On July 23, Nintendo will be transforming a slice of New York City into an island getaway to celebrate the launch of the much anticipated Wii Sports Resort™. From 9AM to 3PM, anyone who visits this Military Island in Times Square will be treated to a mini “vacation” courtesy of Nintendo, complete with a sandy beach, swimming pool and tropical (nonalcoholic) lounge — all smack dab in the middle of the city — plus a chance to play Wii Sports Resort before its official U.S. July 26 release date.
Adding to the excitement, actor Chace Crawford will be making an appearance.
Adults, kids, seniors, families, tourists, New Yorkers and consumers of all kinds are welcome to attend.
Last Friday marked the start of the second annual Mario Marathon, a multi-day event benefiting Child’s Play Charity, which supports children’s hospitals world wide by donating toys, games and books. Last year, the marathon lasted 57 hours, attracted 100,000 viewers and raised $12,000 for Child’s Play.
Here’s a clip, but if you want to donate this year, don’t delay. The marathon runs through July 15.
Built in “Demo Play” - Coming Soon to a Game Near You
Starting later this year with the release of New Super Mario Bros. Wii, players will be able to pause, let the game take over in order to complete a particularly difficult level, and then resume playing. Insiders are saying that this will “reduce the barrier of entry” and expand game audiences by not having to buy a cheat guide or visit a cheat site.
Last month, USA Today interviewed Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto, who confirmed this optional feature called “demo play” (tentative name).
“In New Super Mario Bros. Wii, if a player is experiencing an area of difficulty, this will allow them to clear troubled areas and take over when they’re ready…. And yes, we’re looking into this for future games, too.”
Built in cheats - brilliant or disastrous? Either way, the PS3 and XBox won’t be far behind and that spells trouble for cheat sites.
Wii Sports Resort is a new collection of fun sports games that anyone can pick up and play. This sequel to the popular Wii Sports™ makes use of the Wii MotionPlus accessory, which is intended to give players a more responsive and realistic experience. The Wii MotionPlus accessory, which is included with Wii Sports Resort, plugs into the base of the Wii Remote™ controller and, combined with the accelerometer and sensor bar, provides an experience that gives players an even greater sense of immersion.