Nintendo releasing a game that trains…your face?!

Posted on July 4, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming.

Nintendo Face TrainingWhen we thought couldn’t get any weirder, Nintendo has pushed it farther and has announced Face Training for the DS. We thought Brain Age was a interesting concept, but Face Training brings it to the extremely odd.

With Brain Age, you were to make your brain younger by boosting up those brain cells, but with Face Training you are striving to make your face prettier. One would assume that it doesn’t mean you have to put on makeup anymore, or you can make all your zits go away by doing these exercises, but it proves that at Nintendo, crazy games are made. The game is powered through a new accessory for the DS that is like a camera. It sits the DS up book wise like when you play Brain Age and shows your face on the touch screen.

So far it’s planned to release on August 2nd in Japan.

EA Reveals Madden NFL 08 soundtrack

Posted on June 29, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GCN, Mac OSX, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360.

Madden NFL 08 Soundtrack listingEA Tiburon (the EA studio in Florida), has just released a list of songs to be featured in the newest Madden NFL game that releases this August. This year’s game will be the series 18th game. A random fact about the series is that it has sold 60 million copies, which nets around $2 billion dollars for EA Tiburon Studios. The game is supposed to feature 27 songs, yet EA only gave us 15 songs in the list. Nice counting EA.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix ships today

Posted on June 26, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, GBA, Mac OSX, PC, PS2, PS3, PSP, Wii, Xbox360.

According to EA, the newest Harry Potter game is shipping today to stores, where it will release on June 28th in Europe and the US. The game takes you through the 5th book, where you are creating an army slowly to defeat the users of the dark arts. While the game has a story line, it encourages you to explore all around the school, attending classes is mostly optional in the game.

The game releases for the PS3 and the Xbox 360 ($60 dollars), Wii ($50 dollars),  PS2 and PSP ($40 dollars), and the Nintendo DS, GBA, PC, and Mac OSX ($30 dollars). There will also be a port for cell phone users as well.

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Pokémon Battle Revolution is in stores now and sets new records

Posted on June 25, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, Wii.

According to Nintendo, Pokémon Battle Revolution has just released today into stores. Sorry that we didn’t give you a heads up Pokémon fans, we will do better next time. The game will be the first to be able to go online and play using the Wii. It will also be the first Pokemon game for the Wii (fans, this is your time to rejoice). The game has the ability to use the DS as a controller and trade Pokémon to and from said DS to the Wii. Unfortunately, battling and trading online requires friend codes (oh boo).

But here’s something new in the Pokémon series, the narrator from the Pokémon show is also doing the narration for the Pokémon game, coolio! The graphics are highly improved from the E3 beta we were shown last year, and the detail to sound effects was over the top. And here’s another new cool thing, you will be able to customize your trainer. Enjoy the news, Pokémon fans!

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Phantom Hourglass gets near-perfect score from Famitsu

Posted on June 20, 2007 by Wailord.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming.

How colorful!I don’t know if any of you readers have heard of Famitsu, but it’s a very popular Japanese magazine that’s notorious for being fairly tough on games (though, it gave Nintendogs a 40/40)- giving Resident Evil 4 a 38/40 and Yoshi Touch ‘n’ Go a 35/40. The latest score to come out of Famitsu-ville was the DS’s next monster hit: The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (official website here). This puts it ahead of many games, as it’s not commonplace for Famitsu to dole out such a high score, which will make cel-shaded-Link-fan’s heart’s across America leap with joy.

Well, maybe not.

Update: Apparently only six games have ever received a perfect score (mind you, this goes back to ’86), and only 17 have received a 39, one of which is Phantom Hourglass. So, it’s safe to say you can go ahead and bust out some preorder money.

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New screenshots of EA Playground

Posted on June 18, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, Wii.

Apparently, EA has started developing EA playground (a little late from their original announcement). And they have released two screenshots that are supposed to get us “excited” for the new game.

Here are the screenshots (click this one to view both screenshots):
Wii Playground Teatherball

I am not very “excited” now that I have seen these screenshots…I think they worked in reverse…

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2 Pokemon DS Lites for sale in Japan

Posted on June 10, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DSL, Gaming.

Pikachu DS LiteRemember the Pikachu DS Lite that was given away during a contest for japan? Well now it’s for sale (for winners in a drawing) as well as a Pokemon Pearl and Diamond version of the DS Lite but it comes only as a package with other games. The Pearl and Diamond versions you can just pick up at the store but the Pikachu DS Lite (in order to maintain it’s rareness) will be able to be purchased in a drawing. Available for ¥16,800 if one enters the Pikachu DS Lite lottery and wins. From the website it most likely reads “you will/can enter more than once”. People can enter from now till July 1st. Purchases and notifications go out July 20.

Pikachu DS Lite Closed


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DS/Lite Browser released!

Posted on June 8, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming.

Opera DS BrowserOpera, the makes of the Nintendo Wii Browser and DS/DS Lite Browser have announced that the DS Lite Browser is now for sale in America! The browser comes as a game card for about $30 dollars. Of course, the old rule (for those who missed it, DS Browser is online only, DS Lite Browser is stores and online) still applies with availability.

However, we found online a version that works with both DS versions and for the same price. If you click on the image (or here) you will be taken to Nintendo’s Online Store entry for the browser. Of course, the browser works great with almost any Nintendo Wi-Fi compatible hotspot.

I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy, but it is supposed to be really good. It took Opera awhile, didn’t it? And they are 6 days late too…but at least it’s out.

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Nintendo releases calender of Release Dates

Posted on May 21, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, Wii.

Nintendo fans, Nintendo has kindly put up release dates for games that are going to release sometime during the rest of the year. The dates mostly feature “popular” games and are a lineup chart for the summer. So, we are going to post them for you, except if we do so, this would make the homepage really long. So you can just click the more > button if you want to see. If you want a downloadable copy, we made a PDF version here. Enjoy!


Pokemon Diamond and Pearl are best sellers

Posted on May 19, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, Wii.

Nintendo has to reinforce the quite obvious point that Pokemon Pearl and Diamond were the best selling games for the month of April. And then, Super Paper Mario and Wii Play got third and forth respectively on the best selling list. Over 1.75 million (that’s right, million) Pokemon games were sold in just 2 weeks (jeez, you people love Pokemon).

In otherwords, Nintendo has kicked everyone off the top of the best selling list for April. Good work, Nintendo!

Oh and by the way, Pokemon Battle Revolution (for the Wii) comes out next month.

Nintendo copies Microsoft’s idea and has their own movie contest

Posted on May 15, 2007 by MASA.
Categories: DS, DSL, Gaming, Wii.

Nice going Nintendo, you just copied Microsoft’s idea…kinda.

Nintendo is calling for all movie makers to create movies in Nintendo’s Short Cuts Showcase. All you have to do is create a 3-5 minute Nintendo themed-film. Of course, you have to be over 18 to enter. And if you win, your movie will be shown in NYC (at Rockefeller Center), you will win a Wii (and Wii games), $10,000 dollars, a DS Lite (and DS games), Trip to NYC for you and a friend.

Second and Third place gets their video shown, as well as a Wii and Wii games. While 4th through 10th place get a DS Lite and DS games.

You must submit your entries (using the entry form on their site) before June 6th and people will be able to vote on your videos (Judges will make the final judgments). To check out the contest website click here.