Virtua Tennis 2009 will be the first 3rd party game to support the Wii MotionPlus - beating out EA’s Grand Slam Tennis by a week in the US, and Nintendo’s very own Wii Sports Resort - with which the peripheral will be bundled.
Certainly some awesome news. Full press release inside.
The next WarioWare game for DS will allow players to make and play their own levels for the very first time. Made in Ore offers the same range of wacky microgames typical of the series across 90 levels, but will extend the experience by allowing the creation of sprites, sound effects and rules to create your own microgames.
Not only that, but integrated wireless functionality with the WiiWare version of the game Asobu Made in Ore will give you the chance to play levels created with your DS on your TV. The WarioWare series is no stranger to innovation - ever since the tilt-sensitive gamepak in the GBA entry ‘Twisted’, studio Intelligent Systems have found creative ways to take advantage of each of systems range of features and control schemes ever since.
Wii Sports Resort, the sequel to the original Wii phenomenon will ship to stores in time for a June release in Japan and July for the rest of the world.
Coinciding with the release of the game will be the MotionPlus peripheral, which adds increased fidelity and responsiveness to the Wii remote motion sensing- an add-on which already has support from third parties ahead of its release.
MotionPlus will be bundled with the game, but neither Wii Sports Resort nor the peripheral have been assigned an RRP.
To celebrate the launch of the Nintendo DSi in Australia, for the next seven days (from April 3 to April 10) you can get your hands on a very special Nintendo DSi item in Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City.
If you have your Wii connected to the Internet, you’re already half way to receiving your Nintendo DSi item. Read the tutorial inside to find out how you can ensure this exclusive gift makes it to your mailbox.
In a suprising move, Nintendo has sent out a Press Release stating that The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks will be available on both Wii and DS, with multiplayer between consoles and other exciting features. More information inside.
Nintendo Japan recently announced its April Virtual Console lineup, and included in the list of titles is The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask. At the current time, it is unknown whether the follow up to Ocarina of Time will be released in Australia, or even if America will get it, but it seems likely seeing as The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks has just been revealed.
Also on the list is Kirby’s Dream Land 3 and Castlevania III.
The DSi may be just around the corner, but don’t consider the DS Lite redundant just yet.
A svelte new Metallic Rose-coloured DS Lite is being offered as a bundle with Dr. Kawashima’s More Brain Training – packaged of course in a box adorned by Olivia Newton-John’s smiling face. The new bundle is listed in JB HiFi’s online catalogue and will be available from the 23rd of April.
Info + images inside.
There’s a brand new Zelda adventure coming to DS, and it’s coming this year. The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks was announced by Satoru Iwata in the final moments of his presentation at Wednesday morning’s (Thursday in Australia) GDC keynote address in San Francisco.
The exciting new title sees the return of the Wind Waker-styled Link, taking advantage of Phantom Hourglass-style touch controls in an all-new adventure, involving trains rather than boats this time around.
Even though it’s announcement has received a mixed response, it certainly is one of the more exciting DS titles on the horizon.
We here at TNB are liking the news that ‘the title is still tentative, and may change’. The Legend of Zelda: Soul Train, anyone?
The latest firmware for the Wii (4.0) has been released. Major changes are to the Wii menu, as there is now a separate SD Card menu where you can load any Virtual Console, WiiWare or Wii Channel without having to first copy it to the Wii. Now you also have the option to choose to download titles directly to the SD Card, the SD Card menu being able to hold 240 games.
Also, Nintendo have added SDHC support for a max capacity of 32G SD Cards. The Wii HD storage problem has been solved.
Unless you’ve been avidly reading Famitsu Weekly (prerequisite: can understand Japanese), you may not be aware that Final Fantasy’s character designer, Tetsuya Nomura, made a few interesting statements in an interview regarding the latest in the Kingdom Hearts series, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for the DS.
Nomura: “I’m very excited in the direction these titles are moving in. Next week, we plan on making a special announcement regarding the Kingdom Hearts series - please look forward to it.”
What could this mean? A spin-off? A remake? Kingdom Hearts 3? We’ll have to wait for next week…