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“…We believe that most of the publishers we cover will manage market share gains on the Wii over the next year. We saw Nintendo capture 60 percent of Wii software sales during 2008, but note that Nintendo’s share dropped to 40 percent in December, indicating that third parties are beginning to capture market share.” – games analyst Michael Pachter with Wedbush Morgan

2009 will be an undoubtedly great year for third-parties quality-wise. The only thing that concerns me is sales…I don’t want to even think how companies would react if The Conduit sells poorly.

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LONPOS fact sheet

Posted 8 years ago by in News, Wii | 0 comments

Format: WiiWare™
Launch Date: 02/02/09
ESRB: E (Everyone)
Wii Points: 800
Game Type: Puzzle, Board Game
Control Type: Wii Remote
Players: 1-4
Publisher: Nintendo
Unique Features: Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, Add-on Content

Game Information

Looking for a puzzle game that anyone can play, but still offers plenty to master? Look no further than LONPOS, with its straightforward premise and large variety of puzzles to solve. Each puzzle revolves around a rectangular playing field of 55 spaces. Using a set of 12 pieces, the goal is to place every piece into the playing field, filling it completely. The higher the level, the more pieces you’ll need to fit correctly into the playing field. Challenge yourself with two single-player modes or bring a friend to compete against or cooperate with. When you think your skills are worthy, use Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to check out how you compare with other LONPOS players or download additional puzzles and backgrounds. (Router and broadband access required for online play. For more info, go to www.nintendo.com.)

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Not only has the USK rated the game, but Bubble Bobble Plus (localized title) has a worldwide ranking menu which is a good indication that it will see a worldwide release.

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– Attendance expected to be roughly 10 times last year’s show
– Less strict registration policy – people can register to get in
– Activision, Atlus, Vivendi Games all returning to the show
– About 70 exhibitors are listed as attending thus far – double the number at last year’s
– Floor sales are going quickly

“The 2009 E3 Expo will be the preeminent North American computer and video game event. With robust exhibitor sales, high attendee interest, and strong commitments from multiple industry sectors, we are going to ensure the full excitement and energy of this industry is on display.” – Michael D. Gallagher, CEO of the ESA

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29-year-old Takao Ike of Kanagawa Prefecture has been arrested for making consistent bomb threats to Hudson. The man has been thoroughly unhappy with some of Hudson’s recent games. From October 2008 to January 16 2009, Ike has carried out 11 different threats against the company by sending emails. In one email, the man also said he was sending a bomb to the company and would kill everyone. At one point, Ike had demanded 80 trillion yen.

In the words of Takao Ike himself, he said that he sent the threats “because I posted my demands concerning the games, but the games didn’t improve.”

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1 1 WII FIT NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
2 2 CALL OF DUTY: WORLD AT WAR TREYARCH ACTIVISION ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
4 3 FIFA 09 EA CANADA EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
10 4 PROFESSOR LAYTON AND THE CURIOUS VILLAGE LEVEL 5 NINTENDO NINTENDO

3 5 SKATE 2 EA BLACK BOX EA SPORTS ELECTRONIC ARTS
8 6 MARIO KART WII NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
6 7 WII PLAY NINTENDO NINTENDO NINTENDO
7 8 MY FITNESS COACH RESPONDESIGN GAMES FOR EVERYONE UBISOFT
9 9 TOMB RAIDER: UNDERWORLD CRYSTAL DYNAMICS EIDOS EIDOS
13 10 NEED FOR SPEED: UNDERCOVER EA BLACK BOX EA GAMES ELECTRONIC ARTS

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WiiWare

Snowboard Riot – 271 blocks
LONPOS – 125 blocks

VC

Sonic Chaos – 19 blocks

Videos

Sonic and the Black Knight Video 2
Monsters vs. Aliens Info Video
Legacy of Ys: Books I & II Info Video
Boing! Docomodake Info Video
Tenchu – Ayame Hissatsu Video
House of the Dead: Overkill Video 3
Snowboard Riot Info Video
LONPOS Info Video
Tetris Party Tournament 2 Video

Demos (Expire 2/8)

Personal Trainer: Cooking Lasagna Demo
My DoItAll
Big Bang Mini Demo
Air Traffic Chaos

– Will cost 800 Wii points
– 3D horror action puzzler
– Guide Jake through 30 classrooms with available light sources to create paths to exit
– Features 5 boss battles against dark faculty members
– Unlockable challenge mode
– Multiple endings
– Level select mode
– Can use a second playable character

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