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Tim 07-11-2007 03:21 PM

Three new Nintendo goodies for the WII

Let's not bandy about here, we're pretty much God's gift to green shell snipes, and hook us up with a few red shells and perhaps a banana or two and you can pretty much kiss your Flower Cup goodbye. Nintendo just announced some extensive online functionality for its upcoming Wii-based Mario Kart title, including an undisclosed amount of "more" online competitors, which is always a plus. Nintendo is also packing a free Wii Wheel with each copy of the game to help ease the newbs into the Kart action. No word on how much the new wheel will cost on its own, but we'll be seeing both it and Mario Kart in the first quarter of 2008.

It took them a while, but Nintendo is finally busting out its Wii Zapper accessory for housing the Wiimote and Nunchaku in a FPS-friendly shell. It'll be out this year, shipping for free with a "far along" unannounced title from Nintendo, and selling stand alone at retail for $20. Other games with announced compatibility include "Ghost Squad," "Medal of Honor" with 32 person online matches, and "Resident Evil: Umbrella Chronicles." More pics after the break.


Nintendo's Wii Zapper and Wii Wheel are great and all, but what's really going to get those casual gamers flocking is this here Wii Fit game and its accompanying controller. A sort of Wii counterpart to Nintendo's brain-sharpening DS thrust, the Wii Balance Board is a Reebok Step look-alike, with dual sensors that can detect your weight and balance on each side as you exercise to the various on-screen Wii activities in Wii Fit. The board is wireless, and holds the potential of full-body games involving the Wiimote and the Wii Balance Board simultaneously. If you've had enough gaming, you can also have the Balance Board diagnose your body mass index. Or not. No word on when these two will launch, or for how much. Plenty of action shots after the break.

oppar 07-11-2007 03:26 PM

I love the gun thingy.

Dunno about the steering wheel. It's probably very cheap but it's lacking the basics such as pedals.

edit: and the board thing looks quite boring.

Tim 07-11-2007 03:27 PM

the gun looks cool and the wheel looks tiny but the board does look bland.

Mjuboy 07-11-2007 11:22 PM

The video of the Wii Board looks quite cool, but I doubt that it will be so responsive in real life.

The steering wheel looks okay I guess.

The Zapper should be cool too, maybe they'll develop games specially for it.

Edit: Just watched the Zapper video, looks good.

Larry Novellino 07-12-2007 01:18 PM


Originally Posted by Mjuboy
The video of the Wii Board looks quite cool, but I doubt that it will be so responsive in real life.

The one where you balance the ball in to the hole could be entertaining if it has multiple levels with different skills, etc.

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