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Final Fantasy Madness Coming to Wii

It’s Wii-day today for Square Enix, as the Japanese publisher announced at the GDC the forthcoming releases of new downloadable titles for the Wii.

The games are Final Fantasy IV: The After Years and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord for WiiWare, as well as the Final Fantasy series for the Virtual Console.

FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS, is an RPG that continues the story that began in the 1991 Super Famicom™ title FINAL FANTASY IV. In Japan, this title was released as a downloadable cellular phone application in February 2008. It has since been lauded for its deep storytelling, and a year after its release, has been downloaded over 3 million times.

FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a Darklord is the newest instalment in the FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES series, which has shipped over 2 million copies worldwide and is set to grow further in 2009. This title will be a sequel to FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King™, which launched simultaneously with the WiiWare service in May of 2008.

The Virtual Console release will see the famed RPG series made available for the first time on home console download. The very first game was released for the Famicom in Japan back in 1987 and will be available for download in May 2009.

Weekly Wii Update – Summer Games 2, BIT.TRIP.BEAT

With the start of a new week comes word of a new Virtual Console title, as well as a new WiiWare one. Nintendo has added Summer Games II, a Commodore 64 classic, that has players, as the name suggests, take part in summer games around the globe. The other game is BIT.TRIP.BEAT, a retro action game that features four-player multiplayer and a 8-bit soundtrack.

WiiWare

BIT.TRIP BEAT (Aksys Games, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points):
BIT.TRIP BEAT is a rhythm game that brings retro action into the present, letting you use the motion-sensing Wii Remote™ controller to bounce beats. Retro visuals, classic game play, four-player multiplayer and an 8-bit soundtrack will get you in the zone and rock your world. The challenges are mighty, but if you can stay cool as the difficulty increases, you’ll discover the beginnings of the BIT.TRIP saga.

Virtual Console

Summer Games II™ (Commodore 64, 1-8 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points):
A thousand athletes. A hundred countries. Billions watching around the world as you enter the stadium, marching confidently among your nation’s strongest, fastest and boldest young men and women. Your gaze sweeps the crowd as you realize the scope of your achievement. You are about to compete against the world’s best athletes in a 3,000-year-old competition. This is the pinnacle of athletic achievement: the Summer Games. Summer Games II challenges your competitive skills with a series of athletic contests for one to eight players. Experience the excitement and realism of eight different events: cycling, equestrian, fencing, high jump, javelin, kayaking, rowing and triple jump. Practice each event to sharpen your skills, then choose from the 18 countries you can represent in the competition.

Pikmin 2 and Donkey Kong Join Wii Play Control Series

Nintendo just won’t stop milking its favorite cash cows, as they announced Pikmin 2 and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat have been added to the Wii’s new Play Control family.

The Play Control series sees classic games recoded to take advantage of Wii’s unique motion-sensing controllers. Other games in the series include the original Pikmin and Mario Power Tennis.

Pikmin 2 is due out across Europe on April 24 and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is scheduled for release this summer. Both will support the Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers, along with widescreen graphics, new enemies and more.

Nintendo Increasing Wii Price in UK

Seeing as how the British Pound is facing severe depreciation, Nintendo has announced that it will begin charging UK retailers 18-20 GBP more for each Wii unit.

"The price that they then offer to consumers is, of course, up to the retailers," said the company. "This is a problem brought about by extreme currency fluctuations that are a symptom of the global economic situation."

The Wii currently sells for 179.99 GBP in the UK. Nintendo additionally warned that upcoming Wii and DS software may also see price increases at the trade level, though it does not expect increases for DS and DSi hardware.

100M Nintendo DS Units Shipped

Nintendo today announced that it has shipped the 100 millionth Nintendo DS unit on March 6, 2009. That is 4 years, 3 months and 14 days after the handheld made its debut in North America.

The company claimed that the system “helped redefine what a video game could be” and pointed out how the DSi is an example of its continued livelihood. The DSi is the third revision of the hardware, sporting a slimmer profile, bigger screens, two cameras and the ability to buy and download games online.

The DSi is already available in Japan and will hit Europe and North America next month for $169.99.

Mario & Sonic at the Winter Olympic Games

Their relations get even frostier than usual, as Mario and Sonic are teaming up once again in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games for Wii and DS.

Developed by Sega of Japan under the guidance of Shigeru Miyamoto, the game will feature the legendary cast of playable characters, as well as new faces, as they square off against each other in winter-themed Olympic games. This includes alpine skiing and speed skating, among other events.

Scheduled for release late this year, the game will also feature multiplayer gameplay in both cooperative and competitive terms and will make use of the Wii Balance Board for more realistic gameplay.

Rush Songs Now on Wii Rock Band

Aspiring Wii musicians take note: seven new tracks from progressive rock band Rush is now available on the Rock Band Music Store for the console.

The songs are already available to PS3 and Xbox 360 owners, but come late for Wii owners since the music store is a rather recent addition. The tracks are: “Tom Sawyer”, “Red Barchetta”, “YYZ”, “Limelight”, “The Camera Eye”, “Witch Hunt” and “Vital Signs”.

All tracks are master recordings and cost 200 Wii points per track.

LIT and Mercs Hit Wii

Only two new titles enter the marketplace this week on the Wii. First up is a new WiiWare game that offers supernatural villains – dubbed LIT, the game takes players back to high-school to beat up the school’s teachers. I’m not kidding. The retro game this week is Wolf of the Battlefield, a Sega Genesis title that has you defeating terrorists. Enjoy:

WiiWare

LIT (WayForward Technologies, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older—Violence, 800 Wii Points): Dark creatures have taken over Jake’s high school, and it’s up to you to guide him through each classroom in order to be reunited with his girlfriend Rachael. Existing light sources must be used smartly to create bridges of light for Jake to cross. One false step and Jake gets pulled into the darkness. Along the way he’ll encounter twisted versions of his school’s faculty, which must be battled in order to advance. LIT is a horror/puzzle game that requires the Wii Remote™ and Nunchuk™ controllers. It contains 30 levels, five boss battles, replay modes and several unlockables, including multiple endings, Dark Mode timed challenges and an unlockable character.

Virtual Console

Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS (SEGA GENESIS, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older—Mild Violence, 800 Wii Points):
Following a rash of terrorism outbreaks and increasing opposition from guerilla fighters, the U.S. government has decided to hire a group of professional mercenaries to undergo secret missions, battling through enemy lines to go where no ordinary soldier would dare to go. Based on the popular arcade game, the SEGA GENESIS version of MERCS lets you play as a MERC and also adds an original mode, allowing players to choose from five different characters. Take no prisoners as you shoot, drive jeeps and tanks, and clash against huge bosses to accomplish your mission.

Photo of the Day: Burnt Wii

It’s always sad to hear about someone’s house getting burned down. But that gives us one thing to look at today: the burnt carcass of a Wii. A Nintendo fanboy’s house suffered a fire that burned most of his family’s possessions, including a Wii and DS, as well as a Gameboy.

Nintendo, upon hearing their story, did send them a replacement Wii and GBA. That doesn’t quite make up for the burnt Virtual Boy and other priceless Nintendo vintage items.

Snowboard Riot, Sonic Chaos Hit Wii

This week’s additions to the WiiWare and Virtual Console services are Snowboard Riot, LONPOS and Sonic Chaos. Below are details:

WiiWare

Snowboard Riot (1,000 Wii Points): This snowboard racing and battle game can be enjoyed by multiple players and is compatible with the Wii Balance Board™ accessory. In an intense scramble for first place, guide your character down the slopes while snatching up items to attack and defend against rivals along the way. Up to four players can battle and participate in various ranking modes via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection.

LONPOS (800 Wii Points): Looking for a puzzle game that anyone can play, but still offers plenty to master? Look no further than LONPOS, with its straightforward premise and large variety of puzzles to solve. Each puzzle revolves around a rectangular playing field of 55 spaces. Using a set of 12 pieces, the goal is to place every piece into the playing field, filling it completely. The higher the level, the more pieces you’ll need to fit correctly into the playing field. Challenge yourself with two single-player modes or bring a friend to compete against or cooperate with. When you think your skills are worthy, use Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to check out how you compare with other LONPOS players or download additional puzzles and backgrounds. (Router and broadband access required for online play. For more info, go to www.nintendo.com.)

Virtual Console

Sonic Chaos (500 Wii Points): Play as Sonic or Tails in Sonic Chaos, which was originally made for the SEGA MASTER SYSTEM. Dr. Eggman (a.k.a. Dr. Robotnik) has stolen the Red Chaos Emerald to create nuclear weapons. This has thrown the remaining Chaos Emeralds off balance, causing them to transport to a parallel universe. As a result, Sonic’s home, South Island, is sinking into the ocean. Speed through various levels in your crusade for the six Chaos Emeralds. Perform Strike Dashes and Super-Peel Outs as Sonic, or Spin Dash and Fly as Tails, and restore order in Sonic Chaos.