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June 3, 2009 at 4:24 PM

E3: Archery takes a bow, before the new Zelda

LOST ANGELES — One of the coolest activities on Nintendo’s new “Wii Sports Resort” game is archery. You hold the Motion Plus remote up like a bow, then pull back on the mumchuck like a bowstring.

You line up a targeting ring over the bullseye and release. The trick is that you have to be still and aligned properly, just as with a real bow and arrow, and you have to compensate for distance and winds. The game puts you through a course with different targets at varying distances and weather.

It’s a little like the “Wii Sports” golf games, which also require precision and adjustments for conditions, but Wii archery is clearly a skill you’ll be using on other Wii games.

Like a new version of the hit Zelda franchise that’s coming next year, incorporating both archery and swordplay with the more precise remote. The game wasn’t part of Nintendo’s press conference Tuesday, but designer Shigeru Miyamoto let slip later that he’s working on the title now.

Sony also used archery to demonstrate its latest control system, the new motion controller coming next spring. An archery game was used to demonstrate the system during the company’s press conference.

How long until Microsoft develops an archery game for its Natal controller?

Expect all sorts of new sports to be playable on consoles, now that new controllers are adding more capabilities.

Archery is cool but my favorite so far is the three-point basketball game that’s also included in “Sports Resort,” which goes on sale July 26 for $49 with the Motion Plus attachment.

To make a basket, you have to go through the actual basketball shooting motion while holding the controller, which senses the arc of your motion and how you snap your wrist.

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