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June 29, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Nintendo holding Wii-lympics, summer games

If you’ve lost interest in the World Cup and can’t wait for the next Olympics, perhaps Nintendo’s new Wii Games: Summer 2010 can fill the void.

The game company is holding a national competition in five Wii sports, culminating in a championship event in Los Angeles from Sept. 3 through 5. One of the regional qualifiers takes place at Northgate Mall in August.

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Activities include “Wii Sports Resort” basketball and bowling; the “Wii Fit Plus” Hula Hoop challenge; New Super Mario Bros. Wii; and Mario Kart Wii.

There are different categories for kids, teens, adults, seniors and families. Contestants can pre-register now at the Wii Games site.

Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson is the games’ “ambassador” and will appear at several of the regional competitions. They begin July 16 in New Jersey.

Prizes include Nintendo systems, home entertainment packages, trophies and a cruise.

Here’s the Northgate event schedule:

8/13/2010 Times: 10:00 – 3:30 / 3:30 – 9:00

8/14/2010 Times: 10:00 – 3:30 / 3:30 – 9:00

8/15/2010 Times: 11:00 – 3:00 / 3:00 – 7:00

Here are the categories of competition:

Adult and Child (two players): Team consists of two team members, one of whom must be a child aged 6-12 and the other of whom must be either (a) the actual parent or legal guardian of the child or (b) 25 years of age or older.

Adult and Teen (two players): Team consists of two team members, one of whom must be a teenager aged 13-17 and the other of whom must be either (a) the actual parent or legal guardian of the child or (b) 30 years of age or older.

Teen (two players): Team consists of two team members, both of whom must be teenagers aged 13-17

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Adult (two players): Both players must be adults aged 18 or older, with two possible exceptions:

1.Special Teen Step-Up Rule: A teenager aged 13-17 may compete in an Adult Team so long as the other team member is 18 years of age or older.

2.Special Super Adult Step-Down Rule: An adult(s) aged 55 or (older) may compete in an Adult Team

Super Adult (two players) – team consists of two (2) team members, both of whom must be 55 years or older.

Family (four players): Team consists of four (4) team members, two (2) of whom must be children aged 6-17 and at least one of whom must be either (a) the actual parent or legal guardian of at least one (1) of the children or (b) 35 years of age or older. Family participation is highly encouraged, however teammates do not need to be related.

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