Excite Truck Developers Working on Something Big?

Monster Games, developers of the Wii launch title Excite Truck, has been hard at work for the past two years on a game for Nintendo. Reports are stating that this game is so secret; employees have to darken their monitors whenever the bottled water delivery person shows up at the office.

More as it develops gamers hang tight.

Fun Fact:
Monster Games has never created a title that wasn’t a racing game… Some food for thought.

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10 Things I’d Like to See for Wii HD…

5 years is the typical life expectancy of a home gaming console. I say “typical” because some consoles, not going to mention any names, have figured out a magical formula that enables their particular system to shatter any life expectancy that we have all come accustomed to. Below is a list of what I would love to see the Wii HD or Wii 2 or the Nintendo 6 or whatever Nintendo will call it in their next system (since we are almost half way there)…

 

Keep the Name “Wii”

Does anyone else remember where they were when you first heard that Nintendo was going to call their 5th console “Wii”. I was driving back to my house and I got a call from my buddy Ryan. He kept saying the word “Wii” and I had no idea what he was trying to tell me. When I found out that that was the name chosen by Nintendo for their 5th console, I nearly swerved into oncoming traffic and ended it right there (exaggerated I know…but it makes for a decent read)

Now 2 years later and about 35 million consoles sold (and counting), Nintendo knew what they were doing. The name “Wii” has become apart of everyone’s daily lives and millions around the world seem to know what the system is and has either a) played the system and want one or b) planning on purchasing a system this year for Christmas.

I think if Nintendo decided to keep the name Wii, it would be a very positive move; since they already have the brand name well established, why not roll with what brought you back to #1?

Backward Compatibility

I know that in this day-and-age, this one may be a “given” but given the PS3 situation, and the XBOX for that matter, I really hope that the next Nintendo home console would include backward compatibility. It gives consumers more bang for their buck and I believe should be an industry standard from now on.There are also a ton of great titles that are just begging to be played and it would help give games “longer legs” and hopefully sell more units making it more profitable for game companies. In this situation, everyone wins and we as gamers have a plethora of titles to choose from.

HD Graphics

The number of HDTV owners has grown by leaps and bounds and Nintendo needs to get on the bandwagon. With HD TV’S coming way down in price, the influx of late adaptors purchasing these impressive sets is growing at a staggering amount. Can you imagine playing your favorite Nintendo characters in beautiful, crisp 1080P?I know that the gaming world has seen its fair share of memorable, new characters, but can you imagine seeing Nintendo characters grace the HD era? It would be a beautiful thing, one that the gaming community has been dying to see and would help get Nintendo some street cred. from the techies reading this article.

Hard Drive Support

I am not saying a “storage solution” or support for bigger SD cards; I want a full blown hard drive for Nintendo’s next console and I know that I am not alone. WiiWare has really brought some great titles for Wii (Mega Man 9 and World of Goo anyone) and I simply don’t want to be bothered on deciding which of my downloadable gems should go on an SD card, I want a hard drive.

With the support of a dedicated hard drive, the loading times for many titles would be cut down significantly and would make for a happy gamer. A hard drive is what we Nintendoites have been craving and a hard drive is what we deserve.

1:1 Controls…For Nunchuck and Wiimote

With the announcement of 1:1 controls coming next year for Wii owners, gamers everywhere found themselves asking, why wasn’t this included in the first place? I think that this can be the future of gaming and needs to be implemented day 1 for both the nunchuck and the Wiimote.

The new innovative control scheme will provide a better likeness of people’s movements and if they implemented 1:1 controls for both parts of the controller, some very unique games could head our way (if developers out their minds to it). I believe that this could be the future of gaming and would further expand its ever growing audience.

A Real online system

Friend codes. Those 2 words send shivers down the spine of most hardcore players that own a Wii because we all know how cumbersome they can be. You have 1 code for your console, and millions of different 16 digit codes for each individual game.Friend codes wouldn’t be so bad, if we didn’t have them for every single game there was.

I say if you are going to stick with the whole friend code system, have 1 universal friend code that would work for all games and allow gamers to do what they love best, game. I think that if Nintendo implemented gamers own identities ie. Your gamertag for XBOX live, we all would be thankful and the WiiHD would be viewed as more of a console than a “glorified board game”.

Games that star “Mii”

How many countless hours have you spent creating Mii’s? It’s a question that I know I can’t answer but I know it’s a lot. Now, my limitless creations sit complacent, in my Wii systems memory begging to do something.The big N really needs to give the Mii’s a starring role in numerous titles and help breath new life into one of Wii’s best channels.

Can you imagine any of the following titles: Mii Racing, Mii RPG, Mii Fighting, MiiBigplanet (imagine that), Mii (insert favorite genre here).Imagine the possibilities… I will be expecting my check in the mail any day Nintendo…

A “Shakeup” in Major Franchises, New and Old

It’s coming. We all know its coming. Nintendo has even stated that it is coming. Most Nintendo franchises are in desperate need of a shakeup to help reinvigorate some of that old school flavor that legions of gamers loved.Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying totally forget what helped get you there, just change up some of your franchises in bold, new directions. How about a actual Pokemon MMORPG, or a Mature Kid Icarus title (rumored to be in the works) or how about a new ONLINE Wave Race with amazing graphics and insane physics? Imagine… I guess I just love my Nintendo based characters and would love to see them in a different light.

Slide Up Keyboard for WiiMote

I need a keyboard for my Wii. I would love to send more messages to everyone in my address book but it just got so cumbersome that I rarely use that overlooked feature anymore. Imagine if you will if the wiimote that we have all come to know and love actually slide or opened up (much like a text phone) to reveal a qwerty keyboard underneath its innovative sleeve. This small, but important feature would make communication a lot easier and give Nintendo another weapon in their already impressive arsenal.

Internet surfing would become a breeze and sending a message to your friends console would be a joy to work with. Again- I will be waiting for my check Nintendo.

 

New Nintendo Franchises

Question- When was the last time Nintendo came out with an original IP (that’s intellectual property for those keeping score)? I am not talking about titles like Wii Music or Wii Sports. What I am talking about is a brand new franchise that stars a totally new character or characters…If your answer was last generations excellent Pikmin series, I beleive you are correct.I think it’s about time that Nintendo gave us that next unforgetable new character and really give us a new entertaining star.

They made Zelda, Mario, Starfox, Pikmin, Metroid and many many more. Give us something new and fresh.

Thanks for reading gamers- did I leave anything out?! Let me know in the comments section and spread the word. Game On.


Wii Black Friday Ad?

Apparently the video below is what the Big N will be running on the very hectic “holiday” that is black Friday. I don’t think that this commercial is “official” as we Americans tend to get a little bored after 20 seconds of entertainment however it is very informative and will definitely convey the message that Nintendo is trying to get across. Check it out below and let me know what you think:

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Nintendo Changes Logo Color to Grey


Take a nice long look above gamers and get used to the grey. Below is the official press release on the new announcement so check it out. I think I like the red better. Here is the official word:

Dear Media Partner,

For several years, a new generation of Wii and Nintendo DS games have adorned themselves with a new logo, in discrete grey.

In various publications the former logo, with red lettering, can still be seen. In the event that you have not already done so, we would like to sincerely ask you to now only use the current, gray Nintendo logo.

Yours sincerely,

Your friendly Nintendo PR team.

World of Goo Makers Makin’ That Money

If you have not played the WiiWare gem World of Goo, you owe it to yourself to play this amazing title. The game is fantastic on so many different levels; I urge all of you to download. Apparently a number of you have taken our advice and have been downloading the amazing WiiWare title and have made the developers of the title (a huge team of 2) very happy. Check out the quote below:

When we started this indie thing it was a risk. We didn’t know if we’d make money. We were working off of savings and if everybody hated our game we would be crushed financially and emotionally. But we can finally say that, two years after leaving our jobs, we are better off financially and emotionally than we would have been had we stayed at the same company where we were working.

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Get Your Spend On: New Releases This Week for Nintendo Products

Below is a full list (minus VC and WiiWare releases) for all of your Nintendo needs. Anyone buying anything this week (Chrono Trigger)

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All Star Cheer Squad
Emma in the Mountains
Personal Trainer: Cooking
Animal Boxing
Bratz Kidz: Slumber Party
Chrono Trigger
Chrysler Classic Racing
Club Penguin: Elite Penguin Force
Garfield Gets Real
Syberia
Imagine Gymnast

Wii
Cake Mania: In the Mix!
Ski & Shoot
Chrysler Classic Racing
Safecracker: The Ultimate Puzzle Adventure
The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga
Winter Sports 2: The Next Challenge