The PAL version of Nintendo Wii will ship with a boxed version of Wii Sports rather than a bare disc as it did in the US, we can confirm. And - yes - we can confirm that because Nintendo's finally gotten around to sending us its brand new console.

We're ripping through the games now and should have some thoughts on the key launch titles up for you soon, along with the usual array of photographs. (And don't tell Ellie, but we named Epona after her, which has had a rather worrying effect on the dialogue in Zelda.)

Another thing to note about the PAL Wii is that when it connects to the net and looks for an update patch, it claims the system's up to date, which ought to put your mind at ease if you've found yourself gripped with anxiety about reports of bricked consoles since the US launch.

Some more quick PAL Wii trivia then? Well, it's possible to make quite an impressive Kristan avatar (yellow shirt, ginger hair, eyes closed to the truth etc.), and Wii Sports tennis appears to be much more interesting than the novelty some had predicted. Watch out for more soon!

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