In the News #17 – 2/1/2008

Daily News for February 1st, 2008.

  • The Cobalt Blue/Black Nintendo DS is official. We reported on this earlier this week and classified it as a rumor; but it has been announced it will be arriving in stores February 10th, 2008.
  • Owners of the new Super Smash Bros. Brawl game are apparently having more problems than just the earlier reports of firmware update errors. Nintendo is now getting reports of disc read errors and choppy video playbacks. Nintendo says the problem is being caused by dust and tobacco build up inside the Wii system. It is very difficult for Wii owners to fix this dust problem themselves, so Nintendo is offering to clean the system for free.
    Those who need this service for their Japanese Wii will have to send their system, warranty card, and copy of Smash Bros. Brawl to a Nintendo service center in Kyoto. Nintendo will be paying for the shipping, so there’s no loss for consumers, except for a one week period without Wii. Go to Nintendo’s Smash Bros. error page.
  • Spore, the long awaited multi-platform title, may be coming out before the holiday season of 2008. According to Electronic Arts Chief Executive John Riccitiello,  “It’s going to be before the holidays.”
  • Jim Ward, President of LucasArts since 2004, is stepping down from his position on the staff. Ward says he is leaving due to personal reasons. He will be completing his tenure over the next two weeks. Howard Roffman, President of Lucas Licensing, will be filling in during the interim.
  • Half-Life 2 Episode 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 will soon be available as individual games as oppose to one big bundle in The Orange Box. The individual titles will be released on PC sometime before March 31st, 2008. *Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode 1 are already available as standalone retail packages.
  • A Conflict: Denied Ops demo is now available for download on the Xbox Live Marketplace.
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