Always On, Off?

Video Game Law Blog

July 20, 2006

Nintendo might be taking one for the team in the name of energy conservation.  The UK is contemplating a new law to get citizens to save energy which would outlaw stand-by switches on electronics, after research found that electronics set on stand-by use eight percent of all domestic electricity in the country.  This is bad news for Nintendo's upcoming Wii console, an "always on" next generation machine whose selling point was its 24-hour connection to Nintendo's WiiConnect 24 download service, which would automatically download new content and the latest demos to consoles, 24 hours a day. Although it's not all bad news no other European market has enacted a stand-by switch ban, which means Wii would really only be sunk in Old Blighty.  Read Gamespot's coverage here .