Releases Pirates of the Spanish Main
CONSTRUCTIBLE STRATEGY GAME
July 28, 2004 (SEATTLE) — WizKids Inc.,
makers of the best-selling HeroClix®, Mage
Knight™ and MLB™ SportsClix™ collectable
miniatures game (CMGs), announce the release
of Pirates of the Spanish Main, the world’s
first Constructible Strategy Game™ (CSG).
“Pirates of the Spanish Main captures the
swashbuckling fun of a Hollywood pirate
movie in a game that anyone can play,” said
Jordan Weisman, WizKids® CEO. “A game takes
about 20 minutes to play and about five
minutes to learn.” In Pirates of the Spanish
Main, players build ships from components
punched out of styrene cards, create their
own little corner of the Caribbean with
islands full of treasure, and then compete
to acquire the most loot — by any means
Everything one person needs to play,
including rules, a die, ships, an island,
and treasure, comes in one Game Pack, which
retails for $3.99. Players can expand their
collections by purchasing additional Game
Packs. The game is fully supported by
in-store demonstrations and organized play.
For more information, visit wizkidsgames.com/pirates.
Founded by 20-year game-industry veteran
Jordan Weisman, WizKids is a Seattle-based
game developer and publisher dedicated to
creating tabletop games driven by
imagination. Its Mage Knight, MechWarrior®,
MLB™ SportsClix and HeroClix CMGs are among
the most successful games on the market
today, and the company has sold hundreds of
millions of figures worldwide. WizKids’
games are fully supported with organized
play at conventions and retail venues. For
additional information, visit
FUNimation Planned Events for
(Baltimore, MD, this weekend).
FUNimation Productions, Ltd., the foremost
of producer and distributor of anime in
North America has many planned events at
Otakon 2004 that won’t cost you an arm and a
We have many activities in store at the
FUNimation Island #335:
Free posters from Fullmetal Alchemist,
Fruits Basket, Kiddy Grade, and Tenchi Muyo!
Check out our convention exclusive Fruits
Basket Kyo and Yuki fleece and Kyo knit
caps. You can only buy them here!
Ninetendo may be the industry leader when it
comes to the handheld gaming market, thanks
to both the Game Boy and now the Game Boy
Advance, but it's not about to sit on its
laurels as the market heats up. That was
obvious when they first announced plans for
their Nintendo DS (which stands for Dual
Screen), but it seems increasingly obvious
that the company stands a fair chance of
keeping its crown once this little baby hits
After first being introduced at this year's
E3 in Los Angeles, CA, the Nintendo DS was
practically the technological belle of
Nintendo's E3 ball. It received loads of
attention and was recognized for being a
smart move towards wireless gaming. It
wasn't alone though.
Sony also decided to show off their first
portable game unit, the PlayStation Portable
or PSP for short. Nokia advanced their move
in the market too, redesigning and
relaunching the N-Gage unit with a better
look and feel for the unit.
reports doubled profits as Cube shipments
The low price point of the GameCube console
and the launch of a number of key software
titles have helped to drive Nintendo's Q1
profits to twice their 2003 level as the
firm gears up for the launch of the Nintendo
The Kyoto-based company reported net income
of 22.6 billion Yen for the three month
period ended June 30th, almost twice the
11.5 billion Yen figure which was reported
in the same quarter last year.
Shipments of the GameCube during the quarter
stood at 650,000 units, compared with 80,000
units a year previously, while 2.3 million
units of Game Boy Advance hardware were
shipped in the quarter.
five Nintendo DS titles
Atlus is planning to release five games for
the Nintendo DS, the Japanese publisher
revealed this week. Although it hasn't
discussed release dates yet (which suggests
that we're not looking at launch titles), it
has named all five.
The games, then, are Shin Megami Tensei DS
(an RPG in the popular Shin Megami Tensei
series), action game Caduceus, racing games
Snowboards Kids DS and Choro-Q DS (known as
Gadget Racers in the States), and a board
game called Jinsei-Game DS.
Streetball Revolution Continues with NBA
STREET V3, Now in Development; Create the
Future of Street Basketball in Early 2005
REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July
26, 2004--Electronic Arts (Nasdaq:ERTS)
announced today that NBA STREET V3 is in
development and scheduled for release in
early 2005 under the EA SPORTS BIG(TM)
brand. The game is being produced by
Electronic Arts Canada, the studio which
also is home to the industry-leading NBA
LIVE and NCAA(R) March Madness(TM) hoops
The highly-anticipated third chapter in the
multi-platinum-selling NBA STREET series
rises above the rim and expands on the
customization and variety of game modes and
gameplay that helps distinguish the
franchise within EA's rich basketball
portfolio. Gamers can build their reputation
as they create the future of street
basketball with all-new jaw-dropping,
ankle-breaking, rim-shaking moves in
visually stimulating environments, from
favorite courts like "The Cage" and "Rucker
Park" to the next generation of streetball
sanctuaries, like "Venice Beach." It all
adds up to give V3 a revolutionary style all
"NBA STREET V3 is a celebration of the
culture and inventive style of street
basketball," says Wil Mozell, senior
producer for the project. "We're excited to
continue to push the possibilities of
customization, self-expression, and
creativity in the new school revolution of
announce new F-Zero
Japanese retailers say Nintendo will release
a new F-Zero game called F-Zero Climax on
TOKYO--According to retailers in Japan,
Nintendo will be unveiling a new F-Zero game
for the Game Boy Advance next month, titled
F-Zero Climax. The game is listed as one of
the four titles scheduled to be on display
at Nintendo’s next monthly product exhibit
for distributors and retailers, which will
take place during the first week of August.
Climax will become the latest game in the
long line of futuristic racers.
Reveals Pokémon Fire/Leaf Pre-Order Bonus
'EM EARLY: GET A FREE POKÉMON GIFT
Pre-Order Pokémon Games and Receive
Exclusive Guide to the World of Pokémon
REDMOND, Wash., July 29, 2004 – Once again,
it pays to be a fast-acting Pokémon® fan.
Starting Aug. 1, fans and interested novices
who place a deposit to reserve a copy of
Pokémon FireRed or Pokémon LeafGreen for
Game Boy® Advance at participating retailers
will immediately receive the Pokémon Pocket
Trainer's Guide – a handy reference guide
for seasoned players or a tutorial for
Fighter 2 Headed To PS2
Japanese gamers get a trip in the way back
machine courtesy of Sega. Details inside...
According to Japanese magazine Dorimaga, the
classic Sega fighter, Virtua Fighter 2, will
be the latest release in the Sega Ages 2500
series and will be available for the
PlayStation 2 in Japan on October 14, 2004.
Reviews: 'MLB SlugFest Loaded,' 'Spider-Man
'MLB SlugFest Loaded'
This is the first teen-rated game bearing
Major League Baseball approval, and they
might as well next produce "Bench-Clearing
Brawl 2005." Or " 'Roid Rage 2006."
3 1/2 stars
"Spider-Man 2" provides plenty of thrills by
getting the most important thing right --
the ability to make Spidey swing, somersault
and dive through the air in a fashion that,
at times, will make your stomach drop.
Wicked interrogation scenes; two of comics'
best writers are on board; fast, visceral,
and violent action. Still not sure about
balance and level design at this stage; the
secret mystery partner acts a little stiff.
THQ's The Punisher is going to be the most
violent, raucous, and brutal comic-book
videogame ever released...which is what
you'd expect for a game based on one of the
most violent, raucous, and brutal comic-book
characters ever created. Best of all, it's
shaping up to be an entertaining ride too.
in the Neighborhood (PS2)
From fat to thin in 60 seconds -- we look
at the wonderful world of food in Rockstar's
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
It's only been a few weeks since GameSpy
published its huge blowout feature on
Rockstar's insanely highly anticipated PS2
title: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Call of Duty:
Today we received more information on the
Call of Duty consoles adaptation, Call of
Duty: Finest Hour. The game takes players to
the frontline of World War II on a campaign
through North African, Eastern and Western
Players will have the choice of three
countries to play as; namely the British,
American and Russian forces, as players
enlist as a raw Russian conscript, thrown
into the harrowing battle of Stalingrad;
take on the role of a British PPA commando
sent on daring raids in North Africa; and
battle Nazi tank forces throughout Belgium
as an American tank commander from the famed
761st "Black Panther" Tank Battalion. The
game features all new explosive missions in
which players will go through terrain
on-foot or in vehicles; whilst letting
gamers see the events through six unique
player roles, with each character carrying a
personal and patriotic story to tell.
2005 Collector's Edition (PS2)
Video features detailing everything about
the franchise are fantastic; playing the old
games brings back a rush of emotions; trivia
geeks will be psyched to compete against
each other; the main game is great, too.
Some more of the old games would have been
nice, but it's hard to find anything wrong
with this one.
The Madden football franchise has been
around for a long time (15 years to be
exact), born in the 16-bit era, coming into
its own during the 32-bit Playstation years,
and blossoming into the game we now know and
love. It's been a long, strange trip, and EA
has given us a quality product every year.
This year, they want to repay our devotion
with the release of a special Madden NFL
2005 Collector's Edition.
brainiac misfits -- being a geek is cool
While the concept of "geek chic" has been
around for a few years, more and more people
are using a term once considered an insult
as a badge of pride. The word is so
omnipresent it's been transformed into a
verb and a newfangled noun prone to endless
variation: "I geeked out over the extras on
the DVD of `The Lord of the Rings: The Two
Towers Extended Edition"'; "watching `Alias'
lifts me to the heights of geekdom"; or
all-out "Geeking From My Pores," as one
blogger puts it.
Geeks didn't just get lives. Some, like
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, became so
wealthy and influential that they tower
above puny, nongeek mortals. "It's been an
interesting transformation in our culture to
see that the nerds and the geeks are now the
ones with power," says Andy Mangels, a
Portland, Ore., author and self-described