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August 27, 2008

Nintendo to Release Metallic Silver DS DS

by Nick DiMola - 2:20 pm EDT
Total comments: 14 Source: Kotaku

A leaked Best Buy catalog reveals a new DS color.

Kotaku has revealed through a leaked picture from a Best Buy catalog (due to hit stores September 7) that a brand new DS Lite color is being released by Nintendo.

According to the advertisement, a Metallic Silver DS Lite similar in color to the original DS will be available sometime next month... Read more...

Jagged Alliance Receiving a DS Port

by Nick DiMola - 1:55 pm EDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

The classic PC strategy RPG will be available next year on Nintendo's handheld.

Empire Interactive of Silverstar Holdings has announced that Strategy First Inc. and Cypron Studios are porting Jagged Alliance, a classic 1994 PC title, to the DS.

The game will be a mix of turn-based tactical strategy and RPG elements. Gamers will recruit and control of a variety of unique... Read more...

Games Convention Planning Event in North America

by Nick DiMola - 1:49 pm EDT
Total comments: 15 Source: GamesIndustry.biz

Leipziger Messe is planning to expand the Games Convention with a North American event.

Leipziger Messe, the company that organizes the (Leipzig) Games Convention, is planning to expand their efforts to a new event in North America. Messe has already brought the convention to Asia last year under the title Games Convention Asia. This year, the Asian expo will return to Singapore on the dates of September 18 through September 20.


Hudson Reveals PAX Lineup Wii

by Nick DiMola - 1:23 pm EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

Two of their WiiWare games, Bomberman Blast and Alien Crush Returns, will be playable as well as Fishing Master World Tour and Deca Sports for Wii.

Hudson revealed today that their appearance at PAX would include four playable titles at their booth (261) this year. Bomberman Blast and Alien Crush Returns, two WiiWare titles due for release in September, are making their public debut.

Bomberman Blast is a brand new Bomberman title, but is... Read more...

August 26, 2008

Hudson Reveals More Details on Bomberman WiiWare Title Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:41 am EDT
Total comments: 13 Source: Press Release

Titled Bomberman Blast, the upcoming downloadable game will feature eight-person online multiplayer, Mii support, and online tournaments.

After mentioning a Bomberman WiiWare game back in March, Hudson Entertainment officially unveiled Bomberman Blast today. Along with the support of Mii Bombermen, it will be the first time on Wii that Bomberman will feature eight-player online multiplayer with leaderboards as well as individual and team battles.


Atari Brings Dragon Ball: Origins to Europe DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 10:29 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Following fall releases in North America and Japan, Atari will bring Namco Bandai's DS game to Europe in December 2008.

Atari announced last week that they will be bringing Namco Bandai's DS game, Dragon Ball: Origins, to Europe this December. Taking place during the original Dragon Ball series, players will control a young Goku as he fights enemies and tries to collect the seven Dragon Balls. Using the touch-screen to execute moves like his signature Kamehameha, Goku must protect his sidekick Bulma while she invents machines and weapons for him to use.


Smash Bros. Dojo Provides Surprise Update Wii

by Nick DiMola - 4:15 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Smash Bros. Dojo

Curious about the world records for Home Run Derby or Target Smash? Head over to the dojo to compare your records with the best in the world.

According to Masahiro Sakurai, "a vast number of Target Smash!! and Home-Run Contest submissions have poured in from players of all regions." As a result he has compiled a list of the top records for each character on each stage and made them available online for everyone to see.

Players interested...

Ubisoft Planning a Share Split

by Nick DiMola - 4:14 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Reuters

Ubisoft's publishing and developing efforts have paid off and investors may see it with a share split.

Ubisoft has been doing quite well lately by developing and publishing a variety of titles across all of the consoles currently on the market. In order to show investors and the market their success, Ubisoft is planning on splitting its shares (currently valued at €62.22 per share) two-for-one on September 22.


August 25, 2008

Mario Super Sluggers Slides Into Stores Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 12:07 pm EDT
Total comments: 26 Source: Press Release

Mario's latest Wii sports game "takes the fun into extra innings" with over 40 characters, a variety of game modes, and collectable online cards.

Nintendo announced today that Mario Super Sluggers is now available in stores across North America. Unlike Wii Sports' baseball mini-game, Mario Super Sluggers does not offer 1:1 motion control, but will detect player swings and thrown pitches through motion control.

The single-player mode takes...

Replacement Okami Covers Now Shipping Wii

by Nick DiMola - 10:32 am EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Capcom Blog

After interruptions from a variety of "elite ninja assassins," Capcom will now be shipping out the covers as promised with an extra bonus for the patient fans.

According to Capcom's Colin Ferris, the replacement covers for Okami Wii are finally shipping out. Due to an IGN watermark on the original cover, Capcom offered a replacement program for those with the tainted cover art. In an effort to appease the fans, Capcom offered a basic replacement of the standard cover art, but also offered two new unique covers.


This Week's Virtual Console and WiiWare Wii

by Nick DiMola - 10:30 am EDT
Total comments: 7 Source: Press Release

With the release of two Virtual Console games that were promised weeks ago, Nintendo provides us with one of the best weeks in Virtual Console and WiiWare history.

This week Nintendo has graced the Wii Shop Channel with two classic titles, Samurai Shodown 2 and Ys Book I & II, and a brand new title from Ghostfire Games, Helix.

Helix is a rhythm title where players will mimic the actions of an on-screen robot by using two Wii Remotes. The game features 26... Read more...

August 22, 2008

Super Mario RPG Finally Hits the Virtual Console ... in Europe

by Zachary Miller - 2:19 pm EDT
Total comments: 85 Source: NOE

The third "Hanabi Festival" brings many long-awaited gems.

One of the SNES' great swan songs, Super Mario RPG, hits the European Virtual Console this week as part of the third "Hanabi Festival." Named after the Japanese fireworks season, the festival welcomes both Japanese and American games which have never seen release in Europe.

This week European...

Samba de Amigo's Complete Song List Announced Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 9:31 am EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: Press Release

With 21 songs returning from the original Dreamcast game and 23 new ones, Sega's rhythm game will have variety when it shakes into stores on September 23.

Sega recently announced the complete song list for their upcoming Wii title, Samba de Amigo. Containing a mix of songs from previous Samba games and an assortment of new ones, Samba de Amigo is set to hit stores in North America on September 23, 2008 and Europe on September 19, 2008. The only sour note is that some of the songs are covers.


August 21, 2008

Mii Freestyle Mode Revealed for Guitar Hero: World Tour Wii

by Nick DiMola - 7:58 pm EDT
Total comments: 15 Source: IGN

This Wii exclusive mode will also feature air guitar and drums by using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk.

Activision announced yesterday during the Leipzig Games Conference in Germany that the Wii version of the upcoming Guitar Hero: World Tour will include the exclusive Mii Freestyle mode.

Mii Freestyle mode allows players to use their custom made Miis in the game along with their Wii Remote and Nunchuk to play air guitar and drums.


August 20, 2008

Space Invaders Get Even Across Europe in October Wii

by Greg Leahy - 4:19 pm EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

PAL Wii owners will take command of the legendary invaders as they attack the Earth in an exclusive new WiiWare title.

Square Enix has announced that it will be bringing another instalment of Taito's legendary Space Invaders series to PAL territories in the form of Space Invaders Get Even, an exclusive new WiiWare title available to download from the Wii Shop Channel in October.

Following on from the release...

August 19, 2008

Original de Blob Developers Announce WiiWare Title Wii

by Nick DiMola - 11:49 am EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

The team responsible for the concept of de Blob and its original creation has announced their latest venture, a side-scrolling strategy title called Swords & Soldiers.

Ronimo Games, known best for their creation of the de Blob concept, has announced their latest venture, Swords & Soldiers, a side-scrolling strategy game for WiiWare. According to Ronimo Games' co-founder, Fabian Akker, "[de Blob] definitely gave us the opportunity to start our own company," and it showed us "that we can make cool games and function as a good team."


1UP Interviews Mikami and Suda About New Game

by Neal Ronaghan - 11:29 am EDT
Total comments: 7 Source: 1UP

The two acclaimed developers say they work well together because Mikami makes games "play good" and Suda makes "visuals good."

Shinji Mikami and Goichi Suda, also known as Suda 51, recently signed a deal with EA to publish an unrevealed game. In an interview with 1UP, they discussed the genesis of the upcoming game and their relationship with EA.

Apparently Suda had the idea for the game back when he was working on Killer... Read more...

Nintendo to Aggressively Pursue Latin American Market

by Nick DiMola - 11:15 am EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Reuters

Unbelievable growth in the market over the past few years is giving Nintendo reason enough to more aggressively pursue it.

In an interview with Reggie Fils-Aime at the Nintendo NEX Latin America 2008 conference in Playa Bonita, Panama, it was revealed that Nintendo intends to more aggressively pursue the Latin American market. According to Fils-Aime, "Nintendo has experienced phenomenal growth in the region over the past few years, growth that has even surpassed what we have seen in the United States."


Nintendo to Host The Conduit at PAX 2008 Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 8:59 am EDT
Total comments: 32 Source: Press Release

High Voltage's anticipated first person shooter will be playable at Nintendo's booth at the Penny Arcade Expo.

High Voltage Software announced that their upcoming game, The Conduit, will be featured at Nintendo's booth later this month at the Penny Arcade Expo. "PAX is jam-packed wall-to-wall with passionate game fans," said Eric Nofsinger, Chief Creative Officer at High Voltage. "We are incredibly honored to be featured there at Nintendo's booth. It's a fantastic opportunity for us to receive input and feedback directly from other gamers."


Chrono Trigger Release Date Set DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 6:33 am EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

The classic RPG is scheduled to hit North American shores on November 25, 2008.

Square Enix revealed that the previously announced DS port of Chrono Trigger will be coming to North America on November 25, 2008. Originally released in 1995 on the SNES, Chrono Trigger is one of the most acclaimed and revered games of all time. The DS version will feature touch screen functionality as well as new dungeons and an Arena mode.



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