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February 27, 2009

Dead Space to Support Wii MotionPlus? Not So Fast Wii

by Carmine Red - 7:13 pm PST
Total comments: 15 Source: GameCyte

It looks like EA's next entry in the Dead Space franchise won't use Wii MotionPlus after all. UPDATED!

UPDATE

News outlet IGN confirmed today that the apparent revelation of Dead Space Extraction using Wii MotionPlus was a misunderstanding. While COO John Pleasants mentioned Dead Space: Extraction while discussing the use of WiiMotion Plus, it will not use the new technology. It is still confirmed as a major gameplay element in the upcoming Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 and Grand Slam Tennis, however. (JL)

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Iwata Asks: DSi DS

by Francesca DiMola - 6:04 am PST
Total comments: 16 Source: Nintendo

Did you know that the DSi was originally supposed to have two DS game card slots?

Iwata Asks is back for another edition, and this time the Nintendo CEO interviewed the DSi development team about their thoughts, opinions, and the development of the latest DS redesign.

The DSi story begins with Masato Kuwahara, from Nintendo's Development Engineering Department. At the end... Read more...

February 26, 2009

THQ's Competition is Nintendo DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:53 pm PST
Total comments: 24 Source: Edge Online

According to CEO Brian Farrell, THQ wants "the people who buy Nintendo games…to buy things like de Blob," which has sold over 700,000 units so far.

THQ is very happy with de Blob's success on the Wii, but they aren't content with resting on their laurels. "The competition on the Wii right now is from Nintendo," said THQ CEO Brian Farrell at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco. "That's what we've got to attack."

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Nintendo Reveals Two New Titles and Upcoming Release Schedule DS

by Nick DiMola - 7:14 am PST
Total comments: 93 Source: Press Release

Nintendo's import-friendly Starfy series will make its North American debut, and a new addition to the Excite series will be coming to Wii very soon.

This morning, Nintendo revealed their upcoming release schedule for both their Wii and DS systems. Included in the schedule were the announcements of two new titles, one for either of their systems.

The Legendary Starfy, a localization of the fifth title in the Starfy series, puts players in... Read more...

Nintendo Unveils New Classic Controller, the Classic Pro Wii

by Carmine Red - 6:29 am PST
Total comments: 29 Source: Nintendo

Nintendo's Japanese website reveals a new form factor for the Classic controller that takes it even further in the traditional direction.

The classic controller has always been Nintendo's link to the past, a traditional input setup that's been supported in some Wii games, and necessary for many Virtual Console ones. Nintendo seems to believe that the controller's role is still an important one as their Japanese website has just revealed a new controller, the Classic Controller PRO.

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February 25, 2009

Game Releases and DLC for the Week Ending February 28

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:37 pm PST
Total comments: 7 Source: Amazon

This week has a mix of flavors: port, remake, sequel, and spiritual sequel. The rhythm game downloadable content ranges from Bob Seger to The Cars.

The final week of February 2009 had some decent releases despite the Wii selection being slim.

For Wii, there was Capcom's Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop and Disney's Disney Sing It: High School Musical 3 Senior Year. On DS the selection was a little more abundant and was flavored with several... Read more...

Lower Budgets Drew Marvelous to Wii

by Carmine Red - 5:25 pm PST
Total comments: 6 Source: Gamasutra

Marvelous' CEO is interested in the "the more hardcore platforms," but the company has embraced the Wii due to business realities.

In a recent interview, Marvelous CEO Yasuhiro Wada explained that his company's projects were very Wii-heavy because projects on the other consoles "require a lot of technical skills" and because his company didn't have "enough money" to pursue them.

Marvelous, a mid-sized Japanese publisher,... Read more...

Nyko Releases New Accessories for The Wand Wii

by Francesca DiMola - 5:10 pm PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Press Release

The new wired Kama with rumble and Pistol Grip Gun will take use of the Wand's patented Trans-Port technology.

Nyko announced last week that they plan on releasing two new accessories for the Wand, following its release during the second quarter of 2009. Both the Wired Kama with Rumble and Pistol Grip Gun will use The Wands patented Trans-Port technology which will digitally replicate the input commands of the A and B buttons.

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Resident Evil 5 Skipped Wii Due to Developer Ambitions

by Carmine Red - 3:19 pm PST
Total comments: 56 Source: Joystiq

The urge to push the sequel "as far as it could be pushed" kept the game off of Nintendo's console.

After two major success stories on the Wii, the Resident Evil franchise is skipping Nintendo's console for Resident Evil 5. According to Producer Jun Takeuchi, the reason why is that the team "really wanted to push the next part of the series as far as it could be pushed."

As part of an interview... Read more...

February 23, 2009

This Week's Virtual Console and WiiWare Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 5:51 pm PST
Total comments: 35 Source: Press Release

Hudson's WiiWare first-person shooter and three Commodore 64 games make up this week's games.

After last week's tease of Commodore 64 games coming to Virtual Console, it is now a reality. This week sees three Commodore 64 games: The Last Ninja, International Karate, and Pitstop II. For WiiWare, the lone game is Hudson's first-person shooter, Onslaught, which is the first of its kind on WiiWare.

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February 20, 2009

Punch-Out!! Rated Everyone 10+ Wii

by Francesca DiMola - 10:17 am PST
Total comments: 49 Source: ESRB

The latest Wii iteration of the series has already crossed the desk of the ESRB.

Earlier this week, the ESRB rated the upcoming Wii title, Punch-Out!! Everyone 10 and up due to Cartoon Violence and Comic Mischief. Punch-Out!! boasts a cast of colorful and outrageous characters. Cartoonish boxing scenes are presented in a comical manner where characters flex their pecs and burp... Read more...

Kentaro Hisai Discusses Spectrobes: Origins Wii

by Francesca DiMola - 10:05 am PST
Total comments: 2 Source: IGN

The popular DS series is headed to Wii, and producer Kentaro Hisai has revealed a number of new details through an IGN interview.

Disney's adventure series Spectrobes is being expanded with a new title, Spectrobes: Origins. In addition to being on Wii, it will be an "evolution of the series," according to producer Kentaro Hisai.

Spectrobes: Origins will continue the series' storyline from the second Spectrobes game, Beyond... Read more...

DSi Release Date Set for Australia DS

by Francesca DiMola - 10:03 am PST
Total comments: 15 Source: Press Release

The system will be available for purchase this April with an AU SRP of $299.95 and a NZ SRP of $375.

Nintendo of Australia officially confirmed yesterday that the DSi will release in Australia and New Zealand on April 2. Featuring 17 per cent larger screens than the original DS, upgraded speakers, SD memory card slot, and the ability to download original titles through the DSi Shop, the DSi offers... Read more...

February 19, 2009

Game Releases and DLC for the Week Ending February 21

by Neal Ronaghan - 10:12 pm PST
Total comments: 8

This week features, among others games, two DS titles that have never been released in America before. There is also a handful of Wings and Nirvana songs for rhythm game fans.

After a virtual storm of hot Wii releases in the first two weeks of February, Nintendo's system has cooled down slightly this week with Battle Rage, Puzzle Challenge & More, and Solitaire & Mahjong. However, the DS brings some big RPGs in Dragon Quest V and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, both of which are remakes of games that have never before been released on western shores.

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Nintendo Sets Date for European DSi Launch DS

by Greg Leahy - 9:04 pm PST
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

The new handheld will launch in Europe just before it arrives in North America, with pricing yet to be confirmed.

Nintendo of Europe has announced that the DSi, the latest revision to the hugely successful Nintendo DS line of handheld gaming platforms, will go on sale across Europe on April 3 – two days before it arrives in North America. The system will be available in black and white at launch, just as it was when the DSi made its global debut in Japan during November of last year.

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Smash Bros. Director Forms New Studio with Nintendo

by James Charlton - 8:53 pm PST
Total comments: 10 Source: Official Site (Japanese)

Sakurai and co. are making new games, and they won't be casual.

Revealed through a recent "Iwata Asks" interview, Masahiro Sakurai, best known for his work on the Smash Bros. series, has formed a new studio called Project Sora. The development studio will be a second-party subsidiary of Nintendo, which will own a 72% stake, and has actually been operating out of Tokyo since January this year.

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February 18, 2009

Wii Exclusive Dead Space Extraction Goes On Rails Wii

by Carmine Red - 10:01 pm PST
Total comments: 52 Source: Press Release

Unlike the original game, EA's prequel will present its unique style of space horror in a first-person perspective.

No one can accuse Electronic Arts of giving Wii gamers a shoddy port of their Dead Space franchise, because Dead Space Extraction is being built from the ground up exclusively for the Wii. And as an all new game, Dead Space Extraction will feature a new perspective on the franchise's space horror tenets: a first-person one.

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Nintendo Announces Official North American DSi Release Date DS

by Nick DiMola - 6:29 am PST
Total comments: 55 Source: Press Release

With a price point of $169.99, the DSi is launching alongside Rhythm Heaven sooner than anticipated.

This morning Nintendo announced the official release date of their upcoming DS revision, the DSi. The unit will be available in North American stores April 5 with a MSRP of $169.99. The system will launch in two colors, Matte Black, a color already available in Japan, and a brand new Matte Blue color unique to North America.

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February 17, 2009

First Images of American DSi Packaging Hits the Internet

by Carmine Red - 10:35 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: NeoGAF Forums

Could the next iteration of Nintendo's handheld be coming sooner than expected?

If you were hoping to be the first person on your block to get a Nintendo DSi, stay tuned. Pictures of what appear to be the legitimate DSi handheld, box, manual, and packaging have been posted on the NeoGAF forums.

These images suggest that America will be receiving black as a color... Read more...

February 16, 2009

This Week's Virtual Console and WiiWare Wii

by Nick DiMola - 7:20 pm PST
Total comments: 19 Source: Press Release

Point pilot Konki to the exits of twenty unique stages in the week's WiiWare title or blast your way through enemy forces in an NES Gradius spin-off.

This week's Virtual Console and WiiWare provides us with two titles, one for each of the services. Additionally, Nintendo hints at some interesting news that will be officially revealed next week. Analyzing the clues, it can be assessed that next week Nintendo will officially unveil news that Commodore 64 games will join the North American Virtual Console service.

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