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November 30, 2004

Oh no! Obi's the big 2-1 GBA

by Daniel Bloodworth - 10:32 pm PST
Total comments: 15 Source: His Mom

Good thing it's a weeknight.

Our long-time staff writer, and recently appointed Previews Editor, Mike Sklens (StrikerObi) turns 21 today. While I have no clue what his plans are for the day, I'm glad it's a weeknight because Mike can get pretty excited even when he's sober.

All kidding aside, Mike Sklens has been a valuable... Read more...

Console Sales on the Decline

by Daniel Bloodworth - 8:02 pm PST
Total comments: 8 Source: Press Release

Stats show that gamers are preparing for the next generation.

In-Stat/MDR Reports Declining Shipments and Prices Continue as Game Console Market Awaits the Next Generation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 30, 2004--The video game console market remains in the back end of its current cycle, with declining shipments expected to continue until the... Read more...

Independent and Objective Ratings System Initiated

by Michael Cole - 11:12 am PST
Total comments: 15 Source: Press Release

Current Attractions begins a color-coded game rating system focused on content instead of age.

INDEPENDENT RATINGS SYSTEM TARGETS VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY

A Detailed Analysis of Video Games’ Profanity, Sex, Violence Available at CurrentAttractions.com

Research Finds Ambiguities And Inconsistencies In Current Industry-Run Ratings

LOS ANGELES, November 30, 2004 – Cutting through... Read more...

Metal Slug Advance Ships GBA

by Mike Sklens - 9:40 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Brutally hard shooting now available on your GBA.

SNK NEOGEO USA CONSUMER CORPORATION SHIPS METAL SLUG ADVANCE

SNK's Most Popular Action Franchise Miniaturized, Features New E-cards

WALL, NJ (November 30, 2004) SNK NEOGEO USA CONSUMER CORPORATION, the US publishing arm of the SNK PLAYMORE CORP., announced today that the company has shipped its first title for the Nintendo Game Boy® Advance, METAL SLUG ADVANCE.

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November 29, 2004

Nintendo Film Studio is a Go

by Michael Cole - 4:48 pm PST
Total comments: 24 Source: Nikkei Net Interactive

Nintendo is running with its former president's proposal for an animated film studio.

Nikkei News confirmed Thursday that Nintendo is internally making an animated film for 2006.

Hiroshi Yamauchi announced his plans to found a new film production studio in September; it appears his proposal last month garnered support from Nintendo's major investors.

The initial story drafted... Read more...

NOA Buys Yamauchi's Mariners Stake

by Michael Cole - 1:49 pm PST
Total comments: 3 Source: Sports Illustrated/CNN

Nintendo's North American division purchases the former president's shares, amassing over fifty percent of the team.

Nintendo of America announced Friday that it now owns over half of the Seattle Mariners.

Athough NOA already owned part of the Mariners, it spent $67 million to purchase former Nintendo NCL president Hiroshi Yamauchi's stake in the baseball team, making Nintendo the majority owner of Seattle's team.

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November 26, 2004

Two Tribes Announces Three Tribes

by Robert Graves - 7:40 am PST
Total comments: 3 Source: Two Tribes Press Release

When they are not at war, it would appear that Frankie's famous outfit are working on a DS & GBA project.

Two Tribes announces new games and is looking to hire new staff

HARDERWIJK, The Netherlands, November 24th 2004: Two Tribes, the Dutch game developer behind Capcom's Toki Tori, announces its involvement in two new game projects: Worms World Party and Three Tribes. Furthermore, Two Tribes is looking for new talents to join the company.

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November 23, 2004

NIMF Issues 9th Annual Video Game Industry Report

by Jonathan Metts - 9:10 pm PST
Total comments: 23 Source: C-SPAN (No, really.)

The advocacy group announces its verdict on the industry’s efforts to keep adult games away from kids.

The National Institute on Media and the Family held a press conference in Washington earlier today to unveil its yearly report card on the video game industry. David Walsh, founder and president of the organization, presented the grades and gave a speech detailing the group’s findings. Walsh expressed... Read more...

November 20, 2004

Mario Returns to Manhattan GC

by Michael Cole - 9:08 pm PST
Total comments: 4

New Yorkers and tourists can talk with Mario during the shopping season, but this may just be the start of his grand travels.

Toys 'R Us and Nintendo know holiday shopping isn't always jolly, so they are doing their part to cheer up their customers. Mario is appearing at the giant Toys 'R Us in Times Square to entertain and interact with shoppers during the busiest time of the year. In fact, the plumber already made his first appearance today! The Nintendo mascot appears on a large LCD screen, and people may talk to him via a nearby microphone.

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November 19, 2004

Kiddies Love TY 2 GC

by Jonathan Metts - 8:32 am PST
Source: Press Release

However, Shrek still says he hates the guy.

TY the Tasmanian Tiger 2: Bush Rescue from EA and Krome Studios Acclaimed as a ''Must-Have Game'' for Kids and Families

Action-Packed, Kid-Friendly Title Hailed as "Perfect Pick" by Critics and Kid-Testers, Available for $19.95

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 18, 2004--... Read more...

November 18, 2004

Prize Radio Trivia at 9:30 Central

by Michael Cole - 10:19 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://www.planetgamecube.com/specials.cfm?action=...

Win tonight's radio trivia and you'll earn a copy of the hot GameCube import Naruto 3 courtesy of PGC's import partner, Lik-Sang!

The anime-inspired Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen 3 is finally out in Japan, and PGC import partner Lik-Sang has plenty in stock. In celebration, Lik-Sang is providing us with a copy to give away during Radio Trivia this week! Likened to the Power Stone series, Naruto 3 brings the popular Japanese series to life in a fast-paced, four-player melee boasting sharp, cel-shaded graphics.

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Prince of Persia Feature on Spike TV Tonight GC

by Michael Cole - 7:47 pm PST
Total comments: 8 Source: Ubisoft Press Release

Ubisoft is giving Spike TV viewers a sneak peek at its upcoming Prince of Persia game tonight, with reruns this weekend.

At 11:00 PM ET/PT Spike TV will run an exclusive feature on Ubisoft's Prince of Persia: Warrior Within. The special will feature thirty minutes of in-game footage, developer interviews and other information about the game.

Spike TV will re-air the special November 20th at 2:30 PM, November 21st at 9:30 AM and November 29th at 12:30 AM. Warrior Within comes out for Nintendo GameCube and other platforms on December 2nd.

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New Nintendo DS Ads Begin Airing DS

by Daniel Bloodworth - 7:38 pm PST
Total comments: 15 Source: Leo Burnett / Nintendo

Nintendo's full promos for the DS launch hit the airwaves today, focusing on wireless communication and touch screen.

Nintendo begins broadcasting their three big DS spots today and Leo Burnett, the agency responsible has them hosted for viewing online.

"Breath" sets a snowy scene. A man walks up to a window, blows on it to fog it up, and writes a message on it. Then the pane above it fogs up on its own, and a reply appears. The window transitions into a DS with a voice-over saying, "Chat wirelessly. Play wirelessly."

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November 17, 2004

Shockey, Xzibit to Grace Cover of NFL Street 2 GC

by Jonathan Metts - 9:40 am PST
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Hey, whatever helps X to the Z sell more records.

EA Announces NFL STREET 2 Cover Features Jeremy Shockey and Hip-Hop Artist, Xzibit

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 16, 2004--Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that All-pro New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey and hip hop artist Xzibit will share the cover of NFL STREET... Read more...

November 16, 2004

Ignition Announces Zoo Keeper for DS DS

by Lasse Pallesen - 11:14 am PST
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

The plot is said to be highly relevant involving an actual zookeeper.

IGNITION SIGNS NINTENDO DS(tm) TITLE

IT'S ALL HAPPENING AT THE ZOO!

GLENVIEW, IL-November 16, 2004-Ignition has secured North American and European rights to publish Zoo Keeper, a puzzler from developer SUCCESS Corporation that will be one of the first Japanese launch titles for Nintendo's highly-anticipated new handheld video game system - the Nintendo DS(tm).

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Baten Kaitos Ships GC

by Lasse Pallesen - 10:56 am PST
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

Namco's second exclusive GameCube RPG is heading to stores.

THE TIME HAS COME TO EMBARK ON AN EPIC JOURNEY. BATEN KAITOS SHIPS TO STORES

Namco's Newest RPG Now Available

San Jose, Calif., Kalas is awaiting your guidance. Leading video games publisher and developer Namco Hometek Inc. announced

today that their most breathtaking role-playing adventure yet, Baten

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Nintendo Outlines Their Holiday Lineup

by Brendan Gallagher - 7:02 am PST
Total comments: 13 Source: NOA Press Release

Nintendo is the 'stuff' in 'stocking stuffer'.

Here's the No-Nonsense Master Shopping List

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 16, 2004 - Just like snowflakes, no two press releases are alike. Except during the holidays, when they're all exactly the same. So Nintendo is taking a break from decking the halls and is opting instead for the straightforward... Read more...

EA Steps into Music Industry

by Lasse Pallesen - 5:58 am PST
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

EA is teaming up with Cherry Lane Music to create a music publishing company.

EA AND CHERRY LANE MUSIC ENTER JOINT VENTURE TO CREATE NEXT LEVEL MUSIC

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. Nov. 16, 2004. Electronic Arts and Cherry Lane Music Publishing today announced that the two companies have teamed up to create Next Level Music LLC, a music publishing company that will sign established... Read more...

November 15, 2004

Official Mario 64 DS Webpage Launches DS

by Mike Sklens - 6:50 pm PST
Total comments: 10

There're tons of goodies awaiting.

Nintendo has recently updated their web page for Super Mario 64 DS. The site is now fully available and it loaded with tons of information on the game. Each of the four characters (Mario, Luigi, Wario, and Yoshi) has a profile detailing their special moves, attributes, and minigames. There are tons... Read more...

November 13, 2004

Nintendo Releases US Game Commercials GC

by Ben Kosmina - 1:54 am PST
Total comments: 16 Source: Nintendo

Nintendo enlists the help of a metallic woman and a SWAT team to flaunt their latest products.

Nintendo has recently updated their site with a couple of promotional spots for two of their games: the recently released Mario Power Tennis and the upcoming (and eagerly anticipated) Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.

The Metroid Prime 2 commercial is the one that was described by Reggie Fils-Aime... Read more...

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