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March 31, 2004

Paper Mario 2 on the Way GC

by Mike Sklens - 7:52 pm EST
Total comments: 40 Source: Game Informer Online

The plumber will return in another RPG adventure.

The latest issue of Famitsu Weekly has revealed that the popular Japanese gaming magazine will be unveiling the sequel to the Nintendo 64 title Paper Mario. The update to Mario Story (the Japanese title for Paper Mario) will be released some time later this year in Japan. It will feature the same... Read more...

Capcom Founds Clover Studio

by Michael Cole - 5:00 pm EST
Total comments: 4 Source: Famitsu

Capcom announces plans for a promising new development studio.

Much of Capcom’s talent will have a new home when a new Osaka-based development studio opens shop on July 1st. Capcom has invested 90 million yen into a new fully-owned subsidiary named Clover Studios.

Managerial roles will be filled by key Capcom personalities, most importantly Viewtiful... Read more...

March 29, 2004

EA, Sony, and Nintendo Sued by Former Boxer GC

by Michael Cole - 7:10 pm EST
Source: Reuters

Famous ex-boxer Alexis Arguello sues the publisher of Knockout Kings and associated companies for using his likeness without permission.

The latest in a series of legal battles in the gaming industry, boxing champion Alexis Arguello has filed a law suit against Electronic Arts over his unendorsed appearance in the Knockout Kings series. Also included in the suit are console manufacturers who licensed—and thereby benefited from—EA’s boxing series.


March 26, 2004

Edinburgh International Games Festival Dates

by Karlie Yeung - 11:11 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

EIFG04 will run from 8th – 22nd August 2004 with the first four sponsors announced as Nintendo, PlayStation 2, NVIDIA and Xbox.


EIGF04 dates confirmed: 8th – 22nd August 2004

Friday 26 March 2004/... The EIGF04 (Edinburgh International Games Festival 2004) committee today announced the first four official sponsors for this year's festival. EIGF04, set to run from 8th – 22nd August, launches... Read more...

Game Stars Live Tickets Now On Sale

by Karlie Yeung - 11:07 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Tickets for the Game Stars Live consumer games show in London this September are now available.


Tickets go on sale for the UK’s biggest gaming event… ever!

Friday 26 March 2004/... Although the weather might hint otherwise, summer is not far off – and the nation's games-players, young and old alike, should already be making plans for how to... Read more...

March 25, 2004

Comcast to Merge Tech TV and G4 Networks

by Jonathan Metts - 5:37 pm EST
Total comments: 17 Source: Reuters/Yahoo News

The combined television network will focus on gaming and cater to a larger market.

Comcast today announced its purchase of Tech TV, home of "X-Play" as well as other technology-focused programming. Tech TV will be merged with Comcast's own G4 channel, which is geared specifically towards video gamers but has floundered with a smaller distribution network. The new, combined network... Read more...

Pikmin 2. Official website now open. GC

by Brendan Gallagher - 1:23 pm EST
Total comments: 2 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ngc/gpvj/index.html

Includes a revealing 1:44 minute trailer.

In preparation for the April 29th release date in Japan, Nintendo has now opened up the official Pimkin 2 website. Along with the website is a new trailer, showing off a lot of the environments, critters, and game modes. Please watch it.


Chunsoft's "Homeland" GameCube RPG Goes Online GC

by Mike Sklens - 10:21 am EST
Total comments: 17 Source: Game Science

Gentleman, start your modems.

According to Game Science Chunsoft recently announced that their upcoming GameCube RPG, Homeland, will have an online mode. The game will ship on two discs, one for offline play and the other for online play.

The online version of Homeland will be free to play. Instead of connecting to servers... Read more...

Game Developer's Honor the Best Games of 2003

by Ed Shih - 1:29 am EST
Total comments: 12

The Game Developers Choice award ceremony was held Wednesday night at the GDC. Who were the winners and who got snubbed?

Wednesday night at the GDC, the International Game Developer's Association hosted the 4th annual Game Developers Choice award ceremony. The awards serve as the ultimate in peer recognition, as it is the members of the game development community who acknowledge the very best of the past year's games.


March 24, 2004

The Wind Waker 2 Sails to E3 GC

by Ed Shih - 11:48 pm EST
Total comments: 29 Source: http://www.nintendo.com/gamedev?gameid=m-Game-0000...

At the GDC, Eiji Aonuma offered insights on recent developments in the Zelda series and teased the audience with a brief reference to the Wind Waker 2.

Wednesday afternoon at the Game Developer's Conference in San Jose, Nintendo's Eiji Aonuma delivered a lecture entitled "The Evolution of a Franchise: The Legend of Zelda" in which he presented a retrospecitve on the Zelda series, offered some ideas as to what makes a game "Zelda-esque", and shared some amusing insights on the development of recent Zelda games.


March 23, 2004

Game Tour Hits College Campuses

by Steven Rodriguez - 1:39 pm EST
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

Starting this week and leading up to E3, you can get your game on at a university near you.

Video Game Tour Invades College Campuses!


"2004 Spring College Tour" Features Top Unreleased Titles from Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Midway, U.S. Army, RockStar Games and Nokia

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - March 23, 2004 - Game Live Events,... Read more...

Four Swords Gets a Date GC

by Robert Graves - 7:25 am EST
Total comments: 11 Source: Nintendo Press Release

Split yourself up on June 7...


March 22, 2004 -- One hero just isn't enough to tackle the challenges found in The Legend of Zelda®: Four Swords Adventures™, coming June 7 exclusively for Nintendo GameCube™. So everyone's favorite champion, Link, uses the power of the Four Sword to split himself into four copies. The four Links must work together to save Princess Zelda™.


March 22, 2004

Kirby Delayed in Japan GBA

by Daniel Bloodworth - 7:54 pm EST
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo

A major bug has caused Nintendo to indefinitely delay the latest GBA Kirby game.

Previously planning to release Kirby Mirror (Hoshi no Kirby: Kagami no Daimeikyu) just this week, Nintendo announced on Friday that a critical bug has been found in the game, forcing them to delay it until the problem can be fixed. They apologize to everyone who was planning on picking up the game for Spring Break.


Bigger GameCube Memory Cards Might be on the Way

by Mike Sklens - 7:16 pm EST
Total comments: 37 Source: Game Informer Online

For those of you who need even more space for your game saves.

According to Game Informer, Nintendo is planning on releasing a new official memory card for the GameCube. This new card will weigh in at more four times the size of the Memory Card 251. This card will hold 1019 blocks of memory. Finally, enough room to save a ton of Madden data.

This new card...

Electronic Arts Funds New University Program

by Steven Rodriguez - 4:25 pm EST
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

If you're seriously thinking about becoming a game developer, you might want to give USC a call.


Funds Will Expand School’s Global Leadership in Computer Game Research and Education

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 22, 2004 — Electronic Arts announced today that it... Read more...

March 20, 2004

Zelda Bonus Disc Offer for Australians GC

by Ben Kosmina - 3:19 pm EST
Total comments: 22 Source: Nintendo Australia

Turns out that you don't have to purchase a GameCube to get the Zelda Collector's Edition disc after all.

Nintendo Australia has announced that existing GameCube owners will be able to get their own free copy of the Legend of Zelda Collector's Edition bonus disc. The offer closes on the 31st of May, 2004, and is as follows:

Current and New Members of the Nintendo website will be eligible to receive... Read more...

March 19, 2004

GameCube Price Drop and New Specs for Japan GC

by Jonathan Metts - 10:05 am EST
Total comments: 79 Source: Famitsu

Nintendo announces "new" prices for GameCube in Japan, as well as some minor changes to the hardware. UPDATE: New information from Nintendo of America.

According to an official release by Nintendo Co. Ltd. in Japan, as well as a report by Famitsu's website, there are some changes being made to the GameCube in Japan.

The system's price has been modified to now include tax. The actual price points are unchanged, but tax will no longer be added on top, so this is effectively a price cut of a few thousand yen. The change will be effective on March 22nd.


March 18, 2004

Pikmin 2 to Support the e-Card Reader? GCGBA

by Michael Cole - 10:51 am EST
Total comments: 11

Pikmin 2’s boxart may hint at a previously undisclosed feature…

A rather interesting logo can be seen on Pikmin 2’s Japanese boxart on the bottom right:

The logo resembles a GBA with an e-Reader attached to a GameCube. Nintendo has yet to comment on the game’s e-Reader support, but potential uses range from unlocking or uploading special items... Read more...

March 17, 2004

New Nintendo Details from Nintendo Dream DS

by Mike Sklens - 9:33 pm EST
Total comments: 12 Source: Game Science

Japanese gaming mag Game Science reveals some new Nintendo tidbits.

Game Science has updated their site with a translation of the latest new from the Japanese video game magazine, Nintendo Dream. The article reveals quite a bit about what's coming up in Nintendo's future. Here are a few of the interesting pieces of information; check out Game Science's article for more.


Happy Birthday, Jeff!

by Jonathan Metts - 6:07 pm EST
Total comments: 11

PGC staff member Jeff Shirley, a.k.a. Deguello, has entered the terrible twenties.

Jeff Shirley

US Release Date: 03/17/1984

JPN Release Date: TBA

Our long-time Staff Writer and Release Date guru, Jeff Shirley, is turning twenty years old today, though he'll always be just a bit younger than the Famicom. And nobody knows what "Deguello" means, after all these years. But that's okay, we still love him!



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