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February 28, 2008

Japanese Government Investigates Price Fixing of DS LCDs DS

by James Jones - 8:50 pm PST
Total comments: 8 Source: Bloomberg.com

Sharp and Hitachi targeted by the probes.

Two producers of LCD screens used in the Nintendo DS are being investigated by the Japanese Fair Trade Commission on allegations of price fixing. The allegations date to 2005, when manufacturer Hitachi began producing screens for the DS. Officials allege that Hitachi reached an agreement with Sharp,... Read more...

Louis Castle Relates the Story of Boom Blox Wii

by Carmine Red - 8:21 pm PST
Total comments: 2

Electronic Arts VP Louis Castle talks about making and designing Boom Blox, using an indie development process at EA, the Wii remote, the game's level editor, and even head-tracking!

If one of Nintendo's goals with the Wii was to inspire companies to step out of their comfort range and do new and different things, Boom Blox may be taken as a sign of success.

Boom Blox will be the first game to emerge from the collaboration between director Steven Spielberg and EA, but Louis... Read more...

Sega Bass Fishing Ships for Wii Wii

by Jonathan Metts - 7:49 am PST
Total comments: 2 Source: Sega

Cast a line from your couch.

SEGA BASS FISHING SHIPS TO NORTH AMERICAN

RETAIL STORES

Get Your Tackle Box Ready For An Arcade-Style Fishing Game

Now for the Wii

SAN FRANCISCO (February 27, 2008) – SEGA® of America, Inc. announced that SEGA Bass Fishing™ is now available in North America. Developed exclusively for the Wii™, SEGA Bass Fishing is the latest addition to one of the most successful fishing game franchises of all time.

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February 27, 2008

THQ Ships Destroy All Humans! for Wii Wii

by Les Thomas - 8:10 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Big Willy Unleashed was designed for the Wii from the ground up.

Tainted Fast Food Warnings on the Rise as Destroy All Humans!® Big Willy Unleashed™ Ships to Retail Outlets Worldwide

Crypto and His Big Willy Conquer 1970s in Franchise's Wii Debut

AGOURA HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 26, 2008--THQ Inc. today announced Destroy All Humans!® Big... Read more...

Brawl Shipments Already in U.S. Stores Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 2:02 pm PST
Total comments: 35

But don't expect to take home a copy early.

Our resident retail mole and NWR Forums regular UncleBob has informed us that his Walmart store has already received shipments of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Nintendo's all-star fighter for Wii. This delivery, and presumably many other deliveries in the Walmart chain of stores, comes eleven days ahead of the official March 9 North American release date of the game.

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Mario Kart Wii to Feature Text Chat Wii

by Greg Leahy - 10:59 am PST
Total comments: 43 Source: Nintendo

Nintendo's official European site confirms the use of text-based chat rooms for online friends waiting to race. Updated: Chat will be limited to a choice of pre-determined phrases.

Update: IGN has learned from Nintendo of America that the text chat feature will be limited to a selection of pre-determined phrases, and therefore will not be input via an on-screen or physical keyboard.

Following last week's announcement of an April 11th European release date for Mario... Read more...

European Price Points Announced for Wii Fit Wii

by Greg Leahy - 9:27 am PST
Total comments: 16 Source: Eurogamer

Exercise software and Wii Balance Board to be available for £69.99 in the UK, €89.99 throughout the rest of Europe.

Nintendo has announced estimated retail prices for its forthcoming body awareness and exercise tool, Wii Fit, in European markets. Including the advanced Wii Balance Board peripheral for measuring weight and detecting physical action, the Wii Fit package will retail for £69.99 in the UK, while elsewhere in Europe the price will be €89.99.

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February 26, 2008

Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Returns to DS in April DS

by Les Thomas - 12:32 pm PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo of America

Nintendo wants you to find your inner Pokémon.

TWO NEW NINTENDO DS GAMES LET PLAYERS EXPLORE THEIR INNER POKÉMON

Randomized Dungeons, Online Features Fuel Latest Mystery Dungeon Adventures

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 26, 2008 – Ever wondered what it would be like to become a Pokémon? With the April 20 launch of Pokémon® Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time and Pokémon® Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Darkness for Nintendo DS™, hand-held gamers will soon find out.

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Brain Assist Heads to Retailers DS

by James Jones - 11:17 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Another day, another "Brain." Sega's take on the brain health genre features online play and DLC.

Sega Ships Brain Assist to Retailers in North America

Creativity and Perception Skills Increase with the Help of New Brain Teasing Game

SAN FRANCISCO (February 26, 2008) – SEGA® of America, Inc. today announced that Brain Assist™ for the Nintendo DS™ portable handheld system has shipped... Read more...

February 25, 2008

Wii Menu Update 3.2 Now Available

by Jon Lindemann - 10:13 pm PST
Total comments: 20 Source: Nintendo

Move along, nothing to see here.

If your Wii is glowing tonight, it's because Nintendo has released Wii Menu version 3.2.

Compared to the last Wii Menu revision (which updated the Check Mii Out Channel), this update apparently doesn't do much at all beyond upgrading your Wii to version 3.2U. According to Nintendo's website,... Read more...

Games Convention Moves to Cologne

by Karlie Yeung - 6:32 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: BIU

The Leipzig Games Convention, held annually since August 2002, will be moving to Cologne in 2009 and rebranded GAMESCom.

The German Federal Association for Entertainment Software (BUI), creators of the Games Convention, have announced there is to be no further support for GC Leipzig from 2009, with the creation of a new consumer show based in Cologne in the East of Germany as replacement. This would allow the show to further expand, as it has been over the years to become the largest consumer show in the world.

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EA Wants Take-Two Before GTA IV Ships

by Les Thomas - 9:08 am PST
Total comments: 31 Source: Business Wire

Electronic Arts pushes buy-out offer on Take-Two Interactive.

For weeks, there have been rumors speculating that Take-Two Interactive would be subject to an acquisition bid. Many thought Viacom would seek to buy them out at a one-time price of $1.5 billion. It turns out Electronic Arts wants Take-Two shareholders to part at $25 a share, roughly a $2 billion... Read more...

February 24, 2008

Wii Sports at the Oscars Wii

by Jonathan Metts - 8:55 pm PST
Total comments: 5

Miis return to the Kodak Theatre.

Wii fans everywhere must have smiled tonight as Jon Stewart and Jamia Nash, a young

singer from the film August Rush, spent a few seconds volleying

the tennis ball in Wii Sports, projected on a huge screen at the 80th

Academy Awards. Stewart wrapped up the game and returned to his hosting

duties by questioning whether he should be out of breath from playing

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February 22, 2008

Japanese Weekly Software and Hardware Charts for Feb 11-17

by James Charlton - 7:03 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Media Create

Hardcore and casual battle for the top spot!

Another great week for Super Smash Bros Brawl, it’s already looking like it will match Wii Fit’s sales within one or two weeks. Apart from Brawl, sales were pretty low all round this week. Even the latest Naruto game on Nintendo DS only managed a meagre 17,000 units.

Meanwhile Super Mario Galaxy moved further down the charts to No. 28.

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WiiWare to Get Games, Wii to Get Pay-To-Play Game Content Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 5:42 pm PST
Total comments: 23

Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play will be Nintendo's version of micro-transactions. Also, find out what Nintendo is doing to address Wii's storage space problem. (Hint: Nothing).

Nintendo announced today that it will soon add WiiWare games and pay-to-play content to Wii's Wi-Fi connection service.

The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play service will allow users to spend Wii Points to purchase content or services for Wii games, extending the capability and longevity of... Read more...

Sakurai Speaks on Brawl Character Development Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 5:24 pm PST
Total comments: 42

The main man behind Super Smash Bros. Brawl reveals his technique for modeling and balancing the roster of characters, revealing some interesting secrets along the way.

In one of the more anticipated sessions during GDC week, Masahiro Sakurai of Sora, Ltd. gave a revealing look into the thought process and design of the character roster in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which will be releasd in North America on March 9th.

Sakurai kicked things off by showing... Read more...

February 21, 2008

Baer, Alcorn Discuss Genesis of Video Games

by Steven Rodriguez - 6:48 pm PST
Total comments: 3

The two gaming legends discuss the creations that spawned an industry. Also, hear what the creator of Pong thinks of the Wii.

Ralph Baer, inventor of the Brown Box game system, and Al Alcorn, creator of Pong, entertained a crowd of onlookers at Game Developers Conference eager to see how the two industry icons spawned a video game revolution.

Baer kicked off the hour-long session with a lengthy introduction to his background... Read more...

Takada Speaks on 'Translating Visuals into Music' Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 6:23 pm PST
Total comments: 1

One of Japan's most respected composers talks about the creative process in making soundtracks for games like Killer 7 and Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles. Also, a smashing surprise visit by Brawl.

Masafumi Takada of Grasshopper has had his hand in a number of unique video games over the past ten years. While working with names like Shinji Mikami and Goichi Suda, Takada's have become fairly well known. Today, during his Game Developers Conference session, Takada explained the processes and challenges associated with working on games, and what he does to translate the visual style of games into appropriate music.

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Virtual Console to House Commodore 64 Games in Europe Wii

by Greg Leahy - 8:22 am PST
Total comments: 18 Source: Press Release

Among the first games are International Karate and Uridium.

Nintendo has announced that the Commodore 64 will be added to the European Virtual Console's expanding roster of formats. Games for the classic home computer system will be available on the Wii Shop Channel for 500 Wii points (£3.50) each, equaling the price of NES games.

International Karate,... Read more...

February 20, 2008

Wii Fit and Mario Kart Wii to Launch Across Europe in April Wii

by Greg Leahy - 7:07 pm PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

Two of Nintendo's biggest 2008 titles will launch within two weeks of each other for PAL gamers; the wait for Brawl goes on without a date.

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart Wii will be coming to Europe on April 11th, to be followed by the release of Wii Fit just two weeks later on April 25th.

Widely considered to be two of the most crucial first party Wii titles launching in Western territories during 2008, both games will... Read more...

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