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October 31, 2007

Aussies Get Manaphy DS

by Casey Basire - 9:05 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo Australia

Finally, an event Pokémon!

It has been revealed that for the first time in a very long time, Australians can now receive an event Pokémon, Manaphy, when they visit JB HiFi between the 7th and 13th of November using the Mystery Gift function.

The Aussie Manaphy has a Red Scarf, and Cherish Ball and its moves are Heart... Read more...

Riccitiello: Current Pricing Model Needs to Change

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:01 pm PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: CNN Money/Fortune

EA's CEO doesn't think the $60 game is going to fly with consumers much longer.

John Riccitiello, CEO of Electronic Arts, thinks that the video game industry will be damaged if leading companies don't change with the times.

Talking with Fortune Magazine, Riccitiello believes that paying a premium price for games is a business model that won't be around next decade. Because of the advent of online game distribution, he said EA will be experimenting with new pricing models.

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Dancing With the Stars Now Available Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 7:51 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Want to do the foxtrot with Emmitt Smith? Neither do I, but here's the game to do it in anyway.

DON'T FAINT. "DANCING WITH THE STARS" SHIPS FOR WII AND PS2

Cha-Cha, Tango, Mambo and more with Emmitt Smith, Mario Lopez and Stacey Keibler and others to Claim the Title of America's Favorite Celebrity Dancer

Minneapolis, MN - October 31, 2007 - Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), in

conjunction with Disney-ABC Television Group's ABC Entertainment and BBC

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October 30, 2007

Hot Topic and Community Roundup

by James Jones - 10:20 am PDT
Total comments: 6

Do you want to win some E For All swag? We're extending this week's Hot Topic question to give everyone a chance! All you need to do is answer one simple question...

Last week was the first annual E for All Expo. Differing from E3, E for All was open to the public. While the event didn’t provide a lot in terms of news, it gave real gamers hands-on time with some of the hottest upcoming titles.

With the convention season over, we were curious what you... Read more...

New Wii Feature to Allow Virtual Console Gifting Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 12:16 am PDT
Total comments: 18 Source: AP/Google

Soon, we'll be able to give the gift of classic gaming. Also, Wii production has increased to 1.8 million per month.

The Associated Press is reporting that Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has announced a new feature of the Wii that will allow consumers to purchase Virtual Console games and then send them to friends over the Internet.

Details are sparse, but apparently users who receive and accept a game gift... Read more...

October 29, 2007

Japanese Virtual Console Releases for November Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 9:14 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Nintendo

A wide variety of games make their return to Japan next month.

Nintendo has updated its Virtual Console page in Japan, and that means a list of seventeen new titles for gamers there to look forward to in November.

For the Famicom (NES), Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Douchuu, the second Goemon (Mystical Ninja) platformer from Konami, will be the first out, followed... Read more...

Wii Coming to China, South Korea in 2008 Wii

by Mike Thomsen - 8:52 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Reuters

Iwata promises expansion into new markets next year.

With Nintendo riding high on the Wii’s continuing rise into the stratosphere, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata recently announced plans to further expand its hardware distribution into both China and South Korea. While Iwata referenced the huge demand for the Wii that has continued to outpace Nintendo's... Read more...

Capcom Plans CG Resident Evil Movie

by Zachary Miller - 7:56 pm PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Capcom

Expect plenty of cinematic zombie fodder in the coming years in the form of animation and live-action.

Biohazard: Degeneration will be Capcom’s first foray into CG film waters. The film is already in production in Japan in partnership with Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan, and will released in 2008 in the Land of the Rising Sun.

According to Capcom, Degeneration will feature a brand-new storyline,... Read more...

Spore Confirmed for Wii Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 7:52 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: The Guardian

Will Wright's ultimate god game is heading to “the only next-gen system."

In an interview with UK publication The Guardian, legendary game creator Will Wright has confirmed that he is working on a version of Spore for Wii. No other details on the Wii release were given during the interview.

Wright mentioned that he was making a Wii version of Spore without being asked... Read more...

Create & Share Smash Bros. Levels Wii

by Jonathan Metts - 12:48 am PDT
Total comments: 18 Source: Smash Bros. DOJO!!

Brawl will feature a level editor, SD storage, sharing with friends, and submission for "stage of the day."

Major online features of Super Smash Bros. Brawl continue to be revealed at the game's official blog. Today's update details the level editor, a first for the series. You can choose from various music, backgrounds, and level sizes, then place all kinds of platforms and objects on a grid to create... Read more...

October 28, 2007

Play Galaxy at Retail Kiosks Wii

by Jonathan Metts - 6:13 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: GameStop

Nintendo's holiday blockbuster is now playable at GameStop and other game stores in the U.S.

It's normal for Nintendo to put playable demos of its games at retail demo kiosks, but we thought it was worth a special mention for Super Mario Galaxy. The game is now playable at your local game store (including GameStop and EB Games stores nationwide), over two weeks before its release date of November 12th.

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October 25, 2007

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams Website Goes Live Wii

by Jon Lindemann - 11:28 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Sega's anticipated sequel finally has its own home on the web.

The offical website for Sega's NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams has gone live. Gamers looking forward to the sequel to the Dreamcast classic will currently find information about the game's features and story, as well as screenshots and videos. Other sections of the website detailing characters, worlds, and what appears to a community area ("My Dream") are listed as coming soon.

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Koji Igarashi on Castlevania

by Zachary Miller - 6:23 pm PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: Wired, Destructoid

The candles are people's souls!

Castlevania guru and cowboy hat lover Koji Igarashi recently sat down with Wired and Destructoid for interviews. While the questions generally overlap, here are the meatiest tidbits for you:

Sylvan White, the director of Stomp the Yard, has been tapped to helm the upcoming Castlevania live-action (not animated) movie. Igarashi is confident in White’s abilities, as the director is apparently a rabid fan of the games.

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Nintendo Announces Second Quarter 2007 Financials

by Steven Rodriguez - 8:13 am PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: Nintendo

Nintendo raises its profit forecast and Wii shipment targets yet again.

It's that time of the year again. Nintendo has released its financial report for its second fiscal quarter, running April through December of this year, and the numbers are mind-boggling, as usual.

For the six months previous, Nintendo posted net sales of 694.8 billion yen ($6.1 billion), taking... Read more...

King Dedede Joins SSB Brawl Wii

by Jonathan Metts - 2:42 am PDT
Total comments: 12 Source: Smash Bros. Dojo

Also: save replays and send them to online friends.

A third character from the Kirby series has been confirmed as playable in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as King Dedede has now been revealed. He joins Meta Knight and Kirby himself in the expanding roster. Dedede was originally Kirby's arch-nemesis, although he has become more of a neutral character... Read more...

October 24, 2007

Kaplan Talks Smash Bros., Metroid, and More

by Mike Thomsen - 11:34 pm PDT
Total comments: 10 Source: MTV Multiplayer

Nintendo’s VP of Marketing spills the beans on the past, present, and future of Wii.

In a wide-ranging interview with MTV’s Stephen Totilo, Perrin Kaplan, Nintendo’s outgoing Vice President of Marketing for the U.S., spoke about the performance of Wii during its first year in the marketplace, and hinted at what lies in the future for Wii fans. Kaplan began by speaking about Nintendo’s... Read more...

Nintendo Wins at BAFTA Awards

by Evan Burchfield - 6:25 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: BAFTA

Britain's best games include Wii Sports, Okami, Bioshock.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) gave out its annual video game awards last night at a ceremony in Battersea, London. Top winners include Wii Sports, which stormed six categories including the awards for Sports Game, Innovation, and Gameplay. The other significant Nintendo nominees... Read more...

Nintendo Shares Rise (Again)

by Michael Flynn - 4:29 pm PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/

The money printing continues for Japan's hottest company.

Nintendo's stock on the Osaka Securities Exchange shot up a staggering 7.8 percent today on the expectation that Nintendo could raise its profit forecasts Thursday. The continued global sales dominance of Wii and DS consoles is credited with pushing the stock to its current high of 68,800 yen (roughly... Read more...

October 21, 2007

360 Outsells Wii for the Month of September

by Zachary Miller - 12:25 pm PDT
Total comments: 24 Source: Official NPD Sales Thread

Halo 3 tore up the charts, moving a lot of hardware with it.

In what must be a milestone event for Microsoft, the Xbox 360 edged out the Nintendo Wii by around 30,000 units this week. In terms of pure numbers, the Wii sold 501,000 units, while the 360 clocked in at just under 528,000. The DS came in third place, at 495,800, and the PSP continues to lead Sony... Read more...

October 19, 2007

Okami Coming to Wii Wii

by Jonathan Metts - 8:50 am PDT
Total comments: 50 Source: Ready at Dawn, Eurogamer

Capcom's "Zelda clone" is on its way to Zelda's console. Updated with official announcement

As reported by European website Eurogamer, this week Capcom held a media event in London, England and revealed that their stellar PS2 title Okami is coming to Wii in Spring 2008. Ready at Dawn Studios, developers of the upcoming God of War: Chains of Olympus for PSP, has confirmed on their website... Read more...

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