New Games and Stuff for Nintendo DS
Madden NFL 2005 and Spider-Man 2 are
among the dozen video games Nintendo Co.
says it plans to offer for its new DS
hand-held system within a month of the
product's November launch.
Nintendo said it expects about 25 games
for the dual-screen player by early next
year. About 120 games are in
The DS version of the Madden games will
show 22 players on the field on one
screen, with the other showing key
action. People will be able to compete
against each other using the system's
built-in wireless capability.
EA, the world's largest game maker, also
will have Tiger Woods PGA Golf Tour and
The Urbz: Sims in the City, which puts
characters from the Sims in an urban
The DS debuts in the United States on
Nov. 21 and in Japan 10 days later.
The device will come preloaded with demo
version of the sci-fi shooter Metroid
Prime Hunters: First Hunt to “whet
gamer's appetites,” said Nintendo of
America spokeswoman Perrin Kaplan.
Two other remakes of popular Nintendo
titles that will see new life on the DS
are Super Mario 64 DS and the racing
game Mario Kart.
The $149.99 DS has a chat and messaging
Prices for the games will be in the $30
range, Kaplan said. Additionally, it can
play more than 550 older Game Boy
A handful of games already have been
announced for rival Sony Corp.'s
PlayStation Portable, including the
racer Need for Speed Underground Rivals
and Tiger Woods, both from EA.
The PSP arrives in the United States
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Launches Personal Media Player
Mattel's new Juice Box media player is
set to hit stores Oct. 17. The Juice Box
delivers full-color video and stereo
sound, MP3 music and digital photo
Arriving at retail nationwide on Oct.
17, Juice Box, a personal media player
from Mattel, Inc., will feature category
exclusive, full-color video content from
some of today's hottest music,
television and action sports
personalities; play MP3 music files; and
enable viewing of digital photos.
Juice Box is the first personal media
player designed to meet the lifestyle
and entertainment interests of today's
Nintendo console analysts' choice
The PlayStation Portable is the talk of
the town, after basking in the limelight
at a recent game show.
But despite all the hoopla, Sony
Computer Entertainment Co.'s
soon-to-debut portable game console is
unlikely to loosen Nintendo Co.'s grip
on the global market, according to game
industry analysts. They say there is no
compelling reason for gamers to buy the
PSP. Its rival, the Nintendo DS, they
say, offers eye-opening novelty.
I Was A
D&D lives on, after all these years.
I remember exactly how it started: When
I was a fifth grader, my mother
encouraged me to read The Hobbit. So I
did, and J. R. R. Tolkien's book filled
my head with visions of wizards and
warriors and dwarves and elves and
goblins. A little while later, Mom drove
me and a friend to a local toy store,
where some guy was teaching kids to play
a new game. It was called Dungeons &
celebrate 30 years of D&D
Fantasy role-playing game has staying
power with fans
Dungeons & Dragons players gathered in
game stores around the country Saturday
to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the
grandfather of fantasy role-playing
games -- a pop culture phenomenon that
has influenced myriad video games, books
An estimated 25,000 fans in 1,200 stores
celebrated the anniversary Saturday,
said Charles Ryan, brand manager for
role-playing games at Wizards of the
Coast, a Renton company that owns
Dungeons & Dragons.
Charts: FIFA 2005 goes in at number one,
Fable takes second place
Triumph for long-awaited RPG title as it
tops the Xbox ranking in style
EA's latest update to the FIFA Football
franchise has gone in at number one in
the UK all-formats chart, as expected -
but all eyes are on Big Blue Box' Fable,
which tops the Xbox ranking and becomes
the fastest-selling Xbox game ever.
game release pulled back
Ubisoft sends word that Playboy: The
Mansion, its forthcoming management sim
that puts you in the role of a virtual
Hugh Hefner, has been delayed until the
first few months of 2005 in order to
REALMS: DEMON STONE - PS2 Review
Demon Stone is a third person hack 'n'
slash adventure game set in the
Forgotten Realms world, Demon Stone
tells the story of three warriors
brought together by some unexplained
mysterious force which is where the
After the usual hello's and who the hell
are you introductions through the cut
scenes, the three warriors join forces
to ultimately defeat the not so nice
goblins, beasts and dragons.
Thrustmaster Unveils Its New Gamepads
for PC and PS2
The New Generation of Gamepads
If you thought there was nothing new
left to discover in the world of
gamepads, Thrustmaster is about to prove
you wrong. The accessory specialist is
proud to unveil its four latest gamepads
for PC and PlayStation 2 grouped
together in the exciting new Dual
Thrustmaster is releasing 2 new gamepads
for PlayStation 2 the Advance Wireless
Dual Trigger Gamepad and Wireless Dual
Trigger Gamepad as well as the new
Wireless Dual Trigger for PC, and the
Dual Trigger 2-in-1 which is compatible
with both PC and PS2.
confirms DS wireless downloads, more
Having witnessed the lid blown on its
bubbling saucepan of Nintendo DS
announcements yesterday afternoon,
Nintendo has subsequently confirmed the
reports - with president Satoru Iwata
telling the press about the wireless
download "Game Sharing" functionality,
downloadable demos, and plans for
Pokémon movie integration.
Honor: Dogs of War Announced
Coming to a home console near you in the
Spring of 2005.
Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:ERTS) is proud
to announce Medal of Honor: Dogs of War.
Slated for release in the Spring of
2005, Dogs of War is the latest game
from EA's acclaimed Medal of Honor
franchise which has been credited with
pioneering the First Person Shooter WWII
genre when it debuted in 1999.
Jump Teams With AOL to Offer Dragin Ball
VIZ and America Online Announce
Alliance to Add Exclusive Content and
Features to the RED Service for Teens
VIZ, LLC, one of the leading publishers
and distributors of manga and anime for
North American audiences, and America
Online, the world’s leading interactive
services company, today announced a
collaboration that will give teens on
AOL’s RED service access to thirteen
flash manga episodes of SHONEN JUMP’S
popular DRAGON BALL manga series.