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Oxygen schedules pirates and more for Europe

Oxygen Interactive has a slew of upcoming DS software in its lineup, which involve make-up, pirates, and pool respectively (although a combination of the three would be interesting, as that would likely involve applying eye-liner to Johnny Depp).

The games now have release dates (or months), which seem to be Europe-only even though the company is bringing them to the U.S. eventually. We don't imagine that this lot will take long to localize, though, as there won't be any translation issues.

The one that piques our interest the most is the August release of Pirates: Duels on the High Seas, because, well, it involves pirates. It's also a sequel to a WiiWare title called Pirates: The Key of Dreams, which should hit Nintendo's service sometime this month.

As for the pirate-less games, you have 8Ball All Stars, which is a "modern and stylish take on pool," slated for September. Then, in October you can expect Oxygen's line of demeaning girls' titles to hit the market, including My Make-Up, My Dress-Up, and My Secret Diary.

Does anyone think they'll be swashbuckling this summer -- you know, in the legal way?

Pirates arrrr coming to the DS in June

Many of you fancy yourselves swashbuckling fiends, which means you grab onto any pirate-related news as if it were treasure. At least, Oxygen is banking on this, which is why they're bringing Pirates: Duels on the High Seas to the DS.

Originally, the game was supposed to end up in Europe on April 18th. Oxygen revealed today, though, that the game's release was pushed back to June. The title seems to have a lot of gameplay content (multiple single player modes, single-cart multiplayer, varying tasks, etc.), but we suppose we'll have to wait until June now to see if it's actually any good.

You can also expect a a WiiWare prequel for this game at some point this summer (called Pirates: The Key of Dreams) to expand upon the story of Duels on the High Seas.


[Via press release]

Oxygen releases screens for Pirates: Duels on the High Seas


Oxygen Interactive sent us a press release with the boxart you see above, as well as some screens from their upcoming seafaring romp, Pirates: Duels on the High Seas. As one might imagine, the game will feature ship battles on the open water, striped shirts and parrots.

Prates: Duels on the High Seas is set for an April 18th release.

Toys "ARRRR" Us: Piracy in the Philippines

Pirated video games in the Philippines is certainly nothing new -- we remember seeing counterfeit Famicom carts being sold there back in the day -- but its ubiquity in the Southeast Asian country is startling. GameOPS' John Phillips Bengero sent us some pictures to illustrate just how dire the DS and GBA bootlegging situation is. Far from being confined to Manila's seedier markets, these shots were taken at a recently opened Toys "R" Us branch in TriNoma mall! Bring a pocket full of pesos past the post break for the photos.

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Plundr: Dangerous Shores' location-based gaming weighs anchor on the Nintendo DS

The main idea behind location-based gaming is to transform the city around you into a new setting that can be interacted with and explored. In Plundr's case, you're the captain of a pirate ship looking to pillage and swashbuckle your way to the top of the buccaneer chain.

Using WiFi positioning to track your movements and superimpose landmarks over your neighborhood map, Plundr builds islands that you can set sail for and investigate. Taking a walk to that coffee shop two blocks away will bring up a trading post where you can buy spices and deliver goods. If you head over to the nearby park, there's a few unsuspecting merchant ships to test your cannons on.

Developer area/code originally designed the title with laptops in mind, but working with the R4DS homebrew platform, the Manhattan-based company was able to port the game to our scurvy handheld and show off the fruits of its efforts at O'Reilly's Where 2.0 Conference late last May. Though we're still waiting to hear more about the clever game, these first shots of Plundr: Dangerous Shores that we scoured up will tide us over for now. Yarr!

Gallery: Plundr


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Sorry sir, but you can't bring that dual-screened handheld in here

At a recent screening for the third Pirates of the Caribbean film, one critic was denied entry with his DS. Turns out, security made him take it back to his car because they mistook it for a recording device. Yup, the dual-screened handheld (unconfirmed if it was a Lite or not) was not allowed into the screening for fear that it was some sort of video capture device. Of course, a simple boot up of the machine clearly reveals it to be for video games (most people know to associate the name Nintendo with video games, wouldn't you say?), but security still wasn't having it.

It's weird because cell phones lacking a camera attachment were allowed to enter the screening, so in hindsight the author says he should've just said it was one of those.

[Thanks, Kevin; via Boing Boing]

Get an eye full of the Pirates booth section


Remember when we talked about those special download kiosks that were littered around Disneyland for the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End premiere? Well, it didn't take long before one fine reader, who is known on these vast internets as "Jesus," took a picture and sent it in. Honestly, we're unimpressed and were thinking these download spots would be more in-line with the theme, like swashbuckling us away lest we download their precious booty. Oh well, chalk that up to another instance where our imagination outclasses reality.

Disney offers special downloads for DS owners at theme parks

Disney has announced that owners of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean game on the DS will find something else to do at their theme parks as, beginning tomorrow, special download locations will allow gamers to unlock new costumes and cheats for the game. Hidden near special Pirates attractions, these "X-marks-the-spot" hotspots will be littered throughout the parks. "We are committed about giving our Disney park visitors an innovative, relevant and rewarding experience every time they visit," said Michael Mendenhall, executive vice president of global marketing for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

If you happen to have access to one of these hotspots, send us a picture and we'll be sure to post it.

[Via press release]

Julius the Pirate Monkey DS Lite

It's been too long since we last took a sip from China's rum bottle of personalized DS Lites; it's time to get back on that wagon with a buccaneer-themed skin.

YYJoy forumer Pikapika shivered our timbers, decorating his handheld with a crossed-cutlasses pattern and Julius the Monkey decked out in full corsair regalia. Now that's piracy we can get behind! Walk the post break plank for more photos of the shipshape DS Lite.

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Bruckheimer gets his DS on

During the Japanese premiere event for the recently-released, and box-office-shattering, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, the producer Jerry Bruckheimer sat down to chat about his interests in gaming as well as to play the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest game for the DS.

While Google's Japanese-to-English translation software could use a little work, we were able to understand that Mr. Bruckheimer enjoys a bit of Oblivion now and again. Aside from that, he seems to support game tie-ins to movies as he feels the extra money is nice that the two experiences, exciting for the game and relaxing for the movie, complement each other well.

[Update: Fixed a typo. Thanks DSGirl!]

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