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by Mike Zazaian October 30, 2006 - 12:42pm, 2 Comments

Wii Baseball for Nintendo's upcoming Wii Console

True to its claim that the Wii will be a console for gamers young and old, Nintendo exhibited its upcoming console at the annual Life@50+ event this past weekend.

Hosted by the Associate for the Advancement of Retired Persons in Anaheim, CA., the Life@50+ event saw a full exhibition of Nintendo’s upcoming Wii console. The more than 20,000 attendees of the event had an opportunity to use the Wii’s unique motion-sensing controller to play Tennis, Boxing, Golf, Baseball, and Bowling, all of which will be included in the Wii Sports package that comes bundled with the console at its US release in November. Said Amber McCollom, a senior manager of public relations for Nintendo:

Nintendo has never gone after grandparents before. We’re targeting this audience for themselves, not just their grandchildren.

The games demoed aren’t your Grandpa’s (no pun intended) button-clicking arcade games of the past, either. Nintendo’s new Wiimote tracks the motion of its user, prompting players to actually perform the motions that they wish to be duplicated within the game. As the sports games inlcuded with the Wii require a wide range of motions, Nintendo is actually keeping demo kiosks out of retail stores initially, with the fear that erratic gameplay could cause injuries and lawsuits. The only company that will feature a Wii kiosk at the console’s launch is Gamestop, where each console will be manned by an employee for full supervision.

Wii Tennis for Nintendo's upcoming Wii Console

Aside from the Wii Nintendo also demoed a game called Brain Age for the portable Nintendo DS. Brain age features a series of games and exercises aimed at keeping the mind limber and improving overall brain functioning.

Nintendo’s efforts at the AARP event mark an increased interest by technology companies to appeal to an older demographic. This year’s event featured 18 tech companies in total, nearly twice as many as the 10 featured at the 2004 event in Las Vegas.

Via cnet, courtesy of the New York Times