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Sat 11/11/06 at 15:03
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Nintendo Wii Launch - 6 Days

This thread will be updated frequently, and will have all the information you need to know.

United Kingdom - 6 Days - 8 December 2006
North America - Out now!
Japan - December 2

Wii Console Price: £180
Wii Game: £30-40, suggested
Wii Remote Cost: £30
Wii Nunchuk add-on: £15
Wii Classic Controller: £15
Wii Zapper: TBA

Visual Looks:

Wii Console
Wii Remote
Wii Remote + Nunchuk add-on
Game Box Art
Wii retail box

Video Demonstrations

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (SPOILERS)
Red Steel
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi 2
Wii Sports
Excite Truck
Wii Play
Call of Duty 3
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent
Far Cry
Wii getting ripped out of it's box!

Inside the Box:

- Wii Console (white)
- Wii Remote with strap
- Nunchuk
- Wii AC Adapter
- Wii Stereo AV Cable
- Wii Stand
- Wii Stand Plate
- Wii Sensor Bar
- Sensor Bar Stand
- AA Battery
- Wii Sports game

Launch Titles:

The Legend of Zelda : Twilight Princess
Wii Play (including Wii Remote)
Call of Duty 3 (Activision)
Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Activision)
Tony Hawk's Downhill Jam(Activision)
Madden NFL 07 (EA)
Need For Speed: Carbon (EA)
Happy Feet (Midway Games)
Rampage: Total Destruction (Midway Games)
Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (Sega)
Gottlieb Pinball Classics (System 3)
Super Fruit Fall (System 3)
Cars (THQ)
Barnyard (THQ)
Spongebob Squarepants: Creature from the Krusty Krab (THQ)
Blazing Angels Squadrons of WWII (Ubisoft)
Far Cry Vengeance (Ubisoft)
GT Pro Series (Ubisoft)
Monster 4x4 World Circuit (Ubisoft)
Open Season (Ubisoft)
Rayman Raving Rabbids (Ubisoft)
Red Steel (Ubisoft)
Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent (Ubisoft)

Wii Interface

Wii provides a very unique and user-friendly interface for you to browse in.

You will get 6 satisfying features for you to browse in, these are, the wii menu, Mii Channel, Forecast Channel, Photo Channel, News Channel and Internet Channel. For more information on these channels go here

Wii Statues

Sites Currently Taking Pre-Orders.


Wii Points

Wii points are something used to purchase features for the Wii via Wii Shop Channel. For example you can purchase a NES game for 500 Wii points. £0.75 makes up 100 Wii points. You will need to purchase a "Wii Points card", in order to use this system.

* NES Games = 500 Wii Points
* SNES Games = 800 Wii Points (900 Wii Points in Japan on selected games)
* N64 Games = 1,000 Wii Points
* Sega Genesis Games = 800 Wii Points (600 Wii Points in Japan)
* TurboGrafix 16 Games = 600 Wii Points

Also, another advantage would be consumers would put up Wii points for offer after you buy something. For example, if you buy a Wii game you will get 1500 Wii points.

Virtual Console

You may have heard a few things about Nintendo's Virtual Console, but not quiet sure what it is. The virtual console is another feature in the Wii, which allows you to download NES, SNES, N64, T16, Genesis, Commodore 64 and MSX games.

There is one catch thou, Nintendo's virtual console is not free. You will be required to pay £3.50 for NES titles, £5.60 for SNES, £7.00 for N64, £5.60 for Genesis and £4.20 for TurboGrafx-16 in able to play these.
Fri 05/01/07 at 16:02
Posts: 10,009
I'll have to put it on my birthday list :)
Thu 04/01/07 at 22:21
Posts: 9,995
Stop dropping eaves Hedfix ;)

Alex's predicted game release dates:

Sonic ATSR 24 Feb
Mario Galaxy 1 Mar
SSBB 20 Mar
Thu 04/01/07 at 21:26
Posts: 33,481
Overheard some staff member in HMV say February.
Thu 04/01/07 at 12:11
Posts: 10,009
Anyone fancy hazarding a guess as to when it might be possible to get your hands on a Wii?
Fri 22/12/06 at 18:31
"Forum Tweener"
Posts: 1,076
The browser isn't really too interesting, although videos can be played which is a suprise. Whats the info on the stars being converted into VC points? When's it happening and whats the ratio going to be? Nintendo seem to be tight lipped about the details...

Oh yeah, and this weeks VC games are:

NES: (500 Wii Points)
Donkey Kong Jr. (1-2 players)
Soccer (1-2 players)
Tennis (1-2 players)

SEGA Mega Drive: (800 Wii Points)
ToeJam & Earl (1-2 players)
Space Harrier II (1 player)

TurboGrafx: (600 Wii Points)
Military Madness (1-2 players)
Fri 22/12/06 at 10:18
"possibly impossible"
Posts: 24,985
Opera today, yey!

Soon be able to use all those VIP points too, with Pilot Wings due out early next year and some other top VC games coming, retro gaming is looking good.

I played a load more Rayman yesterday too, but I think I might sell it soon as I've got through most of the mini-games and Wario Ware will be out in Jan.

Anyone interested (£30 inc postage if you are)
Fri 22/12/06 at 09:29
Posts: 9,995
Mine's been dispatched!

*Jumps up and down screaming japanese nonsense*
Thu 21/12/06 at 23:02
Posts: 33,481
"On another note altogether, we encountered a crippling flaw that corrupted our progress through the game completely, forcing us to restart the entire game, as our saved game wouldn't stop crashing. It was replicated on different Wiis using different copies of the retail game, which indicates that it's entirely possible for the save file to become corrupted somehow. "

- Gamespot, on Far Cry
Tue 19/12/06 at 17:11
"Forum Tweener"
Posts: 1,076

"Dec. 19, 2006 – Nintendo’s wildly popular Wii home video game system not only revolutionizes how people play games, but it also entices new people into the world of gaming.

On Dec. 22, Nintendo and Opera Software bring the Internet to the living room couch with a free trial version of the Opera Web browser. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can download a free trial Opera browser to activate the Internet Channel of the Wii Menu and begin surfing the Web.

“In addition to providing innovative and exciting new ways to play, Wii also offers further services and entertainment for all the family. This newest Wii Menu Channel is just the latest example of how we are doing this” says Nintendo of Europe Marketing Director, Laurent Fischer. “Wii is the perfect console for everyone to enjoy and this is being reflected in the phenomenal sales across Europe. ”

“Our software brings the power and reach of the Internet to the hottest video game system available,” says Scott Hedrick, Executive Vice President, Devices at Opera Software. “Wii’s unique interface adds a new dimension to our browser, making it a useful tool that the whole family will enjoy operating with ease.”

The final version of the Opera browser will be available at the end of March 2007, and will be free for all Wii owners to download through the end of June. After June 2007, the browser will be available for download in the Wii Shop Channel for 500 Wii Points.

The Internet Channel provides an optimal Web browsing experience on people’s home television. The Adobe Flash-enabled trial version of the Opera browser puts the Internet right onto owners’ television screens and lets them browse with ease, enabling them to check sports scores, plot maps or visit their favorite Web sites. Multiple family members can gather around the television to plan a holiday or make online purchases.

The pointing abilities of the Wii Remote allow users to click on links they want to see or to zoom into any part of the screen through the motion of the controller. In addition, the Wii Remote can be used with an on-screen keyboard to make text entry as easy as point and click.

The Forecast Channel, provided by Weathernews which allows users to check out weather information for anywhere in the world using a 3-D globe, is available from today.

The Internet Channel joins the four channels which have been available since launch: Disc Channel, Photo Channel, Mii™ Channel and Wii Shop Channel as well as the newly available Forecast Channel. The Internet Channel, Forecast Channel and Wii Shop Channel are available at no charge, though they require Wii owners to have a high-speed Internet connection. For more information about Wii, visit"

Ah. Clears up alot of confusion about paying for the browser and whatnot.
I checked the forcast channel out, it's pretty nifty, if not a bit pointless....
Tue 19/12/06 at 16:58
"Forum Tweener"
Posts: 1,076
Yeah, I've just got Mario 64 so far. Might get Columns and Bomberman for multiplayer action sometime soon.

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