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July 30, 2010

Metroid: Other M to Feature 'Theater Mode' Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 12:10 pm EDT
Total comments: 41 Source: http://www.1up.com/do/newsStory?cId=3180610

Players will be able to watch the story's cutscenes in a two-hour movie-like presentation.

Metroid: Other M will boast a lengthy film as a special feature when it hits stores on August 31.

The film, unlocked after the game's completion, features all of the game's cut scenes and a few pre-recorded sections of gameplay in a two-hour presentation split up into DVD-like chapters. The pre-recorded... Read more...

July 29, 2010

Capcom Posts Dramatic Drop in First Quarter Income

by Karlie Yeung - 4:00 pm EDT
Total comments: 23 Source: Capcom Financial Results, http://www.capcom.co.jp/ir/english/news/html/e1007...

Huge drop in profits compared to this time last year.

Capcom have reported a net income of 216 million yen ($2.4 million) for the quarter ending June 30, 2010. Compared with the same period in 2009, this is a 94.8 percent drop. While profits are down, net sales are similar to last year, with just a 2.4 percent drop to 19,037 million yen ($219 million).


Conduit 2 Box Art Released Wii

by Neal Ronaghan - 10:51 am EDT
Total comments: 49

The guns look bigger, and there's more text!

Sega released the official box art for Conduit 2 today, and it is saddled with prominent text that says it has "single, split-screen, and online combat."

Alongside the release of the box art, Sega also teased that more exciting information about the game is on the way. This could be anything from new content or a specific release date.


Even More Metroid Gameplay and Cutscenes Wii

by Karlie Yeung - 9:55 am EDT
Total comments: 5

Lots of videos showcasing the early parts of Metroid: Other M.

As well as yesterday's trailer, a series of video clips from Metroid: Other M reveal the early areas of the game. There are seven gameplay trailers showing a mini-boss, the biosphere style "Sector 1", visor battling, and fighting in corridors. Cutscenes from the beginning of the game have also been released, showing the events that happened prior to the beginning of Other M.


Donkey Kong Country Returns Coming to Europe This Year, But No Kirby

by Karlie Yeung - 9:35 am EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: (ONM UK), http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/article....

European Q4 releases include Donkey Kong Country Returns, but Kirby's Epic Yarn is due 2011.

Nintendo's Japanese release list from their financial forecast has confirmed the European release timeframes for several upcoming Wii games from Nintendo.

While no specific release dates were given, Donkey Kong Country Returns, Flingsmash, and Wii Party are due before Christmas. Kirby's Epic Yarn is set for release in the first quarter of 2011, with Mario Sports Mix and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword also listed for 2011. 


Nintendo Reports Quarterly Loss in Income and Sales

by Karlie Yeung - 5:56 am EDT
Total comments: 20 Source: (Bloomberg), http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-29/nintendo-...

Slowing DS sales and stronger yen are contributing factors.

For the first time in more than two years, Nintendo has posted a loss for the quarter ending June 30 2010. Net loss was 25.2 billion yen ($289 million), a 42 percent drop compared to the same period in 2009. Sales revenue dropped 26 percent to 188.6 billion yen ($2.1 billion).

The large drop in...

Nintendo to Announce 3DS Release Date and Price

by Karlie Yeung - 3:28 am EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: (Bloomberg Japan), http://www.bloomberg.co.jp/apps/news?pid=jp09_news...

Launch information for 3DS expected in September.

Bloomberg's Japanese division has confirmed that Nintendo will reveal price and release date details on September 29 in Japan. This follows a telephone conversation between Bloomberg and Yasushi Hiroshi Minagawa, Nintendo spokesperson. Shipment targets for the fiscal year are expected to be part of the announcement.


July 28, 2010

Nintendo Releases New Metroid: Other M Trailer Wii

by Jon Lindemann - 11:27 pm EDT
Total comments: 2 Source: (Nintendo)

Get ready to meet the cast.

Nintendo has released a new Metroid trailer on the game's Japanese website.  It features a rundown of the game's characters, as Samus docks aboard a space station and runs into some old friends.  The soldiers that she talks to are, in the order of their introduction:

Anthony HiggsMaurice...

Atlus Reveals Radiant Historia for DS DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 2:40 pm EDT
Total comments: 1 Source: http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2010/07/28/radian...

The new RPG features time-travel gameplay and staffers from the PS2 RPG Radiata Stories.

Atlus unveiled a new DS RPG in Famitsu called Radiant Historia.

Hitting Japan on November 4, the game's story is focused on a hero named Stok, who is on one side of a war that broke out because people in the world are suffering from "Sand Person Disease." In a fight, he is wounded, and is then transported to an alternate world. From then on, Stok must travel between the past and future of two worlds and try to create one good timeline.


R4 Card Sales Outlawed in the UK

by Neal Ronaghan - 2:38 pm EDT
Total comments: 57 Source: http://www.develop-online.net/news/35482/Nintendo-...

Another country deems the DS storage devices illegal to sell.

The popular R4 cards, which are widely used to play retail DS games illegitimately, are now illegal to be imported, sold, or advertised all throughout the UK, according to a recent ruling by a British high court judge.

The official decision is that the card is illegal because it thwarts Nintendo's... Read more...

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest Heads to Virtual Console Wii

by Andy Goergen - 1:39 pm EDT
Total comments: 22 Source: (SiliconEra), http://www.siliconera.com/2010/07/26/final-fantasy...

The Virtual Console looks to be getting another 16-bit Final Fantasy game.

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest recently appeared on the website of the Australian Classification Board, meaning that it will likely soon appear on Virtual Console as well.

Mystic Quest, a simplified take on the Final Fantasy formula, was originally released by Squaresoft in North America in 1992 for... Read more...

Dragon Quest VI May Be Renamed for North America DS

by Andy Goergen - 1:30 pm EDT
Total comments: 5 Source: (SiliconEra), http://www.siliconera.com/2010/07/26/dragon-quest-...

A website registration hints at a name change for the North American release.

Square Enix's DS remake Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie, previously unreleased in the West, might be updated with a new name when the game arrives on North American shores.

The website "realmsofrevelation.net" has been tied to Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada, leading to speculation that "Realms of... Read more...

Ono Talks Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition 3DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 7:17 am EDT
Total comments: 3 Source: (Andriasang), http://www.andriasang.com/e/blog/2010/07/28/ono_on...

The game's producer says it will be a pure Street Fighter game through and through.

This week's Famitsu features an interview with Yoshinori Ono, the Producer of upcoming 3DS title Super Street Fighter IV 3D Edition.  He revealed some interesting tidbits about the game's development.

Ono states that while the PSP and DS systems were considered for a port of Super Street Fighter... Read more...

July 27, 2010

Jam with the Band Online Service Restored DS

by Aaron Kaluszka - 8:58 pm EDT
Total comments: 6

Players of Nintendo's rhythm title can once again download new songs.

Starting around July 7, players began to experience problems with Jam with the Band's Song Download feature.  When working properly, this mode allows game owners to download up to 50 user-created renditions of licensed songs over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.  The problems were finally resolved on July 26.


Aonuma: 3D Technology is Perfect for Zelda 3DS

by Karlie Yeung - 5:58 pm EDT
Total comments: 15 Source: http://www.officialnintendomagazine.co.uk/article....

Eiji Aonuma is excited to bring The Legend of Zelda to 3DS.

In an interview from the latest issue of Official Nintendo Magazine UK, Eiji Aonuma speaks on the possible enhancements that 3D technology could bring to the Ocarina of Time remake for 3DS.

Aonuma states that 3D, in combination with the 3DS's other new elements, are a perfect fit for the Zelda... Read more...

Call of Duty: Black Ops Announced for DS DS

by Neal Ronaghan - 5:09 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://ds.ign.com/articles/110/1108711p1.htmlL=

n-Space returns to the series on DS for the fourth year in a row.

The latest game in the Call of Duty series, Call of Duty: Black Ops, is also coming to DS, according to IGN.

Developed by n-Space, who worked on the past three Call of Duty DS titles and are also working on GoldenEye DS as well, Black Ops boasts tons of new features, including a new two-player co-op mode, a Perks System in online multiplayer, and a new button-focused control scheme.


Nintendo Registers Japanese 3DS Trademarks 3DS

by Karlie Yeung - 9:44 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: (Siliconera), http://siliconera.com/2010/07/26/nintendo-3ds-tag-...

Connectivity-related "CrossPass" and E3 tech demos are included.

A number of trademarks registered by Nintendo in Japan have been uncovered, with the majority expected to be related to 3DS connectivity. 

CrossPass, CrossPass Mode, CrossPass Network, and CrossPass Connection are the registered terms that have been discovered. It is speculated that these terms... Read more...

July 26, 2010

This Week in Nintendo Downloads Wii

by Karlie Yeung - 5:59 pm EDT
Total comments: 8 Source: (Press Release)

One for Virtual Console, to the depths with Dive: The Medes Island Secret, and up in the air with Face Pilot.

As Nintendo described, this week's Virtual Console/Ware takes us high up into the air, back onto solid land, and deep into watery depths. All this and more, from the comfort of your own home.

As we have a sighting of a Virtual Console release, what better place to start? The rumoured Aero The Acrobat,... Read more...

Sakaguchi on Working with Nintendo on Last Story Wii

by Karlie Yeung - 5:54 pm EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: (Mistwalker), http://www.mistwalkercorp.com/en/column/index.html...

In his online blog, Hironobu Sakaguchi posts about his visit to Nintendo in Kyoto.

In his latest entry on the development of Last Story, Hironobu Sakaguchi talks about a four-day training camp held at Nintendo's old office buildings in Kyoto.

He writes of nostalgic feelings returning to the company's offices after 20 years have passed (his early days in game design were sometimes... Read more...

Nintendo Awards Highest Average Summer Bonuses

by Karlie Yeung - 10:49 am EDT
Discuss in talkback! Source: (Sil), http://www.siliconera.com/2010/07/25/nintendo-awar...

Nintendo employees are enjoying the highest summer bonuses across Japanese industry.

For the second year in a row, Nintendo has awarded the largest summer bonuses to their employees compared to all other Japanese companies. In a survey by Nikkei (Nihon Keizai Shimbun), on average for Japanese industry in general, summer bonuses are up 0.75 percent from last year, while for Nintendo,... Read more...


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