Archive for the ‘DS’ Category

Everybody’s Nintendo Channel Released (Japan Only)

November 27, 2007

To be honest, I haven’t really found any of the non-original channels all that useful. I went on the Check Mii Out channel once, to discover how boring it was. I’ve voted maybe twice on the Everybody Votes channel, since that’s not nearly as fun as playing an actual game. But, the Everybody’s Nintendo channel was just released in Japan, and it actually looks useful.

Unlike other channels, the Everybody’s Nintendo Channel is not made to look like it will be tons of fun, worth hours of your time. But this new Wii channel is quite interesting. It shows different stats about each and every Wii game that you’ve played. But, that’s just the beginning.

Everybody's Nintendo Channel Wii

You can finally download DS games from your Wii, using the Everybody’s Nintendo Channel! All 7 downloadable games in Japan are Brain Age-type games, but more downloadable games and demos are supposed to be released each week. There are also demos and videos available for Wii games on the channel.

For the official page (in Japanese) about the Everybody’s Nintendo Channel, go here.

Everybody's Nintendo Channel Wii 2


Happy Anniversary DS!

November 21, 2007

Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the beloved handheld system, the Nintendo DS. Wow, it seems to me like it was only yesterday when I was un-boxing my first one, too…time sure does fly when your having fun. Or in this case…playing games.

The DS is truly a wonderful system, and one that should be remembered through the ages. It has taken us places no other handheld has. Sure, it let us hook up with a nearby friend to play wirelessly (which was amazing to us all at first), but then came WiFi. This took gamers to the next level, playing other competitive gamers across the world.

It’s also provided us with amazing titles, such as Phantom Hourglass, Elite Beat Agents, Phoenix Wright, Animal Crossing Wild Word, and SO much more.

To anyone that has yet to experience this remarkable gaming device, I advise you to try and pick one up this holiday season. The DS is, and forever will live on as, a Legend.

Black Friday Sales (Updated)

November 20, 2007

More Black Friday sales for Nintendo products have been leaked onto the internet since our last update. To see the original update, listing Target’s and Best Buy’s Wii and DS sales on Black Friday, click here.

Toys ‘R Us
Meteos Disney Magic – DS game ($10)
**All Gamecube games – 50% off**
Assorted Disney games – DS ($10)
Other select DS games – ($10)
**No specific games have been announced, but there will be Wii games for $15!**

Circuit City
Red Steel – Wii game ($10)
DS Bundles – $140 (either Legend of Zelda or Nintendogs)
Happy Feet – Wii game ($10)
Free $10 gift card with purchase of Mario Strikers Charged – Wii game
Cooking Mama or Cake Mania – DS games ($10)

Wii Remote Charger ($10)
**Buy 2 used games, get 1 free (should be for all systems including Wii & DS, but no guarantee)
Rockstar Table Tennis – Wii game ($30)

Super Mario Galaxy Wii game

Super Mario Galaxy for only $35!

Toys ‘R Us has the most DS game sales, by far. Although the games may not be of the best quality, the number of DS games for $10 at Toys ‘R Us is crazy.The biggest sale is probably $15 off Super Mario Galaxy at Circuit City. Super Mario Galaxy just came out, and is selling unbelievably well – discounting it so much means Circuit City really wants you in their store, it would be assumed.GameStop seems to think that games for Wii will just sell themselves, without any major sales or promotions. They’re probably right, but that $35 Galaxy deal is pretty tempting.

All sales info courtesy of Black Friday Ads.

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Black Friday Sales

November 10, 2007

Ads for some national chain retailers have been leaked onto the web. So far, Target and Best Buy are stores of interest that have been posted. Here are all the DS and Wii specials they’ll be having for Black Friday (day after Thanksgiving).

Best Buy
DS Lite Bundle w/ Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass ($150)
DS Lite Bundle w/ Nintendogs ($150)
Sonic and the Secret Rings – Wii game ($20)
Brunswick Pro Bowling and Rapala Fishing Tournament – Wii games ($20)
**There are also other, unspecified games ranging from $5-$15**

Big Brain Academy: Wii Degree – Wii game ($28)
Boogie – Wii game ($28)
Pirates of the Caribbean – Wii / DS game ($28 / $17)
Star Wars II – DS game ($17)
**There are also a variety of DS Starter Kits on sale**

The interesting thing about this is what each store is putting on sale, and how big the sale is. Target has a very small number of sales on Wii games compared to other systems. For example, Target has sales of over $10 off on games like The Orange Box, Call of Duty 4, Gears of War, and the newest Tony Hawk game for XBox 360 and PlayStation 3. Target has a total of 13 sales for 360, and only 4 for Wii.

Call of Duty 4 Metroid Prime 3

Sale needed / No sale needed.
Need I say any more?

This goes to show that retailers are having a tougher time moving XBox 360 and PlayStation 3 games compared to Wii games. They know that the Wii games at $50 will sell with minimal promotion, but even the hottest 360 and PS3 games need to be put on sale. More evidence that Nintendo is in the position they wanted to be all along.

For information on the sales for Circuit City, Toys ‘R Us and Gamestop, check out this post.

All sales info courtesy of Black Friday Ads.

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Phoenix Wright 3 Impressions

November 6, 2007

First of all, hello to everyone out there. I’m new to GetN as you might have noticed, but you can expect to see quite a bit from me in the future. What better way to begin my duties then to write up my impressions of one of my all-time favorite games, Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations.

 I ordered my copy from Japan, so I recieved it earlier than most did. Opening that case, I was both exited… and worried. I was worried about how the game would seriously turn out. As a big fan of the series, I will admit that I had my doubts as to if it will be able to stand up to the might of the wonderful series so far.

 After just jumping into the first case… all of my doubts and worries blew away. This case was truly phenomenal; it included everything I expected and a whole lot more. I won’t give much away, but I’ll just say it starts out quite a bit differently than the rest of the series has.

 As far as overall look goes, there’s not much I can say. The Phoenix Wright games are all sprited, so they all look pretty much the same graphic-wise. So as you may have assumed, there really wasn’t much of a “wow” factor in comparison to the look the other Phoenix Wright games. Though, I’m certainly not criticizing the look in any way. The Ace Attorney series has a unique style to it… one that I’m personally quite fond of.

 The first case to the game was very well thought out. It isn’t one that is quickly run through, either. I would certainly say that it’s the longest 1st case in the entire Ace Attorney series, which I was very happy to see.

If you’ve played the Phoenix Wright series through up to this point, I can strongly say you will not be dissapointed with this one. For those of you that have been nebulous of the series so far, well, you might want to look into it, even if trials and courtrooms isn’t your thing. It’s never too late to start playing through these games, and with the holiday season just around the corner, this just might be the perfect opportunity for you.

“Wright” On! More DS Detective On The Way

November 5, 2007

Not more Phoenix Wright, but close – the popular Japanese DS detective series Tantei Jinguji Saburo’s (translated to Jake Hunter: Detective Chronicles) first game will arrive over in North America next spring. Everything about this game resembles Phoenix Wright, though – the setup of the game (3 separate cases in this game, compared to 5 in the PW games), the graphics during gameplay (see screenshot below), and more.

The best case scenario is that by bringing this game over, it forces the 2 series to compete vs. each other even more (to win over the American market), forcing the next games to be even better.

The worst case scenario? There’s no proof that this game is as good as the PW games, and people buy Jake Hunter because of its low price (only $20), only to find out they don’t have much fun playing it. This would likely turn people off from buying any PW game, which would hurt sales for some very underrated games.

Jake Hunter is set for a spring 2008 release.