December 31, 2002

Capcom Reveals Gotcha Force

by Jonathan Metts - 10:47 pm PST
Total comments: 2 Source: Capcom Japan Website

It's sort of like a cartoon version of The Grid, with the obligatory Pokemon elements.

Capcom will be showing a new third-person shooter for GameCube at E3. Gotcha Force is essentially a kid-targeted deathmatch game, similar to Nintendo's own Custom Robo series. Players collect toys and make them fight each other in 3D arenas, apparently in real-time.

As with any game of this...

Happy New Year!

by Billy Berghammer - 5:09 pm PST
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Toss some confetti and raise your glasses...we're shuttin' down 2002.

As we countdown the final moments of 2002, we’d like to wish you a safe and happy new year.

It’s been another amazing year for Planet GameCube, and we look forward to another fun and insane year of gaming. It’s a crazy to think that within one year we’ve played games like Eternal Darkness,... Read more...

Kinniku Man 2nd Generation GC

by Billy Berghammer - 3:36 pm PST
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We're ringing in the new year with dudes that wear tights. At least they're cel-shaded dudes. Check out Aki's new Japanese Wrestling title!

We've imported a copy of Bandai/Aki's Kinniku Man 2nd Generation from our good friends at

Video Game Depot, and captured a

heap of movies for your wrestling pleasure.  It's a very different (but way cool) cel-shaded wrestling game.  See Billy get his butt kicked all over the place!



December 30, 2002

Mr. Driller Drill Land GC

by Billy Berghammer - 4:43 pm PST
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We're kicking off import movie week with brand spankin' new movies of Namco's new drill fest.

We imported a copy of Namco's Mr. Driller Drill Land from our good friends at

Video Game Depot, and captured a

heap of movies for your perusal.  We've got movies of all the different new

game modes Mr. Driller Land offers, plus a taste of the new cinemas.  What

are you waiting for?  Get drilling!


December 27, 2002

Giftpia Website Launches GC

by Jonathan Metts - 5:11 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Skip

Lots of new info...if you read Japanese. We've picked out a few highlights though.

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Skip, the developer behind Nintendo's upcoming Giftpia, has launched a Japanese website for the game. Giftpia is a bizarre cel-shaded RPG originally shown (though somewhat covertly) on video at E3 2002.

The new website is entirely in Japanese, but through a mechanical... Read more...

Smashing Free Stuff

by Billy Berghammer - 9:37 am PST
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Subscribers to Nintendo power get an awesome surprise in the January edition. This could be music to your ears...

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Nintendo has bundled the Orchestrated Super Smash Bros. Melee Concert that was performed last summer in Japan with the January issue of Nintendo Power.

As we told you months ago, Famitsu packaged this same concert with their magazine, but we didn't know if it would ever make it stateside...until now.


December 26, 2002

Shoot Me in the Head

by Billy Berghammer - 10:45 am PST
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We forgot Rick's Birthday. Kick me.

We'd like to wish a belated Birthday to our resident poopy pants Rick Powers. Too be honest, I think we all got a little too funky on the egg nog at our annual holiday party, and forgot about it. Oops.

Ricky-poo we love you!

Happy Birthday, and happy holidays brother. We're hoping the dual holiday situation you deal with didn't short you from getting the Wonder Woman underoos you wanted.


December 25, 2002

Merry Christmas 2002!

by Billy Berghammer - 8:33 am PST
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Ho Ho Ho! Time to unwrap those shiny new games! Some Christmas wishes from your friends at PGC...

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Ah yes, the holiday season is there. Lots to eat, drink and play. Some of our staff are taking well deserved vacations, while others are working on last minute domestic and import reviews, or poised waiting for any news to break.

As we sit back after large holiday...

December 23, 2002

Nintendo Prepares for 'Crunch Week'

by Steven Rodriguez - 3:54 pm PST
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If you think you've got it bad where you work during the holidays, wait until you see what Nintendo of America needs to deal with.

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Did You Know...

During Crunch Week, the week between Christmas and New Year’s, Nintendo's consumer service calls, emails and letters double due to the strong sales of Nintendo products during the holiday season.

On average, Nintendo’s consumer service department...

Midway Looking for Buyout

by Jonathan Metts - 1:35 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Los Angeles Times

The venerable publisher of Mortal Kombat and NFL Blitz may be up for sale.

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According to an article in the L.A. Times, American publisher Midway Games may be up for sale to another corporation. The game publisher, which started in the arcade business and gradually phased into the console market, has experienced lackluster performance in 2002, despite some success of its Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance for multiple platforms.


December 21, 2002

NOA Wind Waker Interview GC

by Michael Cole - 2:24 am PST
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In case you didn’t notice, has released an interview concerning The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker...

Nintendo of America recently published an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma, Producer and Director of Link’s latest adventure, respectively. While much of the information contained within is old, the two provide more thorough explanations and a few interesting tidbits. Be warned, though: Miyamoto and Aonuma do reveal what some might consider minor spoilers! Below is a brief excerpt from NOA’s Interview.


December 20, 2002

3DO Teams with Stan Winston GC

by Lasse Pallesen - 12:03 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Stan Winston acts as a consultant on the character designs in Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse. He is a four-time Oscar winner, you know.


Stan Winston Productions Options Film Rights, Collaborates on Character Designs

REDWOOD CITY, CA - (December 19, 2002) - The 3DO Company (Nasdaq: THDO) today announced that it is collaborating with... Read more...

December 19, 2002

TNN to Produce Videogame Awards Show

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:06 am PST
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With a category like "best all-around badass," you know this one is going to be a winner.

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TNN Game for Video Kudos

By David Bloom

HOLLYWOOD (Variety) - TNN wants to prove it's got game in the awards show business, rolling out the first televised kudofest for the fast-growing video game industry with such over-the-top categories as best all-around badass and best free-for-all carnage.


Another 'Did You Know?' From Nintendo

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:57 am PST
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Watch Nintendo toot its own horn about how well the GameCube and Game Boy Advance sold compared to the Xbox and PlayStation 2.

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Did You Know...

The first returns are in on holiday video game shopping...and the little elf called momentum has curled up right next to Nintendo. So, while our competitors pass along their side of the story, we thought you would appreciate hearing how the month of November really shook out…


Nintendo and Tomy Join Forces

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:31 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

The creators of Zoids will have Nintendo publish some of its GBA games.

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Tomy, Nintendo agree to tie-up in marketing videogame software

TOKYO - Japanese videogame maker Nintendo Co., will begin marketing and distributing game software developed by toy maker Tomy Co. in Japan from next spring, a Tomy spokeswoman said.

Tokyo-based...

Pokémon GBA Games Clean Up in Japan Holiday Sales GBA

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:24 am PST
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I get it, the more Pokémon there are to catch, the more games Nintendo sells. Not a bad idea.

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Pokemon Games No.1 in Japan Holiday Season Sales

TOKYO (Reuters) - The Pokémon craze is back in Japan.

Combined sales of "Pokémon Ruby" and "Pokémon Sapphire," the latest titles in the blockbuster video game series released last month, have topped two million... Read more...

December 18, 2002

FIFA 2003 Performs Well in Europe GC

by Lasse Pallesen - 7:38 am PST
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Who would have thought Europeans were crazy about soccer?

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Retail Data Shows Momentum for FIFA Football 2003 Series Across all Platforms

CHERTSEY, England, Dec. 18, 2002 - Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), the leading developer and publisher... Read more...

December 17, 2002

Zelda Pre-sale Offer Comes to the US GC

by Lasse Pallesen - 7:25 am PST
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We knew it was coming. Now it's official.

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Consumers Pressure For Pre-Sell Program For Two Hot Zelda Properties

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 17, 2002 –The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker is set to launch for Nintendo GameCube... Read more...

December 16, 2002

Famitsu Reviews This Week

by Bakudan Yoshinoya - 4:18 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Famitsu Weekly

You already heard about how Zelda fared with the reviewers, but what about the other games and the Top 30?

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As we approach Christmas, a bunch of games for GC are hitting the shelves over the next few weeks in Japan. Famitsu reviewed six GC games this week. Zelda no Densetsu receives the fourth perfect score (10,10,10,10) in the history of Famitsu. The next highest score goes... Read more...

He Almost Made It...

by Louie the Cat - 11:31 am PST
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Billy may be out for a couple days due to an unfortunate accident. Come see the gory details.

Lament in Talkback!

Billy never made it back from Nintendo’s Zelda Gamers’

Summit.  Well at least, not yet. 

I was terribly worried, so I e-mailed Rick Powers, whom Billy was staying

with for the rest of the weekend.  According to Rick, there was a little

problem at NOA.  Ok, I wasn’t

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