Wii puzzle adventure game, Namco Bandai returns to digital monster battling, and Majesco brings the DS "in country."

"Now there's a straight shooter with upper management written all over him."

John C. McGinley voices Dead Head Fred
Veteran actor John C. McGinley has played a soulless corporate drone in Office Space, a heartless surgeon in Scrubs, and a spineless sergeant in Platoon. Now he's going to get a chance to play a headless private detective out for revenge, because D3Publisher of America has enlisted McGinley to provide a voice for the main character of its upcoming PlayStation Portable game, Dead Head Fred. The darkly comic third-person action game is set to ship to North American stores on August 21.

Treasure Island Z renamed
Capcom has settled on a name for its upcoming Wii puzzle adventure game, previously known under the working title Treasure Island Z. Henceforth, the game will be called Zach & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure. In the appropriately titled game, players take control of would-be pirate Zach and his flying monkey sidekick, Wiki, as they search for the treasure of legendary pirate Barbaros.

Digimon multiplying
Namco Bandai Games today announced a trio of new Digimon games for US audiences set for release this fall. First up is Digimon World Data Squad for the PlayStation 2. The role-playing game challenges players to collect and evolve more than 140 different monsters and features a storyline tied to the upcoming cartoon Digimon Data Squad. That show will also serve as the basis for Digimon World Dawn and Digimon World Dusk for the DS. The two games tell the same story from different perspectives and include more than 400 Digimon between them.

Majesco takes DS on Operation: Vietnam
Majesco is taking Nintendo's current handheld on a tour of duty. The company today announced Operation: Vietnam for the DS. Developed by Coyote Console and set for release this fall, Operation: Vietnam is a squad-based action game that Majesco says relies on run-and-gun, arcade-style action. When a helicopter sent to extricate troops from a Vietnamese jungle crashes, players must take command of a squad of soldiers surrounded by Viet Cong and "fend off repeated assaults while liberating oppressed villagers."

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44 comments
lahoor
lahoor

i like this game ^.^

lahoor
lahoor

wow i love this game digimon

Dragonshado
Dragonshado

I loved the first 2 serie's of the Digimon TV show, but then it got old...I think these games are not a good idea and they'll probably be a flop, since they are quite obviously a rip of Pokemon...I might get one of the DS games and see how it goes though =)

MasterBlade7123
MasterBlade7123

Does anyone not c that Digimon is just trying to be pokemon. Dusk and Dawn. Diamond and Pearl. Catch all the digimon. Catch all the pokemon. They steal pokemon stuff because they franchise is circling the drain. I like Digimon but copying pokemon is not the way 2 go. What next Im going 2 catch all the Digimon with my Digiball and add them to my Digidex. COME ON MAN!

ryanthegreat232
ryanthegreat232

Hmmm, 2 version of the same game for the DS... I think i heard this one before.

wolf360rev
wolf360rev

I may try these two digimon games I digimon world and maybe continue from there and get rumble arena 2 and digimon world 2 and beyond.

godoftheds
godoftheds

why are they still makeing digimon games when none of their other things are still active? atleast i'm pretty sure the card game is dead and the tv show is done

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

Dead Head Fred is now the must have game of 2007!

_AbBaNdOn
_AbBaNdOn

#%&*ing awesome!!! Since Digimon World DS has a stuid stat rollback glitch in it this is some really great news. God I hope Data Sqaud plays like digimon 2. That was the best digimon game to date. I hope Dusk/Dawn are as good as Digimon World DS and maybe better. You dont get to see any animations or even your digimon during battles in DW:DS. But 3 of them follow you around as you walk and the upper screens shows digimon back at your farm interacting with stuff its so awesome. Pokemon Pearl/Diamond was pretty boring and a let down so Im really craving a GOOD monster raising game like Digimon can deliver. Not to mention the one for the ps2!!! Wooo Hooo!!

gohantech00
gohantech00

Hmmmm, hopefully Operation: Vietnam turns out good. The gaming world needs at least another great Vietnam game besides Battlefield: Vietnam.

Serbine
Serbine

Bring on the digivolution:)

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

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DoctorFu
DoctorFu

This is reheheheealy good news. I loved him in Office Space and Scrubs is one of the best shows on television. August 21st sounds like a close deadline but I hope they make it!

Pineapple_Head
Pineapple_Head

I've heard the Japanese version of the PS2 Digimon game was pretty good. This Digimon Data Squad show may bring back fans. About the two DS Digimon games, I'd better get a DS soon. Now there's a reason to get it.

liquid789
liquid789

sadly, Im excited about the digimon. Though I would rather them focus on portable systems for now, and not the PS2.

KickinIt_ftw
KickinIt_ftw

@raze-boi: "Vietnam war is caused by our fault! We invaded them! And WE LOST!!! Why do have to make those games?!" Because shooting at people is fun. Next.

raze-boi
raze-boi

Vietnam war is caused by our fault! We invaded them! And WE LOST!!! Why do have to make those games?!

especensor
especensor

lol! i agree with "MSG-Deathscythe"

guardianlegend7
guardianlegend7

I also agree with Generic Dude :-P River City Ransom fans like us are very wise though.

MSG-Deathscythe
MSG-Deathscythe

can't stop laughing at the Treasure Island name change. it's like renaming america to chugi-chug-chug boola-wang gong wei ... or something .... lol!

lahoor
lahoor

cool i love diginob iiiiii love love love digimon this game vary good wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Treasure Island Z was original and stood out. This rename is the biggest piece of Buffalo faeces I have heard in ages. Excuse my language...

punkhead66
punkhead66

was a big fan of digimon when i was a kid plus liked the game on psone but could not care about this game

Pete5506
Pete5506

Digimon was good at its time, but after 1st season, it just got bad

billysea
billysea

The Treasure Island rename is awful. Is Capcom thinking that they can be successful with a name similar to Ratchet & Clank? If so they already failed because R&C is much catchier name than the stupid kiddy name of Zach & Wiki.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Wow they should have mad the Vietnam game for the PSP. The DS isn't made for that kind of game. I'd rather have another casual game like EBA. I also hope that they don't make the Vietnamese look like some monsters in the game who speak Chinese...That would really make me mad.

namcoman67
namcoman67

Dead Head Fred seems like a fun game hope it turns out good and funny. i like dark comedy

evil_tormentor
evil_tormentor

I like digimon (well used to, until season 4), but I think digimon died in the publics eyes years ago. One game is enough.

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

Wow, 3 digimon games. Someone's copying to recent sellout pokemon fad.

bysmitty
bysmitty

What the hell kind of name is "Zach & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure"?!? A name like that will only hurt sales, not help. Don't get me wrong, I'm still looking forward to the game but WTF were they thinking? ...bysmitty

Tungsten88
Tungsten88

[INSERT INAPPROPRIATE COMMENT LIKENING THE FUTURE OF MAJESCO'S VIETNAM SHOOTER TO THE END RESULT OF THE CONFLICT UPON WHICH IT IS BASED HERE] I agree.

arc_salvo
arc_salvo

I don't know if dead head fred will be any good, but I don't have a PSP, so it'll probably be moot to me. Personally, I wonder if a vietnam-based shooter is tasteful enough to succeed.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

[INSERT INAPPROPRIATE COMMENT LIKENING THE FUTURE OF MAJESCO'S VIETNAM SHOOTER TO THE END RESULT OF THE CONFLICT UPON WHICH IT IS BASED HERE] ;)

slayer1090
slayer1090

we need good games, not mediocre games

the-very-best
the-very-best

Not one of these games sounds interesting. Oh well, good to see DS getting support anyway.

oboewan9999
oboewan9999

1st post! None of these news seem very important.