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Nintendo focuses on Europe as Dollar weakens.

Anyone can look at the numbers and realize the most popular console in the “Next gen” console war is the Nintendo Wii. The Wii is still selling out at most retailers on the day the systems hit the floor. The reason for the sell out was due in part to Nintendo limiting production to keep demand high and partly due to the interest in the way the games are played using the remote and nunchuck.

Word has come out recently that Nintendo is beginning to focus on Europe for the majority of it’s sales due to the Strength of the Euro in comparison to the US dollar. Europe is receiving as many as four times the amount of product as the US.

Link to the LA Times story.

This entry is mirrored at Console Giant.

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Mario Kart Wii

Yesterday was spent playing lots of Mario Kart Wii. My wife brought it home with her from work yesterday along with the wheel. She was really excited about playing it but I’m really hard to impress. I figured it would be just as good as the other Mario Kart games have been in the past and I was right. It’s just as enjoyable as it’s predecessors.  Using the wheel may take some getting used to. The first thing I did when I started racing was try to turn using the D-Pad which doesn’t work obviously, but after that first time I didn’t do it anymore, so I guess I learn from my mistakes.

Honestly I never played the other Mario Kart games much. This one has plenty of characters though. Mario and Luigi, their counterparts, their significant others, their enemies and their friends. There are 8 cups in the 50cc races, 4 are immediately available, the other 4 are unlockable along with 2 more karts and 2 more characters, King Boo and Diddy Kong. Each cup series has 4 races and the winner in points wins the cup. You can also unlock the ability to use your Mii as the driver.

Mario Kart Wii

Aside from your Mii being used as the driver, they show up here and there through out the races. The audience is made up of all the Miis on your Wii and after winning a division your Mii shows up as a giant statue. You can also submit your “photo” to an online gallery of some sort.

That’s as far as I played, but my wife played it on the Wifi channel and really enjoyed it.

This review can also be found on consolegiant.com

Deals, news, eBay

The stock market may be crashing, but Apple’s profits are up 57%.

Woot has a Razer Barracuda AC-1 Gaming sound card for $75.00 with shipping.

1GB pc25300 desktop memory for $3.00 and free shipping.

$25.00 off a $100 purchase at Advance Auto Parts

Invader Zim box set for under $20

What’s on eBay today?

Wiimote charge station. This charges 2 wiimotes and comes with 2 2800mAh batteries. Including shipping it’s $13.30. Saving you $7.00 off the retail price.

You can probably get a cheaper deal if you look around a little. Besides this auction is now over. I saw some the other day going for $11.00 with shipping.

I bought a 6ft HDMI cable the other day for less than $7.00 and bought a PS2 to PS3 controller adapter for the same price and both work flawlessly. I bought SaGa Frontier for the PS1 on the same day for cheaper than it would have been if I had found it locally, but as I said yesterday would have gotten a better deal from Amazon.com.

It’s not a secret that eBay and Amazon can be used to get great deals on stuff, but they’re also a good place to go when you’re bored. There’re a few more places I like to frequent to price my collectibles or just to browse for things to spend my money on.
Here’s a quick list.

Auction Arms is a firearm auction site.
Gun Broker is another firearm auction site.
Just in case you are wondering all firearms have to be shipped to an FFL and aren’t shipped until they receive payment along with a copy of the FFL.

Auction Fire is another auction site I like to go to, but I never bid on anything there. I read the fraud alert forum to get a laugh. Actually the thought of buying anything from Auction fire scares the crap out of me.

A few interesting sites.

While writing the last entry I came across a few interesting sites and products that I feel more people should know about.

1. VG Chartz is a site that keeps up with actual retail numbers on video game sales and console sales.

2. Familator is an attachment for the DS Lite that allows old Famicom games to be played on it.

3. Wiishaft is an arcade style controller for the Wii.

How long can Nintendo stay number one on the console market?

The biggest complaint I’ve had about the DS and the Wii is that most games use only the gimmicky controls. Sometimes you don’t want to swing your arms around to play a game, or it’s easier and more absorbing to use the time tested old fashioned controls.

Don’t get me wrong. The controls are wonderful and very intuitive on some games. Standard FPS are wonderful on the Wii. I found Call of Duty 3
was a very good example of great playability of first person shooters with the Wiimote, but the FPS that are less traditional like Manhunt 2 are a different story. Trying to perform the executions got old when the Wii didn’t register my movements immediately and I looked like I was having a seizure trying to follow the instructions on the screen, but never-the-less games like Elebits and Link’s Crossbow Training are stellar with the Wiimote. The Wiimote is very intuitive to use on Wii Sports and Wii Play also. The Wii fails at ports though due to the gimmick that is the Wiimote. I have noticed that the new release “Nights” gives the option of controlling with the classic controller, the Wiimote or the Wiimote and Nunchuck combination. The Wii can maintain credibility for the longterm if the games made or ported to it have the ability to use the classic style of controller.

The DS is more of the same issue. My wife has loved her DS (now a DS Lite) since she first got it with Nintendogs long ago. Once again some of the games are great especially the minigame style games like Warioware and Brain age, but other games seem like they use the touchscreen for no other reason than that it is there. When the option is presented to her my wife now opts to use the standard old fashion controls to play her less than perfectly adapted  games.

All game consoles and handhelds have their own strengths and weaknesses of course, but when you get right down to it, the consoles don’t sell themselves, the games for them do. Nintendo and the game developers should realize that and make the game playability as enjoyable and intuitive as possible using what they have available even if the best solution is to throw out the use of the touchscreen and motion sensing capability of the Wii.

Obviously these things aren’t going to change until the sales start dropping off. The DS and the Wii are the best selling out of all the systems.

Still I don’t know much anyway, my preferred gaming console is my PC. At the rate the consoles are going they’ll all be PCs soon enough.