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December, 2002


Metroid Prime Takes Wide Game of the Year Honors


The year has not officially ended but that hasn't stopped stopped some major gaming publications from deciding on Nintendo's Metroid Prime as game of the year. Reuters today noted Prime's early claim to one of the highest of gaming honors in an article titled...

Nintendo Characters at Burger King


Nintendo plans to take Burger King by storm in the new year as the fast-food giant will soon launch a kids meal toy promotion featuring Nintendo's best known characters. Among the collectable action characters to be included in the promotion, customers...

P.N 03 Screens


Product Number 3 is an action game starring Vanessa Z. Schneider, a female soldier with a dark history who possesses a powerful laser gun. When a colonial settlement turns into a killing field after a Computer Arms Management System goes haywire...

Japan Sales Report


Nintendo GameCube sales continued to climb last week to 77,000 as the holiday shopping period came to a peak in Japan. Significant influences in GameCube's sales were The Legend of Zelda: Kaze no Takuto and Mario Party 4. Kaze no Takuto which was...

Giftpia Details


Nintendo Co. Ltd. has launched a Web site for the upcoming GameCube title, Giftpia. The cel-shaded RPG is being developed by Skip Ltd, a Tokyo-based developer lead by ex-Square executive Keichi Nishi who contributed to the development of Chrono Trigger...

Nintendo's 2003 Software Lineup


Japanese gaming publication, Famitsu Magazine, has published a list of upcoming Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance games scheduled for release in Japan next year. Tentative release dates were also provided for a number of titles. The lists confirm...

North America Sales Report


Industry data tracking service NPD Funworld has released November sales numbers for North America. According to NPD, 468,000 GameCubes were sold in November, tying sales of Microsoft's Xbox. Considering that Microsoft recently bundled two free games...

HALO for PC Progress Report


Microsoft's number one selling Xbox first-person shooter is still on track for release on the PC. Development of a PC version of HALO has been underway at Texas-based Gearbox Studios since June. In a recent interview with GameSpot, Gearbox's Randy Pitchford explained that while the game's single-player campaign would go largely unchanged, multiplayer modes will see a number of significant enhancements. The game will be equipped for full Internet and LAN plan, supporting upwards of 32 players simultaneously. New maps are in development for multiplayer modes, which could possibly include new weapons and vehicles as well. HALO PC is currently 40% complete and scheduled for a mid-2003 release.

Interview with the Designers of Wind Waker


Nintendo Co. Ltd. recently held a press conference in Japan where the designers of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker discussed the game's development. The interview with Shigeru Miyamoto and Eiji Aonuma was translated in full by

Capcom Denies Merger Rumors


Reputable financial news site CBS Marketwatch reported earlier this week that Nintendo was expected announce the acquisition of Osaka-based Capcom. In an interview with Bloomberg, Capcom CFO Heiji Oshima replied to the rumors, "Those reports are totally groundless. We have no immediate plans to merge or tie up with other game makers."

Japan Sales Report


Nintendo GameCube sales soared last week to 67,000 as the holiday shopping season in Japan kicked into full gear. Unquestionably a significant influence in GameCube's sales, The Legend of Zelda: Kaze no Takuto had a tremendous launch on the 13th with...

Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker Release Details


Nintendo of America today confirmed that gamers who pre-order The Wind Waker at participating retailers will receive a limited-edition disc including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Master Quest. Distributi...

Nintendo Causes Melee at Panasonic Center


More than one hundred gamers gathered around Matsushita's Panasonic Center in Japan earlier this week to view and participate in a Super Smash Bros. Melee contest hosted by Nintendo to promote GameCube's WaveBird Wireless Controller. Players battled it out...

Nintendo Denies Discussions with NEC


According to Jiji Press of Japan, Nintendo has denied that they're engaged in discussions with NEC regarding the co-development of a chip for a next-generation Nintendo game console. The story was originally reported by the very-reliable Bloomberg news service, which cited NEC Electronics employees. According to Jiji Press, "Nintendo Co. on Friday denied a media report that the company has begun joint development of a new game machine with NEC Corp. Nintendo is always working on developing new game machines, the major home-use game machine maker said, but it has not carried out specific talks with a particular firm for this purpose." Because of Bloomberg's trustworthiness, GameCubicle is not going to discount their story unless it's retracted.

Alias/Wavefront's Miya: 3D Software Behind Wind Waker


Alias/Wavefront issued press release today noting Maya was the exclusive 3D software behind The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker on Nintendo GameCube. "We're honored that Nintendo has chosen to work with Alias|Wavefront's Maya 3D tool," said Geoff Foulds...

Nintendo Introduces 3D Internet Advertising


Nintendo has launched its first ever 3D rich Internet advertising campaign using technology from Kaon Interactive. The ad, which aims to highlight the benefits of wireless, gives viewers 360-degree control of a Nintendo WaveBird Controller. Nintendo Online Manager, Dan Owsen comments, "The WaveBird wireless controller is an innovative product, so we wanted to use a unique three-dimensional technology to promote it." 

GameCube Successor Under Development


According to Bloomberg, NEC Corp. is engaged in discussions with Nintendo Co. Ltd. regarding the co-development of a graphics chip for a next-generation Nintendo game console. The system would be Nintendo GameCube's successor and would compete with...

Animal Forest 2 in Development


In a recent interview with Sabra Magazine of Japan, Shigeru Miyamoto revealed that development of a sequel to everyone's favorite life simulation, Animal Forest, is underway. The game is anticipated to release in Japan sometime in 2003. No further information was announced but here's hoping that online features will be incorporated into the game. Many thanks to IGN Cube. 

THQ CEO: "GameCube is Still Struggling"


Brian Farrell, THQ's President and CEO recently told analysts, "I think we'll hear better Xbox hardware sales, while GameCube is still struggling." The comments were made at UBS Warburg's recent annual media week conference in New York City.

Japan Sales Report


Sales of Nintendo GameCube in Japan declined this week to 26,200 units . Capcom's GameCube exclusive, Resident Evil Ø fell to #17 on the software sales charts in its third week of release. The game has sold a total of 222,000 copies since its release. Mario...

Famitsu Reviews Kaze no Takuto: 10, 10, 10, 10


Japanese gaming publication Famitsu has reviewed The Legend of Zelda: Kaze no Takuto. All four reviewers gave the game a perfect 10 for a total score of 40/40, earning Kaze no Takuto the highest in Japanese gaming honors. Only three other games, including Soul Calibur, Vagrant Story, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, have ever received a perfect score from Famitsu. One reviewer notes, "[Kaze no Takuto] surpasses the impact and the surprise of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time."

Capcom's 5 GameCube Games... Exclusive


Capcom's five GameCube games under development at Production Studio 4, including Dead Phoenix, Killer 7, Product Number 3, Resident Evil 4, and Viewtiful Joe, are officially "GameCube exclusives" according to Capcom. As originally thought, all of the titles, with the exception of Resident Evil 4, are on track for release in 2003. Resident Evil 4 will not be completed until 2004. To read more on Capcom's exclusives, click the link above. 

Pikmin 2 and Mario 128 Confirmed


In a recent interview with Playboy Japan, Nintendo designer Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed the development of two first party Nintendo games for GameCube. "We're developing Pikmin 2 and the Mario 128 that was shown to everyone at [Nintendo SpaceWorld 2000]." Miyamoto slightly elaborated on what we could expect of Mario 128 commenting, "Super Mario Sunshine was a form of evolution - a deluxe version of Mario 64. You will feel something new in this game that wasn't in Super Mario Sunshine."

WaveBird Sails to 2.4GHz


Mitsubishi announced today that Nintendo will incorporate the company's AHD Series 2.4GHz wireless ceramic chip antenna into the WaveBird wireless controller for Nintendo GameCube. The WaveBird currently functions at 900MHz with a functional range easily extending upwards of ten meters. Mitsubishi Materials has been developing and marketing mobile device surface-mount ceramic chip antennas since 1998.

Trouble Down Under


Earlier this week, Electronic Arts announced a new price point for all Nintendo GameCube games published by the company in Australia. The move comes in reaction to what EA describes as a lackluster marketing effort for the console by Nintendo in Australia...

Japan Sales Report


Sales of Nintendo GameCube held firm last week at 35,100 units in the face of a PlayStation 2 price cut from ¥26,800 ($216) to ¥23,800 ($192). Capcom's GameCube exclusive, Resident Evil Ø fell to #8 on the software sales charts in its second week of...

A Gift from Nintendo


Santa has come early for North American gamers as Nintendo today announced a one-week GameCube sales promotion allowing customers to find significant savings when purchasing a GameCube console, a WaveBird controller, or any one of a number of...

Zelda Compilation for North America!


Gamers in North America who pre-order The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker will receive a Legend of Zelda compilation disc including The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) and Ura Zelda (64DD). The compilation disc was first announced in November for Japanese gamers who reserve The Legend of Zelda: Kaze no Takuto. The games have been enhanced slightly to resolve some aliasing issues. Distribution of the compilation disc is expected to begin February 16, 2003.

Legend of Zelda Release Date


At a conference in Seattle, Nintendo of America today announced the final release date for The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker - March 24, 2003. The date comes a little later than the game's originally-posted release date of February, 2003.

Nintendo of Canada Offers GameCube Rebates


Nintendo of Canada is giving an early gift to gamers this holiday. Beginning December 4th, ‘Gift of Play’ flyers will be distributed through major daily newspapers and participating retailers. The mail-in rebates will allow consumers to save on any purchase of...

Nintendo Puzzle Collection


Leading Japanese video game magazine, Famitsu recently published details regarding Nintendo's upcoming puzzle compilation, Nintendo Puzzle Collection, for Nintendo GameCube. The disc includes Dr. Mario, Yoshi's Cookie, and Panel de Pon (Pokemon Puzzle League). All of the games will feature four-player multiplayer support. Game Boy Advance interactivity has also been extensively integrated into the compilation with classic versions of each game available for download to the Game Boy Advance through the GBA Link Cable. The Game Boy Advance can also be used as a controller for the games. According to Famitsu, Nintendo Puzzle Collection will be release in Japan next January.

GameCube to Launch in South Korea


Nintendo has finalized plans to launch GameCube in South Korea next week. Nintendo recently joined with Daiwon Inc, of Seoul, in a game distribution partnership and has begun a full-scale marketing campaign for the upcoming launch. The console will come bundled with a controller, a memory card, and Super Mario Sunshine for 305,000 won ($251). This positions GameCube at a comparatively low price point compared to PlayStation 2, which retails for 272,900 won ($224), and Xbox, which retails for 279,400 won ($229) - both excluding a free memory card and game.

SEGA Unveils SNAP Middleware


Game developers in need of the expertise, technologies, and services to set up network gaming environments for Nintendo GameCube games can now turn to Sega for support. Sega today announced the SEGA Network Application Package, a suite of technologies.

Square Games at Jump Festa


Square has released a list of games that will be on display at the Jump Festa 2003 exhibition in Japan on December 22nd. The list includes Chocobo Land (GBA), Final Fantasy Tactics (GBA), Final Fantasy X-2 (PS2), Kingdom Hearts Final Mix (PS2), and Hanjuku Hero vs. 3D (PS2). Square further announced that one additional game - not mentioned in the list - would be on display.

1,000,000 GBAs Sold in 10 Days


Initial checks with U.S. retailers indicate that approximately one million shoppers bought a Game Boy Advance in the 10-day period running through the busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend. In the 17 months since its launch, Game Boy Advance has maintained its status as the fastest-selling new video game system in history. Over nine million systems have been sold to date in the U.S., representing 30 percent of all video game system sales. "Game Boy Advance remains a driving force not only for Nintendo, but for the entire video game industry because it appeals to every kind of gamer," says Peter MacDougall, senior vice president, sales and marketing, Nintendo of America Inc. "Thirteen years after it first debuted, consumers love Game Boy more than ever."

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