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Video Game News from May 2006





Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Judging from the plethora of opinions on Nintendo's recently announced name for the console formerly known as 'Revolution', the surprise announcement succeeded. When was the last time you heard so many news outlets talking about Nintendo? Let's get beyond the name, 'Wii' (pronouced 'we'), and actually look at the book under the cover, so to speak. Nintendo's next console will truly be revolutionary and 'wii' like it! With a focus on games and the gameplay experience, Nintendo is separating themselves from the hardware one-up-manship of Microsoft and Sony.

Continue reading "A 'Wii' Roundup"
Posted by Jeremy on May 1, 2006 11:19 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS

A recent 1Up podcast has revealed that Nintendo will announce the DS Lite's US release date and price this Thursday.

Any guesses? I'm thinking a June release with a $149 price point...although I'd like to see it launch at $129, forcing the regular DS to drop to $99. Hmmm. Let's see how I do.

We'll fill you in as soon as the info is released.

Posted by Allison on May 1, 2006 1:54 PM | | Comments (0)


Filed Under: Video Game Politics

A new trend we've been watching in the realm of mainstream media is an effort to include video game news in its publications. One would think this would be exciting for those of us in the video game industry, as exposure to mainstream audiences should be a good thing. However, the problems of the mainstream media and its laziness and inability to report the truth when it comes to the really big issues (WMDs, I'm looking at you), has trickled down to how they report video games.

Continue reading "Newsweek, video games and Jack Thompson"
Posted by Allison on May 1, 2006 3:10 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS

Nintendo has this morning announced a free Nintendo DS Rumble Pak (TM) will be included with the purchase of Metroid Prime Hunters for the Nintendo DS. The Pak fits itself into the GBA cartridge slot and, "delivers good vibrations to immerse players even further in the smack-talking, morph-balling, Wi-Fi multi-playing Metroid action that Nintendo DS owners are raving about."

Please note, the press release states these free Rumble Paks are only available at select retailers, for a limited time, and while supplies last.

Continue reading "Free Rumble Pack with 'Metroid Prime Hunters' purchase"
Posted by Allison on May 2, 2006 7:45 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GBA | GameCube | Nintendo | Nintendo DS

Eidos today announced that Tomb Raider: Legend will be available this Fall for the GameCube(TM), Nintendo DS(TM), and Game Boy(R). I'm guessing that the GameCube version will be the same as the PS2 and Xbox version, which means that the LB 'Tomb Raider: Legend' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide will be a big help to you. As for the DS and GameBoy versions, we'll just have to wait and see.

Continue reading "'Tomb Raider: Legend' for GCN, DS, and GameBoy"
Posted by Jeremy on May 3, 2006 10:25 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Ubisoft has announced the fourth installment in the Rayman franchise, titled Rayman Raving Rabbids, is currently in development at Ubisoft's award-winning Montpellier studio and will be playable on all of the next-gen consoles (including the Nintendo Wii). Michel Ancel, the creator of the Rayman series (not to mention the designer of Beyond Good & Evil and the director of King Kong: The Official Game) will be leading the project.

According to Pro-G, the game will deal with the chaos that ensues when a mass of mad bunnies runs amok in Rayman's happy little world. The one screenshot that has been released is quite impressive, but we look forward to seeing more next week when the game makes its debut at E3.

Posted by Allison on May 3, 2006 11:39 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Since the game industry is looking to unveil all big gaming news for the year at next week's E3, news this week is few and far between. For that reason, we must look for news in new places, like Dr. Joyce Brothers's advice column.

When a reader pointed out to Dr. Brothers that she wasn't a fan of violent video games and wanted the government to step in to help parents police what kinds of games their children get their hands on, Dr. Brothers answered the question like a champ.

Continue reading "Dr. Joyce Brothers stands up for gamers"
Posted by Allison on May 3, 2006 1:09 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PC | Xbox | Xbox 360

Gamespot is this afternoon reporting that the ESRB has issued a parental advisory and has re-rated The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion from Teen (T) to Mature (M). The change in ratings is due to "more detailed depictions of blood and gore than were considered in the original rating, as well as the presence of a locked-out art file or 'skin' that, if accessed through a third-party modification to the PC version of the game, allows the user to play with topless versions of female characters."

Continue reading "Breaking: ESRB re-rates 'Oblivion' as Mature"
Posted by Allison on May 3, 2006 4:36 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) yesterday announced that Activision, the no. 2 publisher of video games in the US, has won exclusive rights to the James Bond franchise beginning in 2007 and running for 7 years. Electronic Arts' (EA) CFO, Warren Jensen, said the franchise no longer fits into their corporate strategy. Um, so EA's corporate strategy is not to make money on one of the most storied video game franchises? I guess after the poor reception for 'From Russia with Love' and 'Rogue Agent', EA's two most recent Bond games, they felt it was time to dump Bond. I would argue had they not screwed up those two games, they wouldn't be in such a big financial hole. Since previous Bond games have always been highly regarded around Lunabean HQ, here's to hoping that Activision can revive the franchise.

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Posted by Jeremy on May 4, 2006 7:45 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS

As promised, Nintendo have revealed that the Nintendo DS Lite will debut in the US on June 11 for a retail price of $129.99. The lighter, brighter DS is launching in the same window as 'New Super Mario Bros.' (May 15), creating a powerful one-two punch. The launch color is Polar White with a raised DS logo on the cover. What this means for the older, clunkier DS is still up in the air. I'd bet that Nintendo will reduce the price to $99.

Continue reading "Lite 'em Up on June 11"
Posted by Jeremy on May 4, 2006 9:52 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox 360

Microsoft's long-rumored HD DVD add-on is now a reality. The format is the rival to Sony's Blu-ray technology and is the first shot fired in the new format war (think Beta vs. VHS). The add-on will plug into the Xbox 360 via a USB cable. The article is quick to point out that resolution of HD DVDs is 6 times that of current DVDs. Microsoft's "ace in the hole" at this point is that HD DVD has a much lower cost, from manufacturing to players, than does Blu-ray. Of course, over time, the price will even out. Since we still have a 27" Philips TV from 1999, there's no rush for us to buy this accessory ;).

Posted by Jeremy on May 8, 2006 8:21 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

An article out of GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that author and columnist Dean Takahashi has written in his new book, The Xbox 360 Uncloaked: The Real Story Behind Microsoft's Next-Generation Video Game Console, that half of the Xbox 360 team has moved onto a portable handheld project. According to Takahashi, the handheld is meant to compete directly with the Nintendo DS and the Sony PSP, and will be released halfway through the Xbox 360s lifespan.
Read the article

Posted by Allison on May 8, 2006 10:20 AM | | Comments (0)


Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

The May 15th issue of Time Magazine contains a "revolutionary" article titled, 'A Game for All Ages', which unveils some secrets regarding Nintendo's next-gen console, the Wii. The big news is that the Wii controller functionality for 'Zelda: Twilight Princess' is confirmed; the author engaged in sword fighting, bow and arrowing(?), and fishing. The author also played 'Warioware' (balancing a broom, swatting a fly, sauteeing veges), and a tennis game. And, how did using the controller feel...?

Continue reading "Time Mag. Plays with Wii"
Posted by Jeremy on May 8, 2006 10:23 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: E3

Relatively speaking, I'm not all that excited for this year's E3 (all this week in L.A.). The big reason for this is that there are no "blockbuster" announcements in the pipeline. The Xbox 360 has been out for months, we know that the PS3 will launch in November, and Nintendo already did a number on us all when they announced the change of name for their console from 'Revolution' to 'Wii'. So, what will be announced?

Continue reading "E3 Preview: What You Can Expect to See"
Posted by Jeremy on May 8, 2006 2:06 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: E3 | PS3 | Sony

Thanks to Joystiq for their coverage of the Sony press conference. Revealed: the PS3 will launch on November 17 in the US, Europe and Australia (Nov. 11 in Japan). The price is $499 with a 20GB hard drive and $599 with a 60GB hard drive. Sony ditched the "boomerang" controller for a revised version of the venerable "Dual Shock 2" (PS2) controller. It has six sensors inside to detect motion. As one Joystiq reader says, "What a wonderfully innovative job they've done, using the same old controller and stealing Nintendo's key functionality. And overcharging for their ridiculous console." Exactly. Our commentary on why Sony will lose the next-gen console war coming tomorrow...

Continue reading "PS3 Launch Details!!!"
Posted by Jeremy on May 8, 2006 8:31 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: E3 | PS3

Sony's annoucement of price, launch plans, and the motion sensing controller, all add up to one thing: third place in the next gen console war. First, the price. Launching in an Xbox 360-esque two tiered platform, the 20 GB PS3 will be $499 and the 60 GB will $599. What's worse, us Americans have it the best with Europe, Japan, and Australia paying anywhere from $20-$80 more. In case you didn't catch that, $500 is the base price for a PS3!!! Way too expensive. The Xbox 360 has already sold 3.2 million units at a $300/$400 price point. By this November, I would imagine a $50 price drop at both levels making it $250/$350. The Nintendo Wii will most likely debut at $299/$249 (we may find out in a few minutes during the press conference). That means that the PS3 will be twice as expensive as the other two next-gen consoles.

Continue reading "Why the PS3 is Poised to Lose the Next-Gen Battle"
Posted by Jeremy on May 9, 2006 9:02 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: E3 | Nintendo Wii

Just about the only thing we don't know about Wii is a price and an official launch date, although it was confirmed that it will be out in Q4 2006, aka, this Holiday season. Here's what we do know: the Wii-mote (thanks to Joystiq for that moniker) has a speaker. This is used to provide depth of sound. The example given was pulling the bow string in 'Zelda: Twilight Princess'. You can hear the bow stretch and then twang as it's released. You can then hear it fly between you and the screen. Kind of neat if you think about it. Speaking of 'Zelda: Twilight Princess', there will be two different versions of the game: one for the GameCube and one for the Wii, both available on Wii launch day (TBD). More...

Continue reading "What Wii Know"
Posted by Jeremy on May 9, 2006 11:41 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: E3 | Xbox | Xbox 360

It was the first E3 that Bill Gates has ever attended; a show of the importance of the gaming division to Microsoft. And, although they didn't have any hardware to introduce (other than the HD DVD add-on) Microsoft did some wowing with the "second generation of next generation games" including footage of 'Gears of War,' a bloody First Person Shooter, 'Halo 3,' (2007) 'GTA4,' (2007), 'Fable 2,' 'Blue Dragon,' and 'Pinata Viva,' a sort of Microsoft 'Animal Crossing' that focuses on the lives of Pinatas when they're not being smashed open (I wonder if you feed them candy?). They also focused on Xbox Live and the integration of it between the X360, Windows Vista, and cell phones running Windows Mobile: Live Anywhere. The gist being that your Gamertag will be with you no matter where you are (ubiquitous big brother or convenience?).

Continue reading "Microsoft's E3 Press Conference"
Posted by Jeremy on May 10, 2006 8:04 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: E3 | PS2 | PS3 | Sony

Although Sony had a lackluster response to their E3 press conference, the one thing that everybody is talking about is the price. Sony announced the 20 GB hard drive version will debut at $499 and the 60 GB hard drive version at $599. Shocking. As Nintendo VP, George Harrison said, "Now that our competitors have put their cards on the table we think we can wait to set the price of the Wii." Exactly. I think that Sony's absurd announcement is a dupe to make Nintendo set the price of the Wii at the high end of their zone and to make MS feel comfortable with the price point of the Xbox 360, meaning less pressure for an Xbox 360 price cut ahead of the launch of the PS3.

Continue reading "Why I Think the PS3 Price is a Fake Out"
Posted by Jeremy on May 10, 2006 11:52 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: E3

If you care to see over 1,000 "real" pictures from E3 instead of all of the shiny pre-packaged stuff we usually see, head on over to Flickr's E3 2006 section. No, you won't find many booth babes, but you will find an unedited glimpse inside the convention center. You'll also be taken outside, to some of the event parties and other gatherings. More pictures are put up almost all of the time, so check back often to see the latest. It's kind of addicting...

Posted by Jeremy on May 10, 2006 5:17 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: E3 | Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Nintendo yesterday announced 'Super Smash Bros. Brawl' for the Nintendo Wii. This latest iteration of the extremely popular 'Super Smash Bros.' series of fighting games will feature classic Nintendo characters and one huge surprise: Solid Snake. The gruff bad ass from the 'Metal Gear Solid' games will duke it out with the likes of Pikachu and Peach...ahh...classic. The game will not feature the Wii-mote but will focus more on the "normal controller" so all of those moves that you have mapped to your brain will still be there. The Wii also has ports for the GameCube controller, so you'll most likely be able to us it, as well. 'Super Smash Bros. Melee' is the GameCube's top selling game of all time. Couple that with the fact that Nintendo game god, Shigeru Miyamoto, thinks that 'SSBB' has the most online potential of any Wii game and Nintendo has a huge hit on their hands. The game is set to debut sometime next year.

Continue reading "Super Smash Bros. Brawl"
Posted by Jeremy on May 11, 2006 10:24 AM | | Comments (0)


There is only so much "Hand's on with 'x' Game" reading you can do before you go crazy. Yes, the gaming press does an adequate job, but how many times can you hear, "It was fun and intuitive," or, "You'll understand it when you play it"? That's why we've assembled our favorite games being shown at E3 2006. There is no commentary, just the trailers for these games, one after the other. It's up to you to decide which you like and which you don't. Out of the entire list, I'm most excited for "Assassin's Creed". Whoa!

Continue reading "LB's Best of E3...in Videos"
Posted by Jeremy on May 11, 2006 11:20 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: E3 | Nintendo | Sony | Xbox

I've believed for some time that the Gamecube was not a part of the current/last generation of console wars...at least not after it had been on the market for a year. The decision to buy a Gamecube became a separate decision than that of buying a PS2 or an Xbox, as the Gamecube's best titles (which were fantastic) are not available on the PS2 or the Xbox, and the best titles on the PS2 or the Xbox never play quite as well on the Gamecube.

This should be the case for the next generation of consoles, as the Nintendo Wii will provide such a different gameplay experience, people will either want it or they won't (I think many will want it). The X360 and the PS3 should continue to duke it out in the console war, as the X360 and the PS3 will play the same games in the same way (for the most part). However, it looks as though Microsoft is trying to bring the Wii back into the console war, but in the form of an ally in the battle against Sony.

Continue reading "Nintendosoft vs. Sony"
Posted by Allison on May 15, 2006 12:52 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo Wii | PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

Now that we've processed all of the big news coming out of last week's E3, we've had time to look at some of the smaller stories we might have missed, this being one of them. According to a May 10th article out of Variety, Regency Enterprises and Titan Productions went to E3 to find a partner to create a video game based on the 1995 bank heist film Heat, which starred Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and Val Kilmer.

Continue reading "'Heat: The Game' coming to next-gen consoles"
Posted by Allison on May 15, 2006 3:33 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo | PC | PS2 | Sony | Strategy Guide | Xbox

We are pleased to announce that we are currently writing a LB 'Over the Hedge (TM)' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide (PS2, Xbox, GameCube, PC). 'Over the Hedge' is the companion game for the Dreamworks animated movie of the same title, starring Steve Carrell, Wanda Sykes, Bruce Willis, William Shatner, Eugene Levy, and Nick Nolte, to name just a few. While the game was not able to sign up this awesome voice talent, I'm fairly certain that Wanda Sykes' voice is in the game. The gameplay in the game is heavily influenced by the very popular LEGO(R) Star Wars(TM) game of last year; co-op play with the ability for a second player to enter/exit the game at any time, and the ability of the single player to switch between characters. There are also many items to locate which help with your health. So far, it's a cute and fun game that seems well thought out and is a good companion to what is sure to be a blockbuster kids movie.

Posted by Jeremy on May 17, 2006 11:59 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: E3 | Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

There has been a lot of chatter out there today based on the article from Forbes which states that Merrill Lynch analyst Justin Post predicts that the Wii will launch at $200. First of all, never believe video game analysts at large investment firms. Second, although I surely hope that it will launch at or under $200, I just don't see it happening (unless Nintendo goes with a two-tiered launch, offering a stripped down version for $200). More likely, I see a $249 price point. Yes, it is true that both the N64 and the GameCube launched at $199 and that Nintendo is very savvy with their pricing. It this savviness, however, that leads me to the $249 price point.

Continue reading "Wii to launch for $200? I hope so."
Posted by Jeremy on May 17, 2006 12:20 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PC | PS2 | Sony | Strategy Guide | Xbox

If you're like me, you're quite excited for the release of The Da Vinci Code movie this weekend. However, if you're like me, you're even more excited for the release of The Da Vinci Code: The Game, which hits store shelves today. The game, published by 2K Games and developed by The Collective (Marc Ecko's Getting Up and Star Wars: Episode III) is based on Ron Howard's film, which, to me, means it will be chock full of movie scenes we have yet to see in the previews...oh, and puzzles...lots and lots of puzzles. The Da Vinci Code: The Game is rated "T" for "Teen" is is for PS2, Xbox and PC.

Look forward to a forthcoming LB The Da Vinci Code: The Game Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. Oh, and did you know Lunabean one letter away from being an anagram for Albumen? What a shame. Ah well, A Lean Bun it is.

Posted by Allison on May 17, 2006 12:50 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

'Indigo Prophecy (Farenheit)' was one of those games that gets better the longer you're away from it. That's why I was excited to hear that there is going to be a sequel to the game, 'Heavy Rain'. In the following video, played on a PS3, you'll get to watch a virtual casting call for the game. This fits into the 'Indigo Prophecy' mold. If you recall, the game starts with writer/director David Cage taking you through the tutorial in a studio, complete with a green screen. This same meta-reality is offered in the trailer for 'Heavy Rain'.

Continue reading "Casting Call - Trailer for 'Heavy Rain'"
Posted by Jeremy on May 18, 2006 10:06 AM | | Comments (0)


The good: NPD Funworld, a leading marketing information provider for the video game industry, has reported a 16% boost in sales for the month of April 2006 ($699 million), when compared with sales for April 2005 ($602 million). This boost puts the 2006 year to date sales shy just 1% of the 2005 sales for the same period. Not too shabby for a "transition period" which was supposed to show a significant decline in sales.

Continue reading "The latest from the video game analysts: The good, the bad, and the ugly"
Posted by Allison on May 18, 2006 10:06 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

The annual talent show at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts hit a new high this year as some imaginative students recreated the first level of 'Super Mario Bros.' complete with fireballs, invincibility and sound effects. What's funny is that the class of 2006 was born in 1984, meaning that they were the ripe old age of 1 when the game debuted (and the underclassmen weren't even born yet!). Nonetheless, Mario and the gang have left their indellible mark on this young generation, even if they weren't begging their parents for an NES like I was at the time. Continue reading for the video...

Continue reading "First Level of 'Super Mario Bros.' - Live Action"
Posted by Jeremy on May 18, 2006 10:53 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PC | PS2 | Sony | Strategy Guide | Xbox | Xbox 360

Eidos Interactive has announced Hitman: Blood Money, the latest installment of the Hitman franchise, has "gone gold" in all of its versions. This means the PS2, Xbox, Xbox360 and PC versions of the game are complete, master copies have been created, and they are ready for mass production.

Hitman Blood Money is set to be released in Europe on May 26th and in North America on May 30th. Expect a LB Hitman Blood Money Walkthrough and Strategy Guide to start as soon as we get our hands on it.

Continue reading "'Hitman Blood Money' Goes Gold"
Posted by Allison on May 19, 2006 8:42 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PC | PS2 | Sony | Strategy Guide | Xbox

Just a little weekend note to let you all know we are, indeed, working on a LB The Da Vinci Code: The Game Walkthrough and Strategy Guide.

While I won't have time to continue work on it today, I have a full day of guide writing planned for tomorrow. If you haven't picked the game up yet and are wondering what it's about...well, so far it's simply a rather decent puzzle game. There's a very Nancy Drew feeling to it. Not much action, but a lot of figuring things out.

LB The Da Vinci Code: The Game Walkthrough and Strategy Guide

Posted by Allison on May 20, 2006 7:40 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Thanks to Game Daily for pointing out and confirming the rumor that the Nintendo Wii games being shown at E3 were actually running inside of GameCubes. Prior to confirmation from Nintendo PR that the Wii hardware exhibited at E3 was made only for E3 and some of the hardware was encased in GameCube housing, rumors were flying around that Nintendo had duped everybody and had really just been running GameCube hardware. The obvious conclusion to all of this is that if the final production version wasn't shown at E3, then the poor graphics that everybody pointed out may not be that bad afterall.

Posted by Jeremy on May 22, 2006 8:07 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii | PS2 | PS3 | Sony | Xbox | Xbox 360

Variety.com is reporting French video game publisher Ubisoft has struck a deal with Touchstone Television, giving them the rights to develop games based on the hugely successful "Lost" TV show. According to the article, Ubisoft is now speaking with "Lost" creator J.J. Abrams and producers to develop a storyline.

Expect to see the game, which is being developed for all major consoles, to be released around Christmas 2007.

Posted by Allison on May 22, 2006 8:40 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo DS

It's no secret that Nintendo's goal is to turn non-gamers into gamers. Part of this effort can be seen in the new Nintendo DS site, touchgenerations.com. The site highlights non-age specific games like Brain Age, Nintendogs, Electroplankton, and Tetris. In addition, there is a personality test to match gamers with their perfect game. Nintendo is definitely going for an older audience with these games and the website reflects this strategy with many an older person featured in pictures. I'm not sure if Nintendo are branding these games with a Touch Generations logo, but I could see that happening.

Posted by Jeremy on May 23, 2006 11:08 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

On April 19, Allison told you about the huge Katamari ball that was to be rolled along the entire course of the 12k Bay to Breakers run in San Francisco. Well, buy that man a beer because he did it! You can check out the b2bkd flickr page or this pic from SFGate to get a better idea of what it looked like. And I thought I saw some crazy things in the Boston Marathon.

Posted by Jeremy on May 23, 2006 11:28 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

Rockstar Games, best known for its Grand Theft Auto series, has announced today that Table Tennis for the Xbox 360 has shipped. As mentioned previously I am quite excited for this little number, as the early reviews were surprisingly fantastic and the eight player tournaments via Xbox Live are too tempting to resist (particularly since I grew up with a ping pong table in my basement).

Expect the game to hit store shelves in North America tomorrow (US$39.99) and in Europe on May 26th (39.99 and 29.99).

Rockstar's Table Tennis website
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Continue reading "'Table Tennis' ships"
Posted by Allison on May 23, 2006 11:34 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Nintendo today announced that the price of their next-generation console, the Wii, will not exceed $250 in the US or 25,000 yen in Japan. They plan to sell 6 million Wiis and 17 million games to retailers between launch (TBD) and the end of March, 2007. It's an interesting annoucement if you parse the wording. "Not to exceed" obviously means that a final price it yet to be determined. In announcing a $250 or less price, they have solidified their pricing dominance over Sony, whose cheapest console will retail for $500. Nintendo also leave the door open to give another announcement of $199, giving them two news cycles. The other interesting aspect to this is the "6 million Wiis to retailers". This is in contrast to sell through to consumers. The classic example of misusing "to retailer" figures is the N-Gage, which Nokia claimed was selling well, but only to retailers. Consumers weren't buying it. Nintendo, I'm sure, has no worries that consumers will buy the Wii; they're just being careful with their wording.

Continue reading "Nintendo Wii not to Exceed $250"
Posted by Jeremy on May 25, 2006 8:13 AM | | Comments (0)


Some lawmakers in Venezuela are not happy with the scenario to be played out in the upcoming game, Mercenaries 2. That scenario? An invasion of Venezuela after an evil tyrant seizes control of its oil supply. It seems some lawmakers have gone a little overboard, though, linking the game to a US gov't campaign of pychological warfare. Congressman Ismael Garcia says, "I think the U.S. government knows how to prepare campaigns of psychological terror so they can make things happen later." Um, no. The game's developer, Pandemic (Destroy all Humans), is known for being edgy and sarcastic. That's what makes them a great developer.

Continue reading "'Mercenaries 2' Concerns Venezuelan Lawmakers"
Posted by Jeremy on May 26, 2006 10:56 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

According to Next-Gen.biz, Sony is considering forbidding PS3 games from being resold, aka, no used games market. This move is technologically possible if Sony requires a user to register a game to a specific console, making the game useless anywhere else. This would cause huge shockwaves in the industry. Currently, developers and publishers are angry at the fact that retailers like GameSpot, EB, and GameCrazy do millions of dollars of sales in used games. This has two-fold effect on the publishers and developers. First, gamers are less likely to purchase a new game if there is a used option, thus causing a slump in sales. Second, developers and publishers earn no revenue on their games as they watch retailers rake in sales, theoretically, multiple times on the same copy of a game.

Continue reading "Sony to Battle Used Games Market with PS3?"
Posted by Jeremy on May 26, 2006 11:31 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii | PS3 | Sony

Famitsu, the venerable Japanese gaming magazine, released the results of a poll in its latest issue which declares that the Nintendo Wii will firmly drub the PS3 in Japan. 73% of respondents said that the Wii will win the hardware war. Nearly 70% said they are most anticipating the Wii, with about 20% voting for the PS3. The main reason given for the lack of interest in the PS3 is, of course, the price, with 88% saying it's priced too high. Also interesting is that the most anticipated game of year is The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. If Japan is snubbing the PS3, Sony is in more trouble than I thought. They are going to have to reduce the price prior to launch.

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Posted by Jeremy on May 26, 2006 12:02 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo | PS2 | Sony | Strategy Guide | Xbox

We are pleased to announce the completion of the LB 'Over the Hedge (TM)' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. The guide will help you through all 35 missions, 135 objectives and details the location of all Cookie Boxes, all Chip Cans, all Hats, and 96 of 97 DVDs (free update when the final DVD is found). The free version only covers Primary and Secondary objectives. The printable PDF version contains all extras. Enjoy the game and the guide!

Posted by Jeremy on May 26, 2006 12:18 PM | | Comments (0)


Lunabean's "Over the Hedge (TM)" Walkthrough and Strategy Guide (DOWNLOAD) covers every detail of this cute and fun game. It includes all 135 objectives, all Cookie Boxes, all Chip Cans, and 96 of 97 DVDs (free update when last DVD is found).

Ad-free, easy to read, printer-friendly, and beautifully bookmarked for ease of navigation. For the Sony PS(R)2, Xbox, and GameCube versions of the game. 60 pages. 667 KB. In Adobe PDF format. Free Adobe Reader required, if you do not already have it.



Printable Guide (text only) - US$5.95


ALL Lunabean PDF Guides - US$15.95

Continue reading "LB's 'Over the Hedge' Walkthrough and Guide - (Download)"
Posted by Jeremy on May 26, 2006 12:25 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PC | Sony | Strategy Guide | Xbox

We are pleased to announce the completion of the LB The Da Vinci Code: The Game Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. In it you will be guided through each of the game's story levels and puzzles. For all SECRET locations and solutions to puzzles found in the two bonus levels, please look to our PDF guide.



Posted by Allison on May 29, 2006 7:33 AM | | Comments (0)


Lunabean's "The Da Vinci Code(TM): The Game" Walkthrough and Strategy Guide is all you need to get yourself through each mission, solve every puzzle and locate all of the game's secrets.

Whether you're solving a cipher, mixing an enzyme, or simply trying to figure out where to go next, this guide will get you through it successfully.

Ad-free, easy to read, beautifully bookmarked for ease of navigation, allowed to be printed, includes select helpful screenshot. For PS2, Xbox and PC. 37 pages. 850K. In Adobe PDF format. Free Adobe Reader required, if you do not already have it.

Also available is the Text Version (Printer-friendly) for only $5.95.

Lunabean.com is a company dedicated to helping gamers through games, and we are confident our PDF guides are among the best guides on the market.



Screenshot Guide - US$7.95

Printable Guide (text only) - US$6.95


ALL Lunabean PDF Guides - US$15.95

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Posted by Allison on May 29, 2006 7:44 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

Many sources are today reporting that the Xbox Live Vision camera will debut on Sept. 19. The accessory will allow players to view each other as they play on Xbox Live. Obvious uses for the camera include poker games and UNO. However, the applications for this cam go far beyond gaming. Video conferencing is sure to be on its way and I can imagine many businesses opting for this solution to their video conferencing needs. Also, putting your own image into a game, much like Sony has done with the Eye Toy, is sure to be on the slate of things to come.

Posted by Jeremy on May 30, 2006 4:17 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

Joystiq today has an entry which discusses a lack of new summer games. This is no surprise as each and every summer the gaming world experiences such a drought. However, I have to disagree with Joystiq's grim findings that there is nothing worthwhile to play. First of all, there is today's release of Hitman Blood Money. This is going to be a huge game. Next, there is the release of GTA: Liberty City Stories for the PS2 on June 6. Those two releases alone would make for a comparitvely good summer. But, it gets better. On June 11, there is the launch of the Nintendo DS Lite.

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Posted by Jeremy on May 31, 2006 10:46 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PC | PS2 | Sony | Strategy Guide | Xbox | Xbox 360

We have called and confirmed that our local retailer has received its shipment of Hitman Blood Money for the Xbox, PS2, PC and Xbox 360.

I plan on sitting down and spending some gettin' to know ya time with Agent 47 today. Then, early tomorrow morning I will begin work on our LB Hitman Blood Money Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. As always, I'll upload progress as it's made.

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