updated 12:15 pm EDT, Tue September 1, 2009
Wii Web and Black Remote
Nintendo today treated buyers of the Wii and DSi with a mix of new hardware and software. The former's web browser, also known as the Internet Channel, is now free to use instead of paying the 500 Wii Points ($5) necessary from July 2007 onwards. On top of eliminating the price, the console maker has upgraded to a newer version of Adobe's Flash for better support of video and other web features.
The change is effective immediately, but those who have already spent the 500 points will have the option in late October of downloading a port of an NES game from the Virtual Console for free as long as it's worth 500 points or less.
American owners now also have access to a black Wii remote. Borrowed from the black Wii in Japan, the controller is Nintendo's first colored Wii add-on for the US and will come with a color-matching version of the MotionPlus attachment. The two will ship before the holidays for an unspecified price and should be accompanied by a black Wii nunchuk whose cost is also unknown.
A complementary color addition for the DSi is due September 13th and will bring both pink and white versions of the system, adding to the black and blue that have been the only options for the US handheld since it launched in April. Either will cost the same $170 as for the existing colors.