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Thursday, November 06, 2003
Thursday, 11/06/03
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Website Active

NOA's Mario Kart Double Dash!!
is now up and running. One interesting twist to this site is that visitors
can join one of four character teams and compete in some game knowledge
contests. The team with the highest overall score will win some kind of
"special download" in December.
Wednesday, November 05, 2003
Wednesday, 11/05/03
GameCube Production Resumes

Thanks to the surge in GameCube sales over the past month, NCL resumed
production of the system in October. Due to a surplus of systems, Nintendo had
haulted new GC production back in January. It seems the price cut has done the

Donkey Konga Series?

Nintendo's online Nintendo Dream magazine is hinting that a series of
Donkey Konga games could be in the works. The logical conclusion from
this is that "sequels" really means "the same game with different music", like
most music/rythm game sequels, although we could well be wrong.

1080° Press Conference/Interview

Nintendo Software Technologies members held a press conference today to shed
some light onto their newest game, 1080° Avalanche. The NST employees
taking part included NST president Shigeki Yamashiro (previous work includes
F-Zero and Pilot Wings), NST lead game designer
Vivek Melwani (formerly with EA and Igloo Games), and three other members of
the 1080° team: Alain Schneuwly, Lawrence Schwedler, and Sheldon Baines.
Some interesting aspects of the conference include...

  • While most of the design staff for 1080° comes from Wave Race:
    Blue Storm
    , one EAD artist from the original 1080° is part of the
    development team. Masachimi Abe, director of the original game, took part in
    discussions and some planning for 1080° Avalanche.

  • Mario and Donkey Kong for the GBA is still under development by
    members of NST.

  • The team was striving to present a realistic snowboarding game, as opposed
    to the "extreme" versions that others are creating. They mentioned that the
    SSX series seems to be more of a trick based, Tony Hawk style
    of game.

  • The game features both licensed tracks from outside bands and NST produced
    musical tracks. The chief aim was to keep a consistent style to the music and
    the game.

  • If you want to view a transcript of the conference, take a look over at
    1up.com's coverage.

    Tuesday, November 04, 2003
    Tuesday, 11/04/03
    Zelda Bonus Disc Update

    While Nintendo plans to pack the Zelda compilation disc with GameCube
    systems in the near future, they recently informed the public of two other
    ways gamers can obtain the disc. Starting November 11th, you can receive
    the disc when you purchase two other Nintendo games (specifically Mario
    Party 5, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, 1080° Avalanche,
    or the GBA game
    Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga) and register your purchases on
    Nintendo's Zelda
    promotion website
    . Or, if you prefer, you can subscribe to Nintendo Power
    magazine and receive the disc free, starting November 17th.

    The Zelda compilation disc includes The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II:
    The Adventure of Link, Ocarina of Time,
    and Majora's Mask. Aside from
    the games, there will be a playable demo of Wind Waker, some kind of
    Wind Waker "movie", and a "retrospective movie experience" of the Zelda

    GameCube Selling Well

    Nintendo claims that the GameCube is currently responsible for 37% of all
    console sales in the USA, up from the miserable 18% it was at not that long ago.
    The $99 price is generally held to be responsible for this sales gain.

    More Interviews Conducted By Someone Else

    Computer and Video Games recently published an interview with some of
    the Mario Kart: Double Dash!! design team. As we someone failed to
    sneak into the room, go visit
    the web version of the interview
    to learn more.

    Tiny Bit of Mario Tennis News

    In the latest "Nintendo Dream" issue, the news has come out that the GC version
    of Mario Tennis is about 3/4 complete, and that Nintendo and Camelot
    are planning for a release sometime in the first half of 2004.

    Monday, November 03, 2003
    Monday, 11/03/03
    1080° Avalanche and Custom Robo Delayed in Japan

    Both of these upcoming Nintendo titles now have Spring 2004 release schedules in
    Japan. Will this mean that the US release of 1080° will also be delayed?
    At this point on-line retailers seem to indicate it will appear in early

    Mario Kart Bundle for PAL Territories

    Ninteno of Europe and Nintendo of Australia plan to release a GameCube bundle
    containing the system, Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, and the upcoming
    Zelda bonus disc for about $25-$30 more than the system alone. While
    the bundle deal is interesting, it should be pointed out that the Zelda
    disc should be made available with all new GC purchases sometime towards the
    end of this month. However, the first wave of Mario Kart discs in Europe
    will come with red cases.

    Another GameCube Online Project

    The open source Xlink project, which
    allows LAN games to be turned into online games for the Xbox, has recently
    revealed plans to extend their software to the GameCube. They hope to release
    GameCube compatible versions of their "tunneling" software later this year,
    allowing you to hook your GC up to your PC and broadband connection to play
    games like Mario Kart, Kirby Air Ride, and 1080° Avalanche online.

    In Stores This Week

    While they aren't exclusive to the GameCube, Gladius, True Crime: Streets
    of L.A., Road Kill,
    and Lord of the Rings: Return of the King should
    all be in stores either this week or the next. Fire Emblem for the GBA
    should be available as well.

    Wacky Deals (Which Will Soon Sell Out)

    Best Buy's online store recently reduced prices on several games and is offering
    free shipping again. For $10 you can get any of the following:

    Baldur's Gate

    4x4 Evo 2

    Dakar 2

    Disney Sports Skateboarding

    Madden 2003

    Die Hard Vendetta

    Whirl Tour

    Minority Report

    SSX Tricky

    In addition, you can get
    Mega Man & Bass
    for the GBA for $10, or either the
    Donkey Kong 3
    Ice Climber
    eReader card sets for just 99 cents each.

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