Now, before I start talking about why my Wii has been collecting dust, let me just make this clear: I have been a fan of Nintendo products since the 1980s. And each new Nintendo console typically finds its way into my home on launch day. I also enjoy The Legend of Zelda and the Mario franchise.
But that doesn’t mean that I won’t criticize the Wii.
There are a few people within the video game development world that when they speak about a particular console, no matter who manufactures it, you listen. One of those people happens to be John Carmack, co-founder of id Software. That particular company just released a new title for the iPhone and iPad, called Rage HD. The title is a First Person Shooter (FPS) title that's meant to show off the power of the iPad, but according to Carmack, they haven't even begun to touch on the power of the device.
Nintendo plans to update its WiiWare downloadable game store to support demo versions of select titles, with the new try-before-you-buy system launching on November 22. The demos will be available for limited periods, and downloading them will not count against your Wii Points; initial titles to be included in the promotion are BIT.TRIP FATE, And Yet It Moves, ThruSpace and Jett Rocket.
One aspect of playing games online, is the ability to talk to people while you're doing it. Using microphones, both wired and wireless, allows players all over the world to talk to complete strangers, catch up with old friends, or just make small talk with their best friend, all while playing their favorite games. But, while headphone/microphone combinations may still be the item of choice for communication online for most gamers, Nintendo (and more recently, Microosft) wanted people to be able to talk without the headset, so more people could communicate all at once. That's why WiiSpeak was introduced with the Wii version of Animal Crossing, so you could sit and chat with a friend, without having to worry about a headset.
If you’ve been following my column on SlashGear, you know that I’m a pretty serious gamer. In fact, I’d say that I’m about as hardcore as they come. Aside from the fact that I’ve been playing games for longer than I choose to remember, I have real and abiding love for everything from role-playing games to sports games. There hasn’t been a single genre that I haven’t at one time or another loved.
Even if Nintendo isn't seeing the profits they'd like to, and Wii sales slumping, it looks like the company isn't planning on making any drastic changes to the working model they've got in place now. They still believe that the $200 price point for the console, which already has plenty of extras in the box, is the right way to go. Instead, they believe that offering up console bundles is the way to go forward.
If you have a game console in your home you know what a mess things can become with all the controllers, accessories, and games laying around. If you have kids that play games on a console, you know that the mess can get huge really fast. LevelUp has announced a couple new storage products for Nintendo gamers that will help keep things tidy.
We never had Nintendo down as stat-addicted number fanciers, but the company's latest press release is all about how many Wii gamers could motion at their consoles at the same time. According to Nintendo's figures, more than 65.3m Wii Remotes have found their way into the wilds of the US market, with an average of 46,000 sold daily. Since it's hard to visualize that many Wiimotes, Nintendo helpfully tells us "that's enough for every man, woman and child living in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas, San Jose, Detroit and San Francisco, and enough still remains for every resident of Florida, Ohio, Virginia and North Dakota."
Accessories for video games and video game consoles have some of the most unique, and sometimes confusing designs in the accessory world. And, when it comes to the Nintendo Wii, the accessories usually take the cake for disturbing, or seemingly pointless. Except that tennis paddle, which was great. But, a new video game from the people who brought you Cooking Mama is primed to disturb you all weekend.
Nintendo has announced US availability and pricing for its Mario-red limited edition Wii and Nintendo DSi XL bundles, together with the Wii Remote Plus controller and FlingSmash bundle. Everything will reach North American shores on November 7th, two days after going on sale in Europe.