TGS News

Remade (Wii-made?) Versions Of 'Mario Tennis' And 'Pikmin' Heading To Wii
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Saturday, November 01, 2008 11:36 AM

Siliconera has learned that North American Wii owners will be getting retooled versions of Mario Tennis and Pikmin as part of the Let's Play on Wii series. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Let's Play on Wii, it's a selection of GameCube titles that are being ported to the Wii; they will be available for a budget price and take advantage of the Wii's motion-sensing controls. Other Let's Play on Wii titles, for the Japanese market, include Chibi Robo, Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat, Metroid Prime, and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

While these releases totally fit into Nintendo's customary strategy of selling us the same game eight times (at least), let's try to keep things positive. Mario Tennis absolutely makes sense as a Let's Play on Wii game. I imagine it will play similarly to Wii Sports' tennis portion. Pikmin should also be easier and potentially more fun with a Wiimote. What GameCube games do you guys want to see on Let's Play on Wii? How would your dream remakes take advantage of the Wii's controls? Leave a comment and let's discuss. I'll kick it off with the first comment.

Tags: Videogames, Wii
Parrots Demo 'Tom Clancy's EndWar's Voice Command Feature
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 31, 2008 2:40 PM

Meet Polly and Walter, two parrots who have a knack for commanding tanks and troops using the voice-command feature in Tom Clancy's EndWar. Now if only we can speak as clearly as they can while shouting orders over our headsets.

Tom Clancy's EndWar ships November 4th for the PS3, Xbox 360, PSP and Nintendo DS followed by the PC release scheduled for 2009.

Tom Clancy's EndWar Parrots and Voice-Command

'Tom Clancy's EndWar' Videos "GameDay" Spoof and Mission Types
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Tuesday, October 28, 2008 5:31 PM

Ubisoft offers up an "alternative look" (a.k.a. spoof) at their voice-controlled strategy game Tom Clancy's EndWar.  After the cut, check out the different gameplay mission types including: Conquest, Assault, Raid and Siege.  Interesting... very. 

Start warming up your military cadence voice, Tom Clancy's EndWar is available for the PS3, PSP, PC, Nintendo DS and Xbox 360 November 4th.

Tom Clancy's EndWar "GameDay" Spoof



Tom Clancy's EndWar Mission Types

'Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3' Launch Trailer Travels Through Time
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Monday, October 27, 2008 12:09 PM

A new launch trailer pairs up with the release of EA Los Angeles' RTS Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, which ships this week for the PC.  In the video, take a stroll through an alternate Soviet-powered universe with a weakened Western Allied force and a resulting rise in the Empire of the Rising Sun... sounds like a party to us.

"Oh snap"... Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 ships this week for the PC and November 11th on the Xbox 360.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Launch Trailer

'Empire: Total War' Campaign Trailer
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Friday, October 24, 2008 11:02 AM

In the video below, Creative Assembly and Sega detail the Campaign mode in the RTS/turn-based strategy hybrid Empire: Total War for the PC.  Featuring stunning visuals, naval warfare, specialized agents, stream-lined gameplay, alternative territory-conquering options, and the largest campaign map yet... PC strategy fans will have a lot to look forward to when this baby ships in 2009.

Empire: Total War Campaign Trailer

'Tom Clancy's EndWar' Goes Gold, Promotes Veterans Units in New Video
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 23, 2008 4:45 PM

Ubisoft announces Tom Clancy's EndWar for the Xbox 360 and PS3 has gone gold today.  In commemoration they've also released a new video detailing your veteran units and all the military bling you can soup them up with.

The game will ship to stores in North America on November 4th, 2008.

Tom Clancy's EndWar Rank Promotions



Tom Clancy's Game Universe Colliding
Posted By: John Manalang - Monday, October 20, 2008 7:50 AM

Ubisoft programmer Vinh-Dieu Lam said that the future installments of the Tom Clancy game series, which includes Ghost Recon, Splinter Cell and EndWar, will interact with one another and create one universal game environment.

"In [later] versions [of Clancy games] you'll find, say, missions generated in the next Ghost Recon affecting the world map in the next EndWar (possibly EndWar 2)," said Lam, who is also one of the programmers in the first, upcoming RTS title from the Tom Clancy universe.

Tom Clancy's EndWar is set to release this November 4 for the PS3, 360, PSP and DS.




'Diablo III' Coming After 'StarCraft II'
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 16, 2008 7:23 AM

We're crazy over Blizzard's upcoming RTS and action-RPG projects StrarCraft II and Diablo III--crazy enough to think that Blizzard would release them simultaneously. But, after reading Blizzard executive Rob Pardo's interview with Wired regarding the release of Diablo III, our idea was just...crazy.

When asked about Diablo III's release, Pardo replied first with, "when it's ready," but added, "We have a lot of development ahead of us before it will be something ... It will definitely be out after StarCraft II". The highly anticipated RTS sequel will be released as a trilogy.

StarCraft II and Diablo III will be available for the PC and Macintosh platforms.


New 'Tom Clancy's EndWar' Video Direct-Feed Footage (Xbox 360)
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 5:53 PM

Check out some direct-feed gameplay footage of Ubisoft Shanghai's Tom Clancy's EndWar for the PS3, Xbox 360, PSP, PC, and Nintendo DS.  Featuring the innovative voice-command ability, this real-time tactical game seeks to revolutionize how you play strategy games on consoles.

Having sat down with the demo (available now via XBLA) we were impressed with the voice commands and their ease of use.  While it takes a bit to get used to, once familiar you'll be off and flying with all facets of your army flying around the map.  The biggest obstacle it seems will be keeping your cool during combat (particularly online multiplayer) and keeping a normal cadence in the midst of the chaos. The beauty of the voice-commands is that it is supplemented with a robust and straight-forward unit control menus which can bridge the gap for small detailed or improv commands. 

The demo is promising, and we would love to see more when the game ships November 4th on the PS3, Xbox 360, PSP, and Nintendo DS.

Tom Clancy's EndWar Direct-Feed Gameplay Footage (Xbox 360)


Blizzard Speaks On 'StarCraft II' Trilogy
Posted By: John Manalang - Wednesday, October 15, 2008 2:09 PM


Blizzard has made the universe of their upcoming RTS sequel StarCraft II so huge that they decided to release it as a trilogy. However, after the trilogy was announced, gamers practically overflowed with questions regarding the title's three-part release. How long will each campaign be? Will all races be playable in multiplayer mode when the first game launches? How much will each StarCraft II installment cost?

Thankfully, Blizzard has updated the game's FAQs page on its official website to answer all (if not, most) of our questions regarding the exciting trilogy. Here are a couple of entries straight from the page:

Will we still be able to play multiplayer matches of StarCraft II with all three races?

"Yes! From the beginning, StarCraft II will be a fully featured multiplayer game, and all three races will be available for competitive play."

Why did you decide to release each race's campaign separately?

"We're aiming to push the boundaries of storytelling and character development in RTS games through the unique single-player campaign design of StarCraft II. Players will be able to choose their mission path and technology upgrades for their army as they advance through the campaign. In order to make these choices meaningful while creating an epic story and well-developed characters for each faction, we needed to focus on a single race for a large number of missions.

The Trilogy also allows us to create more in-game and prerendered cinematics to tell the story in between missions. There will be more interactive sets and elements for players to explore during each campaign, along with other interesting design elements to differentiate the single-player game from multiplayer matches. For example, the technology choices within the terran single-player campaign will include special upgrades and unit types that are unique to the single-player game. These could include the ability to purchase classic units such as the wraith or firebat to add to Jim Raynor's army."

Hit the source for the rest of the answers. Starcraft II will be available for the PC and Macintosh platforms.


'Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3' Hell March Video
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Tuesday, October 14, 2008 2:18 PM

The Russians get a taste of their own medicine when they alter the past (yet again) with results they weren't exactly expecting. Get back to the RTS series that started it all when Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 goes live October 27th for the PC with the Xbox 360 version following on November 11th.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 "Hell March" Trailer


BlizzCon 2008 Epic Image Gallery
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Monday, October 13, 2008 10:33 AM

Tagging along with The MMO Report as they made their way to this year's BlizzCon gathering in sunny Anaheim, California, we were able to take some interesting snapshots of the real life people that make up Blizzard's virtual worlds.

From the helpful, well-spoken Louisiana IT technican who plays an Undead Rogue in WoW to the cosplayer from Arizona who spent months engineering the wiring to light up her Epic armor properly... we here at G4 salute you for your gaming passion and the imagery it creates.

Click the image below for the BlizzCon 2008 image gallery

BlizzCon 2008 image gallery.

'StarCraft II' Trilogy: Years Apart?
Posted By: John Manalang - Monday, October 13, 2008 8:37 AM

While StarCraft II's tale will be told in three different parts, the release dates for the titles may be years apart. Lead producer Chris Sigaty said the following in an interview with MTV:

"The in-game cinematics take a considerable amount of time. It’s not as long as pre-rendered, but it does take some time to get that done so we’re exploring that right now. With Warcraft III, we hit a year for the expansion. We’d love to hit that for Starcraft II, but honestly, with how story mode goes and with the pre-rendered and in-game cinematics, I don’t know how long it’s going to take, so it’s hard to answer that question. We want to hit the shortest amount of time possible."

MTV followed up with a question about whether the follow-up expansions could take more than a year to release and Sigaty replied, "Yes, it could be." Quite a bummer, but hey, that's better than to rush the game right?


'StarCraft II' Becomes A Trilogy
Posted By: John Manalang - Monday, October 13, 2008 7:12 AM

While Blizzard's upcoming sequel StarCraft II may not have an exact release date just yet, its debut will come in three parts. During last week's BlizzCon convention in Anaheim, California, the publisher announced that the long awaited sequel will be released as a trilogy.

StarCraft II will arrive in three separate race campaigns, arriving in the following order:

  • Terrans: Wings of Liberty
  • Zerg: Heart of the Swarm
  • Protoss: Legacy of the Void

According to Blizzard, each campaign will have its own unique feature such as incorporating RPG elements into the Zerg campaign, elements of diplomacy with the Protoss and more. Each installment will have its own fix of cinematics and storylines. Multiplayer will remain unchanged regardless off the campaign split, although Blizzard mentioned that some units from the campaign mode may not be available in multiplayer.



New 'Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires' Teaser
Posted By: Jeffrey Kanjanapangka - Thursday, October 09, 2008 5:56 PM

Koei's back again with this teaser straight out of TGS 2008 for Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Dynasty Warriors 6 Empires Teaser