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Wonderbook: Book of Spells dated

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Remember Wonderbook: Book of Spells? You know, that AR game thing that Sony spent 45 E3 press conference minutes fumbling around with instead of announcing Vita games? Well, it has a release date.

Wonderbook uses the PlayStation Eye and Move, along with a special book, to basically insert AR minigames into a children's story. If you have kids, this might be something to pay attention to. The first book, Book of Spells, was written by J.K. Rowling.

The game and book will cost $39.99, but that won't do you much good without the proper accessories. The mandatory PlayStation Eye and Move controller will be available as part of a $79.99 bundle if you're not already properly equipped.

Both SKUs will be available on the same day: November 13th.

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Staff article by Rhody Tobin (September 07, 2012)

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zippdementia posted September 07, 2012:

I'm actually interested to see how this pans out. I like the idea, even if I totally recognize that most gamers will completely scoff at it. It isn't really marketed at most gamers (which is brave and possibly stupid of Sony) but I am intrigued by the idea and the amount of gumption they've put behind it.
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Roto13 posted September 07, 2012:

It's marketed to children, which is ok. I'd have loved this thing when I was five.
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zippdementia posted September 07, 2012:

Totally. Absolutely would have loved it.
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pickhut posted September 07, 2012:

It's gonna be a hard thing to swallow for parents, though. Buy all that stuff for one game for $80, or either buy a normal new game or multiple games at discount prices.
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zippdementia posted September 08, 2012:

I think the idea is that it's kind of like buying a new console: an initial price that then pays off over time. I also don't think there's that many games out there for kids right now. I know there's a market, but nothing quite as involved or clever as this. So who knows? Maybe it has a shot...?
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Roto13 posted September 08, 2012:

It's only $20 more than a standard new release, and it comes with a new controller that works with other games, which they may already have anyway if they bought Eyepet, which is another children's games.
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zigfried posted September 08, 2012:

Parents don't buy PS3 games for children. There's already a #1 console for that (Wii) and a #2 console for that (Xbox 360). It's too late in the system lifecycle for Sony to change this position. This is an interesting idea maybe (it really depends how much effort they put into it), but wrong console at the wrong time.

A more feasible approach would be to create great games that aren't inherently designed to scare parents. Like what Nintendo does whenever they make any game.

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zippdementia posted September 09, 2012:

This is slightly off topic, but is there a place to view older news stories? Like a news archives?
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honestgamer posted September 09, 2012:

No, there's no news archive. I might code something like that someday, but I don't see it being tremendously useful. The idea is that since news stories are tied to individual games (for the most part), people can just stumble across cool stories as they browse the games database. I scrapped a bunch of old news stories that I wrote before making the change to the system, but now we have a bunch of new people writing them and things are filling out nicely. My plan is coming together!

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