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Dr. Mario Online RX
Family Table Tennis

City Connection
Metal Slug

This week’s Wii-kly Update pretty much covers the full spectrum. Maybe you’ll want to blast away with an arsenal of old-school weapons. But then again, three-day weekends are a good time to relax. So maybe you’ll take a wild road trip or settle in for some table tennis. And if you overdo it, we have a physician standing by.

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:


Dr. Mario® Online Rx (Nintendo, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): The doctor is in! Mario™ takes a break from his adventuring ways and once again dons his stethoscope for a new generation of germ-battling mayhem. In addition to the classic mode of using vitamins to exterminate viruses, you’ll find two battle modes and an online multiplayer mode where you can hone your skills against players from around the world. Feel like challenging a friend who doesn’t have Dr. Mario Online Rx? Then the WiiWare-exclusive Friend Battle Demo is just what the doctor ordered. Or maybe you’d like some help taking on those nasty viruses? Try out Virus Buster, where four players can simultaneously move capsules simply by pointing at them with a Wii Remote™ controller. Any way you look at it, Dr. Mario Online Rx is a prescription for fun that everyone can enjoy.


We’ve seen the DS to be used in ways for purposes non-gaming related, so this bit of news shouldn’t be a surprise. Nintendo has released the “Nintendo Spot,” for Japanese DS machines. The service acts similar to the DS Download set up and allows the user to obtain McDonalds news at its restaurants in Tokyo. Moreover, typical news and restaurant guides are up for download at train locations. Perfect for the ultimate Japanese traveler.


“Long term, it will absolutely be bigger. I’m quite open to say that. We will continue to support Wii Fit because its an important product for us and its an important product for our consumers now. Long term, definitely.” – Rose Lappin, Nintendo of Australia Managing Director

Wii Fit will be big, no doubt. However, GTAIV is a pretty big game, too. If Nintendo is able to reach out to the casual audience – which it seems to be doing – Wii Fit will do great in the sales department.



It was only a few days ago that Nintendo announced its continued support in NASCAR sports with its completely Wii Fit embellished race cars. Nintendo had revealed that it was throwing its support behind Alex Lloyd and Sterling Marlin for the big races today. Lloyd, driving the number 16 car in the Indianapolis 500, finished 25th while Marlin, who participated in NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600, ended up in the 31st spot. Not the best results that most had probably hoped for, but the two went against some pretty tough competition.

It doesn’t look like Nintendo had much faith in the sales of Glory of Hercules. They only shipped 40,000 units to Japanese retailers. Within the first day of sales, the title wracked up 12,000 sold. Not bad, but not stellar. I don’t think Nintendo will have to restock the game very soon, if at all. This also doesn’t bode well for a localization of the game.






Super Famicom
– Ganbare Goemon 2: Kiteretsu Shougun Magginesu (Konami)

– Fire Pro Wrestling 2nd Bout (Spike)

– Ninja Combat (D4)


Square Enix software sales

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– Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (PSP): 800,000
Dragon Quest IV (NDS): 1.5 million
Dragon Quest Swords (Wii): 490,000
Final Fantasy IV (NDS): 590,000
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (NDS): 540,000
Itadaki Street DS (NDS): 430,000
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates (NDS): 380,000

Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII (NDS): 450,000
Dragon Quest Swords (Wii): 110,000
Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (NDS): 220,000
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates (NDS): 160,000

Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (NDS): 280,000
Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Ring of Fates: 150,000
Final Fantasy III (NDS): 480,000


Good vs. Wiivil

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Since it was introduced, the Nintendo Wii system has been hailed as a revolution in video gaming because of its motion-activated controls that allow a player to participate physically. That’s all well and good when the motion is a tennis stroke. But what about when it’s a sawing motion, one used to separate a limb from a body, and the scene on the screen shows all the gory details? The game to attract scrutiny “Manhunt 2”, from Rockstar Games, the company behind the controversial Grand Theft Auto series, but it is already creating a stir. In the game, the player assumes the role of an escaped mental patient who goes on a killing spree. In the United States the game has received the most restrictive rating possible, ‘Adult Only’, from the nation’s Entertainment Software Rating Board . An AO rating, which is rare and typically applied to games with mature content, means nobody under 18 can buy the game. Critic’s argue that the combination of Manhunt 2 (the game noted for its “sustained and cumulative casual sadism”), with the Wii the game controller that’s so engrossingly interactive that it led to a multitude of video game incidents, provides far too much reality for the the young audience of video gamers, the under 18 set.”You can use a saw blade and cut upward into a foe’s groin and buttocks, motioning forward and backward with the Wii remote as you go.” nintendo-manhunt2.gif

“The more realistic and involving the game gets, and the greater the similarity between the action in the game and real life action, the stronger the negative effects would be,” says Joanne Cantor, a Wisconsin research psychologist who has spent 30 years studying the effects of media violence on children. “No, your son may not turn into a criminal. But exposure will take a toll on his life somewhere, probably in interpersonal relationships. These are subtle effects. They take time to surface. A teen isn’t going to notice them.”

David Finkelhor , co director of the Family Research Lab at the University of New Hampshire, says no game alone is going to drag a child into criminal activity. “It’s when you have other potentiating factors — family problems, mental health issues, extreme stress, dangerous neighborhoods,” he says. “Playing these games with or without the Wii enhancement is not going to take the typical teenage boy and make a killer out of him.” In fact, he says, in the 10 or 12 years in which violent video games have proliferated, the juvenile crime rate has gone down, as have school homicides.

“No question Manhunt goes beyonintendo-manhunt.bmpnd the pale in terms of violence. I’m sure this one will be worse,” he says. “But that Wii interactivity adds an extra kicker to what happens in the brain is purely speculative. The Wii technology isn’t as bad as some folks say or as good as Nintendo wants you to believe.” Dennis McCauley, editor of says.

Just to be clear, however, the AO version will never see the light of day. Turns out, Sony and Nintendo won’t allow AO games on their systems.
(The Entertainment Software Rating Board gives the company 30 days from the time of the AO rating to resubmit for a lesser rating.)

“The Nintendo company is knowingly exposing our children to disturbing acts of foppishness right in our living rooms,” said Roberts of PAW. “Even more frightening, the motion-sensing technology teaches them that the only way to resolve conflicts is to flail their arms in acts of fruity aggression.”

Assuming the children are safe, is virtually disemboweling someone with the full body interaction provided by the Wii different than pressing a few buttons in other video game systems such as PS2? Of course, it is acceptable under the Constitution. What we’re pondering here is an image problem.

In the end, Nintendo and Rockstar’s parent company may end up having no choice but to meet somewhere in the middle.

Weekly savings

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Circuit City

Free $10 gift card with purchase of Deca Sports
Free $10 gift card with purchase of Death Jr: Root of Evil
GT Pro Series (Wii) – $9.99
Blazing Angels: Squadrions of WWII (Wii) – $9.99
Chicken Shoot (Wii) – $9.99
Cars (Wii) – $9.99
Kawasaki Jet Ski (Wii) – $9.99
Arctic Tale (Wii) – $9.99
Sonic Rush (DS) – $9.99
Cooking Mama (DS) – $9.99

Disney’s The Little Mermaid (DS) – $9.99
Star Wars: Lethal Alliance (DS) – $9.99
Namco Museum (DS) – $9.99
4 – Game Pack: Clue / Mouse Trap / Perfection / Aggravation (DS) – $9.99
Sea Monsters (DS) – $9.99
Pokemon Emerald Version (GBA) – $9.99
Sonic the Hegdgehog (GBA) – $9.99

3 Game Pack: Life/Yahtzee/Payday (GBA) – $9.99
3 Game Pack: Candy Land / Chutes and Ladders / Memory Game (GBA) – $9.99

Circuit City sales (5/25 – 5/26)

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (DS) – $17.49
Deal or No Deal (DS) – $9.99
Showtime Championship Boxing (Wii) – $14.99
M&M’s Kart Racing (Wii) – $14.99


Game Party (Wii) – $19.99
SpiderMan 3 (Wii) – $19.99
AMF Bowling Pinbusters (Wii) – $19.99

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