New Release for The Legend of Zelda in 2009?

authorMark | December 29, 2008

Last week, a post on started a buzz across the net about a possible new The Legend of Zelda release sometime next year. In an interview with Lazard Capital Markets’ Colin Sebastian, he states that new releases will help push modest industry growth next year, and one could possibly be the next installment of The Legend of Zelda. Although he admits it is pure speculation at this point, the timing makes sense and would give Nintendo a huuuuuuge boost in game sales in a difficult economic year.

“With this year’s release of Wii installments for Super Smash Bros., Animal Crossing, and Mario Kart, there are few cherished Nintendo series in need of a new-generation debut. That means it’s about time for the publisher to start a second lap of its greatest hits, and if one industry analyst’s prognostication is accurate, leading off that lap could be a second installment of The Legend of Zelda.”

Here’s the link to the full story

Santa, if I promise to start being good now, can you put me on the preorder list? ;-)

History of Nintendo Gaming Via Commercials

authorMark | December 28, 2008

Here’s a look back at the history of all of the Nintendo gaming devices through their commercials. It is truly amazing how far gaming has progressed over the last couple of decades. I can’t even imagine what our grandchildren will be playing…

1985 - Nintendo Entertainment System

Introduced in 1985, the NES was an instant hit. Over the course of the next two years, it almost single-handedly revitalized the video game industry. Selling over 60 million units, people brought games like Mario and Zelda into their homes for the first time on the NES.

1989 - Game Boy

The first Game Boy had a screen that was four colors of gray but the device defined portable gaming and was enormous fun. Game Boy, which came out in 1989, was bundled with the classic game Tetris and became an instant hit. The Game Boy has sold well over 150 million systems worldwide.

1991 - Super Nintendo Entertainment System

The SNES was released in 1991 and featured 16-bit technology. More processing power meant more entertaining games which helped the SNES sell more than 49 million systems worldwide.

1996 - Nintendo 64

The N64 set new standards in realistic 3D gaming when it came out in 1996. Super Mario 64 was the system’s premiere game and thrilled millions with its then state of the art graphics.

1996 - Game Boy Pocket

The Game Boy Pocket came out the same year the N64. Smaller than the original Game Boy, it came in a variety of colors.

2001 - Game Boy Advance

Featuring a larger screen and better graphics than previous versions of the Game Boy, the GBA would go on to sell tens of millions of units worldwide after its North American debut in 2001.

2001 - Nintendo GameCube

2001 also saw the release of the Nintendo GameCube which one-upped the graphics and gameplay of the N64. It was the first Nintendo system to use optical discs instead of cartridges for its games.

2003 - Game Boy Advance SP

Released in 2003, the Game Boy Advance SP had the same size screen as the Game Boy Advance, but the GBA SP was significantly smaller, lighter, and folded to become truly pocket portable. It also featured a rechargeable battery and backlit screen.

Here is also a nice overview of the entire gameboy line:

2004 - Nintendo DS

Featuring two screens, including a touch screen, a microphone, built-in Wi-Fi capability, and backward compatibility, the DS is an incredibly successful portable gaming device beating its rivals in the marketplace by a wide margin.

2006 - Nintendo DS Lite

The Nintendo DS is smaller, lighter, and has brighter screens than the previous model.

2006 - Nintendo Wii

In 2006, Nintendo introduced the Wii and with it several advanced, revolutionary features. Wireless motion-sensitive remote controllers, built-in Wi-Fi capability, and other features have made the Wii the best-selling console system in the world.

Club Nintendo of America Launches

authorMark | December 22, 2008

Last week the highly anticipated Club Nintendo of America officially launched. Nintendo gamers can sign up by visiting After joining, members can register select Nintendo hardware and Nintendo-published games in exchange for Nintendo Coins, which can then be redeemed for limited-edition Nintendo rewards available only to Club Nintendo members.  Some of the exclusive rewards include the Game & Watch™ Collection for the Nintendo DS™ and a set of traditional Hanafuda cards printed with Nintendo characters. Members must earn coins by registering their games and completing a corresponding survey. The amount of coins earned by games varies by game type: Wii (50 coins), DS (30 coins), WiiWare (10 coins), and Virtual Console (10 coins). In addition, the Wii Fit can be registered and earn members 80 coins.

There are also three ways to increase the Club Nintendo coin total. First, members can let Nintendo know of their “intention to buy” a particular game. After buying the game and completing a survey, members will earn ten extra coins. Next, an additional ten coins can be earned by purchasing a game and completing a survey within the first four weeks of its launch…a little Nintendo incentive to buy early and buy often ;-). Finally, members can earn an another ten coins by participating in a “post play survey” that is available shortly after the game launches.

Nintendo has stated that games released during December 2008 or later can be registered, but you can only register select titles that were released prior to December. Unredeemed coins expire two years from issue if unused. Reports from early participants say that the system is slow due to high traffic and a few bugs have been identified, so you may want to wait a few days before trying to register.

Nintendo Announces Early 2009 Games Line Up for Wii & DS

authorMark | December 21, 2008

Nintendo has announced their new games for the first quarter of 2009.  With over 100 new games, Nintendo looks like it will provide a good balance between the casual player and hardcore gamers. Topping the list is a much anticipated Pokémon Platinum version for Nintendo DS,  slated for a March 22 launch across North America. Other notable titles for the Wii include the enhanced New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis and New Play Control! Pikmin . For the DS: Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Personal Trainer: Math and Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars.

Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Wii and Nintendo DS. The list is preliminary, so game titles and launch dates are subject to change.

Monsters vs. Aliens - March 24

Crave Entertainment
Monster Pals - March
Solitaire & Mahjong - February
Puzzle Challenges and More! - February
Crayola Colorful World - March

Onechanbara Bikini Zombie Slayers - February
Coraline - January

WordJong Party - January
Battle Rage - February
Cradle of Rome - February
Cate West: The Vanishing Files - March
Burger Island - March

Disney Interactive Studios
Disney Sing It: High School Musical 3: Senior Year - Winter

Play the World - March

Electronic Arts
NASCAR Kart Racing - Feb. 10
SimAnimals - Jan. 27
TRIVIAL PURSUIT - Early spring

Hudson Entertainment
Marble Saga Kororinpa - Spring

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
DanceDanceRevolution Disney Grooves - March

Majesco Entertainment
Escape the Museum - January
Major Minor’s Majestic March - March

Marvelous Entertainment USA
Little King’s Story - Feb. 17
Rune Factory: Frontier - March

Deer Drive - Jan. 20

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
We Ski and Snowboard - March

New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis - March
New Play Control! Pikmin - March

The House of The Dead: Overkill - February
SONIC and the Black Knight - March

Southpeak Interactive
Roogoo Twisted Towers - Feb. 17
Pirates vs. Ninjas Dodgeball - March 17
Brave: A Warrior’s Tale - Feb. 17

Paws & Claws Pet Resort - Jan. 5
Neighborhood Games - Jan. 5

Tenchu: Shadow Assassins - February
Broken Sword: Shadows of the Templars (Director’s Cut) - March

XS Games
Super PickUps - Q1

Nintendo DS
Monsters vs. Aliens - March 24
Pimp My Ride 2™ - March 24
Animal Planet - March 10

Atlus U.S.A., Inc.
My World, My Way - Feb. 3
Legacy of Ys: Books I & II - Feb. 10
Trackmania DS - March 17

Crave Entertainment
Monster Pals - March

D3Publisher of America
Puzzle Quest: Galactrix - Q1
Coraline - January

USA TODAY Puzzle Craze - January
DinoPets - March

Disney Interactive Studios
Phineas and Ferb - Winter

Inkheart - January
Learn Math - January
Drivers’ Ed Portable - January
Monster Band - January
Zoo Quest - February
My Personal Diary - February
Music Star: Pop Star - February
Paint by DS - March
Matchstick - March
Dreamer: Top Model - March
Sarah - Keeper of the Unicorn - March
Learn Chess - March
Dragon Master - April

Electronic Arts
Zubo - March
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventure - Q1
SimAnimals - Jan. 27

Empire Interactive
Jagged Alliance - Feb. 17

American Popstar - Road to Celebrity - March 9

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Elebits: The Adventures of Kai and Zero - Q1
Suikoden Tierkreis - Q1
Little Magician’s Magic Adventure - Q1

Majesco Entertainment
WonderWorld Amusement Park - January
Powerbike - January
Our House - Q1
Hot ‘n’ Cold - March

Marvelous Entertainment USA
Avalon Code - February
Flower, Sun, and Rain - March

Moon - Jan. 13

Chicken Hunter Star Karts - March 10

Personal Trainer: Math - Jan. 12
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon - Feb. 16
Pokémon Platinum version - March 22

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars - Winter

Southpeak Interactive
Big Bang Mini - Jan. 6
Roogoo Attack - Feb. 17
Brave: Shaman’s Challenge - Feb. 17

Square Enix, Inc.


Paws & Claws Pampered Pets - Jan. 5

TOMY Corporation
My DoItAll - February

Jake Power Fireman - January
Jake Power Policeman - January
Imagine Cheerleader - February
JoJo’s Fashion Show - February
Petz Horseshoe Ranch - February
Imagine Family Doctor - February
Imagine Ice Champions - March
Jake Power Handyman - March
My Fashion Studio Paris Collection - Feb. 17
American Popstar - Road to Celebrity - March 24
Broken Sword: Shadows of the Templars (Director’s Cut) - March

Retro Game Challenge - Jan. 6 to Offer Free 2 Day Shipping

authorMark | December 17, 2008

Did you wait until the last minute to buy something for that special gamer in your life? Is it snowing/sleeting and you’d rather not venture out? Well, now you may not have to. GameStop has just announced that tomorrow, December 18th, they’ll be offering free 2-day shipping on all orders $39.99 or more exclusively through their affiliate network of sites (My Wii News is an affiliate). Just enter the coupon code: FREESHIP2DAY in the promotional code section of your shopping cart and click “Activate”. Offer expires 10 am December 19th. Just click on the image below to take advantage of the offer.

GameStop, Inc.

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