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The RapidShot machine gun to premiere at E3 Expo in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CALIF., June 2, 2010 — Innex Inc. announced today that it has secured distribution rights for the first shooting peripheral in history intended for mature video game players only. The simulated machine gun will feature a warning label and is designed exclusively for gamers aged 17 and older.

The gaming weapon—named the RapidShot—will be introduced to the public on June 15 at the E3 Expo in Los Angeles. Designed and manufactured by Komodo, the RapidShot is the result of a long process to create an accessory that meets the needs of the mature gamer.

Wii Party – July 8
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem – Hero of Light and Shadow – July 15
Metroid: Other M – September 2

Nintendo apparently said at a retailer briefing that a Pink/White Wiimote Wii Party bundle will be sold for 6,800 yen while the standard edition will cost 4,800 yen. However, that information, along with Other M’s release date has yet to be officially confirmed.

Thanks to Thomas N for the tip!

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The First Dance Game Dedicated to Fitness, Fun and Weight Loss for the Nintendo Wii™

SAN FRANCISO – May 25, 2010 – Today Ubisoft announced that it is continuing its partnership with Gold’s Gym®, the world’s leading authority on health and fitness, to publish a new game Gold’s Gym® Dance Workout in the United States and Canada. Developed by Landho Co., Ltd. and available exclusively for the Nintendo Wii™ system, the game will be in North America stores this August 2010. Gold’s Gym® Dance Workout includes Latin dance styles, choreographed boxing dances and fun mini-games that target specific muscle groups.

“We are excited to partner with Ubisoft again,” commented Lisa Zoellner, chief marketing officer of Gold’s Gym® International. “Dance-inspired cardio classes have long been a staple at Gold’s Gym® and this game brings all of the energy, movement and fun of a class right into your living room. Gold’s Gym® Dance Workout is a natural extension of our brand and supports our mission to get more people around the world excited about exercise.”

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I’m not quite sure what just happened there! The site experienced some downtime for a little over an hour. Luckily, our tech guy was able to get us back online somewhat quickly. I apologize that the site was inaccessible, but hopefully I’ll be able to share a more significant site update in the coming days…Anyway, time for me to get back to posting news.

– Marth is the main character
– New maps for “My Unit” character
– “My Unit” from Altea Kingdom, wants to join Altea Knights
– Choose gender’s name, face style, eye type, hair style, initial unit type
– Conversations change in the game based on appearance/abilities
– Two new stories for My Unit, one is Prologue
– Prologue story involves My Unit joining the Altea Army to becoming a soldier who fights with Marth
– Other story is a side story, meet conditions to play it on a new map
– Local and Wi-Fi multiplayer
– 4,800 yen

Thanks to Thomas N and Robert for the tip!

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The following information comes from Super Mario Galaxy 2 producer Yoshiaki Koizumi, who was interview in Famitsu this week…

Koizumi on how it was decided to include Yoshi…

“The idea for Yoshi has existed ever since the project document I wrote for the original Galaxy five years ago,” Koizumi said. “We also had ideas for other animals like bulls and birds. That eventually morphed into the Rock Mushroom and Fluzzard, but the idea still hasn’t drifted much from what we wanted to do.”

Koizumi on why Yoshi wasn’t in the original…

“The planet and gravity stuff in the first game was a brand-new experience that hadn’t been seen in games before,” he said. “I figured combining that with Yoshi would have been too many new features to contend with. That’s why his debut got saved for this game.”

Koizumi on why Yoshi can survive in space and eggs happen to appear in Yoshi stages…

“Well, it’s because he’s a space Yoshi! There are Yoshis all over the place, you know. Call it one of the mysteries of the cosmos.”

Koizumi on the Cosmic Witch…

“Giving the player video hints was an idea that we first used in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat on the GameCube,” Koizumi said. “SMG2 can be tough in spots, so like in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, we thought we’d show not just a sample run, but also play through sections for you up to a certain point.”

Koizumi on Spaceship Mario…

“And then there’s the Spaceship Mario, the planet you travel around the world map on. “We wanted a Mario-shaped planet from the get-go, but we couldn’t work it into the last game,” Koizumi recalled. “There were some technical limits behind what we could do graphically in the first game, and we were able to use our experience to get over that with the sequel. We originally had you flying a mushroom-shaped spaceship around the world map, but the original design was kind of hard to spot on the map, so we went with something easier to notice — a mobile Mario onscreen.”

Koizumi on how the developers decided on the number of stars needed to progress on the map…

“Balancing the game is always a difficult process,” Koizumi admits. “We had people testing out the game’s difficulty near the end of development — not just the Super Mario Club [Nintendo’s debug/testing unit], but for example, a 60-year-old employee who hadn’t played any 3D games before. The end result is that the game’s trickier than the last one, and therefore you need to collect more stars to advance.”

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DECA SPORTS 3, Bonk, and Lost In Shadow among Hudson’s Highlights at E3 2010

San Mateo, Calif. – June 2, 2010 – Hudson Entertainment, the North and South American subsidiary of HUDSON SOFT, will be showcasing a diverse line-up of titles at the 2010 Electric Entertainment Expo from June 15-17 in Los Angeles. Hudson titles to be shown include:

– Takes place in a post-apocalyptic Earth
– Humans heritage put in a spaceship, taken off the planet, but it crashes into another planet, cargo scatters
– Ship’s computer trying to recreate the ecosystem from the Earth on the new planet, but is creating strange plant and animal life instead as a result of the crash
– Set 1,000 years after the crash
– Ship is mysteriously releasing poisonous elements into the atmosphere, you need to stop it
– Work together with the planet’s species (Ewok-like race called the Guardians)
– The Guardians have used technology from the ship to quickly advance their own
– The Guardians weren’t human-friendly at first because the crash caused a lot of damage, but help them because they want to drink alcoholic beverages humans make
– Regarding a release in other territories: “I think it’d be a good thing for the industry if we took a moment to rethink what Japan’s games should be doing. There are gamers worldwide, of course, and making games to meet their needs certainly isn’t a bad thing, but I feel like we’re throwing out too many Japanese values and the uniqueness of our games along the way. A lot of Japanese kids don’t even play games these days, right? I want to teach them again that games are a lot of fun, just like how our parents taught us when we were kids.” – Yoshihiro Sudo, Kadokawa Games

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