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June 30, 2009

Sega Planning More Mature Wii Titles Wii

by Lukasz Balicki - 7:18 pm EDT
Total comments: 55 Source: GamesIndustry.biz

The publisher sees a viable mature market on Wii.

Sega recently revealed to GamesIndustry.biz that their strategy of targeting the mature market should be successful over the long-term. While House of the Dead: Overkill didn’t sell millions of copies, it proved profitable for the company according to Gary Dunn of Sega Europe.

"Whilst it had...

The Conduit's Promotional Codes Revealed Wii

by Aaron Kaluszka - 2:18 pm EDT
Total comments: 20

The third and final promo code allows players to play as a drone in single-player mode.

The Conduit's Special Edition release through GameStop included a 24-page concept art book. At the end of the book were two promotional codes, which unlock bonus features within the game. Luckily for those who didn't get the limited edition, the codes also work in the regular release. Once the codes are entered, options are activated in the Cheat menu.


30 Great Games Outdoor Fun Announced for Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 12:08 pm EDT
Total comments: 8

Take the family fun outdoors!

D3Publisher has announced that the follow up to the succesful Family Party: 30 Great Games will feature an outdoor theme.

Family Party: 30 Great Games Outdoor is currently in development at Tamsoft Corporation and will be released this fall.

The title will incorporate brain teasers, martial...

Majesco Now Profitable Thanks to Family Games Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 12:04 pm EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: Gamasutra

The creative force behind Cooking Mama discusses new brands, and how the Wii and DS's appeal helped them recover from financial trouble.

A few years ago, Majesco was known for their financial troubles. Highly-regarded titles such as Tim Schaffer's Psychonauts failed to gain the profit the company needed to stay alive, but thanks to the expanded audience appeal of both the Wii and DS, Majesco has never been in better shape. The Cooking Mama series alone has sold over four million copies domestically across all four iterations.


June 29, 2009

Scribblenauts Receives Honors at E3 DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 10:27 am EDT
Total comments: 2

The inventive word platformer wows at E3 2009.

5th Cell's DS title Scribblenauts has received over 30 industry awards after its presentation at E3, including THE Game Critics Award for "Best Original Game," Gamespot.com's "Editor’s Choice Game of the Show" and many other honors from various media and industry outlets.

Scribblenauts is a...

High Voltage on The Conduit Sales and On-Rails Shooters Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 10:25 am EDT
Total comments: 52 Source: IGN

IGN talks to Eric Nofsinger of High Voltage Software about The Conduit sales, motion control pressure, and on-rails shooters.

Last week marked the release of the highly-anticipated Wii first-person shooter The Conduit from High Voltage Software. In celebration of the game's release, IGN sat down with Chief Creative Officer Eric Nofsinger and talked about what they expect of this major release.

One of the most important topics of discussion was The Conduit's sales.


This Week in Nintendo Downloads Wii

by Lukasz Balicki - 8:55 am EDT
Total comments: 9

Water Warfare and two other WiiWare titles arrive on the Wii Shop Channel alongside a Suduoku game for DSiWare and a sequel to a famous Sega franchise for the Virtual Console.

This week in Nintendo Downloads, yet again, offers three WiiWare games, one game for DSiWare, and one Virtual Console game.

The first WiiWare title this week is Water Warfare from Hudson. In this first-person shooter, you are armed with water guns instead of firearms. The game offers various... Read more...

June 27, 2009

Silicon Era Interviews Xseed Games DS

by Pedro Hernandez - 8:40 pm EDT
Total comments: 20 Source: Silicon Era

Xseed President Jun Iwasaki talks about how game sales affect what they localize, the likelihood of Retro Game Challenge 2, and the company's history.

Xseed Games has gained a loyal following thanks to their efforts in bringing obscure Japanese games to the Americas. Most recently they gained the publishing rights to Namco Bandai's Wii role-playing game Fragile and brought Drill Sergeant Mindstrong for WiiWare. Silicon Era sat down with Xseed President Jun Iwasaki and discussed future projects and how game sales decide what games they localize.


AQ Interactive Announces Korg DS-10 Plus DS

by Lukasz Balicki - 6:17 pm EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: AQI Faux Conference Video

This DSi-enhanced title is an update to last year's music creation tool and will feature exclusive DSi features.

At a recent faux conference in Japan, AQI announced Korg DS-10 Plus, an update to last year's Korg DS-10. It will take advantage of DSi's increased technical specifications by introducing dual mode. Dual mode allows the player to create music tracks with four analog synthesizers, eight drum tracks, and twelve tracks. There are also new programmable editing tools, such as an expanded song mode and real-time editing.


The Conduit Launch Trailer Wii

by Jon Lindemann - 3:35 pm EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: Sega

Sega's The Conduit launched this week, and here's one last trailer to let you know.

As many of you already know (especially those of you who participated in our special Wi-Fi Night last Wednesday), Sega launched their Wii-exclusive first-person shooter The Conduit this week. For those of you who haven't picked it up yet, here's a launch trailer to whet your appetite.

Look for NWR's review of The Conduit early next week!


June 26, 2009

We Cheer 2's Song List Revealed Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 11:02 am EDT
Total comments: 8

Get ready to bring it on to the lively tunes of the Black Eyed Peas and Corbin Bleu.

Namco Bandai has released We Cheer 2's full song list. Fitting the game's peppy tune, players will shake their digital pom-poms to the melodies of Corbin Bleu (of High School Musical fame), the Black Eyed Peas, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Toni Basil, known for her cheerleading anthem Mickey.

The...

June 25, 2009

ZeniMax Media Inc. Purchases id Software

by Lukasz Balicki - 7:59 pm EDT
Total comments: 3

The parent company of Bethesda Game Studios purchases the legendary first-person shooter developer.

Today, ZeniMax Media Inc. announced that they have acquired the famous first-person shooter (FPS) developer, id Software who is well known for games in the Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein series. Bethesda Softworks will publish all future id Software games, with an exception to games that id committed to... Read more...

Bit.Trip Core To Become the 100th WiiWare Title Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 6:50 pm EDT
Total comments: 10 Source: Gaijin Games

Bit.Trip Core will mark an achievement for the downloadable game service when it comes out this July.

Just having finished celebrating its one year anniversary, Nintendo's WiiWare service will once again see another milestone. On July 6, 2009, Gaijin Games will release Bit.Trip Core, a follow up to Bit.Trip.Beat, which is already available on WiiWare.

The game will be WiiWare's 100th game. An image on their website confirms this..


Two More Tingle Games Coming to Japan

by Pedro Hernandez - 6:46 pm EDT
Total comments: 16 Source: Silicon Era

The lovable middle-aged fairy from The Legend of Zelda series will star in a DSiWare title and a retail DS title.

The latest issue of Famitsu revealed that Tingle, the weird Legend of Zelda character, will have two new games based around him, including one of which is already out now.

That one is a DSiWare game called Too Much Tingle Pack. It released for the service last week in Japan and is priced at 500... Read more...

Metroid Prime Trilogy To Ship In Collector's Tin Wii

by Zachary Miller - 11:24 am EDT
Total comments: 52 Source: Press Release

Samus Aran brings sexy back with an awesome collector's tin.

Nintendo recently announced and released pictures of the box art for the upcoming release of Metroid Prime Trilogy for Wii. The game will be shipping in a special tin case with a cardboard sleeve. In addition, Nintendo will be including an art book with the game.

The Metroid Prime Trilogy hits shelves on August 24 and features Wii controls and achievements across all three games. It will carry a MSRP of $49.99.


June 23, 2009

The Conduit Shipping Today Wii

by Lukasz Balicki - 9:55 am EDT
Total comments: 16

The highly-anticipated first-person shooter title ships today. We've got the final trailer, a commercial, and some direct feed from E3 to get you excited.

The Conduit is one of the most anticipated titles to be released for the Wii. Featuring intense action, robust online multiplayer, and customizable controls, The Conduit is shipping to stores today.

If that wasn't enough, Sega has been advertising the game heavily with online ads, magazine ads, and recently numerous TV ads.


June 22, 2009

UK Government Now Using PEGI Ratings

by Chuck Jose - 1:25 pm EDT
Total comments: 37 Source: Gamasutra

It's official. The United Kingdom has chosen the widely popular PEGI system as the sole means for rating video game content.

Following a protracted battle between the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) and the Pan-European Game Information (PEGI) body, the UK's Department for Culture, Media and Sport has decided to use the PEGI age rating system as the country's only standard for rating video games, making it enforceable under British law for the first time.


This Week in Nintendo Downloads

by Nick DiMola - 8:50 am EDT
Total comments: 4 Source: Press Release

Yet another Art Style game makes its way to the DSi Shop alongside three new titles for WiiWare and a single Virtual Console title.

This week in Nintendo Downloads features, yet again, a hefty collection of titles with three for WiiWare, one for DSiWare, and one for the Virtual Console.

Easily the most notable release of the week comes to us from Skip Ltd. and Nintendo. The title is also the third entry in the Art Style series... Read more...

Game Releases from May 31 to June 20

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:05 am EDT
Total comments: 3

E3 sent us into a tail spin and we got a bit behind. Check out the releases that happened during E3 and the two weeks after it.

(Editor's Note: Sorry this is so late. I promise that the next article will actually be out during the week it is supposed to come out.)

And we're back!

If you can't tell by the slow devolution of this article, it is really tough to put together. That's why we're trying another format change. Hopefully, this will allow us to get this article up earlier and make it just as strong. Let us know what you think in Talkback!


June 21, 2009

Kotaku Interviews Nintendo About the Other M Wii

by Pedro Hernandez - 4:52 pm EDT
Total comments: 10 Source: Kotaku

Nintendo promises it will be a Metroid like no other.

One of the most surprising moments at Nintendo’s recent E3 press conference was the announcement of Metroid: Other M, a game being made by Tecmo’s Team Ninja, known for their work on the Dead of Alive and Ninja Gaiden franchises. Marking the second time that Nintendo has collaborated with Tecmo... Read more...


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