NewsSpots: Dead Head Fred, Treasure Island Z, Digimon, 'Nam on DS

D3's PSP star gets a voice, Capcom renames Wii puzzle adventure game, Namco Bandai returns to digital monster battling, and Majesco brings the DS "in country."

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John C. McGinley voices Dead Head Fred
Veteran actor John C. McGinley has played a soulless corporate drone in Office Space, a heartless surgeon in Scrubs, and a spineless sergeant in Platoon. Now he's going to get a chance to play a headless private detective out for revenge, because D3Publisher of America has enlisted McGinley to provide a voice for the main character of its upcoming PlayStation Portable game, Dead Head Fred. The darkly comic third-person action game is set to ship to North American stores on August 21.

Treasure Island Z renamed
Capcom has settled on a name for its upcoming Wii puzzle adventure game, previously known under the working title Treasure Island Z. Henceforth, the game will be called Zach & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure. In the appropriately titled game, players take control of would-be pirate Zach and his flying monkey sidekick, Wiki, as they search for the treasure of legendary pirate Barbaros.

Digimon multiplying
Namco Bandai Games today announced a trio of new Digimon games for US audiences set for release this fall. First up is Digimon World Data Squad for the PlayStation 2. The role-playing game challenges players to collect and evolve more than 140 different monsters and features a storyline tied to the upcoming cartoon Digimon Data Squad. That show will also serve as the basis for Digimon World Dawn and Digimon World Dusk for the DS. The two games tell the same story from different perspectives and include more than 400 Digimon between them.

Majesco takes DS on Operation: Vietnam
Majesco is taking Nintendo's current handheld on a tour of duty. The company today announced Operation: Vietnam for the DS. Developed by Coyote Console and set for release this fall, Operation: Vietnam is a squad-based action game that Majesco says relies on run-and-gun, arcade-style action. When a helicopter sent to extricate troops from a Vietnamese jungle crashes, players must take command of a squad of soldiers surrounded by Viet Cong and "fend off repeated assaults while liberating oppressed villagers."

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i like this game ^.^

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yay Digimon :D

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wow i love this game digimon

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I loved the first 2 serie's of the Digimon TV show, but then it got old...I think these games are not a good idea and they'll probably be a flop, since they are quite obviously a rip of Pokemon...I might get one of the DS games and see how it goes though =)

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Does anyone not c that Digimon is just trying to be pokemon. Dusk and Dawn. Diamond and Pearl. Catch all the digimon. Catch all the pokemon. They steal pokemon stuff because they franchise is circling the drain. I like Digimon but copying pokemon is not the way 2 go. What next Im going 2 catch all the Digimon with my Digiball and add them to my Digidex. COME ON MAN!

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Hmmm, 2 version of the same game for the DS... I think i heard this one before.

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I may try these two digimon games I digimon world and maybe continue from there and get rumble arena 2 and digimon world 2 and beyond.

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why are they still makeing digimon games when none of their other things are still active? atleast i'm pretty sure the card game is dead and the tv show is done

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Dead Head Fred is now the must have game of 2007!

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Digimon still lives?

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#%&*ing awesome!!! Since Digimon World DS has a stuid stat rollback glitch in it this is some really great news. God I hope Data Sqaud plays like digimon 2. That was the best digimon game to date. I hope Dusk/Dawn are as good as Digimon World DS and maybe better. You dont get to see any animations or even your digimon during battles in DW:DS. But 3 of them follow you around as you walk and the upper screens shows digimon back at your farm interacting with stuff its so awesome. Pokemon Pearl/Diamond was pretty boring and a let down so Im really craving a GOOD monster raising game like Digimon can deliver. Not to mention the one for the ps2!!! Wooo Hooo!!

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Hmmmm, hopefully Operation: Vietnam turns out good. The gaming world needs at least another great Vietnam game besides Battlefield: Vietnam.

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Bring on the digivolution:)

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This is reheheheealy good news. I loved him in Office Space and Scrubs is one of the best shows on television. August 21st sounds like a close deadline but I hope they make it!

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I've heard the Japanese version of the PS2 Digimon game was pretty good. This Digimon Data Squad show may bring back fans. About the two DS Digimon games, I'd better get a DS soon. Now there's a reason to get it.

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sadly, Im excited about the digimon. Though I would rather them focus on portable systems for now, and not the PS2.

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@raze-boi: "Vietnam war is caused by our fault! We invaded them! And WE LOST!!! Why do have to make those games?!" Because shooting at people is fun. Next.

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Vietnam war is caused by our fault! We invaded them! And WE LOST!!! Why do have to make those games?!

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lol! i agree with "MSG-Deathscythe"

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NEW DIGIMON GAME, YAY!

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I also agree with Generic Dude :-P River City Ransom fans like us are very wise though.

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*yawns*

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can't stop laughing at the Treasure Island name change. it's like renaming america to chugi-chug-chug boola-wang gong wei ... or something .... lol!

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cool i love diginob iiiiii love love love digimon this game vary good wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow

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Treasure Island Z was original and stood out. This rename is the biggest piece of Buffalo faeces I have heard in ages. Excuse my language...

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Yeah, bad rename capcom.

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The new Treasure Island Z name is terrible.

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was a big fan of digimon when i was a kid plus liked the game on psone but could not care about this game

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Digimon was good at its time, but after 1st season, it just got bad

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The Treasure Island rename is awful. Is Capcom thinking that they can be successful with a name similar to Ratchet & Clank? If so they already failed because R&C is much catchier name than the stupid kiddy name of Zach & Wiki.

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Digimon use to rule. 3rd season kilt it

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Wow they should have mad the Vietnam game for the PSP. The DS isn't made for that kind of game. I'd rather have another casual game like EBA. I also hope that they don't make the Vietnamese look like some monsters in the game who speak Chinese...That would really make me mad.

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Dead Head Fred seems like a fun game hope it turns out good and funny. i like dark comedy

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I like digimon (well used to, until season 4), but I think digimon died in the publics eyes years ago. One game is enough.

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Wow, 3 digimon games. Someone's copying to recent sellout pokemon fad.

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What the hell kind of name is "Zach & Wiki: Quest for Barbaros' Treasure"?!? A name like that will only hurt sales, not help. Don't get me wrong, I'm still looking forward to the game but WTF were they thinking? ...bysmitty

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Barbaros = Barbosa? Hmm...

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[INSERT INAPPROPRIATE COMMENT LIKENING THE FUTURE OF MAJESCO'S VIETNAM SHOOTER TO THE END RESULT OF THE CONFLICT UPON WHICH IT IS BASED HERE] I agree.

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I don't know if dead head fred will be any good, but I don't have a PSP, so it'll probably be moot to me. Personally, I wonder if a vietnam-based shooter is tasteful enough to succeed.

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[INSERT INAPPROPRIATE COMMENT LIKENING THE FUTURE OF MAJESCO'S VIETNAM SHOOTER TO THE END RESULT OF THE CONFLICT UPON WHICH IT IS BASED HERE] ;)

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we need good games, not mediocre games

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Not one of these games sounds interesting. Oh well, good to see DS getting support anyway.

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1st post! None of these news seem very important.