AKAImBatman writes: "If you've run through your DSiWare points budget and you're still looking for something to do, point your browser over to DSiCade, a site for fan-made browser games. It's only at a beta-stage so far, so you can choose among a Simon-style memory game, a Missile Command-type game, and a shoutbox, should you feel like bellowing your love for the DSi into the ether."
AKAImBatman writes: "This past Thursday, there was, at long last, a real development: a federal grand jury indicted 11 people in six states for using the H-1B program to commit immigration fraud, and specifically for violating prevailing wage laws. An Iowa US Attorney involved in the case told BusinessWeek that the government is only "at the tip of the iceberg" with these initial investigations and expects to uncover much more fraud. Let's hope that in this present period of a shrinking job market and falling wages, the federal government takes a very close look at the H-1B program to ensure that it's working as designed."
AKAImBatman writes: "Nintendo has launched their new Club Nintendo service that allows customers to earn "coins" for purchasing Nintendo products. Coins can then be redeemed for items like exclusive DS games, playing cards, Wii Remote holders, DS cases, and other Nintendo branded items.
Points are earned by registering Wii games (50 points), DS games (30 points), or by purchasing Wii Shop items (10 points) after your Wii Shop account has been linked to your Club Nintendo account. Users may link their account under the "Settings" area of the Wii Shop channel.
Prices range from 300 coins for a Wii Remote holder to 800 coins for the Game & Watch Collection for the Nintendo DS."
AKAImBatman writes: "Earlier this morning, Nintendo made several major announcements in a press conference in Japan. Ranging from a new Nintendo DS to a Wii storage solution. Nintendo's first announcement was a brand-new handheld in the Nintendo DS line of consoles. This revision of the DS brand will be a significant break from the previous DS Lite console. It will be named "Nintendo DSi". (Nintendo DS-Eye, get it?) Nintendo also announced a solution to the Wii storage problem. Unfortunately, it sounds like players will be able to download to their SD Card, but not actually play games directly from the card."
GamingNewsGuy writes: "The Court approves the corrected referee's report and John Bruce Thompson (aka Jack Thompson) is permanently disbarred, effective thirty days from the date of this order so that respondent can close out his practice and protect the interests of existing clients. If respondent notifies the Court in writing that he is no longer practicing and does not need the thirty days to protect existing clients, this Court will enter an order making the permanent disbarment effective immediately. Respondent shall accept no new business from the date this order is filed."
AKAImBatman writes: "The original tactical shooter is back, now on the Nintendo Wii! Tactical Assassin 2 has been revamped for the home console. Sporting Wii-enhanced controls, smoother gameplay, and new levels, this game is a must for fans and newcomers alike! You can play this game on your Nintendo Wii using the Wii Internet Channel, or play it on your desktop computer. For those few who missed it, the original game is still available for play on your Wii or desktop computer."
AKAImBatman writes: "If the latest NDP sales figures are to be believed, it would seem that Nintendo can't be stopped. Wii sales topped 555,000 units in July. This figure means that the Wii counted for 49 percent of all console sales for the month. The PS3 and 360 trail behind in July's numbers with 224,900 units and 204,800 units, respectively."
AKAImBatman writes: "According to a recent announcement from Taito, Space Invaders: Get Even will retail on WiiWare for only $5. Unfortunately, the game will only come with a single level. Extra "Stage Packs" must be purchased separately for 500 points each. Each Stage Pack will include 2 levels plus a bonus UFO. Total cost for all content? $20."
AKAImBatman writes: According to a Microsoft VP for the European XBox division, "We've seen some research that says 60 per cent of people who bought a Wii Fit play it once and don't play it again. So we have to get the balance right, because what we are doing is bringing new consumers into the market for the first time in their lives they are playing games sometimes — and we have to treat them with respect." The Microsoft VP went on to call the Wii Fit a "gimmick", and stated that Microsoft was working on creating interfaces that are "deep and rewarding".
AKAImBatman writes: "According to a Microsoft VP for the European XBox division, "We've seen some research that says 60 per cent of people who bought a Wii Fit play it once and don't play it again. So we have to get the balance right, because what we are doing is bringing new consumers into the market for the first time in their lives they are playing games sometimes — and we have to treat them with respect.""
AKAImBatman writes: Thinking of picking up a copy of the critically acclaimed shooter, Blast Works: Build, Trade, Destroy? It would appear that now might be an ideal time! Majesco has announced that the title's price has been slashed to $19.99 MSRP, down from its previous MSRP of $39.99.
AKAImBatman writes: "Long have there been rumors that Harmonix is porting the smash-hit videogame Rock Band to the Nintendo Wii. Harmonix recently confirmed these rumors and announced the game would be released on June 22 with an MSRP $169.99. So should Wii owners begin dancing in the street? Apparently not. Harmonix has provided further details about the game. Wii users can look forward to a straight PS2 port with no online play, no downloadable content, no character creator, no band creator, no world tour, and no support for the superior GH3 guitar controller. On the bright side, the drums will be white and Harmonix will ship 5 "Wii Exclusive" songs. (Though 360 and PS3 players may recognize these tracks as currently downloadable content.)"
AKAImBatman writes: "Long have their been rumors that Harmonix (the original creator of Guitar Hero) was porting their smash-hit game Rock Band to the Nintendo Wii. Recently, Harmonix confirmed these rumors and announced the game would be released on launch date of June 22 and cost $169.99.
So should Wii users be dancing in the street with excitement? Apparently not. Harmonix has provided further details about the game. Wii users can look forward to a straight PS2 port with no online play, no downloadable content, no character creator, no band creator, no world tour, and no support for the superior GH3 guitar controller.
On the bright side, the drums will be white and Harmonix will ship 5 "Wii Exclusive" songs. (Though 360 and PS3 players may recognize these tracks as already downloadable content.)"