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Guildford, U.K. – April 22nd, 2008 – EA’s Casual Entertainment Label and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince™ video game will be released later this year to coincide with the Warner Bros. Pictures film based on J.K. Rowling’s sixth Harry Potter book.

“We believe that the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game represents a milestone in the movie tie-in genre,” said Harvey Elliott, Head of EA Bright Light studio in the UK where the Harry Potter franchise has its home. “Building on the technological advancements of previous games in the series and with a particular focus on the unique control system of Nintendo’s WiiTM, the team here is working closely with the filmmakers to create an immersive interactive experience that captures the story, the action, the excitement and, above all, the fun of the film. ”

“Working with EA, we look forward to offering fans a compelling Harry Potter video game, one which captures the thrilling storyline and high visual quality of the movie,” said Scott Johnson, Vice President, Business Development for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The adherence to the rich fiction is a trademark of this franchise and with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince fans will experience the most authentic and enjoyable game in the series to date.”

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


The graph depicted above is showing the total sales for the original Super Smash Bros. and it’s sequel, Super Smash Bros. Melee; while, on the other hand, Brawl’s portion of the graph is referring only to its sales in March. Super Smash Bros. Brawl managed to completely outsell the life-to-date sales of the first Smash game, and took a chunk (70%) of Melee’s total sales as well.

At this rate, it’s extremely possible – actually probable – that Brawl will be the best selling game on the Wii.


In IGN’s weekly Nintendo Voice Chat podcast, Matt Casamassina and Mark Bozon discussed a slew of interesting details about The Conduit. First and foremost, Matt noted that High Voltage Software was contacted by numerous publishers after IGN showed off The Conduit. Moreover, promising news was presented about the game and the company in general. The first footage of The Conduit in action will be available in the “near future” (as early as in the next two weeks) and the title will provide gamers will a slew of control options. High Voltage also has two other surprising projects in the pipeline and both of the unannounced games seemed to impress Casamassina and Bozon. High Voltage software may not have developed the most fantastic of titles in the past, but The Conduit – and perhaps the other two titles in development – may be the game that some hardcore gamers have begged for.

It was only a few weeks ago that a new Castlevania title was rumored (and later confirmed) to be releasing on the Nintendo DS. Well, folks, it seems as though another Castlevania game has appeared, and similarly to last time, no one knows anything about it. The only detail that has been discovered is the name of the new installment in the series. Apparently, this new Castlevania title will be called Castlevania Judgement. Perhaps this is wishful thinking on my part, but there’s a chance that this game may show up on the Wii. After all, the series has, essentially, conquered the DS – Is it possible that the developers of Castlevania may be finally ready to jump on the Wii bandwagon?



Rock Band appeared on the video game scene with much success. Because of this, it seems that Activision will be forced to keep up with the new competition by adopting a different approach. Instead of focusing on guitars only, vocals and other instruments will be added to the mix for future Guitar Hero games.

“It’s not just about guitars. We’ll include a lot of other instruments, vocals. It will help us expand internationally. It’s the first game we’ve had in which we can use local content and local bands.” – Bobby Kotick, Activision CEO


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.

Sales thus far (Famitsu)

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– Mario Kart DS (NDS, Nintendo): 2,935,577 units sold
Release: 12/08/05

– Wii Sports (Wii, Nintendo): 2,853,740 units sold
Release: 12/02/06

– New Super Mario Bros. (NDS, Nintendo): 5,136,819 units sold
Release: 05/25/06

– Animal Crossing: Wild World (NDS, Nintendo): 4,630,850 units sold
Release: 11/23/05


NES – River City Ransom
Sega Genesis – Phantasy Star III Generations of Doom

Helping out your friends is often as easy as a ride to the airport or a kind word of advice. But when they fall victim to dastardly kidnappers, things get a little more complicated. Step up and find out what it takes to rescue your imperiled pals in the latest additions to the Wii™ Shop Channel. Both of these classic titles feature distinctive rescue-driven storylines and villain-busting action to help bring out your inner hero. Isn’t that what friends are for?

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:

“Anything which makes it easier for new developers to enter the market is a great thing. We’re certainly going to take a serious look at WiiWare, especially as a stepping stone to Wii development.” – Vincent Dehaut of Studio Archcraft

Studio Archcraft plans on releasing Black Sigil: Blade of the Exiled in the second quarter of 2008 for the DS and Project Exile 2 is being considered for the future.


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