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Disney released a playable demo of Epic Mickey 2 for X360

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Epic Mickey 2 demo available now on Xbox Live

Early hands-on demo exclusive to Gold subscribers, PSN demo due later today

Disney has released a playable demo of Epic Mickey 2 for Xbox 360 via Xbox Live, with a PSN demo due in today’s US PS Store update.

Epic Mickey 2 Screenshot The early taster is available now exclusively to Xbox Live Gold subscribers and will require 1.13GB of hard drive space.Without being too specific about the contents of the demo, the official blurb says it lets you “join Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in an epic battle to save the magical world of Wasteland”.

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Disney has confirmed an Epic Mickey 2 release date of November 23 in the UK. It will also be available as a Wii U lunch title on November 30.

WSJ Live, Ford, Gol Stadium launch: Xbox LIVE Apps

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Today, Xbox LIVE continues to expand with news apps from WSJ Live*, Gol Stadium* and Ford.

WSJ Live delivers live and on-demand original programming from over 2,000 journalists across the globe. Tune into over 4 hours of live programming a day covering the latest news in markets, tech, opinion and more and get access to the entire video archive that The Wall Street Journal has to offer

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The WSJ Live app launched today in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the U.K. and the U.S.

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Also in the U.S., a new advertising app launched from Ford. And in Spain we launched Gol Stadium. Spain’s largest sports TV channel offers live streaming from Gol Television and access to live soccer matches and more to subscribers.

We’re continuing to grow entertainment and news options offered through Xbox LIVE so stay tuned for more to come.

Nintendo is in talks to team with Battlefield 3 publisher for Wii U online gaming service

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Sketchy rumor indicates Nintendo is in talks to team with Battlefield 3 publisher for upcoming console’s network services.

What we heard: When Nintendo formally unveiled the Wii U at its Electronic Entertainment Expo media briefing this year, EA boss John Riccitiello appeared to extol the potential of the new console. Now, a new rumor suggests that collaboration between Nintendo and EA on the Wii U runs deeper than the typical symbiotic software relationship.

Gaming blog Wii U News reported over the weekend that Nintendo is in negotiations with EA to bring its digital distribution platform Origin to the console. Wii U News, which was founded in September 2010, attributed its information to an intern working at EA, who had reportedly been told of the deal by a network engineer.


One certainty: The Wii U’s got to have a better online platform than the Wii.

According to Wii U News’ source, Nintendo would be interested in partnering with EA for its online service because it feels “that only a massive western company such as EA understands what is needed to make an online service attractive to Western gamers.”

The source also indicated that Nintendo aims to integrate a more “flexible” online platform into the Wii U. This desire, the source indicates, stems from a survey Nintendo conducted in which many publishers said that while they appreciated Microsoft’s Xbox Live platform, they felt confined by its restrictions and guidelines.

Further, it appears as if EA’s Origin platform isn’t the only one that Nintendo is considering for the Wii U. Nintendo is also apparently in discussion with Valve to bring Steam to the new console, but EA is “aggressively persuading” the company to use Origin exclusively. Notably, Valve cofounder Gabe Newell said in late June that the Wii U “fits better” with its technology.

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Launched in June, Origin is a replacement for the EA Store, and it serves as a hub and infrastructure for downloading and playing PC games, as well as ordering boxed products for other platforms. More than 6 million gamers have signed up for the platform, and EA has just begun to offer games from other third-party publishers, such as Warner Bros., THQ, and Capcom.

The official story: EA declined to comment on the rumor. Nintendo had not responded to R4ichoice‘s request for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: One of the most requested features for Nintendo’s new console is an online service that exceeds that of the Wii and the R4i 3ds. And with both Microsoft and Sony finding significant success with their superior online platforms, it seems unlikely that Nintendo will make the mistake of not providing an adequate online platform for its latest console. From that perspective, this looks not bogus.

That said, the source of this information is about as unreliable as it comes and should be taken as such. Further, as the report notes, even if this deal is being considered, it is anything but signed, sealed, and delivered.

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