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December 31, 2004

Castlevania DS Revealed DS

by Jonathan Metts - 10:00 pm EST
Total comments: 16 Source: EGM

Get ready for more 2D action from the Castlevania series.

The latest issue of Electronics Gaming Monthly reveals the first information on Konami's Castlevania sequel for the Nintendo DS. The game, which will probably receive a subtitle in the coming months, is due by fall 2005. It is a direct sequel to Aria of Sorrow, the last Castlevania title released for Game Boy Advance.


December 27, 2004

Zoonami Website Re-Opens GC

by Jonathan Metts - 2:26 pm EST
Total comments: 5 Source: Zoonami

More company info, but precious few hints about unannounced games.

Mysterious developer Zoonami, founded by ex-Rare producer Martin Hollis, has finally updated its website with a new design and plenty of new info...but virtually nothing about their upcoming games. Currently, the only announced game from Zoonami is Funkydilla, a music/rhythm game that can be played... Read more...

December 25, 2004

Mad Catz Releases Wireless MicroCON Controllers GC

by Jon Lindemann - 1:51 pm EST
Total comments: 1 Source: Press Release

Hey, have you heard about this new 'wireless' thing? All the cool kids are doing it.

Mad Catz Launches New Line of MicroCON Wireless Controllers in Time

for the Holidays!

The Ultimate Stocking Stuffer Spotted on Retail Shelves

SAN DIEGO--Dec. 23, 2004--Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. (AMEX/TSX:

MCZ), the world's leading third party video game accessory

manufacturer, announced the launch of wireless versions of its highly


December 20, 2004

NOA Is Here to Help!

by Michael Cole - 4:19 pm EST
Total comments: 7 Source: Press Release

Nintendo of America touts its legendary customer service department.

Did You Know?

Santa Delegates to Nintendo's Consumer Service Department

Santa has a good gig. You'll notice that once he leaves his packages,

he doesn't stick around to help you figure out how to work or play all

your new gifts. Fortunately, Nintendo is here to help. During "Crunch

Week," the week between Christmas and the new year, the Consumer


EA Buys Approximately 20% of Ubi Soft

by Mike Sklens - 9:05 am EST
Total comments: 59 Source: Bloomberg.com

I guess EA got a big Christmas check from Grandma.

Only a week after announcing that they signed an exclusive deal with the NFL, EA has dropped another bombshell. Today they acquired 19.9% of Ubi Soft from Talpa Beheer B.V. As soon as the Securities Exchange Commission approves the transaction, EA will most likely hold a majority share in the French developer/publisher. Financial details of the transaction will not be released.


December 17, 2004

SNK's US Subsidiary Changes Name

by Jonathan Metts - 1:26 pm EST
Total comments: 14 Source: Press Release

The name "NeoGeo" becomes a thing of the past; fans of Magician Lord cry on the inside.



Name change brings division in line with parent company consolidation

WALL, NJ. - December 17, 2004 - SNK NEOGEO USA CONSUMER CORPORATION, the US publishing arm of the SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION, announced today... Read more...

IEMA Comments on Government Meddling

by Michael Cole - 11:57 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: Press Release

Retailers insist that the gaming industry's self-regulation on Mature title sales is working.


Attributable to: Hal Halpin, President, IEMA

Retail member companies of the IEMA (Interactive Entertainment Merchants Association) collectively account for approximately 85% of the $10B annual video game business in the United States. Last... Read more...

Goodbye Feel the Magic XY/XX.... DS

by Robert Graves - 4:55 am EST
Total comments: 15 Source: SEGA Press Release

...hello Project Rub. The loony SEGA title gets a name-change in Europe.

Perfect partner for the Nintendo DS

SEGA® Europe to publish Project Rub, a launch title for the Nintendo DS in 2005

LONDON, UK – December 17, 2004 – SEGA Europe Ltd, today announced the release of its landmark, highly–stylised launch title for the Nintendo DS System, Project Rub.... Read more...

2004 Edge Award Winners Announced

by Robert Graves - 4:44 am EST
Total comments: 8 Source: Future Press Release

You wouldn't want me to spoil the surprise now would you?

Gaming highlights recognised by the Edge Awards 2004

Future's flagship games magazine gives Half-Life 2 top accolades for innovation, visual design and best game

17/12/04 – EDGE, Future Publishing's internationally respected multi-format videogame magazine has revealed its favourite games and hardware for 2004 in its annual Edge Awards.


Resident Evil 4 Gets A European Date GC

by Robert Graves - 4:39 am EST
Total comments: 6 Source: Nintendo Press Release

18th March might not be a bad day to catch a slight cold......


17 December 2004 – Prepare for the scare of your life as Capcom's survival horror Resident Evil 4 launches on 18th March 2005, only on Nintendo GameCube. This latest incarnation will join 14 previous Resident Evil titles, which have so far sold over 25 million copies world-wide.


Prize Team Trivia Friday at 9:30 CT

by Michael Cole - 12:08 am EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://www.planetgamecube.com/specials.cfm?action=...

Couldn’t name that tune? You can’t draw a stick figure? Well, then, you better find a team mate for a chance to win a Metroid Prime 2: Echoes GameCube prize package tonight!

Last week we gave away a prize package for Radio Trivia, and we’re doing it again this week. Only this time it is Team Trivia, so we’re giving away TWO of them! Both members of the winning team will win

1 Platinum GCN (U.S. Region)

2 WaveBird controllers

1 copy of Metroid Prime 2 Echoes (U.S. Region)


December 16, 2004

Midway Announces Blitz: Playmakers

by Jonathan Metts - 8:12 am EST
Total comments: 7 Source: Midway Press Release

Now it's official.

Midway Tackles Mature-Themed Football with Blitz: Playmakers; New Football Game to Feature Level of Intensity Not Found in Licensed Sports Products

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2004--Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer, announced... Read more...

December 15, 2004

PGC’s Happenin’ Holiday Card Contest GC

by Mike Sklens - 6:13 pm EST
Total comments: 34

Send us a card and you might score a Metroid Prime holiday prize pack!

The holidays are upon us, and to celebrate them (along with the release of Metroid Prime 2: Echoes), Planet GameCube is giving away two Metroid Prime Prize Packs! Two lucky PGC readers are going to win this excellent package, including:

1 Platinum Nintendo GameCube (U.S. Region)

2 Wave Bird Controllers


Nintendo Plans Official GBA Media Reader GBA

by Mike Sklens - 9:29 am EST
Total comments: 27 Source: Nintendo Co. Ltd Website

Movies and Music on your GBA.

While third parties have previously released devices to allow GBA owners to play music and movies on their hand-helds, Nintendo has stayed silent on the issue. A new listing on the company's website reveals that Nintendo will be releasing their own media reader for the GBA in February 2005.

Nintendo's...

December 14, 2004

Final Fantasy Music Goes On Tour GBA

by Jonathan Metts - 7:29 am EST
Total comments: 6 Source: Square Enix Press Release

Missed the "Dear Friends" concert in LA? Have no fear, Uematsu is going on tour, starting in Chicago.

'Dear Friends -Music From FINAL FANTASY-' Concert Series to Kick Off February 19, 2005, in Chicago

Success of First Stateside FINAL FANTASY Orchestral Performance Generates Tour Celebrating Video Game Music

# LOS ANGELES, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square... Read more...

December 13, 2004

Midway Continues Blitz Without the NFL

by Mike Sklens - 8:42 pm EST
Total comments: 5 Source: IGN Sports

Football is about to get a whole lot dirtier.

In light of EA's shocking news, Midway has decided to continue production of their Blitz football series, without an NFL license. What this means is that none of the teams or players featured in the NFL will show up in Midway's new Blitz game.

Without the draw created by real teams and players,... Read more...

Mario Appears in NBA Street V3 GC

by Mike Sklens - 8:32 pm EST
Total comments: 33 Source: EBgames.com

The rookie plumber skips college and goes right to the pros.

EBgames.com has updated their product information page for NBA Street V3. The new profile includes the game's box art, which reveals some shocking information. Rumors have been circulating that Mario would be appearing in EA's new off the wall basketball title. It looks as if these rumors turned out... Read more...

EA Buys Five Years of Exclusive NFL Rights GC

by Jonathan Metts - 2:14 pm EST
Total comments: 58 Source: EA Press Release

Say goodbye to competition.

Electronics Arts announced today that it has negotiated an exclusive five-year contract with the NFL and the NFL Players Association for "action simulation, arcade-style and manager games" on all platforms except mobile phones. The agreement, whose financial terms were not disclosed, effectively... Read more...

December 10, 2004

Unity Canceled GC

by Jonathan Metts - 7:17 am EST
Total comments: 12

Jeff Minter's psychedelic GameCube shooter will not see the light of day.

In a posting on his popular "YakYak" forums today, veteran software designer and programmer Jeff Minter announced that his pet project, Unity for GameCube, has been canceled. The decision was made with the publisher, Peter Molyneaux's Lionhead Studios, in the past two weeks.

Minter had been...

December 9, 2004

Prize Radio Trivia at 9:30 CT GC

by Michael Cole - 8:21 pm EST
Discuss in talkback! Source: http://www.planetgamecube.com/specials.cfm?action=...

Don't miss a chance to win a Metroid Prime 2: Echoes and GameCube prize package tonight!

Planet GameCube has some Nintendo goodies to give, and we're kicking things off with a high stakes round of Radio Trivia! Tonight's winner will snag a Nintendo GameCube bundle consisting of:

1 Platinum GCN (U.S. Region)

2 WaveBird controllers

1 copy of Metroid Prime 2 Echoes (U.S. Region)



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