DOA4, new Zelda playable at G.A.M.E.

Next-gen fighter, highly anticipated Nintendo sequel join list of games at convention melding music and games.


If the previous list of playable games that will be displayed at this weekend's G.A.M.E. (Games and Music Experience) event wasn't enticing enough, the two heavyweight additions announced today should tip the scales. Tecmo's Dead or Alive 4 for the Xbox 360 and Nintendo's...wait for it...The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the GameCube will both be playable to the public beginning today.

DOA4 is the first next-generation fighting game and won't be in stores for a few weeks (its release date is still in flux). The franchise is well known for its flagrantly feminine femme fatales, who deftly beat on each other and look good doing it.

The latest in one of gaming's most popular franchises will also set up shop at G.A.M.E. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, easily one of the most anticipated games of 2006, is making a rare public appearance at the event. This new Zelda adventure, not scheduled for release until April 2006 at the earliest, features an older Link and a darker presentation and storyline.

Other playable titles at G.A.M.E. not yet in stores include Star Wars: Empire at War for the PC, Pursuit Force for the PSP, Animal Crossing: Wild World for the DS, and Yoot Saito's Odama for the GameCube.

G.A.M.E. is open to the public and runs through the weekend at San Francisco's Moscone Center. The event celebrates music and gaming, and will feature top musical acts such as Hieroglyphics and Meat Beat Manifesto performing live, as well as several game kiosks with the best games of 2005, highly anticipated upcoming titles, and some retro classics. Oh, and Flavor Flav will be there.

Fanboys and fangirls of all sects will have something to tout, as G.A.M.E. will showcase the Xbox 360, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, DS, PSP, PC, and Game Boy Advance. Consider yourself old-school? The Sega Genesis, NeoGeo, Atari 2600, and other classic consoles will be dusted off for some pixilated pleasure. For tickets and more information on G.A.M.E., head over to the official Web site.

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