The PSPGo. Shiny. New. But no UMD drive. To complement it, a shiny, new PSP store is opening up for all your gaming needs. Of course, the older models of PSP can also use the PSP store just fine (and will play Minis too) so it’s somewhat of a surprise that Sony are thinking of taking the shiny, new PSP Mini game range and putting them on the shiny, old UMD format. SCEE’s Zeno Colaco suggests, “A package of multiple Minis games on a single UMD is a real possibility at a later stage, where even a studio or publisher will put a collection of their own games on a single disc. We’d be open to that.”
This is an obvious benefit to those who have no access to the PSP Store but it does seem a backward step after the PSPGo. Zeno (loving the name – sounds like he should be the star of his own sci-fi shooter) also suggests that the Minis could jump ship from PSP to PS3. “These games won’t need to necessarily be built for the home console, and I think these games will find their true life and identity in those micro-bursts of play. But I do think there’s a possibility that Minis could find themselves on other consoles down the line.”
This means the PS3 would finally get Tetris, currently being developed by Electronic Arts, and the edge-of-your-seat excitement that is Mini Soduku. What? You want more? More excitement that Soduku?! How very fortunate, both for you and for me as I can link two small stories in two one news item.
Icon Games have announced their first batch of Mini games to be released before the end of the year. Grab your PSP and some alcohol and prepare for a virtual night down the pub with the release of ‘Arcade Darts’, ‘Arcade Pool & Snooker’ and ‘Arcade Air Hockey & Bowling’. Straying from the pub game theme and looking the most promising is ‘Stunt Cars’. If you had an Amiga way back in the day your may remember a 3D race game ‘Stunt Car Racer’ where you guided your vehicle (and I use that phrase loosely, it was more of a ‘wedge’) around what seemed to be a rollercoaster track. It was ridiculous amounts of fun and the new Stunt Cars appears to have been ‘inspired’ by this classic.
We’ve spoken to Icon Games this week, and we’ll have more from the developer rather soon…