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Nintendo DSi XL

Posted: June 20, 2010 by Navid Firouz in Games, Posts with Pictures
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It hasn’t got much to do with Korea Games, but after all we’re all gamers crossing international boarders through network gaming.

Here it is, my new Nintendo DSi XL. You may wonder why I got one of these; and you’re not alone – I’m surprised, too. Especially since Nintendo officially presented their new 3D supporting handheld this week.

Either way, the question is “to be a gamer or not to be a gamer”… And I couldn’t resist playing on a 93% larger screen than on the DS Lite, having two cameras and a bunch of customization features. So far it was successful in keeping me entertained during my last flight. And since the DSi XL is not released in Korea yet, I feel like the adventurer Christopher Columbus.

After a week of playing First Person Shooters on the PC and Xbox 360 and visiting the hardcore FPS event yesterday, I completed Elite Beat Agents to maintain a healthy diet :) Here are some pictures:

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Korean games publisher NEXON who have more than three million registered soldiers for its game Combat Arms, added some new weapons to the games’ arsenal

The three new weapons to choose fromare: the AA-12 Shotgun, M417 SB machine gun and M93 Hornet Mine. There are also some new features for how players can acquire rare weapons and retain them for longer periods.

This latest Combat Arms video is quite suitable for the weapons update occasion:
Have fun!

Korean company HanbitSoft introduces “The Heaven of Three Kingdoms”, a Massively Multiplayer Role-Playing Game. It appears that it received quite positive feedback from the Focus Group Test and G-Star for its equestrian combat and instance dungeon system. The game features some creative elements such as a Wonder Bar system, an EXP item, and a party system. Wonder Bar is filled up in proportion to player’s log in time and a gauge is increased every 30 minutes up to 8 bars. The more you fill up, the better items you can get. Also, you can produce an EXP item with a particular item that stores EXP by hunting.  The game unveils eight base character classes: Swordsman, Blademan, Spearman, Bownman, Healer, Magician, Assassin, and Martial Artist. HanbitSoft plans to add more character classes in the future.

Here are two recent images.

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Awesome Marketing ^_^

One of my favorite Korean groups “Big Bang” are transformed into playable characters in one of my favorite FPS games “Sudden Attack”

Features include Big Bang character choice, arm reserve etc …

One picture and two videos below:

 Sudden Attack


Many of you know the giant Korean company NHN. For example they run Korea’s biggest search engine called and many related online game services and platforms.

Animated by Korean studio WooDUS, this Tetris advert from NHN’s Naver puts the game in a fresh spotlight. However I it very much reminds me of a similar advert by Coca Cola.

I put them next to each other so you can compare ^_^ … What do you think?
It’s nicely done anyway.  And only the basic concept is similar. They are both great adverts in my opinion.

This is the Korean Tetris advert:

This is the Coca Cola advert:

By Navid Firouz

When I saw the Korean Basketball MMORPG “FreeStyle” I was surprised and impressed at the same time. The MMORPG genre is usually driven by warriors battling their way trough fantasy worlds filled with Elves and Orks.
To my second surprise the Korean developer devCat has created “Husky Express”; to be published by NEXON.

It is a dog-sledging MMORPG where players make deliveries in snowy scenarios. In the same way you would upgrade your characters in a “normal” MMORPG, in “Husky Express” dogs are also leveled with different skill sets such as smelling goods…

Quite frankly I like that more variety is coming to the MMORPG genre. Basketball, Husky dogs …. what’s next?

By Navid Firouz

Following the previous post with the title “Six Games Featuring Korea” here are two more promintent games set in Korea. The famous “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2″ and “Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction”.

In Ghost Recon 2 the single-player campaign players experience the near-future North Korea, where a rogue military leader is trigger happy about a nuclear bomb.

Mercenaries takes place in a version of North Korea that some might know from news on TV. After North Korean president Kim begins to see the upside of democracy, he’s assassinated by his son… (in the game).

Ghost Recon 2 Mercenaries

Thanks to for bringing this to my attention via his Twitter page

Navid Firouz

I recall that in the movie “James Bond – Die Another Day” 007 is sent to investigate the connection between a North Korean terrorist and a diamond mogul who is funding the development of an international space weapon.

Therefore I was wondering which videogames have featured Korea and, after some research, I put together the below list. All of them are related to war and most titles date back to times of 3.5″ floppy disks and Windows 95.

All images are the copyright and/or trademark of the respective owners:

Conflict Korea

 Conflict Korea
By Strategic Simulations Inc
Media: 3.5″ disk

DMZ North Korea

DMZ North Korea
December 18, 2006 
(DMZ stands for Demilitarized Zone)

Korea Forgotten Conflict

 Korea: The Forgotten Conflict
By Cenega
November 17, 2003

FlashPoint Korea

Flash Point Korea
by Jane’s Combat Simulations

F/A-18 Korea

By Graphic Simulations

Korea 1985
Modern Campaigns: Korea ’85
By: HPS Simulations
Genre: Strategy RPG

By Navid Firouz

As announced on a global MU Online beta testing will take place for three days starting from April 28th.
To participate this event, sign-up for a free account starting from April 21st.

WEBZEN will directly publish the global version of MU Online, via their Game Portal

More details about the game can be found on the offical game site for Mu Online

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After introducing the Game Park Wiz in previous posts, here is the latest video after this week’s product launch.
In Korea people call the device “MyungTendo” referring to Korea’s president Lee Myung-bak who publicly stated why Korea cannot have such great products like Nintendo :)

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