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November 30, 2007

Let’s Have Another Go

by Les Thomas - 9:09 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Doublesix to provide downloadable games for Wii.

Digital Addiction - Kuju launches doublesix

New studio dedicated to digitally downloadable games

30th November 2007. Guildford, Surrey, UK. Based in Guildford, doublesix has been established to create addictive, "have another go" video games across all downloadable formats with the intention of establishing themselves as a world leader on digital distribution across all platforms: XBLA, PSN, Wii-Ware and PC.

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Nintendo Not Looking to Expand Studios in America

by Carmine Red - 2:31 am PST
Total comments: 12 Source: Wired

Aside from Retro and NST, Nintendo will leave western development to western publishers.

Asked by Wired News about whether Nintendo was looking to develop more American games, Nintendo Senior Vice President George Harrison confessed, “I’m not aware of any plans for more software development here in the U.S." Harrison went on to explain that the question of what to make and where to make it lay in the hands of people like Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata and Shigeru Miyamoto in Japan.

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November 29, 2007

Japanese Weekly Charts for Nov. 19-25 Wii

by James Charlton - 11:59 pm PST
Total comments: 7 Source: Media Create

This week's software sales really show how poorly Super Mario Galaxy is doing.

Media Create’s software charts show another strong week for Nintendo platforms, but you may be surprised at with what games.

At No. 1, clocking almost 600,000 units in sales was Dragon Quest IV on the DS.

The only Wii game in the top tier was at No. 6, with Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, reaching just over 62,000 units sold.

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Holiday Wii Supply Hindered by Summer Sellouts Wii

by Carmine Red - 11:41 pm PST
Total comments: 6 Source: Wired

Nintendo denies charges of under-shipping, points to unprecedented demand instead.

It’s not exactly a stunning revelation to anyone doing their Christmas shopping, but the Wii is still selling out everywhere you go. Wired talked about the situation with Nintendo Senior Vice President George Harrison, who refuted accusations that Nintendo was hoarding stock to create artificial demand.

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Classic Stages Return in Brawl Wii

by Jonathan Metts - 11:22 pm PST
Total comments: 13 Source: Smash Bros. DOJO!!

Your favorite levels from Melee may still show up in the new Smash Bros.

The newest update to the official Smash Bros. DOJO!! blog is short but sweet, confirming after much speculation that "a number" of stages from the previous game, Super Smash Bros. Melee, will be included in Brawl. The only one shown so far is Temple, the massive stage set in Hyrule with upper platforms and underground tunnels. New screenshots depict new characters like Wario and Diddy Kong chasing each other through this popular battlefield.

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Nintendo Helps Third Parties Learn to Make Games for Everyone

by Carmine Red - 9:42 pm PST
Total comments: 7 Source: Business Week

Developers are reminded to keep it simple if they want to swim in the blue ocean.

Historically seen as a very private and secretive company, Nintendo has opened its doors and is helping third party publishers work out the design kinks in casual oriented games they are developing for the Wii and DS.

One scene that Business Week describes is two Ubisoft executives being invited... Read more...

Oxygen Draws the Party Crowd Wii

by Les Thomas - 9:27 pm PST
Total comments: 7 Source: Press Release

Oxygen to release two new quiz games for Wii.

WII-HEY! MORE CHEGGERS & HANSEN!

November 29th 2007: Northamptonshire, UK: Now that the PlayStation®2 and PC versions of Cheggers’ Party Quiz and Alan Hansen’s Sports Challenge have launched successfully, Oxygen Games™ is delighted to confirm that the Wii™ quizzes will be in the shops on December 7th.

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Taking Mario into 3D Space Wii

by Carmine Red - 1:39 am PST
Total comments: 15 Source: Gamasutra

Director Yoshiaki Koizumi shares lessons in developing Mario, stretching from Super Mario 64 to this season’s Super Mario Galaxy.

At the 2007 Montreal Games Summit, Nintendo Developer Yoshiaki Koizumi took to the stage to share lessons from his history of working on Nintendo games, like The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. Recently, Koizumi has just finished directing Super Mario Galaxy, so Nintendo’s mascot figured greatly in his presentation, as related by Gamasutra.

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THQ CFO Unexpectedly Resigns

by Steven Rodriguez - 1:15 am PST
Total comments: 2 Source: Shacknews

Edward Zinser has stepped down from his post for unspecified reasons.

THQ's Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Edward Zinser, has resigned from his position with the publisher. The move is effective immediately.

Zinser's departure comes as THQ has lowered sales estimates and delayed several key titles outside of the holiday release period. ... Read more...

November 28, 2007

Appeal Against British Ban of Manhunt 2 Awaits Ruling Wii

by Greg Leahy - 10:36 pm PST
Total comments: 1 Source: GamesIndustry.biz

Rockstar and the BBFC make their respective cases to the Video Appeals Committee.

As reported by GamesIndustry.biz, the first day of the Video Appeals Committee hearing on the case of the British Board of Film Classification’s banning of Manhunt 2 saw Rockstar’s representation explicitly question the motives behind that decision.

In making Rockstar’s case on Monday,... Read more...

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