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Now there's one less reason to turn off the TV -  you can access the Internet through your Wii, for free (again).Those who got the Wii when it first launched in November 2006 will remember the Internet Channel came as a free download at the time. It allows Wii owners to surf the net on their televisions. The Wii Remote allows users to check their e-mail, buy stuff and check out the latest news - you know, whatever it is they usually do on the Internet.Then, in July 2007, Nintendo changed it up and started charging 500 Wii Points to download the Internet Channel. That's changed again, and the channel's available for free again.For folks who used their points to get free broadband Internet... Read more...
Nintendo announced a slew of releases today, including the launch of Wii Fit Plus and new colors for the DSi.Starting Sept. 13, Nintendo will sell white and pink versions of the DSi system, in addition to the blue and black already out there. Perhaps they figured more girls would be likely to buy if they had pink? Unclear, but just like the original colors, the two new hues will have two cameras and interactive options allowing users to "create and manipulate pictures or sound in fun and creative ways." No extra charge for pink or white - just like the original colors, the suggested retail price will remain $169.99.Not to channel the spirit of Billy Mays, but wait! There's more!Wii Fit Plus launches... Read more...
Tony Hawk: RIDE, a game that made all sorts of waves when it debuted earlier this year at the E3 Expo in California, has finally notched a date with destiny: November 17, 2009. That's the date in which Activision's next must-have Nintendo Wii title will hit stores, and that means you'll be shoving yet another motion-sensing periperal in your closet.This time it'll be the lifelike Tony Hawk skateboard, which will allow owners to "pull off tricks, such as grinds and ollies, by stepping on a motion-sensing controller that resembles a skateboard, without wheels." The entire game is designed to be controlled by the board, with the accessory boasting not one, but two two tilt-sensing accelerometers... Read more...
After years of delays (including one cancelation), developer change-ups, and a lot of hard work, Terminal Reality succeeded in bringing a Ghostbusters game to market for the PS3, XBox 360, Wii, and PC. Terminal Reality committed to building their own graphics engine—dubbed the Infernal Engine—to facilitate game development; we recently had a chance talk with them about the game, the new engine, and the future of multi-core gaming. The questions were answered by Mark Randel, President and Founder and Joe Kreiner, VP of Sales and Marketing...An Interview With Game Developer Terminal Reality ... Read more...
Six Flags plans to expand its partnership with Nintendo in order to provide its theme park guests with the opportunity to play the upcoming Wii Sports Resort video game before it’s released to retail stores. Under the terms of the partnership, Wii Sports Resort will be showcased in the Wii Experience in nine theme parks across the country. Wii Sports Resort will also be featured in a Six Flags in-park media program which includes commercials on Six Flags TV and its Jumbotron Network as well as signs and online mentions on www.sixflags.com. Wii Sports Resort features 12 sports activities such as archery, basketball, and table tennis. The game comes with the new Wii MotionPlus accessory which is... Read more...
The game industry often relies on sequels as opposed to new ideas to bring in big profits. With a game like Guitar Hero, however, there’s not a whole lot you can do except add new songs to the playlist or offer a band sequel such as the Van Halen edition. Even though these new additions are great because the game concept sells well in general and because people have a certain liking to specific bands, Guitar Hero hasn’t seen a lot of new innovations. At least it hasn’t until now. Activision has officially announced that Guitar Hero 5 will be coming to the Xbox, PS2 and PS3, and Wii this fall. This latest version of Guitar Hero will offer some thrilling new features that set it apart from the... Read more...
Can you handle another Wii-related peripheral in your house? With so many plastic guitars, drumsets, Wiimote cases, Wii Zapper holsters, fishing accessories, etc., we're beginning to wonder if there's any end to the madness in sight. Of course, the peripheral industry is a thriving one, and Nintendo's choice to add motion sensitivity to its latest console has certainly made third-party suppliers happy. The latest piece of must-have hardware to surface is the skateboard you see above, which will come packaged with Tony Hawk's latest title. It has been quite some time since Mr. Hawk was featured in a skateboard video game, and really, could you imagine a better comeback story than this? Taking... Read more...
Nintendo is gearing up to breath new life into its already wildly successful Wii this summer with the launch of its MotionPlus Wii accessory. The device, which will attach to the bottom of the Wii Remote, where the Nunchuck accessory currently affixes, aims to provide a more 1:1 physics ratio when interacting with motion heavy games. Specifically, it "tracks players’ movements in finer detail and with greater accuracy than ever before."The device was actually revealed around a year ago, but in the meantime, Nintendo has been working to alleviate Wii console shortages and deliver the incredibly popular DSi. Now, at long last, Nintendo has revealed that the MotionPlus add-on is slated to ship here... Read more...
We know this is going to simultaneously take you by surprise and crush your dreams, but the price of Nintendo's Wii isn't going down anytime soon. Sure, there's some sort of a "recession" going on (or so they say), but video game sales haven't been hurting. Especially not in Nintendo's world. If you'll recall, the company just shipped its 50 millionth Wii console, and up until recently it's been practically impossible to find one in stock in retail stores. Needless to say, demand has been outstripping supply for some time now, and thus, Nintendo has absolutely no reason to cut prices in order to get units moving even faster. Amazingly, Wii sales have actually slowed a bit in Japan, which prompted... Read more...
If you've been following along, you won't be at all shocked by this news. If not, you still probably won't find it too hard to believe. What we're alluding to is the fact that Nintendo has just shipped its 50 millionth Wii console -- a tidbit that you'd already know if you realized that AMD just shipped the 50 millionth Wii GPU and IBM just shipped the 50 millionth Wii CPU. The news was broken by Nintendo's own Satoru Iwata at the Game Developers Conference, where he also proclaimed that the Wii was the fastest selling game hardware in history. Specifically, about half of total sales were made in Canada and the United States, with Europe making up 40 percent and Japan the rest. If you'll recall,... Read more...
It was over a year ago that reports emerged of Netflix surveying users about possible streaming to the Xbox 360 (which eventually came to fruition) and the PS3. New reports have arisen about Netflix asking the same questions, this time about the PS3 and the Nintendo Wii. In email surveys sent to customers, reports indicate that both the Nintendo Wii and the PS3 would require a "Netflix Instant Streaming Disc." A Netflix Instant Streaming Disc (one-time fee of $9.99). This disc must be put into your PS3 (or Wii) whenever you want to instantly watch movies and TV episodes from Netflix over the InternetWe can perhaps understand, with the rather limited storage on the Nintendo Wii compared to the... Read more...
Can it be? Can it be? Nintendo's Wii has finally left its perpetual state of "sold out?" We can't definitely say that's the case across the board, but we can personally say that we've seen more Wiis on local store shelves (meaning at least one, and usually not two) over the past month than we've seen in the past two years. Oh, and aside from that totally anecdotal evidence, GameStop senior vice president of merchandizing Bob McKenzie has given the world at large reason to believe that supply and demand are finally, finally aligning on this white hot console. For those who actually haven't been pulling their hair out for the past 2.5 years, consider yourself lucky. Everyone else has been waltzing... Read more...
And here we were thinking that Sony's PlayStation 3 had something special going on. Merely 24 hours after NVIDIA announced that its PhysX technology would be coming over to the PS3, the company has gone and essentially announced the very same thing for the Wii. Or, as NVIDIA puts it, it has been approved as a "third party tools solution provider for the Wii consolue," and as a result of that, the PhysX SDK is now available for registered Wii developers.According to Tony Tamasi, senior vice president of content and technology at NVIDIA: "Nintendo has reshaped the home entertainment and video game market with the success of the Wii console. Adding a PhysX SDK for Wii is key to our cross-platform... Read more...
While AMD's dedicated chip sales may be sagging, the company has still found reason to celebrate. With the success of the Wii comes the inevitable success of AMD, at least in small part. Today, Advanced Micro Devices proudly announced that the 50 millionth ATI 'Hollywood' graphics processor has shipped from Nintendo today, and if you're having difficulty piecing this all together, 'Hollywood' is the GPU housed with the Wii gaming console. With this milestone shipment, 'Hollywood' has become the most successful AMD game console chip in the history of AMD game console chips. Genyo Takeda, general manager of Integrated Research and Development at Nintendo, had some pretty fond words to say about... Read more...
This holiday season follows suit with last years as the Nintendo Wii continues to be one of the most sought after gifts. Wal-Mart Stores Inc has announced it will offer "tens of thousands" of the consoles and packages via its website starting on Monday according to Reuters.  Walmart.com said it will offer the Nintendo Wii console for $249.24, and a "value bundle," which includes the console and other items like an extra set of controllers, for $329, while supplies last.Since its debut of the Wii gaming console, Nintendo Co Ltd has been hard pressed to increase production enough in order for supply to be in check with demand. Due to reduced availability stores often package the console in... Read more...
Nintendo wanted to show off the Character Importer feature of Animal Crossing: City Folk for the Wii. To do so, it sent media pre-played copies of the old (2005) DS game, Animal Crossing: Wild World, with much of the content unlocked. Unfortunately, it appears whoever played the games added a surprise Nintendo never intended.Both MTV Multiplayer and Kotaku posted that their games contained what some might consider a racial slur, and others just chatting with your homeboy. Part of the Animal Crossing: Wild World gameplay is the ability to customize greetings from characters, and thus both sites reported seeing the following greetings from Baabara (a sheep): "I almost forgot about you, N***a" "So... Read more...
The Wii Fit is all the rage these days. Selling like hotcakes, it was only a matter of time before another company tried their hand at virtual fitness. The first up to the plate is video game giant Electronic Arts. EA has unveiled its take on fitness. Unlike the "eastern" oriented Wii Fit, which focuses on balance and stretching, this "western" styled fitness game takes a more cardiovascular approach to fitness.  EA Sports President Peter Moore has geared the game towards women, especially mothers, and aims to give people a more strenuous workout by distracting them with the fun of video games, yet still get them to sweat. "It can't feel like a workout," he said, "the team has to figure... Read more...
Whoops, don't start strumming yet. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Performance Designed Products (PDP) announced on Thursday a voluntary recall of the Rage Wireless Guitar controller for the Nintendo Wii. As the CPSC announcement says: Hazard: A circuit board defect can cause AA batteries used in the guitar to leak if the batteries are installed incorrectly, posing a risk of chemical burns to consumers. Incidents/Injuries: Performance Designed Products has received one report of a burn to a consumer. Description: The Rage Wireless Guitar controller is designed to be used on the Nintendo Wii system. The guitar is blue or white and is 31 inches long. The guitar contains battery-operated... Read more...
Not content to let Nintendo Wii owners have all the fun with motion-based, wireless game controllers, Asus has just announced its own Wii-like controllers for Windows PCs, called the Eee Stick. It seems that Asus is putting the "Eee" moniker on all of its new products lately, such as the Eee PC and the Eee Box. In fact, the Asus press release made it sound as though the controllers will only be available bundled with some models of the Eee PC and Eee Box, and not as a stand-alone product.Asus states that the Eee Stick "translates users' physical hand motions into corresponding movements onscreen." It will include "a collection of games developed or adapted specifically for use with it." As to... Read more...
It certainly wouldn't be a deal-breaker (or maker) to us, but if you still can't get a Nintendo Wii (and annoyingly, it's still in short supply), and you're interested in signing your life away for two years to Comcast, this could be the deal for you.On Monday, hot on the heels of the announcement that Comcast will soon receive a slap on the wrist --- and hopefully, an order to stop throttling P2P --- Comcast announced that new subscribers to their Comcast Triple Play package will receive a complimentary Nintendo Wii system.Triple Play is what it sounds: three services: high-speed Internet, digital cable, and digital voice.  Currently in my area this upgrade would run us $69 / month. ... Read more...
Nintendo's Wii console game is an interesting piece of technology, and a fascinating business phenomenon as well. While Nintendo's competitors produced consoles as powerful and versatile as they could, charged a small fortune for them, and still didn't make much money on them, the Wii concentrated on simple, fun, intuitive gameplay, introduced an innovative controller, and made money hand over fist even though they had the cheapest console. But let's face it. The minute you saw that controller, everybody had the same idea: I want a lightsaber! LucasArts has finally decided to make themselves and Nintendo even richer, and all of us living room Jedis happy, with Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Lightsaber... Read more...
On Monday Nintendo officially launched the Wii Fit. Much like the premier of some movies, however, it's only being launched at one location: the Nintendo World store in New York City. Other retailers will start selling the Fit on Wednesday.At an MSRP of $89.99, Wii Fit comes packaged with the Wii Balance Board™ accessory, a precisely engineered platform that senses both weight and shifts in movement and balance. The Wii Balance Board connects wirelessly to the Wii™ console and serves as the centerpiece for more than 40 fun activities that challenge users in areas like yoga, aerobics, strength training and balance. Helpful virtual trainers in the game talk users through the different... Read more...
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