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TNB Latest News All the news that's set to... flash. 2009-04-15T10:58:53Z WordPress PrattP <![CDATA[Virtua Tennis 2009 - Wii MotionPlus ready]]> 2009-04-15T10:58:53Z 2009-04-15T10:58:53Z sharapova-nadal-tennisVirtua 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.

Press Release -

Wednesday 15th April 2009 – SEGA Europe Ltd. today announced that Virtua Tennis™ 2009 will support the new Wii MotionPlus™ feature. This means that for the first time Nintendo Wii™ owners will be able to experience the thrill of playing with the Wii Remote™ as you would with a real-tennis racket.

The Wii MotionPlus feature allows players greater control than ever before, with the Wii responding more accurately to the swings and shots of each individual player. With Wii MotionPlus and Virtua Tennis 2009 the shots you play in your living room are mimicked by your on screen character, so that satisfying cross court winner, or drop shot followed by the roar of the crowd feels so much more rewarding. As well as direction, Wii MotionPlus will allow a slice to be played with a simple twist of the wrist, while an upward motion allows players to lob the ball over your opponents head.

Virtua Tennis 2009 is due for release on the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, the Nintendo Wii system and the PC in May 2009. Further information relating to the content of the game will be available over the coming months from the official website of the game –

PrattP <![CDATA[Make your own WarioWare microgames on DS]]> 2009-04-11T09:27:38Z 2009-04-11T09:27:38Z wario-wareThe 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.

PrattP <![CDATA[Wii Sports Resort release info]]> 2009-04-11T09:05:44Z 2009-04-11T09:01:17Z wii-sports-resortWii 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.

PrattP <![CDATA[DSi Chair in Animal Crossing Wii]]> 2009-04-11T09:17:03Z 2009-04-04T23:45:50Z dsi-ac-chairTo 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.

Obtaining the Special Items

In order to receive letters from Nintendo with special items attached, you need a Wii console connected to the internet, with WiiConnect24 turned on (found in Wii Settings).

You also need to ensure that the WiiConnect24 settings in Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City allow communication with other users. (by talking to Rover on the telephone from your room)

Nintendo advises there may be some delays with the sending of the letters containing the item, but if you’ve got your Wii and game all set up, you’ll receive your very own DSi chair!

BB2K <![CDATA[Spirit Tracks revealed to be Wii/DS hybrid release - April Fools Joke]]> 2009-04-01T13:36:25Z 2009-04-01T08:59:40Z wiidsIn 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.

APRIL FOOLS!!!!!!!!!

BB2K <![CDATA[Majora’s Mask on VC?]]> 2009-03-29T08:57:43Z 2009-03-29T08:54:48Z wii-150 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.

PrattP <![CDATA[Metallic Rose - because pink isn’t good enough]]> 2009-03-28T12:16:11Z 2009-03-28T12:16:11Z rose-dslThe 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.

And don’t expect to see the end of the Lite anytime soon - in Japan, the DS Lite continues to be a big seller for Nintendo, selling about a third of DSi sales monthly since it’s younger brother was released there in November last year.


Source: DS Australia

PrattP <![CDATA[The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for DS revealed]]> 2009-03-28T12:05:43Z 2009-03-28T12:05:43Z spirit-tracksThere’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?

PrattP <![CDATA[Wii Firmware Update: 4.0]]> 2009-03-28T11:55:28Z 2009-03-28T11:55:28Z sd-wiiThe 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.

PrattP <![CDATA[Kingdom Hearts announcement next week]]> 2009-03-28T11:39:23Z 2009-03-28T11:38:08Z kh-2Unless 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…