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Famitsu Update

by Bakudan Yoshinoya - May 19, 2003, 12:26 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Famitsu Weekly

Check out the E3 coverage, reviews, and sales rankings from the newest issue of Famitsu Weekly.

The main feature of the latest issue of Famitsu is E3 coverage. There are plenty of screen shots of Mario Golf: Family Tour (Toadstool Tour outside of Japan), Star Fox, F-Zero GX, Mario Kart GC, Pikmin 2, and more.

Nintendo console game releases were minimal this month. Rune II (Lost Kingdoms 2) for GC and Hamtaro 4 for GBA are among the few reviewed this week. Both receive a silver mark with a score of 30 (8,7,7,8). For Rune II, improvements in the story and a more balanced card deck were some of good remarks. On the negative side, reviewers cited choppiness of the character's movement, which took away some of the fluidity of the game. Hamtaro 4

offers game players over 100 mini games. Review comments were generally positive. Anime fans should be delighted with the game, as it also involves item collecting and exchanging with other players. One reviewer commented that the game's difficulty is a bit easy.

On the Top 30 front, GBA titles take over the top 10 spots. PS2's ninja

action game Tenchu 3 comes in at number one. Fire Emblem Rekka no Tsurugi (which will be the first game of the series to be released outside Japan) trails behind. Dragon Quest Monsters Caravan Heart, Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, and Made in Wario take the third, fourth, and fifth spots,

respecitively. Rockman Zero 2 pops in at seventh. The Legend of Zelda:

Link to the Past and Four Swords slides seven places down and holds on to

the twenty-fourth spot. Only 2 GC titles made it to the Top 30 this week. GIFTPIA comes in at tenth place while Naruto slides from seventh to twelfth place.

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