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This is rather odd…Some of these games came of nowhere, basically. And it looks like some of the Wario rumors were true.

July 10 DS Densetsu no Starfi
July 24 Wii Wario Land Shake
July 31 Wii Rei (Fatal Frame)
July 31 DS Rhythm Tengoku Gold
Aug 7 DS Fire Emblem DS
Aug 22 DS Inazuma Eleven

There are a few rumors circulating a few titles as well:

Wario Land Shake details

– hand drawn backgrounds
– toon-shaded characters

Bandai-Namco titles

– Wii touch?catch?Idol Master (Namco) ? 7/24 / 6800 yen
– Wii Taiko no Tastsujin?Hataite Dondake?(Namco) ? 7/31 / 6800 yen – 8800 yen (game was confirmed, but date isn’t)
– DS Kono Puzzle Yarou ! (Namco) ? 7/10 / 3800 yen
– DS Namcoach (Namco) ? 7/17 / 4800 yen
– Baten Kaitos DS (not the first we’ve heard this rumor, supposed Famitsu confirmation)


– Super Monkey Ball DS: either a budget re-release, or a new entry…I lean towards budget


Famitsu review scores

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Ninja Gaiden 2 (Xbox 360, Tecmo): 9 / 9 / 8 / 8 – (34/40)
Koto ni Maru Hana Sanrin: Kyoto Satujin Jinken File (NDS, Tecmo): 7 / 7 / 7 / 7 – (28/40)
Fushigi no Dungeon – Furai no Shiren 3: Karakuri Yashiki no Nemuri Hime (Wii, Sega): 9 / 9 / 8 / 9 – (35/40)
FIFA Street 3 (PS3/Xbox 360, EA): 8 / 7 / 7 / 7 – (29/40)
Dragon Ball Z: Burst Limit (PS3/Xbox 360, Bandai Namco): 9 / 8 / 8 / 8 – (33/40)
Oookuki (PS2, Global A): 3 / 3 / 4 / 3 – (13/40)



Nintendo Wii fans have not seen a true hockey game for the Wii, nor a superb baseball title. This may be changing in the future, as it appears that the 2K series will be representing the two sports on the console. Of course, nothing can be confirmed at this moment, but any glimmer of hope that two new possible sports titles could be heading to the Wii is great.


Wii Fit
– Best Buy: Wii Fit stands completely sold out
– GameStop: Same story
– Been on BBC news, MTV, Good Morning show, Ellen
– Matt believes that long term, Wii Fit will be huge – not sure if it can sell as much as GTAIV
– Amazon, retailers in general sold out
– Matt has Wii calisis on his palms

Emergency Heroes
– Straightforward racing game, semi-open world
– Decent physics system, good speed and controls
– Framerate jumps sometimes
– Voice-overs are awful
– Overall seems decent

Dr. Mario Online Rx

– Online mode is fun, but only two player
– Virus buster is great – use Wii pointer to grab pills, set up combo for other friend – not online
– Must-get WiiWare title

Wii hard drive rant
– Matt & Bozon complain a lot about storage problem
– Even if Nintendo doesn’t want to support SD cards, there are two USB ports for a hard drive
– Matt doesn’t know if there’s a solution coming
– Devs been saying that there’s no signs of hard drive in the future, has Matt disturbed
– Even nongamers are getting sick of storage situation
– In 6-7 months, even if someone doesn’t buy too many games, they’ll fill up their space

More EA sports details

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Madden NFL 09

– Controls tweaked, less gestures
– Call Your Shots feature – draw path for player to follow
– Vibrant, arcade graphics
– With All-Play turned on: “Controls are simpler, the playbook is slimmed down, and potential annoyances such as the playclock are turned off.” Also, when running the ball, there is a better chance of avoiding the first tackle
– 5-on-5: “Backyard styled graphics and gameplay” – big heads, backyard rules
– Updateable rosters probable, live scores from NFL games, leaderboards, more online functions
– John Madden + Al Michaels doing the commentary
– Miis will show up: “Refer-Mii”


– All-Play assists new players (like the other EA titles)
– Classic, GameCube, Wii controller (with pointer/regular method), Wiimote + Nunchuck controller options
– Footii Party: Minigames + New Footii Match
– Support over 500 teams, 14,000 players with appropriate attribute + stats
– Online: Interactive Leagues, see the control set up of opponents before matches

Disgaea trailer

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Reader’s Most Wanted

1) Earthbound
2) Mother
3) Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
4) Chrono Trigger
5) Tie: The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask/Super Smash Bros.

NP Staff’s Most Wanted

1) Mega Man: The Willy Wars
2) Terranigma
3) Super Mario All-Stars
4) Super Punch-Out!!
5) Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

So, Nintendo – When will you finally give in to the demands of gamers and release Earthbound on the VC?

EGM reviews

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Boom Blox (Wii) – A+, A, A
Wii Fit (Wii) – B+, B-, B
Hail to the Chimp (Multi) – B+, C+, C+
Dragonball Z: Burst Limit (Multi) – C+, B+, B
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (Multi) – B, B, B
Hellboy: The Science of Evil (Multi) – C-, D, C
Gran Turismo 5: Prologue (PS3) – B+, C+, B+
Operation Darkness (360) – C+, D, D-
Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard (DS) – A, B+, B
Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift (DS) – B-, B-, B
Secret Agent Clank (PSP) – C+, B, B-
Space Invaders Extreme (DS) – A-, B+, B+
Arkanoid DS (DS) – B+, B-, B-


– Classic visual style
– Wii controls supposed to mimic the moves of players in real life
– Dribble moves, shot fakes, blocks executed with Wiimote movements
– Gesture system more in-depth than last year, system has been tweaked
– Recognition rate, response time improved for controls
– Classic mode: Hold Wii controller sideways
– Mii characters will inform you about a double team, tell you when you’re close to a dunk, tell you when it’s best to take a jump shot
– Visual characteristics slightly exaggerated to determine who is who on court
– 2-on-2 mode: “Oversized players and absurd backboard-shattering jams”
– Minigames with Miis to be included
– Online functions streamlined
– 24 international teams

Ninjatown details

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– Goal: Prevent Wee Devils from reaching town gate
– Main defense are ninja huts that you construct
– Many varieties of huts which produce ninjas
– Wee Devils come in different forms
– Usually you must pit one of your ninjas against a Wee Devil for the best results
– Anti-Ninja: Breaks through defenses but are slow
– White Ninja: Freezes enemies
– Baker Ninja: Bakes ninja-star cookies (the currency of the game)
– Progress through the game to unlock more ninjas
– Cookies can upgrade huts or build modifier buildings(ex: dojo, temple)
– Dojo increases power of ninjas in adjacent huts
– Temple speeds up time that you can call on Master Ninja for great powers (Hickory Lunge – inflict heavy damage, Get Off My Lawn – blow into mic to send enemies flying)