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Icarian Kindred Spirits confirmed for EU Release this Friday

posted 15 Jun 2009, 11:50 by Knuckles Sonic8

Even more proof that Europe is getting a lot of love lately!
  • "Over the Top Games is pleased to officially announce the European release date of our WiiWare game "Icarian: Kindred Spirits". The game will be available this Friday (June 19) on Europe. US release date will be announced soon."
All Europe needs now is to hear about the release date for Water Warfare!

DSiWare Sales Chart

posted 15 Jun 2009, 06:28 by Billy White

You may have noticed all the big updates going on across the site over the weekend, which resulted in me forgetting all about the DSiWare sales chart! Below, you can see the complete list of eighteen games in the UK DSi Shop's Popular Games list as of Thursday 11th of June - better late than never!

Position) (Previous) Game title    (Price - developer)
18) (18) Art Style: CODE     (500 points - Nintendo)
17) (15) Art Style: AQUITE     (500 points - Nintendo)
16) (13) Mixed Messages     (500 points - Activision)
15) (12) A Little Bit of... Magic Made Fun: Funny Face     (200 points - Nintendo)
14) (10) A Little Bit of... Magic Made Fun: Deep Psyche     (200 points - Nintendo)
13) (9) Real Football 2009     (800 points - Gameloft)
12) (8) A Little Bit of... Magic Made Fun: Shuffle Games     (200 points - Nintendo)
11) (3) Art Style: PiCOPiCT     (500 points - Nintendo)
10) (16) Art Style: KUBOS NEW     (500 points - Nintendo)
9) (11) Art Stle NEMREM     (500 points - Nintendo)
8) (17) Animal Crossing Calculator NEW     (200 points - Nintendo)
7) (4) Pop Superstar Road to Celebrity     (800 points - Gameloft)
6) (7) A Little Bit of... Dr Mario     (500 points - Nintendo)
5) (14) Animal Crossing Clock NEW     (200 points - Nintendo)
4) (6) Pyoro     (200 points - Nintendo)
3) (5) WarioWare Snapped     (500 points - Nintendo)
2) (2) Paper Plane     (200 points - Nintendo)
1) (1) Internet Browser     (Free - Opera)

The Animal Crossing goodies have gone down surprisingly well, despite the fact that the system already has a built in clock, and a browser that can be used for calculations. Meanwhile, Art Style KUBOS doesn't do quite as well, with the current Art Style critic's favourite PiCOPiCT dropping a significant number of spaces. Most other games seem to have dropped this week as well, with the exceptions of WarioWare, Pyoro and NEMREM, each moving up two spots on the chart. This Thursday, we'll take a look at how well the new racing and sudoku games fare in comparison.

ESRB Ratings: Wacky World of Sports

posted 15 Jun 2009, 05:44 by Knuckles Sonic8

SEGA's strange, upcoming mini-game collection has already been rated by the ESRB. That was pretty fast! The summary gives us an idea of the type of whimsical gameplay that they're promising:
  • "This is a collection of sports-themed mini-games in which players can compete in whimsical events such as log cutting, lawn mower racing, mud sliding, and "tuna tossing." In a boxing event, players use jabs, hooks, and uppercuts to defeat colorful, fictional opponents. The boxing is viewed from a first-person perspective, and some boxers' faces show bruises after being hit."

ESRB Ratings: Last Ninja 2

posted 15 Jun 2009, 05:42 by Knuckles Sonic8

Another Commodore 64 game that's been confirmed to be heading our way. Way back, Impossible Mission was rated but it never did show which is interesting since Boulder Dash was rated around the same time and that came out not too long ago. Hopefully we'll see a resurgence of it on the ESRB. Here's the summary for the rated game that's been rated E10+:
  • "This is an action adventure game in which players control a small ninja who has been transported to modern day New York City to destroy an evil shogun and his henchmen. Players explore Central Park and the streets of downtown Manhattan, solve various puzzles, and battle thugs, cops, and henchmen in a 2D (8-bit) environment. Players can use weapons such as swords, staffs, and shuriken stars to defeat enemies along the way. Most enemies require several hits before they crumple to the ground in defeat."

ESRB Ratings: Incoming!

posted 15 Jun 2009, 05:33 by Knuckles Sonic8

This game comes from the creators of Pong Toss/Beer Pong. What could this new mysterious WiiWare game entail? The summary gives us a few details:
  • "This is an action game in which players use small tank characters to battle against opponents. Players lob cannonballs and missiles at enemy tanks that react to damage by shutting their eyes and whimpering. Some of the "cartoony" projectiles make whistling sounds or explode during battle. "
Sounds like a BIG change over their first game. In fact, this sounds like it could be winner!

ESRB Ratings: Pop Plus Solo

posted 15 Jun 2009, 05:25 by Knuckles Sonic8

After many were wondering when Pop Plus would show up on DSiWare, the ESRB rating has now popped up which could insinuate that the game could be coming next month or even before then, in June. In any case, the game's been rated E for Everyone with no additional descriptors. Here's the summary:
  • "This is a puzzle game in which players score points by tapping and popping floating bubbles. Players can earn higher scores by chaining together same-colored bubbles to achieve point multipliers."

ESRB Ratings: Water Warfare

posted 15 Jun 2009, 05:18 by Knuckles Sonic8

Just after Water Warfare (one of the most anticipated WiiWare games for this summer) got rated by PEGI in Europe this past week, Water Warfare now gets an ESRB Rating for North America! This is great news! It's very likely that we could very well see the game this month or next! It's also worth noting that the Japanese release was delayed and whilst the delay pushed the release back a bit, during that time, Hudson was able to add in leaderboards as well. Here's the summary for Water Warfare provided by the ESRB:

  • "This is a water gun combat game in which players shoot at opponents with a variety of water-based weapons (super-soaker guns, water pistols, water machine guns, etc.). Presented from a first-person perspective, the game allows players to target objects in training mode, then battle human opponents in matches and missions (e.g., "Treasure Chest" and "Death Match"). Most battles take place in "cartoony" settings such as beaches, playgrounds, and parks. "Water fire" often makes a fantastical popping/shooting sound, while opponents sometimes blink or jerk their bodies back when hit by the water."

Metroid Prime Trilogy - Box Design

posted 12 Jun 2009, 13:35 by Billy White   [ updated 14 Jun 2009, 04:47 ]

A look at the box art for the Japanese version of the Metroid Prime Trilogy. Hopefully we'll see a similarly spectacular design upon it's Western release, and it's great to see Nintendo put the effort in of making something that looks great, even if they probably could have fit both of the GameCube Metroid Prime games onto one disc. We can see this being very popular with fans of the series, and it is due to be released very soon.

UPDATE: This box will NOT be coming to North America. Whether the inside design will remain similar is anyone's guess, but here's the North American box art design...

Not at all impressive, I know, but hey: we should be used to Japan getting better stuff by now, right?

Club Nintendo Updates - Elite Status Reminders!

posted 12 Jun 2009, 04:38 by Knuckles Sonic8   [ updated 12 Jun 2009, 04:49 ]

Early today this morning, Nintendo updated Club Nintendo's website and has issued out some reminders for the upcoming end-of-term period for Club Nintendo on June 30th. On the main index page, after you log in, you'll notice a new graphic that will actually serve as a really good reminder with the way the font is written and so.

Clicking on the graphic will lead you to a page that will give more details on what will happen after June 30th with the distribution of the prizes. Nintendo also adds that winners will only have a limited time to claim their prizes so they admonish users to check back often. The below screen shows an example from my Club Nintendo account of what the page looks like.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games - New character uncovered

posted 11 Jun 2009, 10:55 by Knuckles Sonic8

Look closely at the flag to the right of the one for Dr. Eggman and who do you see...? That's right, Silver the Hedgehog is coming to the Winter Games which is of no surprise to me at all.

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