Wii: Nintendo Channel Launched in Europe

The new Nintendo Channel for Nintendo Wii launched in Europe and Australia on Friday May 30th 2008. I didn’t manage to test it much before I went away for the weekend, but I will come back with what I think of the new channel.

Here’s a quote from Nintendo-Europe.com:

From today Wii owners can download the latest channel to be introduced to the console. Available through the Wii Shop Channel for free, the Nintendo Channel will keep users up-to-date on all Wii, Nintendo DS, WiiWare and Virtual Console titles from Nintendo and third party developers. Not only an informative channel, it will also treat users to demos of exciting Nintendo DS titles that can be downloaded and experienced first hand.

The channel will provide users with information on past, present and future first and third party titles, as well as footage, trailers, and special videos, exclusively created for the Nintendo Channel. Footage will range from interviews with developers, to detailed introductions and guides to software on Wii and Nintendo DS, providing fans with all the up-to-the-minute information they could ever need! Users will also be able to search for new titles through a multi-criteria search function and provide their own feedback on titles, allowing for exciting new games to be recommended according to a player’s taste.

Wii: Virtual Console – Europe – Friday May 30th, 2008

Europe got three new Virtual Console titles on Friday May 30th 2008 to download on Nintendo Wii.

Burning Fight
NeoGeo – 1991 – D4 Enterprise – Beat’em up – 1-2 players -900 points – age 12+

released in 1991 by SNK, Burning Fight is a side-scrolling hand-to-hand combat action game. Duke, Ryu and Billy are three detectives in pursuit of Casterora, ahuge crime syndicate that has fled from New York to Osaka.

Each playable character fights using a combination of punches, kicks and jumps. Players also have a range of lethal techniques at their disposal, which are activated by simultaneously pressing the jump and attack button. You’ll need to think carefully before unleashing a leathal technique beacause, although they have enormous estructive force, they also consume a grat deal of energy. You’ll need to use all your wisdom and skill to time the use of these tchniques as well!

Buring Fight has a multiplayer feature, but be careful – attacks can damage not only your enemies but your allies too! So keep an eye on here your partner is in the heat of the battle!

Samurai Shodown -
NeoGeo – 1993 – D4 Enterprise – fighting – 1-2 players – 900 points – age 12+

Set in samurai-era Japan, this fast-paced and utra-violent fighting game became one of the most talked-about games of its time upon its original release in 1993. twelve weapon-wielding fighters from around the world, each with their own unique characteristics, battle furiously with the aim of confronting the evil Amakusa Shiro Tokisada.

Perhaps the most original feature of the game is the anger gauge that builds up as you take hits. Once the gauge is full, your attack power increases greatly, allowing you to wreak revenge on your opponent!

With authentic period Japanese music, detailed characters and background and a wide variety of combat moves to master, samurai Showdown is an wae-inspiring slice of fighting game history.

Pokémon™ Puzzle League
Nintedno 64 – 2001 – Nintendo – puzzle – 1-2 players – 1000 points – age 3+

Put your Pokémon-battling and puzzling skills to the test against the best Trainers in Puzzle League Village! To succeed, you’ll need quick wits and fast fingers to clear puzzle pieces by matching like-coloured blocks. The more pieces you clear at the same time, the more points you’ll score.

String together huge combos or chain reactions to send powerful attacks to your opponent (either the CPU or a friend), and win badges from rival Trainers to become the Pokémon Puzzle Master!

As well as battling, many other exciting challenges await you; from the 3D Puzzle Mode to the brain-busting exercises at Pokémon Puzzle University. Are you ready for a new type of Pokémon battle?