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December 25, 2003

Happy Holidays from PGC!

by Jonathan Metts - 6:51 am PST
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Well wishes from our director.

I would like to wish everyone the best on this Christmas Day. This message is a bit late if you've been celebrating Hannukah or Kwanzaa, but I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday no matter what occasion you are enjoying this time of year.

Although Planet GameCube does not take a break... Read more...

December 24, 2003

Pokéspecial for Poképreorder GC

by Michael Cole - 10:53 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo.com

Preorder Pokémon Colosseum and get a special bonus disc!

Nintendo fans who preorder Pokémon Colosseum between February 9th and the game’s release on March 22nd will receive a bonus disc full of Pokémon goodies.

Besides giving players a preview of the GameCube game, the bonus disc will contain footage of the upcoming Pokémon movie, Pokémon: Jirachi... Read more...

December 21, 2003

iQue Doing Well in China GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 7:12 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://biztech.nikkeibp.co.jp/wcs/leaf/CID/onair/b...

Nintendo's odd little gaming device is selling well in some of China's major cities.

The iQue Player, Nintendo's crack at an anti-piratable gaming device in China, is selling well in the country that is known for producing pirated games. Major Eastern Chinese cities such as Shanghai and Guangzhou were the first to offer the product to consumers, and Nintendo wants to distribute the product further into China, eventually hoping to have the product available in "thousands of stores."

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December 18, 2003

Platinum & Onyx Dual Color GBA SP Announced GBA

by Michael Cole - 7:54 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

People like Silver. People like Black. Why not buy both?

DID YOU KNOW?

Nintendo Announces New, Limited-Edition, Two-Tone Game Boy Advance SP

December 18, 2003 - To celebrate the best year in the 14-year history of the Game Boy® video game system, Nintendo announces a new, limited-edition, two-tone version of the popular Game Boy® Advance SP.... Read more...

Konami to Make GBA Shaman King Game GBA

by Michael Cole - 3:56 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Konami

Konami takes another stab at licensed anime franchises.

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. Signs Agreement to Develop "Shaman King" Video Games

New Los Angeles-based Operation Continues to Build Repertoire of Licensed Content

LOS ANGELES, CA - December 18, 2003 - Leading Los Angeles-based videogame publisher, Konami Digital Entertainment,... Read more...

December 17, 2003

Panasonic Q Discontinued GC

by Michael Cole - 4:41 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Game Watch

Nintendo and Panasonic say good night to the Japan-only DVD-GC hybrid.

Those interested in importing a DVD/GAME Player Q should do so immediately. Panasonic recently announced that it will no longer produce its Q DVD/VCD player, also capable of playing Nintendo GameCube games. This move is likely due to the product’s slow sales, especially after the standard GameCube price drop.

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European Nintendo Releases for 2004

by Karlie Yeung - 6:57 am PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

Nintendo of Europe's release schedule for 2004.

Nintendo of Europe have published their expected release schedule for GameCube and Game Boy Advance next year. Notable titles include:

GameCube

20th February 2004 - James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing - Electronic Arts

26th February 2004 - Kirby Air Ride – Nintendo

11th March 2004 - Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles – Nintendo

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November Sales Figures GC

by Daniel Bloodworth - 6:50 am PST
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Huge numbers for Mario Kart and GameCube sales.

DID YOU KNOW?

November TRSTS Update

December 16, 2003 - In the race to be the best-selling video game this holiday, only one competitor can get the checkered flag. In November, that game was Mario Kart®: Double Dash!!™, exclusively for Nintendo GameCube™. According to NPDFunworld's... Read more...

December 16, 2003

Virtua Figher Cyber Generation Trailer GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 8:14 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://www.sega-am2.co.jp/vfcg/index.html

See what the next VF game is going to look like with this hefty download.

The screenshots that have been floating around for this game haven't really shown what the game is all about. However, Sega-AM2 has recently added a movie to the game's webpage, and after watching it, you'll have a better understanding of what to expect from VFCG.

The trailer serves as the story... Read more...

December 15, 2003

Five Rare Mega Man Games, One Cartridge GBA

by Ben Kosmina - 1:41 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Capcom

Ebay sellers begin sobbing due to loss of massive profit.

While searching through Capcom's American online store for information on the Mega Man Anniversary Collection for the GameCube, I stumbled across another Mega Man game -- one that has not yet been officially announced by Capcom, yet is on their store. The game, Mega Man Mania, is a Game Boy Advance... Read more...

December 11, 2003

Prize Radio Trivia Friday at 10:30 CT GBA

by Michael Cole - 4:52 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: specials.cfm?action=profile&id=135

You could win your very own copy of Fire Emblem with a brand new Flame GBA SP to play it on!

Last week Planet Trivia winner Rimmer won himself a Flame GBA SP and Intelligent System's hot new strategy game, Fire Emblem. You could win too--that is, if you know your Nintendo music!

TYP will play songs from five games released on Nintendo systems--all you have to do is name the game in a PM to TYP! We'll also have a bonus trivia question for each game, so don't let all that preperation for last week go to waste!

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Learn How to Get in the Game Industry

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:12 am PST
Total comments: 11 Source: Press Release

If you're in the San Francisco area, attend a free seminar on how to get your break.

HOW TO BREAK INTO VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY CONFERENCE, RESUME WORKSHOP AND JOB FAIR JANUARY 31, 2004

New San Francisco Event from The Game Initiative, Producers of the Austin Game Conference

AUSTIN, Texas, December 11, 2003 - The Game Initiative today announced a new conference designed for... Read more...

Sammy Wants Sega Concentrating on Arcades

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:06 am PST
Total comments: 6 Source: Bloomberg Japan

Sega won't stop making console games, but their new parent company wants them to do more of what they do best.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg Japan, Sammy president Hajime Satomi talked about how his company could help Sega become profitable once again.

It's no secret that Sega is and always has been very profitable in the arcade business, and has been hit or miss on the console side of things. Because of this, Sammy would like Sega to concentrate more on the coin-op side of their operations, hopefully making more money in the process.

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2003 China PC, Video and Online Game Market Study

by Robert Graves - 4:09 am PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Niko Partners Release

Massively multiplayer online titles are the way to crack the piracy problems, and unlock huge revenues in China according to the analysts.

VIDEO GAME REVENUES FOR MASSIVELY MULTIPLAYER ONLINE GAMES MARKET IN

CHINA TO GROW BY 64% THROUGH 2006

OFFICIAL INTRODUCTION OF GAME CONSOLES FACES TOUGHER BATTLE IN CHINA DUE

TO SEVERE PIRACY RATE

San Francisco, CA - Dec. 10, 2003 - A recent study on the interactive games market in China by Niko Partners and International Development Group shows that the massively multiplayer online games (MMOG) market in

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December 10, 2003

AOL Ladders To Reach GameCube

by Jonathan Metts - 9:21 am PST
Total comments: 6 Source: Reuters

Is this a hint of more online games in 2004?

According to a story by Reuters news agency, AOL's new online gaming "ladder" service will be serving GameCube users next year. The service is currently launching for the PS2 and is available free to AOL subscribers, or for about twenty bucks per month for everyone else.

AOL Ladders is based... Read more...

December 9, 2003

Mario Wax Figure Video

by Jonathan Metts - 11:25 pm PST
Total comments: 2 Source: Steven Rodriguez

See the unveiling take place in a short, free movie download.

Mario's very own wax figure was unveiled today at the Hollywood Wax Museum, and being the insane Nintendo geeks that we are, of course Planet GameCube was present at the event. Steven "WindyMan" Rodriguez was on hand to capture the ceremony in picture. You can see his digital photos in the event profile, but here's a brief video clip of the unveiling ceremony.

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December 8, 2003

Legend of Zelda: Four Swords PLUS! GC

by Ty Shughart - 6:05 pm PST
Total comments: 7 Source: GameSpot

Four Swords, Tetra's Trackers, and the new Shadow Battle are one GameCube game now!

Nintendo has revealed that Four Swords, Tetra's Trackers and the new Shadow Battle will be available as one GameCube game. There's new details on the gameplay, too. Each mode now has single-player versions!

Four Swords is renamed to Hyrule Adventure. The GBA can still be used to display the action, but players without GBAs can join in on on-screen windows, too. It has a storyline too, for single-player adventuring.

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Happy Birthday Dan!

by Jonathan Metts - 3:33 pm PST
Total comments: 8

He gets older and taller every year.

Though it's now two days late (for shame!), we at PGC wanted to wish a very Happy Birthday to Daniel Bloodworth. Dan is our Content Editor, in charge of editing all the articles you see posted on the site everyday. He does a ton of other stuff as well, everything from helping with PR to moderating... Read more...

December 6, 2003

Bug in Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire GBA

by Steven Rodriguez - 1:44 pm PST
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo Japan

It's only in the Japanese version so far, but a bug's a bug. UPDATE: North American copies will be affected too.

Japanese gamers who have had the GBA Pokémon games since their launch last year are just now starting to find a bug that is screwing with how the game works.

Apparently, the internal clocks in the cartridges are on the fritz, and they are affecting time-lapse and other time-sensitive events... Read more...

Sega Filled With Road Rage

by Steven Rodriguez - 1:26 pm PST
Total comments: 20 Source: Reuters

Sega thinks one of the Simpsons games is a bit too much like Crazy Taxi, and is suing.

Simpsons Road Rage is a product of developer Radical Games, and publishers Fox Interactive (now Vivendi) and Electronic Arts. Sega is taking all these parties to court for infringing on a patent that it holds for Crazy Taxi.

Sega says that the year-old Road Rage game was designed to "deliberately... Read more...

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