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September 30, 2002

Talking with an Old School 'Hip'-ster

by Ed Shih - 10:57 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Gamasutra.com

Gamasutra.com has an informative interview with Hip Tanaka, the man behind the music for many NES greats.

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Gamasutra.com recently posted an interview with Hirokazu 'Hip' Tanaka. For those who don't know, Tanaka currently heads Creatures Inc. (of Pokemon fame) and began his career in the video game industry with Nintendo composing music for classics like Metroid, Kid Icarus,... Read more...

UK Campaign for Cheaper Videogames

by Rick Powers - 4:49 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://www.fairplay-campaign.co.uk

If you think games cost too much, Fair Play wants you to stop buying games for the week 1st December to 8th December.

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Everyone cringes when it comes time to buy a new game. £40-£45 ($70US) is always hard to stomach, even for the well off. Video games have traditionally been viewed as a kid's hobby, so why have the prices skyrocketed past what most kids earn in allowance or odd jobs? The Fair Play campaign aims to fix that.


Lizard boy becomes famous

by Billy Berghammer - 8:39 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Fark.com

The kid pictured in our Lizard Lick story over the weekend has some serious hardcore fans.

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Yes, it's a slow news morning here on Planet GameCube, and we've uncovered an even more disturbing link dealing with the disturbing "Lizard boy" picture we posted this past weekend.

This is very disturbing...if you can't tell.

At the Yoshi / Clash of the Tongues event held this weekend in Lizard Lick, North Carolina, there was a child that got his picture taken while he was getting his tongue measured.


September 29, 2002

Castlevania CotM Remix GBA

by David Trammell - 7:38 pm EDT
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Like Castlevania music and electric guitars? You came to the right place.

As many of our readers may remember, around E3 PGC made many mentions of OverClocked.org because the beautiful remixes found therein were used throughout our E3 2002 DVD. Since then, I've been wanting to create some remixes of my own.

*cliché warning*

Fast-forward a few months and I've...

September 28, 2002

The Clash of the Tongues

by Billy Berghammer - 1:43 pm EDT

So who actually had the longest tongue? Possibly one of the most disturbing pictures you will see today...

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Tongue-Gifted Test Talents in Lick-Off Competition

Nintendo's Yoshi Finds Nation's Most Prolific Tongue-Slinger in Lizard


LIZARD LICK, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 28, 2002--Today,

hundreds of local residents of Lizard Lick vied for victory in the


September 27, 2002

Evolution Worlds GC

by Mike Sklens - 2:14 pm EDT
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Check it out, PGC's got the entire intro to Evolution Worlds for your viewing pleasure.

PGC just got a hold of some Evolution Worlds video and we've got a treat for you! Linked below is a movie of the complete intro sequence. The video shows the hero and his girl taking a gem from a tower, and then running for their lives when the tower starts to collapse. Then the tower turns into a huge ray-gun and shoots a giant laser into space.


Who's the best Licker? Yoshi knows! GBA

by Rick Powers - 9:21 am EDT
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Get ready for the most ambiguously obscene Nintendo promotion EVER.

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Lizard Lick, North Carolina is set to be the location of "Yoshi's Clash of the Tongues", where on September 28th, contestants will vie for the title of "Ultimate Licker." Other titles include the "Lengthiest Lick", "Most Imaginative Lick", and "Most Daring Lick".

We can't make this stuff up, folks.


Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 GC

by Billy Berghammer - 8:03 am EDT
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We've gotten our paws on Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2, and captured a few direct feed movies for you gear heads. What was that NWA said about the police?


We've uploaded a bunch of direct feed movies of the final version of Need For

Speed: Hot Pursuit 2.  Come see Billy drive terribly, wreck exotic cars,

piss off the police, and get busted! 

Don't forget to right click and save these files to your computer.

*Download the latest  Windows


September 26, 2002

New Matsushita Q Model in the Works GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:13 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: XenGamers

What!? Can the Q get any shinier?!?

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XenGamers is reporting that Matsushita is planning on adding a new feature to the already drool-a-riffic hybrid GameCube/DVD player, the Q. In addition to playing GameCube games and DVD movies (not to mention being downright sexy), this new model will have TiVo-like digital video recording capabilities. Yes, now you can finally watch TV and play videogames at the same time!


BAM! Ships Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever

by Jonathan Metts - 1:50 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: BAM! Press Release

The second Ecks vs. Sever first-person shooter for GBA is on its way to stores.

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Retail Availability Coincides With Debut Of Franchise Pictures' Feature Film

San Jose, Calif. (September 26, 2002) - BAM! Entertainment(tm) (Nasdaq: BFUN), a global publisher and... Read more...

Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance GBA

by David Trammell - 1:16 pm EDT
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Who said the GBC sound synth can't churn out some sweet tunes?

The games in the Castlevania series have always been known for their excellent and memorable tunes, and Harmony of Dissonance is no exception. While it's true that the game directs most of the GBA's available power towards graphics rather than music, the composer did an excellent job despite this. After all, some of the best music in video game history was done using the NES's inferior chips.


Madden = #1 Football title GC

by Billy Berghammer - 8:38 am EDT
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It's gotta be Melissa Starks....

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Boom!! EA SPORTS Madden NFL and NCAA Football Games Sack the Competition

Retail Data Shows Momentum for NBA Live, NASCAR Thunder and NHL Games from EA SPORTS

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--Sept. 25, 2002--Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS), the world's leading developer and... Read more...

Bubble Bobble never gets GBA

by Billy Berghammer - 8:19 am EDT

Bubble Bobble - Old and New gets picked up by Empire. It's getting out of Japan, and Bubble Bobble fans are going crazy!

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Empire signs games rights to 'Bubble Bobble - Old and New' for Game Boy Advance ("GBA")

Empire Interactive plc, a leading AIM listed computer games developer and publisher, today announced it had signed the publishing rights to the classic GBA title, 'Bubble Bobble - Old and New'.


September 25, 2002

MTV Wants You

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:39 pm EDT
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No, you don't get to meet the Osbournes, but you do get a chance to tell the world you're a gamer.

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True Life, MTV's documentary series, has a future episode entitled True Life: I'm a Gamer. The cable network is looking for a few good gamers... gamers like you, as a matter of fact. Here's what they're looking for:

Are you heavily involved in video games? Are you... Read more...

Miyamoto on Zelda GC

by Bakudan Yoshinoya - 8:33 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo Book Winter 2002

Click on to read what Miyamoto has to say about his latest work, The Legend of Zelda GC.

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Nintendo’s latest demo DVD in Japan features a clip of Miyamoto-san’s commentary on The Legend of Zelda (GC). PGC brings you the highlights translated below:

What is The Legend of Zelda?

The first game in the series was made about 15, 16 years ago. It takes


Activision Ships Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer GC

by Jonathan Metts - 8:16 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Activision Press Release

The newest Activision O2 extreme sports series has just launched in North America.

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The newest extreme sports game from Activision and developer Treyarch, Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer, is headed to retail shelves on GameCube, PS2, Xbox, and Game Boy Advance.

Kelly Slater's Pro Surfer gives gamers the chance to experience the surfer lifestyle with the... Read more...

Crave Reveals Whirl Tour Soundtrack GC

by Jonathan Metts - 2:29 pm EDT
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With a protagonist named "Wasa B.", you know the music will be...interesting.

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Music Lineup for Whirl TourT Announced


LOS ANGELES, CA - September 25, 2002 - Crave Entertainment and Vivendi

Universal Publishing today announced the lineup of musicians slated for

inclusion in Whirl Tour, their upcoming arcade platformer/trick sports game.


Planet GameCube makes USA Today!

by Billy Berghammer - 9:11 am EDT
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Round #2 with Steven Kent on the Rare issue....and look who gets quoted?!

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Steven Kent takes another stab at the Rare/MS buyout in his USA Today article, and Planet GameCube gets a mention. Take a look....

"Rare figured out ways to get the best (performance) out of each machine," says Nintendo senior vice president George Harrison. Nonetheless,... Read more...

Rare to continue GBA development!

by Billy Berghammer - 12:28 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: MSNBC

Rare may be gone from GameCube, but GBA isn't even close to dead. Steven Kent fans want to read this...

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Steven Kent interviewed Joel Hochberg,

the American Rare co-founder this week, and as we reported before, Rare isn't as gone as people may have thought.

Even though Rare will not be developing any more GameCube titles, Rare will continue to develop Game Boy Advance titles. Here's the goods...


September 24, 2002

Mario Sunshine is #2 Seller for August GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:42 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Yahoo/Reuters

Not bad, considering it was only out for 6 days that month.

Madden, Mario Dominate August U.S. Game Sales

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - John Madden and "Mario" -- both roly-poly, both beloved and both featured in blockbuster video games -- dominated game sales charts in August, according to data released on Tuesday.

"Madden NFL 2003," published by Electronic Arts Inc., was the top-selling video game in August, based on units sold, according to data released by market research service NPDFunworld.



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