Hardware - News

May2008

  • News Play It Safe with d_skin!

    We'll explain all...

    Are you one of those gamers who suffer from slow-loading, stuttering, scratched-to-hell game discs? d_skin could be saviour. A what? d_skin is a simple, protective cover which snaps onto CDs and DVDs and stops them getting damaged. The transparent film fits over any standard 14cm disc and stays there, so you can load, play or...

January2008

  • News Nyko Wireless Nunchuck

    The stuff dreams are made of, surely it won't be long before Nintendo 'copy' this idea and get them to us officially?

    The device, which attaches to the Wii Remote via a small wireless dongle for complete cordless freedom, will be available in the first quarter of 2008 for a suggested price of $29.99. Schweet, nice one Nyko. The Wireless Nunchuck has actually been voted "Best of CES 2008"..

  • News SNES CD Prototype Pad On Ebay

    Totally useless but historically interesting all the same!

    We don’t usually get too excited about ‘prototype’ items but this caught our attention here at NintendoLife Towers. Some lucky chap is currently selling a SNES CD joypad prototype on eBay. For those of you that don’t know, the SNES CD never actually existed; it was supposed to be a wonderful collaboration between Nintendo and Sony..

December2007

  • News "Stop Buying So Many Nintendo Consoles" Says Reggie

    He doesn't like hardware bundles, either

    Reggie Fils-Aime has expressed concerns over the stock problems experienced by the company of late. Basically, the Wii and DS are TOO popular! He also had some cutting words to say about the increase in bundles offered by money-grabbing games retailers. From GamesInstustry.biz: Nintendo of America's president Reggie Fils-Aime says that the demand for the..

  • News Wii - TOO Popular?

    According to the BBC, Nintendo UK are considering putting a halt on advertising for Wii this Christmas season, because of its struggle to keep up with demand.

    Nintendo is considering pulling UK television advertising for its popular Wii console in the run up to Christmas because it is battling to meet demand. It said that holding back adverts until 2008 would be a "responsible" move. It..

November2007

  • News Nintendo Sales Surge State Side

    Reggie will be delighted, Nintendo of America report record breaking sales this month, including 653,000 Nintendo DS' and 350,000 Wii's sold last week alone.

    Nintendo's 350,000 Wii systems represent the highest one-week U.S. sales total outside of its launch week one year ago. Wii has been dubbed the must-have gift of the 2007 holiday season and has been placed at the top of numerous gift lists..

  • News Wii're Zapping With Link's Crossbow Training

    Nintendo's Wii Zapper is out now allowing for arcade shooting action in your living room... well almost.

    Nov. 19, 2007 – Today, Nintendo's new Wii Zapper™ brings the precision and thrill of arcade-style targeting games right into your home. Made exclusively for Nintendo's Wii™ system, the Wii Zapper houses a Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™ to provide a better feel in games where pinpoint..

  • News Shaft Your Wii

    Overline Gaming are releasing a fancy new arcade stick for the Wii, essential for all those arcade classics on the Virtual Console.

    A Customizable Turbo Function allows you to program individual buttons to be Turbo while leaving others to work as normal. Full 360 Degree range of motion that works with both digital and analog stick games. 8 Locking points for Awesome response in Fighting Games..

  • News Wii'll Be Zapping By Christmas

    Nintendo set to release Wii Zapper in Europe and the UK on December 7th and should cost around £20 or 30 EUROs.

    "Nintendo’s Wii Zapper will be available across Europe in time for Christmas, the company said today. The white, double-handed, machine gun peripheral will ship on 7 December, bundled with the Link’s Crossbow Training game. Additional titles are promised, including Resident Evil:..

October2007

  • News Nintendo Raid Hong Kong Pirates

    Nintendo go Kung Fu Hustyle over "Supreme Factory Limited" in Hong Kong, seizing over 10,000 products in one go.

    At Nintendo's request, the Hong Kong High Court has intervened to help stop a global distribution operation involving game copying devices and modification chips ("mod chips") that violate its copyrights and trademarks in the Nintendo DS™ and Wii™ systems. On Oct. 8th, the court..

  • News Wii Slip No More

    Nintendo have released info about a new "Wii Remote Jacket" designed for those sweaty handed gamers that keep smashing their TV.

    Nintendo announces the Wii Remote Jacket, a durable, silicone cover for the Wii Remote™ that provides a variety of benefits for the player. Nintendo will include the Wii Remote Jacket with all Wii™ hardware systems and with all Wii Remotes sold separately or packaged..

September2007

  • News Get Tidy, Get Wedock!

    As the popularity of Wii continues to grow, huge amounts of unofficial 3rd party products are seeping out of China, so what's this Wedock then?

    Our friends at Wedock.com sent us a sample of their "Wedock" product, yes we think they're aware of the abnormal spelling. Wii thought we'd do the right thing and tell you guys about it. So what is it? Wedock is a "storage solution" for your Wiimotes and..

August2007

  • News Need To Make Your Wii EZ?

    So erm, ezGear have announced a line up of "must have" Wii accessories... I think they've pretty much thought of everything.

    ezGearTM for Wii Sports Pack -- The ezGear Sports Pack for Wii provides three extensions for the Wiimote, transforming it into a golf club, baseball bat or tennis racquet, but not just any club, bat or racquet. Each extension is weighted to give the user a realistic feel..

  • News New DS Lite Colour Bundle

    Nintendo have announced that a new "Crimson/Oynx" DS Lite flavour will be bundled with latest insanely popular Brain Age game.

    "The top half of the new Nintendo DS sports a smooth, glossy Crimson, reminiscent of a dangerous shade of lipstick or a cherry-red sports car. The bottom is a matte black – an Onyx yin that complements the Crimson yang." It's certainly a bold new colour scheme, somewhat..

July2007

  • E3 2007 Wii Balance Board

    Nintendo also unveiled the Wii Balance Board today this accessory will accompany the Wii Fit title.

    The Balance Board is a step pad which will allow realtime detection of steps, twists, push ups and a whole variety of other activities related to the shift of balance across the pads. Accompanied with the peripheral will be Wii software titled Wii Fit which includes a ranged of minigames designed to..

  • E3 2007 Wii Zapper

    Nintendo unveil their "Wii Zapper" a new accessory designed to house your Wiimote & Nunchuk to transform it into a light gun.

    So far we know this accessory has been designed for use with Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles from Capcom and Ghost Squad from Sega. The accessory will be bundled with a demonstration game similar to Wii Play, the package will retail for only $19.99 (thats £10-15)..

  • News Wii Guitar Hero's... Guitar!

    A few days ago Activision and RedOctane have finally unveiled the Wii's Guitar Hero 3 controller, its white and shiny.

    "Activision, Inc. today announced its exclusive partnership with Gibson Guitar Corp., the world's leading musical instrument manufacturer and leader in music technology. As part of the agreement, Activision will feature Gibson's premium brands and shapes in Guitar Hero III:..

June2007

  • News Wii Sales Eclipse 8 Million

    It seems that Nintendo's Wii console has now sold a staggering 8,000,000 units in under 7 months, fast approaching the target of the Xbox 360.

    Of course numbers are just numbers and they differ depending on who your talking too, for instance the NexGenWars site tells a slightly different story.. There's one fact that comes into play here and that's the Wii train is still selling at an impressive..

  • News Wii Hard Drive Rumour

    There's a fair whiff of a rumour, posted last week by fellow UKers, Wii-UK, its possible we'll see a hard drive from Nintendo as early as E3.

    According to our friends GoNintendo, the latest episode of the IGN podcast hints rather strongly that Nintendo may be making some announcement regarding a hard drive attachment for Wii at this year's E3 games exposition. Apparently the reasoning behind it is..

  • News Hardware Lookback: The Virtual Boy

    Headache-inducing monstrosity or misunderstood classic? Whatever the answer, the Virtual Boy represents Nintendo's biggest cock-up. We investigate the history of this strange console.

    ‘Failure’ is not a word you’d usually associate with Nintendo. Sure, there have been some crushing disappointments in the company’s illustrious history – the...

April2007

  • News Wii Keyboard Rumours

    Game Informer magazine has suggested that a Wii Keyboard could be on the cards.

    "With the news this week that Logitech is going to provide peripherals for Nintendo's Wii console, this latest tidbit of information coming from the May 2007 issue of Game Informer has a bit more credibility than we would normally give it." It certainly makes sense, whilst the Internet Channel is nice it would be..

  • News Bow Infront Of The Lego Wii Bowling Master

    Bored guy creates the "WiigoBot" a Lego robot that bowls the perfect game of Wii Sports: Bowling. Seriously.

    "You are looking at a Wii Remote mounted on a robotically controlled swing. A second motor is used to trigger the bowling, by first Pressing the A button and left arrow, and then holding down the B button, swinging, and finally releasing the B button." Check out the robowler in action:

March2007

  • News Wii Goes Crusin'

    Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) today announced it is the first cruise line to offer guests a chance to experience Wii on board its ships.

    "With its active, engaging and inviting game experiences appealing to every age from kids to parents to grandparents, the Wii from Nintendo is a natural fit for Freestyle Cruising," said Colin Veitch, NCL's president and CEO. "With the addition of Wii to our..

  • News Nintendo Fight Back Against Wii Modders

    Nintendo have introduced a new motherboard into the Wii production to combat recent "mod chips".

    Reported recently by a number of sites, including technology magazine T3, it seems Nintendo have tried to block the gaps and stop the pirates. "The games giant has quietly slipped new motherboards into its consoles, narrowing the gap between critical solder points to less than a millimetre. It means..

  • News Wii Winning The Console War?

    Market research firm IDC predict Wii to be the market leader this coming fiscal year.

    Those number monkey's over at GamesIndustry.biz have reported on a.. report.. by a "Market Research Firm" (aka Fortune Tellers) whom have predicted Wii to be the slight market share leader (over one third) for the coming year. "IDC believes hardware shipments of Nintendo's Wii will capture a little more than..

  • News Reggie Talks Apple Merger

    The stuff dreams are made of for all the shiny white plastic manufacturers around the world.

    It's been a soft rumour for quite a while now, ever since we saw the first pictures of the gleaming white Wii console, Nintendo merging with Apple, Apple buying Nintendo, Steve Jobs appearing on the Nintendo stage at E3... alas its all pure geek speculation. Aussie Nintendo have reported on an interview..

February2007

  • News GameCube Support Is Over

    In other news from the Kaplan interview it has been confirmed that Nintendo will now cease to support their GameCube console.

    And although the first party support has officially ended - Kaplan believes there is still a strong market for the GameCube system: "... just like the PS2 sold really well this past holiday, GameCube is a great starter system - price, ease, games, cost of games. Every..

  • News Is There A New Wii On The Way?

    Nintendo's Perrin Kaplan seems to think so according to one of her responses to a Game Daily interview.

    When asked if the Wii would see a relaunch similar to the DS or GBA he said: Sure, absolutely. You'll see the ways in which we do that. The response is overwhelmingly definitive yet it is not yet clear in what context the console will be relaunched. There has been talk of DVD compatible Wii's and..

  • News Wii Prototypes

    Some weird and wacky Nintendo designs that didn't quite make it into production.

    Okay this is old news, but I wanted to post it anyway for those that haven't seen it, here's a except from an article posted on DarkZero last year. "In all honesty we see two remotes that could have worked well - had we not seen todays version - and one lazy Wavebird redesign... then we see A GIANT STAR. Until..

  • News Dj Wiij

    Just incase you needed another use for your Wiimote.

    You've probably already tried the Wiimote on your Mac, using DarwiinRemote, but haven't really found a use for it... until now. Look what we've come across recently, Wii DJing! "Welcome to DJ Wiij. The first and original djing website dedicated to using Nintendo Wiimotes. As much of a gimmick this looks like, it really works like a charm..

January2007

  • News Half-Life Creator Likes Wii, Hates PS3

    Gabe Newell describes the PS3 as a "total disaster on so many levels" but likes everything Nintendo are doing.

    DigitalBattle.com have reported on an interview between Game Informer and PC games legend Gabe Newell whom was willing to share his views on the current gen console market. For those unaware of who Gabe is, he's one of the main guys at...

  • News Nintendo Controller Wins Emmy Award

    No, not the Wii but the NES controller! Nintendo's "D-Pad" shaped a next generation of games.

    Nintendo has been awarded an Emmy for the original D-Pad on its Nintendo Entertainment System which debeted over 22 years ago in 1985. "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has awarded Nintendo an Emmy® Award for its invention of the plus-shaped D-pad, one in a long string of Nintendo's..

December2006

  • News I've Got A Wii, So Could You....

    Well, it's been a horrible few weeks trying to get a Wii, hearing their out of stock and lots of missions of ringing about, but today I head good news....

    I heard Argos was trying to get Nintendo Wii's again as they sold out of their last batch. I rang up today and heard "there out of stock" what I didn't klnow is my mum rang 10 minutes before and the person she got hold of said "Argos updates..

  • News Nintendo NOT Recalling Wrist Straps

    Internet wild fire causes a problem again, Nintendo will replace broken straps but its certainly not a product recall.

    It amazes me that professional media sites can get it so wrong, Nintendo have yesterday announced that they will replace any broken wrist straps free of charge but should not be considered a product recall (when a company asks specifically for people to return the product). Here's..

  • News Wireless Sensor Bar For Wii

    Cable not long enough?

    No problem! Some clever little spark has managed to create a wireless sensor bar for Wii. Remember all those people that complained that the Wii's sensor bar was too short? Now there's a easy solution, wireless sensor bar, just what all those Projector types were after! "The Wireless Sensor Bar™ can be used with any...

  • News Wii Has The Power...

    ... Glove. Just in case you missed it, here's the brand spanking new Power Glove for Wii.

    When Wii was first announced, alot of people said "wait, isn't that just a power glove all over again?" Thankfully they were wrong, Wii has proved to accomplish exactly what the Power glove wanted to achieve on the NES over 15 years ago. It was only a matter of time before someone attached their Wiimote to a..

  • News Are Nintendo Copycats?

    Is the Nintendo Wii Remote a rip?

    While the answer to the question is most probably NO! A small company with a patented mouse-like product believe otherwise. The company ‘Interlink’ applied for a patent in 1997 and successfully received it in back in 2005, which describes a device that is held in one hand, has a trigger, and also a features something similar to laptop mouse pad or mouse..

  • News Your Wii Check List

    The countdown is almost over, you have only 24 hours to prepare to Wii.

    If you've not already pre-ordered your console, you could be in for a tough fight to get your hands on a Wii for launch day. If your in London maybe you should head down to the official launch at HMV as they should have a huge pile of Wii's. Otherwise you might find yourself buying an overpriced one on eBay. Know Your..

  • News Wii Hits One Million Sales As Japan Welcome The Revolution

    As Wii is unleashed onto the Japanese market more than 1000 gamers were reported to be outside various Tokyo stores as they awaited the opening of shops.

    Nintendo made 400,000 consoles into the Japanese market which meant that a lot of gamers were left empty handed as demand far outstripped supply. This means we can conclude that coupled with Nintendo's statement of the Wii selling over 600,000..

  • News Connect NES And SNES Controllers To Your Wii

    Retrozone, an American company, have developed an adapter for the Wii which plugs straight into the USB port of your Wii that will allow you to connect up your NES and SNES controllers.

    While the adapter will add nothing but nostalgia to playing your Virtual Console games some purists may find this expansion to be an essential purchase. Each adapter will cost $19 (plus a $6 shipping cost for US..

November2006

  • News DS Top Platform In 2006

    Figures from UK game-research outlet Chart Track have shown the DS to be the number one choice of gaming hardware in 2006 - beating stiff competition from the likes of the Playstation 2 and XBOX 360.

    According to Chart Track a total of 2 million consumers in the UK are now kitted out with a Nintendo DS unit. This really has been a mammoth month so...

  • News Nintendo Says: Don't Let Go Of The Wiimote

    Nintendo respond to the dumb gamers that forgot to hold onto their Wiimotes, its that simple people!

    Just incase you didn't realise, when you swing your Wiimote around, you shouldn't let go of it. All sorts of Wii-accidents can happen, from simple TV explosions to broken noses. Please be careful with your Wii! "Wear the wrist strap. Make sure that all players using the Wii Remote are wearing..

  • News EBay Sales Figures For Wii & PS3

    Internet auction site eBay have released figures of the amount of PS3's and Wii's sold in the first 7 days after launch.

    It was pretty much expected after the whole Xbox 360 thing that alot of PS3 and Wii consoles would appear on eBay, but exactly how many were there? It seems the auction site saw nearly 30,000 of each console over the launch period. "From November 19 through November 24,..

  • News Can You Handle The Wii Pain?

    Unfit Americans complain about the Wii, "mommy, it made me move my arms", perhaps a lawsuit waiting to happen?

    In the country where lawsuits are far to common, are Nintendo looking down the barrel of a gun? We've seen multiple reports of gamers "complaining" of aches and pains caused by hours of Wii action. "I woke up Saturday morning after a Friday filled with at least 10 hours of playing..

  • News Wii AV Hardware Guide

    Confused by what cable goes where? We dive into the world of AV and try and explain what's hot and what's not.

    Much like the world of computers, the abyss that is AV can be just as confusing. We're going to take you though both audio and video standards and give you an idea of what does what. VideoDisplay technology has exploded over the past 5 years, you'd be living under a rock if you hadn't..

  • News Use Your DS For Midi?

    Homebrew scene comes up with another clever use of the DS interface, a MIDI controller!

    Joystiq have reported that a small group of homebrew developers (Tobias "0xtob" Weyand and Collin "TheRain" Meyer) in Germany are currently developed a system dubbed "DS Midi WiFi" that allows the DS to exchange MIDI data with a PC. "The exchange works both ways, so users can tap out tunes on their touch..

  • News My First Day Of Wii

    It's finally here, the Wii has arrived in the UK and its time to play.

    The sun rose over a cold and bitter English morning, it was like any other normal day, except today the Wii would finally be in my hands. 7.00am - I wake to the annoying sound of my alarm clock, usually it gets a beating but today I was nice, it was time to get up (unusually early for me) as I had an appointment in Leicester at..

  • News Amazon.co.uk Wii Preorder Sells Out In 2 Minutes

    Amazon.co.uk finally allowed pre-orders for the Wii console this morning, however huge demand means they were gone within 2 mins.

    If you'd hadn't already secured your pre-order with a local retailer, online was the next best choice. Amazon recently announced that they would be taking pre-orders on its website from 9am Tue 21st of Nov, today. Although 40 minutes later than scheduled, the online..

  • News Oh Nos, Wii Broke It

    Popular Science's John Mahoney decided to rip apart his Wii, quite literally.

    Ever get the urge to just take something apart? Well it seems PopSci got pretty bored with their Wii, they only played it for one afternoon and then took the darn thing apart. "The plan was simple: carefully disassemble the little white box and controllers for a detailed inside look, then re-assemble it with ease and..

  • News Nintendo Wiimote

    Nintendo's Wiimote taking the fun out of gaming, bad style...

    As the Wii has launched in US, dozens of complaints have been aroused. The straps on the Wiimote have been snapping under pressure of hyperactive Americans, having fun with their Wii, or so they thought... This guy was playing on his Wii, then the wristband snapped and hit into his tv, cracking the TV screen.Poor TV Here is a video of..

  • News Wii Launch USA

    America prepares for the launch of Nintendo's new console, the wait is finally over.

    The Wii train is approaching the station, finally the mass market will be able to get their hands on the Wii console and we'll all know first hand, if Nintendo's gamble has paid off. What's all the fuss about? "The most important advance for video games in the last 10 years was the introduction of Super Mario..

  • News Joytech Announce Accessory Line For Nintendo Wii

    Joytech has released a number of Wiimote peripherals

    Sports Pack:Further enhancing the realism of Wii™ sporting software, the Wii™ Sports Pack features three separate accessories: A Racing Grip, Golf Grip and Racket Grip, which each attach quickly and safely to the Wii™ Remote, transforming the game play experience. Designed to match the aesthetics of the Wii™ Remote, the Wii™ Sports..

  • News Nintendo Originally Planned $100 Wii

    BusinessWeek Tokyo correspondent Kenji Hall recently talked with two members of the development team, Shigeru Miyamoto and veteran designer Ken'ichiro Ashida, about developing the Wii.

    The two Japanese veterans were quizzed about various aspects of the Wii development cycle, here's a selection of answers that are of significant interest. "Miyamoto: We started work on the Wii around the time..

  • News Wii's Competition

    Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 12 months, you'll probably already know all about the Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3, if not we've compiled a brief guide to get you started.

    Every single time a new console gets released, the industry gets caught up in the “Next Generation” buzz-phrase. What does it actually mean? Generally...

  • News European Nintendo Wii Packaging

    Nintendo have sent us some very sleek pictures of the European packaging for some of the Nintendo Wii's peripherals and we thought it best to share them with you.

    The pictures do confirm that you will be able to use RGB Scart for connecting your Wii to the television, which is good news for all those that weren't sure whether the Wii would work on...

  • News Nintendo Wii Upgrade?

    Sonic Solutions have unveiled that Nintendo has chosen the Sonic Cineplayer CE DVD Navigator application to bring high-quality DVD viewing to a future version of the console to be released in the latter half of 2007.

    Based on the same technology as that used in Hollywood, the Sonic Cineplayer CE DVD Navigator will bring exceptional quality DVD playback to the Nintendo Wii aswell as advanced modes..

  • News The Wii Controller

    How can something that looks exactly like a TV remote controller be innovative and unique?

    And most important, how the hell do you play games with it? Those are questions that keep popping up everywhere when people are hearing about Nintendo's new control system. And they are absolutely legitimate questions, but after reading this article, you might be able to answer them yourself. The Wii..

  • News Excite Truck Custom Soundtracks

    Following the success of custom soundtracks in XBOX games it seems that Nintendo have jumped on board with a similar feature for their high octane racer Excite Truck.

    US review copies have confirmed the rumour that you will be able to upload a total of 100 tracks from an SD card into the game to be used as a soundtrack. You simply insert an SD card with your MP3's loaded onto into the Nintendo..

  • News Wii Prepares For Launch

    Nintendo state that its production facility in North Bend is working around the clock to get shipments ready.

    Along with the news, Nintendo have issued us with some photos from inside the warehouse, just to make us drool even more. There's a pretty snazy shot taken of copies of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess making their way down a conveyor belt at the production facility in North Bend,..

  • News Importing Wii Guide

    Tired of Europe getting games last? Considered importing? Here's everything you need to know..

    I'm sure you've all heard the story, Europe always gets treated the worst in the games industry. It's the last region to get the games. Companies such as Nintendo often release a game first in the US or Japan, then three to six months later when they've all finished playing it they decide to release the..

  • News Wii Wins Popular Science Grand Award

    Nintendo's new console wins a "Best of Whats New 2006" award from Popular Science magazine.

    Awarded in the "Home Entertainment" category, the "Grand Award" shows that Nintendo have some something right. What many considered as a "gimmick" is already receiving critical acclaim around the world. "Remember when videogames were fun? When the controllers had only a couple buttons and you didn’t..

  • News Introducing Wii

    Load your guns and sharpen your knives, 'cause the war is coming. We are anticipating one of the greatest struggles known to men, as the three champions are getting ready. This is the console war, it's going to be bloody, it's going to be dirty, and the future of the game industry is depending on this.

    Well, maybe I'm exaggerating a bit. But it is indeed a spectacular year we have ahead of us,..

  • News Wii Demand Grows

    Reggie expects a Wii success as we draw closer to the US launch in just over two weeks.

    Nintendo is mobilizing the largest worldwide video game console launch in at least a decade, with approximately 4 million Wii™ systems available globally during the six weeks between Wii's Nov. 19 launch in the Americas and the end of 2006. "Although the largest share of that worldwide allotment will go..

October2006

  • News The Pink DS Lite Is Finally Here

    Good news for all you pink-loving people out there, the pink version of Nintendo's extremely successful handheld console just hit the store shelves in both Europe and the US, so grab your wallet and run to the nearest gaming shop to get yourself one of these beauties.

    For those of you who have always wanted a Nintendo DS, but didn't find the current spectrum of available colours appealing; this is..

  • News UK Get Wii Component Cables In Stores

    Nintendo UK today confirm that all Wii accessories will be available through the normal retail outlets.

    EuroGamer recieve confirmation from Nintendo UK regarding the sale of Wii accessories, and most importantly the EDTV Component cable. "Earlier this week, IGN reported that American gamers would be forced to buy their US$ 29.99 component cables off the Internet, through Nintendo's store, Best..

  • News More Controller Shells

    Vemon are releasing three shells for your wii-mote joy.

    Yesterday we told you that you will be able to buy Ubisoft's steering wheel shell separately for racing games, now we have discovered another steering wheel and two other shells from company Venom. It would appear Venom are currently producing three shells for attaching to your wii-mote to make the games fell more like-like. The three are:..

  • News Wii Wheel Available As Standalone

    Ubisoft's Wii Wheel attachment will be both bundled with GT Pro Series, Monster 4X4 and sold separately

    If you missed the news earlier in the month, Ubisoft unveiled a "Wii Wheel" attachment that'll be bundled with its driving games. Essentially the wheel is a shell for your Wii Mote which allows you to hold and turn it more like a steering wheel. However Ubisoft have now confirmed to Gamespot that..

  • News Wii Interface Revealed?

    CVG post some images displaying the Wii interface for playing games, Mii creator and Web Browsing.

    There's been much speculation as to what the Wii system will look like, it seems Nintendo have gone with a rather simplistic design, which is clean, bold and easy. "The simple-looking web browser will be controlled using the Wii Remote's pointer. A panel across the bottom of the screen appears to..

  • News Wii Component Cables To Be Sold Online

    Kotaku report that 480p compatible component cables for Wii will only be available online.

    For the growing number of Nintendoers that have HD Ready displays, we've been waiting for news on availability of component cables for Wii. These are the AV cables capable of delivering the superior "progressive scan" signal from the Wii. "A spokesperson for the company told IGN Wii this morning that the..

  • News Wii Is AiLive

    Nintendo announces a partnership with American AI company AiLive to bring Wii developers a very useful piece of motion capture software.

    Ever wondered how the games developers programed the Wii mote to recognise your hands movement? Turns out, they don't have to! Nintendo have partnered with AiLive's "LiveMove" software that teaches the Wii what to look for in a particular movement. "The Wii..

  • News Miyamoto Says The Wii Hardware Is Basically A GC

    Shigeru Miyamoto recently made a very interesting statement, in a recent interview with gamebrink.com, he said that Nintendo's upcoming gaming system is nothing more than an upgraded Gamecube.

    "The hardware is basically a Gamecube. We've upgraded our development tools to new versions but, you can still use Gamecube programs as they are. With that in mind, I thought we could remake Gamecube titles..

September2006

  • News Wii Opera Browser Free Until June 2007

    Good news for early adopters; The Nintendo Wiis Opera web browser will be free to download until June 2007.

    A press released by Opera today has stated that the Wii web browser will be free to download until June 2007. The browser will not cost a thing once downloaded. After that you will be required to use up your Wii points to download the browser...

  • News European Wii Launch Details

    Europe gets the Wii a little later and more expensive than everywhere else.

    Here is what we in Europe have been waiting for. The Wii will launch on the 8th December 2006 at an estimated retail price of £179 (249 Euros), bundled with Wii Sports. At launch there will be "around" 20 software titles so check the Launch Game News Article for those. There will also be about 15 Virtual Console titles in..

  • News Wii.com Opens American Page

    Inside are video's explaining the various functions preformed in the different channels.

    When the Japanese site opened a few days ago I was expecting quite a wait before any other region appears on Wii.com. But to my surprise I checked this morning and saw that the American site is now also live. Hopefully this means that both the European and Australian sections are both close to completion as..

  • News Region Free Wii With No DVD Playback

    Nintendo have delivered a couple more surprises since their conference, by announcing that they are dropping the DVD playback but supporting region free games.

    Very few people were actually excited about the DVD attachment for Wii, most people have a DVD player nowadays so whats the point? Its a good move that allows Nintendo to focus their efforts onto some other, more desired, peripherals. The..

  • News Wii 'channels'

    Information about Wii's menus surface from Nintendo's press conference earlier today.

    Here's the info direct from Nintendo: The Wii™ console will revolutionize how people play games. But more importantly, it will entice new players into the world of video games by offering a variety of entertainment, information and communication Channels that add value to the console and make it a device that..

  • News US And Japanese Wii Launch Details

    The Wii will launch in North and South America before Japan!

    Nintendo have announced launch plans for most of the world, with the PAL territories to follow in the Nintendo Europe conference tomorrow. Wii will launch in the US on the 19th of November and on the 2nd of December in Japan Wii will cost $250 US in America (about £133) In Japan the console will be priced at 25,000 Yen in Japan (about..

  • News IBM Starts To Ship The Wii Chips

    The hardware developer IBM, today announced that the shipping of the "Broadway" processor for Nintendo's upcoming console, the Wii, has started.

    The "Broadway" processor is the heart of the Wii, and it is being developed by IBM. According to IBM, the processor has up to a 20% reduction in power consumption, and it also produces less heat, compared to the "Gekko" processor for the Gamecube,..

  • News PAL PlayStation 3 Launch Delayed Until March 2007

    Due to Blu-Ray production problems, Sony have decided to hold fire on the European, Australasia, Russia, the Middle East and African PlayStation 3 release.

    Originally set for a worldwide release across the space of a week, Sony have had to reduce shipments to Japan and America and hold back on the European release for another 4 months. People in the PAL territories are not the only ones affected,..

August2006

  • News Gamecube Pad Will Not Work With Wii Twilight Princess

    It's been confirmed the question most of us have been asking, the gamecube controller will not be compatible with the wii version of Zelda: Twilight Princess

    The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess was announced at E3 this year that it would be released in two formats. A GameCube version and a Wii version. Both versions will launch simultaneously beside the Wii. Since the announcement there have..

  • News Amazon.co.uk DS Lite Deal

    Get yourself a DS Lite plus a top DS Game for £109.99 thanks to Amazon.co.uk

    The deal announced this evening allows anyone to get their hands on a brand spanking new DS Lite plus one of the following games: Big Brain Academy Prof. Kawashima's: Brain Training: How old is your Brain? New Super Mario Bros Metroid Prime Hunters Animal Crossing: Wild World Tetris DS 2006 FIFA World Cup Ice Age 2 Mario..

  • News Latest Wii Date & Price Rumours

    IGN & SPOnG both publish articles suggesting release date of Nov 2nd or Nov 12th for $229

    It's been a little while since someone said they knew the Wii date & price. It seems sources have told IGN that the elusive date will be either November 2nd or November 12th - possibly depending on region. "A number of big-name publishers are set to release their Wii games in mid-to-late October,..

  • News DS Browser Details

    Nintendo reveal official details of the DS Browser, to be released in Europe on October 6th.

    Europeans should expect the same as the Japanese, there will be two versions of the DS Browser, one for original DS and one for DS Lite. These two versions are to accommodate the different sized GBA slots found in the different models. "The Nintendo DS Browser is a convenient web browser, which enables..

  • News Nintendo & Microsoft Sued Over Patent Violation

    US company Anascape are attempting to sue both gaming giants, claiming patent infringements on both suppliers controllers.

    This isn't the first patent violation case in the games industry and surely won't be the last. The aim of the company claim is to seek damages and maybe even stop the companies using this technology in future. "A case in Texas district court, started by Anascape, Ltd.,..

  • News Why The DS Beat The PSP

    Life In Tech blogger analyzes the success of the DS compared to its flashy brother, the PSP.

    The article posted last week tells the tale of a simple gamer, whom bought both DS and PSP and how his thoughts about the subject when from: "When I was looking for a portable gaming system the Nintendo DS was out of the question; It was a kid's toy and nothing more." All the way to: Now, nearly..

July2006

  • News Nintendo Hints Towards Region Free Wii

    T3 reports on comments made by Nintendo's Perrin Kaplan and suggests possible region free approach.

    Let's face it, we'd all love to see Wii extended the region free success of the DS, let's hope Nintendo are listening. According to T3 Magazine, this could will be a possibility after comments from Perrin Kaplan, vice president of marketing and corporate communications in America. "the success..

  • News DS Sales Reach 21 Million Worldwide

    Nintendo announce sales figures for its handheld DS system in excess of 21,000,000 around the world.

    What was originally seen as abit of a risky idea for Nintendo, the DS system has surpassed all analysts expectations and still seems to be selling as strong as ever. Nintendo delivers on its promise to bring video gaming to the masses. In less than two years since its Nov. 21, 2004 launch, Nintendo..

  • News Nintendo Offering Repairing Service For Broken DS Lites

    In case your DS Lite has any cracked hinges, like few consumers have reported all over the net, then you are qualified to get your DS fixed by Nintendo of America.

    Following a number of online reports, Nintendo of America has offered free DS Lite repairs to anyone who calls their support line. Nintendo stated the following about cracked DS Lite Hinges: “In the U.S., the reported number of small..

  • News Wii Connect 24 - Slight Chance Of UK Problem

    Earlier at this years E3 it was unveiled that the Nintendo Wii would "always be on", this may be stopped in UK.

    Last week the UK government had its energy review and decided serious cutbacks need to be taken to reduce the levels of energy consumption. The potential threat for Nintendo is from the governments want to ban the standby feature on many household appliances, which include DVD's &..

  • News Wii Controller Details Slip Out

    Nintendo have let slip more information on the features of the Wii-mote, according to "official Wii developer documentation" obtained by IGN.

    With the recent influx of Wii related rumors flying around the Internet its hard to trust many of them. But when a source turns out to be IGN, one feels inclined to listen. In their article they have stated several new pieces of information regarding the..

  • News Final Fantasy III & Winning Eleven Themed DS Lite's

    It comes as no surprise to find out that Japanese gamers will be getting a limited edition FFIII DS lite when the game is released next month.

    Furthermore you probably won't be surprised to hear the fact that there has been no conformation of this DS reaching any areas outside of Japan (well, other than eBay at a silly price that is). According to SPOnG.com"The system will be bundled with..

  • News DS Breaks 5 Million Barrier In Europe

    Nintendo announce DS Lite sales in excess of 200,000 and total DS sales soaring over 5 million

    Unless you've been living under a rock you'll know that the DS Lite has finally been launched in the UK, whilst the console didn't sell out Nintendo have announced today that the portable device still sold over 200,000 units. This has pushed the entire DS sales over the 5,000,000 mark. "The..

  • News DS Causes Four Year High For Nintendo

    BBC News reports strong growth for the Japanese games market, up over 30% on 2005.

    In a article published by BBC News, the future is very bright for Nintendo and the Japanese gaming industry. "Revenue from games and hardware totalled 277 billion Yen (£1.3 billion), up from 207 billion Yen in the same period of 2005." This is largely to-do with the success in handheld markets, Nintendo..

  • News Wii Gets In A Flap

    Nintendo rumour mongers are put to rest as an proper photos surfaces of the mystery flap.

    Just as Reggie explained a few days ago, the Wii console does indeed have a flap on the front panel. When lifted up, a SD card slot is revealed. "That is where an SD card goes. That's storage media. And on top are the attachments for the GameCube controllers. It will be one of the memory mediums, and it's..

  • News Nintendo React To Wii Launch Rumours

    After numerous sites start suggesting release dates left right and center, Nintendo put out an official response.

    Gamers who keep their ears to the ground would of seen the stink of rumours over the past week regarding the Wii launch date, even Sports Illustrated for Kids has been quoted as having the official release date. It seems Nintendo do indeed keep an eye on the rumour fires, and for once..

  • News Opera Launch Browser Mini Site

    Opera have recently launched a mini-site dedicated to its Nintendo adventures on both DS and Wii

    Opera's site now has further details about the DS Web Browser, this time in English. There's a whole section dedicated to tips and tricks that provide a good indication of how the browser works with your touch screen and stylus. "Forget the scrollbar - DS browser users prefer panning. When in..

June2006

  • News DS To Feature In Stormbreaker Movie

    Nintendo's portable wonder to appear in upcoming teen spy thriller movie "Stormbreaker".

    Nintendo has today announced its agreement with movie producers which will enable the DS to have an appearance as "the ultimate spy gadget" in the new "Stormbreaker" movie based on the first book in the popular Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. "After the murder of his uncle and guardian, the MI6..

  • News Nintendo Reveal Pink DS Lite

    Just in case that black DS Lite was looking abit too "manly", Nintendo will be releasing a "Noble Pink" edition in Japan

    The DS Lite section on Nintendo's Japanese website has today been updated with a new "color variation" titled simply "Noble Pink". Nintendo have been having problems keeping up with DS demand in recent months, even though they have increased they're production rate to over 2..

  • News First Pokemon Battle Revolution Video

    Iwata explains how Pokemon will extend connectivity between the handheld DS and Wii console.

    GoNintendo.com have found a copy of the Pokemon Battle Revolution trailer with English narration by Satoru Iwata. He explains how Nintendo expect to expand DS play with Wii. Apparently you will be able to connect with your copy of Pokemon Diamond/Pearl on Nintendo DS and use it as the controller for Wii..

  • News Wii Development Kits Under $1,800

    Satoru Iwata has stated that Wii development kits will be available for around $1,800 - one tenth the price of a PS3 dev kit.

    Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has confirmed that third party support is certainly a priority for Wii's success. Often the cost of a development kit, the hardware required to create games, would waver a developer to swing towards a certain platform. We already know the Wii..

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