Posted by: Tha Square | October 1, 2008

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time Revealed

Hold onto your +5 Hype staffs RPG fans, a new Final Fantasy game has been announced by Square-Enix amidst the pages of Shonen Jump magazine. The game will feature some truly one of a kind way of play as it is to be one of the first games to utilize the Nintendo Wii and DS connectivity. Players might be able to use their Mii caricatures in-game and online though that’s a bit hazy right now. Gameplay will differ depending on your preferred system and those who will only own one copy of the game on either will be able to play with others on the opposing one. That means if you decide to only buy the DS version and all your friends buy the Wii’s, you can still play with them! Other attributes include:

  • Play at the same time on the Wii and DS, thanks to Pollux Engine created by Square Enix.
  • Players on the Wii and players on the Nintendo DS will be able to play online together.
  • Different gameplay for the 2 versions (stylus or Wii Remote).
  • Story revolves around Charlotta and a mysterious crystal.
  • You can transfer Mii characters you made to the DS version.

The game is scheduled for release on January 29, 2009 in Japan and no word yet on any other areas’ date.

Source: Gamekyo.com

Related Entries: Final Fantasy, Square-Enix

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Posted by: Tha Square | October 1, 2008

Kororinpa Sequel Announced

Kororinpa: Marble Mania was one of the first good games to strike out on the Wii. After a year and a half without another peep from the series, news has come in that it’s finally getting its second wind. Marble Saga: Kororinpa is scheduled for release in the Spring of 2009 with four player modes, Wi-Fi functionality, map editing, and Balance Board support. Via the Wi-Fi connection, you’ll be able to send and receive player generated maps with your friends and will also be treated to downloadable maps from Hudson after the game’s release.

“Unique features in Marble Saga: Kororinpa allow fun customization for players. From designing the ball with attributes to helping players navigate through stages easier, to Miis™ and preset fun images, to an Edit Mode which allows for custom design of a unique stage, gamers can really make this entertaining experience their own. For a more competitive tone, a 4-person multiplayer mode allows players to compete with three other opponents on the same map as each races to the finish line. For more customization and group fun with others, the Wii Connect 24 feature allows gamers to share the unique stages they created with their friends or to receive extra stages from Hudson after the game’s launch via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Additionally, Wi-Fi Leaderboards let players compete online against each other to see who can navigate through the world the fastest.”

The first game literally revolves around marbles. Using the Wii Remote, you tilt and turn each stage to navigate your favorite ball to the goal. It’s very much like the Monkey Ball series except it has a lot more variety. You can use all sorts of different marbles including animal themed ones that make sounds, those with heavier or lighter weight, and even ones with very little friction. It suffered from a peculiar controller setup and a lack of any sort of marketing I can recall.

Anyways, here are some screenshots for Marble Saga: Kororinpa for the Wii.

Source: Destructoid.com [via HudsonEntertainment.com]

Posted by: Tha Square | October 1, 2008

Like Video Game Music? Well Don’t Turn that Dial!

A new Internet based streaming radio station has gone live and it’s all game music, all the time. Brought to you by DigitalChumps.com, OtherSteve’s Video Game Music is actually really good! I’ve been listening to it for about an hour now and there’s a lot of great songs on here. I’m listening to some Wave Race 64 theme music right now; really brings things back. All it takes is a one time download of an audio file and an Internet connection. Click the first link below to go to the SHOUTcast page and then click the “Listen” button on the page’s top navigation bar.

Source: SHOUTcast, DigitalChumps.com

Posted by: Tha Square | September 30, 2008

Mushroom Men: Hands On Video

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Here’s some new in-game footage of the little mushroom that could, Pax, making his way through an Earth Shiitake sensai looking mushroom from the upcoming Wii game, Mushroom Men: Spore Wars. Adam Sessler of G4TV got the chance to take it for a test drive at the show’s studio a few days back I have to say, I’m a bit jealous. November 11th has been etched into my memory and the date couldn’t get here fast enough.

Source: RedFlyStudio.com

Related Entries: Mushroom Men

Posted by: Tha Square | September 30, 2008

de Blob Review

de Blob has a whole lot of junk in his trunk. What he’s gonna do with all that junk inside his trunk, you ask? He’s gonna shake his groove thang up and down Chroma City and spread his colorful joy throughout the streets! Can you guess who needs to help him? Why, it’s you! So role up your selves and get a grip on your Wii Remote because you’ve got a lot of painting to get done!

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Posted by: Tha Square | September 29, 2008

US WiiWare & Virtual Console Releases for 9/29/08

Three new titles have been released today and they all look aweosme! Bomberman Blast, Art Style: ORBIENT, and Super Turrican 2 are all up for purchase right now via the Wii Shop Channel!

Bomberman Blast – 1000 Wii Points – Rated E

  • A brand new addition to the Bomberman series is available on WiiWare! Up to eight players can battle online simultaneously via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Simple controls make this a great game for family and friends to enjoy anytime. New items can be triggered by shaking the Wii Remote controller for excitement bever before experienced in a Bomberman title! You can even take the intensity up another notch by adding your own Mii caricatures to the mix. Battle results can ve recorded on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection Ranking, so see how you stack up against others around the globe! This title will prove to be a blast for everyone-from thise who’ve never touched a Bomberman game to the Bomberman masters!

Art Stlye: ORBIENT – 600 Wii Ponts – Rated E

  • Explore the universe like never before with Art Stlye: ORBIENT. Take control of gravity and antigravity to carefully maneuver your small star through 50 stages set in multiple galaxies Collide with other stars to absorb them and make your own star expand in size, or capture the stars in your orbit and have them become your satellites, Space isn’t empty though, and you’ll have to avoid bumping into obstacles or getting pulled into a black hole. Of toy fell like relaxing while still being challenged this is the game for you – it’s combination of simple controls, atmospheric sound, and unique environment make for an experience like any other!

Super Turrican 2 – 800 Wii Points – Rated E

  • As the last survivor the the United Freedin Forcesm it is your duty to destroy the Machine’s forces that have devistated the galaxy. Fight through countless hordes of enemies using everything at your disposal. Use weapons and power-ups to fight back the tide of oncoming enemies. Use your special abilities, like the Energy Wheel, and Cyberfist, to find secret areas and score extra lives. When your lives and continues are gone, the mission ends. You are the galaxy’s last hope. Are you up to the challenge?

Related Entries: Virtual Console, WiiWare

Posted by: Tha Square | September 29, 2008

Luc Bernard Back in the Biz: Eternity’s Child 2 Announced

Luc Bernard is the creator of one of the unique side scrolling adventure Eternity’s Child which, unfortunately, got a few thumbs down by critics across the net. After the sour reception his “Child” got, he planned to retire from the gaming scene… until now. Eternity’s Child 2: Retro Child is planned to be released in mid 2009 with retro style visuals and all the side scrolling action you know you love.

“The story will pick up right after the end of the first game and chronicles Angel’s adventure after he’s rejected due to his lack of wings and is sent away from the rest of his species. A year later Angel finds himself living in a city that is controlled by Landians. Angel’s wings suddenly grow back for no apparent reason and he becomes the target of the Landian hunters.

Luc emphasized that 16-bit style graphics would be used for a couple of reasons. For starters, the game would be easy to fit inside of the 40MB WiiWare file size limit by using these type of visuals. Another key reason for the graphic style is that Luc has always had a fondness for the classic Super NES platformers and wanted to take a shot at capturing some of the success the retro-themed Mega Man 9 WiiWare title has recently enjoyed.”

If you’re wondering where the first game of the series is, WiiWare-World claims it has been delayed due to complications porting it over from the PC version. It will come stocked with a challenge mode where you can play through several levels created by fans. Expect it by the end of this year.

Source: WiiWare-World.com

Related Entries: Eternity’s Child

Posted by: Tha Square | September 29, 2008

The Wii Version of Rock Band 2 to be Just as Good as Others

Torn between Guitar Hero: World Tour and Rock Band 2? Are you wondering which one you’ll add to your holiday wish list? Well, it’s going to be on heck of a lot harder to decide as Harmonix’s title will be just as jam packed with goods as Activision’s. USA Today had a chance to sling a few questions over to MTV Games’ and got the low down on Rock Band 2’s Wii offerings.

“While unannounced, MTV Games has confirmed that the upcoming Nintendo Wii version of  “Rock Band 2” will offer the same online functionality — i.e. song downloads and Internet multiplayer modes — as the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PS3 versions…”

The first Rock Band made it to the Wii several months after it hit the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 with some severe reductions. It had no online modes and no downloadable content amongst other things. It appears they have learned from their mistakes and are now going to show the Wii gamers just how much they love your Wii Points… er, I mean.. you.

Source: USAToday.com [Via Destructoid.com]

Related Entries: Rock Band, Guitar Hero

Posted by: Tha Square | September 29, 2008

Footage of Mega Man 9’s Downloadable Content

Mmm… Bonus content… I love it as much as Homer loves doughnuts. The newly released Mega Man 9 came out with a vacant menu for downloadable content. Several items were rumored to be on their way at the time of its release which now have been found to be true (though I think they were proven the same day). The IGN team knew about the it all along and have only now been able to share with the rest of the gaming community what’s in store for the popular title. The biggest shocker was the ability to play as Proto Man.

Proto Man is the rebel machine of Dr. Wily’s creation that has help the Blue Bomber on several occasions. In this outing, he wields several abilities Mega Man does not including a shield that deflects some bullets, the charge shot, and the ability to slide. He also takes on a few weaknesses as well. Every hit he takes doesdouble the damage Mega Man takes and also gets knocked back twice the distance. However, picking up this unlockable seems well worth the $2.

Source: IGN.com

Related Entries: Mega Man 9, Capcom

Posted by: Tha Square | September 25, 2008

Toys R Us 2 Day Sale – Select Games 50% Off

Through the 26 and 27 of September, you can get a sweet deal on some of the best games the Wii has to offer. Battalion Wars 2, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, and Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles will all be $25 at participating Toys R Us stores as well as online. If you haven’t picked these gems up, you might consider doing so this weekend! It might just be what the Dr. (Mario) ordered!

Source: ToysRUs.com

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