Plugged In

News and notes from the gaming world

Sorry for the lack of updates, but this is the busiest time of year over at my day job in the Gazette sports department. March madness, indeed. That said, here are a few tidbits from the past few days that may have slid under your gaming radar:

| “Metal Gear Solid 4” finally has a solid release date. The next stealth action-adventure from Kojima Productions will arrive on U.S. shores June 12, both as a standalone game and as part of a new PlayStation 3 bundle complete with an 80 GB console and wireless DualShock 3 controller.

| Nintendo will release the next must-have Wii title May 19. “Wii Fit,” the buzz of last year’s E3, includes the game and the Balance Board peripheral and should retail for under $100.

| EA Sports has announced a follow-up to “NFL Head Coach,” aptly titled “NFL Head Coach 09.” The original “Head Coach,” available for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox, was an ambitious project that was hampered by insanely long load times and difficult-to-navigate menus. Hopefully “NFL Head Coach 09” can correct these issues and deliver a solid team management sim.

| And finally, baseball fans rejoice: this is release week for both 2K Sports’ “MLB 2K8” and Sony’s “MLB 08 The Show.” Both look very promising, especially “The Show.” Sony’s latest hardball effort looks so good, in fact, that I picked up an 80 GB PS3 for the sole purpose of playing “The Show.” It’s the first time I’ve ever picked up a console strictly for a sports game, so hopefully “The Show” is a home run.