Anticipation building for Halo 3

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VANCOUVER - Hello Halo: Halo 3, due out Sept. 25th, has set records for pre-orders, topping the one million mark. The numbers for this game will be huge, rivalling blockbuster Hollywood movie sales. In 2004, the release of Halo 2 brought in $125 million US in the first 24 hours.

VANCOUVER - Hello Halo: Halo 3, due out Sept. 25th, has set records for pre-orders, topping the one million mark. The numbers for this game will be huge, rivalling blockbuster Hollywood movie sales. In 2004, the release of Halo 2 brought in $125 million US in the first 24 hours.

Furry Friends: Disney has announced a different type of game for the DS coming after Christmas, Disney Friends. It sounds like a Nintendogs, or pet-simulation role-playing game, where you adopt Disney characters like Stitch, Dory, Simba and others and take them on adventures and build relationships with them. It's welcome because so many video games are focused on violence or complicated games for the older set, and sometimes the youngest gamers are forgotten.

On the download: While the store shelves are hardly bursting with new releases, lots of the simpler arcade games are flowing out this month. From Xbox Live expect Ecco the Dolphin, Hexic 2, War World, Geon: Emotions, Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords, Space Giraffe, Streets of Rage 2 and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo HD Remix.

Console wars, continued: Prices are dropping like Britney Spears' career. The Xbox 360 has enacted some cuts: $50 off the Elite model and $100 drops for the Premium and core models. So you can now get a stacked model for $499 or the premium package for $399.

Also announced this week is a Halo 3 special-edition console for $449.

Expect new pricing on the PlayStation 3 in the coming months, too. The PS3 has already announced a new 80 GB model, available for $659 and packed with Motorstorm. The expanded hard drive will allow lots of downloadable content, from movies to TV to games. The 60-GB model has been selling well for Sony since its price dropped to $549 in July.

Research and development: Nintendo has filed a patent for a new motion-based Game Boy-type model. The portable game machine would reportedly be controlled mostly by tilting and turning and twisting it. They've already put this in several games, Kirby and Wario Ware, and it works great. A motion-based handheld would be in serious demand if done right.

Vancouver Province

Organizations: PlayStation 3, Sony, Nintendo

Geographic location: Vancouver Province, Hollywood, US

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