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Looking back, is it worth it?

Looking back, is it worth it?

Back in September of last year (2006), Nintendo held a much awaited press conference that would unveil the last coveted details of their highly anticipated next(new)-gen console, the Nintendo Wii. Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime, took the stage in New York and fulfilled every fanboy’s dreams by finally setting a price and release date. November 19th, 2006 at a price point of $249.xx, the Wii would see its worldwide debut, in North America. Included in the box: 1 Wii Console, 1 Wii Remote Controller, 1 Nunchuk Controller, all cables and usuals (manuals, etc.), and Wii Sports packed-in. As expected, the internet gaming community (watching live feeds via several sources) exploded with praise and criticism in nearly equal amounts. What were the main gripes? Do we even remember at this point? As far as I can remember, the complaints that most came up with were:

• The price
• The inclusion of Wii Sports
• The release date
• The exclusion of a second Remote/Nunchuk combo
• A few other small details

I, admittedly, feverishly argued each of these points in Nintendo’s favor that day, regardless of the fact that, obviously, I would’ve loved it to be released sooner, as well as cheaper. Despite which side you were on then, we all have an infinitely better grasp on what the Wii is now, and how far our $249.xx went. What do each of those objections look like in the post-launch light, and did Nintendo silence those asking, “Is it worth it?�

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Wii Sports Experiment in new Web Comic

Wii Sports Experiment in new Web Comic

Tim Harding, who runs PlayWii.com, started what looks to be a GREAT new web comic. I’m not just saying that because of my “cameo” in his first one, I really like the art style, subject matter, and humor. Anyway the comic is called, 2P START! It will be a weekly webcomic based on gaming and whatever else in life they […]

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Yahoo! Pipes, Wii Feed

Yahoo! Pipes, Wii Feed

Yahoo! Pipes is an interactive feed aggregator and manipulator. Using Pipes, you can create RSS feeds that are more powerful, useful and relevant. I took over 20 Wii news sites and hooked them up to Yahoo! pipes. You can view the most popular upcoming Wii related stories on Digg, the latest from IGN, Gamespy, WiiNintendo, GoNintendo, Kotaku, Nintendo Wii Fanboy, […]

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Okami Rumored?

Okami Rumored?

The critically-acclaimed finale Clover Studios PS2 project, Okami, may become Wii-bound.  It seems like a stylized fit for the Wii remote. (above from PS2 version) This is what Capcom had to say on the comment:  “Officially we have no plans for Okami on Wii at this time. Research and development are always looking at possibilities but given Clover is now […]

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NintendoFuse presents, Wii Sounds

NintendoFuse presents, Wii Sounds

After implementing Wii interface sounds into WiiNintendo’s sister site, Wiifii.net and using Wii Sports sounds in a video, I’ve been asked dozens of times if I could send them the sounds I recorded directly off the Wii. I decided to release WiiNintendo’s first album entitled “Wii Sounds”, this album is a free download via SendSpace or Torrent and includes such […]

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WiiNintendo randomly brought up on TWiT’s podcast

LR8ptlgojMY Host Leo Laporte (from The ScreenSavers with Kevin Rose and Kevin Norton) does the TWiT podcast, net@night, with co-host Amber MacArthur. They cover all tech related news floating around the web during that particular week. If you don’t know about TWiT.tv or Leo Laporte and you’re a self-proclaimed geek/nerd, I suggest checking out their podcasts, great stuff. Anyway, I […]

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More praise…Exergaming Extends

More praise…Exergaming Extends

To continue on in the exercise craze, SeriousGameSource has a fabulous article on how we perceive exergames as basically only movements in the wrong environments, but for the Wii, movements are acted out more through social interaction. So no more Huffys, Nordatracks, and George Foreman Mean Lean Fat Machines, step into the world of Wii! Source

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US Game Sales, Adventure Article, Mark Rein, and more

US Game Sales, Adventure Article, Mark Rein, and more

US Wii Game Sales (as of Jan. 28th): 1. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (Nintendo): 1.030.750 2. Red Steel (Ubisoft): 257 750 3. Rayman Raving Rabbids (Ubisoft): 215 750 4. Madden NFL 07 (Electronic Arts): 202 500 5. Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz (Sega): 196 500 6. Call of Duty 3 (Activision): 174 000 7. Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (Activision): […]

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WiiNintendo teams up with Traineo.com

WiiNintendo teams up with Traineo.com

Roughly 4 weeks into my 6 week long “Wii Sports Experiment” I came across the site, Traineo.com. I began to use the site to track my fitness progress. I only wish I found it before I started, it truly is a site developed for and around the user. All of the data I was tracking by hand, they had tools […]

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It Looks Like Wii Workout is a PHENOMENON!

It Looks Like Wii Workout is a PHENOMENON!

It seems that Perrin Kaplin is even surprised about the Wii exercise craze.  She proclaims that the Wii was intended to get people off of the couch and moving a little, but not as a form of exercise.  And the people who experience the “Wii Elbow” are just out-of-shape.  Thanks to many, including Mickey (bolded paragraph), the Wii is paving the […]

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Reggie needs an assistant

Reggie needs an assistant

  I am not sure of the credibility of this release, but it seems to be true.  I guess Reggie, the NOA pres, is looking for YOU as an assistant with at least eight years of related experience.  So don’t wait, HURRY!…and no, he can’t have Mario as an assistant… Assistant To The President – 0700000004 Nintendo of America Inc. The worldwide leader and […]

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Konami to Announce MORE This Monday

Konami to Announce MORE This Monday

  If DDR: Hottest Party! and Dewy’s Adventure weren’t enough, Konami made an impressive statement, stating that a slew of other Konami titles, even franchises, are coming to the Wii.  Plus, the Konami site has the press releases of the above two additions to the Wii lineup.  May we see some Castlevania and Contra for the Wii!  A man can […]

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Wii Sports Experiment, from Digg to book

Wii Sports Experiment, from Digg to book

This is a follow-up to the “Wii Sports Experiment” article I conducted and wrote. First of all I’d like to thank EVERYONE who has emailed me, it’s really great to hear such positive feedback and it’s really a nice feeling to hear you’ve inspired people to not only purchase a Wii, but to use my experiment as a motivator to […]

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Free 3D model of Wiimote, you’re welcome

Free 3D model of Wiimote, you’re welcome

My Co-Worker, Pat Grubb, modeled this flawless Wiimote using 3D Studio Max 8, we’re going to be using it for various projects, but in the spirit of giving, we’re letting everyone download the .max file for free. Download Wiimote 3D Studio Max file

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Mario Kart 64 Virtual Console Review

Mario Kart 64 Virtual Console Review

                                                                     Mario Kart 64 was the first video game I ever played, so you bet I’m not going to give it a bad rating. Also I gave my N64 away(big mistake) and havent played it in a while. I was giddy with the excitment of playing it and suprisingly the download time wasn’t as long as I […]

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