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Punch-Out franchise to return as well

Nintendo held a major press conference on Thursday at 1:30PM Tokyo time announcing new products such as the Nintendo DSi. As Nintendo has chosen to not attend this year’s Tokyo Game Show, several other major announcements were made during this press conference. One of those announcements was the ability to play games from SD memory cards. Nintendo also announced a new lineup of games as well.

As the event was a Japanese press only conference, Kotaku translated a live blog of the event from Famitsu where Nintendo's Satoru Iwata announced the fix for the Nintendo Wii's inability to play games from external memory storage. According to Iwata, Nintendo is going to make it possible to download games onto SD cards starting in Spring 2009. "We have to address the console's insufficient memory storage," said Iwata. This fix will apply only to WiiWare and Virtual Console games.

In addition to the Wii storage announcement, a number of new Wii games were announced at the press conference. The revival of the NES classic Punch-Out franchise was announced along with Another Code, Sin and Punishment 2, and Sangoku Musou 3 (Dynasty Warriors). It was also announced that Gamecube games will be re-released for the Nintendo Wii starting with Pikmin. The service will be called "Wii de Asobu Selection" (Play on Wii Selection).

Nintendo also plans to ship a short 3 minute movie called “Wii de Dekiru Koto” (What You Can Do With The Wii). The movie will show users how to easily connect to the internet. By no coincidence, Nintendo also announced it is putting special Wi-Fi adaptors for sale on the market.

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You know what might actually make this worth it?
By cplusplus on 10/2/2008 2:51:00 PM , Rating: 3
If they released a firmware update so that the Wii can read SDHC cards. We're up to what, 32GB with that now?

RE: You know what might actually make this worth it?
By RamarC on 10/2/2008 3:04:12 PM , Rating: 3
This is a great pro-consumer move. I always hated buying console specific memory cards when common flash cards were far larger and far cheaper.

Now if they'd just let you use any USB storage device... flash or hard drive!

By EglsFly on 10/2/2008 6:09:27 PM , Rating: 3
Well there is one thing that Sony did do right with the PS3 that the other console makers have yet to do. Any user can upgrade/replace the hard drive in the PS3 with an over the counter item.

RE: You know what might actually make this worth it?
By aLeoN on 10/2/2008 9:23:25 PM , Rating: 3
True, but it just irks me that if I download something on the hard drive provided and then have the money to expand the storage space later, I have to pay to download w/e it was again.

By mikeyD95125 on 10/2/2008 10:52:07 PM , Rating: 3
Well if you have an external hard drive(and you should cause everyone backs up all there important files :p) then you can just back them up right the PS3's menu and load them all back on your new hard drive :)

By murphyslabrat on 10/3/2008 11:49:51 AM , Rating: 3
everyone backs up all there important files :p

This is the peer-pressure police. Come out with your hands up!

By Tsuwamono on 10/3/2008 12:07:11 PM , Rating: 2
you can use sony's backup tool which is included on the ps3. thats what i did. I went from 40gb to a healthy 320gb.

By Myg on 10/3/2008 11:13:58 AM , Rating: 2
Best not to compare that to an SD-card; it takes a certain amount of knowhow to replace a hard-drive, even if its made simple.

SD-cards are the best medium for a large market, because they are prolific (phones/cameras/etc..) and everyone will have a certain level of confidence in their ability to use them. Whereas with a hard-drive; most people would be scared of it.

By omnicronx on 10/2/2008 3:16:00 PM , Rating: 2
They are not going to be selling wii games for use on SD cards, just WiiWare and Virtual Console games... For now, 2GB is more than enough to store these kind of games.

By Locutus465 on 10/2/2008 3:16:01 PM , Rating: 2
I'm glad they're finally clueing in to the very nessesary need for this. I'm happy getting SD card support for game downloads, and I hope they also include a utility for me to be able to transfer my titles to SD card. It's about darn time I say!

RE: You know what might actually make this worth it?
By Etsp on 10/2/2008 3:25:34 PM , Rating: 2
There is a utility to do that, and it's been there since launch. However, it only lets you move one at a time, and isn't as easy as it should be. I haven't done it in a while so I can't recall where exactly it was, but it was in the memory manager or the channel manager or something.

By Locutus465 on 10/2/2008 3:49:21 PM , Rating: 2
This utility isn't very good for moving games from wii memory to SD card. For starters many games fail to copy properly.

Also, what we're going to be looking for is something that not only copies core game data, but then also points channel links to the SD card, and deletes the game from main wii system memory. A little more sophisticated than the builg in memory manager (as currently written).

By mmntech on 10/2/2008 6:10:09 PM , Rating: 2
Is it a homebrew utility though? Nintendo doing this makes it official so there's no legal grey zone. It's definitely a long time coming, especially if Nintendo wants to make bigger Wiiware games. 512mb of space isn't a lot. All Nintendo needs to do now is cut the price of the Wii to a more reasonable $199.99 to match the 360 Arcade.

By Etsp on 10/2/2008 8:41:40 PM , Rating: 2
No, it came with the wii... you can't PLAY the games from the SD card, but you can put them there for a while to make room for the ones you do want to play.

By danrien on 10/2/2008 5:19:23 PM , Rating: 3
SDHC requires an electrical change, it's not just in the software.

RE: You know what might actually make this worth it?
By Flunk on 10/2/2008 6:13:20 PM , Rating: 2
Are you sure? I can think of at least one example of a device updated to support SDHC with software only. My Dell Axim x51v shipped with only SD support but recently firmwares have surfaced on the Internet that support SDHC, which was not even available when the x51v was released.

Perhaps the Wii could be soft-upgraded, since it is obviously possible for at least some SD card devices.

By GaryJohnson on 10/2/2008 8:57:13 PM , Rating: 2
IIRC, some HTC devices have also been granted SDHC support through firmware upgrades.

RE: You know what might actually make this worth it?
By MrTeal on 10/3/2008 10:28:38 AM , Rating: 2
No, they're pin for pin compatible, but they use a different addressing scheme. A firmware update might allow the Wii to use SDHC.

By Samus on 10/4/2008 3:32:56 PM , Rating: 2
I upgraded my Sony S500 camera to SDHC with a firmware update. It's a 3 year old model, too, manufactured and designed way before SDHC was no electrical changes are neccessary.

By inperfectdarkness on 10/4/2008 7:55:41 AM , Rating: 2
i've been waiting ages for this. it's about time. my 2gb sd card is more than enough for all of the 30+ games i've already downloaded for the virtua console. i was almost out of memory.

the only thing that could sweeten this pot any more is if nintendo started releasing vc games at 3x the rate they have been. i do hope to one-day be rid of most of my old consoles.

"There is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere." -- Isaac Asimov
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