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April 30, 2008

Study for your Driving Exam on the DS DS

by Les Thomas - 11:48 pm EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

The educational game will allow players from all over the world to study the written test administered in their locale.

DreamCatcher Games and JoWood Productions have announced development of Drivers Ed Portable. The game gives players a chance to study for their written exam. The tests will be customized to the country, state, or province where the test will be taken.

The game will feature two modes: Test and...

Battle Poker Coming to WiiWare Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 10:03 pm EDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Cubed³

Left Field Productions is behind the crazy family-friendly poker game.

Left Field Productions, developers of the recent Wii game Nitrobike, announced that they are working on a new title for WiiWare called Battle Poker. The game is a variation on the popular card game and involves up to 4 players chaotically trying to get the best hand in a certain amount of time. It... Read more...

Lead Paint Causes Nintendo to Recall Lapel Pins

by Nick DiMola - 9:48 pm EDT
Total comments: 10 Source: Nintendo

Lapel pins depicting popular characters found to contain unsafe levels of lead paint.

Lapel pins sold by Nintendo at its two stores, the Nintendo World Store in New York City and the Nintendo “Fun & Games” Employee Store in Redmond, as well as pins distributed across the country as promotional material, have been found to contain unsafe levels of lead paint.

Nintendo began...

April 28, 2008

Iwata: Concerns Over Third Parties Sales Don't Reflect The Fact

by Carmine Red - 11:35 pm EDT
Total comments: 28 Source: Nintendo

The CEO of Nintendo has the graphs to prove it. Also, Nintendo will up Wii production to 2.4 million units in July.

Instead of simply sticking to the numbers on revenues and profits, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata used an end-of-fiscal-year briefing to address a variety of issues. He touched on increased Wii supply, third party game sales, industry beliefs he felt were obsolete, and Nintendo's new goals going forward.


This Week's Virtual Console Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 1:31 pm EDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

A lone Double Dragon closes out April’s Virtual Console offerings.

For an unexplained reason, this week only has one Virtual Console game to show for. That game is the seminal beat-'em-up, Double Dragon.

Double Dragon, for the NES, is a 1988 port of the arcade classic. It is the spiritual successor to Renegade, which is scheduled to hit Virtual Console next... Read more...

Wii Fit Makes History with UK Launch Wii

by Greg Leahy - 12:33 pm EDT
Total comments: 13 Source: Chart Track

Nintendo's fitness tool bests Mario Kart Wii as its fastest selling piece of software ever in the UK, generating the third-most revenue for a game launch in British history.

Only two weeks after the runaway success of Mario Kart Wii, Nintendo UK has made history once again as Wii Fit has displaced the multiplayer racer as the company's fastest selling game for the British market. The "body awareness" software and Balance Board accessory have generated the sixth most sales and third most revenue ever for a game launch in the UK during its first two days after release.


Mario Kart Wii Available in Stores Wii

by Nick DiMola - 12:11 pm EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

The newest iteration of the popular Kart racer is available at retail outlets packaged with the brand new Wii Wheel.

Mario Kart Wii is now available in stores and comes packaged with the brand new Wii accessory, the Wii Wheel. The Wii Wheel is a holder for the Wii Remote that allows players to use it similar to a steering wheel.

Mario Kart Wii features: 16 new tracks as well as 16 revived tracks from previous Mario Kart entries, online racing, Mii integration, and support for all Wii control schemes.


April 26, 2008

Nintendo Has No Plans to Cut Price of Wii or DS this Year

by Nick DiMola - 11:35 am EDT
Total comments: 12 Source: Reuters

Due to strong demand and sales, Iwata reports that there are no plans for price cuts this fiscal year.

Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata reported in an interview with Reuters that Nintendo currently has no plans to decrease the price of either the Wii or the DS this year.

The already computed earnings projections for the year were not calculated with any price cuts in mind, according to Iwata. Strong sales of both consoles along with strong consumer demand leads Nintendo to believe that price cuts for either system are unnecessary.


Brett Favre Confirmed for Madden NFL ’09 Cover Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:25 am EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: The Late Show

The recently retired, record-holding Green Bay Packer quarterback will be on the cover in all versions of the game.

On CBS’ ''The Late Show with David Letterman'', it was revealed that the recently retired Brett Favre will grace the cover of EA’s forthcoming Wii and DS incarnations of Madden NFL ’09. This year’s version is the 20th anniversary of the franchise and Favre will be the first retired player to appear on a cover.


April 25, 2008

Interplay Bringing 16-Bit Classics to the Virtual Console

by Nick DiMola - 5:08 am EDT
Total comments: 19 Source: Press Release

Interplay to use revenue from Virtual Console sales to bankroll future projects.

Interplay recently announced that they will be bringing some of their classic titles to the Virtual Console. These titles include Earthworm Jim, Earthworm Jim 2, Boogerman and Clayfighter. Rather than the SNES versions of the games, the Genesis versions will be made available.

After the recent...

Nintendo of Europe Releases Q2 Line-up: Brawl Out June 27 Wii

by Greg Leahy - 1:16 am EDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Nintendo of Europe

Q2 release schedule finally sets a date for the most anticipated game on Wii; WiiWare and Nintendo Channel launch at the end of May.

Nintendo has announced its European release schedule for the rest of the second quarter of 2008, revealing that the hugely anticipated Super Smash Bros. Brawl will finally launch in PAL territory on June 27.

Brawl is expected to be another big hit in Q2 for Nintendo in Europe, following the... Read more...

April 24, 2008

EU Gives Video Game Industry Two Years to Improve Ratings System

by Les Thomas - 11:26 pm EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Reuters

The European Union is demanding the video game industry of Europe better protect children from violent images.

On Tuesday, the European Union warned video game makers and retailers they have two years to come up with a widely accepted industry code of conduct to better protect children from violent images. PEGI, an age rating system remarkably similar to the American ESRB ratings, is already in place in Great Britain and most of Europe.


Cammie Dunaway on Wii Fit Wii

by Zachary Miller - 10:59 pm EDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Wall Street Journal

NOA’s vice president of sales and marketing talks the Wii Fit ad campaign.

Wii Fit is almost here. Its stateside release date is May 19, but you’d hardly know it. NOA has done little to promote the game, despite its obvious marketability. How are people going to know the game exists if they don’t hear about it? Addressing this concern is Cammie Dunaway, NOA’s vice... Read more...

Three Key Staffers Leave Retro Studios

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:12 pm EDT
Total comments: 46 Source: Shack News

Follow-up comment from Nintendo alleviates worries of the studio’s closing.

Shack News recently reported that three integral members of Retro Studios, the company responsible for the Metroid Prime trilogy, were escorted off the studio’s premises. The three members - design director Mark Pacini, art director Todd Keller, and principal technology engineer Jack Matthews - left the studio for unknown reasons, but the popular assumption is that the trio will form a new development studio together.


Nintendo's Fiscal 2008 Statements Show Big Profits and Big Sales

by Carmine Red - 9:12 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Nintendo

The question is no longer whether or not Nintendo outsold everybody else, but rather by how much. Find out here.

During the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008, Nintendo had net sales of 1.672 trillion yen, with a net income of 257 billion yen. That's net sales of $16.6 billion US, and a net income of $2.5 billion US. In the previous fiscal year, Nintendo only earned $1.47 billion. By the time the next fiscal year is over, they hope to have increased the figure to $3.25 billion US.


Goldman Sachs Analyst Believes Industry Growth Has Peaked

by Carmine Red - 2:20 pm EDT
Total comments: 7 Source: MarketWatch

Despite record March sales, a Goldman Sachs analyst believes that a dearth of big releases for the rest of the year will result in slower growth through 2009.

According to Goldman Sachs analyst Robert Higginbotham, last March's excellent sales figures could be mark a turning point in the game industry's momentum.

"Industry growth remains on a path toward deceleration from its current peak," predicted Higginbotham, downgrading the stock of game retailer... Read more...

Capcom Offering Replacement Okami Box Art Wii

by Nick DiMola - 12:01 pm EDT
Total comments: 28 Source: Capcom Replacement Site

In light of the recent discovery that the game's box art has the IGN watermark on it, Capcom is offering replacement art for those who have already purchased the game.

As of last week, it was discovered that the recent release of Capcom’s PS2 port Okami had the IGN watermark on the cover of the box. It is not clear as to how the cover art error came about, but Capcom is seeking to amend the situation with replacement box art regardless.

Rather than just...

April 23, 2008

Nintendo Channel to Launch in North America with WiiWare Wii

by James Jones - 10:33 pm EDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Game|Life

Known as Everybody's Nintendo Channel in Japan, it features videos, player reviews, and DS demos.

When WiiWare launches in North America on May 12th it will be joined by the release of the Nintendo Channel. The service launched in Japan in November of last year, under the title "Everybody's Nintendo Channel."

The new channel will feature video features, user recommendations, images, release... Read more...

EA Reveals Monopoly Video Game Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 10:04 pm EDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Press Release

Hasbro’s famous board game gets updated for video game consoles courtesy of EA Casual.

EA announced that they will bring the popular board game Monopoly to the Wii and other next-gen consoles this fall. The game will use the basic foundations set by the original Monopoly but will be more inspired by the upcoming Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition board game, which will be released at the same time as the video game.


Activision Announces Little League World Series '08 for Nintendo Systems Wii

by Les Thomas - 8:54 pm EDT
Total comments: 18 Source: Press Release

Fully-licensed Little League baseball title set for August release on the Wii and DS.

Today Activision announced Little League World Series 2008 for the Wii and DS. The game, developed exclusively for Nintendo systems, allows players to bat, pitch, and field with the Wii Remote. It features 16 different teams from the U.S. and across the world, as well as character customization and a World Series Mode. Activision hopes to appeal to families and fans of Little League baseball. The game is set for release on August 5, 2008.



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