Good @ txting? Nintendo has a contst 4 u

To get hype up about Phantom Hourglass (which releases on October 1st), Nintendo is featuring a contest. To enter you must grab your mobile phone and type Zelda to 20769 and you will be entered for a chance to win a trip for 2 to NYC, with a $1,000 Shopping Spree at Nintendo World (no one else will be at the store, you get it all to yourself). Plus, $500 cash. And the Zelda part, Special Edition Nintendo DSs with a free copy of Phantom Hourglass. 

Awesome stuff. And because Nintendo is cool, they will give 9 runner up winners a Gold DS with a copy of Phantom Hourglass.

Get your TXTs fingers blazing, and enter that contest.

EA announces a new game to its Need for Speed franchise

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

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?

Quake Arena, possibly coming to a DS near you

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.

Picross released, ready to puzzle players

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.