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GamePro has been under a lot of fire for their review of The Conduit, but that’s not the only issue that has arisen over the past few days. Today, someone discovered what appeared to be an editor of their arcade section plagiarizing a review from IGN. The article in question was about Water Warfare, a downloadable FPS for Wii. You can check out some of the similarities below.

IGN review…

On tap in this super soaker is a robust feature set including both single- and multiplayer modes. There is plenty to do here, even if you plan to wage war by yourself. The 40 single-player missions offer a variety of objectives and boss battles. If you just want to skirmish you can play against up to seven bots with three difficulty levels. As for multiplayer, two players can go at it in split screen or you can play with a total of eight via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Online, you can play against just your friends, play a friendly game against random strangers, or participate in a ranked match. While waiting in a lobby there is a handful of messages to send to your opponents/team mates. The four maps each come in a large and small variation.

You’ll find all the usual FPS weapons here (pistols, machine guns, shotguns, rocket launchers…), but loaded with agua instead of bullets. Scattered around each map are also fun items like a raincoat that makes you temporarily water resistant and a towel to dry yourself off.

GamePro review…

Featuring over 40 single player missions for you to get soaked in, Water Warfare offers up a lot of content. In the single player missions you will have a variety of objective and boss battles. If you just want to skirmish you can play against up to seven bots with three difficulty levels. Two players can go at it in split screen or you can play with a total of eight via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. You can play with strangers or just play a good old fashioned rank match on one of the 4 maps made. Team games include Battle Royale where the last person standing wins, Death Match is the standard FPS free-for-all, but should be called Wet Match, first player to 10 knockouts wins. Treasure Chest you have to find the opposing team’s chest and bring it back to your base. In assault you capture the flag, which I figured would be called capture the flag. Base you take control of bases and score 100 points to win. Finally in point rally you need to put your gun away and race through checkpoints.

Weapon wise you’re given the standard array of weapons, pistols, shotguns, assault rifles and rocket launchers all filled with lovely H2O. The weapons control ok but feel like squirt guns that have no kick to them. Also perks are scattered throughout the map like a raincoat that makes you temporarily water resistant and a towel to dry yourself off.

GamePro did respond to the claims that the review was plagiarized and acknowledged that “the charges are true.” The writer responsible for the review was fired as well. However, the article has not been taken down so that GamePro can “be up front about the mistake that had been made and take full responsibility for it.”

Source – IGN review
Source – GamePro arcade review
Source – GamePro explanation
Source – Original discovery

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An unlockables section in The Conduit’s offers a look at achievements, cheats, and concept galleries. There is, however, one item in particular that is quite interesting. As you continue to play through The Conduit and discover discs in single-player mode, there is one piece of concept art that can become available – Images of unused locations in The Conduit. There are clearly some areas which never made it into the final game such as the snow zone. Perhaps we’ll see the region if High Voltage develops a sequel.

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Hubert Oswell

– Voiced by Takahiro Mizushima
– Brother of Asbel
– Major in the army
– Magic swordsman

Shelia Burns

– Voiced by Shiho Karawagi
– Granddaughter of Asbel’s butler
– Has some feelings for the butler
– Healing magic

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DSiWare

1 (1) – Nintendo DSi Browser
2 (2) – Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
3 (3) – Paper Airplane Chase
4 (5) – Art Style: Boxlife
5 (4) – Bird & Beans
6 (8) – WarioWare: Snapped!
7 (9) – Dr. Mario Express
8 (7) – Mario Calculator
9 (6) – Mario Clock
10 (N) – Sudoku Master
11 (N) – Asphalt 4: Elite Racing
12 (10) – Master of Illusion Express: Deep Psyche
13 (11) – Photo Clock
14 (12) – American Popstar: Road to Celebrity
15 (13) – Real Soccer 2009
16 (15) – Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics
17 (17) – Brain Age Express: Math
18 (14) – Mighty Flip Champs!
19 (16) – Master of Illusion Express: Funny Face
20 (18) – Art Style: PiCTOBiTS

WiiWare

1 (1) – Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
2 (16) – Water Warfare
3 (N) – Reel Fishing Challenge
4 (2) – Texas Hold’em Tournament
5 (3) – My Aquarium
6 (4) – World of Goo
7 (7) – Family Mini Golf
8 (5) – Tetris Party
9 (6) – My Pokemon Ranch
10 (9) – Dr. Mario Online Rx
11 (10) – Defend your Castle
12 (8) – Sword & Soldiers
13 (12) – Bubble Bobble Plus!
14 (13) – Onslaught
15 (14) – CueSports – Pool Revolution
16 (18) – Brain Challenge
17 (N) – Bust-A-Move Plus!
18 (N/A) – Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King
19 (17) – Bomberman Blast
20 (20) – Mega Man 9

VC

1 (1) – Super Mario Bros. 3
2 (2) – Super Mario Bros.
3 (4) – Super Mario World
4 (3) – The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
5 (5) – Punch-Out!!
6 (6) – Super Mario Bros. 2
7 (7) – Super Mario 64
8 (10) – Mario Kart 64
9 (9) – The Legend of Zelda
10 (8) – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
11 (11) – Pac-Man
12 (12) – Donkey Kong Country
13 (13) – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
14 (14) – Donkey Kong
15 (15) – Paper Mario
16 (16) – The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
17 (17) – Sonic the Hedgehog 2
18 (18) – Galaga
19 (19) – Excitebike
20 (20) – Super Punch-Out!!

Hamburg/Germany, July 8th, 2009 – Summer Athletics 2009’s Wii™ version will support Wii Balance Board™ controls. The game is equipped with a unique Balance Board Cup.

Console athletes will need their stability on the Wii Balance Board to control their character in the contest’s five disciplines. These are high jump, triple jump, hammer throwing, high dive and archery. Players wiggle their hips around to spin the hammer and gather speed. Holding your breath and standing evenly balanced is key to hitting the mark in archery. If you center your weight right in the middle of the Wii Balance Board, you have only to adjust to cross winds to score full points.

Like all contests and challenges in Summer Athletics 2009, the Balance Board cup is available in three difficulty settings. “Easy” is recommended for players who have never played a sports game before, “Average” appeals to more experienced players and “Difficult” requires the skills of advanced players. It is possible to obtain a fourth difficulty setting called “Champion” after unlocking special achievements. “Champion” features the hardest AI competitors that will challenge even gaming veterans.

Thanks to _Contra_ for the news tip!

Game system, brain trainer, fitness instructor, reading material, nursing assistant, internet browser, diabetes testing device; The DS sure can do a lot these days, and the list just continues to grow. Now, Nintendo and stock markey index Nikkei are teaming up to bring DS owners a little financial help with their new project, “You’ll Incur Losses if You Remain Ignorant: How Money and Things Work DS”. Here are the first details:

– Nikkei is supervising the project
– Players answer multiple choice questions concerning financial information
– You can view charts, graphs and more
– Will include voice acted news updates
– “Daily” mode
– “Nikkei test” is a business test to check your financial abilities
– Due out August 27 for ¥3,800

I’m not too sure how I feel about the name (which is a bit of a mouthful), but the software certainly helps the DS hold onto it’s “Something for everyone” image.

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Final Fantasy Gaiden: 4 Warriors of Light producer Tomoya Asano said in a recent interview that he believes that many people preferred RPGs from an older era over those from today. In this light, he wants to make FFG:4WL more like those classic RPGs, and subsequently making them more enjoyable for the player.

“People often say that RPGs used to be more fun, so I’ve given a lot of thought to what the difference is between modern and classic RPGs. One result is that the story here is not told in events, but instead through NPC conversations as much as possible. Another is that much of the plot is left to more interpretation by the player, allowing them to enjoy the game world while using their imaginations to picture it in their mind.”

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Previous outings of Pro Evolution Soccer on the Wii have disappointed fans, not because the games are bad, but rather because they tend to release quite a while after their PS3 and 360 counterparts. Thankfully, the up and coming “PES 2010” looks to be releasing much closer to its brethren, slated to come out this fall.

“Our control system for Wii is still regarded as the finest and most intuitive around, and we have once again reworked it to add a level of control and realism that can appeal to new and old PES fans alike.” – Akiyoshi ‘Greyhound’ Chosogabe

– All-new game balance system.
– The player in possession of ball has ‘instantaneous stamina’ and overall stamina.
– Greater strategic controls.
– The free kick system is using the Wiimote pointer through the kicker’s point of view.
– Will have new animations.

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– The main characters are a male lead named Shinichi Suzutani and a female lead named Rin Kagura.
– These characters visit a website called “The Black Page” that can banish you to a life, keeping you from heaven and hell
– The two main characters fall into that trap via the website, and you have to get them back to the real world.
– Pointing with Wiimote moves your character in first person view.
– Your cell phone lets you get calls from ghosts, which will give you tips.
– Call other cell phones to warp around the game world
– You can take pictures with your cell phone to send them to friends
– Scare off ghosts during ‘fright events’ by shaking the Wiimote and pressing the correct buttons displayed
– 70% done
– Due out this year in Japan

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