Super Mario Sunshine
Nintendo.com has released new images for the latest
game in the Mario series, Super Mario Sunshine. Super
Mario Sunshine is currently scheduled for an August
26 release later this year. I'll keep you updated on
further information as it's revealed...
Virtua Fighter Quest and Virtua Beach Strikers Coming
At the SEGA GameJam2 Show in Japan, SEGA
AM2 announced that they are working on Virtua Fighter
Quest for the Nintendo GameCube. The game will be an action
RPG that will also feature fighting. VF Quest will most
likely be based on the Shenmue 2 game engine with improvements
to take advantage of the GameCube hardware. Yu Suzuki,
revealed that all of the Virtua Fighter characters will
appear in the game. Virtual Beach Strikers was also announced
for Nintendo GameCube. Good to see two more exclusive
GameCube titles from SEGA AM2.
Regarding Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 & 2
Sonic Team's President Yuji Naka revealed a few details
of the newly renamed Phantasy Star Online Episode 1 &
2 for the Nintendo GameCube. The game will now contain
two full episodes, the first episode will be a representation
of the original found on the Dreamcast (version 1 and
version 2). While Episode 2 will be a new expansion featuring
new worlds and new character classes. The game as a whole
will also include four player splitscreen, redone menus,
and upgraded graphics.
Star Online Episode 1 :
Six Character Classes
Phantasy Star Online Episode 2 :
New Character Class:
New Character Class:
New Character Class:
New World: Jungle
New World: Santuary
Possibly More Worlds/Characters/Features..
Publisher SEGA, will release the game by a trial-edition
basis from May31st - June 30th and hopes to release
the full game by July. SEGA will team up with Nintendo
to sell the game in several bundles including Software
+ Modem, Software + PSO Keyboard + Modem, and Software
+ Modem + PSO Keyboard + GameCube System. Naka and Sonic
Team will reveal more of the title tomorrow at GameJam
F-Zero for NGC & Arcade by Sega!
Word comes by way of GC-Inside this evening that Nintendo
and Sega will be releasing "F-Zero
GC" on the Nintendo GameCube and "F-Zero
AC" in arcades by the end of 2002 in Japan (tentative
titles). Utilizing the Triforce board, the arcade version
of F-Zero AC will have a peripheral slot for the Memory
Card 59 to share game data with the GameCube version,
not unlike NFL Blitz on the N64. Sega's Amusement Vision
team will handle development of the title under Nintendo's
supervision. More on this historic announcement as it
Details on Sega's GBA Games
next round of Game Boy Advance games scheduled to be published
by THQ and SEGA include the following:
Tennis (working title)
Virtua Tennis follows the easy-to-play, addictive style
of its SEGA Dreamcast counterpart. The game puts up
to four players at the net in Tournament and Exhibition
matches or lets Game Boy Advance owners train their
own player in World Circuit mode. Virtua Tennis is scheduled
for release in late 2002.
Taxi (working title)
Crazy Taxi for Game Boy Advance combines the action
and arcade style of its Dreamcast predecessors with
new locales and exciting mini-games. Players take on
the role of a taxi driver and race to make as much money
as possible in single or multiplayer games. Crazy Taxi
is scheduled for release in early 2003.
Monkey Ball (working title)
Up to four players control monkeys trapped in translucent
spheres in a mix of surreal and silly games in Super
Monkey Ball for Game Boy Advance. Players can try their
hands at navigating a series of floor-shifting puzzles
or play mini-games where they knock each other off floating
platforms or race through mid-air half-pipe courses.
Super Monkey Ball is scheduled to release in early 2003.
Star Collection (working title)
An RPG gamer's ultimate dream, Phantasy Star Collection
brings together the classic original three Phantasy
Star titles in one package. Phantasy Star Collection
for Game Boy Advance is scheduled to release in early
Nintendo has announced that Super Mario Sunshine
is scheduled for release on August 26, 2002. In just
five short months, GameCube owners will experience the
first action-adventure platform release of Mario since
Mario 64.Star Fox Adventures, a joint development effort
between RARE, Ltd. and Nintendo, will be available this
fall. Also Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem will take
players on an action-filled, psychological adventure
on June 24. While there is still no release date for
the SD-Digital card adaptor, Nintendo will release the
Memory Card 251 on June 24th at a price of $19.95.
Gets Time Splitters 2
Free Radical Design's much anticipated FPS, Time Splitters
2, is scheduled for a Q3 2002 release on GameCube. The
incredible news came from Nintendo at this year's Game
Developers Conference. David Doak of Free Radical Design
told IGN Cube, "With TimeSplitters, we were just
finding out feet... Now we can go to town and show people
what we're really capable of doing. TimeSplitters 2
will be an exceptional game." Many thanks to IGN
Wars Bounty Hunter in Q4 2002
Jango Fett, the most ruthless and feared mercenary in
the Star Wars galaxy, will make his spectacular interactive
debut later this year in the action-packed Star Wars
Bounty Hunter from LucasArts. Players will plunge into
the dark, deadly world of a bounty hunter, a role Star
Wars game fans have long awaited to play. Star Wars
Bounty Hunter is expected to release fall 2002 on PS2
and GameCube. Inspired by events between Star Wars:
Episode I and II, Star Wars Bounty Hunter presents an
original, compelling third-person action game experience
which establishes Jango Fett's place in the Star Wars
galaxy, and his connection to the notorious clone army.
ZooCube to GameCube
Bringing an exciting new dimension to puzzle solving
games, Acclaim today announced that it will release
ZooCube for the Nintendo GameCube and GBA. Available
this spring, "ZooCube delivers an entirely unique
puzzle-solving gaming experience, that is highly addictive
and perfectly suited for the rapidly expanding mass-market
Nintendo audience, said Evan Stein, Vice President
of Brand. Created by PuzzleKings, ZooCube takes puzzlers
to a whole new dimension the third dimension.
Around the world, animals have been transformed by shape-altering
science experiments and need help in returning to their
natural state. Players use their ZooCube to rescue and
return the animals to the flying ark.
Gets Black & Bruised
Majesco today announced Black & Bruised for the
Nintendo GameCube. Developed by Digital Fiction, Black
& Bruised is scheduled for release in Q4 2002. "Young
and old video gamers alike will have a great time 'beating
the expressions' out of each other," said Ken Gold,
Vice President of Marketing. Black & Bruised thrusts
players into the colorful world of 18 lively boxers,
each forced into competitive boxing for individual reasons.
Competing in 18 different arenas, players learn the
life story of each boxer and how winning will benefit
them. High-quality cartoon cel-shading technology showcases
the games cartoonesque visuals and cleverly exaggerates
game play. Black & Bruised features pressure sensitive
controls, which are easy to learn, but hard to master,
and provide players a full sense of control over their
boxer. Player immersion is further heightened with the
use of skeletal motion and skin morphing technology
which creates fluid character movements.
According to the very reliable gaming site, IGN Cube,
Rare's Star Fox Adventures has been delayed yet again.
The title, which Nintendo announced last month would
release on June 10, is now reported to have fallen back
to September. No reasons were given for the delay and
Nintendo has yet to confirm the date change.
Titles from EA Sports
According to EASports.com's release list, a number of
GameCube titles have been confirmed for 2002 releases.
FIFA World Cup is headed to GameCube for an April release,
Freekstyle and F1 2002 will be released in May, NCAA
Football 2003 and Madden NFL 2003 will see a summer
release, NHL 2003 is scheduled for late summer, and
NASCAR Thunder 2003 should see a fall release.
Kingdoms in Spring
Partnering with premier Japanese software publisher
and developer FromSoftware, Activision will publish
Lost Kingdoms, the first real-time action RPG for the
GameCube, in North America this spring. In Lost Kingdoms,
the player takes control of a beautiful heroine, Princess
Katia, on a quest to rid the land of a deadly menace
intent on engulfing the five Kingdoms of Argwyll. During
the adventure, the player must find and gather the cards
that hold the power to unleash incredible creatures
into battle, fighting off the endless hordes of monsters
that stand in their way.
Kingdoms invites players to experience an epic fantasy
world filled with magic, monsters and mystery,"
states Larry Goldberg, executive vice president, Activision
Worldwide Studios. Throughout the game, players will
explore over two-dozen graphically rich 3D worlds as
they uncover the mystery that threatens to destroy the
Five Kingdoms of Argwyll. Along the way, gamers will
have the opportunity to collect over 100 unique Guardian
Cards that can be used to release powerful creature
allies such as fighting skeletons, ravaging wolves and
fire breathing dragons.
on Biohazard, 97.5%!
Capcom new GameCube game Biohazard (Resident Evil in
the US) received a score of 39 out of 40 from the highly
respected Japanese publication Famitsu. Biohazard will
ship in Japan on March 22.
This game provides a raw sense of what zombies would
actually be like as animated entities. The atmosphere
presented is one suggesting that there is something
definitely lurking out there, effectively putting you
inside the game on a level that has never been achieved
up to this point. Simply standing around in this game
is enough to make one feel scared. Not simply a revision
with new features and paths in the game, this title
is without a doubt completely playable as a brand new
installment in its own right.
Damn, zombies are badass and scary! This game instilled
in me once again that feeling of trepidation that zombies
give, even as they're getting their ass kicked left
and right throughout the game. Just hearing their screams
is enough to send chills down your spine. The graphics
have evolved to a level that has to be seen to be believed!
and the game also incorporates a new system. When you
lump everything together, this title cannot be referred
to as simply a port - it should be considered a brand
The heart of this game rests in the story and system
that underlies it, which is enough in itself to provide
a sense that everything about the title has been changed.
With an even more heightened sense of reality and adjustments
made in just about every part of the game possible,
it can be completely enjoyed as a fresh and novel title.
Additional cinemas and things to do elevate the game
to a whole new level as well. This is not simply just
a remake, and is extremely recommended to fans of the
This title has been revamped to the point that it can
be called a completely new game. The number of rooms
has been increased dramatically, and the puzzle system
has been practically redone from scratch. With the rendition
of the game throughout differing according to the path(s)
chosen within it, make no mistake about it, even experienced
players can enjoy this title from the very outset. Even
just looking at the game is enough to justify its value,
with visuals that are arguably the best ever seen in
a video game.
To Resume Supply Of Game Software To Nintendo
(Nikkei)--Nintendo Co. has agreed to resume procuring
the popular "Final Fantasy" video game software
for its game consoles from Square Co. after a five-year
hiatus. Under the agreement, Nintendo President Hiroshi
Yamauchi will provide funds to a Square-affiliated game
production company to help it develop software in the
"Final Fantasy" series for Nintendo machines.
The money will come from Fund Q, a fund Yamauchi set
up in January to help finance software development.
The affiliate is due to be founded by Square and Akitoshi
Kawazu, one of the game's developers, by the end of
deal calls on the Square affiliate to produce software
allowing users of two Nintendo consoles - the Nintendo
GameCube and Game Boy Advance -- to play together by
the end of the year. The Nintendo Super Famicom machine
was once popular with the help of software in the "Final
Fantasy" series. In 1996, however, Square switched
to supplying new "Final Fantasy" titles for
consoles made by Sony Corp. group company Sony Computer
Entertainment Inc. Square will continue to provide "Final
Fantasy" games to Sony, even while offering a version
spokesman at Nintendo's headquarters in Japan said Square's
unit plans to launch at least three games this year
for Nintendo's consoles, including one Final Fantasy
title that can be played on both GameCube and Game Boy
Advance. The other two games will be only for Game Boy
vs. SNK 2 to GameCube
Revealed today on Capcom's Japanese site, Capcom vs.
SNK 2 is scheduled for release on Nintendo GameCube.
The popular 2D fighter, which brings famous characters
from Street Fighter and SNK's King of Fighters into
a single game, has been previously released on PlayStation2.
Mario Golf & Mario Tennis Details!
Camelot Software Planning is currently developing Mario
Golf and Mario Tennis for the Nintendo GameCube. Though
little is known about the titles, Camelot has commented
that they intend to greatly expand the games over their
highly acclaimed Nintendo 64 predecessors, for which
the firm was also responsible. No release details have
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