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E3 2009

Metroid

As the closer to its E3 press conference today, Nintendo revealed that it is working with Team Ninja to create a harder-edge first party game for the Wii. The result: Metroid: Other M.

The new Metroid game will be out in 2010, and promises to "take you deeper into Samus' story and further into Metroid universe," according to Reggie Fils-Aime.

More info as we get it.

Mario Hails A Cab

It was the biggie that Mario fans were hoping for, and Nintendo delivered. At its E3 press conference, Nintendo officially announced Super Mario Galaxy 2 and revealed a new game play trailer as well.

No release date was mentioned, but fans have to be happy to see two brand new Mario games finally heading to the Wii.

Update: We caught up with Bill Trinen, a senior marketing manager at Nintendo, and he promised that Super Mario Galaxy 2 is an entirely new game, not a re-hash of an older game... but, when asked about online play, Trinen replied: "No Comment."

Question MarkYou can't say Nintendo doesn't surprise.  At its E3 press event today, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced an interesting new peripheral: The Wii Vitality Sensor. The thing clips onto your thumb and keeps track of your pulse, thus giving you visual representation of your own emotions.

Wow.

According to Iwata, the Vitality Sensor will allow gamers to "achieve greater relaxation," and "Let people unwind or even make it easier to fall asleep."

I'm sort of speechless.

While it isn’t necessarily the kind of earth-shaking news you'd expect/want from an E3 press conference, it’s certainly good to know that Nintendo plans to bring several new RPGs to Wii and DS by the end of the year and beyond.

For the DS, players can expect Kingdom Hearts (Sept. 29), Mario and Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story (Fall 2009), and Golden Sun (2010). Square Enix’s Final Fantasy: Crystal Bearers, which has been out for a couple years in Japan, will be hitting the Wii sometime by the end of 2009.

Many of these titles will be available on display on the show floor, so stay tuned for hands-on impressions over the next few days.

UbisoftAt its E3 press conference today, Nintendo showed off a first look at intriquing new Nintendo DS Game C.O.P: The Recruit.

According to Nintendo, the Ubisoft-developed game is geared toward fans of "gritty, open-world gaming." You'd think Nintendo might have learned something about the handheld audience's feelings toward gritty, urban drama from the non-success of GTA: Chinatown Wars. Afterall, if the Grand Theft Auto name and Chinatown Wars' solid gameplay didn't sell units, I'm not sure what will. It will be interesting to see how this one sells.  What about you, are you going to check it out?

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Super Mario Bros. Wii

It's official. Nintendo has just announced that New Super Mario Bros. is heading to the Wii by the end of the year. While the game features an updated and slicker looking presentation, the big innovation is the inclusion of four-player co-op.

It's hard to believe that this is the only Mario announcement coming from Nintendo today, so stay tuned.


Wii FitAt its E3 2009 press conference, Nintendo revealed a new Wii Fit game. Wii Fit Plus uses the Wii Balance Board and features work-out plans, and mini-games. It will be out in Fall, 2009.

Interestingly, Nintendo exec Cammie Dunaway, pointed out that many analysts consider the Wii Balance Board a separate game system. It has sold over 15 million units, so, according to Dunaway, "that's ranks it among whole other game systems."

Was this a dig at Sony's or Microsoft's sales?

Nintendo To Reveal A New Mario Game At E3 Press Conference?There’s nothing better than picking up on a rumor, knowing that it will either be confirmed or denied sometime the same day. It just makes the whole process easier to handle. Anyway, the Los Angeles Times reports that word ‘round the E3 '09 campfire is that Nintendo (rather unsurprisingly) plans to reveal a new Mario game at its E3 press conference today.

Rumors of a new Mario and a new Wii Fit game have been circulating for a few days now, thanks to a report in Japan’s Nikkei newspaper last week. But the LA Times Ben Fritz seems to believe that Mario is a sure thing, and I don't really doubt it.

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Jay-ZWhen they said E3 was returning to its past glory, they were not just blowing smoke. This year, E3's star power has been heaviest in the music department. At theMicrosoft event yesterday, the surviving Beatles (Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr) were joined by Yoko Ono and Dhani Harrison (George's son) to hawk The Beatles: Rock Band.

Is that lineup a little too classic rock for you? How about this: Superstars Eminem and Jay-Z played a secret show at L.A.'s Wiltern theater to hype up upcoming turntablism simulator DJ Hero last night. Sadly, I was unable to make the show -- Em forgot to blow up my pager --  but hopefully other G4-ians were on hand and we'll let you in on all the details of how this most unusual concert went down.

James CameronDirector James Cameron (Titanic, Terminator) was on hand at Ubisoft's press conference yesterday, and the well-known director spoke at length about his team-up with Ubisoft for the Avatar game. According to Cameron, it's the world's first stereoscopic, 3D video game...plus it has gigantic blue people. How can it miss?

We've been hearing about Avatar for a while now, and no video was shown at the press event... but, according to Ubisoft, the game will be available in demo form next week. No word on whether you'll need 3D glasses to play it, but even if I have to track down a pair, it'll be worth it to play Avatar, and check out the "convergence between games and film" that Ubisoft was hawking at its press conference.

Microsoft made a smart move in the social networking space yesterday, announcing ways to interact with both Facebook and Twitter through Xbox Live. I had a chance to speak with Facebook's head of platform Ethan Beard moments after the conference wrapped, who told me yesterday's announcement didn't mean Facebook was tied to Xbox 360. He wants to see Facebook everywhere.

"Absolutely, yeah, definitely -- we'd like to see Facebook [on other platforms]," said Beard.

Beard couldn't speak to any specific details for PlayStation 3 and Wii, but the open sourced nature of Facebook's Facebook Connect service means even if Facebook wasn't involved in the development, Nintendo and Sony could build something on their on.

"I'd like to go back to Facebook's mission," said Bears, "which is giving people the power to share and making the world more open and connected. We don't think the only place people want to share is Face book.com and only on a PC -- people want to share information from anywhere and they want to consume that from anywhere. And, really, when we talk about the world more open and connected, it doesn't mean the world of people that are sitting in front of a computer screen. We want to be able to push Facebook through any platform and wherever people want to be able to share."

Sony and Nintendo -- it's your move.

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At its E3 press event today, Ubisoft spent a lot of time talking about the convergence of movies and video games. Seriously, Ubi spent a lot of time on this subject, whether it was top brass from the company or director James Cameron talking Avatar. But one announcement got a little lost in the shuffle -- Ubisoft is developing a Tin Tin video game.

Tin Tin, a greatly beloved children's character in Ubisoft's native land of France, will star in upcoming movie Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn as well as an accompanying video game. Ubisoft's Montpellier studio will work with legendary director and producer Steven Spielberg, and producers Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy, to develop a "unique and thrilling game" that is closely tied to the upcoming motion picture.

Sadly for Tin Tin fans, there's a fair amount of waiting in front of you. Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn isn't scheduled to hit American theaters until December 23, 2011...so mark your calendar now. But if the game comes close to capturing the wonder of the best Spielberg movies and Tin Tin comics, it will be more than worth the wait.

No word yet on platforms, game type or, really, anything else.

At its press conference today, Ubisoft announced that it will be releasing No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle for the Wii. The game, created by Goichi Suda (Suda 51) and developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, will continue the story begun in award-winning Wii title No More Heroes.

According to Ubisoft, No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle's protaganist Travis Touchdown finds himself at the bottom of the UAA (United Assassins Association) rankings and must wage war to become the No. 1 assassin once again. Among the game's features: The ability to wield not one, but two swords as well as face multiple bosses at the same time. Hey, that's twice the sword-wielding, and that's what I call awesome.

Most serious gamers regard No More Heroes as among the best Wii games ever released, so the release of the sequel is sure to garner mucho excitement and joy.  It's coming in "early 2010."

Check out the official No More Heroes 2 homepage for more details.




You excited about the upcoming (and seemingly excellent) DJ Hero from Activision? Of course you are! Be sure to tune into G4 tomorrow for a brilliant demo where you'll see the game in action and get some new details on this innovative music title. G4's DJ Hero demo will air around 11:15AM EST. You definitely don't want to miss this one.

If you happened to be too busy...I don't know...working or going to school and you missed today's E3 2009 press conferences then have no fear! G4tv.com is here to save the day. In addition to watching today's press conferences, you can also relive the live commentary that TheFeed's Brian Leahy and I were writing as the pressers went down.

Personally, I thought Microsoft and EA performed well today. Certainly there were some aspects of their respective pressers that I wanted more from, but for the most part they maximized their E3 time. As for Ubisoft...I wish I had those two hours of my life back. Some of it was so bad that it was funny -- in fact, some of it was so bad that you should watch it!

Here are the links to today's press conferences:

Microsoft

Electronic Arts

Ubisoft

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