cool wii video showing the wii hardware
I am not claimining to be an insider, and you wont find any exclusives here but I do hope to give you all nintendo news worth knowing along with some editorials from both me and the other crew members.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
around 15-20 games from launch. Red Steel. Rayman. Need for Speed Carbon. Tony
Hawk. Super Monkey Ball.
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.
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
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.
The main details are:
2006 September 14th
The nintendo co. corporation
2006 December 2nd, 25,000 Yen
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.
Well you can read the full details at Joystiq but the main points about the launch in Japan are:
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*.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seems Nintendo might be trying to appeal to the millions of myspace users since the wii is one of the featured profiles.
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.