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.


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.


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.

According...

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...

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...

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...

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