Gaming news from E3: Nintendo tunes up Wii Remote, announces Wii Music

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Wii Music ScreenshotSee More Wii Music Screenshot at IGN.com

E3 Media and Business Summit (formerly known as Electronic Entertainment Expo)One of the biggest video game publicity events is happening this week at the E3 Media & Business Summit in Los Angeles. That means lots of gaming news, updates and a sick amount of eye candy.

Yesterday, Scott Kirchhofer gave you the rundown on Microsoft’s Xbox 360 announcements, and he’ll be back later today with a roundup of Sony’s news. I’m here to summarize Nintendo’s morning press conference. It’s already been a big year for Nintendo, and many folks were wondering if they’d have anything left to announce. But despite the much-anticipated early arrivals of Mario Kart Wii and Wii Fit, they’re not out of the game yet.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM NINTENDO’S PRESS CONFERENCE:

WII NEWS

>>The Wii MotionPlus accessory (pictured) will enhance your Wii Remote’s movement sense.>>Wii Sports Resort will build on the successful model of Wii Sports, Wii Play and Wii Fit, adding a “day at the beach” atmosphere. Look for this to include a MotionPlus attachment.

>>Animal Crossing: City Folk will be out in time for the holidays, bringing back the popular shared world that has already been on GameCube and DS.

>>Who needs a headset? The WiiSpeak microphone will allow multiplayer voice communication between ENTIRE ROOMS of players. (Used with Animal Crossing.)

Nintendo Wii Remote Motion Plus accessory E3 summit 2008 Nerdvana Tribune

The Wii MotionPlus will improve the Wii Remote’s already impressive accuracy in tracking movements.

NINTENDO IMAGE

>>Wii Music will let players rock out with 50 instruments and record and edit their own music videos. It will incorporate the Wii Balance Board accessory (already sold with Wii Fit) for use in percussion, for example. Miyamoto-san played the sax with just a Wii Remote. Sweet!

Click for video of the Wii Music presentation!

>>Star Wars: The Clone Wars, based on the upcoming CGI movie and TV series, will have the head-to-head lightsaber duels you’ve been craving, with shaking “lightsaber handle” remotes and powers like Force lightning. Shocking!

Click for a look at the Star Wars: The Clone Wars game!

>>What’s missing? A storage solution for downloaded content! Also, new Mario and Zelda titles were confirmed in the works for the Wii — but you’ll probably have to wait awhile.

DS NEWS

>>Grand Theft Auto: China Town Wars, Guitar Hero: On Tour Decades and Spore Creatures!

>>Between an American version of a popular Japanese DS cooking utility and plans to let the DS help you navigate airports, Nintendo is working on making their handheld indispensable to everyday life!

>>What’s missing? There were rumors that a new, low-cost (under $100) DS unit lacking a Game Boy Advance cartridge port would be announced. Nothing yet …

Source: Wired online’s Game|Life blog

For more news and LOTS of videos, check out the official E3 Website.


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