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July 31, 2008

Deep Silver Reveals Survival Horror Title, Cursed Mountain Wii

by Nick DiMola - 9:17 am PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: IGN

Set to feature gesture based controls, a visual experience that pushes the Wii hardware, and refined gameplay.

Deep Silver, through a feature on IGN, revealed their latest Wii title, Cursed Mountain. The game is a survival horror title and focuses around a particular exploit of a high altitude climber who is on a mission to rescue his brother, another climber, who is lost somewhere on a mountain.

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Unique Copy Protection Implemented in Dragon Quest V DS

by Nick DiMola - 4:49 am PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: DailyTech.com

Players who decide to download and play pirated versions of the game will be taking a very long boat ride.

Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride released for the Nintendo DS nearly two weeks ago in Japan with a form of copy protection to prevent the distribution of pirated copies of the game. In light of significant piracy due to the R4 and other flash carts, Square Enix decided to protect their latest release by modifying the opening sequence of the game.

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July 30, 2008

Mister Slime Now on Store Shelves in America DS

by Nick DiMola - 8:30 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

The SouthPeak Games adventure-puzzler is now available at the value price of $19.99.

SouthPeak Games announced early last week that their brand new adventure-puzzle title Mister Slime had arrived on store shelves.

The DS title features the titular character Mister Slime, also referred to as Slimey, who is tasked with bringing peace to the warring inhabitants of the planet, the... Read more...

Discovered Vision Protein Named After Pikachu

by Nick DiMola - 1:37 pm PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: PubMed

Research scientists at the Osaka Bioscience Institute made a shocking discovery when researching human vision.

Scientists and doctors worldwide will now need to add a new word to their expansive vocabulary, particularly those involved with human vision. Pikachurin is a protein discovered and named by a group of 18 Japanese research scientists at the Osaka Bioscience Institute. The protein's function and properties bear similarity to its namesake Pokemon, Pikachu.

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Suda51's Flower, Sun and Rain Coming to DS in Europe DS

by Nick DiMola - 10:36 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

An early, Japan-only PS2 masterpiece by Suda51 is seeing release on the DS this fall.

Rising Star Games announced today that Suda51's Japan-only PS2 game, Flower, Sun and Rain, is being localized and ported to DS in Europe this fall. The game is a mystery title written and directed entirely by Goichi Suda, known to most as Suda51 for his work on titles such as Killer7 and No More Heroes.

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July 29, 2008

Mr. Bean Touches DS Screens Everywhere DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 8:26 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Blast Entertainment announces the release of the DS game starring the popular British character. Also, a Wii version is slated for release before the year is out.

Blast Entertainment and Mastertronic Group announced last week that their new game for the Nintendo DS, Mr. Bean, is on store shelves. Based on the long-running British comedy TV series, the DS game brings 12 levels of puzzles and traps in a 3D environment. The game also allows players to dress Mr.... Read more...

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars to Feature Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection DS

by James Jones - 6:27 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Rockstar Games

The blue circle never lies.

When Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars was announced by Nintendo at their E3 2008 press conference, it seemed pretty out of place with the fare they were offering up that morning. Since the simple announcement of the game's existence – the first iteration of the series on the DS – few new details have been offered about Chinatown Wars.

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Ankh: Curse of the Scarab King DS Bound

by Nick DiMola - 3:42 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

The next iteration of the popular PC action RPG series will be available on Nintendo's handheld in September.

Last week XIDER Games announced their intentions to release the next Ankh title, Curse of the Scarab King, on the DS. The game will focus on the young Assil, an adventurer trying to save himself from a Mummy's deadly curse while traveling through ancient Egypt.

Players will be able to enjoy the... Read more...

Nintendo and Others Take R4 Distributors to Court

by Nick DiMola - 3:15 pm PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Nintendo

Nintendo and 54 other game software companies take R4 distributors to court citing the Unfair Competition Prevention Law as their legal grounding.

Nintendo filed a lawsuit today with the Tokyo District Court against companies distributing the "R4 Revolution for DS." For those unfamiliar, the device allows gamers to play ROMs on their DS systems. After downloading illegal ROMs from the internet players need only to transfer them to a mini-SD card and insert it into the R4 DS game shell.

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Peggle Coming to DS Courtesy of Q Entertainment

by Nick DiMola - 2:52 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

The PC hit will be arriving on DS this winter for an MSRP of $29.99.

PopCap Games Inc. announced yesterday that one of their biggest titles, Peggle, is going to see a release on Nintendo's DS later this year. The DS version of Peggle will be developed by Q Entertaiment.

The game is said to be larger than any other Peggle game prior, including new unique puzzles... Read more...

Battalion Wars Developer Takes on a New Name

by Nick DiMola - 2:27 pm PDT
Total comments: 19 Source: Press Release

From this point forward, Kuju London will be known as Headstrong Games.

Today, one of the seven development studios under Kuju Entertainment has rebranded themselves as Headstrong Games. Kuju London, developers of Nintendo's Battalion Wars series, will be known as Headstrong Games from now on.

In the announcement of their new name, Headstrong revealed that they are working on a soon-to-be-announced title with Sega as well as a number of other projects.

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July 28, 2008

This Week's Virtual Console and WiiWare Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 3:07 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

WiiWare brings the Frat Party Games while Virtual Console has a TurboGrafx16 racing game and a Neo Geo fighting game.

WiiWare gets to see the fruits of controversy as Pong Toss: Frat Party Games is released and, after a week of Sega Genesis imports, Virtual Console returns with Chase H.Q. from the TurboGrafx16 and Art of Fighting 2 from the Neo Geo.

Pong Toss: Frat Party Games is a video game version of the... Read more...

Red Steel 2 to Leverage Wii MotionPlus Wii

by Nick DiMola - 5:36 am PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: GamesIndustry.biz

According to Alain Corre, executive director for Ubisoft, Red Steel 2 has been in development for "many months now, and this new device will help us be even more precise."

In an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, Alain Corre, executive director for Ubisoft, has revealed that Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus will be used to augment the first-person experience for Red Steel 2. A sequel to the launch day hit has been rumored to be in development for quite some time, but this is the first official proof that one is Wii bound.

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July 27, 2008

Japanese Weekly Software and Hardware Charts for July 14 – 20

by James Charlton - 12:06 am PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Media Create

Dragon Quest popular in Japan? Say it aint so!

The latest remake of the Dragon Quest series to hit the Nintendo DS went straight to the top spot this week, hardly surprising in a country which has a law against releasing "Dra-Que" games on a school day.

Wii Fit is showing no signs of slowing down during the hot summer months here in Japan and looks to be challenging Wii Sports for the biggest selling Wii game, not bad considering it costs almost twice as much.

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July 25, 2008

Konami Announces Time Hollow for DS DS

by Karlie Yeung - 12:38 am PDT
Total comments: 2

This brand new story-adventure game uses time travel for puzzle solving.

Konami have announced that a new franchise is in development for Nintendo DS. Time Hollow is an adventure game characterised by story development. The game takes players backwards through time to change events in the past in order to solve puzzles in the future. The deep storyline and integrated puzzles are its main features.

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July 24, 2008

Activision Announces Fall Lineup and Beyond Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:47 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

Metallica's upcoming CD to be downloadable on Guitar Hero World Tour. Also, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2: Fusion is officially announced.

Last week, Activision officially announced that Metallica's upcoming record "Death Magnetic" will be downloadable on the Wii version of Guitar Hero World Tour this fall.

Along with Guitar Hero World Tour, there will be three other Activision games hitting stores this fall for Wii and two hitting... Read more...

Reggie: Storage Issues a "Mainstream Problem" Wii

by Nick DiMola - 8:48 am PDT
Total comments: 32 Source: MTV Multiplayer

An interview with Stephen Totilo reveals that Reggie Fils-Aime sees the Wii’s limited storage as a problem for more than just the "geeks and otaku."

MTV's Multiplayer blog had a chance to speak with Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime about the problems caused by the limited storage capacity of the Wii, experienced by some gamers. Laurent Fischer of Nintendo of Europe made an unbecoming remark recently that only "geeks and otaku" are suffering this problem, minimizing the impact of the problem to a certain group.

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July 23, 2008

Cooking Mama 2: World Kitchen Due for European Release Wii

by Nick DiMola - 8:26 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Mama will be preparing meals all around the world by 2009.

505 Games announced that Cooking Mama 2: World Kitchen is coming to Wii in Europe sometime next year.

Players will be able to use the motion sensitive controls of the Wii Remote to cook up all of the featured new recipes in full 3D. Players will be able to chop, grate, slice, and fry a wide variety of dishes as well as partake in the new mini-games to liven up the gameplay during the preparation of meals.

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Goosebumps Resurrected on Wii and DS DS

by Nick DiMola - 1:58 pm PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: Press Release

The classic children's book series is receiving the digital treatment in the form of Goosebumps Horrorland, an adventure title.

Scholastic Interactive announced yesterday that under their new publishing label, Elastic, they are releasing Goosebumps Horrorland for Wii and DS.

Goosebumps Horrorland will be an adventure game set in a fright-themed amusement park filled with over thirty rides and a variety of attractions.... Read more...

Logitech Announces Wireless Keyboard for Wii

by Nick DiMola - 1:52 pm PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Press Release

The keyboard is designed for the Wii Internet Channel and the upcoming chat-oriented games, specifically Animal Crossing: City Folk.

Logitech have announced that they are currently producing a wireless keyboard for Wii. Unlike the Wii Remotes, the wireless keyboard won't connect with Bluetooth, but through wireless USB. The mini-receiver plugs into the Wii console and can be stored in the back of the keyboard when not in use.

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