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Late Night Consoling

by Alec Matias, Jul 22, 2004 8:00pm PDT

An all-Nintendo news night here at LNC! I didn't really notice that until I was done and thinking of something witty to write here. The bit about Mario Party 6 arriving in Japan sometime in November would lead us to believe that either a.) Nintendo was lying and it will use controllers or b.) a new GameCube peripheral is on the horizon. I think it's getting to be a bit late in the game to start introducing products such as, if the rumors are true, a camera device. Unless the next console will be compatible with it, Nintendo just won't have enough time to build an installed base to make it worth everyone's while.

NDS Zelda Four Swords Confirmed for DS In an interview with Spanish Nintendo magazine Club Nintendo, the man behind the upcoming Zelda titles, Eiji Aonuma, confirmed that the Nintendo DS portable will receive a version of Zelda Four Swords Adventure. Eiji is quoted as saying, "The Zelda team is already planning Four Swords for the Nintendo DS. This game will have a lot of connectivity and feature a lot of interaction between both screens. It will be interesting."
GCN GBA NDS Nintendo Avoids Japanese Media Events A company spokesperson for Nintendo confirmed that once again, Nintendo will not hold a SpaceWorld event nor will it have a booth at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show. Spokesperson Mitsuaki Hagishima commented, "So instead, we're currently planning an effective event that can be expanded to a nationwide scale." He also left open the possibility of another SpaceWorld by saying, "It's not like we won't ever open a SpaceWorld event again."
GCN Resident Evil 4 and Metroid Prime 2 at Comic-Con Not only can comic lovers enjoy a playable version of Robotech: Invasion at this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con, they'll also get treated to Metroid Prime 2 Echoes and Resident Evil 4 in full playable glory. According to one of Planet GameCube's readers, Nintendo will have a booth there with these demos. Some other companies at the show are Activision, EA, and Konami.
GCN Nintendo Unveils Japanese Lineup A spokesperson for Nintendo gave new details regarding the company's fall and winter lineup of games for Japan. Mildly surprising is the fact that both the new Star Fox title along with Donkey Kong Jungle Beat may be ready by the end of December. Most surprising, however, is confirmation that Mario Party 6 will come out in November. Nintendo has gone on record as saying this Mario Party will not make use of controllers. A rumored device similar to Sony's EyeToy may be the input function, but nothing is known at this point. Obviously, we should know shortly.
PS2 Xbox GCN Misc. Q&As/Interviews TeamXbox talks with Greg Canessa, a group manager of Xbox Live Arcade. HomeLAN Fed chats with Rob Huebner of Nihilistic Software about StarCraft Ghost and the company's upcoming project.
  Misc. Media/Previews
PS2 GamerFeed hits the dusty trails in this preview of Monster Hunter. IGN has a large hands-on look at the E3 demo of Silent Hill 4: The Room. GameSpot has an exclusive trailer of Shadow Hearts: Covenant, screens of Spy Fiction and Under The Skin, a preview of Shaman King: Power of Spirit, and a hands-on of the import copy of Gradius V. IGN gives us new shots for Formula One 04 and Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War.
Xbox 1up offers twenty new screens and "thoughts" on Kingdom Under Fire: The Crusaders. Game Informer does the full blowout of impressions, movies, and screens of Ultra Bust-A-Move.
GCN We find out what's going on with Pikmin 2 thanks to GamerFeed. IGN has updated impressions of the Japanese import of Paper Mario 2, complete with screens and movies. GameSpot updates their preview of WWE Smackdown! vs Raw.
GBA IGN previews the European title Asterix & Obelix XXL.
PS2 Xbox GCN TeamXbox goes hands-on with two multi-console titles this evening: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2005 and Street Racing Syndicate. They also preview the multiplayer functions of TimeSplitters: Future Perfect (PS2, Xbox, GCN). GameSpot goes on a virtual tour of Mortal Kombat: Deception (PS2, Xbox) with Ed Boon. They also have an official movie of Juiced (PS2, Xbox). IGN contributes with footage for FIFA Soccer 2005 and NHL 2005 both of which are on PS2, Xbox, and GCN. Also at IGN are hands-on impressions of Street Fighter Anniversary Collection (PS2, Xbox) and Gravenville (PS2, Xbox). 1up puts up the first screens and some new details regarding NBA Street Vol. 3 (PS2, Xbox, GCN). They also have new footage of Def Jam: Fight for NY (PS2, Xbox, GCN).
Console Game of the Evening: Pacific Theater of Operations for the Sega Genesis. "Commanding the entire Pacific Fleet is just too good. It still plays great today." (submitted by x-eyd|mary).




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