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Amazon goes Wii Wii Wii, all the way home

February 1st, 2007 . by joshtest

WiizonWell, it looks like, that for the few weeks it was even available in 2006, the Wii has taken top spot on amazons search list for 2006.

Great news and publicity for Nintendo's Wii, and also the DS, as the system and games such as Super Mario and Brain Age came in close to the top as well. A spokesperson from Amazon commented,

“As systems such as the Nintendo Wii and DS expand the appeal of gaming beyond the traditionally perceived audience of teenage boys, sales of videogames
on Amazon.co.uk are reflecting a real change in the types of games
Brits want. 2006 saw top-selling violent games of the past, such as
Grand Theft Auto and Medal of Honour, replaced by more family-friendly
titles with broader appeal.”

God damn Brits and their "Honour"

[Source: GoNintendo

Tokyo gets smashT

January 31st, 2007 . by joshtest

TokGodzillaOH NOS, ITS GODZILLA

Yes, you heard right. Godzilla is back.

Atari and Pipeworks have come together to release Godzilla: Unleashed.

This team is the one responsible for Rampage: Total Destruction and Godzilla: Destroy All Monsters Melee, so they get some credit.

Rick Mehler, Director of Marketing at Atari, has this to say about this new Wii title

Players will claw, kick, stomp, throw and blast their way through the
streets of major world cities in order to claim the ultimate, beastly
title: King of the Monsters… in Godzilla: Unleashed for the Wii,
players will tap into their inner monster powers when using the
system's wireless, motion-sensing controller.

Sweet deal, especially since Rampage has always been a dirty loving secret in everybodies lives. Either you love to eat chicken legs from broken windows, or random white blocks that are supposed to be obvious virgins. 

Oh, and Tokyo is getting pwnt.

[Source: Play-Nintendo]

Monday’s Virtual Console Releases

January 29th, 2007 . by Josh

Yeah, another Monday. Which means we all have to go back to work, damn it. But it also means Nintendo graces us with more Virtual Console games!

  • Contra III
  • Comix Zone
  • Bonanza Bros
  • Mario Kart 64

  Wow, last week A Link to the Past, this week Mario Kart 64. It's about damn time Nintendo puts some good games up on Virtual Console.

Wiinja VANISH

January 29th, 2007 . by joshtest

WiiPirateCVG is hosting an article about something we all figured wouldn't take too long to come up with. A Wii mod-chip. After only two months, a commercially produced mod-chip, named "Wiinja" has begun to hit websites.

The chip is, of course, a solder-ing type, one that must be installed on the motherboard itself very carefully, at risk of ruining your Wii.

And, of course, said websites will install this chip for you, at the cost of one million dollars.

Now, lets get serious here. Mod chips have two reasons to exist.

One : To play import games

Two : To pirate games.

Now, lets get even more serious here. This mod-chip, only plays current region games. Meaning, no region-free ability.  No imports, nada. So the whole point of this chip is to accommodate reason two. To pirate games. GG

[Source: CVG

O-Wii-ginality?

January 26th, 2007 . by joshtest

Those of you hooked on Geometry Wars for the 360 know how impressive having an open dev system for their console can be. Now rumor sparks abound about the prospect of a "Games Channel" for the Wii, where independent developers can use an inexpensive toolkit to produce games that will be available on said channel.

A call by Computer and Video Games to Nintendo revealed the following from a Nin-rep. 

"Nintendo has developed a programming system that will allow small independent developers to make games for Wii download service. We cannot confirm at this time in what format the new content will be delivered, but in the future there will be original games available for download through the Wii Shop."

Nintendo president, Satoru Iwata, had stated many times at launch parties and events last year that development tools will become available for independents later this year. This prospect will hopefully allow some addicting and cheap games to be made available through WiiConnect24.

[Source: CVG

Wii News Channel Lives!

January 26th, 2007 . by jb

This seemingly small update to the Nintendo Wii is actually pretty damn cool.

After watching this video, I could actually see myself plopping down in front of my TV and reading the news, simply because the overall experience of the activity is very relaxed.

While the Weather Channel was arguably not so big of a deal, I see this News Channel as actually being a great way to get your daily news.

Anything that keeps my ass in my LoveSac is A-OK with me!

A Wii bit late…

January 25th, 2007 . by joshtest

Lets see, how long has it been since the Wii launch.

First, nothing online works. People complain about friend codes (meh), then it takes a while for the VC to actually work, even though it had a nice total of  10 games.

A month later we are presented with Wii Weather finally. Why it took so long for www.weather.com, I'm not sure.

Then we finally get our hands on Opera, which has been in development for mobile platforms for years, so again, why that took so long, I don't know either.

And now! People are getting EXCITED for the newest most useless thing ever! Wii News this Saturday! Because CNN and RSS feeds are totally new and exciting!

Even the Nintendo VP sounds excited by the news! Perrin Kaplan has stated,     

There were no immediate plans to sell advertising space. News will be displayed through an interactive map, which users can navigate with the Wii's wireless controller. The beauty of it is it zooms in and out of areas of the world. So if you really want to focus on regional news or national news versus international, you just blow up the map of the U.S.

Wow isn't this so exciting! A globe, and news on the globe, AND it zooms in!

In my opinion, all of these little extras were included a bit too late. Nintendo should have been able to get weather and news, along with the already ready browser together on release, or just have not included any of them. The Wii is a party system after all!

Now, I love my Wii, but lets not turn into fanbois here. Can you honestly say Nintendo shouldn't have had such simple things ready during the years of development they had?

 [Source: FoxNews]

No New Wii Straps

January 25th, 2007 . by Josh

Nintendo has come out stating that the "new, new wiimote straps" are fake. They have not released or done any new revision of their safety straps. For a image of the so called claimed "new, new straps" check out GoNintendo.

[Source: Eurogamer]

More Wii Delays

January 25th, 2007 . by Josh

Three more games for the Nintendo Wii that have yet to be announced to the public have been delayed by publisher Ubisoft.

Though the games as of now have not been named, Nintendo Wii Fanboy assumes one of them is possibly the sequel to the Wii launch game, Red Steel.

[Source: NintendoWiiFanboy

3rd Parties Fear Nintendo’s Wii

January 24th, 2007 . by jb

FEAR THE WII!Sounds kinda hot, am I right?!

Frontline Studio's business development manager, Brian Dreyer, has called out publishers in terms of their Wii support.  He cites some examples such as Nintendo being more first party oriented, and that the control scheme could be scaring away developers.

Mr. Dreyer's involvement with the (likely to be hit-or-miss) game Sadness kinda makes his comments a bit off.  Sadness is coming to the Wii in an exclusive way, so you can imagine that he's trying to poor the kool-aid down your throat a little.

What really makes one scratch the head would be this little gem:

"Gamers are yawning at these supposedly great-looking games on other systems. With the Wii, we're back to the fundamentals, the nuts and bolts of any video games experience, which simply means it has to be fun."

Gamers are definitely yawning at such failures as: Gears of War, Resistance: Fall of Man, Rainbow Six: Vegas, Oblivion, Motorstorm, Virtual Fighter 5, Metal Gear Solid 4… 

No fun to be had here folks…move along…

[Source: GamesIndustry]

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