Sumioni: Demon Arts releases today

If you’ve been waiting for this Samurai platformer, then today is your day!  For $19.99, Sumioni will be available on PSN sometime today according to the Playstation blog.  The game makes use of the front and rear touch panels to “paint” physical paths onto the screen and perform attack moves.  I’ve you’ve never seen it in action, check out the video below!

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Sony brings Music Unlimited to the PS Vita

For you music lovers, you’ll be happy to know that Sony Entertainment Network has made its library of 15 million songs (give or take a few based on what country you live in) available via the PS Vita now. The great thing about the service is that you can listen to songs even while being offline, something that isn’t often offered by other cloud-based music services like Spotify unless you pay for Spotify Premium. Pricing-wise, you’re looking at two prices: $3.99 and $9.99 per month, for Basic and Premium, respectively.

The PS Vita allows for a touch-based navigation of the Music Unlimited service making “it easy to navigate menus and search for music with the tap or swipe of a finger.”

Sound Shapes hands on at GDC

For those of you interested with what is going on at the GDC, Sony has a quick 6 minute video covering the Queasy Games game, Sound Shapes. I had the opportunity to play the demo while at one of the Vita Hill Social Clubs, and while I wasn’t exactly wowed by the graphics, there was something to be said about the uniqueness of the game.

Pimp your ride in MotorStorm RC for FREE tomorrow

As part of a marketing promotion for Scion, the PS Vita version of MotorStorm RC will be available  for the grand price of $0 for US gamers beginning March 6. Yes, that’s right. The complete game for FREE. But you better hurry because it’s only for a limited time. As part of the promotion, you’ll be able to drive a custom RC version of Scion’s new car, exclusive to the PS Vita: the iQ. For those of you who aren’t aware and think this is just another crappy game, note that it received high marks when it launched in the UK 2 weeks ago. It was rated an 8/10 by Eurogamer.

This type of promotion is definition not the first for racing games. For iOS gamers, Firemint ran a similar deal where they gave away an abridged version of their Real Racing game as part of a Volkswagen promotion.

Don’t forget to put this on you calendar – the game will be available tomorrow afternoon Pacific time.

Sony promises new PS Vita games on March 9

About time. I was worried that I’d be stuck staring at Little Deviants being in the top charts for another year. Luckily for us, Sony will be announcing a new slew of games on March 9 at 6 am EST.

The announcement can be viewed on their Japanese PlayStation website. Labeled “Welcome! PlayStation Vita Game Heaven,” Sony plans on covering all things related to the PS Vita, most importantly, new games. Joining the fun will be game developers, who will be presenting as well.

Facebook is back for social network addicts

OK, if you seriously need Facebook on every device imaginable because your computer, phone, TV, and tablet aren’t enough for you, you’ll be happy to know that Facebook is available for download again on PSN. For those that already had it installed only to find it broken, fear not, it’s working again. Everyone can now breathe easy again. Phew!

Homebrew is alive on the PS Vita

Probably to Sony’s much chagrin, a homebrew loader for the PS Vita will be made available today by Hacker Wololo. The homebrew loader uses a specific exploit found only in a specific PSP game: Motorstorm Arctic Edge. This game was previously available via the PlayStation Store, but Sony, in response, has already pulled the game leaving you to find your own means to acquire this hard to find game. According to Hacker Wololo, the homebrew loader will give a “limited PSP homebrew experience” (check out the video to see him playing DOOM). Given that Sony has pushed for proprietary memory cards due to “security concerns”, they’re probably none to happy to hear this.

Sony blows previous sales figures out of the water

On February 28, Sony recently published new sales figures that account for the worldwide sales of the PS Vita now that it is available to North and Latin America, Europe and PAL territories as well as in Singapore. Previously, the PS Vita was only available to the Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea markets. According to Sony, sales of the PS Vita exceeded 1.2 million units. Not too shabby for the newest portable gaming system. Hopefully, this will motivate even more publishers to develop new games for the PS Vita. We’ll have to wait and see. Hit the jump for the full press release.

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