Nintendo has announced that they want to launch their Wii system in China and South Korea next year. Luckily, they have not forgotten about us in the countries that it has already launched in and we still can't find them. They will work to correct the global console shortage before they add any new countries to the lineup.
A number of years ago there was a little-known Dreamcast and arcade game known as
Samba de Amigo. It was right at the beginning of the rhythm game movement, and was played with special maracas. Well, this simple, yet incredibly fun, game is being revamped by the Sega team to be playable on the Wii.
This should be a perfect match, as the Wiimote is designed for just such a game. We here at PLuGHiTz Technologies loved Samba, and look forward to this remake, destined to dance onto the Wii this Spring.
We knew there was going to be a full featured site for RockBand, but we got more than we expected. Here's the gist:
A personal page where your game character is loaded automatically to keep you current. Play with skins and backgrounds, just like a real social networking site! Search for new band members Top artists and bands Blogs and Forums Create a band photo with your characters, pick a background, lighting and you're off and running
Where did you buy your Orange Box? Game Stop? Wal*Mart? Online? If you answered yes to #3, you might be in trouble. Many people who purchased their games online are now having some difficulty:
Many of us bought the product (and hence, the serial numbers) legitimately online via well known international game stores, as they sell them significantly cheaper than American stores.
We were able to activate the products without a problem. One week later, Valve, via the Steam program, inactivated all Orange Box games (after they had already been active for some time), stating that they are in the "incorrect territory." There was no warning or anything, just completely inactivated.
Uh oh. That'll teach you for legally purchasing products from a reputable source! Think about it...
So the really cute DS game
will be joining the Wii lineup, but taking on a new market: social networking. Right from the beginning, this game seemed like it could easily become an MMO, and almost should.
Right now, Nintendo is still not commenting, but a designer for the new game confirmed the MMO rumors, unofficially. Also, a Nintendo official recently made a comment about competition for Home for the PlayStation.
All this comes together to make us really excited to see what happens.
The epic SIM
is only about 6 months from being done! The legendary Will Wright, game designer, says the game is not fully playable and is in final testing.
Spore is a game designed for general audiences. Will Wright said "I want the people who have played The Sims to be able to play Spore - I don't want it to be some thing just hardcore gamers play."
We really are looking forward to this game, especially since we have been teased forever now. 6 months is very exciting!