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January 31, 2003

New RTX Red Rock Site Online GC

by Billy Berghammer - 6:27 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: RTX Red Rock Website

LucasArts is prepping to release RTX Red Rock this spring, and they've launched an all new website. Get the skinny right here.

LucasArts has just given us word they've launched their new RTX Red Rock website.

Check out the site to:

* Learn about Wheeler's back story in the game information and FAQ section

* Peruse all the latest screenshots, concept art and videos in the art gallery

* Download wallpapers, screensavers, ecards and more

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Japanese Metroid Commercial Mania! GC

by Billy Berghammer - 5:36 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Metroid.jp

Classic commercials for Metroid II and Super Metroid! Also catch the new Metroid Prime and Metroid Fusion commercials. What? Samus un-suited?

NCL has posted a heap of new commercials on their Metroid.jp site today. The site is in Japanese, but with a few clicks here and there (look for TV CM), you should be able to find all the commercials.

Note: We previously hosted these commercials on our server, but since we’re currently stress testing, and have other testing, we’ve had to remove them. We’re sorry for the interruption.

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This Summer = Sonic x 2 GC

by Billy Berghammer - 10:55 am PST
Total comments: 2 Source: Sega Press Release

Sega's newest Sonic titles are both coming to North America this summer.

Two New Sonic the Hedgehog Games to Debut This Summer from SEGA

SAN FRANCISCO - Jan. 31, 2003 - SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that two new Sonic The Hedgehog® games are currently in development and will be released in the U.S. this summer. "Sonic AdventureTM DX"(working title) will be released in May exclusively for the Nintendo GameCubeTM, and "Sonic Pinball PartyTM" will ship in June for the Game Boy® Advance.

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January 30, 2003

Yamauchi to See First Seattle Mariners Game

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:34 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Associated Press

He's owned the team for 10 years, and March will be the first time he'll have seen them. Some owner.

Nintendo has had the majority stake in the Major League Baseball team since 1992. Though Yamauchi isn't the president of Nintendo anymore (as the article incorrecly states), he still claims ownership of the Mariners. Here's a small bit from the AP article:

Hiroshi Yamauchi will be in the stands when Seattle opens the major league season March 25 in Tokyo against the Oakland Athletics, Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln said Thursday.

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THQ and SEGA Announce Sonic Advance 2 for GBA GBA

by Mike Sklens - 4:01 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Yahoo News

Sonic and pals are back in your pocket!

SEGA's Hypersonic Hedgehog Returns For More Portable Platform Action

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 30, 2003--THQ® Inc. (NASDAQ:THQI) and SEGA® Corporation today announced "SONIC ADVANCE(TM) 2," the sequel to "SONIC ADVANCE(TM)" -- one of the top-selling Game Boy® Advance games... Read more...

Nintendo Shares Down on U.S. Software Sales Warnin

by Mike Sklens - 3:54 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Yahoo News

Electronic Arts is so big they affect other companies' stocks!

TOKYO (Reuters) - Shares in Japan's Nintendo Co. Ltd. extended losses on Thursday after video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. cut its forecast for North American software sales for the game maker's flagship GameCube console.

The stock, which hit its lowest level in nearly four years on Wednesday, ended down 6.14 percent at 9,480 yen, while the key Nikkei average dipped 0.17 percent.

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January 29, 2003

Haven Canned for GameCube and Xbox

by Jonathan Metts - 2:47 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: Midway

The rumors are true.

Several media outlets recently reported that Midway's Haven: Call of the King, developed by Traveller's Tales, had been canceled for GameCube. Today Midway confirmed the reports to us, saying that both the GameCube and Xbox versions were originally planned but have since been nixed.

There is... Read more...

All Star Baseball 2004 Website Opens

by Jonathan Metts - 10:55 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Acclaim

The most popular baseball series around is just a month away.

The newest version of Acclaim's popular All Star Baseball series ships next month, but you can check out its new website now at the link above.

The website contains info on the game's whopping 81 new features. You can also see the latest screenshots and movies and read up on the newly acquired Necro League license, the enhanced franchise mode, and the new scenario mode.

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Mad Catz to Produce GBA SP Accessories GBA

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:43 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

They'll be ready to go for launch. Buy some if you're still squinting at the screen.

Mad Catz Developing Leading Edge Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP Accessories

Products to Be Available For SP Launch in March

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 29, 2003--Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., the world's leading third party video game accessory manufacturer, today announced development of the Company's full line of accessories for Nintendo's recently announced Game Boy Advance SP.

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January 28, 2003

The Freeloader Available Next Week? GC

by Billy Berghammer - 4:17 pm PST
Discuss in talkback!

There's been some chatter around the web today that the Freeloader could be released next week. Is hell chilly or what?

Months ago we posted a hardware profile for Datel's Freeloader, a disc that

allows you to play imported games from any region.  The disc was supposed

to be released last year, but after numerous delays it was rumored that the

Freeloader would end as vaporware.

Today a few import

stores reported that they could be receiving their Freeloader shipments as

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Skies of Arcadia Ships! GC

by Billy Berghammer - 9:58 am PST
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Sega's Skies of Arcadia Legends is on its way to retailers...

SEGA'S SKIES OF ARCADIA LEGENDS SHIPS OUT FOR NINTENDO GAMECUBE

Critically Acclaimed Role Playing Game Receives "Director's Cut"

SAN FRANCISCO - (January 28, 2003) - SEGA(R) of America, Inc. today

announced the release of the epic role-playing adventure "Skies of

Arcadia(TM) Legends" exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube(TM). The second

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January 27, 2003

Unity: The Official Announcement GC

by Jonathan Metts - 3:49 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Lionhead Press Release

We told you about Jeff Minter's Unity the other day. Now see the official announcement from Lionhead Studios.

UNITY

n. pl. u·ni·ties

The state or quality of being one; singleness. The state or quality of being in accord; harmony.

Lionhead Studios is delighted to announce a collaborative project between two of the games industry's most respected veterans, Peter Molyneux and Jeff Minter.

Lionhead... Read more...

January 25, 2003

F-Zero GC GC

by Billy Berghammer - 11:11 am PST
Discuss in talkback!

5 fresh new movies direct from the World Hobby Fair in Japan!

Our Japanese Correspondent Bakudan Yoshinoya was on the scene at the World

Hobby Fair in Japan, and got some excellent movies of F-Zero GC.  So how

fast does F-Zero look?  Check out these movies!  These were shot with

a digital video camera, and aren't direct feed.  What do you care? 

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What the heck is going on?!

by Rick Powers - 8:54 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Yahoo! News

Major internet "worm" took down many web servers running SQL last night. Details inside ...

If you noticed that many of your favorite websites were out of commission or unreachable in the wee hours this morning, then you witnessed the effects of a major SQL virus that's been spreading like wildfire.

The gist of it is this ... servers running Microsoft SQL Server that are open to the... Read more...

January 23, 2003

Mad Catz Acquires GameShark Brand From Interact

by Billy Berghammer - 7:15 pm PST
Discuss in talkback!

MadCatz to begin shipping GameShark products in March. Get the juice right here...

Mad Catz Acquires Industry Leading GameShark Brand From Interact For $5 Million

January 23, 2003

Mad Catz Acquires Industry Leading GameShark Brand From Interact For $5 Million; Acquisition Will Ensure Continuity of Supply

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 23, 2003--Mad Catz Interactive,... Read more...

Nintendo prepping GameCube successor for 2005 GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:11 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Yahoo/Reuters

"When we withdraw from the home game console, that's when we withdraw from the video game business."

In an interview with Reuters Thursday, Nintendo's president Satoru Iwata made it crystal clear that they intend to return to a leadership position in the next generation race. and will have a successor to the GameCube ready for 2005.

Nintendo is far behind Sony in the current console race, with... Read more...

January 22, 2003

Jeff Minter Brings Unity to GameCube

by Karlie Yeung - 4:39 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Edge Magazine

A new GameCube project from the creator of Tempest 2000 has emerged.

Jeff Minter is best known for forming Llamasoft and 80's games including Gridrunner, Return of the Mutant Camels and Tempest 2000.

This month's Edge magazine contains a lengthy feature regarding his latest project, known as "Unity", for GameCube. It is primarily being developed by Jeff Minter... Read more...

Nintendo Puzzle Collection Commercial GC

by Billy Berghammer - 10:34 am PST
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Cute Japanese girl demonstrates that she can do two things at once by playing Dr. Mario and talking on a cell phone. Very impressive indeed.

The new commercial for Nintendo Puzzle Collection has hit the tube in Japan,

and we've got it here for you to download in two broadband conscious flavors. Updated!

We've just added gameplay footage as well. Get your puzzle love on!

*You will need Windows

Media Player to view these files.

Nintendo Puzzle Collection

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January 21, 2003

Metroid Movie in the Works GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:56 pm PST
Source: Variety.com

As long as Fred Savage isn't in the movie, it's probably going to be a hit.

Variety.com is reporting that Hollywood producers Warren Zide and Craig Perry (whose credits include Final Destination and American Pie) have acquired the rights to make a movie based on Nintendo's Metroid game series. The producing duo is currently seeking out writers, directors, and some actors and actresses to fill out the roles of all involved. Here's the preliminaries, courtesy of Variety:

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Final Fantasy Tactics Advance Soundtracks Planned GBA

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:44 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: XenGamers

Two discs? How many tracks? An audio story book? Are you guys sure this is a Game Boy game?

XenGamers is reporting that with the upcoming release of Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Square is releasing a set of game soundtracks.

On Feburary 19, an offical two-disc soundtrack will be released, with disc one containing the original music from the game, with disc two containing extended... Read more...

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