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Nintendo's handheld Internet-ready; Insomniac shooter update delayed; Overlord demo hits XBL; Lost Planet gets free map; Akella unveils sci-fi shooter; Weblo sells virtual England, Scholastic entering game scene.

DS Lite browser hits retail, original DS browser online-only
When Nintendo announced it would be bringing the Opera-developed Nintendo DS Web browser to North America, it came with the caveat that only the DS Lite version would see retail shelves. True to word, Opera Software has announced today that both versions of the Nintendo DS Browser are available through Nintendo's online store, with the DS Lite version also being available at video game retail locations. The DS-optimized browser affords Nintendo handheld owners Internet access through their preexisting Wi-Fi connections, or through one of Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connect hotspots. A suggested retail price of $29.99 has been set.

Resistance update delayed
Resistance: Fall of Man, the premiere PlayStation 3-exclusive shooter from Insomniac Games, was set to receive a content update on June 7. Included in the update would be several maps, as well as the addition of two new multiplayer modes. However, that update did not come. According to Sony representatives, problems arose during final testing of the game's global server, which allows for international play, and a fix could not be prepared in time for the scheduled release. A new date for the content update has not yet been announced.

Codemasters releases Xbox 360 Overlord demo
Codemasters today announced an Xbox 360 demo for its morally challenged god game Overlord is now available in the Xbox Live Marketplace. Featured in the demo is a romp through the Mellow Hills, where players can command brown, fighter-centric minions to sack and loot the surrounding countryside and then dispatch with a troll. Rated T for Teen, Overlord is slated to release June 26 on the Xbox 360 and PC. A PC demo is also in the works, with Codemaster's Web site currently erroneously reporting one to be now available.

Free Battleground map now available
Along with Dead Rising getting a content update for hitting the 1 million-sold milestone, Capcom announced Lost Planet would see a free multiplayer map headed to Xbox Live Marketplace. Battleground, a bonus map included in the game's collector's edition, is now available for free over Xbox Live. Set in an abandoned town, Battleground features both indoor and outdoor fighting areas. Battleground marks the fifth map to hit XBL, with Radar Field and Island 902 coming from Map Pack #1 and Hive Complex and Trial Point available from Map Pack #2. Both Map Packs go for 400 Microsoft points ($5).

Battle for Fatherland coming from Akella
Partnering with Primal Software, Russian developer and publisher Akella announced it would be developing a new sci-fi third-person action game. Titled 2025: Battle for Fatherland, the game will feature more than 20 missions, as well as an array of customization options and weapons. It will also make use of the same engine powering Heavy Duty, which is slated for release later this year. Akella has most recently put out a PC version for the Pirates of the Caribbean video game adaptation. A release date or rating information has not yet been announced for 2025: Battle for Fatherland.

Weblo crowning digital royalty
With real-world realtors beginning to ply their trade in Second Life, the online real-estate market is turning out to be a lucrative venture. But for those not interested in Linden Labs creations, Weblo has brought to auction real-world locations to the digital world. The company announced today that beginning June 14, interested individuals can now bid to own England. The highest bidder will be crowned on July 12. Past purchases include California being bought for $53,000, New York City for $20,000, and Texas for $24,000.

Kid-friendly media producer bringing two to the DS
The casual market has been garnering a lot of attention lately. Scholastic Media, producer of kid-friendly film and TV programming such as Clifford the Big Red Dog, I Spy, and Goosebumps, today announced they will be entering the video game market. Its first offerings, I Spy Fun House and Animal Genius, will be for the Nintendo DS and should be out later this year. As with its other products, the games will focus on education and learning.

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121 comments
AnFangs_Endes
AnFangs_Endes

XD I wonder if the DS-browser has parental controls...

nevershort
nevershort

Well I guess I'd rather them take the time on RFoM update instead of rushing out a glitched out version........ *sigh* more waiting for something, I know its all coming very soon, but the anticipation of all these future titles is killin' me!!!

Waskallywabbit
Waskallywabbit

To all of those considering the browser for the DS: Be very careful of what you pay for. It is s........l...........o...............................w. I havn't seen a page load at that pace since I quit using dial up. I picked it up the day it launched, and wasn't mad, but wasn't thrilled either. Read my review or blog for more of my take.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

When PSN is free, this is what you get.

TTDog
TTDog

Maybe they've delayed the RFOM update to remove the level which shows Manchester Cathedral after the Church of England complained about its use in a violent video game... Sony's PR department must be the busiest place on earth right now with all the patent infringement lawsuits that keeo hitting the company.

ALDEBARANH
ALDEBARANH

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Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

Wow plenty of good news .... and that's really a big deal !!!

BIGboss600
BIGboss600

i cant wait to play online with those new resistance maps

jesus_knight
jesus_knight

DS browser? hope it works better than the psp brower

R3V3N4N7
R3V3N4N7

Overlord was fun but I think it's going to get repetitive real fast.

cmac2175
cmac2175

I cant wait for overlord played the demo and it was a blast

frogiggy323
frogiggy323

Ah man, I was looking foward to getting back into Resistance! Well this shows they're not rushing the content, which is most likely a good thing.

Raeldor
Raeldor

Great to see some educational titles on the DS. I think the educational entertainment market is seriously un-tapped.

Raeldor
Raeldor

Great to see some educational titles on the DS. I think the educational entertainment market is seriously un-tapped.

Raeldor
Raeldor

Great to see some educational titles on the DS. I think the educational entertainment market is seriously un-tapped.

snakenamedjoe
snakenamedjoe

I'll definately have to try that web browser.

telvisnostic
telvisnostic

DS browsers sounds just reeks of awesomeness. Now if I only had a router. :-)

HyperMetaDragon
HyperMetaDragon

Wow, DS is doing incredibly well. It's just too bad I haven't played any DS games for the past year and a half. >_

JediStorm
JediStorm

finally more people play battleground, which is an awesome map

tbolt_88
tbolt_88

That Overlord demo was fun..i really liked it. As for the Resistance thing..sucks for the people looking foward to it. I dot own a PS3 so i dont care but i hate when an update or something for a game is supposed to come out and then gets delayed.

Aldebaran91
Aldebaran91

sony is going to show something tomarrow.something big. i heard about it on gametrailer.com

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I downloaded the Overlord demo, but haven't played it yet.

snoxxx13
snoxxx13

Best name ever: Ole Jækkup

Riamo_10
Riamo_10

i've Been waiting quite a while for that resistance update!!!

bihboy69
bihboy69

damn, rfom servers delayed till furthur notice coming soon....

HALOISTHEBEST26
HALOISTHEBEST26

this article says new releases with nothing about companys but then all the fanboys come in (ALDEBARANH , sexyup , Killer_o7, tefdesign) and start runnin their mouth about everyone elses system. y dont u fanboys just all stfu, all systems got disadvantages and advantages that the others dont have.

Chainblast
Chainblast

Most of you are comparing an established system to an emerging one. While at the end of the day technicality doesn't really matter so much as what one can do right now with either machine, there are many fans of many Sony franchises that will buy into the PS3 when the titles they look forward to are available. Because honestly, why spend the money now when one could potentially spend less in the future when these games become available? People don't buy food if they're not hungry.

ALDEBARANH
ALDEBARANH

tefdesign the maps are free.it is always free.remember we are not talking about 360.

cowboycawley
cowboycawley

I love how most of you still fail to realize that the 360 has been out a year, and a few months before the ps3 has come out. It would be very unlikely for the ps3 to catch up within the few months it has been released. I am not a fanboy of any kind, but would like to share some info with you. The ps3 launch was stonger than the 360's upon release...look it up. As for those who speak of the wii's strong sales...guess what...it's $250, of course it will have strong sales. Don't get me wrong, I own a ps3, a wii, and play friend's 360s all the time. It's been said multiple times, but people really need to understand that an opinion is an opinion.

dannyabal85
dannyabal85

the ps3 is an awesome system it just sucks that sony is forcing you to cough up an extra 200 dollars for there blu ray player. regular dvds are just fine. it sucks because the ps3 psp connectivity looks really cool and id like to take advantage of it .

kevy619
kevy619

Sony needs to get a Gran Turismo game out, its consistently been their strongest first party title the last two generations. (sales figures)

kevy619
kevy619

"patro999 " thats interesting, so the limited edition will have two bonus discs?

patro999
patro999

Kevy619, Halo3 will be on two-discs however only one will be the game itself, the second contains bonus features and an Xbox Executable which has yet to be announced Hawk

sexyup
sexyup

I know alot of people who don't even know what killzone is stop comparing it to Halo you dummies and the 360 has sold more than Ps3

kevy619
kevy619

"Killer_o7" 4 million sales is actually pretty good for ps3 right now, but im guessing those are shipped figures and all the ebay fiasco has really made it hard to judge accurate sales figures for the ps3. Honestly we will only have a good idea in a couple of months, however recent sales show ps3 selling 80,000 units in the month of april, not very impressive.

jpfondeur
jpfondeur

Only NOW is it available, and you have to PAY for it !?, Damn! I love my PSP.

kevy619
kevy619

"tefdesign Resistance is putting out more maps and new modes, with no mention of a price what so ever. Sony will win the the console war for this very reason. M$ want's ALL of your money..." Only if sony can make the online functionality more robust, and there are many free maps and updates to games on microsofts network, only some cost money.

Killer_o7
Killer_o7

yeah sonys gonna win the console war with only comin to 4 million sales with M$ at 10 and nintendo at 7.... i do like how $ony has free online though :D

tefdesign
tefdesign

Resistance is putting out more maps and new modes, with no mention of a price what so ever. Sony will win the the console war for this very reason. M$ want's ALL of your money...

kevy619
kevy619

"Ardiendo_1" I played the same demo and liked it, i dont think its everyones cup of tea but its deffinately worth a try.

Ardiendo_1
Ardiendo_1

Just finished the Overlord demo and it was kind of boring to be honest. There you are, a supposed 'Overlord' and you can't even destroy/jump over a fallen pillar! Also I hate games where you can knock walls down to become bridges, it makes NO sense.

kevy619
kevy619

killzone would be crushed by halo 3, even if killzone turns out to be awesome. It would be like releasing saints row 2 to compete with Grand Theft Auto 4. The one shooter that looks good on ps3 has to be warhammer, I mean all we have seen from killzone is a cg trailer of a bunch of things blowing up and the original was kind of lame. Halo 3 is going to be on two disks ive heard, thats good news as it means Halo 3 will be atleast 10 gigs of game.