The Beatles: Rock Band Launches Sept. 9th… Special Instruments Included

Mark the date on your calendars. EA has announced that The Beatles: Rock Band will ship in North American on September 9th, 2009. While the game will be compatible with previous Rock Band instruments, a special set of instruments modeled after instruments the Beatles preferred will be available on launch day as well. Right now, the pricing seems to sit at $60 for the stand-alone game, $100 for for the game and guitar, and $250 for a limited edition set. It’ll be interesting to see if EA sticks with the $60 price tag for the Wii version.

It looks like this holiday season (a mere 6 months away) is going to “Rock” yet again. I have to be honest, I cannot wait to see this incarnation of Rock Band and will hopefully be purchasing it on launch day.

Let it be.


Top 20 WiiWare/VC titles This Week

Top 20 WiiWare/VC titles This Week

1 (1) – Super Mario Bros. 3
2 (2) – Super Mario Bros.
3 (3) – Super Mario World
4 (4) – Super Mario Bros. 2
5 (7) – Pac-Man
6 (6) – Punch-Out!!
7 (5) – The Legend of Zelda
8 (8) – Mario Kart 64
9 (9) – Super Mario 64
10 (10) – Donkey Kong
11 (11) – Donkey Kong Country
12 (12) – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
13 (13) – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
14 (15) – Excitebike
15 (14) – Sonic the Hedgehog 2
16 (16) – Galaga
17 (17) – Tecmo Bowl
18 (19) – Sonic the Hedgehog
19 (18) – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
20 (20) – Life Force

1 (1) – Tetris Party
2 (2) – My Aquarium
3 (17) – Onslaught
4 (3) – World of Goo
5 (4) – CueSports – Pool Revolution
6 (5) – Dr. Mario Online Rx
7 (6) – My Pokemon Ranch
8 (9) – Midnight Bowling
9 (8) – Fun! Fun! Minigolf
10 (7) – Brain Challenge
11 (10) – Target Toss Pro: Bags
12 (15) – TV Show King
13 (14) – Defend your Castle
14 (12) – Sandy Beach
15 (16) – Wild West Guns
16 (13) – Snowboard Riot
17 (N/A) – Mega Man 9
18 (18) – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
19 (19) – Tiki Towers
20 (11) – LIT

New Harvest Moon Game Headed to WiiWare

The following details come from the latest edition of Famitsu magazine. Another day, another great WiiWare title. Here’s the scoop:

– Japanese title is Bokujou Monogatari Series: Makiba no Omise (Harvest Moon Series: Ranch Store in English)
– Different from previous Harvest Moon titles
– Focuses on shop management
– Choose from a boy or girl, then create your own shop and try to make it successful
– Variety of shops to choose from
– Can take pictures of your shop and send them to friends on the Wii Message Board
– Examples of shops: Juice shop (turn fruits/vegetables into juice), ice cream parlor (turn fresh milk into soft cream), Easter egg shop (use eggs from chickens, stickers and paint that has been unlocked to make Easter eggs)
– Juice/ice cream made with mini-game play
– Characters from previous Harvest Moon games will appear at your shop – take their orders correctly to build a relationship
– Releasing April 28 in Japan for 1,500 Wii Points

Punch Out Wii Details…Classic Control Supported

* Little Mac is back! Everyone’s favorite underdog from the 1980s joins the best of the original Punch-Out!! cast in a modern re-imagination of the series. Players will find familiar names like Glass Joe, King Hippo and trainer Doc Louis. These boxers come to life again in cel-shaded 3-D, complete with hilarious fighting animations and back stories that capture all the fun and flair of the original Punch-Out!! games.

* The motion-sensitive controls of the Wii console mean that when players throw punches, Little Mac throws punches as well. Additionally, you can control hooks and jabs by combining motion control with control-stick movement. The motion-sensing Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers turn real-life swings into on-screen punches, so anyone can play. The game can also

be played with classic NES-style controls by turning the Wii Remote sideways.

Characters: Little Mac, Glass Joe, King Hippo, Doc Louis, Von Kaiser and other unannounced favorites.

Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Players can obtain special “Star Punches,” which allow Little Mac to take more Health from his rival in a single punch.

Control options:

* Motion Control (Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers)
Punch-Out!! uses the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to simulate throwing punches. Use the Nunchuk to throw a left punch and the Wii Remote to throw a right punch.

* Classic Control (Wii Remote NES™ style)
Fans of the NES version and core gamers will be excited to see Nintendo has also included the option to play Punch-Out!! using the classic layout from the original NES controller. Use the 1 and 2 buttons along with the cross pad to throw hooks and jabs or to dodge.