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Video Game News from September 2004

Filed Under: GameCube

This morning Nintendo of America announced, "The hottest video game system in history is getting the best price in the universe." Starting tomorrow the Game Boy Advance SP will be available for an MSRP of $79.99, or $20 less than the current price.
Read Nintendo's Press Release
Order from Amazon

Continue reading "Game Boy Advance SP Drops to $79.99"
Posted by Allison on September 1, 2004 9:09 AM |

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Reuters UK is reporting the video game industry has officially reached its lull, which is expected to last until the next round of consoles hit the market in 2005/2006. While price cuts and the arrival of new games from successful franchises ("Grand Theft Auto", "Halo", "Doom") are expected to boost sales in the latter half of 2004, sales for the entire year are expected to be "flat" in comparison to the $18.2 billion the video game industry raked in in 2003.
Read the Article

Posted by Allison on September 1, 2004 9:40 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Nokia, makers of the N-Gage and N-Gage QD, today announced that it has shipped its one millionith N-Gage game deck. Keep in mind, this is units shipped, not units that consumers have ultimately purchased. I'd be willing to bet that 500,000 of those shipped are a block away from Nokia headquarters in some warehouse. I remember a similar announcement last October when Nokia also fudged its numbers a tad. Hmm? Maybe they should spend more time on development and less time on damage control.

Continue reading "Nokia Ships One Million N-Gages"
Posted by Jeremy on September 1, 2004 9:48 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube

Starting Monday September 6th, all 20oz. and 32oz. beverages sold at Wendy's will include a special 6-digit code, which could win you one of many Nintendo prizes being given away at www.wendysfamilysweeps.com. All you have to do is enter your 6-digit code on the site and see if your one of 4,400 who will win a Gamecube or Game Boy Advance game, one of 600 who will win a GBA SP, one of 600 who will win a Gamecube, or if you're the grand prize winner, who will win a 4 day/3 night family trip for four to NOA's Headquarters in Redmond, WA. If you don't win, then you have a delicious Frosty in your hands. See...we're all winners here.

Posted by Allison on September 1, 2004 10:06 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

I may be alone here, but "Get On Da Mic," an interactive Hip Hop karaoke game being released in Europe in October (TBA in the US) has me oddly excited. Using a microphone hooked up to your PS2 you have to rap alongside some hip hop heavyweights like: Dr. Dre, Missy Elliot, Lil Kim, Tupac and more. In addition, the Eye Toy camera is compatible allowing you to watch your performance. Most exciting is the story mode where you attempt to ascend the ranks of hip hop stardom, droppin' mad tracks, acquiring much Bling (yachts, ice, cribs, etc.) and ultimately performing in front of thousands of fans. Peace out, yo!

Continue reading "Throw Down da Lyrics, Yo!"
Posted by Jeremy on September 1, 2004 10:10 AM |

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Acclaim Entertainment Inc., one of the oldest publishers in the video game industry, filed for bankruptcy liquidation yesterday, after failing to generate revenue to pay off their debts. Acclaim has already fired over 600 employees worldwide, leaving them with no severance pay or package. With failing titles such as "Turok: Evolution" and "BMX: XXX" and lawsuits from the Olsen twins and biking legend Dave Mirra, Acclaim's $47.3 million worth of assets couldn't touch their $145.3 million in liabilities it has reached as of July 1. Read the Reuters report.

Posted by Allison on September 2, 2004 8:49 AM |

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Warner Bros. has awarded Global Star Software, a publishing label under Take-Two Interactive, the exclusive rights to develop, publish and distribute videogames based on Tim Burton's upcoming film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". The videogame's launch is expected to coincide with the 2005 release of this latest on-screen interpretation of Roald Dahl's classic book, which stars Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka.
Read the Press Release

Continue reading "Take Two Gets "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory""
Posted by Allison on September 2, 2004 9:23 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube

1Up.com is reporting that an animated TV series based upon "Viewtiful Joe" will be hitting Japanese airwaves this fall. The Capcom-produced show will begin airing in October, in a build up to the "Viewtiful Joe 2" game release for the PS2 and Gamecube. TV Tokyo, the network that will air the animated series, claims there are currently 52 "Viewtiful" episodes in mind. I wonder how long it will take for the series to find its way over here.

Posted by Allison on September 2, 2004 9:51 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

Rockstar today announced a partnership with Interscope Records for the soundtrack to "GTA: San Andreas." Interscope, a division of Universal Music Group, boasts the largest catalog in the music industry. We also now know, "gamers can expect the full spectrum of the early 90's FM dial, both in the game and on the official soundtrack." Just imagine the possibilities. C'mon Skee-lo!

Continue reading "GTA San Andreas Soundtrack Update"
Posted by Allison on September 3, 2004 9:34 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming | PC | PS2 | Xbox

Oh boy. Oh boy. I'm pretty darn excited. "Star Wars Battlefront," (PC, PS2, Xbox) a game that I can't wait to get my hands on, has gone gold and will be set for release on September 21st here in the States. Does that date ring a bell? Well, it's also the first day of the release of the classic "Star Wars" Trilogy on DVD. In Star Wars Battlefront, you get to play epic battles from both the classic and prequel movies. There is also an open ended multiplayer mode, which is online compatible. Howie, I'm aiming for you! You need to get an Xbox!

Continue reading "Star Wars Battlefront Goes Gold"
Posted by Jeremy on September 3, 2004 10:24 AM |

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox

"Fable," the highly anticipated RPG due out on September 14 for the Xbox, is a game where everything that you do impacts something else as you guide the life a young boy through manhood, be it the path of good or the path of evil. The creator of "Fable," Peter Molyneux is quite famous for making such amazing games. Yesterday, the New York Times (free reg. req.) published this article detailing Mr. Molyneux's unique vision for games where morality, destiny, and free choice collide.

Posted by Jeremy on September 3, 2004 10:48 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube

Our Pikmin 2 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide is flowing quite nicely. We're currently on Day 9 and we have 70% of the treasure recovered. With that being said, we expect to have the walkthrough completed by the end of this weekend, then we'll quickly replay it to capture some screen shots for the Downloadable and On-Demand version. Keep up with our progress and get the help you need here.

Posted by Allison on September 3, 2004 11:00 AM |

Filed Under: Lunabean

This weekend will be chock full o' "Pikmin 2," as Allison reported in the news story below. In addition, we'll be getting psychologically ready for "Silent Hill 4" (Sept. 7), by staying up late at night, turning off all the lights and taking turns jumping out at each other from dark corners. We're also going to try to go see a movie, perhaps "The Manchurian Candidate." Have a good weekend and remember to play lots of games!

Posted by Jeremy on September 3, 2004 11:08 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Atari today announced the "Atari Flashback" video game console which comes preloaded with 20 vintage Atari titles and is designed after the Atari 7800. The plug-and-play system comes with two controllers and a never-before-released game, "Saboteur?." In the same vein, Atari announced, "Atari Anthology" (PS2, Xbox), a collection of 85 classic Atari games. The MSRP for the "Flashback" is $44.95 and will be out by this Christmas. "Atari Anthology" will retail for $19.99 and is due out in November. What is old is new again!

Continue reading "Atari to Release "Flashback" Console"
Posted by Jeremy on September 7, 2004 9:11 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming | PS2 | Xbox

"Silent Hill 4: The Room," (Xbox, PS2) was released today and I'll be doing my best to get a copy of it today. The fourth in this survival horror series, "SH4," will have you entering portals into different dimensions to explore the horror within. Egad! We'll be writing a walkthrough for it and you can check up on the progress, here. You can also visit the official site. Watch out for monster under the bed!

Posted by Jeremy on September 7, 2004 9:16 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube | General Gaming

Nintendo today released the findings of a study of 2,100 parents confirming that Pok?mon games help kids learn important values and skills such as strategic thinking, enhanced memory function, and promoting teamwork. The study, oddly enough (sarcasm), coincides with the release of "Pok?mon FireRed" and "Pok?mon LeafGreen" for the GBA:SP, which will come bundled with the new Wireless Adapter allowing up to 40 players to connect sans wires. Perfect timing for those parents who were on the verge of thinking Pok?mon evil. Phew! Now they can buy the games for their screaming kids with a clear conscience!

Continue reading "Pok?mon Games Help Kids Learn"
Posted by Jeremy on September 7, 2004 11:04 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming | PC | PS2 | Xbox

In August, Ubisoft announced a joint publishing deal with MC2 (Microids) for the teen survival horror game, "Obscure" (Xbox, PS2, PC). Today we get a fact sheet and a European release date, October 1st. In "Obscure," you lead a group of 5 American high schoolers stranded over night in their school. When strange events and monsters start taking over, the team will have to use all of their skills and weapons to survive. I do like that the characters each have a special skill, like Josh, the journalist who knows when a room is clear or Shanon the med student who can heal you. We'll update you when we get a US release date or more info.

Continue reading "Obscure Now Less Obscure"
Posted by Jeremy on September 8, 2004 9:04 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming | PS2 | Xbox

Due to Labor Day on Monday, "Silent Hill 4" isn't going to make it into Portland stores until today, so needless to say, I'm still waiting for it. At 10am I'll start calling all the various retailers to see when they get it then it's off to the Silent Hill Mobile (the Kia) for a trip to the mall. Yesterday, to bide the time, I rented Street Racing Syndicate. The verdict: meh. All the more reason to get "SH4" today.

Posted by Jeremy on September 8, 2004 9:40 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Want even more proof that video games are part of main stream culture? The prestigious Dali Museum, part of London's South Bank County Hall Gallery, will display artwork from the "Myst" series the weekend of Sept. 17th - 19th. Also, Ubisoft will be on hand to launch "Myst IV Revelation" (PC); a first for a game to be launched at a museum. The museum has works by Picasso and Dali and now, by computer. I wonder if Dali would have been more a "Myst" gamer or more a "GTA" gamer? Too bad we don't live in London.

Posted by Jeremy on September 8, 2004 10:04 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming | Xbox

Microsoft today unveiled a downloadable Master Chief for your PC which will keep you up to date with news bulletins, hints, tips, and game footage. I sure hope Master Chief picks up a plasma sword and beats on that stupid MS Word Paper Clip guy. He was never helpful. For those of you who don't know, Master Chief is the main character in the "Halo" series.

Continue reading "Master Chief...On Your Desktop!"
Posted by Jeremy on September 9, 2004 12:47 PM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Ubisoft today announed that "Myst IV Revelation" has gone gold and will ship for the US on September 28 for the PC/Mac for a retail price of $39.99. This time, the path is apparently more linear and the graphics are going to be even better than previous "Myst" games. For more information regarding the game, visit www.mystrevelation.com.

Continue reading "Myst IV Goes Gold"
Posted by Jeremy on September 9, 2004 1:07 PM |

Filed Under: Xbox

Many sources are reporting that Xbox sales have tripled in the UK since the price dropped to ?99.99. Weekly sales of the system have been around 15,000. It should be a strong Christmas for the Xbox with "Halo 2" driving sales of the now-cheap console. As many of you know, the Xbox is my favorite console of the three and now is great time to get your hands on one, UK or US.

Posted by Jeremy on September 9, 2004 1:13 PM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Slashdot is reporting that a guy by the name of Amit Singh has been able to run an ancient version of Unix on a GBA. You can check out the full details here. Also in GBA news, check out this crazy tricked-out GBA. Finally, in Nintendo news, check out how to make an NES controller into a USB device usable by your computer. Sweet.

Posted by Jeremy on September 9, 2004 1:29 PM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Many sources, including Forbes are reporting that Take-Two, "lost $14.4 million, or 32 cents per share, compared with a profit of $5.7 million, or 13 cents, in the year-ago period." That was almost within analyst's expectations and the stock actually rose in after-hours trading. The one-trick-pony that is Take-Two will have to wait for its pony to come in from pasture in the form of the next "Grand Theft Auto" due out in October for it to make money again. Also in that report, "GTA: San Andreas" will come out for the PC in Summer of '05.

Posted by Jeremy on September 10, 2004 10:12 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming | Lunabean

Allison has finally completed "Pikmin 2," collecting each and every treasure in the game. Her Pikmin 2 Strategy Guide is nearing completion and that will make her very happy. I picked up "Silent Hill 4" the other day and have begun the rough draft of the Silent Hill 4 Strategy Guide. All I have to say is floating ghosts and little serial killer boys are scary. That and the stupid phone that rings and isn't plugged in! So, that's our weekend. We'll continue to work on the walkthroughs and hopefully, Ali can put "Pikmin 2" behind her.

Posted by Jeremy on September 10, 2004 10:20 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming | PC | PS2 | Xbox

Rockstar has released on their site "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" wallpapers and screensavers for your PC. The screensavers are titled, "homegirls," and "homeboys," while the wallpapers are rehashed versions of some of the artwork we've already seen. OK, OK, so I have "homeboys" as my screensaver now.
View all the screensavers and wallpapers

Posted by Jeremy on September 13, 2004 9:16 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming | Lunabean | PS2 | Xbox

The LB "Silent Hill 4" Strategy Guide is progressing nicely. I've been uploading the rough draft of the guide daily and it is ever-growing. It is a rough draft right now, so don't worry about formatting/spelling errors, etc. I do have to say that having played the game for 8 hours straight yesterday I was one tense stress ball when I finally put it down. Hundreds of ghost babies coming through my wall in search of a doll is not my idea of fun. The game has about 11 levels and I'm on level 8 or so. "SH4" is the best in the series so far, in my opinion.

Posted by Jeremy on September 13, 2004 9:23 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Thanks to GamesIndustry.biz for reporting that "Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR) II: The Sith Lords" will be coming out in the US in December, instead of the February launch we all expected. Now I know what to get Jesus for his birthday! "KOTOR 2's" December launch is only for the Xbox and only in the US. The February schedule remains in place for Europe and the US PC release.

Posted by Jeremy on September 13, 2004 9:38 AM |

Filed Under: Xbox

The people at Engadget.com have posted images from an anonymous tipster of "logos and console designs being considered for the next generation Xbox system". The tipster claims to be a part of a focus group for the upcoming Xbox 2. This week's Gamespot Rumor Control focuses on this story and provides more information concerning the possibility of these being real.
View the Xbox 2 Images

Posted by Allison on September 13, 2004 10:24 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube | PC | PS2 | Xbox

Electronic Arts has today announced "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005" has "gone gold" and the master copy is ready for replication. The game is expected to ship on September 20th for the Xbox, PS2, Gamecube and PC, and it will be the first version of the "Tiger Woods PGA" series to take advantage of Xbox Live.
Like previous games in the series, gamers will be able to take on all-time greats of golf including Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Ben Hogan. Oddly enough, gamers will also be able to take on fictional characters such as "The Hustler", a character to whom Justin Timberlake has lent both his likeness and his swing.
For more information about features, both old and new, check out the official site at Tigerwoods2005.com.

Posted by Allison on September 13, 2004 10:54 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) announced today the shipment of the PS2 exclusive title "Sly 2: Band of Thieves" to retail stores across North America. "Sly 2: Band of Thieves" is the sequel to the incredibly successful cartoon stealth-platformer "Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus". While we did not play the original game, we will definitely get our paws on this one and begin a walkthrough for it within the next couple of days. For more information on the game, please check out the press release.

Continue reading "Sly 2: Band of Thieves Ships"
Posted by Allison on September 14, 2004 11:45 AM |

Filed Under: Xbox

Do you have "Halo 2" questions? If so, head on over to Gamespy for their feature article Halo 2: Your Questions Answered #2. This second part in the series came to surface as Gamespy received such overwhelmingly positive feedback from the first article. Gamespy has, again, recruited Frank O'Connor, Content Manager for Bungie.net, to answer the best questions sent into Gamespy concerning this highly anticipated sequel. Enjoy!

Posted by Allison on September 14, 2004 12:09 PM |

Filed Under: Xbox

Today is the designated release date for "Fable", the eagerly awaited M-rated RPG for the Xbox. With this being said, no press releases have been issued concerning the shipment. However, my local stores assure me "Fable" will be on their shelves tomorrow. Since the game, which "creates your life story from childhood to death" is so incredibly open and decision driven, we will not be writing a walkthrough for it. However, you can bet your bottom dollar we will be playing it as soon as possible. For more information on the game, check out the info, screens and trailer's on Xbox.com's Fable Page.

Posted by Allison on September 14, 2004 12:33 PM |

Filed Under: GameCube | Strategy Guide

Will someone please tell me how a game that was supposed to take me a week to complete and write a guide for somehow took two weeks? Oh, I know! It's that I based the time frame on the original game, where you and your Pikmin had the job of collecting 30 objects. This time you and your Pikmin have over 200 objects to collect, and the LB Pikmin 2 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide includes the locations of each and every one of these objects. Phew! My poor Pikmin need to rest! If you'd like to support the Pikmin and their hard work, please purchase the ad-free, printer-friendly and bookmarked LB Pikmin 2 Downloadable and On-Demand Walkthrough in Adobe .PDF Format.

Posted by Allison on September 14, 2004 12:44 PM |

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo DS

Both WalMart.com and EBgames.com are now taking pre-orders for the Nintendo DS. WalMart's Nintendo DS pre-order page lists the price at $200 ($199.82) and says it "should ship on 11/30/2004". EB's pre-order page also lists the Nintendo DS at $200 ($199.99) and states the handheld will ship on 11/29/04. EB's page does include a disclaimer that "The ship date and retail price have not been confirmed and therefore are subject to change. If the retail price is decreased you will receive the lower price."

Posted by Allison on September 15, 2004 9:21 AM |

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The Associated Press is reporting that Snoop Dogg will be hosting Spike TV's second annual Video Game Awards on Dec. 14. For those who may remember last year's craptacular Video Game Awards hosted by Tony Hawk, you should be as surprised as I am that Spike TV is bringing them back. Then again, it is the "Network for Men", so maybe I just didn't get it.

Posted by Allison on September 15, 2004 9:38 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

Many sources are this morning reporting Toshiba president Tadashi Okamura's announcement that development on the CELL microprocessor is nearing completion. It is the CELL that will be used to power Sony's next-gen console, presumably named the Playstation 3. Okumara said of the new microprocessor, "It will change the world."

Posted by Allison on September 15, 2004 9:59 AM |

Microsoft yesterday announced the Xbox Live Backstage Pass to Play Halo 2. Although the name of the contest is a tad long the summary is that if you have an Xbox Live account as of October 15, you'll automatically be entered into the contest. 20 winners will receive a 3-day/2-night trip to Bungie Studios in Redmond, WA, to play "Halo 2" multiplayer before the game is released. You must make sure that your Xbox Live account is set up to accept communications from MS or you won't know that you've won.

Continue reading "Lucky Few Will Get to Play Halo 2"
Posted by Jeremy on September 16, 2004 10:20 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Bertrand Helias, producer of the highly anticipated Ubisoft game "Prince of Persia Warrior Within" (Xbox, PS2, GCN, PC - 11/16/04) has a brief Q&A regarding the new Free Form Fighting system, the balance between it and the gameplay elements, and new navigation moves such as, "new wall attacks or the moves around pillars," and, "you will now be able to go down walls by stabbing your sword in huge curtains and slicing them down". Very fun. I can't wait!

Continue reading "Prince of Persia Warrior Within Q&A"
Posted by Jeremy on September 16, 2004 10:33 AM |

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A special thanks to our favorite Canadian Lunabeanie Erin who pointed out the CTV article "Women Make Small Inroads in Video Game Industry". Apparently the ladies represent only 10% of all video game developers while the Entertainment Software Association believes we make up 40% of all gamers. It only makes sense that the industry is now looking to women to make games for women that are beyond the traditional puzzle games which are so often associated with women. Read the article.

Posted by Allison on September 16, 2004 10:33 AM |

Although I am now a disturbed person, I am still able to report that the LB "Silent Hill 4" Strategy Guide is complete! If you want the gorgeously bookmarked and printer-friendly PDF version you can Download it or visit our store for the E-Guide (e-mail or CD). Also, you can purchase "Silent Hill 4" from us (PS2 Xbox) and it includes a FREE GUIDE. If you don't know much about the game you can read my review.

Posted by Jeremy on September 16, 2004 10:51 AM |

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MTV2 is launching a new show which will "morph" music videos and video games. "Video Mods", the title of show, will "feature recreated videos of artists such as Lil Jon and Black Eyed Peas with popular video games characters from the Sims 2, BloodRayne 2 and Outlaw Golf 2, just to name a few." Videos will often be transformed into an entirely new creative concept for the video game characters.
Does this strike anyone else as weird? Unless I'm playing the music video, it's not a video game, it's animation. Right? Read more.

Posted by Allison on September 16, 2004 11:05 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

The 2004 Golden Joystick Awards will be held in London on November 5th. Among this year's nominees: "Fable," "Splinter Cell: Pandora Tomorrow," "THUG," "WWE Day of Reckoning," "MGS: Twin Snakes," "GTA: Double Pack," "Far Cry," and "Driv3r," to name a few. In all honesty, I don't know why half of these games are nominated. Many are simply remakes: "Twin Snakes," "GTA: Double Pack" and some are just crappy games: "Max Payne" comes to mind. And, although I love all "Splinter Cells," "Pandora Tomorrow" wasn't a great game...it was good. Where's "Pikmin 2," "Tales of Symphonia," and "Thief: Deadly Shadows?" Hmm? Read on for all the nominees.

Continue reading "Golden Joystick Nominees Announced"
Posted by Jeremy on September 17, 2004 10:14 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

According to many sources, Valve Software has sent a "Release Candidate" disc to Vivendi Universal for final approval. If all goes well, "Half-Life" fans may actually get their long awaited game prior to 2020. In fact, if there are no major bugs, it may be released in early November, prior to "Halo 2." We'll keep you up-to-date on the saga that is "Half-Life 2."

Posted by Jeremy on September 17, 2004 10:44 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Sega and Warner Bros. have pushed back the North American release of the MMORPG, "Matrix Online," from November to Jan. 18, 2005. According to many sources the companies preferred a simultaneous world-wide launch of the game rather than a two stage release. However, those that pre-order the game will get access to a closed-beta test starting on Nov. 18 and will get a special feature for their characters: hyper-jump. Hey, as long as bullet-time is involved, how can it go wrong (sarcasm)?

Posted by Jeremy on September 17, 2004 10:52 AM |

Filed Under: PC | PS2 | Xbox

Majesco has this morning announced a pre-sell program for those who opt pre-order their copies of "Bloodrayne 2" from Electronics Boutique or Gamestop. If you are one of those people, you will receive a BloodRayne Collector's Edition Comic Book Preview that includes the first seven pages of Echo 3's new BloodRayne comic book due out in December, as well as eight additional pages of character sketches, pin-up art and details on the creation of the comic book's final cover. "Bloodrayne 2" is expected to ship for the PS2 on October 4 and for the Xbox on October 12. The game will also be released for the PC, but there is no confirmed date as to when (although most expect it will be some time next month).

Posted by Allison on September 20, 2004 9:57 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

As though one delay wasn't painful enough, Sony has updated its official Japanese release schedule to reflect a change in the release of the highly anticipated racing simulator "Gran Turismo 4". We were first expecting to see this game during the Holiday 2003 season. It was soon pushed back to a January or February 2004 release. When that didn't look realistic, Sony threw its hands up in the air and said, "Fall 2004, it is". Now, the release schedule reads a simple "Winter" (or that's what I'm told, as I don't speak Japanese). There is no mention of "Winter 2004" or "Winter 2005", although the official Sony GT4 site still calls it a "Fall 2004" release. Again, we'll keep you up to date.

Posted by Allison on September 20, 2004 10:01 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube | PC | PS2 | Xbox

While details are, at this time, scarce, Eurogamer.net is reporting that Ubisoft has announced a delay in the release of "Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory". The game was expected to be released this November, however, according to Eurogamer, Ubisoft has delayed the release until March 2005 on all formats "in order to maximize the marketing impact". We'll keep you up to date as more information comes in.

Continue reading "Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Release Date Pushed Back?"
Posted by Allison on September 20, 2004 10:13 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming | PC | PS2 | Xbox

The long-awaited "Star Wars Battlefront" (PS2, Xbox, PC) will be hitting stores today in conjunction with the release of the "Star Wars Trilogy" on DVD...quite an excellent marketing campaign, if you ask me. Anyway, in "SW Battlefront" you'll get to play classic Star Wars battles as one of four factions. There is also an extensive online multiplayer aspect to the game so that you can destroy your friend's Imperial Cruisers from thousands of miles away. I'll keep you up-to-date on first impressions and the pending walkthrough here.

Posted by Jeremy on September 21, 2004 9:08 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

The rumor is true. Sony today confirmed that it has redesigned the PS2 to be slimmer, lighter, and network ready. It will launch in the US and Europe on November 1st. Although it has yet to be confirmed, the name will most likely be the PStwo, in the same way that when the original PlayStation was redesigned, it's moniker became the PSone. This ends months of speculation that tight suppies of the current PS2 had to mean that a new PS2 was on its way. The timing is also planned as Sony will try to steal some thunder from "Halo 2"'s launch on Nov. 9. Perhaps a "GTA: SA" bundle will be in the works?

Continue reading "Sony Confirms PStwo"
Posted by Jeremy on September 21, 2004 9:27 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo DS

Nintendo today announced that the Nintendo DS handheld gaming device will be launched on November 21st in North America at a price of $149 and then later in Japan on Dec. 2nd. That marks the first Nintendo system ever to be launched outside Japan. The price point is awesome! Most gamers, me included, thought the price would be more around the $199 level. Nintendo definitely made the right move by making it affordable. You can rest assured that Allison and I will be picking up one of these bad boys upon launch. Two screens...oh yeah!
Read the Official Press Release and View New DS Images

Continue reading "Nintendo DS $149"
Posted by Jeremy on September 21, 2004 9:42 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

As we reported yesterday Sony is releasing a new easier and breezier PS2 for the holiday season. Well, maybe it's not "easier and breezier", but it is lighter and thinner. As the press release states, the internal volume has been reduced by 75%, weight has been halved, and thickness trimmed down to 2.8 cm. If you're like me, these numbers are merely jibbity jive. I need pictures to truly grasp what's going on here. Thank goodness Engadget has tons of pictures of the new skinnys PStwo.

Posted by Allison on September 22, 2004 9:19 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

Sony today announced what many have guessed for quite some time; that they'll be using Blu-Ray Disc ROM in their next-gen console (PS3). Blu-Ray, or BD-ROM, is capable of playing back HD signals and has a whopping capacity of 54 GB, eleven times that of current DVDs (4.7 GB). Sony is also working on a way for the PS3 to be able to read CD, DVD, and BD-ROM from a single laser. I have no doubt that the XboxNEXT will also be using a similar huge-capacity format. Just think, all the "Lord of the Rings" movies could fit on one BD-ROM. Now that would be awesome!

Continue reading "Sony Confirms Blu-Ray Disc for PS3"
Posted by Jeremy on September 22, 2004 9:33 AM |

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Whereisphantom.com is reporting that "Infinium Labs has no intention of releasing the Phantom Console on November 18th", and will, instead, aim for a March 2005 release. The news concludes with a funny little editorial about how those at Infinium Labs believe the Whereisphantom.com website is a "hate site", when that is, according to the site owner, not true. Gee, I wonder why those at Infinium are so sensitive? Could it be because they use sites like Lunabean to post lawsuit information without disclosing who they are and creating titles like, "Ilabs sues HardOCP, looks like HardOCP is screwed, ugly", causing site owners to not trust them nor their products? Could be. Oh, and by the way, HardOCP won the lawsuit, looks like Ilabs is screwed, yay.

Posted by Allison on September 22, 2004 9:53 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube | PC | PS2 | Xbox

Talk about inspiration to make it through my current walkthrough and strategy guide even faster! Upon completion, Jer and I will get to sit down with the newest game in our favorite sports series. "Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005" will hit North American store shelves today for the Xbox, PS2, Gamecube and PC, with online play supporting all versions, excluding the Gamecube. For more information about new game features, check out the official site, TigerWoods2005.com.

Posted by Allison on September 22, 2004 10:11 AM |

Filed Under: Nintendo DS | PS2

According to many sources, Manfred Gerdes, SCEE German Managing Director, let slip that the price of the PSP would be 33,000 Yen, or basically, $300 for us here in the states. That seems in line with the $299 price that several game retailers have used for pre-orders. Sony has since tried to squelch said price revelation by stating that there is no MSRP for Europe or the US. Sony also (intentionally) revealed that the PSP hardware is finished. The PSP is due out in Spring of 2005 here in the states. Hopefully, they'll lower the price if they want to compete with the Nintendo DS.

Posted by Jeremy on September 22, 2004 10:14 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Governor Schwarzenegger yesterday signed into law California Assembly Bill 1793 which puts further demands on video game stores to display and educate people on the ESRB ratings system and to prevent sales of M rated games to minors. The IEMA (Interactive Entertainment Merchants Assoc.) claims that the law is redundant citing that they already work with 90% of game retailers to display the ESRB ratings. They also claim that the law will open up game retailers to frivolous lawsuits. Read on to find out what IEMA president, Hal Halpin has to say in response...

Continue reading "IEMA Not So Happy with Arnold"
Posted by Jeremy on September 23, 2004 10:47 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube

A certain Elf who goes by the name of Buddy will be coming to the world's most popular gaming machine this November. That's right, Crave Entertainment announced today they will be releasing the game "Elf" for the GBA to coincide with New Line Cinema's DVD and VHS release of Will Ferrell's hit holiday flick "Elf" on November 16th. Crave Entertainment is predicting the "Elf" DVD will do quite well this holiday season, and, because of the predicted success "children will truly enjoy this game inspired by the film". Children? I'm thinking there just may be a few adults who will enjoy this game, too.
Read the Press Release

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Posted by Allison on September 23, 2004 11:38 AM |

Filed Under: Lunabean | PS2

We have played through "Sly 2: Band of Thieves" once, and now I'm going through a second time while writing a Sly 2 Walkthrough and Strategy Guide for anyone and everyone who may find themselves stuck while on their quest for Clockwerk parts. Please check it out if you have any questions. If you have questions beyond the walkthrough, please post on our Sly 2 Help Thread.

Posted by Allison on September 23, 2004 12:00 PM |

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Earlier this week we informed you that Sony's Japanese site was updated to reflect a change in the "Gran Turismo 4" release from "Fall 2004" to "Winter". This led to much speculation. "Winter" can mean "Nov-Dec 2004", "Jan - Feb 2005", or "Winter 2010", after all. Well, it's time to let the speculation end as Reuters is this morning reporting a Sony announcement that "Gran Turismo 4" will be released on Dec. 3 in Japan and the rest of Asia, and on Dec. 14 in North America. "December 2004" it is.

Posted by Allison on September 24, 2004 10:04 AM |

Filed Under: PC

Gamestop.com has just listed a Half-Life 2 Special Edition PC package, expected to be released November 1st. In this Special Edition package gamers will get the game, the "Counter Strike" Source and the original "Half-Life" Source, a limited edition T-shirt, and the "Half-Life 2" Prima Book, which is chock full of information on character backgrounds, the making of the game, and more than 100 pieces of artwork.

Posted by Allison on September 24, 2004 10:28 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube | General Gaming | PC | PS2 | Xbox

Ubisoft today released a Q&A regarding their upcoming "Prince of Persia Warrior Within" (11.16.04, Xbox, GCN, PS2, PC). The Q&A deals with the revamped and enhanced fighting system, weapons, and enemies. The Prince can now use ropes, ladders, and pillars as part of his fighting technique and what's this about "fortune weapons"? "PoP Sands of Time" was one of my favorite games. I can't wait for "Warrior Within". To read a previous Q&A click here. Continue reading for this Q&A...

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Posted by Jeremy on September 24, 2004 10:39 AM |

Filed Under: Xbox

Microsoft yesterday announced that "Fable," the new RPG for the Xbox, has broken several sales records for an Xbox game in North America. In its first week "Fable" sold some 375,000 units meaning it grossed $18.7 million. MS is quick to point out that the gross is more than "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" made at the box office in its first week.* These records are sure to fall, however, with the release of Halo 2 on Nov. 9.

Continue reading "Fable Breaks Sales Records"
Posted by Jeremy on September 24, 2004 10:51 AM |

Filed Under: Lunabean

Ali is hard at work on a "Sly 2: Band of Thieves" Strategy Guide and I've started a "Star Wars Battlefront" Strategy Guide. We also hope to fit in a little "Tiger Woods 2005". Other than that, fall has hit Oregon and the crisp cool weather is amazing. I picked up a small pumpkin today to get us in the autumn mood and we went apple picking the other day. An apple pie might just make an appearance. Have a good weekend!

Posted by Jeremy on September 24, 2004 11:07 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

Ubisoft today released information regarding the multiplayer gameplay in March '05's "Splinter Cell Chaos Theory". In addition to the "versus" mode of "Pandora Tomorrow," "Chaos Theory" will feature a "co-operative" multiplayer mode as well, "where the player will have to work with a partner to gather intel, using stealth and smarts." In addition, "A special co-op knife challenge mode offers additional ways for players to collaborate and further enhances replayability." What did you say? You want a knife fight? I can make that happen!

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Posted by Jeremy on September 27, 2004 10:05 AM |

Filed Under: Nintendo DS | PC

Electronic Arts (EA) today announced that the "Sims 2" has sold over 1 million copies at retail stores in its first ten days making it the biggest PC launch in EA's 22-year history. In an interesting aside, more than half of those copies were sold in Europe. It seems that the Sims is quite a phenomenon world wide. And, if you're a console gamer, look for "The Urbz: Sims in the City" coming out in November.

Continue reading "Sims 2 - Best EA Launch Ever"
Posted by Jeremy on September 27, 2004 10:19 AM |

Lunabean's "Star Wars Battlefront" Walkthrough and Strategy Guide is still in its rough draft stage but is coming along nicely. I have almost all of the single-player campaigns written out and they are just in need of some fine tuning. I plan to jump online today or tomorrow to check out the action and see if my skills are up to par. If you need help, please check out the rough draft of the Strategy Guide or visit our forums.

Posted by Jeremy on September 27, 2004 10:29 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

We informed you last week that many sources were reporting the "accidentally revealed" $300 price tag of the Sony PSP by SCEE Germany Managing Director Manfred Gerdes. According to this week's Gamespot Rumor Control, the quote originated from SPOnG, and was printed without mention of where it was said and without context. While the $300 price point most definitely falls within analysts' expectations, Sony is aggressively denying the comments attributed to Gerdes. Sony reminds us that an official price has not been announced and anyone quoting a price at this point is merely speculating.

Posted by Allison on September 27, 2004 11:12 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

This weekend Rockstar announced some new additions to its GTA: San Andreas Site, including the unclocking of a new area on the map (San Fierro), and, of course, the launch of the Official GTA: San Andreas Trailer (go to the site for more media options). All I can say is any game that is so bold as to use GnR's "Welcome to the Jungle" in its official trailer is a game that I will be playing.
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Posted by Allison on September 27, 2004 11:23 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

Check out Wireless Watch Japan to see the first video of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) in action at its first public unveiling. The video, taken at the Tokyo Game Show shocked me a bit in terms of the size of the PSP. I just didn't expect it to be so big. OK, maybe it's not that big, but it is larger than I expected.

Posted by Allison on September 28, 2004 10:11 AM |

Filed Under: Xbox

Microsoft today announced the re-release of the Crystal Xbox across Europe. The "crystal console" was originally released in March of this year as part of a limited edition marketing move. However, it was such a tremendous success, that Microsoft has decided to bring it back on October 8th at the same price as the standard Xbox (?149/?99). Conveniently, that October 8th date is the same date that Microsoft's "Fable" is expected to be released in Europe. There is no mention of the Crystal Xbox making it to the states. However, according to GamesIndustry.biz the console has already come and gone in the US. I don't remember it, but maybe it all happened so fast I missed it...maybe.

Posted by Allison on September 28, 2004 10:48 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube

The launch of Mario Pinball Land for the GameBoy Advance is just one week away, and, with that in mind, Nintendo has launched its official Mario Pinball Land Website. In the game, Mario takes on the form of a ball and it is up to you to guide him to a Bowser entrapped Princess Peach in a pinball journey. The site has a mini-pinball game which activates real gameplay videos.
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Posted by Allison on September 28, 2004 11:11 AM |

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"Donkey Konga" has made it to the states. A hit in Japan, "Donkey Konga," is a game that requires you to play Bongo drums. The better your rhythm, the better the result. The controller is actually a DK Bongo drum with a built-in mic that will pick up clapping, another part of the game. You get to play along to songs like, "What I Like About You," and "Whip It." From all reports, it is a highly addictive game. The game comes with one controller but each additional controller is $29.99. Put aside your cynacism and watch this Japanese Trailer of the game, from Jan. 2004.

Continue reading "Donkey Konga Hits Store Shelves"
Posted by Jeremy on September 29, 2004 9:42 AM |

Filed Under: General Gaming

"OutRun2" (Xbox, Oct. 1) is getting some soundtrack treatment from Richard Jacques, famous composer? Anyway, Jacques is remixing classic "OutRun" theme music such as, "Magical Sound Shower," "Passing Breeze," and, "Splash Wave," into new renditions that keep the soul of the original Latin inspired tracks, but updates them for a new generation. The original arcade "OutRun" was a hit in 1986 and played a large role in my after-junior-high-dance festivities. Damn you Wilkins!

Continue reading "Original OutRun2 Tracks Remixed"
Posted by Jeremy on September 29, 2004 9:51 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo DS

There are some fun rumors floating around right now concerning wireless gameplay on the Nintendo DS and a "secret" announcement due from Nintendo. First, this is all speculation. Second, if the rumor is true, it would be awesome! So what is the rumor? Well, according to Engadget and various other sources the DS will go well beyond its assumed 802.11 wireless range. The rumors suggest that the DS will be able to act as a repeater hub meaning that an organic network could be established without having to actually be near a wireless hotspot. In other words, a worldwide instant network of gamers.

Continue reading "Nintendo DS to Revolutionize Wireless Gameplay?"
Posted by Jeremy on September 29, 2004 10:13 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube

Within three weeks of launch, Nintendo's latest GBA offering in the Pok?mon series, "FireRed" and "LeafGreen," have already hit 1 million units sold. Go figure. Pok?mon games on the GBA sell well? Who would have thunk? In addition, the GBA itself has been selling extrememly well since the Sept. 3 price drop to $79.99. In fact, sales are up 70 percent in North America, in part due to a new peripheral device, the GBA Wireless Adapter which, in the case of Pok?mon, allows players to trade and battle or engage in a wireless chat.

Continue reading "Amazing, Pok?mon Sells Well"
Posted by Jeremy on September 30, 2004 9:28 AM |

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo DS

Nintendo chose to sit out the huge Tokyo Game Show (Sept. 24-26, 160,000 visitors), causing many to speculate that Sony's PSP would take the day, thus beginning the erosion into Nintendo's virtual monopoly on hand-held gaming. However, the way it played out is that Sony shot itself in the foot with a clunky, battery sucking device while Nintendo revealed that the price of the slick Nintendo DS (Nov. 21) would be $149. Based on all of this activity, Nintendo's stock price has jumped and continues to go higher. And, in other Nintendo news, ex-Nintendo Pres. and current advisor, Hiroshi Yamauchi, will propose that Nintendo create an animated film based on 7th and 13th century poems...an anthology of 100 poems by 100 poets. Hmm? Better stick to Pok?mon.

Posted by Jeremy on September 30, 2004 9:41 AM |

Filed Under: PS2

Sony today put out an information sheet which breaks down all of the features of the highly anticipated racing game, "Gran Turismo 4" (PS2, Dec. 14). I've never liked the "GT" series and I'm definitely more a fan of the "Project Gotham Racing" series (Xbox). Why don't I like the "GT" series? Well, look at the first paragraph of the following press release. It states, "Gran Turismo was the pioneer for introducing a new playing style by allowing players to spend just as much time watching and enjoy replays of their performance as racing." Hmm? If I actually want to watch racing (and I don't), it wouldn't be on my PS2. Well, to each his own.

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Posted by Jeremy on September 30, 2004 9:53 AM |

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Activision today revealed the soundtrack for the soon-to-be-released "Tony Hawk's Underground 2" (THUG2) (PS2, Xbox, GameCube, Oct. 5). The 53 track soundtrack taps many musical talents from Frank Sinatra to Johnny Cash to Metallica to Sugarhill Gang and everything in-between. I don't know if I'm getting old or am just out of it, but I don't recognize half of those artists. I guess that's kind of the point, though, huh? As always, "THUG2," promises to be fun for a while and then get boring as is the case with all Tony Hawk games. And, that's not a put-down. I truly enjoy each and every one, but I can only take so much.

Continue reading "THUG2 Soundtrack Revealed"
Posted by Jeremy on September 30, 2004 10:05 AM |

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