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March 31, 2005

Mario Petitions Hollywood for Spot on Walk of Fame

by Daniel Bloodworth - 1:53 am EST
Total comments: 18 Source: Nintendo Press Release

Mario brought a petition to the honorary mayor of Hollywood to have video game notables included on the Walk of Fame.


Interactive Entertainment Industry Deserves a Hollywood Star

REDMOND, Wash., March 30, 2005 – He starred in dozens of video games. He proved himself a more bankable celebrity than either Harrison Ford or Tom Cruise.... Read more...

Strong DS Sales in Europe DS

by Lasse Pallesen - 1:42 am EST
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo of Europe

DS sales have now reached 500.000, with Super Mario 64 DS and WarioWare Touched being the most popular launch games.

According to NoE, DS sales have been outstanding in Europe since the launch. By Easter Saturday over 500.000 units had been sold, which amounts to 77% of the consoles that were shipped to retailers. Many stores report that they’re out of stock, but new deliveries are on the way.

As for game...

March 30, 2005

Nintendo Honors PictoChat Artists DS

by Michael Cole - 8:16 pm EST
Total comments: 2

Nintendo showcases PictoChat art in its forums.

Did You Know?

Nintendo DS Fans Use Touch Screen to Create Pocket Picassos

The touch screen of Nintendo DS(TM) has created a legion of pocket

Picassos. Around the world, artistic Nintendo DS owners have

contributed to image galleries that capture the temporary art they

created using the system's built-in PictoChat(TM) chatting and drawing


Ubisoft Announces 187 Ride or Die

by Karl Castaneda - 2:23 pm EST
Total comments: 1 Source: Press Release

A new combat racing game from the folks at Ubisoft is headed to the GameCube.

Ubisoft Erupts with 187 Ride or Die; New Combat-Racing Game Hits Consoles and PC

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 29, 2005--Ubisoft, one of the world's largest video game publishers, today announces 187 Ride or Die(TM), an urban-themed combat racing game that plunges players into a brutal... Read more...

March 29, 2005

Touching is Good Website Opens DS

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:37 pm EST
Total comments: 22 Source: http://www.touchingisgood.com

Nintendo wants to see pictures of your hand touching... stuff. (No, it's not what you think.)

Nintendo of America just opened up a new website for those DS owners wanting to show off their artistic side, and if you think you can touch the hearts and minds of Nintendo, you might win some serious loot.

Those who think touching is good can submit photographs or short videos showing off a... Read more...

March 25, 2005

Spielberg and Nintendo Celebrate Charity's Success

by Jonathan Metts - 11:14 pm EST
Total comments: 14 Source: Nintendo of America

The famed director was recently honored for his work with Starlight, which places Nintendo Fun Centers in hospitals for children.

Film director Steven Spielberg was honored Thursday night for his work as co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Starlight Starbright Foundation. Nintendo of America is another key partner with Starlight Starbright, providing portable Fun Centers (mobile kiosks with a GameCube and DVD player) for hospitalized children throughout North America.


Two Staff Birthdays

by Jonathan Metts - 5:20 pm EST
Total comments: 9

It's time to wish Happy Birthday to Chris Bethea and David Trammell!

Here at PGC, we like to post these little notes when one of our staff members has a birthday. Well, today is a special occasion, with not one but TWO birthdays on the same day!

Chris Bethea started as our Japan Correspondent while studying abroad there. After coming home to the States, he's... Read more...

DS Revelations in Nintendo Power DS

by Daniel Bloodworth - 11:12 am EST
Total comments: 38 Source: Nintendo Power

Nintendo Power talks online and shows off new titles.

Nintendo Power Volume 191 features a big DS blowout with more details regarding online plans for Nintendo DS, new games shown off for the first time, and several developer interviews.

The online announcement echoes Iwata’s GDC speech, with one important distinction: Nintendo is partnering with... Read more...

Nintendogs Commercial and Diaries Online DS

by Daniel Bloodworth - 9:42 am EST
Total comments: 5 Source: Nintendo

Watch Japanese women play with their very own Nintendogs.

Nintendo has recently updated their Touch DS site with the official Japanese commercial and diaries of two girls and their new puppies.

The commercial shows a woman coming home to a firelit living room and greeting her puppy - on Nintendo DS. A quick burst of gameplay footage and the release date are shown, and the new DS colors are displayed as well.


March 24, 2005

Sega Confirms Shadow The Hedgehog GC

by Lasse Pallesen - 10:26 am EST
Total comments: 17 Source: Press Release

The Sonic spin-off is coming at the end of 2005.


Action-Platformer from the Sonic The Hedgehog Series Features New Lead Character; Dark, Unique Story

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (March 23, 2005) – SEGA® of America and SEGA® Europe Ltd, today officially announced Shadow The HedgehogTM, an exciting new spin-off... Read more...

European Developers Seek Support from Governments

by Lasse Pallesen - 8:14 am EST
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

According to The European Games Developers Federation, Europe will lag behind culturally without sufficient financial support.


Brussels, Belgium, March 24th 2005 – The European Game Developers Federation, representing the video game creation communities in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Denmark and Netherlands, call on the Governments of its Members to financially support the video game creation industry.


March 23, 2005

New Fire Emblem GC Movie GC

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:10 pm EST
Total comments: 22 Source: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ngc/gfej/game/index.html...

NCL has just released a new video for the game, and it sure looks pretty.

It's the game that Nintendo-loving strategy fans have been waiting for. Fire Emblem for the GameCube will be released in Japan on April 20, but Nintendo knows that no one can wait that long. Thankfully, they've released a new video showing off some of the goods.

Click here for the video


Silicon Knights Partners with SEGA

by Daniel Bloodworth - 8:34 am EST
Total comments: 42 Source: Press Release

Silicon Knights and SEGA are collaborating on a new franchise for next generation systems.

SEGA Partners With Silicon Knights To Create Next Generation Content

Acquisitions of Western Content Prime SEGA for Growth

SAN FRANCISCO & LONDON (March 23, 2005) – SEGA of America, Inc. and SEGA, Europe Ltd. today announced an agreement to acquire and publish next-generation game content... Read more...

Action Replay Duo On Its Way DS

by Ben Kosmina - 2:35 am EST
Total comments: 6 Source: CodeJunkies

Awful at games? Soon you won't have to put in any effort!

CodeJunkies have announced that their latest incarnation of their popular cheating devices will be soon be available for the Nintendo DS. The device is known as the "Action Replay Duo", because of its ability to cheat for both Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance titles. Here's the news from the CodeJunkies site:


March 18, 2005

Spike TV is Looking for Metroid Fans DS

by Michael Cole - 9:27 pm EST
Total comments: 9

Spike TV is holding an "open casting call" for fans of Metroid Prime 2 Echoes. You could get gaming swag and a chance to contribute to Metroid Prime Hunters!

Are you a Metroid Prime fan? Are you in the Los Angeles area on Monday? Well, you're in luck! Although the details are unclear, Spike TV is looking to for Metroid fans and will give away cool gaming stuff for your pad! All you have to do is bring photos of your home and be enthusiastic about Metroid... Read more...

Ubisoft Unveils 2005 - 2006 Games

by Daniel Bloodworth - 12:02 am EST
Total comments: 16 Source: Ubisoft Press Release

Lots of sequels coming to all current platforms and next-gen.

Ubisoft released a list of most of the big titles planned for the next year, including sequels to the Splinter Cell and Prince of Persia lines as well as a few surprises such as a new Lunar game for Nintendo DS. Here is the full list.

Nintendo titles have been underlined.

Products for fiscal year 2005-2006


March 17, 2005

Nintendo Introduces Ten-Month Seminar for Students

by Daniel Bloodworth - 10:01 pm EST
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo

Students in Japan can apply to a ten-month game design course at Nintendo's Tokyo office.

Nintendo recently revealed a comprehensive "seminar" in which selected students will work regularly on a Nintendo DS game for ten months. Students will go through a rigorous application process, and apply for specific areas such as graphics, sound, programming, or directing. Nintendo is covering 100% of the cost for selected applicants.


Timesplitters Ships in the Near Future (Perfect) GC

by Jonathan Metts - 1:52 pm EST
Total comments: 11 Source: EA Games

Yep, the third game in Free Radical's marquee series has gone gold.

The GameCube isn't known for its wide selection of first-person shooters, but many Nintendo fans cherish their copies of Timesplitters 2, developed at Free Radical by some of the chaps who worked on Rare's legendary Goldeneye 007.

EA dropped us a line today to say that the third game in the Timesplitters series, Future Perfect, has gone gold and will be shipping on March 22nd. Here's a handy list of features according to EA:


More Turtle Power GC

by Jonathan Metts - 1:36 pm EST
Total comments: 7 Source: Konami Press Release

Cowabunga, gnarly, etc. TMNT: Mutant Melee ships to stores.


The Ultimate TMNT ™ Party Experience Comes to Xbox, GameCube And PC

REDWOOD CITY , Calif. – March 17, 2005 – Konami Digital Entertainment – America, a division of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced that... Read more...

Happy Birthday, Jeff!

by Rick Powers - 7:28 am EST
Total comments: 15

Our resident Release Date hound turns 21 today!

Big shout-out to Jeff Shirley a.k.a. Deguello, the guy who tries his damnedest to keep our release dates up-to-date and organized, who turns the big two-one today. (I think I just ran out of hyphens.) Jeff also volunteers to review a lot of games that no one else wants to deal with, always hoping to find that diamond in the rough (like Ninja Five-O). Bless your heart, Deg.



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