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The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco attracts the top creative minds in the video game industry. With that audience on hand, Nintendo announces news that reinforces its commitment to provide entertaining and enriching experiences for veteran and new gamers alike. WiiWare™, Nintendo's new downloadable game service, launches May 12 and expands development opportunities for developers the same way Wii™ expanded the world of video game players. Wii Fit™, the upcoming title for Wii, launches May 19 and introduces the Wii Balance Board™ peripheral. And Super Smash Bros.® Brawl draws in fans of all kinds.
"We are excited to participate in the Game Developers Conference this year to share with developers and consumers alike our upcoming unique services and products," said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "We are hopeful that they will appreciate our offerings of WiiWare, Wii Fit and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, which represent a trio that will continue to attract new players to the world of video games."
At the conference, Nintendo speakers will outline a number of plans for the coming months on their respective panels:

WiiWare: Nintendo's upcoming WiiWare changes the way both developers create and consumers access video games. Through WiiWare, Nintendo hopes to offer developers a virtual laboratory that serves as a breeding ground for new games, which encourages great ideas that creators always wanted to develop. The combination of low development barriers and unique game experiences found only on Wii should enable developers to try new ideas with lower risk in a quicker, more creative and affordable way.

Meanwhile Wii owners can download a multitude of cool new games from different genres, including some that are unprecedented, which can be purchased from home at a dynamic price range. WiiWare also empowers consumers to determine with their Wii Points which games have the right stuff to become the next big thing.

WiiWare will be a repository for all types of experiences – literally, something for everyone. Early WiiWare games will come from celebrated developers like Square Enix, which is creating FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King, a simulation game for all ages. Also watch for games from up-and-coming developers like Frontier with its fresh, enchanting platform adventure LostWinds and a new episodic game series from Telltale. The first U.S. WiiWare games will be available on May 12.

Wii Fit: Wii Fit demonstrates Nintendo's commitment to gamers of all kinds. It combines fun and fitness for every member of the family to keep active and play together. Wii Fit launches May 19 in the United States and comes with the weight-and-motion-sensing Wii Balance Board that Nintendo representatives demonstrated could hold great promise for future game development as well. Third-party publishers are already working on new games and applications that will make use of the Wii Balance Board. Additionally, Wii Fit includes access to the Wii Fit Channel, an interactive channel that lets users check in each day to track their fitness progress through weight and BMI. In Japan, Wii Fit has sold more than 1.4 million units since its Dec. 1 launch.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl: This action game launches March 9. With dozens of characters, settings, options and ways to play, it has something for everyone. The game includes characters from all across the Nintendo universe. The previous installment in the franchise went on to become the best-selling game of all time for Nintendo GameCubeâ„¢.

Remember that Wii features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about this and other Wii features, visit Wii.com.
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Cool, can't wait to smash brothers comes out, that was the best game on gamecube! And then mariokart looks awesome too, but *** is wii fit?! "Fun and fitness for every member of the family", what its a fitness program on the wii? Firstly why would you want to do that on a games console, and secondly how is waving a stick in the air going to keep you fit. What a strange thing to release
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Cool, can't wait to smash brothers comes out, that was the best game on gamecube! And then mariokart looks awesome too, but *** is wii fit?! "Fun and fitness for every member of the family", what its a fitness program on the wii? Firstly why would you want to do that on a games console, and secondly how is waving a stick in the air going to keep you fit. What a strange thing to release

The balance board that launches alongside Wii Fit is what you use... and it has some things you can do to exercise with the balance board...I think it's like mild yoga and stuff.

Considering they're putting them in nursing homes and whatnot for old people to have fun too, I don't see anything wrong with it.
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Ahh I didn't realise they were releasing them in homes like that, still, its target community is young kids and families and thats why I thought it was strange to release something like that on a games console. I just think any decent parents would encourage their kids to participate in sports and play outside, not have a workout on a console, that I can't imagine being very good for you considering you're going to be relatively stationary anyway.

Sorry I don't mean to offend
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sounds like cool stuff coming for the wii. Still not sad I sold mine tho.
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the wii is a good console, i don't understand all the bashing?
    
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Oooo WiiWare

Sounds a lot like the XBLA.

Wii Fit looks cool actually, I mean, whats the harm of another place of input for the player. Think of games that might use the Wiimote AND the balance board. Then ducking and dodging a certain direction would actually mean something.
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Why do I see a deluge of only-slightly-better-than-shockwave.com games?
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Why do I see a deluge of only-slightly-better-than-shockwave.com games?
Because the average consumer will eat up the interactivity. Do you think the average five year old will have a fit? Do you think the rehabilitating seniors at homes will care? Do you think the casual gamer who hasn't played anything since SNES, or less than that will care? People really are into the physicality of the games.

I have both a Wii and a PS3 and don't particularly mind this: the Wii isn't meant to appeal to the same community as the PS3/360/PC. I mean, nobody will complain about games like Mario Kart/SSBB (woot), but there's a reason that there's a big overlap in games between the Wii and the last-gen PS2. The one facet for which I'm concerned is the praise the Wii is getting from some of the higher ups in Sony (maybe Microsoft too?). I hope they don't misunderstand the sales, and go for the same niche in the market when XBox 1080 (I like that name ) and PS4 come out in four or so years.
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Who cares, the Wii is dead to me. The second they announced that the online play is going to pay to play the Wii died.

You think casual gamers are going to pay to play online?
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