Wiimote jacket announced

Source for this new is from a mail from Nintendo on the Wii and N-philes.com:

Free Accessory Enhances Grip, Adds Cushioning

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 1, 2007 – Nintendo announces the Wii Remote Jacket, a durable, silicone cover for the Wii Remote™ that provides a variety of benefits for the player. Nintendo will include the Wii Remote Jacket with all Wii™ hardware systems and with all Wii Remotes sold separately or packaged with Wii Play™. Hardware featuring the Wii Remote Jacket will begin shipping to retailers on Oct. 2 and is expected to be on retail shelves the week of Oct. 15.

The Wii Remote Jacket provides cushioning for the Wii Remote for people who might accidentally throw or drop their Wii Remotes while playing games. Use of the Wii Remote Jacket is meant to supplement, not replace, the basic game-play instructions: keep a firm grip, don’t let go of the controller, use the wrist strap and make sure your play area is free of people or objects.
The Wii Remote Jacket also serves as a cover for the Wii Remote. Nintendo recommends players use the new Wii Remote Jacket as a cushiony shield, though the current Wii Remote is a safe product when used properly.

“We’re always looking for ways to improve our products and make sure everyone has a safe and fun experience,” says George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. “Many electronics manufacturers provide similar protective covers for products like cell phones, PDAs and MP3 players.”

Current Wii owners who want to equip their Wii Remotes with the new Wii Remote Jacket free of charge can go to Wii.com or nintendo.com, or call 1-866-431-8367 to place an order. Nintendo will begin taking orders on Oct. 2, and Wii Remote Jackets will begin shipping the week of Oct. 15.

The Wii Remote Jacket is designed to be added and removed easily, in case users want to slip their Wii Remote into an accessory like the upcoming Wii Zapper™.

The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™, Nintendo DS™, Game Boy® Advance and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. Since 1983, Nintendo has sold nearly 2.4 billion video games and more than 420 million hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like Mario™, Donkey Kong®, Metroid®, Zelda™ and Pokémon®. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the company’s Web site at www.nintendo.com.

Xbox Arcade: Tetris Splash

Tomorrow, October 3, Tetris Splash will hit Xbox Live Arcade. It will cost you 800 points.

I’ve always been a great fan of Tetris and think that it’s one of the best games ever made. So yes, I will get this game tomorrow.

Here’s the info from Xbox.com:

The most popular electronic game of all time is back, with new variants, enhanced graphics, and beautiful aquatic playscapes inTetris® Splash! Since its introduction,Tetris has gone from Russian sensation to worldwide phenomenon, attracting more than 60 million enthusiastic players. Thanks to its unique, simple randomness, it’s never the same game twice. Now, with new modes and team play, Tetris Splashintroduces even more exciting, enjoyable ways to play this classic favorite. As easy to learn as it is addictive, it’s equally fun for the casual player and the seasoned Tetris pro!

  • Modes of play: Three different modes of play including Tetris, T-Spin, and Combo, plus a unique screensaver mode.
  • Multiplayer: Playable solo, competitively or in teams, with an online multiplayer mode via Xbox LIVE® for up to six players.
  • New twists: New, enhanced graphics, and beautiful aquatic backscapes add a real splash to the fun of Tetris.
  • Content and themes: Exciting downloadable content will be made available including themes and background aquatic creatures.
  • Achievements: Twelve new achievements to master and conquer.

[UPDATE, October 3rd]

So Tetris Splash was supposed to be available for download today. And it is, but only in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States, which is real bad from Microsoft. If you go to MajorNelson.com, you can read on the posts that not many are too happy about that.

Play-Asia: Top sold items by all members (last week)

There’s the Top-10 list of items sold by Play-Asia.com members last week, it mostly reflects the new game releases:

1. BioShock (Xbox360™ Asia – region free) - US$ 49.90

2. The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass (Nintendo DS™ US) – US$ 39.90

3. Halo 3 (Xbox360™ US) – US$ 59.90 (work on PAL)

4. Dual Shooter (EMS USB2) (PlayStation2™, Windows™ PC ) – US$ 14.90

5. XFPS 360 Pro (Xbox360™ ) – US$ 79.90

6. Xbox Live 12-Month Gold Card (Halo 3) (Xbox360™ Asia) – US$ 49.90

7. Mother 3 (Game Boy Advance™ Japan) – US$ 19.90 (limited offer)

8. Halo 3 Collector’s Edition (Xbox360™ US) – US$ 69.90 (work on PAL)

9. PSP PlayStation Portable Slim & Lite – Ceramic White (PSP-2000CW) ( Japan) – US$ 199.90

10. Oshare Majo Love and Berry (DS Collection) (Nintendo DS™ Japan) – US$ 12.90