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August 12th - 2005


In-Pack Promotion Gives Kids Chance To Become Instant Winner Of Original Artwork Signed By TMNT Creator Peter Laird

NEW YORK, N.Y. (August 8, 2005) – 4Kids Entertainment Home Video, Inc., the home video unit of 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), in association with FUNimation Productions LTD, will release Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Volume 3.4: Shredder’s Final Countdown on DVD August 30, 2005. This latest release includes five episodes, three from the third broadcast season on 4Kids TV, and two never-before-seen episodes.

A special in-pack promotion gives kids the chance to become an instant winner of original, signed TMNT artwork from creator Peter Laird. While all of the DVD packages will include a collectible TMNT postcard, two hundred of these cards will be original art, signed by the artist and creator.

Yu-Gi-Oh!TM Duelists head for Tokyo!
Konami of Europe hosts regional heats as players fight for a place in the grand 2005 Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament final for GBA!

Game Boy Advance-owning Yu-Gi-Oh! duelists from all over the globe will converge in Tokyo in August, as Konami of Europe's hunt for the greatest Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2005 player heats up.

For the third year running, Konami of Europe has invited fans of its Yu-Gi-Oh! Day of the DuelistTM – World Championship Tournament 2005 title for Game Boy Advance to a series of local competitions designed to pit the best duelists from each country against each other. Local competitions are being held in all major European countries during June and July, including the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden, and Holland. FullStory

Atari delays Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach to 2006

MMORPG title gets pushed back to next year, but public alpha testing begins now.

Atari's Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game, Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach, has slipped from its planned November release date, to early 2006. FullStory

For a chance to enter the public alpha testing period of Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach. sign up, go register at www.ddo.com. If you're a member of the Turbine Rewards Program (what is that? Is that like United miles??) you're automatically in. The game is slated for launch in early 2006. SOURCE

Ghost Recon 2 for PS2 moves out to stores

PlayStation 2 owners and would-be elite military operatives take note: Ubisoft today ships the PS2 version of Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 2 to North American retailers.

Built from the ground up specifically for the PlayStation 2, this version of Ghost Recon 2 offers a separate story from its Xbox counterpart. Like its sibling, the PS2 version challenges you and your team of Ghosts to infiltrate North Korean jungles and military operations using high-tech weapons and devices based on real military prototypes. The action is rendered with an advanced visual engine, and the multiplayer options are plentiful. FullStory

Premium PS2 Resident Evil 4 coming

PlayStation 2 gamers with some extra cash to burn might have been rewarded for their long wait for the PS2 version of Capcom's Resident Evil 4. Gamestop.com is listing a "Premium Edition" of the upcoming action game with a preorder price of $49.99. EB Games did not have the Premium Edition listed at press time.

According to the listing, the Premium Edition contains a variety of bonus items. Shipping along with the game will be a making-of-the-game DVD, a Resident Evil Prologue mini-art book, and laser cell artwork of Ada Wong, a mysterious character who first appeared in Resident Evil 2 and returns to the series in the latest game. FullStory

Playstation2 Game Review: Virtua Fighter 4

“A true master only engages the worthy opponent…”

The Virtua Fighter titles have proved to be the masters of 3D fighting games. But now Virtua Fighter is engaging a new and very worthy opponent. For the first time, the series which inspired a global arcade phenomenon, has evolved to PlayStation? with the latest PlayStation®2 release from Sony Computer Entertainment – Virtua Fighter 4.

Virtua Fighter 4 has been developed exclusively for the PlayStation®2 format by the famous SEGA AM2 development team. This realistic martial arts feast includes 13 different martial arts styles and over 3000 different moves. FullStory

Three new Pokemon games confirmed

Puzzler Torouze and Blue Rescue Force set for DS, while Red goes to GBA

Nintendo has announced two new Pokemon games for DS and one for GBA, and has released new details about Pokemon Ranger. But, as usual, none of the games have a UK release date yet. FullStory

"Pokémon Emerald" - UK Launch Date Set

Pokémon fans dust off your Pokédex and get those Poké Balls ready for action. The long wait is finally over across the UK as the highly anticipated Pokémon Emerald makes its way onto Game Boy Advance on 21st October 2005. FullStory

Pokemon Emerald Version

By DarkTyranitar18

Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi

Dragon Ball Z®: Budokai Tenkaichi is the only game to combine fighting and flying in wide open, destructible 3D environments. In the air, on the ground or under water, DBZ Budokai Tenkaichi gives players the ability to battle with unprecedented power and freedom and experience the intensity of DBZ fighting in an all-new way by combining melee combat, energy attacks and 3D flight with third-person action in a fully interactive recreation of the Dragon Ball universe. FullStory

Anime Evolution (AE 2005) is primed to be Vancouver’s premiere Asian entertainment event

Anime Evolution (AE 2005) is primed to be Vancouver’s premiere Asian entertainment event where industry and audiences are able to interact directly in an informal setting. This three-day Japanese Animation Convention, expected to draw over 2,000 people, will bring together art, animation, video games, TV, film and music in a celebration of Asian popular culture and multimedia. All are welcome to attend the event, which draws largely on Vancouver’s local talent pool of gifted actors and artists, as well as film and animation studios, comic book publishers, and game developers. Festivities take place August 19-21, 2005 at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Campus. Events take place at various locations on campus and the convention runs 24 hours a day. FullStory

KC Anime Fest Showcases Fan Fashion
Attendance beats organizers' expectations

Ryan Alfaro's three-toed cardboard and white-duct-tape feet made it difficult for him to climb the stairs at the Orpheum Theatre, where more than 900 people gathered Saturday to celebrate Japanese animation. FullStory

Gen Con Indy brings fantasy worlds to town
Around 75,000 fantasy, sci-fi and anime gamers are expected for the convention.

Like knights storming a castle, hobby gamers will descend on Indianapolis seeking adventure and camaraderie during the Gen Con hobby game convention at the Indianapolis Convention Center Thursday through Aug. 21. FullStory

Nintendo trying to 'Net help

Publisher asks for participation in its global networking test for the upcoming Nintendo DS Wi-Fi connection.

DS owners who can't wait to take their portables out to play against buddies on the other end of the Internet can do their part to speed up the process. Nintendo is asking fans to help participate in a test designed to sharpen the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, a service that will let DS owners hop onto the 'Net and play multiplayer games against other users.

The test comes in the form of a simple survey and a download on the company's Web site. The questions ask for information on users' Internet connections, and a download simply pings Nintendo's servers. The download doubles as a connection tester and an Animal Crossing-themed desktop clock. The test takes less than 10 minutes. FullStory

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