Coming Soon: Wii Resort, Wii Music and Clone Wars

E3 2008

Showing off what the new advanced Wii MotionPlus attachment can do: Wii Sports Resort. The first activity Nintendo demonstrated: Disc Dog, chuck a Frisbee at the beach and watch your digital mutt run after it. Next was basically a tribute to the old Nintendo game, Wave Runner.

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After that, it's time for a little fencing. Whether goofing around in single-player or going toe-to-toe with a buddy, it looks like fun. And it looks like original titles from the Wii lineup, like the sword-swinging Red Steel might benefit from this plug-in. Well, I can hope.

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Now here's a thought. You know how Rock Band sells that illusion of being a real drummer? Yeah, well, Nintendo is getting into the action with the release of Wii Music which is slated to hit this fall. And it uses all the peripherals that you might already have. Want to play the drums? Whip out the balance board as your kick drum and start hitting the skins with your WiiMote. Feel like getting a little bluesy with a saxophone?

Hold the WiiMote by itself like you're about to blow into it and hit the buttons. Most music games have you hitting buttons to a rhythm and following buttons on-screen to recreate music. You get maybe 4 different instruments. Actually, there are about 50 different instruments : Piano, Violin, taiko drums, a rock drum kit, and of course a guitar.

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I always joke about how Rock Band is teaching me how to play drums, but WiiMusic actually will do that. One mode in the game will actually serve as a trainer for using a virtual kit on WiiMusic. Will it pay off after the lessons? I dunno, but that is probably the one part of the game I'm looking forward to the most is the drum section the rest....eh, I'm not looking forward to the cowbell (and no, I'm not joking about that).

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On the Wii, we know of a couple other games that Nintendo wanted to show off from third party developers: Instead of having a number of new games, Nintendo is only showing off three that take unique advantage of the Wii. For starters, Star Wars: The Clone Wars -- tied with the upcoming movie (and TV series), you use the WiiMote like a light saber while doing battle. Dur! That has got to be the most obvious application since the Wii came out. Thankfully, It looks promising. Danny and I plan to take turns as Sith Lords later.

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Another head-slapper is Shaun White's Snowboarding game. It works with the balance board feature - not a huge shock. In fact, Danny and I had a running bet expecting more games that'll take full advantage of the balance board.

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I guess that'll come soon enough. Also shown off during the presser....a new Rayman Raving Rabbids game (Not much a huge shock since this series has been great for the Wii since its launch) and Call of Duty: World at War (Not much of a shock because that game shows up on every platform known to man).

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