Archive for March, 2010

SEGA Officially Announces The Conduit 2

March 31st, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

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SEGA has announced that the will be returning to publish the sequel to High Voltage Software’s Wii FPS The Conduit.

The announcement came via SEGA Europe’s blog. In addition to that, the company also revealed the first few details about The Conduit 2.

The aliens threat you fought in the first game has now spread to places all over the world, and it’s up to you to go globetrotting and try to put a stop to their shenanigans.

This time around, HVS is looking to improve on the game’s multiplayer aspect. 12-player online battles are back and they’ve added minor security tweaks and things like Wii Speak support, but the biggest addition is the new Team Invasion co-op mode. Played either online or off in split-screen multiplayer, Team Invasion pits you and your buddies against waves of invading enemies.

The single-player mode is getting its share of improvements, too. Players will be able to customize the look of their character and purchase and select their weapons before missions.

SEGA has The Conduit 2 pegged for a fall 2010 release. Additional information can be found on the game’s official site.

Source [via G4]

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Shoot, Slam and Blast First, Ask Questions Later In The Newest Other M Trailer

March 31st, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Samus has certainly gotten a bit of a spring in her step in Metroid: Other M. The bounty hunter is considerably faster here than in any of her previous adventures. It could just be Team Ninja’s influence on the game that’s making her run around like Ryu Hayabusa… in space!

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Early 3DS Announcement Due to Japanese Press

March 31st, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

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Why did Nintendo announce the 3DS at a time that would heavily impact sales of the then soon-to-be-released DSi XL? According to CNBC, they didn’t want the Japanese press to announce it first.

“Apparently, the Japanese press was all over [the 3DS] and talked with suppliers there and Nintendo just wanted to get out ahead by breaking the news to prevent a leak,” says Billy Pigeon from M2 Research speaking to CNBC.

The decision to edge out the Japanese press to the 3DS announcement highlights the division between Nintendo of Japan and its other regional branches. With the DSi XL(LL) already out and about in Japan, NoJ is apparently willing to throw the worldwide sales of the XL under the bus in order to protect itself.

It’s an unfortunate turn of events for the DSi XL, which, like the Game Boy Micro before it, is pretty much a lame duck handheld now.

Source [via Vooks]

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Advance Wars Invades Your Tabletop!

March 30th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

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Skirmish Wars: Advance Tactics is a fan-made tabletop board game based on Nintendo’s Advance Wars series. All of the materials needed to play the game can be printed out here. The site’s been hit hard by an influx of curious COs, so the download links may be down.

SW:AT plays out much like its handheld inspiration. Taking a page out of the original GBA Advance Wars’ Versus mode, two to four players can go head-to-head(-to-head-to-head) and try to take out their opponents forces or capture their HQ. Money, terrain benefits, city capturing and even CO powers are all here and well implemented to match the GBA experience.

This version of the game will quite a bit of preparation and rule learining, but it certainly looks like a fun game to try out if you’re a fan of board games or Advance Wars.

Skirmish Wars at BoardGameGeek.com

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Trauma Team Gets Price Reduction Surgery, Adds Full Trailer

March 30th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

Atlus’ Trauma Team is over a month away, but that isn’t stopping them from spreading word about the game.

The company just announced that the game will retail for $39.99 when it comes out May 18. As a way of celebrating the money-saving announcement, they put out a new trailer highlighting all the specialties.

If that weren’t enough quasi-surgery news already, a new developer featurette has been added to the game’s website. Some of the members of the development team were rounded up and asked to talk about what it was like to work on Trauma Team. Want to know what the MegaTen franchise has to do with the development of the Forensics mode? You’ll have to head on over here to find out.

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Reminder: Download The Yellow Forest Pokéwalker Route Thursday

March 30th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

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Pokémon trainers will get their chance to catch some rare Pikachu starting this Thursday.

The official Pokémon HeartGold/SoulSilver site was updated to provide instructions on how to receive the special Yellow Forest Route for the Pokéwalker. This download-only route is filled with special Pikachu that feature moves not normally learned in the DS games. The download will be available on April Fool’s Day and will continue to stay online until May 5.

Will this be the return of surfing Pikachu?

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David Perry Believes His Camera May Hold Secret To 3DS Tech

March 29th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

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David Perry, best known for his stay at Shiny Entertainment and his work on the Earthworm Jim games, posted something on Twitter that suggests he knows about what kind of tech Nintendo’s 3DS will use to display 3D images.

Excited about the Nintendo 3DS. I’ve got the Fuji 3D Camera with the same tech. It’s cool and I’ve been wanting to see it used for games.

Is it just a poor choice of words, or is Perry privy to Nintendo’s hardware design information?

Nintendo Life believes that the Fuji camera Perry mentioned is the FinePix REAL 3D W1. Just like Sharp’s 3D LCD panels, the REAL 3D W1 uses parallax barriers to produce 3D images. It appears that plenty of industry figures are singling out this method as Nintendo’s course of action for the 3DS.

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So THAT’S What Happened To Birdo

March 29th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

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I guess dealing with Peter’s antics is better than having your own eggs thrown back in your face by a couple of plumbers, a princess and a mushroom-headed retainer.

Oh, and if you feel like having your day ruined like mine has, here.

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Virtual Console/WiiWare Titles Available In Nintendo’s Online Store?

March 29th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

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For whatever reason, Nintendo has decided to open up their online store to Virtual Console and WiiWare titles.

I guess there is one big advantage to buying games through the site instead of buying points on the Wii, and that would be the ability to pay the exact amount for the game you want without having to worry about left over points. I, for one, am tired of having 200 or so Wii points uselessly sitting around in the Wii Shop Channel.

Unfortunately, the online store only has two games available: Super Mario Bros. 3 and Pokémon Rumble. It is unknown whether or not more titles will be added in the future.

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This Week In Releases: Do It Yourself Edition

March 28th, 2010 | Category: Uncategorized

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The newest WarioWare game lets players create their own microgames. I’m certain 95% will all involve penises in some way.

On the Wii, the niche SRPG Sakura Wars makes its U.S. debut with So Long, My Love.

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