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Remade (Wii-made?) Versions Of 'Mario Tennis' And 'Pikmin' Heading To Wii
Posted By: Raymond Padilla - Saturday, November 01, 2008 11:36 AM

Siliconera has learned that North American Wii owners will be getting retooled versions of Mario Tennis and Pikmin as part of the Let's Play on Wii series. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Let's Play on Wii, it's a selection of GameCube titles that are being ported to the Wii; they will be available for a budget price and take advantage of the Wii's motion-sensing controls. Other Let's Play on Wii titles, for the Japanese market, include Chibi Robo, Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat, Metroid Prime, and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes

While these releases totally fit into Nintendo's customary strategy of selling us the same game eight times (at least), let's try to keep things positive. Mario Tennis absolutely makes sense as a Let's Play on Wii game. I imagine it will play similarly to Wii Sports' tennis portion. Pikmin should also be easier and potentially more fun with a Wiimote. What GameCube games do you guys want to see on Let's Play on Wii? How would your dream remakes take advantage of the Wii's controls? Leave a comment and let's discuss. I'll kick it off with the first comment.

Tags: Videogames, Wii
'Wii Music': No. 1 In Japan
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 23, 2008 7:57 AM

Despite the title's mixed audience appeal, Shigeru Miyamoto's orchestra with his latest music title, Wii Music, received a warm welcome in Japan as it topped the sales charts in its first week of release.

Wii Music flew out of Japanese retail shelves with 92,000 units sold, outselling Pokemon Platinum for the DS, Yuusha no Kuse ni Namaikida for the PSP, and two more DS titles. We'll see how North American audiences reacted to Wii Music next month, when the NPD releases October's sales information.




'Wii Music' Ships Today
Posted By: John Manalang - Monday, October 20, 2008 7:18 AM

If you've been waiting to start your own Nintendo orchestra, then start wrapping up your music sheet today. Nintendo's Wii Music will be shipping out to stores today. Featuring over 60-plus instruments, dozens of classic Nintendo tunes you can play around with and much more, Wii Music is your creative alternative in the music game genre.

Check out some licensed tracks from the game. Wii Music is published and developed by Nintendo.



'Force Unleashed', Wii Take September Sales
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 16, 2008 4:06 PM

LucasArts's action title, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, made an incredible debut, leading software sales in the month of September 2008 according to the NPD Group. Meanwhile, the Nintendo Wii swapped spots with the DS last month as the top selling console.

Hardware (units):

  1. Nintendo Wii - 687,000
  2. Nintendo DS - 536,800
  3. Xbox 360 - 347,200
  4. Playstation Portable - 238,100
  5. Playstation 3 - 232,000 (*corrected)


  1. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (Xbox 360)
  2. Wii Fit
  3. Rock Band 2 (Xbox 360)
  4. Mario Kart Wii
  5. Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (PS3)

'Secret Of Mana', 'World Of Goo' Hits The Wii
Posted By: John Manalang - Monday, October 13, 2008 11:01 AM

Retro goodness mixes in with a new substance this week with new releases for the WiiWare/Virtual Console. SquareSoft's classic RPG tale, Secret of Mana (800 Wii points), arrives at the Virtual Console while World of Goo (1,500 Wii Points), announced at the recent Nintendo Media Summit, makes its debut for the WiiWare.

Joining Secret of Mana is also another classic--Capcom's Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition. Hit the jump for the full release.

Armchair physicists rejoice! The hotly anticipated award-winning World of Goo™ makes its WiiWare™ debut this week, inviting players to build infinitely fascinating structures out of Goo and uncover the mystery behind the World of Goo Corporation. Other cool additions to the Wii Shop Channel™ this week include Art Style™: CUBELLO™, the second installment in Nintendo's Art Style series, and a pair of classics for the Virtual Console™: SECRET OF MANA™ and STREET FIGHTER™ II': SPECIAL CHAMPION EDITION. Fun offerings like these are sure to heat up your October, no matter how low the autumn temperatures may go.

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:


World of Goo (2D Boy, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone—Comic Mischief, 1,500 Wii Points): World of Goo is an award-winning, physics-based puzzle/construction game made entirely by two guys. Grab living, squirming, talking globs of goo to build structures, bridges, cannonballs, zeppelins and giant tongues. The millions of Goo Balls that live in the beautiful World of Goo are curious to explore—but they don't know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious. World of Goo Corporation is contractually obligated to state that everyone is a winner, and is enthusiastic to celebrate everyone's Goo building opportunities equally.

Art Style: CUBELLO (Nintendo, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points): Art Style: CUBELLO mixes the strategy and feel of a traditional puzzle game with the precision and reflexes required in a shooter. As each stage begins, various colored cubes form into one large object called a Cubello, which floats and rotates as you play. Launch additional cubes from your magazine and try to connect four or more of the same color, removing them from the Cubello and eventually leaving only its core. Take on the challenge of either Stage or Endless mode and watch what happens when Bonus Time is activated. The straightforward controls and goal ensure that anyone can play, while offering enough depth that even advanced players will find themselves quickly addicted to the unique world of Art Style: CUBELLO.

Virtual Console

SECRET OF MANA (Super NES™, 1-3 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older—Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, 800 Wii Points): Good and evil battle for a young warrior's heart. There is one force in the universe that keeps good and evil in perfect balance. It is called the tree of Mana. But a magic sword has tricked a young warrior into upsetting this balance, spreading evil throughout the land. Thus, the warrior must undertake a dangerous journey to find the seeds of the Mana tree, which have been hidden for centuries. Only then can perfect harmony be restored. In this incredible adventure, things are not as they seem. Magic swords release evil as well as fight it. Treasure chests hold booby traps. Monsters are friends and friends are enemies. Potions give power, black magic takes it away. Dragons fly, weapons change. It's a world turned upside down that you must help the warrior make right. And the only way to succeed is to solve the Secret of Mana.

STREET FIGHTER II': SPECIAL CHAMPION EDITION (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen—Violence, 800 Wii Points): STREET FIGHTER II': SPECIAL CHAMPION EDITION was the first STREET FIGHTER game released for the Sega Genesis console. The STREET FIGHTER series can be considered one of the first fighting games to popularize competitive video game fighting. This version of the game contains both the CHAMPION and HYPER rule sets, from the two editions released in the arcades. It also introduced an exclusive Group Battle mode that is now a general feature in most fighting games. Play as one of 12 different characters, each with their own distinctive fighting style. Try single-player mode or challenge a friend in this legendary, classic fighting game.

The Battle Of The Nintendo Media Summit
Posted By: Stephen Johnson - Friday, October 03, 2008 11:27 AM

Although the Nintendo Media Summit is devoted to fun and game-playing with the most adorable of all video game companies, it was not without conflict and drama. Nintendo chose to pit two mortal enemies against one another and let them battle to the death.

On one side of the seminar floor was the head chef at the Marriott making meals with the DS's new Personal Trainer: Cooking application.

And on the other, Cristina Aquilera's personal trainer, demonstrating Wii Fit.

Who will win in this battle for the fat?

We asked The Wii Fit trainer whether he felt threatened by the chef, and he said he didn't, but "It was a little strange earlier. I was doing pushup and smelling butter cooking." We told him that many of our readers are doughy, and asked whether Wii Fit would help.  He said Wii Fit is not a workout plan on its own, but it's super-fun and wil help get you off the couch and moving around. He recommended healthy food and excersing at least a half an hour a day.

Chef Guy recommended we eat this delicious veal soaked in a butter and lemon sauce.

We'll let you guess who came out the winner.

'Mario And Luigi 3' DS In 2009
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 02, 2008 11:04 AM

It's about time for the plumber brothers' next adventure. Nintendo announced the next installment to their popular portable RPG series, tentatively titled Mario & Luigi 3, for the Nintendo DS. The title is expected to arrive sometime in 2009.

Releasing after the GBA's hit RPG, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, in November 2003 and its sequel for the Nintendo DS, Partners in Time, on November 2005, part three will surely capture the fun, Nintendo nostalgia and epic adventures of the previous installments. This title's already a must-have for next year.

Nintendo Wii Speak Channel November 16
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 02, 2008 10:37 AM

Expanding on the Wii's community features, Nintendo announced that a new Wii Speak channel  will be arriving this November 16 during their Media Summit in San Francisco, CA.

The channel will allow voice chat for users, utilizing the upcoming Wii Speak voice peripheral which is also bundled with Animal Crossing: City Folk coming out also this November 16. Players are represented through their Mii avatars as they speak to friends and other fellow users.

Make sure you stay tuned to our live blog of Nintendo's Media Summit still underway!

Tags: Videogames, Wii
'Sin And Punishment 2' Announced
Posted By: John Manalang - Thursday, October 02, 2008 8:45 AM

Released only as a Virtual Console title in North America, Nintendo announced the sequel to the classic, Treasure-made rail shooter, Sin and Punishment 2, during their press conference in Japan.

Created by the makers of Ikaruga, Wario World and Radiant Silvergun, this sequel will surely test the hardest of the hardcore shooter fans with Treasure's legendary game design. No release dates have been disclosed as of yet.


Tags: Videogames, Wii