Mario Kart Wii – “dozens” of text messages, MK Wii Channel on Wii menu?
According to an article posted on the Nintendo European website, players will be able to chat online using “dozens” of text messages. The article also states that the Mario Kart Wii channel will be installed on the Wii system. Previously, reports have claimed that the channel would be accessed through the disc itself.
With Mario Kart Wii’s launch date of 11 April fast approaching, Wii owners are gearing up for a racing experience unrivalled by any other in the kart racing series. While the game introduces a slew of new features across the board, perhaps most eagerly awaited are its online options, which take the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection action found in Mario Kart DS to a whole new level.
In Mario Kart Wii you can go online via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection by yourself or together with a friend playing on the same Wii console, and let the games begin! You can directly jump into online races with random players Worldwide, or opt for Continental if you prefer a challenge closer to home.
Then you will be placed in a new group of people looking for a match, or you will join an existing group. When the latter happens you will become a spectator of that group’s race currently in progress, as you wait for your turn to hit the track. With up to 12 players being able to battle or race on the circuits of the Mushroom Kingdom simultaneously, Mario Kart Wii is set to provide the biggest challenge in the series to date!
Co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons dies at age 69
Posted 11 years ago by Brian in General Nintendo, News | 3 Comments
Dungeons and Dragons games have sparsely populated Nintendo systems, but it is important to recognize the co-creator of the franchise. A number of websites have reported that Gary Gygax, one of the founders of Dungeons and Dragons, passed away today at the age of 69. Gygax had been suffering from health problems for a number of years. The Dungeons and Dragons series has not only impacted the gaming industry, but books and movies as well.
The Wii TV Guide channel will not be releasing in North America, and apparently not in Europe as well. However, the channel has gone live in Japan and has a number of nifty features. Obviously, those living in the country can check up on the latest shows that will appear on TV. Additionally, you can check the TV guide of a friend and the Wii controller will be able to act similarly to a TV remote – to change channels, lower the volume, etc.
All in all, it seems like a decent channel, but it won’t be launching in other territories.
Nintendo willing to discuss Miis in WiiWare games
Posted 11 years ago by Brian in News, Wii | 2 Comments
It has been known that WiiWare developers can take advantage of features on the Wii such as the weather channel, Wi-Fi components, and even the Wii message board. What hasn’t been elucidated, however, is whether those who wish to put their games up on the Wii Shop Channel would be able to use Miis in their games. In an interview, Tom Prata explains that developers “are able to discuss with Nintendo about the use of the Miis.”
I assume that, depending on the type of game, Mii characters would be able to be integrated. Specifically, Nintendo would most likely not allow developers to put Miis in their game if the title contains mature content.
SNES – Super Turrican
March is roaring in like a lion on the Virtual Console™. This might be a good time to look back at the massive catalog of classic games and ask yourself if you’ve played them all. Well, have you? You know there are some unplayed gems in there that your friends keep raving about, like this week’s release, Super Turrican. Not to mention the games you haven’t played since you were 10. Go ahead and fire them up – you’ll feel like a kid again. Just think of the Virtual Console as your own personal fountain of youth.
Nintendo adds new 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 game is:
Super Turrican: (Super NES®, 1 player, Rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older – Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): You are Bren McGuire, on a United Planets Freedom Forces mission to save the peaceful planet Katakis from the Machine, source of all that is cruel and evil in the universe. The only weapon on your side is the state-of-the-art Turrican Assault Suit. Equipped with multiple weapons, including the incredible Freeze-Beam that temporarily immobilizes almost any enemy, the Turrican Assault Suit gives one man the power of an entire army. Use the myriad weapons and powers at your disposal to fight through 12 increasingly insane levels, free the innocent residents of the planet Katakis and crush the oppressive Machine.
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In spite of Nintendo’s consistent efforts to cut down on Wii homebrew, coders have still been able to find new exploits. Not too long ago, an exploit in Twilight Princess was discovered which allows users to run homebrew code on the Wii. Attempts to further progress homebrew have resulted in an actual way to run a Sega Genesis emulator on the Wii. The limitations of this exploit seem endless, as new discoveries are made known on a regular basis.
Wii Playground (Wii) – $29.99
Rayman Raving Rabbids 2 (Wii) – $29.99
Bomberman Land (Wii) – $29.99
Dancing With the Stars (Wii) – $39.99
Wii Zapper – $19.99
NYKO charge station – $24.99
Remote and Nunchuck gloves – $4.99
Save $10 when you buy the Wii Zapper and Ghost Squad, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles, or Medal of Honor Heroes 2
Get a $10 gift card when you preorder SSBB
DS Lite Starter Kit – $22
Alvin and the Chipmunks (DS) – $19.99
Destroy All Humans! Big Willy Unleashed – C+ D+ C+
No More Heroes – B A- B-
Obscure: The Aftermath – D+ D D+ (Shame of the Month)
Sega Superstars Tennis – B- C+ C
Professor Layton – A- B+ A- (Silver)
Ninja Gaiden: Dragon Sword – A- A- B (Silver)
Ace Attorney 4 – A- B+ A- (Silver)
Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles – A B- B-
EA plans on making a mixed-martial arts game
Wii Fit delayed in the US because Nintendo is making a bigger Balance Board
Remember Q-Games, the company behind Star Fox Command for the Nintendo DS? Well, the developers have another DS title in development. The project is nearing completion, and will hopefully be announced soon.
“We are working on a Nintendo DS title. Hopefully it will be announced soon, but we don’t know yet. It should finish up soon, but we don’t know when it will come out.” – Dylan Cuthbert (President of Q-Games)
LONDON, England – (February 28, 2008) – Disney Interactive Studios announced today, Ultimate Band, an all new music experience for fans of the Wii™ home video game system and Nintendo DS™. Gamers and music lovers of all ages will realize their dream of becoming a rock legend when they build their own band or jam alone, all fuelled only by the power of the Wii controllers and the DS stylus. Disney is working with some of the very biggest names in rock, alternative, popular, emo and indie rock music, allowing band mates to play sets from a broad selection of current hits and all-time rock favourites. Friends and families can rock out on guitar, bass, drums or as the front man.
“Ultimate Band invites kids, tweens and teens to join in the jam session,” said Craig Relyea, senior vice president, global marketing, Disney Interactive Studios. “And whether they choose guitar, drums, bass or front man, members don’t need to buy costly, single-function peripherals to play their way through Ultimate Band’s deep song list, dynamic venues, and customizable characters. The Wii Remote™ and DS stylus are the only tools they’ll need to reach rock stardom in Ultimate Band.”
Working with leading London-based music consultants, Radial Music, Disney has chosen to combine familiar classics with today’s hottest songs in creating Ultimate Band – a product with global appeal across all age groups. Instantly-recognisable songs from classic rock to current hit singles will bring players together for endless hours of entertainment.