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Nintendo Selects Receives Four New Games!

Aug. 16, 2011

Consumers and their families soon will be able to experience even more must-play games for theWii™ system at an excellent value. Nintendo has announced the addition of four games to theNintendo® Selects collection, a hot-selling series of fun, family-friendly Wii games offered at a suggested retail price of $19.99 each. Starting Aug. 28, the Nintendo Selects lineup grows to include Super Paper Mario™Mario Strikers™ ChargedPunch-Out!!™ and Super Mario Galaxy™, which is recognized as one of the most acclaimed Wii games of all time.

Already enjoyed by millions of players around the globe, games in the Nintendo Selects collection offer boundless fun at an enticing price for Wii users of any experience level, whether they want to expand their own game libraries or find affordable, fun-packed gifts for loved ones. The Wii console, which comes bundled with the Mario Kart™ Wii game and the Wii Wheel™ accessory, delivers extraordinary entertainment value for families and is available for a suggested retail price of $149.99.

Three of the four new additions to the Nintendo Selects collection invite players to interact with Nintendo’s iconic Mario™ character in imaginative and entertaining ways: Super Mario Galaxy is an out-of-this-world adventure in which Mario must travel through outer space to rescue Princess Peach™ from the devious Bowser™; Super Paper Mario offers classic Mario RPG action that can be switched from flat 2D worlds to a full open-world perspective; and Mario Strikers Charged finds the Mushroom Kingdom crew storming the soccer field for fast-paced athletic kicks. Also, the fan-favorite Punch-Out!! game delivers motion-controlled boxing thrills with a host of memorable characters. All four games feature multiplayer modes that let friends and family members have fun together.

Previously announced games in the Nintendo Selects collection include The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess, Animal Crossing™: City Folk, Mario™ Super Sluggers and Wii Sports™. 

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NPD Data for May 2011

The NPD video game hardware and software sales data for May was released(or leaked) yesterday.  The “Top 10” software sales for May are listed below:

01.  L.A. Noire (360, PS3) Take 2 Interactive – 899K
02.  Brink (360, PS3, PC) Bethesda Softworks
03.  Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game (Wii, 360, NDS, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC) Disney Interactive Studios
04.  Portal 2 (360, PS3, PC) Electronic Arts
05.  Mortal Kombat 2011 (PS3, 360) Warner Bros. Interactive
06.  Call of Duty: Black Ops (360, PS3, Wii, NDS, PC) Activision Blizzard
07.  Zumba Fitness: Join the Party (Wii, 360, PS3) Majesco
08.  NBA 2K11 (360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, PC) Take 2 Interactive
09.  Just Dance 2 (Wii) Ubisoft
10.  Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Wii, NDS, 360, PS3, 3DS, PSP, PC) Lucasarts

Sources: GoNintendoNeoGafGiant Bomb

Official Wii U Specs from Nintendo *Updated 6/8/11*

  • Launches:  2012
  • Size:  Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.
  • New Controller:  The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.
  • Other Controls:  Up to four Wii Remote™ (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once. The new console supports all Wii™ controllers and input devices, including the Nunchuk™ controller, Classic ControllerTM, Classic Controller ProTM and Wii Balance Board™.
  • Media:  A single self-loading media bay will play 12-centimeter proprietary high-density optical discs (25 GB) for the new console, as well as 12-centimeter Wii optical discs.
  • Video Output:  Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, component, S-video and composite.
  • Audio Output:  Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.
  • Storage:  The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive.
  • CPU:  IBM Power®-based multi-core microprocessor.
  • GPU: Custom AMD Radeon HD
  • Other:  Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.
What do you guys think?  Is this what you were expecting to see from Nintendo’s next console?

Nintendo Download: Week of June 6th

New Game Downloads Invite You to Walk Tall and Sleep Tight

Sometimes ordinary actions can lead you to extraordinary places. Case in point: this week’s lineup of new downloadable games for the Wii and Nintendo DSi systems. In GO Series Picdun, a dungeon-themed RPG for the Nintendo DSiWare service, the simple act of walking can help you to solve scores of rich hidden-picture puzzles. InDreamwalker, your goal is just to get a good night’s sleep by overcoming a flurry of disruptive challenges. Browse hundreds of games available for instant download via the WiiWare and Nintendo DSiWare services and discover just how easy it is to go from zero to maximum gaming fun. Continue reading Nintendo Download: Week of June 6th

Nintendo Download: Week of May 16th

Get Tangled in Time or Angle for a Big Catch with the Latest Game Downloads

Ready to switch up your routine – or even your century? With the arrival of the Super NES favorite CHRONO TRIGGER® on the Virtual Console service, Wii owners can liven up their living rooms with a classic time-twisting adventure. For the Nintendo DSiWare service, Big Bass Arcade invites players to cast away boredom by casting a line in search of mighty fish, while Word Searcher 3 offers fresh puzzle-solving challenges that can be enjoyed anywhere. Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix for the WiiWare service sets monster-themed fun to an irresistible beat. Delightful deviation from the norm is just a download away.

Continue reading Nintendo Download: Week of May 16th

Nintendo 3DS eShop Release Delayed

If you purchased a Nintendo 3DS, you may be one of the few(million) people that have been waiting patiently for Nintendo to provide the system update this month, to gain access to the eShop and Internet Browser…
Well, Nintendo of Japan has just announced that the eShop and Internet Browser update will not be available/happen now until June 7.  What else is June 7? Yea, Nintendo’s E3 press conference.

Nintendo of America has confirmed the 3DS system update will happen on June 6, sometime in the evening.

If you purchased a 3DS day one(or since), were you looking forward to the eShop and Internet Browser update?  If so, how do you feel about this delay?

Source: Nintendo

Nintendo Download: Week of May 7th

At Home or On the Go, Space is the Place for Downloadable Adventure

Whether you’re roaming the city or camped out in the comfort of your living room, this week’s new downloadable games invite you to virtually venture toward outer space for some wild intergalactic action. Mighty Milky Way for the Nintendo DSiWare™ service sends players on a planet-hopping mission filled with intrigue and adventure. Meanwhile, on the WiiWare™ service, MDK™2 features a trio of unlikely heroes who must join forces to protect Earth from a sinister alien threat. For fresh hand-held fun without the interstellar obstacles, a new retro-styled platformer and an irreverent picture-based game also make their Nintendo DSiWare debut this week.

Nintendo DSiWare

Mighty Milky Way
Publisher: WayForward
Players: 1

ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Are you ready to pulse some planets and soar through space? With a pocket full of planet candy and a heart full of ennui, green-skinned cutie-pie Luna needs your help to accomplish her secret mission. Prepare for fever-pitched puzzles in another mighty game from WayForward. Luna uses her magical staff to create and destroy planets on a whim. Explode vicious space monsters, avoid sizzling electric barriers and grab all the delicious planet candy you can. But watch out for the T-Rex, Luna’s arch-nemesis. His laser eyes are matched only by the awkwardness of his sketchy past.

GO Series Tower of Deus
Publisher: Gamebridge
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Overcome a deadly curse as you race to the top of the tower in this dark, atmospheric 2D platformer. The only way to release the curse is to reach the top before the clock runs out. Tower of Deus is modeled after an old-fashioned 2D platform game from the 1980s. Take control of a cursed man and race upwards. Go higher and higher inside a tower in a desperate race to break the curse. You’ll need to overcome hordes of ghastly creatures and demons that lay in wait. Run, jump and fly your way to the top as time ticks away. There are 40 eerie levels with 10 types of gothic-style graphics – not for the faint-hearted.

Publisher: Agetec, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) – Crude Humor
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Players are able to use their Nintendo DSi™ systems to capture a picture of a friend or anything else they desire. The picture will be then used in targets that pop up from various holes. Players must use the stylus to tap them back into their holes. The faster this can be done – without making mistakes – the more combos are achieved. As players continue to earn combos, the picture on the top screen will begin to display graphical changes such as bruises, bugs, black eyes, bandages and scars. The simple game design and easy, intuitive controls make it a game that the whole family can enjoy.


Publisher: Interplay
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: T (Teen) – Animated Blood, Animated Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Kurt Hectic must save the universe. He has teamed with the ingenious Dr. Hawkins and a six-legged, gun-toting robotic dog named Max. Together they must out-sneak, out-blast and out-think their enemies as they attempt to reclaim Earth from a vile alien menace. Play as all three characters, each with its own distinct style of game play. Save the world with unique gadgets and weaponry such as the Black Hole Grenade and the Sniper Shield. Ten massive environments will immerse you in an eccentric and wacky world. A captivating and humorous storyline unfolds through each level, all the way to the grand finale. Sniper mode allows you to shoot an enemy in the eye from more than a mile away. Solve puzzles to create deadly weaponry with the brilliant mind of Dr. Hawkins. Sneak, snipe and shoot with Kurt’s suit, which is equipped with a cloaking device.

Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mondays. Users with broadband Internet access can redeem Wii Points or Nintendo DSi Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo DSi Points can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Nintendo Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one Nintendo Points Card must be redeemed in either the Nintendo DSi Shop or the Wii Shop Channel. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

Remember that both Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit or