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Nintendo had a number of new products and services to announce during E3 2007

As the Nintendo Wii and DS continue to steadily outsell competing consoles from Sony and Microsoft, gamers anxiously awaited the Nintendo E3 press conference, where a number of announcements were expected.

Nintendo started the conference off with Reggie Fils-Aime giving a brief introduction on the current status of the video game industry in Japan and the United States.  Even though the numbers have changed, the President of Nintendo America enthusiastically presented data that media and analysts expected.  For example, in the United States -- the biggest and most competitive game market -- the industry was up nearly 50% over the same time frame in 2006, Fils-Aime said.  

The Wii Zapper, a gun shell designed to be used with the Wii, was brought onto the stage.  The Zapper will be packaged alongside some new video games and will have a retail price of $19.99.  Games such as Medal of Honor and Resident Evil Umbrella Chronicles will make use of the Zapper.  Nintendo is currently creating what can be considered a top-secret title which will feature the Zapper, with no details disclosed during this morning's conference.

Understanding that wireless gameplay is something that gamers utilize, Fils-Aime spoke about Nintendo online for a few minutes during the conference.  A short video montage highlighted that more than 5 million people are using the wireless online capability of their DS handheld console.

Fils-Aime also spoke about a number of new video games Wii owners can look forward to in the future.  Brain Age 2 was featured during the press conference and users can expect it to be available in North America on August 20.  Super Mario Galaxy will be available "November 12, this year," said Fils-Aime.  EA's MySims will be available for the DS and Wii, though release information wasn't announced.  Wii gamers can also look forward to Metroid Prime 3: Corruption along with the rest of the titles announced.

"I can announce today that Smash Bros. Brawl will launch in the Americas on December 3," he said.

The WiiWare game development technology will officially begin service next year, according to Nintendo.  The Nintendo press release promotes WiiWare as a service which "provides game creators a simple method by which they can get their games to the public."  

Nintendo remains dedicated to the development of video games that cater to both casual gamers and more experienced video game players.

Shigeru Miyamoto presented Wii Fit, a new game designed to be entertaining and beneficial for game players.  Players balance, hop, kick, and perform other exercise on top of a unique floor mat called the Wii balance board.  Over time, the game will monitor a player's Mii, also keeping track of a player's body mass index (BMI).  Wii Fit will feature more than 40 different activities for players.

Nintendo is happy, but won't be happy until the company is able to "steal more of that (leisure) time," Fils-Aime warned at the end of the show.



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Top Secret Title?
By phattyboombatty on 7/11/2007 4:19:48 PM , Rating: 5
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Nintendo is currently creating what can be considered a top-secret title which will feature the Zapper, with no details disclosed during this morning's conference.


Duck Hunt 2




RE: Top Secret Title?
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 7/11/2007 4:26:36 PM , Rating: 5
RE: Top Secret Title?
By XToneX on 7/11/2007 4:48:31 PM , Rating: 2
LMFAO!!!


RE: Top Secret Title?
By FITCamaro on 7/11/2007 5:28:47 PM , Rating: 2
LMAO. That would be awesome. Duck Hunt with a minigun.


RE: Top Secret Title?
By heffeque on 7/12/2007 5:01:06 AM , Rating: 3
RE: Top Secret Title?
By Fenixgoon on 7/11/2007 5:44:12 PM , Rating: 2
just too awesome brandon, just too awesome

*head asplodes* =)


RE: Top Secret Title?
By Chadder007 on 7/11/2007 4:54:44 PM , Rating: 2
I'd love to see it come back in 3d.


RE: Top Secret Title?
By OxBow on 7/11/2007 5:14:35 PM , Rating: 2
Sort of like quail hunting with Dick Cheney?!


RE: Top Secret Title?
By Ryanman on 7/11/2007 5:28:06 PM , Rating: 1
If Duck Hunt comes to the Wii I will buy it. I was going to be a rebel and refuse to buy one but nobody can resist Duck Hunt.


RE: Top Secret Title?
By DonkeyRhubarb on 7/11/2007 8:52:01 PM , Rating: 1
Duck hunt 2... Give that poster a 6th rating for god sake!


RE: Top Secret Title?
By InternetGeek on 7/11/2007 9:52:00 PM , Rating: 2
You all missed another interesting detail:

quote:
Smash Bros. Brawl


Brawl. On the Wii.


RE: Top Secret Title?
By DeSade on 7/11/2007 11:59:18 PM , Rating: 2
That was the best response that I have seen in pretty much forever...if I had the power of God I would give you a 6...God, if you're reading this, please give the man a 6.


Nintendo's new offerings look promising
By SirLucius on 7/11/2007 4:18:54 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
As the Nintendo Wii and DS continue to steadily outsell competing consoles from Sony and Nintendo ,


Should read Microsoft.

That aside, I'm really looking forward to the new Super Smash Brothers game. And with a December 3rd release date, it's just in time for the holiday season.

The Wii Fit is an interesting idea, and I bet it will become very popular among parents. Just think, they can get their kids to lose weight by sticking them in front of a TV and saying "Play this."




By darkpaw on 7/11/2007 4:23:28 PM , Rating: 2
Yah, December 3rd just got circled on my calendar. Smash Bros is definately my favorite Nintendo series.


RE: Nintendo's new offerings look promising
By kenji4life on 7/11/2007 4:47:28 PM , Rating: 5
Let's not forget about the parents. Just yesterday I was driving through a small street and I see a chubby little kid hurried across the street to get out of the car's way. His twice as fat parents didn't make the same effort. They woddled across the street in what seemed to be as much time as they could take. I applaud them for walking all the way from their car to the grocery store instead of using the handicapped buggy (like many fat people do). But honestly, we should deny health care to people like this instead of deserving people who happen to have diabetes (and take very good care of their health)


RE: Nintendo's new offerings look promising
By ninjit on 7/11/2007 5:33:57 PM , Rating: 4
Maybe health insurance premiums should be tied to annual physical exams and prior habits.

E.g. people who are overweight due to bad personal choices (vs. genetic disorders say) will pay more - alcholics and drug-abusers will pay more, etc.
I think they already charge people who have dangerous sporting hobbies (e.g. parachuting) more for health insurance, so why don't they charge others at "risk" more too.

Like car insurance: speeding tickets, DUIs, etc cause auto premiums to go up.
If you don't drive safe you pay more.
If you don't live safe you should pay more too.


RE: Nintendo's new offerings look promising
By AsicsNow on 7/12/2007 10:32:13 AM , Rating: 1
You are treading a fine line though if you do this. The next thing you know you will be having insurance companies who charge you according to your genetic predisposition for diabetes, heart conditions, various types of cancer, etc.

The potential for this happening very soon is pretty high. I work in a genomics lab, and while thier goals are to determine the factors that cause the onset of the disease to help with understanding the etiology of the diseases and help with new modes of treatment, the same data in the insurance companies hands could be used to charge people on the slight increased chance that they might get the disease in the future.

So basically, count your lucky stars and never wish for anything that allows the insurance companies to charge more money for premiums :P Even if doesn't affect you immediately, it probably will soon enough.


RE: Nintendo's new offerings look promising
By Netscorer on 7/12/2007 12:23:16 PM , Rating: 4
That's why we need a universal healsth care for god sake. Enough with this 'for-profit' health system that has completely failed.


RE: Nintendo's new offerings look promising
By 05SilverGT on 7/12/07, Rating: 0
By InsaneGain on 7/12/2007 4:39:01 PM , Rating: 4
"Americans get the poorest health care and yet pay the most compared to five other rich countries" according to the Commonwealth Fund report.

link http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18674951/
I'm Canadian. My sister was vacationing in Arizona and she got an infection. The bill from the hospital was outrageous. They actually charged her for the hour she waited in a room to see a doctor. The doctor just listened to the symptoms and wrote a prescription.
I'm going to guess that only for things like leading edge cancer treatments, certain clinics in the U.S. offer the latest treatments for extremely high prices, but other industrialized countries offer a better experience for the majority of cases.


By Netscorer on 7/12/2007 9:59:42 PM , Rating: 4
'People flock to United States for healthcare' - tell me you are kidding. People just as well flock out of United States for cheaper prices and better procedures. And why would not they? If US is right behind Costa Rica in level of healthcare provided. Yes, there are good clinics here. But there are as well just as many very good private clinics in Europe, yet every european enjoys full free healthcare, paying less then we do with our or so great insurances. My friend recently got fired from previous work and new employer's insurance plan (Aetna) refused him coverage for type I Diabetes that he had (preexisting conditions are not covered they said). He has to pay now of of his pocket for all the expenses.
I guess you are the fortunate one that you don't have sick friends or relatives or you would not write what you did.


Duck hunt Please!!!!
By dice1111 on 7/11/2007 4:19:59 PM , Rating: 3
As much as I would like a new version of Duck Hunt for the zapper, I think i'd still have more fun playing the original version for the Nintendo. God I almost feel like breaking out the old consol. Think it would still work? ...maybe if I blow hard enough in the cartridge?




RE: Duck hunt Please!!!!
By SandmanWN on 7/11/2007 4:44:13 PM , Rating: 2
I still have the gun around here somewhere.

I also played Duck Hunt just yesterday. It was emulated over the internet on a web browser. Funny how a web browser can do everything that old beat up Nintendo could do without even breaking a sweat.


RE: Duck hunt Please!!!!
By tedrodai on 7/12/2007 11:11:44 AM , Rating: 2
I'm just happy they're finally pulling out the zapper for this system. Pointing out things on the screen with the remote and hitting the 'A' button for extended periods of time is not very ergonomic.


RE: Duck hunt Please!!!!
By Martimus on 7/12/2007 2:32:30 PM , Rating: 2
The first thing I thought of when I saw this article was that I wanted Duck Hunt 2. It looks like everyone else was thinking the same thing.


huh?
By Rob235 on 7/12/2007 10:35:48 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
Nintendo is happy, but won't be happy until the company is able to "steal more of that (leisure) time," Fils-Aime warned at the end of the show.


Umm... Nintendo is happy, but won't be happy until...? That makes a lot of sense.




RE: huh?
By InsaneGain on 7/12/2007 4:47:35 PM , Rating: 2
Their intention was to say "Nintendo is happy, but they wont reach the climax of profound and indescribable bliss until they are able to compel every able bodied person to succumb to the goodness of the Wii."


Mario Kart Wii?
By hobbes7869 on 7/13/2007 8:06:23 AM , Rating: 2
I was hoping to hear more about Mari Kart Wii (or what ever they will call it) I spent more time playing that game then all other but Golden Eye. Any one know if/when it will be released?




RE: Mario Kart Wii?
By encryptkeeper on 7/13/2007 9:11:26 AM , Rating: 2
Go to http://wii.ign.com/objects/949/949580.html
They have a few pics and a video of the game (as it was presented to the audience, not a true trailer). Overall, it looks like it will feel like Mario Kart DS and not the silly Mario Kart: Double Dash. Its also supposed to support online play (yes!) and release in the first quarter of 2008 (which probably means about this time next year).

Glad to see that Corruption will release in August, not December or late November. I hate when so many good games are released right at Christmas time.


WiiWare vs. XNA
By BiuTech on 7/11/2007 6:16:36 PM , Rating: 2
I'd be curious to find out more details on the WiiWare and how it compares to XNA development for the 360. Developing for the wiimote would be pretty cool in my opinion.




i just hope
By Gul Westfale on 7/11/2007 10:49:58 PM , Rating: 2
i just hope that the online gaming service for the Wii won't suck as much as the online for the DS. it is a real PITA to get online with a DS, and i hope nintendo has learned from that.

i have also heard that their partner in online gaming would be gamespy. if you have never heard that name, they are the company responsible for the godawfully slow game browser included with games like CnC3 and LOTR2. i really hope they kick it up a notch for Wii, otherwise prepare to be frustrated.




By encryptkeeper on 7/12/2007 10:44:27 AM , Rating: 2
I hate that project H.A.M.M.E.R. was canceled. That looked like it could have been a good game. I'd love to see a few more things from Ninty. Small stuff like an update so you can play games off your SD card. I think the gaming community deserves that. And maybe a little more quality control on the games that make it on the DS (Whiffle Ball...WHIFFLE BALL). I know its a portable, and now developers have gotten the hang of coding for it, but how can one system have such great games like MP Hunters, Mario Kart DS and have such ridiculously bad games at the same time. I'm reading about at least one or two a week on IGN's website.




i would highly recommend...
By colonelclaw on 7/13/2007 8:15:17 AM , Rating: 2
that people go check out the new in game footage of super mario galaxy, it just looks too good to be possible

(that's if you like platformers of course)




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