BuzzFocus 2010 Holiday Gift Guide for Gamers of All Ages

2010 was a robust year for games rated “E” for Everyone. We’ve outlined several choice titles for the holidays that can be gifted to and more importantly enjoyed by gamers of all ages. Everyone’s favorite plumber Mario makes a Holiday splash with several titles to mark 25 Years of Super Mario Bros. He’s also coming home with a special 25th Anniversary Edition of the DSi XL.

Other iconic characters to check out this holiday season include Mickey Mouse in Epic Mickey, Sonic the Hedgehog in Sonic Colors and Harry Potter in Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4. For family and friends who love to race, you’ll want to check out Need for Speed Hot Pursuit and Gran Turismo 5. While sporting fans will delight in NBA 2K11 and Fifa Soccer 11.

Two big 2010 gaming innovations will delight casual gamers this holiday: the Apple iPad and the Xbox 360 Kinect.

As a note, we’ve also added Rock Band 3 to the list, despite its “T” for Teen rating. The Teen rating applies primarily to the songs included on the game. This is the first time a musical sim game allows you to use both a real keyboard and a real guitar. With proper supervision of song choice, you can introduce your children to a whole new appreciation of music.

BuzzFocus 2010 Holiday Gift Guide for Gamers of All Ages:

Super Mario Galaxy 2 [Wii]

Super Mario Galaxy 2 is an action platformer for Wii that continues the space-based fun begun by the 2007 runaway hit Super Mario Galaxy. Featuring out-of-this-world platforming across a wide array of unique planets and space environments, players can go it alone as Mario or team up with his old buddy Yoshi as they platform and puzzle-solve to their hearts content. Additional key features include new and returning power-ups, special power-up abilities when teamed with Yoshi and the new drill mechanic that allows Mario burrow into and through planets.

On the Nintendo Wii:
NBA 2k11

NBA 2K11 [PS3, Xbox 360]

NBA 2K11 is the latest installment in the best selling, and highest rated NBA videogame series. NBA 2K11 is the best way to plug into NBA culture. It’s the most fun, authentic NBA videogame experience and is for any sports fan with that competitive fire who wants to play the best NBA simulation on the market. It’s the NBA series that everyone is playing – from the most elite NBA athletes and superstars to the local court gym rats. NBA 2K10 delivered on its promise to TAKE OVER, and NBA 2K11 will build on that momentum by dialing up all of its features – gameplay, AI, presentation, visuals, audio, online and more – to deliver the best basketball videogame experience EVER.

On PS3:

On Xbox 360:
Pokemon HeartGold SoulSilver

Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver [DS]

Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version return players to the scenic Johto region first introduced in the beloved original Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver games nearly a decade ago. The richly detailed adventure of Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver is now enhanced for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems with updated graphics and sound, as well as new touch-screen features and a host of surprises. Pokémon HeartGold Version and Pokémon SoulSilver Version bring dozens of Pokémon characters back into the limelight for a new Pokémon generation – and longtime fans – to catch, train and battle.

The Pokéwalker (included) is a special pedometer that you carry with you that lets you take Pokémon fun wherever you go.

Pokemon HeartGold:

Pokemon SoulSilver:

Rock Band 3 [Xbox 360, PS3]

Rock Band 3 is the next generation of the ultimate social and interactive music gaming platform developed by the category’s leading pioneers, Harmonix Music Systems. Featuring innovative game modes and instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games.

On Xbox 360:

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On Nintendo Wii:
Xbox 360 Kinect

Kinect Sensor [Xbox 360]

Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary newways – no controller required. Easy to use and instantly fun, Kinect gets everyone off the couch moving, laughing and cheering. See a ball? Kickit. Control an HD movie with a wave of the hand. Want to join a friend in the fun? Simply jump in. With Kinect technology evaporates, letting the natural magic in all of us shine.

Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures! for Xbox 360:

Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect:
Epic Mickey

Epic Mickey [Wii]

Disney Epic Mickey is an action-adventure platforming game for Wii™ console that sends Mickey Mouse on an epic journey of creativity and discovery. As Mickey, the player is propelled into Wasteland, an alternate world made up of Disney’s forgotten creative efforts, and is given the power to wield paint and paint thinner to dynamically change the world while determining Mickey’s path to becoming an epic hero.

On Nintendo Wii:

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country Returns [Wii]
Release Date: Nov 21, 2010

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a new take on a beloved Nintendo franchise. The first Donkey Kong Country game developed for play for Wii, this new iteration blends familiar actions, levels and characters with a whole new graphical treatment and feel, as well as new control schemes and play options. Features include: a co-op play option allowing you to team up as Donkey Kong and Diddy, radically different visuals ranging from nearly 3D treatment to others that appear in silhouette, two different controller schemes and more.

On Wii:
Sonic Colors

Sonic Colors [Wii, DS]

The diabolical Dr. Eggman has hatched another plan for world domination! He has built an amazing interstellar amusement park, floating in space around Sonic’s home planet, bursting with incredible rides and attractions. However, all is not as it seems as Dr. Eggman has abducted an alien race called Wisps and is harnessing their colorful energy to fuel a sinister plot. However, before Dr. Eggman completes his evil plans, Sonic discovers his mysterious theme park in space. When he arrives, Sonic finds he is also able to use these alien powers and is ready to help.

On Wii:

On DS:

Kirby’s Epic Yarn [Nintendo Wii]

Kirby’s first console platform game since the Nintendo 64™ days introduces an amazing new look based on animated yarn and a world of cloth and textiles. The creative approach is woven directly into the game play and allows the ever-morphing Kirby™ to take on a variety of new forms. It’s a one-of-a-kind platformer that lets players explore high and low for hidden objects and fun adventure.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS]

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 brings the action, adventure and fun of the first 4 stories in the Harry Potter catalog to the video game screen in the way only the LEGO franchise can. Featuring all your favorite characters and story environments, LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 lets players play as the wizard of their choice, combining them piece by piece as is only possible in the LEGO franchise of games. Play options include single player story mode, free-play and two-player co-op.

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On DS:
dsi xl mario 25 nintendo

Nintendo DSi XL 25th Anniversary Edition

The DSi XL is the second hardware release in Nintendo’s DSi product line and is a high-powered handheld video game system with an two extra large, 4.2-inch diagonal viewing angle screens that are 93% larger than those of the DS Lite. Not only does it possess all the features of the standard DSi, it is backwards compatible to all game cards designed for the DS, DS Lite and DSi, allows for access to downloadable DSiWare games and applications through the Nintendo DSi Shop and comes bundled with three DSiWare titles. Additional features include touch screen control via the included full size, easy to hold stylus, the ability to snap, edit and share photos with friends using the two built-in digital cameras, music playback with Nintendo DSi Sound and Internet browsing with the built-in Nintendo DSi browser. From playing games to just playing around, the DSi XL does it all.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary Super Mario Bros. game franchise, Nintendo is releasing a special, DSi XL gaming system bundle for the 2010-2011 holiday season. The bundle is headlined by a beautiful special edition version of the DSi XL handheld console in Mario’s favorite color, red.

Nintendo DSi XL Red Bundle with Mario Kart:

Nintendo DSi XL (unit only):

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit [Xbox360, PS3, Wii]
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit players will experience the thrill of the chase and the rush of the escape as they play through full careers as both a cop and a racer – solo or connected. The blistering speeds, brutal busts and heart-stopping getaways are all connected via Need for Speed Autolog. This network not only connects friends for epic head-to head pursuits and races, but also enables players to compare performances and stats, thereby setting the stage for the ultimate in friendly competition.

On Xbox 360:

On PS3:

On Wii:
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem [DS]

Mario and Donkey Kong clash in a new action-puzzle game. Mini Marios. Grab your stylus and tap the Mini-Marios to get the toys marching into action, then use the touch screen to build a safe path through over 200 puzzling levels packed with traps set by DK! Place girders across pits, build ramps, and set springs under ledges to get them safely to the goal but you better think fast – the Mini Marios won’t stop marching. Tap into a endless stream of new levels created by other players.

On Nintendo DS:

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies [DS]

Dragon Quest IX: Sentinels of the Starry Skies is an action RPG designed specifically for handheld play on the DSi. The ninth game in the beloved Japanese Dragon Quest series, like its predecessors Sentinels of the Starry Skies features third-person oriented turn-based battles and a deep combo/multiplier system. In addition to this the game possess powerful new features including multiplayer and online functionality, extensive customization options, new play modes and a means to share content with other players.

On Nintendo DS:

Puzzle Quest 2

Puzzle Quest 2 [DS]

Puzzle Quest 2 marks the return of the world’s leading puzzle adventure series and its trademark blend of match 3 gem-based gameplay and fantasy role playing. Rewarding and accessible for all levels of gamer, it is the ultimate delivery system for the mental escape that puzzle gamers seek.

On DS:
ipad

Apple iPad Tablet

The best way to experience casual gaming, the web, email, photos, and video. Hands down. All of the built-in apps on iPad were designed from the ground up to take advantage of the large Multi-Touch screen and advanced capabilities of iPad. And they work in any orientation. So you can do things with these apps that you can’t do on any other device. A large, high-resolution LED-backlit IPS display. An incredibly responsive Multi-Touch screen. And an amazingly powerful Apple-designed chip.

Apple iPad Tablet (32GB, Wi-Fi):

Apple iPad Tablet (64GB, Wifi + 3G):

Super Scribblenauts [Nintendo DS]
Release Date: Oct 12, 2010

Super Scribblenauts, the sequel to the award-winning 2009 hit Scribblenauts, gives players even more chances to harness their creative brainpower with the addition of adjectives, improved controls and 120 brand new levels.

On Nintendo DS:
Gran Turismo 5

Gran Turismo 5 [PS3]

The next installment of the award-winning Gran Turismo simulation racing franchise, Gran Turismo 5, is designed for play exclusively to the PlayStation 3 system. Known for its signature beauty and precision, this highly anticipated racer showcases new jaw-dropping cars, real-life tracks, and diverse racing styles. Gran Turismo 5 promises to deliver exciting advancements to the series, and in the process deliver in the most comprehensive racing experience ever.

On PS3:

Fifa Soccer 11

Fifa Soccer 11 [PS3, Xbox360, Wii]

FIFA Soccer 11 is the 18th game in Electronic Arts’ popular video game soccer series. Continuing with the franchise’s unique blend of realism and innovative features that bring the authenticity to the video game pitch that fans crave, FIFA Soccer 11 is an exciting must-have title for both longtime and existing fans of console sports gaming. Game features include: a roster of over 15,000 real players represented in-game, the Personality+ system which mirrors the abilities of every player imported into the game, all-new passing abilities, finer dribbling controls, extensive customization options and more.

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On Wii:

Video Games: The BuzzFocus Top 5 Hot Picks for the Week of November 2, 2010

The week of the Kinect is here! Halloween over and the start of the Holiday season is just over the horizon. November jumps off with the release of the Xbox 360 Kinect from Microsoft. While, there are a handful of launch titles, we’re earmarking Sonic Free Riders as the number one option to check out for Kinect buyers.

Over at Activision, an old classic makes its way back to Nintendo. James Bond: Goldeneye 007 gets a reboot from its glory days on the N64 with a brand new Wii release. The 90s college dorm splash will be an instant win with fans.

The BuzzFocus Must Play Title of the week goes to God of War: Ghost of Sparta. This is the second installment to the God of War franchise on the PSP. If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll definitely want to own this one. If you’re not, what the frak are you waiting for?

The BuzzFocus Top 5 Hot Picks for the Week of Nov 2, 2010:

God of War: Ghost of Sparta

God of War: Ghost of Sparta [PSP]
Release Date: Nov 2, 2010

God of War: Ghost of Sparta is a single player action-adventure game for PlayStation Portable (PSP). The second game in the series to be developed specifically for play on the PSP, Ghost of Sparta is set after the events of the original PlayStation 2 game, revealing the previously unknown struggles and history of Kratos as he challenges the deities of Olympus, eventually taking the status and title of god for himself. The game features bigger bosses and more enemies than the previous PSP release, as well as new combat and weapons systems.

On PSP:
James Bond: Goldeneye 007

James Bond: Goldeneye 007 [Wii]
Release Date: Nov 2, 2010

The GoldenEye story comes to life once again with an updated single player storyline featuring Daniel Craig as Bond and written by Bruce Feirstein, the screenwriter for the original movie. Surprise enemies covertly or engage in a full on firefight and use Bond’s latest gadget to uncover intel in augmented reality as you relive all the classic GoldenEye movie moments. Infiltrate the dam and destroy the facility; chase Ourumov in the tank through the streets of St. Petersburgh; and investigate the secret jungle base.

On Wii:
YS: The Oath In Felghana

YS: The Oath In Felghana [PSP]
Release Date: Nov 2, 2010

When the adventuresome duo of Adol and Dogi make an unannounced visit to Dogi’s hometown of Redmont in the land of Felghana, it quickly becomes apparent that things have changed dramatically since Dogi departed to travel the world in search of adventure eight years earlier. Hordes of violent monsters roam the outskirts of town, there are unsettling rumors of long- dormant volcanoes suddenly becoming active again, and the newly-appointed lord of the land has been taxing the citizens heavily, while also depriving them of their right to mine for precious ores – a staple of the economy for generations.

On PSP:
Xbox 360 Kinect

Kinect Sensor [Xbox 360]
Release Date: Nov 4, 2010

Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary newways – no controller required. Easy to use and instantly fun, Kinect gets everyone off the couch moving, laughing and cheering. See a ball? Kickit. Control an HD movie with a wave of the hand. Want to join a friend in the fun? Simply jump in. With Kinect technology evaporates, letting the natural magic in all of us shine.

Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures! for Xbox 360:

Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect:
Sonic Free Riders

Sonic Free Riders [Xbox 360]
Release Date: Nov 4, 2010

Sonic is speeding onto Kinect for Xbox 360 in an action-packed experience unlike any other! Become your favorite character as you jump on your board and get ready to compete in exhilarating, adrenaline-fueled races against tough competition. For the fi rst time, use full-motion body control to twist and turn your way through a range of visually stunning courses.

On Xbox 360:

Top 20 Games to Check out in November 2010

November is here! While we don’t have quite the same blockbuster month as October (filled with hot titles like Rock Band 3, Enslaved, Fallout: New Vegas, Vanquish and more), we have still spotted 20 games that are sure to delight gamers from casual to the hardcore.

This November, the Wii takes the spotlight with several exclusive titles to delight casual gamers. Donkey Kong is back in not one, but two games: Donkey Kong Country Returns on the Wii and Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem on the DS. Activision gives the N64 sensation James Bond: Goldeneye 007 a reboot and upgrade on the Wii, while Ubisoft hits hard with Ghost Recon Future Soldier (a rails shooter that lets you shoot from behind cover) and Michael Jackson the Experience. The game featuring music from the King of Pop was a hit at New York Comic Con. Pac-Man Celebrates 30 years with Pac-Man Party and Sonic gets an all-new 3D game in Sonic Colors.

Hardcore gamers will want to check out Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood from Ubisoft. Assassin’s Creed II was a favorite in 2009, so we’re looking for another winner. Gamers still needing a FPS (first-person shooter) fix will be awaiting the final word on Call of Duty: Black Ops. But, let’s not leave handheld owners out of the loop. God of WarGod of War: Ghost of Sparta. For those who savor in blood, gore and button mashing – look no further than Splatterhouse. This game aims to please by the bloody bucket load.

Of course, the biggest story of November goes to Kinect. Hand’s free gaming? Microsoft shifts focus to the casual gamer with its new device. The mechanics easily outshine the Playstation Move, we’ll just have to see if the library can match the hype.

Now onto the Top 20 Gaming List for November 2010:

Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 [Xbox 360, PS3]
Release Date: Nov 2, 2010

Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 features more than 90 playable characters, signature moves and transformations, a variety of both offline and online multiplayer modes, and tons of bonus content. Now, gamers can continue the Z-saga after the events of the Cell Games.

On Xbox 360:

On PS3:
God of War: Ghost of Sparta

God of War: Ghost of Sparta [PSP]
Release Date: Nov 2, 2010

God of War: Ghost of Sparta is a single player action-adventure game for PlayStation Portable (PSP). The second game in the series to be developed specifically for play on the PSP, Ghost of Sparta is set after the events of the original PlayStation 2 game, revealing the previously unknown struggles and history of Kratos as he challenges the deities of Olympus, eventually taking the status and title of god for himself. The game features bigger bosses and more enemies than the previous PSP release, as well as new combat and weapons systems.

On PSP:
James Bond: Goldeneye 007

James Bond: Goldeneye 007 [Wii]
Release Date: Nov 2, 2010

The GoldenEye story comes to life once again with an updated single player storyline featuring Daniel Craig as Bond and written by Bruce Feirstein, the screenwriter for the original movie. Surprise enemies covertly or engage in a full on firefight and use Bond’s latest gadget to uncover intel in augmented reality as you relive all the classic GoldenEye movie moments. Infiltrate the dam and destroy the facility; chase Ourumov in the tank through the streets of St. Petersburgh; and investigate the secret jungle base.

On Wii:
James Bond: Blood Stone

James Bond: Blood Stone [Xbox 360, PS3, DS]
Release Date: Nov 2, 2010

An international conspiracy has placed the UK’s most secretive bio-chemical project into deadly hands, and only Her Majesty’s most lethal agent, James Bond, can unravel the mystery. To navigate through layers of corruption, you, as Bond, will embark on global chase that will have you battling on land, sea, and air through Athens, Istanbul, Monaco, and Bangkok. Nothing is what it seems as each adventure reveals a deeper and more sinister conspiracy. Engage in precise cover-based gunplay and tactical firefights, and speed your way through explosive adrenaline-fueled driving sequences. Become Bond as he engages in intense hand-to-hand combat and uses his environment to finish off enemies. Take the battle online in a 16-person multiplayer mode that requires skill, teamwork and strategy as you compete in matches that will have spies battling mercenaries. In the fight to prevent the world’s most dangerous weapon from falling into the wrong hands, you’ll need to be the ultimate secret agent.

On Xbox 360:

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On Nintendo DS:
Xbox 360 Kinect

Kinect Sensor [Xbox 360]
Release Date: Nov 4, 2010

Kinect brings games and entertainment to life in extraordinary newways – no controller required. Easy to use and instantly fun, Kinect gets everyone off the couch moving, laughing and cheering. See a ball? Kickit. Control an HD movie with a wave of the hand. Want to join a friend in the fun? Simply jump in. With Kinect technology evaporates, letting the natural magic in all of us shine.

Kinect Sensor with Kinect Adventures! for Xbox 360:

Xbox 360 250GB Console with Kinect:
Sonic Free Riders

Sonic Free Riders [Xbox 360]
Release Date: Nov 4, 2010

Sonic is speeding onto Kinect for Xbox 360 in an action-packed experience unlike any other! Become your favorite character as you jump on your board and get ready to compete in exhilarating, adrenaline-fueled races against tough competition. For the fi rst time, use full-motion body control to twist and turn your way through a range of visually stunning courses.

On Xbox 360:

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops [Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, DS]
Release Date: Nov 9, 2010

Call of Duty: Black Ops is a first-person shooter with stealth and tactical play aspect that puts players in the role of a shadow soldier fighting in a variety of historically representative fictional Black Ops missions of the Cold War era. Created with the input of actual Black Ops soldiers from the time, the game mixes traditional Call of Duty tactical shooter gameplay with new gameplay options designed to expand the players’ experience. Additional features include extensive multiplayer options, along with new vehicles and explosive new weapons.

On Xbox 360:

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On Wii:

On DS:
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem

Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Miniland Mayhem [DS]
Release Date: Nov 14, 2010

Mario and Donkey Kong clash in a new action-puzzle game. Mini Marios. Grab your stylus and tap the Mini-Marios to get the toys marching into action, then use the touch screen to build a safe path through over 200 puzzling levels packed with traps set by DK! Place girders across pits, build ramps, and set springs under ledges to get them safely to the goal but you better think fast – the Mini Marios won’t stop marching. Tap into a endless stream of new levels created by other players.

On Nintendo DS:

NBA Jam

NBA Jam [PS3, Xbox 360]
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

EA sports is bringing NBA Jam to a 2010 audience with everything that fans remember about the original (revolutionary visuals, over-the top gameplay and numerous unlocks and cheat codes) PLUS online capability. The winner of 8 “Best Sports Game of E3″ award, including the Game Critics Award, NBA Jam is a high-octane video game that is fun for everyone.

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On Xbox 360:
The Sims 3

The Sims 3 [Wii]
Release Date: Nov 15, 2010

The Sims 3 for Wii is a new take on the wildly popular life simulation from Electronic Arts. Specifically designed for Nintendo’s console, the game contains both a single player option featuring classic The Sims gameplay enabling players to create, customize and guide the lives of their Sims, but also contains a unique multiplayer option in which players compete and wager against each other in various stages of the development of a single Sim. Additional features include: a unique new building system, innovative career-based gameplay and the all-new Karma system.

On Nintendo Wii:
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood [PS3, Xbox 360]
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is an epic action game for PlayStation 3 set across a blend of present and historical time periods, that places the player in the role of the leader of a Renaissance-era guild of assassins out for vengeance against the remnants of the Knights Templar. Set primarily in Rome, this sequel to the critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed II features returning characters from the previous game and includes new features such as the ability to command members of your guild in combat, a new arsenal of weapons and multiplayer game support in which players can assume different assassin characters.

On PS3:

On Xbox 360:
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Ghost Recon Future Soldier [Wii]
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood is an epic action game for PlayStation 3 set across a blend of present and historical time periods, that places the player in the role of the leader of a Renaissance-era guild of assassins out for vengeance against the remnants of the Knights Templar. Set primarily in Rome, this sequel to the critically acclaimed Assassin’s Creed II features returning characters from the previous game and includes new features such as the ability to command members of your guild in combat, a new arsenal of weapons and multiplayer game support in which players can assume different assassin characters.

On Wii:
EA Sports Active 2

EA Sports Active 2 [PS3, Xbox360, Wii]
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

EA Sports Active 2 with Total Body Tracking will feature an innovative wireless control system powered by motion sensors in leg and arm straps that provide complete freedom of motion. Additionally, it will feature a heart rate monitor that provides constant on-screen monitoring, allowing users to capture intensity and optimize performance over time. Users will be able to track and share their workout data online through automatic uploading from their online connected console to their personalized EA Sports Active profile. EA Sports Active 2 with Total Body Tracking will make working out simple, fun and effective wherever you are.

On Wii:

On Xbox 360:

On PS3:
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit

Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit [Xbox360, PS3, Wii]
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

Need for Speed Hot Pursuit players will experience the thrill of the chase and the rush of the escape as they play through full careers as both a cop and a racer – solo or connected. The blistering speeds, brutal busts and heart-stopping getaways are all connected via Need for Speed Autolog. This network not only connects friends for epic head-to head pursuits and races, but also enables players to compare performances and stats, thereby setting the stage for the ultimate in friendly competition.

On Xbox 360:

On PS3:

On Wii:
Pac-Man Party

Pac-Man Party [Wii]
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

This official PAC-MAN 30th Anniversary site is dedicated to telling the story of PAC-MAN through his games, gear, and accomplishments. His journey through the maze of gaming infamy is far from over.

On Wii:
Sonic Colors

Sonic Colors [Wii, DS]
Release Date: Nov 16, 2010

The diabolical Dr. Eggman has hatched another plan for world domination! He has built an amazing interstellar amusement park, floating in space around Sonic’s home planet, bursting with incredible rides and attractions. However, all is not as it seems as Dr. Eggman has abducted an alien race called Wisps and is harnessing their colorful energy to fuel a sinister plot. However, before Dr. Eggman completes his evil plans, Sonic discovers his mysterious theme park in space. When he arrives, Sonic finds he is also able to use these alien powers and is ready to help.

On Wii:

On DS:
Donkey Kong Country Returns

Donkey Kong Country Returns [Wii]
Release Date: Nov 21, 2010

Donkey Kong Country Returns is a new take on a beloved Nintendo franchise. The first Donkey Kong Country game developed for play for Wii, this new iteration blends familiar actions, levels and characters with a whole new graphical treatment and feel, as well as new control schemes and play options. Features include: a co-op play option allowing you to team up as Donkey Kong and Diddy, radically different visuals ranging from nearly 3D treatment to others that appear in silhouette, two different controller schemes and more.

On Wii:
Splatterhouse

Splatterhouse [PS3, Xbox 360]
Release Date: Nov 23, 2010

Metal heads, horror freaks and hardcore action gamers, unite! Rick Taylor and the Terror Mask are back, tearing, cutting and beating their way through inhuman abominations and hordes of the undead in a tale of love, mutilation and near-insanity. A wall of metal tunes underscores blood-soaked battles with massive bosses, brutal weapons, over-the-top gore and real-time regeneration. And while your ears are ringing, a new Splatterkill System lets you get your hands bloody!

On PS3:

On Xbox 360:
Michael Jackson The Experience

Michael Jackson The Experience [Wii]
Release Date: Nov 23, 2010

Michael Jackson The Experience is a dance and party game for Wii in which players at all levels can groove right along with the King of Pop. Designed as a complete Michael Jackson gameplay experience, the game features 26 unforgettable hits, authentic choreography, lyrics to each song and visual representations of “The Gloved One” made famous in live performances and music videos for each song. Additional features include: 4-player support, and multiple modes including co-op and competitive as well as a practice mode.

On Wii:
Naild

Nail’d [PS3, Xbox 360]
Release Date: Nov 30, 2010

Steep slopes, suddenly appearing obstacles and surprising turns in the track demand sharp reflexes, requiring players to give their all. Through its insane bursts of speed, nail’d will catapult you from one adrenalin boost to the next. In a tournament, players will charge through diverse geographical track settings, e.g. between the redwood trees and sheer granite mountain faces of Yosemite National Park. Players in nail’d get to choose between various vehicle classes, including motorbikes and quads. Once they have picked their wheels, it’s time to hit the track and prevail against challenging AI opponents.

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On Xbox 360:

Sonic Free Riders Weapons Trailer (Xbox 360 Kinect)

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Sega’s latest trailer for Sonic Free Riders, a launch title for Xbox 360 Kinect, showcases the various “weapons” and movements to be enjoyed with hands-free body mechanics.

Weapons showcased include:
– Octo-Ink to cover up your opponent’s screen
– Shaking up a soda rocket to blast to first place
– Throwing a target torpedo and much more

Sonic Free Riders will be available at North American retailers on November 4.

Sonic Free Riders On Xbox 360:

Sonic Free Riders: New Xbox 360 Kinect Trailer

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We’re only two short weeks away from the release of the Xbox 360 Kinect. Sonic Free Riders will be debuting on launch. This trailer showcases how players control Sonic the Hedgehog to take the corners, jump, and speed through tracks while doing frantic motions to ensure they’re the winner of every race. Kinect’s unique motion sensor means Sonic Free Riders will see family and friends controlling their favorite Sonic characters and their fully customizable hover boards or bikes by twisting, turning and jumping in an race to be the first to cross the finish line.

Sonic Free Riders hits stores on November 4, exclusively for Xbox 360 Kinect.