Retail Radar: Guitar Hero going wireless, Platypus PSP, budget imports

GameStop product pages go up for RedOctane-made axe, side-scrolling Mac port, $10 PS2 and Xbox games.

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Last month, RedOctane and Activision filed a trademark-infringement suit against The Ant Commandos, maker of an unlicensed line of guitar-shaped controllers for the popular PlayStation 2 game Guitar Hero, one of which is wireless. Some gamers expressed concern that if a judge sided with RedOctane and ordered The Ant Commandos to recall its products, they would not have a wireless option when jamming on the living room stage.

That might not be the case, as GameStop has a product listing up for a wireless Guitar Hero controller, this one manufactured not by The Ant Commandos, but by RedOctane itself. The listing has a $49.99 price tag, and indicates that the guitars should ship out November 7, day-and-date with Guitar Hero II.

Over in the PlayStation Portable section, the retailer has started taking preorders for a game called Platypus from MacPlay. Platypus is a 2D side-scrolling shooter for the Mac and PC made with claylike graphics (PSone platformer fans might find the look reminiscent of Skullmonkeys, only cheerier). MacPlay is also down for a PSP version of Luxor, a PC and Mac puzzle game that plays similar to Zuma or Ballistic.

Finally, even with the hoopla about the PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360, there are still reasons to keep an eye on the current-gen release lists. It seems Vivendi Games is going to start supporting the Xbox and PlayStation 2 with an array of inexpensive offerings going forward. As for what constitutes "inexpensive," how does under $10 sound?

Both the Xbox and PS2 are set to receive $9.99 versions of Drive to Survive on Halloween. Chances are that these games would be imported versions of Mashed: Drive to Survive, a sequel to a top-down European car -ombat game from the developers of Micro Machines 2.

Other $9.99 titles GameStop is expecting from Vivendi on Halloween include Victorious Boxers 2: Fighting Spirit for the PlayStation 2 and Ultimate Pro Pinball for the Xbox. The original Victorious Boxers from 2001 was a localized version of Hajime no Ippo, based on a Japanese manga. So it stands to reason that Victorious Boxers 2 would be a port of the 2004 follow-up, Hajime no Ippo 2: Victorious Road. As for Ultimate Pro Pinball, a PS2 game by the same name was announced in Japan, and that title was a compilation of Empire Interactive's Pro Pinball line of PC titles.

Please note, while retailer listings frequently jump the gun on publishers' product announcements, they should not be taken as final confirmation of a game's existence, nor should the absence of a listing be considered as proof that a game isn't coming to a given platform.

Discussion

17 comments
_Sam_
_Sam_

love cheap games

Colin_Epstein
Colin_Epstein

I'm surprised it took so long for Red Octane to come out with a wireless guitar. They have such a history of making high end game peripherals that it would seem a no brainer. But from a marketing standpoint, it makes sense to release them at the same time as the new game and take advantage of the feeding frenzy. I'd love it if the wireless unit with these guitars was actually on a short cord you clip to your belt or the strap, like real wireless units for guitars. But that's probably less durable and more expnsive. All the same, hot stuff!

jokinjosh73
jokinjosh73

GyRo567 "Meh, the wireless controller ruins the point of Guitar Hero, don't you think? You can't rock out with a fake guitar without the cord to trip over when you're doing your stage dance during the solo. It makes it a skillful game in that regard too. " I have a wireless guitar system for my real guitar. So not sure what you mean. I guess if you want to pretend you're a garage band then that would be true, but a guitar hero would most definitely have a wireless system.

GyRo567
GyRo567

Meh, the wireless controller ruins the point of Guitar Hero, don't you think? You can't rock out with a fake guitar without the cord to trip over when you're doing your stage dance during the solo. It makes it a skillful game in that regard too.

e1viento
e1viento

Woohoo.. now i think i've seen everything... pro pinball anyone?? lol Do they have leagues? How do you train to become a professional pinball player? I hope they don't institute drug tests :P

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

This is awesome news! Mashed on the xbox is probably my favorite multiplayer game of this generation, and one of my all time favorites. It is unbelievably fun with 4 players. Dont pass this up if you love a good multiplayer game. Me and my friends would just laugh uncontrollably the whole time we played.

joeamis
joeamis

I googled images of Drive to Survive, it looks pretty good. Victorious Boxers 2 for $9.99 as well, nice. Wish gamespot had some/more images of the games.

slife_basic
slife_basic

When I pre-ordered my GH2 a month ago, the guy asked if I wanted the regular or wireless bundle. I thought EB was gonna bundle the game with the TAC Freedom V, but I guess I was wrong.

Supersonic2000
Supersonic2000

Yes Platypus is portable. I'm so glad I didn't buy the download now I can play it on the go. Sweet!

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

Excellent. Shame on them for being so stingy and generally unfair/hypocritical, but I like the fact that there might be an official wireless controller. Maybe they'll make new models now, too. A Flying-V with a changable faceplate would be nice.

da_real_deal
da_real_deal

..so now whos surprised with red octane/activisions decision to go wireless...i know im not :-]

Superstan
Superstan

$10 games do sound good. but not those ones hahaha

chalo_7777
chalo_7777

Red Octane couldn't stand the money leak caused by people buying the other wireless guitars...anyway...Guitar Hero rocks! :)

slow-pc
slow-pc

Nice to see an official wireless controller coming out .

hemakm3
hemakm3

$10 dollar games sounds good to me