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November 30, 2008

The Return of Desert Bus for Hope

by Jonathan Metts - 4:14 pm EST
Total comments: 1 Source: DesertBus.org

This year's marathon of gaming masochism aims to raise even more money for the Child's Play charity.

For the past few years, we've tried to raise awareness of Penny Arcade's charity organization, Child's Play. In addition to directly donating money and toys for hospitalized children around the world, there are various opportunities to get involved through side-events supporting the charity. For... Read more...

November 24, 2008

A WiiWare Foursome for PAL Gamers Wii

by Greg Leahy - 10:30 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo UK

Cubello, Cue Sports, Strong Bad Episode 3, and Yummy Yummy Cooking Jam make for an unusually substantial update to the PAL Wii Shop Channel.

This week's update to the PAL Wii Shop Channel brings four new WiiWare games for gamers across Europe and Australia to download:

CUBELLO (600 Wii Points) is the first in the series of Art Style games to launch in PAL territories, with ROTOHEX and ORBIENT set to release over the next two weeks.... Read more...

Japanese Weekly Software and Hardware Charts for Nov 10-16 DS

by James Charlton - 10:28 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Media Create

Kirby proves he’s still a Super Star in his native country, while the DSi kills the DS Lite.

Animal Crossing: City Folk is yet to be released in Japan and Konami are taking full advantage releasing their own life simulation game. Tongari Boushi (which roughly translates to The Pointy Hat and The Witch) made a decent entry at No.3 on the weekly Japanese software charts, probably a lot higher... Read more...

Midway Games in Dire Straits

by Neal Ronaghan - 3:45 pm EST
Total comments: 55 Source: Business Wire

The Chicago-based game company lost over 70 million dollars last quarter and now faces the risk of being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

Long time video game publisher Midway Games is currently in a terrible financial situation. Since being bought out CBS and Viacom chairman, Summer Redstone, four years ago, Midway has fallen deeper and deeper into debt. With big releases being delayed, like 2007's Stranglehold (developed with John... Read more...

This Week's Virtual Console and WiiWare Wii

by Nick DiMola - 7:53 am EST
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

Bouncing onto WiiWare this week is RealMedia's first console title ever, a sure-to-be challenging Sudoku title, and a snotty adventure for the Virtual Console.

This week's update brings us two original titles for WiiWare alongside a truly disgusting platformer adventure title from the 16-bit era for the Virtual Console.

Boingz from RealArcade is this week's first WiiWare title and it tasks players with stretching, flexing, and flicking the titular characters... Read more...

November 20, 2008

Majesco Responds to PETA Cooking Mama Game Wii

by Francesca DiMola - 9:01 am EST
Total comments: 13 Source: Majesco

Mama was none too happy with her portrayal as an animal murderer.

Recently, PETA released a flash imitation of Majesco's popular title, Cooking Mama, portraying Mama as a ruthless turkey slayer.

According to PETA, Cooking Mama condones the slaughtering of animals for food, and thus the manner in which animals bred for consumption are kept. PETA states the game is "no longer…quite so innocent" when a person stops to think about the "horrific abuses" animals being used for meals are subjected to.


Judge Dismisses Dead Rising Lawsuit Wii

by Nick DiMola - 8:52 am EST
Total comments: 3 Source: Gamespot

Regardless of the presented similarities, George A. Romero's company lost the copyright suit that claims Dead Rising as an infringement on their Dawn of the Dead property.

Last month, a lawsuit was filed against Capcom over their Dead Rising property by the MKR Group, George A. Romero's company, for copyright infringement of their 1979 film, Dawn of the Dead. Capcom motioned to dismiss the suit because the group had not presented any "protected element" of the movie that was infringed on.


Nintendo Trademarks Everything DSi DS

by Francesca DiMola - 8:46 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Silicon Era

Every feature that may or may not ever come to DS or DSi is now safely trademarked.

Earlier this week, Nintendo's newest additions to the Japanese trademark database were made publically available, and within it are forty new copyrights pertaining to the DS and DSi.

Reportedly, right before Nintendo announced the existence of the DSi they began their barrage of trademarks in... Read more...

Nyko Wing Classic Controller Now Available for Wii Wii

by Jared Rosenberg - 8:19 am EST
Total comments: 1 Source: Press Release

The wireless controller is a viable new option for players who enjoy the oldies on Virtual Console.

For the last twelve years Nyko Technologies has been creating third-party accessories for video game systems. Earlier this year, Nyko released the Kama wireless Nunchuk for the Wii. Nintendo sued Nyko because of extreme similarities between the Kama Nunchuk and the official Nunchuk. Nyko recently... Read more...

Koei to Buy Tecmo

by Francesca DiMola - 8:16 am EST
Total comments: 12 Source: Reuters

Following the decline of the Square Enix offer, Tecmo and Koei are now ready to merge.

In a stock deal worth approximately 20 billion yen ($207 million), Koei and Tecmo agreed to merge under a holding company in April 2009. Tecmo will exchange 1 of each of their shares for 0.9 shares in the new company, Tecmo Koei Holdings, while Koei would have a one to one exchange for their current shares.


Capcom Comments on Wii Sales of Okami Wii

by Nick DiMola - 8:13 am EST
Total comments: 19 Source: Nintendo Everything

The worldwide sales of the Wii version have barely surpassed US sales figures of the PS2 original. However, Capcom expects Okami to still sell steadily because of word of mouth.

Christian Svensson, Vice President of Strategic Planning & Business Development for Capcom America, issued a statement regarding sales figures of Okami Wii. According to Svensson, sales of the Wii version of the game are at about 280,000 units worldwide while the PS2 version moved about 275,000 units in America alone.


November 19, 2008

Wii Speak Ready Immediately at Launch of Animal Crossing: City Folk Wii

by Francesca DiMola - 9:20 pm EST
Total comments: 18 Source: MTV Multiplayer

Prepackaged codes ensure only new purchasers of the peripheral will have access to the Wii Speak Channel.

Nintendo's innovative group voice chat peripheral, Wii Speak, was released earlier this week either separately for $29.99 or in a bundle with Animal Crossing: City Folk for $69.99. The chat function for Animal Crossing: City Folk is immediately accessible for any players that have registered one another as friends.


EA Closes Blueprint Studio, Shifts Development of Boom Blox 2 Wii

by Nick DiMola - 12:04 pm EST
Total comments: 3 Source: Variety

All corporate employees who worked in the studio have been laid off, quit, or moved to other projects.

The internal, lesser known studio, Blueprint of Electronic Arts has closed its doors for good due to the economic conditions of the United States. Blueprint was an internal team, whose existence was never publicly announced by EA, partially because of their purpose within the company.

According...

Nintendo Expected to Meet Wii Demand for Holidays, But Not Wii Fit Wii

by Nick DiMola - 11:48 am EST
Total comments: 2 Source: Forbes

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime expects that for the first holiday season since the Wii's release, the company will be able to meet demand for the system.

In a recent interview with Forbes, Reggie Fils-Aime is reporting that Nintendo of America has "got a good shot at meeting demand during the holidays" with their Wii hardware. Unfortunately, Fils-Aime "knows [they'll] fall short" "with Wii Fit."

Fils-Aime also went on to talk about Nintendo's...

Brash Entertainment Sued by Two Developers

by Neal Ronaghan - 5:08 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Variety

Shortly after shutting down, game publisher Brash Entertainment was sued by independent developers 7 Studios and Zootfly.

Shortly after the company was reported to be shut down, Variety reported that Brash Entertainment was sued by two independent developers that they contracted. 7 Studios, developers of the recent release, Six Flags: Fun Park, are seeking $468,000 for their work on the game adaptation of the animated... Read more...

November 18, 2008

EA Sports Active Announced For Wii Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 2:16 pm EST
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Electronic Arts' own version of Wii Fit will retail for $59.99 and contain Wii Nunchuk leg straps, a nutritional book, and a resistance band.

Electronic Arts unveiled their latest Wii game, EA Sports Active last week. The game, set to release next spring, is "the first in a new line of EA SPORTS fitness and sports performance products" and will contain Wii Nunchuk leg straps and a resistance band, which can be used to increase the intensity... Read more...

Wii System Update 3.4 Released Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 3:53 am EST
Total comments: 39 Source: Nintendo

The new firmware drastically increases SD card transfer speeds.

The blue lights, pulsating on the front of Internet-connected Wiis worldwide, mimicking the call of the Japanese bush warbler, mean one thing: a new system update has arrived. Version 3.4 doesn't add any new features, but it makes a highly desired improvement as well as some smaller updates.

The...

November 17, 2008

Brash Entertainment Shuts Down

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:18 pm EST
Total comments: 17 Source: LA Times

The Hollywood-based game company with a focus on movie games has reportedly shut down after a year and a half of existence.

The LA Times is reporting that the Hollywood-based video game company, Brash Entertainment, has closed its doors as of last Friday.

Emerging a year and a half ago promising "to reinvent games based on movies and television shows," Brash learned the hard way that video games and movies do not... Read more...

Politicians Praise ESRB's New Ratings Summaries

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:16 pm EST
Total comments: 10 Source: ESRB

The ESRB has added "ratings summaries" to their game ratings, gaining applause from Senators Hillary Clinton and Joseph Lieberman.

The Entertainment Software Rating Board recently unveiled their newest addition to their ratings system: ratings summaries. The summaries "explain in objective terms the context and relevant content that factored into a game’s ESRB rating assignment." The ESRB has stated that all games released... Read more...

This Week’s Virtual Console and WiiWare Wii

by Nick DiMola - 7:33 am EST
Total comments: 12 Source: Nintendo

A new batch includes the fourth Strong Bad episode, a bean bag tossing original, and two more Virtual Console shooters.

This week’s update, like many others, features a healthy dose of Virtual Console shooters alongside two original WiiWare entries.

Strong Bad’s fourth episode, Dangeresque 3, continues the escapades of the titular character. This fourth episode chronicles the dirty cop, Dangeresque, the star... Read more...


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