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January 24, 2007

Majesco Announces "Toon-Doku" for the Nintendo DS DS

by Brendan Gallagher - 9:33 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: PR Newswire

The cartoons help people get over the "math anxiety" of seeing all those numbers.

Puzzle Game Adds Images and Multiplayer to the Popular Numbers Pastim

EDISON, N.J., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Majesco Entertainment Company (NASDAQ:COOL), an innovative provider of digital entertainment products and content, today announced Toon-Doku for the Nintendo DS(TM). Developed... Read more...

January 22, 2007

Virtual Console Mondays: January 22 Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 8:15 pm PST
Total comments: 23

Finally, Nintendo hears our pleas and brings out a big gun. But where are the other games?

Well, that's interesting. Nintendo up and disappeared for the last two weeks, only to return with what many people will tell you is the best game ever made. All is forgiven, Nintendo. Well, at least until next week.

Curiously, Sega had promised three Virtual Console releases today, but as... Read more...

Shigeru Miyamoto Announced as GDC 2007 Keynote Speaker

by Mike Gamin - 8:13 pm PST
Total comments: 16 Source: GDConf.com

No sign of Iwata yet, but Miyamoto will be speaking on Thursday, March 8th. Update: Koji Kondo and Eiji Aonuma will also present!

Nintendo composer/sound director Koji Kondo and Zelda director/producer Eiji Aonuma will also be presenting at what is quickly turning into the biggest Game Developers Conference ever.

Reflections of Zelda

Eiji Aonuma's work on The Legend of Zelda series dates as far back as The Legend of... Read more...

10th Annual AIAS Award Nominees Announced Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 5:25 pm PST
Total comments: 11 Source: AIAS Website

Twilight Princess earns nominations in six categories; Wii Sports and Brain Age also show up a few times.

The Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences released the nominations for the 10th Annual AIAS Awards, to be awarded in Las Vegas at the DICE Summit early next month.

Among the list of nominees, Nintendo again has a strong presence this year, with 17 chances to win in 11 categories. Leading... Read more...

January 18, 2007

New GDC Speakers Announced DS

by Michael Cole - 10:23 pm PST
Total comments: 14 Source: http://www.gdconf.com/

Directors Keiichi Yano (Elite Beat Agents) and Goichi Suda (Killer 7) will storm Game Developers Conference 2007.

Today the fine folks behind Game Developers Conference 2007 revealed the latest additions to its list of sessions—two of which should be of interest to Nintendo fans.

Keiichi Yano, the loveable co-founder of iNiS, will be discussing the transition from import cult classic Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan!... Read more...

January 16, 2007

Ubisoft Announces Cosmic Family for Wii Wii

by Daniel Bloodworth - 2:40 pm PST
Total comments: 9 Source: Ubisoft Press Release

This learning game for youngsters is due to release mid-2007.

UBISOFT ANNOUNCES COSMIC FAMILY(TM) FOR THE Wii(TM)

Space Adventure for Children Promotes Early Learning

Through Stimulating and Fun Mini-Games

SAN FRANCISCO - January 16, 2007 - Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, announced that Cosmic Family(TM), an exciting space

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January 15, 2007

Virtual Console Mondays: January 15 Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:22 pm PST
Total comments: 6

There are three new releases this week, one each from three different systems. But it's pretty much the same as last week's update.

Welcome to another edition of Nintendo World Report's Classic Shoot-'em-up Roundup. I mean, Virtual Console Mondays. For the second week in a row, Nintendo has opted to sit out and let some third parties pull out their guns. Again, of the three games released this week, two are of the classic arcade... Read more...

January 14, 2007

Nintendo DS Number One in Australia for 2006

by Aaron Kaluszka - 11:07 pm PST
Total comments: 2 Source: Nintendo of Australia PR

Wii also breaks the Australian record for biggest system launch.

NINTENDO ENDS THE YEAR ON TOP!

Melbourne, Australia Jan. 11th, 2007 - In the critical December retail period, the Nintendo DS Lite confirmed its #1 position in Australia, trouncing all competitors in both the handheld and home console market. This is a trend that continued throughout the year, making the Nintendo DS the highest selling games console of 2006.

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New GBA SP Designs Released in China GBA

by Aaron Kaluszka - 10:41 pm PST
Total comments: 3 Source: iQue notification

Mario and Donkey Kong grace the outer shell of these silver portables.

Two new iQue Game Boy Advance SP designs were set to launch today in China. Both designs sport white graphics on the lid of a silver GBA SP. One design features a smiling Mario, while the other design depicts a stoic Donkey Kong.

Previously released designs include the Mario 20th Anniversary... Read more...

January 12, 2007

Nintendo Exec Gets Promoted

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:57 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

Steve Singer is the new VP of licensing at NOA, replacing the retiring Juana Tingdale.

New Head of Licensing Named for Nintendo of America

Shift Brings New Head for Latin America Division

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo of America today announces

Steve Singer will become the new vice president of licensing for Nintendo of

America, effective immediately. The licensing division is responsible for

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January 10, 2007

Yu-Gi-Oh! GX Spirit Caller Shipped

by Stan Ferguson - 11:19 pm PST
Total comments: 1

Online Yu-Gi-Oh for the DS? Now you can play card games with other people!

KONAMI SHIPS YU-GI-OH! GX SPIRIT CALLER TO

RETAIL STORES NATIONWIDE

First Handheld Yu-Gi-Oh! Game to Feature Full Online Play, Character Customization and Original Library of New and Classic Cards

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – January 9, 2007 – Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.,... Read more...

January 9, 2007

Nintendo Raises Financial Forecast

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:53 pm PST
Total comments: 20 Source: Nintendo

They also expect DS hardware and Wii software to do better than initially predicted.

In a press conference today in Japan, Nintendo announced that they would be raising their profit forecast figures for their 2007 fiscal year, set to end on March 31.

Previously, Nintendo was looking to make a net profit of 100 billion Yen ($870 million). Not anymore, since they now are looking... Read more...

1.1 Million Wiis Sold in Japan Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:31 am PST
Total comments: 16 Source: Famitsu.com

It only took about a month for Nintendo to ship out that many.

Since its Japanese launch on December 2, Nintendo has sold 1,135,671 Wii consoles in the country. This figure was calculated by Famitsu on Sunday the 7th, so that means Nintendo went through that many systems in only 36 days.

Nintendo's worldwide sales target for the Wii was 4 million by the... Read more...

Europe's First Quarter Virtual Console Line-up Partially Announced Wii

by Mike Gamin - 7:40 am PST
Total comments: 8 Source: Press Release

Ocarina of Time, Super Mario World, Mario Kart 64, and more are all coming within the next three months.

Ushering In The New Year

Wii Virtual Console Retro Goodness Revealed For Q1 2007

9 January 2007- Owners of Nintendo’s revolutionary games console, Wii are in for a retro treat at the start of 2007, with 36 new Virtual Console titles spanning Nintendo’s twenty-year history available... Read more...

January 8, 2007

Virtual Console Mondays: January 8 Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 8:00 pm PST
Total comments: 11

This week's VC update sees three new releases, but curiously, Nintendo is nowhere to be found.

After last week's pittance, Nintendo decided to step aside and let some third parties take center stage. Along with last week's TG16 no-show, Konami and Hudson are packing a one-two punch for shoot-em'-up fans, who are no doubt in heaven right now. As always, you can get the vital info for each of this week's new releases and what our staff recommends for your persual.

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Sega Announces Upcoming Virtual Console Titles

by Jonathan Metts - 11:21 am PST
Total comments: 19 Source: Press Release

Streets of Rage, Bonanza Bros. among Q1 2007 releases.

SEGA ANNOUNCES FIVE NEW TITLES COMING TO Wii VIRTUAL CONSOLE

Five Additional SEGA Genesis Classics Will Soon Be Available for Download on the Wii™ Shop Channel

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (January 8, 2007) - SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced five titles from its... Read more...

European Elebits Details Revealed Wii

by Mike Gamin - 7:52 am PST
Total comments: 9 Source: Press Release

It will be known as Eledees instead of Elebits and is set to come out this spring.

Eledees power-up Konami's first title for Wii

Konami details innovative use of Nintendo controller in search of tiny creatures called Eledees

Konami Digital Entertainment Europe has confirmed its first title for Nintendo’s New Generation Wii video game system. Entitled Eledees due... Read more...

January 6, 2007

Opera Browser Vulnerability Affects Wii Internet Channel Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 9:16 pm PST
Total comments: 12 Source: Opera Advisory

A recently revealed vulnerability in the desktop version of Opera 9 can also crash the Wii version.

On January 5th, Opera Software revealed two security bugs in version 9.0x of its internet browser. Though patched in its most recently released version 9.10, the Internet Channel Trial Version used on the Wii is still affected since it is powered by Opera 9.0. iDefense Labs, discoverer of the bugs, notified Opera Software on November 16th of last year.

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January 5, 2007

Public Games Expo Gets Name

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:31 am PST
Total comments: 8 Source: Press Release

The Entertainment for All Expo will occupy E3's former home in October. Update: It's open to the public, but only if the public opens its wallet.

Update: Next-Gen talked with event organizer IDG and discovered that the "open to the public" title has a little asterisk attached to it. Interested attendees may be a little disappointed to hear that the show won't be free; the going rate for a three-day pass will be $100. $33 a day may be a small price to pay for some people, but until we know what is going to be at the show, will it be worth it?

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January 3, 2007

Two Screens for Naruto's Kage Bunshin DS

by Daniel Bloodworth - 3:53 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

The North American version of Naruto: Ninja Council 3 comes to the DS in the Spring.

NARUTO for the NINTENDO DS(TM) - Believe It!: TOMY and D3Publisher of America Announce the Upcoming Release of NARUTO(TM): Ninja Council(TM) 3 for the NINTENDO DS(TM)

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nintendo DS(TM) owners will finally have a NARUTO game to call their own. TOMY Corporation and D3Publisher... Read more...

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