Nintendo Enters the Sports World in a Big Way
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Nintendo's planning to planning to use real world sporting events as venues to promote the DS and the Wii by offering a variety of games for spectators to play. Their first objective is to follow the PGA tour and there will be units set-up for Wii Sports Golf and Tiger Woods PGA Tour '08 at these events over the next few months:
Jan. 24-27: Buick Open in San Diego
Jan. 31-Feb. 3: FBR Open in Phoenix
Feb. 9-10: Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla.
Feb. 14-17: The ACE Group Classic in Naples, Fla.
I doubt anyone's so excited about Tiger Woods '08 that they just have to buy a ticket to one of these events, but for those already attending, I'm sure it'll be a welcome treat.
Nintendo's also planning to hit the baseball circuit and will be showing off games that include Wii Sports Baseball, Flash Focus: Vision Training in Minutes a Day and The Bigs. They'll be making their rounds through two dozen Cactus League Spring Training games in the Phoenix area and game units will be found at these stadiums:
Feb. 28- March 3: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, Ariz.
March 6-9: Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria, Ariz.
March 13-17: Surprise Stadium, Surprise, Ariz.
March 19-20: Hohokam Park, Mesa, Ariz.
March 22, 24, 27: Hohokam Park, Mesa, Ariz.
Early in January, Nintendo will attend FanFest in Safeco Field to show off their Nintendo Fan Network: a free application that will give users access to baseball related content on their DS. Numerous interactive options will be available including live video feeds from games, scores from other games in progress, player stats and more. Fans will also be able to compete with one another in trivia games and more over the network's built-in messaging service.
Nintendo's taking an interesting direction here. In the past, their creedo has also been to focus purely on games when everyone else was going out of their way to turn their consoles into complete home entertainment systems. This move to turn the DS into a kind of mini-sports management system is an interesting departure that may signal the coming of more multimedia and community features in the future.
I'd say it's pretty smart of Nintendo to choose these two sports specifically, since they traditionally have the most waiting around. I mean, they're probably the only ones where you'll actually have time to get up and go play a few games while the pitcher scratches his ass or the golfers judge their shot.
This story wouldn't be complete, though, if I didn't mention Nintendo's new Donkey Kong monster truck. Yeah, you heard right; it'll be competing at Monster Jam in events all over the country from now until May.
Am I the only one who thinks the wheels should be painted like bongos?