Nintendo Again Redefines Game Control, Puts Spotlight on Community Building



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    Nintendo Unveils Wii Music, Wii Sports Resort, Animal Crossing: City Folk
    for Wii and Exclusive Grand Theft Auto, Guitar Hero Games for Nintendo DS
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    LOS ANGELES, July 15 /CNW/ - At the E(3) Media & Business Summit today,
Nintendo unveiled an enhancement for its iconic Wii Remote(TM) controller and
new games that promise to further enrich and engage players around the world.
These offerings build on Nintendo's ongoing efforts to remove the barriers
between expert and novice video game players, an approach that has been
instrumental in creating a paradigm shift for the industry since the advent of
the Nintendo DS(TM) portable system and the Wii(TM) home console.
    "Much has been reported about the 'expanded audience' for games, but
what's really at play is an expanded experience," said Ron Bertram, Nintendo
of Canada's vice-president and general manager. "People of all ages having fun
together-whether in the same room or from remote locations-puts smiles on
faces and drives millions of new players into video game entertainment."
    Wii Sports(TM) Resort is not just a simple sequel to one of the world's
most popular console games, Wii Sports. It is the first title to make use of
another Nintendo advance, the Wii MotionPlus accessory, which plugs into the
base of the Wii Remote controller to provide an incredibly realistic motion
experience. Scheduled for release in spring 2009, Wii Sports Resort includes
new game experiences such as Sword Play, Power Cruising on a water scooter and
Disc Dog, along with the new Wii MotionPlus accessory and Wii Remote Jacket at
no additional cost. The Wii MotionPlus enhances precision and player immersion
for the Nintendo-pioneered motion-controlled gaming trend that has drawn
millions of new people to the world of video games.
    This holiday season, Animal Crossing(R): City Folk lets players move into
a fun community populated by quirky animals. Players can improve their
community, chat with the locals or just spend the day fishing and collecting
fossils. There is also the opportunity to catch a bus into the new urban city
area. Though you'll never see other players in the city, you can connect with
them in new ways using WiiConnect24(TM), such as bidding on your friends'
items at the auction house or visiting the Happy Room Academy headquarters to
see the top-rated player house. Another new feature in Animal Crossing(R):
City Folk is the ability to visit friends' towns and chat with one another
using the new WiiSpeak(TM) microphone. The WiiSpeak microphone is sold
separately at an MSRP of $29.95 and allows Internet voice chat among Wii
Friends - not just from person to person but from room to room.
    Wii Music(TM) makes it easy for people to jam to tunes, even if they
don't know anything about music. Wii Music transforms the Wii Remote and
Nunchuk(TM) controllers into more than 60 different instruments, including a
violin, steel drums, electric guitar - even a cowbell. Players strum, shake,
tap and drum along to the music in a pressure-free musical playground where
there are no mistakes. They can improvise on their arrangements by skipping a
note - or adding 10. The music always sounds great, but it's up to players to
come up with creative arrangements that they can then send to friends and
family who have Wii Music. Those Wii Friends can then put their own spin on
the arrangement and send it back and forth over WiiConnect24. Wii Music will
be available in North America for the holidays.
    In the portable category, Nintendo DS remains on top. Nintendo DS has
sold more than 20 million units in North America and more than 70 million
worldwide. Third-party publishers continue to take advantage of that installed
base. Coming this winter exclusively to the Nintendo DS is Grand Theft Auto:
Chinatown Wars, a new entry in Rockstar Games' award-winning and hugely
successful Grand Theft Auto franchise. Activision's exclusive Guitar Hero(R)
On Tour: Decades makes its anticipated debut this fall, as does a collection
of wild and wonderful critters from Electronic Arts' Spore(TM) Creatures.
    To view a video of Nintendo's E(3) 2008 media briefing, please visit
e3.nintendo.com.

    About Nintendo: The worldwide innovator in the creation of interactive
entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets
hardware and software for its Wii(TM) and Nintendo DS(TM) systems. Since 1983,
Nintendo has sold more than 2.7 billion video games and more than 460 million
hardware units globally, and has created industry icons like Mario(TM), Donkey
Kong(R), Metroid(R), Zelda(TM) and Pokémon(R). A wholly owned subsidiary,
Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for
Nintendo's operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about
Nintendo, visit the company's Web site at www.nintendo.ca.

    Note to editors: Through Aug. 31, Nintendo's E(3) press materials are
available at press.nintendo.com/E32008. The username is E32008 and the
password is nintendo. B-roll is available at www.thenewsmarket.com/Nintendo.





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