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Nintendo is in the race

Nintendo is in the race

Molly Wood Former Executive Editor
Molly Wood was an executive editor at CNET, author of the Molly Rants blog, and host of the tech show, Always On. When she's not enraging fanboys of all stripes, she can be found offering tech opinions on CBS and elsewhere, and offering opinions on everything else to anyone who will listen.
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OK, first, the bad news: no launch date, no pricing for the Nintendo Wii. Nevertheless, Nintendo's E3 press conference this morning was a high-energy, high-drama demonstration of everything the Wii can do (and I admit it, the name is growing on me). Compared to Sony's demonstration of its motion-sensing controller, it's clear that Nintendo has been working on its version for much longer, and has plans for a much wider array of gameplay and shared experiences. Nintendo announced a Wii Sports pack that will be available at launch and will contain tennis, golf, and baseball games. Also announced were three new franchises for Wii, all obviously built around the new controller functions: Excite Truck, a driving game; Project H.A.M.M.E.R., which seems to consist of you swinging your controller to knock things over; and Disaster: Day of Crisis, which is apparently in game form (fun!). For Nintendo lovers (and there were many in the audience), they announced and showed a demo of a new version of Zelda, featuring controller-controlled (it makes sense, I swear) bow-and-arrow targeting and other features.