Nintendo Weekly Review – #1

Nintendo Wii and DS Weekly Review for the week of January 21st, 2008 – January 25th, 2008. 

  • Wii is making trips to sporting events all over the country, including PGA events, Seattle Mariners games, and even monster truck rallys. These are basically demonstrations of the console, and nothing else.
  • Super Smash Bros. Brawl may have been delayed, but it is coming packaged with a wide variety of game demos. It is confirmed to have:
    • Super Mario Bros.,
    • Ice Climber,
    • Legend of Zelda,
    • Kid Icarus,
    • Hoshi no Kirby,
    • Fire Emblem,
    • Super Metroid,
    • Mother 2,
    • Star Fox 64.
  • According to Nintendo, its sales for the first nine months of its current fiscal year topped $12.3 billion and that its profit exceeds $2.4 billion.

CES Video Game Update

  • Earlier today, we reported about how Microsoft is considering adding Blu-Ray support. This is a report that came from CES, so we will go ahead and post it here.
  • Are you a person that owns the Playstation 3 versions of Rock Band and Guitar Hero 3? Do you keep forgetting which guitar goes to which game? If you answered yes to one, or for that matter none, then this guitar is right for you. In March, Nyko will be releasing the “Front Man,” a wireless controller for PS3 that is compatible with both GH3 and Rock Band. You can play up to 80 hours on batteries wirelessly, and can easily switch between GH3 and Rock Band with the flick of a switch.
  • In an update coming later this year, PS3 owners will be able to automatically make a lower quality version of any High Def Blu-Ray movie in their library and save it to PSP or Memory stick. Watching a movie on your memory stick, rather than a UMD, actually saves battery life.
  • It has been confirmed that the PSP is getting a camera and GPS, but it is now confirmed that it’s also getting a keyboard. The camera and GPS should be available by the end of this year. The keyboard is scheduled for sometime in 2009.
  • The may perhaps by the ‘big news’ that was supposed to be released during Microsoft’s Keynote; but ABC Television Group and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. will be offering U.S. Xbox LIVE members entertainment content via the Xbox LIVE Marketplace Video Store, some of which will be in High-Definition.
  • British Telecom will begin selling Xbox 360s that will run Mediaroom in the UK only.
  • The Tech Emmys took place recently at CES. Nintendo wins for the 2nd year in a row, this time for “Excellence in Engineering Creativity.” The rest of the winners are below:

2008 Tech Emmy Winners:
Development of Massively Multiplayer Online Graphical Role Playing Games:

– Sony Online Entertainment, EverQuest, Laura Naviaux
– Blizzard, World of Warcraft, Mike Morhaime
– AOL/Time Warner, Neverwinter Nights, Don Daglow

User Generated Content/Game Modification:
-EA, Pinball Construction, Bill Budge
-Id Software, Quake, John Carmack
-Linden Labs, Second Life, Philip Rosedale

In the News – #8

  • LEGO Batman screenshots have finally been released. You can check out all of the screenshots on G4’s LEGO Batman Gallery.
  • Video Game companies were winning it big Monday night at the Tech Emmy’s at CES. Nintendo was able to win for a second year in a row. We will have full details later tonight with “CES Video Game Update.”
  • Connect 2008 is happening in Birmingham, England between March 14 and 15 at Omega Sektor. There are a limited amount of tickets. They will go on sale when the official website launches.
  • Watch Blu-Ray movies with your PSP! Details coming later tonight with “CES Video Game Update.”
  • More gadgets for the PSP are coming this year. Details tonight with “CES Video Game Update.”
  • We try not to post rumors, but this one is making us pretty excited. Apparently, this awesomely awesome James Bond game for the N64, “Goldeneye,” is coming to Xbox Live. Rumors say it will be available for download with updated graphics and online multiplayer. Maybe this will come true.
  • As Blu-Ray continues to dominate the war of HD over HD-DVD (referring to how Paramount and Warner Brothers will no longer support HD-DVD,) Microsoft may be considering supporting the Blu-Ray format for the Xbox 360. Sony makes both Blu-Ray and Playstation 3.
  • The Crysis 1.1 Patch is now available. Click here to see the updates from the patch. (You may need to verify your age.)
  • Sid Meier will be receiving a “Lifetime Achievement Award” at this years Game Developer’s Conference in February. Sid Meier is a famous video game designer who has made such games as Civilization, Railroad Tycoon, Pirates! and many more.
  • The Wii Fit, which was debuted last year at E3 2007, has hit the 1 million sale mark in Japan. It has been on the market for only about a month.

Many more news updates, along with the ones that we noted above, will be coming later tonight in our post “CES Video Game Update.” There is a lot to talk about.