July 27, 2007

EA Admits To Focusing Development On The Wrong Console

by Brad Mosbacher - 5:14 pm PDT
Total comments: 9 Source:

EA says it was "on the wrong horse" when it came to next generation game development, promises development of new IPs to promote growth.

Yesterday at its quarterly investor's meeting, EA's CEO John Riccitiello told investors that 2007 was the toughest fiscal year ever for the company.

“[The last transition] was tough because we typically have two to three platforms and a five year period… One of the biggest challenges, of... Read more...

Smash Bros. Dojo Updates Wii

by Mike Gamin - 9:41 am PDT
Total comments: 11 Source:

Here are this weeks announcements from the Dojo blog. Two new stages and a cool new game mechanic are inside!

This week at the Dojo was similar to most other weeks. A bunch of minor announcements were made that are somewhat interesting. Still no brand new characters though.

New Stage: Rumble FallsIn somewhat of a twist, what could end up being the spiritual successor to the oft maligned Icicle Mountain... Read more...

Nielsen finds Wii Households are more “Upscale" Wii

by Casey Basire - 1:30 am PDT
Total comments: 10 Source: GameSpot

So does this mean I should be a lot richer than I am? Perhaps not, but the rich seem to like the Wii.

Although the Wii is the least expensive console of this generation, it seems more likely to show up in expensive homes. Nielsen’s GamePlay Metrics has found that households that are home to Wiis are more “upscale" and even boasting an annual income of more than $100,000.

Based on the...

July 26, 2007

Nintendo Fifth Largest Company in Japan

by Steven Rodriguez - 6:38 pm PDT
Total comments: 20 Source: Rueters

After hitting Sony with a red turtle shell last month, Mario can start dropping banana peels for NTT and Honda.

After Nintendo released its Q2 financial statement, its stock price went up 3.5%. After it became known that Nintendo Co., Ltd. has become the fifth largest corporation in Japan, it went up another 8.8%. It could have climbed higher than that, if not for reaching the daily increase limit the Osaka Stock Exchange imposes.


Nintendo Q2 2007 Earnings Report

by Steven Rodriguez - 6:18 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Nintendo

Profits up 400% from Q2 2006; Wii shipment target upped to 16.5 million by the end of next March.

This week Nintendo released its second quarter fiscal highlights, and it comes as no surprise that it's making serious money off of the continued success of the Wii and DS. For the three month period that ended on June 30, the company's net sales total was 340.4 billion Yen ($2.87 billion). That led to a net profit in the quarter of 80.3 billion yen ($680 million), which is an increase of a staggering 416% over the same period last year.


July 24, 2007

Sega Ships Alien Syndrome for Wii Wii

by Jon Lindemann - 7:14 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Grab three of your buddies and start hunting.


Sci-Fi Shooter-RPG Introduces Revolutionary Gameplay for Up to Four Players

SAN FRANCISCO (July 24, 2007) – SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced today that Alien Syndrome™ has shipped to stores nationwide for the Wii™ home... Read more...

Hot Topic and Weekly Forum Roundup!

by Ty Shughart - 11:00 am PDT
Total comments: 10

We're extending the current Hot Topic another week. If you want a shot at winning an E3 swag bag, all you need to do is tell us what you thought of the show!

We skipped last week for the sake of E3, and this week we're gonna come right back and ask about it! Like always, we'll get back to the previous hot topic down at the bottom of this page, but first...

This week: E3! What did you think of the show in general? The press conference? The announcements? Nintendo's competitors? Are you satisfied overall? Or super disappointed? Let us know!


July 23, 2007

Nintendo Tops June Sales Charts

by Steven Rodriguez - 4:14 pm PDT
Total comments: 36 Source: NeoGAF Official NPD

DS is number one, Wii is number two; top four games and six out of the top ten are on Nintendo systems. Updated with some factoids from Nintendo.

Here are the hardware sales for the reporting period of June, which was actually a five-week month for NPD's purposes:

Nintendo DS - 561,000

Wii - 381,800

PlayStation 2 - 270,000*

PlayStation Portable - 230,100

Xbox 360 - 198,400

Game Boy Advance - 113,000*

PlayStation 3 - 98,500


Game Critics Awards Nominees Announced

by Steven Rodriguez - 3:16 pm PDT
Total comments: 17 Source: Game Critics Awards

14 Wii games and 2 DS games are included among a very competitive field of the best games of E3.

The Game Critics Awards has released its nominee list for the 2007. The GCAs are held every year at the conclusion of E3 and voted on by the heads of major gaming publications across America.

Nintendo-published games have been nominated eight times in seven different categories. All told, 14... Read more...

July 22, 2007

Smash Bros. Dojo Updates Wii

by Mike Gamin - 11:00 am PDT
Total comments: 24 Source:

So that's how you play as Zero Suit Samus.

It was an interesting week over at the Dojo. The highlight of the week was probably the official unveiling of Zero Suit Samus. We''ll get to that in a bit.

New Song: Star Fox: Space ArmadaThis is a slightly different arrangement to a song that came right out of Melee. The composition supervisor... Read more...

July 20, 2007

Crimson/Black DS Lite Available from Canadian Retailer DS

by Jonathan Metts - 1:20 pm PDT
Total comments: 10

Canadian store Future Shop lists a Red and Black DS Lite bundled with Brain Age 2, shipping August 20th.

Canadian retailer Future Shop (a Canadian subsidiary of Best Buy) has listed a DS Lite bundle that includes the system and Brain Age 2. What sets this bundle apart, however, is the DS Lite's "Crimson/Black" color combination. Its bottom half is black like an Onyx DS Lite, but its top half is a slick-looking red. The bundle includes a matching red and black carrying case and sells for $159.99 CDN (about $153.00 USD).


July 17, 2007

Miyamoto and Reggie Spotted in a Foreign Hotel Suite At E3 Wii

by Brad Mosbacher - 7:08 pm PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: MTV

Shigeru Miyamoto and crew were spotted touring EA's Hotel Suite and playing their games.

When you talk to any informed gamer and any video game journalist about Nintendo and 3rd parties, the general consensus is that Nintendo could care less about them, but that all seems to be changing now. MTV's Gaming blog Multiplayer Blog reeled in some very interesting photos of Shigeru Miyamoto,... Read more...

EA Announces Medal of Honor Heroes 2 Wii

by Jonathan Metts - 3:44 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Electronic Arts

Here's a bit more info on the game Nintendo showed with the Zapper last week. Includes 32-player online feature!

EA Announces Medal of Honor Heroes 2

Designed Specifically for the Wii and PSP and Featuring Support for the Wii Zapper

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) today announced Medal of Honor Heroes™ 2, a new game from the critically-acclaimed Medal of Honor™ franchise designed completely from the ground up for the Wii™ from Nintendo and the PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) system.


July 16, 2007

Square-Enix Interested In The Wii Fit Board Wii

by Brad Mosbacher - 5:31 pm PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: IGN DS

Final Fantasy XII Revenant Wings Producer Eisuke Yokoyama confesses his interest in making a game with the balance board.

In an interview with IGN's Mary Jane Irwin, Final Fantasy XII Revenant Wings' producer Eisuke Yokoyama revealed that he was interested in making a game that uses Wii Fit's Balance Board as a means of control. He gave no clue as to what the game might be, only referring to the possible title as "Final... Read more...

EA and Jostens Announce Madden Ring Tie-In Promotion Wii

by Jonathan Metts - 2:36 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

In-game achievements will generate a code that can be used to buy special Madden-themed rings on Jostens' website.

EA and Jostens Introduce “Ring of a Champion" to Madden NFL 08

Gamers Can Customize and Purchase Rings to Showcase Their Skills

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electronic Arts Inc. and Jostens, Inc. today announced that the highly anticipated Madden NFL 08 for next generation consoles... Read more...

NOA Partners with NASCAR to Race a "Wii-themed" Stock-Car

by Brendan Gallagher - 12:46 pm PDT
Total comments: 5

The Wii stock-car debuts August 12th with Greg Biffle behind the wheel of car No. 16


Nintendo to Debut Wii Paint Scheme at Watkins Glen on Roush Fenway No. 16 Nextel Cup Entry

Concord, N.C. - July 16, 2007 - Nintendo's record-selling Wii™ video game system takes video gaming to a whole new level with a partnership... Read more...

Australian OFLC Hints at Upcoming Virtual Console Games Wii

by Casey Basire - 10:42 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Australia's OFLC

Ratings board lists 22 potential Virtual Console games including Super Mario Bros. 3, Sonic 3, and many others.

The following games have shown up on Australia's OFLC Classification database.





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July 13, 2007

Mario Party 8 Launched, Recalled in the UK Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 9:37 pm PDT
Total comments: 14 Source: NOE

Nintendo cites assembly error, but there could be another reason.

Nintendo of Europe posted the following announcement on their website today:

[Mario Party 8] was launched in the UK today. Unfortunately we have discovered that a small number of games contain the wrong version of the disk due to an assembly error. We have therefore decided to recall all copies of the game from UK retailers so that this mistake can be corrected.


The E3 2007 Nintendo Games List

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:05 pm PDT
Total comments: 15

Here are the games you can expect to see for the Wii and DS at this year's show. See which games we have played, now updated through the end of the show!

The following is a list of games that Nintendo World Report has confirmed as making a playable appearance at the 2007 E3 Business and Media Summit. Note that some multiplatform games listed here may not be playable on a Nintendo system at the show, but if we can confirm the Wii or DS version is identical to the others, we'll still try to bring you preview coverage of those games.


Smash Bros. Dojo Updates Wii

by Mike Gamin - 10:15 am PDT
Total comments: 16 Source:

Look! It's Smashville!

The blog this week revealed several new pieces of information. Probably the biggest news (which was actually revealed at Nintendo's E3 press conference), was the North American release date of December 3, 2007. Should we go get in line now? Anyway, here are the other new details.

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