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February 27, 2004

Planet Prize Trivia Tonight at 9p CT!

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:57 am EST
Total comments: 1

If you win tonight, you can score yourself some new threads! Get the details inside, as well as important information about our new chatroom home.

It's time for another thrilling edition of Planet Trivia, where you, the Nintendo enthusiast, will try to answer thirty questions about the stuff you know best: Nintendo games. This week we've secured a nice reward that will be going to tonight's lucky winner:

1080 Avalanche long-sleeve tee with matching beanie (Back of shirt)


February 26, 2004

Konami Flashes a New MGS: TTS Website GC

by Ed Shih - 10:29 pm EST
Total comments: 5 Source: http://www.konami.com/twinsnakes/official/flash/in...

Konami's new Flash based website offers some basic background info on the Metal Gear universe to help you gear up for Solid Snake's GameCube debut.

Konami of America has launched a new flash based website for Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. For those who haven't played the original or who haven't been keeping up with the latest previews, you can check out the site for a brief description of the game, a quick history of the Metal Gear universe up until the events of The Twin Snakes, character profiles, and download the game's previously released trailer movies.


XLink Kai Tunneling Software Nears Public Launch GC

by Michael Cole - 10:00 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Team XLink

Team XLink prepares to transfer users to the next iteration of its tunneling software, which includes GameCube support.

Warp Pipe isn’t the only GameCube tunneling software reinventing itself. As you may remember from our exclusive interview back in November, Europe-based Team XLink is providing its own GameCube (and Xbox) tunneling software, named XLink Messenger, which will let GameCube owners play LAN-enabled games online.


Game Developer's Choice Award Nominees Announced

by Ed Shih - 6:23 pm EST
Total comments: 8 Source: IGDA Press Release

'Tis the season for awards. This time it's the game developers recognizing their peers.

The International Game Developers Association has announced the nominees for the 2004 Game Developers Choice Awards. The awards ceremony will take place in San Jose on March 24th as part of the Game Developers Conference.

GameCube exclusives Viewtiful Joe and The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker... Read more...

2004 BAFTA Games Awards Winners Announced

by Robert Graves - 9:00 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: BAFTA Press Release

All in all, not a bad night for Nintendo!

The British Academy of Film & Television Arts was established in 1946, and is the UK's leading organisation for honouring the very best in film, television, and interactive media.

With this in mind, on Wednesday February 25th the Academy held its first ever BAFTA Games Awards. Focusing purely on the games industry, it turned out to be a good night for both Nintendo and a handful of other related GameCube/GBA publishers.


February 25, 2004

Warp Pipe Getting Major Overhaul

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:20 pm EST
Total comments: 1 Source: GC Advanced

The Warp Pipe Project upgrades to something more like a warp whistle.

We all know about Nintendo's reluctance to offer a service for online games in the same way that Microsoft does with Xbox Live. We also know about the two tunnelling services for GameCube games, the upcoming XLink Kai client, and the Warp Pipe Project. The latter of the two is nearing a new release, and GC Advanced got first details of what we can expect.


New Mario Golf: Advance Tour Details GBA

by Mike Sklens - 4:48 pm EST
Total comments: 7 Source: Game Science

Get your game on wireless, plus tons of other tidbits.

The wait for Mario Golf: Advance Tour has been quite a long one, but it appears that the long wait will not have been in vain. New details released about the title have revealed that there is a lot of work going into the title.

The biggest announcement is that the game will come bundled with... Read more...

Austin Game Community Mourns Origin

by Jonathan Metts - 8:16 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: Austin Game Initiative

Organization of local gaming companies says Austin is still the #3 center of game development in the U.S.

Although EA's Origin studio was largely dismantled a couple of years ago, the giant publisher finally cleaned up the remnants yesterday, according to many online reports. The loss of a once prestigious developer might be seen as a blow to the Austin game development community, which is trying to... Read more...

February 23, 2004

Official Pandora Tomorrow Website Launches GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 4:50 pm EST
Total comments: 3 Source: http://www.splintercell.com/

View the website of Tommorrow... today!

Ubi Soft has updated its official Splinter Cell website to focus on the new game, the upcoming Spliter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow.

The site has plenty of movie trailers to showcase the single player and multiplayer modes, and also includes the original teaser site that this new site replaced.


UK Pokémon EON Ticket Event a Success GBA

by Steven Rodriguez - 2:56 pm EST
Total comments: 1 Source: Press Release

If you didn't get a chance to go, you can get the ticket from friend who did.


Fans of Pokémon didn't dare miss out on the exclusive EON ticket download events held on Saturday 21 February, at 30 Gamestation stores across the UK. The Pokémon phenomenon once again proved its popularity as fans jumped at the chance to get their hands on the EON ticket and with more than 110 million video games sold worldwide to date this continued fever comes as no surprise.


February 20, 2004

Student Fashions Bomb From Game Boy GBA

by Steven Rodriguez - 2:48 pm EST
Total comments: 23 Source: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropoli...

Why would anyone want to ruin a perfectly good Game Boy like that?

The Houston Chronicle is reporting that a high school student hollowed out a Game Boy, filled it with gunpowder, brought it to school, and then talked to his friends about it, which eventually led to the police picking up the story. The boy was taken into custody and the bomb was neutralized.


Acclaim Reports Losses

by Steven Rodriguez - 1:57 pm EST
Total comments: 6 Source: Acclaim

Even after the cuts and release restructuring, the former publishing giant is still in the red.

Like the majority of game publishers, Acclaim's fiscal year ends in March. The company recently released its fiscal year 2004 third quarter sales, which includes the important Christmas season, and the outlook is not good.

In the three months leading up to the holiday, Acclaim reported a net... Read more...

February 18, 2004

Final Fantasy Live Concert in the U.S.! GC

by Ty Shughart - 8:20 pm EST
Total comments: 4 Source: Square-Enix USA

Square fans in LA around E3 should click this at the speed of light.

Nobuo Uematsu's personal home page (now in English!) has information on a new live concert: "Dear Friends: Music from Final Fantasy."

Unprecedented for a video game franchise, only FINAL FANTASY's award-winning scores and series composer Nobuo Uematsu's highly respected, original compositions... Read more...

February 17, 2004

NOA Reveals Q2 Release Schedule GC

by Jonathan Metts - 1:01 pm EST
Total comments: 14 Source: Nintendo of America

Dates set for Custom Robo, Wario Ware for GameCube, and more. But where's Pikmin 2?

Though these dates have been displayed on the individual game pages for several days, Nintendo today officially added the following releases to its 2004 schedule. This is mainly significant because individual game dates are often based on retailer information and can change without notice, while NOA's official release schedule is based on their internal expecations of when the games will ship. Here are the new dates:


February 16, 2004

iQue Goes International GC

by Robert Graves - 8:14 am EST
Total comments: 7 Source: Lik-Sang.com

And gains "multi-player happiness"!

Picking up on an interview given by Dr. Wai Yen, Lik-Sang.com is reporting that the recently released iQue player is possibly set to see release outside of China.

Dr. Yen, former vice president of Silicon Graphics and ArtX, apparently refused to be drawn on further details, but it would make perfect sense for Nintendo to consider transferring the iQue player to other piracy-troubled territories such as Russia.


February 14, 2004

Happy Birthday, TYP! GC

by Jonathan Metts - 4:37 pm EST
Total comments: 9

Though he keeps getting older, he'll always be "Younger" to us.

We'd like to take a minute of your time to point out the birthday of one our fantastic staff members, Michael Cole. As "The Younger Plumber", Michael is our resident guru on all things Luigi, Mario, and Sonic. He's also the host of our Radio Trivia contest, every other Friday night.

From the entire PGC family, happy birthday!


Nintendo Celebrates 20 Million GBAs in U.S. GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 8:39 am EST
Source: Nintendo Press Release

The little juggernaut just keeps on rolling.


Nintendo's Game Boy Advance Hits 20 Million Milestone

February 13, 2004 - Selling an average of one Game Boy® Advance every second around the clock since its launch on June 11, 2001, Nintendo has hit a new record, selling 20 million Game Boy Advance systems in the United States. But just what does 20 million Game Boy Advance units mean?


February 13, 2004

First Info on Mega Man Zero 3

by Jonathan Metts - 2:06 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Planet MegaMan

Get the scoop on his new weapon.

According to Planet Mega Man (nice name, guys), the newest issue of Korokoro Comics in Japan has the first details and pictures of Mega Man Zero 3 (or Rockman Zero 3, as it will be named in Japan). There aren't many hard facts at this point, but we do know that Zero has a new weapon, the Recoil Rod.... Read more...

Iwata, Yamauchi Speak Out on Nintendo DS DS

by Jonathan Metts - 1:43 pm EST
Total comments: 17 Source: GameScience

The current and former presidents of NCL discuss the state of the GameCube and the importance of the Nintendo DS's success.

GameScience has translated another great Japanese article, this time from the Nikkei Shimbun newspaper. NCL president Satoru Iwata and retired president Hiroshi Yamauchi comment on GameCube sales, its successor, online features, and of course, Nintendo DS. A few excerpts:


- We have been able to provide proof positive that the GC is not a dying platform


Japanese Developers Discuss Nintendo DS DS

by Jonathan Metts - 12:51 pm EST
Total comments: 15 Source: Famitsu / GameScience

Quotes from Nagoshi, Naka, Super Takahashi Bros., and more.

GameScience has translated an article from Famitsu Weekly, in which Japanese game developers gave their initial feedback on the Nintendo DS. In a poll, 93% of developers said they have high hopes for the system, while about 60% of retailers and consumers had high hopes. (Note that Japanese developers have had development kits for the system since some time in 2003.)



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