Pojo's Friday News Page
August 12th - 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
4KIDS ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
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
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
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.
Atari delays Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach to
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Pokemon Emerald Version
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.