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News: Yuji Naka's Rodea the Sky Soldier is Finished

Yuji Naka's Rodea the Sky Soldier is Finished

What's keeping it?

One of the most promising Wii games still to see release is Rodea the Sky Soldier from Yuji Naka's PROPE studio. We haven't seen much of the game since January, but the good news is that development work has finished. The bad news is that publisher Kadokawa Games is yet to tell Naka its plans for releasing his latest game, including any localisation plans for outside of Japan, as..

News: Rodea the Sky Soldier Flying to Wii and 3DS

Rodea the Sky Soldier Flying to Wii and 3DS

Check out Yuji Naka's newest project in action

We recently heard word that Yuji Naka, former head honcho of Sega's Sonic Team, was working on a brand new and highly secret project for both the Nintendo Wii and 3DS systems, but so far we've seen very little in the way of screenshots and absolutely no video of the game in action at all. Well the wait is finally over as the first official gameplay..

News: Buying Ivy the Kiwi? Helps Save Real Kiwis

Buying Ivy the Kiwi? Helps Save Real Kiwis

10p donated to Save the Kiwi Trust

You don't see many video games about kiwis, though this is Rising Star Games' second game to feature the flightless bird following DS romp New Zealand Story. The lack of kiwi-based games might be due to the increasing danger of extinction faced by its real-life counterpart, but if you want to do something about that – and we know you do – there is something..

News: Mario and Sonic Olympics was Yuji Naka's Idea, says Yuji Naka

Mario and Sonic Olympics was Yuji Naka's Idea, says Yuji Naka

Idea pitched before he left Sega

The man behind Sonic the Hedgehog, Yuji Naka, had left Sega by the time Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games was underway, but Mr Naka has said that he came up with the concept before his departure. Speaking to the audience at this year's Eurogamer Expo in London, Mr Naka said: It was actually my idea, and I was the one who approached Nintendo about it. I thought..

News: Ivy the Kiwi? Emerges from its European Egg on October 29th

Ivy the Kiwi? Emerges from its European Egg on October 29th

Yuji Naka's latest opus nearly hatched

Ivy the Kiwi? for Wii and DS is the latest game from Yuji Naka, best known for his involvement in the creation of Sonic the Hedgehog. It's been out in North America for some time, but a European release is just around the corner, with publisher Rising Star Games announcing the game will launch on Friday, October 29th. You can read our Ivy the Kiwi? Wii review..

News: Ivy the Kiwi? Contest Winner!

Ivy the Kiwi? Contest Winner!

The envelope please

We'd like to congratulate Acerocksyourworld on being the lucky winner of our Ivy the Kiwi? Competition. You'll soon be receiving your very own copy of the Wii release along with an autographed piece of Ivy the Kiwi? artwork taken directly from XSEED's E3 2010 booth. We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who entered the contest as the sheer number of entries..

Hands On: Ivy the Kiwi?

Ivy the Kiwi?

We take Yuji Naka's unique platformer for a spin

Only getting a few minutes to play Ivy the Kiwi? at the recent E3 trade show in Los Angeles, it was difficult to get a good feel for what the games had to offer. While it was certainly fun getting to see them in action and having the gist of the gameplay fully explained, a part of me still wanted to...

News: Ivy the Kiwi? Gets Release Date

Ivy the Kiwi? Gets Release Date

Unique platformer is on the way

XSEED Games have just announced that their upcoming Wii and DS releases of Ivy the Kiwi have officially gone gold and are set to be released at North American retailers on August 24th. Ivy the Kiwi is a unique platforming title created by legendary Sonic creator Yuji Naka along with his Prope Studio developers and is set to retail for $29.99 for the Wii version and..

News: Yuji Naka Not Interested in Making Sonic Games

Yuji Naka Not Interested in Making Sonic Games

Just as well, really

Even though he was creating blue hedgehog games for the best part of fifteen years, people still assume Yuji Naka hasn't had his fill of his most famous character just yet. It turns out he has. Speaking to Siliconera, Mr Naka said: Right now, I want to create new things. Even if I had the opportunity to create some kind of new...

News: Download Versions of Ivy the Kiwi? Rated by ESRB

Download Versions of Ivy the Kiwi? Rated by ESRB

Tiny bird to fly to WiiWare and DSiWare

Last month we brought you our First Impressions of upcoming PROPE project Ivy the Kiwi?, as well as an exclusive interview with the game's creator Yuji Naka. In Japan, the game received small versions available via WiiWare and DSiWare, so naturally our intrepid reporter Corbie Dillard asked about the possibility of these games heading to the West, to which Mr..

News: Ivy the Kiwi Story - Chapter One

Ivy the Kiwi Story - Chapter One

It's story time!

Xseed have just sent over some more information on their upcoming Ivy the Kiwi releases for Nintendo Wii and DS due to hit store shelves this summer. They've also sent the first part of their ongoing story for the games that will be released in parts between now and the official release date. You can check out Chapter One below and...