Today’s news roundup sees Nintendo bringing a Connection Ambassador program to Europe, awarding players for helping connect friends and family. In other news, Dutch game retailer Nedgame boycotts the PSPGo, Shadow Complex cheaters are threatened with gamerscore removals, and the Lost Planet 2 demo finally arrives on PSN.
Nintendo Introduce Connection Ambassador Program To Europe
Nintendo has decided to reward loyal European customers with a new “Connection Ambassador” incentive. Starting from October, Nintendo will be encouraging Wii users to help connect their family and friends. Every Wii owner helped grants the “ambassador” and the friend or family member 500 Wii points. Upon connecting 10 people the “Connection master Gold Status” is awarded, allowing the ambassador access to all first party NES games on the virtual console for free.
“Connection Master Platinum” can be reached after 20 connections are made, including all first-party and third-party NES, SNES and N64 games on the Virtual console. Every connection made also racks up the points awarded, so anyone managing the maximum 20 people helped will have 10,000 Wii points at their disposal. At the moment this program is exclusive to Europe, but with enough time and pestering it will probably see a worldwide release. [Computer&Videogames]
Game Retailers Boycott PSPGo
The PSPGo is set for release early next month, but not everyone is ready to embrace it. The PSPGo places a strong focus on digital distribution, meaning no physical games can be sold with the machine. Nedgame are currently the largest videogame outlet in Holland and have cited this as the reason they won’t be stocking the PSPGo.
Game sales make up the majority of profits for game retailers, so a gaming device that can’t provide that is rather undesirable. Nedgame also believe the price point to be far too high at 249.99 euro. Other gaming stores have reportedly taken similar action in Holland and Spain. Retailers may end up regretting their decision if the PSPGo proves to the major success Sony believes it will be. Hopefully we'll know more by release on October 1st. [Eurogamer]
Shadow Complex Cheaters Face Reset Gamerscore
Shadow complex, like any game, has seen its fair share of cheaters. Chair has announced their plan to clamp down on cheaters, focusing specifically on those using cheating as a method to boost leaderboard scores.
Those caught in the act will be removed from the leaderboard, resulting in an investigation by Microsoft, potentially leading to their entire gamerscore being reset. Player facing this punishment will forever be known as a “cheater” on their gamer profile, further rubbing salt into the wound. [1UP]
Lost Planet 2 Demo Arriving On PSN
After a long wait PlayStation 3 owners finally get the chance to try out Lost Planet 2 for themselves. Capcom has revealed the demo will be available next week on PSN. The PS3 version will be similar to the Xbox 360 demo, but Capcom has thrown a little extra in to make up for the long wait.
“Beginning September 24, PS3 owners will not only be able to engage in the frantic battle against the enormous G-Type Akrid, the boss Akrid of the Episode 1, but will also get the exclusive experience of two additional missions in an online co-operative extermination of the Akrid of E.D.N. III,” said Capcom public relations manager Brian Keltner. Lost Planet 2 should be hitting the PS3, Xbox 360, and PC in 2010. [U.S.PlayStationBlog]