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When it was first announced, we thought Fujisoft's Minna no Theater Wii was, at best, a proof of concept for a future streaming video service. It had some anime and other popular Japanese TV shows at launch, but we didn't think the lineup for this third-party WiiWare download would widen much. We we...

July 14th 2009 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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Sonic Solutions has just announced that it will begin offering movies from its catalog to Fujisoft's streaming Wii video service, Minna no Theater Wii. The Roxio CinemaNow service, as offered through Minna no Theater, will offer both new releases and older titles from the Paramount archives, to user...

June 25th 2009 at 12:35pm 0 Comments
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Lionsgate's president of digital media, Curt Marvis, believes that streaming movies and TV will be available on the Wii this year. It doesn't really sound like a strong belief, or one that he can back up with any evidence: "I think when we see the Wii come into the market with the ability to stream...

March 12th 2009 at 9:15am 0 Comments
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On the Japanese Virtual Console this week: two games we'll never see outside of Japan! Aw. Neither Konami's NES side-scrolling action game Getsu Fuuma Den nor Falcom's sidescroller/action RPG Legend of Xanadu II were seen in the West, and they're a bit too low-profile to warrant a release as an imp...

January 27th 2009 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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The Wii, in a continuing effort to catch up to the online functionality of its fellow home consoles, will be getting its first streaming video service later this month when the Minna No Theater Wii channel hits the Japanese WiiWare market. The service will offer animated programs (such as Transform...

January 18th 2009 at 4:15pm 0 Comments
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Fujisoft is planning to launch a WiiWare-based service called Everybody's Theater Wii in January, through which Wii owners will be able to pay to watch downloadable anime and television episodes. The Wii's contemporaries both have their own methods of paying for video downloads, and analyst Colin D...

December 22nd 2008 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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Fujisoft's Minna no Theater Wii (Everybody's Theater Wii), essentially a video rental service, will launch on January 27 in Japan, after slipping from its original December release date. We already knew that purchasing the video viewer cost 500 Wii Points, but now we have concrete prices for rentin...

December 19th 2008 at 11:40am 0 Comments
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Over at Gamasutra, analyst Colin Dixon of The Diffusion Group has made one of those broad analyst predictions that we know you all love so much. Dixon estimates that within two years, Nintendo will have organized a Wii-based video delivery service, similar to those currently available through Xbox 3...

December 5th 2008 at 5:21pm 0 Comments
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Most Japan-exclusive WiiWare isn't really all that interesting, or is more interesting as a curiosity to read about than as a game to download: it's stuff like shogi games and children's storybooks. But Fujisoft's Minna no Theater Wii (Everybody's Theater Wii) is something whose near-zero probabili...

October 29th 2008 at 9:00am 0 Comments