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LOS ANGELES, July 15, 2008 – At the E3 Media & Business Summit today, Nintendo unveiled an enhancement for its iconic Wii Remote™ 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™ portable system and the Wii™ home console.

“Much has been reported about the ‘expanded audience’ for games, but what’s really at play is an expanded experience,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “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.”

E3 may have been on the light side for hardcore gamers, but one hopeful piece of news came out of Nintendo’s E3 conference. It was confirmed today that both the Mario and Zelda teams are “hard at work,” developing new titles for the Wii. Whether or not this means we will see new Mario and Zelda games soon is up in the air; however, rest assured that Nintendo’s AAA developers are creating original content for the hardcore.

GTA China Town
– Set in modern-day Liberty City
– Free-roaming gameplay
– Exclusive to the Nintendo DS

Pokemon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
– Sequel to Pokemon Ranger
– Coming November 10th
– Already released in Japan, being localized for America

Wii Music details

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– Features songs from Nintendo games, including F-Zero
– Orchestra mode
– Create your own music videos
– The game will teach you how to use instruments
– Hold the Wii remote in a certain position to play the song
– Over 50 instruments playable

Confirmed instruments:
– drums
– saxophone
– piano
– violin
– guitar

Wii Music dated

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Wii Music was a highlight of Nintendo’s E3 media briefing, as many had anticipated. Reggie Fils-Aime officially announced at Nintendo’s conference that Wii Music will be available this holiday season. However, the Wii MotionPlus peripheral will not be supported.

Wii Sports Resort announced

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More news incoming from Nintendo’s E3 conference: Wii Sports Resort. The game is a follow up to Wii Sports and will utilize the Wii MotionPlus add-on. As you would expect, the game focuses on a beach setting and will feature a number of various activities.

Animal Crossing Wii confirmed

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At Nintendo’s annual E3 presentation, Nintendo confirmed the existence of Animal Crossing Wii. The game has already been given a title, City Folk and more importantly, has confirmed a 2008 release. More news as it breaks.

UPDATE: Nintendo has also announced Wii Speak. Wii Speak will take in all of the sound in the room and is placed on top of the Wii sensor bar.


Licensed by Nintendo®, the Logitech® Cordless Keyboard for Wii™ provides easy text entry for Wii™.
Cordless Keyboard for Wii

* 2.4 GHz wireless technology: Allows you to easily enter text on the Wii™ Internet Channel and in chat-oriented games from up to 30 feet (10 m) from the console.
* Compact design: Easy to store, yet full-size keys allow for comfortable typing.
* Easy setup: Just plug in the receiver and the keyboard works instantly.
* Wii™ system keys: Navigate the Internet and system with dedicated buttons for Zoom In/Out, Forward/Back, Quit, and OK.

Cordless Keyboard for Wii

* Licensed for Wii™: Ensures both design and technical compatibility.


* Nintendo Co Ltd. President Satoru Iwata
* Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime
* Designer/producer/supervisor Shigeru Miyamoto
* NOA Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Cammie Dunaway
* NOA Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Affairs Denise Kaigler

Hm…Shigeru Miyamoto. I’m hoping he’ll run out to the stage wielding another master sword, ready to show off a new Zelda title. Alright, who am I kidding? It’s probably too early for a new Zelda…



Nintendo already showed off one big announcement for their E3 showing today. However, gaming fans are definitely looking forward to the software that the company will present tomorrow. According to Matt Casamassina though, one fan-favorite will be absent at this year’s E3: Kid Icarus. Kid Icarus has been hyped up for months now; concept art has (allegedly) been leaked, rumors of the developer have been strong, and indications that the new Wii game would be appearing at E3 have been great. Casamassina noted on the IGN boards, “Uh-oh. Looks like we’re going to have to wait a little longer than E3 to see the kid fly again. Not too long, though, hopefully.”