Thinking of blinging out your Mii character in the future? Think again.
Nintendo have recently have vowed not to bring premium outfits to the Mii characters, this is probably a love or hate thing for you, just like Marmite, but either way, you can be sure that Nintendo are not jumping on this band wagon any time soon.
“We don’t think the idea [of charging for Mii items] creates value for the consumer,” Nintendo’s American president Reggie Fils-Aime told Forbes.
“Consumers love to make Mii’s and that has been core to the Wii experience. We don’t believe selling clothes or hats is something that the consumers will find valuable. And candidly, if you really challenge the competitors who are playing in this space, I think they would be hard-pressed to show any true value from a consumer standpoint.
“What we think is important is providing real experiences. So the content drives that.”
Well, if you use an Xbox 360 or a Playstation 3, you’ll often be hit with lots of random premium content to download, I personally love my 360 but downloading from the Avatar Marketplace just seams to be a waste of money for me. Lets face it who really whats to spend a few quid on a Quicksilver t-shirt only your avatar can enjoy and your friends see only on the Dashboard.
My thinking applies across all content that has recently been rammed into the console market that has no real value to the gaming experience other than the ‘cool’ factor. So for me, I’m kinda happy that Nintendo are staying well away from this craze.
How about your views? Would this be something you would of liked to see in future updates to the Wii? Or are you happy with that bright blue shirt you’ve been sporting all these years? Comments in the usual place below.
More tacks heading over to the Rock Band's growing selection!
Has Christmas left you with nothing new to play on the good old Rock Band madness? This dull weather caused you to overplay that track you love to sing your heart out to? Well don’t worry, as they have a good batch of new song for you to tingle those vocal cords and strum that guitar to!
Harmonix and MTV Games today informed us that Rock Band will not only be receiving a three pack of songs from Paul McCartney’s new live album, but also a three pack of songs from Blink-182 and singles from The Psychedelic Furs and The Ramones will be added next week to the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for the Nintendo Wii and all other leading consoles.
The following is a list of the additional songs to be available on Xbox 360 and Wii (Jan. 5) and PlayStation3 system (Jan. 7):
Blink-182 – “Adam’s Song”
Blink-182 – “First Date” +
Blink-182 – “I Miss You”
The Psychedelic Furs – “Love My Way” +
The Psychedelic Furs – “Sister Europe”
The Ramones – “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School” +
(Tracks with a “+” will also be available via Lego Rock Band)
The price for having a blast on these will be the usual:
$2.00 USD (200 Wii Points) per track
$1.99 USD, .99 UK, €1.49 EU and 160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360 per track
and for the “Paul McCartney New York City Pack 01″ or “Blink-182 Pack 02″:
$5.49, 2.49 UK, €3.99 EU and 440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360
This adds to the HUGE selection that Rock Band already have available, making them the leader in interactive musical content. Which songs will you be getting your hands on next week?
The Wii Shop Channel could be where you buy all your Nintendo console games in the future.
The Xbox 360 has its marketplace on Live, the PS3 has its marketplace on the PSN and we have the Wii Shop Channel. In the last few years we have seen games become more and more download-based, whether is add-on packs or the entire thing, somewhere along the line, you need to download it.
That’s where people have been thinking, especially Silicon Knights boss Denis Dyackwho has gone on to say that…
Cloud gaming – services that offer online games to players without the need for specialist hardware in a home – could be the ideal business model for developers, publishers and consumers.
“How on Earth will this help?” I hear you cry. Well, although you as the consumer may be slightly annoyed by the fact that pre-owned titles will no longer exist, your games collection is stored on a hard disk so you can’t swap with friends, or that extra price you pay for games on demand, it solved all the problems that industry bosses have at the moment. Top of the list, in my eyes, being piracy.
Back in September, we told you that there will be a sequel to the best selling title LostWinds by the name of LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias.
Frontier has now announced a release date for the game, which is tomorrow (9th October) and this makes it Nintendo of Europe‘s 100th game to become available to download via WiiWare.
David Braben, Chairman and Founder of Frontier said:
“We launched the original LostWinds game on WiiWare with much anticipation, as it was such an exciting and new way to access games. We are now thrilled to be able to mark the 100th game launch on WiiWare with LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias.”
Good news for Nintendogs fans who also own Animal Crossing: Let’s Go To The City. To celebrate the 4th anniversary of the release of Nintendogs on the DS, you will be able to get Nintendogs puppies in your Animal Crossing city.
From the anniversary date of October 7th up to November 3rd you will be able to download a different puppy each week, the first of which is a beautiful Labrador. The other three puppies are Chihuahua, Dachshund and Dalmatian.
All you have to do is make sure that your Wii console is connected to the Internet, and you should receive a letter from Nintendo with the gifts attached via WiiConnect24.
The free Nintendo Channel on the Wii console has a “new and improved” look today, as the entire channel received a makeover yesterday.
If you haven’t yet noticed, then turn on your Wii to experience the re-launched channel, providing videos and information about previously released and new products.
The upgraded version of the channel has the advantages of higher quality videos, gamer recommendations and the chance to rate DS games.
There will also be a weekly series called “Nintendo Week“, which will explains the weekly happenings at Nintendo. The first episode of Nintendo Week shows an insight into Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story and an interview with Guitar Hero 5‘s Wii developers. Continue reading →
Today and Tomorrow is a new free channel that is launching on the Wii tomorrow (9th September), and it will allow you to check your fortune on a daily basis.
The channel will show hints on your relationships and daily activity, as well as recommended food to eat according to your horoscope.
Up to six Mii characters can be included in the channel’s horoscopes provided that a date of birth is given, and each character’s daily fortune will be split into five categories: love, work, study, communications and money.
You will be able to check your horoscope on the evening before it is relevant, allowing you to prepare yourself for the next day in appropriate fashion! Continue reading →
A new piece of furniture has become available for download for Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City. The GameCube chest is now available to download on theWii, provided that your console is connected to the Internet.
Between August 15th and 29th, you must have your WiiConnect24 on in order to download this content, and make sure the settings allow you to communicate with others. Nintendo will send a letter with the item attached.
One player in your Animal Crossing village needs to speak to Rover when catching the bus to the city after completing your part time job. Rover only appears to the first player to do this.
This is a great one-off for Nintendo fans, so don’t miss it, but note that if user-to-user content is restricted, then it will not be possible to download this item.