If you enjoy playing casino games such as poker and blackjack, then there are some great games you can play with other players all over the world, right from your home on your Nintendo Wii. With your Wii remote you can enjoy an entirely different way of playing that gets you right to the heart of the action. Here are some of the games you can try out.
Texas Hold’em Tournament is a fantastic progressive poker game in which you start playing in various gaming halls with the object as reaching the dizzy heights of the Las Vegas Championship. You can play against up to six other players when you connect to the internet.
The World Series of Poker: Tournament of Champions is another great poker game for the Wii and it is a great way to learn all about the game right from the basics such as pot odds and hand rankings right up to sophisticated techniques such as player style analysis, and how to use this knowledge to turn the tables to your benefit.
If online blackjack is more to your style than poker, then you should dry out V.I.P. Casino: Blackjack and it is claimed that this is the best virtual blackjack game ever created. Up to four players can take part and playing the game with the Wii remote is both easy and fun. You can try out various blackjack playing strategies and find those that work best for you, and as your game improves you climb the high roller status ranks.
For a taste of real Vegas, try out Vegas Party. This game is an amalgam of an adventure game and various gambling games in which you assume the identity of one of the game’s 12 characters. You travel the length of the Strip and visit 17 casinos where you can play up to 15 different games which range from slots to baccarat and include blackjack, poker, greyhounds and darts.
All of these games are available to play on your Wii, or your Wii U. We have casinos right here in Oklahoma and who knows maybe one day you might take a trip to Vegas. What better way to brush up on yourskills than with a little practice before you go?
The long delay-filled journey of Brian Provinciano’s Retro City Rampage is soon coming to an end. The game originally began development in 2002 as an homage to GTA III on a custom built NES development kit. It was announced for WiiWare years ago and was supposed to hit that platform first. It didn’t. It first landed on the PS3 and PC last year, XBLA earlier in January and will finally make its debut on WiiWare next week on February 28th.
The wait by Wii owners could be considered a little sweet, however, as the game will be $5 cheaper at 1,000 Wii points. It will also include the original Grand Theftendo ROM, which is now being called ROM City Rampage. This additional mode is the game as it would have been on the NES and is 100% accurate to that hardware meaning it could be played on the original system.
The “box art” for the game features a parody of Doc Brown and Marty McFly (?) from Back to the Future. I like the idea of the original ROM bonus, but I think a better name for it would have been Retro City ROMpage.
At last count I had somewhere around 150 games on my Wii’s SD card. With the launch of a new system approaching I was going to either have both a Wii and Wii U hooked up or I was going to hope that all of my digital library would transfer when the new system launches. We’ve heard rumors, but had no concrete evidence, of how Nintendo would handle the transition of digital content on Wii U. Today they’ve confirmed that ALL of your WiiWare and Virtual Console games can transfer to Wii U. According to a Nintendo rep who spoke on the transfers:
I can confirm that you will be able to transfer your content from your Wii to the new Wii U. Wii U owners can wirelessly transfer content such as Miis, and WiiWare and Virtual Console games to their Wii U systems. Both systems will need to be connected to the Internet [sic] and the Wii U will need an SD card to facilitate the transfer. The process is very similar to transferring content from Nintendo DS to Nintendo 3DS or from Nintendo 3DS to Nintendo 3DS XL; which has been received positively by consumers. Transferred Wii content is accessible and can be played through Wii Mode, an application on the Wii U’s main menu.
I’m really glad to know this is going to happen. They did confirm there will be no GameCube compatibility on Wii U. I’m pretty sure this is paving the way for them to add a GameCube section to the eShop at some point in the future.
The story of La-Mulana has definitely been one of ups and downs. The game was announced a couple of years ago and the development ended up talking way longer than expected. Back in March it was announced that the game would not see a release in North America for a number of reasons, one being that it was going to be hard to get the Japanese DLC over here. Well, the game has been picked up by another publisher and it will be seeing a North American release after all.
EnjoyUp Games has picked up the title and will be releasing it to WiiWare on September 20th. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself if you’re not sure about trying this game. Do you like Indiana Jones? Do you like caves? Did you enjoy playing Cave Story? Do you like giant, screen-filling lizard bosses? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then you might be interested in this game. It will cost you 1000 Wii Points to download. Press release and screens after the jump. Read more…
This week’s Club Nintendo reward is Fluidity, which if I remember correctly has been offered through Club Nintendo once already. You have until August 19th to download the WiiWare title for 150 Coins. I downloaded this game the first time it was available, but I’ve only actually played a couple of levels so far. That’s a great use of Club Nintendo coins isn’t it? Almost as good as that time I “bought” Urban Champion for 150 coins.
I’ve heard that Fluidity is actually a pretty good physics based puzzle game. Steve Conger over at the Gamesmen swears by it. You also have until August 12th to pick up the Game Boy game Golf through the 3DS Virtual Console.
The next Club Nintendo digital reward is now available and it’s a WiiWare game. Bonsai Barber, which has you giving virtual veggies “hair” cuts to match a particular style. I never played this one, but it was always one I was interested in. I might have to check it out. It’s currently available for download through Club Nintendo for 150 coins and will be available until August 5th.
The 3DS eShop offering, Starship Defense, is still available until July 29th when a new reward will take its place.
If you’ve purchased a lot of WiiWare or Virtual Console content on the Wii and you’re worried if that content will be able to be moved when you buy a Wii U, have no fear. During a recent interview with Kotaku, NoA President Reggie Fils-Aime said that, “Wii owners will be able to transfer their game saves and any purchased content from the Wii to the Wii U.” I remember hearing at some point during E3 that it was only confirmed for Virtual Console titles so I reached out to Nintendo for some clarification.
According to the PR rep from Nintendo I spoke with “Wii owners will be able to play their favorite Wii games, use their Wii remotes and peripherals such as the Balance Board and transfer their Miis as well as WiiWare and Virtual Console content from Wii to Wii U.”
That pretty much sums up the situation right there. Remember, content that was purchased through the DSiWare store was transferrable to the 3DS when the system launched so it makes sense that Nintendo would be working on a similar solution to the problem with the Wii U. The rep would not confirm any details as to how that process will work, only that further details would be available closer to launch.
The hits just keep coming. This week another celebrity takes a shot at The Hot Seat when Mel Kirk from Zen Studios tests his knowledge of Mass Effect. After the smoke clears we pick his brain about Marvel Pinball and all other things Zen Studios. Do you think you know all there is about the misadventures of Commander Shepard? Listen and find out.
The Question Block – 53
Round 1 – Tony’s WiiWare Music
Round 2 – XBLA
Round 3 – The Icarus Factor
Round 4 – Mass Effect (Mel Kirk)
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The digital rewards train continues for Club Nintendo members. It’s a new month and that means new games available to redeem your coins on. This month we get four new titles.
Art Style: Pictobits (150 Coins) (DSiWare)
Snowpack Park (150 Coins) (WiiWare)
3DS Classics: Urban Champion (150 Coins) (eShop)
Eco Shooter: Plant 350 (200 Coins) (WiiWare)
These new rewards should be available through May 31st when a new set will go up. All you need to do is log into Club Nintendo and click on the picture of the game you want to redeem it. It will give you a code that you can then put into either the WiiWare store or the 3DS eShop. None of the rewards are available for DSiWare owners.
I think the Art Style game looks interesting and I might be willing to drop 150 coins on 3D Classics: Urban Champion.
We have a great interview right here, folks. This time Tony and I have a chat with RedLynx community manager, Daniel Nixon. We had an absolute blast recording this one so I’m sure y’all will enjoy listening to it. We ask Daniel about the development and community for MotoHeroz, what we can expect from the upcoming Trials Evolution and its achievements and we also ask about RedLynx’s future with the Wii U and 3DS. Then at some point, Daniel and I turn on Tony and put him in his place. Serves him right. That Tony guy acts like he can do whatever he wants just because he hosts the show.
If you want to become a part of the RedLynx community, you can follow them on Twitter (@RedLynxGamer) or join their Facebook group right here. You can keep an eye on all RedLynx has to announce by reading their blog (written by Daniel himself) and don’t forget to head over to their forums and discuss all the ways you think Altaïr could ride a motorcycle. Thanks again to Daniel for taking the time to talk with us.
Starring – Tony, Daniel, Shelby
Run time – 30:09
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