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This week, it’s all about you. By adding three new single-player games to the Wii™ Shop Channel, we’re helping gamers turn their Wii time into “me time.” That said, don’t be surprised if you attract a crowd of onlookers with this remarkable lineup. From elastic critters and elaborate puzzles to a hero with highly questionable manners, these solo titles are suitable for sharing, but give your friends and family fair warning: They may have to wait a while for their turn once you’ve gotten a taste of the single-player fun.

Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time 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:

REDMOND, Wash.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– A new software title for Nintendo DS™ turns the world’s best-selling portable video game system into an interactive cooking coach, complete with tasty recipes and video demos. Personal Trainer™: Cooking for Nintendo DS contains more than 240 dishes from dozens of countries around the world. The DS Chef, a friendly electronic cooking instructor, walks users through each step to make sure every dish comes out perfect and delicious.

Personal Trainer: Cooking even includes videos of various cooking techniques, such as how to properly julienne vegetables. The touch screen interface helps budding chefs check ingredients on an electronic shopping list they can take to the grocery store. It also lets them search recipes based on ingredients, number of calories or cooking time. When a user’s hands are too covered in the business of cooking to use the touch screen, the voice-recognition feature comes in handy: Just tell the DS Chef to move on to the next step or repeat the last one.

If you want people to know what gifts you want for the holidays, you need to speak up. And who better to help you speak up about your love for Nintendo DS™ games than iconic Nintendo video game character Mario™ himself?

Starting today, people can visit and check off the Nintendo DS items they hope to receive for the holidays. After users provide some other fun information, your friend, relative or special someone will receive a voice mail or e-mail with a personalized message from Mario about what Nintendo DS gifts you hope to receive.

Stourbridge, England, 24th November 2008. Crazy Mini Golf is more than just seaside fun and games on a rainy day, it’s actually an international sport, which we British excel at! Chris Harding – the current British Champion and 2007 World title holder – regularly tours the world with his putter in hand, taking on all contenders.

Chris recently visited the Data Design Interactive development studio for a grudge match against the development team in “Kidz Sports – Crazy Mini Golf” which is available on Nintendo Wii. The best bits of this “winner takes all” match are now available on video, proving that Chris is not just a champion on the green, but also in the virtual world.

Wouldn’t it stink to go through a game, reach the end, but then realize that the game can’t actually be completed? Unfortunately, this seems to be the case for some players who are going through Tomb Raider: Underworld for Wii. The glitch apparently appears in the Coastal Thailand area, depending on how you attack that area. One member of the Eidos forums claims to have found a solution to the problem and provides a way to proceed through the level, but one must wonder why this issue was never discovered before the game released.

“I would change the Iron Boots from equipment to an item. If they could be turned on or off at the touch of a button, the Water Temple would be more fun. I wish I could travel back via time warp and fix that.” – Eiji Aonuma

I completely agree with Mr. Aonuma. Most who have played Ocarina of Time say that the Water Temple itself was confusing, but if you ask me, if was more annoying that you needed to keep bringing up the menu to switch between boots.

Mini-update: I accidentally wrote down that Circuit City is selling certain Wii games for 20% off. This is incorrect – Circuit City is allowing 15% off those Wii games.

Best Buy

Ultimate Band (DS) – Free Best Buy Digital Music Download Card with purchase
Dance Dance Revolution: Hottest Party 2 (Wii) – Free Second Dance Mat with purchase
PopStar Guitar (Wii) – Free Popstar air guitar controller bag with purchase

Circuit City

Sonic Unleashed (Wii) – $39.99

15% off Wii games
-Animal Crossing: City Folk
-LEGO Batman: The Videogame
-Mario Party 8
-Rayman: Raving Rabbids TV Party
-Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip
-Skate It
-SmackDown vs. Raw 2009
-Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels
-Kung Fu Panda
-Rapala Fishing Frenzy
-Tiger Woods PGA Tour ’09: All Play
-Madden NFL ’09: All Play
-Littlest Pet Shop
-Wii Music
-Mario Super Sluggers
-Wii Play
-FaceBreaker K.O. Party
-Imagine: Party Babyz

NYKO Charge Station for Wii Remote – $24.99
PSYCLONE 3 Pack Racing Wheel – $15.99
NYKO Perfect Shot for Wii – $12.99
PELICAN Nerf Sports Pack – $29.99

Buy 1, get 1 half off
-Yoshi’s Island DS
-LEGO Batman: The Videogame
-Drawn To Life: Spongebob Squarepants Edition
-Spore Creatures
-Imagine: Teacher
-LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
-Carnival Games
-Imagine: Babyz
-Mario Party DS
-Super Mario DS
-Barbie Fashion Show


$25 DS games
-Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force
-Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
-Drawn To Life: Spongebob Squarepants Edition
-My Sims: Kingdom
-Mario Kart DS
-Mario Party DS

Guitar Hero Box Set (DS) – $74
Pop Star (Wii) – Free $10 gift card with purchase
Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels (Wii) – Free $5 gift card with purchase
Petz: Monkeyz House (DS) – Free $5 gift card with purchase
Spectrobes: Beyond The Portals (DS) – Free $5 gift card with purchase

“Here, let me give the official rumor quote that all businesspeople have memorized: “I can neither confirm nor deny rumors.” That being said, you’ve already seen us bring back a few of our popular series. We get requests every day to bring back all sorts of series, like Adventure Island, Military Madness, Bonk, and so on. Let me say this: I think we’d be crazy not to bring some of our classic brands back.” – Amar Gavhane, Hudson’s Associate Brand Manager

Adventure Island, Military Madness, and Bonk all seem like perfect games to bring back if you ask me. Although, out of those three, I’d love to see Adventure Island reborn the most. What about you guys?



Creative, Wildly Interactive Game To Make Beautiful Music Nov. 22-23

Live musical performances have always been a fun part of the holidays. This year, Nintendo will be making spirits bright by bringing Wii Music to your neighborhood. This weekend, Nov. 22-23 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the Staten Island Mall in Staten Island, NY, holiday shoppers will be able to see first-hand how Wii can be turned into a musical instrument with Wii Music. A family of street musicians will be on hand with Wii Music to demonstrate the 50 different tunes and more than 60 instruments available in the game, from melodic steel drums to soaring trumpets.