August 31, 2001
by Mike Sklens - 7:42 pm EDT
Fearless leader Billy B. checks in from Japan. Check out the full report on the state of GameCube ads in Japan.
Billy contacted me from a pay phone in Japan tonight, with some news that would be considered grim. From what he has seen, the GameCube is getting hardly any publicity in Japan. Except for Super Monkey Ball, which you apparently can't get away from. Billy and co had to literally search for a GameCube... Read more...
by Michael Cole - 3:26 pm EDT
The British news promotes GameCube with in-game footage and a interview of sorts!
It looks like the mainstream news in England is beginning to pick up on GameCube. A popular British news broadcast, "Breakfast News" just did a story on the videogame wars--mostly focusing on the 'Cube. Here's how reader "Radioheadrule" described it:
"The piece covered the console wars - this... Read more...
by Michael Cole - 3:11 pm EDT
Source: Nintendo of America
Nintendo has a new poll on what newly-announced game you are most excited about! Guess who's winning!
NOA's latest online poll asks gamers what just-unveiled GCN game they are most excited about. Now is your chance to voice your opinion!
"Which game announced at Spaceworld are you most excited about?"
The "new look" Zelda
Soul Calibur 2
Sonic Adventure 2
As... Read more...
August 30, 2001
by Mike Sklens - 5:22 pm EDT
There is a new, CG, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in production. This means new TMNT games! TURTLE POWER!
It seems now-a-days that lots of old shows get resurrected and turned into new movies. The next such movie will be a fully computer animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie produced by one of the best fight directors in the business, John Woo.
At the moment, it seems that at least 2 new TMNT... Read more...
by Jonathan Metts - 12:12 pm EDT
Source: Activision Press Release
The publisher of Spider-Man and X-Men games has just acquired two more Marvel licenses.
In a press release sent out today, Activision announced that it now has the rights to publish even more games based on Marvel franchises. Now the Fantastic Four and Iron Man, both in the works for feature films due in 2003/2004, will be hitting the PC and next-gen consoles.
While GameCube isn't... Read more...
August 29, 2001
by Billy Berghammer - 11:43 pm EDT
We've finally gotten to a computer with Internet access! Word!
Yes, yes. We know we haven't updated from Japan for a couple of days. We had to check out of our hotel room a couple days early, and we crashed with the Tendo Box fellahs. We'd like to thank them for allowing us some floor space, and their hospitality.
Most of everyone has returned to the... Read more...
by Rick Powers - 7:15 pm EDT
Thanks to one of our readers, we may have found new dates for some GameCube titles!
Props to James Coleman on this one ... Searching Buy.com's Games section reveals a list of pre-order GCN titles, including Wrestlemania 2002, Tetris Worlds, and both Batman titles!
While retailers are commonly the last to know when a game date slips, this may still be worth looking at.
We... Read more...
by Max Lake - 12:21 pm EDT
Source: The Japan Times Online
Steven Kent’s latest article takes a look at the popular RPG series and the endeavors of Enix in North America.
“We like Steven Kent so here's more of his work...” said the subject line of the email we got from reader “dfriedberg.” We’re big fans of Steven Kent too, so we’re happy to point you to his latest article, Americanizing the Dragon, found on the online version of the Japan Times. It focuses on Enix, makers of Dragon Quest, which remains one of the most popular RPG series in Japan.
by Rick Powers - 9:20 am EDT
The wait is over ... all major retailers should have some stock of Mario Kart Super Circuit for Game Boy Advance.
Why are you even reading this? Go get it!
Target stores have a great deal, selling the game for $25.88. All their shipments should be in, or coming today.
We'll have impressions up later today.
In the meantime, be sure to check out Nintendo's excellent (and newly opened) Mario Kart Super Circuit webpage for a sneak peek and all kinds of goodies!
by Zosha Arushan - 2:00 am EDT
Just to add a bit of humour (and perspective) into the whole cel-shaded Zelda debate...
For those of you with a sense of humour, you should take a look at this little page put up by #planetchat regular Bayou. While poking a bit of fun at the people who really don't like the change in Zelda's outlook it's a nice laugh from all the stomach churning debates.
August 28, 2001
by David Trammell - 7:10 pm EDT
Come read the transcript of the Lucas Art's chat event with Julian Eggebrecht and Brett Tosti of Factor 5!
This interview took place during a chat event at Lucas Arts' website. It began tonight at 8pm central, and lasted for exactly one hour. The questions were asked by mere mortals in the chatrooms, so many contain spelling errors, and some answers contain information that we already knew. However,... Read more...
by Mike Orlando - 11:28 am EDT
It's not Metal Gear Solid 2. It's not Silent Hill 2. It isn't Castlevania...
According to one of these rumored 'other Nintendo websites' (it's all a fairy tale, children. NEVER LEAVE US), Konami's first GameCube game will be revealed at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show, which will occur in October.
The game, an original 3D action adventure, is tentatively titled; RAVE: The Groove Adventure. Yes, you heard me right. John Travolta must be spinning in his grave.
by Rick Powers - 10:01 am EDT
An anonymous "large retail chain" employee give us the skinny on Nintendo's pre-order plans ... or lack thereof!
Coming in via anonymous e-mail, an employee for "the world's largest videogame retailer" (let's call them SQT) has given us a little insight into Nintendo's pre-order plans for GameCube.
According to our tipster, Nintendo is actively discouraging pre-orders for GameCube at all major retailers.... Read more...
by Rick Powers - 8:11 am EDT
If's you've got an extra $600 floating around, and need something to tide you over until GameCube ...
GameStop has opened X-Box pre-orders, and it ain't pretty. The Bronze Bundle will cost you a measly $599.91 (not including shipping!). What does that get you? An extra controller (making two), Halo, Oddworld, DOA 3, the DVD remote, and a memory card. Oddly enough, adding up the cost of all the... Read more...
by Zosha Arushan - 12:25 am EDT
Source: Namco Homepage.
While it was part of the Xbox conference, Nintendo fans get a bit of good news....
Well according to Namco's most recent press release Nintendo fans can look forward to the next incarnation of the famous racing series to their favourite upcoming console.
Namco officially announced its intention of bringing both Soul Calibur 2 as well as the upcoming "Ridge Racer Next" for all main consoles.
August 27, 2001
by Jonathan Metts - 4:04 pm EDT
See videos of the Kirby GC/GBA demo, plus interviews with NOA's Peter Main and Joe Siegel.
French gaming site JeuXpress has some great video footage from SpaceWorld, stuff we haven't seen elsewhere. The coolest things are an interview with Nintendo of America's Peter Main and another with Joe Siegel. Also, don't miss the sweet Kirby Tilt 'N Tumble 2 video in which Miyamoto demonstrates the interaction between GameCube and GBA. You also get to hear the master speak in his native tongue...definitely a treat!
August 25, 2001
by Zosha Arushan - 5:47 pm EDT
Source: Electric Playground.
Take a look at what Electric Playground has to say.
A little while back Electric Playground had posted a rumour saying that DQVIII was in development for the GC. Fast foward to Spaceworld and take a look at this:
As we reported earlier this year, Enix is seriously considering making its next Dragon Warrior title for the GameCube, but Microsoft... Read more...
by Jonathan Metts - 11:53 am EDT
Source: Brownie Brown
The Nintendo second-party developer behind Magical Vacation says it has a GameCube project in the works.
Thanks to an awesome tip from reader Richard Cudney, we now know that Japanese second-party Brownie Brown is working on GameCube. The company is formed from former SquareSoft employees who worked on the Seiken Densetsu (Secret of Mana) series. Their first GBA game, Magical Vacation, is due out near the end of the year in Japan and may also be released elsewhere.
by Billy Berghammer - 10:30 am EDT
It's amazing what happens when a game needs to be rebooted. Time to get a Widescreen TV!
While witnessing a reboot of Eternal Darkness today, we noticed that you could choose from two different options for playing the game....
Looks like ED is ready for Widescreen!
by Billy Berghammer - 9:36 am EDT
Or is it early morning. What does the land of the rising sun think of GameCube after it's first time with the system? What about the new look of Zelda and Mario? Read on! We need sleep!
Warning: This may be a total rant.
Alrighty...it's 1:41 am here in Makuhari. Everyone else is crashed out in our room and completely asleep. I wanted to drop a few notes on what the whole vibe is like here in Japan on GameCube.
I have one sentence for you.
It's looking like GameCube is going to be a big hit.