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6th October 2010

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Wii redesign European release date

Wii redesign European release date

Reconfigured console coming November.

Nintendo will launch the upcoming Wii redesign as part of a new hardware bundle available 4th November in the UK.

Named the Wii Family Edition, the pack contains original boxed-in classic Wii Sports and last year's mini-game compilation Wii Party.

A Wii Remote Plus and Nunchuk are also included.

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Super Mario Galaxy 2 sells loads

Super Mario Galaxy 2 sells loads

Pokemon: Black/White not far behind.

Wonderful Wii platformer Super Mario Galaxy 2 has sold a whopping 5.1 million units worldwide, Nintendo has announced.

Mario's latest deserves its sales success: we awarded it 10/10 in our June review.

Phenomenon Pokémon: Black & White, though, will no doubt top it as Nintendo's best-selling game of 2010: the DS game is already on 4.07 million units having only gone on sale in Japan last month.

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UK chart: FIFA 11 holds lead

Enslaved, Castlevania make top 10.

FIFA 11 has spent a second week at the top of the UK all-formats chart. Rival football game Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 had to settle for a debut in second.

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Wii Party

Ellie Gibson is away.

So anyway, Beth Orton, Garfield the cat (he just hates Mondays, right?), former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson and I were racing around in little buggies, popping balloons the other day. Mark Lawrenson was in the lead for almost the entire game, but then he suffered a terrible bout of engine trouble and started spinning in harmless circles.

That was all Beth Orton needed – with her main competition out of the way, the winsome electro-folk singer leapt into action, finishing the game with an eight-balloon streak. Victory. Still, she blew it all a few minutes later when it turned out she was rubbish at chopping carrots.

For years now, Mario Party titles have leveraged the brand value of the Mushroom Kingdom to entice groups of friends into playing a range of oddball mini-games, strung together across a series of very light competitive campaigns. Wii Party does almost the same thing – almost. The big difference here is that Nintendo's latest uses Miis rather than Mario and Luigi to fill out its cast, meaning that it leverages the brand value of your own family instead. OK, and Mark Lawrenson.

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It's all Mii, Mii, Mii...

It's E3 2010. Nintendo's booth is swarming with journalists and other industry types queuing for hours on end to gawp at a 3DS for all of five minutes, or to swing a remote at Zelda: Skyward Sword. A game of NBA Jam draws a small crowd, whooping and shouting as an eleventh-hour dunk earns the Lakers an unlikely victory. Others tap their feet impatiently, waiting to try out Kirby's Epic Yarn or Donkey Kong Country Returns.

Nintendo unveils Wii Party

Nintendo unveils Wii Party

Play with your friends and as your Mii.

Nintendo has unveiled a new multiplayer game titled Wii Party.

In an investor's presentation, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said, "We are developing this game with the aim to make it a marquee party game for Wii.

"The developers are spending significant time for this title so that they can include elements that are must-haves in a party game as well as making sure that [an] adequate volume of gameplay [is] available. We are developing it with the intent that every Wii player will be able to find a game that can be enjoyed."

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