NewsSpots: Naruto, Test Drive, Duck Hunting, MS exec on Home

Namco's anime game is returning to PS2, Atari's driving game gets new rides, wildlife shooter heads for Wii, and Microsoft's Shane Kim takes a swipe at Sony's online service.

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Naruto strikes June 12
Namco Bandai has announced today that Naruto: Ultimate Ninja 2 will be sneaking onto the PlayStation 2 June 12. Ultimate Ninja 2 picks up where the first game in the series left off and will follow Naruto and his cohorts through the anime's storyline. The game also packs in an original story as well as several other gameplay modes, including a two-player duel mode.

Test Drive Unlimited hits fourth gear
Atari has been updating Test Drive Unlimited's garage with new rides to cruise the mean streets of Oahu, Hawaii. This month sees seven new rides added to the cavalcade, including the Dino 246 GT, Ferrari Challenge Stradale, Cadillac Cien, RUF RK Spyder, Lamborghini Murciélago Roadster, TVR T440R, and Saturn Curve. Of those, the Saturn Curve is free for download.

Ultimate Duck Hunt coming to Wii, snickering dog not included
Gamers pining for a Wii update to the original Nintendo Entertainment System light gun game now have some solace on the horizon in Ultimate Duck Hunt, from upstart publisher Detn8 Games. Trading in the NES Zapper for the Wii Remote, players will brandish name-brand weapons, camo gear, and other tools of the trade, accompanied and assisted by a trainable, and presumably less sardonic, Labrador retriever. Encompassing four modes of play, Ultimate Duck Hunt is set to unleash the hounds in July.

Microsoft VP takes shot at Sony Home
As corporate VP of Microsoft Game Studios, Shane Kim isn't in this business to play nice with the competition. In a recent interview with Shacknews, Kim expressed his skepticism of competitor Sony Computer Entertainment's upcoming Home online service. "I doubt [Sony's] ability to implement it and execute it in a really rich and compelling way," he said. Kim goes on to say that Xbox Live is more appealing to gamers because it was built around gaming features, and the social aspects of it have been layered on to that preexisting infrastructure.

Discussion

251 comments
ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

I thought that the Wii "Ultimate Duck Hunt" actually had something to do with the Classic "Duck Hunt" on the NES. This games looks HORRIBLE! Oh well, rednecks rejoice! I like the idea of all Jeff supporters changing their icons to a Jeff pic... Viva la Jeff!

theKSMM
theKSMM

I have to agree a bit with Shane Kim. Sony's Home project has some compelling features, but it is a very ambitious effort that will attempt to leapfrog what everyone else in the field has done to date. And Sony's track record with add-on software isn't stellar (PSP firmware upgrades notwithstanding). On another note, will Ultimate Duck Hunt be the same game without the snickering dog?

thekey
thekey

sir_pickle "Microsoft please!! Once Home for Ps3 comes out Sony's ps3 will be on the top! NO QUESTIONS ASKED!" Pickle please! Once sony's home comes out, the only question that's going to be asked is why did they even try.(sony's going to be in a pickle once Halo 3's )

thekey
thekey

GOOD! I'm glad someone in the industry had the gaul to say something about sony's TRASH online service.

Darckcloud
Darckcloud

Im just really intrested in getting ultimate ninja 2.Thanks to gamefly i can hopefull get it soon ^^

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

That was a pretty harsh punch by MS but it actually may be true seeing Sony's rather unstable record regarding the PS3.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

duck hunt sans laughing dog = not worth getting

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

And what about the Naruto game for the Wii? It was announced almost a year ago and we have seen nothing about it for months other than some concept art released last year. I think a Naruto game on the Wii would rock!

sir_pickle
sir_pickle

Microsoft please!! Once Home for Ps3 comes out Sony's ps3 will be on the top! NO QUESTIONS ASKED!

Albanian_Killa
Albanian_Killa

Microsoft can talk all they want. They must've also built Windows to be appealing to users. Ok. They're just getting desperate because they know that Home will be a breakthrough considering all the features it's going to have. They're just depending on Halo 3 right now.

Pete5506
Pete5506

Duck hunt sounds good to me

finaleve
finaleve

LOWJ000>If someone talks stuff about Nintendo (sony or MS), they just take it. I'm not sure how far back NIntendo has been doing that, but when Sqeenix left Nintendo for Sony, Squeenix tried to pull other companies to support the PS and being negatively on Nintendo. I honestly don't think Duck Hunt will do well. I loved the originaly Duck hunt because of the light gun. Being able to do something that is a little more complex on a simple system was really cool. But the only way I would actually get this game would have to be using a similar way instead of using the wiimote, because there was no aiming at all when I played the duckhunt-esque game on Wiiplay. And to let you guys know, PS3 isn't doing so hot. I mean, they are still making games for the PS2.

LOWJ000
LOWJ000

Sony_FanBoy, I totally agree with you, Sony and MS should stop attacking their competition verbally and focus more on creating the unique, innovative and fun experiences that the gamers want online and off. It seems that only Nintendo has learned to focus their attention on what they want for there console, though they should start bringing games online by now.

BILLNYE6983
BILLNYE6983

jonfigs, "Some of the Sony FB's need to look up the Blueray statistics. While Blueray is beating HdDVD in market share... compared to DVD its a joke. Who is really buying Blueray or HdDVD movies at this point? Come on people you all paid for technology that you dont want, or need." Don't tell people what they want or need, that's not your decision to make, I'm so tired of that lame arguement... your opinion isn't everyone else's any it's lame of you to say make it out like it is. And to people who say live is cheap and that all you have to do is save a little money... well that's really all you have to do for the PS3, if you get live every year that it's out it will end up costing you at least $200 just for a service, that' amounts to at least 4 games... so really the PS3 is no more expensive than the 360 if you get live, not saying that everyone should or has to, I'm just saying it balances out, PSN is totally free so you never have to spend money for a service that you really don't have to pay for... it's not like Xbox couldn't make live free... they just don't... which is why I hate when people say $50 dollars is worth it for the better online... I highly doubt it that MS needs to charge $50 for live... case in point PSN, it has less features but the online play is superb.

Sony_FanBoy
Sony_FanBoy

It seems like Sony isn't "verbally assualting" Microsoft anymore and for good reason, their letting their actions speak for them. Anyway, I think both services are going to compete and strongly. It's Microsoft and Sony, there's no way their going to turn a blind eye to each other. In my opinion Sony and Microsoft need to focus more on their machines and work to make their machines better. Microsoft stop attacking Sony verbally and Sony don't start back up with verbally attacking Microsoft.

dragg0n
dragg0n

Ultimate Duck Hunt, not exactly what I was hoping for (I want the snickering dog), but it's a start.

Kenaue
Kenaue

"What I don't get is why PS3 fanboys use the fact that PSN is free make it seem like a big advantage,, Last I remember, $50 a YEAR isn't all that much, I was makign that at 14, 'n now I'm 18 'n it's not a problem. $50 a year is like a few $$'s out of my paycheck. I really don't see how hard it is to make that much money a year fi you can afford a gaming console in the 1st place. Anyways, @ Kenaue the PS2 didn't really have any real competitors at its time. The Xbox came out too late, and alot of developers were behind the PS2. Now things have changed. Alot of developers are behind the 360 'n the 360/Wii are both good competitors to the PS3. I don't want anyones console to fail, but I do get a lil smile whenever I see something good for my 360. The PS3 might be cool, but it's deff not worth the $600 it is right now. Not right now, not that much, not yet. Take that how you wana, but it's fact." $50 would be a small price to pay if I didn't have other things to actually pay for. I am in HS, and marching band. Every year, we have a $500 declining balance. I can't get a job because band absorbes all of my time. I do agree that Xbox Live is better. It feels more complete. But, I am a Sony guy, always was. When the PS came out, I was all over it. When the PS2 came out, I dropped my N64 in favor of it. And when the time comes, I will sell my 360 in favor of the PS3. I enjoyed most of the launch titles. I even enjoyed Genji and Untold Legends. I use my 360 for Gears, Halo and Oblivion, which are all excellant games. It really depends on what you prefer. The 360 has a really good game selection, and, in a year or so, so will all the other consoles. Until we can truely debate about what is better, we have to wait until all the systems have a fair amout of excellent games. Personally, I really can't wait for Ratchet, Uncharted, FF XIII, LAIR, God of War 3 (whenever the heck it will come out.), and plenty of others. It is also the fact I can play almost all of my PS2/PS1 games on it.

LittleYoshi
LittleYoshi

Twinturbo120 - Your right! PS3 is cool and better, but it is Sony that is holding it back! I hope Ken (father of PS) get someone better than Sony for PS4!

Acyberexile
Acyberexile

Well, PlayStation Home sounds kinda lame. Why bother to build all your online features on a Second Life-esque game? I think it's useless. Well actually, I think the whole "über graphics, screw the gameplay" attitude of Sony is lame. Hell, PlayStation 3 is lame.

Twinturbo120
Twinturbo120

PS3 HATER!!!!!!! i hate u shane kim hes a hater!!!! im gonna be laughin SUPER HARD when in he end SONY WINS

darkdragonmage9
darkdragonmage9

i'd like to point out everybody who is on the ps3s side is placing their bets on what may happen instead of what already has happend i only got my 360 something like 3 months ago only after it had games and ironed out some of the wrinkles the price range of all the consoles need to drop befor most people can even afford them hell even the wii will sell even more once the price drops all you fan boys need to stop looking so far into the future and more into whats going on now right now the wii is kicking butt the 360 is a better chose then the ps3 and the ps3 seems to be overpriced and way overhyped who really cares whats going to happen in 5 years lets keep that flame war for when it happens gees

sworder
sworder

sworder stop talking man do u stay on the computer 24/7 or what??? Here we have another loser, my friends. He's just an ignorant kid with nothing more to do than troll on boards. I bet you don't have the intellect to actually post something useful. Look at the time of my first post and my last one: -Posted May 15, 2007 10:26 am PT -Posted May 15, 2007 11:52 am PT Since you're probably not smart enough to know how to use a calculator, that's 1 hour and 26 minutes online. That's not even close to 24 hours, much less 24/7 seeing how this is my first day posting on this board. Good day.

jonfigs
jonfigs

Some of the Sony FB's need to look up the Blueray statistics. While Blueray is beating HdDVD in market share... compared to DVD its a joke. Who is really buying Blueray or HdDVD movies at this point? Come on people you all paid for technology that you dont want, or need.

keldog
keldog

henry4th, You want to give me a lesson on statistics and you are saying that people who have the funds to buy the most expensive thing are going to get it just because it is more expensive? I think you are confusing your "logic" with the old saying "A fool and his money will soon part". My point was not to point out a "special case" but just to show you that available funds does not dictate what console people buy. I work in IT and therefore know many people in the 18-34 range with disposable income and the willingness to spend it on videogames, yet no one I know owns a PS3. Follow closely and read slowly: Statisticly, 0% of the people of my "survey" align with your assumtion. Of course this is not a scientific study, but again I'm not the one making silly assumptions about the buying habits of others.

dragkill
dragkill

Here's a better question: Why are you people arguing over this? >_> I'm not saying this to insult anyone, but the chances of you guys being in the industry is kinda slim.

fauljosh
fauljosh

@ tristanguy28 Ummm not trying to be mean but have you looked at what Nintendo's doing? They are clearly trying to dominate this industry. They're competing by not directly competing. They're attracting a larger audience by bringing in new consumers. And it's working. The DS is a phenomonon and the Wii looks like it will follow closely.

88_movement
88_movement

sworder stop talking man do u stay on the computer 24/7 or what???

WingedRegent
WingedRegent

On Naruto: Awesome! I wanted to get UN1 awhile ago, but couldn't. I also was going to get Uzumaki Chronicles, but got DBZ: BT2 instead after reading about the cut content. Now, UN2 is coming out with more characters (especially some of the more popular ones). I hope I would be able to get this! On the comments by MS: I agree with KamaKase. Their services, from what I read, are a bit costly when you consider that all Wi-Fi consoles have it free. Not to mention that for any one who bought downloads from XBL and later buy a new console or hard drive, you just wasted your money since you cannot transfer your stuff to the Elite until you jump through a few loops and you cannot re-download everything to the new console or hard drive when you do not have the transfer cable. Really sucks for anyone who loves to download.

xbox360istruth
xbox360istruth

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SocaWarrior
SocaWarrior

I can understand Shane's, but I dont see how xbox live iwould be more appealing than Home. But thats just me, Home might be an awful implementation of the PS online Network. Right now, though, Xbox live seems to be the isht.

KamaKase
KamaKase

MS are so arrogant. :P Especially with the amount they're charging for their services.

sworder
sworder

Just to finish laying the smackdown on PS3 fanboys, look over at the most popular games here on GS's main page. Overall -4 X360 games to 1 PS3 game Available Now -2 X360 games to 0 PS3 games Coming Soon -2 X360 games to 2 PS3 games (both are FF) Highest Rated -2 X360 games to 1 PS3 game

gamespotter001
gamespotter001

@americahellyeah Spoken like a true Fanboy!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

tristanguy28
tristanguy28

I have serious voices inside my soul that keep telling me that there exists a HUGE chance for BIOSHOCK to recieve the "2007 Game Of The Year" Award. Be excited. Be Very Excited.

Demoman286th
Demoman286th

Nice to know that people are using the Internet for intellectual debates like this rather than stupid subjects like bettering all of mankind or ending racism.

sworder
sworder

Maybe because they don't have the money to spend on a processor better than MS's or Sony's... or the fact that they have to pay more than MS if they want ATI to make them a better graphics card... which isn't happening.

tristanguy28
tristanguy28

Just seems a litte awkward to me...that If a gaming company (Nintendo) is in the video game business.....why on earth would that company (any company for that matter) not wish to STRIVE to be the number one video game console provider? That element...I'm a little confused by. It almost seems as though Nintendo is saying to themselves..."We are ok with pleasing our relatively small groupings of people withing the video game market". "We are not at all concerened about being the household choice of consoles". Just seems strange to me. If you're in business, especially with a huge name like Nintendo....seems to me you go full force, all-out, ears-pinned back.....full steam ahead to capture the widest audience. Oh well...I do admire them for their setting their own sights on what they deem to be "successful".....just don't quite understand the "why" behind it.

tristanguy28
tristanguy28

Actually EL Hypno....your post was very enjoyable, and it makes a lot of sense....and I agree with just aboout all that you said.

DoctorFu
DoctorFu

@jigglespot, I love how you call it the entire 360 catalog.. There's no catalog for the PS3 to speak of. Because Xbox got the jump on the next-generation their games have had time to grow and adapt through Xbox Live.. Sure, the PS3 games expand eventually down the road but right now you're stuck with second rate release titles and you're just upset about it. Oh and don't be a fanboy. It doesn't help anyone when you're so blindly following whatever system you own.

tristanguy28
tristanguy28

I agree with the wise words of Swords. Excellent comments sir. And Kcube? You said, "Your wall of text is read mostly by just you". Hmm. Interesting. You just replied to "words that noone else is pretty much reading". Interesting aint it? People are responding (quite entertaining, truly) to much of these "walls of text"....so i do believe your judgement is way off here. All I ask...is to please be as accurate as possible when you comment Kcube, or anyone else. Be accurate.

Kcube
Kcube

Dont you fanboys have some school to be at right now?Your wall of text is read mostly by just you so spare us. Anyways Duck Hunt will be awesome

tristanguy28
tristanguy28

BigRedMan...lol. Gettin Red in the face Big man? Relax rookie. You call it "bashing". I call it "saying it like it is with no candy-coating". Like I said many times before....some of you PS boys get all defensive....thank you for once again confirming that Redboy. :)

tristanguy28
tristanguy28

ElHypno....i'm not missing the point at all. I said, (if you read my words accuraely) that the Nintendo will be successful. Where did I miss the point? Re-read my post if necessary.

bigredman3000
bigredman3000

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tristanguy28
tristanguy28

Americahellyea? Maybe you should get your facts straight, not us pal. Go look at Gamespot's direct gaming comparisons between the two systems in terms of visuals. None of the games they compared were GeOW OR halo 3 (obviously, what a lame comment), they were testing games out for both systems junior. lol. Secondly...do you not find it a little "strange" that PS3 people always bring up the issue of "money" when talking about the online services.......Do you really wish to bring up the issue of "money"??? lol. Wow. Thank you for doing so, for that is one of the primary logical reasons why individuals should shy away from the PS3.....too much money for what one gains cmpared to 360. Aint that somethin'. You use the exact same element of argument to support your system, that totally reinforces the stance of our arguments. Money. Overpriced, WAY overhyped, lack of games so far, graphics infererior, no RUMBLE, complicating and non-enjoying programming experience stated by numerous gaming developers, no slick, top-notch online gaming service yet (Please tell me you will not claim strong words of praise for something that isn't even proven yet-ps3's future onine service)....lack of exclusive titles that sincerely aim to lure in potential buyers.....and for an almost whopping $300 bucks MORE for the PS3. One word describes someone who seriously considers purchasing the PS3 as of right now. Laughable.

Gadeos
Gadeos

americahellyeah, just what we needed, more fan boys. Man, I don't know what's wrong with you. Getting all that emotional about a freaking console. You think MS or Sony gives a thing about it? Are they gonna reward you? I love my 360, games are awsome and, oh yes, GoW looks damn great (better than any PS3 game to date). But who knows, PS3's too young and there's still a long way to go. May be w/ all those gadgets it has becomes the best next-gen console, or may it's gonna be the other alternative with a Blue-ray plus... Anyway, about the NewSpot on Sony's "Home" service, it sounds too complicated, 2life type-o-thing (I hate 2life, too boring).

ElHypno
ElHypno

I think your missin the point tristanguy28. The Wii isnt for the people who want the most hardcore technology. The Wii is for Nintendo buyers, Much as skaters buy the newest and often lame Tony Hawk game every year like clock work. Nintendo gets by on being..... Nintendo. You wanna play Zelda, Mario,Metriod, Pokimon and any other NIntendo licenced brand, you gotta have a nintendo system. Its almost freaky how deeply burned into your subconsious mind. You hear that Mario or Zelda theme and almost instantly your transported back to your first time playing these games. I hear what your saying about NIntendo cutting itself short in the tech department, which will burn them in the third party/ Multi- Platform world. I also think that the Multi-platform game is almost a thing of the past. PS3 has its giant processor and Blu Ray Space, which is slightly more powerful than 360, but 360 is very easy to work with and devolpers love that. Wii of course being the weakest system which will make games like GTA4 very hard to make for the Wii. I think in the long run it will hurt the systems sales, but the ease of use and more light hearted content, aside from the new manhunt, draw in kids and moms. Nintendo doesnt have to be number one to turn profit, they know who thier audence is and most of us who were loyal nintedo addicts in the 80's are still playing and still buying. Once people are like Zelda who and Mario what? Thats when they will come crashing down. As alot of people can see Sony and PSone are this generations NES.