It’s a Dangerous Game

In the old days, kids got grazed knees, bruised shins, broken arms and black eyes playing actual sports like cricket, football, rugby or BMX.

Supposedly with the advent of video games gone are the days of showing off your plaster cast on the playground, now your modern day couch potatoes have ailments like Stylus Cramp, Claw Fingers and Gamer’s Thumb. Most of these caused by repetitive stress disorder - caused by repeating a particular movement too often.

But serious injuries are making a comeback.

I recently saw a friend with a huge lump on his head, he claimed was a “bowling injury”.

Bowling? I thought the worst that could happen at a bowling alley would be dropping a ball onto a toe - or maybe getting a pinkie caught in the hand dryer.

“Not real bowling, ” the battered barista explained. “Wii Sports Bowling!”
It transpires that his over-excitable friend, with the aid of a couple of beers, managed to let go of the wiimote while going for a strike, and it hit him square in the head.

It’s good to see some real danger returning to our sedentary lifestyles.

Try Googling “Wii injuries” you will see the phenomenon happens all the time.

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The Latest Wii Downloads

If you still have fond memories of games from yesteryear, or crave a regular stream of new titles, Virtual Console and WiiWare afford you the opportunity to get your hands on both.

With your Wii connected to the Internet, you can discover a host of new and classic games via WiiWare and Virtual console. From recent additions to the Wii Shop Channel like Onslaught - the first person adventure that lets you team up with other players online via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, to exciting titles like Snowboard Riot, there are hundreds of good reasons to get yourself connected!

Are you connected? By heading online with a Wii connected to the Internet, there’s a whole new world of exciting opportunities at your fingertips.

Whether you’re downloading new or classic games from the Wii Shop Channel, competing against far-flung opponents over Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection or tuning in to the range of available Wii Channels, you’ll never struggle to discover something new!

Wii Downloads

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Free Nintendo Wii and Guitar Hero

Vodaphone are offering a Free Nintendo Wii and Guitar Hero package, worth £239, with their pay monthly contract for the Sony Ericsson W595 (which is also free!)

Details from the Vodafone website:

“About this offer
Sony Ericsson W595 + Nintendo Wii and Guitar Hero, 600 mins and Unlimited texts. PLUS Unlimited Mobile Internet and Email.

The Sony Ericsson W595 packs a punch when it comes to music. And takes pristine shots with its 3.2 megapixel camera. Going online? The W595 also lets you browse the internet at blistering speeds.

Staying in? The Wii is a gaming dream. Become a music legend with Guitar Hero 3:Legends of Rock. You get a guitar controller, console, remote, nunchuk and Wii Sports - and hours of entertainment.

Your Wii and Guitar Hero is delivered with your phone, so you can enjoy it straightaway - there are no vouchers to redeem. But be quick, this plan is only available online - and these Wiis will disappear fast. ”

Vodafone: Nintendo Wii and Guitar Hero package

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“What Gadget Makes You The Happiest?”

According to a recent survey the answer to that question is the Wii.
Over 2,500 callers to The Gadget Helpline survey voted for the games console just ahead of the iPod music player.

The top ten gadgets that make you happy:

  1. Nintendo Wii
  2. iPod
  3. iPhone 3G
  4. Xbox 360
  5. Blackberry
  6. Sky+
  7. Mac Book
  8. Nintendo DS
  9. Tom Tom 930 Satellite Navigation System
  10. Sony PRS-505 Reader

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Wiitastic - Revamp

Well it has been long overdue, and as it turned out a fairly pain free experience, but I finally got round to installing Wordpress on my server.

It might take me a few weeks to migrate some of the old posts across, but hopefully posts to this site will start to be a bit more regular once again.

PS - Thanks to EZwpthemes for the Super Mario theme.

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Trailer: Mario Power Tennis

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New Play Control!

The New Play Control! is effectively an upgrade of several GameCube games for release on the Wii. These re-releases will incorporate graphical improvements (include 16:9 widescreen support) and also feature reconfigured controls to fit the Wiimote.

The first New Play Control! game is set to be a new version of Pikmin followed by Mario Power Tennis and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. Other games planned for release include Chibi-Robo!, Pikmin 2, Metroid Prime, and Metroid Prime 2: Echoes. Although Pikmin, Pikmin 2, Mario Power Tennis and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat are the only games in the group so far confirmed for an European release.

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Freeloader

Do you get really frustrated when games are released in other territories long before they reach the shops here?  If they ever get released at all.

Wii FreeLoader lets you play ANY region of Wii game on your Nintendo Wii!

If You want to play that blockbuster survival horror offering which is out in Japan three months before it hits the shelves anywhere else, or an American football or NBL baseball game that’s never released outside the States? With Wii FreeLoader, you can play ANY region of game on your European Wii!

Wii FreeLoader is easy to use, just insert the FreeLoader disc and load it in the usual way. When the drive stops, eject the Wii FreeLoader disc and insert the game disc, which then loads and plays just like it would on its own region of Wii.

Freeloader - Wii

Freeloader - Wii

It’s no suprise to find out that the Wii FreeLoader is 100% unofficial but it requires no modifications to your console.

On the whole, a very good utility, and a must buy for every importoholic.

Freeloader

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Nintendo Vinyl Figures

Mario, the iconic Italian tap-twiddler, and a few of his colourful cohorts have escaped their pixellated confines and entered the real world in the shape of these collectable vinyl figures.

Featuring Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi and Donkey Kong. All figures are roughly 12cm tall.
mario luigi
The original “Jump man” villian in a far friendlier interpretation.
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Mario’s Dinosaur steed with a penchant for fruit.
yoshi

Straight outta Toad town. Its-a Kinopio!
toad

And while I’m at it there is a PVC statue of Bullet Bill
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007 and Star Wars top list of film tie-ins.

The classic Rare-developed GoldenEye 007 for the N64 is the greatest game ever based on a film property, according to voters who placed it at number 6 in GAME.co.uk’s Greatest Games of All Time.

Not to be confused with EA’s lacklustre GoldenEye: Rogue Agent, GoldenEye 007 is an FPS which is notable for being vastly innovative as well as having one of the greatest multiplayer modes in history.

After Bond, Star Wars is the most popular non-gaming property in games, with two titles, LEGO Star Wars: The Original Saga at 58 and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic at 68.

Notably, James Bond and Star Wars are the only two examples of non-gaming entertainment properties in the entire Top 100.

The LEGO Star Wars team return this June with LEGO Indiana Jones, which gives the same hilarious platforming-adventure treatment to the first three Harrison Ford-starring classics.

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