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The last time GameStop mentioned Nintendo, the company said that they would be reserving shelf space in anticipation for upcoming Nintendo games. David W. Carlson – Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, spoke about Nintendo in the latest GameStop Corp., Q1 2009 Earnings Call conference. Mr. Carlson believes that “there’s a couple of Nintendo titles coming that have not been announced” and will release this holiday.

“…The new title base actually looks very very strong for the second half starting in the fall obviously with Madden, Rock Band Beatles, you’ve got Guitar Hero 5, the new Halo 3, and Batman as I said earlier, and then going into October with Tekken 6 and BioShock 2, and then going into November with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Assassin’s Creed 2, and we believe there’s a couple of Nintendo titles coming that have not been announced. So, it looks like actually a very very strong fall and holiday season.Then going into November with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Assassin’s Creed 2, and we believe there’s a couple of Nintendo titles coming that have not been announced.” – Gamestop executive David W. Carlson

It’s not uncommon to hear of a parent taking away their child’s video games when they feel he/she is addicted. Unfortunately, one boy committed suicide after his parents declared he could no longer play. A 12-year-old schoolboy in Bangkok, Thailand was quite upset following his parents words. In fact, police were able to discover that messages were to sent to his friends saying, “tomorrow is my last day.”

The boy reached school that day, but then simply put his backpack on his desk, arrived to the sixth floor and as you would probably expect, jumped and met his death. Thailand’s Ministry of Health failed to show any compassion for the parents and noted that the situation should have been handled differently. “For children addicted to gaming, the most effective approach is not to ban games but to regulate the time spent gaming.”

New “Haunted House Simulator” To Offer Quick and Plentiful Scares

Torrance, Calif., (May 22, 2009) –XSEED Games today announced that JU-ON: The Grudge is in development for Wii and scheduled for release in North America in October, 2009. The title is inspired by the Japanese classic horror movie, “JU-ON”, on which the American release of the hit horror film “The Grudge” was based upon. JU-ON: The Grudge for Wii is a “Haunted House Simulator” where accessibility and instant scares are given priority over all other game aspects, with the original creator of the movie, Takashi Shimizu, serving as a creative consultant to game development.

It is said that when a person dies with a deep and burning grudge, a curse is born. When an average housewife in Nerima, Japan, was murdered in a grisly fashion, it gave rise to a curse so powerful that it threatens to kill at a pace thought unimaginable before.

Three Incredible Games Just Got More Awesome: Metroid Prime Trilogy Heads to Wii
All Three Critically Acclaimed Games Now Feature Wii Remote Controls with Enhanced Presentation and In-Game Rewards

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Metroid™ Prime 3: Corruption set a new standard for first-person motion controls in video games. Now it’s bringing those controls to the rest of the celebrated series, allowing players to experience the entire Metroid Prime story arc with the peerless precision of the Wii Remote™. Nintendo announces Metroid Prime Trilogy, a new premium three-game collection for the Wii™ console that bundles all three landmark Metroid Prime games onto one disc and revamps the first two installments with intuitive Wii Remote controls, wide-screen presentation and other enhancements. Metroid Prime Trilogy will be available exclusively for Wii on Aug. 24 at a suggested retail price of $49.99.

Each game maintains its original storyline and settings, but now Metroid Prime and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes let players use their Wii Remote to aim with precision as heroine Samus Aran. Based on the breakthrough control system that debuted in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, these new Wii controls bring an entirely new level of immersion and freedom to these milestone games.

– Includes Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, Metroid Prime 3
– Widescreen, 480p support
– Wiimote/nunchuck controls
– Releasing August 24
– All three titles in one package only for $49.99
– Unsurprisingly, developed by Retro Studios
– Set up a profile with one of your Miis
– Progress in all games stored in that file
– File includes stats on how far you are in percentage, location of save file
– Option menu available which affects the three games
– Medal system from Metroid Prime 3 returns in Metroid Prime 1 + 2 on the disc, including ability to trade vouchers online

Wow…Are you kidding me? Three great games for only $49.99?!


Experience the Hustle and Bustle of the Restaurant Business Like Never Before

MIDLOTHIAN, VA – May 21, 2009 – SouthPeak Games announced today that it will publish Fast Food Panic for Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ in North America. A multifaceted title that requires players to not only cook but also interact with customers and manage a business, Fast Food Panic combines numerous gameplay elements to create a new and addictive experience for gamers. Fast Food Panic is scheduled for release this fall.

“Just like a fantastic restaurant, Fast Food Panic offers the consumer an incredible menu,” said Richard Iggo, VP of Marketing at SouthPeak Games. “Players will not only prepare food, they’ll have to keep customers happy, clean their restaurant, make deliveries and more. There are a lot of food games out there, but we’re confident that Fast Food Panic wins any taste test hands down.”

This information comes from Nintendo’s Financial Results Briefing Q&A…

“Quite recently, media have been reporting that iPhone is a rival to Nintendo DS, but I do not strongly agree mainly because of the difference in the customers. For the customers with whom we have the most strength, it must be rather difficult for Apple to reach, and for the customer base where Apple has the biggest strength, Nintendo products would have a hard time in receiving their appreciations…Already today, a number of people are aware of and appreciate the convenience of online shopping. Accordingly, Nintendo must be making efforts to provide them with the new mode of shopping. Simultaneously, however, I do not believe the competitive edge that packaged software has today will easily be taken up anytime soon. Also, I do not imagine that iPhone will dominate the Nintendo DS market at once. My impression as the person who has used iPhone is, it is very attractive but, frankly, I did not feel that it was designed to be appreciated by a wide variety of people like how Nintendo has been designing its products.” – Satoru Iwata