Justin Lee On December 13, 2007 at 8:28 am

Nintendo Europe has announced that Wii Chess is headed for the Nintendo Wii on January 18th 2008. No release date was announced for North America, we will keep you posted.

Make sure your mind is sharp and you’re ready for battle as Wii Chess comes to Wii. Whether you are pitting your wits against the computer, or taking on a friend, strategic thinking and planning ahead are the order of the day, so make sure you’ve drawn up your battle plan as Wii Chess launches across Europe on 18 January 2008, only on Wii!

Following the rules of a traditional game of chess, Wii Chess is a must for any fan of the original board game. Players will play on an 8×8 chequered board, with the usual 16 pieces each, and must aim to ‘checkmate’ their opponent. Wii Chess emphasises long-term strategy and requires both players to have a good understanding of their opponent’s potential movements, whether playing against the Wii console or a friend.

Featuring one of the best chess-dedicated Artificial Intelligences on the market, Wii Chess allows players the ultimate opponent in chess. The Artificial Intelligence can be adjusted from a low to high level allowing players to match their skills to their opponent. The game also allows players to record their games, which they can then watch back, or even jump into at any point and play a move differently. Effectively players can re-play a saved match, correcting an error and reversing the course of history! Alternatively, gamers can play a friend using the two-player function, or take on other Wii Chess owners using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. With so many options to choose from you’ll never be stuck for an opponent!

The interactive elements of Wii Chess allow users to customise the look of the game they are playing. Whenever they wish, players can change the style of their pieces and background to create a different atmosphere. There is also a visual aid to help beginners which can be turned on or off at any point. In addition to this, the status window displays data such as the player’s name, enemy pieces captured so far and a summary of players’ moves in the game. At any point in the game, players can press the B Button, which will display an extensive menu offering the players options such as reconfiguring the game, changing options or even quitting the game.

Make sure you are ready to play your pawns as Wii Chess launches across Europe on 18 January 2008 for the estimated retail price of £21 / €30

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