May 22, 2007

Smash Bros. Website Relaunches Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 12:49 am PDT
Total comments: 20 Source: Smash Bros. Dojo

Site launches with an impressive list of music talent; daily updates promised.

The countdown is over. The Smash Bros. Dojo has finally relaunched and is promising daily weekday updates from this point forward. There aren't any new character announcements or videos to accompany the reopening, but there is an insight into the game's music team. Its very large, star-studded music team. Before getting to that, though, here's a rundown of what the blog-structured site has updated with.


May 21, 2007

Capcom Dumps Flagship Name

by Steven Rodriguez - 8:26 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: GameSpot

The name will be gone, but the team behind the recent Game Boy Zelda and Kirby games will still be at Capcom.

Much like the closure of Clover Studio, Capcom has decided to put its Flagship team back under the Capcom umbrella of developers. GameSpot reports that no one will be laid off in this studio "closure," and that the only thing that will change is "the company name on [Flagship's] business cards." It is unclear if the team will stay together, or if its members will be distributed where needed on various projects.


Disney Announces Pirates DS Downloads at Theme Parks DS

by Steven Rodriguez - 6:57 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Press Release

Landlubbers can bring the At Worlds End game and a DS to Disneyland or Disney World and download some exclusive booty.

Pirates of the Caribbean Fans with a Nintendo DS™ Can Search for Hidden Treasure at Disney Parks

Disney Interactive Studios Announces Exclusive Content for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End Through Walt Disney Parks and Resorts’ First-Ever Wireless Initiative

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS...

May 17, 2007

Capcom Speaks on Downloadable Wii Games

by Steven Rodriguez - 1:16 pm PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: Gamasutra

Capcom is ready to offer them but is waiting for Nintendo to get its act together.

Talking in a Q&A with game industry news site Gamasutra, Capcom's Senior Director of Strategic Planning & Research Christian Svensson let loose a little bit of his company's plans for the future. The discussion touched on downloadable games for all platforms, including what it will take to get it to happen on Wii.


Europe Gets Chocobo Tales Soon DS

by Lasse Pallesen - 4:37 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Square Enix gives you the chance to prepare for the epic Final Fantasy VI remake with the somewhat less epic Chocobo Tales.

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo Tales Release Date Announcement

London (May 17th 2007) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces the release of FINAL FANTASY® FABLES: CHOCOBO TALES (CHOCOBO TALES) on May 25th exclusively on Nintendo DS™.


May 15, 2007

Impossible Mission Remake Available as a Download? RumorWii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 1:59 pm PDT
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Nintendo Power says yes. The publisher says not so fast.

Impossible Mission is a platform game with puzzle elements where players assume the role of a secret agent who must infiltrate the facility of an evil genius in order to stop his destructive plans. Last year, System 3 acquired Epyx's assets to bring 80s-era game franchises such as California Games... Read more...

Karous Coming to a Nintendo Console Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 1:30 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: O3 Entertainment

Another Milestone shooter is ported from Dreamcast.

Karous (Crows) is the most recent vertical shoot-em-up by Milestone and the last game published on the Sega Dreamcast, releasing only two months ago. The game, originally released on the Sega NAOMI arcade platform, is now being ported to a Nintendo system, according to O3 Entertainment.

Earlier...

May 14, 2007

Tomb Raider Anniversary Wii-Bound Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:09 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: IGN

Lara Croft's original adventure is sure to waggle your Wiimote.

IGN has learned that Tomb Raider: Anniversary Edition, a 10th anniversary reworking of the original PlayStation game, will be coming to the Wii sometime this year. An interview with Eidos president and CEO Bill Gardner confirms the news.

Details on how the game will work on the Wii are scarce,... Read more...

Details on Crystal Chronicles Games DS

by Steven Rodriguez - 2:18 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

Ring of Fates hitting Japan in August; Chocobo Tales sequel also announced.

The release below is shortened version of the full press release. To see the original, click here.

SQUARE ENIX PARTY Press Conference Announcement

Upcoming Releases Revealed for Popular Franchises and New IP

LOS ANGELES, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix, Co., Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan,... Read more...

Square Enix Announces Three for Nintendo DS

by Steven Rodriguez - 2:11 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

The Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy games coming to America are now confirmed.

Square Enix Allies DRAGON QUEST and IVALICE For North America

Two Blockbuster Franchises Contain Four Exciting Titles Spanning Three Different Platforms

LOS ANGELES, May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix™ interactive entertainment products in North America,... Read more...

May 11, 2007

Information From Tecmo's Nite Out

by Mike Gamin - 8:19 am PDT
Total comments: 16 Source: Tecmo's Nite Out

Rygar for Wii, Ninja Gaiden DS, and a new Tecmo Bowl were all discussed.

Tecmo held a press event in Japan recently and several games for Nintendo platforms were discussed. A quick run-down is below, broken up by platform. It is apparent that Tecmo is indeed supporting Nintendo platforms this generation, as was previously evident when Ninja Gaiden: DS was originally announced.


Nintendo Dominates Japanese Sales Charts

by Mike Sklens - 8:08 am PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: Gamasutra

Nintendo sweeps the top 21 in game sales for "Golden Week".

Nintendo's been going strong in Japan for awhile now, thanks to the phenomenon known as the DS Lite, and growing interest in Wii. During Japan's "Golden Week" series of holidays, the top 21 selling games were all for Nintendo platforms. Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings, for Nintendo DS, took the... Read more...

May 10, 2007

Wii Not as Powerful as the Xbox? Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 8:46 pm PDT
Total comments: 39 Source: Newsweek

Newsweek decided to find out, and the answer may surprise you.

Last week, Microsoft Entertainment and Devices Division President Robbie Bach made some comments stating that the Wii wasn't really that much more powerful than the original Xbox. In fact, it was less powerful. Newsweek's tech expert and resident geek N'Gai Croal decided to investigate Bach's claim about the hardware differences.


May 9, 2007

The Simpsons Game Coming to Wii, DS Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 2:55 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

And the whole Simpsons gang is going to come along for the ride.


The World's Favorite Animated Family Comes To Consoles and Handhelds This Fall!

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts Inc., (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced the upcoming release of THE SIMPSONS GAME (working title). Created in partnership with... Read more...

Reggie Speaks on the 'Technical Divide' Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 12:29 pm PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: Cnet

NOA's president comes out of hiding to editorialize about the Wii's technological position.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime, who has been nowhere to be seen for quite some time, has a special article up at Cnet explaining the reasons behind Nintendo's positioning of the Wii. Most of what he says is the usual stuff, like how the game industry needs to broaden its horizon or how a company can appease its core audience while at the same time getting new consumers jump on board.


New Soul Calibur for Wii Wii

by Jonathan Metts - 9:05 am PDT
Total comments: 47 Source: Famitsu (via Jeux-France)

The soul still burns for Nintendo fans. Updated with a little more information.

Update: 1UP has uncovered a little more information about Legends. The game looks like it will actually be a third-person adventure game set in the Soul Calibur universe, and not a traditional fighting game. The story will play a major part in the game, involving a lot of characters from games past, along with new characters.


SquareEnix Remakes Final Fantasy IV in 3D DS

by Jonathan Metts - 8:48 am PDT
Total comments: 20 Source: Famitsu (via Jeux-France)

Another classic Final Fantasy gets the 3D treatment on Nintendo DS.

With the success of Final Fantasy III on DS, it's no surprise that Square Enix is making another 3D remake of this tremendously popular series. The company has chosen Final Fantasy IV for the next remake, and this game should be much more familiar to fans around the world. Originally released on the Super NES/Famicom, the English version was called Final Fantasy II.


May 8, 2007

Google Launches News Reader for Wii Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:03 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Google

See what your favorite websites have updated with from the comfort of your couch.

Google has created a Wii-specific version of their Google Reader web news aggregator, and now it's available for all to use. The Reader, which Google is calling an "inbox for the web," allows users to subscribe to the RSS or Atom webfeeds of multiple websites and have it all displayed on one page.


NOA's Partial Move Confirmed

by Jonathan Metts - 2:11 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: The Seattle PI

A Redmond city official confirms that Nintendo of America will move three divisions (about 80 employees) to another city.

According the the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, a local newspaper which often reports on the business dealings at Nintendo of America, the rumors are true: NOA is indeed moving some of its operations to either San Francisco or New York City. The paper spoke with Redmond's deputy planning director,... Read more...

May 7, 2007

Miyamoto Discusses Zelda in Japan, Making Halo Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:39 am PDT
Total comments: 65 Source: Entertainment Weekly

Why is Twilight Princess not doing as well as it could be in Japan? And is Shiggy capable of making a Halo kind of game?

Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto talked with game writer Geoff Keighley for Entertainment Weekly and discussed some interesting topics, mostly about the social issues impacting Japan. Keighley did ask Mr. Miyamoto questions about games as well, there were some interesting answers.

"I could make Halo,"...


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