News Archives for: August 2008

Nintendo Wii surpasses mark of one million consoles sold in Canada
Posted on August 26, 2008 @ 1:42 PM EDT by: Hairball
The Nintendo Wii was last of the next-generation video game consoles out of the box, but it's the first to pass the million mark in unit sales in Canada.

The Wii had sold just under 1,060,000 units in July according to recently released figures by the NPD Group, which tracks the industry. In comparison, the Xbox 360 sold just over 870,000 units in Canada through July while the PlayStation 3 was just over 520,000.

In the first seven months of 2008, the Wii outsold its opposition combined. Canadian consumers bought 376,000 Wiis, compared to 200,000 for the PS3 and 154,000 for the Xbox 360.

The 360 was the first of the new consoles to hit the market, in November 2005. Sony released the PS3 a year later, with the Wii following two days later.

The video game industry as a whole continues to boom in Canada.

The NPD Group says sales of gaming hardware, software and accessories was just under $920 million through July, up 54 per cent over the same period last year.

The Wii has lived up to Nintendo's hope of attracting new gamers to the fold, with its interactive controller and imaginative use of accessories. Gamers can use the wireless Wii remote controller as a fishing rod, tennis racket, weapon or in a myriad of other ways.

In "NHL 2K9," due out Sept. 9 from 2K Sports, gamers can even stage an on-ice hockey fight using the remote.

Through June, Nintendo had sold 29.62 million Wiis worldwide. That compared to worldwide sales of 19 million for the Xbox 360 and 14.4 million for the PlayStation 3.

Nintendo expects cash registers to keep ringing. The Kyoto-based company hopes to sell 25 million Wii consoles and 28 million of its handheld DS machines for the fiscal year through March 2009.

Nintendo continues to lead the way in Canadian software sales. Eight of the top 10 games on the July sales chart were for Nintendo (five for the Wii and three for the DS) with "Mario Kart" leading the way.

Source: The Canadian Press

Mario Super Sluggers Hits One Out of the Park
Posted on August 25, 2008 @ 12:00 AM EDT by: Hairball
Today Nintendo is calling on its star player to step into the batter's box and hit one out of the park with the launch of Mario™ Super Sluggers. The new baseball game for the Wii™ console lets players use the Wii Remote™ controller to mimic motions they might experience on a real baseball diamond. Just swing the Wii Remote like a bat or make a pitching motion to throw a pitch. This wild, Mario-styled take on baseball includes more than 40 playable characters from the Nintendo universe, and players can even use their Mii™ characters in some modes.

"Mario Super Sluggers has enough depth for core gamers but also offers controls that are instantly accessible to everyone," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "Mario Super Sluggers takes the fun into extra innings with cool characters, baseball-themed challenges and different control options for novice and experienced gamers."

The single-player mode lets players visit Baseball Kingdom, where they encounter characters with different baseball skills. Players must defeat them in a variety of challenges to persuade the characters to join their team - and the characters that people choose are important. Team captains can perform special moves on the field. For example, Mario™ can pitch a wicked fireball, while Luigi™ can turn infield hits into a tornado. Just as in the real world, some players play better together than others: Different character combinations result in good chemistry for a team. In the world of Mario Super Sluggers, this could result in amazing catches in the outfield or the ability to interfere with fielders.

Multiplayer modes let up to four people compete at once. In Toy Field mode, for example, up to four players compete in a hitting and fielding extravaganza. Or just choose your players and play an exhibition game against friends.

To celebrate the launch of Mario Super Sluggers, Nintendo is giving the characters in the game the big-league treatment by creating a series of special baseball cards. These online cards can be found on a variety of Web sites and collected by users on a special album site. Pairing some players together creates a "Double Play" that unlocks bonuses like game videos and screensavers. Just as with real-life baseball cards, fans can collect multiple versions of the same card and trade them online for other cards they need. The more cards a person collects, the more bonuses and secrets they can unlock.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other Wii features, visit Wii.com.

For more information about Mario Super Sluggers, visit www.MarioSuperSluggers.com.

Source: Nintendo Press Release

Mario Helps Kids Swing for the Fences at 2008 Cal Ripken World Series
Posted on August 10, 2008 @ 5:23 PM EDT by: Hairball
In preparation for the Aug. 25 release of Mario™ Super Sluggers for the Wii™ console, Nintendo will be giving fans and players an interactive boost at the 2008 Cal Ripken World Series, the season's most anticipated baseball tournament for 11- and 12-year-olds. Featuring a roster of champion youth-league teams from across the United States and around the globe, the event will take place Aug. 8-16 at the prestigious Ripken Academy in Aberdeen, Md., where young players will compete on professional-quality diamonds in front of thousands of enthusiastic baseball fans.

Throughout this exciting series, players and fans are invited to experience Mario Super Sluggers, Nintendo's new Mario-themed baseball game designed exclusively for the Wii console. Interactive kiosks will be placed in the park's batting cages, where attendees can try out the game's imaginative baseball action and unique motion-sensing controls, swinging the wireless Wii Remote™ controller like an actual bat. Anyone who samples the game will be entered into a drawing to win a free copy of Mario Super Sluggers.

What's more, to heighten the excitement on the field, any Cal Ripken World Series player who hits the Nintendo banner on the outfield wall will win a copy of Mario Super Sluggers. During the series' semi-final game on Aug. 15, one lucky fan will receive a complimentary Wii console and a copy of the Mario Super Sluggers game. Nintendo will also award a copy of the game to each member of the team that captures the Cal Ripken World Series championship.

Source: Nintendo Press Release