The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Street Fighter IV is Super, PSPgo Launches, Firmware Galore, and More!

The Week in Review & Rumor Round-up: Street Fighter IV is Super, PSPgo Launches, Firmware Galore, and More!


The Week in Review news piece summarizes and highlights the most important gaming related news and rumors over the past week. This weekly article will keep you plugged in and in-tune.

After a rather dull TGS, news of great import is still tough to come by. Maybe it’s the calm before the storm. Certainly a lot of great releases are coming up. In that vein, Capcom announced that Super Street Fighter IV is scheduled for release in Spring 2010 for Xbox 360 and PS3. SSF IV will include new characters, enhanced online play, and additional Ultra Combos. T. Hawk and a new character Juri have already been confirmed.

Namco Bandai Games and Ninja Theory (developers of Heavenly Sword) announced that they are cooperating to bring Enslaved to both the PS3 and Xbox 360 sometime in 2010. Enslaved is a tactical action-adventure game that “centers on the complex relationship between the two main characters and challenges players to employ a mix of combat, strategy, and environment traversal.” To our great elation, Andy Serkis (Gollum in The Lord of the Rings and King Bohan in Heavenly Sword) is a major contributor to the character and script development, casting and directing for the title. Likewise, Alex Garland, who penned the movie screenplay for 28 Days Later, joins the development team.

OnLive, the upcoming cloud-based, streaming game service, was back in the news this week. According to a Reuters report, the company has finished its Series C funding round. OnLive is seeking more funds to be able to install more servers and infrastructure before its Winter 2009 launch date. Currently, OnLive has three data centers up and running just to house the overwhelming beta demand, and now they’re looking to set up an additional two centers to bring the total up to five before the device hits the market.

The PSPgo became available this week. The new handheld costs $249.99 and is available in “Piano Black” and “Ceramic White”. The system has a brighter LCD screen and no UMD drive, so all your game purchases will be made digitally.

Along with the launch, a massive catalogue of PSP games and movies became available for download. Also, Firmware 6.10 launched. The new software includes enhancements to Media Go and the SensMe channel, which organizes your music into 12 different categories such as “Relax” and “Newly Added”. Additionally, the upgrade is particularly important for PSPgo purchasers. Firmware 6.10 will ensure full compatibility with MediaGo and with all PSP titles, as well as provide for Bluetooth tethering between PSPgo and various hands-free devices.

Nintendo also released a software update for the Wii. Unfortunately, since the launch of Wii System Menu 4.2, the firmware update that provided no new features but rid Wiis of modded programs, the Nintendo forums have been inundated with complaints. Apparently, many non-modded systems have been experiencing problems from reduced performance to outright malfunction. In response, Nintendo of America has released a statement letting owners of non-modded Wiis know that they will be taken care of free of charge.

Finally, EA’s Spore video game franchise will be getting the silver-screen treatment. According to a Variety report, “Twentieth Century Fox has paired up with Electronic Arts to turn the publisher’s popular “Spore” game into an animated creature feature, with “Ice Age’s” Chris Wedge attached to helm.”

Thanks so much everyone and we will see you next week!

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