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FYI Tues. – RE5 X360 Bundle, New PSP & PS3 Titles Confirmed

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Red Xbox 360 Resident Evil Limited Edition Console Official

limited_edition_console_res5Remember that Resident Evil 5 Red Xbox 360 bundle that was rumored awhile ago? Well, it looks like ArsTechnica’s source came through once again. Capcom and Microsoft announced the new bundle earlier today and the specifications for it were pretty damn accurate as well:

  • Red Xbox 360 Elite w/ 120 GB HDD
  • Red Controller
  • Resident Evil 5
  • Coupon Code for SSF2T:HDR
  • HD AV & HDMI Cables

All of the above for $399.99 USD.

Press release of said Xbox 360 below:

Microsoft Announces Exclusive Red Xbox 360® Resident Evil Limited Edition Console

In celebration of the landmark “Resident Evil” franchise coming to Xbox 360 for the first time, Microsoft unveiled today an Xbox 360® Resident Evil Limited Edition Console Bundle. Available the same day “Resident Evil 5” ships to store shelves, Friday, 13th March, Xbox 360 fans will be able to pick up the bundle featuring an exclusive red Xbox 360 from select retailers.

Fans will enjoy the same premium Xbox 360 Elite experience at an even greater value with a copy of “Resident Evil 5,” matching Limited Edition red Wireless Controller, black Xbox 360 Headset, a 120 GB Hard Drive and exclusive premium “Resident Evil 5” theme (download via Xbox LIVE). Supplies are very limited, so “Resident Evil” fans will want to pre-order theirs today.

With the release of “Resident Evil 5” and the special edition red console, the game has found a new home on Xbox 360. The new two-player cooperative experience in “Resident Evil 5” is a perfect fit for Xbox LIVE.* With 17 million members and growing, Xbox LIVE connects “Resident Evil” fans and their new red Xbox 360 consoles to their friends on the couch or across the globe. To further provide a taste of the full entertainment experience available on Xbox LIVE, fans will also receive a bonus card to download the hit Xbox LIVE Arcade title from Capcom, “Super Street Fighter® ll Turbo HD Remix.”

*Xbox LIVE Gold Membership required

PlayStation Portable Lineup Announced

It looks like it’s that time again for the PSP to receive its yearly injection of games. It should be no surprise to see Sony and its third party buddies announcing portable additions to existing console franchises. Some of the titles were expected, but others were quite out there.

  • Motorstorm: Arctic Edge – Developed by Bigbig Studios (CG Trailer)
  • LittleBigPlanet – Developed in conjunction with MediaMolecule
  • Madden NFL 10 – Electronic Arts
  • Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 – Electronic Arts
  • Rock Band Unplugged – Electronic Arts
  • Assassin’s Creed PSP (Unofficial Title) – Ubisoft
  • Hannah Montana PSP (Unofficial Title) – Ubisoft
  • Petz Lineup of games – Ubisoft
  • Dissidia – Square Enix

New PSP Bundles

At $199.99 USD MSRP, prospective PSP buyers can pick up a “Lilac” PSP Bundle or an Assassin’s Creed bundle later this year.

PlayStation 3 & PlayStation Network Lineup Reassured

  • Killzone 2 – Releasing Feb. 27
  • Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
  • God of War III
  • MLB ’09: The Show
  • inFamous
  • Massive Action Game (MAG)
  • Flower – Released
  • Ragdoll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic

The titles mentioned below have been slotted for fiscal 2009 release. No surprising additions, but there were surprising omissions including Fat Princess and Heavy Rain. For the curious, you’ll find the full press release including info concerning new PlayStation Home features below:

At its annual retail and publisher conference Destination PlayStation, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced its unprecedented line up for PSP (PlayStation Portable), including a new hardware offering that extends the PSP market to young female gamers, the debut of blockbuster franchises MotorStorm and LittleBigPlanet on the platform, and major software support from Disney Interactive, Electronic Arts, MTV Games, Square Enix, Ubisoft, and other publishing partners.

“With a year of record sales ushering us into the new year, we continue to raise the bar on providing consumers the deepest and broadest entertainment content for every member of the family to enjoy,” said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, SCEA. “With new content being added every day to the PlayStation Network combined with an unmatched line up of exclusive titles on PSP, and the roll out of truly groundbreaking games such as Killzone 2 for PS3, we remain confident in our approach and strategy for another record year of growth and momentum.”

SCEA also previewed its deepest and broadest content line up for the PS3 system, including groundbreaking exclusives such as Killzone 2, inFamous, MLB ’09: The Show, MAG, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves and God of War III to hit throughout the fiscal year. Promising to be a blockbuster hit, Killzone 2’s immersive and sensory gameplay sets the stage for PlayStation’s continued momentum on the PS3 this year, accompanied by truly innovative and genre- defying content such as MAG, the industry’s first online shooter to allow up to 256 players, combined with artistic and niche games like Flower and Ragdoll Kung Fu: Fists of Plastic on PlayStation Network.

With a rapidly growing install base, the PSP platform is riding a wave of momentum that will be paired with a new hardware offering and its best software line up to date, demonstrating significant support from SCEA’s publishing partners. Two new limited-edition PSP Entertainment Packs will be available in 2009, bundling everything consumers need to jump onto the PSP platform, from the hardware to games, videos, and other content — all for $199.99 (MSRP).

— Hannah Montana PSP Entertainment Pack — As part of a new focus on expanding the PSP market to female gamers, SCEA will launch this new bundle in July. The pack includes the introduction of the “Lilac” PSP system, Disney Interactive’s Hannah Montana PSP game (an exclusive dancing and rhythm action game for gamers to design the show and go on tour as the teen icon), a selection episodes from the Hannah Montana TV series on UMD, a 2GB Memory Stick PRO Duo, and stickers to customize the PSP.

— Assassin’s Creed PSP Entertainment Pack — Ubisoft will debut an exclusive installment of the popular Assassin’s Creed franchise on PSP later this year. To commemorate this highly anticipated title, SCEA will launch a new bundle that includes the game, a “Piano Black” PSP, and other content that will be announced later.

SCEA’s push toward teen and “tween” girl gamers will also be supported by Ubisoft’s Petz(R) software line, which will make its debut on PSP with new, unique titles later this year. The Petz series allows young players to create and care for cute, furry pets chosen from many different breeds of dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, dolphins, tigers and bunnies.

Publisher support for the PSP system will continue throughout the year with Rock Band Unplugged, launching exclusively on PSP. MTV Games and Harmonix announced separately that gamers will be able to take Rock Band Unplugged on the road with the first ever portable version of the popular music and gaming experience. Rock Band Unplugged will take center stage as it leverages the PSP system’s Wi-Fi capabilities and becomes the first PSP game to include a fully-featured in-game store for downloadable content in the North American and Europeans markets.

The third party support for PSP will continue throughout the year with a stellar line up of titles from EA SPORTS. Madden NFL 10 will enable NFL fans to build their own formations and plays from scratch on the PSP. Then, through connectivity with the PS3, the plays can be downloaded and perfected on the console. In addition, Madden NFL 10 will deliver a faster and more “PSP- friendly” gameplay experience to adapt to the PSP owner’s lifestyle. And for the golf fans out there, Tiger Woods PGA TOUR 10 will allow gamers to experience the drama of major golf tournaments with revamped gameplay modes for on and offline play. Look for more EA SPORTS titles to be announced for the PSP this year.

Rounding out the unprecedented publisher support, Square Enix’s DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY, which has sold 850,000 units since launching before the holidays in Japan, will make its way to North America this summer.

From a first party perspective, SCEA will bring its biggest franchises from the PS3 to the PSP this year, starting with MotorStorm Arctic Edge and LittleBigPlanet in Fall 2009. These titles will be built from the ground up for PSP, offering users a unique portable experience based on the critically acclaimed franchises. Following are details for each game:

— LittleBigPlanet — Developed in conjunction with MediaMolecule, the critically acclaimed game LittleBigPlanet makes its way to the PSP, offering new SackBoy adventures with the same play, create, share experience for gamers on-the-go, in addition to brand new levels and environments specifically created for the platform.

— MotorStorm Arctic Edge — Developed by the award-winning Bigbig Studios, the team behind the best-selling Pursuit Force series, MotorStorm Arctic Edge sees the music, the festival and the brutal off-road racing arrive in the breathtaking yet lethal and unpredictable setting of Alaska. The game is also expected to hit the PlayStation 2 platform in Fall of 2009.

As the connective tissue of the PlayStation experience across the PS3 and PSP systems, SCEA announced continued PlayStation Network content from new movie releases through the video delivery service and new game spaces for PlayStation Home. Launching this week, the new “Warhawk Command Center” space makes its way into PlayStation Home offering Warhawk fans a new place to socialize and strategize featuring the sand table. PlayStation Home is the ultimate social community gathering gamers via a rich, 3D high-definition environment and will continue to expand overtime.

That was quite a bit of info to share, SCEA.

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