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  1. REDMOND, Wash., Sept. 24, 2003 – Just in time for the biggest video game thrills of the fall, Nintendo of America Inc. today announced a new MSRP of $99.99 for its Nintendo GameCube home game console, effective tomorrow, Sept. 25. This great new price opens an $80 price advantage over its two console competitors.


    While the price of Nintendo GameCube hardware is falling, the variety and affordability of great software is soaring. Coupled with expansion of the Nintendo GameCube library to more than 320 games by the end of the year, the new MSRP of $99.99 and added exclusive offers will further boost momentum for the console throughout the holidays.


    Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, available Nov. 17 exclusively for Nintendo GameCube, is the most-anticipated game of the season. Nintendo has announced that customers who reserve a copy of the game in advance will receive a free bonus disc, loaded with game footage and gameplay previews for a wide array of upcoming hits.


    In addition, Nintendo recently expanded the Player's Choice library offering discounted prices for a half dozen award winning games including Super Mario Sunshine, Animal Crossing and Metroid Prime.


    "So far in 2003, Nintendo GameCube is the only home console showing an increase in unit sales compared to 2002," says George Harrison, senior vice president, marketing and corporate communications, Nintendo of America. "Every time a generation of technology has moved into the true mass market, Nintendo has prospered. This incredible new price and our great software offers are designed to accelerate that trend like never before."


    "This is not only good for Nintendo, but great for consumers," says Lucky Evani, Toys 'R Us representative. "For $99, you can now buy video game technology that you couldn’t have purchased for $99,000 just a few years ago."


    The hot holiday titles from Nintendo will include Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (Nov. 17), Kirby Air Ride (Oct. 13), Mario Party 5 (Nov. 11), 1080 Avalanche (Dec. 1), and Pokémon Channel (Dec.1), as well as the highly anticipated Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles and Pokémon Colosseum in the first quarter of 2004. In addition, the Nintendo GameCube fall lineup is packed with top quality interactive thrills provided by independent publishers that appeal to every game taste, ranging from sports to action to role-playing titles.


    For more information about Nintendo GameCube and upcoming game launches for the system, please explore www.nintendo.com.


    LINK: http://www.nintendo.com/news/news_articles...?articleID=9014


    I think this is totally awesome. Even though it doesn't really mean much to me since I have had a GameCube for almost two years now, this should drive GameCube sales through the roof. Some may call it desperation on Nintendo's part, but this is a very smart business move on their part. Plus, with the low cost of producing the system, they can actually afford to drop their price unlike Sony or Microsoft. Also, there are rumors that Nintendo is planning a holiday bundle with the GameCube and Mario Kart: Double Dash for only $99 (although I really wouldn't bet on it). This may seem like a very un-Nintendo-like move, but it's nice to see them finally starting to be aggressive..

  2. This reminds me of what Nickelodeon used to do with the Adventures of Pete & Pete before it actually became a series, or Nick-at-Nite with their old "The Adventures of Milkman" skit. It shouldn't be that hard to pull off, as long as you're not trying to cram too many plot elements into one minute.

  3. The only one I ever got to see was the last one on FOX. I was just getting into wrestling then, so I didn't quite understand everything that was happening but I was surprised that Michaels won the title from the Bulldog. I also remember at the end of the show when Bobby Heenan announced that the Ultimate Maniacs wouldn't be teaming together at the Survivor Series, that was pretty surprising too.

  4. Over at GameSpy this week, they're making a list of the 25 most overrated games of all time. It's a very interesting read, even if I don't agree with all of them. They have the bottom 20 already done, and the top 5 will be named tomorrow. Here's the list so far:


    25) Neverwinter Nights

    24) Super Mario Sunshine

    23) Battle Arena Toshinden

    22) Star Trek: Starfleet Command series

    21) Morrowind

    20) Impossible Creatures

    19) Battlecruiser: 3000AD

    18) American McGee's Alice

    17) The Getaway

    16) Mortal Kombat

    15) Dungeon Siege

    14) Dead or Alive 3

    13) Battletoads

    12) Unreal II: The Awakening

    11) Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor

    10) Halo: Combat Evolved

    9) Donkey Kong Country

    8) Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness

    7) Final Fantasy VII

    6) Blinx: The Time Sweeper


    LINK: http://www.gamespy.com/articles/september0...ted/index.shtml


    Thoughts? Comments? Anyone want to make guesses for the top 5?

  5. From allmusic.com:


    1. Wrestlemania performed by WWF Superstars - 3:35

    2. Summerslam Jam performed by WWF Superstars - 3:16

    3. U.S.A. performed by Duggan, Hacksaw Jim - 3:13

    4. Nasty Boys Stomp performed by Nasty Boys - 3:36

    5. Never Been a Right Time to Say Goodbye performed by Hart, Bret Hitman - 3:40

    6. The Man in Black performed by Undertaker - 3:33

    7. Speaking from the Heart performed by Savage, "Macho Man" Randy - 3:25

    8. Tatanka Native American performed by Tatanka - 3:39

    9. I'm Perfect performed by Mr Perfect - 3:44

    10. Hard Times performed by Big Boss Man - 3:31

  6. Today is September 13, 2003. It was exactly ten years ago today that Acclaim released Mortal Kombat for the Super NES, Genesis, Game Boy, and Game Gear. Now, some of you may not understand why this is such a big deal, but if you were playing games ten years ago, you remember the impact that this game had on the industry. Sure, it was big in the arcades, but it absolutely exploded when it reached the home consoles. Arguably, this game is what led the game industry towards it's current obsession with "mature" games. Also, it marked it significant milestone in the marketing of games. Mortal Kombat was the first game (that I can remember) where the company actually marketed its launch as an event. I mean, creating hype around its release date in the same way they do for new movie and album releases. Few can forget the incessant hype for "Mortal Monday, September 13, 1993". Nowadays, this is a common practice, but in 1993, it was unheard of. Personally, I remember seeing the ad for Mortal Kombat for the first time in WWF magazine and not caring because I didn't have any of the systems that it was being released for, plus i had no idea what Mortal Kombat was (I was only eight at the time). About two months after the game was released, I actually played it for the first time (the Genesis version). I thought it was the coolest thing I had ever seen. My brother and I got an SNES for Christmas that year, however, and I actually liked the SNES version better than the Genesis MK, unlike just about everyone else in the world. When I was in third grade, it seemed that all anybody ever talked about was Mortal Kombat. Of course, we can't forget about all the hype and controversy in the media over the game's violent content (which is nothing compared to some of today's games) but I was always unwavering in my support of Mortal Kombat. I'm not even a really hardcore MK fan, but the game brings back so many childhood memories that I couldn't help but make this post. Anyone else have memories of "Mortal Monday" and the subsequent national obsession with the game?



    By the way, it was also ten years ago today that the Quebecers defeated the Steiners to win their first WWF tag team championship. Plus, in other video game news, it was eighteen years ago that Nintendo unleashed Super Mario Bros. in Japan (it came over to the U.S. the next month).

  7. Yeah, I just got it and it's awesome. When I first saw the tracklist, I was a little disappointed that "Don't Ever Stop The Noise" wasn't on it, but I guess I was wrong. Also, "Long Live The Party" is a reworking of the rare b-side "Dance Party", which is pretty cool. Overall, I don't think I like this album quite as much as "I Get Wet", but I'm still very happy with it, even if I did have to pay $15 for it (there's only one music store near my college, so I had no other choice).

  8. While I was looking around the All Music Guide, i found an entry for Wrestlemania: The Album, the old collection of WWF-related songs from 1993, and in the credits section of the entry it listed American Idol's Simon Cowell as a producer and executive producer. Here's the link if you don't believe it:




    Now sometimes the AMG is wrong, and I would think that if this was true that it would have come out already. But if it is true, I'm shocked that the man who tells so many people that they are horrible singers took part in an album featuring songs by Jim Duggan and the Big Boss Man.

  9. OK, at mtv.com, they have this thing called "Viewers Pick Video". You get to vote for one of three videos, and the one which wins will be added to MTV's on-air playlist. This week, one of the choices is Andrew W.K.'s new video "Never Let Down". I know that there are some AWK fans on this board, and since he almost never gets played on MTV (I saw the video for "Party Hard" exactly once, and that was the only time I ever saw one of his videos get played), I think this could be a really good chance to help him get get some big exposure. Here's the link:




    You can vote as many times as you want. Please, help get AWK on MTV!