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Nintendo has set tongues wagging with its registration of a second Wii universal product code (UPC). The move is prompting the console's fans to speculate that it could signal the arrival of a new version of the machine. The new code, for a product known only as "New Pack", is 0045496880088 - only one digit out from the Wii's …

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Or Not....

Could be the fact the are now bundling the remote protection sleeves with new wii's.

Which exisiting owners can regisiter to get for free.

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Or is it something simple?

Maybe it's as innocuous as it also includes Wiimote Covers?

Most of us Wii owners who have the Wifi Connectivity up and running, came home to a blue glowing DVD slot this week telling us we can get free Wiimote silicone cases, and that they would be bundled with the product from the end of October.

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...something is going on!

I received a mail saying I could get free rubber skins for the Joy Sticks as they were going to ship with new WIIs!

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DVD playback?

Is there anything missing in the current Wii hardware which prevents it from playing DVDs now? I've always assumed the existing drive and media were DVD standard, and although the CPU and graphics aren't cutting edge they should be good enough to display normal DVDs?

The point being, if this is true and the limitation is in software, why would you need a new part number?

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1 Digit out...

0045496_8_800_8_8

0045496_5_800_1_8

looks like 2 digits difference to me

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Or maybe its the new "safety" Wii

Nintendo has been making changes and tweaks due to the numerous accidents associated with the WiiMote.

To minimize their liability the WiiMote first got a stronger strap.

Then Nintendo started to slipstream in new straps with lockable cinches that do a better job of keeping the strap cinched down onto your wrist (I have a TV that is a casualty of the older strap that loosened up, allowing the WiiMote to fly off the wrist and into my precious!).

Now the WiiMote is getting a puffy jacket to help further avoid damage from flying Wiis.

I think the new SCU will either formalize these safety features into one package (strap, cinch, and jacket) or come with a completely new WiiMote that has a built in air-bag that inflates just prior impact with expensive LCD TVs.

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Killing off the competition...

Surprise, surprise, Nintendo capitalising on the opportunity to leave the competition behind, although I'll be choosing a 360 if only for GoW and Halo 3...

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More than Likely

Im guessing on a wii fit bundle.

Seems the most obvious reason to me.

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Wii Play and Learn

Item Record

UPC-A 045496880088

EAN/UCC-13 0045496880088

Description Wii Play 'n Learn

Manufacturer NINTENDO OF AMERICA INC. (0045496) more items

Issuer Country United States

Last Modified Mon, 08 Oct 2007 12:41:52

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Just found that on a UPC database

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how the heck.

How does the wiimote come off your wrist if it is being held? Do people swing it (raving rabids cow tossing) around by the strap or something (you are doing it wrong)?

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