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NINTENDO Reveals 2 Wii Peripherals In E3

Nintendo Reveals 2 Wii Peripherals At E3

Zapper is a gun designed to host both the WiiMote and the Nunchuk to act as a laser gun. The Zapper will retail for $20 and will be sold seperatly or bundled with specific titles.
Medal of Honor, Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles and a so far secret title will be the first games to utilize the zapper.

Electronic Arts Details Family Play

Does your kid-sister cry when you beat her at Madden? Does your mom ground you when you obliterate her at FIFA? Well that all could change thanks to EA's new "Family Play," a program designed to simplify controls for popular sports games on the Nintendo Wii. Players can choose their own style that suits their skill level in Madden 08, FIFA 08 and NBA LIVE 08. So one player can chose advanced mode and take control of all aspects of the game while another can choose simple mode using just the wii remote for basic functions.Source: El33tOnline

Nintendo Wii outselling Sony PS3 by a 6:1 ratio in Japan

The Nintendo Wii seems to just keep getting more popular in Japan. While some people in America (including SCEA) feel that the Wii is just a passing fad, the Japanese will not hear any of this. Nintendo is selling six Wii's for every Sony PS3 sold in Japan. Nintendo sold 270,974 Wii consoles during June, while Sony sold 41,628 PS3s. Microsoft's Xbox 360, which is very unpopular in Japan, got 17,616 sales.Source: The Inquirer

Manhunt 2 needs a platform

So, you may have heard the news about Manhunt 2. Getting a complete ban, subject to appeal, by the BBFC in the UK, followed swiftly by a AO rating from the ESRB in America - which effectively places great restrictions on where the game can retail although the ESRB is a voluntary system.

Recently contacted by gaming bloggers at Kotaku, both Nintendo of America and Sony Computer Entertainment of America have now confirmed that they will not be allowing titles with an Adults Only rating onto their respective platforms, the Wii and PlayStation 2 and PSP.

With no PC version of the game currently planned, the game is essentially homeless and Rockstar is left with the options of either abandoning the game completely, re-developing it with a less violent theme, or hope to God that an ESRB appeal will lead to a different outcome (not likely).Source: Bit-tech

Nintendo Dominates the console market

Nintendo has continued its recent console success throughout May, with the DS taking top spot and the Wii in a comfortable second in terms of sales. The Nintendo DS sold an impressive 423,000 units and the Wii 338,000 units, with the PSP next in line with 221,000 units, ahead of the PlayStation 2’s 188,000 units. The PS3 and Xbox 360 are continuing to lag behind, with Sony’s latest console on just 82,000 and the Xbox 360 on 155,000 units – the PS3 only beat Game Boy Advance figures by a mere one thousand units. Sales in May totalled $815.5 million, up 49% compared to figures from last year - a strong month for the games industry.Source: DailyTech

Nintendo Shipping Mod-Proof Wiis in Japan

Only a couple of months after the Wii's realease modchips appeared, opening up the black market for the piracy of Wii games.

Now Nintendo is fighting back, as reports from Japan indicate that the latest console hardware revisions are now much more difficult to modify with current chips. Three pins used by current modchips to alter the console’s drive software are reportedly now physically cut, making modifications impossible for all but those with highly advanced skills and tools. The hardware revision has only been discovered in Wiis from Japan, though it’s reasonable to expect that anti-mod measures will soon make their way worldwide.Source: DailyTech

DS and Wii take Nintendo to record profits

The success of Nintendo’s two newest consoles, the Wii and the Nintendo DS, has led to Nintendo reporting record profits for the year ending 31st March. The Japanese based company managed revenue of 966.6 billion Yen (about $8 billion US) and operating profits of 266 billion Yen (about $1.9 billion). These figures show a 90% rise in revenue and 150% rise in profits compared to the same period a year ago. Nintendo sold 23 million Nintendo DS units with 123 million DS games during the year (that makes 40 million units since they started selling the handheld), whilst the Wii managed to sell 5.84 million consoles and 29 million games in the five months after its launch. Read on for Nintendo's press release.

Nintendo to Increase Wii production to 14 million units per year

People getting tired of seeing "No Wii" signs in front of their favorite video game store while waiting for the Nintendo Wii might be seeing some relief soon. Nintendo has been somehow managing to make 1 million Wii's a month, which simply isn't enough to meet all of the demand. Nintendo hopes that adding a new plant or two into the production team will let Nintendo make 14 million units within this fiscal year.Source: 1Up

Nintendo Wii No. 1 Game Console in March

Nintendo once again claimed the top two spots among the best-selling new video game systems in America in March, according to independent sales data gathered by the NPD Group. Despite widespread shortages for both systems, more than half a million buyers snapped up the portable Nintendo DS, and Wii which is now once again the top-selling new home video game console. Wii remains the fastest-selling new console in more than a decade, based on NPD sell-through information over the first five months of availability.Source: Nintendo

Namco Announces 'Beautiful Katamari' for PS3 and Xbox360

Katamari is a series of games with an arcade-like goal of rolling a gigantic ball, trying to attach the most stuff to it. The game was met with so much success, that various sequels, such as Katamari Damacy and We Love Katamari have been released. Namco has announced that they are developing even more sequels. 'Beautiful Katamari' will have over fifty playable characters (which have the same abilities), large-as-globe maps, and network capability (possibility of massive multiplayer Katamari battles?). Namco is 50% done creating an Xbox360 and PS3 version of this game, and we should get a Nintendo Wii and DS version sometime later. The reason for the delay of the development of this game on Nintendo consoles is the uniqueness of the controller. It should not cause too large of a delay, however. There is no word as to when we can expect betas of this game, or when it will be done.Source: 1Up

Final Wii browser launched

After successfully releasing version 9.20 of its popular browser yesterday, Opera Software has now released the final version of the internet browser for Nintendo’s Wii console. The new ‘Internet Channel’, as it is known, boasts a faster start-up speed, better text clarity, improved navigation, the ability to hide the toolbar, improved security options and a built in search feature with a choice of Google or Yahoo!, as well as other minor improvements. To update to this new browser, Wii owners first need to download the latest firmware update and then visit the Shopping Channel to download/update the browser. It will be free to all Wii owners until the end of June, and anyone who has not downloaded it by them will need to purchase it using 500 Wii points – Wii owners that have already downloaded it will be able to continue using it free of charge.Source: DailyTech

Guild Wars, Among Other MMORPG's, Could Find Themselves On Consoles

Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPGs for short) have recently gained a lot of momentum. Games such as World of Warcraft and Guild Wars continue to suck in subscribers, who enjoy the games so much they sometimes lose almost all traces of a social life to play these games. The maker of Guild Wars has shown interest in getting their MMORPG onto consoles, which would greatly expand their market. However, one of the makers of Guild Wars also says that their current focus is for the PC platform, and they currently have no plans on getting the original Guild Wars onto a console. Perhaps the sequel will find it's way onto Microsoft and Sony gaming consoles.

Regardless of whether or not Guild Wars actually follows through, they do show a market trend of moving games towards consoles to tap their rather large market share.Source: 1Up

Nintendo exceeds profit expectations for FY2006, raises them for FY2007

Nintendo expected to make 900 billion yen in Fiscal Year (FY) 2006 (March 31, 2006 to March 31, 2007). Fortunately for Nintendo, they exceeded their own expectations. FY2006 earned Nintendo a whopping 966 billion yen (roughly $8.1 billion USD) in raw profit. This is thanks to the smashing success of the Nintendo Wii, and the Nintendo DS' strange way of being a "giant money pot". And so, in response to these incredible profits, Nintendo has increased their expected profits by a considerable margin. We should see this, along with a more detailed report of Nintendo's FY2006 performance, later.Source: 1Up

No criminal charges will be filed in "hold your wee for a wii" contest disaster

Most of you have probably heard by now the story of Mrs. Jennifer Strange. She participated in a radio contest in an attempt to win a Nintendo Wii for her children. The contest determined a winner based on who could drink the most water. Unfortunately, a few hours after Mrs.Strange participated, she died of water intoxication.

Anyways, there was almost a court case to file criminal charges against the radio station. The would-be prosecution determined that the whole event was one tragic accident, and that there was no way the radio station could have prevented the death of Jennifer Strange. This is because Mrs.Strange did not show any signs of water intoxication at the event. The radio station has fired 10 employees since the tragic incident. A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Strange family against the radio station remains in court.Source: 1Up

PS3 Suffers Sales Slump

After impressive initial sales figures, it looks as though Sony’s new console isn’t quite such a hit in the UK as it first appeared it would be. Using data collected from 7000 UK retailers which account for 90% of the software market, Chart Track today announced that PS3 hardware sales fell by an enormous 82% compared to the first week, with sales of Resistance: Fall of Man and MotorStorm falling by over 60%. Unsurprisingly, SCEE is yet to comment on these disappointing figures. Meanwhile, the PS3 also seems to be struggling in Japan alongside Nintendo’s new Wii. Since the PS3 and Wii were launched on November 11th and December 2nd respectively, the PS3 has notched 812,000 sales – only around half of the Wii’s 1.95 million units, quite a significant gap considering the PS3 had a month’s head start.Source:, M&C

Wii shortages are not intentional, Nintendo really can't keep up with demand

The Nintendo Wii, which was once seen as the weakest console of them all (before anyone had even heard off the Wiimote and Nunchuck controller), is now leading the sales of all three next generation consoles. In fact, it's leading the sales by such a wide margin that Nintendo simply can't keep up with demand. Nintendo senior VP of marketing and corporate communication, George Harrison, has this to say about Wii production, and getting all the Wii's to the various markets.
We have worldwide territories that are all competing over the available production. The Japan and European markets are doing extremely well with the Wii. People in Japan at NCL [Nintendo Co. Ltd.] are making the best decisions that they can about which products get shipped to which market and when.
In short, the Nintendo Wii is doing extraordinarily in sales all over the world, and Nintendo can't keep up with demand.Source: 1Up

PS3 Sells 165,000 Units in the UK

Sony’s new PS3 has managed to become the second fastest selling console ever released in the UK, with only the PSP managing more sales. In its first three days, the console has managed to notch up 165,000 sales in the United Kingdom, with 20,000 units being sold in Australia. Despite beating the Wii and Xbox 360 with initial sales, it can’t be forgotten that both of those consoles had supply shortages (in fact, the Wii still does) and managed to sell more or less all consoles that were shipped, whilst Sony has only managed to shift about three-quarters of the 220,000 PS3s finding their way onto UK shelves. Looks like Sony was right when it claimed European consumers wouldn’t mind waiting for the console – either that or it would have had some amazing sales figures.Source: M&C

Nintendo Attempts to Block Wii Modchips

Nintendo has altered the circuit layout of its Wii games console in order to block the increasing use of modification chips (modchips). The new Wiis, which are part of new shipments of the console, have an altered circuit layout that makes modification more difficult than in earlier versions. Users attempting to mod the new consoles using current modchips are very likely to damage the system, the sources pointed out. However, new-generation modchips capable of working with the revised Wii consoles may become available in less than a month, according to DigiTimes.Source: DigiTimes

Nintendo Wii dominates USA sales of all consoles

The Nintendo Wii is apparently on a winning streak, as it were. Passing both Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 in sales, the Nintendo Wii has taken the lead. Last month, Nintendo sold 335,000 Wii's, compared to Microsoft's 228,000 Xbox360 sales, and 127,000 Sony PS3 sales. While February isn't exactly the best indicator of retail success, it sure is nice for Nintendo to know that they are selling what currently is the hottest console in the market.Source: The Inquirer

Nintendo Teams Up With GameSpy for Wii Online

Nintendo’s online gaming service for the Wii will be provided by Fox Interactive Media’s GameSpy, a name already familiar to most online PC gamers. Nintendo WiFi, the online service for the Nintendo DS, already uses GameSpy, and this move shows that Nintendo doesn’t want to fall behind to Sony and Microsoft in online gameplay. Although there are not yet any online games for the Wii, Pokémon Battle Revolution will change this when it is released on June 25th. “This partnership will expand our wireless community of players on Nintendo WiFi Connection,” said Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. “Millions of Nintendo DS users have already logged on using GameSpy’s technology, and now Wii owners will be able to do the same in a fun and easy-to-use environment.”Source: BusinessWire

Wii have a porn problem!

Or, that's what the The Porn Talk is calling their latest anti-pornography campaign. The Porn Talk appears to be a parent activist group aimed at helping parents talk to their kids about porn. They seem to have taken the ability of the Wii to access the internet a wee bit too far. Their latest campaign's goal is to teach parents how to protect their children from the pornography that can be accessed using the Nintendo Wii. While the Nintendo Wii already has plenty of safety features put in place programmed to do just that, The Porn Talk claims that it simply isn't enough.
The solution lies in parents getting the facts and then talking to their children about expectations for online activity... The Wii is an amazing console and tons of fun but parents need good info on how to keep kids safe.
Source: 1Up

Power Consumption of today's consoles

Gaming consoles are getting more and more popular these days. That is not only because the integrated hardware is fast and games will be compatible for years but they are much more than a stupid gaming box. You can play movies utilitzing CDs, DVDs or even Blu-Ray discs, surf the net and whatnot. But what about their power consumption? All these shiny features won't come for free, do they? Now the guys from HardCoreWare come into play. They took a PS3, a Wii and a XBOX 360, fired them up with different tasks and compared the power consumption to a mid sized gaming rig. You will be surprised with what conclusion they came up with.Source: HardCoreWare

Wii Outselling Rivals

Preliminary figures for North America suggest that the Nintendo Wii is comfortably outselling its two major rivals, the Xbox 360 and the Playstation 3. The Wii managed to sell 436,000 units during January, with the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 selling 294,000 and 244,000 consoles respectively. The Wii is also the cheapest of the three, whilst the Xbox 360 is next cheapest and the Playstation 3 comes in as the most expensive (and arguably most feature-packed, albeit somewhat unwanted) next generation console. Figures for the Playstation 2 have not been released, although it has been the major seller in the previous months.Source: [H]ard|OCP

Oblivion never coming to Wii

Bethesda studios announced that as much as they'd love to see Elder Scrolls IV- Oblivion, it will never find itself there. The Nintendo Wii simply doesn't have enough power to run the very demanding game. Of course, this doesn't explain how they managed to stick Oblivion on the PSP, which is essentially a much smaller version of the PS2.Source: 1Up
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