Tag Archive for ‘Wii’

Nintendo Is Releasing a Miniature NES With Thirty Built-in Games ➝

Andrew Webster, writing for The Verge:

Today the company announced what it’s calling the Nintendo Entertainment System: NES Classic Edition. It looks just like a NES, only a lot tinier, and it comes with 30 games built in. You can connect it to your TV via a HDMI cable, and it also includes a controller designed to work just like the iconic rectangular NES gamepad. (The new controller will also connect to a Wii Remote, so that you can use it to play Virtual Console games on a Wii or Wii U.)

Some highlights from the game list:

  • Balloon Fight
  • Dr. Mario
  • Excitebike
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Mega Man 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • The Legend of Zelda

The NES Classic Edition will be available November 11 for $59.99 and extra controllers will be sold for around $10.

The most exciting part about this announcement, for me, is that these NES Controllers can be plugged into the bottom of the Wii Remote. That means you’ll be able to use them to play Virtual Console games on the Wii and Wii U. I expect I’ll pick up a pair of these so my wife and I can use them to play classic Mario games on our Wii U.

‘I Miss Wii Sports’ ➝

RTLewis, writing on Kinja:

The simplicity of the controls led to Wii Sports’ greatest achievement: the shared social experience. It was Nintendo at its very finest, them being the masters of local multiplayer. And yet, something was different. Those people nailing strike after strike were not your normal Smash Bros buddies. The woman rolling a 300 was your grandmother. Your doubles partner was mom. Never before had a video game brought these different people together.

My fiancée and both of her parents regularly played Wii Sports Resort for about a year during its heyday. My fiancée was never much of a gamer, beyond the few NES cartridges that were handed down to her from a cousin, but her parents never played a video game in their life until the Wii came out. And yet, they were often the ones clamoring to play during our weekly board game night. RTLewis is right, Wii Sports (especially Resort) was really fun.

My fiancée and I started playing our Wii again after I purchased Mario Kart Wii at our local Target. I’ve actually never played a Mario Kart game before, but it was the last copy in the store and I figured I’d give it a go. That was about three weeks ago and we’ve played it 3-4 nights a week since then.

We’ve been having a blast with Mario Kart, but for whatever reason we decided to switch it up a few nights ago and play Wii Sports Resort. We forgot how much fun it was to play 100-pin bowling and now we can’t wait to have her parents over again to reprise our Wii Sports gaming sessions.

Netflix Goes Disc-Free on the Wii ➝

CrunchGear reports that Netflix members with an internet-connected Wii can now stream content from the company without the need to use the Netflix disc. The new Netflix channel is available at no cost from the Wii Shop channel and is available immediately.

I’ve been watching Netflix streaming on my Wii with the disc for several months and have only been using the new channel for the past couple of days but can already say that the new Netflix channel is a significant improvement over the disc method. Not only can you skip the tedious disc swapping, the new channel also allows you to search for streaming movies and TV shows and makes browsing for titles much easier.