Nintendo Wii Line @ Times Sq. -NY NY by Justin T. Shockley

The news has been out about the new Nintendo DS, and new Nintendo wii console game releases for 2009.

Nintendo had announced the complete projected schedule for all Wii and DS titles releases for the first quarter of 2009. While last Q1 saw the megaton release of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, this year Nintendo-published titles are not as rampant. But is complimented by the fact that some of the gaming industry giants are releasing a series of cross platform titles in 2009. The Wii de Asobu series is aimed to be positioned as the New Play Control series, so Nintendo Gamers can get Wii-vamped Mario Power Tennis and Pikmin soon.

On Nintendo DS, we have Personal Trainer: Math, which is kind of entertainingly academical and also a match for die hard Pokemon Platinum fans. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon is proving to be contender for the hot list of games as well.

Nintendo’s first-party efforts are of course exciting enough, and the good news is that lots of interesting third-party games were slated for the Q1 window. The list goes on with Onechanbara, Little King’s Story in the Puzzling Adventure, MadWorld, Henry Hatsworth, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time and more. The development looks more promising for Wii and DS games than last year.

Nintendo’s game lineup for early 2009 has Pokemon Platinum at the top

New releases also include an additional play control, Pikmin and Mario Power Tennis for Wii, Fire Emblem for Nintendo DS. Continuing it’s commitment to create fun and highly engaging entertainment for everyone, Nintendo of America Inc. unleashed a broad list of exciting new games for the first quarter of 2009 as announced on 17th Nov’2008. Topping the hot list is Pokemon” Platinum version for Nintendo DS”, a remarkable new entry in the most successful Pokemon series. Nintendo’s roster of more than 100 new games is an impressive culmination of challenges and experiences for all loyal customers and new ones. Mentionable titles include the enhanced new play control, Mario Power Tennis, Pikmin for Wii, Personal Trainer: Math and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and Fire Emblem, Shadow Dragon for Nintendo DS.

“Our fans expect a diverse selection of entertainment options, and we’re eager to deliver exactly that”, were the words of Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. He also confidently added, “We’re building on the momentum of a strong holiday season by offering new and experienced players an even greater library of game titles in 2009″.

Pokemon, one of the iconic game series which started from a 2-D format has come a long way. Pokemon lovers in particular have a lot to cheer about. As a follow up of the vastly popular Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl games, Pokemon Platinum is the newest in the core series. This game features new adventurous stories, never-before-seen manifestations of powerful Pokemon including the legendary Giratina’s Origin Forme and the Distortion World, a mysterious new world that suddenly appears in the Sinnoh region. The excitement doesn’t stop at this. Up to 20 players can interact with other Pokemon fans from around the world using the the new Wi-Fi Plaza, featuring mini-games and activities. Players can also enjoy the new features in the Global Terminal. For example, by posting battle videos using the new “Vs. Recorder.” In addition, Pokemon Platinum features a new Battle Frontier, where the gamers can test their skills in toughest possible ways. Pokemon Platinum has already broken previous Nintendo DS sales records in Japan, by selling more than 1 million copies in the first two days of release.

For the portable Nintendo DS, Personal Trainer: Math is a twist in the tale. It is special because it is academically oriented, allowing the players to sharpen their brain power. Thus enriching their lives and helping them learn new skills in fun and interesting ways. Personal Trainer: Math introduces 40 fast-paced exercises to give gamers the most entertaining way to improve their arithmetic skills. Also for Nintendo DS, the Fire Emblem loyalists will also enjoy the arrival of new Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, a re-designed version of the NES classic, featuring touch-screen controls. Players with a broadband Internet connection can enjoy worldwide battles over Nintendo’s online gaming service as well.

For the Wii console, Nintendo has two classic Nintendo GameCube games to offer, namely Mario Power Tennis and New Play Control. The enhanced New Play Control- Pikmin game allows players to point the Wii Remote controller at the screen and use it as a cursor, thus making it easy to select either a single Pikmin or an entire fleet of army. If a player tosses Pikmin, they fly wherever the cursor is pointed at. New Play Control Mario Power Tennis has it’s their favorite characters from the Mushroom Kingdom, complete with motion-controlled serves and swings. What is more exciting is that with Wii controls, players can literally swing the Wii Remote controller to hit forehands and backhands and to apply spin as well. Experienced gamers can also attach a Nunchuk controller to imitate real life action.

Third-party developers continue to bring diverse, creative games like Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time from Square-Enix for Wii and Nintendo DS. These games offer unique multiplayer features across all Nintendo platforms. Madworld from Sega is a release meant exclusively for Wii, and the highly popular Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars from Rockstar Games is designed for Nintendo DS.

For all eager Nintendo fans, below is a partial list of all promising games for Wii and Nintendo DS titles for 2009.

New Nintendo Wii Games release dates


  • Monsters vs. Aliens – March 24

Crave Entertainment

  • Monster Pals” – March
  • Solitaire & Mahjong – February
  • Puzzle Challenges and More! – February
  • Crayola Colorful World – March


  • WordJong Party – January
  • Battle Rage – February
  • Cradle of Rome – February
  • Cate West: The Vanishing Files – March
  • Burger Island – March


  • Onechanbara” Bikini Zombie Slayers” – February
  • Coraline – January

Disney Interactive Studios

  • Disney Sing It: High School Musical 3: Senior Year – Winter


  • Play the World – March

Electronic Arts

  • NASCAR? Kart Racing – Feb. 10
  • SimAnimals” – Jan. 27
  • TRIVIAL PURSUIT – Early spring

Hudson Entertainment

  • FISHING MASTER WORLD TOUR – Jan. 6 Marble Saga Kororinpa” – Spring

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

  • DanceDanceRevolution? Disney Grooves – March

Majesco Entertainment

  • Escape the Museum – January
  • Major Minor’s Majestic March – March

Marvelous Entertainment USA

  • Little King’s Story – Feb. 17
  • Rune Factory: Frontier – March


  • Deer Drive” – Jan. 20


  • New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis” – March
  • New Play Control! Pikmin” – March

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.

  • We Ski” and Snowboard – March


  • The House of The Dead: Overkill” – February
  • SONIC” and the Black Knight – March
  • MADWORLD” – March

Southpeak Interactive

  • Roogoo Twisted Towers” – Feb. 17
  • Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball” – March 17
  • Brave: A Warrior’s Tale” – Feb. 17


  • Paws & Claws Pet Resort – Jan. 5
  • Neighborhood Games – Jan. 5


  • Tenchu”: Shadow Assassins – February
  • Broken Sword”: Shadows of the Templars (Director’s Cut) – March

XS Games

  • Super PickUps” – Q1

New Nintendo DS Games release dates


  • Monsters vs. Aliens – March 24
  • Pimp My Ride 2″ – March 24
  • Animal Planet” – March 10

Atlus U.S.A., Inc.

  • My World, My Way” – Feb. 3
  • Legacy of Ys”: Books I & II – Feb. 10
  • Trackmania” DS – March 17

Crave Entertainment

  • Monster Pals ” – March

D3Publisher of America

  • Puzzle Quest”: Galactrix” – Q1
  • Coraline – January


  • USA TODAY Puzzle Craze – January
  • DinoPets – March

Disney Interactive Studios

  • Phineas and Ferb – Winter


  • Inkheart – January
  • Learn Math – January
  • Drivers’ Ed Portable – January
  • Monster Band – January
  • Zoo Quest – February
  • My Personal Diary – February
  • Music Star: Pop Star – February
  • Paint by DS – March
  • Matchstick – March
  • Dreamer: Top Model – March
  • Sarah – Keeper of the Unicorn – March
  • Learn Chess – March
  • Dragon Master – April

Electronic Arts

  • Zubo” – March
  • Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure” – Q1
  • SimAnimals” – Jan. 27

Empire Interactive

  • Jagged Alliance – Feb. 17


  • American Popstar – Road to Celebrity – March 9

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.

  • Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero” – Q1
  • Suikoden Tierkreis – Q1
  • Little Magician’s Magic Adventure” – Q1

Majesco Entertainment

  • WonderWorld Amusement Park” – January
  • Powerbike – January
  • Our House” – Q1
  • Hot ‘n’ Cold – March

Marvelous Entertainment USA

  • Avalon Code – February
  • Flower, Sun, and Rain – March


  • Moon” – Jan. 13


  • Chicken Hunter Star Karts – March 10


  • Personal Trainer”: Math – Jan. 12
  • Fire Emblem”: Shadow Dragon – Feb. 16
  • Pokemon” Platinum version – March 22


  • Grand Theft Auto”: Chinatown Wars – Winter

Southpeak Interactive

  • Big Bang Mini? – Jan. 6
  • Roogoo Attack” – Feb. 17
  • Brave: Shaman’s Challenge” – Feb. 17

Square Enix, Inc.

  • FINAL FANTASY? CRYSTAL CHRONICLES?: Echoes of Time” – Spring




  • Paws & Claws Pampered Pets – Jan. 5

TOMY Corporation

  • My DoItAll” – February


  • Jake Power Fireman – January
  • Jake Power Policeman – January
  • Imagine” Cheerleader – February
  • JoJo’s Fashion Show – February
  • Petz? Horseshoe Ranch – February
  • Imagine” Family Doctor – February
  • Imagine” Ice Champions – March
  • Jake Power Handyman – March
  • My Fashion Studio Paris Collection – Feb. 17
  • American Popstar – Road to Celebrity – March 24
  • Broken Sword”: Shadows of the Templars (Director’s Cut) – March


  • Retro Game Challenge – Jan. 6

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Nintendo Wii Line @ Times Sq. -NY NY by Justin T. Shockley

The Nintendo Wii has got to be the most talked about new games console around today. People are now talking about the possibility to securely download games for the Nintendo Wii. To do a search for Nintendo Wii game downloads will turn up a mass of results, but how do you know which ones to trust and which ones are not full of viruses and provide quality games etc…

A good Wii games site will offer all the latest releases of games and a whole range of old and retro Nintendo games as the Nintendo Wii provide support for all the classic Nintendo games. Not only games but a good download site for the Nintendo Wii will provide downloads for all media accepted by the Nintendo Wii such as music via mp3 format, movies and so much more. Its now possible to create a home entertainment system out of your Nintendo Wii.

The best sites that offer Nintendo Wii downloads don’t charge per download, you pay a one time only membership fee then as a member you have access to all the downloads you could possibly want. This is legal and the best sites are free from viruses and spy-ware. Once your a member you can download games for Wii or movies or music and much more. Don’t be silly and try to use p2p networks this can take much more time and your more likely to come across viruses and spy-ware which will cause you many problems. It’s best to do a search to find the safest most secure download sites before signing up and paying any money.

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October 7, 2010

Nintendo Wii Line @ Times Sq. -NY NY by Justin T. Shockley

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The Nintendo Wii has just barely hit retail stores, and already the homebrew scene is fast at work. Creating not only killer applications and homebrew games, but also developing (or at least helping develop) the worlds first Nintendo Wii mod chip(s). In this article I am going to discuss Nintendo Wii Mod Chips and give some of the features, pros and cons of the 3 different Nintendo Wii Mod Chips that have just recently been released.

The good news for Nintendo Wii gamers is that regardless of which Nintendo Wii mod chip you buy – you’ll have all the basics with each one. You will be able to play all Nintendo Wii Backup games (on DVD-R or DVD+R discs) and can use 8cm or 12cm DVD discs. You will also be able to play all Gamecube Backup games, import games as well as Gamecube Homebrew games. It really gets down to installation of the Nintendo Wii Mod chip and the features and functions, and future upgrade options of each Wii mod chip.

What is even more surprising with these new Nintendo Wii Mod chips is the prices that they’re being sold for. I remember quite clearly the days of the very first Playstation 2 mod chips, costing in excess of $90.00 US Dollars. It seems the Wii chips have opted instead for a lower entry price, in an effort to gain a greater piece of the Homebrew / Development / Modchip market. The prices range anywhere from $44.00 to just over $50.00, depending on the chip you decide to buy.

At present, there are actually 3 different Nintendo Wii Mod chips which will hit the market and online stores within the next week or so. While many online news sources seem to focus on just 2 of the 3 mod chips, perhaps because they’re unaware that there is a third chip in the making, I’m going to cover all 3 of the mod chips in the hopes of enabling you, the gamer, to make the buying decision that’s right for you. And after reading this article, I honestly believe that your decision will be based solely on price, and perhaps the option of an upgrade (or lack of) for the Wii Mod Chips.

Wiinja Nintendo Wii Mod Chip

The Wiinja Nintendo Wii Mod chip was actually the very first Wii chip to hit the market. While many online news sources seem to disregard this chip, it is still the very first and one of the easiest mod chips to install for the Nintendo Wii. Like the other mod chips for the Wii, the Wiinja will enable you to play all Wii and Gamecube Backup games, as well as Wii Import backup games, and original import games with just a single swap. Gamecube Import and Homebrew games are fully supported. While the other mod chips promise that their modchips, in time, will have their own custom OS to enable additional features, the Wiinja chip does not make this claim. In fact, they have stated that their chip is not meant to be upgraded. Stealth mode is still built in, even into this mod chip, and whether or not the lack of an upgrade feature is a deterrent is entirely up to you, the user. Often times many modchip manufacturers claim upgrade features, but then they lack the support for the upgrades, which tend to come out very rarely, if ever at all.

WiiKey Nintendo Wii Modchip

The manufacturer hype states the following: Unlock your Nintendo Wii with the worlds first truly upgradeable Nintendo Wii Mod Chip. The WiiKey for Nintendo Wii is made by the famous xenoGC team, responsible for the xenoGC Gamecube line of mod chips, and now, with their WiiKey, Wii owners can enjoy all the benefits of a team of great developers with a truly upgradeable Nintendo Wii Mod chip. The WiiKey comes ready to use, and offers an almost wireless installation. When they say almost wireless, what this essentially means is that there are Quick Solder pads for the chip. This method enables you, the gamer, to simply position the chip in the correct place on the Mother board of the Wii, in order to then apply a little bit of solder with a soldering iron. The WiiKey chip does however also require that you solder 4 wires to the specified places on the Wii motherboard. The WiiKey mod chip was the first chip that boasted full upgradeability through DVD-R discs to which you can burn / backup the new firmware updates, put The DVD in to your Nintendo Wii, and it will run and update the chip. Once again, the WiiKey also supports loading of both Wii and Gamecube backup games and import backup games. Original import games can be played as well, with a simple, single swap methos. Gamecube Homebrew games are also supported. Whether or not this mod chip will end up with it’s own custom OS is something we’ll just have to take a wait and see approach with. However, it offers everything you want, for a VERY reasonable price.

And finally, the last Nintendo Wii mod chip (often claimed to be the very FIRST Nintendo Wii Modchip) is the only chip in this round up that actually does not require any wires at all.

CycloWiz Nintendo Wii Mod Chips

The major advatange, or selling feature of the CycloWiz Nintendo Wii mod chip is in how it’s installed. Unlike the other 2 mod chips in this round up, the CycloWiz actually does not require you to solder any wires to the Wii mainboard. In fact, much like the WiiKey, you’ll simply use Quick Solder pads which are strategically placed in the design of the CycloWiz to enable you to simply position the chip on the Nintendo Wii Mainboard, and gently put some solder onto the points. This will make the required connections, and the chip will simply be installed, with absolutely no need figure out where wires are to be soldered or whether or not you’ve got the right type of wires, etc… The CycloWiz is also a fully upgradeable modchip, with promised firmware updates for the chip from the manufacturer. Again, I want to stress that firmware updates may not at all be required and perhaps may not come for some time. I myself do however like the idea that the chip will not be outdated should some new function or requirement become the norm.

To sum it all up, all of the Nintendo Wii Mod chips boast the features below. The only exception to this is the upgrade feature which is NOT available on the Wiinja chip. Take a look at the features, and decide for yourself which Wii mod Chip is right for you.

  • Fully upgradeable via DVD/disc (future proof, expect cool features to come)
  • Direct boot of Wii backups (like originals)
  • Direct boot of GC backups (like originals)
  • Boots different region GC games/backups
  • Boots different NTSC region Wii games/backups
  • Supports multi-disc games
  • Supports DVD-R and DVD+R
  • Built-in audio fix (for games using streaming audio)
  • Works in all Nintendo Wii consoles World Wide – USA, Pal and Japanese versions!
  • Now it’s up to you to decide which Nintendo Wii mod Chip is right for you.

    Steven Fields is a freelance video game and video game accessory reviewer for the popular video game news site Video Game News Bin at – your source for the latest video game gossip, reviews, and news. For more information on the Wiinja Nintendo Wii Mod Chip , CycloWiz Nintendo Wii Mod Chips and the WiiKey Nintendo Wii Modchip please visit

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