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February 28, 2007

Data Design Announces Budget Titles for Europe Wii

by Daniel Bloodworth - 6:10 pm PST
Total comments: 14 Source: Press Release

Move along. These are not the creative independent games you've been looking for.

Data Design Interactive adds Wii to portfolio

Stourbridge, England – February 27th 2007 - Data Design Interactive a Leading Value Price video games publisher and games developer is pleased to announce that they have secured developer status for Nintendo Wii, and are in the process of... Read more...

February 27, 2007

Naruto: Clash of Ninja 3 Goes to Wii Wii

by Karl Castaneda - 4:46 pm PST
Total comments: 30 Source: Nintendo Power

The popular anime-based fighting game jumps to Nintendo's next-gen platform.

In the latest issue of Nintendo Power, it's confirmed that D3Publisher of America is going to release Naruto: Clash of Ninja 3, although it won't be on GameCube. Instead, it'll be debuted on Wii. Although it isn't directly mentioned that it will be a port of the next Naruto: Gekitou Ninja Taisen (as was the case with CoN 1 and 2), the developer of those titles, Eighting, is mentioned.

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Sega Reveals New Golden Compass Info Wii

by Karl Castaneda - 4:33 pm PST
Total comments: 7 Source: Sega of America

Check out these new bits on the game based on the upcoming film.

SEGA Reveals Details of The Golden Compass Video Game

Leading Interactive Entertainment Company to Publish Game Based on Highly Anticipated Theatrical Release from New Line Cinema

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SEGA ® of America Inc. and SEGA ® Europe Ltd. today revealed details... Read more...

Play Import GameCube Games on Wii Without Mods Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 4:10 pm PST
Total comments: 12 Source: MaxConsole Forums

The discovery requires some quick finger work.

MaxConsole forum member, dolqube, discovered a method for booting GameCube games from other regions on Wii without resorting to boot discs or modchips. The trick allows booting of any NTSC game on any NTSC system (Japanese games on US systems and vice-versa) as well as booting NTSC games on PAL systems. PAL games on NTSC systems will not work. As of now, the trick appears to work on all firmware versions.

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February 26, 2007

Itagaki Interested in Developing Wii Fighting Game Wii

by Karl Castaneda - 3:49 pm PST
Total comments: 23 Source: CVG

Is Dead or Alive headed for Wii?

In a recent interview with CVG, Tomonobu Itagaki, head of Tecmo's Team Ninja and creator of Dead or Alive, expressed interest in Wii development, and after playing the boxing game in Wii Sports, is considering a fighting title on the platform. The full quote reads as follows:

When you see Wii Mortal Kombat or Ubisoft's Red Steel, for example, does that give you any incentive to bring a Dead or Alive or Ninja Gaiden game to the Wii?

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Diddy Kong Racing DS Hits Europe in April DS

by Daniel Bloodworth - 11:49 am PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Press Release

Some other European release dates rounded up as well.

START YOUR ENGINES AND EMBARK ON THE RACING ADVENTURE OF YOUR LIFE!

Diddy Kong Racing DS power slides its way onto Nintendo DS

26th February 2007 - Rev your engines and get into gear as Diddy Kong Racing DS accelerates its way onto Nintendo DS! Featuring new adventures, tracks and... Read more...

EA Announces MySims for Wii and DS Wii

by Daniel Bloodworth - 11:29 am PST
Total comments: 12 Source: Press Release

New Sims title developed specifically for Nintendo's platforms focuses more on characters and community.

EA Announces MySims Created Especially for the Wii and Nintendo DS Platforms

Popular Video Game Series Embraces Player Creativity, Customization and Personal Expression Through a New, Delightful Cast of Characters

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Electronic Arts announced today that the company... Read more...

February 23, 2007

Sonic Runs to Wii in North America and Europe Wii

by Daniel Bloodworth - 10:44 am PST
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

Sonic is so fast, he actually outran the announcement of his game shipping.

Sega Ships Sonic And The Secret Rings For Wii

All-New Adventure Created Specifically for the Wii System

LONDON & SAN FRANCISCO (21st Feb, 2007) - SEGA Europe and SEGA America Inc. today announced that Sonic and the Secret Rings™ hits the streets on 2nd March in Europe (20th Feb... Read more...

Japanese VC Gets MSX, NeoGeo, and Ocarina of Time Wii

by Ryan Winterhalter - 3:43 am PST
Total comments: 21 Source: Wii Shopping - Japan

Nintendo announces MSX and NeoGeo support on the virtual console.

Japanese Virtual Console lovers have quite a month ahead of them. The final Tuesday in February sees the release of the much-vaunted Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and March doesn’t look so bad either, even in the shadow of Zelda. Fondly remembered games like Excitebike, ActRaiser, and Ganbare... Read more...

February 22, 2007

Four new Genesis games coming to Virtual Console Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 6:41 pm PST
Total comments: 13 Source: Sega PR

Sega announces Sword of Vermilion, Vectorman, Sonic Spinball, and Beyond Oasis.

SEGA ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW TITLES FOR

THE WII VIRTUAL CONSOLE

The Four SEGA Genesis Classics Will Soon Be Available for Download on the Wii™ Shop Channel

SAN FRANCISCO (February 22, 2007) – SEGA® of America, Inc. and SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced four titles from the SEGA Genesis™... Read more...

Chew Man Fu Announced for North American VC

by Daniel Bloodworth - 12:19 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Roll colored balls to free the Egg Roll Kingdom in this classic from the TurboGrafx-16.

Hudson Entertainment Brings Chew Man Fu To Both WiiTM Virtual ConsoleTM And Cell Phones

Classic TurboGrafx Game Entertains A New Generation of Gamers with Arcade Puzzle Fun!

REDWOOD SHORES, CA – February 22, 2007 – Hudson Entertainment, the North American publishing arm for... Read more...

February 21, 2007

More Virtual Console Hints from ESRB Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 8:25 pm PST
Total comments: 12 Source: ESRB

Konami gets ready to release four titles.

Once again, several Virtual Console games have shown up on the ESRB rating site ahead of a formal release announcement. The four games, all coming from Konami, are for the NES and SNES.

First is Zombies Ate My Neighbors, an SNES game developed by Lucas Arts and originally released in 1993. ... Read more...

Datel Recalls Games 'n' Music DS

by Aaron Kaluszka - 7:41 pm PST
Total comments: 7 Source: Codejunkies Website

Inappropriate material found in the digital entertainment product.

Datel has posted a notice on their Codejunkies website notifying consumers of their Games 'n' Music media player for Nintendo DS that the product has been recalled. Unspecified material, which could be deemed inappropriate, was found embedded in the device by their quality assurance department after the device shipped.

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Video Games Live Returns to GDC

by Daniel Bloodworth - 12:30 pm PST
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

Koji Kondo to perform live onstage. Get your tickets fast.

VIDEO GAMES LIVE SPECIAL SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCE

Legendary Nintendo Composer Koji Kondo to Perform Live & Meet Fans!

2007 Game Developers Conference to Present World Class Concert Event & Festival

SAN FRANCISCO - February 20, 2007 - The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is... Read more...

Wii Outsells Competition in January Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:26 am PST
Total comments: 13 Source: Press Release

And amazingly, it wasn't even a close race.

The NPD hardware figures for last month are in, and it looks like all the hub-bub about the Wii being really popular has translated into big sales. According to Nintendo, 453,503 of the hard-to-find Wii consoles were purchased last month, which is an impressive 33% more than the widely available Xbox 360, which sold through more than 294k systems. The PS3 brought up the rear with 244k sold in January.

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Nintendo Updates Japanese Lineup

by Aaron Kaluszka - 8:51 am PST
Total comments: 9 Source: Nintendo Conference

Titles include the newly-announced Ouendan 2 and reconfirmation of former GameCube releases.

Nintendo has announced an update to their Japanese lineup featuring several new games such as a sequel to the Elite Beat Agents progenitor, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan as well as Panel de Pon DS. Additionally, games originally set for a GameCube release, such as DK Bongo Blast and Kirby, have been reconfirmed as Wii releases.

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February 20, 2007

Tomy Blames Nintendo for Low Profits Wii

by Evan Burchfield - 11:28 am PST
Total comments: 17 Source: Reuters

The toy maker anticipates to make 3 billion yen less than previously expected, thanks to Nintendo's success with DS and Wii.

A report from Reuters today states that Japanese toy maker Tomy has cut its annual profit forecast from 5 billion yen to 1.7 billion yen, blaming high sales of Nintendo's Wii and DS game systems for diminishing toy sales.

Tomy says that Nintendo's video game systems have replaced demand for these... Read more...

February 19, 2007

The Zero Suit Samus Collectable Statue

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:24 pm PST
Total comments: 15 Source: Press Release

If you want to confirm with your own eyes what the "Zero" in Zero Suit implies, then have we got a collectible statue for you!

First 4 Figures has an official license to produce collectable statues based on Nintendo characters. They've previously done other Metroid statues of Samus in her less revealing suits, but now and they've gone and done one in Samus's skin-tight blue Zero suit. The press release and images of that is below.

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The Final Word on Clover's Closure

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:08 pm PST
Total comments: 26 Source: Gamasutra

The disbanding of Capcom's most recognizable studio isn't as bad as you think.

Gamasutra recently talked to Capcom's Charles Bellfield, who is the company's vice president of marketing in the USA. He engages in a rather large interview, but the most interesting part of it is exactly what happened at Clover Studio.

As it turns out, Clover was something of an anomaly at... Read more...

Virtual Console Mondays: February 19 Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:29 pm PST
Total comments: 32

The Island, the Country, the Kage and the Rage make up the four-pack variety of downloadables this week.

It's been a while since each game in a set of Virtual Console releases has been from a different platform, but here we are. The NES, SNES, Genesis and TurboGrafx are each represented with a game this week, and from the looks of it, they're all pretty good. Which ones should you get? Every one of them. If this is financially infeasible, then get a second job you should read up on each game to see which one or ones you may want to download.

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