New Games for Xbox 360 Kinect

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Microsoft’s Kinect sensor for Xbox 360 is a hardware that allows controller-free gaming and helps people play video games using physical motion. Kinect features a depth camera and a color VGA motion camera, each of 640 by 480 pixel resolution. It uses a revolutionary technology that includes full-body recognition and supports single-speaker voice recognition that separates your voice from other noises in the room. Kinect makes the fun even more extraordinary by connecting to Xbox LIVE, which is the online gaming and entertainment service for Xbox 360 without any extra accessories, and allows you to enjoy 3,500 free game demos, instant HD movies from Netflix, live sports from ESPN, and streaming music. Guinness World Records recently confirmed that Kinect is the fastest-selling consumer electronics device ever, topping Apple’s iPhone and iPad. A total of 8,000,000 units were sold during the first 60 days of its release on 11/04/2010. Apple iPad 2 recently sold 300,000 units in the first weekend of its release on 03/11/2011. Is the iPad 2 going to be the new fastest-selling device? Only time will tell!

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Michael Jackson: The Experience

Release Date: April 12, 2011

Rated: Everyone 10+

This is the essential dance and party game for fans of all abilities to immerse themselves into Michael Jackson’s unique universe, providing an interactive experience that enables players to step into the shoes of the King of Pop and the world’s ultimate performer, and relive his most iconic moments through their own performance. The game features include: innovative full-body tracking, single player game play, multiplayer dance challenges, dance crew performances, jump-in/jump-out party modes with up to 4 players, option to sing and dance simultaneously, authentic Michael Jackson choreography, costumes and imagery, and a practice mode. The game includes a wealth of unforgettable hits including ‘Billie Jean,’ ‘Beat It,’ ‘Smooth Criminal’ and many more, as well as Michael Jackson School, where you can learn how to master the moves he made famous in iconic environments inspired by his most popular music videos and stage performances.

Fantastic Pets

Release Date: April 12, 2011

Rated: Everyone

The game allows players to create and interact with unlimited varieties of different animals including cats, dogs, lizards, and horses by using a wide array of cutting edge and user-friendly design menu options. Customize your pets’ skins, colors, patterns, wings, horns, and tails for a truly unique look, and then discover their unique personalities, lifelike reactions and behaviors. Select from 12 mini games to interact and play with your pets, including fetch, pet wash, bubble popping, dressage and grooming, talking to your pets and teaching them tricks with voice commands, and more. It allows you and a friend to appear on screen at the same time to interact with multiple pets in the lush 3D world. The game also features avatars, tutorials, trophies, awards and daily events.

Carnival Games: Monkey See Monkey Do

Release Date: April 5, 2011

Rated: Everyone

Twenty exciting games and attractions bring the fun to your living room in an all-new adventure and full-body experience for the whole family. Put on your dancing shoes for a Cotton-Eyed Joe competition against Monkey Barker, dive into danger in the Shark Tank, or go for a raucous ride on Gold Rush Mountain. Try your hand at wacky midway challenges including Ring Fling, Funnel Cake Falls, Rocket to Mars, Crash-Test Dummy, and Pop Darts. Re-experience your favorite boardwalk classics including Alley Ball, Strength Test, Court King, Golden Arm, and Wheel of Chance. Win interactive hilarious prizes including dragons, robot cowboys, flying bears, ninjas, and wacky wearables to dress up your Xbox Live Avatar.

Yoostar 2: In The Movies

Release Date: March 8, 2011

Rated: Teen

Yoostar 2 brings Hollywood’s magic and fun to your living room to digitally hop into your favorite movies and TV scenes. Perform the lines as written alongside or in place of your favorite actors in 50 scenes from current movie hits including: The Hangover, Tropic Thunder, Kick Ass, and Meet the Fockers; or classics including: The Godfather, Rocky, Casablanca, and The Wizard of Oz; or act out scenes from popular TV shows including: Star Trek, Mad Men, and CSI. The game also features a variety of modes that challenge a single-player or two-players, 10 Hollywood sets and 20 video backgrounds to enhance your performance, and 1,200 superstars like Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Gerard Butler, Cameron Diaz, and Arnold Schwarzenegger to perform with or instead of. Your performance is scored on accuracy and overall performance, allowing for improvisation that draws on your creativity or take the scene in a hilarious new direction. You can earn awards, share videos, and rate other players’ performances within the community.

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