Wii and PS2 Rock Band Owners To Get New Content

Kiss Band

If you own Rock Band on the the Playstation 2 or plan to own it on the Nintendo Wii when it comes out, you’re likely disappointed by the fact that once you beat the game, that’s it. No more tracks to play. Well, that’s no longer a problem since MTV and Harmonix have announced that they will be releasing Rock Band Track Pack Volume 1. The disc will hold a collection of the first retail-distributed songs for Rock Band, which you’ll find in stores on July 15th for $29.99. There will be 20 songs available to get your rock on with, get pumped and ready to melt some face. Here’s the full list of songs that will be on the disc:

30 Seconds to Mars – The Kill
All American Rejects – Move Along
Blink 182 – All the Small Things
Boston – More Than a Feeling
David Bowie – Moonage Daydream
Faith No More – We Care A Lot
Grateful Dead – Truckin’
The Hives – Die, All Right!
KISS – Calling Dr. Love
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Gimme’ Three Steps
Nine Inch Nails – March of the Pigs
Oasis – Live Forever
Paramore – Crushcrushcrush
The Police – Synchronicity II
Queens of the Stone Age – Little Sister
Ramones – Teenage Lobotomy
Smashing Pumpkins – Siva
Stone Temple Pilots – Interstate Love Song
Weezer – Buddy Holly
Wolfmother – Joker & the Thief

MAJOR NEWS! Earthbound Coming To Wii

Earthbound ESRB
In some huge, exciting news to gamers everywhere, at least to those of you old enough to have owned a Super Nintendo when it was next-gen, Earthbound is coming to a home near you. According to a listing on the ESRB, Earthbound has a rating of E on the Nintendo Wii. So what does this mean? It means that Earthbound is coming to the Wii in some shape or form, most likely on the Virtual Console. Also soon to be on my own Wii.

Boom Blox “Blockbuster” Trailer

You’ve heard about the weird game from Steven Spielberg called Boom Blox right? This game for the Nintendo Wii, doesn’t have the greatest graphics, although it obviously wasn’t meant too, but it actually looks like it could be a lot of fun. Check out this trailer below and get an idea of what you can expect from the game.

Balance Board Not Only for WiiFit

It kind of sucks when you buy a game such as the WiiFit, and the peripheral that comes with the game works only with that one game. In the case of the WiiFit balance board though, this isn’t the case. Via a teaser trailer for Rayman Raving Rabbids, it looks like the game will offer some kind of use of the device. Check out the video.

Nintendo Wii and DS Price Cuts?

Nintendo Wii

Hell no. Nintendo knows that people are snatching their Wii systems up as soon as they hit the shelves and plenty of people are still picking up the DS daily. There’s no reason to drop the price. According to Satoru Iwata, “Our earnings projection for the year is not based on hardware price cuts, and I don’t think we are going to need them.”

Capcom is Replacing Bad Okami Wii Covers

Okami Box Art

Did you purchase Okami for the Nintendo Wii? Then you’ve got one of those bad box covers. You know, the ones that say IGN on it, due to some dumbass artist at Capcom just copying an image from the popular gaming website and forgetting to remove the watermark.

Well Capcom wants to make this right and will be offering one of three new slipcovers to those who want one, one of which being a fixed version of the original. Just submit your name and address to Capcom, select your new cover, and you’re good to go.

Wii Shipments Coming To Toys R’ Us

Toys R Us

If you are one of the people who still can’t find a Nintendo Wii, which from what I understand is a ton of people, you just may be in luck. There are reports that your local Toys R’ Us stores will be getting shipments in this Sunday. I’m not sure if this is nationwide, so you should probably call for details first. Isn’t it ridiculous that Wii’s are still impossible to find after all this time. In my opinion, they’re not even that great.

Wii-Kly Update: Hero Edition

Two more games have been added to the virtual console this week. Both games this week are themed around “rescue driven storylines” and should provide plenty of fun. River City Ransom comes from the NES, in which a guy named Ryan has to save his girlfriend from someone named Slick. Looks fun. The second game offered this week is Phantasy Star II Generations of Doom. If you enjoyed any of the previous Phantasy Star games, you’ll enjoy this one. Check out the full press release from Nintendo below:

Helping out your friends is often as easy as a ride to the airport or a kind word of advice. But when they fall victim to dastardly kidnappers, things get a little more complicated. Step up and find out what it takes to rescue your imperiled pals in the latest additions to the Wii Shop Channel. Both of these classic titles feature distinctive rescue-driven storylines and villain-busting action to help bring out your inner hero. Isn’t that what friends are for?

Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

River City Ransom

River City Ransom (NES, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older-Mild Suggestive Themes and Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points): River City Ransom takes place in River City, where our heroes, Alex and Ryan, find a letter on Ryan’s locker from a guy named Slick. The letter says that Ryan’s girlfriend, Cyndi, has been kidnapped, and Slick has taken River City hostage with the help of countless gangs and evil bosses. It’s up to our heroes to save poor Cyndi and free River City from the clutches of Slick and his underlings. You can play as Alex and take on the challenge alone or battle with two players simultaneously as Alex and Ryan. Kick and punch to fight your way through gang members, evil bosses and other goons, or use a variety of weapons including a chain whip, brass knuckles and a tire, to name a few. Raise your stats by eating right, and gain new techniques by reading books. With your fighting prowess and never-ending spirit, the bad guys won’t know what hit them.

Phantasy Star III

Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): As Rhys, the crown prince of the Orakian kingdom of Landen, you are engaged to be married to Maia, a woman from a rival kingdom. But Maia is kidnapped on your wedding day, setting you on a quest filled with twists and turns that will reintroduce you to people and places from previous Phantasy Star games. This epic spans several generations of characters, and your choices will dramatically impact the way the story unfolds, which makes it a great game to play all the way through more than once. In Phantasy Star III, things aren’t always what they seem-check it out and watch the mysteries unfold.

Destruction: Two More Games on Virtual Console

Both games this week come from Sega. The first of which coming from the Sega Master System. Fantasy Zone is a scrolling shooter, but is way different than any shooter you’ve likely played before. Very weird. The next game comes from the Sega Genesis. Mega Turrican is a shooter with awesome graphics and fun gameplay. Both games this week would be good buys. Check out the full press release below.

Danger may not be your middle name, but you’ll find plenty of it in this week’s additions to the Wii™ Shop Channel. Two classic side-scrolling action titles invite players to blast and battle their way to a thrilling climax. In a spaceship or an assault suit, it’ll take all the grit and gusto you can muster to survive these perilous, heart-pumping adventures.

Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

Fantasy Zone

Fantasy Zone (Sega Master System, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Take command of the spaceship Opa-Opa and blast your way through various fantastical levels as you try to take out all the enemy bases in each stage. Once you’ve destroyed the bases, you’ll have to beat the stage boss in order to move on to the next level. By using your guns and bombs wisely, you’ll be able to take down your enemies and explore each of the crazy environments in this side-scroller. You can also buy upgraded weapons for your ship by accessing the shop. Various Sega games through the years have referenced the Opa-Opa-now you can play the game that started it all.

Mega Turrican

Mega Turrican (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older-Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): The Machine has enslaved the galaxy under its tyrannical rule. As Bren McGuire, the last survivor of the United Freedom Forces, it is your duty to destroy the evil forces of the Machine that have devastated the galaxy. Fight through countless hordes of enemies using everything at your disposal. Use the weapons and power-ups of your Turrican Assault Suit, including the incredible Plasma Rope, to fight back the tide of oncoming enemies and find the health and power-ups that will keep you alive. Fifteen levels of chaos and destruction stand between you and freedom.