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April 29, 2004

EA Pledges DS Support DS

by Michael Cole - 6:08 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: investor.ea.com

EA announces that it will create Nintendo DS games during today’s investor conference call.

When discussing the company’s future during its Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2004 Results conference call this afternoon, publisher giant Electronic Arts confirmed rumors that it will develop games for the “Nintendo Dual Screen.” [Section 3, time stamp 35:40] However, EA seemed much more excited about... Read more...

Nintendo Patents GBA Emulation

by Steven Rodriguez - 12:24 pm PDT
Total comments: 41

Not only are all current GBA emulators flirting with copyright laws, they're now violating a Nintendo patent.

Nintendo has recently been awarded a patent for "a software emulator...emulating a handheld video game platform," or in English, any and all Game Boy emulators. Those listed in the patent give the examples of cell phones, PDAs and the video screens found in airplane seats, but in effect, the patent refers to just about anything that duplicates or enhances the Game Boy line's hardware via emulation.

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Nintendo Rock Band Featured in NY Times

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:48 am PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: New York Times

Read all about how someone gets into this line of work, from inspiration to production.

The New York Times today has published a fascinating article, detailing how Spencer Seim found his true calling, becoming part of a band that plays nothing but songs from the great games of NES past.

The name of the band is The Advantage, and they recently released their first album. Much like... Read more...

April 28, 2004

Spyro: A Hero's Tail Announced

by Michael Cole - 9:33 am PDT
Total comments: 4

A new Spyro game will come to the GameCube this fall.

SPYRO THE DRAGON RETURNS THIS FALL IN HIS BIGGEST ADVENTURE EVER FOR PLAYSTATION®2, XBOX® AND GAMECUBE™

Currently in development, this new 3D action platformer from the popular video game franchise will feature five playable characters and powerful new Spyro abilities

LOS ANGELES, CA... Read more...

April 26, 2004

Nintendo Gets Investor Support for GBA

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:02 pm PDT
Total comments: 32 Source: Bloomberg

Now that we know more about the PSP, people seem to think the smart money is with Nintendo stock.

A Bloomberg report is saying that now that the videogame industry has more information about the Sony PSP, investors have started to realize that Sony might not swoop in and take a chunk of Nintendo's 95% global handheld stake quite so easily.

In large part due to the expected PSP price range... Read more...

Midway Prepares Arcade Treasures 2 GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:17 am PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

If you're too old to remember the games from the first compilation, then maybe a few of these newer ones will ring a bell.

Midway Set to Deliver Another Feast of Old School Delicacies with Midway Arcade Treasures 2

Midway® Arcade Treasures 2™ Brings Back More Than 20 Arcade Classics Including All-Time Favorites Such As the Original Mortal Kombat®, NARC®, Cyberball 2072™ and Arch Rivals™

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS... Read more...

Overclock Your GBA? GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 8:15 am PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: Slashdot

Believe it or not.

According to Slashdot.org's Games section, those clever folks at Ahead Games have figured out a method to overclock the Game Boy Advance. By tweaking settings on the GBA's processor, they have managed to double the system's speed.

Of course, the real question is why anyone would want or need... Read more...

April 25, 2004

Mary-Kate and Ashely Sue Acclaim GC

by Michael Cole - 10:42 pm PDT
Total comments: 27 Source: Celebrity Justice

The Olsen twins claim Acclaim neglected their games and their royalties.

The two identical starlets are no push-overs! On Celebrity Justice, Mary-Kate and Ashley announced they are suing Acclaim for abandoning their game franchise and skimping out on promised royalties.

According to entertainment litigator Chuck Kenworthy, the twins are suing to protect their image and assert their dominance in the entertainment industry.

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April 23, 2004

Tales of Symphonia Movie GC

by Jonathan Metts - 6:50 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Namco

In case you missed it too, here's the English trailer for GameCube's first truly major RPG.

This beautiful movie somehow slipped by us last week, but here it is in case you still haven't seen it. The trailer is 45 seconds long and depicts cutscenes and gameplay footage from the English version of Tales of Symphonia. There's no English voicework featured, but the text has been translated. This is definitely one of the most beautiful GameCube titles yet, so it's worth checking out even if you aren't otherwise interested in the game.

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Zoonami Brings Funk Back to Consoles

by Michael Cole - 2:30 pm PDT
Total comments: 22 Source: IGN Cube

The ultra-secretive Zoonami finally proves it is a game developer with the announcement of Funkydilla.

IGN reports that England-based developer Zoonami is hard at work on Funkydilla, a music game Zoonami describes as for “all game platforms.”

Zoonami’s music and rhythm game takes a different approach to the genre: instead of using predefined patterns players much match, Funkydilla lets players... Read more...

Future Tactics: The Uprising Goes Gold GC

by Robert Graves - 2:05 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Crave Press Release

Tactical RPG action moves one step closer.

Future Tactics: The Uprising GOES GOLDFOR

PlayStation®2, NINTENDO GAMECUBETM & XboxLOS ANGELES, CA

- April 22, 2004 - Crave Entertainment, a leading publisher of console

videogames, today announced that Future Tactics: The Uprising has reached gold

master status for the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the

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April 21, 2004

Ubisoft is Recruiting in Montreal

by Michael Cole - 5:19 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

Ubisoft's success encourages them to hire new blood.

Ubisoft's Montreal Studios looking to attract BC talent to Quebec Montreal Challenges Vancouver as Canada's Video Gaming Capital

MONTREAL, April 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Fresh from winning 9 Academy of

Interactive Arts and Science awards and 2 Game Developers Choice Awards,

Ubisoft's Montreal Studios are opening their doors to new talent and launching

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New Nintendo TV Spots

by Michael Cole - 4:26 pm PDT
Total comments: 20 Source: Press Release

Nintendo finally advertises Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes and other upcoming games!

Did You Know? - Nintendo Launches New Ads for Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube

April 21, 2004 - Nintendo continues the evolution of the "Who Are You?" campaign with new advertising created by Leo Burnett USA for Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance, two of the hottest systems in the video game industry.

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EA Announces The URBZ GC

by Lasse Pallesen - 7:31 am PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: Press Release

The Sims franchise takes on a new direction with the introduction of The URBZ.

EA ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR THE URBZ

Sims In The City!

Chertsey, UK. April 21, 2004 - Electronic Arts today announced that The URBZ (*working title) is in development for the

PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the Xbox® video game system

from Microsoft, the Nintendo GameCubeTM, and the Nintendo Game Boy® Advance.

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April 19, 2004

Homebrew e-Reader Games Hit the Scene GBA

by Mike Sklens - 11:43 am PDT
Total comments: 22 Source: Slashdot.org

Print them out and play them hard.

As reported on Slashdot.org, Tim Schuerewegen has figured out the code system used in Nintendo's e-Reader cards. By cracking the Reed Solomon error correction he has enabled homebrew game makers to print out their games in e-Reader dot codes. The codes, which much be printed out via a special program, can then be swiped into an e-Reader and played on a Game Boy Advance.

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Tribal Edition GBA SP for Europe GBA

by Karlie Yeung - 5:41 am PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Nintendo of Europe

A tribal tattooed GBA SP will be available in Europe from June 18th for around 129 - 139 Euros.

BECOME PART OF THE TRIBE

Nintendo launches Game Boy Advance SP Tribal Edition

They’ve been around since 2000 B.C, over 10 million Americans have one and celebrities such as Eminem, Robbie Williams and Angelina Jolie can’t get enough of them. What are they? That’s right, tattoos – coming to a Game Boy Advance SP near you soon!

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April 17, 2004

Pokémon Box to be Available Separately in Europe GC

by Ben Kosmina - 8:58 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo Europe

And you won't even need to pay for it!

Nintendo Europe has announced that for a limited time, European Nintendo customers will be able to get Pokémon Box without having to buy a Pokémon Colosseum bundle pack. Instead, they can get it through the successful Stars Catalog for 4000 stars, which will also include a Memory Card 59.

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April 16, 2004

CERO Adds Content Descriptors To Ratings

by Michael Cole - 7:13 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: CERO

The Japanese game rating system will now include more than just a suggested age.

The ESRB’s Japanese counterpart, the Computer Entertainment Rating Organization (CERO), is adding icons representing potentially-offensive content to its game rating system. Potentially-offensive ratings (12+, 15+, and 18+) will now be accompanied by the following content ratings:

Adult situations

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Resident Evil 4 Trailer Now Available! GC

by Jonathan Metts - 5:24 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Capcom

Download it free.

Capcom has released the first-ever official video of Resident Evil 4, the highly anticipated sequel for GameCube. The trailer is nearly a minute and a half long, with a resolution of 320x240. We expect to have a higher-res version next week. Until then, click above or below to start your free download!

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April 15, 2004

No Jirachi Bonus Disc For Australians... GC

by Ben Kosmina - 2:51 am PDT
Total comments: 21

...but they're still able to get the Starry Pokémon another way.

While there will be no Pokémon Colosseum bonus disc for Australian Pokémon players, they're still able to get the Pokémon Ruby/Sapphire clock patch and a free Jirachi. The Jirachi Download is available as an extra option in the recently released (in Australia, at least) Pokémon Channel, the latest Pikachu Simulation game.

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