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Wii Sports Club launching Baseball, Boxing on 27th June

Wii Sports Club launching Baseball, Boxing on 27th June

Whole collection available on disc 11th July.

Nintendo will bring the final two Wii Sports mini-games, Baseball and Boxing, to Wii U on 27th June and offer all Wii U users free access for two days.

The mini-games are the last Wii Sports activities to be updated for Wii Sports Club, Nintendo's HD re-make of the Wii original.

Baseball and Boxing will be available at a discounted price of 8.99 for the pair - cheaper than the other sports (likely because they are two of the least popular).

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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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Nintendo discontinuing current Wii

New model to become sole focus.

The current Wii console is to be phased out in Europe, Nintendo has told Eurogamer. It will be replaced by the just-announced new Wii design.

Wii price cut, budget games confirmed

Wii price cut, budget games confirmed

130/$150 console, 20/$20 titles.

The rumoured Wii price cut and budget Wii games range has this morning been confirmed by Nintendo.

From 20th May in Europe (and 15th May in the US), the price of a Wii console bundle (with either Mario Kart Wii & Wii Wheel or Wii Sports Resort & Wii Sports) will drop to 129.99 ($149.99).

On the same day, Nintendo will introduce a Nintendo Selects budget-price Wii game range. Titles cost 19.99 ($19.99).

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Broadmoor patients get given Wiis

Yorkshire Ripper likes to bowl, says The Sun.

Broadmoor Hospital, Britain's high-security psychiatric hospital and home to many of the nation's most notorious criminals, has bought a truck-load of Nintendo Wiis.

Wii Sports Resort nearing 7m sold

While Wii Sports has done over 50m.

Wii Sports Resort has sold nearly seven million units since its launch earlier this year and the original Wii Sports has now topped 50 million sold, Nintendo has told investors.

Four Nintendo million-sellers in FYQ3

Compared to six in same period last time.

Nintendo's profits may be down a bit, but four of the company's games still managed to sell more than a million units between April and June.

Wii Sports sells 45 million copies

Wii Sports sells 45 million copies

Dethrones Mario Bros as biggest ever.

Nintendo has revealed that Wii Sports has sold an outrageous 45.7m copies, making it the biggest-selling videogame ever, according to Wikipedia. Only Super Mario Bros. comes close with 40.23m sales.

But sales at the peak of the all-time charts are distorted, as each of the biggest games has come bundled with hardware. Wii Sports is packed with Wii, Super Mario Bros. was packed with NES, Tetris (33m) was packed with GameBoy and Super Mario World (20m) was packed with SNES.

Similarly, Wii Play's enormous 22.9m sales can be attributed to people wanting another Wii controller. You may even say 18.2m people were after a Wii Fit balance board, or that 15.4m people wanted a Mario Kart Wii steering wheel. You might say that because you've seen the next-best Wii seller only posting half as many sales.

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Wii takes centre stage at Oscars

Jon Stewart has a go at the tennis.

It's official - the Wii has gone so "mainstream" it's now hanging out at Hollywood's biggest globally televised circle jerk.

Wii Sports 2 not inevitable

Iwata not keen on "easy" option.

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata says that a Wii Sports sequel isn't the inevitability you might imagine.

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"DS" has never really stood for anything. Well, that's not entirely true - it's stood for Drill Spirits, Dual Strike, Dawn of Sorrow, Deadly Silence, Dal Segno, Dermatan Sulphate - but in the grander sense it's never really been given a purpose.

From the Wii's perspective though (and you'll excuse me if I apportion sentience to it within two paragraphs, but it makes me feel better when I'm hugging it), DS must seem like a double-edged sword. On the one hand, its phenomenal, delightful success paints Nintendo as a company admirably determined to innovate and capable of doing it. But on the other hand, its phenomenal, delightful success took a while to justify itself, with a slack launch line-up remembered more for novelties than imagination in depth.

And so to the Wii, where initial expectations are similar. Wii Sports, for one, has been devalued by the preponderance of pre-launch pondering, and instead of rescuing the game, Nintendo has only amplified its perceived slightness, bundling it with the console to capture the interest of gamers outside traditional channels, and failing to demonstrate any depth during celebri-tedious presentations featuring Tim Henman, Greg Rusedski and Germany's own Mystery TV Man.

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Wii Sports boxed in Europe

Pack-in game gets its own case.

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.

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E3: What a racket.

With the last day of E3 looming already, despite reading our excellent coverage of the rest of the show, and getting to hear what Miyamoto and Sakurai think of the new Nintendo Wii (they think it's brilliant, shockingly) you're probably wondering where on earth our hands-on coverage of the Nintendo Wii first-party titles has been.