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E3 2009: Nintendo Announcements


E3 2009: Nintendo Announcements

Nintendo's E3 announcements were probably the least revolutionary of the big three. Of course that's hardly surprising when the Wii already has a motion sensitive controller.

Nonetheless, a new input for the Wii was talked about: the Wii Vitality Sensor. Attached to a finger, the vitality Sensor will measure the wearers pulse, as well as "a number of other signals being transmitted by their bodies" - although what those are is anyone's guess thus far.

Wii Motion Plus was, unsurprisingly, talked about as well as Wii Sports Resort, the upcoming title designed to make use of the new, refined controller. New games to look forward to include Wii Fit Plus, which as the name implies is a sequel to Wii Fit, bringing yet more fitness training with it, New super Mario Bros. Wii, a simultaneous multiplayer side-scrolling game and Super Mario Galaxy 2, which should be pretty neat, too.

The DSi will see an update in the summer enabling photos taken on the console to be uploaded directly to Facebook which isn't exactly persuading me to upgrade from my DS Lite any time soon. Golden Sun DS sounds pretty cool, however, considering how awesome Golden sun was!

Also on the way are WarioWare D.I.Y. letting players create their own mini games, Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story will, apparently, bring "trademark hilarious dialogue" and "two concurrent storylines" in 'fall' while Mario vs Donley Kong: Minis March Against will arrive on the DSi Store on 8 June for 800 points, with this third instalment in the franchise offering user-creation of levels.

All told, a bit of an anti-climax from Nintendo.


June 3, 2009, 8:20 pm


a new Metroid game developed by Team Ninja is announced (and shown in trailer form).


June 3, 2009, 9:40 pm

and new zelda!


June 3, 2009, 10:28 pm

You referring to Spirit Tracks? 'Cos that was announced several months ago in Japan, but I think this is the first time it's been playable in English.


You may be referring to the secret single piece of artwork which was show to select journalists during Miyamoto's roundable talk, accompanied by hints of "have a go at archery and swordplay in Wii Sports Resort as those ideas may influence the next Zelda".

Shame they didn't allow photography for that... I'd have liked to see the artwork (apparently an even older Link).

During the same talk he said they weren't ready to show anything of Pikmin 3 as the team's very small and the company's busy with other projects (so probably early days yet, but at least it's confirmed yet again). In the meantime I'd suggest Little King's Story. It's a Strategy RPG, but does have some elements of Pikmin in it.


June 4, 2009, 3:31 am

It seems like Nintendo have decided to kick their feet up now that they've already shipped a boatload of consoles.

I mean, they can't really add any more gimmicky features to a console that is already one big gimmick, can they?


June 4, 2009, 4:10 am

Thumbs up on Golden Sun!!


June 4, 2009, 2:34 pm


pretty sure miyamoto mentioned that work was going well on a proper new zelda wii title. not some spin off.

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