According to statistics from The NPD Group Nintendo has shipped a staggering 35 million Wii consoles in the US alone. This makes it the fastest console to reach that sales figure. In February alone over 450,000 Wii units were shipped, placing it not far behind the Xbox 360 which clocked in at 535,000 sold.
In a bizarre promotional offer, Nintendo UK teamed up with some retail outlets to give away copies of the much-lauded Donkey Kong Country Returns, in exchange for bananas. Yes that’s right, all you had to do was be in with the first 20 people and dangle a bunch of bananas at the cashier and bam!
For the rest of us less lucky souls the game is a little bit more than bananas. Amazon currently has Donkey Kong Country Returns advertised for $43.54, down from $49.99.
Just in case you didn’t believe us on Wednesday when we said you could get Donkey Kong for little more than a bunch of bananas, we’ve got the pics to prove it.
Various happy chappies managed to make the front of the queue as the doors of Game and GameSation opened this morning in London, Hull and Dudley.
Also don’t forget Amazon’s deal on top games. They’re offering $10 off and a $30 games credit when you buy two games between now and Saturday. There’s 124 games on the list, including top drawer titles like Fallout New Vegas, Castlevania Lord of Shadow and Halo: Reach.
Nintendo is bringing back the much-loved option to download demos of games before you buy them. WiiWare will from tomorrow onward allow wii owners to download demos of titles like Furry Legends, Jett Rocket, Thru Space, and Zombie Panic in Wonderland before making a purchase.
Hopefully this will extend to all future titles to arrive on the wii; with a price-tag of $50 and upwards, wii new releases certainly are not a cheap purchase, so bringing demos back to WiiWare is definitely a welcome change of pace from the big N.
If you’ve been taken by all the talk of the 25th anniversary of Mario this year, buying one of 5 Mario titles on Amazon will get you a discount off a Wii remote. The remotes usually retail for about $45 but picking up one of the Mario titles below drops the price to $29.99.
The featured games are: Super Mario Galaxy 2, Mario Kart Wii Wheel, Mario Party 8, Mario Super Sluggers and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
December 3rd is the day the UK can get their hands on Super Mario All-Stars for the wii. We already knew for some time that Japan was getting it on October 21st but now Nintendo has nailed down a release date for the Brits.
Super Mario All-Stars is essentially a re-packaging of the classic Mario bundle from the SNES console. The shiny red box also includes a soundtrack with music from all the games, plus a special booklet with unseen artwork and development materials. It’s a retro junkies heroin fix if ever there was one. This long-time Mario devotee is drooling over the keyboard just looking at the box art.
There’s no doubt about it, this will be a much sought after stocking filler this Christmas.
In other Nintendo news, a new Mario-themed wii has also been announced. Continuing with the Mario Anniversary celebrations like a late-night stag party that just won’t quit, Nintendo will be unleashing a shiny new red wii with matching wii-mote.
The console will come bundled with the classic Mario Brothers NES game, but with a few twists. For one, the coin blocks have the number 25 in them. Japan will see the anniversary edition wii hit the shelves on November 11th, with a rest-of-the-world date to be announced.
Nintendo America are encouraging users on Twitter to download the new Mario Brothers Anniversary logo to use on their public profile when tweeting.
Today is the day folks, Mario debuted in Japan on the NES console a quarter of a century ago. It’s hard to believe. I’ll never forget the day my Dad drove me out to a friend of a friend of a friend, to pick up a second-hand NES console for my Christmas present. The console came with Duck-Hunt and Mario Brothers. That was probably the most awesome-est gift I ever got. Nothing has come close since, even the wii and my Blu Ray home cinema system.
According to andriasang.com Nintendo have confirmed an upcoming Mario pack for the wii entitled “Super Mario Collection Special Pack”. Many have speculated that this will be a re-release of Mario All-Stars on the wii console, with updated graphics and such. As a life-long Nintendo/Mario fanboy this will be a veritable dream come true, if true.
There’s still no official word from Nintendo though, but we’ll keep you posted on any developments.
I’m an 80′s kid. I grew up with Mario Brothers on the old NES console. So when Nintendo announced the release of a 2-D old school Mario game in the form of New Super Mario Brothers I nearly had a seizure of sorts. That game brought back all that was great about the side-scrolling Mario classics with a lick of paint and a touch of class.
The good news is that Nintendo might be heading down the retro road once again. The rumour mill is spinning and the word from Japan is that Nintendo is planning to re-release Super Mario All-Stars on the Wii. You may recall Super Mario All-Stars, it was basically Mario Brothers 1, 2 and 3 with the Lost Levels game on the SNES. The games had a few graphics updates, glitches fixed and gave players the ability to save their game.
With the success of New Super Mario Brothers, this seems like a logical route for Nintendo. They know what Mario fans want and it’s a successful formula. As of yet though, there is no official announcement of game details from Nintendo. According to andriasang.com a Japanese retailer has let slip word of the game and a release date that coincides with the 25th anniversary of Mario Brothers.
Meanwhile here’s a video of Mario All-Stars for the SNES to reminisce and tide you over until we have more news of the WII release.
That’s the word from Microsoft in a new interview. The motion-sensitive innovation, first brought to mass popularity with the Nintendo Wii, is expected to prolong the life of the Xbox 360 by 5 years, giving the console a 10 year shelf life in total:
“Kinect really gives us, I think, a very genuine additional five years,”
“What Kinect does is broaden us out to users that we weren’t addressing in the past.”
The Kinect will be released this November, and is shadowed by Playstation Move, a motion controller for the PS3 that will be released in different markets in September and October.
Sony have said they expect the PS3 to have its life prolonged by an extra five years too by the motion device.
You have to hand it to Nintendo, they really got it right with the Wii if their main competitors are only copying them 5 years after the fact.
This November will see the release of the much anticipated remake of GoldenEye 007 for the Wii. The game quickly earned cult status when it was released on the Nintendo64 way back in 1997 (has it been that long?). Activision is going all out for this new iteration buy bundling a gold Nintendo Classic Controller Pro into the release. That’s right folks, you will now have a bona fide Golden Gun of your own.
In addition to the Wii Remote and Nunchuk, GoldenEye will also support the Wii Zapper for “point and shoot” gamers, giving players several ways to experience GoldenEye on Wii,” said David Pokress, Head of Marketing for Licensed Properties, Activision Publishing. “We also couldn’t pass up the opportunity to pay homage to the golden gun with the gold Classic Controller Pro, which looks cool and also gives shooter fans a familiar control scheme to use as they blast their way through the game.
Keeping true to the original, there will be plenty of fun with multi-plyer. 4 users can play split screen, with up to 8 players on-line.