Being part of the Revolution
As E3 2012 and a Wii U bonanza looms ever closer, we're currently in the middle of a series of features that explore previous Nintendo console launches. We've already written about the magic of console launches, while editor James Newton was joined by Joe Walker in our most recent podcast, When We Were Excited About Wii...
Nintendo boast about their highly successful product launch across Europe.
It's going to be a good Christmas period for Nintendo, possibly their best for over a decade. Wii has sold extremely strongly in all regions with many more people still trying to get their hands on a console. Even the PR writers have lost it and start using Wii-puns. 'Tis the season to be jolly. "Wii made its highly..
Just in case you haven't heard already, Wii sold out very very quickly.
Sorry, I'm playing news catch up today (yes, It's been one of those weeks) most of you will already know, but the Wii sold a whopping 50,000 units in the first 12 hours of launch, impressive. "Within just 12 hours of going on sale, the much anticipated launch of the Nintendo Wii console has reached new heights of success..
The mammoth UK retailer has announced more Wii consoles will go on sale at 3pm today.
Some of you unlucky gamers that still haven't got a Wii have just been given another chance to snap one up, the email went out about half an hour ago with the consoles going on sale in just over an hour. "Dear Nintendo fan, Great news! We've managed to get our hands on some more Wii consoles and will be..
Bundled with the console, everyone has an opinion
Wii finally launches and everyone should of booted up Wii Sports by now. Which does it best for you, Tennis? Boxing? Bowling? Golf? Baseball? Have you tried Wii Fitness? Are you classed as an old man (ReInstall) or a fit athelete (pHaT-aNt_)? Tell us about your experience with Wii Sports, what you...
England awakens to a Wii winter wonderland, the Wii is out, the Wii is out. Do you have yours?
Hundreds of people turned out on a bitterly cold London night to witness the birth of Wii into the UK. Gamers were treated to the "talents" of Ian Wright, Ricky Hatton and Nell McAndrew. New York had the Wii Segway, London had the Wii bus, a classic London bus painted in white with the familiar Wii logo..
Zelda reaches sales of 410,000 copies in the US, 87% of Wii owners snapping it up on launch day.
Nintendo announce the sales figures for the first 8 days of Wii in the US, selling 600,000 with a total of 1,000,000 to be available by the end of 2006. "In only the first seven days of availability after its Nov. 19 launch, Wii sold nearly half a million systems in the United States alone (as..
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...
Nintendo fans flock to a rainy London HMV store in anticipation of tonight's midnight launch of Wii.
If your reading this, your probably not already at the HMV store, queues are already starting to swell and its likely your already too late to get a console. "Excited shoppers are already forming queues outside shops across the country to ensure they are among the first to own Nintendo’s..
Gone, but not forgotten
As we count down to the release of Wii, we look back at our favourite moments on Gamecube. The Gamecube has been some what of a mixed bag, it's provided us with some classic moments but maybe its let us down, once more, with third party titles. It's pretty safe to say its done better than the Nintendo 64. We expect alot of...
Nintendo's homeland, the land of the future finally gets to play Wii and boy are they excited.
Japan is somewhat of an oddball market, fans are very loyal for long periods of time but then suddenly switch allegiance. Nintendo have been on the cold side the past 5 years, Gamecube did okay, but the PS2 reigned supreme throughout its life. But today, Nintendo at least, hope that things have changed..
Launch event to take place at midnight in HMV, Oxford Street with some random celebrities to boot.
Nintendo UK has today announced it will officially partner with HMV when it launches its new console, Wii, at midnight on 7th/8th December 2006. "The action kicks off from 11pm at HMV, 150 Oxford Street, London with the chance for everyone to come down and play launch game Wii Sports against top..
If we didn't already know, Nintendo made it official, Wii's launch is a success state side.
It's been almost 10 days since the Wii launched on November 19th, everyone's first indications are good and the launch has been deemed a success. With Nintendo selling a Wii almost 1 per second since launch, Reggie proclaims "Including just first-party software and accessory sales, Wii instantly has become a..
Get your Wii from the first possible second at Oxford Street
The Oxford Street branch of the GAME store will be opening their doors at midnight on Thursday 7th December. GAME Stores Group Ltd, Europe's leading video games retailer, have confirmed that they will be opening their flagship Oxford Street store at midnight on Thursday 7th December 2006 to sell the very first units of the highly..
Just in-case you missed them, the infamous Japanese magazine scores on the Wii, we'll remind you.
Whenever it comes to Japanese gaming media, there is only one magazine that's important, that is of course Famitsu. Although I'm alittle late posting these, they still might prove interesting to someone. "Famitsu is known worldwide for its extremely harsh grading of current videogames. Video games..
It's finally here, the Wii has arrived 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)...
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..
Nintendo's console finally gets unleashed into the homes of a million Americans.
One of the biggest console launches ever has now completed its first leg, the Wii console is out and the majority of American readers will probably already have one, sadly us Europeans and Australians will have to wait alittle while longer. Reggie did Nintendo proud at the New York launch event, he even managed to sign..
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 breaks as the first Wii games start appearing in US stores.
For some unknown reason there are always games instore before the actual console due to launch, maybe its marketing, maybe there is no reason, either way, Atlus's Trauma Center: Second Opinion is now available in stores across America. "This news may cause dizziness and weak knees for gamers of all ages! If the uncontrollable..
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,..
Web giant CNET sits down with Reggie and asks him about the Wii, will we all get one?
The Nintendo Of US and A President, Reggie, was quizzed by CNET's Rich DeMuro. The interview was recorded and thrown online for us all to see. Reggie looked as calm as ever, but completely deflected the whole "one more secret" rumour that'd currently been buzzing around the Internet. I probably believe him,..
Tired of Europe getting games last?
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 game in...
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...
NintendoLife.com celebrates the Wii countdown with 30 days of Wii, heaps of Previews, Articles and Reviews on the way.
The staff over at NintendoLife.com really can't wait for Wii to come out, we're quite literally sitting on our hands right now. We've decided to mark the occasion with a special 30 days of articles leading upto the European launch. We'll be posting a different..
Seems our South American buddies will get heavily bitten by import costs when the console comes out later this month.
According to a Brazilian gaming website, the Wii will be available from certain stores who are legally importing the product through "official Nintendo channels". The stores will be charging R$2,399 which translates to around $1,124 or £590! It seems the excessive import costs and..
Ubisoft release some new footage of their upcoming Wii launch title, Rayman Raving Rabbits.
The neat little video package was released this afternoon along with a selection of screenshots. For the first time we get abit more of an idea of what the actual gameplay will be like. Just in case you didn't know, this is what its meant to be about: "This new Rayman game features the funniest,..
More Wii cover artwork slips out of Japan and onto the Internet.
These boxes have been posted on Flickr over the past few days, its always interesting to see different cover art in Japan. I'm not totally sure why the market would be so different over there... but anyway, some suitable differences, check them out. The Zelda box is obviously quite different, they've still got the whole light/dark..
Last week saw the 2006 Nintendo World event in Japan, lots of new footage and games for us to get excited about.
The event held in Nagoya, Japan gave the opportunity to 100s of gamers to get physical with Wii, shortly after the event IGN managed to scramble back to their computers and threw some videos online for everyone to enjoy. GoNintendo also managed to acquire a large batch of photos. Launch..
Nintendo UK unveils Its largest ever sampling campaign for launch of New Wii console
Nintendo UK, begin a two month campaign which begins 10 November 2006 until 13 January 2007 and takes in over 60 locations and events across the UK and Ireland to get the console into the hands of one million people by launch. "Just as sampling and getting the hardware into people’s hands was so important..
The infamous Nintendo creation is to appear in a episode of cult tv show, South Park.
The creators of South Park are always in the news for some reason or another, only a week or so ago they were barraged for showing Steve Irwin in one of their episodes. It seems that Nintendo's latest Wii console has also been featured in the hit cartoon. This weeks episode sees Cartman desperately awaiting the..
Nintendo UK showcase some new trailers for the upcoming Zelda game out in Nov in the US and Dec in the UK.
In this weeks Nintendo UK newsletter, a simple title of "The Legend Returns..." should be enough to wet your appaite. Clicking through to the UK Wii.com website, you are rewarded with two stunning videos showcasing the upcoming Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess. Both videos..
Wii's game library is already growing strong thanks to great third party support and the Virtual Console.
Here's a copy of todays Press Release, direct from Nintendo.com: Within the first five weeks of launch, Wii™ owners can pick from up to 62 games, representing the most diverse, and most exciting, console video game library available. Licensees and developers have lined up to support the Wii..
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..
Some more high quality game artwork has appeared on the internet.
Browsing around the internet more and more Wii covers are popping up, even some have been posted on flickr, by a member named "creamsugar". Anyway, game cover artwork excites me, so lets get down to business:..
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..
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..
With only a month until the US launch, Nintendo are starting to push the Wii brand across the globe.
Flickr member "branille" recently posted a photograph of Nintendo's impressive advert in Time Square's Toys R Us store in New York. Nintendo have also announced a aggressive marketing campaign in Europe, a region which is somewhat neglected by the games industry as a whole. The company is set to..
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..
It's been a while coming but we're finally starting to get some high resolution Wii artwork for games such as Red Steel, Tony Hawks and Far Cry.
Nintendo has sometimes suffered when it comes to cover artwork style, but this time it looks pretty damn sweet. We've recently started receiving high resolution artwork, check them out:..
Four titles from THQ will be available on day one of Wii, Avatar, Barnyard, Cars and Spongebob.
Okay, so they're probably not the kinda games we'll be buying, but THQ have offered some decent titles for the younger market. Anyway, here's the low-down on all four games that'll be available at launch. Avatar: The Last Airbender: "Based on one of Nickelodeon's hottest TV shows, the Avatar: The..
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,..
French publisher Ubisoft talk about their big 7, all launch titles for Nintendo's Wii console.
Details emerge about the big 7, even NoA's very own Reggie had something to say about it. "We're thrilled that Ubisoft will be unveiling Wii versions of both exclusive new IP and established franchises," said Reggie Fils-Aime, president and chief operating officer for Nintendo of America..
French publisher lays its cards on the table, 7 titles to be released on or around the Wii launch date.
Nintendo will be pleased with an impressive amount of support from Ubisoft for its Wii console. The following titles have been named by the publisher: Red Steel Rayman Raving Rabbids Open Season Far Cry Blazing Angels: Squadron of WWII Monster 4x4 World Circuit GT Pro Series Obviously the big..
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..
Nintendo UK confirm that the UK retail price for Wii will be "in-line" with the US and Japanese prices.
Nintendo UK have spoken about the UK retail price, well not officially or anything, but to EuroGamer. Yesterday, Nintendo announced that the Wii will cost ¥25,000 or less and $250 or less when it goes on sale later this year - the equivalent of around £120 and £135. A spokesperson has since..
Nintendo throw a statement out into the open with an estimated Wii price and how many units will be available.
Today, Nintendo announce a statement containing some information about the Wii retail price and how many units they expect to be available. Following its overwhelming debut at E3 2006, Nintendo today announced the current fiscal year unit shipment forecast for its new home game system,..
Covering E3 have unearthed some details when chatting to Nintendo employees at this years E3
Chris over at Covering E3 has posted an article confirming some details about the Wii console and what will be included at launch, heres an overview of his findings. Retail Wii will ship with a Wii console, Wii Remote & Nunchuk and no games. The classic controller won't be included and sold..
Nintendo bigwig Shigeru Miyamoto has said Mario will only launch roughly six months after Wii launch
Reported from an after hours press event, IGN.com have quoted the legendary Mario creator, Shigeru Miyamoto, saying that the next Mario installment, Super Mario Galaxy, will not be available at launch. " is progressing along quite well, but it's often said that when I get involved in a project..
IGN report further details about the new Metroid Prime game, now set to debut as a Wii launch title
Earlier today IGN.com reported information about the recently announce Metroid Prime 3: Corruption. The Retro Studios developed game is set to become the first Metroid Prime launch title and will be available along side The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess on day 1 of Wii. After talking to Retro..
Nintendo announce that there will be 2 versions of Twilight Princess, both releasing on the same day as the Wii console.
Today at Nintendo's pre-E3 press conference, Reggie announced that the upcoming Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess will come in 2 versions, one for Gamecube and one for Nintendo Wii. "It is by far the best Zelda game we've ever made" boasts Reggie, "This is the..
George Harrison tells Game Informer we should expect around 20 launch titles for Nintendo Revolution
Curious George Harrison recently sat down with US magazine Game Informer, who quizzed him about the upcoming Nintendo Revolution. Harrison suggested we should expect around 20 launch titles for Revolution. "You've got to deliver software, not just at launch, but you've got to deliver software..
IGN report on another Revolution title, Sadness, a dark and gothic horror from Polish outfit Nibris.
Another unexpected title for Nintendo Revolution is "Sadness", set to be a gothic horror title in a pre-war noir style. Announced today by Polish develop Nibris, Sadness will be screened in good old fashioned Black & White. "Such a gutsy choice is just the beginning for Nibris. Rather than..
Ubisoft officially announce Red Steel, a first person shooter launch title for Nintendo Revolution.
Ubisoft have announced their offering for the Revolution launch with "Red Steel", a first person shooter than it set to show off the unique freestyle controller only available on Revolution. Red Steel is set in modern-day Japan. Players will master both the ancient art of the katana and the..
In an interview with Beth Llewelyn, the Nintendo senior director of public relations states Revolution name will change.
Like any other week, there has been countless rumours about the name of Nintendo next console, we've even seen shots of a "Nintendo Go" logo floating around, which didn't seem to go anywhere. However, in an interview with IGN.com, Beth Llewelyn, Nintendo of America's senior..
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