Nintendo to offer videos on Wii

TOKYO —

Nintendo Co said Thursday it will start offering videos through its blockbuster Wii game console, the latest new feature for the Japanese entertainment giant.

Nintendo said it would develop original programming which Wii users could access via the Internet and watch on their television. It is considering videos for both free and fees.

The game giant teamed up with Japan’s leading advertising firm Dentsu Inc to develop the service, which will begin in Japan next year, with an eye on future expansion into foreign markets.

Nintendo rival Sony Corp has already started using its popular PlayStation series for online movie sales and advertising by placing corporate messages inside games, which often have highly niche audiences.

One prominent advertiser was U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, who placed campaign commercials inside a video game produced by Electronic Arts for Microsoft’s XBox 360 console.

Nintendo and Dentsu said they were soliciting businesses to take part in the project to develop original Wii videos.

“Nintendo and Dentsu shall use the environment surrounding the Wii so that living rooms with Wii-ready TVs would become more of a fun area for communication among families and friends,” the firms said in a joint statement.

Nintendo has shipped 34.55 million Wii consoles around the world, 80% of which are sitting near televisions in living rooms, the company said, adding that 40% of Wii consoles are linked to the Internet.

The Wii, launched ahead of the holiday season in 2006, is known for its innovative motion-sensitive controller which has appealed to people buying a video-game machine for the first time.

Nintendo already enables Wii players to use the game consoles to surf the Internet, shop online, organize digital photos and to communicate with Wii-using friends.

Nintendo in November launched in Japan the DSi, which comes with a built-in camera that lets allows the user to alter people’s facial expressions.

Wire reports

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    kurisutofu

    I hope they won't lose focus on their main purpose ... providing entertaining games. Sony did the same and wants their Playstation 3 to become a multimedia center and we can see the results ... Most of the normal people (opposed to long time gamers) wants something simple and clear. Wii is to play game, clear enough.

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    whyamiinjapan

    Wow. For a second there I though it said they will offer videos on WWII. I need to get my eyes fixed.

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    norinrad21

    Nintendo losing Focus on their bread and butter? That will never happen. Its all about games when it comes to running Nintendo

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    mael

    "Wow. For a second there I though it said they will offer videos on WWII. I need to get my eyes fixed."

    Actually I hear they are. I recall the mention of a Nintendo 'game' titled:- "Imagination is the only escape." I gather it is based on the ficticious accounts of the 'holocaust' and has a theme of torturing children by so-called 'Nazis.'

    TV/computer games! Bah humbnug! Those are two things I'd never buy or allow to be used in my house.

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