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August 30, 2004

Nintendo Buys Back Shares

by Jon Lindemann - 4:08 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Reuters

Nintendo buys back shares in Japan to appease investors.

On Friday, Nintendo Company Ltd. (NCL) announced that it will buy back $43 billion yen's worth ($391 million USD, 1 USD=110.051 JPY) of its shares in an effort to boost its stock price and appease investors.

The buyback amounts to 3.6 million shares bought at the Friday closing price of 11,920 yen. The actual transaction took place Monday morning before trading began on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

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August 27, 2004

Eat at Wendy's, Win a Trip to Nintendo of America

by Daniel Bloodworth - 6:48 pm PDT
Source: Nintendo

Start guzzling down those soft drinks for your chance to win a four-day trip to Washington.

In a recent Nintendo Newsletter, Nintendo posted the following details on the contest with Wendy's. We're still trying to figure out what you would do for a full four days, but be sure to bug Bill Trinen for details on the new Zelda game while you're there.

SUPER FAMILY SWEEPSTAKES COMING TO WENDY'S SEPTEMBER 6TH!

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August 26, 2004

Midway Announces Mortal Kombat: Deception for GC GC

by Daniel Bloodworth - 6:26 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

The buzz has been going around the net for a few days, and now Midway's finally made it official.

Midway Announces Mortal Kombat: Deception for Nintendo GameCube

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Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), a leading interactive entertainment... Read more...

Nintendo Reveals Mario Party 6 Details, Microphone GC

by Mike Sklens - 12:14 pm PDT
Total comments: 16 Source: Nintendo Press Info

I hope you like singing.

Nintendo has updated their press information with new details regarding the forthcoming Mario Party 6 game. Previous information regarding the game, which is scheduled for release on December 6th, told of the party franchise being controlled with a new peripheral instead of a standard controller.

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GBA Movie Player Gets Facelift and Upgrades GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 9:23 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Lik-Sang.com

New hardware model is slimmer and more stylish, while software and firmware updates provide new features for owners of the original model.

Lik-Sang.com has announced the upcoming availability of a new version of the GBA Movie Player (also known as Movie Advance). This new model is considerably slimmer, since it no longer requires (or allows for) a GBA cartridge to be inserted. The hardware now closely resembles Nintendo's own am3 Advance... Read more...

August 25, 2004

Mystery DS Port Revealed DS

by Michael Cole - 12:11 pm PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: GameCube-Europe

If E3-era documentation is to be believed, the port may not be an ace up Nintendo’s sleeve.

Last week Cube-Europe’s handheld team posted some interesting pictures of the E3 Nintendo DS without its case. After rampant speculation over the recent official word of a still-undiscussed port on the system, the European site dug into its secret documentation, supported by slides of the E3 presentation, to convincingly show that the port is designed for an external microphone.

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Capcom and NubyTech Create Mega Man X Controllers GC

by Jonathan Metts - 11:24 am PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Capcom Press Release

And now you can see it.

BLUE BOMBER FANS REJOICE AS NUBYTECH ® AND CAPCOM ® ANNOUNCE NEW MEGA MAN ® CONTROLLERS

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – August 25, 2004 – NubyTech ® and Capcom ® today announced the upcoming release of its limited edition Mega Man ® controllers for the PlayStation ® 2 computer entertainment... Read more...

Sega Ships Amazing Island GC

by Lasse Pallesen - 1:40 am PDT
Total comments: 12 Source: Press Release

Younger gamers who love Pokémon and Mario Party should read this press release.

SEGA SHIPS AMAZING ISLAND ON GAMECUBE

SAN FRANCISCO (August 24, 2004) - Dubbed "Pokẽmon meets Mario Party" by Game Informer; and featuring an innovative monster-creation set that GMR calls "excellent", SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced the launch of Amazing IslandTM exclusively for... Read more...

August 24, 2004

Pikmin 2 North American TV Commercial GC

by Jonathan Metts - 8:44 pm PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: Nintendo of America

See Nintendo's new ad for the strategy sequel.

Nintendo of America has provided their new TV commercial for Pikmin 2 for you to download. The ad will be airing on national television up to and beyond the game's August 30th release date, but we know you crazed Nintendo fans love to download these videos to watch them over and over.

The thirty second ad is titled "Hot Dog" and was produced by Leo Burnett USA, the firm responsible for Nintendo's other recent "Who Are You?" commercials.

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Star in the Donkey Konga TV Ad in the UK! GC

by Karlie Yeung - 8:49 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: NOE Website

If you live near Buckinghamshire and available on the 3rd of September, you could be chosen for the filming!

Nintendo is giving the chance for you to star in the television advertisment for Donkey Konga.

Filming begins at the last stop of the Donkey Konga Beach Tour at Woburn Safari Park in Buckinghamshire. To apply in advance you need to send an e-mail to donkeykonga@leoburnett.co.uk with the following details:

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August 23, 2004

DS has a "Secret" Port and May Come in Colors DS

by Mike Sklens - 12:28 pm PDT
Total comments: 39 Source: Nintendo Dream / Gamespot

Let the speculation begin...

According the an interview with Mitsuaki Hagiwara in the latest issue of the Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream, the Nintendo DS includes a port which Nintendo has not yet commented on a use for. The small square port is located on the lower right side of the unit, next to the headphone port. Higiwara... Read more...

Eidos to Publish LEGO Star Wars GBA

by Lasse Pallesen - 2:43 am PDT
Total comments: 10 Source: Press Release

The GBA version, which is developed by Amaze Entertainment, will be out in April 2005.

EIDOS SIGNS LEGO STAR WARS

EIDOS SECURES DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS FOR LEGO® STAR WARS® GAME

Eidos, one of the world's leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, announces it has secured the distribution rights to LEGO Star Wars with Giant Interactive Entertainment Ltd for... Read more...

August 20, 2004

Konami of Europe Announces GameCube Yu-Gi-Oh GC

by Daniel Bloodworth - 8:46 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Yu-Gi-Oh! The Falsebound Kingdom came out in 2003 in North America and 2002 in Japan, and now Europe's finally getting it.

Konami enters the Falsebound Kingdom

Konami of Europe announces the first Yu-Gi-Oh!TM title for Nintendo's GameCube format

Konami of Europe has announced it is bringing its ever-popular Yu-Gi-Oh!TM franchise to the GameCube in Yu-Gi-Oh!TM The Falsebound KingdomTM; a game specifically developed to complement the Nintendo console.

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August 19, 2004

New Second Sight Movies Available GC

by Daniel Bloodworth - 7:56 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

If you haven't checked them out yet, there are quite a few up now.

See the Future with Second Sight

New In-Game Videos now Available

New York (August 19, 2004) ­ With episodic levels split between the past and the present, see what the future holds for Second Sight with the latest in-game videos now available from www.codemasters.com/secondsight.... Read more...

Rare Announces Game Starring Mr. Pants GBA

by Daniel Bloodworth - 6:59 pm PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Rare

Rare fanatics rejoice. Mr. Pants is starring in his own puzzler on a GBA near you.

For the uninitiated Americans, in other parts of the world, the word pants refers to your undergarments. I once had an English friend who was freaked out because all day people were telling him how nice his pants looked. "You can see my pants!?" was often his reply.

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August 18, 2004

Nintendo DS: Under the Hood DS

by Michael Cole - 8:42 pm PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: GameCube-Europe

Someone has leaked pictures of the E3 model, sans the casing. Pictures confirm that GBA SP power adapters are DS-friendly.

A few days ago, GameCube-Europe posted interesting screens of the E3 Nintendo DS’s innards and stress testing.

The biggest tidbit of news is a photo of the Lithium-Ion Battery, which confirms what many observant Nintendo fans suspected when they studied the floor model: the DS’s power port... Read more...

Experts Sound Off On DS vs. PSP DS

by Jonathan Metts - 5:13 pm PDT
Source: GameCube Advanced

Handheld developers and gaming journalists weigh in the contenders for the first serious handheld system war.

The upcoming launches of Nintendo DS and Sony's PSP handhelds will feature major competition for the first time in the handheld gaming market. Our friends at GameCube Advanced have rounded up commentary on the impending system war from a number of industry experts, including experienced handheld developers and gaming journalists. PGC's own Jonathan Metts is included in the roundtable.

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SRS Goes Gold GC

by Jonathan Metts - 5:03 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Namco Press Release

You'll be racing on those eternally shiny streets soon.

GET READY TO TURN IT LOOSE –

STREET RACING SYNDICATE  GOES GOLD!

Backed By Strong Pre-Sale Campaign, Namco’s Authentic Street Racing Title

Drives Towards Store Shelves August 31

San Jose, Calif., (Aug. 18, 2004) – The streets may never be the same again…Leading video... Read more...

August 17, 2004

New SNK Website Open GBA

by Daniel Bloodworth - 6:53 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

SNK NEOGEO promises a comprehensive site with lots of extras and updates for their fans.

SNK NEOGEO USA CONSUMER Launches New, Enhanced Website

WWW.SNKNEOGEOUSACONSUMER.com to Support Massive Game Roll-Out in 2004-2005

WALL, NJ. – August 17, 2004 –SNK NEOGEO USA CONSUMER CORPORATION, the North American publishing arm of the SNK NEOGEO CORPORATION, announced today that... Read more...

Astro Boy Released on GBA GBA

by Michael Cole - 4:42 pm PDT
Total comments: 3

Treasure's game is released after a very long North American delay.

SEGA RELEASES TEZUKA'S ASTRO BOY ON PLAYSTATION 2, GAME BOY ADVANCE

Anime Sensation Gives Home Console and Handheld Gamers a 100,000 Horsepower Kick in the Pants

SAN FRANCISCO (August 17, 2004) - Dubbed "One of our favorite games on GBA" by IGN and touted as "the number-one icon in platform... Read more...

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