Tag: portable

Spy Mouse iPhone Game Is Fun And Cheesy

Cheesy in a good way! The reason I like this game is because if Tom and Jerry and Metal Gear Solid had a baby video game, it would be Spy Mouse. Spy Mouse is EA’s latest game designed for the iPhone. It’s a fun and addictive action game that puts you in control of a mouse as you try to get the cheese and escape from the room through the mouse hole before the cat catches you for his next meal. Some rooms even have two or more cats that throw ninja stars! Over 72 levels of action in all. What I like the most about this game is one, it runs very smooth and two, the control in the game is great. Many iPhone games suffer from bad control due to the screen size but in Spy Mouse your finger creates and outlines a path that Spy Mouse will shortly after follow. The music is also very Austin Powersish Groovy Baby! Yeah! Spy Mouse is currently 99 cents at the app store.

More @ Apple.




Sony Announces New PlayStation Portable, NGP

Sony PSP 2

Roughly six years ago Sony released the PSP and set the portable gaming world a blaze with the new handheld. The screen was brighter, bigger and had some of the best graphics seen on a portable to date. Today the PSP isn’t anything that’s going to knock your socks off and there were many rumors as of late about the next iteration of the PSP floating around CES this year. Those rumors have proved to become true because Sony has just officially announced the PSP2 at an event in Tokyo. For now however, Sony is calling the portable device by its code name ‘Next Generation Portable’ or NGP for short.

Fans of the PSP have been dreaming of dual analog sticks for years and they finally get them in the NGP. It will also feature a high-resolution, touch-sensitive OLED screen that’s larger than the original PSP screen, tilt-sensitive SIXAXIS controls, dual analog sticks, front and back-facing cameras, and a touch sensitive back panel. This new touchpad back panel will make most of the device interactive unlike anything seen before. Sony claims that the new NGP will be as powerful as the PlayStation 3.

There will be no more UMD with the NGP. Sony in introducing a new game medium that’s a small flash memory based card. The cards will be able to hold full software titles plus add-on game content and game save data. Sony also announced ‘PlayStation Suite’ which will allow the games to be played on other Android based devices such as mobile phones, smart-phones, and tablet PCs.

In addition, Sony is introducing a new service called LiveArea that will let your NGP be able to detect others in the area and let you see what they’re playing, chat, see game rankings, etc. It sounds like something similar to what the Nintendo DS has with PictoChat but hopefully this is on a much larger scale. The NGP is expected to be out later this year in Japan. No timeframe given to the U.S. release date yet.

PSP2 Touchpad back

PlayStation Portable 2 NGP

The Full Specs

  • CPU: ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU: SGX543MP4+
  • External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • Rear touch pad: Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
  • Cameras: Front camera, Rear camera
  • Sound: Built-in stereo speakers, Built-in microphone
  • Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
  • Location: Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi location service support
  • Keys / Switches: PS button, Power button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), Shoulder buttons (Right/Left), Right stick, Left stick, START button, SELECT button, Volume buttons
  • Wireless communications: Mobile network connectivity (3G), IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

The Announced Games

  • Uncharted
  • Killzone
  • WipeOut
  • Resistance
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Hustle Kings
  • Hot Shots Golf

More at PlayStation Blog.




More Nintendo 3DS Details Announced

Earlier this morning, Nintendo held a press conference announcing new details about the Nintendo 3DS, its upcoming portable that can produce 3D effects without the need for any special glasses. Here some of the highlights of the new details.

  • Nintendo 3DS is coming out in the US on March 27 for $249.99.
  • 30+ games will be available in the US during the launch.
  • Systems come pre-loaded with games and applications.
  • Nintendo 3DS will be able to download Virtual Console classic Game Boy™ and Game Boy Color games.
  • Nintendo 3DS will have three cameras.
  • 2GB SD Card will come with the system.

More @ http://www.nintendo3ds.com.




Panasonic’s Jungle Portable Gaming System

Last night on MTV’s Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory show, a new portable video game system called ‘The Jungle’ was introduced. The mission of The Jungle was to create an ecosystem around online gaming. It is being created under Panasonic Cloud Entertainment. It’s been over 15 years since Panasonic’s last attempt at building a video game system which was with the 3DO which didn’t do too well.

Here is what they are saying about the Jungle on the Facebook fanpage:

All we can say for now is that this mean little machine features a kick ass display, touch pad, keyboard, and other gaming controls that we’ll be saying more about soon. Stay very closely tuned unless you’re tone deaf. And then you should keep your eyes open.

No information on a release date yet.

More @ welcometo.thejungle.com.




Nintendo DSi XL coming out next year

Nintendo DSi XL

A couple of days ago Nintendo announced that a new DS, the DSi XL will be hitting the U.S. shores next year. The name comes from the fact that the screens will be 4.2-inches, up from the DSi’s 3.25 inches. This will be the 4th version of the DS since it was introduced in November, 2004. It ships with your choice of dark brown, burgundy and natural white colors. The battery will last for roughly 4 to 5 hours. Before coming to the states, the DSi XL will be hitting Japan on November 21st and priced at ¥20,000 or about $221.




Sony Announces PSP Go! For October

PSP Go

This week is E3 which means the big three (Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony) are all announcing their hardware and software news for the next few months. Sony’s big announcement today was the PSP Go!, the latest version and first total redesign of the PSP hardware. The PSP Go! is not going to replace the PSP right away but that could be something that happens a couple years from now. The most interesting thing about the PSP Go! is that Sony decided to completely ditch any kind of physical media and make the system strictly download only. The PSP Go! is due out October 1, will cost $249 and will have the following features:

  • 16GB built-in flash memory
  • Slide-out controller
  • 3.8″ screen
  • Bluetooth
  • 50 percent smaller than the original PSP
  • 40 percent lighter than the original PSP



Nintendo DSi Ready for Preorder

blue DSi

Nintendo’s latest handheld and third version of the DS, the DSi is ready to be released on April 5. The system will cost $169.99 and will come in either blue or black colors.

The DSi features:
Form
: Nintendo’s slimmest DS yet.
Function: Backwards compatible with all DS games.
Features: new dual cameras and downloadable games.
Fun: all the Nintendo game and character fun you know and love.

Available for preorder from Amazon (limit 3 per household)




Asus EEE PC: The Sub $300 Laptop

Asus EEE PC

The Asus EEE PC from is a laptop that retails for just under $300 and you do get a decent amount of features for the price. This laptop or ‘netbook’ computer is not going to replace your desktop or 15″ laptop but it would be nice to have one for business trips, vacations, or just for limited time everyday mobile computing around your house. I say limited time because there’s only so much your eyes can take while viewing the EEE PC’s 8.9″ screen.

In addition to the smaller screen then what you may be used to, the Eee PC’s compact design makes it super-light at 2.18 lbs. The systems typically come with a Linux operating system loaded with more than 50 useful applications for gaming, entertainment and communication. Some features include: Wi-Fi LAN (802.11b/g), 4GB flash storage and built-in camera and microphone. With the status of the economy, only spending $300 is not a bad idea for someone who needs a portable computer on a budget.

More @ Asus




Nintendo Announces DSi Gaming Device

Nintendo DSi

First of all, before you get too excited, it won’t be hitting the states until “late 2009″ which probably means it will be released about a year from now just in time for the next holiday season. The system doesn’t look or play that much different than the curent DS Lite. The screens will be larger but will remain the same resolution and only one screen will continue to be touch.

The unit is 12% thinner and will include an external three megapixel camera as well as a front-facing camera. In addition the DSi will have an SD slot and internal storage. Nintendo’s also launching an online DSi Shop to purchase games and applications. The unit will launch in both black and white colors.

More @ the official Japanese site.




Sony Announces PSP-3000

PSP-3000

At this years Leipzig Games Convention, Sony has announced a new model PSP; the PSP-3000. This new model however won’t be as significant of an update as last years “slim and light” PSP-2000 model and will look identical. Not sure yet how the unit will be priced but I suspect it will be in the $169-$199 range.

The new features of the PSP-3000 include:

  • improved glare-free screen
  • a PS button instead of a home button
  • smoother edges
  • built-in mic



Qix

Qix Title Screen

Qix Game Boy box

Platform
: Game Boy
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
NA Release date: May 9, 1990
Genre: Action
Media: 2 megabit cartridge

Game Boy Qix

Qix Icon History:

Originally, Qix was released in the arcades in 1981 by Taito. It was ported to a number of systems before it was ported to the Game Boy including Atari 5200, Commodore 64, DOS, Amiga and Apple IIGS. It was developed and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy in 1990.

Qix Icon Gameplay:

In Qix, the player must fence off the playfield piece by piece until 75% of the playfield is fenced off. The player does so by controlling a character that draws lines around the playfield border, and then connects the line back to the border again. Once that is done, the player has won that piece of the board and can travel on it as they try to take more pieces. The playQix Game Boy gameplayer must avoid the Sparx while claiming areas. If the player comes in contact with a Sparx, which travels around the borders, a life is lost. In addition, a Qix travels in the open space inside the border that the player has created. If the player comes in contact with a Qix while trying to complete a block of the playfield off, a life is lost. In the later levels, the game becomes more challenging including multiple Sparx and faster Qix.

Qix Icon Review:

The graphics in the Game Boy version of Qix are very weak but that’s not where the game shines. The game is all about gameplay and lasting appeal. In my opinion, the gameplay is almost as addictive as Tetris. The Game Boy version of Qix features Mario in some cutscenes where he’s in the desert.

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