Animal Crossing is on of the main Nintendo franchises that many a gamer has been waiting to see hit Wii since the console launched. We were able to catch up with Janet Braulio of Nintendo to get a look at some of the gameplay features, WiiSpeak integration, as well as what we can expect with the game drops this November. This is definitely one we are looking forward to getting our hands on.
Asfar as what sets this apart from other Animal Crossing experences you may have had in the past, Katsuya Eguchi, leader of Animal Crossing’s production development, stated, “someone could send a letter from their cellphone or from an email address on a PC to the Wii, and then the player living in the town in Animal Crossing could receive that letter.” In another interview with IGN, Katsuya Eguchi also discussed how his team continues exploring potential ways to take advantage of the WiiConnect24 feature such as allowing friends to visit other towns or leave messages while the machine is in standby mode.
You can pick up Animal Crossing: City Folk in the US on November 16.
While we admit that some of us are overly pacifistic, we figure it is better to take your anger out on a video game than life. The Pega Shark Light Gun for Wii is 8.9 x 2.99 x 1.69-inches and weighs a mere 8.57 oz. Its trigger takes the place of the B key, while the functions of the others remain the same. Pega suggests that during a gunfight you use the nunchuck and Shark Gun together. The controller is available for only $10.86, less if you buy in quantity with your buds.
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Sanyo has unveiled their Contactless Charger Set for the Wii controller. Place your remote into the stand and it will charge in about 220 minutes. Licensed by Nintendo, the device can handle up to 4 controllers sequentially. The custom nickel-metal hydride batteries will last for about 6.5 hours of play. Available in Japan August 25, the set includes a battery pack, charger, and AC adapter. We suspect it won’t be long before every gamer can have one.
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We were checking out the new Xbox 360 Experience Dashboard, when who should walk in but Reggie Fils-Aimé, CEO of Nintendo of America? Gear Live caught him earlier at the Nintendo E3 Media Briefing, and we managed to capture a few quick shots of Reggie checking out what’s new in Xbox.
Best part of the whole thing was how the Microsoft peeps were rushing to get photos of him and were almost bending over backwards to cater to him. They even asked if he would make an Xbox Avatar of himself, but as you hear in the video, he declines because he “has to scoot.”
At E3 2008, Nintendo put on quite a show at their keynote. Among the announcements were Wii Sports Resort, a sequel to the much acclaimed Wii Sports, Wii Music, a music creator with no talent required. Also featured were Shaun White Snowboarding and Rayman Raving Rabbids TV Party, Grand Theft Auto Chinatown, Animal Crossing Cityfolk, Guitar Hero On Tour, Spore Creatures, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and a new Pokemon game.
Nintendo also announced new accessories, the Wii MotionPlus, an add-on to the Wii Remote that adds real-to-life motion sensing; and WiiSpeak, a set-top microphone that enables audio chat in online multiplayer games. Check out the video for the highlights, and don’t forget, we put up a full gallery of the event as well.
We are hard at work on getting our Nintendo video wrap-up posted, but in the meantime, we figured we’d hook you up with a massive image gallery featuring the highlights of the presentation. Within the images you will find shots of Animal Crossing: Town Folk, Call of Duty: World at War, Wii Sports Resort, and more. We’ve also got images of the Wii MotionPlus and WiiSpeak accessories. All in all, we’ve got over 70 images for you to check out and enjoy, so head on over to our Nintendo E3 2008 gallery.
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Logitech has unveiled their Cordless Keyboard for Wii. Licensed by Nintendo, it is designed for chatty games and the Wii Internet Channel. At a size of 11.85 x 6.57 x 0.87 inches, the keyboard has special keys such as Zoom In/Out, Forward/Back, and Quit. Plug in the mini-receiver and let the games begin and, when you are done, the receiver snaps into the back of the keyboard. Look for an August debut with a price of $49.99.
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Right before this morning’s Xbox Media Briefing here at E3 2008, Nintendo announced the new Wii Motion Plus controller add-on. Basically, Wii MotionPlus is an accessory that attaches to the end of the Wii Remote, allowing it to more accurately trace motion in 3D space by constantly monitoring and orienting the controller. Every movement you make with the WiiMote is rendered indentically onscreen, resulting in true 1:1 response. Basically, the device gives you the Wii Remote as it should have been since the start.
See the full release from Nintendo themselves after the jump. We are sure we will be seeing at least one title tomorrow morning that supports the new accessory during the Nintendo Media Briefing.
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Yeah, Gear Live is going to be covering E3 in full effect once again this year, and we want to know what you want to see us cover. We will be hitting you with daily video coverage of all the cool stuff we find, and we will also be at the Nintendo, Xbox, and Sony Media Briefings as well. What are you looking forward to?
You’ve gotta love the ideas that spawn from the gaming community. Piggybacking off the wonderful Child’s Play charity which was started by Penny Arcade, a trio of gamers have decided to band together and play through all Super Mario games over the course of the weekend to raise money for the worthy cause. Not only that, but they are doing it live. You can just hit the play button above to check out their live Super Mario Marathon stream. You get to see John, Dan, and Brian sitting around and chatting, and the game video and audio are even present as well. They started with Super Mario Bros., and will be playing right through to Super Mario Galaxy. That’s seven games in fifty-five hours. Epic.
We’ve already donated, and we think you should too. It’s a fun and creative way to bring attention to Child’s Play.
Good job, guys.
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