Early yesterday evening USA Today jumped the gun on their piece detailing several unknowns to be announced sometime this week by Microsoft.The most striking: Project Natal officially rebranded as Kinect.

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Following a leak from an Italian Microsoft ad, the USA Today piece also detailed a few games coming to the motion tracking hardware.Among them:

  • Joyride — Microsoft’s Xbox Avatar racing game that debuted last year at E3 and was playable shortly thereafter.
  • Kinect Sports — Bowling, boxing, beach volleyball, soccer, track and field, and table tennis.
  • Dance Central — Produced by MTV, think Dance Dance Revolution without the dance mat.
  • Kinectimals — Raise and play with over 20 virtual animals.
  • Kinect Adventures — An adventure sports games with obstacle courses and river rafting.
  • Both Disney and LucasArts are expected to announce their own games for Kinect, one of which includes controller-free lightsaber action.

Confirmed later by Microsoft, the name change is official whether you like it or not.Survey says? Not.Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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