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Torrance, Ca., – XSEED Games today announced that Drill Sergeant Mindstrong, a brain stimulating party game, will soon be available for download on WiiWare. Drill Sergeant Mindstrong is XSEED Games’ first title available on Nintendo’s downloadable games service.

Welcome to the army, Maggots! As a newly-enlisted cadet, your brain will be challenged by the toughest Drill Sergeant around, to see if you are worthy to wear the camouflage, or if you should crawl home like a Princess. Once players enroll in boot camp, they must instantly choose between two modes of gameplay – ‘Focus Training’ and ‘Basic Training.’ Regardless of the path the new recruit chooses, they will suddenly be thrust into life as a lowly Private, playing a variety of brain-intensive mini-games to advance their brain power and rise up the food chain to Sergeant, Lieutenant General, and eventually Field Marshall.

Thanks to Jake for the news tip.

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Check out this blurb from the New York Times…

“Reggie Fils-Aime, chief marketing officer for Nintendo of America, said publishers of games for its Wii console needed to sell one million units of a game to turn a profit. He said that was a lower threshold than for the other consoles. Only 16 out of 486 games for Nintendo Wii game machines have sold more than one million units as of March 1, according to NPD, which tracks the sales of consumer products. (Nine of the best sellers are made by Nintendo.)…Mr. Fils-Aime said Nintendo recognized the economics were changing when it developed the Wii. He said the company deliberately did not add high-definition capability to the Wii so games would be cheaper to make.”

Hmm…One million seems rather high…Did Reggie really say this? Perhaps he was misinterpreted.

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Yoga comes to Wii

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Have fun, stay healthy and get fit using Yoga for WiiTM

March 31, 2009. Vienna, Austria: DreamCatcher Games and JoWooD Productions, leading publishers of interactive entertainment software worldwide, are pleased to announce that Yoga for Wii™ is under development and set to be released October 2009. Fans of yoga and those interested in improving their overall fitness and well-being will be able to practice Yoga from the comfort of their own home.

Utilizing the Wii Balance Board™ and following step-by-step instructions from a variety of in game Yoga Gurus, players will be guided through a variety of popular Yoga exercises.

London (31st March 2009) – Square Enix Ltd., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in Europe and other PAL territories, today announces that the official teaser site for the forthcoming Wii™ release FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES®: THE CRYSTAL BEARERS® is now open.

The teaser site www.crystalbearers.com is a global gateway to information about FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: THE CRYSTAL BEARERS, so visitors from around the world can learn about the game from a choice of seven different languages.

The Munchables trailer

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Sports Family Game Will Have all Members of the Family Engaging in a Variety of Mini Games

Monday 30 March 2009 – THQ Inc. today announced its plans to bring BIG Family Games exclusively to the Wii™ system in May 2009 in Europe.

BIG Family Games is the newest release under the ‘Big’ range of titles which launched with the highly successful BIG Beach Sports in summer 2008, selling over 600,000 units in Europe (Sources: Chart Track 2009 & GFK Chart Track 2009). The game gives players up to 24 unique twists on classic family games including golf, tennis, ladder golf, lawn darts, horseshoes, bocce and more! The game takes advantage of the Wii’s intuitive controls delivering a pick up and play experience for the whole family.

You can use the Wii remote to throw, shoot, toss and roll. BIG Family Games lets you play through the game as a single player or join your friends and family in a great multiplayer experience, which allows up to 4 players to battle against each other to gain points. BIG Family Games is a perfect way to get the whole family playing together. You can also create your own fully customisable and playable characters with endless combinations

505 Games Announces European Release Date
Milton Keynes, UK 31st March 2009 – 505 Games today announced that the highly anticipated next chapter in the Mama Brand, Gardening Mama will launch on 1st May across Europe. Developed by Cooking Mama Ltd, Gardening Mama will be available exclusively for Nintendo DS.

In Gardening Mama, players must dig soil, plant seeds and harvest crops to turn their simple plots into a garden paradise. Strong performance unlocks rare plants, fruits and vegetables, as well as ornamental objects such as swings, benches, flower pots and garden gnomes for decoration. There are over 28 different plants to unlock and grow with a host of fun and accessible mini games and if that’s not enough there is even wireless multiplayer for up to 4 players.

Gardening Mama is from the same developer as the Cooking Mama series of games, the original of which has gone on to ship over one million copies and counting. The accessible and colourful nature of this quintessentially Japanese series has made the eponymous ‘Mama’ an instantly recognisable favourite amongst casual gamers and Japanophiles alike.

Cursed Mountain screenshots

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Some old/new screenshots: