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June 30, 2004

Golden Sun for GameCube? RumorGBA

by - 9:12 pm EDT

Rumors of Golden Sun for GameCube are escalating, and Louie the Cat is here to sort things out! Includes previously unreleased comments by Camelot's Takahashi brothers.

Discuss it in TalkBack

Hello there! Last time you heard from me, I was just about to award myself with a nice leaf of catnip…apparently I ate too much, because I woke up several days later with a major headache and some other kitty’s fur all over me. Such is the life of a bachelor cat, I guess!


EFF Challenging Nintendo Emulation Patent

by Steven Rodriguez - 8:14 pm EDT
Total comments: 15 Source: http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0,1283,64038,00...

The group is calling Nintendo a "big bully," and asking that the patent be re-examined.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is launching what it calls the Patent Busting Project, a campaign to recall patents awarded to large companies that are detrimental to the well-being of public domain. One of the companies listed in their "Top Ten" is Nintendo. They recently patented Game Boy software emulation, amid some controversy and some legal action on the part of some companies.


David Gosen Steps Down

by Lasse Pallesen - 2:14 pm EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Gamesindustry.biz

Nintendo of Europe's Managing Director will leave Nintendo soon and join mobile entertainment publisher Digital Bridges.

Nintendo have announced today that Nintendo of Europe’s Managing Director David Gosen will step down at the end of August. Having been with Nintendo for the last five years, he was involved with the releases of the GBA, the GBA SP, and the GameCube. After his departure, he will join Digital Bridges, a mobile entertainment publisher, as Chief Operating Officer.


Tales of Symphonia Website Updated GC

by Jonathan Metts - 7:31 am EDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Namco Newsletter

Get a pre-order bonus and learn more about the gameplay features.

Namco's official Tales of Symphonia website has been updated with a lot of new information. Specifically, there is now a listing of preorder bonuses being given out at certain retailers. Both EB and Gamestop are giving away a lithograph when you preorder and an art book when you pick up the game.... Read more...

June 29, 2004

Nintendo Superchallenge in Victoria, Australia

by Michael Cole - 11:16 pm EDT
Total comments: 22 Source: Nintendo.com.au

It’s like a concert series on a movie screen. Only it features GameCube games and gamers.

In a videogame competition of Wizard proportions, Nintendo’s Australian division is putting on a series of GameCube gaming sessions in search of the best Aussie Nintendo fan.

Preliminaries will take place every two weeks starting August 1st at six participating Village Cinema movie theaters... Read more...

Sega Investors Approve of Sammy Merger

by Daniel Bloodworth - 8:07 pm EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: GameSpot

Investors accepted the proposed merger of Sega and Sammy at a general stockholders meeting today.

The next step in the developing story of the merger between Sega and Sammy, Sega's shareholders today approved of the pending merger in October. With Sammy's shareholders doing the same just last Friday, it appears that all is set for the two to join forces and become Sega Sammy Holdings.

The...

Hey Look! Another Yu-Gi-Oh! Game GBA

by Daniel Bloodworth - 5:59 pm EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Konami

The kids sure like the crazy hair and dueling antics, so here's another GBA game from Konami.



REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. - June 29, 2004 - Konami Digital Entertainment - America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment,... Read more...

June 28, 2004

Japan's Game Market Shrinking

by Jonathan Metts - 4:32 pm EDT
Total comments: 10 Source: Nikkei Net

Maybe Iwata knows what he's talking about.

According to a story at Nikkei Net, conveniently translated by the fine folks at Video-fenky, the gaming market in Japan is getting smaller. Console sales have dropped off dramatically as most of the people who want current systems have already bought them, and game sales are down too. The overall market is down for the third year in a row, with sales declining 11% in just the last year.


June 26, 2004

North Korea Upset with Ghost Recon 2 GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 8:03 pm EDT
Total comments: 18 Source: http://www.estripes.com/article.asp?article=22021&...

They think the game is American propaganda against their country.

Apparently, a government-controlled newspaper (AKA, the government) in North Korea is calling Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 "proof" that the United States has something against their country. Take this clip from an article explaining what the Koreans think of the game:

“Through propaganda, entertainment...

Metal Slug Advance to Europe

by Steven Rodriguez - 7:57 pm EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

It makes a lot of sense to put the best 2D shooter in the history of the arcades on the GBA, and Europeans will soon find out why.


METAL SLUG 3™ and METAL SLUGTM ADVANCE To Enjoy Dedicated European Releases

Friday 25 June 2004 - One of the most-loved arcade and console gaming franchises is set for an official European release as Ignition Entertainment announces it is to publish SNK PLAYMORE's Metal Slug 3 and Metal Slug Advance throughout Europe.


June 21, 2004

Play Videogames on the Big, BIG Screen

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:24 pm EDT
Total comments: 21 Source: http://www.thetech.org/maxgames/

If you're in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can participate in a game tournament with a rather enormous twist.

The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA is hosting its third annual Maxgames tournament on Friday, July the 23rd. It's a console game tournament that includes such GameCube games as Mario Kart Double Dash, Super Smash Brothers Melee and Super Monkey Ball 2.

Normally, we don't alert our...

Namco's SRS Website Live GC

by Jonathan Metts - 2:24 pm EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Namco Press Release

The upcoming street racer now has its own official website.

Hit the N2O!

Namco Unleashes The Official Web site of Street Racing Syndicate

San Jose, Ca. (June 21, 2004) – Tune it up and turn it loose! Leading video games developer and publisher Namco Hometek Inc. announced today the release of a dedicated web site for Street Racing Syndicate... Read more...

Wario Ware Coming to Europe GC

by Karlie Yeung - 2:21 pm EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Nintendo of Europe

Wario Ware, Inc.: Mega Party Game$ will be released for GameCube in Europe on the 3rd of September.


Get your dancing shoes on and join the party that never sleeps: Wario Ware is back in town! This wild experience hosted by Wario offers players the choice of no less than 200 wacky mini-games to keep gamers... Read more...

June 20, 2004

More Spider-Man 2 Trailers GC

by Jonathan Metts - 8:27 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Activision

Bruce Campbell waxes poetic upon Spidey's aerobatics. Updated with three more trailers!

Activision has supplied us with two more trailers for this game, each one featuring narration by Bruce Campbell, who is returning for the omniscient role he played in the last console Spider-Man game. These movies show off the huge, skyscraper-to-street environments and Spider-Man's ability to freely movie around them.


June 17, 2004

Poke-Riffic Pre-Order Bonus GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 6:01 pm EDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Nintendo of America

Put down a few bucks on Pokemon Fire Red or Leaf Green to get a free trainer's guide.

Starting August 1st, North American Pokemon fans can receive a free Pokemon Pocket Trainer's Guide when they pre-order Pokemon Fire Red or Leaf Green at most stores. The offer is apparently aimed at new players who want to take a crack at these remakes of the original games. Fire Red & Leaf Green... Read more...

New Name for Mario Pinball GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 2:51 pm EDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo.com

Nintendo's website shows an extra word tacked onto this GBA title's name.

According to Nintendo's official website, Mario Pinball for Game Boy Advance has been renamed. The game is now known as Mario Pinball Land, which fits with the game's focus on moving among dozens of themed pinball boards. A single ball will often move back and forth through numerous boards, giving the game a sense of exploration that hasn't been seen since Pinball Quest on NES.


Brooke Burke Stars in NFSU2 GC

by Michael Cole - 12:31 pm EDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

The model shows her stuff as an actor in Need for Speed Underground 2.


REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 17, 2004 –Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: ERTS), the world’s leading interactive software company, today announced that they have signed one of the world’s sexiest thrill seekers and cover girls, Brooke Burke, to star in Need For Speed™ Underground 2, the sequel to the best selling game of 2003, Need For Speed Underground.


June 16, 2004

Metroid Hunters Goes Touchless DS

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:14 pm EDT
Total comments: 35 Source: GameCube Europe

Don't like the fact that you'll be required to use the touchscreen for Metroid DS? Worry no more.

Europe's newest Nintendo Official Magazine has a rather informative interview with the one and only Shigeru Miyamoto. Along with a small newsbyte about Mario 128 (Nintendo is still experimenting with it), new information about Nintendo's flagship Nintendo DS title, Metroid Prime Hunters, was unearthed.


More Matrix Games Coming GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 8:04 pm EDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Eurogamer

Two more, says Atari. We hope that's not a glitch in the Matrix.

Last week during a financial company conference, Atari CEO Bruno Bonnell let slip that his company was planning to bring out two more games based on the Matrix franchise. One would be released for current consoles, and the other will apparently come out for the next round of game hardware.

Enter...

EA Starts Playing Fantasy Football GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 7:04 pm EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: http://www.easports.com/fantasy/home.jsp

If Madden isn't enough to crave your football appetite, then EA has something new for you to try.

For years, many major sports websites have offered Fantasy Football games, wherein people participate in a mock NFL season, picking players and playing in games based off of the stats of those players' real-life counterparts.

Electronic Arts figured that since they've been making football games... Read more...


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