SSFIITHDR Beta on Xbox Live Today

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Did you buy Wolf of the Battlefield: Command 3 recently? If you did, your incentive is coming today. Not that you really need incentive since Commando 3 is such an awesome game, but today the beta for Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix goes live on Xbox Live Arcade. You can play as either Ken or Ryu and you can battle other players online.

The beta test is basically just a way for Capcom to stress-test their network, so that’s why there isn’t much to play, but hey, at least you got something… and PS3 owners don’t. You have 8 weeks to play the beta and it ends on August 20, so you’ve got plenty of time to wear it out. Have fun!

Full Pixies Album and Weezer on Rock Band

Weezer Red Album

The usual Xbox 360 Rock Band update is today and you can pick up some good stuff. First of all, you have the latest full album offering provided by The Pixies. You can download “Doolittle” for 1520 Microsoft points or individual songs from the album for 160 Microsoft points each. You can also download the Weezer pack, which contains 3 songs for 440 Microsoft points or each song for 160 points.

The Simpsons Collides With Q3A

This map for Quake 3 Arena is obviously themed around the Simpsons and it just looks awesome. I want to play it really, really bad, but I don’t own the game. If you want to download it for yourself though, click here.

Frontlines: Fuel of War Gets Free Map

Frontlines Boneyard

It’s probably been a while since you’ve had Frontlines: Fuel of War in your Xbox 360, but you may just want to put it back into rotation. There will five free maps coming to the game and the first one hits today.

The first map is called “The Boneyard” and some cool toys come with it. An automatic shotgun will be added to your arsenal, a rocket jeep, and a Red Star Transport Helicopter. No word on when you can expect to see the other maps though.

PSN Down Today

If you were planning on playing anything online on your Playstation 3 today or buying anything on the Playstation Store, you’re out of luck. For about 6 hours today, starting at 8am Pacific Time the Playstation Network will be down for scheduled maintenance. You should be working anyway…even if you’re only 8 years old. Go mow a lawn and make that dough!

Grand Theft Auto IV Gets a Patch

GTA IV Multiplayer
There are quite a few glitches contained within the wildly fun ride that is Grand Theft Auto IV, and a patch has just been released to help fix quite a few of them. This patch is for both the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3, so everyone should be happy. Here’s the change list:

  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to enter or exit vehicles in GTA Race.
  • Fixed an issue where scripted vehicles were causing games to unexpectedly crash.
  • Improved reliability and frequency of PS3 online leaderboard updates.
  • Fixed a rare hang some players encountered when moving from a Race or GTA Race lobby into gameplay.
  • Fixed a hang that would occur when players were switching teams during the countdown in the lobby.
  • Fixed an issue where players were able to get ridiculously high scores from Cops ‘n Crooks matches.
  • Changed GTA Race and Race so that the last player remaining always receives a reward of $250.
  • Fixed an issue where spectating players would prevent the game from finishing.
  • Fixed an issue where players were unable to spectate in Round 2 of Cops ‘n Crooks games.
  • Changed countdown timer in lobby so that it no longer resets when new players join a game.
  • Changed the kick option so that kicked players are no longer brought back to single player.

Xbox Live Arcade Gets Two More on Wednesday

Ticket to Ride
In addition to the extremely violent, cute animal cartoon game, Happy Tree Friends False Alarm, which I reported on last week, Xbox Live Arcade will also be getting Ticket to Ride. Ticket to Ride puts you in charge of a train route across the country, where you get to “claim your tracks and complete your tickets”… fun. Both games will cost you 800 Microsoft points and will be available on Wednesday as usual.

Wiikly Update: Gyrating Kidd Fights

This week brings three more games to your Nintento Wii; one WiiWare title and two for the Virtual Console. Gyrostarr actually looks like a lot of fun. The game from High Voltage Software put you in a spacecraft and you have to gun down your enemies along a techno-plasma canal. Lots of fast paced gameplay and pretty colors.

For Virtual Console, you get the classics ; Alex Kidd in Miracle World and Burning Fight. Alex Kidd games were always kinda fun for me, but I’ve always loved platformers too. If you do too, you might want to pick this one up. Burning Fight is another side-scrolling “beat ’em up” from SNK. I’ve never played it, but it looks fun. For the full press release from Nintendo, with some gameplay videos, check below.

Everybody loves a classic battle between good and evil. With the latest additions to the Wii Shop Channel, your greatest challenge will be choosing where to wipe out the bad guys-in deep space, on mean city streets or in a monster-ridden fantasy world. Whatever the venue, be ready for outrageous enemies and memorable missions you’ll relish from beginning to end.

Nintendo adds new and classic 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:

WiiWare

Gyrostarr (High Voltage Software, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Fantasy Violence, 700 Wii Points): Gyrostarr challenges you and up to three additional players to pilot your ships through a series of twisting, turning technoplasma tracks while battling a variety of deadly alien foes at ever-increasing speeds. While fighting and maneuvering, you must collect enough energy to activate the ancient warpgate at the end of each track. Succeed, and you can journey to the next, even deadlier track. Fail, and the gate will slam shut, destroying your ship. Enhance your ship with weapon pickups, coordinate attacks with your friends to fire powerful combined blasts and use your grapple to snag energy and pickups in the midst of combat. Control your ship with the Wii Remote controller, Nunchuk controller or Classic Controller, or use the “paired” control system that allows two players to use a connected Wii Remote and Nunchuk or Classic Controller at the same time. Offering 50 levels of intense action, powerful pickups, high-speed bonus levels and mayhem for up to four players, Gyrostarr is a killer arcade challenge.

Virtual Console


Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Sega Master System, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Comic Mischief, 500 Wii Points): In this platformer from the 1980s, you’re Alex Kidd, looking for your lost brother Egle. In order to find your brother, you’ll have to contend with the evil Janken the Great, who will send his henchmen and monsters at you to thwart your progress. One aspect of this adventure is that you’ll have to play the classic game of “rock, paper, scissors” against the henchmen in order to defeat them. With 16 different levels to conquer in order to save Egle, this classic is sure to test your skills and your wits at the same time.


BURNING FIGHT (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older-Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1991 by SNK, BURNING FIGHT is a side-scrolling hand-to-hand-combat action game. In pursuit of Casterora, leader of a huge syndicate that has escaped from New York to Osaka, the protagonists are three detectives: Duke, Ryu and Billy. Each character fights using a combination of punches, kicks and jumps, plus his own particular special move, activated by simultaneously pressing the jump and attack buttons. These lethal techniques have enormous destructive force, but they also consume a great deal of energy. For this reason, players must use their special moves with skillful timing. Luckily for the detectives, new weapons and additional health can be found by breaking things like phone booths and street signs along the way. A boss, who must be defeated in order to continue the mission, awaits players at the end of each stage. You can also take on the gang with a friend, but beware-attacks by one player can damage the other, so keep an eye on where your partner is in the heat of the battle. End Casterora’s reign of terror once and for all.