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Nintendo Releases Fiscal Year Report….1 Trillion?

Nintendo Fiscal Report 2009

If anyone has had experience reading fiscal reports, or anything of the like you’ll know that figures tend to be abbreviated. That’s usually because it takes up a lot of space to write out all those zeros. Generally, the company will write out something like: (Thousand Dollars) — 3,000…and if you multiply those two together, you get $3,000,000.

Nintendo had to do something like that in their report. Specifically with their net sales numbers. Instead of abbreviating with a thousand dollars it was with ‘millions’ of yen. The equation reads like this: (Million Yen) — 1,838,622…Ok, all you math scholars out there, what does that equal to?

1.838 Trillion Yen (bold for emphasis)
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Red Steel 2 – What We Know

Red Steel 2

To me Red Steel is one of the most disappointing games ever. The games isn’t awful mind you, but it was such a let down. Going into the Nintendo Wii launch, the idea of sword fighting was high on everyone’s list. Including my own. The hype for Red Steel was getting so big that some were preparing for Goldeneye on the Wii.

Red Steel delivered in the sense that everything they bragged about was there. It was just unpolished, unfinished, and buggy as hell. It was apparent that Ubisoft really wanted to have a launch title, and was willing to rush Red Steel out in order to do so. Luckily, this time around Ubisoft has no time table to worry about. Here are some key things we know about Red Steel 2 so far:

– Takes place in the desert, with a metropolis backdrop

– Releases Holiday 2009

– Will utilize Wii Remote MotionPlus

– Multiplayer hasn’t been confirmed or denied

– Ubisoft has an official Red Steel 2 website up.

For more details, check out the press release below…

LONDON, UK – APRIL 29, 2009 – Today Ubisoft® announced Red Steel®2, exclusively on Wiiâ„¢ system from Nintendo. Red Steel remains one of the most successful Wii titles and the only brand created specifically for the launch of the platform. Red Steel 2 is being developed by Ubisoft Paris and will be available for the 2009 holiday season.

Red Steel 2 returns with an artistic style and flair created just for Wii. Set in a desert-bound, high-tech metropolis, Red Steel 2 is a revolution in the action-fighting genre, taking full advantage of the capabilities of the Wii MotionPlusâ„¢ accessory. Your movements are faithfully replicated on-screen, putting the emphasis on swinging, shooting and fun! With the ability of the Wii MotionPlus to sense the strength of a swing, you will literally be able to make an impact on your adversaries through power and precision.

“Red Steel was a unique opportunity for Ubisoft to work in tandem with Nintendo to create a title exclusively for the launch of the Wii console,” said John Parkes, EMEA marketing director at Ubisoft. “Red Steel 2 is another milestone for the company as it is the first Ubisoft title with full Wii MotionPlus integration.”

Just as Red Steel broke ground as the only third-party brand created for the launch of the Wii, Red Steel 2 will be the must-have game of Holiday 2009 for those who wish to stretch their own capacities and fully experience a game that was built from the ground up to take advantage of the Wii MotionPlus.

First Wii MotionPlus Battle: Virtua Tennis 2009 vs. Grand Slam Tennis

With the Wii MotionPlus release rising in the distance, Wii owners are anxiously anticipating the chosen device to bring 1:1 controls for the system. Images of lightsaber duels, realistic sword fights between Link and Ganondorf have lined many gamer’s dreams since the MotionPlus announcement.

We might have to wait a bit for some of the dreams to come true, because the first demonstration of the Wii MotionPlus technology will come by way of….tennis. That’s not to put down tennis based games, because I’ve enjoyed many of them in the past (Pong, Mario Tennis, Virtua Tennis). It’s just kind of funny that two of the first demonstrations of Wii MotionPlus are tennis games. Then soon after those releases we’ll have Wii Sports Resort.

So, if we’re going to have two options for MotionPlus based tennis action, which is the more worthy? It’s hard to say with certainty at this point, because neither are out yet. It’s fun to speculate though, so let’s take a look at what we know about them currently…

EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis

EA Grand Slam Tennis

Publisher: EA Sports
Developer: EA Canada
Release Date: June 16, 2009

Previews:

Wii MotionPlus Hands-on – IGN: “Playing Grand Slam Tennis with the device, movements are interpreted more accurately – for instance, delivery of serves can be controlled more by the speed of your swing. A gentle arc produces a gentle shot, while a strong, decisive push sends the ball spinning toward your opponent much faster.”

EA SPORTS Grand Slam Tennis Preview – Gamezone:“EA Sports showed off Grand Slam Tennis at its Season Opener event in San Francisco Thursday, and while the game plays intuitively enough using the motion controls of the Wii remote, it is when the motion-plus attachment is hooked in that the game becomes not only more challenging, but much more interactive.”

Sick of Wii Sports tennis? EA Sports to serve up its own flavor of the Wii sport – Gamedaily: “EA Sports finally heads back to Wimbledon with an officially licensed tennis game, due for release on the Wii this summer. EA Sports Grand Slam Tennis hopes to capture the authenticity of the sport, while still offering fun gameplay for all. We recently got a chance to go hands-on with it at an EA event and came away impressed.”

Dark Horse Factor: John McEnroe – Even after 17 years of retirement, you could still call John McEnroe the face of Tennis. He basically took this reserved sport which was adorned with golf clapping and silence, made it loud and approachable. With his antics on court to his savvy with the media; McEnroe was not only a tennis star, but a celebrity.

Celebrities sell.

Virtua Tennis 2009

Virtua Tennis 2009

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: Sumo
Release Date: May 19, 2009

Previews:

Virtua Tennis 2009 Hands-on – IGN (Pre-MotionPlus Announcement): “Sumo’s lent an attentive ear to the rabble of forums and addressed several key complaints with Virtua Tennis 3, while some of the improvements elsewhere in the game also feed into the on-court action. Player’s propensity to dive for every shot has been toned down, meaning some of the exaggerated acrobatics that marred Virtua Tennis 3 are a thing of the past, and the often broken lob mechanics have been given a thorough once over.”

Virtua Tennis 2009 Preview – Gamedaily: “In addition, developer Sumo Digital tweaked the lob mechanics to make them feel natural and toned down the excessive diving that plagues Virtua Tennis 3. Now, instead of falling over, your selected player stumbles.”

Dark Horse Factor: Depth of Gameplay Modes – SEGA based sports games have always been heralded as being some of the deepest simulations around. Virtua Tennis 2009 is no different, as it looks to bring the goods. World Tour mode sounds like an entire game in and of itself. You’ll take a tennis player and bring him up through the ranks. Then you’ll be able to take them online. Being the deepest tennis game around will be what sells Virtua Tennis 2009.

Wii MotionPlus Compatibility : Since the topic of this post is these two games being the first Wii MotionPlus compatible titles, should atleast make a mention. It’s hard to judge one over the other because very few people have had hands-on experience. EA seems to be bursting with confidence as they’ve let many people preview Grand Slam Tennis sans MotionPlus announcement. Not so with Virtua Tennis 2009. This doesn’t necessarily mean that Grand Slam Tennis’ MotionPlus will be better, just that EA is bragging a bit more than SEGA.

GDC 2009 Coverage – Nintendo Keynote

In my excitement for writing up my first impressions of Rune Factory, I forgot to mention the GDC this morning. The keynote for Nintendo will take place today, and all sorts of rumors as to what Iwata will mention have been floating around.

I’ll have a couple of live Twitter feeds running, and I’ll be making major updates on the site as news is announced. I’ll also be updating WiiBlog’s Twitter feed as news is announced.

What rumors have you been hearing about?

Iwata Headlining GDC 2009, Rumors Begin Pouring In

The GDC (Game Developers Conference), has become “the” conference to keep an eye out for these past couple of years. As E3 slowly fades into the distance in terms of importance, other conferences specifically GDC have begun to absorb the limelight.

The past two years, Microsoft and Sony have delivered the keynotes at the GDC and now it’s Nintendo’s turn. During the keynotes of the past couple of years, a couple of renowned games were officially unveiled to the world. LittleBigPlanet and Gears of War 2.

Due to Sony, and Microsoft announcing their big projects, it’s being rumored Nintendo will be dropping a huge new bombshell on us. Will it be a new Zelda game? The Zelda announcement seems to be the major rumor that’s being speculated upon around the internet. The reason being is that the Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass was shown at the GDC, in 2006.

I’m not going to buy into the hype myself, as anything could really happen at the keynote this year. It could very well be a Zelda game. Or perhaps they’ll decide to show off a game that’s already been announced a little more in-depth (Punch-Out! perhaps?).

It’s always fun to imagine what could be, just don’t get your hopes up. Which, by viewing numerous forums and comments some people seem to be doing.

Indiana Jones Coming To Wii (Almost Exclusively)

In the recent episode of South Park, I think the creators touched upon how most of us felt when we saw Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. What had they done to our beloved hero? CGI gophers? Shia LaBeouf swinging on tree vines? Oh, why George Lucas? Why!?!

Now that the hurt and anguish has subsided, I was completely floored with the news of an impending Indiana Jones video game release. Not only was it announced, it will be releasing Q2 2009. It’s quite odd to say the least. First, the Nintendo Wii will have an exclusive console release, with the Nintendo DS, and Sony PSP getting handheld releases. Second, something as big as an Indiana Jones video game is only getting hyped up about 3-5 months before its supposed release.

This news could have one of two outcomes. Either A.) LucasArts is cashing in on the craze that is the Nintendo Wii, and combining that with the love most people have for Indiana Jones. -or- B.) LucasArts has had this planned for some time and has taken the effort to make a remarkable Indiana Jones video game. read more »