Monday, November 30, 2009

Nintendo Says That More Than 1.5 Million Nintendo Wii's, Nintendo DS, And Nintendo DSi Were Sold In The Thanksgiving Week In The USA

Nintendo Has Announced that during the Thanksgiving weekend in the USA 1.5 Million Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo DSi videogame systems were sold.

Out Of This, 550,000 Were Nintendo Wii Units and over 1 Million were Nintendo DS and DSi Systems. Nintendo have announced that this number of portable systems sold beats a previous Nintendo record set by the Game Boy Advance in 2002.

Nintendo has released a new photograph from this Thanksgiving weekend sales and provided a caption for it.

Kara L., 27, and boyfriend Sean G., 34, of Los Angeles, encourage Sean's mom Carole G., 65, of Austin, as she breaks a sweat with the Obstacle Course game on Wii Fit Plus during a Black Friday shopping excursion at Westfield Culver City in Culver City, Calif. on Nov. 27, 2009. Nintendo is traveling to more than 35 malls across the country to show off the latest video games for Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, with titles for all generations. (Photo by Nintendo, Bob Riha, Jr.)

Press Release

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 30, 2009 – Nintendo's internal tracking numbers show that the company sold more than 1.5 million Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo DSi™ video game systems combined in the United States during Thanksgiving Week. That works out to more than 150 Nintendo systems sold every minute continuously for the week – or more than 2.5 every second.

Nintendo estimates that during the week:
more than 550,000 Wii home consoles sold, demonstrating that consumers nationwide have responded to the new suggested retail price of $199.99.
more than 1 million Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi portable systems sold. This number surpasses the all-time hand-held hardware sales record set by Game Boy™ Advance during Thanksgiving Week 2002.
"Holiday shoppers are finding value in our products' prices, and through a game-play experience that is unique to Nintendo," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing.

Note that the internal Nintendo of America numbers referenced in this release represent sales from Sunday, Nov. 22, through Saturday, Nov. 28.

For more information about Nintendo games and systems, visit

About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 3.2 billion video games and more than 535 million hardware units globally, including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™ systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pok√©mon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at

This Weeks WiiWare, DSiWare, And Virtual Console Releases

Here are this weeks USA Virtual Console, WiiWare, And DSiWare releases.
Nintendo has also announced that there will be something Special for the Flipnote Studio Fans on the Nintendo Channel and Flipnote Hatena Website.

Virtual Console

The Combatribes
this is a 1-2 player game and it costs 800 Wii Points. this is the Super Nintendo version. you play as a member of the Combatribes and have to clean up the city from the Guilty Zero gang. there are 3 characters to choose from.

Solomon's Key
this is a 1-2 player game and it costs 600 Wii Points. this is the Arcade version of the game. this is a action/puzzle game where you have to seek out Solomon's Key. you play as Dana and have to work your way through a Labyrinth.


Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 4
this is a 1 player game and it costs 1,000 Wii Points. this is part 4 of the Tales Of Monkey Island series.

My Zoo
this is a 1 player game only and it costs 500 Wii Points. this is a animal sim where you play as a breeder. you pick a animal and nurture them to adulthood. a animals personality will change depending on how you treat them. there will be 4 animals you can buy as DLC.

Copter Crisis
this is a 1 player game only and it costs 500 Wii Points. you are a pilot in a elite Helicopter Rescue Squad. you rescue lost hikers, deliver supplies, assist on scientific missions, whilst navigating the Black Rock Canyon.

Christmas Clix
this is a 1 player game and it costs 1,000 Wii points. you help Santa decorate a tree by removing presents and ornaments that Santa stacks. you get extra points from consecutively connecting packages, and collecting Candy Canes gives you stars.


Foto Face: The Face Stealer Strikes
this is a 1 player only game and it costs 800 DSi Points. this game enables you to put your face in the game using the DSi Camera and Microphone. there are 15 stages which you need to complete to track down the Face Stealer.

this is a 1 player game only and it costs 500 DSi Points. this is the classic PopCap game designed for the DSi.

Master of Illusion Express: Mind Probe
this is a 1 player game and it costs 200 DSi Points. this game performs magic tricks and can teach you illusions.

Sudoku Challenge!
this is a 1 player only game and it costs 500 DSi points.this game has over 100,000,000 Sudoku Puzzles to play. you can pick either a 9x9 Sudoku board or a Grand Sudoku Board. there are also 3 difficulty options.

Press Release

Whether you succumbed to a food coma, found yourself trapped at the mall or just planted yourself in front of the television, clearly you need a break from the exhausting holiday weekend. And Nintendo is here to help, with 10 downloadable games sure to provide a welcome distraction. WiiWare™ brings the latest installment in the gripping Tales of Monkey Island series, while Nintendo DSiWare™ serves up some magic along with the popularBookworm™ and Foto Face: The Face Stealer Strikes, a game And don't forget to take a trip down memory lane with two Virtual Console™ classics - one from Super NES™ and one from the arcades.

For you Flipnote Studio™ fans, there's something "dynamite" on the Nintendo Channel and the Flipnote Hatena Web site this week, so be sure to check it out. You can also watch and download Flipnotes created by renowned artists like Aardman Animations LTD. at the newFlipnote Central section.


Tales of Monkey Island: Chapter 4
Publisher: Telltale Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Cartoon Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol
Price: 1,000 Wii Points™
Description: Conspiracies, betrayal and shocking revelations as the Tales of Monkey Islandintensity builds. Guybrush returns to Flotsam Island, but forget about a hero's welcome. Handed over to De Singe by the backstabbing Morgan LeFlay, Guybrush is seized by an angry mob and put on trial. With a silk-tongued prosecutor in his face and a hangman's noose dangling over his neck, Guybrush must figure out how to defend himself against grave accusations. Meanwhile, the determined Marquis sets his sights on a new and far more attractive test subject. How on earth will the Mighty Pirate get out of this mess? The monthlyTales of Monkey Island tension continues to mount in The Trial and Execution of Guybrush Threepwood. Brace yourself for a shocking revelation that will rock the world of Monkey Island to its core.

My Zoo™
Publisher: Hudson Entertainment
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: My Zoo is a relaxing animal sim that puts you in the shoes of an animal breeder, raising up animals you'd normally only dream of. All it takes is a Wii Remote™ controller for a simple, yet fulfilling, connection with nature. There are 12 animal types in total (four sold separately as add-on content). Select your favorites and nurture them to adulthood. Feeding them, petting them and cleaning up their messes are great ways to form a lasting bond. Each animal's personality will change depending on how you take care of it. Watch them get spoiled, turn into over-eaters and more as they grow on a daily basis. Some animals will even have a baby on occasion, and once it's born, you've got another mouth to feed. Game time passes much more quickly than real time, and the different animal types are active at various hours - some during the day and some at night. Sometimes it's fun to just kick back and watch what they do. So what are you waiting for? It's time to create your own personal zoo.

Copter Crisis
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: Copter Crisis puts you in the pilot's seat. As a member of the elite Helicopter Rescue Squad, you'll be assigned to respond to any type of emergency anywhere at any time. As the newest member joining this team, you'll have to complete various missions with the latest in helicopter rescue technology. When you're ready, you'll be tasked with executing rescue missions all around the Black Rock Canyon. Your Wii Remote controller becomes the control stick as you guide your copter along the canyons while avoiding rocks, severe weather and even anti-aircraft fire. Rescue lost hikers, deliver supplies to remote areas, assist on scientific missions and even blast your way into underground cavern systems. Complete all of your objectives and rise through the ranks to take on the toughest rescues and unlock 10 bonus missions. Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection Pay & Play allows you to enhance your flight experience with 10 additional copters, which can give you access to unlimited missiles, larger fuel tanks, cargo holds and even mid-air loops.

Christmas Clix
Publisher: JV Games Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Description: Christmas doesn't have to be all work for Santa, does it? Santa's having some fun and wants you to play along too. You can help Santa decorate the tree by removing the presents and ornaments that he stacks. When you consecutively connect packages without missing a beat, you get extra points. Collect as many candy canes as you can because when you collect enough, Santa will add a special star to the game that can greatly help you get through a level or just bring some additional fun.

Nintendo DSiWare

Foto Face™: The Face Stealer Strikes
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Cartoon Violence
Price: 800 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Your face, your game, you're the hero. In Foto Face: The Face Stealer Strikes, YOU get to be in the game. Using the camera and microphone, you become the hero in your own game. Unlock a variety of hero costumes as you battle the baddies, search for stars and solve platforming puzzles. The Face Stealer has stolen your identity and is creating trouble - and everyone is blaming you. You have to track him down across 15 action-packed stages. Along the way, you'll come across many memorable creatures, both friend and foe. Use the camera and microphone to create faces and voices for every character in your game. Foto Face: The Face Stealer Strikes - a game starring YOU.

Publisher: PopCap Games, Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Feed your appetite for wordy fun in this download version of PopCap's hit word-puzzle game. Link letter tiles left, right, up and down to build words and feed Lex in Bookworm Classic mode. But watch out for burning letters - they could spell disaster for you and Lex. Use Reward Tiles and spell Bonus Words to boost your score and link your best words to enter the Hall of Fame. Play unlimited levels of word-puzzle fun and learn new words on the go. You'll relax and tune up your brain every time you play.

Master of Illusion™ Express: Mind Probe
Publisher: Nintendo
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 200 Nintendo DSi Points™
Description: Master of Illusion Express titles are mind-boggling magic tricks that you perform with your Nintendo DSi™ system. Learn the illusions, practice up and then amaze your friends.Master of Illusion Express: Mind Probe uses your Nintendo DSi system as a means of detecting information. Ask a spectator to write down a favorite (or least-favorite) item - person, food or color, for example - and then be astonished when the Nintendo DSi system sounds an alarm to indicate when that item is spoken. Use any variation of likes or dislikes to stun the crowd.

Sudoku Challenge!
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: Now's your chance to play the brain-busting puzzle game taking the world by storm. With more than 100,000,000 sudoku puzzles, you'll never see the same puzzle twice in Sudoku Challenge! You can select the classic nine-by-nine sukodu game boards as well as Grand Sudoku, which challenges you to complete five intersecting sudoku boards simultaneously. Just a beginner? Don't worry - with three difficulty options, even the most novice player can complete a sudoku with ease. But if you're a seasoned pro, challenge yourself in "Hard" mode and test your true skills. It's time to get your thinking cap on and see how many sudoku puzzles you can conquer.

Virtual Console

The Combatribes™
Original platform: Super NES
Publisher: Aksys Games
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Violence
Price: 800 Wii Points
Description: The evil gang known as "Guilty Zero" rules the city, and it's up to you as one of the members of the Combatribes to take them down. Choose one of three characters and fight your way through the city of New York. Progress through the game by tackling the goons and boss of each stage using your arsenal of kicks, punches, throws and other techniques to beat them into submission. Once your stamina bar is reduced to zero, you'll need to use a continue, but when you're out of continues, it's game over. Can you eliminate the threat of "Guilty Zero" and restore the peace in New York City!?

Solomon's Key™
Original platform: Arcade
Publisher: TECMO
Players: 1-2
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 600 Wii Points
Description: Solomon's Key is an action/puzzle game that lets you control the wizard Dana, delving into a labyrinth to seek out a magical tome called Solomon's Key, an item that will help in your quest to drive away evil spirits let loose in the world. The goal of the game is to use the buttons to create and destroy blocks, and use various techniques to find keys to pass through doors. The game has appeared on a variety of platforms, but the arcade version focuses strongly on the action elements of the game, making it more challenging, and allowing players of all skill levels, from beginners to masters, to enjoy it. Settings like the number of lives and difficulty level can be adjusted.

Nintendo adds new titles to the Nintendo DSi Shop and the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mondays. Users with broadband Internet access can redeem Wii Points or Nintendo DSi Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo DSi Points can be purchased in the Nintendo DSi Shop. A Nintendo Points Card™ can be purchased at retail locations. All points from one Nintendo Points Card must be redeemed in either the Nintendo DSi Shop or the Wii Shop Channel. They are not transferable and cannot be divided between the two systems.

Remember that both Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, or

Tatsunoko Productions Have Done Animations Using Flipnote Studio On The Nintendo DSi

Tatsunoko Productions have done some animations using Flipnote Studios on the Nintendo DSi. the last one is the longest animation, whilst the first 3 are short and focus on something specific. these may take a while to load so it would be best to pause them.

Tatsunoko Flipnote Animations

Aardman Studios Have Done Animations Using Flipnote Studio On The Nintendo DSi

Aardman Studios have done some animations using Flipnote Studios on the Nintendo DSi. i have put the ones they have released here in this post. even though these are short animations, some of these may need a little time to load so it may be best to pause them and wait for them.

Aardman Flipnote Animations.

Sony Europe Has Announced A Winter Wonderland Festival Space For Home Is Coming 10th December

Sony's European Playstation Blog has announced that from 10th December there will be a Winter Wonderland Festival Space.
Sony Europe announced that the space will evolve over time. there will be activities to take part in, which will be Mini Games, with free gifts to collect as awards and as presents during the festive period. you can even get your picture taken by a elf.

From Sony Playstation EU Blog

EA Has Released New Screenshots For Mass Effect 2

EA has released new screenshots for Mass Effect2 . the first two screenshots show some of the weapons you can use in the game. the last three focus on the Tali character. the screenshots are in-game.

Mass Effect 2

This Weeks Xbox Live Arcade Deal of The Week Is Sonic The Hedgehog 2

Major Nelson has announced that this weeks Xbox Live Arcade Deal of The Week is Sonic The Hedgehog 2. for this week only, the game will cost 240 MS Points.
This Deal Is For Xbox Live Gold Members only.

From Major Nelson Blog

Audio Re-Cap of The Weekends News (oldest to newest)

Here is today's Audio Re-Cap of The Weekends news.
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Re-Cap of The Weekends News (oldest to newest)

It turned out to be a quiet weekend. this is most likely due to America having thanksgiving.

  • QTE Blog: Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

  • QTE Blog: Audio Re-Cap of Yesterdays News (oldest to newest)

  • PS3: the Little Big Planet "Leerdammer" update is coming out November 30th.

  • PS3: its being reported that the PSN will have scheduled maintenance on December 10th and it'll fix trophy sync issues

  • PC: its being suggested that the Command & Conquer series could be coming to social networks, aimed at a broader audience

  • 360: its rumoured the BBC Iplayer is not coming to the 360. Microsoft wanting to charge for it, gold members main reason

  • 360: in 1 week, users steamed 120 Million minutes of music via LastFM.

  • PS3: people who bought the Dragon Age Origins Collectors Edition can't access the soundtrack on the disc.

  • DSi: Sega has no plans to release 7th Dragon outside of Japan for now.

  • QTE Blog: Nintendo Has Released A Couple Of Photographs From Black Friday

  • QTE Blog: Android Game Of The Week – Solitaire

  • QTE Blog: What Have You Played This Week?

  • QTE Blog: QTE Tweets Of The Week

QTE Tweets Of The Week

The Following are the top 10 most clicked QTE Gamers tweets of the week. The Owly service appeared to work all week so this should be the proper top 10.

10 Future has seen a 61% drop in profits. the UK market is out performing expectations, USA market in freefall

9 Sega are not commenting after After Burner Climax was revealed by various ratings board.

8 Nintendo is looking into possible copyright infringement by Nokia after a Blog Post showed a N900 running emulator apps

7 QTE Blog: Sony Online Entertainment Have Released Character Screenshots/Art For NightWing In DC Universd

6 Castlevania Lords of Shadow originally didn't have Castlevania License as it was unknown if it would be accepted by fans

5 Capcom have announced that Final Fight Double Impact, that has Final Fight and Magic Sword, is coming to the PSN/XBLA

4 Square Enix has announced job cuts for its London studio, Beautiful Games. Championship Manager will live on.

3 QTE Blog: Nintendo Has Released A New Trailer For The Legend Of Zelda Spirit Tracks

2 PS3: back of the Final Fantasy XIII box rumoured to have been leaked. there's no install, 1080p CGi, LPCM 5.1 Audio + more

1 QTE Blog: Sony Has Released More Codes For Free Digital Comics On The PSP