Nielsen/NetRatings Show Nintendo.com Traffic Up 91%

Recent Nielsen/NetRatings market research show Nintendo.com is enjoying the most traffic growth on the Internet among the three console manufacturers:

Compared to traffic in February 2006, Nintendo's site saw an increase of 91% in February 2007, with 1.6 million unique visitors.

Source: IGN

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Miis on Parade

Mii's have suddenly become an important selling point for the Wii and Nintendo has been quick to take advantage of them with a series of TV commercials.

NINTENDO NEWS: NINTENDO PUTS MIIS ON PARADE

March 9, 2007

Nintendo's customizable Mii™ caricatures for the Wii™ video game system have taken the country by storm. Millions upon millions of these caricatures now populate Wii systems worldwide and compete in games like Wii Sports™ and Wii Play™.

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MySims For Wii With No Pee

Looks like the Sims are being completely revamped for the Wii. This could breathe some life into a series that was getting a little stale - although a shame about the loss of urination which many found amusing and added to the unique charm of the game.

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50 Wii Titles By June 2007

Nintendo says that 50 games will have been released for the Wii by June 2007.

They have also released a list of upcoming games for April, May and June (US dates):

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Pokémon Battle Revolution First Wi-Fi Game For Wii

UPCOMING POKÉMON BATTLE REVOLUTION NAMED AS FIRST WI-FI GAME FOR WII

Nintendo Reveals Strong Second-Quarter Lineup for Wii, Nintendo DS

REDMOND, Wash., March 7, 2007 – Wii™ owners of all ages have discovered the fun of playing with a group of friends in the same room. Now for the first time players can compete with one another near and far with Pokémon® Battle Revolution, a game of remarkable firsts:

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Japanese Hardware Sales For 26 February - 04 March 2007

1. DSL - 111,814 (-24,314) - 1,488,816 - 8,938,700
2. PSP - 66,156 (-34,054) - 503,984 - 5,036,113
3. Wii - 57,972 (-20,534) - 803,574 - 1,723,217
4. PS3 - 44,000 (+24,685) - 262,725 - 720,283
5. PS2 - 15,364 (+310) - 196,047 - 20,350,906
6. 360 - 3,379 (-804) - 65,389 - 330,091
7. GBM - 805 (-102) - 12,910 - 572,840
8. GBASP - 738 (-297) - 10,752 - 5,929,703
9. NGC - 303 (-20) - 4,432 - 4,173,900
10. NDS - 112 (-20) - 978 - 6,583,235
11. GBA - 25 (-34) - 432 - 8,823,638

Japanese Software Sales For 26 February - 04 March 2007

Sony is putting up a little bit of a fight with a PS3 title at no. 1 and a PSP title at no. 3, but it is too little too late - titles for Sony platforms just don't have the longevity of Nintendo titles.

Renegade Kid Announces The Ward (DS)

PRESS RELEASE: RENEGADE KID ANNOUNCES THE WARD
03-05-07
AUSTIN, TEXAS - March 5, 2007 - Renegade Kid LLC, today announced The Ward (working title) for the Nintendo DS. The Ward utilizes the Nintendo DS hardware to tell a twisted story with gruesome 3D visuals and First Person Shooter (FPS) gameplay. The game's interactive narrative reveals the puzzling nature of a strange hospital frozen-in-time, and introduces a cast of peculiar characters.

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