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Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL - Launching in PAL Territories April 2012

Northants, England. – 2nd February, 2012 – OG International Ltd, a video game publishing company, Papaya Studios a California based developer and Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE), the licensing and merchandising arm of the network, today announced the April 2012 release for PAL territories of Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft® and the Wii™ system from Nintendo.

This fast-paced console fighting game features iconic locations and an all-star cast of fan-favourites recruited from Cartoon Network’s most popular television series including: Ben 10, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo, The Powerpuff Girls, Dexter’s Laboratory and more.
The all-new brawler video game, with 26 playable characters, gives players the power to duke it out with their friends for cartoon supremacy. A great gift for kids and adults wanting to step into the shoes of their beloved cartoon characters both new and old, Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL will explode onto home consoles this April.

“The Cartoon Network universe features iconic, unique characters that have ubiquitous appeal for fans of all ages,” said Pete Yoder, vice president, consumer products for Cartoon Network Enterprises. “Punch Time Explosion XL features many fan favourites in an action-packed, fun-filled brawler that is sure to be a must-have title for anyone’s video game collection”

“We are delighted to be working with Cartoon Network and the Punch Time Explosion franchise as it gives fans an increased level of interactivity with the memorable TV shows that have become a part of the lives of both parents and kids,” said Jim Scott CEO of OG International Ltd. “Playing as popular characters like Ben 10, Johnny Bravo and Billy and Mandy is a unique opportunity to the bring the zany personalities and intense action to players on their home consoles.”

Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion XL is jam-packed with a huge cast of characters and powerful dual-character synergy attacks. Additionally, the game will feature a wide-variety of exciting multiplayer options including numerous battle modes, as well as an in-depth story mode that introduces an exciting co-op gameplay experience that supports up to four players. An in-game store will give fans an opportunity to unlock new characters and arenas, unique costumes, and memorable cartoon clips from their favourite TV shows.





Europe - March is set to be the month of the Virtual Console

29th February 2012 – This March is set to be the biggest month ever for Virtual Console as Nintendo announces a bumper crop of classic games set to launch via the Nintendo eShop and Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo 3DS owners can look forward to replaying classic NES, Game Boy and for the first time ever SEGA Game Gear titles from some of the platform’s most famous franchises. Meanwhile Wii owners can download games from three different classic consoles including some of Capcom and SEGA’s finest throughout the month.

The month of March heralds a wide range of interesting games to download including a chance to replay where it all began for Samus Aran when the original Metroid from the NES becomes available to download on your Nintendo 3DS. Those of you who are looking forward to the upcoming release of Kid Icarus™: Uprising can download the Game Boy title, Kid Icarus™ Of Myths and Monsters allowing Nintendo 3DS owners to become better acquainted with the angelic angel Pit and his action-packed adventures!

Dust off your stethoscope and get ready for some pill arranging action with the classic Game Boy puzzler Dr Mario™, finally arriving to the Nintendo eShop. March will also see the long awaited arrival of the classic SEGA Game Gear line-up including Dragon Crystal™, Shinobi™ and Sonic the Hedgehog™: Triple Trouble.

Wii owners are in for a treat this month when Mega Man X and Mega Man 5 become available on Wii Virtual Console and Super Street Fighter 2 is the first Virtual Console title with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection functionality which allows fans of the legendary fighting franchise to challenge each other online. You will be treated to even more of history’s best 2D fighting and sidescrolling action in Strider and Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa’s Revenge respectively.



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Fan-made Sonic Stadium music album 2011 now available

Spearheaded by forum member VizardJeffhog, the Sonic Stadium Music Album is a collaborative project done by the fans, for the fans. The TSSMA showcases the works of 16 artists within the community from differing musical backgrounds and levels who have banded together in order to pay tribute to the epic music of the "Sonic the Hedgehog" series, remixing tracks from games both well and little known, including a few originals!

Grab your album here (thanks Mikeblastdude!)

Wreck-It Ralph features multiple video game cameos

We've talked about Wreck-It Ralph, an upcoming video game-themed movie from Disney, a few times in the past. Now we get a sneak-peek at a scene from the movie, and look who pops up in it!

Well, now I'm definitely seeing this movie! Dr. Wily, Robotnik, Bowser, Zangief...who else is going to pop up in this movie?! Thanks to Billy for the heads up!


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Pac-Man's new animated series still alive, debuting on Disney XD in 2013

- Avi Arad-produced
- 3D animated series
- called Pac-Man: The Adventure Begins
- airing on Disney XD in 2013
- follows the adventures of a high school-aged Pac-Man and pals

"I am very excited about producing Pac-Man - The Adventure Begins, the 3D animated series, with Rick Ungar. Pac-Man is one of the world's greatest icons. He is funny and adventurous and will bring his tone and abilities to this beautifully executed animated series. For more than 30 years, Pac-Man has been a household name. Having this property on Disney XD is its rightful place to be." - Avi Arad

Multiple Multiplayer Modes Revealed in Kid Icarus: Uprising for Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo has revealed new details on the different multiplayer modes in Kid Icarus: Uprising, which will launch exclusively for Nintendo 3DS in Europe on March 23rd. More than 25 years after the launch of the original Kid Icarus game for NES, Kid Icarus: Uprising brings the action and adventure of this beloved series to new heights. Modes and features in the new game include:

Light Versus Dark: Team up with other players in Light Versus Dark multiplayer mode, in which two teams of three are pitted against one another. The ultimate goal is to empty the opposing team’s Team Life Gauge, which transforms the last defeated team member into an angel. The team who defeats the opposing team’s angel wins. This unique multiplayer mode tests players’ ability to work as a team while keeping the match exciting as the focus constantly shifts from dealing out damage to protecting the team angel.

Free-for-All: In this mode, up to six players (including CPU players) face each other in a winner-takes-all match. Winners are determined by high score, heavily influenced by both the number of times players are defeated and how many enemies they defeat.

Match Set-up: Both Light Versus Dark and Free-for-All multiplayer modes are playable through local wireless play or online for players with broadband Internet access. CPU players will fill out the roster if there are fewer than six players in a match. During the match, CPU difficulty, weapons and team handicaps are all customisable prior to beginning a multiplayer battle.

Weapons and Weapon Fusion: The wide variety of weapons a player has collected in single-player mode can be used during multiplayer matches. Players can also earn additional weapons as rewards in multiplayer play. Players can choose set combinations of weapons and powers before entering into a match. This provides further incentive for players to continue collecting different and more powerful weapons as they play through the single-player campaign. Players can also fuse weapons together at the Arms Altar. Fusing two weapons will result in a single, more powerful weapon that retains some of the key benefits of each, giving players the ability to customise weapons to match their play style. Fused weapons can also be used in multiplayer matches.

StreetPass: Through the StreetPass functionality of the Nintendo 3DS system, players have the ability to share one of their weapons with other Kid Icarus: Uprising owners. The selected weapon is turned into a Weapon Gem. Shared Weapon Gems can be converted into real weapons by paying Hearts. Players can also fuse Weapon Gems together by paying Hearts to create a more powerful Weapon.

Kid Icarus: Uprising launches on Nintendo 3DS across Europe on March 23. For more information, please visit http://nintendo.co.uk/kidicarus.


Ubisoft very excited for Wii U controller uses in Ghost Recon Online Wii U

“The new controller especially resonated with us – for us it is the physical manifestation of the Cross Com 2.0 device. It is an actual physical device that elite forces around the world carry with them to give them a tactical advantage. With Ghost Recon Online Wii U, it’s not just tactical, but also tactile – the Cross Com and its entire arsenal of cool new tech are now literally at your fingertips. Through the touch pad, our fans will always be connected at home with their social network and with the activities happening in the game. It’s always on, even if your TV is off.” - Ghost Recon Online Wii U’s senior producer, Hugues Ricour

I am honestly chomping at the bit to play this game on Wii U. I'm hoping it's available day one for the system, be it download or retail. I want to hop on with some friends and recon my way around a city for some covert action!


Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Online - Class trailer


The Moon: Duck Tales Music

I will end my little news brief with some retro music! 

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