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June 30, 2003

Sword of Mana Limited Edition GBA SP Color GBA

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:49 am PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: http://www.square-enix.co.jp/games/gba/seiken/

Now that Square has got a hold of the GBA, it needs to release special edition sets all over the place. See what color it is this week!

Sword of Mana comes out in the homeland on August 29, and to annoy more people who already own a Game Boy Advance SP, Square-Enix is offering up a special bundle set with a limited edition color system along with the game. Check it out:

The official name for the color is "Mana Blue." ... Read more...

June 27, 2003

Eternal Darkness the Movie? GC

by Mike Sklens - 7:24 am PDT
Total comments: 18 Source: Variety.com

Max Roivas rumored to believe "this isn't happening."

Hypnotic, a Hollywood production company, has acquired the TV and feature rights to Nintendo and Silicon Knights' critically acclaimed 2002 title, "Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem." The three companies have worked together in the past, as Hypnotic was responsible for overseeing the Eternal Darkness Films contest last summer.

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Edinburgh International Games Festival GC

by Robert Graves - 2:07 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Go Play Press Release

What are you waiting for, Go Play Games!

THIRTY GAMES… ONE WEEK… EIGHT FINGERS… TWO THUMBS… NO BRAINER

Edinburgh International Games Festival’s ‘Go Play Games’ event to offer visitors a unique opportunity to enjoy hands-on experience of the best of contemporary gaming.

Visitors to Edinburgh's Royal Museum during the... Read more...

June 26, 2003

ESRB Adds New Content Descriptors, Tweaks Ratings

by Steven Rodriguez - 3:28 pm PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: ESRB

Parents will have an easier time of making the right game choices for the kiddies who shouldn't be playing all those violent games.

We all know and love the Entertainment Software Ratings Board for informing uninformed parents about what's in the games they buy for their children. Game ratings and content descriptors give an idea of what a game is like without actually needing to buy it.

However, the ESRB has realized that... Read more...

The Return of the $60 Game?

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:33 am PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: MSNBC

Games might still be $50, but the costs to develop them aren't what they used to be.

Ever since the PlayStation came around, gamers have been used to paying $49.99 for a brand new videogame (save for us hardcore $59.99 N64 guys). Publishers felt that this was the right price point to cover all the costs to develop a game, make some money off it, and still make the consumer happy.

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June 24, 2003

Happy Birthday to WindyMan! GC

by Jonathan Metts - 11:42 am PDT
Total comments: 5

Our News Editor and Trivia Guru, Steven Rodriguez, is turning the big 21 today!

His slogan says something about things coming to an end, but Mr. Steven "WindyMan" Rodriguez is going strong today. He's turning 21 years old, and our spies say he'll be spending the first weekend of his manhood in the crazy town of Las Vegas. Whoa, watch yourself there buddy. But have a great time!

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Play GameCube Games in Your Hotel Room

by Steven Rodriguez - 8:48 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

They've been doing it with N64 games, now LodgeNet and Nintendo will be offering up GC games directly in hotel rooms across the country.

LodgeNet to Introduce Nintendo GameCube Through Its All-New SIGNETURE TV System

Largest Hotel Broadband Provider and World's Most Successful Video Game Manufacturer Mark Ten Years of Strategic Alliance

NEW ORLEANS, June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LodgeNet Entertainment Corporation, the... Read more...

Freestyle MetalX From Midway Coming Soon GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 8:41 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

It's not a racing game, it's the most tricked-out freestyle moto game ever.

Midway Sports Asylum ``Frees Your Mind'' with Ship of First-Ever Free-Roaming Freestyle Motocross Videogame -- Freestyle MetalX

Freestyle MetalX(TM) Allows Players to Pull Endless Eye-Popping Stunts in Spectacular Open Environments with Nine of the Sickest Pro Riders

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June... Read more...

June 23, 2003

Want to be a Happy Camper?

by Rick Powers - 11:18 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo of America

Nintendo has posted the info on this year's Camp Hyrule!

Every year, Nintendo holds a virtual "camp" for online gamers to get together and play mini-games and generally pal around in an informal setting. They call it "Camp Hyrule", and it's usually a pretty good dose of fun.

Nintendo has updated it's Camp Hyrule website with the dates of registration,... Read more...

Acclaim Dropping Nintendo Support?

by Jonathan Metts - 12:05 pm PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: Acclaim

We contacted the publisher to check up on this rumor.

Rumors on the Internet today suggest that Acclaim's new CEO has decided to completely drop support for Nintendo systems. The rumors say that upcoming games like XGRA and Legends of Wrestling III will be finished for GameCube, but no new projects will be started for the system.

We contacted Acclaim... Read more...

Game Boy Player Replacement Boot Discs GC

by Rick Powers - 9:21 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo of America

All of you who imported a Game Boy Player... your bet just paid off. Nintendo's online store now has US Region Boot Discs!

Update: We've now had a chance to try the US Boot Disc on a modded GameCube and a Japanese Game Boy Player, and we're pleased to announce that as expected, it works flawlessly.

Sometimes, the ways of Nintendo confuse us ... like the decision to release the Game Boy Player in the US in only Jet Black. This has caused the Player to be one of the hottest import items in a while, as the Player comes in four colors in Japan.

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Rock N' Roll Racing GBA Demo Now Available

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:07 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://www.blizzard.com/blizzclassic/rnrdemo.shtml...

Blizzard likes these GBA demos, so you can try the SNES classic before you buy!

Blizzard is primarily is PC game developer, and where PC games are, PC demos usually follow. Well, ever since Blizzard got its feet wet with the GBA, they figured that a GBA demo wouldn't be such a bad idea, either.

There is now a Shockwave demo version of the recently released Rock N' Roll... Read more...

June 22, 2003

Special Edition Final Fantasy GameCube Bundle GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:15 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Degenki Online

Those lucky Japanese get a GameCube color that's more perfect that Platinum. You need to see this one to believe it.

The Japanese love their Final Fantasy games, and when Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles comes out on August 8, there will no doubt be a huge buzz. To add to it, Japanese news site Degenki Online revealed that Square and Nintendo will be offering a super-limited edition GameCube/Game Boy Player to celebrate the release of the game. Take a look at this beauty:

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June 20, 2003

Naki Unleashes the Hulk Pad GC

by Mike Sklens - 4:11 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Naki

You wouldn't like this controller when it's angry. Thankfully, controllers don't get angry.

Don’t Get Mad, Get The Hulk-Pad™!

Naki Presents A Safe Way For Moviegoers To Unleash Their Fury After Watching HULK™

BALDWIN PARK, CA - June 20, 2003 - Naki International, videogame accessories manufacturer, announces that the Hulk-Pad is now in wide distribution throughout retail stores nationwide, ready to be ripped off shelves by tormented moviegoers seeking an outlet to unleash their fury in true Hulk fashion.

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F-Zero Website Updated GC

by Mike Sklens - 2:53 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: http://www.f-zero.jp

Amusement Vision has updated the official F-Zero AX/GX website with all sorts of goodies.

With F-Zero GX due out in about one month in Japan, Amusement Vision has updated the game's official website. They have added a new E3 movie which shows off some never before seen race tracks, including what appears to be Sand Ocean, and video from the game's Story Mode cut-scenes. You'll also be... Read more...

June 19, 2003

Pirates of the Carribean Ships Out for GBA

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:02 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Any videogame about pirates gets the thumbs up around these waters, matey. Yarr.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" Sets Sail on the Game Boy Advance

Swashbuckling Action/Adventure Game Based on the Upcoming Disney Film

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 19, 2003--TDK Mediactive, Inc., a global publisher of entertainment software, announced... Read more...

The Karnaaj Rally Showdown GBA

by Robert Graves - 3:06 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Paragon Five Release

Wanna win a GBA SP? Step inside for details...

Paragon Five Showcases GBA Racing Hit, Karnaaj Rally, With An Online Contest At www.karnaaj.com

Honolulu, Hawaii (June 18th, 2003) - Paragon Five today announced a worldwide contest in search of the best Karnaaj Rally racer in an online contest called 'the Karnaaj Rally Showdown'. The contest... Read more...

June 17, 2003

Sonic Adventure DX Now Available GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 8:54 am PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Press Release

Yeah, that's right, Sega can add the DX to an old game too. Take that, Nintendo!

Speedy Blue Sonic's Original Adventure Premieres on Nintendo Gamecube in New "Director's Cut"

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 17, 2003--Roll out the red carpet - SEGA® of America today announced the return of Sonic The Hedgehog® on Nintendo GameCube(TM) in "Sonic Adventure(TM) DX Director's... Read more...

June 15, 2003

Free Gameplay Movies from E3 2003

by Jonathan Metts - 9:59 pm PDT
Total comments: 12

Better late than never, right? And of course, our movies are totally free. Now in MPEG format! Updated: New movies include Custom Robo, FF Tactics Advance, and Mario Golf.

Keep checking this page for more movies to be added!

After a lot of feedback, we're going with the MPEG format this time. The files are pretty big, but they should work on practically any computer. They're all totally free, so just click on the links to start downloading!

Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising 10MB

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June 12, 2003

Sega Begins PSO III Japanese Beta Testing GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 6:07 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Sega

All online games need to get the bugs worked out, and CARD Revolution is no different.

Starting on July 24 and ending on August 31, 10,000 lucky GC owners will get their hands on a trial edition of the GameCube's second online game, Phantasy Star Online III, CARD Revolution. Sega is asking all those in Japan with GC modem or broadband adapters to sign up for the trial run, on a first-come, first-served basis.

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