Pojo's Friday News Page
May 20th - 2005
KONAMI’S YU-GI-OH! NIGHTMARE TROUBADOUR DEBUTS ON
NINTENDO DS THIS FALL
Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) Booth #800 - May 17, 2005
- Konami Digital Entertainment – America, a division
of Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc., today announced new
details about Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour for the
Nintendo DS. Based on the popular trading card game and
top-rated animated TV show, Yu-Gi-Oh! video games continue
to captivate fans of the franchise with more than six
million units sold to date in North America alone.
E3Expo 2005 Exhibitor Profiles
E3Expo 2005 takes place May 17-19 at the Los Angeles
Below are profiles from E3Expo 2005 exhibitors; breaking
news releases are available at http://www.tradeshownews.com,
Business Wire's trade show, conference, and event news
Star Wars Miniatures
celebrate the opening of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of
the Sith, Wizards of the Coast is releasing literally
hundreds of Sith-themed miniature figures that accurately
recreate tons of characters from the universe.
Collectors will be able to snag all the heroes, creatures,
droids and enemies from the films. General Grievious, Agen
Kolar, Mace Windu, The Emperor, Bail Organa, Chewbacca,
Anakin, Darth… the gang's all here.
Set up your own battle on the Outer Rim, or pit Jedi against
Sith. Act out famous lightsaber battles from the movie or
reimagine what happens… it's all up to you!
E3 2005: Magic: The Gathering Online 3.0
In Magic: The Gathering Online 3.0, Wizards of the Coast
puts a magic touch to the User Interface (UI). Looking back
at over the last three years, Wizards of the Coast has taken
feedback from the community along with their own review
process of this highly successful game. According to Justin
A. Ziran, Brand Manager for Wizards of the Coast, there are
over 200,000 registered users in the game with approximately
10,000 new accounts added every other month. He also
mentioned that they handle up to around 10,000 simultaneous
connections and hosting over 2 million matches a month.
Their goal is to have over 30,000 simultaneous connections.
"EXALTED" COMIC BOOK SERIES COMING FROM UDON
White Wolf Publishing has licensed the rights to a comic
book series based on its successful roleplaying game Exalted
to Toronto-based UDON Entertainment. The first issue in the
series will be on comic book stands in October of 2005, and
a special #0 issue comes out this summer.
UDON has a longstanding involvement with the Exalted
property, having provided covers and interior art for many
supplements, as well as covers for the Exalted novel series
and all card art for the upcoming Exalted Trading Card Game.
This history of close collaboration has given White Wolf
confidence that UDON can do justice to the property.
Booster packs heighten Attacktix 'Star Wars' play
Master toy licenser Hasbro takes younger "Star Wars" fans on
an amazing hands-on adventure as they become part of the
world of Attacktix.
Reminiscent of the days when children used toy soldiers to
wage war, the game blends the maneuverability of action
figures with the surprises of a collectible-miniatures game
to deliver a play experience geared to the 6-to-11-year-old
Attacktix uses durable and multiarticulated, 33/4-inch
representations of heroes and villains from the current
trilogy of "Star Wars" films, mounted on bases that click
when they are moved.
E3 2005: Xbox 360 vs PS2 vs PC
Final Fantasy XI to allow cross-system play.
What's better than knowing that your upcoming next
generation system of choice will be getting a high
definition version of Final Fantasy XI? How about knowing
that you'll be able to brag about your new gaming hardware
to your PC and PS2 counterparts?
Japanese news source Mainichi Interactive reveals that Final
Fantasy XI for Xbox 360 will allow for cross platform play.
Players of the PC, PS2 and Xbox 360 versions will be able to
play one another.
This immediately hints that we can, at the very least,
expect the Xbox 360 version of Final Fantasy XI to offer all
current content now available for the PS2 and PC versions.
But what bonus features will Xbox 360 users get besides
powered-up visuals? For this, we'll have to wait for Square
Enix to share more details on the title.
4Kids and Upper Deck Create "Winx Club" Trading Card
4Kids Entertainment, Inc. and Upper Deck Entertainment have
created a new trading card game based on 4Kids' animated
series Winx Club.
The Winx Club Magical Fairy Game, designed just for girls,
will be available on May 15, 2005, at Toys "R" Us stores
nationwide. The game will also be launched simultaneously
throughout participating retail stores in Canada, Australia,
and New Zealand.
Konami reveals new Shaman King and TMNT
Konami is looking to help out gamers thirsting for a little
more action on their consoles. The publisher is showing off
two previously unannounced games at this year's E3: Shaman
King: Master of Spirits 2 for the Game Boy Advance and
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3: Mutant Nightmare for the
PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and DS.
TMNT 3 brings the mutated reptiles back for some more
martial arts beat downs on the evil Shredder and his
minions. Based on characters from the comic series, Mutant
Nightmare lets up to four gamers play simultaneously as any
one of the turtles, whose powers are upgraded as they
progress through the game. The console versions will feature
the original TMNT arcade game as unlockable content. Look
for TMNT 3: Mutant Nightmare this fall.
E3 2005: Pokemon XD A true Pokemon RPG?
Actually playing Pokemon XD: Gale of Darkness at E3 is
somewhat of a time-consuming affair. Claiming one of the
largest chunks of real estate at Nintendo's Booth, Pokemon
XD drew scores of show goers throughout the entire show.
It's not just the game people showed up to see, but to score
four free pokemon dolls courtesy of Nintendo. Nintendo
employed an excellent strategy here. The masses can't resist
free stuff, especially when it's cute and doubles as a
Screw Breaker is from GAME FREAK, the people behind
Pokemon. It certainly doesn't look like the next big thing,
but we are intrigued.
Crime syndicate The Skull Rollers have stolen a red diamond,
so the as yet unnamed main character sets off to get it back
with the aid of their trusty Breakall Drillbot. The shoulder
buttons are used to change the direction of the drill and
gears can be found to upgrade it. From how it's described,
it sounds like a horizontal Mr. Driller.
It's on its way to Game Boy Advance only.
Pokémon XD Screens
Pokemon XD is a brand new Pokemon game for GameCube.
According to Nintendo it's a true RPG Pokemon that isn't a
sequel to Collosseum. It's a brand new build that really
plays off the RPG aspects. For more information check out
our previous coverage on the game (news article).
The media we present to you today have been taken from the
Japanese version of the game. Expect this title to be
released later this year in PAL territories. Cube-Europe
will keep you posted!
Nintendo Launches Japanese Website for Pokemon XD
With E3 just days away, Nintendo's Japanese website devoted
to Pokemon has been updated with a new page devoted to the
forthcoming GameCube RPG, Pokemon XD.
While there is not much currently on the page, there is some
information floating around. Pokemon XD is slated to launch
in Japan on August 4th of 2005 at a price of ¥8,500 ($54
US). Also, it appears that the Pokemon Eevee will be the
companion of the hero's character this time around,
according to some rough internet translations. There also
seems to be both a female and male character involved in
Nintendo unveils Revolution
New console focuses exclusively on games, unlike rivals'
saves princesses, hits golf balls and even drives go-karts.
But don't expect him to play recorded television.
Nintendo, the industry veteran behind the iconic video-game
character, sought yesterday to secure its place in the next
wave of game consoles -- showing a new machine, code-named
Revolution, that will differ from its rivals by sticking
mainly to games.
Nintendo Reveals Game Boy Micro
Nintendo Co. Ltd. today unveiled their new GameBoy Micro,
similar in design of the first generation Nintendo’s
joystick, the Micro measures a mere four inches by 0.7
inches and weighs 2.8 ounces. The super-clear 2.0-inch LCD
screen embedded in the center has adjustable brightness and
contrast and is expected to make up for the lacking quality
in past Game Boy screens.
E3 2005: Dragon Ball Z DS Screens
Head inside for the first screens showing off Dragon Ball Z
for the Nintendo DS. Go!
Fight exciting battles set in the DBZ universe on land or in
the air in Dragon Ball Z Supersonic Warriors. Choose from
over 20 Z-Warriors, each with unique powers and abilities
and unleash Devastating Ultimate and Team Attacks to defeat
your opponents. Go head-to-head with wireless support for
intense 2 player battles.
Dragon Quest™ VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Dragon QuestTM VIII is the latest installment in the popular
Dragon Quest series (previously known as Dragon Warrior®
in North America) and the first to be released for the
PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The
colorful characters, exotic environments and daunting
dungeons of the Dragon Quest series have made the transition
to glorious 3D! Players will find themselves in a universe
like no other, as they explore the plains, peaks and valleys
of a seemingly limitless world.
Atari Announces E3 2005 Lineup
Following is the list of Atari's products that will be
showcased at E3