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Nintendo announces another “third pillar” – the DSi

Posted by inpheaux on October 2nd, 2008 at 2:14 am

Last week the Nikkei wire leaked out a report that Nintendo would be announcing a super-huge refresh to the DS on Thursday. Well, it's Thursday, so get ready to be underwhelmed. The new thing is the "DSi". It's a DS Lite. But slightly smaller, and with slightly bigger screens. Also two cameras (one external, one […]

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Mother 3 Fan Translation Almost Seriously Really Close to Being Released (Maybe)

Posted by inpheaux on September 27th, 2008 at 1:14 am

After two and a half years of waiting, the guys over at the Mother 3 Fan Translation are reporting that all hacking is complete. That means that barring any super-bizarre bugs, the translation patch could be released soon. You know, like, for reals. Finally. They've posted a neat little video to Youtube showing that it […]

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The Force Unleashed Demo Hits XBLA, PSN Soon to Follow

Posted by Metallian on August 21st, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Fulfilling my role as a nocturnal manchild, I lurked on Live marketplace until 0400 ET then downloaded the hell out of The Force Unleashed demo. Here are my completely scientific findings. Basically the thing plays like God of (Star) War(s) and feels completely different than every SW game ever, in that your only goal is […]

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E3 2008 – Nintendo Press Conference

Posted by inpheaux on July 15th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

Nintendo's offering was pretty disappointing. Let's get this out of the way: Animal Crossing - City Folk Platform - Wii Release - Later this year Looks and plays like previous installments Send text messages to friends or the message board with the usual mail system. Makes use of the new Wii Speak peripheral, which isn't […]

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Phoenix Wright spinoff announced: Gyakuten Not Saiban

Posted by inpheaux on April 9th, 2008 at 10:20 am

The latest game in the Gyakuten Saiban / Phoenix Wright series has been announced. After the first DS-from-the-ground-up excursion with Apollo Justice, Capcom is back (like clockwork!) with yet another one. This time you'll get to take on the other side of Magic Super Future Law, since you'll be playing as Miles Edgeworth. We don't […]

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Electronic Arts in Rock Band PAL Release: The Quest for More Money

Posted by inpheaux on April 8th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

After months of delays (six of them, in fact), EA has finally announced all the details of the PAL release of Rock Band. You might want to sit down. Here's the good news: It's actually finally being released! For reals this time! Also you get nine "exclusive" songs, though you might only actually care about […]

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PC Gaming really extra not-dead: Spore dated, 7 SEP 2008

Posted by inpheaux on February 12th, 2008 at 2:34 pm

It's apparently "announce a bunch of stuff" day over at EA. First the Mass Effect PC release slated for May, now this, the first solid release date for Spore. 7 SEP 2008 From the press release: "The wait is almost over," said Maxis Chief Designer Will Wright. "We're in our final stages of testing and […]

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How we spent our long weekend: Hardware Hacking

Posted by inpheaux on January 21st, 2008 at 8:56 pm

We had a productive long weekend here at Directional Pad. A few weeks ago Andy picked up the Nintendo Wii Zapper and was - as we assume many people were - completely dismayed by the fact that it wasn't compatible with Resident Evil 4. The problem stems from the fact that the zapper and all […]

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Sunday Dramabomb: Vivendi & Activision merge into “Activision Blizzard”

Posted by inpheaux on December 2nd, 2007 at 4:16 pm

In today's "Certainly Didn't See That Coming" news, Vivendi Games and Activision have buddied up to form "Activision Blizzard". So . . . it looks like we're down to three omni-platform super-developer/publishers now. In one corner we have EA, the only company allowed to make sports games, and who will be making sports games with […]

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Review Megapost: Shooters, Future Law, Gimmicks and Hobos

Posted by inpheaux on October 28th, 2007 at 8:01 pm

We've been holding onto this set for awhile. It just kept snowballing, you know? Well, here they all are in descending order of quality. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BioShock - PC / 360 - The best single-player game I've played since System Shock 2. Portal - PC / 360 (and eventually PS3) - The second-best single-player game […]

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