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July 31, 2007

Phantom Hourglass Claims Game Critics Award DS

by Jon Lindemann - 6:23 pm PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: http://www.gamecriticsawards.com/winners.html

The next handheld Zelda gets some hardware.

The Game Critics Awards have announced the winners for their Best of E3 2007 awards. While there were fourteen Wii and two DS games nominated, only one Nintendo-developed title won an award. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, the next handheld entry in the seminal franchise, won for "Best Handheld Game". This is its second straight win in the category, as it won the same award for E3 2006 as well.

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New Virus Tempts Users to Play a Mario Game

by Aaron Kaluszka - 9:10 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Sophos

Hiding behind a freeware Mario clone, the worm employs several tactics to mass-mail itself to other victims.

A new worm was discovered recently, which security vendors have named Romario. Romario infects Windows by sending itself through Microsoft Outlook e-mail with the message "Hi There, Do You Like Mario Bross ? Test it, and you'll like it ;] !" while using the subject line from a previous legitimate e-mail. If the attached program is launched, it will run a version of Mike Wiering's 13-year-old Mario clone.

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July 30, 2007

Dragon Quest Remakes Coming to DS DS

by Karl Castaneda - 4:55 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: GameLife

Never played a Dragon Quest before VIII on the PS2? You're in luck - three of the best iterations are heading to a handheld near you.

In a move that surprised absolutely no one, Square Enix has been revealed to be working on more remakes for the Nintendo DS. In addition to the 3D releases of the Super Nintendo Final Fantasies, new versions of Dragon Quest IV, V, and VI are also in development. Curiously enough, however, none of them are taking the polygonal plunge, retaining their original 2D look.

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August Virtual Console Releases for Japan Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 11:55 am PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: Nintendo

Now with multiple versions of the same game.

Nintendo has announced the August lineup for the Virtual Console in Japan. The usual suspects arrive next month, including Super Mario USA (Super Mario Bros. 2 outside of Japan) and Sonic 3. Other big names include Street Fighter II Turbo and Wave Race 64.

Notable this month is the release... Read more...

Mario Strikers Charged Ships To Retailers Wii

by Brad Mosbacher - 7:53 am PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: Press Release

I hope you have your cleats...I mean Wii Remote and nunchuk ready.

ONLINE SOCCER GOES SUPERNOVA WITH MARIO STRIKERS CHARGED FOR WII

New Controls and Wi-Fi Features Give Nintendo's Soccer Smash a Wicked Boost

REDMOND, Wash., July 30, 2007 - It's gonna take more than a good pair of shin guards to protect Mario and his turbo-kicking teammates in Mario Strikers... Read more...

Picross DS Ships To Retailers DS

by Brad Mosbacher - 7:44 am PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

The newest Touch Generations game is available on the DS for $19.99.

DID YOU KNOW? DAILY PUZZLES GO WIRELESS WITH NINTENDO'S PICROSS DS

July 30, 2007 - Puzzle lovers, drop your newspapers. With today's release of Picross DS, Nintendo gives daily brain teasers a wireless jolt. Who needs inky fingers and eraser crumbs when players can use their hand-held Nintendo DS and stylus to solve a new type of challenging grid puzzle? Players can compete with others online or create their own puzzles to share.

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Pokémon Diamond/Pearl Hits 10 Million Worldwide DS

by Karl Castaneda - 6:28 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Famitsu

The latest iteration of Nintendo's blockbuster franchise has hit a new milestone.

The Diamond and Pearl versions of Pokémon were already huge hits before they came to the United States in April, and as can be seen in the latest NPD sales data, it's done extremely well here as well. It recently made its way to Europe, and combined with those sales so far, the latest iterations have hit the incredible milestone of 10 Million units sold worldwide.

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Australian Gaming Industry worth $1 Billion

by Casey Basire - 1:27 am PDT
Total comments: 10 Source: Press Release

Announced by the IEAA, The Aussie gaming industry has come of age, now worth $1 Billion.

The Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia declares loud and proud - “This is a spectacular result for the Australian gaming industry."

Australia’s gaming industry has officially come of age, breaking the $1 billion sales mark over the past financial year, according to the Interactive... Read more...

Viva Piñata Coming to DS DS

by Karl Castaneda - 1:11 am PDT
Total comments: 17 Source: Kotaku

The Xbox 360's critically acclaimed garden simulator is coming to Nintendo's handheld.

Though the original Viva Piñata didn't sell very well, Microsoft seems intent on making it a staple franchise, announcing a spin-off of sorts in Viva Piñata: Party Animals at E3, curiously not developed by Rare, but by Krome Studios. Though it seemed odd at the time that the original studio would not be heading up the project, it's now clear as to why: Rare is working on a different Viva project altogether.

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July 27, 2007

Big Rooster's Tim Gerritsen Speaks Highly of Wii

by Brad Mosbacher - 6:14 pm PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Game Daily

Big Rooster's founding member Tim Gerritsen calls the Wii "A much needed slap to the face" for the industry, but claims he's still waiting to see games that make good on the promise.

In an interview conducted by Game Daily, Big Rooster's Tim Gerritsen was asked a question that inquired what his thoughts on the new consoles were. He responded by saying, "From a purely technical perspective, all of the new machines have great pluses and perplexing minuses. I love my Xbox 360, and... Read more...

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