Plugged In

Down with the sickness

Ugh. That pretty much sums up the last two weeks around here, where my wife, kids and I have taken turns being sick. It could be worse, I suppose. At least my Xbox 360 is healthy (for now).

Anyway, here’s what you might have missed since my last update:

| Capcom has announced a sequel to “Dead Rising,” one of the most popular first-generation Xbox 360 titles. “Dead Rising 2,” developed by Blue Castle Games, moves the zombie-killing mayhem out of the Willamette mall and into the gambling paradise of Fortune City. While keeping many of the game’s details under wraps, Capcom is promising more zombies and more in-game objects that can be used as weapons. No release date has been announced for “Dead Rising 2,” which will appear on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.

| Speaking of sequels, Namco Bandai has revealed the next installment in the “Dead to Rights” franchise. “Dead to Rights: Retribution” again puts gamers into the role of hard-nosed cop Jack Slate and his dog, Shadow. “Retribution” features a new combat system that promises to blend third-person gunplay and hand-to-hand combat. “Dead to Rights: Retribution” is being developed by Volatile Games for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. No release date has been announced.

| Nintendo has officially announced the release date and price for the redesigned DS handheld, the DSi. The new unit will ship April 5 and retail for $169.99. It will be available in two colors, black and blue. The DSi, which features two digital cameras, an SD card slot and improved online features, will play both DS games and as-yet unreleased DSi titles.