They made a game with less content, they charged it more and now they want extra money instead of giving it free. I don't give my money to Activision.
Nintendo launches up-sized $190 update to popular portable line alongside WarioWare DIY; five-map add-on to Infinity Ward's top-selling shooter assaults 360 for $15.
Last Monday, Nintendo stunned the industry by announcing the 3DS, a "successor" to its 125-million-unit-selling DS series that features 3D gaming capabilities without the need for specially designed glasses. With reports indicating the 3DS may arrive as soon as this year, Nintendo of course still needs to get the DS's fourth hardware iteration out the door.
Available starting today for $189.99, the DSi XL sports 4.2-inch dual screens, up from the DSi's 3.25-inch screens. Nintendo claims that the XL's battery life clocks in at four to five hours on maximum brightness and 13 to 17 hours on the lowest brightness, on par with the DS Lite. The supersized handheld will also come preinstalled with several games and applications, including Photo Clock, Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters, and Brain Age Express: Math. Notably, DSiWare games are not transferable to another handheld, meaning that they would have to be repurchased on the new DSi XL.
Accompanying the release of the DSi XL will be WarioWare DIY, an extension of Nintendo's zany line of chaotic minigame compilations that includes 90 bite-sized games. As its name implies, DIY lets gamers take these experiences one step further by creating their own minigames either by using premade graphics and sound samples or by starting completely from scratch.
WarioWare DIY Showcase for WiiWare doesn't include game-making tools, but players can download minigames crafted in the DS edition. It also includes 70 exclusive minigames for players to work through.
The end-of-the-fiscal-year doldrums dominate the remainder of the week. However, Activision will be livening things up a bit with the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Stimulus Package. Modern Warfare 2's first map pack arrives this week for the Xbox 360 for 1,200 Microsoft points ($15), $5 more than the popular map packs released last year for Call of Duty: World at War. Infinity Ward has included three new maps as well as the Crash and Overgrown maps seen in the original Modern Warfare.
For further details on the week's games, visit GameSpot's New Releases page. The full list of downloadable games on the PlayStation Store, Xbox Live Marketplace, and Wii Shop Channel will be revealed later in the week. Release dates are based on retailer listings and are subject to change.
March 28, 2010
America's Test Kitchen: Let's Get Cooking--DS--Nintendo
March 29, 2010
WarioWare DIY Showcase--WII--Nintendo
March 30, 2010
Cabela's Monster Buck Hunter--WII--Activision
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 - Stimulus Package--X360--Activision
Dance Sensation!--WII--Majesco Games
Dead or Alive Paradise--PSP--Tecmo
Mimana Iyar Chronicles--PSP--Aksys Games
Monster Rancher DS--DS--Tecmo
Mount & Blade: Warband--PC--Paradox Interactive
Prison Break: The Conspiracy--X360, PS3, PC--Deep Silver
Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love--WII, PS2--NIS America
Samurai Shodown Sen--X360--Xseed Games
The Secret Files: Tunguska--WII, DS--Deep Silver
Sushi Go Round--WII, DS--SouthPeak Games
March 31, 2010
Commandos Complete--PC--City Interactive
Mega Man 10--X360--Capcom
T.A.C. Heroes: Big Red One--DS--Storm City Games
Zenonia 2: The Lost Memories--IP--Gamevil
April 1, 2010
No new releases announced.
April 2, 2010
No new releases announced.
Watching things in 3D always gives me a headache, so I won't be buying the 3DS. Or even the DSi XL, for that matter. I'll pass on Stimulus Package as well. I'm using my money to buy an HDTV for my Xbox 360 and PS3. It's a much better investment.
Ah.... I remember when maps used to be free... and mods were free... and every extra content was... FREE why are we paying for extra content now?
I hate you Activision, but I'll buy the dang map pack. One day, one day, this extra 5 bucks you are charging me, will come back to haunt you.
the more money the better activision must feel. And really if your gonna pay $15 for its your the biggest idiot in the world. I NEED MY MAPS OMG!!!! -_- just to noob tube don't cha.
I am going to buy the MW2 map pack to feed Activision more money and too also encourage Activisions CEO to pull more more stunts such as increasing the prices of future products and treating employees like dirt! haha and there is noting you guys can do to stop me! I hope my £10 goes stright into Activisions pocket and not towards paying their employees their royalties! :D
the only thing holding me back from a new DS is that Nintendo hasn't done anything to solve their digital rights issues, if in the future I should get a new and improved DS after buying digital games on the old one I can do nothing to transfer rights over
this ds looks cool, the screen is bigger which is a good thing and it is still portable like a regular ds.
@Cboyuno the only reason i like the camera is because of the new fighting game you can put yourself into....it appeals to the 7 year old kid in me.
@enveyur The camera and all the gimicks really are just added bonuses for me. And the larger size does not matter to me because I only ever play DS at home. You bring up a good point though. This isn't good for everyone, but there is definately a market (people like me)
Sorry to double post. @WiteLite People will always complain about map pack pricing, but to be honest I have stopped purchasing extra maps as it is typically an unnecessary luxury for me.
@cboyuno Good to see a positive comment about it! I've heard alot of "hate" towards this concept of a larger build. Fair enough that the DSi came out fairly recently and now they have released this, but one way or another Nintendo are still selling they just enjoy trying different methods of concepts in hope that people will prefer one over the other. For me I think I enjoy the DS Lite the most as I didn't feel as though I needed internet or camera like the DSi has, and as cool as the XL model is im perfectly fine with what I have (I have tried them all by the way, so im not being biased.) Its unique that Nintendo have a range of DS consoles, its interesting to see and also quite clever considering people do pick one based on what they want.
I got it yesterday and it was an upgrade from the original 2004 DS All I can say is that I was blown away by every aspect except the glossy sheen top which shows fingerprints. It was worth evey penny. GTA Chinatown wars is more vibrant and explosive now than ever! ****
For those still complaining about the price for mw2 maps..... map packs have normally included either 3 or 4 maps for $10. thats $3.34 per map, or $2.50 per map. this pack comes with 5 maps that average out to be $3 per map. So its not the cheapest nor the most expensive we have purchased. if your still upset about the .50 cents compared to Cod 4's pack....Activision isnt the one padding there bottom line...that money is going to microsoft and sony, as they are the ones that set the final price tag anyway.
Another version of the DS. I still have my first generation DS and I'm fine with it. I'm just going to wait for the 3ds
another useless variant of the ds, people should wait for 3d model. Stimulus Package aka Rip-off package. some1 needs to blow up activision hq and the dumb CEO
So a useless new version of DSi and a horribely over-priced map pack. Looks like I'm sticking with Dragon Age:Awakening!
@raith616: yeah there's still the micro version that has to be released so maybe, Nintendo DSiXL micro v3.02 beta proxy 9.
hmm weird and all the consoles are getting "slim" models, how long to the dsi xl slim anybody wanna guess?
Too late Nintendo. I've already spent my money on the PSP 3000 and I love it. Plays my movies, music, has skype, links up to my PS3 so I can remote play off of the system and access content (including the web in 16:9), video out to hook up to a TV, it's big enough for my big hands with a gorgeous screen, and oh yeah, the exclusive games, the minis, and nearly 100 PS1 classics. You should have made this one from the beginning Nintendo.
am i the only one that found the other DS' to be too small? I've been waiting for a bigger DS forever and im glad they finally released one. Thanks nintendo, for remembering that grown ups with big hands like to play too.
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- COD: Modern Warfare 2
- Monster Rancher DS
- Zenonia 2: The Lost Memories
- Dead or Alive Paradise
- Commandos Complete
- WarioWare DIY
- Sakura Wars
- Prison Break
- Mega Man 10
- Mimana Iyar Chronicle
- Secret Files: Tunguska
- Monster Buck Hunter
- Dance Sensation!
- WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase
- Sushi Go Round
- Samurai Shodown Sen
- America's Test Kitchen
- MW 2 Stimulus Package
- T.A.C. Heroes: Big Red One
- TibiaME MMO