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North American Tornado confirmed

It looks like GameFly was right once again.

We recently reported that the renter/retailer put up a listing for Tornado, which was assumed to be a localized version of the Japanese game sharing the same name. Now according to a blurb in most recent issue of Nintendo Power, the Katamari-like game is indeed confirmed to pop up in North America, although no timeline details were given.

Nintendo Power also reveals that Tornado will include some microphone blowing elements, which worries us a little bit. As long as the game doesn't overdo it, though, we can't help but think that this will be a nice addition to the DS library.

[Via GoNintendo]

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Tornado might blow over to North America

The comparisons between Tornado and Katamari Damacy are extremely evident, but there's one major difference: Katamari Damacy games are available outside of Japan, whereas Success's title has yet to accomplish that.

In fact, Tornado hasn't even released in Japan yet. It was originally scheduled to come out last year, but later become delayed indefinitely. Oddly enough, though, GameFly has a listing for a DS game called Tornado. Can it be the same game? Perhaps -- we hope so, at least. We wouldn't mind having a portable Katamari-like game release in North America for our favorite handheld.

Whatever this game is, it's being published by Ignition Entertainment and has a GameFly release date of September '08.

[Via Siliconera]

Fresh Teenage Zombie footage to gnaw on

We're absolutely concerned for the well-being of this game. Not because we want a worthwhile title to enjoy on our beloved DS (our wallet has been crying for a break, lately); the system is filled with great experiences contained within tiny little carts. We're just worried somebody is going to try and eat the thing and get hurt.

As for Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys as a game you play, we always had our doubts. The first gameplay footage we laid eyes on only confused us, then the second trailer we caught a glimpse of only made us sink deeper in our doubt, and now this final trailer of extended gameplay has us fairly certain it's not the game for us. But, that doesn't mean it isn't the game for you.

Anyone still down with the zombie horde?

Innovation: Teenage Zombies has both minigames and microgames

In an interview with Cubed3, inLight Entertainment's Darren McGrath revealed some interesting design choices about the upcoming platformer Teenage Zombies: Invasion of the Alien Brain Thingys. Interestingly ... disappointing design choices. First, when asked about co-op play, he said that he believes that the character-switching system is "somewhat co-operative by default," in that your characters cooperate with each other. But as for two humans cooperating to play the game: not so much.

Even though there's no room for multiplayer, inLight has managed to implement two separate sets of minigames. The "Big Brain Challenge" micro-games are brain-training-type games that "relate to the Big Brain character." We assume that these micro-games are designed to help nurture the more delicious parts of the brain. Other stylus-based minigames are "an extension of the story" and become accessible via the main menu later for repeated play. If they're fun, we suppose we don't care how many and what kind of minigames are included. But we aren't sure about the idea of burying what already looks a bit iffy under a pile of minigames.

New Zealand Story, Bubble Bobble headed to U.S. in early 2008

Ignition Entertainment just announced a deal with Marvelous Interactive through which Ignition will be publishing some of their remade arcade classics. The first DS games to benefit from this arrangement are the remade Taito hits Bubble Bobble: Double Shot and New Zealand Story Revolution, which will come out early next year.

We could have sworn that both of these games were already out, but it turns out that a) they've been out in Europe and Japan for quite some time, which confused us a bit, and b) we were conflating the two titles with Bubble Bobble Revolution, which obviously contains elements of both new games' titles and had a rather ignominious release last year.

Because they've been out across the pond, there's been time for the European press to register their opinions. And, while we shouldn't expect broken cartridges, it doesn't look like there's too much good to expect here either. Spencer Yip namechecked New Zealand Story yesterday as an uninspired and uninspiring remake in our roundtable.

But we admit that we still want to give New Zealand Story Revolution a chance when it comes out. It was such a great NES game! We're remaining optimistic that we'll be able to extract enjoyment from the game.

[Via press release]

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