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Out this week: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots


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Games:

World:

  • Monday 9: Bush visits Europe
  • Wednesday 11: Tibet meeting; Technology award
  • Friday 13: G8 finance meeting

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Games

WEDNESDAY 11

Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy (Wii)

Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit (360, PS3)

Don King Presents: Prize Fighter (360)

EVE online: Empyrean Age (PC)

Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles (DS)

Looney Tunes: Cartoon Conductor (DS)

NASCAR 09 (360, PS3, PS2)

The Incredible Hulk (PC)

FRIDAY 13

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (PS3)

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Wii Ware & VC

WiiWare

My Pokémon Ranch (Nintendo, 1 player, Rated E for EveryoneComic Mischief, 1,000 Wii Points): The Pokémon phenomenon debuts on WiiWare with My Pokémon Ranch, a game that lets you watch as Pokémon and Miis interact with each other for the first time. Enjoy the relaxing ranch life by viewing your ranch and its Pokémon, taking pictures and sending those pictures to your friends via the Wii Message Board. The more Pokémon and Miis you bring to your ranch, the more fun it becomes. My Pokémon Ranch can be linked with the Nintendo DSPokémon® Diamond and Pokémon® Pearl Game Cards to deposit the Pokémon youve caught in these games in your ranch. You can deposit a maximum of 1,000 Pokémon from up to eight different game cards. Make your ranch livelier by playing with your friends and family.

Virtual Console

DIG DUG (NES®, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points): Become Dig Dug, the champion of love and justice, as you drill up, down, left and right, defeating any enemies in your path. Avoid the persistent Pooka and the deep-dwelling but whimsical Fygar as you defeat all the enemies in order to clear each stage. Defeat enemies by hitting them with the harpoon and pumping air into them, or by dropping rocks on them from above. Receive bonus points by getting the vegetables that appear in the middle of the stage. Receive high points for defeating deep-dwelling enemies or by defeating Fygars from the side with the harpoon. Pass through inflated enemies or defeat enemies in an adjacent passage for an even higher score. Lure multiple enemies and defeat them with a single rock from above in this thrilling action game.

BIO MIRACLE BOKUTTE UPA (NES®, 1 player, Rated E for EveryoneComic Mischief, 600 Wii Points): BIO MIRACLE BOKUTTE UPA is an action game released in 1988, but it was never available outside of Japan. Players take on the role of baby Upa, a prince of the Akuyo kingdom. Prince Upa must take on an adventure spanning seven different worlds in order to rescue the kingdom from the dangerous demon Zai. Upa must defeat the enemies he meets along the way by inflating them. Upa can then use these floating enemies to his advantage by bouncing off of or riding on top of them. The prince must also avoid deadly thorns and pits while keeping an eye out for helpful items such as milk (to restore health) and bells (for temporary invincibility) if he hopes to succeed. If youre looking for a cute and solid platformer with a hero unlike those in most other games, then look no further than BIO MIRACLE BOKUTTE UPA.

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XBLA

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando 3 (800 MS Points)

Frogger 2 (400 MS Points)

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DVD and Hi Def

The Bucketlist (also on Blu-Ray)

The Other Boleyn Girl

Jumper (also on Blu-Ray)

Natual Born Killers (Blu-Ray)

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Theater

The Incredible Hulk

The Happening

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Box Office

  1. Kung Fu Panda $60.2/$60.2
  2. You Don’t Mess With the Zohan $38.5/$38.5
  3. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $22.7/$253.0
  4. Sex and the City $21.2/$99.1
  5. The Strangers $8.9/$37.2
  6. Iron Man $7.4/$288.8
  7. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian $5.6/$125.9
  8. What Happens in Vegas $3.4/$72.2
  9. Baby Mama $.8/$57.9
  10. Made of Honor $.8/$44.6
  11. Sarkar Raj $.6/$.6
  12. Forgetting Sarah Marshall $.4/$61.5

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World

MONDAY 9

Development conference Globalisation, investment and growth top the agenda at the Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics in Cape Town (to June 11). The World Bank forum, organised in conjunction with the National Treasury of South Africa, marks the merger of the former separate regional and global events into a single ABCDE.

Bush visits Europe George W. Bush, US president, visits the European Union in a bid to strengthen transatlantic ties (to June 16). The annual EU/US summit in Slovenia tomorrow has terrorism, nuclear proliferation, global trade, climate change and Iran on the agenda. Later in the week, Mr Bush will visit Germany, Italy, the Vatican and France, concluding with a trip to the UK.

Franco-German meeting The ninth session of the Franco-German council of ministers takes place in Straubing, Bavaria, with climate change and energy high on the agenda. Angela Merkel, German chancellor, and Nicolas Sarkozy, French president, are attending the event, which also marks the 20th anniversary of the Franco-German defence and security council. Other subjects for discussion include France’s presidency of the EU, which starts next month.

Muslims and the west Malaysia hosts the Third International Conference on the Muslim World and the West, aimed at improving relations (to June 10). The event is expected to see the adoption of a Kuala Lumpur Accord on Muslim-western relations, which will define contentious issues and set out how to resolve them. International heads of government will be among the participants.

TUESDAY 10

Fight against Aids Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, will present a report on the progress made and challenges that remain in the fight against HIV and Aids when the organisation’s General Assembly convenes a high-level meeting on the subject (to June 11). The session in New York will seek ways to meet targets on responding to HIV/Aids.

Group of 77 conference The 130 members of the UN’s largest bloc of developing states, including China, gather in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast, to discuss economic co-operation (to June 13). The Group of 77 promotes joint action among southern hemisphere nations and last year forced the US to accept concessions on climate change targets for developing countries.

FT report Turkey

WEDNESDAY 11

Tibet meeting Representatives of the Dalai Lama meet Chinese government officials in Beijing in a move that the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet hopes will lead to greater autonomy for the region. The meeting will be vital in determining whether China can contain the Tibet issue ahead of the Olympic games in August.

Technology award The 2008 Millennium Technology Prize is awarded in Helsinki. The winner will receive €800,000, while the runners-up each take home €115,000. Among the four contending innovations are the DNA fingerprinting work of Sir Alec Jeffreys, and Robert Langer’s work on biomaterials for controlled drug release and tissue regeneration.

Taiwan/China talks China and Taiwan will resume a dialogue that was suspended for almost a decade when the two sides meet in Beijing (to June 14). The parties are likely to sign an agreement to start non-stop charter flights between Taiwan and China. Taiwan wants to agree deals on trade, investment and banking supervision and eventually sign a peace agreement with Beijing.

US-India business summit Two hundred American companies with links to India meet in Washington for the US-India Business Council economic summit (to June 12). The event will seek to forge partnerships in infrastructure and technology to respond to the rise in commodity prices and food shortages.

FT report Spain

THURSDAY 12

Ireland votes on EU treaty A referendum on whether to accept the Lisbon reform treaty takes place in Ireland. Polls suggest a close result, while rejection would be humiliating for the EU and for Brian Cowen, the new Irish taoiseach or prime minister.

Nato ministers meet North Atlantic Council defence ministers convene in Brussels, alongside the organisation’s nuclear and defence planning groups, the Kosovo Force and delegations from Russia and Ukraine (to June 13). Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Nato secretary-general, will chair discussions of issues raised by the 26 member states and allies.

FRIDAY 13

G8 finance meeting Finance ministers of the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the US hold talks on the global economy in Osaka (to June 14). Soaring fuel and food prices head the agenda of the meeting, an important preliminary to the summit proper next month.

SUNDAY 15

East Asia economic forum Business, government and academic leaders from more than 30 countries assemble in Kuala Lumpur for the World Economic Forum on East Asia (to June 16). Participants will examine leadership responsibilities arising from the eastward shift in global power and the need for a common agenda in east Asia.

Macedonians vote again A parliamentary election is to be re-run in some ethnic Albanian areas of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia following violence on June 1 and failure to meet international standards. Nikola Gruevski, centre-right prime minister, is far ahead in the vote so far but needs to repair FYR Macedonia’s reputation with Europe and Nato before the ex-Yugoslavian republic can start EU accession talks.

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