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  • M a r c h   2 5 ,   2 0 0 4

    P L A Y S T A T I O N  2

    - Namco has officially announced Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War for PlayStation 2, the game is scheduled to release in US and Japan this fall. Ace Combat 5 features ultra-realistic graphics, over 50 licensed, real-world aircraft and the all-new Wingman Command.....


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    - Vivendi Universal announced Crash Twinsanity for PS2 and Xbox, the latest installment of the Crash Bandicoot series. This time Crash will team up with Dr. Cortex to battle against the Evil Twins and hold off the destruction of the land. There are multiple playable characters, include Crash, Cortex, Nina Cortex and others.


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    G A M E C U B E

    - At GDC, Nintendo revealed the sales of the Zelda franchise for all platforms, and they have also confirmed The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2 is under development for GameCube.

    Year Platform Title Sales
    (millions)
    1987 NES Legend of Zelda 6.510
    1988 NES Zelda II: The Adventure of Link 4.380
    1992 SNES The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 4.610
    1993 GB The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening 3.830
    1998 N64 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of TIme 7.600
      CGB The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX 2.220
    2000 N64 The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3.360
    2001 CGB The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons 3.960
      CGB The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages 3.960
    2002 GBA The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past / Four Swords 1.890
    2003 GCN The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 3.070
    2004 GCN The Legend of Zelda: The Four Swords Adventure N/A
    2XXX GCN The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker 2 N/A

    - Nintendo has released a new preview video of Pikmin 2 for GameCube, the game is scheduled to release in Japan on April 29, for 5800 yen.

    X B O X

    - Bungie announced they are recruiting software development engineer for the next generation (Xbox 2) software.

    - Microsoft will release Rare's Xbox action game Conker: Live and Uncut in Europe in July 2004.

    - Here are some new images of Microsoft / Digital Illusions' Xbox rally racing game Rallisport Challenge 2, the game is scheduled to release in US in May 2004.


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    - Microsoft announced XNA development platform, which is for use with future iterations of all Microsoft game platforms, including Windows, Xbox and Windows Mobile-based devices. XNA will incorporate DirectX, Visual Studio and HLSL (High Level Shading Language) development tools with PIX, XACT and Xbox Live tools for the Xbox. Companies who have already signed up for XNA include Havok, Vicarious Visions, Crytek, Valve, NDL and High Voltage Software.

    - Here are some new screens of Microsoft and BioWare's Xbox kung-fu action role-playing game Jade Empire.


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    P O R T A B L E S

    - Sony revealed new details on PlayStation Portable at the Game Developers Conference. A total of 81 developers are working on new PSP titles: 23 in North America, 24 in Japan and 34 in Europe. Digital Eclipse has revealed its first PSP title called Death, Jr., and action platformer exclusive for PSP, which has a setting similar to Spyro the Dragon.

    - Backbone Entertainment claimed that PSP apparently is easier to develop, and has more built-in effects than the PS2. The PSP also supports 802.11b wireless LAN, it will be able to connect with the PS2, as well as other digital media.

    - Here are some new screens of the first announced PSP title Death, Jr. The game is developed by Digital Eclipse. (Source: GameSpot)


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    - Nintendo has re-scheduled the release of Kirby Star: Great Labyrinth of the Mirror for GameBoy Advance in Japan on April 15. Here is a new TVCM video of the game:

    - Nokia is planning to reveal a new model of N-Gage in London on April 14, the new model of N-Gage will be 100% backward compatible with the original version, no side-talking, and support hot-swapping, you can change the game carts without needing to turn off the machine or removing the battery.

    - Taito has released a new FOMA900i mobile phone game Estpolis Gaiden in Japan on March 19, the game is a remake of the classic SFC RPG Estpolis (Lufia for SNES) from 1993. The game is available for download for 300 yen.


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    O T H E R

    - Here are the latest Japanese game review scores:

    • Burnout 2: Point of Impact (PS2, Sammy) - 8, 7, 8, 7 - (30 / 40)
    • Dokodemo Issyo: Toro & Shooting Star (PS2, Sony) - 8, 7, 7, 7 - (29 / 40)
    • Dragon Quest V (PS2, Square Enix) - 9, 8, 9, 8 - (34 / 40)
    • Kuon (PS2, From Software) - 7, 7, 7, 7 - (28 / 40)
    • Nobunaga's Ambition Tenka Sousei (PS2, Koei) - 8, 9, 8, 9 - (34 / 40)
    • Digimon Racing (GBA, Bandai) - 5, 5, 7, 6 - (23 / 40)
    • Tokyo Majin Gakuen (GBA, Marvelous) - 7, 7, 7, 7 - (28 / 40)

    - Eidos denied that they will be showing a new Tomb Raider title at E3 in May.



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