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Pojo's Friday News Page
November 18th - 2005

Pirates of the Caribbean Trading Card Game

Word on the streets is that Upper Deck will be releasing a new Pirates of the Caribbean Trading Card Game next summer. The game will feature original artwork, and UDE’s brand new lightning-fast Quickstrike game engine, which makes the game compatible with future releases on the Quickstrike system.

A starter set & booster packs will release in May 2006. There will be over 200 cards in the initial release.

The game also features the exclusive Doubloon Cards – featuring a foil coin designed card, which allows players to release their pirate’s full potential. Doubloon Cards will also be randomly inserted in the set.

U.S. papers to add Japanese-style comics
Editors hope to attract young readers with addition of manga

Come January, the Sunday funnies of several major North American newspapers will have doe-eyed women in frilly outfits, effeminate long-haired heroes and other trademark images of the Japanese comic style. FullStory

We’ve gone from HiFi to Wi-Fi, and next on the endless chain is WiMax.

Wi Fi Fo Fum, I think I smell the blood…oops wrong tale. This story doesn’t involve giants, but it does involve giant leaps forward in technology that will affect us all. FullStory

Nintendo VP says new, cheaper system in works

With the Xbox 360's release eight days away, gamers may be scrounging for change to be able to buy the $399.99 system.

For those who think $400 is too much for a next-generation gaming system, they may want to hold out until next year. FullStory

4Kids Entertainment will take new show Yu-Gi-Oh! GX on a Subway ride.

The 4Kids deal is slated to run Nov. 14-Jan. 1 at 20,000 Subway restaurants in the U.S. and Canada, and offers a Yu-Gi-Oh! action toy with each Kids' Pak. Premiums include a Duelers Prop Disc and a Yugi Battle Ball. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX is the franchise's new chapter and airs on Cartoon Network's Miguzi block. FullStory

The Dice Storm
Taking the Plunge at the Worldwide Dungeons & Dragons Game Day

"It's not a game about winning," emphasized Charles Ryan, brand manager of role-playing games at Wizards of the Coast. "It's about characters overcoming challenges as a team." FullStory

Toys for gamers

The FLY Pentop Computer from Leapfrog. This ISN'T for adults who still love toys, but it is a knockout combination of a game gadget and educational device for kids about 8 to 13.
See the FLY Pentop Website for more

Fans flock to latest ‘Harry Potter’ film
Midnight screenings are packed, advance ticket sales are hot

Fans are packing theaters for the new Harry Potter movie.

The fourth film in the series is called “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and it’s had an early sendoff with special midnight showings in select theaters around the country. FullStory

Win: Harry Potter GOF game on PS2

You've read the book, got plans to see the film but do you also fancy duelling with Voldemort on PS2?

The Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire game is released today and we've got five copies to giveaway!

One lucky winner will also get a very special original piece of artwork signed by the EA team who designed it! FullStory

Pokemon Movie Demystifies Dungeon

Official gameplay footage from the DS Pokémon spin-off RPG, where you control the Pokémon and not the trainer. FullStory

Pokemon XD
Experience intense 3D Pokémon action in a full-scale RPG.

Pokemon XD (Extra Dimension) takes place five years after the events that transpired in Pokémon Colosseum. Controlling a young Pokémon Trainer named Michael, your objective is to thwart the evil plans of Cipher -- a ruthless organisation bent on using Shadow Pokémon to take over the world. FullStory

Millions Prepare to Celebrate National Games Week

Games used to be deemed mostly for kids. It's clear that is no longer the case. The non-electronic games industry is a $5 billion industry with 900 publishers and 38,000 products(a). Board games are seeing an eighth consecutive year of record sales. Card games, particularly collectables, fueled by mega hits such as Magic The Gathering and Pokemon, have reached some 25,000 stores in the USA alone. Family and party games, role-playing, miniatures and creative hybrids have found large new audiences. FullStory

Nintendo's Revolution Play Control System
Nintendo announces their parent-friendly plans.

Nintendo has announced a parental control scheme for their next-gen console, code-named the Revolution, which will use a password system to allow parents to block out games on the basis of their ESRB ratings, which will be encoded in the game software. FullStory

Epic Games Co-Founder responds to his recent comments to IGN

"I wasn't bashing Nintendo, I wasn't bashing the controller, I was really just saying that a byproduct of having a device like [the Revolution controller] is that people are going to make games that possibly are just there because of the controller, as opposed to being great games of themselves." He reiterated his opinion that "Nintendo and some of the best third parties are going to make amazing games for [Revolution]." FullStory

Dragon Ball Z: Supersonic Warriors Review
Subsonic combat speeds make this fighter somewhat of an oxymoron.

In the massively popular genre of fighting games, it is not unheard of for companies to licence popular characters for inclusion in their latest title. Sometimes, they even licence an entire series for a game focused on these already popular characters. One of the more recent of these is the Dragon Ball Z television anime series, all licenced for the game Supersonic Warriors. However, lets keep in mind that the popularity of the characters in a game does not determine the quality or popularity of the game itself. FullStory

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