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May, 2003


Ikaruga Review Contest


Last month, GameCubicle offered readers the opportunity to win a bundle of Ikaruga collectables by submitting a review of Ikaruga for Nintendo GameCube. With so many great entries, the process of selecting only the best reviews proved extremely difficult...

Nintendo Preview Disc Details


On May 19th, Nintendo will release its first-ever GameCube demo disc featuring a number of games in playable and video form. The disc will be bundled for free with GameCube consoles and will be made available at retail for $9.95. The disc's five playables...

Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes


Nintendo Co. Ltd. and Konami Corp. today jointly announced Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes exclusively for Nintendo GameCube. Under the guidance of Konami's Hideo Kojima and Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, Twin Snakes is currently being developed by Silicon...

Nintendo Golf Toadstool Tour


Since it was first announced more than a year ago, very little has been revealed about Camelot Software Planning's Mario Golf for Nintendo GameCube. The most significant news about the title to report in a long time comes from online retailer...

Gotcha Force


Its toy versus toy in Capcom's over-the-top 3D action shooter exclusively for Nintendo GameCube, Gotcha Force. Players of Gotcha create their own fighting force from more than one hundred unique characters, using strategy to build the best force for battle...

Namco to Unveil Star Fox Armada at E3


Namco is set to unveil Star Fox Armada for Nintendo GameCube later this month at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. According to IGN Cube, only the game's multiplayer modes will be on display. Reportedly, Namco and Nintendo concentrated on Armada's...

Nintendo Makes an Impression at E3


Located in the Los Angeles Convention Center's West Hall, Nintendo's E3 Expo 2003 booth is the largest of the show. Click to view floor maps of E3 Expo exhibitors located in Concourse Hall, Kentia Hall, Petree Hall, South Hall, and West Hall.

Pilotwings on GameCube


Nintendo's highly acclaimed flight simulation game, Pilotwings, will soon make its way to Nintendo GameCube according to a number of reports from reputable industry news sources. The game, rumored to be under development by Rogue Squadron creator Factor 5, could be unveiled as early as next month according to reports.

Need for Speed Underground


Enter the adrenaline-filled world of high performance street racers in the latest game from the award-winning Need for Speed franchise, Need for Speed Underground from Electronic Arts. The new EA Games title is under development by the award winning...

Grand Theft Auto on GameCube


In October 2001, Take-Two Interactive released Grand Theft Auto III on PlayStation 2. Featuring a fully 3D living city, a combination of narrative driven and non-linear gameplay and a completely open environment, the game redefined the mature action genre...

EA Unveils SSX 3


Electronic Arts today announced that players can discover the open mountain in the newest version of the smash-hit SSX snowboarding franchise. The ultimate all-mountain experience, SSX 3 features all-new events and courses, awe-inspiring tricks, and a...

Phantasy Star Online III: C.A.R.D. Revolution


Phantasy Star Online Episode III: C.A.R.D. Revolution expands the Phantasy Star Online (PSO) universe, offering a new style of strategic combat. Combining the excitement of card collection and deck settings with team-based battle tactics, PSO Episode III...

Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg


Sonic The Hedgehog creator Yuji Naka and Sonic Team return with their first all-new platform game since the SEGA Saturn era. Darkness has fallen upon a once-magical land. An evil King who seeks to rule with an everlasting night has captured the creatures...

SEGA Announces E3 2003 Game Lineup


Illustrating its power as an independent content publisher, SEGA today announced its fall and winter lineup of nearly 20 entertainment and sports games to be featured at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2003. SEGA's E3 2003 lineup features a bold...

Mario Kart Double Dash: LAN Details


Nintendo of America today officially confirmed that Mario Kart Double Dash will support LAN play via the GameCube Broadband Adapter. The game's description on Nintendo's E3 2003 site now includes the sentence, "Pack eight players into your living room and turn up the fun when you connect two Nintendo GameCubes via the Broadband Adaptor. It's intense action coming soon to 2 screens very near you!"

F-ZERO GX Details


Nintendo's E3 2003 site has revealed a few interesting details regarding F-ZERO GC, including - possibly - the game's official name. A navigation bar on the site's main page briefly displays "F-ZERO GX" when clicked on. Additionally, the site's game description confirms that F-ZERO AC will be released in North America. "When you use a Memory Card with F-Zero Arcade, you can transfer new pilots or machine parts that you can use for customization on your Nintendo GameCube. You can even race your home-built machine in the arcade!" According to Famitsu, this customization includes the selection of cockpit, body, and booster parts that collectively impact every aspect of vehicle performance.

Soul Calibur II GCN Intro Movie


"A tale of souls and swords eternally retold." has posted Soul Calibur II's stunning intro movie for the GameCube. Click to download the low-resolution or high-resolution version of the video. Soul Calibur II will release on GameCube this August.

Retro Studios to Unveil Metroid Prime Sequel at E3


The sequel to Metroid Prime, currently under development at Retro Studios, will be unveiled at the Electronics Entertainment Expo next month according to IGN Cube. The game will be shown on video in Nintendo's booth; it will not be playable. 

Nintendo to Publish Square Enix Games


Nintendo of America and Square Enix Co. Ltd. today announced three new titles in the Final Fantasy and Mana game series will be published and distributed by Nintendo of America for exclusive play on Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance. Developed... 

EA Announces Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King


Electronic Arts  officially announced today the development of The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King for the Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and all next-generation systems. Based on New Line Cinema's upcoming film adaptation of... 

Crash Nitro Kart Announced


Vivendi Universal Games announced today its plan to release the next installment in the Crash Bandicoot franchise, a new character-based racing title named Crash Nitro Kart. The game is scheduled for release in Q4 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube... 

Mario Kart Double Dash Screens & Details


The day that many Nintendo fanatics have been waiting for has arrived. Earlier this morning, Japanese gaming publication, the Famitsu Weekly revealed the first Mario Kart GC screens and details (scan of article). According to early translations, there will... 

Pikmin 2 Screens & Details


Captain Olimar returns to the land of the Pikmin on a quest to save his employer's company from going bankrupt in his latest GameCube adventure. To finance his company's 10,000 pokos of debt, Olimar must scavenge the planet for lost treasures... 

GameCube Demo Disc Details


On May 25th, Nintendo will release its first-ever GameCube sampler disc featuring released and unreleased games in playable and movie form. Among the playable games will be Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, Sonic Adventure DX, Splinter Cell, and Viewtiful Joe. IGN Cube is also reporting that a playable version of Soul Calibur II may find its way onto the disc as well. The disc will be distributed to buyers of Nintendo GameCube. Nintendo has given no indication as to whether or not the demo disc could later be distributed at retail or as a bonus to Nintendo Power subscribers.

Nintendo Expands R&D


Nintendo Co. Ltd. announced yesterday that it is expanding internal development capacity by establishing a new research and development facility in Tokyo. The new facility will develop, "unique games" for Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance...

Midway Announces RoadKill


Midway Games today announced RoadKill, a mission-based post-apocalyptic combat driving game, for Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox. RoadKill is set in a post-apocalyptic world destroyed by a plague and ruled by gangs. Players unleash havoc...

Mario Kart to Support LAN Gameplay


According to unconfirmed reports, Mario Kart GC will support LAN play on Nintendo GameCube - allowing for up to eight players to compete simultaneously on two connected consoles. It's not known whether LAN support will be facilitated by the GameCube Broadband Adapter or via the long-rumored GameCube wireless connectivity device that Nintendo may be set to unveil at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in May. GameCubicle will have any additional information as becomes available.

Datel Uncovers Wind Waker Test Levels


Datel, the developer of Action Replay, manages an in-house team of hackers working around the clock to unlock the hidden secrets of the latest games. Using their own specially customized kit, the coders search a game's memory locations and end up with...

Nintendo's 2003 GameCube Lineup

04.15.03 has learned the release dates of Nintendo's remaining 2003 GameCube lineup. Thus far, only Wario World, Mario Golf, and F-Zero GC have received firm dates. North American release dates for Pikmin 2, Kirby's Air Ride, 1080: Avalanche, Mario Kart...

Game Boy Player Q


Matsushita, maker of the GameCube / DVD hybrid named Q, is developing its own variation of the Game Boy Player for Q owners. The GameCube peripheral, which Nintendo released in Japan in March, is not compatible with the Q. No word yet on when Matsushita will release the new peripheral.

Midway Announces The Suffering


Midway Games today announced The Suffering, a third-person action/adventure game set in the mature and gritty world of a maximum-security prison. In the dark world of The Suffering, creatures attack from the shadows and emerge from jail cells, chambers...

Ikaruga Ships for GameCube


Atari today announced that the much-anticipated hit Japanese game Ikaruga for the Nintendo GameCube next generation console system has shipped to retail. "Ikaruga delivers addictive gameplay combined with intense firepower that loyal fans of the shooter genre have come to expect," said Nancy MacIntyre, Vice President of Marketing for Infogrames Beverly studio. "With a phenomenal reputation that precedes it, Ikaruga is the import core gamers have been waiting for and more."

Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg


SEGA of America today announced Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg, a new platform game exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube. Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg is currently in development under the direction of SEGA's renowned Yuji Naka, the creator of...

Tales of Symphonia Details


Last May, Nintendo and Namco announced a strategic partnership to develop software for Nintendo GameCube and the Triforce arcade board. Namco today released new gameplay details and media for one of the GameCube-exclusive games announced...

Shantae GameCube Bound


Video game news site, The Magic Box, is reporting that a GameCube version of Shantae is currently in development at WayForward Technologies. The action side-scroller, featuring a dancing girl genie, gained wide acclaim when it was released on Game Boy Color in June, 2002. No gameplay or release details are currently known.

Nintendo to Release GameCube Demo Disc


On May 25th, Nintendo will release its first-ever GameCube sampler disc featuring current and future games in playable and movie form. The disc will initially be distributed to new buyers of Nintendo GameCube. No official word yet on whether or not the demo disc will later be distributed at retail or as a bonus to Nintendo Power subscribers.

New President for Retro Studios


Nintendo today announced it has named Michael Kelbaugh as the new president of Retro Studios. Based in Austin, Texas and owned by Nintendo Co. Ltd., Retro Studios is best known for its award-winning title Metroid Prime released for the Nintendo GameCube in November 2002. Retro is currently at work on the highly anticipated sequel to Metroid Prime. Prior to joining Retro Studios, Kelbaugh spent 15 years at Nintendo of America's corporate offices in Redmond, Washington. He most recently held the position of director in Nintendo's business development group. Kelbaugh replaces Steve Barcia, Retro's former president.

GameCube and Wind Waker for $149


Beginning May 4th, buyers of Nintendo GameCube can sail away with a free copy of The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker as part of the $149 'Buy a Nintendo GameCube, Get a Free Game' promotion that Nintendo introduced in February. Currently, GameCube buyers have the option of Mario Party 4, Metroid Prime, Resident Evil , or Star Fox Adventures as a free game with their console purchase. The promotion is set to last through July.

Nintendo Reduces GameCube Royalty Rates


Nintendo Co. Ltd. today announced that in March, the company adjusted its GameCube royalty rate structure in bid to remain competitive with Microsoft and Sony in attracting the support of third-party publishers. "Before our royalty rate was a little more aggressive so to the third party publisher it was a little less attractive to make games for GameCube," George Harrison, Senior VP of Marketing for Nintendo of America explained to Reuters. "The biggest games of the year last year were games like GTA and they came from an independent publisher. We need to make sure that we have good relationships with all the independent publishers, because you never know where the next big hit game is going to come from." IGN Cube is reporting the new rate structure to be approximately as follows. Publishers must pay a licensing fee of $10 to Nintendo for games with a $50 MSRP, $8.50 for $40 games, $7 for $30 games, and $5.50 for $20 games.

Nintendo Co. Ltd. Revises Estimates


Nintendo Co. Ltd. today cut its earnings estimates for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003. The company now expects earnings for the year to total 66 billion ($547m), significantly lower than earlier forecasts of 80 billion ($663m). In addition, Nintendo cut its sales estimates for the year to 500 billion ($4.1b) from 600 billion ($5b). Unimpressive sales of Nintendo GameCube stood out as the leading cuplrit for Nintendo's earnings shortfall. GameCube sales totaled just 5.6 million units in the year, well short of previously revised estimates of 10 million.

Strong March Sales for Nintendo


Nintendo of America today proudly announced sales figures from March, a month that saw the release of three key Nintendo products.  The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker set a Nintendo pre-sale record when more than 600,000 gamers reserved the game prior...

Ikaruga Hand-Drawn Art


GameCubicle has updated Ikaruga's media gallery with exclusive hand-drawn concept art from the creators of Ikaruga. The story of Shinra's battle with Horai will soon come to life on GameCube when Ikaruga is released on April 15th.

Ikaruga Screens


Find some sharp new screen captures and renders of ships and bosses from the highly-anticipated aerial fighter, Ikaruga. The story of Shinra's battle with Horai will soon come to life on GameCube when Ikaruga is released on April 15th.

Capcom Reconsiders GameCube Support


Since the launch of GameCube, Nintendo and Capcom have had extremely close ties. Firstly, with the Resident Evil series becoming GameCube-exclusive and more recently with the unveiling of the "Capcom 5." However, in an apparent re-evaluation of their support for GameCube, the Nikkei Business Daily, a respected Japanese newspaper, is reporting that Capcom now wishes to distance itself from GameCube-exclusivity in the coming year. Capcom cited disappointing GameCube hardware sales worldwide as the key motivating factor in their decision. As a result, Resident Evil 4 will be the last GameCube-exclusive game in the series. Nikkei went on to report that Capcom will place a greater focus on development of games for PlayStation 2 and Xbox in the future.

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