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Written by Alex Terris   
Friday, 02 June 2006

Satoru Iwata has revealed some tasty details about the Wii's Connect24 service, which will allow the Wii to be connected to the internet even when it is switched off. Iwata told Tech-On! that the Wii would be able to download promotional DS demo's - amongst other things - overnight.

"Let's say your Wii is connected to the Internet in a mode that allows activation on a 24-hour basis," Iwata explained. "This would allow Nintendo to send monthly promotional demos for the DS, during the night, to the Wii consoles in each household. Users would wake up each morning, find the LED lamp on their Wii flashing, and know that Nintendo has sent them something. They would then be able to download the promotional demo from their Wii's to their Nintendo DS's. This will, of course, be possible in gaming stores too, but I think users will enjoy being able to do this within their homes. The key merit here is having promotional material delivered to your home, instead of having to go collect it yourself."

Wii Connect24 will also allow developers to send updates and add-ons to users, such as extra Super Smash Brothers characters and new levels.

"When creating a packaged game to be priced at 5,000 yen, developers tend to feel the need to create a rich game. Yet it is possible to create a reasonably entertaining game in 2 months with a team of three. Offering such games for 500 yen over a network could lead to a reasonable number of people purchasing it. By offering an environment that allows this, we hope to encourage more developers to pursue basic yet enjoyable gameplay," he said. "Of course, content-rich games have their own merit, and I have no intention of discrediting them. Such games are important in their own right, and will continue to be in demand. Still - think about it - eating French cuisine or a full dinner each day would quickly lead to boredom, wouldn't it? You'll want a simple bowl of rice and soup every now and then. Our intention with the Wii is to propose an alternate approach to gaming business, as the gaming industry is currently far too single-minded."

Iwata also talked about how some of the Nintendo staff themselves didn't even agree with the consoles new direction, but once some proto-types were made they realised they had made the right choice.

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New site and forums for Wii gamer by Lange at Wed 18 Jul 15:20

Hello everyone,
Due to the mass bot infestation, and main site being hacked, I made a new site here www.freewebs.com/nintendowii-gamer the forums can be found there as well. So any existing members coming back here please go to the new site. Also with are lack of activity(for a long time lol) in the new forums I hope to get it going again as i've submitted the fourms to search engine services to get new members.

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Everybody Loves Wii by chad60 at Wed 13 Jun 00:16

Definitely, Wii has become as the most popular and most sought after gaming console nowadays. It is different from the usual gaming equipment that we used to know of. Many factors were given as to the reason for resurgence of this most innovative games machine over a very short period of time. One is the cost which makes it even more affordable to those who are tight on budget. And the other are the games that went along with the product that requires a different method of playing them. It's a fun gaming machine and is the reason why it is very attractive to gamers and non-gamers of all ages.

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by Link at Tue 22 May 23:20

Both games look realy awsome. Im looking forward to SSBB more than MP3, but i still will get both.

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Win a Wii - With FANTA by tomgman at Sun 13 May 02:45

Hi i found this on digg.com and though i would just copy n paste for those who care

Cola-Cola Great Britain and Nintendo UK both have a big surprise to their respective consumers. Beginning May 14 until July 2007, there will be a total of 182 million specially marked packs of Fanta, Sprite, and Dr. Pepper all around the nation. Purchase these drinks and you give yourself a chance to win Ultimate Wii Games Rooms.

Ultimate Wii Games Rooms, just so you know, consists of a Nintendo Wii Console, Wii Sports game, Samsung 26" LCD TV, a mini fridge and a case each of 330ml Fanta, Sprite, and Dr Pepper. Do take note that all through out the promotion, ten of this will be given away - every day

"This promotion marks the start of an exciting summer of activity for our Flavoured Sparkling Beverage brands. The brand aspires to be a credible part of our teen consumers worlds and will reinforce this positioning by giving consumers access to the ultimate Wii experience," remarked Fanta Senior Brand Manager Simon Pick. Nintendo UK's Ben Taylor likewise added:

Wii is already the must have gadget of the year for people of all ages. This activity will re-enforce our message not just with with hardcore gamers but importantly will also reach everyone in the household including the mums and dads we also want to attract to our products.
The promotion was conceptualized with the help of communications agency BD-NTWK. It'll be marketed all around UK including new 20" and 30" TV advertisements, online advertising, and extensive PR activity with a multi-million pound budget.

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