March 31, 2008

MYST Goes Gold, Release Set For May DS

by Nick DiMola - 6:28 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

The classic adventure game will soon grace the Nintendo DS, featuring the brand new Rime Age.

The best selling PC game of the 1990s has just gone gold on the Nintendo DS. MYST DS is officially completed and will now be sent off for production.

MYST has seen release on a variety of platforms over the years. The DS version will feature the original MYST, as well as the Rime Age, introduced... Read more...

Lexicon Entertainment Announces Commando: Steel Disaster for DS DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 10:10 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

XS Games will develop the shoot-'em-up as it eyes a Q3 release in North America.

Commando: Steel Disaster is a new side-scrolling shoot-'em-up from Lexicon Entertainment and XS Games that is set to come out for DS in North America in Q3 2008. The game appears to be very reminiscent of SNK's Metal Slug series as it uses a similar graphical style.

The game was previously announced in Europe and is set to release there on May 9th.


March 29, 2008

Japanese Weekly Software and Hardware Charts for March 17-23

by James Charlton - 8:27 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Media Create

Stop the press! Pokemon still popular in Japan!

This week saw seven new entries in the top ten, with the new Pokemon Ranger game coming out the clear leader. Hudson’s Wii Sports alternative Deca Sports (Known as Deca Sporta in Japan) managed a respectable entry at No.2. Hudson still has a long way to go to reach Wii Sports astronomical sales figures.


Hudson Confirms New WiiWare Games in Development Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 12:17 am PDT
Total comments: 13 Source: Inside Games

Downloadable versions of Bomberman, Tetris, Alien Crush, karaoke, and others are in the pipeline, bringing Hudson's WiiWare count to ten games.

Hudson has announced that it has a slate new WiiWare games in development. Tetris, Bomberman, Alien Crush, Blue Oasis, and Joysound were revealed during a press event in Japan yesterday.

Hudson explained that 40% of the 20 million Wii consoles in the world are connected to the Internet. That... Read more...

March 28, 2008

Pro Evolution Soccer Team Prefers the Wii Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:44 pm PDT
Total comments: 14 Source: Next Gen

"The Wii version offers the best online experience to date," says the development team's leader.

The Wii's online interface works best for Pro Evolution Soccer, according to the development team leader.

In a recent interview with Next Gen, Pro Evo Soccer team leader Jon Murphy said that the Wii version of the game "has all the intricacies of the existing versions, but within a user interface... Read more...

Byron Review Recommends Unified Ratings Scheme for the UK

by Greg Leahy - 1:08 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source:

Government-commissioned report proposes a hybrid classification system that will come into force in 2010, combining elements of the existing PEGI and BBFC schemes to improve the clarity of age ratings.

The report of the Byron Review on Children and New Technology has recommended that the classification of video games in the UK be consolidated in order to make age ratings more clearly understandable by parents. Under the report's proposals, by 2010 all games will display an age rating consistent with the BBFC's film certificates on the front of their cases, while Pan European (PEGI) standards will be observed on the rear.


Paramount Setting Their Sights on the Game Industry

by Nick DiMola - 12:59 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Variety Magazine

Plans to expand their games and interactive division will lead to casual and handheld oriented games based on their movie properties.

Sandi Isaacs, Senior Vice President of Paramount’s Games and Interactive Division informed Variety yesterday that they are "entering into deals now where [they] will be publishing games this year."

According to Isaacs, Paramount currently feels it is necessary to create a flexible business... Read more...

EA Announces Zubo, Coming to DS This Fall DS

by Nick DiMola - 12:17 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

A quirky music-based Rhythm-Action Adventure geared towards children.


Original Nintendo DS game features collectable characters in a music-based rhythm-action adventure

Guildford, U.K. - March 28th, 2008 - The EA Casual Entertainment Label today announced the development of a new wholly-owned,... Read more...

Midway Launches TNA iMPACT! Website Wii

by Nick DiMola - 12:13 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

Features screenshots, videos and the most up-to-date information on the upcoming game based on Spike TV’s flagship wrestling program.

Midway Launches Website For TNA iMPACT!

Today Midway announced the launch of the TNA iMPACT™ Web site The Web site is packed with the newest videos, screenshots and up-to-date information on the highly-anticipated game based on the fastest-growing professional wrestling brand... Read more...

March 27, 2008

Commodore 64 Games Hit European VC Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 10:03 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: VC Reviews

International Karate and Uridium lead in the C64 charge, while the N64's Cruisn’ USA is also released today in Europe.

This week’s European Virtual Console games contain the release of the previously announced Commodore 64 games, International Karate and Uridium at 500 Wii Points each. Also hitting the virtual realm is the Nintendo 64 racing game, Crusin’ USA, at 1000 Wii Points. Since the Commodore 64 was a personal... Read more...

Square Enix to Release Arkanoid DS, Space Invaders in Europe DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 1:44 pm PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: Press Release

The two games bust and shoot their way onto DS in Summer 2008.


Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces that ARKANOID™ DS for the Nintendo DS™ handheld system and SPACE INVADERS EXTREME™ for the Nintendo DS™ handheld system and the PSP™ (PlayStation® Portable) system will be available across Europe in Summer 2008.


Take Two Asks Shareholders Not to Sell Shares to EA

by Nick DiMola - 1:24 pm PDT
Total comments: 13 Source: Take-Two Interactive

Expresses to shareholders that the "offer price is inadequate and substantially undervalues the company."

The Wall Street Journal informed us earlier this month that Electronic Arts, making no progress with the Take-Two board, would be proposing the same offer made to the board, directly to the shareholders. This bid valued each share at $26, a 64% premium on the current value of the stock.

Take-Two...

Bella Sara to Prance onto DS DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:55 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

The popular girls trading card series game is expected in Quarter 4.

Codemasters®, Granada Ventures and Hidden City Games to bring Bella Sara, the leading girls trading card series and online world, to Nintendo DS™ and PC.

Bella Sara’s world of inspirational fantasy horses and positive messaging to come to game screens in Q4.

Strengthening its casual...

Famitsu Reveals New Square-Enix IP, Sigma Harmonics DS

by Nick DiMola - 4:07 am PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Famitsu Weekly

The Adventure RPG-Murder Mystery comes to Japan this summer for DS.

According to this week’s Famitsu, a brand new Square-Enix intellectual property, Sigma Harmonics, will be making its way to the DS this summer in Japan.

The title is an Adventure RPG which revolves around a collection of murder mysteries and is presented in a chapter format. With each progressive... Read more...

March 26, 2008

Wii RPG Opoona Available in Stores Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:41 am PDT
Total comments: 24 Source: Press Release

Innovative controls lead in the Koei game.


Opoona™ is Ready to Take You on an Out-of-this-World Role-Playing Adventure

Burlingame, CA – March 26, 2008 -- KOEI, recognized worldwide as the premier brand of strategy and action games, today announced that Opoona™,... Read more...

Dr. Mario WiiWare Includes Free Wi-fi Demo for Wii Friends Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 6:57 am PDT
Total comments: 12

The purchase of the full game includes the functionality for friends to download a Wi-fi multiplayer battle edition of the game for free.

Dr. Mario's Virus Buster, a WiiWare launch title in Japan and presumably a WiiWare launch title in other regions once the service launches worldwide later this year, has a special feature up its sleeve.

Owners of the full version of the game have the ability to send a message to anyone on their... Read more...

WiiWare Service and Games Detailed Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 12:03 am PDT
Total comments: 12

Check out the first details on WiiWare. Includes the launch games, their file sizes, and game trailers! Updated with trailers of LONPOS and Mojipittan.

WiiWare is live in Japan, and with it comes a brand-new slate of downloadable games. In order to facilitate this, the Wii required a system update to enable the WiiWare area in the Wii Shop Channel. You may have already updated your Wii console with the update, which after WiiWare eventually launches in Western territories, will make your Wii Shop Channel main menu look like this:


March 25, 2008

Professor Layton Weekly Puzzles Already on Cartridge DS

by Nick DiMola - 1:13 pm PDT
Total comments: 21 Source: DeuFeuFeu Wiki

DS hacker reveals a total of 27 weekly puzzles, unlocked by downloadable key.

Due to the work of some clever DS hacker, it has been revealed that the weekly downloadable Professor Layton puzzles are not really being downloaded. These bonus puzzles are actually already contained on the cartridge. Every Sunday, when the weekly puzzle is released, only a simple key must be downloaded... Read more...

Master System Games to Appear on US Virtual Console

by Neal Ronaghan - 1:02 pm PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Wired Game|Life

Wonder Boy and Fantasy Zone to be first released at $4 a piece.

Sega of America announced today that they will release Virtual Console games from their first major video game system, the Sega Master System. The standard price for Master System games will be 400 Wii Points or $4. Wonder Boy and Fantasy Zone are the only two games mentioned and currently do not have any release dates.


March 23, 2008

Ace Combat Creator Working on Sky Crawlers for Wii Wii

by Carmine Red - 1:27 pm PDT
Total comments: 14 Source: Famitsu

This aerial dog fighting is based on the story and designs of the original Sky Crawler series of Japanese novels as well as the upcoming anime film.

Much like Ace Combat, Sky Crawlers will be a flight-shooter game in which players control fighter planes in aerial dogfights. However, whereas the Ace Combat series is known for using modern fighter planes and settings, Sky Crawlers features planes that come from an alternate reality of fantastic WWII era propeller design and dog fighting.

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