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January 31, 2008

EA Confirms Rock Band for Wii Wii

by Steven Rodriguez - 11:59 pm PST
Total comments: 13 Source: Electronic Arts

CEO John Riccitiello makes it known that it's coming, but didn't say much else.

During Electronic Arts' Q3 fiscal results conference call, CEO John Riccitiello said that a version of Rock Band will be coming to the Wii. Riccitiello did not say exactly when it would happen or give any further details.

"In terms of pacing the next few quarters, you're probably well aware... Read more...

Tecmo Partnering with Nintendo, Grasshopper on Fatal Frame Wii Wii

by Greg Leahy - 11:54 pm PST
Total comments: 3 Source: Wired

Nintendo will distribute a new entry in Tecmo's survival horror series co-directed by Suda 51.

Tecmo have officially announced that Fatal Frame: Mark of the Lunar Eclipse, a new instalment in its renowned survival horror series, will be launching on Wii in 2008.

Marking the series' debut on a Nintendo platform, this instalment will be the product of a partnership between Tecmo, Nintendo,... Read more...

Dr. Kawashima Doesn't Believe Studying Should Be Fun DS

by Carmine Red - 11:46 pm PST
Total comments: 16 Source: AFP

The iconic brain doctor from Brain Age hasn't pocketed any royalties from the games that bear his research and forbids his children from playing video games on the weekdays.

Dr. Ryuta Kawashima's polygonal disembodied head is front and center in Nintendo's best-selling Brain Training video games, encouraging players to do better in mentally stimulating math and logic exercises. But the brain researcher's opinion on the value of gaming sounds more like that of a concerned parent than that of a video game icon.

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EA Announces FaceBreaker Boxing Title for Consoles Wii

by Carmine Red - 8:00 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

The game's got a zany and comic art style, but the real kicker is something EA calls "real-time facial deformation."

REDISCOVER THE JOY OF PUMMELING WITH FACEBREAKER

An All-New Intellectual Property from EA SPORTS Brings Back Arcade Boxing

Chertset, UK – January 31, 2008 – Electronic Arts Inc. (Nasdaq: ERTS) announced today that FaceBreaker™ – an all-new intellectual property – is under development... Read more...

Check Mii Out Update Available Wii

by Mike Gamin - 4:54 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: Wii Message Board

Nintendo sent out a message to Wii owners, letting them know that an update to the Check Mii Out channel could be downloaded for free.

The message reads as follows.

An update to the popular Check Mii Out Channel is available at no charge with several new features added:

*In the Posting Plaza, you can now easily find all the Miis you've posted.

*When viewing a Mii Artisan's profile, you can now select to see all Miis posted by that Artisan.

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Monster Lab Comes to Life for Wii and DS Wii

by Carmine Red - 1:35 pm PST
Total comments: 8 Source: Press Release

You're a mad scientist with more than more than 100 million monster possibilities. And you can go online.

Eidos Brings MONSTER LAB To Nintendo Wii And Nintendo DS

Eidos Interactive, one of the world’s leading publishers and developers of entertainment software, is pleased to announce MONSTER LAB, a brand new RPG action game for the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS.

MONSTER LAB is set in the eerie... Read more...

Nintendo's Third Quarter Financial Results Look Very Good

by Carmine Red - 11:44 am PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Nintendo

20 million Wiis worldwide. 64 million for the DS. Oodles and oodles of money. And Nintendo is still developing their oft-delayed console Kirby game.

Last week Nintendo released financial data about their fiscal third quarter performance. While there is still some time to go before Nintendo's full fiscal year is over on March 31st, the all-important holiday season has passed, and there's already plenty of juicy information for industry observers to peruse.

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January 30, 2008

Japanese Weekly Software and Hardware Charts for Jan. 14-20 Wii

by James Charlton - 12:07 pm PST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Media Create

The week that had two Marios and two Sonics at the Olympic Games.

The DS version of the mascot-based Olympics game made a bold entry this week. Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games almost reached the colossal weekly sales of Wii Fit.

Wii Sports is also inching its way towards the three million mark, which indicates that a large proportion of the estimated 3.7 million Wii owners in Japan have a copy.

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Kuju Establishing New Studio in the States

by Lasse Pallesen - 9:15 am PST
Total comments: 1 Source: Press Release

The Brits are going to San Francisco.

Kuju Entertainment goes Stateside!

Kuju opens its first non-UK studio in San Francisco.

Kuju America is the newest addition to Kuju’s existing 5 game development studios and the first to be located outside of the UK. San Francisco has been chosen as the location because of the thriving... Read more...

January 29, 2008

Nintendo Increases Wii Development, Confident in Third Party Performance Wii

by Carmine Red - 2:40 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: Nintendo

Nintendo is also considering increasing production for both Wii hardware and software, and sets a date, sort of, for the Western release of million-seller Wii Fit.

Nintendo recently held a press conference in Tokyo to go over their recent third quarter financial results, and during the Q&A session they fielded questions about the company's future plans regarding their successful Nintendo Wii and DS gaming systems.

Nintendo said that while their internal... Read more...

Bomberman Lands for Both Wii and DS Wii

by Carmine Red - 11:35 am PST
Total comments: 9 Source: Press Release

Hudson's iconic character makes his return with a DS game priced $29.99 and a Wii game priced... $29.99!

Hudson Entertainment's Beloved Series Returns, Features Single-Player & Multiplayer Bomb Fests for $29.99

REDWOOD CITY, California - January 29, 2008 - Hudson Entertainment, the North American publishing arm of Hudson Soft, today announced Bomberman Land for the Wii and the PSP (PlayStationPortable)... Read more...

January 27, 2008

Smash Bros. Dojo Updates Wii

by Mike Gamin - 8:14 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: SmashBros.com

Another week of updates, another week closer to release.

This week we received word of a cool new Pokemon and an interesting new stage. This game can't come soon enough.

New Final Smash: Zelda's Light ArrowRevealed in title only last week, Zelda's final smash was showcased on Monday. As we hypothesized, her final smash is basically the same... Read more...

January 25, 2008

Sega Master System Games Coming to the Virtual Console

by Carmine Red - 11:16 am PST
Total comments: 27 Source: IT Media

Fantasy Zone and Fist of the North Star will arrive in Japan in February.

With the announcement of two Sega Master System games planned for February in Japan, Nintendo's Virtual Console service for the Nintendo Wii has picked up another classic system. These games will be Fantasy Zone, a shooter, and Hokuto no Ken, a Fist of the North Star action game localized in America as Black Belt. They are slated to cost 500 and 600 Wii Points respectively.

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January 24, 2008

Nintendo's Unprecedented European Success Continues

by Greg Leahy - 5:38 pm PST
Total comments: 4 Source: GamesIndustry.biz

New figures illustrate Nintendo's rapidly improving position in historically difficult market: dominant hardware sales complemented by strong showings for casual and traditional games.

Nintendo Europe has divulged sales figures spotlighting the company's very strong performance across both of its platforms. Six million Wii consoles have been sold since launch, surpassing the GameCube's lifetime sales by a significant margin in some countries, setting records in the process. Nintendo DS has also radically expanded Nintendo's handheld market, racking up twenty million units sold since its launch in March 2005.

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School Uses Wiis for P.E. Program Wii

by Carmine Red - 12:41 am PST
Total comments: 37 Source: Southern Star

"How can Mario be mean?" says gym teacher whose school bought seven Nintendo Wiis.

Physical education teacher Don Prorok has decided that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em: "They're going to play video games anyway, we might as well steer them to the right ones."

The "right ones" in this case would be Wii Sports, which is controlled by motions instead of buttons and comes included... Read more...

January 23, 2008

New Professor Layton Trailer DS

by Steven Rodriguez - 9:58 pm PST
Total comments: 5

Nintendo releases a new trailer for Level 5's curious little DS puzzle game.

Below is a new trailer for the upcoming Nintendo DS game, Professor Layton and the Curious Village. The video shows off the game's unique animation style and storytelling, as well as a brief look at some of the puzzles you'll be facing along the way.

The game is scheduled to be released on February 10.

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Nintendo DS Used as Wireless Tool in Disney World DS

by Mike Sklens - 6:44 am PST
Total comments: 10 Source: WDWMagic Forums

Wireless interactive map software for the DS is being pilot tested in Walt Disney World.

Looking for new ways to have guests interact with their theme parks, Disney's Imagineers have cooked up a new park information system. You might be wondering what news like this is doing on Nintendo World Report. The answer is simple, the Imagineers are using the Nintendo DS as the platform for their new "Disney Magic Connection" program.

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Nintendo DS, Industry Growth Headlines December NPD DS

by Steven Rodriguez - 6:36 am PST
Total comments: 6 Source: NeoGAF Official NPD

The video game industry in 2007 pulls in 43% more revenue than in 2006. And wait until you see how well the Nintendo DS sold.

Seriously, you're going to be blown away by these Nintendo DS sales figures for the five weeks that made up the December NPD reporting period:

December 2007 U.S. Hardware Sales

Nintendo DS - 2.47 million

Wii - 1.35 million

Xbox 360 - 1.26 million

PlayStation 2 - 1.10 million

PlayStation Portable - 1.06 million

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January 20, 2008

Smash Bros. Dojo Updates Wii

by Mike Gamin - 8:05 pm PST
Total comments: 8 Source: SmashBros.com

They got a little RPG in our Smash Brothers.

Everyone's worst fears were confirmed early on Tuesday this week, as the rumored delay was made official on the Dojo blog. We'll just have to continue to rely on new bits of information to tide us over for the extra month.

New Feature: ChallengesOriginal Post

Some of the many rewards in brawl,... Read more...

January 19, 2008

Nintendo Confirmed 2007 Sales Giant

by Les Thomas - 6:49 pm PST
Total comments: 7 Source: Press Release

Independent group reports on Nintendo hardware sales, Nintendo happy to share their findings.

INDEPENDENT DATA REVEALS NINTENDO SALES FOR 2007

Nintendo DS and Wii Finish as the No. 1 and No. 2 Best-Selling U.S. Systems

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 17, 2008 – Nintendo DS™ and Wii™ finished strong in 2007, commanding sales in the holiday shopping period and finishing the year as the... Read more...

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