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REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Determined to help lift the spirits of seriously ill children and their families, Nintendo of America Inc. and Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation have committed to placing hundreds of popular Fun Centers, now featuring Wii™ game systems, in hospitals across the United States and Canada this year. Nintendo of America is manufacturing 1,250 new Fun Centers in their first run, and Starlight expects to have about 500 of them placed in hospitals by the end of the year. In a continuation of the organizations’ 16-year partnership, the portable Fun Centers with the new Wii technology will be enjoyed by thousands of hospitalized kids.

The new Fun Centers feature a Sharp AQUOS™ flat-screen television, a DVD player, a Wii system and a selection of family-friendly Wii games like Super Mario Galaxy™, Wii Sports™ and Mario Party® 8. The Fun Centers were created specifically to offer children an entertaining respite during difficult hospital stays.

To help mark the introduction of the new Fun Centers, two units, donated by Nintendo, will be presented to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles at a special Super Mario Galaxy-themed launch event on June 25. Child star Allen Alvarado, of Discovery Kids’ Flight 29 Down, and video game icon Mario™ will be in attendance. Allen has had personal experience with Fun Centers, which kept him company and aided in his recovery when he was hospitalized for several weeks at Childrens Hospital after an automobile accident last fall.


Instead of saving their information for the press at E3, most companies have gone a different root and have decided over the past few years to hold private events to show off their newest products. Sega has joined in on the fun and has three different (private) events scheduled for this July:

– Tokyo: July 3rd, 4th
– Osaka: July 8th
– Fukuoka: July 10th


I’m sure most of you guys know how things go…Someone claims to have surreptitiously taken a snapshot of concept art, video footage, or screenshots. This time around, some guy claims that he was able to snag a quick cellphone shot of Mega Man 9. Sounds crazy, right? The same person also provided some details:

– You can play as Blues.
– The graphics are in the 8-bit sprite style, but not the classic Famicom/NES one.
– It doesn’t have anything to do with the X series.
– Tango is in it, and works just like the Rockman World Game Boy version.
– The game doesn’t support full wide screen YET, but it will.
– It does support 480p.

It seems very surprising that someone would be able to report on the game, but I can’t help but want this all to be true. E3 is just around the corner, however, so I’m positive we’ll hear something about the game then.


“Unless there are specific concerns regarding premature disclosure of a title, we expect this field to be left blank. …While we recognize some publishers have concerns regarding earlier-than-desired ‘announcements’ of product on our website, the ESRB system will not work for consumers if publishers arbitrarily select dates bearing no reasonable relationship to consumer interest in the product.” – ESRB

This is really a shame, as we were able to discover hidden titles through the ESRB. I do understand where companies are coming from though, since the additions of game listings to the ESRB website allow fans to get early insight into games that they probably aren’t ready to reveal. Hey, at least that means that there will be more, unannounced surprises in the future.


“We have two original IPs in development and some neat ideas with an existing IP. Most of that stuff is next-gen, but we’ll see as we move forward what turns into games and/or what goes in different directions.” – Ready At Dawn’s president, Didier Malenfant

Even though Okami is a port, it is still a game that required Ready At Dawn to gain some experience with the Wii hardware. Hopefully the team will have something in store for Wii owners in the future.



“When girls play console games, they have to have gone through a whole other list of things they could have done before sitting down with them. Guys get home, have dinner, and play a computer game. It’s much higher up the list of priorities. To put it bluntly, girls have got better things to do.” – James Scalpello, wireless director of THQ

That’s pretty much as sexist as it can get in the video game industry. I know there are a lot of serious girl games out there…Video games are just as important to females as they are to males, if you ask me.



I have to wonder how long it took to create that cake…It would kill me to have to eat it!



Capcom’s exclusive event, CAPTIVATE08 took place last week. No news from the event was reported, as an embargo was in place. The restriction will be lifted tomorrow, however, at 8 AM EST. Pray for some Nintendo news from the event – Perhaps we’ll hear of Lost Planet or Bionic Commando Wii?!


It’s a slow news day indeed, which is one reason why I’m posting this video. Oh, and the fact that I couldn’t stop laughing the first time I saw it didn’t hurt, either. Just as a note, I’m pretty sure this video is fake.

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