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                                                                                                      Carolina Reporter
WEEK OF MARCH 27, 2008                                                                                Carolina Reporter                                                                                                                      PAGE 3

    Nintendo on top of the world
    Nintendo DS outsold Sony PlayStation Portable in January,
    and the Nintendo Wii narrowly beats competitors
    PlayStation 3 and Microsoft Xbox 360, elevating Nintendo to
    the top of the video gaming industry.

   Handheld units sold in January
   I Nintendo DS: 251,000
   I PlayStation Portable: 230,000

   Console units sold in January
   I Nintendo Wii: 274,000
   I PlayStation 3: 269,000
   I Microsoft Xbox 360: 230,000

    Top-selling Nintendo games this year                                       Did you know?
                                                                               I Nintendo was established in 1889 as
                                                                               a producer of handmade playing cards.

                                                                               I Nintendo was the first company to
                                                                               succeed in mass producing and selling
                                                                               plastic playing cards in Japan.

                                                                               I Donkey Kong was Nintendo’s first
                                                                               international hit video

        298,000 sold                          240,000 sold

                                                                               2008 games
                                                                               I Nintendo has released 56 games for Wii and DS
                                                                               this year. For a complete list go to Nintendo’s game
        172,000 sold                          139,000 sold                     guide at

                                                                       Nintendo’s electronic era:
                                                                       A blast from the past
                                                                       I Consoles
                                                                              Color TV Game, 1977
                                                                              Nintendo Entertainment System, 1985
                                                                              Super Nintendo Entertainment System,
                                                                              Nintendo 64, 1996
                                                                              Nintendo GameCube, 2001
                                                                              Wii, 2006

                                                                       I Handheld
                                                                                   Game Boy, 1989
                                                                                   Game Boy Pocket, 1996
                                                                                   Game Boy Advance, 2001
                                                                                   Nintendo DS, 2004
                                                                                   Nintendo DS Lite, 2006

    Source: Nintendo Co. Lmt., Gamespy,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cristina Sotela / The Carolina Reporter

Wii puts players in motion
Users can work up a sweat, but video game isn’t considered real exercise, yet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 No shortage of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 fun for the Wii
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The Nintendo Wii is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 great start to getting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 active with more than
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 100 video games avail-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 able. These are the best-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 selling game titles for the
By Brett Bechtol                          specialist for the Palmetto Health                                                                                                                                     console.
Staff Writer                              Baptist     Weight       Management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1. Wii Play
EDITED BY K ARISSA LINDSAY                Center.
                                              “The game itself seems like a                                                                                                                                      2. Super Mario Galaxy
       he Nintendo Wii is trans-

                                          form of entertainment over a real
       forming gaming by forcing          form of exercise,” she said. “You                                                                                                                                      3. Super Smash Brothers
       people off their couches and       are up and active so you might                                                                                                                                         Brawl
into the action, but fitness experts      burn some calories and experience
say it is no substitute for regular                                                                                                                                                                              4. Mario and Sonic at the
                                          some weight loss, but I can’t say
exercise.                                 that it will be significant or if they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Olympic Games
    Unlike other video game sys-          will keep the weight off.”                                                                                                                                             5. Madden NFL ‘08
tems, the Wii uses a wireless con-            The Wii can be a start to better
troller that mimics the player’s          health, said James Huffman, the                                                                                                                                        6. Mario Party 8
movements for the on-screen char-         fitness director for the Columbia-
acter. Rather than just mashing                                                                                                                                                                                  7. Dance Dance Revolution:
                                          area YMCA. Huffman, who owns
buttons, the console requires play-                                                                                                                                                                              Hottest Party
                                          a Wii, said the system gets people
ers to swing and thrust the con-
                                          off the couch rather than sitting                                                                                                                                      8. Carnival Games
troller for games like tennis, base-
                                          for hours at a time. He said that
ball and boxing. It’s easy to work                                                                                                                                                                               9. Tiger Woods PGA Tour ‘08
                                          the Wii won’t burn many calories,
up a sweat.
                                          but it could slightly improve the
    “The Sonic vs. Mario Olympics                                                                                                                                                                                10. Rapala Tournament
                                          cardiovascular system by getting
game can really get your heart                                                                                                                                                                                   Fishing
                                          the user’s heart rate up.
beating,” said Steve McQuithy, a
                                              Playing the Wii doesn’t replace                                                                                                                                    Source: Best Buy
21-year-old USC student who
                                          other exercise because “regular
owns a Nintendo console. “The                                                                                                                                          Brett Bechtol / The Carolina Reporter
                                          cardio exercise is a repetitive
100-yard dash is really intense and                                                 Nick Michi waits patiently for a good pitch to hit in Wii Sports Baseball. Unlike other game
                                          movement involving larger muscle
is a pretty good cardio workout                                                     systems, the Wii is much more interactive so that users actually participate in the games.                                      Brett Bechtol / The Carolina Reporter
                                          groups and keeping the heart rate
after playing a few times.”
    Many Wii fans say the console         up for a long period of time,” he
is a good way to keep fit. Web sites      said. “With Wii, you are taking           playing Wii Sports, a game with         provide a significant amount of           A    pressure-sensitive   Wii            aches and pains are common for
such as, wii-           breaks and aren’t constantly              five sports simulations, versus         exercise, the upcoming game Wii        Balance Board weighs users, and             users.    Before playing, “there              and       active, so it isn’t the same.”            playing Microsoft’s Xbox 360. The       Fit is designed to do just that. The   the software creates an exercise            should be a five- to seven-minute contain personal               Nintendo’s research agrees            amount of calories burned by the        game, scheduled for American           plan according to a user’s needs            warm-up period and some stretch-
accounts of users who say they lost       with health experts who say Wii           Wii showed a statistically insignifi-   release on May 19, is supposed to      and body mass index. The balance            ing of the triceps and hamstrings,”
weight and got healthier because          does little to get gamers into            cant increase of “less than two per-    let families exercise together. Wii    board also controls on-screen               said Bell, an exercise specialist.
of using the Wii.                         shape. A study by Nintendo’s U.K.         cent” over the Xbox 360, according      Fit includes step aerobics, yoga,      movements.                                  The stretching should help lessen
    But those results are not typi-       marketing division compared the           to the report.                          push-ups, Hula Hooping and jog-           With the amount of movement              some of the aching and prevent
cal, said Tenessa Bell, an exercise       calories burned by five gamers                Although no current Wii games       ging.                                  needed to play the Nintendo Wii,            more serious injuries.

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