REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Nintendo's new Wii(TM) video
game system not only changes how people play games, but redefines how they
interact with both the system and their televisions. With the Wii Menu,
Nintendo offers a gateway to new experiences through a collection of
interactive channels people can use to customize their gaming and
The Wii Menu serves as the main portal to the different functions of
Wii, and is designed to evolve throughout the life of the system. Some
functions can be used right out of the box and more will roll out during
the next few weeks and into next year, with content continually changing
over time. Wii goes on sale in the Americas Nov. 19 at an MSRP of $249.99.
"The diversity of the Wii Menu has something for both gamers and
non-gamers," says Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime. "The
options exist to help introduce current non-players to Wii and help us
bring gaming to the masses."
On launch day, players who want to play a Wii game or a Nintendo
GameCube(TM) game simply pop in the disc, aim their motion-sensitive Wii
Remote(TM) at the Wii Menu and click on the Disc Channel to start the game.
It's that simple. But some of the real fun with the Wii Menu comes with
customization. The Mii(TM) Channel lets users create caricatures of
themselves (or anyone else) that can be used first in Wii Sports(TM), a
collection of five sports games packed in with the Wii system. Up to 10 Mii
characters can be stored in a single Wii Remote, and players can carry them
to a friend's house and populate multiple Wii systems.
Using the Photo Channel, users can explore their creative talents by
developing a slide show or showing off their best shots in an easy, fun
way. With an SD memory card from a digital camera, users can display their
photos on their televisions and perform basic editing and manipulation.
The Wii Shop Channel serves as Wii's online storefront, where visitors
can redeem Wii Points(TM) to download games or other items. Users need a
high-speed Internet connection to access the Wii Shop Channel and choose
from at least 12 classic Virtual Console(TM) games that will be ready to
play on launch day. Some of the games a player can download include: Donkey
Kong(R) (NES(R)), based on the arcade game of the same name; SimCity(R)
(SNES(TM)), where players get to build a city from the ground up, being
responsible for each decision they make; Super Mario 64(R), the first-ever
true 3-D game, which changed the face of gaming forever; Sonic the
Hedgehog(R) (Genesis(R)), the fastest blue hedgehog on Earth whips through
hair-raising loop-de-loops and into dizzying dives; and Bomberman(R) '93
(TurboGrafx16(TM)), the exciting, powered-up version that followed the
More Virtual Console games will become available weekly every Monday
following launch and by year's end, gamers will be able to pick from a
library of 30 or more classic games from the Nintendo Entertainment
System(R), Super NES(R), Nintendo(R) 64, Sega Genesis(TM) and TurboGrafx16
consoles. Users buy Wii Points at retail or with a credit card in the Wii
Shop Channel and redeem their Wii Points to download the classic games. NES
games start at 500 Wii Points, Super NES games start at 800 Wii Points and
Nintendo 64 games start at 1,000 Wii Points. Sega Genesis games start at
800 Wii Points and TurboGrafx16 games start at 600 Wii Points.
The Wii Shop Channel is also where users will go to download the Opera
browser that will let them surf the Internet from the comfort of their
couches on Wii's Internet Channel. More information about the availability
of the browser will be released in the coming weeks.
On Dec. 20, Nintendo will roll out the Forecast Channel. Users will be
able to access free local weather information, which is continually
updated. Users can access worldwide weather information by browsing a 3-D
globe. Weather information will be supplied by Weathernews. A high-speed
Internet connection is required to access the Forecast Channel.
Then on Jan. 27, the Wii Menu News Channel will make headlines with the
latest news from around the world provided by the Associated Press. A
high-speed Internet connection is also needed to access the News Channel.
For more information about Wii and the Wii Menu, visit Wii.com.
The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive entertainment,
Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and
software for its Nintendo DS(TM), Game Boy(R) Advance and Nintendo
GameCube(TM) systems, and upcoming Wii(TM) system. Since 1983, Nintendo has
sold nearly 2.2 billion video games and more than 387 million hardware
units globally, and has created industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey
Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokemon(R). 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 www.nintendo.com.
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