Thursday, August 23, 2007

Wii beats Xbox 360 in total consoles sold

Today is being marked as the official day that the Wii overtook the Xbox 360 in total console sales. As you can see above, the console is still losing in the U.S. market, however due to its popularity in Japan, was able to edge out the Xbox 360 and claim the top spot. With the console releasing last November, its continued shortages only make this feat that much more impressive.

Friday, April 27, 2007

New Wii Internet Browser

By know you have probably all downloaded the updated version of the Wii internet browser. If not, I recommend you do it very soon. Seeing as for now, this upgrade is free. But come June, the upgrade will cost 500 Wii points.

After playing around with it for a while, I see some great improvements, especially for a wider tv, black bars have been removed, etc.

Here are some handy button combos to make your couch surfing that much easier:

B Button + Left Arrow = Search
B Button + Right Arrow = Enter web address
B Button + Up Arrow = Reload
B Button + Down Arrow = Favorites
B Button + (+) key = Page forward
B Button + (-) key = Page backward

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Ben's Virtual Console Titles

Been a while since i posted some Wii news on here... What's new... A couple of games, Wii Play and Throma Center are my last 2 purchases in local stores. I have picked up a few VC games hough... here is a list of the ones i have so far. Fun to play these with the classic controller. I remember being better at Super mario bros. though. :(

800 points. One of the best 16 bit platformers. if you liked Contra, you'll love this one. 4.5/5

800 Wii points. Fun platformer with kick-ass graphics for the SNES. Fun play. 4.5/5

500 Wii points. One of the last NES carts to come out. Fun little puzzler. 4/5

500 points. A classic. Cool to have on the Wii. 5/5

Super Paper Mario

Anyone getting this? Looks cool

Cool Games List System

See my Nintendo DS and Wii Games List!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Monday, March 12, 2007

Mario Galaxy 2nd Trailer

Here's a new trailer for the upcoming Mario Wii game, possibly called, Mario Galaxy. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Wii Tennis: Conan vs. Serena

Great Marketing for Nintendo. Check this one out!

Thursday, February 01, 2007

I want my Wii Channels

Great article
on IGN about the potential of Wii channels...

Funny Wii Boxing Glitch

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wii Modchips

2 Wii modchips will be hitting the scene this weekend

The Wiija Wii modchip

And the CycloWiz Wii modchip

Both mod chips seems a little sketchy. I will wait until I hear some reviews before I make any decisions.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Wii Game Copies

Today I have found out that, if you have a LG drive (more specifically a LG-8164b, LG-8163b or LG-8162b),
then you can slap your Wii game into your drive and make yourself a backup. The program and creators are here.

Be prepared to leave your PC on for quite some time, because it takes over 50 hours to copy a game, also, there is no way to play your backup yet. There are quite a few rumors of a Wii modchip called xenowii (<- link might only work on firefox and linux, let me know), that is currently under development. From what I have read and watched (below) the Wii and the gamecube have very similar copy protection, and the xeno team was the first team to create a mod chip for the gamecube. So it is very plausible that they will be creating the very first Wii modchip as well.

Here is a conference on Wii vs Gamecube security. It is very technical, and the jokes are very... technical. But I found it an interesting watch anyway.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Woman dies after water-drinking contest

Wow, this is a weird one. A 28 year old Rancho Cordova woman has died from her participation in a radio contest to win a Wii. Some clever monkey at station KDND 107.9 out of Sacramento, thought it would be hilarious to hold a "Hold your Wee for a Wii" contest (get it?). Contestants were given water to drink and whoever could drink the most without peeing, would get the Wii.

According to one contestant, the lady in question, Jennifer Strange, drank at least five 8oz bottles of water in the first hour and even more afterwards, but no one knows for sure how much exactly she consumed. The coroner said that early investigation showed signs that her death might have been caused by water intoxication. It should be noted though, that this is NOT the official word as of yet, just the preliminary findings.

I think the saddest part of this story is that Mrs. Strange was trying to win the Wii for her three children. Another strange death surrounding America's obsession with the new generation video game consoles. I must say, the mind reels.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Wii Stand

If anyone sees this in a store, could you flag where you saw it... i would like to get a better look at it and maybe pick it up.

Warrio Ware

"The WarioWare team took an idea so wacky, it could only be made with the latest technology: the Wii Remote controller! Wario stumbles into an old building called the Temple of Form. Inside, he finds a mystical treasure called the Form Baton. There are many ways to hold and move the baton (called "forms"), and legend has it that if the holder follows the forms, he can overcome any challenge. With this discovery, the form craze spreads and soon everybody is doing their best to master the moves."

THis is coming out this Tuesday... Who's getting this? I read somewhere that it will use Miis in a few games. I think that This and Wii Play are my next 2 purchases.

If someone see a great deal in a flyer somewhere, let up know.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Wii Component Cables?

Are upgrading your Wii Component cables really worth it? Benoit and I each say yes, but you no longer have to take our word...

Video test of Composite vs Component

Upgrading from 480i to 480p makes quite a noticeable difference if your tv can display the 480p resolution. The contributors here at Mii Space say go for this upgrade.

Wii Sports: Bowling Secret

Perhaps this is old news for most of you out there, however, Ferda and I have recently been able to get an automatic strike in the 10th frame of the power bowling training game. Getting a strike here is nearly impossible without this trick since there are 99 pins!

It's quite simple, really. As you progress throughout the training game, the number of pins increase and so does the width of the lane. And on the final frame (10th), move your mii all the way to the right side, and line yourself up with the blue barrier. You might have to aim slightly to the right as well, and maybe place some spin on the ball so it won't roll off. Now what you want to do here is throw the ball high enough to ride all the way down the barrier and fall off at the end. If it falls off the barrier to either side, left or right, the trick doesn't' work. So if you've done it correctly, the ball will 'hit' the little red light at the end of the lane and you should hear a small 'click'. After that, a large explosion happens, shaking ALL the pins to the ground.

Hello automatic strike!

Notes: I haven't tested this with left-handed bowlers, as far as I know, it only work with right-handed bowlers.

[Thanks to Darryl for showing me this]

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Review: Excite Truck

One of the launch titles for the Nintendo Wii that didn't get a lot of credit was Excite Truck. Not surprisingly, seeing that it was launched beside Zelda: Twilight Princess, and those Zelda fanboys really pushed TP into the limelight immediately, leaving Excite Truck unfairly behind. However, this is sincerely a solid title. I picked it up last night - and the Excite series of games (ExciteBike for both NES and N64) did not disappoint.

First impressions: Great graphics, unique gameplay thanks to the motion-sensing Wii remote, and a pretty quick learning curve once you remember to not steer using the D-pad. After years and years of playing racing games on consoles and using the D-pad and analog sticks to steer, it is kind of hard to change those habits and start steering by tilting the remote. Once you get it, though, you will never play another racing title the same way.

Sound: The soundtrack for this game isn't all that great to be honest: it's full of mediocre, japanese rock bands that I could live without hearing. But Excite Truck doesn't stop there. Nintendo made a fantastic decision to allow for custom music stored on a SD card. I am lucky enough to own a couple 512mb SD cards for my digital camera, so before I even loaded the game for the first time, I copied a whole pile of music onto the SD card and popped it into the slot. Very easy, the Wii automatically finds all MP3's on the card, and adds them to the playlist. You can even tell the game to ignore the standard music and play straight from your custom playlist.

Visuals: We all know that of the 3 next-gen consoles available, the Wii comes in third for graphics processor. But that doesn't stop Excite Truck from looking great. Sharp details on trucks, and items in the background and foreground, make this look very clean and crisp. Hit the boost and you get the speed-blur we are used to from games such as NFS and Burnout. A quality HUD shows what you need, without cluttering the screen. Everything comes together to really put you in the action.

Overall: Take my advice - this is a title not to be missed. Whether you rent or buy, check this game out. And considering this is one of the first titles to hit the Wii, I can assure you this console will kick ass for years to come.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Wii Find: FineTune for Wii

Awesome streaming music Site for the Wii.

Introducing FineTune for Wii

This is not for games, but for music. But it is very well done. It is tailored to the Wii and very clean. I've played with it for a bit, and it seems to work a bit like You can input the name of a band or musician you like and it will pipe out similar music. You can also listen to some preset playlists.

FlashGaming Find: Orisinal


Try the first one! As they say, it owns!

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Wii Play Game Details - Out Feb 13

Wii play collects nine quick and addictive games that are easytopick up and play and hard to put away. Thanks to the intuitive controls of the wii remote, even the most inexperienced gamers will have no trouble mastering the controls. Wii play features nine separate mini-games, including the following:

Shooting Range, a point-and-fire game of target practice in the Duck Hunt tradition

Billiards, a simplified variation of nine-ball with stunningly realistic physics that uses your Wii Remote as your pool cue

Find Mii, in which you scan the crowds to find the right Mii - Miis you and your friends created make an appearance

Tanks!, where you command a toy tank on a miniature battlefield in a gauntlet of 100 missions

Other games include Pose Mii, Table Tennis, Fishing, Charge! and Laser Hockey

Assured purchase for mii!

Friday, January 05, 2007

Folks going bananas fot Wiimote

Techies might want to keep an ee on these 2 sites. Looks like people are taking a liking the the Wiimote and it's bluetooth connectivity.

For both PCs and Macs.

Wii Humour

One of the reasons i find this one soo funny is that every time Cinthia goes to bed after playing Elebits, she complains on how when she closes her eyes, she sees little blue Elebits everywhere. Heheheh!

Wii Sports Accessories

Wii Sports Accessories via Gizmodo

But where are the boxing gloves, and bowling ball?

Virtual Console Cautions

I am not usually one to push my opinions on other people - (unless of course when referring to the ever-touchy Media Center vs MythTV debate) - however, I do have some advice for my fellow Wii owners concerning the virtual console on our beloved Nintendo Wii:

Wii Points (used to buy virtual console games) are not free, they come at a price: 2000 points for $20 US. Add exchange, provincial and federal taxes - and you are getting close to 30 big ones.

Typically, judging from what Nintendo has offered us so far, games range from 500 - 1500 points. So that $30 can be burned up quite quickly in buying just two games. I'm not a cheap-o, I just want to remind you that many of these games you probably already own (Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros). If you stop and think before buying, you might remember that you can save yourself some cash for future Wii releases if you just take out that old NES, dust it off, and blow cartridge for five minutes.

Thank you - that is all.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Java games anyone?

I put two links to cool Wii game sites in java. Homebrew on the Wii will likely grow in the next few months.

Anyone know of sites which would carry flash 7 games?

Matt's Wii

I also got a Wii on release day.

I was unable to find a pre-order and decided I would show up early and line up for a Wii.
My first instinct was to go to a small out of the way store (Loblaws Superstore Electronics department), so I called them the day before, and they informed me they had 6 Wii's.
After calling the local Walmart and finding out they had about 50, I decided I liked the comfort of the Walmart return policy better than Loblaws, I found out they were recommending everyone show up two hours before the store opens to get one, so I decide I should show up 3 hours early, unfortunately, they open at 7.

On a separate note, not having put the Nintendo release in my calendar, I also scheduled a party/gathering at my house the night before release, midnight rolls around and the party subsides, and I go to bed, and the alarm seems to go off right away.. look at that 3:00.... ok, lets get moving, it's cold out (colder than it is now in January I think) , I get a chair, a book, a coat and scarf, tuque, etc... and head out the door.

I get to Walmart, and look at the time 3 frickin' 30, My first glance at walmart and it looks empty, with a few cars in the parking lot. I think wft, am I the only one here?
Then I roll around to the other doors, and have the opposite reaction... crap that's a lot of people!
I get in line and talk to a few people, and find out they think I am 38 ish, I decide I want to know a more accurate number, and I walk through the line saying hi, and asking how many Wii's will be purchased in their group,

I find myself at #41 (or around 41 I'm not 100% sure anymore)

The consensus in the line is that there are 60ish Wii's in the store, Walmart would not give an exact number, I assume to keep the end of the line more civil.

The line doubles in size between 3:30 and 6:30, many people are showing up and leaving

7:00 rolls around, Jenn brings me a coffee from Timmies, and Walmart starts letting us in 10 at a time.

I end up getting my Wii, another controller and numchuck and Zelda. Yay.
(then get Rayman later)

Jamerda's Wii

As you may have read from super_ap, James and Ferda have also been lucky enough to have purchased a Wii.

Ferda was at Walmart one morning when they made an announcement that a shipment of Wii's had just arrived. Ferda dropped everything and ran to the electronics department and got in line. Hello fun new toy!

We currently own Wii Sports, Elebits, and Monkey Ball. I think Wii Sports and Elebits are getting the most play time so far. In fact, we are completely hooked on the fitness test part of Wii Sports. It's almost become a daily challenge for us to improve our Wii Sports Fitness Age.

Speaking of my Wii Sports Fitness Age, I am pleased to report that I scored a 21 last night. I destroyed my way through 3 random events of bowling, tennis, and baseball.

What's your Wii Sports Fitness Age?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Replacement Wiimote Straps Arrive

I received my replacement Wiimote straps in the mail today.

If you don't have yours, visit the Official Nintendo Site.

Wii humour on the ... ahem... injuries.

VC: Warrio's Woods

I bought my second Virtual Console Game this past week-end: Warrio's Woods (500 points).

So far, i am very pleased with my purchase. i had never tried it before and upon reading some reviews, i ordered it. It's some kind of tetris clone game with a twist. It was apparently the last game released on the original NES. It stars Toad from Mario Bros fame.

A great puzzler.

My rating: 7 out of 10 Mario Stars

Little Wii Component Cables

Picked up some Component cables right before Xmas. i was surprised to see them while Christmas shopping as I had read on the Web that these were pretty hard to find and fetching a good price on Ebay. The first set of cables I found was at Microplay in Gatineau. they were priced at $39.99. I picked'em up but decided I would do a little research on them before opening the package.

Good thing I waited because during Xmas holidays, I found a set by MadCatz for $25 at EBGames. Returned the unopened cables the next day. Been happier ever since.

Are they worth it? For me - definately. Given that I play on a Plasma and that the cable that came with the Wii was a single yellow RCA... I can definately see the difference - especially on Zelda. If you have a regular TV without 480 output; i wouldn't bother.

Mii Introduction: Benoit

There is am... Story thus far with the Wii for me is that I picked it up on November 19th (release day baby!!!). My console was pre-ordered at EBGames in early October by Cinthia's dad. We didn't have any problems picking it up on release day.

Games purchased on launch day: Wii Sports, Zelda, Marvel Alliance, Rayman, Super Monkeyball.

I also picked up an extra controller and nunchuck (thank goodness!)... these things sure are hard to come by!

I have since picked up Elebits and bought 2 Virtual Console games: SMB and Warrio's Woods.

My Wii Console #: 8371 6078 9549 4402

That's it for now.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Wii Unites the World

What's it all about?

The Wii (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Manufacturer Nintendo
Type Video game console
Generation Seventh generation era
First available North America November 19, 2006
JP December 2, 2006
AU IT December 7, 2006
EU December 8, 2006
CPU IBM PowerPC-based[1] "Broadway"
GPU ATI "Hollywood"
Media 12 cm Wii Optical Disc
8 cm Nintendo GameCube Game Disc
System storage 512MB Internal flash memory
GameCube Memory Card
Secure Digital card
Connectivity Wi-Fi
USB 2.0 x2
LAN Adapter (via USB)
Online service Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection
Virtual Console
Wii Channels

Units sold Worldwide: 1 million+ as of December 7, 2006[2]
United States: 476,000 as of December 1, 2006[3]
Japan: 823,311 as of December 24, 2006[4]
Europe: 325,000 as of December 13, 2006[5]
Australia: 32,901 as of December 10, 2006[6]
compatibility Nintendo GameCube
Predecessor Nintendo GameCube

The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun "we," IPA: [wiː]) is a video game console released by Nintendo. The console was previously known by its project code name of Revolution, and is the successor to the Nintendo GameCube. Although Nintendo states that its console targets a broader demographic than that of Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3,[7] as part of the seventh generation of gaming consoles it competes with the other two on some levels.

A distinguishing feature of the console is its wireless controller, the Wii Remote, which can be used as a handheld pointing device and can detect motion and rotation in three dimensions. Notable among the console's internal features is WiiConnect24, which enables it to receive messages and updates over the Internet while consuming very little electrical power.

Nintendo first mentioned the console in the 2004 E3 press conference and later unveiled the system at the 2005 E3. Satoru Iwata revealed a prototype of the controller at the September 2005 Tokyo Game Show.[8] In the 2006 E3, it won the first of several awards.[9] By December 8, 2006, the console completed its launch in three key markets.

Friday, January 03, 2003

Wii are Live

Let's see where Wii will go with this...

Matt, James, Ferda, Cinthia... Wii can now play...

By all means, feel free to modify this site to your liking and invite Wii friends to join in...