:: GAMES : NEWS ARCHIVES . June 2005

Standard news Sega's Gems
June 23, 2005
We will soon have a page about this new compilation of Sega's classics, Sonic Gems Collection, and perhaps too one about the previous collection, the Sonic Mega Collection; in the meanwhile, here is an early list of the games featured in it. First and foremost, three Sonic titles:

- Sonic CD (Mega-CD)
- Sonic The Fighters (arcade)
- Sonic R (Saturn)

Sonic R being one cool of a racing game, a la Mario Kart except the characters just run ! Then come 6 GameGear titles, the GameGear being Sega's handheld, released in the early 90's to compete with the original black and white Game Boy. The power of the console was similar to Sega's 8-bit console, the Master System:

- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Sonic Spinball
- Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble
- Sonic Drift 2
- Tails' Skypatrol
- Tails Adventures

In addition, among other gems we'll get some secret games, and games as good as the Street of Rage (Bare Knuckles in Japan) trilogy for Genesis/Megadrive ! That's a great present from Sega. Old school players might be also glad to know Bonanza Bros will be one of the guest stars although it hasn't been revealed which version will be playable (Master System ? Megadrive/Genesis ? Or arcade ?).

Japan news Japanese Ranking
June 23, 2005
If you're a sensitive person, do not check the ranking this week. What's happening to the GameCube in Japan at the moment is not for the faint-hearted.

» See this week ranking

Site news Lack of updates
June 23, 2005
Sorry for the recent lack of updates, we'll catch up in the coming hours. To tell you the truth, I was personnaly engaged in a heated row to force a website to remove some content he had stolen from one of my sites (1UP) as well as from other online sources and magazines. Unfortunately, the thieth, although he admited several times stealing the content, refused to take it away from his site and kept insulting me and other people. This has been lasting for a week, everyday we tried hard to force him to give in but to no avail. Justice should prevail and yet does not.

Japan news Killer 7 PS2 outsells Killer 7 GC...
June 16, 2005
No exception this week with more bad news in the Japanese ranking, following the release of Killer 7 for both PS2 and GameCube.

» See this week ranking

Article No HD = Good Choice
June 15, 2005
Revolution: Do Your Part
IGN whines for the HD on the console. Now's your chance to make a difference.

June 14, 2005 - Earlier this week, Nintendo made it official: the company's next-generation console, codenamed Revolution, will not support high-definition resolutions, according to company executives.

Nintendo says that games on Revolution will still look great. It cites overall high costs, both for developers and consumers, as the major factor in not supporting high-definition games.

Naturally, despite Nintendo's best intentions, IGN still thinks they know better and are trying to force on Nintendo their vision of video games.

If you happen to be one of the people pissed by IGN's interference, now's your chance to make a difference. E-mail Nintendo's customer service department today and tell it why you are glad about the company's recent decision. Will IGN cause you to seriously reconsider purchasing Revolution? Tell Nintendo why it's definitely not going to happen.

With more than a year to go before the console's release, IGN still has time to annoy us plenty and try their best to make Nintendo turn their Revolution into a Nintendo-Box or a Nintendostation, no matter how good the arguments behind the company's choices are. There's still time to counterattack, but only if enough people fall in line with the cause.

EMAIL Nintendo Now

Article Odama, Geist and Dance Dance Revolution
June 10, 2005
The pages for these three games have been updated with the most recent screenshots from the E3 and the latest information, such as release dates.

» Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix fact sheet preview

» Geist fact sheet preview

» Odama fact sheet preview

In addition, the overview of Harvest Moon A Wonderful Life for Girl has been updated with information about its release in the US, including its new name:

» Harvest Moon Another Wonderful Life

Other Nintendo systems Dreamworks' Films on Game Boy Advance
June 9, 2005
We don't particularly pay attention to news outside the GameCube scope, even when they are related to other Nintendo consoles, but this time we'll make an exception because what's happening here is worth mentioning. While Sony has managed to convince (bribe ?) quite many studios to release movies on the PSP in their proprietary format UMD, so far there hasn't been much talk in regard to the Game Boy Advance's own video player, developed by Majesco. Today though, great news came from Dreamworks studio which announced three of their movies will come to Nintendo's handheld: Shrek, Shrek 2 and Sharks Tales, perhaps followed with Madagascar, once released in the home video market. Good news indeed and hopefully the sign of more interest in Nintendo's efforts in that field, whether it is with Majesco's GBA player or Nintendo's own Play-Yan for DS.

Article New Preview of Zelda: Twilight Princess !
June 9, 2005
This new preview integrates all the latest information about The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Screenshots have been sorted and though you will not find all of them, you'll see the most recent and the best ones to enhance your Zelda experience (darn, I talk like George Lucas now). The preview itself has been largely rewritten so to add the most recent information. The story line, features, dates, well, basically everything, has been updated, so be sure to check it, right here:

» Preview for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Japan news Japanese Ranking and Planning
June 9, 2005
Updated, and that's all there is to say.

» See this week ranking

» See the planning

Article Battalion Wars
June 9, 2005
Advance Wars: Under Fire is no more, please welcome... Battalion Wars ! Kuju-developed strategy title doesn't seem to have changed much since we saw it for the first time one year ago, even though it now has a new, more fitting, name. At first glance, the game is a mixed bag of hopes and fears. The decision to step aside from the traditional anime look of the well-loved series, with a graphical environment which doesn't seem to live up to today's standards, is where fear can easily be found. In that case, perhaps, it would have wiser to stick to the old, simplistic look. Hope, in the meanwhile, comes from the real-time gameplay which seems quite advanced and entertaining. Are you afraid or hopeful about this title ? find by yourself in this fact sheet preview:

» Fact sheet preview for Battalion Wars

The preview comes with 19 screenshots, 9 old ones, plus 10 new ones from E3.

Article Special Chibi-Robo !
June 6, 2005
Not only is this a hardworking robot, he's also chibi, in other words, small and cute. Chibi-Robo might be the last original character to hit the GameCube, and not one to miss or to forget; Nintendo loved him enough to decide to take it under their wing and release it as one of their own title. The makers of the game, Skip, have been nurturing this project for several years, even before they completed GIFTPIA. Chibi-Robo is an electric toy, offered to a little girl for her birthday, whose task and the player's is to take care of his new home and its occupants. And there's a lot to do !

The game page has been added to Samurai Nintendo with 11 never seen before screenshots and the box art. You can also pre-order the imported game on Play-Asia:

» Fact sheet preview for Chibi-Robo (with 20 screenshots)

And this game is now available to vote for in the Hype Ranking and to discuss in a newly created topic of our forum:

» Chibi-Robo's forum topic

The sad thing is that Nintendo did not provide any specific information about western releases, not even during the E3. The game's official status is simply: "announced", which is not very enlightening. But do not underestimate this little metalhead, he'll make it to the West, he's a tough one, and when he does come on our shores, be sure to check its game !

Japan news Pokemon and Sonic Dated in Japan
June 3, 2005
Pokemon XD: Yami no Kaze Dark Lugia and Sega's Sonic Gems Collection will release this august in Japan, just a little while after their unveiling at E3. The next Pokemon title for GameCube, a full-scale RPG, will debut on August 4 followed one week later by a new collection of past Sonic games on August 11. Early August will see tough competition as Nintendo's Jump Super Stars on DS -Super Smash Bros's little bro ?- is set to release in the same week.

Japan news Killer 7 Gets Famitsu's Platinum Score
June 3, 2005
Killer 7, one of the weirdest and bloodiest game of the galaxy, well, one of the weirdest and bloodiest game of the GameCube galaxy, received a very honorable score from Famitsu magazine: the Japanese reviewers gave it a 36 out of 40. So far the game had failed to convince anyone, and had even failed to be understood, but seemingly Famitsu writers are smarter than the average or perhaps they are weird enough to appreciate it. Interestingly, individual scores are not flatly unanimous, there are two 9, one 10 and one 8. As hinted before, let's be cautious though, because Japanese magazines sometimes have really strange tastes allowing them to appreciate even the plain bad.

Japan news Japanese Ranking
June 2, 2005
Yep, we can't help being late again, but we finally caught up and here are the rankings for this week and the past one. Nothing much to comment as usual. More serious updates are coming soon.

» See this week and last week ranking

:: GAMES : NEWS ARCHIVES . June 2005