May 31, 2008

Wario Land Shake Announced Wii

by James Jones - 2:16 pm PDT
Total comments: 11

Wario makes his return to 2D platforming in Wario Land Shake for the Wii.

Wednesday, Nintendo announced a new iteration of the Wario Land franchise, Wario Land Shake for Wii. Nintendo's announcement was followed by a FAMITSU article containing details on the upcoming game.

Wario Land Shake sports sprite graphics, featuring "hand-drawn animations." The images released... Read more...

My Health Coach: The Easy Way to Stop Smoking Announced DS

by Carmine Red - 11:09 am PDT
Total comments: 26 Source: Press Release

Ubisoft will capture the popular and successful stop smoking method for the Nintendo DS handheld device.

Nintendo may be getting players active through WiiFit, but Ubisoft is hoping to play a part in clearing their lungs with the recently announced DS title My Health Coach: The easy way to stop smoking. Developed in conjunction with experts from the stop smoking programs, the DS game aims to provide "a truly interactive engagement with the game through which he or she learns that it can actually be enjoyable to quit smoking."


May 30, 2008

Ubisoft Announces Next Dogz Title for Wii Wii

by Carmine Red - 1:39 pm PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Ubisoft

With no sign of a Nintendogs for Nintendo's console, Ubisoft is offering up an alternative.

Nintendo has yet to bring its successful Nintendogs franchise to Wii, but Ubisoft seems perfectly happy to step in and fill the gap with their Dogz franchise. They recently announced Dogz 2008 (working title) exclusively for Wii, the second Dogz game to make it to Nintendo's console, and another entry in their animal-oriented "Petz" franchise (other examples include Catz and Horsez). The title is due for release in Fall 2008.


Nintendo Channel Arrives in PAL Territories

by Greg Leahy - 11:23 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: IGN Wii

Game information and downloadable DS demos come to Europe and Australia alongside three Virtual Console games, but no update to WiiWare in its second week.

The Nintendo Channel, an online service providing information and advertisements for first party and third party games on Wii and DS, has gone live across Europe and Australia.

DS owners will be able to wirelessly download demos from the Nintendo Channel to their handheld console, provided they... Read more...

South Africa: Wii Outsells PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 Combined

by Les Thomas - 11:10 am PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: The Times

Wii moves ahead on The Times' list of "Coolest Gadgets."

The South African Times recently announced its yearly special of the "Coolest Gadgets for the Young." Apple's iPod was number one on the list, followed by the PlayStation 3, then Xbox 360, with the Wii in fourth place. This is especially interesting considering the Wii has 51% of the local market share and so outselling the rival consoles combined, according to The Times.


May 28, 2008

Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party Announced for Wii and DS Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 8:42 pm PDT
Total comments: 25 Source: Press Release

Launching this holiday season, the Wii version will make extensive use of the Wii Balance Board.

Ubisoft announced that the humorous Rabbids will return this holiday season in Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party. It was also announced that the Wii iteration of the game will have a large focus on the recently released Wii Balance Board. Also set to come out for DS, the latest in the series will have a focus on the realm of television as the titular characters parody the medium.


Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy Has Gone Gold Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 8:37 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

Also, the website for the game's user-generated content has gone live.

Majesco announced that their upcoming side-scrolling shooter, Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy, has gone gold. Coming from developer Budcat Creations, this game features a game editor that encompasses every aspect of a shooter from levels and bosses to bullet patterns and sound effects and much... Read more...

Greenpeace Clash with Nintendo Continues Over 'Playing Dirty' Report

by Les Thomas - 8:26 pm PDT
Total comments: 25 Source: Techradar

Greenpeace dissected the current generation of home video game consoles in search of toxic chemicals, Nintendo was unimpressed.

Greenpeace recently announced a new study showing toxic chemicals inside each of this generation's home consoles. Techradar called it a "Playing Dirty" report and was first to provide Nintendo's response which outlined their position on Greenpeace as a whole.

The Greenpeace "Guide to Greener...

Sing-Along Puzzler Aquatic Tales Announced for Wii and DS Wii

by Les Thomas - 7:25 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Gameinvest develops family adventure title to encourage ocean conservation awareness.

Little is known about this music puzzle game from Portugal based developer Gameinvest. Gameplay will consist of safely guiding your fish friends through the Amazon River; solving puzzles, joining in sing-a-longs, and learning about ocean conservation. Aquatic Tales touts an original soundtrack, intuitive controls and cooperative gameplay perfect for family participation.


Ubisoft, Shaun White Carve Up a New Snowboarding Game for Wii Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:50 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

Scheduled for a Holiday 2008 release, Shaun White Snowboarding will take full advantage of the Wii Balance Board.

Ubisoft appears to be embracing the Wii Balance Board as they announced Shaun White Snowboarding today and also revealed that the game will make heavy use of the aforementioned peripheral. While it is unclear just exactly how the Balance Board will be used in the game, Game|Life's Chris Kohler did say that "you'll actually do little jumps on the board to make your character jump."


Activision Officially Reveals Guitar Hero World Tour Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:22 am PDT
Total comments: 20 Source: Press Release

Formerly known as Guitar Hero IV, it will contain two new instruments (drums and vocals) and allow players to create their own songs.

After a previous reveal by their CEO, Activision finally divulged official information about the newest game in the Guitar Hero series, Guitar Hero World Tour. This game includes a variety of new features that all circle around the addition of vocals and drums. Another big addition is the music studio that allows players to create their own songs and share them. However, 1up adds the addendum that the studio will be "sans vocals".


May 27, 2008

April NPD: Nintendo Unfazed By Competition

by Carmine Red - 2:46 pm PDT
Total comments: 18 Source: NeoGAF NPD Thread

Nintendo sold 714k Wiis in the month that GTA IV launched and Mario Kart Wii sold 1.12 million units for second place. Nintendo claimed six of the top ten software titles, eleven of the top twenty.

The greatest challenge about reporting NPD numbers is the need to repeat the same question: "Will Nintendo slow down?" For the past couple years, the answer has been "no." April, 2008 is no different.

April 2008 U.S. Hardware Sales

Wii – 714.2k

Nintendo DS – 414.8k

PlayStation Portable – 192.7k


This Week's Virtual Console and WiiWare

by Carmine Red - 2:42 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Dr. Mario Online Rx and Metal Slug mark a resurgence: four downloadable title releases this week.

The last time that four games were simultaneously released to Nintendo's Virtual Console download service was September 3, 2007. Now that WiiWare has joined the Virtual Console in providing downloadable offerings, Mondays may be marked by a return to a wider variety of downloadable gaming.

Probably...

May 25, 2008

Japanese Weekly Software and Hardware Charts for May 12 - 18

by James Charlton - 3:04 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Media Create

Mario Kart Wii joins the Nintendo million-sellers club.

Famicom Wars 2 (Battalion Wars 2 to you and me) finally gets released in Japan, making a decent, but not outrageous, entry at No.6. Link’s Bowgun (Crossbow) Training is also still in the top 10, despite it being a spin off from Twilight Princess which didn’t sell that well over here in the East.


May 23, 2008

Cooking Navi and New DS Colours to Europe DS

by Karlie Yeung - 10:20 am PDT
Source: Press Release

Cooking Guide with international dishes and three new DS Lite colours are coming to Europe next month.

Nintendo’s Cooking Navi interactive talking cookbook series has been very successful in Japan where three different versions have been released. The game series features synthesized voices for instruction, voice control, terminology and utensil guides, tutorials, and everything you would need to... Read more...

May 22, 2008

Dragon Quest IV Through VI Destined for America DS

by Nick DiMola - 4:33 pm PDT
Total comments: 13 Source: Square Enix

The Japanese remake of Dragon Quest IV will see an American localization. Its two sequels will also be remade for the DS and released in both Japan and America.

Today, Square-Enix published a North American Dragon Quest IV website announcing the pending release of the DS remake of the fourth game from the storied RPG series. Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen will see release on September 16, 2008.

In addition to the launch of the Dragon Quest... Read more...

ASH Rated by ESRB DS

by Nick DiMola - 8:35 am PDT
Total comments: 34 Source: ESRB Website

Nintendo looks to bring Hironobu Sakaguchi's DS strategy RPG to America.

Nintendo's ASH was rated E 10+ today by the ESRB. Since acquiring an ESRB rating is a typical step in gaining release for the American market, ASH is probably being localized into the English language.

Listing from the ESRB Website

Released in Japan last October, ASH is a strategy RPG... Read more...

May 21, 2008

Nintendo Explains European Brawl Delay Wii

by Nick DiMola - 10:33 am PDT
Total comments: 67 Source: Official Nintendo Mag. UK

Sheer number of titles to be localized is to blame.

In an interview with Official Nintendo Magazine (UK), Nintendo of Europe representative Laurent Fischer has accounted for the late arrival of Super Smash Bros. Brawl to the European market by stressing the size of the overall localization workload in the region.

According to Fischer, the European...

May 20, 2008

Six Games Launch WiiWare in Europe

by Greg Leahy - 2:21 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

Digitally distributed Wii games arrive in PAL territories, with six (of a possible eight) titles making up the first batch.

WiiWare, a line of original games available to download from the Wii Shop Channel, has gone live across Europe today with six games on offer initially:

Dr. Mario & Germ Buster™ from Nintendo

FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King™ from Japanese developer SQUARE ENIX


WiiWare Service Launches in Australia

by Nick DiMola - 10:50 am PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: Press Release

Launching with six games, Australia's WiiWare service brings a broad genre selection.

Nintendo has announced the launch of the WiiWare service today in Australia. The launch of the service brings six titles including some that have already seen release in America over the past two weeks and others that are still yet to be released.

As of today Lost Winds, Star Soldier R, Dr. Mario... Read more...


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