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Google Maps comes to … the NES?!

In a move that is as surprising as it is whimsically delightful, Google has decided to bring its globally renowned and often essential Google Maps service to one of the best-selling home computing solutions of all time: The Nintendo Entertainment System.

As demonstrated in the video above, using Google Maps on your NES/Famicom is just as easy as using it on your desktop, smartphone or tablet. Simply insert the cartridge into the system, remove it, blow into it, reinsert it back into the system, attach a phone line and you’re ready to go. Google’s cloud of servers compensate for the NES’s lack of processing prowess, allowing for a quick, seamless experience.

While Google Maps for NES has yet to begin shipping, a demo version is available at the web-based Google Maps portal — just click on the Quest button on the top right to begin your adventure.

JoystiqGoogle Maps comes to … the NES?! originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 31 Mar 2012 12:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Writer found for Rampage film adaptation

New Line Cinema has found someone to pen the script for its apparently still-forthcoming movie version of 1986′s Midway arcade classic Rampage, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Described as a “relative newcomer” to script writing, Ryan Engle will be boiling the game down into a screenplay, while John Rickard of Nightmare on Elm Street and Final Destination 5 fame produces.

Look, we’re glad Mr. Engle is getting a paycheck out of this and everything, but we can’t help but feel a little slighted. If you needed someone to write your Rampage movie, New Line, all you had to do was ask. Any one of us would have gladly done it for free.

JoystiqReport: Writer found for Rampage film adaptation originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 31 Mar 2012 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sniper Elite V2 demo next month

Rebellion is giving players a chance to take a few shots with Sniper Elite V2 ahead of its launch in early May; a demo will be out in April, on both the PS3 and Xbox 360. The final date is yet to be decided upon though, publisher 505 Games tells Joystiq.

A demo for the PC version, which is self-published by Rebellion, should be out “sometime next month” as well.

Catch the latest video we have of the title — one teasing Hitler’s killing — below:


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Rampant Speculation Theatre presents: Microsoft registers XboxFL.com

Microsoft has registered XboxFL.com and XboxFL.net, according to whois records unearthed by the bloodhounds at Fusible. At the moment, both URLs redirect to Bing, though we highly doubt that will be the case forever. As is our way here on Rampant Speculation Theatre, we’ve got some wildly unlikely totally plausible guesses regarding the domains’ potential purposes:

  • “XboxFL” actually stands for “Xbox Football League.” The service will be a browser-based fantasy football simulator with heavy integration into both the console and Windows Phone versions of Xbox Live.
  • Alternatively, “FL” could stand for “Feature Losers,” which would mean that XboxFL.com is an embarrassing hall of shame for Xbox Live users that performed far, far below average in that week’s most popular games. Avatars are bound to wheels, Hunchback of Notre Dame style, while site visitors play sponsored flash games to pelt them with rotten fruits and dead rodents.

JoystiqRampant Speculation Theatre presents: Microsoft registers XboxFL.com originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 31 Mar 2012 10:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Replay: Beethoven

This week's game selection was a head-scratcher right out of the gate. The box calls the game Beethoven: The Ultimate Canine Caper, while the title screen says Beethoven's 2nd. This isn't just a one-off flub, either — the rest of the game is also a wet, sloppy mess, much like Beethoven himself.

Join Andrew Reiner, Dan Ryckert, Ben Reeves, and myself as we struggle through the often confusing, sometimes surprising, but consistently frustrating adventures of a lovable Saint Bernard. Also, stick around for the second segment in which we crown the winner of the Super Replay Showdown. It's down to Ben Reeves (representing Conker's Bad Fur Day), and Dan Ryckert (Half-Life). Who. Will. Go. All. The. Way!?

The first episode of the winning Super Replay will air next week.

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If you enjoyed this episode of Replay, be sure to check out new episodes every week plus our full backlog on the Replay hub.

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Sony confirms Zipper closure

The rumors were true; SOCOM, MAG and most recently PS Vita’s Unit 13 developer Zipper Interactive has been shut down.

Sony’s confirmed the decision in a statement to IGN, calling it “a result of a normal cycle of resource re-alignment” within Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios.

It goes on: “Zipper has complete all work associated with its most recent project, Unit 13 for PlayStation Vita. Zipper titles MAG, SOCOM 4 and Unit 13 will continue to be supported, including the new Daily Challenges in Unit 13.”

According to Zipper’s  website, the studio employed nearly 100.


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Two hearts collide in Bug Princess 2 for iOS next week


Cave’s iPhone ports are always of a high quality, to the point that it’s kind of unsettling to see so much craziness happening on your phone’s little screen. They’re also populous — and to that point, here’s news of another one.

Cave will release a port of the 2006 arcade sequel Mushihimesama Futari to the App Store on April 5. In keeping with its no-nonsense (or no crazy Japanese titles, which is equivalent to nonsense for many of us) iOS naming policy, it’s called “Bug Princess 2.” Easy!

The game will be available for a promotional price of $ 4.99 for 4 days; it’ll be $ 6.99 after that.

JoystiqTwo hearts collide in Bug Princess 2 for iOS next week originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 31 Mar 2012 03:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Current gen consoles ‘can’t cope’ with traditional Total War

Creative Assembly’s Mike Simpson says the popular Total War series of strategy games wouldn’t work on the current console generation, just in terms of hardware requirements. “They don’t have enough memory, by a large factor,” Simpson tells Eurogamer. The audience for console games tends to be a little more action-oriented and a little less strategy focused, and the experiences are very different as well, he asserts. But there’s hope yet, “for all sorts of reasons.”

The user interface is another issue, according to Simpson, but it’s fixable through solid game design. While he doesn’t mention the Total War version coming to iOS, that’s definitely a clear indicator that the game can work on platforms other than PC. And Simpson says that despite the differences, Creative Assembly has some “very clever ideas” on adapting its popular strategy games for the next wave of consoles and the pick-up-and-play style that go along with them.

JoystiqCurrent gen consoles ‘can’t cope’ with traditional Total War originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 31 Mar 2012 02:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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EMI sues Def Jam Rapstar creators

EMI Music Group has filed a suit against Def Jam Rapstar creators 4mm Games and Terminal Reality, claiming the game contains unlicensed tracks from Kanye West, Lil Wayne, DMX and more, and uses unlicensed compositions from DJ Khaled, MIMS and Daft Punk.

According to statements given to The Hollywood Reporter, EMI demanded royalties from the game makers but never received a response. EMI is looking for compensation on 54 songs from Def Jam Rapstar‘s total tracklist, and with EMI looking for upwards of $ 150,000 for each “infringement” that total tab is looking mighty steep. In the worst case, that brings us to total of $ 8.1 million.

The karaoke aspect of Def Jam Rapstar, and its online video-sharing capabilities, also make this dispute trickier, since EMI owns the rights to display, publicly perform and distribute these songs. Please excuse us while we try to get Richard a good lawyer in case EMI targets us next.

JoystiqEMI sues Def Jam Rapstar creators originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 31 Mar 2012 01:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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