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Tenchu 4 to hit PSP, not Wii exclusive after all?

There isn't enough ninja on PSP. There aren't enough pirates either, but Tenchu 4 can't solve that. It can, however, save us from a current lack of stealth kills and rooftop trespasses. Speaking to a Tenchu 4 rep, Siliconera got word that the famed neck-snapper would be going to PSP.

Later, they found out that the game was also listed on the OFLC (Australia) as a multiplatform release. Is this all just coincidence or an early leak? We guess the one place to find out would be at TGS starting next week.

Shaun White Snowboarding on PSP set for Nov. 13

The Flying Tomato is getting a slew of new games across all platforms this fall, and the PSP is no exception. What does good old Shaun think of that? Well, judging by this pic, he seems to be all for it. The portable versions of Shaun White Snowboarding will be available for sale on November 13.

The PSP version boasts of co-op and competitive multiplayer modes and a skill development system to customize your board riders. Could this game turn out to be the next Tony Hawk's Pro Skater sort of success story and spin out to become a long line of sequels? Who knows. What do you think Shaun? Yup, he's still giving the thumbs up.

[Via press release]

Ubisoft clarifies: still supports PSP, 12 titles underway

Addressing UK manager Rob Cooper's previous comments on a directionless PSP, Ubisoft wants to clarify that the company still believes in the PSP and will back it up. Back it up they shall with 12 titles planned for this fiscal year. As for what those titles are, they haven't said; however, Ubisoft hinted at some possible fan favorites: " ... including titles for some of our top-selling brands."

Top-selling? We're thinking Rayman on PSP, but don't quote us on that. Seeing as Ubisoft didn't make mention of these 12 titles at the company's recent UbiDays gathering in Paris, we're assuming we'll be seeing official announcements for these games (or at least some) at this year's E3 in July.

Ubisoft blames Sony for 'directionless' PSP

We've been reiterating this point many times before, but for those of us with PSPs outside of Japan, we must prepare for an incredible software drought. While games like Hot Shots Golf: Open Tee 2 and Secret Agent Clank will occupy our summer, there isn't much to look forward to from third party publishers on Sony's handheld. Ubisoft's UK managing director Rob Cooper told "I think that Sony is disappointed with sales and it's unsure as to which way to take it ... Sony needs to show us a bit more about what its plans are to convince the publisher to invest lots more money into it. Especially when you've got the DS selling at such a tremendous pace."

"It's direction, a real strategic decision by Sony as to what it wants to do with that product. It's a great shame that sales are at the level they are, because you've got a hardware system that is absolutely beautiful ... we're not developing too many games on it until we get some direction." Ubisoft currently has zero PSP games in development, a trend not uncommon amongst non-Japanese publishers at the moment.

Ubisoft is responsible for a number of flawed PSP ports, such as Rainbow Six Vegas (Metascore 60) and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter (Metascore 61).

[Via NeoGAF]

Rumor: EndWar heading to handhelds

Rumors suggest that Ubisoft's upcoming EndWar game may be heading to handhelds. As posted by CVG: "According to several reports, de Plater confirmed the game will making its way to handheld platforms at GDC. That's all we've got to go on, for the moment as nothing official has come from Ubisoft."

Considering Ubisoft's love of going multiplatform, a handheld version of this upcoming Tom Clancy game seems rather likely. Of course, considering Ubisoft's refusal to acknowledge this persistent Assassin's Creed petition, perhaps they will give PSP the cold shoulder yet again.

[Thanks, Dustin!]

PS Fanboy Wallpapers: Volume 11

Every week, PSP and PS3 Fanboy will bring you new backgrounds for your Sony consoles, in resolutions up to 1080p. Download them directly to your PS3 by accessing PS3 Fanboy on your system. Download PSP wallpapers directly to your PSP by accessing the site wirelessly at

This weekend, we're focusing on Ubisoft's recently released Assassin's Creed.

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GRAW silently released to public, footage captured

Wait. This game came out?

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 silently released to PSP systems, with no advertising and no coverage. Perhaps Ubisoft was too afraid to send review copies? (As of writing, there are no published online reviews of the game.)

Without the help of critics, we can only look to you, our readers, for sage advice on this game. PSP GadgetZ has once again captured some of the first footage of the game. Does it still look like a N64 game to you?

First footage of Driver 76

Driver 76 is heading to PSP soon, and IGN seems to have an early build in their hands. They take the game for a spin, and it looks a lot like Grand Theft Auto. What it doesn't look like, though, is New York. Having lived in NYC all my life, I can't say the low-level buildings and the general lack of life in the game create an authentic facsimile of the city I love. Maybe you can judge for yourself by reading IGN's preview and checking out all of their videos.

Will Oblivion ever come out?

Happy 10th un-birthday, Duke Nukem Forever! As we "celebrate" your un-life, we want to think about a PSP game with an analogous development time: Oblivion. CVG reminds us that the title was supposed to launch by now, possibly in time for the recent PS3 release. They contacted Ubisoft for some word on whether or not the title was actually still in development, but they received a noncommittal "no comment."

Gamestop's release date for the title continues to shift, having moved from last year to this, from April to September, back to April, and now December. Do you think Oblivion will ever come out for our system?

Driver 76 to bring GTA-styled NYC to PSP

The gaming world has been raving about Rockstar's incredibly accurate portrayal of New York City in Grand Theft Auto IV. While PSP won't be getting served with a tiny version of Rockstar's next-gen crime game, fans may want to look towards Ubisoft's upcoming PSP-exclusive Driver 76 for some NYC run 'n gun play. It's been a long time since we last heard about the game, but with the release only a month away, Ubisoft has opened a new official website, filled with new screenshots. We're getting mixed feelings about the presentation: while it looks good up-close, it appears to have the draw distance of an N64 game. Ouch. We're hoping for the best, and for fans of the genre, this may be the only game we'll have to play until Rockstar inevitably adds another GTA game to our library.

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Ubisoft makes Tom Clancy lovers wait

CVG is reporting that Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 for PSP has been delayed from March 30th to June and Rainbow Six Vegas from May to a much more ambiguous spring. While Driver 76 slid back to June for more development time. Checking EBgames' website revealed indeed GRAW 2 is listed for June, but neither of the other games were listed at the dates CVG gave. This could just be a case of EB's site not being updated yet though, so make sure you call before rushing out for these Ubisoft titles.

[Via DCEmu]

Surfing penguins on their way

Penguins are as popular as sugar substitutes lately and so it's no surprise that Sony Pictures is making a penguin movie called Surf's Up. It's also no surprise that a game based on the movie is being created. Especially since screens and info on the game were part of the leaked Ubisoft files from last year. Ubisoft seems to be doing a lot of licensed games lately, we'll have to see how this week's TMNT turns out to garner an opinion on whether they're interested in making them more than just cash-ins.

[ Via Kotaku ]

Prince of Persia rewinds, tries again on PSP

We haven't heard much about the upcoming PSP version of Prince of Persia: Rival Swords. Based on The Two Thrones, the PSP version promises exclusive content, featured in this new video. The footage looks somewhat disappointing, especially graphically: the PSP can certainly do better than this! Considering how the Prince's last foray on Sony's platform was met with general disdain from critics, this newest video doesn't inspire too much confidence.

Rival Swords hits the PSP later this month.

Running beautifully in Free Running

Free Running from Ubisoft has you participating in the sport of free running, where one must "interact with their environment using movements such as vaulting, jumping, somersaults and other acrobatic movements, creating an athletic and aesthetically pleasing way of moving." (Source: Wikipedia)

If that just sounds like baloney to you, you may want to check out this trailer. It's certainly an interesting concept for a game: but will it be any fun? The game releases March 30th.

Ubisoft brings PSP Free Running

Ubisoft and Reef Entertainment sent out a press release stating they will be bringing Free Running to the PSP (and other systems) in the UK in March. The game focuses on the alternative sport of free running that involves jumping across building tops, climbing over obstacles and generally using the city as your playground. Sebastien Foucan the creator of free running was recently in the Bond film Casino Royale and in the game you'll compete against him to become the greatest free runner of all time.

Free Running will feature more than 60 challenges spread over 10 different levels in 3 distinct time zones, each with their own style of gameplay. 9 single and multiplayer modes like freestyle, time attack and ground zero. As you progress, you'll unlock characters, clothes, tricks videos and music.

[Via DCEmu]

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