News Archives for: September 2005

Mario Superstar Baseball Promises Post-Season Fun Any Time of the Year
Posted on September 30, 2005 @ 12:00 AM EDT by: Hairball
With the playoffs and series just around the corner, baseball fans will be heading into a long, dry season. But, fear not, Kansas City and Colorado fans – while not reaching a playoff berth may be a disappointment, true diamond diehards don't give up so easily. Harness the exhilaration of the national pastime and bring a baseball game directly into the living room any time of the year, complete with a Nintendo twist. Continuing in the wacky form of other Nintendo sports titles, Mario Superstar Baseball™ for the Nintendo GameCube™ is a hilarious game that cleverly fuses the tradition of baseball with favorite characters from the Nintendo universe.

Matt Casamassina, editor for IGN.com, said, "If you're looking for an arcade-like baseball experience overrun with Nintendo style, you've come to the right game. The clean, often humorously animated character models that grace the field will please Nintendo fans."

Time the pitch perfectly and watch Donkey Kong® knock one out of the stadium with just his boxing glove, instead of that boring bat that the pros swing around. Watch Diddy Kong® throw the almost unhittable, curving banana ball. But watch out for those spinning tornados as they launch a routine fly ball into the cheap seats. Toy Field matches can even unlock new characters, features and stadiums. If only every ball player could walk onto this field of dreams that exists exclusively in the world of Nintendo.

Mario Superstar Baseball is the latest in a succession of Nintendo sports titles that includes Mario Golf™: Toadstool Tour, Mario Kart®: Double Dash!!™ and Mario Tennis™ Advance. It brings with it more than 20 beloved characters from the Mario universe, including Peach, Daisy, Yoshi™, Birdo, Bowser and Wario™. Nintendo pays no heed to a team's regular-season shortcomings and carries the excitement and steeped tradition of baseball into October and beyond with a game for everyone.

Source: Nintendo Press Release

Nintendo Reveals 'Revolution'-Ary Controller
Posted on September 16, 2005 @ 12:00 AM EDT by: Hairball
Every gamer who plays. Every one who used to play. Even those who have yet to play, Nintendo is your bet.

As the cornerstone of his speech today at the Tokyo Game Show's annual event, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata elaborated on the theme of the company's aim and proven ability to broaden the population of video game players. Two shining examples highlighted in his keynote include the smash-hit sales of the highly innovative Nintendogs™ game for the portable Nintendo DS™ system, and the new controller that will be central to the company's upcoming console system, code-named Revolution.

Nintendo breaks with more than 20 years of video game history by abandoning the traditional controller held with two hands and introducing an all-new freehand-style unit held with one hand.

The intuitive, pioneering interface allows players to run, jump, spin, slide, shoot, steer, accelerate, bank, dive, kick, throw and score in a way never experienced in the history of gaming.

"The feeling is so natural and real, as soon as players use the controller, their minds will spin with the possibilities of how this will change gaming as we know it today," explains Satoru Iwata, Nintendo president. "This is an extremely exciting innovation – one that will thrill current players and entice new ones."

When picked up and pointed at the screen, the controller gives a lightning-quick element of interaction, sensing motion, depth, positioning and targeting dictated by movement of the controller itself.

The controller also allows for a variety of expansions, including a "nunchuk" style analog unit offering the enhanced game-play control hard-core gamers demand.

The response from all major publishers worldwide has been extremely positive. Beyond its other innovations, the new controller gives third parties flexibility, allowing them the option to use as many or as few of the controller features as they desire. In addition, incorporated technology will easily allow games from the NES®, SNES®, N64® and Nintendo GameCube™ generations to be controlled in familiar fashion.

Nintendogs for the DS, a virtual and sophisticated dogfest, has taken the gaming world by storm, already selling more than 1.5 million units in Japan and North America combined. The game, just as Iwata believes the Revolution controller will do, is exciting current game players and attracting hordes of new consumers into the playing world.

Source: Nintendo Press Release