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Rumor: World Favorite Nintendo Wii is going HD

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312w ago - The world's most popular games console is being upgraded. Japanese games giant Nintendo is developing a high-definition model of its Wii console, which has sold more than 30 million units globally.

Though no official announcement has yet been made despite numerous rumors, games developers in Japan have been given top secret briefings on the next-generation console, thought to be named Wii HD.

The new console will support high-definition graphics, bringing it in line with Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's Xbox 360 and will likely debut in late 2011.

The Wii HD is also rumored to feature a high-capacity hard drive for the storage and streaming of digital content such as music and video. Meanwhile, Nintendo has unveiled its new hand-held games machine, the DSi.

A successor to the company's hit Nintendo DS portable games unit (pictured left), the new DSi has two cameras and can play digital music.

It is 12 per cent slimmer than the current model DS and has a slightly bigger screen at 3.25 inches. An SD slot has also been added for storage of photos and, potentially, games. The DSi will be released in Japan on November 1 and cost about $225, but it will not be in shops here until...
 

Spoil the First Level of The Conduit on Nintendo Wii for Yourself

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313w ago - IGN has posted footage of the entire opening level of The Conduit, a generous fifteen minutes of action in which hero Mr. Ford takes down enemy marines, shoots up bipedal "Drudge" warriors, and charges down corridors.

Then some more corridors. And then even more corridors. Seriously: there's a lot of corridors in this. A lot of conduits, even.

Videos courtesy of IGN can be viewed below.. Enjoy!






 

Krome Already Knew About Wii MotionPlus

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313w ago - Krome, developers of the upcoming Star Wars The Clone Wars game for the Wii, have revealed that Nintendo warned them about Wii MotionPlus before E3.

Back in August, we heard rumblings that LucasArts weren't very happy with Nintendo's shock Wii MotionPlus announcement prior to their E3 conference in July.

It appeared that Nintendo had chosen not to inform anyone else about their new peripheral before the convention, with games such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and Star Wars The Clone Wars: Lightsaber Duels too late into their development cycles to implement MotionPlus functionality.

In the latest issue of NGamer, producer Ken Fox from Krome, who has been working on Lightsaber Duels for the Wii, had something a little different to say...

"Yes, Nintendo did give us a heads-up about MotionPlus. As far as I know, MotionPlus won't be available until 2009, so it won't be in our game since it launches in November 2008. We feel the original remote enables fans to live out the fantasy of wielding the Wii remote like a Lightsaber. We're very proud of the experience that Lightsaber Duels provides."

Issue #29 of NGamer features a very positive preview of Lightsaber Duels, and should be on sale over the next few days.
 

Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time for Wii and NDS

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313w ago - A Japanese magazine has revealed that Square Enix will release Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: Echoes of Time for the Nintendo Wii and DS on January 29, 2009 in Japan.

Features translated from the article, linked above:

- Play at the same time on the Wii and DS, thanks to Pollux Engine created by Square Enix.
- Players on the Wii and players on the Nintendo DS will be able to play online together.
- Different gameplay for the 2 versions (stylus or Wiimote).
- Story revolves around Charlotta and a mysterious crystal.
- You can transfer Mii characters you made to the DS version.

As always, more details will be posted as they are available.
 

New Nintendo Wii due by 2011, dubbed the Wii HD

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313w ago - Multiple sources, including WhatTheyPlay.com (linked above), are reporting that Nintendo is currently showing early presentations of its next home console hardware.

It will apparently launch by 2011 and has been dubbed the "Wii HD". High definition visuals are assured, as is a greater emphasis on digitally distributed and backwardly compatible content, indicating that the new system will feature some form of local storage medium such as a hard drive or large flash memory solution.

It has also been indicated that Nintendo's emphasis is again on what the consumer will hold in their hands and interact with, rather than the "console" itself.

To quote: There is no indication if this will be its eventual name, but the nature of the transition has been characterized as similar to "the shift from Game Boy to Game Boy Advance," where familiar, key elements were left intact while the core hardware was made more powerful.

It is expected by all those that we have spoken to on the subject that the new device will retain the Wii name in part.
 
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