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Thursday, April 29, 2004
The Son of Wacky Gaming Deals
More low priced games for everyone. Some online prices are good at a company's retail stores, others are not.
  • $5.29 GC Big Air Freestyle at Amazon/Toys R Us. (Might be online only)

  • $9.99 GC Super Bubble Pop at Bestbuy.com.

  • $9.99 GC Swingers Golf at Electronics Boutique.

  • $14.99 GC Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee at eToys / KBtoys.com.

  • $14.99 GC Hitman 2 at Bestbuy.com.

  • $14.99 GC Timesplitters 2 at Bestbuy.com.

  • $16.99 GC Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo at eToys / KBtoys.com.

  • $19.99 GC Billy Hatcher at Electronics Boutique.

  • $19.99 GC Ikaruga at BestBuy.com.

  • $19.99 GBA Game Boy Advance Jukebox MP3 player/encoder in Best Buy stores, if you can still find any in stock. Some Wal-Mart stores have been seen carrying them as well, albiet for a much higher price.

  • $19.99 GC Skies of Arcadia Legends in Fry's Electronics stores.

    Games Released This Week - Update
    It appears we missed the GBA bowling game Ten Pin Alley 2 when we did our weekly release update. It has been released. Aren't you thrilled?
    New Worms Game Coming
    Sega of Europe recently announced that it would be publishing Worms Forts Under Siege for "all three platforms". It's scheduled for a late 2004 release in Europe. More information should appear at e3.
    Kirby Conquers Japan
    It seems that the newest GBA Kirby game, Great Labryinth of the Mirror, is the week's best selling game in Japan. Now we just have to wait for NOA to release it over here.
    Burnout 3 Mystery
    IGN's GameCube subsite recently maintained that Burnout 3 will not be released on the GameCube. Strangely, Gamestop still has the title listed on their website. It's quite possible that Gamestop is simply slow to update their catalog, but this listing has led to a flurry of arguements about whether or not the title will be ported to the GameCube. Odds are that it won't, but the issue is getting a bit fuzzier.
    Mysterious Sega Announcement Coming
    Sega has recently invited several members of the gaming press to a May 12th press conference, with the promise of "BIG news you'd NEVER guess". The announcement, to be held on the first day of e3, is a bit of a mystery to all; there is really no way to tell whether it will deal with Nintendo or not. However, now that we know there will be an announcement, rampant speculation can begin.
    Metal Slug Advance
    Although rumored for a while now, SNK has officially announced that it is bringing Metal Slug Advance to the USA. We have nothing more to report.
    EA plans to bring a Lord of the Rings RPG to the GameCube (and other assorted systems) this fall, entitled Lord of the Rings: The Third Age. Very little is known about the game so far, other than that it is a traditional RPG (in the same vein as Final Fantasy) and that it covers the storyline of the LOTR trilogy, possibly through the eyes of different characters.
    Tuesday, April 27, 2004
    Wacky Gaming Deals
    Several interesting game deals this week... all are for the GameCube, with the exception of Boktai.

  • $2 Nascar Thunder 2003 at Best Buy. ($5 at Wal-Mart).

  • $5 Robotech Battlecry: Collector's Edition boxed set at Electronics Boutique.

  • $5 Charlie's Angels at Electronics Boutique.

  • $5 Jimmy Neutron at Electronics Boutique.

  • $10 Boktai at Best Buy.

  • $15 Pokemon Channel at Best Buy. ($20 at Wal-Mart).

  • $19.82 Rebel Strike at Walmart.com.

  • $19.82 Viewtiful Joe at Walmart.com.

  • $20 Wario Ware, Inc. Mega Party Game$ in Fry's stores in select parts of the country.

  • $20 Resident Evil: Code Veronica X at Best Buy.

  • Free $20 game with the purchase of a GameCube at CircuitCity.com.

    In Stores Shortly
    A few interesting and obscure titles are heading to the GameCube and GBA over the next week. However, there seems to be a recent trend of obscure third party titles not actually arriving until a week (or more) after their scheduled release date; after seeing both Space Raiders and Serious Sam shuffle all over the release list, we're not holding our breath anymore.

    GameCube: Stores like Gamestop are putting copies of Serious Sam: Next Encounter and Space Raiders on their shelves. Other than that, no titles seem to be arriving in stores this week. Interestingly, the game Pool Paradise is listed as an upcoming release by Electronics Boutique, scheduled for next week.

    GBA: Shining Soul II has been out for a week or more now.
    Metroid Prime 2: Echoes
    NOA recently updated their website, adding an entry entitled Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. This would be the first hint of the actual title of Retro's Metroid Prime sequel. There is really little other information at this point, other than some screenshots. Visit NOA's Metroid Prime 2: Echoes page to see it for yourself.
    Zoonami Reveals Secret Game
    Zoonami, the British game company long rumored to be developing some sort of GameCube exclusive title, recently revealed that it has been working on a multiplatform music/rhythm game entitled Funkydilla. In the game, players will be able to arrange the vocals in songs while playing with the music, which is a bit of a twist on the standard rhythm gameplay. At this point, the game has neither a release date nor a publisher... nor does it have any particular music assigned to it. Zoonami director Martin Hollis (former Goldeneye project leader at Rare) has hinted that the game could be packaged with different sets of music... making several volumes of Funkydilla, each with a different kind of music, seems like one potential aim of the team. The Funkydilla website should reveal more about the game in the future.

    Zoonami is still working on the mysterious title formerly known as "Game Zero" and rumored to be a GC exclusive.
    Midway's Arcade Treasures 2 Coming to the GameCube
    It seems that Midway's Arcade Treasures 2 is coming to the GameCube afterall. The collection is currently scheduled for "fall 2004" and will feature another assortment of classic Midway/Williams/Atari games. This time, the roster includes A.P.B., Arch Rivals, Championship Sprint, Cyberball 2072, Gauntlet 2, Hard Drivin', Mortal Kombat, Mortal Kombat II, Mortal Kombat III, NARC, Pit Fighter, Primal Rage, Rampage World Tour, Spy Hunter 2, Steel Talons, STUN Runner, Timber, Total Carnage, Wizard of Wor, Xenophobe, and Xybots.

    We're happy. Very happy.

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