Nintendogs gets rival

February 5, 2007

Gopets!

Gopets!

As much as I love my videogames there are some things that just don’t do it for me. Halo 2 online is one. The GTA series is another. And Nintendogs. Yes, dogs are cute. But isn’t this just a Tamagotchi? Maybe I am missing something.

Anyway Nintendo now has a rival in the pet genre. Konami are set to unleash GoPets on an unsuspecting DS community. This one will feature both cats and dogs, and will feature a proper online mode where your pets will be able to meet pets from all over the world. As well as online fun, the game will offer mini games and an island community.

The game is due to arrive in Autumn 2007. Woof.

Source: [cvg]

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More bad news for Sony – PSP sales plummet

February 3, 2007

DS beats PSP

To say that the DS is popular is a bit of an understatement.  The world has gone completely crazy for it.  So far Nintendo has sold an incredible 36 million units.  That’s a lot of busy hands!  Between January 22nd and 28th 194, 526 units were sold in Japan.  I am amazed that 194,526 people in Japan didn’t already have a DS.  Maybe they are now collecting all the colours?  Anyway it’s an amazing figure, and it’s even moreamazing when you consider that for the time period it outsold the Wii (83,000) the PS3 (19,900) and the XBox 360 (5.  Nah only kidding, 7,300).  With all these handhelds being sold it’s no surprise that half the top ten software sales were for DS titles.

So where is the PSP?  Well it has seen sales drop by 72% for the same time last year.  It seems that just as the Wii is taking on the PS3 and winning, so the DS is beating the more expensive PSP.

Source: [punchjump]


Pokemon has competition

February 3, 2007

Spectrobes

Nothing, they say, is new.  But this might just be a little too close for comfort.  If I told you that a game was coming out that involves you catching creatures, training them, then pitting them against other trainers and their creatures, what would you think?  Pokemon!  No.  This is Spectrobes, a new RPG coming to the DS courtesy of Buena Vista Games.  Rip off?  Maybe, but there are a couple of things that make this a little (and I do mean little) different to it’s more famous counterpart.

For a kick off your creatures are dead.  To start with anyway.  Dig up the fossil of your creature, blow the dust and gunk away using the mic, and then shout into the mic to bring your beast back to life.  Strange?  You bet.  But at least Buena Vista have tried to do something interesting.  I can’t imagine this really giving Pokemon a run for it’s money, but for younger gamers this might just be worth a look.

Source: [cvg]


New Raid over the River info

February 3, 2007

ROTR Screen

Developer Nibris is probably better known for working on the very cool looking Wii title, Sadness.  They are also known for keeping very quiet about their works in progress.  So it was a nice surprise this morning to find a press release from the company  all about Raid over the River, a vertical shooter for the DS.  The game has now been renamed ROTR – see what they did there?  Here are some more details on the game:

– 6 campaigns, each with several missions

 6 different vehicles to be driven in 6 different time dimensions

very extensive weaponry

 fuel and ammunition management requiring strategic approach to missions, defending ranshipment bases

 cooperation and synchronisation of actions with other units

extensive, full of action, multi-thread scenario putting the player in an intrigue spanning hundreds of dimensions

3D graphics on both screens

set of dodging and special attacks taking advantage of special features of NDS

hidden missions, vehicles, bonuses enabled in the course of playing

extensive multiplayer mode allowing to enjoy the game longer

The screenshot looks very promising, and shooters seem to be having something of a renaissance lately thanks in part to recent Virtual Console releases.  Release date is still pretty loose at “2007”.  More details as we get them.