Nintendo Wii-ing At Sporting Events


Posted January 25, 2008 - By Mike D'Alonzo

Nintendo's getting all sporty on us these days, taking the Wii out for fun trips to sporting events all over the country, including PGA events, Seattle Mariners games, and even monster truck rallys. Doesn't that sound delightful? We certainly thought so. So, what will go on at these events? Well, lots of different things, it seems.

For instance, at the PGA events, there will be Wiis set up for people to learn how to play Tiger Woods 08 on the interactive system, and at the Mariners games, they will be showing off the Nintendo Fan Network for the DS. But, perhaps the best of these things is the truck rally, which will feature a Donkey Kong monster truck. Awesome, no?


Here's the schedule of events:

PGA events:

  • Jan. 24-27: Buick Open in San Diego
  • Jan. 31-Feb. 3: FBR Open in Phoenix
  • Feb. 9-10: Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla.
  • Feb. 14-17: The ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla.

Seattle Mariners event Jan. 26-27:

Nintendo will be on hand at Safeco Field for FanFest to show off the Nintendo Fan Network, a free downloadable application that gives access to baseball-related content on Nintendo DS systems during Mariners home games. NFN users can access a menu of interactive options including: a live video feed of the game, scores from others MLB games in progress, player stats and team standings, trivia and word search games against other fans and the ability to communicate with other fans via Nintendo Fan Network messaging.

MLB events:

Nintendo makes the rounds at spring training, visiting two dozen Cactus League Spring Training baseball games in the Phoenix area. An interactive trailer will feature both Wii and Nintendo DS games, including the Wii Sports Baseball game, Flash Focus™: Vision Training in Minutes a Day and The BIGS™.

  • Feb. 28- March 3: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, Ariz.
  • March 6-9: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, Ariz.
  • March 13-17: Surprise Stadium, Surprise, Ariz.
  • March 19-20: Hohokam Park, Mesa, Ariz.
  • March 22, 24, 27: Hohokam Park, Mesa, Ariz.

Monster Jam events Now through May:

Donkey Kong, the star of Donkey Kong®: Barrel Blast for Wii, DK™ Jungle Climber for Nintendo DS and beloved Nintendo franchise character for more than 25 years, made his debut as an awesome monster truck in December. The Donkey Kong monster truck is currently competing in Monster Jam, and will be crisscrossing the country for the next few months. For a complete list of Monster Jam events, visit www.MonsterJamOnline.com.

Nintendo Wii-ing At Sporting Events


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