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May 31, 2004

King Arthur Trailer GC

by Jonathan Metts - 12:57 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Konami

Check out a nice little video of Konami's upcoming movie-licensed game.

The tale of King Arthur is based on fact...at least according to the upcoming movie and Konami's game adaptation, which will be released on GameCube as well as other platforms. The game looks to be very similar to EA's Lord of the Rings action games, as you can see in the trailer.

Left-click below to download.

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Boktai 2 Trailer GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 12:22 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Konami

See the huge E3 trailer for this light-sensing sequel, complete with a manga kid tutorial and loads of Engrish.

Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django was unfortunately not playable at E3 2004, but Konami has provided this monstrous (40 MB) trailer to satisfy your Boktai needs. The movie is structured as a tutorial, with a kid explaining how the game works to his friend. There's also plenty of gameplay footage, plus a few hints at the sequel's new features.

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May 30, 2004

Duel Masters Trailer GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 11:20 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Atari

See what this new card-battler for GBA is all about.

Atari has provided us with a trailer for their new GBA game, Duel Masters: Sempai Legends. The game is scheduled for release this week, and the publisher describes it as a virtual collectible trading card game, somewhere between Pokemon and Magic: The Gathering in terms of complexity.

Left-click the link below to download!

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Japanese Mario vs. Donkey Kong Commercial GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 9:24 am PDT
Total comments: 10

See it for yourself.

A couple of days ago, we showed you some photos from the set of the new Mario vs. Donkey Kong commercial in Japan. Now you can see just how crazy the ad turned out to be.

Left-click below to download!

Mario vs. Donkey Kong Japanese TV Commercial (2.5 MB, MPEG format)

Thanks to ChryZ at the GA Forums for finding this file, and to the anonymous Japanese person who originally uploaded it.

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May 29, 2004

Win a Trip to See Spider-Man 2 in London! GC

by Jonathan Metts - 10:02 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: UGO

Here's a cool contest for you Spidey fans.

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Spider-Man Gameplay Movies GC

by Jonathan Metts - 8:11 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Activision

Check out five new movies of Spidey swinging and battling around New York City.

We've got five short but high-quality Spider-Man 2 movies for you, free to download as always. The files are 4 to 5 MB each and in Quicktime format (sorry).

Just left-click on the links below to download the files.

Spidey's new combat moves

Riding a helicopter

Web-yanking bad guys all over the place

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GBA News Tidbits out of Japan GBA

by Mike Sklens - 3:41 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: The MagicBox

Say goodbye to the GBA. The SP now reigns supreme. Also, China gets GBA.

The Magicbox is reporting on a new announcement form Nintendo of Japan. The company has taken the old model of the Game Boy Advance out of mass production. The system isn't gone for good though. From now on they will only be produced on a per order basis. The Game Boy Advance SP will stay in mass production.

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Revolution Rumbling DS

by Michael Cole - 1:58 pm PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: Forbes.com

Nintendo remains mum on the system itself, but discusses funding and Nintendo DS numbers.

During Nintendo’s fincancial briefing on Thursday, Nintendo discussed its future plans—most notably Nintendo Revolution and Nintendo DS.

Repeating the company’s E3 statement that its next home system will provide a totally new gaming experience, Senior Managing Director Yoshiro Mori stated,... Read more...

May 28, 2004

Licensed Games are Commercially Challenged

by Chris Martino - 10:58 am PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: New York Times

Games based on movies show less than stellar sales.

It has become common that a video game will be released alongside a major motion picture. In addition to the usual critical malaise surrounding these games, an article from the New York Times reports that licensed games also sell poorly. The article mentions that of all the licensed games published last year, only Enter the Matrix reached the top 10 in NPD sales charts.

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On the Set for the Japanese Mario vs DK Commercial GBA

by Mike Sklens - 10:00 am PDT
Total comments: 16 Source: Game Watch

Now if only I could buy a Mini-Mario.

Nintendo seems to be going all out for the Japanese release of Mario vs. Donkey Kong. The Japanese website Game Watch was on site during the filming of the game's commercial. The promo, which stars three very good looking Japanese girls, takes place in the Mini-Mario toy factory. The girls, who are... Read more...

May 27, 2004

Nintendo Says New Console Probably at E3 2005

by Mike Sklens - 8:44 am PDT
Total comments: 23 Source: Reuters

Nintendo are the masters of stating the obvious.

According to news coming out of Japan, Nintendo held a briefing today in Osaka, Japan. The company spokesman said that Nintendo would like to debut their next home console system at the 2005 E3 show, which is being held next May from the 18th to the 20th. Earlier this month at the 2004 E3 expo Nintendo's... Read more...

Metroid GBA SP for Japan GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 8:38 am PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: NCL's Metroid Website

For hardcore Metroid fans in Japan, Nintendo has created yet another two-tone system color.

Nintendo Co. Ltd. in Japan is now offering yet another color option for GBA SP owners. This limited edition Samus Aran model is orange and red, with an insignia in the lower-right corner of the inner face. The new color theme is apparently available only as a casing swap through NCL's Club Nintendo service.

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May 26, 2004

Bad Games, Bad Reviews, Fewer Profits

by Steven Rodriguez - 7:04 pm PDT
Total comments: 26 Source: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr/columns/tech_...

Warner Bros. will start raising royalty fees for games that make a mockery of its properties.

Warner Bros. Interactive hopes that by charging game publishers higher royalty fees for not making good games based on WB intellectual properties, the traditional bad movie game and other similar licensed games can be avoided.

The WB will refer to popular game review websites (such as GameRankings)... Read more...

May 25, 2004

Official E3 Awards Nominees Announced

by Mike Sklens - 7:47 pm PDT
Total comments: 29 Source: The E3 Awards Website

Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a lock for "best conga-based platformer."

The Nominees for the official E3 Awards were announced tonight. Here’s a quick breakdown of the stats. Nintendo and Electronic Arts led in number of nominations with eleven each. That’s six more than Nintendo got in 2003. GameCube games had a total of 18 nominations, which is four more than last... Read more...

Huge Piracy Company Busted in Taiwan GBA

by Daniel Bloodworth - 6:39 pm PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Nintendo

Over a million counterfeit goods found. Employees facing prison sentences.

DID YOU KNOW? - COUNTERFEITERS PAY HEFTY PRICE IN TAIWAN FOR ILLEGAL MANUFACTURING AND DISTRIBUTION OF NINTENDO PRODUCTS

May 24, 2004 – Taiwan's Pan-Chiao District Court has rendered a judgment against Taiwan's Yudian Company, a major manufacturer and distributor of counterfeit Nintendo Game... Read more...

May 22, 2004

XLink Multiplatform Tunneling Software Released GC

by Michael Cole - 3:57 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Team XLink

Three systems, one tunneling program. It's likely as close to Xbox Live! as the GameCube will ever get.

After months of toiling behind keyboards, XLink Kai: Evolution VII is finally ready for public consumption. Boasting superior tunneling software compatible with all three home consoles, GameCube owners itching to go online now have a new alternative for all LAN-enabled games.

Using a chatroom-like... Read more...

May 21, 2004

Planet Prize Trivia Tonight at 9p CT!

by Steven Rodriguez - 12:20 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: http://www.planetgamecube.com/specials.cfm?action=...

We've come back from E3 with a lot of swag, and we're giving some away to tonight's winner! Find out what the goodies are, along with a new rule that will benefit everyone.

Planet Trivia is back for another round of questions, and as we've been doing for the past four years, there are plenty of E3 swag to give away!

This year's main prize will be the T-Shirts that Nintendo gave out to everyone that passed through their Nintendo DS show, pictured below (front on top, back below):

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May 18, 2004

High LCD Prices to Hurt DS Profit Margin DS

by Michael Cole - 2:38 pm PDT
Total comments: 20 Source: Reuters

Two screens means it’s twice as difficult to make a Nintendo DS unit.

High prices on Liquid Crystal Display are nothing new for Nintendo. As handheld products incorporating digital displays increase, so does demand for the flat screens. Nintendo has had trouble acquiring enough screens and a reasonable price for Game Boys in the past, and getting enough for its two-screen handheld will be even harder.

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Sonic Advance 3 Competition GBA

by Karlie Yeung - 2:18 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: THQ Press Release

If you live in the UK, sign up on THQ's website for a chance to win a Sonic Advance 3 Print signed by Yuji Naka.

For any hardcore Sonic fan it's the gaming equivalent of having Van Gogh's Sunflowers hanging on your study wall with "Cheers! - Vince" scrawled across the bottom right corner...

It's an extremely rare, numbered and framed Sonic Advance 3 Print signed by the noble 'hog's revered creator himself - Yuji Naka - and it's there for the taking on www.thq.co.uk .

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May 17, 2004

Konami Licenses Metal Gear Solid Comic Book GC

by Jonathan Metts - 8:58 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Konami Press Release

It'll be drawn by Ashley Wood and written by Kris Oprisko.

KONAMI TO RELEASE COMIC BOOK SERIES BASED ON THE HIGHLY POPULAR "METAL GEAR SOLID" VIDEO GAME FRANCHISE

- Konami Begins Aggressive Licensing Campaign for Original Content -

Konami Corporation (President and CEO: Kagemasa Kozuki, headquartered in Tokyo) and IDW Publishing (President: Ted... Read more...

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