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Wii Are Online

According to Nintendo, 40% of Wii users have gone online. Assuming that the total number of people that bought internet strictly for their Wii (not likely) and/or are “borrowing” their neighbor’s wireless signal (more likely than you’d think) adds up to a generous 5% of Wii owners, this means that at least a third of Wii users have a computer, a router, a broadband internet...

Nintendo speedlinking

Some delicious Nintendo morsels on the day. New Wii download service (not VC) coming within 2 months Rumor: Nintendo Power To Be Licensed To Outside Publisher Nintendo VP Harrison Moving to San Francisco With Sales, Marketing Crew Regginator is “doin’ great” because his employer is making grundles of money Out of the above four, I’m going to easily say the first one has me ...

Massive Ninty game updates (Metroid, Strikers, Smash Bros.)!

Got a handful of Ninty game updates for you on this fine Teusday. First up. New Metroid Prime 3 screens. We normally don’t post screenshots, but hey, it’s Metroid! Next up, got a UK advert for the fun looking Mario Strikers. I’ve said it a thousand times, but previews have only good things to say about this game. Hopefully online play delivers as well. And lastly, Super Smash Bro...

Capcom on Wii downloadable games

Gamasutra sat down with Christian Svensson, Sr. Director of Strategic Planning & Research for Capcom recently, and had a wide-ranging interview about Capcom’s future. A few of the questions actually gave some insight into Nintendo’s future, however, especially in the gray, hazy area that is downloadable games. Bottom line, Capcom says it’s still a go and very much possible, b...

Which original games will excel when sold via the Wii Shop Channel?

As we all already know Impossible Mission is going to drop sometime in the near future courtesy of the Wii Shop Channel. It’s a first for Nintendo, but not necessarily for an industry that has seen the likes of Xbox Live Arcade. Since the debate and conversation on Infendo has been lively this week on a range of other topics, I thought I’d try and tap into that with a post about other ...

The case for Friend Codes

A lot of people are telling Nintendo to just “copy Xbox Live already” and get an online community going. It seems like most folks are vehemently against Friend Codes for online games, whether it be on DS or Wii. Infendo commenter Caion makes the case for Friend Codes and an example of what purpose they can serve: My nephew wanted to play Halo 2 and I saw no harm in allowing him to (Hal...

Wii Big Brain Academy’s Online Features

The Japanese webpage for Wii’s “Big Brain Academy,” called Yawaraka Atama Jyuku, or “Soft Brain Cram-School” in Japan, has a section highlighting the game’s online features. The online component of the game allows you to compare your game grades with those of all your Wii friends, as well as race towards better scores. Big Brain will also be taking advantage of ...

Wii games that will feature online play

A lot of people seem disappointed that the Wii doesn’t have any online playable games. This will of course change in June with the release of Pokemon Battle Revolution, but what other games will feature Wi-Fi Connection online play? These titles have been confirmed to have online play: Battalion Wars 2 Forever Blue Guitar Hero III Mario Strikers Charged Pokemon Battle Revolution Super Smash ...

Mario Strikers Charged online play detailed

I had a fugly post on Wii online play the other day, so hopefully this makes up for it: More Mario Strikers Charged info, including what the online will entail. From our brothers in arms at 4cr: 12 Captains, with each their own attributes. Bowser is a new playable Captain this year. For the first time you can mix and match sidekicks in your team. Boo, Dry bone, Shyguy and Monty Mole are new sideki...

Is Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree the first online Wii title?

Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree drops on June 11, which is before Pokemon. This is the official Nintendo box art, as supplied to us by Play Nintendo. Are the folks at Nintendo planning a little surprise? NOTE: With all of the “real” video game blogs out there still reeling after running with a satire article as real news last week, I am stamping this post with a RUMOR tag. UPDATE: A gent...

Top 10 DS games on Nintendo Wi-Fi

Pocket Gamer has compiled the top 10 games on the Nintendo Wi-Fi network as of April 16. They are: Animal Crossing: Wild World (54,663 players) Mario Kart DS (41,052) Pokémon Diamond (34,253, Japan only) Metroid: Prime Hunters (32,503) Pokémon Pearl (29,568, Japan only) Tetris DS (15,724) Jump! Ultimate Stars (14,677, Japan only) Dragon Quest Monsters: Joker (11,489, Japan only) Yu-Gi-Oh! World ...

Mario 300

I’m still laughing a bit from the VG Cats comic that had “alternative” Wario Ware Wiimote positions, so today’s strip had me rolling on the floor.