Thursday, January 21, 2010

Nintendo's on a budget

OK, so that's a bit of a lie. The honest-to-goodness truth: Nintendo (of Japan) is going to launch a budget line of Wii software soon.

That may not sound all that shocking--until you remember that Nintendo of Japan's head cheese (not his official title) Satoru Iwata has been saying, oh, since the Wii was launched in late 2006, that the company would not be offering a budget lineup as it did in the days of the GameCube and the Nintendo64.

Apparently he's had a change of heart--although, to be fair, the upcoming budget line of games is going to be called "Everyone's Recommendation Selection" as opposed to the previously used "Player's Choice."

Anyway, according to Nintendo, only titles that have earned a bronze, silver, gold or platinum user rating on the Wii's Everyone's Nintendo Channel will qualify for inclusion.

Seven such titles will be priced at ¥2,800 and released on Feb. 25: 428 (Sega), Arc Rise Fantasia (Marvelous), Dragon Ball Z Sparking! Meteor (Namco Bandai), Family Ski World Ski & Snowboard (Namco Bandai), Muramasa Demon Blade (Marvelous),  One Piece Unlimited Cruise Episode 1 (Namco Bandai) and Tales of Symphonia: Ratatoskr no Kishi (Namco Bandai).

Nintendo hasn't said if or when any other titles will be added to the lineup--or if it will make its way to any other territories.


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