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Nintendo Brings Mario and More at E3

Mario Galaxy 2 Announced





Nintendo saved their biggest announcement for last at this morning's E3 press conference, unveiling the first full sequel to a 3D Mario game on the same system: Mario Galaxy 2.

From the trailer on show, it appears to be the same deal as the first game. Planetoids you run around, 3D puzzles, unique mechanics on various levels, flying pirate ships and, yes, bee suits.

The graphics have seen a slight improvement from the looks of things, with nicer grass, but yeah, expect more Mario Galaxy. Just newer.

No details on a release date (or any other new features) yet, but we might get that later in the week.

New Metroid Game Announced





Nintendo will be teaming up with the remains of Tecmo's Team Ninja to bring us an all-new Metroid title for the Wii: Metroid Other M.

Due in 2010, the game looks a blend of first and third-person gameplay (clip showed much more third than first-person), with shooting sequences mixed with old-fashioned Metroid platforming.

The game also features some shiny, animated cutscenes, giving the series a somewhat fresher, newer look.

The Wii Vitality Sensor Seems...Nice





Nintendo announces the Wii Vitality Sensor, a device that attaches to the tip of the player's finger that measures their vital signs and helps them relax.

It sounds like one of those biorhythm reading machines you find in dirty bowling alley arcades, though as a Nintendo Wii product it is of course pristine and white. The device was presented by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata at the company's 2009 E3 press conference, following a brief speech about the difficulty of video games. Without actually tying things together, he explained that the new device lets you see the information relating to the "inner world" of your body in order to achieve greater relaxation. The device attaches to the bottom of the Wii remote and then clips onto your finger.

It sounds like it could be used to measure stress levels via pulse rates, with the data then used to adjust game difficulty. That, or Nintendo just wants to see if we will pay them money to let us pinch our fingers.

Iwata presented the device and then left, making no mention of when it would arrive, how it would arrive, or even if it would arrive. Good old Nintendo-branded strangeness.

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