First Guitar Hero 3 Videos

A couple of videos for Guitar Hero 3 popped up on YouTube earlier this evening. Here you go, enjoy! My Name is Jonas is a master track recording while Slow Ride is a cover. The game is looking much like we have come to know, but there are some differences that fans will notice.

My Name is Jonas: http://youtube.com/watch?v=A_3Dpp2lwhQ

Slow Ride: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Olvch5sKdCM

Can this Fall come soon enough?

Edit: The original source of the videos was IGN.

Guitar Hero 3 first details

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 23, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ — After warming their amps in the basement garage to rocking sold out shows at Stonehenge, fans of Activision, Inc.’s (Nasdaq: ATVI) wildly popular Guitar Hero(TM) franchise will now be able to shred like never before with the next iteration of the game that will be available this fall. The new game will be released on the PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system and PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and Wii(TM) video game system from Nintendo.

Turning it up to 11, Guitar Hero fans will channel their inner rock god using Gibson Guitar’s Les Paul and Kramer models as the industry standard. In addition, players will experience an incredible number of newly added features and explosive content including a new multiplayer action-inspired battle mode, grueling boss battles, a bevy of exclusive unlockable content and authentic rock venues. Expanded online multiplayer game modes will also allow axe-shredders worldwide to compete head-to-head for true legendary rock status.

While continuing to retain all the key features from their prior legendary performances, fresh downloadable content will be offered on multiple platforms, and players can now shred to a killer set list from many of the gnarliest rock songs ever recorded. Delivering more master tracks than ever before, strategic partnerships have been secured with all the major and independent music record labels and publishers to allow unrivaled access to their deep history of music catalogs, along with supplying artists’ original recordings for even greater authenticity.

The initial list of face-melting awesomeness includes:

* Paint It Black (by The Rolling Stones)
* Cherub Rock (by Smashing Pumpkins)
* Sabotage (by Beastie Boys)
* The Metal (by Tenacious D)
* My Name is Jonas (by Weezer)
* Knights of Cydonia (by Muse)
* Rock And Roll All Nite (as made famous by Kiss)
* School’s Out (as made famous by Alice Cooper)
* Slow Ride (as made famous by Fog Hat)
* Cult of Personality (by Living Colour)
* Barracuda (as made famous by Heart)

For the first time ever, Guitar Hero fans will also be able to thrash and burn with new wireless guitar controllers available for each platform. The exclusive Gibson guitars will include innovative features such as removable faceplates that will allow fans to later personalize their guitars and make it their own, and a new button color design that will be integrated for an even greater authentic feel and rock experience. Gibson Guitar’s Les Paul model will be the battle axe of choice, and an industry standard for all rock gods on the Xbox 360(TM), PLAYSTATION(R)3 system, and Wii(TM). After much anticipation, PlayStation(R)2 system fans will also be receiving a new exclusive shape as well, the classic Kramer guitar, also a Gibson brand, popularized by hard rockers and known for its body design, pickups, electronics, and construction for furious finger fretting.

“The development team at Neversoft has been exceptional, and we’ve been able to incorporate a host of fresh new online and multi-player game play modes, along with exciting content into this version of Guitar Hero that our fans have been asking for. Also, many of the top bands and songs we’ve tried to get in the past are now on board, and we’ve definitely got some giant aces in the hole to say the least,” said Dusty Welch, head of publishing at RedOctane. “In addition, offering a new line of Gibson wireless guitars for each platform is going to truly add to the authentic rock star experience like no other.”

The next iteration of Guitar Hero, published by RedOctane(R) and developed by Neversoft, is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information about Guitar Hero, please visit the dedicated community site www.guitarherogame.com.

New guitars? Master tracks on the songs? Wireless guitars? Online Multiplayer? This Fall? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. And yes.

It all sounds great, except for one thing has me worried. Why does the press release mention that they are adding new colors to the guitars? Will this make our old guitars obsolete? If so, will the new guitars be backwards compatible with older Guitar Hero games? I for one don’t want to buy another new guitar. I already have guitars for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360. I feel that I’v already bought enough of them. Hopefully the new guitars are optional. Even with the promise of wireless, I’d much prefer to just buy the disc this time around.

Also, if a full-blown game is coming this Fall, what does that say about Guitar Hero II DLC on the 360? Will it be limited to filling in the GH I tracklist? I guess we’ll have to wait for more details.

Info on the upcoming Simpsons game

This info is from an EA event attendee. Here’s the summary of what he had to share.

  • The game was shown running on the 360 hardware–will be multiplatform
  • Game will use original voice actors for the game (over 8000 spoken lines)
  • The game features nearly an hour of animated cutscenes
  • The story is packed full of references to the show
  • Depending on the level, you’ll need to switch between characters to complete certain goals
  • Characters have specific powers and abilities (Bart becoming Bartman)
  • Tons of stuff to collect
  • Drop in and drop out co-op style of play…very cool
  • The game’s graphical style is very close to the quality of animation in the show
  • The story is written by actual writers from The Simpsons TV show
  • The Wii version will feature exclusive minigame content and features
  • The game is packed full of cameos

All in all it’s sounding like a fan’s dream. Hopefully the gameplay will hold up and we can have the first good Simpsons game since the arcade glory days. More info should be coming soon, including screens and media.

Japanese Sales Charts 4.23.2007 – 4.29.2007

Here are latest hardware and software charts from Japan. It was a big week for Nintendo. For everybody else…not so much.

Hardware:

This Week | Last Week | Year Total | Lifetime Total
1. NDS   -   256,063 |   172,440 |  2,603,200 |  16,608,879
2. WII   -    102,522 |     77,913 |  1,350,852 |   2,270,495
3. PSP   -     33,860 |     29,459 |     804,223 |   5,336,352
4. PS3   -     12,791 |     11,000 |   4  04,082 |      861,640
5. PS2   -     12,584 |     11,398 |     309,789 |  20,464,648
6. 360   -       3,162 |       2,307 |      90,345 |       355,047
7. GBA   -       1,125 |       1,364 |      34,654 |  15,332,733
8. GCN   -         167 |          266 |        6,369 |    4,175,837

Software:

1. [NDS] Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings
2. [NDS] Momotarou Dentetsu DS: Tokyo & Japan
3. [WII] Super Paper Mario
4. [WII] Wii Sports
5. [WII] Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree
6. [WII] Wii Play
7. [WII] One Piece: Unlimited Adventure
8. [NDS] Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
9. [NDS] Phoenix Wright 4
10. [NDS] Panel de Pon DS

11. [NDS] Daito Giken Official Pachislo Simulator DS: Ledendary Treasure; Osu! Banchou; Yoshimune
12. [NDS] Yoshi’s Island DS
13. [NDS] More Brain Age
14. [NDS] New Super Mario Bros.
15. [NDS] More English Training
16. [NDS] Prof. Layton and the Mysterious Village
17. [PSP] Final Fantasy
18. [PS2] Persona 3: Fes
19. [NDS] Brain Age
20. [NDS] Mario Kart DS

Out of the top 20, 13 belong to the Nintendo DS, 5 to the Nintendo Wii, and 1 each to the PSP and PS2. No PS3 titles made it into the top 30, but the 360 managed to chart two (Test Drive Unlimited, Rainbow Six 3: Vegas).

Jack Thompson’s Contact Information

Jack Thompson loves sending out letters…let’s see how he likes receiving them. Here’s his contact info:

Jack Thompson, Attorney
1172 South Dixie Highway, Suite 111
Coral Gables, Florida 33146

Phone: 305-666-4366
Cell: 305-588-3005

Note: If you are going to contact Jack, don’t make us, the gaming community, look worse with your choice of words. Be sincere, be tactful, and limit yourself to one letter/email/phone call.

Japanese Hardware Sales 4/16/2007 – 4/22/2007

The latest week of Japanese hardware sales are in and it’s pretty much more of what we’ve been seeing. The DS is dominating everything while the Wii is rocking the console front.

Hardware – This Week | Last Week | Year | Lifetime
1. NDS – 172,440 | 133,471 | 2,347,137 | 16,352,816
2. WII – 77,913 | 75,759 | 1,248,330 | 2,167,973
3. PSP – 29,459 | 24,850 | 770,363 | 5,302,492
4. PS2 – 11,398 | 12,872 | 297,205 | 20,452,064
5. PS3 – 11,000 | 11,948 | 391,291 | 848,849
6. 360 – 2,307 | 2,900 | 87,183 | 351,885
7. GBA – 1,364 | 1,297 | 33,529 | 15,331,608
8. NGC – 266 | 167 | 6,202 | 4,175,670

On the software front, Super Paper Mario for the Wii was the best selling title with the top 50 breaking down like this:

  1. NDS titles: 34
  2. PS2 titles: 8
  3. PSP titles: 4
  4. Wii titles: 4

Special thanks to NeoGAF community for helping to pull the numbers together and translate the titles.

March Hardware Sales Figures – DS is pretty much everybody’s daddy

Here are the hardware sales chart, courtesy of the NPD group. It seems that supply constraints are continuing to limit Nintendo Wii sales, just as they have in other countries. It would be interesting to see how sales would be if there were a) systems on the shelf, and b) more than 3 or 4 games worth playing. The DS numbers are absolutely insane. 500k in a usually slow time of the year is just mind boggling. This is all before Pokemon is out too (which is already over 533,000 preorders). Here are the numbers:

  • Nintendo DS: 508,000
  • Sony PlayStation 2: 280,000
  • Nintendo Wii: 259,000
  • Microsoft Xbox 360: 199,000
  • Sony PSP: 180,000
  • Nintendo Game Boy Advance: 148,000
  • Sony PlayStation 3: 130,000
  • Nintendo Gamecube: 22,000
  • Microsoft Xbox: RIP – No longer tracked

This puts the Wii total at over 2.1 million, the 360 at 5.3 million, and the PS3 at just over a 1.2 million in the US. It’s crazy to see that old clunker GBA still outselling the PS3. Sony is going to have to do something soon in regards to their pricing structure or the Wii will run away with things once a proper amount of supply is in the retain channel.

Oh yeah, special note to Nintendo: Run your Wii manufacturing lines for more than an hour a day.

Media Create (Japan) Sales Jan. 15-21

Here’s the (shocking) sales figures for the past week from our Eastern pals. Enjoy!

Hardware:
DS Lite 127,647
Wii 86,395
PSP 37,032
PS3 21,105
PS2 20,169
Xbox 360 7,041
GBM 1,864
GBA SP 1,498
GCN 554
DS 123
GBA 94

Software top sellers stats by number of titles:

Top 30:
NDS – 18
Wii – 5
PS2 – 4
PSP – 2
360 – 1

Top 50:
NDS – 29
PS2 – 8
Wii – 7
PSP – 4
GBA – 1
360 – 1

And here’s a chart shamelessly stolen from GAF that gives us a great look at where sales stand at the moment in Japan:

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Media Create Sales (Japan) Hardware Sales Jan 8-14

Thanks to NeoGAF, I have last week’s Japanese hardware sales numbers. I haven’t posted these in a while, but I want to get back to it. So, here they are:

DS Lite: 110,000
Nintendo Wii: 96,000
PSP: 45,000
PlayStation 3: 34,000
PlayStation 2: 24,000
Xbox 360: 9,000

Nintendo had a huge week, and word out of Japan is that it’s still extremely hard to find DS Lites and Wiis on the shelf. Hopefully Nintendo can eventually catch up to demand, it would be interesting to see how many units they could move in a week when stock was healthy.