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Wii Flags : Great Adventure

January 24th, 2007 . by joshtest

The VP of the American Division of Nintendo, Perrin Kaplan, has made the announcement that the Wii will now be infiltrating Six Flags amusement parks. 

Yes, you heard that right, MORE LINES – MORE PEOPLE. I dont know about most people, but when I goto Six Flags (if I ever go), I'm there to ride roller coasters, not play Wii Sports

 Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro has stated, "This agreement with Nintendo enables us to partner with a company, and a product, that has major relevance in the lives of today's families. When this audience is not in our parks, more often than not they are at home playing video games – and now they can do both in one place as we continue to build Six Flags into a supermarket of entertainment." … O RLY?

To credit TheLastBoss,

 "Too bad Sony already has a PS3 ride in the works – it's like Top Thrill Dragster ride, except you go up and over a stack of 10,000 PS3's. The cell processors combined run the entire amusement park and cut waiting lines in half."

[Source: Gamasutra, Nintendo, TheLastBoss]

Rival Swords… Err Nunchucks?

January 24th, 2007 . by joshtest

Well here we go, after hearing rumors of the unique controls being implemented into the Prince of Persia: Rival Swords for the Wii for quite a while, Ubisoft has finally decided to entertain us with a demo video utilizing the controls.
Even Ubisofts project producer, Ben Mattes, seems very excited about this release, saying, “I’ve spent a lot of time playing [Prince of Persia] games over the last few years, and Rival Swords for the Wii is by far my favorite.”

Now I must admit, I had to watch that video a few times in order to figure out what in the world was happening. The video so far is a collection of various points in the Two Thrones installment, which is what Rival Swords is based on.

Now the question stands, which is scarier, Ubisoft doing something right and original…. or those ghostly floating Wii controllers in the video?

[Source: Game Videos, 1up]


Mario Kart 64… Confirmt

January 23rd, 2007 . by joshtest

Mario Kart 64
Finally, we are graced with a new Nintendo 64 game on the VC finally since Mario 64 at launch. According to a Nintendo press release, we will be able to toss away another cool thousand Wii points to play this classic favorite.

Good : It’s Mario Kart 64
Bad : No online multiplayer

Either way, this will make a welcome addition to the lonely Mario 64 sitting in its own shop channel.

[Source: Nintendo]

Mortal Kombat (Wii) Control Video

January 23rd, 2007 . by jb

Here's a video of Ed Boon (Creative Director) going over the controls for the Wii version of Mortal Kombat: Armageddon.

If you asked me, I'd say the controls look a little awkward, but who knows?  Maybe they'd be fun?

In regards to the game, I have to say I'm impressed.  Maybe it's because I haven't played an MK game in years, but this game actually looks really solid and interesting.

Check out the video for yourself and decide.

Super Mario World Next to VC?!

January 23rd, 2007 . by jb

Super Mario WorldA reader over at GoNintendo has discovered that Super Mario World is likely to be the next Virtual Console title to grace the Shop Channel.  The user, named Mii_Angie, used a Firefox browser hack to view the Shop Channel… in the future!

After the megaton that was A Link to the Past, this release would make the Virtual Console a force to be reckoned with.

It would seem that Nintendo is filling its gaming voids with Virtual Console games.  Not a bad thing, as content is better then no content.  Let's just pray that they slow down so our wallets can get some sleep.

Nostalgia > My Wallet. 

[Source: GoNintendo

Nintendo Loves the Elderly

January 23rd, 2007 . by Josh

Yes, a aging company themselves Nintendo really seems to love the elderly.

Through the help of the Grandparent Marketing Group, Nintendo will be giving away 100 free Nintendo DS Lite's and copies of Brain Age to the aging gamers.

"These honorees represent the kind of people we all want to grow up to be," commented George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "They refuse to act their age. They think young, and therefore they act young. Brain Age is one more tool in their anti-aging arsenal."

 [Source: Gamasutra]

Virtual Console Update: Zelda: Link to the Past!

January 22nd, 2007 . by jb

Link to the PastFINALLY!

Nintendo's Virtual Console line-up has been fairly solid for the most part, but this week tops them all specifically for one reason:  Zelda, A Link to the Past.

This, to me, arguably the best Zelda game created.  From start to finish, this title delivers on all aspects.  With an overworld packed with baddies, secrets and dungeons, any Zelda fan will be subdued into satisfaction.

Hopefully this is just the start of AAA titles coming to the Virtual Console, but this release alone should make many a person happy.

Rumor: Mario’s Trip To Space Delayed?

January 22nd, 2007 . by Josh

The rumors surrounding all next-gen consoles have been going in overdrive as of late. Most of it surrounds Microsoft buying a company or Sony losing a huge franchise. But Nintendo is not excluded from the rumor mill, no no, infact it seems that Super Mario Galaxy may infact be pushed back to this December.

As 1up reports if Mario is indeed becoming a Christmas release, it opens Metroid up to having to carry the Wii flag a lot longer than expected, actually starting in May or April.

I suppose it does make sense from Nintendo’s standpoint to move Mario to Christmas. But where does this leave another huge franchise? Super Smash Bros: Brawl was assumed to be released in December whereas Mario was supposed to be June. With all these rumors flying around, I suppose we just have to wait and see.

[Source: 1up

Europe Falls To The DS

January 22nd, 2007 . by Josh

According to Nintendo, within one year and ten months the Nintendo DS has sold 10 million units.

Sick isn't it? Well thanks to Nintendo's strategy that makes it possible for people who don't normally pick up games and play (Nintendogs, Brain Age, other Touch! Generation games), that my friend is why the DS is selling.

[Source: IGN

Psycho Mom Looks for Mario 360, Hilarity Ensues

January 22nd, 2007 . by jb

PSYCHO MOM!This story is insanely annoying and funny at the same time.  The sheer ignorance of this person is great.

I fully encourage you to check out the entire story over at Retail-Sucks, but the highlight reel of this event consist of:

–  Psycho-Mom insinuating a Mario 360 game exists
–  Psycho-Mom attempting to get employee fired
–  Psycho-Mom smashing her RAZR on the floor in anger

You have to feel for the guy, as I'm sure he just wanted to lash out at this person.  Kudos to him for keeping his cool in the face of terror.

Had I been in his shoes, I'm sure I would have found a way to paper-cut her to death with a Zelda cardboard stand-up. 

[Source: QJ]

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