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For more than a few weeks, Time Magazine has been hosting a poll on its website to determine the most influential person of 2008. Now, the voting has ended and the dust has settled. Immediately, Shigeru Miyamoto would come to the mind of any video gamer as being influential for his innovative ideas. Miyamoto was riding in the #2 slot for a number of days, but eventually outperformed Rain – last year’s winner – by 4 points. Last year, Miyamoto was voted the ninth most influential person. This year, however, the Wii’s continued success, coupled with the fact that Miyamoto is a very respected member of the video game industry, helped boost his point total. Congratulations to Mr. Miyamoto!


– split of 3d to 3d side-scrolling action is about 50/50

– hub areas for story return once again

– Wii version is not using the same engine as PS3/360, but the team is working hard to duplicate the look as closely as possible

– mix of speed and platforming

– Wii version is different in stage design and controls

– coding and stages for Wii version is being handled by Dimps, who was responsible for Sonic Rush/Sonic Rush Adventure

– Tomoya Ohtani from Sonic Rush will be the sound director

If the Sonic Rush team’s prior work is any indication, I truly think this can be one of the stand-out Sonic games in the franchise.


The Conduit
– FPS, pushes technology, not war-time shooter
– D.C. under attack by aliens
– All seeing eye: Walk up to doorways, pull out item – interact with lock to find hidden passageways, monsters
– Matt & Bozon have seen footage, won’t talk about it yet. Video in next few weeks
– High Voltage still working on making the game look better

– Space-shooter, good music, effects
– Only $7, supposed to launch with WiiWare
– Looks like an Xbox Live Arcade game, also looks better in a higher resolution

Animales de la Muerte
– IGN team excited for it
– Nintendo not regulating content for WiiWare, but no games with AO games
– Hope to show a game like WiiWare soon
– More High Voltage games in future

Prince of Persia
– No Wii version, not much news on the game
– Hope it’s more of a traditional PoP game

I’ll consider writing up a summary of this issue’s Nintendo Power, but for now, the review scores are as follows…

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon : Explorers of Time/Darkness (DS) : 7.5
Drone Tactics (DS) – 7.0
Summon Night: Twin Age (DS) – 7.5
Super Dodgeball Brawlers (DS) – 6.5
Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles (DS) – 5.0
Top Spin 3 (DS) – 6.0
Top Spin 3 (Wii) – 7.0
Iron Man (DS) – 5.0
Iron Man (Wii) – 5.5
Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy (Wii) – 8.5
Boom Blox (Wii) – 8.0
We Ski (Wii) – 6.0

I’m very proud to see that Blast Works and Boom Blox received stellar scores. I hope, however, that gamers will actually buy these titles and prove to third parties they can be successful on the Wii.

Much like the Blue Shell, the POW Block is sure to cause a lot of grief in Mario Kart Wii. Fortunately, someone has discovered a few helpful tidbits to avoid the item.


Famicom / NES (400 Wii Points)

Antarctic Adventure – Konami
Donkey Kong – Nintendo
Kirby’s Adventure – HAL Laboratory
Super Mario Bros. – Nintendo

Super Famicom / SNES (600 Wii Points)

Gradius III – Konami
Super Mario World – Nintendo
Super Metroid – Nintendo
Cybernator – Hudson
Contra III: The Alien Wars – Nintendo

Nintendo 64 (800 Wii Points)

Mario Kart 64 – Nintendo

Not a bad line-up to start with if you ask me. The Mario games alone can keep a person busy for a long time to come.


– 1/10 Wii owners bought Wii Fit in first 2 days
– 6th best-selling game of all time, fastest selling Wii title
– £16.3m in sales
– 1/2 of Wii software during the week was comprised of Wii Fit software


SAN FRANCISCO –April 28, 2008 – Today Ubisoft, one of the world’s largest video game publishers, announced that a new Prince of Persia is scheduled to release Holiday 2008 for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and PC. This new Prince of Persia marks the debut of the critically acclaimed franchise on next-generation consoles. Developed by Ubisoft’s award winning Montreal studio that brought you Assassin’s Creed(TM) and the same all-star team that created the previously acclaimed Prince of Persia® Sands of Time trilogy, Prince of Persia is opening a new chapter in the Prince of Persia universe, featuring a new breed of gameplay. The game is poised to rejuvenate the action-adventure genre in addition to introducing a brand-new illustrative art style.

Ubisoft will also release a Prince of Persia game specifically designed for the Nintendo DS(TM) system, featuring an entirely new storyline and new characters. More details to be unveiled in the future.

About the Prince of Persia Franchise
Since Prince of Persia® Sands of Time’s launch in 2003, Prince of Persia has won over 30 awards worldwide, including the highly coveted Game Critics Awards: Best of E3 2003’s Console Platform Best Action/Adventure Game of the Year for Prince of Persia: the Sands of Time(TM). To date, the Prince of Persia franchise has sold approximately 10,3 million units worldwide.