Wednesday 23 August 2006
A sequel to the not-quite-Advance-Wars action title has just been announced for Wii at the Leipzig Game Convention. Featuring a new (but still not exactly subtle) conflict between the stiff upper lips of the Anglo Isles and the Coral Atolls-dwelling Solar Empire, Battalion Wars 2 will also feature three online multiplayer modes - sorely missing from the original.
Assault multiplayer will allow players to simply jump in and start blowing each other up, whereas Skirmish
Wii news, big and small: our British sister site has three interesting reports up. The first concerns 128 Marios, a game Nintendo mentioned (and even showed a demo of) that was originally in the works for the GameCube. Yeah, we weren't exactly expecting it to come out, at this point. But it turns out that 128 Marios, did, in fact, provide the underpinnings for Super Mario Galaxy on the Wii. You can check the UK story to find out more, but be careful - it says that Galaxy is
Tuesday 22 August 2006
Super Mario 128, the name given to an eye-popping tech demo shown at Nintendo's SpaceWorld event in 2000, was a test concept and inspired the upcoming Wii adventure Super Mario Galaxy. "The parts in Mario Galaxy where you're running around on the surface have come from Mario 128," producer Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed, referring to Galaxy's planetoid-leaping gameplay.
The original clip of Mario 128 showed 128 Marios racing around a curved, GameCube-styled Monopoly board
Tuesday 22 August 2006
Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto is keen to remake some of his earlier GameCube titles with Wii remote support - aided by the Wii hardware's similarity to GameCube's innards.
Of course, Wii is already backwards compatible with GameCube games, controllers and memory cards and, as most of its back catalogue is still available, Miyamoto told Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream that he sees any such remakes as being released at an "affordable price".
It's a cost-effective
Tuesday 22 August 2006
Upcoming Super Smash Bros Brawl for Wii already made a splash at E3 with the inclusion of a non-Nintendo figure - Metal Gear Solid's Solid Snake - but rumours are swirling that he may not be the only newcomer to the fight party. Recent comments by the game's creators, including the ever-teasing Shigeru Miyamoto himself, indicate that overwhelming fan response has called for Sonic to step into a very different kind of ring.
We contacted Sega regarding this development and
Monday 21 August 2006
An updated version of seminal sports game California Games has been confirmed for release on Wii, DS and PSP next year. California Games will also include bonus features from Winter Games and Summer Games. A refreshed Impossible Mission will also be released.
California Games was a huge success for original developer Epyx in the late '80s, spanning over 10 platforms including Atari's doomed Lynx handheld and Sega's Mega Drive. The new game aims to preserve the magic of
According to industry site GamesIndustry.biz, Electronic Arts believes that Nintendo will release the Wii for $170 - much cheaper than the $250 price bandied around by internet pundits. Executive VP and COO of EA's worldwide studios, David Gardner says, "I've heard in Japan that the price is about $170, but I don't know if the price has been set in Europe yet." That's pretty unbelievably cheap - it's only $40 more than a DS Lite, little more than half the price of a crappy hard-drive
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There are lots of guys playing World of Warcraft. Lots of lonely guys. That's what we imagine is the thought process behind whoever created Whores of Warcraft - and posted up a picture of two feisty cosplayers along with a "Coming Soon" message. We're not too impressed by the name, though - we prefer World of Whorecraft. Wouldn't you just know that it's already taken, too? Rather than sexy imagery, it just barfs up a generic text-only page, with categories
Last time we saw Ubisoft's yakuza-themed shooter Red Steel, it was looking kinda rough. The wireless Wii remote wasn't offering the precision control we were promised and the visuals, while acceptable, really didn't look much different than a GameCube game.
Well, if today's new screens are any indication, at least the graphics are improving. These shots could easily be "target" visuals and not in-game grabs, but Stephane Bachelor, artistic director for Steel, says the work-in-progress graphics
Friday 18 August 2006
Sonic the Hedgehog's debut on Nintendo's Wii will now be called Sonic and Secret Rings rather than Wild Fire, which was the name that was used at this year's E3.
Sonic and the Secret Rings will be Sonic's first solo outing since the original Sonic the Hedgehog that was released for Mega Drive 15 years ago. It has the blue blur trying to piece together a Arabian Knights storybook by recreating the lost