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September 29, 2001

Julian Speaks! GC

by Billy Berghammer - 8:52 pm PDT

Factor 5 corrects our story about the number of missions and secret missions in Rogue Leader: Rogue Squadron 2. Well, we were on the right track at least...

Julian Eggebrecht sent us an e-mail today letting us know that what we were told yesterday by a Team Nintendo representative was incorrect. We apologize to Factor 5, the readers, and the people trapped in the missions that we didn't know about. We will not forget you.

According to Julian, there... Read more...

SSX Tricky to include GC-exclusive features GC

by Jonathan Metts - 7:54 pm PDT
Source: GameCube Promo Mini-CD

Who wants extra goodies?

According to Nintendo's GameCube promotional mini-CD (being handed out at Cube Clubs around the country), EA Big's SSX Tricky for GameCube will include exclusive characters and tracks over other versions.

Tricky is noticeably absent from the Cube Clubs themselves, but this is certainly great news for snowboarding fans wanting to tweak indies on their GameCube.

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Cube Club Game List w/ Versions GC

by Jonathan Metts - 5:12 pm PDT

Check out which games you can get your hands on at the Nintendo Cube Clubs, and how new these versions are.

Short and sweet, because I'm about to head back to Atlanta for more! Update: Pikmin version confirmed. Also note that Eternal Darkness will not be on display during the "family friendly" hours.

Star Fox Adventures - SpaceWorld burn w/ Arwing mission and optimized graphics

Wave Race Blue Storm - Appears to be a final version, translated to English

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How big is Rogue Leader? Updated! GC

by Billy Berghammer - 4:39 pm PDT
Source: Team Nintendo

How big is Rogue Leader? Want to know how many missions total will be included in the game? How about secrets? PGC's got the goods.

At the Cube Clubs yesterday, we recieved confirmation on how many total missions will be available in Rogue Leader, as well as the secret levels. You ready?

There will be TEN regular missions, and TWO additional secret levels. What the secrets are, we still don't know.

Update: Just a small... Read more...

Rogue Leader secret revealed! GC

by Billy Berghammer - 2:17 pm PDT
Source: Team Nintendo

Hot off the heals of announcing how many levels and secret levels are available, PGC reveals an infamous character you'll be able to play as.

DARTH VADER is a playable character. You heard it here first my friends. This feature was alluded to in the LucasArts/Factor 5 official chat several weeks ago, but we can now confirm it for sure. No details yet, but he is probably part of a secret bonus mission (which would be unlocked via medals). Never under estimate the power of the Dark Side. Word.

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The Cube Club Interview! GC

by Billy Berghammer - 2:05 pm PDT

Jonathan Metts met up with Team Nintendo representative Kelly Powell for an inside look at Cube Clubs and what he thought about GameCube...

SEXIEST MAN ALIVE J0000000NY METTZ!!!1111

Way to go Jonny! Now that we got that wrestling introduction out of the way, you want to hear this interview right? We have it all mp3-ed for you. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and click here. It's a 5.94 meg MP3. It's a little distorted, but it's worth a listen!

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First Tony Hawk Movie ONLINE! GC

by Billy Berghammer - 12:39 pm PDT

That's right kids! Tony Hawk 3 in motion. You know you want to click here...so CLICK HERE!

Right off the CD and in your hands, we've got footage from Tony Hawk Pro Skater 3 for GameCube!

Get ready to drool. Click here for the Tony Hawk movie. It's an 8.42 meg Quicktime file. Enjoy!

Special thanks to Yorrike from Hardcore Gamers for the bandwith!

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September 28, 2001

Jonathan checks in from Cube Club Atlanta! GC

by Billy Berghammer - 5:43 pm PDT

The first Cube Club to open due to geography, Jonathan is there...check the first report online!

Jonathan just left me a message on the voice mail letting me know of all that was going on at the Atlanta Cube Club. First off he said that even though there was a 90 minute wait to get in for the public (so get there EARLY!), it was very spacious inside the venue. Easier to relax, and just play... Read more...

Nintendo GameCube website updated! GC

by Mike Sklens - 1:35 pm PDT
Source: http://www.nintendogamecube.com

The Official GameCube site has been updated with more goodies.

Nintendo has been updating their official GameCube site quite often. Each week it has more goodies to give out. First it was a controller rumble game with Luigi's Mansion wallpaper. Then it was collect the GODs (GameCube Optical Discs) and get some WaveRace wallpaper. Now it's the "Grab the Cube by the handle" game with some Pikmin wallpaper. Check it out. If you've missed the previous games and wallpapers you can always check the archives.

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What About Spongebob? GBA

by Max Lake - 7:05 am PDT
Source: Fat Babies

Spongebob Squarepants is quite possibly the most popular animated show in the USA. It’s also going to be a GBA game, yada yada yada… But what’s all the fuss about?

Several months ago, THQ announced several Nickelodeon licensed GBA games, such as Rugrats, Rocket Power and one other: Spongebob Squarepants. I had never heard of the show and in reporting the story, made some goofy remark about not being interested in playing any game involving a sponge in “squarepants.”

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GameCube evolves GC

by Mike Sklens - 6:34 am PDT
Source: Gaming Age

Ubi Soft has announced it will be publishing the next game in the RPG series Evolution for the GameCube.

Ubi Soft has signed a deal to publish the next game in the Evolution series, Evolution Worlds, for the Nintendo GameCube. It is being developed by Sting and ESP. The game will be released worldwide in the first half of 2002, except in Japan, China, Korea, and Taiwan. Evolution first appeared on the... Read more...

Hey New Zealand! Wanna Play GameCube?

by Max Lake - 3:07 am PDT
Source: http://www.gameplanet.co.nz/

Well, even if you’re in NZ you’ll have to live close to a certain shop in Auckland… But if you do, there's a NGC demo going on this weekend! Here's the details!

“Planet GameCube” has taken on a new meaning for us, as we are in constant contact with Nintendophiles around the globe. This includes parts of the world that won’t see the GameCube released until 2002. Thanks to reader Euan McKee, we’ve learned that a shop in Auckland, New Zealand will be previewing GameCube this Saturday.

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September 27, 2001

We killed Miss Cleo?!

by Billy Berghammer - 10:32 pm PDT

Yeah, she ate too many babies. Special thanks to VideoGameAdvantage.com for signing on board to advertise! So what kind of stuff do they have to offer?

We here are particular about who we allow to advertise on Planet GameCube. Sure, we could have been running ads for Mod Chips, or Porn Sites, but not that’s not really ethical. Seriously though, I've spoken with the owner of VideoGameAdvantage.com and I think his services are a very good deal.... Read more...

Sony: No PS2 Price Drop for 2001

by Max Lake - 5:15 pm PDT
Source: MSNBC

Although Sony’s Playstation 2 recently received a price drop in Japan in Europe, it won’t be happening this year in North America. Find out why.

Sony has just announced that this coming Friday, the Playstation 2 will receive a price cut in Europe. In Japan, the console received a price drop last June. With both Microsoft and Nintendo releasing competing video game systems this November, one would think Sony would be planning a price drop for the North American market too.

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Rugrats Castle Capers ships! GBA

by Max Lake - 4:53 pm PDT
Source: THQ

THQ’s first Rugrats GBA title is on its way to stores.

Lady Sia isn’t the only game shipping today. THQ is also shipping one of its many Nickelodeon licensed games, Rugrats Castle Capers. THQ has released many Rugrats games across platforms but this is the first one for Game Boy Advance. To gander at some screens, check out its game profile. Here’s the press release!

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NCL is looking for Players…

by Max Lake - 4:20 pm PDT
Source: Core Magazine

Calling all PGC readers in Japan! Nintendo Co Ltd. is recruiting play testers for GameCube!

Thanks to Core, we’ve learned that Nintendo has begun recruiting gamers in Japan to test their upcoming GameCube titles. Accepted applicants will work out of Nintendo's research center in Kyoto for a period of six months.

Therein, players will be expected to work weekdays from 10 a.m. to... Read more...

Lady Sia ships! GBA

by Max Lake - 3:00 pm PDT
Source: TDK Mediactive

Lady Sia’s first adventure is en route to stores. Join Sia on her quest to liberate her world from evil beastmen on your GBA! (Sasquatch power included!)

Lady Sia is a warrior princess who can power up and become a Sasquatch when things get tough. She’s also the title-character of TDK Mediactive and RFX’s gorgeous GBA game, which has just been shipped to stores. Be sure to check out our preview and some of the screenshots, found within the game’s profile. Here’s the full press release:

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Yu Gi Oh Cartoon starts Saturday!

by Max Lake - 2:35 pm PDT
Source: http://www.kidswb.com

The anime/game series that is more popular than Pokemon in Japan is coming to a boob-tube near you this Saturday morning…

It’s a popular game series from Konami, with two GBA releases already under its belt & an anime that’s all the rage. If you caught this report, you’d know that it’s headed straight for North American airwaves. The show is called Yu Gi Oh: King of Games and it’s the animated version of Konami’s popular monster collection series, Yu Gi Oh. Now, it’s set to debut this Saturday morning on the KidsWB.

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Rogue Squadron II to use Dolby Pro Logic II GC

by Rick Powers - 1:56 pm PDT
Source: IGN Cube

Factor 5 drops the bomb in full 5.1 channel audio ...

According to IGN Cube, Factor 5 and LucasArts have announced that the previous hint about 5.1 channel sound was indeed referring to Factor 5 utilizing Dolby Pro Logic II encoding in Rogue Leader.

While many gamers won't be able to experience the new sound today (DPLII requires a new reciever... Read more...

Wrong Again Mainstream, Thanks for Playing... GC

by Justin Nation - 12:15 pm PDT
Source: Forbes.com

In a flabbergastingly innacurate and plain inept piece of written horse manure Forbes sticks a foot in its mouth... Better link now for hate mail!

While the mainstream press has often had a hard time covering the video game industry it doesn't ever seem to tire of trying. Now, once again, a "gifted" member of the press has managed to compile yet another proud steaming turd of analysis and confusion concerning Nintendo.

Desperately searching for a point in the midst of a muddled collection of facts and reasoning that defy logic we have a few gems to be found such as this:

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