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Update: Full press release for GTA: Chinatown Wars after the jump.

Reggie says the Wii was never a fad. Imitation is just around the corner, he says.
10:07AM I think we’re wrapping up.
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Miyamoto is going to play the cowbell in the 4-player demo. They’re playing the Mario theme. Awesome. Will have video shortly.

You can record your performances and edit certain segments. Can play up to 4 players simultaneously.
Orchestra mode.
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50 different instruments. Just flail around and it’ll play automatically for you. Playing the violin looks fun. the bigger strokes you take the louder it gets.
Miyamoto is playing a sax with just the WiiMote.
9:54AM Launching this holiday season is Wii Music. Utilizes the Wii balance board, nunchuck and Wiimote (drums).
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Launching next Spring.
Jet skiing, tossing frisbee to a dog and sword fighting are three of the games available.
Round 2 goes to Cammie.
Reggie and Cammie are about to have a sword fight. Cammie just got pwned and Reggie referred to himself as the Reginator.
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Reggie is on a jet ski using the nunchuck and Wiimote.
Cammie is demoing the game. She has a frisbee that she just threw and it chorked since she didn’t throw it very well. It detects her wrist motion more accurately. Her dog grabbed the frisbee out of the air.
WiiMotionPlus and extended sleeve will be included with Wii Sports Resort.
9:47Am WiiMotionPlus will redefine the Wiimote. Allow for better accuracy.
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DS is coming into the kitchen. Already acts as a cookbook in Japan. Arrives in November in the US.
9:44AM DS and air travel hooking up. You can find out baggage carousel number and gate for transfers being tested now.
Grand Theft Auto Chinatown Wars coming this Winter. Modern day Liberty City.
New Pokemon Ranger something game for DS launching November 10 in the US.
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Song sharing for GHOT Decades between DS units.
Spore is coming to the DS too.
GH On Tour Decades is coming soon.
9:39AM In 2007 the Nintendo DS was sold almost equally between men and women. Guitar Hero on Tour sold 300k copies in its first week.
Call of Duty World at War. Coming soon.
Rayman Raving Rabbits TV Party. Surf the skies (outerspace?) with the Wii balance board. Use it as sled. Coming Fall 2008.
Nintendo is focused on three new games. Star Wars The Clone Wars. Head-to-head lightsaber duals. Coming Holiday 2008.
9:35AM Wii library contains more games than other consoles in its first 19 months.
9:34AM Nintendo focused on the core gamers to keep them on the system with Metroid and Mario games and then built out other games to attract new gamers with games, like Wii Fit and Wii Sports.
NPD numbers for June should reflect that the Wii is the best selling game console in its first 19 months, says Reggie.
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Female celebrity endorsements boosted sales of DS games.
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon was a hot seller for Nintendo as well as Mario & Sonic which pushed 29 percent of sales ahead of last year.
Nintendo DS sales are up 12 percent from last year.
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Total DS worldwide sales will be over 100 million systems by next year.
10 million Wiis sold and 20 million DSs sold.
9:28AM Animal Crossing and WiiSpeak by the end of the year, says Reggie.
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9:26Am Wii Speak allows you to speak with others anywhere else.
It’s a realistic world witha 24 hour clock. ANimals get up and go to bed with the sun. You can sell items in the city and find out what other players are doing. You can visit the beauty salon to change your hair style. Communication is key for this game. You can write letters and send pictures to other players via message board and email and mobile phones.
Katsuya Eguchi video now being shown. Animal Crossing is coming to the Wii.
9:22AM Nintendo is constantly changing to be a pioneer and leader.
9:20AM Guitar Hero 3 version of Wii pwns all others.
Europeans are buying 200k DSs every week.
The user base has expanded. Pictures of old ladies at the rest home and a younger woman playing DS at the salon being shown.
Nintendo wants to meet these needs. New Mario and Zelda games in the future. (duh)
‘Players only seek new titles with better graphics and game play.’
Nintendo is now selling games with a long life. I think that’s what he said.
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9:14 Global President Satoru Owata (sp?) is now on stage.
Exclusively for Wii by year end.
Cammie is playing as Shaun in the halfpipe. He’s such a carrot top.
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9:11AM Ubisoft developed.
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Shaun White is on stage demoing Shaun White Snowboarding.
Babbling on about playing video games to impress her kids.
Cammie Dunaway is now on stage with her Mii on the screen.
9:06AM Getting started. Cheesy music and video being played. “We promise to keep the world smiling.”
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8:47AM PDT Devin and I are seated. Another 12 minutes or so.
8:21AM PDT Devin and I are in the Kodak Theater waiting for the start of the Nintendo press conference that’s set to start at 9AM PDT. Lots of people mulling around and drinking free coffee that tastes like poo. Check back in 40 minutes or so.

NEW YORK—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is proud to announce Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars. Developed by Rockstar Leeds in conjunction with series creators Rockstar North, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars will be available on the Nintendo DS™ in North America and Europe this winter.

“This is a game that will deliver a rich, fast-paced and intense ‘Grand Theft Auto’ experience that will be truly unique to Nintendo’s handheld platform,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “Rockstar Leeds, along with the team at Rockstar North, has built upon a decade of progressive design on Grand Theft Auto, and has created something fundamentally fresh and immersive.”

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars is an entirely original entry into the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto series, and brings a new level of interactivity to its sprawling open environments. With the use of the DS touch screen, players will navigate their way through the streets as they uncover the truth behind an epic tale of crime and corruption within the Triad crime syndicate, delivering the unprecedented amount of depth that has become a true trademark of the franchise.

For more information about Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, visit: http://www.rockstargames.com/chinatownwars

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