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Nintendo is giving Seattle Mariners fans a gift at every home game this year: free access to the Nintendo® Fan Network. Fans who bring a Nintendo DS™ to Safeco Field can log on wirelessly to the Nintendo Fan Network to access a wide variety of baseball-related content. Some of the many features include access to player statistics, scores from other MLB games in progress, current team standings, chat with other fans and the ability to compete in trivia and other mini games. Additionally, fans can watch the in-stadium live broadcast video and use the Nintendo DS touch screen to order ballpark food and beverages delivered right to their seats.

The Nintendo Fan Network made its debut at Safeco Field during the 2007 season. Thousands of fans tried the Nintendo Fan Network for a minimal fee during the 2007 season trial, but fans attending Mariners home games during the 2008 season can access an even wider variety of features for free, just by bringing a Nintendo DS to Safeco Field. Fans can download the Nintendo Fan Network at one of the two kiosks located near sections 127 and 143 or at one of the 15 download stations throughout the stadium.

The Nintendo Fan Network will get an additional workout this week, when the Mariners begin a six-game home stand. Nintendo is always adding new features, so every time fans download the service, they might see something new and experience a whole new way to enjoy the game.

For more information about the Nintendo Fan Network, please visit the Nintendo Fan Network kiosks at Safeco Field.

Source: Nintendo Press Room

According to The Financial Times, the Nintendo Wii has become the sales leader of its generation. In fact, the system is so popular that even now it can be hard trying to purchase one. Yet, such success still doesn’t change the fact that it is lagging behind in software that pushes the system’s hardware capabilities, especially in terms of its graphics and overall gaming technology.

High Voltage Software, a prominent video game developer, strives to change this trend by creating Nintendo Wii games that look like Xbox 360 or PS3 titles. It is one of the few developers able to accomplish such a feat, since others tend to concentrate more on the system’s unique style of gameplay.

“We think it’s a real shame that publishers and developers aren’t taking advantage of the technical possibilities of the Wii platform. Most Wii games don’t even look as good as the later day PS2 titles and that’s a real slap in the face to consumers. We believe that third-party developers need to step up to the plate and deliver. The Wii platform is capable of a lot more than what consumers have seen so far. We’re hoping to raise a new bar.” Noted Kerry Ganofsky, company CEO, in a recent IGN exclusive.

In what seems to be a huge screw up by the people at Capcom, on their latest Wii game Okami, The IGN website logo seems to be just visible on the front cover box art. Did they not have their own artwork to work with or something?





American Nintendo fans have begged for it, envied it, and prayed for it. Yup – it’s none other than Club Nintendo! Club Nintendo originally started in Japan and offered some of the most to-die-for goodies, which has included small DS games, soundtracks, and accessories. The program has been partially emulated in Europe, and is now going to be heading to Australia and New Zealand. Starting next Thursday, Club Nintendo will be launching in those territories, coinciding with the launch of Mario Kart Wii. As with other versions of Club Nintendo, exclusive offers and items not purchasable in stores will be available.

Now, we just need Club Nintendo to hit stateside…I’m still jealous of that Super Mario Galaxy soundtrack!



Want to celebrate the belated release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl? These shoes may set you back a few hundred dollars – as, currently, the eBay bidding price is up to $255 – but, it may be worth it. What you’ll be bidding for, is, essentially, more of a promise. The picture shown is a pair of shoes that the seller made for a friend, but a guarantee is given to the winner of the auction that he or she will be able to choose the details, size, and color, of the hand painted “Nintendo All-Stars” Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars Hightops shoes.


Child abuse is no laughing matter and is, without a doubt, a severe problem in the United States. There are a few out-of-the-ordinary cases in which violence and videogames become interrelated in tragic events. Unfortunately, the two have come together once again, but not for the reasons you may think. A 2-year-old girl was beaten to death on Tuesday by her mother’s boyfriend with a videogame controller. It was not the first time the young child had been abused – due to injuries and bruises on the girl’s body, it was obvious that she had been abused before. Although this case was, most likely, not a result of video game violence, it’s a shame that videogames were involved, even in the slightest, in this saddening affair. Why on Earth anyone would harm a child – especially with a videogame controller – is beyond me.


* BEIJING 2008

If this list is to be believed, it’ll be great to finally see a bit more of Sonic Chronicles. Looks like Sonic Unleashed is on that list as well…


Tanya Bryon, a physcologist, and the Prime Minister of Britain, Gordon Brown, have conducted a six month review which has been primarily centered around a new videogame rating system. Brown has recommended a more in-depth classification system so that ratings would be similar to movies. Moreover, Brown suggested a major change in regards to the ways in which videogames should be advertised and advised that the selling of games to a child younger than the rating of a title should be illegal. The ultimate goal of of these proposals is to protect children.


A young boy, Olivier Baptiste, was killed by a close friend, William Suarez, after Baptiste refused to give him a videogame. After Baptiste had visited Suarez’s apartment, holding a videogame in his hands, Suarez demanded that his “friend” hand the game over. Baptiste refused, and Suarez immediately revealed a gun and pointed it at Baptiste’s head. Oliver had actually told Suarez to “Stop it. It’s got a bullet in it.” Suarez pulled the trigger, but it did not fire. Suarez pulled the trigger a second time, however, and a bullet struck Oliver Baptiste in the left temple.

It’s always extremely sad to see events such as this. I feel terrible for everyone involved, and hopefully something like this will not happen again.


NEW YORK, March 25 /PRNewswire/ — 1UP Network, the recognized leader in print and online videogame content, announced today that celebrated author, Dr. Oren Harari, will be headlining a stellar lineup of speakers at the 11th Annual Electronic Gaming Summit. The Electronic Gaming Summit, held May 19-21, 2008 in Napa, Calif., is the only event of its kind to provide a platform for leading videogame industry influencers and top-level executives to learn, network, and exchange ideas about the gaming culture
and its future.The 2008 Electronic Gaming Summit boasts presentations from an array of elite videogame industry and non-industry leaders, who through their vast knowledge, experiences and business visions, will share invaluable insight on hot-button gaming-related issues and trends. In addition to Dr. Harari, author of ‘Break from the Pack: How to Compete in a Copycat Economy,’ Summit speakers include such key business players as Cammie Dunaway, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Nintendo of America, Inc.; Jeff Bell, corporate vice president of global marketing, Interactive Entertainment Business, Microsoft Corp.; Peter Moore, president of EA Sports; Michael Pachter, managing director, research, Wedbush Morgan Securities; Jason Holtman, director of business development, Valve Software; Beth Simone-Noveck, professor of law, director, Institute for Information Law and Policy, Democracy Design Workshop; Tanya Giles, senior vice president, research and planning, MTV Networks Entertainment Group;
and a panel of prominent journalists that cover the gaming industry including N’Gai Croal, Newsweek, Daniel Sieberg, CBS News, Geoff Keighley, Spike TV, and Brian Crecente,

“From the inception of the Electronic Gaming Summit, this event has been the gaming industry touchstone for uncovering key trends and generating forward thinking,” states Jason Young, CEO, Ziff Davis Media. “This year’s diverse lineup of speakers truly continues the prestigious reputation of this event. Through their varied backgrounds and specialties, their presentations will no doubt enlighten minds, open important dialogues within the industry, and cultivate new ideas. I can’t wait to hear what
this great group of minds has to say!”

The theme of this year’s Electronic Gaming Summit is 1:1, exemplifying what the focus is of this unique event, as it is defined in many different ways — the meeting of individuals face to face, the opportunity to have direct, focused communication, and the current industry genesis as the birth of the next-generation consoles translates into continuous growth and opportunities.


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