July 27, 2005

Iwata to Speak at Tokyo Game Show

by Jonathan Metts - 7:44 am PDT
Total comments: 30 Source:

NCL President to address TGS, even though his company is not exhibiting at the expo.

According to Famitsu's website, Nintendo Co. Ltd. President Satoru Iwata will be giving a nearly one hour address to the Tokyo Game Show on September 17 at 11:00 AM. Iwata may be using this high-profile event to announce more details on the Revolution system, even though Nintendo is not exhibiting at TGS this year (as usual). Incidentally, Microsoft exec Robbie Bach is speaking just one hour earlier than Iwata.


July 26, 2005

First Annual Game Writers Conference Announced

by Karl Castaneda - 11:25 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Writers of the trade will be heading towards Austin, Texas.


Conference Program Directed By Leading Game Industry Leaders

Austin, Texas - July 26, 2005 - The Game Initiative, a leading producer of conferences and events for professionals in the computer and video... Read more...

Game Industry Fights Back

by Karl Castaneda - 10:17 am PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

After a couple weeks of scrutiny by social figures, the ESA throws a few punches of its own.

Video Game Industry to File Suit Seeking Relief from Illinois Governor's Unconstitutional Law; Similar Laws Already Thrown Out of Court, Setting Precedent

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 25, 2005--The computer and video game industry will file a lawsuit today seeking to prevent implementation... Read more...

July 25, 2005

Konami Idol

by Karl Castaneda - 9:36 am PDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Press Release

There's a Raiden joke in there somewhere...

Konami Digital Entertainment Acquires Interactive Game Rights for the Hit Franchise American Idol

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 25, 2005-- Leader in Music Video Games To Publish Titles For Current And Next Generation Video Game Systems Based On America's Most Watched Television Show


July 22, 2005

Ubisoft Announces PoP for DS DS

by Jonathan Metts - 12:54 pm PDT
Total comments: 12 Source: Ubisoft Press Release

Battles of Prince of Persia is a card-based strategy game that dives deeper into the storyline and includes multiplayer features.


The Critically-Acclaimed Prince of Persia® Franchise Embarks on a Brand-New Adventure

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – July 22nd, 2005 – Today Ubisoft announced Battles of Prince of Persia®, a new game developed exclusively... Read more...

July 21, 2005

PRIZE Team Trivia at 9:30 Central!

by Michael Cole - 10:45 pm PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Lik-Sang

Lik-Sang has graciously offered FOUR Official E3 2005 DVDs for this week's Planet Team Trivia.

Planet GameCube may not have made a DVD this year, but that will not stop us from giving away the official ones! And with four copies of the ESA-approved product to give away, Lik-Sang has provided the perfect excuse for another round of Team Trivia!

Both members of the two highest-scoring teams...

Nintendo Giving Away Free Nintendogs DS

by Mike Sklens - 4:59 pm PDT
Total comments: 17 Source:

If you are a big enough Nintendo fan you might stand a chance at getting a free advance copy of Nintendogs.

Nintendo has launched a campaign to give away free early copies of Nintendogs to their most dedicated fans. By visiting this website you can check to see if you are eligible.

However, it is currently unclear exactly how one qualifies for this giveaway. Reports from various message boards indicate... Read more...

July 15, 2005

Geist Goes Gold GC

by Mike Sklens - 10:26 pm PDT
Total comments: 21 Source: N-Space

The spectral shooter is finally done.

Developer N-Space recently updated their website with new information on their upcoming GameCube game Geist. The new page now lists the current status of the game as gold, meaning development has finished and the game is going into mass production. It's been a long wait, but the game will soon be in the hands of gamers everywhere.


July 13, 2005

Nintendo to Exhibit at San Diego Comic-Con GC

by Jonathan Metts - 4:01 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Nintendo of America

Go to San Diego and you can play Zelda.

After receiving a tip from reader eflorendo, we have confirmed with NOA that Nintendo will be exhibiting playable game demos at the San Diego Comic-Con. The event takes place tomorrow, July 14 through July 17 at the San Diego Convention Center. Admission is open to the public, with daily passes... Read more...

Developers, Journalists Discuss Handheld Industry DS

by Jonathan Metts - 12:38 pm PDT
Total comments: 41 Source: Nintendo Insider

"State of the Handheld Industry 5" focuses on the new competition between the DS and PSP.

"State of the Handheld Industry" is an annual roundtable interview involving both handheld developers and journalists who cover the systems and games. The fifth entry in the series is now available at Nintendo Insider and is broken up into four sections:

Part One - Developer Roundtable

Includes...

July 11, 2005

Play-Yan Firmware Update Now Available GBA

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:13 pm PDT
Total comments: 10 Source:

The update allows the GBA media device to playback high-quality MP4 format movies.

Nintendo has just updated the Play-Yan page with a ZIP file download, containing a 544KB firmware patch for the Play-Yan media player. The update allows the Play-Yan to playback MP4 movies in high-quality stereo sound. After unzipping the patch, the file must be placed on the same SD card that contains the MP4 movies, and then they will be displayed on the movie menu as normal.


Special Edition Gyakuten Saiban in Japan DS

by Steven Rodriguez - 10:17 pm PDT
Total comments: 13 Source:

Phoenix Wright's Japanese counterpart will come in a special edition with the coolest DS stylus yet.

Gyakuten Saiban DS (known here in the United States as Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney) is still a few months off from its Japanese release on September 15. However, that didn't stop Capcom from announcing a special edition of the courtroom drama game.

The package will include a copy of the game, a poster, soundtrack CD, wrist strap and special stylus. Here's a picture of the two latter objects in the pack:


Advance Wars: Dual Strike Strikes Europe DS

by Lasse Pallesen - 6:16 am PDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Press Release

That will happen on 30th September.


The handheld strategy game makes its dual screen debut on 30th September

11th July - The long-running and award-winning series Advance Wars, has struck the Nintendo DS, leaving no prisoners in its wake. The arrival of Advance Wars: Dual Strike on 30th September brings turn based strategy gameplay onto two screens - with the touch function acting as a perfect tool for the game.


July 7, 2005

Report Says DS Outplays PSP DS

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:35 pm PDT
Total comments: 43 Source:

Although everyone is talking more about the PSP, the DS is still the better overall handheld.

UK research firm WaveMetrix has been snooping around the Internet lately, gathering up data on what people think about the two new handheld systems, Nintendo DS and Sony PSP. After taking in comments from online forums and analyzing them, a finalized research report shows that two screens are apparently better than one.


DS Support from Rare Confirmed!

by Karl Castaneda - 11:06 am PDT
Total comments: 29 Source: Rare

According to their "Join Us" section, they're looking to start up DS development.

After Rare was bought by Microsoft in 2002, many thought it was the end of their relationship with Nintendo. Fortunately, Rare still releases portable titles, such as Banjo Pilot and It's Mr. Pants. Up until this point, though, no one was completely sure if Rare would support Nintendo's newest handheld, the DS.


July 6, 2005

Mario Meets Surfing

by Karl Castaneda - 5:19 pm PDT
Total comments: 10 Source: Press Release

Well, not yet. But for now you'll just have to settle with Nintendo teaming up with Rip Curl.

July 6, 2005

Dude, Didja Know?

Nintendo Makes Waves as Proud Presenter of Rip Curl's GromSearch 2005

Groms rejoice! Nintendo has solved the timeless summertime dilemma: to

surf or to game? This summer, the nations' top 6 to 16-year-old surfers,

known as "grommets," can do both. Nintendo is pleased to announce that it is


July 5, 2005

Alien Hominid Invades GBA GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 7:22 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source:

The sleeper hit is ready for yet another platform.

The Behemoth's quirky action game, Alien Hominid, is set to debut on the GBA after stints as an online Flash game and on all three major consoles, according to the official British website. The violent 2D shooter has drawn comparison's to SNK's Metal Slug series.

No further details are currently available, but the official site says more info will be announced soon.


July 4, 2005

Band Bros. Expansion Pack Coming Soon DS

by Steven Rodriguez - 7:37 pm PDT
Total comments: 18 Source:

The new song pack will see the first use of the DS's GBA slot for something other than GBA games.

Nintendo of Japan has updated their Band Bros. DS page announcing that an expansion for the game is in the works. The "Band Brothers Zouka Kyoku Cartridge" will feature 20 more songs for the DS music game, and Japanese gamers can vote for which songs they want to see included.

The way these...

July 1, 2005

Nintendo DS Sales Spiked DS

by Karl Castaneda - 2:08 pm PDT
Source: Press Release

Mario reportedly drunk.

July 1, 2005

Did You Know? Electric Blue Nintendo DS Bundle Sparks Sales

Major retailers are reporting sales of Nintendo DS(TM) units have increased

86 percent over the weekly average. The spike can be attributed to a special

bundle featuring the new Electric Blue version of Nintendo DS that comes with


Ubisoft Officially Announces Lunar: Dragon Song DS

by Karl Castaneda - 1:51 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Lunar: Dragon Song is the first original game in the series in a decade and is coming exclusively to a DS near you!


The First Original Installment of the Lunar Series in More Than a Decade Set

for September 2005 Release

SAN FRANCISCO - July 1, 2005 - Today Ubisoft, one of the world's largest

video game publishers, is delighted to announce Lunar: Dragon Song, a new



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