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Nintendo Turns 119 Today
12 years ago

Nintendo Turns 119 Today

Happy birthday Nintendo! Some of you are reading this and are wondering; 119? Wow, how is Nintendo that old. Well my young padawans, the answer can be found for you below. Enjoy reading about the long history of Nintendo after the Jump. How about three mighty big cheers for our favorite company!

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Review: Star Wars The Force Unleashed
12 years ago

Review: Star Wars The Force Unleashed

Last Tuesday morning, I picked up my copy of Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, even after seeing many mediocre reviews for the game.  I’m not usually deterred by what game critics say about a game and I couldn’t help my urge to swing the Wiimote around in crazy patterns to ‘unleash’ the force.

One of the first things Wii owners will notice about the game, is it’s lack of visual polish.  The game runs in 16:9 widescreen with decent visuals, but the Wii can definitely do better.  It looks like they used PS2 graphics with barely any added particle effects except for maybe some of the cutscenes and the lightning.  Despite the lack of visual flare, I couldn’t stop playing through the many areas in the Star Wars universe we’ve come to know and love.

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NINTENDO DS BECOMES THE HOT TECH-CESSORY FOR FASHION-CONSCIOUS WOMEN

‘From Bags to Riches’ Includes DS Systems with Fashion Handbag Rentals

REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 17, 2008 – Women who prefer the hottest designer handbags draped over their arms will now be able to have the hottest portable video game system at their fingertips as well. Nintendo has partnered with From Bags to Riches, a popular online handbag-rental service, to include stylish and colorful Nintendo DS™ systems and games with some rentals through the end of 2008.

From Bags to Riches subscribers will have the chance to borrow a Nintendo DS and games, free of charge, with a 30-day rental of one of From Bags to Riches’ featured handbags from such coveted designers as Prada, Tory Burch, Gucci and Juicy Couture. Consumers can choose the handbag and Nintendo DS that best suit their taste on FromBagstoRiches.com. After the conclusion of the rental period, consumers simply return the Nintendo DS along with the bag.

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Natsume Celebrates 10 Years Of Its Popular Harvest Moon Series With 2 New Titles for DS and Wii This Summer

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Special Anniversary Packaging, Plush Toys, Strategy Guides and an
Exclusive DS Lite Kit Just Some of the Specialty Items that will
Commemorate the Beloved Series

Burlingame, Calif., July 7, 2008 – Natsume, a worldwide developer and
publisher of family-oriented video games, announced today that the
company is celebrating the ten-year anniversary of its popular Harvest
Moon franchise this summer. In commemoration of the anniversary,
Natsume is launching two new Harvest Moon titles later this quarter
and offering a host of retail promotions surrounding the launches.

Harvest Moon: Island of Happiness for the Nintendo DS and Harvest Moon:
Tree of Tranquility for the Nintendo Wii will both be available at
retail later this summer, and will be branded with special packaging
marking the 10th anniversary. In addition, a line of collectible plush
toys featuring the cute and friendly animal characters from the games
will also be available as a pre-order bonus/gift with purchase at
select retailers. Other special promotions surrounding the anniversary
include an exclusive 10th anniversary Harvest Moon DS Lite Kit (with
protective cover, stylus, screen wipe and more) and two new strategy
guides from BradyGames.

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Japan: July’s VC Releases

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Famicom:

* Dig Dug (July 1st) * Chack’n Pop * Donkey Kong 3

Super Famicom:

* Fire Emblem: Thracia 776

Nintendo 64:

* Nothing!

Sega Master System:

* Space Harrier


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Two Classics Added to Virtual Console

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May 5, 2008

Which is more important: brains or brawn? Before you answer, check out this week’s awesome additions to the Wii™ Shop Channel, which give you ample opportunity to flex both. One game features frantic puzzle action with a Pokémon® twist, while the other invites players to brawl and battle in the name of justice. If you’re anxious to test your mental mettle or your action-adventure muscle, these classic titles are just the ticket.

Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

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Korea: VC Launch

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This are the VC games that will launch with the Korea Wii.

Famicom / NES (400 Wii Points)

Antarctic Adventure – Konami Donkey Kong – Nintendo Kirby’s Adventure – HAL …
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Fools Day: Nintendo 64 games coming to DS

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REDMOND, Wash., April 1 , 2008 – Nintendo is bringing new life to 5 Nintendo 64 TM titles on the Nintendo DS. The games which include Excitebike 64 ™, Mario …
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WII-KLY UPDATE: TWO NEW CLASSIC GAMES ADDED TO WII SHOP CHANNEL

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March 31, 2008

It’s a week of fun-filled firsts at the Wii™ Shop Channel. Each of the latest game offerings represents the first title in a memorable series that has influenced many subsequent titles over the years. Whether you prefer high-speed drives or side-scrolling adventures, it’s clear that these classic games have lasting appeal. What’s more, Wonder Boy is the first-ever Sega Master System title to be made available via Virtual Console.

Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

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Mario Kart Wii Jungle Parkway Vs. N64
12 years ago

Mario Kart Wii Jungle Parkway Vs. N64

Reviled today for Mario Kart Wii the re-birthing of the N64 Jungle Parkway.  Take a look at the comparison screens form the 64 version and the Wii version of Jungle …
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Euro VC Release

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SHOOT FOR THE STARS WITH KIRBY ON VIRTUAL CONSOLE

Join Kirby in his first 3D adventure propelling him out of Dream Land and to the stars! …
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WII-KLY UPDATE: TWO NEW CLASSIC GAMES ADDED TO WII SHOP CHANNEL

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This week’s additions take players on a psychedelic trip down memory lane. Kirby® is back and armed with a bunch of new talents, including the option to combine abilities. Curious to find out what mixing the Burn and Cutter powers gives Kirby? We won’t spoil that for you here. If the colorful landscapes in the pink sphere’s world are too much for you and you’re looking for straight firepower instead, then try plunging your soul into the mind of a twisted demon. We’ll just see how you fare against wave after wave of bizarre enemy creatures in that kind of environment.

Nintendo adds new games to the Wii™ Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

Kirby 64™: The Crystal Shards: (Nintendo 64®, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Kirby’s first 3-D adventure is also his Nintendo 64 debut, and it finds the always-versatile hero battling a new enemy called Dark Matter. Dark Matter is after a distant land’s powerful crystal, but a young fairy named Ribbon attempts to save it by escaping with the gem to Dream Land. Now the crystal has been broken, and it’s scattered around the world. Take control of Kirby and help him journey across six worlds, battling a wide variety of enemies and challenging bosses, as he tries to collect all 100 pieces of the shattered crystal. Along the way, you’ll use Kirby’s trademark copying ability to use enemies’ strengths against them. Not only that, but try combining any two abilities to create a brand-new one that is usually stronger than the original. Throw in three exciting multiplayer minigames, and you’ve got a package of which even King Dedede would be proud. Fans of Kirby and action games with bright, colorful graphics should vacuum this one up.

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Japan – next week’s VC releases

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NES – Tantei Jinguuji Saburo: Toki no Sugiyuku Mama ni (Arc System Works)

Nintendo 64 – Custom Robo V2 (Nintendo)

Genesis – Wrestle Ball (Bandai Namco)

TG16 – Atlas …
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Cnet: The SNES is the greatest console of all time
12 years ago

Cnet: The SNES is the greatest console of all time

 

Over the past few months, I decided to go back in time and relive the days of old. Instead of wasting my day doing things that just weren’t …
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Japan – End of Jan/February VC lineup

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This coming Tuesday

– Mappy (NES, Bandai Namco): 500 Wii-Punkte – Super R-Type (SNES, Irem): 800 Wii-Punkte – Phantasy Star II (Mega Drive, Sega): 700 Wii-Punkte – CD Denjin …
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Smash Bros. Brawl Update: Masterpieces Game Mode!
12 years ago

Smash Bros. Brawl Update: Masterpieces Game Mode!

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Well, what do we have here…

Yes, that’s Super Mario Bros.

Several memorable characters compete for brawl supremacy—that’s Super Smash Brothers Brawl in a nutshell.

But …
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Japanese VC Release

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  • Takahashi Meijin no Bouken Jima (Hudson’s Adventure Island) (Famicom, 1 player, 500 Wii Points)
  • 1080 Snowboarding (Nintendo 64, 1-2 players, 1000 Wii Points)
  • Monster World IV (Mega …
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