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June 2, 2009 at 9:18 AM

E3: Nintendo’s new Super Mario for Wii, Wii Fit Plus, Facebook on the DSi

LOS ANGELES — Super Mario has already sold more than 200 million games and now he’s being called upon to give Nintendo’s Wii another boost, with a new multiplayer version of “Super Mario Brothers” for the Wii that’s coming out this holiday season.

Nintendo also announced a new version of Wii Fit — “Wii Fit Plus” — that’s a more customizable version of the console’s hit exercise program. “Fit Plus” adds six more strength and yoga activities and the ability to build a custom exercise routine, without pauses between activities.

The company is also highlighting the previously announced “Wii Motion Plus” and showing new details of the upcoming “Wii Sports Resort” game with an improved Wiimote, which is set to be released July 26.

Players begin “Sports Resort” as a skydiver, leaping from a plane and using the remote to control their motion on descent.

Demos include the game’s archery feature — players pull back on the numchuck like a string, aligning it with the Wiimote to aim.

“It’s not about learning the controls, it’s about doing what comes naturally. From that point on its about your own skills,” Bill Trinen, Nintendo’s senior marketing manager, said before taking on Reggie Fils-Aime in basketball shooting game using the new remote.

Noting that Motion Plus will come within a few weeks with EA’s “Grand Slam Tennis” and “Tiger Woods PGA Tour” games, Fils-Aime said the more precise remote will reflect “every little mistake you make in the real world” such as hitting a backhand into the net or slicing a golf shot.

“This new dimension in physical reality will have you muttering all the same bad words you do in real life,” he said.

Fils-Aime talked about role-playing games on the Wii, including Ubisoft’s “Red Steel 2,” which will be playable only with the Motion Plus remote, before the talk turned to the DS.

Announcements for the handheld include “COP, the Recruit,” a new “gritty” open-world franchise for the Nintendo DS; the North American debut of Japanese fashion design game “Style Savvy”; and a version of James Patterson’s “Women’s Murder Club” casual game franchise from THQ.

A DS title that drew a loud “YESSSS” from the upper level of the auditorium was the resurrected “Golden Sun” fantasy game, coming to the handheld in 2010, Fils-Aime said.

Also likely to be a hit on the device may be “Mario vs Donkey Kong: Minis March Again,” a downloadable version of the franchise that lets players create and share their own levels. It’s being released June 8.

Joining the social networking fray, the company is also enabling DSi users to directly upload pictures to Facebook.

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