[UPDATED: 3:09pm PST]
Today's regularly updated newsbriefs include news Tamagotchi's vying for popularity on Nintendo's Wii, Acclaim Games gearing players up to Dance!
online, and news of Twelve Interactive (Crash Dummy
) officially developing for the Wii.
- Publisher Namco Bandai Games has announced that the latest in the long-running Tamagotchi franchise, Tamagotchi Party On!
will be released in the U.S. for Nintendo's Wii in spring 2007. Following the commercially successful Tamagotchi DS releases from developer Nana-On Sha (Parappa the Rapper
), the new Wii iteration is a 4-player 3D party game in which players race to become the most popular Tamagotchi on Tamagotchi Planet through 15 mini-games including shaking hands, finding lost children, and testing your public speaking skills. “Tamagotchi Party On!
DANCE! Online, supported by in-game ads and purchases provided by IGA Worldwide. In the game, players can dance with friends to hit songs and compete in online dance competitions using either the keyboard or a supported dance pad peripheral. Said project head and veteran director David Perry, “I’m certainly proud to launch the first ever massively multiplayer dancing game in the USA. A free game with real hit songs to dance to, this has never happened before. We've come up with an entirely new way to work with the music industry, on a game that costs nothing to play. DANCE! Online
is going to completely revolutionize the online game space. I'm expecting that this dancing game will create a new culture, changing the way gamers and music artists interact in today’s virtual world." Interested players can register for the closed beta at the game's website
- Representatives from Italy based Twelve Interactive (Crash Dummy
) announced that company is now an officially licensed developer for the Wii. “The Nintendo Wii is a perfect console to work on for small independent developers like us. It give us the opportunity to work on triple A games, with very reduced budget,” commented Giuseppe Crugliano, managing director and founder of Twelve Interactive. “Crash Dummy Vs The Evil D-Troit
Wii version (published by Oxygen), will take full advantage of the innovative Wiimote and Nunchuck controllers, transforming the game experience in a fresh brand new experience.” Twelve Interactive also recently announced that the company is a licensed developer for the PlayStation 3. The company is currently working on the previously announced futuristic action game Starblaze – Ultimate Battle
, which is in development for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP, DS, and Windows Vista.
- The latest updates on Gamasutra sister alt.gaming weblog GameSetWatch
include a look at a pair of Game Boy Advance titles
from Graffiti Entertainment, a new internet parody
of working for a video game company, and the year in review for adventure gaming
from the International House Of Mojo.
- The latest updates from Gamasutra sister website Game Career Guide
include a wrap up
from the recent Game Design Expo in Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Also updated today: the latest Gamasutra job postings
, including openings from Crystal Dynamics, LeapFrog Enterprises, S2 Games, and Volition.