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Wii Sports Club gets another free weekend on the Wii U

Wii Sports Club will be a free download for Wii U owners for two days beginning on March 21, with its individual sports available afterward with a single-day pass or permanent access for $1.99 or $9.99 respectively, Nintendo said this morning. The free promotion starts from 9 a.m. PDT on March 21 (next Friday) and lasts until March 23 (Sunday) at 11:59 p.m. PDT. The promotion will include free access to Wii Sports Club's Golf, Bowling and Tennis games. Additionally, the nine-hole Resort Course, originally featured in Wii Sports Resort, will be added to Wii Sports Club through an update available right now. The free trial is available to all Wii U owners, even if they've previously tried or downloaded Wii Sports Club. The download is available through the Nintendo eShop. This is...

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Nintendo reminds consumers that the Wii U is a new system

Nintendo's latest advertisement for the Wii U attempts to clarify with consumers that the console is an entirely new system and not just a peripheral upgrade for the Wii, as well as highlighting the system's features and new game releases. The advertisement describes the Wii U console as "an entirely new technology and true successor to Wii." The two minute video also outlines the Wii U's features and "exclusive library of games" such as Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD, Pikmin 3, Super Mario 3D World, Wii Sports Club and more. Earlier in the year, Nintendo global president Satoru Iwata acknowledged that slow sales of Wii U units were partially due to people's misconception that the console is simply a peripheral upgrade for the Wii. He also said that Nintendo has been unable to...

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Wii Sports Club will automatically download with SpotPass approval

Wii Sports Club, the Wii U remake of Wii Sports, will automatically download to players' consoles if they have opted to receive content via SpotPass, according to a recent Iwata Asks feature for the title. The game will download automatically provided players have 1.3 GB of available free memory. In the feature, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata also revealed that Namco Bandai was brought into development on Wii Sports Club to help polish the game and add in support for online play. Wii Sports Club will launch on Nov. 7 in North America and Europe. The game will launch with five games brought over from the original Wii Sports: Bowling, Tennis, Baseball, Boxing and Golf. Players who download Wii Sports Club will get a 24-hour trial pass to play the games, after which Day Passes for the...

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Nintendo wasn't confident in achieving online capabilities with Wii Sports Club on Wii U

Developing online capabilities to work with upcoming Wii U title Wii Sports Club was a challenge which involved a lot of trial and error, it was revealed on the latest Iwata Asks. "But when we thought about how we want people to have fun with Wii Sports on the new hardware, the Wii U console, there was no way, given the expectations, that we couldn't prepare online gaming," said Takayuki Shimamura from Nintendo's entertainment analysis and development division. "So as we began development, we set online gameplay of Tennis — the representative sport of Wii Sports — as our first goal." Shimamura pointed out that as people wanted to play online, they decided to "pour our energy into how we could make that fun." He said that the team went through a lot of trial and error for online...

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Wii U gets 5 online Wii Sports games with Wii Sports Club

Wii Sports Club is bringing five of the original Wii Sports minigames to Wii U as individual downloads on Nintendo eShop. These include Bowling, Tennis, Baseball, Boxing and Golf and will feature upgraded HD graphics, enhanced controls using Wii MotionPlus and an online multiplayer versus mode. Users who register to state or regional clubs in Wii Sports Club will be able to chat with other one another through the Miiverse throughout matches. Players will be able to practice against members of their own club or take on rival clubs to increase their overall ranking. Starting Nov. 7, Tennis and Bowling will be available on the eShop, followed by Boxing, Baseball and Golf in the months ahead. Those who download Wii Sports Club will also get a trial pass that allows them to play the...

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Wii golf can help patients in physical therapy

Physical therapists are helping patients recover balance and movement through the use of Wii golfing, reports The New York Times. According to Dean Beasley, director of inpatient rehabilitation at Doctors Hospital in Augsta, Ga., the Wii Sports game acts as a helpful supplement to traditional physical therapy. "It allows the patient to put into practical application what they've done in therapy and, in some cases, it helps them know if they could still play golf," said Beasley. Gaming therapy has proven effective with patients recovering from strokes or having difficulties with motor skills, double vision, and range of motion. Regular therapy could address these problems as well, says Dr. Arlene McCarthy, the director of neurological physical therapy residency program at Kaiser...

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'Gitaroo Man' creator on Japan's cultural iron curtain

Keiichi Yano doesn't seem to like the term "quirky." When asked to describe the sort of games his company, INIS, makes, he pauses for a moment before answering. "We think about that a lot," he said in an interview with Polygon during Tokyo Game Show this past week. "We ask ourselves that internally. What's an INIS game? What do people expect out of that? The conclusion we've come up with is two things. One is some bit of quirkiness, differentness. I hesitate to say quirky because we actually don't try to be quirky. Sometimes it just happens. But also some bit of originality." Quirky or no, there's little doubt that INIS games have plenty of originality. The company's first breakout hit, Gitaroo Man, features gameplay like this. Another big hit for INIS, Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan starred...

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Packed with features, the Wii U is an exciting, confused console

In about two months the company that helped reinvent video games not once, but twice, releases its new console. Nintendo's Wii U is packed with a confusion of technology: It features the motion play that made the Wii so titillating to those unfamiliar with the complexities of modern games; it includes high-definition graphics and supports a modern console controller for hardcore gamers; and it has a touch-screen GamePad to help capture the tablet market. The only thing it seems to be missing is a clear direction. What made the Wii such a tremendous success when it launched in 2006 wasn't just that it reintroduced motion gaming to a broad audience, it was the message that Nintendo delivered every time it talked about the Wii. Gaming is too exclusive, it said. Gaming is too confusing....

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At 'Nintendo Land,' are the rides worth the wait?

At yesterday's Nintendo event we had a chance to go hands-on with four more "attractions" in the Nintendo Land collection. Nintendo Land will ship with the $349.99 Deluxe Nintendo Wii U package. The attractions, which range from beat'em ups to hide-and-go-seek, are not particularly deep or creatively bold, but they do show the potential to be addictive. "Pikmin Adventure" "Pikmin Adventure" is a beat'em up à la Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. The player holding the GamePad controls Captain Olimer, tossing tiny Pikmin at enemies by tapping the controller's screen. Up to four Wiimote wielding players control Mii-sized Pikmin, whacking enemies with leaves pinned to their noggins. Both Olimer and the Mii Pikmin can collect nectar to level up, gaining more powerful moves and weapons. The art...

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'New Super Mario Bros. U' and 'Nintendo Land' Wii U launch titles priced for Japan

New Super Mario Bros. U and Nintendo Land will be available at launch for ¥5,985 (roughly $77) and ¥4,925 (or $63 USD), respectively. To put that in perspective, Wii Sports released as a separate title in Japan for roughly ¥2000. Both Wii U titles will be released on the same day as the Wii U console in Japan, which is scheduled to become available December 8th, according to today's Japanese Nintendo Direct presentation. As was announced today, the console will start at ¥26,250 (or $337 USD) and come in both a basic and premium bundle set. Stay tuned for full coverage of the North American and European Wii U presentations at 10 a.m. EDT. Both events will be streamed on the official Nintendo website for their individual regions.

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  • Wii
    • Released 11/19/2006
    • Publisher Nintendo
    • Developer Nintendo Entertainment Analysis and Development
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