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October 30, 2004

NOA Attacks Counterfeit Games in Malls

by Michael Cole - 9:45 pm PDT
Total comments: 25 Source: USA Today

Bootleg versions of classic NES games are banned from malls near Seattle. Investigation will continue.

In response to a lawsuit filed by Nintendo targeting the sale of counterfeit Nintendo products, judge John C. Coughenour has ordered a temporary ban and an immediate seizure of the infringing merchandise. A preliminary injunction hearing will begin November 4th. Meanwhile, all merchandise sold by the defendants will be delivered to NOA so that any kosher items may be returned.

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October 28, 2004

Baten Kaitos Goes Gold GC

by Jonathan Metts - 10:12 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Namco Press Release

Namco is almost ready to cap off the Year of GameCube RPGs.

YOUR EPIC JOURNEY AWAITS -- BATEN KAITOS GOES GOLD

Namco’s Novel RPG Battles Its Way Towards Retail Shelves

San Jose, Calif., (October 28, 2004) – Leading video games publisher and developer Namco Hometek Inc. announced today that the epic role-playing adventure Baten Kaitos: Eternal... Read more...

Ubisoft Developing Star Wars Ep. III for DS, GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 10:03 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Ubisoft Press Release

Following Apprentice of the Force for GBA, Ubisoft and LucasArts continue their partnership with Revenge of the Sith titles for all handheld systems.

UBISOFT AND LUCASARTS TO BRING STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH TO NEXT-GEN HANDHELD CONSOLES

Ubisoft and LucasArts Reinforce Their Partnership with George Lucas' Final Star Wars Installment

SAN FRANCISCO October 28, 2004

Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announced... Read more...

Smashing Drive GBA Footage GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 7:13 am PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Raylight Studios

This 3D engine must been seen to be believed.

When Italian developer Raylight Studios first showed us their BlueRoses 3D engine for Game Boy Advance, we were highly impressed but wanted to see it running on a real game and not just tech demos. The engine would go on to be used in Wing Commander Prophecy and Ozzy and Drix. Raylight granted us a peek at their next title with a lengthy gameplay video of their new game, Smashing Drive for GBA.

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Nintendo Launches Nintendo DS Ad feat. Wildboyz DS

by Jonathan Metts - 6:26 am PDT
Total comments: 18 Source: Nintendo of America

What do a lioness, an elephant, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, and Nintendo DS have in common? They all get touchy-feely in this new commercial.

In the newest Nintendo DS commercial, Steve-O nearly gets mauled by a lion while Chris Pontius frags away on Metroid Prime: Hunters while riding atop an elephant. Oh, Chris also says "ass". Welcome to the Nintendo DS hype train.

The commercial was directed by Jeff Tremaine and stars both Wildboyz... Read more...

October 27, 2004

Final Spyro Trailer GC

by Jonathan Metts - 6:58 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: VU Games

Spyro: A Hero's Tail is due out soon. Check out this movie to see what's in store.

With the impending release of Spyro: A Hero's Tail for GameCube, Vivendi Universal Games has released a trailer for the game. Be sure to also read our hands-on impressions of Spyro's newest adventure.

Spyro: A Hero's Tail Final Trailer (15MB, Quicktime Format)

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Three Nintendo DS Commercials DS

by Jonathan Metts - 6:43 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: NOA

Come and get 'em.

Nintendo DS commercials have started airing across North America, and we've got the first three teaser ads, direct from NOA. We know how much you love this stuff, so download away!

Rated T for Suggestive Themes

(just kidding)

"Touch" Teaser (4MB, Quicktime Format)

"Practice" Teaser (4MB, Quicktime Format)

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LotR: The Third Age Goes Gold GC

by Lasse Pallesen - 10:22 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: EA

EA's role-playing adaptation of the movies is almost ready for release.

Electronic Arts has announced that The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age has gone gold for all platforms and is due out November 2nd. There are versions for both GameCube and GBA.

The game puts you in the shoes of new characters in Middle Earth, following a path parallel to and sometimes intersecting... Read more...

October 26, 2004

Nintendo DS Japanese Shipment Numbers DS

by Daniel Bloodworth - 11:45 pm PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Nintendo

Nintendo has revealed the number of units they plan to ship to Japan at launch and by year-end.

Nintendo recently updated their Japanese DS product page with information regarding shipment figures for the launch period. There will be 300,000 systems available on December 2nd. New shipments will be made every week, adding up to over one million shipped in Japan by the end of December. NCL also revealed that an official pre-order initiative is set to begin November 3rd, about one month before launch.

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Nintendo DS Commercials Available for Viewing DS

by Daniel Bloodworth - 11:05 pm PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Nintendo

Nintendo has uploaded three US teaser spots and two new Japanese commercials.

As was revealed on Monday, Nintendo has finally kicked off their North American advertising blitz for the DS. Nintendo's consumer site was also recently updated with one of the tamer print ads as well as all three teasers currently on the air. Each of the teasers shows a static background with... Read more...

Nintendo Ships Classic NES Series 2

by Jonathan Metts - 3:04 pm PDT
Total comments: 18 Source: NOA

NES is back on the scene with Mario, Link, Samus, and Belmont going retro.

Nintendo of America has shipped the second series of Classic NES for Game Boy Advance. Each game is a direct port of the original version, except for a multiplayer feature in Dr. Mario. The games are sold individually for $19.99 each. The new lineup:

Dr. Mario®: A massive virus outbreak can... Read more...

It's Time for More Yu-Gi-Oh on GBA GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 1:23 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Konami Press Release

Destiny Board Traveler is traveling to store shelves.

KONAMI SHIPS TWO NEW YU-GI-OH!(tm) GAMES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - October 26, 2004 - Konami Digital Entertainment - America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced that Yu-Gi-Oh! (tm) Capsule Monster Coliseum (tm) for PlayStation®2 computer... Read more...

Donkey Kong: The New Urban Fashion

by Jonathan Metts - 5:33 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: NOA Press Release

Nintendo and Enyce have teamed up for a little cross-promotion.

Nintendo Struts Its Stuff with Enyce During Los Angeles Fashion Week;

Cutting-Edge Clothing Designer Showcases One-of-a-Kind

Nintendo Fashion

REDMOND, Wash.--Oct. 26, 2004--To celebrate the synergy between

two popular lifestyle brands, a runway model for hip-hop clothier

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October 25, 2004

WWE Has Dual Screens DS

by Michael Cole - 7:32 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: WWE Website

The official WWE website is sporting some interesting new aesthetics, and they involve two special letters of the alphabet.

Nintendo wasn’t kidding when they said they said variety was a big part of the DS ad campaign. PGC reader the_geek27 brought something interesting to PGC’s attention—WWE’s website is full of Nintendo DS references!

Upon visiting the WWE home page you will be welcomed with an Internet... Read more...

Nintendo Announces Mario Kart Bundle GC

by Jonathan Metts - 7:21 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Nintendo of America

If you buy a GameCube this holiday season, you get Mario Kart: Double Dash for free.

Nintendo has announced their big holiday bundle for this year, and it's quite a deal. For the standard price of $99.99 USD, you now get the GameCube system and Mario Kart: Double Dash for free. MKDD was Nintendo's premiere holiday release last year and has sold 1.6 million copies. The deal starts November 14th, just in time for the big Thanksgiving shopping spree.

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October 24, 2004

GBAccelerator Speeds Up Handheld Gaming GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 10:33 pm PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Ahead Games

An upcoming device actually makes your GBA run faster (or slower).

Ahead Games is developing a device they call the GBAccelerator, which basically overclocks your GBA and allows it to run much faster than normal. It can also slow down the system's performance. So why would you want to alter your GBA's processor speed? Well, since games literally run faster or... Read more...

Nintendo Tells Players 'Touching is Good' DS

by Mike Sklens - 1:33 pm PDT
Total comments: 23 Source: Reuters

Nintendo is getting down and dirty with their US ad campaign for the DS. Updated with the official press release.

Commercials for the DS have been running for weeks now in Japan, leaving many to wonder when exactly the media blitz is going to start stateside, especially considering the handheld will be available here almost two weeks before it will be in Japan.

Fear not, Nintendo's DS campaign will begin... Read more...

Play and Win Nintendo DS Today in Mexico City

by Jonathan Metts - 9:02 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: http://www.electronicgameshow.com/index_mexico.htm...

The EGS 2004 event, open to the public, runs though today.

If you live near Mexico City, you can play Nintendo DS today and even win the system for yourself. The Electronic Games Show (EGS) 2004 started Friday and ends today at the World Trade Center Mexico. The event is open to the public with admission around 80 pesos ($7 USD). Not only does Nintendo... Read more...

October 23, 2004

iQue Goes Online GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:05 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: http://www.lik-sang.com/news.php?artc=3498

Chinese iQue owners can download new games onto their units via a PC connected to the internet.

Our import partners at Lik-Sang have revealed all the details on Nintendo's latest upgrade to their N64 game player device.

With the purchase of a special online-enabled flash card and the iQue USB connector cable, iQue owners will be able to download new games onto their flash memory cards used... Read more...

Kururin Squash Movies GC

by Jonathan Metts - 7:48 am PDT
Total comments: 1

If you're not sure what this game is about or whether you should consider importing it, these movies should help. Wacky alert!

Nintendo's Kururin Squash is the first 3D game in the Kururin series. These are some kind of action-puzzle game...it's a bit hard to describe, but these exclusive movies will tell you all you need to know. Be sure to read Ben's impressions for more information about the game, and keep watching for... Read more...

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