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All posts tagged "wii"

  • Nintendo shuttering online services for Wii, DS from 20 May

    Nintendo’s killing all online services for two of its most popular consoles: the DS, and its former best-selling console, the Wii as from 20 May. In an official blog post, the Japanese gaming giant says that services such as leaderboards, YouTube streaming and multiplayer gaming for both consoles will end. The termination of online services is worldwide. What will remain, according to Nintendo Australia is the money-making branch, namely the online stores for both the DS (including the DSi) and Wii. The following is a list of all services that will remain unaffected: Internet Channel Nintendo DS Browser Nintendo DSi Browser Nintendo DSi Shop Nintendo Wi-Fi...

  • Jawbone UP now tracking our lazy asses on Android

    Jawbone’s UP, a Fuelband-style device that tracks physical activities, is now available for Android. UP spent a fair amount of time on iTunes before making its way to the Play Store, where it’ll now work on premier devices such as the Galaxy S III, Nexus 4, Note II and others (hopefully this includes the S IV, which has its own fitness band and accessories).  UP costs US$129 and can be ordered here. For the uninitiated, UP is a wearable fitness watch that tracks sleeping patterns, physical activities such as running, and communicates with the free app to encourage “social exercising...

  • China is considering revoking its ban on gaming consoles [report]

    My gaming fanatic colleague Charlie just sent me an email at midnight in his timezone (he’s in the US), so either it’s a drunken missive or it’s big news. Turns out it’s the latter: Chinese government sources have told the China Daily that “authorities are reviewing a decade-long ban on game consoles and considering the possibility of opening up the country’s video game hardware market.” Banned since 2000 on the grounds of “the potential harm” to children, gaming consoles like the PS3, PSP, Wii, and XBox have nonetheless long been available in China via the so-called gray import market (along with a...

  • Win Mario Party 9 with Gearburn.com [competition closed]

    This competition is now closed. We’ve made it real easy for you this time. You all know about Mario and his skinny bro Luigi, but what if there was a third brother or sister? What would his (or her) name be? Give us the name of the third Mario brother/sister and stand a chance to win Mario Party 9 for the Nintendo Wii. Enter below in the comments, or tweet Gearburn with the hashtag #thirdmariobro. Tweet There is only one copy of Mario Party 9. The competition runs until 11 April 2012

  • Nintendo faces billion dollar loss

    Nintendo’s US$925 million losses are staggering, with the Kyoto videogame company blaming a lack of stellar titles and an ever-climbing Yen. For Nintendo, this is a full-year loss and for any other company would surely be a nail in its coffin. Nintendo issued a statement preceding the sales report. “Profits suffered due to re-evaluation of assets in foreign currencies, exchange losses totalling 52.4-billion yen (US$711 million) occurred”. It piled its gaming eggs into one...

  • ABBA to release dance title for Wii

    Musical games are a dime a dozen, with every popular band from Green Day to The Beatles having released its own private karaoke-light console experience. Swedish pop mega group ABBA is now primed and ready to release its own take on the music-genre with ABBA You Can Dance for the Nintendo Wii come november. ABBA You Can Dance is being designed and produced by Ubisoft. According to Ubisoft senior VP of sales and marketing, Tony Key, the game helps cement Ubisoft’s position as the “dancing kings of the videogame market” . “With ABBA You Can Dance, players can dance, they can...

  • Wii U & Me

    So now we know what Nintendo had up its sleeves: the Wii U controller-tablet hybrid. There was talk that the new Nintendo console would be called simply “Nintendo”. I favoured of that name, since it brought back memories of the days when that word itself was a synonym for video games. Instead, the new Nintendo console is called Wii U, most likely to capitalize on the positive brand image of the original Wii. I was never a fan of the name Wii, and this isn’t lighting my fire either. Name aside, however, I’ll admit that I am intrigued by Nintendo’s...

  • Ubisoft jumps on Nintendo’s ‘Wii U’

    French videogame titan Ubisoft is throwing its weight behind Nintendo’s second-generation Wii U videogame console. Ubisoft chief executive Yves Guillemot and teams working on titles tailored to the new console starred at a Nintendo developers roundtable late Wednesday at the premier Electronic Entertainment Expo. “This is certainly a first during my presidency at Nintendo,” Nintendo’s global chief Satoru Iwata said as he introduced “a most important partner,” Ubisoft. Ubisoft was the first third-party game publisher to have games ready for the original Wii when the consoles that transformed play with motion-sensing wand controls were released in 2006. The company is now pouncing on...

  • Nintendo out for all gamers with “Wii U” console

    Nintendo on Tuesday provided the first glimpse of a second-generation Wii console designed to dispel notions its system is not up to the standards of “hardcore” videogame players. “Wii U” builds on the Japanese videogame titan’s record of hardware innovation with a controller that combines a tablet computer-style touchscreen with toggles and buttons used for blockbuster shooter or action titles. “The boundaries that once divided players are starting to be erased,” Nintendo chief executive Satoru Iwata said as the world got a look at the Wii U at the opening of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. “For Nintendo, the goal...

  • Wiill it be HD and awesome too?

    Now that the rumours of a new next generation Nintendo console have made their debut ahead of anything real making their debuts at the E3 event, thanks to Game Informer magazine, please allow me to the first to speculate the hell out of what I think this console will be. Or rather should be. Let the rumour mill start to grind. This “announcement” shouldn’t really come as a surprise. Historically, Nintendo has always released its home console shortly after the release of a handheld. The original Gameboy was available for retail in 1989, with the Super Nintendo following it in...