Black Nintendo Wii Launch And Price In USA

Nintendo introduced a black colored Wii console in Japan last year. The popular color variant could be coming to American shores soon according to reports on Kotaku. According to sources from Target, GameStop and Future Shop, the black Nintendo Wii is being prepped for a pre-order soon. The gaming console could be available from May.

Gamers from Canada too can expect the black colored variant to be made available from next month. The black Nintendo Wii will also include Wii Sports Resort and a Wii MotionPlus add-on. The console is expected to be put on sale at $199.99

[via Kotaku]

Nintendo Files Patent For Touch Screen Steering Wheel On DSi

Racing games on Nintendo DSi can get much more realistic. A recent patent filed by Nintendo talks about introducing a touch screen based steering wheel to the DSi which would mean users no longer have to steer cars using the left-right buttons but can instead use the clockwise-anticlockwise steering mechanism.

In the patent filed with the USPTO, the inventors write

In one exemplary illustrative non-limiting implementation, a video game or other application displays an image of a steering wheel. Such display may be on the same screen as one that displays other information such as a race course or other environment through which the vehicle may be maneuvered in a simulated fashion, or it may be on a different screen. The steering wheel display is, in one exemplary illustrative non-limiting implementation, displayed on a screen that is touch sensitive. The touch-sensitive functionality of the screen is used in at least some exemplary illustrative non-limiting implementations to allow the video game player to control the position of the steering wheel displayed on the screen. The displayed vehicle steering wheel position, in turn, is used to control the travel motion or direction of the vehicle being simulated. The resulting simulation provides a realistic input control interface obtainable using relatively inexpensive and compact input devices such as those available on conventional portable or other video game play and/or simulation platforms.

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New Nintendo Platform To Be Unveiled Next Month

The annual Game Developers Conference is scheduled to be held from 9-13 of March this year at San Francisco and there are already speculations that Nintendo could be announcing a new game platform during the event.

Quoting an employee from a major international publisher company, VideoGamer reports that a lot of game developers have already started working on the new platform. In the source’s words

“Just heard a rumour that you may be interested in: Nintendo are going to announce a new platform at GDC. Some devs have already started work on it.”

No information is presently available regarding the specifics of the new platform and whether it will be a handheld or home console. Regardless of this, speculations have been rife about the likelihood of a new platform announcement in the past few weeks, especially since Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata’s statements recently during an investor conference. Asked if Wii’s HD compatibility was going to be good enough to counter competition, he had replied

“Do you think it would sell with just that? It needs something new. If there were no rival makers in the world, I could give examples of the things that we are considering.  However, for competitive reasons, I cannot give specifics today on the what or when of the things we’re considering.”

[via Video Gamer]

Nintendo To Bring Netflix Movies To Wii

Your Nintendo Wii can soon be used to watch streaming online movies from Netflix according to a report from New York Times. According to a report published on the newspaper, the announcement is expected to be made later in the day today.

The move, it is said, is because of the declining numbers of gaming sequels which have meant that consumers are no longer looking at buying dedicated gaming consoles. As a result, console manufacturers have been forced to position their products as a platform to bridge living room television with online multimedia.

This is not the first time a gaming console manufacturer has taken this move. Sony’s PlayStation already has the ability for viewers to puchase movies from Sony’s library of movies while Xbox users can buy high definition movies from the Zune store.

The deal with Netflix will let Wii users access the vast library of older movies and television shows from Netflix. Users will still need to separately purchase the $9 a month subscription from Netflix to use the service.

[via The New York Times]