March 20, 2000

Maximum Faqsimum

by Billy Berghammer - 11:56 pm PST

Max Lake returns from obscurity to reclaim his OpN2k stylings here at PlanetN2000!

Well on behalf of the staff here at Planet N2000, I'd like to welcome the newest member of the Planet Staff...Max Lake! Yep, we have suckered another of the OperatioN2000 elite back to the world of Dolphin. You think you can get away so easily? The master plan is finally coming together! Mwuuuhahahhahahah!!! So, the OPN2K FAQ you have long missed will soon be coming back in full form. Max's staff profile will be up shortly! Welcome back Max!



by Billy Berghammer - 11:43 pm PST
Source: MVC

A GBA Delay is looking more and more likely and here's some reasons why...

Obviously most of us here at Planet N2000 aren't holding their breath for a Fall release of the GBA. With the GBC selling so well (and generally no competition), it would be pointless for Nintendo to feel the need to release the new handheld. Not that 95% of the people that read this rag wouldn't purchase it upon release. Heh heh. Here's a few chunks of fun of other possible reasons why the system may be delayed.


Bring on the Metal Gear! GC

by Billy Berghammer - 11:32 pm PST
Source: Computer and Video Games

Hideo Kajima plays dumb about Dolphin, sorta... We think something could be up!

Computer and Video Games Magazine recently spoke with Hideo Kajima from Konami (Metal Gear). Not a whole lot is said here. Personally, I think it's a lot of crap. "I don't know much about Dolphin." Yeah, right. And then he goes on to talk about it's similarities to the other systems. Interesting contradiction.... Read more...

March 18, 2000

PS2...It's Crap!

by Billy Berghammer - 4:07 pm PST
Source: MSNBC

We can't help noticing that Sony's PS2 is having problems. They DO say the best time to kick a man is when he's down...

Sony having more problems? Yeah, I know this is a Dolphin site, but Sony having problems is another boost for Nintendo followers! Not only is Sony recalling all their memory cards, but they might have a major lawsuit brewing? Not that Sony doesn't have a lot of money anyways...but, as my father says,... Read more...

March 17, 2000

Nintendo Leads Polls

by Steven Thomas - 10:15 pm PST
Source: FGN Online


Agatha Chapman released this following news item at FGNOnline the other day.

"Out of over 1,200 homes surveyed, nearly a quarter of respondents dubbed Nintendo as the family favorite. The recent Zogby poll pushed Nintendo out in front of the PlayStation and Dreamcast. The poll also indicated that Asians favour Sony, and African Americans favor both the N64 and PlayStation."


Dolphin to get some Boxin'

by Kosta Andreadis - 8:54 pm PST
Source: IGN64

Climax let it be known they are working on a Dolphin Boxing Title Already!

Climax Entertainment, the makers of the upcoming N64 game Battlezone have released information on their next-generation game in development. Going by the name Title Defence, it's said to sport a great graphics engine that features things like rendered boxers using 5,000 polygons each, motion captured... Read more...

Green Beer Rules!

by Billy Berghammer - 1:36 pm PST

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Happy St. Patricks Day folks! Seeing is that all of us are Irish (even Kosta) we decided to take the night off, and pay homage to what is basically just green food coloring in beer. But it just makes it taste all that much better! So unfortunately there will be no Trivia tonight. Trivia should be returning next week, so keep on studying!


Retro Develops for GBA GBA

by Steven Thomas - 12:54 pm PST
Source: IGN64

Mentioned at the GDC & now confirmed: Retro GBA projects in the works.

Well, this should come a no suprise to anyone, but IGN recenty reported that they have confirmation that Retro Studios is currently developing titles for the Game Boy Advance. It is unclear at this point exactly what title or titles the incredibly talented people aat Retro Studios have in store for... Read more...

March 16, 2000

The N-GDC Experience

by Billy Berghammer - 2:19 am PST

Ed Shih proves his worth and gives you an in-depth look at what it was like to be at GDC 2000. Don't miss this!

Ever wonder what it was like to be at the GDC? Well our Boy Darth Ed Shih was there and brought back bags of fish for all. Well not every one. Just me :). He went to one of those schools where you didn't have to bring treats for the whole class. Just the ADD kids in the back! Kidding. I'd really like to thank Ed for his valient efforts! First brew on me at E3! Here's what he had to say...


March 15, 2000

Ubi Soft and El Dorado

by Kosta Andreadis - 2:20 am PST
Source: IGN64

A game based on the "The Road to El Dorado" game is one of many Ubi Soft projects planned for Dolphin.

Confirmed Dolphin developer/publisher Ubi Soft has announced that a game based on the upcoming DreamWorks Entertainment animated feature "The Road To El Dorado" will appear on the Dolphin as well as the Playstation 2. Ubi Soft has other titles planned for Nintendo's next-generation console such as... Read more...

March 14, 2000

Import for Christmas? GC

by Billy Berghammer - 6:30 pm PST
Source: Gamespot

As previously indicated, Dolphin is on track for a 2000 release in Japan.

Nintendo of Japan announced today that they are still on schedule for an August release of GBA, and December release for Dolphin! That is good news for Nintendo in Japan. As well as people that are planning on importing one of these bad boys this year. :) Looks like I need to order one of those Learn Japanese in 8 week tape sets! Here's the fluffy goodness.


Saffire Needs Your Help!

by Billy Berghammer - 5:53 pm PST
Source: Saffire's website

Saffire are looking to its fans to help build an advisory board. You don't want to miss this!

This, my friends, is very cool stuff :) Les Pardue from Saffire sent me an e-mail yesterday asking for some help! Want to help Saffire build a better game for the Dolphin? You can! Saffire is starting an advisory group of our fans to design better games. They want to know what people want in the games... Read more...

March 13, 2000

Well, they tried...

by Billy Berghammer - 7:48 pm PST
Source: IGN64 Interview

Jim & Perrin from Nintendo show how well they are at beating around the bush in this interview. Darn them!

It was an extremely tough battle at the GDC for digging up serious Dolphin exclusives. And basically Nintendo likes to run away from specific questions pertaining to Dolphin. (like a screaming ninny)Pretty much anything more than, "So is Dolphin a game system?" gets a little too hot to handle. The... Read more...

More about Sound GC

by Billy Berghammer - 7:00 pm PST
Source: The Nintendo Project

With some help from the newly-founded TNP, we bring you more on Dolphin's sound chip.

Former Co-EIC of Dojo Brian Stelter has e-mailed me about his story with more about the sound situation with Dolphin and the GBA. Even words from Factor 5's Julian Eggebrecht. Dolphin work is just about or is completed.(Personally, I think it's ready) GBA Sound demos by April? Very nice!

The...

Sound Chip = $56.00? GC

by Billy Berghammer - 4:16 pm PST
Source: Diet Game-Online News

From a RUMOR at GDC 2000, it seems that the Dolphin' sound chip costs 56 bucks a piece!

An imported Dolphin at Christmas this year = Priceless :) Rumours of 56 bucks for the Factor 5 chipset. With that much just for the sound chip, will Nintendo eat the losses, or ship at $199.99? I personally feel that Nintendo can successfully launch the system at $199.99 and still be competitive, versus the DC, PS2, and X-Box.


Was it Shown? GC

by Billy Berghammer - 4:07 pm PST
Source: Diet Game-Online News

Lots & lots of rumors from GDC 2000. Was the Dolphin there? What games were mentioned? Get the scoop here.

There are a crapload (metric for a whole lot) of rumors going around that there was a Retro Sports title shown behind closed doors at E3. Our own crack reporter Ed "Darth" Shih was on the scene and said he heard rumors about behind closed showing of something Dolphin, but that was it. The folks from Diet Game-Online News say they have talked to some people who saw this so called demonstration. Here's the juice.


March 11, 2000

The Weekend Rebuild

by Billy Berghammer - 9:12 am PST

As Billy works to move the Planet to version 3.0, he asks for you input and even has a goodie for you!

Well I actually got my first weekend off since Christmas, so I am heavily entrenched in finishing the redesign. We finally have a finished logo. Wooohooo! Can you see it yet? Errr. Not yet. I'd rather unveil the whole package. As iD says...When it's done. ;)

So I want to know what you'd like...

March 10, 2000

Bags of Fish at GDC GC

by Billy Berghammer - 8:32 pm PST
Source: IGN64

Nintendo has almost no Dolphin presence at GDC. Seems like an opportunity lost.

Outside of the delay, that was about all Nintendo had at the GDC. Great way to sway support for the system. The way I see it, is it's about time Nintendo shows it's cards. And I don't mean in the Pokemon type either...unless it's a Dolphin game. Matt from IGN paints a pretty bleak picture of the Nintendo camp at GDC. What gives? No offense Nintendo, but a fish in the bag as a joke about Dev kits isn't too funny right now.


Hungry for Japanese? GC

by Kosta Andreadis - 10:58 am PST
Source: Daily Radar

Despite the U.S. delay to 2001, in Japan, Dolphin just might still be released in 2000.

"We are targeting a December launch before the Japanese Christmas season," said Nintendo Company Ltd.'s number two man, Hiroshi Imanishi. "But we have to take many things into consideration for political and strategic reasons, so we just cannot tell if the Japanese launch is 100 percent sure or not."... Read more...

GBA 2 Announced! GBA

by Kosta Andreadis - 10:38 am PST
Source: Daily Radar

Although the Game Boy Advance won't be released for some time, Nintendo seem to already be working on its successor.

Next Generation Magazine's recent interview with Nintendo Company Ltd.'s Director and General Manager Hiroshi Imanishi revealed that Nintendo are already working on a portable system to succeed the Game Boy Advance. "We're doing both right now. We're developing AGB (Game Boy Advance) and also at the... Read more...


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