Nintendo may be in full force with its new Wii U console, but the original Wii is still making its rounds. The newer Wii Mini gaming console -- a smaller version of the original Wii -- will be making a trip across the pond to the UK where it will be available for sale starting March 22. Previously, the console was a Canadian exclusive.
Japanese publication Nikkei reports that Nintendo is set to make a significant change to its operations. Nintendo is going to be combining its console and handheld divisions as part of a major shift in the gaming company's organizational structure. Nintendo is said to be merging the two divisions into a single unit within the next month.
If you haven't yet upgraded to Nintendo's newest console, the Wii U, and are still stuck on the original Wii, not all hope is lost. The company is still supporting the older console. Case in point: they just announced availability of Amazon's Instant Video service on the Wii console, which is now available to download from the Wii Shop Channel.
In 41 days since its launch, the Nintendo Wii U managed to beat the Wii in sales by about $30 million. December saw Wii U sales numbers over 460,000, with a total of almost 890,000 units selling since its launch. This information comes from the NPD Group, with its report covering the time period from November 25 to December 29.
The Wii may be on the way out with the recent arrival of the Wii U, but don't tell this band of very gutsy thieves that. This past weekend, a group of crooks managed to steal 7,000 Wii consoles from a Nintendo distribution site within SeaTec's Seattle Air Cargo. That equates to about $2 million in stolen hardware, so we've got some big time thieves on our hands.
If you were looking for a way to work with video content on your brand new Wii U and are a bit bummed that Nintendo's own Tvii might not be coming until sometime into 2013, you'd be well off checking out PlayOn. We had a chance to peek at PlayOn over the past few days and can say without hesitation that yes, indeed, it does work like a charm - bringing you 45 new channels of video content where otherwise you'd have only 4 selections (and Netflix and Hulu are in here too!)
Amazon has announced that its Lovefilm video streaming services now available on a new game console. The console the service is now available on is the Nintendo Wii. Amazon also says that the streaming video service will launch soon on the Nintendo Wii U.
Nintendo has announced that TVii, the Wii U's multimedia TV guide, will launch alongside the console's Japan launch on December 8, while US and European users will have to until 2013 in order to get TVii functionality. TVii pulls data from Rovi’s G-Guide and lets gamers scroll through listings using the GamePad.
UPDATE: It's confirmed that Europe will see the 2013 delay, but a solid release date for the US is actually still unknown. The last we heard, TVii was delayed into December, so it's possible we may see it on the 8th along with Japan, but no official word from Nintendo on that yet.
Both the Microsoft Xbox 360 and the Sony PS3 underwent diets and came back as smaller and thinner models approximately midway through their lives. However, the Nintendo Wii has remained the same blocky console since it was so insanely popular when it originally launched years ago. It looks like Nintendo is set to put the Wii on a diet.
The Nintendo Wii U just launched a couple of days ago, and it's the company's first high-definition gaming console that is aiming to completely change the way games are played. The Wii U's GamePad is a completely new take on the traditional game controller, but Nintendo says that even with the console now officially launched, there's still a lot to do.
If you're a fan of watching streaming video on YouTube from individual users or professionally made content such as movie trailers and TV shows, you probably know that both the PS3 and Xbox 360 have had YouTube apps for a long time. If you own the Nintendo Wii, you were out of luck when it came to an official YouTube app. At least you were until this week.