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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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RE: Nintendo's new offerings look promising
By 05SilverGT on 7/12/2007 4:13:10 PM , Rating: 0
Please tell me you are just kidding. I guess that's why people flock to the U.S. from overseas for healthcare. I won't exactly call our system failed. Watching too much Michael Moore I guess….

On another note I'm looking forward to Brawl assuming it has online play and I know my girlfriend will be into Fit. However, I think Nintendo had the worst of the three press conferences.

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.

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.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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