August 30, 2010

Even More Metroid: Other M Videos Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka and Matt Walker - 11:25 pm PDT
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With the game's imminent release, we give you one more batch of clips.

Recently, Japan received a third 30-second commercial, full of story teasing and the re-emergence of the mysterious female scientist. Japan Correspondent Matt Walker has the translation for you.

Additionally, the English version of the action-heavy "Story Trailer" has been posted by Nintendo, with a quick look at the members of the Federation's 07th Platoon.


Sakamoto, Hayashi, and Kitaura Discuss Other M Wii

by Jon Lindemann - 8:48 pm PDT
Total comments: 10 Source: (Nintendo)

A new documentary has the game's directors talking about its development.

A recently-released mini-documentary entitled "Metroid: Other M - The Challenge of Project M" features three of the driving forces behind Metroid: Other M discussing its development.  Series creator Yoshio Sakamoto, D-Rockets' Director of Presentation Ryuzi Kitaura, and Team Ninja's Yosuke Hayashi detailed their participation in, and philosophy regarding, the Other M project.


Atlus Co., Ltd. Absorbed by Parent Company - UPDATED

by James Jones and Karlie Yeung - 12:56 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source:, (Game Watch JP)

The Shin Megami Tensei and Trauma Center developer will no longer operate as an independent developer/publisher.

Japanese developer and publisher Atlus Co., Ltd. has been dissolved by parent company Index Holdings, which originally acquired the company on October 30, 2007. The parent company will continue to release games under the Atlus brand, merged with their mobile subsidiary Index, and Atlus will no longer... Read more...

This Week in Nintendo Downloads DS

by Karlie Yeung - 12:54 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: (Nintendo)

It's a quiet week, with all titles fitting on one Nintendo Points card, should you choose to redeem it so.

This week brings us only one WiiWare and three DSiWare games, covering fewer subjects than the usual list of far and wide venues. We're only going to Elastic Land, space, notebooks, and keyboards this time.

If you're desperate for a new WiiWare title, your only option is Tales of Elastic Boy - Mission... Read more...

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Release Date Confirmed DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:25 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: (Nintendo)

Get ready for the third entry in the series when it hits this year.

Golden Sun: Dark Dawn is coming out on November 29, according to a recent press release from Nintendo.

This comes after the game's suspicious absence in Nintendo's fall release date press release.

The game takes place 30 years after the events of the first two Golden Sun games, and follows a... Read more...

DSi Prices to Drop in September DS

by Andy Goergen - 9:17 am PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: (Nintendo)

The two models of the DSi are set to take a price plunge in just a few weeks.

Nintendo has announced plans to drop the prices of the Nintendo DSi and Nintendo DSi XL systems on September 12. The DSi will fall from $169.99 to $149.99, and the DSi XL will fall from $189.99 to $169.99. The DS Lite will remain at an MSRP of $129.99.

This drop comes as Nintendo plans to unveil...

August 29, 2010

Disney Epic Mickey Collector's Edition Revealed Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:05 pm PDT
Total comments: 13 Source:

The $70 package includes the game, a figurine, a behind-the-scenes DVD, and more.

Disney Epic Mickey is getting the collector's edition treatment according to a recent listing by Toys R Us.

The package, retailing for $70, includes a copy of Disney Epic Mickey for Wii, a 5-inch Mickey figure, a DVD with behind-the-scenes footage and more, a stylized Wii Remote faceplate, and a pair of Wii console skins.


New WiiWare Title From Nintendo Wii

by Karlie Yeung - 3:07 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source:, (Nintendo)

The watery puzzle game will be revealed at PAX next week.

Nintendo's official website has been updated with a game page for Fluidity, a "water action" title for WiiWare.

The description says the game combines a realistic water physics engine with puzzle gameplay. Liquid water, ice, and clouds will be used for solving puzzles within chapters of an illustrated... Read more...

August 27, 2010

Win a Copy of PANG: Magical Michael DS

by James Jones - 5:03 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source:, (Rising Star Games)

Rising Star Games has announced a contest where they will give away copies of their upcoming Nintendo DS title.

European publisher Rising Star Games is giving away a copy each week, for the next five weeks, of PANG: Magical Michael for the Nintendo DS. To enter, all you need to do is watch the gameplay trailer on Rising Star Games' YouTube channel and send an email to identifying... Read more...

August 26, 2010

Art Academy a Surprising Success in Europe DS

by Matthew Blundon - 6:07 pm PDT
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Art Academy has gone beyond and above Nintendo's expectations.

Nintendo’s Art Academy has turned out to be quite a hit in Europe, with the game topping the DS charts for two consecutive weeks thus far. The game also sits at number six in the All Formats Top 40 in the UK, despite it seeing supply constraints.

Retailers such as Amazon Marketplace have raised...

Media Create Sales: August 16-22 Wii

by Matthew Blundon - 5:37 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source:, (Andriasang)

Sales plummet as Obon comes to an end.

Last week saw many games with large sales increases due to the mid-summer Obon holiday, but this week was quite the opposite. All of the games in this week’s top 20 had decreased sales, whether by a few hundred units or a couple of thousand. 

After ruling the roost last week due to an enormous... Read more...

August 25, 2010

MTV and Harmonix Reveal the Entire Rock Band 3 Song List Wii

by Karlie Yeung - 9:30 am PDT
Total comments: 27 Source: (MTV/Harmonix)

Get ready to rock.

After teasing gamers for months, MTV and Harmonix have finally unveiled the complete song list for their upcoming Rock Band 3.  There will be 83 songs in total, featuring acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Queen, Def Leppard, and INXS.

Rock Band 3 adds several innovations to the series, including... Read more...

August 24, 2010

Pokemon Black & White Breaks Sales Records

by Pedro Hernandez - 5:17 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source:, (Online Player EX)

The fifth generation of Pokemon is a big success in Japan, and it hasn't even been released yet.

According to Japanese gaming site Online Player EX, Pokemon Black and White has broken records for the fastest selling Pokemon title in Japan. While the games are yet to be released, pre-orders have already surpassed the 1,000,000 mark.Pokemon Black and White will be released in Japan on September 19.


Metroid: Other M to Use Dual-Layer Disc Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 4:57 am PDT
Total comments: 34 Source:, (Iwata Asks)

In addition, Team Ninja confirms that the game lacks Samus's Gravity Suit.

In a segment of Iwata Asks, members of Team Ninja stated that Metroid: Other M will come on a dual-layer DVD disc in order to hold the game's cutscenes and additional content. At times the cutscenes were shaved off in length by seconds to fit them all on the disc.

The development team also confirmed...

August 23, 2010

This Week in Nintendo Downloads Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 7:03 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: (Nintendo)

DSiWare dominates this week's update, which also features a Virtual Console game.

This week sees six new titles added to Nintendo's downloadable game services. WiiWare's lone title is Broken Rules' And Yet it Moves, which is also available on PC. The title is a physics-based platformer in which players must rotate the game's world in order to access new levels and entrances previously... Read more...

Plants vs. Zombies DS Version Announced DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 1:48 pm PDT
Total comments: 13 Source:

The popular tower defense title will get a DS port in 2011.

According to a Twitter post by PopCap's PR representative, Laurie Thorton, the company is working on a DS port of Plants vs. Zombies, a critically-acclaimed tower defense game in which players must strategically place several plants in order to fight off an army of zombies. The original title was released on the PC on May 5, 2009 via Steam and has since been brought to other platforms.


August 22, 2010

Iwata Asks: Wii Party Wii

by Andy Goergen, Pedro Hernandez, and Matt Walker - 7:17 pm PDT
Total comments: 18 Source: Iwata Asks

The Nintendo president discusses the challenges developing the latest game in the Wii series.

In the latest edition of "Iwata Asks", Nintendo President Satoru Iwata talked to the development team of Wii Party, the latest game in Nintendo's Wii series. The team is composed of Hiroshi Satou and Miyuki Hirose, both part of the Development Planning Division, Shuuichirou Nishitani, Nd Cube Engineering Development Division Manager, and Jun Ikeda, CEO of Nd Cube.


August 20, 2010

Metroid: Other M Video Deluge Wii

by Nathan Mustafa - 4:33 pm PDT
Total comments: 9 Source:, Nintendo

Make some popcorn; we've got a flood of Other M in-game footage for you.

On second thought, nix the popcorn and start watching these gameplay clips. While they reveal what are mostly familiar environments for the Metroid franchise, it is exciting to see them played out with Other M's flair.

Look forward to more videos and coverage as we approach the game's August 31 release date, and be sure to check out the newly-redesigned official website!


Buy Metroid: Other M and Get a Bonus Wii

by Nathan Mustafa - 1:33 pm PDT
Total comments: 41 Source:, (GameStop)

GameStop customers will enjoy a nice extra with their Other M.

Those who pre-order Metroid: Other M from GameStop will receive an exclusive 16 card art folio. This bonus will be available to both online and in-store purchasers.

As is to be expected, we have only a partial view of what one of these cards will look like. The image provided does not include a reference for how large the cards will be either, so whether these are the size of a postcard or a postage stamp is unknown.


August 19, 2010

Metroid: Other M Commercials Launch Worldwide Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 10:12 am PDT
Total comments: 14

Commercials show off both action and drama sides of Samus' latest adventure. UPDATED.

Two commercials for Metroid: Other M have been posted to the official Japanese Metroid website.  The first features several cutscenes relating to Samus' past, including scenes not shown until now.  Our Japan Correspondent, Matt Walker, has translated the first trailer, which you can watch below.

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