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Excitebots: Trick Racing fact sheet

By  •  Wii

April 20, 2009
ESRB: E (Everyone) – Mild Fantasy Violence
Game Type: Action Racing
Accessories: Wii Wheel™
Players: 1-2 Locally, Up to 6 via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection
Developer: Monster Games
High-speed action. Robotic insect and animal racers. Wii Wheel controls. Bowling, poker, clowns – and sandwiches! Add them all together and you get the wild, nonstop fun of Excitebots: Trick Racing.
• This game takes the big-air thrills and simple pick-up-and-play controls of Excite Truck™ and ramps up the fun with a constant barrage of funky challenges and mini-games performed at blinding speed. Players shoot goals, throw pies and even play poker in the middle of rowdy races around off-road tracks.
• Having your vehicles drive, walk or fly around the track quickly is one thing, but it’s more important to go around in style. Players earn stars for huge jumps, cool tricks and daring feats at high speed.
• Six players can race online via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection in both Excite Race and Poker Race modes. If friends can’t join online, players can exchange ghost data via WiiConnect24™ and challenge their friends to outdo their most daring tricks. (Note that broadband access is required for online play. For more information about this topic, visit

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New Icarian details, launching in May

By  •  Wii, Videos

– Price will be 1.00 or 1.500, Nintendo decides. – First, it was a wax environment, referring to Icarian’s wings. Then they got to the Chirico style, …
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Square Enix Announces New Downloadable Titles for Nintendo’s Wii

By  •  Wii

Line-up Includes Two WiiWare Titles and FINAL FANTASY Series for Wii Virtual Console

SAN FRANCISCO, March 25 /PRNewswire/ — GAME DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE — Square Enix Co., Ltd. (Square Enix) announced today at the GAME DEVELOPERS Conference (GDC) the forthcoming releases of new downloadable titles including FINAL FANTASY(R) IV: THE AFTER YEARS(TM) and FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES(R): My Life as a Darklord(TM) for WiiWare(TM), as well as the FINAL FANTASY series for the Virtual Console(TM) for Wii(TM).


The release of these new downloadable titles represent Square Enix’s recognition of the growing demand for online distribution of content/services, and the commitment they have made to provide content/services that match the needs of their customers.

Square Enix will be offering two new releases for WiiWare: FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS and FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a Darklord. FINAL FANTASY IV: THE AFTER YEARS is an RPG that continues the story that began in the 1991 Super Famicom(TM) title FINAL FANTASY IV. In Japan, this title was released as a downloadable cellular phone application in February 2008. It has since been lauded for its deep storytelling, and a year after its release, has been downloaded over 3 million times.

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Wii Shop Channel down

By  •  Wii

The Wii Shop Channel is undergoing maintenance.  We know the North American and Japanese Wii Shop channels are down.  It’s also worth noting that this is the 1 …
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Dead Space: Extraction info

By  •  Wii

– Can choose from branching paths – not just one route – Not all alternate paths are obvious – Not always moving like most on-rail shooters – …
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NPD sales figures – February

Total sales – $1.47 billion hardware – $532.7 million a software – $733.5 million accessories – $207.1 million

Wii – 753K units DS – 588K units Xbox 360 – 391K …
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Famitsu review scores

[NDS] Gaitame Baibai Trainer: Kabutore FX 7777 [NDS] Inu Kaisha DS 6677 [NDS] Space Invaders Extreme 2 8876 [NDS] Metal Fight Beyblade DS 5756 [NDS] Keitai Sousakan 7 DS: Buddy Sequence DS 6565 [NDS] Toudou …
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Rock Band 2 – this week’s DLC

Average White Band- “Pick Up the Pieces” Earth Wind & Fire- “Shining Star” James Brown- “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine – Pt 1” Against Me!- “Thrash …
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Excitebots: Trick Racing info

By  •  Wii

 1 button to break
– 2 for gas
– Hold down control pad for continuous boost
– Pressing control pad too long can cause bot to overheat and slowdown
– Tilt Wiimote in quick seesaw motions to make bot go faster when it’s running on two legs
– Can play with the Wii Wheel
– There is a difference in how the bots handle compared to the trucks from Excite Truck

“We wanted to find a way for a wider audience to enjoy mind-boggling action without having to worry about the difficulty of controlling the bots. When we worked on Excite Truck, we thought that steering the trucks was very easy and that everyone would be able eto play the game with ease. But some of our fans thought that it was difficult to control the trucks, or that it took some time to get used to. Based on this feedback, we were able to create something that allowed everyone to experience ths ame thrill but with even greater control. Overall, controlling the vehicle is much more intuitive and easier to handle, and the tilting and steering of the Wii Remote translates seamlessly to the movements of the vehicle. We also think that the Turbo is more straightforward than in Excite Truck. When we go back and play Excite Truck these days, we are surprised with how challenging it is.” – Hiro Yamada, Supervisor at Nintendo and Richard Garcia, Team Lead and President of Monster Games

 – Excite Race is the game’s main mode
– Has a bunch of Challenge modes – more than in Excite Truck
– Has split-screen two player racing, online support with up to six players
– More Wi-Fi features that are still under wraps
– Unlock new tracks and bots in Excite Race
– Need to complete School Cup (tutorials) first
– Complete five tracks in each cup (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum) to go on to the next
– Can race tracks in any order
– Tracks considered cleared only if you earn a B rank or higher
– Has new tracks and old tracks from Excite Trucks
– Locales include Kilimanjero, Egypt, Canada, China

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ESRB rates Rock N’ Roll Climber

Platform: Wii

Publisher: Nintendo

Rating: Everyone

Content descriptors: No Descriptors

Rating summary: This is a rock climbing game in which players must climb up various formations within a time limit. …
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