Sonic RPG titled and dated

Posted on February 19, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming.

Sonic Chronicals: The Dark BrotherhoodThe mysterious Sonic RPG that’s been in progress for about a year finally has a title. It’s called Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood and it’s coming out this year on September 9th for the Nintendo DS. The game is being developed by BioWare. You might remember them from Mass Effect.

First of all, why an RPG? Hasn’t Sonic almost always been a platformer or an Adventure game (not counting the Sonic boxing game)? Is this showing us that SEGA isn’t making much money off of the Sonic franchise? This seems to be the case, notice it’s called Sonic Chronicles, which normally infers there is going to be a sequel or something.

Second of all, “The Dark Brotherhood”? That sounds like something from World of Warcraft doesn’t it?

Nintendo Power states that the game has two acts, one placed in the traditional Green Hill Zone and happy places like that. The other act takes place in “darker world than we’re accustomed to seeing in Sonic games”. Really now? You obviously haven’t played some of the more recent Sonic games. Shadow the Hedgehog, anyone?

So far, not much else is known, other then the fact the main Sonic cast is playable (Blaze and Silver and Cream aren’t on the list though).

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Ace Attorney fans, Apollo Justice appears in court tomorrow

Posted on February 18, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming.

Apollo Justice, from the trailerThe newest title in the Ace Attorney series (the series used to be called Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney) appears in stores tomorrow. The new game will not feature Phoenix as the main character, instead you will play a new attorney called Apollo Justice. The game takes place about 7 years from when Phoenix lost his job because he displayed false evidence during a case.

But don’t dismay, Phoenix isn’t gone from the game, he’s who you have to defend in a murder case. He looks completely different then what gamers will remember of him. Phoenix states that he now works as at a bar as a piano player, and an ace poker player.

This is the first game to be on the DS originally instead of being on the GBA and then ported to the DS for American release. The game is something to look forward to for both new and experienced gamers of the series. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney appears in stores tomorrow.

If you are unsure about the game, Capcom has put up a playable demo for you to try out.

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Disney changes the DS into an interactive guide

Posted on January 21, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL.

The Walt Disney World park is utilizing a DS game called the Disney Magic Connection to give you real time info on the park (note, this is in beta and probably not available everywhere just yet). Details are vague for now as there hasn’t been an official press release.

From what I have seen, this is a really awesome thing for Disney. Disney Magic Connection shows you the Park Map, where the nearest bathrooms and ATMs are, ride line times, when and where character showings and parades are occurring. It even has a few games and a wishlist (great for making a list of stuff to do while you are at the park). Another cool feature, the app detects when you are on a ride or in the queuing line and goes to sleep automatically.

Unfortunately, the current app is only for Disney handout DSes (I assume it needs a card and can’t be downloaded like a demo) and not your own DS.

You can checkout the guide manual here.

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Best of 2007 #7: Pokemon Diamond/Pearl

Posted on December 31, 2007 by Dddawn.
Categories: Best of 2007, DS, DSL, Gaming.

Pokemon DiamondIf you compare this game to the original Red, Blue, and Green versions, you can see how far handheld games have come in the last 10 years. Pokemon Diamond/Pearl is not only now in color, but also in partial 3D, and touch-screen enabled on the DS. The variety and creativity of the creatures are very well done, and the three powerful starters (Turtwig [grass], Chimchar [fire], and Piplup [water]) make for interesting playback.

Team Galactic, the control-driven team that you’re set to defeat, are fun to beat and comical, and this time there are 3 main characters: You, your friend from your hometown, and Lucas/Dawn, the Professor’s assistant. With the aid of Lucas/Dawn (depending on your character’s gender) and your friend, you battle your way through Team Galactic (while beating the gym leaders on your own) to stop them from controlling Sinnoh, or even the galaxy!

This game definitely isn’t the hardest thing to beat, but it’s not the easiest, either. Either way, it’s fun.

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EA announces a new game to its Need for Speed franchise

Posted on August 29, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, PC, Phone/PDA, PS2, PS3, Wii, Xbox360.

Need For Speed: ProStreetEA announced their newest title in the Need for Speed series, ProStreet. ProStreet, which releases on October 31st, is supposed to be EA games’ interpretation of Street Racing Culture in the next 5 years (in otherwords, exactly the same as it is now). You start as you normally start in NFS games, a person who is a nobody who then enters street racing to become somebody. No new news here. According to the Executive Producer, Larry LaPierre: “This is a next-gen game, packed with the raw intensity and visceral aggression that defines street racing at the highest level.” Yeah, Need for Speed games have never really done it as well as the Burnout series, in my opinion.

Apparently for the “first time ever” you can design and build your car, a feature that has been in NFS since Underground. Not much of the story has been revealed but knowing EA it will probably have to do with you competing against some rival or something. And new in NFS: ProStreet is the Show Down mode, which sounds a lot like a race.

EA will probably not surprise me at all with ProStreet.

Reminder: Madden 08 tomorrow, launch parties tonight

Posted on August 13, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GCN, Mac OSX, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360.

Yup, today’s the day: August…13. You know, the day before Madden 08 comes out. If you want to preorder, today’s your last day to do it- and preorders are selling like hotcakes for the 08 installment. If you already have it preordered, your store probably has a launch party, so I suggest calling them.

I don’t know what else I can say. Uh, buy Madden?

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Quake Arena, possibly coming to a DS near you

Posted on August 5, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming.

Quake Arena, the game that originally released in 1999, but than re-released a couple of times after 1999, is reportedly heading to the DS.

The news comes from John Carmack, the Director at id Software, at ComicCon 2007, where he said that the controls will not be touch-based “like Metroid Prime Hunters” is. He wishes all shooting and movement and such done with the D-Pad and other buttons. There’s no word as to whether or not the game will take advantage of Nintendo’s Wi-Fi Connection service.

However, Carmack did say that the game would be a concept game. One that will probably not release to the public, it’s just id Software testing the DS. Hopefully if they like it they might release it to stores.

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Picross released, ready to puzzle players

Posted on July 30, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming.

Nintendo also released Picross today, a puzzle game which features your daily digest of Sudoku and Crossword puzzles. Picross is supposed to be more “fresh” than Sudoku DS (which only featured 80 or so puzzles and then it got boring) because it has puzzles that update everyday. Anyways, the game allows easy writing so you can easily fill in answers. Hopefully, it won’t get my 2’s mixed up with 4’s (even in the clearest of handwriting it still got mixed up) but I doubt Nintendo fixed that. Picross features the ability to make your own puzzles and share with friends.

No doubt is this a good game for newspaper puzzle addicts.

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Nintendo now 5th biggest company in Japan

Posted on July 27, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, Wii.

Big news for Nintendo, they are now the 5th biggest company in Japan. The cause of this is because of that dang new founded touchy thing that those youngsters are carrying around. And I am not talking about the iPhone. But the DS and DS lite have brought in mass amounts  of money, we assume because of Nintendo’s targeting of non-gamer like people with games like Brain Age and the much older, yet still adorable, Nintendogs. Of course, no one can forget that PS3 whoopin’ Wii console that has managed to kick the PS3 in sales in Japan. It’s probably because of the motion sensor and the get up and play message they bring in their ads.

Congrats Nintendo!

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New screens arrive from Madden 08

Posted on July 17, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GBA, GCN, Mac OSX, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360.

EA unleashed seven new screenshots from the next installment in their (exclusive) NFL football video game franchise, Madden 08, and quite frankly, it looks fantastic- if it’s real-time, and I don’t think it is. Click the first image to see the gallery.

Madden 08

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A Graphical Recap of Nintendo’s E3 2007

Posted on July 11, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: DS, DSL, E3 2007, Gaming, Wii.

Because Nintendo is so cool (and because we care), I have put up images of new Nintendo video games that are coming out soon in a slideshow. Warning, these images are very large in size so they might take awhile to load. To start simply click the E3 logo.
Nintendo's E3 Image Showcase

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