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November 20, 2008

Capcom Comments on Wii Sales of Okami Wii

by Nick DiMola - 8:13 am PST
Total comments: 19 Source: Nintendo Everything

The worldwide sales of the Wii version have barely surpassed US sales figures of the PS2 original. However, Capcom expects Okami to still sell steadily because of word of mouth.

Christian Svensson, Vice President of Strategic Planning & Business Development for Capcom America, issued a statement regarding sales figures of Okami Wii. According to Svensson, sales of the Wii version of the game are at about 280,000 units worldwide while the PS2 version moved about 275,000 units in America alone.

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November 19, 2008

Wii Speak Ready Immediately at Launch of Animal Crossing: City Folk Wii

by Francesca DiMola - 9:20 pm PST
Total comments: 18 Source: MTV Multiplayer

Prepackaged codes ensure only new purchasers of the peripheral will have access to the Wii Speak Channel.

Nintendo's innovative group voice chat peripheral, Wii Speak, was released earlier this week either separately for $29.99 or in a bundle with Animal Crossing: City Folk for $69.99. The chat function for Animal Crossing: City Folk is immediately accessible for any players that have registered one another as friends.

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EA Closes Blueprint Studio, Shifts Development of Boom Blox 2 Wii

by Nick DiMola - 12:04 pm PST
Total comments: 3 Source: Variety

All corporate employees who worked in the studio have been laid off, quit, or moved to other projects.

The internal, lesser known studio, Blueprint of Electronic Arts has closed its doors for good due to the economic conditions of the United States. Blueprint was an internal team, whose existence was never publicly announced by EA, partially because of their purpose within the company.

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Nintendo Expected to Meet Wii Demand for Holidays, But Not Wii Fit Wii

by Nick DiMola - 11:48 am PST
Total comments: 2 Source: Forbes

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime expects that for the first holiday season since the Wii's release, the company will be able to meet demand for the system.

In a recent interview with Forbes, Reggie Fils-Aime is reporting that Nintendo of America has "got a good shot at meeting demand during the holidays" with their Wii hardware. Unfortunately, Fils-Aime "knows [they'll] fall short" "with Wii Fit."

Fils-Aime also went on to talk about Nintendo's... Read more...

Brash Entertainment Sued by Two Developers

by Neal Ronaghan - 5:08 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Variety

Shortly after shutting down, game publisher Brash Entertainment was sued by independent developers 7 Studios and Zootfly.

Shortly after the company was reported to be shut down, Variety reported that Brash Entertainment was sued by two independent developers that they contracted. 7 Studios, developers of the recent release, Six Flags: Fun Park, are seeking $468,000 for their work on the game adaptation of the animated... Read more...

November 18, 2008

EA Sports Active Announced For Wii Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 2:16 pm PST
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Electronic Arts' own version of Wii Fit will retail for $59.99 and contain Wii Nunchuk leg straps, a nutritional book, and a resistance band.

Electronic Arts unveiled their latest Wii game, EA Sports Active last week. The game, set to release next spring, is "the first in a new line of EA SPORTS fitness and sports performance products" and will contain Wii Nunchuk leg straps and a resistance band, which can be used to increase the intensity... Read more...

Wii System Update 3.4 Released Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 3:53 am PST
Total comments: 39 Source: Nintendo

The new firmware drastically increases SD card transfer speeds.

The blue lights, pulsating on the front of Internet-connected Wiis worldwide, mimicking the call of the Japanese bush warbler, mean one thing: a new system update has arrived. Version 3.4 doesn't add any new features, but it makes a highly desired improvement as well as some smaller updates.

The... Read more...

November 17, 2008

Brash Entertainment Shuts Down

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:18 pm PST
Total comments: 17 Source: LA Times

The Hollywood-based game company with a focus on movie games has reportedly shut down after a year and a half of existence.

The LA Times is reporting that the Hollywood-based video game company, Brash Entertainment, has closed its doors as of last Friday.

Emerging a year and a half ago promising "to reinvent games based on movies and television shows," Brash learned the hard way that video games and movies do not... Read more...

Politicians Praise ESRB's New Ratings Summaries

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:16 pm PST
Total comments: 10 Source: ESRB

The ESRB has added "ratings summaries" to their game ratings, gaining applause from Senators Hillary Clinton and Joseph Lieberman.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board recently unveiled their newest addition to their ratings system: ratings summaries. The summaries "explain in objective terms the context and relevant content that factored into a game’s ESRB rating assignment." The ESRB has stated that all games released... Read more...

This Week’s Virtual Console and WiiWare Wii

by Nick DiMola - 7:33 am PST
Total comments: 12 Source: Nintendo

A new batch includes the fourth Strong Bad episode, a bean bag tossing original, and two more Virtual Console shooters.

This week’s update, like many others, features a healthy dose of Virtual Console shooters alongside two original WiiWare entries.

Strong Bad’s fourth episode, Dangeresque 3, continues the escapades of the titular character. This fourth episode chronicles the dirty cop, Dangeresque, the star... Read more...

November 16, 2008

No Hendrix DLC on Wii Guitar Hero Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 1:00 pm PST
Total comments: 25 Source: Activision

Activision says that some artists only want to release their songs as track packs. Jimi Hendrix is one of those artists.

With the onslaught of Guitar Hero: World Tour downloadable content announcements for Wii ranging from Oasis to the Killers and the Quantum of Solace theme, it was strange to see the recent Jimi Hendrix three-pack announcement with no mention of a Wii release. The pack, featuring "If 6 was 9", "Little Wing", and a live version of "Fire", recently hit Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

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November 15, 2008

New RIZ-ZOAWD Details Surface from Japan DS

by James Charlton - 12:00 am PST
Total comments: 3 Source: http://www.d3p.co.jp/riz/

Learn how to pronounce the title of this impressive-looking RPG.

New information from D3Publisher and Media Vision's upcoming Nintendo DS fantasy RPG RIZ-ZOAWD (pronounced similar to “Lizard” in Japanese) has been released via the official website of the game.

Based on the Wizard of Oz fairytale, the player will take control of Dorothy and be accompanied by all the characters from the original story. The title of the game itself is an anagram of “Wizard Oz”.

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November 14, 2008

New Details from the Play It On Wii Series Surface Wii

by James Charlton - 11:42 pm PST
Total comments: 6 Source: Famitsu

Famitsu article gives details on Pikmin and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat and their new control schemes.

Famitsu detailed some games from the upcoming “Play it on Wii” collection, a series of GameCube games which will be re-released on the Wii with new controls and other improvements.

First to be released will be Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, the critically acclaimed platform/rhythm game from the team that brought us Super Mario Galaxy on Wii.

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Populous DS Arrives in Stores DS

by Jared Rosenberg - 11:26 pm PST
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Wield the might of the gods in a new version of the classic PC game.

In 1989 British developer Bullfrog Productions released Populous for the home computer. As one of the original God games, if not the first, Populous was critically acclaimed and sold phenomenally. XSEED Games recently announced that Populous DS has begun shipping to retailers. Like in the original, players assume the role of a god who can manipulate the landscape and create disasters like volcanoes and earthquakes.

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November 13, 2008

Pool Revolution Cued For WiiWare Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:17 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Hudson's Pool Revolution will bring more billiards to WiiWare.

Earlier this week, Hudson announced that they will be releasing Pool Revolution: Cue Sports on WiiWare. Featuring four-player multiplayer both online and off, Pool Revolution "gives WiiWare fans what they want," according to Sabine Duvall, Vice President of Product Development at Hudson. The game uses two different control schemes, one using motion controls for shot strength, and one using buttons.

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November 11, 2008

Hudson Announces Snowboard Riot for WiiWare Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 8:23 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

Snowboard Riot is a racing game with weapons, online play, and Balance Board support.

Hudson will bring snowboarding to WiiWare with Snowboard Riot. Featuring races more similar to Mario Kart than SSX, Snowboard Riot is an action-racing title with weapons that range from homing missiles to invisibility. Sabine Duvall, Vice President of Product Development at Hudson stated that "[this] is not your standard snowboarding game. [Snowboarding] is a rush by itself, but when you add weapons, it becomes even more exciting."

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2K Sports Announces Tim Lincecum as MLB 2K9 Cover Athlete Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 8:17 pm PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Press Release

The recently announced National League Cy Young Award Winner considers himself to be "the best gamer in the clubhouse by far."

Right after the San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum was anointed the National League Cy Young Award Winner, 2K Sports announced that he will be featured as the cover athlete and spokesman for next year's Major League Baseball 2K9. This comes after Lincecum led the league in strikeouts, win percentage, opponent's batting average, and strikeouts per nine innings.

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World of Goo Switches to WiiWare in Europe Wii

by Greg Leahy - 8:15 pm PST
Total comments: 6 Source: 2D Boy Blog

2D Boy has scrapped the proposed retail PAL version of their hugely acclaimed puzzler in favour of a digitally distributed release identical to the one currently available in North America.

World of Goo, the physics-based puzzle/construction game whose North American launch was met with glowing reviews last month, is now on course for a WiiWare release across Europe, according to developers 2D Boy. The two-man independent studio has renegotiated its agreement with publisher RTL Games in order to offer PAL gamers the same World of Goo experience as enjoyed by their counterparts across the Atlantic.

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New Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda Games Hit Stores Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 8:13 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors are available now for Wii and Nintendo DS.

Activision once again brings DreamWorks Animation characters to video games with Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Kung Fu Panda: Legendary Warriors for both Wii and Nintendo DS.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa is based off of the recent movie of the same name. Players can choose to play as Alex the... Read more...

Art Style Games Coming to Europe in November

by Greg Leahy - 8:07 pm PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Press Release

The first wave of retro-styled WiiWare titles will become available over three successive weeks beginning November 21.

Nintendo UK has announced that the first games in the Art Style series, a range of concept-driven WiiWare titles with simple visuals, will begin releasing on the European Wii Shop Channel during November. Cubello, Rotohex, and Orbient will be made available to download over three week successive weeks, beginning with the launch of Cubello on November 21. Each game will cost 600 Wii Points.

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