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E3 ’09: Nintendo Press Conference – Live blog

I will be wathing Nintendo’s Press Conference in Los Angeles live on Gamespot.com, and try to blog live, as god as I can.

Cammie Dunaway (Nintendo of America’s executive VP) enters the stage.

Showing a video of what Mario have played through the years.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii. Play with four players. Multiplayer or singleplayer. Coming Worldwide Christmas 2009.

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Showing Wii Fit. Best selling game the last year. 13 million sold. Wii Fit plus announced. You can be your own trainer. The game will be available with or without the Wii Fit Balanceboard.

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Reggie Fils-Aime enters. Talks about the next advance in controlling – The Wii Motion Plus. Nothing new, since this have been announced month ago. Showing a trailer  with Wii Sport resort. On-stage demo. July 26 in US. Tiger Woods, Grand Slam, Virtua Tennis 2009 supports the Wii Motion+. Red Steel 2 will only play with new + controller.

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RPG: Final Fantasy – The Crystal Bearer for Wii. Kingdom Hearts for DS. Mario & Luigi – Bowsers Inside Story, coming Fall in US and Europe. Also a new Golden Sun game is announced.

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Womens Murders Club annaounced for DS. Cop: The Requit.

They show a video with Nintendo DSi. 1 million DSi sold in US two month since US launch. Flip Notes Studio will come to US this sommer. Mario vs. Donkey Kong Minis March Again coming June 8 on DSiWare in US, mae your own levels.

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You can upload photos taken with DSi and share it on Facebook this Summer.

Satoru Iawata enters the stage. He talks about the gamer within us all, everywhere. announce the Wii Vitality Sensor.

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Super Mario Galaxy 2 announced.

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The Conduit from Sega, game trailer. Resident Evil – Dark Side from Capcom, gametrailer. Dead Space – Extraction gametrailer shown. All games for Nintendo Wii.

Metroid – Other M  announced from Nintendo and Team Ninja.

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The End!

WiiWare & DSiWare – Europe – Friday April 24, 2009

Here is the list of the new WiiWare for Nintendo Wii and DSiWare for the DSi in Europe on Friday April 24, 2009.

Adventure Island – The Begining
WiiWare – 24/04/2009 by Hudson Soft – 1-2 players – action – 1000 points – age 7+

Crystal Defenders R1
WiiWare – 24/04/2009 by Square Enix – defence simulation – 1 player – 800 points – age 7+

Real Football 2009
DSiWare – 24/04/2009 by Gameloft – sports/football – 1-4 players -  800 points

Ace Attorney Limited Edition – Only in Japan

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It must be great to be a game collector in Japan since they get all sort of special edition og games and consoles not released anywhere else.

On May 28, 2009 a new game in the Ace Attorney series (as we know it in the West) will be released in Japan, namly Gyakuten Kenji. Japanese gamer does not only get a new game, but also a new Ace Attorney themed DSi in the Premium Edition Ace Attorney DSi. Not only that, but they can also buy a Ace Attorney Limited Edition of the game which contain the following:

  • Orchestrated Mini Album. It’s all music from the game re-done by the Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra. 5 tracks in all.
  • Video Collection DVD. Has some really unique footage like a “How to Play” video, some footage of the Special Court Hearing Event, TGS video, and more.
  • Concert Pamphlet. Inside is also a look at the Manga by the Art Director!
  • Character Portrait Cards
  • Special Card Case. It’s a sweet carrying case for your Ace Attorney games, with six open slots.

Luckily, everything is available for import for those with the needs and money. You can go to Play-Asia.com to check it out. The release date is May 28.

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Amazon.com: Top selling games – Wednesday April 8, 2009

Here is the top selling games on Amzon.com as of Wednesday April 8, 2009. The list at Amazon updates hourly.

Top 10 – Nintendo DS

  1. Pokemon Platinum
  2. Professor Layton and the Curious Village
  3. Mario Kart DS
  4. New Super Mario Bros.
  5. Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
  6. Rhythm Heaven
  7. Docomodake BOING!
  8. Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day!
  9. Brain Age 2: More Training in Minutes a Day!
  10. Disney Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force

Top 10 – PSP

  1. God of War Chains of Olympus
  2. Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII
  3. Grand Theft Auto Liberty City Stories
  4. Resistance: Retribution
  5. MLB ’09
  6. Sega Genesis Collection
  7. Tekken – Dark Resurrection
  8. Grand Theft Auto Vice City Stories
  9. Daxter
  10. Namco Museum Battle Collection

Top 10 – Xbox 360

  1. Xbox 360 Live 1600 Points [Online Game Code]
  2. Star Ocean: The Last Hope
  3. Guitar Hero Metallica
  4. Resident Evil 5
  5. You’re in the Movies
  6. Call of Duty: World at War
  7. Halo 3
  8. Halo Wars
  9. The Godfather II
  10. Gears of War 2

Top 10 – Playstation 3

  1. MLB ’09
  2. Resident Evil 5
  3. Guitar Hero Metallica
  4. Killzone 2
  5. LittleBigPlanet
  6. The Godfather II
  7. Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
  8. Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  9. Street Fighter IV
  10. Tom Clancy’s HAWX

Top 10 – Nintendo Wii

  1. Wii Fit
  2. Mario Kart Wii with Wii Wheel
  3. My Fitness Coach
  4. Wii Play with Wii Remote
  5. Guitar Hero Metallica
  6. EA Sports Active [pre-order, May 19]
  7. Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  8. Gold’s Gym Cardio Workout
  9. Wii Music
  10. Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures

Review: Nintendo DSi – a good upgrade

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I got my first and only DS from eBay right after the US launch in 2004. That was 3-4 months before the Norwegian and European launch. Nintendo revolutionised handheld gaming with its two screens, where one was a thouchscreen. The DS have been a great success for Nintendo with 100 million consoles sold.

Nintendo DS was launched as Nintendos third pilar, but soon it looked liked it was the only pilar. DS Lite was launched in 2006. For a long time I was thinking of upgrading to a DS Lite. But last October 2008 the great new of the DSi was released. I found out that I could wait some months.

On Friday April 3, 2009 the Nintendo DSi was released in Norway and Europe, two whole days before USA. It have been discussed on forums if the upgrade to a DSi is worth the money. For me this have not been a question since I upgraded from a Phat grey DS. For me the upgrade to Nintendo DSi is worth every Norwegian Krones.

Here is my small Nintendo DSi review. 

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The biggest news is that the DSi have two cameras (one on the inside, one on the outside), it can use SD-cards, build-in storage, you can download software and it have bigger screens. DSi is also missing the GBA-port.

Some of Nintendo DSi’s specifications (Wikipedia.org):

  • CPU: ARM @ 133 MHz (DS – 67 MHz)
  • Screen: 256 x 192 pixels, 3,25 inch (DS – 3 inch)
  • 16 MB RAM (DS 4 MB)
  • 256 MB internal storage + SD-card (support SDHC)
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11b, DSi support WPA and WPA2, DS still only support WEP

The screens are bright and clear. The inner camera and mic are placed between the two screens. This works great. The speakers are placed on each side of the upper screen.

Nintendo DSi Camera

The DSi cameras are only 0.3 megapixel, 640 x 480. This isn’t much, but I don’t think that is a problem. Nintendo also had internal discussion about the hardware. The DSi isn’t ment to replace a compact camera. If the DSi cameras had had higher resolution, the DSi might have been a bit bigger and it would use more processor power to handle the picture, and that would have give less batterylife. The picture look good on the DSi screens, and OK on PC too.

The built in software have some function to play around with: Disortian, Graffiti, Colour, Colourpad, Mirror, Mischief, Emoter, Merge og Resembalance.

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The photos bellow was taken with the DSi camera.

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Nintendo DSi Sound

With Nintendo DSi Sound you can play with sound. You can record upto 10 seconds soundclips. These can be used when playing music. Fun. When playing a song you can adjust tempo and pitch. You can also play music with four different filters: Radio, Intrumental, Echo og 8-bit game.

DSi can only play AAC files, no MP3s. This is a bit strange since MP3 is the most common format. But again, Nintendo removed MP3 playback from the Wii. But there should be no problem converting your music to the AAC format.

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Nintendo DSi Shop

When you log on to the Nintendo DSi Shop for the first time, you get 1000 DSi points which is very nice. You can buy more points with your Visa/MasterCard or buy Nintendo Point Cards at your retailer.

There are four price categories; Free (which we all like), 200, 500 og Premium (that is 600 and over). There was not that many titles available at the European launch.

These was the titles available at the European launch on April 3, 2009: DSi Browser (free), Paper Plane, Pyoro (200), Art Style: AQUITE, ArtStyle: CODE and WarioWare: Snapped! (500).

Rumors also have i that GameBoy and GameBoy Advance games will be available for download. But that is only a rumor.

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Nintendo DSi Browser

DSi is missing the GBA-port, so the old DS Browser won’t work. But as it happens, you can download DSi Browser for free. The DSi Browser won’t replace your desktop browser, but it does a good job. It’s faster than the old browser.  And you can still not play video, flash or soud with the browser. But I don’t see that as a problem, since this is not my main browser.

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PictoChat

Local chat and the same as previously DS. But it now support rainbow colour.

DS Download Play

With this function you can play multiplayer with only one gamecart.

You can also download DS demos from Nintendo Wii. But it would be cool if you could download demos from the DSi Shop and store them on the SD-card or the internal storage. When using Download Play the content will be erased from memory when you quit the demo.

Conclusion

Nintendo DSi also have two new nice features. You can now hot-swap games without turning off the DSi. This is very usefull. With a fast press on the Power-button you quit the game/software you using, and you come back to the main menu.

With two cameras, 256 MB internal storage, support for SDHC memory card, internet, downloadable games; I think Nintendo have a new hit. Nintendo DSi have already sold 2 million units in Japan. They must do something right.

The DSi is missing the GBA port so games like Guitar Hero won’t work and you can’t play GBA games. But how often do you do that anyway now? DSi Enhanced games will come that will work on “old” DS and have extra functions on the DSi. At some point DSi only games will also come. They will be region locket. All DSiWare is also region locket, and the only way to play japanese only DSiWare is to import one.

So the question is: Should you upgrade to a DSi? That depend. If you have a DS Lite today, you can wait and see what the downloadable software and games will be over the next months. If you don’t have a DS today, or you are like me and still have the Phat grey DS, I can recommand the Nintendo DSi.

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