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New Info on Wii Zapper


Written By: Travis Johnson


Nintendo announced in a press release today that the Wii Zapper (apparently the name is here to stay) interface for the hit Wii home video game system will come packed with [i]Link's Crossbow Training[/i].  The software is based on the hugely popular [i]Legend of Zelda[/i] series and provides a perfect demonstration of the way the Wii Zapper could be used in other games.  The Wii Zapper casing houses both the motion-sensitive Wii Remote and Nunchuk controllers in a single unit for precision targeting.  It goes on sale Nov. 19 for $19.99.

"The Wii Zapper combines our remarkable controllers into one housing with a classic style reminiscent of arcade-style games," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Both veteran and first-time players will find it brings a whole new dimension to games where targeting is key and provides even more exciting game-play experiences."

[i]Link's Crossbow Training[/i] drops players into a world in the style of [i]The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess[/i].  Players assume the identity of hero Link, who progresses through a series of tests to perfect his crossbow marksmanship.  Start with stationary bull's-eyes and graduate to moving targets before defending Link against all kinds of enemies.

Third-party publishers have lined up to support the Wii Zapper.  EA's [i]Medal of Honor Heroes 2[/i] lets players take World War II into their hands with the Wii Zapper.  The game features an all-new Wii-exclusive Arcade Mode that offers accessibility to gamers of all skill levels, a full single-player campaign and support for up to 32 players in multiplayer.  Capcom's [i]Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles[/i] reveals the back story behind the fall of the Umbrella Corporation by exploring locations from [i]Resident Evil 0, 1, 2[/i] and [i]3[/i], as well as new never-before-seen locations like Umbrella's stronghold.  One or two players use the Wii Zapper to take aim against a horde of zombies in first-person perspective.  SEGA's [i]Ghost Squad[/i] lets players replicate the arcade light-gun experience at home with the Wii Zapper.

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