Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Nintendo Wii Online Improves

So I turned on my Wii for the first time in a long time recently and was pleasantly surprised.

One, they revamped the Nintendo Channel on September 14, 2009 and expanded the settings to include the option to view videos at high quality (yes please), not to mention started a weekly video review entitled "Nintendo Week" starring Gary and Allison. Nintendo Week's weekly installment's are too long, unfocused and juvenile, but overall a welcome addition.

Two, they've made the Internet Channel free for download again (previously it was 500 points, or $5).

Three, they have five WiiWare demos available on the Wii Shop Channel for download free of charge through the end of January. Of the five games, I highly recommend checking out Bit.Trip Void, NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits and World Of Goo.

Now if they'd only break and begin offering demo's for Virtual Console games, and perhaps sell a hard drive add-on, I'd be turning on my Wii more often. I know that I would part with $50 for a hard drive peripheral.
There's a lot of games on the Virtual Console I'd love to try out without being forced to purchase. Konami for example has been reviving some of their IP's in classic 2D form under the ReBirth subtitle, starting with Gradius and Contra with Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth on it's way.