Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s Executive VP of Sales & Marketing opened the keynote announcing the company’s goal to “create surprise.” Commenting, “Now, once in a while, surprise breaks down the door in a form of absolute innovation; something so amazing that everyone instantly recognizes it. And sometimes it sort of creeps up on you; a grin, or a shout buried in the middle of a level. Today, we will bring you both.”
Nintendo Wii – New Games
1.) New Super Mario Bros. for Wii allows for co-operative or competitive play for up to 4 players, including the ability to pick up and carry other players, and player ranking. In addition, the game will allow players to switch between individual and co-operative play. To help accommodate co-operative play, the screen will pan wider if players are separated by a little distance within the level. Nintendo also introduced a new feature in the propeller suit. New Super Mario Bros. for Wii is scheduled for release for Holiday 2009.
2.) Wii Fit Plus’ release provides 6 new strength and yoga activities, allowing players to customize their routines and repeat activities. Fit Plus will even track the calories burned. There will also be 15 new balance games, including juggling and skateboarding. Wii Fit Plus will ship as a package with the Wii Balance Board, as well as stand-alone software and will be available in Fall 2009.
Nintendo Wii – Motion Plus Controller
Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America’s President & Chief Operating Officer continued the keynote with the announcement of the Wii Motion Plus controller. Claiming to be more aware of the remote location and the angle at which it is being held, the Motion Plus controller will offer better precision and more natural gameplay.
1.) Wii Sports Resort (scheduled to launch 07/26/09), EA Games Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, EA Games Grand Slam Tennis (to be released 06/08/09) and Sega Virtua Tennis 2009 (to be released 06/09/09) will capitalize on the Motion Plus controller. EA Games Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10 will even ship with the controller on 06/08/09.
3.) Square Enix announced their release of Final Fantasy: The Crystal Bearers, to provide an interactive gaming experience exclusive to Wii to be release later in 2009.
Nintendo DS – Games
1.) Square Enix is also releasing an exclusive version of Kingdom Hearts for the Nintendo DS 09/29/09.
2.) Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story for the Nintendo DS is scheduled for release in Fall 2009.
3.) Golden Sun is also making its return on Nintendo DS with a release date in 2010.
4.) James Patterson Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion, created by THQ and based on the books, is a new intellectual mystery game scheduled for release 10/13/09.
5.) Ubisoft announces Cop: The Recruit for future release. No launch date was announced.
6.) Style Savvy is a fashion game aimed at pre-teens and twenty-somethings. No lauch date was announced.
1.) Flip Note Studio allows users to create animations and broadcast the movies and will be available in Summer 2009.
2.) Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again provides players with the ability to design levels with full control. Players will also be able to share these new levels locally or via Nintendo wi-fi connection. Mario vs. Donkey Kong will be available for download via DSiWare 06/08/09.
3.) Warioware DIY gives players the opportunity to create their own games. Players will then be able to share their games with other Warioware players.
4.) Nintendo DSi Camera with 10 editing lenses will allow users to automatically upload photos taken with Nintendo DSi to their Facebook profile beginning Summer 2009.
5.) The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks was also announced for future release on the Nintendo DSi. No launch date was disclosed.
Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s Global President introduced the Wii Vitality Sensor, still in development. The sensor is a fingertip accessory for the Wii remote that measures a user’s vital signs. Future applications will focus on enhancing a user’s relaxation experience.
2.) Capcom’s Resident Evil: The Dark Side Chronicles is also coming down the pipe for future release. No launch date announced.
3.) EA’s Dead Space: Extraction, was announced for a 09/29/09 release.
4.) Nintendo partnered with Team Ninja to develop its own new game for Wii, Metroid: Other M, scheduled for release 2010.
5.) Nintendo teased us with a trailer for Super Mario Galaxy 2, a full 3-D Mario adventure to be released sometime in the future. No lauch date was announced.
Reggie Fils-Aime ended the keynote, summing up the announcements very well . . . “Bringing you names that are so familiar, but revitalized to make them new again.”
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