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June 30, 2008

Brain Quest Coming to DS in Digital Form

by Nick DiMola - 6:54 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

The popular educational card game is being transformed into two DS titles each with over 6,000 questions with a focus on students in grades three through six.

Last week, EA announced a partnership with Workman Publishing Company to bring the popular Brain Quest quiz card game to the Nintendo DS. The agreement focuses on two unique titles directed at two different grade levels similar to the actual Brain Quest games.

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New DLC for WiiWare's My Life as a King Wii

by Carmine Red - 3:02 pm PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: FFCC:MLaaK

New dungeons, features, abilities, and costumes are available. An eight-block file size suggests that this content isn't merely being unlocked.

Along with the usual Monday releases of new titles for Nintendo's WiiWare or Virtual Console services, this week also sees the release of new downloadable content (DLC) for owners of the WiiWare title Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King.

Square Enix's WiiWare launch title had... Read more...

Chocobo's Dungeon Headed to PAL Wiis Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 1:57 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon brings random dungeons and cute creatures to PAL territories this fall.

Square Enix announced that Final Fantasy Fables: Chocobo's Dungeon will hit Europe and other PAL regions this fall after its release in Japan and North America. Featuring the lovable Chocobos of Final Fantasy fame, this mystery dungeon game offers a compelling narrative and numerous familiar Final Fantasy jobs for the player to attain.

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Paper Mario Music-Swap Lawsuit a Mistake

by Les Thomas - 12:51 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: GamePolitics

Lawsuit against Nintendo for use of the song "You're so Cool" in a three-year old commercial lasts less than a week before being voluntarily dropped.

On June 12, 2008 Morgan Creek announced a lawsuit against Nintendo for using the song You're so Cool from their film True Romance in a GameCube game ad. The game was not mentioned by name in the lawsuit, but the only GameCube game ad to feature the song was used in a television commercial for Nintendo's... Read more...

This Week's Virtual Console and WiiWare Wii

by Nick DiMola - 11:52 am PDT
Total comments: 18 Source: Press Release

America gets a new Nintendo WiiWare title and the second iteration of Fatal Fury on the Neo-Geo for the Virtual Console.

This week on the Wii Shop Channel, Nintendo brings another WiiWare title, Magnetica Twist, a port of the classic puzzler. The Neo-Geo has also received another entry with a sequel to the already released Fatal Fury. Additionally, more downloadable content has been made available for Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, the WiiWare launch title from Square-Enix.

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DS to Get Exclusive Prince of Persia Game DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:37 am PDT
Total comments: 12 Source: Press Release

Prince of Persia: The Fallen King will feature stylus control and an all new character: the "Magus."

Ubisoft recently announced that their Casablanca studio is working on a DS exclusive Prince of Persia game. Titled Prince of Persia: The Fallen King, the game will expand the Prince of Persia saga and will accompany the console and PC Prince of Persia game coming out this holiday season.

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PAL Virtual Console Update

by Greg Leahy - 6:00 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

Five more classic games are available to download as the Wii Shop Channel continues to alternate between WiiWare and VC every week.

Continuing the recent trend of Wii Shop Channel updates alternating between new WiiWare games and additions to the PAL Virtual Console library, last week saw another five retro games become available to download:

Pac-Attack (SNES, 800 points)

Super Fantasy Zone (MD, 800 points)

King of the Monsters (NEOGEO, 900 points)

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June 28, 2008

Metal Slug 7 Announced for American Release DS

by Nick DiMola - 8:03 am PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

Though announced last September by Famitsu Weekly, SNK Playmore confirms that the DS title is headed to America.

SNK Playmore and Ignition Entertainment announced today that the latest iteration of the Metal Slug series will also be receiving an American release. Between Metal Slug Anthology on Wii and this DS title, Nintendo is the only company to have full representation of the series on its platforms.

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Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire the Rift Available Now in Europe DS

by Nick DiMola - 7:58 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

The exclusive DS title featuring classic Final Fantasy Tactics strategy gameplay is now available in stores across Europe.

Square-Enix announced this past Thursday the arrival of their latest exclusive DS title, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire the Rift in European retail outlets today.

Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire the Rift features the classic isometric 2D strategy gaming found in prior Final Fantasy Tactics... Read more...

EA Announces Boogie Sequel for Wii Wii

by Nick DiMola - 7:54 am PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: Press Release

The new title, Boogie Superstar, will allow girls across the world to perform today's popular music and become a virtual star.

EA announced yesterday that the singing and dancing Wii title Boogie is going to receive a sequel: Boogie Superstar. Unlike the original Boogie, Superstar is aimed squarely at girls and will feature more current music as opposed to a mix of current and classic songs.

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WALL-E Launches Into Stores Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:05 am PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

The video game based off of the upcoming Disney/Pixar film is now out for the DS and Wii.

THQ announced that their latest game for the DS and Wii, WALL-E, is now in stores. The game is based off of the highly anticipated Disney/Pixar film of the same name and is developed by Heavy Iron Studios. It follows the storyline of the movie and also adds in additional content that will not be seen in theatres. It will also include voice work from the film's stars and the work of the acclaimed sound designer Ben Burtt.

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Traditional RPG Arc Rise Fantasia Announced for Wii

by James Charlton - 2:40 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Famitsu Weekly

Developers of Luminous Arc and World Destruction help fill RPG void in the Wii's library

Yet again Famitsu Weekly has revealed a new title in development for a Nintendo system. Marvelous is bringing Wii owners a traditional RPG from Image Epoch, Arc Rise Fantasia.

Arc Rise Fantasia will feature a graphical style similar to that found in tri-Ace games. The title will also feature a widescreen option for 16:9 users to take advantage of.

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Japanese Game Developer Offers to Pay Tuition Fees DS

by James Charlton - 2:24 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Official Moe Star Website

All you have to do is study English with their DS game "Moe Star" and then ace a barrage of tests.

The announcement of a new DS game called Moe Star: Moeru Todai Eigo Juku (meaning Tokyo University English Cram School) comes with a unique motivational twist for students to buy and use the software. The developers are offering 500,000 Yen (about $4,700 in US currency) towards tuition fees for students who attend certain Moesta events and pass a series of tests.

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June 27, 2008

Top Spin 3 Volleyed into Stores Wii

by Nick DiMola - 9:49 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

2K Sports' latest iteration of the popular tennis series is now available in stores for both Wii and DS.

2K Sports announced this past Tuesday the arrival of Top Spin 3 in retail outlets across America. Players will be able to take control of the Wii game through use of the Wii Remote's motion control, as well as the Nunchuk for movement.

Top Spin 3 for the Wii won't feature online connectivity, but it will include its Create-a-Player mode, allowing players to customize their on screen avatar and in play style.

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World of Goo to Receive Retail Release in Europe Wii

by Nick DiMola - 10:01 am PDT
Total comments: 12 Source: WiiWare-World

Unlike the North American version, which will be distributed through Nintendo's WiiWare service, World of Goo is set to be published by RTL Playtainment in Europe.

The recently published release list from Nintendo of Europe revealed that World of Goo, the upcoming WiiWare title in North America, will be launching later this year in Europe. The interesting tidbit of information revealed by the list was that the game is set to be published by RTL Playtainment, implying that it would be available at retail outlets as opposed to in digital form online.

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Aerosmith to Unleash Their Guitar Hero Game in New York City Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:31 am PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Today, Aerosmith is appearing at the Hard Rock Café for a press conference and V.I.P. Launch Party for Guitar Hero: Aerosmith.

Aerosmith will debut the latest game in the burgeoning Guitar Hero franchise, Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, at the Hard Rock Café in Times Square today. The rock and roll themed restaurant will be "transformed into a Best Buy home theater/video game lounge" as Aerosmith will take part in a press conference to discuss their new game.

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June 26, 2008

Majesco Announces Slowed Q2 Earnings

by Les Thomas - 9:09 pm PDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Majesco

List of announced 2008 lineup composed almost exclusively of Wii and DS titles.

Majesco Inc. recently released financials for the second quarter of 2008. The report showed a slight slowing trend for sales and profit compared to the same quarter in 2007. However, the company's combined earnings for the first two quarters of 2008 are up from last year nearly 50%. Majesco Entertainment released six games this quarter, an overwhelming four were on the Nintendo DS system.

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Mega Man 9 Confirmed for WiiWare Wii

by Nick DiMola - 12:02 pm PDT
Total comments: 47 Source: Nintendo Power

The Blue Bomber returns to his roots.

The latest issue of Nintendo Power has revealed that Mega Man is headed to WiiWare with a new iteration to the mainline series. It has been over eleven years since Mega Man 8 released on both the Sega Saturn and PlayStation, though the Blue Bomber and his accompanying characters have continued to stay relevant through a number of spin-off titles and re-releases.

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Treyarch Puts Specialized Team in Charge of Next Call of Duty Wii

by Nick DiMola - 10:39 am PDT
Total comments: 74 Source: CVG

The team is working to include Wii specific control schemes, strong graphics, and a compelling online experience to create "the best shooter on Wii."

In an interview with CVG, Treyarch, the developers of the upcoming Call of Duty: World at War, revealed a number of new details about the Wii version of the game. According to Treyarch, a special internal team of Wii experts have been assigned to the title and "live, eat and breathe Wii." Even at this point in development, Treyarch believes that Call of Duty: World at War "looks better than any Wii game on the market so far."

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EA Planning to Ship Peripherals with Upcoming Sports Titles Wii

by Nick DiMola - 7:52 am PDT
Total comments: 9 Source: Gamasutra

EA Sports will soon adopt the "Rock Band peripheral strategy," while keeping in mind that this strategy cannot "raise that barrier of entry and accessibility."

During a lecture at the Paris GDC,Vice President of EA Sports David McCarthy discussed the future of EA Sports titles on the Wii platform. According to McCarthy, peripherals are a step forward for the company's sports titles provided they do not "raise that barrier of entry and accessibility."

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