Nintendo Introduces New Social Entertainment Experiences at E(3) Expo



    
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    LOS ANGELES, June 2 /CNW/ - For decades, Nintendo has endeavoured to
provide the most creative and immersive experiences in the world of video
games and to lead the industry in new directions. At its media briefing in
advance of the E(3) Expo, the video game industry's premier trade show,
Nintendo announced products for social entertainment that stretch far beyond
the current notion of what a video game can be, all while continuing to
provide avid gaming fans with the challenges and thrills they desire.
    "Nintendo continues to challenge how both new and longtime players
perceive - and play - video games," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's
executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "From modern updates of our
most iconic franchises to the introduction of inventive devices, we are
continuing to add entirely new dimensions to the video game experience."

    A summary of Nintendo's major announcements:

    
    Wii(TM)
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    -   Wii MotionPlus(TM): Nintendo's Wii MotionPlus accessory offers
        motion-controlled precision when combined with specially designed
        games. When connected to the Wii Remote(TM) controller, it delivers
        on Nintendo's promise to provide even more immersive physical reality
        in its games. The device senses subtle motion and can locate where
        and how players hold the Wii Remote controller in 3-D space. It
        pushes active gaming to new levels of immersion and a new standard of
        control. Wii MotionPlus will complement a host of third-party games
        launching in the next few weeks.

    -   Wii Sports Resort(TM): Nintendo showcased the versatility of the
        Wii MotionPlus accessory in demos of some of the activities included
        in Wii Sports Resort, an immersive, expansive active-play game.
        Wii Sports Resort includes a dozen fun resort-themed activities that
        maintain the wide-ranging appeal that attracted millions to the
        original Wii Sports. Wii Sports Resort is easy to pick up and play,
        but comes coupled with deeper levels of play that are sure to
        challenge even the most experienced gamers with precise controls. The
        Wii MotionPlus accessory will help players come much closer to the
        physical reality of engaging in the actual sports. The Wii MotionPlus
        accessory launches June 8 at a suggested retail price of $24.95, and
        comes bundled with Wii Sports Resort on July 26 at a suggested retail
        price of $59.95.

    -   Wii Fit(TM) Plus: Wii Fit(TM) attracted millions of new players to
        the world of video games, and now Wii Fit Plus offers a range of new
        features and enhancements, along with exercises and balance games
        designed to keep workouts fun. Players will find an additional
        dimension to the Wii Fit experience as they easily set their own
        customized daily workout routines or choose 20-, 30- or 40-minute
        workouts based on how much time they have available. Users will also
        be able to choose from specialized workout routines that help players
        strive toward specific objectives, like toning tummies, tightening
        arms or even reducing stress. Workouts combine the original Wii Fit
        activities and selections from 15 new balance games and six new
        strength training and yoga activities. Wii Fit Plus will come packed
        with the Wii Balance Board(TM) accessory, and also will be sold
        separately as software for people who already have a Wii Balance
        Board at home. Both will be available in fall 2009.

    -   New Super Mario Bros. Wii(TM): Developers at Nintendo have dreamed of
        creating a simultaneous multiplayer Super Mario Bros. game for
        decades. The Wii console finally makes that dream come true for
        everyone this holiday season. Now players can navigate the
        side-scrolling worlds alone as before or invite up to three others to
        join them at the same time on the same level at any point in the game
        for competitive and cooperative multiplayer fun in New Super Mario
        Bros. Wii. With the multiplayer mode, the newest installment of the
        most popular video game franchise is designed to bring yet another
        type of family entertainment into living rooms and engage groups of
        friends in fast-paced Super Mario Bros. fun.

    -   Super Mario Galaxy(TM) 2: This upcoming adventure for the Wii console
        marks the first time a second 3-D Mario game has arrived in the same
        console generation. In the game, Mario rides his trusty dinosaur
        companion, Yoshi(TM), to new stars and the fantastic worlds found
        there. This 3-D platforming adventure provides longtime video game
        fans with a fresh round of out-of-this-world challenges in the style
        introduced in the critically acclaimed original. The game is planned
        for 2010.

    -   Metroid(TM): Other M: Nintendo showcased a trailer for a new
        installment in its acclaimed Metroid franchise for the Wii console.
        Metroid: Other M marks an unprecedented collaboration with
        world-renowned developers Team Ninja, and provides fans with
        high-energy, action-packed game play as it delves deeper into the
        back story of famed deep-space bounty hunter Samus Aran. This game is
        scheduled for release in 2010.

    -   Wii Vitality Sensor: Nintendo's newest groundbreaking product, the
        Wii Vitality Sensor, expands the appeal of video games. It will
        initially sense the user's pulse and a number of other signals being
        transmitted by their bodies, and will then provide information to the
        users about the body's inner world.

    Nintendo DS(TM) and Nintendo DSi(TM)
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    -   Mario vs. Donkey Kong(TM): Minis March Again!: This game marks the
        third installment of this franchise and, more importantly, the first
        Nintendo DSiWare(TM) game to let players design levels from the
        ground up. Mario will need to dodge obstacles to confront his
        longtime nemesis Donkey Kong(TM), but this time the players will have
        full control over where to set traps, enemies and a host of power-ups
        in the construction zone. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again!
        will be available in the Nintendo DSi Shop beginning Monday, June 8,
        for 800 Nintendo DSi Points(TM).

    -   Integrating Photos with Facebook: For its Nintendo DSi(TM) system,
        Nintendo announced the ability for users to upload pictures taken
        with the system's built-in camera and interactive lenses directly to
        Facebook. Using Facebook Connect, the integration will be available
        this summer with a Nintendo DSi system update, making it even easier
        for people to personalize and share their photos with friends and
        family on Facebook.

    -   Mario & Luigi(TM): Bowser's Inside Story: Nintendo revealed
        Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, a new chapter to the popular
        role-playing franchise that places players into the belly of the
        beast - literally. Players will get to enjoy trademark hilarious
        dialogue in the fall of 2009 as they juggle two concurrent
        storylines. Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story is playable on the
        Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems.

    -   Golden Sun(TM) DS: After going dark six years ago, 2010 will see a
        new dawn. Golden Sun DS updates the popular portable Golden Sun
        role-playing series with an impressive graphical style. This
        installment follows the story of the previous heroes' descendants and
        immerses players into the magic of its adventure by pushing the
        boundaries of intuitive touch-screen controls. Golden Sun DS is
        playable on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems.

    -   WarioWare D.I.Y.(TM): This game, which puts the concept of
        user-generated content on centre stage, allows players to design
        their own micro-games from scratch. Every element, such as the
        characters, the environment, the actions and even the purpose of the
        micro-game itself, is controlled entirely by the player. Players will
        then be able to share their completed micro-games with other
        WarioWare D.I.Y. owners. The latest game in the WarioWare(TM) series
        is playable on the Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi systems.

    Nintendo-published games available to play on the show floor:
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    Wii:

        -  New Super Mario Bros. Wii(TM)
        -  Wii Fit(TM) Plus
        -  Wii Sports Resort(TM)
        -  Sin and Punishment(TM) 2
        -  Endless Ocean(TM) 2
        -  Line Attack Heroes(TM)
        -  Span Smasher

    WiiWare:

        -  PictureBook Games(TM): Pop-Up Pursuit
        -  You, Me & the Cubes(TM)
        -  Final Fantasy IV: The After Years
        -  BIT.TRIP.CORE
        -  Icarian: Kindred Spirits
        -  Sword & Soldiers
        -  Military Madness: Nectaris
        -  Cave Story

    Nintendo DS:

        -  The Legendary Starfy(TM)
        -  The Legend of Zelda(TM): Spirit Tracks
        -  Fossil Fighters(TM)
        -  Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box(TM)
        -  Mario & Luigi(TM): Bowser's Inside Story
        -  Pokémon(TM) Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky
        -  Style Savvy(TM)
        -  Glory of Heracles(TM)
        -  Golden Sun(TM) DS
        -  Picross 3D(TM)

    Nintendo DSiWare:

        -  Mario vs. Donkey Kong(TM): Minis March Again!
        -  Flipnote Studio(TM)
        -  Animal Crossing(TM) Clock
        -  Animal Crossing(TM) Calculator
        -  Photo Clock
        -  Mario(TM) Clock
        -  Mario(TM) Calculator
        -  Six in One Translator (working title)
        -  Crash-Course Domo(TM)
        -  White-Water Domo(TM)
        -  Hard-Hat Domo(TM)
        -  Rock-n-Roll Domo(TM)
        -  Pro-Putt Domo(TM)
    

    Remember that both Wii and Nintendo DSi feature parental controls that
let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information
about this and other features, visit Wii.com or NintendoDSi.com.

    About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive
entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets
hardware and software for its Wii(TM), Nintendo DS(TM) and Nintendo DSi(TM)
systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System(TM),
Nintendo has sold more than 2.9 billion video games and more than 496 million
hardware units globally, including the current generation Wii, Nintendo DS and
Nintendo DSi, as well as the Game Boy(TM), Game Boy Advance, Super NES(TM),
Nintendo 64(TM) and Nintendo GameCube(TM). It has also created industry icons
that have become well-known, household names such as Mario(TM), Donkey
Kong(TM), Metroid(TM), Zelda(TM) and Pokémon(TM). 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 July 1, Nintendo press materials for the
    E(3) Expo are available at http://press.nintendo.com/E32009. The username
    is E32009 and the password is nintendo. Users can receive instant
    Nintendo information by subscribing to the site's RSS feed. B-roll is
    available at www.thenewsmarket.com/Nintendo./





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