Thursday 14 September 2006
Nintendo's new Wii console will launch in the US on 19 November, and will cost $250 (roughly £133), it has been announced.
Every Wii will come packaged with a copy of Wii Sports, featuring tennis, golf, baseball and bowling minigames; new games will cost $50 (£26) and Nintendo's downloadable Virtual Console titles will be priced between $5 and $10 (or roughly £2.60 and £5.30).
This comes after The New York Times posted an article online - and
Monday 11 September, 2006
A recently leaked list of 26 titles to be supported by Wii's Virtual Console at launch - originating from a Nintendo fan-site's "trustworthy source" - has been dismissed by Nintendo after we contacted the games giant for comment.
"This is complete speculation - we know that everyone is as excited as we are about the pending launch of Wii and as a result there is a lot of speculation and rumour," we were told by a Nintendo spokesman. "Please be patient, as all will be
Friday 8 September 2006
The Wii console will not support DVD playback when it launches later this year, according to Nintendo's official site. This comes despite DVD playback previously being listed as a feature of the new console. But, in all fairness, does anybody care?
At the predicted price of £149, Wii is likely to be the perfect accompaniment to your other games console which, of course, has DVD playback as standard. And with standalone entry-level DVD players now shifting for less
Friday 8 September 2006
Wii will be released in the UK by 24 November and will carry a £149 price tag, according to reports by trade publication MCV.
The article, which appeared this morning at www.mcvuk.com, states an estimated timeframe for the arrival of the diddy machine, while also giving a fairly definitive statement of what the price of Nintendo's motion-sensitive console will be. MCV gives no clue as to whether the date and price revelations are based on anything more than its
Thursday 7 September 2006
In anticipation of the imminent arrival of Nintendo's new console, an online retailer has begun listing some intriguing peripherals for Wii.
The delights on offer include the Wii Controller Glove ($10, or roughly £5), Wii Storage & Protection 1.0GB Kit ($70, or £37), and the Wii Sling Bag ($30, or £16).
Other interesting accessories on US retailer Gamestop's website include Wii SD memory cards for $40 (approx £21) and Donkey Kong, Zelda and
Thursday 7 September 2006
Nintendo has reaffirmed its commitment to launching its Wii console this year in the UK, following Sony's shock announcement yesterday that the European PS3 launch is delayed until 2007.
"Wii is still heading for a Q4 release, as we've always stated. The launch is on track," Nintendo's UK representative has assured us, soothing our worries that Wii could mirror Sony's failure to provide UK gamers with PS3 this November.
"Nintendo plans to ship six million systems to
Tuesday 5 September 2006
Pro Evolution Soccer producer Shingo Takatsuka - 'Seabass' to friends and over-friendly games journalists - has declared his interest in Wii's revolutionary control system, and that he has considered bringing a version of the series to Nintendo's next console.
"Ever since I played Wii at E3 I've never stopped thinking about developing games for it," admitted Takatsuka in an online interview. "But if we developed PES on Wii and used the controller for, say, a manual
Thursday 31 August 2006
Wii could be in for a rough ride as Nintendo experiences production problems with the new console's wireless, motion-sensing remote control.
Prototypes of the Wii-mote are still being tested and problems with button responsiveness, the difficulty of pressing two buttons at once and the easily damaged shell of the controller appear to have prevented Nintendo from beginning the mass production of its next console.
Although Nintendo has yet to even confirm a release date
Thursday 24 August 2006
As the Leipzig Game Convention opens its doors to the public today, show-goers eager to try out Nintendo's motion-sensing wonder box for the first time will be mighty disappointed to find that it's nowhere to be found on the show floor and is only available for members of the press to play behind closed doors.
The Nintendo stand is dominated entirely by DS Lite, so with Wii nowhere to be seen we asked several third-party publishers attending the event why they weren't
Tuesday 22 August 2006
Nintendo legend Shigeru Miyamoto is keen to remake some of his earlier GameCube titles with Wii remote support - aided by the Wii hardware's similarity to GameCube's innards.
Of course, Wii is already backwards compatible with GameCube games, controllers and memory cards and, as most of its back catalogue is still available, Miyamoto told Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream that he sees any such remakes as being released at an "affordable price".
It's a cost-effective