PlayStation 3 is delayed

March 23, 2006|By TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES

Been planning to spend your summer vacation with a death grip on the controller of your new PlayStation 3? Not gonna happen. Sony announced last week that the much-anticipated release of the PS3 will be delayed until November.

Sony's reason for the delay is that it's waiting for the video game industry to make decisions about issues such as formatting and the like (i.e., UMD vs. disk). Analysts say Sony has gotten in over its head by trying to make the PS3 all things to all people. Those same analysts suggest that the real reason for the delay is that Sony is negotiating with suppliers for lower costs on key components.

Crammed with enough technological add-ons to manage a space shuttle mission, the PS3 reportedly costs Sony more to manufacture than it could possibly be sold for in a competitive marketplace. Rumor has it that Sony would lose hundreds of dollars per unit if it released the PS3 as is.

Make me an offer

EA's The Godfather, featuring the late Marlon Brando's last acting performance, went on sale Tuesday, but presales have already pushed the game over the gold mark.

You play as a young mobster entering the Corleone family and trying to graft your way to the top. The game blends original elements from the Godfather movies and the original book by Mario Puzo with new fictive scenarios.

It's now available for the PS2, Xbox and PC. Versions for the Xbox 360 and PSP will be released later in the year.

Peachy keen

Nintendo's Princess Peach has been a perpetual damsel in distress for the past 20 years. Long due a healthy dose of empowerment, she gets it at last in Super Princess Peach for the Nintendo DS. It's a classic 2-D platform game, a la the original Mario Bros. games. In a nifty twist, this time it's the Princess battling goombas and other baddies to rescue Mario and Luigi. It's no replacement for a standard Mario Bros. game -- we'll have to wait a few months more for Nintendo's New Super Mario Bros. game for that -- but it's a fun diversion in the interim.

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