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May 29, 2003

Planet GameCube Server Upgrade

by Rick Powers - 4:19 pm EDT
Total comments: 11

We're going to have some downtime tonight, but when we come back, we'll be faster than ever!

If you can read this message, then you're on our new server. Everything appears to have gone smoothly, but there may be a few hiccups here and there as we check everything over. The Forums are up and running, so go to it!

We're fairly unexpectedly having to move our server tonight, but there's good news as a result. We'll be getting a fairly major server upgrade, basically doubling PGC's capacity.


Haven Returns

by Mike Sklens - 12:21 pm EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: GameSpot

The formerly canceled GameCube game is scheduled for release again, with a different publisher.

Xicat Interactive has picked up the rights to release the formerly canceled GameCube and Xbox versions of Haven: Call of the King. The game was originally developed for Midway by Traveler’s Tales for all three next-gen consoles, but ended up only releasing on PlayStation 2.

Haven is a 3rd person...

May 28, 2003

3DO Files for Bankruptcy GC

by Jonathan Metts - 8:49 pm EDT
Source: GameSpot

The company behind Army Men, High Heat Baseball, and the upcoming Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is going broke. Please, hold your applause until the end of the announcement.

According to GameSpot, The 3DO Company has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The infamous publisher has subsisted on sales of its mysteriously popular Army Men series for years, but it seems the well has run dry.

3DO is actively seeking a buyer, either for the entire company or any of its assets.... Read more...

Xicat Confirms Zanzarah: The Hidden Portal

by Lasse Pallesen - 8:00 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

The critically acclaimed fantasy adventure game is coming to GameCube in Q4 of 2003.


Xicat Delivers a Beautiful Fantasy World of Action, Adventure and Magic Complete with Fairies, Demons and More.

London, UK – 28th May, 2003, Xicat Interactive, Inc., the publisher... Read more...

May 27, 2003

Sonic Pinball, not Spinball

by Michael Cole - 8:05 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback!

Sega releases its new Sonic-themed pinball game on the Game Boy Advance.


New Pinball Game for GBA Offers Linked Multiplayer Action, Classic SEGA

Characters, Multiple Modes and More!

SAN FRANCISCO (May 27, 2003) - It's time to get the party started right!

SEGA(R) today announced Sonic(R)'s return to the Game Boy(R) Advance with


E3 Awards 2003 Nominees Announced

by Mike Sklens - 11:49 am EDT
Total comments: 27 Source: E3 Awards.com

Take a look at who will be competing for the annual E3 Awards!

The official E3 Awards nominees have been announced. Every year the ISDA holds awards for the many games presented at E3. This year there are a total of 15 categories to be won. Here they are.

Best of Show

Full Spectrum Warrior (Pandemic/THQ for Xbox)

Gran Turismo 4 (Polyphony Digital/Sony Computer Entertainment for PlayStation 2)


Sega in Partnership Talks Again

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:44 am EDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Reuters

This week's bidder is Electronic Arts. Why doesn't Sega just give up and get bought out already?

Well, this time it's not quite a straight buyout that EA is interested in. Instead, Sega is reportly looking for a "sales alliance" with the publishing giant, in hopes to boost sales of its North American games.

"We will consider forming a sales joint venture in the United States if necessary,"... Read more...

Sonic Heroes to Use Renderware GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:28 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

He's the fastest thing alive, so Sonic Team wants to use the gaming tools that can keep up with him.


RenderWare Used By SEGA's SONICTEAM in creation of "Sonic HeroesTM" for PlayStation®2, XboxTM and Nintendo GameCubeTM

May 27th, 2003 - Criterion Software®, the world's leading provider of game development solutions, announces that... Read more...

May 25, 2003

Done with your Demo Disc? That's what YOU thought! GC

by Rick Powers - 12:21 pm EDT
Total comments: 13

We've found a silly little secret on Nintendo's Preview Disc that adds just a bit more gameplay ...

Just when you think it's safe to put that Preview Disc away, those wacky guys at Sega manage to give you another reason to dust it off. (That is, if you've bothered putting it away instead of playing Viewtiful Joe!)

There is an extra playable "level" hidden in the Billy Hatcher demo, accessible... Read more...

May 24, 2003

The Cinematic Mario Brothers Go Digital

by Alex Sandell - 6:18 pm EDT
Total comments: 10

The Super Mario Bros. film makes its way onto DVD just in time for its tenth anniversary

On May 28th, 1993, Walt Disney-owned Buena Vista Pictures released a film loosely based on the Super Mario Bros. video games. With a then sizable 42 million dollar budget, the movie was created to be a tent-pole picture for the studios. Due to poor reviews from critics and bad word of mouth from fans upset that the film wasn't faithful to the Mario Bros. saga, the movie quickly left theaters -- earning less than half its budget.


Aonuma Confirms Wind Waker Sequel GC

by Jonathan Metts - 12:38 pm EDT
Total comments: 28 Source: C&VG

It's still early, but he plans to have it playable at E3 2004.

Computer & Videogames, a European gaming site, interviewed Zelda director Eiji Aonuma at last week's E3 Expo in Los Angeles. In the interview, Aonuma confirms that he is already working on a follow-up to The Wind Waker, much like Majora's Mask was a follow-up to Ocarina of Time.

Aonuma: I am...

May 22, 2003

Atari Paid How Much for Enter the Matrix? GC

by Rick Powers - 6:29 pm EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: The Smoking Gun

Get all the morbid details on exactly what the Wachowski Bros. (and Warner Bros.) are getting paid.

It's scary, the kinds of information that you can get on the Internet. "The Smoking Gun" website specializes in publishing information obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, and it has published documents relating to the impending divorce of Larry Wachowski. The documents have some interesting... Read more...

Nintendo Sales and Profits Fall Again

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:49 am EDT
Total comments: 16 Source: Yahoo/AP

The PS2 is still cutting into Nintendo's console business pretty sharply, while the GBA carries the company.

Nintendo's goal of 10 million GameCube systems sold through its fiscal year ending in March wasn't met, as today it was announced that 9.55 million systems have been shipped out.

As a result of this, Nintendo's total sales for its last fiscal year have taken a 9% hit, down to ¥504 billion ($4.3... Read more...

May 21, 2003

UbiSoft Announces Splinter Cell Sequel

by Rick Powers - 11:58 am EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: UbiSoft

Sam Fisher returns with new missions...and online multiplayer?

Ubi Soft Entertainment confirmed today the next Splinter Cell installment, Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow, will be released in Q1 2004.

This sequel is being developed as a multiplatform title and will bring back more of the single-player intrigue that made the original game a bestseller. With exciting new action scenes and a strong cinematic feel, the player will experience new and even more realistic surroundings.


Iwata Discusses Online Plans

by Jonathan Metts - 11:23 am EDT
Total comments: 33 Source: L.A. Times / Reuters

And it's not just the usual dismissal, either.

In a Los Angeles Times article supplied by Reuters, Nintendo Co. Ltd. president Satoru Iwata has offered a bit of insight into Nintendo's online plans.

The article focuses on whether consumers are willing to pay for online features, and how much they are willing to pay. Of course, this has been a major issue for Nintendo all along, as their main concern is how consumers will pay for and how Nintendo can profit from online games.


Game Boy Player in Europe GC

by Karlie Yeung - 7:37 am EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo of Europe

As previously announced, the Game Boy Player will be released in Europe on the 20th June and will also be bundled with the GameCube.


Play Game Boy Games on your TV!

Nintendo of Europe announces the release of the Game Boy Player, coming to Europe for the 20th June 2003. Game Boy, the most successful video game system ever, is about to get even bigger!

Over 1000 Nintendo...

May 20, 2003

Viewtiful Joe Delayed GC

by Mike Sklens - 11:55 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: GameSpot

Looks like Joe will be a little late getting out of his dressing room.

According to GameSpot, Capcom has announced that their stylish beat-em-up action title, Viewtiful Joe, is going to see a slight delay. The game's release date in Japan of June 16th has been pushed back a week and a half to June 26th. According to the game's producer, Atsushi Inaba, the game was delayed... Read more...

May 19, 2003

Triton Labs Announces Stealth Link GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 3:34 pm EDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Triton Labs Forums

The creators of the Afterburner have revealed their next big project.

With the release of the GBA SP, the Afterburner internal light has become somewhat obsolete. Triton Labs has dropped its price to only $25, but you still have to install it yourself or pay someone to do it for you.

We reported earlier this year that Triton Labs would be announcing new, non-light... Read more...

Famitsu Update

by Bakudan Yoshinoya - 12:26 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Famitsu Weekly

Check out the E3 coverage, reviews, and sales rankings from the newest issue of Famitsu Weekly.

The main feature of the latest issue of Famitsu is E3 coverage. There are plenty of screen shots of Mario Golf: Family Tour (Toadstool Tour outside of Japan), Star Fox, F-Zero GX, Mario Kart GC, Pikmin 2, and more.

Nintendo console game releases were minimal this month. Rune II (Lost Kingdoms... Read more...

May 16, 2003

Capcom Announces Mega Man Zero 4 for GBA

by Karlie Yeung - 5:12 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Capcom Press Release

Even more Megaman for your GBA as Zero 4 makes it to PAL territories.


- New Gameplay System and Intense Action Enhances Latest Entry in ‘Zero’ Series -

E3, LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2005— Capcom(C), a leading worldwide developer and publisher

of video games, today announced Megaman Zero 4 for the Game Boy® Advance video game



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