LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean – Nintendo DS, PSP Sales

Amazon is running a couple of really good deals on Disney’s LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean games for mobile gaming systems.

The Nintendo DS sale seems to be running all day. It features over 20 levels and 70+ characters.

The Sony PSP version also features over 20 levels and 70+ characters, and it features two-player cooperative play.

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean – Nintendo DS
Amazon.com – $14.99 (50% off)

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean – Sony Playstation PSP
Amazon.com – $19.96 (33% off)

Note: The PSP deal is just for a few hours this morning, and expires before or at Noon CST.

LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 iOS – Only $0.99

LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

For how long, I don’t know, but LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 for iOS Universal (iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone) is only $0.99 US, down from a normal price of $4.99.

LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4 lets you participate in events from the first four Harry Potter books – Quidditch games, the Chamber of Secrets, the Tri-Wizard tournament and others. You can visit Hogsmeade, Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and a lot of other places, and you can do so as various Harry Potter characters (over 100).

I’ve got it, paid full-price for it, and it’s definitely worth the $0.99.

iPod touch and iPhone iOS Version at the Apple iTunes App Store:
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 – Warner Bros.

iPad iOS Version at the Apple iTunes App Store:
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 – Warner Bros.

It does require iOS 4.1 or later.

LEGO Digital Designer 4.2.5 for Mac and PC Released

The LEGO Group has released LEGO Digital Designer 4.2.5 for both Macs and PCs. There are no changes listed for now. If you have LDD installed already, it should allow you to automatically update from within the software.

LEGO Digital Designer is what it sounds like, a piece of software that allows you to create LEGO models/MOCs of your own.

Unfortunately, Design By Me, LEGO’s service that allowed you to take models that you created with LDD and order the actual LEGO bricks necessary to make them, closed nearly a month ago to the day. You can still share your LDD creations though and the software is still being updated. There are hints that Design By Me may come back in some form. For now, it’s easiest to use LDD and then go up to a website like Brick Link and order from there.

Mac Requirements:
* Mac OS X 10.5.8 or higher
* Intel Processor
* NVIDIA GeForce 5200/ATI Radeon 7500 or better
* Memory/RAM: 1 GB
* Hard drive space: 1 GB

Windows/PC Requirements:
* Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.
* 1 GHz processor or faster processors
* 128 MB graphics card (OpenGL 1.1 or higher compatible)
* Memory/RAM: 512 MB or higher
* Hard drive space: 1 GB

Download (for Mac and PC)
* LDD.LEGO.com (Downloads)
* LDD.LEGO.com – main page

LEGO Group, Lucasfilm Ltd. Announce 10 Year License Renewal

Back in 1999, The LEGO Group and Lucasfilm Ltd. entered into an agreement to allow LEGO to make Star Wars-based LEGO sets. Over time, that has grown to include videogames and even animated TV series. Now they have renewed that original license for 10 more years.

Interesting timing since Star Wars: The Phantom Menance in 3D has just hit theaters this past weekend, with the next 5 movies to arrive on a fairly regular basis over the next few years.

A brief excerpt from the press release:

“It is very rare to find an evergreen property that delivers growth year on year in toys, even in years without events driving box office buzz, yet Star Wars defies all odds, continually reinventing itself, and our LEGO business continues to grow exponentially,” said Jill Wilfert, Vice President of Licensing and Entertainment for The LEGO Group. “Star Wars is a cultural phenomenon that shares many characteristics with the LEGO brand–cross generational appeal, versatile story and character content, creativity and imagination—and we believe that we can continue to grow LEGO Star Wars for many years to come.”

“We are delighted to have extended our long and very successful relationship with LEGO Group,” said Derek Stothard, Senior Director for Global Toys and Hardlines at Lucas Licensing. “Bringing together these two iconic global brands has created something special that is enjoyed by kids, families and fans everywhere.”

I have several Star Wars LEGO sets, as I’ve reviewed here (and we really need to get back to doing that and posting), but 10 years more of LEGO Star Wars…I’m hoping they release some of the early LEGO Star Wars sets that have been updated, similar to what they have done with Landspeeders, Tie Fighters, X-Wings, etc.

Full Press Release at LEGO.com

LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean Released in Mac App Store

For those of you who use Macs, and who received iTunes gift cards over the holidays, LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean from TransGaming Inc. popped up in the Mac App Store a few days ago.

You should be able to use your iTunes gift cards towards the purchase of the videogame.

It is $29.99 US and can be purchased through the Apple Mac App Store – LEGO® Pirates of the Caribbean – Disney

Word of caution: IT’S HUGE! It’s over 7 GB to download.

Requires: Mac OS X 10.6.6 or later
Ages: 9+ or later

If Pirates of the Caribbean isn’t your thing, you can also pick up LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars – Feral Interactive Ltd which came out last fall.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 Videogame Details

Note: We’ve removed the trailer at the request of Warner Brothers and their associates.

Mugglenet has posted links to a video released by TT Games at Gamescom 2011 last week of the upcoming LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, along with links to screenshots.

LEGO Harry Potter Years 5-7 Videogame

(Fred and George Weasley, Ron, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ginny Weasley, probably Neville Longbottom)

As mentioned last week, the pre-orders are up on Amazon.com, but they don’t seem to be showing up in too many other places just yet. It will be available in November, shortly before Thanksgiving here in the US (and before the “Black Friday” sales).
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 – Windows $29.99 USD
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 – XBox 360 $49.99
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 – Nintendo DS $29.99
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 – Nintendo Wii $49.99
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 – Playstation 3 $49.99
(prices subject to change before release date)

via Mugglenet