Category Archives: Nintendo Wii

Hanging out in the DPad

Dear friends and visitors,

I am happy to announce that the inaugural episode of the DPod has finally been posted at FromtheDPad.com

Be sure to check it out HERE and submit your questions to sharon at from the dpad dot com to be read in future casts.

Thanks for your loyalty.

 

Sincerely,

Sharon

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2011 in review

Thanks to everyone for an amazing year! It’s been absolutely fabulous to share, with you, my internet musings surrounding my gamertag “MyaSharona”.  I thank each and every one of you who visited me here, on G+, Twitter, FB, OR at whichever website I was contributing to at the time. I hope you’ve all enjoyed 2011, now on with 2012.

 

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Nintendo is ready for 2012!

originally posted BY MYASHARONA– DECEMBER 16, 2011 at GamerFitNation

As some people hunker down for a long winter’s nap, Nintendo is getting things fired up. The first quarter of 2012 offers great new installments in popular franchises for both the Nintendo 3DS™ system and the Wii™ console. Nintendo has something for everyone, from family fun to three-dimensional adventure.


On the Nintendo 3DS system, Capcom’s Resident Evil® Revelations launches on Feb. 7. In a new chapter of the hit survival-horror franchise, players fight a new enemy and virus in 3D without the need for special glasses.METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater from Konami arrives in the first quarter of 2012. The game is a re-interpretation of METAL GEAR SOLID 3: Snake Eater, and offers a rich jungle world with customizable stealth and camouflage options. On March 23, the epic odyssey Kid Icarus™: Uprising soars into stores and lets players help the winged warrior Pit fight Medusa and her Underworld Army.


The Nintendo eShop for Nintendo 3DS will also be busy with a variety of downloadable offerings. Dillon’s Rolling Western™ brings tower-defense strategy and touch-screen driven action to the Old West. Armadillo ranger Dillon defends pioneer villages against waves of attacking rock monsters using gun towers, defensive structures and his own exciting attack abilities. In Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword™, players travel to ancient Japan and guide a young warrior as he battles waves of enemy soldiers. Players must identify the enemy’s attack, dodge and counter-attack with the mystical Sakura Sword to win the battle. The critically acclaimed VVVVVV and NightSkyfrom Nicalis, mind-bending action of Mighty Switch Force from WayForward and immersive 3D visuals of Mutant Mudds™ from Renegade Kid™ round out a diverse selection of downloadable games.

Details about distribution in Canada for the Circle Pad Pro will be announced shortly.

On the Wii console, Rhythm Heaven™ Fever arrives on Feb. 13 at a suggested retail price of $29.99 in Canada. The game asks players to test their rhythm in more than 50 easy-to-learn, tough-to-master minigames to prove they’ve got the groove. Two weeks later on Feb. 27, PokéPark™ 2: Wonders Beyond lets players take on the role of Pikachu™ and his Pals — Oshawott™, Snivy™ and Tepig™ — as they try to make it through PokéPark and discover the secrets of a mysterious new world. On March 11, Mario™ and friends reunite for a new party game adventure in Mario Party™ 9, which introduces new game-play elements to the series such as boss battles and vehicular travel across a wide assortment of stages.


Below is a partial list of upcoming games for Nintendo systems. Note that game titles and launch dates are subject to change.

Nintendo 3DS

2K Play
Nicktoons MLB 3D – March

Capcom
Resident Evil® Revelations – Feb. 7

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
METAL GEAR SOLID® 3D Snake Eater – Q1
Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 – January

NAMCO BANDAI Games America Inc.
TEKKEN 3D Prime Edition™ – February
Tales of the Abyss® – Feb. 14

Nintendo
Kid Icarus: Uprising – March 23

Published by SEGA® of America
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games™ – Feb. 14

SEGA® of America
CRUSH™3D – Q1

Ubisoft
NCIS The Video Game (Based on the TV Series) – March 6
Horses 3D – March 6
Funky Barn – Q1
Rayman® Origins – Q1

Nintendo eShop

Collecting Smiles
Colors! 3D – Q1

Nicalis
VVVVVV – Q1
NightSky – Q1

Nintendo
Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword – Q1
Dillon’s Rolling Western – Q1
Kirby’s Block Ball™ – Q1

Renegade Kid
Mutant Mudds – Q1

Shin’en Multimedia
Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH – Q1
Jett Rocket Super Surf – Q1

WayForward
Mighty Switch Force – Q1

Zen Studios
Zen Pinball – Q1

Wii

2K Sports
MLB 2K12 – March 6

GameMill Entertainment
Country Dance™ Special Edition – Feb. 1

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc.
Karaoke Joysound – Q1

Nintendo
Rhythm Heaven Fever – Feb. 13
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond – Feb. 27
Mario Party 9 – March 11

WiiWare™

Nicalis
La Mulana – Q1

Nintendo DS™ Family

2K Sports
MLB 2K12 – March 6

ATLUS
Shin Megami Tensei®: Devil Survivor™ 2 – February

GameMill Entertainment
Silverlicious™ – March 20
Xia Xia™ – March 20
Gogo’s Crazy Bones™ – March 20

Mentor Interactive
Chess for Kids – Feb. 14
NARABA: The Labyrinth of Light – Feb. 21
NARABA: The Mysterious Palace – Feb. 21

Nintendo DSiWare™

Cosmigo
Box Pusher – Q1

Cypronia
Cake Ninja – Q1


Remember that Wii and Nintendo 3DS feature parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other features, visit http://www.nintendo.com/wii andhttp://www.nintendo.com/3ds.
For more information about Nintendo, visit http://www.nintendo.ca.

 

Source: Nintendo Canada Press Release

Get Up And Dance: Classic Tunes in the New Craze

Dancing games is one of the biggest fads currently dominating the market, and with good reason. Forcing  you up off the couch, getting active social and competitive (and with the inevitably included fitness mode), dancing games are appealing to a demographic beyond the thmbstick warriors. And like so many fads before it, everyone is giving us a full scale interpretation of what makes this trend so… well, trendy.

O-Games has recently thrown their hat into the ring with Get Up And Dance and today revealed the fourth batch of tracks. And these tracks sure are classic!

Get Up And Dance is the ultimate multi-format social dancing game that everyone can play, whether you’re a dance hall diva or have two left feet.

From a recent press release by O-Games’ PR:

Get Up And Dance’s time-travelling track roster is set to include some classic Golden Oldies from the 60s, 70s and 80s, with chart-topping artists like Dusty Springfield, Elton John and Lionel Richie.

‘Hot Stuff’ is the hit single released by American singer Donna Summer in 1973. Up to that point, Summer had mainly been associated with disco songs but this song also showed significant rock influences. Dusty Springfield’s ‘I Only Want Be With You’ was a success in both Britain and the US, and led to the recording of A Girl Called Dusty which was released in 1964.

Rock Song ‘Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)’ was so popular it went on to be covered by some of the worlds best rock acts, including The Who, Queen and Nickelback. The original also appeared as the theme song trailer for 2011 film ‘Gnomeo and Juliet.’ Lionel Richie’s 1986 pop classic, ‘Dancing on The Ceiling ’ comes from the chart topping album of the same name. The official video, that features in Get Up And Dance, originally cost around $400,000 to make, the most expensive short form music productions of that time.

When Get Up And Dance shimmies its way to Wii™ and PlayStation® Move for PlayStation®3 on November 4th, gamers will be able to get their groove on to an expansive track listing, featuring everything from classic funky disco tracks to the following Golden Oldies, including official promo videos from international superstar artists:

  • Donna Summer – ‘Hot Stuff’
  • Dusty Springfield – ‘I Only Want To Be With You’
  • Elton John – ‘Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)’
  • Lionel Richie – ‘Dancing On The Ceiling’

Previously announced tracks:

  • Apache Indian – ‘Boom Shack-A-Lak’
  • Barenaked Ladies – ‘One Week’
  • Billy Ray Cyrus – ‘Achy Breaky Heart’
  • Black Kids – ‘I Am Not Going To Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance’
  • De La Soul – ‘Me Myself and I’
  • Example – ‘Kickstarts’
  • Gina G – ‘Ooh Ahh… Just A Little Bit’
  • Girls Aloud – ‘The Promise’
  • Gwen Stefani – ‘What You Waiting For’
  • Jessie J – ‘Nobody’s Perfect’
  • La Roux – ‘Bulletproof’
  • Marina & The Diamonds – ‘Hollywood’
  • Nicole Scherzinger – ‘Poison’
  • Noisettes – ‘Don’t Upset The Rhythm’
  • Pulp – ‘Common People’
  • Pussycat Dolls – ‘Don’t Cha’
  • Rizzle Kicks – ‘Down With The Trumpets’
  • Taio Cruz – ‘Come On Girl’
  • Timbaland featuring Katy Perry – ‘If We Ever Meet Again’
  • Vato Gonzalez Feat. Foreign Beggars – ‘Badman Riddim (Jump)’
  • Wretch 32 Feat. Example – ‘Unorthodox’

Get Up And Dance is the ultimate dancing game for everyone to play, whether you are the star performer or prefer to stay out of the limelight as a backing dancer. Get your friends round and get dancing together or rise to the challenge and have your very own dance off in Get Up And Dance’s Party Mode. Party Mode features party games that you can play with up to eight mates, competing against each others teams with party games including Party Mix, Last Man Standing and Tug of War.

Had enough of competing against each other? Then join together and form your very own dance band with Get Up And Dance’s innovative Group Mode. You and up to three friends can choose to perform as either a lead or backing dancer to group routines specially choreographed for Get Up And Dance.

Group Mode also allows you to dance and have fun in a group or to participate in the talent competition, where you work through ten rounds to see if you can dance your way to the top. Plus, with loads more features like Shape Up Mode, Rehearse Mode and Jukebox, Get Up And Dance really is the Ultimate Dancing Game package for home console owners.

All in all Get Up And Dance sounds like a formidable addition to the dance game genre; one that will encourage you to jump up, shimmy around, and burn those calories away.  And for once, these are tracks that I will actually know! Yepp, I probably know most of the words to “Dancin on the Ceiling” or “Saturday Night’s Alright” where as my dance game experiences with “Like a G6″ or “Bulletproof” were something of a noodle scratcher. While they may be classified incorrectly as Golden Oldies *ahem* these tracks are sure to get more people syncing to the grooves.

Get Up And Dance is developed by Gusto Games and is out November 4th, 2011 for Wii™ and PlayStation® Move for PlayStation®3.

 

Did you love the dancing game genre? Is it a fad or here to stay? Which Dance Game is the best on the Market? Tell me what you think. 

Source: http://www.lunchpr.com/

Great Games for your Family Library

Originally posted by   MYASHARONA  at GamerFitNation

 

 

So you just picked up Gears of War 3, or you’ve been playing through Dead Island, OR you’re waiting patiently to add Saints Row: The Third or Assassin’s Creed Revelations to your library. Why not expand your family gaming library by adding some of the games that you can enjoy with your kids.

Have a peek at just some of the titles available starting now and throughout the next few months.

Face Racers: Photo Finish

System:Nintendo 3DS

No. of Players:up to 4 players

Category:Sports, Racing

Publisher:Majesco Entertainment

ESRB: E For Everyone (contains comic mischief)

Available: Now

Start your turbo-charged engines and blast into the outrageous arcade racing game, Face Racers: Photo Finish, with photo customizable 3D racers that put YOU in the game! Available on the Nintendo 3DS, Face Racers delivers unique, in-your-face gameplay, with dangerous obstacles that come to life in 3D right before your eyes! Take photos with your 3DS camera and place them on the face of your custom 3D racer, billboards and power-ups. Take on friends in multiplayer mode for a true photo finish in Face Racers!

Features include

• Use your photo to customize your racer, billboards, and power-ups!
• Challenge up to 3 friends in local and online multiplayer.
• Take control of the wheel with 3DS tilt-steering.

 

Kirby Mass Attack

System: Nintendo DS

No. of Players: 1 player

Category: Side-Scrolling, Real Time Strategy

ESRB: E for Everyone

Available: Now

The evil Necrodeus uses his magic staff to split the heroic Kirby into 10 copies of himself. Players must help Kirby return to his original form and save planet Popstar from darkness by guiding him on a quest through worlds fraught with enemies and obstacles. Players start with one Kirby and add more Kirbys to their crew by gobbling up fruit. With unique touch-screen controls, players can then use the stylus to flick Kirbys to break through obstacles, tap on enemy attackers to swarm them with Kirbys or gather Kirbys together and draw a line to carefully maneuver them in a mass. If Kirbys are knocked out, players can simply gulp down more fruit to rebuild their numbers.

“With 10 Kirbys to control, players can expect 10 times the fun,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “As consumers start thinking about games for friends and family members to enjoy this holiday season, Kirby Mass Attack is another great experience available only on Nintendo systems.”

 

Happy Feet Two – The Video Game 


System: Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and soon to Nintendo DS

No. of Players: 1 player

Publisher: Warner Bros.

Available: Autumn 2011 for PS3 Wii Xbox

November 2011 for 3DS & DS

“In Happy Feet Two – The Videogame, kids will not only love playing on their own, they will have even more fun playing side-by-side cooperatively with friends and family members, or compete in penguin dance showdowns and belly sliding races,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Production and Development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The game’s all new, controller-based dance system uses the player’s rhythm to enhance the dancing competitions, and the gameplay lets kids interact with their favourite characters from the film.”
In the game, new dangers are threatening the penguin nation, and it’s going to take everyone working – and dancing – together to save them from extinction.  Players use dance moves to recruit penguins with unique abilities that help advance the adventure, stun opponents and enemies, as well as manipulate the environment around them to solve co-operative puzzles.
For the ultimate experience, players can dance their Antarctic adventure in 3D.  The game will be available in full 3D for the Nintendo 3DS.  In the Xbox 360 and PlayStation versions, the game is made specifically for stereoscopic 3D TV sets with the ability to disable 3D functionality at any time.  The Wii and Nintendo DS versions feature traditional 2D.

 

uDraw SpongeBob’s Surf and Skate Roadtrip

System: Nintendo DS, Xbox 360

Available: 08/11/2011 for the DS and November 8th for the Xbox 360

Publisher: THQ

No. of Players: 1-2 players

ESRB: E for Everyone

Hit the sand and surf with SpongeBob and his best pal, Patrick, for some super boarding escapades! Ride mondo waves and winding waterways, and skate gnarly seaside streets and ramps for hours of challenges that’ll test your awesome boarding skills.

SpongeBob’s Surf & Skate Roadtrip is non-stop action featuring 2 modes of play” Story and Challenge. In Story Mode, SpongeBob and Patrick relive their crazy road trip to the beach through slideshows leading into arcade-style play. Freestyle your way through Challenge Mode as you, SpongeBob and his bodacious Bikini Bottom buddy explore a brand new never-before-seen world.

Key Xbox 360 Kinect Features:

  • For the first time ever, you can BE SpongeBob
  • Augmented reality—move your hand through the water and watch it splash!
  • Compete and play with friends – show off your awesome tricks and mind-blowing stunts in head-to-head play (2-player split-screen)
  • 12 awe-inspiring environments – 6 for each sport—and unlimited ways to perfect your board skills
  • 7 different challenges including Flag, Timed, Score Runs
  • Express yourself with a variety of righteous boards – earn even more awesome boards, the better you ride
  • Strike a pose: use your camera to show off gnarly moves and tricks

Key DS Features: [call out BONUS LEVEL for DS]

  • Surf and Skate across more than 24 maps
  • 2-player multi-play with Single and Multi-card gaming
  • Grab some air in 5 different victory conditions –  Score, Collectible, Combo Mayhem, Win the Race, Untouchable
  • More than 150 ways to play for unlimited hours of boarding action
  • Customize your boards with colors, stamps, wheels, fins and decks
  • Bonus Sport: Full Snowboarding level with 10 maps unlocked upon game completion

 

 

Super Mario 3D Land

System:Nintendo 3DS

Release Date:Nov 13, 2011

No. of Players:1 player

Category:Action, Platformer

Publisher:Nintendo

ESRB: E for Everyone

Get Ready for a New Spin on a Familiar Tail

Super Mario 3D Land reinvents everything fans love about Mario™ gaming with the first platforming environment in true 3D, without the need for special glasses Players will experience an exhilarating new sense of depth, distance and speed while running, jumping and stomping on enemies throughout the levels.

  • Tanooki Mario returns! The fan-favorite Tanooki suit makes its first appearance on the Nintendo 3DS. Use the Tanooki suit’s tail to attack enemies or float gently down from great heights. These abilities help players move through the 3D environments with more confidence.
  • 3D visuals make it easier for players to judge the depths and distances in their environments. Players can more accurately judge the jump to the next platform or how far Mario is from a question block.
  • New and familiar abilities add unique game-play strategies to the adventure. Mario can perform a rolling somersault attack or run fast with a dash move.
  • The Circle Pad gives players complete control to confidently move Mario through fun and challenging environments.
  • New enemies include Goombas with tails, tall stacks of Goombas and a Piranha Plant that spits ink to obscure a player’s view.

 

Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7

System: 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, PSP, Wii, X360, PSV

Available: 18/11/2011 for 3DS, DS, PC, PS3, PSP. Wii, 360 and during Q4 for the PSV

Publisher:Warner Bros.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 builds upon the magical gameplay, lessons and potion-making skills learned in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 to equip gamers with the tools necessary to challenge a host of new foes and some familiar ones (including He Who Must Not Be Named).  The upcoming title is action-packed from start to finish, including loads of new lessons, spells, and bonus content for hours of family friendly gaming.

LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 takes players through Harry Potter’s heroic adventures in the Muggle and wizarding worlds.  From Privet Drive in Little Whinging to Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and Hogwarts – plus new locations including Grimmauld Place, the Ministry of Magic, and Godric’s Hollow – players will encounter new faces, new challenges and new magic, preparing them for the ultimate face-off against Lord Voldemort™.

“In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, we are giving gamers a truly epic conclusion to the most successful movie franchise in history with delightful gameplay for fans of all ages,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “We have built upon the first game and are giving fans even more magical abilities, puzzle solving and exploration, in addition to our distinctive brand of hilarious LEGO humour and charm.”

“LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 offers Harry Potter and LEGO fans an immersive experience that is fun and accessible for players of all ages,” said Samantha Ryan, Senior Vice President, Development and Production, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “With this game, TT Games captures everything fans love about the Harry Potter universe – and adds a distinct LEGO twist.”

“This game is a game of magic! LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 distils the drama and action of Harry Potter‘s magical world, and then gives players the chance to immerse themselves in their favourite characters and environments, where they can discover new adventures and have great fun,” said Lisbeth Valther Pallesen, Executive Vice President, LEGO CED. “TT Games has successfully combined a deep appreciation of the Harry Potter story with signature LEGO humour and superior production capabilities in another fantastic LEGO video game.”

 

The Penguins of Madagascar Dr. Blowhole Returns Again!

System: Nintendo DS, Wii uDraw Xbox 360 Playstation 3

Available: Now!

Publisher: THQ

ESRB: E for Everyone

Dr. Blowhole is out to take over the world and only Team Penguin can foil his diabolical plans. Jump into an all-new adventure with 3 unique game episodes and over 12 exciting levels. Lead Skipper, Kowlaski, Rico and Private as you commence super-secret missions in, under and outside of the zoo, culminating in the grand finale in Dr. Blowhole’s Lair.

Features

  • Brand New, Original Story
  • Dr. Blowhole, the diabolical dolphin, is back with his lobster minions and a new plan for world domination and it’s up to Team Penguin to stop him from his wave of destruction.
  • Solve perilous puzzles, build crazy contraptions, nimbly navigate hazards and rescue Marlene, Mort, and the rest of the zoo crew in your mission to save the world.
  • Penguin Power!
  • Utilize each penguin’s unique abilities to overcome obstacles and solve puzzles. Use Skipper to assemble the team, Rico to regurgitate explosives, Kowalski to build devices and Private to squeeze through tight spaces – the possibilities are endless!
  • Mini-games
  • Play through a multitude of wacky mini-games, including Ninja Knock-Down, Mort Bowling and even a dance-off with everyone’s favorite lemur, King Julien.
Have a great title in your family library that everyone in your family loves? We’d love to share it with our GamerFitNation. Be sure to leave us a comment about the family friendly titles that get extra attention in your house.

Nintendo E3 Conference: A Summary

Originally posted by Sharon at GamerFitNation.com

 

Nintendo E3 Conference: A Summary

What a kick off to E3’s official day 1! Nintendo started the day with an early morning conference that had been clad with more rumors and speculation than almost any other major player at E3 this year. During the press event Nintendo talked about some things we expected and some that we didn’t. Let’s summarize just what the conference looked like.

As the Nintendo Conference began guests were treated to a full orchestra with adorning the Nokia theatre with music and video montage from various Zelda games. The tribute to Zelda continues in celebration of the  25thanniversary  of The Legend of Zelda. The entire theater was transformed into a large scale projection show. Miyamoto was introduced and spoke in English to greet the audience before calling upon the assistance of a translator.

Miyamoto shared his joy and excitement with childlike glee as we spoke about Zelda’s evolution and talked about the importance of the music in the Zelda franchise.  With the use of the orchestra Miyamoto demonstrated various uses of music in the games, for example;  opening a chest, help from  fairies, and getting an item, etc.

In honor of the anniversary Nintendo announced the release of a Zelda game for each of the hardwares. Link’s awakening is available today from the eshop.  The legend of Zelda 3d will launch next weekend around the world with revamped graphics and a new sense of scenery (and including hint movies and a boss challenge mode). Nintendo DSi will see the, 4 Swords, 4 player cooperative and Skyward Sword will be worldwide this holiday for Wii. Skyward Sword will include use of wii motion plus for accurate handling of the bow and arrow.

With the Zelda title announcements came the news that Nintendo would also be releasing a special gold wii remote as part of the 25th anniversary promotion.  But the Zelda related news didn’t end there!

A series of Legend of Zelda symphony concerts will take place in major regions around the world. More details about the specific dates and cities will be released in the future. Additionally 2 music CDs will be released.  The Ocarina of time official sound track will be gifted to the first users to register the game with club Nintendo as a thanks.  The second CD will be released in conjunction with Skyward Sword.

Nintendo then went on to recognize some of the more than 200 talented workers who have contributed to the success of the Zelda franchise over the last 25 years by inviting them on stage to be introduced and receive recognition for their success.

Nintendo then interjected with a small teaser, stating  “we have seen changes in who plays, where we play, and how we play”. Alluding to the new console that many had anticipated seeing in today’s conference Iwata then claimed that their new system, which would be “announced later this morning”, will unite all gamers.

It was then time for the 3DS portion of the presentation and the audience was shown a montage of Mario&kid Icarus&other 3ds games.

Reggie Fils-Aime, the head of Nintendo America, then took to the stage to talk 3DS. Reggie focused on a five 3DS titles:

  • MarioKart   “a kart game you haven’t driven before” is due out this holiday
  • StarFox   use buttons or turn and tilt to control. The game will offer group play (multiplayer) and the 3ds camera will record all the action, allowing you to see reactions of friends. StarFox is set for release this September.
  • Mario on 3DS which we should see “before the end of this year”.
  • Kid Icarus: Uprising. Game appeared to have a lot of depth and good graphis. The inclusing of a trading card component is coming soon to accompany the game. Kid Icarus will also be multiplayer.
  • Luigi’s Mansion 2.  Nintendo showed the trailer before explaining that this all new 3D game would include several new mansions.

3rd party development for the 3DS was then discussed and included names like: Resident Evil, Mario and Sonic Olympics, Ace Combat 3d, Tetris, Cave Story 3D, Driver: Renegade, Pacman and Galaga, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater 3D. Virtual console service just for 3ds  was also discussed. Allowing for downloads of classic Gameboy titles and classic Nintendo titles, the virtual console was promised to be easy to use. A Free 3D version of Excitbike, which is now a 27 year old title, was promised to the audience.  Pokemon for the 3DS will offer an enhanced pokedex. Pokedex 3D showed some hilarious  photoshops of you with your pokemon.

Then it was time. Nintendo Café is now known as Wii U. Wii U confused us a little bit. Everyone came into this conference expecting to see a new console but instead we were shown the Wii U controller. The Wii U controller is being released to work in conjunction with your Wii, Wiimotes, and other current Nintendo paraphernalia. But there is a console… just not yet.

The Wii U controller looks a little like like a PSVita. As a 6 point controller with built in screen, the Wii U controller includes a touch pad screen as well.  Nintendo says the controller includes “new controls for experienced players”.

With two analog sticks, digital direction pad, and DL- DR plus rumble feature, most of the specs of this system were kept vague.  The touch screen, microphone, camera, and gyroscope were all eluded to but Nintendo was clear to report that the WiiU controller was “not designed to be a portable gaming device” but that it “just shares some characteristics.” Games can use two screens at the same time and this ability was shown in a video montage that included baseball, golf, and ninja star throwing. The device will also have vcideo chat capabilities. This will be “a new structure for home entertainment” says Nintendo

 

Other notable announcements included:

Smash Brothers for wii u and 3ds and swap ability between the two.

HD video graphics – showed video clip “the garden” including a swimming fish. No word on who made the clip or for what application it was created.

Put your mii in Mario kart, race with your mii.

New shooter with wii mote as a prototype.

New title in development – Lego City Stories by Tt games, a division of Warner Brothers, being made just for WiiU.

 

Nintendo then showed a video of developers reactions to the new ‘system’ which gave us an insight into which titles would find home on the new WiiU

  • Darksiders II on the new console at launch
  • Batman arkham city on the new console
  • Ghost Recon Online with the new console.
  • EA Sports to Nintendo new console
  • Dirt, Aliens Colonial Marines.
  • Metro last light (by thq)
  • Tekken – showed character customization
  • Ninja gaiden 3 razers edge

“WiiU can satisfy all tastes” said Nintendo. They invited EA to join them onstage. CEO John Riccitiello came onstage and spoke : We have reached a “breakthrough in our relationship based on a stunning breakthrough in game technology” he said of the partnership with WiiU.

 

Reggie, in interview with Adam Sessler on G4 and with Geoff Keighly on GameTrailers talked a little bit more about the specs of the new system.

  • 1080p no price yet
  • being launched after march 31st
  • will have Internet browser – no release of other network capabilities
  • optical disc – no blue ray
  • “driven by gaming content and non gaming content”
  • “next holiday will be about the WiiU”
  • “We fully expect those [wii users] to come on board with the WiiU”
  • “Price point launch date launch line up is a topic for another day.”

 

Be sure to check back at GamerFitNation, all this week,  for more news from the E3 floor about these and other stories.

Wii U™ Tech Specs direct from Nintendo

Originally posted by Sharon at GamerFitNation.com

Wii U™ Tech Specs direct from Nintendo

  • Launches: 2012
  • Size: Approximately 1.8 inches tall, 6.8 inches wide and 10.5 inches long.
  • New Controller:    The new controller incorporates a 6.2-inch, 16:9 touch screen and traditional button controls, including two analog Circle Pads. This combination removes the traditional barriers between games, players and the TV by creating a second window into the video game world. The rechargeable controller includes a Power button, Home button, +Control Pad, A/B/X/Y buttons, L/R buttons and ZL/ZR buttons. It includes a built-in accelerometer and gyroscope, rumble feature, camera, a microphone, stereo speakers, a sensor strip and a stylus.
  • Other Controls:  Up to four Wii Remote™ (or Wii Remote Plus) controllers can be connected at once. The new console supports all Wii™ controllers and input devices, including the Nunchuk™ controller, Classic ControllerTM, Classic Controller ProTM and Wii Balance Board™.
  • Media:  A single self-loading media bay will play 12-centimeter proprietary high-density optical discs for the new console, as well as 12-centimeter Wii optical discs.
  • Video Output: Supports 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i. Compatible cables include HDMI, component, S-video and composite.
  • Audio Output: Uses AV Multi Out connector. Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.
  • Storage: The console will have internal flash memory, as well as the option to expand its memory using either an SD memory card or an external USB hard disk drive.
  • CPU: IBM Power®-based multi-core microprocessor.
  • Other: Four USB 2.0 connector slots are included. The new console is backward compatible with Wii games and Wii accessories.

Transformers: Dark of The Moon: The Ultimate Battle is Coming

New at GFN

Transformers: Dark of The Moon

Transformers: Dark of The Moon, Michael Bay’s anticipated conclusion to the blockbuster series, hits theatres July 1st in the US and fans of the series will want to be sure to pick up the upcoming  game of the same name. Published by Activision, Transformers: Dark of The Moon the game (herein referred to as DOTM) is a sequential prequel to the film and players are given the chance to  to experience the epic battles on Earth that will shape the events of the upcoming blockbuster film.

Developers High Moon Studios and Behaviour Interactive have brought us a new gameplay mechanic called Stealth Force. Players will be able to instantly convert to a third, hybrid state that combines the weapons and firepower of Robot Mode with the agility and maneuverability of Vehicle Mode. The developers didn’t forget about multiplayer;  fans can play the game with or against their friends through intense, online multiplayer game modes as iconic characters

DOTM has key features that will engage us in some really cool gameplay, features such as:

Read about the game features at GamerFitNation.com

New Article at GFN

Keeping Fit: Mind, Body, AND Soul

When we talk about being ‘fit’ it is easy to conclude that we might be talking about workouts, muscles, and getting in top physical shape. Being fit, however, is a result of exercise for the mind, body, and ‘soul’. Exploring the ways we can use technology to help us maintain and develop an overall level of fitness is exciting and fun but ultimately it is up to us to understand and exercise all areas of fitness.

Exercising the mind

We all love a good puzzle game, a good noodle scratcher, something to get the hamster running, but does this kind of mental exercise (such as a brain training game) really have merit when it comes to a fit mind?

Scientific America stated in 2009 that while nearly 50 studies of this activity had already taken place “most of these early studies were done on rodents”.  Melinda Smith, M.A. (an editorial writer with a masters degree in psychology) suggests, in a recently revised article, that physical fitness including important areas such as sleep, food, and exercise all aid in achieving fit mental health. In her article “How to Improve your memory: tips and exercised to sharpen your mind and boost brainpower” she provides similar exercises to help  memory and cognitive skills as the ones found at Lumosity.com.

Lumosity is a website offering users  fun, engaging exercises for improving the brain. Lumosity.com grounds all of its brain exercises in extensive research and cutting-edge science from around the world. Under the guidance of their Scientific Advisory Board — which includes researchers from such institutions as UCSF and Stanford — their neuroscientists design their training programs to produce noticeable cognitive benefits. Using novel, engaging and constantly adapting challenges, our exercises strategically target brain areas such as memory, attention and processing speed.

Of course I decided to give it a try. …

Read the rest of my article at GamerFitNation.com

Super Scribblenauts, Costume Quest, and the race to keep up!

If there is one thing that I both enjoy and dislike most about being me it is my uncontrollable need to do more than one thing at a time.  My current dealings in gaming are as true to that statement as is the rest of my life at the moment, but then this isn’t a blog about my personal life so let’s get to the games.

Currently I am playing two games to review for my team at GirlGamer.com

F1 2010 for the 360

and Aragorn’s Quest for the Wii.

So far I have dumped most of my time into F1 2010 as I am finding the game to be very detailed and intensive  (Be sure to check back for the link to the review here and at GirlGamer.com). The other tasks have taken to the wayside but as I got closer into the late part of October i knew there were a few items I needed to attend to for personal gaming pleasure.

A) Super Scribblenauts for the DS.  I really loved Scribblenauts when it came out, in fact you can find my impressions article archived here o, so i was very excited to hear that SUPER Scribblenauts would hit stores this month. After unsuccessful attempts to acquire a review copy of the game I went out and picked up the game on release day in support of the game and the creative awesomeness that developed it.  Being the only person in the store not buying the new Medal of Honor,  I decided this was a great time to take care of October item number two.

B) Costume Quest. THQ/ Double Fine’s Costume Quest looks like the kind of game I will thoroughly enjoy not only due to my love of Halloween.

” In the game, the player controls a child that is trick-or-treating with his or her younger sibling on Halloween night when they encounter a monster that kidnaps the sibling, thinking the candy-corn outfit is really candy. The player must travel around the local neighborhood collecting items for their costume, fellows children as companions and candy in order to face the monster and retrieve the sibling. The costume aspects are used in battle segments, where the player character and companions are transformed into the monsters and creatures they are dressed as to fight other monsters.”

Costume quest is downloadable on October 20th through Xboxlive Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points and so in preparation I picked up my points card for just such a title.

So in the coming weeks while my blog and presence slow down you can rest assured that i am diligently keeping abreast of the news and titles that are in your focus.  I too am interested in the new MOH, and Black OPS the newest COD edition, and of course AC Brotherhood as it runs through beta for PSplus subscribers and will keep you aprised as best i can.

For best results please be sure to add me on twitter at @myasharona and as always feel free to drop me a line, I would love to hear about what you are playing waiting for and looking forward to!

 

Packing up for the big move! 1.5 weeks left...ahhh!