Monday, January 05, 2009
Mario Power Tennis, originally on the Gamecube, is coming to the Wii in their "New Play Control!" remake series to allow Wiimote action. Take a look at the commercial for the Japanese version of the game.
Posted by Al
on 01/05 at 11:59 PM
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
From November 18th through November 24th, Nintendo set a US record of sales for Nintendo products.
Nintendo of America has sold more products from November 18th through November 24th than any other time in history.
*A record of 653,000 Nintendo DS was sold during Thanksgiving break. It beat the previous record of 600,000 Gameboy Advance sold in 2005.
*350,000 Wii and millions of games and accessoriesӔ were sold. The 350,000 figure for the Wii is the highest one-week total in the U.S. since the systems launch last year. "Nintendo claim that the Wii has reached a total of 5 million units sold faster than any other console in U.S. history. Nintendo also points out that the success of both consoles has come despite no official price cuts."
What a huge breakthrough for Nintendo. Setting US records is a huge accomplishment. "Black Friday" not only helped Nintendo but it helped other game systems as well.
on 11/28 at 09:23 AM
Monday, October 22, 2007
Nintendo loses their VP of marketing
So far, 2007 has been a bit of a paradox for Nintendo of America. On one hand, the US arm of the Kyoto, Japan-based game giant has had a banner year. Its Wii console has become a phenomenon, selling over 4.5 million units in the US as of the end of September, according to the NPD group--500,000 last month alone. The DS wasn't far behind with 496,000 units sold during the month.
On the other hand, 2007 has seen unprecedented turnover at NOA. While former VP of marketing Reggie Fils-Aime has been repeatedly honored for helping guide the company out of the GameCube doldrums, his colleagues weren't so lucky. Early in the summer, Nintendo Co.'s president Satoru Iwata quietly decided to split up his company's US division. While NOA's headquarters remains Microsoft's neighbor in Redmond, Washington, its marketing department was relocated to New York and its PR arm put down stakes in Redwood City, California--home of Electronic Arts.
As a result of the trifurcation of NOA's operations, many members of its internal PR and marketing teams were given a choice: Relocate or quit. Two of the company's most public faces--director of public relations Beth Llewellyn and senior vice president of marketing George Harrison chose the latter option. So did vice president of marketing & corporate affairs Perrin Kaplan, who announced this month she will be leaving NOA at the end of the year.
Lightnings opinion: Well, she's been working there since the days of the SNES and as such is a well respected figure. However, I see no problems in replacing her.
News importance rating: 4/10
Posted by ~Lightning~
on 10/22 at 06:24 AM
Friday, June 23, 2006
Electronic Arts has announced that Need for Speed Carbon is in development and will hit the streets this November.
Developed by EA Black Box in Vancouver, British Columbia, Need for Speed Carbon delivers the next generation of adrenaline-filled street racing and will challenge players to face the ultimate test of driving skill on treacherous canyon roads.
"We pride ourselves on our ability to reinvent the franchise and continually uncover new and exciting trends in car culture. Canyon Racing is a real test of a driver's skill and we think it provides a fantastic game play opportunity to lean into," said Larry LaPierre, the game's executive producer.
What starts in the city is settled in the canyons as Need for Speed Carbon immerses you into the world's most dangerous and adrenaline-filled form of street racing. You and your crew must race in an all-out war for the city, risking everything to take over your rivals' neighbourhoods one block at a time. As the police turn up the heat, the battle ultimately shifts to Carbon Canyon, where territories and reputations can be lost on every perilous curve. Need for Speed Carbon delivers the next generation of customization giving you the power to design and tweak your crew's cars in every way using the ground-breaking new Autosculpt technology. Represent your car class, your crew, and your turf in Need for Speed Carbon, the next revolution in racing games.
Need for Speed Carbon will be available for Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, PlayStation3 computer entertainment system, and Wii as well as the PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Xbox videogame system from Microsoft, Nintendo GameCube, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance, PSP (PlayStation Portable) handheld entertainment system, PC and mobile.
Posted by Al
on 06/23 at 01:40 PM
Monday, May 08, 2006
Vivendi Games' Sierra Entertainment has announced the development of The Legend of Spyro A New Beginning, the latest installment to the 17 million-unit-selling Spyro franchise, coming this Fall to the PlayStation2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS.
The completely new Spyro adventure, featuring gameplay focused heavily on dynamic action and fast-paced combat, uncovers the true origin of Spyro the Dragon as he evolves into a living, breathing weapon of explosive destruction! This epic story of Spyro's quest to discover his roots and realize his destiny is amazingly brought to life by leading Hollywood voice-over cast members Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy) as the new voice of Spyro; David Spade (The Benchwarmers) as Spyro's sidekick Sparx the dragonfly; and Gary Oldman (Sirius Black from the Harry Potter films) as Ignitus, the Fire Dragon Elder and Spyro's mentor.
In The Legend of Spyro A New Beginning, players will experience the awesome power of the purple dragon as they unleash devastating fury attacks, upgradeable breaths and ground-to-aerial melee combos in frenzied battles with hordes of menacing enemies and bone-chilling bosses. The action game also introduces a new dragon upgrade system, giving players the freedom to increase the power and variety of attacks to their liking. Developed by critically-acclaimed developers Krome Studios (console and Game Boy Advance) and Amaze Entertainment (Nintendo DS), The Legend of Spyro A New Beginning is scheduled to be released in October 2006.
"For the first time ever, The Legend of Spyro A New Beginning will reveal the origin of one of the most popular video game characters of all time," said Cindy Cook, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer for Vivendi Games. "With an entirely new game design centered on action and combat, coupled with a deep storyline that comes to life through the tremendous talent of our voice-over actors, The Legend of Spyro A New Beginning will deliver an explosive and exciting cinematic gameplay experience that Spyro fans and gamers of all ages will love."
The Legend of Spyro A New Beginning is scheduled to be available at retail in October 2006 for the PlayStation 2 system, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo DS.
Posted by Al
on 05/08 at 01:32 PM