Nightly News Roundup: 2010.06.30

Nintendo announces Wii Games: Summer 2010, rumblings of a video game show for NBC, and how the Nintendo DS may restore your sight.

By Robert Thompson. Posted 06/30/2010 20:30 Comment on this     ShareThis

Wii Games: Summer 2010 Announced

Nintendo of America announced the first ever Wii Games, a national competition that pits teams of two and four gamers against each other in five activities: Basketball and Bowling in Wii Sports Resort, the Hula Hoop challenge from Wii Fit Plus, a Coin Grab level in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and a race in Mario Kart Wii. Team categories include Teen, Adult, Super Adult, and Family, amongst others.

Kicking off July 16, Wii Games: Summer 2010 will be featured at Six Flags theme parks and malls across the United States. The qualifying winners travel to Los Angeles for the national championships. Serving as ambassador for the program is Olympic gold medalist and Dancing With the Stars champion Shawn Johnson, and she is scheduled to appear at select events.

For more program information, including where the events will be and how to register, head to the official site, and check out the video below featuring Ms. Johnson and Mario training for the event.

Source: Nintendo


Rumor: NBC working on primetime show about video games

It’ll be interesting to see how this could all come together. As Joystiq, a pilot for a show about gaming is in development for NBC. While details are scarce, the rumors that stand are that the show is headed up by TJ Allard, a former employee of Ubisoft, and that his co-host is Audrey Cleo. Taking a look at Allard’s site, he does mention “something super top secret” and how he was headed to E3, and that revealing such may have been revealing too much info.

The working title of the show is supposedly Game On. Whatever the status of the show, it’ll likely be better than NBC’s failed experiment The Jay Leno Show.

Source: Joystiq


Six-year-old regains normal eyesight by playing Nintendo DS

A great system keeps getting greater.

Six-year-old Ben Michaels suffered from amblyopia– or severe lazy eye syndrome– in his right eye since the age of four. His vision deteriorated over time and, had action not been taken, he could have lost his sight. Instead, keeping his left, good eye covered, he would play Mario Kart DS for two hours a day to make his right eye work harder. Within the first week of doing so, his mother reported that his vision had improved 250 percent.

Source: Engadget, Daily Mail

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