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Berlin, 26th of November 2009 – lbxgames, an innovative developer from Berlin, announces today Elemental Masters – a large fantasy card game for Nintendo DSiWare. Elemental Masters is one of the first DSiWare titles from Germany. The game will be available in December 2009 for approximately 500 Nintendo Points.

The fantasy card game has been developed for strategy- and roleplaying- gamers. With more than 70 creatures, 15 maps and 6 different spells, Elemental Masters offers over 10 hours of gameplay, which is pretty much for a DSiWare-Game. “Most DSiWare-Games offer just a few minutes of gameplay. With Elemental Masters we have a different approach. We want to deliver a high-class DSiWare experience with several hours of intense gameplay,” says Fabian Thiele, CEO of lbxgames. “We are thrilled about the possibilities of the NDSiWare platform, because the digital distribution is a big chance for independent developers like us,” Thiele adds.

Happy Turkey Day!

Posted 14 years ago by in Site updates | 2 Comments

It’s not often that I take up posts on the site for holiday updates. Usually I feel as though it’s more important to deliver the most important Nintendo news instead. But today is different! So, I wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, you should try to make sure that gather around with your family and have a big meal at some point today.

About site updates, I’m not expecting there to be a huge amount of news items to share with you all. I have scheduled some posts to go live at specific times, though. I’ll be gone for most of the day, but Austin should be here at some point and he’ll cover any major Nintendo happenings.

Again, though – Happy Thanksgiving!

Pallurikio screenshots

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MILAN, Italy – November 26, 2009 – Today, Playstos Entertainment, independent video game developer, announced Pallurikio™, an upcoming downloadable game for WiiWare™. Pallurikio is a fast-paced and easy to pick up action platformer, and will be available on December 11, 2009 on the European Wii Shop Channel for 1,000 Wii Points™. Pallurikio is also scheduled for release soon on the American Wii Shop Channel at a date and pricing to be announced at a later time.

Luca Da Rios, CEO and Executive Producer of Playstos Entertainment, said: “We are confident in our new venture into digital distribution, and Pallurikio is the ideal title for this market.”

New Okamiden trailer

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Not a ton of new footage, but better than nothing…

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We’ve already posted a few scores from Famitsu’s latest magazine, but apparently there were a bunch of other scores from the same issue. This should be the complete listing, though.

Stich (DS) – 7/7/7/7
Up (DS) – 6/6/6/6
Power Pro-Kun Pocket 12 (DS) – 9/9/8/9
Cross Treasures (DS) – 8/8/8/7
Jinsei Game DS (DS) – 5/6/5/5

LittleBigPlanet (PSP) – 8/8/8/9
Kamo no Hashikamo. Aimai Seikatsu no Susume (DS) – 6/6/6/6
Yggdra Unison: Seiken Buyuuden (DS) – 8/8/7/7
Kirakira Rhythm Collection (DS) – 8/7/5/5
Kaijuu Busters (DS) – 7/7/6/7
Relaxuma * Rhythm: Mattari Kibun de Da Run Run Run (DS) – 7/7/5/5

Tokimeki Memorial 4 (PSP) – 9/8/8/8
Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam Next Plus (PSP) – 9/8/9/8
Left 4 Dead 2 (360) – 10/9/9/8
Up (Wii) – 7/7/7/6
Samurai Warriors 3 (Wii) – 9/8/9/8
Tokyo Friend Pack II Ketteiban: Minna de Chousen! Taikan Attraction (Wii) – 7/6/6/5
Takumi Restaurant wa Daihanjou! (Wii) – 6/7/6/6
New Super Mario Bros. Wii (Wii) – 10/10/10/10

Assassin’s Creed 2 (PS3/360) – 9/9/9/9
Pokepark Wii: Pikachu’s Great Adventure (Wii) – 9/9/8/8

Updated with top 50 results, courtesy of NeoGAF

01./02. [NDS] Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver (Pokemon Co.) – 55,361 / 3,036,000 (-12%)
02./04. [NDS] Tomodachi Collection (Friend Collection) (Nintendo) – 49,308 / 1,689,000 (-13%)
03./05. [WII] Wii Fit Plus (Nintendo) – 42,832 / 946,000 (-20%)
04./07. [NDS] Inazuma Eleven 2: Threat of the Invaders – Fire/Blizzard (Level 5) – 28,734 / 635,000 (-23%)
05./00. [WII] Taiko Drum Master Wii 2 (Namco Bandai) – 28,282 / NEW
06./00. [360] Left 4 Dead 2 (Electronic Arts Victor) – 27,507 / NEW
07./06. [PS3] World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010 (Konami) – 24,425 / 291,000 (-50%)
08./01. [PSP] J-League Pro Soccer Club o Tsukurou! 6: Pride of J (SEGA) – 23,842 / 109,000 (-72%)
09./00. [NDS] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Nintendo) – 23,420 / NEW
10./03. [PS3] Dragon Ball: Raging Blast (Namco Bandai) – 16,862 / 75,000 (-71%)

11./00. [NDS] Dorabase 2: Nettou Ultra Stadium (Namco Bandai)
12./00. [PSP] Armored Core: Silent Line Portable (From Software)
13./13. [WII] Wii Sports Resort (Nintendo)
14./00. [PS3] Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time (SCEI)
15./11. [WII] Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games (Nintendo)
16./08. [WII] Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearers (Square Enix)
17./10. [PSP] Persona 3 Portable (Atlus Co.)
18./00. [WII] Metal Fight Beyblade: Gachinko Stadium (Hudson)
19./16. [NDS] Final Fantasy Gaiden: 4 Warriors of Light (Square Enix)
20./19. [NDS] Tamagotchi no Narikiri Channel (Namco Bandai)
21./12. [PS3] Bayonetta (SEGA)
22./25. [NDS] Dragon Quest IX: Defenders of the Starry Sky (Square Enix)
23./23. [PSP] Monster Hunter Portable 2 G (BEST) (Capcom)
24./09. [NDS] Mega Man Battle Network: Operation Shooting Star (Capcom)
25./18. [PS3] Tekken 6 (Namco Bandai)
26./46. [NDS] New Super Mario Bros. (Nintendo)
27./39. [WII] Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo)
28./34. [PS3] Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare (BEST) (Square Enix)
29./22. [PS3] Infamous (SCEI)
30./15. [PSP] Hexyz Force (Atlus Co.)
31./26. [PSP] Dissidia: Final Fantasy – Universal Tuning (Square Enix)
32./35. [NDS] Rune Factory 3 (Marvelous)
33./31. [PSP] Gran Turismo Portable (SCEI)
34./36. [PSP] Jikkyou Powerful Pro Yakyuu Portable 4 (Konami)
35./41. [NDS] Love Plus (Konami)
36./20. [PS3] Need for Speed: Shift (Electronic Arts Victor)
37./37. [NDS] Fresh PreCure! Asobi Collection (Namco Bandai)
38./32. [360] Steins; Gate (5pb)
39./30. [PSP] Warship Gunner 2 Portable (Koei)
40./27. [NDS] Summon Night X: Tears Crown (Namco Bandai)
41./38. [PSP] Shin Sangoku Musou 5 Special (Koei)
42./40. [PSP] Phantasy Star Portable (BEST) (SEGA)
43./45. [WII] Monster Hunter 3 (Capcom)
44./33. [360] Bayonetta (SEGA)
45./14. [PSP] Lunar: Harmony of Silver Star (GungHo)
46./00. [WII] Calling: Kuroki Chakushin (Hudson)
47./17. [PSP] Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Jan (AQ Interactive)
48./42. [PS3] Uncharted 2: Among Thieves (SCEI)
49./21. [PSP] Battle Spirits: Kiseki no Hasha (Namco Bandai)
50./24. [PSP] Sengoku Hime: Senran ni Mau Otometachi (War Princess) (Yeti)

Mario is one of the most recognizable video game character to have been created. However, you may be surprised to know that the mustached man originally had a different name. According to Shigeru Miyamoto, the initial plan was to call Mario “Mr. Video,” as he explained in the latest edition of Iwata Asks.

So the entire design was a case of form being dictated by function. You can really see that your specialist field, industrial design, is evident in the final result. Then, because he jumped up and down, he became known as “Jumpman”, right?

Well, I called him “Mr. Video”. My plan was to use the same character in every video game I made.

So you had that plan right from the start? Why did you intend to use him in every video game you made?

Well, I thought the way Hitchcock cropped up in all the films he directed was really cool! (laughs)


Or take manga artists like Osamu Tezuka and Fujio Akatsuka9 who have the same character popping up in a variety of different works. I think I was probably influenced by that at the time.

If you were considering using the character in a number of titles, you must have been satisfied with the way Mario had turned out.

I felt that I had come up with a pretty solid character, which is why I thought: “Right, I’ll keep using him from now on!” That’s why I decided a solid, imposing name like “Mr. Video” would work best. But thinking back, I don’t think I should have gone with that name. Someone at Nintendo of America actually came up with the name Mario. If he had been called “Mr. Video,” he might have disappeared off the face of the earth. (laughs)


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