Late Night Consoling

By Alec Matias, Oct 28, 2004 8:00pm PDT

Ah, finally time to relax. GTA:SA's big release is behind us and Halo 2 is still about two weeks away. With all these triple-A titles being thrown at us, what about those lesser known titles? What are those still-to-be-released games that you are looking forward that are not making all the headlines? For me, I have an odd attraction to Blinx 2: Masters of Time & Space. I'm not foaming at the mouth to play it, but it's that one game I'll probably check out while enjoying MGS3: Snake Eater and Half-Life 2. The original Blinx seemed to have most of the pieces to make it the next Jak & Daxter or Sly Cooper, but it just fell short. Hopefully they'll get it right the second time around. Plus, I think cats are cute.

NDS PSP Nintendo and Sony Execs Fling Fightin' Words With Sony's recent detailing about its launch plan for the PSP, Nintendo's head of public relations had a strong reaction to the announcement. "That's not a game machine," he said. "They showed it at the game show without any fundamental game software, and you can tell that it's not yet complete." Ken Kutaragi, the father of the PlayStation, had a swift response: "People who want to play with Pikachu will need Nintendo's new-style DS machine, but those who want to play our racing game Gran Turismo 4 will need a PSP, right?"
GBA NDS PSP Revenge of the Sith Landing on All Portables LucasArt announced today that a game adaptation of Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith will find a home on each handheld system. They have handed the developmental reins to Ubisoft Montreal. Ubisoft said about each release, "in its own unique way, each game will immerse players directly into the most compelling and memorable moments of the movie."
PS2 Xbox No Online for Backyard Wrestling 2 If you were looking forward to jumping off houses onto fold-out tables with your bud across the country, prepare to be disappointed. Eidos made a statement earlier that was short and to the point: "Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood for the PS2 and Xbox will ship on to retail on November 16 in the US, without the online component, and will hit store shelves in time for the holiday season." That was all that was said; there is no specific reason for the removal of the online component.
NDS Princess Peach Gets Her Own Adventure The latest issue of Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu has confirmation from Nintendo that the company is working on a new DS game starring Princess Peach. Currently titled Super Princess Peach, the heroine battles enemies using her umbrella. Not much is known, but GamesAreFun does have a scan from the magazine here.
PS2 Xbox GCN Misc. Q&As/Features TeamXbox speaks with Scott Langteau about Call of Duty: Finest Hour. CVG talks with one of the producers on The Punisher. TVG has a post-mortem with Peter Molyneux regarding Fable.
  Misc. Media/Previews
PS2 GamesAreFun posts new screens of Wanda and the Colossus. Here's a direct link to Konami's site for a preview video of Ys VI: The Ark of Napishtim. GameDaily takes a look at Killzone. GameSpot has twenty new screens of Enthusia.
Xbox At FileShack, we have the new 60-second TV ad for Halo 2. Also, at the Nile Rodgers site, you can find a bunch of music clips from Halo 2 (click Launch Listening Station). GameSpot posts gameplay footage of Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterly Director's Cut.
GCN Tons of gameplay footage for Mario Power Tennis can be found at GameSpot.
NDS Nintendo hosts one of their new Nintendo DS commercials featuring MTV's Wildboyz.
PS2 Xbox GCN Game Informer has the latest screens of GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (PS2, Xbox, GCN). HomeLAN Fed has a hands-on preview of Godzilla: Save the Earth (PS2, Xbox). Images of Atari Anthology (PS2, Xbox) are at GameSpot.
Console Game of the Evening: Super Mario World for the Super Nintendo. "Mario's first step up from 8bits. Seeing this large new world in 16 bits blew me away. The introduction of Yoshi into the Mario universe was the best idea ever." (submitted by Korban).

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