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October 31, 2006

Japanese Virtual Console Line-Up Revealed Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 10:24 pm PST
Total comments: 40 Source: NCL Website

49 games, including many conspiculously missing from the other regions' list.

Nintendo has posted the Virtual Console launch line-up for Japan on their website. Japanese gamers will be treated to big name titles, such as the 16-bit Mario and Zelda games, which are absent from the US and European launches.

The full list is as follows:

Famicom (NES) - 500 points

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WalMart.com Taking Wii Pre-Orders November 1st Wii

by Stan Ferguson - 9:49 pm PST
Total comments: 12 Source: http://cheapassgamer.com/

Missed out on the GameStop pre-order madness? Fret not!

According to Cheap Ass Gamer, WalMart.com will begin taking Wii preorders Wednesday November 1st. Unfortunately, we don't know at what time they start nor how many units will be available, but if you must be absolutely sure to have one at launch, we recommend you get friendly with your preferred browser's refresh button early.

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Hudson Announces First Turbografx-16 Titles

by Michael Cole - 5:40 pm PST
Total comments: 10

Hudson will have five games at launch in western markets and seven in the homeland.

HUDSON ANNOUNCES FIRST BATCH OF “VIRTUAL CONSOLE" TITLES FOR Wii IN NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE AND JAPAN

Gamers Will Be Able to Play Classic Turbografx-16 Games on Wii’s Virtual Console

REDWOOD CITY, CA - October 31, 2006 - Hudson Entertainment, the North American publishing arm of Hudson... Read more...

Genesis Virtual Console Titles Revealed

by Michael Cole - 5:26 pm PST
Total comments: 22

You will be able to play Sonic The Hedgehog, Golden Axe, Ecco the Dolphin, Gunstar Heroes, Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine and others at launch!

SEGA UNVEILS VIRTUAL CONSOLE TITLES FOR THE Wii CONSOLE

Ten SEGA Genesis® Classics Will Be Available for Download on the Wii™ in 2006

SAN FRANCISCO (October 31, 2006) -- SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced the first round of titles from its SEGA Genesis® library that will be... Read more...

Harvest Moon DS Set for Q1 2007 Release in Europe DS

by Lasse Pallesen - 4:22 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Forget-Me-Not-Valley is the place to be for farming enthusiasts this winter.

SOW THE SEEDS OF A HAPPY FUTURE WITH HARVEST MOON DS

Harvest Moon DS launches in Q1 2007

31st October 2006 – Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a dab hand around the garden? Now you can put your green fingers to the test, or simply enjoy a peaceful life on your farm, as Harvest Moon returns, this time on the Nintendo DS. Harvest Moon DS launches across Europe in Q1 2007.

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October 26, 2006

Wii-Branded Stuff Spotted at Target

by Jonathan Metts - 9:54 pm PDT
Total comments: 12

If you just have to own something with the word "Wii" stitched onto it, Target has you covered. Pics included!

PGC reader Deric Miller noticed some strange Wii-branded items at his local target store, and he snapped a few photos of the goods. Note that none of these items appear to be designed for the Wii, except for the remote "gloves" which snap onto the Wii Remote like an Xbox faceplate. The rest are... Read more...

Activision Launches MySpace Page/Contest Wii

by Karl Castaneda - 6:14 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Activision

Ask to be on its friends list and get the chance to win some cool prizes.

Activion's already hit the Facebook community, and how they've got their eye on MySpace, now sporting a page for Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. Aside from providing info about the game, you may just end up winning some cool prizes.

After getting on the game's friend iist, you become elligible to... Read more...

Nintendo Releases Q1/Q2 Financials

by Steven Rodriguez - 1:27 pm PDT
Total comments: 22 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/n10/news/061026e.pdf

Nintendo will soon be worth one trillion dollars yen, thanks to the money-printing Nintendo DS.

Nintendo of Japan released its financial statement for the six-month period that makes of the first half of the company's fiscal year. As if you needed this news report to tell you, Nintendo is selling a lot of hardware and making a lot of money.

In the past half-year, over 10 million Nintendo... Read more...

October 25, 2006

Handheld Games from Orbital Media Now in Stores GBA

by Daniel Bloodworth - 12:05 am PDT
Total comments: 17 Source: Press Release

Scurge: Hive is out for DS and GBA, and Juka and the Monophonic Menace has been released on GBA.

Scurge: Hive and Juka & the Monophonic Menace in Stores Now!

SouthPeak Interactive and Orbital Media Bring Two Highly Anticipated Sci-Fi Titles to Nintendo's Handheld Consoles

GRAPEVINE, Texas and CALGARY, Alberta, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- SouthPeak Interactive, a leading independent publisher,... Read more...

October 24, 2006

Seven More Wii Games From Ubisoft Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:58 pm PDT
Total comments: 26 Source: http://www.companynewsgroup.com/communique.asp?co_...

And one of them is a brand new game that we haven't heard of yet.

Ubisoft released their Q1/Q2 sales report for their 06/07 fiscal year, and things are looking good for the French company. Game sales during the 6 month period were up 13%, and overall the figures exceeded expectations by 25%.

The press release containing all of that financial mumbo-jumbo also... Read more...

Lights, Camera, PANTS! Now Player's Choice GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:47 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

The SpongeBob SquarePants GameCube game is now $20.

SpongeBob SquarePants™: Lights, Camera, PANTS! Soaks Up Top Honor by Reaching Coveted Sales Milestones, While SpongeBob SquarePants Nighty Nightmare Launches Exclusively for Windows PC

Two Great SpongeBob Adventures Now Available to Consumers for the Suggested Retail Price of $19.99

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Charlotte's Web Actor to Reprise Role in DS Game DS

by Daniel Bloodworth - 7:40 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Press Release

Sega plans to release the title on November 14th.

SEGA ANNOUNCES DOMINIC SCOTT KAY TO LEND VOICE TO ‘CHARLOTTE’S WEB’ VIDEO GAME

Young Star to Voice Wilbur the Pig, in Video Game Based on Upcoming Feature Film

SAN FRANCISCO and LONDON (Oct. 24, 2006) - SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today announced that actor Dominic... Read more...

Europe Gets Cooking Mama in December DS

by Lasse Pallesen - 6:01 am PDT
Discuss in talkback!

Europeans are invited to brush up on their cooking skills just in time for Christmas.

MAMA'S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS ON NINTENDO DS

Taito's gastro-game Cooking Mama is scheduled for a winter release in Europe, from 505 Games.

London, October 24th - Publisher 505 Games today dons its chef’s hat and jaunty pinny to proudly announce the European release of Cooking Mama, the innovative cooking simulation that fans have already been wildly salivating over since its hugely successful debut in Japan and America.

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October 23, 2006

Konami Announces DS Arcade Compilation DS

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:40 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Contra, Gradius, Rush'N Attack and Track and Field are just some of the classics in the package.

KONAMI ANNOUNCES KONAMI CLASSICS SERIES: ARCADE HITS

More than a Dozen Classic Arcade Hits Coming to Nintendo DS with

Wireless Multiplayer Functionality and Unique Dual Screen

Presentation

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. ­ October 23, 2006 ­ Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

today announced Konami Classics Series: Arcade Hits for the Nintendo DS.

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Get Pre-Order Swag for Portrait of Ruin DS

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:19 pm PDT
Total comments: 20 Source: Press Release

You'll get an unholy amount of goodies if you indulge in placing a deposit on the next DS Castlevania.

KONAMI ANNOUNCES LIMITED EDITION GIFT WITH PURCHASE FOR CASTLEVANIA: PORTRAIT OF RUIN

Boxed Set to Include 20th Anniversary Soundtrack, Art Book, Stylus, Game Case and Timeline Poster

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. ­ October 23, 2006 ­ Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

today announced that just in time for the 20th anniversary of the

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October 17, 2006

Codemasters Responds to Bubble Bobble Revolution Bug Reports DS

by Aaron Kaluszka - 8:15 am PDT
Total comments: 16 Source: Codemasters

Faulty game cards mean 70% of the levels are unreachable.

North American players of Bubble Bobble Revolution found a nasty surprise when playing through New Version mode of the game. Upon reaching level 30, the boss never appears, making the level unclearable. With no way around this unfortunate glitch, the remaining 70 levels cannot be accessed.

Codemasters customer support has confirmed the problem and issued the following statement:

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Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Announced ARC

by Aaron Kaluszka - 8:09 am PDT
Total comments: 21 Source: Flyer

Mario and Pac-Man meet Tamagotchi.

Flyers of a second Triforce-powered Mario Kart arcade game have recently surfaced. Waluigi and and a character from the Tamagotchi series are the latest drivers to enter the grand prix. More wacky weapons and avatar customizations are also included. In addition, the collection of an "M" logo item... Read more...

October 12, 2006

EB Games Wii Pre-Orders - Extremely Limited Quantities? Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:58 pm PDT
Total comments: 92

Despite there being more than twice as many launch Wiis than PS3s, EB and GameStop may only be giving out the same amount of pre-orders for each console. Updated with pictures.

In the hours before game specialty shops across the country are to open and accept Wii launch console pre-orders, Planet GameCube has discovered that Wii pre-order availablity may be as scarce as reservations for PlayStation 3 consoles.

In talking with an amiable EB Games employee killing after-hours... Read more...

Wii Demo Kiosks Not GameStop-Exclusive Wii

by Karl Castaneda - 2:08 pm PDT
Total comments: 16 Source: Nintendo of America

Nintendo's Wii will get maximum exposure.

Last week we ran a rumor about Wii demo kiosks possibly being exclusive at GameStop/EB locations at the console's launch in November. Thankfully, Nintendo of America debunked this rumor earlier today, saying:

"Playable Wii setups will be available at a variety of retail outlets. We expect that

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Capcom to "Dissolve" Clover Studio

by Jonathan Metts - 12:13 pm PDT
Total comments: 33 Source: Press Release

Developer of Viewtiful Joe series will be no more as of the end of March 2007.

Capcom Japan issued a press release today stating that Clover Studio, developer of the popular Viewtiful Joe series (as well as PS2 titles Okami and God Hand), will be dissolved as of the end of March 2007. In the press release, Capcom cited the reason for the dissolution as part of a "business strategy that concentrates management resources on a selected business to enhance the efficiency of the development power of the entire Capcom group".

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