Pojo's Friday News Page
August 19th - 2005
Yu-Gi-Oh!™ touches on Nintendo DS
Konami of Europe has announced it is to bring the
phenomenally successful Yu-Gi-Oh! series to the Nintendo DS
handheld, with Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour specifically
designed to make use of the system's dual screen and touch
Due for release in November, Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour
marks the first appearing of the famed dueling game on
Nintendo DS. Recreating the many intricacies of the trading
card game, where players use monster, trap and spell cards
to defeat their opponents in a series of duels, Nightmare
Troubadour also makes full use of the Nintendo format's
4KIDS ENTERTAINMENT TO RELEASE YU-GI-OH! SEASON 4 IN
TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Episodes Now Airing on Kids’ WB! Available Beginning
December 6, 2005 on DVD
LAS VEGAS – 4Kids Entertainment Home Video, Inc., the home
video unit of 4Kids Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: KDE), in
association with FUNimation Productions LTD, will release
Yu-Gi-Oh! Volume 4.1: A New Evil featuring seven
action-packed episodes from the current Kids’ WB! broadcast
season on DVD on December 6, 2005, it was announced by Joe
Lyons, Director of Home Entertainment.
Gen Con's road show lures gamers, sci-fi fans
The traveling convention, now in its 38th year, is a haven
for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, role-playing games, miniatures
and trading card games. Companies, including Upper Deck
Entertainment and Wizards of the Coast, swoop in to debut
their new games to tickle the fancy -- er, fantasy -- of
tens of thousands.
Atari to Showcase Three Top Titles at Gen Con Indy
Dungeons & Dragons(R) and The Matrix: Path of Neo Video
Games to Shine During One of North America's Largest
Consumer Gaming Conventions
Atari, Inc. announced today that it will showcase three of
its most eagerly anticipated video games at Gen Con Indy
2005, taking place August 18-21, 2005, at the Indianapolis
Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN. Titles scheduled to
be on display include Dungeons & Dragons(R) Online:
Stormreach(TM), Dragonshard(TM), and The Matrix: Path of
Neo. The Dungeons & Dragons property is used under license
and is owned by Wizards of the Coast.
"As one of the largest consumer conventions in North
America, Gen Con Indy is the ideal venue to demonstrate some
of our most eagerly anticipated titles, and do so with a
remarkably targeted demographic," said Marc Metis, Senior
Vice President of Marketing for Atari, Inc. "We're excited
to unveil both Dungeons & Dragons(R) titles as well as The
Matrix: Path of Neo, and think consumers will be equally as
Man captures the magic at national tournament
Players of a mystical card game battle in downtown for U.S.
It's a game that transports players into the caldrons of
sorcery, unleashing trolls, minotaurs, nameless abysses,
vampire trainers, fanged rats with dripping saliva and
hulking monsters with ram horns.
But in a card game that often honors
creatures that can quickly slash flesh or rip out hearts,
Antonino De Rosa, 23, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., advanced to
the "Magic: The Gathering" national championship in
Baltimore yesterday using a trio of serene, human-feline
hybrids pleasantly named "sun droplets."
"It's an obscure card," said Randy Buehler, 33, of Wizards
of the Coast, the game's maker. "Antonino had three sun
droplets out there, meaning that every time he took a hit,
he'd get three points back on his next turn. His opponent
surrendered. His case was hopeless."
Konami Signs Deal With Marvel, Set to Release 2 New
Konami Digital Ent. Inc. announced a multi-year agreement
with Marvel Enterprises Inc. and Upper Deck Ent. that gives
Konami exclusive worldwide interactive rights to develop
games for current and next-generation videogame systems
based on Upper Deck’s best-selling Marvel Trading Card Game.
This is the latest addition to Konami’s collection of
interactive trading card based properties, which also
includes the tremendously successful YU-GI-OH! series.
This announcement comes on the heels of Konami’s
announcement that it is set to release two new sports titles
— wrestling game RUMBLE ROSES XX and soccer game WORLD
SOCCER WINNING ELEVEN 9.
PS2 price cut expected; Xbox 360 date unlikely, price
Microsoft and Sony both to make announcements; Xbox 360
With announcements due from both Sony and Microsoft at Game
Convention in Leipzig tomorrow, rumours at the show suggest
that Sony will be dropping its PS2 price point - but that
Microsoft may have little news to announce.
Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks (PS2)
The Mortal Kombat series has proved to have surprising
longevity. Midway has done a lot of work to keep it relevant
over the course of this generation, releasing two fighting
games that kept its loyal fanbase appeased while working in
some welcome changes to the fighting system that quickly
brought it up-to-date. Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks,
however, may be the most exciting development for the series
we've seen in several years.
4th-grader going for Pokémon title
Most rising fourth-graders are wondering if they will
remember their multiplication tables once school is back in
session, but 10-year-old Patrick Tuskey, a student at Spring
Run Elementary School in Chesterfield County, has a lot more
on his mind.
He's "practicing like a madman" for this year's Pokémon
Trading Card Game World Championships in San Diego. The
competition, which attracts youngsters from more than 35
countries, will be held Friday through Sunday.
Nintendo to launch micro console in Europe in November
Nintendo Co. Ltd will launch its Game Boy Micro, a portable
mobile phone-sized games console, in Europe on November 4
for a recommended price of 99 euros, it said on Wednesday.
The Japanese company hopes to attract women and so-called
casual gamers -- those unwilling or unable to spend hours
playing games on a PC or console at home -- with the new
device, which is available in metallic pink, green, blue and
Nintendo delays Zelda release, cuts DS price
Nintendo Co. Ltd. on Tuesday said it will delay its "The
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess" game release until after
the holiday season, and that it is cutting by 13 percent the
U.S. price of its Nintendo DS portable video game device.
The company also said its upcoming Game Boy Micro, a cell
phone-size handheld, will ship at the end of September and
sell for $99 in the United States. It will also be released
in Japan and Europe in time for the holiday season.
Nintendo said shipment of the latest installation in the
Zelda franchise would be no sooner than April 1, to give
developers more time to perfect the game and add levels,
Nintendo spokesman George Harrison told Reuters.