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April 30, 2009

Boom Blox Bash Party Website Goes Live Wii

by Jared Rosenberg - 11:25 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

EA reveals a mid-May release for the game and launches its website.

EA announced that the highly-anticipated sequel to Boom Blox will appear in stores on May 19.

In addition to revealing the release date, EA also unveiled the games website. Visitors to the site can watch short videos displaying some of the different modes, and read descriptions of some of the... Read more...

Square Enix Allows Eidos to be Independent Company

by Pedro Hernandez - 11:02 pm PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Kotaku

Eidos' brand will be left intact despite the recent acquisition.

Every time news of a company buying/merging with another company emerges fans begin to doubt and wonder if the quality and brand of each company will change or be affected by the events. In the case of Eidos and Square Enix, many wondered if Miss Lara Croft from Tomb Raider would be venturing into the realms of Final Fantasy. This, according to Square Enix, will not happen.

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Ubisoft's Profits Rise Thanks to Wii Wii

by Jared Rosenberg - 7:04 pm PDT
Total comments: 30 Source: Gamasutra

Strong sales from Rayman and Shaun White helped Ubisoft increase their bottom line.

Ubisoft has been a strong supporter of the Wii since its launch. Evidently, this support paid off this past fiscal year when robust sales of the company's Wii titles helped to boost full-year profits by 14 percent to 1.06 billion euros ($1.5 billion dollars).

While earnings were down a little... Read more...

SouthPeak's Sled Shred Brings Downhill Sledding to the Wii Wii

by Carmine Red - 2:40 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

Players will be able to use the Wii Balance Board to train with and race against the renowned Jamaican Bobsled team.

Did you know that there is a Jamaican Bobsled team? Perhaps best popularized by the 1993 Disney movie Cool Runnings, the team is now featured in SouthPeak Games' recently announced Sled Shred for the Wii.

Sled Shred doesn't only promise bobsleds (both the two and four-person variety) though;... Read more...

April 29, 2009

Sega Announces Wacky World of Sports for Wii Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 5:33 pm PDT
Total comments: 11 Source: Press Release

The game will boast 10 events in a wacky world tour. Updated with announcement trailer.

With Wii Sports Resort promising 1:1 controls thanks to MotionPlus, Mario and Sonic returning for round two at the Olympic Winter Games, and Hudson's Deca Sports 2 offering online play, Sega is making their own sports compilation called Wacky World of Sports.

Exclusively for the Wii, the title's... Read more...

New Nintendo Power Confirms Red Steel 2 Wii

by Jon Lindemann - 9:30 am PDT
Total comments: 34 Source: Nintendo Power

You've always known it's true, but now it's truly true. UPDATED with press release and lone piece of art!

The cover of the June issue of Nintendo Power finally confirms what has been an open secret for a while now: Red Steel 2 is coming to Wii. The teaser text on the cover ("Finally, wielding a sword in a Wii game feels as real as you'd always dreamed!") also seems to confirm the July 2008 report that... Read more...

April 28, 2009

E3 2009 Gathers Over 150 Participants

by Pedro Hernandez - 10:20 pm PDT
Total comments: 43 Source: Gamasutra

For its part, Nintendo is promising their "full support."

Last year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) looks like it will be the last year to experiment with a small format. Right after the 2008 show ended officials decided to go back to the previous and more grand E3 style, last experienced in 2006. With this change E3 2009 has gained a lot of support... Read more...

Winds of Nostalgia Heading to North America DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 8:49 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

Ignition Entertainment gains the publishing rights of the Tecmo airship RPG.

Just a few days after they announced that they will be publishing Muramasa: The Demon Blade in North America, Ignition Entertainment recently confirmed that they picked up the publishing rights to Tecmo's DS RPG Winds of Nostalgia.

Winds of Nostalgia is a classic RPG with 3D graphics set in a... Read more...

No Madden On DS This Year Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:58 pm PDT
Total comments: 15 Source: EA Sports

EA Sports is currently "evaluating [their] approach to the Madden NFL franchise on the DS," which will result in the series skipping the system this year.

Last week when the Madden NFL 10 cover athletes were revealed, there was no comment on the status of the DS game, which was conspicuously omitted from the press release.

When reached for comment, EA Sports' Senior PR Manager Rob Semsey released the following statement:

"We set extremely... Read more...

Ace Attorney Investigations Confirmed for American Release DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 5:27 pm PDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Silicon Era

The Phoenix Wright spin-off starring series mainstay Miles Edgeworth begins its investigations in North America in winter 2009. UPDATE: First English trailer released.

Capcom's recent Captivate 2009 event confirmed that Ace Attorney Investigations, the first spin-off title from Capcom's Phoenix Wright series starring Phoenix's rival Miles Edgeworth, will be released in Japan on May 28 and in North America and Europe in winter 2009. It was first revealed last year.

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April 27, 2009

This Week in Nintendo Downloads Wii

by Francesca DiMola - 3:16 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Press Release

This week brings about two new DSiWare games, a Cocoto WiiWare game, and a Super Nintendo game for the Virtual Console.

This week in Nintendo Downloads, Nintendo again releases two new titles for DSiWare, while Neko Entertainment brings us Cocoto Platform Jumper to WiiWare, and the SNES game Nobunaga's Ambition finds its way onto the Virtual Console.

Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics is a compilation of familiar... Read more...

New Details on Nintendo's Friend Connection Emerge DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 3:08 pm PDT
Total comments: 24 Source: Silicon Era

After nearly a year of silence, first details on the Sims-inspired DS game surfaces.

Last year, Nintendo unveiled a DS game called Friend Connection at their Fall Media Conference. No gameplay details were shown, except for a short video of a Satoru Iwata Mii delivering a speech and a Shigeru Miyamoto Mii singing karaoke.

The game has been set for a Japanese release on June 18,... Read more...

April 26, 2009

Final Fantasy Heading to Japanese Virtual Console in May Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 5:29 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Silicon Era

Famicom Wars also included in May’s Virtual Console updates.

Nintendo’s Game Developer’s Conference revealed that the original Final Fantasy, released on the Japanese Famicom in 1987, would be hitting the Virtual Console service soon. Nintendo recently released details on its Virtual Console lineup for May, and Final Fantasy is confirmed to be included in one of the weekly updates.

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Nintendo Comes Out on Top at the MCV Awards Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 5:25 pm PDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: MCV

Honors include Games Campaign and best PR.

At the seventh Annual MCV Industry Excellence Awards celebrated in London, England, Nintendo walked away with a handful of awards for the third year in a row. Nintendo won awards for est PR Team, Games Campaign (for Wii Fit), and Marketing Team. Nintendo also received the MCV Retail Advisory Board Special Recognition award.

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WiiWare Games Required to Hit Sales Threshold Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 5:14 pm PDT
Total comments: 16 Source: Gamasutra

In order for developers to see profit, a sales threshold must first be surpassed.

In the last few days the topic of a WiiWare sales threshold has been debated among game industry analysts and fans alike. The various industry reports say that before independent developers can see any profit on WiiWare they must first surpass a sales threshold. Developers do not see a profit from... Read more...

More Crystal Bearers Details Surface Thanks to Famitsu Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 3:53 pm PDT
Total comments: 16 Source: Weekly Famitsu via IGN

The weekly magazine brings new details on characters and new gameplay mechanics in Square Enix's upcoming Wii game.

Last week, Weekly Famitsu offered its readers details on the plot and gameplay of Square Enix's Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: The Crystal Bearers while offering an interview with the game's directors. This week the coveted Japanese gaming magazine brings even more details regarding the game's universe.

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April 25, 2009

Ghostbusters Trailer Released Wii

by Jon Lindemann - 7:00 pm PDT
Total comments: 17 Source: Press Release

Just don't cross the streams.

Atari and Red Fly Studio recently released a new trailer for the Wii version of Ghostbusters: The Video Game. It looks to be a faithful recreation of the spirit (no pun intended) of the original movie, right down to voice acting provided by the original cast.

Ghostbusters: The Video Game is scheduled for release on June 16, 2009.

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Wii Achieves Eight Million Sold in Japan Wii

by Carmine Red - 5:03 pm PDT
Total comments: 24 Source: Famitsu

But despite being far ahead of the competition, there's reason to agree with Nintendo's president that the Wii is in an "unhealthy condition" in its home market.

Two years and four months after its launch in the Japanese market, Nintendo's Wii system has crested eight million units sold in its home market. This places it millions of units ahead of its competitors, a triumph given the fact that Nintendo was a distant second in the last era of gaming consoles.

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Larry Fitzgerald and Troy Polamalu to Grace Madden NFL 10's Cover Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 4:51 pm PDT
Total comments: 3 Source: Press Release

For the first time ever, two players will be on the cover of Madden. It’s twice the curse for your Madden Curse dollar.

EA has announced that the Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald and the Pittsburgh Steelers' Troy Polamalu will be the cover athletes for this year's Madden NFL 10. Fitzgerald, a wide receiver, matched up against Polamalu, a defensive back, in last year's Super Bowl, with Polamalu's Steelers emerging victorious.

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Nintendo Announces Mother’s Day DS Lite Bundle DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 2:15 pm PDT
Total comments: 8 Source: Gamasutra

Cooking highlights a motherly package.

As an apparent push towards capturing the adult female market, Nintendo will release a special Mother’s Day-themed DS Lite bundle featuring a Lime Green DS Lite, a green carrying case, and a copy of Personal Trainer: Cooking.

The bundle will be available at retail on May 3 and priced at 149.99 MSRP.

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