SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nintendo President Satoru Iwata today revealed surprises for consumers
and an expanded palette of video game development opportunities for the
industry during his keynote address at the Game Developers Conference.
Iwata announced a new storage solution for Nintendo’s Wii™
home console and showed video highlights of a new Nintendo DS™
game from The Legend of Zelda™ franchise.
Video game developers now have expanded opportunities given that
worldwide shipments for the Wii system surpassed 50 million units and
worldwide shipments for the Nintendo DS franchise are at more than 100
million units. Iwata said, “It is in the power of game developers to
invent things that gamers have never seen – or even imagined – before.”
Nintendo also noted several key initiatives that are on the way for
consumers, some of which are available at the Nintendo GDC booth.
The new portable Nintendo DSi system goes on sale in the United States
on April 5. For the first six months after launch, consumers who buy
the system and connect to the Nintendo DSi Shop will automatically
receive 1,000 Nintendo DSi Points, which can be redeemed for
downloadable Nintendo DSiWare™ games and applications
through the Nintendo DSi Shop. In order to receive the free Nintendo
DSi Points, consumers must access the Nintendo DSi Shop by Oct. 5,
2009, and the Nintendo DSi Points can be redeemed at any time after
that (wireless broadband access required).
Similar to how the WiiWare™ service works in the Wii Shop
Channel, the Nintendo DSi Shop will feature a variety of downloadable
Nintendo DSiWare™ games and applications. These games and
applications will be available at four different price categories:
free, 200 points, 500 points, and 800+ points. Consumers can purchase
Nintendo DSi Points in the Nintendo DSi Shop with a credit card or by
purchasing a Nintendo Points Card™ at retail locations for
redemption in the Nintendo DSi Shop. All points from one Nintendo
Points Card will need to be redeemed at the Nintendo DSi Shop.
Nintendo Points Card will start to become available at select retail
locations beginning Apr. 5.
Iwata gave conference attendees a glimpse into some of the upcoming
Nintendo DSiWare games and applications such as Moving Memo (name not
final) and WarioWare™: Snapped!. Moving Memo
(name not final) lets users create animated digital flipbooks of their
own design, while WarioWare™: Snapped! uses
Nintendo DSi Camera functionality for a fresh gaming experience.
On the show floor, conference attendees are able to experience some of
the Nintendo DSiWare games and applications that will be available
soon. Bird & Beans™ and Art Style™:
Aquia™ are fun mini games that will be perfect to play
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The new The Legend of Zelda™: Spirit Tracks game that
Iwata announced will utilize the intuitive touch control of Phantom
Hourglass in an all new adventure that will please longtime Zelda™
fans while keeping the game accessible to all DS owners. The concept
behind this Zelda game includes utilizing a steam locomotive to travel
around the world, switching Phantom and Link to explore the dungeons,
and solving puzzles using new items.
As the library of downloadable WiiWare and Virtual Console™
games continues to grow, Wii owners have asked Nintendo to provide
easy, expanded storage space. Starting today, Wii owners will be able
to save downloaded WiiWare, Virtual Console video games, and Channels
directly to High Capacity SD cards, in addition to SD memory cards. To
play games that have been saved to SD cards, consumers will be able to
select and launch them from an SD Menu icon on the Wii Menu. (Note
that when launching games or channels from an SD card, an equivalent
amount of internal Wii memory is required. To clear space from the
internal memory, users can transfer games or channels from the Wii
Menu to the SD card). This feature is included in the latest
version of the Wii System Menu Update, which owners will receive
immediately after performing a system update today.
Gamers will be glad to have that additional storage space, as the
Virtual Console will expand to include the arcade versions of classic
third-party games like STARFORCE by Tecmo Ltd., and Mappy,
Gaplus and Tower of Druaga by Namco Bandai Games Inc.
Upcoming games Punch-Out!!™ and Excitebots™:
Trick Racing are available to play at Nintendo’s booth. Excitebots:
Trick Racing, a new and refreshing take on the classic Excitebike™
series from the arcade and NES™ days, is slated to launch
on April 20, while a new game in the classic Punch-Out!! series
will be on store shelves on May 18.
To highlight new development opportunities for independent developers,
Iwata unveiled a game for the WiiWare downloadable game service called Rock
N’ Roll Climber™, which uses the Wii Balance Board™
accessory to help users simulate the experience of rock climbing. The
game is being developed by Vitei.
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. For more information about Nintendo,
About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of
interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan,
manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™
and Nintendo DS™ systems. Since 1983, when it launched the
Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than
2.8 billion video games and more than 485 million hardware units
globally, including the current-generation Wii and Nintendo DS, as well
as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™,
Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™. It has also
created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such
as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™
and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America
Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s
operations in the Western Hemisphere. For more information about
Nintendo, visit the company’s Web site at www.nintendo.com.
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