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Wii shortages?

According to a Gamespot article, Nintendo recently questioned their supply of Wii consoles to Australia. While they won’t give us an exact figure, reportedly they’ve confirmed there will be sufficient supplies for pre-order consoles, but the numbers may not hold out for long. Meanwhile North America will be getting one million units at launch, keeping them happy.

Is there enough Wii for all?

Well i’d imagine that alot of the opening consumers would be going to pre-order way anyway. Some stores are even giving some nifty independent pre-order deals, so I highly suggest Aussies pre-order to secure their launch spot. Hopefully this all means launch is looking to be bigger than expected from Nintendo, which is great for them.

Actually, I should put down a pre-order for myself…

First Look: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Though I admit I used to get a little giddy when a new Harry Potter book was coming out thankfully I have been over that for years, but that doesn’t really matter when it comes to the movies because they’re just a good time. The highly anticipated Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is the 5th movie and follows Harry through his 5th year of that messed up and absurdly dangerous school, Hogwarts.

All the previous actors are back to reprise there roles including: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Brendan Gleeson, Jason Isaacs, Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman, and the main man Gary Oldman. This movie will be introducing a bunch of new folk including Luna Lovegood (Evanna Lynch), Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham-Carter), Kingsley Shacklebolt (George Harris), Professor Dolorees Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) and some other less important people. Also for those of you under 18 or that are a bit creepy, Emma Watson is a year older (16).

Check out the first pictures from the movie (thanks to Joblo.com):

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Ubisoft slip up.

Recently, via NeoGAF (an internet gaming community), a 2GB RAR of unreleased Ubisoft goodies has been leaked onto the net. This package includes videos, screenshots, artwork, and general information on a number of Ubisofts upcoming hot titles.

Ubisoft had this to say – “We are clearly displeased that confidential information from Ubisoft has been distributed on the internet. The publication of this type of information can only be harmful to the game development process and we will take all steps necessary to prevent this from happening in the future. We are still investigating the events that lead to this information leak and at this time have no further comment.”

They’re most certainly not happy. Somehow the .rar wandered onto their ubi.com FTP server, which was then uploaded onto a NeoGAF thread by a user. Ubisoft killed off this source as soon as they could, but once it’s already out there, there’s not much they can do. So the thread doesn’t link to the 2GB file, but alot has been uploaded throughout it, including new Prince Of Persia artwork, some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles screenshots and art, and some FarCry stuff they certainly wouldn’t want out.

The pack included titles –

Assassins Creed
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Farcry PSP
Farcry Wii
Prince of Persia
RB6: Vegas
Rocky PSP
Splinter Cell 4
Splinter Cell 5
Surf’s Up
Star Wars PSP
Shaun White (Snowboarding game)

I think Ubisoft will be checking what goes on their FTP server a bit more thoroughly now.

Gameswizards no more.


Popular game store franchise Gameswizards have been bought up by one of Europe’s biggest game store companies, GAME.

With one of Australias key gaming stores now being internationally owned and managed, will this be a change for the best or worst? It’s a shame that funds are now going overseas, but this change may substantially increase the quality and quantity of stores around the nation.

We’ll have to wait and see what these stores now become, but a portion of regular patrons are already disappointed in this deal. There is currently no information on whether the stores will be renamed, or any more details.

Prestige TV Spot

As long-time readers will know I’m utterly stoked about Christopher Nolan’s (Batman Begins, Memento) upcoming movie The Prestige; about a battle of the ages between Wolverine and Batman. OK so its not Wolverine and Batman but it is Hugh Jackman and Christian Bale and that’s just as good isn’t it? No your right its not; but what if they were magicians? Starting to sound pretty cool isn’t it?

Well then you will be pleased to know they just released a brand new TV spot for the movie; it doesn’t show much more then the original trailer (which is actually a good thing) but it’s still pretty cool. Check out the TV spot below and the poster below that.

Prestige TV Spot:
Low Med High

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Eragon; same trailer different qualities.

For those of you who missed out on the Eragon trailer I posted up a little while ago, Apple have finally got it up on there site in three shiny QuickTime qualities. So if the previous download was a bit big for you, you can check them out here.

Justin and Maggie set to Die Hard.

There is one movie that is my favourite Christmas movie, my favourite action movie and is in my top 5 favourite movies of all time; Die Hard. So when I heard that they are making a fourth Die Hard film I nearly died, and I did get hard.

Originally titled Die Hard 4.0 but thankfully renamed to Live Free or Die Hard, it is set to start filming near the end of the year, is being directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld) and of course stars Bruce Willis.

This is all semi-old news though, what is new is the supporting cast. Justin Long (Jeepers Creepers; Dodgeball) has been confirmed to be co-starring in the film as “a computer-savvy accomplice” who helps McClane take down some computer terrorists during the 4th of July holiday. It is also rumoured that Justin Long’s character is McClane’s son but this has yet to be confirmed and Fox is keeping tight lipped on the subject.

Also joining the cast is relatively unknown Hawaiian hottie Maggie Q (Mission Impossible III), who will be playing one of the main hacker terrorists.

You can see Justin Long in the reportedly hilarious Accepted, currently in cinemas in the U.S and premiering on November 9th in Australia. You can check out the trailer for Accepted here.

Tokyo Games Show 2006 has kicked off!


Originally starting in 1996, one of the greatest gaming conventions in the world, second only to E3, has just kicked off for another year on this 19th of September. The Tokyo Game Show, featuring all the latest in gaming goodness, features all the greats such as the obvious Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo all against each other showing off their new shiny wares.It’s pretty similar to E3, but with one key difference.

At TGS (Tokyo Game Show), general punters are allowed to attend, therefore bringing much larger numbers, while straying off the more exclusive, intimate press conferences and announcements we see at E3. With two new consoles just around the corner this TGS is looking to be a barrel of fun. Still underway, all eyes are on Nintendo and Sony, the pioneers of next-gen with the up-coming Wii and Playstation 3. Getting alot of attention are the big titles such as Devil May Cry 4, Metal Gear Solid 4, and the recently announced Ninja Gaiden for PS3 (a port of the XBOX Ninja Gaiden, with some new goodies).

There’s heaps to be discovered this year. Unfortunately my budget doesn’t support a trip to Tokyo right now, but fortunately I provide you with delicious links to the many gaming sites who all have some nifty coverage going on.

I’ll write up a summary of the hot announcements once TGS is over, as it is still pouring out far too much for me to keep up with.

Until then, I suggest:




For up to the date coverage.

Something looks different… New drapes?

Well the new site is done and with the new look comes many great new features including a fully working comments system, a better posting system (which means more articles) and of course Jordan who didn’t actually come with the site but more of just showed up around the same time. You can read up a little on Jordan and me on the about us page.

We have some great stuff comming up on the site including more reviews of both movies and games, coverage of the Australian International Film Festival next month, and the Game1 Electronics and Gaming Expo and eGames & Entertainment Expo in November.

I hope you guys like the change; feel free to comment on it below.

Old site; Ah memories…

First Look: Frank Miller’s 300

300 01 (small)

Sin City was easily one of the best movies of 2005 and that was because of two people, Director Robert Rodriguez and Writer/Director/Creator Frank Miller. Well with Sin City being such a big success we all knew it wouldn’t be long until Frank got to work on his next comic book adaptation; enter 300.

300 is the movie adaptation of Miller’s graphic novel; set in 480BC it follows the story of the Spartan King Leonidas and his 300 Royal Guards as they go into battle against the entire Persian army who are on a mission to conquer all of Greece. The Spartan’s were out numbered one hundred thousand to one but they had no choice if they wanted to save their country.

300 in a similar way to Sin City has a sort of CG filter on it giving the movie a dark, surreal, and gritty look. You can check out the mind-blowingly cool trailer for the 300 here (thanks to the Movies for the Masses guys). Also you can check out the cool posters for the movie below; click to enlarge.

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