March 31, 2002

GameCube Piracy in Hong Kong GC

by Billy Berghammer - 11:33 am PST
Source: Lan Kwei News

According to our good friends at Lan-Kwei, GameCube games are being pirated in Hong Kong.

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News is just breaking about GameCube games getting pirated in Hong Kong. Not by way of mini CD or using a modified GameCube, but the Panasonic Q. Read on...

But these news are just too good to wait any longer: Using the Panasonic Q with it's DVD playback availability,... Read more...


by Billy Berghammer - 11:09 am PST

Time to suck gallons of sweet nectar out of those Cadbury eggs! It's Easter!

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The Easter Bunny returns!

So get all geeked out on sugar and play some GameCube! On behalf of the staff of Planet GameCube we wish you and your family a very Happy Easter!



March 30, 2002

Animal Forest + gets a name change GC

by Mike Sklens - 10:46 am PST

Nintendo is changing the name of its hit communication game Animal Forest + for the US market.

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Though there is no reason given, Nintendo has changed the title of Animal Forest + for the US version of the game. The game's new name is Animal Crossing. There is still no solid US release date for the title.


March 29, 2002

GameCube at GameJam 2 GC

by Michael Cole - 11:47 pm PST
Source: Sega of Japan

AM2 reveals two GameCube titles at Sega's GameJam 2 show! Check inside for information on the company's new take on Virtua Fighter!

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Yu Suzuki revealed the information himself at GameJam 2, and thanks to IGN we have the goods in English. Currently planned for 2003, (tentatively titled) 'Virtua Fighter Quest' will hit the GameCube sometime in 2003, marking the 10th anniversary of the VF series. The... Read more...

Peter MacDougall Interview

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:09 pm PST
Source: GameSpot

PETERMAINCO might have moved on, but see what his replacement has to say about Nintendo's current place in the market.

GameSpot recently had the chance to chat a bit with Nintendo's VP of Sales and Marketing, Peter Main MacDougall. He talks about the current state of Nintendo, the GameCube, and the Game Boy Advance. Here's a snippet of the article.

Of course, one of the most consistent complaints about the... Read more...

New Phantasy Star Online Details GC

by Mike Sklens - 2:09 pm PST
Source: GC Inside

Sega has released new details on Phantasy Star Online for the GameCube including a slight name change and bundle deals.

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Yuji Naka, the president of Sonic Team, has released some new information about the upcoming GameCube version of Phantasy Star Online. First, the game has a new name. It is now titled Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2. The title has been renamed because there are significant... Read more...

Metroid in November? GC

by Adam Kontras - 10:44 am PST
Source: EB Games

Nothing official yet, but this is enough to get your heart racing. You know you wanna look.

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It was brought to our attention that EB has some interesting ship dates posted. If you're too lazy to click the link:

Starfox Adventures - September 30th

Metroid Prime - November 1st

Legend of Zelda - December 15th



March 28, 2002

F-Zero: the press release GC

by David Trammell - 7:32 pm PST

The official press release actually clarifies a few things and offers some new information. You know you want it.

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In a nutshell, the press release explicitly states the following: The Triforce arcade game and GameCube game will link by using the Memory Card 59; Amusement Vision (who did the excellent Super Monkey Ball) will develop both games under Nintendo's supervision; Sega will... Read more...

F-Zero for Gamecube advertisment

by Desmond Gaban - 7:12 pm PST

Nintendo and Sega have released the F-Zero Gamecube advertisement. Check it out here.

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Mario Party and 1080° 2 JPN dates and more! GC

by Billy Berghammer - 4:21 pm PST

Hot on the heels of the Super Mario Sunshine date, Nintendo drops the bomb on Mario Party 4, and 1080° 2's Japanese release date. Hoo-boy Nintendo's turning up the heat!

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While you were sleeping, Nintendo Co. Ltd. released more information about 2002's most eagerly awaited video games, all available only on NINTENDO GAMECUBE(tm). Nintendo also announced joint development of new titles based on yet another of the company's unmatched stable of franchises and franchise characters.


Driver 2 Advance announced GBA

by Billy Berghammer - 3:52 pm PST

Infogrames is bringing Driver 2 Advance to the GBA! Vrooom Vrooom! The first details inside...

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Hold tight because the ride of your life has just become Portable

LONDON, March 14th 2002 – Infogrames is proud to announce Driver 2 Advance for the Game Boy® Advance.... Read more...

First Britney Spears Game Hits GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 10:05 am PST
Source: THQ Press Release

Britney's Dance Beat should be available now, courtesy of THQ.

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Although only those lucky PS2 (and PC) gamers will get to see Britney shake her stuff in full 3D, GBA fans can still dance the night away with THQ's Britney's Dance Beat for the handheld. Here's the press release, complete with Britney's own words about the gaming audience and her debut on the tiny screen:


Activision Ships Bloody Roar: Primal Fury GC

by Jonathan Metts - 9:58 am PST
Source: Activision Press Release

Eighting's enhanced GameCube port of last year's Bloody Roar 3 is now shipping to retail shelves.

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A very souped-up port of Bloody Roar 3 for PS2, Primal Fury features new characters, new stages, tweaked control, and vastly upgraded visuals. You should be able to find it at your local game store by the end of the week. Here's the full press release from Activision:


Japanese Mario Sunshine Release Date GC

by Bakudan Yoshinoya - 12:10 am PST
Source: Game Watch

Nintendo announced the Japanese release date of Mario Sunshine earlier today. Zelda GC is still on track, but Star Fox Adventure sees a delay.

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According to Game Watch, Nintendo of Japan has announced more details about Mario Sunshine. The game will be released in Japan at a price of 6800 yen (around $55) on July 19, 2002. As expected, Star Fox Adventure will be delayed till fall and Zelda GC is still planned for release within this year.


March 27, 2002

Sega to Make New F-Zero Games! ARCGC

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:52 pm PST
Source: Nintendo Japan

What? F-Zero in the ARCADE!? You know you're going to click here.

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Well folks, you wanted Nintendo and Sega to work on something together, and now you're getting it.

Nintendo and Sega both announced today via a press release on NCL's website that Sega will be developing not one, but TWO new F-Zero games. One will be for GameCube,... Read more...

Sega and THQ announce new GBA games

by Nathan Christianson - 12:48 pm PST

Crazy Taxi, Virtua Tennis, Super Monkey Ball and a Phantasy Star Collection are all headed to the GBA!


VIRTUA TENNIS (working title) to Release in Late 2002; CRAZY TAXI (working title), SUPER MONKEY BALL (working title) and PHANTASY STAR COLLECTION (working title) to Release in Early 2003

CALABASAS HILLS,...

Square Speaks on Nintendo Plans

by Steve Schardein - 12:18 am PST

Squaresoft talks Ogre Battle Saga, Final Fantasy Tactics...

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According to, Yasumi Matsuno of Squaresoft has announced in Weekly Famitsu that the company has acquired the rights to the Ogre Battle Saga, the series of immensely popular games which saw its start on the SNES.

In the same interview, Matsuno also mentions...

March 26, 2002

Upcoming EA Australian Release Dates

by Ben Kosmina - 6:38 pm PST
Source: Electronic Arts

Nine games confirmed by Electronic Arts for Australian launch or shortly thereafter.

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Here's the current list of Nintendo GameCube games that Electronic Arts currently has lined up for the GameCube's launch - please note that they are shipping dates (which is why some are before launch) and are all subject to change.

Fifa 2002 World Cup - April 19, 2002


BAM! Ships Driven for GameCube GC

by Jonathan Metts - 11:47 am PST
Source: BAM! Press Release

GameCube now has its first car-based racing game, inspired by last summer's movie.

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BAM! Entertainment's Driven racing game should be available for GameCube this week. Fans of race cars and/or Sylvester Stallone might want to check it out. Here's the official press release:


First True GameCube Racing Game Hits North American Retailers This Week


Miyamoto Interview Part II GC

by Bakudan Yoshinoya - 11:27 am PST

The last part of the Famitsu interview with Shigeru Miyamoto. Lots of Metroid talk, Eternal Darkness, and Zelda!

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Miyamoto-san speaks out about Metroid Prime, Eternal Darkness, and Zelda in

the latest issue of Famitsu. In case you

missed it, he also spoke about Mario Sunshine, and Star Fox Adventure, which

can be found here. Sit back and enjoy some more Shiggy goodness!

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