Metroid Prime 2: Echoes - Torvus Bog guitar cover

I don't know if my tastes in music is changing, but I've been getting into more heavy guitar-based music lately. It can be metal, acoustic, or whatever. I'm especially digging this cover above. I think we can all agree it's a pretty bad-ass cover! Thanks to Clay for the heads up.

Let's Sing 2018 - launch trailer, screens

Munich, 20 October – Ravenscourt and Voxler happily announce that the latest instalment in the successful Let’s Sing series, Let’s Sing 2018, is now available for PlayStation®4, WiiTM (compatible with Wii UTM). The Switch version will launch shortly on 24th November 2017.

Enter the virtual stage together with your friends in Let’s Sing 2018 for PlayStation®4, Wii™ and, for the first time, Nintendo Switch™! Starring 30 of the latest chart hits, new features and game modes like “Mix Tape”, “Featuring” and collecting cool avatars! Enjoy fun moments with your friends while singing your way to the top of the leaderboards!

With even more game modes this year, Let’s Sing 2018 offers something for all the family and all levels of singing ability!
So what are you waiting for? The stage is set, the music cued-up… now is your time to sing!

· Complete in-game redesign (PS4 & Switch™): Experience the best Let’s Sing ever made with optimised performance including polished animations and improved speech recognition
· Up to date track list: Exclusively chosen tracklist with 30 international top chart hits – extend your experience at any time with new DLC’s in the online store (PS4 & Switch™)
· New rewarding gameplay elements: Climb up the leaderboards, collect avatars and unlock music certification records from bronze up to diamond (PS4 & Switch™)
· Four challenging game modes: Compete against your friends in diverse game modes including the complete new “Mix Tape“mode (PS4 & Switch™)
· Companion Microphone app (PS4): The Let’s Sing Microphone app helps you to access the game easily and fast via your Android or iOS Smartphone or simply use an official SingStar microphone or a headset
· Debut on Nintendo Switch™: Have a blast with the very first Karaoke game for the Nintendo Switch™!

· Up to date track list: Exclusively chosen tracklist with 30 international top chart hits
· Updated in-game visuals including a polished interface and in-game design
· State-of-the-art voice recognition technology
· Five challenging game modes for solo sessions or up to four simultaneous players
· Local leaderboards to compare high scores with friends

Nintendo World Championships 2017 - live blog (completed)

The following blog will bring you the results and other highlights of the Nintendo World Championships 2017. Be sure to refresh the blog regularly for updates!

- The show opens with a message from Reggie Fils-Aime (video here)

- Stage 1 is three games. The first game is The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. You will have to ride a shield to the best of your abilities. The fastest time down the mountain. Three attempts. First ranked player receives 24 points, second 23 points ect.

- After first round: 1. Cole G, 2. Dan S and 3. Thomas G

- The second game is the Home Run Contest in Smash Bros. for Wii U. Two attempts each to get as far as possible. Fouls count as zero points

- The second round results: 1. Tubooron, 2. Asa, 3. John Numbers

- The third game is Metroid: Samus Returns. Fight the Diggernaut boss sequence and survive. Players have six minutes. 24 points for under 3 min, 12 for under 6 min, 0 points if you don't make it

- After the third round: 1. 360Chrism, 2. Kyle W, 3. Tubooron

- Bottom eight are now moving to the Underground, only the best two will survive

- Underground Stage 1 is Balloon Fight. Players compete in the Balloon Trip mode for the highest score. Three minutes.

- Every competitor receives a certificate for participating, Bill Trinen says

- Kyle S and Emil P survive and move on to the next Underground

- Stage 2 bring us more Smash Wii U. Two groups of eight players will duke it out. The best six in each of those groups will continue. Six minute match, items on. Score Attack. Ranked based on total score

- Underground Stage 2 is Bird & Beans, the DSiWare game based on the WarioWare minigame. Three minutes to get the highest score. Rank based on the highest score achieved

- Emil P and YellowKillerBee carry on to the next Underground

- Stage 3 is Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. 2 races: 50cc Mount Wario, 200cc Electrodrome. Points based on rank in each race.

- Results of stage 3: 1. Kyle W, 2. Thomas G, 3. Santiago A

- Underground Stage 3 is Donkey Kong Country Returns. A mine cart battle royale. 6 minutes to get to the end of Level 4-3. Rank based on fastest times

- 360Chrism and Dan S carry on to the next Underground

- In Stage 4, the players will have to deal with Splatoon 2's Tower Control mode. Best of three on the new Snapper Canal stage. All winning members of a team will move on

- The team of John Numbers, Jeff B, Cole G and Thomas G continues

- Now Underground Stage 4 brings Tetris (Game Boy version). Three minutes to reach the highest score. Top two will advance

- Dan S and Kyle W continue to the next Underground

- Stage 5 is ARMS. Arena matches. You need two wins to move to the next round. The first two to reach this feat will move on

- Trailer with new ARMS features going live after NWC 2017

- Cole G and John Numbers continue to the next round

- Underground Stage 5 is Mario Party 2. Three minigames, three matches each. Wins are worth two points, draws one. 

- Cole G, John Numbers and Thomas G participate in the finals

- Final Game 1 is Super Mario Maker. New course by the Nintendo Treehouse. First player to finish earns a spot in the Championship Game, the others go to another game

- John Numbers continues to the grand final

- Final Game 2 is Super Mario Bros. Deluxe. First player to win 5 courses will move on the final. If you fail along the way, it is an automatic win for the other person

- Thomas G continues to the Championship Final

- Cole G receives a Bronze Medal

- Championship Game is Super Mario Odyssey. Three challenges. First two challenges can grant additional seconds to sprint ahead

- Challenge 1: touch the Moon at the top of the tower

- Challenge 2: reach the Moon at the end

- in the first challenge, you will need to use switches to stop moving platforms in 2D environments. Quite puzzle based

- Thomas G wins first challenge

- Second challenge is in the Luncheon Kingdom. It has a lot of flicking the hat puzzles to move upwards

- John Numbers wins this challenge

- Challenge 3: complete the level and defeat the boss

- Icey underground level with a lot of puzzle segment, Bullet Bill capturing points

- In Deepest Underground, they fight a boss where they have capture its hands and land it directly in its face. Shown previously in the trailers

- Thomas G is the winner of Nintendo World Championships 2017 after a close battle

Wii Shop Channel currently experiencing difficulties

I wonder what's causing the trouble. Maybe a bunch of people are trying to access the service to grab some games before it closes down in 2019!

Wii Shop Channel closure - official Nintendo America details

On January 30, 2019, we plan to close the Wii Shop Channel, which has been available on Wii systems since December 2006. We sincerely thank our loyal customers for their support.

You can still add Wii Points until March 26, 2018, and purchase content on the Wii Shop Channel until January 30, 2019. In the future, we will be closing all services related to the Wii Shop Channel, including redownloading purchased WiiWare, Virtual Console titles, and Wii Channel, as well as Wii System Transfer Tool, which transfers data from Wii to the Wii U system.

If you have Wii Points to spend, content you want to re-download, or content you’d like to transfer from a Wii system to a Wii U system, we recommend you do so while the services are still available.

If you have any questions, please see our Q&A.

Thank you for supporting the Wii Shop Channel and for being such great fans of Nintendo.


Your Friends at Nintendo

Nintendo of Europe details the end of the Wii Shop Channel

Important information about the closure of the Wii Shop Channel

In 2019, we will close the Wii Shop Channel used on Wii and Wii U (the Wii Shop Channel is accessible on the Wii U via the Wii backwards compatibility feature), which has been available since December 2006. We would like to thank our loyal customers for supporting the Wii Shop Channel, and would like them to continue to enjoy software downloaded from the shop.

We plan to end all services related to Wii Shop Channel, including the purchase of WiiWare and Virtual Console software, downloads of Wii Channels, and use of the Wii U Transfer Tool, which transfers data from Wii to Wii U.

End date of each service
- Adding points to the Wii Shop Channel: Monday 26th March 2018 at 21:00 UK time/22:00 EU time
- Purchase of WiiWare, Virtual Console software, Wii Channels (including free software)*: Thursday, 31st January 2019 at 06:00 UK time/07:00 EU time
- Full closure of the Wii Shop Channel and disabling of redownload functions in 2019 (more details to be announced at a later date)

*With some exceptions, it is possible to re-download previously downloaded WiiWare, Virtual Console and Wii Channel software until the full closure of the Wii Shop Channel in 2019.

Japan - Wii Shop Channel set to close Jan. 31st, 2019

The end of an era is coming, but not coming all that soon. Nintendo has announced that in Japan, the Wii Shop Channel is going to close its virtual doors on Jan. 31st, 2019. You'll no longer be able to purchase Wii points after March 27th, 2018, so a bit before the closing date. You can also get a refund for unused points with a special service to be detailed in the future. System transfers of contents from Wii to Wii U will continue on, and you can continue to play your content as long as you don't delete the games. Thanks to Haleman and Nick for the heads up.

Unseen64 - Pilotwings' Lost Open World Reboot

Factor 5's Pilotwings reboot was an open world game developed exclusively for the Nintendo Wii. The project originated on the Nintendo GameCube, but was eventually pushed onto the wii. Factor 5 experimented with with a kind of head tracking glasses that effected what was displayed in relation to the player's position, giving the illusion of real depth within the display. The game started out with a more serious tone, but gradually became more casual like past Pilotwings games. Factor 5 later made the project its own IP, and developed it under the title Wii Flight, Wii Fly, and ultimately WeFly.

Wii Shop Channel theme gets "vintage 50's style" cover

The creator of this calls it vintage 50's style. I think there might be some people here that would also call this a Ren & Stimpy-style cover! Definitely has the same vibe, which makes sense, since the creator of Ren & Stimpy was into classics from the 40s and 50s!