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January 27th - 2007

Dragon Ball Z goes portable... twice

Atari on Monday confirmed development on two new 'Dragon Ball Z' titles for PSP and Nintendo DS.

Set for release in March, 'Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai - Another Road', is the first title to be released in the franchise for PSP, and includes fighters from across the 'Dragon Ball Z' universe including Dragon Ball GT. The story follows Trunks on his quest to defeat Majin Buu, and will include over fifty new moves. FullStory

AnimeNEXT Manga Library US tour to stop at NY Comic Con

AnimeNEXT is proud to be bringing its world famous Manga Library to the NY Comic Con for the second year in a row. Last year was great success and we had many visitors to the library. It was great to bring the art of Japanese Manga to the crowd; some attendees knew and loved Manga already, other comic book fans were introduced to the medium for the first time. FullStory

INUYASH: SECRET OF THE DIVINE JEWEL for the Nintendo DS is now in available in stores

Leading video games publisher and developer NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc. announced today that "Inuyasha™: Secret of the Divine Jewel™," for the Nintendo® DS are both available in retail stores now across North America. "The Legend of Heroes III: Song of the Ocean" is the latest installment of the popular "Legend of Heroes" series, and brings an all-new adventure to first-time players and long-time fans alike, while "Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel" unites familiar characters with some fresh faces in an original story based on the hit animated show. FullStory

Nintendo's Interactive Novel Puts Players in the Middle of a Mystery

The date is Dec. 28, 1979. Disgraced New York detective Kyle Hyde checks into the seedy Hotel Dusk in Los Angeles and suddenly finds himself embroiled in a 30-year-old murder mystery. This is the story of Hotel Dusk: Room 215(TM), available exclusively for the portable Nintendo DS(TM) on Jan. 24. The dual screens of a player's Nintendo DS display stylized sketch animation evoking a comic-book-like film noir. Conversations with more than a dozen characters help players piece together different story elements as the mystery deepens. Players decide where the story goes next by weighing their options and tapping their decision on the touch screen using the stylus. FullStory

Game cards will unlock new content in Spectrobes

With the shadow of Pokémon looming large, Buena Vista Games (BVG) is going all out to ensure its role-playing creature collecting and training game, Spectrobes, has a fighting chance.

One area where it's keen to compete is online. It's just announced how the DS game will link into the main Spectrobes website, both in terms of downloading new content and logging high scores. FullStory

Mark Goode Cites 'Warcraft' Skills as Indicator of Leadership Capability in Business

Business and financial observer Mark Goode has drawn attention to the link between business management skills and those required of gamers to excel at "World of Warcraft" offered by Blizzard Entertainment.

"Leadership skills seem to be either home-grown or a lucky random draw in the prospective employee interview lotto," observes Goode. "Homegrown management skills suffer from a single point of view, that being whatever the prospect has already picked up in his or her present organization, right or wrong." He goes on to say that, "a certain class of games, 'World of Warcraft' for example, has a structure to it that not only could identify current leaders, but help train hopeful managers." FullStory


This February 2007, HeroClix players will choose sides in the Marvel HeroClix Civil War tournament between Captain America’s rebellion forces and Iron Man’s pro-government army.

Each player will build a 300-point army, which must include either 1 Captain America or 1 Iron Man sculpt. Then the battle begins! This tournament can be run in conjunction with previously scheduled HeroClix events in February. It is permissible to construct an army from sealed boosters, as long as the above restrictions are met.

Retailers who run and report the Marvel HeroClix Civil War event can win an exclusive “Stark Industries Game Table” from Gale Force 9, a full set of Supernova’s Marvel Zombies and more great prizes! 8 runner-up retailers will win Marvel Zombies and HeroClix Limited Edition figures. To qualify, retailers must run and report the event by February 21, 2007, the street date of Marvel Comic’s Civil War #7, and the conclusion to the storyline that’s shaking up the Marvel Universe!

On February 28, WizKids will post the final tally representing the HeroClix player’s vote in the Civil War!

WizKids, Inc., their distribution partners Alliance Game Distributors and Diamond Comic Distributors, and Gale Force 9 are pleased to present this Earth-shattering event! Go to www.wizkidsgames.com <http://www.wizkidsgames.com> for full rules and more information.

*WizKids offers free online registration for participants in its organized play programs. Check out www.wizkidsgames.com to get started today.



January 26, 2007 (Seattle, WA) In order to make the best use of the companies staff and resources, Gen Con, LLC announces that it is canceling its¹ show in Anaheim, Gen Con So Cal. The decision to do so was made after extensive deliberation, thought and time.³ Putting an end to our Gen Con So Cal show was in no way an easy decision to make,² said Peter D. Adkison, CEO of Gen Con.³ But at the end of the day, it became apparent to us that the show was not likely to grow and expand without immense effort and expense. With our other shows doing so well, it made sense to focus our energy and talent on making those the best shows they can be.²

There were several factors that contributed to the decision about the
show. The southern California region has witnessed a spike in competing shows; the attendance remained at a steady number; and a few key exhibitors reduced their level of support for the show.

Adkison adds, "I would like to thank all the companies in the hobby game industry who worked hard to help create this show, and to our volunteers who regularly sacrifice vacation time to work long hours to help us entertain gamers."

Gen Con So Cal was started in 2003 and held at the Anaheim Convention Center. Over the years, thousands of faithful attendees enjoyed the best four days in gaming! Currently the Gen Con staff is focusing their efforts on upcoming shows. In 2007, Gen Con will hold the 40th anniversary of Gen Con August 16-19 in Indianapolis and Star Wars Celebration IV May 24-28 in Los Angeles.

About Gen Con
Gen Con, LLC produces the largest consumer fantasy, sci-fi and adventure game convention in North America. Its operations include Gen Con Indy, Star Wars Celebration IV, and licensees for European and Asia Pacific Gen Con shows. It was founded in May of 2002 by former CEO and founder of Wizards of the Coast Peter Adkison, who solely owns the company headquartered in Seattle, Washington. The company¹s mission is to create The Best Four Days in Gaming! every year for its customers. For more information visit the website at www.gencon.com.

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