Sideshow’s New 20-inch Prince of Persia Statue: DASTAN

Dastan, the Prince of Persia joins the Sideshow lineup as a brand new statue clad in a real fabric costume and bearing a brilliant likeness to actor Jake Gyllenhaal, who of course portrayed the hero in Disney’s 2010 adaptation of the hit video game. Here’s a look:

The statue itself stands a whopping 20 inches tall and wields the twin blades seen in the film. Naturally, the sculpting is top-notch, as anything else would never do for Sideshow, whose items seem to be getting better and better. Fans of the film are sure to love it. And they’re also sure to love this news:

In this piece from The Independent, we learn that The Prince of Persia Surpasses Tomb Raider as the Highest-grossing video game adaptationHopefully this’ll pave the way for a ton of great new movies based on some of the brilliantly-written games currently out there. Assassin’s Creed anyone? Here’s the full story:

With more than $295 million in worldwide earnings, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is now the biggest grossing film adaptation of a video game. The previous holder of the record was 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, which held the position at $275 million.

It has taken almost a decade to better the record of the first Lara Croft film starring Angelina Jolie. It took Jerry Bruckheimer’s production starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton to grab the top spot and much of its accomplishment is owing to the outstanding performance internationally.

Prince of Persia’s box office receipts only totaled $81 million in the US, compared to Lara Croft which made $131 million in the US. But Prince pulled in more than $213 million around the world where it was the No. 1 film in most countries.

This success should disprove the conventional wisdom that films based on video games are doomed. Some have theorized that this is because most video games lack a strong narrative.

Resident Evil will try again with another sequel, Afterlife, in September with Milla Jovovich and Mortal Kombat will return in 2013.

Of course, it’s just a great time to be into Prince of Persia over all, isn’t it? Because the new game is doing amazingly well and if you haven’t grabbed it, here are the Amazon links where you can get your hands on it for whichever console you like:

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for The XBox 360

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the Playstation 3

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the Wii

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the PC

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the Nintendo DS

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands for the PSP

Pre-order RESISTANCE: Fall of Man figures!

If you’re a fan of Resistance: Fall of Man, you’ll be pleased to know that the brilliant designers and sculptors at DC Direct (I’m surprised, too!) were awesome enough to create a very cool set of four figures based on the game.

The first series is available for pre-order over in our video game section and it includes Nathan Hale, a Chimera Advanced Hybrid, Ravager and Steelhead. Each one stands a little over 6 inches tall and the detail on these guys is impressive. Just take a look!

And if you haven’t gotten into the game yet, or you’re looking for a little help in that department, here are some links to the games and strategy guide over on Amazon.com…
Resistance: Fall Of Man for PS3
Resistance: Retribution for PSP
Resistance: Fall of Man Signature Series Players Guide (Bradygames Signature)

Activision CEO calls for PS3 price cut

I always wanted a PS3 but was not willing to fork out $400 bucks.  If the PS3 console price dropped, I would seriously consider picking one up.

Article by David Carnoy, June 19, 2009

Sony Playstation PS3Apparently, it’s not just CNET readers but game developers who are among those demanding Sony cut the price of the $400 PS3. In an interview with the London Times, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick has some strong advice for Sony and threatened to pull its support for the console.

“They have to cut the price, because if they don’t, the attach rates (the number of games each console owner buys) are likely to slow,” Kotick said. “If we are being realistic, we might have to stop supporting Sony.” As for the timing on that, he adds: “When we look at 2010 and 2011, we might want to consider if we support the console–and the PSP (portable) too.”

For its part, Sony, which is mired in third place behind Nintendo and Microsoft in the next-gen game-console wars, keeps saying it won’t be pressured into trimming the price of the PS3. But with industry heavyweights like Activision making these types of remarks, it’s becoming more and more clear that the pressure is indeed on.

Should Sony hurry up and wilt under the heat? Or should it stick to its game plan, whatever it is?

Nintendo outsells competition nearly 2 to 1 in May 2009

Nintendo DSi Black Portable Console System

Like any game geek, I purchased a Nintendo DSi and installed some homebrew and I’m lovin it.

Found an interesting Cnet article by Dave Rosenberg (June 14, 2009)

Video game sales were down by 23 percent in May, according to the latest data from NPD Group. The bright spot of the report is the ongoing domination by Nintendo, whose hardware and associated games outsold the competition by nearly 2 to 1.

As CNET’s Lance Whitney reported, “NPD blamed most of the decline on the lack of blockbuster games rather than the weak economy. The report noted that last year’s sales were boosted by the launch of popular software titles such as Grand Theft Auto IV. Nintendo’s Wii Fit also was a hot commodity in 2008.”

While there are a wealth of new games coming in 2009, including what appear to be some winners for PS3 and Xbox, Nintendo platform games made up just shy of 50 percent of the top 10 sales in May:

  1. UFC 2009 Undisputed(THQ) Xbox 360 – 679,600
  2. Wii Fit(Nintendo) Wii – 352,800
  3. EA Sports Active(EA) Wii – 345,800
  4. UFC 2009 Undisputed(THQ) PS3 – 334,400
  5. Infamous(Sony) PS3 – 175,900
  6. Pokemon Platinum(Nintendo) DS – 168,900
  7. Mario Kart(Nintendo) Wii – 158,300
  8. Punch Out!!(Nintendo) Wii – 156,900
  9. X-Men Origins: Wolverine Uncaged(Activision) Xbox 360 – 120,700
  10. Wii Play(Nintendo) Wii – 109,800

Total Nintendo software: 1,292,500
Total other vendor software: 1,310,600

Nintendo also remains strong in the console business, with sales of the Nintendo DS and Wii nearly doubling the competition.

  • Nintendo DS: 633,500
  • Wii: 289,500
  • Xbox 360: 175,000
  • PlayStation 3: 131,000
  • PlayStation 2: 117,000
  • PSP: 100,400

Looking for Nintendo Toys?  We have a good selection of these hard to find licensed toys.

Nintendo Toys

Final Fantasy: VII now downloadable + Figures!

From Gamespot.com

LOS ANGELES–The entire game industry is working overtime because of this week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, and the people working on Sony’s PlayStation Network store are no different. Ordinarily updated only on Thursdays, the online storefront for the PlayStation 3 and PSP is getting three new volleys of content this week for North American consumers.

Has the statute of limitations on spoilers for this one passed yet?

Sony opened up the release spigot Tuesday with the addition of two hit PlayStation games to the downloadable catalog: Final Fantasy VII and Medal of Honor. Final Fantasy VII is the oldest game in the Square Enix series yet to be remade, but at least those clamoring for Cloud and Sephiroth will be able to relive the original story for $9.99. Meanwhile, Electronic Arts’ original World War II shooter Medal of Honor will cost the more standard $5.99.

The rerelease isn’t the only Final Fantasy-related content new to the PlayStation store. Sony also put up new themes, trailers, and wallpaper for the upcoming PSP fighting spin-off Final Fantasy: Dissidia. Rounding out the releases are free downloadable content for Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce and a slew of E3 trailers for Uncharted 2, Fat Princess, Heavy Rain, and more.

That’s obviously awesome news for everyone about my age who was hopelessly devoted to FFVII on Playstation or, as in my case, PC. It’s still one of the most impressive RPGs ever made and it remains to be seen whether this re-release will lead to a remake. Fingers crossed!

And for more, an old favourite game meets my other passion, action figures, in a ton of toys from the folks at Square-Enix.

And if that isn’t enough, be sure to check out the Kingdom Hearts figures. Some are on pre-order and some are already in-stock, but like the game they’re from, they make a great and unlikely addition to the collection.

Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny — Who’s joining the fight?

The answer is…

KRATOS

From Mobile Mag…

As if it wasn’t exciting enough for all the Sony PSP owners in the audience with upcoming games like Little Big Planet, the Soulcalibur fighting game franchise from Namco is on its way to the Sony handheld and it comes with a rather godly bonus. Just as Namco has done in the past with some of its fighting games, we’re getting a cameo.

For Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny, the usual crew of blade-wielding warriors will be joined by none other than Kratos. You might remember Kratos from God of War fame, beating the tar out of opponents many times his size. If he can take on those towering foes, Kratos just may be able to handle Cassandra and Siegfried too. Nightmare could provide for some interesting matchup possibilities though.

The gameplay for the PSP Soulcalibur, the first time the franchise has hit the Sony handheld, is much like what you got in Soul Calibur IV on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. If you’ve ever played any of the other Soulcalibur games in the past, you’ll already be familiar with horizontal strikes, vertical strikes, kicks, blocks, and combinations thereof. From what I can gather, there should be online multiplayer as well.

In addition to Kratos as a guest character, Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny for the PSP will also receive a new character named Dampierre. He was not available in the demo, but I am told that he will have two punching daggers as his weapons of choice.

Look for this game to drop on September 30, 2009.

And as far as merch goes, we expect either Neca or McFarlane to cart out some new Soul Calibur figures in the future, but right now we’ve still got a some of McFarlane Soul Calibur II figure in-stock. And if you’re like me and crazy about Voldo, this is sure to please you. As for God of War’s protagonist, we’ve also got a section of Kratos figures from Neca in a number of different forms. Check ’em out!