Saturday, September 30, 2006

cool wii video showing the wii hardware

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Nice to see Nintendo Advertising

Well Nintendo pledged a lot of money towards advertising the Wii and it seems like its started already, straight from Gamesmaster:

wiimoveyou

There's some Zelda stuff coming from it as well hold on for that.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Uk wii pre orders

Here is a list of all the pre-orders for the wii in the uk, as I have said before I do recomend HMV, but pcworld is offering an attractive deal for the console package and an extra remote for £199.99, which is good value.

Wii opera browser free untill the end of june

press release from opera

Opera releases details on its browser for Nintendo’s Wii console
Oslo, Norway - September 26, 2006

Opera Software today announced details on its browser for Nintendo’s soon-to-be released game console, Wii. Opera’s full Web browser is available for download from the "Wii Shop Channel". Nintendo has stated that they will offer Opera free of charge as a temporary promotion for all Wii users until June 2007.
Wii

From July 2007, users can purchase the Opera browser using Wii points. Wii points are credits users can buy that allow them to add new games or the Opera browser to their Wii consoles. The number of Wii points required to purchase Opera has not yet been announced.

With support for Flash and AJAX-based content such as Google maps, Wii users will benefit from a feature-rich Internet experience that is uniquely customized for the Wii. Opera for Wii boasts the same complete standards support as the Opera 9 Desktop browser, and includes the added functionality of "Zoom" and "Bookmarks". The Wii remote control will also be an integral part of browsing, allowing users to intuitively control the Web with their Wii remotes.

Nintendo has previously announced that Wii will be available in the U.S. on November 19, 2006, Japan on December 2, 2006, and in Europe on December 8, 2006. The cost for the console is $249.99 or 25,000 Yen.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Twilight princess Wii boxart

wii zelda box art

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Just to let you know...

Ive pre-ordered my Wii from the HMV that I work next to and should beable to pick up mine at midnight if they open for it along with a copy of twilight princess, it only cost me £30 and the reserve on Zelda was free. If your in the UK and looking for anything in terms of games I do highly recomend HMV, there reward point system is twice as good as GAME stores so you save £5 for every 1000 points instead of a measly £2.50. So residents of the UK head down to your local HMV with £30 in pocket.

Change of look

I would just like to say we have changed the look of the site (if you havnt noticed) to fit into the look of Wii/DSlite more (plus some how I broke the old template). You might also notice the countdowns on the sidebar. I have also changed the look on the reveiws, so enjoy.

New Zelda TP gameplay footage

Friday, September 15, 2006

NoE official wii statment

15th September 2006 - Today at a press conference held in London’s Docklands, Mr Iwata, Global President of Nintendo Co., Ltd. unveiled a new dimension in home entertainment. Nintendo announced ways to involve every member of the family in gaming via the new Wii console, as well as the much-anticipated price, date and software line-up for the console’s European launch.

Wii is set to revolutionise the face of gaming when it launches in Europe on 8th December 2006 at an estimated retail price of £179 (249 Euros), bundled with Wii Sports. Accompanying the console launch will be around 20 software titles including Wii Play and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess and from third party publishers launch games include: Ubisoft’s RED STEEL, EA’s Need for Speed: Carbon, Activision’s Tony Hawk’s Downhill Jam, THQ’s Disney/ Pixar’s Cars and Sega’s Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz.

Included with every Wii console is one wireless Wii Remote, one Nunchuk, and the groundbreaking collection of five different Wii Sports games on one disk which anyone can play using simple physical movements.

Nintendo today set a new direction for the video games industry by using state of the art technology not just for enhancing graphics and processing power but to introduce new people to the world of video games by creating brand new entertainment that is fresh and accessible to everyone.

Mr Iwata, Nintendo’s President, outlined how the Wii would build on Nintendo’s learnings and existing success with DS and continue this expansion of the gaming audience in unique and unprecedented ways.

With Wii, Nintendo aims to create a console that can be enjoyed by every member of the family. Every Wii console will include a series of on-screen "channels" that make up the Wii Channel Menu. The Wii Channel Menu is the starting point for all of the console’s functions. The "channels" offer a gateway to a rich variety of entertainment options. When connected to a TV, the Wii Channel Menu offers a simple interface letting users pick games to play, get news or weather, view and send photos or even create playable caricatures of themselves to use in actual games. Additional functions allow users to download classic games to Wii’s Virtual Console.

Nintendo believe that encouraging users to pick up the controller to access the internet quickly, check the news or see tomorrow's weather is one way of ensuring that everyone in the household can use, interact and ultimately engage with Wii. And once users have picked up the controller to perform these basic functions, it’s a small step to get involved in some more fun game play action.

Wii launches across Europe on 8th December 2006 at the estimated retail price of 249 Euros (£179 in the UK). Nintendo first party games will retail at the estimated retail price of between 49 Euros and 59 Euros (£34 to £39 in the UK).

Additional controllers will also be available from launch at the estimated retail prices of: Wii Remote - 39 Euros (£29 in UK), Nunchuk – 19 Euros (£14 in UK) and the Classic Controller – 19 Euros (£14 in UK)

Posting at school...

simple european details, chack back in abot 90 minutes when i have finnished physics

Launch titles: Wii Sports, Wii Play (the mini-games package with bundled Wii
remote). Zelda…WarioWare: Smooth Moves (just after launch).
Third-party:
around 15-20 games from launch. Red Steel. Rayman. Need for Speed Carbon. Tony
Hawk. Super Monkey Ball.
Date: 2006.
December 8th 2006.
EUR 249 /
GBP 179Bundles is white console, one Wii remote, one Nunchuck, Wii Sports.
Between 49 and 59 Euros for software. 34 for 39 pounds.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Official Nintendo press release for america

Nintendo’s Incomparable Wii Console Launches Nov. 19; MSRP $249.99


30 New Games, 30 Retro Titles, User-Friendly ‘Channels’ Make it the Affordable System for Gamers, Newcomers and Families

NEW YORK, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire/ — Nintendo will reshape the home entertainment and video game landscape with the launch of its heralded Wii(TM) home video game console. The Americas will lead the worldwide launch on Nov. 19. Wii will be sold as an affordable, mass-consumer product at an MSRP of just $249.99. The price includes one wireless Wii Remote controller, one Nunchuk(TM) controller and the groundbreaking collection of five different Wii Sports games on one disc, which anyone can play using simple movements, experienced or not.

Every Wii console includes another distinctive feature: a series of on-screen “channels” that make up the Wii Channel Menu, which makes the console approachable and customizable for everyone, from the most avid gamer to people who have never played before. The Wii Channel Menu is the starting point for all of the console’s functions. The “channels” offer a gateway to a
rich variety of entertainment options. When connected to a TV, the Wii Channel Menu offers a simple interface, letting users pick games to play, get news or weather, view and send photos or even create playable caricatures of themselves to use in actual games. Additional functions allow users to redeem Wii Points and download classic games to Wii’s Virtual Console(TM). The
variety of options available through the Wii Channel Menu motivates both gamers and non-gamers to turn on Wii’s power every day.

Wii is creating worldwide excitement with its unique control system, an inventive, first-of-its-kind controller whose position can be detected in a 3-D space. The new controller allows users to pinpoint targets in games or move through the Wii Channel Menu with precision and ease. This intuitive control system will be understood immediately by everyone, regardless of their
previous experience with video games. With this one small controller, Wii makes games both easier and more intense than anything previously experienced.

For example, in the Wii Sports tennis game, players swing the Wii Remote like a racket to hit the ball, as in real life. They can add topspin or slice the ball just by angling their hands and wrist like they would in a real match.

“Wii reinvents games for the devoted player,” says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “But more importantly, Wii breaks the wall separating players from non-players by delivering the best game experiences for the most affordable price. We believe the next leap is games for the masses — young and old, gamer or non, alone, with a friend or with the whole family.”

Fils-Aime made his remarks in New York, shortly after Nintendo executives in Japan announced Wii will launch there on Dec. 2. Between launch day and Dec. 31, Wii owners will enjoy a robust lineup of 30 software titles, with selections for everyone from video game veterans to newcomers. Some top Nintendo launch titles include Wii Sports, a compilation of tennis, baseball, golf, bowling and boxing; The Legend of Zelda(R): Twilight Princess; and EXCITE TRUCK(TM). While publishers are free to set
their own prices for games, first-party Nintendo titles will have an MSRP of $49.99. Wii’s self-loading media bay also can play the entire library of more than 530 Nintendo GameCube(TM) titles from day one.

Third-party developers around the world have lined up to provide unprecedented support for Wii. “I believe the Wii will attract new and casual gamers to the world of interactive entertainment,” says Larry Probst, Chairman and CEO, Electronic
Arts. “It’s a fun, easy and economical system that will become a bridge to gaming for mainstream audiences. At EA, we are putting more support behind the Wii than any Nintendo hardware launch since the Super NES.”

“The Wii is changing audience interaction, opening up whole new experiences that have never been possible in video games,” says Robert Kotick, Chairman and CEO, Activision, Inc. “With the instinctual control of the Wii Remote, Nintendo is advancing the gaming experience to the broadest audience of gamers. Activision is excited about the launch of the Wii and the opportunity it offers. So much so, we plan to have five titles available at launch — our strongest lineup ever for a new console. We have more development resources devoted to the Wii than to any previous Nintendo platform. The Wii is likely to have a profound impact on the size, growth and overall opportunities for the video game market.”

“The Wii control scheme opens up unexplored areas for our talented teams to innovate when creating games,” says Laurent DeToc, President of Ubisoft North America. “It’s invigorating for us. We believe that it will help create a new level of interest in video games and engage more players around the world.”

Additional information about the list of Virtual Console games and the pricing structure will be revealed in the coming weeks.

The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo GameCube(TM) systems, and upcoming Wii(TM) console. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.2 billion video games and more than 375 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the company’s Web site at www.nintendo.com.



we are just waiting for europe now

America launch details

The main details are:

  • 19th November release date
  • $249.99
  • Between launch day and Dec. 31, 30 software titles
  • The price includes one wireless Wii Remote controller, one Nunchuk controller and the groundbreaking collection of five different Wii Sports games on one disc, which anyone can play using simple movements, experienced or not
And a new feature annouced is the Wii channels.
However on the downside you have to pay for the Opera browser although it does support flash unlike on the DS.

Wii price list and conversions



done by me with spelling mistakes

Wii packaging

link with more pictures from the event

Japan release date and package

2006 September 14th
The nintendo co. corporation

2006 December 2nd, 25,000 Yen
“WiiTM” sale

Because the Nintendo Co. corporation December 2nd this year (Saturday), (consumption including tax desired retail price) with the country 25,000 Yen new amusement machines “Wii” which create the electronic amusement experience inside completely new home to sell, we inform.

This Wii which we sell (pronounces “[ui]”) or less is included in substance set.

*Wii itself ×1
*Wii remote control strap attachment ×1
* [nunchiyakukontorora] ×1
*Wii private AC adapter ×1
*Wii private AV cable ×1
*Wii itself private stand ×1
*Wii itself private auxiliary plate ×1
*Wii private sensor bar ×1
* Plug server stand ×1
* Single three dry cell batteries ×2

Furthermore, overseas, it is the schedule which in the next few days is announced from the respective local subsidiary company in regard to sale schedule and price.

Japan lauch details

Well you can read the full details at Joystiq but the main points about the launch in Japan are:

  • Costs 25,000 yen
  • In the Wii box: Wii console, Wii remote (w/ strap), nunchuck attachment, Wii AC adaptor, Wii A/V cable, Wii console stand, sensor bar, sensor bar stand and two AA batteries.
  • 3,800 yen cost for the remote, 1800 yen for the classic controller, and 1800 yen for the nunchuck attachment.
  • 500 yen for NES games, 800 yen for SNES games, 1000 yen for N64 games. Pay by credit card of Wii points card. Wii will play three MSX games
  • 30 Nintendo games and 30 PC Engine/Megadrive (Turbo-Grafx/Genesis) games before end of year. Ten new virtual console games every month after that!
Now bring on the Europe and American conferences so we know whats coming.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

HMV email says November 24th, £149.99

here it is;

I am sure you have heard the news about the delay of the launch of PS3 console, but the good news is that the rumoured release date for Nintendo Wii is 24th November 2006 with the anticipated price for the console said to be only £149.99*.

Confirmation of the above is hard to come by at the moment as Nintendo are playing it close to their chest, although we expect there to be further announcements in the next couple of weeks to coincide with the Tokyo Games Show.

We are conscious that many of you will be desperate to place an actual order and reserve a copy on the launch date. It may be that Nintendo announce the details to the public at the same time as retail but rest assured that we will pass these on to
you as soon as we can. As a Registered Games Rewards Cardholder, we will still endeavour to give you at least 48 hours prior notice before we start taking
pre-orders, but to some extent we are all waiting on Nintendo announcing plans.

* Release date and console price may be subject to change.
I dont believe the Tokyo show bit, but this close to the upcoming press conferences perhaps they do know what they are talking about with the release and price and are using the TGS as a cover story.

The next 48 hours are going to be wild

As I mentioned in a previous post, there are region press conferences announced for the next 2 days where we will surely hear all of the launch information. Here is a table to give you the times at which these events will take place respected of where you live although it doesnt look right to me it gives a general idea of when the information will come out. We will try to get the information out as soon as possible but due to some restraints such as education, sleep and work it might be difficult to post as soon as the information comes out, but we will try.

Monday, September 11, 2006

on some non nintendo news

although i know its a week late i have added a little memorial to steve irwin on the side bar, he was a great man and deserves some mourning, if you click it, it will take you to the home page of his zoo so perhaps you could make a small donation to one of his charities thank you.

Wii comp hints at release date

It may be difficult to read so click the link to the flikr image. The competition from ONM states that you will win a Wii and Twilight Princess on launch day, the important bit is the closing datein the small print, for the texting it is the 6th of November and for the posting it is the 9th, so this meens that it cant be launched before this date in europe any way, it also says in the main article that the winners would be in the 11th issue on the 24th of november which will be "wii packed" so perhaps that will be aroun the launch date.
small print
wii comp small print
main page
wii comp

Friday, September 08, 2006

big news? you decide

joystiq;
IBM announced that their Broadway chip custom-designed for Nintendo's Wii console has been shipping to Nintendo's since July. "We have been shipping well within this quarter (July)," said Ron Martino, director of IBM Technology Collaboration Solutions. "In fact, we have shipped a significant volume in this quarter."

So what does this news mean to gamers who have been waiting patiently for a release date from Nintendo? Well, considering that Nintendo has had their hands on a "significant volume" of one of the major components of their console since July, some might speculate that the Wii could be ready for release sooner than the expected October street date.

When asked to quantify the speed of the Broadway processor, IBM's Martino compared it to the GameCube. "Compared to the Gekko in the GameCube, it's 20 percent more power efficient. It also performs significantly better. The key point is that it is Power Architecture-based and custom-made and optimized for Nintendo," he said (not really answering the question).

With this update and Nintendo confirming the shipment of "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," we expect Nintendo might finally be ready to talk release schedule during their event in New York City next week.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

big news ahead

Kotaku and Joystiq both have articles which surgest that big news is coming for wii or PS3(snigger) my betting is it being wii because of the recent PS3 anouncements, i will try to make an effort to get up as it will be at around 5 am here in blighty stay tuned

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

never mind sony, you tried your best (strugles to hold in laugh)

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Announces New March 2007 date for European Launch of PLAYSTATION 3
No change in launch date for Japan and North America

London, Wednesday 6 September 2006 – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) today announced that it would revise the launch date of its PLAYSTATION® 3 computer entertainment system in the PAL territories of Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa and Australasia from 17th November 2006, as previously announced to March 2007.

Launch dates for Japan and North America will remain the same, which are November 11th and November 17th respectively.

The revision of the launch date in the SCEE territories is caused by the delay in the mass production schedule of the blue laser diode within the Sony Group, thus affecting the timely procurement of key components to be utilised in PLAYSTATION 3.

The previously announced PLAYSTATION 3 shipment forecast of 6 million units globally within the fiscal year ending 2007 is not changed.

But far fewer machines will be available for the launch dates in Japan and the U.S. because of the production problem, Kutaragi said.

In the U.S., about 400,000 PlayStation 3 machines will be available when they go on sale Nov. 17. About 100,000 will be available on the Nov. 11 Japan launch date.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Nintendo advertising on Myspace?

Seems Nintendo might be trying to appeal to the millions of myspace users since the wii is one of the featured profiles.

See how wii play

See how wii play 2

And for those wishing to view the site here's a link http://www.myspace.com/howwiiplay

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Wii will get answers

Over the last couple of days information hass arised about invitation only events in Europe, America and Japan in mid-september about the wii. On the 14th there is one in Japan and one in America and then the European one is on the 15th. Surely this is where we will get the final information for wii launch information in the respected areas. Fingers crossed everybody.