News from the video game industry for the week of March 22
Every Sunday, MacNN and Electronista takes a moment to gather together some notable stories from the world of gaming. In today's Weekly Game Replay, Atari blocks the man behind Tempest 2000's programming from making similar games, Final Fantasy XI will be heading to mobile devices, rumors of a Metal Gear Solid rift, and the transfer of ownership of Hawken.
Headphones for PS3, PS4 offer DTS 7.1 surround sound technology, 50mm drivers
Turtle Beach announced another new headset with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 surround sound technology, the wireless Ear Force Stealth 500P. Like the recently-released Z60, the DTS technology allows the company to control the surround sound, moving it to the center of a user's body instead of several feet away. The headset comes with modes for games, movies, music and stereo.
Nintendo 3DS gets right analog add-on in US
Nintendo on Tuesday confirmed that its Circle Pad Pro add-on for the 3DS would becoming to the US. The right analog stick and shoulder button hybrid should reach the US on February 7 as a GameStop exclusive. It will carry a relatively low price at $20, although it won't come with extras.
Konami games for iPhone
Game-producer Konami has announced versions of Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Metal Gear Solid for the iPhone and iPod touch platforms. The first-person shooter Silent Hill The Escape allows gamers to control character movement by sliding a finger across the touchscreen, while the accelerometer provides input for aiming weapons at enemies. DanceDanceRevolution S Lite features 3D characters with the dance moves controlled by virtual buttons on the touchscreen.
Frogger game for iPhone
A new version of the popular game Frogger has been released for the iPhone. Konami has carried the Frogger legacy across 27 years from the original 1981 arcade version. The player's frog must avoid moving obstacles on the way home across the pond, jumping past cars on the street or riding logs and turtles while crossing a river. Successfully navigating five frogs to safety will open the next level.
MGS4 PS3 bundles revealed
As Metal Gear Solid 4 approaches release, Sony and Konami have released definitive details about two previously mentioned console bundles, with some apparent tradeoffs between them. Crave reports that the limited edition gunmetal grey 40GB model features the same downside as the standard version, in that it can not play Playstation 2 game titles. The special edition will, however, come with a soundtrack and a Blu-ray disc with a behind-the-scenes documentary.