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Some file sizes:

Star Soldier R – 141 blocks

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life As a King – 287 blocks

Saku Saku Animal Panic – 301 blocks

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– Final Fantasy on WiiWare will have downloadable content, and displays the Pay to Play logo in the Wii Shop Channel.

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Podcast here

Rock Band

– Coming out in June, 63 songs (5 exclusive), offline multiplayer, in stereo
– Missing important features – downloadable content, online – yet, still costs the same
– Basically a port of PS2 version
– Rushing the game

WiiWare

– Launching in Japan tomorrow
– Videos, interface, etc. will be available

Final Okami version in office

– 16 X 9 mode is perfect
– Runs at 30 FPS, sometimes dips
– Good, not better than Twilight Princess
– Better looking on Wii than on PS2

We Ski

– Uses Wii Balance board – go down slopes
– Looks slick (Matt and Bozon were surprised), but not dazzling

We Love Golf!

– Matt excited, videos have been posted
– Looks solid
– Team previously has developed Mario Golf games
– Hasn’t sold well in Japan, Matt wants people to support it in America

Mario Kart

(Notes below are about local play – Bozon and Matt can’t talk about online)
– Grand Prix – one player only
– Battle mode – up to 4 players, must use teams – free for all gone
– Balloon Fight, Coin Runners
– You can come back in Balloon Fight when you lose all of your balloons – scoreboard utilized for the mode
– Timed 3 minutes each
– Coin Runners: lose all of your coins when hit, also 3 timed 3 minutes
– Reviews that are out that haven’t been fully tested – can’t talk about online in reviews

Sega Superstars Tennis

– Not as good as it should have been – Matt
– No online, looks blurry

– Skycrawlers coming out for Wii
– Blast Works looking impressive – gameplay is really at level editor

Reader Questions

– Sonic Unleashed won’t come to Wii – Matt thinks it looks too nice, Bozon thinks it actually looks good
– Nintendo is trying to attract casual gamers with Mario Kart Wii
– Bozon doesn’t think Guitar from Guitar Hero will be compatible with Rock Band
– Letter-grade system, 5-star system good review score systems
– Some sports games (ex: Madden – off of the field, hockey) would benefit from PES system
– Voice chat plans up in the air, won’t depend on Pay to Play – may follow DS model
– The IGN office has already had a Brawl tournament
– Is Mario Kart Wii a must-buy? Matt:”Eh…” – Will depend on online functionality – Bozon thinks DS version is better
– Matt cannot confirm/deny Factor 5 Kid Icarus rumor
– Mother 3 won’t be brought to America

Matt hasn’t seen Kid Icarus in action, “developer is pretty damn good”
– Fight Night on Wii has potential
– Recent Capcom announcements: Matt hopes to see new IPs
– Sonic and the Secret Rings improvements: Speed, random walls popping up should be removed, more loop moments/shooting Sonic in air
– Pay to Play: Will apply to some downloadable content (ex: WiiWare games)
– Mario Kart release date was positioned to counter GTA4 a bit, but GTA will outsell it
– Favorite Wii titles that nobody has played – Matt: Medal of Honor Heroes 2, Zack and Wiki , Bozon: Scarface, Godfather
– Other than harddrive, voice chat, Matt would like to see “graphics,” more horsepower
– Bozon really excited about Target Terror (joke)
– Nintendo might do downloadable content for Animal Crossing on Wii, won’t be MMORPG
– There’s a chance Command and Conquerer could come out on DS and Wii (speculation)
– No MegaMan on Wii yet, Bozon hopes to see it on Virtual Console
– Wii Music may have a peripheral, but Matt doesn’t know yet
– Matt will ask Camelot questions about Mario Golf
– Sonic Unleashed HD screenshots on Wii story going around is a lie
– Soma Bringer might be localized, Matt and Bozon love the game

Latest Play review scores

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Okami (Wii) 9.5
SNK Arcade Classics Vol 1 (Wii) 9.0
Super Smash Bros Brawl (Wii) 10
Castle of Shikigami III (Wii) 7.0
WWII Aces (Wii) 2.0
House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return (Wii) 7.0
ObsCure: The Aftermath (Wii) 7.5
Sega Superstars Tennis (360, PS3, Wii, PS2) 8.5
Ninja Gaiden Dragon Sword (NDS) 9.5
Rondo of Swords (NDS) 8.0
Final Fantasy: Ring of Fates (NDS) 8.0

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Cambridge, MA – March 24, 2007– Harmonix, the leading developer of music-based games, and MTV Games, a division of MTV Networks, which is a division of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with distribution partner Electronic Arts, Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS), today announced plans to release the award-winning music video game Rock Band on the Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo in the U.S. and Canada on June 22, 2008 for the suggested retail price of $169.99.

Rock Band for Wii will be released as a Special Edition bundle including the software, drums, microphone and a wireless guitar. Stand alone instruments will also be available on June 22nd for people who want to build their band one instrument at a time or want to play the drum versus drum game mode. The game will feature 63 songs including five bonus songs for Wii gamers to enjoy.

“The Wii’s success among casual and core gamers of all ages makes it an ideal match for the cross-generational appeal of the music featured in Rock Band,” says Bob Picunko, Vice President of Electronic Games and Interactive Products, MTV

“The social interaction and addictive nature of the Rock Band experience is a perfect fit for the Wii and will undoubtedly be fun for the entire family,” says Steve Singer, licensing VP from Nintendo.

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Owners of the Wii FreeLoader disc, a device that enables users to play games from other territories that are region-coded, began to panic as a few websites had claimed than a new North American Wii update affected its performance. However, contradictory reports have now began to flood in. There is reason to believe that the newest update will not affect the Wii FreeLoader in the slightest, and the whole commotion may have been caused as a result of an early April Fool’s joke.

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– play the role of a culinary critic…that has to fight vampires that are on a plane
– fight with a whip, and kill vampires by driving stakes through their hearts
– create stakes from items on the plane, can only carry 4 stakes at once
– looks like cleavers will be involved as well
– cel-shaded
– developed by Blobber Team (team that bought ROTR from Nibris, Nibris not involved with Last Flight in any way)
– Q1 2009

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King’s Knight – NES
Powerball – Sega Genesis

It’s a mad season for basketball lovers, but even the most hardcore hoops fan needs a break from the action this time of year. While they’re a far cry from basketball, the latest additions to the Wii™ Shop Channel offer plenty of fast-moving fun and high-scoring thrills of their own. Check them out and get a fresh taste of gaming excitement that can last well into April and beyond.

Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

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For the past 24 hours or so, those who were able to take a look at the latest Sonic Unleashed screenshots and video began to discuss the validity of the items. The status of the game appears to be real, but specific platforms for release remain unknown. Sega Magazine claims the title will indeed release, and note that a worldwide November 2008 release is planned. Also, because the budget of the game is so large, Sega developers from Japan, America, and even Europe are all collaborating to bring the best Sonic experience possible to gamers. More information is expected to be released this May, at the SEGA Gamer’s Day event.

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Weekly savings

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Target

Brain Age 2 (DS) – $17
Flash Focus (DS) – $17
Petz Bunnyz 2 (DS) – $26
Professor Layton and the Curious Village (DS) – $26

Even though April Fool’s jokes have begun to peculate, one leak in particular actually seems to be true. The “first” images, information, and video of Sonic Unleashed have been leaked.

– gameplay includes Sonic and the Secret Rings style running with switches to 2.5D platforming thrown in
– Sonic will transform at certain points in the game, and his new form will include some sort of new mechanic
– another new character will be introduced
– Sonic Unleashed is not the final name, and no platform(s) were mentioned. File names of the original leaked images indicate a multiplatform release of 360/PS3/Wii

While the graphics shown in screenshots look suited for a 360/PS3 release, there was something called “ONM_CoverArt” (Official Nintendo Magazine) on the Sega FTP server. Because of this, it seems a bit more believable that the game could be releases on the Wii.

This leak sounds hard to believe but given all of the ample material gathered by numerous sources, it’s difficult to deny its existence. As much as I’d be interested in hearing more about this game, I would definitely wait until we hear something from Sega.

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