In possibly the most unexpected move of the day, Nintendo announced that it will be refreshing some of its older GameCube titles, remarketing them as the “Play On Wii Selection.” These remarketed games will feature new control schemes, similar to Twilight Princess, though perhaps not as feature-filled. Known titles to be released so far are Donkey Kong Jungle Beat and Pikmin.

To give a short example of how this will work, Dokey Kong Jungle Beat will forgo the bongo peripheral and instead use the Wiimote + Nunchuk combo. Pikmin will have a cursor on the screen, a la Mario Galaxy, Twilight Princess, etc.

As for our old friend the Wii Speak, which debuted at E3 earlier this year, it has been given a November 20th release date in Japan, no word on a US release date. It will cost 7800 Yen, or about $74 USD, which is significantly higher than the US price of $29.99.

Along with the Wii Speak will come the Wii Speak Channel, which allows users to, you guessed it, talk through the internet with each other. The Wii Speak Channel, which debuts on November 16th in North America, will be free of charge to anyone with a Wii Speak, which will come with a code that allows you to download the channel. And yes, you heard right – the Wii Speak Channel is coming out in North America before we even know the American release date for the peripheral its meant to be used with. Ah, well – WiiSkype (Skiip?), anyone?

  • ZantDarksage

    I'm from England so this doesn't effect me, but the release of the WiiSpeak Channel makes no sense to me.

    WiiSpeak comes out in Japan Nov20.
    There isn't any date for NA, yet the channel comes out Nov16.

    Am I missing something here?

    • No, you’re most certainly not. There is still no US release date other than “2008” for the actual Wii Speak peripheral.

  • Leroy

    Jason! You are flooding the main page with way to many news… 5 minutes ago the last thing i saw was the DSi thing =D

    • Just consider it my gift to you ;)… I gotta milk the news for all its worth while it’s happening!

  • Twiligh_King11

    Err, Wii speak is, last I heard, 30$, or 20$ bundled with AC:CF.

  • Mafoofoo

    “It will cost 7800 Yen, or about $74 USD, which isg significantly higher than the US price of $29.99. ”

    Use a spell checker next time.

  • I might rebuy Pikmin for Wii. I think this is actually a decent idea.

    As far as Wii speak, it will either succeed, or fail epically. I don’t get the wiispeak channel before the wii speak release date either.

  • Aniday

    Okay, so you’ll be able to talk online… but can you do that in-game? Such as talk to your friends in Brawl.. or be able to get/send a chat invite while you’re playing a game like xbox live?

    The fact that it’ll have it’s own separate channel kinda makes me think that it wont work in any other channel, which will be… disappointing, and make me prefer to call the person I’m brawling with.

  • We know it will be in-game, as Animal Crossing:CF has already been announced to have Wii Speak used in the game

    • Aniday

      Oh, okay. Good.

      • Wii Speak could be very good in a Zelda game.

  • Nagrom

    sweet! I want wii speak and I want pikmin! I’ve always wanted to play pikmin but I never actually bothered to buy it. Maybe now since they’re rerealsing it for wii I actually will. It’s a good idea.

  • Send Link

    The Wind Waker in 1:1 anyone?

    Wishful thinking, I know, but what was once a fanboy pipe dream is now becoming closer to reality.

    …That our Metroid Prime. BTW, do you know if they mentioned anything about updating graphics. It is a technical re-release after all, not a Virtual Console adaptation.

  • ZantDarksage

    Yeah, i didn’t mention that before. Imagine..

    Metroid Prime 1
    Metroid Prime 2
    Zelda: Wind Waker
    Pikmin 1
    Pikmin 2
    Tales of Symphonia
    Skies of Arcadia

    And the masses of other hits that were on the GCN. This may be another cash in for nintendo, but holy christ i don’t care this time. I’m loving this new plan they have, especially including new controls, wow.

    • It’s actually confirmed that they’re remaking Metroid Prime 1 & 2 for this. I assume they’ll update the control scheme to match MP3.

  • This was a good move, even though it is going to cost a lot of money. I’m sure Gamestop and EB games aren’t happy. They sell a lot of used Gamecube games.

  • Twilight64

    I guess I no longer have an excuse to not pick up Pikmin.