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December 30, 2007

WayForward Starts Shantae Fan Club to Inspire Support for Sequel

by Carmine Red - 10:15 pm PST
Total comments: 9 Source: WayForward

Clap your hands if you believe in genies. Or just join the fan club!

It's not easy to get a publishing deal for a game that isn't based on an established brand or franchise. Just ask Matt Bozon, creative director of WayForward, who's been trying to get a deal for a sequel to the studio's 2002 Game Boy Color title Shantae, a platformer which featured a genie who belly-dances and whips her hair.

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December 29, 2007

Japanese Weekly Hardware, Software Charts for Dec. 17-23

by James Charlton - 2:23 pm PST
Total comments: 21 Source: Media Create

The Wii and DS smash records left and right.

The past week saw another Nintendo dominated week of software sales. The only non-Nintendo platform game was new Naruto Shippuuden game for the PlayStation 2, which debuted at No. 5.

Top Ten Japanese Software (Weekly / Total)

1. Mario Party DS (DS) - 329,826 / 1,156,000

2. Final Fantasy IV (DS) - 287,697 / NEW

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December 19, 2007

4 Million Nintendo DS Systems Sold in France

by Carmine Red - 10:58 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: Jeuxvideo.fr

Today: France. Tomorrow: le monde!

The Nintendo DS continues to post impressive sales worldwide, and now the handheld video game player has surpassed four million units sold in France alone since it was released there in March 2005.

Stephan Bole, general director of Nintendo France, attributed the tremendous DS sales to users of all ages, including gamers over 40 years of age, females, and people who traditionally hadn't spent time with video games before.

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Wii Surpasses Xbox 360 User Base in the UK Wii

by Greg Leahy - 10:44 pm PST
Total comments: 5 Source: MCVUK.com

Nintendo's global dominance asserts itself in Britain as Wii overtakes the 360 despite a year head start; DS smashes its own single week hardware sales record.

The latest Chart Track data on UK hardware sales has revealed that, with the sale of 100,000 units last week, Wii has exceeded the installed user base of the Xbox 360. In spite of globally constrained supply limiting hardware allocations to the UK, Wii has attained this position in only half the time that Microsoft's console has sat on store shelves.

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Cover Stars Announced for Fifa Street 3 DS

by Carmine Red - 8:07 pm PST
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

Ronaldinho, Crouch, and Gattuso will each represent a different playing style in EA's over-the-top street soccer title.

Ronaldinho, Crouch, and Gattuso Named Cover Stars for FIFA Street 3

Trio Will Appear as Stylized Action Heroes Performing Over-the-Top Trick Moves

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.-(BUSINESS WIRE)-Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that international soccer superstars Ronaldinho, Peter... Read more...

Take-Two Q4 Report Reveals Wii, DS Tidbits

by Carmine Red - 7:02 pm PST
Total comments: 5 Source: Gamasutra

Seven titles bound for Wii; Carnival Games bound for DS after shipping 500,000; no GTA for Nintendo.

Take-Two recently reported sales and financial results for their fourth quarter, ending October 31, and included in the wealth of information that included nuggets of interest for gamers on Nintendo platforms.

Take-Two reported that their Wii surprise hit, Carnival Games, has shipped more than... Read more...

High Wii Demand Gives Nintendo Planning Problems

by Steven Rodriguez - 7:00 pm PST
Total comments: 16 Source: Reuters

NOA can't think ahead if it's always worrying about getting consoles out as fast as possible.

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime says that his company is having difficulty laying out a game plan for the coming months because of the record-breaking demand of the Wii.

"The level of demand we are facing complicates all of our future business planning," said Reggie in an interview with Reuters. Until supply and demand balance each other out, he said, "all of that becomes a much tougher exercise."

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NWR Hot Topic: December 19, 2007

by James Jones - 10:26 am PST

This week: GIFTS!

It’s time for the holidays, and this week, we're keeping it simple. What we want to know is what gaming stuff do you want for your gift-receiving holiday of choice? Let us know and we’ll send your list to Santa and you’ll get it in your stocking!*

*NWR makes no promises for magical gift giving old men, but if you make a good post you may end up here next week! That’s just as good.

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December 18, 2007

NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams Ships for Wii Wii

by Jonathan Metts - 10:23 am PST
Total comments: 5 Source: Sega

Sega's cult classic finally has its sequel.

SEGA SHIPS NiGHTS: JOURNEY OF DREAMS FOR THE Wii

Dreams Come to Life in SEGA’s Highly Anticipated Release of NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams for the Wii Home Video Game System

SAN FRANCISCO (December 18, 2007) – SEGA of America, Inc. today announced that NiGHTS™: Journey of Dreams for... Read more...

December 17, 2007

Square Enix Sets Early 2008 American Release Dates

by Carmine Red - 10:41 pm PST
Total comments: 13 Source: Press Release

By spring North America will be seeing Dragon Quest Swords for the Wii, and both Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates and The World Ends With You for the DS.

SQUARE ENIX JUMP-STARTS THE YEAR WITH AN ACTION-PACKED LINEUP FOR 2008

Fans Advised to Warm Up this Holiday Season in Preparation for an Assortment of Exciting New Adventures

LOS ANGELES (December 17, 2007) – Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix™ interactive entertainment... Read more...

Ignition Opens Two New Studios

by Brad Mosbacher - 5:40 pm PST
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

One in Florida, the other in Japan.

Ignition Entertainment Opens Additional Development Studios

Newly Opened Studios in Tokyo and Florida Show Commitment to Next Gen Development

December 17, 2007 – Marina Del Rey - Ignition Entertainment Ltd., a UTV Software Communications Ltd enterprise, a worldwide publisher and developer of videogames, announced today that it will be expanding its videogame development capabilities by opening studios in both Japan and the USA.

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December 15, 2007

Lawsuit Over Guitar Hero Wii Sound Issues Wii

by Les Thomas - 12:55 pm PST
Total comments: 15 Source: Wired Game|Life

One game player decided to sue Activision for "deceptive and unlawful" conduct.

Samuel Livingston of San Diego has brought suit against Activision for "deceptive and unlawful" conduct for the marketing of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock for the Wii. The class-action lawsuit charges Activision with not addressing or attempting to warn customers about the mono sound issue, despite the game's packaging continuing to advertise Dolby Pro Logic II sound.

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Nintendo Tops Canadian NPD Sales Numbers

by Carmine Red - 1:42 am PST
Total comments: 9 Source: GameSpot

Canadians bought a lot of games too, enough to put them over $1 billion total for the year to date.

November wasn't just a big sales month in the USA, but up north as well. According to estimates released by the NPD Group, Canadian game sales reached $209.1 million Canadian (US $205.6 million), enough to put Canada over a cool billion dollars Canadian in sales for the year 2007 with the month of December still to go.

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December 14, 2007

Greenpeace Paints Mario as Bad Dude

by Les Thomas - 6:28 pm PST
Total comments: 19 Source: Greenpeace

The environmental company launches "Clash of the Consoles" website.

The "Greenpeace vs. the video game industry" saga grows nastier by the day. Greenpeace recently launched a "Clash of the Consoles" site that pastes the Big 3's mascots next to bar graphs that account for: toxic use, toxic policy, recycling credits, and energy use. Their clip-art Mario, with his... Read more...

Castle of Shikigami III Announced Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 5:31 pm PST
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

The bullet hell arcade shooter comes stateside next year.

CASTLE OF SHIKIGAMI III ON THE

Wii™ IN THE SPRING OF 2008

Bullet hell comes to the Wii!

Torrance, CA (December 14, 2007) – Aksys Games, a publisher of interactive entertainment products, is set to release Castle of Shikigami III, a vertical scrolling shoot’em-up on the Wii in the spring of 2008.

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Japanese Weekly Software and Hardware Charts for Dec 3-9

by James Charlton - 11:19 am PST
Total comments: 2 Source: Media Create

Wii Fit balances confidently at the top.

Last week’s Japanese charts saw Wii Fit reach the second spot with only a few days on sale, so a full week at retail went exactly as predicted – Wii Fit sold big. The 8,800 Yen ($80) pack reached the top spot with just short of 150,000 units sold, just ahead of Mario Party DS at No.2 with almost 107,000 units.

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Reggie on the Wii Supply Situation Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:58 am PST
Total comments: 37

Major retailers will have a big supply release this weekend; GameStop will offer a rain check program for those who still can't get one. Also, what about Wii online voice chat?

In a conference call this morning, Nintendo President Reggie Fils-Aime explained what Nintendo was doing about the tight supply issues of the Wii, as well as detailing a new program aimed at making sure prospective Wii owners having difficulty finding the elusive console will have “something to put under the tree" this holiday.

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Nintendo Leads November Game Sales in the U.S. Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 12:13 am PST
Total comments: 18 Source: NeoGAF Official NPD

Wii flirts with the million mark; the DS laughs at it.

The NPD Group has released its U.S. video game sales figures for the month of November, and the numbers are downright staggering across the board:

November 2007 Hardware Sales

Nintendo DS -1.53 million

Wii - 981k

Xbox 360 - 770k

PSP - 567k

PlayStation 2 - 496k

PlayStation 3 - 466k

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December 12, 2007

Grasshopper Behind Decision to Tone Down EU No More Heroes Wii

by Greg Leahy - 11:00 am PST
Total comments: 18 Source: MCVUK.com

Suda 51 notes the "broadly growing Wii market" in choosing to deliver the bloodless Japanese version of the Wii exclusive to PAL territories.

The developers behind the forthcoming Wii exclusive No More Heroes have declared that it was their decision to present the game to European audiences in a form significantly toned-down from its planned North American release.

Grasshopper CEO Goichi Suda and Marvelous Digital Contents Company... Read more...

December 11, 2007

NWR Hot Topic: December 11, 2007

by James Jones - 10:12 pm PST

For once, Nintendo of Europe actually gets a better deal than Nintendo of America.

Last week Club Nintendo Europe announced it intends to offer Wii Points for Stars, which were earned by simply registering Nintendo games with Nintendo of Europe. Anyone familiar with Nintendo knows of all the great rewards Club Nintendo Japan offers for registering Nintendo products over there, too.

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