Harvest Moon: A New Beginning Goes Digital

Harvest Moon: A New Beginning

Harvest Moon: A New Beginning

Natsume announced that Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is now available for download on the Nintendo eShop for $39.99.  This is Natsume’s first title to be released on the eShop.  Hiro Maekawa,President and CEO at Natsume stated “We hope to bring several classic Natsume titles to our Nintendo fans soon as well, including Harvest Moon GBC and River King GBC, so Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is truly just the beginning!”

Those who wish to purchase a physical copy of Harvest Moon: A New Beginning can still order the game at the Natsume Store.  A free plush yak is included with the purchase.

Echo Village has fallen into ruin and it’s up to you to revitalize the Village and help return the people to the town.  Harvest Moon: A New Beginning is the first Harvest Moon game that allows you to fully customize your character and almost every aspect in the game.  Gamers will be able to change their appearance, clothes, even the location of every building in the village.

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New Video Game Releases for November 18 – 24, 2012

The Thanksgiving/Black Friday week begins with the launch of Nintendo’s Wii U on November 18th.  Not only do we get the console itself, but a good 20 games to kick things off at launch.

New Super Mario Bros. U marks the first time a Mario title has been released for a new system since the days of the Nintendo 64.  Other big titles for being released this week include Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, ZombiU, and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Xbox Live with Microsoft

Microsoft is celebrating 10 years of Xbox Live by offering gamers a chance to win a custom Xbox 360. Wreckateer is also being offered for free on November 15 & 16, 2012. Several Xbox Live Arcade Games will be discounted for half off their original price as well. The discounted games are Castle Crashers, Battlefield 1943, Fruit Ninja Kinect, Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved, Bastion, Peggle, and Full House Poker. Major Nelson is also giving away one year subscriptions to Xbox Live all day November 15.

For more information on Microsoft’s 10th Anniversary please visit the official page or visit Major Nelson’s blog.

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Xbox Live Deal of the Week for November 13 – 19, 2012

The Xbox Live Gold Deal of the Week for November 13 -19, 2012 focuses on Classic Xbox Live Arcade Games.  Among the games on sale is the fantastic puzzle game Super Puzzle Fighter HD.

There will also be an Xbox LIVE 10 Year Anniversary Sale this week which will take place between November 15 -22, 2012.

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Video Game Release for November 11 – 17, 2012

Call of Duty Black Ops IIThis week could easily be redubbed as “Getting Ready for Wii U” week.  Aside from Call of Duty: Black Ops II, almost every game in release is for the Wii U platform (which makes it way onto store shelves November 18th).

Non-Wii U titles of note are Paper Mario: Sticker Star, Madden NFL 13, LEGO Lord of the Rings and Midway Arcade Origins.

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Video Game Releases for October 28 – November 3, 2012

Assassin's Creed IIINo tricks: the last week of October can be considered a treat for gamers as a lot of good releases are on tap.  Among the most anticipated of these is Assassin’s Creed III.  Nintendo starts the week off right with the next installment in the Professor Layton series, Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask for the 3DS.  Other games of note this week include WWE 13, Need for Speed: Most Wanted, and LEGO Lord of the Rings.  Fans of 80’s cartoons might also be interested in the release of ThunderCats for the DS or Transformers Prime: The Game for Nintendo’s systems.

October 28

Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask  (Nintendo 3DS)

October 30

Assassin’s Creed III (PS3, Xbox 360)
Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation (PS Vita)
Bratz: Fashion Boutique (3DS, DS)
Hello Kitty Picnic (3DS)
Lalaloopsy Carnival of Friends (3DS, DS)
LEGO Lord of the Rings (3DS, DS, PS Vita)
Marvel Avengers: Battle For Earth (Xbox 360)
Moshi Monsters Moshlings Theme Park (DS)
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (PC, PS3, Xbox 360)
Nike+ Kinect Training (Xbox 360)
Ragnarok Odyssey (PS Vita)
Sports Champions 2  (PS3)
ThunderCats (DS)
Toy Story Mania (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
Transformers Prime: The Game (3DS, DS, Wii)
The Trash Pack (3DS, DS)
Winx Club: Magical Fairy Party (DS)
Wreck-It Ralph (3DS, DS, Wii)
WWE 13 (PS3, Wii, Xbox 360)
Zone of the Enders HD (PS3, Xbox 360)

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Zombie Driver HD Review: Night of the Living Roadkill

The concept behind Zombie Driver HD is a simple one, as is its execution.  Drive, run over zombies, rescue people, move said people from one location to another, run down more zombies.  Pretty simple.

As you might expect, you essay the role of the driver in Zombie Driver HD.  The game begins with your commandeering of a taxi cab, but you’ll go through a number of vehicles as you progress through the course of the proceedings.  All told, you get 31 missions, most of whose parameters were noted above: a given mission will either require you to rescue people, defend them, destroy a giant or mutated zombie “boss”, move people from location to location or pick up objects and return with them to home base.  Each mission comes with a voluntary “side mission” which you can completely ignore if so inclined.  That said, it’s not a bad idea to complete these, as a successful side mission allows you to unlock extra cars or money, which can be used to upgrade your vehicles and weapons.  One big downside is that only one weapon can be used at a time; there is no option to store up weapons for later use.  However, weapon powerups are found scattered throughout the level and can easily be switched up.  If you do run out of ammo on a particular weapon, rest assured it won’t be too hard to find another weapon or some health.

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