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Nintendo works in very mysterious ways. Half the time, fans are lucky if they even get one bit of “hidden” details through interviews with Nintendo employees. It is for this reason that Animal Crossing producer Katsuya Eguchi’s latest words are no surprise. “There are things that I’d like to say but I don’t think I can reveal anything right now,” he said.

Eguchi continued, discussing the possibility of a future DS. “As you know, Nintendo are always working on new hardware and looking to the future. If, say, we were working on a new handheld, one of the things that would happen is that we’d talk to the hardware teams and they’d tell us the sort of things that we’d be able to do in our games, then we can include some of those elements in our software. And conversely it works the other way too. We come up with ideas for things that we’d like to put in a game and say to the hardware people ‘it’d be great if we could do this’. It’s a back and forth relationship.”

A live-action Professor Layton movie was announced awhile back, but at Level 5’s Vision Conference, another movie was discussed. An animated film also appears to be in the works while the live-action film still seems to be in production.

Quite honestly, I see the animated feature working out much better than a live-action flick. The cut-scenes in Professor Layton and the Curious Village were actually pretty entertaining and had a great style to them. If you ask me, this is the best way to approach a Professor Layton film.


“Oh, that would be incredible, and it’s not impossible. Never say never. George [Lucas] has looked to tell new Star Wars stories through the games and with the entire Star Wars Expanded Universe, and then he has also shown a willingness to let the characters come into the films. Look at Aayla Secura, a creation in the comic books who became part of the theatrical films.” – Haden Blackman, project lead on Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

If there’s one standout quality about The Force Unleashed, it would be the title’s story. I know that a number of people actually thought the story from the game should be featured in a movie. Would you guys pay money to see a Star Wars movie based on The Force Unleashed?


Matthew Pyke, a 20 year-old Advance Wars fanatic, was found dead on Friday. Pyke ran an Advance Wars website under the alias of “Shade.” Police have been investigating the incident and have began to surmise that there is a possibility that another person Pyke had come into contact with through Advance Wars – or other video games – may have attacked him. “A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Police said officers were investigating his links with other online gamers but stressed it was just one of a number of leads being pursued.”

1 Wii Sports
2 Braid
3 Halo 3
4 Fallout 3
5 Rock Band

Wii Sports is an innovative game, but I definitely would not label it as the best game ever. I can think of copious titles that have revolutionized the gaming industry or are classics.


“Since we got into the next-gen console era, everyone is saying that Japanese games are lagging behind Western games and don’t fit the Western taste anymore. However, despite all these gloomy predictions, everyone (including me) is waiting for TGS and is expecting Japanese publishers to be announcing some pearls that only they can make. To all the Japanese game lovers who will make the trip to Japan for TGS, Marvelous has prepared a really nice line-up for you. Besides, we will have big announcement (something that hasn’t even been announced in the Japan press yet) that will involve a charismatic Japanese creator on the first day of TGS!!! So, stay tuned.” – Marvelous TGS blog

Sakurai? Suda? How about Miyamoto? Anyone have a guess of their own? Keep in mind that this could end up as a non-Nintendo announcement.


“Now that the Prime trilogy was up, it felt like a good time to be looking around, and this is an opportunity to branch out more and reach a lot more people with the types of games we like to make. Plus, the venture is one that really fits with our thinking about how games should move forward.” – Jack Matthews

Retro Studios is going to miss out on the talent of the men who moved on to Armature. In a way, however, we’ll kind of get two experience games from two Retro Studios companies. Of course, there’s the original Retro Studios, and then there’s Armature. As we know, three previous Retro Studios staff members have moved on to the new company and were actually some of the most important people at Retro.


“Although some of these games may slip beyond Christmas, as far as we know just now Wii gamers can look forward to the likes of Animal Crossing: City Folk, Guitar Hero: World Tour, Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels, Wii Music, WWE Smackdown Vs Raw 2009, Sonic Unleashed, Shaun White Snowboarding, Call Of Duty 5, Tomb Raider Underworld, MySims Kingdom, Dead Rising, Skate It, Rayman Raving Rabbids 3 and maybe a few other surprises that some big developers may still have up their sleeve (wink, wink).”

Nintendo’s conference – actually, two events – are scheduled to happen on October 2nd. Last year, Nintendo had some humungous announcements, although the North American conference was arguably not as big. However, I think that there could definitely be something in the pipeline…Perhaps not for this year, but early next year. Pikmin footage and release date, anyone? Or, how about if Reggie were to come bursting out onto a stage in a Link costume with a sword and shield?


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