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11:08 AM on 03.18.2010

DLC for Pokemon HeartGold/SoulSilver

The official website for HeartGold and SoulSilver has announced some downloadable content for the game. The Yellow Forest route will be made available for download. According to the website, the route will be full of pikachu including some with special moves. The route will be available on the Pokewalker.

So how do you get this route? Between April 2 and April 30, it'll be available by using Mystery Gift on Nintendo Wi-Fi Connect. Just follow the instructions on the page linked above. According Official Nintendo Magazine, it'll be available in both America and the UK at the same time.

So, what special moves to you think these pikachu will have? I'd imagine fly since they have a picture of flying pikachu in the background. If my guess is right, the pikachu on the left in the foreground is sleepy pikachu with the yawn attack. Maybe surfing pikachu like in Pokemon Yellow?   read

1:20 PM on 03.02.2010

River City series returns! NA release for two games announced.

I'm sure many of my fellow D-toiders have fond memories of River City Ransom for the NES. The series is a big deal in Japan, but in the West, we haven't gotten much outside of the Super Dodgeball series and a GBA remake of River City Ransom.

Well, no more! Aksys has announced that two games in the series will be coming to America. River City Super Sports Challenge and River City Hooligan Soccer are both to be released for the Nintendo DS.

Super Sports Challenge provides the player with a variety of track and field events while Hooligan Soccer features, of course, soccer. Both games will involve super moves and dangerous terrain, which is par for the course for the series.   read

11:39 PM on 10.22.2009

Viacom Buys the Rights to the Ninja Turtles

I've been meaning to start a c-blog and I may as well start with a bang. Viacom bought the rights to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for $60 million. All that Mirage Studios, the creators of TMNT, has retained was the right to publish 18 issues of TMNT a year.

As of right now, Nickelodeon is working on a CG TMNT cartoon for release in 2012. Paramount is working on a CG movie for the same year. There's been no word about whether Imagi, the creators of 2007's TMNT, will be involved. It's been announced that Playmates will retain the rights to toys.

The video game licensing issue is a bit muddled (Hey, I guess this isn't totally non-video game related). As most of Destructoid's readers know, Ubisoft currently has the rights to make TMNT games. However, TMNT is now a Nickelodeon property, which THQ holds the license for. That licensing agreement ends next year with the possibility that Viacom will give those rights to their own company MTV Games. In any case, all current Ninja Turtle games will come out as planned, though the only one I know of is TMNT: Arcade Attack.

Both Peter Laird (TMNT's co-creator) and long-time artist Jim Lawson commented on the sale at their respective blogs. Laird is relieved, saying, "I never expected to be working on the same thing for this long. And it has worn me down." Lawson agrees, commenting, "...I'm thinking, yeah- perhaps it IS time."

Personally, I'm not too optimistic about this buy-out. The last thing that Nickelodeon put out that I enjoyed was Avatar. There's also a sadness about it. Mirage was the one independent comic studio to really make it big and now, they're being absorbed by a conglomerate like Viacom. Hopefully, I'll be wrong and this will be the best thing to happen to the Turtles.   read

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