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Video Game News from January 2007

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

NPD group has estimated some US Holiday sales numbers from November through December 25. The Xbox 360 sold 2 million units, the Wii sold 1.8 million units, and the PS3 sold 750,000 units.

It'll be interesting to see some worldwide numbers as the Wii is very popular in Japan but the Xbox 360 is hard to give away there. I bet the Wii beat the 360 in total world numbers which would be an amazing accomplishment seeing as it is new, isn't HD, and was plagued by supply constraints.


Posted by Jeremy on January 2, 2007 8:19 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

The LA Times has a good piece up on their site which details Nintendo's marketing strategy for the Wii over the past few months. Most interesting to me is the viral marketing that Nintendo did in six cities using what they term as "ambassadors". In each city, Nintendo identified one hardcore gamer, one tech savvy mom (the "alpha mom") and one family which spanned grandparents to kids. They gave each group a Wii and told them to spread the word. If only they had come to Portland!


Posted by Jeremy on January 3, 2007 11:13 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

It's nice to see the mainstream media write a decent video game story. In this case, ABC News tackles the issue of PS3 shortages, whether demand is truly outstripping supply, and asking the question, "who is the winner?"

The article alludes to a lot of anecdotal evidence of people seeing PS3s in stores. I'd venture to bet that a big chunk of those consoles are from returns, that is, people who bought the PS3 to sell it on eBay and then couldn't get more than what they paid for it. I think that is a very under-reported and significant number of PS3 sales.

Posted by Jeremy on January 4, 2007 9:18 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: General Gaming

According to various sources, including Reuters, Gamestop today announced that it enjoyed record holiday sales. "For the nine weeks ended Dec. 30, total sales rose 29 percent to $1.73 billion," despite the fact that the Wii and PS3 were in tight supply.

The top five games at GameStop for that 9 week period were: (1) "Gears of War" - Microsoft, (2) "Final Fantasy XII" - SquareEnix, (3) Zelda: Twilight Princess" - Nintendo, (4) "Guitar Hero II" - Activision, and (5) "WWE Smackdown vs. RAW 2007" - THQ. Note that EA didn't have a top five game.

Posted by Jeremy on January 5, 2007 8:43 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: LB Videos

Mark Leung is a genius. This Babson College student has created his own real-life spoof of "Final Fantasy" (with a few other games thrown in there), complete with cheesy diaglogue, an odd, but compelling story line, item acquistions, turn-based battles (one against Dick Cheney), and the inevitable blocked path. Seriously, watch it!

Watch more episodes

Hat tip to Joystiq

Posted by Jeremy on January 5, 2007 12:00 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

Capcom's highly anticipated shooter, 'Lost Planet', debuts tomorrow. Much like Capcom's 'Resident Evil 4', which debuted in January of '04, 'Lost Planet' missed the Christmas cut. This isn't necessarily a bad thing as there is no retail competition for it right now. The game is an Xbox 360 exclusive.

We'll be picking up the game as soon as possible and will begin the Lunabean 'Lost Planet' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide . Until then, you can post your questions on our Lost Planet Help Thread.

Posted by Jeremy on January 8, 2007 7:42 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

While the news of a 2007 'Halo 3' release is certainly no surprise, it's always fun to get confirmation, which came yesterday via Bill Gate's keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show.

Of course, the exact date remains a mystery, but one would assume 'Halo 3' will follow its predecessors with a November launch.

Speaking of November launches, it was also announced yesterday that 'Gears of War', which launched in November 2006, sold 2.6 million copies in eight weeks. That's one copy sold every 3 seconds for 56 days. Can you believe it?

LB Gears of War Walkthrough and Strategy Guide

Posted by Lunabean on January 8, 2007 8:22 AM | | Comments (0)

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

Peter Dille, Sony Computer Entertainment America's Senior Vice President of Marketing, announced yesterday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, that Sony has accomplished its goal of shipping one million PS3s to North America.

While I have no intentions of being a Cassandra here, I do think it's important to note that one million is the number shipped and not sold. Normally, I wouldn't point out this distinction. However, since I saw four PS3s sitting at my local Circuit City yesterday, while there were no Wiis in sight, I do think it's an important note. It's also interesting that there was no mention of a global PS3 shipment.

Chart comparing Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 console sales

Posted by Lunabean on January 8, 2007 8:57 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

First, I want to apologize for saying that 'Lost Planet' debuts today. It has a weird street date of, Friday, Jan. 12 and I just assumed when I saw that it launched this week, that it'd be today.

In order to make up for my lapse, I spent some time playing the online multiplayer demo available in Xbox Live Marketplace. Boy was I confused. I didn't know my enemies from my friends and I couldn't even figure out how to switch my weapons. Well, after a good hour of playing it, I got the hang of it and now I find it fairly addicting.

If you're having trouble getting the hang of it you can check out the 'Lost Planet' help thread over at the Lunabean Nation forums. I made an entry discussing, Lost Planet online multiplayer basics. Enjoy!

Posted by Jeremy on January 9, 2007 5:39 PM | | Comments (6)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii | PS3 | Sony

Enterbrain, a Tokyo-based video game magazine, is reporting on Japanese sales data for the PS3 and Wii. As reported in the NYT, Sony sold 534,336 PS3s in Japan, well short of the million they had projected. Meanwhile, Nintendo sold 1.14 million units, despite launching three weeks after the PS3!

Wow, wow, wowee, wow! Anecdotal evidence, both here and in Japan suggests that PS3s are sitting on store shelves while retailers can't keep in stock the Wii. Of course, all analysts temper the tepid PS3 sales by saying that it'll catch up...it's made for the long haul. Whatever. They're saying that only to make themselves look better because they thought it'd be a hit.

Continue reading "PS3 a bomb in Japan, Wii a winner"
Posted by Jeremy on January 10, 2007 8:31 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

Writing up the Japan sales numbers for the PS3 got me thinking about why the PS3, and therefore, Sony, are in the position they're in. That is, disliked by the gaming press and the gaming community, stuck with poor sales numbers, and painfully aware that PS3s are sitting on store shelves.

Of course, there are the obvious reasons for its lackluster performance. These include price, a lack of good games, and supply problems. That's all well and good, but the PS3 was supposed to be huge, it was supposed to be the future of gaming, the machine that nobody could live without. What went wrong?

Continue reading "The PS3 -- Part 1 -- What went wrong"
Posted by Jeremy on January 10, 2007 10:58 AM | | Comments (5)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Here are a few 'Wii Tennis' techniques that are guaranteed to turn your game around (these tips came from a website that no longer exists). The question is, do you have the balls to pull them off?

Technique #1: Ultra Backhand Spin-Smash
Under the pretense of getting involved in the action, edge closer to the left-hand side of your opponent. Holding the Wiimote with your index finger slightly beneath the B-trigger and your palm at a ninety-degree angle, bring your arm towards your left shoulder, preparing for the smash. Time with the return and forcefully swing the controller across your body and towards your opponent.

As you swing, rotate the Wiimote so that the buttons face upwards, and smash the Wiimote into your opponent�s face. Try to aim for vital spots, such as the eye sockets, teeth, or the bridge of the nose.

Posted by Allison on January 10, 2007 11:04 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: LB Videos | Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Those of us in North America haven't had the privilege of getting our hands on 'Wii Play', a game similar to 'Wii Sports', but less 'sporty' and more 'gamey'. Our time will come on February 12th, when the game will come bundled with Wii-motes. For now, we must make due with videos showing off the nine mini-games that come on the disk. Enjoy!

Posted by Allison on January 10, 2007 11:35 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

Yesterday I broke down what went wrong before, during, and after the launch of the PS3 in the entry titled, The PS3 -- What went wrong. Today, free of charge to Sony, I'll lay out how to save the PS3.

Continue reading "The PS3 -- Part 2 -- How to save it"
Posted by Jeremy on January 11, 2007 9:09 AM | | Comments (3)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

Special thanks to The Discovery Channel's new show, 'Future Weapons', for sponsoring two new 'Gears of War' person-to-person multiplayer maps (Raven Down and Old Bones) which are now available to download for free on Xbox Live.

Oh, and there's a bonus! A free 'Gears of War' Xbox Live Dashboard Theme. Check out Dashboardthemes.com for a preview.

Free is good!

Posted by Allison on January 11, 2007 11:53 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

It's a Death by Wii Tii!

Buy it here: OrangeAlexander.com

Hat-tip to WonderlandBlog.com

Posted by Allison on January 11, 2007 12:25 PM | | Comments (0)

US retail analyst, NPD Group, has reported their December hardware numbers. And the winner is...the Nintendo DS!

In the console market, the PS2 won the December battle, slightly edging out the Xbox 360. Many are surprised by this due mainly to the fact that the PS2 is now six years old. However, price and game library really do matter, crazy, I know.

  • DS: 1.6 million (9.2 million life-to-date)
  • PlayStation 2: 1.4 million (37.1 million life-to-date)
  • Xbox 360: 1.1 million (4.5 million life-to-date)
  • PSP: 953.2k (6.7 million life-to-date)
  • Game Boy Advance: 850.7k (35.1 million life-to-date)
  • Wii: 604.2k (1.1 million life-to-date)
  • PS3: 490.7k (687.3k life-to-date)

Continue reading "US December numbers - DS wins"
Posted by Jeremy on January 12, 2007 12:35 PM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: General Gaming

On Friday, I wrote about December sales numbers for the US hardware market. Today, an AP story reports that the US video game business had its best year ever, up 19% over last year, for a total of $12.5 billion.

This isn't really surprising as more and more people are getting into gaming. The success of "value gaming", in the form of the Nintendo DS and the PS2, shows that people don't necessasrily care about the latest cutting edge technology, but rather about fun and value. Thus, the success of the Wii can also be explained.

Here's to a great '06 and an even better '07. Go games!

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Posted by Jeremy on January 15, 2007 8:14 AM | | Comments (0)

I am pleased to annouce that I have begun the Lunabean 'Lost Planet' Walkthrough, Strategy Guide, and FAQ.

I spent a good chunk of time playing multiplayer and wrote up a quick 'Lost Planet' online multiplayer help guide, which simply covers the basics of moving and what things like Data Posts or T-Eng mean.

Finally, if you have any questions, strategies, or advice, please feel free to share them on the 'Lost Planet' help thread on our message boards.

Posted by Jeremy on January 15, 2007 8:28 AM | | Comments (1)

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Six weeks ago, a writer at WiiNintendo.net began his 'Wii Sports Experiment', where he pledged to maintain all normal eating and exercise habits, while adding 30 minutes of 'Wii Sports' play to his every day routine. Today, we have the results.

For complete details, check out the post here.
Posted by Allison on January 16, 2007 12:28 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

A leaked prototype for a game based on Ghostbusters, the 1984 comedy featuring Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd and Harold Ramis as parapsycology professors turned ghost snatchers, has been making the rounds on YouTube (below).

The footage was uploaded by an employee of the British game development company called Zootfly. Today, Zootfly has updated its site to confirm the video is real in-game footage of a prototype of Ghostbusters as played on an Xbox 360. However, Zootfly has yet to secure the Intellectual Property rights for making a Ghostbusters game, meaning there's absolutely no guarantee this game will even be made. Bummer.

Source: GameSpot

Posted by Allison on January 16, 2007 1:16 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

While the news should have been good for Sony today, with the company's announcement that it had shipped 1 million PS3s to Japan, and 2 million worldwide (just two weeks after its goal, nonetheless), the rain has already begun to fall on this Sony shipment parade.

See, normally I would be the one who would report these shipment numbers, then ask, "But are they selling?". After all, numerous accounts over the past couple of weeks have shown that PS3s are just sitting on store shelves, just waiting to be purchased. However, today, the anaysts have caught on, and the speculation that the demand for the PS3 is "softening" has finally hit the mainstream media. And, once it hits the mainstream media, people like my mother will see it on the "Today" show, get it in her head that the PS3 has failed, tell her investment group as much, and, from there, chaos ensues.

Well, maybe it won't be that bad, but, I do promise you, it's never a good day for any company when the mainstream media begins reporting that demand for your product is slowing down...particularly when that product is just two months out of the gate.

Posted by Allison on January 16, 2007 1:57 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS2 | PS3 | Sony

While you should never blindly believe what you read on message boards, a poster at AVS Forums brings up a point that every PS3 owner should know. The poster claims that after his PS3 stopped displaying images on his TV, he called Sony regarding his warranty. Sony asked about the component cables he was using. When the poster admitted they were third-party cables, and not officially licensed Sony components, Sony allegedly told him his warranty was no good and he'd have to pay $150 to get the PS3 repaired.

Again, I can't confirm the validity of this story, but it doesn't seem out of line with Sony's history. Not only is the company notoriously difficult when it comes to warranties (the PS2's "disk read error" comes to mind), but it has always shown disdain for companies that make third party peripherals for its systems.

My point? Whether this story is true or not, you should always keep it in the back of your mind. I'm not suggesting you purchase the overpriced Sony branded peripherals, but I am suggesting you always tell Sony you did just that. After all, even if a PS3 is killed by third-party component cables, doesn't that say something about the quality of the PS3, rather than the quality of the component cables?

Posted by Allison on January 17, 2007 11:26 AM | | Comments (0)

The combination of it being a slow video game news day and my stomach rumbling with hunger has forced me to post the most delicious Zelda cake solution ever created.

Mmm...imagine all of the 8-bit possibilities? Mario cupcakes for my birthday, please.

Hat tip to BoingBoing.net

Posted by Allison on January 17, 2007 12:25 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PC | Xbox | Xbox 360

Gamers are known for being critical creatures. Whether a game doesn't live up to their highly refined standards, or they completely disagree with the idiot writing a review of their favorite game, they're going to let you know. So, when Andre Vrignaud of the Xbox Live Platform Strategy team asks gamers their thoughts on the future of Xbox Live, I have to wonder if he's opened Pandora's Box. Still, when corporations want feedback from customers, it's always a good thing, right? So, put your thoughts together and send them to Andre.

Posted by Allison on January 18, 2007 9:45 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Video Game Politics

Here's an odd little story from our friends at GamePolitics.com. Really, you should just go there, read it, and see if you can make sense of it, because I can't really wrap my brain around it.

From what I can grasp, a 20 year old MMO gamer up and left his home more than a week ago. His parents, worried about his whereabouts, enlisted Jack Thompson for help (the first WTF). The story reaches GamePolitics, then, subsequently, reaches Sony Online Entertainment. Together, they figure out where the kid is (in Illinois, with a girl he met playing "Lineage II") and report back to the parents (the second WTF...granted, I know it's the "right" thing to do, but doesn't this 20 year old have privacy rights, and a right to go where he wants?). Finally, Jack Thompson claims credit for finding the kid, and asks GamePolitics to tell their, "sycophantic, panting audience" as much. WTF, yo?

Read it for yourself.

Posted by Allison on January 18, 2007 10:54 AM | | Comments (1)

I've been hard at work on the Lunabean 'Lost Planet' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide. It's still in its infancy, but it's going to grow up and be a big, strong guide...aren't you, you cute little html document?...*pinches cheeks*. I am currently writing up Mission 08 (out of 12) and giving you advice for all of the various Bosses, Akrid, Snow Pirates, T-Eng, Data Posts, and even Target Marks as I come across them.

I'll be replaying the game after this first run-through to shore up the walkthrough, take screenshots, and help explain the Online Multiplayer. For now, you can check out the progress of the Lunabean 'Lost Planet' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide by going here.

Continue reading "'Lost Planet' Walkthrough -- Update 1"
Posted by Jeremy on January 18, 2007 11:48 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Well this is fun. Point your Wii's Opera Browser to Wiicade.com and enjoy the handful of free Flash games that have been made (or tweaked) specifically for your free Wii entertainment. If you need video proof, here you go:

Posted by Allison on January 18, 2007 2:08 PM | | Comments (2)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

If you are sans Wii, and have a insatiable yen for it, then you should grab your parasol, parka, and sleeping bag and settle in for a long winter's nap. *slaps self* thus knocking out silly language. It is confirmed that Target, Circuit City, and Best Buy are once again holding back stock of Wiis so that they can have them available this Sunday, Jan. 21st.

My local Target (Sherwood, Ore) is going to be passing out tickets at 7:00 am for the 8:00 am opening and said that they are welcoming campers; hopefully that means smores and hot cocoa, but I doubt it. If you want to keep track of Target's supply of Wiis, you can use this inventory tracker...just replace the last part of the URL with your zip code.

Best Buy is the only company promising a minimum number of Wiis at each store: 20. Otherwise, it's hit and miss. I don't think you'll need to sleep overnight in most locations, but I would recommend a 5:00 am start. Good luck...it's worth it!

Posted by Jeremy on January 19, 2007 9:07 AM | | Comments (0)

While I'm not convinced Wario Ware: Smooth Moves for the Nintendo Wii is in need of a traditional walkthrough, I've decided to put a little something together, anyway. After all, if you don't understand Wario Ware you might find yourself scratching your head wondering what in the world is going on. What's more, if you're stuck on a microgame you just can't beat, it could seriously hinder how far you get in the game.

Truth be told, I'm writing a walkthrough for it because I find a constant smile on my face as I play through the game...and I just want an excuse to keep on playing.

LB 'Wario Ware: Smooth Moves' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide

Posted by Allison on January 20, 2007 11:13 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

As we reported on Friday, Target, Best Buy and Circuit City had been holding back their supply of Wiis so they could move them in one push yesterday, January 21st. In case you were wondering if the Wii was suffering the same fate as the PS3, with demand slowing and consoles readily available in stores, wonder no more, as reports from yesterday's Wii push show the console sold out in minutes.

Sunday Wii madness: Two reports from the field
Joystiq's Wii successes and failures
Target sells out of Wiis in six minutes

Posted by Lunabean on January 22, 2007 8:39 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

It's Monday, which means Nintendo has added new content to its Wii Shop Channel!

Nintendo has dropped the legendary Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past onto the Virtual Console, making it available to download to your pretty new Wii for only 800 points (US$8.00). If Nintendo keeps this up, people are actually going to start looking forward to Mondays, throwing off the entire vibe of what is, traditionally, the worst day of the week for students and working folks alike.

If you missed out on this SNES title (remade also for the GBA), start downloading immediately. No Nintendo gamer should call themselves a Nintendo gamer if they let this one pass them by.
Posted by Lunabean on January 22, 2007 10:00 AM | | Comments (4)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

It didn't take long for somebody to come up with a screen add-on for the Wii which essentially makes it a nice portable laptop. That somebody is Ben Heckendorn, a blogger on Engagdet. What I really like is the slick inclusion of two LEDs into the top of the screen case which replaces the sensor bar. I wish all TVs would just come with this built in. That would be sweet.

Hat tip to GizmoCafe.

Posted by Jeremy on January 22, 2007 10:33 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

Oh my. I wasn't even really expecting Nintendo to release a Paper Mario game for the Wii in 2007. Were you? Anyway, I'll take this as more fantastic Monday news! BooYa!

The tip comes from CodenameRevolution.com via the March 2007 issue of Nintendo Power. Here's what they have to say:
Super Paper Mario - To be released in APRIL! Mario finds himself in the interdimensional town of flipside as a black hole looms overhead along with floating math equations. You have to use the controller sideways moving the control pad and jumping with the 2 button (OLD SCHOOL!). A button allows you to switch from 2D to 3D and later in the game youll encounter creatures called Pixls that will give Mario new abilities that make an interesting use of the Wiimote. Tippy (a butterfly) allows you to search areas for secrets, you can point the Wiimote at the screen to spotlight hidden doors or learn info about the enemy. When you jump on an enemy, if you shake the Wiimote you can gain extra points. Game has graphical enhancements from the E3 build (the issue has new screenshots).

Posted by Lunabean on January 22, 2007 6:12 PM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

In another terrible decision, showing how out-of-touch Sony is these days, SCEA President, Jack Tretton said in a Game Informer interview that there will be no price cut for the PS3 until at least the summer of 2008. Apparently, Mr. Tretton and his cohorts, who must reside in a bubble, did not read my How to Save the PS3 article. I'll have to work on that.

Sony could not have made a more stupid announcement. The PS3 is simply not selling well. Announcing that no price cut will occur for another year and a half will only raise the ire of the gaming public, making them all the more likely to go ahead and buy a Xbox 360 or a Wii, since, lord knows, the price of the PS3 won't drop any time soon.

Continue reading "No PS3 price cut until Summer '08"
Posted by Jeremy on January 23, 2007 8:50 AM | | Comments (0)

Filed Under: GameCube | Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

I stumbled upon this flickr set today, and thought I'd share.

What I wouldn't give to have these little guys running around my house.

View the Flickr set
Posted by Lunabean on January 23, 2007 10:54 AM | | Comments (1)

Filed Under: PC | Xbox | Xbox 360

The team at Lionhead Studios offered up this image on its message boards to tantalize Fable 2 fans.

All they offered as explanation:
  • This is a castle
  • "Own all the world's property"
  • Located in a city

  • So pretty.

    View post (larger image)
    Hat tip to

    Filed Under: General Gaming

    While this call out has little to do with video games, I thought Id post it as its an issue that has become close to my heart. As you all know, Lunabean.com publishes downloadable video game strategy guides (in PDF format). Recently, we discovered that many of our guides were being sold on eBay. While we were able to get these guides removed immediately, the people selling these guides face no real repercussions. No matter how deep the issue of fraud goes, nor how clear it is that what these people are doing is illegal, eBay wont do anything to them unless multiple people file complaints against them.

    Continue reading "eBay vs. Fraud - Share your suggestions"
    Posted by Allison on January 23, 2007 4:06 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

    Nintendo of America released a late press release yesterday afternoon regarding upcoming Wii titles, and, boy, is it full of some fun nuggets.

    Before we get to the new titles, it should be noted that the fantastic Mario Kart 64 will be available to purchase on the Wii Shop Channel beginning on Monday, January 29th. Awesome. Now, for the new titles.

    Feb. 14th - Wii Play with Wii Remote(YAY!)
    March 27 - Disney's Meet the Robinsons (whatever)
    March - Bust-A-Move Bash (whatever)
    March - Prince of Persia Rival Swords (when did this happen? And super YAY!)
    March - TMNT (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) (why not?)
    March - Bionicle Heroes (not my cup of tea, but many will enjoy)
    March - Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII (YAY!)
    Q1 - Tiger Woods PGA Tour 07 (YAY!)
    Q1 - SSX Blur (YAY!)
    Q1 - The Godfather Blackhand Edition (YAY!)
    Q1 - Medal of Honor Vanguard (YAY!)
    Q1 - Sonic and the Secret Rings (never been a fan, but I appreciate the series)

    So, that's six YAYs and one super YAY for Wii titles coming out in the next two months. Can you believe it? It took Nintendo 12 months to put out this many exciting titles for the Gamecube.

    Oh, and for those waiting for Mario Party 8, expect to see it on store shelves come April.

    Continue reading "Soon to be released Nintendo Wii titles"
    Posted by Allison on January 24, 2007 8:15 AM | | Comments (0)

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    It always angers me when people who don't know anything about video games speak with authority. So it goes with Hartford Courant columnist, John Rosemond, in his piece Young Video-Game Addicts Need To Quit Cold Turkey. In it, he offers anecdotal evidence that America's workforce and college students have no work ethic because of video games.

    He then spins that into a tale about how a mom and dad finally got their bratty teen-aged son to stop playing his computer games...by taking away the computer. He also offers a few other instances of weak parenting, but really, how are they to be good parents when video games have such a strong pull?

    Continue reading "Columnist -- Addicted gamers should go cold turkey"
    Posted by Jeremy on January 24, 2007 9:46 AM | | Comments (0)

    Just a quick update to let you know that I'm making great progress on the Lunabean 'Lost Planet' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide.

    I am currently playing through for the second time, collecting Target Marks, and solidifying strategies for the missions and Bosses. I'll be playing through a third time to take screenshots and also plan on making a weapon spawn guide for multiplayer online play.

    Lunabean 'Lost Planet' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide.

    Posted by Jeremy on January 24, 2007 10:13 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Nintendo

    Japanese retailer The King of Games has been offering a couple of awesome Zelda 20th Anniversary hoodies. Oh, and they ship internationally! YAY!

    Buy one now
    Hat tip to Kotaku

    Posted by Allison on January 24, 2007 10:17 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii | PSP

    If you were as pleasantly surprised as we were to discover Nintendo had announced The Prince of Persia: Rival Swords for the Wii, to be available in March, you will probably enjoy this video showing off the Wii's controls in the game.

    Posted by Allison on January 24, 2007 1:39 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

    Staying true to form, Sony is releasing a firmware update to Japan's PS3s today which does little to address actual complaints about the console, but, instead, focuses on an easier way for them to access your wallet.

    Firmware update 1.5 will allow Japanese gamers to hook up a PaSoRi reader to their consoles via a USB port. The reader is set up to read EDY money cards or Sony's proprietary FeliCa card, which can serve as both ID and electronic wallet.

    No word as to when this high tech money suckage device will come to the US, but, you can bet it will.

    Source: Engadget

    Posted by Lunabean on January 25, 2007 8:47 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

    Wii gamers with broadband connections and the free Opera browser will be able to do a little news reading before embarking on their daily gaming adventure, as Nintendo has announced its Wii News Channel will launch this Saturday, the 27th of January.

    The channel will primarily feature news (in multiple languages) and photos from the Associated Press, with the exception of the Japanese language version, which will come from an unnamed source.

    As a nice feature, the News Channel will allow you to get news specific to the geographic region of your choosing, as you can zoom in and out of the Wii News map to pick your news.

    So, look for the Wii's blue glow when you wake up Saturday morning, and start reading some news. After all, only 11% of this nation gets its news from newspapers, meaning it shouldn't be hard to beat that statistic with the number of people who get their news from their Wii, and how cool would that be? Pfft. Newspapers. They're so 2006.

    Update: Joystiq wins on covering this story, based on, if nothing else, the image created to go with it:

    Kudos, Joystiq. Oh, and bonus points for capturing both "terrorists" and "leftist FARC rebels" in the bottom scroll.

    Posted by Lunabean on January 25, 2007 9:11 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

    Sony yesterday announced that the PS3 will launch in PAL territories (Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australasia) on March 23. Initially, it will only be offered in the 60GB version meaning that Sony is now 1 for 97 in good decisions over the past year.

    I thought it'd be interesting to compare the prices of the various territories to the cost here in the US. Keep in mind, the US dollar is very weak right now, so we're actually getting it cheap (if you consider $600 cheap). Below is the launch price in "x" territory and then the cost in US dollars.

    • 599 Euros = US$778

    • 425 GBP (Pounds) = US$838

    • 995 AUD (Australian Dollars) = US$777

    • 1199 NZD (New Zealand Dollars) = US$840

    Continue reading "PAL territory PS3 launch price"
    Posted by Jeremy on January 25, 2007 9:58 AM | | Comments (1)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

    We all know that the Wii has the Virtual Console (VC) where you can download classic Nintendo, Sega, and TurboGrafx-16, however we've all been wondering if the Wii will have a download channel for new games, like the Xbox Live Marketplace. Today, we get a hint of this service in an article from 1Up in which Hudson Entertainment's Director of Marketing alludes to such a channel.

    This wouldn't come as much of a surprise as it was always assumed that Nintendo would have a place where amateur and professional designers alike could offer their wares. I'd imagine it would also serve as a place to download new Nintendo games, like Wii Play (which is coming out soon only bundled with a Wii Remote). If any more solid info comes out on this, we'll let you know.

    Posted by Jeremy on January 26, 2007 8:39 AM | | Comments (1)

    Just a little note to say 'thanks' to everyone making use of our Zelda: Twilight Princess walkthrough.

    It has become our most heavily trafficed walkthrough, and is on the way to defeating our current best seller, the LB LEGO Star Wars II Walkthrough and Strategy Guide.

    While our Zelda: Twilight Princess guide will work for both Nintendo Wii and Gamecube versions of the game, it is our suspicion that many are waiting to get their hands on a Wii before playing it (and rightly so). With that being said, we know that our walkthrough will only continue to grow in popularity. So, thanks.

    And, remember, if you need any help fighting your way through Hyrule, check out our walkthrough, as we've already helped thousands of people get through the game.

    LB's Zelda: Twilight Princess Walkthrough and Strategy Guide.

    Posted by Lunabean on January 26, 2007 10:29 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii

    Nintendo is sure made of sneaky little buggers. First, they issue a press release telling us the Wii News Channel will launch tomorrow, then they go ahead and launch it today. Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky.

    I've had a few minutes to play around with the new channel. As a news junkie, I both love and hate it. I'm going to forgive the fact that the first article I clicked on, which was out of Syracuse, NY, provided me with an image of Syracuse, Italy. Things like that happen. My problem is that Nintendo is getting its news from the Associated Press and the Associated Press, alone. As someone who feels the Associated Press provides us with subpar reporting, often fails to ask real questions, and was complicit in leading the charge to Iraq, well, I'm not a fan. Thanks to the Wii's geographical news interface, which I love, I can actually see why.

    Continue reading "Wii News Channel launches -- one day early"
    Posted by Lunabean on January 26, 2007 11:28 AM | | Comments (0)

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    Bloomberg.com is today reporting that Sony Corp. is expected to announce its third-quarter profit fell 50 percent due to the Playstation 3 losing an unexpected amount of market share to the Nintendo Wii.

    Mitsushige Akino, who works for Ichiyoshi Investment Management Co. states that a third-quarter loss in Sony's games division was expected, however any losses beyond that 50% mark would be surprising. For this reason Akino doesn't suggest people invest in Sony stoc, "until the company improves its earnings."

    It is estimated that Sony will lose a record 191.9 billion yen from the games division this fiscal year. Last year games brought Sony a 8.7 billion yen profit.

    On the flip side, Nintendo reported last week its latest quarter profit increased by 40 percent to 77.6 billion yen. As always, this was helped by steady Nintendo DS sales. Of course, the fact the Wii is selling 2 to 1 to the PS3 is helping, too.

    Posted by Lunabean on January 29, 2007 11:33 AM | | Comments (0)

    I am pleased as a Snow Pirate after terraforming to announce that the LB 'Lost Planet' Walkthrough and Strategy Guide is complete. It contains a detailed walkthrough of every mission, strategies for every boss, the locations of all "Normal" Target Marks (all that you need to earn the Target Mark Achievements), and a section explaining Online Multiplayer including advice and suggestions to make you a better player.

    You can instantly download the Walkthrough in a variety of ways:

    Get the LunaPass (All PDF Guides including both versions of 'Lost Planet')

    Get the 'Lost Planet' Walkthrough Text Version

    Get the 'Lost Planet' Walkthrough Screeshot Version

    Posted by Jeremy on January 29, 2007 12:19 PM | | Comments (0)

    Dear Strongbad,
    I was wondering if you would make some of your awesome games available for the Wii, seeing as you are so awesome. I'd also like to see some awesome episodes of Teen Girl Squad.
    Your awesome buddy, Jeremy

    If I were to write that email to Strong Bad of Homestar Runner fame, I think Strong Bad would have an excellent answer for me.

    You see, the gang at Homestar Runner has made it so that you can play some of their games on the Wii. Simply point your Wii browser to http://www.videlectrix.com/vii/ to play one of four games currently available: "Strongbadzone," "Secret Collect," "Kid Speedy," and "Population: Tire."

    At this time, there is no Trogdor and unfortunately, no video, but this is a great start.

    Posted by Jeremy on January 29, 2007 3:47 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: PSP | Sony

    As Allison wrote yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Sony's profits for the 3rd quarter were expected to be down 50%. Last night, Sony reported the actual numbers and their Q3 profits were only down 5%. What gives? The Bloomberg report used the average of 5 analysts expectations. How were the off by a factor of 10?

    Meanwhile, the analysts were pretty much right on with their prediction of the Games Division losses: they said it'd be a loss of 50.9 billion Yen and Sony came in at a loss of 54 billion Yen.

    What gives?

    Continue reading "Sony profit descrepency and PSP shipments down 72%"
    Posted by Jeremy on January 30, 2007 12:16 PM | | Comments (0)

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    Nintendo announced yesterday four titles now available for download on North American Wiis. Among them is the smash hit Mario Kart 64, a game Jeremy and I lost countless hours (OK, days) playing when it was released almost ten years ago. Since it's a Nintendo 64 game, it costs 1000 Wii Points ($10).

    The other three games released on the Wii's virtual console yesterday are Contra III: The Alien Wars (SNES, 800 Wii Points), Bonanza Bros. (Sega Genasis, 800 Wii Points), and Comix Zone (Sega Genasis, 800 Wii Points).

    Continue reading "'Mario Kart 64' hits the Wii"
    Posted by Allison on January 30, 2007 12:24 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Xbox | Xbox 360

    I see Valentine's Day crafts in my future!

    Create your own Xbox Live Achievement here: http://achievements.schrankmonster.de/

    Hat tip to Kotaku

    Posted by Allison on January 30, 2007 12:56 PM | | Comments (3)

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    In a brilliant marketing move, Microsoft has promised that the initial shipment of the 'GTA-esque', 'Crackdown,' will include an invitation to join the 'Halo 3' beta testing group. The Microsoft spokesperson said that the "initial shipment is huge". Still, if you want to secure a spot amongst the beta testers, you may want to pre-order you copy of 'Crackdown', which ships on February 20th.

    Posted by Jeremy on January 30, 2007 1:36 PM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: Nintendo | Nintendo Wii | PS3 | Sony

    It's always nice when the corporate media covers video games in a respectable manner, and to be honest, that's happening more and more as the media realizes that video games are a $12 billion biz.

    All cynicism aside, this NYT article (watch out for the Poltergeist-esque picture) treats fairly the battle between the Wii and the PS3. It's a great article for those of you who haven't been following the battle closely, and for those that have, the article does bring up a few overlooked points such as the fact that the Wii is expanding the gaming audience in general, which can only mean good things for Sony and Microsoft in the long run.

    Continue reading "NYT: Wii vs. PS3"
    Posted by Jeremy on January 31, 2007 8:06 AM | | Comments (1)

    Filed Under: PS3 | Sony

    Last week, SCEA President, Jack Tretton said that there would not be a PS3 price cut unitl Summer of '08. Today, however, in an article from TheStar.com, Sony senior vice-president Takao Yuhara says:
    "Such factors, including price cuts to some extent, are factored in," under our plan to break even in fiscal 2007, Yuhara said.

    While stressing that no decision has been made on PS3 price cuts, Yuhara acknowledged it would be a good scenario for Sony if the machine sells in enough numbers so a price cut would make sense strategically.

    Two things here: one, it seems Sony has a price cut lined up prior to Summer of '08, and two, once again Sony is thinking backwards.

    Continue reading "Backwards thinking at Sony -- Price Cut"
    Posted by Jeremy on January 31, 2007 10:04 AM | | Comments (0)

    Filed Under: PS2 | Sony

    Get your drool cups out and check out the new 'God of War 2' (PS2) trailer. ComputerandVideoGames.com has the goods.

    March 2007 seems to be the landing date. We will be waiting.

    'God of War 2' trailer

    Posted by Jeremy on January 31, 2007 10:46 AM | | Comments (0)

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