January 30, 2010

Video Weekend Round-Up 1: Glory of Heracles DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 3:16 pm PST
Total comments: 5

In our first weekly video feature, we look at the recently released DS RPG adventure, Glory of Heracles.

In this new feature, we will showcase some of the latest trailers and gameplay videos from upcoming and recent releases on the Wii and DS.

For our first entry we will showcase Nintendo's Glory of Heracles for the DS, an RPG drenched in Greek Mythology.

First is the game's launch trailer:


Hudson Lets Players Try Lost In Shadow Wii

by Jon Lindemann - 2:40 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: SiliconEra

A flash game lets players experience the title's gameplay ahead of time.

In an interesting alternative to a playable demo, Hudson Soft has created a flash game that mimics the gameplay of their upcoming Wii game Lost In Shadow. The game can be accessed from the "Trial" link on the title's official Japanese website.

Lost In Shadow (known as Tower of Shadow in Japan)... Read more...

Rondo of Blood Coming to VC as Import Title Wii

by Jon Lindemann - 2:31 pm PST
Total comments: 13 Source: SiliconEra

Konami's classic looks to be available soon, but only in Japanese.

SiliconEra recently talked to Konami regarding Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, which showed up on the ESRB's game rating list earlier this week.

A representative confirmed to the website that the game is coming to the North American Virtual Console "shortly" as an import selection, and like other import titles it will not be translated into English.


Iwata Not Impressed by iPad, 3D Gaming

by Jon Lindemann - 12:22 pm PST
Total comments: 29 Source: Associated Press

Nintendo President also calls Steve Jobs a turtleneck-wearing sissy. OK, we made that up.

At a recent event at a Tokyo Hotel, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata expressed his skepticism of Apple's iPad, 3D gaming, and the importance of high-definition capabilities for game consoles.

The iPad, revealed last Wednesday by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, was dismissed by Iwata as "a bigger iPod Touch". He stated his feelings quite bluntly: "There were no surprises for me."


Nintendo Profits, Sales Down for Q3 2009

by Jon Lindemann - 11:35 am PST
Total comments: 37 Source: Nintendo, Gamasutra

Third-quarter earnings report shows robust sales, but a decline in profits.

Nintendo recently released their financial results for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2009, and along with revealing lifetime sales data for some of their key titles, also detailed a drop in profits year-on-year.

In a statement addressing their financial results for the three quarters... Read more...

January 29, 2010

New Super Mario Bros. Wii Reclaims Sales Throne in Japan Wii

by Matthew Blundon - 1:31 pm PST
Total comments: 1 Source: NeoGAF

Nintendo's plumber is back on top.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii is a monster. Not only is the game the fastest-selling Wii title in Japan, but it’s managed to keep quite a few high-profile games off the top spot of the sales charts. Through the eight weeks that it’s been available, it has reigned supreme on five different occasions, preventing some big-name games like The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks and Tomodachi Collection from reaching the summit.


Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker 2 Announced DS

by Matthew Blundon - 1:12 pm PST
Total comments: 2 Source: SiliconEra

Square Enix brings another installment of the Dragon Quest spin-off series to the DS.

It’s undeniable that Square Enix has struck a gold mine on the Nintendo DS with the Dragon Quest series in Japan. Remakes of both Dragon Quest IV and V and Dragon Quest Monsters Joker have both managed to cross the million sales mark in the region, along with the four-times platinum Dragon Quest XI.


Nintendo Reveals Japanese Wii Release Schedule Wii

by Matthew Blundon - 8:54 am PST
Total comments: 35 Source: Andriasang

Upcoming slate of games includes an unannounced title, as well as a release window for a highly-anticipated one.

As part of its recent financial report, Nintendo has provided its upcoming Japanese release schedule. The Wii games listed are:

The Legend of Zelda (Wii, TBA)

Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii, 2010)

Metroid Other M (Wii, Summer 2010)

Xenoblade (Wii, Spring 2010)

The Last Story (Wii, 2010)


Two New Wii RPGs Revealed Wii

by Andy Goergen - 8:36 am PST
Total comments: 55 Source: Joystiq

The Last Story and Xenoblade are set for 2010 releases in Japan.

Nintendo has launched websites for two new RPGs in Japan: The Last Story and Xenoblade.

The Last Story, which is being co-developed by Nintendo and Mistwalker, is an attempt at a "new form of RPG" according to a translation provided by Andriasang. The official site does not give a firm release date, only saying the game will release in 2010. A developer blog will start up in March.


Mega Man Zero Collection Due in Summer 2010 DS

by Andy Goergen - 8:28 am PST
Total comments: 1 Source: SiliconEra

The Blue Bomber's red sidekick gets his moment in the hot summer sun.

Yesterday Capcom revealed that Mega Man Zero Collection for Nintendo DS will be available in North America this summer.

The collection, which releases in Japan on April 22, includes all four Mega Man Zero games on a single DS cart. The games were originally released for Game Boy Advance between... Read more...

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