Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Wii on the 6th of november???

cubed3 recently got claims from an insider that;

"So, at the moment Nintendo are aiming to launch the Wii on November 6th"


fingers crossed this is true as it is 3 days before my birthday so im hoping.

interesting console size comparisons (revised)

Ages ago I posted this pic, but now a revised version has been done with the final Wii and PS3 sizes, plus there is a volume comparison at the bottom.
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volume of consoles
PlayStation 3 8726.9 cm^3
Xbox 7727.4 cm^3
Xbox 360 6616.9 cm^3
PlayStation 2 4179.1 cm^3
Gamecube 2656.5 cm^3
Mac mini 1384.7 cm^3
PStwo 978.9 cm^3
Wii 955.5 cm^3

Spring Bargains

Here's some summer bargains pick them up while you can

Amazon.co.uk

DS

Pac n Roll £15
Viewtiful Joe: Double Trouble £18

Game Boy

Game Boy Micro Red, Blue or Green £50

Gamecube

Geist £18
Sonic Mega Collection £10
Viewtiful Joe: Red Hot Rumble £18

Play.com


DS

Battles Of Prince Of Persia £12
Bomberman DS £12

Gamecube

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour £18
Metroid Prime 2: Echoes £18
Harvest Moon : A Wonderful Life £15
Peter Jackson's King Kong £13
Call Of Duty: Finest Hour £10
1080: Avalanche £15

Ok so most of them arn't the latest releases but at these prices who cares enjoy.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Wii Brits are aloud to show interest in Wii

I went into Birmingham city center today (in the UK not Alabama) and found many shops were offering to put you on a waiting list to get on the waiting list and pre-order a Wii. The picture shows the advert from the GAME stores, but I regestered my interest at Gamestation as it is the largest game store in the UK so I thought they may get a few, plus I once regestered my interest in Animal Crossing in GAME and didnt hear anythink from them. I didnt get to see the amount of people on the list as I regestered downstairs in the Retro/PC basement, which was much quieter than the upstairs, but the sales assistant assured me that the list had gotten quite lengthy. So get out there and declair your love for Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. Posted by Picasa

Sunday, May 28, 2006

MTV Interview Miyamoto

MTV: You've talked about wanting to use as few controller buttons as possible in your game designs. Where did this idea come from?

Miyamoto: When we first launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, people would look at that controller and immediately know which buttons to press [to achieve the desired effect] on the screen. There were very few buttons and it was very simple; it was very different from computer games where you've got this keyboard in front of you and you really don't know which button to press to get started. So we saw a very big difference between those two audiences. But gradually, as video games have evolved, the controllers have become more evolved and they've added more buttons because we want to allow the players to do more and more things. With the motion-sensing and the pointing and these new types of interfaces on the Wii and the nunchaku, we're able to give players the freedom to do the types of actions that they want to do in video games without so many complicated buttons — thereby making it both intuitive for longtime game players and for people who have never played video games before.

MTV: How did the idea for having a speaker in the controller come about?

Miyamoto: The Wii remote requires people to use gestures to play video games. For those gestures, you have to give the player feedback so that they understand that what they're doing is causing a reaction. One of the ways we're doing that is the built-in rumble feature in the Wii remote. Additionally, we thought by adding the speaker we could continue to give the player more feedback. With "Zelda" you can hear the sound of the bowstring draw back [from the controller]. It gets kind of a [string-tightening] sound and as you release [an arrow], you hear the "thwip." And then you hear the sound travel to the TV. And so depth of sound is another way to give the user the feeling that their actions are having a direct response in the game.

MTV: You've talked about the gamer stereotype — a solitary figure in a dark room with only the reflection of the TV screen illuminating their faces — and your intention for the Wii to change that image (see "Nintendo Fans Swarm Mario's Father During New York Visit"). You've been in the gaming industry a long time — when did that stereotype start to concern you?

Miyamoto: I've actually been concerned about that image for a long time because we've been seeing it for a long time. You may recall a book [about Nintendo's history] called "Game Over" that came out many years ago. That may have been when I first started growing concerned about that image because in the beginning there's a photo of a child playing a [game on a] TV in kind of a darkened room. We've been looking at that image since the days of the NES and I think it's important we break out of that image ... I think it's time to break free from that stereotypical definition of what a gamer is, because until we do, we'll never truly be part of the national or worldwide culture.

MTV: What would you like the new image of the gamer to be?

Miyamoto: It would be similar to some of the photos we're showing of people playing the Wii here at the show — which is people of all ages kind of standing up, having a lot of fun and moving around. It's a very active and fun-looking image and that's the type of image I would like to see video gaming viewed as.

MTV: Last year at E3, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata promised us that you were working on some new games for launch. When will we be able to see them?

Miyamoto: This isn't [a new original game, but] I'm directly involved in "Super Mario Galaxy." Apart from that, I am involved in the "Wii Sports" series. Although these really aren't new characters so to speak, the "Wii Sports" series features these little models which you can put your own faces on ... and then you may start to see those characters, with faces you've created, appearing in different games on the Wii system. Beyond that, it's true that I am working on some different ideas. It's just a little bit too early for me to show those off yet.

MTV: What is the basic experience you're trying to convey with "Super Mario Galaxy"?

Miyamoto: Our biggest focus with "Super Mario Galaxy" is having different spheres or planets Mario can visit, with the idea being if the planet gets very, very large the scenery will look more like he's running across a plane. But if the planet is very small it almost looks like he's running around a ball. You can essentially run over the spheres almost endlessly. But when you do that you're moving in a 3-D space but without the typical camera issues that we've had in 3-D games in the past. What that allows us to do is take a game like "Mario" that has been a very jump-based game in the past, and turn it into a game that is more [about] Mario running around a lot and going to different places and kind of enjoying that. [The game will also] take advantage of the Wii remote's pointing capabilities to allow you to directly interact with things on the screen by pointing at them or clicking on something to get Mario to go exactly where you want to go. In that sense, I think it's going to allow for a much more intuitive camera system and much more intuitive control scheme that will allow people who have never played a 3-D "Mario" game before to feel comfortable enjoying "Super Mario Galaxy."

MTV: In the past you've talked about some of your influences — for instance, your garden influenced you while you were working on the GameCube game "Pikmin" — and you've talked about music inspiring you, as well. Do current events affect your work, things like the war in Iraq or the environment or anything you read in the newspaper?

Miyamoto: There haven't been very many examples of anything like that that I can think of. Generally, I'll have a different or unique idea and then somehow find a way to relate that back to experiences that I had, and then draw from those experiences to kind of flesh the idea out. But I can't think of any instances recently where current events have given birth to a unique idea that I've had.

MTV: Are you a political person?

Miyamoto: I don't read the newspaper from front-to-back but I am very interested in current events and what's going on.

MTV: In the new trailer for Hideo Kojima's "Metal Gear Solid 4" the lead character, Solid Snake, appears much older than he used to be. It's clear that aging is on Kojima's mind and influencing his approach to games. As your career progresses, has getting older affected your tastes and approach to making games?

Miyamoto: Not really. Not anything I can think of in particular, maybe because I don't necessarily feel like I'm growing older all that much. Maybe as I've grown older my desire to create software that appeals to a much broader audience has increased.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

nintendo press release on wii price

Following its overwhelming debut at E3 2006, Nintendo today announced the current fiscal year unit shipment forecast for its new home game system, Wii™. Nintendo also confirmed that the price of the Wii system, which incorporates unique freehand control, will not exceed $250 in America, or ¥25,000 in Japan. The company plans to ship 6 million systems to retailers around the world between its launch in the fourth quarter of 2006 and the end of its fiscal year on March 31, 2007.

The projections are part of a full-year financial forecast that sees growth of 18 percent in sales globally, based on anticipated continuing strong demand for the Nintendo DS™ portable game system, as well as a successful launch for Wii.

The company also said it expects to sell 17 million Wii games in the period. Exact launch dates, identification of the launch library of titles and details on the unique Virtual Console aspect of Wii will be announced soon.

nintendo regesters a bunch of wii???.coms

WiiSports.com

WiiKaraoke.com

WiiCooking.com

WiiPower.com

WiiLove.com

WiiVC.com

WiiWorld.com

WiiFamily.com

WiiFun.com

WiiMusic.com

WiiLife.com

WiiConnect24.com

WiiHistory.com

WiiStory.com

Wiiareone.com

WiiSchool.com

WiiNews.com

WiiMagazine.com

WiiPuzzle.com

WiiChannel.com

WiiExecxutive.com

WiiGeneration.com

WiiActive24.com

WiiAnimation.com

WiiChallenger.com

WiiGetTogether.com

WiiManagement.com

WiiBreeding.com

WiiCountry.com

WiiLanguages.com

WiiScenario.com

WiiParents.com

WiiCreator.com

WiiAlive24.com

WiiJourney.com

WiiStudent.com

WiiVenture.com

WiiFitness.com

WiiPuzzle.com

WiiScience.com

WiiBeauty.com

ShallWii.com

WiiGirls.com

WiiBoys.com

WiiEarth.com

WiiMoney.com

WiiFitness.com

WiiScience.com

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

nintendo rep Wii tidbits, October launch

kotaku recently reported that a nintendo rep has said;
•The promotional material that the rep had with her only contained white consoles and peripherals. The Wii Classic controller was included, as well as the Zapper, as possible peripherals to be utilized at launch.
•There is concern about stores using halogen lighting. Tons of halogen spotlights scattered about may give everything a much warmer and more ambient feel. However, this particular type of lighting can throw off the aiming of the Wii controller when the lights are angled down through the path of the signal. So for people with halogen track-lighting in front of the TV, this could be a problem.
•Nintendo is aiming for an October launch. Since a number of big-ticket crossplatform titles like Madden will be coming out at that time, Nintendo doesn't want to miss them. Apparently the company wants to beat Sony out the gate, and get some buzz going about their non-traditional controller in the meantime.

Opera to be built into wii?

IGN Wii: Will Opera on Wii come standard with the console?

Scott Hedrick: Nintendo has not yet announced how Opera will be available on Wii, but I can confirm that it will not be sold as a separate item, as it is for Nintendo DS.


I'm all up for this since the idea of having to swap discs just to go on the internet seems annoying.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Nintendogs Dalmatian & Friends Edition coming 16th June

We finally get something first :). Nintendogs Dalmatian & Friends Edition is coming out 16th June and no American release date.

DS Lite coming 23rd June

22nd May 2006 - The Nintendo DS Lite will become the new addition to Nintendo’s video game family when it launches in Europe on 23rd June 2006. Available in two colours from launch - a sleek black edition and a cool, stylish white edition, the summer really is looking brighter.

Nintendo DS Lite is a lighter and brighter version of the highly successful Nintendo DS, which has sold more than 4 million units across Europe and 16 milllion units worldwide. It will join the Nintendo DS range as a ‘premium’ alternative to the current Nintendo DS and is expected to retail at the estimated price of around £99.99 / 149.99 Euros.

Nintendo’s latest console includes all the existing features of the Nintendo DS, yet includes a variety of distinctive changes which truly sets it apart from other handheld consoles. Nintendo DS Lite retains the advanced touch screen technology, allowing players to control the software with a stylus or even their finger, as well as dual screens, voice recognition and Wi-Fi capabilities of the Nintendo DS but is now both smaller and lighter.

Weighing nearly 60g less than the original, it is just two thirds of the original size. The redesign isn’t only cosmetic though, the Nintendo DS Lite features adjustable screen brightness with four settings, a repositioned microphone for ease of use and a larger and more comfortable stylus. With its new design and unique features, this console is perfect for everyone regardless of age, gender and gaming skills.

This summer, not only can you look great with a Nintendo DS Lite, but with ts new screen, these new titles will also look amazing. Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain? launches on 9th June and is a unique and innovative application that allows users to test and exercise their brain in just a few minutes a day. Nintendogs Dalmatian & Friends Edition, launching on 16th June, lets players pick from over twenty cute breeds of puppy, including the adorable Dalmatian, and then play with them just like a real puppy.

New Super Mario Bros., which launches on 30th June, is the first side-scrolling Mario platform game since the days of the Super Nintendo Entertainment System; Electroplankton, launching on 7th July, allows the user to experiment with both musical and visual effects to create their own multimedia masterpiece; and Big Brain Academy, also launching on 7th July, tests a player’s rational thinking and mental reaction speed with a series of wacky 60 second tests.

The Nintendo DS Lite will launch across Europe on the 23rd June 2006 for the estimated retail price of around £99.99/149.99 Euros.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

16 confirmed Wii launch titles and details

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The date may not be set and the price may not be known, but Nintendo fans across the globe are already beginning to rally as we near one of the most anticipated system launches our industry has ever seen. E3 was abuzz with activity as gamers rushed to get a first hands-on opportunity with the Wii. Whether you show allegiance to Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo, the Wii brings a new sense of gaming that’s so fresh and entertaining that it really has to be played, and people had a chance to do just that. With record-breaking lines, the Wii was the talk of the show. Now that E3 is over, we’re counting the days until its launch, and to celebrate the countdown we’ve compiled a list of every launch game we know about. Before we kick it off, we’d like to explain a few things. Listed below are the games already confirmed by Nintendo (or other publishers), though we will be adding or subtracting games as details arrive. In addition, there are other titles such as Final Fantasy and Excite Truck that we are simply awaiting official word on before adding. All things considered, this is shaping up to be a very strong launch for Nintendo, and we can’t wait to see how the world responds to the innovative gameplay Wii has to offer.Included with each game are the basic details, as well as a description of the play style. Below we’ve featured a key to the terms we’re using. Enjoy!

Remote:
wii remote
Players hold the Wii-mote with one hand like a remote. These games will use only one hand, often drawing, swinging or pointing the remote to interact.
Nunchuck:
wii nunchuck
This term refers to the nunchuck and Wii-mote combination. Players will make use of the analog stick and accelerometer of the nunchuck unit in addition to the Wii-mote functions.
Classic:
Wii Classic Controller
Wii-mote is turned on its side, used like a classic NES controller. These games make use of the 1 and 2 buttons primarily, as well as the tilt functions of the Wii-mote and D-pad.
Retro:
wii retro
These games will require use of either the GameCube controller or Virtual Console controller that was shown at E3 2006.

Light Gun:
wii light gun
This style of game will require (or best work with) the light gun peripheral announced at E3 2006. Aside from a main trigger button, the light gun also adds an analog stick to the mix.

Now on to the games…

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The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Players: 1
Play Style: Nunchuck
Genre: Third-Person Adventure

Description: It’s been a heck of a wait, but Twilight Princess is finally on the way. Attempting to be a crowd-pleaser, Nintendo is releasing two versions of Zelda this holiday season. Stubborn Cube owners will be able to play the game in its classic form, though only the Wii version will support 16×9 widescreen presentation. The blending of amazing visuals and all new innovative gameplay is sure to make The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess the game to get for Christmas 2006.


Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Retro Studios
Players: 1
Play Style: Nunchuck
Genre: Adventure

Description: If the GameCube brought Samus into an all-new world, Wii will take Prime to an all new level. Combiningpixel-perfect accuracy with even more puzzle elements, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption promises to redefine the first-person adventure genre once again. We’ve already seen Samus disarm enemies and manipulate machinery with her grapple beam, and Retro Studios promises this is only the beginning. Better controls and ramped up puzzles promise to make this the best Prime yet. And it’s the first time the series has launched with a new Nintendo platform.


Wii Sports

Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Players: 4
Play Style: Remote
Genre: Sports

Description: Following suit with Nintendo’s new “playing = believing” campaign, Wii Sports is taking a new and somewhat unexpected approach to next-gen — or should we say “new gen” — gaming. In the E3 version, Nintendo delivered hands-on demos of baseball, golf and tennis, though the Big N also hinted that more games may become available as we near launch. The titles boasted very simple, yet very intuitive control mechanics. The games, while basic in graphical design, delivered serious entertainment on the showroom floor, and we’re anxious to see if gameplay will really be the deciding factor this generation.


Red Steel

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Paris
Players: 1
Play Style: Nunchuck
Genre: First-Person Shooter

Description: Over the last few months, Red Steel has been a heavy favorite for Wii fans. Combining classic FPS action with all new hand-to-hand fighting — with a sword, even — Red Steel promises to deliver a new look into the FPS genre. All eyes were on Ubisoft this E3, as gamers are dying to see how third party developers are handing the Wii hardware. We’ll be
watching this one very closely in the next few months leading up to launch.


Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam

Publisher: Activision
Developer: Toys for Bob
Players: 4
Play Style: Classic
Genre: Alternative Sports

Description: Yet another huge third party launch title, Activision has teamed up with Toys for Bob to deliver a unique look into the world of Tony Hawk. In a design reminiscent of Dowhill Domination and SSX, players will tilt the Wii-mote to carve through city streets and off-road locations. We’ve had a chance to go hands-on with Downhill Jam on multiple occasions, and it’s a blast. The promise of four-player action will only help to make Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam a must have sports party game for Wii at launch.


Madden NFL 2007

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Developer: EA Canada
Players: 2
Play Style: Nunchuck
Genre: Sports

Description: When we first got word that Madden would be making a Wii appearance at launch, we were a bit skeptical. Mixing a simulation sports game with innovative control seems like a tricky proposition, and we were curious if the controls would help or hurt the polished design of EA’s flagship title. Our view changed, however, when we took hold of the controller at E3 and threw a pin-point touchdown pass on only our second play. Playing is certainly believing, and Madden delivers gameplay that will have even the most anti-simulation gamers dying to pick this up at launch.


Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors

Publisher: Square Enix
Developer: Square Enix
Players: Unknown
Play Style: Remote (tentative)
Genre: Action

Description: As of right now, very little is known about Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors. We do know, however, that this is only one of Square’s Wii-exclusive titles, as it will be delivering both Dragon Quest and a sequel to Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles. From what we can tell, Dragon Quest seems to be an action game with
possible role-playing elements that allows players to engage in spell-casing and melee combat using the Wii-mote as their weapon. The title seems to be a sequel to and not a port of a Japan-only plug-and-play sword-fighting game based in the DQ universe. More on this mysterious launch title as it develops.


Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz

Publisher: SEGA
Developer: SEGA
Players: 4
Play Style: Remote/Nunchuck
Genre: Action

Description: When we heard Monkey Ball was coming to Wii, we were excited, to say the least. A controller like the Wii-mote seems to be designed specifically for games like Monkey Ball, and when we went hands-on at E3 our hopes that project would be a must-have title on Wii were reaffirmed. Mixing the classic gameplay with the new feel of the Wii-mote, Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz may be the single most inviting party game on the system at launch. We played this one to death and still haven’t had enough. Now please SEGA, hit us with some shooter games!


Metal Slug Anthology

Publisher: SNK Playmore
Developer: SNK Playmore
Players: 2
Play Style: Unknown
Genre: Action Compilation

Description: Another mysterious announcement, Metal Slug Anthology has been confirmed as a launch title for Wii as well. Little information has been released about this classic compilation, but we do know it will offer the five main Metal Slug titles (Metal Slug - Metal Slug 5) in one package. SNK tell us that the arcade classics have been revamped to use the Wii-mote. It’s possible that you’ll be able to gesture a flick of the controller to toss a grenade. In all honesty, it doesn’t really matter how much new generation control Metal Slug decides to incorporate, as we’re simply overjoyed that such an awesome compilation of arcade goodness will be hitting Wii at launch. Classic.


Trauma Center: Second Opinion

Publisher: Atlus Software
Developer: Atlus Software
Players: 1
Play Style: Remote (Tentative)
Genre: Arcade/Simulation

Description: When Trauma Center was originally shown for Nintendo DS in 2004, fans went crazy. Nobody knew exactly what they were looking at, but for whatever reason they were instantly convinced that a surgery game was a great idea on Nintendo’s innovative handheld. Fast forward to two years later, and we’re getting the same response for Trauma Center:
Second Opinion, the official sequel to the hit DS game. We know very little about Trauma Center as it stands right now, but we’re sure it will make great use of the Wii-mote controller, as players literally cut, sew and bandage patients in time-critical missions. Much like the Wii Sports package, playing is truly believing, and gamers will go crazy yet again for this playfully graphic yet oddly addictive arcade game. Don’t ask. Just play it.


Elebits

Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Players: 1
Play Style: Nunchuck
Genre: Action

Description: When making up the list of all the launch titles Wii will offer in Q4 of 2006, we thought Trauma Center would take the title of oddest game, hands down. We forgot, however, about Elebits. Created by Konami, Elebits mixes the simple joys of a gravity gun (see Half Life 2), the off-the-wall style of the Katamari series and mixes both with some good
ole-fashioned Pikmin action. The goal is relatively simple, though you’ll have to throw common sense to the wayside while you play. Players will use the gravity zapper to toss household objects around, capturing the Elebits as they try to escape. These critters are used as a source of power, so the more you catch, the more places you can explore. It’s a bit odd, yes. But it’s also a ton of fun.


Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

Publisher: Activision
Developer: TBA/Raven Software
Players: 4 (Tentative)
Play Style: Unknown
Genre: Action/RPG

Description: When X-Men Legends took the cake as the best true X-men game in ages, the action/RPG superhero genre was invented. Since then we’ve seen the Legends franchise span across multiple platforms, receive a sequel and even seen competitors take a similar approach (Justice League Heroes is essentially the same design using DC characters and the makers of Baulder’s Gate). Marvel: Ultimate Alliance may be simply more of the same, but when that means solid gameplay, more characters and an all-new “build-a-team” feature that incorporates not only the X-Men, but all Marvel characters we really can’t complain too much. No specific details have been given out for the Wii version, but you can expect to see a ton of information coming in as we near launch, as well as a formal hands-on with the Legends sequel.


Blitz: The League

Publisher: Midway Games
Developer: Midway Games
Players: 2 (Tentative)
Play Style: Unknown
Genre: Sports

Description: If you scoffed at the idea of Madden for Wii, claiming that simulation games are far too slow and boring, Blitz: The League may be exactly what you’re looking for. Combining the brutality and downright awesome arcade gameplay of the original with some still-undisclosed Wii functionality, Blitz: The League promises to deliver a form of football you
won’t find anywhere else. Even though we’ve received no specifics on how the game will control with the Wii-mote, we can assume a few of the classic ideas will remain in this updated version. Players will be able to juice up their characters, delivering bone-breaking hits, and flirt with scantily-clad cheerleaders all while throwning 80-yard passes and completing downright impossible manuvers in bullet time. Now all we need is the ability to actually rip a player’s helmet off and bash them with it with the Wii-mote. Sure, it’s a bit over-the-top, but then again what isn’t in the Blitz world?


Rayman Raving Rabbids

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft Paris
Players: Unknown
Play Style: Nunchuck
Genre: Platformer

Description: Aside from Red Steel, Ubisoft has another launch title up its sleeve over at its Paris headquarters. Rayman Raving Rabbids is still a huge mystery, but it has a lot of promise. Whether it’s with hilarious concept art (Wiiiii!) or equally awesome video-blogs straight from the Ubisoft website, Rayman is starting to catch people by surprise again. Previous versions blended an over-the-top world with some seriously solid platforming elements, and from the looks of it, Rayman Raving Rabbids will have players bashing the crap out of little furry bunnies to boot, and who are we to argue with the sheer entertainment that could from that?


SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab

Publisher: THQ
Developer: Blitz Games
Players: Unknown
Play Style: Nunchuck
Genre: Action

Description: If licensed games are a necessity in your household (and if you ever plan on having kids, they’ll have to be), THQ is there. If it’s a kids show, it’s a THQ game; plain and simple. Despite what people may say about the younger-geared games, you have to give the company credit, as it is stepping up on launch day to deliver a SpongeBob game that innovates gameplay with the best of them. SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab will combine a ton of different gameplay elements to deliver an all-in-one package on Wii for younger players. We already know of a flight simulator portion, a racing game, and numerous platforming levels, each that will feature a different style of gameplay with the Wii-mote. There’s also been talks of a drawing mini-game or activity, as well as a FPS level. It may be for kids, but it’s still bringing new gameplay to the table in the process.


Disney/Pixar’s Cars

Publisher: THQ
Developer: Rainbow Games / Kobalt
Players: 2
Play Style: Classic
Genre: Racing

Description: Along with SpongeBob, THQ is also bringing a surprisingly entertaining racing game to the Wii. Disney/Pixar’s Cars, developed by Rainbow Games (responsible for the ATV series) and ported by Kobalt, has already proven to be more entertaining than expected in hands-on sessions, mixing the obviously necessary license with Burnout and ATV inspired
gameplay. Players will drift around corners, launch through the air and explore huge open-ended environments while constantly interacting with the cast from the movie. We’ve only had a chance to play the GameCube and PS2 versions, but THQ has informed us that the Wii game will control much like Excite Truck and Tony Hawk, using the controller in the
classic position like a steering wheel. Both Cars and Sponge Bob are very valuable to the Wii’s launch, as they prove to other publishers that innovation is for all ages and any license. No ports here, thank you.

Friday, May 19, 2006

metroid prime hunters competition UK

I cant make it to my local one but I hope you can so here are the details


To celebrate the launch of Metroid Prime Hunters on Nintendo DS, Nintendo and HMV are teaming up to organise a nationwide Metroid Prime Hunters tournament being held at four of their top stores throughout the country from 9am - 5pm on Saturday 20th May.

**UPDATE: Recruitment for the tournament takes place between 11am and 1pm so arrive early if you want to participate. Tournament matches will take place from 1pm to 4pm, with the final taking place after all the matches have taken place.

The venues are:

Birmingham High St.

London Oxford St.

Edinburgh Princes St.

Manchester Market St.

Competitors can turn up on the day to have the chance of winning some fantastic prizes including HMV vouchers.

BT have provided a video feed link-up between the four locations so that the competitors can see their rivals that they are blasting on the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

Metroid Prime Hunters on the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection will also be on show in eight further HMV stores across the UK.

Here are the stores and the dates where you can sample Metroid online:

Gateshead Metro Centre (20th & 21st May)

Reading Oracle (20th & 21st May)

Liverpool Church St. (20th & 21st May)

Cardiff Queen St. (27th & 28th May)

Guildford Friary Centre (27th & 28th May)

Leeds Headrow Centre (27th & 28th May)

Southampton Bar St. (27th 28th May).

Bluewater (Date TBC)

Rule britania, nintendo uk head strikes at sony

“I don’t know what their decision making process is, but I think if you look back, any innovation that has come in gameplay has come from us…I’d love to dig up some old Phil Harrison comments and say ‘hang on a second – six months ago when we launched our controller you said one thing, and now why are you doing this?…Historically we’re always developing new things, we know Sony has had a lot of issues with their rumble feature and they’ve had to withdraw it–because they didn’t innovate, they copied. With Nintendo, I’m trying to think of anything we’ve copied…but I can’t.”

DS Lite UK date expected Monday

According to MCV the pricing and release date for the DS Lite will be announced monday finally.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Do you need a gun to survive a tidal wave???



This clip from Nintendo's Pre-E3 Wii show real depicts one of the biggest shockers from Nintendo at the show; Disaster day of crisis. We were later given this description of the game from the Nintendo site;
Survive nature's most devastating catastrophes in Disaster: Day of Crisis, a panic-inducing survival game for Wii. When a wave of natural disasters pummels the United States, a rogue special forces unit takes advantage of the chaos and seizes a nuclear weapon. Players race a car down a mountain to escape a roaring pyroclastic flow, dodge toppling buildings during a devastating earthquake and swim for their lives in a raging flood. No matter what happens, fight to survive.
We were then treated to this concept art;


Which shows what we must assume is our main character holding a gun. Nintendo describes it as a "fight to survive" which may point to you not just being an average Joe in this game instead you will most likely take center role in trying to reclaim the Nuclear weapon.

unfortunately this game wasn't playable on the show floor so we have no idea how the game dynamics will work but anyhow this is sounding like it could be an amazing title which will no doubt help Nintendo shed off their kiddy image.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

wario ware smooth moves interview

Earlier this afternoon, Angela Proto and the rest of the Nintendo Now E3 Staff had the opportunity to speak with Goro Abe, the director of WarioWare games for the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and GameCube. As announced at Nintendo’s press event, WarioWare: Smooth Moves is currently in development for Wii -- also being headed up by Mr. Abe. A playable demo of this game was present at Nintendo’s booth and after the staff had some hands-on time with the game, various questions were begging for answers. The entire transcript of what was said can be found below:

Also note that full DVD quality video of this Interview should be ready for download soon and will be made partially available on our exclusive E3xperience DVD.


Nintendo Now: Alright, I've played a brief demo of WarioWare: Smooth Moves on Wii and it was everything I expected from a WarioWare game. Each game in the series has added something new -- the touch screen, microphone and tilting. How has the Wii controller changed WarioWare this time around?

Mr. Abe: As you know, the controller is very unique in this game. In the previous series it was mostly on the handheld, so only one player could enjoy it by themselves. In this series WarioWare evolved into a very cool party game. Because we are asking the players to do very dynamic and funny movements -- and the people around them, looking at them, (and the player themselves) will be very entertained.

Nintendo Now: Does Smooth Moves rely entirely on the Wii's new abilities, or will there be more traditional button pressing games included like there were in Touched -- where there were just button pressing games for example?

Mr. Abe: We presently don't have any plans to include just one button operated game controls, but we do include a combination of games that use one button and the pointing controller together. We also have plans such as connecting the Wii remote with the nunchaku and operating the micro games.

Nintendo Now: What are some of the single player modes in Smooth Moves? I know that in Mega Party Games on GameCube there were more modes -- both single player and multiplayer. But in regards to single player, are there any crazy new modes?

Mr. Abe: We don't have any plans to have any multiplayer mode where multiple controllers are necessary. Our basic concept is to have only one player playing with one controller and to have others see the people playing… to have players show the onlookers their coolest move and to have all the people in the room be entertained.

Nintendo Now: Will there be any online functionality with multiplayer?

Mr. Abe: We’re not thinking of any modes for online play.

Nintendo Now: Will there be any Wi-Fi connectability with Connect 24 where you can download additional games or receive additional content?

Mr. Abe: We do not have any plans to have additional downloads, but our main focus for this game is to create something that is instantly enjoyable at that place, anytime for anybody. So we don’t have any kinds of those additional modes.

Nintendo Now: Each game starts in the demo with directions on how to hold the remote rather than directions for the specific games as in other versions. What caused this change?

Mr. Abe: Well, originally we were planning on having only one method of holding the Wii controller which was the pointing remote style, but with only one method, the variety of the movement would be very limited. So we thought with having many ways to hold the remote, we recognized the number of possibilities for the mini-games would expand. But if we don't show the users what they have to do, it would be very difficult to define that, so we decided to include a screen which shows how to hold the controller.

Nintendo Now: Both Touched and Twisted featured an assortment of collectables, especially in Twisted. Are you planning the same thing for Smooth Moves, and if so can you give us any information on them?

Mr. Abe: We will have those kinds of bonuses, but not as many as what we had in Twisted.

Nintendo Now: Nintendo, with the Wii, has made it known that it is trying to attract non-gamers, including adult non-gamers, and some of the zany cartoony looks and feels of the game might be seen as a barrier or a turn off to this audience. Do you think this is true or do you think that people will see it and not be embarrassed to try it?

Mr. Abe: Well, I think more than the actual graphics on screen, the movement of the player are more wacky and interesting. So I think if the kids in the family are playing the game and the parents are seeing them, I think they will be attracted and interested and may want to try,. So I think this game could convey to those adult demographics.

Nintendo Now: Do you have any plans to have any connectivity between DS and Wii for any future WarioWare games?

Mr. Abe: Presently, we don't have any plans to do so.

Nintendo Now: When you first saw the Wiimote were you filled with ideas for games that you previously had thought of but you didn't think you could implement with other systems?

Mr. Abe: More than reflecting on past ideas which we were able to apply to WarioWare I was full of confidence that with this new remote we could create a very flattering WarioWare game.

Nintendo Now: What's a favorite thing that you have personally done so far with this game?

Mr. Abe: I think the style of the game is very special. We're asking the users to do very different movements than with other games, so this is a very strong and favorite point in the game.

Nintendo Now: Well I think this about wraps it up unless there's anything else you'd like to tell us. Maybe anything we haven't learned from the demo?

Mr. Abe: I think that WarioWare: Smooth Moves is a game that makes it easy to understand what the Wii controller can do, so for people who are wondering what the Wii controller is all about and how we can operate it, I think this is the best game to try out.

Nintendo Now: One last question. I think Nintendo may have already briefly mentioned -- when can we expect Smooth Moves in the US?

Mr. Abe: I think, as Nintendo announced, that it will be launched within 90 days after the hardware launch, so that is the timeframe we are aiming for.



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metroid prime3 interview

Nintendo Now: We’ve seen out on the floor what’s inside the Metroid Prime 3 demo. Are there any additional features that are lacking or that we haven’t seen?

Mark Pacini: [laughs] Well, the rest of the game.

Nintendo Now: Well, other than things like motion control for the grappling beam and pushing levers, do you plan on implementing more features using the Wii’s abilities?

Mark Pacini: Yeah, what we did in the demo was just kind of scratching the surface of what we’re planning on doing but I don’t really want to talk too much about what we’re going to be doing as far as using the uniqueness of the controller at this point. But what we feel like we’ve kind of proven is what we can do and there’s going to be a lot more of it. But as far as Samus’s abilities and things like that for Metroid Prime 3, one of the big things that we’ll be using in this game is the use of Samus’s ship. Not necessarily to fly around, but through the use of a visor you can command the ship from third-person to do things for you remotely. So it can do bombing runs or lift up these huge items, and it can be used as a platform as well. Along with that, you can fly to different planets in the game and you can use your ship for that, but you do not need direct control of your ship. Another big feature is the use of Hyper Mode outside of just special circumstances. The player can actually go into Hyper Mode at any time they want. And there’s a special subset of abilities that they’ll have access to for that.

Nintendo Now: Are you planning on using the speaker on the remote for any special purpose?

Kensuke Tanabe: Well, because we just disclosed the speaker issue, we didn’t include anything about the speaker in the E3 demo. In the future we’ll say more about the speaker.

Nintendo Now: Some people have felt that the sensitivity makes it kind of hard to do things. Do you think that you’ll include adjustable sensitivity?

Bryan Walker: Yes.

Nintendo Now: And, also, some people have mentioned that depending on where the sensor is in relation to the TV, above or below, the game senses differently. Do you think this is something you’ll have to address by making a feature to optimize gameplay in relation to where the sensor is placed?

Mark Pacini: Since this is new technology, we’re always learning new ways that things do or don’t work. As far as the sensitivity issue, that’s something that there is a learning curve for with the Metroid Prime games. It is a little bit more complicated in the control scheme, but after, we’re kind of estimating, fifteen or twenty minutes, you start to get it. Then when you come back the next time, it becomes very intuitive. And that’s because it’s so new and it’s just like your first time using a mouse and keyboard to play a first person shooter. It’s the same sort of thing. There is a learning curve involved, and you come back again and are like “How did I ever play without this?” As far as tunable sensitivity, absolutely. That is something that we found that people want - more and less sensitivity. I don’t think we’re going to be able to come up with one control scheme that works for everybody. But again, it’s something that, because this is such a cool and new piece of technology, we need help from people that are playing the game to give feedback. That’s something we absolutely want to do.

Nintendo Now: A little update on that question about the sensor bar: I was told by a Nintendo executive on the floor that some games are specifically developed for the sensor bar on the top of the TV, and some games are specifically developed for the bottom of the TV. So I was wondering if there was some option where you can say “I want it at the bottom” and it automatically compensates for that.

Mark Pacini: Well, when we ship it, it won’t matter where you put it.

Nintendo Now: Can you tell us anything about the storyline?

Mark Pacini: Yes [laughs]. Well the main theme of the game, the title, is “Corruption.” Metroid Prime 1 and 2 dealt with, as kind of a substoryline, this material called Phazon. And it had pretty devastating impacts on the two planets you went to on the games before. Well, now in Metroid Prime: Corruption, we’re kind of tying up the Phazon storyline. Phazon becomes a much more top-level storyline, which not only is the backdrop to the motivations of why Samus is going to other planets, but also Samus becomes corrupted with the Phazon herself. It opens up gameplay use for this corruption theme, like I mentioned earlier with Hyper Mode. Basically, Samus is going to different planets to remove the corruption, and she’s also trying to find a way to remove the corruption from herself.

Nintendo Now: I heard that there’s not going to be online competitive multiplayer. Is that true?

Bryan Walker: That’s correct.

Nintendo Now: What was your motivation behind leaving that out?

Bryan Walker: We added [competitive multiplayer] in Metroid Prime 2 and it was fun. It was an experiment for us. In Metroid Prime 3, we really wanted to go back to the roots of Metroid, a very immersive single player first-person adventure. But that said, we’re also very excited about the Wii Connect24 functionality, and we’re discussing a number of options for Metroid Prime 3 to take advantage of that, and add value to the overall experience.

Nintendo Now: So there may be downloads for upgrades or weapons?

Bryan Walker: Those are things that we’re discussing.

Nintendo Now: I know that I saw some usual faces from the Metroid franchise, with Ridley. Are there going to be other classic bosses or enemies, or is the rest all new?

Mark Pacini: Yes, again the motivation of Ridley being there in the demo definitely ties into the storyline in a solid way, but some of those familiar faces are just that: they’re just a couple of familiar faces. In the Metroid Prime series, we really try to break out and make kind of our own area of Metroid fiction. All the bosses are going to be brand new. There are several other bounty hunters that show up in the game as specifically from Metroid Prime 3. We always like to bring in a couple familiar faces to hearken back to the previous games, but that’s definitely a small minority of what’s in the game.

Nintendo Now: Beyond the capabilities to control your ship with the visor, does Samus have any other brand new abilities in the game?

Mark Pacini: Yeah, actually we have a pretty different weapon system than in previous games. Before, the weapon system was mainly about switching weapons. In this game the weapons are going to be stackable, they’re similar to Super Metroid. We kind of modeled our system a little bit after that. So each beam that the player gets will stack on top of one another and keep their inherent abilities but become more powerful. That’s what happens to all of Samus’s weapons. So her beam weapons will stack, her missile weapons will stack, and also her grapple beam will stack as well. And as far as new weapons the player will have: just simple things like, Samus will get one beam ability that allows her to shoot through materials. That, in combination with one of the visors she’ll have, the X-ray visor, she’ll be able to solve certain puzzles or defeat certain creatures by detecting targets underneath surfaces. We’re really trying to make her weapons work in conjunction with each other, rather than just having a more powerful beam.

Nintendo Now: You mentioned that Samus is corrupted. How does that affect her and the gameplay experience?

Mark Pacini: Like I mentioned before, it’s very much a main storyline and gameplay path that we are taking with Corruption. Samus is dying because of this corruption, and not only is it affecting her, but it’s affecting other planets and other people. So what benefits the player gets from that is that you’re able to use Hyper Mode at any time. As a caveat to that, you’ll become very powerful for a short period of time, but you’ll also have a possibility of dying because you’re using this ability. So the player has to learn how to balance this system, where you might want to go into Hyper Mode and use all your Phazon – your health switches to a different management system – and you might just use all your Phazon really quick and get through a tough area and then you’re out of Hyper Mode. But because you can manage this bar by how much you shoot, and your shots take out a certain number of Phazon units, you can actually stay in hyper mode for a longer period of time and be powerful for a longer period of time, at the expense of possibly dying. So it’s kind of a system where hardcore people who are really good at the game might kind of take advantage of that system at a high risk.

Nintendo Now: Speaking of people who are good at the game, how are you trying to make Metroid Prime 3 appeal to people who have not played Metroid Prime 1 or 2? Since Wii is also targeting people who haven’t gamed before…

Kensuke Tanabe: Because we have the new Wii controller, it can allow the player to play the game more intuitively. It means that the player can point on the screen and play the game very easily, even for inexperienced players. As well, we are planning on making the game itself a little bit easier than before, so it will allow more players to be able to play. But maybe a bit more difficult than playing the [Wii Sports] tennis game. [laughs]

Nintendo Now: There was a character who comes to your aid in the demo that was reminiscent of Noxus from Metroid Prime Hunters for the Nintendo DS. Any relation?

Bryan Walker: His name is Rundus.

Mark Pacini: It’s definitely a different bounty hunter in Metroid Prime 3. The same concept artist from Metroid Prime Hunters also worked on Metroid Prime 1, Prime 2, and Prime 3. So maybe there is an intentional style similarity to tie it in, and maybe some backstory on it.

Nintendo Now: We’re just about out of time.

Bryan Walker: We’d also like to reinforce that we collaborate very closely with Mr. Tanabe and his team. They provided a lot of great ideas. We did most of the talking, but Metroid Prime 3 is a team effort.

Nintendo Now: Any last words on the game?

Kensuke Tanabe: One of the purposes of the Wii controller is making it a little easier for the player to play first person games, so we would like you all to enjoy that type of experience.



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Monday, May 15, 2006

10,000 views

Since I started the site in january we have had 10,000 views which I am very proud of, so keep coming back and please sign up for the forum.

iwata interview

Q: Was there anything that surprised you here at E3?

A: The surprise was that the feedback to the Wii console was actually even better than we had expected before coming to E3. Before E3, we thought that maybe people would have hesitation because what we are proposing is, "Forget about the past. Forget about the classic controller. You are now supposed to do a free controller style."

We thought that we would get mixed reactions to our presentation. However, almost all the people who have touched and played the Wii have shown very positive reactions.

Q: What did you think about the name "Wii" when you heard it the first time?

A: I saw Wii as one candidate among many others, but the name Wii captured my attention so strongly, I thought, "This is it." At the same time I thought that probably Wii would have some controversy.

There were some criteria for us to come up with the name. It had to be short enough so that we didn't need any other nicknames or abbreviation. What we are targeting with Wii is not only existing gamers, but also people who have shown no interest in other games. These nongamers, for example, really cannot understand what GBA means, if GBA is something different from Game Boy Advance. We wanted something with a strong impact that people will remember as soon as they hear it.

Finally, we wanted a name unlike any video-game machines.

Q: I didn't understand the Wii until I played it. Will it be hard to sell this machine to people who haven't done the same thing?

A: The same thing happened in the case of the DS [Nintendo's handheld player]. The DS was a very unusual machine. For us, the DS didn't necessarily boast beautiful graphics at all. We had to emphasize that touching is believing.

But we were in a better position for marketing the DS because the DS is, after all, a portable machine. We can take it anywhere and present it to anybody on the street and say, "Please try it."

In the case of a hardware console like this, how can we ask a sufficient number of people who need to have the hands-on experience? That requires us to be smart with the marketing.

Q: I'm sure the Wii will be a big success in Japan. How will it sell in the U.S.?

A: It has global potential. When we showed the tennis game ["Wii Sports: Tennis"] at the media briefing, we had such a strong reaction afterward. There is no boundary to games like tennis, and so it can be appreciated around the world.

Q: Do you think people will pay $600 for a PlayStation 3?

A: That's not something I should comment on as a corporate president. But as one single person, a potential customer for the PS3, I think it's a bit expensive. But it depends on how the general public is going to see it. So far, within two days now, a majority of people who have commented on the price point are saying the same thing: It's expensive.

Q: Do you think Sony copied Nintendo with its new controller?

A: (Laughs.) Actually before they made the announcement we already anticipated that they might do that, so I had to laugh. Even though I was laughing, it was with a grim face, I should add. (Laughs.)

Having said that, please know that putting the motion-sensor technology into the classic-style controller is one thing. Putting the motion-sensor technology into the Wii remote as well as the "nunchuck" controller, where you can use both hands freely and independently, this is quite another thing.

Q: Was it hard to add sound to the Wii's controller? [It has a speaker embedded in it.]

A: Technically speaking, it's not very difficult. But if you ask me if any company can do it, I think it would be difficult. That's a very unique advantage Nintendo has. In terms of hardware, we can work very quickly because Nintendo is the hardware manufacturer as well as the software developer and publisher.

In this case, when somebody suggested the idea of putting the speaker into the Wii remote, the trial software was made immediately so we could test what it would sound like.

We really want [filmmaker George] Lucas to think about making a game where this can be used as a light saber. It should be fun.

Q: The graphics seem to sometimes look better on the PlayStation 3 or Microsoft's Xbox. Do you think that's a problem?

A: They are putting so much cost and energy to beef up the pure horsepower. I really do not deny the way they have chosen, because beefing up the graphical capability is one of the ways to entertain people. It's just that Nintendo has not chosen that because Nintendo is not concerned about the possibility of putting those kinds of energies into the graphical engines.

Even though we can make the current game graphics a lot better, we don't believe we can expand the gaming population at all. That's why Nintendo decided to take a completely different path for the Wii.

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Nintendo growing up

Wow how did I manage to miss these games in the E3 madness Project H.A.M.M.E.R and Disaster Day of Crisis are both looking really good games for the more mature nintendo fans.

For those without wireless and DS fans

Straight from nintendo.com

"Communication: Wii can communicate with the Internet even when the power is turned off. This WiiConnect24 service delivers a new surprise or game update, even if users do not play with Wii. Users can connect wirelessly using IEEE 802.11b/g, or with a USB 2.0 LAN adaptor. Wii also can communicate wirelessly with Nintendo DS."

I was hoping Nintendo would make a USB thing because this will help Nintendo reach a much large customer base. Also please Nintendo do downloadable demos for the DS through the Revolution.

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Animal crossing sales, and a film in the works?

ign reports;
May 13, 2006 - According to Japan's Hochi Shimbun online edition, Nintendo has, as of 5/8, shipped three million copies of Animal Crossing: Wild World to Japan. The game, known as Oideyo: Doubutsu no Mori in its native land, has been such a success, in fact, that Nintendo has chosen to branch the franchise off to a new media: anime.

The currently untitled Animal Crossing animated movie is is being prepared for a planned Japanese opening in December. Serving as director is Jouji Shimura, known for his work on Master Keaton and Shin Angyo Onshi. The game's staff is said to be cooperating on the project, which promises to retain the themes that have helped the game appeal to all audiences.


I think that out of all nintendos popular franchises, animal crossing was the one i would least expect to be transformed into a film, but what the hell it could be great.

Physics simulation final piece of the hardware mystery?

IGN: Is the hardware as easy to use on the Wii as it was with the GameCube? The two systems are very similar is structure we're told.

Konami: Yes, the structure is very similar to GameCube, but you already knew that. The development was not that difficult, as the Wii system has built in physics simulation. That helped the process.

Hideo Kojima wants to work on Wii game

CVG: What are your impressions of Nintendo Wii and how did Snake appear in Smash Brothers?

Kojima: I’ve played Tennis, Zelda and Mario on Wii. I find Tennis very interesting. I played the early version but the E3 version is far more advanced. As a game designer, I’m very interested in creating something for the Wii. I’d like to run away from MGS 4 creation and create something for the Wii but unfortunately, I don’t have anything that I can announce at the moment. I have lots of ideas for Wii but I have a heavy schedule with MGS 4 and Metal Gear Online. Concerning Snake’s appearance on Wii in Smash Brothers, I’m friends with the designer of the game and I thought it would be nice if you could play as Snake - when I heard about the new game last year, I contacted the designer and we started working together.

Friday, May 12, 2006

huge boss in mario galaxy demo

Thursday, May 11, 2006

metroid prime 3 full demo in 4 parts




A bunch of pictures from the Nintendo booth

Super Smash Bros Brawl

Finally Nintendo show one of the games I've been waiting for and there's some new characters in it, including a third part character but I'll let you watch the video to find out who it is.



Ign reports;
May 10, 2006 - Nintendo just pulled a fast one on us. At an after-hours press briefing a mere minute ago, the company pulled another ace out of its sleeve: Super Smash Bros. Brawl -- the next installment in Nintendo's popular Super Smash Bros. series.

Shigeru Miyamoto himself has confirmed the following playable characters:

# Pit (Kid Icarus)
# Solid Snake (Metal Gear Solid)
# Zero Suit Samus (the blue "no-suit" Samus from Metroid: Zero Mission)
# Metaknight (Kirby)
# Wario (Wario)

Under the direction of series creator Masahiro Sakurai, Super Smash Bros. Brawl will feature classic, GameCube-style combat -- not Wii-style motion-controlled combat. That means players who prefer to play the game with the traditional control setup can look forward to using the GameCube control-style they're already accustomed to.

"We found that trying to implement too much motion-sensory functionality can get in the way of the game. We're looking at keeping the control simple, as it has been," said Sakurai. "The Wii hardware has sockets for the GameCube controller, too. So I'll just say now that you may not want to throw away your GCN controller yet."

The game also features a range of new nasty toys, such as the ability to unleash a puppy from Nintendogs that will run up to the screen, put its paws up and obscure the view of the action. Mario, Kirby, Pikachu and Link have been confirmed as returning characters. Sakurai confirmed that Wario actually has a fart attack and that Solid Snake can use his trusty cardboard box. In the video trailer, Snake gets out of the box and says "It's showtime!"

"We thought a lot about what to do with Snake and his moves in Super Smash Bros. Brawl," said Sakurai. "As you all know Snake walks around with a gun, but with Super Smash Bros. I didn't want to bring in a lot of real weapons. So that was a real challenge. But conversely, if we could use things like rocket launchers and other explosives, not only would that be fitting for Snake, but it would work for the other characters. But who knows. Maybe Snake will exclusively use explosives throughout the game."

Sakurai said the decision to include Solid Snake when Hideo Kojima himself practically "begged" to include the Metal Gear character in the last Smash Bros. game. When asked about the possibility of Sonic the Hedgehod appearing in the game as well, Shigeru Miyamoto said: "There are probably possibilities for other third parties as well, and it maybe that even know there are corporate discussions going on about including some of these other characters."

Even better, the game will be fully online playable in addition to featuring a robust multiplayer mode. "My plan is to include Wi-Fi connection compatibility and online functionality. One of the primary reasons Super Smash Bros. Brawl was created was that Nintendo, when taking Wii online, wanted to have Smash Bros. to do that," added Sakurai.

The bad news is that Super Smash Bros. Brawl will no longer be a Wii launch title, but will instead be released in 2007.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

super mario galaxy gameplay (with a veiw of the booth)

metroid prime 3 gameplay

Wii-gun from the show floor

Once again sony steals a nintendo idea

The Legend o f Zelda: Twilight Princess Trailer

DS trailers

yoshi's island 2

Star Fox

Chibi Robo

Mario Basket 3 on 3

Diddy Kong Racing

DK bongo blast for gamecube

super paper mario bros for... gamecube

Wii tennis on stage

A Wii opera

A Web Revolution in the Living room: Opera partners with Nintendo to put browser on the Wii™ game console
Oslo, Norway and Los Angeles, Calif., May 10, 2006

Opera Software, a world leader in Web browser technology, today announced that Nintendo’s much anticipated new generation game console, Wii, will use the Opera browser.

Users of the Wii console will browse the Internet using their consoles. Navigating via the innovative new Wii Remote controller, users can visit Web sites in between gaming sessions.

“Nintendo is clearly visionary in leading the gaming industry into the new era in gaming, and a wonderful partner for Opera,” says Jon von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Nintendo, and work with them to deliver the best gaming experience on the Wii console and the Nintendo DS™.”

“For our Wii console launch in 2006, we required a browser that was fast and secure with support for the latest standards including AJAX. Opera proved perfect for our purposes and is an exceptional addition to both the Nintendo DS and the Wii console,” said Genyo Takeda, senior managing director and general manager, Integrated Research & Development Division, Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Opera and Nintendo announced their partnership to deliver the full Opera browser for the Nintendo DS on February 15, 2006. The Nintendo DS browser is scheduled for release in Japan this summer. Nintendo has not yet announced its global launch plans for this product.

Twilight princess Wii demonstration

Nintendo reviels list of Wii games

I wander which 27 will be on the show floor. Also i realised WTF happened to Super smash bros


Activision
Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
Call of Duty 3

AQ Interactive
Boxing Action

Atari
Dragon Ball Z Budokai: Tenkaichi 2

Atlus
Trauma Center: Second Opinion

BANPRESTO

Family action game

Buena Vista Games
Disney’s Chicken Little: Ace in Action Disney’s Meet the Robinsons

Capcom
Resident Evil series

D3Publisher
SIMPLE series
Original Action Game

Eidos
Title TBD

Electronic Arts
Madden NFL ‘07
Medal of Honor Airborne

EPOCH
Title TBD

From Software
Action Game

Genki
Title TBD

Hudson
Bomberman
Flight game

JALECO
Title TBD

Koei
Sengoku Action

Konami
Elebits
‘Soccer game

Majesco
Bust-a-Move Revolution

Marvelous Interactive / Natsume
Harvest Moon Heroes
Legend of the River King original simulation

Mastiff
Mr. D Goes to Town

Midway Games

The Ant Bully
Happy Feet

Milestone

New vertical scroll shooting game
New Action Game

MTO
Character Action game
SAN-X All-star Revolution

Namco Bandai
Final Furlong
Mobile Suite Gundam
Digimon
One Piece Ulimited Adventure
New action game
New RPG
Tamagotchi
Title TBD

Nintendo
Disaster: Day of Crisis
Excite Truck
Fire Emblem
Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Project H.A.M.M.E.R.
Super Mario Galaxy
Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
Wii Sports

SEGA
Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz
Sonic Wild Fire

SNK
Metal Slug Anthology

Spike
Necro-Nesia
Jawa

Square Enix
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearers
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors

Taito
Turn it around!
Let’s go by train!
Cooking Mama -Cooking with International Friends-

Tecmo
Super Swing Golf Pangya

The Game Factor
Title TBD

THQ

Avatar: The Last Airbender
SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab
Disney/Pixar Cars

TOMY
Action Game
Battle Action

Ubisoft
Open Season
Rayman Raving Rabbids
Red Steel

Vivendi Universal Games
Title TBD

Warner Bros. Interactive
Entertainment Title TBD

Wii game details via the nintendo press site

Disaster: Day of Crisis
Format: Wii
Launch Date: TBA
ESRB: Rating Pending
Game Type: Action
Accessories: TBA
Players: TBA
Developer: Monolith

Key Information
Survive nature's most devastating catastrophes in Disaster: Day of Crisis, a panic-inducing survival game for Wii. In a devastatingly short period of time, an unprecedented wave of natural disasters has pummeled the United States. On top of this inexplicable series of disasters, a rogue special forces unit has taken advantage of the chaos and seized a nuclear weapon. Only Ray, a former member of an elite rescue task force, has decided to take a stand.

* Cutting-edge physics and gripping visuals re-create the sheer terror of major catastrophes.
* Players race a car down a mountain to escape a roaring pryoclastic flow, dodge toppling buildings during a devastating earthquake and swim for their lives in a raging flood. No matter what happens, fight to survive.



Excite Truck
Format: Wii
Launch Date: TBA
ESRB: Rating Pending
Game Type: Racing
Accessories: Wii Remote
Players: TBA
Developer: Monster Games

Key Information:
IN the grand racing tradition of Excitebike, get ready for a big-air experience like no other as players rocket their trucks across dynamically changing terrain.

* Remember titling your arms while playing Excitebike to try and make your character land a huge jump? Well, that experience is finally a reality with Excite Truck, a wild, off-road race only possible on Nintendo's Wii console.
* Players hold the Wii Remote like an NES controller to control the truck. The 2 button is the accelerator, the 1 button is the brake, the + Control Pad is the turbo... but that's just the beginning. Tilt the Wii Remote right and left like a steering wheel to steer. Once the truck goes airborne, tilt the Wii Remote every which way to line up perfect landings for turbo boosts.
* Pick up items on the courses to make the terrain deform in real time, turning innocent bumps into massive launch pads that affect not only the player's route, but that of his or her rivals. Players jump and bump their way to the highest score and highest finish.



The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
Format: Wii
Launch Date: Q4 2006
ESRB: Rating Pending
Game Type: Adventure
Players: 1
Developer: Nintendo

Key Information
When an evil darkness enshrouds the land of Hyrule, a young farm boy named Link must awake the hero - and the animal - within.

* When Link travels to the Twilight Realm, he transforms into a wolf and must scour the land with the help of a mysterious girl named Midna. Using the power and unique control of the Wii conosle, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess features incredible precise aiming control using the Wii Remote.
* The Wii Remote and the Nunchuk controller are used for a variety of game activities, including fishing and special sword attacks.
* Players ride into battle against troops of foul creatures using an amazing horseback combat system, then take on massive bosses that must be seen to be believed.
* Many puzzles stand between Link and the fulfillment of his quest, so players must sharpen their wits as they hunt for weapons and items.

Game storyline: Link, a young man raised as a wrangler in a small, rural village, is ordered by the mayor to attend the Hyrule Summit. He sets off, oblivious to the dark fate that has descended upon the kingdom. When he enters the Twilight Realm that has covered Hyrule, he transforms into a wolf and is captured. A mysterious figured named Midna helps him break free. With the aid of her magic, they set off to free the land from the shadows.

Characters: Link, Zelda, Midna and many other characters, both new and old.

How to progress through the game: Link must explore the vast land of Hyrule and uncover the mystery behind its plunge into darkness. As he does, he'll have to enlist the aid of friendly folk, solve puzzles and battle his way through dangerous dungeons. In the Twilight Realm, he'll have to use his wolf abilities and Midna's magic to bring light to the land.

Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Besides his trusty sword and shield, Link will use his bow and arrows, fight while on horseback and use a wealth of other items, both new and old. Players can use the Wii Remote as a fishing pole, while a spin of the Nunchuk controller executes a spin attack.



Metroid Prime 3: Corruption
Format: Wii
Launch Date: TBA
ESRB: Rating Pending
Game Type: First-Person Adventure
Accessories: Wii Remote and Nunchuk Controller
Players: 1
Developer: Retro Studios

Key Information:
If you think you knew what it felt like to be the bounty hunter behind the visor, think again. Take aim at evil with Nintendo's revolutionary controller.

* Players control Samus by moving the Nunchuk controller and aiming with the pointer, allowing for a level of immersion unlike anything they hae ever experienced. Through the eyes of Samus, players experience a quantum leap in first-person control as they wield the Wii Remote, the ultimate device for the first-person shooter genre.
* Samus will employ well-known power-ups like the Grapple Beam and Morph Ball, as well as a bunch of new surprises, to help her survive her coming trials.

Game storyline: The Galactic Federation's Base Sector Zero is under attack by Space Pirates. Samus must boot up the generator to restore the defense systems. But at the end of her path, someone awful is waiting for her.

Characters: Samus, Dark Samus, the Galactic Federation and many new bounty hunters.

How to progress through the game: The war initiated by Dark Samus and the Space Pirates rages across many planets as they attempt to corrupt each with Phazon seeds. Players use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to explore alien landscapes, hunt for weapons and information, and destroy the seeds. Saving the planets from Corruption isn't enough, though. Eventually, players must take down Samus' mortal enemy, Dark Samus.

Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Besides using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to pull off amazing feats like aiming and blasting in midair or at a full run, players also will have an array of different weapons at their disposal. In true Metroid fashion, these will become powered up as the game progresses. Not only that, but the controller will be used for a number of other game elements beyond the traditional first-person shooter standards.



Project H.A.M.M.E.R.
Format: Wii
Launch Date: TBA
ESRB: Rating Pending
Game Type: Action Adventure
Accessories: Wii Remote and Nunchuk Controllers
Players: TBA
Developer: Nintendo Software Technology Corp.

Key Information
Killer robots are attacking major cities across the United States, and the military is powerless to stop them. Players control one of Project H.A.M.M.E.R.'s cyborg prototypes: half-man, half-machine, with an extraordinary weapon – and the power to save the world.

* Grab the Wii Remote and start swinging. Equipped with a hammer of amazing strength, players represent the only hope against an unstoppable army of marauding automatons.
* Players use the Nunchuk controller in one hand to maneuver through a variety of vast and detailed environments. They use the Wii Remote in the other just like a real hammer to control the hero's weapon. Swing the controller side to side to make the in-game hammer send enemies flying. Lift it into the air and bring it down to smash robots to smithereens. Use the A button for quick hammer flurries.
* Enter a world of nonstop action, excitement and relentless destruction. Players will reduce rampaging robots to scrap metal as they battle their way across the United States. If they see an enemy, they smash it. And they continue to smash until every city across America is saved.



Super Mario Galaxy (temporary name)
Format: Wii
Launch Date: TBA
ESRB: Rating Pending
Game Type: Action Platformer
Accessories: Wii Remote and Nunchuk Controller
Players: 1-2
Developer: Nintendo

Key Information:
The ultimate Nintendo hero is taking the ultimate step ... out into space. Join Mario as he ushers in a new era of video games, defying gravity across all the planets in the galaxy.

* Shake, tilt and point! Mario takes advantage of all the unique aspects of the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controller, unleashing new moves as players shake the controller and even point at and drag items with the pointer.
* Mario essentially defined the 3-D platforming genre with Super Mario 64, and this game proves once again that he is king. Players perform mind-bending, low-gravity jumps across wild alien terrain as they experience platforming for a new generation.

Game storyline: When some creature escapes into space with Princess Peach, Mario gives chase, exploring bizarre planets all across the galaxy.

Characters: Mario, Peach and enemies new and old.

How to progress through the game: Players run, jump and battle enemies as they explore all the planets in the galaxy. Since this game makes full use of all the features of the Wii Remote, players have to do all kinds of things to succeed: pressing buttons, swinging the Wii Remote and the Nunchuk, and even pointing at and dragging things with the pointer.

Special powers/weapons/moves/features: Since he's in space, Mario can perform mind-bending jumps unlike anything he's done before. He'll also have a wealth of new moves that are all based around tilting, pointing and shaking the Wii Remote.



WarioWare: Smooth Moves
Format: Wii
Launch Date: TBA
ESRB: Rating Pending
Game Type: Mass Microgames
Players: 1+ (TBD)
Developer: Nintendo

Key Information:
The WarioWare team took an idea so wacky, it could only be made with the latest technology ... the Wii Remote.

* WarioWare is back with a whole new set of moves. When Wario stumbles upon a strange device called a Form Baton, he and his friends use it to learn new moves that are as fun as they are wacky. With hundreds of microgames, this game is just as wild as you'd expect from the name WarioWare, but the game play has been revolutionized. Under Wario's tutelage, and with the help of the Wii Remote, players
will swing, spin and squat their way to victory.
* With about 200 lightning-quick microgames and controls that range from scribbling to flailing, WarioWare: Smooth Moves takes interactive gaming to a whole new level. All players need is a Wii Remote and their best moves to be the champ.
* With games that are as much fun to play as they are to WATCH people play, WarioWare: Smooth Moves brings the party to its feet. It's hilarious for players and audiences alike.

Game storyline: Wario and his pals learn fun, wacky moves after discovering a strange book and a mystical device called the Form Baton.

Characters: Familiar characters from the WarioWare universe will return to this installment and some new ones will appear.

How to progress through the game: Players must clear fast-paced sets of microgames, changing the way they hold the Wii Remote each time. As they do, they'll unlock more microgames and souvenirs.

Special powers/weapons/moves/features: The game's full-body controls add a whole new level of insanity to an already frenetic experience.



Wii Sports
Format: Wii
Launch Date: TBA
ESRB: Rating Pending
Game Type: Sports
Players: 1-4, depending on the game
Developer: Nintendo

Key Information

* Tennis (1-4 players): Players grab the controller like a racket and swing - the game will register forehands, backhands, volleys, lobs, slices, spin and power depending on how fast the user swings and at what angle. Don't worry about moving around the court to get to the ball - the game automatically moves players into position.
* Baseball (1-2 players): Grip the controller like a bat and swat fastballs out of the park in a home run derby. Timing and bat speed will make all the difference between going yard and whiffing, so keep an eye on the ball and swing for the fences. In the two-player game, one player pitches and the other bats.
* Golf (1 player): Step up to the tee, hold the controller like a golf club and swing naturally to smack the ball onto the green. The harder players swing the club, the farther the ball will fly, so be sure to take some practice swings before going for the pin. After reaching the green, line up putts carefully, practice the stroke and try to hole out.
* Additional games may be added to the Wii Sports group.

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