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March 16 Afternoon NewsBit

Tecmo-Koei and Nintendo partner up, a racing MMO begins its beta, Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker gets a release date, and more!

It looks like there was quite a bit of buzz in the industry today, so I'm trying something a little new here at PixlBit to get all the news you'd want to read to you.

To start off the day, Nintendo notified the press that they will publish Tecmo Koei's Samurai Warriors 3. Nintendo announced the title features both 2-player online and offline co-op, and adds in new games modes that haven't been featured in a Warriors to date. The game will arrive in North America sometime during the fall, and will be exclusive to the Wii.

Then, EA announced that they've launched the Beta for Need for Speed World, the first MMO action racing game. Need for Speed World will offer classic, high-speed racing and mix in a new upgrade system with RPG elements. Gamers interested in testing the Beta should head to for a chance to receive a beta slot.

Eidos and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today that they will be releasing a Game of the Year Edition of Batman: Arkham Asylum. They plan to upgrade the game by adding in "TriOviz 3D," a process by which the game will display the game in 3D for anyone who's wearing the appropriate glasses. In addition, four new challenge maps will be included on the disk, scheduled to be released May 11.

And the last bit of big news we've received word on today is that Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker has had its release date confirmed. The game, a direct sequel to Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, will be shipped June 8 of this year for the PSP.

That last detail wraps up our current NewsBit, keep your eyes on PixlBit for more, since it's a feature I plan to continue.



Our Take

Jason Ross Senior Editor

03/16/2010 at 06:48 PM

I'm surprised to hear about EA's Need for Speed World game. I'm not a fan of realistic racers, but I could see the concept taking off with great execution.

Of other note, Square Enix said "Summer" for their release of Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, which usually can mean anywhere from July to early September, in my experience. Since it's such a broad range, I decided not to cover it in the actual news segment.

Our Take

Nick DiMola Director

03/16/2010 at 06:53 PM

Well, what makes the Kingdom Hearts news notable is that the game is now confirmed for release in America. Before it was still unannounced, but everyone knew it was coming anyhow.

Our Take

Jason Ross Senior Editor

03/16/2010 at 07:03 PM

Ah, I just made the assumption it always was planned to be released here. Maybe I'll figure out a style and a format for these, bold the name of the game at the start of the paragraph, then talk about the new info from the press release. If you've got suggestions or ideas, don't hold back, since this column will be a little experimental for now.

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