Imagine yourself cruising through the sun-dripped, star-laden streets of Los Angeles. You are the toughest crime warrior this side of Sunset. You take down your enemies with a dizzying array of punches, kicks, combinations and finishing moves, all without breaking a sweat. Welcome to the world of Elite Operations Division operative Nick Kang, a no-holds-barred bad-ass whose brutal reputation has landed him the task of taking down the organized crime units that have turned Los Angeles into a war zone. You become immersed in the gritty underworld of a realistic Los Angeles, taking part in explosive gun battles, devastating martial arts brawls and high-speed shootouts. Then, you discover a hidden code that unlocks the power of the one and only - Snoop Dogg, himself. With his power, you take over the streets in search of criminals trying to take over the city. These adventures await the savvy-minded game connoisseur in Activision's "True Crime: Streets of L. A.," the PC version of the best-selling console game. The game's soundtrack - with rock anthems as well as hip-hop tracks from the award-winning console soundtrack - propels players through the mean streets of L. A., where it's nonstop action as players battle through unpredictable shifts in the storyline that change based on the success or failure of the characters. The PC version takes the driving, fighting and shooting action to a new level with sleek PC graphics, new weapons (such as rocket launchers, crossbows and bats), unlockable characters and an online multiplayer feature. The game's key features include the player's ability to branch away from the storyline and take down random crimes occurring throughout the City of Angels. Players can enter into training sessions to pump up their fighting or shooting skills, or cruise around the city, taking in the sights in a car of their choosing. With over 240 square miles of a bustling Los Angeles at your disposal, there's a surprise around every corner. With a star-studded voice cast and 32 new urban and rock tracks to keep your body grooving, "True Crime: Streets of L. A." gives outsiders a small taste of life in Los Angeles. "True Crime: Streets of L. A." is rated "M" for "mature" and has a suggested retail price of $49.99. - NU
In Warcraft, one of the best strategies for humans are mass casterbined with blizzard, stormbolt and thunder clap it can annihilate virtually all opposition. Against ghoul, I sort of like storm bolt though. Storm bolt kills the enemy one at a timebined with bash, you can keep a metamorph demon hunter dizzy for the whole battle. However, this strategy has one weakness. What about if enemies use a lot of air unit? Mountain king is always my last hero. Meanwhile, I always sacrifice a peasant or two to check out what enemies are building. If enemies are building a lot air units, it's time to beef up your troops with flying machine. Combination of flying machines, which is an anti air counter, with mass casters are awesome. The sorceres can slow or even polymorph many expensive unit. while your flying machines attack the annoying hypogrhyp raider. Can this be countered? One guy beat me up with a lot of hypogrhyp riders and chimera. That's the only way I know how to beat it. I can combine this strategy with double expansion strategy. However, I find it more useful not to build expansion. So, quickly build altar, farm, and make peasants untill your food is 18. Build lumber mill and tower. Then upgrade your town hall. Harass enemies if necessary. You can use water elemental or blizzard. If there fountain of manna you can use both blizzard and water elemental. Then build priests, sorceres, and paladin. Quickly upgrade your town hall to castle. Scout with your peasants. Check out his enemies. If it's ground unit, keep pumping out casters. If it's flying, then quickly build blacksmith and 2-3 workshops.
As we know, grunts are good hero killer with its normal attack. Grunt, is the best unit in the game conservatively speaking and will against all other units. The problem is that Grunt is a conservative unit. Their attack is not range. It doesn’t has auto healing like trolls. It can’t hit air. It’s not a spell casters. I found grunts to be the best bargain in maps containing health fountain. Those are maps like Lost temples. Quickly build farseer and mass grunts like crazy. Quickly creep the middle creeps near the fountain. Now, while creeping, your grunt will heal. Due to Grunts’ huge HP, Grunts will heal much faster in the fountain. Grunts normal attacks work wonder on the creeps with small armor. So, quickly disposed of creeps with small armors first before attacking the creeps with big armors. If you have enough grunts, you can start building trolls. That way, you can level up your Far Seer really fast. When creeping somewhere far from the fountain, Grunts really shine. No need to lure creeps and stuff. Just attack the creeps. Grunts have cheap HP. Also, when one grunts are about to die, just move that grunts to the fountain to be reused latter. Now, attack with all your might, once you have the earth quake. Retreat with town portal when necessary. The enemies of grunts are of course, air units. That’s why after about 6-8 grunts, start massing trolls. The trolls will take care of the air unit while your grunts take care the pesky hero and other ground units. Usually, in the middle of a fight, enemies will focus on so many things. A quick earthquake to their farm would maximize damage even further. When your base is attacked, try attacking enemies base. Grunts collect money every time they hit buildings. Also, with earthquake, chance is you do more damage to them than they do damage to you. Rinse, Repeat, Questions?
Mass Wyvern is Weak for Early Game. Also, while waiting for the wyvern, your heroes have little to do and don’t creep well. A good strategy is then to combine it with strategies that good early on but bad in late. That is towering. So, quickly build tower for expansion. I learn this from Wilma Flinstone. Then proceed as usual. For the second hero, we can use the Tauren Chieftain. The number of peon can be 13-14. First hero is the usual far seer. Buy a lot of items to enchance your hero. It’s your hero that will mainly do the killing. Is 3 hero a good idea? Haven’t tried. If the enemies use a lot of anti air, the Tauren Chieftain is a good counter. Tauren Chieftain Storm Ground can make the enemies ground to air units do nothing. Your Far Seer, can make wolves and cast Chain Lightning often. Now, often, the enemy will have pesky Dreadlord doing sleep. Here is a secret of sleep. When you are sleeping, command the farseer to do what you want to do anyway. For example, say you want your Farseer to do chain lightningmand him to do chain lightning anyway. If the sleep level is low, chance is your Farseer will wake up soon. Once he wake up, he will automatically do the chain lightning you command. Chance is the cool down for chain lightning will be about the same with the cool down for the sleep. So, the sleep really does nothing. If the sleep level is high, command the Farseer to do the chain lightning anyway, and then tell one of your unit to attack the Farseer. The unit will only attack the Farseer once. Hero don’t sleep too long. Now, tower creeping, can also be combined with tower expand. That means more wyvern. Perhaps, some taurens? Check the replays.
Microsoft has tried to catch up with some of the titans of the gaming world, such as Sony with the release of the Xbox 360. The Xbox 360 offers many new features that players will love: Free limited subscription to online gaming - This allows players who have not been participating in online gaming a chance to see what is available at no charge. All Xbox 360s come with Live-aware - This means you can get a friend invite or see who is online and what they are playing from your Xbox 360. The button in the middle of the controller makes all this very easy. It offers great media features including listening to music while you play games, the ability to create custom playlists and your own custom soundtracks, the ability to rip songs from original CDs to your Xbox 360 and stream music from your MP3 player to your Xbox 360. You can also create slideshows of photos to share with friends and family. Xbox 360 has a wireless controller. No more tripping over the wires, although it can support two wired controllers through USB ports in the front. The game console is not only great for gamers, but developers as well. It is a powerful machine with an unprecedented amount of RAM - a feature added on the request of developers. But, Xbox 360 still has some problems that need to be worked out: Their Japanese third party support is lacking - While some Japanese developers offer software for the Xbox, it is small in number when compared to what the same developers offer for Playstation. While the controller is wireless, it eats batteries rather quickly. Standard alkaline batteries only last about thirty hours, so if you buy Xbox 360, invest in rechargeable batteries to save yourself some money in the end. When they were set up in WalMart stores before days before the launch, many suffered what is known as the Xbox "360 screen of death," an error screen. The Xbox 360 had also had some problems with overheating. Some report the Xbox 360 system as being very noisy when playing an Xbox 360 disc. Many people are eagerly awaiting the release of Playstation 3, which may occur as soon as November of this year. It has been said that the Playstation 3 has an outward feel (which allows it to stand vertically or horizontally on its own), as opposed to the Xbox 360's inward feel. It is a much larger console than the Playstation 2 and closer to the original size of the Xbox. Game discs slide into the console like CDs slide into a car player. Here are a few attractive features of the Playstation 3: It is always on, so you can access your Playstation 3 from anywhere as long as you have an Internet connection. With a Playstation Portable, you can connect to your Playstation 3 and transfer media such as music and movies. The Playstation 3 appears to be much more powerful than that Xbox 360, Ninetindo Revolution, and Playstation 2. Initial reports say it will be twice as fast as the Xbox 360. Developers and publishers of over 230 games have announced titles for Playstation 3 games. Here are a few reported cons and problems with the Playstation 360: Comes with only 256 MB, less than the 512 MB the Xbox 360 will come with. Their Playstation Network Platform (the online service) is still in development and may not be ready by the time Playstation 3 is released. The launch of the Playstation 3 has already been delayed due to disk problems. Both the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 are incredible gaming consoles. It seems that although the Xbox 360 came out first, the best bet is still the Playstation 3. The strongest point of the Xbox 360 is its online functionality, but Sony may be working on something similar to Xbox Live right now. However, Microsoft is closing the gap with Xbox 360 and probably will eventually catch up with Sony in gaming consoles. For some users, it may come down to something as simple as which one is more compatible with the games they already own.
Online gaming experience is elevated further to the next level if you would get into Magic Stones. As a downloadable game, Magic Stones is different because it facilitates the combination of a little role playing or role assumption with the excitement of card games. Smart computer gamers would surely find the game not just exciting but also immensely fun and mind-boggling. You surely would feel very much engaged and hooked into it once you start playing. Basically, Magic Stones adopts the setting of the interesting Celtic mythology, where magical creatures and druids abound and dominate. The game is played by creating a druid of your own virtually. The fun and excitement begins there. You have the option and the power to make your virtual character grow in strength and magic. You could choose to train your character in among several magical schools. The fun emanates when you fight out battles and knock down monsters to be able to boost your strength and power. You also would be able to learn and use new and interesting magic spells and discover numbers of highly interesting artifacts. In each battle that you would take, you would have the chance to win avatars, which means your worth and power in the magical, yet virtual world would be bolstered further. In the end, your goal would be to find and get hidden treasures. That is where the real challenge of the game would come from. Overall, you would truly be engaged and challenged as your will power, strategies and determination is tested and established throughout the duration of the game. Sounds fun, right? To get your exclusive download of Magic Stones, log on to winterwolves. Each download would only cost $24.95 and would be compatible for MAC and other PC platforms. Spare as much as 15Mb on your computer memory for the game. Winterwolves is one of the most popular game downloading sites across the whole of the Internet today. The site offers numerous exciting and fun computer games that would surely keep you glued in front of your computer. On top of it all, the site makes sure that the games it offers are of high quality and would sharpen the saw of your mind, giving you virtual exercise of the mind for strategizing and wise decision-making. Download your Magic Stones copy now exclusively from Winterwolves and experience the fun of searching for treasures as a powerful and wise druid. Who says obtaining magic is not possible nowadays?
: MMOG currencies was first introduced from the popular game EverQuest (EQ) with their currency "platinum", also known as "plat". Since the first pioneers of selling plats on Ebay, many have argued and frowned upon those that have ever purchased plats online. I recall many players harassing others with foul names such as "newb" and "ebayer". It has been over 5 years that everyone has been arguing whether the secondary market of trading MMOG money would ever be accepted. Since the introduction of EverQuest platinum, there were probably more than 70% of players that wouldn’t even consider purchasing plats and discriminated against those who did. As of today, the numbers have been reduced extraordinarily. About 40% of the players now purchase currencies, 30% still disliking the idea and 30% of the other players probably does not care too much and may purchase some them selves in the near future. Although online game currency is still a new trend to the online gaming community, it is getting popular at a very hasty rate. Within the end of 2010, I believe even the publishers themselves will support the foundation of the secondary market. Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) have now begun their own EverQuest 2 gold auction system and planning to start a new MMORPG in which they intend to sell currencies and items themselves. With their support, I’m sure the secondary market will be accepted over a period of time. The secondary market is only as successful as the primary. With the release of World of Warcraft (WoW), there are now more than 4.5 million subscribers. A vast majority of those players are probably new to the MMORPG world. A large increase of subscribers means alot more potential for the secondary market. So far, WoW gold has been the hottest seller of the year and perhaps a few more years down the road. With the huge demand on, many players have even started a career in which they collect money, items and other virutal assets and sell them to players or to stores who may buy them at wholesale price and resell it back to individuals. The secondary market one day may even be bigger than the primary. Many gamers of today probably spend more on buying currencies, items and equipments than their subscription fee. The publishers themselves can't even deny the fact that there are lots of money to be made in the secondary market that over a vast period of time I'm sure they will be selling their virtual assets themselves. As for whether the players will support it or not, I believe is just a matter of time before acceptance, of course there will always be a few who will dislike the idea.
If you're not familiar with mobile games, you will be soon because this is the next big area of growth expected in the billion dollar gaming market. A mobile game is a computer software game played on a mobile phone. Mobile games are usually downloaded via the mobile operator's network, but in some cases games are also loaded into the mobile handsets when purchased, or via infrared connection, Bluetooth or memory card. Mobile games are developed using technologies such as DoCoMo's DoJa, Sun's J2ME, Qualcomm's BREW (Binary Runtime for Wireless) or Infusio's ExEn (Execution Environment). Other platforms are also available, but not as common. The different platforms BREW is the more powerful technology, giving, as it does, complete control of the handset and complete access to its functionality. However this unchecked power could be dangerous, and for this reason BREW development process is tailored mainly towards recognised software vendors. While the BREW SDK (Software Development Kit) is freely available, running software on real mobile hardware (as opposed to the provided emulator) requires a digital signature which can only be generated with tools issued by a handful of parties, namely mobile content providers and Qualcomm themselves. Even then, the game will only work on test enabled devices. To be downloadable on regular phones the software must be checked, tested and given approval by Qualcomm via their TRUE BREW Testing programme. Java (aka "J2ME" / "Java ME" / "Java 2 Micro Edition") runs atop a Virtual Machine (called the KVM) which allows reasonable, but not complete, access to the functionality of the underlying phone. This extra layer of software provides a solid barrier of protection which seeks to limit damage from erroneous or malicious software. It also allows Java software to move freely between different types of phone (and other mobile device) containing radically different electronic components, without modification. The price that is paid is a modest decrease in the potential speed of the game and the inability to utilise the entire functionality of a phone (as Java software can only do what this middle-man layer supports.) Because of this extra security and compatibility, it is usually a quite simple process to write and distribute Java mobile applications, including games, to a wide range of phones. Usually all that is needed is a freely available Java Development Kit for creating Java software itself, the accompanying Java ME tools (known as the Java Wireless Toolkit) for packaging and testing mobile software, and space on a web server (web site) to host the resulting application once it is ready for public release. Current limitations of mobile games Mobile games tend to be small in scope and often rely on good gameplay over flashy graphics, due to the lack of processing power of the client devices. One major problem for developers and publishers of mobile games is describing a game in such detail that it gives the customer enough information to make a purchasing decision. Currently, mobile games are sold through network carriers and operators portals, meaning there are only a few lines of text and perhaps a screenshot of the game to entice the customer. There is a reliance on powerful brands and licences such as Tomb Raider or Colin McRae, a racing game. There is also the use of well-known and established play patterns, meaning game play mechanics that are instantly recognizable in games like Tetris, Space Invaders or Poker. Both these strategies are used to entice mobile gamers to purchase games for a fee when a limited amount of additonal information is provided by the wireless carrier, who typically acts as a third party hosting the game. Recent innovations in mobile games include Singleplayer, Multiplayer and 3D graphics. Virtual love games belong to both of singleplayer and multiplayer games. Multiplayer games are quickly finding an audience, as players find the ability to play against other people, a natural extension of their mobile phone’s connectivity.
Love games and want a single location to stop and choose from over 2300? Access the myspace/online games at RedPython. You’ll be overwhelmed. You can even add the games to your profile at the likes of Xanga, Friendster, Orkut and other locations. How simple is it? Just copy and paste the appropriate code at the page bottom and you have it. So what exactly will you find when you visit red python? First of all, the games are divided by categories to help you find the kind of game that you enjoy the most. Top rated games are listed first, along with categories that include random, action arcade, shooting, sports, puzzle, racing, other media, and video movies. Not only do they list redpython’s library of games, but you’ll find links to the Xgames and other game sites, giving you more and more choices for entertainment. If you’re not sure about the game and want to know more about it, many of the games have player ratings that tell what they liked, and didn’t, about a particular listing. This may help in narrowing your choices a little faster. Here are just a sampling of the games you’ll find at redpython. For those of you who like a mental challenge, the puzzle section includes the math puzzle craze Sudoku. Test your powers of concentration as you try to figure out varying levels of this international favorite. Or maybe you like a little less math and more logic. The ultimate jewel works somewhat like the popular board game Connects, in attempting to line up like jewels 4 in a row. It’s harder than it looks! How about the sports nut out there? The worldwide favorite, soccer is there, along with other non-ball related sports, such as BraapBraap - the multi-player motocross game and Jetski challenge. Many of these games have 3-D imaging, giving it a more life-like and more exciting look. Are you a duffer? Play mini Putt Putt for your personal best or play in a worldwide competition mode. Many of the sports games allow you to play against yourself or join in a worldwide network of competition. Picturing yourself as a Nascar circuit driver? In the racing category, there are lots of chances to test your skills. Crazy Loop or Whiskey Liskey might be for you. If you like a little more daring challenge, give the dirt bike racing a try. While you might take a few spills, no bandages will be required! Maybe you’re a card shark. Play against the house or other competitors with the loads of card games available. No matter what your game, you’ll be sure and find it at redpython.
On Monday, July 16th Freezone launched a new site, MyKidsWii. This site offers Ninedo Wiis for free to participants who complete a certain number of sponsored offers. For parents who are looking to get their kids a Wii but who don’t want to pay the retail price, they can go through some of our offers and we will send them the Wii complimentary. The offers are all easy to complete and very broad. Using this site they could very well get all the Christmas presents for their family all at great prices and end up with a free Wii to boot. Some of the sponsored offers include Netflix, Blockbuster and Gamefly. Many offers are for free gift cards to certain stores, so completing the offers are a breeze. The Nintendo Wii is a 7th generation gaming consul that has a unique interactive interface. The hand controller is motion sensitive, allowing avid gamers and new players alike the chance to learn a completely new way of gaming. With the all sorts of sports games included and new editions of games like Zelda and Smash Brothers on the way, this free gift is without a doubt one of the best out there. For more information please visit MyKidsWii
On Monday, July 16th Freezone launched a new site, MyWiiDeal. This site offers Nintendo Wiis for free to participants who complete a certain number of sponsored offers. There is a broad array of offers, many extremely accessible and useful for a variety of people. This is a great way for people who haven’t been able to get a Wii in stores to finally get their hands on this consul. Some of the sponsors include Netflix, Blockbuster, and Gamefly. The Nintendo Wii is a 7th generation game consul that has a truly unique interactive interface. The hand controller is motion sensitive allowing avid gamers and new players the chance to learn a completely new way of playing games. With the all sorts of sports games included and new editions of games like Zelda and Smash Brothers on the way, this free gift is without a doubt one of the best out there. For more information please visit MyWiiDeal
NCAA Football 08 is a college football video game created by EA Sports and release 0n July 17, 2007. The game marks the eleventh installment of the NCAA Football series bearing the title "NCAA Football". Let me share with you some of the NCAA Football 08 for Playstation 3 cheat codes. Happy video gaming! NCAA Football 08 Cheat: Use Injured Players: To use injured players while in Dynasty Mode, simply start the game as normal and play through the first kickoff, pausing the game and restarting thereafter. This will restart the game, and miraculously, your injured players will be able to play. (This has only been verified on the PS2 version). NCAA Football 08 Unlockable: All-Star Squads: Bow Down – Unlocks All-Star Washington Squad Death Valley – Unlocks All-Star Clemson Squad Fumble – Unlocks 2004’s All-American Squad Gig Em – Unlocks All-Star Texas A&M Squad Go Blue – Unlocks All-Star Michigan Squad Killer Nuts – Unlocks All-Star Ohio State Squad Mighty – Unlocks All-Star UCLA Squad Roll Tide – Unlocks All-Star Alabama Squad U Rah Rah – Unlocks All-Star Wisconsin Squad War Eagle – Unlocks All-Star Auburn Squad We Are – Unlocks All-Star Penn State Squad Woopigsooie – Unlocks All-Star Arkansas Squad NCAA Football 08 Hint: Avoid Excessive Celebration Penalties: To avoid excessive celebration penalties, simply pause the game and then resume when you feel you’re in jeopardy of possibly getting called to avoid the penalty. NCAA Football 08 Hint: Receiver Mismatch: If you're looking for an edge in a close game (or at anytime, really), try moving your best receiver to the number three spot on your depth chart. This will only work in a three or more receiver set, but if you manage to do this, your best receiver will sometimes be covered by a weaker linebacker, cornerback, or safety. NCAA Football 08 Hint: Campus Legend Mode: During Campus Legend Mode, your scholastic achievement is important. So, for instance, if you need a boost to your player's GPA, choose to go study with a tutor. This will increase your test scores, and eventually, your GPA will increase. You could also choose to study on your own, which will give you possible questions and answers on your tests. Simply write down the answers or keep a laptop handy, where the answers can be quickly researched on the internet.
Madison Heights, Michigan, July 17, 2007 – Scavenger hunts are no longer a fully corporeal affair. One can simply sit down in front of the computer and follow clues to bountiful rewards. Less than three months out from the launch of eScavenger, over $20,000 in prizes have been awarded, ranging from big screen televisions, to Nintendo Wiis, and Apple iPods. With online scavenger hunts currently hosted twice a week, members join free of charge and compete with others across the nation. In addition to grand prizes for the hunts, called “Adventures”, users who make it through to the end are awarded Doubloons, which are stored in their account and can be traded in for more coveted treasures. The response from the public has been extremely positive. “(I) love the site, love the competition, compete whenever I can,” a user responded in a recent survey administered by the eScavengers team. In the short time since its release, eScavengers has broken down traffic barriers and now boasts over 6.6 million hits and 102,000 unique visitors. The web site, still in Beta phase, will soon be entering into its highly anticipated version 3.0, to include a batch of upgrades, many of which were suggested by users. “Recently we implemented an automated reminder system and referral bonus system, both of which were requested by users,” explains Zac Ball, co-creator of eScavengers. “Although we are deep into the development stages of the new release, we are still accepting feedback from users. Their opinions are very valuable, and we are striving to make everyone happy.” The speculative date for the release of version 3.0 is the end of August, 2007.
Most gamers may know it as Nintendo Revolution, but the new name is Wii (pronounced as “we”). As of April 27th, Nintendo’s seventh-generation video game console, their fifth home console, became the newest successor to Nintendo GameCube. Wii is unique with the Wii Remote, or “Wii-mote”, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and as detecting motion in three dimensions. The controller contains a speaker and a rumbling device which provides sensory feedback. As of June 2006, an exact release date has yet to be confirmed. Nintendo’s most recent statements confirm that Nintendo plans to release Wii in the 4th quarter of 2006. Internationally, Nintendo hopes to launch with no more than four months difference between the first and last launching regions. At a June 2006 briefing in Japan, it was stated that a precise release date and price would be announced by September. It was confirmed that Wii will cost no more than $250. A Nintendo spokesman said that the price in the U. K. will be in line with Japanese and US prices. Nintendo has intentions to have approximately 6 million console units and 17 million software units by March 31, 2007. Wii is Nintendo’s smallest home game console yet, at approximately the size of three standard DVD cases stacked together. The console has been confirmed to have the ability to stand either horizontally or vertically. Nintendo has stated that a small attachment can be equipped to play on DVD Video. Nintendo has displayed Wii in various colors: platinum, lime green, white, black, blue and red. The final colors of the console are still to be announced. The systems shown at E3 2006 and in different trailers appear to have several small changes from the original design. Nintendo not only had branding on the case which replaced the Wii logo, but the disc loading slot is enlarged slightly as the reset button is moved from next to the eject button to the power button. The power indicator light is moved from next to the power button inside the button. The port for the sensor bar, a device used for the Wii Remote’s three dimensional sensing is found at the rear of the console. This port did not appear in any of the former Wii hardware images, including the images in Nintendo’s E3 media press kit. At E3 2006, Nintendo announced WiiConnect24, a feature of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection that will permit the user to remain connected to the Internet in standby mode. Some possibilities of this newest feature that were mentioned at E3 2006 included allowing friends to visit the player’s village in games like Animal Crossing, and downloading new updates for games while in standby mode. It would also be possible to download DS promotional demos using WiiConnect24 and later transfer it to Nintendo DS. Wii will support wireless connectivity with the Nintendo DS. It’s been stated that Nintendo was still ironing out details when features using this connectivity would be available to the public. Go to NintendoWii. biz for more articles, information, news, photos, game lists and more about Nintendo Wii and it's games.
The new Wii is the fifth home video game console from Nintendo. This gaming device is the direct successor to the Nintendo GameCube and targets a broader demographic than that of the Xbox 360 by Microsoft and PlayStation3 by Sony. The game console comes with the distinguishing feature of a wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and is able to detect acceleration in three dimensions. Another feature is the WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet in a standby mode. Nintendo first announced the entry of the Wii console at the 2004 E3 press conference the system and later unveiled it in the 2005 E3. The console was known by the code name of "Revolution" until April 27, 2006. But later, it was changed to the Wii. It was the first home console Nintendo had marketed outside of Japan. Nintendo announced the launching of the console on September 14, 2006. The company announced that the majority of the 2006 shipments would be allotted to the Americas, while the 33 titles would be available in the 2006 launch window. Nintendo also announced the release of the console in South Korea by the beginning of 2008. Since its launch, Nintendo Wii recorded a high rise in the monthly sale of the console beating its competitors across the globe. According to the NPD Group, the Nintendo Wii sold more units in North America than the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 combined in the first half of 2007, which was a record in gaming console history. Nintendo also enjoys a large market share in the Japanese market, where it currently leads in total sales, having outsold both consoles by factors of 2:1 to 6:1 nearly every week from its launch until November 2007. The sale of the Nintendo Wii in Australia also created history by overtaking its competitors.