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Iwata Memorial at Nintendo World 7-17-2015

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Here is the fan made memorial for Mr. Iwata at the front of the Nintendo World Store as it was on July 17, 2015. During the video, I was speaking to another person that happened to walk into the store.

Enjoy this tribute to Iwata-sama.


Submitted by TSS_Killer on Sat, 07/18/2015 - 02:16. categories [ ]

Nintendo's 120 Game Line-Up Listed

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Nintendo today released a list of 120 games headed to the Wii and DS. The extensive list includes dates for Punch-Out!! Excitebots and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat.Nintendo

Excitebots: Trick Racing uses the Wii Wheel and builds on the Excitebike and Excite Truck franchises and will be out April 20. Punch-Out! hits May 18 and is an update of the class NES title. Donkey Kong Jungle Beat hits on May 4.

NINTENDO'S VIDEO GAME LINEUP DEMONSTRATES GAMING DIVERSITY

New Games Announced for Nintendo Systems

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 26, 2009 – While everyone is still buzzing about the upcoming April 5 launch of the Nintendo DSi™ system, video game fans will have plenty of great games and experiences to keep them busy. Nintendo has an extensive, diverse library of about 120 games on the way for both the Wii™ and Nintendo DS™ systems. Upcoming Nintendo-published video games for Wii include:

Excitebots™: Trick Racing has elements that make it one of the more unique racing games on the market. It launches April 20 and lets everyone in the family use the Wii Wheel™ accessory in unique and changing environments, play fun minigames and perform crazy tricks in a game that builds on the Excitebike™ and Excite Truck™ franchises. Punch-Out due on May 18th

Donkey Kong® Jungle Beat™, originally made for the Nintendo GameCube™ system, launches May 4 with newly added motion controls. It's the latest in Nintendo's New Play Control! series of games.

Punch-Out!!™ launches May 18 and brings back all of the fun of the beloved, classic NES® game that thrilled players in the early 1990s. Boxers battle as iconic hero Little Mac as they fight their way through a cast of new and familiar boxing opponents on their quest to win the coveted WVBA (World Video Boxing Association) Championship Belt.

Nintendo's downloadable WiiWare service continues to be a showcase for new games, new concepts and new ideas. A selection of upcoming titles includes:

BIT.TRIP BEAT, developed by Gaijin Games and published by Aksys Games: BIT.TRIP BEAT is what you get when you mix classic video gaming with modern gaming sensibilities. What may seem like a simple "paddle" game turns into a psychedelic trip down memory lane which has you hitting "beats" in rhythm to Chiptune style music. While the game can be difficult, if you crank up the tunes and get in the zone, you'll have a great time. Performing perfectly isn't required to experience all the game's content, but the extra challenge will keep score-hunters coming back in search of each level's elusive "PERFECT" score.

Eduardo the Samurai Toaster, developed and published by Semnat Studios LLC: Fight your way through 13 diverse locations on your own or with up to three friends in this frenetic and stylish side-scrolling action game. Play as Eduardo and his fellow toaster buddies as you fire an assortment of pastries at all kinds of dastardly food products. Hop onto laser-mounted scooters and fly across the screen in rocket packs, and learn to cooperate with your teammates or simply annoy each other in an awesomely fun way by throwing each other around the screen. The choice is up to you.

Night Game, developed and published by Nicalis: Exclusively for WiiWare, Night Game (working title) is part action game and part puzzler. It invites players into a beautifully atmospheric world, where they must use real physics to maneuver a mysterious, glowing sphere through vastly different locales. Night Game pushes the boundaries of design with its unique art style, and professionally produced music score. This title is a 2009 Independent Games Festival Seumas McNally Award nominee and from the same developers responsible for Cave Story on Wii.

Swords & Soldiers, developed and published by Ronimo Games: Swords & Soldiers is a side-scrolling real-time strategy game, in which three distinct factions battle for the powers of the gods. The goal is to destroy the enemies' castle on the other end of the level, while protecting your own. This can be done by training powerful units or casting devastating spells. The game will feature a single-player campaign and a competitive split-screen multiplayer mode as well as several other game modes.

Great titles are also on the way for the portable Nintendo DS system. Some Nintendo-published video games for Nintendo DS include:

Rhythm Heaven™ is an infectious video game that has been a huge hit in Japan. Players tap and slide the stylus on the touch screen in time to the beat. This fun, stylized game launches April 5.

A new entry in the Personal Trainer series is Personal Trainer™: Walking, which launches May 25. Personal Trainer: Walking tracks users' progress and makes going for a walk a little more fun. It comes with two pedometers that users can wirelessly connect to their Nintendo DS system when they return home.

In The Legendary Starfy™ game, which launches June 8, players dive into a spectacular undersea adventure with Starfy, the legendary hero of Pufftop. Players swoop into enemies like a shooting star, glide over bottomless chasms and transform into powerful creatures to help a mysterious, bunny-eared visitor find his lost memory.

In recent weeks, multiple third-party publishers have announced plans to boost their support of Nintendo systems. Between now and June, Nintendo fans will enjoy games like: The Conduit™, a first-person shooter from Sega that pits players against a terrifying group of alien invaders intent on taking over a futuristic Washington, D.C.; EA SPORTS Active™, a Wii exclusive from Electronic Arts that offers players fun, easy-to-learn exercises and activities that users can do with family and friends; and Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10, the newest iteration of the popular golf game from Electronic Arts that lets players hit the links to prove their driving and putting prowess.

Full list below:


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Japan's Best Selling Games Of 2008

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Once again the top games in Japan for 2008 are dominated by Nintendo. Even though it didn't claim the best selling game in Japan this year—Capcom's Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G did—it published more than half of the games in the top thirty.

Media CreateAdditionally, over twenty of them were created for either the Wii or Nintendo DS, a fact that will probably ease Nintendo's pain of losing the coveted number one spot. Of the top ten, nine are on Nintendo hardware, with only one PlayStation 3 title making the list at #13. That's sure to change in 2009, when Yakuza 3 hits and, maybe, just maybe, if Final Fantasy XIII lands.

Oh, and it's probably worth noting that three of the games were originally released in 2006, with Mario Kart DS dating back to 2005. Somebody's evergreen!

Congratulations, you best sellers!

01. Monster Hunter Portable 2nd G (PSP)
02. Pokemon Platinum (DS)
03. Wii Fit (Wii)
04. Mario Kart Wii (Wii)
05. Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Wii)
06. Rhythm Tengoku Gold (DS)
07. Dragon Quest V (DS)
08. Hoshi no Kirby: Ultra Super Deluxe (DS)
09. Animal Crossing City Folk (Wii)
10. Wii Sports (Wii)

All the rest after the break..


Submitted by PPNSteve on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 07:25. categories [ ]

WiiMusic

WiiMusic Box Art WiiMusic

Platform: Nintendo Wii Software

Launch Date: 10/20/08
ESRB: E (Everyone)
Game Type: Music
Accessories:

Wii Remote™
Nunchuk™
Wii Balance Board™

Players: 1-4
Developer: Nintendo

KEY INFORMATION
Create a musical masterpiece with up to four players. Anyone can play the huge selection of instruments in Wii Music with simple motions-like strumming and drumming.

  • It's easy to play improv jams. Musicians in your band jam by simply playing their instruments to the beat of a song or by improvising to their heart's content. Play faster. Play slower. Skip a beat, or throw in 10 more. No matter what you do, Wii Music automatically transforms your improv stylings into great music. There are no mistakes-just playing for the pure joy of playing.
  • Wii controls immerse you in the music. You can play most of the 60-plus instruments in Wii Music using simple motions with the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers. Strum to play guitar, banjo and sitar. Drum to play jazz drums, congas and marching drums. Hammer away to play piano, vibraphone and marimba. Unlike most music games, Wii Music doesn't make you use complex buttons. You only need to imitate playing the instrument.
  • Wii Music offers virtually endless ways to make music. You choose the song and instruments and decide whether to blaze through a rock take on classical songs, put a jazzy spin on folk tunes or transform Nintendo classics like the Super Mario Bros.® theme into Latin-flavored numbers. The song list is only a takeoff point-it's how you improvise with the songs that matters.
  • Send your band-jam recordings to Wii Friends who have Wii Music. They'll see your Mii™ band members, your players' improv styles and your instrument selections. They can watch your recordings, or play over parts of your song, then send their modified recording back to you. Improv jams can be sent back and forth over WiiConnect24 and changed again and again.

Instruments: Most of the instruments in Wii Music are played primarily using simple motion controls. A handful of instruments, such as the saxophone, are played primarily by pressing buttons. Some examples:

  • Jazz Drum Set: Imagine the drum set in front of you, then use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers as drumsticks.
  • Piano: Imagine the piano in front of you, then use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to hammer on the keys, or tickle the ivories delicately, if you want.
  • Acoustic Guitar: Hold the Nunchuk controller high like a guitar neck, then strum with the Wii Remote controller.
  • Saxophone: Hold the Wii Remote to your mouth to really get into the act of playing, then tilt the Wii Remote upward to belt out loud music or downward to play quietly. You press buttons to play sounds.
  • Violin: Imagine a violin tucked under your chin as you hold the Nunchuk like its neck, then draw the Wii Remote back and forth across its violin strings, while pressing buttons to play notes.
  • Additional Button Control: All instruments offer additional button control for more musical variety. This differs by instrument. For example, while "hammering on the piano," holding the A Button makes an improvised note repeat the last note from the melody, rather than play a random note from the song's main chord. And holding the B Button cuts off each piano note for a clipped "staccato" effect.

Tutes: Wii Music stands in a class of its own. Compared to most other music games, which penalize players if they don't play perfectly, Wii Music is a musical playground where there are no mistakes. But there are nearly limitless ways to play the instruments and songs, and that's where the Tutes come in. When not playing with friends, you can invite jam masters known as Tutes to play with you. They'll join a session playing an instrument that each thinks is strong for a specific song. You can simply enjoy the musical camaraderie, or pick up instrument tips by watching them jam. Each of the 60-plus instruments has a lot of musical depth and variety. The Tutes will show you lots of techniques for many of these instruments, then ask you to follow their examples. They'll start with the simplest techniques, then as you master each one, show you even more nuanced ones.

Getting the Band Together: Every band has six members: Two play the main melody, two cover the percussion beats, one covers the bass groove and one uses the song's chords to support the melody. As a band, the six members often play their special parts at the same time, though each player can jam however and whenever he or she wants. Play all at once. Take turns in the spotlight. Pair up in creative ways throughout the song. You can bring the band to life by yourself, playing one part at a time-or with up to four players.

  • Solo play: When you play by yourself, you can add one part at a time to arrange the whole song exactly how you want. The Tutes are on hand to back up your band in any parts you need filled.
  • Multiplayer: When in a band with friends, up to four people can be band members.
  • Wii Friends: Using WiiConnect24, you can send your jam videos to Wii Friends who own Wii Music. They can then watch your performance, modify it to their liking and send their jam videos back to you.

Beyond the Jam:
Wii Music includes many other modes besides the main band jams, including several musical games and an enhanced video playback mode for recorded jams.

  • Play it again: Use the playback mode to see your jam recordings brought to life with dramatic camera angles.
  • Pick up the baton: Command an orchestra in the conducting game where you'll wave the Wii Remote controller like a conductor's baton to lead a Mii orchestra through orchestrated music. Make them play quickly, slowly, strongly or gently.
  • Ring a bell? Play a handbells game where you'll swing your Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers to play your two handbells as part of a larger ensemble. Everyone on the team has a job to do: Play one of your notes only when the tune demands it.
  • An ear for music: Take a tone quiz that tests your musical ear by giving you challenges, like putting note-playing Miis in order from lowest to highest pitch.
  • Bang the drum: Play a virtual drum set in the drumming mode, the one mode in Wii Music that also uses the Wii Balance Board accessory (sold with Wii Fit™). You'll use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers as drumsticks, and place both feet on the Wii Balance Board-which work as virtual pedals for the bass drum and hi-hat cymbal.
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News: NPD Says Nintendo DS and Wii Finish 1 and 2 in August U.S. Sales

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NPD SAYS NINTENDO DS AND WII FINISH 1 AND 2 IN AUGUST U.S. SALES

NintendoSept. 11, 2008 - Nintendo DS™ and Wii™ again topped the hardware sales charts for August, according to the independent NPD Group, which tracks video game sales in the United States. In August, more than 514,000 portable Nintendo DS systems sold in the United States, bringing the lifetime U.S. total to nearly 22 million. In August, more than 448,000 Wii consoles sold in the United States, bringing the lifetime U.S. total to nearly 12 million and extending its lead as the best-selling video game console of this generation.


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NPD Predicts Wii Will Win in July Sales Stats

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This morning the NPD Group released their July sales preview. While the monthly data that NPD typically sends out is hard numbers, these are all predictions based on their analysis of early sales. Those hard numbers won't be hitting till later this month.NPD Group

The in-depth packet doesn't give us predictions of the top selling games of the month across the board, it does tell us that the group believes that the Wii will manage to outsell the Playstaiton 3 and Xbox 360 combined in July and than the DS will approach tripling Playstation Portable sales.


Submitted by PPNSteve on Mon, 08/11/2008 - 16:24. categories [ ]

Nintendo is Selling units and making BIG money

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Nintendo just released their financial results for Q1 2009, and as part of that have revealed not only how much hardware they've shifted between April and June 2008, but how much they've managed to shift over each of their console's lifespans. And it's interesting reading, because while the Wii continues to go from strength to strength, the DS is showing a sales downturn (albeit a minor one). Could we finally be seeing the handheld's high-water mark?Nintendo

Here's the sales data for each console over the quarter (Apr-Jun 08), with lifetime figures in brackets.
Wii

Japan - 530,000 (6.4 million)
North America - 2.5 million (13.1 million)
Europe/Aus/Asia - 2.15 million (10 million)
Total - 5.17 million (29.62 million)

DS

Japan - 580,000 (22.9 million)
North America - 2.7 million (25.1 million)
Europe/Aus/Asia - 3.65 million (29.5 million)
Total - 6.94 million (77.5 million)

Submitted by PPNSteve on Wed, 07/30/2008 - 12:09. categories [ ]

OK, E3 2008 press conferences are now over.. Who had the best show?

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Microsoft (X-Box)
6% (3 votes)
Nintendo (Wii, NDS)
31% (16 votes)
Sony (PS2, PS3, PSP)
45% (23 votes)
I missed them :(
14% (7 votes)
What?
4% (2 votes)
Total votes: 51

Submitted by PPNSteve on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 20:14. categories [ ]

NEWS: NINTENDO - E3 Press Briefing Wrap-Up

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Here is a summary of the Nintendo News Conference at this year's E3 convention.. Looks like its been a great year for Nintendo. First off, Iwata spoke about how the paradigm of games has shifted over the past 5 years.Nintendo E3 Press Conference

Animal Crossing City Folk was unveiled for Wii, it'll offer Wii Speak which is a community mic..sounds interesting! 3 titles shown as videos: Star Wars Clone Wars with lightsabre battles, Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party that has balance board support and COD World at War which has Zapper support and has co-op (although I'm not sure if its online or not)


Submitted by PPNSteve on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 18:39. categories [ ]

STAR WARS™: THE FORCE UNLEASHED™

 Box Art STAR WARS™: THE FORCE UNLEASHED™ GAME DATA

PLATFORMS: Wii, Nintendo DS

GENRE: Action/Adventure

PUBLISHER: LucasArts

DEVELOPERS

Krome Studios (Wii)
n-Space, Inc. (Nintendo DS)

ESRB RATING: RP for Rating Pending

RELEASE DATE:
Summer 2008
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