• Wii News & Updates (incl. Nintendo DS)

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sarNie Egg
^NOICE~! Ah man, I'm still waiting for mine. But I recently got my special box of styli collection after registering Brain Age 2. I'm also waiting for my Zelda quill styli after reg. of Phantom Hourglass.

So on to today's Virtual Console releases;

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
1 player
Rated E for Everyone - Mild Fantasy Violence
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castlevania_II:_Simon%27s_Quest

1 player
Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older - Animated Blood and Violence
600 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samurai_Ghost

Magician Lord
1-2 players
Rated T for Teen - Blood and Fantasy Violence
900 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magician_Lord

Confirmed via the new issue 222 of Nintendo Power [Dec. 07], SEGA announced the development of Samba de Amigo exclusively for Wii which will follow in the footsteps of the original version back on the Sega Dreamcast. The game "helped to create the now-popular rhythm music genre," according to SEGA, spawning the likes of Guitar Hero, DrumMania, Rock Band, etc. Players will assume the role of the sombrero-wearing monkey Amigo and play along to a soundtrack comprised of popular songs and "fan-favorites from the original."

Players will shake the Wii Remote and Nunchuk like maracas in time with the on-screen beats of the music. Like the original, Samba de Amigo on Wii will emphasize vibrant stages, colorful characters and party play. The full song list and special features will be unveiled in the coming months.

"The Wii's controllers enable players to enjoy Samba De Amigo's unique gameplay without having to purchase an expensive peripheral," said Rick Naylor, Director of Marketing at SEGA. "Between the music, the quirky art style, and the maraca-shaking players, Samba De Amigo is as much fun to watch as it is to play."

The game will be developed by Gearbox Software and is planned a release for Spring 2008 in North America and Europe.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samba_de_amigo

The official NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams site has launched, with a couple of interesting tidbits. The first is that, as with Brawl, players will have four options for control: Wiimote, Wiimote + Nunchuk, Classic Controller, and Gamecube Controller. They also detail that the WFC functionality will involve being able to check out other players' "My Dream" setups, as well as two player-races. NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams hits stateside December 18th, 2007.

Official Website: http://www.sega.com/gamesite/nights/

Last Tuesday, Atlus presented a new game trailer and various tutorials as part of Trauma Center: New Blood's Tuesday update incl. more insight into the surgeries, characters, destinations, and two-player Co-Op mode. The tutorials give further details on how tools like the laser, forceps, and ultrasound will work.

Official website: http://www.atlus.com/tcnb/

Netherlands-based developer Engine Software announced its status as an official Wii developer.

No Wii projects are currently in the works, but the Engine Software intends to explore the possibilities for retail and WiiWare games. The company will also attempt to recreate its key technology on Wii, including the licensable Music & Sound Replayer already available for Gameboy Advance and Nintendo DS.

Engine Software, established in 1995, is the Netherlands' longest-running game developer. The studio has worked on Nintendo platforms since the Super NES and been involved with over 60 published titles.


Nintendo Worldwide President Satoru Iwata announced that the Wii would be sold in China starting next year. He also reaffirmed an earlier statement made by Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communication George Harrison that a price cut on the console will not occur in the foreseeable future.

"We're still focusing on how to meet booming demand," Iwata said. "We're absolutely not considering a price cut." Nintendo is currently producing about 1.8 million Wii consoles per month, but Iwata noted the inevitability of a supply crunch during the holiday season.

Nintendo has shipped 13.2 million Wii units worldwide since the console's launch late last year. Retailer estimates pin the amount sold to be over 10 million units.

"We barely have enough [Wii consoles] to meet global demand this year. But next year, we can bring the Wii to China," Iwata continued, also mentioning that Nintendo needs to work with Chinese game developers to create games suitable for that market.

Satoru Iwata has also unveiled plans to introduce new functionality to Japanese Wii owners next spring, TV Guide Channel. Although Nintendo did not provide official titles for said functionality, users will gain access to a television schedule channel and have the ability to send downloaded games to friends for free.

The television schedule channel will act as an interactive guide that helps people plan out their TV watching. No word on the channel costing any Wii Points.

Wii owners will be able to send downloaded games to their registered friends as free gifts. When the recipient accepts, the Wii Shop Channel will automatically launch and begin the download. "We think this will be a breakthrough in encouraging customers to spread news of fun games word of mouth," Iwata said. "We also hope to spur more users to connect their [Wii consoles] to the Internet."

Iwata did not state if these new functions will become available outside of Japan.

Source (Google translated)

Speaking of TVs, if anyone remembers there will be a Digital TV Tuner for the DS.
Set for Japanese release on 11/20 at a price of 6,800 yen, the tuner will be formally known as "1seg Receiver Adapter DS Television." It attaches to the DS software slot, and has rotatable antenna unit sticking out from the top. It will be compatible with both the standard DS and DS Lite.

Video footage is displayed in a 256 x 192 format, a bit lower than the 320 x 240 format of the 1seg spec.

Source: IGN
Official website: http://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/unsj/index.html
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nintendo_DS_Digital_TV_Tuner

The official Mushroom Men website has been opened from Gamecock Media. The game is in development for the Wii for a 2008 release. More info regarding the game as well as the game's trailer can be found on its website.

Official website: http://www.gamecockmedia.com/mushroommen/

MegaMan Star Force 2 [DS] gameplay footage:

Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword [DS] gameplay footage:

BWii (Battalian Wars II) [Wii] gameplay footage:


BRB, I gotta go pick up a couple of games that's out today (BWii and Manhunt 2). I'll add more when I get back..

A Japanese source has confirmed to Edge magazine that the upcoming Wii iteration of Animal Crossing is set to be a social networking MMO.

Also, Nintendo is planning on releasing an official DS Flash Card which will allow users to initially play Game Boy and Game Boy Color games (via Slot-2 on the Nintendo DS) and maybe even more later on; in hopes to gain control of homebrew and piracy. Read more @


Smash Bros. Brawl DOJO!! updates:
Target Practice has been in every Smash Bros. game and it'll still be here in Brawl.

Now it will support video replay (up to 3min), and we'll be able to send these replay videos to your Smash Friends and have them rate it.

Out of the blue, King Dedede has now joined Smash Bros. He's the boss in Kirby games, King of Dream Land. His special moves include:
Up Special Move: Super Dedede Jump

Side Special Move: Waddle Dee Toss

Down Special Move: Jet Hammer

Today's megaton update is Stage Builder!
Now players can create their own custom stages for their own delight.

We will also be able to "Send" these stages to Smash Friends.

In addition, the "Submit" feature is used to send these custom stages to Nintendo where it will be available for download by everyone to try out. These stages will disappear after a day, so it's a once-in-a-lifetime play if you download them. Every Day will see new custom stages available for download. The Submit feature will also work for Snapshots Mode as well.



Catch up on my previous Wii News & Updates at my Xanga blog
See you all next week! \:D/

// Roth

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sarNie Egg
Today's surprising new releases on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console include the following.

Super Mario Bros. 3
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Mario_Bros_3

Alien Soldier
Sega Genesis
1 player
Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older - Fantasy Violence
900 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_Soldier

Power Golf
1-3 players
Rated E for Everyone
600 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_Golf

In case you guys missed, BWii (Battalion Wars 2) for Wii is out now, along with Manhunt 2, Guitar Hero III, Naruto, Zack & Wiki, and The Simpsons Game, Dementium: The Ward [DS].

Lots of hot stuff coming out this week. Here's a list of releases for this week:

Bratz 4 Real
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker
Horse Life
Hot Wheels: Beat That
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
LifeSigns: Surgical Unit
My French Coach
My Spanish Coach
My Word Coach
Panzer Tactics DS
Puzzle de Harvest Moon
World Series of Poker 2008: Battle for the Bracelets
Indy 500
Left Brain Right Brain
My Pet Dolphin
Showtime Championship Boxing

The Bee Game

Bee Movie Game
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Game Party
Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2008
Hannah Montana: Spotlight World Tour
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games

My Word Coach

Nintendo WFC Online Activity, week ending Nov. 4th

1. [NDS] Pokémon Diamond & Pearl - 1,455,526 connections
2. [WII] Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - 622,580 connections
3. [NDS] Animal Crossing: Wild World - 268,796 connections
4. [NDS] Mario Kart DS - 242,202 connections
5. [WII] Mario Strikers Charged - 155,239 connections
6. [NDS] Metroid Prime Hunters - 154,945 connections
7. [NDS] The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass - 126,388 connections
8. [WII] Pokémon Battle Revolution - 88,287 connections
9. [NDS] Pokémon Fushigi no Dungeon Toki/Yami no Tankentai - 86,818 connections
10. [NDS] Jump! Ultimate Stars - 86,588 connections

Whoa! GH3 shot right up to 2nd. BWii should be climbing up there soon.

1UP.com will be having weekly features on NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams for the Wii. Their article today covers a number of things. You can find out about multiplayer modes (online and local), and 50 new screens, as well as that new feature that allows you to travel to friends' gardens through the WFC. Make sure to read the full feature for 50 new screens, a ton more info. Pretty hype sequel of this Sega Saturn classic that's releasing in December.

1UP: http://www.1up.com/do/previewPage?cId=3164128

Ah, I'm kinda in a rush today and I wanna get down to some gaming right now so I'll just do some hotlinking headlines. EXPRESS~!

Iwata: Wii 2 coming sooner than you think?

Toys R Us to offer $25 gift card with Super Mario Galaxy

Nintendo Offers Helping Hand To Third-Party Devs

Top 10 Virtual Console downloads

Nights: Journey of Dreams on Wii to use Weather Channel

Nintendo Power Magazine Commercial

Nintendo releases Super Mario Galaxy commercial for U.S.

Get Wii component cables (enhanced definition) for $8

CliffyB Says Go Buy Zack & Wiki

Updates @ the Smash Bros. DOJO!! include the following.

The Summit aka Icicle Mountain (from Ice Climbers)

MetaKnight's Final Smash Move: Galaxia Darkness


Catch up on all the previous News & Updates at my Xanga blog.
See you all next week! \:D/

// Roth

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sarNie Egg
First off, let us celebrate Wii's first birthday!

A year ago today, the Nintendo Wii was unleashed to fans across the United States. What started as an uphill battle has turned into a landslide victory. The Wii has sold over 13.8 million units to date, making it the fastest selling console in history, and shows no signs of slowing.

I remember when I was waiting in line for one during initial launch. At 6:15 AM in the morning I call up my best bud, and we went off to BestBuy. We could see there was already a line. I even remember my number in line: 74! I was told there were 100 Wiis in stock so my chances were good of course. Pop out my DS Lite to keep busy. Friend buys me breakfast from McDonald's. Store opens at 8 AM and it's go time. Anticipation as we proceed closer to our goal in an orderly fashion. Look at all the available accessories, grabbed me a Zelda game, RedSteel and onto the checkout where they handed me a blue and white #74 Wii box. Yes, yes, swipes card, sign, held up my bag with pride, out the door and raced down the sidewalk to the lot. I could tell the guy I ran pass by was laughing, but hey! I don't wanna get shot or knifed, haha. Took me 5 hours until I finally got to play, mostly just troubleshooting the wireless internet. But once I got that over with, it was bliss from then on. Popped in Wii Sports and it was FRESH~! The sounds and design interface was superb quality. Too bad, I don't have pictures of that first day. Maybe I'll reenact it when I buy a second one some day.

Ok, now on to today's new releases of classic games on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console.

Wrecking Crew
1-2 players
rated E for Everyone
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wrecking_Crew_%28video_game%29

Sonic 3D Blast
Sega Genesis
1 player
rated E for Everyone
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_3d_blast

Super Air Zonk
TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM
1 player
rated E for Everyone – Mild Cartoon Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Air_Zonk

List of last weeks Wii releases:
11/12 - Super Mario Galaxy
11/12 - Cruis'n
11/13 - Cabela's Big Game Hunter 2008
11/13 - Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary
11/13 - Medal of Honor Heroes 2
11/13 - Need for Speed ProStreet
11/13 - Petz: Catz 2
11/13 - Petz: Dogz 2
11/13 - Petz: Horsez 2
11/13 - Rayman Raving Rabbids 2
11/13 - Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
11/13 - Smarty Pants
11/13 - WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2008

This week's Wii releases:
11/19 - Wii Zapper w/ Link's Crossbow Training 19.99~24.99
11/19 - Cars: Mater-National 24.99
11/20 - Ghost Squad 29.99
11/20 - Soul Calibur: Legends 49.99
11/20 - Star Trek: Conquest 29.99
11/20 - Trauma Center: New Blood 49.99
11/20 - History Channel: Battle For the Pacific 39.99
11/20 - Monster Jam 49.99
11/20 - Geometry Wars: Galaxies 39.99
11/20 - Off Road Extreme Special Edition 29.99
11/20 - Mini Desktop Racing 29.99
11/20 - AMF Bowling Pinbusters 19.99

Last week's notable Nintendo DS releases:
11/13 - Contra 4 29.99
11/13 - Cooking Mama 2: Dinner With Friends 29.99
11/13 - Need for Speed: ProStreet 29.99
11/13 - Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 29.99
11/13 - Spectrobes Collector's Edition 29.99
11/13 - Jenga 29.95

This week's DS releases
11/19 - Mario Party DS 29.99
11/20 - Godzilla Unleashed 29.95
11/21 - Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings 39.99
11/26 - Master of Illusion 29.99

This current week's theme on the Check Mii Out Channel's contest is to create a Mii that resembles a Pilgrim from the 17th century or relates to Thanksgiving.


The Wii Zapper is a gun shell peripheral for the Wii Remote. The name is a reference to the NES Zapper light gun for the Nintendo Entertainment System. According to an interview with Shigeru Miyamoto, the idea of a Zapper-type expansion formed when the Wii Remote was first created. He stated that "What we found is that the reason we wanted to have a Zapper is when you hold a Wii Remote, it can be difficult for some people to keep a steady hand. And holding your arm out like that can get your arm somewhat tired. The peripheral is compatible with third-party titles such as Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, Ghost Squad and Medal of Honor: Heroes 2.

Release dates:
Japan - Out now! October 25, 2007 (bundled with Ghost Squad)
North America - Out now! November 19, 2007 (bundled with Link's Crossbow Training)
Europe - December 7, 2007 (bundled with Link's Crossbow Training)
Australia - December 13, 2007 (bundled with Link's Crossbow Training)

Here's a video footage of Link's Crossbow Training
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLlsFxLG7Ts

and photos @
Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/20667215@N07/

Super Mario Galaxy Amsterdam Launch picture:


Bulent (from WiiWii) interviews Charles Martinet, voice of Mario.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cw9YNvKD-Og

Super Mario Galaxy currently the greatest game of all time according to Game Rankings, knocking The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time off the #1 spot.


Recent announcements of upcoming titles include Namco Bandai's RPG "Fragile", Red Fly Studios' "Ghostbusters", Brash Entertainment's "Jumper", South Peak's "Dream Pinbal", Atari's "Alone In The Dark 5", Traveller's Tales' "LEGO Batman: The Video Game", Red Dawn's Wii edition porting of "Okami", and SEGA's "The House of the Dead 2 & 3".

Smash Bros. DOJO!! updates with Taunts with assigned short messages, Handicap option in the Rules screen, Meta Knight's theme "Revenge", Meta Knight's special moves.

Ice Climber' Final Smash: Iceberg

and Spectator mode where you can bet coins and see who will win a match.

It'll be an option within the Wi-Fi settings.



Catch up on previous Wii News & Updates at my Xanga blog.
See you all next week! \:D/

// Roth


wii 2?!!! Good lord! I'm still traumatized from getting the 1st wii for my bro. last yr. a week before X-mas. It's too soon for another. :lmao:

Yep. Got in on the $25 GC/SMG deal at BB instead of TRU, b/c BB is closer. GH3 for the wii... kind of sucks due to the songs. They're so old school. I asked my bro. if he wanted to just sell it & use the money for other things & Assassin's Creed for the xbox.

My TRU had plenty of Wii's this Sunday(no lines. no tickets. nada.), & I regret not having got another one! Instead, I got the GH3 in the Buy2/Get1 Free Wii games deal. ;)

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sarNie Egg
Crazy week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales! I just finished up Portal (part of the The Orange Box package), and it's easily my favorite game at the moment. The quality of the puzzles are very much like Zelda puzzles. I've uploaded a video capture playing the final stages on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWMg9-I8Jdo
Word on the street say that Portal will be coming out for Wii also. If so, I hope they would include some bonus exclusive levels or even maybe a multi-player feature if that's possible.

Today's new releases of classic games on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console include the following.

1-2 players
rated E for Everyone
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_Dribble_(video_game)

Vegas Stakes
Super NES
1-4 players
rated E for Everyone – Simulated Gambling
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegas_Stakes

Ecco Jr.
Sega Genesis
1 player
rated E for Everyone
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecco_Jr.

Namco Bandai's upcoming RPG for Wii titled, Fragile, now its official website opened as well with a video teaser, new photos, etc.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragile:_Fare...ins_of_the_Moon
Official website: http://fragile.namco-ch.net/

Katekyo Hitman Reborn! website is now open. The game is based on the Japanese anime/manga of the same name. It's been confirmed the game will support the GameCube controller, Classic Controller, as well as the Wiimote + Nunchuk combination.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katekyo_Hitma...3;_(video_game)
Official website: http://www.mmv.co.jp/special/game/reborn/wii/dream/

The official Japanese website for Fist of the North Star DS is now open. Again with most anime-related titles, the game will mostly never see a release outside of Japan. Produced by Spike, the guys who are also working on upcoming title, No More Heroes and next Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 3.

Official website: http://www.spike.co.jp/hokutonoken/

On the new issue of Nintendo Power comes more details on upcoming title, No More Heroes.
- Nintendo Power has already played through the game, and found it very enjoyable
- Menu systems have a very old school flair (Atari-like)
- Words of encouragement before a boss battle (spoken by Travis) "You are the man! Eye of the tiger! Enter the red zone! Now, off to the garden of madness"
- Travis's battle cry: "Strawberry on the Shortcake!"
- Game flow: Do jobs and assassinations to gain money. Use money to enter ranked matches (boss fights). Deposit money and Sylvia will call concerning bosses. Repeat
- Defeat bosses for health boost and more story
- Upgrade katana, watch wrestling to learn new moves, buy clothes, and more
- not much action outside
- "Dark Mode" is related to the tiger we've seen on screen
- Travis has a cat at his apartment which you can play with, but it doesn't seem to do anything for you
- Wiimote speaker used for when Travis gets a phone call

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_More_Heroes_%28video_game%29

More info from new NinPow issue include the following.

Mario Kart [Wii] (not final title) info
- Wifi races for at least 12 players
- Executing a successful stunt gives you a "sweet reward"
- 16 brand new tracks plus many older ones
- Spring 2008 release date
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_kart_wii

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity
- allows for use of the Cube controller
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_Riders:_Zero_Gravity

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates
- early 2008 release date

Samba de Amigo
- Gearbox pushed Sega to make the game
- Gearbox says forum users clamored for a new Samba de Amigo
- New and old songs
- Hustle mode returns
- Miis will be involved somehow
- Wifi multiplayer being discussed, but not confirmed

Sega Superstars Tennis
- Sonic plus 15 other Sega characters (Amy, Eggman, Samba de Amigo, Ulala and Aiai)
- spring 2008
- 10-12 courts, influenced by Sega games

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin
-The main character (Will), survived on canned food and bread after the meteor hit. Once again, the meteor destroyed almost all of earth’s population
- 26 main missions
- 30 "training" missions to unlock
- Bike infantry - moves quick but not a lot of firepoewr
- New tank: Flare - shoots a ball of bright light to push back fog
- Aircraft: Duster - can attack aircrafts but isn’t too powerful
- Mobile Cannons
- Over 150 multiplayer campaigns
- Create, upload, download and rank new maps
- voice chat over wifi

Release dates for Q1 2008
– Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney [DS] - February 2008
– Okami [Wii] – spring 2008
– Sega Bass Fishing [Wii]– Early 2008
– Along in the Dark [DS] – TBA
– Final Fantasy IV [DS] – 2008
– Worms: A Space Oddity [Wii] – March 2008
– Harvey Birdman [Wii] – January 2008
– One Piece: Unlimited Adventure [Wii] – Q1 2008
– Bomberman Land Touch! 2 [DS] – January 2008

Smash Bros. DOJO!! updates with Training mode, Smart Bomb item, character Color Changes (6 colors outfits each character), Charged Special Moves..

Newcomer: Saki Amamiya (from Sin & Punishment)

Lucas' Final Smash: PK Starstorm

Custom Controls for all 4 methods (incl. GameCube, Classic Controller, Wiimote NES-style, and Wiimote+Nunchuk combo)

Also, with the control settings can be saved and stored within your Wiimote so you can bring to play at a friend's house and use your own custom controls.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl due out February 10, 2008


Catch up on my previous Wii News & Updates at my Xanga blog.
See you all next week! \:D/

// Roth

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sarNie Egg
Sorry it took a bit to post this up. I was taking my time getting through Super Mario Galaxy. I'm almost through, but I think I'll save the rest for Christmas play. \:D/ It's a Great game for the holidays.

1 player
rated E for Everyone - Mild Fantasy Violence
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zanac

Eternal Champions
Sega Genesis
1-2 players
rated T for Teen - Animated Blood, Animated Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_Champions

The Dynastic Hero
TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM
1 player
rated E for Everyone - Comic Mischief
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Boy_in_Monster_World

The Dynastic Hero is a remix of Wonder Boy in Monster World [SEGA Genesis]

Downloadable content for Guitar Hero III [Wii] is confirmed to be arriving 2008.
Here's an email response from RedOctane customer support:


Thank you for writing us.

Downloadable content for the Wii is something we are working very hard on getting in place for the new year. There is no definite timetable in place but we are hoping it will be soon.


RedOctane Customer Support.

There is certainly a few technical issues with the Wii version of the game including Stereo sound, etc. Hopefully they'll have an update for users to download and fix.



1UP has their annual 2007 1UP Awards up, and you can vote on what you think were the best games in each category in this.

Cast your Vote!


The Everybody's Nintendo Channel went live for Japanese Wii owners a few days ago. Users can download game previews and video interviews, as well as send DS game demos to their handheld(s). Branches of Nintendo outside Japan have not stated if the Everybody's Nintendo Channel will be released in their respective territories.
Japanese Wii owners are also expected to receive a TV guide feature in the near future.

Check out the video demonstration.
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgO9rb7A51A


Japan also saw their launch for Wii Fit. Basically they're crazy about it over there with lines outside electronic stores. Let's see if we Americans can show the same support for this new innovative title and device. Currently taking the #1 spot at Amazon.co.jp, sold out everywhere. It's even doing better sales than Super Mario Galaxy in Japan.
Check out the following gameplay video footage. Snowboarding is gonna be awesome!

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqUPg8S92KY
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii_fit

Nikitova Games has confirmed to be working on a couple more titles for Wii and DS.

CCTV will see players assuming the role of a surveillance officer using Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and police cars to catch criminals. Gamers will begin as a mall security guard and gradually rise to the position of International Head of Security as they travel the world searching for instances of crime. CCTV will allow two players to co-operate or compete in an effort to clean up the streets.

Mind Games will feature 21 mini-games based upon the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) of "computeribrainized" tests. The game will support one to two players.

Official website: http://www.nikitovagames.com/

Nikitova Games isn't the only 2nd party this time around, TGC (The Games Company) has also confirmed that they will be developing for Wii and DS.
Official website: http://www.the-games-company.com/en/

Creative Director for Kuju Entertainment Tancred Dyke-Wells spoke with Web site VideoGamer.com about third-party Wii titles, stating that they don't "really don't take full advantage of the machine."
Dyke-Wells acknowledged the benefit of extra development time granted by Nintendo, but noted, "We're not the only title who's had our development extended. I think it's applied to those other big guns too. That's all about respect for the consumer really and for their own stuff."
Despite "running the juice out of the Wii" with Battalion Wars 2, Dyke-Wells revealed that Kuju Entertainment is working on a number of unannounced projects that are "continuing to advance the graphical standards" on Nintendo's home console.
BWii (Battalion Wars II) released on October 29 in North America and is expected to ship in other territories next year.

VideoGamer.com Interview: http://www.videogamer.com/news/27-11-2007-6978.html

More details on Ghostbusters: The Game

Red Fly Studios, the developer for the Wii and PlayStation 2 versions, plans to incorporate more cartoon-like graphics into those editions. The Wii version will feature the same storyline and much of the same gameplay as the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, however. Red Fly Studios has not stated how the Wii's functionality will be utilized.
Multiplayer will include a two-versus-two battle mode, a "damage-as-much-as-possible" mode and a domination mode where the players can challenge each other over artifacts. Several mini-games will also be available.
Publisher Sierra Entertainment expects to release Ghostbusters: The Video Game during Christmas 2008.

Official Ghostbusters website: http://www.ghostbustersgame.com/us/index.html

Japanese magazine Famitsu has revealed the first details about JAWA: The Mammoth and the Mysterious Stone , one of the originally announced Wii titles. This prehistoric life simulation from publisher Spike will allow players to control a caveman.
Like Nintendo's own Animal Crossing series, Jawa: Mammoth Secret will include cartoon-like graphics in addition to day and night cycles. Up to four players will be able to share a settlement and communicate with each other through certain messaging features.
Spike has set the game's release window in Japan for March 2008. Mammoth Secret has not been confirmed for other territories. The website for the game is also now open!

Official website: http://www.spike.co.jp/jawa/system/index.html

The Smash Bros. DOJO!! has updated us with the following.

Wario's Final Smash: Wario-Man!

The Temple stage returns from previous installment, Super Smash Bros.: Melee [Nintendo GameCube]

Friend list feature is where you add your Smash Friend Codes.
You can also write your own custom taunt messages and use them while battling with Friends.



Catch up on previous Wii News & Updates at my Xanga blog.
See you all next week! \:D/

// Roth

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sarNie Egg
Get ready to celebrate the arrival of a bunch of fun new features on the Wii™ Shop Channel. This week marks the debut of the first Pokémon® game for the Virtual Console: Pokémon Snap™, which originally was a hit on Nintendo® 64. This Pokémon photographic adventure comes with a special Wii bonus: It now includes a special feature that allows players to post pictures they take in the game to their Wii Message Board and send them to friends with whom they've traded Friends Codes.

And let’s not ignore the other sure-to-please titles: Ghosts’n Goblins and BASEBALL STARS 2. These three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. But wait – there’s more!

Later in the day on Monday, Nintendo will make your holiday shopping just a little bit easier. If some people on your gift list have visions of classic video games dancing in their heads, you’re in luck. Starting this week, Wii Shop Channel patrons can use a new Gifting feature to send games to other Wii owners with whom they’ve traded Friend Codes. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to give your fellow Nintendo buffs the gift of a classic game—no wrapping paper required. And don’t worry about duplication. If your friend already has the game you’re trying to give, you’ll get a simple message and be bumped back into the catalog to continue shopping.

Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop Channel every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

Pokémon Snap
Nintendo 64
1 player
Rated E for Everyone
1,000 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pokemon_Snap

Ghosts’n Goblins
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone—Mild Animated Violence
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghosts_'n_Goblins

1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone
900 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_Stars_2

Terrific Wii Shop update we have this week right? Pokemon Snap was one of my favorite titles on the N64. I remember purchasing that on the first day of release. Here's hoping to a Pokemon Snap sequel for Wii release! \:D/

The Japanese site for NiGHTS: Journey of Dreams has seen an update. There are some new levels, some new screenshots as well. Click on the button that says ‘update’ underneath it.

Official website: http://nights.sega.jp/nights2/

By the way, GameStop/EB are offering a NiGHTS Promo DVD to those who pre-order the game or buy an E-rated Sega title. It's a DVD that includes behind the scenes look at the making of the game.

Also upon those who reserve a Japanese copy of Rune Factory 2, a pre-order gift will be included, 32-page art booklet as well as a mini-drama/soundtrack CD.


Also for for Shiren the Wanderer 3 (Siren 3) pre-orders, SEGA will be offering a special remote stand that looks something like this:


2K has announced a partnership with Don King to bring Don King Presents: Prizefighter to the 360, Wii, and DS. The game aims to be the most in-depth boxing game yet, and will take a "documentary style" approach to conveying the life and hardships of a boxer. 2K’s Venom Games studio will be handling the game, which is the same team that worked on the Rocky game.


Development Tools Provider Kynogon has announced the availability of its Kynapse A.I. engine for Wii developers.

Using Kynapse, developers can more easily program 3D perception and spatial reasoning so that AI can dynamically identify hiding positions, threat zones, access ways and more. Additionally, the tools allow several thousands of non-player characters to act with advanced reasoning skills.

Many publishers such as Electronic Arts, THQ, Activision, Midway and SEGA currently employ Kynapse for their games. Over 60 titles have used the A.I. tools suite, including Crackdown, Fable 2 and The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. Two unspecified game developers are already utilizing Kynapse for their Wii projects, according to Kynogon.


Good news for Guitar Hero III [Wii] owners, Activision will be offering remastered game discs early 2008 which will also enable downloadable content for the system sometime next year.

The new stereo-enabled discs will be free of charge through Activision. No specific date or how they would be shipped out. RedOctane is reportedly working feverishly with Nintendo to figure out a method of getting new songs on the Wii. Apparently, trying to wish them onto the system hasn't been working out very well.


For those who don't already know, two of the biggest video game labels have joined up. Activision has just teamed up with Venendi label to form Activision Blizzard.

Activision is responsible for games such as of course Guitar Hero, Tony Hawk, Call of Duty etc. while Blizzard (part of Vivendi) is known for major PC titles such as World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo series.

Now EA (Electronic Arts) has something to worry about.


Nyko has just announced their latest product, the Wireless Nunckuck for the Nintendo Wii. The Wireless Nunchuck from Nyko will launch next month in America.


It was recently revealed that, like the Japanese version of No More Heroes, the European version of the game will be edited and all instances of blood will be removed due to the controversies surrounding Manhunt 2, including but not limited to the unauthorized leak of the AO-rated version specifically in Europe. This action has left many European fans furious and has spawned a number a petitions with hope in changing the publisher's decision.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_More_Heroes_%28video_game%29

Smash Bros. DOJO!! updates with Basic Brawl in Wi-Fi Battle with Anyone mode, Battle for Smash Ball, a new theme "X: Tunnel Scene", and the following.

Pokemon: Bonzly

Bonzly appears to be a bonsai tree. Bonsly’s body is made up of rocks and stones, so if you throw it at someone nearby, they'll be sent flying away.

King Dedede Final Smash: Waddle Dee Army

With the Smash ball, Dedede can send his army of Waddle Dees as well as Gorgos on to destroy the entire stage.



Catch up on all my previous Wii News & Updates at my Xanga blog.
See you all next week when NiGHTS releases! HAPPY HOLIDAYS~ \:D/

// Roth

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sarNie Egg
Today's new releases of classic titles on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console:

1 player
rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older - Mild Fantasy Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybernator

Alien Storm
Sega Genesis
1-2 players
rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older - Mild Fantasy Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien_Storm

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM
1-2 players
rated E for Everyone - Mild Cartoon Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonder_Boy_III:_Monster_Lair

Last week's US Wii releases:
Super Swing Golf Season 2

This week's US Wii releases:
Nights: Journey of Dreams
Indianapolis 500 Legends
Myth Makers: Super Kart GP

Last week's US DS release:
Left Brain, Right Brain
American Girl: Julie Finds a Way
Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Tournament 2008
The Golden Compass
Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Game
John Deere Harvest in the Heartland

This week's US DS releases:
Clue/Mouse Trap/Perfection/Aggravation
Warhammer 40k: Squad Command
Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge
MX vs ATV Untamed
Indianapolis 500 Legends
Corvette Evolution GT
Elements Of Destruction

Box arts of upcoming Wii titles
No More Heroes (Europe)

No More Heroes (North America)

Box arts of upcoming DS titles
L: The proLogue to Death Note

]Fist of the North Star DS (Hokuto no Ken: Hokuto Shinken Denshôsha no Michi)

Rune Factory 2

Advance Wars: Dark Conflict + Donkey Kong: Jet Race

Here're some new trailers and videos on youtube

Resident Evil: Degeneration, trailer of the upcoming CGi movie:

Final Fantasy IV Japanese trailer:

South Korean Nintendo DS Christmas Promotion Advert:

Wii Fit Aerobics Tour:

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity intro video:

The official Japanese site for One Piece: Unlimited Cruise is up and running.

Official website: http://www.bandaigames.channel.or.jp/list/wii_onepiece2/

Symphonic Orchestra, a new title from Kando Games, is heading to both the Wii and Nintendo DS. Here are some of the Wii version:

Play and learn the most popular classical music:
* Carmen from Bizet
* The Traviata from Verdi
* The ninth symphony from Beethoven

A game for everyone, with an intuitive gameplay
* Swing the game controller to perform moves
* The game is highly tolerant of beginners

Conduct orchestras in the most famous venues of the world:
* Vienna
* Berlin
* Paris


Square Enix just announced their lineup for 2008 including titles for Nintendo DS, PSP, and Wii.

DRAGON QUEST SWORDS: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors


Speaking of RPG, Atlus announced their development for their action RPG title, Baroque (based on the manga series of the same name, is coming to US Wii and PS2 next year in February.

Here's a trailer on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUJBXebhsfQ

Official website: http://www.atlus.com/baroque

Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime held a conference call a few days ago to discuss the Wii demand and supply, the 'Wii Raincheck' program being exclusively offered by GameStop, the company's attitude towards online voice chat and more.

Nintendo and retailer GameStop will collaborate in an effort to help consumers secure a Wii this holiday season. Starting December 21, the 'Wii Raincheck' program will allow consumers to put down the full price of a Wii, for which they will receive a 'raincheck' that can be redeemed for a console in January. According to Fils-Aime, GameStop has "tens of thousands" of these certificates and he intends them for people who want "something to put under the tree."

Fils-Aime also noted that six million Wii units have been sold in the United States alone, with worldwide sales hovering around 11 million. Nintendo does not have the ability to stockpile systems, Fils-Aime explained, but the 1.8 million consoles being produced per month tend to sell out within days of reaching retailers. Although Nintendo ships 50% of manufactured Wii consoles to North America, the company has no plans at present to produce the machines in that territory.

Fils-Aime relayed Nintendo's desire to mostly leave older titles alone; he does not anticipate any Virtual Console games will receive the addition of online play. However, for upcoming online-enabled Wii titles, Fils-Aimed said that online voice chat comes down to finalizing a peripheral and that he wouldn't be surprised to see that functionality become available in the future.

More details at the following link:


Smash Bros. DOJO!! updates us with the following.

Rotation mode

Waluigi assist trophy

Starfy assist trophy

along with detailed description of the Options menu, Co-op Events, Mario Circuit Stage, Ice Climbers theme.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl is set for release on January 24, 2008 [Japan], February 10, 2008 [North America]. No dates specified for other regions.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Smash_Bros_Brawl
Official website: Smash Bros. DOJO!!


Catch up on previous Wii News & Updates at my Xanga blog.
See you all next week! \:D/

// Roth

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sarNie Egg
3 more classics for our Christmas Eve releases on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console.

1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone-Mild Violence
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blades_of_steel

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble™
Super NES®
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donkey_kong_country_3

Rolling Thunderâ„¢ 2
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone-Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolling_Thunder_2

Nintendo of America's President, Reggie Fils-Aime, says that the new year will be complicated.
Due to the high demand for Wii consoles, Nintendo can’t keep up with the supply. During an interview, Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo America, commented that Nintendo will suffer in the new year due to the giant demand that the Wii faces.

"The level of demand we are facing complicates all of our future business planning. All of that becomes a much tougher exercise until we have supply and demand curves that intersect", said Reggie. He then went on to say that the DS "continues to perform exceptionally well", although some retailers are concerned about their stock levels going into the holiday season.

Reggie also emphasised that Nintendo's goal is to meet the demand, citing it as a problem to future operations planning, saying "We at Nintendo America are focused on getting to the point when any consumer can walk into any of our retailers and find a Wii. Then we can plan, on an ongoing basis, the rest of the business".

Bionic Commando recently interviewed Keiji Inafune, the creator of Mega Man, who had this to say regarding Brawl: "Well, I really do love Super Smash Brothers. It's a great series…but, Nintendo hasn't asked me yet if they can use Mega Man in their game. I'm still waiting…we have a little bit of time left, it’s not coming out for another few months."

I'll be back to update more within this busy week. Happy Holidays! \:D/

// Roth

RS Trax

sarNie Egg
Today's releases of classic titles on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console include the following.

1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_bobble

Light Crusader
1 player
Rated E for Everyone-Animated Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_Crusader

1-2 players
Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and older-Cartoon Violence
900 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_Hunter

I hope everyone is having a good 1st year with their new video game systems.
2007 was a great year that will surely be a very important one to remember in the future as the year where the revolution began.
Let's hope the next and following years will be as good if not better.

Happy New Year! \:D/

// Roth

RS Trax

sarNie Egg
Welcome to the new year everybody! 2008 looks yet to be another interesting year.

Today brings two releases of classic games on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console.

Star Tropicsâ„¢
1 player
Rated E for Everyone-Mild Fantasy Violence
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_tropics

1-2 players
Rated T for Teen-Animated Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Alcohol & Tobacco Reference, Violence,
900 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_of_Fighters_'94

New Wii titles this week:
Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity Wiki
Balloon Pop GameSpot
Harvey Birdman: Attorney at Law Wiki
Luxor: Pharaoh's Challenge IGN

New Nintendo DS titles this week:
Advance Wars: Days of Ruin Wiki
Pocket Pets GameSpot
Corvette Evolution GT GameSpot
Miami Nights IGN
Jackass: The Video Game Wiki
Barnyard Blast IGN
Command and Destroy IGN

Good news for Guitar Hero III owners! If you live in North America, you can pre-register for your new copy of Guitar Hero III for Wii.

We recently became aware that some consumers have not been able to enjoy the full audio output in the Wii version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. We are currently working with Nintendo and are planning to issue an improved audio experience in future versions of the game. We expect to have re-mastered discs available by early 2008 and we will be offering consumers replacement discs at no cost once they become available. Should you have any further inquiries, please contact Activision customer support at http://www.activision.com/support. Customers based in North America wanting to pre-register for a free replacement disc can call (866) 780-8286 from 8:00am-8:00pm EST, Monday-Friday, and we will notify you once the replacement discs are available. We thank all of our customers for their support and patience.

If you wish to be notified by email as the information on this page is updated, please click the ‘Notify Me by Email if this Answer is Updated’ button. Please note- you must have an account with us to use this feature. If you do not have an account yet, you can create one by clicking the My Stuff tab and then ‘Create a New Account’.


According to a GameDaily.biz report, Nintendo has clarified Reggie Fils-Aime's statements regarding the future connectivity possibilities of Wii and DS.

"An article about the Nintendo DS video game system in the December 31 Business Day section (of the NYT) incorrectly referred to future capabilities of the device," a company representative told GameDaily.biz. "The statement that complete Nintendo DS games will eventually be able to be downloaded into the device via a wireless connection with the company's Wii game console is incorrect. Users can download games to play on Wii, and, in the future, the Nintendo DS will be able to receive demo versions of some DS games from Wii, but not the entire game. The demo will be erased once the Nintendo DS is turned off."

Baroque, an upcoming action RPG title for Wii, will include a new first-person perspective that utilizes motion controls and can be switched to anytime during gameplay. Developer Sting also intends to fine-tune some of the balance and difficulty, and will add a quick save feature that can be used in dungeons.
The Wii version of Baroque will support two control schemes: Wii Remote and Nunchuk, and Classic Controller. Widescreen will additionally be implemented.
Baroque is a post-apocalyptic dungeon-crawling action-RPG. The game is expected to be released in North America during February 2008. The Wii version will also ship in Japan around the same time, but a PAL release has not been mentioned.

Official website: http://www.atlus.com/baroque/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lELJP5X3gDw

Speaking with Web site GamesIndustry.biz, Creative Director for developer Beenox Thomas Wilson revealed the development of a new James Bond title for Wii. The game is expected to be released alongside the new movie later this year.
"Right now we're working on a James Bond Wii title in conjunction with Treyarch and we're rolling with it because we're really good at what we're doing and Activision doesn't want to send their ports anywhere else," said Wilson.
He continued: "One thing we want to make sure of if we're making the Wii version is that we absolutely want the controls to be top notch. Although we don't fully control the original development content because it's in collaboration with Treyarch, that's one thing that we can do - make sure we put out a strong Wii title."
Owned by Activision, Beenox has previously been responsible for porting the publisher's franchises - such as the X-Men, Spider-Man and Shrek games - to various platforms. The studio developed the recent Bee Movie Game from scratch; the overall success of the title has allowed Beenox to expand into more original projects, while continuing to handle licensed content.
The next James Bond movie, a sequel to 2006's Casino Royale currently under the working title of Bond 22, is expected to appear in North American theaters on November 7. The film will see Daniel Craig reprising the role of Bond; screenwriters Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will also return.


Konami Digital Entertainment has announced the development of Target: Terror for the Wii.

Raw Thrills originally developed Target: Terror and published the game for arcades in 2004. A special edition of the game titled Target: Terror Gold awarded players with medals earned through bonuses and included mini-games accessible by damaging select areas within the environment.

Leviathan Games is handling development of the Wii version, basing the port off of the Gold edition. Like in the original, players will face off against various terrorist groups across the United States. Some of the battlegrounds include the Denver Airport, Golden Gate Bridge and Los Alamos National Laboratory. The game will mark Konami's first attempt to utilize the Wii Zapper.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Target:_Terror

Publisher Hudson Entertainment announced that their upcoming title, Deca Sports, will feature ten events: Beach Volleyball, Snowboard Cross, Badminton, Basketball, Curling, Figure Skating, Archery, Supercross, Soccer and Kart Racing. Each sport will use the Wii Remote in "unique yet accessible ways", according to Hudson. Additionally, all events will be playable in both single-player and multiplayer, although online play is not expected.
"We have seen tremendous growth in the casual sports gaming market in the last few years, and saw an opportunity that would be a perfect fit for the Nintendo Wii," said John Greiner, president and CEO of Hudson Entertainment. "With Deca Sports we wanted to offer a sports package that is unrivaled in terms of sheer number of available sports. More importantly, the game is easy to play, but offers layers of depth that even hardcore sports enthusiasts will love to play."
Deca Sports is expected to be released in North America during Summer 2008. The Japanese version will ship first on March 19. No PAL release date has been issued.

Official website: http://decasporta.com/
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deca_Sports

Hudson Soft has also developed the upcoming Bomberman Land for Wii which is ready set for a North American release next week on January 15th. The game is essentially a series of minigames set in the Bomberman universe that are meant to show off some simplistic, but cute, examples of Wii functionality. It was released in Japan for Nintendo's Wii last year on March 8, 2007.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hCsXXpzFPE
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bomberman_Land_%28Wii%29
Official website: http://www.hudsonentertainment.com/gamedet...0&console=1

Smash Bros. DOJO!! updates us aplenty with the following.

Stage: Frigate Orpheon (from Metroid); Melee Stages: Yoshi's Island, Corneria (from Star Fox), Onett (from Earthbound), Brinstar (from Metroid), and Rainbow Ride.

Subspace Emissary Movie
View: http://www.smashbros.com/en_us/gamemode/modea/modea10.html

Classic Wario w/ Overalls

Music Theme: Sonic The Hedgehog: Angel Island Zone
Listen: http://www.smashbros.com/en_us/music/music19.html

Sonic's Final Smash: Super Sonic

Trophy Stands - acts somewhat as a 'Pokeball', where you must first weaken your enemy in Adventure mode and turn them into trophies by throwing the Trophy Stand at them, add to your collection.

Coin Launcher - a shooting minigame where you can earn trophies and stickers

Smash Service - a Wi-Fi feature that must be turned ON to recieve/share/send data such as Custom Built Stages and Snapshots.

Item: Dragoon - a 3-part item that, once complete, you can aim and fire it at an opponent and instant K.O.!

Release Dates: JP - Jan 25th, NA - Feb 5th!
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smash_bros_brawl
Official website: http://www.smashbros.com/


Catch up on previous Wii News & Updates at my Xanga blog.
See you all next week! \:D/

// Roth

RS Trax

sarNie Egg
Today brings two releases of classic games on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console.

Super NES®
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pac-Attack

Riot Zone
TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM
1 player
Rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older - Tobacco Reference, Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riot_Zone

New titles for Wii this week:
*Nitrobike Wiki
*Furu Furu Park Wiki
Samurai Warriors: Katana Wiki
CSI: Hard Evidence Wiki
Action Girlz Racing Wiki


Bionic Commando Petition! I think some of you may know that the classic NES title, Bionic Commando. Capcom is looking to bring back the sequel to the next generation for Xbox360, PS3, and PC systems. This is a petition to get them to work on a version for Wii system as well. Hopefully this will go through and inspire Capcom to bring this monstrous title for Wii. Already, there are over an astounding 5000 signatures!

Read and Sign the online petition here: http://www.petitiononline.com/0819/petition.html
Also please help by spreading the word to your friends, family, neighbors, classmates.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bionic_Commando

Guitar Hero III [Wii] owners! For those of you who haven't seen this yet or those who do not want to call in to have their replacement disc mailed, you can visit the Activision disc replacement website.

Here's what Activision says will happen:
"Once the replacement discs are available, the replacement program will begin. We will send you a disc replacement package which will consist of exchange instructions, a replacement disc claim form, and a postage paid envelope for you to return your current copy of the Wii version of Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. Once you receive your package, please complete the claim form and return your original game as directed. Once we receive your game, we will mail you the free replacement disc."

Just fill out the form at the following link to take part in the replacement disc program.

kpd, that's a good question that might've been asked at the Activision website's FAQs. I'm sure DLC is a given for sometime in 2008 as they mentioned months back. No matter which version of the disc, both should auto update when you load up the game at the time they release the content which may probably be on WiiWare.

The WiiWare service, expected to launch this March, will allow users to download original software titles through the Wii Shop Channel using Wii Points.


Shin'en Multimedia, a game creator and leading audio producer for Nintendo platforms, has announced plans to lend the company's audio outsourcing services to WiiWare developers.

The aural experts at Shin'en Multimedia will create and offer custom data solutions for WiiWare titles. Shin'en expects original sequenced soundtracks to use only a fraction of the resources normally required for streamed audio. The studio did not say when these tools will become available or for what price.

Founded in 1999, Shin'en Multimedia has provided audio middleware and soundtracks for nearly 200 games. Their official Web site provides further information about their services.



Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword has been given a firm Japanese release date of March 20th, 2008. Not yet has it been announced for North America, but let's hope it'll be around the same time.

New screenshots arose at Dengenki: http://dol.dengeki.com/data/news/2008/1/11...31574bc614.html

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja_Gaiden_Dragon_Sword
Official website: http://www.tecmo.co.jp/product/ngds/

Smash Bros. DOJO!! updates us with the following.

Newcomer: Captain Olimar & Pikmin (from Pikmin)

His moves include.. Standard Special Move: Pikmin Pluck, where he plucks out Pikmin from the ground (up to 6 max).
Side Special Move: Pikmin Throw, where Olimar throws Pikmin and latches onto an opponent and drain their energy.
Up Special Move: Pikmin Chain, where Olimar can use a chain of Pikmin to perform a recovery move in case of a fall.
Down Special Move: Pikmin Order, where Olimar can recall and change the order of his Pikmin.

Theme: "Pikmin: World Map"

Challenges, a game mode that gives you hints about what you need to do to unlock items such as trophies, stickers, music, etc.

STADIUM: Multi-Man Brawl, which is a battle against various enemy robots.

This time around you battle against the Red Alloy, Blue Alloy, Green Alloy, and Yellow Alloys. Now it even includes 2-player mode as well as an online co-op mode with a friend.

Snake's Final Smash: Grenade Launcher

Some online stores have been updating theirs site with a North American release date for Brawl a month later on March (rumor of another delay?). Though, the official site still says February, so we'll stick to that.

Release Dates: JP - Jan 25th, NA - Feb 5th!
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smash_bros_brawl
Official website: http://www.smashbros.com/


Catch up on previous Wii News & Updates at my Xanga blog.
See you all next week! \:D/

// Roth

RS Trax

sarNie Egg
Today brings two releases of classic games on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console.

1 player
Rated E for Everyone
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventures_of_Lolo_2

Super NES®
1-2 players
Rated T for Teen - Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Street_Fighter_II

New Wii game releases this week:

*Endless Ocean: Dive, Discover, Dream Wiki
*No More Heroes Wiki
One Piece: Unlimited Adventure Wiki

New Nintendo DS game releases this week:
*Advance Wars: Days of Ruin Wiki
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Wiki
Mega Brain Boost GameSpot

Guitar Hero III Replacement Disc Update
A piece of an Activision automated-email update:

"We wanted to provide you with an update regarding the status of the Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock Wii replacement discs. The game has been approved by Nintendo and is currently in manufacturing. We expect to have the replacement discs available in February. Once we have the discs, we will contact you and then pro actively send you a prepaid return envelop with a game exchange claim form. You should return the completed form with your current copy of the game. Once we receive a completed claim form and game, we will send you the replacement disc. We thank you for your patience and support."


Wii Music details:
- gameplay centered on ‘Play Sessions’
- music from Nintendo Sound Team (old BGMs and new music)
- Over 40 parts/instruments available: Folk Guitar, Bass Guitar, Trumpets, Maracass, Marimbas and much more.
- Be the conductor as well
- Each part has different controls (ex - trumpet makes strong sounds if Wiimote is at high angle, weak sounds if held low. Play drums with two Wiimotes. Guitar has you using the C button as a pick.)
- You can play 6 parts together: 4 for humans, 2 for AI
- Replay options
- Release date in 2008 TBA

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii_Music


Details on WiiWare title, PLÄTTCHEN
- the name PLÄTTCHEN is final, worldwide
- it’s a mix between a shooter and a puzzle game
- you can switch the color of every ‘plate’ in a level by shoot at it
- playing with the Wii Zapper brings some advantages, so the developers say
- no online mode, but offline multiplayer for 12 people at the same time
- 100 CLASSIC levels
- Copycat and Mission modes
- rotate the Wiimote to select different colors
- DK Bongo support!
- second quarter 2008 release, 1,500 Wii Points
- Dev Bplus is planning a series of games for DS, all the games following the same story, but telling different parts of it. Project has been delayed for a bit due to the wrapping-up of Plättchen.

Thanks to n-knight for translating an interview from GamesCathedral

Publisher Atlus U.S.A.'s upcoming RPG Baroque has been delayed until March 18 in order to launch the PlayStation 2 and Wii versions simultaneously.

In reparation, Atlus cracked the lid on the Wii version's differentiating features. The Wii version will support widescreen and progressive scan. Subtle motion control integration for "power attacks" will compliment the Wii Remote and Nunchuk control scheme. As reported previously, Baroque will also support the Classic Controller.

Additionally, Atlus provided information on the various types of items that will aid players in their quest through Neuro Tower (click the name for an image of the item):

Angelic Rifle: A uniquely shaped rifle that can annihilate any meta-being with one shot. However, its specialized ammunition is very limited.
Sword: A melee weapon to attack the enemy. There are swords that will possess enhanced attributes and added effects.
Coat: Protective gear to resist attacks. There are some coats that will have other effects besides just raising defense.
Torturer: Item that causes a variety of area effects depending on the type of Torturer. They can be combined with others to enhance their effects.
Parasite: It can grant a variety of effects by fusing it with the protagonist or equipment. You can also fuse a parasite with another parasite.

Official website: http://www.atlus.com/baroque/
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lELJP5X3gDw

Speaking of delays, it's official that Super Smash Bros. Brawl is delayed yet again. It's most likely due to low initial shipments, and Nintendo would sure like to print more copies of the game since America is a much larger country than Japan. I bet they added Rockman (Megaman) at the last minute.

Here are the DOJO!! updates:

Shiek (from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time) is confirmed for Brawl.

Pikmin & Olimar's Final Smash: End of Day

Sticker Power-ups

Zelda's Final Smash: Light Arrow

New Release dates: [JP] January 31, 2008; [NA] March 9, 2008; [EU] TBA 2008, [AUS] TBA 2008
Official website: http://www.smashbros.com
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smash_bros_brawl


Catch up on previous Wii News & Updates at my Xanga blog.
See you all next week! \:D/

// Roth

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sarNie Egg
Yeah, I've been thinking about limiting the number of photos also so that the page would load up faster for others to read.

Today's release on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console is..

1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone
1,000 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1080_Snowboarding

According to Japanese publication IT Media, games from the SEGA Master System will soon become available on Virtual Console.

Fantasy Zone and Fist Of The North Star - priced at 500 and 600 Wii Points, respectively - will lead the February debut of Master System in Japan. It is unknown when other territories will begin distributing Master System games and at what cost.

The Master System first appeared in 1986 as a direct competitor to the Nintendo Entertainment System. Despite garnering mixed global success, the console gave rise to the SEGA Genesis and SEGA Game Gear, as well as franchises like Ys and Alex Kidd.

Super Smash DOJO!! updates us with the following.

Pokemon: Manapy

Stage: Mushroomy Kingdom

Super Mario Bros.: Ground Theme

Game Mode: Masterpieces (VC Demos)

Designer Masahiro Sakurai announced that Super Smash Bros. Brawl will offer a variety of game demonstrations based on Virtual Console titles. The downloads will come on the disc and therefore not require an online connection to play.

The original Super Mario Bros., Ice Climber, The Legend of Zelda, Kid Icarus, Kirby's Adventure, Super Metroid, Star Fox 64 and other unnamed games will be playable. All of the announced games, except Super Metroid and Star Fox 64 (third and second installments, respectively), are the original appearances of each hero or heroine. Some titles reach back to the original Nintendo Entertainment System's console release in 1985.

Some games, like Super Metroid, will have pre-designed saved data for players looking to experience a major boss battle. All available demonstrations will expire after a set period of time. Sakurai mentioned, however, that the full game can be purchased from the Wii Shop Channel should the demo incline players towards that decision.

Release dates: Jan. 31st [Japan]; Mar. 9th [North America]
Official website: http://www.smashbros.com
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Smash_Bros_Brawl


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sarNie Egg
Yesterday's North American releases for the Wii Shop's Virtual Console:

Operation Wolf
1 player
Rated E10+ for Use of Tobacco and Violence
500 points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Wolf_%28video_game%29

Columns III: Revenge of Columns
1-5 players
Rated E for Everyone
800 points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columns_3

New Wii releases this week (North America):

Bomberman Land Wiki YouTube

Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore (Bundle w/ Microphone) Official Website

My Horse and Me Official Website YouTube

Kidz Sports: Ice Hockey IGN YouTube

The Spiderwick Chronicles Official Website Wiki

Go Diego Go: Safari Rescue GameSpot

New Nintendo DS releases this week (North America):

Bomberman Land Touch 2 Official Website YouTube

Professor Layton and the Curious Village Official Japanese Website Wiki YouTube

Assassin's Creed Altair's Chronicles Official Website Wiki YouTube

Zoo Tycoon II

My Horse and Me

Pet Pals: Animal Doctor

Paws & Claws: Pet Resort

Puppy Palace

North American Release Dates : UK: Japan : Australia
Note that these are tentative release dates and are subject to change. Since release dates change on an almost daily basis, be sure to call your local retailer to make sure the game you're looking for is available (TBA indicates that no release date has been determined yet).

Q1 = January - March/Q2 = April - June/Q3 = July - September/Q4 = October - December

February 11, 2008 Go, Diego, Go! Safari Rescue Take-Two Interactive Adventure

February 12, 2008 Balloon Pop UFO Interactive Puzzle

February 12, 2008 Jumper Brash Entertainment Action

February 12, 2008 London Taxi: Rush Hour Bold Games (Destineer) Racing

February 18, 2008 MX Vs. ATV Untamed THQ Racing

February 19, 2008 Pimp My Ride Activision Value Action

February 20, 2008 Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection Crave Entertainment Pinball

February 25, 2008 Agatha Christie: And Then There Were None The Adventure Company Adventure

February 25, 2008 Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed THQ Adventure

February 25, 2008 Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and the Tower of Mirrors Square Enix Action

February 25, 2008 Rebel Raiders: Operation NightHawk Jack Of All Games Flight Action

February 26, 2008 Cocoto Magic Circus Conspiracy Entertainment Shooter

February 26, 2008 Kidz Sports International Soccer Destineer Sports

February 26, 2008 SEGA Bass Fishing SEGA Hunting

February 26, 2008 WWII Aces Destineer Flight Simulation

March 3, 2008 Bully: Scholarship Edition Rockstar Games Action

March 3, 2008 Major League Baseball 2K8 2K Games Sports

March 4, 2008 Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30 Ubisoft Shooter

March 4, 2008 Ninja Reflex Electronic Arts Party

March 9, 2008 Super Smash Bros. Brawl Nintendo Fighting

March 10, 2008 Indoor Sports Konami Sports

March 10, 2008 Worms: A Space Oddity THQ Strategy

March 11, 2008 George of the Jungle Crave Entertainment Action

March 18, 2008 Baroque Atlus RPG

March 18, 2008 House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return SEGA Shooter

March 18, 2008 SEGA Superstars Tennis SEGA Sports

March 18, 2008 Target: Terror Konami Shooter

March 25, 2008 Obscure: The Aftermath Playlogic Action Adventure

March 25, 2008 Okami Capcom Adventure

March 25, 2008 Pro Evolution Soccer 2008 Konami Sports

March 27, 2008 Summer Sports: Paradise Island Destineer Sports Compilation

March 28, 2008 MiniCopter: Adventure Flight Aksys Games Flight Simulation

March 31, 2008 Kitty Luv Activision Value Virtual Pet

March 31, 2008 Monkey King: The Legend Begins, The UFO Interactive Shooter

April 1, 2008 Dream Pinball 3D SouthPeak Interactive Pinball

April 1, 2008 Garfield Gets Real Destination Software, Inc. (DSI) Action

May 2008 Alone in the Dark Atari Adventure

May 2008 Blast Works: Build, Fuse & Destroy Majesco Action

May 2008 Boom Blox Electronic Arts Puzzle Action

May 2008 Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, The Disney Interactive Studios Action Adventure

May 2008 Dog Island, The Ubisoft Adventure

May 2008 Harvest Moon Heroes Natsume Adventure

May 2008 Iron Man SEGA Action Adventure

May 2008 Rygar: The Battle of Argus Tecmo Action

June 2008 Incredible Hulk (2008), The SEGA Action

June 2008 LEGO Indiana Jones: The Videogame LucasArts Adventure

June 2008 Let's Off Road Destination Software, Inc. (DSI) Racing

June 2008 Samba de Amigo Wii SEGA Music

June 2008 TNA iMPACT! Midway Games Wrestling

Q2 2008 1701 A.D. Ubisoft Simulation

Q2 2008 Brave SouthPeak Interactive Action Adventure

Q2 2008 Castle Shikigami 3 Aksys Games

Q2 2008 Cid the Dummy Oxygen Games Platformer

Q2 2008 Emergency Mayhem Codemasters Action

Q2 2008 Mario Kart Wii Nintendo Racing

Q2 2008 Monster Lab Eidos Interactive Simulation

Q2 2008 Mushroom Men Gamecock Action

Q2 2008 Pop *TBA Action

Q2 2008 Protöthea *Independent project Shooter

Q2 2008 Top Spin Tennis 2K Games Sports

Q2 2008 WALL-E THQ Action Adventure

Q2 2008 Wild Earth: African Safari Majesco Adventure

July 2008 Cabela's Monster Bass Activision Value Sports

July 2008 Space Chimps Brash Entertainment Adventure

August 2008 Madden NFL 09 Electronic Arts Sports

August 2008 Star Wars: The Force Unleashed LucasArts Action

September 2008 Heroes Over Europe Red Mile Entertainment Flight Action

Q3 2008 Deca Sports Hudson Soft Sports Compilation

Q3 2008 Ghostbusters: The Video Game Sierra Action

Q3 2008 Igor: The Movie Legacy Interactive Action

Q3 2008 Professional Bull Riders Crave Entertainment Sports

Q3 2008 Wonderworld Amusement Park Majesco Simulation

Q4 2008 Major Minor's Majestic March Majesco Music

Q4 2008 Mortal Kombat Next-Gen [untitled] Midway Games Fighting

Q4 2008 New Beginning, A Daedalic Adventure

TBA 2008 100 Bullets D3 Publisher Action

TBA 2008 Active Life: Athletic World Sports Compilation

TBA 2008 Alive Ubisoft Action

TBA 2008 Animal Crossing Wii Nintendo Simulation

TBA 2008 Black [next-gen] Electronic Arts Shooter

TBA 2008 Blitz 2008 Midway Games Sports

TBA 2008 Blitz: The League Midway Games Sports Action

TBA 2008 Bob Ross: The Joy of Painting *TBA Productivity

TBA 2008 Bruiser & Scratch in Case of the Puzzling Paw *TBA Adventure

TBA 2008 C.I.D 925: An Ordinary Life Oxygen Interactive Platformer

TBA 2008 Cake Mania Wii Majesco Simulation

TBA 2008 CCTV *TBA Action

TBA 2008 Crack Down [Virtual Console] SEGA Action

TBA 2008 de Blob THQ Action

TBA 2008 Deal or No Deal Destination Software, Inc. (DSI) Trivia

TBA 2008 Destiny of Zorro , The Action

TBA 2008 Disaster: Day of Crisis Nintendo Action Simulation

TBA 2008 Don King Presents: Prizefighter Take-Two Interactive Sports

TBA 2008 Dragonology Codemasters Adventure

TBA 2008 Elf Bowling (Collector's Edition) Detn8 Games Sports Action

TBA 2008 ESWAT: City Under Siege [Virtual Console] SEGA Action

TBA 2008 FaceBreaker Electronic Arts Sports Action

TBA 2008 Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Crystal Bearers Square Enix Action RPG

TBA 2008 Ford Racing Off Road Empire Interactive Racing

TBA 2008 Gravitronix Action

TBA 2008 Harker *TBA Action Adventure

TBA 2008 Hell's Kitchen *TBA Simulation

TBA 2008 Hogan's Alley [Virtual Console] Nintendo Shooter

TBA 2008 James Bond 007 (2008) Activision Action

TBA 2008 Kawasaki Quad Bikes Bold Games (Destineer) Sports

TBA 2008 King of Clubs Oxygen Interactive Puzzle Action

TBA 2008 LEGO Batman: The Videogame Warner Bros. Interactive Action

TBA 2008 Line Rider inXile entertainment Puzzle

TBA 2008 Madagascar 2 Activision Action

TBA 2008 Mario's Super Picross [Virtual Console] Nintendo Puzzle

TBA 2008 Merscom Project 2008 [untitled] Merscom Other

TBA 2008 Mind Games *TBA Productivity

TBA 2008 Mythmakers: Orbs of Doom Bold Games (Destineer) Action

TBA 2008 n-Space Wii project [untitled] Nintendo Action

TBA 2008 Petz Ubisoft Simulation

TBA 2008 Prince of Persia Next-Gen [untitled] Ubisoft Adventure

TBA 2008 Project Bang! Action

TBA 2008 Project Witches *TBA Adventure

TBA 2008 Real Heroes: Firefighter *TBA Simulation

TBA 2008 Rock Band MTV Games Music

TBA 2008 Sadness *TBA Action Adventure

TBA 2008 Secret Files: Tunguska DreamCatcher Interactive Adventure

TBA 2008 Space Station Tycoon Namco Bandai Simulation

TBA 2008 Speed Racer Warner Bros. Interactive Racing

TBA 2008 Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers [Virtual Console] Capcom Fighting

TBA 2008 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Ubisoft Shooter

TBA 2008 We Love Golf! Capcom Sports

TBA 2008 Wii Fit Nintendo Sports

TBA 2008 Wii Motor Sports Airplane Nintendo Flight

TBA 2008 Wii Music Nintendo Music

TBA 2008 Wizardology Codemasters Action

TBA 2008 World of Goo *TBA Puzzle

TBA 2008 XGen Wii Ware Project [untitled] XGen Studios Action

TBA 2008 Yamaha Super Cross Racing

Q2 2009 Avatar, The Ubisoft Action

Q2 2009 Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins Action

TBA 2009 Alien -- FPS Project [untitled] SEGA Shooter

TBA 2009 Alien -- RPG Project [untitled] SEGA RPG

TBA 2009 Factor 5 Wii Project [untitled] *TBA Other

TBA 2009 Merv Griffin's Crosswords ValuSoft Puzzle

TBA 2009 Planet 51 *TBA Action



Catch up on previous Wii News and Updates on my Xanga blog
See you all next week! \:D/

// Roth

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sarNie Egg
^ Go in to the Wii Options, and look for Location or Country to select language or etc. Otherwise it could be the hardware since it's a Japanese SKU rather than a US. Wii Shop is varied by the region where the system is made for.

Virtual Console releases for today include the following.

Harvest Moon
Super NES
1 player
Rated E for Everyone
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvest_Moon_%28SNES%29

Lords of Thunder
TurboGrafx-16 CD-ROM
1 player
Rated E for Everyone Fantasy Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lords_of_Thunder

Wii releases this week (North American):
MX vs. ATV Untamed Wiki

Nintendo DS releases this week (North American):
Dungeon Explorer: Warrior of Ancient Arts IGN YouTube
Command and Destroy IGN
Barnyard Blast IGN YouTube
FIFA Street 3 IGN Official Website
New Zealand Story: Revolution IGN

Japanese publication Famitsu magazine has revealed a number of new details for Mario Kart Wii.

Famitsu has now confirmed that the bikes are allowed use in Cup races, along with their ability to perform special tricks like wheelies. Each driver will come with different vehicles.
Baby Peach and Boo will join the roster of playable characters. Gamers will be able to race with their Miis as well.

New Courses:
"Mushroom Cup"
Luigi Circuit
Moo Moo Country
Mushroom Canyon
Toad Factory

"Flower Cup"
Mario Circuit
Coconuts Mall
DK Snowboard Cross
Wario Mines

Old Courses:
"Shell Cup"
GC Peach Beach
DS Yoshi Falls
SFC Ghost Swamp 2
64 Mario Circuit

"Banana Cup"
64 Sherbert Land
GBA Hey Ho Beach
DS Monty Town
GC Waluigi Stadium

Mario Kart Wii will be the first home console edition of the franchise to feature online play. Races will expand to include 12 players instead of the typical eight. Players will also be able to share time attack scores and race "ghosts" online.

Global and local rankings will be available to online players. Famitsu mentioned an online league, but did not clearly specify how people can participate. Outside of racing, players can partake in the online battle mode.

Mario Kart Wii is expected to be released in Japan on April 10, with a North American and Europe somewhere around the same, Australia late March 2008.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_kart_wii

The latest issue of Edge magazine has revealed new information about the upcoming Wii game LEGO Indiana Jones.

The game will parody the three Stephen Spielberg-directed films originally released during the 1980s. Players will lead Indiana Jones through 18 levels filled with Lego-sized renditions of the main characters and classic moments from the movies.

Jones' iconic whip will be used to attack enemies, latch onto objects in the environment and more. Players will also be able to dig for weapons and other bonus items. Unlike in the Lego Star Wars games, Lego Indiana Jones will impose an ammo limit.

According to Edge, Lego Indiana Jones is funnier and more open than its Star Wars counterpart, with Traveller's Tales Director Jon Burton describing the game as a "careful next step" for the LEGO game franchise.

The 'careful' approach led, in part, to the removal of Nazis and Nazi references in the title. "Lego [has] already replaced them with an anonymous genocidal, occultist, trenchcoat-wearing master-race," the studio explained. "That said, we like to reinforce the fact that these really are terrible, terrible people."

Lego Indiana Jones is expected to be released on multiple platforms including Wii this June.

Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Indiana_...:_The_Videogame

Stephen Spielberg has finally revealed his latest video game creation, in partner with EA, here's Boom Blox.

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpMkCF3AdMY

BOOM BLOX offers action-packed interactive activities that takes Wii play to a new level of creativity and fun with single player, co-op, and versus gameplay. Players can explore the visceral gameplay-perfectly suited for the Wii's interactivity-that keeps them destroying their way through brain-twisting challenges. They can interact with entertaining characters such as the Blox-laying chickens or the baseball throwing monkeys, who bring personality to the Tiki, Medieval, Frontier, and Haunted themed environments. Additionally, players can remix any level of the game in Create Mode using props, blocks, or characters that have been unlocked during the game. Players can also virtually build anything they can dream up. Plus, their designs can then be shared with friends or used to challenge others to solve their newly created puzzle via WiiConnect24â„¢.

Launching in May 2008 for North America and Europe.
Official website: http://www.boomblox.ea.com/


Catch up on previous Wii News & Updates on my Xanga blog.
See you all next week! \:D/

// Roth

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sarNie Egg
Today's releases of classic games on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console include the following.

Ninja Gaidenâ„¢ III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
1 player
Rated E for Everyone - Mild Violence
500 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja_Gaiden_III

Phantasy Starâ„¢ II
Sega Genesis
1 player
Rated E for Everyone - Mild Animated Violence
800 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantasy_Star_II

North American releases for Wii this week:
Dragon Quest Swords: The Masked Queen and Tower of Mirrors Wiki
Pimp My Ride Official website
Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection IGN Wiki

North American releases for Nintendo DS this week:
Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Wiki

Capcom's blog a poll recently concluded that asked fans to pick two characters from the game company's stable to lend their outfits to the upcoming Wii Love Golf!. Enthusiasts were asked to choose one female and one male character to be used for alternate costumes in the golf game.

Female choices were: Morrigan (Darkstalkers), Roll Caskett (Mega Man Legends), Ashley Graham (Resident Evil 4), Cammy (Super Street Fighter II), and Rouge (Power Stone).

Male choices: Ken (Street Fighter II), Frank West (Dead Rising), Captain Commando (from the arcade game of the same name), Dhalsim (Street Fighter II), Guy (Final Fight), Balrog (Street Fighter II).

And the winners: Morrigan and Ken. These two characters will appear as alternate costumes in Wii Love Golf! later this year.

IGN: http://wii.ign.com/objects/959/959941.html
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wii_Love_Golf
Official website: http://www.capcom.co.jp/golf

Okami [Wii] gameplay footage:
screenshots and more at
IGN: http://wii.ign.com/objects/884/884970.html
Official website: http://ww2.capcom.com/okami/

Baroque [Wii] footage, new RPG:
screenshots and more at
IGN: http://wii.ign.com/objects/142/14223943.html
Official website: http://www.atlus.com/baroque/

Deadly Creatures [Wii] trailer, a new survival horror:
IGN: http://wii.ign.com/objects/142/14235413.html
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deadly_Creatures
Official website: http://www.thq.com/games/gameinfo.php?id=1315&upc=30159

Official boxart image of Mario Kart Wii (incl. Wii Wheel peripheral) confirmed.

Activision announced the next evolution in its rock-simulation franchise -- Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. Focusing on the music of the iconic American band, players will pick up the picks of Joe Perry (guitar), Brad Whitford (guitar) and Tom Hamilton (bass). We'll also get a chance to play songs that influenced the band. The game will take heroes through Aerosmith's career, from their first gig to writing cheesy ballads for blockbuster movies (we kid). Guitar Hero: Aerosmith will ship in June, also available for pre-order at official website.

Official website: http://www.guitarherogame.com/ghaerosmith/
Source: IGN

Some hands-on details about THQ's upcoming rhythm/music game, Band Mashups [Wii]

It is a rhythm game in a similar style to the Guitar Hero series, however does not use any peripherals outside of the standard Wii Remote.

The game feature 30 licensed songs with 5 cover versions done in completely different styles. The five main genres of music are Rock, Funk/Hip-Hop, Country Western, Latin, and Marching Band. There will also be three tracks performed with an orchestra.

IGN: http://wii.ign.com/articles/850/850132p1.html
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Band_Mashups

As some of you may know, there are already huge Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournaments all over the States right now.
Nintendo and Best Buy team up to crown a national champion.

Attention all Smash fans: Put up your dukes! Just before the launch of the much-anticipated Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mario and friends are hosting four regional Wii tournaments. The competitions will visit Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and finally New York for a Midnight Madness Launch event at the Best Buy store at 622 Broadway in New York. All of the 256 participants at each location will receive a $10 Best Buy gift card. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a custom-designed, crystal-covered Wii, a home theater system from Best Buy and other prizes.

"Super Smash Bros. is one of the world's most popular game franchises
because it draws in characters from across the Nintendo universe and beyond
for some all-out fighting fun," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's
executive vice president of sales & marketing. "Super Smash Bros. Brawl has
extreme appeal among our core audience, but these tournaments are a great way
to get new fans involved as well -- before the game is even available in

Each regional tournament will provide the first 256 people in attendance
the chance to "brawl" one-on-one with other contestants in a
single-elimination tournament to determine a winner in each market. Regional
winners will face off in a final multiplayer "brawl" at the New York City

The grand prize winner will receive a crystal-coated Wii with a design
from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a home theater system from Best Buy and a copy
of the game. The second-place finisher will receive one Wii system and Wii
Remote, one copy of Super Smash Bros. Brawl and a $1,000 Best Buy gift card.
The third-place finisher will receive a Wii and Wii Remote, a copy of the game
and a $500 Best Buy gift card. The fourth-place finisher will receive a Wii,
an extra Wii Remote, a copy of the game and a $250 Best Buy gift card. For
more information about the tournaments, visit Nintendo.com.

The tournaments will take place at the following times and locations:

Feb. 16
Doors open at 3 p.m.
Orpheum Theater
842 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Feb. 23
Doors open at 2 p.m.
Ten15 Folsom
1015 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94103

*March 1
Doors open at 3 p.m.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Olden Hall
100 Institute Road
Worcester, MA 01609
~ I'll be going to this one!*

March 8
Doors open at 5 p.m.
Best Buy (NOHO)
622 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Super Smash Bros. Brawl features dozens of Nintendo characters, from Mario
to Link to Pikachu, as well as new characters like Solid Snake, a
gritty soldier from Konami's hugely popular Metal Gear series, and Sonic The
Hedgehog. The combat-filled game lets characters of all kinds brawl until only
one is left standing. Its predecessor, Super Smash Bros. Melee, was the
best-selling game of all time for Nintendo GameCube. Super Smash Bros.
Brawl has more characters, more features and more action-packed fun. What's
more, Super Smash Bros. Brawl uses Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, which allows
up to four players to simultaneously brawl no matter where they are based. For
a complete list of characters and features, visit http://www.SmashBros.com.

About Nintendo: The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive
entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets
hardware and software for its Wii, Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance
and Nintendo GameCube systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.5
billion video games and more than 430 million hardware units globally, and has
created industry icons like Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda
and Pokemon. 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 http://www.nintendo.com.

Source: IGN
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Smash_Bros_Brawl
Official website: http://www.smashbros.com


Check up on previous Wii News & Updates at my Xanga blog.
See you all next week! \:D/

// Roth

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sarNie Egg

On Friday, February 22, 2008, five Wii video games will be featured as the top five deals in the Amazon.com Gold Box. The identities of each deal will be revealed one at a time.

Here's how it will work:

* At 12:01 AM PST the first deal will be the Gold Box Deal of the Day. Its special discounted price will be available all day only on Friday, Feb. 22 (or until we run out.)
* Starting at 6:00 AM PST, the second deal will be featured as a Lightning Deal. This special price will be available for the following four hours.
* Each of the three remaining deals will also be Lightning Deals. Starting at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM, and 6:00 PM PST, each deal will be available for four hours after it begins.
* Discounts on each deal will be available only while supplies last.

More details @ Amazon.com

// Roth

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sarNie Egg
^ Yeah, that Amazon had a deal on Wii games including Super Paper Mario, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, My Sims, and The Simpsons Game. They all ran out within 5 minutes though, amazingly.

Today's releases on the Wii Shop's Virtual Console include the following.

Kirby 64â„¢: The Crystal Shards
Nintendo 64®
1-4 players
Rated E for Everyone
1,000 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirby_64

1 player
Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence
600 Wii Points
Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychosis_%28video_game%29


The Commodore 64 (C-64) joins the family in our Virtual Console systems. Adding to the already extensive VC library NES, SNES, N64, Mega Drive, PC Engine, Neo Geo, Master System and Game Gear, making Nintendo’s service a comprehensive window into the dusty annals of gaming history. International Karate and Uridium are among the first titles to be available, but with such a healthy back catalogue expect more to follow shortly.

Classics on the Commodore 64 include Geoff Crammond's Sentinel, Head Over Heels and Jeff Minter's Attack of the Mutant Camels.

Initially only available on the European Wii Shop Channel, the games will cost 500 Wii points each (£3.50). While most of this generation's experience of the 1980's powerhouse will be limited to a parody of its loading screen propping up the front-end of Vice City, Commodore's console was at the forefront of 8-bit gaming and is the single best selling personal computer unit of all time.

I'll be adding more posts later in the week including updates from the GDC (Game Developers Conference) 2008 in San Francisco.
I have to finish my painting for Art class which is due tomorrow!
Check up on the latest Wii News & Updates at my Xanga blog.

// Roth