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Energizer Induction Charger for Wii to drop in May

Yes. Performance Designed Products has just unveiled the Wii accessory every Wii user has been waiting for — even if he or she didn’t know it. That’s right people, say hello to the Energizer Induction Charging System for Wii. PDP’s Energizer-branded line of accessories packs a few gems but none as sweet as this new Wiimote charging dock, which makes use of wireless induction charging technology to facilitate contact-free charging of Wiimotes. Badass. Users won’t even have to remove the protective sleeves or wrist straps from their Wiimotes; just plop that sucker on the charging dock and let induction do its thing. The dock can also be laid flat so Wii MotionPlus users won’t even have to disconnect the adapters to juice up their controllers. Fantastic. The Energizer Induction Charging System for Wii is slated to hit stores next month for $49.99 — a bargain at twice the price.

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March PS3 sales trump Wii… in Japan

It’s not exactly the major coup Sony needs to become a gaming leader once again, but surpassing Nintendo Wii console sales in a market like Japan — even for one month — is a pretty big deal. Fueled by new game titles such as Resident Evil 5 and the PS3 exclusive Yakuza 3, Sony managed to outsell the dominant Wii box by nearly 50 percent in March. No, seriously! According to Enterbrain, a Japanese game magazine publisher, Sony sold 146,948 PS3 consoles in March while Nintendo managed to hawk a mere 99,335 Wii units. For comparison sake, Microsoft shuffled out 43,172 Xbox 360 consoles. No, the Earth isn’t exactly reversing on its axis just yet. While we applaud Sony for a solid month and for topping Wii sales in Japan for the first time in nearly a year and a half, big exclusives aren’t going to be coming around every month to help push units out the door. In order to right this ship, at least where gaming is concerned, the company still needs to find a way to bolster sustained sales growth — surges aren’t going to help in the long run.

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What is Wii Homebrew and will it Void my Wii’s Warranty?

Fellow Wii users as I surf the net and visit forum after forum I am amazed at the amount of questions there are regarding Wii Homebrew. Could this be because it’s a relative new kid on the block or is it because there has been such a big growth in Wii sales over the Christmas period? Or is it the financial meltdown that everyone is experiencing that is forcing people to find cheaper alternatives for new games.

One of the questions that are raised frequently is, Is Wii Homebrew legal and will it void the warranty of my Nintendo Wii. This stems from the fact that you most probably have heard of all the great features that this software will enable you to do with your Nintendo Wii. As most of us are law abiding citizens and would prefer not to install software on our Wii that will compromise its warranty this is indeed a question that you could have been wondering about.

The good news is that Wii Homebrew is indeed Legal and it will not compromise the warranty of your Nintendo Wii. The reason for this is that Wii Homebrew is software and not a mod chip (peace of hardware) that you need to install on your Wii. This software will then open up your Wii to do things that it was suppose to do in the first place. Like playing DVD’s, MP3’s, older games that you have from the days of N64, SNES, Sega Genesis and many more as well as backing up your existing games. There is however one word of caution that I need to bring to your attention. Now some of you might think that this is obvious but bear with me as I do need to spell this out. If you borrow your friend’s game and you make a copy of it to play on your Wii that would be illegal. So please do keep this in mind.

This then brings me to another question that also pops up frequently and that is how to install Wii Homebrew. Luckily the answer to this question is very easy, all you have to do is to download the Wii Homebrew installer software and install it on your Wii by following the easy laid out instructions that they provide. When that is done you need to carefully read the provided instruction on how to use there software. No need to panic as I can ensure you they do tell you exactly what you need to do and that’s that, you will be enjoying your new found freedom in no time.

All and all I think this is a must have for all Nintendo Wii gamers, new or seasoned, that want to play DVD’s, MP3 or older games on their Wii. To find out more about Wii Homebrew please feel free to visit my Wii review site by clicking on the link below.

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Netflix ponders streaming to Wii and PS3

It looks like Xboxers might not be the only gaming console owners who will be able enjoy Netflix streaming in the future, provided customers show interest that is. A new survey currently being conducted by Netflix asks users a variety of questions surrounding the idea of streaming Netflix content directly to their Wii consoles. The survey also questions what the requirement to purchase a $10 “Netflix Instant Streaming Disc” would do to Wii streaming desirability, leading us to believe Nintendo has absolutely no interest in making the service available any time soonvia a firmware update. $10 to stream to the Wii and avoid purchasing and setting up yet another hardware device? Count us in. Reports also suggest a similar survey covering PlayStation 3 is currently being circulated. What do you guys think — would you pay $10 to add Netflix streaming to your Wii or PS3?

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Wii sales continue to defy gravity as gaming industry grows 10 percent in February

We suppose the continuing upward trend in the video game industry shouldn’t be a surprise to us anymore but we can’t help it… Will someone tell these guys about the recession? They’re clearly still in the dark here because console and game sales are still through the roof — climbing 10% over January to $733.5 million — while nearly every other industry is on the brink of collapsing. But forget all that for the time being; February was yet another month that saw gaming sales soar further into the black. Nintendo lead the console pack of course, pushing out 753,000 units according to the NPD Group’s numbers — 73,000 more than it sold in January. Sheesh. There is a bit of a twist in this month’s numbers however: The top selling game of the month actually wasn’t a Wii title! You guessed it, Street Fighter IV topped game title sales with 849,000 copies combined (Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) and Wii Fit slipped into the number two slot with 644,000 copies sold. Bottom line: if you’re getting ready to graduate high school in the next few months and head off to college, we hope you picked a school with good CS/digital entertainment/etc programs.

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All About the Wii Fit

Upon the release of the new Nintendo Wii Exercise game turmoils have been on its side and if you wondered why this thing is such a phenomenon, well, the whole wolrd is up and waiting for the answers. It was launched last May 19 and it has been successfully turned its sales on the absolute level. Should grab a copy of it better have that sweat all over because its worldwide sales turn this video console a rare one.

Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong are the most popular games by time and it was Shiegero Myamoto who has the brain behind it and certainly the robust figure for the creation of the Wii Fit.They intended this video console to have it used along the original console, thus giving rebirth to the games like tennis, bowling, baseball, boxing and golf. For you to be able to enjoy these wonderful creations you should first be able to purchase the whole version of the game.

The main ingredient of this console is its accessory the unique 12 inch by 20 inch plastic slab that can be compared smaller to the steps that you use on aerobic classes. It has been its main accessory for the reason that all video game exercises are solely done with this board. Furthermore with this technology, it can now check if you are on the right position or not also it serves as a scale for you to use.

If you managed to have a copy of this video console using and playing has never been hard to do so. By the use of the game signature you are instructed to make a Mii, it is an avatar that comprises your nickname, facial features and own personal body type. After completing this you are required to enter your date of birth, sex and height completing this will now activate the board and step up for your first weight, the narrator will then announce your Wii fit age.

Be prepared when you hear the narrator says that you are overweight this is due to the reason that you may have large muscles in your body. Using the Body Mass Index it doesnt sense the lean muscles and body fat all at once and that the rationale for this. Also as a part dont be surprised if your Wii age is older than your actual age, it is because the Wii age is determined by how well and how quickly you do the initial Wii balance test and do not consider you endurance and other related things.

By using the Wii Fit exercises have been added a new twist for you to enjoy doing by the means of playing video consoles. Its goal is to have core workout that utilizes slower and more controlled motions compared to fast exercises. This video console includes ski slalom run, ski jump, table tilt and soccer which can be a very good type of exercises in the form of entertainment.

Trying to find a Wii Fit for sale? We have some that are on our website. We also have all of the accessories for the Wii Fit, including skins, mats, ankle weights, and batteries. We also have all of the games for the Wii Fit Balance Board.

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Download Wii Games

You may want to try new games before you buy them, or you may want an application for your Wii. No matter why you’re looking for Wii downloads on the Internet, there are many different websites that you can visit to find them. Wii download sites allow you to download games for your Wii console.

Wii downloads websites are quickly becoming the most popular place to buy Wii games. Wii downloads websites offer hard to find games. Additionally, these websites can offer a larger variety of games for less because they don’t have the overhead game stores do.

Wii downloads websites offer many other advantages over a brick and mortar type store. With a membership to a Wii downloads website, you can download one game while you are playing another. With being able to download the games like this, you don’t need to worry about boredom.

Choosing a Wii downloads website with a one time charge can save you even more. You can go to a Wii downloads website and get more than just games for your Wii. Many Wii downloads websites offer movies, software, music, and TV shows in addition to the games.

Some Wii downloads websites charge per game or application downloaded. Others have a one time or monthly charge. If you are going to download a large number of games, you will want to find a Wii downloads website that offers unlimited downloads for a one time or monthly charge.

When searching for Wii downloads websites, you may want to check out websites that review the downloads websites. Before you rely entirely on the reviews, consider how biased the reviewer seems. If reviews seem too lopsided or unfair, you should look elsewhere for more reviews.

Wii downloads websites with a lot of popups can be unsafe to download from. Many times, these websites include a lot of malware or viruses that you want to avoid. Always take care when downloading from an unfamiliar website to avoid problems with Trojans and other viruses.

Many sites that offer Wii downloads also offer a technical support area. If this is your first time downloading games and applications from a Wii downloads website, you may want to make sure technical support is included. You may also want to check if the Wii downloads website offers tutorials in addition to the website tech support.

Tech support areas wont tell you how fast the downloads are on the Wii downloads websites. The download speed doesn’t have anything to do with the quality of the downloads. Download times will vary according to how busy the server is and how much bandwidth the Wii downloads website owner has purchased.

Wii downloads websites offer two types of software conversion tools to help you play your downloads on your Wii. One type of conversion tool will allow you to copy the downloads to the Wii to play them there. The other conversion tool will help you burn the downloads to disk before you can play them on your Wii.

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Guide to Downloading Wii Games

As with anything internet related-there are a few things that are necessary for you to be able to get Wii games downloaded.

1) It goes without saying, but you first need a P. C. It doesn’t have to be the newest Dell monster gaming rig or anything like that, just a pretty modern Computer will do-as long as it’s less than about 5 years old you should be fine.

2) An Internet connection. To get Wii game downloads, an internet connection is required. As far as this goes, usually the more modern the better. Games are pretty big files these days so you will really appreciate a fast connection here. If you don’t have one, the downloads will still work just fine, except they will take a little longer.

3) You will find yourself quite overwhelmed when you see the large selection of downloads that are available to you. On my first couple of visits to the game download site I did not download anything because I could not decide what I wanted to play first. So, before you go, have an idea what type of game you are looking for.

4) The games do not just show up in your email all by themselves, right? Sometimes finding where to get the games from is the toughest part. If you think about it, most homes today have a fairly modern computer and an internet connection that is faster than dial-up. So we can check off items #1 and #2 above. But how nasty is some of the stuff floating around the internet, you have viruses, adware, spyware, hackers and the list continues on. You can find Wii games on Peer to Peer (P2P) and torrent sites for free, but you never know what you are actually getting. Not to mention that most times the games you get you are getting illegally.

5) Lucky for the Wii gamers out there, a much better alternative has shown up. There are new web sites where you pay a one time fee to and you can download all the Wii games you want. You can also download Movies and TV Shows. These sites are completely legal. The sites are maintained well and you can be assured that you will not get the same problems that you would with Bittorrent and P2P sites. These sites are truley the best way to download games for the Wii safely.

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Nintendo reveals upcoming release schedule for Wii and DS titles

Before we even begin thinking about the rest of the Wii and DS titles Nintendo just announced… Punch-Out! Ok, now that that’s out of the way we can get down to business. Nintendo just unveiled its list of upcoming Wii and DS titles that will hit shelves between now and the Summer. The list is long and continuing record sales are inevitable — there really is something for everyone waiting in queue. Highlights as far as sales are concerned include Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits and a handful of children’s games on the DS, and The Conduit, EA SPORTS Active and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus for the Wii. Oh, and did we mention Punch-Out!? Hit the jump for the full list and let us know which titles all you Wii fans are looking forward to.

Nintendo Wii
2K Sports
Major League Baseball® 2K9 – March 3
Don King Boxing – March 31

Activision
X-Men Origins: Wolverine – May
Ice Age 3 – June 30
Transformersâ„¢: Revenge of the Fallen – June

Aksys Games
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus – May 12

Atari
Ready 2 Rumble Revolution – March 17
Backyard Baseball 10 – March 31

Capcom Entertainment Inc.
MotoGPâ„¢ – Spring

Codemasters Inc
Overlord Dark Legend – Summer

Conspiracy Games
Real Heroes: Firefighter – April

Deep Silver, Inc.
Professor Heinz Wolff’s Gravity – April
Fritz Chess – May

Disney Interactive Studios
Hannah Montana The Movie – April

Electronic Arts
TRIVIAL PURSUITâ„¢ – March
MySimsâ„¢ Party – March
EA SPORTS Activeâ„¢ – May 19
Tiger Woods PGA TOUR® 10 – June
BOOM BLOXâ„¢ Bash Party – Spring
MySimsâ„¢ Racing – Summer
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Princeâ„¢ – Summer
G.I. JOEâ„¢ The Rise of Cobra – Summer
EA SPORTS Tennis (working title) – Summer

Hudson Entertainment
Help Wanted – Summer

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
DanceDanceRevolution® Disney Grooves – April 2
Yu-Gi-Oh! â„¢ 5D’s Wheelie Breakers – May 19

LucasArts
Indiana Jones® and the Staff of Kingsâ„¢ – Late Spring

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc
Klonoa® – Q2

Nintendo
New Play Control! Pikminâ„¢ – March 9
New Play Control! Mario Power Tennisâ„¢ – March 9
Excitebots: Trick Racing – April 20
New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat – May 4
Punch-Out!! – May 18

SEGA of America
Virtua Tennisâ„¢ 2009 – May
The Conduitâ„¢ – June
Let’s Tapâ„¢ – June

Southpeak Interactive
Roogoo Twisted Towersâ„¢ – April 7
Pirates vs Ninjas Dodgeballâ„¢ – April 21

Zoo Games, Inc.
M&M’s Beach Party – March 10
Puzzle Kingdoms – March 31
Garfield Gets Real – April 7
Pennzoil’s Build-N-Race: “Speed Demons” – April 14
Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans – April 21
Smiley World Island Challenge – April 28
Garfield’s Pet Force – June 9

Nintendo DS
2K Sports
MLB® 2K9 Fantasy All-Stars – March 3
Don King Boxing – March 31

Activision
X-Men Origins: Wolverine – May
Ice Age 3 – June 30
Transformersâ„¢: Revenge of the Fallen – June

Activision/RedOctane
Guitar Hero® On Tour: Modern Hits – June

Aksys Games
Jake Hunter Detective Chronicles: Memories of the Past – May 26
Rockin’ Pretty – June 23

Aspyr Media, Inc.
Treasure Worldâ„¢ – June

Atari
Backyard Baseball ‘10 – March 31
My Horse and Me Riding For Gold – March 31

Atlus U.S.A., Inc.
TrackMania® DS – March 17
Tokyo Beat Downâ„¢ – March 31
The Dark Spireâ„¢ – April 14
Dokapon Journeyâ„¢ – April 14
Steal Princessâ„¢ – April 21
101 in 1 Explosive Megamix – April 21
Super Robot Taisen® OG Saga:Endless Frontierâ„¢ – April 28
Knights in the Nightmareâ„¢ – June 2
Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Survivorâ„¢ – June 23

Capcom
Mega Man Starforce 3 Black Ace – June
Mega Man Starforce 3 Red Joker – June

Codemasters Inc
Overlord Minions – Summer

Deep Silver, Inc.
Pet Vet: Down Under – March
Professor Heinz Wolff’s Gravity – April
Elite Forces: Unit 77 – April
DJ Star – May
Fritz Chess – May
The Humans – May
Horoscope DS – May

Disney Interactive Studios
Hannah Montana The Movie – April

DreamCatcher
Dreamer: Shop Owner – April 21
Dreamer: Babysitter – April 21
Dreamer: Teacher – April 21
Prank’d – May 19

Electronic Arts
Zuboâ„¢ – March 10
Henry Hatsworth in the Puzzling Adventureâ„¢ – March 17
MySimsâ„¢ Party – March
SCRABBLEâ„¢ – March
LITTLEST PET SHOP Springâ„¢ – March
MySimsâ„¢ Racing – Summer
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Princeâ„¢ – Summer

Hudson Entertainment
Miami Law – Summer

KOEI
Monster Racersâ„¢ – June

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Magician’s Quest: Mysterious Timesâ„¢ – May 5
Yu-Gi-Oh!â„¢ 5D’s Stardust Accelerators World Championship 2009 – May 19

LucasArts
Indiana Jones® and the Staff of Kingsâ„¢ – Late Spring

Majesco Entertainment
Puffins: Island Adventure – April 14
Powerbike – April 28
Drama Queens – May
Marker Man Adventures – May
Hot ‘n’ Cold – May
Dawn of Heroes – June

MumboJumbo
Crazy Chicken Star Karts – March 31
Crazy Chicken Atlantis Quest – April 28
Crazy Chicken The Pharaoh’s Treasure – June 2
7 Wonders II – June 30

Nintendo
Rhythm Heaven – April 5
Personal Trainer: Walking – May 25
The Legendary Starfy – June 8

PopCap Games, Inc.
Peggleâ„¢ Dual Shot – March 3

Rockstar Games
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – March 17

Southpeak Interactive
Roogoo Attackâ„¢ – April 7

THQ
Desktop Tower Defense – April 29

Ubisoft
Imagine® Makeup Artist – May 5
Imagine® Music Fest – May 5
Imagine® Boutique Owner – May 26
My Healthy Cooking Coach – June 2
Petz® Fashion: Dogz and Catz – June 9
Jake Power Soccer Club – June 16

Valcon Games
History Channel: Great Empires: Rome – March 17

Zoo Games, Inc.
Yamaha Supercross – March 10
Hands On!: Tangrams – March 24
Puzzle Kingdoms – March 31
Garfield Gets Real – April 7
Jelly Belly Ballistic Beans – April 21
Smiley World Island Challenge – April 28
Garfield’s Pet Force – June 9

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EA Sports Active: EA’s competitor to Wii Fit due on May 19th

Electronic Arts made it known earlier this month that it would be looking to the Nintendo Wii to help propel its lackluster performance of late, and it looks like it picked the perfect place to start. We’re surprised it has taken this long for a company to issue a product that competes with the Wii Fit, as popular as it has been, but EA just made its EA Sports Active title official and slated the release for May 19th. EA Sports Active will guide users through various workouts geared toward cardio and weight loss, and is endorsed by Bob Greene of Oprah fame. The game will not involve the Wii balance board and will instead make use of multiple non-Wii workout accessories that will be used alongside standard Wiimotes. Beyond that, the title will run $60 as opposed to the $90 commanded by Wii Fit — if you can find it at that price — positioning it well amongst Wii-toting fitness buffs. Any takers – or did you just buy a Wii Fit to use the balance board with snowboarding games like we did?

[Via SAI]

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