Finally, Nintendo‘s answer to the original game experiences in the Xbox Live Marketplace and Playstation Network has arrived in the form of WiiWare. Unlike the Virtual Console titles we are used to from Nintendo on the Wii, all WiiWare titles are original games. Small developers can get to work on creating some of these smaller casual games. WiiWare titles cost between $5 and $15, and as of today, you have six to choose from. We have full descriptions of each after the break.
What does one do if she/he still has some of their old Nintendo games and a Zapper gun lying around? In the case of “fluffypants,” you turn them into a lamp. Using an inexpensive lampshade, a pack of fun foam, and a cardboard base designed to look like the original Duck Hunt cartridge, she shows you full instructions to create your own. Maybe next week she will turn other Nes games into coasters or bookcases.
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We have plenty of friends and family who still have their first Nintendo system. Perhaps they just couldn’t get past the Legend of Zelda. You can play those old NES cartridges on the FC Mobile Console System using either its 2.4-inch LCD screen, or by attaching it with the included AV cable to your TV. Audio comes from its eternal stereo speakers or plug in headphones when those around you complain. The system comes in black/silver and red/white at a price of about $45.00, depending on where you shop. We found one for $39.95 on eBay with a random game included.
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Okay, so we’ve been graced with a copy of Mario Kart Wii a few days early by Nintendo themselves. We’ve played the game a bit, and will be will be reporting back with our initial thoughts, but for now, we wanted to hit you with an unboxing gallery. We have a bunch of images of the Wii Wheel for you to take a gander at, as well as the box, game disc, and the like. Just a little something to tide you over until Sunday. Go ahead and click on over to our Mario Kart Wii gallery for the images.
Gallery: Mario Kart Wii unboxing gallery
Recycling doesn’t get much cleverer than this. The folks at Kotomi took an original Nintendo game system and shoved it into a Super Mario Brothers cartridge. If you have ever taken one of them apart, you know that there is not that much to its innards to begin with, but we still applaud this prototype that has a has a finite on/off switch, a reset button, a power Del, 2 joystick ports, a port Famicom cartridge, a video output and stereo audio, and 6V input power.
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Now, we’ve seen custom wedding cake toppers before, but these Mii cake toppers are just…fantastic. I mean, who wouldn’t want a pair of Mii characters - which look vaguely like you - standing atop their cake on one of the most important days of their lives? The best part, to us at least, is that this is a way of geeking out a bit at your wedding, without going way over the top. Those who have no clue what a Mii - or even Wii - even is, will still “get” that you were simply putting a visual representation of yourself on your cake. They run for $140 USD and are available from MiiSculptures.
The question is, would you do it?
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Want to travel with your Wii? How about a Chinavision ultra-portable screen? All the Wii Monitor needs is an attachment of the base to the back of your Nintendo game system. With the ports on the back, you can keep all your USB accessories. There are also ports for a DVD player or another console. The 7-inch TFT LCD display has a resolution of 480 X 234 and built-In stereo speakers. It also has reverse/up/down picture control for mounting in your car or your weirdest gaming positions. The Wii Screen comes with a cigarette lighter adaptor at a price of $101.45.
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Why wait for the next Mario game to come out when you can have a piece of the little guy now? The Super Mario Bros. Sound FX Keychain is preloaded with six sounds that include Big, Coin, 1Up, Jump, Start and “Ouch.” Drive your workmates and/or buds nutsy as they try to figure out just what that familiar Nintendo noise is in your pocket. At a size of 2¾ x 2 x ½-inches, the key chain uses 3 AG-13 button cell batteries (included) and comes at the minimal price of $5.95.
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Nintendo is keeping the hits coming with their announcement that the long-awaited Wii Fit will be launching here in North America on May 19. The game, which comes packaged with the Wii Balance Board, will be sold for $89.99 - about 1/3 the price of the Wii console itself. So yeah, a tad on the expensive side for a game, but it comes with a fairly unique peripheral, so what are ya gonna do? If you are one of the first 1,000 to pre-order the game at the Nintendo World Store in midtown Manhattan between April 18-20, you even get a free Wii Fit T-shirt. Here’s to fanboys playing balancing games in the hopes of getting in better shape!
Nintendo just announced yet another Mario-themed addition to the Wii lineup this morning during their media summit in San Francisco - Mario Super Sluggers. It’s exactly what you expect it will be, take Mario Strikers, remove soccer, add baseball.
“Mario is truly a one-of-a-kind character; clearly fans can’t get enough of him and his friends,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “We’re giving Wii users brilliant new ways to enjoy him while expanding our series of active-play games.”
Players will swing their Wiimotes like a bat, or motion a throw towards a baseman - you know, all that Wii stuff Nintendo likes to do. Mario Super Sluggers is scheduled to launch later this year.