Archive for December, 2007

Virtual Console Update: December 10, 2007 + Gifts

Monday, December 10th, 2007

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WII-KLY UPDATE: PHOTO FEATURE, GIFTING ABILITIES AND THREE CLASSIC GAMES ADDED TO WII SHOP CHANNEL

Dec. 10, 2007

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): As one of the most unique games in a renowned series, Pokémon Snap was the first truly 3-D Pokémon game and introduced the phenomenon to the Nintendo 64. Travel to Pokémon Island and meet Professor Oak to begin a safari, taking the best possible photographs of 63 different Pokémon as they exist in the wild, undisturbed by humans. This is not as easy as it sounds—the island has many types of climates and environments to explore, along with secret activities and hidden passages to discover. Plus, some of the Pokémon can be a little shy and won’t pose for the camera unless you tease them with special items. After you’re done, submit one picture of each Pokémon to Professor Oak, and he’ll judge it based on size, pose, technique and number of Pokémon captured.

Ghosts’n Goblins (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Animated Violence, 500 Wii Points): Ghosts’n Goblins was a popular arcade game before it made the leap to the NES in 1986. Like later games in the series, Ghosts’n Goblins presents quite a challenge to players brave enough to take on the role of Arthur and delve into the realm of demons and monsters to rescue the kidnapped princess. Choose your weapons wisely and take advantage of their strengths to deal with the situation at hand. Pass through the six gates that stand between you and Astaroth, and teach him a lesson in chivalry he’ll never forget. Demonstrating a high level of technical prowess for a game of its era, Ghosts’n Goblins presents a unique and unforgettable universe. The stage for adventure is set. Are you up to the test?

BASEBALL STARS 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 900 Wii Points): Lace up your cleats and step onto the diamond with the pros of BASEBALL STARS 2. You’ll find everything you’d expect in a classic game of baseball, but with an arcade feel and intense action that distinguish it from the pack. Pick one of six unique teams from cities around the world, then get ready for nine innings of excitement, whether you’re taking on the computer in a 15-game tournament or squaring off against a friend. There are two modes of game play, so even the most inexperienced player can compete at the major-league level (with a little computer-aided fielding). Watch as the game develops through split-screen views and close-up shots worthy of any highlight film, and see if you can catch the numerous over-the-top animations of the large and detailed player models. Think you have what it takes to win the pennant?

For more information about Wii, please visit wii.com.


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PAL Virtual Console Update: December 7, 2007

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

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Australia and Europe

SNES

  • Cybernator

Mega Drive

  • Light Crusader
  • Rolling Thunder 2

Helene Keeley and Glenn Coffee Now Backing Video Game Industry

Friday, December 7th, 2007

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Democratic State Representative Helene Keeley has worked with Jack Thompson to bring video game legislation to Delaware, but it now appears that she is backing, along with Lt. Governor John Carney, the Entertainment Software Rating Board(ESRB). She has said the following:

The ESRB ratings are an effective and informative resource that allows parents to decide if the video game their child wants is appropriate, and parents should be sure to check the rating each time they consider a game for their child so they know they’re choosing one that’s right for their age,” added Rep. Keeley. “I’m proud to be participating in the effort to educate parents in our state about the tools at their disposal so they can make informed decisions.

That would be the second second elected official this week to leave the “Dark Force” and join the Pro-ESRB bandwagon. The first was Republican Oklahoma State Senator Glenn Coffee. Glenn Coffee was known for his support of the Oklahoma’s 2006 video game law, a piece of legislation attacking the Video Game Industry and the ESRB. He is now working with the ESRB on a parental awareness program.

As a father, I know about the tough decisions parents face today about the media they allow into their homes, The simple fact is that there’s no substitute for parental involvement and responsibility. It’s important that parents play an active role in choosing games for their children, just as it’s important for Oklahoma retailers to comply with their store policies that restrict the sale or rental of M-rated games to those under 17. ESRB ratings are an effective and informative resource that allows parents to decide if the video game their child wants is appropriate. I’m proud to be educating parents in our state about the tools at their disposal.

I’m glad to see these two anti-gaming legislators see the light, let’s hope more follow in their steps.

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SSBB: With Anyone/Basic Brawl

Friday, December 7th, 2007

Today, the DOJO further explained the With Anyone component of Super Smash Bros. Brawl‘s online play. If you want to play a game but don’t have any friends or don’t have friends online then you can just search the world for someone to play with. You can chose to play a Team Battle or Basic Brawl. There’s no rooms, you go directly to the character-selection screen. When you connect to someone, you’ll see their status at the bottom of the screen. You have 45 seconds to pick your character, before a random character is selected for you. Then you’ll be whisked away to the stage selection; The stage and items are determined by a lottery. While the game loads you Practice on Sandbag. then the game starts.

In With Anyone/Basic Brawl Names won’t be shown and messages won’t be sent. If you get cut off, your character will get taken over by the CPU without your opponents even knowing, which I think is pretty lame. it’s also worth noting that you can play the characters you unlock in battles.

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Smash Bros. DOJO!!!

Nyko Unveils Wireless Wii Nunchuck

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

People have been begging for a wireless numchuck since the Wii was released, around that time reports serviced of Nintendo planning to release a wireless numchuck. Well IGN reported today that Nintendo will be beaten to the punch by Nyko with there new 2.4-GHz wireless nunchuck alternative. A power button on both the receiver that connects to the Wii remote and a power button on the wireless nunchuck will turn the connection on and off.

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Nyko’s new nunchuck should work just as well as Nintendo’s product. It should be available at CES next month. No information about price has been released. As far as anyone can see, the product will be called simply the Wireless Nunchuck, but I hope they come up with something more creative then that. I will finally able to play Rayman with out worrying about wire whip.

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SSBB: Catch Up – X: Tunnel Scene, The Battle for the Smash Ball, and King Dedede’s Final Smash

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

First up, On December 5, the DOJO was updated with a sample of X: Tunnel Scene, a song inspired by the Japan-only Game Boy game called X(エックス).

In addition to that entry, The DOJO was also described what is involved in trying to get the Smash Ball, in an entry called The Battle for the Smash Ball. First the Smash Ball appears, then users use different methods to secure their way to the Smash Ball. To actualy uses the Smash Ball, The player must continually attack it until the ball breaks. Once the Smash Ball is used, some opponents can try to avoid the Smash Attack.

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Today, the DOJO was updated with information on King Dedede‘s Final Smash, a move called Waddle Dee Army. He calls his Waddle Dees and spike-headed Gordos and uses them to attack his enemies.

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Smash Bros DOJO!!!

Trip to the Game Store: December 05, 2007

Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Today I got a Mario Galaxy Holiday Ornament for $4.99, I couldn’t help my self, fortunately I had the will power to resist getting the Mario Galaxy Holiday Stocking and Mario Monopoly Board Game. Oh yeah, I also finally picked up Gun for the GameCube. (I definitely feel this game should be remade for the PS3 and Wii).

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Wii made an Appearance on Reaper Today

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

I love everything that Kevin Smith touches, Well I started to watch Reaper and I saw the Wii and a game that I think is fictional. Take a look at the video below to see the Wii’s short Cameo. Sorry about the sound Levels.

Downloadable Content for Guitar Hero III on the Wii

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

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Nintencast recently emailed Red Octane asking about downloadable content for Guitar Hero III for the Wii version of the game. Red Octane responded with the following:

Hello,

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.

Regards,

RedOctane Customer Support.

Nintencast

SSBB: Returning Pokémon

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007

Today the DOJO informed us that that many of the Pokémon that were in previous games, would return to the fight. These Pokémon include Suicune, Lugia, Entei, Staryu, Bellossom, Ho-Oh, Wobbuffet, Togepi, Snorlax, Celebi, and Mew(who Apparently gives out compact discs).

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Smash Bros. DOJO!!!

Guitar Hero IV and Call Of Duty 5

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

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On Vivendi’s website you can find a PDF including details of the Activision and Vivendi deal. Included in this file is a list of games that the company is responsible for. What cool games are listed? Guitar Hero IV, Call of Duty 5, a Tony Hawk Game, a racing title by Bizarre, some Dreamwork’s titles, and a James Bond game. Now you should know that these games may not even be to the conceptualizing stage, meaning they might not even have started thinking about the game, just securing the rights or what-have-you.

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SSBB: Friend List

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

Today the DOJO was update with information on the Friend list in Super Smash Bros Brawl. The article assumes that the reader isn’t familiar with Nintendo Wi-Fi Friend Codes, so I’m going to do the same. Friend Codes are different than the Wii’s internal Wii Friends. You can assign what looks like four unique comments to be used during game play, these are the customizable taunts that were alluded to in previous updates. The game uses your standard room setup that many other online games use, meaning the host creates a room, and friends join in.

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Smash Bros DOJO!!!

Virtual Console Update: Decmeber 3, 2007

Monday, December 3rd, 2007

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WII-KLY UPDATE: THREE NEW CLASSIC GAMES ADDED TO WII SHOP CHANNEL

Dec. 3, 2007

Sometimes the Wii-kly Updates have a nice, unifying them. Sometimes they don’t. This week we scoured the recesses of the classic games vault to come up with some interesting, if unrelated, gems. You can fight mechanized forces, battle with a bunch of fighters in the afterlife or play the role of a heroic regal bug. Like we said: Sometimes they don’t.

Three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. 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:

ZANAC (NES®, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 500 Wii Points): ZANAC is a vertically scrolling shoot-’em-up game that was released in November 1986. Take control of the state-of-the-art fighter, ZANAC, with the objective of destroying the bases of the mechanized enemy forces. Use your full array of regular weapons as well as eight special weapons to clear the 12 intense areas of the game. Be careful, though, as the game changes the degree of difficulty in real time based on how well you play. This ensures that it feels like you’re experiencing a new game every time you play.

Eternal Champions™ (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, rated T for Teen – Animated Blood, Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points): This 2-D fighting game introduces a cast of different characters that met untimely deaths in their lives on Earth. Now they have been given a chance to compete against each other, with the winner taking on the Eternal Champion, the ultimate fighter in the universe. The reward for defeating the Eternal Champion is a return to Earth for the opportunity to avenge death and restore balance to the universe. Choose from nine unique characters with a variety of fighting styles, and bring your best moves to defeat all comers in your quest to topple the Eternal Champion.

The Dynastic Hero (TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Comic Mischief, 800 Wii Points): The Dynastic Hero is an action RPG featuring a cast of insect characters. The story begins with the invasion of their peaceful homeland of Tarron by the evil Drilkor Empire. Rushing to the insects’ aid is Dyna, the prince of Beetras. Take control of Dyna as he battles through action-filled stages. Equip weapons and items to vanquish the relentless foes, and acquire special items that enable you to brave the journey across the perilous desert or open sea. But it’s not just all action. Correctly answer multiple-choice quizzes, and play the ocarina to find the right melody to open doors. Plus, there are countless traps and other puzzles packed into this fun game to keep you entertained and ensure you continue coming back for more.

For more information about Wii, please visit wii.com.


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