Enix: No Dragon Warrior IV for you, English pig-dogs Enix today has obliterated all current plans for a stateside release of Dragon Warrior IV, reason being a supposed lack of interest in the PSOne platform. Enix cited a possible future release on a different platform, however.
Grand Theft Auto III, others inspire Take-Two shares Grand Theft Auto III, among other titles developed by Rockstar games, have inspired strengthening shares in Rockstar's parent company, Take 2 Interactive. Profits for the quarter ending January 31 are a reported $34.8 million thanks to the successes of Rockstar titles like Grand Theft Auto, State of Emergency, and Max Payne. Take2Games.com
Lucky Europeans to receive Final Fantasy X extras Square Europe is preparing for a May 31 release of Final Fantasy X packed with the extra gameplay features present in Final Fantasy X International. Furthermore, the game will have a bonus disc entitled "Beyond Final Fantasy" featuring interviews and a preview of Kingdom Hearts. Square-Europe.com
Sega, Nintendo collaborate on new F-Zero title The next title in the F-Zero series is underway by both Sega and Nintendo. While Nintendo will develop the Gamecube title, Sega will be developing a similar game via Triforce technology for arcades in Japan. Gamers will be able to transfer data between arcade and Cube with their memory cards.
Square unveils soccer title "World Fantasista... will feature actual players from the Japanese national team, and players will be able to choose from 35 different countries. In addition, the production staff of the Final Fantasy series will create the opening CG movie". Gamespot
Enix plans original RPG for Game Boy Advance "Enix has announced that it will release a role-playing game for the Game Boy Advance. The game will be a joint collaboration between the company and Japanese gaming publication V-Jump. V-Jump will be holding a contest in which readers will be able to submit their own title, monster designs, events, and music to be used in the game". GameSpot
Ingressive PS3 development slated for 2005 "The [PlayStation 3] hardware is said to be focused heavily on high-speed fiber optic Internet connectivity, which would make it possible for it to run games without the use of disc-based media. Development of the hardware is currently targeted for completion in 2005". GameSpot
Nintendo invests healthy amount in Retro Retro Studios Inc. has officially become a wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo with a purchase reportedly of $1 million for 55 million shares. Retro's continued Metroid Prime development will come to a close with the title's release later this year. Nintendo.com
Gamecube online this fall "Nintendo has announced that it will sell both the dial-up and broadband adapters for the GameCube in the fall... The first product that will be available for online play will be Sega's Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II... Nintendo will continue to focus on offline gaming but stated that it realizes that there is a market for online products". GameSpot