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September 29, 2006

Itadaki Street DS Announced DS

by Aaron Kaluszka - 10:22 am PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Magazine

Mario and Dragon Quest characters battle in the latest edition of the Monopoly-like board game.

First, Square-Enix combined Mario and Final Fantasy characters in Mario Hoops 3-on-3. Now, Mario and company will join Dragon Quest characters in Itadaki Street DS.

Itadaki Street is a long-running game series in Japan similar to Monopoly and created by Dragon Quest designer Yuji Horii. The... Read more...

Catch a Mew Tomorrow at Toys 'R' Us! GBA

by Mike Gamin - 6:19 am PDT
Total comments: 23 Source: Nintendo.com

Bring a GBA with your favorite Pokemon game to your local Toys 'R' Us and they will trade you a Mew.

To celebrate the release of the new Pokemon movie 'Lucario and the Mystery of Mew', Nintendo and Toys 'R' Us teamed up to hold a special event at Toys 'R' Us stores across the US. The event takes place between noon and 3pm tomorrow, September 30th.

In order to receive your Mew, make sure you bring a Game Boy Advance or Game Boy Advance SP (Game Boy Micros will probably not work) with a copy of one of the following Pokemon games.

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September 28, 2006

Wii Message Board Explained Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:35 pm PDT
Total comments: 13 Source: http://wii.nintendo.com/iwata_asks_vol3_p3.html

You know the message board in your Animal Crossing world? Think that, but in the real world. And a lot cooler.

Nintendo has been busy translating and posting the on-going "Iwata Asks" feature on the various official Nintendo sites around the world. In the most recent update, the Nintendo president and his band of hardware designers discuss the Wii Message Board/Calendar feature of the console, and how its functionality could work online.

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September 27, 2006

Unfabulous for GBA Ships GBA

by Evan Burchfield - 9:46 pm PDT
Total comments: 18

11 year old female PGC readers rejoice.

THQ Releases Unfabulous, the First Ever Video Game Based on a Live-Action Nickelodeon TV Show, for Nintendo Game Boy(R) Advance

Teen Starlet, Emma Roberts, Stars in Her Very Own Video Game Featuring All the Middle School Drama From the Popular Nickelodeon

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/... Read more...

"His Dark Materials" Planned for Unnamed Consoles

by Evan Burchfield - 9:35 pm PDT
Total comments: 14

Development for Nintendo consoles likely from Sega of America and Sega Europe.

SEGA JOINS FORCES WITH NEW LINE AND SCHOLASTIC TO MOUNT MAJOR INTERACTIVE INITIATIVE FOR 'HIS DARK MATERIALS' FRANCHISE

First Game to be Based on New Line's The Golden Compass Motion Picture

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (September 27, 2006) – SEGA® of America Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd. today... Read more...

September 26, 2006

Wii Opera Browser Details Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 2:02 pm PDT
Total comments: 14 Source: Press Release

Here's the best part: It's free to download from launch until the end of next June!

Opera releases details on its browser for Nintendo’s Wii console

Oslo, Norway - September 26, 2006 - Opera Software today announced details on its browser for Nintendo’s soon-to-be released game console, Wii. Opera’s full Web browser is available for download from the "Wii Shop Channel". Nintendo has stated that they will offer Opera free of charge as a temporary promotion for all Wii users until June 2007.

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Wii Makes Toys "R" Us "Hot Toy" List Wii

by David Trammell - 1:24 pm PDT
Total comments: 17 Source: Reuters

Wii takes its place alongside 10th anniversary Tickle Me Elmo doll; Nintendo fanboys riot.

Toys "R" Us has added Wii to its list of hot toys for the 2006 holiday season. Wii will be the first video game console to make the annual list. Besides the obvious criterion of appealing to a younger audience, Wii will also meet the criterion of being available in sufficient quantities, something that newly launching consoles generally fail to do.

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Naruto: Clash of Ninja 2 Comes Out Today GC

by Mike Gamin - 11:15 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

If I were you, I would think strongly about regarding this as a fact.

NARUTO MANIA IS ABOUT TO DOUBLE!

TOMY AND D3PUBLISHER OF AMERICA ANNOUNCE THE RELEASE OF NARUTO™: CLASH OF NINJA™ 2 - BELIEVE IT!

Next up - NARUTO™: Ninja Council™ 2 For Game Boy® Advance October 10th!

LOS ANGELES – September 26, 2006 – Twice the size of the first game... Read more...

Nintendo: A Million Launch Day Wiis Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 12:07 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: http://www.mackenziefinancial.com/en/pub/media_cen...

Nintendo's Canadian brass says North America is getting a seven-figure shipment on November 19.

The Mackenzie Financial Corporation is a typical investment firm located north of the border. The company posted a news story about the (Canadian) Wii launch at the same time the official Canada launch details press release hit the wire. They even had quotes from Nintendo Canada's VP and GM, Ron Bertram--the same Rom Bertram quoted in the Nintendo PR. What's the big deal, then?

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September 25, 2006

Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy Shipped GC

by Stan Ferguson - 7:55 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Press Release

You may be a king or a lowly street sweeper, but sooner or later, you dance with the reaper.

MIDWAY BATTLES ITS WAY INTO RETAIL WITH RELEASE OF

THE GRIM ADVENTURES OF BILLY & MANDY™ VIDEO GAME

One of Cartoon Network's Top–Rated Shows Comes to Game Systems

Chicago – September 25, 2006 – Midway Games Inc. (NYSE:MWY), a leading interactive entertainment industry publisher... Read more...

September 23, 2006

Disney's Little Einsteins Comes to GBA GBA

by Michael Cole - 3:45 pm PDT
Total comments: 4

Preschool edutainment comes comes to Game Boy Advance.

'Disney's Little Einsteins' Rockets to Stores

Video Game Based on Hit Television Series Now Available for Preschoolers and Parents on Game Boy Advance

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 2006--Buena Vista Games, Inc. (BVG), the interactive entertainment affiliate of The Walt Disney... Read more...

September 21, 2006

Majesco Jumps on Brain Training Bandwagon DS

by Evan Burchfield - 11:26 pm PDT
Total comments: 12 Source: http://www.majescoentertainment.com

Two new DS games coming in November.

BOOST YOUR BRAIN POWER!

MAJESCO ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES TWO NEW BRAIN STIMULATION GAMES

Dr. Makoto Shichida's 'Right Brain Development Theory' Foundation for 'Brain Boost: Beta Wave' and 'Brain Boost: Gamma Wave'

Edison, N.J., September 21st, 2006 - Want to improve your basic thinking

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First Far Cry Wii Details Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 4:51 pm PDT
Total comments: 18 Source: Press Release

Find out about Jack Carver's first Nintendo appearance.

UBISOFT OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES TITLE AND FIRST DETAILS OF NEW FAR CRY® GAME FOR Wii™

Award-Winning Far Cry Franchise Debuts on a Nintendo Console with Far Cry® Vengeance

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- September 21, 2006 -- Today, Ubisoft officially announced the title and details for its upcoming... Read more...

September 19, 2006

Open Season Available Now GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:53 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Wabbit Season? Duck Season? Nope, it's Open Season!

UBISOFT DECLARES OPEN SEASON™: VIDEO GAME BASED ON SONY PICTURES ANIMATION'S FIRST FEATURE-LENGHTH CG ANIMATED FILM, HITS RETAIL THIS WEEK

The World of Open Season is Brought to Life in a Hilarious, Wild and Crazy Thrill Ride of a Video Game!

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- September 18, 2006 --... Read more...

September 18, 2006

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Available Sept. 20 DS

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:30 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Blue for the Nintendo DS, and Red for the Game Boy Advance.

Become a Pokemon for the First Time in Nintendo's New Pokemon Mystery Dungeon

Players Chat and Make Friends With More Than 380 Other Pokemon

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Pokemon® fans have dreamed of this moment, and now Nintendo is making it a reality. Starting Sept. 20, players... Read more...

September 15, 2006

Nintendo DS Selling Strong in Europe DS

by Daniel Bloodworth - 9:14 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

European DS sales hit the six million mark.

European Sales of the Nintendo DS reach 6 million

15th September 2006 – The Nintendo DS hit the shelves back in March 2005 and has now gone on to conquer the handheld market in Europe, with a staggering 6 million consoles sold and a series of hit games from Nintendo’s Touch! Generations range ensuring that this success continues.

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September 14, 2006

Iwata Interviews Wii Designers Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 8:07 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://wii.nintendo.com/iwata_asks_vol1_p1.html

Iwata turns the tables and talks to members of the team that created the Wii, inside and out.

The Wii section of Nintendo.com has posted a translated version of a very interesting interview with the troupe of NCL employees responsible for the design choices made for Wii. Interesting, in both the contents of the interview, and the interviewer himself.

Satoru Iwata, President of All Things... Read more...

Wii Region-Free Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:37 am PDT
Total comments: 28 Source: Wired Game|Life

Wii titles are most likely to be playable on consoles worldwide, Nintendo's own included.

Games writer, friend to PGC and heavy drinker Chris Kohler is reporting on his Wired Games Blog that the Wii console, like the Nintendo DS, will be able to play games from any region of the world.

The report implies that region protection can still be put in place by publishers if they so desire, but Nintendo's own games won't be locked to a specific country.

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Wii.com Launches in English

by Evan Burchfield - 7:43 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: http://www.wii.com

View videos of the news, weather, and Mii channels.

As Nintendo holds press conferences in multiple regions today, each region is progressively seeing its native language receive an update at www.wii.com. Following the US press conference in New York the English language version of the site has been updated.

The content is familiar between all... Read more...

American Wii Press Conference Live Blog Wii

by Mike Gamin - 6:19 am PDT
Total comments: 66

Get the blow-by-blow account of what went down at the U.S. Wii Preview event!

10:10AM Strange in game advertising question. Nintendo is looking into it but it doesn't really follow what Reggie thinks they are going for.

10:09AM Pokemon Battle Revolution first Online title IN JAPAN at Japanese launch. US launch to follow sometime later.

10:07AM I asked about Metroid... Read more...

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