Late Night Consoling

According to rumors on the Internets, the Xbox 2/Xenon/Xbox Next/Xbox 360 will definitely be released "late October, early November." This has spun everyone into a tizzy, but I'm not sure why this is garnering so much attention. The rumored release has been, for over a half a year now, late 2005. I certainly didn't expect anything sooner than late October, early November. As was witnessed this past holiday season, publishers want their product on store shelves no later than the Tuesday before Black Friday. Looking back at system releases, such as the Nintendo DS, Xbox, and GameCube, they each were mid-November. I wouldn't call this surprising news. In the end, it's all still just speculation.
  • Pump It Up on Your Consoles

    [ps2] [xbox]

    Mastiff Games announced that it plans to publish a home console version of Pump It Up: Exceed for the PS2 and Xbox. The game has the same general idea as Dance Dance Revolution, but PIU "reward players for not just where they put their feet, but how the feet got there." 80 songs will be included, most of them from Korean pop artists. Bill Swartz, the "Head Woof" at Mastiff, explained "Other dancing games are about watching the screen and stomping in the right spot, which is great if you didn't get enough whack-a-mole as a kid. Pump It Up gets you dancing like you're in a club."

  • Ballmer Talks Xbox 2 with High Schoolers

    [xbox]

    Microsoft hosted a group of high school students at their Redmond campus and CEO Steve Ballmer wasn't shy talking about their follow up to the Xbox. TeamXbox has plenty of excellent quotes here, but a couple highlights are: "I think we're going to blow by Sony with our next box. I absolutely think we're going to kick their backsides, so to speak," and "Rumors are that we'll see that product sometime soon. I couldn't comment, of course, on those rumors. But it's an amazing, amazing innovation."

  • Plot Details for Silent Hill Movie

    [ps2] [xbox]

    On of the producers for the upcoming movie Silent Hill, based off the popular videogame series, spilled a few details about the plot. It follows a mother and her daughter, who is near death. Together they slip into a portal and end up in a ghost town and the daughter goes missing. Demons roam the land of humans are dwindling in numbers. Cybil, from the games, is sent in after her. GamesAreFun also has details on a new comic book series planned here.

  • Rock Out with 3 Doors Down

    [xbox]

    Microsoft announces another Game with Fame event, this time with music group 3 Doors Down. They'll taking challenges in Halo 2 from 3-5pm PST a week from today, February 21. However, to play them, gamers must enter into this contest.

  • Misc. Q&As/Features

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    At FileShack, you can download a video diary for Rainbow Six: Lockdown.

Misc. Media/Previews

PS2

WorthPlaying previews Musashi: Samurai Legend. GameSpot offers screens of Tekken 5. Game Informer has shots of World Tour Soccer 2006 and Kessen 3. The Magic Box has screens for Wild Arms: 4th Detonator and Devil May Cry 3. IGN has shots of Obscure.

Xbox

GameSpy has images of Metal Slug 4 & 5 Combo and SpikeOut: Battle Street.

GameCube

IGN takes a new look at Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.

Portable

Earlier today, I posted my review of WarioWare Touched! (NDS). Game Informer hosts shots of Dynasty Warriors (PSP). 1UP takes a look at Infected (PSP). IGN tells us about Rayman: Hoodlum's Revenge (NDS).

Multi

GameSpot has media for MVP Baseball 2005 (PS2, Xbox, GCN) and spends time with MLB 2K5 (PS2, Xbox). They also have impressions of Pump It Up: Exceed (PS2, Xbox). TeamXbox goes twelve rounds in this look at Fight Night Round 2 (PS2, Xbox, GCN). GameSpy sticks up some images of L.A. Rush (PS2, Xbox). IGN has a blowout of goodies for The Suffering: Ties That Bind (PS2, Xbox).

Console Game Of The Evening [Submit Yours!]

Worms Armageddon for the Dreamcast. "Yes, the PC version was better, but good lord this was fun and killed many nights with friends. Even if it did put a strain on said friendships: "Go for him, not me! He has more guys! He'll kill you next! Oh, you asshole."" (submitted by BrodieMan).