Late Night Consoling

By Chris Faylor, May 02, 2007 9:39pm PDT
  • EA creates Playground on Wii, DS

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    EA has revealed the first details of an upcoming mini-game collection developed by EA Canada for the Wii and DS, currently known as EA Playground. According to an IGN interview with executive producer Dave McCarthy, the simplistic mini-games--meant to recreate popular playground activities--are designed around each console's capabilities, with the Wii Remote's lending itself to gesture-based games like Dodge Ball and Tetherball. Meanwhile, Bug Hunt uses the DS' touch screen and Spit Balls utilizes the portable's built-in microphone. McCarthy also mentioned an RC car racing mini-game to be included in the Wii version.

    IGN lists EA Playground for a Q3 2007. More details, including an official announcement of the game, are expected shortly.

  • Naruto: Ninja Council 3 dated

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    Eighting's DS fighter Naruto: Ninja Council 3 will arrive in stores on May 22, 2007, TOMY Corporation and D3Publisher of America announced today. Priced at $29.95, the game offers 27 playable characters, over 60 missions and 4 person multiplayer.

Misc. Media/Previews

PS2/PS3

Screenshots: Gauntlet II (PS3).

Xbox/X360

Screenshots: Virtua Fighter 5 (X360, also PS3). Catan (X360). Centipede & Millipede (X360). Gears of War (X360) Hidden Fronts multiplayer map pack.

GCN/Wii

Screenshots: Alien Syndrome (Wii, also PSP).

Movies: Mortal Kombat: Armageddon (Wii, also PS2, Xbox) Taven character movie.

Multi

Screenshots: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (PS3, X360, PC, also PS2, Wii, NDS, PSP, GBA). Madden NFL 08 (PS3, X360, PC, also PS2, Xbox, GCN, Wii, NDS, PSP, GBA). NCAA Football 08 (PS3, X360, also PS2, Xbox).

Artwork: Alien Syndrome (Wii, PSP).

Console Game Of The Evening [Submit Yours!]

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles for the GameCube. "Plagued by bad marketing decisions or technical limitations? Whatever the reason for needing so much hardware, if you could get 4 friends together; you were in for some wonderful multiplayer. The soundtrack alone was enough to keep me playing solo." (submitted by skankcore)

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