This week's game news is an explosion of handheld cuteness and some high-powered discounts. Not only is the Xbox 360 getting cheaper, there's a Pokemon board game on the way, plus a MapleStory card game that ties into the popular video game. If that's not enough, the award-winningViva Pinata game for Xbox 360 is coming to the Nintendo DS! Check it out below and don't forget the list of all the new games that drop this week for every game system from Nintendo DS to Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, PSP and even for your PC!
Xbox 360 Price Drop!
Microsoft just announced a price drop for their Xbox 360 game system! Everything from the lame-o Xbox 360 Core System (no HD = no saving games!) to the regular Xbox 360 and even the Xbox 360 Elite (stylin' black case plus 120GB HD) is cheaper now. Here's the 411 on how much they cost now.
Xbox 360: $350 US ($400 CDN) - A $50 US ($100 CDN) discount!
Xbox 360 Core System: $280 US ($300 CDN) - A $20 US ($50 CDN) discount!
Xbox 360 Elite: $450 US ($500 CDN) - A $30 US ($100 CDN) discount!
MapleStory iTrading Card Game
The popular MapleStory online RPG is getting powered up with a new MapleStory iTrading Card Game from Wizards of the Coast (the people behind Magic, Neopets and Star Wars Miniatures). The MapleStory iTCG is going to be a dueling card game that comes in 34-card Starter Packs and 9-card Booster Packs, each with a code you can use online to unlock bonus stuff for your MapleStory characters. Here's a picture, click it for a closer look!
Pokemon Trading Figure Game
The world of Pokemon is getting bigger cuz the Pokemon Trading Figure Game is coming! Pokmeon USA has announced the figures are hitting North America on September 19. It brings more than 40 different Pokemon and trainers to life with plastic figures, like the Star Wars Miniatures game. You build a team of six Pokemon and battle another player by moving around a Pokemon Arena, spinning your Pokemon to use their attacks and unleashing card powers with your Pokemon Trainer as you try to reach the other side of the board.
A $15 Starter Set gives you an arena to play on, trainer cards, four figures and one trainer. Boosters add new figures to your collection, $3.50 for one, $7 for two (including a mystery fig) and a Trainer card, or $10 for three figures (including a random mystery figure and one of Chimchar, Piplup or Turtwig from Pokemon Diamond & Pearl) and a Trainer card. Here are some pictures for you to check out. Don't forget to click them to see the bigger version!
Viva Pinata - Party Animals on DS!
The sweet action of the award-winningViva Pinata game for Xbox 360 is taking another step forward with Viva Pinata for DS. It brings all the critters from the Xbox 360 game (plus a few more) to life in the palm of your hand as you manage your Pinata garden. You also get a Sandbox mode where you can play with all the available Pinatas easily, and an Episodes mode, which lets you play along with the characters from the TV show. We'll have more news soon. While you wait, here's a picture of the game in action, click it to see a bigger version!
What Video Games are Dropping This Week?
Aug 14 - Dungeons & Dragons Tactics for PSP.
Aug 14 - Heroes of Mana for DS.
Aug 14 - Luminous Arc for DS.
Aug 14 - Madden NFL 08 for DS, Gamecube, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Xbox, Xbox 360, and Wii.
Aug 14 - Metropolismania 2 for PS2.
Aug 14 - Rune Factory: A Fantasy Harvest Moon for DS.