Pojo's Friday News Page
May 27th - 2005
Yu-Gi-Oh! comes to the DS.
KONAMI’S YU-GI-OH! NIGHTMARE TROUBADOUR DEBUTS ON NINTENDO
DS THIS FALL
This September, Yu-Gi-Oh! Nightmare Troubadour marks the
first Yu-Gi-Oh! title for the Nintendo DS. The game takes
full advantage of the Nintendo DS’ touch screen and wireless
technologies. Players will use the touch screen to navigate
a city map to find duel opponents. Once a duel is initiated,
the touch screen becomes a 2D card playing field and the
battle begins. The top screen becomes a 3D arena that shows
monsters rising from their cards to battle for Yu-Gi-Oh!
PAPERCUTZ SIGNS WITH HOLTZBRINCK PUBLISHERS FOR
Papercutz has entered into an agreement with Holtzbrinck
Publishers (which includes St. Martin’s Press, Farrar,
Straus & Giroux and distributees Rodale and Wizards of the
Coast among others) to distribute their cutting edge graphic
novels to the book trade in the US and worldwide beginning
Papercutz launched its line of graphic novels for tweens
this spring to great success, bringing Nancy Drew and The
Hardy Boys into comics for the first time in many years.
Press coverage has included major pieces appearing in USA
Today, The New York Times Magazine, The Chicago Sun-Times,
and Teen Newsweek. As a result, the first Nancy Drew graphic
novel has already gone back to press.
The design for the Papercutz line takes its cue from
successful manga books but expands the appeal to a more
mainstream young audience. These pocket size full color 96
page books combine elements of the Japanese manga style with
well-known licenses in all new comics and stories, not
adaptations or screen captures. The publishing program will
include 4 new titles per series each year in both paperback
E3 2005: A Visit with Turbine Part I – Dungeons &
Dragons Online: Stormreach
It’s day one of E3 and I have completed all of my scheduled
appointments for the day. Still a few hours left in the day,
so I head over to the Turbine booth to say “hi” and get a
quick look at Dungeons & Dragons Online: Stormreach. David
Eckelberry, Senior Game Designer of DDO, walks up to me and
offers to give me a tour of the game. Quickly taking David
up on this offer, I sit down and take the helm of one of the
demo workstations and off we go. I select one of the
pre-made characters they have set up for the demo and it’s
into Stormreach we go. David explains to me that there are a
few quests to complete, and if you complete them all, you
win a slot in the upcoming beta. The trick was that a single
player could not complete the quest, so you had to group
with the other players in the booth. More on this quest
later. The game was unbelievable fun. David continued
talking about the game and the quest itself as I was walking
around town talking with NPCs. After selecting my quest, it
was off into the instance to complete the quest. Movement in
the game is very smooth as well as the combat system.
Konami Announces A New Shaman King
Master of Spirits 2 is headed for the GBA.
The sequel to Shaman King: Master of spirits, players
return to the role of Yoh Asakura as they traverse multiple
stages filled with perils, enemies and traps in order to
stop a diabolical shaman from resurrecting the evil
“Guardian of Demons.” To assist Yoh in his quest, players
can collect the spirits of vanquished opponents and use
these spirits to help him in battle. Additionally, they can
summon old and new Guardian Ghosts in the battle to defeat
the enemies. As players progress, they will build their
skills and unlock special moves, combo systems and
abilities. Adding to the excitement, gamers can upgrade
their spirits and use the enhanced spirit system to
negotiate treacherous levels filled with traps!
Tony Hawk Tourney for PS2
Online skate tournament offers cash purse.
Known to fans as THUG 2, the PlayStation 2 version of Tony
Hawk's Underground 2 is gearing up for an online tournament
that will award prizes to participants, including a $1000
cash prize and a skateboard deck autographed by Tony Hawk
himself to the top winner.
The eight week tournament has been dubbed Tourney for the
Homies 3!, and will feature trick attack, graffiti, and goal
The Playstation 3 is Not a Console
Ken Kutaragi, president of Sony Computer Entertainment,
stated that the PlayStation 3 is to be an “entertainment
supercomputer” for the home. FullStory
“The PlayStation is not a game machine,” Kutaragi states,
“We’ve never once called it a game machine.”
PS3 to have same launch price as PS2?
Report says Sony will price the PS3 under 40,000 yen,
raising speculation that it might launch at the same price
as its previous two consoles.
Last week, the Mainichi Daily News quoted Sony Computer
Entertainment officials as saying the PlayStation 3 would be
priced at under 50,000 yen ($465.58). Now it appears that
the console may be even cheaper when it goes on sale next
Today, Japanese Web site Impress PC Watch reported that SCE
has told its business partners that the PS3 will be under
40,000 yen ($370) at launch. The news has spurred
speculation that the company might launch the machine with
the same price it set for the PlayStation and PlayStation 2.
Both machines were priced at 39,800 yen ($368) when they
launched in 1994 and 2000, respectively.
Why did they even bother doing this?
Pokemon Crystal is probably the most pointless game the
world will ever see. After the release of the phenomenal
Gold and Silver, those people over in Japan were responsible
for bringing out Crystal, the sixth instalment in the
glittering franchise and the remake of Gold and Silver
Nintendo DS rumours are rumbling
Probably the last morsel of information to finally wriggle
out of the wasteland of E3-2005-that-was is an interesting
rumour that there may soon be ‘rumble pak’ equivalent for
the Nintendo DS. This speculation is fuelled by an early
preview version of Metroid Prime: Pinball which on startup
proclaimed an obscure message about a ‘GBA Option Pak’.
Feature: A Classic Revolution?
Welcome to my first feature for Cube-Europe. This is no
doubt a hard time for many Nintendo writers, as so many
people are disappointed - even disillusioned - after
Nintendo's performance at E3. Nintendo gamers still don't
know why they will want a Revolution in their homes next
year, while Microsoft and Sony gamers have buckets full of
hype to feed on.
Zelda DS will be all new, first-party effort.
It seems that DS owners may be able to look forward to an
all-new Zelda experience on their handheld. It’s been
reported in Game Informer magazine that the game will not be
a conversion of the Zelda Four Swords games on GBA and
Gamecube. Nor will the game be developed by Capcom, who were
responsible for the still very good Zelda: The Minish Cap on
GBA. The game will be 100% first-party, with an all-new
story and new features.
E3 2005: Electroplankton Impressions
Though Nintendo has yet to announce a specific date for
Electroplankton in the US, the company certainly wasted no
opportunity to spotlight the unique sound generating
Nintendo DS toy throughout the days of the Electronic
Entertainment Expo. Not only did Nintendo present the game
during its press conference, but it also gave a portion of
the project away to anyone who had their Nintendo DS system
and walked past their booth.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WizKids Releases MechWarrior: Firepower
May 25, 2005 (SEATTLE) — WizKids Inc., makers of the popular
Mage Knight®, HeroClix® and MechWarrior® collectable
miniatures games (CMGs), is proud to announce the release of
MechWarrior: Firepower, the most recent expansion for the
“MechWarrior: Firepower ramps up the action in the battle
for the Inner Sphere,” said Mike Samora, vice president of
Sales and Marketing at WizKids®. “This is a very
attack-oriented set, and players will love the new levels of
strategy and power it brings to the Age of Destruction.”
Earlier in 2005, WizKids launched MechWarrior: Age of
Destruction, a complete update to the MechWarrior CMG that
introduced new mechanics and familiar factions from the more
than 20 years of the universe’s fictional history.
Advancing the storyline with new alliances and conflicts,
MechWarrior: Firepower brings the very best to the table for
collectors and fans of the game. Players can now collect an
entire set of MechWarrior: Firepower out of one case of
Boosters (not including the super-rare game pieces), making
it easier than ever to expand a collection and battle for
supremacy in this exciting, tactical future.